October 29, 2009

Flu Bug Bites Scotland County

The first flakes of snow have yet to fly in Scotland County, and already the Scotland County R-I school district will have to worry about makeup days. The lost vacation time comes courtesy of the flu bug, which forced the SCR-I district to close its doors Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27.

With a high number of absences on Thursday, and no school on Friday, we felt like the extended break would be beneficial for our students health, said SCR-I Superintendent Dave Shalley.

The SCR-I board met on Saturday to discuss the decision. A total of 86 students missed school on Thurday due to illness. The district was out of session on Friday for a regularly scheduled professional development day utilized for parent/teacher conferences.

That off day combined with the weekend, had the district already 60% of the way toward the recommended five-day clearance period to allow the illness cycle a solid chance of being broken.

The illness outbreak is believed to be related to H1NI, but health officials and school administrators agreed it is likely a combination of more than one type of virus being circulated.

We dont have a confirmed case of H1NI because there is no testing being done in our county, said Margaret Curry, administrator of the Scotland County Health Department. There is only a few sites in Region B that do the testing due to the high cost. We have had cases reported by physicians that they believe are H1N1.

Curry added that state officials are classifying most flu-like illness as H1N1 because it is too early in the year for the seasonal flu and the age group it is targeting is not typical for seasonal flu.

The symptoms of H1N1 include fever, chills, cough, body aches, sore throat, runny or congested nose, headache, fatigue, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea, said Dr. Julie McNabb of Scotland County Memorial Hospital. Not everyone will have all of these symptoms, and specifically some people will not have a fever. If you do get sick with these symptoms it is important to stay at home away from other people so as to not spread the disease.

McNabb stated that H1N1 flu is spread the same way as the seasonal influenza is, through respiratory droplets. Coughing and sneezing deposits the virus on other people and objects, allowing the virus to be picked-up by another person, eventually carried to the nose, where the virus will continue to grow and spread again.

The school closings were coupled with other similar moves in the child-care fields. McNabb indicated may be deemed necessary as children are at a higher risk with H1N1.

H1N1 has shown itself as being especially hard on people who are younger than 5 years old, pregnant, older than 65 years, or have certain underlying medical conditions, said McNabb.

Hospitalized people are also at increased risk of catching the H1N1 virus simply because of their altered medical condition.

Because they are in essence confined to their beds they cannot leave if someone who is ill enters their room, McNabb said. They are dependent upon visitors being considerate of their weakened state. Persons who are ill, if possible, should reschedule their visit to hospitalized patients until they are well again.

In response to the flu outbreak, SCMH has implemented temporary changes to its visitor policy.

Visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors must report to the nurses station where they will be required to complete a wellness questionnaire. Patients in the Womens Center will be limited to one visitor, and Inpatient Services patients will be limited to two patients. No visitors under age will be allowed.

The health department is continuing to offer H1N1 vaccinations. Curry noted that limited resources mean that priority groups guidelines need to be followed.

These are healthcare workers and EMS workers who have direct patient care, people who live with or care for infants under 6 months of age, healthy children 2 years to 18 years of age, she said. If your child is 6 months to 3 years of age or over two with a medical condition we do not have any vaccine for them at this time. We also dont have a vaccine for pregnant women, but we hope to have it in the next couple of weeks.

That shortage may have been remedied late last week when Missouris top public health official granted an exemption to allow pregnant women and parents of children less than three years old to choose whether to receive flu vaccine containing a mercury-based preservative.

Margaret Donnelly, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, determined that a shortage of preservative-free vaccine was preventing pregnant women and young children from obtaining the new H1N1 vaccine.

Donnellys action temporarily sets aside a statute that prohibited pregnant women and children under three from receiving vaccine with this preservative.

The H1N1 flu is now widespread throughout Missouri, Donnelly said. We know that pregnant women and young children are the most susceptible to this illness. But delays in vaccine production have created a situation where the most vulnerable people were left without vaccine protection.

Donnelly urged women and the parents of young children to consult their health care provider to determine whether any vaccine is appropriate for them.

Under the exemption, pregnant women and families of children younger than three years old will be able to decide whether to receive vaccines that contain small traces of mercury-based preservative.

Curry noted that after the initial priority groups vaccination needs are met, the local health department will expand the availability of the immunizations.

After these groups have been met we will do the 19 to 64 year olds, she said. We have had a lot of older people wanting the H1N1 vaccine but at this time we ask that they wait until after we get the groups that are at risk.

