June 26, 2008

Natural Disaster Drives Local Family to Riverside Communities

by Toby Champion

Well, Id just finished a chunk of work for a client and needed a break, and to be honest, it all sounded pretty exciting and might just be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a real-life natural disaster in action. So I suggested we throw some stuff into our campervan and drive down the next day. Michelle was up for it, and the plan immediately evolved into an attempt, however small, to help folks out down there with sandbagging or whatever they needed. So later that afternoon I collected a bright-red, fiberglass shovel the Memphis Democrat bought for the trip, and grabbed some gardening gloves and boots to throw in with our usual trip kit.

When we arrived in Hannibal, we learnt from the Hannibal Courier-Post that work on reinforcing the levee had pretty much finished, and that our help was more likely to be appreciated in either of the much smaller towns of Canton, 12 miles north of Quincy - with an aging levee many doubted would hold - and Clarksville, 25 miles south of Hannibal, with only the makeshift levee being built right now. We were tired though, so decided to spend the night in Hannibal for now.

We walked down to the riverside to see how high the river was. There were signs all along, hanging from orange and white tape, demanding we STAY OFF LEVEE, but we thought that just meant stay off the very top, so we pushed the stroller up and peered over the side anyway. Wow. The other side of the river certainly seemed a long way away. Pretty much everything on the other side of the levee was underwater, including most of the Welcome to Hannibal sign. Dramatic, exciting, awe-inspiring, curious and downright depressing all at once.

Pretty soon a cop on a mountain bike approached us and told us we werent supposed to be there, in a firm-but-fair sort of a way. Oops. Down we came, feeling lucky that we were neither ticketed nor arrested. We couldnt figure out what the big deal was about staying away, and were only to discover just why towns are policing their levees so heavily on the last day of our trip.

Michelle took our eight-month-old son Adam back to the motel to get him to sleep, and I continued wandering. It turned out the best place to be in Hannibal to see things close up was on the road-bridge that takes route 79 over Bear Creek to the south of the town. From the top of the bridge I could see the sort of thing you always see on TV during floods: the tops of road-signs and roofs above the water. Eerie, but also, it being just after sunset and with a whopping-great moon appearing above the trees on the south side of town, quite beautiful. When a launch carrying a couple of National Guard guys motored quietly around the walls of the very-much-underwater Clemens Field ballpark, its searchlight bouncing cleanly off the mucky, murky water, it all looked very pretty indeed. It got me thinking about how theres beauty to be found in a lot of otherwise nasty situations. And this is nasty: as I write, 24 people have died in the floods.

On the bridge I met Carol, whod worked the flood with the Salvation Army back in 1993. Despite the levee protecting most of the town that year, it was still a lot of work, handing out mops, disinfectant and food to those whose homes had flooded. She seemed exhausted even by the memory of it all.

Seeing road signs underwater is always an odd sight. Even odder, though, was how Michelle and I both kept noticing road and other signs looking strange throughout our brief trip.

The next morning, after breakfast at the Mark Twain Dinette, we packed up and made a break for Clarksville the long way round, as route 79 was underwater just past the Mark Twain Caves. On the way, discovering that the Champ Clark Bridge taking the 54 across just north of the town was closed, we headed into Louisiana to find out why. We parked just this side of the bridge, and I walked onto the bridge to take a look. I ended up walking the 300-yard round-trip to the other side, and it was a pretty intense experience. Id not walked over the Mississippi before, and to do it when it was this wide, this quiet, and this threatening, was something special. The only company I had on the bridge was a biker who passed me there and back. The bridge, Ive since learnt, has become quite the tourist attraction. Im glad others will be able to have this unusual experience.

Once back on the east side, we drove downtown. This was where it starts getting real. The stuff you normally only see on TV, right in front of you. 3rd Streetthe 79was flooded as far as we could see. A trailer just up from the water, piled with a familys possessions, a king-size mattress plonked on top. Family and friends completing a wall covered in black plastic sheeting round the front of their house: those that arent standing in a green Jon boat are wearing waders. A guy in a pale-blue pick-up with mud stuck on the bottom is handing out white aluminum cans of drinking water to their tired-looking neighbours. And another bunch of family and friends are building a wall around their house, which looks like its on its very own island. To add the feeling that things are a bit rushed, theres a four-foot pile of sand ready to go in bags... the pile is in a foot of water.

