September 30, 2010

Downing House Museum Receives $500 Grant from NMCAAs Step Up

On September 17, 2010 the Downing House Museum in Memphis Missouri received a $500 grant from Northeast Missouri Community Action Agencys (NMCAA) 2010 Step Up to Leadership Program Graduate, Ruby Jimenez. The grant funding will be used to purchase an air conditioning unit for the museum.

NMCAA Step Up to Leadership initiative is a 12 session program design to provide participants with information on community organizations, how they are formed, what rules, regulations, and laws govern these groups, and ways citizens can to be involved in community activities. One Step Up To Leadership session focus on learning how to submit grant applications for community projects.

Ruby, a local Memphis resident, successfully submitted and received the $500 NMCAA Step Up To Leadership Grant on the behalf of the Downing House Museum.

Ruby selected the Downing House Museum, as the grant recipient based on a summer visit to the museum. The tour guides in the museum were all uncomfortable due to the heat. The fans in the museum were on, but blowing hot air. The curator told me that they would appreciate a window air conditioner very much.

Kristal Phillips, the Memphis Area Step Up To Leadership Facilitator and Grant Writing Mentor, said that: Preparing the grant application was a lengthy process and Ruby spent numerous hours submitting grant documentation and corresponding with the Downing House Museum Board of Directors and local businesses to secure the grant funding in order to purchase and install the air conditioning unit. Rubys hard work was well worth the effort and her success will benefit the Downing House Museum and the citizens of Memphis for years to come.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative Linemen Part of Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts in Florida

A total of 123 linemen from 23 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives, including a four-man team from Tri-County Electric Cooperative which serves Scotland County,  have safely arrived in Florida and are at work restoring power to those affected by Hurricane Michael.

The crews had to cut their way into the final approaches to Talquin Electric Cooperative, one of the Florida electric cooperatives that was near the center of the massive storm.

Just short of their goal after a long drive from a staging area in Athens, Georgia, the cooperative linemen pulled out their chainsaws and cut for nearly three hours before the road could be cleared enough to reach Talquin Electric headquarters in Quincy, Florida.

After a thorough safety briefing, they were assigned “bird dogs,” employees of the local cooperative who will be their guides as they work in the storm-ravaged area. As the storm passed through the cooperative’s service area near Tallahassee, nearly all of the cooperative’s 55,000 members were without power. Talquin suffered severe damage to its distribution and transmission lines, complicating restoration efforts.

“Talquin crews have assessed damage throughout the service territory and crews are repairing lines and restoring power to as many Talquin Members as possible,” Talquin Electric reported on its Facebook page. “At the height of the outages, 98 percent of Talquin members were without power. Talquin’s infrastructure has sustained comprehensive damage – approximately 1,000 broken poles and numerous downed wires – throughout the entire service territory, that will lead to extended restoration times.”

Talquin also is working diligently with its transmission provider, Duke Energy, which sustained extensive damage to its transmission infrastructure that supplies multiple Talquin substations and is currently affecting 78 percent of the cooperative’s accounts.

Missouri’s crews are fighting a lot of heavy damage caused by wind and falling trees with much of the work involving replacing poles, cross arms and getting downed lines up off the ground. In the coastal areas, the storm surge also had knocked out several switch cabinets.

Despite all this, the workers had a good day on Sunday, with Talquin Electric Cooperative reporting 6,000 more customers back online with under 22,000 to go. Talquin crews, members and passers-by have had nothing but words of thanks and hopes of safety for the  line workers.

The cooperatives reported that the linemen are putting in 16-hour days, but are being well treated by their hosts with plenty to eat. Some of the food is coming from grateful members who are dropping off desserts, bottled water and even barbeque.

Talquin Electric member Tammy Brandon Vara summed up the feelings of those who have their power restored stating “Thank you for all your hard work! And thanks to the ‘out of town’ crews who left their families behind to come here to help our communities. May God see them safely back to their families.”

