February 9, 2006

Missouri Farm Numbers Decline Slightly in 2005

(COLUMBIA, MO) - Missouri farm numbers, estimated at 105,000, are down slightly from last year, said Gene Danekas, Director of the USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service. The complexion of Missouri agriculture has and continues to change, while life economic conditions and lifestyle choices are the major contributors to the decline.

A farm is defined as any establishment from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold or would be sold during the year. Missouri ranks second in total number of farms, following Texas. Total land in Missouri farms is estimated at 30.1 million acres with an average farm size of 287 acres.

Missouri farms in the economic sales class of $1,000 to $9,999 are estimated at 57,900, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Farms in the sales group of $10,000 to $99,999 totaled 36,100, down slightly from 2004. The $100,000 to $249,000 group is estimated at 6,400, up 200 farms from last year. Farms in the sales groups of $250,000 to $499,000 totaled 2,700, up slightly from 2004, while farm with sales of $500,000 and over totaled 1,900, up from 1,800 in 2004.

Number of Farms and Land in Farms 2005 Summary

The number of farms in the United States in 2005 is estimated at 2.1 million, 0.6 percent fewer than in 2004. Total land in farms, at 933.4 million acres, decreased 2.9 million acres, or 0.3 percent, from 2004.

The average farm size was 444 acres during 2005, an increase of one acre from the previous year. The decline in the number of farms and land in farms reflects a continuing consolidation in farming operations and diversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses.

Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these sales classes by summing their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000.

Farm numbers declined in the three smallest sales classes and rose in the two largest sales classes. Part of the decline in the smaller sales classes was due to normal attrition, such as retirements. In addition, some operations transferred to larger sales classes by enterprise expansion. However, the majority of the changes in the sales classes were likely due to rising incomes. Many farms and ranches near the top of their sales class in 2004 moved into the next higher sales class in 2005 without adding land or otherwise expanding their operations.

The largest percentage changes from 2004 occurred in the smallest and largest sales classes. Farm numbers declined 1.1 percent, to 1.17 million farms, in the $1,000 - $9,999 sales class. Meanwhile, farm numbers increased 3.8 percent, to 79,410 farms, in the $500,000 or more sales class. The number of farms with less than $250,000 in sales fell 0.8 percent from 2004 and the number of farms with $250,000 or more in sales rose 2.4 percent.

Land in farms also shifted from lower sales classes to higher sales classes. In the $1,000-$9,999 sales class, land in farms dropped 2.1 percent, to 118.4 million acres, while land operated by farms in the largest sales class, $500,000 or more in sales, increased 3.0 percent, to 209.9 million acres. Farms with under $250,000 in sales operated 571.3 million acres, or 1.7 percent fewer acres than 2004. Farmers in the two largest sales classes, representing operations with sales of $250,000 or more, operated 362.2 million acres, up 2.0 percent from 2004.

Over all, the average farm size increased in 2005. However, average farm sizes declined in the sales classes due to smaller farms moving up to higher sales classes.


Doctor Tobler, on behalf of the Board, sent the following letter in response to my Request of Proposals (RFP’s), It reads:

Re:  Request for Public Records, March 28, 2019

Dear Ms. Shultz,

I am the custodian of records for the Scotland County Hospital District (the “Hospital”). This will confirm that on March 28, 2019 I received your request for the following Hospital records:

All RFP’s, written notes, correspondence, electric communications, dates, times, places, individual votes taken on all business transactions, plans, and policies for the past three years regarding: outsourcing housekeeping; coding and billing; pharmacy; QJ; respiratory therapy; Ambulance District concerns, and preparations for management of SCMH when new hospital management takes place.

Additionally, you requested the name of the law firm who will be representing the Hospital and the terms of the agreement. Because your request seeks records relating to a number of different matters over a three-year period, it will take some time to compile the records responsive to your request. Additionally, as you may know, Chapter 610 RSMO – the Missouri “Sunshine Law” – does not obligate the Hospital to answer questions or create records it does not presently possess.

