Flood-prone areas in southeast Missouri will be closed to all hunting during spring turkey season when river levels exceed certain limits on local river gauges. To see if an area is closed for hunting, visit mdc.mo.gov/semofloods.
Spring turkey season in Missouri remains open and as scheduled. For more on spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-forecasts-challenging-spring-turkey-hunting-season-0.
Flood-prone areas in southeast Missouri will be closed to all hunting during spring turkey season when river levels exceed certain limits on local river gauges. To see if an area is closed for hunting, visit mdc.mo.gov/semofloods.
MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission have temporarily waived permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. The waiver of needing a permit or trout tag to fish will run through April 15. Seasons, methods, and limits still apply and will be enforced. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-temporarily-waive-fishing-permits-starting-friday.
MDC emphasizes that it is still critical for everyone to continue to heed all recommendations for physical distancing, avoiding overcrowding, hand-washing, and other public-health measures while fishing.
Please vote for New Haven High School’s film production class video about Henniges Automotive. Voting ends this Friday.
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TRIM grants can help fund tree inventories, removal, pruning, planting, and more.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is taking applications for its annual cost-share grants to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.
“By accessing these cost share grants, Missouri communities can do more to plan and manage their trees,” said MDC Community Forestry Coordinator Russell Hinnah. “TRIM grant recipients focus on keeping their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, which translates to a whole host of social, economic, and environmental benefits for the community and the state.”
TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 15 percent in matching funds.
TRIM grant applicants must submit a completed application by June 5. Applications must include details on project costs and funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, and a narrative outlining the purpose and anticipated long-term impacts of the project. Proposals are assessed on a competitive basis for their value to the community, the ability to promote, improve and develop a community’s urban forest, and economic feasibility.
Get more information, including grant application forms, online at mdc.mo.gov/trim.
MDC also has a series of online application tutorials available at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zn4.
ObituaryElwood L. Amrein, age 84, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away passed peacefully at his home with his loved ones on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Elwood was born on February 12, 1936, the son of the late Franklin & Mildred (Teckemeier) Amrein.
He was united in marriage to Carol Ann Smith on June 22, 1963, in Capplan, Missouri. Carol preceded him in death on March 15, 2005.
Upon his marriage to Carol, he adopted her six children to raise as his own. Several years passed and they had one daughter together. After moving to the farm in New Haven, Elwood worked for area farmers for many years as well as digging graves by hand, concrete finisher and in most recent years installed and repaired septic systems and other backhoe work.
Through the years, the doors to his home were open to family as well as strangers in need. Many of his children and grandchildren came to live with him for periods of time and found out firsthand how he liked to play tricks on them. The stories and lessons learned in those times will not easily be forgotten. After several years of being away, Jessica made the family farm her home to raise her family. Elwood’s two grandsons, Michael and Luke, were his pride and joy. From the time they could walk they were riding beside him in the truck or backhoe and digging in the dirt right beside him. He loved being with his grandsons on the farm, cutting wood, shooting guns, fishing, catching snapping turtles, working on equipment or whatever needed attention and most of all retelling tales of the good ole days.
Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Franklin Amrein, his wife, Carol Amrein, a brother, James Amrein, a sister, Mary Upton, eldest son, Charles Amrein, and grandchildren, Jeanette Downey, Brittany Downey and Neil Amrein.
He is survived by six children, Jessica Wiser and husband Mike, Julie Amrein and special friend, Olan Broch, Kevin Amrein and wife Elizabeth, and Linda Lutes, all of New Haven; Ed Amrein and wife Kathy, of Fenton and Carol Dotson, of Hermann; siblings, Elaine Bueneman and husband Jerry, of Wright City and David Amrein, of Montgomery City; grandchildren, Michael Wiser and fiancé Kati Davis, Luke Wiser and girlfriend Tori Eckerle, Brandy (Nathan) Bugg, Christina (Jeff) Lockhart, Elisha (Michael) Stout, Kimberly (Sean) Kallbrier, Nicole Novak, Thomas (Sarah) Amrein, Stacy Jones, Christopher Jones, Susan Mitchell, Terrance Amrein, Robert Amrein, Crystal Amrein, Lee Downey, John Downey, Jennifer Allmann, Tyler Dotson, Desirae Dotson, and Kelsey Daffron; by a very special friend, Carol Alexander of New Haven, 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
New Haven High School needs your vote to win the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Show Me Manufacturing video of the year competition.
