April 21, 2005

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if government for the people, by the people, meant that the average person actually knew what the government was doing? Lately, its become painfully obvious to me that, a lot of people know very little about what their elected officials are doing.

Granted, many of those ignorant of current events, are lacking the knowledge by choice. But what worries me are those who want to know what government is up to, but who are not getting that information. Im not overly concerned that we have bad officials or that anyone has anything to hide. My anxiety deals more with the fact that its my job to inform the public of what is going on with their city council, water board, school district, hospital, care center

A few weeks ago many media outlets across the state commemorated Sunshine Law Week. The Sunshine Law governs public meetings and maintains open records for government to allow the public to keep track of their leaders decisions and how their tax dollars are spent.

At this time I was considering a similar editorial, announcing the newspapers new policy of publishing minutes from every board meeting we could get our hands on. Call me lazy, call me less than excited about hunting down all of the records, or call me reluctant to make these organizations feel like I was checking up on them. I guess you can call me whatever you want, because Im now issuing the pledge to regularly publish the official minutes from:

the SCR-I and Gorin R-III school boards; the Memphis City Council and board meetings from Downing, Arbela, Granger and Gorin; Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Scotland County Care Center, Scotland County Health Department and the Scotland County CPWSD#1, plus any other governmental decision makers that spend your tax money or control other aspects of your life.

Again, let me stress that Im not suggesting that any of these boards are doing anything wrong, I just dont want to hear the public complaining about new policy and saying I never heard anything about it until it was too late.

Ive heard that on numerous occasions and I must say that it makes me feel quite guilty. Its the duty of the newspaper to keep the public informed. When a decision is made and the public is uninformed, I take responsibility. Thats why I hope all of these boards will cooperate and make every effort to submit minutes in a timely and regular manner to allow us to keep the public in the know.

At the Thursday meeting of the Memphis City Council I heard numerous citizens question why the city was raising water rates? Why hadnt the city and the rural water worked together to solve the supply issues that ultimately led to rural water switching to Lake Rathbun and the city having to impose a significant rate hike?

It wasnt the first time Ive heard a newspaper reader ask that question. The readers didnt know, because the newspaper editor didnt know. I hadnt attended the meetings and hadnt requested the minutes. Its my fault you didnt know, and I apologize.

Im not commenting on the decisions, or the process, simply the fact that I let you down as a newspaper editor and Im going to try not to let that happen in the future. This editorial is not meant to suggest that any official was hiding anything, or acted inappropriately in any matter. As far as I know these were public meetings.

I only single out the water issue, because it is in the news this week. Ive had the same questions posed about decisions made by just about every governmental entity in the community at some point or other.

My wife and family would disown me if I pledged to attend every single board meeting every month, so letters will be going out in the next week or so, requesting regular submission of meeting minutes. If there are boards that I have not listed that you would like to read about, please let me know.

Winding Down the Season

Althea works on a poem in homeschool. Photo by Christina.

Althea works on a poem in homeschool. Photo by Christina.

The last tours took place over the weekend, and the last visitors left on Monday. At Dancing Rabbit, it’s a season of winding down, but not one of giving up.

Christina here, bringing news of good questions, swapped clothes, tomato sauce, and new possibilities.

One of my favorite parts of the visitor sessions is answering questions. Yes, I like to feel useful and help people get the information that they need, but I really love questions that help me clarify my own views on tricky topics. At last week’s visitor Q and A, there were two questions that stuck with me. One, about areas where we feel that we are not living up to our ideals, got me thinking about money and sustainability for days. The other was about what we do when we find ourselves in a rut.

My favorite answer to that question wasn’t mine, but I realized that it described life here so well. The answer was that living seasonally helps with that stuck or routine feeling.

What living seasonally means to me here—and everywhere—is food. We harvested the sweet potatoes this week after a frost “burned” the leaves. We also quickly snatched up the rest of the eggplant, peppers, and jalapeños. I have reluctantly realized that I likely won’t eat a fresh tomato for another nine months. But I also decided that we’d waited long enough to open the first jar of canned tomato sauce. And we’ve even cooked a few meals over the wood-burning stove.

I also have some new clothes, courtesy of the recent clothing swap. Like many other aspects of life here, getting new clothes isn’t quite the same as it is in the outside world. We met on Saturday night in La Casa, the dance studio. Kim from Red Earth and Tereza stood on the mini stage in front of piles of clothes, which they auctioned off in a whirlwind style. They held up pieces, gave them a quick pitch, and then threw them out to whoever raised their hand first. I now have a bunch of new-to-me fall clothes to wear.

