On 01-15-17 around 10:27 a.m. deputies responded to an address in the 6400 block HWY O in Pacific, Mo. regarding a burglary. Upon arrival deputies made contact with the victim who informed deputies that he had a surveillance system at his residence and recorded images of the suspects and the car they were driving. The victim posted the suspects pictures as well as the car on Face Book to alert general public. An off duty Washington Police officer spotted the suspect vehicle at Petro Mart in Villa Ridge. Deputies responded quickly and were able to take the suspects in custody and recover most of the stolen property. Warrants were obtained for Burglary on Gregory Carmack a 47 year old white male from Marthasville, Mo. and Earl Rancher a 30 year old male from Villa Ridge, Mo. both are being held on a $25,000 bond. The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the community and the off-duty Washington Police Officer for the assistance in locating the suspects.
On January 11, 2017 an autopsy was conducted by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office on the remains found at Chouteau Claim river access. The victim is believed to be an adult white male ranging between 5 08”-6 02” in height. Evidence on the scene indicates that the remains were dumped at the access and could have been at the location between 2 to 3 days. Franklin County Investigators are in the process of obtaining a DNA Profile. Currently we have a list of 27 missing males in Missouri. If anyone has any information we are asking you to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division
On January 10, 2017 at approximately noon, the Forestry Division of the Missouri Department of Conservation was cleaning the river access at Chouteau Claim when they reported finding a burn pile about 5 yards in the brush with what appeared to have dismembered human remains in the burn pile. Franklin County Investigators are currently investigating the scene. Cadaver dogs are being used to search the surrounding area and a grid search is being conducted by Deputies with the assistance of Agents from the Missouri Department of Conservation. A search of the waterway for evidence is being conducted by the Missouri State Patrol. We are checking with the surrounding counties for any missing person reports. The remains will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further review and an attempt to identify the remains.
Over the last several years, the New Haven Youth League board has been investing their time and effort in the enjoyment, success, and education of the game of baseball and softball for all of the youth kids involved. Improvements made toward the Youth League include expanding between leagues in neighboring communities, adding new divisions, holding baseball and softball clinics, replacing equipment for all divisions, and offering a free Cardinal ticket to all players each year.
The New Haven Youth League board has set a new goal for 2017 to construct a new 12'H x 14'W x 70'L batting cage to replace the existing cage at Lions Field. This new batting cage will be concrete with DuraTurf covering. They also plan to cover the new cage with a lighted pavilion to protect it from weather and allow the community to utilize it after sunset. The estimated cost of the project is $15,500.
Several of our local businesses and organizations have stepped up to the plate in a big way! Donations received for this project are being processed through the New Haven Community Betterment organization and donors may receive a tax deduction for their donation. Should you want to make a donation, checks may be made payable to the New Haven Community Betterment and may be dropped off at Citizens Bank, c/o Tracy Langenberg.
On 12-28-16 at approximately 11:08 PM, Deputies were dispatched to the 5700 block of Willow ford Road in Robertsville, Mo. for a domestic assault. It was determined during the investigation that the male suspect assaulted his wife, then allegedly put a gun to her head and poured gasoline on the crib with the grandbaby inside threatening to light the crib on fire. The suspect fled the scene prior to the deputies arrival. Deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched the area being unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was located the following day and was arrested. Charges was obtained against Patrick Howard a 56 year old white male from Robertsville, Mo. for Assault 2nd, Armed Criminal Action and Endangering the Welfare of a Child with bond being set at $50,000 cash. All persons are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Find a way to RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE with these ideas from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
New Haven’s choir and band spread Christmas cheer by performing their Christmas concert for all to hear!
By: Lexie Nixon
On December 12th, New Haven High School hosted the 2016 annual Christmas concert, which included middle school and high school choir and band. According to Mrs. Taylor, choir director, they perform this concert yearly because, “It is a good tradition that we have had at our school. Having a Christmas concert helps set the mood for the holiday season.”
The middle school choir started off the concert by performing three songs, which were “A Gospel Noel” arranged by Greg Gilpin, “Amazing Grace/ Pachelbel’s Canon” arranged by Jean Anne Shafferman, and “Choral Octavos” arranged by Schmitt, Hall, and McCreary Company. One of these songs, “A Gospel Noel”, featured the 8th grade soloist, Abby Buchheit.
Next, middle school band took the stage and also performed three songs, which included “Christmas Trilogy”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”.
Following the middle school band was the high school choir, which proceeded to perform three songs: “Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix, “Grown-up Christmas List” by Mark Hayes, and “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” by Andy Beck.
