by Michael Smith
The goal all season long for the Grain Valley boys cross country team was to qualify for the Missouri State High School Cross Country Championships.
They had a chance to do that in Saturday’s Class 5 District 4 meet at Staley High School. The Eagles faced some stiff competition and came close to qualifying for state, but finished fifth with 132 points. Blue Springs South took the fourth and final spot with 114 points. Rockhurst won with 40.
The top four teams in each district advanced as did the top 30 individual performers.
Seniors Rylan Smith and juniors David Roberson and Landon Barnes all punched their tickets to state.
Smith led the boys with a 14th place finish at 16:39.53. Barnes was right behind him in 15th with a time of 16:40.73.
“We weren’t really focused on individual accomplishments, we wanted to qualify as a team,” Barnes said.
Smith was able to finish in the top 30 despite an accident he had near the end of the race.
“When I came around the turn, I actually fell,” he said. “I think I actually did a little bit better because of that. When I got up, I ran a little bit faster because I knew I had to make up some time.”
Barnes and Smith along with the rest of the competitors had to battle frigid temperatures.
“Our muscles are super tight from it,” Smith said.
Both of them are making their second trip to state, while Roberson will compete on Nov. 4 at the Gans Creek Golf Course for the first time. He took 28th with a time of 17:04.08. Right after the race, Roberson had to leave immediately to travel to Columbia to play in a district soccer match.
“That kid is crazy,” head coach Nick Small said. “His battery just keeps going. Sometimes he will get up and run in the morning then go to soccer practice later in the day. He makes me so proud.”
Rounding out the top five for the Eagles boys were Adrian Bobzien (32nd, 17:16.73) and Landon Blew (43rd, 17:32.15).
Junior Jordan Gossage was just six places away from the state meet.
She led the Eagles girls team by placing 36th with a time of 21:21.74. The girls team finished 10th overall with 255 points.
“She finished way ahead of where she was projected,” Small said of Gossage. “She really got after it.”
Rounding out the top five for the girls were Amyah Graybill (39th, 21:32.74), Kayley Bell (43rd, 21:39.49), Clara DeMoro (65th, 22:39.50) and Lillian Snyder (73rd, 23:36.22).
Senior Rylan Smith, right, and Landon Barnes finished 14th and 15th at the Class 5 District 4 meet at Staley High School to qualify for state. Photo credit: Michael Smith
by Cole Arndorfer
The Board of Aldermen briefly met for their second regularly scheduled meeting for the month on Monday, October 23. The meeting consisted of two resolutions and the first read of one ordinance.
With no public comments and the consent agenda approved, the board moved directly to resolutions.
In this section, the board discussed two new resolutions. The first, introduced by Alderman Knox, would appoint Robert Headley to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term. Headley would be filling a position vacated by a member stepping down. The resolution was passed unanimously.
The second resolution, introduced by Alderman Mills, called for the reappointment of four members, Debbie Saffell, Craig Shelton, Elijah Greeene, and Chriss Bamman, to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term. All four of these members terms were up and all have stated that they would like another term on the commission. This resolution was also approved unanimously.
Next up was the first read of one ordinance, calling for an election in the City of Grain Valley on April 2, 2024. City Administrator Ken Murphy explained this is the official administrative step the city must take in order to hold its general municipal election. This election would entail voting for alderman positions in Wards I, II, and III as Alderman Arnold, Alderman Knox, and Alderman Skinner’s terms are expiring. Mayor Todd’s term is expiring, so the April 2024 election will also include a mayoral race. The first read of this ordinance was approved and it will be brought back, by title only, during the next scheduled meeting.
During city staff reports Community Development Director Mark Trosen noted that on Tuesday, November 7th from 5:30-7:30pm, the city will host an open house in order to share the design of the shared trail from Blue Branch to Nelson. The open house will be held at the new library off of Buckner Tarsney.
Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Davies reminded board members that the city’s Downtown Spooktacular is being held on Friday, October 27 from 6:15-8:30 pm. The event kicks off in Armstrong Park at 6:15pm with the Witches and Wizards Walk. Once the walk hits downtown, the event officially opens up. As of now, 34 local vendors have signed up to pass out treats and other goodies. A fireworks display will close out the event. Main Street will be shut down during this time.
The next Board of Aldermen’s meeting will take place at 7:00pm on November 13 at City Hall.
by Cole Arndorfer
On Thursday, October 19th, the Grain Valley Board of Education met for their monthly meeting. The meeting included a report over the district’s audit, a comparison in pay across the metro, the superintendent’s report, and an item of unfinished business.
