May 22, 2003

Pepsi's Glass Bottling Line Gets Boost From National Restaurant Chain

Whether it is for nostalgic reasons or just the fact that for some drinkers Pepsi simply tastes better in glass bottles, the demand for the dwindling supply of 10-ounce bottles continues to grow for the Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.

The local company is one of only two Pepsi suppliers left in the nation that still refill glass bottles. The other is located in Idaho.

But because of the scarcity of bottles left in circulation the plant has been forced to limit orders to customers that can supply their own empty bottles to be refilled.

The local soda supplier got a huge boost for the glass bottle line late last year courtesy of the Uno Restaurant Corporation and the Pepsi bottling company in Davenport, IA.

"Our restaurants are decorated specifically to reflect the nostalgia of an earlier period," said Aaron Spencer, Chairman, Uno Restaurants. "Even the building is constructed to resemble, or even duplicate, the style of building that was popular in this country in the 30's, 40's and 50's. In fact, most people think that our buildings are old buildings that have been renovated. During that period of time, people often enjoyed soft drinks from glass bottles. Using glass soda bottles as part of the dcor of the restaurants really contributes to the nostalgia."

In all more than 10,000 glass bottles were shipped to Memphis from the Davenport, IA plant. Believe it or not the bottles were refilled but they were not for the customers beverage menu. Instead the bottles were placed in 24-pack wooden crates of old and used as decorations for the inside of the restaurant chain's branch of pizzerias.

"It definitely was a unique situation, refilling all of these bottles knowing they probably would never even be opened," said Mike Johnson, president of Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Co. "We had to make some adjustments on the line to handle the 12-ounce bottles but it worked out well."

The job wasn't finished when the bottles were filled. A special crew came in to put the finishing touches on the order. This entailed putting a new finish on the wooden crates that would hold the bottles. After that the bottles were individually glued into each container to create the filled crates that the restaurant wanted for its decorations.

"The guys on the line did a great job adjusting to the special needs of this order," said Johnson. "We hired some high school kids to come in to do the work on the cases and gluing the bottles and we were very pleased with how they helped put the finishing touches on the project."

As the restaurant chain continues to grow so does the demand for the Pepsi bottles. The push ultimately forced the companies to switch to 16-ounce bottles, which were more readily available after the initial push for 12-ouncers.

"The nostalgic look and feel of an Uno restaurant has been very well received," Spencer said. "We do intend to continue the design, including the use of glass Pepsi bottles."

But local glass bottle lovers don't worry. The order had no negative impact on the local 10-ounce trade.

Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Corporation currently has a total of 191 casual dining, full-service restaurants operating primarily under the name "Pizzeria Uno ... Chicago Bar & Grill." There are several Uno restaurants in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

Tigers Score 30 Unanswered Points in Second Half to Fell Fayette

Parker Triplett goes up high to block the Fayette extra point kick.

A huge second half was the difference on Friday night in Memphis as Scotland County overcame a 12-8 halftime deficit to defeat Fayette 38-12.

The Tigers scored 30 unanswered points after halftime to pick up the key Lewis & Clark Conference win and even the season record to 1-1.

 The Falcons looked like the team to beat early on. The visitors stopped the first SCR-I possession with an interception and then put together a 10-play 97 scoring drive capped off by a 41-yard TD run by Dawson Wiswall. The PAT kick was blocked to leave the score at 6-0 with 4:02 left in the first period.

Parker Triplett was able to wrestle a deep pass away from a pair of Fayette defenders and pulled the ball in while laying flat on his back for a 39-yard completion to get the SCR-I offense back into scoring position on the team’s second possession of the night.

Hayden Long avoids the Fayette pass rush to deliver the touchdown pass.

Then on fourth down and long quarterback Hayden Long avoided the pass rush and threw on the run to Triplett for a 20-yard TD. Branton Burrus ran in the two-point conversion to put SCR-I ahead 8-6 with 43 seconds left in the opening period.

Fayette grabbed its second interception of the night late in the second period, setting up a five-play scoring drive.  Jack Kindle hit Garren Vroman with a perfect pass over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown. The two-point try was stopped by the Tigers to hold the lead at 12-8 with less than a minute to play.