When youre watching this kind of stuff on TV, sometimes you wonder how you can help. Maybe make a call, send some money. When I was down there though, I felt like a useless idiot. I wanted to offer to help, but the embarrassing truth is that I did my back in on Monday mowing the yard. I could barely lift my 13-pound baby, let alone a 75-pound sandbag. Michelle was going to have to do the actual helping, and she was hanging out with Adam back on Main Street. Rigid with worries that someone was going to ask me who I was and what I was doing here, I sloped off, past the first of many pipes I saw chucking flood-water out of basements. The arc was about eight-foot long.

At the front of a red-brick building that used to be Louisiana Plastic Inc. Warehouse No. 1, with cute fake windows painted on the sides, there was the whole flood-defence set-up: three feet of sandbags with white 4mm plastic sheet thrown over; two or three bags on top of that; a step-ladder over the whole thing; and a couple of green plastic pipes taking water pumped out. And a mug of coffee sat on top.

By this time I was glad our next and final stop would be somewhere where we knew we could actually help. Just before we left we met Kirsty, a nurse whose daily commute is south along the 79. Were just idiot flood tourists, I explained. Oh, me too. But Im going down to Clarksville next to help with sandbagging. Ooh, so are we! I explained, relieved that she could relate to my feeling a bit silly and excited that suddenly, we were all in it together, teaming up and helping out.

Back in the van, we took the 54 back to Bowling Green, the 61, then WW and W winding through Pike County into picturesque Clarksville.

No chance of being an idiot flood tourist here. Flashing red and blue lights everywhere. A cop stopped us at a roadblock. You here to help? he asked, and suggested we park up the road and wait for a shuttle bus to take us into town. Declining the bus, we walked the few blocks instead, Michelle carrying Adam and me pushing the stroller with the shovel wedged behind our daypack. We were guided by a local through alleys, and the intensity racked up as we approached downtown. National Guard trucks passed loaded with sand, one with I love the army! chalked on the drivers door. Pick-ups carrying filled sandbags and equipment edged by as we detoured onto muddy lawns, our borrowed off-road stroller proving its worth.

Once we hit Howard Street we realized this artists town of 490 residents had become the centre of attention for hundreds of volunteers, scores of National Guard personnel, and the national media. Four satellite trucks, TV cables everywhere, and the roar of three enormous pumps helping prevent the storm drain system from backing up behind the levee. We navigated the stroller through a group of twenty or so young people wearing white tees and yellow headbands, hard at work sandbagging; I later learnt they were inmates brought in to help. We signed in with the AmeriCorps team at City Hall, signed waivers, and tied orange plastic tape around our wrists. Collected some bottles of water, bought some snacks, and headed the long way round to Main Cross Street, where we were to help protect the lumberyard.

Shielded from the river on the east by a makeshift levee eight-feet high, with the water already a few feet up, around twenty folk were hard at work filling and placing bags. When we arrived, they were racking their brains for an Irish drinking song to sing. The only one I know escaped my mind in the heat of the moment, so my first real opportunity to help was dashed already. This lot had clearly been at it for hours, and had formed quite the team. Four bag-filling stations formed a square around a pile of sand, each consisting of a couple 2x4s resting on a pair of sawhorses supporting two upside-down traffic cones with their tops sawed off, acting as funnels into which people shoveled sand into bags held up by a colleague on the far side.

I handed Adam to one of the volunteers, and Michelle got on with some sandbag-holding while I joined Bob Reid on a nearby seat. He clearly deserved the break. Bob helps run the Clarksville Museum, and had been working the last five days to get all of our treasures up above the 93 level. We got five feet of concrete blocks, made a frame from 2x4s on top of them, then turned our display cases sideways and put them on top of that frame. In our office, theres a stairway to a little storage room, over the entryway. You cant walk in their sideways: weve just got it stacked clean to the ceiling... So I have a feeling that everything will Im gonna think positive. Im optimistic that everything will be alright.

