December 12, 2002

Gun Club, City Council Still Seeking Resolution For Rifle Range

The Memphis Gun Club is willing to foot part of the bill to help get the city's rifle range and trap shooting facility reopened to the public. The site has been closed all season as the City of Memphis and the Missouri Conservation Department have tried to resolve liability issues for the shooting range located at Lake Show Me.

Gun club member Ted Gundy was present at the December meeting of the city council to present the proposal. Gundy suggested the facility purchase a $500,000 liability insurance plan through the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gundy said the NRA policy would cost roughly $830 per year. He indicated the gun club would be willing to pay half the fee if the city would pay the other half.

The council members discussed the issue and decided to review the previous lease agreement with the gun club as well as the status of the current lease agreement with the Conservation Department. In January the city's liability insurance discontinued coverage for the two sites at Lake Show Me. Since that time the city has been trying to reach an agreement with the Conservation Department to lease the two facilities to MDC, which would then be responsible for providing the liability coverage.

The issue will be revisited at the January city council meeting.

Fire Station

Memphis Fire Chief Mark Drummond was present at the council meeting to present a pair of bids for two new overhead doors for the fire station.

The department had replaced one door earlier this year after the old door broke and would not allow rapid access to the fire trucks.

Overhead Door Company of Ottumwa submitted a bid of $1,806.96 for the two doors, delivered and installed. Hopkins Lumber Company in conjunction with Overhead Door Company of Hannibal submitted a bid of $1,683.55 for similar doors delivered and installed.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the low bid from Hopkins Lumber Company.

Police Department Lease

The council reached an agreement to renew the lease with the Masonic Lodge for rental of the police station property.

A two-year lease agreement was signed on the building at the same rates ($1,050 paid semi-annually) as the previous lease agreement.

Water Meters

Bill No. 02-7 regarding the removal and care of water meters was presented for official reading at the meeting.

The new ordinance states any water meter will be removed at the time service is shut off unless the owner specifies that the meter is too remain. Property owners are responsible for protecting their meters against freezing and other damages and shall be liable for the current replacement cost of the meter if it is damaged.

Department Reports

Light Plant Superintendent Mike Ahland requested a surplus computer from his department be sold. The council agreed to advertise the computer for sale on the local access television channel. Sealed bids will be opened at the next regular council meeting in January.

The line crew has been trimming and cutting trees according to Superintendent Dave Kittle. He also noted that Curtis Mallett and Roger Tinkle had both passed their third year linemen test taken earlier that day.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported his crew had transferred the concrete from the HUD housing project to Lake Show Me where it will serve as rip-rap. The department also has performed vehicle and equipment maintenance and worked on the City Hall project.

The water department reported that Jim Curry has received his Class B license.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner relayed questions to the council as well as concerns from a local funeral home regarding the recent cemetery ordinance passed by the city.

Alderman Mike Stone commented on the city's animal control program. He also praised the community for its Christmas decorations and made a few comments about the possibility of skate park.

Aldermen Ron Gardner and Patty Simerl both praised the work done on the City Hall renovations.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander asked for council approval to re-appoint Vic Orf to the Memphis Housing Authority Board. He also requested approval of a resolution re-appointing himself to the Solid Waste Management Committee. The council voted 4-0 to approve both motions.

Executive Session

The council voted 4-0 to rehire cemetery maintenance contractor Joe Paul for 2003. The agreement included a $2,000 per year salary increase.

The council voted unanimously to take disciplinary action against employee Mike Becraft.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday August 8, 2019

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes with changes from August 8, 2019. Commissioner Wiggins seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioners audited and signed checks.

A purchase order was approved for envelopes to Stamp Fulfillment for County Clerk.

Aaron McVicker, McClure and Associates called with questions regarding RFQ for BNSF bridge.

Jeremy Hamlin, Hamlin Construction, came in and talked with the commission about the courtyard sidewalks that he is working on.

Commissioner Clatt made a motion at 11:58 a.m. to go in to Executive Session. Commissioner Ebeling seconded the motion. Commissioner Wiggins was absent. Motion carried 2-0.

