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Gordon Frank Raenhard Wesselschmidt, 91, of Saint Louis, MO, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at his home.
Gordon was born at Detmold, Missouri, on a farm near New Haven on April 1, 1928, a son of the late Louis & Ida (Gerlemann)Wesselschmidt.
He was the husband of Mary Ann (Hoemann) Wesselschmidt. They were united in marriage on September 24, 1950, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, MO. They lived and farmed for two years on the Wesselschmidt home place before he was drafted into the Korean War in 1952. He served in the US Army until 1954 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. After he came home from the service he and Mary Ann made their home in St. Louis.
Gordon worked as an insurance salesman for Monumental Life Insurance Company for 30 years. After retiring he went to work for his daughter, Niesha & son-in-law Bob at Woodson Hills Food Shoppe for 20 years. Gordon was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, in St. Ann, Missouri, where he was very active in the church. He taught Sunday school, and held various different offices throughout his life.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Ann, who survives at the home; by their two daughters, Niesha Dowling, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Diane Kline & husband Jeff, of New Melle, Missouri; by three grandchildren, Brian, Emily, & Rebecca Dowling, and by three great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, by two sons who died at birth, Paul & Brian, by his brothers, Ralph, Vernon, Oliver, Gilbert, & Milfred Wesselschmidt, and a sister, Dorothy Allemann.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 30th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 10701 St. Cosmas Lane, St. Ann, MO and also Tuesday, December 31st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, with Pastor Timothy Ostermeyer officiating.
Burial will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hope Lutheran Church or Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
To send flowers to Gordon's family, please visit our floral section.
Marlene Lydia Bockting, 82, of New Haven, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at New Haven Care Center.
Marlene was born in Washington, Missouri on November 26, 1937, a daughter of the late Edward & Lydia (Breckenkamp) Pehle.
Marlene was married to David Bockting for over 20 years. To that union they had four children.
Marlene is survived by a daughter, Jacquelyn Bockting, of Washington, Missouri; and Michael Bockting & wife Sandy, of New Haven, Missouri; by two sisters, Dorothy Guese, of Potosi, Missouri; and Evelyn Baer, of New Haven, Missouri; and by four grandchildren, Nicholas Kackley, Ashley Bockting Jens and Alexis and Michael Bockting. She is preceded in death by her parents, by two children, Tammy Vidas, and Jeffrey Bockting, and a grandchild, David Vidas
Marlene was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven. She worked at Kellwood for over 20 years.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 27th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven, Missouri, with Rev. David Poe officiating.
Burial will be at New Haven Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Peter's U.C.C. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
To send flowers to Marlene's family, please visit our floral section.
On 12/19/2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office along with the Multi County Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Gerald Police Department, Union Police Department, Pacific Police Department, Washington Police Department, and the St. Clair Police Department
Torrey K Clement – 28 year old male from St. Clair, charged with Failing to drive on Right half of Roadway resulting in an accident, $1,000.00 cash only bond, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, $500.00 open bond, domestic assault 4th degree, $1,000.00 open bond, and driving while revoked, $3,000.00 cash only bond.
Steven L Skelton – 29 year old male from Union, charged with Felony Domestic Assault 3rd Degree, no bond. New charges of resisting arrest are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Skelton fled out of a window and ignored commands from the deputy. Our apprehension K-9 was deployed at this time. During the search, the K-9 located the subject in a brush pile and apprehended the suspect by biting him in the calf. The K-9 held the suspect until deputies could take him into custody. The suspect was treated at the hospital and transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Nathaniel C Willson – 19 year old male from Pacific, charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, $4900.00 open bond.
China L Willson – 29 year old female from Pacific, charged with a Probation Violation, stemming from the original charge of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, no bond.
Zach W B Cooper – 28 year old male from Union, charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fail to Drive on Right Half of Roadway, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $4,900 open bond.
Nicholas W McFerrin – 38 year old male from St. Clair, charged with DWI, $500.00 open bond.
Marshall R Maddox – 29 year old male from Pacific, charged with 2 counts of operating a vehicle with no valid driver’s license and exceeding posted speed limit by 20 mph or more, $225.00 open bond.
Christopher R Grant – 37 year old male from Sullivan, charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fail to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, and Operating a Motor Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner, no bond.