Under reports, the board heard an audit presentation from Brian Eckhoff of Westbrook & Co. Eckhoff led the school district’s audit over last year’s financials and he came to give a brief overview of the financial statements. Eckhoff said overall, the district had a good financial year minus some project expenditures.
Eckhoff described the audit as, “as clean as you can get.” He added that there were no recommendations for improvement by the firm.
Following the report, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nick Gooch presented a comparison in teacher pay. In this comparison, Gooch broke down where Grain Valley ranked against other metro area districts. For teacher pay, the district ranked 11th in the metro in base salary, up three spots from the previous year. Grain Valley added $1,500 to their standard base pay in order to move up. For master’s degree level teacher pay, the district stayed at 13th even after adding to that salary. Gooch said that they have looked at the stats and have outlined ways that the district can improve on these numbers in order to become more competitive, not only in teacher pay, but across all positions.
Superintendent Dr. Brad Welle said that their goal is to come back to the next meeting with a solid idea of what it will take to improve on the competitiveness of the pay schedule. Gooch said his hope is to be able to present the board with a new salary schedule by the end of the calendar year.
In his superintendent report, Welle first outlined a $10,000 grant the district received from the Grow Your Own program. The purpose of these funds is to work with students who are interested in becoming teachers. The district can use these funds for dual-credit courses, paying college scholarships, and for paying students internship stipends for summer school internships working in the classroom. Welle said that the high school has a course underway this year that is gauged toward teaching students how to be teachers.
Welle also reported the district’s community survey is underway. He also reminded the Board of the Bright Futures Luncheon which will take place on November 14, at noon, at the Grain Valley Community Center. He said that this year is Bright Future’s 10-year anniversary and he is looking forward to celebrating that.
In unfinished business, the board discussed the Scott Belcher Scholarship nominee. This scholarship comes from the MSBA. Participating school boards may submit a nominee for a regional award and an opportunity receive consideration at the state level. The board went over the applications and after discussion, they chose Mia Simmons as this year’s nominee.
The next school board meeting will take place on November 16th, at 6 pm, in the Leadership Center.
Residents may safely dispose of unused/unwanted/expired drugs during a Drug Take Back event hosted by Grain Valley Police Department (GVPD) from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 28th! Residents can drop off items at a station set up in the City Hall/police department parking lot at 711 Main ST.
Please note that liquids, syringes/sharps, illegal drugs, and inhalers will not be accepted.
In addition to the drug take back event, GVPD will also be hosting a shredding event for Grain Valley residents. This allows residents to dispose of any unwanted/invalid confidential documents. All materials must be boxed/bagged and free from items such as staples of bindings.
MODOT crews will continue bridge replacement work along Interstate 70 at MO Route AA/BB in Grain Valley. This work will require the following traffic changes. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and be vigilant of work in the area. All work is weather permitting.
Friday, Oct. 27 until Saturday, Oct. 28
This project will be constructed over the course of three phases in the next year. Phase 1 included bridge work and work within the median. Phase 2 will address the westbound side of the project and Phase 3 will address the eastbound side. The project is anticipated to be complete by winter 2023.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
Americans throw away nearly one-third of the food they buy every year, costing the average household about $1,800 annually. Food waste also has an enormous negative impact on our community, economy and the environment.
Kansas City Food Wise is a new regional effort to reduce food waste, increase access to healthy food, and build a sustainable food system that benefits us, our community and the planet. It is the result of a two-year Sustainable Materials Management Grant provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
The project website, KCFoodWise.org, provides the following food waste reduction strategies and resources:
“Kansas City Food Wise not only helps individuals reduce food waste and save money,” Matt Riggs, MARC Solid Waste Management District outreach coordinator said. “It helps everyone access healthy food and provides opportunities for each of us to help grow a sustainable food system that benefits us, our economy and environment long term.”
The October page in the Grain Valley Historical Society 2023 Calendar featured a photograph of Charlie Johnson and some customers in his barbershop. You may recall an article about the barbershop in the Valley News (May 21, 2020). Mr. Johnson was a WWI veteran who returned home to Grain Valley, married Ruby Huff and ran a barbershop for 16 years. In 1935 he began a career with the post office serving as acting postmaster, postmaster and finally as rural carrier for thirteen years before his retirement.
Unfortunately, I have no idea where this barbershop was located. Old photographs show barber poles on both sides of Main Street, as well as one on Walnut just west of the old Royal Playhouse.
While the 1881 Grain Valley Directory does not list a barbershop, family records indicate that John T. O’Connell was operating a tonsorial and bath house when he married Creole Warren in 1906. The shop burned in 1920. The 1910 United State Census tells us that August O. Thieme was operating a barbershop in Grain Valley. Imagine that; our little town had two barbers at the same time! The 1920, the United States Census indicated that the Thieme family he had moved on to Cass County.