That proved enough time for Fayette to force an SCR-I punt and get one last shot at some points after a 52-yard pass play from Kindle to Vroman. However Chris Brown missed the 30-yard field goal attempt as time ran out on the first half.

Fayette went three and out on the opening possession of the second half. The Tigers mounted a 10-play scoring drive that was finished off by a one-yard TD run by Kaden Anders. Burrus ran in the two-point conversion to put SCR-I ahead 16-12 with 4:54 left in the third quarter.

Scotland County got the ball right back when Eli Kigar pounced on a Fayette fumble just three plays later at the 27-yard line.

Eli Kigar dives on the loose ball for a fumble recovery for the Tigers.

Alex Long broke a 19-yard run to set up first and goal for SCR-I. Fayette backed the Tigers up on three straight plays before Hayden Long found Anders in the corner of the end zone for a 17-yard TD pass. Burrus once again tacked on the two-point run to extend the margin to 24-12 with 2:23 left in the third quarter.

Alex Long kept the momentum on the Tigers’ side as he picked off a Kindle pass play with a diving snag as time ran out on the period.

The two teams both turned the ball over on downs on possessions to start the fourth period.

Anders set up the next Tigers score with a 30-yard run. Two plays later Burrus ran in the six yard touchdown with 9:17 left  to play. Hayden Long connected with Owen Triplett on a three-yard pass for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 32-12.

Fayette put some big pass plays together on two separate drives late in the contest but it was SCR-I that added to the points on the board when Anders picked off a Fayette pass and returned it 43 yards for the score with 2:02 left to play to make the final margin 38-12.

Fayette actually outgained SCR-I on the night with 349 yards of total offense. SCR-I managed 209 yards of offense led by Anders who rushed the ball seven times for 52 yards and a TD and also caught a 17-yard TD. Burrus rushed for 32 yards on 16 carries. Hayden Long completed six of 15 passes for 121 yards and two TDs to go with two interceptions.

Kindle completed 11 of 119 passes for 212 yards for Fayette. Wiswall ran the ball 14 times for 87 yards.

Burrus led the defense with 14 tackles on the night. Anders made 11 stops while Alex Long was credited with 10 tackles.

The Tigers improved to 1-1 on the year while Fayette fell to 0-2. Up next week in Memphis will be Paris (2-0). The Coyotes are coming off a 28-6 win versus winless Salisbury.

Downing Depot Museum News

Submitted by Judy Sharp

Help! There was a lot of interest in this photo during the Scotland County Antique Festival. There is no legend telling who any of the people are and we’d like to change that. We’d like your help to identify these young people who are standing in front of the Downing School in 1929.

We hope you enjoyed the 2019 Downing Appreciation Days as much as we did at the Depot Museum. We’ve posted on Facebook about some of the details (

For the next several articles (there are seven sections) we’re going to include a part of the 1929 school picture. We’d like to get feedback from anyone/everyone who has an idea of the identity of any of the people in the pictures. If living, these students would be over 100 years old now, so they aren’t likely to reveal anything to us, but you may their child or grandchild, niece or nephew, who can tell us about these students. Please send your information to your newspaper, Memphis Democrat, 121 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555, or email to

Map of Downing area with notations about first cabins and houses.

In case you missed the Scotland County Antique Festival in Memphis two weeks ago, I’d like to share some information that was posted in the Downing Depot Museum booth. No doubt there’s more information about settling Downing, but I’ll have to share that when I run across it. This information was gathered from several documents written by unknown person(s), possibly Inez Shaw (d. 2006), dates unknown. Some names and dates were verified on

Settling of Downing, Missouri, in the 1830s

James Prime (1788–1852), Charles Cook, James’s nephew, and James’s son Henry (1809–1881) with his wife Hannah Crisp Prime (1808–1892) and their three young daughters, all sailed from England on April 18, 1838. They landed in New York on May 14, 1838, then continued westward to establish homesteads. Their boat landed where the Fabius River meets the Mississippi River on June 26, 1838. They then went on to the area that would later be known as Downing.

James Prime’s grandson, Henry Prime and his wife Eliza, with their daughters, Hannah and Ollie.

