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Volume Sixteen, No. 50

Lathrop Turney Holt Polo Edition

Thursday, February 23, 2012
by S. Daily Warren The Missouri Department of Transportation is conducting studies to find the best solution for the intersection at 116 and 69 Highways, but theres been some activity as well. New rumble strips have been added, existing ones refreshed and bright reflectors have been attached to existing signage, but MoDOT is just getting warmed up when it comes to making Cross Corners safer, and is working closely with the Clinton County Commissioners and other officials to achieve the smartest solution for the best buck. I dont know what else you can do except to put up a flashing light, said Lathrop Mayor Gene Schoonover succinctly, espousing a popular idea that may be gaining ground with MoDOT. Either that or hit people on the head with a hammer and tell them to stop and look. The good mayor makes a good point. Most of the accidents at this intersection are caused by motorists using 69 Highway, not those traveling down 116. And in more than one case the motorists actually come to a complete stop, look directly at oncoming traffic, and proceed directly into the intersection anyway and straight into an accident. Ive had two people in two separate instances tell me the same thing, said Commissioner Charlie Dawson. They saw the other guy come to a stop and then they pulled out right in front

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The Winter that Wasnt

Commission saves the county money, MoDOT dodges a bullet
by S. Daily Warren The Farmers Almanac, that trusty old tome of country wisdom and lore, has been dead wrong so far this winter when it promised us a wet and wild winter. With about 25 days until spring, Northwest Missouri has been to date experiencing the winter that never was. Temperatures have been unusually high and there has been very little precipitation. For the winter of 201112, the Farmers Almanac is forecasting clime and punishment, a season of unusually cold and stormy weather, Writes Caleb Weatherbee (a pseudonym for the Farmers Almanac official forecaster). For some parts of the country, that means a frigid climate; while for others, it will mean lots of rain and snow. Far be it for this reporter to dispute such lofty lore, but this winter hasnt exactly panned out as predicted. The best joke heard so far was in a local caf when an unnamed patron took full responsibility for the strange weather. Its all my fault, this weather, he said solemnly. If I hadnt bought a snow blower last year it would be business as usual. While some may look to global warming or an apocalyptic 2012 for answers, it may make more sense to look directly overhead. The most powerful natural force in our solar system, the sun, produces near limitless energy and we are currently experiencing the beginnings of an 11-year solar cycle marked by sunspots, brilliant solar flares that can threaten the power grid and an increase in cosmic radiation. What effect does this have on Earth? Plenty. According to the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, low solar activity often results in measurably colder temperatures, with statistical links established to anomalies like El Nino and other freaks of nature. We are now in a period of high solar activity which, while providing such illuminating displays as increased Northern Lights, can also mean measurably warmer temperatures and even drought. In the Journal of Atmospheric Science, Douglas Yarger and Daniel Hancock found a mathematical correlation between the sunspot cycle and drought in the Midwest. But lifelong local resident Edwin Shrewsbury sees this winter as typical for Missouri.

Cross Corners: Update

ongoing electrical bill, runs about $2500 for each light. It is unknown if a four-way light, two blinking red for 69 and two blinking amber for 116, can be

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Absent Voter Information

The County Clerks Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for Absentee voting for the upcoming April 3, 2012 Municipal General Eleciton beginning February 21, 2012. We will also be opoen on

Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please have Missouri Drivers License or Clinton County Voter Registration card. The last day to register to vote for this election will be March 7, 2012.

of the oncoming vehicle. This position of added infrastructure while increasing driver awareness is seconded by Presiding Commissioner Wade Wilken, whose experience as manager of the local license bureau adds credence to the view supporting increased education. But solutions arent easy, or cheap. Area Engineer for MoDOTs Northwest District Michael Rinehart has taken the flashing light option very seriously, and come up with some preliminary expense figures. A blinking red light facing north and south on Highway 69, a solar option not requiring entrenched power lines and an

powered using MoDOTs existing solar expertise. Rinehart says that studies are ongoing and doesnt currently have a cost estimate for a blinking four-way light, but its on his long list of things to look into. At least one commissioner advocated the idea of simply making the intersection a standard four-way stop, using either traditional stop signs or blinking red lights. But the idea of four-way stops at intersecting state highways is not something MoDOT is enthusiastic about. Were not inclined to do that, says Rinehart. But when it comes to saving lives all options are on the table.

Republican Caucus to be held March 17

The Clinton County Republican Central Committee will hold the 2012 Clinton County Missouri Republican Caucus for the purpose of electing Republican Delegates and Alternates to the Republican 6th District Convention and the Republican Missouri State Convention. The Missouri Republican Platform will be discussed. All Republicans are invited to attend. The Republican Party is open to all persons of any gender, minority, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, or financial status. We welcome all people. The Caucus will be held at 10 am, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Clinton County Courthouse community meeting room in Plattsburg, Missouri. Registration will take place at 9:00 am. No registration allowed after voting begins. Active participants must be currently registered voters in Clinton County and must certify they are Republican. Bring a form of personal identification to register.

Plane crash victims identified

The names of the victims of the February 14th plane crash was released Friday, February 17th, 2012. Clinton County Sheriff Porter Hensen contacted the newspaper office last Friday with the report. Pilot Ronald L. Strahm, age 68 yeats, of Independence, MO and passenger Joseph Clinton Waters, age 70 years, formerly of Independence, retired to Virigina, both lost their lives in the Valentines Day crash, north of Shatto Milk dairy on 33 Hwy.

Calendar of Events
Feb. 24 - Community Talent Show Try-outs @ LES, 4-6 pm Feb. 25 - Basketball District @ Plattsburg Boys 1st Round vs. Plattsburg, 7:30 Feb. 27 - Girls 1st Round vs. Plattsburg 9:00 2nd Rd.2/29 Feb. 28-Lathrop Middle School sixth grade-Performing Arts Center - 7:00pm Mar. 2 - District Girls Championship game 6pm Mar. 3- District Boys Championship game 1:00

Community & School

LPD conducts alcohol compliance checks

On 02-02-2012, members of the Lathrop Police Department conducted three alcohol compliance check investigations. The Police Department is proud to announce that all three businesses checked did not sell to the undercover minor. The three businesses checked were: Dollar General Store (104 North Street, Lathrop, MO), Fast Break (101 Center Street Lathrop, MO) and Caseys General Store (515 Center Street Lathrop, MO) The Police Department would like point out that these establishments and their employees are the first line of defense in the battle against underage drinking. The Department praises their continued efforts to make Lathrop a safer and healthier place for our youth. This project was sup-

ported by funding made available through a Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of the Director, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. The Lathrop Police Department will continue to conduct alcohol compliance checks throughout the year.