May 31, 2001

Representative Sam Berkowitz Calls 2001 Legislative Session A Success

The Memphis Democrat may have been a little out of place among the "big boys" covering the final day of the Missouri State House of Representatives. However the Scotland County newspaper was in agreement with the likes of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Associated Press, that it was a productive legislative session that came to a close May 18.

First District Representative Sam Berkowitz agreed that the law making session provided numerous improvements for citizens of his district as was the case for the entire state.

The Missouri House of Representatives concluded the 2001 legislative session after posting big victories for the state's schools and working families.

"On the first day of session, we set forth an agenda dedicated to public education and the working families of Missouri, with a strong commitment to bipartisanship," said House Speaker Jim Kreider, D-Nixa. "Based on our accomplishments during this past session, I think we have proven that we can work together for the benefit of all Missourians."

One of the most significant accomplishments during the year was the completion of the state budget, said Speaker Kreider, noting that budget negotiators were required to find a half billion dollars to trim from state departments. But even in a tight budget year, he said, the House approved a $78 million increase for Missouri schools.

"In my view, the funding of public education is among our most important duties in state government," said Speaker Kreider. "We must maintain a quality educational system to give our students the education they deserve."

The House also approved revisions to the Criminal Asset Forfeiture Act (CAFA), which requires all assets seized from drug busts and other criminal activity to be dedicated to a school building fund. Governor Holden has signed the measure into law.

With more than 200 bills reaching final passage, members of the House can truly say they had a busy session. But its leaders say the session was not only busy, but successful as well.

"I'm here to brag on the members of this House," said Speaker Kreider at a news conference following the final day of the legislative session. "They worked hard and the citizens of Missouri were well served by the Missouri House of Representatives."

"We went to work in the Missouri House and got some important legislation passed for the good of the people of Missouri," said Minority Leader Catherine Hanaway. "We were also successful at stopping some potentially harmful legislation. And while there were disappointments along the way, I think you can say we had a good session for the people of Missouri."

Speaker Kreider pointed to bills on women's health, the .08 drunken driving limit, redistricting and the budget as particular successes of the House.

He also pointed to the successful passage of trans-portation funding, accountability in transportation, and the spending of proceeds from the national tobacco settlement as bills that passed the House, but then stalled in the Senate.

Rep. Berkowitz echoed these sentiments, indicating his frustration in the inability to get the Governor's transportation bill passed. He noted the plan would have created significant improvements for northeast Missouri, including funding for projects on Highways 61, 63 and 36.

Berkowitz also noted his disappointment in the failure of the prescription drug plans that would have provided financial aid for elderly citizens to meet the growing costs of medicine.

"I think that is a topic that will be addressed at the special session in September," Berkowitz said. "Hopefully we can get a plan together to help these people so they will not have to go another year having to decide whether to spend their limited resources on medicine or other everyday necessities."

The House passed legislation creating the Pharmaceutical Investment Program for Seniors (PIPS), a prescription drug coverage plan for low-income senior citizens. In spite of early approval by the House, the measure failed to gain passage in the Missouri Senate.

Despite the transportation and prescription drug issues, Berkowitz praised the work done this year in the House, including productive work across party lines.

Lawmakers from both parties worked together to craft bills on lowering the state's drunken driving level from .10 to .08. They also worked together to pass legislation on agriculture, health care, veterans issues, senior citizens, education, insurance and the budget.

"From day one, we said our party's priority was to make government work for the people of the state of Missouri," said Rep. Hanaway. "We worked hard with members from the other side of the aisle and accomplished a great deal."

"I want to commend Leader Hanaway and members of her caucus, they were cooperative and worked hard with us," said Speaker Kreider. "This was a House that was united on many issues, and one which provided strong leadership on a number of important issues. I look forward to continuing our relationship and our commitment to hard work next year."

This session of the Missouri Legislature will be known as the session that dealt with a giant hole in the budget and began historic debates on transportation and the uses of the state's share of the national tobacco settlement. It could also be known for legislation that touches ordinary citizens' lives.

