October 28, 2010

Senate, House Hopefuls Square Off at Schuyler County Candidate Forum

The two candidates for the 18th Senatorial District took advantage of one final area candidate forum to establish firm differences in their platforms while the two First District Representative hopefuls continued to propose similar actions if they are sent to Jefferson City.

Approximately 100 people gathered in Queen City on Monday evening at the Schuyler County School at a forum sponsored by Western's Smokehouse, the Schuyler County Times and the Memphis Democrat newspapers.

Schuyler County Times publisher Herb Austin along with Schuyler County judge-elect Kelly Lovekamp moderated a series of submitted questions for senate candidates Wes Shoemyer D-Clarence and Brian Munzlinger, R-Lewistown as well as first district representative candidates Keri Cottrell, D-Canton and Craig Redmon, R-Monticello.

The senate candidates quickly distanced themselves from each other on a number of the questions.

When asked about the dollar value modifier used for public school funding, Shoemyer pointed the finger at a change in the funding formula that was built by the former 18th District Senator Joe Maxwell that targeted equity to the new formula authored by Republican Charlie Shields that instead provides adequacy.

"Those are both two verbs, but they have totally different meanings," he told the audience.

Munzlinger agreed that the dollar value modifier is bad for the district, adding that he co-sponsored a bill to change the modifier. But he added House Bill 21-66 never could get the votes needed.

"If you take the five county geographical area of the First District and overlay it over St. Louis, you have somewhere between 53 to 57 house districts compared to our one," Munzlinger said arguing that the dollar value modifier is a rural versus urban issue not a partisan problem.

He added that one way to help rural schools with funding would be to do away with prevailing wage requirements for education-related capital improvements projects.

"That would allow school districts to save 20% to 22% on costs of building projects that could be spent on education instead," Munzlinger argued.

Shoemyer voiced his opposition to that solution.

"You propose to take the funds from the backs of the hard working people that put in the plumbing and fix the fixtures," he said. "One of the reasons I'm a Democrat is because I will always stand up for working folks every single day."

The two candidates took opposing viewpoints on the question of tort reform.

Munzlinger said tort reform is necessary to lower healthcare costs, pointing the finger at liberal trial attorneys that are driving up the cost of malpractice insurance. He added that the end result is fewer physicians in rural areas as they are forced to go to larger communities to receive umbrella liability coverage only available at big hospitals.

Shoemyer noted that the state created its own malpractice insurance provider back in 2005 to help doctors find affordable coverage, funding the plan with $6 million in an effort to take insurance companies out of the equation.

He added that tort reform is not the total answer to the health care crisis.

"Before you say all torts need to be eliminated, remember that one of the only places the common man is on the same footing as a big corporation is in the courtroom," Shoemyer said. "We need to think twice before we eliminate that right."

The two candidates also took opposing views on the voter-approved Proposition C that opposed the federal health care plans insurance mandates.

Shoemyer stressed that he voted to allow Missourians to cast their vote on the referendum despite political advertising to the contrary.

Munzlinger pointed out that while Senator Shoemyer may have voted for the issue on the floor, he did so after voting against it in committee and then voted against it at the ballot box.

He noted that Prop C was Missourian's way of telling the federal government to "stop ramming things down our throat."

"When the elected stop listening to what the people want, we are in a sorry shape here in the United States," Munzlinger said.

Shoemyer explained his position on Prop C by looking back to the 2005 Medicaid cuts.

"We sent hundreds of thousands of people off the line and today Missouri has over 700,000 uninsured individuals," Shoemyer said.

He asked what hospitals are going to do, because they are required to offer universal coverage, regardless of whether the patient has health insurance.

"So what are hospitals to do?" Shoemyer asked. "They find you or I who have insurance, those of us who are responsible. So what do they do, they jack our bills up. Then what happens? Insurance companies do actuaries, and what do they do - they jack our bills up."

He went on to highlight that Missouri's insurance rates are going up faster than any contiguous state.

"Those cuts were cuts that cost each and every one of us," Shoemyer said. He pointed out that for every dollar cut from Medicaid, it cost the state two dollars in federal money. "And for every dollar that was cut from CHIPS, which is children's insurance, we left three dollars in D.C., and left children uninsured."

Shoemyer pointed out that the one thing the federal health care plan mandates is that everyone will have insurance, which he explained is good because it saves money in the long run for people to be able to pursue preventive care from the doctor as opposed to emergency room care.

"This is a huge problem and yeah we don't like government getting in the way, but you think of who is in the way - insurance companies. The only way they make their money is if they deny or you die."

