August 1, 2002

Pepsi Returnable Glass Bottles Are Going Once, Going Twice...

The modern world is slowly making the transition from a throw-away society into an environmentally conscious community which recycles. Unfortunately for the local Pepsi-Cola bottling company this transition may be too late for the popular glass returnable bottle line.

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company is one of only two distributors left in the United States that manufactures the popular soda pop in glass bottle containers. The family owned company is a large supplier of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Orange Crush, Dad's Root Beer and Bubble Up in both 10 and 16 ounce returnable glass bottles.

The problem is, fewer and fewer of these returnable glass bottles are actually being returned.

"Our sources for empty glass bottles are so scarce now that we aren't able to produce the returnable bottles like we need to in order to meet the demand for the products," said Pat Hudson, the Memphis plant manager. "The future of our returnable bottling line depends on the glass availability."

The declining numbers of bottles has resulted in a dramatic decline in production for the line. Currently the glass bottle line has declined 80 percent versus 10 years ago.

There are numerous theories for the declining availability of the bottles. Obviously some are lost due to the fragile nature of the glass, as bottles can be broken. More are taken out of circulation because of the nostalgic value placed on the glass bottles which are often considered collectors items or even antiques because of the declining availability. These bottles are permanently out of circulation.

However plant officials feel there likely are plenty of other bottles which simply are sitting around in basements, sheds or other out-of the-way places, collecting dust. The bottles either were ignored, forgotten or tossed out with the trash.

Compounding that problem are those bottles which leave the circulation area, being purchased by travelers, and then never returning to the region to make it back to the plant for reuse.

"We have a nice customer base using the 10 oz. returnable bottles," said company president Mike Johnson. "These folks love the nostalgic history of the bottles. But we really need everyone to bring in their bottles for redemption. Without the bottles, we can't continue their production."

The dilemma goes well beyond availability of your favorite Pepsi products in those glass bottles. The returnable bottling line currently is manned by 10 employees, whose jobs could be in jeopardy if the lack of bottles forced the stoppage of the manufacturing line.

Johnson stressed this would be the last option for the company, adding he hopes there are enough bottles out there to keep the line operational. He stated 35 percent of the production line's available time is used to fill glass bottles.

The bottle shortage could ultimately bring a halt to the historical production line that goes back to 1927 when J. Harold Johnson and his wife Muriel started the Memphis Bottling Works operation on South Market Street in Memphis. The bottling operation was granted a Pepsi-Cola franchise in 1936 but the company continued to make the trademark "Johnson Target Beverages" flavored soda pop.

Three generations of the Johnson family had led the company, which incorporated in 1956 and changed to the current name, Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.

One hundred percent of the company's original production used glass bottles for the first 40 plus years. Disposable aluminum cans came into play in the 1960s but were not utilized at the Memphis Plant. The next change came with the introduction of disposable plastic bottles in the late 1980s. Currently the Memphis facility is producing 10 and 16 oz. glass bottles, pre-mixed five-gallon tanks and the 20 oz. and 2 lt. Plastic bottles.

The availability of the glass bottle is in consumers' hands. Redeem your bottles now, because the continuation of the bottling line depends on it.

Cookie Bridges

Girl Scout Troop 9085 recently donated Girl Scout Cookies to the Scotland County Road & Bridge Department. Troop 9085 would like to thank the Department for all of the hard work that they do for Scotland County. Troop Leaders are Michelle VanGorkom and Pam Chance. Girl Scouts are Lena VanGorkom, Addy Chance, Brenan Douglas, Willow Jambazian, Makenna Musgrove, Lillian Hudson, Kinlie Frederick, Elle Wentworth, Elliot Myers, Reagan Brewer, Kenzie Miller, Kayleigh Mathes, and Kierstyn Moore. 

Career Day

SCR-I ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAREER DAY – Scotland County Elementary School held the annual Career Day, Monday, March 11th.  Presenters included: Jordan Fulk and Stacy Alexander (City of Memphis), Monty Mumford (Shelter Insurance), Andrew Duley and Nick Kratzer (MoDOT), Tacey Monroe (Scotland County Library), Erick Byrn and Nikki Long (SC Ambulance), Morgan Milligan (E911), Derek Weber (NEMO RPC), Leslie Lough (Art Teacher), Krista Holman and Lori Nelson (Memphis Medical), Ryan Bushnell and Allie Shetller (Tri-County Electric).  Thank you for  taking time out of your busy schedule to teach our students about your career!  You never know which life you will touch! 