Talquin member Grayson Touchton also praised the efforts of the Missouri crews.

“We are west of Tallahassee and we sustained a great deal of damage and are all without power,” he stated. “Our road appeared to have been hit by a tornado, as more than half a mile of huge pines and oaks were snapped in half, taking poles and lines with them. Please know how thankful and appreciative we are for sending your crews far from home to take care of total strangers. I stopped and thanked every person on every truck today. Please know you are making a huge difference for many people. God bless all of you.”

Missouri’s assistance efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.

Missouri’s electric cooperatives sent 123 linemen from 23 of the state’s cooperatives to lend a hand. In September Missouri crews traveled to South Carolina to help out with repairs in the wake of Hurricane Florence, making this the second storm-related relief effort this Fall.

Missouri’s electric cooperatives have a long history of lending a helping hand to its cooperative peers in trying times. Missouri crews first helped with hurricane relief efforts in 2004 when the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Ivan and have been doing so since. In 2017 crews traveled to Florida and Georgia following Hurricane Irma.

The favor has been returned, as Missouri co-ops received assistance restoring power following ice storms in 2007 and 2009.

Knox County Rallies Late to End SCR-I Softball Season in District Semifinals

Kaylyn Anders heads for third on her way home to put the Lady Tigers on top 1-0 in the sixth inning of the district semifinals.

After shutting out Knox County through five innings on a frigid Thursday evening in Canton, Scotland County saw its upset bid upended in the bottom of the sixth when the Eagles scored six times to help close out the SCR-I softball season in the district tournament semifinals.

The Lady Tigers, the #3 seed, had previously been 10-runned by the #2 seed Knox County, but SCR-I kept the pressure on the Eagles all evening, putting runners in scoring position in five separate innings. Unfortunately for SCR-I, they managed just one key hot to plate a lone run in the top of the sixth.

Katie Feeney was hit by a pitch to start the game. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Feeney but was stranded there.

Knox County threatened in the bottom of the frame loading the bases off starter Kaitlyn McMinn before Morgan Blessing made a fine running catch in centerfield to end the threat.

Kaylyn Anders was hit by a pitch to start the second, but was stranded at second base.

In the third, Katie Feeney walked followed by a single by Hannah Feeney. Madie Bondurant then legged out an infield single to load the bases. After McMinn struck out, SCR-I appeared to take the lead when Anders was hit by a pitch for the second time on the night. However the umpire ruled she didn’t make an effort to get out of the way of the pitch and ruled it a ball. After Anders received medical attention for the fastball she took to her elbow, she stepped back into the box and weakly grounded out to end the threat.

Despite the controversial call, SCR-I remained poised in the field working around an error and pair of base runners in the bottom of the fourth to keep the game scoreless.

In the fifth inning, Katie Feeney singled and Bondurant was hit by a pitch, but SCR-I again stranded the runners.

In the bottom of the inning, Abby Blessing made a diving catch in right field with two outs to preserve the shutout.

In the sixth inning, Anders led off with a walk, She moved to second on a sacrifice by Khloe Hamlin, Kylee Stott delivered SCR-I’s lone hit with runners in scoring position, a double to right center field to make the score 1-0.

The momentum was short lived as Knox County took advantage of a pair of SCR-I errors and put together three hits and a walk to plate six runs in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game open, making the final score 6-1.

Scotland County was held to just four hits on the night while striking out nine times. Katie Feeney was 1-2, reaching base three times on the evening, Hannah Feeney and Bondurant were 1-3 and Stott was 1-3 with the lone RBI.

McMinn was charged with six runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out two.

Scotland County ended the season with a 7-10 record.

