November 18, 2010

Board of Education Approves Audit Report at November Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Vice President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with four members present. Doctor Tobler arrived at 6:45 and Gary Miller arrived at 7:05. Paul Campbell was absent.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda: Minutes - The October 14, 2010, minutes were approved. Procedural Evaluations - Co-Curricular - Mr. Hay; Secondary Guidance - Mr. Bondurant; Elementary Guidance - Mrs. Fromm. Declare Surplus Property - A number of old uniforms to declare surplus. Set Board Candidate Filing Dates - The 2011 election calendar establishes the filing dates for the April 5, 2011, election. Candidates may begin filing during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) on December 14th. Filing closes at 5:00 p.m. January 18th.

In old business, the board reviewed a portion of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). No action was required.

MSBA Conference

Gary Miller, George Koontz, Paul Campbell, Fred Clapp and Superintendent Dave Shalley attended the annual MSBA Conference. The conference addressed many key issues facing the state and schools. The report was for information purposes only and no action was required.

In new business, the board approved the district audit. NEMO CPA LLC presented the district audit for the 2009-2010 school year. The auditors found no concerns. The full audit report will be published in the Memphis Democrat. The board voted 6-0 to approve the audit.

Fall Board Workshop

The board voted 6-0 to schedule the annual fall workshop for December 15th at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is for information purposes only and no action can be taken.

Staff Absence Policies

The board adopted a resolution to allow administration to use discretion interpreting absence times for staff. The current policy causes inconsistencies within the district.

2011/2012 Junior-Senior High Master Schedule

The Scheduling Committee presented a tentative 2011-12 master schedule. The schedule consists of an eight-period day, with all classes meeting every day.

Reduced Schedule

The board voted 6-0 to approve one student request for a reduced schedule.

Personal Day Requests

Policy requires board approval when using a personal day to extend a vacation. The board received three requests to use personal days to extend a vacation. They voted 6-0 to approve the requests of Tamara Tague and Ronnie and Bonnie Young.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 8:45 p.m. The board voted 6-0 to approve the minutes of the October 14th meeting. The board voted 6-0 to offer the custodial position to Brian Lewis. The board voted to go out of closed session and into open session at 9:00 p.m.



Long Range Planning Committee Offers Input on School District Upgrades



Parents, faculty and community members offered their opinions on what they would like to see the Scotland County R-I School District look like in the future. Volunteers held a series of meetings in October as the SCR-I Long Range Planning Committee met to review the district's budget, enrollment figures, student achievement data and also toured the facilities.

During the process, the LRPC established a list of long term (5-10 year) and short term (3-5 year) goals. Those lists were presented to the SCR-I school board for consideration.

Technology was a key issue on the short term goal list. The top priority listed by the committee members was improving and updating the district's computer lab. Other high priorities included maintaining and improving teacher salaries, installation of an air conditioning system in the elementary school kitchen, as well as installation of a central thermostat in the elementary school.

The planning committee also highlighted the need to maintain the Career Ladder program as well as the School Reach system.

Other priorities ranked on at least half of the LRPC members' responses included covered sidewalks at the high school, adding a second transportation van for the district, additional computers and laptops for every classroom, upgrading the elementary school playground, development of an Early Childhood Center and preschool, development of a district website, additional security cameras at both buildings, and updating the school bus fleet.

Over the longer haul, committee members agreed that a new bus garage was the top priority.

Several of the shorter-term goals carried over to this list as well, as the LRPC highlighted continued support for updating technology, possibly with the addition of laptop computers in every classroom.

An annex continues to occupy future expansion goals, offering additional space for such goals as housing a multi-purpose center, an early childhood center, added space for the band and music departments and the possibility of separate high school and junior high areas. An administrative building a goal of several LRPC members as was upgrades in the school restroom facilities.

Security camera upgrades and awning improvements also were ranked toward the top of both lists as was the elementary school thermostat upgrade.

Maintaining the districts fine arts and performing arts programs was a priority as was adding additional college class offerings.

Sports-related goals included replacing the football field lights, creation of an all-weather track, baseball and softball field lighting upgrades, and repair of the football scoreboard.





SCR-I Finances Remain Strong Despite Weakened State Support



Thanks to the solid groundwork put in place over the past several decades, the Scotland County R-I School District remains on solid financial ground despite ever dwindling state support.

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the district financial system procedural evaluation at the November 11th board meeting, tempering the picture of financial strength with growing concerns about education funding going forward.

