Sacks to Mats from 6:30-8 p.m. at the TriCounty Ambulance, 1703 W. 116 Hwy., Plattsburg.
Veterans’ Day Assembly at the East Buchanan High School gym, begins at 2 p.m.
Veterans’ breakfast by the East Buchanan FCCLA at the high school. Please RSVP at 424-6460.
Veterans’ Day breakfast at Lathrop High School at 9 a.m.Please RSVP at 528-7400.
Veterans’ Day breakfast at Ellis Elementary, begins at 7:45 a.m. Recognition assembly and flag raising ceremony to follow.
CCR3 CCMS & PHS Veterans’ Day lunch at 11:45 a.m.Assembly at 12:30 p.m. RSVP at 539-3920.
Lathrop Middle School Veterans’ Day Assembly, begins at 1 p.m. RSVP by calling 528-7600.
Plattsburg High School Fall Play “Death by Chocolate” at the PAC, begins at 7 p.m.
Turney/Lathrop Baby Grace Open House in the basement of Turney United Methodist Church on H Hwy.; from 9-11 a.m..
Clothes and baby supplies are given to parents of young children, no questions asked. For more information call 816-296-3210.
Biscuits and gravy for opening day of rifle season, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Edgerton American Legion. Hunting items will be raffled off.
Plattsburg High School Fall Play “Death by Chocolate” at the PAC, begins at 7 p.m.
Lathrop High School Play at the Lathrop Middle School, begins at 7 p.m.
This Friday when the East Buchanan Bulldogs (4-6) arrive in Faucett to take on the Mid-Buchanan Dragons (9-1) in the Missouri Class 1, District 7 semifinals, it will mark the fourth year in a row the two rivals have played each other twice in the same season.
It will also be the eighth meeting between the two since 2016, which is the most head-to-head meetings between any two KCI Conference teams in that time.
In 2016, the Bulldogs rolled in the regular season, 44-7, before eliminating the Dragons in the semifinals of district play, 34-7. The following year, the results were eerily similar, with East Buchanan winning in the regular season, 44-13, before eliminating Mid-Buchanan in the first round of district play, 34-20.
Last season, East Buchanan came from behind to win an overtime thriller during the regular season, 34-28, before Mid-Buchanan snapped a losing streak that dated back to 2009 with their 42-20 victory in the Missouri Class 1, District 7 semifinals.
The victory over their rivals was a signature moment for Mid-Buchanan on their way to a Missouri Class 1 Semifinals appearance, and something head coach Aaron Fritz knows boosted his players' confidence in their deep playoff quest.
“It was a huge victory for us,” Fritz said. “Our kids had continued to work very hard and when we were finally able to secure that win in the district semifinals, I think it gave the kids that feeling that the hard work that they had been putting in was finally paying off.”
Earlier this season, Mid-Buchanan made it two in a row against East Buchanan, dispatching the Bulldogs, 46-6.
Opposing Coach Fritz Friday night will be East Buchanan head coach Kevin Bryan. As the second-longest tenured coach in the KCI, Coach Bryan has had much success in the Battle of the Buchanans. Entering Friday night’s contest, East Buchanan teams led by Coach Bryan are 13-3 against the Dragons. The familiarity and competitiveness between the two schools and communities is something Coach Bryan feels transcends beyond the gridiron.
“There have been so many meaningful games between the two schools in all sports,” Bryan said. “There have been great battles in volleyball, softball, basketball, football and baseball, so the intensity is really hyped up between the two schools.”
The two coaches, through their eight battles against one another (Fritz took over the Mid-Buchanan program in 2015), have garnered a level of respect for each other that is apparent when discussing the programs.
“Coach Fritz has done a great job of getting those kids to buy into playing hard and playing fast,” Bryan said. “It is important to both towns and the communities that the football teams be competitive and have success, and Coach Fritz has really instilled that mindset.”
“It all starts with Coach Bryan,” Fritz said. “He does a tremendous job of getting the kids to buy in and getting them prepared to play hard. He is a great leader and is someone people want to follow. As I have gotten to know their coaching staff over my five years here, I can definitely see why that program is and continues to be successful.”
