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Leeton 55 Kingsville 28

     The Leeton Bulldogs helped Coach Mills achieve another one for the history books. It was Coach Mills' 700th win in his career. It was also a good solid win over Kingsville's Tigers. The Tigers scored first to take an early lead but that vanished quickly as the aerial attack began. Trevor Elwell shot two 3-pointers and a deuce in the first quarter to go with Cody Claxton's 3-pointer and Caleb Cramer's. Nate Jones hit a couple of free throws and Aaron Norush nailed a couple of deuces to bring the score to 20-8 in the first quarter.

     Going into the second quarter the Leeton team was warmed up and started attacking. Caleb Cramer got another 3-pointer, Darius Cramer hit two 3-pointers and Aaron Norush and Trevor Elwell added a couple more deuces to push the score to 36-11 at halftime.

     In the 3rd quarter Darius Cramer went wild before sitting down for the night hitting three more 3-pointers. Cody Claxton hit another while Caleb Cramer and Trevor Elwell hit deuces and Steven Haney made a free throw. Going into the fourth quarter it was 53-17 with the substitutes in control. Caleb Cramer hit a two before sitting down and that was the final bucket of the game for Leeton.

     Stats for the night showed Darius Cramer point leader with 15. Trevor Elwell had 12; Caleb Cramer 10; Cody Claxton 9; Aaron Norush 6; Nate Jones 2 and Steven Haney 1.

Leeton 64 Kingsville 21

     The girls found themselves trailing in the opening moments of the game and Kingsville's Lady Tigers appeared to be intent on winning the game. Halfway through the first quarter the Leeton girls got on track and Madison McKeehan played an excellent first quarter both offensively and defensively to help get the Leeton team on track. She scored the opening 6 points and added another 2 before the quarter was over. Madison Rehkop scored 3 and Taylor Crooks 2 to bring the opening quarter score to 13-7.

     The second quarter the Leeton girls exploded holding the Lady Tigers to 2 points while Allison French got warmed up with 9 points, Maddie Rehkop 6; Jade Schnatz 2; Taylor Crooks 2, Whitney French a free throw for 22 points in the quarter. Leeton forced their way to a 35-9 lead.

     In the second half the girls demonstrated they could make 3-pointers as they starting hitting them. Jade converted one, Courtney Campbell made one and Allison French hit another two along with four deuces.

     Scoring stats for the night were Allison French 23; Madison Rehkop 9; Jade Schnatz 7; Madison McKeehan 7; Courtney Campbell 7; Taylor Crooks 4; Hannah Harper 2; Rachael Karm 2; Jordan Mudd 2; and Whitney French 1.

     The Leeton Jr. Varsity teams take on Sweet Springs in Sweet Springs Monday night. Then Tuesday night "SENIOR NIGHT" is celebrated in the Leeton gymnasium as seniors participating in activities at Leeton are recognized. Chilhowee's teams will be back for their conference battles as well. It should be a great night.

She lives in Warsaw

     Teresa Young was back in the Leeton Post Office to assist the new postal worker as she begins her position here in Leeton. Her name is Betty Nicolaisen. She has six children and they live in Warsaw. She plans to move closer in the near future. The community welcomes here to Leeton and hope she enjoys being a part of our town.

Two Leave-One Comes

     Edward Stewart has left the Sunflower Bank in Leeton to pursue other interests. He had worked as the manager of the bank for the past couple of years. Mary Kate has been replaced with Laura Wallace who started this past week.

     Other employees include Krystal Silkwood, Edwina Moon, Barbara Smith and Janice.

Leeton 65 Concordia 51

     The Concordia Orioles got the ball on the tipoff and immediately took it down and got a 3 pointer. They smiled and the Concordia coach took a seat. They thought this was going to be their game. Unfortunately Trevor Elwell sank a 3-pointer when he arrived at the other end of the court. Touche!! Leeton got the ball back quickly and Trevor nailed another 3 pointer as did Darius Cramer (2 in the first quarter) and Cody Claxton got one. Meanwhile Aaron Norush sank three deuces underneath and had time to sink a free throw before the quarter ended. Oh yes, Trevor tossed in a deuce to bring the opening quarter score to 24-9 in favor of Leeton.

     In the second quarter the Concordia Coach was up and shouting and giving instructions to get his team moving in the right direction. The 3-pointer shower stopped but deuces kept coming as Aaron had another five plus a free throw; Caleb Cramer two and Nate Jones 1. Darius Cramer, just to keep the opponent on their toes guarding to prevent 3 pointers, shot another to bring the score to 44-20 at halftime.

     At the beginning of the 3rd quarter the Orioles appeared to have been rejuvenated and were making some shots. Wasn't enough as Aaron kept putting them in (2 more deuces), Trevor Elwell shot two more.Caleb Cramer another, Nate Jones another and yes you guessed it---Darius put in another 3 for his fourth on the night. Leeton led 59 to 35 going into the 4th quarter.

     In the final quarter the substitutes came in and managed to hold on with Nate Jones shooting a final 2 and Darius Cramer a 2 and Cody Claxton making a free throw before they found their seat on the bench. The only substitute to score in the final quarter was Colby Buntin making a free throw. Final score was Leeton 65 Concordia 51.

