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.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, July 12 – Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Juice, Pickled Beets, Peas, Slice Bread, Cookie

Friday, July 13 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Buttered Carrots, 5 Cup Salad

Monday, July 16 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Buttered Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Cake

Tuesday, July 17 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Veggie Jell-O Salad, Bread, Baked Apples

Wednesday, July 18 –Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, July 19 – Chicken Salad Sandwich, Potato Chips, Lettuce Salad, Lima Beans, Pineapple, Glazed Donut


Thursday, July 12 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 15 – The Center is rented today.

Wednesday, July 18 – Board and Business meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 – Scotland Co. Health Dept. here for blood pressure checks. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Conservation Conversations – Frogging

by Conservation Agent Nate Carr

When I was a child the best way for my brothers, friends and I to beat the heat was to jump in the pond and go for a swim. The day usually consisted of cannonballs off the bridge and catching as many frogs, turtles, and crawdads as we could. Exhausted and caked in mud at the end of the day, we would release what we caught and get hosed off in the back yard. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized there was a season for frogs along with a few recipes. I have yet to eat frog legs, but I would certainly like to try them in the near future.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to get out this summer and catch some frogs. Frogging season begins June 30 at sunset and ends Oct. 31. The two frog species in Missouri that are legal game are bullfrogs and green frogs.

The daily limit is eight frogs of both species combined and the possession limit is 16 frogs of both species combined. However, only the daily limit may be possessed on waters and banks of waters where hunting. Daily limits end at midnight, so froggers who catch their daily limits before midnight and then want to return for more frogging after midnight must remove the daily limit of previously caught frogs from the waters or banks before returning for more.

Frogging can be done with either a fishing permit or a small-game hunting permit, and allows many different methods of take. Those with a fishing permit may take frogs by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line. If you’re using a small game hunting permit, frogs may be harvested using a .22-caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, atlatl, bow, crossbow, or by hand or hand net. Also, the use of artificial light is permitted when frogging.

For more information about frog hunting, including how to get started and tasty recipes to try, visit MDC online at


Kyler Gage Humes was born at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL on June 13, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. Kyler weighed 7 lbs 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Parents are Christopher and Kelsey Humes of LaGrange, MO. Grandparents are John and Beth Davis of Kahoka, MO; Joe and Lisa Humes of Wyaconda, MO. Great-grandmothers are Loretta Rinehart of Grant City, MO; Lois Humes of Wyaconda, MO.


Ryan and DeLayna  Mahoney of Belleville Illinois are happy to announce the birth of their son, Gibson Hagers on May 23rd at 3:35 p.m. He weighed 8lbs 3oz and was 20 inches long.  Proud grandparents are Brent and Dana Bondurant of Memphis and Kevin and Mickie Mahoney of Swansea, Illinois.

Hite Receives $10,000 Honeywell Scholarship Through Horatio Alger Association 

Evan Hite

WASHINGTON, D.C. Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that 10 students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) will receive scholarships of $10,000. The scholarships, sponsored by Honeywell, are awarded to young men and women for their commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite having faced adversity.

Since the establishment of its scholarship program in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $143 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. Horatio Alger Association Members – business, civic and philanthropic leaders who have demonstrated determination and a strong work ethic in their pursuit of personal and professional success – fully fund the organization’s scholarship programs. The scholarship program was established in 2014 and made possible by former Honeywell Chairman and CEO, David Cote, who was inducted as a lifetime Member of the Association that same year.

Honeywell wholly funds the scholarship program through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, its corporate citizenship initiative. In partnership with Horatio Alger Association, the Honeywell Scholarship program is available to college freshmen enrolled at Honeywell Partner schools or Horatio Alger Collegiate Partner schools.  To qualify for the Honeywell Scholarship, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, exhibit strong character and academic promise and display perseverance in overcoming significant personal adversity.

The following Scholars will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship each to pursue STEM education:

Abrar Anwar, University of Texas at Austin, Computer Science

Hassan Eid, University of California at San Diego, Electrical Engineering

Neghena Faizyar, University of California at San Diego, Data Science

Evan Hite, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Computer Engineering

Thomas Koonce Jr., Virginia Tech, General Engineering

Melanie Moenning, Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Zane Rice, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Electrical Engineering

Sabrina  Schneider, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Pavel Smolin, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Brian Wu, Arizona State University, Electrical Engineering

In addition to the 10 recipients of the Honeywell Scholarship, Horatio Alger Association also announced that five students have been selected for Honeywell’s summer internship program. The program selects Horatio Alger Scholars who are entering their senior year of study to participate in a prestigious internship at various Honeywell locations across the country. Internship assignments range from cross-business projects and individual research assignments to design and innovation development.

