February 6, 2003

SCR-I Stands To Lose $200,000 Because Of State Budget Crisis

A political tug-of-war over the tightening state budget could have dramatic effects on Missouri's educational front, with Scotland County R-I School District taking a big financial hit along with the rest of the state's schools.

Governor Bob Holden is threatening cuts totaling $259 million to elementary and secondary education as well as an additional $91 million cut to colleges and universities across the state if his proposal for the securitization of the state's tobacco settlement funds is not approved by the state legislature by mid-February.

Despite the option of losing funding for education, Republicans are balking at the new plan for selling the state's share of the tobacco settlement as bonds.

"Under the new plan,

Missouri would be liable for backing up these bonds. This would basically require us to put our state buildings up as collateral," state First District State Representative Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown. "If the tobacco companies go bankrupt or don't pay the settlement money, we have to pay the bondholders. This is an extremely risky option because the tobacco companies are struggling and reeling after the lawsuits. I am very

concerned that this option could jeopardize our bond rating, which would hurt future funding for vital programs for both young and old."

But without the approval of the controversial plan Governor Holden as well as the office of the State Budget Director, Linda Luebbering, have indicated the state will have a $400 million shortfall in the state budget this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

According to an article published in the Columbia Missourian, Luebbering indicated the shortfall consists of a forecasted $300 million decline in revenue from anticipated levels combined with $70 million increase in supplemental Medicaid payments and $30 million in added court costs.

The threatened cuts to education would hit hard across northeast Missouri as well as the rest of the state. Scotland County R-I would stand to lose $204,852 and Gorin R-III would lose $34,793 in state aid that was budgeted for this year.

"All Missouri elementary and secondary schools have been notified that there is the real likelihood that the June state payment to schools will not be made because of the lack of cooperation between the Governor of Missouri and the General Assembly," stated SCR-I Superintendent LeRoy Huff.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the dollar figures for all schools, including the $200,000 figure for SCR-I.

"That represents 14 percent of our state budgeted monies for our current fiscal year," stated Huff. "A loss of this magnitude cannot help but have extreme adverse consequences for our children."

Huff added that state funding reductions of this degree will leave schools with only two opportunities:

1. Reduction or elimination of programs, or

2. Provide additional local tax monies to cover the state shortfall.

"Never in the history of my 39 years in public education have schools been in more financial jeopardy than they are today," Huff said. "Now is the time for each citizen of our great state to personally contact the Governor, their state senator and representative to let them know that it will be unacceptable for these parties not to work collectively to solve this problem."

Scotland County R-I would not be the only area district hit hard by the possible cuts. The proposal would take away $972, 574 from Hannibal, and $793,758 from Kirksville, two of the region's larger schools. Clark County, Knox County, Putnam County and Schuyler County would all lose between two and three hundred thousand dollars.

What makes the proposed loses even more difficult to handle is the fact the money was already budgeted for the fiscal year 2002-2003, which is nearly 75 percent completed.

The Scotland County R-I District could sustain the financial hit because of positive balances established by the district but Huff noted that several other districts may not be as fortunate.

"We are very fortunate that the board and administration of this district have worked diligently to maintain a positive financial situation through effective planning," Huff said. "However I am absolutely convinced that these proposed cuts will financially break some schools in the state that have not maintained the necessary reserves."

Missouri is not the only state to use tobacco securitization as a weapon against budget shortfalls. Twelve other states have used this approach and five, including Missouri, are considering this new method. California issued $3 billion in bonds backed by the state earlier this year, but because of the uncertainty of the tobacco money, the state had to offer interest rates of 7.5 percent or greater to entice investors.

The Governor's office has stated that securitization would allow the state access to the immediate portion of the tobacco settlement money for use to address the state's budget shortfall. The sale of $350 million in bonds is proposed to offset the budget crisis.

Even if the plan is approved education leaders are still concerned about future budget issues.

"This crisis in which we find ourselves only threatens to worsen for fiscal year 2003-2004 unless the state's commitment to elementary and secondary education is honored by the members of the general Assembly and Governor Holden," Huff stated. "The education of our children is much too important a priority to be allowed to become a political football played with by members of the General Assembly and the governor's office, each for their own political advantage."

Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr Family Reunions Held September 25th

The descendants of Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr families gathered Sunday September 25, 2016 at the Downing Depot with 48 family members present from Iowa and Missouri. The event was hosted this year by Janet Fishback and Randy Sayre.

Janet Fishback offered grace and everyone enjoyed delicous fried chicken and carry- in side dishes and desserts.