House Bill 762, the Well Women's Health Initiative, is an example of such legislation. It requires health insurance providers to include obstetrical/ gynecological coverage, to annually notify enrollees of cancer screenings covered under the health care plan, and to cover contraceptives if the enrollee requests.

"The women of Missouri now truly have a health care package that will encompass their lives from child bearing age until menopause," said Rep. Joan Barry, the sponsor of HB 762.

"We are so pleased that this will come to pass after so long. The winners in this are the women of Missouri."

House members also took a stand against drunken driving, by lowering the state's threshold for drunken driving offenses from .10 to .08. The bill (HB 302) was a result of more than five years of effort by Rep. Craig Hosmer.

"It's one of the biggest things that we have done for public safety and the safety of our highways in the eleven years I have been a member of the House of Representatives," said Rep. Hosmer. "This is a good bill, it is good public policy, and it's good for the safety of the people who travel our roads and highways."

"We're losing lives and highway dollars by not having .08 as our state law," said bill co-sponsor Rep. Sam Gaskill referring to the federal government's withholding of millions of dollars in highway funds from the state each year for not enacting the low drunk driving standards. "It makes no sense to carry on with opposition when so many studies point to the fact that everyone is inebriated and lacks good judgement at .08."

Another bill that was a long time coming was House Bill 328, legislation that requires health care insurance providers to, within 45 days of a claim, provide a complete description of all information necessary to process the entire claim.

The legislation also allows a person who has filed a claim for reimbursement for health care service to file a civil action against a carrier for violation of the "prompt pay" provision. Rep. Tim Harlan handled the bill that some say has been around since 1993.

"It's finally time for the state to take a stand on this issue," said Rep. Harlan. "There is no good reason for insurance companies to leave consumers dangling on whether or not their claims will be paid."

Elementary school students who read below grade level are the target for legislation passed in Senate Bill 319. Under an amendment passed by the House, local school districts are required to come up with a plan for helping students improve their reading bills. The new provisions do away with mandatory grade retention policies under existing law.

"Our children need to read at least at grade level to succeed anywhere in school," said House bill handler, Rep. Connie Johnson. "This legislation mandates that the individual school districts take action to make sure their students learn to read."

"The important thing about this legislation is that it gives districts local control about how to best handle individual students who fall behind," said Rep. Charlie Shields, a key supporter of the House amendment. "We now no longer mandate that a student should be held back an entire grade because of their reading, but instead we now mandate the district take action to help that student."

Missouri House members also tacked important legislation on to a Senate agriculture bill. The Farmland Protection Act (an amendment to Senate Bill 462) will help protect farmers who own land near and around developments. The bill has several provisions aimed at keeping cities and real estate developers from swallowing farmland from owners who are not ready to sell. The act was sponsored in the House by Speaker Jim Kreider and Rep. Luanne Ridgeway.

"With cities encroaching more and more into our rural areas, we need to do all we can to protect the family farms, which are our heritage," said Rep. Ridgeway. "Farm families should not be disadvantaged just because a developer wants to build a subdivision out in the country."

House members also remembered the state's military veterans by passing House Bill 207. It allocates a portion of the Veterans Commission Capitol Improvements Trust Fund to fund matching grants for veteran's service officer programs, provide medallions for the state's World War II veterans, and provide $10 million for the expansion and renovation of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

"This is a way our generation can express our thanks and appreciation for all these veterans have given us," said bill sponsor, Rep. Carson Ross. "A worthy theme, taken from one of our veterans' service organizations, is to 'honor the dead by serving the living.'"

Finally, House members reached out to stop felons from being released from jail if there are out-standing warrants for their arrest in the memory of a little boy from Independence. By sending House Bill 144, "Jake's Law", to the governor, the House paid tribute to Jake Robel, a six-year-old boy, dragged to death by a car-jacker who had been erroneously released from a north central Missouri jail just hours before.

"We need to make sure law enforcement is more careful before releasing prisoners back on to the street," said HB 144 sponsor Dennis Bonner. "What happened to Jake should never happen again."

Lady Tigers Land Three on Lewis & Clark All-Conference Lists

After dominating the Lewis & Clark Conference in the school’s inaugural season in its new league, Scotland County was rewarded with three players heading up the all-conference honors.

