June 19, 2008

Lightning Blamed For Church Blaze

Friday the 13th proved very unlucky for a Scotland County landmark. According to the Gorin Fire Department, a lightning strike is believed to have sparked a blaze that destroyed the Harmony Grove Baptist Church in rural Scotland County.

The fire was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m. when a neighbor reported the blaze in its later stages. The structure was totally consumed by flames when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

The church, constructed in 1837, was a total loss. The facility was made famous as the home church of one of Scotland Countys most famous daughters, Ella Ewing.

Plans are already underway to rebuild the church, which serves the Gorin and Rutledge communities.

NOTICE OF FILING OF FINAL SETTLEMENT AND PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, MISSOURI PROBATE DIVISION

In the Estate of TOMMY RAY BILLINGS, Deceased. Estate Number 16SE-PR00022

NOTICE OF FILING OF FINAL SETTLEMENT AND PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION:

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF TOMMY RAY BILLINGS, Deceased:

You are hereby notified that the undersigned Personal Representative will file a Final Settlement and Petition for determination of the persons who are the successors in interest to the personal/real property of the decedent and of the extent and character of their interest therein and for distribution of such property, in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri, on February 24, 2017 or as may be continued by the Court, and that any objections or exceptions to such Final Settlement or Petition of any item thereof must be in writing and filed within twenty days after the filing of such Final Settlement.

KIMBERLY J. NICOLI, Attorney at Law, 133 South Main Street, Memphis, MO 63555. 660-465-7753, 660-465-7723 (fax), Attorney for Michele Duer, Personal Representative.

January 26, February 2, February 9, and February 16 Dates of Publication.

Dreary January

Dreary January weather. Hardly any sun all week. Have you started thinking about trees and shrubs that are bird friendly? Many species are attracted to thick, thorny shrubs for concealing nests; song sparrows, field sparrows, indigo bunting, red-winged blackbird, mourning dove. The above all like thick shrubs and small deciduous trees.

Smaller trees will attract rose-breasted grosbeak (beautiful), black capped chickadee, downing woodpecker, etc. The small conifers will attract many backyard birds such as:  northern Cardinal, pine Siskin, chipping sparrow, tufted titmouse, and American Robin.

I have a dense shrub right outside our back door and most years I have a chipping sparrow nest there.  Sassy little things during their nesting time. The bushes with thorns may be hard to trim but they are perfect for keeping predators away from the nests.  Native shrubs still hold the most appeal because they can offer a bonus of edible fruits.

One of the prettiest bushes, the burning bush, may be hazardous to our little feathered friends due to the fact that their branches are very sturdy, and can be climbed by predators and such. So beware of placing those near your birding area.  I have one in my birding area, and don’t have cats.

If you have extra trimmings from trees or shrubs, you can build small brush piles for the winter only for protection.  Start on the bottom with larger limbs or small logs, working your way up in criss-cross fashion to small sticks and twigs. This makes an excellent ground cover for small birds and quail.

A fallen log can become part of your landscape as well. It can either be the centerpiece of a plant cluster, or an accent piece off the side. Keep that in mind when you get saw happy. Throwing some sand out on the snow is also good for our birdies as well.

I hope you are having more birds than I am. They are making their way in the natural areas right now with no snow or ice cover.  Enjoy.

Until next time good watching.

Bit of history:  Ronald Reagan’s mother Nell was an active Disciple of Christ– always taking Ronnie to church, and his father was an Irish Catholic in Dixon, Illinois.  Neither of his parents went to high school. Reagan served as life guard on a recreational area in the Rock River and saved 77 people from drowning during his time as guard.

RICHARD FRANK HOLTON (6/24/1940) – 1/6/2017)

Richard was born June 24, 1940 in LaHarpe, Illinois and passed away January 6, 2017 in Cookeville, TN. He graduated from Memphis High School with the class of 1958. Richard earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from what is now Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and an MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in IL. He was employed with Morton Chemical Co. in the Chicago area for many years.

