February 16, 2006

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if I was a greedy newspaper publisher? Well, if you listen to proponents of House Bill 1028, it might seem as if newspapers are simply out for money. The industry has come out in opposition of the proposed legislation that would eliminate the requirement for 2nd, 3rd and 4th class counties to publish a detailed financial statement annually in the local newspaper.

Bottom line is, if passed, House Bill 1028 will cost newspapers money. If the county chooses not to print its detailed financial statement, and instead prints a limited balance statement such as the City of Memphis is allowed to do, it will mean a decline in revenue for the newspaper of as much as $1,400.

Thats a lot of money, so its easy to say that all I care about is the annual check when the newspaper indicates its opposition to House Bill 1028. When I argue the public needs to know where its tax dollars are being spent, you all may still have that $1,400 figure in the back of your heads. Ask yourself, Does he really care about accountability and our right to know, or is he simply worried about his bottom line?

Its okay, I asked myself the same question. In an effort to understand the other side of this issue, I contacted the bill sponsor, Representative Robert T. Johnson of Jackson County with the idea that maybe he would make me see the true reason for proposing such legislation.

Let me preface this commentary by stating there are obviously huge differences between Memphis and Kansas City. Johnsons District is south of Lees Summit and contains seven times as many people as we have here in Scotland County. Missouris First District encompasses five counties, while Jackson County itself consists of 19 different representative districts for its 659,723 residents. So obviously there are some differences.

I was going to argue that one of those underlying differences was newspaper readership. I dont think Im bragging when I say that a majority of folks that live in Scotland County either take the newspaper, have the opportunity to read someone elses or are involved in regular discussions with those who do read the news. This means that the newspaper is a logical (and I would argue affordable) way to get information to the public.

I got the impression that Johnson didnt believe that was the case in Jackson County. The City of Lee Summit, a big part of his district, has a weekly newspaper that has a circulation of just 4,823 in a town of more than 82,000. However, the Kansas City Star does serve the area with a circulation of more than 440,000. Maybe it wasnt readership that was at issue, but just the idea that people did not pay attention to the financial statements in the newspaper. I dont know.

Representative Johnson indicated the underlying factor for his decision to sponsor the bill for the third attempt at passage (it has failed the past two years) was fairness. He stated that it is not fair that only certain political subdivisions are required to publish detailed financial statements.

The Missouri Association of Counties (MAC), a major backer of the bill, takes a similar stance.

Our organization is supporting HB 1028 as a matter of equity, said Dick Burke Executive Director of MAC. Second, Third and Fourth Class counties (97 in total) are the only public entities that are required to publish their financial activities in detailed manner. Schools, cities, the largest counties, and special districts are not.

Being the greedy newspaperman, I jumped on this opportunity and questioned why not make things fair by requiring schools and municipalities to publish detailed financial statements instead of eliminating the counties requirements. Man, I could make a bunch of money if the lawmakers would think that it is important for communities to have detailed knowledge of how their schools and city councils are spending tax money.

Jackson even commented that he would be interested in seeing his local schools detailed financial statements to know for example how much teachers are being paid.

If we want this issue to be fair, then we should not only be fair to the schools, the cities and the counties, but we should be fair to all of us that pay for the schools and the cities and the counties. I dont think that making this information easily accessible to the community by printing it in the newspaper is being unfair.

What is unfair is allowing these tax-based entities to hide from the public behind legislation that is touting fairness.

But dont forget that the newspaper is not only unfair, but we are greedy too.

Cost is also a factor obviously and varies widely around the state, Burke stated.

According to the Missouri Press Association, its members charged anywhere from $219 to $6,803 with the average of the 96 publication costs being $1,409.

It costs Scotland County roughly $1,400 a year to print the financial statement in the newspaper. Thats highway robbery. Or is it?

Stop and consider how much it would cost the county to photocopy 2,300 copies of the 24-page document and mail them directly to these individuals. Maybe that newspaper ad isnt such a bad deal after all. Besides Im sure the county clerks office wouldnt hold that many people at one time.

Printing the county financial statement annually represents .000467 percent of the countys budget each year.

This sparring match has gone on long enough. Its time for the knockout punch.

