October 26, 2006

Missouri Voters Being Asked To Raise States Minimum Wage

Proposition B on the November 7th ballot in Missouri will ask voters to consider raising the states minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50.

The ballot language states that a yes vote will amend Missouri statutes to increase the state minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour, or to the level of the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher. Every year thereafter, the state minimum wage rate will be adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

This is great news for the hard-working people of this state, said John Bowman, Treasurer of the Give Missourians a Raise Coalition. We dont have to wait for the politicians to address this issue anymore. Now, the people of Missouri can take matters into their own hands and vote yes on Proposition B to raise the minimum wage.

In May, the Coalition submitted signatures from over 210,000 Missouri voters more than twice the number required in order to place the initiative on the ballot.

However not everyone is in favor of the proposal.

S.O.S. Jobs (Save Our States Jobs) Coalition is opposing Proposition B. Its members, consisting of Associated Industries of Missouri, the Missouri Restaurant Association, the Missouri Retailers Association, NFIB Missouri, the Missouri Grocers Association and the Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association, believe any effort to adjust the minimum wage should be initiated at the federal level. The SOS coalition says through federal action, Missouri businesses would be on a level playing field with surrounding states, and not be at a disadvantage in competing for new business opportunities.

By dealing with this on a state basis instead of at the federal level, stated Pat Bergauer, Treasurer of the S.O.S. Jobs coalition, businesses in Missouri will be fighting to maintain jobs and employees against surrounding states with one hand tied behind their back. Raising the minimum wage will leave many employees without a job and no financial means to support their families.

Proponents of the proposition point to a report from the non-partisan Economic Policy Institute, that shows that approximately 256,000 Missourians will receive a raise if Proposition B passes, including 120,000 Missourians who currently make less than $6.50, as well as an additional 136,000 who make slightly more than that, but who will see a bump in their wages due to a spill-over effect.

Supporters also believe that a raise in the minimum wage will generate between $3.3 million and $4.3 million more each year in state revenue, and would pump over $21 million in new spending into the economy.

Opponents are attacking this report, stating that while The Economic Policy Institute managed to find 650 economists who supported raising the minimum wage, the Employment Policies Institute differs in opinion. It points to a survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire revealing that 77 percent (13,860) of labor economists with the American Economics Association believe minimum wage hikes have a negative effect on employment.

Minimum wage opponents could release a thousand studies predicting job loss if Missouri raises the minimum wage. It doesnt change the facts states that have raised the minimum wage have seen no job loss, even in the low-wage industries directly impacted by a raise in the minimum wage, said Sara Howard, Communications Director for the Give Missourians a Raise coalition.

No one can survive on $5.15 an hour, Howard continued. Raising the minimum wage is a long-overdue step that is going to help thousands of Missouri families who are struggling to get by.

Still, opponents of the bill fire back that job loss experienced by low-skilled adults, in particular, is substantial following a minimum wage hike. They site research from Cornell and the University of Connecticut that found a 10-percent increase in the minimum wage results in an 8.5-percent increase in unemployment among adults lacking a high school diploma. Research from economists at Duke, Boston University, and Michigan State University all confirm that low-skilled adults suffer considerable job loss following minimum wage hikes.

Proponents of minimum wage hikes contend that the attendant job loss is minimal and worth it, but theyre ignoring the fact that it is almost exclusively low-skilled adults who lose their job, said Mike Flynn, director of Legislative Affairs at the Employment Policies Institute. Minimum wage hikes end up hurting the very people they are intended to help by jeopardizing the jobs of those most in need of assistance.

Opponents also are questioning the ballot language, specifically how the minimum wage calculations in years following the proposed raise to $6.50

The SOS Coalition asks voters if they understand what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is, and more importantly what the CPI-W, which is the index identified in Proposition B, is?

They explain that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups, CPI-W and CPI-U:

The CPI-W (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) comprises approximately 32 percent of the total population. Not included in this population are technical workers, self-employed persons and all agricultural jobs. This is the annual increase being identified for Missouri to use in Proposition B.

The CPI-U (All Urban Consumers) covers approximately 87 percent of the total population and includes all lines of work and populations including agriculture, the self-employed, etc. The SOS Coalition states that, while its not being used in our states calculation, this percentage increase better reflects the national increase in the cost of living and runs considerably less than the CPI-W. The group also notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a break down of the CPI-W, looking specifically at four regions of the nation, the northeast, south, west and midwest. With the Midwest being 25 percent lower for the past year than the other three.