It’s a new season of homeschooling, and our homeschool co-op is going really well. I even got the kids to write poetry last week! I was amazed by what they could do.

And of course it’s always about the weather at DR. It’s finally started to feel like fall with cold nights full of bright stars. For me, the crisp air feels like a renewal. There’s so much that we wanted to do that we didn’t, but next year we’ll do all the things that we didn’t get done or didn’t do the way we had hoped.

A new season also means a chance to get it right next time.

I’m also excited about getting some new residents here this year. Dorothy just arrived last week, we might have another family as soon as a few weeks from now, and there may be one more resident arriving before winter sets in.

Two other questions that we frequently get in the visitor Q and A are “What is the best part of living here?” and “What is the worst part of living here?” If I were to answer both of those questions truthfully, my answer to both would be “the people”. More people means more possibility for conflict, more norms and expectations to take into account, more people to bother with my barking dog or my yelling kids or my overly enthusiastic personality.

But more people also means the possibility for new friends, for more cooperative ventures, for new dishes at potluck, and for more positive change.

I guess that I’m ready to let go of summer. I’m excited about what the new season will bring.


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 www.dancingrabbit.org, calling the nonprofit office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at dancingrabbit@ic.org.

Political Parties

The Founding Fathers did not anticipate the development of political parties in the new nation. Most of them assumed that tension and strife would be the result if any groups organized to influence government policy and legislation. President Washington often expressed his conviction that political parties were evil and should be avoided in America. In 1792, Vice-President John Adams declared that there was nothing he dreaded so much as the division of the Republic into two parties, each under its own leader. But political parties made their appearance in the 1790’s and have been a part of American government ever since. The election of 1796 was the first contested presidential election.  It was a result of increased disagreement between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists (Democratic-Republicans) concerning government policies. Many of the disagreements were due to the financial policies carried out by Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury. These divisions contributed to the rise of political parties. Hamilton’s opponents rallied around Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who organized a party called the Democratic-Republicans. This group disliked Hamilton’s financial policies and feared his plans to strengthen the central government. The people who approved of Hamilton’s financial policies came together to form the Federalist Party. They wanted to strengthen the central government and restrict the power of the states. They stood for loose interpretation of the Constitution. The election of 1796 saw John Adams, a Federalist, become President with 71 electoral votes, and Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican, become Vice-President with 68 votes.


From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Limited Time

November is undoubtedly the best month for seeing big deer in most states. The bucks are either cruising for a doe that is ready to breed, or they are already hot on the heels of one that is in sight. Depending on where you live, the action is at its best. Many of the southern states will have to wait until December and even January; but that’s okay because you can’t be everywhere in a 30-day period.

And that is the dilemma. You see when it comes to hunting the big bodied deer of the Midwest and the north, there is a relatively small window for the best opportunities. Again, even if you take the whole month of November, there are only thirty days. That is not a lot of time when you consider the number of days that one’s responsibilities will let him hunt, and also if you are perhaps planning to take a trip to another state. All in all the days are few for an opportunity to hunt during the best time of the year. It is crucial to make the most of each opportunity.

There are many times in life that we must take a renewed look at what we are doing. We need to reevaluate to see if we are spending our time doing the things that fit into our particular area of calling. God has placed each one of us in a certain area of ministry. It might be as a bulldozer operator or as a stay-at-home mom, but both are important to God. It is when we move outside of our calling that we get frustrated and overwhelmed. There are many good things that we can spend our time doing – even religious things. And we can say yes to everything under the sun because of our desire to do these good things. But if we are not careful we will spend our time doing so many good things that we neglect the one particular thing God has called us to do.

Just as this special time of the year for hunting deer is limited, so are our days on earth. We all need to make sure we are spending them doing what God has called each of us to do. Not only will we be fulfilled, others will be blessed.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries


Five Lady Tigers Earn All District Softball Honors


Abi Feeney hit .545 during the Class 1 District 11 Tournament to help lead SCR-I to the championship game, earning the senior shortstop first team all district honors.

Abi Feeney hit .545 during the Class 1 District 11 Tournament to help lead SCR-I to the championship game, earning the senior shortstop first team all district honors.