The following Horatio Alger Scholars are currently serving as summer interns for Honeywell:

Tyler Miller, Brigham Young University

Olajide Ogun, Penn State University

Shaididur Rahman, Rutgers University

Celeste Richards, University of Texas at Austin

Thavy Tach, University of Puget Sound

The 2018 Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.63 while coming from households with an average annual income below a level specified by the association.

“We are grateful for Honeywell’s support,” said Matthew Rose, president, Horatio Alger Association. “This unique scholarship and internship program provides unparalleled opportunities for our Scholars through not only their STEM education, but through hands-on experience in the field.”

Woods Reunion Held Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sixty-nine persons ventured out to attend the Woods Reunion Sunday, June 24, 2018, which was held at the Grand Hall in Memphis.  J’s fried chicken arrived at 12:00 and was enjoyed along with dozens of other salads, veggies, pastries, and beverages brought by the attendees.  The blessing was given by Leslie Woods of Edina.

Visiting was the highlight of the day, along with picture taking and viewing pictures of past reunions.

Dennis Woods of Aberdeen, SD, traveled the farthest.  Others attending were Nick Woods and Sarah Schmidt of Belleville, IL; Jenna Fuller, Des Moines, IA; Staci, Zoie, Sofia, Ava, and Treir Eleazarraz of Waukee, IA; Don McClean, Vicki Shear, Golda Seybold; Mindy, Luke, Josh Doellman, Quincy, IL; Alicia and Adrienna Gore, and Dylan Rossiter, Quincy, IL

Roy T. Woods, Jr., and Randy Richardson, Ottumwa, IA; Samantha and Owen Moore, Sigourney, IA; Nancy and Joe Plowman, Bloomfield, IA; Tuffy Woods, Bloomfield, IA; Hollis Woods, Keokuk, IA; Sean and Clarinda Woods, Lone Jack, MO; Jon Sam and Shannon Rader, Novinger, MO; Bonnie Schultz and Gaylene Woods-White, Kirksville, MO; Kayce Lamma and Dean Woods, Kahoka, MO; Melvin Lee, Sarah, Jaxon, and Avery Rimer, Edina, MO; Leslie, Linda, Lacey, Kylee, Dick, Sandy, Lowell, Darlene Woods, Edina, MO; Johnny Morrison, Alexandria; Emerson, Maria, and Makayla Woods, Brashear, MO; Emily Woods, Bruce and Anthony Smith, Arbela, MO; Jim, Kim Woods, Arbela, MO.  Those attending from Memphis were: Charles Woods, Jannet Graham, Ivan, Virginia, Kevin, Debbie, Matthew Woods; Randy Woods, Karen Shippen; Stacey and Nicole Woods; Faith Ann, Merit, and Halle Miller.

Randy Woods and Charles Woods host the reunion, which is held the last Sunday in June.

Rutledge Renegades

Reminder: Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge will be going to King’s Restaurant in Kirksville on Monday, July 16, 2018.  We are to meet there at 11:00 a.m.  For those carpooling, meet at Zimmerman’s at 9:45 a.m.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Baring for lunch at I.D.K. restaurant.  Martin and Reva went to Hurdland for the 4th of July celebration.  They also went to Canton.

Katrina, Will, Waid, and friend, David, took Neta to Williamstown for a 4th of July celebration.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Cantril, Iowa.

Lydia Zimmerman’s brother, David Zimmerman, passed away.  David is from Pennsylvania.  The funeral was Tuesday, July 10th.

Eilene and Carol spent the weekend of July 1st with Cheryl and Jim in Gower.  Also there were John and Lori, Nick, Kelli and Reid, Jon, Amy, James, Nora and Lucy, Valerie, Jesse and Gunner, Jeff, Chad, Shelli, Ava and Zoe.  Jack is currently a patient in KU Hospital in Kansas City.  Everyone enjoys Cheryl’s and Jim’s beautiful in ground pool.

Duane and Mary Drelk from Donnellson, Iowa came to Zimmerman’s on Saturday and visited with Martin and Reva.