Bryan M Poertner – 29 year old male from Union, charged with Unlawful use of Drug Paraphernalia, $1,000.00 open bond.
Timothy S Tuttle – 26 year old male from Union, charged with no license plate light, $50.00 cash only bond, no insurance, $100.00 cash only bond, failing to dim headlights, $50.00 cash only bond, fail to signal, $76.00 cash only bond, possession of marijuana, $100.00 cash only bond.
Amber L. Lewis – 28 year old female from St. Clair, charged with Possession of up to 35 grams of Marijuana, $1000.00 cash only bond.
Kyle J Mercer – 32 year old male from Pacific, charged with a Probation Violation, stemming from the original charge of Burglary, no bond. New charges of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Rick G Cull Jr – 28 year old male from St. Clair, charged with Felony Receiving Stolen Property, no bond, Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, no bond, No Insurance and Operating a Motor Vehicle with no License, $150.00 open bond, Exceeded Posted Speed Limit, $75.00 bond, Operating a Motor Vehicle with no Registration, No Insurance, Operating a Motor Vehicle with no Drivers License, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with no Registration, $300.00 open bond. New charges of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
James D Heitkamp – 29 year old male from Robertsville, charged with Felony Receiving Stolen Property, no bond, Fail to Register a Motor Vehicle, $250.00 cash only bond, Fail to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, $500.00 cash only bond, Operating a Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner, $250.00 cash only bond, Failing to Stop for a School Bus, $250.00 cash only bond, Fail to Register a Motor Vehicle, $250.00 cash only bond, Operate a Vehicle with no Registration, $125.00 cash only bond, Operate a Vehicle with no Registration, $165.00 cash only bond, Operate a Vehicle with no Registration, $165.00 cash only bond, No Seatbelt, $100.00 cash only bond, No Seatbelt, $100.00 cash only bond, Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle, $100.00 cash only bond, No Seatbelt, $100.00 cash only bond, and Violation of a Court Order, $2,500.00 open bond. Heitkamp was observed leaving his residene on a blue in color Yamaha 4 wheeler. A Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy was flying his helicopter to assist with the operation. The Reserve Deputy pilot followed Heitkamp as he traveled several miles in and out of wooded areas and onto private property until the 4 wheeler ran out of gas. The pilot and another deputy was able to set the helicopter down into a field area and after a short foot pursuit was able to take Heitkamp into custody. It is unknown at this time who the owner of the 4 wheeler is. This investigation is continuing. New charges of Resisting Arrest are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Debra L Hill – 38 year old female from St. Clair, charged with Peace Disturbance, $1,500.00 open bond, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $1,500.00 open bond.
Donald R Davis – 38 year old male from Sullivan, charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, $5,000.00 open bond, Felony Receiving Stolen Property and Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, $10,000.00 open bond.
Victoria J Greer – 27 year old female from Pacific, charged with Felony Stealing and Misdemeanor Stealing, no bond.
Senica A Hagan – 30 year old female from Union, charged with Felony DWI and Fail to Drive on Right Half of Roadway, no bond, Driving While Revoked, $3,000.00 open bond, Driving While Revoked, $3,000.00 open bond, No Insurance and Possessing Plates of Another, 250.00 open bond.
Serena L Townsend – 20 year old female from Union, charged with Exceeding Posted Speed Limit, $75.00 open bond.
Timothy J Everhart – 35 year old male from Pacific, charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, $50,000.00 open bond and Felony Receiving Stolen Property, no bond.
Charles J E Jones – 20 year old male from St. Clair, charged with No Insurance, $750.00 open bond and No Seatbelt, $250.00 open bond.
Bryan A Potter – 24 year old male from Union, charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia & Failure to Register Motor Vehicle, $500.00 open bond.
Jennifer L Mayfield – 31 year old female from Beaufort, charged with Domestic Assault 3rd degree, Driving while Suspended, No Insurance, No bond
Kenneth W Huth - 66 year old male from Union, charged with Property Damage 2nd degree, $1500.00 open bond, Fail to stop at steady red signal, $500.00 open bond, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $500.00 open bond.
