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     Heavy rain Friday night canceled the Leeton Baseball Tournament. It is doubtful that it will be reset due to the end of school approaching.

Saturday, May 7

     The annual Leeton Fair Board sponsored community garage sale is May 7. Maps of those having sales will be available. Those wanting to have their sale on the map should contact Kelly Fleming. A list of locations will also be included in the Warrensburg Star Journal.

Meeting Last Monday

     The Board of Aldermen met Monday night, May 2, for their regular monthly meeting beginning with the pledge to the flag.

     MONEY TRANSFERRED: City Treasurer Jerry McAllister recommended transferring $21,085.70 from funds received from cell phone companies which had to be in reserve for five years before using. This amount had reached the five year amount and was placed in the General Fund by the Board.

     REQUEST FOR CULVERT: A request for a culvert to be placed on East Summerfield a block east of the highway was tabled until next meeting since the request was made by Joyce Harding and she was not present.

     SKID STEER LEASED: Old business included a skid steer lease proposal and an update from Foley Equipment. This led to passage of Bill No. 16-09 approving a lease buy agreement. This equipment will be used in the repairing of the streets.

     FLAGS FOR MEMORIAL DAY: The city will once again be placing flags on the graves of Veterans as well as at the entrance to the cemetery.

     CITY SALES TAX FOR PARK BOARD: New business dealt with an Ordinance of the City of Leeton submitting to voters a one/half cent sales tax for the purpose of funding local park projects. The money will be used to build a new shelter house and add additional equipment and facilities at the park. This is needed for the anticipated bicyclers coming on the Rock Island and Katy Trails in the future. The item will be on the ballot in August.

     SAVING MONEY WITHOUT ELECTION: Another ordinance providing for the elimination of an election if candidates are all unopposed will also be placed on the ballot in August.

     TRASH PICKUP SERVICE: Discussion of plans and selection of bids for citywide cleanup were discussed. The clean up is schedule for May 19 to 22.

     MAYOR'S REPORT: Mayor Taylor Elwell reported on meeting with the Community Betterment Association planning meeting to learn how they work and if it would be appropriate for the Leeton Community to participate in it. They are continuing to examine the possibility.

     The city got the waste water permit renewed. Discussion will be started on understanding the future needs of dealing with certain solutions and waste water problems.

     CITY CLERK REPORT: The City Clerk, Terry Bond, reported on a meeting of city clerks statewide that she attended. She also reported that she would have to be absent Tuesday and Wednesday. Water Bills may be dropped in the drop box during her absence.

     POLICE REPORT: Police Chief Bill Brasel reported that there were 69 calls requesting assistance by citizens during April. Two were burglaries and two people drove off without paying at Casey's. Generally things were quiet in Leeton the past month despite the students getting restless for the end of the year.

     SWARMING BEES: Unique for the chief was a call for bees that were stinging the children on south Nickerson Street. On arrival he found a huge swarm about the size of a softball. He contacted the Conservation Department who came without charge and took the swarm. The next day another swarm the size of a basketball was gathered in the same tree. Again the Conservation Department employee came and successfully took the bees to a new location.

     SPRING FLING A SUCCESS: The Spring Fling went off without any trouble. Crowds numbered about 150 throughout most of the evening though people came and went as they enjoyed the barbeque and music.

     PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Rob Myers reported that the water tower had been cleaned. Estimates to paint are in the $50,000 range. More discussion will follow on this issue. The tower was appraised as being in good condition.

     During the inspection it was drained and the city used county water. The connection has been established with the county water to insure that Leeton will have water even if the city pumps should not be working. Two new pumps are being looked at for purchase.

     A new belt was placed on the lawnmower; water meter automatic reader is broken and efforts to repair or replace are underway; a fire hydrant on Graham is being repaired; and cleaning ditches is underway again.

     NEXT BOARD MEETING: The Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, June 7, for their next board meeting. The time is 7 pm in the community building. The public is invited to attend all board meetings.

Lakeland Edges Leeton

     Leeton was slow to get started and watched Lakeland snatch a victory in the first round of the Sectionals held in Leeton Wednesday evening, April 27 at 5 pm.

     In the second round Leeton took the lead early but Lakeland battled back thanks to the remarkable performance by William Koch who answered nearly all of the questions for Lakeland.

     The lead went back and forth until the fourth quarter when William rose to the occasion and quickly took his team to a 50 point lead. It was enough as the Vikings edged Leeton for the second game and eliminated Leeton from further competition this year. Lakeland will be going to Columbia with seven other teams from throughout the state of Missouri for the tournament.

     Congratulations to the Leeton players who had a very successful year finishing with 15 wins and 3 losses.

At Methodist Church

     The United Methodist Church continues to host a warm meal for anyone in the community desiring to share the fellowship. This month it will be held May 12 at 6:30 pm. The main course will be tacos. People wanting to have the meal delivered may call Dot Dodson to make arrangements.

Fourth Wednesday of Month

     The Leeton Senior Citizens enjoyed fried chicken this month at their regular monthly meeting thanks to the Sunflower Bank. The organization would like to thank Josh Detherage, bank manager, for delivering the chicken which was enjoyed by all.

     Next month the organization will have meat loaf or meat balls as the main course. All members are encouraged to bring a side dish and dessert to help fill out the meal.

     Entertainment was provided by the Leeton High School Instrumental Music Department with their students who received top ratings at the Spring Music Festival. The students demonstrated a good deal of talent and were enjoyed by those in attendance. Next month on May 25 it will be Ms. Brown and her ukelele entertaining.