Bob boasted that the plantings round the outside of the museum had been planned with the flood in mind: arborist Monica Barker chose species that would survive a flood. Yellowtwig dogwood, stuff like that. So she thought ahead of time. Those plants can resist being drowned for a while.

Charlie Meyers, an employee at the lumberyard and long-time Clarksville resident, explained that quite a few of the helpers were builders who needed the yard to stay in business. The group, I was surprised to learn, had no one in charge, and had previously been helped by some Amish, a Boy Scout group, prisoners, the National Guard and a couple of folks from St. Louis.

So, we did end up helping for an hour or so. Michelle held sandbags, and I even managed to get some action out of that shovel, as you can see in the photo. People seemed to really enjoy Adams presence, which is always nice to see.

When wed had enough, we walked back to the van along the roads wherever possible. We noticed more signs, including one under a foot of water that read ROAD CLOSED 1 MILE AHEAD. The drive on the W back to the 61 was pretty hairy. We were passed by a lot of big trucks carrying sand, and none of them were holding back.

We spent another couple of nights in Hannibalwhere the water had gone down a foot since we were first there, because of breaches upstreamand I watched Worlds Most Amazing Videos and rested my back.

On Friday, with me finally off the Tylenol, we left for home, stopping at Quincy and Canton on the way. The Memorial Bridge is closed as the west end is underwater, and the riverfront park on the Quincy side is under too. I mooched down to the riverfront. I met a tall, black pony-tailed guy with a camera round his neck hanging around a couple of boats getting ready to leave. I asked if he knew where the boats were going. Well, I dont know about that one, but this one is taking me to see my house and farmland, which is all underwater. I gulped. Im sorry. I offered. I appreciate that. Hope it works out in the end, I said. Yeh, in the end, itll be okay. We let him get on with his life and got back on the road.

Our final visit was with Canton, which over the previous week had National Guard and volunteers reinforcing its aging levee. We only spent five minutes or so there, and were struck that the town seemed deserted and that the town is very, very flat indeed. We tried to take a shortcut back onto the 61, but had to stop as the road goes through a break in the levee, and was closed by a wall of sandbags, staffed by a couple of National Guard guys.

That trailer home over there, the owners just upped and left, drove it out with their truck, at three in the morning. And the guards could explain why the levees are being so heavily policed: Some guy in Quincy in 1993 had had this big row with his girlfriend, and didnt want her to come home, so he got up onto a levee and started pulling bags out of it. It gave way in the end, and a lot got flooded. Hes still in jail. That was James Scott, who was convicted of intentionally causing a catastrophe.

As we headed northwest towards Memphis on the 61, we thought wed seen the last of the Mississippi for a while, but several miles on, we were driving with the river right next to us, above us, a mile or two from where it normally runs.

So the Memphis Democrat shovel is still in Clarksville, hopefully no longer necessary, but in a good home nevertheless. Maybe sometime, once things have dried up well pay the place another visit, see the work of some of those artists and figure out where on earth the river was supposed to be that day.

Toby Champion, originally from London, England, relocated to Scotland County a year ago. He, his wife Michelle Day, and their son Adam now call Memphis home.

Lady Tigers Land Three on Lewis & Clark All-Conference Lists

After dominating the Lewis & Clark Conference in the school’s inaugural season in its new league, Scotland County was rewarded with three players heading up the all-conference honors.

After completing  a perfect 8-0 record in league play, Scotland County had two players tabbed for first team all-league honors.

Calesse Bair and Chelsea Wood took the top spots. Bair averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a night while also leading the team in steals with more than four per contest. Wood topped SCR-I in rebounds, grabbing eight boards per contest while also scoring an average of 14.2 points a game and 2.3 steals.

Abi Feeney was named to the L&C second team. The senior point guard averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 5.2 assists per contest. She also grabbed three rebounds a game and led the team with a 76% free throw accuracy.

