May 31, 2007

New Ethanol Plant in West Quincy Has Local Ties

On May 23 Mississippi Valley BioEnergy, LLC announced that it plans to build a large ethanol plant in northeast Missouri. The 100 million gallon per year dry-mill production facility would be located near West Quincy, where MVBE has secured two options to purchase approximately 285 acres along the Mississippi River just south of Highway 24.

MVBE recently signed a letter of intent with ICM, Inc., a premier ethanol fuel technology and plant production company, to provide services related to the design, construction and start-up of the proposed facility.

The Company has also retained BBI International as its consultant to assist with project formation and development. The project is subject to obtaining additional debt and equity financing.

Brent Rockhold, Chairman of MVBE, believes the company is poised to make a positive impact on Missouris ethanol industry and economy of the tri-state region.

Our management and advisory committees reflect some of the most well-known, respected leaders in Missouri who bring diverse backgrounds and broad expertise, he said. And the facilitys location provides access to a strong road, rail and waterway infrastructure necessary for corn procurement and distribution of ethanol and other co-products.

The Companys leadership consists of:

Brent Rockhold, Chairman - Brent Rockhold owns, manages and operates nearly 2,100 acres in Scotland County. The operation includes row crop, hay crop, CRP and a small cow/calf herd. He currently serves as President of Missouri Masa, a new generation coop, and as a board member of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the Missouri Corn Growers and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and Midwest Ag Investment Network.

He is a Past President of MCGA and Past Chairman of MCMC. He served as a member of the National Corn Growers ethanol committee and public policy action team as well as past Vice Chairman of the Environmental Resources Coalition Board. Rockhold served on the Governors Task Force on Agriculture from 2001-2004.

Susan McNay, President - Susan McNay has over 15 years of leadership experience in government and public relations. An accomplished strategist and marketer, she is known for successful policy and program negotiations and implementation. As President of Mississippi Valley BioEnergy, McNay has established a company that is widely recognized as having a diverse group of individual businessmen and women. A veteran of the Clinton Administration, McNay served as White House Liaison to the White House Conference on Small Business. She also worked at the USDA, where she directed the appointment process for the Secretary of Agricultures USDA Boards and Commissions and Farm Service Agency State Committees.

McNay majored in General Studies at the University of Missouri Columbia. She has been a volunteer with the Mizzou Alumni Association, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and holds membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition to participating in her familys Century Farm operation near Centertown, McNay owns The Marion Group, Inc., a public relations and consulting firm.

Other officers include vice president Terry Hilgedick,

a partner in his familys farming operation in central Missouri growing corn, soybeans, wheat and watermelons; secretary Sean McGinnis, an attorney engaged in civil practice in Springfield; treasurer Malcolm Mick Aslin, a director and consultant for Marshall and Ilsley Corporation and a Director of ACT Teleconferencing, Inc. and Labconco Corporation.

Other board members include Leann Eisenreich,

co-founder of the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome; Todd Hays, a fifth generation farmer who operates a diversified farming operation in Monroe City; Dr. Michelle Marshall, a veterinarian who practices in Columbia; John F. McNay, a fifth generation farmer in Cole County; James Sterling, who holds the Missouri Chair in Community Newspaper Management at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; Governor Roger B. Wilson.

Advisory Committee members include:

Clyde Lear, of Jefferson City, is Chairman and CEO of Learfield Communications, which owns the Brownfield Network, the nations largest agricultural radio network;

Norm Stewart, of Columbia, was coach of the Missouri mens basketball team from 1967 to 1999;

Norman Haerr, of Taylor, a farmer and President of Haerrs, Inc.;

Shon Haerr, a farmer from Taylor;

Shannon Haerr, is a farmer from Taylor;

John Winkelman, a farmer from Alexandria;

Rodney Heimer, a farmer and small business owner from Taylor;

Jeff Busam, of Pacific, owns a transportation company and participates in a farming operation in rural Franklin County;

Harold Remley, of Jefferson City, is a Shelter Insurance Agent, operates his family farm and serves as a Director of Premier Bancshares, Inc.;

Leah McNay, of Jamestown, is retired from Missouri State Government and participates in her family farming operation;

Harry Doc Wulff, of Columbia, is a partner of Wulff Brothers Masonry Corporation and Wulff Brothers Investments;

Lindsey Stewart, of Prairie Village, KS, is the President of Stewart Energy, LLC.;

Don Krattli, of Jefferson City, is the President of Krattli Investments and is a Director of Premier Bancshares, Inc.;

Kevin Rockhold, of Austin, TX, owns and operates a software consulting company;

And Gary Strand, of Springfield, MO, is a retired businessman.