The approximate number of pages for your request is 2,000. I anticipate that it will take approximately 30 hours to research your request and four hours to copy the records. Pursuant to §610.026, RSMo please provide a check made payable to Scotland County Hospital District in the amount of $600. Once I have received a check in that amount, I will provide you with copies of the records you requested. If the Hospital is able to prepare the records at a lower cost than anticipated, a portion of the cost deposit will be returned to you. The Hospital reserves the right to request an additional deposit if additional research is necessary to fulfill your request.

If you wish to narrow your request either by shortening the time period for which you are seeking records or narrowing the categories of records you are seeking, doing so could expedite your request. The Hospital reserves the right to withhold or redact records which are closed pursuant to §610.021, RSMo. I will inform you if any of the records you requested are closed under §610.021. Please contact me if you require any additional information.

Judy Wilson,

Secretary, Board of Directors

Scotland County Hospital District

by Randall Tobler

Why is it so difficult for the Board and Administration to be up front about the information requested? The legal aspects of hiring, firing and settlement of lawsuits (if any) are not the issues. Wanting to know how money is being spent is the issue. The hospital receives approximately $371,000 in county tax revenue per year. Requesting $600 to review requested information seems like an overkill what do the taxpayers think?


Lee Shultz

Community Colleges Deserve Adequate Funding

by Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin

As the Missouri Senate reviews the 13 appropriation bills that make up the 2020 state operating budget, I believe it is important to keep in mind how vital it is to fund all of our education institutions across the state. I am a firm believer that education is one of the main economic drivers in our state, and without properly trained students, our workforce suffers.

As I learn more about our budget process and how our colleges and universities are funded, I find it necessary to advocate for adequate funding for our state’s community colleges. Out of the 14 public two-year colleges, there are currently 12 community colleges seeking additional funding. In the past, these colleges have not been funded at the same level as traditional four-year universities. To me, it’s concerning that community colleges receive less than 20 percent of the funding provided to our state’s traditional four-year public colleges and universities, despite the fact they provide more than 40 percent of the undergraduate education delivered by our state.

For example, Moberly Area Community College, with campuses in Moberly, Mexico, Hannibal, Macon, Kirksville and Columbia, is one school that has reached out for additional support due to being severely underfunded by the state. In Fiscal Year 2019, MACC received only $1,895 per student, whereas the University of Missouri System received $7,976 per student. In my mind, this funding level fails to recognize the value offered by this school. With accelerated class schedules, students can receive training and be out in the workforce in record time. Students who can graduate quickly and with very low debt can help alleviate our workforce shortage while pursuing the career of their choice. This is a formula for lifelong success.

In rural areas, our students can access a great education at any of the Moberly Community College campuses. This is what today’s students are seeking, course access and shortened timelines.  I believe if we do not invest in our community colleges, we cannot expect our technical and industrial workforce to grow. Unfortunately, a stagnant workforce could result in a downturn in our state’s economy.

Investing in our communities begins with investing in our students. As a state senator, I plan to work with my colleagues to ensure that our community colleges receive the funding they need. 

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns. Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-7985. You may also email me at cindy.olaughlin@senate.mo.gov.

4th District Report

by Rep. Greg Sharper

It’s been a busy week here at the Capitol! We’re working long days and nights fighting for what’s right for the people of Missouri. Lots of good legislation was passed this week including my first piece of sponsored legislation. Read all about it below: 

House Members Continue to Stand in Defense of Missouri Taxpayers
(HB 1094)

The House has given preliminary approval to legislation that would give Missourians a break on late payment of taxes. The bill comes in response to issues within the Department of Revenue that have resulted in many Missourians owing more income tax or getting smaller tax refunds this year.

For months a special House oversight committee has investigated issues within the department. The House Special Committee on Government Oversight found not only that the department had an error in its withholding tables, but also that the department had failed to alert Missourians about how the tax code was changed and what it could mean for them.

The bill would block late payment penalties on tax debt owed to the state by individual taxpayers through the end of this year.  It would also waive any interest owed on such debt until May 15. For those who might pay penalties before the bill would become law, it would require that those Missourians receive refunds.