Father and Son

     The Honor Flight was affected by storms this trip causing Steve and Buzz Clear of Leeton to be in Washington, D.C. longer due to their return flight being canceled. The Flight Committee was able to get another from Reagan Airport at 1 am.

     When arriving in Sedalia by motorcade fire hoses were sprayed in an arch for the Veterans Group to drive through. Then they were escorted by police thru town. Crowds of people lined the streets cheering for them. It was a very moving event for the two Veterans.

     The entire event began at 2 am at the parking lot in Sedalia at 2nd Street and Osage. The bus left at 2:30 am after everyone was checked in and loaded on the bus. It headed to Kansas City International Airport where they checked in for a 5:40 flight with Southwest Airlines headed to Baltimore.

     A breakfast sandwich was served each Veteran at the KC Airport. Snack sacks and bottled water were provided by C&R Market out of Slater to ward off hunger throughout the day. They were advised it might be best to save it for the afternoon part of the trip.

     In Baltimore the honored Veterans were loaded on to another bus and taken to the memorial area in Washington, D.C. A lunch was provided on the bus by Arby's.

     At 10:45 am the Veterans arrived at the beautiful World War II Memorial. Veterans were allowed to spend time walking the grounds.

     Surprisingly the Clears ran into Dr. and Mrs. Dan Lowry who were on vacation. They were both quite surprised to find each other not being aware of either making a trip to Washington, D.C.

     Next the group took a city bus tour which included the White House and Navy Memorial. At 1 pm the group stopped at the Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. By 2:30 they paused in respect for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Next it was the Iwo Jima Memorial.

     At 3 pm they were at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to the many men and women who are buried there having served their country. The Veterans saw another emotional changing of the Guard ceremony.

     At 4:15 they drove to the Pentagon and had a short stop at the Air Force Memorial. On the way to the Airport they became aware of difficulties with their flight scheduled for 9:35. Instead they had to wait several hours and left at 1 am. They arrived home at 6 am.

     For more pictures and information it is available on Facebook on Steve Clear's site. Congratulations to both Steve and Buzz Clear for being selected for the Honor Flight. We encourage other Veterans to apply for this emotional and meaningful recognition of their service to country.

Will Have a Plant, Craft & Bake Sale

at 400 N. Main in Leeton in front of the Leeton Museum
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Respect for Flag

     On Friday night, April 29, we had a big wind and rainstorm through the night. When I got up on Saturday morning our flag pole had broken in the wind. The American flag was still attached to the pole which was lying on the edge of the road. The flag staff was in the wet, muddy gravel and part of the pole was in the yard across our front ditch. I could not lift it to move it and my husband wasn't up yet.

     I heard and saw several vehicles go by before he got up. I thought surely someone would stop and lay the flag over in the grass. No one did.

     Where is the respect for our flag gone and also the love and respect of friends and neighbors. I know for a fact that Buzz and I would not have gone by without stopping to at least lay the flag in the yard and out of the messy street. We respect our country's flag and try to help our neighbors and friends whenever we can.

     Let's remember to be good Americans and a part of God's beautiful earth.

     Sincerely, Pat Clear.

Several This Past Week

     NINA COX SCHNEIDER, 79, of Maryville, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Mosaic Life Care, in St. Joseph. Nina was born on September 8, 1936, near Leeton, Missouri, to Noman F. and Mary Epperson Cox. She attended Leeton High School and graduated from William Jewell College in 1958 with a degree in Music Education.

     Her first teaching position upon graduation was Music Director for the Westboro, Missouri schools.

     On December 27, 1959, she married Lee T. Schneider, Jr, in Leeton, Missouri. Lee preceded her in death on November 27, 2013. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Lee T. Schneider III; her parents; one brother, Floyd “Bud” Cox; and one sister, Margaret LaFavor.

     She is survived by a son, Kevin (Lisa) Schneider, Huntsville, AL; daughter, Terri (Patrick) Modlin, Faucett; three grandsons, Karl Schneider, Jacob Modlin and Michael Modlin; four sisters, Pauline Finke, Wichita, Kansas, Nadine (Walt) Gist, Leavenworth, Kansas, Anna Lee Barron, Glendale, Arizona; two brothers, William (Patsy) Cox, and Gerald (Kay) Cox, both of Leeton, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Nina provided years of volunteer assistance to her husband during the 32 years he served as the instrumental music director in Maryville R-II schools and she was the Vocal Director at the high school from 1976-1978.

     She was the instrumental band director at Horace Mann school for over 30 years, and taught over 20 years at St Gregory’s School, directing both the vocal and instrumental programs.

     In addition, she was the music director at the First Presbyterian Church, Maryville, for 30 years, retiring in 2005. Since retiring, she continued as a choir member, bell choir director, church treasurer and deacon.

     Nina committed her life to service, participating in many organizations within the Maryville Community. She served as 4-H leader for many years during her children’s membership in the Maryville club. She was part of the local AAUW organization for more than 35 years, serving as President and in other committee positions.

     In 2002, she became an AARP tax counselor after assisting her husband for several years, and joined the Nodaway County Association of Retired School Employees, serving as Treasurer from 2006-2016. Other memberships and activities included a recent member of Chapter L, P.E.O.; a former member of the Nodaway County Chorale, and a Nodaway County Ministry Center volunteer.

     Nina, along with her husband Lee, were key supporters of the R-II Educational Foundation planning for the soon to be completed Performing Arts Center.

     Memorial services were to be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Missouri. The burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri.

     KENNETH L. WISKUR, age 69 years, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at his home in Leeton, Missouri. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m. at Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Missouri.

     The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Missouri Veterans Home-Canteen and can be left in care of the funeral home.

