April 15, 2010

New Members Sworn in at April SCR-I School Board Meeting

The two newest members of the Scotland County R-I Board of Education were sworn into service at the Thursday, April 8th meeting and went to work on a busy agenda.

Fred Clapp and Trinity Davis were duly administered the Oath of Office and will serve on the board until the April, 2013 election. Dr. Tobler presented a resolution thanking Bill Cottrell and Stacy Alexander for their service on the Scotland County School Board. The resolution was unanimously approved.

Prior to the change over, the board certified the official results from the April 6th election. The vote totals certified were Stacy Alexander (281), William W. Cottrell (289), Fred Clapp (527), Stacy Westhoff (373), Trinity Davis (496) and Samantha Brush (104). The board voted 7-0 to accept the election results.

The board elected the following officers, president Gary Miller, vice-president George Koontz, secretary Paul Campbell and treasurer Trinity Davis.

The newest board members enter their time of public service faced with some difficult financial challenges in education.

The news from the Capital is not very encouraging, superintendent Dave Shalley told the board. The governor has requested $500 million be cut from spending in order to balance the budget. Yesterday, the Senate voted to eliminate Career Ladder funding.

In addition to the cut in the state reimbursement for obligations the teachers are fulfilling in this years plan, the state also is still up in the air regarding summer school funding while transportation and PAT are facing additional reductions.

We will not know how all this will affect the Scotland County School District until the legislative session ends May 7th, he said.

Despite the funding news, the board addressed the future of the career ladder at SCR-I.

Career Ladder supports many after-school programs, including tutoring, which is beneficial for our students, Shalley said. With this in mind, the motion was made to approve Career Ladder for next year, pending state funding.

However that motion was voted down due to concerns that it might be perceived that the future of the program was totally dependent upon correcting the state funding issue.

Instead, the board voted unanimously to approve Career Ladder for the 2010-11 academic year, at a level to be determined by the states contribution and the districts available resources.

The board wanted to relay the message that if the state did not fund Career Ladder, a local plan could be available, said Shalley. The first motion might have left the impression this was not possible.

Currently, the state funding is near 50% of the total Career Ladder cost.

In other business, they reviewed two proposals for a lease agreement for the new Thomas school bus purchase approved at the March meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to accept the lease proposal from Daimler. This proposal has the purchase price for the bus at $72,985, divided into three annual payments of $25,281.92.

This approach allows us to purchase the bus prior to emissions requirements, which will increase the price several thousand dollars, Shalley said. The three-year option reduces the annual budgeted amount by $55,000, provided we do not purchase a bus in the next two years.

Salary Committee

President Miller appointed George Koontz, Paul Campbell and Fred Clapp to serve on the board committee to establish salary recommendations for district employees.

Student Insurance

The board voted 7-0 to offer the MSBA student accident insurance plan for the 2010-11 school year. The plans premium is higher than the previous plan, but the benefits are much better for the insured.

This is optional insurance and we encourage parents to check with their local insurance providers for coverage, as well, Shalley said.


The Scotland County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has been working with the board to identify a new location for the schools playground. A site selection is required in order to apply for grants to build the playground.

The site recommended by the PTO is the area between the elementary and the high school building. The new location would allow easy access for the kindergarten through third grades as well as easy access to the restroom facilities.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the site.

Amend School Calendar

The board voted 7-0 to amend the 2010-11 calendar. The change affects the Easter break. April 21 was scheduled as a possible make-up day and April 25 as a Professional Development day. April 21 will now be the PD day, leaving Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25, as part of the Easter break

Building Trades Bid- A bid was presented for the unsold building trades house by Craig and Lauren Wilkinson for $113,500. The bid was below the established floor bid. This item was tabled.

Letter of Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept, with regret, a letter of resignation from Jim Paris, effective at the conclusion the 2009-10 school year.

Overnight Request

The FFA Chapter presented a request for an overnight stay in Columbia for the State FFA convention April 16th. The board voted 7-0 to approve the request, as presented.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 8:57 p.m.

In Executive Session the board voted 5-0-2 to approve the minutes from the March 16th meeting: Miller, Campbell, Koontz, Tobler and McKee-yes; Davis, Clapp-abstain.

The board voted 7-0 to rehire the following full time employees for the 2010-2011 school year: Terry Arnold, Mike Beeler, Beverly Daggs, Linda Hervey, Michella Hull, Lisa Humes, Shellie Jackson, Greg Neagle, Carl Trueblood, Kate Walker and Jim Woods.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Lora Eggleston for a sixth grade teaching position.

The board voted 7-0 to leave closed session at 10:20 p.m. and enter into open session and establish a Building Trades Committee.

Gary Miller appointed Matt Mckee, George Koontz and Dr. Tobler to the Building Trades Committee.