For for the coaches, the rivalry is great because of the sense of community and continued development of their programs, but for the players, it's all about unadulterated competition, and when it comes to these two teams, the undisputed leaders on the field are quarterbacks Tucker White and Javan Noyes.
East Buchanan senior Tucker White has been the Bulldogs' do-it-all player all season. He has seen time at quarterback and wide receiver while also being one of the leading tacklers on the Bulldogs defense. So far this season, White has passed for 767 yards and thrown seven touchdowns while carrying the ball for 839 yards with 17 rushing scores. He is also second on the team in tackles with 80.
For White, this will be the ninth time participating in the Battle of the Buchanans and having seen the ebbs and flows of the rivalry these past few years, he knows the level of competition is at its peak when the Bulldogs and Dragons meet on the football field.
“This is a special rivalry because the competitiveness that builds within both teams upon playing against each other,” White said. “That competitiveness makes it anyone’s ball game on any given night.”
Junior Javan Noyes is the three-year starter and leader of the Dragon offense. So far this season, he has been one of the most dangerous players in the KCI Conference, passing for 1,649 yards with 16 touchdowns while also running for 931 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Friday will mark his eighth time competing against the Bulldogs and having felt defeat and now victory within the rivalry, Noyes is now driven to extend the Dragons win streak to three games.
“Winning last year was really important because it showed our team that we can compete and beat them,” Noyes said. “This rivalry is special because we always want to beat them just like they always want to beat us. So, we’re always going to give them our best shot and they’re always going to give us theirs.”
The quarterbacks aren’t the only dynamic players that will be featured Friday night. Both teams have a pair of explosive players that can provide their team with big plays.
Junior T.J. Runyan has produced over 1,200 yards of total offense and has scored 17 touchdowns for Mid-Buchanan this season, while senior Christian Scaggs has over 400 receiving yards with four touchdowns of his own. These two lead a dangerous group of skill players that for which Coach Bryan knows it will be hard to prepare.
“Mid-Buchanan has a great set of skill position kids, so you can’t just key on one player, and their front line gets off the ball well and stays with their blocks. We will need to get lined up correctly to all of their formations and make sure we are physical and tackle well,” Bryan said.
East Buchanan senior Owen Fortney has been a dual threat this season for the Bulldogs. He has run the ball for 368 yards to go along with his 385 receiving yards and has scored 17 total touchdowns. Fellow senior Darrin Griffin has rushed for over 200 yards this season and is a threat on special teams with over 300 return yards to his name.
Coach Frits knows that they are just two of the plethora of Bulldogs who make the East Buchanan offense dangerous. “They are very well coached. Their offense has continued to be explosive all season and they are running the ball as well as anyone. Add that to a very dangerous passing game and it is a very difficult offense to prepare for,” Fritz said.
Will Mid-Buchanan earn their third victory in a row and continue their emergence as the top dog in the rivalry? Or will East Buchanan slay the dragon, returning them to the top in the Battle of the Buchanans? Friday night will tell.
Commission reaffirms position against wind energy operations
The Clinton County Commissioners reiterated last week their opposition to allowing commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County.
A group of residents opposed to allowing such wind turbine projects in Clinton County visited the commission on the morning of Thursday, October 31. The 10-person contingent was concerned with a recent joint motion in court for an extension of time in Osborn Wind Energy, LLC’s suit against Clinton County.
Osborn Wind Energy – an offshoot of NextEra Energy, the company that previously proposed constructing wind turbines in Clinton County – filed the suit after Clinton County banned the installation of commercial wind energy operations through its zoning regulations. Both parties filed jointly for the extension of time in the suit, which is scheduled for trial January 6 in Platte County.
On Tuesday, October 29, the Concerned Citizens for Clinton County – the resident-led opposition group to wind turbines in the county – filed a suggestion against the joint motion for an extension.