This isnt about fairness, nor is it about saving money. (If the MAC wanted to do that it might suggest to counties to stop paying their annual dues to the organization, which costs Scotland County taxpayers more than $500 a year.) This is just one more attempt at hiding government from the people.

There is no fairness in allowing counties (cities or schools for that matter too) to hide their finances. I dont believe that my county commission has anything to hide, nor do most for that matter. Yet, if you dont have anything to hide, how can you, with a straight face try to justify this law by saying, everyone else can hide their records, so its only fair we should be able to as well.

While I dont believe House Bill 1028 should be passed, I must remind all of these public entities that the laws do not prevent cities, schools and counties from publishing a detailed financial statement, they just simply allow them to print the abridged balance statements. Help the greedy newspaper industry out. Contact your aldermen, your commissioners and your board of education and tell them that its worth the cost of publication for the constituents to have easy access to their financial statements.

McBee, Alexander Named to Truman State University VP’s Honor Roll

The Office of the Registrar at Truman State University has released the Fall 2016 Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List.

To qualify for this list, an undergraduate student must attain a semester 3.50-3.99 grade point average and must complete 12 semester hours of credit.

Scotland County R-I graduates Lorrin McBee and Morgan Alexander were named to the honor roll.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 19 consecutive years. Consumers Digest rated Truman as the No. 1 value in the nation among public colleges and universities.

BLEND to Perform at First Christian Church in Memphis on March 1st

Blend, an a cappella quartet, is returning to Memphis at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st at the First Christian Church in Memphis.  The a cappella group has made previous appearances in Memphis at both the First Baptist Church and the Memphis Theatre.

Blend was formed at John A. Logan College as a minor project that quickly blossomed into the makings of a successful career for its four members.  Johnathan Estes of the group says, “We started several years ago for a talent show and ended up winning.  From there, found we had a unique sound, so we decided to pursue it as a career.”   The real strength of Blend lies in their ability to entertain crowds of all ages with their energy, humor, renditions of songs which most everyone has heard at some time, all while keeping a Christian undertone.  In addition to their classic doo-wop routine, they are also a deeply spiritual group and love to share their gospel music as well.

The group has performed at churches with their Gospel arrangements and has wowed the crowds at other venues such as fairs, festivals and performing arts centers with their amazing a cappella version of the 50’s and 60’s.  They have been recognized and awarded “BEST OF SHOW 2006 and 2007” in Murray, Kentucky as well as many other awards.  In 2008, Blend appeared as special guests at the Dick Clark American Band Stand Theater in Branson, Missouri.  This led to an offer to perform their show in Branson at the Gene Williams Country Music Theater on a regular basis.  However, the timing was not right.  Blend had to decline the great opportunity due to their dedication to educational responsibilities and pursuits.

While 2008 proved to be a successful year for them, the group made some changes to the presentation of their show.  Developing a show fit for performing arts centers with a bit of nostalgic and unique flair, Blend began touring as far south as Florida and into the northern part of the country in states like Minnesota and South Dakota.  The show quickly gained attention as audiences across the Midwest grew fond of the sounds and entertainment that these four guys bring to the stage with each performance.  Due to this overwhelmingly positive response, Blend was offered the opportunity to perform full-time in the cities of Hannibal, MO and Paducah, KY in 2010.  The group, however, has continued to travel the country in order to be heard more broadly.

After making several appearances through the years in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the city proudly welcomed Blend to present shows daily at the Vienna Theatre through the summer of 2011 and 2012.  In 2014, they were asked to perform regularly at the Five Star Dinner Theatre. Nestled in the heart of downtown Hot Springs, Blend quickly became a “must see” show.  The success has continued for the group in the past few years as they have traveled and performed in spots all over the country.  Blend has worked with various artists, and can be seen performing backup vocals on Ronnie McDowell’s show as well as on his album entitled, “I’m Gonna Dance with the Ones that Brought Me.”  Come see for yourself why people across the country are raving about the very entertaining a cappella quartet from Southern Illinois.  You won’t be disappointed.

For more information about the quartet, visit their website at http://www.blend-acappella.com/.

International Eyecare Center Memphis Office Has Moved

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International Eyecare Center in Memphis, Missouri has moved to a new location! IEC is still located on the Scotland County Hospital campus, but has moved to the former Scotland County Health Department building.  Optometrist Dr. Kelly Sharpe will begin seeing patients in the new facility on Tuesday, February 21st.

