December 12, 2013

Shopko Hometown Foundation Launches 'Help Us Give Back' in Support of Local School Districts

This holiday season, as shoppers seek the ideal gift for their loved ones, Shopko Hometown Foundation is giving back to the Hometown communities it is privileged to serve. For every signature Shopko Hometown in Memphis receives between December 1 and December 24, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will make a $1 donation to Scotland County School District (up to $2,000 per store) as part of its Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 181 store locations across the country. Customers can sign their name once a day, every day to show their support; no donation or purchase is required.

“At Shopko Hometown, we understand that schools are the center of our community, so it is crucial that they receive assistance to maintain the standard of excellence our community members have come to expect,” said Rhonda Elenbaas, Shopko Hometown store manager. “The Help Us Give Back campaign is an easy and free way for local residents to raise money for their schools. Given our community’s strong commitment to its children, I fully expect we will quickly reach 2,000 signatures in our store well before the December 24th deadline.”

The Shopko Hometown Foundation is proud of Shopko’s roots as a retail health and optical care provider. To maximize its impact, the Foundation has a narrow focus on areas of giving that support the health of Shopko customers, teammates and communities. Recognizing that education is fundamental to an individual’s health and functionality in society, the Foundation has developed the Help Us Give Back program to provide critical support to schools across the country, while raising awareness to the budgetary challenges many districts face.

To achieve its vision, the Shopko Hometown Foundation believes in supporting community projects, with funds raised supporting established non-profit organizations with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, vital programs or innovative new organizations and programs supported by established non-profits or successful leadership. If all 181 stores reach the 2,000 signature goal, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will have donated more than $360,000 to school districts across America.

The Secret Is in the Crust

Just one of the many fine pies up for auction at the Black Mesa support fundraising event. Photo by Alline.

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I’m feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much of my weekly work and responsibilities are computer-based, mixed with a child-like anticipation of widespread and long-lasting power outages, as such things usually result in an unexpected break from responsibility, school, work, and so on. So much of nature’s beauty is shared with the awesome power of wind, snow, rain, or ice. So I’m hedging my bets, looking forward to some cozy extra time off with my kids, but writing this column a bit early so it can be transmitted while the electrons are still flowing freely.

As I’m sitting trying to weave the events of the past week into a coherent (or at least readable) narrative, I keep coming back to the notion of destruction and beauty as two sides of the same coin, as that dichotomy seems to flow through much of what has been going on lately, at least for me.

First up is the culmination of nearly a year of meetings relating to the membership of a long-time Rabbit. Fortunately such questions don’t come up very often, because they are always extremely hard, emotionally, legally, and logistically. After an extensive community process, we acted to revoke the membership of an individual for whom many of us still hold strong feelings of care and concern. This is the destructive side of the coin for me, making a decision with significant negative impact, not only for that individual but for a portion of our community as well. The challenge this presents to ongoing relationships, perspectives, and emotions is not minor.

So what’s on the beauty side? Well, I’d like to think that we have learned some lessons and gained insight on how to act earlier, allowing for better outcomes. I also saw a lot of care and concern for folks who were totally burned out on the subject, and were literally unable to continue if action wasn’t taken. Letting go of my attachment to everyone getting what they need, even after it was clearly impossible, was super challenging, and yet I feel that I’ve learned to see the beauty in both exhausting all possibilities AND in acting more quickly, so that folks can move on in whatever ways they need.

And in another example, after years of nursing the Milkweed Mercantile as an LLC, Alline and Kurt have joyfully participated in the re-birthing of the Milkweed Mercantile as a worker-owned cooperative business. The collective energy of this cooperative cannot be denied. The Mercantile is now open daily, from 8 a.m. for coffee, to 6 p.m. for last call at the bar, and has a robust series of workshops and events scheduled for 2017, which you can find on the website at (click on “All Workshops”).

