November 30, 2006

Heated Hearing Pits Neighbor vs. Neighbor In Pig Debate

No pun intended, but this just stinks, said one neighbor of the new concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) being proposed by Rodney and Tammy Newland to be built on their farm near Downing.

The couple met with the Scotland County Commission on November 22 in a public hearing for the proposed deep-pit wean-to-finish hog facility that will be located in northwest Scotland County.

Approximately 30 neighbors and adjoining landowners were present for the hearing.

Newland currently is awaiting the permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to begin construction of the CAFO that will house up to 4,980 head in the building that is expected to be 120 by 315 when constructed next year.

He stated the DNR permitting process is expected to take four to five months, meaning it would be January at the earliest before he knows if the facility will be a go.

Newland addressed concerns from neighbors regarding the manure generated by the facility. He stated the eight-foot deep pit under the facility is manufactured to hold one-years supply of animal waste which will have to be pumped out of the pit, which he assured the crowd was to be built to DNR specifications to insure groundwater safety.

The owner added that he had well over 1,000 acres under ownership or under agreement to be used to dispose of the waste, which will be knifed into the soil on ground contingent to the hog facility for fertilizer value. The process can only be performed once every two years to the ground, which must adhere to nutrient management plans and soil testing requirements within the DNR operating permit guidelines.

We want to follow the plan, said Newland. We want to be good neighbors and use the best management practices.

Commissioner Paul Campbell tried to reassure the gathering about the safety of the process.

I cant see this being a problem, Campbell said of the waste disposal. This gentleman is putting a sizable investment into this operation so he is not going to do anything to jeopardize his permit. If he does not adhere to the guidelines the permit can be pulled.

Other meeting attendees expressed concerns about the effect the facility will have on adjoining property values.

County Assessor Jim Ward said the plan would have no effect on the assessed valuation of the adjoining property. County clerk Betty Lodewegen stated, in conversations with other counties with similar projects, she had been told by other county clerks that there was no negative impact on assessed valuations of neighboring properties.

But neighbor Frank Jones argued that assessed valuation and resale value are two different things.

If you have property close to one of these things and you choose to sell out, it definitely does impact the resale value of your property, Jones stated.

Additional concerns voiced by the gathering centered on the fact that the project involved both Scotland County and Schuyler County. While Scotland County has a health ordinance in place that requires CAFOs to meet guidelines beyond the DNR requirements, Schuyler County does not. Several Schuyler County residents pointed out that Scotland County would be getting all of the tax benefits from the proposed facility, while Schuyler County would be the site where most of the waste would be disposed.

Garry Klicker of Davis County, IA, warned the county commission against allowing CAFOs to get a toehold in the community. He stated he had moved back to his home in Davis County 11 years ago, but was now giving up his dream and was moving back out west because more than 130 hog facilities had been built in that county in the past decade.

I cant stand it anymore, he said. Im giving up my lifetime dream of coming home just to get away from them.

Commissioner Campbell stated that while the commission has a responsibility to the constituents, many of those are also family farmers.

Im speaking for myself and not for the commission, Campbell said, but I find it hard for me to dictate to a farmer how they will make their living and how they will support their family.

Agriculture is our #1 industry. I know there are some concerns, and sure I may not want one in my backyard, but if one of my neighbors wanted to do this, I wouldnt stand in their way.

Klicker argued that this was not a matter of the family farm but instead was just an expansion of the meat processing corporations.

This isnt agriculture, Klicker said. This is industrial meat and manure production with all of the money going elsewhere to the big corporations and we are left with the manure.

Klicker told the commission that it was in the position to stop this infestation comparing the spread of CAFOs in a community to the multiplying of rats.

Presiding Commissioner Mike Stephenson said that Klicker and many others have a monstrous misconception that the county commission has the power to stop CAFOs.

Scotland County is one of just 21 counties in the state to have enacted the strictest health ordinances under law to govern these facilities, Stephenson said. While this may not be adequate in some peoples eyes, we have used every tool the state of Missouri has available to place some control over these issues. If the DNR and county guidelines are met, we have no legal standing not to grant the permit.

Doug Ruth, who was the second farmer in Scotland County to receive a CAFO permit told the gathering that he had undertaken the project in an effort to offset rising fertilizer costs.

