February 16, 2012

Warm Your Neighbor Program Gives $100,000 Back to Community

Over the past 4 years, B&B Propane's Warm Your Neighbor (WYN) program has been providing assistance with heating costs to families who take pride and responsibility in paying their bills on time but suddenly can't because of an unexpected setback. Individuals, businesses, even local schools have shown their support by donating to WYN and with B&B Propane's match on every donation, the WYN program has been able to give back over $100,000 to families in our community.

To date over 200 families have received assistance from the WYN program. "Thank you does not seem like enough to express what WYN has done for us. This will not be forgotten by us or our families" is just one of the many heartfelt thank you's the company has received. The WYN program is available in all 16 counties in which B&B Propane services.

WYN is funded solely through donations and 100% of all money donated to WYN, including B&B Propane's matches, is donated to families in need. The costs to operate the program are fully paid for by B&B Propane, not from any donation dollars. "As long as there is a need for assistance and we continue to receive support and donations from the community, the WYN program will exist" says WYN program director Theresa Taylor.

B&B Propane is based in Houghton, Iowa, with additional offices located in Denmark, Donnellson, Eldon, Pulaski, and Mt. Pleasant. They provide service in 16 counties across Southeast Iowa and Northeast Missouri.

If you would like more information about B&B Propane's Warm Your Neighbor (WYN) program you can visit their website at http://www.warmyourneighbor.com or call Theresa at 319-469-4321, ext. 222

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Routes in Scotland County

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing the following work route in Scotland County. Please see the dates and locations below.

Scotland County Route N will be closed from Scotland County Route H to CRD 712 for culvert work on March 25th. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

Scotland County Route U will be closed from Scotland County Route A to CRD 113 for culvert work on March 27th. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Board of Education Approves Purchase of Four New 2020 School Buses

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  President Christy Aylward called the meeting to order with seven members present.          

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the agenda. 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda: February 14th, 2019 regular meeting minutes; Approve Procedural Evaluations – School Facilities and Grounds; District Safety Program; Gifted Program; District Technology Program; and Media Centers/Libraries; Approve Updated Sub List; Approve Overnight Requests as follows: FCCLA, FBLA, Girls Varsity Basketball trip in June; Approve Extended Holiday

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported, year to date, the district is on target for local, state, and federal revenues. 

“We have received 80% of our budgeted revenue and spent 61% of our budgeted expenditures,” he reported.

Thus far, the district’s total revenues are $5,280,373.55 and current expenditures are $4,186,225.78, creating a current surplus of $1,094,147.77 for the fiscal year. 

“The current fiscal year surplus is mostly due to receiving our local taxes in January,” said Bergeson.  “This surplus will begin to offset as we progress towards the end of the fiscal year in the month of June.  We will continue to monitor the legislative session and its effect on state funding.”

Bus Bids

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Midwest Transit Equipment for four 2020 International buses at $303,769.00, purchasing the 71 passenger bus in 2020 and leasing the remaining three buses with a 3-year lease from Bank of Kirksville.

Insurance Rates

The board voted 7-0 to approve the 13.5% increase for insurance benefits through the Educators Benefits Association and to offer three options for the employees to choose from.

Track Bids

The Board moved to advertise for All Weather Track Bids.

Summer School

The board voted 7-0 to approve the district summer school proposal.  Summer school will offer credit recovery, math and reading enrichment.  High school credit recovery will run for a total of ten days and elementary summer school will run for a total of fourteen days during the summer of 2019.  Summer school will tentatively begin May 28 and conclude on June 14.

April Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to schedule the April Board Meeting for Thursday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Executive Session

In Executive session the board voted to approve the following:

February 14, 2019 closed session minutes

Hire Jeremy Austin as 7-12 Physical Education Teacher

Hire Jeremy Austin as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Hire Logan Doty as Junior High Social Studies Teacher

Hire non-tenured teachers – Allison Amidei, Chasity Black, Rachel Burke, Troy Carper, Amber Cochenour,  Megan Creek, Melissa Hamm, Scott Hathaway, Jennifer Kauth, Victoria Kiger, Jayme Mallett, Jessica McBee, Kody McCluskey, Michael Moore, Emilee Morton, Chanel Oliver, Nathaniel Orr, Rod Sears, Cali Smith, Sandra Swearingen, Trenton Tallman, and Jenna Ward.

