SAVING THE DAY: When a leak in the gym roof stopped Tuesday night's boys basketball game between South Shelby and Palmyra, Palmyra Superintendent Eric Churchwell sprung into action. Near the end of the third quarter, a leak started to make a puddle near midcourt. "The refs stopped the game and it was a dangerous situation," Churchwell said. "We couldn't stop the leak and we were trying to figure out a solution to the problem. I thought if we had some dry towels that maybe we could stick them up there." Now it was only a matter of who was going to stick the towels into the roof. Churchwell volunteered his services. "I'm an old industrial arts teacher," he said. "I'm not scared of heights, so I thought I'd go up there and give it a shot." The plan worked. After a 27-minute delay, the game resumed and was finished with Palmyra winning 64-56. "I went back up after the game to get the towels out," Churchill said. "And just as I was going up, it started to leak again. But we got the game in." He spent Wednesday getting some good-natured ribbing from his co-workers and trying to find a permanent solution to the problem.
n GOLDEN MOVE: A local government official was scheduled to speak with the Golden Kiwanis Club on Monday, but the official wound up arriving late to the meeting. Seems that the person drove all the way to rural Golden before figuring out that they were in the wrong spot. The official was actually slated to speak to the Quincy Golden Kiwanis. A trip that should have taken a few minutes wound up taking considerably longer. The village of Golden doesn't have a Kiwanis Club, but it does have a Lions Club.
n TAKING THE PLUNGE: The recent Polar Plunge in Hannibal, Mo., raised almost $7,000 for Missouri Special Olympics, with 52 people plunging into the Mississippi River. Isaac Speed, Charlie Speed and Duke Speed were the top fundraisers, raising $325 each. Trent Bauer, dressed as Shrek, won the Golden Plunger award for best costume. Online fundraising is still going on. Donations may be made to www.somo.org/plunge. The event was hosted by Hannibal Parks and Recreation and Shine a Light on Autism. Hannibal's is the only Polar Plunge in Missouri to take place in the Mississippi River.
n BATTLE WINNERS: The Salvation Army recently announced five winners of its "Battle of the Bells" competition held during the Christmas Red Kettle driver. The competition was extended to local groups and businesses to see who could raise the most money benefitting the 2012 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign. The winners were the Liberty Christian Church 24/7 Youth Group with Liberty High School Youth Group (FOG), Country Cousins 4-H Club in Golden, Kirlin's Hallmark, Heartland Bank and the Adams County Probation Office. Each organization will receive party accommodations at the Kroc Center, including a meeting room and complimentary admission to the pool, exercise rooms and rock wall.
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