Also named to the L&C 1st team all-conference were: Maddie McCabe, a senior from Knox County; Allison Moore, a sophomore from Paris, Summer Small, a senior from Schuyler County; and Maddy Denslow, a junior from Westran.

Joining Feeney on the 2nd team were: Elaine Ewigman, a senior from Marceline; Drew Lockhart, a junior from Paris; Kelsey Marek, a senior from Salisbury; Meg Haley, a senior from Schuyler County; and Cory Burton, a senior from Westran.

Named to the L&C 3rd team were: Grace Boulden, a senior from Fayette; Sara Colyer, a senior from Harrisburg; Sidney Miller, a sophomore from Knox County; Jaycee Brooks, a senior from Marceline; Bryn Woolridge, a freshman from Salisbury; and Taylor Moore, a senior from Westran.

Food & Fundraisers

Barbeques, cheesy potatoes, and cinnamon rolls…oh my!!!  Tired of cooking, too rainy to light the grill?  No worries.  Let some of our area organizations do the work for you.

This Saturday, April 1st, two opportunities are being made available for some delicious homemade food and barbeque.  In Memphis, Hillside Gun Shed is hosting an Open House and along with that, the Scotland County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will be serving cinnamon rolls starting at 9:00 a.m. and then a free will donation lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A little further south that day, in the community of Rutledge, The Rutledge Fire Department is hosting a Chicken Barbeque fundraiser at the Community Building.  Serving there starts at 11:00 a.m. and will continue until the food is gone.

Looking ahead into next week, the Rutledge School Restoration Committee is holding their Election Day luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th at the Memphis Fire Station.  This free will donation meal will include pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, a beverage, and, of course, many delicious homemade dessert items.

Finally, the following day, Wednesday, April 5th, the Pentecostal Church will be sponsoring a Taco Salad fundraiser at the Scotland County Care Center.  Serving will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Truman State University to Offer Workshop to Prep for Summer Eclipse 

KIRKSVILLE, MO — In preparation for the total solar eclipse set to occur Aug. 21, 2017, Truman State University will host a free eclipse workshop, April 1.

Faculty members and students from the Stargazers astronomy club will provide an overview of planned events for the community and invite ideas and suggestions to implement them. The workshop will include hands-on experience with safely using solar telescopes and solar binoculars, as well as an overview of freely available resources on the internet. A discussion of the geometry of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, which leads to several interesting phenomena such as tidal locking, phases of the moon and lunar and solar eclipses will also be discussed.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 1 in Magruder Hall 2005. There will be a break for lunch provided from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Vayujeet Gokhale, associate professor of physics, at gokhale@truman.edu.

The path of the solar eclipse cuts diagonally across Missouri. Northeast Missouri will witness about 98.5 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon. Truman, in collaboration with Moberly Area Community College, the Kirksville R-III School District, the city of Kirksville, the Kirksville Tourism board and the Adair County Public Library, is organizing a series of events leading up to the eclipse, and on the day of the eclipse itself.

For updates on astronomy-related activities at Truman, including those surrounding the solar eclipse, visit observatory.truman.edu and stargazers.truman.edu.

Scotland County FFA Students Advance to Districts

Brock Aylward, Avery Shultz, Katie Campbell, and Parker Triplett make up this year’s FFA Knowledge Team at Scotland County R-1. They have advanced to District competition by placing in the top seven teams at Area contest and will now compete at Monroe City High School on March 27th.

FFA members recently competed in the Area III Leadership Development Events with six Scotland County R-1 FFA students advancing to District competition March 27th at Monroe City High School.

Brock Aylward, Avery Shultz, Katie Campbell, and Parker Triplett, this year’s FFA Knowledge Team, placed in the top seven teams at the Area contest.  The Knowledge Teams are made up of freshmen or first year FFA members.  The Knowledge test is comprised of one-hundred questions covering history and facts about the FFA organization.

Parker Triplett competed in Division I Prepared Public Speaking.  Division I is for first year members and participants pick any agriculture topic to speak about.  The manuscript must be in MLA format and complete with a works cited page.  The speech has to be three to four minutes and the judges are given three minutes to ask questions.  A participant must place in the top three to advance to District competition.