Elvis Wade’s Film ‘The Identical’ Captures Top Awards at Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival

The inspiring feature film, “The Identical”, claimed the Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards at the recent Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival in Toronto. Pictured (L to R): Jason Barbeck (CIFF Film Festival director and co-founder), Yochanan Marcellino (producer, The Identical), Wade Cummins (story writer, The Identical), and Rafael Kalamat (CIFF Film Festival director and co-founder). (City of Peace Films photo)

Four years after its theatrical release, the inspiring feature film, written by “Elvis” Wade Cummings, who is well known to Memphis residents. The Identical, is still capturing the attention of movie lovers.

The film, which garnered a Viewers Choice Award when it premiered at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival, is once again in the news for taking home a pair of top acting awards at 2nd Annual Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival (CIFF Film Festival), which was recently held in Toronto.

The “Identical” previously had won Best Picture at the Nashville Film Festival, and Best Musical Score at the International Faith Based Film Festival in Orlando, FL, while being nominated for 15 awards total.

Elvis Wade as his local fans call him, was the featured singer in the International Faith Based Film Festival in Orlando, FL, and also was chosen to close the Canadian Film Festival singing the song from the movie “Your Love’s Keeping Me Tonight”.

At the Canadian award event, the film’s star, Blake Rayne, in his debut movie role, walked away with the Best Lead Actor award against stiff competition from well-known actors including Samuel Hunt (Unbroken: Road to Redemption, Chicago P.D., Empire), Justin Bruening (Indivisible, Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0), and J. Michael Finley, who portrayed Bart Mallard in the blockbuster hit I Can Only Imagine. Golden Globe nominee Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) was also honored as Best Supporting Actor, beating out fellow Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (I Can Only Imagine, The Rookie, Day After Tomorrow) and Hollywood actor Kevin Pollack (The One I Wrote for You, A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects). In addition to its wins, “The Identical” was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Ashley Judd) and Best Director (Dustin Marcellino).

“I was surprised and humbled at the same time when I received the news of my win as Best Lead Actor,” says Blake Rayne. “Obviously, I had a background as a musician and a singer, but had never acted before “The Identical”. When my director and producer believed in me enough to put me in acting school for six months, I committed in my heart to give 1000% of myself, to thank God and to never look back.”

“When my producer notified me about winning the Best Supporting Actor, I was pleasantly surprised,” adds veteran actor Ray Liotta. “The Identical role has been very special to me personally, as I consider it one of the top three films in my acting career. No matter how many times you watch ‘The Identical’, the deeper you go, the deeper you will be touched.”

“The Identica”l was also recently screened at the 2018 International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) in Orlando, Florida, one of the largest Christian film festivals in the world, where it captured the festival’s Best Musical Score award. The film was also nominated for ICFF awards in multiple categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Ray Liotta), Best Actress (Ashley Judd), and Best Director (Dustin Marcellino).

Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival directors and co-founders Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck noted that the feedback from the faith-based film industry indicated that “CIFF is the fastest growing film fest of its kind, with a mandate to inspire and show stories of inspiration, redemption and courage. We are changing the world one film at a time, as many of these films never get a chance at a theatrical release.” Faith industry media mogul Tore Stautland recently stated that “by year five, this festival may very well grow to be the biggest faith and family film festival in the world.”

The long-running popularity of faith-based films like “The Identical” appears to fly in the face of what appears to be the mainstream film industry’s antagonistic approach to people of faith. According to a recent report from Fox News, disparaging comments from one of the hosts of the recent Emmy Awards telecast left Middle America cold, and may have contributed to the telecast’s all-time low viewership.

“To accept The Identical Awards for Ray Liotta and Blake Rayne was truly a spiritual moment for me,” declares the film’s producer, Yochanan Marcellino. “To win over film performances like those in I can Only Imagine and Unbroken was a humbling experience as I reflected back on just how amazing Ray and Blake were in the film, as well as the incredible push-back that we faced in the media at the time of release.”

“The Identical” is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure, and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really is. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that “lifts your soul and warms your heart!” according to Jeffrey K. Howard at VegasFilmCritic.com.