One of the joys of bartending on Pizza Night (every Thursday from 5-9 p.m.), is visiting with neighbors from the surrounding area. A number of folks from Memphis and beyond were in this week, and it was a delight to catch up on the news of whose kids were where, doing what, and what their plans were following college graduation, to say nothing of wedding plans and party favors.

The Mercantile staff was also treated to many creative ideas for other ways to bring in business (raise your hands for Taco Tuesday!) or broaden our pizza specials (Jambalaya anyone?). If you have opinions, we’d certainly love to hear them. (And yes, I am a member of the Mercantile Co-op, so you must pardon this shameless plug… But wait, there’s more!) The Mercantile also now has the capability for professional-grade karaoke, so if you’re in the mood give us a call and we’ll see what we can schedule.

OK, that was the bright side of the coin; now for the darker side. Much like the membership issue I talked about earlier, CAFOs are a complex beast of a topic to discuss. There are so many different values wrapped up in such a small acronym. Everything from supporting family farms and maintaining a way of life, to climate change and environmental impact, to ethical treatment of other sentient beings: nothing about CAFOs is easy. To talk about, to build and run, to constrain or regulate, you name it, it ain’t easy.

Scotland County’s current health ordinance governing CAFOs was fraught with conflict and high emotion when it was instituted several years ago (replacing an older, repealed ordinance). I know there are differing opinions about whether a proposed CAFO just outside of Rutledge is in conflict with this ordinance, both in terms of the spirit and the letter of the law. It has been illuminating for me to hear differing opinions even at Dancing Rabbit, as different folks hold different aspects of this complexity more strongly. I am hoping to see the beautiful side of this coin, in bridging conversations and attempts to really understand seemingly-contrary viewpoints. We are neighbors, many are friends, and we all have to live together in proximity. We can’t thrive in an environment of invective and mistrust. So what to do? The Mercantile will be scheduling a conversation in the coming months, and I hope that we can set our personal fears aside sufficiently to shift the conversation from one of “you or me” to “us”. Stay tuned.

This ice-storm naturally has me thinking about climate change, and how unusual such an event is for a normal January deep-winter. I’d expect 40-below-zero windchill with blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures, at least overnight. But not rain, for heaven’s sake! This is a March threat, not January. The recent pipeline protests come to mind, and the need to keep fracked gas from the Baaken formations underground, rather than in the atmosphere. But that’s only the most recent development in the energy sector. It has been upsetting for me to learn about the 40-plus year callous and dehumanizing efforts of Peabody Energy in the coal fields out west, specifically on the Native American lands of the Hopi and Navajo. Destruction of habitat. Destruction of a way of life. Destruction of an ancient indigenous culture. For coal, one of the dirtiest power sources there is, and which must be kept in the ground if we are to survive the next seven generations. And yet, here I am writing this column after dark while my solar panels are dead. Augh! It’s so hard to balance between wants and needs!

The bright side of this particular coin are the many actions folks are taking to block and halt destructive projects, and bring these issues into the light of public awareness. I strongly believe that no one actively wishes harm on another, and once the realities of our collective actions are known, we have the power to make different choices. This is not to say that everyone gets what they want, or that a path can be found to meet all needs, but that, to the extent that we can make decisions with full awareness, we will make better choices.

Therefore I have deep gratitude for the work of some of our friends and neighbors at Sandhill Farm, who are working to support the elders of the Diné (Navajo) community at Black Mesa, where Peabody Energy has been actively working to dismantle and relocate the community in order to access the coal beneath ancestral lands. And gratitude for pie, because… pie. The Sandhillians held a pie tasting/auction fundraiser this week to help fund their annual trip to Black Mesa to support the elders of that community who are resisting relocation. Who among you would voluntarily surrender your land, or move away from the only way of life you have known for generations, so that some faceless corporate entity could strip-mine your hills and valleys, destroying all trace of your ancestry, and poisoning the very land so that even your great-grandchildren could never return? This is not small stuff. We can talk about energy policy or domestic energy security until we’re blue in the face, and not overcome these underlying fundamental facts. Well, that got dark. And fast. Hmmm… back to pie.

