Skidmore mayor resigns
At the beginning of the June 1 Skidmore City Council meeting, Mayor Jill Wieland resigned saying she had “too much on my plate.” The council also met on June 5 to finish items needed by the city. Wieland then exited the June 1 meeting, leaving Mayor Pro Tem...
Nodaway County Officers Recognized for Life-Saving Actions
MARYVILLE, MO – Two Nodaway County law enforcement officers were recognized for actions they took on Monday to save the life of a woman who was experiencing a mental health crisis. Captain Austin Hann and Deputy Andrew Riley responded to the Nodaway River Bridge on Highway DD, outside Skidmore...
A Man From Rosendale Jailed For Plethora Of Outstanding Warrants
A man from Rosendale was jailed Tuesday for a plethora of outstanding warrants in Buchanan County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, they arrested 41-year-old Juan P. Ontiveros Lugo shortly before 8 A.M. He was wanted on three misdemeanor traffic warrants originating from Troop A of the Highway Patrol,...
Northwest community welcomes Tatum family
Northwest Missouri State University ushered in its next era June 1 as Dr. Lance Tatum began his work as the institution’s 11th president. A crowd of Northwest employees, students, alumni and community members gathered on the Administration Building’s front lawn as Tatum, his wife, Jill, and children, Thad and Zoe, provided an introduction of the family.
Rickabaugh retires after 38 years
Phillip Rickabaugh, known far and wide as “Fireman Phil,” celebrated his retirement, June 2 with co-workers, family and friends in the Maryville Public Safety firetruck bays. He has served Maryville as captain and fire chief for 38 years. The fire department presented Rickabaugh with the inscribed plaque and...
Atchison County U.S. Route 136 Resurfacing Project Resumes Monday
The resurfacing project on Atchison County U.S. Route 136 is scheduled to resume Monday, June 12. Mo-Dot has contracted with Phillips Hardy, Inc. to complete the project which includes resurfacing and shoulder improvement on U.S. Route 136. Crews will begin work at G Avenue, west of Rock Port, and work...
Fish Fry raises funds in Elmo
The Elmo Fish Fry is from 5 to 7 pm, Saturday, June 10 at the Elmo Community Building. Fried fish, chicken, potatoes, salads and drink are on the menu. Indoor seating and carryout are available. Cost is $13 for ages 12 and up; $6 for ages 11 and under. Money...
Octogenarian completes master’s degree at Northwest after career in technology field
As Northwest Missouri State University’s newest graduates crossed the commencement stage at Bearcat Stadium in May, it was Gordon Hill who drew the loudest applause and a standing ovation from people in the crowd that day. Gordon, at age 85, was Northwest’s eldest graduate this spring, earning a Master...
NCTC presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
The Nodaway Community Theater Company’s junior high and high school age actors for the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are front: Jaci Elston, Mattie Dimmitt, Audrey Walker; middle: Kathryn Vesel, Harlee Walker, Ivy Goldsmith, Gracen Argo; back: Coral Blake, River Blake, Damian Huff, Alex Rowen and Gabriella Rowen. Not pictured are: Suze Schaefer, Liam O’Gwin, Stephen Garner, Chris Shaefer and Eliana Wall.
60th wedding anniversary
Jerry and Joyce Welch, Rock Port, Missouri, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 7. The couple was married at the Christian Church in Rock Port. They have a son, Michael (and Lisa) Welch, and two grandchildren, Andrew Welch and Emily Welch. Jerry retired from Stanton Grain after 45 years, and Joyce retired from Grape Community Hospital, Hamburg, Iowa. Cards may be sent to the couple at 118 Colvin Ave., Rock Port, MO 64482.
Rock Port Alumni Gathering held May 21
Bill LaHue and Billie Smith, Class of 1953, were recognized for being the oldest alumni in attendance. The 2023 Alumnus Achievement Award was presented to Eric Chamberlain, Class of 1973. Present from the Class of 1963, from left to right, were: James Ottmann, Tony McKenney, Gene Herron, Charlene (Lee) Didlo,...