James Prime established a homestead where the City of Downing stands today (from History of Downing, MO). Prime settled the land northwest of what is now Hwy 136. Prime’s son Henry and wife Hannah had eight children. One of the sons, Henry (1843–1923) married Eliza Ann Morehead Prime (1848–1936). They had two daughters, Hannah, who married James Ira Drake then Ira T. North, and Olive Lee “Ollie,” who married E.E. McConnell. These were James’s great-granddaughters.

Names of James Prime’s descendants include: Bruner, Carroll, Depew, Dillinger, Drake, Mathes, McConnell, Penney, Prime, Rhodes, Rife, Shanks, and Slavin.

Earlier, Mosses Stice, Jesse Stice, and Hiram Trye settled near Bible Grove, March 1834. Soon after that Mosses Stice moved westward into Schuyler County (from History of Schuyler County, by Swanson and Ford). Relatives of Mosses include Bob Stice.

The first two cabins where the City of Downing now stands were built by James Prime and Charles Cook. Some say the first house built in Downing was where Charlie Dawson once lived on Rt. A and Bondurant Street (map #1). Others say the first house built was where the Whittoms lived, at Hwy 136 and N. 11th Street (map #2).

Many believe the oldest house in Downing now (date unknown) is owned by Alan Blessing, located on Rt. A near Hwy 136 (map #3).

These men and others who followed lived in the area until 1872 before plans for the town of Downing were made.

Henry Hawkins Downing came to our area from Virginia in 1837.

Henry Hawkins Downing came here from Virginia in 1837 settling in what is now northwest Scotland County, four miles northeast of Downing. Although he lived outside of Downing, he played an important part in Downing’s history. He platted the original map of Downing. The City of Downing was named for him (from History of Downing, MO).

Henry’s brother, William Downing, built the Downing House in Memphis, which has become a museum.

Many of Henry’s descendants live in and around Downing, including the names of: Blessing, Newland, and Priest.

Because Charles Cook was unmarried when he arrived on American soil he was not allowed to homestead, therefore all the land around the future Downing area was homesteaded by James Prime. Prime later gave Cook some land—the southeastern part of Downing (see #1 on map). Cook settled the land southwest of Hwy 136 (from History of Downing, MO).

Cook married Ann Elizabeth Sleightom from Germania, on May 9, 1839. They had 13 children. Ann, died January 18, 1866; Charles died January 12, 1887. Both are buried in Campground Cemetery. Charles Cook was the grandfather of Charles H. Cook.

Many of Charles Cook’s descendants live in or around Downing today (date unknown), including the names of: Beeler, Bennett, Blaise, Brown, Buford, Campbell, Carroll, Cook, Devagos, Dillinger, Duncan, Fraker, Jefferies, McWilliams, Mullins, Petty, Ross, Seamster, Smith, Snider, and Snyder.

Other early settlers of eastern Schuyler County include(from the History of Schuyler County): Henry Buford, Theo Butts, A.D. Farris, James Hall, A.T. Hiteliving, John Hughlin, Henry Kuethe, George Lyle, John Lyle, Wm. Ogg, George E. Palmer, Nicholas Shobe, Edward Snider, William Webster.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, Sept. 12 – Chicken Salad Sandwich, Potato Chips, Lima Beans, Pineapple, Filled Donut.

Friday, Sept. 13 – BBQ or Plain Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Hot Roll, Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

Monday, September  16 – Liver and Onions, or Chicken Patty, Scalloped Corn, Buttered Beets, Cottage Cheese, Bread, Pears

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Wed., Sept. 18 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Meatloaf, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Bread, Peach Crisp

Friday, Sept. 20  – Fish Fillets, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake


Thursday, Sept. 12 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.  All are welcome; 10 Point Pitch.

Sunday, Sept. 15 – The Center is rented today.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Board and Business meeting at 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Scotland County Health Department here for blood pressure checks.  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus


Thursday, Sept. 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 13 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, September 16 –Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk.

