July 19, 2001

Area Producers Flock To Governors Agricultural Task Force Meeting

Incentives for beginning farmers and those wanting to add value to their goods. Better access to organic and locally grown foods. Technical and financial support for the state's struggling dairy industry. Programs that encourage cattle owners to finish their livestock in Missouri, rather than shipping them to other states to be fed.

These are just a few of the ideas that cropped up at the first two regional meetings conducted by members of Gov. Bob Holden's "One Missouri, One Agriculture" task force. The task force held public meetings in St. Joseph and Kirksville on July 10 and 11 respectively.

The forums are intended to get recommendations from farmers and others involved in agriculture on how to improve Missouri's agriculture industry.

The St. Joseph meeting drew about 135 people to the Holiday Inn Riverfront. More than 30 people addressed the task force on issues ranging from educating young people about the importance of agriculture to repealing the state's disputed livestock marketing law. A number of speakers encouraged sustainable agriculture practices that would be more environmentally friendly and provide organic products that are high in demand.

In Kirksville, 150 people attended the session, with close to 40 speaking on matters affecting them and their agricultural operations. Some railed against corporate farms and decried the trend toward consolidation in Missouri's agricultural industry. Others gave first-hand accounts of how the large livestock operations had allowed them to stay on the family farm.

Several farmers called for more sensible government regulations for their farm operations, as well as for farm programs.

The testimonials were given to a panel of the industries leaders from across the state including a pair of local producers. Both John Eggleston and Brent Rockhold were on hand for the meeting to take the speakers ideas on to the governor for consideration.

Putnam County farmer Bill Bruce told the committee members that the state needs facilities to slaughter cattle and other livestock.

Missouri has no facility to kill either swine or cattle and yet we are the #2 cattle producer in the United States," Bruce said. "It's pretty sad when you consider that the livestock shown at the Missouri State Fair are killed in Iowa. We need packers plain and simple."

Bruce also discussed the livestock price discrimination law, which has come under fire in recent weeks. He compared the situation to Wall Street where stocks are sold by an open outcry from the buyers allowing all involved to know the prices. He said knowledge of prices being paid is crucial to the sellers.

"The law has its flaws but we cannot scrap the whole thing as this protection is essential," Bruce said.

Cathy Chinn of Shelby County presented the committee with her concerns regarding the Department of Natural Resources and growing regulations.

Chinn told the story of her family farm, which has been a hog producer for 30 years. She stated that the increasing environmental laws that are targeted for large producers are not meeting their goals while at the same time are truly hurting the small family farms.

She stressed that government needs to avoid making knee jerk legislation, which she called emotion based, and instead research the impact the changing environmental laws will have on all involved.

Of interest to the local dairy producers was the testimony given by Kevin Frackenbach of Hannibal. He told the gathering that Missouri is a milk deficit state, meaning that milk is imported from out of state.

He reported that since 1990 Missouri's dairy herd has shrank by 36,000 cows, including 5,000 alone in 2000. He noted that each cow represents more than $8,000 in economic activity, meaning the loss of those cows since 1990 has meant a decline of more than $40 million to the state economy.

Frackenbach noted that while Missouri is witnessing declining milk production, neighboring states like Kansas and Nebraska are growing their herds thanks to state aid in the form of tax abatements and lower utility rates.

"It's not a matter of can the state afford to help increase Missouri's dairy herd, but rather can we afford not to," he said.

Rett Hunziker of Knox County discussed proposed changes in the EPA regulations for run off and total maximum daily loads. He stated the increased regulations will simply be an added burden on the producer and will increase production costs.

He raised a valid point by indicating that farmers are one of the few manufacturers that cannot pass on increases in production costs in the form of higher prices since they do not set the final sale price.

Several speakers hit on the idea of niche marketing and selling locally. Terry Spence of Putnam County talked about the Harmony Beef Products, which sells antibiotic and hormone, free beef to local markets.

Dan Kibbler of Columbia asked for state aid to build a facility for a farmers market in Columbia which would serve 14 counties and do as much as $1 million in business each year. He noted other states like Tennessee and the Carolinas support the farmers markets through the construction of state facilities.

