2022 Year In Review: Part 2
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At the start of each year, we like to review the highlights of the previous year. This week, we’ll look back at July through December of 2022.
The Shrine of St. Patrick held several events on Sunday, July 3. These events included a Quilt Show, watermelon eating contest, and a greased pig contest.
A new event graced the Clark County Fair on Wednesday, July 13. This event was the Clark County Fair Royalty Contest, which was organized by Jessica Pitford.
The 141st Clark County Fair commenced on Wednesday July 13. 4-H and FFA members gathered to show off their yearly projects and compete in the livestock shows. Fair goers attended a Truck and Tractor Pull, UTV & ATV Rodeo Challenge, Demo Derby, and listened to singer Sunny Sweeney.
The GRP Summer Youth Theater presented Legally Blonde, The Musical, Jr in July. Clark County youth Izzy Brotherton, Aynsley Harmon, Kathrynn Schmitz, and Hayden West appeared in the production.
Bagpipes, drummers, and dancers of the Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band performed at the Kahoka City Park to promote the Nauvoo Pageant.
The Back Country Horsemen of Missouri help protect and maintain Missouri trails for equestrians and the public to enjoy. The local NEMO BCHMO chapter has helped to maintain trails at Mark Twain Lake and Deer Ridge Conservation Area.
After 55 years of being a barber in Kahoka, Ron Wiegand retired.
The Kahoka Board of Aldermen approved spending $109,500 to mill and repave the east, west, and north sides of the Kahoka Square.
The Senior Livestock Showmanship went to Chayce Webster. He received a belt buckle sponsored by Sandy Kemper.
The Clark County Fair Royalty was crowned. The winners were Little Mister Kindrick McDaniel, Little Miss Maci Dougherty, Junior Miss Peightyn Johnson, Little Princess Hannah Steele, Junior Princess Taizlee Washburn, Princess Emma Pitford, and Queen Erin Bash.
Rural water customers were asked to approve a $15 million dollar bond for repairs, upgrades, and improvements to the District’s waterworks system.
The Kahoka/Clark County Fire Department were looking for more volunteer firefighters to help serve the community.
The Tim and Robin Davis Family were selected by the Clark County Extension Council to be the State Fair Farm Family.
The Civil War Battle of Athens was reenacted at the Battle of Athens State Historic Site on August 6 and 7.
Donald ‘Doc’ Dieterich recalled serving in World War II. Doc served in the United States Navy for 20 months and 19 days.
Local firefighters responded to a controlled burn that spread to an old trailer, a truck fire southwest of St. Patrick, and to MFA where workers were tearing down the old store for the new building to be built.
The City of Kahoka named Michael Newbold as the new Chief of Police. Officer Larry Johnson was also sworn in along with Chief Newbold.
After 32 years, Kent Bevans of IMI Equipment decided to retire.
The C.W. Higbee family was chosen by the Clark County University of Missouri Extension Council to be the 2022 Clark County Fair Family.
There was a twenty-six percent turnout in the Tuesday Primary Election.
A reward was offered following burglaries at the Rutledge Flea Market.
The price of trash collection in Kahoka went up due to Kohlmorgan’s fuel and labor cost going up. The new rate per month is set at $13.
The 3rd Annual Earl Hunziker Bow Shoot was held on August 27 at the Clark County Archery Range.
The Clark County Pharmacy is now offering a vaccination service to their patrons. The pharmacy provides the influenza vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and the shingles vaccine.
The Missouri Sunshine Coalition elected Echo Menges, editor of The Edina Sentinel in northeast Missouri, as president. She succeeds Amos Bridges, editor of the Springfield News- Leader.
Scotland County Hospital Board of Directors announced the appointment of Brent Peirick and Meagan Weber as Co-Chief Operating Officers.
A week after the new COOs were announced at the Scotland County Hospital, the hospital announced Meagan Weber as CEO and Brent Peirick as the sole COO.
Students in the Clark County R-1 School district returned to classes on Monday, August 22.