     The final stats showed Aaron Norush as high point man for the evening with 22. Darius Cramer had 14; Trevor Elwell 12; Caleb Cramer 6; Nate Jones 6; Cody Claxton 4; and Colby Buntin 1. Next game is Kingsville Friday night in Kingsville.

Concordia 49 Leeton 43

     Leeton was never out of this game. They fought hard and could have won this game. There was a definite height problem with two very tall girls on the Lady Orioles team. Despite that the Leeton girls battled hard, but most were unable to make the shots that have been bringing them wins. One exception was Courtney Campbell who nailed two 3-pointers in the first half and a deuce in the second half. Allison French continues to quietly rack up points. In the first quarter she made 6, second quarter 6, third quarter 2 and final period a 3-pointer for 17 points on the night.

     Hannah Harper made a 3 pointer early and added another 3 points in the final period. Rachael Karm made a deuce as did Madison Rehkop. Maddie McKeehan managed to get three deuces for six points.

     The first quarter ended with a 16-16 tie. In the second quarter the ball was not going in the basket and Concordia started to slip away 31-27. In the third quarter the Orioles moved it to 41-35 and finally in the final quarter Leeton got it down to a 3 point lead and had chances to tie it but missed them. Final Concordia 49 Leeton 43.

Thirteen Lady Bulldogs Score

     The Leeton Lady Bulldogs immediately attacked and held the taller team from Wentworth Military from scoring. By the end of the first quarter Leeton had a commanding 23-1 lead. Substitutes were immediately inserted in the game as the Lady Bulldogs continued to expand their lead. At half it was 43-7. By the end of the 3rd quarter they hit 52 points while holding the Lady Dragons to 12. Throwing "Mudd" at the team expanded the lead even more as Jordan and Jodee Mudd scored 7 and 6 points. Final score was Leeton 58 Wentworth 16.

     Scoring stats revealed Maddie McKeehan led scoring with twelve points all in the first half. Allison French 7; Jordan Mudd 7; Jodee Mudd 6; Jade Schnatz 4; Katie Fleming 4; Whitney French 4; Taylor Crooks 3; Kennedy Early 3; Katrina Fleming 2; Hannah Harper 2; Sarah Khan 2; and Madison Rehkop 2.

     The team travels to Concordia Thursday night to take on the Lady Orioles. On Friday they travel to Kingsville for a conference game.

Jerry Cox Hits Another One

     The boys found Wentworth a tough team in the early going but leading 33-23 at halftime they sailed into the second half armored with 3 pointers coming from everyone. Trevor Elwell nailed five; Darius Cramer four; Cody Claxton 3; Caleb Cramer 2; and Jerry Cox topped off the night shooting his second 3 pointer in the past week to finish the scoring for the Bulldogs.

     Aaron Norush continues to play extremely well underneath pulling down numerous rebounds as does Trevor Elwell and Nate Jones. Norush came up with five deuces. Free throws were noted in the last game but there wasn't a lot of opportunity to rack up points at the free throw line this game. Aaron got one; Trevor Elwell 2 and Daniel Haney 1. Final score was Leeton 71 Wentworth 37.

     In the scoring department Trevor Elwell took honors with 21 points topping his season high last game. Darius Cramer continues to be hot scoring 14. Aaron Norush had 11; Caleb Cramer 10; Cody Claxton 9; Jerry Cox 3; Steven Haney 2 and Daniel Haney 1. They play Concordia Thursday night and travel to Kingsville for a conference game on Friday night.

Sharon and Butch King

     Gary “Butch” King and Sharon Kay Steele were married at the community center in Leeton on February 9, 1991 at 2 pm by Rev. Milton Duhon of the Christian Church. Bob Campbell served as best man and Betty King was maid of honor. Ushers were Jerry Burford and Donnie Campbell. A reception was held immediately after the wedding.

     This year in honor of their 25th Wedding Anniversary the public is asked to send a card of congratulations to help celebrate. Their address is Mr. and Mrs. Butch King, 521 North Wall, Leeton, MO 64761.

     Butch served the community as a councilman and mayor for a number of years. He also owned and operated a mechanic's shop providing services to the community. Sharon has been a volunteer and dedicated worker in the community as well as working at various jobs. Our congratulations is extended to the happy couple as they celebrate.

Trails to be Open by End of Year

     The meeting of the Park committee on January 27 was very informative with a good crowd attending.  President Jennifer Corson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  All Leeton citizens in attendance received the information made available.

     Mayor Elwell gave a report on the Lion's Club Shelter being torn down and the plans to rebuild in the future.  He announced that two security cameras had been installed in the park area to prevent vandalism.

     Maxine Johnson reported the SOS Club was receptive to the Rock Island Trail going through Leeton.  She shared their concerns about vandalism, safety for our children getting on the trail, and suggestions on how the Park Board might address these issues.

     Mayor Elwell introduced Clint Barnett from the Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City who gave a very informative presentation. He reported that the trail head at the Graham Street location would include a structure with restrooms and drinking fountains and a display of the history of the area. A parking lot and an easy access entrance to the trail will be included.

     He reminded everyone that Governor Nixon had set the date of December 2016 to finalize the trail.  Delays on that may occur due to the need for repairing 7 bridges and 27 culverts.

