January 3, 2002

2001 Will Be A Year To Remember Thanks To September 11th (Year in Review Part 1)

January 4, 2001
Governor Roger Wilson asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand two earlier requests for agricultural disaster aid to include all 114 Missouri counties due to adverse weather conditions in 2000 including the late summer drought.

January 11, 2001

Dr. Robert Schneider reaffirmed his commitment to area citizens when he signed a new contract to remain affiliated with Scotland County Memorial Hospital and the Memphis Medical Services clinic.

January 18, 2001

CaLea Ann Powell was born Friday, January 12 as the first baby of 2001 at Scotland County Memorial Hospital. She is the daughter of Charlotte Powell of Kahoka.

January, 25, 2001

Scotland County ranked 62nd in the eighth annual KIDS COUNT report that records measures of child well being. The ranking marked an improvement as the county ranked 73rd in 1999.

February 1, 2001

Scotland County voted nearly 2 to 1 in favor of Republican John Cauthorn who was elected to the Missouri Senate to represent the 18th Senatorial District. Cauthorn defeated Rep. Robert Clayton from Hannibal.

February 8, 2001

Dollar General workers took less than a week to complete the stores move from the site on the Memphis Square to the new facility located on Highway 136. The new store was open for business February 5.

February 15, 2001

A home located on Route D in Scotland County and owned by Richard Jutte was destroyed by fire on Sunday, February 11. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

February 22, 2001

Area residents received an unpleasant surprise in their natural gas bills after a price hike was approved in February. The price increase completed a nearly 400% cost increase for natural gas customers from January 2000 to January 2001.

March 1, 2001

Boyer Broadcasting Company finalized its sale of KMEM radio to an Iowa group at the end of February. The purchasing group consisted of Mark and Karen McVey, Mark and Lisa Denney and Rich Brown.

March 8, 2001

A fire gutted the Geneva Brown residence at 504 N. Adams Street on March 4. A neighbor reported the blaze at 10:30 a.m. It was believed to have started in the garage area.

March 15, 2001

The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission gave final approval to the proposed swap of roads in Scotland County between the county and MoDOT. MoDOT will take over 2.5 miles of County Road #253, or "Miller Bottom Road" in exchange for the county taking over 2.9 miles of Route Y.

March 22, 2001

The 2000 Census report indicated the population in Scotland County had risen approximately three percent during the decade. The county's population was reported at 4,983, and increase of more than 100 from the 1990 population of 4,822.

March 29, 2001

Typically foreclosure sales involve a small number of parties and don't make big news, but the March 21 sale on the steps of the Scotland County Court-house could affect the entire community in more ways than one. The MicroEnergy building on Highway 136 in Memphis was sold at the public foreclosure sale. The Scotland County Rec-Plex, a local not-for-profit organization, purchased the building to serve as the home for a proposed community recreational facility to serve Scotland County and the surrounding area. The move leaves the future of Converter Concepts, Inc. up in the air.

April 5, 2001

Brock Meeks returned home to Memphis 52 days after a near-fatal car crash. The teenager spent several weeks in the neuro-intensive care unit of University Hospital in Columbia before beginning his recovery at Ruske Rehabilitation Center.

April 12, 2001

The handwriting was on the wall two weeks earlier when no representatives from the company were present at the public foreclosure sale on the building, but Converter Concepts, Inc., made it official April 9 that the power-source manufacturer will be closing its Memphis plant. The roughly 30 employees at the plant had been wondering about their future ever since the February publication of the impending sale of the former MicroEnergy building.

April 19, 2001

A Rutledge woman and her passenger were both seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident at 9:39 p.m. April 12 in Knox County. Tina Brogan, 23, of Rutledge, was northbound on Highway 15, approximately mile north of Edina, in a 1989 Ford van when the vehicle struck the east side of a bridge. Brogan apparently lost control of the vehicle as it crossed the road and struck the west side of the bridge before coming to rest in the middle of the road on the bridge. A passenger in the vehicle, 36-year-old Tracy Howes also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

April 26, 2001

Two suspects in an armed robbery in Downing remained at large following the April 20 crime. Two suspects reportedly entered the Cheese Post in Downing and held the clerk at gun point while robbing the store.

May 3, 2001

The SCR-I Board of Education voted to place a petition on the August ballot that would consider adding approximately 3,900 acres from the Wyaconda C-I School District to the SCR-I District. The issue was later shot down in the courts but is currently being appealed.

