FIVE YEARS AGO

“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.

TEN YEARS AGO

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.

20 YEARS AGO

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.

30 YEARS AGO

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.

40 YEARS AGO

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.

50 YEARS AGO

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.

60 YEARS AGO

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.

70 YEARS AGO

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.