Tuesday, September 17 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wed., September 18 – Sausage, Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 20 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk


Thursday, September 12 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Friday, September 13 – Walking Taco, Shrimp Poppers, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, September 16 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Hamburger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Curly Q Fries, Creamed Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, September 17 – Sloppy Joe/bun, Italian Dnkers, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Onion Rings, buttered Corn, Cinnamon Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Salisbury Steak, Beef and Noodles,, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Cauliflower/Broccoli, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, September 19 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, September 20 – Bar BQ Pork Sandwich, Fish ‘N’ Cheese Sandwich, Potato Rounds, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Sherbert Cup, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Memorial Library to Host Crisis Kit Building Exercise

Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center is partnering with the Scotland County Memorial Library in Memphis to provide free emergency go-bags to students and families in Scotland County.

On September 19, 2019 the library will host a free lesson and activity to 2nd through 12th grade students and their families. Participants will put together a first aid kit, go-bag, and individualized disaster plans for their household. 

The purpose of the class is to provide essential information and materials to families in need. Each child will learn about common emergencies, how to use emergency supplies, and how they can help their family stay safe! Bags are limited to one per household.

The class will be held at Scotland County Memorial Library on Thursday, September 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. To inquire further, please contact Laura Wallace at 660-665-6404 or by email at

Arbela United Methodist Church Plans Revival

Arbela United Methodist Church of the Scotland County Parish is excited to announce there will be a three-day revival held at this little white church on the hill on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings, September 15, 16, and 17, 2019, at 7:00.   Grandpa John and Debbie (aka John and Debbie Gorham) will be bringing their ministry to Arbela for these three lively evenings.

The Gorhams have been sharing their ministry of Southern Gospel Music and Christian Humor for over 40 years.  John has written much of the duo’s concert music.  It has been rumored that Grandpa Johns’s “twin brother,” Cowboy Cornelius, might possibly show up to share some of his interesting tales, as well.

God wants His people to be happy and enjoy worship; and we promise you will enjoy this mini-revival series at the Arbela United Methodist Church. Plan now to attend each and every night!  On Tuesday evening following Grandpa John and Debbie’s presentation, you are invited to share refreshments and fellowship with the congregation. 

Citizens Attend Council Meeting To Discuss Right of Way Fees

Just days after a letter mailed by NEMR Telecommunications to its Memphis customers created quite a stir on social media, just three residents turned out for the Memphis City Council meeting to ask questions about the recent city code adjustment that established right of way (ROW) fees for the area phone, internet and cable service provider.

In the correspondence, NEMR informed its Memphis customers that the city had enacted the ordinance July 11th which could result in up to $3,000 in fees each month for the company whose fiber optics lines are housed on the utility right of way throughout the city. The company also informed its customers in the City of Memphis that those fees would be passed on directly to them.

Peggy Kirkpatrick addressed the council regarding the letter and questioned why the fees were being charged.

Alderman Jobe Justice offered an analogy of a public building being used by a business that was making sales each day from its free storefront.

“When it comes time for a new roof, don’t you think it is fair to ask the company that has been making money in that facility each day, to at least take some responsibility for its upkeep,” he said.

City Manager Allen Creek indicated that a number of sewer issues have been identified over the years that are believed to be traced back to the fiber installation performed on behalf of the phone company several years ago.

Council members indicated that the right of way fees are targeted to fund repairs and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure as it relates to the use of the utility easements.

Katie Harris asked if the funds would be solely used for those purposes and if they would be maintained in separate accounts for auditing and review purposes.

The council members stated the expenditures related to the right of way and related infrastructure would be documented to allow the use of the ROW revenue to be reviewed.

According to Michele Gillespie, CEO of NEMR Telecom, roughly 700 of its 4,800 cooperative members are Memphis residents that will be impacted by the new fees.

“NEMR Telecom strives to give our cooperative customers state of the art technology,” she said. “NEMR purchased Memphis, Unionville and Queen City from GTE in 1996 under Modern Telecommunications.  In 2003, NEMR merged Modern Telecommunications into the cooperative so those customers could begin to earn capital credits.  In 2007/2008, NEMR began their 1st fiber to the home construction in Memphis at a cost of over $6,000,000.  NEMR is almost completed with the fiber to the home in all of our 14 exchanges.  Why is this important?  Health care, education and economic development all benefit from fiber.”