At the center of that apprehension is the sluggish arrival of state aid. The district has received $1,070, 978.18, or 21%, of budgeted revenues. As of October, 25% of budgeted expenses, or $1,459,694.64, has been realized.

"At this point in the fiscal year, 33% of budgeted expenses and revenues are appropriate," Shalley told the board. "State revenues, which comprise 39.74% of the total budget, are down."

Local and county revenues, which make up 49.85% of the total budget, will arrive beginning in December and January.

"The reduced state funding is cause for concern due to the uncertainty of state revenue," Shalley said.

Fortunately, the district's unrestricted balances are $2,335,224.53 or 40.06% of the district's budgeted expenditures. Past boards established a goal of 17% balances to help with any unforeseen financial obligations.

Because of that solid bank account, Shalley said the board of education has been able to establish the local tax rate of $3.36, which is below the voter-approved ceiling of $3.69.

"This allows us to bring in needed revenue without over charging the local taxpayers," he said.

Other strengths of the financial system listed in the procedural evaluation included annual savings of $49,000 the district is realizing through the energy saving upgrades made in the summer of 2007. The district saved an additional $200,000 with the interest free, pass-through loan from the USDA and Tri County Electric. Recent resignations and retirements (six) have saved the district approximately $220,000 in salaries and benefits.

But with the strengths also came some concerns. Shalley noted that this year's budget projects a deficit of $459,266.00.

"We are in a cycle of deficit spending," he said. "The past three years the district has deficit spent $81,851, $136,014 and $124,280. This is a trend we will have to break."

Education funding will continue to be a hot topic at the state government level, where declining revenue led to budget cuts in many categorical areas including transportation, MOREnet and P.A.T.

Shalley noted that the new funding formula further hurts Scotland County with reduced funding to the district.

He did point out that the FY11 budget includes 2.3% growth in state revenues and as of October 1, year-to-date collections are up 2.6 percent, compared to 2010. As much as $189 million in Federal Jobs money will be run through FY11 supplemental budget process but the foundation formula includes $247 million in Federal Stabilization Funds, which will not be available next year.

Other revenue concerns include state gaming revenues that support the formula are about $50 million under budget.

Currently the formula requires an additional $233 million to fully fund education in 2012, with the state's total general revenue projected at a $600 million shortfall.

"There is a serious problem with state funding that we cannot overcome locally, without a major tax increase," Shalley said. "The assessed valuation of the district is currently $47,320,000. A penny increase on the tax rate will generate $4,700. If we take the entire Prop C waiver, the district will generate an extra $117,500."

These scenarios, coupled with the rising fuel and energy costs and Senate Bill 711, which lowers the tax rate ceiling in reassessment years, could have a negative impact on the district's funding according to the superintendent's report.

The district has a fifteen-year obligation to pay for the $1.9 million upgrades installed in the summer of 2007, which is scheduled to end in 2022. In addition, the maintenance of continually added technology will be costly, but necessary, to provide students the skills needed to compete in today's workforce.

"We must continue to spend carefully, maintain our buildings and keep resources up to date, as well as support programs for the student," Shalley said. "We have operated programs with very little increase in budget lines over the past eight years, but we do have increasing costs. This will reduce our balances over the next few years, but will put us more in line with the desired balance of 17%."

SCR-I Dominates Newtown-Harris 77-4 in Tourney Opener

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Scotland County went about its work on Monday night in the opener of the Novinger Tourney. The Lady Tigers who are looking for their ninth straight Novinger Tourney title, entered bracket play as the top seed, taking on #8 seed Newtown-Harris.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the first period and then spent much of the second half trying to avoid scoring too many points en route to a 77-4 victory.

Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer to open the contest for SCR-I. Despite never deploying its full-court press, SCR-I’s half court man-to-man defense still generated plenty of turnovers and the Lady Tigers poured in 10 straight points in transition capped by Chelsea Wood. The center picked off an errant pass and went coast-to-coast through traffic for the score.

Scotland County dominated the boards as well, cleaning up missed shots with offensive rebounds. Ashleigh Creek had six first quarter points coming from her work on the offensive glass.

With a home junior varsity game on Monday night as well, SCR-I dressed just seven players for the varsity tourney.  That still offered plenty of depth. Sadie Davis came off the bench to sink a pair of three-pointers in the second period.

SCR-I dialed back the fast break with the big lead. The half court offense proved plenty potent even without the transition game. Newtown-Harris had trouble defending the high-low pass in the post. Wood was the main benefactor, as she received several open looks on nice passes from fellow post player Creek, leading to some easy buckets.

Davis’s second three-pointer of the period just beat the buzzer and gave SCR-I a 53-2 lead at the half.

