November 29, 2001

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if you had cars zooming by at 60 mph while you were working in your garden, or if you had to look both ways before you walked from your bedroom into your bathroom each morning? Those are every day practices for many people so I don't suppose too many folks would like to worry about traffic safety as they go about their daily routine. But for highway workers and emergency service personnel it often is a daily risk they must undertake because motorists pay little attention to the men and women standing along the roadways as they motor by.

This issue was brought to my attention first hand last week as I worked with my fellow firemen at an accident scene on Highway 15. I was too busy with the extrication to notice much about the traffic pattern initially, but I was appalled by the motorists' activities following the event. I was lending a hand with traffic and helping pick up the final pieces of the crash on the bridge and I must admit I did not feel safe. More than once I felt the need to take a few steps off the roadway and even beyond the shoulder as I watched the oncoming traffic moving toward me at unsafe speeds.

Maybe they didn't notice the law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights, or the highway crew in their reflective orange coats. Or maybe they just didn't care that it is terribly unsafe to try to travel across a narrow bridge that has been closed to one-lane of traffic while still traveling the speed limit or higher. People - stop and think how you would feel if you were standing there picking up debris while some idiot was driving 50 or 60 mph in a car that he or she pilots just a few feet away from you. I think that would be the perfect punishment for this crime, make the individual pick up trash along a roadway and see how they feel as cars zoom by.

At first I just chalked it up to one or two fools that are reckless or possibly partially blind. However as the evening wore on it became obvious to me that it was more the norm than the exception. At one point I nearly felt the need to grab the highway patrolman and pull him to safety as I saw a pick-up getting ready to pull onto the bridge, without slowing down a bit. The trooper was trying to take a measurement for his accident report and was walking just steps inside the road's shoulder not more than 50 feet from the patrol car that sat on the shoulder with its lights flashing. Still the truck motored on as if it were a typical day and there was no reason even to get over just a little. When you see a man's hat nearly blown off by the momentum of the passing truck, well that vehicle was just too close and going too fast.

The sad thing is that law enforcement had the motorists best interests in mind. It would have been easy to stop all traffic on the roadway until the clean-up was completed a few hours later. Instead, the road was quickly reopened even while the work was ongoing. However if motorists show no more respect to the workers than that, I would suggest in the future that we show them no more consideration than they show to the workers. Shut the road down and let them sit there for an hour, then they may realize that having to slow down a little bit is still much better than not moving at all.

The legal response to flashing lights and sirens is another interesting topic that this particular accident brought into discussion. If you see or hear these particular emergency warnings, it means get the heck out of the way because we are in a hurry to get where we are going. Now it doesn't mean you have to risk personal harm or property damage by swerving into the ditch, but it does make our job much easier if you can slow your vehicle to a safe speed and then pull as much of that vehicle off the road as possible. A particular note of interest here is regarding safety. I know it is hard to plan these things, but if you find yourself in this spot, please pay attention to where your vehicle is. Try not to partially pull off the road at hill crests or other dangerous sites, where your vehicle may force the ambulance, fire truck or police car into an unsafe maneuver.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts January Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club to order on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church in Gorin. The pledges were led by Hugh Baker and Jillian Crane. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll and read the minutes of the last meeting. Parker Triplett moved to approve the minutes, Hugh Baker seconded. Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the Gorin Go-Getters bank account currently has $2,209.95. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman reported that the next 4-H Council Meeting would be at 7 p.m. on January 18th at the Courthouse.

The Recreation Committee thanked the Campbell family for hosting the Christmas Party. The Community Service Committee reported that the club would be working the movies in February. It was announced that Janie Parton would be starting a quilting class for a quilting project group on Tuesdays in February from 6-8 p.m. It costs $30 to participate. There will be a Livestock Risk Program on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. The program counts as a beef project meeting and could possibly count as a sheep or swine project meeting. Members that plan to attend should RSVP to the Extension Office.

The club discussed whether to go skating together or not and if a meeting should be held on the same day. It was decided that the club would have a meeting on February 12 at the skating rink at 3 p.m. and skating would follow from 4-6 p.m. The club plans to go sledding together sometime on the weekend of January 13th-15th at the New Lake Dam. It will be announced if the weather conditions are conducive. The club will have a baked potato bar fundraiser at the hospital on January 20th. The Community Service Committee and Craft Leader plans for the club to make door tags for the Scotland County Care Center sometime after school. The date will be announced later.