At 12:18 p.m. a motion was made by Commissioner Clatt to exit executive session. Commissioner Ebeling seconded the motion. Motion approved 2-0.

Seeing no further business, Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:19 P.M.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from August 8, 2019 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The executive minutes from August 8, 2019 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the executive session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling.  Motion carried 2-0 with Commissioner Wiggins abstaining.

Jon Dwiggins, representative of Howe Company, presented the Commission with a proposal for their request for qualifications (RFQ) for consultant services on Project No. RRP-000S(581).

Shelley Small, Deputy Circuit Clerk, discussed the need for an exterminator at the courthouse with the Commissioners.

The Commission signed court orders 11-2019 through 14-2019.

The Commission approved a purchase order for Jim Ward, Assessor, to order pre-stamped envelopes.

The Commission approved invoice #0719503 and #1218891 to PSBA for engineering services on the Road and Bridge facility improvements.

Jamie Parker, on behalf of the Lil’ Memphis Blues Society, requested use of the courthouse lawn for a blues concert on September 22, 2019. The Commission granted permission.

Marlon Collins, Cedar County Presiding Commissioner, called to discuss the effects of SB 391 on local ordinance with the Commission.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, called the Commission to discuss current projects.

Aaron McVicker, engineer for McClure Engineering, presented the Commission with a proposal for their request for qualifications (RFQ) for consultant services on Project No. RRP-000S(581).

Matt Walker, engineer for PSBA, presented the Commission with a proposal for their request for qualifications (RFQ) for consultant services on Project No. RRP-000S(581).

Bill Hall thanked the Commission for repairing the ditch along County Road 855.

The Commission approved Progress Invoice #3 to PSR Construction on the Road and Bridge facility improvements.

The Commission approved a change order for the Road and Bridge facility improvements for an additional $30,746, raising the total project cost to $458,475. The changes include an additional $3,812 to replace the existing water service to add to the new building and $26,934 to replace the existing electrical service.

Klinger and Associates presented the Commission with a proposal for their request for qualifications (RFQ) for consultant services on Project No. RRP-000S(581).

The Commission reviewed budget reports prepared by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

At 12:00 P.M., Commissioner Clatt moved to enter executive session pursuant to RSMo § 610.021(1).  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins, and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to exit executive session at 12:25 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins, and carried 3-0.

The Commission contacted Sandy Arnold at Bank of Kirksville to discuss the issuance of tax anticipation notes.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, August 15, 2019. 

SC Library to Offer Book Bingo Contest Starting August 26th

The Scotland County Library is combining  a pair of local favorites into one fun-filled competition that will make winners of area readers.

Adult patrons of the library will now be eligible to play book bingo. Sign up at the circulation desk to receive a bingo card. Instead of numbers under the lettered columns, the entries will be books. Patrons simply read the various selections on their card, working to mark off five entries under one column, across, or diagonally, or in all four corners, to score a bingo and earn a free prize.

Once a patron completes a bingo, they simply return the card for a prize. All winning cards will also be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the end of the season.

Participants must be at least 13 years of age. The contest will open on August 26th and run through November 26th, the final date to turn in cards.

The contest will run on the honor system, with participants trusted to have completed the necessary reading to qualifying the winning card.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Activities of the Month

submitted by Reva Triplett

The sky was a hazy hue of summer blue, a slightly warm breeze came in from the southeast, and the temperature of approximately 76 degrees made for a perfect setting Saturday evening, August 10, 2019, at 5 o’clock,  for the first ever ice cream social on the lawn of the Rutledge School served by the Restoration Society.  Gallons of homemade ice cream, and dozens of cakes and pies were shared with over 100 community folks.

The evening was spent sitting around the picnic tables and in lawn chairs catching up on the news of the day and reminiscing events of by-gone days when the Rutledge School was a true place of activity.  Some chose to take a tour of the old building of brick and mortar, while some just enjoyed gazing at the work that has been done on the exterior of the building.  There were even some who took advantage of the fantastic merchandise displayed for sale in the gymnasium to be purchased for a free-will donation in support of the restoration project.