     Kenneth was born in Warrensburg, Missouri to Lawrence and May (Harms) Wiskur on December 25, 1946.  He was a 1964 graduate of Leeton High School and served in the military during the Vietnam War.

     In his younger days Kenneth showed pigs at various fairs with good success.  He worked for 30 years at Hayes Wheels.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and meeting people. He loved spending time with his family and grandkids.

     Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, and grandparents. Among survivors are his wife Ruby at Golden Living Westwood; his mother, May (Harms) Wiskur of Clinton; three sons, Colby (Crystal) Wiskur of Joplin, Shelby (Lisa) Wiskur of Joplin, Luke (Devin) Wiskur of Leeton; a daughter, Pearl (Christian) Hayship of Raymore; brother, Henry (Thea) Wiskur of Leeton; sister, Janet (Roy) Ackers of Clinton; along with 20 grandchildren.

     Arrangements were entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

     HERSCHEL EUGENE HOWARD, of Leeton, passed away April 20, 2016, in Columbia. Herschel requested no funeral be held. Memorials can be made to Show Me Christian Youth Home.

     LARRY TABOR passed away this past week. He and his wife Carol have lived in Leeton the past few years.


2 Baseball hosts Crest Ridge 4:30 pm
2 City Board of Aldermen meeting 7
3 Baseball hosts Kingsville 4:30 pm
3 Pool Tournament at Lounge
4 Elementary Science Fair 5:30 pm
4 Elementary Music Concert 6:15 pm
5 Middle School and High School Music Concert in gym at 6:30 pm
5 Pitch Tournament at Lounge
6 Baseball at Holden 4:30 pm
6 Middle School Dance 7-9 pm
7 Jr. & Sr. Prom 8 to 11 pm
9 Baseball at Wellington 4:30 pm
9 Lion's Club meeting
9 Pool Tournament at Lounge
10 Baseball hosts Wheatland 4:30 pm
11 Academic Awards in gym 6 pm
11 Music Awards in gym 7 pm
11 Pitch Tournament at Lounge
12 District Baseball Tournament
12 Mineral Creek 4-H at Christian Church
13 District Baseball Tournament
13 Baccalaureate at Christian Church at 7 pm
14 Commencement in gym at 10 am
14 District Baseball Tournament
15 District Baseball Tournament
16 Elementary and Middle School Awards
16 FFA Recognition Night in cafeteria 6 pm
16 Pre-School Graduation gym 7 pm


     School construction is not new at Leeton as improvements and progress have continued throughout the one hundred years of the history of the school. Check these out.
1. The current school is Leeton R-X (or District 10). What was the original number assigned to the Leeton District in 1896?
2. Where was the first school building located?
3. What grades were held in the first building?
4. How many rooms in the building?
5. What other job did the principal do?
6. How many members on the board of education for that early school?
7. Who were the first teachers at the Leeton District?
8. Who built the school building and how much did it cost?
9. When was it replaced?
10. What schools were consolidated together to form a new school?

Meet Last Wednesday of Month

     The Leeton Park Board met last Wednesday night and continued to make long range plans for activities to bring more people to the park as well as for improvements in the facilities. The board meets every 4th Wednesday evening at 7 pm. The meetings are open to the public. There will be a special meeting the same night beginning at 5:30.

Your Help Very Much Appreciated

     We would like to thank everyone who helped with the horrible fire last month that left us homeless along with several others. We especially want to thank Rob Myers who worked all night fighting the fire and insured the water pressure remained high. There are so many names that come to mind to list but we will miss some and you are all very much appreciated.

     Also thanks to Denise Haney, Donna Bodenhamer and other who helped to raise funds in the community effort. The money we received helped us to get a place to live. The house needs a tremendous amount of work but we have a roof over our head.

     We thank the Centerview Baptist Church, the United Way, the Red Cross and so many others who donated food, clothes and furniture. It will be a long time before our lives will be back to normal but we are started.

     Ken Blackmon and Kevin Kendall

"Mexican Train Wreck

     Here is a delicious and fun recipe from Kathy Lutjen. Enjoy!
Layer in baking dish from bottom up:
1 can refried beans
12 oz.  sour cream
6 oz guacamole  (optional)
4 oz   grated cheddar cheese
4 oz. grated Jack cheese
1 jar salsa
2 green onions, sliced
1 small can sliced olives

     Best if heated in oven or microwave until cheese is starting to melt. Serve with tortilla chips.

Installation July 1

     The first of July the new slate of officers for the Leeton Lion's Club will be installed. Those elected and their office are as follows:
Dewayne Dady, president
Tennie Seward, 1st vice president
Tom Wissinger, 2nd vice president
Secretary, Jerry McAllister
Treasurer, Taylor Elwell
Tail Twister, Terry Elwell
Board members: Bill Smith, Terry Scrivener and David Fleming.

by Joyce Riley

     “Whom the Son Makes Free Shall Be Free Indeed”: The Lord has a message for those who are heavily burdened by the sin that Satan has enticed them with; for those who have become tired and weary of the heavy load they are carrying; and for those who can hardly bear to live.

     God in heaven wants them to be totally free from sins of the past and present. He wants them to be able to walk into a future in freedom that comes only from Him. They are to ask his forgiveness and seek from Him the healing of the soul, the mind and the spirit.

     As I sit here thinking I see visions of children being abused by angry parents or siblings, and sexually molested by others. My heart is broken for them. From the very depths of my soul I long to be a part of showing them the path to freedom from those memories and experiences.

     Picture with me Jesus Christ standing with arms outstretched with a look of pure love beckoning a person to come. “Come unto me and let me rescue you from all your past hurts and anger and sins.”

