August 2, 2001

ESTHER A. THOMMEN (8/05/1921 - 7/30/2001)

Esther A. Thommen, 79, of Mt. Sterling, IA died July 30, 2001 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua, IA.

She was born August 5, 1921, at Ballard, MO to Elmer W. and Robbie Ann Burkett Taylor.

She married Rex E. Thommen, December 10, 1938 in Kahoka, MO. They lived three years in Clinton, and in Cantril, IA, 1944-1952, where they operated a grocery store/locker plant and later a hardware and implement store. They farmed in Scotland County, MO 1952-1976 when they retired to Mt. Sterling, IA.

Esther was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend. She was an avid gardener and "Mother to the World" who shared much of her garden produce and canned goods with friends. She wrote letters and sent cards by the hundreds to anybody she knew who was sick or needed a little cheering up. A naturally caring person, she donated thousands of hours of volunteer time at Van Buren Good Samaritan Center, Keosauqua, IA, where she played the organ and piano and made over one thousand bibs for the residents.

She is survived by her husband, Rex; a son, Donald and his wife, Eileen of Vancouver, WA; two daughters, Shirley Farrell of Carman, IL and Linda Corman of Mt. Sterling, IA; six grandchildren, Tim Beckman, Danny Beckman and Debbie, Diane Snell, Donald "D.J." Thommen and his wife, Linda, Teresa Thommen and Doug Corman; 10 great-grandchildren, Amy Beckman, Kalen Snell, Donald Thommen III, Grant Thommen, Brandon, Cody, Zachary and Brock Corman and Danielle and Jessica Carpenter; a sister, Jean Dabney and her husband, O.S.; and a brother, Eston Taylor and his wife, Alberta, all of Burlington, IA; and a close friend, Betty Mitchell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Freddie Thommen of Salem, OR, Delores and John Godwin of Lakehurst, NJ, Chester Thommen of Oregon, Russell and Candy Thommen of Dallas, OR, and Max and Lou Thommen of Louisville, KY; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin daughters, Bonnie and Connie, who were stillborn; a sister, Edith Taylor and a brother, Estel "Tiny" Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 3, 2001, at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, IA, with Rev. Jerry Caughron officiating. Burial will be in Harness Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, IA. Open visitation will be Thursday, August 2, 2001 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with family present 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorials have been suggested to Harness Cemetery. A lunch will be served at Roberts Memorial Center, Keosauqua, IA following the service for family and friends.

GEORGIA DEAN (FULLERTON) TRIPLETT (8/18/1927 – 10/20/2018)

Georgia Dean (Fullerton) Triplett, 91 of Unionville, Missouri, formerly of Livonia, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Putnam County Care Center in Unionville, Missouri.

The daughter of Clarence Orval and Verona Georgia (Gray) Fullerton, she was born on August 18, 1927 in Unionville, Missouri.  Georgia was raised in Unionville, Missouri and lived in Putnam County all of her life.  On May 10, 1947, she was united in marriage to Darwin Eugene Triplett and to this union five children were born, Judith, Marcia, Alberta, William and Bruce.

Georgia is survived by her children, Judy Rook and husband, Brad of Bloomfield, Iowa, Marcia Triplett of Livonia, Missouri, Alberta Quintana and husband, Harvey of Livonia, Missouri, Bill Triplett and wife, Theckla of Livonia, Missouri and Bruce Triplett of Kirksville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Belinda Lindberg and husband, Dr. Brent of Bloomfield, Iowa, Eric Quintana of Livonia, Missouri, Chelsea Jackson and husband, Kade of Downing, Missouri and Kale Triplett and fiancé, Dr. Sarah Riley of Unionville, Missouri; seven great- grandchildren, Camden and Crew Lindberg of Bloomfield, Iowa, Carson, Collin and Conley Jackson of Downing, Missouri and Lily and Sage Triplett of Unionville, Missouri; nieces and nephews and other family members.

Georgia is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darwin Eugene Triplett on August 15, 2011; two grandsons, Nicholas Rook and Benjamin Quintana and one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Nicole Lindberg; two sisters, Juanita Steele and Mary Fullerton and three brothers, Albert Fullerton, Vere Fullerton and an infant brother.

Georgia and Darwin were members of the Omaha Baptist Church of Omaha, Missouri.

Georgia loved her family.  She had great love and joy for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She would spend hours playing, camping and entertaining all of them.  She and Darwin loved harnessing the mules up and going for wagon rides.  Many hours were spent on trail rides with the family.

