August 7, 2003

Board Prepares For Start Of School At July Meeting

Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on July 31, with six members present. Board member Gary Miller was absent. The board considered one item under old business, and 10 items under new business.

OLD BUSINESS

School Funding Update Superintendent LeRoy Huff informed the board that the news from Jefferson City continues to remain bleak for the current fiscal year and that the projected revenue for fiscal year 2004-2005 is even more disappointing than the year we have just started according to Linda Luebbering the state budget director for Governor Holden with whom he met on July 22nd to discuss state funding issues. The latest projected state deficit for next year shows a shortfall of over one billion dollars for fiscal year 2004-2005. That compares to a shortfall of $235 million dollars this year after the one time infusion of federal dollars is used to limit the deficit for the current fiscal year. This translates into a very very tight and conservative budget for public education for the foreseeable future. Since this was only an informational agenda item no action was required by the board.

NEW BUSINESS

Accept Letter of Resignation On July 15th, Dawn Johnson turned in a letter of resignation for the upcoming school year. Dawn has been offered a position as the kindergarten teacher at Luray and since she resides in Kahoka the drive to work would be about half of what she currently drives. The board voted 6-0 to accept her resignation provided she pays the board policy penalty fee of 2%, which calculates to $561.80. It was also the consensus of the board, in light of the current and projected state fiscal shortfall for next year, to not fill the position being vacated at the present time. This will mean that all elementary grades will now have two sections and instructional aides where needed. It has been the position of the board in these desperate economic times for education to accept reductions when possible in order to maintain the quality of education that has been the hallmark of Scotland County R-I Schools for years and that position continues. When the board accepts current reductions where possible it means that future mandated reductions due to limited state funding will be less drastic because of the current saving being implemented.

Renew M.A.R.E. Member-ship The Scotland County R-I Schools has belonged to Missouri Association of Rural Education, (M.A.R.E.) for the past seven years. This association was organized to be of assistance to rural schools and help with the problems faced by rural education. The association provides numerous services to its members. Included among these services are new board member training, workshops, and meetings to help improve rural schools. The board voted 6-0 to continue their association with the M.A.R.E. organization for fiscal year 2003-04.

Discuss Lunch Prices for 2003-04 School Year Following a study of comparative lunch and breakfast prices among six schools conducted by Michella Hull, the Board voted unanimously to keep all school meal prices the same for fiscal year 2003-04 as they were this past year. This will be the second consecutive year in which no increase in food prices has occurred. The K-6 breakfast will cost .90 cents, 7-12 breakfast .90 cents and adult breakfast $1.10.The K-6 lunch will cost $1.25, 7-12 lunch $1.30 and adult lunch will be $1.60.

Set Tuition Rates for Fiscal Year 2003-04 The board voted 6-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2003-04. The rate for secondary tuition will be $6,203 and for elementary the tuition was set at $4,435.

Set Tax Rate Hearing The board voted 6-0 to set the date for the annual tax rate hearing on August 28th at 6:15 p.m. prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Education. An annual hearing must be held before the tax rate for the new fiscal year can be established.

Accept Procedural Evalua-tions Each year one of the procedural evaluation reports that is required is that of School Safety. Mr. Moore and Mr. Shalley, the schools safety coordinators updated the board on our current safety program and gave the board a series of recommendations to consider. The board also received the School Facilities and Grounds report prepared by Linda Gray, the districts director of maintenance. She also had recommendations for the board to consider. Following receipt of these procedural evaluations the board voted 6-0 to take the recommendations under consid-eration and to accept the reports as presented.

Approve Annual Secretary of the Board Report Annually, following the close of business for the fiscal year, the district must report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the status of the districts finances and academic programs for the preceding year. This is called the Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR). Before the document can be officially mailed to DESE the Board of Education must approve the report so it can be submitted by the August 15th deadline. The board reviewed the report for fiscal year 2002-03. Superintendent Huff explained to the board that it is significant to note that during these most difficult of economic times the district was still able to end the 2002-03 fiscal year with a balanced budget. Huff expressed his appreciation to the board for their patience in insuring that the district continues a policy of financial solvency. He also thanked the board for their support and told them that without the boards cooperation this would not have been possible. The board voted 6-0 to accept the ASBR report following an appropriate period of discussion.

Approve Elementary and Secondary Handbooks Annually the school principals prepare a school handbook for the new fiscal year. Mr. Shalley and Mr. Moore presented to the board their handbooks and changes for their consideration. The board voted 6-0 to accept the handbooks as presented.

Establish Date and Time for Staff Breakfast For the past several years the board has hosted a staff breakfast welcoming the annual staff to the beginning of a new year. Last night the board voted 6-0 to host this annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on August 18th in the high school commons.

Assign At-Risk and Homeless Coordinator for Fiscal Year 2003-04 Annually, DESE requires the district to appoint an At-Risk and a Homeless Coordinator to serve the needs of those students who are in need of the special services that these coordinators would provide. Ken Cross is the current Homeless and At-Risk Coordinator and he has agreed to continue as coordinator for these positions. The board voted 6-0 to offer both of these positions to Mr. Cross for fiscal year 2003-04.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

In executive session the board voted 6-0 approval for the principals and Federal Programs Director to offer employment on an as needed basis to the districts instructional aides until the board can meet and consider the recommendations at their August meeting. In other board action by a vote of 5-0-1 offers of employment were extended to the districts non-certified staff. Board member Scott Brassfield abstained from the vote because his mother-in-law, Terry Arnold, was being considered for re-employment. The board also voted 6-0 to offer employment to district certified contracted staff personnel. The final action taken by the board in executive session was to offer employment by a 6-0 vote to Chris Montgomery to be the junior varsity and varsity assistant football coach. Terry Slaughter was offered employment by a 6-0 vote to be the district head varsity softball coach.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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