Help New Haven High School's TV/Studio class be voted best Show Me Manufacturing video of the year! High school teams from around the state are competing for bragging rights to have the top video in the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Show-Me Manufacturing Video Competition. The purpose of this contest is to paint an accurate picture of advanced manufacturing career opportunities through the eyes of high school students from around the state. The winning team will be selected by a variety of criteria, one of which is the most votes received from the public. The winning team will receive a 4-K drone or 3D printer for their school. In addition, the winning video will be used by hundreds of school counselors, Career Technical Education (CTE) directors, educators and industry representatives to educate youth on today’s manufacturing environment. Vote at https://mochamber.com/2020videocontestvote/
Preferred Family Healthcare is offering free online ARTC groups to Franklin county kids during school closures.
By: Natalie Pecaut
The New Haven boys basketball team ended their season, but not the way they wanted to. The Shamrocks took on the Cole County Eagles for the district championship title on February 29th. The Shamrocks lost to the Eagles 58-36.
The gym was a sea of green that night. Coming from a small town, sports are the highlight of it all and you knew you didn't want to miss a game like this one. Right out of the gate though, New Haven was going to have a tough opponent. The Eagles were big and tall, and had lots of players that came out with full energy.
Immediately out of the gate, the Eagles got possession of the ball, making a fast break for the basket, scoring the first points of the game just in a matter of seconds. Shamrocks then knew who they were really up against.
One of New Haven’s top players, senior Jay Eichelberger, had to be benched because of a recent knee injury that occured during their last game. In his place was senior Dominic Lewis. Dominic put some numbers up on the scoreboard during the game, also making a couple three pointers.
New Haven struggled to find momentum in the first quarter, falling just a few points behind Cole County. During the second quarter, the Shamrocks found their rhythm. Luke Gerlemann came out strong, leading the team in points and eventually tying the school with the Cole County Eagles at the half.
We asked Luke what was going through his head at half time. Luke mentioned, “Coach Peirick walked us in the locker room and sat us down. He told us what we could do better and what we could do to slow the other team down. He encouraged us and [said] that it was up to us how this game finishes.”
Coming out of the locker room, the sea of green was chanting “Shamrocks”, trying to pump up the team. On the other side of the gym, the Eagles fans were also cheering their team on.
The third quarter started out fast, with both tied neck-and-neck. The Shamrocks’ defense was just too slow for the Eagles, though, giving them the advantage under the net. New Haven played a nice offense, giving nice hard passes and moved the ball around quickly. John Liggett drove the ball in aggressively through his opponents under the net, making several shots, giving his team points that they desperately needed.
The fans gave the Shamrocks a standing ovation, knowing that this was their final game of the season. New Haven ended with a loss but should be proud of all they have accomplished during their season.
We asked senior Dominic Lewis what his thoughts were on the season. He commented, “Lots of late nights with my brothers and hard practices but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have played basketball with those guys [since] elementary school and I will never forget the years that I had with them. Just wish I didn’t have to end like this.”
Senior Jay Eichelberger also replied, “This year is coming with a lot of lasts, and this was one that came too soon. I wish that things could have turned out differently for the team, but I’m grateful for the years that I got to spend with some of my best buds.”
Not the way we wanted to end the season, but we’re all so proud of you, Shamrocks!
Until next year!
By: Brandon Young
New Haven for many years has had only one internet provider, and recently the company known as Fidelity has decided to upgrade its internet services from cable internet to fiber internet. This new service can handle quicker speeds, allowing for smooth video streaming, as well as faster download and upload speeds.
If you have noticed an overabundance of Fidelity vehicles roaming the streets of New Haven, it is because they have to upgrade the old cable technology to the new fiber technology. If you are already paying for Fidelity’s internet services, then you will be upgraded to fiber internet once they upgrade in your area of town. If you would like to check the progress of fiber internet in your area, you can visit the Fidelity Fiber address checker online here.
Senior Bernabe Ribera shares his input on fiber internet as his house has already been upgraded. Here’s what he said, “I definitely don’t lag as much when I’m playing video games like I used to.”
Junior Brande Kubiak says, “I haven’t noticed a huge difference-- I pretty much just use internet for Netflix.”
John Walburn, Division VP for Fidelity Communications, says on the Fidelity website, “We are committed to delivering the latest technology to our customers, and we are excited to bring our enhanced fiber technologies that will increase speeds and improve network reliability.”