They family played “Let’s Make A Deal” and won small prizes if you could produce items requested from pocket or purse.

We had 21 items donated to the Silent Auction and the funds will replenish next year’s meat and paper products for the 2017 reunion.

Joyce Frederick and Lisa Gooden will host next year’s event.

Those in attendance were Larry, Karen Claussen, Shelbyville Mo, Edward, Regina Gooden, Jesse, Connie Gooden, Bloomfield la, Gerald, Ken, Derek Kinney, Reinbeck la, Barbara Sparks, Mystic la, Barbara Creath, Milton la, Carolyn Rudicil, Edina Mo, Lowell, Linda Gordy, Loyd, Louise Gordy, Arbela Mo, Jennifer, Ashlyn Laws, Carla, Rick, Carsten, Bricklyn Reinbach, Glenwood Mo, Stanley Frederick, Matt, Brant Frederick, Joe Sayre, Memphis Mo, Joyce Frederick, Baring Mo, Mindy, Hailey Roberts, Donna Gooden, Juanita Gooden, Lisa Gooden, Missy, Warren, Evan, Ethan Huggins, Deb Gooden, Vance, Colby, Emma Frederick, Lancaster Mo, Clarence, Rosalie Kinney, Holly, Kennedy Gregory, Jeff Phillips, Randy, Delores Sayre, Jim, Janet Fishback, Downing Mo.

Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club Members are #4HGrown

This National 4-H Week (October 2-8 2016), the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H club members are proud to celebrate the #TrueLeaders we raise to be #4HGrown!  Nationally, 4-H is the largest youth organization with more than six million young people enrolled.

The Azen Jolly Timers club is an active, Scotland County 4-H club that meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  Our 4-H year runs from October 1st thru September 30th each year.  Throughout the year, the Azen Jolly Timers are active with an array of 4-H projects, serving our community with service projects and celebrating our accomplishments at fairs and competitions held at the local, regional, state and national levels.

We have an annual hayride and bonfire for our club members and parents, participate in the Antique Fair and parade, erect the American flags that are seen at the courthouse on federal holidays and most important…have FUN!

We will kick off 4-H week 2016 on Sunday, October 2nd with a 4-H member/family carry in dinner at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  If you are interested in joining our club, have questions about 4-H, or our service projects, please contact Christy Aylward at 660-341-7254, Lisa Doster at 573-721-0583 or our local extension office at 660-465-7255.  Check out our Facebook page too—“Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club”.

National 4-H Week October 2nd – October 9th

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The week of October 2 through 9 is National 4-H Week. 4-H members will be doing various activities to celebrate 4-H in Scotland County. I am therefore, writing this article to remind everyone just what 4-H is. 4-H is the largest volunteer led and supported youth organization in the world. Missouri 4-H is supported by the University of Missouri through local Extension Offices and Councils. It is an organization that includes the whole family; children, parents, grandparents, and other extended family members.

As a 4-H club member, youth enroll in projects and participate in group activities and meetings. The club has overall leaders and assistants as well as project and activity leaders. Projects vary from livestock to foods, from aerospace to woodworking, and from arts and crafts to entomology. Members help in the planning of the program and carrying it out. The individual 4-H club has representatives who serve on the County 4H Council and help to plan county events and programs. This is the group that plans Achievement Events, Recognition Events and sponsors fundraising for the fair and other 4-H events. 4-H Clubs in Scotland County are very active in community service. Each individual club carries out at least five community service projects. The 4-H Council sponsors the pre- and post-fair clean-up days at the fairgrounds.

4-H members who complete a 4-H year need to attend a majority of their 4-H club meetings, enroll in at least one project and finish it, and demonstrate a skill learned either by exhibiting an item they made in the art hall, exhibiting a project animal or presenting a speech, report or demonstration in a group setting such as a club meeting or Achievement Event. Youth who are members of 4-H club learn life skills that will benefit them during the rest of their life.

Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 can enroll in 4-H clubs. Younger youth between the ages of 5 and 8 can belong to Clover Kids. All ages are considered as of January 1 of the current 4-H year. According to the Scotland County 4-H Constitution, members need to attend six club meetings before the fair to exhibit in the fair. There are special alternatives to two meetings if members absolutely cannot attend their meetings. Clover Kids do not get premiums at the fair and receive special Clover Kids Ribbons because according to early childhood research, it is detrimental to members of this age to participate in competition.