After completing  a perfect 8-0 record in league play, Scotland County had two players tabbed for first team all-league honors.

Calesse Bair and Chelsea Wood took the top spots. Bair averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a night while also leading the team in steals with more than four per contest. Wood topped SCR-I in rebounds, grabbing eight boards per contest while also scoring an average of 14.2 points a game and 2.3 steals.

Abi Feeney was named to the L&C second team. The senior point guard averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 5.2 assists per contest. She also grabbed three rebounds a game and led the team with a 76% free throw accuracy.

Also named to the L&C 1st team all-conference were: Maddie McCabe, a senior from Knox County; Allison Moore, a sophomore from Paris, Summer Small, a senior from Schuyler County; and Maddy Denslow, a junior from Westran.

Joining Feeney on the 2nd team were: Elaine Ewigman, a senior from Marceline; Drew Lockhart, a junior from Paris; Kelsey Marek, a senior from Salisbury; Meg Haley, a senior from Schuyler County; and Cory Burton, a senior from Westran.

Named to the L&C 3rd team were: Grace Boulden, a senior from Fayette; Sara Colyer, a senior from Harrisburg; Sidney Miller, a sophomore from Knox County; Jaycee Brooks, a senior from Marceline; Bryn Woolridge, a freshman from Salisbury; and Taylor Moore, a senior from Westran.

Food & Fundraisers

Barbeques, cheesy potatoes, and cinnamon rolls…oh my!!!  Tired of cooking, too rainy to light the grill?  No worries.  Let some of our area organizations do the work for you.

This Saturday, April 1st, two opportunities are being made available for some delicious homemade food and barbeque.  In Memphis, Hillside Gun Shed is hosting an Open House and along with that, the Scotland County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will be serving cinnamon rolls starting at 9:00 a.m. and then a free will donation lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A little further south that day, in the community of Rutledge, The Rutledge Fire Department is hosting a Chicken Barbeque fundraiser at the Community Building.  Serving there starts at 11:00 a.m. and will continue until the food is gone.

Looking ahead into next week, the Rutledge School Restoration Committee is holding their Election Day luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th at the Memphis Fire Station.  This free will donation meal will include pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, a beverage, and, of course, many delicious homemade dessert items.

Finally, the following day, Wednesday, April 5th, the Pentecostal Church will be sponsoring a Taco Salad fundraiser at the Scotland County Care Center.  Serving will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Truman State University to Offer Workshop to Prep for Summer Eclipse 

KIRKSVILLE, MO — In preparation for the total solar eclipse set to occur Aug. 21, 2017, Truman State University will host a free eclipse workshop, April 1.

Faculty members and students from the Stargazers astronomy club will provide an overview of planned events for the community and invite ideas and suggestions to implement them. The workshop will include hands-on experience with safely using solar telescopes and solar binoculars, as well as an overview of freely available resources on the internet. A discussion of the geometry of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, which leads to several interesting phenomena such as tidal locking, phases of the moon and lunar and solar eclipses will also be discussed.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 1 in Magruder Hall 2005. There will be a break for lunch provided from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Vayujeet Gokhale, associate professor of physics, at

The path of the solar eclipse cuts diagonally across Missouri. Northeast Missouri will witness about 98.5 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon. Truman, in collaboration with Moberly Area Community College, the Kirksville R-III School District, the city of Kirksville, the Kirksville Tourism board and the Adair County Public Library, is organizing a series of events leading up to the eclipse, and on the day of the eclipse itself.

For updates on astronomy-related activities at Truman, including those surrounding the solar eclipse, visit and

Scotland County FFA Students Advance to Districts

Brock Aylward, Avery Shultz, Katie Campbell, and Parker Triplett make up this year’s FFA Knowledge Team at Scotland County R-1. They have advanced to District competition by placing in the top seven teams at Area contest and will now compete at Monroe City High School on March 27th.

FFA members recently competed in the Area III Leadership Development Events with six Scotland County R-1 FFA students advancing to District competition March 27th at Monroe City High School.

