May 24, 2007

SCR-I Students Honored, Rewarded For Scholastic Excellence at 2006-07 Awards Banquet

As the 2006-07 school year comes to a close, faculty, students and their families gathered at the Scotland County R-I High School on May 14th to honor the numerous academic achievements observed during the year.

Instructor Sandra Eccles recognized a number of SCR-I art students.

Beau Becraft, Deidra Dochterman, Casey Parrish, Taylor Orton, Kylee Sears, Aaron Shaffer and Grace Sumption all displayed artwork at the Moberly Community College art contest. Becraft received honorable mention for his piece.

The students received a number of top honors at the Kahoka Tri-State Competition held March 14. Nathan Purvis took 1st in painting. Becraft had the top sculpture. Casey Parrish earned 1st place in pastels and Kylee Sears had the best of show in the charcoal media.

Top performers at the SCR-I Art Show were Kaylan Winn (crafts); Parrish (sculpture), Trey Crow (ceramics), Vince Trucksuess (painting), Courtney Small (mixed media), Beau Becraft (drawing), Ashely Westhoff (fundamental painting) and Jeanie Forquer (fundamental drawing).

The music awards were presented by Jamie Hicks.

The trio of Kirsten Williams, Lacey Jack and Megan Westhoff earned a II rating at the state vocal contests as did the sextet of Westhoff, Andrea Shelley, McKinsay Cooley, Williams, Jack and Jessica Baker.

The Directors Award- went to Westhoff.

SCR-I was represented at the state band contest by Ausha Crow (II), Loren Billington- (II), Loren Billington (piano I I, Ryan Auld (II) and the percussion trio of Scott Johnson, Brett Thomas, and Billington (II).

Billington earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award; the Frederick Chopin Piano Award and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.

The Directors Award for Band went to Ausha Crow

The business department awards were presented by Carol McCabe.

A number of students competed at the FBLA District III Contest at MACC on March 6th.

Dylan Gelbach finished 1st in Introduction To Business and 3rd in Economics. Hannah Kiddoo was 1st in Impromptu Speaking. Ben Wiley finished 2nd in Technology Concepts and 2nd in Networking Concepts. Loren Billington earned 3rd in Technology Concepts.

The students also performed well at the Northeast Missouri Education District Contest held at Hannibal-LaGrange College on March 29.

Deidre Blaine, Becca Tague and Amanda Heck made up the 1st place team in Office Procedures.

Cheyenne Ward earned 1st place in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The team of Rosie Parks, Chaesi Renick, and Taylor Seppelt finished second in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The Spanish awards were presented by Mrs. Ivonne Wiegand.

Brett Courtright, Kolby Peterson, Calla Davis, Kelly Lister, Kelsey Frazier, and Hannah Small were honored in Spanish I.

Spanish II awards went to Deidra Dochterman, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Jeff Kice, Grace Sumption and Melissa Cotton while Hannah Kiddoo and Shannon Tobler were tops in the Spanish III class.

The math awards were presented by Matt Reel.

Hannah Small was honored in Algebra II. Formal Geometry awards went to Jeff Kice and Christina Duzan while Advanced Algebra awards were given to Shyanne Barton and Kelly Lister.

Brad and Jennifer Cerbin presented the English department awards.

McKinsay Cooley, Spencer Keller, Kelly Lister, Hannah Small, Ti Waibel and Ashley Westhoff were recognized in English I.

English II honors went to Melissa Cotton, Christina Duzan, Kaitlin Caldwell, and Shyanne Barton.

Ben Wiley, Megan Westhoff, Brett Courtright, and Lacey Jack were recognized in the English III class.

English IV awards were given to Patrick Mutchler, Karra Small and Matt Wickert.

The College English course top awards went to Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, and Julie Triplett.

The publications class honored Beau Becraft, Hannah Kiddoo and Julie Triplett.

Science department awards were handed out by Sharon Veatch.

They went to Trisha Harvey, Jeff Kice, Loren Billington, Christina Duzan, Tyler Henstorf and Brett Courtright for Chemistry I.

Chemistry II honors were given to Grace Sumption and Julie Cotton while the Zoology class recognized Julie Triplett and Matt Wickert.

The social science awards were given by Gary Hunziker, Marc Colvin and Barbara Campbell.

Hannah Small, Spencer Keller, McKinsay Cooley, and Kelly Lister were recognized in American History class.

The Contemporary Issues/Civil War/20th Century History top student was Patrick Mutchler.

