May 20, 2010

Memphis to Host Town Hall Meeting on Healthcare

The Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, in partnership with the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Rural Health Association will host a Town Hall meeting on rural health issues in Memphis. The goal is to develop the Missouri Rural Health Plan and to inform program priorities for the Foundation for Health.

The meeting, hosted by Scotland County Hospital, will be held on Monday, May 24, 2010, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and is located in the Conference Room at the North Entrance. Refreshments will be provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The program will include information about the purpose and objectives of the Office of Rural Health and the Missouri Foundation for Health, and will be structured to gather information on issues such as health care access, social services, education and the economy in rural Missouri.

Pre-registration is not required, but RSVPs would be appreciated to assure adequate seating and refreshments is available. RSVP to Pam Buschjost with the Missouri Rural Health Association at 573-636-5554 or via e-mail at pam@cabllc.com.

The Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is located within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. For more information about the project, please contact Suzanne Alewine at 573-636-5554 or by e-mail at suzanne@cabllc.com. The Missouri Foundation for Health Program Officer is Thomas Adams and he may be contacted by email at tadams@mffh.org.

Charles, Judy Myers Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

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Charles and Judith Slocum Myers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Charles was a son of Mike and Ida Witte Myers of Rutledge and Judy’s parents were C. R. (Ray) and Thelma Branstetter Slocum of Baring, MO.

They were married at the Christian Church in Memphis by Reverend Howard Merchant on June 4, 1966.

Charles and Judy are the parents of four children: Sherri (Robbie) Mauck of Knox City, Chari Bemis (Travis) of Kansas City, Melanie Irizarry (Juan) of Newark, Delaware, and Charles Myers II (Chuck) of Chicago, Illinois.  They have nine grandchildren: Brooklyn Myers, Kaelin and Mason Bemis of Kansas City, Savannah, Robert and Mitchell Mauck of Knox City and Ireland, London and Juan II of Newark, Delaware.

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Chester Robinson.

Erma High and son Kevin, her three brothers and their wives went to Guimauga, Honduras for their niece’s, Eunice Shirk, wedding. They went to Washington, D.C. and flew to San Salvador and then caught another flight to Honduras.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Palmyra and picked up great-grandson Will Hustead, and then went to Quincy.

Reva and Vada Granger went to Quincy.

Marjorie Peterson met Don Boyer, Jane Boyer, from Oak Wells, Iowa, and Donna Conaway at Keith’s where they ate lunch then went to the Memphis Cemetery where they decorated family graves.

Marjorie also met Evelyn Bechetel, Candy and other friends.  Marjorie then went to Bible Grove to the Christian Church where she decorated family graves.

Steve and Charlene Montgomery went to Columbia.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.  Reva’s great-granddaughter, LaKaylee, had a ballgame in Hannibal and then Canton that Martin and Reva attended!

Anna Zimmerman from Petersburg, West Virginia, met her brother Glen Z. from PA and they came to Rutledge a week before their nephew, Paul Roger’s, wedding to Denice Burkholder on Saturday, May 28th.  They visited with their parents, Paul and Lydia and also their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Bob Brown from Peoria, IL and his sons, Steve and Mike, came to visit family and friends and to decorate graves.

Eilene and Carol McCabe and Wendy McBee spent Sunday in Trenton celebrating Nora’s first birthday.  Also there was Jon, Amy, James and Nora, Lori and John Casteel, Jack and Cindy Guthrie, Nick, Kelli and Reid Oldham.

Some of those in this week were Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Peterson, Dale and Lisa Tague, Neta Pillips, Pat Shultz, Rosella Small, Charley Houghton, Clayton and Carol Hustead, Don Tague, Marilyn and Keith Dunn, Pam and Mike Blaine and Ruth Ludwick.

ROBERT (BOB) A. CARNEY   (3/29/1932 – 5/28/2016)

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Robert (Bob) A. Carney, 84, of Memphis, Missouri, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Scotland County Care Center after a four-month stay.

Bob was born March 29, 1932, in Munhall, Pennsylvania to Raymond & Ellen (Faust) Carney. He graduated high school from the Munhall school district in June of 1950. While in school Bob worked at Kennywood Amusement Park and after graduation he went to work in the US Steel Mill from August 1950 until being drafted in May 1952.

