May 19, 2005

Candidates Needed for Miss Scotland County

Young women between the ages of 17 and 22 as of September 1, 2005 will be eligible to compete in the Miss Scotland County contest at this years Scotland County Fair.

The fair board is seeking interested candidates who are asked to contact organizer Tammie Dale before June 1 so an informational meeting may be scheduled.

For more information contact Dale at 328-6211 or 282-3342.

The winner of the Miss Scotland County contest will be eligible to compete in the Missouri State Fair Queen contest later this summer.

Hyde Family Reunion


Descendants of Hollis and Nellie Hyde, and Virgil and Helen Hyde gathered at the Grand Hall in Memphis on Sunday, July 15th for the 43rd annual Hyde Reunion.  The afternoon began with an introduction of families to Jim and Linda Bass.  The Bass family traveled from Marina, CA to be in attendance.  This was followed by a blessing given by Mr. Gary Winkler and a delicious catered lunch provided by Steve’s Family Dining of Kahoka, MO, visiting, sharing pictures, reminiscing, completing a family scavenger hunt, and making memories.  The event later moved to the home of Roy and Donna Hyde for a supper of sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and fresh garden produce.

Those in attendance were:  Mr. and Mrs. Leland Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Rich Rader, Taylor Rader, Jerry Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. John Humphrey, and Dustin, Mary Morgan, Paula Montgomery, Morgan, Hannah, and Will, all of Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bertram of Gorin.  Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Townsend, Joshua and Danielle, of Wyaconda; and Taylar Eggleston-Wood.  Tim Bertram, and Chloe, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hunziker, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hunziker, Connor, Hunter, and Mallory, Richard Hyde, of Kahoka;  Connie Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Hyde and Oakley, Mr. David Hyde and girlfriend Sara, and Marcus of Luray; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Waterman of Donnelson, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Waterman of Marion, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hughes, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thompson, Kirksville; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Smith of Green City; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Winkler and Allison, of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. Casey Hull, Addison and Maddox of Leawood, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Ballhagen of Lebanon, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Don Bundy of Blue Springs, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bundy of Lee’s Summit, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Twitchell of Keokuk, Iowa; Mrs. Kathy Hyde of Conway, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bass of Marina, CA; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hyde of El Dora, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hyde of Fairfield, Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Hyde, Mr. John Gauld, IV and John Gauld, V of Independence.

The next Hyde Family Reunion is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2019.

Rutledge Renegades

The discussion on Saturday, July 14 was “How much rain did you have?”

Larry and Tamara Tague’s daughters, Rebecca and family along with Amber came to visit. Rebecca, her husband, and their baby went back to Florida. Amber and her niece Jordydan stayed for another week. They celebrated Jordydan’s seventh birthday (July 16) on Friday July 13.

Dale Tague and his mother, Doris Day, went to Alba, IA to visit Jared and Rachael Tague on Tuesday, July 10 to help celebrate Addison’s third birthday.

Paul and Lydia Zimmerman and Ellanor went to Pennsylvania to a funeral.

Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

Some of those in this week were: Dale Tague, Don Tague, Mona Tague, Neta Phillips, Victor Childers, Paul Slater, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Oren and Celina Erickson, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Larry and Deanna Hubbard and granddaughter, Allyson Vericker, Lyle Vail, K.C. Frank, Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer.

Happy Red Hatters of Downing Enjoy Trips

The Happy Red Hatters of Downing Missouri met on June 14, 2018 for lunch at Keith’s Café in Memphis, Missouri. Carol Scurlock was hostesses.

Those present were Anita Jackson, Maudie Oliver, Arlene Stice, Virginia Mullinix, Louise Newland, Carol Scurlock, Marilyn Blessing, Margaret Mobley, Charlotte Speer, Carolyn Schmitter, Bette Herbert, Betty Anderson and Rosalie Kinney.

The Happy Red Hatters of Downing, Missouri met for lunch at Diner 54 in Kirksville, Missouri on Thursday July 12, 2018.

Hostesses were Anita Jackson and Maudie Oliver. Those present were Maudie Oliver, Margaret Mobley, Carolyn Schmitter, Virginia Mullinix, Arlene Stice, Louise Newland and Rosalie Kinney.