     These hurts and sins are simply chains that Satan keeps tightly bound around his victims. If we surrender to those open arms and know what real love is and what it can do to change a person's life and perception of self, then freedom will come from the guilt and shame.

     Picture Christ himself holding in his loving arms a small child that was battered and bruised with a heart of innocence completely shattered by his/her experiences---that feels no one can love them. How wrong they are. God in heaven loves us so much that He sent his Son to earth to become all that is needed to be released from the guilt and shame.

     Whether it was things we chose to do or things that we were subjected to that caused bitter feelings of hate and remorse, God loves us. He calls us to turn our eyes upon Jesus who gave his life so that we could experience this great love of God. He calls us to surrender our all to Him.

     The door to freedom stands open before us. All that is needed is to take that necessary step and enter in. He longs to take us in his arms and lead us to freedom.

     Jesus is our greatest friend. “Child, come to Me and let Me make you free.” Walk in to His warm and holy embrace. He loves us more than we can imagine or understand.

     “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

     “Then said Jesus to those...which believed on Him, if you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:31, 32, 36.

Lots of Activities

     HOUSE CHURCH:Tom Buttram invites everyone to share in their assembly of Christians for dinner and Bible study every Sunday.

     HARMONY BAPTIST: We have services for all age groups. Come share in worshiping Jesus.

     HIGH POINT BAPTIST: The High Point Baptist Church continues to meet every Sunday. Come join us.

      LEETON BAPTIST: Pastor Chris Emerson's new sermon series starting Sunday was “Holy Smoke Holy Spirit” with the first entitled “What to Sacrifice.” Sunday School is at 10 am, Worship at 11 am, Youth meet Sunday evening starting at 5 pm for a light meal and the 6 pm to 8 pm for activities and Bible study. Sunday Evening Bible study for adults 6 pm.

     LEETON UNITED METHODIST: Sunday morning the Methodist Church began services by singing “There's Within My Heart a Melody” followed by “We Are the Church” before the reading of Psalm 67 for the call to worship. The affirmation of faith was expressed followed by the singing of “Shout to the Lord.”

     The message by Rev. Harvey Beach used Matthew 22:34-40 and Colossians 3:5-17 entitled “Three Simple Rules.”

     “Take Our Bread” was sung before the partaking of communion. Final song was “Jesus Calls Us.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: May 5 – United Methodist Men meet; May 12 – Community Outreach Dinner at 6:30 pm; May 14 – Commencement at high school at 10 am; May 17 - Women's Outreach and Bible Study meet 6:30 pm.

     LEETON CHRISTIAN: Alex Glaze led song service for the Sunday School with Joe Glaze having the opening Prayer. The lesson was presented by Dan Lowry on the book of Daniel.

     For the worship service Courtney Fleming led service. Opening Scripture and prayer was by Dan Lowry; Greeters were Buzz & Pat Clear; Nursery worker was Carla & Cheyenne Underwood; Scripture and prayer Matt Tyler; Communion meditation Tim Reynolds; offering prayer Randy Page; closing prayer by Terry Scrivener. Dan's sermon was from Psalm 27 & 127 entitled “Jesus: Building a Strong Christian Family.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: May 1 – Youth group at 6:30pm; May 8 – Church Leadership meeting 8am; May 8 – Mother's Day recognition; May 13 – Baccalaureate service for senior class here 7 pm; May 14 – Commencement at the school 10 am; May 15 – Recognition of graduates at church; May 28 – Harvester's Food Distribution 11 am.

How Did You Do?

1. District twenty-seven.
2. The school building was located across east from the Methodist Church and Baptist Church. The entire block was used for the playground and the outdoor basketball court.
3. All elementary grades were held in the school along with two years of high school as the students got older.
4. The first building had one room but was quickly rebuilt with a second story having four classrooms.
5. The principal taught the older students two years of high school.
6. There were three members on the board in those early days.
7. Dan Mohler was the first principal. His sister, Anna Mohler taught the younger children. Florence Greer taught the older grades though she may have been the second in that position. Records are incomplete.
8. Mike Daughtery built the first wooden building of white pine at a cost of $1,500.
9. The school building was torn down before 1920 and the lumber was used in the construction of John Lee's house located on east Fewel.
10. The consolidation of Districts 26 (Washington), 27 (Leeton), 28 (Shady Hill), 29 (Lone Valley), and 134 (Mineral Valley) produced the newly numbered Leeton District Number Five after voting in 1918.

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     If you need someone to mow your yard or any other kind of yard work call him today! Contact Alex and he will do the job.

Volunteered to Care for Flower Beds

     The Windsor Petal Pushers visited the Leeton Museum on Tuesday which included a tour of the facility. The three visitors were immediately interested in having their organization maintain the flowerbeds in front of the building. Plans include placing urns on both sides of the entrance.

     At their monthly meeting on Thursday their ideas were presented and the group voted to begin overseeing the gardens.

     The Petal Pushers (originally Windsor Garden Club #2) was organized October 12, 1960, with nineteen members. In June, 1971, the name change took place.

     Meetings are held monthly at 1:30 pm the third Thursday. Active membership includes ten individuals. The club color is sage green; club flower black-eyed Susan; and the 2016 program theme is “Garden Inspirations.”

     Current officers are president Nannette Gauchat, vice president Laura Peery; secretary Carol Womble; treasurer Marti Carter; and historian Sheila Ogle.

     Committees include the Bird Sanctuary, photography, news reporters and field trips.

     Each member works to have bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders and plants in their yards in a beautiful arrangement.