Geography awards went to Kelsey Frazier, Shyanne Barton, Christina Duzan, and Kylee Sears.

Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Melissa Cotton, and Shyanne Barton were tops in Government class.

World History awards were handed out to Rebecca Tague, Brett Courtright, Ben Wiley and Megan Westhoff.

The Psychology class award went to Loren Billington while the Sociology class honors went to Lance Smith.

The following special awards were presented during the banquet:

Freshman Citizenship- McKinsay Cooley & Drew Giberson

Missouri Scholars Academy - Dylan Gelbach

Danforth I Dare You Awards - Melissa Cotton & Dylan Gelbach

Scotland County R-I Student Council Awards- Pres.- Hannah Kiddoo; Sr. Reps- Julie Cotton & Matt Wickert; VP- PeJaye Brown; Jr. Reps- Lacey Jack & Brett Courtright; Sec./Tres.- Ben Wiley; Sophomore Reps- Tara Matlock & Dylan Gelbach; Freshman Reps- McKinsay Cooley

MSHSAA Award Of Excellence- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

WENDYS High School Heisman Awards- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Campus Bowl Awards- Julie Triplett, Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, Ben Wiley, Jeff Kice, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Tyler Troutman

Perfect Attendance Certificates - Amanda Bogatzke, Logan Payne, Jimmie Lamb, Hannah Small, Kasey Dial


T.A.T.U- Trisha Harvey, Hannah Kiddoo, Ciera Turner, Kolby Peterson, Beau Becraft, PeJaye Brown


Scholastic Excellence- Grace Sumption & Loren Billington

Semper Fidelis Award- Ausha Crow & Loren Billington

Distinguished Athlete Award- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award - Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Missouri Bright Flight Scholarships- Grace Sumption

Missouri Scholars 100- Grace Sumption

Gillette Economics For Leaders Program- Hannah Kiddoo

TRI-RIVERS CONFERENCE ACADEMIC AWARDS- Lance Smith 3.68 GPA/ACT 27 and Julie Triplett 3.93 GPA/29 ACT

College Prep Certificates- Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Kelsey Caldwell, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Matt Wickert, Amanda Parks, Hannah Kiddoo, Lauren Grogan, Ausha Crow, Julie Cotton, Lance Smith, Andy Cowell, Patrick Mutchler, Beau Becraft, Michael Keller, Kyle Hoskinson, Aaron Shaffer

Presidential Education Certificate (3.5 GPA OR Higher and 85% or higher in mathematics and/or reading sections of the ACT) Loren Billington (reading), Hannah Kiddoo (reading), Grace Sumption (reading & math), Matt Wickert (math), Julie Triplett (reading)

George Washington Carver Awards (Top 10% of Senior Class)

Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Kelsey Caldwell

Scotland County CTA Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

Senior Activities- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Senior Leadership- Hannah Kiddoo & Loren Billington

Scotland County Firemens Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

A number of scholarship awards were also announced during the special ceremony.

4-H Council Scholarship $150 Andy Cowell

Missouri Sheriffs Association Scholarship $1,000- Lauren Grogan

Missouri School Board Association $250- PeJaye Brown

Memphis Funeral Home $250- Trisha Harvey

Beta Sigma Phi- Epsilon Iota (3) $300 ea.- Kelsey Caldwell, Lauren Grogan, Hannah Kiddoo, Loren Billington, Matt Wickert

Beta Sigma Phi- Xi Theta Tau (5) $300 ea.- Trisha Harvey, Zach McBee, Laura Aylward

Community Bank Of Memphis $250 ea.- Beau Becraft & Julie Triplett

Gorin Alumni Scholarship $300- Brandon Dale

Jason Rockhold Memorial Scholarship $500- Marcus Shalley

J.P. & Mary Childers Environmental Scholarship $600 ea.- Andy Cowell & Zach McBee

Leo & Arlean Paul Memorial Scholarship- Kelsey Caldwell

MFA Foundation Scholarship $2,000- Lauren Grogan

Patricia Hudnall Memorial Scholarship $1,500- Hannah Kiddoo

P.E.O. $300 - Ciera Turner

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bttlng. Co. Schlrshp. $250 ea.- Grace Sumption & Julie Cotton

Ruth & Jess Slavin Memorial Scholarship $1,000- Loren Billington

Scotland County Rotary Scholarships $500- Zach McBee, Julie Triplett, Hannah Kiddoo, Karra Small, Andy Cowell.

