April 28, 2005

MoDOT Director Addresses Area Leaders in Memphis

Thanks, but what have you done for me lately. That was the message Pete Rahn, the new director of the Missouri Department of Transportation received at a luncheon held at the Scotland County Rec-Plex in Memphis on April 22.

A number of local officials from across northeast Missouri met with Rahn and praised MoDOT for the recent highway improvements across the region. However the commendations quickly turned to requests for further upgrades and more funding for projects of need in the area.

H. Middleton discussed MoDOT funding that has been made available for the Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport in Memphis. The airport board chairman told Rahn about current projects at the airfield and thanked the director for state and federal funding that is helping make needed repairs to the runway as well as mandated upgrades to the taxiway.

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Co. CEO Mike Johnson addressed the need for shoulders on Highways 136 and 15 as well as further replacement of narrow bridges, particularly on Highway 15.

Johnson told Rahn that his company has as many as 35 vehicles on the roads daily and stressed that the upgrades were needed for the safety of all motorists.

Dave Shoush, director of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission also pointed at the areas bridges as the largest area of concern. He noted that four-lane projects on 61 and 63 were underway, meaning the focus should be turned to replacing the high number of bridges in northeast Missouri that are rated in condition 3, meaning they need to be replaced.

State Representative Brian Munzlinger pointed out that many of the bridges in question, in Scotland County, had been built in the 1930s and were not constructed for heavy loads and obviously not of adequate width.

Highway 136 Corridor director Cathy Middleton pointed out that MoDOT has completed several important bridge projects on 136, and stressed the importance of the highway as an east and west connection between 1-27, Highway 63 and Highway 61. She noted that road isnt just a Missouri route, as Highway 136 goes halfway across Illinois in the east and two-thirds of the distance across Nebraska in the west.

Former state representative Judge Karl DeMarce stated that northeast Missouri too often is seen in Jefferson City as the backwaters of the state and was not fairly depicted because of lower population numbers. DeMarce stated that as Highways 61 and 63 are completed to four lanes that the region is poised for a boom with the continued support of MoDOT in making the needed transportation improvements.

All these small improvements discussed today will go a long way to help, DeMarce told Rahn. If MoDOT fails to meet these needs, then we will be left further behind. These suggestions are not only for the safety of the people but also for the progress of the region.

Clark County Economic Development Director Steve Murphy continued the thought process, highlighting the statement that improved infrastructure is the first step to growing population bases in northeast Missouri, which ultimately leads to increased tax bases to fund future improvements.

Im going out on a limb here, but I believe this region can gain some 2,000 jobs due to the completion of the Avenue of the Saints, Murphy stated. Add to that the fact that we have one of the best ports on the Mississippi River at Alexandria, and this region has a lot of opportunities to capitalize on our transportation systems.

Rahn thanked speakers for their input and indicated his agreement with the suggestions.

I havent heard anything mentioned her today that I disagree with, Rahn stated.

He told the gathering that MoDOT is undergoing several changes that he hopes will make some of these projects possible in the near future.

Rahn highlighted the recent passage of Amendment 3, which has generated needed revenue through bond sales. This new funding is making it possible for MoDOT to do a number of projects in the region as well as across the state.

Another change has been the departments transition to a philosophy of practical design. Rahn explained the new mindset as simply meeting the transportation needs at an acceptable level instead of designing projects to meet the perfect ideal.

Our state engineer Kevin Keith has a good explanation, he says we need to build Chevys instead of Cadillacs Rahn said.

The director indicated the new philosophy will allow MoDOT to meet the needs of each project but still do more with the money available, basically stretching each dollar further.

He stated that the areas small bridges are an example of this new mindset. MoDOT is working with the University of Missouri Rolla engineering department to design better ways to replace the more than 2,900 of the states 10,000 bridges that are rated as deficient. Rahn stated that if MoDOT can find alternative methods to replace these structures, with box culverts and other plans, the state can cut the costs and instead of building a $1 million bridge, it can build three or four new crossings for the same cost.