Scotland County further slowed down the offense in the third period, with Coach Cory Shultz demanding a minimum number of passes before SCR-I took a shot.

The results were much of the same. Bair drained a three pointer on the first possession. Creek and Wood continued their strong games in the paint, cleaning up missed shots with points on the offensive rebounds. But the third period was mostly about the Mad(d)ies. Maddie Brassfield scored in the paint on a nice pass from Bair before converting a three-point play on an offensive rebound. Madie Bondurant added a pair of field goals off the bench as SCR-I extended the lead to 70-2.

SCR-I went into a full-blown stall the final five minutes of the contest, refusing to take wide open shots while running through the offense as the clock ticked away on the 77-4 victory.

Wood finished with 20 points to lead Scotland County to the win. Bair had 19 points and Brassfield had 16 points while Creek finished with 10.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Keller, Coy Wedding

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Matt and Lisa Coy of Kaysville, Utah and Dr. Ronald and Blanche Keller of Memphis, Missouri are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Joshua McIntosh Keller and Kelsey Rae Coy. They were married September 3, 2016, at the Bountiful Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That evening they were honored at a reception at the Rock Chapel Courtyard in Kaysville, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School, the bride served 18 months on a Spanish speaking LDS mission in Mesa, Arizona. She is a senior at Brigham Young University where she is studying English and Business Management. Josh attended Scotland County High School before serving two years on an LDS mission in Villahermosa, Mexico. He is currently attending Brigham Young University, preparing for medical school. They reside in Provo, Utah.

2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour Sunday

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The Boyer Retreat, owned by Shelly Boyer and Natalie Cook, located at 229 N. Clay in Memphis, will be one of the homes featured on the 2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour.  This Victorian style home underwent restoration and beautiful changes by the previous owners, Keith and Michelle Klein.  The couple also remodeled the home’s kitchen.  With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, Shelly and Natalie are opening the house for lodging.  Their motto is “Let us be your home away from home.”  Home Tour guests are reminded that parking for the Boyer Retreat is limited.  The Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th.  Tickets will be available the day of the Tour only at Tumbleweeds on the square in Memphis starting at 12:45 p.m.  Ticket price is $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Scotland County 4-H Extension Council.

Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter: Expected Snowfall Between 15 and 20 Inches 

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Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets.

Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Nina conditions that are in the Pacific. Generally, when that happens, we get that jet stream that is coming down from Alaska and cutting through the central United States then back up the east coast. It usually leads to cooler conditions in our part of the world.

“I look for that forecast to continue through the winter.”

The average winter temperature hovers around 32 degrees in Missouri. Lupo said that average temperatures should hang around 30 degrees this winter.

“Right now, we’re watching Alaska and Siberia,” Lupo said. “Siberia is pretty snow covered right now. We’re getting cold air masses built up there, which is very normal. There is a lot of cold air on the Russian side of the globe. We watch that to see if it has any tendency to nose into Alaska. When it does, and you get these La Nina situations, the jet stream can punch up into the northern regions and push that cold air into the United States.

“That’s what we’re watching right now. The Siberian cold seems to be deeper and larger than normal.”

Lupo added that precipitation should stay around normal, with 15 to 20 inches falling.

“Typically, in Missouri, you get four inches of snow and it goes away,” Lupo said. “Then you get two inches of snow and it goes away. This year, with cooler temperatures, that snow may stick around a little bit longer.”

If the winter temperatures do average 30 degrees, it will be very different than last year. Lupo said last year’s winter was one of the warmest in Missouri history. Average temperatures were 37 degrees, five degrees above normal.

“That’s a pretty healthy warm anomaly, to be that far above normal,” Lupo said.

Lupo said that Missouri has seen a variety of weather patterns this year. The spring was cooler than normal and the summer was warmer than normal. The summer is usually dry as well, but was wetter in 2016.

“The heat was just constant during the summer months,” Lupo said. “We didn’t get any cool spells and no 100-degree heat. It was very consistent.”

The warm weather continued into the fall.

“Right now, we’re on track to have the second warmest fall ever,” Lupo said. “It’s been unreal. After the warmest fall, in 1931, they had the warmest winter ever. I don’t think that’s going to happen in 2016, but there certainly is precedent for something like that to occur.

“If it doesn’t cool down and this warm fall continues, I’ll be eating crow and we’ll have a very warm winter.”

Regardless of where the temperatures end up, Lupo said it’s important to be prepared for whatever happens, especially if cold weather comes.

