April 2, 2009

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if when you were late taking the kids to work one morning, and in the rush you rolled through a stop sign. You probably would be embarrassed by the flashing red lights that called for you to pull over to the side of the road. But instead of a friendly warning, or even a misdemeanor traffic ticket, you were forced out of you car at gunpoint, handcuffed or detained for questioning... all for running a stop sign. Nope, traffic safety played little part in this disturbing picture, instead you can blame it on that Bob Barr for president bumper sticker your spouse placed on the minivan. Or maybe it was the Constitution Party emblem displayed in the vehicle window? It could have been the anti-abortion slogan, or perhaps it was the site of the Christian fish emblem that gave you away.

According to a recent report disseminated to law enforcement agencies across the state, all of these items are signs that you may be a militant militia member and an extreme public safety concern. The Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report entitled, “The Modern Militia Movement” has come under fire since its release earlier this year, dropping the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Department of Public Safety and even Governor Jay Nixon in plenty of hot water for the apparent political and social profiling the report seems to encourage in law enforcement.

The eight-page report is an apparent attempt by the agency to prepare law enforcement agents for the dangers of dealing with militant militia members. It points out possible ways to identify suspects in today’s world, which the report states “due to the current economic and political situation, is a lush environment for militia activity.”

I’m going to try to beat Jeff Foxworthy to the punch line here... You might be a militia member, if.

According to the MIAC report:

If you’re concerned about the possibility of President Barak Obama tightening gun control... You might be a militia member.

Failure to register your motor vehicle or renew your driver’s license means you might be a militia member.

“Anti abortionists have been known to take up arms in support of their beliefs,” the report states, so if you are pro life you might be a militia member.

Late on paying income taxes... yup you guessed it you might be a militia member because they resist the Internal Revenue Service and are strongly opposed to income tax collections.

Did you vote for Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin or Bob Barr for president... if so, you might be a militia member.

If you are a legal resident of the United States and have the audacity to oppose sharing your citizen rights with illegal immigrants in this country, you might be a militia member.

Finally, if you display anti-government propaganda making fun of the IRS or law enforcement, depicting them in a negative light, you might be a militia member.

Wow, most of us country folk didn’t even know we were militia material. Of course, the majority of us could care less if law enforcement wants to profile us based on these stereotypes. As a matter of fact, the bulk of our law enforcement officers must be militia too for that matter.

However it is disturbing to learn that the Show-Me State is gaining national notoriety for this political gaff. On March 25th the Constitution Party issued a warning to Americans traveling within the state of Missouri that they might be considered a threat by law enforcement if they display certain bumper stickers on their cars.

“The Constitution Party decries this report as ‘political profiling’ and strongly suggests those considering a trip to the Show Me state be aware of the possibility they could be pulled over by a Missouri State Police officer simply for displaying a politically oriented sticker on their vehicles” read a statement from the party’s national headquarters.

The Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin voiced outrage saying, “This is a classic case of broad-brushed police profiling. Can you imagine the fallout of this preposterous report had the names Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Maxine Waters been used instead of the names Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr?”

Highway Patrol Superintendent James Keathley issued a statement announcing changes to the oversight of MIAC reports, which he stated previously had not been reviewed by the patrol’s leadership or by the director of the Public Safety Department, John Britt prior to being released to the state’s law enforcement agencies. Governor Jay Nixon, who’s name appears on the report letter head along with Britt, Keathley and MIAC Director Van Godsey, also is distancing himself from the report, albeit only after the national ire overcame his initial defense of the state-wide scandal.

According to the Missouri Press Association Capital Report, Nixon, while criticizing the report, appeared to also defend it, stating “Basic police work takes intelligence. Takes information from various sources that could present a package of how we can chase down the bad guys. That is appropriate use of law enforcement.”

Lieutenant Governor of Missouri Peter Kinder took Nixon to task for the report and his handling of it.

