July 29, 2004

Who Are These Guys (and Gals)?

The August 3 primary offers local voters a challenge simply recognizing all the names of candidates for the various state offices.

On August 3rd voters will go to the poles to help establish the ballots for the November general election. Local officials are anticipating a strong voter turnout due to a number of highly contested local races.

While local voters are likely familiar with the candidates for county offices the names listed on the state offices may be new to many. The Democrat and Republican ballots will feature races in nearly every state office, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general.

Governor

Democrat

Bob Holden needs little introduction for most as he was sworn in as the states 53rd Governor in 2001. Holden grew up near Birch Tree and is a political science degree holder from SMSU.

Claire McCaskill is the current State Auditor. She grew up in Columbia and graduated from MU. The mother of seven served in the House of Representatives as well as Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney before taking her current post in 1999.

Jim LePage is a professor of economics at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and also serves as Cole County Auditor. His slogan Bring life to the Democratic Party highlights his anti-abortion stance.

Jeffery A. Emrick is a newcomer to the political arena out of Blue Summitt.

Republican

Matt Blunt is the current Secretary of State, a position he has held since 2000 when he was the lone republican elected to state office. Blunt grew up in Stafford and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 14-year Navy veteran. He served the Springfield region in the House of Representatives prior to being elected to his current position.

Jeff Killian of Jackson, is working toward a political science degree at Southeast Missouri State University. He is running as the students choice.

Roy Lang is retired from the tire recycling business in Davisville.

Martin Lindstedt is a former truck driver from Granby

Karen Lee Dee Skelton-Memhardt, who will be listed atop the Republican ballot courtesy of the lottery drawing on the opening day of filing, is an insurance agent from Wildwood.

Jennie Lee Sievers of Jackson is a former owner and operator of a grocery store and the Rainbow Grill.

Libertarian

Randall (Randy) D. Langkraehr is a real-estate agent from Warrensburg who also runs a marketing business and an accounting firm.

John M. Swenson of Libertyville was the partys candidate for the job in 2000 but didnt bother attending the partys state convention back in March.

Lt. Governor

Democrat

Rebecca McDowell (Bekki) Cook was a lawyer practicing in Cape Girardeau before being appointed Secretary of State in 1994. She was re-elected in 1996 and returned to the public sector in 2002 after completing her term.

Ken Jacob, of Columbia, is the Minority Leader in the Missouri Senate and has been serving mid-Missouri in the house or senate since 1983.

Republican

Patricia (Pat) Secrest of Manchester is a former state representative. She left the office in 2003 after 12 years of service.

Peter Kinder is the current President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate. He hails from Cape Girardeau.

Libertarian

Mike Ferguson is a corporate recruiter who calls Belton home. He is proposing that the Lt. Governors salary be reduced by over 25%, from over $77,000 per year to $50,000 per year.

Secretary of State

This is the lone office that has no races on the Primary ballot. Robin Carnahan, the daughter of the late Missouri governor Mel Carnahan is unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Speaker of the House Catherine Hannaway is the lone name on the Republican ticket while Christopher Davis of Springfield is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

Treasurer

State Treasurer offers the largest variety of candidates for voters with 11 different names to choose from.

Democrat

Jason Klumb of Bulter became one of the youngest legislators in the state when he won election as a Missouri State Representative at age 24. He left the House after his second term to attend the London School of Economics. He serves as a Captain in the Missouri National Guard JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps.

Mark Powell is the Mayor of Arnold and has a professional background in banking and accounting.

Mark C. Abel of Crystal City is a sixth-term member of the House of Representatives. He owns and operates an insurance company.

Republican

Chet Boeke, a former state representative, is a realtor from St. Charles.

Al Hanson is best known as the Republican candidate for State Auditor in 2002 when he won the Republican primary for the job despite having served nine months in a Minnesota prison for fraud. The Concordia resident owns and operates the Lutheran Prison Ministry.

William R. Pundmann, a St. Charles resident and former Wall Street securities analyst, is the owner of a private investment banking firm.

Tom Klein owns and operates Windows on Washington, a catering and banquet business in St. Louis.

Sarah Steelman of Rolla is currently serving her second term for the 16th District in the Missouri Senate. She holds an Economics Degree from MU. Prior to being elected she served as an economist for the Department of Revenue.

Anita Yeckel is the Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the Missouri Senate and has represented the First District for the past eight years. Prior to becoming a legislator, the St. Louis resident worked in banking.

Blaine Luetkemeyer is a third-term state representative from St. Elizabeth. Prior to that he worked in financing and as a bank examiner.

Libertarian

Lisa J. Emerson is a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of Missouri.

Attorney General

The states top lawyer job is a relatively tame race compared to Treasurer.

Democrat

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon is serving his third term as the states top attorney. The De Soto native served in the Missouri Senate prior to winning the AG job in 1992.

Republican

Chris Byrd is a 2002 graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City Law School. He also holds a masters degree in business and finance from UMKC.

Dewey Crepeau of Columbia has 23 years experience as a lawyer, working both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney during that time.

Libertarian

David R. Browning is an attorney from Oak Grove with 29 years of experience, including service as an assistant prosecuting attorney.

U.S. Representative 9th District

This is another easy August election for local voters as there is just one candidate per party.

