December 15, 2011

Mrs. Lough - SCR-I 4th Grade Santa Letters

Mrs. Leslie Lough - SCR-I 4th grade

What is it like in the North Pole? And how are your reindeer? I'm going to make you cookies! I have been good this year. I want lost of gifts. I do good things. This year I want dolls Wii games, DS games, 3DS, and more. Please get me the stuff that I want and more things. Your friend, Robyn Hayes

Dear Kris Kringle, How are the reindeer? Hope the polar bears aren't bothering the reindeer. Do you have a head elf? Do like Pepsi? I have been especially good this year. I've been helping my sister and cleaning my room. I'll give you cookies if you give me presents. I will also give Rudolph some carrots too. I would like some targets to shoot at and some Hex Bugs . I want some Wii games and DS games. I also want a lizard very, very badly. I'll see you this Christmas, Santa. Your present deserving friend, Whitman C. Quillin

Dear Santa, How are you? I am awesome today. I'm going to give you cookies and eggnog on Christmas Eve. I'm going to put name tags by the plates of oatmeal for the reindeer. I want an Ipod Touch, a pony, a Xbox 360 Kinect, a Nintendo 3D DS, a toy doctor set, and 4 tickets to Hawaii. Love, Shelby Troutman P.S. Bring something nice for Mrs. Lough too!

Dear Santa, How cold is it up in the North Pole? It's freezing here in Missouri. I don't think you well be able to land on my roof, oh be careful of the cat, he has claws. I'm 99% good. I take care of Maggy Malleie, and Iggy. I clean the house. I turn in most of my homework. I want a kitten for Christmas. I want a dad for Christmas too. Your friend, Kamryn A. Mast

Dear Santa, How is Rudolph this year? It's very cold out but we've got a fire to keep us warm. You should start making your elves work hard because kids are going to want tots for toys money! So I've been very good this year. I've mowed my yard. I've done my chores and I do my homework. What I want for Christmas is an Ipod Touch, lots of money, guns, knives, and lots of stuff like usual. Your friend, Brandon Burrus

Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas! Have you been getting the toys ready? Let me guess you do. I'm well behaved this year. Oh please Santa please get me these things. I want an Xbox Kinect, Ipod Touch and MWS. I want those things. I mean is Dixon having fun? Oh is Rudolph still leading the pack? Maybe you can work. Your best boy, Garth Small

Dear Santa, How are you doing? Are the elves doing well? I wish I could come and visit, but I'm to lazy to get up plus it's too far of a walk. How is the weather doing up there? It is cold down here. My Christmas tree is tilty and we need to get new lights for the tree. They all don't work or most of them. Do you gain weight ever or do you lose weight everyday? What I want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 with Kinect and Halo Reach. Your friend, Spencer Kerkmann

Dear Santa, How's the North Pole this time of year? Are you bringing Rudolph along with you? Don't get too full because I am going to make a whole bunch of cookies. I hope Blitzen doesn't get a blitzy of a cold. I have been extra good this year. I have been helping my mom, doing my homework, and helping others. One more question. How is the Mrs. Claus? I have been a very good little girl. All I am asking for Christmas is some painting supplies for my paint set. I also would like lots and lots of jewelry. Thanks Santa Claus, you are awesome. Your friend, Arysta Snyder

Dear Santa, I'm so excited, 20 days until Christmas! How are the reindeer? Are they ready for the long trip? Are you ready for the long trip? I've been very good this year! I deserve all the gifts I get this Christmas. I did all my chores, and I am on the honor role. This year I'm asking for an Ipod Touch and a new Wii game. Thank you Santa, Your friend, Katie Parsons P.S. Merry Christmas!

Dear Santa, I love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday! There are a few things that I really like about Christmas, sledding, sitting by the fire and decorating the Christmas tree. What are yours? This year I don't want a lot of things I want I really want! I would like it if you make the coat the color of her fur, with line green S on it. I also would like a drawn picture of me and my cat. The last thing I want is an Ipod Touch with a lime green case. I really want those things and I believe that you can make them! Please work hard, and have a good Christmas! Your favorite girl, Micah Cooley

Dear Santa, How are the reindeer in the North Pole? My animals are freezing in the barn. Are you ready to go down the chimney on Christmas Eve? Does Rudolph still have that red nose? I have been a good daughter, sister, and student this year. I have been extra good. I have been feeding my kittens every other day. I'm asking for an Ipod Touch, a few DS games, a huge trampoline, and a Temper Pedic bed for Christmas. Thank you so much Santa. Your friend, Avery Shultz

Dear Santa, How are you doing? I'm doing well. I have been good sometimes. How are the elves and reindeer? All I want for Christmas are dogs, a touch screen Ipod, a touch screen phone, and my own room I have to share a room with my sister. I will make sugar cookies for you. Also, I will make cookies for the reindeer and elves. Love, Maycee Ferrel