Another idea discussed was a "Food Circle" which is being implemented in Columbia. A neighborhood joins together and agrees buy all products locally. The circle also works to train other buyers such as restaurants and grocery stores of the local products. The idea also could include mandates for publicly funded facilities such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes buy locally raised foods.

Another facet of the presentation included testimony from several young people discussing the plight of agriculture's future in the state.

Justin Kelley, an agriculture student at Truman State University discussed his future plans. He stressed that farming must be able to show young people that they can make a profit or youth will not get involved in the field.

He has come to the realization that he will never be able to go back to the family farm. Instead he has decided to study law in order to make a living so that he can try to break into farming at a later date.

"I hope to be able to work as a lawyer and make enough money to eventually return to farming as a weekend warrior," he said. "That's about the only way young people can go into farming from scratch is as a hobby on the weekends. Besides I am telling everyone in the ag school that I'm taking law courses so that I can go into farming and then handle my own farm's bankruptcy case."

While many of the speakers were talking about the ills of big business and corporate farming, several local producers were on hand to praise the impact of Premium Standard Farms.

Several producers noted that the company has allowed farmers a secure income through the contract raising of hogs. The producer simply provides the land and the building while PSF supplies the hogs as well as a set contract purchase price at the end of the contract.

James Rhodes of Lucerne told the committee how the PSF contracts allowed him a chance to get back into farming. After completing college he knew he could not make a living on the family farm. He reported that only three of his 80 classmates from high school are involved in agriculture and it would only have been two if it were not for PSF.

In all nearly 40 speakers took the microphone and offered their suggestions on how to improve agriculture in Missouri.

"These first two public hearings have given the task force plenty of food for thought and have yielded a number of excellent ideas that have great potential for moving the state's agriculture industry forward," said Lowell Mohler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the task force chairman.

"We are excited about the input we have received and look forward to working with Gov. Holden to develop a blueprint for Missouri agriculture in the 21st century."

Holden created the task force to examine issues facing Missouri farmers and agribusinesses and to look at problems in the industry. The group is made up of 38 people representing farmers, agribusinesses, universities, commodity organizations and the legislature. The task force is divided into subcommittees that will address such issues as marketing, value-added ag, food safety and quality, biotechnology, transportation and the environment.

"While the outcome of these public forums is vital, so is the process," said Larry Harper, a Bates County pecan and walnut grower and task force member. "Anyone who participates in these meetings will leave with a better understanding of what producers are up against, and we will be able to address issues both individually within our organizations and as a task force."

Holden plans to present the task force's findings at the annual Governor's Conference on Agriculture in December. He has said the grassroots information will likely drive state agriculture policy and legislation.

High Price Tag Sinks Plan to Remove Pool Ramp for Swim Meets

A proposal to renovate the Memphis swimming pool to offer the opportunity to host local swim meets is proving more costly than first expected, likely putting the move on hold.

The Memphis City Council on January 5th discussed bid estimates for the proposed removal and replacement of the ramp at the north end of the municipal swimming pool.

The project had been proposed by the local swim team, since the walk-in entrance to the pool runs nearly the entire length of the north end of the swim area, in essence, shortening the length of the pool while also not providing a solid, consistent wall area for start and finish areas for races.

The council, while open to the concept of making changes to accommodate the swim team, balked at the initial price tag of $18,000 for demolition of the concrete ramp. Estimates were much more reasonable for replacing the ramp with a battery-power lift chair, which could be done for less than $2,000.

Superintendent Roy Monroe discussed the cost estimates, suggesting the work would likely need to be performed with a hydraulic arm on a backhoe, which would produce significant pressure and impact on the pool’s walls and bottom, since the existing ramp is all one piece of poured concrete, which was pinned to both the side and bottom of the pool.

Alderman Lucas Remley echoed Monroe’s concerns regarding the dangers such a project would pose for the pool’s structural integrity.

He also  suggested the high price tag likely was indicative of such concerns on the contractor’s part, as in order to insure as little damage as possible to the pool walls and floor, the demolition likely would require a multitude of drill points to be made into the ramp, to allow breaking points for the concrete to follow when the impact tools were implemented, in essence creating fault patterns in the concrete ramp that would hopefully break before the non-drilled walls and floor.

