April 9, 2009

Producers Meet With Commission to Discuss Animal Health Ordinance

Area livestock producers met with the Scotland County Commission at a special meeting held April 1st at Lakeview Community Center in Rutledge. Between 100 and 150 people were present for the gathering.

During the March 26th regular meeting of the commission, the county had indicated plans to hold a pair of public hearings regarding the a proposed animal health ordinance it had been working on with the Scotland County Concerned Citizens group.

During the session, a number of livestock producers spoke with the commissioners regarding questions about the health ordinance. It was announced that the producers would be holding a meeting April 1st, and the commission agreed to postpone the public hearing on the proposed ordinance until after meeting with the producers to discuss their concerns.

The following are the minutes of the meeting as presented by the Scotland County Clerks office.

Clyde Zimmerman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and stating that this was an informational meeting to learn more about ordinances and how they work. Mr. Zimmerman introduced the Scotland County Commission and asked them to individually speak about some of the problems and concerns they have had to address concerning Scotland Countys health ordinance in particular.

Commissioner Paul Campbell addressed the audience. He stated that Scotland County did have an ordinance but because of enforcement issues the Commissioners scrapped it. Commissioner Campbell admitted that they have been working with a group of individuals to see if another ordinance could possibly be adopted; however, Commissioner Campbell reiterated that this was just talk. Nothing has formally been done. Commissioner Campbell stated that some points have come to the Commission that do not reflect well on the CAFOs in the County. Commissioner Campbell addressed the issue of applicators running up and down the road from the lagoon to the land where the manure is going to be applied. In this case manure is spilled on the roads and the neighbors do not like it. Additionally these full applicators are tearing up the county roads. Commissioner Campbell asked the producers to try to use good judgment when hauling and spreading manure. Be as clean as possible when hauling manure and, while the process is weather permitting, try to work the manure in as quickly as possible when spreading to help the smell and nutrient levels. Problems from dairies are getting blamed on CAFOs. Commissioner Campbell asked the producers to be aware of their neighbors. Please watch for drainage on your neighbors property if you cannot work the manure in quickly. He restated that these are merely points the Commission was asked to address. The Commission is not trying to govern the dairies. He then asked Presiding Commissioner Mike Stephenson and Commissioner Denis (Deny) Clatt if they had anything else to address.

Presiding Commissioner Stephenson and Commissioner Clatt replied that Commissioner Campbell had addressed all their concerns.

Mr. Edwin Brubaker addressed the audience about local dairy farms. He stated that there are currently 39 dairy farms in Scotland County, and those dairy farms employee approximately 50 families. He commented that these 39 dairies combined have around 3,000 cows, and last year those farms generated nearly $10 million in revenue. According to his statistics, each dollar generated by these dairies turns over seven times within the County equaling a $70 million impact on the County. The 39 local dairies paid approximately $100,000.00 in county taxes. Mr. Brubaker then spoke about some concerns he had with the proposed health ordinance. He stated that if a producer expands his business he will fall under the proposed ordinance because of the way it is written. He was also concerned about the citizens advisory board being composed of non-CAFO people. Mr. Brubaker felt that non-producers would not be qualified to be on the advisory board, and suggested that it would be difficult to determine who, besides employees of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), would be qualified to be on that board. Mr. Brubaker said that all Grade A dairies must have an approved sewage system for their homes; whereas most country homes merely drain sewage into the grader ditch. He asked how water quality was affected differently between manure from a confinement and manure from a home. Mr. Brubaker addressed the problem of manure being spilled on the roads. He believes that all producers have the responsibility to be a good neighbor. While mistakes happen, there should be a plan of action in place to clean the spill. He suggested that the careless producers should have to clean the mess and fix the road. Mr. Brubaker also commented that grain trucks also tear up the rock roads, but they do not stink.

Dave Drenum with Missouri Dairy Association stated that there are only 18 counties in Missouri with a health ordinance. The Dairy Association is opposed to these ordinances because more restrictions results in increased costs to the producers. Missouri is a milk-deficit state (i.e. we haul more milk into Missouri than we produce), so he believes that the state needs more dairies. Increasing cost of production is not going to increase dairies. Mr. Drenum clarified that 210 cows equals 300 Animal Units (AU) (0.7 of a cow equals 1 AU). Producers must remember that all animals, hogs, dairy cows, dry cows, etc., are considered when figuring total AUs. The average dairy is 65 cows, however most dairies around here are smaller. Mr. Drenum believes that the proposed ordinance does not offer practical solutions for producers. The proposed ordinance mandates disposal of dead animals within 24 hours. This is not feasible because new laws require dead animals to have the brain and spinal cord removed. Not many rendering companies can do this without passing the cost on to the producer. Mr. Drenum also said that knifing in the manure would not be feasible. He expressed the need to adopt a Best Management Practices policy, not an ordinance. Dairies do not need an ordinance because they are highly inspected since they are dealing with a perishable product. Mr. Drenum introduced Kevin Frankenbock from Marion County, and stated that Barry Stevens at the University would be willing to help anyone with questions about this ordinance.