Daniel J Strube – 19 year old male from St. Clair, charged with Operating a Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner, Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit, No Insurance, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, and Failing to Register a Motor Vehicle, $375.00 open bond. New charges of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
I would like to thank the agencies listed above for assisting. As we state to the community we are stronger together; the same applies to law enforcement working together to make the community safer for all our citizens.
Franklin County Sheriff
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 the New Haven High School National Honor Society organization held their 4th annual Jingle Jog 5K for charity. This year they raised over $1000 and donated proceeds to All-Abilities athletics. Event sponsors include: Thrivent, The Strubberg Family, New Haven Care Center, People's Savings Bank, Axes Physical Therapy, Branson Construction, Citizens Bank, Fitness Made Fun, New Haven Ice Cream Shoppe, Pratt's Pharmacy, New Haven Veterinary Clinic, Edward Jones, and T & T Hilltop Lounge
In October 2014 an investigator with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office identified a computer offering to share child pornography online. The internet service provider identified the account holder as residing in the 500 block of West State Street in Union, Missouri. On January 29, 2015 the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and Union Police executed a search warrant at the residence in the 500 block of West State Street in Union, Missouri. Gary L. McGarity Jr. date of birth 10-29-68, was discovered residing at the residence and admitted to downloading child pornography. Gary L. McGarity Jr. was charged with Possession of Child Pornography and found guilty by a jury on October 29, 2019. On December 17, 2019 Gary L. McGarity Jr. was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Sheriff Pelton would like to thank the Sheriff’s Office Detective and the other agencies involved with this case for their commitment to the safety of children.
Franklin County Sheriff
By: Sam Penning
The New Haven Shamrock Boys JV and Varsity teams faced the Silex Owls on Tuesday, December 10th. Both teams were victorious with the JV team winning 46-14, and the Varsity team winning 56-29. This puts the teams’ records at 5-1 (JV) and 4-2 (V).
When asked how they thought the game went, Owen Borcherding, junior, responded, “I think the game went alright.”
Dominic Lewis, senior, replied, “I think it went pretty [well], since we won by around 30.”
Luke Gerlemann, senior, stated, “I think we played really [well].”
When asked what they thought they could improve on for future games, Demetri Pataky, senior, replied, “I think we need to play faster.”
Owen Borcherding, junior, responded, “We need to work together more.”
Jay Eichelberger, senior, stated, “Defense and not fouling so much.”
When asked if they had a favorite moment or highlight from the game, Demetri Pataky stated, “When Dominic hit that three pointer.”
Jay Eichelberger, responded, “The crowd was good and the [student] section was loud.”
John Liggett, junior, said, “Going on an 18-2 run at the start of the game.”
Great job to the boys teams this week, and good luck to them through the rest of their season.
By: Dalyla Hurst
This year's winter choir/band concert was on Friday, December 13th. The concert started at seven o’clock at New Haven High School. Before the concert started choir students were serving free chili to anyone that wanted some.
The concert began with the Shamrock singers. The first song that they sang was “Masters in this Hall.” There were solos in this song, sung by Chesni Jones, Carter Bates, Maisy Hook, and Katie Gaynor. They sang two more songs: “Este Es La Navidad,” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.”
To follow them was the 6th grade band. The first song that they played was “Jingle Bells.” The soli were Lucas Seitter, Henry Vedder, Lewis Wray, Ashley Simpson, Grace Inman. The second set of soli were Nicole McNew, Riley Erxleben, and Dante Roach. They played “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Good King Wenceslas.” In the third song that they played, they had solo/soli Henry Vedder, Chase Patterson, Ashley Simpson, Krysta Bickmeyer, Addy Calloway, Elana DeFlurin, Grace Inman, and Madison Steelman. The last song that they played was “Up on the Housetop.” The first set of soli was Nicole McNew, Aiden Armstrong, and Riley Erxleben. The second set consisted of Lucas Seitter and Ashley Simpson.
Next was the middle school choir. They sang “Amazing Grace” / “Pachelbel’s Canon.” The next song that they sang was “Season of Peace.” The solos were Abby Seitter, Elliott Gallardo, and Gracie Steele. The next song that they sang was “In Summer.” The solos in this song were Jane Pendleton, Gigi Peraino, and Kyra Mauntel.