The group’s contingent spoke to the commission last Thursday, questioning why Clinton County’s legal counsel joined in on the motion for an extension of time. The Clinton County Commissioners voiced their displeasure with their counsel’s participation in the motion and vowed to find out why.
After the meeting, the Clinton County Commissioners – Second District Commissioner Larry King, First District Commissioner Gary McCrea, and Presiding Commissioner Patrick Clark – unanimously reiterated their opposition to commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County. They added that any agreement between the two sides wouldn’t result in allowing those operations in Clinton County.
1969: Kindergarten Halloween
Billy James, Paul Winkler, Wayne Cavender, and Cheryl McKeehan
Around 300 young people attended the annual Firemen's Halloween Party and contest. The following winners were announced:
Pre-school division: Joe Gardner, 1st; Lisa Shumate, 2nd: Jerry Buck, 3rd.
1st thru 4th: Gregory Grayson, 1st; Terry Tabor, 2nd; Galon Green, 3rd.
5th thru 8th: Kelly Downing, 1st; Nancy Shaver, 2nd; Sharon Streeter, 3rd.
9th thru Adult: Gertrude Barnett and Terry Barnett, 1st place tie; James Barnett, 2nd; Mary Ann Hydeman, alias Mrs. Brown, 3rd.
1989: Halloween Costume Winners
The costume contest was sponsored by the Plattsburg Lions Club and the Plattsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Lathrop trick-or-treaters made their way to the Lathrop Fire Station on Saturday, October 31, to take part in the Halloween festivities, including games, a haunted house and free snacks. (Above, left to right) Jacob Vanderpool, Haden Darr, David Harris and Griffin Hensen take a quick break from the fun and games to pose for the camera.
The Gower Firefighters hosted a hay maze on Halloween night along with food and other activities. Erin McPike, left and Gracie Mink took time to rest as they went through the maze. Erin is the daughter of Christine and Todd McPike Gracie is the daughter of Jason and Becky Mink.
Plattsburg's annual Safe Halloween Night was a huge success again this year. Hundreds of trick-or-treaters lined Clay Avenue on Saturday. The Plattsburg Police Department coordinates the effort and puts officers at key intersections to provide safe crosswalks for the children and their families. (Above) Tri-County ambulance passed out candy at the Plattsburg Clinic parking lot along with the police and other community members.
November 4th - 10th, 2019
1969: Servicemen's News
Marine Pfc. James L. Hartzell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Hartzell, Plattsburg, has been meritoriously promoted to Private First Class upon graduation from recruit raining at the Marine Corps Recruit depot, San Diego, California. His promotion recognized his outstanding performance of duties during recruit training. He has been sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for four weeks of infantry combat training and four weeks of basic training in a military occupational specialty.
Pvt. Earl R. Lindsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Lindsey, Smithville, was assigned to the 5th Infantry division, Ft. Carson, Colo., Sept.27, as a rifleman.
Lowell B. Langston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Langston, returned home Tuesday after thirteen months duty in Vietnam. He is residing at home.
Airman 1st class Jerry E. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Brown of Tina, Mo., has completed training at the Defense Language Institute, East Coast Division in Washington, D.C. Brown, who received 37 weeks instruction in the Vietnamese language, is being reassigned to Goodfellow AFB, Texas. He is a 1966 graduate of the Hale, Mo., high school and attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg. His wife, Pamela, is the daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Eugene Downing of Holt.
1989: Open House At Wheeler's Too...
Recently Wheeler’s Auto Parts of Gower opened a second facility on East Maple, just north of the Courthouse in Plattsburg. A good crowd enjoyed inspecting the new building, it’s large stock of parts and accessories and of course the refreshments. The opening was held last Friday and Saturday.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce were left to right: George Ford of NAPA, Brook St. John, of Laurel’s Flowers, Ken Wheeler, owner, Don Smith, Mayor, Marcia Murphy, of the Chamber and Richard Bournonville, of NAPPA.
2009: Local soldier killed in Afghanistan
Lathrop resident and solder with the United States Army, Sgt. Issac Jackson was recently killed while serving his country in Afghanistan.