Registration revealed a dozen winners of select door prizes.  What a surprise for one such winner – she gets to come to the yard sale on September 12, 13, or 14 to fill the large shopping bag she was awarded!  Don’t forget the late Gwen Laudwig’s “Story of Rutledge” book is still available for $20. Caps for the gentlemen inscribed with the school ‘s name and dates can be purchased at the low price of $18. If you haven’t bought your tickets at $1.00 each for an opportunity to take home the beautiful hand embroidered quilt, you have until August 22, 2019, during Thursday evening of the Scotland County Antique Fair, to get your tickets.  This Society will be “squeezing the lemons” to make lemonade shake-ups that evening.  Join them there on the court house lawn for a cool summer drink of lemonade.

Following the Antique Fair parade on Saturday, August 24, 2019, a full-course meal will await you on the Downing House lawn, where the outstanding cooks of the Society will be ready to meet your expectations, starting at 11:00 a.m., again for a free-will donation.  Please, remember this group is solely volunteer.  Any help offered will be graciously accepted.

Whether it is a gift of money, a cake, pie, a gallon of drink, donation of homemade ice cream,  giving of oneself in service hours or assistance in the kitchen or dining area, volunteers of the Rutledge School Restoration Society, thank you for your support.  The most recent endeavor, the homemade ice cream social, was a total success because of that support shown (and received) by the local and surrounding communities.  Again, community support is appreciated!

Citizenship

What if your house was turned into an asylum? No, I’m not talking about my humble abode that can sometimes be confused for a mental institution. Instead, I’m pondering the question of immigration, which seems to have captured the minds of so many of our readers despite the fact that we live so far away from our nation’s borders.

There seem to be quite a few people that are upset about the conditions of the detention centers at the border, where people who are illegally trying to enter this country are being housed and fed instead of simply being turned away to try to gain entry somewhere else.

Are the conditions great? Nope, I don’t think any of us would volunteer to trade places with them. Unfortunately the system is simply not adequate enough to handle the nearly 700,000 apprehensions that occurred in fiscal year 2019 along our nation’s southwest border with Mexico according to U.S Customs and Border Protection.

That all being said, do any of us really know what the conditions are? Fortunately we do not, but unfortunately we are left to rely on the reports of others. So it boils down to whom we trust?  If you trust U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Oscario-Cortez of New York, we are keeping illegal immigrants in concentration camps. If you believe Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the group of fellow pastors that took the time to visit the detention centers, they simply did not see the deplorable conditions that have become accepted fact in so many current discussions related to immigration.

Do we see the horrific picture of the man and child who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande River trying to gain access to the United States and jump on the impeach Trump bandwagon? Or do we stop and take time to discover that roughly 300 to 400 border deaths are reported each year, and believe it or not, they have been roughly 25% lower under President Trump than they were under President Obama? This isn’t a new problem. According to the United States Border Patrol, the deadliest year on the border was 2005, when 471 fatalities were recorded.

Are images of an overcrowded chain-link holding area, or stories of people being forced to drink toilet water (actually water faucet/sink installed atop the toilet), enough to convince you to throw caution to the wind and just open the borders wide for any and all to enter?

Or are you more of the heartless type, who is pondering how in the world are we going to pay for the newest wave of non-citizens adding to the more than 10 million unauthorized immigrants currently residing in this country, that according to the Federation for American Immigration reform, is costing taxpayers $100 billion a year in government benefits, healthcare, and education.

Regardless of where you standing philosophically, are you willing to put your money where your mouth is?

It is just 700,000 people, and I know I have seen at least 7,000 Facebook posts decrying the atrocities being perpetrated upon these poor refugees. If you do the math, that means each household would simply have to open its doors to 10 refugees. Housing, feeding, clothing, medicating, and educating said asylum seeker would solely be the responsibility of the asylum owner, you. Oh, and by the way, be ready to receive unannounced visits from attorneys, the media and national politicians desperately hoping to catch one misstep that they can turn into their own gain, throwing you under the bus in the process.

