September 11, 2003

(7/15/1934 - 9/4/2003)

Alberta Lee James, 69 of Baring, MO, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2003, at her home near Baring, MO.

The daughter of Audrey and Naomi (Dawson) Gregory, she was born, July 15, 1934, in Adair County.

On June 4, 1952 she was united in marriage to William Harry James and he survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Judith Ann Woods of Memphis, MO, Linda Jean Gray and her husband, Gene of Memphis, MO, and Cindy Lou Brush and her husband, Brian of Memphis, MO; one sister, Lucille Riley of Macon, MO; two brothers, Wayne Gregory and his wife, Vena of Macon, MO, and Donald Gregory and his wife, Donna of Macon, MO; nine grandchildren, Jerry Woods, Barbara Reed, Mark Woods, Kelli Woods, Amanda Gray, Batina Gray and her fiance, Matt Dodge, Jalisa Gray, Anthony Brush and his wife, Stefanie and Amber Brush; five great- grandchildren; mother-in-law, Irma James of Alexis, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Penny Sue James and two grandsons, James Michael Woods and Travis Lee Woods.

Mrs. James was reared in Adair County and was a graduate of the Greentop High School. She and her husband were engaged in farming from 1952 to 1985 in Adair and Scotland County, MO. In the l980s, Harry and Alberta became a long distance semi- truck driving team and hauled freight for various companies all over the United States and they enjoyed working together.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and especially the times spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and all of her family.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church at Edina and was in charge of the Seniors Group JOY, (Just Older Youth).

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 8, 2003, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home at Edina, MO, with Reverend Gerry Bass officiating.

Music was provided by Karen Stone, soloist and Ed Anderson, organist. Vocal selections were Precious Memories and Lord Build Me A Cabin.

Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery at Memphis, MO. Casket bearers were Jerry Woods, Mark Woods, Anthony Brush, Matt Dodge, Kent Hagerla, Jeff Morrow and Charlie Hamlin.

An expression of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Alberta L. James Memorial Fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box l, Edina, MO 63537.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us here at Pine Ridge Bluebird Trails. We are enjoying this time of gathering together with family and friends. I have had a few birds at my front porch feeder. I do not have a lot of leaving shrubbery to protect my birds right around my house, so this makes for a problem.

With many farmers and landowners ridding their farms of hedgerows, and other thicket areas, the places for some birds to go in the winter time are getting fewer. We do have a few trees left on our east fence line here at the trails and some hedgerows on our other farms, but that is not here. I personally like to leave as many trees on the trails as I can.

This year I needed work done on a pond, and in order to do that work I was going to have to cut 16 trees.  I am still trying to figure out what I can do to fix the pond and leave the trees. I have also always liked pines to help with covers for the birds and brush piles also help. I know I have explained how you can make a man made brush pile designed for birds and rabbits during the winter.

I am in the process of building an area for the birds and feeders.  I have several shrubs set out and next spring plan to mulch and border it.  I want to eventually get enough growth to place a few feeders in the area and have some protection for the birds as well. I am also planning to plant some hummingbird-friendly flowering plants there as well.  I am excited as this should be a fun spot to watch.

Boy, haven’t the deer been taking a hit on the roads this last week. I have counted numerous deer. The Eagles have sure been busy around here. I love watching them. They move ahead of the combines in the fields and take care of most of the rabbits. Duane said he noticed several hovering over the fields near the combines flying away with rabbits. The food chain is at work.

If you are able, you will want to keep water out for the winter time birds.  I have two heated bird baths and they really enjoy them.  Now is the time to get ready for those colder days.  Have you been able to find any bird nests in your bare trees.  There are several around here, which I have noticed.  My time was limited this week, so I have not been able to look as much as I would like to.

Enjoy your family this thanksgiving season, and spend some quality time with them.  Until next, time good bird watching.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, Nov. 23 – Center Closed, No Meals, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24 – Center Closed

Monday, November 27 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, November 28 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Bread, Cake

Wed., November 29 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Peas, Slice Bread, Pudding/Fruit


Thursday, Nov. 23 – Center Closed Today, No meal or cards.

Friday, Nov. 24 – Center Closed.

Monday, Nov. 27 – AAA and Care Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving, No School.

Friday, November 24 – No School.

Monday, November 27 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, November 28 – Oatmeal, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Peanut Butter, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wed., November 29 – Ham/Egg/Cheese/Biscuit, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

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


Thursday, November 23 – No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24 – No School.

Monday, November 27 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, November 28 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Juicy Burger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Curly Q Fries, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Wed., November 29 – Meatloaf, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit

Thursday, November 23 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Ministerial Alliance Continuing Coat Drive, Food Collection Efforts

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met on November 8th at the St. Paul Church in Memphis. Those present were:  Mark Appold, Dan Hite, Diana Koontz, and Jack Sumption.