We enjoyed the afternoon visiting.

Carolyn Schmitter and Charlotte Speer are hostess for the August 9, 2018. A destination hasn’t been decided yet, so meet at Virginia Mullinix’s at 10:30 a.m. to journey for dinner.

Every Stress Harbors a Secret Blessing

Faith isn’t a game, folks. It isn’t a one hour exercise for every seventh day. No, faith is the greatest defier of all negative forces we encounter. It believes where sight can’t go. It approaches where calculation hedges. It leaps where threat intimidates.

There isn’t a reader who is not/does not face stress day after day. No. Not. One. Too, there isn’t such a reader who cannot flex the faith muscles and force the opposing powers to bow in service. Use the intrusions to lift you higher.

Sympathetic to your angst? Absolutely. We hold on to one another. We pray with one another. We cry. But…we see the light down the road; the Victory Light.

Walking in the hope of God is not pretentionistic in nature. It is reality come full circle. Learn of it. Like it. Launch into it.

Nova Cline Completes Successful Week At American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State

Warrensburg, MO – Nova Cline of Memphis has returned home, having spent a week immersed in learning the ins and outs of the life of a state legislator, holding political conventions, listening to speakers from various levels of local, county and state government.

Since its inception in 1937, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State has empowered thousands of accomplished young women to aspire to great things. Their stellar accomplishments are grounded in leadership skills enhanced at ALA Girls State programs in all 50 states Past ALA Girls State participants include members of presidential cabinets, mayors, governors, state representatives, senators, corporate CEOs, nationally known journalists and military officers.

For 77 summers, the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Missouri has hosted this program, at no cost to the delegates, for young women in the state of Missouri to learn and grow as leaders and involved informed citizens

Missouri Girls State (MGS) was first established in 1940 as one of 11 Girls State programs in the nation The first session was held at William Woods University (then college), Fulton, in the summer of 1940 under the direction of Lutie Long Smith. There were 213 citizens in attendance the first year and Juanita Curry was elected Governor. The citizens were divided into three counties — Scott, Price, and Barton, and there were six cities — Pershing, Koontz Boone Crowder, Lewis, and Clark.

MGS was located at William Woods for 17 sessions, with no sessions held in 1943 and 1945 due to war. Following a fire at the college in 1959, MGS transferred to Christian College, Columbia in 1960. In 1961, the program moved to Stephens College, Columbia, due to the need for a larger facility, The program returned again to William Woods University in 1976 where it remained until 1998 when it moved to Central Missouri State University Warrensburg (now University of Central Missouri).

Currently, MSG has 744 citizens in  seven counties and 21 cities. The cities and counties are named after famous or important people to the American Legion Auxiliary and the state of Missouri or those individuals who have contributed in some way to the success of the Missouri Girls State program.

Oberholtzer Plumbing of Memphis, Marlin Oberholtzer owner, was Cline’s sponsor responsible for sending her to Girls State on the campus of University of Central Missouri  in Warrensburg.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the world with nearly 1 million members. The organization sponsors volunteer programs on the national and local levels, focusing in these major areas: veterans, young people and the community.

Contact your local American Legion Auxiliary today for more information on Missouri’s Girls State program.

DANNY LEE WELTE (11/19/1944 – 7/5/2018)

Danny Lee Welte, 73 of Lancaster, Missouri passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Macon County, Missouri.

The son of Loyd U. and Oleta Marie (Hughes) Welte, he was born on November 19, 1944 in Quincy, Illinois.  Danny was a graduate of the Kirksville High School in Kirksville, Missouri and completed technical schooling for Engineering.  He worked for KTVO TV Station in Kirksville, Missouri for thirty-five years and retired as Assistant Chief Engineer.

Danny was united in marriage to Donna May Pruner on October 7, 1966 at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, Missouri and to this union, three sons were born, John, Danny C. and James.