“Movie-going audiences will be drawn to this timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption that speaks to all generations,” declared Christian Movie Database (CFDb), and the Dove Foundation awarded “The Identical” its Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus, declaring, “This original and clever movie entertains and should not be missed!”

As might be expected from a film that earned the ICFF Best Music Score award, The Identical boasts a stellar double CD soundtrack that features 22 original songs from the motion picture  performed by lead actor Blake Rayne, The Morph Kings, Darcey & Mo, and others. More than 90 minutes of music produced by The Identical’s producer, Yochanan Marcellino, and his father, Motown veteran Jerry Marcellino, an acclaimed musician, producer, and songwriter with 17 Gold albums, 6 Gold Singles and 3 Platinum albums to his credit, take the listener on an unforgettable audio journey through three decades of pop music.

The Identical DVD/Blu-Ray and soundtrack are available at cityofpeace.com.

Nathaniel Hale

Nathan Hale a martyr soldier of the American Revolution, was born in Coventry, Conn. June 6, 1755. When he was but little over  the age of 21 years  he was hung by order of General William Howe as a spy in the city of New York, on September 22, 1776. Nathan Hale’s father was Richard Hale, who had emigrated to Coventry, from Newbury, Mass. in 1746, and had married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph Strong. By her he had 12 children, of whom Nathan was the sixth. Richard Hale was a prosperous farmer and he sent his two sons Nathan and Enoch who had been born within two years of  one another to Yale for further education. Nathan graduated at the age of 18 and for a while considered becoming a Christian minister, but began his life as a teacher of the Union Grammar school, a school maintained by the gentlemen of New London, Conn. He was thus engaged in the year 1774. When the Battle of Lexington occurred and Nathan Hale, though not of age, was enrolled in the militia and was active in the military organization of  the town. At a town meeting Hale was one of the speakers “let us march immediately” he said, “and never lay down our arms until we obtain our independence”. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Seventh Connecticut Regiment. He fought in several major battles and was captured by the British. On the day he was hung when asked to make his dying speech and confession, “I only regret” he said, “that I have but one life to give to my country”.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Driving Force

If one doesn’t deer hunt, he would never know how much effort takes place before the actual hunt. For me, it starts months before the season even opens, and then there’s a chance I might not hunt for weeks after that. This year, I began preparing a food plot in August. By the first of September, it was ready. During that same time, I was checking, replacing, or relocating my tree stands. Along with that I was checking existing trail cameras or setting up other ones in new locations. Another item that was on my to-do list was cleaning out a barn location. This is one of my favorite places to sit during the winter. I usually use this location to take a youth or a novice adult hunter. Over the years I have neglected to keep it up-to-date when it comes to comfort. So, a few weeks ago, I gave the barn a face lift. Today, and for the next few days, I’ll be checking gear like bows and guns and other stands. I’m also getting my warm clothes ready for the next two months. And these same things happen about every year. Sometimes I’m ready earlier and sometimes I just have to wait until the buck activity picks up.

While it may seem my preparation is sporadic and unmeasured, it’s really not. It revolves around what I’m seeing on my trail cameras. That’s why putting them out is my first order of business every year. I start using them early because they give me the exact information I need. I need to know if there are any shooter bucks hanging out around my stand locations when the season starts. If there is, all my preparation begins early and if not, I linger a little longer. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot, raining, or if the sun doesn’t go down until 9:30; the only thing that matters is if there is a deer I want to hunt. Everything else revolves around that.

In the same way, we all have a focus in life. We have something that everything else centers around. It causes us to rearrange our schedule and make new plans. It’s something that much of our time and resources are spent on. It is not only what we love but what we love planning for. It is both the event and the journey. The good thing is that we can have more than one. One might involve your recreation, another one work, and yet another one family. Each of these can have their own unique draw. But I hope, above all else, your driving force involves your relationship with Jesus. After all, it was him that said if we would seek him first, all of these other things would be added to us.