It was announced that volunteers for project leaders are needed. Teen Conference Registration is open until January 15. Members must be 11-13 years old to attend. Teen Conference takes place on March 25-26. It costs $179 to attend. The Northeast Energizer is in Macon on February 18th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members must be 11-18 years old to attend. To be a regional representative, members must be 14-17 years old and must turn in an application by January 13th.

The club was reminded that the next Council Meeting would be on January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The Livestock Risk Program is on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Scotland County Hospital. The Beef Weigh-In is on January 29th from 2-3 p.m. in the Sale Barn. The Fair Superintendents’ Meeting is on February 8th at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County High School Ag Room. The next Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Meeting is on February 12th. Refreshments will be provided by Waltedda Blessing and Vanessa Triplett. Dane and Ethan Blessing will give demonstrations. The Achievement Event is March 12th.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed refreshments and participated in a CPR program given by Dr. Jeff Davis.

Rutledge Renegades

Not much news again.  Seems weather is keeping everyone at home.

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Dorothy Hunolt and Charlene went to Quincy.

Bette Wiley talked to Lena Mae Horning and Erma High.

Paul Zimmerman has shingles.  He was doing better and came and joined us for coffee.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Dorothy Hunolt, Thomas Kortkamp, Jacob Wallenburg, Marjorie Peterson.

No one came in Saturday.  Everyone was looking for the ice storm and didn’t want to get out!

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

“It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States,” said Postmaster Monica March.  “The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years.”

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include 45 cents for 1 oz. letters (a 1-cent increase), letters with additional ounces remain unchanged at 20 cents, postcards will now cost 32 cents (a 3-cent increase), 1 oz. letters to Canada or Mexico are 85 cents (a 5-cent increase), and letters to other international destinations are now $1.05 (a 7-cent increase).

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services.  Today’s announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

TEN YEARS AGO

Not many things have not gone up in price in the past 20 years.  Tri-County Electric Cooperative will finally be succumbing to this economic trend.

General Manager David Ramsey told a gathering of customers at the Scotland County R-1 High School on January 9th that the northeast Missouri electric provider will be implementing a price hike in March.

“I realize this isn’t the news people want to hear,” he said.  “But I don’t look at it as paying the piper.  Instead I know that we enjoyed an unprecedented period of low rates.”

This price increase marks just the second price hike for the company since 1986.  The co-op board is scheduled to meet January 22 to determine the 2007 rate increase.  Ramsey stated customers would receive a new rate sheet as well as an explanation for the price hike in upcoming mailings.

20 YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Commission is hosting an open meeting January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Courthouse in Memphis to discuss public concerns about a proposed route exchange between Scotland County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The proposed exchange would trade County Road 253 (better known as Miller Bottom Road) south of Memphis between State Route MM and State Route M for State Route Y north of Rutledge.

30 YEARS AGO

Lynnette Jean Green, daughter of Stanley and Shirley Green, Memphis, was the first baby to be born at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in 1987.  Lynnette arrived at 5:21 a.m., January 16th.  She weighed in at 8 lbs, 5 ½ ounces and is 20 ½ inches long.

Lynnette has one brother, William, 9; and three sisters, Christina, 7; Lorie, 5; and Amber, 2.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Doscher, Memphis.

40 YEARS AGO

Maxine and Phil Struble, owners and operators of Montgomery Ward Catalog Agencies in Memphis and Edina with daughter, Sherry Casady Schaefer, managing the Edina store, recently received two awards: District Agent of the Year coving three states and 26 stores; and Kansas City Territory Agent of the Year out of seven states and 190 stores.

The award was presented by Mr. Bill Sims, Catalog General Manager at the 1977 Annual Spring Sales and Marketing meeting January 8th and 9th at Breckenridge Inn, Kansas City, MO.

The award is presented for most outstanding Sales and Operating Performance.

50 YEARS AGO

Troop 97, Boy Scouts of America, will have a 1967 organizational meeting Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hall which is located beneath the D&S IGA store.

All boys attending the meeting will be charter members for this year.  The regular fee is 50 cents plus an additional $1.50 for a year’s subscription to Boy’s Life magazine.  The magazine subscription is not required but is suggested.

The main feature of the organizational meeting will be a movie concerning the Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.  Philmont is a rugged, high adventure summer activity of boys across the country.

Parents are also invited to attend the meeting at which refreshments will be served.  Chairman of the Scout committee is Mike Evans and Scout Master is John W. Mallett.

