February 24, 2005

GRETA J. (MULLINS) NATWICK
(11/17/1913 2/17/2005)



Greta Janneta (Mullins) Natwick, 91, formerly of Hampton, IL, passed away February 17, 2005 at Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville, MO, where she had resided for the past two years.

Born November 17, 1913, near Downing, MO, she was the daughter of Ollie and Josephine (Yore) Mullins.

On June 14, 1968, she was united in marriage to Albert Natwick who preceded her in death on June 13, 1991. Greta was also preceded in death by her parents and step-mother, Pauline Mullins.

Surviving are one sister, Nedra Mullins Gates of Kirksville, MO; one half-brother, Bobbie Mullins and wife, Marge of Gibbs, MO; one step-sister, Corinne Thrasher and husband, Kenneth of Memphis, MO; one step-brother, Leon Spray of Marion, IA; one step-daughter, Janice Jones and husband, Jack of Dewar, OK; one step-son, Larry Natwick and wife, Susan of San Diego, CA; two step-grandsons, Christopher Natwick and Scott Jones and several nieces and nephews.

Greta lived most of her life in the Quad Cities area and was employed with the John Deere Company. She moved to rural LaPlata, MO, in 1991.

Gretas wish was to be cremated and no public visitation or memorial service be held. Arrangements were taken care of by the Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO.

Missouri Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

Columbia, MO July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Mark Cadle, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

“The August 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said Cadle.

“If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to go to your county office right now to submit that nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with county executive directors.

To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2016 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 7 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 5. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA’s BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

What a “liberal” is.

In July 21’s Democrat Ron Alexander, bless his heart, seems to have no idea of what a “liberal” is. A liberal may be a Republican, Democrat, Green Party or any just plain citizen. The word liberal is not a dirty word and in fact it probably is most appropriate to describe a good Christian man or woman.

Liberal politicians, both Republican, Democrat and Independent have been the leaders in protecting Mr. Alexander’s “constitutional” rights. They have been the ones who have gone out of their way to establish the rights that each American should not go hungry, should have the right to be educated, should have the right to a good job protected from unjust dismissal.

It is time that we revisit our understanding of where American liberal tendencies are rooted. Our “Declaration of Independence” was conceived by liberals who believed ALL men have the right to be a part of government. Our “Constitution” was hammered out by liberals. And our “Bill of Rights” was demanded by liberals in the separate states. Liberalism is a founding principle of our country. The concept of being liberal is being a free thinker and not allowing anyone tell you how to think.

The beauty of this is the liberal concept accepts the fact that people will have different thoughts than them. It doesn’t make those thoughts right, but it does allow for discussion.

The next part of being a liberal is my Christian background. If Christ wasn’t a liberal talk with the Pharisees and Sadducees who were frightened of him. See, that is the part of liberal that causes all this venom. Those in power are frightened and bewildered. They are being challenged. Christ might have even been for gun control, heaven help us, for he certainly wasn’t in favor of the sword.

I wish to make it clear I am not an apologist. I am an advocate. Where there is injustice, there I will be. Where there are the hungry, there I will be. Where there are the incarcerated, there I will be.

And where there are the ones foaming at the mouth (Just my opinion) there I will be. Just call me a liberal.

Tom Reel

Downing, MO

Local Corn Farmers Briefed on Mass Tort Lawsuit Against Syngenta

Representatives of the Midwest Corn Lawsuit, a mass tort action versus Syngenta, were in Memphis on Monday seeking prospective clients. The legal team met with farmers whom they are seeking to represent in a case against the seed company, that the lawsuit says cost Midwest corn farmers billions of dollars.

Representatives of the Midwest Corn Lawsuit, a mass tort action versus Syngenta, were in Memphis on Monday seeking prospective clients. The legal team met with farmers whom they are seeking to represent in a case against the seed company, that the lawsuit says cost Midwest corn farmers billions of dollars.