The last performance before high school was the middle school band. The songs that they played were “Caroling Sleigh,” “African Noel,” and “Christmas Greetings.”
First to perform for the high school was the choir. First they sang “Peace I Leave with You.” And accompanying this song they had Ariana Ribera and Chloe Lueckenhoff do sign language. The other song that they sang was “O Sifuni Mungu.” In this song they had some solos. The solos were Grace Allgaier, Destiny Lafferty, and Ryan Stutzman. They had Justin Schroeder on the drums and Carter Ratcliff on the claves. The last song that they sang was “A Holiday Road of Carols.”
To end the concert the high school band played three songs. They were “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “We Three Kings,” and “The ‘13’ Days of Christmas.”
The 2019 winter band/choir concert was a success. Merry Christmas to everyone at New Haven High School.
All Abilities Athletics is a 501-c-3 organization that was established to provide first class sports opportunities for kids with special needs.Over 150 athletes with a variety of special needs have participated in our sports events as well as our art program, swim program or our special field trips. AAA is also actively involved in promoting education, awareness and inclusion events and materials. I have attached our brochure for your review. I would love to chat with you about building an even better partnership with Shamrock students and to explore ways to build inclusion opportunities at New Haven High School at no cost to the school.
I wanted to share a special thank you with you for the efforts of Christina Menke and the National Honor Society. These are truly special people. In early November a group of over 20 National Honor Society members made the trip to Washington High School for one of our sports event days. High school volunteer buddies are the life blood of our program and these students were awesome. Every student engaged their special athlete and enthusiastically explored a variety of sports opportunities with them. It is our hope to have a sports event day at New Haven High School at some point in March, April or May of 2020 to once again work with these special students. I have included some pictures of Shamrocks in action at our event day. I can tell you our leadership team was VERY impressed.
On Saturday, December 7, these same National Honor Society students held the Jingle Jog event to benefit All Abilities Athletics -- what a great event. The run/walk event, the ugly sweater and the awards ceremony, not to mention the awesome treats -- everything was first class. The Shamrock students had some great interaction with our AAA athletes in attendance.
I am so proud of our partnership with Christina Menke and the NHS students and look forward to working with them in 2020. I would also point out that NH grads Julia McIntyre, Lexi Oetterer, Kamryn Poe still help out when home from school. We love the Shamrocks -- send us more!
By: Bernabe Ribera
New Year’s is just around the corner and many people are excited that we will be entering a new decade. So many things have happened this year and it is better to end it off on a good note. A Google Form was sent out to NHHS students regarding New Year’s and their plans.
When asked what they plan on doing this New Year’s, Paige Remillard, senior, responded with, “Hanging out at either my house or my grandma’s house (not sure which one yet) and [playing] games and just [chilling].”
Destiney Quick, sophomore, replied with, “Honestly, I'll probably sleep a lot and then hang out with my brother for a little since his birthday is [January 1st] and mine’s [January 8th].”
“Turn over a new leaf... New year, new me,” said Lauren Hoerstkamp, senior.
Alexander Beckmann, sophomore, stated, “One of my favorite things to do is to watch the countdown into the new year.”
They were later asked what they like about New Year’s.
“The sparkling grape juice (lots of it),” said Lauren Hoerstkamp.
Paige Remillard stated, “When my grandma has a little too much to drink because she starts to say some weird things.”
Lydia Otten, senior, replied by saying, “My favorite thing about New Year’s is being around family and having good food.”
Andrew Lamke, junior, responded with, “The start of a brand new year has to be my favorite part of New Year’s.”
New Year’s resolutions are a big thing for many people, so here are a few that NHHS students have made for themselves for 2020.
“My New Year’s resolution is to make it through 2020 and make it a good year,” said Paige Remillard.
“I want to put at least half of my paycheck back each week to save up money for both a Jeep and a lifted Duramax,” replied Destiney Quick.
Jacob Alvarez, sophomore, replied with, “I really want to save up my money so I can buy all the things that I want, such as shoes and clothing.”
Alexander Beckmann said, “I want to push myself to talk to others and to make better friends.”
The year 2019 and this decade is coming to an end with many people excited for a new year and a fresh start. 2019 has been filled with memories-- some good, some bad-- that we will all treasure and take with us into this new year. To all the NHHS students and staff, have a happy New Year’s!!