     Barnett was happy to share that the trail from Windsor to Chilhowee was on schedule and should be open well before the end of this year.

     Mayor Elwell asked about signs for Highway 13 and 23. Barnett said that they would work with the city and park board on preparing and installing the proper signs. Barnett also explained that grants were available to use.

     Tracy Brantner from the Johnson County Economic Development explained how her program could help obtain these grants and was optimistic about the chances for the city to obtain one.

     “In all it was a very profitable evening,” reported Maxine Johnson, board member, “and everyone felt positive about what needed to be done.”

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All-Tournament Team Announced

     By a vote of the coaches the following five girls and five boys were selected as the outstanding players in the tournament. Of course there were many others who did an excellent job but these were selected for all-round play and dedication to the sport of basketball. Additional information on the individual games is toward the end of this page.
Darius Cramer, Leeton
Aaron Norush, Leeton
Daniel Harness, Chilhowee
Lucas Eberting, Sweet Springs
Noah McCune, Crest Ridge
Allison French, Leeton
Jade Schnatz, Leeton
Jamie Windholz, Crest Ridge
Timber Erisman, Crest Ridge
Lily Hunter, Chilhowee

Schedule with Scores

Monday, January 25
5:00 pm Crest Ridge Girls 49 Sweet Springs 35
6:30 pm Crest Ridge Boys 73 Kansas City Lutheran 18
8:00 pm Leeton Girls 68 Knob Noster Jr. Varsity 17
Tuesday, January 26
5:00 pm Chilhowee Boys 50 Crest Ridge 48
6:30 pm Sweet Springs Girls 50 Chilhowee 28
8:00 pm Leeton Boys 59 LaMonte 28
Wednesday, January 27
5:00 pm Crest Ridge Girls 54 Chilhowee 28
6:30 pm Sweet Springs Boys 66 LaMonte 37
8:00 pm Leeton Girls 65 LaMonte 43
Thursday, January 28
5:00 pm Chilhowee boys 67 Kansas City Lutheran 26
6:30 pm LaMonte girls 42 Knob Noster Jr. Varsity 12
8:00 pm Leeton boys 55 Sweet Springs 45
Friday, January 29
5:00 pm Consolation girls: Chilhowee 54 Knob Noster Jr. Varsity 12
6:30 pm Consolation boys: LaMonte 69 KC Lutheran 55
8:00 pm Third Place girls: LaMonte 54 Sweet Springs 51
Saturday, January 30
5:00 pm Third Place boys: Sweet Springs 57 Crest Ridge 48
6:30 pm Girls Championship: Crest Ridge 47 Leeton 32
8:00 pm Boys Championship: Leeton 55 Chilhowee 42


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     Bob Houk and family have sold the local Leeton Elevator, Inc. Bob purchased the business in 1957 from Walter Wyatt who started the original business in 1923. The business expanded dramatically over the years under Bob's leadership.

     The new owner is Steve Shackelford who has major plans for the business. The older and original portion of the elevator buildings will be demolished and replaced. He plans to have 25 employees once in full operation.

Ruff & Deb to Sing

     Forty Senior Citizens met at the community building last Wednesday and enjoyed a presentation of slides on Thailand and Vietnam presented by Howard Morris. John Beck led the Pledge to the Flag and John Thomas had the blessing for the meal. Following the delicious meal of ham & beans and cornbread the business meeting was held. Katy Stump gave the prayer. Kathy Lutjen presided over the meeting and Carol Beck gave the secretary's and treasurer's reports.

     At the next meeting on February 24 the group will have pork loin as the main course. Entertainment will be a musical presentation by Ruff & Deb.

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Museum Needs 1986

     Donated this week at the Leeton Museum were yearbooks from 1967, 1968, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2006. We are delighted to get these as there are a number of yearbooks we do not have in our school research materials. If you would like to donate your yearbook please contact Bob Wyatt at 660-238-3692. We are interested in getting 1986 as the Leeton High School Alumni Association needs it in preparation for the annual dinner scheduled for the second Sunday in June.

     Mr. and Mrs. Howard Morris donated an interesting comic book celebrating the Louisiana Purchase that dates back to the 1950's. This is a great addition to the historical items.

Street Dance Approved for April

     All members were present for the monthly aldermen meeting held Monday night. Following the Pledge to the Flag and approval of the agenda and paying of the bills, Tennie Seward, owner of the Leeton Lounge, presented a proposal to hold a street dance April 30. Tennie has arranged for two bands to perform. A Poker Draw will be held with those entered riding motorcycles to different locations to draw a card. They end up at the dance and share their cards to see who has the best poker hand. A 50/50 fundraiser will be held as well with the winner drawn getting half the money and the rest going toward the new fence planned for the cemetery.

     Ordinances passed included one establishing a rate of compensation for Chief of Police and another for Public Works Director.

     Those interested in getting the mowing contract should begin preparing a bid to turn into the city clerk. Bids are now being accepted with plans to make a decision at the next meeting Tuesday, March 8.

     Police report showed 36 service calls. Maintenance report showed decorations have been taken down, remodeling of city hall is underway and Rob Myers passed the certification for water inspection. The Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15.