Luke Triplett competed in Extemporaneous Speaking.   In extemporaneous speaking, the participant draws three topics out of a hat and decides which topic he/she will speak about.  The participant then has 30 minutes to prepare their speech.  The speech must be between four and six minutes and judges are given five minutes to ask questions.  Again, the participant must place in the top three to advance to District competition.

FFA members, Parker Triplett and Luke Triplett, will be competing at the District Contest on March 27th at Monroe City High School. Parker is competing in Division I Prepared Public Speaking and Luke is competing in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Memphis FFA students serve under the leadership of FFA Advisor, Waltedda Blessing.

Scotland County Hospital Chief of Surgery Offers Advice on the Prevention of Colon Cancer


by Celeste Miller-Parish, DO


Did you ever wish you could prevent cancer?  It is possible with one type of cancer, Colon Cancer. Most cancers can only be treated after they show up.  Colon cancer has about a 10 year process of developing from polyps before it becomes a cancer.  During this time, if the polyp is removed, a cancer is prevented from occurring later.  Some people are more at risk for developing a cancer.  Your age and health history are big factors in your risk evaluation.  Some risk factors for colon cancer include:  age 50 or older, a family history of colon or rectal cancer, a personal history of cancer of the ovary, endometrium, breast, or polyps in the colon, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and hereditary conditions such as; familial polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC, Lynch Syndrome)

Colon cancer will present with certain signs and symptoms (which can be also be found with other diseases), but if you have any of the following, you should be seen by your doctor:  Changes in your normal bowel, habit, dark or bright red blood in your stool, diarrhea or constipation or feeling that the bowel does not completely empty, stools that become narrower in size over time, frequent gas pains with bloating, fullness, or cramps, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and vomiting.

You can be pro-active by changing your lifestyle to decrease your risk of cancer.  A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is suggested.   A healthy diet includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day.  Limiting processed grains, and eating more whole grains is also important.  Limiting red meats or processed meats is important.  Changing to more white meat and fish in your diet is protective against cancer.   Taking Aspirin or statin medications (cholesterol lowering medication) has been shown to be protective against colon cancer and polyp formation.

An exciting new study has shown that regular exercise will decrease the risk of colon polyps by 16%, and decrease the formation of larger polyps that are most likely to become a cancer by up to 30%.  Recommendations of at least 30 minutes (or more) of exercise 5 days a week seem to boost the immune system and decrease the inflammation in the bowel.  Exercise is also beneficial in controlling weight and lowering insulin levels.

Several things we do increase our risk for developing colon cancer and other cancers.  Physical inactivity is a big factor, which also leads to obesity.  Smoking and drinking in excess have a synergistic effect in promoting cancer development.   One study by the American Cancer Society has shown that long-term smoking (40 years or more) increases colon cancer risk by 30-50%.   Having Type II diabetes and being overweight increase your risk.  Having ‘belly fat’ or a larger waistline is linked to cancer.

One of the least recognized ways to decrease your risk of colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy with removal of all polyps.  A screening colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years, or more often if you have polyps, or other risk factors.  This requires a ‘bowel prep’ to clear the colon of stool, and then light sedation so the procedure can be accomplished without discomfort.  It is done as an outpatient procedure.  You should start colon screening at age 50, or sooner if you develop new symptoms. Talk to your physician if you have any questions. Colonoscopy has been shown to decrease the incidence of colon cancer up to 77-90%.  That is hard to beat!

Other accepted colon screening methods include stool studies for occult blood, along with a sigmoidoscopy.  This primarily screens just the left colon, which is where 60% of colon polyps occur. It does not require sedation, but it also does not check the right colon.

