November 6, 2003

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if you threw a starving man a sandwich? He would quickly gobble it down and smile, but would it really solve the problem? Thats sort of how I felt about the dedication of the recently completed section of Highway 61 near Canton that is now four lanes. Before I start, I do truly appreciate the efforts of all those involved in helping make this section of the road much safer for all of us that travel it. And yeah, you shouldnt look a gift-horse in the mouth right? We country folks up here in the boonies should be grateful for every tax dollar we can get. Still, I cant help but feel like we were given this little piece of the pie simply to appease the growing complaints about our states failure to live up to its transportations promises such as the fabled Avenue of the Saints.

I guess I find it sad that it took an extraordinary group, like the SMART organization (Students of Missouri Assisting Rural and Urban Transportation) to get money appropriated to build a highway that was supposed to be done years ago. Im not attempting to belittle what SMART accomplished, because quite simply without their efforts this definitely would not have happened like it did. But I find it hard to accept this as a triumph when there is still so much to be done and no timetable for its completion. Blame it on the scapegoat of the now infamous 15-year plan. Blame it on urban sprawl that is sapping funding for rural projects. Or simply blame it on MoDOT itself as an easy target. Regardless of culpability, the problem still exists, even as we celebrate one small success in the otherwise dismal problem of funneling four-lane traffic down to two lanes in the most dangerous section of the highway 61 route.

There was no hiding the fact that Highway 61 was and is incredibly dangerous. It simply offers a commentary on the sad state of affairs for transportation funding in the state of Missouri. It takes gut-wrenching testimonials from heart broken young people, like SMARTs Lindsey Gaither about her lost friend, Kristin Nicole Hendrickson, who died in a crash on Highway 61 in 2000, in order to make things happen. Whats worse is, that in order for our road to be built, MoDOT and the state had to put off some other project, which was likely just as important to the people of that region, who likely will now have their own tragedies to mourn.

Wouldnt it be nice if we had a system that could appropriate funding to alleviate problems before we have to break out the crosses and line the roads with markers of tragedy? Of course there has to be funding to appropriate. I for one believe there will be, but it is going to take an extraordinary leap of faith by voters as legislative actions and reorganization efforts by the transportation commission as well as MoDOT itself, still have not been enough to regain the publics trust. But when you see enough tearful presenters like Lindsay Gaither you cant help but put aside your doubts to try to help heal the pain the only way we can, by paying for needed highway improvements.

Lady Tigers Improve to 22-1 with 47-32 Win at North Shelby in Regular Season Finale

Chelsea Woods goes up for two points in the win over North Shelby.

An off night from long range made for a low-scoring affair Tuesday night at North Shelby, but the Scotland County girls still had more than enough firepower to put a damper on the Raiders senior night festivities with a 47-32 victory.

SCR-I struggled shooting the ball in its regular season finale, connecting on just three three-pointers on the night.

Two of those long distance shots came in the first period, as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-6 lead. SCR-I actually fell behind 4-0 before Abi Feeney connected on a jumper. A three-pointer by Calesse Bair put the Lady Tigers up for good, at 5-4, before Chelsea Wood scored in the paint. A three-pointer by Maddie Brassfield extended the margin to 10-4 with 3:19 left in the first period and forced a North Shelby timeout.

Feeney sank a three-pointer to start the second period to extend the lead to 17-6. The senior point guard then went to work off the dribble, dissecting the North Shelby defense with penetration moves that netted her 11 second-period points.

Sadie Davis fires up the three-pointer.

SCR-I looked poised to truly blow the game open in the third period. Feeney scored on another drive to the hoop before Wood added a field goal in the paint. Bair scored back-to-back transition baskets off of turnovers created by the SCR-I press, making the margin 37-18 and forcing another North Shelby timeout.

The Raiders corrected their issues against the press, but SCR-I still went ahead 44-26 on baskets by Feeney, Wood and Bair.

The offense went dormant in the fourth period. SCR-I did not score until there was just 45 seconds left in the contest, with Bair making three of four free throws in the final minute.

Fortunately the defense was up to the challenge, holding North Shelby to just six fourth quarter points to help secure the 47-32 win.

Abi Feeney gets to the rim for two of her game-high 17 points in SCR-I’s regular season finale win at North Shelby.

Scotland County closed out the regular season with a 22-1 record, the team’s third straight 20-win season. Feeney led the way with 17 points. Bair finished with 16 points and Wood added 11.

CHARLES H. BRADLEY (5/21/1935 – 2/11/2017)

Charles H. Bradley, 81, of Memphis, Missouri passed away Saturday evening, February 11, 2017 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The son of Estel Floyd and Lily Hazel Ellicott Bradley, he was born May 21, 1935 in Memphis, Missouri.

He attended school and graduated from the Memphis High School. After graduating he joined the United States Army and served a term there before coming back to help run the family businesses of Bradley Car Sales and Bradley Auto Parts.