Brock Aylward, Avery Shultz, Katie Campbell, and Parker Triplett, this year’s FFA Knowledge Team, placed in the top seven teams at the Area contest.  The Knowledge Teams are made up of freshmen or first year FFA members.  The Knowledge test is comprised of one-hundred questions covering history and facts about the FFA organization.

Parker Triplett competed in Division I Prepared Public Speaking.  Division I is for first year members and participants pick any agriculture topic to speak about.  The manuscript must be in MLA format and complete with a works cited page.  The speech has to be three to four minutes and the judges are given three minutes to ask questions.  A participant must place in the top three to advance to District competition.

Luke Triplett competed in Extemporaneous Speaking.   In extemporaneous speaking, the participant draws three topics out of a hat and decides which topic he/she will speak about.  The participant then has 30 minutes to prepare their speech.  The speech must be between four and six minutes and judges are given five minutes to ask questions.  Again, the participant must place in the top three to advance to District competition.

FFA members, Parker Triplett and Luke Triplett, will be competing at the District Contest on March 27th at Monroe City High School. Parker is competing in Division I Prepared Public Speaking and Luke is competing in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Memphis FFA students serve under the leadership of FFA Advisor, Waltedda Blessing.

Scotland County Hospital Chief of Surgery Offers Advice on the Prevention of Colon Cancer


by Celeste Miller-Parish, DO


Did you ever wish you could prevent cancer?  It is possible with one type of cancer, Colon Cancer. Most cancers can only be treated after they show up.  Colon cancer has about a 10 year process of developing from polyps before it becomes a cancer.  During this time, if the polyp is removed, a cancer is prevented from occurring later.  Some people are more at risk for developing a cancer.  Your age and health history are big factors in your risk evaluation.  Some risk factors for colon cancer include:  age 50 or older, a family history of colon or rectal cancer, a personal history of cancer of the ovary, endometrium, breast, or polyps in the colon, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and hereditary conditions such as; familial polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC, Lynch Syndrome)

Colon cancer will present with certain signs and symptoms (which can be also be found with other diseases), but if you have any of the following, you should be seen by your doctor:  Changes in your normal bowel, habit, dark or bright red blood in your stool, diarrhea or constipation or feeling that the bowel does not completely empty, stools that become narrower in size over time, frequent gas pains with bloating, fullness, or cramps, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and vomiting.

You can be pro-active by changing your lifestyle to decrease your risk of cancer.  A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is suggested.   A healthy diet includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day.  Limiting processed grains, and eating more whole grains is also important.  Limiting red meats or processed meats is important.  Changing to more white meat and fish in your diet is protective against cancer.   Taking Aspirin or statin medications (cholesterol lowering medication) has been shown to be protective against colon cancer and polyp formation.

An exciting new study has shown that regular exercise will decrease the risk of colon polyps by 16%, and decrease the formation of larger polyps that are most likely to become a cancer by up to 30%.  Recommendations of at least 30 minutes (or more) of exercise 5 days a week seem to boost the immune system and decrease the inflammation in the bowel.  Exercise is also beneficial in controlling weight and lowering insulin levels.

Several things we do increase our risk for developing colon cancer and other cancers.  Physical inactivity is a big factor, which also leads to obesity.  Smoking and drinking in excess have a synergistic effect in promoting cancer development.   One study by the American Cancer Society has shown that long-term smoking (40 years or more) increases colon cancer risk by 30-50%.   Having Type II diabetes and being overweight increase your risk.  Having ‘belly fat’ or a larger waistline is linked to cancer.

One of the least recognized ways to decrease your risk of colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy with removal of all polyps.  A screening colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years, or more often if you have polyps, or other risk factors.  This requires a ‘bowel prep’ to clear the colon of stool, and then light sedation so the procedure can be accomplished without discomfort.  It is done as an outpatient procedure.  You should start colon screening at age 50, or sooner if you develop new symptoms. Talk to your physician if you have any questions. Colonoscopy has been shown to decrease the incidence of colon cancer up to 77-90%.  That is hard to beat!

Other accepted colon screening methods include stool studies for occult blood, along with a sigmoidoscopy.  This primarily screens just the left colon, which is where 60% of colon polyps occur. It does not require sedation, but it also does not check the right colon.