 

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

Board of Alderman Agree to Pursue Supplemental Grant Funding for Airport Runway Resurfacing

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall.  Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass, Chris Feeney, and Lucas Remley.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; citizens Maxine Cook and Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

MINUTES

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Feeney seconded to approve the minutes of the September 6, 2018 and September 19, 2018 council meetings.  Vote:  Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

PAYMENT OF BILLS

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to pay the monthly bills as presented.  Vote:  Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Laura Schenk reported the Halloween Safe Stops sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce will be held on October 31st from 4-6 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING

Proposed Zoning Map

The Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Board of Aldermen meeting.  The Planning and Zoning Committee recommended adoption of the proposed zoning map with the changes requested at the public hearing.  There were no further citizen comments for the Board of Aldermen public hearing.

Highway 15 Coalition

Council further discussed assisting the Highway 15 Coalition in the formation of a Transportation Development District (TDD) and agreed to offer their support.  Council would like the Coalition to seek private funding before committing public funds to the project and would also like to be involved in the planning process for improvements within the city limits.

Request Bids

Council unanimously agreed to request hay ground bids at Lake Showme and at the Airport.  Bids will be opened at the November 1, 2018 council meeting.

Renew Contracts

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Feeney seconded to renew the following contracts for 2019:  Cemetery Hay Ground, Philip Zimmerman; Lake ShowMe Hay Ground, Chris Mallett; and Opening and Closing of Graves, Sam Redding.  Vote:  Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Bill No. 18-13 – Adoption of Zoning Map

City Clerk Newman presented and read by title two times Bill No. 18-13 – Adoption of Zoning Map.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 18-13.  Roll call vote:  Glass, aye; Feeney, aye; and Remley, aye.

TAP Grant Application Agreement

An authorization agreement was presented from MECO Engineering Company to produce a 2018 MoDOT TAP Grant Application and exhibits for sidewalk improvements from the Fitness Center along Highway 136 to the downtown square.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the authorization agreement in the amount of $2,500.  Vote:  Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Airport Supplemental Funding Applications

Airport Engineer Brian Garkie forwarded to the council two project proposals to be considered in the supplemental funding opportunity from the FAA.  The projects consist of the reconstruction of the runway and the expansion of the apron for terminal area development.  There would be no local match required.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to move forward with submitting the applications.  Vote:  Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

City Supt. Roy Monroe reported the water department has finished sewer jetting for the year, with the exception of one area.  A new root cutter for the sewer jetter has been ordered to complete that area.

ALDERMEN REPORTS

Alderman Glass reported a request from a citizen for trees to be trimmed that are in the power lines at their residence.

Alderman Feeney asked Supt. Monroe if the ramp at the recycling building could be improved to be longer and wider.  Supt. Monroe will look at the ramp and report back to the council.  Feeney also asked if there were backstops and targets for the archery range.  Supt. Monroe stated there are backstops and targets and he is expecting an additional $5,000 in grant funding to be used toward bags to go in front of the backstops.

Alderman Feeney also asked Supt. Monroe about the street resurfacing process, reported brush along the right of way that needs trimmed, and requested an alleyway be marked if there is a survey on file.

Regular session adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Alderman Remley left the meeting.

Council met in closed session to discuss a legal issue.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Glass and Feeney, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Local Red Cross Blood Drive Will be Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to give blood to support cancer patients and others.

Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. Within weeks, it advanced to stage 2, forcing her to undergo a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, which required blood products.

Though she was a blood donor prior to her diagnosis, Gwinnup now has a new passion for the cause. “I want to raise awareness about the need for blood to treat cancer,” she said.

Cancer patients may need red blood cell transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.

Local donors will be able to give blood in Memphis on Tuesday, October 16th from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets in October will automatically be entered to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants. Learn more at RedCrossBlood.org/GoForGoal.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr Families Gather

The descendants of Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr families gathered Sunday September 30, 2018 at the Downing Depot in Downing, MO with 46 family members and guests present from several states.

