February 11, 2010

Kick off celebration to be held Monday February 15th.

Calling all teams, calling all teams! Youre invited to a kick off celebration on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Paynes Funeral Chapel in Memphis Missouri. This year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Scotland County. Over the course of the last nine years, the Relay For Life of Scotland County has raised over $270,000 to help in the fight against cancer, while involving countless participants and survivors.

I feel honored to be a part of this uplifting event, said Diane Tague. I have made a personal commitment both to create awareness about the progress against cancer and help raise the funds necessary to continue the fight against the disease.

To RSVP to this kick-off, please contact event chairperson Diane Tague at 660-216-5083 or your American Cancer Society staff partner Brenda Carlin at 800-684-2733 or by email at brenda.carlin@cancer.org.

We would like everyone who has been involved with Relay For Life in the past nine years to come together for our 10th year celebration, said Tague.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. For more information on how you can get involved in Relay visit RelayForLife.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Annual Armstrong Reunion Held June 11th

The annual Armstrong Reunion was held on June 11, 2016 at The Catfish Place Pavilion near Arbela.  A carry-in luncheon was held and the following attended: Gary, Chris and Brock Armstrong, Bryan Armstrong, Logansport, IN; Vancel Armstrong, Lucerne, IN; Dallas and Alden Armstrong, Shelbyville, MO; Lori Shelley and grandson, Christian, Monroe City, MO; Pat Armstrong, Delbert Drummond, Owen and Tressa Burr, Luray, MO; Renee Drillon Kirchner, Katelyn and Karson, Luray, MO; Noralyn Armstrong, Memphis, MO; Randy Armstrong, Rutledge, MO; Ralph and Carol Armstrong, St. James, MO; Terry and Pam Lambert, Verona, MO; Phyllis Hines and Wyatt, Denmark, IA; Steve and Kim Armstrong, Donaldson, IA; Jane Maloney, Megan Ruggles, Kirksville, MO; Michelle McCaskell and children, Springfield, MO; Allen and Leah Eiserer, Carrollton, MO; Bill and Cleota Epps, Celina, TX; Darrin and Linda Kelley and Brionna, Brooke, Zackery, Brackniley, and Lorwen, Little Elm, TX; Darrell Armstrong, Hesperia, CA; and Delma Kelley, Crossroads, TX.

Afternoon callers were Deborah Fitzgerald, Honolulu, HI; Eddie and Berry Drillon, Luray, MO; Tacy Monroe and Brett, Memphis, MO; and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Day, Kimberling City, MO.

The afternoon was spent visiting and taking pictures and a good time was had by all.

Submitted by Delma Kelley

Rutledge Renegades

On Sunday, June 19, Nathan Herold and Penny Hustead hosted a cook-out and carry-in meal.  They were celebrating Reva Hustead and Travis Wagy’s birthdays and Father’s Day.  Others attending were Will and Waid, Martin Guinn, Teddy Ammons, Neta Phillips, Carley Williams and Ethan Sharp, LaCrisha Wagy and Ivy, Rylie Wagy, Jenny Walker, Anna and Butch Herold, Steve Kramer, Becky Kramer, Monty and Leila Burch and Mason and Sierra.

Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

On Tuesday, June 21, Red Earth Farm celebrated eleven years of farm living.  Those attending were Chad Knepp and daughter, Nina, Alyson Ewald and Mark Mazziotti and daughter, Cole Mazziotti, Mica Wood, Jacob Wallenburg, Kim Scheidt and Darien Flores.

Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to her daughter, Bonnie Schick’s, in Chicago, IL, for two weeks.  They went shopping several times.  Bonnie, a Simply Simple consultant, has shows that Naomi helped her set up while she was there.  Naomi said she had a wonderful time!

Monday night three walls of the new Community Center/Fire House went up. There is a picture in the Memphis Democrat.  Many people from the Rutledge Fire Department accomplished this.  They are still working at 11:00 p.m.

Some of those in this week were Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick, Oren and Celina Erickson, Don Tague, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Milt Clary, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Ortho and Dorva Harbur and Nancy Jo Waack.

Kristine Reckenberg Named to Dean’s List at St. Louis College of Pharmacy 

(ST. LOUIS) – Kristine Reckenberg of Memphis, Mo. has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. To make the dean’s list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

 She is a graduate of Scotland County R-1 High School. Reckenberg is the daughter of William and Rachel Reckenberg of Memphis.