Ultimately Rahn gave the meeting the same message it has been receiving for years, that ultimately MoDOT is going to have to have more money to fix all the problems.

A lack of resources cant be an excuse for a lack of progress, Rahn said. We will constantly strive for more efficient ways to resolve our problems but eventually we are going to have to come back and ask for more money.

The director pointed out that while are dependence on our transportation has grown over the years, funding for it has not increased on a similar level. He noted that in 1924 the state passed a two-cent gas tax. Just allowing for inflationary growth would mean the tax would be at 21 cents today, instead of the 17 cent current level. Rahn pointed out the same trend at the federal level, where inflation figures would show the fuel tax growing from five cents to 33 cents today, instead of its current level of 18 cents.

Today we are more and more dependent on our transportation system, yet we are not investing at the same levels we used to, even though our roads are more important today than they have ever been, Rahn said.

Rahn also addressed the rural versus urban concerns highlighting some incredible statistics. The MoDOT director stated that a recent study revealed that 20 percent of the states traffic flows across just 242 miles of highway. The state has more than 32,000 miles of roads. Rahn revealed that 1/5 of all vehicle traffic occurs on just 0.075 of 1 percent of the states roads. If thats not congested enough, the next 20 percent of the states traffic is confined to just an additional 685 miles. A total of 40 percent of Missouris cars, vans, and trucks drive on less than 1,000 of the 32,000 miles of state roads. A total of 80 percent of the states traffic flows on just 5,500 total miles of roadway, leaving roughly 27,000 miles of roads for the last 20 percent of traffic.

If the traffic numbers dont convince rural taxpayers that urban areas need the transportation dollars, Rahn also reported that of the 5,500 most traveled miles in the state, that 60 percent are rated fair to poor.

Thats why we are taking $400 million from Amendment 3 and targeting these high-traffic areas, Rahn stated.

The statistics reveal that the 27,000 miles of mostly rural roads that handle the final 20 percent of traffic are in fairly good shape. Roughly 70 percent of these systems are rated good to very good.

Rahn went on to explain that fixing the high-traffic areas right, would ultimately help urban areas. Currently these systems are requiring constant maintenance, eating up valuable resources. The director stated that when these problems are corrected more permanently, it will ultimately free up more money for the next tier of projects.

But the biggest obstacle the state is facing is Interstate 70. Rahn said the states main highway is in dire need of a complete upgrade. However a $3 billion price tag may ultimately prevent that. Rahn told the meeting that I-70 is a big challenge. The road was built 49 years ago, and was designed for a 20-year life span with 10-percent heavy commercial traffic. Now nearly 50 years later, I-70 is still in use and receives 54-percent of its travel by heavy trucks and commercial transports.

Rahn closed the meeting stating that ultimately MoDOT is going to need additional funding. He stressed however his first challenge will be regaining the trust and support of the taxpayers.

Traffic Changes Implemented at Two Memphis Intersections

A new stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Market and North Streets in Memphis. the change was approved recently by the Memphis City Council to address visibility concerns at the intersection caused by parked vehicles.

The council approved installing a stop sign for traffic northbound on Market Street. Traffic at the intersection was already stopped by signs on North Street for both east- and westbound traffic.

The move turns the intersection into a three-way stop. Southbound traffic will not be required to stop. The council decided not to make it a four-way stop because of the steep incline heading into the southbound intersection on Market Street, which could be a factor in inclement weather.

The council also agreed to install a yield sign on County Road 555 at the northeast corner of Memphis where the gravel road comes onto Sigler Avenue near Scotland County Hospital. The intersection technically is county property, but the county does not install or maintain traffic signs.

The yield sign will impact southbound traffic on the gravel rood and will not impact traffic on Sigler Street.

Missouri DAR to Host Wheeling for Healing in September

Missouri DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is sponsoring Wheeling for Healing, a fundraising bike ride across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this ride will be divided between the Wounded Warrior Project and DAR’s Project Patriot.

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.  WWP also supports family members and caregivers of a Wounded Warrior.

