May 24, 2012

Scholarship Winners Announced as Part of SCR-I Academic Awards Night

Kala Childress, a Senior at Scotland County R-1 High School, is the recipient of the Kathy Riebel Harrity Scholarship. Kala will be attending Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, MO, studying Ag Business. Kathy's family established this $1,000 memorial scholarship after she passed away from Inflammatory Breast Cancer in March of 2009. Kala is pictured with her parents, Chris & Billie Childress and Kathy's husband and daughter, Joel and Katelyn Harrity and mother, Jan Slayton.

Department awards, community honorees and scholarship recipients headlined the show Monday, May 14th at Scotland County R-I High School as the community joined together to salute the academic achievements of the 2011-2012 school year.

SCR-I instructors took to the stage to present departmental awards.

Carol McCabe presented business department awards to Shaye Wright, Brandon Monroe, Chris Smeltser, Katie Howard, and Jonathan Cabreza.

McCabe and Billie Lanham, who coached the district state-qualifying campus bowl team from Scotland County, recognized players Morgan Alexander, Megan Kice, Sophia Hoskinson, Josh Adams, Sadie Davis, Rachel Duzan, Renay Friendshuh, Josh Keller, Morgan Carleton, Chris Smeltser, Emily Ebeling, Leah Terrill, Brandon Monroe and Sammi Tobler.

The visual arts department awards were presented by Dustin Harper. She recognized student artists Shelby Eggleston, Tahnee Forquer, Anna Hirner, Dylan Arnold, Brittany Cochran, Laden Holt, Wyatt Kice, Logan Payne, Elizabeth Duzan, Renay Friendshuh, Mark Johnson, Logan Remley, Cory McKinney and Justin Girardin.

Counselor Brent Bondurant presented the Spanish department awards for instructor Ivonne Weigand. Rachel Duzan, Rebeka Kapfer and Sammi Tobler were honored in the Spanish I class. Spanish II awards went to Emily Ebeling and Derrick Muntz.

The Science department awards were handed out by Terri Slaughter. Ryan Branch, Jennifer Miller, Morgan Carleton and Bethany Rader were presented Chemistry I awards. Chemistry II honors went to Josh Keller and Kristine Reckenberg while Anatomy & Physiology awards went to Morgan Carleton and Derrick Muntz. The Zoology & Botany- award was presented to Elizabeth Duzan with Reckenberg and Carleton also earning honors in Physics.

Next up were the Social Studies awards presented by instructor Gary Hunziker.

Social Science awards went to Aaron Mallett, Rachel Duzan, Renay Friendshuh, Leah Terrill, Lorrin McBee, Randi Slaughter, Rowan Johnston, Will Masden, Brittany Cochran, Derrick Muntz, Alexis Dodge and Claire Shannan.

Throughout the evening a number of community group's recognized students' achievements and presented special awards.

Renay Friendshuh and Joseph Hite were honored as the Freshman Citizenship winners.

Emily Ebeling was recognized for being selected to attend the Missouri Scholars Academy and Brandon Monroe was acknowledged as the delegate for the Tri-County Electric Cooperatives Jefferson City leadership tour.

The H.O.B.Y. Leadership Award Nominee was Joshua Keller and alternate Jennifer Miller.

Hailey Dial and Chris Smeltser received the Danforth "I Dare You" Awards.

Missouri Government Outstanding Citizens Awards went to Lorrin McBee and Ryan Slayton.

Glory of Missouri Awards went to Knowledge- Josh Keller, Liberty- Loren Smith-Roberts, Equality- Christian Bradley, Law- Elizabeth Duzan, Justice- Drew Miller, Fraternity- Montelee Sally, Education- Kristine Reckenberg, Progress- Jordyn Doubet, Honor- Brock Bondurant, Truth- Jessica Morrow, Virtue- Courtney Jackson, Temperance- Derrick Muntz, Enterprise- Jennifer Miller, and Charity- Brandon Monroe.

Scotland County R-I Student Council sponsor Jenna Ketchum recognized the following officers: President- Loren Smith-Roberts; VP- Brock Bondurant; Sec.- Jennifer Miller Tres.- Lorrin McBee; senior reps. - Christian Bradley and Kala Childress, sophomore reps. Chris Smeltser and Emily Ebeling; junior reps Anna Hirner and Hailie Stone; and freshmen reps. Renay Friendshuh and Tristen Hilpert.

