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BATTLE OF THE HARDWOODS TOURNAMENT
January 26-31

     The annual Leeton High School sponsored Basketball Tournament will be next week with Sweet Springs, LaMonte, Crest Ridge, Ballard, Chilhowee and Leeton participating. Plan now to attend. Here is the schedule that lasts all week.
Mon. 5 pm Girls Sweet Springs 66 Chilhowee 11
Mon. 6:30 Boys Chilhowee 76 LaMonte 38
Mon. 8 pm Girls Crest Ridge 53 Ballard 24
Tue. 5 pm Boys Crest Ridge vs. Ballard
Tue. 6:30 Girls LaMonte vs. Chilhowee
Tue. 8 pm Boys Leeton vs. LaMonte
Wed.5 pm Girls Sweet Springs vs. Lamonte
Wed.6:30 Boys Sweet Springs vs. Ballard
Wed. 8 pm Girls Crest Ridge vs. Leeton
Thu. 5 pm Boys Crest Ridge vs. Sweet Springs
Thu. 6:30 Girls Leeton vs. Ballard
Thu. 8 pm Boys Leeton vs. Chilhowee
Fri. 5 pm Girls 5th Place
Fri. 6:30 Boys 5th Place
Fri. 8 pm Girls 3rd Place
Sat. 5 pm Boys 3rd Place
Sat. 6:30 Girls Championship
Sat. 8 pm Boys Championship

"SWOOSH"
Leeton Boys 87 Bunceton 20

     What do Nick Baker, Dylan Swabby, James Cavender, Wyatt Fleming, Alex Smith, Darius Cramer, and Levi Manley have in common? They all shot 3-pointers in this game. All players made one in this game that sent the score through the roof early. By the end of the first quarter it was 32-2 and at halftime 53-6 and 81-12 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The third team played much of the final half and still the scores kept coming.

     Totals for the night saw Alex Smith with 14 points (one 3-pointer), 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals; James Cavender 13 points (two 3-pointers), 3 reb, 10 asst, 3 steals; Dylan Swabby 12 points (two 3-pointers and a dunk), 2 reb, 2 asst, 4 steals; Wyatt Fleming 11 pts (one 3-pointer), 7 reb, 1 asst, 2 steals; Darius Cramer 7 pts (one 3-pointer), 1 reb, 2 asst, 1 steal; Trevor Elwell 6 pts, 2 reb, 2 asst, 2 steals; Aaron Norush 6 pts, 4 reb, 3 steals; Levi Manley 5 pts (one 3-pointer), 3 reb, 2 asst, 2 steals; Nick Baker 5 pts (one 3-pointer), 3 reb, 10 asst, 3 steals; Cody Claxton 4 pts, 4 reb, 1 asst, 2 steals; Steven Haney 2 pts, 1 reb; and Ian Ginther 2 pts, 1 reb.

     It was "Swoosh" time with seven players hitting nine 3-pointers. Next game is Tuesday night in the Battle of the Hardwoods against LaMonte at 8 pm.

GIRLS RACK UP ANOTHER WIN
Leeton Girls 38 Bunceton 22

     The defense of the Lady Bulldogs keeps them in many a game as they work on improving their shooting. Shots are sinking in the basket more often as the scores show. Tonight scoring came from everybody as the shorter Leeton Lady Bulldogs dominated the taller team from Bunceton. As a team the Lady Bulldogs made 15 free throws that helped to lead to another victory.
     Leading the way with underneath shots was Jade Schnatz who scored 15 points for the night including 7 free throws. Tied for second honors were Courtney Campbell (3 free throws) and Stephanie Goodrich with 6 points each. Hannah Harper was right behind with 5 (1 free throw), Rachael Karm 3 (3 free throws), Kennedy Early 2, and Jordan Mudd 1 (1 free throw).

     Leeton led at the end of the first quarter 7-2 and moved to 19-10 at half. In the third quarter they caught fire dominating the game for the early minutes and pushed the score to 31 to 18. In the final quarter the Lady Bulldogs only scored seven points but held the Bunceton team to four taking a good solid win. Next up for the girls is the Battle on the Hardwoods starting Monday night. The girls play their first game on Wednesday against Crest Ridge at 8 pm.

