September 18, 2003

Walk-A-Thon To Benefit Bible Grove School

The Walk-A-Thon for the Bible Grove School Restoration Project will be held Saturday, October 4th. The event will start at 7:00 a.m. when the walkers will circle the square in Memphis one time. After that is completed they will walk to Bible Grove.

Those wishing to participate in the walk-a-thon are asked to sign up and get their sponsor sheet from Sharon Bradley (883-5774) or Greta Slocum (883-5831). Participants are supposed to ask individuals to sponsor them for a specified amount of money per mile.

There will be check points set up along the 15 mile walk and as walkers pass each check point their mileage will be recorded.

Refreshments and drinks will be provided at the rest stops. Restrooms will be available at four of the stops. Proceeds go to the Bible Grove School Restoration Project.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, March 30 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, March 31 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, April 3 – French Toast Sticks, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, April 4 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, April 5 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, April 6 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, March 30 – Chicken Stir Fry, Goulash, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, March 31 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Grilled Chicken Patty/Bun, Potato Rounds, Peas/Carrots, Strawberries/Bananas, Fresh Fruit

Monday, April 3 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Juicy Burger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Creamed Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, April 4 – Pizza Roll-Ups, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Buttered Corn, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, April 5 – Salisbury Steak, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, April 6 – Beef N Tator Bake, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Strawberries, Fresh Fruit

SCAMP Trivia Night Set For April 1st

Scotland County Association of Music Parents will host its 3rd Annual Trivia Night on April 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the SCR-1 High School Commons.

The theme for the evening’s questions will be entertainment, consisting of TV, movies, books, music and sports. Teams may be up to 8 people and the cost is $10 per person and includes food and drink.

Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged.  Call Ellen Aylward at 660-216-9951 to pre-register or if you have any questions.

All proceeds go to SCAMP for the benefit of the SCR-1 Music Department.

Do you know…

Do you know of the recent destruction and devastation by wild fires fanned by high winds in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado?

Do you know that thousands of head of livestock were lost; not to mention homes, homesteads, equipment, winter pasture, hay, fences, lives, and yes, probably some minds?  This was total devastation.

Do you know, “Except by the Lord go I”?

Do you know that many of our northeast farmers (young and old) donated and delivered to strategic locations over a thousand big bales of hay?  In a normal year, that would exceed $50,000.

Do you know if cash was donated to those truckers from those states to help defray per mile costs in transporting hay bales back to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado?  I’m sure there was; this is northeast Missouri at work.

Do you know how proud we in northeast Missouri are of our farmers for “stepping up to the plate”.  Well, we are so very proud.

God Bless You!  Charlene Fisher

Park Ranger to Speak on Climate and Our National Parks

Kirksville, MOOn Friday, March 31, Brian Ettling, a Missouri native and veteran national park ranger will present a program entitled “Is Climate Changing Our National Parks?” The free event will be held at 7pm in Magruder Hall, Room 2001, 100 E. Normal Ave., Kirksville, MO on the campus of Truman State University.

Ranger Ettling will share a slide presentation about the changes he has seen in the Everglades National Park in Florida, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and his beloved home state of Missouri. He will describe his observations of the impacts of sea level rise, drought, rising temperatures, and wildfires on our wild national treasures. The presentation will be followed by a discussion on the impacts of climate change on our state of Missouri and what actions can be taken by citizens of the area.

“I have been working in the national parks for almost 25 years now,” said Ettling.  “My talk will illustrate how I have seen, up close and personal, how our changing climate has affected these national treasures. My talk is also full of hope, as I believe that there are viable solutions to stem the effects of climate change. As a Missourian, I know that folks in northeast Missouri live close to the land and weather systems, and I am delighted to talk with folks in the Kirksville area about this very important topic.”

The event is being held amidst growing interest within the Republican Party regarding climate change. Last week 17 members of the House of Representatives signed on to the Republican Climate Resolution (H.Res. 195) supporting the need to take action on climate change.  Additionally, 15 Republican members of Congress are now actively engaged in the House Climate Solutions Caucus.