Jessica Dodd, not Erin Brockovich, was in Memphis Monday morning but the storylines were similar enough to the famous movie about a class action lawsuit, that the analogy has become a common one when Dodd and her fellow representatives visit with prospective clients considering joining the Midwest Corn Lawsuit.

“We kind of joke about it, because we are faced with many of the same challenges like the law team in the movie, visiting small, rural communities and trying to get people to trust us so we can help them seek damages they are entitled to because of the mistakes made by large company,” said Dodd, of the Mauro Archer & Associates law firm, one of the many components of the legal team that make up Midwest Corn Lawsuit.

The law team is compiling a mass tort lawsuit versus Syngenta for the seed company’s alleged role in destabilizing the global corn market. Having been named the lead counsel by the Minnesota District Court overseeing this case, the legal team is representing more than 50,000 farmers. And with more than 2,000 town hall meetings, like the one held in Memphis on Monday, that number continues to grow.

The legal action is based on a 2009 Syngenta release of a new corn seed in United States markets. The claimants are seeking billions of dollars in damages, alleging that because the new strain released before it was improved for import by China, and was subsequently refused for import into China in 2013 and 2014, resulted in a global collapse in corn prices.

The new genetically engineered corn trait, labeled M1R162, into the U.S. market initially under the name of Agrisure Viptera and advertising its varieties as genetically engineered to protect corn against damage from insects such as the corn borer and corn rootworm.

The lawsuit claims that Viptera was marketed and introduced to the U.S. market without import approval from China secured while Syngenta maintained that approval was imminent, with statements like this April 2012 release by Syngenta’s CEO. “There is an outstanding approval for China, which we expect to have quite frankly within the matter of a couple of days.”

The import approval was not granted until December 2014, a delay the legal team believes created billions of dollars in damages to farmers and related industries such as grain storage, shippers and even manufacturers of corn products.

The lawsuit highlights the alleged destruction of grain shipments from the U.S. by China, one of the  world’s largest corn importers and subsequent rejection of U.S. corn shipments because they contained a genetically modified variety that had not been approved. The action has indicated that by the end of 2013, over 545,000 tons of U.S. corn had been rejected by China, generating a significant downward drag on corn prices.

“By April 2014, the rejected corn tonnage had reached 1,450,000. China was not the only country that rejected this GMO corn. 3.3 million metric tons of U.S. corn were rejected globally as of March 2014,” said Dodd. “The export market disruptions cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars.”

The National Grain and Feed Association estimates the total economic damage of Syngenta’s commercialization of Viptera MIR 162 prior to Chinese approval to be as much as $2.9 billion.

Unlike the many law firms currently seeking class action lawsuits against Syngenta, the Midwest Corn Lawsuit team is seeking a mass tort action, noting that class action cases usually result in outrageous fees for the attorneys pursuing them, while farmers and those directly impacted by Syngenta’s actions will only receive a nominal award.

Dodd noted that  a mass tort lawsuit can give farmers the representation and compensation they deserve, ensuring compensation is awarded based on actual damages as a result of Syngenta’s commercialization of unapproved traits. And unlike a class action suit, a mass tort will not be settled without the claimants decision to opt-in to the proposed settlement.

“Our action is based on the belief that any corn grower, regardless of whether or not they planted Viperta or other Syngenta seed, should be made whole by Syngenta,” said Dodd.

She visited with a small number of producers on July 25th at Keith’s Cafe.

“Our town halls offer a small-group setting, giving interested parties a chance to get answers and to find out more about the process,” said Dodd.

She noted of the most popular line of questioning relates to possible backlash from Syngenta.

“It is not unusual for farmers to be reluctant to sign on to what they might perceive as controversial, as they often voice fears about reprisals by such a larger company.” She noted that farmers face no liability for any countersuit.

The initial process at the town hall meetings is simply to sign a contract with this legal team to serve as representation in the mass tort action against Syngenta. With more than 90% of the farmers seeking relief from Syngenta signed up with this law team, Dodd said the numbers continue to grow daily.

