September 29, 2011

Scotland County State Traffic Tickets Headed to Fine Collection Center Beginning October 1st

An important change is coming to traffic law cases in Scotland County. Effective October 1, 2011, most state traffic tickets issued in Scotland County will be sent to the statewide Fine Collection Center (FCC) for processing.

On April 14, 2011, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a formal order requiring all counties to participate in the Fine Collection Center program no later than January 1, 2012.

A state traffic ticket is a ticket charging a violation of Missouri state traffic laws. State tickets may be issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Scotland County Sheriff's Department, the Memphis Police Department, or any other law enforcement agency.

When a person receives a state traffic ticket on or after October 1, the officer will provide the person with instructions and an envelope for mailing payment to the FCC. The instructions will inform the person that, within thirty days of receiving the ticket, they must either plead guilty and pay their fine and costs in full, or send a plea of not guilty to the FCC.

In addition to payment by mail, the FCC can also accept on-line payments for traffic tickets, with a Visa or Master Card. If a person chooses to pay the fine and costs on-line, a credit card service fee will be added to the amount due.

A person must send a "not guilty" plea to the FCC if they wish their case to be processed in the local court system. The not guilty plea should be sent in whether the person is intending to contest the charges and take the case to trial; to seek an opportunity to reach a plea agreement with the Prosecuting Attorney; or is unable to make full payment within thirty days, and simply wishes to work out a payment schedule with the court.

If a person chooses to hire an attorney in relation to a traffic charge sent to the FCC, the attorney will need to send an entry of appearance and plea of not guilty on the driver's behalf to the FCC, within the thirty-day period. The case will then be returned from the FCC to the Prosecuting Attorney for further proceedings.

If the FCC receives a "not guilty" plea to a ticket, the ticket will be returned to the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney for review. If the Prosecuting Attorney then files the ticket in the Scotland County Circuit Court, the person who was given the ticket will receive a notice of their court date by mail.

If a person who receives a ticket fails to respond to the FCC within thirty days, a warning notice will be sent to the person from the FCC. If the person still fails to respond within the required time, the FCC will direct the Missouri Department of Revenue to take action to suspend driving privileges. Driving privileges will not be reinstated until the case has been taken care of. The case will also be returned to the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney for review and filing in the local court. Failure to appear in court is likely to result in issuance of an arrest warrant.

If a person has a question about a case which has been sent to the Fine Collection Center, they should call the FCC directly, toll-free, at 1-877-866-3926. The Scotland County Circuit Clerk and the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney will not have any specific information about the case, during the time it remains at the FCC for processing. However, if anyone has questions about the new traffic ticket process or is not clear about what is going to happen with their case, they are always welcome to call the Prosecuting Attorney's office at (660) 465-7753, or the Circuit Clerk's office, (660) 465-8605.

Persons with cases sent to the FCC, as well as those with cases pending in the Scotland County Circuit Court or in other Missouri counties, may also check the status of their case on-line through the Missouri Judiciary's "Case.Net" web site, at http://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/.

All tickets issued prior to October 1, 2011, will be sent directly to the Prosecuting Attorney for filing in the Scotland County Circuit Court, as in the past.

Certain types of cases will continue to be processed locally through the Scotland County Circuit Court, as in the past. City of Memphis municipal ordinance violations, and conservation violations charged in Scotland County, will not be sent to the FCC.

Persons facing certain types of charges will always be required to appear in court, and their cases will not be sent to the FCC. These include accident cases involving property damage or personal injury; drug and alcohol violations; speeding more than 25 miles over the speed limit; driving without a valid license or with a revoked or suspended license; failure to provide proof of insurance; motor fuel tax violations; and violations requiring the posting of a bond. The officer will advise the driver whether the case requires appearance in court, or whether it is being sent to the Fine Collection Center.

MU Extension Offers Upcoming Program on Livestock Risk Protection

Price risk protection for livestock owners will be the topic of discussion at a January 25th University of Missouri Extension program to be offered in Memphis.

University of Missouri Extension offers livestock producers an opportunity to learn about price risk protection to manage some of the market uncertainty, states Darla Campbell, University of Missouri Extension Agricultural Business Specialist.  Crop insurance is widely used, while Livestock Risk Protection, the livestock equivalent, is underutilized.  As profit margins narrow for livestock producers in this downward price cycle, all options should be considered to minimize the effects of market volatility, which often adversely affects your bottom line, says Campbell.  Besides livestock risk protection, we will also discuss pasture, rangeland, and forage insurance.  The presenter will be Ryan Milhollin, Economist, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Missouri.  He has authored several documents used statewide on this topic.

