On Wednesday morning, Oct. 15, preschool through fourth-grade students fidgeted on the bleachers in the Mound City R-2 gym. When St. Joseph (Mo.) Fire Inspector Jason Ziph and his K-9 partner, Phoenix, walked in, the crowd gasped, and one Mound City student whispered “He’s so pretty!”
The Kansas City Royals, until the American League Championship Series (ALCS) this month, have been the underdogs of Major League Baseball (MLB). The team hasn’t reached the postseason since 1985, and even two seasons ago, the Royals won just 72 games.
Kelly Graves of the Mound City Water Department flushes a fire hydrant in front of Northwest Graphix on State Street in Mound City, Mo., on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8. The department is flushing city water mains and hydrants from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during October.
Thomas Shifflett, top, lifts a Mound City R-2 kindergartner onto the Mound City Rural Fire Department fire truck while John Brooks, left, and Fire Chief J.R. Rother, right, help students climb the ladder on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Mound City, Mo.
The Missouri River, which flows through Holt County, has long been a source of efficient transportation, but varying water levels have negatively affected barge traffic; droughts in 2000 left the river too low for barges, and flooding in 2011 left water too high. In 2014, however, the water, as Goldilocks would say, is just right, especially for traffic passing through Holt County from Kansas City, Mo.