By: Natalie Pecaut
As we all know, living in a small town, everyone knows all the new things that are going on in the community. One new institution, as we may know, is the new Nana’s Cafe, just right of the Casey’s General Store. Before Nana’s Cafe, the old building was once known as BJ's Ice Cream Shoppe. After the owners retired from the ice cream business, the building then became the home of the American Auto Parts Store. Fast forward to today and you have Nana’s Cafe.
Nana’s Cafe is owned by the Kelly family, and if you live in New Haven or just drive through town, you’d notice that this cafe has been in the works for a little over a year. The cafe finally made its grand opening on November 16, 2019.
When you walk in, you notice that the kitchen is right behind the register, making it open to the whole dining room. As I sat and took in the view of them making people’s meals, I asked the old man sitting across from me if he liked the open concept.
The man said, “I do like getting to see where the magic happens-- plus it’s something else I get to watch while waiting for my food. You can only people-watch for so long.”
Nana’s Cafe serves breakfast all day and serves lunch as well. Here at New Haven High School, we took a vote on what breakfast meal was a fan favorite. The options were their house biscuits and gravy, the other eggs with bacon or sausage, and pancakes with toast. 51% of the students voted on the eggs with bacon or sausage. 49% of students voted on the biscuits and gravy.
We then asked some of the students what they thought about the new cafe.
Student Morgan Branson commented, “I really like the food there. The place is super cute too! It’s a little pricey, but, hey, it’s some pretty good food!”
Lauren Hoerstkamp mentioned, “If you’ve ever watched the TV show ‘One Tree Hill,’ Nana’s Cafe reminds me of Karen’s Cafe from the show! I love going there to get a coffee before school and their breakfast on the weekends is the perfect cure to anything!”
Luke Gerlemann said, “It's a great breakfast place. Very fast with getting the food to you and everyone there is nice.”
If you’re wanting to hear more about this new cafe, go check out Austin Peirick’s Youtube channel “Messin’ With Meats” to see more reviews on Nana’s food!
Welcome to town, Nana’s!
By: Andrew Lamke
Shorts are no longer an option and coats are more convenient than ever. Fevers are at high stakes and more people are getting sick. Parents are shopping for presents for their children. If you haven't noticed, Christmas is only one week away!
Christmas is loved by people of all ages. Almost everyone celebrates Christmas and most people have their own way of celebrating it. Let’s see how the NHHS students celebrate their Christmas.
“On Christmas Eve, my family goes to church and then we go to my uncle's house and eat pizza and just talk for a few hours. On Christmas Day, we all go to my grandparents’ house and we sit there and talk and laugh and open presents and eat of course,” mentioned sophomore Destiney Quick.
Senior Lauren Hoerstkamp said, “I am staying in New Haven and hanging with all my friends and family. Our tradition is to go to church on Christmas Eve night and go home to open presents. Then Christmas morning we go to my grandma’s to eat an amazing breakfast!”
Senior Lydia Otten replied, “I am just staying home with my family and making lots of Christmas cookies, listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, and spending time with family and relaxing. The day after Thanksgiving, we go and get a Christmas tree from Minnesota where my great aunt and late great uncle have a Christmas Tree Farm. We always spend Christmas Eve with the Otten family having dinner, going to church, singing Christmas hymns, reading the Christmas story, and then exchanging gifts.”
She continued: “On Christmas Day, we open our stockings and have a really good breakfast. We go to church and then come home and open presents. My grandparents on the Pate side come over and we have Christmas dinner. We also always do a Christmas day hike/walk out at Camp Trinity too.”
“We have all the family come over and eat dinner on Christmas Eve, then we open presents on Christmas,” commented junior Logan Senecal.
“I am going to St. Charles, and we have a family gathering with food, presents, and games, like a family Christmas party,” answered sophomore Ashlyn Beckmann.
Freshman Kelsey Brumels said, “Christmas Eve, we all choose one gift to open, and then on Christmas Day, we open all of our presents and eat a big dinner with the family.”
Junior Payton Burkhardt mentioned, “I go shopping on December 26.”