This event is hosted by the Kirksville Natural History Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Northeast Missouri, and the Osage Group of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club. It is free and open to the public.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Northeast Missouri seeks to create the political will for a stable climate.

Niffen Selected for FRS D.C. Youth Tour Sponsored by NEMR Telecom 

Shannon Niffen of Scotland County R-I and Jillian Albrecht of Green City R-I have been selected to participate in the Foundation for Rural Services annual youth tour to Washington D.C. sponsored by NEMR telecom.

NEMR Telecom hosted an interview dinner to choose two candidates to represent the company at the 23rd annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

High school juniors within the company’s telephone service area are given the opportunity to apply for this trip by submitting a one-page essay and an application.

Shannon Niffen of Scotland County R-I and Jillian Albrecht of Green City R-I were among the candidates who attended.

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the students and their family members joined with the Education Committee from NEMR Telecom’s Board of Directors and Jim Sherburne, CEO, to meet for a dinner and interview process.

The students were each called upon to introduce themselves and give a brief family history and other relevant information. Students shared about their hobbies, interests, future plans and other reasons they believed they were good candidates for the FRS Youth Tour.

Following the dinner, the Education Committee formally selected both students to participate in the tour to D.C. this June.

“Shannon and Jillian impressed our Education Committee and we all enjoyed learning more about their lives, interests, and desire to go on the tour,” said Sherburne. “Both students are excellent candidates and we look forward to having them represent NEMR Telecom on this year’s FRS Youth Tour.”

The Foundation for Rural Service’s (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth.  2017 marks the 23rd annual Youth Tour.  Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for a four-day tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation.

Joe Lopez and the ‘Crescent City March Two-Step’

In mid-December of last year, a representative of the C.L. Barnhouse Publishing Company reached out to Chanel Oliver and the Scotland County music department seeking information regarding a piece of music entitled “Crescent City March Two-Step” that was dedicated to the Memphis Community Band and copyrighted in 1917.

Through a series of contacts, local historian and genealogy researcher Joanne Aylward began searching for more information on Mr. Lopez and his connection with the Memphis Community Band and composed the following biographical information about this man’s connection to the Memphis community.

JOE LOPEZ

Joseph Rogelio Lopez was born in Key West, Florida on May 27, 1887 to Joseph F. Lopez and Mary Lopez.  Joe R.’s father was a Cuban immigrant who had come to the United States at age three and become a naturalized citizen.   Joseph F. worked as a cigar packer, as did some of his eight children, including Joe R.   Census records show that by 1910 Joe’s mother Mary was widowed and had moved to New Orleans.

Little is to be found about his family or childhood or any sort of musical training he may have had.  However, according to a New York Clipper newspaper, in 1916 he was playing cornet with the Yankee Robinson Circus.

He traveled with the Robinson Famous Shows (Big Ten Shows) in 1916 where he played under the direction of C. H. Tinney, bandleader who hailed from Memphis, Missouri.   Tinney died unexpectedly on December 28, 1916 in Oklahoma and Lopez travelled to Memphis to play at Mr. Tinney’s funeral.

An article in the April 21, 1917 Billboard Magazine stated that “Joe Loepasz [sic], solo cornet with Tinney’s Band last season will not troupe this year.”  Apparently, he moved to Memphis, Missouri during this period of his life and became the director of the Memphis Community Band.  On June 5 in 1917, Joe registered for the draft in Memphis, Missouri and reported for his physical but was discharged on August 20, 1917 as “not physically qualified for service”.  Documents and photographs indicate that he was a small man, only 5 feet and ½ inch tall, which may explain his discharge from the service for physical reasons.   Lopez was married to Nettie Ralph, daughter of Fannie Ralph of Memphis, but no records of the marriage are found in Scotland County, so the date of their marriage is unknown.