Tucker-Bourn Memorial Scholarship (based on interest)- Ausha Crow

Michael Wagner Memorial Scholarship- Andy Cowell

Pheasants Forever Scholarship $500- Zach McBee

NWTF Duane Courtright Memorial Scholarship $100- Zach McBee

NWTF $250- Andy Cowell

Heather Fogle Memorial Scholarship $250 ea.- Hannah Kiddoo & Matt Wickert

Ted Riney Memorial Golf Scholarship $200- Marcus Shalley

Scotland County R-I H.S. Faculty & Staff Education Fund $500 Lance Smith

Wymon Lemmon Memorial(Purchase Of Books, 4 Year renewable) Julie Triplett

Upward Bound Certificates & Scholarship-Julie Cotton $2,600

Central Methodist University- Hannah Kiddoo (Trustees & Cheerleading Scholarship)

Central Missouri State University-

Julie Cotton University Scholarship $2,000

Andy Cowell, Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,500

Grace Sumption Board Of Governors Scholarship $4,000

Missouri Western State University-

Lauren Grogan regents Scholarship $1,500 & Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Hannah Kiddoo Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Northwest Missouri State University- Bryce Blomme Freshman Merit Scholarship

Aaron Shaffer Freshman Merit Scholarship $500

Ausha Crow Tower Scholarship $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo Tower Scholarship $1,000

Kolby Peterson Freshman Merit $500

Truman State University

Loren Billington- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,500, Alumni Sch. $500,

Julie Cotton- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,000 & Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo- Pres. Leadership Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability $1,500

Julie Triplett- Pres. Honorary Sch. $2,000, Pres. Combined Sch. $2,000

University Of Missouri- KC

Lauren Grogan- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Amanda Parks- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Culver-Stockton College

Beau Becraft- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Patrick Parsons- Fine Arts Scholarship $1,750.

Karra Small- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Lance Smith- Presidents Scholarship $8,500.

Marcus Shalley- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

IOWA STATE- Kelsey Caldwell, Academic Recognition Award $4,500.

Quincy University John McCarthy- Academic Scholarship.

Drury University Julie Cotton- Academic Honors Scholarship.

Coe College Matt Wickert- Deans Scholarship $9,000.

Wartburg College Matt Wickert- Academic Scholarship $10,000 (Renewable).

St. Ambrose University MattWickert- Academic Scholarship $8,000/Athletic $2,000.

Avila Unversity Matt Wickert- Achievement Award $6,000/Deans Sch. $1,000/Midwest Region Award $1,000/Residents Grant $1,000.

Rockhurst University Matt Wickert- Rockhurst Grant $10,000.

Baring Man Charged With Attempted Enticement of a Child

A Baring man is facing a felony charge of attempted enticement of a child following his arrest by the Memphis Police Department on July 18th.

David D. Couch, 21, is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond. He was taken into custody on July 20th following an investigation into his contact with a 13-year-old juvenile.

According to court documents, Couch allegedly was having communications of a sexual nature with a female via cell phone and was aware of the juvenile’s age. The illegal contact reportedly was performed on a cell phone that was owned by Couch’s girl friend, who after repossessing the phone from him, discovered the evidence and turned it over to the police department.

Couch was arraigned on July 21st in the Scotland County Court where he was advised of the charges and had a preliminary court date assigned for August 8th.


I, Kathy Becraft, Collector of Revenue of Scotland County, Missouri, hereby give notice as provided in Chapter 140 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri (RSMo) that 1 shall offer for sale, tax certificates, during a public auction on the following lots and lands, in Scotland County, to discharge the lien for the delinquent and unpaid taxes, interest, and charges due thereon to the State of Missouri, County of Scotland, and City (if applicable). The tax certificate sale will be held at the West door of the Scotland County Courthouse in Memphis, Missouri, on the 4th (Fourth) Monday, the 28th day of August, 2017, with bidder registration beginning at 8:30 A.M., commencing with opening sale comments at 10:00 A.M. and continuing from day to day thereafter until all parcels eligible for sale are offered The lands and lots located in Scotland County, Missouri, are described by number, block, addition, and description with the amounts shown as due for each year and represent the total amount of taxes, penalties, interest and costs which are delinquent and unpaid and would be due thereon at time of sale, are to be offered for sale, each separated, under the descriptions as follows:

1st Sale: BLAKE, JESSICA L.,

2-10-03.2-06-03.1-06-04.001; Section 6, Township 65, Range 11; Lot 11 , Block 9, Sigler’s Addition; Taxes for 2015: $38.26; 2016: $33.79; Adv. Cost: $27.32; Total $99.37.