“We open our presents and all of that on Christmas Eve night,” answered junior Joseph Malone.
I hope you and your families have a very jolly Christmas!
By: Brandon Young
Downtown New Haven is one of the main attractions of New Haven for many reasons. One of the reasons is the town Christmas tree that is decorated every year. You can find it by the caboose downtown.
On December 6th, there was a little festival downtown. First, they showed off the Christmas tree and turned the lights on. Then they did Christmas caroling which was hosted by our school district’s band and choir.
Senior Sam Penning, who participated in the caroling for band, said, "The tree was decorated really [well] this year. The tree had gold ribbon around it, and various ornaments, with rainbow lights on it. We played many songs like ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Have A Holly Jolly Christmas,’ and ‘Up on the Housetop.’”
Junior Ian Nieto went to the tree lighting as well, and said, "It was really cold, but it was worth it anyways."
People didn't only go to the tree lighting to see the tree, but also to listen to our school’s very talented musicians.
Freshman Kate Dittberner said, "The band and choir were really, really good. They played some of my favorite Christmas songs."
Overall, I think the community event was an overall success, and we should keep doing it every year. Besides, there's nothing a little Christmas spirit can't help.
By: Keerstin Mason
On Friday, December 6, 2019, New Haven hosted the annual lighting of the tree in downtown New Haven. One of the big things for people to do was get their picture with Santa Claus. This year, their theme was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were played by Ron and Sandy Hinten.
Mrs. Katie Borcherding’s Yearbook and TV/Studio classes went down Thursday and Friday to decorate for Santa’s arrival. Not only did Yearbook and TV/Studio work on the decorations, but they also had some help from the Independent students.
Three students helped out at the caboose Friday night. Lauralie Grater, a senior, was the “Grinch.” Alexis Sidwell, a senior, was the cameraman. Keerstin Mason was Santa’s helper.
When asked what their favorite part of Friday night was, Keerstin Mason, a senior, said, ”When everyone that came to the caboose thought my dog, Sweetpea, was part of the theme. When really I just wanted her to get a picture with Santa.”
Since the theme was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Lauralie Grater was asked why she dressed up as the Grinch on Friday. She had this to say, “I had a really good Grinch costume/onesie. I also really like the Grinch movie and volunteered.”
When asked what students worked on at the caboose Paige Remillard, a senior, commented, “I made the mantlepiece where the Grinch is sticking his head out. I painted all of that.”
Morgan Branson replied that she worked on “the lanterns in the top part [of the Caboose].”
The independent, Yearbook, and TV/Studio students were questioned on what their favorite thing they worked on was. Dalyla Hurst, a senior, said her favorite thing was “the basketball ornaments.”
Have a merry Christmas, Shamrocks!
By: Paige Remillard
Every year New Haven High School lets their seniors decorate their lockers and the senior hallway for Christmas. This year the seniors decorated their lockers December 6th during 3rd and 4th hours. Seniors look forward to this every year because they get to spend time with each other and make memories in the process.
The seniors start with splitting into two separate groups. Groups are the even lockers and the odd lockers. This year, the odd group got to decorate their lockers while the even group put up the trees in the hallway and in the cafeteria. The seniors set up the Christmas tree in the cafeteria where they made different ornaments to go on the tree. Many of the students simply wrote out their name and graduation year. They also set up the small Christmas tree in the corner of the senior hallway. This tree was decorated with simple ornaments.
While the trees were being set up, the other seniors were wrapping their lockers up in different style wrapping paper. Some lockers were covered in Frozen wrapping paper while others were simple ones. Some seniors wrapped theirs in plain brown wrapping paper so that they could design it themselves. When a senior was done decorating their locker, they would decorate the trees or help string up the lights that hang from the ceiling.
The seniors also have a Christmas tree countdown to Christmas break. Just before Christmas break, all the seniors will help to take down all the decorations hanging up.
When asked about decorating, this is what some seniors had to say:
Grace Allgaier, senior, commented, “I had a lot of fun. I decorated my locker with Marvel wrapping paper.”
Dalyla Hurst, senior, said, “It was a lot of fun getting to decorate my locker with help from my friends. I covered my locker in a simple wrapping paper.”