He was involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, United Way, the YMCA, Exchange Club, Kids on the Rise, and the Lake Tansi Property Owners Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; his brother Rodger (Mooreen) Holton, sister-in-law Shirley (Roland) Juhala, and his children: Edward (Jennifer) Holton, Elizabeth (Kevin) D’Cunha, Jon Hakansson, Cindy (Brent) Tartar, and Karin (Eric) Stein. Also surviving are grandchildren Grace and Rhys Holton, James and Josh Tarter, Dylan Hakansson, and Kendra D’Cunha along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents, Emmitt B. and Helen Mae Crane Holton preceded him in death.

Local Students Graduate From TSU

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Truman State University has released the names of students who graduated during winter commencement.

More than 300 students participated in the December 17 ceremony. Stephen Shapiro of Rutledge and Brian Scott Scheurer of Memphis were among the graduates. Sheurer graduated with Cum Laude honors.

Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average between 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average above 3.9.

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 20 consecutive years, and Washington Monthly recognized Truman as the No. 1 master’s university in the nation.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, opened its doors last week to the new Surgery Center which features the latest advanced technology in the operating suite and procedure room, and a comfortable family waiting room with coffee service and beverage vending.  “Our previous surgery suite had served us well for over 40 years, but new technology, new procedures and greater volumes meant we had outgrown the 1970 facility,” said Marcia Dial, CEO.

The new facility will make it easier for outpatients, because they will not have to enter the Hospital, but rather exit through a separate entrance and discharge exit area located on the north side of the Hospital.  The new building has very accessible curbside parking, adjacent to the entrance.

TEN YEARS AGO

Education brought Elisa Cardenas more than 2,700 miles from her home in Ecuador to Memphis, Missouri, and it is a continued education that fuels the young woman’s dream of maintaining that distance from home for just a few more years.

The student calls Riobamba home.  The city of 120,000 is located four hours south of the South American country’s capital of Quito.  Ecuador, the Spanish word for equator, is located on the Pacific Ocean and is bordered on the north by Columbia and on the south and east by Peru.

20 YEARS AGO

Going once, going twice, sold.  The Scotland County Livestock Auction that is, and Barb and Jerry Blomme of Aplington, IA are the new owners.

Since they purchased the livestock market from Danny Emel January 10th, the Iowa couple has already been through two regular Saturday sales at the auction as well as two other special sales with a special dairy sale scheduled for this week.

The Scotland County Livestock Auction has been a busy place the past two weeks as the Blommes have filled the calendar with a variety of livestock sales for both buyers and sellers.

30 YEARS AGO

Mike Drummond, was elected as Fire Chief of the Memphis Fire Department during their recent election of officers.

Drummond has been a firefighter with the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Department for nine years.  He has received hours of credit for two classes in Basic Firemanship; two classes in Hazard Chemicals; a class of Breathing Apparatus; Propane; and C.P.R.  Classes were under the direction of the University of Missouri; Department of Natural Resources; and Chemical Companies.

40 YEARS AGO

Scotland County R-1 Schools closed Thursday because of blowing snow and Friday because of furnace troubles.

A malfunction in the ignition of the furnace of the north school caused a puff which blew out the sides of the furnace and caused the shutdown.  Employees and plumbers worked throughout Friday and Friday evening and again through Saturday re-bricking and repairing the furnace which was put back in working order on Saturday.

School was not held on Monday when it was discovered that a frozen waterline had shut off the supply to the east school.  Work on the waterline continued through Sunday and Sunday evening and through the day on Monday.

50 YEARS AGO

On Monday afternoon, January 30, hours 2:00 to 4:00, the following Business Houses in Memphis will donate all money, received from coffee sales, to the National Foundation, March of Dimes: Keith’s Café, Dorothy’s Café, Gardine Drugs, Chuck Wagon, Memphis Lanes, and Hiway Café.