The board voted 7-0 to adjourn at 10:58 p.m.

Police Warning Businesses, Residents of Utility Bill Scam


As temperatures turn cooler, no one wants their gas shutoff. That’s what scammers are counting on, as law enforcement agencies this week issued warnings to local business owners and residents regarding potential scam phone calls regarding unpaid utility bills.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a case involving an alleged scam regarding natural gas bills. Investigators indicated a Memphis business was tricked out of $1,200 by an alleged con artist, posing as the local natural gas provider, Liberty Utilities.

According to the investigators, a caller to the businesses, stated unpaid bills would force the discontinue of natural gas service to the business. The scam included a 1-800 call-back number, complete with automated directions.

The alleged transaction was completed over the phone with pre-paid credit cards, which are purchasable at most retail outlets. Immediate payment of the debt was enticed with promises of waving all late fees and disconnect service charges.

While the scammer reported to be the local natural gas provider, similar cons have been reported in other area towns. The Kirksville Police Department recently issued a similar warning to residents in their city regarding scam calls alleging to represent Ameren Missouri, the electricity provider in that town.

Law enforcement encourages anyone receiving calls related to unpaid utility bills to search out valid contact information for the service provider, and to contact them directly to determine the validity of the charges. Customers also warned about any type of collection calls that seek immediate payment, requiring such payments in non-traceable currency, just as cashier checks, money orders, or pre-paid credit or debit cards. Do not confirm or give out any personal, financial or other sensitive information.

Amendment 2 Places Campaign Finance Limits Back on Missouri Ballots


At a time when voters are being bombarded by political ads and campaign propaganda seemingly non-stop, Missouri voters will be deciding if they want to try and place a damper on it with Constitutional Amendment 2, which is proposing campaign contribution limits for state and judicial offices.

If approved by voters, Amendment 2 would implement a cap of $2,600 for individual’s donating to campaigns for state offices, such as governor, secretary of state, attorney general or state representative or senator as well as judicial offices. Donations to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Amendment 2 also would make it illegal for corporations or labor organizations to make direct contributions to candidates, unless the group created a continuing committee of its own for such purposes.

Other facets of the proposed law would ban candidate campaign committees from donating to other candidates, and would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out-of-state committees that are not registered in Missouri. Contributions from non-citizens, foreign governments and foreign corporations would also be prohibited, while anonymous contributions could not exceed $25 each and could not account for more than $500 or 1% of the aggregate campaign receipts.

The proposed law would not cap contributions to federal candidates, nor municipal, county or other local issues. It would not impact political action committees (PACs) which still would have no limits on the amount of contributions that could be received and used to promote ballot issues or candidates.

One such example of a PAC is Returning Government to the People, which was formed to support Amendment 2. According to campaign documents, the group, is solely funded by one individual, Fred, N. Sauer, who donated $1.5 million to the campaign for campaign contribution limits.

Sauer is on the record as saying campaign contribution limits are in the best interest of the entire state, putting limits on wealthy contributors whose voices otherwise can drown out majority rule.

Proponents of the amendment point to the 1994 election, when 74% of Missouri voters approved Proposition A, that drastically limited campaign contributions, before it was repealed in 2008 by the state legislature.

Opponents of the amendment have voiced concerns about unintended consequences, such as funneling even more campaign contributions to PACS and other less regulated avenues, that would ultimately have no impact on the peddling of political influence and would make it even harder to track.

Jauflione Chapter NSDA Hosts October Meeting

Jauflione Chapter, DAR, met in regular session Friday, Oct 7, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality Room with Regent June Kice and acting Secretary, for this meeting, Terry Arnold.

The first order of business was a very informative presentation by Daisy Murphy, Scotland County Care Center Administrator. Daisy answered many questions for all present.

The business meeting was then called to order in Ritualistic form by Regent June Kice.

Roll call was answered by 11 members naming a famous American woman.

President General’s Message was read by Regent Kice. National Defense lesson was also given by Regent Kice in the absent of the Chairman, Marlene Cowell. Indian Minute was read by Nelda Billups. There was no Constitution Minute read.

Treasurer’s Report, prepared by Kathy Kiddoo, was given by Rita Stott. Kathy reported that she has received dues from many members. She reported that program books have been given to everyone who has paid their dues.

A discussion of eligibility for DAR membership followed.

Regent Kice reported that the “Thank You Veterans” reception will be held Nov. 4th, 2016, at the Hud Housing Meeting Room. Plans were finalized for the reception. It was decided not to mail invitations this year. Advertising will be by radio and the county paper. Posters will also be displayed in businesses around Memphis.

Regent Kice reported receiving a letter from the N. E. District Director Cheryl Varvil. Ms. Varvil will be planning to visit our Chapter after the first of the year.