BULLDO0GS DOMINATE OTTERVILLE
Leeton Boys 63 Otterville 34

     The first half was not one of the most pretty halves for the year. Leeton was having trouble getting started. Dylan "Swoosh" Swabby on the other hand was back with a vengence sinking four 3-pointers on the night along with four 2-pointers for a total of 20 points. In the opening minutes of the game James Cavender also got a 3 pointer and Darius Cramer scored a 3-pointer to give notice that the team was ready, but that was not quite right. Those baskets were about all the scoring for the first two quarters. Halftime score found Leeton with only 21 points.

     The Leeton defense held Otterville scoreless the first four minutes and by the end of the 1st quarter the score was only 10-6 in favor of Leeton. In the second quarter Otterville only scored a two pointer and trailed 21-8.

     After the halftime break both teams roared on the floor ready to play and began fighting harder. Otterville scored thirteen points in the 3rd quarter and was beginning to break through the Bulldog's defense. Unfortunately for the Eagles Leeton was getting hot. The Bulldogs poured in 22 points in the 3rd quarter and another 20 in the 4th quarter to bring the final score to 63-34.

     Swabby led the way with his 20 points. Wyatt Fleming exploded in the second half shooting deuce after deuce piling up twelve points. Darius Cramer added four deuces to his first quarter 3-pointer for a total of 11 points. Levi Manley slipped underneath every time the Otterville players starting moving out to guard the 3 point shooters. He scored six. Aaron Norush scored four underneath and added a free throw for five points on the night. Trevor Elwell added two free throws and a deuce for four points. James Cavender played a good game despite not getting another point after his first quarter 3-pointer. Substitute Cody Claxton came in and scored two free throws as the game came to a close.

     This was win number 14 for the Bulldogs and up next is Bunceton who will be in Leeton Friday night for their game. This is the last warm up game before the big tournament next week.

LEETON GIRLS HAVE GOOD GAME
Lose 34-22

     The Leeton girls played an enthusiastic Lady Eagles team from Otterville. The team was consistently taller in nearly every position but the Lady Bulldogs didn't let that bother them. They are gaining confidence and played well. At the end of the 1st quarter Leeton trailed 14-7 and saw Otterville expand the lead slightly by halftime. The final quarter of the game they played Otterville even as they continued to improve their game.

     Leading scorer was Courtney Campbell with 9 points. Stephanie Goodrich had 4, Hannah Harper and Jade Schnatz each had 3 and Jordan Mudd had 2.

     Next game up for the Lady Bulldogs is Bunceton who will be in Leeton Friday night.

LEETON BOYS MOVE TO NUMBER 2
5th Statewide MBCA BASKETBALL POLL

     The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Basketball Poll Number 5 has been released and Leeton has moved up to 2nd place. Class One rankings are:
1 Meadville (11-1)
2 Leeton (12-1)
3 Hardin Central (12-1)
4 South Iron (11-1)
5 Community (8-2)
6 Novinger (9-2)
7 Stanberry (11-2)
8 Walnut Grove (12-2)
9 Winston (13-2)
10 Glasgow (11-2)

LEETON COMES HOME WITH TWO MORE WINS
Both Defeat Calhoun

     The Leeton Lady Bulldogs took on Calhoun Tuesday night in Calhoun and dominated play in the first quarter taking a 17-0 lead. Continuing to battle through the half they had a commanding lead of 35-2 at halftime.

     Leading the way was Hannah Harper with 12 points. Courtney Campbell added 8 and Stephanie Goodrich 7. Rachel Karm had 5, Jordan Mudd 4, Kennedy Early 4, Jade Schnatz 2, Sarah Khan 2, Taylor Crooks 2 and Hannah McGeorge 2 pushing the score to 48-15.

     This is the third straight win for the Lady Bulldogs who are pulling it together as the season continues.

