May 14, 2009

Continuing County Health Ordinance Debate Draws Capacity Crowd to Courthouse

Commissioners Paul Campbell and Deny Clatt resided over a packed crowd in the circuit courtroom of the Scotland County courthouse on May 7th as interested parties gathered to voice concerns regarding the countys ongoing debate regarding the recently rescinded county health ordinance that had governed concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

It was standing room only, with well over 100 livestock producers, concerned citizens and interested parties on hand to see what the countys next step will be.

We are here to hear peoples, concerns, thoughts and suggestions on this issue, said Campbell to open the meeting. We had a health ordinance, rescinded it, and now there are folks who want it reinstated, and those who do not. We want to get a feel from the people of the county on their thoughts on whether or not to have a health ordinance.

Chipper Harris was the first to step to the microphone to address the issue that he felt had polarized the community.

One of the commissioners stated that most people dont give a damn about this issue, but I have some information to present that will show you that they disagree, Harris said.

He noted that many county residents were intimidated by the emotions involved in this sometimes heated debate for and against the health ordinance. That was the motivation to begin circulation of a non-confrontational petition that simply called for the reinstatement of the countys original court-tested health ordinance. Harris said in less than six days, with no advertising, that more than 400 people had signed the petitions.

This is what we are trying to tell, people are interested in this issue, Harris said.

He proposed the county get back to square one, reinstating the original ordinance. He pointed out that it had stood up for nearly four years without any major issues. He added that most people were concerned about setbacks and handling of the manure, which were governed in the original law, and less worried about the air and water quality stipulations that had been proposed in the latest revision of the ordinance that was being considered.

Harris pointed out that Linn County, the model for the ordinance, had experienced $70,000 in court costs defending the law in 1999-2000, when the ordinance was upheld.

Since that point, they have spent zero dollars on enforcement of the ordinance, Harris said. So the argument that the county doesnt have the money to does this, doesnt hold true.

Dr. Randall Tobler addressed the gathering regarding concerns for public health. He noted that as far back as 2004, national health organizations were asking for a moratorium on CAFOs. He pointed out that the scientific data was readily available to make the argument for the medical impacts of animal confinements.

Im concerned for the health of the indivduals working in these facilities, as well as those living around them, Tobler said.

However he pointed out that the health ordinance was not attempting to eliminate CAFOs, simply to increase setbacks for neighboring residences and controlling manure distribution to reduce runoff, which added were the best medical options.

This is not an either, or equation, its a both, Tobler said. This is not a Trojan horse attempt to sneak in an ordinance that will open the door to eliminate CAFOs in the future.

The doctor encouraged the commissioners to implement a sensible, easily enforceable ordinance.

Larry Geske of Downing stated that CAFOs are already regulated by state and federal laws and that this wasnt a county issue.

You folks are at the wrong window to make these complaints, he said. This is a state and federal issue. Make those people do their jobs. You are just adding cost to the county, when this is something we are already paying to have the state and the feds do.

Jeanne Snodgrass pointed out that the county ordinance had offered regulations for smaller CAFOs which currently are not regulated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Without the local ordinance, it is possible to have numerous, small CAFOs to avoid the state and federal rules, she said.

Rudy Wilson reinforced this sentiment.

Right now you can have 2,400 hogs, 50 feet from someones home with no restrictions, he said. There is not a thing in the world they can do about it. Ill tell you, 2,400 head stinks.

With the support aired for the original ordinance, Gary Ahrens questioned why it was repealed.

Commissioner Campbell stated the county did not have the expertise or the equipment to enforce air and water quality issues.

I think we felt like we had an ordinance that we couldnt enforce, so we felt like we were better off without it, Campbell said.

Producer Steve Robinson pointed out that it was threats of lawsuits from concerned citizens, not livestock producers that ultimately forced the commission to repeal the law.

Another producer voiced what appears to be an underlying concern for livestock producers when he stated that whatever ordinance is put into place, will eventually not be good enough, and years down the road there will be no animals in confinement.

Farmer Kenny McNamar reiterated that point, questioning where push for growing regulations ends. He added that pushing livestock producers out of the county also negatively impacts grain farmers, who produce the feed for the animals.

Another producer pointed out that his dairy heard mortality rate had dramatically declined when he transformed his operation from grazing to confined feeding. He also offered statistics regarding organic foods, noting that consumers are assuming they are better for them, but nutritional studies do not necessarily back up those assertions.

He pointed out that cities have rules in place to keep cows and pigs in the country where they belong. But now folks are moving out of the city into the country and they are changing their minds, grasping at whatever argument they can find to try to make the country more like the city.

Jamie Triplett agreed with the argument, stating he didnt like to see efforts to control CAFOs coming under the heading of health.

I hope you dont pass an ordinance that makes me run three miles and eat one less meal a day, it probably would kill me, he joked.

While a number of pros and cons were voiced, there seemed to be an underlying tone of attempting to find some common ground.

Tony Sirna encouraged the commission to bring producers into the mix with the concerned citizens to craft an ordinance that worked for both parties and insured CAFO owners that the law was not an effort to prevent their enterprise.

Commissioner Campbell noted that if the health ordinance was reinstated, it would not regulate the existing CAFOs in the county and only would impact new construction.

Commissioner Clatt admitted he was continuing to wrestle with the issue.

I have buildings as close to my home as anyone else in the county, he said demonstrating the issues impact on him personally.

Ultimately no action was taken by the commission.

Campbell sated all of the input would be taken under advisement, adding that any future action on the issue would be done in public hearings with advanced public notice.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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