She said that senior adults are not listed among the priority groups for H1N1 vaccine. According to the CDC, current studies indicate that the risk for H1N1 infection among persons age 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups.

It is believed that the older persons, who have been exposed to many different influenza viruses in their lifetime, may have some immunity against this new H1N1 flu strain, said Curry. Therefore, we ask that older people wait until higher risk groups have a chance to receive the vaccine.

Curry said that as soon as available vaccine supplies meet the needs of the highest risk groups, they should be offering H1N1 vaccination to people 65 years and older. Curry asked that everyone please be patient that vaccine should eventually be available for everyone.

Evan Hite Travels to Washington D.C. for NEMR Telecom Youth Tour

Ashley Morelock and Evan Hite recently attended the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C.  The duo, sponsored by NEMR Telecom, are pictured at the Federal Communications Commission.

Ashley Morelock and Evan Hite recently attended the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C. The duo, sponsored by NEMR Telecom, are pictured at the Federal Communications Commission.

A pair of local students were among the 110 high school representatives who participated in the 22nd Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour.

Each summer the FRS Youth Tour brings together high school students from across rural North America to visit the nation’s capital and learn about rural telecommunications. The tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities as well as with key legislative, regulatory and government figures.  Since its inception in 1995, the youth tour has hosted thousands of students.

NEMR Telecom’s representatives this year were Evan Hite, son of Dan and Nancy Hite, from Scotland County R-I; and Ashley Morelock, daughter of Richard and Wanda Morelock, from Adair County R-I.

The five-day trip was packed full of activities which included a visit to Mount Vernon, home to George Washington, the Smithsonian Museum, a beautiful nighttime tour of the Monuments and a stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue.  A very memorable visit to Arlington National Cemetery is always a favorite of the students.

A highlight of the trip this year was the afternoon spent on Capitol Hill.  The groups could then split up and visit the US Capitol, their own senator’s office and the Library of Congress or Supreme Court.

NEMR Telecom sends two students every year.  If you would like more information on the FRS Washington DC Youth Tour, please contact NEMR Telecom at 660-874-4111.

Outlaw Rodeo at the Scotland County Fair Tuesday, July 12th

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The action continues on Tuesday evening, July 12th at the Scotland County Fair with Outlaw/5J Rodeo Company hosting the ultimate rodeo experience beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Events will include Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Tie Down Roping.

Outlaw Rodeo/5J Rodeo Company evolved from the dreams of Lance McCollum and his wife, Joey.  In 1992, after being raised in a rodeo family, Lance decided to try his hand at fighting bulls.  After a few bullfighting schools and a lot of bumps and bruises, his career as a bullfighter took off.  “Lightning” Lance McCollum fought bulls for many years in the PRCA, MRCA, URA, NFPB, and several other associations.  He was named Bullfighter of the Year three times.

In 1998, Lance decided to take on his next big dream of becoming a stock contractor and pickup man.  This is where 5J Rodeo Company began.  It started with bucking horses, but soon Lance and wife, Joey, along with the rest of the McCollum family, dove head first into buying the best rodeo horses and bulls they could find.

In 2001, while Lance had been fighting bulls and picking up for the legendary Outlaw Rodeo Productions, the opportunity to become partners with them opened up. Without hesitation, Lance and Joey jumped right on board.  Outlaw Rodeo took on the production, paperwork and PR side of the rodeo, while 5J Rodeo Company took care of the arena setup, professional personnel and the award winning livestock.

Once again, 2015 started another new adventure for the McCollum Family.  After being partners for over a decade, the owners of Outlaw Rodeo Productions decided it was time to retire and 5J Rodeo Company purchased Outlaw Rodeo Productions.

To this day, Lance is still picking up broncs.  Joey helps keep books.  Lance’s brother Jeff runs the bucking chutes as the flank man.  Daughters Kacey and Emma, along with nephews Jackson, Ethan, and Jate help keep the calf pens running smoothly, and Nanny Linda oversees them all!  It is truly a family affair.

Come out to the Scotland County Fair, Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy an evening of rodeo entertainment!

DONALD LEE ALEXANDER (10/24/1935 – 6/21/2016)

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Donald Lee Alexander, 80, of Moore, SC, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at National Healthcare-Greer, SC.  Born in a log cabin on October 24, 1935, in Lesterville, MO, he was the son of the late Walter Sheron Alexander and Elizabeth Hanetta Gram Alexander.  His family moved from Lesterville, MO back to Kahoka, MO when he was about two years old, as it was the home of his parents.  Don remained there until he enlisted in the military after high school.

