March 9th - 15th, 2020
Cecil Kelly brought this fine 7 lb. large mouth bass by the Leader office last week. For the records this is the largest fish caught and displayed this year, as far as we know here at the Leader. By the way, Cecil says he caught the fish in a pond. Now that sure tells a lot, doesn’t it?
Bo Knows Bo
Bo Hoskins got to meet Bo Jackson at the annual meeting of the United Bowhunters of Missouri that was held last month in Jefferson City. Both Bo's are members of the Association. Bo Jackson was slated as one of the featured speakers at the meeting. Bo said he took up hunting when he was a student at Auburn."l was two hours from home and I didn't know anybody but the guys on the (Football) team. Most of them were hunters, and they got me interested in it. "After years of hunting deer with a rifle, Bo has become a bowhunter." From now on, I think I will hunt deer strictly with my bow. It's more challenging. "Bo said he owns 12 bows and does' most of his bowhunting in Alabama but looks forward to doing some bowhunting in Missouri this year.
Plattsburg High School celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Plattsburg Tigers football team, which brought home a Class 2 State Championship that year. The event took place on Friday, February 26, at halftime of the home basketball game at Plattsburg High School. The players were introduced at the positions that they played during that improbable run to the title, and a season recap was given to the crowd. (Above, left to right) Front Row: Shelby Winn, Mackenzie Winn, Angela Burris, Denny Bartee, Scott Wilson, Joe Trotter, Cory Wohlford, John Hudson, Jim Freeman. Back Row: (Galen Winn’s wife) Gail, Perry and Pam Winn, Robin Peters, David Adam, Teresa Huckaby, Mike Freeman, Richard Wade, Troy McKay, Scott Taylor, Dan Booth, Dennis Hudson, Robbie Bennett, Roger Mead and Todd Harris.
United Fiber explains recent outages, future fixes
The smooth path of United Fiber’s internet, phone and TV service to Plattsburg has recently proven to be one with potholes, as major outages of the service have the businesses and residents wondering what has gone wrong.
The service outage was not just in Plattsburg but throughout United Fiber’s service area, which includes Cameron, Country Club, Excelsior Springs, Gower, Hopkins, King City, Lawson, Maysville, Maryville, Pickering, Savannah, Stanberry, Stewartsville and Union Star.
With a reputation for reliability since providing service to the Clinton County Courthouse in November 2016, the company has suffered notable outages beginning on February 20, followed by intermittent or no service on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and Wednesday, Feb. 26. Their emergency maintenance repair on Thursday morning from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. failed to correct the problem that had plagued the system on the previous days.
Niki Dalton, business development manager for the company, released a summary about the most recent outage. She said the outages on Tuesday and Wednesday were due to a power controller on their main battery backup array. When the battery backup failed, it caused a complete power failure that led to the outages on Tuesday and Wednesday. The company’s engineers worked to get the network restored by 3:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, and continued to perform maintenance until the network was stabilized by mid-morning.
Ms. Dalton added that network performance was also impacted during this time by a large broadcast data storm. This caused their main network up-links throughout their network to go up and down. United Fiber was able to engage some of their network partners to restore stability that day. Their company has acquired new hardware and software that will detect these issues sooner. It is set to be installed shortly.
In the next few weeks, she said United will be fast-tracking a larger upgrade process that was scheduled for later this year. This will provide new access and routing network components, basically doubling their capacity and creating another layer of redundancy. In addition, they are constructing an extra fiber route (approximately 5 miles) to improve network topology. This will help in mitigating future issues with the system.
In regard to the power backup failure, a new backup plan is being engineered that will be implemented in the next 60 days.
“Our current configuration had worked flawlessly for over five years and we expect the new unit to provide similar performance,” Dalton said. “However, we are adding a second unit to provide a redundant solution so the power fault we experienced will not expose a single risk to the network.”
On Sunday, March 1, United Fiber subscribers had issues with their streaming TV service. Ms. Dalton released the following explanation on the outage.
“Please be advised that a transport provider for one of our links to a major data center in Kansas City has an issue on their network. This took down our traffic for our streaming TV service for roughly 15 minutes before we failed over to a redundant link. It is important to note that this does not have any relation to any of the recent outages we have had. This is purely an issue on a transport provider’s network and is affecting several of their links.”
Additional outages will affect United Fiber customers as they schedule repairs. Eric Furr, network operations manager, released the following information about repair work scheduled on Monday, March 9, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. He said during this time there will be a full service outage for video, data and phone. He stressed the point-to-point circuits would not be affected.
“Outage time is not expected to last for the duration of the maintenance window. The expected outage time is 30 minutes to an hour, as physical links are moved and connectivity verified,” he said in the release.
He said the upgrade to the new hardware had been planned for this year, but with the recent events, they have decided to move up the timeline.
“This new core infrastructure will provide a significant amount more of compute power and uplink capabilities at our network’s core. This is an important first step of many to get the network, and ultimately your service, brought up to the standards that you expect,” Furr concluded.
Meet EBHS' March Student of the Month... Ethan Kilgore!
EBHS' March Student of the Month is senior, Ethan Kilgore!
While at EBHS, Ethan has participated in basketball, football, FBLA, and NHS and plans to participate in track and golf this spring.
His awards and honors include being named as a 4-Year Honor Student, a 2 Sport All-State Athlete, and being crowned Courtwarming King.
Next year, Ethan plans to attend the University of Idaho to continue his academic and athletic career.