Or if you stand on the other side of the fence, are you prepared to man a post on The Fence? While you might believe that immigration reform is needed, and a secure border is a priority, can you live with the moral consequences of knowing that just one of the 300 border crossing fatalities was someone you had turned away?

I don’t know which side of the debate you are on, and I’m not saying either is right or wrong.

What I will say is that I believe we need to have a system that is based on citizenship. Of course this theory ultimately is far more encompassing than simply immigration, as we have lots of folks who are legal residents, yet aren’t truly citizens. Citizenship today seems only to focus on entitlement to rights and benefits but has forgotten that it also comes with duties.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as citizens we have the responsibility to support and defend the Constitution; to stay informed of issues affecting our community; to participate in the democratic process; to pay taxes, to serve on jury duty; or even defend the country if the need should arise; and finally to respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others.

Perhaps if we all start acting like citizens, we can resolve this issue of citizenship.

No Better Place to Live

I’m sure other places have some impressive offerings, but what if I was to tell you there is no better place to live than Memphis, MO? Granted, it isn’t perfect, but let’s face it folks, the sooner we all learn that nobody is perfect, the better off we will all be.

If it were left to me, there might be a few things I would change, but then again, every alteration ultimately impacts the underlying fabric, which in the end makes it a different garment all together.

I began pondering this topic a few weeks ago when I first became a grandpa. Leave it to a life-changing experience to result in a bit of introspective reflection. Then again, there wasn’t much time for that, as my grandson, Isaiah, was born several weeks early.

For someone who has for the past 20 plus years lived my life around the deadlines generated by this publication, let’s just say this birth date put those requirements to task. Fortunately, I call Memphis, MO home.

Wouldn’t you know it, that this little guy would decide to arrive right smack dab in one of the busiest times of year for the newspaper, the Scotland County Fair. So as I fretted about how I was going to be in multiple places at one time, my wife slipped into the social media realm and reached out to a couple of folks who might be able to fill in for me by covering one or two of the livestock shows.

In less than 30 minutes, she got a response from the would-be helpers. Not only were they happy to cover on the day in question, they took it upon themselves to recruit some accomplices that could cover the entire Fair for me if I needed to be gone the entire week.

I did return to Memphis midweek to do the mailing and make sure all of the papers were set for delivery. In normal, trials and tribulations fashion, it was a day from Hell (literally I believe). The newspapers are normally delivered by the printer at 8:30 a.m. On that particular Wednesday, they didn’t arrive until noon.

Normally my good friends at Scotland County Vending graciously swing by each Wednesday morning to transport the Arbela area papers to the Wyaconda Post Office for us, saving me the 90-plus minute round trip, not to mention fuel and vehicle wear and tear. They noticed me down there once or twice and after asking, simply volunteered to do my job for me, since they have to be there each Wednesday morning anyway to do their job.

Unfortunately on this particular Wednesday, that ship had already sailed by the time the papers arrived in Memphis. But just like nearly every other Wednesday, my good friend Larry was on hand to help unload the papers. He made a special trip back to check on me after they were a no show early. To top it all off, he even volunteered to haul the papers down to Wyaconda, because, as he put it, it was his day off and I could use the help.

Okay, I realize that’s an abridged version, of why Memphis is a great place to live, but that is just one week out of 52 where being part of community proves so rewarding.

As part of this community, it has become clear to me that folks are concerned about the future of the newspaper and the well being of my family. I want to thank you all.

I also decided to take a little bit of my own advice. When discussing a topic of community discussion and considering how to approach the subject, I generally advise folks to simply put all of the facts out in front of the readers, otherwise there is a tendency for folks to fill in the blanks with misinformation.

Several weeks ago, we began running an advertisement announcing that the Memphis Democrat is for sale. Instead of offering the details, we simply tossed the concept out for public consumption with the thought that perhaps prospective buyers might approach us for more information.