Simply stated, Missouri will be forced to use the cost of living adjustments for large urban areas such as New York City and Los Angeles to calculate our minimum wage increases every year, said Gary Marble, president of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), which is part of the Save Our States Jobs Coalition. Not included in those calculations are 68 percent of the population, including agriculture and the self-employed. That certainly isnt clearly stated on the ballot.

Marble questions whether Missouri should have a minimum wage for low skill, entry level, jobs of $8 per hour, which is what proponents are predicting the amount to be in only five years. He adds that it will continue to increase at a rate of over $.25 to $.30 per hour every year thereafter.

He and fellow SOS Coalition members say Proposition B will force Missouris minimum wage to increase annually as the cost of living increases which they feel means that year after year, Missouri companies will find it harder and harder to compete and Missouri will lose jobs.

They point out that Missouri consumers and employees likely will pay the additional costs of a higher minimum wage. Businesses will be forced to increase prices to consumers and employees could have to pay more for health insurance and other benefits to offset the additional costs.

For small businesses, raising prices is not always an option. stated Brad Jones, state director of NFIB Missouri. Having to compete with bigger companies often means operating on razor thin margins just to survive.

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Shoes From the Heart Visits SCR-I Elementary

The Scotland County R-1 Elementary Student Council, Mrs. Fromm, and Principal, Erin Tallman accepted shoe donations for 30 SCR-1 students Tuesday, March 21st. The donating organization, Shoes From the Heart, a ministry started by Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, with the help of generous supporters, plans to provide approximately 36,000 pairs of shoes to needy children throughout Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas in 2017.

by Andrea Brassfield

Shoes From the Heart, a ministry whose mission is to provide brand new shoes to children, visited Scotland County’s Elementary school Tuesday, March 21st, handing out 30 pairs of shoes to children there.

Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, started the ministry in Macon, MO in 2012.  At that time, their goal was to provide 65 pairs of new tennis shoes to the children at the Macon County Head Start.  Since then, they have expanded to serving over 70 counties in Missouri and helping over 28,000 children.  Last year, they handed out over 16,000 pairs of shoes and in 2017 they expect to give out around 36,000 pairs of shoes!

Donnie says the idea of Shoes From the Heart came from his late wife, Cindy.  “She wanted to help local children have new shoes,” he stated.  Donnie added, “There are several programs like this designed to help children in other counties, but Cindy wanted to help children closer to home.”

Since 2012, the mission has expanded from Head Start and churches into elementary schools across Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  Currently, they are making a trip across northern Missouri and plan to visit ten schools this week.

Donnie is very appreciative of all the support they have received, stating, “We have been blessed to have the support of regional communities and organizations along with corporate sponsors across Missouri and the Midwest helping us on our journey.”

The organization currently has four offices in Missouri, including Macon, St. Joseph, Hannibal, and St. Louis.  Because they order so many pairs of shoes in mass quantities, they are able to purchase them for around $10 each.

In addition to donations, Shoes From the Heart is always looking for volunteers to help in different ways.  If you are interested in being part of their team by helping to work current events and organize future events, you can contact them through their website at shoesfromtheheart.org/volunteer.html, by calling 660-353-9915 or emailing at shoesfromtheheart@gmail.com.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Tigers Rally to Win Baseball Opener 11-9 Over Highland

Lane Pence takes the throw to the plate to force out the Highland runner as the Tigers rallied to beat the Cougars 11-9 in the 2017 baseball season opener.

High expectations heading into the 2017 baseball season were quickly challenged on Monday night in Memphis as the Scotland County Tigers fell behind Highland 5-0.

But the pitching depth that is expected to fuel a possible post season run for SCR-I was on display, combined with some timely hitting that allowed Scotland County to rally for an 11-9 victory.

The Tigers fell behind early as starter Grant Campbell was plagued with some control issues that were compounded by some untimely fielding miscues by his defense.

A leadoff walk turned into a run for Highland courtesy of a pair of Scotland County errors that allowed the Cougars to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Tigers couldn’t take advantage of a Highland error that allowed Gage Dodge to reach to start the bottom of the frame. Aaron Buford followed with a base on balls but both runners were stranded.