Perfect Attendance Awards were received by Alexis Dodge, Michael Howard, Kristine Reckenberg, Logan Remley, Chris Smeltser, and Cassandra VanDeVeire.

Tom O'Donnell presented A+ certificates to Brittany Cochran, Kiley Frazier, Ashton Briggs, Kelsey Enlow, Kelsey Justice, Cali Holt, Hilary Harris, Loren Smith, Kala Childress, Christian Bradley, Taylor Rader, Brock Bondurant, Andrew Mathes, Drew Miller, Derrick Muntz, Kristine Reckenberg, Courtney Jackson, Ben Shannan and Harley Stone.

The Missouri Scholars 100 award went to Kristine Reckenberg while the US Army Scholar Athletes were Elizabeth Duzan and Brock Bondurant.

D.A.R. Citizenship Award recipient was Loren Smith-Roberts, who also was honored as an America's Homecoming Queen Finalist.

The Tri-Rivers Conference academic awards went to students meeting GPA and activities requirements as well as earning a 22 or better on the ACT. Earning awards were Brock Bondurant, Elizabeth Duzan, Harley Stone and Loren Smith-Roberts.

Recognized as President's Education Awards winners were:

"Gold" Award Winners (80th percentile ACT score + 3.5 GPA) Elizabeth Duzan, Kristine Reckenberg, and Brock Bondurant; "Silver" Award Winners (80th% ACT OR 3.5 GPA) Kelsey Enlow, Loren Smith-Roberts, Kiley Frazier, Derrick Muntz, Drew Miller, Courtney Jackson, Cali Holt, William Masden, and Hilary Harris.

The George Washington Carver Awards (Top 10% GPA of Senior Class) went to Kristine Reckenberg, Kelsey Enlow and Elizabeth Duzan.

The Senior Citizenship and SC Fire Department Citizenship awards went to Derrick Muntz and Elizabeth Duzan. Senior Leadership awards went to Loren Smith-Roberts and Brock Bondurant while Smith-Roberts and Drew Miller earned Senior Activities Awards.

The night was capped off with a long list of scholarship winners.

The 4-H Council Scholarship of $125 went to Logan Payne.

Andy Clapp Memorial Scholarship of $500 went to Brock Bondurant.

Betty Jo Shibley-Banister Memorial Scholarship $470 went to Hilary Harris.

Community Bank of Memphis scholarship of $250 each went to Cali Holt and Bondurant.

The Deny Clatt Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Abby Clatt and Kiley Frazier.

Epsilon Iota of Beta Sigma Phi presented five $300 scholarships. Winners were Kristine Reckenberg, Derrick Muntz, Lexi Drummond, Brock Bondurant and Elizabeth Duzan.

Ben Shannan, Kelsey Enlow, Drew Miller and Kristine Reckenberg earned $250 scholarships courtesy of Farm Bureau.

The Gorin High School Alumni Scholarship went to William Masden.

Jason Rockhold Memorial Scholarship recipient was Kiley Frazier

The J.P. & Mary Childers Environmental Scholarship was awarded to Ben Shannan.

The Kathy Riebel Harrity Memorial $1,000 scholarship went to Kala Childress.

The Kegan Hunt Memorial Scholarship of $250 was presented to Brittany Cochran.

Loren Smith-Roberts was awarded the $1,000 Ken Cross Memorial Scholarship.

Leo & Arlean Paul Memorial Scholarship of $187 went to Harley Stone.

The MFA Foundation Scholarship for $2,000 was awarded to Derrick Muntz, who also earned the Memphis Funeral Home $300 scholarship.

The Michael Wagner Memorial Scholarship of $750 was presented to Ben Shannan

The $1,500 Patricia Hudnall Memorial Scholarship recipient was Kristen Reckenberg.

Chapter C P.E.O. presented $300 scholarships to Loren Smith-Roberts and Kelsey Enlow.

Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. presented $250 awards to Autumn Elliott and Brittany Cochran.

The Pheasants Forever Scholarship of $250 was won by Abby Clatt. She also earned the Ruth & Jesse Slavin Memorial Scholarship of $750.

Scotland County Hospital presented a $500 scholarship to Kelsey Enlow.

The Scott Childress Memorial Scholarship of $500 went to Drew Miller.

The Scotland County Antique Fair presented $250 scholarships to Kiley Frazier and Derrick Muntz.

The Scotland Rotary Club gave away six $500 scholarships. Recipients were Elizabeth Duzan, Kelsey Enlow, Kiley Frazier, Derrick Muntz, Logan Payne, and Kristine Reckenberg.