“We basically are meeting with folks all across the Midwest, determining their eligibility to participate, and if they are interested, presenting the case for why they should allow us to represent them,” said Dodd.

With the first set of trials scheduled for March of next year, a deadline has been established for December of this year for producers to participate.

“That means that sometime in October we will likely halt the signup process, as we will have to have all of the follow-up work completed by December,” said Dodd.

The follow-up work basically is the collection of documentation from the lawsuit participants. After completing the initial brief one-page contract with the representatives, the law team will then send participants a welcome package with information on how to begin preparing copies of documentation of farms records that will demonstrate the negative economic impact Syngenta’s action has on the complainant.

Dodd indicated the group will likely be holding additional area town hall meetings, noting that an August 29th date has been set with a local location to be determined. Or for more information, interested parties can contact the law team at 515-635-1626 or via email at info@midwestcornlawsuit.com.

MU Ag Alumni Gather in Gorin for CAFNR Picnic

University of Missouri Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) Tom Payne is pictured with Keith Payne who organized a Mizzou Alumni event at his family farm near Gorin.

University of Missouri Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) Thomas Payne is pictured with Keith Payne who organized a Mizzou Alumni event at his family farm near Gorin.

While recent rains have returned the Gorin area farm scenery to green in color, an influx of University of Missouri alumni and boosters turned the region black and gold for an evening. The Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer farm on Route U near Gorin was the sight of a MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) picnic held on July 22nd.

CAFNR Dean Thomas Payne was the guest of honor  along with representatives of the CAFNR Foundation and the Mizzou Ag Alumni Association, who shared information with the guests about their programs.

Payne, who will be retiring in the near future, touted the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources collection of academic programs and instructors that benefit students and continue to  advance research with global impact.

He highlighted the work of Peter Scharf, professor of plant sciences in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Scharf, who studies the management and utilization of nitrogen and fertilizers by farmers, recently was one of three MU professors recently awarded FastTrack funding to help expedite his work   that will  help farmers on decisions in growing corn. Funding will help devise and deploy drone and satellite imagery capabilities to better evaluate and predict corn loss due to nitrogen deficiency, thereby increasing yields to help feed a growing global population.

Payne also highlighted the efforts of Randall Prather from CAFNR’s division of animal sciences. He praised Prather’s work on the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus which could save the swine industry millions of dollars.

“It is people like this that are allowing CAFNR to play a key role in changing agriculture, food and natural resources, the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we’ll face tomorrow,” he told the gathering.

Payne shared that the  College is ranked among the top 15 programs in the world for animal and plant science research.

He also explained how innovative thinking opportunities offered by the school go beyond the classroom, the laboratory and the field, giving students hands-on, real-life opportunities like the student-run florist, bed and breakfast, café, meat market and ice cream shop, the later of which products were shared with the guests at dessert time.

Representatives of the CAFNR Foundation and the Mizzou Ag Alumni Association offered information on how CAFNR students benefit from nearly $1 million in annual scholarships, adding that personal connections and networking the students build with faculty and alumni will result in employment and business opportunities not to mention life-long friendships like the ones demonstrated by the alumni in attendance.

MU Alumni rep Bill Riggins shared the group’s schedule of upcoming events, which included: Missouri State Fair Social -Saturday, August 13, 2016; Tiger Ag Classic & Steak Fry  – Friday, September 16, 2016; CAFNR Week Bonfire        – Sunday, September 18, 2016; GROW Exhibit event at St. Louis Science Center        – Saturday, October 8, 2016; Homecoming Tailgate – Saturday, October 22, 2016; CAFNR Ag Unlimited Banquet & Auctions – Saturday, February 11, 2017; and Alumni Awards & Celebration of Excellence – Thursday, April 13, 2017 .

Tax Free Weekend for Back to School Shoppers

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by Andrea Brassfield

With the official start of the 2016-2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time to think about those back to school purchases.  Consumers can once again enjoy a sales tax holiday in Missouri and Iowa the first full weekend in August.  Missouri’s Tax Free Weekend includes both Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 while Missouri shoppers get to enjoy an extra day, August 5-7, Friday thru Sunday.