Don retired in October 1997 after working 33 years for Monsanto/MEMC, starting at the plant in St. Peters, MO in a number of departments, and was transferred to the plant in Moore, SC to assist with plant start-up, accepting the permanent transfer four years later.  Don worked in a number of areas, manufacturing and engineering, but the job he loved most was Safety Manager for the plant.  He worked diligently to keep his co-workers safe.

Surviving are his children, Robin Alexander and wife Sharon of Duncan, SC, Shawn Alexander and wife Katina of Moore, SC, and Kimberly “Kimi” Grace Alexander Johnson and husband Mike of Moore, SC; four granddaughters and three grandsons – Owen, Rachel, Seth and Sophia Alexander of Moore, SC and Aubrey, Brodie, and Mason McGregor of Moore, SC. Among the grandchildren were two sets of twins: the oldest, identical twin girls, and the youngest, a girl and a boy born on Don’s birthday. Also surviving are his brother, Ronald Alexander of Memphis, MO; sisters-in-law, Adelle Beathe of Tulsa, OK and Lodusky Tricks of Garden City, KS; and brother-in-law, Harold James Beathe of Mesquite, TX. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia Jane Beathe Alexander on September 22, 2009; sisters, Jeanette Briscoe and Katherine Kennett; and brother, Sheron Alexander.

Visitation was 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel, 235 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306. A graveside service, with military rites, was conducted at 11:00 AM Friday, June 24, 2016, in Westwood Memorial Gardens, 6101 Reidville Rd., Moore, SC 29369, by the Rev. Bob Aho.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 901 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302 online at ww.alz.org.  An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com, Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

ROBERT ALLEN “BOB” BULEN (4/8/1937 – 6/20/2016)

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Robert Allen “Bob” Bulen, 79, of Eldon, Missouri, died at his home in Eldon on June 20, 2016.

He was born April 8, 1937 to George Coe and Ida Pauline Sparling Bulen.

He was a 1956 graduate of Moline High School in Moline, Illinois.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July, 1956 and served twenty years as a deep sea diver. While in the Navy, they lived in Newport, Rhode Island; Virginia Beach, Virginia and Scotland where the family enjoyed many adventures and traveling.

Bob married Jane Carolyn Baker on September 6, 1958 at Newport, Rhode Island and to this union three children were born.  He graduated from Kirksville Vo Tech in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1985 as an LPN.  He worked for thirty-one years at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri, before his retirement.

Bob enjoyed gardening, woodworking and collecting and selling antiques, but his greatest enjoyment and passion was spending time with his grandchildren.  Bob spent most of his life in the Memphis area, moving to the Lake of the Ozarks area in 2010 to be closer to family.

He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and Fleet Reserve.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, of the home and his children:  Mark Bulen and wife, Lori, of  Non, Oklahoma; Karl Bulen and his wife, Jackie and Debra Gunnell and her husband, Robert, all of Eldon, Missouri.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a brother, George W. Bulen and his wife, Joyce, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and two sisters:  Bonnie Dalton and her husband, Bill, of Memphis, Missouri and Phyllis Ford and her husband, Robert, of Lenexa, Kansas, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Anthony Dalton and a niece, Cindy Bulen Hamilton.

A visitation, with the family present to greet relatives and friends, was held Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Memphis Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Friday, June 24th, with Robert Ford officiating.  Music was provided by Ann Luther, pianist and Brent Karhoff, vocalist.  Burial followed the service at Memphis Cemetery in Memphis, Missouri.  Casket bearers were Robert Bulen, Arnold Dalton, Bob Gunnell, Jason Gunnell, Joseph Gunnell and Jim Morgan.  Honorary bearers were Landon Bulen, William “Bill” Dalton and Robert Ford.  Military honors were provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 V.F.W. and the Missouri Military Honors Team.

To honor Bob’s memory, contributions may be made for a nursing scholarship to be awarded to a Scotland County R-I School senior and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

On line condolences for the Bulen family may be made by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

Sew & Go Quilt Guild Holds June Meeting

The Sew & Go Quilt Guild met on June 14th at the Downing Christian Church. Food was supplied by Sarah Myers and Jan Morrow and it was very, very tasty

Virginia Hoyal President called the meeting to order.  Betty Duncan passed out a quilt pattern called Molly’s Rose Garden. Debbie Payne won the raffle.