New Haven has needed an upgrade in the internet department for years, and it’s finally receiving one. This upgrade will not only help businesses in and around New Haven, but even the New Haven School District will benefit from fiber.
Franklin Co. (March 16, 2020) – Franklin County, along with local health and government officials, continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. To help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout our region, all school districts listed below are announcing an extended school closure.
This closure will begin Wed., March 18 and will preliminarily end Fri., April 3. All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, will be canceled during the time schools are closed.
The decision to close our school districts was extremely difficult, made in consultation with all area Superintendents and out of an abundance of caution for our families. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives.
Individual school districts will be in contact with their communities to provide additional information regarding ongoing learning plans, as well as social services for those in need. All districts and schools are focused on this planning and will be in touch in the coming days through whatever communication channels are available to them. In addition, how and when potential extensions of this school closing will be decided are also under discussion and will be shared as soon as these decisions have been made.
Our goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. In making this decision, we are working together to protect each other and slow the progression of COVID-19. We will continue to remain in contact with public health officials, elected leaders, and neighboring school districts and keep parents and media updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank our community for their support and partnership in this effort.
Franklin County R-II School District
Lonedell R-14 School District
Meramec Valley R-III School District
New Haven School District
Spring Bluff R-15 school District
St. Clair R-13 School District
Strain-Japan R-16 School District
Sullivan School District
Union R-XI School District
School District of Washington
Crosspoint Christian School
By: Paige Remillard
Every year New Haven High School participates in the East Central College art competition/showing. Each year East Central College hosts an art competition where students from different schools enter their art. The judge this year is Mr. Tim Rempel from Brentwood High School. Mrs. Katie Borcherding, art teacher of New Haven High School, decides what pieces of art she will submit from New Haven. Any student in an art class is eligible to have their piece entered into the showing.
East Central College’s deadline for the entries is Friday, March 27, 2020. The art will be hung from 1-3 P.M. During that time the judges will be walking around looking at the art pieces. The showing will be opened on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8 P.M. in the East Central College gallery for people to look at. Normal hours are 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., Monday through Friday. The show will close Wednesday, April 8, 2020. There will be a reception the same day from 5-7 P.M. All artwork must be picked up after the reception.
Any school in the 4-Rivers Conference is eligible to send in artwork. The schools eligible are Hermann, New Haven, Owensville, Pacific, Union, St. Clair, St. James, and Sullivan. Any of the schools can enter up to 40 pieces of artwork. Each student is allowed to enter no more than two pieces in any category, but is allowed to enter in more than one category. The categories are:
And please note, the committee has the right to reject any distasteful artwork.
First, second, and third place receive ribbons. There will also be a maximum of three honorable mentions awarded appropriately. Best of show ribbons will be given to 2-D and 3-D artwork. The best of show winners will also receive a $50 gift card for the 2-D and 3-D artwork. They do not give out scholarships for this competition/showing.
All artwork should include the artist’s name, title of artwork, and category of artwork. The artwork must also include the school name, teachers’ names, and teacher number for notification of winners. All artwork must be finished and have the proper matting.
Students were asked how they felt about their art being submitted to the showing. Here are their responses:
Dori McCarty, junior, commented, “I have a lot of stuff going and I think it is exciting.”
Dalyla Hurst, senior, said, “I prefer my art not to go, but it would be a nice way to end the year if some of my art [won] something.”
Keerstin Mason, senior, answered, “[I am] nervous about my art going, but I do hope to win.”
Although Mrs. Borcherding is not bringing all of the students’ art projects, New Haven High School wishes luck to the ones going.
ObituaryWalter Robert Willimann, 83, of Berger, MO, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at New Haven Care Center, New Haven, Missouri.
Walter was born in Berger, Missouri on May 21, 1936, a son of the late Walter S. & Dorothy (Schowe) Willimann.
He was the widower of Dorris Ann (Von Behren) Willimann. They were united in marriage on June 8, 1957, in New Haven, MO. Dorris preceded him in death on November 16, 2019.
Walter was a member former member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Berger, where he served on the church board. He was a member of the New Haven American Legion and the Local 110 UAW.
He worked for Walter Buchulz as a meat cutter, until he later opened his own store, Willimann's Clover Farm Market. After he sold his store he went to work at Chrysler, where he worked for many years until his retirement in 1992. While he worked at Chrysler he also worked evenings for Scheer's Transfer in New Haven.