Several newer techniques to detect polyps or cancer are now available such as a CT colonography.  This is a CT scan of the colon to look for lesions.  It still requires a ‘bowel prep’ like the colonoscopy.  Air has to be injected in the rectum to allow a good study.  Unfortunately if you have a polyp, you still would need a colonoscopy to remove it.  They are now doing stool DNA studies which are 50-60% sensitive for colon cancer cells.  This is not as good as a colonoscopy, but has less risk.  It should improve in its accuracy in the next few years.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Scotland County Hospital offers colon screening in The Surgery Center Monday – Friday. There are two General Surgeons and two Family Practice physicians that offer colon screenings, Dr. Celeste Miller-Parish, General Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Rollison, General Surgeon, Dr. Jeff Davis, Family Practice and Dr. Heather Martin, Family Practice.  To make an appointment for a consultation, please call Memphis Medical Services at 660-465-2828.

Celeste Miller-Parish, DO, is Board Certified in General Surgery, fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology.  She is the Chief of Surgery at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO.

LAVAUGHN MCKNIGHT KETCHUM (6/18/1920 – 3/17/2017)

Mary LaVaughn McKnight Ketchum, 96, of Memphis, MO went to be with her Lord on March 17, 2017 while residing at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The daughter of Dale and Nell Myers Rice, she was born in Scotland County, MO on June 18, 1920.

On September 1, 1937, Mary LaVaughn Rice married James Arthur McKnight and to this union a daughter was born: Helen. He preceded her in death. Then on October 22, 1997 she married to Jesse McCain “Mack” Ketchum and to this union her family grew to include three step-children: Jesse, Dean and Anna Jean. She loved to spend time with everyone in her family.

LaVaughn was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, actively participating in the various activities there including attending church, the hymn sings, Joy Group, Sunday School and Bible studies.

When LaVaughn and James lived on a family farm, she always enjoyed raising a big garden and canning to preserve the fruits and vegetables.

She was secretary and reporter for the Scotland County Oats Bus for many years as well as a member of the Gideon’s auxiliary.

Her other interests included embroidering and quilting many beautiful quilts. One of her most favorite pass times was playing Skip-Bo with Arleta and Jim.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, James in 1994 and Mack in May of 2010; her brother, George Rice; two sister-in-laws, Geneva Rice and Juanita McKnight; along with her step-son, Dean Ketchum.

Those survivors left to cherish their memories are her daughter: Helen (Glen) Prince of Mendon IL; two step-children, Jesse (Juanita) Ketchum of Kansas City, MO and Anna Jean (Wayne) Mathes of Bolivar, MO; a step-daughter-in-law, Ruth Ketchum of Lyons, CO; a step-sister-in-law, Mary Ketchum of Kirksville, MO; along with other relatives including step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends including her special ones, Arleta Dye and Jim Houston.

Memorials in her memory may be made to either the Scotland County Nutrition Site or the Joy Group of the First Baptist Church in Memphis in Care of the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Dan Hite officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery.  Musicians were Pam and Mike Blaine.  Pallbearers were Gary Briggs, Alan Adams, Larry Smith, Mike Blaine, Troy Barrett  and Darrell Monroe.  A luncheon was enjoyed by all in the hospitality area before the service at Payne’s.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel. com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

WILLIAM FRANCIS “BILL” DELANEY (9/14/1934 – 3/19/2017)

William Francis “Bill” Delaney, 82, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, formerly of Peoria, Illinois and Baring, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Ponte Vedra Palms in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Bill was born near Baring, Missouri on September 14, 1934, the son of William Nicholas and Grace Cecilia Kurth Delaney.

He attended Kiley Rural School, Baring Elementary and graduated from Baring High School in the Class of 1952. Bill continued his education at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity.

He worked as a test engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Illinois, until serving his country in the United States Army, after which he was transferred to Phoenix, Arizona with Caterpillar.

On August 26, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona Bill married Marjorie Ann Smith of Rutledge, Missouri.