Democrat

Linda Jacobson of St. Charles is the owner of Global Vision Strategies, LLC, an international consulting and training organization. She is a former teacher.

Republican

Kenny Hulshof of Columbia is the incumbent U.S. Representative for the District. First elected in 1996, Hulshof is serving his fourth term of representing northeast Missouri in Washington D.C.

Libertarian

Tamara A. Millay, a research assistant in the department of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, sought the partys vice presidential nomination earlier this year. She sought a U.S. Senate seat in 2002 and ran for the U.S. House in 2000.

U.S. Senate

Democrat

Charles Berry of St. Louis is a Vietnam veteran. The former educator and U.S. postal carrier is now an attorney.

Nancy Farmer of St. Louis is the current State Treasurer. She served in the Missouri Legislature from 1993-1997.

Ronald Bonar of Versailles is the owner of R & M Diversified. One of his main platforms is expanded use of ethanol.

Republican

Mike Steger is a computer network consultant from St. Louis.

Christopher (Kit) Bond, the former Missouri governor, is seeking his fourth term as U.S. Senator.

Libertarian

Kevin Tull is a graphic artist from Kansas City. He publishes the Missouri Libertarian Partys statewide newsletter.

First District State Representative

Democrat

Sam Berkowitz is no stranger to local residents. The Memphis resident is seeking re-election to the seat he vacated four years ago in a failed run for the Missouri Senate.

Republican

Brian Munzlinger, a farmer from Lewistown, was elected to the seat in 2000 and is completing his first term in office.

Redmon Report

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by Fourth district Missouri State Representative Craig Redmon

Greetings from the Capitol,

 We have nearly reached the end of session and are working harder than ever to sure up the loose ends this session. Below I have an update on progress I have made with my own bills, but first I want to mention some progress made on one of my colleague’s bills.

Representative Bernskoetter’s HB 2057 (Concealed Carry Permit) was Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this Monday. It has now been First and Second Read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.

This bill will strengthen our 2nd amendment right. In particular it limits the total dollar amount a person can be charged through any number of fees required to purchase a concealed carry permit to $100. No additional fee can be charged for finger printing, background checks, or anything else besides the permit itself. It also expands the right to use deadly force on private property. It specifies that guests on a private property, with the authority of the property owner can use deadly force in specified instances. I think this bill will help expand the peoples access to the 2nd amendment and I am in strong support of these changes to our laws.

(For more info http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2057&year=2016&code=R)

 Update on my bills

 HB 1448- Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. This Monday HB 1448 was taken up on the House Floor for Third Reading. It was passed 108 Ayes to 44 Noes. It was then reported to the Senate and First Read. On Thursday the Senate Second Read and Referred HB 1448 to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. A Public Hearing has now been scheduled for this Tuesday, the 3rd, at 12:00 in Senate Hearing Room 1.

To learn more about my bills go to my Bills Sponsored Page at http://house.mo.gov/billreport.aspx?select=xSponsorDistrict:004&sortoptions=xsponsor&year=2016&code=R. There you can find the bill summaries, full text, reports from hearings and past actions and amendments.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me by email at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or phone by calling 573-751-3644.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

Candidates Sought for 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen Contest

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The Scotland County Fair Board is now seeking candidates for the 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen contest.

Young women from Scotland, Knox, and Schuyler counties between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to enter. The coronation will be held on July 11th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at Memphis and the winner will be able to represent Scotland County at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Several events are being planned for the candidates which includes a trip to the Miss Missouri pageant in Mexico, MO.  A meeting will be held on June 1 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds for anyone interested in being a candidate.

For more information, please call 660-341-8558.

Brandon Alexander Honored in Missouri Times 30 Under 30 Feature

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A Scotland County graduate’s work in the Missouri political arena recently was recognized by one of the industry’s leading publications.

The Missouri Times named Brandon Alexander as part of the 2016 30 Under 30 feature, which recognizes 30 rising young stars in Missouri politics.

Alexander, who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University following his days at SCR-I, went on to complete an internship in the Missouri Senate before working for Representative Tony Dugger. Last year he took the position of digital campaign manager with Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, IA, with satellite offices in St. Louis, MO, and Springfield, IL.

The Missouri Times listed Alexander as one of the state’s up-and-coming political movers stating

“Alexander previously worked in the House, meeting and impressing the large Republican caucus. Now he puts those relationships and knowledge to use managing digital campaigns alongside Joe Lakin with Victory Enterprises. Next time you see a dramatic improvement in a Republican’s social media presence, chances are Alexander just picked up a new client.”

Juror Appreciation Week Thanks More Than 69,000 Missourians Who Reported for Jury Duty

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 69,098 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2016 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held May 1 through May 7, 2016. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis said it is important to remember the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We thank the more than 69,000 Missourians who reported to jury duty last year,” Bergmanis said. “We understand jury duty can be inconvenient, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to our liberty and democracy. That’s why we commend the thousands of Missouri citizens who reported to serve on a jury.”

More than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service.

This year’s poster features the phrase “the jury is the heart of the American justice system,” echoing words from Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, who in 1774 stated “representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.”

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The observance began in 2000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, which states, “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

Visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, watch a video on the importance of jurors, or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

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