     2016 projects include planting and maintaining planters at the Katy Trail on West Benton in Windsor, at the Windsor Museum, at the senior center and raised flowerbeds at “y” highway, east 52 at the city limits and the rock garden on “ww”.

     They sponsor the “yard of the month” in Windsor from May to October. One of their specialties is setting up displays in Farrington Park in the spring (decorated doors); fall (scarecrows); and Christmas.

     Their Thursday meeting was held at the home of Nannette Gauchat south of Leeton. The subject for the meeting was “Propagation” and “Tulips”. Roll call was answered by bringing things for the yard of the month including bags and seed.

     Nannette Gauchet invites Leeton individuals interested in helping with the maintaining of the flowerbeds at the Leeton Museum to attend the next meeting or to contact here.

     The group plans to have a booth for the Leeton community wide garage sale on May 7. They will have plants and a variety of things. Proceeds will be used to buy plants for the flowerbeds at the museum.

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June 30 to July 4

     The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial, is coming to Windsor, Missouri, June 30-July 4.  The American Legion Post #82 would like to issue a statewide invitation to Missourians to come and honor the Vietnam Veterans. Come to give them a proper welcome home and come to remember.

     From 1961 to 1973, the United States military’s finest soldiers slogged through the jungles of Vietnam fighting a war where at least one thousand soldiers went missing in action, 150 thousand were wounded, and 58,220 soldiers died.

     More soldiers died in Vietnam than there are seats in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Those soldier’s names live forever, carved on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

     Sadly, soldiers from our own communities have a place on that wall, and in the hearts of their families, their friends, and the souls of every man and woman who answered the call to serve their nation.

     We grieve for them all, we lift their families up with honor, we recognize their friends who lived through the war and who came home to a different kind of hostile environment.

     You can stand with the families and friends of these soldiers whose names are on that wall, hear their stories, and understand the sacrifice they – and their families – made to this country June 30 thru July 4.

Seward Honored With Shining Star Award

     Two special presentations were made at the Lions Club meeting last week. Lion Jerry McAllister received a recognition pin for serving in Lions Club for 55 years and Lion Tennie Seward received the district governor's Shining Star Award. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to the Leeton Lions Club and the Leeton community!

May 19-22

     The annual city sponsored clean up campaign will be held May 19 to 22. Everyone is encouraged to clean their basements, garages, attics and to stack trash at curb to be picked up. Also clear the brush from the yard and get the yards looking beautiful as Leeton Pride is shown throughout the community.

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Several This Past Week

     Anna Ruth (Tilley) Alley, 78, of Warrensburg, died peacefully Friday, April 8, 2016, at her home. Anna was born March 19, 1938, in Springhill, Ark., daughter of Edgar Allen “Rabe” and Betty “Gladys” (McCollum) Tilley.

     She grew up along with her five siblings on the family farm where she learned the value of hard work picking cotton as a child. Soon after high school, she moved to Kansas City where she met and soon married Cecil Eugene Alley on the Aug. 29, 1957, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

     Anna and Cecil purchased and renovated numerous houses for resale, often providing financing and enabling members of the local community to purchase houses when they might otherwise have been denied the opportunity.

     Anna worked several jobs through the years from upholstering furniture to being a florist for a local flower shop. She had an immense passion for gardening, which was undeniable once you saw her well manicured yard and beautiful flowers.

     Survivors include her close companion, Herb Fizer of Warrensburg; two brothers, Edgar “Hoover” Tilley and wife, Helen, of Greenbrier, Ark., and Dwayne Tilley of Blytheville, Ark.; two daughters, Gena Kay George and husband, Russell, of Blairstown, and Shaunna Lynn Hoog of Tulsa, Okla.; stepdaughter, Teresa Ann Alley of Kansas City; two sons, Steven Alan Alley and wife, Julie, of Warrensburg, and Gary Eugene Alley of Warrensburg; stepson, Dr. Robert “Bob” Eugene Alley and wife, Madelle, of Henderson, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; her parents; sister, Betty Jo Smith; and two brothers, Bill Tilley and Jim Tilley.

     Willard Henry Tenholder, 84, of Warrensburg, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Warrensburg Veterans Home. Willard was born April 13, 1932, in Montrose, the son of Bernard and Annetta (Swaters) Tenholder.

     He graduated from Montrose High School in 1950. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Willard was united in marriage to Mary Ann Kantner on April 14, 1956, in Clinton. The couple made their home in Kansas City where he was a meat cutter at Safeway. The couple owned and operated several drive-ins through the years, including Willy’s Drive-In in Lee’s Summit in the early 1960s, Tri-Corner Drive-In in Montrose, and later, Plaza Crème Maid Drive-In in Warrensburg in the early 1970s.

     Willard and Mary Ann purchased the Holden Locker in the early 1980s and ran it until retiring in 1995. Willard was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warrensburg. He was active in the church choir for many years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus since the age of 18, having reached the 4th degree; a member of American Legion, Post 131 and also a member of the Warrensburg Community Choir.

     Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; son, David Tenholder and wife, Betty, of Osceola; daughter, Denise Corbin of Warrensburg; sister, Dorothy Harrison of Sedalia; brother, Charles Tenholder and wife, Doris, of Columbia; and five grandchildren, Ben, Chad, Andrew, Caitlin and Sam. He was preceded in death by his sister, Wilma Jean Nolting.

     Josephine Moser, 99, of Windsor, died April 13, 2016, at Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation.

     Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial will be in Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. Visitation was from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

     Memorials are suggested to the Windsor United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

     Ruth Lee (Swigert) Smith, 88, of Warrensburg, died April 8.  Ruth Lee was born to Willis Allyn Swigert and Mary Eliza (McIntire) Swigert in Leeton on Nov. 15, 1927. She graduated from Leeton High School in 1945 and received a bachelor’s degree in business from Central Missouri State Teachers College in 1949. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority for which she served as chapter president.

     While in school, she worked for Johnson County Title Co., where she later returned to work in the early 1960s. She received a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Missouri in 1977. She taught Sugar Creek Jr. High School in Sugar Creek, Mo., from 1949 to 1951. She was enlisted to coach the school’s all-girls’ basketball team.

     On Aug. 31, 1951, she married Cyrus Haigler Smith in Leeton. She worked in civil service at Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters in Omaha, Neb., from 1951 to 1953, while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force. From 1959 to 1963, she taught at Kirksville Jr. & Sr. High Schools, supporting her family while her husband was in medical school. From 1963 to 1964, while her husband completed his medical internship, she taught at the Junior High School in Carson City, Mich. A year later, she and her husband moved with their two children to Warrensburg where his parents resided. There, he began his medical practice while Ruth taught English and business classes at Warrensburg High School (1965-1987).

     In 1990, her husband, Dr. Cy Smith, preceded her in death after 39 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jean Wallace, who died in 2011. She is survived by her brother, Jack Swigert and wife, Thelma, of Windsor; two children, Cynthia L. Gabel, of Warrensburg, and Dr. C. Daniel Smith and wife, Robin (Pierceall) Smith, of St. Joseph; and grandchildren Gina (Gabel) Jolly and husband, Chris, of Jefferson City; Alyson (Gabel) Appleton and husband, Jesse, of St. Louis; Dr. J. Michael Smith and wife, Kailee, of Hanover, N.H.; and T. Nicholas Smith and fiancée, Emily Campbell, of Portsmouth, N.H.; and two great-grandchildren, Carissa Lee Jolly and Andrew Harrison Jolly.

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Jane Davis Donates

     Things just keep coming every week. Eleven items were donated by Jane Davis who was the first vice president of the Mineral Creek Historical Society of Leeton. She resigned from the board because she was a District officer of the Church of the Brethren and felt it was a conflict of interests to be involved in the organization's purchase of the building here in Leeton.

     She is now serving in Colorado. It was great to hear from her. Items she sent were found in books taken from the local church by denomination officers. They include:
A letter to Solomon and Sue Wyatt from their niece Anna dated March 3, 1939.
A letter from Leeton founder and county judge J. Ransom Grinstead addressed to Mr. S. G. Wyatt dated November 2, 1919.
A subscription receipt for Capper's Weekly from 1939 for S. G. Wyatt.
A Kansas City Star newspaper subscription receipt from S. G. Wyatt dated February 26, 1939.
An address scribbled on the side of an envelope from Forrest Smith, state auditor in Jefferson City, of Anna Read, 2725 Grove Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
A typed statement regarding the State Social Security Commision (2 paragraphs).
A statement of taxes card, blank, notations of interest on the back of the card.
Brochure from South Side Cleaners, 409 S. Washington, Clinton, Missouri (approximately 1935).
Grapenuts recipe advertisement endorsed by pictures of Admiral Byrd on the front.
Newspaper column of winning cabbage recipes from recent contest including one winner from Windsor, Missouri, Mrs. Sam Winzenreid. Appears to be a clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Partial article of a family reunion for the Wyatt family in 1937.

Some Students get $10 for each "A"

     The Sunflower Bank raised $102,500 during its annual ABC campaign for 2016 in Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. Over $1,675 of that total is being donated to schools and students in Leeton.

     The program began in 2001 and has generated over $1,036,700 throughout the past 15 years for education purposes.

     “We made a commitment to support education through our ABC program and we are proud of the success it has generated,” said Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “We know the program’s success translates to increased resources for our schools and the funds raised will support many important initiatives. We are honored to create possibilities for youth within our communities through education.”

     Beginning January 1 and going through March 31, new and current customers raised money for their K-12 school of choice by opening a checking account or swiping their debit card. Students received $10 for every “A” on their report card if their name was one of five drawn at every branch.

     Sunflower Bank plans to bring the ABC Program back for a 16th year in 2017. The Leeton community is encouraged to visit their local Sunflower Bank branch or to check the website at SunflowerBank.com to learn more about efforts to support the communities it serves.

     Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services.

     Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas. Other locations can be found throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri.  For more information: www.SunflowerBank.com.  They are a Member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

Lots to Do in Leeton

25 Leeton Lion's Club meeting
25 Baseball at Ballard
25 Softball at Ballard
26 Pitch Tournament at Lounge
26 Softball here with Bunceton
27 Senior Citizens meeting 11am
27 Park Board meeting 7pm
28 Baseball at Adrian
28 Hazardous Waste Collection at 326 E. North Street, Warrensburg from 9 am to 1pm
28 Pool Tournament at Lounge
29 & 30 School Play
30 Spring Thing at Lounge

     Poker Run 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

     Country: Bluestem 5 to 8:30 pm

     Rock: Full Moon 9 to 12:30am

     BBQ Dinner

2 Baseball hosts Crest Ridge 4:30 pm
2 Board of Aldermen meeting 7 pm
3 Baseball hosts Kingsville 4:30 pm
4 Elementary Science Fair 5:30 pm
4. Elementary Music Concert 6:15 pm

Music Memories

     The music department has done exceptionally well this year. Here are some questions about the past music programs. Can you answer them?
1. What is the most number of Leeton students to make All-District Band in one year?
2. What professional performing star was a part of the high school spring music concert premiering his newest recording in 1966?
3. Did any performing group from Leeton High School win a statewide competition in music?
4. Did any Leeton student serve in a national office for music teachers after graduating from Leeton High School?
5. What Leeton music director went on to be recognized as the best show choir director in the state during the 1990's?
6. What major event in the West Central area included the Leeton Band performing a concert leading to a gigantic boom?
7. What band director began Leeton marching band court performances during halftimes in basketball games that led to performances at the District Tournament?
8. What is the largest parade the Leeton Band has marched in?
9. What statewide competition took place during the 1920's and 1930's that Leeton came away with the championship trophies?