Voters Asked to Renew County Road and Bridge Sales Tax

For more than 20 years Scotland County residents have been paying a half cent sales tax to help fund the road and bridge department’s capital projects, such as building new bridges and purchasing equipment.

On April 4th, voters will be asked once again to renew the tax, which was first implemented in 1985. Since 1997, the tax has been renewed every four years by voters. In 2013 the issue was approved by 682 yes votes to 123 against.

The ballot issue reads as follows: ” Shall the County of Scotland continue to impose a county wide sales tax at the rate of one-half (1/2) of one percent (1%) for a period of four years from the date on which such tax is first imposed to be used solely for the purpose of capital improvements of County roads and bridges?

This is not a new tax.”

In 2016, the sales tax generated more than $260,000 for the road and bridge department.

More than $460,000 was expended from the fund, with roughly $350,000 spent on three new bridges. More than $30,000 was spent on road tubes with another $44,0000 expended on equipment.

“The sales tax is a restrictive revenue,” said County Clerk Batina Dodge. “It can only be used for capital improvements, such as the purchase of equipment and bridge construction.”

Overall, the sales tax represents approximately 15% of the county’s road and bridge department’s $2.1 million budget.

“It is important for voters to understand that this is not a new tax nor is it a tax increase,” said Presiding Commissioner Duane Ebeling.

The 35-cent road and bridge levy and the 31-cent special levy for roads and bridges generate roughly 40% of the budget. Missouri state fuel taxes (CART funds) and motor vehicle sales tax revenues generate an equivalent revenue stream.

The county currently levies a 1/2 cent sales tax for the general revenue fund and a 1/4 cent sales tax for law enforcement in addition to the 1/2 cent road and bridge tax. Combined they generated approximately $650,000 in tax revenue in 2016.

With a combined 1.25 cent county sales tax, Scotland County ranks as the lowest among its neighbors and in the state. Adair County has a sales tax of 1.375 cents while Putnam County and Schuyler County both are at 2 cents. Clark and Knox counties both have sales tax rates of 2.5 cents with Lewis County charging 3.125 cents. Those rates are paid in addition to the statewide 4.225 Missouri sales tax.

April 2nd Election to Decide Fate of Proposed School Expansion

With a goal of improved student safety as well as expanding and upgrading facilities, the Scotland County R-I School District will ask voters on Tuesday to approve a $1.6 million tax levy issue.

Proposition 2 on the April 4th ballot will seek to implement a $0.16 debt service levy that would allow the district to borrow $1.6 million to fund an approximately 8,500 square foot expansion to the campus that would house a new band room, additional classrooms as well as an early childhood development center. Bring more of the district’s facilities under one roof would allow the installation of additional security measures to control unwanted access to the facilities.

The bond issue would also fund safety enhancements and renovations of the existing facility in addition to the four new early childhood classrooms, a therapy and nursing room, a new band room for the high school, in addition to three more classrooms and additional storage.

Plans call for the construction of a roughly 150-foot long addition to connect the high school and elementary school.

The district has not maintained a debt service levy since 1994, when the district retired a 20-year bond approved by voters in 1974 for the construction of the high school. If approved by the voters, the debt service levy would increase from $0.00 to $0.16.

The board of education has worked over the past two years searching for alternative funding options while also paring down proposed expansion plans and renovation costs, since an initial levy proposal first went to the voters in 2015.

In November of that year, voters said no to a $5 million bond issue, before voting no again in April 2016 on a pared down $4 million proposal. The district went back to voters in August of 2016 seeking $3.3 million, again being rejected.

