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.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING
SCOTLAND COUNTY, MO
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
PSBA, INC. AH-16-504
001113 – 1
DOCUMENT 001113 – ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
1.1 PROJECT INFORMATION
A. Notice to Bidders: Qualified bidders may submit bids for project as described in this Document. Submit bids according to the Instructions to Bidders.
B. Project Identification: New Road and Bridge Building for the Scotland County Commission; Project No. AH-16-504

  1. Project Location: Scotland County Road and Bridge, Highway 15, Memphis, Missouri.
    C. Owner: Scotland County Board of Commissioners
  2. Owner’s Representative: County Clerk Batina Dodge. Phone: 660 465-7027.
    D. Architect: Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, Inc.; U.S. Federal Building, Suite 224, 801 Broadway, P.O. Box 190, Hannibal, Missouri;
  3. Project Description: New free standing 3,400 SqFt. Pre-Engineered Metal Building with concrete slab with footing and foundation system designed to meet metal building loads, including the full complement of openings and doors, finish plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems as communicated on the accompanying construction drawings.
    E. Contracts: One Bid (One Stipulated Sum) will be received for the following Work:
  4. General Contract. (All trades).
    1.2 BID SUBMITTAL AND OPENING
    A. Owner will receive sealed lump sum bids until the bid time and date at the location given below. Owner will consider bids prepared in compliance with the Instructions to Bidders issued by Owner, and delivered as follows:
  5. Bid Date: 03/7, 2019
  6. Bid Time: 11:00 AM.
  7. Location: County Clerk office.
    B. Bids will be thereafter publicly opened and read aloud.
    1.3 BID SECURITY
    A. Bid security shall be submitted with each bid in the amount of 5 percent of the bid amount. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after opening of bids. Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities and irregularities.
    ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, MO
    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
    PSBA, INC. AH-16-504
    001113 – 2
    1.4 DOCUMENTS
    A. Printed Procurement and Contracting Documents: Obtain after 2/15/2019, by contacting the Architect, only complete sets of documents will be issued.
  8. Shipping: Additional shipping charges of $15 will apply.
    1.5 BIDDER’S QUALIFICATIONS
    A. Bidders must be properly licensed under the laws governing their respective trades and be able to obtain insurance and bonds required for the Work. A Performance Bond, separate Labor and Material Payment Bond, and Insurance in a form acceptable to Owner will be required of the successful Bidder.
    B. Bidders who’s bid is over $75,000.00 must include in their bid the cost of paying wages in line with the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, Wage and Hour Section, the Annual Wage Order No. 25, Section 087, for Scotland County, a copy of which is included herein.
    END OF DOCUMENT 001113

ACCEPTING BIDS

The Scotland County Commission is accepting bids for bulk diesel for 2019.  Specifications may be obtained by calling the county clerk’s office at (660) 465-7027.  Bid price shall include all applicable fees less tax.  Bids must be submitted to the County Clerk’s Office by 9:50 A.M. on March 6,2019 in a sealed envelope labeled “Sealed Bid Bulk Diesel”.  Bids will be opened at 10:00 A.M. on March 6, 2019; subsequently the bid will be let to the lowest and best bidder.  Scotland County Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Done by the order of the Scotland County Commission this 13th day of February, 2019.          

Batina Dodge, County Clerk

PUBLISH: Memphis Democrat-Thursday, February 21, 2019.

NOTICE TO AIRPORT ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

NOTICE TO AIRPORT ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

The City of Memphis, Missouri (“Sponsor”), is hereby soliciting statements of qualifications and experience from qualified consultants for airfield development projects at Memphis Memorial Airport.  Projects may be subject to future receipt of Federal funding under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, as administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) through the State Block Grant Program (SBGP). These projects may include the following:

  1. Expand Apron for hangar development:  $350,000
  2. Reconstruct Runway 12-30:  $2,900,000
  3. Construct 12-Unit T-Hangar; Demo Existing Hangars in RPZ:  $700,000
  4. Construct Electrical Vault; Install Beacon:  $180,000
  5. Construct Airport Terminal Building:  $300,000
  6. Construct Airport Access Road:  $300,000
  7. Install New Fuel Facility:  $200,000
  8. Airport pavement maintenance, crack seal, seal coat, markings, etc.
  9. Assistance with preparation of the airport Capital Improvement Program

The required services include, but are not limited to, engineering services for preliminary, design, bidding, and construction phases and incidental special services including geotechnical, preparing categorical exclusion documentation, as-built ALP updates, and surveying. The consultant should provide the name(s) of preferred firm(s) for any work which is likely to be sub-consulted. Sub-consultant changes can occur with Sponsor approval. At the Sponsor’s discretion, this selection can be retained for projects initiated within five years or until all projects are complete. Projects other than those listed above will require a new solicitation except as allowed in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 paragraph 2.7.2 (4). Disclosure: Under a previous agreement, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly  assisted the Sponsor with preparation of their CIP and the above cost estimates.

