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.


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.


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.


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.

MDC Reports Three New Cases of CWD From Mandatory Sampling

Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease, with none in Scotland County.

As part of MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling efforts, MDC staff remove lymph nodes for CWD testing from the neck of a buck harvested in central Missouri the opening weekend of fall firearms deer season.


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29 counties in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri in and around where the disease has been found.

From those final results, MDC has confirmed that five deer have tested positive for the deadly deer disease, including an adult buck harvested in southeast Adair County, an adult buck harvested in northwest Macon County, and an adult buck harvested southwest Franklin County. The five total cases also include a yearling male harvested in southeast Jefferson County and a mature buck harvested in northern Franklin County, as previously reported by MDC in December 2016.

The department has also received test results for approximately 650 tissue samples collected for CWD testing in seven counties in southwest Missouri. No deer from southern Missouri have tested positive for the disease. The target counties are close to where more than 100 cases of CWD have been found in Northwest Arkansas.

“This has been a huge undertaking and we greatly appreciate the help from participating hunters and businesses during our sampling efforts,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “While it is disappointing to detect any CWD cases, overall the results to date are encouraging. Given the large number of deer tested and the small number of cases detected, CWD appears to remain relatively rare in the state.”

The five new positive cases bring the total number of CWD cases detected in free ranging deer in Missouri to 38 with 10 found in Adair, 1 in Cole, 3 in Franklin, 1 in Jefferson, 1 in Linn, and 22 in Macon counties.

Batten added the Department’s next steps include working with landowners in the immediate areas around where cases of CWD have been found to harvest and test additional deer this winter. Affected counties are:  Adair, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Moniteau, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Francis.

“This additional sampling will help MDC staff better determine the extent of the disease and help limit its spread,” she explained. “Research shows that CWD tends to be clumped in local areas. When we find a deer with CWD, removing other deer in the immediate area can remove other deer that may be infected. This can help slow the spread of the disease.”

She noted MDC continues to collect tissue samples from deer harvested in northeast, central, east-central, and southwest Missouri throughout the remaining deer-hunting season, which ends Jan. 15. Tissue samples are being taken by participating taxidermists and at MDC offices and other sampling locations in the affected regions. MDC encourages hunters who harvest deer in these areas to have them tested for the disease. Find sampling locations online at MDC also encourages the public to report sick deer to their local conservation agent or MDC office.

“Once the season is over and our sampling efforts are done for the year, we will then examine the results from our overall sampling and testing efforts to better determine future sampling needs,” Batten added.

For more information on the Department’s CWD sampling efforts and testing results, visit and look under “CWD Surveillance Summary.”

Hunters who participated in the Department’s CWD sampling efforts can get test results for their harvested deer online at

Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of the brain. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100‐percent fatal. For more information on CWD, visit For information on processing and consuming meat from deer with CWD, visit the Department of Health and Senior Services at

Hunters Harvest 10,602 Deer During Missouri Alternative-Methods Portion

The Missouri Department of Conservation will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state beginning this fall.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,602 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season, which ran Dec. 24- Jan. 3. Of the total harvest, 2,787 were antlered bucks, 1,496 button bucks, and 6,319 does. Top harvest counties were Oregon with 262 deer harvested, Callaway with 199, and Pike with 195.

Scotland County hunters checked in 151 deer, including 36 antlered bucks.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 11,078, consisting of 3,001 antlered bucks, 1,593 button bucks, and 6,484 does.

For 2016 harvest totals by county and season portion, visit the MDC website at under “Telecheck: Deer and Turkey Harvest Data.” For past season numbers, visit the same link under “Deer Harvest Summaries.”

During the alternative methods-portion of firearms deer season, hunters are allowed to use muzzle-loading firearms, center-fire pistols, air-powered guns, bows, crossbows, or atlatls.

Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Jan. 15. In December, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations for the 2017-2018 deer-hunting season dates including:

Archery Deer: Sept 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018

Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 28 and 29

Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 11-21

Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 24-26

Firearms Antlerless Portion: Dec. 1-3

Firearms Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2018

City Seeking Partners to Help Fund  Park Shelter Upgrades

In a continuing effort to revitalize the municipal parks system, the City of Memphis on Thursday night authorized a pair of projects to upgrade shelters at Johnson and Legion parks.

The city council unanimously approved a project to replace the roof of the Legion Park shelter. A new ceiling will be installed to protect the shelter’s interior and to deter birds and other unnecessary access to the interior of the roof while also improving lighting and other aesthetics.

Initial cost estimates for the project were approximately $2,200. Superintendent Roy Monroe noted that if additional funding could be allocated, the facility’s restrooms could be upgraded as well.

The council also authorized replacing the largest shelter at Johnson Park that has deteriorated due to age and weather.

The project calls for a new 18′ x 32′ concrete pad and installation of a new metal shelter, similar to the ones installed at the softball field to protect the bleachers.

Estimated costs for the project are $5,500.

The Scotland County Rotary Club had helped create the initial park shelters and assisted in upkeep and maintenance. The city is pursuing continued support for the projects from the club and also has contacted the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce to seek aid for the upgrades.

Any other groups or individuals that would like to help with the park upgrades can contact City Hall at 660-465-7285.

SC Health Department Offers Walking Step Challenge

The Walking Step Challenge is an eight week wellness program that can and will help you jumpstart your physical activity in the new year.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy and fit. You will be counting your walking steps and logging them down each day you walk.

Some of the health benefits of doing this step challenge will be that you will have more energy and endurance, it will help you sleep better at night, it helps reduces lifetime risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart attacks, diabetes and it will strengthen your bones and muscles.

Sign up starts January 9th. Please stop by the Health Department or call for more information at 660-465-7275.

The Walking Step Challenge starts January 18th at 5:30 PM at the Scotland County Fitness Center.

If you are going to participate “PLEASE” bring a change of shoes and a pedometer. If you have met your step goal each week, you will be put into a drawing for a six month membership to the Scotland County Fitness Center.

City Council Receives Update on Demolition Grant Progress at January Meeting

The final hurdle in moving forward with the demolition of several dilapidated buildings in Memphis appears set to be removed allowing the long-awaited project to finally get underway, possibly yet this winter.

Dave Davidson of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission informed the Memphis City Council on January 5th that the following day was the final deadline for the last remaining property to be cleared in title searches against existing liens.

Ten of thee 11 properties already are cleared for demolition, but one property maintained a lien against it following title searches of all entries in the $100,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Memphis during the summer of 2016.

The property owner received a 30-day grace period to remove the lien. The grace period was set to expire January 6th.

The project previously had been held up by possible conflicts with historical preservation concerns. Davidson suggested that documentation of the histories of the property(s) that possibly could fall under federal historical guidelines, likely would add $3,000 to $4,000 to the project cost, but added he believed grant funds could be used to pay for the archival process.

The CDBG  grant will fund $67,500 for demolition of 10 residential properties and $15,200 for one commercial property. The city will provide $5,500 in in-kind services as well as $500 in funding while private property holders will contribute $8,040 to the projects total estimated cost of $116,423.

The commercial property is located at 128 S. Market Street. The 10 residential properties are located at 350 Green St., 127 N. Clay, 425 N. Clay, 628 Lindell Blvd., 120 N. Adams, 474 E. Jackson, 360 S. Market, 543 N. Market, 120 S. Cecil and 423 N Main.


In other business, the council approved the sale of a 1969 Chevrolet C40 Truck being sold as surplus property. The high bid of $533 was accepted from Brian Holton.


The council approved advertising for bids for hay ground rental at the Memphis Cemetery. Sealed bids for the harvest of hay on land adjacent to the cemetery are being sought for a one year period, with possible extensions for the following two years.

The contract is available for review at Memphis City Hall. Bids need to be calculated according to price per large bale.  Bids will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2.