Anna Miller was featured as a soloist in the song “Mary, Did You Know”. When Anna was asked about her thoughts on the performance on the song, she responded with, “I thought that the choir did a great job and I was proud to be a part of it.”.
Also, the song “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” featured a small group of voices, which included the senior choir members Nicki Zeitzmann, Anna Miller, Alexia Nixon, and Carolyn Allgaier.
Following the high school choir was the high school band, which performed three songs. These songs included “Winter Wonderland”, “Christmas Canon”, and “At Christmastime”.
High school band member, Mikayla Maloney, was asked how she felt about their overall performance of the band, and her response was, “The band as a whole worked very hard over the semester to prepare for the Christmas concert, and I feel as though we showed all of our hard work in the amazing performance of our songs!”
Mrs. Taylor, director of the middle school and high school choir, was asked what she felt both choirs’ strongest songs were and why, and she responded with, “The middle schools strongest song was ‘Amazing Grace/Pachelbel’s Canon’. This was the strongest song because their student’s voice blended very well and they sang it well. The high school choir’s strongest song was ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ This was their strongest song because they had sang the harmonies and dynamics well.”
The band director of both middle school and high school, Mrs. Koch, was asked about her thoughts on the Christmas concert as a whole, and she remarked, “I thought our students performed well. Some of our groups were given challenging music and they worked hard and stepped up to the challenge. I am always grateful that our district still celebrates Christmas through music every year!”
It seems as though Mrs. Koch and Mrs. Taylor both seemed to enjoy the concert and the students’ effort based on their responses.
By: Lucy Roth
Throughout the week of December 5th to December 9th, the sixth graders of New Haven Elementary worked on a toy drive. Gently used or new toys, books, as well as clothing have been donated by students, teachers, and parents.
Donated toys are given to the Mommy & Me store in Washington, MO. Here, Mommy & Me employees will figure what all of the donations are worth and sell them to the public. Melissa Frick, a 6th grade teacher at NHES, noted that in last year’s toy drive, Mommy & Me was very generous in what they dubbed the toys’ worth to be. However much money raised by purchases of the donated toys will be put into a voucher for those who go to Grace’s Place, a crisis nursery on Lafayette Street in Washington, MO. Anyone who goes to Grace’s Place will then receive a portion of the voucher to spend at the Mommy & Me store for clothes, books, toys, etc.
Grace’s Place is a crisis nursery where families or members of families go to escape hardships at home. It serves as a safe place for those who can no longer live at home for an abundance of reasons. Here, they are treated with love and care and are given a second chance.
Eley Barber, a student in 6th grade at NHES, stated, “I think Grace’s Place helps a lot of families through hard times, and it’s really cool that we get to help them in some way.”
Kate Unnerstall, a 6th grade teacher at NHES, commented in regards to the toy drive last year, saying, “Last year's toy drive was our first, and it was amazing! There were at least 3 or 4 car loads of toys for Mommy & Me. We raised almost $1000 for Grace’s Place, and we hope to do the same this year!”
“Every morning this past week, students from all grades who brought in toys paraded around the gym, holding up and showing off the items. After the parade, the kids set the things down under a Christmas tree for the 6th graders to collect,” Eileen Roth, NHES counselor, explained. “The kids march around and Mrs. Meyer plays music in the background. I think it really makes the kids feel special that they are making someone’s holiday a little bit brighter.”
Throughout the week, car loads have been taken down to Mommy & Me in Washington, and on the last day of the event, a total of 3 toy-filled cars were brought down to the store. The total amount the toys will be worth will not be released until right before Christmas; however, we can only imagine how much 3 car-loads of toys could be worth.
Thank you to all those for donating! Your generosity was key to the toy drive’s success.
By: Jake Wilson
In front of a packed gym Friday night, our Shamrock JV and varsity boys’ teams both picked up hard-fought wins over the Russellville Indians. After the junior varsity won by a score of 60-20, our Winter Coronation ceremony was held. Senior Zack Vedder and junior Lauren Gerlemann were crowned as our 2016 Winter Ball king and queen.
When Zack was asked how he felt about being named king, he quoted, “I think it's pretty neat to win king. It was really nice to even be voted as the candidate and with it being my senior year makes it pretty special, especially since we won the game after coronation. It was a pretty fun experience.”
When Lauren was asked about becoming queen, she stated, “I felt honored to be queen. I was surprised, because I thought all the candidates had just as much potential to win. They are all wonderful.”