There was key lime, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, bourbon pecan, and even grape pie available for bidding. (Grape pie? I hear you ask. As a native of the upstate New York Finger Lakes region, I can answer that grape pie is a highly-anticipated annual delicacy there. Generally made from Concord grapes, although Catawba is also a frequent contender, there are innumerable contests for the best of the best, much like barbecue seems to be around these parts.) To my great good fortune, nobody bid on my grape pie offering, so I brought it back home where it was happily consumed for breakfast. (Hey, it was fruit! Don’t judge.) Overall, sufficient funds were raised to cover the expenses of this year’s service trip to Black Mesa: such is the power of pie. For those of you who didn’t already get the clue from the headline: the secret is in the crust.

If you have the curiosity (and bandwidth), take a look at this link to learn more about the seriousness of this conflict, and the incredible beauty of this land and culture that is under severe threat of extinction. Consider how you would feel, how you would react, how you would survive, if you were deemed to be of lesser value than the resources you sit upon. How would you balance these wants and needs?

Speaking of balancing wants and needs, there are fewer stark reminders of the differences we hold as Americans than the recent presidential election. Again, a situation fraught with complexity upon complexity, with too many competing needs and wants to grasp in their entirety. I know that I grasp at the things I CAN understand as an anchor, or as a point of reference. I welcome alternative viewpoints, but can’t truly bridge to others unless there is enough commonality for me to feel like I am seen and understood, even if there isn’t agreement. I suspect that is common among most humans. So the bright side of that coin is that we CAN bridge. We CAN understand one another. We CAN find some sliver of common ground from which we can work together for the benefit of all humanity.

Here’s the secret in the crust: oil and water, un-mixable ingredients, combine to create the delicious flaky goodness that makes the pie. There are other aspects to be sure: salt, maybe a touch of lemon or cinnamon, amendments that complement or draw out the essence of the filling. But it is the crust that makes the pie. Pasty and soggy, or dry and burnt, are no good, no matter what it’s filled with.

I’ll be blunt. I have issues with Donald Trump, and what I anticipate from his administration. I understand others’ frustrations with the status quo and feelings of being left behind or left out, and I’m not pretending that things have been perfect. But here’s the thing: dark side/bright side. Language of division and blame vs. language of inclusiveness, forgiveness, and love. And I suspect we each ascribe the positive aspects to ourselves, and the negative to others. So how do we meet? How do we reach out to each other? How do we heal these artificial divides, when we all want to be seen and heard and understood?

I don’t have a glib answer. But I do have an offering. I am hosting an inauguration day celebration that will focus on the things that uplift us and bring us together. No, it will not be focused on the president-elect, the individual. Rather it will be about acceptance, love, and redemption. Please join me if you are able. I will be hosting a “Concert for America” watch party at the Milkweed Mercantile, on Friday, January 20th from 2-5 p.m. The bar will be open, snacks will be available, and lively conversation will be present. Help me see you, as I hope you will see me.

And remember, the secret is in the crust.


How many of us weary hearing about that upcoming ice storm of last weekend.  We can’t stop Mother Nature. Ice is not good, but it’s winter.

I for one, am ready to see my hummingbirds. May can’t come fast enough. I have been lacking colorful birds at my feeders this winter and will enjoy it when I can get outside, see green grass and watch the hummingbirds.

I know some stores are getting their garden supplies in so they really should have some hummingbird feeders on the shelves. I stick with the all plastic version, and cheapest most versatile. I like to definitely have perches,  it makes it so much easier for them to relax a moment before whizzing away.

Hummingbirds will drink from virtually any container as long as it contains fresh sugar water.  Better quality feeders are made of bullet proof plastic, but also have a bullet proof price. I still recommend the Walmart feeders, and replace them every two or three years.

Bees and wasps are frequent pests at hummingbird feeders, guzzling the solution and even driving the birds away.  The safest and most humane way to deal with pesky flying insects is to avoid attracting them in the first place by selecting a feeder designed to resist insects. Bees and wasps can’t reach as far into the feeder ports as hummingbirds can, and a feeder that keeps the liquid level out of reach is likely to be ignored by them, unless it leaks.