It was October 1917 when Joe Lopez published his work “Crescent City Two-step march” which was dedicated to the Memphis Community Band.  (New Orleans, the “Crescent City” had been the home of Joe and his mother after the death of his father.)  The piece was arranged by F. H. Losey, himself a composer and later the editor-in-chief of the Vandersloot Music Publishing Company.  The following description was included with a copy of the music, published in the Memphis Reveille in 1917:

“A copy of the march was submitted to F. H. Losey, one of the best arrangers of band music in the United States and he pronounced the copy as a remarkable composition and one that would make a good impression on any audience. This march is especially adopted for all occasions as it opens with a bugle call prelude—which makes it fitting for parades, concerts, military services and for dress parade circus openings.  It is a very melodious number as the composer does not believe in the idea of boisterous “rip and tear” marches”.

Joe Lopez signed a contract in September 1917 to travel to Havana, Cuba to become a performer (cornet player) with Gran Circo Santos and Artigas for a salary of $21 (American) per week.  Santos and Artegas’ Circus had been hailed as the Ringling Brothers of Cuba.  Santos and Artigas were entrepreneurs who had been film producers and theatre owners and had founded their highly successful circus the previous year in 1916.   Joe was to leave from New Orleans and travel to Havana on November 10, 1917. Nettie Lopez joined her husband in Cuba later in November, 1917.

Later, Joe Lopez served as a band leader of the Campbell-Bailey-Hutchinson Circus in 1920, but left after that season and the CBH Circus later closed after the 1922 season and was offered for sale, but was sent to W. P. Hall’s circus “bone yard” in Lancaster, Missouri.  Nothing more is known of Joseph Rogelio Lopez, the cornet player and composer who called Memphis, Missouri

SCR-I Band Earns 1 Rating at State Music Festival

The Scotland County Concert Band and the Scotland County Choir, under the direction of Nathaniel Orr, traveled to Hannibal on Friday, March 24 to participate in State Music Festival, held at the performing arts center at Hannibal-LaGrange University (instrumental groups) and Hannibal High School (vocal groups). The statewide music contest is held at various locations around the state.

For instrumental contest, the Scotland County Band played two pieces of music, “Crescent City March Two-Step” by Joseph R. Lopez and “By the Rivers of Babylon” by Ed Huckeby.  The band received a I rating for their prepared pieces and also a I rating for their sight-reading. The “Crescent City” piece was first published in 1917  has an interesting history and ties to Memphis, Missouri.  The composer Joe Lopez had been a resident of Memphis and directed the Memphis Community Band.  (See Joe Lopez and the ‘Crescent City March Two-Step’).

The Scotland County Choir performed two numbers, “Homeward Bound” and “Wade in the Water”.  This was the first time in a number of years that a choir from Scotland County has participated in the State Music Festival.  The choir was comprised of junior high and senior high choir members and received a III rating for their prepared pieces and for sight singing.

The Scotland County Concert Band shined their new concert attire, days after debuting the new tuxedos and gowns at a school assembly on Wednesday, March 22.

Scotland County Association of Music Parents (SCAMP) purchased the tuxedo ensembles and dresses for the band students.  The cost of the new concert attire was paid from the proceeds of fundraisers and donations from the community.  Debbie Kigar assisted with the measuring for tuxedos and final fittings and alterations were completed by Sarah Myers, Cindy Justice, Terry Sommers and Ellen Aylward.  Satin sashes were constructed by Ellen Aylward and Joanne Aylward and added to the black floor-length dresses for the ladies.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Memphis Tree City USA

Memphis, MO was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Memphis achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program ‘s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it‘s through volunteer engagement or public education.

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Voters Asked to Renew County Road and Bridge Sales Tax

For more than 20 years Scotland County residents have been paying a half cent sales tax to help fund the road and bridge department’s capital projects, such as building new bridges and purchasing equipment.

On April 4th, voters will be asked once again to renew the tax, which was first implemented in 1985. Since 1997, the tax has been renewed every four years by voters. In 2013 the issue was approved by 682 yes votes to 123 against.

The ballot issue reads as follows: ” Shall the County of Scotland continue to impose a county wide sales tax at the rate of one-half (1/2) of one percent (1%) for a period of four years from the date on which such tax is first imposed to be used solely for the purpose of capital improvements of County roads and bridges?

This is not a new tax.”

In 2016, the sales tax generated more than $260,000 for the road and bridge department.

More than $460,000 was expended from the fund, with roughly $350,000 spent on three new bridges. More than $30,000 was spent on road tubes with another $44,0000 expended on equipment.