Another area of differing opinions came to light when a question was asked regarding enhanced 911 services for the region.

Shoemyer pointed out that Missouri is the only state that doesn't tax cellular phone service to fund E911 services. He noted that 95% of Missourians have cellular phones. "If we tax them one thin dime a month, that generates $7.2 million a year."

The senator explained this would not be a new tax, but would simply be replacing lost tax revenue from land lines that are being discontinued and replaced by cellular phones.

Munzlinger countered that it is not the time for new taxes, adding that while a dime might not sound so bad, "I've never seen a tax stop at that."

He instead noted the four counties lacking E911 service could have implemented the system four years ago when he visited with the county officials with a grant proposal in hand to help fund the mapping and service costs. None of the local governments chose to pursue the service.

Local control is a hot topic in northeast Missouri counties and the two candidates shared differing opinions on the subject.

Munzlinger highlighted the need to find technological advances to help battle odor issues related with livestock, an underlying factor in calls for greater limitations on CAFOs.

Shoemyer championed himself as the candidate that fought for local control, pointing the finger at Munzlinger as the candidate that voted to end it at the urging of Cargill and 17 other farm organizations.

HOUSE CANDIDATES

The house candidates offered far fewer fireworks, agreeing that the best solution for the E911 issue might be through the use of regional call centers and centralized dispatching to consolidate the costs.

Both Cottrell and Redmon spoke out in favor of local control. Cottrell noted that eliminating it only benefits corporate farmers while Redmon noted that local control is also very important for counties to be able to make zoning changes and other moves to promote economic development.

The two candidates also agreed that education funding cannot continue to be cut and the dollar value modifier needs to be repealed.

When questioned about Missouri's Prop C, Redmon said the state should not be forced to buy insurance and that the bill does not appear to be lowering costs as promised, pointing out price hike announcements in 2011 by Blue Cross and by Boeing for its employees benefits as well as the announcement that Principal will no longer offer health insurance coverage beginning in 2011.

Cottrell said she was initially excited about "Obamacare" and the opportunities it pledged to provide to increase access to healthcare.

However she noted that further investigation revealed that it is creating some obstacles to the promised access that have caused her some concerns.

Chickens

I know some of my articles are typical.  I try to stay in the subject, but my mind does wonder, and sometimes quite a ways off.  Doesn’t yours?

Over the years, I have always had an opportunity to either gather the eggs, feed the chickens, go shut them up at dark, and on and on.  For several years, I had 10-12 chickens for fresh eggs and it was just a way of life.  Usually always got my pullets from Beverly Dieterich, my neighbor and friend.  The name of the breed was Sex Link and they were good layers.

Curtis had chickens for his FFA project in high school, and when he sold some of them, we transported some to our cousin in Livonia.  One day when Kayla was small, her and her good friend Heather were playing here at home and they said they would like to see me kill a chicken.  I had one old hen that was on her last leg (not literally), but old and ill. They were able to get their eyes full and a few laughs as well.

My grandmother used to have chickens at her house, and she said on Sunday morning, she would go to the hen house and kill a chicken for Sunday dinner.  I am sure many of you have done just this. Fresh chicken fried in lard.  Take another high blood pressure and cholesterol pill.

Kayla has not been found of chickens or birds in general.  Although this year, she did have wrens and I think she enjoyed them, and likes hummingbirds. She has recently acquired some chickens of her own.  This is interesting to say the least.  They have had their ups and downs, but are doing ok.  Their family has big plans for the chickens for laying and for eating. It will be exciting when they get their first egg.

Several years ago when the 3rd graders get to participate in hatching chicks, my grandson Josh brought his little black chick home, and I volunteered to raise it in my portable coop.  Blackie spent the summer in my back yard and grew into a good sized chicken. Angela Westhoff, a friend of mine, said she would take it and put it with her chickens.  Well. Blackie ended up to be a rooster and went straight to the sale barn.

I don’t personally want chickens now, but I do love to see chickens in a country yard pecking away for bugs and worms.  Their gentle song makes it sound so peaceful on the farm.  Over the years, there have many chicken stories, from my pet chicken at my mom’s to me taking the gun to a coyote heading for my chicken lot at high noon.  I am sure many of you have had a few chicken stories as well.

Until next time, good bird watching.

Edinburg Church to Host Reunion Sept. 11th

The Edinburg Church Reunion is scheduled to be held Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Annually, it is held the second Sunday of September.  Service will start at 11:00 a.m. with Bob Neese bringing the message.  A carry-in dinner will be under the yard tent immediately after the church service.

