January 3, 2002

2001 Will Be A Year To Remember Thanks To September 11th (Year in Review Part 2)

August 2, 2001

Representatives of Missouri's rural hospitals traveled to Washington, D.C. in July to urge Congress to support legislation that would help these facilities respond to a growing shortage of nurses and other health practitioners. Scotland County Memorial Hospital administrator Marcia Dial and administrative assistant Brenda Prather were among the local health care officials to make the trip.

August 9, 2001

A lot of people walk around the Scotland County square every day of the week, but it took a special group of volunteers to join together August 3-4 to circle the square more than 5,700 times during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The walkers raised more than $14,000 for the charity in the process.

August 16, 2001

After several months in the planning and production stage, www.memphisdemocrat.com has finally gone online effective August 13. The Internet newspaper is being made available through a joint effort of the newspaper staff and the folks at Skyhouse Consulting, an Internet-based web site designer located in the Dancing Rabbit community near Rutledge.

August 23, 2001

Scotland County was among three northeast Missouri counties to receive funding for bridge repair through the Community Development Block Grant program. The awards were announced August 17 by Governor Bob Holden as part of a $2.5 million CDBG package for rural communities. Scotland County will receive $273,800 to pay for the replacement of 10 bridges in the county.

August 30, 2001

It took just over three months, but a pair of college students made it on foot from Point Reyes California near San Francisco to Memphis. However the long trek is only half complete as the duo, part of a four-man team plans to complete a walk across America. Joe McCarty and Michael Charbonneau stopped in Memphis for a day and a half to "refuel their batteries" before pressing on with the trip. The group is making the walk as an effort to raise awareness for the issue of sexual abuse.

September 6, 2001

Not only does the Scotland County R-I School District have the fourth lowest tax levy among the 66-similar sized districts in the state, but now the district has an even lower levy rate following the August 31 SCR-I School Board meeting. Following the annual tax levy rate hearing prior to the board of education meeting, the board voted 6-0 to set the 2001-2002 levy rate at $3.0083 per $100 of assessed valuation. That is a reduction of more than five cents from the last year's rate of $3.06.

September 13, 2001

Mounting an audacious attack against the United States, terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers Tuesday morning, September 11. A jetliner also slammed into the Pentagon as the seat of government itself came under attack. Hundreds were apparently killed aboard the jets, and untold numbers were feared dead in the rubble. Thousands were injured in New York alone. A fourth jetliner, also apparently hijacked, crashed in Pennsylvania.

September 20, 2001

The political subdivisions of Scotland County are getting a facelift. Following the 2000 Census results which revealed a large disparity in population numbers between the existing east and west districts, the county is considering replacing the old system with a more geographical distribution that would also create a more balanced population base for both regions.

September 27, 2001

The newest and largest health clinic in the United States Army will bear the name of a former Memphis resident who died in the line of duty during the Vietnam War in 1970. The Charles Thomas Moore Health Clinic is tentatively scheduled for dedication February 14, 2002 in Fort Hood, TX. Moore served as a medic in the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army. He was killed in the line of duty on January 5, 1970 near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam at the age of 21.

The outpouring of support from the Scotland County community continued last week for the survivors and the victims of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast September 11. Students at the Scotland County R-I School District combined to raise more than $1,100 for the American Red Cross. The Scotland County Fire Department raised more than $6,600 in donations at a soup dinner fundraiser for the New York City firemen and their families on September 22.

October 4, 2001

The fears of school violence and the concerns generated by the recent national tragedies boiled over at the Scotland County R-I School system October 2 when a bomb threat was received at the school. A handwritten note addressed to the school administration threatening that bombs had been placed in both school buildings was located in a high school classroom by a teacher. A 15-year old suspect was taken into custody at the scene. An extensive search of both buildings found no bombs.

October 11, 2001

After preliminary reports calling for price increases of as much as 32-percent, the Memphis City Council voted 4-0 during the October 4 meeting to approve ordinance 9-01 that will raise electric rates by just eight percent.

October 18, 2001

Several area witnesses painted a problematic picture regarding the future of the nursing home industry for members of the House Select Committee on Nursing Home Care, which met at the Memphis Theatre October 15. Representatives from several local care centers spoke to the 10-panel committee chaired by First District State Representative Sam Berkowitz. They discussed several troubling issues including declining revenue, deficit Medicaid reimbursement, shrink-ing labor force and growing governmental regulations.

October 25, 2001

His legacy lives on. For the people that knew the late First District State Representative Jim Sears, there could be no better way to honor the former teacher than by naming his educational dream in his memory. The Jim Sears Northeast Technical Center was officially dedicated October 20 in a special celebration that drew a large crowd to the technical school campus in Edina.

The community was dealt a difficult blow October 21, when 18-year-old Jason Rockhold of Arbela was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 136.