     In the boys game, the Leeton fans joined the Calhoun fans in cheering for Calhoun player Tyler Rusche who scored his 1000th point. The game was halted as a special presentation was made to him.

     In the game Leeton roared out on the floor and took a quick 25-6 lead in the first quarter. By halftime they had extended it to 41-12. The third team played most of the second half while continuing to build a lead finishing with a final score of 76-24.

     In the scoring department Aaron Norush was leader with 13 points. Wyatt Fleming was right behind with 12. James Cavender and Levi Manley each had 10 points. Dylan Swabby had 7 while Caleb Cramer and Nick Baker each had 6 points. Finishing the scoring was Alex Smith with 4, Trevor Elwell 4, Daniel Haney 2 and Ian Ginther 2.

     This was the thirteenth win for the Bulldogs this year as they prepare for the upcoming tournament in Leeton next week.

HOMECOMING IS FEBRUARY 6
Queen Candidates

     The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs will play Kingsville February 6 which will be their homecoming game. Candidates for Princess are freshman Peyton Schmidli, sophomore Whitney French, and junior Bayley Peer. Candidates for Queen are seniors Taylor Prince, Sierra Sullins, and Nikki Berry. The winners will be crowned at the basketball game on February 6.

5th & 6th GRADE BASKETBALL COMING
Tournament March 16-21

     The Lion's Club annual Earl Lowry 5th and 6th Grade Basketball Tournament will be held in the Leeton school gymnasium March 16-21. The fundraiser helps to fund the summer recreation program provided by the Lion's each year. Plan now to attend the always enjoyable games as the areas 5th and 6th graders come together to show tomorrow's stars in action.

MOON DEALS IN LIVESTOCK SUPPLEMENTS
Making Feeding Cattle Easier

     Bryan Moon is now dealing in Missouri Livestock Supplements that come in a tub ready for feeding the cattle.

     “The AP-5 Tub is a special blend of cooked cane molasses solids mixed with soybean meal, vitamins, minerals, botanical and binding 'all natural' ingredients that sets this supplement tub apart from other tubs on today's market,” reports Bryan Moon.

     He reports that the tub provides a number of benefits including: complete protein, vitamin and mineral programs without any need to mix. High levels of sugar from molasses solids are included. There is a low moisture content and limited daily consumption is easy as the amounts needed are provided in the proper size of tub selected.

     There is added fat for additional energy. The mixture improves digestability and feed efficiency and stimulates growth and activity of rumen bacteria. It encourages higher conception rates and reduced calving intervals. The mixture improves body condition and higher weaning rates.

     The mixture improves meat and milk production and improves the overall herd health and cattle performance. The mixture is available in the tub prepared at any time of the year.

     The tubs come in 50 pound, 125 pound and 200 pound sizes. There is no deposit and no return on the tubs which are heavy plastic. No equipment is needed and it saves time and labor.

     For more information contact Bryan at 660-909-2920.

CASEY'S PROVIDES MENUS
Order Ahead

     The local Casey's General Store now has menus that customers can take with them to store at home and to refer to when calling in food orders. Call in number is 660-653-4417.

     The menu includes for breakfast pizza, burrito, biscuits & gravy, hash browns, and a breakfast sandwich.

     Appetizers include potato cheese bites, popcorn chicken, mini pizza bites, wedgie fries, bacon & cheese wedge fries, cheesy bread sticks, and buffalo wings.

     Sandwiches and other meal items available are chicken tenders, breaded pork, breaded chicken, ham & cheese, sausage sandwiches, bacon cheeseburger, Ό lb. Cheeseburger, Ό lb. Hamburger, and pizza by the slice.

     Of course their pizza is available in three sizes including a variety of toppings and styles. They are currently running a special on their pizza.

     From the bakery there are cookies, donuts and other pastries. Casey's has expanded to provide food items for every occasion.

