December 15, 2011

Miscellaneous Authors - Letters to Santa

Little Rascals Daycare Santa Letters

Dear Santa, We are getting very excited for Christmas and will leave you some homemade cookies and a big glass of milk! I like to play with red tractors, trains, 4-wheelers and CAT equipment. My sisters are pretty great too so if you could find room in your sleigh for a gift or two for them it would be nice. I'm pretty ornery but as you can see, I'm a fun, loving boy and can't wait to see you. Merry Christmas! Love, Zayden Arey 2 years old

Dear Santa, Hi! I'm 10 months old and I've been a very good baby. I like to play with baby dolls and anything that makes noise. Could you please bring my big sis something nice also? Thank you and Merry Christmas! Love, Lena VanGorkum

Dear Santa, I'm 6 months old and my mommy and daddy tell me I'm your favorite! I like to snuggle so I would enjoy a stuffed animal. Also, could you bring my doggie a treat? I sure do love him! Thank you Santa! Love, Brenan Douglas

Hi Santa! I would love a baby doll swing please! Also, I would like a new baby doll. I'm trying very hard to be good this year because I want a lot of things! I even gave some of my toys away to make room! Merry Christmas Santa! Love, Ava Remley 2 1/2 years old

Dear Santa, I've been a good boy this year! I love to play with trucks, cars and tractors. I also like to color! I will leave you cookies and juice. Merry Christmas! Love, Chandler Snyder Age 2

Dear Santa, I want a power ranger semi and car, a Buzz Lightyear and a skateboard. I've been pretty good this year and will leave you some candy and juice. Thanks Santa, Merry Christmas! Love Wesley McSparren Age 3

Dear Santa, How are you? I would like new shirts, a necklace and horse curtains for my room. I am going to leave chocolate and milk waiting for you by my tree. I hope you have a safe flight! Merry Christmas! Love, Kylie Small Age 5

Dear Santa, I've been a good girl this year. I try to help my mommy by cleaning up my toys when I'm done. I would like a pretend cash register, pretend food for my cash register and a build a bear DS game. I'm going to make you chocolate chip cookies and white milk and I will leave them by my daddy's chair. Have a Merry Christmas, Santa! Love, Brenna Phillips Age 5

Dear Santa Hi! I just turned 2 years old and I've been such a good boy that I got a new baby brother for Christmas! He's pretty special so could you bring him a little toy to play with? I love to play with trucks and blocks! Merry Christmas! Love, Jaden Bergeson

Dear Santa, I am so excited for Christmas! We went to see the cool Christmas lights and now I'm just waiting for you to come visit.....I love to build with blocks and to play ball. My brother and I like books a lot too. I will leave you some goodies and chocolate milk because it's my favorite. Merry Christmas! Hope to see you soon?! Love, Degen Wood Age 3

Misc. Santa Letters

Dear Santa, My name is Addylynn and I am 10 months old. My mommy says I have been a good girl, but my brother says I am bad because I like to play with his toys. Will you please bring me something that plays music, I like to dance, and a pink stroller to push (I like to push things all over the house). If my brother Grayson is on the nice list will you please bring him his own bouncy horse so will stay off mine. Thank you, Addylynn Chance

Dear Santa, I'm sorry I was scared of you again this year. My mom said she would help me write a letter to you. Will you please bring me a semi truck with logs and guys, remote controlled 4-wheeler, Cars 2 movie, and a drum set? My mom says I act just like my Uncle Jeff when I play them. I would really like it if you would let the Elves bring my presents because your beard scares me. Will you bring my baby sister Addylynn a toy? She has been really good. Thank you, Grayson Chance

Dear Santa, My name is Eli and I am one year old. Will you please bring me some trucks, play phones, and a tractor. I have been a good boy this year. I will leave you some cookies and some carrots for the reindeer. Will you please bring my brother Silas a toy? I think he is on the nice list, you might have to check. Your friend, Eli Williams

Dear Santa, I am 3 years old and would be happy I you would please bring me some dinosaurs, trucks and a gun just like Grayson's. I will leave some cookies for you and some carrots for the reindeer. Oh ya, will you please bring my brother Eli something. He has been a good boy (most of the time). Your friend, Silas Williams

Dear Santa, I am 3 years old and would really like you to bring me 5 Thomas the Train shirts, Percy the Train toy, Henry the Train, and the Talking Tow Mater Truck and a robot. I will leave you some cookies and a pencil. I have tried very hard to be good. Please bring my sisters and brothers something. Your friend, Gavyn Dodge.