The council agreed to seek additional opinions on the scope and nature of the concrete work required to make the changes to the pool, noting the project would have to be tabled if less costly alternatives are not identified.

Hospital Board Votes to Move Forward With ‘Tiger Cub Care’ Daycare Program for Employees’ Children

The governing board of the Scotland County Hospital met on Thursday, December 28th at 5:30 p.m. Present were Curtis Ebeling-Chairman, (arriving 6:00 pm), Joe Doubet- Vice Chairman, Judy Wilson-Secretary, Robert Neese-Treasurer, Members Dwight DeRosear, Lori Fulk (arriving 5:40 pm.) Others present were Dr. Randy Tobler; CEO, Dr.  Jeff Davis, CMO, Michael Brandon, Controller, Elizabeth Guffey, RN, CON, Heather Ayer, RN, QI/Risk Management, Alisa Kigar, Ashley Harvey, RN, Lacey Snyder RN, Missy Smith, HR and Brenda Prather, recording secretary.

Financial Report – Michael Brandon, MBA

The finance report showed Patient Revenue – Gross Patient Revenue November 30, 2017 – $3,311,760


Contractual and SCH discount percentage YTD is 53.22%

Net Patient Revenue November 30, 2017 – $1,666,590

Net Patient Revenue per day $52,895

Expenses November 30, 2017 – $1,773,555; Expense per day – $58,005

Net loss (after Depreciation) November 30, 2017 – ($113,100)

Net Profit (before Depreciation) November 30, 2017 – $17,020

Net Loss YTD (after Depreciation) November 30, 2017-($937,026)

Net Loss YTD (before Depreciation) November 30, 2017-($291,792)

Approval of December A/P.  Motion by Neese to approve.   Wilson offered second. Motion approved by majority vote.

Mr. Ebeling arrives at 6:00 pm and resumes lead of the meeting.

Administrative Report – Randy Tobler, MD, CEO


Hospital License renewed for CY 2018

$15,383 professional liability refund from MLA for SCH Physician Group (clinic based physicians)

$22,500 payable to Medicaid for PY 2015 adjustment to HER incentive payment, notice received, reviewed and approved by our auditor.

HIDI (MHA’s Healthcare Industry Data Institute) senior staff member was on site and led SCH leadership and marketing specialist in a webinar 11/29, to instruct on building reports to track utilization/market trends.

Senior Life Solutions (SLS) (mental health care for the elderly) kickoff meeting 11/29 with SLS leadership, regional manager and all involved SCH staff.

Memphis Community Pharmacy staff hosted an informational meeting 12/6 for SCH clinical staff to update them on 340B operations and hear suggestions for improvement in products/services

Townhall meetings AM and PM 12/18 for employees discussing recent employee survey, committees to address 4 areas of concern, FY 2017 clinical and financial summary and overview of Strategic Planning process

Tour and visit of SCH by Rep. Craig Redmon 12/19, listening to leaderships concerns for patient care and our expectations from Missouri healthcare policy, including overregulation, Managed Medicaid introduction into our area, Anthem’s policy of retroactive denial of unilaterally determined “unnecessary” E.D. visits, the growing disparity between cost/reimbursement of healthcare threatening our long term sustainability, duplication of services, sponsored by the state, and unfair competition as a result.

Digital Radiology equipment (cassettes and software) contract in final negotiations.  Charge master review vendor review in process.  Recommendation will be brought for January meeting consideration

Board invited to attend meeting with Blessing Administration, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2 pm.    Curtis Bob and Wilson Affiliation Committee

Medical Staff/Allied Health

Pain Management (Dr. Wolkowitz-monthly) and Urology (Dr. Schneider-2 x monthly) practices growing rapidly with patient comments uniformly favorable.

Dr. Eldon Frazier (Family Practice) clinic started 12/1.  Seeing walk-ins, same day and scheduled appointments, daily census growing as anticipated.  Reports from receptionists are very positive.


Staffing shortages aside from Nursing have led to our recommendation to the Board for generalizing the just approved Critical Nursing Shortage Compensation Policy.


I recently completed the annual American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology annual recertification and safety requirements

Plan on pursuing Certified Physician Executive or MBA through American Association of Physician Leaders

CMO ReportDr. Davis

Quality Assurance and Safety

Attended QA Committee Meeting and discussed quality results, progress on employee focus groups, and strategic planning status.