Gillespie noted that she and the governing board of the cooperative feel the fees are excessive.

“The board of directors unanimously approved to recoup the City of Memphis right of way fees from the City of Memphis NEMR customers on August 19, 2019,” she stated. ” The final amount charged to the customers will be dependent on what the City of Memphis charges NEMR and the number of City of Memphis customers each month.”

One concern raised during the city council meeting, which did not have any NEMR representatives present, was the equality of only passing on the costs to city residents. The council questioned if fiber passing through the city right of ways went on to serve customers outside of city limits.

In a phone interview, Gillespie addressed the concern, stating, “The fiber in Memphis ROW primarily serves the residents of the City of Memphis.  NEMR uses county, state and private easements also.  NEMR does not pay any right of way fees outside the community.  NEMR has agreements with several carriers to transport calls, internet and video services to and from its service area.”

Representatives of the phone cooperative have been invited to meet with the city council in the coming week to address concerns about the right of way fees.

City Council Approves Water Rate Increases to Help Fund $3.5 Million System Upgrade

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis, Missouri, met in regular session at the Memphis City Hall, on September 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., and the following officials were present:

William Reckenberg, Mayor, Tom Glass, Alderman, Jenny Aldridge, Alderman, Chris Feeney, Alderman, Jobe Justice, Alderman, and Angela Newman, City Clerk.


Alderman Justice moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the minutes from the meetings held on August 1, 2019, August 15, 2019, and August 22, 2019.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.


Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the bills as presented.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.


Commander Lloyd Erickson and Quarter Master Dale Bienusa from VFW Post 4958 presented information inviting the City of Memphis to become a Purple Heart City.  Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Justice seconded to approve the application.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.  The proclamation will be presented and signed at a special ceremony once the plaque is received.

Christian Bliefert addressed the council regarding an Eagle Scout project.  His project is to construct a flag retirement fire pit at Legion Park.  Bliefert will solicit donations to cover the cost of the project.  Scout Masters Joel Kapfer and Doug Lanphier were also present and stated they would oversee the construction of the pit.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the request.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

Lucas Remley presented an update on the Sinclair station restoration project.  Several members of the community have donated various items and donated their time in restoring the station.  Remley requested timed lighting on the building to allow for visitors to view the building and outside area during the evening hours.  Remley has 1800’s – 1980’s memorabilia he would like to loan to the City to display inside the station.  A display case would need to be purchased.  Future plans include procuring a vehicle for the oil changing station, period correct light pole, lighting, information plaques, and installing a portion of the railing from the old Broadwater Bridge on the south side of the property.  Side lot possibilities include sculptures and other historical pieces.

Remley also presented for council consideration pictures of tractors to be used as interactive playground equipment at the parks.  Council was in favor of the idea and Remley will look into finding one.  City staff will consult with the insurance company regarding any liability or safety issues.

In further citizens participation, Peggy Kirkpatrick addressed the council regarding a letter she had received from NEMR Telecom stating they would be adding an additional fee on the October bills for customers in Memphis due to the City’s passage of an ordinance implementing a right-of-way fee.  Mrs. Kirkpatrick asked where the money received for the right-of-way fees would be allocated and what the funds would be used for.  Kirkpatrick also stated she would like to have known the fee was being proposed by the City.  Council stated the money received would be used towards the repair and replacement of aging infrastructure within the City.  Other citizens present with similar questions and concerns were Katie Harris, Kathy Becraft, Laura Schenk, and Robert Miller.



The City Clerk reported that copies of the proposed ordinance had been made available for public inspection prior to the time the Bill was introduced and under consideration by the Board of Aldermen.

The ordinance established new water rates as part of the agreement with the USDA for approximately $1.8 million in grant funding and  to insure repayment of $1.731 million in revenue bonds being issued to fund upgrades to the city’s water system.

The minimum charge for water service will raise from $25.30 to $28.03. The water charge will increase from $0.87 per 100 gallons to $0.97 per 100 gallons of water.

The Mayor declared the Bill duly passed and the Bill was then duly numbered Ordinance No. 1128, and was signed and approved by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk.