The district scrapped plans from the initial bond issues to install an all-weather track, a new football concession stand, build a new weight room and add on to the library. The school also has worked with local boosters to repair the existing softball and baseball field lights while agreeing to pursue a used system to replace the outdated lights at the football field instead of purchasing new.

Other changes from the initial proposals include greater utilization of existing facilities. Superintendent Ryan Bergeson explained the new plan calls for renovating areas such as the Ag building, that in addition to the expansion project, is intended to bring the Life Skills and the elementary school library back under one roof, along with the preschool program. Other cost saving measures were made in the design and architecture scheme for the expansion. “The proposed design is smaller, and it is a simple, straight design, both of which helped reduce the cost projections,” said Bergeson.

With its levy at $3.50 this year, the Scotland County R-I district has the lowest levy rate in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

Westran comes in second lowest at $3.75 but also has an assessed property valuation of nearly three times as much as the SCR-I district.

The rest of the conference school’s rate are as follows: Harrisburg –  $5.25, Marceline – $4.67, Salisbury – $4.47, Fayette – $4.25, Schuyler County – $4.20, Knox County – $3.83, and Paris – $3.78.

If approved the bond issue would raise the SCR-I tax levy to $3.66, still  lowest in the conference, and still below other area schools such as Canton ($3.72), Putnam County ($3.73), Kirksville ($4.20), Brashear ($4.22), Monroe City ($4.24) and Novinger ($4.26).

Ashcroft Awards Technology Grant to Scotland Public Library

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Scotland Public Library received a Technology Mini Grant in the amount of $2,664. The grant will be used to upgrade its technology infrastructure to better meet patron needs and demands by replacing four public access computers, two circulation computers, a network printer, seven monitors, and seven keyboard and mice kits.

“One of the best ways we can unlock and unleash the potential of Missourians is to teach them how to think critically and how to learn,” Ashcroft said. “Unlike any other taxpayer-funded facilities or programs, libraries offer that opportunity. Libraries are a place of learning, technology and knowledge. The technology mini grants are so vital in this regard. Relatively small federal grants can make a huge difference to Missouri libraries.”

The secretary of state’s Technology Mini Grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

In the 2017 Fiscal Year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 89 grant applications, distributing $718,229 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

Health Department Forming Community Group to Address Drug, Alcohol Abuse

Representatives from the city, county, school, health care and ministerial fields joined together recently with the Scotland County Health Department to discuss alcohol and drug abuse issues impacting the community.

Drug and alcohol abuse are health problems that plague communities across America. The Scotland County Health Department recently began asking people to discuss ways to reduce these problems in the community.  For the past three months Preferred Family Healthcare’s Prevention Department has been working with the Health Department to create a community group and asking Scotland County residents about their opinions on this issue.

“The citizens in attendance have seen the benefits of creating a community group,” said organizer Jennifer Houser, certified health education specialist and president of Thrive Health Education Services.

Houser said the good news is that grants and other funds are available to community group looking to fight drug and alcohol abuse. For example, the Missouri Department of Mental Health offers aid to groups like this.

“It makes it easy for the community to decide what they think is needed and to actually get it done,” said Houser.

The group invites all people in Scotland County who are interested in making a difference and having their voices heard to come to the next meeting, April 6th at noon at the Scotland County Health Dept.

If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas or concerns please contact community member Pastor Dan Hite at 660-216-6364, or the Scotland County Health Department at 660-465-7275.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, March 30 – Chicken Enchiladas, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Cookies

Friday, March 31 –Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Pudding/Fruit

Monday, April 3 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, April 4 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, April 5 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, April 6 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, March 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wed. April 5 – Red Hat’s will join us for lunch.

Thursday, April 6 –  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Triplett’s to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lonnie Dee Triplett, son of Gerildive and Marguerite (Riddington) Triplett, and Reva Darlene Kraus, daughter of Richard and Cleta Mae (Dochterman) Kraus, were united in marriage on Sunday, April 2, 1967, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, from the Arbela United Methodist Church, with the Reverent Barbara Barnett officiating.  They are parents of two sons, Daryn Lee Triplett and Brandyn Dee Triplett.  They enjoy their three grandsons, Aden Lane, Zyan Riley and Nate Calian Triplett.  Lonnie and Reva will be quietly celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family.  They would enjoy receiving cards in honor of this special occasion at 426 West Elm, Memphis, MO 63555, or notes directed to their e-mail address lontrip@nemr.net.