60 YEARS AGO

Memphis High School is starting a school paper, to be sponsored by Supt. Richard Caster.  According to Supt. Caster, the paper will be published on Thursday.  Following is a list of the newspaper staff: Editor, Kay McClamrock; Assistant Editor, John McCoy; Business Manager, Linda Myers; Assistant Business Manager, Crystal Watson; Senior Class reporter, Carolyn Farris; Junior Class, Jerry Fryrear; Sophomore Class, Margaret Henderson; Freshman class, Karen Adams; Music, Pat Hudnall; Commerce, Justine Cone; English II, III, and Drama, Sally Leach; English I, Dickie Webber; English IV, Mary Lou McGee; Social Sciences, Mary Ann Prather; Boys’ Basketball, Richard Barb; Girls’ Basketball, Lugene Greene; FFA, Harry Robeson; Eight Grade, Linda Moore; Seventh Grade, Doris Kraus; Gossip and Jokes, Mary Jo Reed; Sciences, Emily Lowe.

70 YEARS AGO

Henry W. Kutzner of Memphis has recently been promoted to the grade of S. Sgt.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Kutzner.

Sgt. Kutzner entered the service March 9, 1944, and reported to Boca Raton Army Air Field July 3, 1944.  He was previously stationed at Chanute Field, IL.  Prior to entering the service, Sgt. Kutzner was engaged in farming.  He attended Memphis High School.

Four Board Members to Be Elected to Extension Council in February

Four county residents have completed terms of office on the Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council and will be succeeded by new members after a February 15 through February 17, 2017 election.

Outgoing members are Nancy McClamroch, Jefferson; Karen Kraus, Combined; Joanie Baker, Combined; and Laurie Jack, Jefferson.

Council members whose terms continue are: Nancy Kapfer, Lynette Vassholz, Paul Campbell, Heliene Tobler, Vanessa Triplett, Bruce Childress, Matt Shoemaker, Chris Montgomery, David Wiggins, and William Reckenberg.  County extension council members work throughout the year with University of Missouri Extension staff members in planning and making recommendations for educational programs.

University of Missouri Extension, through the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University, offers educational programs in agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H), and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.

“Anyone, 18 years of age or older, interested in education and the progress of our county should vote for the nominee of their choice in their district,” said council Chairman Paul Campbell. “The resources of the universities are available to us. It is our responsibility to put these resources to effective use.”

Polling place is outside of the Scotland County Extension Office first floor of the Courthouse in Memphis, MO.

Iowa Teen Seriously Hurt in Scotland County Crash

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when she was ejected from the vehicle she was a passenger in during a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County at 9:57 on Friday, January 13th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Mekenzie L. Steeples, 18, of Memphis was southbound on Highway 15, seven miles south of Memphis, when the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving went off the left side of the roadway. The car struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a passenger.

Rebecca J. Cline, 17, of Columbus Junction, IA, was ejected from the car. She sustained serious injuries. Cline was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Steeples and a second passenger in the car, Stormi N. Schultz, 17, of Memphis, sustained minor injuries in the crash. Schultz was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Steeples was taken by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

The vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland and Knox County ambulance services, Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.

Wouldn’t The World Be Better Off If… 

How would you assess a broad improvement for the world order?  Let me take a stab at your guestimation.  No.  Let me tell you mine and see if yours lines up.  I don’t intend to go through life being so obnoxious, but I have this corner of my heart that believes that if everyone would/could/should operate as I then everyone would be much better off.

There… I came right out and said it.  I can count your many blessings!  Wouldn’t the world be better off if…it could evaluate and execute in step with the way I think? Or, maybe the way you think?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed.  We aren’t alike.  A few similarities prevail. Vast differences clearly exist.

Here’s a problem with this truth about us if we don’t guard our operating mindset.  We will desire that all people–admittedly different in vast array–are to do life on our scale of understanding; even interest.  And, dear friend, this… won’t… work.  It hasn’t.  It doesn’t.  It won’t.  It.  Isn’t. Supposed To.

Just as a hand isn’t a foot and an eye isn’t a mouth, all of us fit in life when we determine to work as a body. I am advantaged by those who do not think as I, judge as I, walk as I.  These, too, are equally advantaged by those like me for each of us fits in the body of life.