Reviewed dashboard details and discussed HCAHPS scores.

Senior Management

Met with Senior Management following November Board Meeting to work further development of the strategic plan.  Reviewed board recommendations for strategic plan.  Discussed current hospital management strategies.

Meetings with Dr. Tobler regarding recruitment, retention, employee satisfaction and personnel management.

Meetings with Lori Nelson, RN, Clinic Manager regarding clinics personnel/staffing, scheduling and physician relations.

Attended Medical Executive Committee meeting.

Attended Webinar from HIDI/MHA on data extraction and current results.

Clinician Relations

Meetings with Dr. Tobler regarding clinician contract development.

Clinician job performance reviews and contract discussions conducted this month.

Service Line Development

Onsite collaboration with Haley Shrum, NP in the ER, Stephanie Henley, NP and Teresa Kirchner, NP at MMS and SCCC, and Lois Quenneville, PA at MMS and SCH.  Jessica Christen, NP on pediatric issues in the clinic.

Dr. Daniel Schneider continues with Urology services at MMS.

Dr. Wolkowitz continues with pain management services at Surgery Center.

Dr. Jost has replaced Dr. Garriga for Rheumatology services and continues seeing patients.

Dr. Eldon Frazier began at MMS for Family Medicine services December 1.  Seeing several patients.  Not many scheduled patients yet.  Overflow/walk-in.

Dr. Senthil Krishnasamy will be providing cataract surgery and ophthalmology services in January.

Old Business

Child Care Project Update.  Ashley Harvey and Lacie Snyder outlined the Business Plan, Balance Sheet and description of start-up costs for “Tiger Cub Care” pilot day care for employees’ children. Discussion followed; resulting in Motion by Fulk to approve and move forward. Motion approved by majority vote. Discussed options for additional employee and/or community capital funding events.

Patient Financial Responsibility Policy had revisions to section III- Financial Assistance.    Motion by Neese to approve revisions.  Second to motion given by Doubet.  Motion approved by majority vote.

Approve Annual Report Amendments with audited financials.  Motion by DeRosear to approve with updates. Fulk seconds and motion approved by majority vote.

Amend and Rename Critical Nursing Shortage Compensation Policy changes to reflect areas of the facility that may be affected by staffing shortages.  Motion by Fulk to approve Critical Staffing Shortage Compensation policy. Second offered by DeRosear with approval by majority vote.

New Business

Board Education Series, Module I, II and III–Review and attestation forms completed for year.

Strategic Plan Update.  Ongoing; upon completion, draft will be present for final approval.

Approve MHA Membership Dues.  Motion by DeRosear to approve, Neese seconds. Approves by majority vote.

National Health Service Corp-.  Due to changes in application criteria and following discussion and recommendation by CEO Tobler, Motion by Fulk to suspend program participation.  DeRosear seconds.  Approved by majority.

Approval of Medical Staff Appointments- Motion by Fulk to accept the list of reappointments per medical staff approval.        DeRosear seconds and motion approved by majority vote.

Executive Session

Motion by DeRosear to enter Executive Session pursuant to Sunshine Law Sections 610.021 to discuss matters that pertain to: (1) Legal Matters, (3) Hiring, firing and discipline of employees (13) individually identifiable personnel information. Neese offered second to the motion.  Motion approved by roll call vote:  Fulk yes, DeRosear yes, Doubet yes, Neese yes, Wilson yes.  Time is 8:30 pm.

Those Present:    Ebeling, Fulk, DeRosear, Doubet, Neese and Wilson, Dr. Tobler, Dr. Davis, and Brenda Prather.

Approval of Executive Session minutes of 11/27/17. Motion by DeRosear and second by Neese to approve.  Motion approved by roll call vote: Fulk-yes, DeRosear-yes, Doubet yes, Neese-yes, Wilson-yes.


Discussion of physician employment contracts.

Legal.   Discussed affiliations and upcoming discussion with current affiliate Blessing Health System.

Motion to exit executive session by Doubet.  Second by Fulk.  Motion approved by roll call vote:  Fulk yes, DeRosear yes, Doubet yes, Neese yes, Wilson yes.  Time is 9:45 pm.