We have a 1,500 acre farm and I grow about 750 acres of corn a year, he said. With fertilizer costs at over $100 an acre, Im saving $75,000 on fertilizer so we are putting up a hog building for our fertilizer needs.

I dont feel like I am jeopardizing anyones health, he said. Feel free to come look at my site. I dont think it is right that anyone thinks they can tell me what I can do on my own land.

If approved the Newland facility will be the third CAFO permit issued by Scotland County.

Shrine of St. Patrick to Host Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 19th

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival hosted by the Shrine of St. Patrick is being held Sunday, March 19th in St. Patrick, MO.

The day’s events will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and donuts.  Registration for the Leprechaun 5K race is from 9:00 to 9:45 with race time at 10:00 a.m.  Awards for the 5K race will be announced at 10:45 a.m.

Live Irish Music featuring Roger and Aaron Watson will also be held at 11:00 a.m.

A Roast Beef dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The price for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and 5 and under eat free.  The meal is being served in the church basement.

Tours of the church and museum can be taken from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Silent auction bids will be taken on items with prizes pleasing to all.  The Daughters of Isabella will host a bake sale.

Additionally, throughout the day you can purchase grab bags at a cost of $1.00 and get an Irish surprise.  Envelopes, postcards, religious goods and souvenirs will be available all day in the church basement.

Fr. Christopher Aubuchon will celebrate Mass at the Shrine of St. Patrick at 3:00 p.m.

All events of the day will be at the Shrine of St. Patrick except for the pictorial cancellation and postal mailings at the St. Patrick Post Office.

For more information, please contact Kristin Roth at 660-727-3472 or visit their website at www.saintpatrickshrine.com

Be Sure To Change Your Mind Every 10,000 Miles 

The mind  plays a major, major role in the Kingdom system of God.  His very reach toward us comes with a package.  Within it we find helps and directives designed for us to enter an entirely new world.  Look at II Corinthians 5:16-17.  Old things pass away.  New things have come.  It’s a new world.

Here’s where Christianity becomes sluggish.  Rather than changing our minds, we simply top them off by adding a quart of new information.  This will help us keep running fairly good…. for a while.  But somewhere along the way, we are going to be required to switch minds (change our mind) ridding the old and receiving the new.  Some things in our minds are to be discarded.

I reached a point long ago where I needed to rid myself of believing that God worked only through the Bible.  I had to abandon such training in order to receive an entirely new thread of the information.  I had to empty out my mind of old thinking and refill it with the truth of the Holy Spirit working directly in our lives.

I had to empty my mind that I can’t be effective because I am not worthy.  My confidence is in the Spirit of God due to changing out my mind.  I learned to empty my mind of believing that I didn’t deserve to be mistreated for serving God.  I needed to replace the old thinking of my mind and refill with the new understanding that I am to take up my cross daily.

Okay, the changing of our mind won’t actually be every 10,000 miles.  Rather, it will be daily.  We can anticipate learning from God very new things; several of which will require more than accumulation of information.  Rather, it will mean we pull in to God’s service station for a mind-change.

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

BE SURE TO CHANGE YOUR MIND EVERY 10,000 MILES

LAVAIN CALVIN “L.C.” CURRENT (8/10/1923 – 2/24/2017)

Lavain Calvin “L.C.” Current, age 93, of Canton, Missouri died Friday, February 24, 2017, at 8:15 p.m. in Hannibal Regional Hospital.

L.C. was born August 10, 1923 in Putnam County, Missouri, the son of George Edmun and Zelpha Delia Forbes Current. He married Dorothy Jean Baker on July 18, 1945 in Memphis, Missouri. She survives.

L.C. earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers’ College in Kirksville, and his Master’s and 6th Year degrees from Western Illinois University. He began his teaching career in country schools in Missouri. He then taught 5th & 6th grades at Madison School in Quincy from 1957 until 1966 where he also was the intramural director for those grades. He was then the principal at Dewey School in Quincy from 1966 until his retirement in 1985. He was instrumental in the development of the progressive reading programs at Dewey.

L.C. was a member of Union United Methodist Church and also had attended The Crossing. He was a former board member of Sunset Home and former tutor at Chaddock School. He was a member of the National Education Association and the Illinois Retired Teachers’ Association. L.C. was also an avid woodworker, and he loved to play the guitar and harmonica.