Iowa’s tax free weekend applies to clothing and shoes as long as individual items are under $100 each.  The list of items exempt from this tax free weekend include jewelry, watches and watchbands, umbrellas and sports equipment (such as skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates, as well as clothing or footwear designed specifically for athletic use). For more specific information about tax-exempt savings in Iowa and items excluded, visit their website at  https://tax.iowa.gov/iowas-annual-sales-tax-holiday.

In Missouri, the tax holiday begins on Friday, August 5th and runs through Sunday, August 7th.  Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period.

In Missouri, cities, counties, and districts have the option to not participate in the sales tax holiday.  Some larger cities not participating include Columbia, Jefferson City, Ozark, Osage Beach, and Springfield.  Many cities in the Kansas City area are participating.  For a complete list and all the details about Missouri’s Sales Tax Holiday, visit http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/.

Illinois does not participate in the Tax Free Weekend.

MSHSAA Releases New Football, Basketball Assignments

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Football and Basketball classification and district assignments for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 classification cycles were recently released by the Missouri State High School Activities Association, as approved by the Board of Directors.

The enrollment breaks for the new classification cycle are as follows:

Football Enrollment Breaks – 8-man – 24 teams with 87-165 enrollment; Class 1 – 64 schools with 109-244 enrollment; Class 2 – 64 schools with 245-427 enrollment; Class 3 – 64 schools with 472-727 enrollment; Class 4 – 64 schools with 732-1314 enrollment; Class 5 – 44 schools with 1316-1778; and Class 6 – 32 schools with 1779-2803.

Basketball Enrollment Breaks – Class 1 – 128 boys teams, 120 girls teams with 20-119 enrollment; Class 2 – 128 boys teams and 124 girls teams with 120-232 enrollment; Class 3 – 128 boys teams and 127 girls teams with 233-534 enrollment; Class 4 – 96 boys teams and 100 girls teams with 548-1276 enrollment; Class 5 – 79 boys teams and 78 girls teams with 1297-2803 enrollment.

For football, only schools with enrollments of 200 or less may choose to play in the 8-man division. In 11-man football, the largest 32 schools based on student enrollment in grades 9-12 are classified in Class 6, while the smallest 64 schools are assigned to Class 1. The next-largest 64 schools are then classified in Class 2, the next 64 in Class 3, and the next 64 in Class 4. The remaining schools are assigned to Class 5.  If two schools form a cooperative partnership, the enrollment of both schools combined are used to determine classification.  Beginning with the 2014 season, three schools may co-op in the 8-man class and the combined enrollment remains under 200.

The 2016-17/2017-18 MSHSAA official enrollment number for Scotland County was listed at 190 students.

Scotland County will again compete as a Class 1 football program. The Tigers are assigned to Class 1 District #5 along with Knox County, Louisiana, Mark Twain, Monroe City, Paris, Schuyler County and South Shelby.

In Basketball, the 128 schools with the smallest enrollments make up Class 1.  The next 128 schools would make up Class 2, with the next 128 making up Class 3.  The next 96 largest enrollments make up Class 4, while Class 5 includes all of the remaining schools.  All ties at any enrollment break remain with the smallest classification.  The enrollment breaks are based on the gender with the most registered teams.  Enrollments from schools with boys basketball teams were used for this cycle.

Scotland County basketball will continue to be classified Class 2. The Tigers and Lady Tigers were assigned to Class 2 District #6 along with Canton, Clopton, Knox County, Louisiana, Paris, South Shelby and Van-Far.

Schools are grouped into districts within each classification based on geographical location.

The first-allowable football practice date for 2016 will be on Monday, August 1.  The first-possible contest date will be Friday, August 19.  For basketball, the first allowable practice is Monday, October 31.  The first allowable basketball game is currently scheduled for Monday, November 18

Timber Ridge Golf Course Hosts Three Tournaments in August

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Timber Ridge Golf Course in Memphis will be hosting three tournaments in August, offering some friendly competition for just about everyone.