New business consisted of voting on the two names presented for membership at the Sept. meeting. The vote was positive for both.

Registrar Patricia Miller will begin working on the documentation for their memberships. Volunteer hours were recorded and will be sent to the State chairperson.

The business meeting was closed.

Delicious refreshments were served by Nelda Billups and Verlee Dauma. Beautiful fall themed decorations were displayed on all tables. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis, Secretary

Funeral Services October 27th for Charles Ammons

Funeral services for Charles W. Ammons, 56, of Memphis will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 27 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis.   Burial will follow in the Gorin Cemetery.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 Charles W. Ammons died Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

Ruby Red Hats Travel to Quincy

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge went to Quincy on Monday, October 17, 2016, to Curtis Creek.  (Mona Tague was a resident until her passing.)  Curtis Creek invited us to come and was the hostess.

Those attending were Jewel See, Alice Ann Gipson, Virginia Hustead, Reva Hustead, Celina Erickson, Marjorie Peterson, Dorothy Hunolt, Joann Rood, Robin Sappington, Marlene Henry, Joyce Bass, Ruth Ludwick, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Bette Wiley.

The November meeting will be on the 21st at Big Bri’s Family Place in Wyaconda at 11:00 a.m.  For those carpooling, we will meet at Zimmerman’s at 10:15 a.m.  For more information, call 660-342-1819.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips and Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.  Another day they went to Kalona, IA.  They then went to Iowa City for lunch.

Jim and Nancy Jo went on the color drive in Illinois.

Rutledge Fire Department Pizza Party is Friday night, Oct. 28th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the new Community Building.

Some of those in this week were Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Philips, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Milt Clary, Don Tague, Ruth Ann Carnes, Victor Childers.

Classified Ads 10-28-2016

FOR SALE – 20 Acres, outside Memphis city limits, blacktop AA, newer fences, pond, excellent building site or pasture.  660-883-5648 after 8p.m.

FOR SALE – “Community at Large”, Scotland County book, 200 + pages, by Ellen K. Davison (1993, hardback book). $40.00. 1-319-795-0092.

GARAGE SALE – 205 Edgewood Ave. Glidewell. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 8a.m. – 4p.m. Clothes, baby clothes, baby things, and much more.

GARAGE SALE – 103 W. Washington, Kirksville (south side of square). Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 8a.m. – ?  A variety of items, electric organ, home décor, glassware, and much more.

Notice of Letters of Administration Granted (Supervised Administration)


Judge or Division: PROBATE

Case Number: 16SE-PR00033

In the Estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, Deceased.

Notice of Letters of Administration Granted (Supervised Administration)

To All Persons Interested in the Estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, Decedent:

On October 18, 2016, Marla K. O’Donnell and David R. Kittle were appointed the personal representatives of the estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, decedent, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The personal representatives’ business addresses and phone numbers are respectively: Rural Route 1 Box 294, Arbela, MO 63432, phone number 660-945-3063; Rural Route 1 Box 18A, Arbela, MO 63432, phone number 660-945-3059.

The personal representatives’ attorneys’ names, business addresses and phone numbers are respectively: Kevin D. Brown, Attorney at Law, 123 S. Main Street, Memphis, MO 63555, Phone number 660-465-8500; April S. Wilson, Attorney at Law, 103 S. Main Street, Memphis, MO 63555, Phone number 660-465-2010.

All creditors of said decedent are notified to file claims in court within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six-month period and such two-month period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one year after the decedent’s death, as provided in Section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in Section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to Section 537.021, RSMo.

Date of the decedent’s death: March 29, 2016

Date of first publication: October 27, 2016

Scotland County Circuit Court Clerk Anita Watkins by Shelley Small, Clerk

Receipt of this notice by mail should not be construed by the recipient to indicate that the recipient necessarily has a beneficial interest in the estate. The nature and extent of any person’s interest, if any, can be determined from the files and records of this estate in the Probate Division of the above referenced Circuit Court.

Scotland County High School Releases 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Scotland County R-I High School has announced the 1st Quarter Honor Roll. Named to the honor roll were:

12th Grade A Honor Roll – Justin McKee, Ian See, Austin Day, Ariel Quenneville, Elijah Cooley, Evan Hite, Griffan Kerkmann, Riley Kliethermes, Sadie Davis, Maddie Brassfield, Chelsea Wood, Duncan Carleton, Abi Feeney, Rebekah Duzan, Calesse Bair, Ryan Miller, Kiley Lewis, Elizabeth Zahn, Grant Campbell, Ryan Slaughter, Aaron Buford, McKaela Bradley, Lacey Perrilles, Will Pickerell, Travis Shannan, Barbara Berry, Cameron Stone, Lane Mohr, Andrew Dalton, Alex Hunolt, Caleb Manchester, Mekenzie Steeples.

l2th Grade B Honor Roll – Chase Cook, Lucas Woollums, Keegan Beard, Aaron Blessing, Tricia Buford-Willet, Jakob Payne.