Supporters of the bill said it’s important to note that while some Missourians could see greater tax bills this year, changes in the federal tax code mean their overall debt is down.

“Missourians are keeping more money in their pockets, so we’ve got to fix this withholding thing but at the end of the day Missourians, as they should, are keeping more of their hard-earned money. That’s what I think people need to realize,” said one supporter of the legislation.

The legislation now requires a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate. The Speaker of the House has said the House Special Committee on Government Oversight will continue to investigate what caused the withholding problems and how the department responded.

My First Piece of Legislation Passes the House! (HB 831)

This week my first piece of legislation that I had sponsored passed through the House of Representatives. While a relatively simple bill by many standards, this bill was nonetheless important to the working men and women who keep the lights on in all sorts of weather.

My bill authorizes a special license plate with the official lineman emblem of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The license plate requires an annual $25 contribution for emblem use to the association which shall be used for lineman training programs and administrative costs. The revenue from the plates would help support training programs for linemen who work all hours of the day to provide reliable electric service.

With the pressures of passing my first piece of legislation off my back I hope to begin to pass more substantive legislation that supports the people of Northeast Missouri.

Other Bills Sent to the Senate this week:

HB 559 specifies that no law, ordinance, or rule may be enacted by any village, town, city or county to terminate, ban, or effectively ban, by creating an undue financial hardship, the job of working animals or animal enterprise in commerce. Supporters say that working animals are inspected and regulated to ensure proper care for the health and welfare of both the animal and the people the animal serves. It is improper for a political subdivision to regulate an industry out of business, which is what is happening. This bill would allow reasonable regulations without terminating legitimate business.

HB 1061 authorizes a tax exemption for certain transactions with a port authority. Supporters say all of Missouri’s 15 ports will financially benefit from the bill because the sales and leases of both real and personal property by or to any port authority involving the issuance of bonds will be exempt from taxation.

HB 723 modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement benefits. Supporters say the bill will allow divorced retired school teachers who elected a joint and survivor option at retirement to remove the ex-spouse from the retirement benefit so that the benefit will pop-up to a normal annuity as long as both parties agree.

HB 160 authorizes the Public Service Commission, during a general rate proceeding, to set a separate, lower fixed charge or customer charge for low-income customers of water corporations and sewer corporations. Supporters say that there are currently programs in place to help low-income customers with gas and electric utilities, but there is not a program to help water or sewer customers.

HB 287 defines “electric vehicle charging station” and exempts from the definition of “electrical corporation” municipally owned electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and any person or corporation that is not engaged in the sale of electricity at wholesale or retail, that owns, operates, or manages equipment that supplies electricity exclusively for the service of charging an electric vehicle as that term relates to the Public Service Commission. The bill also specifies that when municipally owned electric utilities or rural electric cooperatives are providing electric service to structures outside their service boundaries, an electric vehicle charging station reasonably close to the structure is considered a contiguous or adjacent addition. Supporters say the bill reduces uncertainty for those who own and operate electric vehicle charging stations by specifically exempting them from regulation by the Public Service Commission.

Just the Other Day

Keith’s Cafe

It was close to 7:00 p.m. when I snuck into the radio station, the same way a teenager sneaks into the house at 2 or 3 in the morning, when they were supposed to be home by 11. I was hoping and praying not to get caught, which would give me until the next morning to come up with an alibi. I knew I would have some explaining to do.

The first office inside the front door was my Dad’s and his lights were off – that was a good sign. My office was all the way down the hall, in the back of the building, next to the production room.  Since Dad’s lights were off, it seemed the coast was clear.  I breathed a sigh of relief and walked freely to my office, placing the key in the door.  Dad stepped out of the production room.  Wearing his long beige trench coat with the belt tied around the waist and plaid Stetson hat, he didn’t look or sound happy. “Where have you been all day?” He demanded.

