July 12, 2012

Honor Flight Helps Rogers Celebrate 4th of July

What was initially planned as a two-week vacation back in his old home state, turned into a trip of a life-time for a former Gorin resident who celebrated the most patriotic Fourth of July of his soon-to-be 66 years.

Adrian Rogers celebrated an early Independence Day in Washington D.C. courtesy of the Central Missouri Honor Flight.

He traveled with more than 60 fellow servicemen from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

"I was planning a two-week stay in Missouri, when my sister, Miriam told me the Honor Flight would coincide with my visit," Rogers stated. "She contacted the director, told him that I was neither a WWII, or Korean War, or Vietnam War veteran, but a terminally ill Vietnam era vet, suffering from ALS."

On one of the group's biggest trips of the year, there just happened to be one seat left for Rogers.

"I was the final one selected to fill the flight," he confessed.

Honor Flight #19 left Columbia at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3. After a day-long trip to Washington, DC, to visit the memorials dedicated to their service, the Honor Flight rolled into the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott motel in Columbia at 12:50 AM on Wednesday, July 4th.

"We had an awesome, but tiring 24 hours together," said Rogers. "We toured many monuments, the White House, Pentagon and my favorite, the Iwo Jima Memorial."

The veterans were treated to a special mail call, which included letters of support and encouragement.

"They meant so much to me," said Rogers.

The written sentiments were backed up by rumbles of motors and cheers from hundreds and hundreds of supporters that came in out in the wee hours on the 4th to welcome home the veterans.

"Arriving back in Columbia, we were escorted by 935 motorcycles," Rodgers proclaimed. "That's right, 935."

The caravan was escorted down I-70 by Missouri state highway patrolmen as the interstate was lined by thousands of cheering spectators and motorists flashing their lights and honking horns in support.

"It was the high point of my life," Rogers said. "I thank all of you for being a part of it. Thank you so much. The Honor Flight program gives all veterans-one more TOUR with HONOR.

Adrian, who celebrated his 66th birthday on July 6th, got an early present, when close friend Nancy Platz, and her husband Larry, made the trip to Columbia to help welcome the group home.

"It was a wonderful adventure for Larry and myself - beyond wonderful," said Nancy. "I had never been involved in an honor flight but now I wish to certainly get more involved. It was so emotional so many times."

Central Missouri Honor Flight, an all-volunteer organization that began in 2009, has safely flown 1,021 mid-Missouri veterans to see their war memorials in our nation's capital, including several Scotland County veterans.





Vietnam War veteran Adrian Rogers, second from left, returned from his trip to tour war memorials in Washington, D.C. His mother, Carol Rogers; his best friend, Nancy Platz, and Nancy's husband, Larry Platz, welcomed him at Courtyard by Marriott on Wednesday. Photo by JIAXI LU/Missourian


Veterans Return to Columbia after Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.



reprinted with permission from the July 4, 2012 edition of the Missourian
BY Xinrui Zhu
COLUMBIA - Adrian Rogers was the last person approved to take part in the Central Missouri Honor Flight that returned to Columbia on the Fourth of July.
Rogers lives in Florida, but he flew to Columbia as soon as he found out he was able to join the 19th Honor Flight. His mother and sister lived in Columbia, and his sister got him hooked up to go on this flight.
Although Rogers, a Vietnam era veteran, has serious health issues, he has wanted to participate in the Honor Flight ever since his sister told him about the program.
"It was an opportunity that I could not pass up," Rogers said.
More than 900 people waited outside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel early Wednesday morning for the homecoming ceremony for Rogers and 63 other veterans as they returned from their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
The group of veterans arrived at the hotel shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. They had spent Tuesday touring war memorials in Washington.
More than 950 motorcycles led the bus carrying the veterans back to the hotel. As each member of the Honor Flight stepped off the bus, an announcer read his name, and the audience applauded and cheered.
Although it was well past midnight, children waved flags with their families, and older people stood with their walkers, holding banners and greeting boards to express their appreciation for the veterans.
"We drove over two hours to get here," said Nancy Platz, a friend of Rogers. "He does not know I am here. I cannot wait to surprise him and tell him we came here to be with him."
Platz is from a military family. Her husband is a Vietnam War veteran, and her father and father-in-law were World War II veterans. Her son has just returned from serving in Afghanistan.
But seeing the return of the Honor Flight was a first for Platz.
"This is new for me, and it means a lot to me and my family," Platz said.
When Platz arrived at the hotel at 10 p.m., there were already people setting up for the celebration. She gave out red, white and blue lollipops to people who were waiting to honor their heroes. She had also made a sign that read "Our hero - Adrian Rogers, we love you!"
At 1:50 a.m., the veterans arrived. Rogers, who is a wheelchair user, was escorted by his mother, Carol Rogers, off the bus. He saluted the crowd outside the bus, and a smile lit up his face when people cheered for him.
Still smiling, Rogers was approached by Platz, who surprised him with a hug.
"We thank Columbia for opening up their arms and doing this," Platz said. "This is the greatest thing I have ever taken part in."
Ralph Dobbs, who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, stood in front of the hotel to greet the returning veterans. He wore his original World War II uniform and saluted each veteran as he stepped off the bus. He has been the official greeter for the Honor Flight since the program's first flight in 2009.
"It is a celebration for freedom of America, and it is a special recognition of their service to the defense of our country," Dobbs said.
The Central Missouri Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization, and since it began the program has flown 1,021 veterans to see the war memorials in Washington.
"It is just overwhelming," said John Rhein, a World War II veteran who returned on Wednesday. "Today reminds me that two of my high school friends got killed in World War II. I came to the Honor Flight to pay honor to them."
One of the volunteers, Katie Roberson, cried when she saw family members hug the veterans exiting the bus.
Roberson has volunteered to help set up the homecoming ceremony since 2010. She started volunteering after successfully encouraging her husband and father to go to the Honor Flight.
"It is my life to support them," Roberson said. "My whole family is in the military."
Roberson's husband, Jim Roberson, was a pilot for the Missouri National Guard for 20 years. Her eldest son was in the Navy for six years, and her middle son is currently in the Missouri National Guard.
"I want to teach the young ones that they need to put their hands over their heart when they see the veterans," Roberson said. "We want everybody in America to be proud of what they did."

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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 moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

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 colin@kellypressinc.com.

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.

BABY FUNK

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.

BABY KEEFE

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.

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