3 on 3 Champs

The Memphis team of MaKenna Musgrove, Myah Holt, Hilary Hamm, and Elle Wentworth brought home the first place trophy from the recent 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at Canton.

2nd Grade Hoops

The Scotland County 2nd grade girls basketball team wrapped up their year with a 3rd place tie in the 3rd grade girls division at The Show Me State games. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Kenzie Miller, Ava Stott, Kayleigh Mathes, and Mya Stott. Middle row (L to R) are Elle Wentworth, Myah Holt, MaKenna Musgrove, Kierstyn Moore, and Hilary Hamm. Back row (L to R) are coaches Brad Holt, Cody Musgrove and Rob Hamm.

Kendal Anderson to Receive $10,000 Award as One of U.S. Cellular’s The Future Of Good 16 Under 16 Recipients

Kendal Anderson and her brother Brayden Anderson display the new lending library they built and installed at Legion Park in Memphis.

Through The Future of Good program, U.S. Cellular has selected 16 young humanitarians under 16 for the inspirational acts of good they do in their communities. Among those individuals is Kendal Anderson of Memphis, who created a Community Lending Library in Legion Park.

She is set to receive $10,000 from U.S. Cellular to further her cause. The celebration scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at Legion Park, will also feature remarks by Mayor William Reckenberg, who will issue a proclamation declaring it “Kendal Anderson Day” in the City of Memphis in honor of her work and national recognition.

Kendal was inspired to start the Community Lending Library to make the gift of reading more accessible within her hometown, and she worked with the city on the legislation required to build one in the city park. Available to everyone, the library’s rule is to take a book if you need one, and to leave one if you have extras. With the funding and wireless technology, Kendal will be expanding the library by adding new books and locations, and hopes to start sending e-books through her lending library so students without transportation to libraries can still access books.

U.S. Cellular’s 16 under 16 recipients were selected out of hundreds of nominations from across the country for their efforts to make an important impact on the community around them and connect to the good in all of us with the help of wireless technology.

Anderson’s Community Lending Library is located next to the parking lot on the north end of Legion Park which is at the corner of Clay and Sigler Streets in Memphis, MO 63555

Rep. Sharpe Assures Constituents Proposed HJR 55 to Merge Counties Will Not Happen

Will Knox County and Schuyler County really disappear and be swallowed up into Scotland County?

Not going to happen according to Fourth District State Representative Greg Sharpe, who serves the region.

News of House Joint Resolution 55 spread across northeast Missouri last week. The proposed amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of Missouri, called for 31 Missouri counties to be consolidated into 14 counties.

The proposal was introduced by State Representative Dana Mitten of St. Louis.

It reads as follows:

That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2020, or at a special election to be called by the governor for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:

Section A. Article VI, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding one new section, to be known as Section 3(a), to read as follows: Section 3(a). 1. On January 1, 2023, the thirty-one counties listed under subsection 4 of this Section shall consolidate into fourteen counties. Each new, consolidated county shall have the name of county in its grouping that had the largest population on January 1, 2021. 2. On January 1, 2021, the counties shall begin a two-year transition period to effectuate the consolidation. The person duly serving as chief executive of the grouping’s most populous county as of January 1, 2019, shall serve as the chief executive of all counties in the grouping until the general election of 2024, at which time the position shall be filled by an official duly elected by the voters of the consolidated county. Such chief executive may employ staff to assist him or her during the transition period so long as each county that is part of the consolidation is represented among the staff.

All persons duly serving as commissioners as of January 1, 2019, other than the chief executive of the most populous county in a grouping, shall serve until the November 2022 general election, at which time three commissioners shall be duly elected to serve the consolidated county. The commissioner who receives the most votes shall serve for six years; the commissioner who receives the second most votes shall serve four years; the commissioner who receives the third most votes shall serve two years; and, upon the end of each of these commissioner’s years of service, the office of a commissioner shall be a six year term and filled by a duly elected official.