ALUMNI BANQUET PLANS
Recognized Classes to be Honored

     The officers of the Leeton High School Alumni met at the home of Dawnja McCormack Monday to discuss plans for the June 14 get together of all graduates of LHS. Featured classes this year will be this year's 2015 graduating class; 10th year graduates from 2005; 25th year graduates from 1990; 40th year from 1975; 50th year from 1965; 60th year from 1955; and the 70th year from 1945.

     A special video is being prepared to highlight this year's activities and to provide an insight as to the continued growth and improvement of the local education program.

     “Several surprises are being planned along with displays from the museum on each of the recognized classes,” reported president Bob Wyatt. “Mark your calendar now to attend.”

WINDSOR FURNITURE COMPANY
"Complete Home Furnishings"
108-110-112 N. Main Street, Windsor, MO 65360
Mark Moser - 660-647-3113

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
JANUARY

21 – Methodist Women's study group at 1:30 pm
22 – LHS at Otterville for basketball 5:30 pm
23 – Bunceton at LHS for basketball 6 pm
24 - Middle School Conference Scholar Bowl Tournament at Leeton 8 am to 3 pm
24 – Harvester's Distribution at 11:30 am in the Christian Church parking lot
26 – Lion's Club meeting
26-31 Battle of the Hardwoods Tournament at Leeton
28 – Senior Citizens meeting 11 am at the community center

FIRE DOWNTOWN
Minor Damage

     Renters were moving a stove while it was burnning materials and the flue came loose setting the building at 101 S. Main on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished but renters were informed by police to be moved out this weekend. Owners are Ken Blackmon and Kevin Kendall who live in 103 S. Main.

CITY NOTICE
Of Hearing Regarding Sewer Fees and Charges

     Public Notice is hereby given that the Board of Aldermen of the City of Leeton, Missouri, will meet on February 11, 2015, at 6 pm at City Hall, 108 W. Summerfield, Leeton, Missouri, to consider the following matters:

     1.Sewer fees for residential users and commercial users.

     The public hearing will give all interested parties an opportunity to provide input on these matters.

LEETON LOUNGE
Food - Drink - Games
103 S. Main, Leeton, MO 64735
Tennie Seward, Owner

LEETON QUIZ
How Much Do You Know About Leeton R-X?

     As the country celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. here is an opportunity to show if you know what the man said in his speeches. Mark “Y” if the statement was made by Martin Luther King, Jr. Place an “N” if they are not his statements.
1. I have a dream.that one day my four children will live in a country where they will not be judged on the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
2. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
3. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
4. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the entire staircase.
5. Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere.
6. If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
7. The time is always right to do what is right.
8. We must learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.
9. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
10. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
11. Life's most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
12. Love is the only force that is capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
13. Education without morals is like a ship without a compass, merely wandering nowhere.
14. In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
15. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
16. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the floods of fear.
17. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

JOURNAL WRITTEN ABOUT 1940'S
Preacher's Son in Leeton

     Keith Lentz whose grandfather lived at 404 N. Main for a number of years and operated a leather shop downtown Leeton in the early part of the last century has sent a journal that he obtained from Merle Rummel. Merle lives in Richmond, Indiana, and is currently 80 years of age. The importance of this journal is that he writes about Leeton. He lived here when he was 6 to 10 years of age. That would be in the early 1940's. His father was minister of the Mineral Creek Church of the Brethren which held services in the building that houses the Leeton Museum now.

     Merle includes some wonderful pictures of Leeton in that time period. We hope to share some of the stories and pictures over the next few weeks. Here is the first article.

     MOVING TO LEETON: Halloween night we were moving to Missouri. Dad had taken pastorate of a church there. A big truck had come from Missouri to pick up all of our things. We loaded lots into it: all the furniture, even dad's tractor (a John Deere B he had gotten that year). The truck left in the morning and we followed.

     With only a few paved roads and the old cars (we had a Ford V8 60) people didn't drive fast like they do today. There were no superhighways and the old two-lane roads ran right through the center of the towns. They were not fast.

     We slept that night somewhere in Illinois. We crossed the Mississippi River in the dark. It had lots of lights on the bridge. Dale, my brother, and I were asleep, but we had insisted that we wanted to wake up to see the Mississippi River.