4-H also reaches youth through special interest programs that are co-sponsored by 4-H and other groups. Groups that fall under this category in the surrounding area are camps including day camps, Youth Civic Engagement and others that arise from time to time. 4-H in Scotland County reaches school groups through school enrichment programs (Hatching Chicks in the Classroom) and through FNEP (Family Nutrition Education Programs).

There are three 4-H Clubs in Scotland County: the Azen Jolly Timers, the Gorin Go-Getters and the Jolly Jacks & Jills. The Azen Jolly Timers meet at the Memphis United Methodist Church Basement on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Gorin Go-Getters meet the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the Gorin Christian Church. The Jolly Jacks and Jills meet the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. Clubs may sometimes change the meeting dates during the fair, for a summer picnic and swimming party or for other reasons. Clubs usually have at least two parties per year.

4-H Clubs reorganize in October for the coming year. They are just reorganizing now so now is the time to join. 4-H members can join any time during the year but if they want to exhibit at the fair they need to attend six meetings. Youth interested in becoming 4-H members can contact members or leaders of the club they are interested in, or you can contact the Scotland County University Extension Office for more information. (660) 465-7255.

Submitted by Kristy Eggleston-Wood Scotland County 4-H Youth Program Assistant.

FFA Shoot-a-Thon Draws Big Field of Competitors

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

The Memphis FFA Trap Team Shoot-a-Thon had a great turnout of over 47 shooters.

In the Open Division featured three winners.  Bryce Smith took 1st, Brady Winter took 2nd and Keenan Bradley took 3rd. Both Bryce and Keenan were Alumni members of the FFA Trap Team.  They had a shoot off between five shooters including Chayton Ceronni and James Floyd Baker as all five shot a perfect 25/25.  The shooters, not including the FFA kids, shot a total of 185 rounds. It was fun for all.

In the FFA Division, Lane Mohr took 1st, Jacob McDaniel took 2nd and Harley Saulmon took 3rd. Each FFA member shot 100 birds for a total of 72 rounds. .  The rounds for the FFA Division were sponsored by Jamie Robinson of Hillside Gun Shed in Memphis. “Thank you to all for the support from the community,” says Coach Dave Koch.

The shooters also headed to Macon on September 17th and placed 1st for all the schools attending.  The A Team hit an all-time record of 122/125.  The record not only beat the Scotland County School record but, was an all-time record for the Macon shoot.  The A Team for that shoot included members: Lane Mohr, Jared Dunn, Harley Saulmon, Connor Payne and Lane Pence- Congratulations Boys!

This week the team will head to Bosco’s for the Area Shoot to qualify for the District Shoot.  Last year all three Memphis FFA Teams qualified but, only one team from each school is eligible to shoot.  If the team qualifies, they will head to Prairie Grove to shoot on October 1st.

At the September 17th event at Macon, Memphis FFA team member Abby Blessing was the top scoring female shooter to compete.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge Carpool to Quincy

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge met at Zimmerman’s and carpooled to Quincy where Mona Tague and daughter, Alanna Chumbley, were to be hostesses.  Mona was in the hospital and Alanna was with her.  We then went to Sprout’s for lunch.

Those attending were Nancy Jo Waack, Reva Hustead, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Ruth Ludwick, Dorothy Hunolt and Marlene Henry.

Everyone had a nice meal and then went shopping.  Reva stopped by and visited Martin Guinn.

Alice Ann Gipson is hostess next month.

25th Annual Crook/Calhoun Reunion Held September 4th

The 25th annual reunion of the descendants of Grover Cleveland and Hazel Francis (Calhoun) Crook was held Sunday September 4th at the home of David and Bonnie Hayes in Memphis. We enjoyed a great carry in meal with lots of good food as usual.

We spent the day visiting and eating and enjoying each others’ company. The kids were outside playing with our kittens.     They made good entertainment. Some of the younger ones don’t get to see each other much, so it was nice to have them here and getting to know each other. Our family from California came later in the day. Some of the family had left so we arranged to get together on Monday. We had a great time. It was the first time some of the family had met the ones from California because of sickness in the family last year.

Those present were: Suzanne Anderson, Downing, Todd, Arlene, Riley, and Justin Anderson, Bonderant, Iowa, Dick and Ardie Thomson, Memphis, Sandy Harrison, Alexandria, Stacey, Lucas, and Charlie- Harrison, Waukasha, Wis., Gerald and Kathleen Droege, Memphis, Nick, Candace, and Kallee Kratzer, Memphis, Becky Crook, Kirksville Cindy Stump, Lancaster, Dane, Kayle, Liam, and Waylon Stump, Lancaster, Terry and Sharon Crook, Kirksville, Ruben, Jennie (Crook), Ruben Jr., Josie, and Marlie Majors, Ocean Side, California.