4. Each county of the following groupings shall be consolidated with the other counties in its grouping to form one county: (1) Atchison County and Holt County; (2) Barton County and Dade County;(3) Caldwell County and Daviess County; (4) Carroll County and Chariton County;(5) Carter County, Reynolds County, and Shannon County;(6) Clark County and Lewis County; (7) Douglas County and Ozark County; (8) Gentry County, Nodaway County, and Worth County; (9) Harrison County and Mercer County; (10) Hickory County and Saint Clair County; (11) Knox County, Schuyler County, and Scotland County; (12) Maries County and Osage County;(13) Monroe County and Shelby County; and (14) Putnam County and Sullivan County.

“Many of my constituents have asked about HJR 55, a House Joint Resolution filed by Representative Gina Mitten,” said Sharpe. “You may not know it but there is a plan to merge the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. This effort is being pushed by Better Together, a group funded by billionaire Rex Sinquefield. The effort calls for a statewide vote to merge city and county governments.

“Representative Mitten filed HJR 55 in response to that effort. In a press release she said, ‘Basically, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.’ So basically she filed the resolution in jest. There is no need to concern yourselves, it will not come up for a vote.” 

Under the proposal, Scotland, Schuyler and Knox counties would have been consolidated into one county.

According to Census Date from 2018, Scotland County has a population of 4,883, compared to 4,450 in Schuyler County and 3,976 in Knox County. If those numbers held through January 1, 2021, the consolidated group would have been called Scotland County.  

Knox County Sheriff Reports Arrests in Two Cases

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reported arrests made in a pair of cases last week.

A Knox County couple was arrested on March 10th for burglary in the second degree and trespass in the first degree related to a break-in near Newark.

Donna and Roy Rudicil were charged with theft of a television that was later recovered at a pawn shop in West Quincy.

Bond has been set at $5,000 for each of the accused.

The sheriff ‘s office also reported the arrest of Aaron Coon of Novelty on a charge of domestic assault, following an incident at his residence.

Coon is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $10,000 cash only bond.

MDC Forecasts Challenging Spring Turkey Season

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 6-7. The regular spring season runs April 15 through May 5.

Although the good hatches of 2011, 2012, and 2014 helped bolster turkey numbers in much of Missouri from a low point during the late 2000s, poor production in recent years will have an adverse effect on the 2019 spring turkey season. 

“A great deal of what makes for a good spring turkey season depends on the hatch two years prior because it affects the number of two-year-old gobblers on the landscape,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said. “These young gobblers are not associated with hens as often as older, dominate birds and are more likely to respond to hunters’ calls.”

Unfortunately, poor production throughout the state during 2017 will result in fewer two-year-old gobblers during this year’s spring hunting season. Isabelle added that poor production in 2016 and last year will also contribute to this year’s challenging conditions.

“We’ve had three years of very poor production,” said Isabelle. “When that happens, you’re going to see the effects on turkey harvest for several years until production and turkey numbers rebound.”

Considering the prospects for the 2019 spring season, hunters should be prepared to put in a bit more effort to be successful this year.

“When turkey numbers are down, it becomes even more important to do your homework,” said Isabelle. “Hunters should get out to their hunting areas as much as possible before the season to listen for birds gobbling at daybreak.”

Isabelle noted that it gives hunters an advantage to know where turkeys are spending most of their time after they fly down.

“Using binoculars to spot turkeys feeding in open areas or looking for signs of where turkeys have been feeding in the timber can help hunters be in the right area when the hunting season gets here,” he said.

Although the prospects for this year’s spring season aren’t encouraging, this isn’t the first time poor turkey production has reduced turkey numbers in Missouri. After reaching a population peak in the early-to-mid 2000s, Missouri’s turkey population experienced four years of poor production from 2007–2010, causing the population to decline. However, Isabelle noted that turkey numbers rebounded following several years of improved production.

“In much of the state, production rebounded in 2011, 2012, and 2014,” said Isabelle. “As a result, turkey numbers increased, and hunters generally had better hunting seasons in the years that followed. The variability of turkey production can result in wide fluctuations in turkey numbers.”