In 1965, Bill and Margie returned to East Peoria, Illinois, in the Germantown Hills Area, to raise their family for the next forty-eight years. He was a member of the Germantown Hills Elementary school board, he served in the Germantown Hills Volunteer Fire Department, and was a coach and board member of the Germantown Hills Little League.  In 1994 William retired from Caterpillar after 37 years.  Post retirement he was a volunteer tax preparer for those in need of tax filing assistance.

William and Marjorie traveled often but always returned in the summers to Missouri, visiting friends and family in the area every year.  In 2013 William and Marjorie relocated to Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be closer to family and where William enjoyed walking the beach daily and attending soccer games.

Bill is survived by his wife, Margie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Maureen Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg and Lisa Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Drew and Mimi Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Patrick, Margaret, Sara and Troy Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley, Caitlin,  and Callie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Tyler, Makaylah, Dalton and Keenan Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers, James “Jim” Delaney of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Richard “Dick” Delaney of Glenmore, Pennsylvania; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jim Taylor of Baring, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Delaney of Edina, Missouri and Mary Delaney of Des Moines, Iowa; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Grace Delaney; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ray Cahalan, a sister, Delores Delaney; two brothers, George Delaney and Robert “Bob” Delaney; and a sisters-in-law, Mary Delaney and JoAnn Delaney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baring, Missouri.

Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Prayer Service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, Missouri.

An expression of sympathy in memory of Bill Delaney may be left to advance Dr. Steven Attia’s sarcoma research at Mayo Clinic Florida or to the Sandhill Cemetery. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.

Scotland County Historical Society Moving Forward With Relocation of World War 1 Memorial

The Scotland County Historical Society met on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Downing House Museum. Those present were: Laura Schenk, Joe Fulk, Willa Prather, Janet Hamilton, Elaine Forrester, Sandy Childress, Boyd Bissell, Jeanie Bissell, Rick Fischer, Teresa Fischer, Jim Cottey, Beau Triplett, Leon Trueblood, David Wiggins, Carl Trueblood, Julie Clapp, Harold Prather, Dr. Larry K. Wiggins, Joanne Aylward, June Kice, and Rhonda McBee.

Janet Hamilton, president, called the meeting to order for the purpose of discussing the movement of the statue, “Soldier in the Field” also known as the Barnett Statue and a request from the DAR to add a commemorative stone to the Boyer House lawn in honor of Lucille Boyer.

Carl Trueblood discussed the moving options for the statue. It was suggested it be moved in three parts – base, column and top. There are rods that attach each part. The weight is approximately 14,000 pounds. At this time the base is chipped and photos have been removed. Carl has spoken with Awerkamp’s from Quincy, Illinois about the best method for moving it. Carl has also talked with Irwin Zimmerman concerning equipment needs to make the move. It will require a four foot base that is approximately six feet wide. The concrete base will be dyed and acid washed to improve the appearance.

Dr. Larry Wiggins has had several interested parties who are willing to donate funds to pay for the reconstruction costs as well as willing volunteers to complete the project.

Jim Cottey was present and discussed the reconstruction of the hat, head and cosmetic work on the ear and mouth that he and his nephew have completed. He felt that its current site showcases the historical 18 foot majestic structure and that it deserves a setting that compliments it.

Those present discussed the history, fence and property. It was determined through a review of old newspaper articles that it was donated to Scotland County on May 26, 1932 by the Jayne Law Firm who had ownership of the property at that time. The county planned on moving it to the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn, but action was never taken. The newspaper article also stated that the monument sits on a base of 4 x 4 granite that tapers up with columns and then another granite base.

David Wiggins, county commissioner, was present and it was discussed and decided that Janet Hamilton will represent the Historical society at the next court meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to review past minutes and finalize the transfer to the Scotland County Historical Society and record it in the minutes.

The group discussed the ideal setting and it was determined that it cannot be placed on the south end of the Memphis Depot due to property lines. Placement at the north end of the Depot was discussed. The group discussion determined that the statue needed to be moved to the Complex or risk that it may be destroyed. Dr. Larry Wiggins made a motion that the “Soldier in the Field” statue, with the Scotland County Commission’s permission, be relocated as soon as possible. Boyd Bissell seconded the motion. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hands.