“We are looking forward to utilizing the added space to offer our patients a more comfortable overall experience when they visit us,” said Dr. Kelly Sharpe.  Sharpe sees patients in the Memphis, MO location on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We love being a part of the Memphis medical community,” said Ashley Lay, Regional Manager at International Eyecare Center.  “For a smaller town, it is very impressive that Memphis has so much to offer its community and we are excited to continue to add to it.”

International Eyecare Center has been serving the Memphis, MO community for over five years.  IEC has thirteen offices in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri and was founded in 1981 in Quincy, IL.  International Eyecare Center offers the latest in eye healthcare, contact lens innovations, fashion eyewear, and comprehensive eye exams for the entire family.

To schedule an appointment call toll-free at (877) 457-6485.  Appointments can also be made online at www.iec2020.com.

Lady Tigers Withstand Hot Start by Van-Far to Win District Opener 75-56

Ashleigh Creek had a big first period to help Scotland County withstand a hot start by Van-Far in the district opener.

Early on in Monday night’s district opener, it appeared like the bracket builders may have made a mistake as the #7 seed Van- Far looked like state champions. The Lady Indians came out on fire, scoring 24 first period points to give #2 seed Scotland County a scare.

Van-Far was on fire from three-point range in the opening eight minutes, sinking six shots from behind the arc.

The Lady Indians opened the scoring with a pair of three-pointers. Abi Feeney started Scotland County off with a drive to the hoop. Chelsea Wood then sank a pair of free throws before Ashleigh Creek hit back-to-back jumpers to pull SCR-I within 9-8. Wood and Creek each had buckets in the paint before Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer. A Brassfield free throw knotted the score at 16-16 with 1:31 left in the first period.

Van-Far sank a pair of three-pointers to close the opening frame on top 24-18.

“Obviously that’s not the start you want,” said Coach Cory Shultz. “But I knew our defense was better than that, and it was going to be extremely difficult for them to maintain that level of shooting for four quarters.”

Madie Bondurant made a steal and scored on the fast break to start the second period. Brassfield sank a three-pointer before Abi Feeney converted two free throws. Brassfield scored in the paint with 5:55 left in the second period to give the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game at 27-26.

Calesse Bair scored on an offensive rebound and Feeney followed with a drive to the rim. Bair then stole the inbounds pass and scored a transition bucket to extend the lead to 33-26 and force a Van-Far timeout.

The Lady Indians pulled within two points before Feeney sank two more free throws. A jumper by Creek ended the second period with SCR-I on top 40-35.

Scotland County began to pull away in the third period. Wood opened the quarter with a pair of buckets in the paint and Feeney added a three-point play to push the lead to 47-37.

Chelsea Wood

Scotland County went to the free throw line 13 times in the third period, converting on nine of those chances, before Brassfield capped off the quarter with a three-pointer to put Scotland County out in front 58-42.

Brassfield opened the fourth quarter with a basket off an offensive rebound. Feeney sank four straight free throws to make the score 64-45 with 6:40 left to play. Wood scored on a drive to the hoop and added two more field goals in the paint to cap off a big night. Feeney continued to beat Van-Far off the dribble, scoring on a drive to the hoop before heading back to the free throw line for two more points. The senior made 14 of 15 from the charity stripe on the night, finishing off the 75-56 win for SCR-I.

Scotland County improved to 23-1 on the year and advances to the Class 2 District 6 semifinals to take on #3 seed Paris, a 60-31 winner over Canton.

Feeney led the Lady Tigers with 22 points. Wood finished with 20 while Brassfield had 14 and Creek added nine.

Abi Feeney

Lady Tigers Improve to 22-1 with 47-32 Win at North Shelby in Regular Season Finale

Chelsea Woods goes up for two points in the win over North Shelby.

An off night from long range made for a low-scoring affair Tuesday night at North Shelby, but the Scotland County girls still had more than enough firepower to put a damper on the Raiders senior night festivities with a 47-32 victory.

SCR-I struggled shooting the ball in its regular season finale, connecting on just three three-pointers on the night.