DAR’s Project Patriot supports the Chaplain’s Closet at Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland and the Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Project Patriot provides support to deploying and returning service members and their families.

The bike ride will take place across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring SAG (Support And Gear) stations along the trail. Participants can enter and exit at any point along the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur.  The Jauflione Chapter of NSDAR, our local chapter, will be set up at the Hartsburg SAG. All registered riders will receive a T-shirt and swag bag.

Bicycling registration is due June 1st.  However, anyone is welcome to join riders along the trail, and any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at any SAG location.  For those wishing to register for the event, the Adult Rider fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and SWAG bag.  The Child Rider (16 and under) fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.  Jerseys can be purchased for $55 and additional t-shirts can also be purchased for $15.

Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  For more information about this event, whether to register as a rider, make a donation, or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Susan at: RR1 Box 130, Memphis, MO 63555 or call her at 660-945-3757.

Junior High Track Squads Close Out Season at Conference Meet

Teammates Kaden Anders and Alex Long battle it out down the stretch in the conference finals of the 200 meter dash. (Photo by Dr. Stephen Terrill)

The Scotland County junior high track teams closed out the 2017 season at the Lewis & Clark Conference on May 9th at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Tigers finished third in their inaugural season in the new league while the Lady Tigers were sixth out of nine schools.

Paris won the boys title with 124 points followed by Knox County with 94. SCR-I amassed 86 points to edge Clark County with 81.25 points. Westran was fifth followed by Harrisburg, Marceline, Schuyler County and Salisbury.

Marceline won the girls crown with 159 points. Salisbury (109) was second, followed by Paris (77.33), Harrisburg (75)  and Clark County (45). SCR-I earned 42.33 points to edge Schuyler County (41.33), Westran (15) and Knox County (12).

Kaden Anders led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 6.5″. Alex Long was third with a distance of 18′ 7″.

Anders also took top honors in the 400 meter dash and was third in the high jump and third in the 200 meter dash.

Alex Long finished fifth in the 200 meter dash. He took fourth in the 100 meter dash with brother Hayden Long in fifth. Alex was third in the 100 meter hurdles while Hayden took seventh.

Hayden Long earned third in the 1,600 meter run while Brady Curry was seventh.

Austin Holtke finished third in the shot put.

The 4×400 relay team of Kale Creek, Carson Harrison, Kade Richmond and Holtke finished fifth. They also teamed up for a seventh place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The 4×100 team of Jared Cerroni, Hunter Cook, Kabe Hamlin and Magnum Talbert finished eighth.

Hailey Kraus led the Lady Tigers with a third place finish in the high jump. She took seventh in the 400 meter dash.

Hannah Feeney finished third in the 800 meter run and was seventh in the triple jump.

Aayla Humphrey finished sixth in the 200 meter dash and was eighth in the 100 meter dash.

Shantel Small finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run and eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was sixth in the shot put and Emily Dial took eighth in the long jump.

The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Blessing, Jenna Blessing, Emily Terrill  and Kraus finished fourth.

The 4×100 relay team of Bobbi Darcy, Kiley Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing, also took fourth place. The same team took fifth in the 4×200 relay.

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8-9, bringing the overall 2017 spring turkey harvest to 43,339.

Scotland County hunters checked in 274 adult gobblers, 35 jakes and five bearded hens for a harvest total of 314. Schuyler County hunters bagged 215 birds while Knox County checked in 271 turkeys and Clark County hunters harvested 318 turkeys.

The 2016 overall spring turkey harvest was 48,374 birds with 4,167 harvested during the youth weekend and 44,207 during the regular spring season.

“Given that we haven’t had good hatches the past couple years, and the less-than-ideal weather during a considerable portion of this year’s season, the drop in harvest compared to last year was not unexpected,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said.

He added that the number of birds harvested this spring wasn’t too far behind last year’s harvest total going into the second weekend of spring turkey season, but the heavy rains that blanketed much of the state shortly thereafter caused the harvest to drop rapidly.

Isabelle noted favorable weather over this past weekend helped harvest numbers bounce back a bit.