A representative of the DAR asked permission to donate a plaque on a rock to be placed near the Boyer House in recognition of Lucille Boyer. A motion was made by Rhonda McBee to allow the DAR to place a commemorative rock with Lucille Boyer’s name near the Boyer House. Joe Fulk seconded the motion. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hand.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Boyd Bissell and seconded by Joe Fulk. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hand.

The group moved to the outside to determine the possible placement of the monument on the grounds. It was determined that it will be placed on the northwest corner of the north side of the Memphis Depot facing to the west, pending Dig Rite findings and the findings of the City of Memphis Zoning Committee.

The next meeting of the Scotland County Historical Society will be April 24, 2017 at 6:30 in the north conference room of the Scotland County Hospital.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts March Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the March meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club to order on March 19th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Gorin Christian Church. The pledges were led by Emma Gist and Kallen Hamlin. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll by asking each member what their favorite thing about spring is. Lauren also gave the minutes of the last meeting. Joanie Baker gave the Treasurer’s Report. She reported that the club has a current balance of $2,910.97. Shelby Troutman gave the Council Report.

The Financial Committee reported that the taco bar at the hospital served 118 people and made $757.25. The Community Service Committee reported that working at the movies went well and that the club would not do an Earth Day activity this year. Dawn Triplett reported that Achievement Day had good attendance and that the judges were very impressed with the performance of members.

Project Groups reported that there will be a Pig Showing Camp in Warrensburg on April 29, a Small Animal Show Clinic in Green City on April 29, and a Goat Showing Camp in Bloomfield, IA on May 26-27.

Owen Triplett asked that each 4-H member sell four items for the cookie dough sales, or pay $25. Order sheets and checks made out to Gorin Go-Getters are due April 3. This money goes toward the 4-H Youth Premium Account. Items will arrive May 1. The club nominated and voted on candidates to represent Gorin Go-Getters in the 4-H Royalty Contest at the fair this year. The candidates are Luke Triplett for king, Sadie Davis for queen, Carter Clatt for prince, and Carlee Smith for princess. Joanie Baker recommended that candidates give demonstrations or prepared speeches at a club meeting to practice for the Royalty Interview.

Joanie Baker asked for project leaders for Clover Kids, Cake Decorating, Scrapbooking, Gardening, and Woodworking. All positions were filled in the meeting. She announced that if you were unable to be at the SMQA meeting you will need to complete it online. Joanie also announced that ownership dates for the fair are March 1 for cattle and dogs, April 1 for swine and sheep, and May 1 for goats, horses, rabbits, and poultry. She told the club that 4-H Day with the Cardinals is on May 20 and that you must order tickets by April 10.

Owen Triplett made several announcements: April 1 is the Shooting Sports Fundraiser, April 2 is the sheep and swine weigh-in from 2:00-3:00, April 22 is safety training for Shooting Sports, and May 7 is the goat weigh-in from 2:00-3:00.

The next Gorin Go-Getters meeting is April 9. Refreshments will be provided by the Montgomery Family and hopefully many demonstrations will be given afterwards to meet the club’s 80% goal for members giving demonstrations or speeches.

Carlee Smith gave a demonstration on rabbits. After the meeting was adjourned, Julie Blessing’s family provided refreshments.

SCR-I Artist Honored at Culver-Stockton College Visual Arts Day

Scotland County R-I senior Abi Feeney received a merit award medal for Artistic Excellence for one her works displayed at the Culver-Stockton College Visual Arts Day.

A record number, more than 350, local high school students from 12 area schools participated at Culver-Stockton College’s annual Visual Art Visit Day on March 21st in Canton. Participants learned about art education through workshops and participated in art competitions.

Student participants displayed their work for the juried art exhibition located in the W.A. Herington Center. The welcome ceremony got underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center before students  participated in individually themed workshops to sharpen their skills, including drawing with bleach, ceramics on the wheel, jewelry making, graphite, cartooning, create your own commercial and for the first-time face painting.

After the workshops were completed students ended the day by touring the juried art exhibition, where they viewed the artwork of fellow local students. The main competition and award ceremony took place at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center.

Scotland County R-I senior Abi Feeney received a merit award medal for Artistic Excellence for one her works.

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