August 4, 2011

FRANCES TIMORA ROSS (3/10/1918 - 7/29/2011)

Frances Timora Ross, 93 of Memphis, MO, formerly of New London, MO died on Friday, July 29, 2011 at Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Holy Family Church in Hannibal, MO. Father Roy Bauer officiated. Burial was at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. The James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ross was born March 10, 1918, in Center, MO to Sylvester Price and Bridget Loretto Plemming Gough.

She was married to Pressley M. Ross on July 31, 1942 in New London, MO. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1953.

Survivors include five children: Richard Ross (Donna) of Galesburg, IL, Ann McClintic (Jim) of Memphis, MO, Robert Ross of New London, MO; Randall Ross of Troy, MO, and Ralph Ross (Cara) of Columbia, MO; two sisters: Lucy McCann, of Nevada, MO and Helen Griffin (Dale) of Columbia, MO; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Jim Ross (Tommi) of Columbia, MO, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Verl Ross of Columbia, MO, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Sam Ross of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mildred Bode

Mrs. Ross was the Ralls County Collector and Circuit Clerk and Recorder for over 45 years. She was a devoted Catholic being a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal, MO. She was also a member of the Ralls County Historical Society. She was an active member of the Monday Study Club in New London, MO. She loved to read, working crossword puzzles, and playing cards. Mrs. Ross enjoyed spending time with her friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.


Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.


Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

Rutledge Renegades

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, at LaGrange Park, LaKaylee celebrated her 14th birthday (May 15).  Others attending were LaCrisha and Rich Wagy with Ivy and Travis, Penny Hustead, Katrina Hustead with Will and Waid, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Carley Williams and Ethan Sharp, Jenny Walker, Neta Phillips, Carl and Carolyn Williams, Goldie Smith and other school friends. LaKaylee’s Aunt Carley made a cake and decorated is as a ball diamond.  She also made cupcakes and decorated them as softballs.  Carley also made a basket of miniature cupcakes and decorated them as flowers for Mother’s Day!  Good job Carley!!

Neta Phillips and Katrina went to Kirksville.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to LaKaylee’s ballgame.

Charlene went to LaPlata where she boarded the train and went to Kansas City to visit her daughter, Nancy Blodget.  They celebrated Mother’s Day and Nancy’s birthday on Monday, May 15th.

Nathan Lewis from Lubbick, TX is here visiting Red Earth Farms and Dancing Rabbit.

I got a call from Bette Wiley saying she received the large card everyone signed for her birthday on May 18th.  She thought it was wonderful with all the names.  She wanted to thank everyone who signed.  She also said her neighbors in Louisiana brought her a birthday cake and helped her celebrate.

Don Tague and sons, David and Paul, went to Springfield, MO where Don attended The Army Chosen Few Reunion (1950-North Korean).  They evacuated by sea.  There were around 18 soldiers and their families for a banquet.

Leon and Ann Shaw went to Indian Hills Community College to watch Jamie Shaw graduate with a degree in nursing.

Mike and Pam Blaine went to Foristell, MO to visit their son, Jeremy and his wife, Jo, on Friday, May 12th.  On Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day) Jo gave birth to Hunter Michael Blaine, 7 lbs, 8 oz.  Grandma Pam had a wonderful Mother’s Day present.  Congratulations to all!!

“Hay Lady” is back in the fields again!!

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge will be meeting on Monday, June 5th.  We will be meeting at Steve’s Family Diner in Kahoka at 11:00 a.m. and meeting at Zimmerman’s at 9:30 a.m.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Marjorie Peterson, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Oren and Celina Erickson, Larry and Tamara Tague, Mike and Pam Blaine, and Charlene Montgomery.

Living Life Over


Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 Veterans of Foreign Wars will host its 66th Annual Memorial Day Services beginning at 10 a.m. on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn on Monday, May 28th.  John Eggleston of Memphis will be the featured speaker at the event coordinated by VGW program Chairman Donnie Middleton.

Eggleston is a veteran of the Vietnam War.  The Scotland County graduate is active in the agriculture and ethanol industries.


Matthew Kliethermes is helping people remember their lost ones with his new creation, Remembrance Jewelry.

After losing three grandparents and an aunt within one year, Kliethermes said he began tinkering with the idea of a new jewelry style to remember his lost loved ones.  A friend of his aunt’s had created beaded rosaries for the aunt’s children.  The gift was made using dried flowers from her funeral.

His idea circulated by word of mouth and has now expanded beyond memorializing funeral flowers.


Julie Triplett, 8-year-old daughter of Bob and Sharon Triplett of Clark, won the second grade division of the Renick Spelling Bee.  Julie spelled against students from Moberly, Higbee, Centralia, Sturgeon, Renick and Cairo.

For her efforts Julie received a plaque and certificate.  Julie is in the second grade at Sturgeon Elementary.

Grandparents are Phil and Joyce Aylward and Lucille Triplett, and great-grandparents are Lee and Marjorie Aylward and Clarence and Macel Kiddoo, all of Memphis.


Paula Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Davis, was the 1986-1987 valedictorian of the SCR-1 High School graduating class.  Paula’s grade point average for her high school years is 10.916 on an 11.0 scale.