Get detailed information on spring turkey hunting from MDC’s 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available from MDC offices and nature centers, other places where permits are sold, and online at

For more information about spring turkey hunting, visit MDC’s website at

Isabelle stressed that hunters can easily avoid the main cause of turkey-hunting incidents —mistaking or being mistaken by another hunter for wild game.

“Each year, most turkey hunting incidents typically involve hunters who fail to positively identify their targets,” said Isabelle. “Unless you are absolutely certain that what you’re looking at is a wild turkey, remember that any movement you see or any sounds you hear while you’re hunting could be another hunter.”

He also advised hunters to wear some hunter-orange clothing when moving through the woods or fields, particularly when hunting public land.

“Bringing along an orange hat is an easy way to stay safe”, said Isabelle. “Wear it when you’re moving and switch it for your camouflaged hat when you sit down to work a bird.”

Isabelle also noted that many turkey hunting incidents involve members of the same hunting party.

“If you’re hunting with someone else and you split up, be certain you know where your hunting partner will be at all times,” he advised.

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Routes in Scotland County

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing the following work route in Scotland County. Please see the dates and locations below.

Scotland County Route N will be closed from Scotland County Route H to CRD 712 for culvert work on March 25th. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

Scotland County Route U will be closed from Scotland County Route A to CRD 113 for culvert work on March 27th. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions.

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

Board of Education Approves Purchase of Four New 2020 School Buses

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  President Christy Aylward called the meeting to order with seven members present.          

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the agenda. 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda: February 14th, 2019 regular meeting minutes; Approve Procedural Evaluations – School Facilities and Grounds; District Safety Program; Gifted Program; District Technology Program; and Media Centers/Libraries; Approve Updated Sub List; Approve Overnight Requests as follows: FCCLA, FBLA, Girls Varsity Basketball trip in June; Approve Extended Holiday

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported, year to date, the district is on target for local, state, and federal revenues. 

“We have received 80% of our budgeted revenue and spent 61% of our budgeted expenditures,” he reported.

Thus far, the district’s total revenues are $5,280,373.55 and current expenditures are $4,186,225.78, creating a current surplus of $1,094,147.77 for the fiscal year. 

“The current fiscal year surplus is mostly due to receiving our local taxes in January,” said Bergeson.  “This surplus will begin to offset as we progress towards the end of the fiscal year in the month of June.  We will continue to monitor the legislative session and its effect on state funding.”

Bus Bids

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Midwest Transit Equipment for four 2020 International buses at $303,769.00, purchasing the 71 passenger bus in 2020 and leasing the remaining three buses with a 3-year lease from Bank of Kirksville.

Insurance Rates

The board voted 7-0 to approve the 13.5% increase for insurance benefits through the Educators Benefits Association and to offer three options for the employees to choose from.

Track Bids

The Board moved to advertise for All Weather Track Bids.

Summer School

The board voted 7-0 to approve the district summer school proposal.  Summer school will offer credit recovery, math and reading enrichment.  High school credit recovery will run for a total of ten days and elementary summer school will run for a total of fourteen days during the summer of 2019.  Summer school will tentatively begin May 28 and conclude on June 14.

April Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to schedule the April Board Meeting for Thursday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Executive Session

In Executive session the board voted to approve the following:

February 14, 2019 closed session minutes

Hire Jeremy Austin as 7-12 Physical Education Teacher

Hire Jeremy Austin as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Hire Logan Doty as Junior High Social Studies Teacher

Hire non-tenured teachers – Allison Amidei, Chasity Black, Rachel Burke, Troy Carper, Amber Cochenour,  Megan Creek, Melissa Hamm, Scott Hathaway, Jennifer Kauth, Victoria Kiger, Jayme Mallett, Jessica McBee, Kody McCluskey, Michael Moore, Emilee Morton, Chanel Oliver, Nathaniel Orr, Rod Sears, Cali Smith, Sandra Swearingen, Trenton Tallman, and Jenna Ward.

Hired Jessica McBee (Rhonda McBee was absent)

Hired the following half time Title I Math Teacher: Lynnette Dyer 7-0

The board voted 7-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

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