     Henry Goucher, 86, of Lee's Summitt, Missouri, passed away January 22, 2016. He is a 1947 graduate of Leeton High School and earned his Eagle Scout award as a part of the Leeton Troop. He was a member of the Leeton Christian Church while living in Leeton. He was a part of the Lee's Summitt Assembly of God.

     He was born May 2, 1929 in Leeton and will be missed by a host of relatives and friends. Services were 11 am on January 29 at the Lee Summitt Assembly of God.


     Cliff Taylor was born August 15, 1929 in Archer City, Texas to Kittie Belle and Bob Taylor. He passed away January 19, 2016 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 4 days.

     Cliff grew up in Allison, Texas and graduated from Allison High School in 1946. After graduation, he furthered his education at West Texas A&M until he obtained employment at Bowers Ranch as the ranch foreman. He was later married to Charlene (Hamilton) Taylor at Allison, Texas on November 8, 1949. It was during this time Cliff began his career in the rodeo circuit riding barebacks and bulls.

     Cliff and Charlene lived in Wheeler, Texas while Cliff operated heavy equipment and always ran cattle, horses and shoed horses. In 1958 they moved to Reydon, Oklahoma and later Cheyenne, Oklahoma in 1960 where Cliff ran the Thurmond Ranch for Alex Inman and began taking his children to rodeo's in the Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico areas.

     In 1963 Cliff moved his family to Berlin, Oklahoma where he began working for the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture and continued with them until 1970 when he and Charlene moved the family back to the Bowers Ranch where he was the ranch manager and began his own livestock trucking operation and continued until 1985.

     During his tenure at the Bowers Ranch, Cliff bought and sold literally thousands of head of cattle. They continued to live on the Bowers Ranch until 1988 when Cliff became the cowboy boss at the feed lot in Wheeler, Texas.

     In 2006, Cliff semi-retired and moved to Sayre, Oklahoma and in 2012 went to work part-time for his lifelong friends the Hiram Begert family at B & H Salt Water Disposal and continued there until present.

     All throughout Cliff's life he enjoyed running cattle and even though he was "semi-retired" worked every day of his life. The only thing Cliff enjoyed more than cattle and ranch life was family and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Ginger Regina, sister, Doris Wickersham, brother, R.C. Taylor, grandson, Cord Taylor and a great grandson, Chance Taylor.

     He is survived by his wife, Charlene, of the home; 2 sons, Andy Taylor and wife, Julie, Sayre, OK and Monty Taylor and wife, Tina, Ft. Worth, TX; 7 grandchildren, Clint Taylor and wife, Kristy, Cade Taylor, Cole Taylor and wife, Kelly, Clay Taylor and wife, Chelsea, Cameron Taylor, all of Sayre, OK, Lauran Taylor and Lakan Taylor, both of Ft. Worth, TX; 9 great grandchildren, Cooper, Dailee, Preslie, Crockett, Allie, Calli, Maverick, Knox and Timber; 1 brother, Jack Taylor and wife, Friede, Melbourne, FL; 1 sister, Beverly Brannan and husband, Bill, Houston, TX and a host of other relatives and friends.


at the Leeton Lounge

     The Leeton Lounge will be hosting the “Wild Bunch” from 9 pm to 1 am on February 13. “It is a pre-Valentine Party,” reports owner Tennie Seward.

     In other activities the Pool League continues with great success. Eight 3-man teams have been competing against each other with the top three as winners.

     A Pitch Tournament is being held on Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm starting January 28. Entry fee is $5 and draw for partners. Last team standing each week wins the total of that night's entry fees. Sign up now at the Leeton Lounge.

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History of Park and Shelter House

     In the recent Park Board meeting it was announced that the shelter house is being replaced. Here is some history behind the park.
1. Who donated the land that is now the park downtown?
2. What is its official name?
3. When was the shelter house built?
4. The Leeton Lion's Club paid for most of the project and did much of the work. What other Leeton organization helped cover the cost?
5. What fundraiser did the Lion's Club have in February that year to raise funds for the shelter house?
6. What big event was held in the new shelter house that first year?
7. What organization has fre-quently been involved in planting trees to help beautiful the park?
8. Who provided the second shel-ter house?
9. What club held their meetings at the shelter house during the warmer months?
10. In the same year the shelter house was built there was a basketball team made up of former Leeton high school “greats” that competed all over the state. What was the team called and who was the high scorer for the team?

In Christian Church Basement

     The Mineral Creek 4-H Club holds their monthly meetings in the basement of the Chrisitan Church in Leeton every 2nd Thursday of the month.

     There are two groups. The younger members meet at 6:30 pm and are called the Clover Kids. The regular 4-H group meets at 7 pm.

     Leading the pledge of allegiance this month was Zoie Charlton and the 4-H pledge Ava Houtsma. Refreshments were provided by the Fleming family.

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Sweet Springs Boys 57 Crest Ridge 48

     Crest Ridge took charge early and led 11-9 in the first quarter but it was short lived as Sweet Springs dominated the second quarter and took a halftime lead of 23-19. The third quarter the teams fought hard but Sweet Springs still held on to a slight lead 33-30 at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the final quarter Sweet Springs moved the score to 11 and Crest Ridge kept bouncing back and forth from trailing by 3 to 11 and never could get closer. Final score was Sweet Spring 57 Crest Ridge 48.