1st Sale: BLAKE, JESSICA L.,

2-10-03.2-06-03.1-06-05.000; Section 6, Township 65, Range 11; Lot 9 and 10, Block 9, Sigler’s Addition; Taxes for 2015: $819.09; 2016: $725.52; Adv. Cost: $28.34; Total $1,572.95.


2-16-04.0-17-01.0-04-10.000; Section 17, Township 64, Range 10; Part West 1/2 Southeast Northeast; Taxes for 2013: $26.61; 2014: $23.71; 2015: $18.09; 2016: $16.01; Adv. Cost: $59.86; Total $144.28.


2-16-04.0-17-01.0-04-11.000; Section 17, Township 64, Range 10; Lots I thru 4, less RR/RW, Gorin, RM1, Taxes for 2011: $642.91; 2012: $565.92; 2013: $511.01; 2014: $456.82; 2015: $349.70; 2016: $311.06; Adv. Cost: $130.34; Total $2,967.76.

1st Sale: DARLAND, DALE L JR.;

2-16-05.0-16-02.0-05-01.000; Section 16, Township 64, Range 10; Lot 6, Block 1, South Gorin, Missouri. Taxes for 2015: $111.64; 2016: $99.20; Adv Cost $28.35; Total $239.19.

1st Sale: DARLAND, DALE L JR.;

2-16-05 .0-16-02.0-05-02 .000; Section 16, Township 64, Range 10; Lot 5, Block 1, South Gorin, Missouri ; Taxes for 2015: $54.54; 2016: 48.42; Adv. Cost, $28.35; Total $131.31.


2-16-02.0-09-03.0-11-04.000, Section 9, Township 64, Range 10; All of Lots Sixteen (16), Seventeen (17) and Eighteen (18) in Block 5 of Miller’s 2nd Addition to Gorin, Missouri; Taxes for 2014: $19.85; 2015: $15.18; 2016: $13.39; Adv. Cost: $78.21; Total $126.63.


2-16-05.0-16-02.0-01-15.000, Section 16, Township 64, Range 10; Lots 1 (1), Two (2), Three (3), Four (4), Five (5) and Six (6) in Block Four (4) in South Gorin, Missouri; Taxes for 2014: $404.15; 2015: $309.37; 2016: $275.18; Adv. Cost: $79.23; Total $1 ,067.93 .

1st Sale: MILLER, TERESA R.,

2-16-04.0-17-01.0-04-14.000; Section 17, Township 64, Range 10; Lots 5, 6, 7, & 8 in Block Seven of Walter’s Addition to the Town of Octavia, now South Gorin.; Taxes for 2015: $67.30; Adv. Cost: $33.45; Total $ 100.75.

1st Sale: SCOTT, LEAH D.,

2-09.0-01 .0-02-03 .0-07-03.000; Section 2, Township 65, Range 10; Lots 9 & 10 in Block Three of Thomson’s Addition to Granger; Taxes for 2015: $297.74; Taxes for 2016: $263.65 ; Adv. Cost: $31.41; Total : $592.80.


2-10-04.2-18-00.0-00-03 .000, Section 18, Township 65, Range 11; The North half of the North Half of Lot 1 of the Northwest Quarter of Section 18, Township 65, Range 11, Scotland County, Missouri, except a tract described as beginning at a point on the South line of the North half of the North half of Lot 1 of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 18, where the West right of way line of Supplemental State Highway Route #MM intersects said South line; thence West 180 feet; thence North 30 feet; thence East to the West right of way line of said Supplemental route #MM; thence in a Southerly direction along said West right of way line a distance of 30 feet, more or less, to place of beginning; Taxes for 2015: $1,404.06; 2016: $1,246.50; Adv Cost, $87.00; Total $2,737.56.