Graveside services were held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Thompson Cemetery with Kevin Collins, pastor of the Omaha Baptist Church of Omaha, Missouri officiating. Special CD selections of “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Memories” were performed.   Pallbearers were Kale Triplett, Kade Jackson, Brent Lindberg, Eric Quintana, Harvey Quintana and Brad Rook. Honorary pallbearers were Camden and Crew Lindberg, Carson, Collin and Conley Jackson and Lily and Sage Triplett.

Memorials have been established for Thompson Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to

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

Alexanders Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Charles and Ruth Alexander will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 5th. A card shower has been requested to help the couple celebrate the momentous occasion. Correspondence may be sent to Charles and Ruth Alexander at the Scotland County Residential Terrace at 434 E. Sigler, Room 3B, Memphis, MO 63555. Charles and Ruth were married on November 5th, 1948 in Lancaster. They have four children, Donna and Roy Hyde; Leland and Dolores Hyde; Carol and Bernie Loughead; and Dennis and Debbie Alexander.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift to the United States from the citizens of France, in recognition of the mutual commitment to democracy and liberty, and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War. The 151-foot copper statue was built in France and shipped to New York in 350 separate parts, where it was reassembled and the torch wired to light up at night. The Statue of Liberty originally functioned as a lighthouse and was operated in that capacity by the U.S. Lighthouse Board until 1901, when the War Department took over its operation and maintenance. In 1924, the statue and its location on Liberty Island were declared a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1933, the National Park Service assumed the responsibility for the statue. A restoration of “Lady Liberty” was completed before a centennial celebration in 1986. In 1886, as President Cleveland accepted the statue on behalf of the American people, he declared, “we will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” The statue quickly became a symbol of America’s humanitarianism and willingness to take in those who were seeking freedom and a better life, expressed in words of a poem by Emma Lazurus, inscribed on the base of the statue: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….”

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Don’t Be The One Who Gets You Down

Whew! Challenges x struggles x bewilderments = well… more whew! It ain’t easy being a person.

I’m highly sympathetic to your treacherous moments. I think about you/us a lot; what to do, how to help, etc. Here’s what I know. Much… very much… of our difficulties develop within our two ears; how we evaluate, surmise, and then conclude. This is the perpetual process that seems to find that we are the ones who get ourselves down… although we do pass the buck by blaming others or circumstances.

I once was the King Getter-Downer. This is why I know from where to write. I don’t have book knowledge of it. I walk it, talk it, and occasionally bathe in it. Yet, the truth is there is a way out; a way to rescue and recovery: Change. The. Way. We. Think.

Thinking involves decisive direction. Shall we look for the good or shall we obsess over the negative? It is our choice… every time. There is always positive within the borders of the most discouraging formats. It is our opportunity to bravely and intentionally become the explorers rather than the victims…of our own thinking.

My world changed enormously when I quit the Blame-Game. Done. I’d had it with me. When it occurred to me that I am the least of all of us (in reality), an entirely new world of reason for existing arose. I fully understood the shrapnel from being targeted by depression.

Too, I learned that problems wouldn’t go away because I wished them away. They kept hanging around. But I insisted that they go to the back of the bus for there were far too many wonders wishing to ride my thought waves. I still have to deal with challenges; but so many subsided because I was, frankly, giving them permission to rent out my space by welcoming their treachery day by day.

Yes, many things happen which take our days to task. For heaven’s sake, don’t you be the one who gets you down.

DIXIE JO HYDE (3/9/1954 – 10/17/2018)

Dixie Jo Hyde, 64, passed away on October 17, 2018. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 28, with a memorial service following at 4 p.m., at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa.

Dixie was born March 9, 1954 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to Richard and JoAnn Fiester. Dixie grew up in Blairstown, Iowa and graduated from Benton Community High School in 1972. She then attended Northeast Missouri State University where she received her RN in Nursing. Dixie was eventually named Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA.

On October 2, 1976 she married Joseph William Hyde. They made their home in Ames, Iowa with their children. Dixie enjoyed reading and spending time with her children.  Her true joy in life was her grandson Ivan and being his Grandma Dixie these past 12 years.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Joe Hyde; daughter, Emily Hyde (Edward Bignar); son, Justin Hyde; grandson, Ivan Hyde; stepdaughter, Billie Jo (Kevin) Waddle; sister, Jeri (Don) Maas and their family Luke and Beth Maas (Fletcher and Macoy), Clint and Erica Maas (Rayner), and Josi and Austin Teneyck (Kingston and baby T); sister, Holly Karsten and her family Tyler Karsten (Cody Schilling), and McKenna and Dillon Feldmann; as well as her husband Joe’s extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother-in-law, Denny Karsten.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be directed to:

Briggs Smith Memorial Airport Pursuing Runway Reconstruction Project for 2020

With deteriorating surface conditions on the existing runway, a new landing surface has become a top priority for the Briggs Smith Memorial Airport west of Memphis. The City of Memphis is currently working to secure federal funding that would allow the construction of a new runway at the facility, possibly as soon as 2020.