Crest Ridge Girls 47 Leeton 32

     In the first quarter the Leeton attack was underneath. Maddie McKeehan scored three deuces and a free throw for 7 points in the first half. Unfortunately the only other scores were from Allison French who hit a 3-pointer and deuce for 5. You can't win games by only scoring 12 points a half. By halftime Leeton trailed 24-12.

     The Crest Ridge team on the other hand started their scoring immediately when LHS graduate Rick Schmidli's daughter who plays for Crest Ridge, Kaylee Schmidli, sank a 3-pointer and got the Lady Cougars rolling. The Cougar team is taller than the Leeton team but it was there quick and aggressive play that won this game. They are no better shooters than Leeton and they missed a lot of shots. Often they would get four or five shots before Leeton would get the ball back.

     In the third quarter since Leeton's 3-point shooters were being guarded close it was necessary to call on some new people to come to the rescue. Scoring came from Jordan Mudd who hit a deuce and a free throw for 3 points; Rachael Karm hit a free throw for 1 point; Taylor Crooks sank a 3 pointer for 3 points; Whitney French sank a 3 pointer and a deuce for five points; Hannah Harper nailed a 3 pointer toward the end; and Jade Schnatz hit a deuce. High scorer for the night was Allison French who tossed in two 3-pointers, two deuces and a free throw for 11 points. Final score was Crest Ridge 47 Leeton 32. Crest Ridge now has a 16-2 record. This win over Leeton should get them into the top ten in 2A.

Leeton Boys 55 Chilhowee 42

     By the time this game started the gymnasium was packed with a sea of red on one side and a sea of black and gold on the other. It was the traditional Chilhowee/Leeton rivalry once again. Chilhowee has been riding a wave of very good basketball playing. Just recently they won the Appleton City Tournament. Leeton has been in a rebuilding year but remarkably have grown into a very good team rather quickly. They won the Conference Tournament and took 3rd place recently in the very tough Lakeland Tournament. This was expected to be a very exciting game. Indeed it was.

     In the first quarter Leeton sank four 3-pointers and eight deuces and two free throws to roll up the score to 29 at halftime and held Chihowee to 18 points. It was not easily done both of these teams played good games and fought hard.

     In the second half it looked like Leeton was going to pull away in the early going and stretching their lead to 16 points. Chilhowee didn't give up but battled back with 3 pointers starting to go down for them. It was free throws that saved the Bulldogs as they sank fourteen in the final minutes of play. Add to that Trevor Elwell's excellent play the last half with a 3-pointer, two deuces and 7 free throws and Aaron Norush's six along with 1 by Cody Claxton and 1 by Nate Jones and it was enough to walk way with an impressive 55-42 win over the powerful Indians from Chilhowee.

     Final stats showed Trevor Elwell with a season high 18 points; Caleb Cramer 15; Aaron Norush 12; Darius Cramer 11; Nate Jones and Cody Claxton 1 each.

Chilhowee Girls 54 Knob Noster Jr. Varsity 12

     The Lady Indians from Chilhowee handled the Jr. Varsity from Knob Noster with ease and ran away with the game early. Final score for the first game of the night was 54-12 in favor of Chilhowee.

LaMonte Boys 69 KC Lutheran 55

     This was a back and forth game though LaMonte's Vikings kept a few points a head throughout the game. The fighting young team from KC Lutheran wouldn't give up and kept coming back. LaMonte managed to close the door in the closing moments of the game and won 69-55 to win the Consolation Trophy.

LaMonte Girls 54 Sweet Springs 51

     The LaMonte team dominated most of the game but the Lady Hounds from Sweet Springs kept battling back. The first quarter LaMonte led 9-7 and widened the lead by halftime 28-19. In the third quarter the 3-pointers were hitting the basket as Sweet Springs made a comeback moving the score close at 36-33 in favor of LaMonte. Throughout the 4th quarter LaMonte would move to a 9 point lead only to see it disappear in a hurry as Sweet Springs would crawl back within 5. This occurred four times before the Sweet Springs players hit two quick 3 pointers to bring the score to three points. Sweet Springs got the ball back twice in the closing ten seconds but time ran out and LaMonte won 54-51.

Leeton Boys 55 Sweet Springs 45

     The Leeton Bulldogs roared on to the floor and were hot as you can get during the first quarter taking a commanding 28-9 lead. Caleb Cramer nailed two 3-pointers and a deuce, Darius Cramer two 3-pointers, Aaron Norush four deuces, Cody Claxton a 3-pointer and a deuce, Trevor Elwell hit a 3-pointer and deuce and Nate Jones shot a deuce to bring the halftime score to 34-22. In the 2nd quarter Leeton got cold and couldn't hit while Sweet Springs started battling back. In that quarter they outscored the Bulldogs 13-6.

     The Bulldogs came out after halftime and went to work again rolling up a score moving the score to 47-32 going into the 4th quarter. In the final quarter they did what they had to do though not in the most impressive way. Darius Cramer nailed three 3-pointers and two free throws, Aaron Norush 2 deuces and a free throw, Caleb Cramer a deuce, Cody Claxton two free throws and Trevor Elwell a free throw to push the score to 55-45 as a final.