Several ladies brought their PIECE COTTAGE challenges, including Betty Duncan, Debbie Payne, Michele Drummond, Treva Wittstock, Sarah Myers, Brenda Eckland, and Jan Morrow. A couple of the other ladies brought theirs, which weren’t complete, including Virginia Hoyal and Susan Chidester.

Jeannie Childress gave the treasurer’s report,

Show & Tell was conducted and those helping show projects were Lily Wheeler, Renee Blaine, and Sarah Myers. Those showing projects were Angela Neese, Betty Duncan, Liz Reel, Rosalie Kinney, Barbara Blessing, Linda Marlowe, Treva Wittstock, Susan Chidester, and Debbie Payne.

Others attending were Joyce McGoldrick, Marilyn Blessing, Mary Creek, Linda Koser, Carolyn Schmitter, Zelda Keith, and Tina Newcomb. We had three guests, JoAnn Schultz, Sarah Markun, and Lily Wheeler.

Submitted by Tina M. Newcomb

Chris Kempke Completes First Year with Missouri Extension Office

Scotland County Extension Office Program Director Chris Kempke recently completed his first year at the post leading area MU Extension projects.

Scotland County Extension Office Program Director Chris Kempke recently completed his first year at the post leading area MU Extension projects.

by Andrea Brassfield

This time last year, Chris Kempke made the transition from college graduate to full-time employee when he was hired by the Missouri Extension Office in Scotland County to serve as Program Director for Scotland County and Community Development Specialist for Scotland County, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Clark and Lewis Counties.  Chris started his new position on June 1, 2015 and now, a full year later, is excited by his acceptance into the community and the way his job has evolved, the expansion of existing programs and the development of new projects.

Always friendly and ready to help, Chris has had no problems fitting in and being accepted here in Memphis.  He humbly remarks that many of his activities are just “part of the job” but his volunteerism and willingness to serve go above and beyond and have made him a real asset to many local groups and organizations.

In the past year, Chris has volunteered in booths at the Antique Fair, singing with the Community Players, United Methodist Church Bell Choir, playing Taps for funerals and at the Memorial Day Service, Memphis Chamber activities, Scotland County Fair, Rotary presentations and the newly established School Foundation.  He is also actively involved with the Presbyterian Church.

Professionally, Chris has been involved with multi-site programs including Public Board Training that covered Sunshine Law, university resources for public boards, fiscal responsibilities and public board best practices; Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future where he introduced new curriculum including Family Communication and Estate, Succession and Retirement Planning.

Locally, Chris has helped the Scotland County School Foundation by guiding them through how a foundation works, selecting board members, writing bylaws and strategic planning.  This foundation has already raised over $1000.00 in its short existence.

Additionally, Chris is working with the Tiger Trail Committee by providing contacts and information on funding opportunities and best trail practices, introducing new volunteers to the group and helping plan trail events such as the Easter Egg Hunt.

Another local project Chris is helping with includes the Rutledge School National Designation Project where he connected members of the Rutledge School Preservation Group to Truman State University students to assist them to put the School House on the National Historic Registry.  He has also educated students, faculty and group members on the National Historic Registry process.

Finally, on the local level, Chris has also assisted the Scotland County Food Pantry Program by working to distribute recipes that are relevant to the commodities being delivered to the 200 families served by the food pantry.  He also created a volunteer position to assist in the recipe selection.

Chris also worked with students from the University of Missouri’s Alternative Breaks program.  Two groups, with nine and twelve kids respectively, came to Scotland County to do service work.  Between the two groups, seven projects were completed with approximately 108 hours of volunteer time being spent in the county.

At the state level, Chris has been involved with the Rivers Confluence SET Project, a USDA supported economic development project involving Hancock, Lee and Clark counties.  Over 40 community leaders have been involved in this process from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa where they create an economic development plan that is region specific and is aided by USDA money.

Looking ahead, Chris would like to continue focusing on building capacity with nonprofits and other community events, bringing additional economic development programs into the region, becoming a resource for local governments, becoming more active in outlying counties, expanding the curriculum in the Community Development program, helping to mobilize community members to address problems in their communities and therefore making them more sustainable.

Chris’ office is located in Room 105 of the Scotland County Court house.  He can be reached at 660-465-7256.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, June 30 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, July 1 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, July 4 – 4th of July, Clinic Closed

Tuesday, July 5 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.

