October 13, 2005

Pepsi-Cola Marks End of An Era As Bottling Line Closes

Thursday marked the end of an era as the Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company officially closed its bottling line after more than 70 years in service. The move completed the transition for the local company to strictly a distribution center for northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.

The writing had been on the wall for several years as the bottling line saw declining production due to changes in the industry.

We were bottling such a small percentage of what we sell annually, said company president Mike Johnson. That combined with the maintenance costs on the aging machinery made this a fairly simple matter of economics. For the past several years our competitor had a dramatic cost advantage over us with high speed lines and near capacity volume.

In June the company discontinued its 10-ounce glass returnable bottle line, leaving just 20-ounce and 2-liter plastic bottles as the two items filled at the plant. The company only filled Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew in these two sizes.

To my knowledge we were the last bottler standing as far as glass returnables were considered, Johnson said.

The line closure follows the industry trend that saw similar facilities close in Oskaloosa, IA, Brookfield and New Haven 15 years or more ago. The business has transitioned to much larger production companies that in turn supply the various regional distributors.

To be honest, I dont know of a smaller bottling facility than what we had, Johnson stated. There may be one out there, but Im sure they are faced with the same economic factors that ultimately led us to this decision.

He noted that the facility in Marion, IL was one of the smaller bottlers that he was aware of, and it is at least 20-times larger than the Memphis plant. Generally the industry is transitioning to corporate bottlers, with just one or two large producers per state.

The rising cost of equipment had limited the company in the number of products the plant could handle. The growth of the industry added to the problem with the ever-changing bottle sizes and a growing number of varieties of soda.

Concerns about the longevity of the machinery also led to the decision to close the line. Johnson stated the current bottling line was purchased in 1985. In 20 years the technology has changed dramatically from the existing stainless-steel conveyer system to the modern air-jet driven machines for the lighter plastic bottles.

I use the analogy of an old car, with the line being like your old Ford, Johnson said. It was at the point when you get in it every morning you dont know whether or not it is going to start, and how much its going to cost to fix the next problem.

While the move was obvious as far as economics, it was still a difficult choice for the company as a total of six employees were laid off in the process. Other workers on the bottling line were transitioned into other positions.

The company offered a severance package for the years of service from each employee and also pledged to provide assistance in an effort to find other employment opportunities.

Megan Holt Named to CMU Spring 2019 Dean’s List

Central Methodist University recently announced its Spring 2019 Dean’s List. This outstanding academic achievement is awarded only to students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester, among other criteria, according to CMU Provost and Dean of the University Dr. Rita Gulstad.

Out of CMU’s nearly 5,000 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) students, 1,037 were named to the spring semester Dean’s List.

These students study at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, at a CMU center, or through CMU’s online programs.

Megan Holt of Rutledge, an elementary education major who studies at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, was named to the honor list.

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Mo., and through extension sites and online.

Board of Education Approves 2.76% Salary Increase for 2019-20 School Year

Work was completed last week to reshape the infield and improve drainage on the Scotland County R-I high school baseball diamond. Similar work is scheduled for the softball field at the school and at the Johnson Park ball field.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 13, 2019.  President Christy Aylward called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with four members present. Cole Tippett joined open session at 6:05 p.m., George Koontz joined open session at 6:10 p.m., and Jamie Triplett was absent.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Regular Meeting Minutes from May 8th.

Athletic & Coaches Handbook

2019-20 Career Ladder Handbook

Declare Surplus Items – computers and old softball scoreboard

Approve Updated Sub List

Nominate George Koontz as a candidate for MSBA Delegate.

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported year-to-date (YTD) revenuesfor the district at $6,704,760.55 and YTD expenses of $6,079,776.01.

“This leaves us with a surplus of $624,984.54 at the end of May, 2019,” he told the board. “The budget surplus will level out as we still have June and July payrolls as well as summer school, career ladder, and extended school year payrolls, and end-of-year expenses.  We will also receive some revenues in June.  We will monitor our financial situation closely as we finish out the fiscal year.

 Salary Proposal

The Board voted 6-0 to accept the salary committee proposal. The district will now contribute $525 per month or $6,300 annually for employee health insurance coverage, an increase of $300 a year from last year’s premium costs.

Health savings accounts (HSA) will be offered for higher deductible policies. A contribution of $113.66 will be paid for the HSA $6,550 deductible plan or a $64.34 contribution for the HSA $4,000 deductible plan. Employees may also opt into the $2,500 PPO deductible plan, with a $169.91 employee contribution required monthly. The plan also includes district funded vision insurance and district funded life insurance of $25,000.