Several newer techniques to detect polyps or cancer are now available such as a CT colonography.  This is a CT scan of the colon to look for lesions.  It still requires a ‘bowel prep’ like the colonoscopy.  Air has to be injected in the rectum to allow a good study.  Unfortunately if you have a polyp, you still would need a colonoscopy to remove it.  They are now doing stool DNA studies which are 50-60% sensitive for colon cancer cells.  This is not as good as a colonoscopy, but has less risk.  It should improve in its accuracy in the next few years.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Scotland County Hospital offers colon screening in The Surgery Center Monday – Friday. There are two General Surgeons and two Family Practice physicians that offer colon screenings, Dr. Celeste Miller-Parish, General Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Rollison, General Surgeon, Dr. Jeff Davis, Family Practice and Dr. Heather Martin, Family Practice.  To make an appointment for a consultation, please call Memphis Medical Services at 660-465-2828.

Celeste Miller-Parish, DO, is Board Certified in General Surgery, fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology.  She is the Chief of Surgery at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO.

LAVAUGHN MCKNIGHT KETCHUM (6/18/1920 – 3/17/2017)

Mary LaVaughn McKnight Ketchum, 96, of Memphis, MO went to be with her Lord on March 17, 2017 while residing at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The daughter of Dale and Nell Myers Rice, she was born in Scotland County, MO on June 18, 1920.

On September 1, 1937, Mary LaVaughn Rice married James Arthur McKnight and to this union a daughter was born: Helen. He preceded her in death. Then on October 22, 1997 she married to Jesse McCain “Mack” Ketchum and to this union her family grew to include three step-children: Jesse, Dean and Anna Jean. She loved to spend time with everyone in her family.

LaVaughn was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, actively participating in the various activities there including attending church, the hymn sings, Joy Group, Sunday School and Bible studies.

When LaVaughn and James lived on a family farm, she always enjoyed raising a big garden and canning to preserve the fruits and vegetables.

She was secretary and reporter for the Scotland County Oats Bus for many years as well as a member of the Gideon’s auxiliary.

Her other interests included embroidering and quilting many beautiful quilts. One of her most favorite pass times was playing Skip-Bo with Arleta and Jim.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, James in 1994 and Mack in May of 2010; her brother, George Rice; two sister-in-laws, Geneva Rice and Juanita McKnight; along with her step-son, Dean Ketchum.

Those survivors left to cherish their memories are her daughter: Helen (Glen) Prince of Mendon IL; two step-children, Jesse (Juanita) Ketchum of Kansas City, MO and Anna Jean (Wayne) Mathes of Bolivar, MO; a step-daughter-in-law, Ruth Ketchum of Lyons, CO; a step-sister-in-law, Mary Ketchum of Kirksville, MO; along with other relatives including step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends including her special ones, Arleta Dye and Jim Houston.

Memorials in her memory may be made to either the Scotland County Nutrition Site or the Joy Group of the First Baptist Church in Memphis in Care of the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Dan Hite officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery.  Musicians were Pam and Mike Blaine.  Pallbearers were Gary Briggs, Alan Adams, Larry Smith, Mike Blaine, Troy Barrett  and Darrell Monroe.  A luncheon was enjoyed by all in the hospitality area before the service at Payne’s.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel. com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

WILLIAM FRANCIS “BILL” DELANEY (9/14/1934 – 3/19/2017)

William Francis “Bill” Delaney, 82, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, formerly of Peoria, Illinois and Baring, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Ponte Vedra Palms in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Bill was born near Baring, Missouri on September 14, 1934, the son of William Nicholas and Grace Cecilia Kurth Delaney.

He attended Kiley Rural School, Baring Elementary and graduated from Baring High School in the Class of 1952. Bill continued his education at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity.

He worked as a test engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Illinois, until serving his country in the United States Army, after which he was transferred to Phoenix, Arizona with Caterpillar.

On August 26, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona Bill married Marjorie Ann Smith of Rutledge, Missouri.

In 1965, Bill and Margie returned to East Peoria, Illinois, in the Germantown Hills Area, to raise their family for the next forty-eight years. He was a member of the Germantown Hills Elementary school board, he served in the Germantown Hills Volunteer Fire Department, and was a coach and board member of the Germantown Hills Little League.  In 1994 William retired from Caterpillar after 37 years.  Post retirement he was a volunteer tax preparer for those in need of tax filing assistance.