Through the work of engineers Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT), the city is seeking supplemental federal appropriations to help fund the proposed $2.9 million project. The facility annually received $150,000 federal funding through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which requires a 10% local match.

Recently those funds were utilized to construct new T-hangar taxi lanes as the airport works to relocate its existing hangars outside of the FAA runway protection zone at the west end of the runway. Future plans call for the construction of a new 12-unit T-hangar south of the old hangars and south of the new runway access taxi lane.

CMT has filed a supplemental appropriation request with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to seek funding for the runway rebuild. The proposal calls for replacing the 3,300 foot long landing strip with a slightly thicker surface.

The CMT proposal would use a 6 inch surface of Portland cement concrete pavement to rebuild the 60-foot wide runway to its current length, amassing roughly 24,000 square yards of concrete.

“The existing pavement is five inch Portland cement concrete on a subgrade, with no base rock present,” said engineer Brian Garkie. “Due to the lack of a proper base, the expansive nature of the underlying soil has caused the pavement to heave and crack.”

The proposal targets costs of nearly $400,000 for recycled course base and aggregate base rock, with more than $1.475 million in concrete costs. Engineering fees are expected to top $200,000 with mobilization costs and excavation of the existing surface making up the remainder of the estimated $2.9 million price tag.

The project is seeking Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) funds to help offset the city’s 10% match on the AIP funds. Congress annually allocates $3.2 billion or more for NPE projects.

If sufficient supplemental funding can be secured, the airport will also seek to expand the existing taxiway apron to create additional tie-down positions for parked planes while offering added expansion room, partially to house a proposed 50×50 private hangar. The project proposes to roughly double the size of the existing apron, expanding to the south, with the  proposed hangar site to be located south of that expansion.

The proposal by CMT estimated the project cost at $340,000 for the roughly 75 x 250 additional apron and the 50×50 hangar site.

If funding is approved, the apron project could be constructed in the summer of 2019 with the runway project target construction date of May 2020.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, October 18 – Turkey Tetrazzini, Tomato and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad

Friday, October 19 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, October 22 – Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Hot Roll, Cookie

Tuesday, October 23 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Peas, Bread Pudding/Fruit

Wednesday, October 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruited Jell-O

Thursday, October 25 – Meatloaf, Cheesey Hashbrowns, Italian Blend Vegetables, Bread, Pears


Thursday, October 18 – Scotland County Health Dept. blood pressure checks here, Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 25 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus


Thursday, October 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, October 19 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, October 22 – Cheese Omelet, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk.

Tuesday, October 23 – Blueberry Bagel/Cream Cheese, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wed., October 24 – Oatmeal, Choice of Cereal, Toast/jelly, Peanut Butter, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, October 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, October 18 – Chili Soup, Chicken and Noodles Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Friday, October 19 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Potato Rounds, Peas/Carrots, Bread and Butter, Sherbert Cup, Sliced Peaches

Monday, October 22 – Ham and Beans/Cornbread, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, October 23 – Chicken A La King/Biscuit, Sloppy Joe/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Onion Rings, Buttered Corn, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, October 24 – Meatloaf, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Scalloped Potatoes, California Blend Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears

Thursday, October 25 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Westran Loss Not Enough to Move Tigers to Top Spot in District Standings

Despite each posting 6-2 marks, and Scotland County holding the head-to-head advantage with a 38-21 over then #1 ranked Westran, the Hornets remain atop the Class 1 District 6 seedings heading into the final week of the season.

Westran holds a 40.98 to 39.18 advantage in the complex Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) largely in part due to the modifier given when schools play up a level or more. Westran played class 2 Carrollton in week 2. Scotland County has not played up all season. So those 10 bonus points Westran received, will result in an extra 1.1 points in the final district seeding score.

The Hornets also hold a slight advantage over SCR-I in margin of victory. SCR-I lost to Marceline and Fayette by 30 points each. The maximum point spread allowed in the district scoring system is + or – 13. So Scotland County was -13 in both its losses and has been +13 in all its wins. Westran was -13 against SCR-I, but only lost to Marceline by  a final score of 14-12, for a -2 district score adjustment. The Hornets also had a +5 victory versus Fayette. In the end, over the eight games played, Westran has a 6.88 margin of victory, compared to 6.5 for SCR-I, for a 0.38 point advantage in the district point standings.