The base salary will increase from $31,000 to $31,620 in 2019-20. The proposal also will give all returning eligible certified employees a step on the salary schedule. That combined with the base raise will result in a net salary increase of 2.76%.

The proposal all allows for the continuation of the district funded career ladder which adds $1,000 in incentives for staff meeting step one, $2,000 at step two and $3,500 at step three. The additional services cost the district approximately $100,000 a year in added salary.

The non-certified salary schedules also included a minimum 2.76% increase to the base salary or an increase that aligns with the new minimum wage laws and all returning noncertified employees were given a step on the salary schedule.

Para Professionals will continue to be paid on 1350 yearly hours for the required 172 school days, plus two personal days and six holidays and will be expected to attend the six additional Professional Development Days as assigned on the 18-19 school calendar at the discretion of the administration.  Contract time is from 7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

The salary proposal also included a raise for the non-certified substitute rate to $70 a day while also offering an up to $500 employee bonus for perfect attendance that includes $200 employee bonus for each semester with perfect attendance and an additional $100 bonus for perfect attendance for the entire school year.

The board approved a $500 stipend for every Advanced Placement Course offered.

The following salaries were also established: Food Service Director – $30,360 Salary; Business Manager – $50,000 Salary; Superintendent (Completed Doctorate Degree) – $119,150 Salary; Elementary Principal/Federal Programs (Completed Specialist Degree) – $71,000 Salary; High School Principal – $75,815 Salary; Nurse – $32,500 Salary; Transportation Director – $36,855 Salary

2019-20 Budget

The 2019-20 proposed budget was presented to the board.  The revenues reflect a local tax rate that is estimated at $3.6057, using a projected assessed valuation of $70,286,680, and figuring a On Formula Designation on the State Formula.

The budget projected revenues of $6,786,015 with total expenditures, including the salary proposal projected at $7,018,264.37, resulting in a projected deficit of $232,249.37. 

“Building and campus improvements, program expansions, iROAR technology initiative, staffing, and the rising costs of operation have led to the projected increase in expenditures for the 19-20 budget,” said Bergeson.

The board voted 6-0 to adopt the budget.

Over-Expenditure Resolution

It is required, by law, that the Board pass a resolution stating the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each overspent line for the year.  The board voted 6-0 to adopt this resolution.

Tuition Rates

The Board voted 6-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2019-20.  The rate for K-12 tuition was set at $8,500.00.

Bread, Milk, and Grocery Bids

The board voted 6-0 to accept the firm milk bid from Prairie Farms, the bread bid from Bimbo Foods, and the grocery bid from Kohl Wholesale for the 19-20 school year.

New Employee Picnic and Staff Breakfast

The staff welcome back employee breakfast will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. and the new employee picnic will be Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.  Both meals will be served in the High School Commons.  The Elementary Back to School BBQ will be Thursday, August 14.  More information about the Back to School BBQ, Registration, and Orientation will be released in July. 


The board voted 6-0 to accept a letter of resignation from Don Ryland and Les Richmond.

Bank Bids

The board voted 6-0 to advertise for bank bids for district banking.

July Board Meeting

The board meeting has been set for Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  This meeting date was selected to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Scotland County Fair.

Open session closed at 7:33 p.m.

Executive Session

Mrs. Susan Burns will be transferred to the position of Title I Elementary Math Coach

The following items were approved:

Minutes from May 8, 2019. 6-0

Hire Edith Lucas as Paraprofessional for the 19-20 school year. 6-0

Hire Scott Goff as Bus Driver for the 19-20 school year. 6-0

Hire the following list of coaches and sponsors: Assistant Marching Band – Chanel Oliver; Drama – Tory Kiger; Color Guard – Schelle Cooley; JH Football Cheerleading – Tia Hamilton; Junior Class Sponsor – Jenna Ward; National Honor Society – Terri Slaughter; National Honor Society – Kara Wickert.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

RPM Truck Accessories Expanding to Offer New Services

After years of being billed as a one-stop shop for all your tire and vehicle accessory needs, a local business is expanding to bring the service to you as part of a new partnership, with Jardin and Brandi Fuller joining the ownership group with the Phillips family.

RPM Truck Accessories in Memphis recently announced the addition of a new 24-hour road side assistance program. The company’s new service truck is available to assist stranded motorists with tire issues, refueling, battery charges and much more. The assistance isn’t limited to just cars and trucks, as service is also available for semis, tractors, heavy trucks  and other farm implements.