Unfortunately, in the void of information, folks began speculating on our motivations and even began slipping off the deep end with tall tales about our future.

So please let me use this space to set the record straight. We are not seeking to move. Like I said, Memphis is the best place to live. Sure, we plan to spend some time in Columbia helping with Isaiah while Abigayle works to complete her college degree. Unfortunately the newspaper schedule doesn’t promote much flexibility, so if one or the other has to go, we choice for it to be our workplace.

Even though we are grandparents, we’re too young to retire, but it is time to adjust our work schedules.

After 20 plus years as publisher and editor, I decided I might be interested in doing something different, with a wandering eye turned toward something that might possibly not always place me smack dab in the middle of the latest public battlefront.

Finally, and perhaps a bit bluntly, Karri and I are not getting a divorce. I stay off Facebook, and am reclusive enough I don’t hear much gossip, but after several friends have taken the time to seek confirmation, and my mother in Kirksville even called to make sure everything was okay, it seemed like it might be worth addressing.

It’s odd that an effort aimed at finally putting family first would generate such speculation. But as I mentioned before, there are all kinds of folks in Memphis there to lend a hand to help, even if it turns out the reason for their concern is unfounded.

Council Addresses Public Comments Regarding Utility Bills

After many Memphis residents dealt with higher utility bills during the recent payment cycle, a number of complaints were aired through social media and other platforms and one citizen even took upon themselves to attend the August 1st City Council meeting.

The board of aldermen addressed concerns related to the utility costs as well as  public information regarding municipal utilities.

“I saw this blowing up on Facebook, so before the meeting I took a moment to reach out to other area providers to compare rates,” said Alderman Jenny Aldridge. “My electric bill was $316 this month in the city, and it would have been $380 outside of the city.  While it wasn’t as big a difference, my water bill would have been higher as well.”

The alderman made the comments in support of the council’s efforts to explain that the higher utility bills weren’t an actual reflection of rising rates, but simply of increased usage that could be attributed to a hot, dry end of June and beginning of July.

“Customers need to pay close attention to the kilowatt usage,” said Utility Superintendent Stacy Alexander. “If customers are concerned about usage, we would be happy to review the numbers and discuss their options to monitor the situation.”

Alderman Jobe Justice noted that usage can be curtailed through improvements related to the residence such as added insulation or better doors and windows as well as more efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems.

Citizen concerns then turned to accessibility of information as well as public relations as related to the utility concerns of constituents.

The ECA charge on customers’ bills was questioned, with the citizen pointing out that she was unable to receive an explanation of the bill item when questioning city hall.

The council explained that the Energy Cost Adjustment, or ECA is not a new bill item and has been in place for several years. The ECA is the difference between the city’s base rate per kilowatt hour compared to the actual cost of the power purchased by the city for its customers.

“Basically it is a mechanism that allows the city to pass along the actual cost of the power to the customer,” said Alderman Chris Feeney. “The base rate has remained the same for several years, so the ECA has increased, corresponding with the rise on the price of electricity purchased on the open market for resale to the local customers.”

For the billing cycle from mid June to mid July which was reflected on the August bills, the ECA was roughly 3.6 cents, bringing the kWh rate up from the standard 11.43 cents to roughly 15 cents. During the previous billing cycle the ECA had been roughly 2.9 cents per kWh, which on an average 2,000 kWh bill would equate to roughly a $14 increase.

The council agreed that the topic can be confusing for utility customers, and while it has been explained a number of times in the past, should continue to be part of information more regularly shared with customers.

The board discussed options including adding more definition on the monthly bills and creating wall posters or other media that can be readily displayed at city hall.

The city is also considering options to adjust the billing platform for electric customers. Currently there is an availability charge of just $7.51 for all customers, which includes the first 50 kWh. It has been proposed to raise the availability charge to $15, which would not include the first 50 kWh.

LOF Church to Host Girlfriends’ Getaway Featuring Erin Smalley

Lighthouse of Faith Church will host its third annual ladies retreat in September. The Girlfriends’ Getaway will actually be just that for a renowned speaker from Colorado. Erin Smalley will be the guest presenter at the event in Memphis on September 14th with the theme of Hope.