After upsetting Canton in the semifinals and nearly punching their ticket to the state playoffs, the Scotland County softball team was rewarded with a number of all-district honors after finishing second in the Class 1 District 11 Tournament.

Knox County claimed the district title with a 2-0 win over SCR-I and went on to beat Gallatin 12-2 to advance to the Elite Eight  before falling to fellow Lewis & Clark Conference school Salisbury 1-0.

Five Lady Tigers were honored by the district coaches with post-season awards.

Abi Feeney was named to the first team all district infield. The senior shortstop got hot at the plate in the tournament, going 6-11 in the three games to lead her team with a .545 batting average while also turning in several strong plays in the field. She recovered from a very slow start at the plate to finish the year with a .228 batting average.

Ashleigh Creek was named a first team all district pitcher. She allowed just one earned run in 17 innings pitched during the tournament, despite having to pitch the semifinals vs. Canton and the championship versus Knox County on the same day due to rainouts. She allowed just 11 hits and struck out 22 batters during the tourney. She also went 3-10 at the plate.

On the year she posted a 1.30 ERA with a 13-11 record and batted .346 with six home runs and 29 RBIs.

Stevi See was named first team all district at catcher. She went 5-9 at the plate during the district tourney with three RBIs. On the year, the junior batted  a team-best .350 with 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

Also named to the all district first team were infielders Madison McCabe and Lindsey Hubble of Knox County, Megan Haley of Schuyler County and Saylor Collins and Laken Hugenberg of Canton. The first team all district outfield was Katie Gaus of Canton and Tadym Mason and Jessica Anderson of Knox County.

First team picthers were Creek, Olivia Jarvis of Canton and Katie Hamlin of Knox County.

See and Hunter Collins of Canton were the first team catchers.

Chelsea Wood and Abby Blessing were named second team all district. Wood hit .306 on the season for SCR-I and was 2-10 in the tournament. Blessing was named second team all district in center field after a pair of fine defensive plays. She went 1-8 at the plate in the tourney.

Also named second team all district were Alexa Higgins of Brashear, Sidney Miller and Savannah Mauck of Knox County, Teagan Wilson of Schuyler County and Brianna Caldwell of Canton.

Second team outfielders were Blessing and Sydnee Hoewing and Emilie Rieffer of Canton.

Dystine Priebe of Schyler County and Averi Acton of Brashear were the second team pitchers while Reagan Winter of Knox County earned the nod at catcher and Summer Small of Schuyler County was recognized as a utility player.

Scotland County Health Department WIC Contract Approved for Fiscal. Year 2016-2017

The Scotland County Health Department has announced that a contract to provide WIC services for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Under the terms of the contract, Scotland County Health Department will be able to serve monthly 105 eligible pregnant or postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age.

WIC offers nutrition education and guidance, breastfeeding education and support, referrals for health care and nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, peanut butters, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, for women and children and baby food and formula for infants for those who qualify for the program.

The Scotland County WIC Program is headed by WIC Coordinator Nancy Holt. Sue Jane Brewer serves as Nutrition Coordinator and nutritionist, Margaret Curry serves as WIC Certifier and Tasma Thornton, RN serves as competent profession authority.

The Health Department is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a,m. to 4 p.m. and offers WIC services on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month or by appointment. Please call the Scotland County Health Department at 660-465-7275 for more information about the WIC Program.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http-://www.a,scr.usda-gov/complaint_filingcust html, and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: pgramjtakeusda.goy.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Webster Family Reunion

The descendants of Vard and Anna Chewning Webster met September 11 at the Clark County Nutrition Center for their annual family reunion. A bountiful carry-in meal was enjoyed during the noon hour, and picture taking, visiting and sharing.

Those in attendance were:  Jerry and Neva (Webster) Eads of Carthage, Illinois; Marilee (Snider) Lipper; Stanley and Virginia Webster; Fred Webster and Katie Rankin, Dean and Susanne Webster, all of Kahoka; Brad and JoAnn Crane of Marthasville, Missouri; Helen Webster Cox of Jefferson City, Missouri; Jim Snider, of Spokane Valley, Washington; Mark Owen of LaBelle, Missouri; Sandra Owen Ebeling, of Wyaconda, Missouri;  Russell Lee Webster of Wyaconda, Missouri; Wayne and Jan Wagner of Ft. Madison, IA; and Teresa Webster Glasgow of Bentonsville, AR.

The next reunion is planned for the second Sunday in September, 2017.