March 2nd - 8th
1969: Plattsburg Scenes of Yesterday
Pictures contributed by Claud Orr
Debbie’s Studio 1909
Red Bridge 1910
East Buchanan Football
The East Buchanan Bulldogs football team was awarded the Distinguished Scholastic Award for the 1989 football season. Head Football Coach, Virgil Freeman presented the award to the Bulldog football co-captains’s Tyler Aebersold and Cory Clark this week. The entire football team had a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.24 in their classroom work while actively participating in interscholastic activities. Congratulations to the 1989 football team on this outstanding achievement. These football players exemplify the excellence achieved by the young people of today and represent the hopes of our future.
Shelton E. Ponder told the group, “History is the story of ‘His Story’ - everyone has a story, but it is your responsibility to find it.” He also talked about the black high school in Liberty, Garrison High School. He gave information about Mr. Gant, a teacher, principal and superintendent who taught his students to always raise the bar no matter what your circumstance may be. Evelyn Green of Plattsburg attended the Garrison School and was present at the breakfast. (Left) Evelyn Green and Shelton
The 1864 Re-enactment Committee hosted a “Breakfast with Presidents” on February 27. Don and Diane Talley portrayed Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln. Don brought an authentic Civil War rifle and Diane shared her experiences as a young teacher in Norfolk, Va. as the area refused to integrate schools in the late 1950’s. Alvin Fry portrayed Jefferson Davis. (Above) L to R – Kathy Godfrey, Diane and Don Talley, Alvin Fry, Helen Zech, Beverly McCulloch and Shelton Ponder.
District Extends Principals
The Lathrop R-II Board of Education met for the February meeting on Wednesday, February 12, at the district’s administrative building.
During executive session that evening, all three principals received contract extensions. Both Lathrop High School Principal Robert Bowers and Lathrop Elementary Principal Chauncey Rardon were given two- year extensions, while Lathrop Middle School Principal Clint Howren was given a one-year extension.
The salaries have yet to be determined, but all three will be no less than their 2019-2020 salary amount.
Also during executive session, Jared May and Amanda Valentine were approved as substitute teachers.
During open session, the district announced its Teachers of the Quarter: Laura Walters – Elementary Teacher of the Quarter; Miranda Campbell (elementary para) – Support Staff Member of the Quarter; Danielle Speckman (LMS science teacher) – Middle School Teacher of the Quarter; Megan Fine (LHS science teacher) - High School Teacher of the Quarter.
A proclamation from the State of Missouri Governor’s Office proclaimed February 9-15, 2020, as School Board Recognition Week. Certificates were handed out by Superintendent Chris Fine to the board members.
John Benson with Stifel, Nicolas and Co., was at the meeting to address the refunding issuance of district bonds. The district will issue $2,070,000 in General Obligation Refunding Bonds to produce enough to pay off the old bonds. The district projects to save up to $34,000 a year until 2035, totaling $346,000 in savings over the life of the issue ($290,000 after fees).
The motion to refund the 2015 General Obligation bonds was approved as presented.
Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns made a presentation to the school board about the Lathrop Park Board Project to revamp the playground at Lathrop City Park. The Senate Bill 40 Board has helped adapt the project to be a fully inclusive playground.
LHS February Student of the Month
Meet Drew O'Connor! Drew is currently a Senior at LHS and is a member of both the football and track & field teams. His awards and honors include the following -
East Buchanan New Members For Quill And Scroll
The new Quill and Scroll members were initiated February 20 at school. They were told by the older members to come dressed as famous personalities.
Left to right: Ronnie Musser as Festus of Gunsmoke, Beth Rowland as the scrub woman on the Carol Burnett Show and Daryl Walters as the old man on Laugh-In.
Left to right: Diana Brinton as Josephine the Plumber, Irene Shanks as Orphn Annie and Judy Scearce as Alice in Wonderland.
KING AND QUEEN NAMED AT SENIOR CENTER... Emma and L.M. Webber were crowned as King and Queen at the coronation held at the Senior Citizens Center last week. They will reign over and represent the Center at various events throughout 1990.
County Spelling Bee Champs
Clinton County’s top three spellers – (L to R) Victoria Mumm, Katie Cintron and Brandon Hallock earned top honors at the Clinton County Spelling Bee on February 18. The top two spellers, Mumm and Cintron, were awarded dictionaries and will move on to the Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee in March.
A-g-g-r-a-n-d-i-z-e-m-e-n-t • l-a-t-i-t-u-d-i-n-a-r-i-a-n • c-i-r-c-u-i-t-o-u-s • c-a-l-i-s-t-h-e-n-i-c-s Not words you spell everyday.
Middle school students from Cameron, Lathrop and Plattsburg participated in the County Spelling Bee Thursday, February 18 at Plattsburg High School in the Performing Arts Center. More than thirty, 5th – 8th grade students spelled their way into the County Bee, but it was Victoria Mumm and Katie Cintron, both 7th grade students at Clinton County R-III middle school who stole the show.
When Brandon Hallock, Lathrop 5th grade student, misspelled the word "cajolery" - the battle was on and the two Plattsburg girls went through 17 rounds before Mumm emerged as the winner, spelling the word "liquesce".
The top three contestants were first place, Victoria Mumm, daughter of Joyce and Dustin Mumm; second place, Katie Cintron, daughter of Susan and Tim Cintron; and third place, Brandon Hallock, son of Roberta and Jim Hallock.
Mumm and Cintron will move on to the Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 6 at St. Francis Xavier School in St. Joseph. Hallock will serve as alternate.