For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of nearly 1,400 students from 32 states and 10 countries. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, June 30 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Bread, Fruit Salad

Friday, July 1 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Apple Crisp

Monday, July 4 – July 4th, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, July 5 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Carrots, Bread, Watermelon, Cantaloupe

Wednesday, July 6 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Wheat Roll, Jell-O and Fruit

Thursday, July 7 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie


Thursday, June 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 5 – 4th of July, Center Closed.

Thursday, July 7 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Living Life Over


Ashley Tague, a recent graduate of Scotland County R-1 High School, has earned a position on the Iowa State high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming from July 17th-23rd to compete at the Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the barrel racing.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world’s largest rodeo.  In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion.  To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top twenty after two Go-Rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.


The sixth annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Scotland County was held on June 16th and 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  A survivor reception was held at the VFW, where visiting, music and refreshments were provided prior to the opening ceremony. The survivor committee chair is Chris Tinkle.  She and her committee did an outstanding job, coordinating the reception.

Team games were held throughout the night, with breakfast available to team members and survivors at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The closing ceremony was held at 6:30 a.m. with participation plaques handed out to all the teams.  Plaques were also given for the best campsite, most laps walked, and best team entertainment.  At the end of the closing ceremony, it was revealed that $24,033 had been raised.  The money was raised collectively by team and committee fundraisers, luminary sales, selling of sponsorships and donations by the community.


The Video House, movie rental business, is now under new management.  Sharon Elliott purchased the movie rental store from Betty and Warren Lodewegen May 17th.

Sharon is planning a grand opening for the store June 29th, when a VCR will be raffled off, with the winner being drawn from entries received from renters of a new-release video.

She said the Video House will remain basically unchanged, maintaining the same hours, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays.


Following a special called closed session of the Scotland County R-1 Board of Education, June 17th, announcement was made of the hiring of two teachers.

Jeannie (Prather) Triplett was hired as Kindergarten teacher, to fill the position created by the approval of all day Kindergarten.  Janie (Shelley) Parton will be filling the position of Parents as Educators teacher.  Both ladies are Scotland County R-1 graduates.


“Our American Heritage” is an activity that is carried by the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club.  In keeping with the activity the club presented to the city of Gorin a Bicentennial Flag.  It is to fly at the Gorin Post Office.

Mona Tague, President, presented the white flag with the Bicentennial emblem in the middle.  Dwight DeRosear, Postmaster of the Gorin Post Office, received it and said he would fly it.

The Gorin Go-Getters is now twenty-nine years old.  The first year the club had a membership of twenty-three young people.


The fire department was kept busy the past weekend in the city.  On Saturday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to the Junior Shelley property in West Memphis.  Fire centered about the southwest area of the house in the bathroom.  No one was home at the time of the fire.

On Sunday the department was called to the city light plant in West Memphis where there was a grease fire in the ditch behind the plant.  There was no damage reported.

On Sunday near the J & S Foodliner in south Memphis the department was called to extinguish a car fire.  A car belonging to Herb Moffett caught fire but the fire was put out by the time the department arrived.  Damage was confined to the wiring of the car.


The Airway Drive-in Theater located east of Memphis on route 136 was robbed last night sometime between closing and 7:30 a.m. this morning.  Approximately $110 was taken but as far as can be determined, no merchandise was taken.  Sheriff Clyde Evans is investigating and the Highway Patrol is to be called also.  The patrol will check fingerprints about the safe and other objects which might have been handled by the robbers.

Reuben Dieterich notified Clarence Lock, Manager of the theater, who reported the break-in to Sheriff Clyde Evans.  Sheriff Evans inspected the scene and followed up a report by Dallas McDowell that he had found a leather folder across the tracks on the first dirt road running north just east of the theater.

Sheriff Evans investigated the area and found the tin box which had contained a part of the money taken from the safe.  It had been thrown to the side of the road in about the same area where the leather folder had been found.

Mr. Lock said that apparently no other stock was taken.  The thieves were in the storage room and also the snack bar but no candy bars, cigarettes, or other merchandise was taken.  The thieves were evidently interested only in the money.


The local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their regular meeting Monday night voted to purchase the Dr. E. E. Gilfillan office, formerly the Judge N. M. Pettingill property, 123 West Monroe Street.

The VFW plans are to make this building a temporary home for the organization with the intention, at a later date, when materials are available, to build a new four commercial front building, two stories high, the first story to be rented for business places and offices and the second story to be a permanent home for the VFW and a civic center for use of worthy organizations.

The deal had not been completed at the time of going to press, but the papers for the transfer are being made out.