Danny is survived by his wife, Donna Welte of Lancaster, Missouri; sons, John Welte and wife, Angela of Springfield, Missouri, Danny C. Welte of Kirksville, Missouri and James Welte and wife, Shela of Springfield, Missouri; 20 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; his father, Loyd Welte of Kirksville, Missouri; 2 brothers, Mitch Welte and wife, Dixie of Kirksville, Missouri and Mark Welte of Kirksville, Missouri; four sisters-in-law, Cynthia Eddy of Quincy, Illinois, Sheryl Fabyanic of Lancaster, Missouri, Connie Roberts and husband, Mikel of Lancaster, Missouri and Brenda Barner and husband, Mike of Moberly, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; other family members and numerous good friends.

Danny is preceded in death by his mother, Oleta Marie Welte; one grandson, D. C. Welte, Jr; one daughter-in-law, Leanne Welte; one great grandson; three brothers, Patrick, Terry and an infant, Michael Welte; one sister, Margaret Welte; one sister-in-law, Tinea Welte; parents in law, John and Zelpha Pruner and one brother-in-law, Val Fabyanic.

Danny was a member of the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, Missouri, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and audio-visual technician.  At the time of his death, he was the Pastor for the Elmer Baptist Church in Elmer, Missouri.    Danny was also a member of the Schuyler County Ministerial Alliance, Hunter Safety Education instructor, Concealed Carry Instructor and Range Officer for USPSA.  He was also a member of the Gideons for 21 years.

Danny served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War stationed in Korea serving as a radio man.  Danny received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in June 22, 1966.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, Missouri with Pastor Robert Harrison officiating.  Music will be provided by pianist, Margie Tippett and soloist, Cole Tippett.  Special musical selections will be “What A Day That Will Be” and “Daddy’s Hands”.  Pallbearers will be John Welte, James Welte, Tim Welte, Charlie Ferdig, Logan Welte and Maverick Welte.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, Missouri.  Memorials have been established for East Center Cemetery.  Burial will be in the East Center Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri with military rites conducted by the Schuyler County American Legion Post 0784.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

Amazon Shoppers Reminded to Support Local Charities

If you shop online and utilize, there is still an opportunity to support local causes. By going to, shoppers can select a local charity to receive a contribution equivalent to 0.5% of the price of their purchases.

Local entities participating include the Scotland County Cancer Fund, Historical Society, Genealogical Society, Fitness  Center, School Foundation and SCR-I Booster Club as well as the local DAR.

“The Scotland County Cancer Fund has been receiving a few donations through the Amazon Smiles,” said board member Margaret Curry.

Amazon notes that AmazonSmile is the same Amazon its customers have come to know, same products, same prices, same service.

With Amazon’s Prime Day on July 16, starting at 3pm ET and run through July 17, the company is reminding shoppers to consider supporting these local charities. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping events of the year and a great time to remind supporters to shop at, allowing  Amazon to donate to the local causes.

Pentecostal Church of Memphis Will Host The Reckless Saints of Nowhere, Inc. Saturday, July 21st


The Pentecostal Church of Memphis, located at 106 South Adams Street, will be hosting The Reckless Saints of Nowhere, Inc. on Saturday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m.  The Reckless Saints of Nowhere, Inc. is a nonprofit organization who travels the country to help addicts get into treatment and hear the Gospel of Jesus.

An addict himself for over sixteen years, Jordan Parker, founder and CEO, along with his wife, Vanessa, realized the opioid epidemic in America after Jordan completed rehab at a long-term treatment facility.  Jordan admits once he returned home, nothing looked the same.  “All I could see was a community in pain,” sated Jordan.

Unfortunately, formal rehabilitation and treatment programs are costly and don’t have a high success rate.  Jordan and Vanessa started researching and reaching out to more inexpensive and affordable treatment programs to build relationships.  From there, Reckless went all in and started paying entry fees out of their own pockets to help addicts.  When they couldn’t afford entry fees anymore, they started working out payment plans with Treatment Programs.  When funds started running out, Jordan’s mom and dad came on board and with their donations, they were able to help more people find recovery.

In an effort to being in more money for Reckless, the couple started Reckless Apparel, a clothing company founded after they were able to receive non-profit status.