1st Sale: WENTZ, JOHN K. JR.,

2-16-03.0-08-04.0-01-09.000, Section 08, Township 64, Range 10; All of a certain tract of land as follows: Commencing at the Southeast comer of Section 8, Township 64, Range 10 West, thence due North to a point on the North line of Arcade Street in Weber’s Additions to South Gorin, Missouri, thence West along said line 164 and 5/6 feet for a place of beginning, thence North 120 feet, thence West 50 feet, thence South 120 feet, thence East 50 feet to the place of beginning. Also commencing at the Southeast comer of Section 8, Township 64, Range 10 West, thence due North to a point on the North line of Arcade Street in Weber’s Addition to South Gorin, thence West along said line 164 and 5/6 feet, thence North 120 feet for a place of beginning, thence West 50 feet, thence North 30 feet, thence East 50 feet, thence South 30 feet to the place of beginning, together with sewer and cesspool rights over the land lying immediately East of said above described lands and previously belonging to Arthur Wiley. Also, all of a tract of land described as commencing at the Southeast comer of Section 8, Township 64, Range 10, thence North to a point on the North line of Arcade Street of Weber’s Addition to the City of South Gorin, Missouri, thence North 150 feet, thence West 165 feet for a place of beginning, thence North 20 feet thence West 50 feet, thence South 20 feet, thence East 50 feet to place of beginning, containing all of a Plot of ground 50 feet by 20 feet, all located in Scotland County, Missouri. Taxes for 2015: $316.25; 2016: 281.30; Adv Cost: $160.44; Total $757.99.


I, Kathy Becraft, Collector of Revenue of Scotland County, Missouri, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct list of the lands or lots to be offered for sale as above set forth, to be printed and published in the Memphis Democrat newspaper in Scotland County, Missouri.

Dated this 20th day of July, 2017.

Kathy Becraft

Collector of Revenue of Scotland County, Missouri

Insert dates: July 27, August 3, and August 10, 2017.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; County Clerk, Batina Dodge; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes from July 12, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

County Clerk, Batina Dodge left at 9:30 a.m. for a meeting in Jefferson City.

Commissioners received a phone call from David Hoover regarding CR #701 and 752.

Seeing no further business, Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from July 13, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

The Commission opened propane bids at 10:00 a.m. with Ed Elder and Marta Aschilman for MFA in attendance. The bids were as follows:         MFA -$0.939; Prairieland FS -$1.049; Ferrellgas – $0.929

Commissioner Wiggins moved to accept the low bid from Ferrellgas.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to enter executive session at 9:52 a.m. pursuant to RSMo §610.021(1).  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to exit executive session at 11:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins, and carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The 1830s brought a time of religious conflict to Missouri when western counties swelled with Mormon migration. In 1831, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, received a revelation from God identifying Jackson County as the location of Christ’s return. In obedience to God’s word the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (as the church later came to be known) set about  forming a communitarian settlement they named “Far West”. Mormon clannishness and rapidly rising numbers, however, frightened non –members who believed they would soon be pushed off their land. Eventually, the “old settlers”, as they called themselves, attacked and drove “the saints” into Clay County, where the local citizens received them sympathetically for what they believed would be a temporary stay. When they became aware that a permanent Mormon community seemed likely, the troubles began again. Clay County officials requested the removal of  the Mormons in 1836. In response the state legislature created Daviess and Caldwell counties, with the understanding by many that the  members would settle in Caldwell County. The Mormons settlers, however. felt no such obligation and soon spread to Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Chariton and Livingston counties. Distrust, fear, and soon fiery rhetoric on both sides again emerged. Eventually, open warfare, including rails and individual acts of violence, broke out between the Mormons and non-Mormon neighbors. Governor Lilburn Boggs called on the militia to settle the problem. He also issued Executive Order No. 44, of doubtful legality, it declared, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the  State if necessary, for    public peace.”….Under duress, the Mormons signed away their Missouri land and organized a move to Illinois.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

August 1st Blood Drive Asking Donors to ‘Knock it Outta the Park’

The American Red Cross Memphis Blood Drive will take place Tuesday, August 1st at the First Baptist Church in Memphis.  The blood drive is from 12:30-6:00 p.m. and all presenting donors will receive a commemorative St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoid caffeinated beverages, and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.”

Donating blood is easy…simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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Petition Calls for Highway 15 Improvements North of Memphis

A rash of recent traffic accidents on Highway 15 north of town has led a local veterinarian to start a petition drive to drive to get improvements on the road.

Larry Wiggins, DMV, recently started a local petition drive and already has more than 200 signatures on the paperwork that is calling on the Missouri Department of Transportation to address the concerns.

“Too many of my friends have been hurt or killed in accidents on that road,” said Wiggins. “It is time to try to do something about it.”

Doc started the petition last week after hearing other area residents share their frustrations about the road, its current condition and the lack of improvements being made by the state.