It is time for paying yearly dues of $5.00 each from associated family members.  Any donations would be appreciated toward the upkeep of the cemetery, especially funeral memorials.  Also, any church restoration donations would be appreciated.  The new roof is the latest project.  Send donations to Mike Myers, 305 Grand Ave., Memphis, MO 63555

Respectfully submitted, Diana Wagner, Secretary

Downing Appreciation Days September 8th-9th

Downing, Missouri wishes to welcome everyone to their annual Downing Appreciation Days on September 8th-10th, 2016.  The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrate”.

The event will actually kick off on Sunday evening, September 4th with a community church service at the Appreciation Days Grounds beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, September 8th, a free beef barbeque sandwich meal, co-sponsored by Bank of Downing, will be served starting at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m. the Baby Show (ages Birth to 24 months) and Mr./Miss (ages 2-4 years) and Prince/Princess Contests (ages 4-6) will be held.  Registration for these events will start at 6:15 p.m.  Contestants are asked to dress according to the theme and in case of questions you can call 660-342-5073.

Battle of the Bands will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. and a drawing for $100 cash plus other nice prizes will be held at 9:30 p.m.

On Friday, September 9th, events include a Tractor Pull starting at 6:00 p.m.  Another drawing for $200 cash and other nice prizes will be held at 10:00 p.m.  For questions about the Tractor Pull, contact Clarence Kinney at 641-208-7960 or Randy Sayre at 660-342-1515.

On Saturday, September 10th, the day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Barrel Racing, Team Roping and Calcutta, sponsored by Coffey Ropers.  For more information, contact 660-341-6874.

The Kiddie Parade starts at 11:30 a.m.  Registration for the parade will be from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Line-up next to the Bank of Downing.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Bikes, Pets, Open and Motorized (not over 12 hp).

The Parade will start at 12:00 sharp with registration at 11:15 a.m.  Line-up is at the Baptist Church. Everyone is asked to register!  Please call Penny Swindler at 660-379-2624 or Sue Jane Brewer at 660-379-2385.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for floats in several categories including Youth Clubs/Schools, Adult Clubs/Lodge and Church.  In the Motorized category, trophies will be presented for Best Restoration, Best Classic and Best Motorized.  Trophies will also be given in the horse category for Best Hitch, Best Showmanship and Largest Group.  The parades will be announced in front of the bank.  Parade winners will be posted inside the shelter house following the parade.  Prizes can also be picked up there.

Kids and Adult games, at the Coffey Ropers Arena, will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Ping Pong Ball Drop, for ages 12 and under, will start at 1:15 p.m. and be held on the Appreciation Days Grounds.  A Pie and Cake Baking Contest and Auction takes place at 3:00 p.m. Entries should be delivered between 3:00-4:00 with judging to begin at 4:00 p.m. and Auction will start at 6:00 p.m.  Phone 660-216-6467 for more information.

Entertainment for the evening is provided by ‘One Horse Town’ and will start at 7:00 p.m.

A Teen Dance is also being held, starting at 9:30 p.m.  Music for the dance will feature Caraway Music Systems, a professional DJ and is being co-sponsored by Craig Comstock, Investment Professionals Inc.

The final drawing for $300 cash plus other nice prizes will take place at 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, September 11th, Barrel Racing and Team Roping by Coffey Ropers will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Call 660-341-6874 for more information.

Food and ice cream will be available on the grounds and the Depot Museum will be open during the Celebration.

Classified Ads 9-1-2016

GARAGE SALE – 208 W. North Street, Friday, September 2nd (7:00 a.m. to Noon).  Household misc., some tools, some power tools, many fishing items, rods, reels, etc., FULL tackle boxes! Don’t miss this one!

YARD SALE – September 2nd and 3rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Clark Co. Rd. A, one mile N. of Wyaconda or South off Hwy 136, approx 3 ½ miles.  Watch for signs and balloons.  Saddles, tack, sporting goods, guns, tools, household goods, small furniture, too much to list.

HELP WANTED – Local company has immediate opening for an OTR Truck Driver.  Paid mileage and home weekends.  Contact Mark Drummond at All-States Equipment, 660-465-8572 or after hours at 660-216-6227.

GARAGE SALE – Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Memphis Fire Station.  Boys’ and girls’ clothes (NB–4T), some baby items, few women’s clothes (S-L).

BABY PARSONS

Chris and Lynette Parsons of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, McKenzie Grace Parsons, born August 25, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. McKenzie weighed 5 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother Teddy. Grandparents are Lynn and Teresa Parsons of Eagleville; Stanley and Shirley Green of Memphis and Steve Osborn of Oaks, OK.