Luray Head Start Santa Letters

Dear Santa, I would like a musketeer sword, a Barbie house, and a princess castle. Thank you, Lana B. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like make up, paper, and a butterfly toy. Thank you, Iceilyn E. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a robot, Star Wars, and a rocket ship. Thank you, Landon Y. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a bicycle with a horn, baby dolls, and clothes. Thank you, Kayleigh S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Toy Story, Cars Two movie, and Lion King. Thank you, Lane P. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a semi, a truck, and play dough. Thank you, Gavin K. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like dress shoes, crayons, and a dinosaur. Thank you, Rylee S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a Dora butterfly with a wand, a microphone-big and little, and a puppy. Thank you, Gabi K. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a computer, a baby doll, and a kitchen set. Thank you, Madison E. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Batman things, a computer, and play dough. Thank you, Christopher R. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a racetrack, a helicopter, and Cars Two movie. Thank you, Ben S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a helicopter, a water gun, and a wagon-tractor with hay. Thank you, Jerret B. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a hat, dress- up clothes, and play dough. Thank you, Gabby D. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like make up, finger nail polish and a princess. Thanks, Macia D Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Best Friends Forever, baby doll, and a stroller. Thanks, Elizabeth B Luray Head Start

Misc. Santa Letters

Dear Santa, I have been a good girl, and so has my sissy. Please tell all the reindeer hello. I would like a Lalaloopsy School Bus, a Baby Alive Whoopsie Doll, BBQ Grill set, and a new cash register. Thank you, Santa, I love you. I will leave you some chocolate cookies and some pop. Be safe while flying with the reindeers! Carman Robinson

Dear Santa, I have been really good this year. How are Mrs. Claus and your reindeer? I wish you could come to my house! I wish I could have a princess castle, new skirts, KooKoo birds that flap their wings, a turtle, and some new tutus! I love you! I will leave out milk and cookies for you! Be safe! Love, Lily Grace Wheeler

Dear Santa, I want Power Rangers and Power Transformers. My brother, Roe, would like a gun. Thank you, Rennie Lilo

Dear Santa, I love your deer. Mommy and Daddy say I have been wild but I promise I have been good. For Christmas I would love for you to bring me a Barbie with a horse. I get very excited when I see it on TV. I also love baby dolls and books, but will be happy with whatever you bring me. Love, Halle Miller (2 by Christmas)

Dear Santa, How are your reindeer? I have been good this year. I would like a .22 cricket, a red beanbag, a crayon maker, and a remote control car that has RAT on it. I will leave cookies and milk for you and a bag of carrots for your reindeer. Love, Merit Miller (5 years old)

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would like a Fairy Princess Doll, doll house, kitchen food, color books, crayons, shoes and earrings. I will leave you cookies and milk. Also, get Kendra a 3D-DS. Your friend, Kennedy Middleton (Age 4)

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would like a Lightning McQueen necklace, my own chair, some Hot Wheel cars, a puzzle and some new clothes. I will leave cookies and milk on the table in the front room. Your friend, Bristol Alexander (Age 5)

Dear Santa, I hope you are getting plenty of naps so that you are ready to deliver all of those toys on Christmas Eve. I am pretty ornery, but I've tried really hard to be a good boy. I will leave you milk and cookies by the fireplace Christmas Eve. For Christmas this year I would like to have a new fire truck, more Thomas the Train toys, and Cars toys. Please bring my sissy, Karli, something special, too. She is a great big sister, and teaches me lots of new things everyday! Your Friend, Kwayde Hamilton (Age 3) (Son of Derrick & Tia Hamilton)

Dear Santa, I have been pretty good this year. I really would like a princess castle, princess table, princess doll house, and princess sunglasses. I love you very much Santa. Your friend Deana McKinney (Age 3)

Dear Santa, I am Braylon Campbell and I am 3 years old. My daddy is Lance and my mommy is Allison. She don't like me to call her Allison, just mommy. I have been good. I would like a Big tractor and a big wrecker to go with it. It needs a big hook on it. I need a dump truck too. Take care, see ya later! Braylon Campbell (Age 3 years)

Dear Santa, My name is Greyson. I have a little brother Liam. Can you bring him something nice? He hasn't been too bad. I would like a tractor with no scoop, a big crane and could you bring something for my mom and dad? Greyson Browning (Age 3)

