A Look Back at 2020 in Shelby County...Part 1

December 29, 2020

By Thad Requet

This is the first of a two-part series looking back at the top stories of 2020.

January 1, 2020

Max Fahle, son of Steve and Linda Fahle of Shelbina, was given an lifetime membership to the Shelby County Historical Society for his volunteer work he has done there.

Daniel Hadsall of Bethel was arrested by the Shelbina Police for writing several local bad checks.

Obituaries: Billy Don Edwards; Marjorie Dean (Feely) Stiefel.

January 8, 2020

Shelby County R-IV Superintendent Tim Maddex announced that he would resign his position at the end of the year. He would be the next high school principal at South Shelby.

The filing period opened up for April election.

Obituaries: John Edward “Mickey) Wood; Jack Carson Simpson; Ota Lavina Turner.

January 15, 2020

The Shelbina City Council decided to go with a new trash servies. The City switched to RTS Waste Services LLC. This decision was made during the Jan. 14 City Council meeting.

Former Shelbina Mayor Bob Greening died on Tuesday, Jan. 14. He was 90 years of age.

Obituaries: Phyllis Virginia Dixon; Vic Cline.

January 22, 2020

The South Shelby FCCLA competes in the Region 3 STAR Events that was held at Atlanta C-3 School on January 13.

The South Shelby FFA students attended a Greenhand Conference Jan. 6-10.

Obituaries: Charles Robert “Bob” Greening; Russell Lee Beatty; H. Earlene (Byars) Bopp; Nina Lou Davis; James B. Dye; Bobbie Mefford, Sr.

January 29, 2020

Several items were discussed at the Shelbina City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Shelby County Conservation Agent Kevin Lockard reported that deer totals for 2019 were down from the previous year in Shelby County.

Obituary: Frank (Terry) Threlkeld.

February 5, 2020

South Shelby Band Director Josh McCoy was elected to the board of Northeast Missouri Music Educators Association.

Michaela Christoffer took over as the new Shelbina City Clerk, replacing Brittany Bradshaw, who held the job before taking a new position with Shelby County R-IV.

February 12, 2020

A vehicle that was stolen from the South Shelby parking lot on Saturday, Feb. 8, was recovered in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Kirksville later that day.

Charles L. Gaines, 80, of Shelbina was injuried in a one-vehicle accident two miles east of Hunnewell on US 36.

Obituary: Danny Martin Phillips.

February 19, 2020

Mallory Wood was crowned the 2020 South Shelby Courtwarming Queen. She is the daughter of Danny and Gayla Wood of Shelbina.

The Shelbina City Council discussed prices for the Shelbina Aquatic Center during the Feb. 18 council meeting.

Kyle A. Bowen, 21, of Edina was arrested for the car theft that occurred on Feb. 8.

February 26, 2020

Shelby County R-IV Board President Aaron Gaines reported that Troy Clawson would be named the next superintendent at Shelby County R-IV.

South Shelby High School Principal Matt Rayl resigned after one year at the school. He was replaced by Tim Maddex.

The Shelbina City Council approved the pool rates that were discussed in the previous meeting.

Obituaries: Charles L. Henry; James Robert “Bob” Gerry; Lillie Mae Lucas.

March 4, 2020

The first panel of the South Shelby Elementary Tornado Safe Gym was put in place on Monday, March 2.

Shelbina City workers were busy Tuesday, March 3 trimming trees and clearing up power lines in Shelbina.

Obituaries: Karen Fay Story White; Lisa Deann Parshall; Nettie Belle Thrasher.

March 11, 2020

Shelby County R-IV received a 100 percent on its bus inspections. Transportation Director Curt Bowen was very happy with the results. The buses were inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Shelby County Health Department addresses precautions for COVID-19.

March 18, 2020

Shelby County R-IV Schools cancelled classes becuase of COVID-19. The original plan was for a two week shut down. It would turn out to be the rest of the year.

The annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser was postponed due to COVIV-19.

The Shelby County Senior Center also announced that was closing its doors during COVID-19. Meals were still delivered to homes.

Obituries: Diana White; Shirley Sue Detweiler.

March 25, 2020

The Shelby County Health Department reported on Tuesday, March 24 that it had received confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the county.

The Shelbina City Council spent the bulk of its meeting on March 24 talking about preparations needed for COVID-19.

The April 7 election was moved back to June 2 due to COVID-19.

Obituaries: Charles E. Comfort; Harold Richard Harvey.