L.C. is survived by six children, Linda (Chuck) DeVerger of Quincy, IL Deborah Current of Canton, Wanda Plawer of Fithian, IL, Nina Kyler of Normal, IL, Janet (Mark) Gall of Quincy, IL and Calvin Douglas Current of Canton; 14 grandchildren, Anthony DeVerger, Robyn Willing, Jason DeVerger, Sarah DeVerger, Shane Calvert, Dustin Calvert, Amanda Sperry, Dr. Miriah Plawer-Volmerding, Adam Plawer, Dr. Erik Kyler, Brenda Simons, Katherine Kyler, Frederic Gall and Nina Marie Gall; 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

L.C. was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Andrew and Blanche Baker; a brother, Darl Current; a sister, Derotha McNary; a son-in-law Brian Plawer; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017 at The Crossing, in Quincy, IL with Rev. Jim Dennis officiating. Inurnment will be in the Downing City Cemetery. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th..

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Friday March 3, 2017 at The Crossing.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Chaddock School.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements. www.hansenspear.com

Little Johnny

John’s dad, Johnny, propped his gun up on the shooting stick. It was too heavy for him to hold himself. He gathered his boy close to his bosom and carefully tried to help him aim at the turkey’s neck. In the meantime, Little John was intent on looking down the barrel and putting the bead on the target, just like he had been taught. At seven years old it was a lot to remember, but he seemed to be doing just fine. It was his dad who was a nervous wreck. This was his son’s first shot at a turkey and it was a full-fledged strutter; a trophy for anyone, man or child.

Little John had laid his cheek on the stock of the gun. His hat and facemask were covering any lingering evidence of flesh. It was just a matter of time before the gobbler would appear in his line of fire. His dad gave him final instructions; “Pull the trigger when you have him in your sights.” As quickly as the words were spoken, Little John shot – and missed. The turkey turned and took flight, unscathed by the experience.

We gathered up any possibility of hope and looked for a sign on the ground of where the bird might have been hit. It was not to be. About five minutes passed and Little John was playing with his handheld game. His miss had somehow made its way to the list of things to not get overly discouraged about. He somehow knew that as long as dad was around, there would be other days and other opportunities. It even seemed his success had already taken place. It was when his dad invited him to go. Johnny on the other hand, kept reliving what had just happened. He mourned his son’s miss. He grieved the failed attempt. He so wanted his boy to shoot his first turkey. Tonight, Little John will sleep soundly; Johnny will not.

Our heavenly Father’s desire is for us to prosper. This doesn’t mean it’s His will for us to have a lot of money. Money could not replace this dad’s loss of joy. God’s prosperity, however, runs deeper than dollars.  He wants to bless our experiences as much as Johnny wanted Little John to be successful. This may on occasion involve finances, but more often it involves other things He brings into our lives. When we really know God’s heartfelt desire to bless us, we don’t have to linger too long on the times we missed, because we know another opportunity will come if we’ll listen for the invitation from the Father.

 Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

PHILLIS WHEATLEY

Phillis Wheatley, born in West Africa about 1753, was kidnapped and brought to America on a slave ship in 1761. She was purchased by John Wheatley of Boston, Massachusetts as a personal servant for his wife, Susanna. According to custom, Phillis took the surname of her owners. Mrs. Wheatley took Phillis under her wing and soon recognized the young girl’s quick intelligence. Phillis was taught to read and write and received lessons in theology, English, Latin, and Greek. She was also instructed in ancient history, mythology and literature. This occurred at a time when African-Americans were discouraged from learning to read and write. Phillis Wheatley found her passion in writing poetry, and wrote her first published poem around age 13. She was encouraged in her literary pursuits by the Wheatley family. In 1773, her first book of poetry was published, with a preface in which seventeen Boston men, including John Hancock, affirmed that Wheatley was indeed the author. She was a strong supporter of America’s fight for independence, and wrote several poems in honor of the Continental Army’s commander, General George Washington. In response to his invitation, she visited him at his headquarters in Massachusetts in 1776. Phillis Wheatley became a free person sometime between 1774 and 1778. In 1778 she married John Peters, a free African-American from Boston. Three children were born, and the family struggled with constant poverty. John Peters eventually deserted Phillis, who died in her early 30s, along with her last surviving child, on December 5, 1784.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Eyecare Center Memphis Office Has Moved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Wood

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

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

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

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

Abi Feeney

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadie Davis fires up the three-pointer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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