April 13, 2006

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if we changed the rules of politics? While that likely will never happen, Id settle for some adjustments in campaigning and public relations. Of course, that is even less likely to be seen in my lifetime.

Whats he talking about? Well, as I tried to sort through my full in-box of e-mail, I noticed a disturbing pattern in correspondence I was getting from candidates for office, public officials and political parties. It seems like all we want to do is point out what is wrong with our world. No one wants to offer any ideas for how to fix our problems, they just want to blame the other guy for doing a bad job.

I hate to name names, but I hate even more to lump all these folks into the same pot to be cooked by this editorial. So Ill try to drive down the middle of the road and be as fair to all as possible, picking out examples from both sides of the aisle even though you all know which side I sit on.

The message that sent me down this road came from Claire McCaskills office.

McCaskill, the failed candidate for Missouri Governor in 2004, is now seeking to unseat Republican Jim Janet from his United States Senate seat.

Her office sent me a comment on the planned visit of President George Bush, who along with Sen. Talent, will be in Jefferson City to highlight the federal Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

The statement from McCaskill was:

Sadly, Jim Talent gave into the big drug company lobbyists instead of listening to Missouri seniors when he voted for this disastrous Medicare Part D. He now thinks standing on a stage with the President will make him look strong, but Missouri seniors wont be fooled. Missourians need a senator who has the independence to put the needs of our seniors before the profits of the big drug companies.

I understand this is campaign rhetoric, but it still sends steam out my ears. We all know the Medicare drug plan has its issues. What I hate is how politicians latch onto political gaffs and bandy them about trying to enflame voters against the opposition. Folks, we have to be wiser than that. We cant allow our disillusionment with a particular plan or program to be the fuel for our decision making. Sure it can be the motivation for us to consider other candidates, but lets not let them pull the wool over our eyes.

If a politician wishes to use the mistakes of another for their own gain, lets force them at least to offer an alternative solution to the issue. Thats all Im asking. It makes me mad when all they do is try to get people fired up enough about the problem to overlook the fact that they themselves have offered no solution, except replacing the decision maker. Thats sort of like tearing out the engine in your car when it isnt running and replacing it with a new one. Sure you have something that will make the car run, but you may have tossed away a perfectly good motor to replace it with a new one that may not do the job any better.

At the same time, we shouldnt allow our approval of acts that politicians can attach their names to, to be the sole reason we keep them in office. Im referring to all of the opportunities officials have to announce that a certain group of constituents has been approved for a grant, or federal disaster aid, or whatever other good news they can hijack and try to appear responsible for.

For example heres the first sentence of a press release I received a few weeks ago:

U.S. Senators Jim Talent and Kit Bond, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and Governor Matt Blunt today announced that President Bush has approved the Governors request for a federal disaster declaration for affected Missouri counties after severe storms and tornadoes

While Im sure each of these folks was in favor of this action, I have to question how instrumental they were in securing the aid, or if they simply didnt take the opportunity to announce the action taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Maybe Im just a skeptic, or possibly Im too hard on the system. Still, I would love to clear away all of this peripheral junk and just get down to the business at hand of fixing what is wrong and securing what is right. If all you want to do is borrow the credit for good news, or blame the other guy for the bad news, then dont count on my vote.

 FRANCES LAVON CASTEEL (9/11/1921 – 4/3/2016)

Frances Casteel, 94, of Indianola, Iowa passed away April 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Indianola, Iowa.

She was born September 11, 1921 on a farm in Queen City, Missouri to Ralph and Helen Myers.

She married Thurman Casteel on October 5, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri.

Frances enjoyed spending time and talking with her many friends and family.  She particularly enjoyed hearing about her sons, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren’s day-to-day lives.

She was a proud member of the P.E.O. and loved reading, watching Cardinals baseball and reminiscing over the pictures and photo books her granddaughters made for her.

Frances was a member of the Lancaster Christian Church in Lancaster, Missouri.

She is survived by her two sons, Rex Casteel of St. Louis, Missouri and Max Casteel of Rockford, Illinois; her four grandchildren, Valarie (Chris) Wichael of Peoria, Illinois, Jarrod (Heather) Casteel of Indianola, Iowa, Julie (Mike) Dierks of Kewaskum, Wisconsin and Emily (Jerry) Meredith of Moulton, Iowa; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Virginia Gardner of the Detroit, Michigan area.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Kent and Tamara Casteel and husband, Thurman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with burial to immediately follow at Arni Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.  