William and Marjorie traveled often but always returned in the summers to Missouri, visiting friends and family in the area every year.  In 2013 William and Marjorie relocated to Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be closer to family and where William enjoyed walking the beach daily and attending soccer games.

Bill is survived by his wife, Margie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Maureen Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg and Lisa Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Drew and Mimi Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Patrick, Margaret, Sara and Troy Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley, Caitlin,  and Callie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Tyler, Makaylah, Dalton and Keenan Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers, James “Jim” Delaney of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Richard “Dick” Delaney of Glenmore, Pennsylvania; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jim Taylor of Baring, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Delaney of Edina, Missouri and Mary Delaney of Des Moines, Iowa; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Grace Delaney; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ray Cahalan, a sister, Delores Delaney; two brothers, George Delaney and Robert “Bob” Delaney; and a sisters-in-law, Mary Delaney and JoAnn Delaney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baring, Missouri.

Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Prayer Service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, Missouri.

An expression of sympathy in memory of Bill Delaney may be left to advance Dr. Steven Attia’s sarcoma research at Mayo Clinic Florida or to the Sandhill Cemetery. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.

Scotland County Historical Society Moving Forward With Relocation of World War 1 Memorial

The Scotland County Historical Society met on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Downing House Museum. Those present were: Laura Schenk, Joe Fulk, Willa Prather, Janet Hamilton, Elaine Forrester, Sandy Childress, Boyd Bissell, Jeanie Bissell, Rick Fischer, Teresa Fischer, Jim Cottey, Beau Triplett, Leon Trueblood, David Wiggins, Carl Trueblood, Julie Clapp, Harold Prather, Dr. Larry K. Wiggins, Joanne Aylward, June Kice, and Rhonda McBee.

Janet Hamilton, president, called the meeting to order for the purpose of discussing the movement of the statue, “Soldier in the Field” also known as the Barnett Statue and a request from the DAR to add a commemorative stone to the Boyer House lawn in honor of Lucille Boyer.

Carl Trueblood discussed the moving options for the statue. It was suggested it be moved in three parts – base, column and top. There are rods that attach each part. The weight is approximately 14,000 pounds. At this time the base is chipped and photos have been removed. Carl has spoken with Awerkamp’s from Quincy, Illinois about the best method for moving it. Carl has also talked with Irwin Zimmerman concerning equipment needs to make the move. It will require a four foot base that is approximately six feet wide. The concrete base will be dyed and acid washed to improve the appearance.

Dr. Larry Wiggins has had several interested parties who are willing to donate funds to pay for the reconstruction costs as well as willing volunteers to complete the project.

Jim Cottey was present and discussed the reconstruction of the hat, head and cosmetic work on the ear and mouth that he and his nephew have completed. He felt that its current site showcases the historical 18 foot majestic structure and that it deserves a setting that compliments it.

Those present discussed the history, fence and property. It was determined through a review of old newspaper articles that it was donated to Scotland County on May 26, 1932 by the Jayne Law Firm who had ownership of the property at that time. The county planned on moving it to the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn, but action was never taken. The newspaper article also stated that the monument sits on a base of 4 x 4 granite that tapers up with columns and then another granite base.

David Wiggins, county commissioner, was present and it was discussed and decided that Janet Hamilton will represent the Historical society at the next court meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to review past minutes and finalize the transfer to the Scotland County Historical Society and record it in the minutes.

The group discussed the ideal setting and it was determined that it cannot be placed on the south end of the Memphis Depot due to property lines. Placement at the north end of the Depot was discussed. The group discussion determined that the statue needed to be moved to the Complex or risk that it may be destroyed. Dr. Larry Wiggins made a motion that the “Soldier in the Field” statue, with the Scotland County Commission’s permission, be relocated as soon as possible. Boyd Bissell seconded the motion. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hands.