Extension encourages livestock owners with herds of all sizes, 4-H and FFA members, and educators to attend. There is no cost for the event, but organizers request that you sign up by noon on the 24th to insure adequate supplies are available. A minimum of 15 participants is required to guarantee the class, so please call the Scotland County Extension office at 660.465.7255 and give Carol or Kristy your name and phone number.  The class will be held in Memphis at the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room from 6-8 on Wednesday, January 25th.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts January Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club to order on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church in Gorin. The pledges were led by Hugh Baker and Jillian Crane. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll and read the minutes of the last meeting. Parker Triplett moved to approve the minutes, Hugh Baker seconded. Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the Gorin Go-Getters bank account currently has $2,209.95. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman reported that the next 4-H Council Meeting would be at 7 p.m. on January 18th at the Courthouse.

The Recreation Committee thanked the Campbell family for hosting the Christmas Party. The Community Service Committee reported that the club would be working the movies in February. It was announced that Janie Parton would be starting a quilting class for a quilting project group on Tuesdays in February from 6-8 p.m. It costs $30 to participate. There will be a Livestock Risk Program on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. The program counts as a beef project meeting and could possibly count as a sheep or swine project meeting. Members that plan to attend should RSVP to the Extension Office.

The club discussed whether to go skating together or not and if a meeting should be held on the same day. It was decided that the club would have a meeting on February 12 at the skating rink at 3 p.m. and skating would follow from 4-6 p.m. The club plans to go sledding together sometime on the weekend of January 13th-15th at the New Lake Dam. It will be announced if the weather conditions are conducive. The club will have a baked potato bar fundraiser at the hospital on January 20th. The Community Service Committee and Craft Leader plans for the club to make door tags for the Scotland County Care Center sometime after school. The date will be announced later.

It was announced that volunteers for project leaders are needed. Teen Conference Registration is open until January 15. Members must be 11-13 years old to attend. Teen Conference takes place on March 25-26. It costs $179 to attend. The Northeast Energizer is in Macon on February 18th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members must be 11-18 years old to attend. To be a regional representative, members must be 14-17 years old and must turn in an application by January 13th.

The club was reminded that the next Council Meeting would be on January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The Livestock Risk Program is on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Scotland County Hospital. The Beef Weigh-In is on January 29th from 2-3 p.m. in the Sale Barn. The Fair Superintendents’ Meeting is on February 8th at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County High School Ag Room. The next Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Meeting is on February 12th. Refreshments will be provided by Waltedda Blessing and Vanessa Triplett. Dane and Ethan Blessing will give demonstrations. The Achievement Event is March 12th.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed refreshments and participated in a CPR program given by Dr. Jeff Davis.

Rutledge Renegades

Not much news again.  Seems weather is keeping everyone at home.

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Dorothy Hunolt and Charlene went to Quincy.

Bette Wiley talked to Lena Mae Horning and Erma High.

Paul Zimmerman has shingles.  He was doing better and came and joined us for coffee.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Dorothy Hunolt, Thomas Kortkamp, Jacob Wallenburg, Marjorie Peterson.

No one came in Saturday.  Everyone was looking for the ice storm and didn’t want to get out!

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

“It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States,” said Postmaster Monica March.  “The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years.”

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include 45 cents for 1 oz. letters (a 1-cent increase), letters with additional ounces remain unchanged at 20 cents, postcards will now cost 32 cents (a 3-cent increase), 1 oz. letters to Canada or Mexico are 85 cents (a 5-cent increase), and letters to other international destinations are now $1.05 (a 7-cent increase).

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services.  Today’s announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

TEN YEARS AGO

Not many things have not gone up in price in the past 20 years.  Tri-County Electric Cooperative will finally be succumbing to this economic trend.

General Manager David Ramsey told a gathering of customers at the Scotland County R-1 High School on January 9th that the northeast Missouri electric provider will be implementing a price hike in March.

“I realize this isn’t the news people want to hear,” he said.  “But I don’t look at it as paying the piper.  Instead I know that we enjoyed an unprecedented period of low rates.”

This price increase marks just the second price hike for the company since 1986.  The co-op board is scheduled to meet January 22 to determine the 2007 rate increase.  Ramsey stated customers would receive a new rate sheet as well as an explanation for the price hike in upcoming mailings.