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Velva Freburg and also Donnie Small and Guy Gardine.

Katrina and Neta went to Columbia.  Neta had surgery on her ears.  Hoping she will be able to hear better.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Lena Mae Horning went to Memphis and visited with Bette Wiley.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer and daughter-in-law, Michelle and son Wesley, were in Zimmerman’s Saturday.  Michelle and her husband came to spend the week-end with his parents.  He was turkey hunting on Saturday.

Bob and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.  They ate lunch with their daughter, Julie Voss, Rick and family.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.

A bus load of ladies from Monroe City came and went shopping at Zimmerman’s.

Some of those in this week were Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Dale and Lisa Tague, Don Tague, Larry Tague, Paul and Lola Slater, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Keith and Marilyn Dunn, Opal Blaine, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Milt Clary, Vada Granger, Thomas Kortkamp and Jacob Wellenburg.

Living Life Over


As one cleanup project on the city square is coming to an end, another situation is looming on the opposite corner. On April 28th the City of Memphis ordered the properties of 100 and 102 East Madison Street to be vacated in an emergency action due to the declining structural integrity of the buildings.

City Attorney, April Wilson, indicated the move was made in the interest of public safety after the city’s building inspector identified worsening conditions at the site.

The two buildings were inspected by an independent structural engineer on Friday, April 29th. All-State Consultants of Columbia met with city officials following the five-hour review of the site and concurred with the opinion of vacating the premises.

“They basically substantiated the city’s order to vacate the two buildings on an emergency basis due to the seriousness of the situation and the threat to public safety,” said Wilson.

That threat was deemed significant enough for the board of the Memphis Theatre, located directly east of the two buildings, to cancel scheduled movies for the weekend, and to close the facility until the situation is resolved.


When the bell tolls Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the congregation will be ringing in a new era. The church will be holding its first services in the new facility located on Highway 15 north in Memphis.

The first services will mark the completion of a year-long project that saw the construction of the new building, adjacent to the existing church buildings that had served the congregation for more than four decades.

The church family marked the end of an era on Sunday, April 30th, hosting the final services at the original facilities, ending 42 years of service to the group.

The buildings now will be on loan to the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance to house the Community Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet.


Nearly 100 members of the community gathered May 2 at the Memphis Theatre to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.

More than a dozen local churches sent representatives to the gathering which took place over the lunch hour.

The service was led by Rev. Tim Hawkins of the First Christian Church of Memphis.  The hymn sing was led by Pastor Robert Garringer, of the First Baptist church of Memphis.

Members from the various churches each addressed the gathering and lead the meeting in prayer.


The Air Force, to meet increasing commitments, has substantially raised Air Force enlistment quotas for the months of April, May and June.  Staff Sergeant David Lail, the local air force recruiter said, in the past few months we have had to turn away a lot of good men because of the small quotas and long waiting list.  With the increased quota we can now process an applicant with a minimum of delay.

The Sergeant also stated that the Air Force recruiting office at 122 East Third St., Ottumwa, Iowa will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays for the convenience of young men and women who are now working or going to school.


Mitchell F. Jayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sears Jayne, formerly of Kahoka, had his first story to appear in the Saturday Evening Post in the last issue of that weekly magazine.

Jayne with his wife and two children live on a farm near Salem, Missouri.  He is a rural school teacher, an announcer on the Salem Radio station, along with work as a writer and artist.

A picture appears of Jayne, his wife and two children on the page at the back of the magazine along with a story of the family.  Mrs. Jayne is holding a young wolf on her lap, which they had raised from a pup.

The fictional story was written about the wolf pup and was a very interesting one.

VELVA MAE FREBURG (1/10/1932 – 4/29/2016)

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Velva Mae Freburg, 84, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 29, 2016, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born January 10, 1932, at Cantril, Iowa, to Leonard Edgar and Norma Esther Eichelberger Stockdale.

She attended school in Bushnell, Illinois and was a graduate of the class of 1950.

Velva was married to James N. “Pete” Freburg on November 19, 1950, at Bushnell and to this union four children were born.