“The sales tax is a restrictive revenue,” said County Clerk Batina Dodge. “It can only be used for capital improvements, such as the purchase of equipment and bridge construction.”

Overall, the sales tax represents approximately 15% of the county’s road and bridge department’s $2.1 million budget.

“It is important for voters to understand that this is not a new tax nor is it a tax increase,” said Presiding Commissioner Duane Ebeling.

The 35-cent road and bridge levy and the 31-cent special levy for roads and bridges generate roughly 40% of the budget. Missouri state fuel taxes (CART funds) and motor vehicle sales tax revenues generate an equivalent revenue stream.

The county currently levies a 1/2 cent sales tax for the general revenue fund and a 1/4 cent sales tax for law enforcement in addition to the 1/2 cent road and bridge tax. Combined they generated approximately $650,000 in tax revenue in 2016.

With a combined 1.25 cent county sales tax, Scotland County ranks as the lowest among its neighbors and in the state. Adair County has a sales tax of 1.375 cents while Putnam County and Schuyler County both are at 2 cents. Clark and Knox counties both have sales tax rates of 2.5 cents with Lewis County charging 3.125 cents. Those rates are paid in addition to the statewide 4.225 Missouri sales tax.

April 2nd Election to Decide Fate of Proposed School Expansion

With a goal of improved student safety as well as expanding and upgrading facilities, the Scotland County R-I School District will ask voters on Tuesday to approve a $1.6 million tax levy issue.

Proposition 2 on the April 4th ballot will seek to implement a $0.16 debt service levy that would allow the district to borrow $1.6 million to fund an approximately 8,500 square foot expansion to the campus that would house a new band room, additional classrooms as well as an early childhood development center. Bring more of the district’s facilities under one roof would allow the installation of additional security measures to control unwanted access to the facilities.

The bond issue would also fund safety enhancements and renovations of the existing facility in addition to the four new early childhood classrooms, a therapy and nursing room, a new band room for the high school, in addition to three more classrooms and additional storage.

Plans call for the construction of a roughly 150-foot long addition to connect the high school and elementary school.

The district has not maintained a debt service levy since 1994, when the district retired a 20-year bond approved by voters in 1974 for the construction of the high school. If approved by the voters, the debt service levy would increase from $0.00 to $0.16.

The board of education has worked over the past two years searching for alternative funding options while also paring down proposed expansion plans and renovation costs, since an initial levy proposal first went to the voters in 2015.

In November of that year, voters said no to a $5 million bond issue, before voting no again in April 2016 on a pared down $4 million proposal. The district went back to voters in August of 2016 seeking $3.3 million, again being rejected.

The district scrapped plans from the initial bond issues to install an all-weather track, a new football concession stand, build a new weight room and add on to the library. The school also has worked with local boosters to repair the existing softball and baseball field lights while agreeing to pursue a used system to replace the outdated lights at the football field instead of purchasing new.

Other changes from the initial proposals include greater utilization of existing facilities. Superintendent Ryan Bergeson explained the new plan calls for renovating areas such as the Ag building, that in addition to the expansion project, is intended to bring the Life Skills and the elementary school library back under one roof, along with the preschool program. Other cost saving measures were made in the design and architecture scheme for the expansion. “The proposed design is smaller, and it is a simple, straight design, both of which helped reduce the cost projections,” said Bergeson.

With its levy at $3.50 this year, the Scotland County R-I district has the lowest levy rate in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

Westran comes in second lowest at $3.75 but also has an assessed property valuation of nearly three times as much as the SCR-I district.

The rest of the conference school’s rate are as follows: Harrisburg –  $5.25, Marceline – $4.67, Salisbury – $4.47, Fayette – $4.25, Schuyler County – $4.20, Knox County – $3.83, and Paris – $3.78.

If approved the bond issue would raise the SCR-I tax levy to $3.66, still  lowest in the conference, and still below other area schools such as Canton ($3.72), Putnam County ($3.73), Kirksville ($4.20), Brashear ($4.22), Monroe City ($4.24) and Novinger ($4.26).

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