Hired Jessica McBee (Rhonda McBee was absent)

Hired the following half time Title I Math Teacher: Lynnette Dyer 7-0

The board voted 7-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

Graveside Services for Carolyn S. (Martin) Paris

Carolyn S. (Martin) Paris, 70, of Waldorf. Maryland died March 10, 2019.  Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Maryland.  Graveside services will be held 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Memphis Cemetery.  She was the daughter of Oral Glen and Faye Grawboski Martin.   Memphis Funeral Home is assisting the family.   

MARY ANN (CINDY) SCHAEFER (1/16/1929 – 3/11/2019)

Mary Ann (Cindy) Schaefer of Leawood, KS, formerly of Memphis, MO, was born January 16, 1929, in St. Louis, MO, at the Missouri Baptist Hospital to Frank Richard and Marie (Kramper) Steinhauser. She passed away March 11, 2019, at Homestead of Leawood, KS, at the age of 90.

Cindy attended St. Paul’s Grade School in Pine Lawn, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, until third grade. Her family then moved to Normandy, MO, where she finished grade school at St. Ann’s. She attended high school at Incarnate Word Academy, graduating in 1947.

Cindy was united in marriage to Dr. Joseph H. (Bud) Schaefer on May 1, 1948, at St. Ann’s Church in Normandy. After their marriage, they moved to Mexico, MO, to begin Doc’s chiropractic practice. They then relocated to Edina, MO, in 1950, before making Memphis their permanent home in 1952. They celebrated 44 wonderful years together. She was a busy housewife raising six children. She later worked with her dear friend Janice Tippett at The Villa dress shop in Memphis and also helped her husband with his practice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, brother Kenneth Steinhauser, and a  grandson, Jeremy Schaefer.

Cindy was a homemaker and generously gave of her time in volunteering for various community organizations including Meals-on-Wheels, Red Cross Bloodmobile and county elections. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and St. John’s Ladies Guild, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Memphis Country Club. 

She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards with her bridge club, exercising with the ladies at the rec center and golfing with her beloved husband. She also loved walking with her precious dog, Snoopy. Cindy was a loving and supportive wife, a wonderful mother and doting grandmother who loved spending time with her family.

Cindy raised six strong and grateful children: Dave (Beth) Schaefer of Kirksville, MO; Mark (Mickey) Schaefer of Oro Valley, AZ; Rick (Wendy) Schaefer of Fort Meyers, FL; Kate Walker (Rod Day) of Shawnee, KS; Steve Schaefer of Kansas City, MO; and Kim (Greg) Wheeler of Lone Jack, MO, and was cherished by her grandchildren: Stephanie Wagner of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mitch Walker of Shawnee, KS; Megan (Jake) Fain of Kansas City, MO; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; a niece, Sandy O’Fallon, of Chesterfield, MO, cousins and a host of friends.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus

   Breakfast

Thursday, March 21 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, March 22 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, March 25 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Cinnamon Applesauce, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, March 26 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Wed., March 27 – Flapjack on a Stick, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, March 28 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

   Lunch

Thursday, March 21 – Chili Soup, Chicken and Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Friday, March 22 – Walking Taco, Fish “N” Cheese Sandwich, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, March 25 – Ham and Beans/Cornbread, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, March 26 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Popcorn Chicken, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Mar. 27 – Meatloaf, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Scalloped Potatoes, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, March 28 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

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Thursday, March 21 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, March 22 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut Butter Dessert

Monday, March 25 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, March 26 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wed., March 27 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 28 – Tuna Mac Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, March 20 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 – Scotland County Health Department blood pressure checks here today.  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 – “Movin” On Group meeting here at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Reflects on The First Half of the 2019 Legislative Session

As the new state senator reflecting the 18th Senatorial District, the first half of the 2019 legislative session has truly been a productive and insightful experience. Over the course of the past 10 weeks, my colleagues and I in the Missouri Senate have reviewed numerous legislative proposals. The Missouri Senate has discussed several bills addressing emergency communication services, tort reform, education and transportation. I’ve learned that the legislative process takes time; It is our job as legislators to pass legislation that makes Missouri a more attractive place to live, work and raise a family.