Bob completed basic training at Fort Knox and served in the Army in Korea. He was honorably discharged in November 1954, and almost immediately upon his return to PA he met the woman who would become his beautiful bride, Laura. Bob and Laura were married on February 12, 1955, after a whirlwind courtship and eventually raised five wonderful children in West Mifflin, PA.

While in Pittsburgh, Bob returned to work at the steel mill, but his more important work was at Homeville Christian Church, where he served the church as the janitor, Sunday School teacher, deacon, and elder. Bob and Laura moved to Memphis, Missouri in July of 1988 and Bob started working in the kitchen at the Scotland County Care Center. The Carneys joined the Memphis First Christian Church, and Bob kept serving his new church as a Sunday School teacher and elder. He also taught Sunday School at the Care Center for 17 years.

In addition to his “real” job, Bob worked as one of Santa’s helpers for many years. Bob loved children and with his twinkly blue eyes, mischievous nature, and little round belly, he was just the man needed to help convey thousands of children’s requests to the big man in red. He worked from 1979-1987 at the Century Three Mall in West Mifflin, PA and picked up the beard and boots again in Memphis, serving our community from 1989 to 2011. In his free time, Bob enjoyed collecting Santa memorabilia, working on huge jigsaw puzzles, reading Louis L’Amour books, and cheering for Pittsburgh sports teams.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Thelma Jean Carney & Roberta Carney; two brothers: William Carney & Paul Carney; and a grandson-in-law, Nathan Dunn.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 61 years, Laura; one son, Jerry Carney of Memphis, MO; four daughters, Robin and Ronnie Miller of Arbela, MO, Debbie and John Moorehead of Washington, PA, Lisa and Jay Schirk of Kansas City, MO, and Dawn Carney and Keith Harwood of Danville, IA; four granddaughters, Renee and Jason Brown of Springfield, MO, Rhonda and Isaac Houf of Unionville, MO, Nikki Moorehead of Washington, PA, and Lindsey Mundt, of Danville, IA; one grandson, Marcus Moorehead of Washington, PA; and six great-grandchildren, Kadin, Jeriah, Annika, and Elysha Houf, of Unionville, MO, and Carlee Mundt and Fisher Cloyed, of Danville, IA. Other survivors include his brother, Jim and Audrey Carney of PA; his sister, Nanci and John Bartek of Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law, Skip and Bev Frontera of Texas; and one aunt, Hilda Roble of Pennsylvania. In addition he is survived by his former son-in-law, Ed Waters, and special friends, Mike Cantril and Natalie Miller. Bob is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends, including a very special one at the North Pole.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Great River Honor Flight and/or I-MO Christian Service Camp and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services will be held at the Payne Funeral Chapel Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. Brother Jack Sumption will officiate and interment will follow in the Memphis Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis. There will be two from his unit from the military honor program as well. The American Legion will serve as pallbearers and the musicians will be Angela Westhoff, Jana Muntz and Keith Payne.

A visitation will be held at Payne Funeral Chapel from noon – 8 p.m. on Friday, June 3, with the family present to greet relatives and friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Commission presented program on KMEM Coffee Break from 8:30-9:00 AM

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

The minutes from May18, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

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, May 25, 2016.

 

Wednesday, May 25, 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 Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from May 19, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt reported she attended the Northeast Community Action Agency board meeting Tuesday evening.

The Commission approved invoice #140123-010-13 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge 251.

Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk, advised the Commission that OSCA will be inspecting lines at the courthouse.

The Commission approved invoices submitted for maintenance of the Frogge Cemetery.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed equipment and current projects with the Commission.

The Commission ordered solicitation of bids for a lowboy trailer.

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, May 26, 2016.

Will We Be Ready For Persecution?

Yes, I’ve already written my daily post.  However, a very strong urge to write at this moment is placed upon my heart.  I believe for good reason.

Let us give care to our absolute, most foundational, stance before God.  At the moment I think we don’t. Allow me to explain.

Our spiritual world in America has been quite relaxed; selfish, if I may say so.  We (others and myself) have divided and then perpetuated Belief Camps; each often contesting the other.  Within each Belief Camp usually there is the list of Belief DOs and Belief DON’Ts.  Thus, the exercise of standing against those in another Belief Camp. And…. we very much mean it.