Thursday, July 7 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Howard, Sears Named to MU Spring Dean’s List

The University of Missouri in Columbia has released the 2016 Spring Semester Dean’s List.

Local students honored included Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis, a junior Health Professions major; and James Rodney Sears of Memphis, a senior Education major.

Shannan Earns Honors at MVC

Dr. Parris Watts, vice president of academic affairs for Missouri Valley College, has announced the Spring 2016 Dean’s List. The requirements for the Dean’s List are a 3.3 or higher grade point average; at least 12 graded hours for the semester and no “D,” “F,” or “Incomplete” grades for the semester.

Claire Shannan, a Junior, Elementary Education major from Memphis, was named to the list.

Shannan was also named to the 2016 Presidential Scholars list announced by -Dr. Bonnie Humphrey, president of Missouri Valley College.

The requirements for this honor are a 3.9 or higher grade point average for both the fall and spring semesters.

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society.

MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad programs, extracurricular activities, and many athletic opportunities. The most popular majors include education, agribusiness, nursing, criminal justice and athletic training.

Dry June Has Scotland County on Brink of Drought Designation

Crops in Missouri are showing signs of stress due to lack of precipitation and high temperatures.  This photo of corn was taken outside of Columbia on June 14, 2016. Credit: Photo by Pat Guinan

Crops in Missouri are showing signs of stress due to lack of precipitation and high temperatures. This photo of corn was taken outside of Columbia on June 14, 2016.
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Crops need rain and lower temperatures soon for relief. Most crops are “just a few days away from difficult times,” says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold.

“We can go from ‘not so bad’ to ‘pretty bad’ quickly,” Wiebold says.

Crops need up to 1-2.2 inches of rain weekly to grow well. In June, most areas of the state fell far behind.

Wiebold points to June rainfall amounts in different areas of the state. Atchison and Boone counties reported only 0.04 inch and only 0.12 inch fell in Knox County in northeastern Missouri in the first week of June. Carroll County received 0.58 inch of rain; Pemiscot got 1.4 inches and Barton had 1.66 inches. In the second week of June, only Barton County received rain, and it was a meager 0.32 inches.

Lack of rainfall and temperatures above 90 degrees in the second week of June raise concerns of possible drought.

MU agronomists in much of the state report that corn plants are “rolling” with dwindling soil moisture and rising temperatures.

Corn leaves roll as a defense mechanism to protect against excessive moisture loss through transpiration. Rolling exposes less leaf surface to the sun’s heat. Lack of water during the time when ear size is developing can spell trouble. Smaller ears with fewer kernels mean lower yields.

Soybean, too, face stress due to lack of rain. Late-planted soybean lack time to develop strong root systems. Early rooting problems—whether due to cool weather, nutrient deficiencies or soil compaction—spell trouble for soybean if drought occurs, Wiebold says.

MU Extension climatologist Pat Guinan said the northeastern quadrant of Missouri faces “very dry” conditions. That area’s high-clay-content soil tends to be more vulnerable to water stress when a dry period emerges. “The forecast is not encouraging,” he says.

Guinan says May precipitation was below normal in the area and the recent hot spell hastened evaporative demand. Vegetation quickly went into stress mode. Also, a large part of the state, extending from northeastern through southwestern Missouri, reports precipitation deficits of 4-8 inches since January 1.

Guinan encourages Missouri residents to submit drought impact reports to the National Drought Mitigation Center. Use the Drought Impact Reporter,http://droughtreporter.unl.edu, to submit reports. These reports provide local expertise to authors of the Drought Monitor map. Drought impact statements are seen by the Drought Monitor author and the general public.

“More participation and input from local Missourians will establish a consensus among folks and hopefully provide a more accurate portrayal of drought in the Show-Me State,” Guinan says.

According to the National Weather Service, the Kirksville station has recorded just 1.49 inches of precipitation in June, nearly three inches less than the normal June rain totals. The bulk of that precipitation was recorded over night on June 20th and in the morning hours of June 21, a storm that largely missed Scotland County.

Compounding the problem are abnormally high temperatures. After a cooler than normal May, June has heated up, approaching 100 degrees on several days, with temperatures on average a full five degrees warmer than the normal June range in Missouri.

The outlook for rain is not good, with national weather forecasts not giving a better than 20% chance for daily precipitation through the first week and a half in July.

Despite the dry conditions, the Scotland County Fire Department has responded to just two natural cover fires in June. But with the Fourth of July holiday looming, there are concerns that number will go up, as fireworks and dry conditions are not a good mix.

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