Highland added to its early lead with a big second inning. A leadoff single turned into a run courtesy of two more SCR-I fielding miscues. A walk and a hits batsman loaded the bases. The Cougars plated two runs with a base hit an made the score 5-0 on another SCR-I error. But Campbell helped his own cause, making a diving stop on a blooper back through the box, throwing from his knees to nab the runner at the plate before striking out the final batter to keep the deficit at 5-0.

Aaron Blessing started a two-out rally in the second inning with a walk. After Will Pickerell singled, Dodge worked a base on balls to load the sacks for Buford who mashed a three-run triple in the right-center field gap to trim the lead to 5-3.

Will Pickerell laces a base hit.

Highland finally chased Campbell in the third, tacking on two more tallies, loading the bases with a pair of hits and a walk. Campbell walked in a run before a high bouncer off the plate turned into an infield single to make the score 7-3. Fromm relieved Campbell to record the final out of the inning via a strikeout.

SCR-I got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Catcher Lane Pence reached on an error. Courtesy runner Ryan Slaughter stole second and came in to score on a base hit by Blessing to make the score 7-4.

Pence gunned down a would-be base stealer in the fourth to erase a walk by Fromm, who faced the minimum in the frame.

That set up a key fourth-inning rally for the Tigers.

Buford started the excitement, reaching on an error. Fromm crushed a deep fly ball to right field that turned into a double. Campbell and Justin McKee followed with RBI singles before Elijah Cooley put Scotland County ahead with a two run base hit. A walk to Blessing ended starter Tommy Harvey’s night. Dodge greeted reliever Riley Eisenberg with a two run double to make the score 10-7.

Highland made the score 10-8 with a pair of hits in the fifth inning. An error on SCR-I allowed a run to score before Fromm struck out the side to end the threat.

Slaughter manufactured a run in the fifth inning with his speed on the bases. He generated a balk on the pitcher and later stole third before scoring on a wild pitch to push the lead to 11-8.

Highland loaded the bases in the sixth and a Cody Kessler single trimmed the lead to 11-9 before Fromm again came up with a big strikeout to close the frame.

The sophomore hurler finished off the win with a solid seventh inning to earn the victory. Fromm tossed 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Campbell was tagged with seven runs, six earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three.

Eight different Tigers recorded a hit in the contest. Blessing was 1-1 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Buford went 1-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and three RBIs and Cooley was 1-2 with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs.

Buford, Campbell Earn All-Conference Basketball Honors

 

Aaron Buford

Two Scotland County seniors were honored by the coaches of the Lewis & Clark Conference when the league announced its all-conference picks following the completion of the 2016-17 hoops season.

Aaron Buford was named to the L&C 2nd Team. Buford was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per contest. The point guard led the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.4 boards a night and was also tops on the team with 153 assists on the year, averaging 6.1 per game. Mr. Versatility also was tops on the Tigers in blocks and steals, pilfering 3.3 passes per contest.

Teammate Grant Campbell earned third team all-conference honors. The forward led SCR-I in scoring averaging 12.4 points a game, while shooting 32% from three-point range.

Scotland County finished 4-4 in conference play in the school’s first season as a member of the Lewis & Clark Conference. Knox County, Harrisburg and Salisbury finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship.

Named to the L&C 1st team were: Blake Dawson, a  junior from Fayette;  Cade Combs, a  junior from  Harrisburg; Noah Talton, a senior from Knox County; Makenzie Fessler, a senior from Marceline; and seniors Garrett Francis and Evan Fessler of Salisbury.

Grant Campbell

 

Joining Buford on the L&C 2nd team were: Tommy Phillips, a senior from Fayette; Brendan Gray a senior and Cody Karl, a junior from Harrisburg; Hayden Miller, a junior from Knox County; and Keaton Nelson, a senior from Schuyler County.

Named to the 3rd team along with Campbell were: Robby Robinson, a senior from Fayette; Kyle Strange, a senior from Knox County; Dylan Painter, a senior from Paris; Gavin Ramsey, a junior from  Salisbury; Riley Veatch, a junior from Schuyler County;  and Ben Miller, a sophomore from Westran.

Bridge Work Will Close Route A on March 28th

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be continuing road work in Scotland County this week and next.

Work was scheduled on Route M for March 17 and March 20, with the road being temporarily closed between Route MM and about a quarter mile south of Route MM, for culvert replacements.