Dear Santa, Bring me some presents. Lots of them please. I have been very good! Could you bring my big sister Dystinee something? I will leave you something to eat. Your friend, Danny Priebe (Age 3)

Santa, I'm Silas and I have been good! Can you bring me some dinosaurs and I would like a race car that goes fast. Please hurry and come. I can't wait! Love, Silas Williams (Age 3)

Dear Santa, I would like to have a dolly. Also could you bring me some books and some necklaces and bracelets. I have a baby brother; he's been real good. Can you please bring him something? I love you Santa. Love, Your friend, Sadie Williamson (Age 2 years)

Gorin R-3 Elementary Mrs. Myers' 2nd & 4th grades

Dear Santa, I want a few things this year. Santa, I think you are real. People don't believe you. I am going to have something at my house for you as a snack. I love your reindeer. I've been a good girl. All I want for Christmas is to see you. I want a remote control puppy, jewelry, more makeup, some Nerf guns, some teacher supplies, and a McDonald's cash register. Love, Jada P.S. I hope you're hungry!

Dear Santa Claus, I will not lie to you. I will be trust worthy to you Santa Claus. It's been so so with my behavior, please forgive me. When I want to be good I can. Santa Claus I hope you can come. I hope your reindeer are not sick so Rosebuds and her brother don't have to guide your sleigh. Santa Claus I would like new clothes and an iPod for me. I would like an X-Box 360 and Kinect for my whole family. I know all the reindeer's names Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. Your reindeer are so good to help you get us presents. I would like to leave some reindeer food but don't know how to make it. That's all I want for Christmas. I will leave you some milk and cookies. Love, Breann

Dear Santa, How have you been this year? How is Mrs. Claus? I want a pup and cars, cologne, but I like you Santa. From, Caden

Dear Santa, I have been so so. Have the reindeer been good? I hope you are hungry. I love you Santa Claus. I would like to have a cat and a dog. I would like a picture of Caden. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. Santa all I want for Christmas is reindeer food. Love, Kayla

Dear Santa, I don't know how this year has been. I don't know if I'd been naughty or nice. I would like a tall nutcracker for Christmas. Your friend, Laura

Dear Santa Claus, How are your reindeer? I have been so so and my family has been kinda good. How are you feeling today? I would like to have a baby doll and a camera. Love, Abeni

Memphis Head Start Santa Letters

Dear Santa, Would you please bring me a super soaker water blaster, some legos, and some art things. I have been pretty good this year. Thank you, Skylar

Dear Santa, I have been really good this year! Will you please bring me a Kilan doll and a Dora doll and a pirate. Love, Melody

Dear Santa, I Love You! Please bring me 2 baby doll alive dolls, I-pod touch, I-phone, a real camera, a calendar, rocking horse, CD player, and a Glee movie. Love, Destynee

Dear Santa, I want a camera, a barbie doll, and a journal. Love, Desera

Dear Santa, Can I please have for Christmas Dragdans, a couple walkie-talkies, DS, MP3 player, and 2 Zhu Zhu pets named Stonewall and Moo. Could you also bring me a couple packs of batteries? Love, Marcus

Dear Santa, We have a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for you. Will you please bring me a baby, a Barbie, and some candy canes? Love, Abby

Dear Santa, I want a paint set, monster truck, bicycle, a train set, and a sled. Love, David

Dear Santa, Would you please bring me a Toy T-Rex and a Nerf Gun. Thank you! Aden

Dear Santa, Could you please bring me a horse. Love, Kylee

Dear Santa, I Love You! I would like to have an I-pod. Thank You! Alexia

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a book and a new little Christmas tree. Thank You! Kendall

Dear Santa, I like you! I want some rings, a ball, a Christmas tree, and a doll. Thank You! Brittney

Dear Santa, I like you! Please get me a puppy. Thank You! Casidey

Dear Santa, I want a doll for Christmas. Love, Baylee

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a Pillow Pet, DS, and a toy monster truck. Your Friend, Jonathan

Dear Santa, Could I please have new snow boots, black toy pliers, balloons, and a star? Thank You! Katelyn

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a 4-wheeler? Thank You! Brayden

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a red semi, like the one on the movie Cars? Thank You! Chris

Dear Santa, Please bring me some trucks, cars, and tractors. Thank You! Clint

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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