November 1, 2001

The Memphis Police Department investigated an early morning break in at the Raytec manufacturing plant on Highway 136 in Memphis that occurred October 15. The robber(s) cut phone lines to the building as well as other power lines inside the warehouse and on the plant's forklift before loading 10 12' by 16' aluminum rolls and removing them from the site. An estimated $10,000 value was placed on the stolen property. A similar burglary occurred at the plant in 1997.

November 8, 2001

Nearly 100 area emergency service personnel spent more than 10 hours Saturday, November 3 searching northern Scotland County for a possible injured hunter. At 10:30 a.m. a group of hunters contacted the Scotland County Sheriff's Department and reported that they had overheard radio traffic on a family service radio from a hunter that stated he had fallen and was injured. The search was called off at 9:30 p.m. No hunter was located in the 11-hour search.

November 15, 2001

More than eight hours of contract discussions evaporated in a split second as former track promoter Ron Anderson walked away from the negotiation table at the November 12 meeting of the Scotland County Fair Board. The move left the fair board scrambling in an effort to secure the services of a track promoter for next season.

November 22, 2001

The Scotland County Fire Department responded to a pair of calls over the November 17th weekend. A combine fire was reported on property owned by Speers Farms located northwest of Memphis at approximately 12:10 p.m. November 17. The second fire call came in at 10:30 p.m. November 17. The department responded to a brush fire at the Richard L. Briggs residence southwest of Memphis.

November 29, 2001

A Memphis man escaped serious injury after the tractor-trailer he was driving went off a bridge in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. November 23 in Scotland County. Ken Hull, 30, suffered moderate injuries when the 1995 GMC semi tractor trailer he was driving southbound on Highway 15 smashed through the barrier on the northbound traffic lane of the bridge over the South Wyaconda and plunged downward approximately 30 feet before smashing into the south creek bank.

December 6, 2001

Local farmers may have felt they had a strong voice in state agriculture legislation with the late Rep. Gary Wiggins heading the House Ag Committee, but now they have a direct link to farm policy. Speaker of the House Jim Kreider, D-Nixa, named veteran lawmaker Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, as the next head of the prominent House Agriculture Committee.

December 13, 2001

Betty L. Harris, 80, of Kahoka was killed in a head-on collision with a semi tractor trailer on Highway 136 seven miles east of Memphis at the section of the road often referred to as "Blind Man's Corner" at 10:40 a.m. December 11.

December 20, 2001

The 2001 Memphis Community Choir performed in front of a packed house at the United Methodist Church December 16 with the presentation of "Come to the Manger", the group's annual Christmas program.

December 27, 2001

The Scotland County Fair Board insured races at the Scotland County Speedway for another year by signing a one-year lease agreement with Lee County Speedway Promoter Terry Hoenig to hold Saturday night races in Memphis this summer.

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school teacher (Lois Quenneville), William Downing (Joe Fulk, who also provided the welcome), Dr. A. M. Keethler (Harlo Donelson), Ella Ewing (Teresa Cotton), the Depot ticket master (Tom Cotton), Tom Horn (Jeff Dyer), a Civil War soldier (Chris Kempke), a barber (Larry Riney), Granny Green (Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick), and a blacksmith (Frank Wineinger).  Tour guides for the evening included Lynette Dyer, Rhonda McBee, Leslie Clark, Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, Janet Hamilton, Brooke Wineinger, Angie Wentworth, Elle Wentworth, Melissa Miler, Gary Miller, Angela Westhoff, Scott Westhoff, and Jan Slayton.  Box office volunteers were Debbie Seamster, Ruth Ann Cairn and Pam Shalley.  Sheila Berkowitz made the flyers, tickets and videotaped the event.  Pam Shalley served as photographer.  Elaine Forrester provided refreshments including cookies, punch and wassail and Alisa Kigar’s 4-H group donated some of the cookies.







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

The Scotland County Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating National Pharmacy Week, October 16 –  22.  Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and other healthcare settings.  During Pharmacy Week, Scotland County Hospital celebrates and recognizes the significant role that our Hospital Pharmacy plays as a member of the healthcare team.

The Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is staffed by Matt McKee RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Jennifer Laws BSPS, Supervisor of the Pharmacy Department and Danielle Waterman CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician.  No matter the time of day or night, our physicians can write an order for a medication for our in-patients and the medication will be administered promptly after interactions have been checked, thanks to the staff in the Pharmacy Department and their cooperation with the physicians and nurses at Scotland County Hospital as well as the staff of Scotland County Pharmacy and Blessing Hospital pharmacists.

Many patients and their families are not aware that the Hospital’s pharmacy staff play a critical role in preventing medication errors, collaborating with other disciplines to optimally manage patients medication needs, improving safety and patient outcomes, and advising prescribers on the best drug choices, all while maintaining the proper inventory to meet the needs of the patients.

Although medicine can make you well, it can also harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications that aid you in your comfort and recovery.

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


Racing action will return to the Scotland County Speedway this weekend for the annual Memphis Fall Nationals. The local track will host a two-day show October 21st and 22nd featuring modifieds, stock cars, sportmods, hobby stocks, sport compacts and late models.