Yellow is a popular color for insect-pollinated flowers, and while it is attractive on a feeder it may attract unwanted attention. All red feeders are less likely to be noticed by bees and wasps than those with yellow parts, and hummingbirds are smart enough to locate the ports without this obvious visual cue, so steer away from the feeders with yellow around the port or simply remove it after purchase.

If you want to attract more birds, get two or three feeders instead of a large one. You should replace the nectar every two or three days to protect your hummers from fermented food. The best food for them is one part granulated white table sugar to four parts ordinary tap water. The only sugar to use is granulated white table sugar. Start with good clear water. I think these tips are good ones for the success of your feeding season.

Until next time, good bird watching.

Happy Red Hatters Meet in Memphis

The hostesses for Happy Red Hatters of Downing, MO were Barbara Blessing and Betty Anderson. We met January 12, 2017 for lunch at Sweet Treats in Memphis.

Those present were  Bette Herbert, Margaret Mobley, Betty Duncan, Louise Newland, Virginia Mullinix, Liz Reel, Rosalie Kinney, Barbara Blessing, Maudie Oliver, Marilyn Blessing, and Betty Anderson.

Barbara read several very humorous short stories.

Betty Duncan and Margaret Mobley will be hostesses for the February 9, 2017 meeting.

We will have lunch at The Hammermill in Downing at 11:00 a.m.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 5, 2017

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 January 4, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

Bids for county road signs were opened and read as follows:

Missouri Vocational Enterprises – $11.07/sign, $25.00/post, $5.60/cross bracket, $6.35/top post bracket; Hardwood Express – $20.00/sign

Commissioner Clatt moved to accept the bid for the signs from Missouri Vocational Enterprises.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins, and carried 3-0.  Commissioner Wiggins moved to accept the bid for posts and brackets from Missouri Vocational Enterprises.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

Kim Nicoli, Prosecuting Attorney, and Lauren Brinkley, 1st Circuit Victim Advocate, were present for a conference call with the Scotland, Schuyler, and Clark County Commissions to discuss the victim advocate grant.  The group decided to hold a special meeting on January 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Commission chambers to resolve budget issues.

Michael Purol, engineer for PSBA, presented tabulation of bids for the storm water drainage project at the courthouse.  Upon recommendation of Purol, Commissioner Wiggins moved to award the bid to Midwest Railroad Maintenance & Construction, LLC.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

Purol also discussed facility improvements at the road and bridge shed with the Commission.

Brent Rockhold requested clearing of fence rows on County Road #517.

Trent Shultz discussed Ordinance 09-01 with the Commission, and researched property ownership of proposed confinement building sites.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in special session on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; County Clerk, Batina Dodge; Kim Nicoli, Prosecuting Attorney; Lauren Brinkley, 1st Circuit Victim Advocate; Jim Werner, Schuyler County Associate Commissioner; Buddy Kattelmann, Clark County Presiding Commissioner; Henry Dienst, Clark County Associate Commissioner; Gary Webster, Clark County Associate Commissioner; and Holly Conger, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney.

A special meeting was called to discuss budget allocations for the circuit-based victim advocate grant and budget requests not reimbursable by the grant.

After discussion, Clark County Commissioner Dienst moved to proceed with the program provided that all three counties sign a written agreement stipulating that non-reimbursable expenses will be shared among the counties at the following rates based on census data: Clark – 45%; Scotland – 29%; and Schuyler – 26%

The written agreement will be reviewed annually in person or via telephone conference. Should Scotland County fail to receive reimbursement from MOPS by April 1, 2017, or VOCA funding for this grant discontinue the program will be terminated.  The motion was seconded by Schuyler County Commissioner Werner, and carried 7-0.  The Prosecuting Attorneys from the three counties were asked to draft the agreement.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 3:50 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 11, 2017.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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 January 5, 2017 and January 10, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular and special session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, presented a settlement of funds.