“There are certainly individual extremists in many religious and political groups (both conservative and liberal), but Gov. Nixon and Director of Public Safety John Britt have created a dangerous precedent of profiling lawful citizens as threats to public safety simply based on their political or religious beliefs,” Kinder said.

Careful what you say Mr. Kinder, they may want to label you a militia member like the rest of us.

GERTRUDE BERTRAM DEEGAN (5/21/1914 – 5/21/2016)

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Gertrude Bertram Deegan, 102, of Las Vegas, NV, returned to her father in heaven at the Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas.

She was born May 21, 1914; the daughter of Ernest and Ruth (Short) Bertram at Rutledge, MO. Gertrude married Walter (Bud) Deegan in 1959. They enjoyed a wonderful married life until his passing in 2003.

She grew up in Rural Scotland County areas of Rutledge and Gorin. She graduated from Gorin High School in 1932. She attended Northeast Missouri Teachers College, now known as Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Gertrude spent the next eight years teaching in several rural schools around the area.

In 1941, Gertrude traveled to Longbeach, CA where she worked for an optical company and later was one of the first women to own her own company, Powers Optical Co. which she operated for the next 25 years. Gertrude was recognized in 1958 as The Women of the Year for the West Coast Eye Foundation.

After retirement, she moved to El Toro, CA. They lived there until her husband retired from employment in Orange County. They settled in Las Vegas, NV in 1991 where she kept busy with numerous activities.

She worked for Avis, Neptune Society, and was active in many social events in Sin City.

Gertrude was a member of the Colony Baptist Church while growing up in rural MO. She is a charter member of the Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas. She joined DAR at a young age and a member of the Eastern Star for 50 plus years. She was very active in church activities, clubs, and community work. Gertrude loved cooking (especially pies), entertaining, traveling, and being around friends and family. She had many wonderful times during her life, but coming back on the Amtrak train and attending her 80th class Alumni at Gorin in 2012 stood out as one of her favorites. She never forgot her rural roots and family back in Missouri.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Rosie Fishback of Kirksville, several nephews and nieces; Chad York and wife Randi of Rutledge, MO; Ellen Sue Morris and husband Bill, Fenton, MO; Connie Scotti and Jim of Kimberling, MO; Pam Schmutzler and Monty of Jefferson City, MO; Kenny Mayfield and wife Nancy of Woodland, TX; Charlie Mayfield and Katherine of Colony, MO; Jan Hide and Dick of Kirksville, MO; and Terry Lynn Winters and Tom of Gilbert, AZ; and a host of friends and family. She had a special place in her heart for her friend Maria and friends at Las Ventanas in Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Deegan, her parents Ernie and Ruth Bertram, three brothers, Richard, Garland, and Gilvie Bertram, two sisters, Ann Lee York, Irene Mayfield, and one nephew Ronnie Mayfield.

 A life celebration service will be held at a later date in Las Vegas

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

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Thursday, May 26 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Friday, May 27 – Catfish Nuggets, Sweet Potato, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Ice Cream, Cake

Monday, May 30 – Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 31 – Meatloaf, Scalloped Potatoes, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, June 1 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, June 2 – Ham and Beans, Onions, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 26 –   Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 2 –   Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Judge Webber to Speak at 70th Annual Memorial Day Services

The 70th Annual Memorial Day Services will be held on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn on May 30th starting at 10 a.m.

The 70th Annual Memorial Day Services will be held on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn on May 30th starting at 10 a.m.

A familiar face will take the podium on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts its 70th annual Memorial Day Services on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn.

Judge E. Richard Webber will be the featured speaker for the event. Webber, the Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, traces his legal roots back to Scotland County. He served as the First Judicial Circuit Judge in Memphis from 1979 until 1995. On August 10, 1995 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton for the federal judge position. He assumed senior status with the district court in 2009.

Born in Kahoka, Webber, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from the Missouri School of Law in 1967, when he moved to Memphis and started work as the prosecuting attorney before ultimately becoming a judge.