The 2017 spring turkey season included two non-fatal hunting incidents. One involved a shooter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and the other was a self-inflicted shooting injury.

Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. MDC restoration efforts in past decades have taken this popular game bird from almost being wiped out in the state by the 1950s to an estimated sustainable population of more than 300,000 birds today. Missouri turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on related travel, food, lodging, and hunting equipment, which helps local businesses and the economy.

Tigers Mash Milan 14-0 to Advance to District Championship Game

Aaron Buford tossed two shutout innings as the Tigers blanked Milan 14-0 in the Class District 5 semifinals on Monday in Memphis.

A pair of nice defensive plays early on by the Milan outfielders kept Scotland County off the scoreboard early in Monday’s Class 2 District 5 semifinals in Memphis. But the Tigers’ offense proved too potent to keep down for long, as SCR-I put up seven runs in back-to-back innings to defeat the Wildcats 14-0.

Aaron Buford got off to a rough start, walking the leadoff hitter before surrendering a single. He recovered nicely, striking out the next six batters he faced.

Milan got out of a bases loaded jam when Wyatt Boyle robbed Justin McKee of a hit with a diving catch in center field.

Jesus Gonzalez made a similar play in right field in the bottom of the second inning to steal a base hit from Will Pickerell after Elijah Cooley opened the frame with a bunt single. After Buford was hit by a pitch, Cooley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Gage Dodge singled home Buford to make the score 2-0. With two outs, Grant Campbell walked and Will Fromm plated both runs with a base hit. He scored on a double by Lane Pence. McKee followed with an RBI single. After a base hit by Cooley, Aaron Blessing walked to load the bases. A base on balls to Pickerell plated McKee to extend the lead to 7-0.

That was more than enough cushion to give Buford the hook after just 36 pitches, allowing him to be used in Wednesday night’s title game.

The Tigers limited the workload on the rest of the staff as well, adding another seven-spot in the bottom of the third to insure the game would end early by the 10-run rule.

McKee, Campbell and Blessing had RBI doubles in the frame.

Grant Campbell held Milan hitless over the next 2 2/3 innings in relief for SCR-I. Gage Dodge got the final out to nail down the 14-0 victory as SCR-I improved to 19-1 on the season.

Buford notched the win, allowing a hit and a walk in two innings of work while striking out six. Campbell fanned five batters and walked one.

Fromm went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cooley was 3-3 with two runs scored and McKee went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Nearly $170,000 to Missouri Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 15,000 Missourians.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Northeast Missouri Caring Communities, Inc. of Edina received a $12,000 grant.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Missouri recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

Anna Monroe Named to  Graceland University 2017 Honors List

LAMONI, IA (05/16/2017)– The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2017 spring term have been announced, and Anna Monroe of Memphis, MO, has been named to the Honors List.

Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Congratulations, Anna! Graceland commends you on your academic success.

For more information visit www.graceland.edu and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit www.graceland.edu.

Cemetery Revitalization

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work!

Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County was heartbreaking and I wanted so badly to find a way to get it cleaned up. Elaine, Ronnie, Jeff, and the donor(s) were an answer to prayer. God Bless you!

Bruce Rodgers

Rochester, MN

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Cook’s Surprise.

Lunch

Thursday, May 18 – Cook’s Surprise.

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Sack Lunch.  Have a Great Summer!

SCR-I Summer School Menus

(Summer School runs from May 22-June 9.  All meals are free of charge to children 18 and under.  Children do not have to be enrolled to eat and walk-ins are welcome.)

Breakfast

Monday, May 22 – Pancakes, Sausage Link, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 23 – Last Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 24 – Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Lunch

Monday, May 22 – Hot Dog/Bun, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices

Tuesday, May 23 – Chicken Wrap, Potato Rounds, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears

Wednesday, May 24 – Cheese Pizza, Green Beans, Applesauce

Thursday, May 25 – Hamburger/Bun, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Sliced Peaches

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 18 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onions, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, May 19 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, May 22 – Sausage Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, May 23 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, May 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 11 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Health Department here for blood pressure checks, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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