I always liked that Stetson hat on Dad, but strongly suspected, this was not the time to offer flattering comments on his apparel. Not having the luxury of waiting until the next morning, I had to think on my feet and fast. “Well…Dad…” I cleared my throat and stammered, “I was seeing a new potential client.  I think they might be spending a lot of money advertising with us in the future.”  His arms were folded across his chest. He looked at me with strong skepticism, waiting for a full explanation.

The truth is, I was out selling advertising, as I was supposed to be.  It was a nice day in the early spring and I was riding my motorcycle to my sales calls.  It was a brand new, dark blue 1981 Kawasaki, KZ1100 with red and gold pinstripes. She was fully dressed with a matching fairing and windshield; saddlebags and a trunk, not to mention a cool sounding stereo system, complete with a cassette tape player. I taught my dog Harry to ride on the motorcycle and he was with me most of the time – even when I went to work.

We stopped at a gas station around noon to fill the tank, where we ran into a couple of friends, Jerry and Donna. They were fueling their bike as well.  “Beautiful day for a bike ride, isn’t it?” I asked them.  Donna was sitting on the seat of the bike, which was leaning on its kickstand. She agreed “It sure is.” Jerry added, “It’s a great day for riding the bike.” “You guys just cruising around town?” I queried.  “Nope,” Jerry answered, “We’re going to ride to Keith’s Café for lunch. Have you ever been there?” “I’ve never heard of it. Where is Keith’s?” I asked. “Memphis, Missouri.” Jerry said, “About an hour or so from here. They’ve got the best steaks in the whole Midwest.”  “That sounds like fun.” I said.

The thought of going with them was enticing, but I had a lot of work to do.  I had clients to see, commercials to write and record and I was way behind on paperwork. Besides, I wasn’t invited and asking to tag along just seemed weird.

Jerry offered, “Were going down with a few other couples, you’re welcome to ride along.” Being 21-years-old at the time, I didn’t always make the wisest decisions. “I really don’t have much to do today,” I said, “we’d love to go with you.”  I nodded toward my dog, who was sitting patiently on the seat, “Is it okay if Harry goes along as my date?”  Jerry laughed. “Sure, why not? He’s a lot better looking than you, Palen.” We shared a good laugh over that, then planned to meet at their house where the others were waiting.

They pulled away from the pumps and rode off.  With a scornful eye, Harry warned me, “You’re going to get in trouble for this, you know.” “You worry too much, Harry. Sometimes you just gotta live a little. Besides, we’re going to be back in three hours.  No one will even know we were gone.”  Harry and I rushed home to change clothes.

I took off my suit and tie, and put on a pair of jeans and a black T-shirt with the radio station logo, “K-98” across the front.  Harry groomed himself a bit, then asked me, “Does this red bandana look okay? Or, should I wear the blue one?” “You look smashing in red, my friend.”  Harry blushed a bit and I gave him a rub on the head, saying, “Come on, let’s go. They’re waiting.”

When I got to Jerry’s house, four bikes were parked, backed up to the curb, side-by-side. A group of people were gathered in the yard talking.  I knew most of them and met a couple new people, too.  “Are you guys about ready?” I asked in gest, “I’m tired of waiting.”  We all shared a good laugh about that, mounted our bikes and headed down the road.

We weren’t in a hurry, so we took the county roads and less traveled highways – all paved of course.  Since they knew the way, Jerry and Donna led the group; Harry and I brought up the rear.

The Iowa countryside was pretty. It was just starting to turn green and the air was so fresh.  The further south we drove toward Missouri, the greener the landscape became.  It was a warm, sunny day, and the wind felt good rushing around the sides of the windshield.  Harry sat behind me with his rump on the seat and his front paws on the saddlebag; his neck stretched out to see around me and look down the road.  “Do you want to come up front for a better view?” I asked him.  Still holding the throttle, I raised my right elbow high in the air.  That was my signal to let Harry know he could sit up front.  I had a special cover made for the gas tank so that he could sit on it without sliding or scratching the paint. 