Tracy Whitaker retires from Hy-Vee
Tracy Whitaker, front behind the flowers, has retired after 40 years of service at Hy-Vee in Tarkio. Helping celebrate her retirement were Hy-Vee employees Seth Morey, Veronica Holecek, Jim Navin, Christy Rosenbohm, and Manager Jennifer Heard. For over 40 years, shoppers at Hy-Vee in Tarkio have been provided with a...
Former Wildcat, Bearcat and Chiefs on 2024 Hall of Fame ballot
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A pair of the best players in Kansas State, Northwest Missouri State football history along with two former Chiefs masterminds were named finalists for the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon. Defensive back Terence Newman, a Salina, Kan. native, gathered a collection of...
OATS announces change to fare collecting system, will no longer accept payments on buses
OATS Transit’s Northwest Region Office in St. Joseph MO has announced that they will stop accepting payments on their buses effective July 1, 2023. The areas affected by this change include Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, and Worth counties in Missouri. (Counties in bold are within the KTTN listening area)
North Andrew Students Headed to National History Day Competition in Washington D.C.
—————————————————————– SAVANNAH, MO- Three North Andrew middle school students are headed to the nation’s capital next week to take part in the National History Day Competition. Collin Sybert, an eighth grader, took first place in individual performance at the state competition. He will join seventh graders Hilde Wheeler and Maverick Sybert, who placed first at the state competition in group performance. The three held a practice session for the public on Tuesday at the Savannah Branch Library. Collin’s presentation is entitled “Atomic Power-Harry Truman.” Collin’s performance is an aside, depicting Harry Truman discussing World War Two.
Police capture wanted suspect after chase
ATCHISON COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect on multiple allegations after a weekend arrest. Just before 6p.m. on Saturday officers were sent to the area of 9th and Unity in Atchison after receiving reports that 20-year-old Raymond Fink was in the area and he was known to have active warrants for his arrest, according to Police Chief Mike Wilson.
Tickets available for Northwest Day at the Kansas City Royals
Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends are invited to enjoy fun at the ballpark this summer during annual event. All alumni and friends are invited to Northwest Day at the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 pm, Sunday, July 30. For more information about this event, contact the Northwest Alumni...
Lillian June Darling
It was on a Tuesday, June 9, 1925, in Forest City, South Dakota, that a curly-haired little girl came into the world as the first child of Kathleen K. (neé Kearns) (1893 – 1963) and Orlow Jay Eidam (1900 – 1947). Her late spring birth and Mom’s sister “Babe” gave her the lovely, lilting name, Lillian June. The farm, some 17 miles west of Gettysburg, was in the midst of that river breaks village across from the Cheyenne Indian Agency near Whitlock’s Crossing. June grew up roaming the hillocks there with her little friends. In the winter those draws provided slopes for sledding down on old car hoods. In the early summer, she and her dad snagged drifting trees for winter fire wood during the annual “June Rise” on the mighty Missouri. When she wandered out alone, there was “Sheep Hill” where June herself said, she would, “Talk to God!” Lillian June Eidam was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal tradition. Growing up on a totally diversified, tiny farm in the ‘30s with dairy and beef cattle, pigs, chickens, and even pigeons was not as difficult for the Eidam family as one might assume, for they had a mail route and Mrs. Eidam was a teacher in the Cheyanne Agency School, instructing June along with siblings, Anna Jane and Orlow Keith. A move to the north for the family came in the ‘40s to run a café in Mobridge. It was there, they all graduated as MoSoDak Tigers. June always loved to drive, and in high school, her crew frequently motored the 18 miles east to Selby for dances. She w as always the “designated driver.” One evening returning home, the car in front of them was too slow, and with loads of oncoming traffic, June “hit the ditch” and went around them. (So she said.) Soon after high school, during WWII, she became a teletype operator for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. There’s a wonderful picture of her sitting on a handcart with a bandana around her head, dungarees, and boots at the Lemon, SD, RR Station. In 1945 she went to Washington, D.C. and was there coincidentally for the VE Day Parade. She had been sent out East to bring Sis AJ, who was