It has been through the generous giving of all people that the Salk vaccine for polio was discovered.  Now the March of Dimes is working on the causes, prevention and cures of Birth Defects.  Thru the work of this foundation, 62 Birth Defects Research Centers have been set up in the United States.  Three of these are located in Missouri, at Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

60 YEARS AGO

Noel Barker and Jim Morgan have leased the Mobil station on the northeast corner of the square known formerly as Don’s Mobil Station, and assumed operation of the station last Thursday.

In the near future Noel will move his radiator shop from its present location on Highway 136 to the rear of the building on the northeast corner of the square.  He will continue his radiator repair business in the new location as well as participate in the operation of the newly leased station.

Don Cochenour, former operator of the station, has taken a position with the Premier Towel and Linen Company of Quincy and has already begun work there.  He will move to Quincy in the near future.

70 YEARS AGO

According to Kermit Rose, treasurer of the fairgrounds funds, there had been raised this morning a total of $13,070.00 of the $15,000.00 which was to be raised for the purchase of the grounds, partial equipment, grading and other improvements desired.

Money is being turned in every day from all parts of the county, there being at this present time over 300 shareholders in the fair company.  The remaining $1,900 is expected to be raised within the next week or ten days.

Groups of men are working in all sections this week to raise the balance of the $15,000.00 if possible.

Filings Close With Just One Contested Race for April Ballot

Filing officially closed January 17th for a number of local offices to be decided in April, and do to a lack of contested races, the vast majority of governing boards will not even have elections in three months.

The lone local board to have an April ballot issue, other than the municipal elections, which are required to be on the ballot, even if they are only non-contested races, will be the Scotland County Health Department.

Three candidates filed for the positions on the health department board. Incumbents Connie Goodwin and Margaret Robeson filed for re-election. Robert Parrish also filed for the board.

The City of Memphis will have an election despite not featuring any competition for two city council posts. Incumbent Lucas Remley filed for reelection as East Ward Alderman. Andrea Brassfield filed for West Ward Alderman. The position had previously been held for one-year by Jobe Justice, who did not re-file.

The Scotland County R-I School District will not be electing board members, as just three candidates filed for the three openings. Incumbents George Koontz and Jamie Triplett filed for reelection. Former elementary school principal Rhonda McBee, filed for the board. She will fill the seat previously held by Sam Berkowitz, who resigned late last year.

The school district however will have a bond issue on the ballot on April 4th, asking for a $0.16 levy increase to fund an 8,400 sq. foot expansion connecting the high school and elementary school

Eugene Spray was the lone candidate to file for the Scotland County rural water board. meaning the issue will be a non-election. The same can be said for the Scotland County Hospital Board where Joe Doubet was the lone candidate to file. Doubet was previously appointed to complete the term of the late Charlie Boyer.

The Scotland County Care Center will not have an election, as only incumbents Jeannie Childress and Sally Ebeling filed for reelection. Incumbents Ron Tinkle and Don Harvey also re-upped for the Scotland County Ambulance Board’s two vacancies, meaning no election for that board either.

County voters will be asked to reapprove the half cent sales tax for county road and bridges. The tax sunsets every four years and must go before voters for re-approval.

Rural Roads

Dear Editor,

As we go in to 2017, a new administration, new Missouri elected officials, and the last terms for Craig Redmon, and Brian Munzlinger in their current offices, let us be reminded of some things that need attention here in rural Missouri.

First on my list is our rural roads.  Our blacktops or letter roads here in the Northeast quadrant take a hit from the larger trucks that farmers now almost all have, larger machinery, less patching material (I was told here in Scotland County, Missouri that our patching material was cut in half this past year). The use of our roads are not cut in half.

I also read a remark from our legislator that the funds for 2017 for our highways were going to be stagnant, meaning no more money up this way.  Our infrastructure is failing, people. We need money in the transportation fund to help our poor blacktops that are chipping away along the sides, making some of them dangerous, with no shoulder to begin with.