She worked at the J. C. Penney store in Memphis and GTE before becoming the secretary for the Christian Church in Memphis from where she retired in 2007.   She was an accomplished pianist and organist and played for services at her church for many years.  Velva and Pete wintered in Texas for fifteen years, enjoying friendships with many people and their favorite hobby of square dancing.  She enjoyed sewing and cooking and was especially noted for her apple pies and chicken and noodles.  Velva realized her greatest joy when she could spend time with her family.

She was a member of the Memphis Christian Church and the Memphis Red Hats.

Velva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1996, a brother, Earl Dean Stockdale and two sisters: Ruth Eggers and Naomi Wilson.

She is survived by her children:  Michael James Freburg and his wife, Sue, of Bettendorf, Iowa; Douglas Wayne Freburg and his wife, Patty, of Memphis; Cynthia Jane Priebe and her husband, Tom, of Hartsburg, Missouri; Angela Ruth Newman and her husband, Bob, of Memphis; seven grandchildren:  Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg and his wife, Lindsey; Jamie Nolke and her husband, Chad; Megan Newman; Michella Hull and her husband, Ken; Jamie Mauck and his wife, Amy; John Morton and his wife, Jana; eight great-grandchildren:  Brady and Tanner Morton; Jacob & Justin Hull; Nathan and Matthew Mauck and Michael and Anna Freburg.  Other survivors include a sister, Irma Lee Bennett and her husband, Meredith, of Moline, Illinois; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A visitation, with the family present to greet relatives and friends, was held at the Christian Church in Memphis on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Funeral services follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Jack Sumption officiating.  Piano music was provided by Ann Luther.

Private burial in Lawn Ridge Cemetery followed the service.  Casket bearers were Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg, Jamie Nolke, Megan Newman, Jacob Hull and Justin Hull.

To honor Velva’s memory, a contribution may be made to the Scotland County Nutrition Center and may be left at the church or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

On line condolences may be made to the Freburg family by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

Junior High Teams Turn in Top Five Finishes at Milan Relays

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

The Scotland County junior high track teams both turned in top five performances in the 10-team field at the Milan Relays held on April 19th.

The boys’ team took third place with 67 points. Milan won the event with 162 points followed by Brookfield with 78.5.

The Lady Tigers earned 54 points to finish fourth behind Green City (137), Brookfield (100), and Brashear (67).

Parker Triplett earned second place in the triple jump and was 5th in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and seventh in the 200 meter dash.

Kaden Anders finished second in the 200 meter dash, third in the 400 meter dash, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

Christian Siver was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and eighth in the 100 meter dash while Riley Shoemaker was fifth in the 1,600 meter run.

The 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams took third place. Team members were Siver, Brady Curry, Jacob Buford and Spencer Kerkmann. The 4×800 team of Eric Yarbrough, Shoemaker, Kerkmann and Buford finished third.

Hailey Kraus led the girls’ team with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash and fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Katie Feeney was second in the long jump and Bobbi Darcy took seventh. Tala Saulmon was seventh in the shot put and Katie Parsons took seventh in the 200 meter dash. Brooke Samuelson was fourth in the 1,600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meter run.

The 4×400 team of Morgan Blessing, Darcy, Feeney and Jenna Blessing took second place. The girls teamed up for fourth place in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays.

Track Teams Finish 12th at Brookfield Relays

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The Scotland County track teams traveled to Brookfield April 22nd and ran into some stiff competition in the 8-team fields. The Tigers finished 12th overall with 31 points while the Lady Tigers tied for 12th place with 14 points.

Palmyra won the boys’ division with 116 points ahead of Trenton, Marceline, Fayette and Knox County. The girls’ division win went to Marceline with 113 points followed by Palmyra, Fayette, Trenton and Highland.

The SCR-I 4×800 relay team took second place. Team members were Caleb Doubet, Tristen Kice, Ryan Miller and Zach Doubet.

Kice finished fifth in the 400 meter dash and seventh in the 100 meter dash.

Zach Doubet was third in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs.

Caleb Doubet was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 800 meter run.

Riley Kliethermes finished fifth in the javelin.

The 4×400 team of Kice, Kliethermes, Claeb Doubet and Miller, finished seventh.

The girls team was led by Miranda Holland with a third place finish in the shot put and fourth place finish in the javelin.

Morgan Alexander was eighth in the javelin. Khloe Hamlin finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles.

The 4×400 relay team of Kaylyn Anders, Hamlin, Maddie Bondurant and Katelyn Talbert finished sixth as did the 4×800 relay squad of Abby Blessing, Annie Hyde, Julie Long and Bondurant.