On Tuesday, March 28, Route A will be temporarily closed between two and half miles south of Route U and about 10 miles south of Route U for bridge maintenance.

The work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this time.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Auction, BBQ Will Benefit Gospel Express Ministries

A benefit auction to support Gospel Express Ministries is being held Tuesday, March 28th at the Scotland County Livestock Market in Memphis, MO.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a delicious free will chicken BBQ supper followed by an auction beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to cattle, lots of local business donations and miscellaneous items will be sold during the auction.  One hundred percent of the proceeds raised during the evening will go to bibles and bible study courses for prison inmates!

Gospel Express Ministries is an evangelistic ministry in prisons, churches and however God chooses.  The ministry has expanded to include community tent crusades. Support chaplaincy programs, comprehensive Bible study correspondence courses and a New Testament ministry to prisoners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about the BBQ meal and benefit auction, contact Delmar Martin at 660-216-0548, Darin Shank at 660-216-1870 or Ralph Burkholder at 660-341-1927.  Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the evening!

Raytec Manufacturing Makes ‘Seamless’ Transition to New Location South of Memphis

Raytec Manufacturing has moved into its new facility, located 2.5 miles south of Memphis on Highway 15.

After more than 25 years manufacturing seamless gutter and metal roofing products in Memphis, Raytec Manufacturing has opened a new manufacturing center south of town.

Established in the early 1970’s, Raytec LLC, is a Pennsylvania based manufacturer catering to the seamless gutter and roofing industry.  The company specializes in using a variety of metals to produce seamless gutter hangers, step flashing and long shaped metal roofing products. In addition, Raytec also fabricates items for Agriculture using trademarked names of Way Pig hog scales and Caf-Cart.

The Caf-Cart is a calf transporting item. All products provide solutions to the unique problems faced by both small and large farms.

In March of 1990 the company expanded to Memphis, MO. The original objective of this facility was to distribute to the Mid West and the Western area of the country. The result was to be faster transit times, and provide a more regional buying experience to the customers in these areas. As the years went by, the original building has been expanded several times, remodeled and re-fitted with updated machinery.

Today, the Memphis facility performs light manufacturing including, but not limited to, hidden gutter hangers and step flashing.

Since those early days, many products have been developed which have proven to be helpful to farmers and contractors in the building industry.

After many years of adding on and remodeling the existing building, the company decided it was time to move into a larger location, constructing a new building on Highway 15, just south of Memphis, a project that was completed this winter.

The larger facility is better suited for the current and future manufacturing and distribution requirements.

Raytec will host a open house at the new facility on Thursday April 6, 2017 from 1 – 8 p.m. The building is located on Highway 15, approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 136 junction.

Educational tours of the building will be offered. Visitors can watch men and machinery transform metal coil into usable finished building products. Displays of gutter accessories and agriculture products will also be featured while visitors will learn about the company and all its capabilities.

The company also noted there are plans to have the craftsman that performed the  work on the new building, available for the public to meet, greet and discuss any  upcoming building or remodeling projects of their own.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact, Raytec Manufacturing; phone 660-883-5367.

JOHN RICHARD BARNES (2/3/1931 – 3/15/ 2017)

John Richard Barnes, 86, of Sarasota, Florida, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Beneva Lakes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Sarasota under hospice care.

He was born February 3, 1931, in Blandinsville, Illinois, to S.J. and Evelyn (Mitchell) Barnes.

Richard was united in marriage to Kathryn Ingram on December 22, 1951 in Downing, Missouri. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2016.

Mr. Barnes was also preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Curtis and Edythe Ingram; one son, Richard L. Barnes; sisters, Wilma Fitzgerald and Mary Lou McGeeney; sister-in-law, Carolyn Ingram; brothers- in-law, Augustus Crivolio, Ralph West, Thomas McGeeney, and David Ingram; nieces, Christy Eddlemen and Susan Veltri; and nephews, Robert Shellnut and Joseph West.