“I’ve talked with lots of folks who have called MoDOT or other government officials and felt like they haven’t got anywhere,” he said. “It left us feeling like one person alone really cannot get anything accomplished. That’s what led to this petition drive. Hopefully a whole lot of voices coming together will make sure our concerns are heard.”

Wiggins highlighted the narrow bridges on Highway 15, the general lack of shoulders as well as the declining road surface itself.

“I had a customer in from Iowa last week who had brought her dog down for care,” he said. “Her car was side swiped on that narrow bridge just north of town.”

That is just one of the signatures on the petition. Countless others have followed suit, with a number of serious accidents recently on the road, including one fatality.

“The road edges are in horrible shape, and there is a six to eight inch drop off in most places along the shoulder,” said Wiggins. “When people’s vehicles drop off that, that leads to over correcting when they come back on to the road and we’re seeing lots of accidents because of it.”

Wiggins said he hopes to get at least 1,000 signatures before he and several other concerned citizens plan to travel to the Hannibal regional office of MoDOT to deliver it personally.

“If that doesn’t get their attention, then we’ll head right on down to Jefferson City and deliver it there until we can get something done,” he said.

Anyone interested in signing the petition can stop by the Scotland County Veterinary Clinic in Memphis or catch Dr. Wiggins in person.

Memorial Services Thursday for David Hayes

FAIRFIELD, IOWA – Memorial services for James David Hayes, 53, of Fairfield will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 20th at the Barker Cemetery.   Officiating the service will be Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church.

James David Hayes died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Fairfield.

Memorials are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

He is the son of David and Bonnie Hayes of Memphis.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Hayes’ family by signing the online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

State Regent Visits Local DAR Chapters

Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR Regent, was honored by her area DAR Chapters during her annual June visit to all Missouri DAR Chapters.

Schuyler County Chapter, MSSDAR, with Clark County Chapter and Jauflione Chapter as co-host, feted Regent Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR, with an afternoon social, June 16, 2017.

Following opening ritual, Regent Bowman presented an interesting program featuring the role of Missouri DAR Chapters during WW1.  Regent Bowman had a slide presentation featuring numerous pictures of these activities. An especially interesting item was a picture of a 1916 ambulance purchased by Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution.

Regent Bowman also told the group of her enthusiasm for the WW1 museum in Kansas City.  She urged everyone to visit this WW1 memorial.

All Missouri Chapters are honoring the 100th anniversary of WW1.

Light refreshments were served by Schuyler County DAR, the host Chapter, along with Clark County and Jauflione Chapters. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

City of Downing Addresses Property Concerns

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Bill Anderson, Ray Bange, Gene Bruner, and Hannah Poe; City Clerk, Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water Operator, Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, water/waste water report, deposits & disbursements and account balances were given to those present

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from the presiding meeting was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Visitors: Joe Webker, Schuyler County Sheriff came to talk to us about how we can get someone to patrol our town and help in the issuing of citations for the problems we are having with people not cleaning up their properties.  Ben Gray, Attorney: came to talk to us about how we can legally go about getting the unlivable properties taken care f. He will be doing more research on this and get back to us.

Water/ Waste Water: Nothing to report.

Street Maintenance: We got some more rock delivered, still more to come. Several ditches around town need to be dug out so water can flow better when it rains.

Cemetery: Sold 2 plots to Junior and Millie Elliott. Received $30.00 from Darrell Downing for a memorial for Fred Havens. Received a donation to the cemetery for $100.00 from Arthur Robinson.

Old or Unfinished Business: Carol talked to Cheryl Elliott about the PER report and things are moving forward. Larry has been working on painting the parking lines.

New Business: Nothing to report.

Positive Thoughts: Trying to keep stepping forward toward getting improvements made in the town.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

SCMA Back-to-School Fair Set for August 5th

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring the Back-to-School Supply Fair once again this year.  The purpose of the event is to encourage and bless families in Scotland County by providing the necessary school supplies needed by their student/students to have a successful start to the upcoming school year.

Pre-registration for the event is Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is located outside, under the overhang, at the SCR-1 Elementary School entrance.  Parents may pre-register their kids through Thursday, July 27, 2017 by contacting Marie Ebeling or through a local church.

A packing party to organize supplies is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Curtis and Marie Ebeling.

Distribution of the supplies will take place during Ignite Ministries’ Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Memphis Square.

If you are interested in helping with any of the above events, please contact Marie Ebeling at 465-2445 or 660-342-0917.

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