“Our previous two events featured simulcasts, so this will be our first live event,” said organizer Marie Ebeling. “Last year we had ladies from 50 different churches attend from as far away as Quincy, IL and Trenton, MO.”

Previously called Ladies’ Retreat and held in the spring, the Lighthouse of Faith group decided to change things up in 2019, moving the event to the summer and changing the name.

“We chose to call it Girlfriends’ Getaway so that ladies would invite some girlfriends and ‘getaway’ from their daily routines or the places they feel stuck and enjoy a time of encouragement, refreshing and renewal with us and other Christian girlfriends from around the tri-state area,” said Ebeling.

Girlfriends’ Getaway will be held Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Erin Smalley started her professional life as a delivery and labor nurse before returning to school to earn a Masters Degree in psychology. She now enjoys working closely with her husband, Dr. Greg Smalley at Focus on the Family.

In addition to serving as a regular guest on the Focus on the Family daily radio broadcast, Erin is also a published author. Her book titles include Grown Up Girlfriends; Before You Plan Your Wedding, Plan Your Marriage; The Wholehearted Wife; and Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage. Her newest publication is entitled 10 Things a Husband Needs From His Wife.

Guests at the Girlfriends’ Getaway in Memphis can expect a message filled with Biblical truth combined with expertise in relationships that will be presented via personal stories packed with humor in relatable, real-life context.

Smalley speaks on a variety of topics including presentations entitled Grown-up Girlfriends, Everyday Moments, Abundantly Full, In My Wildest Dreams and The Whole-Hearted Wife.

“Women need each other,” said Smalley. “Especially during times of stress. However, often when we are stressed or busy, we set our female friends aside. Although all friendships aren’t created the same, or the same level of intimacy, understanding ‘the baskets’ is helpful in developing healthy expectations in friendships.”

Smalley will give three separate presentations during the all-day event. In addition to girlfriends, she will also speak on marriage and relationships.

The event will feature breakfast as well as a catered lunch by Kountry Catering.  The Lighthouse of Faith Ladies Worship team will lead the event in worship and will also be on hand to pray for the needs of the guests.

One of a kind Hope/Anchor themed t-shirts are available for pre-order (deadline is August 17th). The deadline to pre-register for the Girlfriends’ Getaway is August 24th. Register at the Lighthouse of Faith Events & Announcements Page on Facebook or by calling or texting Marie Ebeling at  660-342-0917.

Memphis Police Department Looking to Add Body Cameras, Update Tasers

Memphis Marshal Jeremy Head presented a trio of budget proposals to the Memphis Board of Aldermen at the August 1st city council meeting related to upgrading equipment for his force.

Head presented quotes on six separate body camera providers that would provide four units for the MPD. The systems would record audio and video related to officer interactions with the public for evidentiary purposes.

Providers included Axon, Pro-Vision, Reveal, Watch Guard, Wolcom Halo and Motorola and ranged in price from between $10,000 to $30,000 for five-year contracts that involved data storage and chain of evidence systems.

Head also presented a price quote from the city’s current taser provider, Axon Enterprises of Scottsdale, AZ, to replace the department’s three units at a cost of $7,618.30 over a five year agreement.

Finally Head presented a proposal from IDS Applications, Inc. for new Lawman Records Management software to streamline the department’s recording keeping of report filing at a cost of $3,000 a year.

The council took all three issues under advisement in preparation for budget meetings later this month to finalize the new fiscal year budget that will begin in September.

Head also presented the council with a summary of MPD activity during the month of July, reporting 43 total calls for service including three peace disturbances, four thefts or burglaries, one trespass and two motor vehicle accidents. officers responded to nine calls related to suspicious activities and made four assists to other agencies while also handling four animal calls and performing the well-being checks.

The department responded to three domestic disturbances and made two peace keeping responses for extra security. Officers made eight traffic stops resulting in two citations.