Struggles are prominent when feet want hands to function as feet; when mouths want eyes to smack rather than blink.  We are not the same… on God’s purpose.  We are a body.

When I’m set free to practice my gifts from the Spirit I seem to soar.  But when I’m pressed into being what others not like me want me to be as they think and do, suffocation of my imaginative and exploring heart tends to build.  This doesn’t mean that there is to be no cooperation.  But what it does mean is that we each must recall that our strengths are possibly not even of the remotest interest to others.

We are a team; not look-alike, walk-alike, talk-alike robots.  Here’s a good idea we might try to remember; concepts which make you perk may make another puke (sorry, but it started with p). If your trend lights up your heart unto ambition; might I suggest you enjoy it, but try not to impose it.

The world is better off because… not everyone is like me.  And the whole world just now said… “Oh thank you, God!”

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis recorded 13 admissions and 10 dismissals from January 6 – January 13.

ADMISSIONS: 1/8/17 -Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville; 1/9/17 – Harold Gore, Memphis; Charles Hammack, Memphis 1/10/17 – Stella Ingram, Wyaconda 1/12/17 – Bobby Lee Heevner, Kahoka.

DISMISSALS: 1/6/17 – Kelsey Roberts, Queen City 1/12/17 – Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville.

The Honey War

A confrontation that has been called the “silliest war in American history” took place in the winter of 1839 in Northeast Missouri. The incident called the Honey War grew out of a long-standing dispute between Iowa and Missouri over the boundary line between the two states. The line was originally surveyed in 1816 by J.C. Sullivan to mark the boundaries of the Osage Indian nation. When settlers began to move into northeast Missouri and southern Iowa in the late 30s, the marks of the Sullivan line were hardly visible. As a result, the settlers in the region did not know if they lived in Missouri or Iowa. In 1837, the Missouri legislature ordered the line to be resurveyed. The new survey resulted in a boundary line that was several miles north of the Sullivan line, due to a surveying error. When Missouri tried to collect taxes from the settlers in the region, they refused to pay. Governor Lucas of Iowa upheld their action, and Governor Boggs of Missouri came to the defense of the tax collectors. The situation worsened when a Missourian cut down some bee trees in the region with a quantity of valuable honey in the trunks. Shortly after, the sheriff of Van Buren County, Iowa arrested the sheriff of Clark County, Missouri, who had attempted to collect taxes. The militia from both states was called in, but no battle took place. The issue was settled in 1849 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Sullivan line was the true boundary.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

JWCC’s Fall Dean List Announced

Three hundred twenty-eight students at John Wood Community College have been named to the dean’s list for the 2016 fall term, including a pair of former Scotland County R-I graduates.

Tasha Eggleston-Wood and Taylar Eggleston-Wood of Arbela were among the students honored by the Quincy, IL school.

To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must be enrolled for nine or more credit hours and must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. A part-time student must have accumulated at least 15 semester hours, be enrolled for fewer than nine credit hours during the current term, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Fishing Counsel

Several years ago I can remember going down to the river during late winter to try my hand during the walleye run. Only until the other day, I had forgotten how much fun it really was. I had the opportunity to go back with my former high school basketball coach. He is a nut about fishing and his specialty is walleye. We spent all day jigging for this wonderful table delicacy. We brought home 7 keepers. I was sure glad he let me take them all home and no one at my house complained about supper that night.

Coach is on the list of the retired whose work now is fishing on every day that ends in “Y”.  While some are still in the getting and gaining mode, these men are pursuing the simple contentment that comes from being on one end of a rod or gun. Another retiree told me just last week that “Every day is Saturday”. He loves life. He also admonished me to make sure that I keep my son hunting and fishing so he will stay out of trouble. He told me that his son, who is now raising his own family, lives on the lake and fishes every day. He is so proud of that.

You see, to these men, their boat was more than a tool to catch fish.  It was also a place where the awkwardness of a conversation between a father and his child became easy. Over the years the lake or the river had become a place where counseling, advice, and even prayers were offered. It was a place that major decisions were contemplated and settled. It was there that interruptions were welcomed if they were of the fish variety. And it was there that smiles were real and honest. It seems that “us men” need help in communicating at times. We struggle with the right words and tone of voice, and even timing. The fishing trip knocks the edge off of all of that and allows us to spoon feed words of wisdom to those who must grow up, and old, and to those who need to “stay out of trouble.”

I am still booking for 2017. I’d love to come speak to your men’s groups or your outdoor event.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

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