VFW Post Commander Larry Curry and program chairman Donnie Middleton will open the 70th annual Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Don Norton and Mike Stephenson will perform the placing of the wreath at the soldiers’ memorial. Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the pledge of allegiance and Les Richmond of Ignite Ministries will lead the invocation. The Scotland County school band will perform the National Anthem followed by a patriotic music selection by the Memphis Community Players.

Presiding First Circuit Judge Gary Dial will have the honor of introducing his friend and college, Dick Webber.

James Parker will perform Sleep Soldier Boy with the piano accompaniment of Connie Courtney prior to the benediction by Richmond.

The service will close with the traditional 21 gun salute by the VFW rifle squad with the playing of Taps by Melinda Briggs with echo provided by Chris Kempke.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be moved indoors

Chabert Returns Home to Open Electrical Evolution Contracting Service

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Customers of Scotland County’s newest electrical contractor may be shocked to learn they may have known the owner growing up. Electrical Evolution, LLC is open for business in Scotland County after owner Chris Chabert, returned home to northeast Missouri.

Chris and his wife Randi relocated to rural Memphis in April and the couple is excited about the opportunity to bring their electrical contracting services to the community.

Chris Chabert  grew up in Scotland County and attended SCR-I High School until his sophomore season when his family moved back to Louisiana.

After earning an electrical technician degree and spending the past 10 years working in the electrical field, Chabert decided it was time to return home to Scotland County and start his own business.

Electrical Evolution will offer residential, commercial and agricultural wiring services, electrical maintenance and troubleshooting. Chabert will provide installation and new construction for wiring systems in homes, businesses and on the farm.

“I have 10 years of experience, working on a variety of projects from malls and hospitals, to grain bins, boats and alarm systems,” he said. “Just about anything with wiring in it, I’ve worked on it.”

His work experience includes three phase, as well high and low voltage systems and even 12-volt operations.

The electrician said he is available to work on grain bins, rehabbing older homes’ electrical systems, upgrading lighting options, or designing and constructing power systems for new construction.

For more information on Electrical Evolution, contact the Chaberts at 660-945-3057 or 660-956-5863.

Toblers Receive Outstanding Advisors for 2016 at IHCC

Indian Hills Community College President Dr. Marlene Sprouse and Certified Executive Chef and IHCC Culinary Arts Program Director Gordon Rader present the award of 2016 IHCC Outstanding Adviisors to doctors Randy and Heliene Tobler.

Indian Hills Community College President Dr. Marlene Sprouse and Certified Executive Chef and IHCC Culinary Arts Program Director Gordon Rader present the award of 2016 IHCC Outstanding Adviisors to doctors Randy and Heliene Tobler.

Culinary arts will always have students as long as the Toblers are involved.”  Those were the words of Certified Executive Chef and Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Program Director, Gordon Rader, at the annual dinner honoring the College’s numerous Advisory Committees.  Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA, recently honored Drs. Randy and Heliene Tobler with the Outstanding Advisors for 2016.  During the presentation, IHCC President, Dr. Marlene Sprouse explained that professionals from the community serve on these advisory boards, which support Indian Hills Community College by helping to shape programs and ensure the relevance of course content and instruction.

In Chef Rader’s remarks, he mentioned the Toblers enthusiasm for his Culinary Arts program at Indian Hills and their financial contributions to the program and to individual students in the program needing help with tuition.  He announced the Toblers newly formed non-profit organization for culinary arts in Southeast Iowa and Northeast Missouri called The Midwest Ambassadors for the Culinary Arts, or MACA, which is composed of a group of very supportive health care professionals and educators who love to eat well and have a desire to support a very worthy profession.  The organization is geared to not only help the IHCC Culinary Arts Program grow but to recognize and support the growing interest in culinary arts in the region.