Individuals, families, and even businesses subtly suffer due to our divisive, yet highly promoted, styles.  Such religious contests seem to offer drive and energy.  Debates have been held.  Feelings have been injured.  The entire religious scheme gets little more than an apathetic shrug by the masses who are annoyed with the lot of us.

What I’m about to say is only me.  So do allow the grains of salt to assess.  But I believe American churches are in for a very rude, yet wonderfully necessary, awakening. Persecution is a heartbeat away.  Bible-toting citizens are most likely going to be challenged like we’ve never known.

And this is why I write about this.  Be ready for the stress that one like me can’t quantify nor describe.  But, be prepared.  Terror is in the wings.  It will terrorize.

Yet, I believe that something will happen simultaneously.  Our religiosity will suffer set-forward (not set-back).  We will drop our accusations toward those we thus far have deemed obscene in several of their beliefs and we will embrace Jesus; the very one who has been banned from most of our doctrinal argumentations.

Jesus, in His Spirit, will begin to receive the accolades always intended.  Churches which have fought over worship styles, yet not being necessarily overt worshipers themselves, will find a delightful desperation for experiencing the presence of the Spirit.  We.  Will.  Worship.  Like we’ve never done before as we are forced to decide; Him or the enemy?

I believe we are already seeing believers of various preferences drawing to one another due to Jesus.  Indeed, we have our convictions; and well we should.  But we have allowed ourselves to make our beliefs our god.  Opinions run rampant.  Experiential relationship with God has not been our driving call.

Life in any church is not just WHAT we believe.  Nor is it WHERE we do our believing. It is clearly essential that the WHO should dominate our voices as well as our practices.

 WILL WE BE READY FOR PERSECUTION?

Baring Man Seriously Hurt in ATV Rollover

 

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A Baring man sustained serious injuries when an all-terrain vehicle he was  a passenger in, overturned ejecting him and two other individuals.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richard B. Wilson, 30 was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred May 25th  at 2:15 a.m. on private property near Greensburg.

Darlene E. Bryant, 51, was driving the 2016 Polaris Ranger and attempted to make a sharp circular turn, which caused the vehicle roll over, ejecting its three occupants. Darlene Bryant and a passenger in the vehicle, Trever D. Bryant, 43, of Baring, sustained minor injuries and did not seek medical attention.

Wilson was transported by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia.

CHESTER EUGENE ROBINSON (9/30/1997 – 5/24/2016)

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Chester Eugene Robinson, 18, of Memphis died May 24, 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle accident north of Memphis.

The son of Michael Eugene Robinson and Patricia Ann (Nolan) Yardley, he was born September 30, 1997 in Memphis, MO. Chester attended Scotland County schools and was a 2016 graduate of the Scotland County High School.

During his school years he was a valuable team member and letterman who played with the Scotland County High School football team. He belonged to the Memphis FFA Chapter.

Chester worked for many farmers in the community and volunteered for many organizations, including the Scotland County Fitness Center and daycare. He had recently given a total of 2 ½ gallons of blood during his school years.

He loved hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He also enjoyed Chevy trucks.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Crystal Nolan; his stepfather, Jerry Chuites; uncle, Bobby Nolan; and grandparents, Gerald (Cotton) and Verlee Robinson and George and Carol Nolan.

Survivors include his father Michael Robinson of Memphis; his mother, Patty and husband Jack Yardley II of Queen City, MO; his sister, Merna Joy Nolan and Shawn Porter of Tacoma, WA; his brother, Jashua Robinson of Memphis, MO; and many other family members and friends.

Chester had many great friends and was respected among his peers.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Scotland County High School with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating. Pallbearers were Kenny Bair, Zach Small, Kyle Childress, Joshua Adams, David Hudson, Brad Lewis, Skylar Holton, Dustin Norris, and Melvin Nolan. Honorary bearers were Chick Downing and the 2015 Scotland County Tiger Football Team.

Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery, northwest of Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the family in care of Gerth Funeral Service, Inc. and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Chester Robinson’s  family by signing the online register at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service of Memphis.