Two of those long distance shots came in the first period, as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-6 lead. SCR-I actually fell behind 4-0 before Abi Feeney connected on a jumper. A three-pointer by Calesse Bair put the Lady Tigers up for good, at 5-4, before Chelsea Wood scored in the paint. A three-pointer by Maddie Brassfield extended the margin to 10-4 with 3:19 left in the first period and forced a North Shelby timeout.

Feeney sank a three-pointer to start the second period to extend the lead to 17-6. The senior point guard then went to work off the dribble, dissecting the North Shelby defense with penetration moves that netted her 11 second-period points.

Sadie Davis fires up the three-pointer.

SCR-I looked poised to truly blow the game open in the third period. Feeney scored on another drive to the hoop before Wood added a field goal in the paint. Bair scored back-to-back transition baskets off of turnovers created by the SCR-I press, making the margin 37-18 and forcing another North Shelby timeout.

The Raiders corrected their issues against the press, but SCR-I still went ahead 44-26 on baskets by Feeney, Wood and Bair.

The offense went dormant in the fourth period. SCR-I did not score until there was just 45 seconds left in the contest, with Bair making three of four free throws in the final minute.

Fortunately the defense was up to the challenge, holding North Shelby to just six fourth quarter points to help secure the 47-32 win.

Abi Feeney gets to the rim for two of her game-high 17 points in SCR-I’s regular season finale win at North Shelby.

Scotland County closed out the regular season with a 22-1 record, the team’s third straight 20-win season. Feeney led the way with 17 points. Bair finished with 16 points and Wood added 11.

CHARLES H. BRADLEY (5/21/1935 – 2/11/2017)

Charles H. Bradley, 81, of Memphis, Missouri passed away Saturday evening, February 11, 2017 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The son of Estel Floyd and Lily Hazel Ellicott Bradley, he was born May 21, 1935 in Memphis, Missouri.

He attended school and graduated from the Memphis High School. After graduating he joined the United States Army and served a term there before coming back to help run the family businesses of Bradley Car Sales and Bradley Auto Parts.

After his parents passed he decided to sell the business and served as an alderman for the City of Memphis as long as his health allowed him to.

Charlie was a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church in Memphis, serving as an usher when he was called upon until he moved to the care center.

His interests included following the St. Louis Cardinals, buying season tickets for the home games and attending the home games as well as stock car races in the area.

He was an avid collector of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia, even a lap blanket that he used later when he was a resident at the Scotland County Care Center. Charlie was fine as long as he had his radio and every day he would tune in to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his cousin, Bob (Linda) Ellicott along with other relatives and friends.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice and may be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Wallace W Gillespie V.F.W.Post #4958 of Memphis and two from the honor guards unit. Pallbearers were Rick Robinson, Leon Buford, Doug Freburg, Ronnie Tinkle, Dennis Bradley, and David Trueblood.

Online Condolences may be sent to the Family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, February 24 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut/Butter Dessert

Monday, February 27 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, February 28 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wednesday, March 1 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookies

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 – Fundraiser Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free will donation. Carry-outs available, call 465-7011.

Monday, February 27 – AAA and Care Board Meeting at 10:00 in Shelbina.

Thursday, March 2 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to MargAret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

New Beginnings

There is a major part to the Christian belief system that tends to get past some; well…. maybe all of us.  That would be the truth, the fact, that in Christ we are new day by day.  Oh how we struggle to live this out.

At County Fairs some have a competition called a Tractor Pull.  One by one, each tractor is at the starting line pulling a cart with weights that transition into a heavier load as the trek progresses.  Eventually, the tractor stops in its tracks because it can no longer pull the load.  The one that travels the greatest length gets the trophy.

Our daily walk is sometimes just like a Tractor Pull.  The further into the day, the heavier the load until we are shut down in our tracks.  God is very much  aware of our dilemma and is devoted to its reversal. If God is anything, He is all about new, renewal, renewing.  Bible expression and confirmation is there for a reason.  He knows we will experience deep stress and provides a way out.  This isn’t just church chatter.  This is to be life… your life… my life… renewed life… day after day.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (II Cor. 5:17).

It is for this very reason that Jesus called for our new beginning by being born again. Such isn’t a church doctrine as much as it is designed to restart our engines when we do more sputtering than effectively moving forward. Renewal…it’s a daily thing… so look toward it.  Experience it.  And tomorrow?  Start all over… new… again!

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margaret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

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