May 10, 2001

After tireless work by area residents, special funding through the bond financing was approved to complete a 10.5 mile stretch of four lanes on Highway 61 from LaGrange to Canton. The Avenue of the Saints project remains a top transportation priority for all of northeast Missouri.

May 17, 2001

Mother Nature must have been a bit emotional, to the point of tears, from the celebration of Mother's Day in Scotland County as she stayed around all day May 13 dropping anywhere from five to eight-plus inches of rain across the county. The severe thunderstorms were isolated mainly to Scotland County in Missouri and Van Buren County in southern Iowa. After raining off and on all day Sunday, the brunt of the storm hit the region at approximately 9:30 p.m. and lasted for more than two hours. During that time period as much as five inches of rain fell in the Memphis area

May 24, 2001

Gov. Bob Holden asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to declare 12 northeastern Missouri counties eligible for federal disaster assistance because of recent heavy rain and flooding that has swamped fields. Counties included in Holden's request are Clark, Lewis, Scotland, Knox, Schuyler, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, Ralls, Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles.

May 31, 2001

The Memphis Democrat may have been a little out of place among the "big boys" covering the final day of the Missouri State House of Representatives. However the Scotland County newspaper was in agreement with the likes of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Associated Press, that it was a productive legislative session that came to a close May 18. First District Representative Sam Berkowitz agreed that the law making session provided numerous improvements for citizens of his district as was the case for the entire state.

June 7, 2001

According to the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service, Scotland County received 9.37 inches of rain during the period of April 30 to May 27. And it just kept coming, as rain fell on the region nearly every day through the first week of June. The wet weather threw local farm production well behind the 2000 pace. Less than half the local soybean crop had been planted for the first time, with many producers convinced they would have to replant much of the crop that was already in the ground. If the rain was not enough to cause concern, temperatures were an average of 10 degrees below the 30-year average during May, decreasing growing degree days dramatically over the first 30 days of the farm season

June 14, 2001

A Memphis man was in serious condition after being shot in the face following an altercation in northeast Schuyler County. Robert L. Barnes, 39, was shot at approximately 10:00 p.m. at the junction of Routes N and C. Two suspects in the shooting were taken into custody without incident at a motel in Bethany Monday, June 11. Officers from the Bethany Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Timothy G. Squires, 23, and Rae Ann Murray, 22, both of Memphis. They were taken to the Harrison County Jail on a 20-hour investigative hold on suspicion of committing class A felony assault in the first degree.

June 21, 2001

Scotland County will have a strong voice in future agricultural policy in the state of Missouri. Two local residents were named to the recently formed agricultural task force that is expected to provide key input on Missouri's farm policies to be shaped by the state government. John Eggleston and Brent Rockhold were among the 38 members named by Missouri Governor Bob Holden to serve on the newly formed committee.

June 28, 2001

A June real estate deal will help the Scotland County R-I School District meet special education and will allow the project to be fully paid for by federal funds. The board approved a lease agreement for the district to rent the metal building owned by Otho and Dorva Harbur, which is located just across the street from the North Elementary School. The building will house a Lifetime Learning Center for students of the district that require federally mandated special education programming.

July 5, 2001

The Highway 136 Corridor East group is under new leadership. The local trans-portation lobby group elected new officers at its last meeting. Cathy Middleton of Downing was elected chairperson. John Johnson of Memphis will serve as vice-chairman. Ann Marie Kuchinski will be the secretary and Rick Gregory will continue to serve as treasurer.

July 12, 2001

Two new city ordinances took effect July 5th following the final reading by the Board of Alderman at the July Memphis City Council meeting. Bill 2-01 deleted section 387.030 regarding safety equipment requirements for roller blading and skate boarding. The new ordinance repealed the requirements that a helmet, knee and elbow pads be worn by individuals participating in the outdoor sports on city property. Bill 3-01 amended section 340.120 of the municipal code which regulates the riding of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) within city limits. The new ordinance added a subsection to 340.120 pertaining to exemptions from the prohibition against ATV use in the city.

July 19, 2001

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.

