25 years ago
- Last night around 6:15 p.m., just after everyone had vacated the building, Rex and Ralph’s Tire Service caught fire. No one was injured in the blaze.
The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a radio in the shop.
Initially, the tires were a concern, according to Lt. Phil Rickabaugh of the Maryville Public Safety Fire Division. Tires are made from petroleum by-products and burn a long time if they catch on fire, Rickabaugh said.
The fire never actually extended to the tire racks; only ordinary combustibles, such as wooden walls, caught on fire, he said.
The blaze was handily contained by firefighters in about an hour. Rickabaugh credits his department’s success with the blaze to early notification. He also says it was easier to fight because there was still enough light out to see what was happening.
15 years ago
- Maryville golfer Matt Van Cleave can call himself champion.
On Thursday, July 28, Van Cleave won the Missouri Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Liberty Hills Country Club in Liberty, Mo., beating out several prestigious amateurs, including last year’s winner, Skip Berkmeyer.
“It’s safe to say that this is the biggest win of my career,” Van Cleave said. “It was good to have my luck go the other way for a change.”
The victory was sweet redemption for Van Cleave, who earlier this year came up short at a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying tournament. Up by one stroke with three holes to play, Van Cleave triple-bogeyed the 16th hole and lost a spot in the U.S. Open.
Van Cleave finished last week’s tournament six under par, with a total of 201 in the rain shortened, three-round tournament. A 2001 Maryville High School graduate, Van Cleave birdied on holes 13, 16 and 17 in his final round to win the tournament by five strokes.
- Missouri was well represented during the International Auctioneers Association Championship that was held late last month in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Specifically, northwest Missouri was well represented — brother and sister Mark Younger and Anita Younger Espey, both of Maryville, placed fourth and third respectively in the men’s and women’s categories.
Younger and Espey represented Missouri in the competition that involved 69 men and 23 women who competed for the crown of International Auctioneer Champion in the largest bid-calling competition in the world.
5 years ago
- A year and a half worth’s of work paid off Thursday night for the Maryville Downtown Improvement Organization as representatives from the City of Maryville, Northwest Missouri State University and MDIO accepted the Outstanding Public Partner Award during a banquet hosted by Missouri Main Street Connection in Kansas City.
The awards banquet at the Westin Crown Center hotel concluded a three-day conference organized by Missouri Main Street, a consulting agency that specializes in helping communities revitalize deteriorating central business districts.
- Attention all sweet-tooths. If you thought National Doughnut Day was a high-calorie blast back on June 5, just wait until tomorrow, when the Maryville Hy-Vee supermarket pulls out all the stops for National Root Beer Float Day.
The grocery retailer will be offering root beer floats, or “brown cows” — that’s a glass of root beer with a scoop of ice cream in it — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The floats are free, but Store Director Chris Wiltfong said donations are encouraged, with proceeds going to the Nodaway County Ministry Center’s Backpack Buddies initiative.
Supported by private donations, Backpack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year.