GEORGE MICHAEL MONROE (5/12/1942 – 6/24/2016)

George Michael Monroe, 74, passed away June 24, 2016 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.  George Mike was born May 12, 1942 in Gorin, MO to George J. Monroe and Mabel (Miller) Monroe.  He grew up in Gorin, MO and was a 1960 graduate of Gorin High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in Korea, Texas, Louisiana, Great Britain and Missouri, retiring after 21 years of service.  He then worked in Material Management in the Kansas City area until he retired.

On August 14, 1964, in Colony, MO, he married Margaret Dyer.  They had one daughter, Michelle.  He is survived by Margaret, daughter Michelle and her husband Patrick Tague, of Lee’s Summit, MO; and two grandchildren, Rachael and Keegan.

Graveside services with military honors were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28 in Green Lawn Cemetery.  A visitation was held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services Tuesday at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.

Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Arrangements were handled by Park Lawn Funeral Home, 816-523-1234.

USA Football Grant Will Help SCR-I Buy New Helmets

helmet grant web

A grant from the USA Football organization will help outfit the Scotland County R-I junior high football team with new helmets in 2016.

Scotland County football coach Mikel Gragg announced the $1,000 grant this week.

The award can be used to purchase equipment through Riddell, the official  equipment partner of USA Football.

Gragg said he hopes to be able to replace all 20 helmets with the grant funding. The key equipment components can cost anywhere from $56 to $300 per helmet, with additional costs for chinstraps and maintenance components like replacement pads.

USA Football, along with the NFL Foundation, is committed to enhancing the football experience of all players at the youth and amateur levels. Organizations are awarded equipment grant credits based on need, merit and the organization’s involvement with USA Football programs.

Grantees are awarded credit amounts to purchase specific products within the Riddell grant program catalog, which includes helmets, shoulder pads and even uniforms. Prices are exclusive to the USA Football Grant Program. Grantees are welcome to purchase items beyond the amount of the grant, taking advantage of the prices listed in this catalog, which are below market value and only apply to the USA Football Grant program.

Swim Team Opens Season at River Country 10 and Under Event

The relay team of Keeley Brown, Cole Mazziotti, Autumn Huber and Lilly Frederick took first place in the Eight & Under freestyle relay at the River Country Swim League Invitational on June 18th in Kahoka. Photo by Emily Frederick

The relay team of Keeley Brown, Cole Mazziotti, Autumn Huber and Lilly Frederick took first place in the Eight & Under freestyle relay at the River Country Swim League Invitational on June 18th in Kahoka. Photo by Emily Frederick

The Memphis Swim Team opened the 2016 season with the River Country Swim League Invitational for swimmers age 10 and under in Kahoka on June 18.  Memphis swimmers placing in the top 10 and participating swimmers are listed below.

Girls 8 & under Freestyle relay, 1st Cole Mazziotti, Lilly Frederick, Autumn Huber, Keeley Brown

Mixed 9-10 Freestyle relay, 4th Aurelia Sterling, Payton Miller, Owen Brown, Carlee Smith

Boys 6 & under Backstroke, 1st Liam Browning

Girls 7-8 Backstroke -Keeley Brown, 6th; Cole Mazziotti, Lilly Frederick, Autumn Huber

Boys 7-8 Backstroke – Greyson Browning, 4th

Girls 9-10 Backstroke -Carlee Smith, 2nd, Aurelia Sterling, Payton Miller

Boys 9-10 Backstroke -Owen Brown

Girls 8 & under 50 Free -Keeley Brown, 4th

Girls 9-10 50 Free – Carlee Smith, 3rd

Girls 7-8 Breaststroke -Lilly Frederick, 5th

Girls 9-10 Breaststroke -Aurelia Sterling, 7th

Girls 9-10 Butterfly -Carlee Smith, 4th

Girls 6 & under 25 Free -Tracy Huber, 6th

Boys 6 & under 25 Free -Liam Browning, 1st

Girls 7-8 25 Free – Keeley Brown, 9th; Lilly Frederick, Cole Mazziotti, Autumn Huber

Boys 7-8 25 Free -Greyson Browning, 8th

Girls 9-10 25 Free -Aurelia Sterling, Payton Miller

Boys 9-10 25 Free -Owen Brown

Girls 10 & under 100 Individual Medley (IM) -Carlee Smith, 2nd

Silly Hats, Murals, and Empowerment

Artists Scout and Nik working on the new mural! Photo by Javi.

Artists Scout and Nik working on the new mural! Photo by Javi.

I can only imagine what the guests must have thought, walking into the Mercantile for pizza, to be greeted by a man whose long golden hair was braided with garlic bulbs. Next to him stood a woman with a pile of flowers on her head and a man with a crown made out of flip-flops.