SCR-I Students Rake in Honors During Successful 2015-16 School Year

The Director’s Award for Band went to Paige Hyde. Karrisa Adams was the recipient of the Patrick Gilmore Award while the John Phillip Sousa Award went to Megan Kice.

The Director’s Award for Band went to Paige Hyde. Karrisa Adams was the recipient of the Patrick Gilmore Award while the John Phillip Sousa Award went to Megan Kice.

Students at the Scotland County R-I Jr/Sr. High School wrapped up a very successful 2015-2016 school season. The school’s trophy cases may need to be expanded after a variety of the district’s program’s attained numerous milestones during the year further demonstrating the school’s commitment to excellence.

The district experienced a successful academic season, attaining a MSIP score of 99.3% while offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, statistics and U.S. history with a total of 23 students enrolled, with an additional 46 students enrolled in dual credit courses for college.

SCR-I senior Morgan Alexander led a project, Donor’s Choose, to raise money to purchase 47 AP exam books for the AP programs

Hailey Kraus, Hailey Fox, Ewan Carleton, Shaylee Davis, Nate Sevier, Kyra Justice and Zoe Tinkle had poems published in a creative communication poetry book.

Karissa Adams will be having a short story published in the Young Voices of Missouri, which is a special issue of the Chariton Review published by Truman State

Caleb Doubet was one of 13 individuals that advanced to St. Joseph, Missouri for his Rotary speech.

Robyn Hayes won the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s essay contest about Sportsmanship and placed 2nd in the Northeast Region.

The publications surpassed last year’s ad sales by 180% making the year book a success.

The Future Farmers of America reached several milestones. The horse judging team qualified for State after finishing 4th at Districts. Emily Hilpert won 2nd place at Area III contest in the scrapbook competition. The livestock judging team won the Schuyler competition with Hannah Dunn earning a 1st place individual score.

FFA State Farmer Degree recipients included Keenan Bradley, Kassie Bulen, Hannah Dunn, Megan Kirchner and Tori Ward.

The FFA trap shooting team was named Area III champions and had 1st place finishes at Schuyler, Madison, Paris and Macon shoots. The girls team took  1st place at the Paris shoot in the girls’ division

The SCR-I National Honor Society won the “Spirit Stick” at the National Honor Society State Convention.

The SCR-I Campus Bowl team was crowned Tri-Rivers Conference Champs, and advanced tp sectional play in state after claiming the district title. Stephen Terrill received all-conference and was named the district MVP.

Elijah Cooley was named to the all-district band. Junior High All-District band honors went to Katie Feeney, Toren Johnson, Jaden McAfee and Reilly Shoemaker.

Band all-conference honors went to Karissa Adams, Duncan Carleton, Elijah Cooley, Sadie Davis, Katie Feeney, Conner Harrison, Evan Hite, Paige Hyde, Toren Johnson, Jacob Kapfer, Megan Kice, Slade McAfee, Shannon Niffen, Ariel Quenneville, Avery Shultz, Gabe Shultz, Christian Siver, Adam Slayton and Cliff Whitaker

Contest solo or group performers earned I Ratings at district including Megan Kice, Elijah Cooley, Ariel Quenneville, Rebekah Duzan, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, Cliff Whitaker, Karissa Adams, Alyssa Clair and Sadie Davis. II Ratings went to Sadie Davis, Paige Hyde, Shannon Niffen, Slade McAfee, Ariel Quenneville, Jaden McAfee and Duncan Carleton.

At the state music contest II rating recipients were Elijah Cooley, Ariel Quenneville, Megan Kice, Karissa Adams, Sadie Davis and Alyssa Clair. State Contest III ratings went to Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Cliff Whitaker, Katie Feeney and Christian Siver.

The marching band’s accolades included: Monroe City: 2nd place in Parade, 2nd in Field Show, Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Color Guard, Drumline 1st place & Color Guard 1st place; Kahoka Parade of Champions: 3rd place Parade, 4th place Field Show & Field Show People’s Choice Award; Missouri Day at Trenton, Mo: Drumline 3rd place; Antique Days Memphis, Mo: 1st place.

The concert band received a II rating overall and a I Rating in Sight Reading.

The Director’s Award for Band went to Paige Hyde. Karrisa Adams was the recipient of the Patrick Gilmore Award while the John Phillip Sousa Award went to Megan Kice.