After his parents passed he decided to sell the business and served as an alderman for the City of Memphis as long as his health allowed him to.

Charlie was a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church in Memphis, serving as an usher when he was called upon until he moved to the care center.

His interests included following the St. Louis Cardinals, buying season tickets for the home games and attending the home games as well as stock car races in the area.

He was an avid collector of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia, even a lap blanket that he used later when he was a resident at the Scotland County Care Center. Charlie was fine as long as he had his radio and every day he would tune in to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his cousin, Bob (Linda) Ellicott along with other relatives and friends.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice and may be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Wallace W Gillespie V.F.W.Post #4958 of Memphis and two from the honor guards unit. Pallbearers were Rick Robinson, Leon Buford, Doug Freburg, Ronnie Tinkle, Dennis Bradley, and David Trueblood.

Online Condolences may be sent to the Family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

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Friday, February 24 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut/Butter Dessert

Monday, February 27 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, February 28 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wednesday, March 1 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookies

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Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 – Fundraiser Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free will donation. Carry-outs available, call 465-7011.

Monday, February 27 – AAA and Care Board Meeting at 10:00 in Shelbina.

Thursday, March 2 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to MargAret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

New Beginnings

There is a major part to the Christian belief system that tends to get past some; well…. maybe all of us.  That would be the truth, the fact, that in Christ we are new day by day.  Oh how we struggle to live this out.

At County Fairs some have a competition called a Tractor Pull.  One by one, each tractor is at the starting line pulling a cart with weights that transition into a heavier load as the trek progresses.  Eventually, the tractor stops in its tracks because it can no longer pull the load.  The one that travels the greatest length gets the trophy.

Our daily walk is sometimes just like a Tractor Pull.  The further into the day, the heavier the load until we are shut down in our tracks.  God is very much  aware of our dilemma and is devoted to its reversal. If God is anything, He is all about new, renewal, renewing.  Bible expression and confirmation is there for a reason.  He knows we will experience deep stress and provides a way out.  This isn’t just church chatter.  This is to be life… your life… my life… renewed life… day after day.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (II Cor. 5:17).

It is for this very reason that Jesus called for our new beginning by being born again. Such isn’t a church doctrine as much as it is designed to restart our engines when we do more sputtering than effectively moving forward. Renewal…it’s a daily thing… so look toward it.  Experience it.  And tomorrow?  Start all over… new… again!

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margaret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

MARGARET ELLEN HOWARD   (8/3/31 – 1/24/17)

Margaret Howard, 85, peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at her home in Citrus Heights, CA following a short battle with cancer. Her daughters and son-in-law were with her.

Margaret was the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Callahan, of Memphis, MO.

She is survived by her three daughters, Coleen Howard and Jana Howard, both of Sacramento, CA, and Sherri Kelleher (Dan) of Vacaville, CA; grandchildren Sean Kelleher (Sylvia), Jennifer Dean (Ned); great-granddaughter Kiera Margaux Dean; and former husband, Wilmer Howard. She is also survived by her brother, James Callahan (Barbara) of Godfrey, IL; and many nieces and nephews on the Callahan and Howard sides of her family.

Margaret graduated from Granger High School in 1948 and then attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She married in 1951 and moved to California in December 1955.  In 1970 she went to work at American River College in the Job Placement Center.  She worked there until retirement.    Throughout her life she made many trips back to Memphis to see family and friends.

At her request there were no services.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

BABY MARTIN

Sheldon and Ashley Martin of Memphis, MO are the proud parents of a daughter, Tirzah Rain, born February 9, 2017 at 10:36 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical in Kirksville, MO.  Tirzah weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Ivan and Nancy Martin of Lancaster, MO and Lamar and Melody High of Downing, MO.

BABY ZEISET

Carl and Leann Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a son, Corwin Grant Zeiset, born February 15, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Corwin weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Weston, Douglas and Jerian. Grandparents are John David and Nancy Zeiset of Memphis; and Ivan and Linda Martin of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips picked up Aunt Jewell Brown and went to Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge at Memphis Pizza Hut.  Jewell said she had a wonderful time.  She received a box of candy and a word search puzzle book.

Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville and visited with Charlene Wheeler.  Charlene then went to Kirksville Hospital and had surgery on her right wrist and then back home.

Katrina took Neta to Memphis Hospital where she had carpel tunnel surgery on her left hand and then back home.

Dorcas Martin visited with Marjorie Peterson.  She brought her a small loaf of homemade bread.  Great-Nephew Matt Rankin and family sent Marjorie a dozen roses.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.

Jack White came from Palmyra to visit Air Force buddy, Bob Hunolt.  They went to visit woodworking friend, Arlo Trueblood in the Scotland County Hospital.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Charlene Montgomery, Milt Clary, Rodger Holtman, Mike and Pam Blaine, Larry and Tamara Tague, Doris Day, and Thomas Kortkamp.

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