Motion by Doubet to adjourn, with second by Fulk.  Motion approved by majority vote.  Time is 9:45 pm.

Weathering Winter

It’s 2018. Wow. Already it has managed to become January 10. Before you know it, it will be February, and spring will soon be here. These past few days it has been too cold to do much outside.  I stay in and watch the birds. I have went through a lot of sunflower seed. I have two heated waterers set up, and the birds are enjoying those for sure.

Those birds that I have been watching at the feeders are:  Eurasian Tree Sparrow, White-crowned sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark Eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and a few house sparrows.  These are fun to watch.  Some are ground feeders, so there is plenty of food on the ground.

My grandson and I made some homemade suet last week, and so far I have had several different birds taking a sample. We used hamburger fat, peanut butter, mixed bird feed, crushed egg shells, leftover food, and molded them in a cookie container I had saved.  Now we have perfect feeder food.  I put one on the ground and put some in a suet feeder. I am always anxious to see if the birds will actually eat this. I found several recipes like this on the internet, and even some with raw hamburger.

You want to keep an eye on your feeders, migrants can empty a feeder quickly.  Many books say you want to have a separate feeder for grit. I save all of my eggs shells and crush them very finely. They need calcium to grow good bones, just like we do. I incorporate my egg shell with suet or place it directly on the ground.  Sand will even work. Of course, with this weather coming on at such a quick pace, it was hard to prepare for it.  I was loving the 50 degree weather around Christmas time, and then whew.

I moved one of my heated waterers on a cold morning, and it was a cold job, but got it done, and plugged in. It is working great.

I have to admit I hate this weather, but I love to watch the birds. Of course, there are many more birds at the feeders when it is cold. However, that does not make me like this weather. I think it has been a few years since we have had such a drastic cold snap. I really enjoyed putting up the Christmas decorations in the warm weather, but I think I will be leaving some of them up until we have a warm up.

If you get to town, make sure you stock up on the black oil sunflower seed, and keep fresh water out for the feathered ones.

I hope you are working to make 2018 the greatest with friends, family and doing something to remember.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

Winter Warm Up Offers Some Relief Until Cold Replaced by Ice

Mother Nature helped ring in the New year with plenty of Brrrrrrrrs as temperatures well below zero wreaked havoc on plumbing and livestock and made battling an early morning fire even more difficult for the Memphis Fire Department.

Temperatures on New Year’s day were reported as low as 15 below zero in Scotland County.

Those frigid conditions resulted in plenty of overtime for local plumbers as dozens of homes and businesses battle with frozen water and sewer pipes.

“It started Saturday night (December 30th) and didn’t quit,” said marlin Oberholtzer of Oberholtzer Plumbing. “It was extremely cold, combined with some pretty good wind that dropped the wind chill even further. Plus it didn’t help that the ground is pretty dry, which seems to let the cold travel through to the plumbing even better.”

Memphis City Utilities Superintendent Stacy Alexander stated municipal crews weathered the spell fairly well, dealing with just a single frozen water meter and no major service interruptions.

There was plenty of water for the Memphis Fire Department, but keeping it flowing was an issue on Wednesday morning, January 3rd, as the department battled a structure fire at 122 W. Mety Street where a blaze destroyed a garage. The fire department was able to work through the frigid conditions to insure the flames didn’t reach the adjacent home.

Despite the hazardous conditions, local medical professionals indicated there were no issues with hypothermia or other related injuries as a result of the cold spell, which lasted all week before breaking this weekend.

Dr. Jeff Davis stated “No cold weather-related injuries thus far have been seen in the Emergency Room, Urgent Care or in the clinics at Scotland County Hospital.”

While temperatures are expected to rise well above freezing this week, hospital representatives offered some warning signs to watch for, if and when the frigid temperatures return to northeast Missouri.

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and pale or waxy white appearance of extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose.  Other signs may include numbness, a tingling or stinging sensation in the affected body part, and reduced blood flow. If any of these symptoms are detected, please seek help immediately.

The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. In infants, the skin will turn bright red and cold, and they may present with a very low energy level. If any of these signs appear get the victim to a warm location immediately and call 911 for immediate medical assistance.