For service during regular business hours, contact RPM at 660-465-7203. After hours call 660-216-8050.

“Just give us a call and we will get you back to going,” said Jardin Fuller.

The service truck is not the only new addition for the business. RPM is also adding a new 30×40 building that will house a new wide format vinyl printing machine as well as new direct to garment printing that will allow the company to expand its garment printing and sign business as well.

The new wide format printer will allow RPM to offer a vastly increased offering of posters, banners, wall graphics, signs, labels decals and even vehicle wraps. The new machine will address the diverse requirements of outdoor signage with UV stability that will protect the colors against the sun while also being able to handle indoor graphic jobs such as art reproduction on canvas, window graphics, counter mats, and a wide range of advertising materials on a variety of mediums.

While the building expansion is nearing completion, the new wide format printer is expected to be up and running early this fall.

“It will take a little while to get it fully operational,” said Brandi Fuller. “One of the first things we hope to do is a vehicle wrap for the new service truck.”

RPM Truck Accessories offers Michelin, and Yokohama tires for cars, trucks and semis in addition to Thunderer, and Nitto truck tires, Cooper car tires and EFX tires, Fuel Off-Road tires and wheels and MSA wheels for UTV vehicles.

 The company also handles a variety of wheels as well as suspension and towing accessories, lift kits, truck boxes, and much more. In business in Memphis since 1997, RPM also offers a full range of services for sign making, graphics, screen printing and embroidery.

OATS Announces Fare Increases for NEMO Routes

OATS Transit has announced it will be increasing fares this summer on some of its routes.  The fare increases will affect the general public riding in the following counties- Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Warren Counties.

This change is being made to help offset declining revenues, while supporting increased ridership opportunities to the general public.  The fares are necessary to maintain current levels of service and will directly impact the company’s operating budget.

Rider contributions in the Northeast Missouri area have not changed for many years. Starting July 1st fares will apply to general public riders in the above mentioned counties. Fares will be $2.00 each one-way trip for in-town riders; $3.00 each one-way trip for county service; $4.00 each one-way trip going to an adjacent county; and $10.00 round trip (or $6 one-way) for long distance travel.  There is also a $1.00 fee for each Enroute stop. For Hannibal, Kirksville, Moberly and Warrenton city service, the fare is $2.00 each time you board the bus. Seniors and individuals with disabilities ride under contracts that are paid by third-party sources, therefore these fares do not affect those individuals. Confidential contributions are encouraged in order to keep the buses on the road. To see the bus schedules, check our website at www.oatstransit.org and click on the Bus Schedules tab, then click on the county in which you reside. Trips can be scheduled by calling the Macon office at 800-654-6287 or 660-395-3041.

OATS Transit is funded, in part, through Federal Transit Administration grants through the MO Department of Transportation, Missouri Elderly & Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program, Area Agencies on Aging, some 351 Senior Tax and Senate Bill 40 Boards, private contracts, rider fares and contributions from the community. No rides will be denied for riders unable to pay under the Older Americans Act on AAA routes. OATS Transit is a private, not-for-profit corporation providing specialized transportation to the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens in 87 Missouri counties. The company is headquartered in Columbia MO with regional offices and satellite offices located throughout the state.  For more information about OATS Transit please visit their website at www.oatstransit.org, and follow us at www.Facebook.com/oatstransit

Cedar Grove Club Meets in Greensburg

The Cedar Grove Club met on Wednesday, June 12 at the home of Betty Bissell in Greensburg, MO. Betty served a delicious lunch of ham salad, chicken salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, fresh vegetables and pineapple upside down cake. Enjoying it were Betty Bissell, Christine Musgrove, Joy Musgrove, Reta Stott, Virginia Woods and Phyllis Heckethorn.

After lunch, the meeting was called to order. The minutes and treasurer’s report were read. Old buisness and new business were discussed.

Club for July will be a the home of Christine Musgrove in Gorin, MO.

Reta closed out the meeting with an inspirational thought: “It’s not the music that life give you, it’s how you dance to it.”

After the meeting was adjourned, everyone had a nice time visiting.

Submitted by Phyllis Heckethorn

Living Life Over


The traditional Father’s Day Tournament once again drew a large crowd to Timber Ridge Golf Course as a pair of 18-hole tournaments were held on Sunday to commemorate the special occasion.

A total of 27 two-golfer teams took to the course for the morning round, teeing off at 7:30 a.m.

The father-son team of Mark and Mike Drummond took top honors, carding a 12-under-par round of 56 to win the championship flight.