The Scotland County Teachers Fund scholarships ($250 each) went to Loren Smith and Christian Bradley.

The Ted Riney Memorial Scholarship of $200 was awarded to Drew Miller.

Christian Bradley, Elizabeth Duzan, Derrick Muntz, Kristine Reckenberg, and Harley Stone won the Travis Bissell Memorial scholarships.

The Tom Coffrin Memorial Scholarships of $200 each went to Kristine Reckenberg and Logan Payne

The Tucker-Bourn Memorial Scholarship of $370 was presented to Courtney Jackson.

US Bank Scholarships were awarded to Andrew Mathes and Ben Shannan.

The VFW Women's Auxilary awarded $125 each to Hilary Harris and Kiley Frazier.

The Wymon Lemmon Memorial Scholarship, which pays for books, supplies, and lab fees, went to Derrick Muntz.

Xi Theta Tau of Beta Sigma Phi presented $375 scholarships to Kiley Frazier, Derrick Muntz, Cali Holt and Courtney Jackson.

A number of college and university scholarships were also announced.

Brock Bondurant was offered the Coe College Presidential Scholarship $68,000 over 4 years; the Northwest MO State Univ.- Distinguished Scholar Award $2,500; the Missouri Achievement Scholarship. $1,000; Truman State University A+ Recognition Scholarship $500, Combined Ability Scholarship $3,000, & President's Honorary Scholarship $1,000; University of Missouri- Excellence Award $2,000; Rouse Journalism Scholarship $1,000.

Kelsey Enlow was offered the Trumann State University A+ $500, Combined Ability $2,000 scholarship; IHCC- Salutatorian Scholarship (Full Ride).

Loren Smith-Roberts was offered the Truman State University- A+ $500, Combined Ability $2,500, President's Leadership $800.

Kiley Frazier was offered the Northwest MO State Univ.- Tower Sch. $1,500, MO Achievement Sch $1,000; University Of Central Missouri- Red & Black sch. $2,000; MO Western State Univ.- Governor's Academic Sch. $1,500.

Ben Shannan was offered the Northwest MO State Univ- Freshman Merit Sch. $500.

Drew Miller was offered the MO Western State Univ.- Leadership Award $1,500, A+ Scholarship $1,500, Academic Scholarship $1,500.

Harley Stone was offered the Northwest Missouri State University- Tower Sch. $1,500/MO Ach. $1,500.

William Masden was offered an academic scholarship at Culver-Stockton College.

Kristine Reckenberg was offered the IHCC Val Victorian Scholarship (Full ride); and the St. Louis School Of Pharmacy $8,000 Presidential Scholarship.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

ADMISSIONS: 10/10/16 – Owen Nicholas Briggs, Memphis; Charles Burks, Sr., Wyaconda 10/11/16 – Stephanie Martin, Memphis; Lejric Martin, Memphis; Tyler Scott Ramer, Luray 10/13/16 – Finley Antal, Downing 10/16/16 – Willis Martin, Arbela; Tim Farley, Memphis 10/17/16 – Sheila Owings, Memphis; Shelbi Cline, Memphis 10/18/16 – Dominic L. Cline, Memphis; Vera Tague, Wyaconda; Morris Walker, Memphis 10/20/16 – Gracia Murphy, Keokuk, IA; Ruby Murphy, Keokuk, IA

DISMISSALS: 10/11/16 – Owen Nicholas Briggs, Memphis 10/12/16 – Lejric Martin, Memphis; Stephanie Martin, Memphis 10/14/16 -Finley Antal, Downing; Tyler S. Ramer, Luray 10/18/16 – Charles Burks, Sr., Wyaconda; Sheila Owings, Memphis 10/20/16 – Tim Farley, Memphis

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch,

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from October 13, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt.  Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Ebeling signed Court Orders- #16-2016 to 30-2016.

Dave Davison with NEMO Regional Planning visited with the Commissioners.

Irvin Oberholtzer talked with the Commissioners about Route Y road conditions.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from October 13, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, reported the funds formerly requested by the Pauline Cemetery Association have fully been expended for maintenance of the cemetery.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects and equipment with the Commission.

Tom Shannon called to inquire about purchasing rock for the Village of Granger.

Jonathan Reiff presented an updated nutrient management plan for a proposed CAFO.  A public hearing for consideration of the permit application was set for November 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Missouri State Auditor, Nicole Galloway, visited with Scotland County Elected Officials from 1:15 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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.

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