Because of the cold conditions, Scotland County R-I School District resumed classes on January 4th under a two-hour delay.

Warmer temperatures brought some relief late in the week, but Mother Nature kept things interesting with an ice storm on Sunday, January 7th that was made trickier by the cold ground temperatures holding over from earlier in the week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a Travel Advisory on Sunday and carried it over into Monday morning.

“A major concern is icing,” said MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough. “Because of the extreme cold the past two weeks, it will take longer for the ground temperatures to rise, and as a result, rain on the pavement could freeze even if temperatures are above freezing. There is significant concern for black ice on roads and bridges.”

SCR-I took heed of the warnings and after initially planning a two-hour delay on Monday, January 8th, canceled classes all together.

Area motorists also were aware of the conditions. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office reported just a single call regarding a weather-related traffic incident, with a vehicle sustaining damage after it ran off a slick roadway and went through a fence.

The lone injury-accident reported by the Missouri Highway Patrol in Scotland County occurred on Monday afternoon and was not weather-related.

Ministerial Alliance Hoping to Help Promote Area Church Events

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met December 13 at the Lutheran Church in Memphis. A good representation of churches attended including Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Mark Drummond, Marie Ebeling, Pamela Glasgow, Dan Hite and Jack Sumption.

The service attendance and offering was down this year at the SCMA Thanksgiving service. Suggestions were made as to more advertising and encouraging congregations to participate.

The February meeting was discussed and will be held February 19 at 6 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.  It is the intention that possibly more can attend the night meeting.

The alliance would like to know about area churches events so that it can assist in advertising and promoting those events. Contact the SCMA via You can do this by email. Jack Sumption will be happy to pass along your information and get the word out there.  Jack’s cell number is 660-216-0242.

The Good Friday Service this year will be March 30 at the Methodist Church in. Memphis.. Please listen to the local radio station and watch for flyers relative to the details on this.

Peanut butter and saltine crackers are needed for the Tiger Packs. Tiger Pack contact person is Dan Hite.  They are always welcoming to contributions of money and food items.

Food Distribution Days are always the first Friday after the first Wednesday of the month.  Hours are 8 am to 1 pm.  Food pantry contact person is Carol Dryden.  Please also always remember the clothing needs of the Clothes Closet. Nice clean reusable clothing and shoes are always accepted.  Mary Baldwin is contact person for the clothes closet.

Please remember February meeting date is February 19, at 6 pm at the Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Sandra Ebeling

Downing City Board Addresses Water, Sewer Issues at January Meeting

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on January 8, 2018 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Ray Bange, Bill Anderson, Gene Bruner, and Hannah Poe, City Clerk Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water operator Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, monthly water report, deposits and disbursements, and account balances were given to all present.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting was made by Gene Bruner and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Hannah Poe and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Jim Moore came to discuss a problem he is having with his sewer. He has a lot of sewer smell coming into his house. The Board told Larry Smith to get the camera and run it through the pipes to see if there is a blockage or broken pipes. This is to be done immediately as this is a serious problem.

Water/Waste Water Report; Water tower is froze so the pressure is not as it should be. Larry is to contact DNR and see if we can get an air compressor to put bubbles in the tower to prevent this in the future. The Board also wants it to be known that if water meters get damaged by being run over, it will be the responsibility of the person at that residence to pay for the repair or replacement of the meter.

Street Maintenance: The roads are not in the best shape. The new gravel we got was put on late and did not have a chance to settle in. So snow removal will be a little harder to do but hopefully by spring we can get the roads in shape. The board discussed whether the dead end roads should have snow removal or not. Bill Anderson made a motion to start snow removal on the dead end streets to help the residents. Ray Bange seconded it and it was carried unanimously.

Cemetery: A donation was received from Jeri and Roger Baker of $200. Also it was decided that we would leave the ordinance as is, in regard to flowers in the cemetery. All hanging baskets and saddle arrangements and anything attached to the stone will not be taken down unless it is unsightly. All flowers or other ornaments that are stuck in the ground must be removed by July as to not cause a problem with mowing.