Below are several bills the Missouri Senate passed during the first half of 2019 legislative session.

Senate Bill 291 modifies state law relating to 911 communication services across the state. If signed into law, this bill aims to provide additional support for all emergency services throughout Missouri.

Senate Bill 7 attempts to put an end to out-of-state plaintiffs clogging up in Missouri’s judicial system in search of large legal settlements. Data shows that there have been more than 13,000 tort litigation cases filed in St. Louis, where only 1,035 are from Missouri and only 242 cases involve St. Louis residents. These are the kind of civil cases that clog up our judicial system and make it harder for common Missourians to have their case heard in court.

Senate Bill 38 clarifies the relationship between a franchisee and a franchisor. A franchisee is typically a small business operating under the brand name of the franchisor. The franchisor is a larger enterprise that focuses on product development, brand management and marketing. The relationship between the two has always been considered separate, unless the franchisor exercised direct control over the franchise. This all changed in 2015 when a federal board blurred this relationship and made the ruling that put franchises at risk for actions of the franchisor. This legislation clarifies the relationship between the two in hopes of protecting the franchises from being held liable for the actions of the franchisor.

After spring break, my colleagues and I are tasked with our only constitutional responsibility, passing a balanced state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. As we review each state department’s request, it is important that we make sure they are efficiently and effectively spending our tax dollars.

Transportation:
With the failure of Proposition D this November, there have been numerous proposals discussed in the State Capitol on how to fund our state’s infrastructure needs. It’s no secret, Missouri’s roads and bridges are below adequate and are in need of repair. However, no one seems to be in agreement on how to provide additional funding for our state’s aging infrastructure. As our state budget continue to grow, I believe we must make fiscally responsible decisions when it comes to addressing this issue. I look forward to a productive dialogue on this issue, with the hope of finding a funding source solution to our transportation infrastructure needs.

Education:
Education is a vital economic driver for our state and plays a critical role in the future of Missouri’s workforce. With this in mind, Senate Bill 160 aims to help students attend a school that is best suited for their needs. Taxpayers who donate to the program will be eligible for a tax credit equal to 85 percent of their donation. This is an interesting proposal and I look forward to discussing it further with my colleagues during the second half of the legislative session.

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns. Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-7985. You may also email me at cindy.olaughlin@senate.mo.gov.

District 4 Report – Rep Greg Sharpe

I and the other members of the House Budget Committee have worked long hours during the course of the session to craft a fiscally responsible state spending plan. Finally we have concluded months of work by finalizing the appropriations bills that will make up the Fiscal Year 2020 state operating budget. When we return from our annual break on March 25, the House will work to approve all the appropriations bills and send them to the Senate so that both chambers are on track to complete the budget by the May 10 deadline.

When we bring up the budget plan on the floor, it’s important to note that any changes made to the budget must remain revenue positive or revenue neutral. If a member wants to add money to a specific area of the budget, he or she must first find another area of the budget from which the funds can be transferred. There is no way to simply add funding to a particular program without first cutting it from somewhere else in the budget. This process ensures the budget remains in balance.

As the budget comes to the House floor it leaves approximately $133 million on the bottom line for FY2020 supplemental expenses. Funding highlights include:

Education:

$61 million increase to fully fund the school foundation formula at more than $3.94 billion

$3 million increase for Parents As Teachers program

$5 million increase for transportation expenses for local school districts

$700,000 increase to bring funding for school safety grants to $1 million

$1 million of spending approved to make improvements to the Missouri School for the Blind

Funding of Missouri scholarships

The newly proposed workforce development scholarship (Fast Track funded at $18 million)

$500,000 increase for A+ Scholarships

Nearly $1 million increase for Access Missouri Scholarships

$11 million to perform maintenance and repairs at Missouri colleges and universities

Funding of higher education workforce development initiatives (MoExcels projects = $17 million)

$8.5 million to support adult high schools

Infrastructure and Economic Development:

$100 million for statewide bridge repairs (according to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program)

$8 million for major water reservoir projects

$440,000 to initiate new plant industries program (industrial hemp)

$30 million to fund the governor’s One Start initiative

$300,000 for the new Missouri Military Community Reinvestment Program

Funding and transfers to reorganize the Department of Economic Development across DHE, DNR, DIFP, and lieutenant governor’s office