LaRon Beemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Beemer, was salutatorian, with a grade point average of 10.755.

Outstanding athletes, Mike Hyde and Jim Campbell captured many awards in athletics.  Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hyde and Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo V. Campbell.

FFA members, Mark Wiggins and Roger Erickson were selected as Area FFA Star Farmer and Area FFA Star Farmer Runner-up, respectively.  Mark is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Larry K. Wiggins.  Roger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oren Erickson.


It’s later than you think.  The annual Scotland County Fair is being planned and will be held this year July 20th through July 24th.

More details will be given later, but this year’s events planned include a demolition derby, car races, tractor pull, horse racing and a rodeo.

Officers of the fair board are Jerry Sears, President; Elmer Kirkpatrick, Vice President; Ruth Sears, Secretary; and Lyle Palmer, Treasurer.

Other members of the board are Steve Courtney, Gene Holt, Bill Camp, Darrell Drummond, Bill Patton, Gerald Brunk, Dean Smoot, Max Eggleston, and Paul Lancaster.


Officers are investigating an act of vandalism which occurred the past week.

The vandalism took the form of painting huge letters on the outside of the walls at the Memphis Lanes on the east side.

Obscenities were included on the painting.


George Davidson, who recently purchased the east section of the lot just north of the community home from Roy Harris, will construct a new modern service station which in turn will be leased to the Standard Oil Company who will furnish the personnel to man the station.

The project is to be completed in 90 days and the Whiston Construction Company is doing the work.  Work has begun on the project with preparations being made to pour the foundation.


The county court Monday ordered the following bridges and culverts repaired:

Culvert near Waterberry farm southwest of Killwinnig, a 24-inch tube east of the Dick McCoy farm, cement bridge near the Clyde Tippett farm, bridge near Decker farm, near Clark County line; an 18-inch tube near Leonard Jones farm, and a dirt fill near the bridge north of Henry Kent’s farm.

Memorial Day

Regardless of whether the federal holiday now observed on the last Monday in May is called Decoration Day or Memorial Day, or where it originated, it is a time for Americans to honor the memories and remember the sacrifices of those who died in the service of their country. Several cities in both the North and South claim to be the birthplace of the first Decoration Day. The origin of the national holiday is usually attributed to Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of Union veterans, who declared in 1868 that May 30 should be observed as Decoration Day, a day for the nation to decorate the graves of Civil War dead with flowers. After World War 1, the observance was expanded to include the dead of all wars. In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day. A ceremony in Waterloo on May 5, 1866 honored local war veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say that other observances were informal, not community-wide, or one-time events. In December 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. It encourages all Americans to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence, to remember and honor all those members of the armed forces who have died in the service of their country.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

LETA BELLE NORTON EWING (1/25/1926 -5/20/2017)

Leta Belle Norton Ewing age 91, of Rutledge, Missouri, passed away at Kirksville Manor Care on May 20, 2017, with her family by her side.  She was a lifelong resident of the Rutledge area and enjoyed living in her home until failing health required her to move to the nursing home in July, 2015.

Zella and Tom Norton, sister Elsie and brother Glen welcomed Leta into their family near Rutledge on January 25, 1926.  She attended Millport Elementary School and one year of high school in Rutledge.  She married Kenneth Eugene Ewing on January 18, 1948, and moved to a farm three miles southeast of Rutledge, where she was a housewife, mother and homemaker until they retired from farming in 1977 and moved to ‘town’.  Leta enjoyed keeping house, cooking and raising a large garden; her specialties were light rolls, cucumber pickles, fried potatoes and meat loaf, which her children and grandchildren enjoyed.  Meeting friends and having lunch at the store, as well as getting together with friends and neighbors and playing cards, were her favorite pastimes. Leta will be greatly missed by everyone.

Leta was proceeded in death by her parents; sister and brother; an infant son, Glen Edward, in July, 1951; husband, Kenneth Eugene, in October, 1978; and granddaughter, Linda Sue Ewing, in February, 2000.

Survivors include four children and their spouses,  Stanley and Victoria Ewing of Tulsa, OK; Harold Ewing and Kevin Wilcoxon of Indio, CA; Larry and Jeanie Ewing of Kirksville, MO; and Phyllis and Travis Miller of Kirksville, MO.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Michelle Ewing and Olivia Combs of La Plata, MO; Brian and Modeste Ewing, Madie and Cailin of Macon, MO; Carrie and Shawn Durant, John and Toby of Centralia, MO; John and Brittany Ewing of St. Charles, MO; Jean and Troy Davis, Landon, Andy, Ethan and Owen of Columbia, MO; and Kaitlyn Miller and Chase Miller of Kirksville, MO.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, with the Reverend Mike Wilson officiating.   Burial will be in the Pauline Cemetery at Rutledge.

Music will be provided by Brent Karhoff, soloist and Nancy Reardon, organist.  Selections will be Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Beyond The Sunset.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons and great-grandsons:  Brian Ewing, John Ewing, Shawn Durant, Troy Davis, Chase Miller, John Durant, Toby Durant, and Cailin Ewing.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kaitlyn Miller, Madie Ewing, Olivia Combs, Landon, Andy, Ethan and Owen Davis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, MO.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

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