A representative of the DAR asked permission to donate a plaque on a rock to be placed near the Boyer House in recognition of Lucille Boyer. A motion was made by Rhonda McBee to allow the DAR to place a commemorative rock with Lucille Boyer’s name near the Boyer House. Joe Fulk seconded the motion. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hand.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Boyd Bissell and seconded by Joe Fulk. All those present were in favor and signified by a raise of hand.

The group moved to the outside to determine the possible placement of the monument on the grounds. It was determined that it will be placed on the northwest corner of the north side of the Memphis Depot facing to the west, pending Dig Rite findings and the findings of the City of Memphis Zoning Committee.

The next meeting of the Scotland County Historical Society will be April 24, 2017 at 6:30 in the north conference room of the Scotland County Hospital.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts March Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the March meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club to order on March 19th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Gorin Christian Church. The pledges were led by Emma Gist and Kallen Hamlin. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll by asking each member what their favorite thing about spring is. Lauren also gave the minutes of the last meeting. Joanie Baker gave the Treasurer’s Report. She reported that the club has a current balance of $2,910.97. Shelby Troutman gave the Council Report.

The Financial Committee reported that the taco bar at the hospital served 118 people and made $757.25. The Community Service Committee reported that working at the movies went well and that the club would not do an Earth Day activity this year. Dawn Triplett reported that Achievement Day had good attendance and that the judges were very impressed with the performance of members.

Project Groups reported that there will be a Pig Showing Camp in Warrensburg on April 29, a Small Animal Show Clinic in Green City on April 29, and a Goat Showing Camp in Bloomfield, IA on May 26-27.

Owen Triplett asked that each 4-H member sell four items for the cookie dough sales, or pay $25. Order sheets and checks made out to Gorin Go-Getters are due April 3. This money goes toward the 4-H Youth Premium Account. Items will arrive May 1. The club nominated and voted on candidates to represent Gorin Go-Getters in the 4-H Royalty Contest at the fair this year. The candidates are Luke Triplett for king, Sadie Davis for queen, Carter Clatt for prince, and Carlee Smith for princess. Joanie Baker recommended that candidates give demonstrations or prepared speeches at a club meeting to practice for the Royalty Interview.

Joanie Baker asked for project leaders for Clover Kids, Cake Decorating, Scrapbooking, Gardening, and Woodworking. All positions were filled in the meeting. She announced that if you were unable to be at the SMQA meeting you will need to complete it online. Joanie also announced that ownership dates for the fair are March 1 for cattle and dogs, April 1 for swine and sheep, and May 1 for goats, horses, rabbits, and poultry. She told the club that 4-H Day with the Cardinals is on May 20 and that you must order tickets by April 10.

Owen Triplett made several announcements: April 1 is the Shooting Sports Fundraiser, April 2 is the sheep and swine weigh-in from 2:00-3:00, April 22 is safety training for Shooting Sports, and May 7 is the goat weigh-in from 2:00-3:00.

The next Gorin Go-Getters meeting is April 9. Refreshments will be provided by the Montgomery Family and hopefully many demonstrations will be given afterwards to meet the club’s 80% goal for members giving demonstrations or speeches.

Carlee Smith gave a demonstration on rabbits. After the meeting was adjourned, Julie Blessing’s family provided refreshments.

SCR-I Artist Honored at Culver-Stockton College Visual Arts Day

Scotland County R-I senior Abi Feeney received a merit award medal for Artistic Excellence for one her works displayed at the Culver-Stockton College Visual Arts Day.

A record number, more than 350, local high school students from 12 area schools participated at Culver-Stockton College’s annual Visual Art Visit Day on March 21st in Canton. Participants learned about art education through workshops and participated in art competitions.

Student participants displayed their work for the juried art exhibition located in the W.A. Herington Center. The welcome ceremony got underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center before students  participated in individually themed workshops to sharpen their skills, including drawing with bleach, ceramics on the wheel, jewelry making, graphite, cartooning, create your own commercial and for the first-time face painting.

After the workshops were completed students ended the day by touring the juried art exhibition, where they viewed the artwork of fellow local students. The main competition and award ceremony took place at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center.

Scotland County R-I senior Abi Feeney received a merit award medal for Artistic Excellence for one her works.

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