The Commission signed court order #82-2016.

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed future projects and budget and equipment needs with the Commission.

The Commission discussed building construction costs with Glen Miller.

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, January 12, 2017.

Four Lady Tigers Score in Double Digits as SCR-I Wins at Westran 59-36

Ashleigh Creek muscles through two Westran defenders for two points. The junior scored 11 on the night, giving SCR-I four players in double digits.

After enjoying another of the long bus rides that come with joining the Lewis & Clark Conference, Scotland County got off to a bit of a slow start Tuesday night in Huntsville. But the Lady Tigers recovered quickly and rallied for a 59-36 win over Westran.

SCR-I trailed early in the first period. Chelsea Wood tied the game with a pair of free throws before a Calesse Bair drive to the hoop put the Lady Tigers ahead 8-6. Scotland County would never trail after that point. Abi Feeney drilled a long jumper and then fed Wood with a nice pass for a transition bucket. Two free throws by Bair extended the lead to 14-7 with 2:26 left in the first period.

Wood finished off a big first period when Sadie Davis found her open near the basket and Maddie Brassfield then punctuated the big first period with her second three-pointer to give SCR-I a 19-9 lead.

But the Lady Tigers’ perimeter attack cooled off to start the second period. SCR-I turned to the post game. Ashleigh Creek scored in the paint before Feeney found Wood on a pick and roll for an easy score. Creek’s two free throws extended the margin to 25-14 with 2:30 left in the first half.  Brassfield sank another three-pointer just before the break to make the halftime score 30-18.

Creek continued her strong play in the paint, opening the third period with a pair of field goals, forcing Westran to call a time out and switch to a zone defense.

The maneuver backfired as Bair caught fire from behind the arc. The senior sank three three-pointers en route to an 11-point outburst that extended the Scotland County lead to 49-28.

SCR-I kept the pedal to the metal to start the final period. Bair and Wood scored in the transition game as the Lady Tigers’ defense, which was outstanding all night long, continued to generate fast break opportunities.

Brassfield capped off a solid night with a three-pointer as SCR-I road  a very balanced scoring output to the 59-36 victory.

Bair finished with 17 points to lead Scotland County to the win, improving the team’s record to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the L&C. Wood finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Brassfield had 12 points and Creek had 11. Feeney contributed six points while dishing out seven assists.

SCR-I shot 52% on the night while limiting the Lady Hornets (9-3, 1-1 L&C) to 32% shooting. Westran, which had beaten Knox County the night before in its conference debut, was led in scoring by Maddy Denslow with 10 points.

MU Extension Offers Upcoming Program on Livestock Risk Protection

Price risk protection for livestock owners will be the topic of discussion at a January 25th University of Missouri Extension program to be offered in Memphis.

University of Missouri Extension offers livestock producers an opportunity to learn about price risk protection to manage some of the market uncertainty, states Darla Campbell, University of Missouri Extension Agricultural Business Specialist.  Crop insurance is widely used, while Livestock Risk Protection, the livestock equivalent, is underutilized.  As profit margins narrow for livestock producers in this downward price cycle, all options should be considered to minimize the effects of market volatility, which often adversely affects your bottom line, says Campbell.  Besides livestock risk protection, we will also discuss pasture, rangeland, and forage insurance.  The presenter will be Ryan Milhollin, Economist, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Missouri.  He has authored several documents used statewide on this topic.

Extension encourages livestock owners with herds of all sizes, 4-H and FFA members, and educators to attend. There is no cost for the event, but organizers request that you sign up by noon on the 24th to insure adequate supplies are available. A minimum of 15 participants is required to guarantee the class, so please call the Scotland County Extension office at 660.465.7255 and give Carol or Kristy your name and phone number.  The class will be held in Memphis at the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room from 6-8 on Wednesday, January 25th.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts January Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club to order on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church in Gorin. The pledges were led by Hugh Baker and Jillian Crane. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll and read the minutes of the last meeting. Parker Triplett moved to approve the minutes, Hugh Baker seconded. Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the Gorin Go-Getters bank account currently has $2,209.95. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman reported that the next 4-H Council Meeting would be at 7 p.m. on January 18th at the Courthouse.