Sheriff Wayne Winn and members of his department completed a four-hour training session last week on forensic evidence and will complete an additional four hours of course work this week.

The course’s instructor stressed the correct procedures for preserving and processing finger print evidence providing numerous hands on demonstrations.

“We now have our own fuming chamber thanks to this training,” Winn stated.

This new tool will insure the preservation of finger print evidence.  The chamber is used to enclose a piece of evidence containing a suspect’s fingerprint(s).  A heat source is used to vaporize super glue in the chamber, which then adheres to the fingerprint, insuring it cannot be disturbed during transport to a finger print laboratory or for presentation as evidence at trial.


The Christian Cross is the most recognizable symbol in the world, representing the largest of all religions, Christianity.  A piece of that history arrived in Memphis last weekend.  Pilgrims from Mary Immaculate Church in Kirksville arrived, after stops in Adair and Baring, with the Millennium Cross.  This special cross, commissioned by Bishop John Gaydos of the Diocese of Jefferson City, contains a relic of the cross that Jesus Christ died on.

The cross will reside for ne week behind the altar of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Memphis.  A special mass ceremony was held Tuesday evening to celebrate the special symbol.  The Millennium Cross is part of the Church’s commitment to reconciliation in the next century.


Being the first policewoman in a city is not a new occurrence for Melody Meeke.  Melody joined the Memphis City Police Department on May 12, as the first woman to wear the badge in Memphis.  She held the distinction of being the first woman in uniform for the city of Forest Hill, Texas, in 1980.


Pam Shalley of Memphis, participated in Band Camp of the 1000 Hills Summer Youth Program held June 10-15 at Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville.

Pam is the daughter of Tom and Dixie Shalley of Memphis and she attends the Scotland County R-1 High School where she will be a sophomore next year.

She has been under the direction of Dan O’Donnell, band instructor, while attending Scotland County R-1.


Plans are being completed to construct a small pond at the North School, July 4th, according to John Connor, local SCS Conservationist.  The pond, part of an outdoor class room being developed at the school, will be used by Science classes.  The pond will be built to control depth and should not be a safety hazard, Connor said.

Local conservation contractors will donate their equipment and time to build the pond as a public service in cooperation with the R-I school board and the Scotland County Soil District.  The contractors service donated will be about $1,000.


Construction of the steeling building by the Sealtest Company of St. Louis as a milk pumping station is progressing nicely.  The building, a Quonset type 40 x 60 feet in dimension, is located just across the street north of the Jaycees Park in east Memphis.

Jack Beck, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. John Priest is to be in charge of the station upon completion of construction.  Trucks operating in northeast Missouri and some in Iowa, will have milk pumped from their trucks to semi-trailer trucks to be taken to St. Louis.

The steel framework of the building is up and Wednesday morning the roof was in the process of being completed.  An interesting feature of the building is light panels being placed in the roof of the building for the purpose of admitting more light. 

Other building taking place in the region includes an IGA store in east Memphis on highway No. 136, several residences and a culvert just north of the sale barn in north Memphis, in preparation to widening the road near the construction site of the new school building.


Petition were presented the past week to the city council and county court, signed by most of the business and professional men of Memphis, requesting those bodies to refuse carnivals permission to exhibit on the streets around the square in the future.  The one exception made was the carnival already scheduled for the last week in June by the local V.F. W. post.


Headlines read: “Gas and ‘Whoopee’ Won’t Mix…You can generally tell by the smashed up automobiles along 63 when the dance season opens and this season is off to a running start.  Two cars scattered all over the intersection of the highway and Moore Street in La Plata last Friday night told the story of a race alleged to have commenced at the exit from Love Lake and ending only after both boys tried to turn into Moore street at the same time.  Both cars were completely wrecked and remained on the highway as mute evidence of the fast that gasoline and ‘whoopee’ do not mix!

Jauflione Chapter NSDAR Hosts June Meeting

The Jauflione Chapter NSDAR met in regular session on June 7th at the Presbyterian Church hospitality room. The meeting was opened in ritualistic form by Regent Debbie Kauk.

Those present were: Susan Miller, Maxine Phillips, Terry Arnold, June Kice, Reta Stott, Patricia Miller, Connie Bratton, Joann Rood, Debbie Kauk, and Rhonda Davis.

The agenda for this meeting was to tour the local museums. After a brief business meeting the group was off to the Downing House Museum. We were met there by Julie Clapp. Julie and June Kice gave very interesting tours of the many displays in the Downing House. There were many questions for Julie and June as they shared their knowledge of the Downing House.