20 YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Commission is hosting an open meeting January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Courthouse in Memphis to discuss public concerns about a proposed route exchange between Scotland County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The proposed exchange would trade County Road 253 (better known as Miller Bottom Road) south of Memphis between State Route MM and State Route M for State Route Y north of Rutledge.

30 YEARS AGO

Lynnette Jean Green, daughter of Stanley and Shirley Green, Memphis, was the first baby to be born at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in 1987.  Lynnette arrived at 5:21 a.m., January 16th.  She weighed in at 8 lbs, 5 ½ ounces and is 20 ½ inches long.

Lynnette has one brother, William, 9; and three sisters, Christina, 7; Lorie, 5; and Amber, 2.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Doscher, Memphis.

40 YEARS AGO

Maxine and Phil Struble, owners and operators of Montgomery Ward Catalog Agencies in Memphis and Edina with daughter, Sherry Casady Schaefer, managing the Edina store, recently received two awards: District Agent of the Year coving three states and 26 stores; and Kansas City Territory Agent of the Year out of seven states and 190 stores.

The award was presented by Mr. Bill Sims, Catalog General Manager at the 1977 Annual Spring Sales and Marketing meeting January 8th and 9th at Breckenridge Inn, Kansas City, MO.

The award is presented for most outstanding Sales and Operating Performance.

50 YEARS AGO

Troop 97, Boy Scouts of America, will have a 1967 organizational meeting Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hall which is located beneath the D&S IGA store.

All boys attending the meeting will be charter members for this year.  The regular fee is 50 cents plus an additional $1.50 for a year’s subscription to Boy’s Life magazine.  The magazine subscription is not required but is suggested.

The main feature of the organizational meeting will be a movie concerning the Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.  Philmont is a rugged, high adventure summer activity of boys across the country.

Parents are also invited to attend the meeting at which refreshments will be served.  Chairman of the Scout committee is Mike Evans and Scout Master is John W. Mallett.

60 YEARS AGO

Memphis High School is starting a school paper, to be sponsored by Supt. Richard Caster.  According to Supt. Caster, the paper will be published on Thursday.  Following is a list of the newspaper staff: Editor, Kay McClamrock; Assistant Editor, John McCoy; Business Manager, Linda Myers; Assistant Business Manager, Crystal Watson; Senior Class reporter, Carolyn Farris; Junior Class, Jerry Fryrear; Sophomore Class, Margaret Henderson; Freshman class, Karen Adams; Music, Pat Hudnall; Commerce, Justine Cone; English II, III, and Drama, Sally Leach; English I, Dickie Webber; English IV, Mary Lou McGee; Social Sciences, Mary Ann Prather; Boys’ Basketball, Richard Barb; Girls’ Basketball, Lugene Greene; FFA, Harry Robeson; Eight Grade, Linda Moore; Seventh Grade, Doris Kraus; Gossip and Jokes, Mary Jo Reed; Sciences, Emily Lowe.

70 YEARS AGO

Henry W. Kutzner of Memphis has recently been promoted to the grade of S. Sgt.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Kutzner.

Sgt. Kutzner entered the service March 9, 1944, and reported to Boca Raton Army Air Field July 3, 1944.  He was previously stationed at Chanute Field, IL.  Prior to entering the service, Sgt. Kutzner was engaged in farming.  He attended Memphis High School.

Four Board Members to Be Elected to Extension Council in February

Four county residents have completed terms of office on the Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council and will be succeeded by new members after a February 15 through February 17, 2017 election.

Outgoing members are Nancy McClamroch, Jefferson; Karen Kraus, Combined; Joanie Baker, Combined; and Laurie Jack, Jefferson.

Council members whose terms continue are: Nancy Kapfer, Lynette Vassholz, Paul Campbell, Heliene Tobler, Vanessa Triplett, Bruce Childress, Matt Shoemaker, Chris Montgomery, David Wiggins, and William Reckenberg.  County extension council members work throughout the year with University of Missouri Extension staff members in planning and making recommendations for educational programs.

University of Missouri Extension, through the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University, offers educational programs in agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H), and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.

“Anyone, 18 years of age or older, interested in education and the progress of our county should vote for the nominee of their choice in their district,” said council Chairman Paul Campbell. “The resources of the universities are available to us. It is our responsibility to put these resources to effective use.”

Polling place is outside of the Scotland County Extension Office first floor of the Courthouse in Memphis, MO.

Iowa Teen Seriously Hurt in Scotland County Crash

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when she was ejected from the vehicle she was a passenger in during a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County at 9:57 on Friday, January 13th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Mekenzie L. Steeples, 18, of Memphis was southbound on Highway 15, seven miles south of Memphis, when the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving went off the left side of the roadway. The car struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a passenger.