The varsity then followed up with a 44-40 victory. In the varsity game, senior Zack Vedder led the team in scoring with 16 points and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Fellow senior Justin Shockley also grabbed 4 rebounds, along with 8 points.
Currently, the Shamrocks’ record stands at 3 wins and 3 losses as they begin Four Rivers Conference play at Pacific on Friday. Congrats to Lauren and Zack, and nice wins, boys!
By: Diana Ribera
On Thursday, December 8, New Haven High School hosted Silent Night. In this event, the junior varsity and varsity basketball girls were playing, and the cheerleaders cheered silently until the teams got to 10 points. It took until the second period of the JV game before they started calling out the cheers.
Mr. Tucker was asked why he thought the school participates in the Silent Night tradition, and he said it was to get people involved. It makes the crowd wait a while to finally cheer, building all the tension.
When asked how they felt about Silent Night, Ariana Ribera, a middle schooler at NHMS, said, “I think it was a lot of fun. Even though I don’t really watch sports, the girls were interesting to watch. I did like how the cheerleaders were cheering quietly.”
Lexi Oetterer, a cheerleader that was cheering that night, said, “I like how everybody gets so into it. When they don’t cheer until the tenth point, then they go really wild because they’re so excited.”
Kamryn Poe and Vanessa Vallejo are managers for the JV and varsity teams. Kamryn was asked how she felt about the game, and her response was, “It was real intense. The game was nerve-wracking, and I was at the edge of my seat. By the fourth quarter, I knew it was a sure win. Congrats, varsity girls!”
Doug Peirick was asked how thought the girls did, this was his response, “I thought we could have played better on the offensive and defensive end in the 1st half. We did play better in the 2nd and were able to pull away from them. I thought Emma Engelbrecht was our best player on both ends of the court. She had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals.”
By: Emilee Hinten and Brande Kubiak
Our next Middle School teacher interview is with Mrs. Westermeyer. She teaches English and reading, as well as being the sponsor for National Junior Honor Society and the 7A class sponsor.
1. What’s the hardest thing for you about being a teacher?
"I think grading time is consuming and to know what the state standards are for teaching."
2. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
"Sue White was my mentor teacher at Gerald Elementary while student teaching. She was nice, compassionate with her students, and she was always smiling."
3. Do you like the food the school serves?
"Yes, I like the salad bar and the varieties it has."
4. Do you sing in the car or other times when you are alone?
"Yes, I sing along to country music."
5. What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
"One time in college, I was carrying two bags in each arm, it was a busy morning, I was walking up the stairs, and I fell face first onto the floor. It was in front of everyone."
Art exhibit featuring works by Kimmy McDowell and Emily Knoppe will be on display at Scenic Regional library Friday, December 16- Monday, January 2.
Emily Knoppe and Kimmy McDowell are both students in Mrs. Borcherding's 2D Art class at New Haven High School. The featured works include a variety of drawing media and techniques such as: color pencil, marker, drawing pencil, and printmaking. Stop in at the New Haven Branch of Scenic Regional Library to see the works shown here and more.
By: Celesse Smedley
With the midterms that are coming up, many students forget some tips that’ll help them survive finals. I asked students and teachers the same question-- what piece of advice would you share with students about the upcoming finals?-- and these were their responses.
2. Prepare all semester
When Mrs. Schlafer was asked, she stated, “The key to being successful on finals is preparation all semester. If a student has completed assigned work and prepared for tests during the semester, they are more likely to be successful on the finals. Before the finals, students need to look over notes, review sheets, and old tests.”
3. Don’t Stress
Asking a student, Emma Eichelberger replied, “I would say to study a lot and to not stress out because the finals you take will not be the end of you. When you stress out, every situation gets worse.” Therefore, before your final, take a breath and relax. Also, make sure you study so you know your materials.
4. Get Sleep
According to Time’s Magazine, “Fatigued brains do not retain information, nor do they recall it well…. Adhering to a reasonable sleep schedule is the key to their effectiveness.” A good night's rest will always help you on your finals. Try to get to bed an hour or two earlier so you have longer to sleep.
5. Work Out
Huffington Post claims that “studies show that exercise boosts memory and cognition. Most recently, a study at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, showed that vigorous exercise helps prime the brain to learn new information.” Working out can be as easy as going on a jog or doing yoga for at least a few days before the exams.
Therefore, coming up into finals, always remember to manage your time, prepare, don’t stress, sleep, and work out. These important points will help you during the midterms.