Jerry Foster, Cargill Environmental Manager (and past DNR employee) stated that 0.7 of a cow is 1 AU, and an animal counts once it is weaned. Mr. Foster informed the audience that DNR has composed an odor commission, but it only regulates Class IA Operations (Sharps is the only one in the state). This commission is backed by the Missouri Clean Air Commission. Mr. Foster said that DNR is also looking at new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and what effect they would have on Missouri Law affecting CAFOs.

Gigi Wahba asked Mr. Brubaker if dairies would be affected by this ordinance because they did not confine their cows for a 45-day period. Mr. Brubaker said that they take their cows to the barns every day, and that counts as confinement, thus the ordinance affects the dairies.

Mr. Drenum recognized Larry Frederick from Baring, who is also with the Missouri Dairy Association. He then asked Mr. Foster to answer questions from the audience.

Mr. Foster began by clarifying that he is no longer a DNR employee; he is a Cargill employee. If anyone has any questions for DNR he advised them to contact Joe England at DNR in Jefferson City (800) 361-4827 or Joe Bowdish at the Macon office.

Presiding Commissioner Stephenson asked Mr. Foster if he felt that state regulations were coming closer to regulating these CAFOs.

Mr. Foster replied that he felt state regulations were becoming more strict because they are developing a new nutrient management technical standard.

Mr. Jay Sensenig asked Mr. Foster about the proposed ordinance requiring the producer to inject manure 8 inches deep.

Mr. Foster stated that injecting manure 8 inches is a pretty severe requirement. He also replied that injecting the manure too deep causes more problems. For example, manure injected past the level where breakdown occurs would cause the manure to stay in the ground. Mr. Foster referred the question to Bryan Ripland, agronomist with Pennacal.

Mr. Ripland replied that he would be worried about injecting manure 8 inches because the root systems cannot get down that far in a wet year. Mr. Ripland went on to say that this proposed ordinance has some scary things in it. He asked who would regulate the ordinance. Who would be conducting the soil testing, and paying for that testing with the price of things going up? He suggested spending that money on educating producers as to what the County expected of them. Perhaps, he suggested, the County would be better off being proactive than reactive.

Commissioner Clatt asked Mr. Ripland how deep he would knife in the manure. Mr. Ripland replied that he thought 6 inches was ideal that way the manure is just covered and gets to where the roots are located.

Mr. Foster asked if injecting was always appropriate as some land is not suitable for injecting.

Mr. Brubaker commented that it is nearly impossible to inject dairy manure.

Mr. Ripland agreed with Mr. Brubaker as diary manure has more solids than hog manure. A larger injector would be required and add cost to the producer.

Commissioner Clatt asked Mr. Brubaker if he could disc in the manure immediately after spreading. Brubaker replied that the manure had to have time to dry before discing it in or he would get stuck.

Mr. Ripland said it would take a lot of time and money to do the testing this proposed ordinance requires and it would be difficult to prove the testing was actually being done. He also said the producers would have to be educated on how to do the testing.

Ms. Wahba stated that she is part of the group advocating the ordinance. She said that hog manure is different from dairy manure because of the antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being fed to the hogs. She suggested that the dairymen were being told this ordinance would apply to them in the future and she does not think they should believe it.

Mr. Ripland asked Ms. Wahba to whom this ordinance would apply. Ms. Wahba replied that this ordinance would apply to animals that are indoors all the time. There are 8 to 10 facilities in the County now, but the factory system has problems.

Mr. Ripland asked Ms. Wahba if those animals in confinements are treated differently from animals on pasture.

Ms. Wahba responded that animals in confinements are treated differently because they are fed large amounts of antibiotics and GMOs.

A gentleman stated that he had sows outside for years and recently moved them inside. Now he has large amounts of manure to haul out of his pit. He would like to know where all that manure went when the sows were outside.