Walter is survived by two daughters, Terri Menke, of New Haven, Missouri; and Vicki Gardner, of Berger, Missouri; by two brothers, Eugene Willimann & wife Ann, of Quincy, Illinois; and Ronald Willimann, of New Haven, Missouri; by three sisters, Joyce Hauser & husband Joseph, of Berger, Missouri; Fay Scheible & husband Larry, of Berger, Missouri; and Fern Wray & husband Kenny, of Rhineland, Missouri. by his grandchildren, Tiffany Femmer, of Berger, Missouri, Tonya Whitman, of Marthasville, Missouri, Ryan Hurd & wife Nicole, of Bossier City, LA, Cassandra Gardner, of Londell, Missouri, Christopher Willimann, of Truxton, Missouri, Jamie Willimann, of Berger, Missouri, Danny Wienecki, of Bathalto, Illinois, and Angie Koszyk, of Plain Field, Illinois, and by his great grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Savannah, Mya, Evan, Ryan, Tyler, Aiden, Alaina, Sean, and Austin.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorris, a son, James "Jim" Willimann, a son-in-law, Wendell Menke, a brother-in-law, Dwayne Von Behren, and two sisters-in-law, Sharon Rae Von Behren and Mary Lou Willimann.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 17th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, where funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be given to New Haven Care Center or New Haven Hospice. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
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By: Austin Yochim
Every month there is a student selected for student of the month. This student is selected for good grades and behavior throughout the month that leads up to it. This month Luke Gerlemann was selected as the student of the month. When you win student of the month you get to park closest to the school, and you get a picture of you on the wall going into the cafeteria.
Luke is one of the smartest kids in the senior class and one of the top athletes in the school. Luke would also drop everything for someone who needs help even on his worst days. I asked Luke some questions about winning student of the month, and this is what he responded with.
I asked Luke how he earned it, and this is what he replied back with, “I’m really not sure, I just got an email from Mrs. Wnuk telling me I was the student of the month but there wasn’t a specific reason stated.”
I also asked about his parking spot and he replied back with, “It was the best part!” When questioned why, he explained that he likes “not having to walk as far in the cold winter temperatures.”
Caroline Otten said, “Luke is a hard working person and is kind to a lot of people.”
Brenna Langenberg said, “He sets good examples on the basketball court and off.”
Trae Stonebarger replied with, “He's a good student and has a lot of respect for people and teachers.”
Many people saw this award coming. Keep being the role model and the great person you are, and it will happen again. Congrats, Luke!
The New Haven School District has the following job positions open for the 2020-2021 school year.
Deadline for applications is 3/20/20 or until filled
Special Education Teacher
Deadline for applications is until filled
Parents as Teachers Educator
Coaching positions are available.
If you would like to apply for these positions, visit https://newhavenschools.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
By: Keerstin Mason
On February 29th, the Music Boosters threw their trivia night along with a silent auction to help raise money for the school’s band. Trivia night started with teams decorating their tables and getting raffle tickets. Along with the trivia questions, the crowd played fun games. With the help of people who competed in trivia night and the silent auction the band was able to raise money for a few more marching band uniforms and some new instruments.
Students were asked about their confidence answering a majority of the trivia questions. Sheny Delgado, a junior, expressed, “There was the 1860s to 1990s category that we as a table were not prepared for, so we big-time bombed that category.”
John Hughes, a senior, said, “Yes, [because] them adults don’t know our songs for [pep] band.”
Peers commented on what their favorite part of Saturday night was. Grace White, a sophomore, commented, “Winning the cookies from the silent auction and running around with friends.”
Alyssa Sidwell, a junior, said her favorite part was “Eating the cookies my friend won.”
New Haven High spoke out about what section of the trivia night they liked the most. John Hughes commented that his favorite section was “video games.”
Keerstin Mason, a senior, expressed, “Music, because some of the groups went to New Haven and they could answer what the school song was.”
Thank you to all those who donated items and baked goods for the silent auction and to those who came out to support the band. Hope next year can be more exciting than the last.
By: Andrew Lamke
The XFL is a professional American football league. This is the first season of the XFL. It currently only has eight teams. The teams we have at the moment are the Los Angeles Wildcats, DC Defenders, New York Guardians, Tampa Bay Vipers, Seattle Dragons, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, and our St. Louis Battlehawks.
The XFL has different rules for different things. The XFL aims to play under three hours. The NFL has a forty second play clock while the XFL has a twenty-five second play clock. There are many other different rules.