Surviving are his son, Michael Barnes and wife Brenda of Sarasota, Florida; and a daughter, Terri Emel and husband Danny of Memphis, Missouri; sisters, Eva West of Ocala, Florida, Carol Crivolio of Ocala, Florida, and Donna Eddlemen of Zephyhills, Florida, and brother, David Barnes (Mary Ann) of Kahoka, Missouri. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Wendy (Chester) Gipson, Robert (Kathy) Barnes, Greg (Erin) Barnes, Evan (Andrea) Emel, Aaron (Ashley) Emel, and Nicholas Barnes; and great-grandchildren, Madyson, Amanda, and Chester Gipson, John Jacob, Alexis, and Chase Barnes, Lily, Molly, and Matthew Barnes, Finley and Charley Emel, Isabella and Eva Emel, and Benjamin and Nathan Barnes, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard attended elementary school in Blandinsville, IL, until the age of 13, and then moved to a farm with his parents and siblings near Memphis, Missouri. He attended Union Rural Elementary School and graduated from Memphis High School. After graduation in 1949, he got a job with the Department of Agriculture and travelled the state of Missouri for four years helping the department to eradicate invasive plants and bushes in the state.

After marrying his wife, Kathryn, and moving to Memphis, MO, they purchased the Prairie Farms Milk Dairy business based out of Quincy, IL, and ran milk routes to grocery stores, schools, and restaurants in Memphis and surrounding towns for 20 years. In 1974, Richard and Kathryn sold their business and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he built several houses before retiring.

Richard’s passion was doing landscape projects and lawn care and traveling to visit family and friends. His hobbies included biking, swimming, walking the beach, and reading. He collected many tools in his workshop and kept a very tidy shed. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and telling them stories of his childhood.

A memorial service at Toale Brothers Chapel will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Therapy Department, P. O. Box 5202. Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202.

ROBERT B. COX (1/21/1930 – 3/15/2017)

Robert B. Cox age 87 from Keosauqua, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Keosauqua Health Care Center.

Robert will be cremated and a memorial service and burial will be at a later date.

In-lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials can be mailed to Sharon Cox, PO Box 8, Keosauqua, IA 52565.

Robert was born January 21, 1930 to Richard and Clara (Baker) Cox at Fairfield Hospital.

He married Jean Hartman of Fairfield. To this marriage, they had three children, Deborah, Karen and Steven. Jean and Robert later divorced and he married Sharon Schlotter on March 13, 1976 and adopted son, Eric.

Robert graduated from Fairfield High School Class 1947. He attended University of Colorado for two years majoring in Institute of Organization Management, Iowa State University for 1 year majoring in Engineering and Business Management, General Motors Sales Institute and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy studying Communication Management and Operator Instructor.

Robert served four years in the US Air Force from 1951 – 1954 as a Photographer, Script Writer, Electronics Technician & Public Information Officer.

Robert was partner of C & 0 Motors in Fairfield for five years. He was a member of Fairfield Elks Club & past Exalted Ruler. Robert became a manger of Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Fairfield Industrial Development Corp. He served for several years as Director of Jefferson County Civil Defense, developed and served as, Chief of Jefferson County Police & Sheriff Reserves. Robert became very involved state wide in the development of High Band Radios for public safety and 911 emergency systems. He developed & managed 911 systems in Pottawattamie & Council Bluffs, IA for five years. He developed a 911 system in Sioux Falls, SD and served as director in this capacity for 15 years before retirement. Robert received Outstanding Citizen Award from Iowa Chamber of Commerce and Certificate of Appreciation Pottawattamie County Fire Chiefs, Council Bluffs, Iowa Police & Sheriff Department from the City of Fairfield, IA and Minnehaha County Fire Chiefs.

In 2001 he moved to Roberts Park in Keosauqua, IA and developed Cedar Hills Antiques before he completely retired.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Cox of Keosauqua, IA; four children, Deborah Wesely of Omaha, NE, Steven (Sara) Cox of Springfield, MO, Karen (Tim) Buchan of Omaha, NE and Eric (Deb) Cox of Fairmont, MN; four grandchildren; Jason (Renee) Wesely, Justin (Pam) Smith, Julie Wesely and Nick Buchan; four great grandchildren; one sister, Myrna (Jim) Holcomb; and mother-in-law, Marilyn Schlotter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Cox; father-in-law, Robert Schlotter.

Online condolences can be made to the family at behnerfh.com.

BABY CARDWELL

Evan and Luisa Cardwell of Edina, MO are the parents of a daughter, Emersyn Jane Cardwell, born March 15, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Emersyn weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Leslie and Kim Cardwell of Edina; Rob and Katrina Hamlin of Wright City; and Marci Novillo of Orlando, FL.

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