Robert McQuerry had a barbershop “somewhere in town” during the 1940s. His wife, Mary was a school teacher and later Grain Valley Elementary School principal.
During the 1950s and 1960s Claude Batman was our barber and also the resident painter. Dale Riffle came along in the 1970s. He moved his shop to a new location further south on Main Street near Broadway.
I’m sure there have been many others in our town in recent years. I really haven’t kept up so I Googled barbershops near me. I learned we have at least three, Great Clips on McQuerry Road near the movie theater, Michael$ Custom Cut$, just down the road in Hoot Owl Estates, and the Grain Valley Chop Shop on Eagles Parkway.
I’m thinking they no longer offer baths, however you can probably get a perm ,a dye job and maybe highlights!
If you are a frequent reader of this column, you may know that I left out the September calendar page because it was a photograph of the 1923 football team and it has been in several publications this fall. After all, GVHS football has been around for 100 years and we have been celebrating!
Check out the Fall issue of Eagles’ View when it arrives via mail sometime in November. You will find other pictures and stories about Grain Valley football. Hopefully, we will be celebrating all the way to a State Championship! Wouldn’t that be an exciting way to celebrate 100 years! Go EAGLES!
Charlie Johnson’s Barbershop. Photo credit: Grain Valley Historical Society
Get ready to embrace the Oktoberfit spirit by enjoying more frightfully delicious foods without scary ingredients. Whether it's a cozy family movie night or a lively Halloween gathering, charcuterie boards are all the craze. Opt for effortlessly enjoyable and kid-friendly recipes, capturing the essence of the spooky season.
Involve your kiddos in creating and preparing your board! Kids who help in the kitchen are more likely to try new foods and have a greater acceptance of different flavors and textures. Give them age-appropriate tasks they can complete on their own to boost confidence and a sense of accomplishment, whether that be helping you grocery shop, reading the recipes, washing fruit, slicing cheese or helping with cleanup. Cooking together helps create healthier habits as a family and offers an opportunity to have fun in the kitchen while learning along the way!
I have created a spooktacular char-boo-terie board lineup that the whole family will enjoy – and even incorporated some more nutrient-dense options along the way! I recommend including protein- and fiber-filled options and balancing your board with sweet treats. Incorporating sweets regularly at meal times can help a child learn that food is not a reward and that sweets are not “bad” but rather foods to be enjoyed in moderation and not a treat they only receive to reward their behavior or for finishing their plate.
Try including a balance of protein- and fiber-filled options along with a few sweet treats. I recommend starting with fresh slices of BelGioioso Parmesan to provide calcium to support your goblins and ghouls growing bones! Pair BelGioioso Parmesan slices with a favorite Di Lusso deli meat to provide extra protein and keep everyone full longer. Next: Satisfy crunchy cravings with Simple Mills Pop Mmms Veggie Flour Baked Snack Crackers. These cheesy, light and airy baked snack crackers are something the whole family can enjoy. And – best of all – they are made with wholesome veggies featuring ½ cup of vegetables in every serving. Incorporate fiber from veggie slices and pair with your child’s favorite dip – not only will you pack in extra vitamins and minerals from the veggies, but fiber helps fill up your goblins’ and ghouls’ tummies for all your Halloween festivities!
I recommend rounding out your board with a variety of spooky, family-friend recipes everyone can be involved in creating! Try adding a few creepy crawlies to your board with delicious Apple Spiders. Get ready for the whole family to fly away on your Witches Broom Breadsticks and satisfy their sweet tooth with Monster Munch. Last but certainly not least: Enjoy carving a jack-o’-lantern indoors without the mess from traditional pumpkins with this recipe for Jack-O’-Lantern Fruit Cups.
Jack-O’-Lantern Fruit Cups
All you need:
5 navel oranges
1cup fresh blueberries
1cup fresh blackberries
1cup fresh raspberries
Sugar snap peas, for stems, if desired
All you do:
Nutrition Facts per serving: 40 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 10g total carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, 5g total sugar, 1g protein
Recipe source: https://www.hy-vee.com/recipes-ideas/recipes/jack-o-lantern-fruit-cups
For more tips, connect with your local Hy-Vee dietitian today by visiting https://www.hy-vee.com/healthnew/dietitians.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
The following information is derived from Grain Valley Police Department daily calls service log for the week of October 16-23, 2023.