A laughing lady with a stuffed pony perched on her head casually ate pizza with a young man whose head was lodged in a travel pillow adorned with silverware dangling on strings. “Do you need a fork?” he asked her with a straight face.

If I walked in on this scene never having been to Dancing Rabbit before, I would only imagine, “Yep, this must be a cult.” But no, it’s not; there’s a good reason for the strangeness.

Nik here at Dancing Rabbit, to tell you that if you missed Pizza Night at the Mercantile last Thursday, you missed Alline’s birthday, which most years means a Silly Hat Party in her honor. The dining room was packed like sardines in silly sardine hats, and between the singing, laughing and Alline’s rightfully famous salted-caramel cupcakes, I do think the guests got swept up in the silliness as well.

Pressing business called me away before most of the Silly Hat Awards could be doled out by Alline herself, but I did get to see the award for “Best Not-a-Hat Hat”, the “Most Sparkly Hat”, and the “Alline Likes Me Best” Award, which suspiciously goes to Kurt, her husband, every year. It was nightfall, and that meant I was off to work on Dancing Rabbit’s newest mural.

For the last few weeks, resident artists Scout and I have been designing and painting a new three-panel mural on the undecorated, yet prominent, sides of Bike World, in the outdoor kitchen/shed near the front of the village.

We’ve been starting at night, using a projector to trace out the original drawings onto the corrugated metal siding of the shed. On the other side of the building is Dancing Rabbit’s more well-known mural, painted back in 1999 by Artist in Residence Barbara Duperron, using native plant and animal motifs. That mural is still vibrant as ever! To see more or to follow the progress of the new mural, you can follow our Instagram account online.

Everyone who comes here for the first time must wonder what to expect. There are too many stories to count, but one that happened recently, the Women’s Empowerment Retreat, needs to be told. But I’m not the one to tell it.

We have our very own happy Rabbit, aka Katherine, on the ground with a first-hand account:

The Women’s Retreat was awesome!

We brought together the city folk with the farm women, early 20s to mid 50s, moms & not-moms alike.

The tri-communities were well represented, as Cynthia from Sandhill Farm taught a building workshop, and Alyson from Red Earth Farms opened a door for personal growth work.

The meet-and-greet set the intention for the weekend with a call and response song to identify ourselves. Mine went like this: “I am a hard woman (I am a hard woman). I am a fire woman (I am a fire woman). I am a loving woman (I am a loving woman).” To which the group responded, “And we are glad you’re here!”

Each woman who came to the ecovillage that weekend was already strong in her own right. I hope that we were able to provide a sense of community, that we have each others’ backs, and some take-home tools to spread the good work of Women’s Empowerment.

Women’s Empowerment: What does it mean? To me, knowing that I am just as capable as any man. To lift less weight does not mean that I am less, rather that I may feel strength in asking for help from my sisters.

Empowerment: To choose my own journey and inspire young girls that brains are attractive and that “no” is a perfectly acceptable answer. To dance, to sing, to read a book and then write your own! Your body is beautiful because you are the divine feminine, not a stereotype of what others tell you to be. To decide for yourself if unshaved legs are attractive (they are!). Remember your power. No one may give it to you, and no one may take it.

You are a woman, and I (Katherine) am glad you’re here.

And I (Nik) am glad you are here!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is Saturday, June 25th at 1 pm. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 16, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from June 15, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission contacted Ron Watts, MoDOT liaison, regarding the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) and BRO/soft-match balances.

A meeting of elected officials convened at 10:00 with the following in attendance:  Duane Ebeling, Presiding Commissioner; Danette Clatt, Eastern District Commissioner; David Wiggins, Western District Commissioner; Batina Dodge, County Clerk; Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer; Dana Glasscock, Recorder of Deeds; Jim Ward, Assessor; Kathy Becraft, Collector; Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk; Gary Dial, Circuit Judge, Jim Kigar, Juvenile Officer; and Kimberly Nicoli, Prosecuting Attorney.  Each office holder gave a short report of activity in their office. The next meeting date was set for September 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Mike Simerl, FEMA representative, conducted an exit briefing of FEMA Declaration 4238.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from June 16, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission ordered solicitation of bids for propane.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with the Commission to discuss the progress of current projects and equipment.

Brett Peters, Altorfer salesman, presented Clark and the Commission with information for mulchers.

Bill Dees, Meeco Engineering representative, spoke with the Commission about engineering services.

Jordan Wood held a listening post for Senator Roy Blunt’s office between 10:00 and 11:00.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

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