Some others in this week were Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Otho and Dorva Harbur, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Oren and Celina Erickson, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Don Tague, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Mike and Pam Blaine, Dawn Kirkpatrick, and Don and Evelyn Collop.

Downing City Board Addresses Abandoned Vehicles on Right-of-Way

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on July 2, 2018 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Ray Bange, Bill Anderson, Hannah Poe, Gene Bruner. City Clerk Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water Operator John Petary.

Copies of the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, deposits & disbursements, monthly water report, and account balances were given to all present.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Hannah Poe and carried unanimously.

Water/ Waste Water Report: John has completed his course for certification for drinking water and will be taking his test this week. He is concerned about the amount of manure being dropped on the streets as this can be a concern with DNR. He will address this with the parties involved.

Street Maintenance: John has been working on the roads and doing some mowing. The board has received a lot of complements on the work he is doing. We have gotten several loads of gravel put down and the roads are really looking good.

Cemetery: Received $610 from the Lester McElroy family. Received $50 from W. Sprague and sold a plot – Marjorie McFarland. Have received a complaint about a grave that is sinking so will be getting in touch with Jerry Anderson to have that fixed.

Old and Unfinished Business: Have had several people asking about trash pickup. Going to get hold of Advanced Disposal and get all the information to present to the board next meeting so we can decide if it looks like something we should consider doing.

New Business: There is a concern about old vehicles parked along the road. These need to be moved if they are in the road or easement as this causes problems with road grading and mowing of the banks and edges of the road. Will be sending out letters to get them moved.

The Board has not received any complaints this month.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.   Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

MDC Grant Aids Gorin Fire Department

Chris Sevits with the Missouri Department of Conversation Forestry Division presented a grant award in the amount of $3,000 to Gorin Fire Department Secretary Mooreen Holton. The grant is part of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Fire Department Matching Grant Program.

The Gorin Fire Department will be receiving new equipment thanks to a recent Missouri Department of Conservation grant through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program.

The fire department purchased two sections of suction hose, two 4-inch to 2.5 inch adapters, a low level strainer and a portable pump at a cost of $6,000. As part of the grant program, a 50% federal and state cost share was applied, resulting in the $3,000 grant award.

During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Forestry Division staff. One hundred seventy-four (174) fire departments are receiving checks for up to $4,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear, communications equipment and wildfire suppression equipment to help increase the fire department’s capacity to suppress wildfires safely and efficiently.

The total funding awarded to Missouri fire departments through the matching funds grant program this year is $389,603.56.

Fire departments are required to match 50% of the funds which are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the US Forest Service, Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. Throughout the last 30 years, over $8 million has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment.

ERIC MICHAEL ZORR (11/13/1974 – 4/19/2018)

Eric Michael Zorr, 43, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; and Dell Rapids, SD, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his home of natural causes. His Memorial Service was held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present was Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Eric was born November 13, 1974, in Minneapolis, MN to Tom and Barb Zorr. He was a much loved and active child. During his early years, the family lived in Crystal and Long Lake, MN before settling in Dell Rapids in May of 1990. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1993, where he was active in many school activities, particularly drama, art and journalism. He attended SDSU and Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in art. Although he never completed his degree, Eric was a passionate and prolific artist for the rest of his life.

Eric found his calling serving his customers and his “regulars” as a bartender at many locations in each of the cities he lived in. Eric could talk to anyone about a wide variety of subjects, from alternative rock to jazz, sports to politics, and almost anything in-between. His varied tastes and experiences allowed him to connect to almost anyone from any walk of life.

He was beloved by his family, co-workers, and his many, many friends from around the country. He deeply adored his nieces and nephews, and spent a lot of time with his family, particularly his parents, since returning to the Sioux Falls area, after many years living in Austin, TX. His loss has left a void in the lives of those who knew him that can never be filled.

Eric was preceded in death by his sister Rhonda, brother Joseph, maternal grandfather (Joe Chancellor), and paternal grandparents (Ray and Marie Zorr).

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Barb Zorr of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Tim (Valerie) of Akron, IA, and Todd (Melanie) of Omaha, NE; his sister, Amanda (Scott) Plummer of Aberdeen, SD; four nieces, Mara, Jenny,  Olivia and Abby; four nephews, Marcus, Caiden, Jack and Asher; his grandmother, Blanche Quincey of Dell Rapids; great-aunt Garnet Tripp of Kahoka; the Ray and Shirley Chancellor family; and countless friends and relatives who loved him.

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