On Saturday, November 23, Rodney Day, of Gorin, was chosen as the winner of the Rose Do it Best Hardware $1000 Shopping Giveaway.  Rodney was selected at random from more than 1,500 entries submitted at the store from August 31-November 22.


After more than a year in the works, the community got its first look at the newest branch of the Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri when the Memphis facility hosted its official open house on Tuesday, November 25th.

Bank president, Paula Fox, of the Kahoka branch, and Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce president, Chuck Kigar, joined the Memphis bank staff for a special ribbon cutting process at the new facility.

The bank opened the doors on the new bank on November 10th.  Nearly two years earlier, Exchange Bank came to Memphis, opening a loan production office adjacent to Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping & Tax Service.  The bank expanded to offer full service, moving to a temporary home located at the future site of the bank in October 2007.

After 13 months of operating out of the temporary location, the six-person staff relocated to the spacious new bank facility in speedy fashion, opening for business in the new site the day before Veteran’s Day.

The Memphis Branch staff consists of branch manager and assistant vice president, Joe Fulk; assistant vice president and loan officer, Henry Blessing; administrative assistant, Debbie Briggs; tellers Missy Monroe and Melissa Anders; and part-time teller Travis Trueblood.


He was disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, but a 94-year-old St. Charles man was located by a search party following an unexpected overnight stay in the woods at Union Ridge Conservation Area in Sullivan County.

Ralph Meyers, was located at approximately 11:00 a.m. by a search party consisting of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  An estimated 100 persons participated in the search.

Myers was reported missing by his son, Robert Meyers, when he did not return to the hunting camp the evening of November 20th.

The temperatures reportedly dropped into the 20s during the evening and early morning hours.  Meyers was taken by ambulance to Northeast Missouri Medical Center where he was treated for dehydration and hypothermia.


The National Garment Factory in Memphis is making a Christmas donation to the Head Start Program in Memphis again this year.

According to Plant Manager, Beverly Yates, every child in the Head Start Program will receive a free outfit, compliments of National Garment.  Some of the outfits have been made in the Memphis plants.

Becky Norton is the coordinator of the donation project each year.  She also is chairperson of the Head Start Parent Group in Memphis.

“Santa”, along with a Rotary Club member, will be distributing the gifts Thursday.


The Memphis Police and Scotland County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating the breaking of five street lights around the square and damage to a stop sign near the Hillis Baker home.

A cap and ball pistol was used to break the lights and damage the sign sometime between 7:00 p.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5th.


Chosen Queen and King of the basketball festival Friday night at Scotland County R-1 High School were Junior Candidates, Jo Beth Gardine and Darrell Harvey.  Senior candidates were Lynn Riney and Cindy Owens; Susan Phillips and Dennis Alexander, Sophomores; Liz Schneider and Lynn McClamroch, Freshmen; and Athletic department candidates, Cheryl McCabe and Chas. Boyer.

Voting was a penny a vote conducted the previous week.  Some $135 was collected for the Athletic department in the voting.


The Memphis FHA chapter held their annual Kitchenwarming last week.  The gym was decorated with pumpkins, corn shucks, hedge balls, corn, and colorful weeds.  The king for this year’s Kitchenwarming was Bill McRobert, senior candidate.  The other candidates were Hobart Baker, Junior; Carlie Fountain, Sophomore; and Robert Plenge, Freshman.


The first real snow of the season in Scotland County came this morning.  It began about 8 o’clock and the ground was soon covered for the first time this winter with snow.

As there have been deep snows in several places in the middle west and west, Scotland County has been fortunate in not having a snow storm until December 9 – which is later than usual in northeast Missouri.