     In Missouri we ran into a lot of noise. People were shooting off firecrackers for Halloween. I'd never heard of that before.

     We were moving to a house that “sat on a hill.” Every house that we passed that sat on a hill we wondered if our house would look like it. When we finally got to Leeton, Missouri, we were surprised to find that it was just a little town.

     The truck was there ahead of us, sitting on a cross street at the Doctor's office. Some of the church members took us out of town to the north and west about 1 mile to the house. Sure enough, the house was sitting on a little hill, back from the road about Ό mile where two creeks came together. You looked down from the road to the house.

     Leeton had a railroad through it---the Santa Fe, from Chicago to St. Louis, to Kansas City and on west. It was the main line. Trains were the important way to travel in those days (yes, there were airplanes, but they weren't used that much) and the trains pulled long strings of freight cars, or maybe ran fast with passenger and baggage cars.

     The Leeton RR Station had a deep well to water the steam engines, so Leeton was a watering stop. That well and the springs on our farm were the only water in our part of the county that would last all through the summer. It was a lot drier in Missouri than in Indiana or Ohio where we were used to living.

     I remember a shop that was down near the railroad. It was run by a big hit and miss engine. It was belted to a long drive shaft that ran full length of the shop overhead. Everyone of the tools had a belt running down from that drive shaft. I think it was mostly a carpentry shop.

     There was Wyatt's flour mill at the railroad track, with a siding for grain cars. We would buy flour from them to bake bread and cakes. The flour would come in 60 pound sacks of print cloth. Mother would make her dresses and our shirts out of the print cloth. When she would go in to buy the next sack of flour, she would hunt to match one of the patterns of print that she already had so she could get enough cloth of the right print for whatever she was going to sew.

     TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.

MID-STATE SCOREBOARD
The Season Continues

     Here is the current schedule and scores: JANUARY
20 – Leeton girls 48 Calhoun 15
20 - Leeton boys 76 Calhoun 24
20 – KC Lutheran girls 64 Lone Jack 54
20 - Lone Jack boys 70 KC Lutheran 47
20 – Ozanam boys 36 Wentworth 27
22 – Otterville girls 34 Leeton 22
22 – Leeton boys 63 Otterville 34
23 – KC Lutheran girls 56 Sherwood 35
23 – NE Vernon County girls 44 Calhoun 37
23 – NE Vernon County boys 44 Calhoun 38
23 – LaMonte girls 63 Chilhowee 23
23 – Chilhowee boys 78 LaMonte 57
23 – Wentworth at Norborne
23 – Leeton girls 38 Bunceton 22
23 – Leeton boys 87 Bunceton 18
24 – Heartland girls 46 Calhoun 34
24 – Heartland boys 65 Calhoun 26
26-31 Battle of Hardwoods in Leeton g & b
27 – Wellington at KC Lutheran g & b
27 – Kingsville at Calhoun g & b
29 – KC Lutheran at Ozanam g & b
30 – KC Lutheran at Heritage Christian g & b
30 – Calhoun at Malta Bend g & b
30 – Wentworth at Kingsville g & b
FEBRUARY
2 – Green Ridge at LaMonte g & b
2 – KC Lutheran at Plattsburg g & b
2 – Sweet Springs at Kingsville g & b
3 – Kingsville at Lakeland g & b
3 – Ballard at Calhoun g & b
3 – Wentworth at Leeton g & b
3 – LaMonte at Windsor g & b
4 – DeKalb at KC Lutheran g & b
5 – LaMonte at Stover g & b
5 – Green Ridge at Chilhowee g & b
6 – Maranatha at KC Lutheran g & b
6 – Kingsville at Leeton g & b
6-13 Kaysinger Basketball Tournament g & b
7 – Wentworth at Ozanam g & b
10 – Calhoun at Kingsville g & b
10 – Leeton at Chilhowee g & b
12 – Kingsville at Appleton City g & b
12 - Wentworth at Calhoun g & b
13 – Wentworth at Chilhowee g & b
13 – Calhoun at Hume g & b
16 – Northwest at Chilhowee g & b
16 – KC Lutheran at Drexel g & b
17 – Wentworth at Hardin-Central g & b
17 – LaMonte at Prairie Home g & b
17 – Calhoun at Ballard g & b
17 – Kingsville at KC Lutheran g & b
18 – Kingsville at Lone Jack g & b
19 – Chilhowee at Kingsville g & b
19 – Wentworth at Malta Bend g & b
23 – DISTRICTS