July 26, 2001

The Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District was set to break the 50,000-tire mark when the organization opened its fourth round of waste tire collection sites across the region. The organization had collected 46,906 waste tires in Scotland, Schuyler, Clark, Knox, Lewis and Adair counties since 1997. In conjunction with the Scotland County Commission, the NEMO SWMD held a collection in Scotland County on August 2 and 3 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds.

Special Legislative Session to Remedy Issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities

by Rep. Craig Redmon

This week the House of Representatives is in Jefferson City, answering Governor Greitens’ call for a special session in response to some troubling events of the past few months. In April, a federal judge struck down years of regulations put in place to ensure abortion clinics met a certain standard of health requirements in order to operate in Missouri. In combination with the Abortion Sanctuary City ordinance in St. Louis, it is clear that pro-life Missourians and pregnancy care centers are under attack by abortion advocates from across the state and nation.

In the face of these attacks on pro-life Missourians, Governor Greitens has called a second extraordinary session this summer so we, the General Assembly, can send legislation to his desk to curtail these efforts to undermine our state’s healthcare regulations and to protect the lives of the innocent unborn.

The timing of the judge’s ruling in late April, more than a month after the deadline for new bill submissions, makes this topic wholly worthy of a special session, due to the timing making a full response during the regular session impossible. This session also gives the legislature the opportunity to remedy the issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities. The Missouri Constitution explicitly gives Governor Greitens the ability to call special sessions of the General Assembly for extraordinary topics. The wiping of abortion regulations and allowing abortion clinics that were closed after failing to meet minimum health and safety standards to resume operation is one such extraordinary topic that requires action.

I am proud to support the health of women. I am proud to stand with the Governor. I am proud to be pro-life.

Last week the Senate passed a bill that would nullify the Sanctuary City ordinance, allow Missouri’s attorney general to prosecute violations of abortion laws, and require annual inspections of abortion clinics. In addition, it creates a set of guidelines requiring certain standards to be met for an abortion clinic to operate. Now the bill moves to the House of Representatives. I was elected as a pro-life legislator to advocate on the side of life, and it is my desire to work with my fellow Representatives to strengthen and pass this legislation in a way to protect Missouri families.

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Several Routes in Scotland County

HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will perform culvert work the below routes in Scotland County.

Work will be done on Route M on June 27, with the road temporarily closed just north of Scotland County Route W for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Scotland County Route V will be temporarily closed between 1 mile of Scotland County Route M and 2 miles of Route M for a culvert replacement on June 28th The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Work will be done on Scotland County Route D on June 29, with the road temporarily closed between 3 miles of Missouri Route 15 and 3.1 miles of Route 50 for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Extension Expert Says Delayed Hay Harvest Calls for Testing

This year’s delayed hay harvest calls for hay testing.

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Anthony Ohmes says farmers benefit from routine hay testing.

Hay quality varies based on forage species, maturity, management, harvest conditions, and insect or disease damage. Guessing the quality of hay fed to livestock could result in lower profits, Ohmes says. Knowing the hay’s nutrient value can help livestock owners decide if animals need supplements.

Ohmes suggests that farmers sample each lot separately. A lot comes from the same field and forage makeup, and is grown and harvested under the same environmental conditions. “Every field and cutting will be different,” Ohmes says.

Use a 12- to 24-inch hay probe, he says. It should be 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch in diameter. Do not grab or hand pull samples. Samples collected that way do not provide uniform results and could lead to misleading values.

Sample multiple bales out of a hay lot. The lot should represent at least 10 percent, or at least 15 random bales.

The sampling method varies for each bale type. On large round bales, take samples on the curved side of the bale and remove the outer layer if moldy. Avoid sampling from the outside of the bale. On large square bales, take samples at a 45-degree angle on the side of the bale or 90-degree angle on the end of the bale. Sample small square bales through the center and end.

Keep each lot separate, Ohmes says. Mix samples in a bucket and fill a quart  plastic bag. Samples perish quickly, so send them to the lab on the same day as the sampling. If this is not possible, keep samples away from direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place until sending. Freeze high-moisture samples (above 15 percent) such as baleage or silage if they cannot be sent right away.

Mark the sample by date, cutting, location and owner before shipping.

Some MU Extension centers lend probes at no cost. Find information on hay sampling at crops.missouri.edu/forage.

Hay tests cost about $20 each at certified labs throughout the state. You can find information on how to read results at extension.missouri.edu/aginfocus/forage-testing.aspx.

