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R-IV Board Discusses Lunch Bill Issue, Sunday Practices
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Pictured above is Lilly Van Houten talking to the Shelby County R-IV School Board about what she has been doing in school this year. Her first grade teahcer Erin Melson looks on.

The Shelby County R-IV School Board looked at options for on how to deal with past due lunch bills which has become an issue, and the protocol for allowing Sunday activities and practices.
   Lunch Bill Situation
   For the second month in a row, R-IV Superintendent Tim Maddex and the board had an in-depth talk about the late lunch bill situation.
   Maddex had a chart to show what families would have to meet financially to qualify for free or reduced lunches. He said there are multiple ways for families to qualify for free or reduced lunches.
   He talked about the possibility of families making on-line payments. It is done through PayPal. He noted that PayPal charges a small service fee for using the program. If they pay $20 on a lunch bill, they will be charged $21 with a dollar going to PayPal.
   Board member Jim Foster said he’s been asked if all student fees could be paid online. Maddex said if they chose to do this, it could be set up to make that an option.
   He also talked about how to handle unpaid bills. They talked about the small claims option that could be taken through the courthouse. They talked about filing a petition with the Prosecuting Attorney for bad checks.
   Maddex said he didn’t know if the board wanted to take those steps, but it might be necessary if they want to collect some of this back money. He did note that they are limited to filing 12 small claims cases a year. He and the board agreed they would choose the 12 that owed the most.
   As of Dec. 9, Maddex reported that 239 students out of 712 have a negative lunch balance. They range from five cents to $316.30. As of last Wednesday night’s meeting, the district was owed $5,665.66 total. When you add up over $1,200 in bad checks the district has received, it’s close to $7,000 the district is owed.
   Five students owe over $100 in lunch bills and 30 that owe over $50. A total of 102 students owe less than $10. The largest family bill as of Wednesday was $570.70.
   Maddex said he has been looking at some sample policies and gave some to the board to look at for consideration.
   He came up with a sample policy for bills $50 or higher per student or $100 or higher per family, which will require a letter to be sent out first. Followed by a phone call from the Superintendent’s office. After that point, a collection agency or option would be a possibility for the next step.
   He did note that at no time would a student be denied a meal at school.
   The board plans to review the policy in January and plan to approve it in February.
   Sunday Practice Policy
   During the public comment portion of the meeting, senior basketball players Dylan Boling and Dawson Wood asked the board to consider letting them practice on Sundays on those rare occasions that they have a game on Monday. They stressed that it wouldn’t be a mandatory practice and the practice itself would be cut down on how long it lasted and would be more of a walk-through type situation.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Icy Conditions Lead to Several Local Accidents
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This was one of many vehicle accidents, but the only reported injury accident that took place in Shelby County on Friday, Dec. 16.

A one-vehicle accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. Friday, one-half mile east of Lakenan on Highway 36, resulted in moderate injuries to the driver. It was just one of many accidents that would take place Friday do to slick conditions on the roads.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Susan M. Aljets of Dorsey, Ill., was traveling westbound when her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee slid off the left side of the road into the median and overturned.
   Aljets, who was wearing her seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Salt River Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. Her vehicle was totaled. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and Shelby County 911 also assisted in the accident.
   With temperatures hanging in the mid to upper teens for most of the day on Friday, road conditions were trecherous to say the least. Shelby County 911 was sending law enforcement and rescue people all over the county to respond to slide-offs and minor accidents.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Appreciation for Outgoing County Officials
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Kerry McCarty, Maurice Shuck and Ralph Eagan.

A reception was held Monday afternoon honoring the public service of outgoing commissionres Kerry McCarty (left) and Maurice Shuck (center) and for retiring coronor Ralph Eagan. The three men were each presented a plaque for their service to the county. The public attended the event and refreshments were served.   8572 1651 12/21/2016 hdl

Cards Have No Problem with Marion County; Lose to Canton
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Dawson Wood scores two points against Marion County on Thursday, December Dec. 15.

South Shelby came out smoking in the first quarter against a struggling Marion County team, hitting five 3-pointers to jump out to a 31-6 lead after one quarter. They would go on to win 86-34.
   The Cardinals jumped out 9-0 early as Brock Wood, Dawson Wood and Alec Patterson set the tone.
   The Cardinals closed the quarter with a 17-0 run over the final 2:03 to put the game away early.
   Marion County continued to battle, but, like the girls team, the Mustangs are hurting in numbers, and was unable to make a substitution until midway through the second quarter.
   By that point, it was 44-11 Cardinals with 4:27 to play. South Shelby went to the locker room with a 54-19 lead at the half.
   Coach Brian Patterson slowed the pace of the game down and pulled back on the reins as the bench saw a lot of action. The Cards outscored Marion County 18-12 in the third quarter, and with the running clock in the fourth quarter, they outscored the Mustangs 14-3.
   Dawson Wood led the Cardinals with 19 points. Alec Patterson added 18 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Dylan Boling had 16 points and six rebounds and Brock Wood chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and six assists.
   Canton 63
   South Shelby 58
   The Cardinals made a run at Canton late in the game thanks to hot 3-point shooting by Alec Patterson, but it wasn’t quite enough as South Shelby was defeated by Canton 63-58 on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at South Shelby.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Lady Birds Defeat Marion County, Fall to Canton
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Lexie Higbee shoots a short jumper against Canton on Tuesday, December 13.

It was all South Shelby in the Lady Birds one-sided victory over Marion County on Thursday, Dec. 15 at South Shelby. They defeated the Lady Mustangs 69-13.
   The Lady Birds, known for their slow starts this season, scored the first 17 points against the undermanned Lady Mustangs, and never looked back. Five different players scored for South Shelby in the first quarter, as Coach Luke O’Laughlin got contributions from Lexie Higbee, Kenzie Kendrick, Caitlyn Poore, Lily Wegman and Meredith O’Neal, who knocked down a 3-pointer.
   The Lady Birds led 17-1 after one quarter.
   South Shelby continued to cruise in the second quarter as the Lady Birds outscored Marion County 15-10 to take a 32-11 lead into the half.
   Marion County only had six players dressed out and five of them played until the fourth quarter. The fatigue was too much for them as the Lady Birds rolled, outscoring them 18-2 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter.
   Morgan Collins got in on the action scoring the final three points of the game, with a basket at the 1:02 mark and she hit the second of two free throws in the final seconds of the game. She ended up with five points total.
   Leading the way for the Lady Birds with a double-double was Lily Wegman with 11 points and 10 rebounds, including a 3-pointer. Isabella Hutcherson and Caitlyn Poore each added nine points for South Shelby. Poore knocked down a 3-pointer as well.
   O’Neal dished out four assists and had eight steals in the game.
   Canton 53
   South Shelby 41
   Logan Wise scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to pace the Lady Birds, but it was not enough as they lost 53-41 to Canton at South Shelby on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
   The game was close throughout with Canton holding on to a 12-11 lead after one quarter.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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