At press time, his wife, Kristen Jackson, was on her way to Dover, Del. To accompany Issac’s remains.
She is currently employed a BankLiberty in Plattsburg. The Jacksons have a 1½ year old son and a baby girl on the way, due on December 23, 2009.
Issac was a 2001 graduate of Lathrop High School.
His mother and step-father, Christal and Ed Kariker live in Plattsburg.
Arrangements are pending with Park Lawn Funeral Home in Lathrop.
October 29th - November 3rd, 2019
Here's your 2019 Spooky Season Schedule!
Saturday, October 26th
KCI Conference Standings
1, Lathrop............6-0 (8-0)
2. Mid-Buch........5-1 (7-1)
3. Lawson............5-1 (6-2)
4. Hamilton..........3-3 (4-4)
5. East Buch........2-4 (3-5)
6. N. Platte..........2-4 (2-6)
7. Plattsburg........1-5 (3-5)
8. W. Platte..........0-6 (1-7)
A. Lathrop wins the conference outright with a win against East Buchanan
B. Lathrop and Mid-Buchanan share the title if Lathrop loses and Mid-Buchanan wins against Lawson
C. Lathrop and Lawson share the title if Lathrop loses and Lawson wins against Mid-Buchanan
Class 2, District 8 Standings
1. Maryville............54.65 points (6-1)
2. Lathrop...............48.27 points (8-0)
3. Lawson...............39.38 points (6-2)
4. Richmond...........38.19 points (5-3)
5. Lexington...........37.18 points (5-3)
6. Brookfield..........23.45 points (2-6)
7. Trenton..............18.96 points (1-7)
8. Christian............13.15 points (0-6)
Important Head-to-Head Jumps
• Lathrop defeated Lawson in regular season
• Richmond and Lexington play tonight
• Lexington defeated Trenton in the regular season
Class 1, District 7 Standings
1. Mid-Buchanan........44.57 points (7-1)
2. Hamilton................33.09 points (4-4)
3. Plattsburg...............32.07 points (3-5)
4. East Buchanan.......28.94 points (3-5)
5. North Platte...........24.75 points (2-6)
6. West Platte.............20.96 points (1-7)
7. Maysville...............19.48 points (1-7)
8. Polo.......................14.14 points (0-8)
Important Head-to-Head Jumps
• Hamilton beat Plattsburg
• East Buchanan beat Plattsburg
• North Platte beat East Buchanan
• Plattsburg beat North Platte
• North Platte beat West Platte
• Maysville beat Polo
Leader Editor Brett Adkison's KCI Power Rankings
1. Lathrop, 8-0, LW: 1 – Lathrop's last KCI Conference loss came more than two years ago, on the road, against East Buchanan, 34-26.
2. Mid-Buchanan, 7-1, LW: 2 – If you throw out the Lathrop game, the Dragons have allowed just 12 points in seven games this year.
3. Lawson, 6-2, LW: 3 – Tonight's game against Mid-Buchanan will go a long way in determining whether Lawson lands on the Maryville or Lathrop side of the bracket.
4. Hamilton, 4-4, LW: 4 – A win against North Platte would solidify their spot at #2 in the district standings.
5. North Platte, 2-6, LW: 7 – Two wins in the last three weeks gives the Panthers some momentum in a midfield that feels like its stuck in neutral.
6. East Buchanan, 3-5, LW: 5 – Bouncing back this from the North Platte loss could be difficult as they welcome state-ranked Lathrop to town.
7. Plattsburg, 3-5, LW: 6 – The Tigers have lost six straight games but the next weeks will define the success of this program in the first year under Coach Rosenbaum.
8. West Platte, 1-7, LW: 8 – West Platte will have a chance to stop a seven-game skid against Plattsburg.
Leader Reporter Clint Dye's KCI Conference Power Rankings
1. Lathrop (8-0) LW1 – Another week another KCI Conference victory, this time it was over the rival Plattsburg Tigers. This week they can secure back-to-back outright KCI Conference Titles with a victory over a struggling East Buchanan team. Mules have pretty much wrapped up the number two seed in the Missouri Class 2 District 8 tournament as they trail Maryville by 6 points.