Rural Hospital are a Lifeline

by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves

Rural hospitals are a literal lifeline for tens of millions of people across this country. In communities that don’t have enough primary care doctors or health facilities, rural hospitals provide a critical, lifesaving service that otherwise would not be here for us.

Unfortunately, about 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. What’s worse, one third of all rural hospitals in the U.S. could close in the next few years. That’s 12 million Americans at risk of losing access to the closest emergency room. A devastating number, and something we can’t allow to continue in rural America.

Cuts to hospital payments have worsened the problem, and as populations decrease in rural communities, so-called “medical desserts” are popping up across rural America. It leaves people living on farms or in small towns dangerously vulnerable to medical emergency – particularly older Americans.

This week, I am joining with my colleague from Iowa, Dave Loebsack, to introduce the Save Rural Hospitals Act. This bipartisan bill looks to reverse the trend of rural hospital closures, in part by eliminating unrealistic federal regulations like the “96 hour rule,” which forces rural hospitals to move a patient within 96 hours in order to get reimbursed by Medicare.

The average rural hospital creates 195 jobs and generates $8.4 million in annual payroll. But more than that, these facilities make communities livable, ensuring a doctor isn’t far away when a medical emergency strikes.

This bill shines a light on the rural health crisis in Missouri and across the country. If we accept this reality – and neglect this much needed conversation – rural hospitals in Missouri will continue to close. This leaves thousands without access to health care, putting lives in jeopardy and affecting every family in Middle America. That’s simply not acceptable.

City Looking to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

Memphis residents are being reminded to monitor posted speed limits. Photo by Maddy Zahn.

With an increasing number of citizens voicing complaints regarding traffic concerns, the Memphis City Council recently agreed to move forward with an increased police presence while also encouraging a lower tolerance level for infractions.

Complaints have centered around speeding, stop sign adherence and non-traditional vehicle usage such as ATVs and golf carts.

“The City of Memphis has not written a lot of traffic tickets, but unfortunately that appears like it is going to have to change,” said Alderman Chris Feeney. “This isn’t about revenue, or being punitive, it is about public safety.”

Police Chief Bill Holland indicated officers have tried to use warnings and have allowed some leeway when dealing with speed enforcement.

Under the new council directive, that tolerance level will be reduced.

“In the past, we may have just flashed our lights at you, or offered a warning when a car was going a little too fast,” said Holland. “Now those cars going 30 in a 20 will likely be looking at a ticket.”

Holland stated the enforcement efforts have been ongoing, with officers performing additional traffic patrols. In an effort to enhance those efforts, a part-time officer has been added to the police force. Justin Allen from Clark County will be joining the MPD, and Holland indicated his initial responsibilities will focus on traffic control. The department has been shorthanded with the departure of officer Jason Ketchum, and Holland said efforts will continue to replace that full-time officer as well.

The council also has discussed the possibility of adding a radar camera system that could be deployed by the department in trouble areas to help deter speeding and produce data on traffic volume and speed habits of motorists.

“We are not turning a deaf ear to citizen complaints,” said Holland. “When we become aware of trouble spots, we increase our presence there, but it takes being in the right spot at exactly the right time to catch the people responsible for the complaints.”

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within the city limits is 25 mph. ATV’s, golf carts or utility vehicles are allowed on public streets only by special permit, available at city hall. They may only be driven by licensed drivers and are not to exceed 30 mph regardless if the posted speed limit is higher.

Holland noted that enforcement efforts are difficult with a small force, that typically only has one officer on duty, adding that police presence performing traffic patrol normally turns into a simple deterrent rather quickly as motorists become aware of the law enforcement presence and temporarily reduce speeds or choose alternate routes.

While automated traffic controls such as radar cameras and stop sign video surveillance are not particularly popular with the public, the city council expressed a willingness to at least consider such measures.

“I’m certain I have exceeded a posted speed limit at some time or other,” said Alderman Feeney. “In doing so I could be putting the public safety at risk. So I have a choice, I can either slow down and monitor my speed better, or I can risk paying a ticket.”

The council is hoping the community chooses the first option, but is anticipating it will take more of the later for the initiative to hit home and start to sink in for motorists.

Area Students Named to MU Dean’s List

Several area students were named to the University of Missouri spring semester 2017 dean’s list.

Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis has been named to honor roll. Howard is a senior student.