“You want to have some things on hand like candles and blankets, put some of that in your car just in case,” Lupo said. “Carry some kitty litter or sand in the back of your trunk. It helps with the weight and, if you are stuck, you can use some of it under your tires to give you traction.

“Just be prepared.”

Lady Tigers Ranked #7 in State to Start Season

The Scotland County Lady Tigers were ranked #7 in the 2016-17 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll recently released.

Skyline, which returns the bulk of its lineup from last year’s third place team in state, earned the #1 ranking in girls Class 2.

Hartville slotted in at #2 followed by SCR-I’s new Class 2 District 6 foes, Clopton, ranked at #3.

Plato comes in at #4 with New Franklin, the team SCR-I lost to last season in the state quarterfinals, earning the #5 ranking.

Norwood is ranked just ahead of SCR-I at #6 with Van Buren, Purdy and Tipton rounding out the MBCA Class 2 Missouri Top 10.

Despite going 28-2 last year, Scotland County failed to earn a state ranking until the post season poll, that had the Lady Tigers ranked 9th.

District also features two top 10 teams on the boys side as well.

After knocking off SCR-I in the district championship and advancing to the Elite Eight a season ago, Knox County is ranked #7 in the boys pre-season poll. Clopton is ranked #9.

Hartville is the top ranked boys team in the state in Class 2, followed by Mansfield, Stanberry, Crane, Vienna and Thayer. Ellington is ranked #8 and Purdy comes in at #10.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, December 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, December 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Apple Cinnamon Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, December 5 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, December 6 –Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, December 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, December 1 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices, Fresh Fruit

Friday, December 2 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Banana

Monday, December 5 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Chocolate Pudding, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, December 6 – Bar BQ Hamburger, Bar BQ Hot Dogs, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Oven Ready Fries, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Dec. 7 –Salisbury Steak, Chicken Alfredo, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, December 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, December 1 – Meatloaf, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend, Mandarin Oranges, Bread, Cake

Friday, December 2 – Catfish Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, 7 Layer Salad, Cornbread, Cherry Crisp

Monday, December 5 – Beef Stew, Lettuce Salad, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Baked Apples

Tuesday, December 6 – Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Peas, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wed., December 7 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thurs. December 8 – Creamed Chicken/Biscuit, Tomato and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, December 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

MDC Reports November Firearms Deer Harvest Tops 185,000

A fair share of the larger racks from the nearly 900 antlered bucks harvested in Scotland County rest beside the work desk of local taxidermist Scott Brassfield (pictured above), who said 2016’s firearms season produced an abundance of trophy deer for local hunters.

A fair share of the larger racks from the nearly 900 antlered bucks harvested in Scotland County rest beside the work desk of local taxidermist Scott Brassfield (pictured above), who said 2016’s firearms season produced an abundance of trophy deer for local hunters.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 185,066 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12-22. Of the 185,066 deer harvested, 95,383 were antlered bucks, 18,889 were button bucks, and 70,794 were does. Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,910 deer checked, Franklin with 3,738, and Texas with 3,562.

Scotland County hunters checked in 897 antlered bucks, 173 button bucks and 632 does for a total of 1,702 deer. Schuyler County bagged 1,156 deer while Knox County topped out at 1,649 deer and Clark County checked in 1,539 deer.

Last year, Missouri hunters checked 186,542 deer during the 2015 November portion of firearms deer season with 90,094 being antlered bucks, 20,911 being button bucks, and 75,537 being does.

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall firearms November portion. Two of the three incidents involved self-inflicted firearm wounds and occurred in Barry and Camden counties. The third involved one hunter in a party in Grundy County wounding another while shooting at a deer.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, firearms late youth portion Nov. 25-27, firearms antlerless portion Dec. 2-4, and firearms alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

2,944 Deer Checked in During Late Youth Season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reported that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,944 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of this year’s deer hunting season, Nov. 25-27. Of the 2,944 deer harvested, 1,149 were antlered bucks, 426 were button bucks, and 1,369 were does. Top harvest counties were Pike with 70 deer checked, Howell with 55, and Lincoln and Osage with 52 each.

Scotland County youth hunters checked in 26 deer, including 11 antlered bucks. The total was 16 deer in Schuyler County, with Knox County youth harvesting 28 deer and Clark County kids getting 23 deer.

Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 2,353 with 664 being antlered bucks, 376 button bucks, and 1,313 does.

National Adoption Month Reminds Missourians That More Than 1,500 Children Are in Need of  Family

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November is National Adoption Month and approximately 1,500 children and youth in Missouri are waiting for a forever home with a loving family.  Every day, the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division and the Missouri Heart Gallery work to raise awareness of the youth and children in foster care who deserve a family they can call their own.