Every time I speak to my senator or representative, and that is quite often, the last words that I say to them, is rural roads. I know they get weary of my saying that.  Tough. Keep saying it. Write to them, email them, call them.  More importantly call MoDOT and give them your opinion. They have Facebook pages where you can message them, and they will get back to you. Try it.

I live on Route E in Scotland County, connecting Wyaconda, Missouri, with Route A in Scotland County, Missouri. I realize that it is not a major blacktop.  There are approximately 10 houses on that route, and many farms. Semis use this road to go from one farm to another. We have large hog operations near this road and it used by them frequently. Just because it is approximately eight miles long does not make it any less important.

I will keep fighting for our little Route E and all of our other rural roads in Northeast Missouri. You should do the same.

Sincerely,

Sandra K. Ebeling

Gragg Heading to California After Two Successful Seasons at Helm of SCR-I Football

Mikel Gragg, pictured here addressing the Tigers after a district-opening win over Knox County, announced this week he will be leaving the program to take the head coaching position at California, MO.

There is no place like home, so for Scotland County Coach Mikel Gragg, an opportunity to get much closer to his roots ended up being too good of an opportunity to pass up. After posting the first seven win season at Scotland County in nearly 20 years, Gragg announced this week that he will be leaving the school district to take the head coaching position at California, MO.

The trip from Memphis to his hometown of Nevada took him about six hours. The opportunity to trim the travel time down by more than half and to be able to visit family and friends more than just one or twice a year ended up sealing the deal for Gragg.

“This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Gragg. “I’m really excited about the opportunity and being closer to home, but at the same time I really enjoyed my time at Scotland County.”

The feeling was mutual. Gragg turned around a program that had gone 9-20 the previous three season, including 2-8 in 2014.

In his first season, Gragg’s Tigers finished 6-5 and lost a shootout versus Paris in the district semifinals. In 2016, SCR-I went 7-5 before losing in the district semifinals to South Shelby.

Despite graduating a number of key players, Gragg said the Tigers show a lot of promise, making his decision that much more difficult.

“Yes, we graduate some key players, but so does everyone else,” said Gragg. “We bring back (Will) Fromm who has experience at quarterback, as well as the bulk of the offensive and defensive lines, so there is a lot to work with there. I was fully expecting another winning season.”

The coach will be entering a rebuilding process once again as he heads to California, where the Pintos went 2-8 last year. The Class 2 school is a member of the Tri-County Conference.

Scotland County is hoping to send Gragg off in style, with another run in the state baseball playoffs. He will conclude his tenure at SCR-I with his second season at the helm of the Tigers.

“Yeah the kids are already talking about how they’d love to make me have to stay a little longer by making a run in the baseball playoffs,” said Gragg.

Good Soil to Grow In

Sharon and Aurelia on their way to Columbia, MO in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Photo by Lucas.

Good morning, dear readers!

Lucas here, and I’m going to be a bit selfish today, and share some personal news and perspective with you.

Technically, this IS news about Dancing Rabbit, but instead of focusing on village happenings as a whole, I find my thoughts can’t wander too far or wide these days, as my partner and I are GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!!

In July. Not, like… right now. Don’t freak out yet. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

My partner and I have been together for over two years, and I honestly could not imagine a better co-pilot on this ride. She’s incredibly smart, compassionate, confident, and beautiful; I have no doubt that, together, we will raise an intelligent, caring, strong child who will grow into a servant and leader of their peers (the best leaders seek to serve, not rule).

With Brooke’s amazing brain and heart, and my military/law enforcement background, it is my hope that our child will have the tools they need to break away from the crowd and popular opinion when it suits them, and to function as a critically-thinking, socially-engaged individual. We will teach them to think for themselves, to question what others might haphazardly accept as fact, and to always consider the impact of their actions. If humanity (including all you parents out there) is at all serious about creating peace, we will need a generation that abhors war, discrimination, and poverty; the most oppressive and terrible things we can unleash upon ourselves and others.