Scotland County Hospital Celebrates National Respiratory Care Week

Tracy Simpson, RT, is pictured with a patient and Cardiac Rehab Supervisor, Krissy Siegfried, RN.  The photo was recently featured on the Missouri Hospital Association's "Missouri Health Matters" Facebook page.

Tracy Simpson, RT, is pictured with a patient and Cardiac Rehab Supervisor, Krissy Siegfried, RN. The photo was recently featured on the Missouri Hospital Association’s “Missouri Health Matters” Facebook page.

Respiratory Therapists all over the country are celebrating National Respiratory Care Week October 23-29.  These professionals are using the occasion to showcase their role in the nation’s health care system and encourage others to join their rapidly growing profession.

People who are lucky enough to take breathing for granted may have never even heard of a “respiratory therapist”.  But for those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and other conditions, “RTs,” as they are known for short, are key to breathing easier.  National Respiratory Care Week is a great time for everyone to learn more about these vital health care professionals.

Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care settings, and doctor’s offices to assist physicians in caring for their patients with pulmonary problems. You’ll find RTs managing ventilators in the ICU, performing the pulmonary function tests (PFTs) that are used to diagnose lung disease, and delivering respiratory care throughout hospitals and in the emergency department.  RTs also spend time educating chronic lung disease patients about their conditions and the medications used to treat them, so they will be better able to stay at home and out of the hospital.  “We take great pride in providing excellent respiratory care services to the communities we serve at Scotland County Hospital & Clinics,” said Tracy Simpson, RT, Cardiopulmonary Department Supervisor.

There are three respiratory therapists providing patient care at Scotland County Hospital.  The department supervisor, Tracy Simpson, has 22 years experience with certification in Respiratory Therapy and has been at SCH since 1996.  Goldie Shinn holds a certification degree in Respiratory Therapy.  She has 20 years experience and has been at SCH since 2008.  Amy Burton is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with certification in Adult Critical Care.  She has 24 years of experience and she’s been at SCH since 2009.  Simpson said, “I like that my job makes a difference and I can help my patients improve their quality of life.”

The wide range of duties carried out by respiratory therapists has made the field an attractive option for young people and career-changers who want to get into a medical profession, and there is a growing demand for therapists nationwide as the aging baby boom generation leads to a greater need for cardiopulmonary health care services.

“Respiratory therapy is a wonderful field for anyone who enjoys science and technology and likes helping people,” said Simpson.

National Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the work of respiratory therapists (RTs) and the importance of lung health, is sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

ADMISSIONS: 10/10/16 – Owen Nicholas Briggs, Memphis; Charles Burks, Sr., Wyaconda 10/11/16 – Stephanie Martin, Memphis; Lejric Martin, Memphis; Tyler Scott Ramer, Luray 10/13/16 – Finley Antal, Downing 10/16/16 – Willis Martin, Arbela; Tim Farley, Memphis 10/17/16 – Sheila Owings, Memphis; Shelbi Cline, Memphis 10/18/16 – Dominic L. Cline, Memphis; Vera Tague, Wyaconda; Morris Walker, Memphis 10/20/16 – Gracia Murphy, Keokuk, IA; Ruby Murphy, Keokuk, IA

DISMISSALS: 10/11/16 – Owen Nicholas Briggs, Memphis 10/12/16 – Lejric Martin, Memphis; Stephanie Martin, Memphis 10/14/16 -Finley Antal, Downing; Tyler S. Ramer, Luray 10/18/16 – Charles Burks, Sr., Wyaconda; Sheila Owings, Memphis 10/20/16 – Tim Farley, Memphis

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch,

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

The minutes from October 13, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt.  Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Ebeling signed Court Orders- #16-2016 to 30-2016.

Dave Davison with NEMO Regional Planning visited with the Commissioners.

Irvin Oberholtzer talked with the Commissioners about Route Y road conditions.

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, October 19, 2016.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

The minutes from October 13, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, reported the funds formerly requested by the Pauline Cemetery Association have fully been expended for maintenance of the cemetery.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects and equipment with the Commission.

Tom Shannon called to inquire about purchasing rock for the Village of Granger.

Jonathan Reiff presented an updated nutrient management plan for a proposed CAFO.  A public hearing for consideration of the permit application was set for November 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

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 Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Missouri State Auditor, Nicole Galloway, visited with Scotland County Elected Officials from 1:15 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

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