The matter of authorizing the issuance and delivery of an issue of Combined Waterworks and Sewerage System Revenue Bonds (State of Missouri – Direct Loan Program) Series 2019, came on for consideration and was discussed.

An ordinance authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $1,731,000 principal amount of combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds (State of Missouri – Direct Loan Program) series 2019 of the City of Memphis, Missouri, for the purpose of extending and improving the city’s combined waterworks and sewerage system; prescribing the form and details of the bonds and the agreements made by the city to facilitate and protect their payment; and prescribing other related matters.

The Mayor declared the Bill duly passed and the Bill was then duly numbered Ordinance No. 1129, and was signed and approved by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk.


An ordinance amending chapter 415 of the Municipal code of the City of Memphis, related to regulations for floodplain management was reported by the city clerk that copies of the proposed ordinance had been made available for public inspection prior to the time the Bill was introduced and under consideration by the Board of Aldermen.

The Mayor declared the Bill duly passed and the Bill was then duly numbered Ordinance No. 1130, and was signed and approved by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk.


A special ordinance of the City of Memphis adopting and approving a revision to the wage scale adopted September 11, 2014 for appointed officers and employees of the city of Memphis.

Bill No. 19-15 was postponed for further review and discussion.


The 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for the City Of Memphis was approved by the council.

Trash rates and various fees increased included in the budget were approved as follows: Airport hangar rental – $100/month; Airport aviation fuel – $.50/gallon added to the cost of aviation fuel; Residential bagged trash collection rate $13 per month; $11 for senior citizens and $13.75 for commercial residents; 2 cubic yard dumpsters dumped once weekly will cost $70 or $95 for twice weekly service with 4 cubic yard dumpsters costing $95 or $155 and 6 cubic dumpsters being billed at $165 and $200.


City Administrator Allen Creek reported that with the passage of the budget he would like to move forward with the rehabilitation of 27 manholes by Spectra-Tec this fall.  Council agreed and advised to let the public know they will be in town doing work.

Hamburg Tree Service will be in town this fall for three- or four-days trimming trees for the City.  PubWorks software has been re-installed and is now working properly.

Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering, advised the council there will be a pre-construction meeting on September 18th at 1:00 at City Hall.  Construction is estimated at one year.  Wilson has also submitted amendments to their contract to Utility Supt. Alexander to be approved by the council.

City Marshal Jeremy Head requested permission to purchase a couple of speed bumps as a speeding deterrent.  Council agreed to the purchase.

City Clerk Newman requested authorization to open an additional account at the Bank of Kirksville titled “City of Memphis Sewer Replacement”.  Two of the following shall be authorized to sign for any and all accounts at the Bank of Kirksville.  Any one person may inquire for balances.  Michele Drummond, Treasurer or Angela Newman, City Clerk may sign debit in-bank transfers solely and transfer between accounts solely.

In addition, Bank of Kirksville is directed to change the account title for account #620 to read:  City of Memphis Water Replacement.  Both accounts may be added to internet banking.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Justice seconded to approve the request for an additional account titled the City of Memphis Sewer Replacement account and to change the account title for account #620 to City of Memphis Water Replacement.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

City Clerk Newman also requested, due to inactivity, the Local Law Enforcement Buy Money (LLEBM) account at the Bank of Kirksville be closed and the funds redeposited into the General Fund.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the request.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

Council adjourned into closed session at 9:30 p.m.

Council met in closed session for discussions with City Attorney Brett Bozarth.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session into open session.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 9:57 p.m.

In further business, Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Justice seconded to allow special counsel to offer a credit for cable franchise fees upon entering into a written ROW agreement.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Justice seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

The History of the World: (According to Uncle Dave) Part IV

Recently; I’m reclining in my recliner.  I’m on an icepack, cause my back (which my Chiropractor says, “looks like its worn out two bodies!”) hurts.  I’m sort of dozed off in my own personal ‘Twilight Zone’, when I hear my sweet, caring kids say,

“Just ‘let go’ Dad.” (my oldest son)

“Don’t fight it Dad.” (my daughter)

“Yeah, we’ll be fine, fly away.” (my middle son)

“Can I have your Browning 22 cal. Pistol?” (my youngest son).