Junior High Track Squads Compete at Knox County Relays

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

The Scotland County junior high boys finished fifth with the Lady Tigers taking sixth place at the Knox County junior high relays held in Edina on April 26th.

Milan won the boys event with 117.50 points followed by Paris, South Shelby and North Shelby. The Tigers were fifth with 60 points, besting, Knox County, Schuyler County, Holy Rosary, Marion County and Canton.

Kaden Anders led the way with second place finishes in the high jump, the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash while finishing fifth in the long jump.

Parker Triplett was fourth in the 200 meter dash and took fifth in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.

Christian Siver finished third in the 100 meter hurdles and was eighth in the 100 meter dash while Hunter Carter was fifth in the shot put.

The Tigers 4×200 relay team took fourth and the 4×400 team was sixth.

The girls finished sixth overall with 41 total points. Holy Rosary was tops with 156 points followed by Paris, North Shelby, South Shelby and Schuyler County.

Katie Feeney had the top individual performance, finishing second in the long jump. Hailey Kraus was third in the 200 meter dash and took fourth in the 400 meter dash while Jenna Blessing finished sixth in the triple jump.

The Lady Tigers’ 4×200 team took second place with the 4×400 team finishing third and the 4×400 team earning fourth.

Campbell Tosses Gem as Tigers Capture Key Conference Win

Grant Campbell gets a visit on the mound from coach Matt Buford and catcher Gage Dodge during a game earlier this season. The junior didn’t require any visits on Friday night as he cruised to a 5-1 win over Schuyler County.

Grant Campbell gets a visit on the mound from coach Matt Buford and catcher Gage Dodge during a game earlier this season. The junior didn’t require any visits on Friday night as he cruised to a 5-1 win over Schuyler County.

Scotland County jumped out to an early lead over Schuyler County on Friday night in Memphis and Grant Campbell made the lead hold up. The junior hurler went the distance in a 5-1 victory over the Rams.

SCR-I struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gage Dodge led off with a walk and Aaron Buford followed with another base on balls before Will Fromm singled to right field to plate the game’s first run. Campbell walked to load the bases for Justin McKee who came through with a two-run single to centerfield to put the Tigers on top 3-0.

Schuyler County plated its lone run in the third inning on a double by Wyatt Homer.

SCR-I got the run back in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a pair of Rams’ errors.

The Rams threatened in the fourth and sixth innings, with a pair of base runners during each rally. But Campbell worked out of both jams to keep the score at 4-1.

SCR-I tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Buford led off with a double. He stole third base and came in to score on a ground out by Fromm.

Campbell retired the side in order in the seventh to notch the complete game victory. He allowed one earned run on just two hits while walking three and striking out six.

SCR-I managed just three hits on the night on offense. McKee had the key hit, the two-run single in the first inning and finished 1-3. Fromm was 1-4 with two RBIs and Buford went 1-3 with a pair of runs scored.

Scotland county improved to 8-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Rutledge Couple, Son Arrested Following Altercation in Memphis

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A Rutledge couple and their son are facing felony charges following an altercation in Memphis on Friday night.

According to the Memphis Police Department, a report was received at 7:30 p.m. of an altercation at a residence on Jefferson and Maple streets in Memphis. The caller stated that a number of people armed with baseball bats were at the residence, breaking windows and making threats.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspects had already fled. The home’s occupants were able to identify the three individuals responsible for breaking several windows at the home as well as several vehicle windows.

At 12:55 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers from the MPD, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol served arrest warrants at a Rutledge residence where Jared D. Holt, 46 and Stacy Holt, 44, were taken into custody along with their son, 18-year-old Jacob D. Holt.

All three have initially been charged with class B felony burglary, class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, and class C felony assault in the second degree.

All three are being held in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.

They made initial court appearances on May 2nd in Scotland County Circuit Court where Judge Karl DeMarce overrules initial motions for bond reduction.

A May 10th court date has been set to review the counsel status of the defendants as well as to set the preliminary hearing date.


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Pete and Jennifer Farris of Memphis are the parents of a son, Rhett Eli Farris, born April 24, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Rhett weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed home by big sister Taylor Farris. Grandparents are Paul and Debbie Briggs of Memphis and Mike and Cathy Farris of Greentop.

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