$13.5 million of Volkswagen settlement funds appropriated to clean air projects and grants

$6.4 million for port projects along Missouri rivers

Miscellaneous:

$5 million for alternatives to jail program (pre-trial electronic monitoring to save counties and the state millions in prisoner per diem costs)

$9 million in rebased rates for developmental disability providers (improving access to services)

$1 million to start an Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes (ECHO) for autism

$153,000 to fund the Time Critical Diagnosis Unit inside the Department of Health & Senior Services

$1.1 million to fund juvenile justice offices (in Kansas City & St. Louis) operated by the State Public Defenders Office

Consolidation of two prisons in Northwest Missouri

Savings of prison closure to fund critically needed pay plan adjustments for Department of Corrections personnel

$23 million of new general revenue spending to pick up the loss of federal funds that previously supported critical mental health programs at certified community behavioral health clinics

1.5% rate increases to Medicaid providers (returning to FY17 reimbursement levels)

Thank you for reading my capitol report. I am honored to represent you.

Ides of March

The ides of March are upon us. The winds continue to blow. I think most everyone is anxious for the March winds and a few sunny days to firm up the country roads. If we could only recover all the rock from the grader ditches and magically blade those roads even when they are super muddy. 

Last Monday was a perfect day, sunny and no wind. Enjoyable for the birds and also for all of us who needed a bit to get outside. Have we any bluebirds in the distance.  I have had a few show up and noticed Robins in my yard.  Yay. Surely some warmer weather will be coming soon. 

My feeders have been busy this week with Black Capped Chickadees, American Gold Finches, a few Juncos, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Hairy and Downy woodpeckers, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Bluejays and of course a few house sparrows thrown in the mix.

The Chickadees are fun to watch. I have had more of them this winter than any other. They are fast and have some neat moves. They usually come to the feeder, get a seed and take off to the shrubs and eat there. They have a scolding call and neat to hear it. They are fairly tame and will not fly easily.  They will chatter while you are in the yard nearby.

They nest in cavities of trees and some nest boxes. They often incorporate moss and animal fur into their nests, which the female builds. Parental behavior during egg laying includes some mate-guarding, and “courtship” feeding is particularly prominent in response to the broken dee songs. Their eggs are white with a few brown spots splashed on the white.  Their incubation is 12-13 days.  Both members of the pair will excavate a nest cavity in rotten wood, or enlarge an abandoned woodpecker cavity. 

You may find one of their nests in one of your bluebird houses. Your decision to leave it might be quite entertaining. The majority of my problems comes from tree swallows, sparrows and wrens.  Of course, I have a lot of trouble with raccoons, which last year seems worse than normal.  It’s hard to combat those pesky critters. 

Hope you are enjoying watching the last of the winter feeding birds.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

Knox County Rallies Late to Hand SCR-I First Conference Campus Bowl Defeat

In a game of spurts, Knox County had the last big run to hand Scotland County its first conference defeat in campus bowl action on March 14th.

SCR-I jumped out to the early lead, as Jacob Kapfer answered a pair of toss up questions and Morgan Blessing also beat the competition to the buzzer to help build a 110-50 lead after just six questions.

The Tigers cooled off after that, managing just 10 points the rest of the first half. That allowed Knox County to pull ahead 140-120 at the break.

The margin swelled to 200-130 before SCR-I mounted a rally. Kapfer answered a pair of toss up questions and Adam Slayton also rang in for a pair of wins. He answered the toss up on question 23 and SCR-I nailed all three bonus questions to knot the score at 220-220 with just three questions remaining.

Knox County got the next two toss ups and built a 260-230 lead. SCR-I had one last chance as Slayton got the final toss up, but the Tigers were unable to score any of the bonus questions and Knox County held on for the 260-240 win.

Kapfer answered five toss ups to lead SCR-I and Slayton had three.

The SCR-I junior varsity dispatched Knox County 230-110. Zac Behrens led the way answering six toss up questions and Anna Triplett answered three.

The SCR-I varsity rebounded in the double header action, posting a 360-90 victory over Marceline. Slayton answered eight toss up questions in the win and Conner Harrison and Kapfer each answered three.

The SCR-I JV made it a clean sweep with a 280-70 win over Marceline. Triplett led the way answering seven toss ups and Behrens answered six.

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