April 1, 2020

The City streets of Shelbina was filled with cars cruising the strip on Friday, March 27. Corey and Maria Eagan, along with Jennifer Chandler organized the event. Channing Black had the idea to collect can good items for the local food pantry.

Shelby County R-IV School Superintendent Tim Maddex told board members during a special meeting on March 30 that a decision on what to do for the remainder of the school year would be decided in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Obituaries: Nancy Mae (Buckman) Vanskike.

April 8, 2020

Governor Mike Parson directed Dr. Randall Williams, Director of Missouri Deparmtent of Health and Senior Services, to issue a Stay at Home Order which was effective on April 6.

Work continued on the South Shelby Elementary School as window frames were being installed and weather proofing was put in place.

Obituaries: Billy Ray Arment: Wayne Ernest Neaterour; Dorothy Burkhardt.

April 15, 2020

Jim Foster was voted in as the new Shelby County R-IV School Board President.

Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough gave her first local perspective on COVID-19.

The Shelbina City Council discussed nuisances during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Obituaries: James V. (Jim) Palmer;

April 22, 2020

Bricklayers were putting bricks on the outside walls of the new South Shelby Elementary School.

An early morning ATV accident resulted in the injuries of 31-year-old Christopher J. Hensley of Holt.

Obituaries: Michael Lewis Ross; Marie L. Haubrock; Leonard Earl Crabtree, Sr.

April 29, 2020

Courts continued to operate online with empty courtrooms during COVID-19 after the Missouri Supreme Court suspended all in-person proceedings.

Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough encouraged churches to take precautions when opening back up.

Members of the Shelbina Arts Council were giving out bags of popcorn to drive up customers. A total of 313 bags of popcorn were served.

Obituaries: Larry Armstrong; Diana Lee Frazer.

May 6, 2020

The Shelbina City Counicil discussed COVID-19 issues and approved a motion to purchase a dump truck during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 28.

Local restaurants open their doors back up and take precautions during COVID-19.

The Shelby County Commission found out it would receive $695,707 from the Federal CARES Act Fund.

Obituaries: John C. Wilken; Richard Dean Otey.

May 13, 2020

The Shelby County R-IV School Board decided to have graduation on May 23 at 6 p.m. with a rain date for May 24. Prom was scheduled for June 27.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews were in Shelbina replacing railroad crossing signals.

Obituaries: Charles Eugene “Gene” Wood. Helen Pauline (King) Kimbel; Marilyn Jean (Hays) Blackford.

May 20, 2020

The South Shelby Elementary School continued to progress through May as Project Engineer Michael Purol gave the school board an update during the May 13 school board meeting.

Shelby County Health Department Director Audrey Gough continued to urge residents to take precautions during the pandemic.

Obituary: Paul Eugene Wood.

May 27, 2020

The South Shelby Commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 23 as social distancing guidelines were in place.

The Teachenor Post 376 American Legion Post Commander Gale Buckman and several volunteers of all ages put flags on the grave stones of war veterans.

A Bethel man, Matthew Allen Shaw, 36, went missing on Friday, May 15 on Highway 168.

Obituaries: Roger B. Ratliff; Evelyn June Byars; Roberta Ruth Stevenson.

June 3, 2020

The body of Matthew B. Shaw, 36, of Bethel was found on the night of Friday, May 29 by search committee.

The Shelbina Lions Club hosted a movie in the park night on June 6. They showed the movie “The Sandlot.”

A summer lunch program was in place at the Shelbina library park.

Obituaries: Edith Lyle (Caldwell) Rutter; Billy Gene Moore.

June 19, 2020

The Shelbina City Council heard as City Clerk Tim Lacy explained things were going well at the pool.

Aldermen Alan Denham, Chad Wharton, David Dovin and Mayor Al Dimmitt were sworn in to service during the Tuesday, June 9 meeting.

Obituaries: Shirley (Magruder) Black; Martha A. Mahaffey.

June 17, 2020

A major wastewater project at the Shelbina Wastewater center got underway in June. The $996,000 is being done to comply with government regulations.

The Shelby County R-IV School Board heard public comment encouraging the school to open back up in the fall.

South Shelby resumed extra curricular activities with practices and workouts taking place throughout the summer with COVID-19 guidelines.

Obituaries: Matthew Allen Shaw; Beverly Ann Mojis; Donald E. Couch.

June 24, 2020

The Shelbina City Council discussed the request for proposals for the City Attorney and Prosecutor positions during the June 23 City Council meeting.

The Shelby County Health Department reported two more cases of COVID-19.

Obituary: Glen Eugene Cochrane