Keerstin Mason, senior, says, “It was fun wrapping my locker. I wrapped it in an Elf-themed wrapping paper.”
For years New Haven High School has allowed their seniors to decorate the senior hallway, and every year the classes look forward to decorating. New Haven High School wishes their students and community a Merry Christmas.
On December 10, 2019, deputies responded to the 1500 block of Hwy K, St. Clair in reference to a 911 hang up. As deputies arrived, a male subject was observed pulling a female from a vehicle by her hair. The male subject started to walk away when he observed the deputies pull in but stopped and spoke with the deputy. As the deputies went to place the suspect in custody, he took off running. Chase was given and the suspect was apprehended. Contact was made with the victim and she had injuries consistent with being assaulted. Charges were applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued. The warrant charged Zachary R. Strube, a 24 year old male from St. Clair with Felony Domestic Assault 3rd Degree and Felony Resisting Arrest. His bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety. All parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Franklin County Sheriff
By: Caroline Otten
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the New Haven girls varsity basketball team traveled to Montgomery High School for the Montgomery Girls Basketball tournament. This was their second game after winning their first one against Bowling Green on December 2. After a hard-fought game, the score in the end was 38-52.
After the game the athletes were asked a few questions.
The first question asked was how they felt their team played. Junior Madison Langenberg said, “I think we played really well, even though we lost.”
Senior McKenzie Overschmidt replied, “I think we played hard and smart. I think we kept up with Hermann until we all got too tired. I think we played very [well]!”
Junior Ellie Westermeyer answered, “I thought that we played very well and kept up our intensity with them.”
The next question was if they had any thoughts on the game. Junior Caroline Otten said, “I felt we played really hard and did well.”
Ellie Westermeyer simply said, “I thought we played well.”
Madison Langenberg replied, “We could have done some things better and should have made more easy shots.”
They were then asked if there is anything their team needs to work on. McKenzie Overschmidt simply answered, “Passing and shooting.”
Ellie Westermeyer said, “Yes, passing the ball.”
Caroline Otten replied, “We need to work on passing the ball around the court and staying in control with it.”
Lastly, the girls were asked if there are any goals they want to accomplish this season. And if so, what.
Madison Langenberg simply said, “Beat Hermann.”
McKenzie Overschmidt explained, “I want to beat Hermann and I also want to get past districts. Also I want to improve as a team throughout the season.”
Ellie Westermeyer replied, “Keep our turnovers under 10 for each game.”
Good luck, Shamrocks, on the rest of your season!
John Tucker inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (MTCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame
On Friday, December 13, 2019, NHHS teacher and coach John Tucker is being inducted into the MTCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame in Columbia, Missouri. Huge congratulations are in order, as New Haven is extremely proud of Mr. Tucker’s outstanding accomplishments as well as his dedication to his athletes over the years.
Mr. Tucker has been the New Haven boys and girls cross country and track and field head coach since the 1997-1998 school year. His girls track and field teams have earned 13 district plaques and 8 state trophies, including 2 state team championships. His girls have earned 198 state medals, and his boys have brought home 78 more. In both individual events and relays, he has 33 state champions. In cross country, his teams have brought home 19 district plaques and 7 state trophies, including a boys state championship. He has had 32 all-state cross country runners. He was several times a member of the MSHSAA track and field and cross country advisory committees. He was the MTCCCA class 1 girls Coach of the Year for track and field in 2002 and 2017, and the boys class 1 cross country Coach of the Year in 2017. He was named the MOCA state girls track Coach of the Year in 2016-2017 and was twice a regional NFHS Coach of the Year for girls track and field.
As far as New Haven is concerned, this is a well-deserved induction into the Coaches Hall of Fame, and we are all over the moon with pride. Congratulations to Mr. Tucker, and may there be many more successful years to come!
By: Ellie Westermeyer
On Monday, December 2, the New Haven varsity girls basketball team won against Bowling Green in the first round of the Montgomery Tournament, 48-36.
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, and Caroline Otten.
After the game the Shamrocks were asked how they felt the team played in the first game of the tournament.
Junior Ellie Westermeyer replied with, “I think we played pretty well for our first game in the tournament and we knew we had to come out strong and we did.”