The coat drive is still ongoing.  So far there have been 10 children’s coats, and 20 adult coats donated.  The group indicated a continuing need for more children’s coats.

The food drive is ongoing with Counselor Dani Fromm collecting food for the drive at the elementary school and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes handling the duties at the high school. The collection will be presented at the Community Thanksgiving Service.  The FCCLA annual Halloween food drive brought in roughly four to six grocery carts of food for the Food Pantry. The local Boy Scouts will assist with the collection and delivery of the food items to the food pantry after the Community Thanksgiving Service.

The 2018 calendar was presented to the meeting for review. Copies of the calendar will be distributed at the December SCMA meeting.

The Thanksgiving Service is being organized by Dan Hite. Nathaniel Orr will be leading the music.  Amy Carleton will be singing also.

Public input is always welcome at the Ministerial Alliance meetings. The next meeting will. be December 13th at 1 p.m.

All You’re Meant to Hear

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer; unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the beaten path. I’ve actually seen some folks ride their four-wheeler up to the very tree they are hunting in. They say the deer never notice. I say they do.

I do believe when deer are pressured they move to some strange places. Oftentimes it’s right next to a road or even a highway. I can remember one year while hunting in Alabama, my friend set up right next to a four lane highway. On the last day of the hunt he killed a nice eight-pointer. I’m sure that deer never imagined a hunter setting up in such an uncommon area.

For me, there’s something about being in a place where I can hear no road noise. I don’t like having to listen for the rustle of leaves through the sounds of rush hour. The purity of the hunt seems tainted when the sounds of the woods are competing with the sounds of a nearby highway. I like being able to hear every squirrel’s bark and every birds chirp.

I’ve noticed my time with the Lord is often characterized this way as well. I find at times I try to hear God without getting far enough away from the sounds of my daily grind. It may be a cell phone, a T.V., or even a time restraint that’s not allowing me to hear all that I’m meant to hear. As a result, the experience is not what I need or what God wants.

The problem is that I’m just hunting (praying) too close to my truck. I’m doing it because it’s the easiest thing to do. But again, the best ones are far off the beaten path.

Right now there’s something you need God to speak to you about. You have a need, or a problem, or a direction that you have questions about. And it’s a big one. For these-sized answers you’re going to have to get away from all the sounds of the world you’re in and remove yourself from anything that will keep your attention from Him. It may take a little longer and a little more effort to get there, but we know that both will have been worth it when you return with the God-sized answer you had hoped for.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

McKee, Hunt Accepted to Culver-Stockton’s Class for Fall 2018

Two local students are among the members of the prospective Culver-Stockton’s fall 2018 incoming class set to head to Canton next August.

Meghan McKee and Lydia Hunt of Memphis have been accepted by Culver-Stockton College, for entry into the four-year residential institution, which is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

FREDERICK “WAYNE” MATHES (8/27/1933 – 11/16/2017)

Mr. Frederick “Wayne” Mathes, age 84 of Bolivar, MO passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon, MO. He was born August 27, 1933, in Scotland County, MO, to Fred M. and Anna Barbara (Gardine) Mathes. He was united in marriage to Anna Jean (Ketchum) Kutzner November 19, 1977.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Mathes; sister-in-law Betty Mathes; a sister, Elizabeth McClamroch; and a brother-in-law, Hillis McClamroch.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anna Jean, of the home; two step-daughters, Sherri Kutzner, and Cindy (Kutzner) Rhoads and husband Joe all of Bolivar, MO; as well as other relatives and friends.

Graveside memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO, with Brother Joe Rhoads officiating. Full military graveside rights were provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis and two from his unit from the military honors program.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wayne Mathes family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis assisted by the Pitts Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri.

Ely Samuel Parker

Ely Samuel Parker (Hasanoanda) was a Seneca Indian, born in 1828 on the Tonawanda Reservation in eastern New York.  As a young man he became Sachem of the Six Iroquois Nations, served as an intermediary for his people and was called Donehogawa.  In his youth, Ely S. Parker was educated at a missionary school and went on to college. He studied law, but the New York State law prohibited aliens from being admitted to the bar and Indians were not considered citizens. Parker then studied engineering, which he mastered with determination. In 1857 he was sent to Galena, Illinois as supervisor of government projects. In Galena he met Ulysses S. Grant, and the two formed an enduring friendship.  Parker’s engineering experience gained him a commission as a Captain in the Union Army during the Civil War, where he served as an engineer before becoming a member of General Grant’s personal staff.  In time he became Grant’s military secretary with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. It was Ely S. Parker’s excellent handwriting that copied the final draft of surrender terms accepted by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  After the war, Parker received the rank of brevet brigadier general.  In 1869, after Grant was elected President, he appointed Parker as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold the position. Parker resigned from government service after two years. After an unsuccessful business career, he spent his final years working for the New York City Police Department until his death in 1895.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Silence that Listens

Garlic bulbs “put to bed” until the spring. Photo by Liz.