While moving down the road, Harry walked around me, stepping onto my right thigh, then in front of me.  He sat upright between my legs on the gas tank, looking curiously through the windshield, almost as if he was the driver. Taking in all the scenery, he watched cows in the fields, farmers on tractors planting their crops, people out working in their yards and more.  His ears flapped in the wind, occasionally brushing my face and tickling my cheeks. “You’re a good boy, Harry Palen.”  I said, then turned up the stereo when an old Waylon and Willie song came on the radio.

Watching the bikes in front of me, I saw something that didn’t look right. I raised my arm again, “Go back, Harry.” I said.  He promptly crossed over my leg the same way as before, taking his seat behind me. Leaning against my back, as if bracing himself for trouble, Harry was looking over my left shoulder to see what was going on.  Doug, a new guy I met that day, on the bike ahead of me was slowing down.  His motorcycle was wobbling from side to side; he had a flat tire.  I turned on my flashers and backed off even more, not knowing if he was going to hang on, or lay it down on the pavement.  As he continued to slow down, his bike jumped each time the rim rolled across from one side of the flat tire to the other.  When he had slowed down enough, Doug pulled off the highway onto the gravel shoulder, walking along, straddling the seat with both feet on the ground to steady the bike.  His wife climbed off first, then Doug got off and put the bike up on the center stand.

The other riders noticed he was having trouble and turned around to came back.  Harry and I pulled off the highway behind Doug.  He looked a little pale and shaken; who wouldn’t be? Anyone who has every had a flat tire on a motorcycle at highway speed, knows the gut wrenching feeling and anxiety you experience while trying to stop the bike and stay upright.  “Nice job keeping it up.” I said. Doug nodded, “Thanks.”  Doug was able to remove the back wheel.  I don’t remember if someone ran him into town with his flat or what, but the tire was repaired and we continued down the road toward Memphis.

In Memphis, we arrived at Keith’s Café, a small building with white siding, on the corner of Market Street and US Highway 136. We pulled into the gravel parking lot.  Uniformly, one bike at a time pulled up to the building until we were all in a row.  We shut down the engines, put down our kickstands and climbed off our bikes.  After ceremoniously stretching and bending, we all stood upright.  “So, this is Keith’s Café.” I said. Two or three people answered at the same time, “Best steaks in the Midwest.”

They all started to walk in. “I’ll be in in a minute.” I said.  Harry looked at me and asked, “Do I get to come in this time?”  “Sorry, bud. I need you to stay out here and guard the bikes.” I said.  I got his water bowl and a bottle of water from the side compartment.  Filling his dish, I said, “There’s shade next to the building for you.” I gave him a rub on the head and said, “I’ll be back in a bit and I’ll bring you something to eat.” I didn’t put Harry on a leash; it wasn’t necessary. Harry knew to stay close to the bike until I came back.

Walking inside the restaurant was like taking a step back in time.  The tables were mostly old kitchen tables with chrome legs and Formica tops and a chrome band around the edges. Mismatched chrome chairs, with a hodge-podge of shiny red, green, blue, yellow and turquoise seats tops, sat around each table.  There was a counter with chairs and stools and the flooring was square vinyl tile that made a checker-board pattern of sorts.  Coffee mugs hanging on the wall had red Dyno-Label Maker tags, marking each hook for the mug’s owner. The feel indicated this was a favorite spot for the locals of Memphis, Missouri.  The décor, atmosphere and friendly staff made tourists, such as ourselves, feel right at home, too.  It was like sitting around the table at your uncle’s house with family and friends. The ambiance of Keith’s Café was indeed welcoming – but the food? Oh my!

I ordered a big T-bone steak, medium rare, a baked potato with butter and sour cream and a side of green beans.  I substituted the salad, for cottage cheese and a warm dinner roll came with the meal.  The steak was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection.  The baked potato was just right.  Everything was delicious.  I was very full, but, against my better judgement I ordered a slice of homemade apple pie…a la mode.  My friends didn’t steer me wrong – it was quite possibly the best steak in the whole Midwest; it certainly was the best steak I’d ever had.