With temps expected be in the high 60’s as highs and around 50 for the lows, the racing will continue this weekend at the Scotland County Speedway for the Fall Nationals,” said promoter Mike Van Genderen. “This show has been a huge tradition for many years and has become one of the favorite shows for many racers.”

Curt Marks of Dubuque Moving and Storage has added to the late model purse, making it $1,000 to win, which should add to the field of fastest cars at the speedway.

The track will host open practice for all classes from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 p.m. for Saturday’s show.

With modifieds, sportsmods, stock cars and now late models all vying or a $1,000 top prize, the track is expecting a large car count as the 2016 racing season winds down across the Midwest.

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at www.speedshiftTV.com.

Cayden Carter captured victories on both nights of the Memphis Bottom Heavy Nationals held at the start of the month at SCS with his 10C modified. The Oskaloosa driver will be looking to keep his streak alive.

Tommy Elston was the winner in the late models while Jason Cook and Jeff Mueller staged a battle in the stock cars, splitting the wins.

More than two dozen sportmods participated in the Bottom Heavy Nationals, with the stock cars and modifieds also more than 20 racers, numbers the Fall Nationals should duplicate or exceed.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Pit passes will be $30 nightly or $55 for the two-day show.

For more info contact Mike Van Genderen at 6441-521-0330.

Missouri Department of Insurance Offers Free Assistance To Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment 

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging Missourians eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help Missouri consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans.

“Plans and prices can change from year to year and what you had last year may not be what is right for you this year,” said John Huff, director of the Insurance Department. “Contacting a CLAIM counselor could result in better coverage, more savings or both.”

Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org. The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri during open enrollment.

CLAIM can also assist consumers, who have limited income, determine if they qualify for programs to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department’s seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

With Halloween less than two weeks away, local organizations are preparing activities for area trick-or-treaters.  On Thursday, October 27th, the Scotland County Care Center is hosting their first annual Haunted House.  The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.  The Haunted House will be located at the front entrance/activity room of the Care Center.  Everyone is invited.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting their annual Safe Stops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Children may visit Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce members for Trick-or-Treating.

You will see a bright orange flyer at participating businesses which have treats for the costumed little ones.  Crossing guards will also be posted at each corner of the Memphis Square where most of the members will be set up.

There are several MACC members who do not have a store front on or near the square, but do have treats at their business locations on Highway 136 and Highway 15.  Names of the participating MACC businesses will be published in the Memphis Democrat.  Only those businesses with an orange flyer are officially recognized as a Safe Stop.  A parent or adult should accompany the children.

As a reminder, Harlo Donelson is offering a Halloween Candy Buy Back.  The dental office will pay $4.00 per pound for your goodies, $3.00 he will give to you and $1.00 will be donated to the reading program at the elementary school.

Along with the candy and costumes comes the need for added caution as youngsters venture out onto the streets to trick-or-treat.  Drivers are asked to be extra safe this weekend.  Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those times.

Children should be reminded to walk with an adult, remain on well-lit streets, if sidewalks aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic, and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons.

The new commitments were signed at a ceremony held in Des Moines and attended by seven of the top Chinese buyers of U.S. soy, Chinese commerce officials, top Iowa state officials and representatives from the U.S. soy industry. The signing ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were in attendance.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talked about the trust, honor and respect that have helped foster the long relationship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. soybean farmers, sharing a photograph that shows the Chinese leader’s first visit to Iowa in 1985. “It’s pretty neat to have the president of China call you an ‘old friend,’” he stated.

This year, U.S. soybean farmers are projected to export a record amount of soy and soy products, up from 62.88 million metric tons of soy and soy products, valued at $27.7 billion, in 2015. International buyers are turning to U.S. soy for a variety of reasons, including its quality, sustainability and reliability, to name a few.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) president Brian Zhenhu spoke about the trade collaboration between the U.S. and China. “This signing ceremony is just one manifestation of our cooperation,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by the U.S. soy industry. “We were honored to be joined by a group of Chinese provincial officials and crush company representatives, who traveled 7,000 miles to meet with U.S. exporters to sign 16 purchasing agreements,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, American Soy Association (ASA) director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “These agreements are an example fo the strong partnerships between the U.S. soy value chain and the international buyers who purchase our crop.”

The U.S. Soybean Export Council connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or LHumphreys@ussec.org

RICHARD W. BILLINGS (8/23/1946 – 10/17/2016)


Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.

Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School.   He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.

He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville.   She survives.

Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk.  He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.

Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby.   He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs.   He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out.   Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; stepchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step-great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family by signing the online guest book at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



Proud parents Zach and Jessica McBee of Memphis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Leigh McBee on October 1, 2016 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Payton weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Rhonda McBee of Memphis, Valerie Bair and Patrick Hines of Memphis, and Doug Bair of Kansas City. Payton is the McBee’s first child.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 20 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations. A nurse will be available at the Scotland County Nutrition site to do blood pressure checks.

Friday, October 21 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, October 25 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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