The XFL is owned by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment. It is the successor to the original XFL, which was controlled by McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation and ran for a single season in 2001. The XFL stands for the eXtreme Football League.
People in Missouri are happy about the St. Louis Battlehawks. Let’s hear what some of our students have to say.
“I think that the XFL is a more cool version of the NFL,” mentioned senior Natalie Pecaut.
“I think the XFL is pretty sick,” commented sophomore Gavin Allen.
Junior David Miller answered, “I like it so far and I really like that we have our own team in St. Louis.”
Senior Austin Yochim says, “The XFL seems more legit than it used to be and I think it's pretty cool that they are giving players a second chance if they didn't make it in the NFL.”
I personally think that the XFL is a great addition for football lovers. When the NFL season is over, there is nothing to watch for people who love the game. The XFL season may not be long, but it’s something to watch in your free time.
These people seem really pumped up for the XFL, and we hope the best for our Battlehawks. Unfortunately, they lost their last game on March 8th 15-6 against the DC Defenders in Washington, DC. Their next home game is on March 21st against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
By: Bernabe Ribera
On February 23, 2020 the New Haven Care Center experienced a scare of a possible fire which resulted in an evacuation of the building. Firemen and police officers were quick to respond to the call and were there in a few minutes. A Google form was sent out to the sunshine helpers who were at the Care Center on the day of the incident.
When asked how the incident started, Lauralie Grater, senior, responded with, “I was in the kitchen mopping the floors when me and Bobby, one of my coworkers, [smelled] something funky. So Bobby ended up finding the smoke and we called the fire department.”
Destiny Lafferty, senior, said, “I was working as a sunshine helper that night but unfortunately I do not know how it started.”
Natalie Pecaut, senior, replied with, “I was not working that day but when I heard what was happening, I was hoping everyone got out perfectly fine.”
All businesses have an evacuation plan, so the sunshine helpers were asked what they had to do during their evacuation.
“I was helping the nurses evacuate the residents by helping them down the stairs,” said Destiny Lafferty.
“The nurses were evacuated [from] all the rooms and when they had them out of their rooms, the sunshine helpers, kitchen workers, and other staff members that came to help moved the residents to rest away from the smoke on the other end of the building,” replied Lauralie Grater.
Natalie Pecaut stated, “Since I was not there during the incident, during an evacuation I would help in any way I can and help the residents get out as quickly and safely as possible.”
When asked if they handled the situation well, all the sunshine helpers stated that they handled everything in a smooth manner. No one was hurt and the nurses made all the residents feel comfortable and assured them that everything was okay. New Haven is very lucky to have nurses who know what they are doing and who got everyone to safety that night.
By: Ellie Westermeyer
On Monday, February 24, 2020, the New Haven varsity girls basketball team played New Bloomfield at the first round of Districts. Districts were held at New Bloomfield High School. After a very good game, the Shamrocks won 47-38.
The starters were McKenzie Overschmidt, Lexi Sidwell, Ellie Westermeyer, Hannah Rethemeyer, and Mackenzie Wilson. The alternates were Meagan Holtmeyer, Kayla Brumels, Madison Langenberg, Grace Faris, Caroline Otten, Brenna Langenberg, Natalie Covington, and Peyton Sumpter.
After the game the Shamrocks were asked how they thought they played in the first round of Districts.
Junior Caroline Otten replied with, “I feel we did okay the first half of the game, but the second half of the game we really pushed and did great being patient with the ball.”
Freshman Brenna Langenberg simply said, “I thought we did very well.”
Senior McKenzie Overschmidt commented, “I think we didn't come out ready but then after the half we stepped up our game and won!”
The next question was about how it felt to win the first round of Districts.
Brenna Langenberg said, “Pretty good considering only being a freshman and having three more years to play other district games.”
McKenzie Overschmidt replied with, “It felt amazing and it gave us a boost of energy and confidence to go and get the next win.”
Caroline Otten commented with, “It felt awesome winning and knowing that we get to move on to the next round.”
The last question was is there anything that they could work on for the upcoming games.
McKenzie Overschmidt said, “We need to work on getting back on defense and being smart with the ball.”
Brenna Langenberg commented with, “Being under control with the ball.”
Caroline Otten replied, “I need to get stronger with the ball and stay on my feet.”
Congratulations on a good finish to the season, Shamrocks!
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