FFA Contest

     The local chapter of the FFA just returned from their convention. Earlier this year in March, Jordan Mudd was interviewed for an office in Area 7.

     Nineteen members of the chapter participated in a contest at Archie at the beginning of March. Eight students went to the Clinton Career Center for a Leadership meeting on March 22. Then nineteen students participated in the 2016 FFA District Ag contest in Warrensburg March 29.

     Drew Underwood took 2nd in Turf Grass Management, 1st in Complete Placement Record Book, 1st in AG Mechanic Repair and Maintenance and also received his Area FFA degree. His record book will be in competition at the State Level.

     Kennedy Early took 3rd place in the Advanced Prepared Public Speaking division. She will compete at the District Leadership Development Event.

Jr. High and Sr. High Results

     In the Middle School Leeton Science Fair winners were 1st Codi Robinson; 2nd Jordan Parson; 3rd Brianna Stoneking; Honorable Mention Kayla Crowder, Regina Fleischman and Reese Evans.

     High School competition provided a look at some very creative and interesting projects. Taking the top prize was Cody Claxton with his “Do the Eyes Have It?” Coming in 2nd was Kayla Taylor; 3rd place Taylor Crooks; and Honorable Mention Jordan Mudd.

Participate in Workshops at the Lake

     For the first time the Leeton DECA students were able to qualify for state competition. Those participating included Danielle Wiskur, Hannah Harper, Stephanie Goodrich and Abigail Wilson with sponsor Marijayne Manley.

     The students went to Lake of the Ozarks for three days of workshops, competitions and activities. In the opening session speaker was Josh Dream. Other entertainment included Ricky Kalmon Hypnosis Show and the Mega DECA Dance.

     The students' presentation was on “Grand Slam Apparel” which was a made up company for which they prepared advertising and sales promotions.

By Joyce Riley

     “Whom Do You Say That I Am?”

     When Jesus asked the question, “Whom do you say that I am?” his disciples replied, “Some say that you are John the Baptist, others that you are Elijah, and some say that you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

     Jesus was to fulfill the office of a prophet, but he was so much more than a prophet. See John 1:45-49.

     Hear ye Him! Why do we need to hear him? “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63.

     Read Matthew 16:16. “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

     He is Christ, the Anointed One, whose birth into humanity was foretold; whose mission was to perform God's will which was for Him to walk and live among men and to proclaim salvation through repentance, to be persecuted, to be betrayed, to be slain as the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world, to die and be buried, to rise from the dead and to ascend again to the throne in Heaven where he now sits at the right hand of God our Father to intercede for you and me.

     He came and died so that we might have life more abundantly. He came to do God's will, to save sinners, to bring us into everlasting righteousness. He came to destroy the works of Satan, to give life to all who will receive Him, to fulfill the prophetic scriptures and to complete the revelation of God.

     Some say he was merely a figment of the imagination, but he was very real to Herod. Some say he was a good man who did good things, but he was much more. He was a teacher.

     Who do you say that He is?

     Is he your savior? If he is not, you have no hope until you allow him to be in your life.

     Is he your Lord? Are you doing service for him, doing the things that please him, or do you seek only the things after your own pleasure?

     Is he your friend, your confidante and your counselor?

     He wants to be all of these things. Today is the day to receive him and welcome him into your life and make sure that he is all of these things to you.

     “Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Hebrews 3:7, 8, 12.

Sectionals Here April 27

     Leeton High School's Scholar Team repeated as District Champions winning last Saturday in Green Ridge. They will compete in sectionals on April 27 here in Leeton at 5 p.m. against Lakeland (Dist. 5 winner).

     Named to the All-District Scholar Team were Leeton's Chris Hirni (3rd consecutive year) and Devin Goins. Congratulations.

     The team boasts a 15-1 record on the year and continues to rack up some impressive victories. In the Dist. Tournament scores were as follows:
Game 1: Leeton 440, Northwest 60
Game 2: Leeton 220, GreenRidge 120
Game 3: Leeton 310, LaMonte 210
Semifinals: Leeton 350, Northwest 20
Championship: Leeton 330, LaMonte 100.

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     The West Central Christian Service Camp near LaMonte where many youth from Leeton go to camp has released their schedule and costs. Here it is for your convenience.
June 5-10 Sr. High (9-12) $160
June 12-17 Sr. High (9-12) $160
June 19-24 Jr. High (6-8) $160
June 26-July 1 Jr. High(6-8) $160
July 10-15 (Grade 5-6) Junior $160
July 17-20 (Grade 3-4)Middler $90
July 21-22 (Grade 2) $45
July 23 (Grade K-2) $30

     Note: Campers are not to register for any week older than their grade designation. Full payment must be received by May 1 to receive free t-shirts.The address is West Central Christian Service Camp, 24310 Mahin Road, LaMonte, MO 65337; telephone 660-347-5388.


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     Pastor Ray Haught preached this past Sunday. Sunday school for adults and children begins at 9:30 each week. Children in Action and Youth Group have started at Harmoney Baptist Church and will be held every Sunday evening. CIA (Grades 1-6), "Learning About Missions", is 5 to 6:30 pm; Youth (Grades 7-12) "I Am" second series meets from 7 to 8:30 pm.