The first tournament, the 4 Man Calcutta, takes place Sunday, August 7th with a 9:00 a.m. tee-off.  Men and ladies are welcome to participate in this tournament, but you must be eighteen years or older to enter.  Cost to participate in $65 per person which includes lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Mark Drummond (816-550-0232).

The next tournament is the Senior 2 Man Scramble (18 holes) on Friday, August 19th.  The fee is $45 per person including lunch and a mulligan!  Sign in starts at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. tee-off.

For more information or to register, please contact Dave (660-341-6391) or the Timber Ridge Golf Course (660-883-5341).  You must be at least 50 years old to enter this tournament.

The final tournament, on Sunday, August 21st, is the 2 Couple Scramble (18 holes) with two couples per team. Sign in begins at 8:00 a.m. and tee-off is at 9:00 a.m.  You must be eighteen years or older to enter.

The fee for this tournament is $50 per person with lunch provided by Big Bear BBQ, Kris and Suzie Lister.

For more information or to register, contact Kris (660-341-0465).

Participants interested in these tournaments are encouraged to reserve early.  Rental carts are available at $5 per seat for the three events.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF BETTY LEAROSE MATHES (6/18/1933 – 12/10/2015)

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Downing Cemetery, Downing, Missouri.

Betty LeaRose Smith Mathes was born June 18, 1933.  She passed away on December 10, 2015 at age 82.  She was the daughter of the late Victor and Marvelle Power Smith.  Betty married the late Kenneth Mathes on January 9, 1955.

Leaving to mourn her passing is her son, Steven and his wife Pam of Kershaw, SC; Granddaughters, Megan Mathes (Levi Barrett) of Camden, SC and Shelly Smalls (Ryan) of Conway, SC; and four great-grandchildren, Steven Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Jackson Smalls and Presley Smalls.  She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Mathes.

Betty spent most of her life in Scotland and Putnam County Missouri.  In 2002 she moved to Kershaw, South Carolina to be with her son and family until her passing.  She was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Kershaw, SC.

WILLIAM “BILL” HOLLIS (3/9/1928 – 7/21/2016)

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William “Bill” Hollis, 88 of Washington, IL died at 11:36 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Born on March 9, 1928 in Bible Grove, MO, he married Amanda McGill Ellis on July 4, 1976. She survives.

Also surviving are their children: Pam Keel of Cummings, GA, Mary Hollis of Acworth, GA, and Mike Hollis of Union Springs, AL, Janet (Marion) Roberson of Pikeville, TN, Linda Webster of Washington, IL, Randy (Judy) Ellis of Eureka, IL, and Rick Ellis of Morton, IL, 3 sisters; Loretta Leible of St. Charles, MO, Betty (Henry) Slobe of Grayslake, IL, and Martha Bradley of Bible Grove, MO, 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Hollis, one son William “Billy” Hollis, one stepson, David Ellis, one granddaughter, Michelle Ellis, one brother, Wayne Hollis, two sisters, Mary McGill and Lorraine Aldridge and three brothers-in-law, Warren “Junior” Aldridge, Mayo “Toots” Bradley and Eddie Leible.

Bill graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1945. He then retired from the US Army after more than 20 years of service, where he attained the rank of Major and served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also worked at Dixie Bearings in Atlanta, GA for eight years and at the United States Post Office in Peoria, where he worked as a sorter.

He was an active member of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98 in Washington, IL where he was currently serving as Chaplain. Bill was a Mason for over 50 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #100 in Washington and the Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral Services for Bill were held at 10 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.  Pastor Jim Gorby officiated. Services followed with military honors rendered by the US Army. Visitation was from 5-7 pm Monday, July 25, 2016 at the funeral home where Masonic Services followed at 7 pm.  Cremation rites were accorded after the services and inurnment will be in Bible Grove, MO at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98.  Bill’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.

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