     Final stats for the game showed Darius Cramer with 17, Aaron Norush 13, Caleb Cramer 10, Cody Claxton 7, Trevor Elwell 6 and Nate Jones 2. They will face Chilhowee in the finals at 8 pm Saturday night. It should be a good one.

Chilhowee Boys 67 KC Lutheran 26

     Not much to say about this one except Chilhowee had things well in hand as they led at halftime 42-16 and coasted to a 67-26 win. They will play Leeton in the finals Saturday at 8 pm.

LaMonte Girls 42 Knob Noster Jr. Varsity 12

     The Lady Vikings from LaMonte smashed Knob Noster in the opening quarter 28-0 and sailed through the game. By halftime it was 37-6 and the final was 42-12. LaMonte will play Sweet Springs for the girls 3rd place trophy on Friday night at 8 pm.

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Leeton Girls 65 LaMonte 43

     You have to like this team of excellent shooters. Jade Schnatz hit three 3-pointers in the first half along with two deuces for 11 points. Hannah Harper nailed two 3-pointers in the first half and another in the second. In the first half she scored ten points. Allison French hit a 3-pointer, a deuce and three free throws for 8 points. Rounding out the scoring in just the first half Madison Rehkop made 4, Taylor Crooks hit a 3-pointer and Madison McKeehan made 2 to bring the half time score to 57-30 against one of the best teams in the district who are defending champs. This is very much the same team that won the District title last year which gives a better picture of how much the Leeton girls have grown as a team this year.

     In the second half Jade Schnatz hit a deuce, Hannah Harper hit another 3-pointer and deuce, Rachael Karm hit a deuce, Jordan Mudd hit a deuce, Courtney Campbell a deuce, Madison McKeehan a deuce, and Allison French two more 3-pointers and three deuces for fifteen points bringing the final score to 65-43. The girls are focused on playing Crest Ridge in the championship game on Saturday night. Come out and support them. The game starts at 6:30 pm.

Crest Ridge Girls 54 Chilhowee 28

     Crest Ridge demonstrated why they have such a great record and continue to rack up wins. They were ready to play pushing the Lady Indians from Chilhowee in a hole the first quarter leading 27 to 9. At half both teams had only added six points making it 33-15---a good sign for the Indians that they were beginning to play Crest Ridge at an even pace. In the second half the Lady Cougars made some adjustments and started dominating play again moving the score to 45-20. In the final period the Lady Indians were able to get 8 points for 28 on the night while Crest Ridge scored 54. Crest Ridge will face Leeton for the title on Saturday night.

Sweet Springs Boys 66 LaMonte 37

     The Sweet Springs Hounds raced to an 11-0 start and LaMonte never was able to catch up. Sweet Springs made a 19-11 run and by half really poured it on holding LaMonte to one point in the second quarter while scoring 19. The game was pretty well over at that point. In the second half the Hounds drove to a 57-25 3rd quarter score and a final of 66-37.

     The Sweet Springs team will face Leeton Thursday night in the closing game of the pool play starting at 8 pm. Winner will face Chilhowee in the championship game if they defeat Kansas City Lutheran at 5 pm.

Leeton Boys 59 LaMonte 28

     The highlight of the entire night was the playing of Jerry Cox on the Leeton team. With the Bulldogs some 30 points ahead the substitutes came in and played 3/4ths of the game. That included Jerry who has worked out with them faithfully and filled the final chair on the sideline for all the games. On his first possession he let flight the ball toward the goal and nearly got a 3 pointer. The crowd cheered at how close he had come to scoring 3 points. He stole the ball and the team got to make the trip down to their side again. When they threw the ball to him he let the ball fly again and this time sank a 3-point shot as pretty as they can be made. The crowd went wild. His teammates were standing cheering for several minutes.

     The game was the final game of the night. In the first half the Leeton Bulldogs were ready and able as Darius Cramer threw 3 point bombs one right after the other on his way to 13 points (four 3-pointers) in the first quarter. He shot another 3 to start the second half to finish with 16 points. He sat out the rest of the game. Caleb Cramer was on fire putting in 13 points (one 3-pointer) in the first quarter. Nate Jones added four points. Aaron Norush scored 6 and Trevor Elwell hit a 3 in the first half. By the end of the first quarter Leeton was leading 29-4 and stretched that to 37-15 at half time with the substitutes playing.

     In the second half Zac Uptegrove scored 2; Darius Cramer hit his final 3; Cody Claxton a 3-pointer; Trevor Elwell a second 3-pointer; Steven Haney 7 points; and Ian Ginther 2 points along with Jerry Cox and his 3 pointer. Final score was 59-28 in favor of Leeton. They play Sweet Springs at 8 pm on Thursday to complete the pool play.