Chef Rader said, “Randy and Heliene have been instrumental in enriching my own life by sharing their deep regard for humanity with me through mirth and wisdom each time we connect.  They understand what we do here at Indian Hills and together with all of our advisors, faculty, staff and supporters, we CHANGE LIVES.”

Drs. Randy and Heliene Tobler live near Bible Grove, Missouri.  Dr. Randy Tobler is an OB/GYN and the CEO at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.  Dr. Heliene Tobler is a Holistic Nutritionist.  They have three grown children.  Together, they host the Healthy U Radio Show every Tuesday morning at 10:05 a.m. on KMEM-FM, 100.5, and they author a blog at Dr.Tobler.com. Dr. Randy hosts a Saturday morning political radio talk show out of St. Louis on 97.1 FM.

106 People Donate Blood At Memorial Drive

A total of 96 units of blood were collected by the Red Cross during the May 10th blood drive in Memphis at the First Baptist Church.

A total of 96 units of blood were collected by the Red Cross during the May 10th blood drive in Memphis at the First Baptist Church.

The Spring Red Cross blood drive held in memory of Stryker Anderson, who was born with a rare genetic blood disorder, was met with the greatest turnout we have seen in recent years with one-hundred-six people coming out to give blood.

Ninety-six units were collected during the May 10th blood drive with six first-time donors leading the way: Bobby Anderson, Esther Mae Good, Karla Martin, Faith Miller, Shannon Niffen and Mary E. Olson. May this begin a lifelong habit of giving to this lifesaving cause.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Keegan Beard, a two-gallon pin was awarded to Abraham M. Zimmerman, three-gallon pins were awarded to Mary W. Good and Glenn Zimmerman, a four-gallon pin was awarded to Daniel Hite, Debbie Woods earned her seven-gallon pin, eight-gallon pins were awarded to Brent Bonderant, Priscilla J. Martin and David Zeiset, Jr., Ronnie Boyer earned his nine-gallon pin, Benjie Briggs was awarded her eleven-gallon pin, Richard Middleton earned a twelve-gallon pin and Larry Riney topped the list by earning his nineteen-gallon pin, which is quite an accomplishment.

Congratulations to Larry and all the others who are recognized for reaching their respective milestones in giving.

The Red Cross and local volunteers would also like to thank the community for their patience. With such a large turnout, some were required to endure waiting times far longer than normal.

We will continue to do all we can to make the process more efficient and reduce waiting time. The following local businesses and churches are recognized for their generous donations to this event: The Daisy Patch for supplying long-stem roses to all the donors, J’s Foods for supplying orange juice, The First Presbyterian Church of Memphis for a generous supply of homemade cookies, The First Baptist Church for supplying sandwiches and Pizza Hut for supplying personal pan pizzas to student donors.

Thank, you and God bless all those who came out to donate and all those who gave of their time to make this event possible. May Stryker’ s family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Ruby Red Hats Meet in Memphis

The Rutledge Ruby Red Hats met May 16th at Keith’s Café.

Joann Rood and Marilyn Dunn were hostesses. Joann read some interesting readings and then lunch was served. Door prizes were drawn and given. There were eleven members and two visitors. Attending were, Virginia Hustead, Joyce Bass, Celina Erickson, Marjorie Peterson, Reva Hustead, Jewel Brown, Neta Phillips, Marlene Henry, Ruth Ludwick, Marlyn Camery, Joann Rood, and Marilyn Dunn. Next month’s meeting will be decided later.

Scotland County Area Moving On Program Will Meet May 31st

The Scotland County Area Moving On Program will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m.  Chris Tinkle will have a Special Program.  Everyone is asked to bring a photograph of yourself or family and refreshments will be served by Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.

If you have suffered a loss, this program helps provide support through caring confidential visiting and fellowship with others that have lost love ones.  The group shares support and friendship with each other.  This is a monthly meeting with the time and meeting place decided on by those attending.

