January 21, 2010

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if someone elses what ifs spurred the editor into returning to pen one of his own What If columns? Say that three times fast

Normally I try not to do this, but on rare occasions I feel the need to address a letter to the editor published in our newspaper. I can think of only one other occasion where I did so in the same edition.

But I felt the need to comment on some of the issues addressed in the letter to the editor by Gigi Wahba. She raises some questions regarding the Cargill feed mill that possibly could be constructed in Scotland County.

I understand that Gigis intentions are simply to get people talking about the issues, but often times people take what they read in the paper as fact without confirming it for themselves.

I want to say that the newspaper is filled with facts, but peoples opinion pieces, such as Letters to the Editor need to be read as just that, opinions. One more disclaimer before I begin, the opinion pieces printed in the newspaper do not necessarily represent the opinion of the publication, its publisher or its employees. Basically that means that just because I agree to print a letter to the editor, doesnt mean that I agree with the opinion being expressed in it.

We want people to be free to share their thoughts. That is why I try to refrain from rebuttals, as I do not want to scare people away from offering their ideas.

Still I feel it is my duty to offer these thoughts for your consideration.

My biggest problem with the letter is, unless you have proof that Cargill has ignored laws in other areas where it does business, I believe that is a very bold statement to make.

I understand that tying this issue to the CAFO concerns of some of the public is a way to try and generate support for opposing the proposed plant. I also agree that a company would be best suited to locate a manufacturing plant as close to its resources and its market as possible. If this plant were to be built here, would it mean more CAFOs in Scotland County? Only if it makes financial sense for local producers to enter into agreements with the company to pursue business ventures in the hog industry. And only if they could meet all of the requirements established by the state and county health ordinances governing CAFOs.

We can make statistics say whatever we want them to, especially if we round up all the time. It wasnt 2/3 of the county that voted in favor of a county health ordinance, it was less than 60%, and that came from a voter turnout of below 40%.

Call me crazy, but using more grain than this county can produce seems like a great problem to have? Same with having increased truck traffic. That means more demand for our local grain producers, more customers at the convenience store, more local sales tax being paid and should correlate with improved roads and highways to meet the higher demand.

The letters author raises the question regarding the one million gallons of water that the plant would use monthly and if it might be a problem for the rural water service. That is a good question, but I would suggest it be asked of the people in charge of those facilities and not tossed out as possible concern before anyone really knows if it is or isnt.

As far as utilities are concerned, I can not speak for electric and gas (although I know both companies are very excited about the opportunity to add this customer), but as a Memphis City Alderman, I can tell you the city would love to provide water for this project. Im not sure how Lake Rathbun works, but the city water plants budget is basically built around fixed costs, the biggest portion of which is employees and benefits. We have the capacity to provide 1 million gallons per month easily, at virtually no added cost to the city (a few extra dollars for chemicals) so anything we would sell to them would be gravy for all citizens of Memphis, since we in essence would be selling excess water to them. And since it would be such a large buy, it would do one of two things for the citizens of Memphis, lower their water bills or provide extra income to fund much needed repairs and improvements.

A tax abatement means that Cargill does not have to pay a portion or all of the taxes that their new multimillion dollar facility would generate. So basically an abatement, gives them a free pass for the first several years before ultimately adding that huge tax assessment to the county tax roll, meaning a big influx of tax dollars at a future date. Without the plant you have none of those taxes. You are not giving anything away since you do not already have it.

This just seems like such a no-brainer to me Maybe I have blinders on, with the only thing I can see ahead being the possible economic development this proposed plant brings to this community? Thats why it is important to have folks like Gigi who are brave enough to ask tough questions, even if this author doesnt necessarily agree with all of them.

It’s Flocking Season!

SCAPP Pink Flamingo Flocking

In just a few days, pink flamingos will be soaring in and around Memphis, landing in flocks onto front lawns all over the county!

This fun fundraiser is being sponsored by the Scotland County After-Prom Parents to raise money for the 2017 After-Prom Event.  To prepare for the flocking frenzy, the organization purchased 100 pink flamingos.

Flamingo flocking has a variety of options.  First, the cost to “flock a friend” is $25/flock of 25 flamingos.  You can place one and up to four flocks in a yard.  Secondly, flocks will remain in a yard for 24 hours.  At this time, the person being flocked can choose to have the flock removed early and the cost to do so is $10 or they   can have them removed early and then moved to another yard of their choice for $30.  Of course, you can also wait out the 24 hour period and the pink flamingos will “fly off” on their own.

Anti-flocking insurance will also be available.  The cost to insure you won’t be flocked is $5.  You can also purchase the anti-flocking insurance after you’ve been flocked to insure you won’t be flocked again.

This fundraiser is meant to entertain and “annoy” your friends and neighbors through a spirit of fun-loving generosity.  These pretty pink birds are sure to bring a smile, and perhaps a giggle, to your morning if you wake up, with coffee in hand, and look out to see a flock decorating your front lawn!  To schedule a “flocking”, please call Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or Matt McKee at 660-216-7735.