The Conference Art Show & Culver-Stockton Art Show top prizes went to Megan Kice.

In athletics, the Tri-Rivers All Sports Championship was claimed by the Scotland County Tigers.

In softball, SCR-I had a 2nd place conference finish with Ashleigh Creek, Stevi See and Miranda Holland named all-conference. All District honors went to Creek, See, Maddie Brassfield, Abi Feeney, Chelsea Wood, Kassie Bulen and Holland.

Softball players earning academic all-state were Brassfield, Bulen, Feeney, Holland and Wood.

The Tigers footnball team also took 2nd place in conference. All-conference honors went to Aaron Buford, Ian See, Will Pickerell, Ryan Slaughter, Jade Holt, Will Fromm, Bryson Orton, Aaron Blessing and Gage Dodge. Buford, Slaughter and Blessing received all-district honors while Slaughter also was recognized on the all-state team.

Academic all-state winners were Riley Kliethermes, Josh Adams, Stephen Terrill, Ian See & Austin Day.

In basketball both the SCR-I boys and girls teams won conference titles.

The Lady Tigers also were district Champs and sectional winners advancing to state quarterfinalists.

All Conference basketball honors went to Sturgis Knupp, Aaron Buford and Caleb Doubet. Girls all-conference awards went to Calesse Bair, Chelsea Wood and Abi Feeney.

All-district awards went to Bair, Wood, Feeney and Maddie Brassfield, with Buford, Knupp and Caleb Doubet earning all-0dsitrict for the boys.

Bair earned all satte honors for the girls.

Academic All-State honors went to Caleb Doubet.

The SCR-I baseball team earned a conference championship.

The SCR-I track teams finished 2nd in the conference.

All-conference honors went to Tristen Kice, Zach Doubet, Caleb Doubet, Riley Kliethermes, Ryan Miller and Bryson Orton for the boys and Katelyn Talbert, Kaylyn Anders, Khloe Hamlin, Madie Bondurant, Abby Blessing and Miranda Holland for the girls.

Sectional Qualifiers were Bryson Orton, Zach Doubet, Caleb Doubet, Riley Kliethermes, Ryan Miller, Tristen Kice, Khloe Hamlin, Abby Blessing and Katelyn Talbert.

The SCR-I golf team won the conference crown. Sectional qualifiers were Ian See, Ryan Slaughter, Elijah Cooley and Griffan Kerkmann with See and Slaughter advancing to state.

All Conference honors went to Cooley and Slaughter.

The Little Paws pom squad finished in 2nd place preliminary at St. Charles and took 2nd and 3rd place at state competition in Kansas City.

Recent Grad Killed in Head-on Crash Near Memphis

Chester Robinson (#22) passed away in a head-on collision Tuesday morning in Scotland County just days after graduating from Scotland County R-I High School.

Chester Robinson (#22) passed away in a head-on collision Tuesday morning in Scotland County just days after graduating from Scotland County R-I High School.

Less than two weeks after crossing the podium to accept his high school diploma, a Scotland County graduate was tragically taken from the community in a head-on collision north of Memphis on Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chester E. Robinson, 18, of Memphis was pronounced deceased at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 15, seven miles north of Memphis at 6:47 a.m.

Robinson was northbound in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2000 Dodge Dakota head on.

The driver of the second vehicle, Tyler A. Scott, 21, of Bloomfield, IA, was flown from the scene by Air Evac Helicopter and transported to Iowa City Hospital with serious injuries.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Memphis Police Department, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, the Scotland County Fire and Rescue Squad, Scotland County First Responders and the Scotland County Ambulance Service.

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Chester Robinson

Funeral services are pending for Robinson at Gerth Funeral Service in Memphis.

Both vehicles sustained total damage in the accident and were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

Local Grad Standing Guard at Arlington National Cemetery

Former SCR-I student Joshua Lee Tague is a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard which performs services at Arlington National Cemetery.

Former SCR-I student Joshua Lee Tague is a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard which performs services at Arlington National Cemetery.

Less than three years after completing high school, a local high school graduate has found his way to Washington D.C. and has been part of some of the nation’s biggest events.