October 16, 2023
400 Blk 7Th
October 17, 2023
200 Blk Parker
200 Cross Creek Ln
1400 Blk Broadway
Wolf Creek Subdivision
October 18, 2023
500 Blk NW Willow
1200 Blk SW Dean
1300 Blk NW Jefferson Rd
400 Blk SW Cross Creek
500 Blk N Main St
700 Blk N Main St
800 Blk SW Woodland Dr
October 19, 2023
900 Blk NW Eagle Ridge Dr
NW Valley Cir
3300 Blk S Outer
2300 Blk NW Hedgewood
Movie Theater Parkinglot
200 Blk N Main St
October 20, 2023
West City Limits
1400 Blk Eagles
100 Blk Main St
1500 Blk NW Nolan Dr
Loud noise complaint
800 Blk San Karr
1100 Blk Blue Branch
40 Hwy/Main St
Motor vehicle accident
October 21, 2023
1400 Blk NW Willow Dr
1000 Blk Stoney Point Dr
1000 Blk NW Valley Ridge Dr
Buckner Tarsney South City Limits
800 Blk San Karr
1100 Blk Buckner Tarsney
600 Blk Crestivew Rd
400 Blk SW Eagles Pkwy
1100 Blk Ephraim
500 Blk Walnut
1100 Blk Buckner Tarsney
NW Scenic/Meadow Rd
1400 Blk NE Mary Ct
NW Sycamore Ct/NW Hedgewood
600 Blk NW Jefferson
1200 Blk Foxtail
1600 Blk NW Nolan Dr
100 Blk W Walnut
200 Blk Cross Creek
October 22, 2023
100 Blk SW Eagles Pkwy
800 Blk Highland Dr
1100 Blk Scenic
700 Blk N Main St
500 Blk Main St
October 23, 2023
700 Blk SW Shorthorn Dr
400 Blk S Main St
200 Blk Concord Cir
700 Blk SW Shorthorn Dr
1300 Blk NW Whitney
1100 Blk NW Willow
1300 Blk NW Crestwood
Jackson County Jail
700 Blk N Main St
1100 Blk BB
Tyler/RD Mize Rd
1200 Blk SW Dakota Starr Ct
1100 Blk SW Ephraim
1300 Blk SW Blue Branch
Additional calls for service:
Domestic Violence: 1
Order of Protection: 1
CIT/Mental Health Welfare Check: 1
by Michael Smith
Grain Valley sophomore Cohen Hackworth has had to make some major adjustments midway through the season.
That’s because starting striker Ethan Galvan is out with a season-ending injury to his shoulder, so head boys soccer coach Brett Lewis needed someone to step into that role.
He choose Hackworth, who converted from a defender to a forward, which are two completely different roles on the pitch.
The sophomore is starting to get more and more comfortable up top and it showed in Monday’s Suburban White Conference matchup with Raytown. He scored both of Grain Valley’s goals, leading the team to a 2-1 win at Ted Chitwood Stadium in Raytown, helping his team snap a four-game losing streak.
“He’s been a utility guy,” Lewis said of Hackworth. “We have used him at center back, we have used him as a winger and now a striker. I feel like the last several weeks I have tried to work with him to be that really strong target we can play off of in the final third.”
“He’s really responded well to what we were able to do in practice. When we were able to find his feet, we were dangerous in the final third.”
Hackworth didn’t waste any time getting the Eagles (5-12, 3-4) on the scoreboard as he got a through ball from junior Alexander Luna and blasted on inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, Raytown got the equalizer when senior Freanchesko Usuriaga Castro scored off an assist from Owen Pacheco.
Hackworth then scored the would-be game winner in the seventh minute when he fired an unassisted near the top of the box and put a perfectly-placed ball into the net.
Playing the new position was a steep learning curve for the sophomore but he is starting to grow into it. It also helped that Galvan gave him some good pointers.
“I look at how defenders beat me in the back and I take that with me when I went up top,” Hackworth said. “It’s been hard for me, but I have adapted to it.
“Ethan told me how to press, when to press and how to dribble. He has helped a lot.”
Lewis said that Hackworth’s physical attributes made him a perfect fit at forward.
“His touch and strength is really good and he has the ability to turn and hold off defenders,” Lewis said. “I think he’s gotten better at turning and using the inside and outside of his foot to get around defenders on his back.”
While Hackworth powered the offense, the Eagles controlled possession as a team. In the second half, Grain Valley limited Raytown to just one shot for the final 40 minutes.
“We were able to control the game and we were able to stop any counter attacks in the mid field,” Lewis said. “Our back four was organized and made sure their player who was at (striker) was marked.”
Grain Valley will play its final regular season game at Belton Thursday before taking on Blue Springs in the first round of the Class 4 District 7 Tournament at noon Saturday at Columbia Hickman High School.
Grain Valley sophomore Cohen Hackworth scored both of Grain Valley's goals in his team's 2-1 win over Raytown Monday on the road. Photo credit: Michael Smith