Mr. Foster addressed the Commission by asking them to consider three questions. First, where do regulations stop? He questioned if the Commission was going to stop farmers from planting round-up ready soybeans (also a GMO)? He asked the Commission to consider land values. In his experience, land values are lower where ordinances are in place. Last he asked the Commission to consider what was driving this ordinance-health, social, or economic concerns.

An individual asked how manure compared to anhydrous.

Mr. Foster replied that manure is more natural than anhydrous; however, all things should be used in moderation. Anhydrous has more phosphorus than manure, which burns up earthworms and other microbes. As long as manure is not injected too deep it works with microbes to add organic matter (which soil in this area is lacking) to the soil. Anhydrous breaks down organic matter.

Kevin Frankenbock from Marion County said that Marion County threw out their ordinance. The Commission had a group of people come to them requesting to reinstate the ordinance. The Commission said they had no intent to do so, so the group went to the County Health Board and got the ordinance reinstated. He said that anytime the county did a referendum the producers won hands down.

Presiding Commissioner Stephenson apologized to all the producers in attendance for ever supporting the ordinance, and stated that he would continue to oppose reinstating the ordinance. He was received with ovations from the crowd.

Tim Steinkamp with Cargill spoke about confining animals and feeding them GMOs. He stated that this ordinance is a vehicle to stop commercial livestock production in Scotland County.

Dee Ruth asked the Commission how they would handle this proposed ordinance as they did not enforce the previous ordinance. She feels that producers need only be regulated by DNR.

A gentleman asked how much revenue a CAFO generates.

Mr. Frakenbock estimated that a 5,000 head unit would generate approximately $7,000 in tax revenue.

The Commission asked if they had this ordinance and it drove the numbers down what would they do to make up the revenue for schools.

The Commission replied that they did not heavily rely on this income, but if they did the only option they would have would be to raise the tax levy for the school.

Garth Lloyd said that he detected fear in the room. He said that the last ordinance did not affect the dairies and this one would not either.

Many dairy producers stated that this ordinance would affect them.

Mr. Clyde Zimmerman closed the meeting.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

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Shoes From the Heart Visits SCR-I Elementary

The Scotland County R-1 Elementary Student Council, Mrs. Fromm, and Principal, Erin Tallman accepted shoe donations for 30 SCR-1 students Tuesday, March 21st. The donating organization, Shoes From the Heart, a ministry started by Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, with the help of generous supporters, plans to provide approximately 36,000 pairs of shoes to needy children throughout Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas in 2017.

by Andrea Brassfield

Shoes From the Heart, a ministry whose mission is to provide brand new shoes to children, visited Scotland County’s Elementary school Tuesday, March 21st, handing out 30 pairs of shoes to children there.

Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, started the ministry in Macon, MO in 2012.  At that time, their goal was to provide 65 pairs of new tennis shoes to the children at the Macon County Head Start.  Since then, they have expanded to serving over 70 counties in Missouri and helping over 28,000 children.  Last year, they handed out over 16,000 pairs of shoes and in 2017 they expect to give out around 36,000 pairs of shoes!

Donnie says the idea of Shoes From the Heart came from his late wife, Cindy.  “She wanted to help local children have new shoes,” he stated.  Donnie added, “There are several programs like this designed to help children in other counties, but Cindy wanted to help children closer to home.”

Since 2012, the mission has expanded from Head Start and churches into elementary schools across Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  Currently, they are making a trip across northern Missouri and plan to visit ten schools this week.

Donnie is very appreciative of all the support they have received, stating, “We have been blessed to have the support of regional communities and organizations along with corporate sponsors across Missouri and the Midwest helping us on our journey.”

The organization currently has four offices in Missouri, including Macon, St. Joseph, Hannibal, and St. Louis.  Because they order so many pairs of shoes in mass quantities, they are able to purchase them for around $10 each.

In addition to donations, Shoes From the Heart is always looking for volunteers to help in different ways.  If you are interested in being part of their team by helping to work current events and organize future events, you can contact them through their website at shoesfromtheheart.org/volunteer.html, by calling 660-353-9915 or emailing at shoesfromtheheart@gmail.com.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Tigers Rally to Win Baseball Opener 11-9 Over Highland

Lane Pence takes the throw to the plate to force out the Highland runner as the Tigers rallied to beat the Cougars 11-9 in the 2017 baseball season opener.

High expectations heading into the 2017 baseball season were quickly challenged on Monday night in Memphis as the Scotland County Tigers fell behind Highland 5-0.

But the pitching depth that is expected to fuel a possible post season run for SCR-I was on display, combined with some timely hitting that allowed Scotland County to rally for an 11-9 victory.