BABY MOORE

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Cody and Sadie Moore of Baring are the parents of a daughter, Kelsey Elaine Moore, born August 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kelsey weighed 7 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Kayden and Kameron. Grandparents are Joe and Renee Schrage of Baring; Wayne and Janet Parrish of Baring; Larry and Connie Kelsey of Brashear; Brent Moore of Hurdland; the late Heather Kelsey; Janet Moore of Baring; and Ruth Schrage of Edina.

BABY BAGENT

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Shaila Sturm and Scott Bagent of Kahoka are the parents of a daughter, Brylie Adalyn Bagent, born August 26, 2016 at 4:39 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Brylie weighed 7 lbs 2.6 oz and was 20.75 inches long. Siblings are KayLeigh and Aliah. Grandparents are Jim and Tracy Sturm of McCloud, OK; Joe and Betty Young of Kahoka; and Charles Bagent of Carthage.

BABY BARELA

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Dillon and Jessica Barela of Cantril, IA are the parents of a daughter, Abigail Eliana Barela, born August 17, 2016 at 12:08 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abigail weighed 7 lbs 6.6 oz and was 21.25 inches long.

Mohr’s Perfect Day Leads Memphis FFA Trap Team to First Place Finish

Lane Mohr (left) shatters one of the 50 straight clay pigeons he hit without missing to record a perfect score to lead the Memphis FFA Trap team to victory.

Lane Mohr (left) shatters one of the 50 straight clay pigeons he hit without missing to record a perfect score to lead the Memphis FFA Trap team to victory.

The Memphis FFA Trap Team is off to a good start for their 2016 Season. The team came in 1st place at last Saturday’s match in Macon, Missouri. Senior, Lane Mohr, shot a perfect score of 50/50.  Lane was the high scoring individual out of 178 shooters. There were 42 teams from 16 schools that competed from around Missouri.  The winning team was determined by taking the top five individual scores from each school.  The top five from the Memphis Team were Lane Mohr, Jared Dunn, Luke Triplett, and Lane Pence. Conner Payne and Harley Saulmon tied for 5th.

Jared Dunn scored 3rd overall and Tala Saulmon also tied for 3rd overall in the females division, both  from the Memphis FFA Team.

The team is being coached again this year by Dave Koch.  Waltedda Blessing is their Advisor and FFA Instructor.

The Memphis FFA Team would like to invite anyone out to watch as they have their 1st home match at the Memphis Lake Show Me Shooting Range on Saturday, September 3rd.  They will also be hosting their annual fundraiser Shoot-a-thon on Sunday, September 11th at the Lake Show Me range just west of Memphis. Call Waltedda Blessing for more information or to sponsor one of the FFA shooters.  Anyone is welcome to attend and shoot at the fundraiser on September 11th.

“We are looking forward to a great season!” said FFA Advisor Waltedda Blessing.

See’s Seventh Inning Heroics Give SCR-I 5-3 Win Over Fayette

Stevi See avoids the Fayette catcher’s tag attempt as she slides in safe at home during SCR-I’s 5-3 win.

Stevi See avoids the Fayette catcher’s tag attempt as she slides in safe at home during SCR-I’s 5-3 win.

The Scotland County softball team picked up its first ever Lewis & Clark Conference victory in the team’s debut in its new league on Friday night at Fayette.

For the second time this season, SCR-I picked up the victory in its final at bat. After a season-opening extra inning affair at Putnam County, SCR-I had more late fireworks as Stevi See plated a pair of runs in the seventh inning with a two-out single to give Scotland County the 5-3 win.

Fayette took advantage of some sloppy SCR-I defense in the first inning to score a run on four errors.

The Lady Tigers battled back to even the score in the top of the second. Maddie Brassfield and Kaylyn Anders had base hits to fuel the rally.

SCR-I went ahead with a pair of runs in the third. See was hit by a pitch and scored when Chelsea Wood reached on an error. Ashleigh Creek added an RBI single to make the lead 3-1.

Fayette scored an unearned run in the fourth courtesy of two more SCR-I errors and tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth before Creek was able to strand runners at second and third.

Scotland County squandered a leadoff double by Creek in the sixth inning before breaking through in the seventh. Kaitlyn McMinn led off with a walk and Julie Long beat out a bunt single to set the table for See’s heroics. The junior catcher drilled a base hit down the leftfield line that drove in both runners to give SCR-I the 5-3 win.

Creek retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame to secure her second win of the year as SCR-I improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in the L&C. She allowed three runs, one earned on six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high nine batters.

The junior hurler also went 2-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI. See was 1-2 with a run scored and two RBIs and is batting .555 on the season.

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