A qualification based selection process conforming to FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 will be utilized to select the most qualified firm. Selection criteria will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Recent experience in airport projects
  • Capability to perform all aspects of project
  • Ability to meet schedules within budget
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT design and construction standards
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT regulations, policies and procedures
  • Quality of previous airport projects undertaken
  • Personnel experience and qualifications
  • Familiarity with, and proximity to the project
  • An implemented Affirmative Action Program

Fees will be negotiated for projects as federal funds become available.  Consultants shall not include fee or cost information when responding to this solicitation.  Prospective consultants are advised that applied overhead rates must be in accordance with the cost principles established within Federal Regulation 48 CFR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. After selection, the successful firm will be required to submit a copy of their current overhead rate audit certification or MoDOT pre-approval.

This contract is subject to all applicable Federal Provisions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Section 520 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 20 – Lobbying and Influencing Federal Employees
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 26 – Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Participation
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 30 – Foreign Trade Restriction Clause
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR Part 180 and 1200 –  Government Debarment and Suspension
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR 200 Appendix II, including Access to Records and Reports, Breach of Contract Terms, Rights to Inventions, and Termination of Contract

Airport consultants should submit three copies of their statement of qualifications and experience along with references to the following address, no later than  4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019.  The consultant should also provide an affidavit of compliance with the federal work authorization program and a copy of the firm’s E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding. Questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to Supt. Roy Monroe at 660-465-7285.

SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:

Roy Monroe, City Supt.

City of Memphis

125 W. Jefferson

Memphis, Missouri 63555

NOTICE TO AIRPORT PLANNING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

NOTICE TO AIRPORT PLANNING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

The City of Memphis, Missouri (“Sponsor”), is hereby soliciting statements of qualifications and experience from qualified consultants for airfield development projects at Memphis Memorial Airport.  Projects may be subject to future receipt of Federal funding under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, as administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) through the State Block Grant Program (SBGP). These projects may include the following:

  1. Preparation of a Certificate of Title, including Exhibit “A” Property Map
  2. Assistance with required environmental actions and documentation
  3. Assistance with land acquisition for airport development
  4. Assistance with preparation of the airport Capital Improvement Program

The required services include, but are not limited to, airport planning, environmental, land acquisition, and necessary incidental services. The consultant should provide the name(s) of preferred firm(s) for any work which is likely to be sub-consulted. Sub-consultant changes can occur with Sponsor approval. At the Sponsor’s discretion, this selection can be retained for projects initiated within five years or until all projects are complete. Projects other than those listed above will require a new solicitation except as allowed in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 paragraph 2.7.2 (4). Disclosure: Under a previous agreement, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly assisted the Sponsor with preparation of their CIP.

A qualification based selection process conforming to FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 will be utilized to select the most qualified firm. Selection criteria will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Recent experience in airport projects
  • Capability to perform all aspects of project
  • Ability to meet schedules within budget
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT regulations, policies and procedures
  • Quality of previous airport projects undertaken
  • Personnel experience and qualifications
  • Familiarity with, and proximity to the project
  • An implemented Affirmative Action Program

Fees will be negotiated for projects as federal funds become available.  Consultants shall not include fee or cost information when responding to this solicitation.  Prospective consultants are advised that applied overhead rates must be in accordance with the cost principles established within Federal Regulation 48 CFR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. After selection, the successful firm will be required to submit a copy of their current overhead rate audit certification or MoDOT pre-approval.

This contract is subject to all applicable Federal Provisions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Section 520 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 20 – Lobbying and Influencing Federal Employees
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 26 – Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Participation
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 30 – Foreign Trade Restriction Clause
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR Part 180 and 1200 –  Government Debarment and Suspension
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR 200 Appendix II, including Access to Records and Reports, Breach of Contract Terms, Rights to Inventions, and Termination of Contract

Airport consultants should submit three copies of their statement of qualifications and experience along with references to the following address, no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019.  The consultant should also provide an affidavit of compliance with the federal work authorization program and a copy of the firm’s E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding. Questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to City Supt. Roy Monroe at 660-465-7285.

   SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:

    Roy Monroe, City Supt.

    City of Memphis

    125 W. Jefferson

    Memphis, Missouri 63555

City Water System Upgrade to Begin This Summer

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Alderman Lucas Remley called the meeting to order in the absence of Mayor William Reckenberg and Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Feeney.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass and Aaron Dale.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; citizens Freddie Henderson, Mike Johnson, Jason Moss, Allen Creek, Kevin Brown, and Derrick Hamilton; Parks Director Michele Drummond; Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2019 and January 17, 2019 council meetings.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

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

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Scotland County Rural Fire Board president Freddie Henderson addressed the council regarding the formation of a fire district in Scotland County.  Henderson stated they were in the beginning stages of gathering information and wanted to visit each entity in Scotland County that would possibly be part of the fire district.  Henderson stated the fire district would be tax based and there would be informational meetings prior to any decisions being made to receive feedback from the public.

City Water Engineer, Philip Wilson, brought the council up-to-date on the status of the water project.  After the final plans are approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the project would then be out for bid.  Wilson is looking at the end of July as loan closing for the project and construction to take about one year. The project is also being funded in large part through grant funds.

Parks Director Michele Drummond requested council direction on a baseball league proposal brought to her by Kevin Brown.  There are several 13u and 10u teams in nearby communities that are interested in coming to Memphis for league play.  The league would play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 2nd through May 9th with a tournament on May 11th and 12th.  Mr. Brown suggested profits from the concession stand be split between the City and the league.  Brown also proposed a special committee be appointed to oversee the league.  Alderman Remley stated the council would need to meet and discuss the proposal before making any decisions and before appointing a committee.

The council set a tentative date of Wednesday, February 20th.  Time of the meeting to be determined.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale.  Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-2.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

Review Baker Farm Bids

Three bids were received for the leasing of the Baker Farm.  Bids received were as follows:

Chris Mallett – $18,432.44

Parsons Farm – Bruce Parsons – $15,000.00

Gabe Shultz – $14,643.75

City Supt. Monroe stated the high bid was received from the current lessee Chris Mallett and recommended he be awarded the lease agreement.

Bill NO. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement.  Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-3.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

BILL NO. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services for the purpose of performing certain third-party administration services for the City of Memphis employee group health plan.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Remley seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-4.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

City Supt. Monroe presented cost estimates for materials for the construction of 16’x24’ lake cabins.  Monroe also presented cost estimates for moving the airport hangars.  Monroe suggested looking into having parts manufactured to repair the hangar doors instead of replacing them. 

Utility Supt. Alexander reported the new sewer pump has been delivered and a new pole set at the light plant.

ALDERMEN REPORTS

Alderman Glass suggested the council look into bidding out tree trimming along electrical lines.

Alderman Dale thanked and commended City crews for their work over the past month dealing with the winter weather.

Alderman Remley asked about the project to replace the water line along Highway 15 south by the old state shed.  Alexander stated that is in the new five-year plan.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, discipling or promoting of particular employees by a governmental body.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Council adjourned into closed session at 7:55 p.m.

Council met in closed session to address individual personnel issues.  No votes were taken.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Tigers Fall to Clopton in Televised Quiz Bowl Event

Members of the Clopton High School Quiz Bowl team advanced to the semifinal round of the WGEM Academic Challenge Quiz Bowl Tournament with a 235 to 165 win over Scotland County High School on Saturday, February 16.  This match was the third in a seven-part television series airing weekly on WGEM NBC, WGEM FOX and WGEM News Talk FM 105.1.

Members of the Clopton High School team include Danielle Illy, Damian Walker, Dylan Smith, Robert Rothbard, Shawn Yates, Kari Leake, Evan Lagemann and Avery Hall. The Clopton team is coached by Andy VanBebber.

Scotland County High School team members include Adam Slayton, Jacob Kapfer, Conner Harrison, Erica Yarbrough, Anna Triplett, Morgan Blessing, Zac Berhens and Corbin Kirchner. Scotland County is coached by Nathaniel Orr.

The next match between Quincy Notre Dame High School and Bushnell-Prairie High School will air Saturday February 23, at 6:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC and again Sunday, February 24, at 9:00 p.m. on WGEM FOX TV and at 10:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC. In addition, the match will air on WGEM News Talk FM 105.1 Saturday, February 23, at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 24, at 7:00 a.m.