Chilhowee Boys 50 Crest Ridge 48

     In the first quarter the Chilhowee Indians looked like they were going to win big as they dominated the boards. By the end of the first quarter Chilhowee had taken a 17-9 lead and extended it to 27-19 by halftime. Ethan Bohannan had three 3-pointers and a deuce while Daniel Harness sank two pretty 3-pointers. Tony Stamper tossed in ten points to help the cause and Crest Ridge was in trouble trailing by 8 points and not being able to slim the margin for 3/4ths of the game. In the final quarter things got complicated as Crest Ridge started hitting their 3 pointers and took the lead. In the second half Tony Stamper continued to toss in 2's. Dakota Plemmons nailed a 3 pointer and Daniel Harness hit another two 3-pointers. Tyler and Hunter Grant each made 2 points. Unfortunately Crest Ridge scored 8 more points than Chilhowee going into the final seconds. It looked for a minute like Crest Ridge would win it.

     The lead changed back and forth in the final seconds with Chilhowee making the final shot and winning the game 50-48 in a thriller. Chilhowee will take on KC Lutheran's Jr. Varsity on Thursday at 5 pm. The Crest Ridge team has finished with a one win one loss record. If Chilhowee defeats KC Lutheran they will be in the Championship game on Saturday night at 8 pm.

Sweet Springs Girls 50 Chilhowee 28

     The Chilhowee girls were out played throughout the night by the Sweet Springs girls who continued hitting 3 pointers as the major thrust of their game. They nearly defeated Crest Ridge Monday night leading the entire game until the final quarter. Their 3 point shots didn't fall as the game was wrapping up and Crest Ridge walked away as the winner.

     Tonight the Sweet Springs team kept hitting the 3 pointers and left Chilhowee struggling to get a game plan going that would work. By the end of the 1st quarter they were already behind 5-13 and by half trailed 12-27. In the third quarter they started fighting back and reduced the lead posting a 22-36 score. It wasn't enough despite ten points by Lily Hunter, 7 points by Abby Swope, 7 points by Jaque Guinn. 2 by Morgan Shackelford and 2 by Morgan VanMeter. The Lady Indians will play Crest Ridge Wednesday night at 5 pm. If Crest Ridge wins they will play in the championship game on Saturday at 6:30 pm.

Leeton Girls 68 Knob Noster 7

b>     The Leeton Lady Bulldogs took on the Lady Panthers from Knob Noster in the final game of the night. Leeton took no time establishing themselves as the best team bulldozing their way to a 31-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. By halftime it was 46-1.

     Allison French quickly tossed in 10 points to start the game and added 3 more in the 2nd quarter. Jade Schnatz added two deuces from the outside. Maddie McKeehan took charge underneath and sank four deuces in the first quarter while Maddie Rehkop tossed in three in the second quarter. Hannah Harper tossed in a deuce and made a free throw. Courtney Campbell sank a deuce and Jordan Mudd played her best game so far this year tossing in four deuces in the first half.

     In the second half the team again demonstrated the depth of talent on this improving team. Making 2 each were Katie Fleming, Jordan Mudd, Madison Rehkop, Madison McKeehan, Whitney French and Allison French.

     With substitutes having been in and out of the game since the first quarter final baskets in the fourth quarter were made by Katie Fleming 2, Madison McKeehan 4 and Allison French 2 to bring the final tally to an impressive 68-7.

     Final scoring results showed Allison French leading with 17 points. Madison McKeehan had 14 points; Jordan Mudd 10; Madison Rehkop 8; Katie Fleming 4; Jade Schnatz 4; Whitney French 4; Hannah Harper 3; Taylor Crooks 2; and Courtney Campbell 2.

     The Leeton team plays LaMonte Wednesday night at 8 pm. Knob Noster will play LaMonte on Thursday at 6:30 pm.

Crest Ridge Girls 49 Sweet Springs 35

     The Sweet Springs girls led the first three quarters and were handling the “cold” Lady Cougars who were having trouble putting the ball thru the basket until the fourth quarter. Sweet Springs stayed a head by nailing 3 pointers much of the game though they missed a multitude of them.

     The Sweet Springs girls led 19-14 at half and 36-32 going into the fourth quarter. At the final 6 minute mark Crest Ridge nailed a 3 pointer and took the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the game.

     Leading 33-32 they then shut down Sweet Springs completely while they racked up 13 unanswered points. Sweet Springs hit another 3 pointer but that was it as Crest Ridge continued to pound away to their 49-35 victory. They will meet Chilhowee Wednesday 5 pm. Sweet Springs plays Chilhowee Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Crest Ridge 73 KC Lutheran 18

     The Crest Ridge boys were ready to play when the whistle blew and dominated play throughout the evening. Posting a 29-5 first quarter score they kept putting the ball in the basket to bring the score to 50-10 at half.

     In the third quarter they sent the subs in to maintain a 61-14 lead and sailed to a 73-18 final score.

     The CR Cougars face the Chilhowee boys Tuesday at 5 pm which should be an excellent game. The KC Lutheran will play Chilhowee Thursday night at 5 pm.

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4 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
2 cups meat cut up
(beef  chicken or  turkey  leftovers)
2 cups cooked macaroni
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
1/2 cup cracker crumbs

     Heat butter, blend in flour, add milk and seasonings to make a smooth white sauce.  Add meat to sauce, add macaroni and soup, heat completely and casserole dish. Bake 350 to 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

By Joyce Riley
"Our Savior, Born a Babe"

     This Babe, this Jesus, born to be the savior of the world, leaving the glory and splendor of Heaven to do His Father's will, to come to earth, to experience the actual pain of birth, to enter this world in the most humiliating circumstances possible, to be poor, lonely, despised, rejected, beaten and put to death by the cruelest of ways. Yet, listen to what the inspired Word of God, our Father has to say concerning him.