Whether it’s a boy or a girl (or however they choose to identify later in life), we will teach them the basic necessities that our education system does not (in addition to going to school, of course). They’ll know how to grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs; how to navigate without GPS; how to source and filter water; how to craft basic shelters; and how to limit their personal impact on both the environment and other people and cultures by recycling, repairing, and reusing as much as possible. They’ll know how to defend themselves as well, without the gaudy pride and trendiness that has become synonymous with guns and violence nowadays.

If it’s a girl, she will grow up knowing that she is an equal at home, school, and the workplace, and to never, EVER allow herself to be discounted or marginalized and to raise all kinds of heck if she sees it. Instead of finding a “husband” (in the sense I’ve typically seen the term used) who rules the household, we’ll encourage her to find a partner who accepts her words and opinions as equal in every measure. Brooke has a Master’s degree, and I often defer to her wisdom and guidance. We make decisions together, and, when we disagree, I never propose to win by default, or via sheer stubborn confidence. When she questions my opinion, I listen; when I question hers, she listens. Having a dingle-dangle makes me a subject matter expert in standing while peeing, and not much else. Pretending otherwise is a bit ridiculous.

If it’s a boy, we’ll also teach him that all people are equal, regardless of their race, religion, or gender, and that using any of those qualities to judge or ignore another person is the very fabric from which hatred, poverty, and war is sewn. We’ll teach him to place others before himself, and, when faced with a decision of either personal gain or selfless service, to choose the latter.

He’ll also be encouraged to find a true partner, not a “wife” (again, in the sense I’ve typically seen the term used. I’m not against marriage, just imbalance ingrained in the institution) looking to live submissively. He’ll be taught that fighting is only ok in the direct defense of others or himself (in that order), and to recognize when his emotions (or other people) may be pushing him from a defensive to an offensive or preemptive attitude; that insults and violence come from people who are very angry, afraid, or sad, and to not follow suit, as it leads to an evermore dark and isolated place.

To truly and completely accomplish all of this would be wonderful, but, knowing the world we live in, and my own lack of experience as a father, it’s likely not everything we try to teach them will initially stick. But, as they grow up to become adults themselves, it’s my hope that they’ll eventually look back and draw upon the examples and teachings of their youth. I figure if we can just give them good soil to grow in, we can trust them to do the rest.

Heck, in reality, none of us have much of a choice other than that, as this generation will eventually pass away, and they’ll be left holding our bag, full of its shortcomings, achievements, and long-term consequences. They’ll need to know how to handle all of it with compassion, humility, intelligence, and a strong sense of (global) community.

Our nation’s (and the world’s) direction is determined by what we teach our children. If we teach them to be angry, greedy, fearful, and/or violent, or we choose to continue glorifying those qualities, that is the direction we knowingly send our country and children toward. If we teach them to be compassionate, intelligent, generous, and selfless, we will be a stronger, much more sustainable civilization.

Lastly, I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a wonderful partner and community; from them I have learned how to be more patient and attentive to others, more clear and compassionate in my communication, and more hopeful for the future. Just as I began writing this article I had the opportunity to step out of the Milkweed Mercantile to congratulate and encourage some neighbors who were on their way to creating that better future.

In short, if I am indeed a good father, it is, in part, a direct result of what I am learning here from the members and residents of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Thank you.

And to our wonderful readers, thanks for indulging my soapbox speech. Have a wonderful day, and we’ll see you next week!!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website, www.dancingrabbit.org, calling the office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at dancingrabbit@ic.org.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 12, 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 January 11, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

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

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in special session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.

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

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the minutes from January 12 and January 17, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with the Commission.

The 2017 Budget was reviewed with the following: Kathy Becraft, Collector; Dana Glasscock, Recorder; Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk; Jim Ward, Assessor; Patty Freburg, Public Administrator; Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer; Jim Kigar, Juvenile Officer; Karl DeMarce, Associate Circuit Judge; and Ryan Clark, R&B Supervisor.

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, January 19, 2016.

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