Scotland County After-Prom Parents Preparing for the 2017 After-Prom Event

after prom

The Scotland County After-Prom Parents (SCAPP) is a Parent Organization whose goal is to raise money for the After-Prom event held each year following Prom.  The group was formed several years ago in an effort to offer a safe environment for our students to gather after prom, offering games, entertainment, food and prizes for everyone in attendance.

Each year, typically in May, the current year’s parents meet with upcoming parents of any student who will be a junior for the next school year.  At that time, officers for the new school year are elected and plans begin for fundraisers and activities.

This year’s SCAPP officers are Co-Chairs, Matt McKee and Debbie Payne, Secretaries, Kris Hyde and Jenny Aldridge, and Treasurers, Tina McKee and Candace Kratzer.  The group typically meets once a month on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Pharmacy.  A SCAPP, Class of 2018 Facebook page has been created as one way of communicating and passing along information.  Additionally, meeting reminders are sent out through School Reach.

The group held its first fundraising activities during the Antique Fair. They had two booths; one for selling snow cones and watermelon and the other for selling Scotland County T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.  All of the shirts will also be available for sale at the Memphis Democrat, the Scotland County Pharmacy, and at some home ballgames. In addition to shirt designs, black “Tigers” socks will also be available to purchase.

Other fundraisers being planned for the year include a Potato Bar at the September 9th football game against Schuyler County and a Soup Supper at the October 7th football game against Harrisburg.  Other meals at future games are also being discussed.

Additionally, SCAPP has already secured the Harlem Wizards again this year after a very successful turnout last year.  This year’s game against the Harlem Wizards and members of SCR-1 faculty, student body, and community, will take place on January 5th at the high school gym.

The always popular Daddy/Daughter Dance is also being planned and will include a dinner.  A date for this very special evening will be announced later in the year.

The tradition of displaying business signs during all home games will continue this year.  If you are a new business or haven’t participated before and are interested in purchasing a business sign this year, please contact one of the SCAPP officers.  Renewal cost for last year’s signs is still $50.  Paige Troutman of Just Sayin Designs will be designing the business signs this year.

New fundraisers this year will include Flamingo Flocking, planned to start next week.  And a Mother/Son Scavenger Hunt, date TBD, which will include a hotdog and marshmallow roast.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or any SCAPP parent.

First Christian Church Seeking History to Share at Centennial Homecoming Celebration

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The Memphis First Christian Church will be hosting a Church Homecoming to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.  The dates for the celebration have been set for September 30- October 1-2, 2016.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church and will host special services, music, and times of fellowship with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

The First Christian Church of Memphis was organized in 1850.  On June 5, of that year, a tract of ground was purchased on the corner of Main and Jones Streets for the sum of $100 for the purpose of erecting a church building.  In 1853, the first church building, a brick building 40 x 60 feet in size, was erected on this site at a cost of $3000.

This remained the house of worship until 1888 when this building was removed and a modern brick building was erected at a cost of $4000. This building was dedicated (debt free) in 1889 and had a membership of eighty.  Even though the membership seemed low in comparison to the county’s population (Scotland County had grown to over 12,000 people by 1880), it was speculated that there could have been 200 worshipers in attendance each Sunday.

By 1896 the membership had grown to 250, so that it was necessary to enlarge the worship site again.  A lecture room, robing room, and a basement with a coal furnace were added to the facility.  Also the building was refurnished and electric lights installed all at a cost of  $2000. The church also owned and maintained a good parsonage. These improvements would sustain the congregation for another twenty years until 1916 when the building was removed and the current building was erected.

Anyone wishing to share information or stories about the history of the Church may email documents to Sheila Berkowitz, sberko@truman.edu, mail items to Sheila Berkowitz  705 W. Newman  Memphis, MO 63555, or leave them at the church.

Updates about speakers and activities can be found on the Facebook page – Memphis First Christian Church Homecoming.  Anyone seeking further information can contact the Church by phone at 660 485-7751 or email www.fccmemphis.org.

A complete schedule of events will be published in a future edition of the Memphis Democrat.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, September 1 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie

Friday, September 2 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Buttered Carrots, Crème Pie

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No Meals

Tuesday, September 6 – Baked Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Broccoli, Peaches, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Mixed Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Juice, Pickled Beet, Peas, Slice Bread, Cookie

ACTIVITIES

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

Monday, September 5 – Closed for Labor Day

Thursday, September 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, September 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6–Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, September 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, September 1 – Beef‘N’Tator Bake, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Strawberries.

Friday, September 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Sliced Peaches, Chocolate Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Country Fried Steak, Pork Choppett, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Giant Puffball

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake.  It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz.  The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea.  These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake. It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz. The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea. These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

Scotland County High School Class of 1971 Reunion

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

Giant Watermelon

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th.  Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th. Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Tiger Cubs Football Program Makes Donation

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

McClamroch Claims County Showdown Crown

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

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