Step Up To The Plate And Donate - Hermann Blood Drive Aug. - 13

Columbia, MO — Hermann Area District Hospital, St. George School,  KWWR, the St. Louis Cardinals and the American Red Cross encourage fans to step up to the plate and donate blood to help patients in need on August 13th at the St. George School Gymnasium, 133 W. 4th St., Hermann.

Everyone who attempts to donate blood at the Hermann Cardinals Blood Drive will receive a specially designed Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.

“To be a hero off the field, we need to pitch in and support our community,” said Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman. “You can give a patient in need a chance to get back in the game by visiting one of our blood drives and donating blood.”

William D. Kreftmeyer September 8, 1947 - July 23, 2015

William  D.  Kreftmeyer, 67, of New Haven, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at New Haven Care Center.

Mr. Kreftmeyer was born in New Haven, Missouri on September 8, 1947, the son of the late Eugene and Louise (Scheible) Kreftmeyer.

He was the widower of Betty (Voss) Kreftmeyer.  They were married August 25, 1979 at St. Peter's U.C.C. at New Haven.

William proudly served in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the New Haven American Legion, and a former member of the New Haven V.F.W. 

William worked for Kellwood most of his working career as a computer programmer.  He enjoyed gardening, listening to music, playing horseshoes and pinochle, bowling and going to the legion hall.

Charlie Vedder February 9, 1939 - July 21, 2015

Charlie Vedder, 76, of New Haven, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at his home.

Mr. Vedder was born in New Haven, Missouri on February 9, 1939, the son of the late Adolph and Marie (Borcherding) Vedder.

He was the widower of Janice E. (Scheer) Vedder.  They were married June 27, 1959 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven.  Janice passed away on December 19, 1995.

He is survived by two daughters, Debi Scott & husband Philip of Austin, Texas and Kim Boland & husband Todd of Villa Ridge, Missouri, a son Kent Vedder of  New Haven, a special friend Ann Borcherding of New Haven, three brothers Eugene Vedder & wife Doris, Donald Vedder & wife Vera and Rodger Vedder & wife Carol all of New Haven, a brother-in-law Ralph Scheer & wife Barb of New Haven, two sisters-in-law LaVerne Kirkpatrick of Florida and Anne Scheer of Covington, Louisiana, by his grandchildren Ryan Vedder, Sam & Ted Boland, Mackenzy & Zachary Vedder and Michael & Robert Scott, by his great grandchildren Mila & Ewan Vedder and Jazmine, Xavier & Teceyah Scott.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother-in-law Rev. Raymond Scheer.

Thomas A. Kuhlmann November 18, 1936 - July 16, 2015

Thomas  A.  Kuhlmann, 78, of New Haven, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Mercy Hospital,  Washington, Missouri.

Mr. Kuhlmann was born in Washington, Missouri on November 18, 1936, the son of the late Conway and Winnie (Talant) Kuhlmann.

He graduated high school in 1954 and later enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1957 to 1958.

He was the husband of Carol  (Mann) Kuhlmann.  They were married October 24, 1970 at New Haven, Missouri.  Carol survives at the home.

Washington Girl Scout Recipient of Top Girl Scout National Honor

Pictured: Jamielee Buenemann who recently received Girl Scouting’s highest award for her innovative and advanced project focusing on renewable energy. Photo courtesy Kathryn Kiefer (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

WASHINGTON, MO - Jamielee Buenemann, a 2015 graduate of Washington High School and one of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s graduating seniors, was one of only 10 young women nationwide to receive the award.

She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by researching, designing and constructing a residential-scale wind turbine almost entirely from recycled materials, raising awareness in her community about the accessibility and affordability for renewable energy.

"Being named a National Young Woman of Distinction is the highest honor a girl can earn through Girl Scouts, and it is emblematic of her vision, resolve, and commitment to putting her skills to work to make the world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Black Gold Comeback falls short in Black Gold Softball Classic

Pictured is Cullen Speckhals.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Black Gold got off to a tough start Black Gold Softball classic, (June 27 & 28) losing their first two pool play games and nearly being eliminated from their own tournament on Saturday. 

The local squad then rallied and won three straight elimination games before falling in the fourth do-or-die affair to the Pinckneyville Falcons. The Falcons, 5-0 on the weekend, won the Black Gold Classic for the 2nd consecutive year.