Dear Kris Kringel, I've been wondering this for a long time is Jack Frost your brother? If he is, why is he so mean and you're jolly or is that just in the movie? Oh did each of your reindeer go to Bath & Body Works because they each have a hand sanitizer named after them? My talkativeness has gotten me into trouble sometimes. I have been trying to behave as well as I could. I helped my friend Arysta find her turtle charm to her necklace. I have tried to do my best this year. I find the whole "asking for presents" think a little bit selfish. I don't care what you give me, I just want something nice. Your friend, Susannah DeMarce

Dear Santa, Who is your favorite reindeer? My favorite reindeer is Comet. My mom said we're going to make you some cookies and milk. I might have some carrots for your reindeer if my cat doesn't eat them first. I have been good son and student all year. I also gave Mrs. Lough popcorn. All I want for Christmas is an Ipad and Wizard 101 cards. I do hope I get these gifts. Sincerely, Reilly Shoemaker P.S. I would like my books.

Dear Santa, I have been good this year. How are the reindeer? I will give you milk and cookies. How are the elves? Are you working hard? I have been good. I take care of my two dogs. I also help my grandma. I run after my puppy when he runs off. I watched my cousins is why I deserve all the gifts I ask for. Please get my puppy some treats so I can teach him how to sit. I want Chutes and Ladders, and stuff for my American Girl Doll. Keep up the good work. Your friend, Briana Van DeVeire

Dear Santa, Hey Santa! I am freezing down here in Missouri! Guess what? For your snack I will be making Monster and fiber cookies. Last year we gave you Mt. Dew. Santa please, please give some gifts. I have been good. I bought my sister Lydia her favorite toy. Santa, if you don't give me presents I will not give you a snack. Just kidding! I will tell your elves that they have been caught being good. I want a bitty baby named Katrin Elizabeth. I want her to have brown hair and blue eyes. I would like some diapers for my baby doll. I would like a body bed too. Yours truly, Natalie Krouse

Dear Santa, How much do you weigh? Not very much snow down here. What is it like up there cold or freezing? I weigh 21,546 pounds less than you. I've been medium good this year. I've been a help to people with things like shoveling dirt, and cutting grass and watching my sister's dog at home. I want some coal and a Hex Bug. I want it to snow 6 feet and a .270 long range rifle. Your friend, Lathe Bair

Dear Santa, How it going? Are the elves doing fine? How is Rudolph and the other reindeer? Oh, how's Mrs. Claus? How's the toy factory? And how's the shop. For Christmas I wan 10 Star Wars Lego playset. Lego Star Wars 3 for Xbox 360 Kinect wireless. Star Wars books. 10 Transformers. And for my last present I want to see you face to face. You should watch your diet. You could buy a Time Machine to get to every singe house quickly. Your friend, Austin Reed

Dear Santa, How are you? We are fine. I hope you have fun on Christmas Eve! All I want for Christmas is a Bug Farm. Thank you so much! Your friend, Matthew Bennell P.S. Bug Boy

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school teacher (Lois Quenneville), William Downing (Joe Fulk, who also provided the welcome), Dr. A. M. Keethler (Harlo Donelson), Ella Ewing (Teresa Cotton), the Depot ticket master (Tom Cotton), Tom Horn (Jeff Dyer), a Civil War soldier (Chris Kempke), a barber (Larry Riney), Granny Green (Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick), and a blacksmith (Frank Wineinger).  Tour guides for the evening included Lynette Dyer, Rhonda McBee, Leslie Clark, Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, Janet Hamilton, Brooke Wineinger, Angie Wentworth, Elle Wentworth, Melissa Miler, Gary Miller, Angela Westhoff, Scott Westhoff, and Jan Slayton.  Box office volunteers were Debbie Seamster, Ruth Ann Cairn and Pam Shalley.  Sheila Berkowitz made the flyers, tickets and videotaped the event.  Pam Shalley served as photographer.  Elaine Forrester provided refreshments including cookies, punch and wassail and Alisa Kigar’s 4-H group donated some of the cookies.







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

The Scotland County Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating National Pharmacy Week, October 16 –  22.  Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and other healthcare settings.  During Pharmacy Week, Scotland County Hospital celebrates and recognizes the significant role that our Hospital Pharmacy plays as a member of the healthcare team.

The Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is staffed by Matt McKee RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Jennifer Laws BSPS, Supervisor of the Pharmacy Department and Danielle Waterman CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician.  No matter the time of day or night, our physicians can write an order for a medication for our in-patients and the medication will be administered promptly after interactions have been checked, thanks to the staff in the Pharmacy Department and their cooperation with the physicians and nurses at Scotland County Hospital as well as the staff of Scotland County Pharmacy and Blessing Hospital pharmacists.

Many patients and their families are not aware that the Hospital’s pharmacy staff play a critical role in preventing medication errors, collaborating with other disciplines to optimally manage patients medication needs, improving safety and patient outcomes, and advising prescribers on the best drug choices, all while maintaining the proper inventory to meet the needs of the patients.

Although medicine can make you well, it can also harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications that aid you in your comfort and recovery.

