October 19, 2006

Amendment 3 Could Make Smokers Pay More To Puff

It took a court order, but an initiative petition calling for increased taxes on tobacco products will be decided by Missouri voters on November 7th. Amendment 2 asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a Healthy Future Trust Fund which will:

1. be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use, to increase funding for healthcare access and treatment for eligible low-income individuals and Medicaid recipients, and to cover administrative costs;

2. be funded by a tax of four cents per cigarette and twenty percent on other tobacco products; and

3. be kept separate from general revenue and annually audited?

The ballot states that the proposed additional taxes will generate an estimated $351-$499 million annually for tobacco control programs, healthcare for low income Missourians, and payments for services provided to Missouri Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured Missourians.

The issue has sparked debate between proponents of the proposed law change and those who challenge the impacts the new tax would have.

The Committee for a Healthy Future was created to generate support for Amendment 3. The group, made up of health care professionals, physicians, and health care organizations, is championing the law change as an effort to stop the spread of smoking while providing needed financial assistance for medical care for under-served Missourians. The American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society have all lent their support to the initiative.

The Committee for a Healthy Futures proposal provides funding for programs that treat smokingrelated illnesses, said Cindy Erickson, spokesperson and chief executive officer of the American Lung Association of Missouri. More importantly, for the first time, we can fund programs that will keep our children from smoking.

The committee points out that Missouri has the secondlowest tobacco tax rate in the country and, as a result, one of the highest rates of adult and teen smoking in the country. The proponents also state the constitutional amendment will ensure that funds generated will be protected from politicians and used only to address the deadly impacts of tobacco use and to provide increased access to health care services.

This is a mainstream, commonsense approach to two of the states biggest health care issues, namely teenage smoking and access to critical health care services for the most needy Missourians, said Katie Plax M.D., director, Adolescent Center, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine.

However not everyone shares the Committees belief that the tax revenue will be used as described.

According to Ronald J. Leone, Executive Director of MPCA, there are numerous reasons why Amendment 3 is a very bad idea, any one of which is sufficient to once again convince the majority of voters to reject the outrageous 470% tax increase.

Amendment 3 is not about smoking or the dangers of tobacco. Its about greed and the government wasting even more of our tax dollars. All you have to do is follow the money, said Leone.

Amendment 3 is an outrageous 470% tax increase, proportionally the largest in Missouris 185-year history. More than 82% of the tobacco tax increase is not required to be spent on tobacco related diseases or illnesses, Leone continued.

Instead, that same 82% fattens the wallets of the greedy hospitals, HMOs and drug companies that have bankrolled the massive and oppressive tax increase. These greedy private companies are trying to hoodwink voters into approving their very own constitutional slush fund, said Leone.

Since 2000, Missouri has wasted almost $1 billion in tobacco revenue that should have been spent on tobacco diseases and health care. A statewide problem such as health care requires a statewide solution and not the taxing of a targeted minority population by some well-heeled special interests. Were confident that common-sense Missourians will once again see through this slick Madison Avenue style campaign and defeat this outrageous 470% tax increase, Leone concluded.

Also opposing the proposed 80-cent a pack cigarette tax hike is, Missourians Against Unfair Taxes, a group of tobacco wholesalers and retailers in Missouri, who have organized to fight the proposal.

Group members say smokers are being unfairly targeted with a tax hike from 17 cents to 97 cents per pack or $9.70 per carton. The taxes would fall entirely on consumers.

If Amendment 3 passes, the combined taxes on a carton of cigarettes would be nearly $15. The state taxes would be in addition to the $3.90 per carton federal tax and the cigarette taxes that dozens of cities impose in Missouri. In St. Louis, for example, the cigarette tax is 70 cents a carton. In Springfield, the tax is 50 cents a carton. Local and state sales taxes are also added.

The group claims the public was kept from participating in the drafting of the initiative petition. The proposal was drafted in secret and the public was shut out, said Jim Boeving, of Missourians Against Unfair Taxes. The public was kept out because the proposal was designed by hospitals and doctors to benefit themselves. Boeving operates Discount Smokes & Beer in Springfield.

The group points out that last year, the state took in $145 million in tobacco settlement money but spent nothing on tobacco cessation efforts. This has caused Attorney General Jay Nixon, who was involved in the tobacco settlement, to become a staunch opponent of Amendment 3.

Proponents warn voters not to be mislead by information being circulated in opposition to the amendment.

Big tobacco and convenience stores have aligned to mislead and confuse the public about Amendment 3, Erickson stated. They have spent decades and billions of dollars to protect their profits by lying to the public so it comes as no surprise that they are at it again here in Missouri.

At issue is the allegation that the State Auditors fiscal note on Amendment 3 commits taxpayers to $2 billion in additional expenditures. In truth, the auditors fiscal note and a September 11, judgment issued by Cole County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brown and an October 11 decision by the Missouri Supreme Court reached the same conclusiontaxpayers would not be committed to expenditures beyond the revenue generated by the tax. Specifically, they stated:

The actual level of spending will reflect the revenue realized through the increase in the tobacco tax. (Auditors fiscal note, p. 8)

The petition imposes a new tax on tobacco products, distributes only those proceeds and does not divert money from existing funds. (Judgment, p. 5)

We will never have the war chest Big Tobacco has to fight Amendment 3 in Missouri, said Erickson. But, we have the truth on our side. Amendment 3 will improve the future health of Missouri by lowering smoking rates, improving health care and keeping children from smoking.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Scotland County Ambulance.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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