PTO to Host Elementary School Spring Carnival April 7th

Mark your calendars now for SCR-I PTO’s first annual Elementary Spring Carnival.  The Parent-Teacher Organization is working hard to organize and bring back an old favorite.  Proceeds from the event will be utilized to purchase technology upgrades for the classrooms and other classroom need requests.

The Carnival is being held at SCR-1’s Elementary School from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th.  The evening will include games for all ages (ring toss, bean bag toss, cake walk, duck pond, and angry birds) with prizes for everyone and face painting.  Presale tickets are $5.00 for 15 game plays and tickets at the event are $5.00 for 10 game plays.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elementary School office and Scotland County Pharmacy.

There will also be a concession stand with nacho pies, walking tacos, maid-rites, and much more!

PTO is a national organization whose mission is to help local parent groups become leaders and take responsibility in the school life experiences of their children.  Local PTO organizations are comprised of parents, teachers and staff and are intended to facilitate parental participation in the school system.

Locally, the purpose of SCR-I PTO is to: support the education of the children at Scotland County R-I Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers.  The Parent Teacher Organization identifies school needs and supports those needs through fund raising activities and membership participation.

Any parent, guardian, or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student enrolled at Scotland County R-1 Elementary School and staff member wishing to promote the goals for SCR-1 and subscribe to the PTO bylaws may be a member and have voting rights.

Some of the things PTO has helped with at SCR-I are Teacher Appreciation Week, the purchase of iPads for elementary classrooms, Doc Cams, snacks during MAP testing, the purchase of playground supplies, games for classrooms, classroom supplies, and much more!

SCR-I PTO meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art room.  The next meeting will be May 9th, 2017.

Lady Tigers Well Represented in NEMO Media All District Basketball Honors

Calesse Bair

The historic hoops season by the Scotland County Lady Tigers did not go unnoticed by the sportswriters and broadcasters that cover northeast Missouri sports. Scotland County landed three players on the group’s annual all district first team and also took home Coach of the Year honors.

Cory Shultz was named the girls’ Class 2 Coach of the Year for the northeast Missouri region after leading his Lady Tigers to a 28-2 mark, including the first ever Final Four appearance in the program’s history. Shultz improved his career mark to 56-4 in his two years at the helm while bringing home from Mizzou Arena the Missouri Class 2 3rd place trophy.

Calesse Bair, Chelsea Wood and Abi Feeney were all named first-team all district by the media group that represents schools from across the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Class 2 districts 6 and 7 that encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Bair topped the region with a 17.7 points per game scoring average and also was the leader with more than four steals per contest. Wood led the region with a 66% field goal percentage, making two of every three shots she attempted en route to a 14.2 scoring average. She also was among the region’s leaders in rebounding, grabbing on average eight boards a game.

Chelsea Wood

Feeney earned the nod as the top point guard after leading the region with 5.2 assists per game. She also averaged 10.1 points per contest and contributed 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game.

Rounding out the first team all district squad were Ashtyn Lagaman of Clopton and Laken Hugenberg of Canton. Lagaman averaged 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest while Hugenberg was second only to Bair with a 17.5 scoring average to go with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Hugenberg is a junior while all four of her fellow first teamers were seniors.

Abi Feeney

Named to the all district second team were: Elaine Ewigman, Marceline, Sr.; Madison McCabe, Knox County, Sr.; Kaitlyn Kuntz, Clopton, So.; Allison Moore, Paris, So.; and Summer Small, Schuyler County, Sr.

Named to the Class 2 Boys 1st Team were: Derek Richards, Louisiana, So.; Makenzie Fessler, Marceline, Sr.; Calvin Heidenwith, Putnam County, Sr., Noah Talton, Knox County, Sr.; and Lance Logsdon, Canton, Sr.