2. Mid-Buchanan (7-1) LW2 – No chance of a let down or look past game last week as the Dragons easily dispatched West Platte and picked up their second shut out in a row. Spotlight shines bright on Faucett this week as the Dragons host Lawson in the KCI Conference Game of the Week. Dragons sit comfortably at the top of the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings.
3. Lawson (6-2) LW3 – Cardinals handled Hamilton a week ago, now turn their focus to Mid-Buchanan. Biggest game within the KCI this Friday will prove who the second-best team in the conference is behind Lathrop. Cardinals currently sit third in the Missouri Class 2 District 8 standings behind Maryville and Lathrop.
4. Hamilton (4-4) LW4 – Hornets fell to Lawson last week; their four losses were to teams with a total of 4 losses between them. This week is a big game against a North Platte team playing their best football. Hornets currently sit second in the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings just ahead of Plattsburg, East Buchanan and North Platte.
5. North Platte (2-6) LW7 – Winners of two of their last three games the Panthers make a big jump over East Buchanan, who they defeated last week and Plattsburg who have lost five in a row. Panthers currently sit at the number five seed in the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings, but a lot can change in that District’s middle ground after this final week.
6. East Buchanan (3-5) LW5 – Bulldogs are in unchartered territory as they suffered their third loss in a row last week. No favors in scheduling as this week they host the Lathrop Mules. Currently sitting at number four in the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings, their fate on where they play in the first round of Districts may be out of their hands.
7. Plattsburg (3-5) LW6 – Tigers were shutout for the second week in a row last week against Lathrop. Will look to end five game skid this Friday at home against West Platte. Currently sitting at number three in the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings, Tigers could still end up hosting a District despite the long losing streak.
8. West Platte (1-7) LW8 – Fell to Mid-Buchanan last week, will look to play spoiler when it comes to Plattsburg possibly getting a home district game as they travel to play the Tigers this week. Blue Jays currently sit at the six spot in the Missouri Class 1 District 7 standings.
1969: Betty Horn, far right, was crowned EB Queen
Miss Betty Horn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Horn, was crowned the 1969-70 East Buchanan Homecoming Queen at the football game Friday night.
Her attendants were: Rita Walkup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Walkup; Rita Dreyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dreyer; Beth Rowland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Rowland; and Regina West, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack West.
1989: “Ten Little Indians” to be presented
The PHS drama class will be presenting a play this Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the PHS gym. Pictured above is the cast, front row, left to right: Lesley Cooksey, Lady Marguret Wargrave; Lori Portell, Martha Rogers; Heather Nicholas, Emily Brent; Christa Fox, Sara Narracott. Back row: Brian Neill, William Blore; Steve Butler, Philip Lombard; Trina Landreth, Ethel Rogers; Brenda Couch, Victoria Armstrong; Nissa Bartlett, Vera Claythorne.
Not pictured, John Summers, General Mackenzie; James Kennedy, Anthony Marston; Ami Clampit, Peg Narracott
2009: Clinton County Commission hears planning and zoning for gun range in Osborn
Construction crews at the Clinton County Courthouse continued to make strides on Tuesday, October 20, completing most of the elevator housing structure.
With Clinton County’s sales tax figures still lagging behind average and the continuing need to house prisoners outside the antiqued confines of the Clinton County Jail, the Clinton County Commissioners have been due for some good news for quite some time. Though small in contrast to the problems that the County currently faces, they received such news when they convened on Tuesday, October 20.
The Commissioners began the day by meeting with representatives of investment banking firm Oppenheimer, who informed the Commission that Clinton County, according to information they had received from Moody Investment Services in Chicago, would receive a General Obligation bond credit rating in the low “A” range (based on the academic grading scale). This was news well-received by the Commissioners, who are still in the process of determining the best possible avenue in to which fund a new Clinton County Jail.