Sadie Davis Earns Second Runner Up Finish in 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest

Sadie Davis (center) was named second runner-up in the 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest. She is pictured with fellow finalists Miss Moniteau County, Hallee Oliver, first runner-up; Miss North Central Missouri, Emma Leamer, third runner-up; fourth runner-up Miss Gasconade County, Megan Schneider; and Queen Chloe Momphard of Troy.

Miss Scotland County, Sadie Davis, was named 2nd Runner Up in the 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest during a ceremony held Thursday, August 8th.

Davis received third among the 45 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. She will receive a $500 scholarship. Davis earned first runner-up honors last year.

Participants in the queen pageant were judged in multiple areas including interview, speech, talent and evening gown.

“I loved getting the opportunity to represent Scotland County at the Missouri State Fair,” said Davis. “Meeting all of the other candidates and going through the process are great experiences that have prepared me so well for my future career.”

Sadie was recognized as one of Mizzou’s Distinguished 14 Freshmen. She earned her FFA American Degree and has held multiple leadership positions in FFA, 4-H, and currently her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She is a Walter Williams Scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism and has attended the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference twice.  Sadie enjoys promoting agriculture and journalism as a Journalism Ambassador at the University of Missouri. She has had the unique opportunity to travel to other countries to experience their agriculture and farming practices.

Her ambition for the future is to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and have a career in communications that would include marketing and branding for a company in the agriculture industry.

Miss Chloe Momphard of Troy was named the 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen. She reigned over the remaining State Fair events and will be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.

Miss Momphard is 19-years-old and studies Animal Science Pre-Vet at The University of Missouri, Columbia. As Queen, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship to continue her education. Miss Momphard entered as Miss Lincoln County and is the daughter of Doug and Margaret Momphard.

“I am excited to serve the 2019 Fair and meet all the exhibitors and see their accomplishments here,” Momphard said. “This has always been my favorite part of the Fair and I look forward to “Coming Home” to it each summer!”

Miss Momphard is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a former Missouri FFA State Officer, a member of the Mizzou Top 14, and a member of the Pre-Vet Club. In her community, she is involved in 4-H and the Troy FFA Chapter.

Miss Moniteau County, Hallee Oliver, was named first runner-up and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The third runner-up honor went to Miss North Central Missouri, Emma Leamer, who will receive a $350 scholarship, and the fourth runner-up honor went to Miss Gasconade County, Megan Schneider, who will receive a $250 scholarship.

Recognition plaques went to contestants ranking highest in each of the four competitive categories: Miss Momphard received top ranking in Interview, Evening Gown and Speech; and Miss Lawerence County, Natalie Gilliam, received top ranking in Talent.

Megan Westhoff of Memphis claimed the title of Missouri State Fair Queen in 2010.

Sew & Go Quilt Guild Make Plans for a New Year

The Sew & Go Quilt Guild met on July 9th at the Downing Christian Church in Downing, MO.  Refreshments were served by Lora Eggleston, Elaine Burkholder, and Linda Marlowe.  The food was enjoyed by all.

Barbara Blessing, President, called the meeting to order and Treva Wittstock took roll call with 19 members present.

Meeting minutes were approved and Jeannie Childress gave the Treasurer’s report.  Since we are staring a new year, committee was announced.

From last year’s guild, we did a mystery quilt.  Those who finished their beautiful quilts and brought them in to share were Barbara Blessing, Joyce McGoldrick, and Doris Blake.

Next, we had a Show & Tell from other projects and those showing were Jeannie Childress, Doris Blake, Connie Barnes, Barbara Clark, and Barbara Blessing.  We definitely have some extremely talented ladies in our group.

Finally, we divided up into our committees and had meetings to plan events for the next year.

Others in attendance were Joann Shultz, Jill Wilson, Debbie Payne, Michelle Drummond, Lynettia Overhulser, Linda Koser, Amy Ahrens, Susan Chidester, Tina M Newcomb, and Debbie Kittle.

The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be August 13th at the Downing Christian Church in Downing, MO.

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