2nd Team All District honorees included: Alec Patterson, South Shelby, Jr.; Koy Smith, Canton, Jr.; Stephen Tolbert, Clopton, Sr.; Lathyn McMorris, Van-Far, Jr.; and Hayden Miller, Knox County, Jr..

The Class 2 boys Coach of the Year was Clopton’s Craig Smith.

Coach of the Year Cory Shultz.

 

City of Memphis Spring Softball League Starts This Week

The annual City of Memphis spring softball league will kick off play this week with high school teams from Iowa and Missouri competing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Memphis over the next two months.

Weather permitting, the first pitch on the 2017 league play will be tossed on Wednesday night, March 29th. The Scotland County team will host Bloomfield, IA at the Scotland County R-I softball field while Keokuk, IA will take on the Clark County Rage at Johnson Park. Both games are set to start at 6:30 p.m.

The following week, Keokuk and Scotland County will do battle at Johnson Park on Wednesday, April 5th. The following evening, the Clark County Rage will take on Bloomfield at Johnson Park.

Both parks will host games every Wednesday night from April 12 – May 3rd. All game times are 6:30 p.m. Scotland County will play at the SCR-I field each week.

For more information contact Michelle at Memphis City Hall 465-7285 or Allen Garrett at 341-0714.

SCR-I Rallies to Down #2 State-Ranked Canton 8-4

Will Fromm was 2-3 with three runs scored to help Scotland County down #2 state ranked Canton 8-4 on March 21st in Memphis.

It’s just the first week of the season, but Scotland County may have already played its most memorable game of the year after pulling off an 8-4 victory versus Canton on Tuesday night.

The game pitted two pre-season top 10 squads and was a rematch of last year’s heart-breaking district championship contest that saw SCR-I fall 2-1 to Canton, who went on to finish second in the state.

That likely generated enough excitement in itself, but then the game featured some superb pitching, a power display, and three lead changes. But all of that may have been overshadowed by the tension on the field where a pair of hit batsmen and a couple of controversial calls had the pressure level sky high.

In the end, Scotland County was able to prevail behind a near flawless season debut by hurler Aaron Buford.

The one major hiccup cost the Tigers the lead in the fourth when Canton third baseman Lance Logsdon blasted a three-run homer to put the visiting team on top 4-3. But Buford recovered, and didn’t surrender another run en route to a complete game victory.

Scotland County put the pressure on early to the #2 ranked team in the state.

Back-to-back singles by Justin McKee and Aaron Blessing had starter Coy Smith in trouble in the second before he was able to escape the jam. Smith was not as fortunate in the bottom of the third. Buford walked to start the inning. Singles by Will Fromm and Grant Campbell loaded the bases for McKee, who delivered a two-run single. An RBI groundout by Lane Pence plated Campbell to put SCR-I on top 3-0.

Canton got a run back in the top of the fourth inning, but the damage could have been worse. A walk and an error opened the door for a double by Lavion Wilson that appeared to score both runners. Scotland County appealed that the second runner failed to touch third base and he was called out, ending the frame with SCR-I still on top 3-1.

That changed in the top of the fifth when Logsdon connected with two runners on base. His homer put Canton ahead 4-3.

Scotland County pulled even in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fromm singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and a passed ball. After McKee walked, Pence hit a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4-4.

The wheels came off for Canton in the sixth inning when back-to-back errors allowed four runs to score. Blessing started the rally with a base hit. A two-out error allowed Buford to reach. A walk to Fromm loaded the bases for Campbell, who popped one up near the second base bag. The ball was dropped, with Canton arguing that the fielder was interfered with by the SCR-I runner on the bag. In the meantime a pair of runs crossed the plate. SCR-I plated two more runs when McKee reached on an error, extending the lead to 8-4.

That was all the cushion Buford would need. He retired Canton in order in the sixth inning and then worked around a leadoff single in the seventh to notch the victory. The senior threw 105 pitches in recording the complete game. He allowed four runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking two and striking out eight.

Smith took the loss for Canton, getting tagged for eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

McKee was the hitting star, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Fromm and Blessing also recorded two hits apiece.

Scotland County improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.

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