“I was delighted to see that we got an ‘A’ rating,” said Clinton County Presiding Commissioner Randall Relford. “Certainly anytime you get an ‘A’ rating from Moody, when you sell your bonds you get a better interest rate and you get more people that are anxious to purchase those bonds.”
In attendance for the meeting were Michael Short and Karolyn Cline, senior directors for Oppenheimer, Janet Garms, legal representation for Oppenheimer, and Jayson Watkins, Clinton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Oppenheimer had been charged with the task of examining the County’s financial statements in connection with planning for the new jail project and submitted their findings to the Commissioners on Tuesday morning.
The project model used by Oppenheimer throughout the examination process was for a $6 million detention facility, which, according to the report, would require an annual debt service of $460,000 over a 20-year period to pay off the costs. The report also states a fact well-known by those close to the issue: Clinton County cannot pay this kind of annual debt service without some new source of revenue. Additionally, the County may not be able to afford the operating costs of a new facility without a dedicated revenue source.
The report also determined the two most likely revenue sources for the project, which were, as previously anticipated by the Commission, a property tax and/or a law enforcement sales tax.
Oppenheimer’s report also listed several recommendations on what steps the County should proceed with in the near future. The first step that they recommended the Commissioners take is the solidification of a projected cost estimation by meeting again with project architects (Treanor Architects, Kansas City). The Commissioners hope to do this in the coming week.
It was also recommended that the County request voter approval for the issuance of General Obligation bonds on the April 2010 ballot and establish an estimated operational cost for the facility. If the County feels as tough a law enforcement sales tax would not generate enough revenue to cover both annual debt service and the operational costs, the report recommends that the County request both a property tax and a smaller sales tax. In this case, the property tax would cover the debt service and the sales tax would cover operation costs.
“The good news is that it is just what we had talked about all along.” said Commissioner Relford. “It’s going to take a sales tax plus a property tax would go off as soon as the bonds are retired and that’s goo news for the taxpayers. The point is we have to do something. We have to develop a program to take care of the people that have violated the laws in Clinton County and the State of Missouri that are in our borders. It’s a must that we have a facility that we can put these prisoners in instead of shipping them other places and seeing that money going out of the county. Currently, we are cutting out of the Sheriff’s budget everyday when we have to house prisoners in another prison instead here on site.”
As of Tuesday, October 20, the Commissioners had yet to schedule a meeting with Treanor Architects, but hoped to host the meeting as soon as Tuesday, October 27. From there, the Commissioners also stated their interest in developing a program and venturing out into the County with issue, in hopes of educating residents on the important aspects of the anticipated ballot issue.
“It is a popular issue?” Relford rhetorically asked about the jail issue. “More than likely it isn’t, but we have to do something for the safety and wellbeing of this County.”
On Thursday, October 15, the Commissioners heard an appeal form George and Les DeLapp, who a month earlier were denied a special use permit by the Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission, which would have allowed them to operate a shooting range on their property at 106168 NE Burr Road in Osborn, Mo.
The DeLapps presented the same issue to the Clinton County Commissioner on Thursday, with the addition of a few changes to their originally proposed plan. Perhaps the biggest of the change in the orientation of the rang itself. Originally, the men planned to have shooters aiming to the north when they fired. But there was an issue with that direction, as house was located to the north of the proposed location. To eliminate the issue the proposed rang is now planned to face to the west.
George DeLapp state during the meeting that there would be between 20 and 25 possible for the firing of high-powered rifles, while there will a total of between 80 and 90 positions for handguns and small-body. He also stated that the range itself will not be for profit, but other sales such as ammunition, gear and concessions could potentially be used in the future to turn a profit off of the facility.
George further stated during the meeting that the facility would be open to both individuals and members of law enforcement. Hi informed the Commission that there would be no shooting at night unless requested by a law enforcement agency and that guns suck as a .50-caliber rifle would not be allowed for potential safety reasons.
At the end of the meeting the Commissioners that they would take some time to discuss and think further about the issue. As of Tuesday, October 20, they have yet to make a decision.