Senior McKenzie Overschmidt said, “I think we came out strong and ready to go. I also think we were pumped because it was our first away game and we were just excited to have a game!”
Junior Madison Langenberg added, “I think we played really well because we were working together and playing hard.”
Junior Caroline Otten responded with, “I feel we played very well out on the court and did a good job with passing the ball around the court and getting open.”
Next, they were asked what they could work on for the upcoming games.
Madison Langenberg added, “I need to work on making better passes and slowing down when pressured.”
Caroline Otten said, “I would like to improve on getting stronger in the post and when I get the ball. I also want to improve on my ball handling skills so I can have more control of the ball when I get it.”
McKenzie Overschmidt replied with, “I think we can work on making better passes and not getting so many turnovers.”
Good luck, Shamrocks, on the rest of your season!
By: Haleigh Nicholas
Harvest Ball was our winter formal dance at New Haven High School, held on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. It followed after the boys JV and Varsity basketball games and lasted from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
The coronation of the king and queen was held between the boys JV and Varsity games. King and Queen of Harvest Ball were Dominic Lewis and Natalie Pecaut.
The students were asked about the difference between Winter Ball and Harvest Ball, and senior Dalyla Hurst said, “There was no difference-- Harvest Ball simply replaced Winter Ball. They were exactly the same, just different seasons and name.”
Senior Paige Remillard replied, “There was no difference. They just changed the name of the event and moved the date sooner, due to the fact that they were unsure of whether or not they were [going to] be able to do it in December because of snow days.”
Another question they were asked was what song was their favorite that was played that night.
Senior Natalie Pecaut said, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
Senior Dalyla Hurst commented, “I didn't have a favorite-- there were a lot of good songs that were played.”
The final question they were asked was, did you enjoy Harvest Ball? If yes, why?
Senior Natalie Pecaut answered, “My favorite part about Harvest Ball was dancing with all the seniors there. Also getting crowned queen was pretty cool!”
Dominick Cox, a freshman, mentioned, “[The dance] was small but fun… because I was with all my friends.”
Sounds like everyone enjoyed Harvest Ball and had the time of their lives dancing the night away.
Lois Jane Mueller, 86, of New Haven, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Hermann Area District Hospital, Hermann, Missouri.
Lois was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 10, 1933, a daughter of the late Julius Karl & Florence Mary (Weiland) Braun.
She was united in marriage with Robert “Bob” Mueller in 1957, in St. Louis, Missouri. Lois and Robert raised their four children in Glendale, Missouri, attending Glendale Presbyterian Church. The couple fell in love with the romantic rolling hills of the Missouri River Valley and moved to New Haven, founding Robller Vineyard in 1990. Bob and Lois traveled the world and loved to watch the sunset, toasting with a glass of wine. The lovebirds held hands until the end.
Lois is survived by Robert, their four children, Sue (Dan) McCarthy of O'Fallon, Illinois; Jerry Mueller of New Haven, Missouri; Mary (Wayne) Mueller of St. Louis, Missouri; and Beth (Rob) Hyser of St. Louis, Missouri; by six grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Lois has had many beloved dogs over the decades, most recently Daisy, adopted from the Franklin County Humane Society.
Lois was a gracious and generous spirit, endlessly sharing her faith and creativity. Lois was the first National Quilting Association (NQA) accredited teacher in Missouri. She demonstrated quilting at the New Orleans World's Fair, and the Frontier Folklife Festival under the Arch.
Lois was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven and the church's quilters group, the National Quilting Association, German Heritage organizations, and Missouri Cultural Heritage Master.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 13th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven, with Rev. David Poe officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Heifer Project International, Franklin County Humane Society or St. Peter's U.C.C. Quilters. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
To send flowers to Lois' family, please visit our floral section.
On Friday 12-6-2019 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team along with members of the Multi County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit conducted the service of a search warrant in the 7600 block of Hwy 47 Union, Mo. Information was obtained through an extensive investigations related to the sales, manufacturing and distribution of narcotics. While conducting the search warrant several items to include approximately 50 beans of fentanyl and approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine were located throughout the residence. While on scene a male subject age 39 of Union and a female age 43 of Union was taken into custody. All subjects names are being withheld at this time pending formal charges.
Franklin County Sheriff