Local teen, Brenna Schantz, has started her own business called Extreme Welding. Schantz sells lawn horseshoe projects and other items.
The Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ava Mae Boutique.
State Farm agent, Racquel Schempp, was given the opportunity to become the new insurance agent at the Kahoka State Farm location on the square.
The Memphis Community Pharmacy abruptly closed its doors. According to Meagan Weber, the new SCH chief executive officer, the closure is indefinite.
The Clark County Rainbow Assembly #107 attended the Grand Assembly of Missouri in Springfield and the Supreme Assembly in Oklahoma City.
Erin Bash competed in the 2022 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest and won first place in the evening gown portion of the pageant.
The Clark County Health Department presented Sara Smith, Clerk, with a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing her for 10 years of service.
Cristian Reyes was announced as the new youth pastor at St. Paul United Church of Christ.
The C&R Market grocery store chain changed ownership this month. The chain was bought by B&R Stores Inc., which is a family-based business based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The name of the stores will not change.
The north, east, and west sides of the Kahoka square were repaved by WL Miller’s crew.
Blessing Health announced that it will be closing its hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, on October 1.
The 138th Old Settlers’ Day celebration was held on September 24. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Down on the Farm.”
The 2022 Old Settlers Royalty were Queen Evan Jones and Princess Emma Pitford.
Clark County’s oldest resident that attended Old Settlers was Esther Briscoe, who is 101 years old.
Shawn McAfee was inducted into the 2022 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.
Ralph and Rose Toops Buschling celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
NEMOnews Media Group brought home eleven awards from the 2022 Missouri Press Association Convention.
The 2022 Clark County R-1 High School Homecoming King was Wyatt Randall, and the Queen was Ashtyn Ebeling.
Local Vietnam veteran, Mike Clark, flew on the 60th mission of the Great River Honor Flight to Washington, DC. He was able to visit many memorials including the Navy Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and many others.
Kevin Fox got a nice Saskatchewan black bear on his bear hunt. He saw a total of 13 bears at Great Grey and Western Trophy Outfitters near Shipman, Saskatchewan.
The 36th Clark County Mule Festival was a success with nearly 200 campers packed into the fairgrounds.
Levi Yoder left home at the age of 18 with $100 in his pocket. He now lives outside of Kahoka and owns a successful business called Yoder Saws Inc.
The Kahoka Lumber Company donated tool belts and tools to the Building Trades students.
Becca Green was promoted to Loan Officer at Peoples Bank of Wyaconda in Kahoka.
Harlo ‘Doc’ Donelson, age 90, retired after serving 60 years as a dentist in Memphis, Missouri.
The 31st Annual Parade of Champions was held on October 8.
Local volunteer group, Fundraising Friends, held a fundraiser for Miss Kinslee Laure.
Many churches and volunteers help support Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes each year. The shoeboxes contain necessary items, school supplies, and toys for children.
Approximately 70 county officials, members of their staff, and other leaders met for the bi-annual meeting of the Northeast Missouri County Commissioners and County Clerks.
United States Senator Roy Blunt visited Kahoka on October 12, as part of a northeast Missouri tour. Blunt visited Kahoka Meat Processing and Deli and visited with owner Larry Young.
School bus discipline issues are on the rise at Clark County R-1
On October 12, Clark County Farm Bureau hosted elementary students at a farm day at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
The Clark County FFA Chapter hosted a Petting Zoo at the Clark County Fairgrounds on October 13.