We shared good conversation and plenty of laughter, both during and after dinner.  The waitress came by with our checks, asking, “Do you all need anything else?” “Can I get a doggie bag, please?” I asked, when she set my ticket next to my empty plate.  She looked at my dishes. Somewhat perplexed, she smiled and said, “There’s nothing left to take.”  “Actually, I want the bone for my dog. He’s been waiting patiently outside.”  “Oh,” she said a bit excited, “Are you the one that has the dog outside by the motorcycles?” I smiled and nodded. The waitress added, “That sure is a good-looking dog and so well behaved to sit out there without a leash or anything.”   “Thanks.” I said. “I’ll go get you a doggie bag.” She said, turning away.  Jerry seized the moment to remind me, “I told you Harry was better looking than you, Palen.” “Hmfph.” I grunted while everyone else laughed.

We enjoyed a leisurely ride back home, taking in all the beauty Missouri and Iowa’s country roads had to offer. When we got to the edge of Ottumwa, we said our farewells, and Harry and I rushed home to change clothes.  I put my suit back on just in case Dad was at the radio station when I got there. Which of course, he was.

Dad stood in the hallway outside the production room, in his long beige trench coat with the belt tied around the waist and plaid Stetson hat. He wasn’t happy. His arms were folded across his chest the entire time I told my story.  When I was done, the lecture began. “Son, you have to start using better judgement.  You can’t go to Missouri to make just one sales call. You have to make better use of your time.  Plan to spend the whole day there and see several clients. And, you need to let me know when you’re working out of town for the day, otherwise the rest of the staff will think you were just out joy-riding on your motorcycle.”  “I will, Dad.” I promised. I immediately started thinking of additional clients I could call on next Friday.  The Coho salmon season on Lake Michigan was starting to peak and I was just sure I could sell some advertising to Schiller Sporting Goods, in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Neighbors Voicing Concerns About Proposed Cellular Tower Near Memphis

Materials appear to already be in place off Lindell Street in Memphis at the proposed site of a new cellular tower. Neighboring property owners have applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting an official Environmental Assessment be required of the project prior to construction.

A legal publication announcing the proposal to construct a 300-foot tall cellular tower near the city limits of Memphis has several residents seeking further information on the project.

In the April 4th edition of the Memphis Democrat, Wireless Investment Partnership, LLC announced an application for the installation of a (303’ AGL) 1100 ft AMSL Lattice Antenna Tower to be located west of Lindell Boulevard on the west edge of Memphis.

The public notice coincided with the arrival of construction materials at the site according to neighboring property owners.

The legal notice announced the opportunity for public comment on the application through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The process allows for a 30-day period for comments and also provides the opportunity to request an official environmental review. The 30 day period opened on April 4th.

A number of concerned citizens have contacted the Memphis Democrat, seeking additional information regarding the legal notice that was published, announcing intentions to file requests for the FCC environmental review and also seek a public forum to provide additional information on the project.

Stephanie L. Betts of Federal Airways & Airspace, Inc., the consultants who placed the legal publication for the client seeking to build the tower, confirmed that several responses have been posted to the FCC regarding the legal notice referencing the application A1133306.

The individuals contacting the newspaper raised concerns about the proximity to the city limits and neighboring properties, including the Scotland County R-I schools campus.

Other questions centered around the FCC required lighting of the tower, the protection it would offer to air traffic considering the relatively close proximity to the Memphis Airport as well as the flight patterns for air ambulances en route to Scotland County Hospital. Concerns regarding the lighting also were raised by neighbors regarding privacy and nuisance problems.

Several of these citizens have also contacted the City of Memphis and the Scotland County Commission to voice concerns and request the local government bodies engage in the conversation to seek additional information about the project.  

Two official requests for environmental review have been submitted to FCC by neighboring property owners.

Both requests cited health concerns as related to the proximity of the proposed tower to the surrounding residential area.

According to reference material provided by the American Cancer Society “Public exposure to radio waves from cell phone tower antennas is often limited, as the power levels are typically  relatively low, the antennas are mounted high above ground level, and the signals are transmitted intermittently, rather than constantly.

