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Maryville residents look for way through violence during tense times

Starting conversation

MARYVILLE, Mo. — With every act of violence committed against law enforcement officers and every video circulated of a person in a minority group killed at the hands of a police officer, tensions multiply and divide.

Now Maryville residents face the fallout, searching for the best way forward.

Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Rice held a press conference Wednesday morning to make a public statement of support for law enforcement officials. Rice said he was motivated to do so by violence against law enforcement officers over the past three weeks in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and recently Kansas City.

“As I monitor the events throughout the nation, it seems to me that there are organized calls for violence against police,” his written statement reads.

These “organized calls,” Rice said, come from “certain groups” operating to create chaos.

Although Rice never mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement specifically, other officials around the country blame the group’s rhetoric for increasing anti-police sentiment.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke attributed the violence against law enforcement to the movement. Clarke said that since the movement began two years ago, the anti-police sentiment has “fueled this rage against the American police officer.”

Supporters of the movement counter these statements online, in nonviolent demonstrations, and in public statements that Black Lives Matter doesn’t condone violence to anyone. On the movement’s official website, it states, “it is not an anti-police-officer movement” and is not an “anti-white proposition.”

The website does specify that the movement rejects the idea that disrespect is criminal, and that it questions giving officers the “benefit of the doubt when it comes to policing black communities” due to broken trust with law enforcement. Continue reading “Maryville residents look for way through violence during tense times”

Pocket monsters pop up in Maryville

Battle ground

MARYVILLE, Mo. — When the Pokémon craze had children battling for little monsters during recess 20 years ago, some of the game’s most loyal fans dreamed that one day they would actually find Pikachu or Charizard in the wild.

As of last week’s release of Pokémon Go, those dreams have come close to actualization.

“It’s s about as close as it gets,” said Iñaki Irisarri of Maryville.

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game played on smartphones, blends technology from GPS and cameras to place the pocket monsters in real places. After players download the app, they can activate the cameras on their phones to find a map of their area and locate images of the monsters. To catch and collect them, players “throw” a Pokéball by sliding their fingers up the screen at the monsters.

Pokémon are sneaky, though. If players don’t catch them in time, they disappear from the screen. The chase continues, and players wander the streets with their phones out and cameras on to spy another critter to capture into their collection.

Since the game was released in the United States last week, downloads have sailed past 7.5 million. BBC News reported Thursday that shares for Nintendo, the parent company of the Pokémon Franchise, has increased 56 percent since the game’s release. Continue reading “Pocket monsters pop up in Maryville”

Peony business grows with informal partnership

Building a legacy
Don Hollingsworth and Juergen Steininger work together to continue the legacy of Hollingsworth’s peony business that operated in Maryville from the 1990s until he sold it to Steininger in 2013. Since then, the two have formed an informal partnership by which they share experience and trade information.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — They grew up decades and an ocean apart, one just outside St. Joseph in the 1930s and one in Bavaria, Germany, in the 1970s. It might seem like an unlikely pair, but Don Hollingsworth and Juergen Steininger share a passion for innovation in cultivating plant varieties.

Throughout the 1990s until 2013, Hollingsworth operated the business on the southeast end of Maryville where he sold potted and wholesale peonies and ran an online and printed catalog.

Hollingsworth began breeding cattle in the late 1940s after studying agriculture at the University of Missouri. Early in his breeding career, Hollingsworth said he didn’t see a great enough opportunity for him to improve livestock the way he would have liked. Coming up with new plant varieties, Hollingsworth said, was more appealing.

Limited to his backyard, Hollingsworth began experimenting with ornamental perennials, but several species of flowers, such as daylilies and irises required too much money to buy into state of the art equipment for the breeding business.

“An opportunity to do peonies came down the road that didn’t cost a lot of money because the person with the stock was dispersing it and wanted the work that had gone into it continued,” Hollingsworth said. “That’s what determined what I spent my time on.”

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Former school hidden under remodeled home

MARYVILLE, Mo. — From the outside, the building on the corner of Water and East Jenkins streets looks like a simple white house, but its bones tell another story.

Today, the residence is nearly unrecognizable as the school for black children of Nodaway County that first opened its doors more than 140 years ago.

Since then, ownership of the building has changed more than half a dozen times. Due to numerous renovations, the structure looks little like the square, white schoolhouse it used to be.

When Tiffany and Ben Scott bought the house four years ago, they considered remodeling it and living there.

“The house we’re in barely won,” Ben said.

The Scotts live in a house directly east of the property now, and they currently rent the old schoolhouse. As they were updating the old Douglass School, they found pieces of the past.

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Camp for children with cancer builds lifetime relationships

Quality time
Maria Shull of Warrensburg, Mo., and Rachelle  Bailey of Barnard, Mo., were co-companions of Isabel, a 7-year-old girl who spent a good deal of her time at Camp Quality last week dyeing her hair pink every morning and participating in all the water activities she could. Camp Quality of Northwest Missouri is a camp for children with cancer that takes place at Camp Farwesta in Stewartsville, Mo. The camp is the first of its kind in the United States.

STEWARTSVILLE, Mo.— Loud and long sirens blared while emergency response vehicles circled Camp Quality in Stewartsville last week. At a summer camp for children with cancer, hearing any alarms could be frightening. But Wednesday was designated “Law Enforcement Day,” which means that half a dozen public safety officials basically let the children go wild with the horns and PA system in their vehicles.

While one cruiser slowed, a young boy’s voice blasted through the speakers, commanding a group of nursing students from North Central Missouri College to put their hands up. Several in the group laughed and raised their arms in obedience as they were leaving the camp to return to Maryville. Continue reading “Camp for children with cancer builds lifetime relationships”

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