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.
Proposed rezoning for CDL driving school shelved
The Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission held three public hearings on Thursday, February 6. Two were approved while the third was tabled, likely until the April meeting.
The hearings took little time for the first two hearings. However, the third, a request by William and Tiffany Foreman of Smithville, took the bulk of the night’s time.
The Foremans requested a rezoning of two parcels, one being six acres and the second being a little more than 10 acres, from agricultural zoning to commercial zoning. The property is located on the east side of 169 Highway, west of F Highway and south of 208th Street in Trimble, Mo. The rezoning is requested in order to allow the Foremans to use the property to operate JTMF. INC., a CDL driving school.
According to Daniel Hartman, an official proxy representing the petitioners, the property has no improvements or structures currently, and has been utilized for crops.
The Foremans currently own two trucking companies, contracting with FedEx and other trucking enterprises. The request is to allow them to build a 90-foot by 100-foot building for classes and truck storage. The school would operate Monday through Saturday during daylight hours, according to the Foremans. They propose to utilize 10.27 of the rezoned acres for the building and parking lot for driver training with the remaining 6 acres to be utilized at some point in the future.
“I’ve been in the trucking industry for 26 years, contracting with FedEx and other companies, and I see a need for a driver training school in this area,” Foreman explained. “We selected this land because of its proximity to 169 Highway. (The department of transportation) has done a traffic survey. Currently there are no improvements on the property. We hope to run a school for individuals to get the training they need to get their Class-A licenses. It takes 180 hours of classroom and driving experience and we expect to operate the school for between six to ten drivers at a time.”
He also told the zoning board that he is a certified CDL instructor.
Thirteen letters were mailed to neighboring landowners with six attending the meeting. All of those receiving letters indicated they were opposed to the rezoning request, with three speaking against the request during the public hearing. Marc Jamerson, Teresa McNeal, and Mario Fantasma all spoke out in opposition to the rezoning request. Their opposition ranged from noise, traffic, dust issues, and property values dropping, as well as a concern regarding the additional rezoned six acres.
Marc Jamerson spoke out against the rezoning, stating, “I’m also concerned about the six acres and what that will be used for in the future. If this business fails, what’s to keep a QuickTrip or other types of businesses from coming. Keep this property (agricultural) and not commercial.”
There was much discussion among commission members. Steve Mowry asked whether commercial or industrial business belonged in a rural residential area. He stated that the agricultural zoning used in Clinton County is primarily for residential properties, small farms, and that currently is the most important business in the area.
Board member Terry Beers stated, “I’ve been a member of this board since before dirt was invented. We have stayed away from putting commercial zoning in a residential area. We have used a special use permit in the past as a way to handle this. Once a property is zoned commercial, it’s that way forever.”
When a special use permit is granted, that designation goes with the business, and if that business fails or desires some major change, then that special use permit is up for reconsideration by the zoning commission.
Michael Gassman expressed concern for the adjoining property owners’ opposition. However, he did not want to stop a new business from coming to the county.
Chair Michael Adair stated he felt there were two issues. One is the replat issue and the second is the rezoning issue and he wondered if the petitioners would be willing to temporarily withdraw this request, develop a more specific plan for the property, and present it to both property owners and the board at a later time.
Mr. Foreman agreed with this proposal and asked if bringing it back to the commission in April was acceptable. However, there will not be any new letters mailed nor a new public notice, as the notices and letters were mailed for this public hearing for this meeting.
Presiding Clinton County Commissioner Pat Clark was in attendance at this public hearing and asked if the zoning administrator could make phone calls to all those in attendance when this hearing would resume. The zoning administrator agreed to do this when the Foremans inform the office of their intent to have the matter brought back to the zoning commission.
The two other public hearings were far less controversial. The first was a request by Darlene Still of Trimble requesting a subdivision of 26.5 acres into two parcels, one 20 acres and one 6.5 acres. She is requesting the 6.5 acres be rezoned from AG-A to AG-B. The property is located on the west side of SW Arnold Road, north of SW 204th Street in Trimble. There was no opposition, no board discussion, and the requests were approved 7-0.
The second item for consideration by the zoning board was a request by John Anderson of Trimble, Mo., asking for a subdivision and rezoning of 15.01 acres from AG-A to AG-B as well as a replat of six parcels in and near Normandy Heights.
Mr. Anderson stated he is requesting these actions in order to provide additional land to his five neighbors that have small yards, in case any of them had septic problems in the future. The additional space provided would allow them to have the necessary space to resolve these potential issues. There was no opposition to the request, and it was approved by the commission, 7-0.
The next zoning board meeting is scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m.
February 17th - 23rd, 2020
Case between commissioners, sheriff officially dismissed
The case between the Clinton County Commissioners and Sheriff Larry Fish stemming from a construction dispute in 2018 has been dismissed.
Just two weeks ago, the issue had been rolling toward a trial that had been scheduled for Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14, in Livingston County court in Chillicothe, Mo. But the trial was dismissed on January 31, as the two sides had made headway on a settlement.
According to the Clinton County Commissioners, a settlement has been reached, though the details were unavailable as of Tuesday, February 11.
The case was officially dismissed on Wednesday, February 5, as the legal counsel for both the commission and sheriff filed for dismissals without prejudice.
In 2018, the commissioner and the sheriff’s department butted heads over the demolition of a wall in the sheriff’s department, located in the basement of the Clinton County Courthouse. The commission, which by state statute is responsible for the maintenance of county properties, had said during budget hearings that they were against the demolition of the wall. But the department continued with the project, eventually resulting in the commissioners filing an injunction against the sheriff.