The sole mission of Reckless is to ensure that no addict who wants help for their addiction is ever turned away simply because they can’t pay for treatment.  Jordan admits, “We have come a long way but our work is not done.  We are still in the middle of an epidemic.  Our world is bleeding to death.  It is our job to hold our palms against the wounds.  It’s been said that if you are a shoemaker and you want to glorify God in your work…Don’t put a cross on every shoe you make; just make a good pair of shoes.”

For more information about the upcoming event at Pentecostal Church, please call Pastor Leon Buford at 660-341-3521.  For more information about The Reckless Saints of Nowhere, Inc., visit their website at

City Council Receives Update on Drinking Water Project

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall. Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass, Andrea Brassfield, Chris Feeney, and Lucas Remley.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering Company; citizen Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.


Laura Schenk thanked the City for their help during the annual Kids Safety Day held on the city square last month.


Variance Request – 344 N. Market

The Board of Aldermen, sitting as the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, held a public hearing on an application by Rick Fischer for a variance on property located at 344 N. Market from City Code Section 405.240 regarding the minimum side and rear yard requirements.  Alderman Remley recommended approval of the variance.  Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the variance request for 344 N. Market.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.


Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering Company – Drinking Water Project Update

Philip Wilson updated the council on the progression of the drinking water project.  Construction bids are expected to be received in November with a projected loan closing and award of construction contract in January 2019.  Estimated project completion date is March 2020.

Wilson also informed the council that Schafer, Kline, and Warren was recently purchased by McClure Engineering Company.

Review Propane Bids

Three bids were received for the purchase of propane from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.  Bids received were as follows:

Ferrellgas $1.188 per gallon

MFA Oil – $1.249 per gallon

Prairieland FS, Inc. – Locked in pricing – $1.349 per gallon; Prepaid pricing – $1.299 per gallon

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to accept the low bid from Ferrellgas in the amount of $1.188 per gallon.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

NEMR Telecom Telephone System Quote

A quote from NEMR Telecom for a new phone system for City Hall was submitted for review.  Council agreed to budget for the new system in the upcoming fiscal year beginning September 1, 2018.

Request Bank Depository Bids

Alderman Brassfield moved and Alderman Glass seconded to request bank depository bids to be submitted for the August 2018 council meeting.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.


City Supt. Roy Monroe reported the airport project is on schedule and the archery range project is nearing completion.  The disc golf course still has several areas that need to be completed including stumps that need to be removed, brush hauled away and hole pads constructed.  Council requested that all parties work towards completion of the course.

Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander reported scheduling a peer review with MPUA to review the City’s electric rates, electric revenues and budget.  Alexander also reported Rural Water is no longer receiving water from the City and the water department has had three water breaks in the last week.


Alderman Brassfield reported on the employee committee meeting held earlier in the week.  The committee had reviewed the uniform clothing policy and suggested a few adjustments.  Brassfield and City Clerk Newman will revise the policy for formal adoption next month.

Council discussed several items including budgeting yearly for new curb and gutter construction, contract mowing of city property, demolition program, bill-board advertising and additional campsites at Lake ShowMe.  Government programs offering assistance to upgrade to energy efficient appliances and energy efficient heating and cooling systems were also discussed.


Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees by a public governmental body.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned into closed session at 9:40 p.m.

Council reviewed applicants for the City Manager position.  Council tentatively scheduled Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for interviews.

Alderman Brassfield moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 11:00 p.m.

Lancaster Man Killed in Crash in Macon County

A Lancaster man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a one vehicle crash July 5th at 10:43 a.m. in Macon County.

According to the Missouri state Highway Patrol, Danny L. Welte, 73, died when he was ejected from the vehicle he was a passenger in, during a crash that occurred on Highway 63, two miles south of Atlanta.

Donna M. Welte was northbound in a 2005 Dodge Durango when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, over corrected and then travelled back across the roadway and ran off the right side where it overturned.

Danny Welte was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedic  Patrick Stufflebean.

Donna Welte suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Macon County Ambulance, Macon County Fire and Rescue and Atlanta Rural Fire Department and Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

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