The WGEM Academic Challenge features 16 schools from the tri-state region competing in 15 matches.  The host of this year’s tournament is WGEM Sports Director Tony Cornish Jr.  The series is co-sponsored by John Wood Community College and WGEM.

Judges for the 2019 Academic Challenge are JWCC faculty members Melissa Knapp, assistant professor of mathematics; Mike Terry, chair and professor of language, literature and humanities; and Dr. Randy Wolfmeyer, assistant professor of engineering.  The series is under the direction of Shawn Dickerman, marketing manager at WGEM.

Gaj Helps Secure $500 Grant for Scotland County Food Pantry

Local Shopko employee Deborah Gaj has been named a Silver Award recipient of the Teammate Charitable Service Challenge and has selected the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry to be the recipient of a five-hundred dollar grant from the Shopko Foundation.

Debbie, as most people know her, moved to the Memphis area in September 2017 and quickly has become an active member of our community. She became eligible for the Silver Award through her volunteer work at our local food pantry where she is a regular among the volunteers that help each month with food distribution. Debbie appreciates the community-minded spirit of her fellow employees and the Memphis area as a whole. Shopko manager Rhonda Elenbaas, who has been at the location since 1985, related that whether it has been Places, Pamida or Shopko, the employee team has been committed over the years to seeking grants and foundation funds to support local agencies including the Scotland County Nutrition Site, Scotland County Cancer Fund, Adopt-a-Child Christmas program and the ministries of the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance.

Debbie’s efforts and the efforts of so many service-minded individuals, local organizations and businesses make Memphis a great community to live in and to be a part of.

Governor Parson Leads Statewide Infrastructure Effort to ‘Focus on Bridges’

This week, Governor Mike Parson plans to visit 5 of the 250 bridges scheduled for immediate repair or replacement if his administration’s proposed funding program is passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. The Governor first outlined the statewide bridge infrastructure program in the State of the State address on January 16.

In that address the governor announced several long-term investments in Missouri’s infrastructure, including $350 million  being freed up to allow MoDOT to begin immediate work on nearly 250 bridges across Missouri in need of critical repair or replacement. Further, $50 million was announced for a transportation cost share program to assist cities and counties with addressing the most serious infrastructure needs in our local areas.

The Governor discussed other measures aimed at restructuring state government to demand greater efficiency and accountability and to improve customer service to Missourians while reducing the size of state government by 450 positions resulting in savings of nearly $120 million dollars, the first time in over a decade a Governor’s budget does not spend every tax dollar. 

On Wednesday, Governor Parson visited bridges in Kansas City and Hannibal as part of his “Focus on Bridges” proposal. Missouri has 922 bridges in poor condition throughout the state, and the Governor’s proposal would accelerate the repair or replacement of 250 of those bridges, in turn freeing up funding for additional transportation projects across the entire state.

“Missouri has one of the nation’s largest highway systems with one of the lowest levels of funding in the country – it is now time to fix Missouri’s infrastructure needs,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Our plan to address Missouri’s critical infrastructure needs, funded through budget savings, will accelerate more than $1 billion worth of local projects with no new tax dollars.”

The proposal would enable the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Office of Administration to enter a financing agreement to fund 250 bridge projects – bridges that are already programmed for repair or replacement in the state’s current five-year construction program. The proposal is set up to supplement existing transportation revenue with general revenue to pay off the debt. The resolution also calls for the bond proceeds to be deposited into the State Road Fund – meaning the funds will be constitutionally protected and regularly audited to ensure they are only used for state road and bridge projects.

Scotland County has a pair of bridge projects currently in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). MoDOT’s five year schedule features three projects in Scotland County.

The Bridge over Indian Creek on Route M, 1.1 miles south of Route MM near Rutledge is scheduled for replacement this winter. The project is budgeted at $886,000.

The bridge on Highway 15 over the South Wyaconda River 0.1 mile south of the Route BB intersection near Memphis is scheduled for replacement in 2020 with a price tag of $1.147 million.

Resurfacing of Highway 15 from the Iowa State line to the Highway 136 junction in Memphis is scheduled for 2022 and is expected to cost $1.786 million.

Clark County has one bridge replacement scheduled this winter after having Route 81 resurfaced in 2018.

Knox County’s lone project in the current STIP is resurfacing of Highway 15 from the Route 6 junction north of Edina to Route 168 in Shelbyville, expected to cost nearly $3.5 million in 2020.