Samantha Rachel Tobler, a senior, was named to the 2017 dean’s list for the spring semester.

Jaclyn Wiggins, a junior student in the arts and science school, was named to the honor roll as well.

More Than $988 Million in Unclaimed Property Waiting to be Returned  Statewide

JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on June 15th announced the start of an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers. Starting June 16, the names of more than 145,000 individuals, families, small businesses, and non-profits with Unclaimed Property will be printed in more than 100 publications across the state.

“Our team works hard every single day to financially empower Missourians by returning the money they are rightfully owed,” Schmitt said. “One in ten Missourians have Unclaimed Property, and this public awareness initiative is one of the many creative ways we work to get abandoned money back to its rightful owners. I encourage all Missourians to visit ShowMeMoney.com to see if they or someone they know has money waiting to be claimed free of charge.”

Missouri law requires these notices be published annually in order to list the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the State Treasurer’s Office in the past year.

Individuals, families, small businesses, and others can check to see if they have Unclaimed Property on ShowMeMoney.com. They can also sign up for email notifications when new assets come in matching their information and send notifications to family and friends to let them know about money being held in their name.

Treasurer Schmitt has returned more than $13.5 million to over 50,000 account holders since taking office in January. The average Unclaimed Property return is around $300.

Fireworks Season Will Run June 20th – July 10th in City of Memphis

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Memphis Police Department is reminding city residents of ordinances related to the discharge of fireworks in city limits.

Fireworks may be discharged from June 20 – July 10th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. That coincides with the permitted sales period.

Fireworks are prohibited on public property, including parks and the municipal lakes. It is unlawful for any person to discharge any fireworks within the city limits of Memphis, except upon their own property or upon property whose owner has given his/her consent. It is also illegal to recklessly discharge fireworks in such a manner that the explosion of the same will be likely to endanger or cause injury or damage to any person or property within the city limits of Memphis.

Any person violating any of the provisions of the city’s fireworks ordinance shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment in the City or County Jail not exceeding ninety 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, that in any case wherein the penalty for an offense is fixed by a Statute of the State, the statutory penalty, and no other, shall be imposed for such offense.

Memphis Man Facing Charges Following Motorcycle Crash

A Memphis man is facing numerous charges following a motorcycle crash on Route MM Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on June 13th, a half mile south of the Highway 136  intersection, just south of Memphis.

Russell B Matthew, 34, was southbound on Route MM on a 1993 Suzuki 500 motorcycle when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Matthew sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was transported via patrol car to Scotland County Hospital.

Matthew was ticketed for driving while intoxicated, no valid license, leaving the scene of an accident, child endangerment, failure to wear approved headgear and failure to drive on right half of the roadway.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Memphis Police Department and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Large Hail Storm Pounds Scotland County

Chrissy Myers put the hail to the ruler test, topping out at two inches in diameter.

Some brief power outages and several downed tree limbs  were all that law enforcement had to report following Saturday’s severe weather that hit northeast Missouri, but the real damage reports started rolling in Monday at local insurance offices.

The National Weather Service reported “Severe thunderstorms tracked across eastern Iowa, northeast Missouri, and north central Illinois Saturday afternoon and evening. Large hail, torrential rain, and damaging winds up to 65 mph were reported.  Very large hail fell in Muscatine, IA and Antioch, MO, where golf ball and baseball size hail was reported respectively.”

The heavy rains and high winds did minimal damage in Scotland County, but hail ranging in size from golf ball to as big as baseballs, was reported, leading to hundreds of claims for hail damage to vehicles, homes and businesses.

Local insurance agents and auto body repair specialists indicated it is too early to offer a  solid estimate for storm damages, but several speculated that with anywhere from 300 to 500 damaged vehicles and a smaller number of hail damaged homes and businesses, the total could easily eclipse $1 million.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the frozen precipitation hit the City of Memphis. Trained storm spotters reported hail up to two-inches in diameter, with reports and photos of larger bundles of ice making their rounds via social media.

Kris Lister collected this assortment of hail stones at his Memphis residence on Mi-Lor Street.

The storm continued east, with similar damage reports out of Kahoka and Clark County around 7:45 p.m.

More than 2 inches of rain was reported during the storm, with the hail dissipating as the storm left Missouri, but still resulting in significant rainfall in southeast Iowa and eastern Illinois.

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