Dennis Blaine was present at the council meeting to discuss concerns about the designation of a sewer line as a private service line as opposed to a city main.

Blaine discussed repairs that were completed at his residence on Lincoln Street. A sewer blockage was identified in a 4-inch line that ran between two man holes on Lincoln Street.

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated the line was initially installed by the property owners and there was no record showing it as anything but a private service line.

Normally the property owner is responsible for all repairs and maintenance of sewer and water lines from the residence to connection at the city main.

Initially when these repairs were performed between the mains, he was told he would be responsible for the costs.

However the council agreed that, while this may have previously been designated a private line, because it was in the street right of way and was serving more than one residence, it should be designated as a city main.

The council agreed to reimburse Blaine the labor costs as well as cost of fill rock for the project, which totaled approximately $3,400.

The council also designated as policy moving forward that sewer and water lines that may initially have been private construction projects, but that now serve more than one residence  or take the place of what likely later would have been constructed as a city main, be reviewed for possible re-designation from private to public maintenance status.

Lake Show-Me to Receive Upgrades As Part of New Municipal Agreement With Conservation Department

A new 25-year cooperative management agreement between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the City of Memphis will come with several improvements at Lake Show-Me.

The two entities will renew a quarter-century deal to govern the 225 acre impoundment that serves at the main water source for the city as well as a top recreational destination for hunters and fishermen.

As part of the new agreement, MDC has pledged to design and construct a new floating fishing dock, that will allow the existing floating fishing dock to be relocated to the south lake access.

The new floating fishing dock will be 18′ x 36′ and will be covered and include an interior access well. The dock will be attached with a cement pier, with the entire facility being handicapped accessible.

The conservation department will also fund the construction of new restroom facilities at both the north and south access sites to serve the two fishing docks.

The final improvement will be a 12′ x 18′ courtesy boat dock to be placed adjacent to the boat ramp. The project will include a 45′ gangway to allow boaters access to the parking area.

MDC will contribute $177,000 to the cost of the projects and as part of the agreement, will be responsible for the cost of any major repairs to the new facilities, as well as parking areas and sidewalks to be installed by the city.

The City of Memphis will fund approximately $16,000 worth of construction including new parking pads at both access sites as well as sidewalks.

The agreement calls for a 16′ x 30″ pad, six-inches thick, near the boat ramp at the main access, as well as a 24′ x 30′ parking pad next to the new restrooms at the south access. Sidewalks will be installed to connect the new parking area to the courtesy dock, as well as a sidewalk to connect the parking pad to the new south fishing dock access.

The city will also be responsible for the pump out, demolition and removal of the existing privy at both access sites.

The current improvements date back to a Community Assistance Program agreement between the two parties entered in 1991. A new fish cleaning station was installed in 2014.

Orson Kane West First Baby of 2017 Born at Scotland County Hospital

Orson Kane West, the son of Kristen Dunning and Cody West of Fort Madison, IA, was the first baby of 2017 born at Scotland County. They are pictured with Dr. Brigitte Cormier along with OB Nurses, Barbie Courtright and Tonya Small.

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis is pleased to announce the first baby born in 2017 at the Women’s Center.  Orson Kane West, the son of Kristen Dunning & Cody West of Fort Madison, IA, was born on January 4, 2017, at 4:45 a.m. and weighs 8 lbs-8 oz and is 21.5 inches long.  He is welcomed home by his big brother Oliver.  Dr. Brigitte Cormier delivered the baby.  Dr. Cormier is no stranger to this family.  She delivered Orson’s older brother at Scotland County Hospital’s Women’s Center two years ago.

Grandparents are Mark & Debbie West of Hamilton, IL; Bill Dunning of Bloomfield, IA; and Amy Tarpein of Hamilton, IL.