     The congregation meets every Sunday for Sunday school and Church. Plan to join us as we continue to carry on the tradition in the areas oldest continuous congregation.


     Embassy of God House Church meets at the home of Tom & Shirley Buttram from 10am to 2 pm every Sunday, located on 13 highway, one half mile south of 2 highway. Lunch is served. Those present are challenged each Sunday to understand the coming days and Christ's purpose. All are welcome. For more information call 660-238-1078.


     “As always I want to invite anyone that does not have a church home to come and join with ours,” commented Chris Emerson. “Our services are as follows: Sunday School at 10 am, Worship at 11 am, Youth meet Sunday evening starting at 5 pm for a light meal and the 6 pm to 8 pm for activities and Bible study. We also offer a Sunday Evening Bible study for adults where we are studying the 'Sermon on the Mount'.”


     Sunday morning the Methodist Church began services by singing “You Are My All in All” followed by “This Is My Father's World” before the reading of Psalm 148 for the call to worship. The affirmation of faith was expressed followed by the singing of “He Is Lord.”

     Before the message the congregation sang, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” The message by Rev. Harvey Beach used Acts 11:1-18 and John 13:31-35 and was entitled “Inclusion.” Final song was “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: May 5 – United Methodist Men meet; May 12 – Community Outreach Dinner at 6:30 pm; May 17 - Women's Outreach and Bible Study meet 6:30 pm


     In the absence of Dr. Dan Lowry the Sunday School lesson was shared by Greg Welty. Alex Glaze led the songs and Charlie Fitzgerel had the opening prayer.

     Leon Moore was speaker. His message was “The most perfect fitting pants” using a Scripture from Matthew.

     Opening Scripture and prayer were by Travis Fleming; Greeters were D. W. and Esther Lowry; Nursery worker was Melissa Geller; Scripture and prayer Keith Sproat; Communion meditation Greg Welty; offering prayer Steve Underwood; closing prayer by Terry Scrivener.

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: April 24 – Youth group at 6:30pm; May 1 – Elders Meeting; May 3 - Ladies Night Out to Raytown; May 8 – Church Leadership meeting 8am; May 8 – Mother's Day recognition; May 13 – Baccalaureate service for senior class here 7 pm.

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School Recognizes Talent

May 4 – Elem. Science Fair in high school gymnasium at 6:30 pm.
May 4 – Vocal/Instru. Concert for PreKindergarten to 5th Grade, 6:15.
May 4 – Fine Arts Fair in HS Gym
May 5 – Vocal/Instru. Concert for 6th Grade thru High School in gym, 6:30

End of Year Closing In

May 11 – HS Academic Awards 6pm
May 11 – Music Awards 7 pm
May 16 – Elem. Awards

     9:00 am Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

     10:30am 3rd Grade to 5th Grade

     1:00 pm Middle School

     6:00 pm FFA Recognition


May 14

     Baccalaureate will be held May 13 at the Christian Church beginning at 7 p.m. The Commencement will be in the high school gymnasium on May 14. It will begin at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

June 12

     The officers of the Leeton High School Alumni Association met at the home of Dawnja McCormack Monday morning and selected as this year's program theme: “Where Future Leaders Learn”.

     The officers believe that the Leeton R-X School system is one of the best and its graduates support that. The date for the banquet is June 12.

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Impressive Music Makers in Leeton

     Here are the answers to the quiz that appeared elsewhere in the paper. Enjoy!
1. Fifteen of the 28 Leeton students competing against all schools in the West Central area (including the Kansas City schools) made the All-District Band. No other school came close to matching their performance. Mark and Gay Smith were teachers. Three students went on to be first chairs in the All-State Band.
2. Johnny Nace
3. In June, 1967, two Leeton girls' trios were finalists in the Missouri World Teenage Competition. One trio was Mary McAllister, DeeLinda DesCombes, and Shirley Willcockson while the other consisted of Judy McAllister, DeeLinda DesCombes and Shirley Willcockson. They were two of the three finalist who were selected throughout the state for the opportunity to go to Chicago for the Nationals.
4. Joyce (Wallace) Culwell, LHS Class of 1964, served on the national board of the National Music Educator's Association. Dr. Sterling Stacy was selected as head of southeastern district in the Music Educators Association in the 1930's.
5. Sandy Cordes who went on to Cole Camp where her four choirs received I ratings for a dozen years. She then went to Smith Cotton in Sedalia where her success climaxed with twenty to thirty “I's” a year by soloists and ensembles.
6. The Leeton band played for the ground breaking ceremony for Kaysinger Dam at an event near Warsaw. Windsor High School's band was the only other band performing that day. The program ended with dynamite blowing up the cliffs as excavation began to prepare for Truman Lake.
7. Jeannette Graves was the director. Her husband was the girls coach at the same time. A fundraiser dinner by the band and their boosters that year hosted one thousand people that came for a buffet dinner on Sunday as the band raised money for new band uniforms.
8. Chicago Thanksgiving Parade which they have been a part of twice.
9. The Nevada, MO community hosted a week long Fine Arts Festival with trophies presented to winners in a wide variety of music, art and drama divisions. Leeton was the big winner 1929 thru 1932. The students enjoyed going as they stayed in homes all week and got to know some talented music students from all over the state.

Need Donations

     The Leeton Museum is considering the possibility of building an addition that would be handicap accessible, provide a restroom and increase the storage and display space by 50 percent. Cost from bids is $50,000.

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