November 14, 2002

Ordinance Establishes New Rules For Memphis Cemetery

After several months of discussion the Memphis City Council voted to enact a new ordinance governing the city cemetery during the council's November 7 meeting.

Bill No. 02-5 Cemetery Rule and Regulations, outlines the rules governing the cemetery. The ordinance states that upon full payment to the city for the grave space, the owner will receive a cemetery deed. The ordinance states "The deed vests in the owner an interment right to bury a deceased human body only." That had been a question posed to the council earlier this year.

The ordinance also states that if any tree, shrub or plant standing on or adjacent to any cemetery lot becomes detrimental to any adjacent cemetery lot, road, walkway, feature, improvement or fixture, the City Council may (but is not required to) remove such obstacle to remedy the problem.

The law also addressed mowing and maintenance issues at the cemetery. The ordinance states the cemetery may remove and dispose of any and all decorations "at such time as the cemetery maintenance contractor deems necessary in order to mow or otherwise maintain the cemetery."

Each warranty deed issued by the City of Memphis Cemetery Corporation shall contain restrictions giving the City of Memphis exclusive control and management of the cemetery and all improvements within. No person shall be permitted to place upon or remove from any lot or grave space any improvements of any description whatsoever, including trees, flowers, shrubbery, etc., without the consent of the Memphis Board of Aldermen.

The deed also notes that no concrete, masonry, rock or other type of urns will be permitted on any lot and that no burial will be permitted unless in at least an approved concrete box, vault or mausoleum.

Election Notice

Filing for city offices will open on Christmas Eve for the April 7, 2003 municipal election in Memphis.

The council approved an official notice of election at the November meeting. One alderman for the east ward and one alderman for the west ward will be elected along with the city tax collector. The terms of Aldermen Ronnie Gardner and Patty Simerl will conclude following the election. Michele Drummond is currently serving as city tax collector.

Candidates interested in filling any of these positions may begin filing for the office December 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Memphis City Hall. The filing period will remain open, during regular business hours, until January 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Resignation

Police Chief Steve Snodgrass informed the council that officer Mike Steeples had submitted a letter of resignation from the force effective December 1.

Citizen Participation

Memphis residents Alan and Tammy Adams were present at the council meeting to request action be taken on a nuisance problem in their neighborhood. The couple told the council they have filed numerous complaints regarding a barking dog and also had signed a complaint with the police department.

Marshall Snodgrass asked the parties to contact him directly in the future. He indicated the PD would issue a nuisance ticket to the dog's owners and that he will also call the health department to visit the home as there are other nuisance and sanitation issues at the residence.

Surplus Property

The council received bids on two pieces of surplus property. Three sealed bids were received for the old road oil distributor truck. The City of Downing had the high bid of $2,250. David Kirkpatrick had placed a bid of $254.99 and Larry Remley offered $150.65.

Two bids were received for a poly storage tank. Remley placed a bid of $150.50 and Kirkpatrick submitted a bid of $106.59.

The council voted 3-0 to accept the high bid from the City of Downing for the oil distributor as well as Remley's high bid on the surplus tank.

City Hall Renovations

Superintendent Roy Monroe addressed the council regarding plans for renovating the exterior of the City Hall building. The city had received bids for nova brick at approximately $0.70 per piece.

Monroe recommended the council consider using regular brick and vinyl siding for the project. He stated brick would likely cost $0.30 to $0.50 per piece. He also noted that he was unsure if the front of the building would support the weight of the nova brick.

Department Reports

LIGHT - A recent test ran at the Memphis City Light Plant will significantly increase the purchase credits the city receives for its power generation capabilities. As a member of the MoPEP cooperative between other municipal power suppliers in the state, Memphis purchases power jointly with all MoPEP members to secure better buying power.

Previously the city was receiving credits based on a 6.7 megs rating. The recent test secured a 9.3 megs rating for the city power plant, meaning Memphis will earn approximately $30,000 more in the credits earned per kilowatt hour generated.

Superintendent Dave Kittle stated the line crew has been installing a new tin roof on the department's warehouse with the assistance of the road crew. The linemen also have completed installation of the city's holiday decorations.

STREET - Superintendent Monroe informed the council of a request from Sandra Swearingen for a children playing sign in front of her residence where she runs a day care. The speed limit is 20 mph and is posted near the home. The council instructed Monroe to discuss the issue with her.

Monroe stated concrete had been poured at HUD housing and the entrance was to be reopened to the public November 11, 2002.

The street superintendent also talked with the council regarding regulations that will likely force the city to adopt an emergency spill plan for areas on city property where storage tanks are maintained.

Tri-State Construction Equip-ment Co. offered a 2002 Hypac series three ton roller for purchase by the city. Monroe stated the roller had been leased to MoDOT last year for $10,000. The piece has accumulated 83 hours of service and was priced at $24,250, less a $2,500 trade in and would include a full warranty as well as zero percent financing. Monroe noted the city had rented a roller during the summer at the cost of $1,350 for one week. He quoted the price of a comparable roller, a model with 400 hours and five years older at $19,500. The council voted 3-0 to purchase the roller utilizing a 24-month financing package.

WATER - Superintendent Dennis Howard provided the council with copies of a video tape regarding a proposal for cleaning and repairing the interior of the city's water tower. Howard said divers go inside the tank and clean the inside by scrubbing and vacuuming the sediment in the bottom of the tank without increasing the turbidity. Howard said the estimated cost of the job is $3,000. The council agreed to review the video and asked Howard to discuss the project with the city engineer.

POLICE-Snodgrass presented two bids for a copy machine for his office. After reviewing the $900 bids the council asked Snodgrass to seek bids for a smaller, tabletop copier in the $200 - $300 range.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner presented a request for a special parking sign in front of Treasured Moments for elderly customers. The owner indicated the store's parking frontage is often taken by employees of area businesses leaving her elderly customers no place to park and preventing them from accessing the business. The council voted to place a handicapped parking sign in front of the store.

Skinner also presented information from the fire department regarding replacing the three overhead doors at the fire station. The department had already replaced one door, which had become inoperable. The council agreed the department should seek bids and have the other two doors replaced as well.

The alderman requested that Marshall Snodgrass speak with the property owners at the corner of Lincoln and Lover's Lane requesting they trim a tree which blocks the view for traffic to the east.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander presented the council with information from City Attorney John Slavin regarding a state statute change involving collection of delinquent taxes. County collector Kathy Becraft provided the city information that the rate for collecting delinquent accounts had increased from five percent to seven percent. Slavin recommended the city make a change to reflect the price increase, changing the contract with the county to reflect the seven percent charge. The council voted 3-0 to approve the contract change to seven percent for collecting delinquent accounts.

Alexander also presented information to the council regarding the Citizen Corps group, which organizes various community involvement activities such as neighborhood watch programs, and volunteers in police.

Executive Session

The council voted to end the four p.m. to midnight shift at the light plant effective immediately.

In other business the council agreed to advertise for openings with the police department.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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