11th Grade A Honor Roll – Lydia Hunt, Annie Hyde, Stephen Terrill, Ashleigh Creek, Gage Dodge, Jessica Salmons, Lane Pence, Heather Cunningham, Kyle Mohr, Cheyenne Frederick, Stevi See, Shannon Niffen, Alyssa Clair, Megan Arnold, Andrew Ebeling, Tristen Kice, Megan Holt, Kyle Aldridge, Meghan McKee, Stormi Schultz, Tanner Alexander, Cody Miller, Dylan Karsch, Connor Payne.

11th Grade B Honor Roll – Shaye Eggleston, Sayde Spurgeon, Brett Monroe, MaCayla Dale, Bryson Orton, Harley Saulmon, Andre Goldenstein, Zack Tinkle, Justin Hull, Brady Kice.

10th Grade A Honor Roll – Will Fromm, Haley Darcy, Jared Dunn, Abby Blessing, Slade McAfee, Mason Kliethermes, Ty Mohr, Patrick Shannan, Gabe Shultz, Khloe Hamlin, Kaylyn Anders, Nova Cline, Luke Triplett, Gabrielle Zahn, Katelyn Talbert, Julie Long, Madie Bondurant, Jacob Kapfer, Adam Slayton, Patrick Durham, Shalinda Shannan, Conner Harrison, Conner Wiggins, Kendra Middleton, Brock Durflinger.

10th Grade B Honor Roll – Jacob McDaniel, Hunter Frederick, Anthony Whitaker, Jaycen Bair, Afton Spray, Kaleb Parkins, Breauna Altobelli, Kyle Childress, Cliff Whitaker, Kenny Niffen, Elizabeth Preece, Kyle Davis, Hannah Richardson, Austin Cochran, Matthew Woods.

9th Grade A Honor Roll – Brock Aylward, Katie Feeney, Micah Cooley, Katie Campbell, Parker Triplett, Avery Shultz, Kaitlyn McMinn, Jaden McAfee, Erica Yarbrough, Reilly Shoemaker, Kalissa Thomas, Laura Shaffer, Claire Hite, Jada Miller, Tala Saulmon, Christian Siver.

9th Grade B Honor Roll –  Shelby Troutman, Allison Herring, Abigail Salmons, Kierra McMurray, Kamryn Mast, Eric Yarbrough, Jacob Buford, Lane Parsons, Breann Goldenstein, Maycee Ferrel, Robyn Hayes, Jena Frederick, Spencer Kerkmann, Devon Homer, James Briggs.

8th Grade A Honor Roll – Jansen Alexander, Kaden Anders, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Laney Campbell, Ewan Carleton, Hunter Carter, Brady Curry, Bobbi Darcy, Sylvia Darland, Clara Davis, Shaylee Davis, Ethan Durflinger, Dayton Eiler, Carson Harrison, Aleeshia Henn, Kyra Justice, Hailey Kraus, Dylan Mohr, Jordan Orton, Kade Richmond, Brooke Samuelson, Preston Sanchez, Brooke Smith, Kylee Stott, Magnum Talbert, Ethan Tinkle, Anna Triplett.

8th Grade B Honor Roll – Masden Armstrong, Bailey Blake, Christian Bliefert, Jacob Cochran, Hailey Fox, Alexis Hoskinson, Corbin Howe, Keely Parrish-Johnson, Daniel Samuelson, Nate Sevier, Zoe Tinkle, Kameron Wood.

 7th Grade A Honor Roll – Zac Behrens, Levi Briggs, Trayton Buckallew, Rylea Camp, Jared Cerroni, Kale Creek, Abigail Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Brant Frederick, Sorrel Frederick, Caden Goldenstein, Kabe Hamlin, Taryn Hassell, Victoria Huber, Aayla Humphrey, Caitlyn Johnson, Mary Kellum, Corbin Kirchner, Destiny Lamb, Alex Long, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, Haylee McMinn, Baileigh Phillips, Zane See, Shantel Small, Corbyn Spurgeon, Emily Terrill, Hailey Thompson, Tamara Vaughn, Alaynna Whitaker, Zachary Young.

7th Grade B Honor –Jess Girardin, Randi Green, Shire Gross, Eli Kigar, Lydia Krouse, Hunter Mast-Cook, William Montgomery, Kayla Pflum, Keegan Shipman, Rose Whitley.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, October 28 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, November 1 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 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, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 3 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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