Lee Tague, a 2013 graduate of Knox County High School, enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after high school. Just months later his service has transplanted the young man in our nation’s capital, with regular service at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lee is the son of Larry and Tamara Tague. He attended Scotland County schools before transferring in high school to Knox County.

The Gorin native never imagined his career choice would send him so far away from home, so quickly.

His journey started in Great Lakes, IL, for basic training. He spent the eight-week process at the center, some 30 minutes outside of Chicago.

It was during basic training that Tague took part in an interview process for the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard. As a Naval Religious Program Specialist, he was eligible for the program, and after being approved for consideration, then volunteered for the prestigious posting.

Following boot camp, Tague spent two months in additional training for the guard, with emphasis on the special uniform as well as the M1 Garand rifle, the weapon used by the U.S. armed forces dating back to World War II.

“We definitely spend a lot of time making sure our uniforms are presentable and that our appearance is the best it can be,” he said. “Our motto is perfection is expected, excellence is accepted, meaning that while we know no one is ever perfect, we will work to achieve perfection every day.”

The attention to detail begins with the white gloves.

“We always wear gloves when touching our rifles or when handling a flag, out of respect to those instruments, which may have seen battle.”

Respect is the basis for all of the guards’ actions.

“Most people do not understand why we take these ‘little things’ so seriously,” said Tague. “Like standing at attention, working to show no emotion, regardless of whether it is raining, snowing or frigid cold. It is out of respect. That is our mission.”

While the gloves are important, the brass belt of the uniform is the pride of the Navy.

“It is the center piece of the uniform,” said Tague. “Depending on what the weather was like when you wore it, you can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to three or four hours every day or every other day, polishing that brass. It is a point of proud among us when some of the belts details begin to fade because it has been polished so much.”

Established in 1931, the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard is the official ceremonial unit of the Navy. Located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, the Navy Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the service in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital.

“We’re the face of the Navy at such things as parades, arrivals of foreign dignitaries and even at major sporting events,” said Tague. “For instance, we were there for the arrival in America of the Japanese Foreign Minister.”

Tague said this service was very prestigious, as it marked a key meeting with one of our nation’s greatest naval allies and was held on the south lawn of the Whitehouse.

He also served at the retirement ceremony for former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Most recently, Tague served as an escort during the ceremony for Navy Seal Edward Byers, the latest recipient of the Medal of Honor, and receiving the honor to escort him to the Hall of Heroes where the names of the medal winners are enshrined.

“Two years ago I never would have imaged being in the presence of such great people,” said Tague.

During the week however, the primary duty of the guard is to serve as the funeral escort and to conduct services for Navy personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Tasking for ceremonies comes from the President of the United States, the Secretaries of Defense and the Navy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant, Naval District Washington.  Navy Ceremonial Guard Sailors participate in numerous other military ceremonies at local commands.  Some elements of the command, such as the Drill Team and Color Guard, have represented the Navy in public events across the nation and around the world.

Tague gives much of the credit for his choice to pursue a military career to a former coach at Knox County High School, Keith Gudehus.

“He was a big inspiration for me,” said Tague. “Obviously his level of success is motivating, but for me his attention to detail and how much he cared about other people are truly what inspired me.”

Gudehus returned to coach the Knox County girls basketball program after retiring from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service.

“He set an excellent example for me, his selflessness and his ability to motivate others are part of why I enlisted,” said Tague.

Tague recently returned home for the funeral of his grandfather, Rodney Day. Day served in the U.S. Army, so Tague got to witness his military rites at the funeral.

“It definitely created a new perspective for me about what we do in the Ceremonial Guard,” he said. “I really appreciated the respect that was offered to my grandfather and our family. I’m honored to be able to do that for other military families.”

While still attached to the ceremonial guard unit, Tague’s career has taken a new path in public relations. Now an E-4 status, Tague currently is working with visitors at the Pentagon.

“I’m a liaison for visitors to the Department of Defense headquarters,” he said. “It is a public affairs posting, where we provide outreach services and work with the public. It’s quite a transition from standing silently at attention for hours at a time. Now much of what I do is talking and communicating.”

He believes his next posting may take him to North Carolina or California to work with the U.S. Marines. Ultimately the Scotland County native hopes one day to return to the diplomacy arena, possibly working at the State Department.

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