Old/Unfinished Business: We have a grant approval to do a PER report. The board discussed whether to move ahead with this. Gene Bruner made a motion to go ahead and get the engineer to do the report. It was seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Memphis City Council Discusses Snow removal at January Meeting

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Memphis City Hall.  Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order.  Aldermen present were:  Andrea Brassfield, Chris Feeney, and Lucas Remley; Alderman Tom Glass was absent.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; City Marshal Bill Holland; citizen Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2017 council meeting.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Remley seconded to approve payment of the monthly bills as presented.  Vote:  Remley, Feeney, and Brassfield, all aye.


Municipal Advisory Services Agreement

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to postpone action on the Municipal Advisory Services Agreement from D.A. Davidson to the February 1, 2018 council meeting.  Council would like to meet with a representative from D.A. Davidson regarding the agreement.


City Supt. Monroe reported the crews have been cutting brush and are preparing to start trimming and cutting trees in the near future.  Monroe also presented an estimated cost in the amount of $18,350.00 from Sparks Constructors to remove the ramp at the pool.  No action was taken.

Utility Supt. Alexander reported a Fairbanks Morse representative will be here in the near future to look at our generators.  Alexander stated the Midland GIS Mapping software offers support packages or an hourly rate.  Alexander suggested the City utilize the hourly rate of $125 when support is needed.  Alexander is also awaiting a bid proposal from Visu-Sewer.  An inspection of the water plant was conducted by Department of Natural Resources at the end of December.

The Aldermen discussed with the Superintendents their desire to see a written list of projects and goals for the year with specific start dates and an approximate completion date.

City Clerk Newman requested a work session with the council to review the manuscript for the City Code recodification project and discuss a demolition program for the City.  Council set Wednesday, January 17th at 4:00 p.m. for the work session.


Aldermen Feeney requested council permission to have City Clerk Newman contact the insurance company, MoPERM, in regards to an unpaid claim for storage fees.

Alderman Feeney also discussed the City snow removal policy for the City square.

Alderman Remley reported on the proposed Missouri House Bill 1398 which would ban cities from enacting breed specific legislation.


Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Remley seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

NORA LOU (BEELER) TONEY (4/26/1941 – 1//7/2018)

Nora Lou (Beeler) Toney, 76, of Kirksville, Missouri formerly of Glenwood, Missouri passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.

The daughter of Raymond Roy and Edra Byrel (Sleeth) Beeler, she was born on April 26, 1941 in rural Downing, Missouri.    On March 14, 1957, at the United Methodist parsonage in Lancaster, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Oren Toney and to this union has been blessed with four children, Keith Oren, Loutrisha Ann, Sally Jo and Melissa Joann.

Survivors include her children, Keith Toney and wife, Diane of Kirksville, Missouri, Loutrisha Toney of Downing, Missouri, Sally Ayer and Brad Hill of Glenwood, Missouri and Melissa VanDyke and Tracy Homer of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, Karen (Brad) Kramer of Kansas City, Missouri, Keith Ryan (Rachael) Toney of Kansas City, Missouri, Vanessa (Matt) Whitaker of Downing, Missouri, Jason (Irene) Comstock of Jackson, Missouri, Janson (Heather) Ayer of Minnesota, Amanda (Jay) Dysart of Kirksville, Missouri, Kristin (David) Rouner of Kirksville, Missouri, Logan Welte, Hanna VanDyke, Kendra VanDyke, Justin VanDyke and Monika Toney all of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; 21 great-grandchildren;  one sister, Hilma Miller of Columbia, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Wynona Burnett of Lancaster, Missouri; nieces and nephews; other family members and many good friends.

Nora Lou is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenny Toney on February 24, 2015; one sister-in-law, Sherry Constance Toney in 1962; one aunt, Ruth Beeler and two brothers-in-law, Donnie Miller and Walter J. Burnett.

Nora Lou was a faithful member of the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri.

Nora Lou was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends.

Nora Lou owned and operated a day care in her home for fourteen years and opened her home and heart to many.  She also owned and operated the grocery and antique store in Glenwood, Missouri for ten years and loved to spend Kenny’s money!!!

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating.  Music will be special CD selections of “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Memories”.  Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters and great-grandchildren.   Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 a.m..