The Recreation Committee thanked the Campbell family for hosting the Christmas Party. The Community Service Committee reported that the club would be working the movies in February. It was announced that Janie Parton would be starting a quilting class for a quilting project group on Tuesdays in February from 6-8 p.m. It costs $30 to participate. There will be a Livestock Risk Program on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. The program counts as a beef project meeting and could possibly count as a sheep or swine project meeting. Members that plan to attend should RSVP to the Extension Office.

The club discussed whether to go skating together or not and if a meeting should be held on the same day. It was decided that the club would have a meeting on February 12 at the skating rink at 3 p.m. and skating would follow from 4-6 p.m. The club plans to go sledding together sometime on the weekend of January 13th-15th at the New Lake Dam. It will be announced if the weather conditions are conducive. The club will have a baked potato bar fundraiser at the hospital on January 20th. The Community Service Committee and Craft Leader plans for the club to make door tags for the Scotland County Care Center sometime after school. The date will be announced later.

It was announced that volunteers for project leaders are needed. Teen Conference Registration is open until January 15. Members must be 11-13 years old to attend. Teen Conference takes place on March 25-26. It costs $179 to attend. The Northeast Energizer is in Macon on February 18th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members must be 11-18 years old to attend. To be a regional representative, members must be 14-17 years old and must turn in an application by January 13th.

The club was reminded that the next Council Meeting would be on January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The Livestock Risk Program is on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Scotland County Hospital. The Beef Weigh-In is on January 29th from 2-3 p.m. in the Sale Barn. The Fair Superintendents’ Meeting is on February 8th at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County High School Ag Room. The next Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Meeting is on February 12th. Refreshments will be provided by Waltedda Blessing and Vanessa Triplett. Dane and Ethan Blessing will give demonstrations. The Achievement Event is March 12th.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed refreshments and participated in a CPR program given by Dr. Jeff Davis.

Rutledge Renegades

Not much news again.  Seems weather is keeping everyone at home.

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Dorothy Hunolt and Charlene went to Quincy.

Bette Wiley talked to Lena Mae Horning and Erma High.

Paul Zimmerman has shingles.  He was doing better and came and joined us for coffee.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Dorothy Hunolt, Thomas Kortkamp, Jacob Wallenburg, Marjorie Peterson.

No one came in Saturday.  Everyone was looking for the ice storm and didn’t want to get out!

Living Life Over


“It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States,” said Postmaster Monica March.  “The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years.”

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include 45 cents for 1 oz. letters (a 1-cent increase), letters with additional ounces remain unchanged at 20 cents, postcards will now cost 32 cents (a 3-cent increase), 1 oz. letters to Canada or Mexico are 85 cents (a 5-cent increase), and letters to other international destinations are now $1.05 (a 7-cent increase).

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services.  Today’s announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


Not many things have not gone up in price in the past 20 years.  Tri-County Electric Cooperative will finally be succumbing to this economic trend.

General Manager David Ramsey told a gathering of customers at the Scotland County R-1 High School on January 9th that the northeast Missouri electric provider will be implementing a price hike in March.

“I realize this isn’t the news people want to hear,” he said.  “But I don’t look at it as paying the piper.  Instead I know that we enjoyed an unprecedented period of low rates.”

This price increase marks just the second price hike for the company since 1986.  The co-op board is scheduled to meet January 22 to determine the 2007 rate increase.  Ramsey stated customers would receive a new rate sheet as well as an explanation for the price hike in upcoming mailings.


The Scotland County Commission is hosting an open meeting January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Courthouse in Memphis to discuss public concerns about a proposed route exchange between Scotland County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The proposed exchange would trade County Road 253 (better known as Miller Bottom Road) south of Memphis between State Route MM and State Route M for State Route Y north of Rutledge.