Orson and his parents received a shower of gifts from the following businesses, individuals and organizations: Community Bank of Memphis; Cook’s Mens Store; Countryside Flowers; Harrison Insurance Agency; Kim Nicoli, Attorney; Laser Creations-Aaron & Stacie Dannenhauer; Memphis Farm & Home; Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri; Payne Funeral Chapel; Scotland County Health & Fitness Center; RPM Truck Accessories; US Bank; SCCC/SCH Auxiliary; Sew & Go Quilt Guild of Scotland & Schuyler Counties.

The Women’s Center & staff were busy following Orson’s birth.  Baby girl Avery Paige, the daughter of Emily & Brent, was born a few hours later at 3:05 pm and later that evening, baby boy Theodore James, the son of Cody and Kelsey, was born at 1:38 a.m.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thurs. January 12 – Meatloaf, Lima Beans, Pineapple-Cheese Salad, Bread, Glazed Donut

Friday, January 13 – Crunchy Fish Fillet, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas, Cornbread, Cherry Salad

Monday, January 16 – Chili or Potato Soup, Pimento Cheese Sandwich, Buttered Broccoli, Pears, Cookie

Tuesday, January 17 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Cottage Cheese, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wed., January 18 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Hot Roll, Fruit Cocktail

Thurs. January 19 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Wax Beans, Bread, Cake


Thursday, January 12 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18 – Board and Business Meeting 1:00 p.m.

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

Hair Co Starts Second Year of Wigs with Love

The Wigs With Love fundraiser is helping provide hair care for local cancer patients.

by Andrea Brassfield

Michele Garnett, owner of Hair Co in Memphis, recalls sitting in her salon with her good friend, Suzie Lister, one year ago, visiting about cancer and all the people they personally knew who were fighting this terrible disease.  Their good friend, Charlie, had just been diagnosed and was in the hospital.

As is often the case, people feel helpless when their family and friends are suffering from something and they just want to do something to help.  “I had thought about a way to help cancer patients with wigs, because no one with cancer should have to pay for a wig.”  Michele explained.  “We know that the Cancer Society will give you one, but it is difficult for people in the midst of this terrible diagnosis and treatment, to go and pick out a wig that is right for them.”

Michele knew that Charlie’s wife, Beth would also be “on board’ with this effort, not only because of Charlie’s experiences, but because she had always loved helping people with wigs.  In the past, the ladies at Hair Co had already helped people with their wigs by contacting friends and family who might want to help out.

As they were visiting, Suzie prompted Michele to move forward with her idea.  She handed Michele a basket and told her to use it for donations and Michele’s son Brandon, who was also visiting, took out his wallet and handed her $20, giving Michele her first Wigs of Love donation.  She could feel her heart swell and knew it was time to make her idea a reality!

Michele started the Wigs of Love campaign by posting her idea to Facebook, letting everyone know that wig donations could be brought to Hair Co and that anyone in need would get a wig consult, a wig, a wig stand and a wig cap.  Also, when it was time to shave off remaining hair, Hair Co would provide that service at no cost.

Within two days, enough money had been donated to purchase two wigs.  “My heart grew with pride,” stated Michele.  “Since that day, we have helped eight ladies with wigs and making a big decision in their steps to recovery.”  Michele also wants this to be a service that men will seek.  Though losing their hair may not be as hard on them, she remembers watching Charlie hate to see his hair fall out.

Michele hopes this project continues to help our community and says, “As we know too many people are being diagnosed with cancer and any little thing we can do helps.”

If you know anyone who needs this service, have them call Michele, Beth or Kaela at 660-465-7700 to set up a personal consult.  Also, if you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please stop by and leave your money at Hair Co.

VFW Auxiliary Receives New Members

The Auxiliary of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars met for the first meeting of 2017.  Two individuals were voted into the membership.

Other business included finding workers for the theatre on January 8th and the high school basketball concession stand on January 30.  Please call President Eggleston if you can volunteer.

A VFW potato bar is being discussed as a fundraiser, and members are encouraged to come to the February meeting to help with the planning.

The stagette, featuring soup and sandwiches, will be held on January 27. Desserts are appreciated.

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