Memorials have been established for Schuyler County Cancer Relief Fund or to the Glenwood Cemetery.  Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to the normanfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

TERESA LYNN “TERRI” MILLER (1/31/1949-1/1/2018)

Teresa Lynn “Terri” Miller, 68, Blythedale, MO was called home to be with Jesus at 1:32 p.m. on January 1, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Teresa was born to Otis Martin Pickens and Delores Maxine Gage Pickens on January 31, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent her childhood in Claremore, Oklahoma where she graduated from Claremore High School in 1967.

Following her high school graduation, she moved back to the Kansas City, Missouri area where she took a job as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell.  She soon met the love of her life and was united in marriage at the United Methodist Church in Richmond, Missouri on October 29, 1969 to Dennis E. Miller.

To this union three children were born, Gary Robert, Marlena Renee’ and Melanie Dawn.

Teresa was known locally as “Terri”.  Terri was a member of the Blythedale Christian Church.  She invested all she had into her family.  She loved Jesus and was instrumental in leading her children to a relationship with their Lord and Savior.

Terri was gifted in many areas. She was a seamstress, and enjoyed making stuffed animals and items for others in hopes of brightening their day. She was also a very talented poet and had dreams of having her poems published someday.  Terri even owned her own ceramic business called “Terri’s Ceramicove” for a few years, teaching others the art of ceramics.

Teresa is survived by her husband Dennis, of Blythedale, Missouri; her three children, Gary (Melissa) Miller of Memphis, Missouri; Marlena (Jeff) Hewlett, of Murray, Iowa; Melanie (John) Lynch, of Warrensburg, Missouri; six grandchildren, Drew Miller, of Platte City, Missouri; Natalie Miller, of Memphis, Missouri; Kendra Miller, of Des Moines, Iowa; Kaden Hewlett, of Murray, Iowa; Collin and Keaten Lynch, of Warrensburg, Missouri; three brothers, Ronald (Jean) Pickens, of Bedford, Texas, Randall (Alice) Pickens, of Union, Missouri, Otis Mark Pickens, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her special dog “Teddy Roo”.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 6 at the Eagleville Christian Church, Eagleville, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery, Eagleville, MO.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and/or Mosaic Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442.

Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.

More Than 70 Years Later, WWII Letter Finds Its Way to Family of Fallen Soldier

Vernon B. Priebe is one of the names remembered on the World War II stone at the center of the war memorial at the Scotland County Courthouse.

More than a year ago, a California man came across a letter addressed to Memphis, Missouri in some of his father’s keepsakes from World War II.

Alan Minster immediately knew the correspondence needed to find its way home, as it was a response to a letter requesting details about the passing of a fellow soldier.

Alan believed the letter, which was written by his father Donald, was returned to him by the post office as undeliverable, possibly because the hand-written addressing was partially illegible.

In January of 2017, Alan wrote to the Memphis Democrat, asking for help from readers to locate Mrs. Vernon Priche, noting the name could be misspelled. He noted that the correspondence was from the wife of one of his father’s WWII comrades who had died in Germany during the war, seeking details of Vernon’s death.

A newspaper reader, Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, read the letter to the editor and recalled having a teacher in school, named Vernon Priebe, who had been called to serve in the war.

“Vernon Priebe was my math teacher at the East School,” she recalled. “I remember when he was called away. There may be several others around  this area who also were students of Vernon.”

According to the Fields of Honor database, Vernon Priebe, was a private, first call with the 115 Infantry Division, 3rd battalion. He enlisted on December 30, 1943, joining his unit in September 1944. He was seriously injured on February 25, 1945, near Spiel-Ameln, Germany,  succumbing to his wounds the following day.

He was laid to rest in the American War Cemetery at Margraten in the Netherlands.

Preiebe’s name is among the fallen WWII  soldiers memorialized on the columns of the War Memorial on the lawn of the Scotland County courthouse.

Following up on her belief that the correspondences were meant for Vernon’s wife, Eva (Bleything) Priebe, Kirkpatrick reached out to Memphis resident Tom Priebe, asking if he was related to Vernon, who in fact was Tom’s uncle.

Tom Priebe was able to contact Vernon’s son, who now resides in Iowa, and the family was able to make contact with Minster and retrieve the long lost letters.

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