1969: Attends Consortium
Mrs. Helen Boydston, who will be teaching this fall at the Plattsburg School, is currently enrolled in an eight-week consortium conducted by Project Communicate on the campus of Northwestern Missouri State College in Maryville. Fifty-one teachers from an 18 county area will receive 8 hours of graduate credit for their work in the language arts oriented program. One of the major aspects of the summer’s work is that of preparing a teaching unit which incorporates a multi-media approach. Project staff members as well as national figures in education act as advisers and consultants for the participants. Among visiting educators have been John Holt, author of “Why Children Fail”; Dr. Mary Columbro Rodgers, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., author of “New Design in the Teaching English”; Bill Martin, author of several elementary school texts; and Norton Taylor from the New York Times. The group visited William Rockhill Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City and saw “George M” at the Starlight Theatre. Each participant is making a short, motion picture and a tape-slide presentation as a part of the unit he is preparing. A series of feature films including “Lord of the Flies”, “Citizen Cane”, “Billy Bud”, “David and Lisa”, and “The Golden Age of Comedy” have been incorporated in “an action approach to teaching English”. Project Communicate staff members in the Consortium from Maryville are Don Roberts, director; Bennat Mullen, past director; Doris Falen, English consultant; and Eileen Wyman, elementary consultant. Trenton staff are Lee Williams, English consultant; Virginia Shain, reading consultant; and Warren Stanton, media consultant. Savannah staff members include Spike Stamas, media consultant and Mary Jane Fields, elementary consultant. John Madouras, media consultant, and Craig Bester, English consultant are from Chillicothe.
1989: Lathrop Students use The “Paws”
“Paws on the Keyboard”, a computer class for fifth graders, was held July 31 through August 11. For those two weeks keyboarding techniques were taught and practiced. In addition, each tudent could experiment with programs on problem solving, economics, history, geography, math, reading, spelling, and science. Leah Colvin and Nathan Cosper were elected President of the United State in “2088: An Oval Office Odyssey.” Lawrence Nowland, Steven Minter, Jason Morris, Crystal McGart, Cassandra Beasley, Brandi Calloway, Tonya Macrander, Jenny Vaughn, RaDana Wilson, and Andy King are only a few who survived the hardship of “The Oregon Trail”. “Memory Castle” was explored by Warren Schoonover, Brent Gerling, Vernon Warner, Glen Smith, Mickey Elliott, Kevin Thompson, Michelle James, Jessica Bouse, Lauri Johnson, Ryan Hood, Deanett Ripley, and Brandi Stroud. Kyla McKown, Curtis Reed, Mandy Yoakum, Wendy Burris, Richard Cordova, and Kari Lopez found out “Learning is Fun” with Antonyms, Arith Tac Dough, and Hangmath. Misty Blankenship, Brian VanHorn, and Ryan House discovered math facts could help you survive the enemy in “Bomber”. “Fat Cat” awards for outstanding keyboarding skills went to Geoff Brennecka, Alyssa Dial, Laura Johnston, Leah Colvin, Latisha Monks, Brent Gerling, Sarah Canaday, C.J. Petticord, and Jenny Irons. The computer lab was held in the elementary library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. This program will be incorporated in the language arts curriculum throughout the school year. The students’ attendance, enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn made this program a huge success. Fifth grade teachers teaching the class were Pam Spidle, Barbara Hinderks, and Alison Belt.
2009: Armed Robbery at Goppert Financial Bank in Lathrop
At around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, a white male in a dark-colored ball cap and dark sunglasses entered Goppert Financial Bank in Lathrop and demanded money. The staff was held at gunpoint and an undisclosed amount of money was taken. The suspect then fled on foot running north. No one at the bank was hurt. The armed robber was in the bank less than 30 seconds. He is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 11” wearing blue jeans and a white Malibu Rum t-shirt. Road blocks were set up in several areas, including A Hwt. And 240th Street. Vehicles were checked coming in and out of Lathrop for more than an hour. Several vehicle descriptions were noted by witnesses and are being followed up on. The Cameron Police Department and Missouri Highway Patrol assisted Lathrop Police Department. Cameron also bought in their canine unit and an investigator from Buchanan County also assisted.
“He knew what he was doing,” said Lathrop Police Chief Leonard Eads. “The vault was open and he paid no attention to it. He was in and out.”
Chief Eads met with the FBI on Wednesday morning regarding the robbery. Speculation into the Lathrop robbery suggests it could be related (to) a string of robberies in St. Jospeh. Police there are investigating seven robberies in 11 weeks, the last one on July 21st at the Postal and Community Credit Union.