The Lord’s Prayer was offered by family attending prior to a delicious carry-in basket lunch and the Hog Roast was provided by Randy and Delores Sayre and their grand-daughter Ashlyn Laws.

A new pitch and catch game was played with volunteers. Catchers wore shower caps covered with shaving cream and the pitchers threw cheese curls at the catchers’ shaving cream heads. Those with the most cheese curls stuck in the shaving cream were declared the winner.

A silent auction was held with 18 items donated by family members and funds from the auction will be used to replenish next year’s costs.

The registration candy jar was won by Lori Eidson with a total of 47 pieces of candy.

Those in attendance: Juanita, Lisa Gooden, Colby, Emma Frederick, Deb Gooden, Mindy, Hailey Roberts, Doug, Olivia Robinson, Lancaster, MO;

Ryan, Lori, Abigail Eidson, Moberly, MO; Joyce Frederick, Baring, MO; Melissa, Warren, Evan, Ethan Higgins, Bondurant IA; Lowell, Linda Gordy, Arbela MO; Carla, Alisha McGill, Lon, Barbara, Tegan Creath, Milton IA; Larry, Barbara Sparks, Mystic, IA; Carolyn Rudicil, Edina, MO; Edward, Regina Gooden, Jesse, Connie Gooden, Bloomfield, IA; Jenny, Ashlyn Laws, Glenwood MO; Larry, Karen, Deanna, Dawson Clausssen, Shelbyville, MO; Violet Fulbright, Willard MO; Ron, Mae Emons, Gresham NE; Clarence, Rosalie Kinney, Randy, Delores Sayre, Jim and Janet Fishback, Downing, MO.

Next year’s reunion will be hosted by Randy Sayre and grand-daughter Ashlyn Laws on September 29, 2019.

Court Ruling Raises Voter Registration Concerns

A recent federal court decision regarding Missouri voter registration has made headlines and may be creating unnecessary concerns for Scotland County voters.

A federal judge found that the Missouri Department of Revenue violated the National Voter Registration Act, commonly called the “Motor Voter” law, by not providing all Missourians who changed their mailing address on driver or non-driver licenses an opportunity to also change their voter registration.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, around August 1st, 2017, the department of revenue revised its change of address process, effectively eliminating the step through which customers could update their address with the secretary of state’s office or local election authority.

To assist the department in complying with the judge’s order, the secretary of state’s office mailed 22,404 notices, which included a voter registration application, to Missourians who changed their mailing address on driver and non-driver licenses with the Department of Revenue between August 1, 2017, and September 26, 2018.

If individuals used the department’s driver or non-driver license change of address procedure online or on Form 4160, they will receive a notification with instructions to check their voter registration information or register to vote.

“We are getting swamped with phone calls from voters who are already correctly registered and are needlessly worrying,” said Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge.

She stated the notices were a courtesy to anyone who may have changed their address with DOR and expected it to automatically update voter registration info. It doesn’t mean that the recipient’s voter registration addressing is incorrect.

Dodge noted the majority of residents in Scotland County had address changes last year as part of the transition to the new 911 addressing system, meaning they likely received a letter from the DOR. However the county clerk’s office made a concerted effort at the time of the transition to the new 911 addressing system to get all voter registration addresses changed as well. The county also performed a voter registration canvas in February to try to catch any other addressing problems.

Cook Named to Dean’s List at State Tech

State Technical College of Missouri named the Dean’s List for the 2018 summer semester, including Chase Cook of Memphis.

To be placed on the Dean’s List, a full-time student must earn a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 on a 4-point scale.

Ranked among the best nationally, the State Technical College of Missouri serves a unique role as one of the leading two-year technical colleges in Missouri and the Midwest region.  State Tech has built a reputation as a highly specialized, student friendly college with an exceptional reputation with business and industry.  State Tech stands alone as Missouri’s first and only public higher education institution with a statewide mission devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science Degree level.

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