Schuyler County has one bridge scheduled for replacement this winter. The new bridge over the North Fork of the Middle Fabius River on Highway 63, 1.6 miles north of Route 136 junction in Lancaster, will cost roughly $1.2 million.

Accelerating 250 bridge projects and freeing additional funding for statewide transportation projects will create jobs throughout the state and boost the state’s economy.

Senator Dave Schatz has proposed a Senate concurrent resolution to establish the program. The resolution recently passed out of committee with no opposition.

“Taking seriously the needs of Missouri roads and bridges is vital to the success of our local communities through attracting businesses and ensuring the safety of Missourians,” Senator Schatz said. “The Governor’s plan is an important step to address our state’s critical infrastructure needs, and I’m proud to sponsor his bold proposal.”

“The Governor’s infrastructure plan provides immediate resources to our local communities for bridge projects most in need of critical repair or replacement,” Senator Tony Luetkemeyer said. “The plan will accelerate more than a billion dollars worth of local priorities, and I appreciate the Governor’s leadership in taking this bold action.”

Missouri has 10,385 bridges on the state highway system – sixth most in the nation. Of that total, 922 are in poor condition, and 1,194 are weight restricted (450 fall into both categories).

Terry Rush Authors New Book ‘Let the Winning Begin’

With some big additions in the off season, Cardinals super fan Terry Rush cannot help but be excited about the start of spring training and the rapidly approaching Major League Baseball season.

But when Terry talks about “Let the Winning Begin” it has nothing to do with opening day for the Cardinals. Instead he is referring to his latest book.

“Let the Winning Begin” has just been released by Kelly Press.

“It is highly encouraging for any who feel that a victorious life must have passed them by,” said the author.

Rush recently retired as the minister of the Memorial Drive Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up in Memphis, MO and continues to author a weekly column in the Memphis Democrat. He has published more than a dozen books, including “God Will Make a Way” and “The Miracle of Mercy” with Simon & Schuster publishing.

His book “Voice of Silver, Heart of Gold” about broadcaster Jack Buck, was given away as part of a special promotion at Busch Stadium.

In May 2017 he released “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” chronically a lifetime of “coincidental” meetings with famous Americans who were in need of some spiritual advice.

The latest book by Rush, “Let the Winning Begin” continues to illustrate God’s work through Rush. The subtitle defines the theme clearly “The People, The Power, The Process”.

Terry was aided in his latest endeavor by several influential friends. The book’s forward was penned by Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson.

“Movie actress Beverly Powers, who co-starred with Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Red Skelton, and many others, was kind enough to help me out,” said Rush.

The book was also endorsed by  U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma.

Copies of the book may be ordered from Kelly Press of Columbia, MO. 1-573-449-4163. The cost is $10 plus shipping and handling.

Lady Tigers Softball Team Earns Top Spot in Missouri Academic All State Awards

Scotland County Varsity Softball girls had a team GPA of 3.97, that put them in the #1 spot in Class 1 for Team Academic All State. The following 10 girls also received Individual Academic All State by meeting the following criteria: Must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.50-4.0, must meet one of the two following requirements, either be ranked in the top 2% of class or attained a 24 on the ACT.

Tigers are apparently among the smartest animals, well as least as far as sports mascots go. Five of the top 10 academic softball teams in Missouri Class 1 were represented by the king of the jungle, including Scotland County’s own Lady Tigers, who earned the top spot in Class 1 in Missouri’s Academic All State awards announced this week.

SCR-I took the top honor in Class 1, and had the best cumulative grade point average overall in any class, posting a 3.97 GPA.

Scotland County had 10 top scholar athletes in the program led by coach Kim Small. Kaylyn Anders, Abby Blessing, Madie Bondurant, Haley Darcy, Khloe Hamlin, Julie Long, Katie Feeney, Kaitlyn McMinn, Morgan Blessing and Kylee Stott all earned academic all state honors individually helping earn the top GPA, which does not include freshmen athletes.

Atlanta C-3 was second in Class 1. The Princeton Tigers were fifth, followed by the Tigers of Weaubleau R-3 and Dekalb High School. The Walnut Grove Tigers finished ninth in Class 1 to give the Tigers five of the 10 top spots.

East Buchanan High School was tops in Class 2 with a 3.95 GPA. Centralia and School of the Osage tied for top honors in Class 3 with a 3.88 GPA while Cor Jesu Academy earned top honors in Class 4 with a 3.78 GPA.

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