This is my first winter in the Midwest. Liz here, watching the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, and reviewing the bits of advice and commentary people have been giving me about winter since I moved here from California seven short months ago.

I was actually disappointed that my time outside was about to decrease and I watched people here pull up spent vegetable stalks, cover everything with straw and retreat inside. My son came to visit me for two weeks recently and in thinking of things we could do together I remembered that he and I attended a permaculture course at Dancing Rabbit over a year ago. I decided to concentrate on that and quickly drew up a sketch of my garden and made plans to have my son help me do some permaculture plantings with what we could plant in the early winter season.

We planted fruit trees, each tree forming the center of a guild, or groupings of plants that would enhance the soil, keep the prairie grass at bay and attract bees and other pollinators. In early winter bulbs can be planted, so we planted iris, daffodils and garlic bulbs. We ordered hazelnut trees and apple trees. We planted other edibles with extras from my neighbors, such as comfrey, chickweed and sunchokes. I transplanted yarrow from my veggie garden. We planted rows of seed trays for arugula and different kales in the greenhouse attached to my cottage.

And there we were, out in the cool weather for a few hours most days and in the evenings we had our laptops out, reading aloud to each other ideas or information from different websites. It was the best I could hope for: collaboration, creativity, learning, being active outdoors and creating happy memories with my adult son. I enjoyed watching him get to know my co-op kitchen mates each evening at dinner in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Thistledown.

I know that the days will come when the ground will be frozen and it will be too cold to spend much time outside. So it is with some urgency that I make my list each day of gardening things that I can still do, and I reconcile myself to the coming winter.

And just as the seasons inevitably turn, so too changes come to the village. Benji and I threw a party at the Mercantile last week to celebrate becoming members of the community, and Alline made her gorgeous cappuccino brownies. Just days later we threw Brent a goodbye party before he left the village for his upcoming move to Nicaragua (Alline made him a rainbow-colored cake with rainbow sprinkles and rainbow M&Ms). Several Rabbits are completing their membership processes in the next few days, with two families in the wings for hitting their 6-month residency milestones.

A group of Rabbits travelled to Kirksville to see the movie, “Walk With Me,” about the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastery Plum Village in France. We had dinner at Take Root, a cafe that offers great food on a sliding scale (their Cuban sandwich is fantastic!). I am inspired to volunteer there to support their mission and to get to know more food folks who share my passion for local, seasonal food and to learn more about their innovative business model.

There was a reunion of the Mercantile’s writer’s workshop this last weekend, bringing together Rabbits and people from as far away as Michigan and Chicago. One participant returned in his live-aboard bus with his significant other, cooking up delicious meals for the writers.

Activities for winter are revving up with regular dance, meditation, qigong, and a writer’s group planned, in addition to the continuing poker night and Sci Fi movie night. While I am enjoying the slowing down of visitors and related activities, I’m glad to see that there will be plenty of fun things to choose from this winter.

Last week, as I was planting garlic bulbs in Cob’s lower garden, I paused and let the breeze cool the sweat on my face. It was sunny and cold and suddenly I noticed the absence of insects buzzing in my ear, biting my arms, and crawling on me as they do in the summer, the absence of curious birds flitting about. Just silence. Silence, filling my heart with peace. The silence that listens, as Tara Brach puts it. The winter season is for drinking in the silence so we can hear our true heartbeat and know ourselves and not forget what our life’s purpose is. I felt a rush of joy because I was so happy to be here, alive, digging in the ground, planting, creating, and helping.

Here’s wishing all our Memphis Democrat readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website,, calling the office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from November 8, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

The Commission signed court order #76-2017.

John Dwiggins and Shannon Howe of Howe Company and representatives of BNSF and MoDOT discussed proposed railroad crossing closure projects near Gorin with the Commission.

Aaron McVicker, engineer for SKW, presented final plans on Bridge #1600009 to the Commission.  After review, the Commission found the plans to be sufficient.  Discussion was held regarding BRO funding and projects.  Commissioner Wiggins moved to have SKW begin preliminary work on a BRO project at the low-water crossing on County Road 405.  The motion was seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling, and carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes from November 9, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission signed court order 77-2017.

The Commission approved a purchase order for Dana Glasscock, Recorder, for microfilming and indexing.

The Commission approved invoice 170195-010-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #2170011, and invoice 170195-020-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #160009.

The Commission reviewed budget reports, presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor met with the Commission to discuss current projects.

Commissioners left at 11:00 a.m. to put out flags for 911 signs.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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