HAPPY DAYS DREAM CARS
"Riding Away With Memories"
812 E. Young, Warrensburg, MO 64093
John Meyer 660-422-7177 Helen Meyer

FILING FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Need to Do Now

     Going off the Leeton R-X Board of Education this year are Owen Mudd and Paula Prince. Both are seeking re-election and John Beck has filed to seek election. Anyone wanting to run for the offices should fill out the proper papers in the superintendent's office during regular school hours.

     The school election is at the same time as the city election which occurs the first Tuesday of April. Voting takes place in the Leeton Community Building.

COUNTRY CLUB CARE CENTER
"Be as Independent as Health Allows"
400 Care Center Drive, Warrensburg, MO
660-747-2216

ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
ATM Damaged

     Sometime in the past couple of weeks someone was involved in attempting to take the Automatic Teller Machine from the Sunflower Bank in Leeton. Reports are that a vehicle, reported to be a stolen truck by individuals at Casey's General Store this weekend, was parked so it could chain or rope the machine and yank it loose from its foundation. The plan apparently was to take the entire machine. Not being successful blunt objects were used to pound the machine attempting to break in. There was no report of money being taken by the thieves.

SENIOR CITIZENS SCHEDULED TO MEET
Musical Entertainment Planned

     The Leeton Senior Citizens will meet for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 28. A delicious meal of ham & beans with cornbread will follow the entertainment by the Vern Lloyd Band. They will start at 11 am. Plan now to attend.

CANDIDATES SOUGHT
Deadline Nears

     Those wanting to seek the office of city council, mayor or board of education should be contacting the city clerk or school secretary to complete papers that register candidates for the election which is the first Tuesday of April.

CAR CRASHES INTO STORAGE ROOM
Teenage Driver Injured

     A sixteen year old was driving west on highway 2 in Leeton when he missed the curve and went across Steve Clear's drive shooting upward off the incline and crashing into three of the storage rooms at the rental place. Owner Calvin Brown reports $6700 damage. One report on the driver was that he suffered a broken back.

QUIZ BOWL TEAM IN COMPETITION
Tournament Here Saturday

     The Leeton Middle School Scholar Bowl team members are Eighth Graders Elle Wilson, Dale Mills, Jaclyn Mills, Jennifer Schnatz, Raegan Scrivener and Seventh Grader Maddie Sullins.

     “The team practices twice a week,” reported Suzi Collins, team sponsor, “and a match usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. They compete with several schools at once. On Thursday last week the team traveled to Chilhowee. In that competition Leeton defeated Chilhowee but lost to Heartland, the other team in the event.”

     On January 24 Leeton is host to the Mid-State Middle School Scholar Bowl Tournament with participating schools Chilhowee, Kingsville, Calhoun, East Lynne, Strasburg, and Leeton.

     The tournament will start at 8 am and continue all day. The format is usually a round robin bracket.

     “In December the team went to Heartland High School,” continued Mrs. Collins, “and competed against both Heartland teams losing both matches.”

     The questions used for the events are a compilation of math computation, spelling, grammar, foreign language, fine arts, and contemporary issues. Good luck team in the conference tournament.

JR. HIGH DISTRICT HONOR BAND
Several From Leeton Participate

     Last Saturday, January 17, the Leeton Middle School Band students had the opportunity to participate in the All-District Jr. High Band in Sedalia. Those selected for this honor were:
7th Graders
Reese Evans – Tuba
Regina Fleischman - Alto Sax
Kayla Crowder – Clarinet
Abbi Davenport – Clarinet
8th Graders
Raegen Scrivener – Oboe
Daphne Miles – Bassoon
Jenna Jewell – Flute
Morgan Miller – Flute
Cheyenne Withrich - Alto Sax
Adam Arwood - Alto Sax

     Rehearsals were held all day with a concert at 5 pm at the Sedalia Middle School.