Rebecca J. Cline, 17, of Columbus Junction, IA, was ejected from the car. She sustained serious injuries. Cline was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Steeples and a second passenger in the car, Stormi N. Schultz, 17, of Memphis, sustained minor injuries in the crash. Schultz was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Steeples was taken by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

The vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland and Knox County ambulance services, Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.

Wouldn’t The World Be Better Off If… 

How would you assess a broad improvement for the world order?  Let me take a stab at your guestimation.  No.  Let me tell you mine and see if yours lines up.  I don’t intend to go through life being so obnoxious, but I have this corner of my heart that believes that if everyone would/could/should operate as I then everyone would be much better off.

There… I came right out and said it.  I can count your many blessings!  Wouldn’t the world be better off if…it could evaluate and execute in step with the way I think? Or, maybe the way you think?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed.  We aren’t alike.  A few similarities prevail. Vast differences clearly exist.

Here’s a problem with this truth about us if we don’t guard our operating mindset.  We will desire that all people–admittedly different in vast array–are to do life on our scale of understanding; even interest.  And, dear friend, this… won’t… work.  It hasn’t.  It doesn’t.  It won’t.  It.  Isn’t. Supposed To.

Just as a hand isn’t a foot and an eye isn’t a mouth, all of us fit in life when we determine to work as a body. I am advantaged by those who do not think as I, judge as I, walk as I.  These, too, are equally advantaged by those like me for each of us fits in the body of life.

Struggles are prominent when feet want hands to function as feet; when mouths want eyes to smack rather than blink.  We are not the same… on God’s purpose.  We are a body.

When I’m set free to practice my gifts from the Spirit I seem to soar.  But when I’m pressed into being what others not like me want me to be as they think and do, suffocation of my imaginative and exploring heart tends to build.  This doesn’t mean that there is to be no cooperation.  But what it does mean is that we each must recall that our strengths are possibly not even of the remotest interest to others.

We are a team; not look-alike, walk-alike, talk-alike robots.  Here’s a good idea we might try to remember; concepts which make you perk may make another puke (sorry, but it started with p). If your trend lights up your heart unto ambition; might I suggest you enjoy it, but try not to impose it.

The world is better off because… not everyone is like me.  And the whole world just now said… “Oh thank you, God!”

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis recorded 13 admissions and 10 dismissals from January 6 – January 13.

ADMISSIONS: 1/8/17 -Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville; 1/9/17 – Harold Gore, Memphis; Charles Hammack, Memphis 1/10/17 – Stella Ingram, Wyaconda 1/12/17 – Bobby Lee Heevner, Kahoka.

DISMISSALS: 1/6/17 – Kelsey Roberts, Queen City 1/12/17 – Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville.

The Honey War

A confrontation that has been called the “silliest war in American history” took place in the winter of 1839 in Northeast Missouri. The incident called the Honey War grew out of a long-standing dispute between Iowa and Missouri over the boundary line between the two states. The line was originally surveyed in 1816 by J.C. Sullivan to mark the boundaries of the Osage Indian nation. When settlers began to move into northeast Missouri and southern Iowa in the late 30s, the marks of the Sullivan line were hardly visible. As a result, the settlers in the region did not know if they lived in Missouri or Iowa. In 1837, the Missouri legislature ordered the line to be resurveyed. The new survey resulted in a boundary line that was several miles north of the Sullivan line, due to a surveying error. When Missouri tried to collect taxes from the settlers in the region, they refused to pay. Governor Lucas of Iowa upheld their action, and Governor Boggs of Missouri came to the defense of the tax collectors. The situation worsened when a Missourian cut down some bee trees in the region with a quantity of valuable honey in the trunks. Shortly after, the sheriff of Van Buren County, Iowa arrested the sheriff of Clark County, Missouri, who had attempted to collect taxes. The militia from both states was called in, but no battle took place. The issue was settled in 1849 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Sullivan line was the true boundary.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

JWCC’s Fall Dean List Announced

Three hundred twenty-eight students at John Wood Community College have been named to the dean’s list for the 2016 fall term, including a pair of former Scotland County R-I graduates.

Tasha Eggleston-Wood and Taylar Eggleston-Wood of Arbela were among the students honored by the Quincy, IL school.

To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must be enrolled for nine or more credit hours and must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. A part-time student must have accumulated at least 15 semester hours, be enrolled for fewer than nine credit hours during the current term, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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