working then at the newly opened Pentagon, back to her senses and back to South Dakota. June married Art Darling 11/23/1946. She and Art were part owners of the Medicine Rock Café, then still at Whitlock’s Crossing. Son, James Michael, was born 10/12/49. So tiny was he that an incubator held him for a long, tension-filled time. For his aunt, uncle, cousins, and many little acquaintances, he w as always known as “Jimmy Mike.” Second son, Barry Jay, came along on 05/02/1954. The boys, when they began to talk, loved calling Grandmother Kathleen, “Gramma Lady!” Selling their part ownership in the Medicine Rock Cafe, Art, June, and the boys were able to afford to move to Tacoma, Washington. June was hardly the typical housewife. She never liked to cook and was eminently proud of her “culinary area” sign which boldly stated, “I’ve got a kitchen only because it came with the house.” However, every evening found her near the fridge, for there was ALWAYS a cocktail or so – two fingers of Black Velvet and Sprite was her favorite. She developed that habit ages before when she had come of age, sharing a nightcap with her dad Jay, who sadly passed away at the age of 47 – a great blow to everyone! Out in Tacoma, WA, Art had a great civilian job at the McCord Air Base, and June continued to work for the C. M. St. Paul, & P. All those hard-working, hard-drinking, and tough-talking railroad men never intimidated June. Indeed, there was never a moment in her entire life that anyone’s language or demeanor ever shook her. June also worked at a Merrill Lynch stock brokerage as data entry and office assistant for approximately 10 years From Tacoma came the move to Mossy Rock, WA, with its cozy house, cabin, garden, and flower beds. However, no longer could the strong wills of both Art and June live together, and they divorced in 1985. It was also there that the glorious views of their mountains changed on the morning of May 18, 1980, when Mt. St. Helens erupted. Their property along with themselves were horribly shaken and covered with inches of ash. Slowly and surely everyone and nature itself recovered. After her retirement from the RR, she worked for several years with the Washington State Legislature. Those commutes to Olympia were nothing to her. She loved to drive – just like her mother Kathleen – fast and with abandon. Her last cross-country trip, South Dakota to Washington and back, was in 2012. She was 87 years old! After moving back to Mobridge in 2000, she bought herself a nice three bedroom home with a huge yard for gardening with her gnomes and a two-car garage. She and Sis Anna Jane traveled extensively together on bus tours and on an Alaskan rail/ship cruise. They enjoyed their separate, quite solitary lives, but frequently they could be found worshipping together at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge, eating out with friends and family at Pizza Ranch, and enjoying their favorite cocktails together. Sunday mornings too, she loved to listen to Kesling’s Original Gospel hour on KOLY Radio. When many of the family were able to gather in her backyard eight years ago for her 90th birthday party celebration, June couldn’t have been happier. She gushed all day and all evening, “I’ll never forget this. No, I’ll never forget it! The barbequed burgers and brats were great and the cake was delicious.” June’s last years with us on earth were spent in Helena, Montana, near granddaughters, Julie and Jackie. Those last months, weeks, and days were not easy. June died February 16, 2023.
Local motorcycle group announces rides
Freedom of Road Riders® Local 26 announced the up coming supper rides or “Eat ‘n Rides” and Saturday rides for June. The “Eat ‘n Rides” are open to all motorcyclists and begin with kickstands up at 6 pm, Tuesdays from Break Time, 1517 East First Street, Maryville. June 6, Primrose Restaurant, Corning, IA; June 13, Toad Hollar, Mound City; June 20, Old Time Cafe, Allendale; and June 27, Goat Grub and Pub, Oregon.
Bollinger ready for Rock Port superintendent's job
(Rock Port) -- It's a summer of transition in the Rock Port R-2 School District. Dr. Rex Bollinger assumes the district's superintendent's post July 1st. He succeeds Dr. Ethan Sickels, who leaves after five years in Rock Port for a similar post with the North Harrison R-3 School District in Eagleville. Bollinger comes to Rock Port from LaCygne, Kansas, where he served as superintendent of the Prairie View Unified School District for the past 7 years. A 31-year education veteran, Bollinger holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Pittsburg State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kansas. Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Thursday morning, Bollinger says he accepted the Rock Port job because of its location.
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