The Tigers fell behind early as starter Grant Campbell was plagued with some control issues that were compounded by some untimely fielding miscues by his defense.

A leadoff walk turned into a run for Highland courtesy of a pair of Scotland County errors that allowed the Cougars to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Tigers couldn’t take advantage of a Highland error that allowed Gage Dodge to reach to start the bottom of the frame. Aaron Buford followed with a base on balls but both runners were stranded.

Highland added to its early lead with a big second inning. A leadoff single turned into a run courtesy of two more SCR-I fielding miscues. A walk and a hits batsman loaded the bases. The Cougars plated two runs with a base hit an made the score 5-0 on another SCR-I error. But Campbell helped his own cause, making a diving stop on a blooper back through the box, throwing from his knees to nab the runner at the plate before striking out the final batter to keep the deficit at 5-0.

Aaron Blessing started a two-out rally in the second inning with a walk. After Will Pickerell singled, Dodge worked a base on balls to load the sacks for Buford who mashed a three-run triple in the right-center field gap to trim the lead to 5-3.

Will Pickerell laces a base hit.

Highland finally chased Campbell in the third, tacking on two more tallies, loading the bases with a pair of hits and a walk. Campbell walked in a run before a high bouncer off the plate turned into an infield single to make the score 7-3. Fromm relieved Campbell to record the final out of the inning via a strikeout.

SCR-I got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Catcher Lane Pence reached on an error. Courtesy runner Ryan Slaughter stole second and came in to score on a base hit by Blessing to make the score 7-4.

Pence gunned down a would-be base stealer in the fourth to erase a walk by Fromm, who faced the minimum in the frame.

That set up a key fourth-inning rally for the Tigers.

Buford started the excitement, reaching on an error. Fromm crushed a deep fly ball to right field that turned into a double. Campbell and Justin McKee followed with RBI singles before Elijah Cooley put Scotland County ahead with a two run base hit. A walk to Blessing ended starter Tommy Harvey’s night. Dodge greeted reliever Riley Eisenberg with a two run double to make the score 10-7.

Highland made the score 10-8 with a pair of hits in the fifth inning. An error on SCR-I allowed a run to score before Fromm struck out the side to end the threat.

Slaughter manufactured a run in the fifth inning with his speed on the bases. He generated a balk on the pitcher and later stole third before scoring on a wild pitch to push the lead to 11-8.

Highland loaded the bases in the sixth and a Cody Kessler single trimmed the lead to 11-9 before Fromm again came up with a big strikeout to close the frame.

The sophomore hurler finished off the win with a solid seventh inning to earn the victory. Fromm tossed 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Campbell was tagged with seven runs, six earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three.

Eight different Tigers recorded a hit in the contest. Blessing was 1-1 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Buford went 1-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and three RBIs and Cooley was 1-2 with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs.

Buford, Campbell Earn All-Conference Basketball Honors

 

Aaron Buford

Two Scotland County seniors were honored by the coaches of the Lewis & Clark Conference when the league announced its all-conference picks following the completion of the 2016-17 hoops season.

Aaron Buford was named to the L&C 2nd Team. Buford was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per contest. The point guard led the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.4 boards a night and was also tops on the team with 153 assists on the year, averaging 6.1 per game. Mr. Versatility also was tops on the Tigers in blocks and steals, pilfering 3.3 passes per contest.

Teammate Grant Campbell earned third team all-conference honors. The forward led SCR-I in scoring averaging 12.4 points a game, while shooting 32% from three-point range.

Scotland County finished 4-4 in conference play in the school’s first season as a member of the Lewis & Clark Conference. Knox County, Harrisburg and Salisbury finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship.

Named to the L&C 1st team were: Blake Dawson, a  junior from Fayette;  Cade Combs, a  junior from  Harrisburg; Noah Talton, a senior from Knox County; Makenzie Fessler, a senior from Marceline; and seniors Garrett Francis and Evan Fessler of Salisbury.

Grant Campbell

 

Joining Buford on the L&C 2nd team were: Tommy Phillips, a senior from Fayette; Brendan Gray a senior and Cody Karl, a junior from Harrisburg; Hayden Miller, a junior from Knox County; and Keaton Nelson, a senior from Schuyler County.

Named to the 3rd team along with Campbell were: Robby Robinson, a senior from Fayette; Kyle Strange, a senior from Knox County; Dylan Painter, a senior from Paris; Gavin Ramsey, a junior from  Salisbury; Riley Veatch, a junior from Schuyler County;  and Ben Miller, a sophomore from Westran.