Lynnette Jean Green, daughter of Stanley and Shirley Green, Memphis, was the first baby to be born at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in 1987.  Lynnette arrived at 5:21 a.m., January 16th.  She weighed in at 8 lbs, 5 ½ ounces and is 20 ½ inches long.

Lynnette has one brother, William, 9; and three sisters, Christina, 7; Lorie, 5; and Amber, 2.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Doscher, Memphis.


Maxine and Phil Struble, owners and operators of Montgomery Ward Catalog Agencies in Memphis and Edina with daughter, Sherry Casady Schaefer, managing the Edina store, recently received two awards: District Agent of the Year coving three states and 26 stores; and Kansas City Territory Agent of the Year out of seven states and 190 stores.

The award was presented by Mr. Bill Sims, Catalog General Manager at the 1977 Annual Spring Sales and Marketing meeting January 8th and 9th at Breckenridge Inn, Kansas City, MO.

The award is presented for most outstanding Sales and Operating Performance.


Troop 97, Boy Scouts of America, will have a 1967 organizational meeting Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hall which is located beneath the D&S IGA store.

All boys attending the meeting will be charter members for this year.  The regular fee is 50 cents plus an additional $1.50 for a year’s subscription to Boy’s Life magazine.  The magazine subscription is not required but is suggested.

The main feature of the organizational meeting will be a movie concerning the Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.  Philmont is a rugged, high adventure summer activity of boys across the country.

Parents are also invited to attend the meeting at which refreshments will be served.  Chairman of the Scout committee is Mike Evans and Scout Master is John W. Mallett.


Memphis High School is starting a school paper, to be sponsored by Supt. Richard Caster.  According to Supt. Caster, the paper will be published on Thursday.  Following is a list of the newspaper staff: Editor, Kay McClamrock; Assistant Editor, John McCoy; Business Manager, Linda Myers; Assistant Business Manager, Crystal Watson; Senior Class reporter, Carolyn Farris; Junior Class, Jerry Fryrear; Sophomore Class, Margaret Henderson; Freshman class, Karen Adams; Music, Pat Hudnall; Commerce, Justine Cone; English II, III, and Drama, Sally Leach; English I, Dickie Webber; English IV, Mary Lou McGee; Social Sciences, Mary Ann Prather; Boys’ Basketball, Richard Barb; Girls’ Basketball, Lugene Greene; FFA, Harry Robeson; Eight Grade, Linda Moore; Seventh Grade, Doris Kraus; Gossip and Jokes, Mary Jo Reed; Sciences, Emily Lowe.


Henry W. Kutzner of Memphis has recently been promoted to the grade of S. Sgt.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Kutzner.

Sgt. Kutzner entered the service March 9, 1944, and reported to Boca Raton Army Air Field July 3, 1944.  He was previously stationed at Chanute Field, IL.  Prior to entering the service, Sgt. Kutzner was engaged in farming.  He attended Memphis High School.

Four Board Members to Be Elected to Extension Council in February

Four county residents have completed terms of office on the Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council and will be succeeded by new members after a February 15 through February 17, 2017 election.

Outgoing members are Nancy McClamroch, Jefferson; Karen Kraus, Combined; Joanie Baker, Combined; and Laurie Jack, Jefferson.

Council members whose terms continue are: Nancy Kapfer, Lynette Vassholz, Paul Campbell, Heliene Tobler, Vanessa Triplett, Bruce Childress, Matt Shoemaker, Chris Montgomery, David Wiggins, and William Reckenberg.  County extension council members work throughout the year with University of Missouri Extension staff members in planning and making recommendations for educational programs.

University of Missouri Extension, through the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University, offers educational programs in agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H), and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.

“Anyone, 18 years of age or older, interested in education and the progress of our county should vote for the nominee of their choice in their district,” said council Chairman Paul Campbell. “The resources of the universities are available to us. It is our responsibility to put these resources to effective use.”

Polling place is outside of the Scotland County Extension Office first floor of the Courthouse in Memphis, MO.

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