For more information or to arrange for a ride, please call Nelda Billups (328-6367), Laura Schenk (465-7363) and Chris Tinkle, program coordinator (465-7322).  Local sponsors of the program include The Daisy Patch, US Bank, Rose Hardware, Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis Funeral Home, Countryside Flowers, Community Bank of Memphis and Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.

Wiggins Addresses Scotland County Republican Committee

The May meeting of the Scotland County Republican Central Committee was held May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the multi-purpose building located at 528 North Adams.

Duane Ebeling, chair, called the meeting to order.  There were 14 in attendance.

Several topics were discussed during the evening.  Jeremy Wiggins was on hand to give an update on his career in politics and what and who he is supporting this election season. Wiggins is an intern on the United States House Ways and Means Committee. This spring he interned in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, also working on State Senator Mike Parsons’ campaign for Lt. Governor. Last summer he interned for U.S. Congressman Jason Smith in Washington D.C. and during the spring of 2015 he worked with state representatives Elaine Gannon and Lyndall Fraker.

This fall Wiggins, a student at the University of Missouri, was elected a national delegate to the Republican National Convention for Donald J. Trump. Wiggins currently is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in business administration. He is the grandson of Dr. Larry Wiggins and Pat Wiggins, both of Memphis.

Light refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed visiting after the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

Submitted by Sandra Ebeling, Secretary.

Pamela Blaine Approved for Jauflione Chapter DAR Membership

The Jauflione Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in the Presbyterian Hospitality Room. Meeting was opened in Ritualistic form by Regent, June Kice. Eleven members answered roll call by naming her Revolutionary War ancestor. Each told a bit about her Patriot.

In the absence of two officers, Angel Chance was appointed acting Secretary and Grace Brown acted as Chaplain.

Opening prayer and devotion was given by Grace Brown.

President General’s message was read by Celina Erickson. National Defense lesson was presented by Marlene Cowell. She also read a short story about “Red Jacket” for Indian minute. Verlee Dauma read a constitution minute.

Minutes of the April meeting were read by Angel Chance.

Treasurer Treva Wittstock gave the treasurer’s report

New business was opened by Treva making the motion we change the time of the May and September meetings to 5:00 o’clock to accommodate members who work. Verlee Dauma seconded and the motion carried.

Nominating committee report was give by chairman, Reta Stott. If June Kice accepts the Regency by default, Corresponding Secretary will have to be elected. Joan Kice was voted in as corresponding secretary. Grace moved we have a scrapbook committee of three. Treva seconded. Treva, Ann and Verlee agreed to accept. Treva will be historian as well as chairman of the committee. All members will help collect material.

All members attending enjoyed viewing the current scrapbook prepared by Rhonda Davis and June Kice.

Regent Kice reported plans are underway for the June 3 tour of the Indian Petroglyphs at Thousand Hills Park near Kirksville. Family members are invited to take part in our tours. We will carpool from June’s.

The memorial committee will purchase books for the Public Library as memorials for deceased members.

A beautiful memorial service was conducted by Grace Brown for departed members Mary Kay Miles, Irene Mayfield and Joan Cecil.

Registrar Verlee Dauma reported one new member’s application has been accepted by National and a second is awaiting approval.

Voting was unanimous for the three names for Children of the American Revolution (CAR) presented last month for consideration. Paper work will be done for Katie Miller, Anna Lee Eckman and Alexis Rose Eckman. The vote was also unanimous for GĂ©organna Madsen whose name was presented last month. Her paper work will be complete with a copy of her birth certificate, marriage certificate and husband’s birth certificate. Her sister is a Jauflione member.

We are happy to receive word from National that Pamela Blaine has been approved for membership. Welcome to our ranks Pamela.

Ann Jutte submitted three names to be considered for membership in Jauflione

Chapter, DAR. Voting will be done at the next meeting.

Program consisted of all attending sharing school memories. We all enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

Delicious refreshments were served by Celina Erickson. A pleasant social hour was enjoyed.

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