Bridge Work Will Close Route A on March 28th

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be continuing road work in Scotland County this week and next.

Work was scheduled on Route M for March 17 and March 20, with the road being temporarily closed between Route MM and about a quarter mile south of Route MM, for culvert replacements.

On Tuesday, March 28, Route A will be temporarily closed between two and half miles south of Route U and about 10 miles south of Route U for bridge maintenance.

The work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this time.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Auction, BBQ Will Benefit Gospel Express Ministries

A benefit auction to support Gospel Express Ministries is being held Tuesday, March 28th at the Scotland County Livestock Market in Memphis, MO.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a delicious free will chicken BBQ supper followed by an auction beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to cattle, lots of local business donations and miscellaneous items will be sold during the auction.  One hundred percent of the proceeds raised during the evening will go to bibles and bible study courses for prison inmates!

Gospel Express Ministries is an evangelistic ministry in prisons, churches and however God chooses.  The ministry has expanded to include community tent crusades. Support chaplaincy programs, comprehensive Bible study correspondence courses and a New Testament ministry to prisoners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about the BBQ meal and benefit auction, contact Delmar Martin at 660-216-0548, Darin Shank at 660-216-1870 or Ralph Burkholder at 660-341-1927.  Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the evening!

Raytec Manufacturing Makes ‘Seamless’ Transition to New Location South of Memphis

Raytec Manufacturing has moved into its new facility, located 2.5 miles south of Memphis on Highway 15.

After more than 25 years manufacturing seamless gutter and metal roofing products in Memphis, Raytec Manufacturing has opened a new manufacturing center south of town.

Established in the early 1970’s, Raytec LLC, is a Pennsylvania based manufacturer catering to the seamless gutter and roofing industry.  The company specializes in using a variety of metals to produce seamless gutter hangers, step flashing and long shaped metal roofing products. In addition, Raytec also fabricates items for Agriculture using trademarked names of Way Pig hog scales and Caf-Cart.

The Caf-Cart is a calf transporting item. All products provide solutions to the unique problems faced by both small and large farms.

In March of 1990 the company expanded to Memphis, MO. The original objective of this facility was to distribute to the Mid West and the Western area of the country. The result was to be faster transit times, and provide a more regional buying experience to the customers in these areas. As the years went by, the original building has been expanded several times, remodeled and re-fitted with updated machinery.

Today, the Memphis facility performs light manufacturing including, but not limited to, hidden gutter hangers and step flashing.

Since those early days, many products have been developed which have proven to be helpful to farmers and contractors in the building industry.

After many years of adding on and remodeling the existing building, the company decided it was time to move into a larger location, constructing a new building on Highway 15, just south of Memphis, a project that was completed this winter.

The larger facility is better suited for the current and future manufacturing and distribution requirements.

Raytec will host a open house at the new facility on Thursday April 6, 2017 from 1 – 8 p.m. The building is located on Highway 15, approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 136 junction.

Educational tours of the building will be offered. Visitors can watch men and machinery transform metal coil into usable finished building products. Displays of gutter accessories and agriculture products will also be featured while visitors will learn about the company and all its capabilities.

The company also noted there are plans to have the craftsman that performed the  work on the new building, available for the public to meet, greet and discuss any  upcoming building or remodeling projects of their own.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact, Raytec Manufacturing; phone 660-883-5367.

JOHN RICHARD BARNES (2/3/1931 – 3/15/ 2017)

John Richard Barnes, 86, of Sarasota, Florida, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Beneva Lakes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Sarasota under hospice care.

He was born February 3, 1931, in Blandinsville, Illinois, to S.J. and Evelyn (Mitchell) Barnes.

Richard was united in marriage to Kathryn Ingram on December 22, 1951 in Downing, Missouri. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2016.

Mr. Barnes was also preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Curtis and Edythe Ingram; one son, Richard L. Barnes; sisters, Wilma Fitzgerald and Mary Lou McGeeney; sister-in-law, Carolyn Ingram; brothers- in-law, Augustus Crivolio, Ralph West, Thomas McGeeney, and David Ingram; nieces, Christy Eddlemen and Susan Veltri; and nephews, Robert Shellnut and Joseph West.