The wait for a forever family is especially hard for teens, approaching adulthood without a nurturing, loving and caring forever family by their side.   A forever family provides the encouragement, guidance, security, and reassurance they need at this crucial time in their life.  Older youth long to have a forever family they can make proud and share memories and celebrate joyful moments. They are anxious to begin their lives with a forever family exploring the world around them, pursuing their dreams, and building a brighter future with a loving family by their side.

Shelley Curry, First Circuit Manager for the Children’s Division reminded the public that anyone can apply to become an adoptive parent in Missouri, as long as they are 21 years old and willing to go through the training and assessment process. You can be with or without children; be single or married, own or rent a home, apartment, condo or other residence that meets licensing standards.

The adoption process includes background checks, health screenings, financial discussions and home assessments.

Basic requirements include:

At least 21 years of age

Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check (including fingerprints)

Be in good mental and physical health

Have a stable income

Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process

The Children’s Division is always looking for nurturing individuals who would be interested in becoming adoptive parents and opening their home to one of these incredible older youth or another child in need. If you would like to find out more about these wonderful youth or if adoption or foster parenting is right for you, please visit our Web site at http://www.MOHeartGallery.Org  or call 1-800-554-2222 for more information, or email us at MOheartgallery@adoptex.org.  You may also contact your local Children’s Division office at 660-465-8549 or 660-727-3393. You can make a difference in the life of a child through foster parenting and/or adoption.

On November 29th, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Amy Klobuchar (MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, welcomed Senate passage of their resolution recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 19th as National Adoption Day.

“Every child deserves a stable, loving home and the foundation for a successful future that it provides,” Blunt said. “As a proud adoptive parent myself, I hope more Americans will use this opportunity to consider expanding their families through the gift of adoption. It has been an honor to work with the adoption community to help connect children who need permanent homes with the devoted parents ready to welcome them into their lives, and I look forward to continuing that effort.”

As co-chairs of the bipartisan CCA, Blunt and Klobuchar work to engage Members of Congress on issues pertaining to children in need of permanent homes, children in the foster care system, and domestic and international child welfare.

Klobuchar added, “Over the years, some of my most memorable work as Senate co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption has been helping families navigate the often difficult and complicated adoption process. By recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 19th as National Adoption Day, we help increase awareness about children in need of loving homes and honor the hard work of these nurturing adoptive families.”

Last week, Blunt and Klobuchar joined Representatives Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), House co-chairs of the CCA, in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of State expressing concern over new international adoption regulations and the negative impact some of the Department’s proposed changes could have on the adoption process. Blunt and Klobuchar have also worked to resolve pending adoption cases from several countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal.

In July, Blunt and Klobuchar introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act, which would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option.

Last year, Blunt and Klobuchar introduced the Supporting Adoptive Families Act to provide resources for pre- and post-adoption support services, including training, counseling, and mental health treatment.

Blunt and Klobuchar have also co-sponsored the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act and the Adoptive Family Relief Act, which was signed into law last year.

Memphis to Host 35th Annual Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd

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The 35th Annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi of Memphis, MO will be held Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at the Scotland County High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  There is no charge for admission.

A food stand will be open all day.  Doughnuts and coffee will be available in the morning.  Lunch will consist of hot dogs, chili dogs, ham sandwiches, chili, chips, pie, cake, tea, milk, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolate and bottled water.

Santa pictures will be taken from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Child care will be provided again this year for bazaar shoppers.  There is a charge for these two services.

Vendors may set up Friday evening December 2nd between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Along with our faithful exhibitors over the past 34 bazaars, we have a lot of new crafters with different items to be sold this year.  Come out and do your Christmas shopping and enjoy a meal with family and friends.

Exhibitors will be coming from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has given over $3,300.00 back to the Memphis Community including Scotland County Senior Scholarships for continuing education, donations to school organizations, FBLA, SCR-1 Band, SCAMP, Boys Senior Breakfast, Dictionaries to the Spelling Bee winners and Scotland County After Prom Parents as well as helping with community emergency need assistance, May Day flower delivery, SC Care Center, Methodist Church Christmas Wish program, Head Start Adopt a Child and St. John’s Church Thanksgiving Dinner, just to name a few.

Doors open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for additional vendors to set up.  Students will be available to help exhibitors load and unload.  Exhibitors are asked not to leave before 3:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Christmas Bazaar, please call: (660) 465-2496 or (660) 465-2668.

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