We were sorry that Barbie and Andy Akers and Carter Dickerson, Aason, and Avá Akers, Julie (Kratzer) and Keith Adkins and Michelle, were not able to attend this year due to other commitments.

We were saddened by the absence of Tim Crook and David Stump, who we lost last year.

Submitted by Bonnie Hayes

Scheurer Receives Scholarships from Truman State University 

Brian Scheurer of Memphis has been awarded multiple scholarships from the Truman State University Foundation for 2016-17.

 Scheurer, a communication and business administration double major, received the Hearst Communication Scholarship in the amount of $500, as well as the Dr. Paul Owen Selby Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 20 consecutive years. Washington Monthly named Truman the No. 1 master’s university in the nation.

Kutzner Reunion Held September 16th

Kutzner descendants from five states gathered at the HUD hospitality room in Memphis on Sunday, September 16, 2016 for their annual reunion.  Larry Howe asked the blessing prior to partaking of a delicious meal prepared by those attending.

Highlight of the day was viewing old photos, a notebook of hand written former reunions kept by the late Helen Kutzner Chambers, and Gary See’s family scrapbook of clippings of marriages, deaths, births, and much, much more.  What a wonderful keepsake, Gary!

Those attending were Joel Dean Kugler, Colorado Springs, CO; Carmen Kugler, Roswell, GA; Jon Dauma, Monmouth, IL; Vicki Howe Waller, Cedar Rapids, IA; Larry Howe, Blakesburg, IA; Gary See, Rutledge; Virginia Egbert, Downing; Verlee Chambers Dauma, Memphis; and Ivan and Virginia Chambers Woods, also of Memphis.

The 2017 reunion will be held on the same date and same place. Mark your calendars!

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Stanley Sharp.

Martin Guinn is still in the hospital in Quincy.  Reva Hustead has been going to Quincy to learn how to help in his physical therapy.

Paul and Lydia Zimmerman went to Quincy.  They visited with Martin Guinn in Blessing Hospital.

Robert Hoover’s parents from Pennsylvania came to visit with the family.

Harry and Mary Jane Nissly, Charlene Zeist’s parents, from Lancaster County PA, came to stay a few weeks to visit with her family.

Luke Horning (Lena Mae’s husband) is in Kirksville hospital where he has had surgery.  He is feeling some better and hopes he comes home soon.

David and Tina Parrish from Quincy came to Zimmerman’s.  David grew up in Rutledge (Francis and Betty Jo were his parents).  We all had a nice time talking about the ‘good ole days’.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Pella, Iowa to visit their daughter Jenny and her family.

Nancy Jo went to Iowa City to eat lunch with Jenny.

Charlene Montgomery celebrated her birthday.  Those attending were Dale and Lisa Tague, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Neta Phillips, Ronnie and Bonnie Young and Reva Hustead.

Eilene and Carol McCabe attended the reception of Natasha Barnhart and Devin Eddleman north of Luray.  Good food, music and visiting were enjoyed by all on Saturday night.

Others in were David and Tina Parrish, Lee Pettit, Berb Fountain, Rodger and Mooreen Holton, Tom and Marla K. O’Donnell, Don Tague, Leon Shaw, Kathy Blythe and Lois Humes.

Classified Ads 9-29-2016

HOUSE FOR RENT – Three bedroom house in Memphis.  No Smoking. Call 660-341-4819.

FOR RENT – One bedroom apartment in Gorin.  Utilities included. No pets.  $400.00/month plus deposit. Call 660-465-2975.

FOR SALE – 36” exterior door with frosted glass, two ceiling fans (42” and 52”) with lights, window shutters (6 pair 14”x35”, 2 pair 14”x39”, 1 pair 14’x51”), some misc.  660-465-7168 or 660-216-3175.

YARD SALE – Thurs., Sept. 29 (3-7 p.m.) and Fri., Sept. 30 (7 a.m.-1 p.m.).  439 N. Adams.  Clothes (6 months-5T, Boys’ 10/12-14/16), scrubs, maternity (med.-lg), winter coats, purses, Halloween costumes, kids’ books, toys, cookbooks, shoes (infant up to mens’ 11) and much more.  Moss/Grubb.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE – 710 N. Lincoln, Thursday (1-6) and Friday (8-3).  Kitchen items, bookshelf, wood file drawer, SUV tires, girls’ pants (sizes 10/12), metal clothes rack, electric heaters, A/C units.

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