Surviving are his son, Michael Barnes and wife Brenda of Sarasota, Florida; and a daughter, Terri Emel and husband Danny of Memphis, Missouri; sisters, Eva West of Ocala, Florida, Carol Crivolio of Ocala, Florida, and Donna Eddlemen of Zephyhills, Florida, and brother, David Barnes (Mary Ann) of Kahoka, Missouri. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Wendy (Chester) Gipson, Robert (Kathy) Barnes, Greg (Erin) Barnes, Evan (Andrea) Emel, Aaron (Ashley) Emel, and Nicholas Barnes; and great-grandchildren, Madyson, Amanda, and Chester Gipson, John Jacob, Alexis, and Chase Barnes, Lily, Molly, and Matthew Barnes, Finley and Charley Emel, Isabella and Eva Emel, and Benjamin and Nathan Barnes, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard attended elementary school in Blandinsville, IL, until the age of 13, and then moved to a farm with his parents and siblings near Memphis, Missouri. He attended Union Rural Elementary School and graduated from Memphis High School. After graduation in 1949, he got a job with the Department of Agriculture and travelled the state of Missouri for four years helping the department to eradicate invasive plants and bushes in the state.

After marrying his wife, Kathryn, and moving to Memphis, MO, they purchased the Prairie Farms Milk Dairy business based out of Quincy, IL, and ran milk routes to grocery stores, schools, and restaurants in Memphis and surrounding towns for 20 years. In 1974, Richard and Kathryn sold their business and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he built several houses before retiring.

Richard’s passion was doing landscape projects and lawn care and traveling to visit family and friends. His hobbies included biking, swimming, walking the beach, and reading. He collected many tools in his workshop and kept a very tidy shed. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and telling them stories of his childhood.

A memorial service at Toale Brothers Chapel will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Therapy Department, P. O. Box 5202. Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202.

ROBERT B. COX (1/21/1930 – 3/15/2017)

Robert B. Cox age 87 from Keosauqua, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Keosauqua Health Care Center.

Robert will be cremated and a memorial service and burial will be at a later date.

In-lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials can be mailed to Sharon Cox, PO Box 8, Keosauqua, IA 52565.

Robert was born January 21, 1930 to Richard and Clara (Baker) Cox at Fairfield Hospital.

He married Jean Hartman of Fairfield. To this marriage, they had three children, Deborah, Karen and Steven. Jean and Robert later divorced and he married Sharon Schlotter on March 13, 1976 and adopted son, Eric.

Robert graduated from Fairfield High School Class 1947. He attended University of Colorado for two years majoring in Institute of Organization Management, Iowa State University for 1 year majoring in Engineering and Business Management, General Motors Sales Institute and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy studying Communication Management and Operator Instructor.

Robert served four years in the US Air Force from 1951 – 1954 as a Photographer, Script Writer, Electronics Technician & Public Information Officer.

Robert was partner of C & 0 Motors in Fairfield for five years. He was a member of Fairfield Elks Club & past Exalted Ruler. Robert became a manger of Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Fairfield Industrial Development Corp. He served for several years as Director of Jefferson County Civil Defense, developed and served as, Chief of Jefferson County Police & Sheriff Reserves. Robert became very involved state wide in the development of High Band Radios for public safety and 911 emergency systems. He developed & managed 911 systems in Pottawattamie & Council Bluffs, IA for five years. He developed a 911 system in Sioux Falls, SD and served as director in this capacity for 15 years before retirement. Robert received Outstanding Citizen Award from Iowa Chamber of Commerce and Certificate of Appreciation Pottawattamie County Fire Chiefs, Council Bluffs, Iowa Police & Sheriff Department from the City of Fairfield, IA and Minnehaha County Fire Chiefs.

In 2001 he moved to Roberts Park in Keosauqua, IA and developed Cedar Hills Antiques before he completely retired.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Cox of Keosauqua, IA; four children, Deborah Wesely of Omaha, NE, Steven (Sara) Cox of Springfield, MO, Karen (Tim) Buchan of Omaha, NE and Eric (Deb) Cox of Fairmont, MN; four grandchildren; Jason (Renee) Wesely, Justin (Pam) Smith, Julie Wesely and Nick Buchan; four great grandchildren; one sister, Myrna (Jim) Holcomb; and mother-in-law, Marilyn Schlotter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Cox; father-in-law, Robert Schlotter.

Online condolences can be made to the family at behnerfh.com.

BABY CARDWELL

Evan and Luisa Cardwell of Edina, MO are the parents of a daughter, Emersyn Jane Cardwell, born March 15, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Emersyn weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Leslie and Kim Cardwell of Edina; Rob and Katrina Hamlin of Wright City; and Marci Novillo of Orlando, FL.

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