LOCAL BANK GETS RECOGNITION
Working for the Community

     In the Sunflower Bank's Community News edition for Spring 2014, the Leeton branch was recognized for a number of activities along with their recognizing new branch banks in Denver and Longmont. There are now six banks in Colorado, sixteen in Kansas and Leeton remains the only bank in Missouri.

     Leeton was featured in the bank publication for their effort to show appreciation to bank customers. Local residents will recall the day last spring that the employees were dressed as clowns and games were held on the south side to entertain the kids. Hot dogs and chips and other food was provided along with balloons and treats for the kids.

     Over the summer the bank provided ice cream, popcorn, snow cones and other surprises on Fridays to demonstrate how much the Leeton community means to them.

     Complimentary shirts were donated to the mini-cheer camp at the school. The ABC fund drive to raise money for the school and the offering of classes on operating a business leading to a scholarship are all part of the effort to be a supporter of the local community.

     The bank recognized and honored local Veterans on Veteran's Day with refreshments for them and their families.

     Another article in the bank newspaper shared how the Leeton employees went above and beyond the call of duty. When the salt supply ran out during the winter last year the Leeton staff provided wood ashes from their homes to sprinkle on the walks to eliminate the ice. Surprisingly the wood ashes have a high salt content and easily cleaned the walkways.

     One other article was about the “Leeton First Ladies” organization sponsored by the bank. The group traveled to Ravenswood Mansion near Boonville and toured Warm Springs Ranch where the Budweiser Clydesdales are kept.

     In December the ladies were hosted to a catered barbecue lunch and ornament exchange. For more information on the Leeton Ladies contact Barb at the bank.

     “The Sunflower Bank continues to offer many incentives to be a part of our banking family,” commented Bank Manager Edward Stewart. “I encourage Leeton residents to come by and take a look at the facilities and meet our staff.”

COYOTE HUNT
Sharpshooters Invited

     The ESBC Coyote Hunt is scheduled for January 24 beginning at 7:30 pm. Anyone wanting to participate must register the night before, January 23, between 6 to 8 pm. There are no exceptions made.

     Cost is $40 per team which consists of 2 to 3 members. A dinner is provided Saturday night at check in which will be held in the Elm Spring Baptist Church fellowship hall (570 NW 1601, Kingsville, MO).

     Each team must have at least one member over 18 years of age. The fee pays for up to 3 members on the team. Half the money will go to missions. All Missouri regulations apply. All members must be present at registration and check in.

     For more information call or text Adam at 816-699-2247.

FIREWORK INJURY
Required Surgery

     Kelly Burford was rushed to the hospital last week and immediately had surgery on his hand due to injury sustained from fireworks. He lost two fingers and had additional damage down to his hand.

FURNITURE CITY, INC.
117 S. Wasington, Clinton, MO 64735
Shawn McIntyre - 660-885-7088 - Jerry McIntyre

KATHY'S KITCHEN
PORK CHOP CASSEROLE

6 pork chops
potatoes
salt and pepper
French style green beans
onion
bacon

     Layer pork chops in bottom of 9 X 13 pan lined with foil. Peel and slice potatoes and put on top of pork chops. Salt and pepper. Next put can of green beans with juice on top of chops. Add onion I would slice the onion. Lay on top 4 to 5 pieces of bacon. Fold foil over top and cook 1 hour at 350 degrees.

JOYOUS JOURNEY OF LIFE
By Joyce Riley
"GOD SPEAKS, ARE YOU LISTENING?"

     God speaks to us in many ways and through various means. The primary way He speaks to us is through the written Word, the Holy Bible. Every word that is written is profitable for us, but only if we take time to read it.