For the tournament, Cullen Speckhals led Black Gold with seven hits on the weekend with Brad Johnson, and Jake Murphy recording 6 hits apiece.

Kyle Quick Passes the Torch To NHHS

Pictured:  QuickNewsNow Owner Kyle Quick and New Haven High School Principal Josh Hoene. (Further details to come)

By Tenille Duessler (NHHS)

Published June 4, 2015 - NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Throughout the past school year, QuickNewsNow owner, Kyle Quick, has been working with New Haven High School’s principal, Josh Hoener, about their new journalism class taking over the QNN website after Quick approached him about donating the site to the school district.

Quick stated, “After deciding to cut back on the amount of news we covered, I began talking with Josh about my decision and the idea I had of giving it to the school.  I wanted to make sure all the articles we had published would still be easily accessible, but at the same time for New Haven to still have a local news source.”

QuickNewsNow Speaks With Fidelity President About Internet Service

Photo obtained from Fidelity Communications company profile page.

By: Kyle Quick

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Early Thursday afternoon, Fidelity President John Colbert took time to contact QNN in regards to the April rate increase for Internet service as well as the advertised increase in Internet speeds.

Colbert responded in regards to the complaints we had received from customers about their Internet speed remaining the same and not increasing in speed, as it should have back in April. Colbert has promised to investigate this complaint and will provide additional information to QNN on Friday.

Fidelity Fails to Increase Internet Speed - Succeeds in Increasing Rates

Editorial By Kyle Quick

Click here to read what Fidelity President John Colbert told QNN.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Complaints over Fidelity Communications’s recent price hike and lack of promised increase in download speeds went viral on Facebook on Tuesday, June 23rd. Customers posted that since the rate increase in April, download speeds have not increased to the promised minimum of 6 megabytes per second.

After Tuesday’s out lash on Facebook, a Fidelity Truck was seen early Wednesday morning at their satellite location on Miller Street.

After seeing the truck, I tested our download speed, and it had suddenly increased to the advertised minimum 6 megabyte download speed that customers should have been receiving since April.

Norman J. Diederich October 26, 1933 - June 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Mo - Norman  J.  Diederich, 81, of New Haven, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Frene Valley Heath Care South, Owensville, Missouri.

Mr. Diederich was born in Berger, Missouri on October 26, 1933, the son of the late Irvin and Evelyn (Willimann) Diederich.  He was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Church, Berger on December 24, 1933, and confirmed at St. Peters Evangelical Church, New Haven on March 30, 1947.

Norman was a graduate of New Haven High School.  He served his country for four years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1956. He was retired from the Kellwood Company.

Joyce L. Smith (LaMarque) December 7, 1940 - June 21, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Mo. -Joyce  L.  Smith, 74, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at her home.

Mrs. Smith was born in Potosi, Missouri on December 7, 1940, the daughter of the late James and Theresa (Stanley) LaMarque.

She was the wife of David L. Smith.  They were married August 8, 1959 at Pacific, Missouri.  David survives at the home.

New Haven Youth League Holds 1st Annual Chad Schatz Softball Camp

Pictured is Chad Schatz and those who attended the two day camp. (Photos courtesy of Tracy Langenberg)

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - On Saturday and Sunday (May 30 & May 31) the New Haven Youth League held their 1st Annual Softball Camp hosted on by Chad Schatz.

Schatz, a native of Sullivan, Mo, is the Assistant Softball Coach for Missouri S & T in Rolla, Mo. 

MDC Encourages People To “Be Bear Aware”

Black bears are on the move in spring and summer so avoid feeding them and other activities that can lead to problems. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to be “bear aware” this spring and summer. Black bears are on the move this time of year.

According MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer, most black bears that cause problems in Missouri are young males that are looking for new homes in spring and early summer after dispersing from their mothers’ home ranges. In their search for food, these young males may come into contact with humans and cause problems.

Chinese Lantern Festival At Missouri Botanical Garden

Photos and article by Rosalie Laune

The Chinese Lantern Festival opened at the Missouri Botanical Garden May 23 and will be there through August 23.

This year’s event has all new sets some of which depict cities in China and their botanical gardens. 

The MO Botanical Garden has a long history of collaboration with China.  The most recent is the Flora of China project which began in1988.  This international project resulted in the publication of a catalog of all Chinese wild plants.