The Miss Clark County/Miss Northeast Scholarship Competition was held on October 16. The winners were Miss Clark County Outstanding Teen Maggie Weaver, Miss Lewis and Clark Outstanding Teen Evan Jones, Miss Northeast Outstanding Teen
Avery Trower, Miss Clark County Valerie Shinn, and Miss Northeast Shelby Leeker. A new Young Women’s Empowerment Club was created to boost young women at CCR-1. Keith Wilson, a Vietnam veteran from Clark County, took part in the 62nd Great River Honor Flight to Washington, DC. He was accompanied by his son, Chancey, who served as Keith’s guardian for the trip.The Kahoka High School class of 1956 held their 66th class reunion. On October 27, the Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri held a retirement celebration for Denise Mathes. The Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Trunk or Treat on October 30th on the City of Kahoka square. November 2022The Clark County FFA Knowledge Team claimed the national title at the convention in Indianapolis. The team was honored with a parade and assembly at the High School. The National FFA Knowledge Team Champions were Brayden Thompson – 6th place overall, Meghan Walker – 1st place overall, Harrison Parker – 2nd place overall, and Aiden Plenge – 13th place overall. This is the first time ever that a Clark County FFA team has won at nationals. Dr. Jeff Davis was elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees. The Clark County Fire Corp. received a $2,000 grant from MFA Oil Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase SCBA bottles for the fire department. Local teen, Luke Krogmeier, traveled down to Louisiana in September and got his first alligator. The alligator was 7 feet and 11 inches long. A World War II Memorial model was on display at the H.E. Sever Memorial Library. The memorial honors Clark County veterans who served in World War II.
The Kahoka Ayerco has started a remodeling project.
Local veterans were honored at the Clark County High School on November 11. The Marching Indians saluted the veterans with patriotic music and the High School choir performed “God Bless the USA,” and the elementary students sang “Grateful Nation.”
Five area veterans received Quilts of Valor during the Veterans Day assembly at the High School. The quilts were made by the Sewcial Quilters of Clark County and were given to Stanley Jenkins, Andrew Laffoon, Steve Springer, Chris Pearl, and Dennis Frazier.
A new app “LockNow,” will be used to quickly notify staff members in the event of an emergency. The app allows staff members to signal an alert directly from their smartphones.
Kathrynn Schmitz and Katherine Marshall were selected All State members.
Liz Six shot an unusual 8-point buck. The deer had a mane on the back of its neck and only around one in 10,000 deer have this trait.
After 34 years at Kahoka State Bank, Bev Laffoon retired. She started at the bank in October of 1988.
The Clark County Food Pantry handed out Thanksgiving baskets to local families in the community on November 21.
The Great River Players presented “Christmas And Cocoa.” The show was directed by Sue Scott and featured eight local actors performing holiday favorites.
Pearl and Bonnie Sanders celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Santa visited the Sever Library in Kahoka. Dozens of kids lined up to sit with Santa, then they choose a gift.
Paul Insurance, LLC opened up a new office in Kahoka. This is the businesses fourth insurance office in the state of Missouri.
Kahoka seeks a $8,000,000 bond for water system upgrades.
The Clark County Indians claimed the Consolation trophy at the Tri Rivers Classic at Schuyler County.
LaTisha Scott-Snead was named the Outstanding 4-H Club Leader for 2022.
The DHA announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.
The Clark County R-1 School district ordered two school buses.
The 3rd annual Christmas on the Square was held on December 10. Ed and Kathy Wilson were this year’s King and Queen of Christmas.
The Environmental Protection Agency passed a rule which mandates water providers, including cities and water districts, to start the process of removing any lead from their water systems. Providers have a little less than two years until the October 16, 2024 deadline to complete the inventory.
The Clark County Pharmacy celebrated 35 years of business.
The St. Patrick Church held a Wreaths Across America event at their cemetery on December 17. Wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans at more than 3,400 locations across the country.
A live Nativity was held in Wayland, remaining the community Christmas. The Nativity was sponsored by the Wayland Methodist Church.
The Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and dinner at Steve’s Event Place in Kahoka.
The Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster presented a $400 check to Rick Meredith on December 14.Meredith is the Toys for Totscoordinator for Lee County, Iowa andClark County, Missouri. The fundscame from the Sheriff’s Office calendarsales and will help with purchasingChristmas toys for local kids.
Ruth Brotherton was the winner of $500 in Clark County Cash from The Media’s Shop Local Christmas Promotion.