     "Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11.

     WONDERFUL: He was born to become the ruler of the universe and one day of the nations. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

     COUNSELOR: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he medicate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:1-3.

     PRINCE OF PEACE: He is the prince of my well being, my happiness, my safety, my health, my prosperity, my rest. Of these things in my life and in the life of every believer living under His counsel. He is Captain, Governor, Lord!

     EVERLASTING FATHER: He is eternally, perpetually, world without end, literally and figuratively, Our Father, our Principal, the overall authority of anything and everything in my life as it comes into subjection to His will.

     The Lord Jesus Christ is Precious---a gem, a jewel, a prized possession of the genuine born again believer.

     “I am my beloved's and He is mine.” (Song of Solomon 6:3).

     “Unto you therefore which believe He is precious.” I Peter 2:7.

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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.


     Pastor Ray Haught preached this past Sunday. Sunday School for Adults and Children begins at 9:30.

     Children in Action and Youth Group have started at Harmony Baptist Church and will be held every Sunday evening. CIA - (Grades 1-6) Learning about Missions – 5:00-6:30; Youth (Grades 7-12) - “I Am” Second Series – 7:00-8:30.


     Fourth Sunday After Epiphany:Souper Bowl of Caring was held by the Methodist Church with each member bringing cans of soup for the food pantry. Terry Elwell will be taking the food to Warrensburg.

     Sunday morning the Methodist Church began services by singing “Here I Am to Worship” and “God of Love and God of Power” before the reading of Psalm 71 for the call to worship. The affirmation of faith was expressed by the reciting of the Apostles Creed followed by the singing of “Cares Chorus.”

     The singing of the “Doxology” and “Lord of the Dance” led to Rev. Harvey Beach's sermon using the Scriptures I Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:21-30. The message was entitled “Home Field Advantage.” The closing hymn was “Here I am Lord.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS; Feb. 4 – United Methodist Men meet 7 pm; Feb. 10 – Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm; Feb. 11 – Community Outreach Dinner at 6:30 pm; Feb. 16 – Women's Outreach and Bible Study 6 pm; Feb. 17 – Leeton Methodist Women meet 1:30 pm; Feb. 17 – Lenton Study 7 pm.


     Church Directory is Available: Leading the song service was Mataya Lowry. Dr. Dan Lowry directed the Sunday School lesson from Acts. Greeter was Caelen Lee; Nursery workers were Josi Rohr and Raegen Scrivener; Scripture and Prayer by Brandon Myers; Communion Meditation by Travis Fleming; and Offering Prayer by Dan Lowry.

     Dan's message was from II Peter 1:3-4 and was entitled “Faithful to His Promises.” Travis Fleming had the closing remarks and benediction.

     Following the message it was announced that two more had been baptized this past week and they placed their membership with the congregation.

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Jan. 31 – Youth group at 6:30 pm; Feb. 3 – Bible Study resumes at 6:15 pm; Feb. 7 – Worship Team leads services; Feb. 7 – Youth Group at 6:30 pm; Feb. 12-13 – Women of Faith Convention in Kansas City (for more information see Carla Underwood); Feb. 27 – Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 am; Feb. 27 – Harvester's Food Distribution at 11 am. (NEW TIME).

How Well Did You Do?

     1. Noel Grinstead donated the land in memory of his father who was Judge Grinstead, one of the three founders of Leeton. Noel was head of the art department at the University of Central Missouri. The Grinstead building was named for him.

     2. With the land being given by Noel Grinstead, he requested it be known as the Grinstead Memorial Park in memory of his dad.

     3. The shelter house was built in 1964 by the Leeton Lion's Club.

     4. The Leeton Study Club held a public auction of items they collected to raise funds to support the construction and furnishing of the shelter house with picnic tables etc.

     5. The pancake supper was held in the school cafeteria and was 60 cents per plate.

     6. The Leeton Elevator hosted a customer appreciation breakfast that brought a huge crowd to the shelter house.

     7. The Leeton Boy Scout troops over the years have planted trees. Buzz Clear has pictures of the younger scouts doing it when he was leader. Bob Calloway and his scout troop planted them on another occasion. They also painted the shelter house several times.

     8. The Leeton Community Betterment Committee under the leadership of Bill Smith raised funds and built the second shelter house a few years ago.

     9. The Happy Go Lucky Club met at the park monthly for their carry in dinner.

     10. The Leeton Independent Basketball Team was playing all over the state and in tournaments that had 16 teams. On January 8, 1964, the Shield reported:

     “The Leeton team was behind at halftime 48-41 but rallied in the last half to win 89-87. Phil Spears scored 51 points for Leeton and Marty White 16. For Windsor, Littleton scored 20 and Ward 19.

     A preliminary game was held for the “over 40” team that proved to be interesting. Of course there weren't as many fast breaks as in the game that followed. The team members for Leeton were Merle Lynde, C. J. Cronhardt, Norman Powers and two others who weren't quite 40---Alvin and Wayne Crooks. The Leeton team won.

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