Tiger Roundballers Defeat North Platte
Plattsburg scored four points in the final 13 second of a second overtime period and defeated North Platte of Dearborn 75 to 69. The game was tied at the end of every quarter as the two teams traded baskets before the Tigers pulled away.
Myke Jackson led Plattsburg with 20 points and Larry Graham added 19. Marty Richardson had 23 for North Platte, and Charlie King had 13, with 11 on free throws.
Steve Evans grabbed 18 rebounds for Plattsburg and King had 17 for North Platte. Leroy Shatto and Alfred Devling each scored nine points to lead Plattsburg’s B-team to a 47-35 win.
TIME CAPSULE MARKER PLACED...During the Plattsburg Sesquicentennial in 1983 a time capsule was placed near the courthouse. The marker for the capsule was placed on Tuesday, February 5. The Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce purchased the marker. Pictured with the new marker are left to right, Don Smith, Mayor of Plattsburg, Eleanor Crane, time capsule committee member, and Francis Hales, board member of Plattsburg Sesquicentennial Committee.
Valentine box contest at Ellis Elementary
VALENTINE BOX CONTEST...Ellis Elementary celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 11 with classroom parties and a valentine box contest. The students were all very creative with the designs, but it was kindergarten student Austin Boyd who won first place for his creation, which he said was named “Bob”. (L to R) Third place Rylee Dennis, 4th grade; Fourth place (tie) Matthew Lee, 1st grade; Fourth place (tie) Deandra Wade, 3rd grade; First place Austin Boyd, kindergarten; and Second place Libby Lewis, 4th grade.
February 10th - 16th, 2020
Wrestlers Win Conference
Excited champions carry coach to locker room.
The Wrestling Tigers won the conference title Thursday night by defeating Smithville 38-6. This is the second time for the wrestlers to win the conference.
The results were: Steve Campbell (98), Steve Karl (107), Harold Cureton (117), David Doak (123), Steve Bolinger (137), John Trotter (145) won by a decision, Doug Laursen (130), David Hack (165) and Kent Krieger (175) won with pins. Howard Smith (155) and Jim Mabrey (HWT) were defeated by decisions.
The wrestlers traveled to Smithville Saturday for the conference wrestling tournament and brought home another victory for PHS. Congratulations team and Coach Ivan Worley.
BREAKFAST FOR THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES…The Plattsburg PTA provided breakfast for the employees of the R-III school district last Friday morning. Pictured serving some of the teachers are Chris Cissner, right, and Carol Freeman. Carol is president of the PTA, while Chris is a PTA board member.
(L to R) Nikki Reeves, Ian Terwilleger, Emma Lile and Blaine Stephens.
Tree City USA/Arbor Day poster contest
Polly Jaben, former Plattsburg City Council-woman and Tree City USA ambassador visited Ellis Elementary on Tuesday, February 9 to announce the winners of the Arbor Day poster contest. City Administrator DJ Gehrt was also on hand for the brief assembly.
Third place was a tie between Emma Lile and Blaine Stephens. They each received a $10 gift certificate to Hobby Lobby for art supplies. Jaben, an experienced photographer, shared with the students what was outstanding about each poster.
Second place was awarded to Ian Terwilleger. He received a $15 gift card to Hobby Lobby.
The first place winner of the contest was Nikki Reeves. She was given a $25 gift certificate to Hobby Lobby and her poster will go onto the state competition.
After 50 years of waiting, the Chiefs Kingdom can finally rejoice in Kansas City’s second world championship, defeating San Francisco in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, February 2, in Miami.
Lathrop, Plattsburg close school Feb. 5 For the first time in 50
For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL champions, and many throughout Clinton County will surely be downtown Wednesday, February 5, to help the team celebrate with the traditional parade.
With that in mind, several area schools – anticipating low student and teacher attendance and a shortage of substitute teachers – have called a “red snow day” for Wednesday, February 5.
Both the Clinton County R-III School District (Plattsburg) and Lathrop R-II School District will be out of session, while East Buchanan C-1 (Gower) will remain in school.
The decision to cancel school on a day without winter weather doesn’t come lightly for school officials, and extends far beyond attending the parade.
Dr. Sandy Steggall, the superintendent of schools in Plattsburg, said several factors played into the decision to reschedule the day. She said attendance for both students and teachers would see a drastic drop if they stayed in school. She cited the 2015 Royals parade downtown, during which Plattsburg stayed in session but saw student attendance plummet to 64.8 percent.
Attendance is an important metric for school districts both in and out of the classroom, as a portion of education funding is based on average daily attendance (ADA), which also accounts for points in the Annual Performance Report.
Dr. Steggall said she took all of these factors into account, and also surveyed the staff as to whether they intended to take the day off for the parade. Substitute teachers are hard to come by in such instances, due both to the high demand and their shared interest in attending the parade. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Steggall said that a day in which four out of 10 students could be gone and many full-time teachers will be absent isn’t a great recipe for a quality instructional day.
Still, school districts aren’t required to shy away from the day. East Buchanan Superintendent Dr. John Newell also surveyed his staff and found only a minimal number of teachers were asking for the day off, and they were able to lock down enough substitute teachers to make up the difference.
Dr. Newell added that parents would still be welcomed to check their students out to attend the parade if they wish.
The day also would have implications on the East Buchanan calendar. Dr. Newell explained that the calendar has enough built-in hours to meet the state’s regular requirements and while also meeting the threshold for forgiven weather days – no matter how many snow days the district might end up with, they wouldn’t need to make any up because they are already built in. But the state only includes weather-related cancelations into those figures.
As it stands, East Buchanan is already at seven and a half snow days this year.
February 3rd - 9th, 2020
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