However, one of the requests for environmental review regarding the proposed tower, referenced a report from the Environmental Health Trust that featured a 78 page compilation of letters from physicians, such as Martha Herbert, assistant professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, expressing concerns about placing cell phone towers near public schools.

 The  FCC has issued the following statement about cell phone towers near homes or schools: “Radiofrequency emissions from antennas used for cellular and PCS [personal communications service] transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. These safety limits were adopted by the FCC based on the recommendations of expert organizations and endorsed by agencies of the Federal Government responsible for health and safety. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students.”

The American Cancer Society also notes that the three top agencies that usually classify dangerous cancer-causing exposures (carcinogens), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have not classified cell phone towers specifically as to their cancer-causing potential.

However the group also points out that the IARC has classified radiofrequency fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” despite highlighting the fact that typical exposure from towers is 1/100th the exposure the brain receives during a conversation on a mobile phone.

The Environmental Protection Agency also notes that “Some people are concerned about potential health effects, especially on the developing brains and bodies of children. Some studies suggest that heavy long-term use of cellphones could have health effects. Other studies don’t find any health effects from cellphone use. Long-term studies on animals exposed to the RF found in wireless networks (Wi-Fi) have, so far, found no health effects. Scientists continue to study the effects of long-term exposure to low levels of RF.”

As of April 16th, two official requests for environmental review had been received by the FCC.

The applicant, Wireless Investment Partnership, LLC, of St. Charles, MO, has 10 days following the closing of the 30-day open filing period, to oppose the request for environmental review with an additional five-day period to file a reply. If the FCC agrees with the public concerns, it will require the project sponsor to file an official Environmental Assessment.

Interested persons may submit specific comments regarding environmental concerns at FCC’s Submit Pleading Portal: www.fcc.gov/wireless/support/antenna-structure-registration-asr-resources/filing-request-environmental-review and complete the online application provided at the referenced site. Please use File Number: A1133306 to refer to this specific application.

Comments are sought regarding any environmental concerns about this project. Interested persons may file a Request for Environmental Review with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) within 30 days after April 4, 2019.

The FCC strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online at https: www.fcc.gov/wireless/support/antenna-structure-registration-asr-resources/filing-request-environmental-review.  However, Paper Copy requests can be made at the following address:  FCC Requests for Environmental Review, ATTN:  Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 

Planting The Cool-Season Vegetable Garden

Planting a cool season vegetable garden is a great way to start the spring gardening season. First, prepare the soil as soon as it can be worked. It is workable when a handful of firm soil crumbles in your hand when gently pressed. Apply recommended nutrients at this time according to soil test results. Phosphorus is especially important, as cool soils tend to limit its’ availability to early planted vegetables.

Cool-season vegetables should be planted in early April in northern Missouri. Root crops that can be planted now include radishes, beets, carrots, and parsnips. These require well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Plants should be thinned to the correct spacing when plants are two to three inches tall.

Early leafy vegetables that should be planted now include broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, spinach,lettuce, cabbage, mustard greens,collards, Swiss chard, and Brussel sprouts. Plant by direct seeding or by using transplants.  Other cool-season vegetables to plant now include onions, potatoes, and peas. Cool-season vegetables are able to withstand a light frost and temperatures near 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared to cover them if temperatures fall into the mid-20s.

Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb at the edge of a garden as these can be long-lived plants. Purchase one-year-old asparagus crowns or seedlings from a garden center or local nursery or through mail order catalogs. Asparagus plants are male or female. The male plants produce larger spears. Many of the Jersey all-male varieties perform well in Missouri, including ‘Jersey Giant,’ ‘Jersey Knight’ and ‘Jersey Supreme.’ Plant asparagus in a sunny, well-drained location. Add several inches of aged compost or organic matter to the planting bed. The optimal pH for asparagus is 6.5 to 7.0. Healthy, one-year-old asparagus crowns should be planted 4 to 6 inches deep in a furrow and spaced 12-18 inches apart.