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


Racing action will return to the Scotland County Speedway this weekend for the annual Memphis Fall Nationals. The local track will host a two-day show October 21st and 22nd featuring modifieds, stock cars, sportmods, hobby stocks, sport compacts and late models.

With temps expected be in the high 60’s as highs and around 50 for the lows, the racing will continue this weekend at the Scotland County Speedway for the Fall Nationals,” said promoter Mike Van Genderen. “This show has been a huge tradition for many years and has become one of the favorite shows for many racers.”

Curt Marks of Dubuque Moving and Storage has added to the late model purse, making it $1,000 to win, which should add to the field of fastest cars at the speedway.

The track will host open practice for all classes from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 p.m. for Saturday’s show.

With modifieds, sportsmods, stock cars and now late models all vying or a $1,000 top prize, the track is expecting a large car count as the 2016 racing season winds down across the Midwest.

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at

Cayden Carter captured victories on both nights of the Memphis Bottom Heavy Nationals held at the start of the month at SCS with his 10C modified. The Oskaloosa driver will be looking to keep his streak alive.

Tommy Elston was the winner in the late models while Jason Cook and Jeff Mueller staged a battle in the stock cars, splitting the wins.

More than two dozen sportmods participated in the Bottom Heavy Nationals, with the stock cars and modifieds also more than 20 racers, numbers the Fall Nationals should duplicate or exceed.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Pit passes will be $30 nightly or $55 for the two-day show.

For more info contact Mike Van Genderen at 6441-521-0330.

Missouri Department of Insurance Offers Free Assistance To Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment 

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging Missourians eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help Missouri consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans.

“Plans and prices can change from year to year and what you had last year may not be what is right for you this year,” said John Huff, director of the Insurance Department. “Contacting a CLAIM counselor could result in better coverage, more savings or both.”

Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri during open enrollment.

CLAIM can also assist consumers, who have limited income, determine if they qualify for programs to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department’s seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

With Halloween less than two weeks away, local organizations are preparing activities for area trick-or-treaters.  On Thursday, October 27th, the Scotland County Care Center is hosting their first annual Haunted House.  The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.  The Haunted House will be located at the front entrance/activity room of the Care Center.  Everyone is invited.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting their annual Safe Stops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Children may visit Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce members for Trick-or-Treating.

You will see a bright orange flyer at participating businesses which have treats for the costumed little ones.  Crossing guards will also be posted at each corner of the Memphis Square where most of the members will be set up.

There are several MACC members who do not have a store front on or near the square, but do have treats at their business locations on Highway 136 and Highway 15.  Names of the participating MACC businesses will be published in the Memphis Democrat.  Only those businesses with an orange flyer are officially recognized as a Safe Stop.  A parent or adult should accompany the children.

As a reminder, Harlo Donelson is offering a Halloween Candy Buy Back.  The dental office will pay $4.00 per pound for your goodies, $3.00 he will give to you and $1.00 will be donated to the reading program at the elementary school.

Along with the candy and costumes comes the need for added caution as youngsters venture out onto the streets to trick-or-treat.  Drivers are asked to be extra safe this weekend.  Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those times.

Children should be reminded to walk with an adult, remain on well-lit streets, if sidewalks aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic, and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons.

The new commitments were signed at a ceremony held in Des Moines and attended by seven of the top Chinese buyers of U.S. soy, Chinese commerce officials, top Iowa state officials and representatives from the U.S. soy industry. The signing ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were in attendance.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talked about the trust, honor and respect that have helped foster the long relationship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. soybean farmers, sharing a photograph that shows the Chinese leader’s first visit to Iowa in 1985. “It’s pretty neat to have the president of China call you an ‘old friend,’” he stated.

This year, U.S. soybean farmers are projected to export a record amount of soy and soy products, up from 62.88 million metric tons of soy and soy products, valued at $27.7 billion, in 2015. International buyers are turning to U.S. soy for a variety of reasons, including its quality, sustainability and reliability, to name a few.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) president Brian Zhenhu spoke about the trade collaboration between the U.S. and China. “This signing ceremony is just one manifestation of our cooperation,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by the U.S. soy industry. “We were honored to be joined by a group of Chinese provincial officials and crush company representatives, who traveled 7,000 miles to meet with U.S. exporters to sign 16 purchasing agreements,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, American Soy Association (ASA) director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “These agreements are an example fo the strong partnerships between the U.S. soy value chain and the international buyers who purchase our crop.”

The U.S. Soybean Export Council connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or

RICHARD W. BILLINGS (8/23/1946 – 10/17/2016)


Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.

Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School.   He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.

He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville.   She survives.

Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk.  He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.

Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby.   He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs.   He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out.   Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; stepchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step-great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family by signing the online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



Proud parents Zach and Jessica McBee of Memphis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Leigh McBee on October 1, 2016 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Payton weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Rhonda McBee of Memphis, Valerie Bair and Patrick Hines of Memphis, and Doug Bair of Kansas City. Payton is the McBee’s first child.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 20 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations. A nurse will be available at the Scotland County Nutrition site to do blood pressure checks.

Friday, October 21 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, October 25 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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