I arouse from my disturbed slumber.  “I’m not goin’ anywhere!  I’ll have you guys know that I’m getting my 3rd or 4th ‘wind’ in life!”

“He’s windy alright!” (my wayward wife).

They say that I’ve got “one foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel!” But, I feel just fine, because I have a plan!  I want to show how great America is…Again!

Now, incredibly, some of our elected representatives don’t feel that way.  They want to tear down the very ‘fabric’ of what this nation stands for!  Their plan is based on the “Marxist-Leninist” Model, not the Free Enterprise system based on freedom that I like!

When we left off last time, my “moldy” old cousin, Karl Marx, gasped his last bitter breath.  This is when nervous, paranoid Uncle Vlad took over Communism.  Vladimir Lenin was as mean as a ‘rat bit rattlesnake’!  If anyone disagreed with Vlad, they would end up in a mass grave!

Dear Uncle Vladimir Lenin was a rabid Atheist!  He had thousands of Orthodox Church clergy killed.  Uncle Vlad was just getting started, when in 1924, he had acute distress in his ‘lower tract’ complicated by ‘spleen vapours’ and ‘brain cramps’!  Vlad croaked!

They put Uncle Vlad ‘on display’ in his cool sarcophagus on Red Square, Moscow.  His adoring fans have been viewing his corpse ever since (which is by now, really just a big bar of glycerin soap!)  This is the best they could do for their Atheist leader.  Legend has it that Lenin might ‘wink’ at ya as you pass by!  I think it’s a trick.

America just kept getting better!  In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in Wyoming.  Several states eventually followed suit, but it wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified.  It seems that one political party kept throwing a ‘monkey wrench’ in the effort.

Back in Russia:

After Vladimir Lenin breathed his last Communist, Godless breath, good ole Uncle Joe Stalin took over communism in Russia.  Stalin means steel, hence; “Man of Steel!”

Uncle Joe was as mean as a ‘pissed off, poisonous Puff Adder’!  Joe was a zealous Atheist!  If anyone criticized what Uncle Joe and his cohorts did, they got to go on an all-expense paid vacation, to a gulag in Siberia!  Or, better yet, a mass grave!  Stalin killed some 20 million people as a result of Communist policies.

Uncle Joe hissed his last sour breath in 1954.  Being a devout Atheist, he too got put on display!  First, right beside Uncle Vlad!  This caused ‘friction’ so he got his own cool place in The Wall on Red Square.  That’s the best they could do!  Now, as people walk by, viewing Stalin’s corpse, legend has it that Uncle Joe will snarl at ya once in awhile!  I think it’s a trick.

I have to mention Adolf Hitler, no relation, whose version of Socialism was called “NA-ZI”, an abbreviation for National Socialism!  Hitler did unspeakable evil to the Jews, and to the world!  Out of this gruesome mess was born The Nation of Israel in 1948!  Now, that is ironic, isn’t it!

So, I think we can see a pattern here!  I’m going to ‘switch gears’ now.  I am sick of talking about Communism!  It sucks!

Back in America, workers were treated better.  No more children in coal mines!  Safety was beginning to be a real concern.  Labor Unions were formed.  Unlike in Communist countries, a worker in the U.S. could own property, vote, and “get ahead”!

“Civil Rights” made great strides in the U.S.A. and other free countries!

One good thing happened in 1954.  Elvis Presley started singing and recording ‘Rock-n-Roll”!  By the way, Elvis is still living!  There was an Elvis sighting recently at the Memphis Theatre!  Memphis, Missouri, that is!

I have noticed one odd thing in the last few decades of World History.  It seems that B.C. and A. D. are now replaced by B.C.E. and C.E.  What’s the deal?

Of course, B.C. means Before Christ and A.D. or Anno Domini means “The Year of Our Lord.”  The pivotal event in World History that defines the two ages was the birth of Jesus Christ!  “I can only imagine” what this means!!

B.C.E. stands for Before Common Era, and C. E. stands for Common Era.  What’s a Common Era, anyway?  They have the exact same dates as the B.C./A.D. system does!  Looks to me like The Common
Era crowd, ‘grudgingly’ observes the “Birth of Jesus!”