     How many of us would receive a letter from a dear and treasured friend and leave it lay unopened for days or weeks before looking into the content. When I get a letter I can hardly wait to see what the writer has to say to me. Once I read it I am more informed than I was previously about what is happening in that person's life.

     God's Word is alive (that means that it is pertinent to every day of our life) and it is powerful (it has the power to work changes within us that are necessary for our spiritual growth).

     He speaks to us through the beauty and majesty of all of creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.

     “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone and through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” (Psalms 19:1-6).

     Every time I see clouds in the sky with the sun's rays shining down as if coming out of the clouds I am reminded of God's glory and His Majesty. At those times I may become breathless at the beauty He displays and my heart is overwhelmed by the greatness and His power.

     I think, “Oh, how much He must love us to give us these displays and awakenings to His greatness and His glory.”

     There are so many instances within the Bible that tell of times when God spoke to mankind. In the garden He walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. He spoke to Moses just as a man speaks with his friend.

     Quite often of late I have been hearing Him through His written word which says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

     In a conversation one speaks and the other listens to hear what is being said. Make it a point in this new year to be still, sit quietly in the midst of your most hurried day taking a few moments to listen closely to what He is saying to you through whatever means He chooses.

     Pay rapt attention and then go forward doing what or going where He has spoken to you to do or go. You will be blessed in your obedience to what He says.

CHURCH NEWS

HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH:

     Services are being held every Sunday at the Harmony Church. Make plans now to participate in the services this Sunday.

HIGH POINT BAPTIST

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: January 18 – Regular worship service and Sunday school will meet.

CHURCH IN THE HOUSE

     The Church in the House met Sunday in the home of Tom Buttram (formerly Fiorella's west of the curve on highway 13 south of the junction). Services regularly begin at 10 am and last all day including a noon meal. The public is invited.

LEETON BAPTIST

     “We had a pretty good day at Leeton Baptist Church,” reported Pastor Chris Emerson. “There were 22 in attendance for worship.”

     Songs used in the service included "Majesty", "Because He Lives", and "The Savior is Waiting".

     The sermon title was "It's a Wonderful Life" which was based on Scriptures taken from Philippians. Sunday was “Sanctity of Life Sunday” at the church so the sermon revolved around the idea of God's love for His creation and how precious each and every life is to Him.

     The congregation hopes to start Sunday night services February 8.

METHODIST CHURCH:

     The services began with the singing of “Open My Eyes, That I May See” followed by the Call to Worship using the Scriptures Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18. After the reciting of the Apostles' Creed the congregation sang “Majesty, Worship His Majesty.”

     Rev. Harvey Beach presented a message entitled “Come and See” using the Scripture John 1:43-51. The closing song was “Here I Am Lord.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Jan 21 – Methodist Women meet at 1:30; Febr. 5 – Methodist Men meet at 7 pm; Feb. 10 – Women's Outreach and Bible Study at 7 pm; Feb. 12 – Community Outreach Meal at 6 pm.

CHRISTIAN CHURCH:

     Dr. Dan Lowry presided over the Sunday school lesson using the book of James. Mataya Lowry and Courtney Fleming led songs with Melinda Fitzgerel at the piano.

     Greeter was Bob Wyatt; Nursery workers were Cheyenne and Carla Underwood; Scripture and prayer by Tracy Bartlett; communion meditation Brandon Myers; offering prayer Travis Fleming; final prayer Terry Scrivener.

     Sermon presented by Dan Lowry continued his series from the book of John entitled “Taking the Floor.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Jan. 18 – Youth Group 6:30; Jan. 21 – Bible Study at 6:30 pm; Jan. 25 – Praise Band in charge of the worship service; Jan. 25 – Winter Jam for youth at the Sprint Center; Jan. 28 – Bible Study at 6:30 pm; Feb. 7 – Women of Faith at 8:30 am.

QUIZ ANSWERS
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     All of the statements should be marked “Y” as each of them was made by Martin Luther King, Jr. His statements reflect his deep faith in God the his belief in the American dream of opportunity, justice and unity for all mankind.



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