The group agreed that we could spend all day looking through the many displays, but it was time to move on to the Pheasant Airplane display at Dr. Larry Wiggins’ Museum. We were met there by Ronnie and Peggy Brown. Peggy and Ronnie shared their knowledge of the Pheasant Airplane. We had many questions and Peggy and Ronnie took time to answer each one. While there we also saw the original Court House of Memphis. Again the Brown’s answered our questions.

The group then moved on to Keith’s Café for lunch. It was announced as a reminder that there will not be meetings in July and August.

The next meeting will be September 6th at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality room. Jauflione Chapter NSDAR gives a big “Thank You” to Julie Clapp, June Kice, and Ronnie and Peggy Brown for sharing their time and information with us.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis

Rutledge Renegades

The Hustead Reunion was held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in La Belle.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Ivy Wagy’s ballgames in Canton and days later in Kahoka.

Charlene Montgomery and Harold Snyder came down and took Neta Phillips to Kirksville. They attended Kirksville Chapter #184 for the .D.G.M., Roberta McAfee’s official visit.

Larry and Tamara Tague went to the Nathan and Brooke Butler wedding on Saturday, June 15 at St. Joseph Church in Edina.

Some of those in this week were Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Celina Erickson, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Milt Clary, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Dorva and Otho Harbur, Dixie and Waverly Bunting, Mike and Pam Blaine, Larry and Tamara Tague, Don Tague, Anna and Leon Shaw, Larry and Deanna Hubbard and Alyson, and Judy Boland.

Scotland County Genealogical Society Hosts June Meeting

The Scotland County Genealogy Society met June 10th 2019 at 1:30 at the Genealogy building in Memphis. Those present were Darlene Johnston, Ruth Tague, Max Hamilton, June Kice, Terry Arnold, and Rhonda Davis.

A short business meeting was held. We were reminded that the July meeting time is 1:00 p.m.. We will be meeting at the Genealogy building and then travel to Lancaster to tour the Schuyler County Museum.

Terry Arnold reported that the books from the court house have not been micro-filmed yet.

Ruth Tague reported that she had someone who came to the building to look up information and found many family pictures and information. They were very pleased with the information and will be back to look up more family history.

June Kice gave the treasurer’s report.

There were no minutes from the May meeting available.

Reva Triplett donated a history of Rutledge book for the Society.

It was decided that we will have a book sale on Friday during the Antique Days Fair. We will also be selling cookies on Saturday during the Fair.

After the short meeting we were off to the Froman Family Cemetery which is located north of town. Terry Arnold and Darlene Johnston recorded what information that we could read from the headstones and will be doing research for more information on the family.

We all traveled back to the Genealogy Building to enjoy delicious refreshments provided by Ruth Tague.      

Submitted by Rhonda Davis

BILLIE WAYNE YOUNG (11/12/1930 – 6/10/2019)

Billie Wayne Young, 88 years old, of Green City, Missouri, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at Sullivan County Long Term Care in Milan, Missouri.

Billie was born November 12, 1930 in Butte, Missouri to Harley and Nettie (Clelland) Young. On December 10, 1960 in Trenton he married Carol Sue (Keen) Young, she preceded him in death on January 20, 2003. He was also preceded by: his parents, four sisters, and two brothers.

Survivors include five children, Gary Young (Mary) of Memphis, Missouri, Vikki Yesser (Paul) of Bend, Oregon, Larry Young (Sandy) of Polo, Missouri, Jonna Michael of Green City, Missouri, and Barbara Lewis (Glen Pulliam) of New Canton, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, Barry Young, Terri Slaughter, Wendi Yesser, Angie Minor, Rachel Yesser, Keli Young, Robyn Emel, Kevin Michael, Traci McClaran, Brandon Lewis, and Stephanie Lewis; 22 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Kay Smith of Milan; two brothers, Donald Ray Young of Venice, Florida and James Young of Green City; and several nieces and nephews.

Billie was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County. He farmed South of Green City until 2018 before selling the farm to his grandson Kevin. Billie hauled milk until 1970 and did carpentry work for 30 years. He was an active member of the Green Castle Lions Club, and also a member of Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church. Billie’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, negating them in fishing, doing puzzles, picking gooseberries or any excuse to be with them. He enjoyed his community at the Sullivan County Long Term Care facility, loved visiting with people, playing bingo or playing cards (especially Pitch).

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Green City. James Heaton and Rev. Ben Williams officiated. Leroy Martin provided music. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, east of Green City.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Activity Fund.  

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