Upon examination of 20,463 years of World History, give or take a millennium or two, I’m starting to notice something.  The struggle of ‘Good vs. Evil’ is as apparent today, as it was with Uncle Cain and Uncle Able!  It looks like we all have a problem!  We ALL struggle with sin!

We all need God’s forgiveness of our sin!  Only Jesus can accomplish this!  He was the ultimate sacrifice!  He took on the sin of the whole world!  People need the Lord!

Some folks may ask at this point, why are you so worried about America?  Just be “content”.

Because, America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles!  That’s why!

I used to worry about the “End Times” a lot.  Then, I decided to live like there IS a tomorrow!  Not just ‘hole up’ somewhere, waiting for judgment!  When Judgment comes, let the Lord catch us doing good works!

We need to stand up for our good country! Godless Socialism and Communism needs to be opposed!  Not ‘cowed’ down to.

Socialism always drifts toward Communism, which is intolerant of anyone who would dare criticize them!  Don’t let the government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” be usurped by a Godless “Den of Vipers” who will destroy anyone who disagrees with them, or has a different idea!  Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

So, Kinsmen: Respect our Flag! (Don’t worship it, honor it).  Stand proudly for our National Anthem!  Preachers, preach against sin while you still can!  And maybe, put in a good word for America once in awhile!  Love and respect our brave law enforcement folks.  Love and support our great military men and women.  Love one another (we go way back!).  And, love and appreciate linemen, first responders, welders, plumbers, and everyone else who works to keep this U.S.A. humming along! 

May God bless America!  It’s a Great Country!

Uncle Davis M. Burrus

Prairieland FS Named 2019 Regional Environmental Respect Award Winner

Prairieland FS is pleased to announce that its La Belle Missouri location has received the Environmental Respect Award sponsored by Corteva AgriScience.  This award is one of four regional awards given in the north America. The ERA is a global program created to recognize organizations that demonstrate leadership in compliance, proper material handling and application techniques, and safety. As one of four regional winners, Prairieland La Belle can potentially be chosen as “Ambassador of Respect” for all North America.

 “Winning this award is really special and a great honor,” says Ryan Houghton, La Belle Location Manager. “It’s a wonderful recognition of all the hard work our employees have done to help protect the environment where we all live, here in La Belle.”

The Prairieland FS facility offers numerous services for its customers including dry and liquid fertilizer, crop protection product sales, custom application services, and seeds. Among the many environmentally mindful features at the outlet are a batch of dedicated loading lines to keep crop protection products from mixing with one another, heated floors in the dry fertilizer building to prevent crop nutrients from creating a potentially slippery surface to work on, and a water retention pond on the outskirts of the facility to contain water run-off.

In addition, says Houghton, Prairieland FS has also seen environmental benefits using VRT applications and cover crops. “With VRT, we are able to use the agro-nomic rate of fertilizer specific to that soil,” he says. “This keeps us from overapplying, which is not cost effective to the customer. And it keeps us from underapplying, which can also be an economic loss to the customer.”

For many years, says Houghton, Prairieland FS employees have made it a point to be active in the local community, with two workers even serving as volunteer firemen. Now that the outlet has won an Environmental Respect Award, he expects the outlet will do more to pro-mote good stewardship. “We are always willing to speak about our industry and agriculture and the positive environmentally-sound practices that we practice on a day-to-day basis,” says Houghton

Prairieland FS, Inc. was established in 2013 following the merger of Lincoln Land FS and Two Rivers FS. Now headquartered in Jacksonville, IL, Prairieland FS is in 16 counties between Illinois and Missouri. The full service agricultural and energy supplier is dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for the profitability of their customers. Prairieland FS hires specialists in Agri-Finance, agronomy, petroleum, and propane. Growth in FS petroleum has led to numerous FAST STOP fueling and convenient store locations throughout Illinois and Missouri.

Prairieland FS is part of the GROWMARK System, a regional agricultural cooperative, serving members across North America.

For more information please contact: Nichole Licht, Agronomy Marketing and Communications Assistant at or 217-291-1483.

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