Rhubarb roots should be planted with the crown buds two inches below the ground in spring as soon as the ground can be worked. The plant requires well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Consider planting rhubarb in a raised bed in areas where there is poor drainage. Harvest rhubarb during the second year of planting for about a week and for eight to 10 weeks in the third year and thereafter. During the heat of summer, mulch plants with a 2-inch-thick layer of organic mulch, such as compost, straw, or shredded bark. Some issues of rhubarb include crown rot which is typical in soil with poor drainage. This disease damages terminal buds, which results in spindly, weak stems. The cure is to dig out and burn infected plants. Do not replant rhubarb in areas where crown rot has damaged plants before. Leaf spots can attack the plant, with the worst being red leaf, or Ramularia, which can ruin the stems.  

For more information contact Jennifer Schutter, field specialist in horticulture, at the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus


Thursday, April 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 19 – No School

Monday, April 22 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, April 23 – Flapjack on a Stick, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Wed., April 24 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, April 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, April 18 – Beef ‘N’ Tator Bake, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Homemade Bread Slice, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 19 – No School

Monday, April 22 – Hot Dog/Bun, Submarine Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Chips, Pork and Beans, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, April 23 – Chicken Stir Fry, Goulash, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Green Beans, Homemade Bread Slice, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, April 24 – Country Fried Steak, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears

Thursday, April 25 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, April 18 – Tenderloin/bun, Onions, Scalloped Potatoes, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, April 19 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, April 22 – Sausage, Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce

Tuesday, April 23 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wed., April 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, April 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Bread, Cookie


Wednesday, April 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 – Blood pressure checks here by the Health Department, Card Party at 5:00.

Monday, April 22 – AAA and Care Meeting at Shelbina at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Personal Representative Appointed


In The Estate of:



To all persons interested in the Estate of Patricia Ellen Brown Decedent:

On the 8th day of April, 2019 Ed Jay Brown was appointed the Personal Representative of the Estate of Patricia Ellen Brown, decedent, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The business address of the Personal Representative is 19950 County Rd. 513, Memphis, MO 63555, and the Personal Representative’s attorney is John C. Slavin, FARR, HICKMAN & SLAVIN, LLC., 101 W. Illinois, P.O. Box J., Kirksville, MO 63501.

All creditors of the decedent are notified to file claims in court within six (6) months from the date of first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two (2) months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six-month (6) period and such two-month (2) period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one year after the decedent’s death, as provided in section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to section 537.021, RSMo.

Receipt of this notice by mail should not be construed by the recipient to indicate that the recipient necessarily has a beneficial interest in the estate. The nature and extent of any person’s interest, if any, can be determined from the files and records of this estate in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri.

Date of the Decedent’s death was March 24, 2019.

Date of first publication is April 18     2019.

Shelley Small,

Deputy Clerk of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court

Scotland County Missouri

Notice of Letters Testamentary Granted


Judge or Division:


Case Number: 19SE-PR00006

In the Estate of SHIRLEY E. CONCANNON, Deceased.

Notice of Letters Testamentary Granted

(Supervised Administration)

To All Persons Interested in the Estate of SHIRLEY E. CONCANNON, Decedent:

On April 12, 2019, the last will of the decedent having been admitted to probate, the following individual was appointed personal representative of the estate of SHIRLEY E. CONCANNON, decedent by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The name, business address, and phone number of the personal representative is:


The personal representative’s attorney’s name, business address and phone number is:

DENNIS W SMITH, P O BOX 308, CANTON, MO 63435-0308. 573-288-4461

All creditors of said decedent are notified to file claims in court within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six-month period and such two-month period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one year after the decedent’s death, as provided in Section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in Section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to Section 537.021, RSMo.

Date of the decedent’s death: October 24, 2018

Date of first publication: April 18, 2019

Anita Watkins,

 Scotland County Circuit Clerk

by Shelley Small, Deputy Clerk

Receipt of this notice by mail should not be construed by the recipient to indicate that the recipient necessarily has a beneficial interest in the estate. The nature and extent of any person’s interest, if any, can be determined from the files and records of this estate in the Probate Division of the above referenced Circuit Court.

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