Westran will take on Paris (2-6) in its regular season finale while SCR-I will travel to Louisiana (2-5). A win by the Hornets will secure the #1 seed.

Mark Twain sits in the #3 seed, a full 5.8 points behind the Tigers. However, they will get an extra boost in the regular season finale, taking on Class 3 Wright City (2-6). Mark Twain has already played up against class 2 competition six times. Tacking on the 20 bonus points by playing up two levels in the finale, will add 2.4 points to Mark Twain’s total district score, which will gain a total of 8.9 points overall for playing up so often.

While that alone won’t be enough to boost Mark Twain past SCR-I, it will put the pressure on the Tigers to take care of business in Louisiana. An SCR-I loss, combined with a Mark Twain victory, theoretically could flip flop the two in the final district seedings.

Fourth through sixth seeds South Shelby, Louisiana and Knox County all are within striking distance of each other and could see their seeds change. The Cardinals take on Highland (1-7), while Knox County has its work cut out for it against Fayette (7-1). Louisiana could throw a wrench in everything with a win over SCR-I.

Schuyler sits in the #7 spot but has a favorable matchup versus Salisbury (1-7) while #8 Paris closes out the regular season with the likelihood of having to play Westran back-to-back, in the regular season finale and then again in the first round of the playoffs as the 8 vs. 1 seed.

DeMarce Honored by Supreme Court Chief Justice With Exceptional Service to Justice Award

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer honored Judge Karl DeMarce with the Exceptional Service to Justice Award at the Missouri Bar and Judicial Conference.

While Judge Karl DeMarce’s service to the community as the Associate Circuit Court Judge will not come to a close until the end of the year, the legal profession took an opportunity a few weeks ago to send off their soon retiring colleague with a special honor.

DeMarce received the first Exceptional Service to Justice Award at the Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri September 27, 2018, in St. Louis.

Zel M. Fischer, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri,
delivered his address during the opening luncheon of the joint annual meeting of
state lawyers association and judges event, concluding the opening ceremony with the following tribute to DeMarce.

“Lawyers make the best public servants,” Fischer stated. “As Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a crowd at the University of Missouri-St. Louis earlier this month, “A better world doesn’t happen – it gets made.” And, contrary to popular opinion, lawyers are right there helping to make it happen.

“It is rare – and maybe without precedent at this luncheon – for the chief justice to single out any particular judge for praise, primarily because the judicial conference has an awards breakfast dedicated for that purpose at which I already honored four judges.

“But I am going to exercise a moment of personal privilege to thank someone whose dedicated years of service to the legal profession and the judiciary truly embody public service: Judge Karl DeMarce. Although he serves primarily at home in Scotland County, he has been assigned to hear a vast range of cases in more than 20 other local courts, plus the appeals court and the Supreme Court of Missouri.

“Karl also has given innumerable hours to countless court committees. He is a thoughtful participant on the criminal justice task force … on the heels of yeoman’s work shepherding the implementation of many municipal division improvements resulting from his contributions to the municipal division task force. His service has been expansive – from court automation to state judicial records, from garnishments to gender and justice, from civic education to trial judge education. A former legislator, his wisdom also has proved invaluable on our judicial conference’s legislative committee.

“As Judge Corey Herron said this morning in presenting Karl with the inaugural “exceptional service to justice award” from the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges – of which Karl is a former president – one could continue on and on and still not adequately honor his significant influence in furthering the interests of justice for all.

“Karl’s leadership extends beyond our state’s borders. He recently delivered a keynote address to the national trial court organization of presiding judges and court administrators about courage as a necessary skill in court leadership. No matter what Karl DeMarce is called upon to do, he always performs with utmost professionalism, humility and grace under pressure.

“Some of you may not know Karl is leaving the judiciary at the end of this year. If he were just retiring to play golf or fish, I would enter a per curiam order requiring him to stay. If he were turning 70, I would at least try to enter an order amending his birth certificate. But he is far from 70, and certainly is not hanging up his robe in favor of a fishing pole or golf clubs. No, he is embarking on a new career – indeed, a calling – as he prepares to enter the seminary for his Lutheran church. God can use a man like Karl DeMarce working full-time.

So Karl, we thank you for your 20 years of serving the people of this state as a judge, and we wish you all the best as you continue to improve the world in which we live, one human life at a time.

“Let us all be guided by Karl’s example – to be true to our roots … to treat others with dignity and respect … to be generous in sharing our gifts and talents … and to be willing to work hard to make Missouri a better place for those we took an oath to serve.

“Thank you all for your service to your bar, to your courts and to your communities.”

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