The Missouri Office of Administration is accepting management contract bids for the Memphis License Office.  Interested individuals must submit their bids to operate the Memphis License Office by January 17, 2014.

The Memphis Cinema will feature The Hobbit this weekend in the Memphis Theatre, January 3-5, 2014.


The Scotland County R-1 Schools will be conducting a coat drive running from January 5th through January 16th.

Students and staff are asked to donate their unwanted coats to the guidance offices at both the elementary and high school buildings.  All coats donated will be given to the Scotland County Clothes Closet for distribution.


Last year it took a while, but when the first baby of the new year was born on January 6th, it set off a chain reaction of seven births in less than 48 hours.

The first baby of 1999 was a different story, as Lisa and Larry Bourgeois of Luray got the wait out of the way quickly as their daughter Katyalynn Grace Bourgeois was born at 5:29 a.m. January 3rd.  The New Year’s baby also had the maternity ward at the hospital all to herself as the only newborn thus far this year.

Katyalynn weighed eight pounds and two ounces and measured 21 ½ inches.  The grandmothers are Betty Grace Bourgeois and Patricia Graves Herne of Wyaconda and the grandfather is Edward James Kresa of New York. 


Dr. Jeffrey Dryden, D.O., has recently been selected as Chief of Staff at Scotland County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Dryden has been a member of the hospital medical staff since December, 1987.  Prior to coming to SCMH, he practiced medicine in a rural health clinic in Shelbyville.

Dr. Dryden feels the outlook at SCMH is looking good.  One of his goals as Chief of Staff is to encourage expansion in the services offered.  He believes the hospital has great potential and everything is looking on the upward trend.


Governor Joseph Teasdale has appointed Memphis attorney E. Richard Webber, Jr., to the office of Judge of Missouri’s First Judicial Circuit, filling the unexpired term of Judge L. F. Cottey of Lancaster, who will retire January 15.  The First Judicial Circuit consists of Schuyler, Scotland, and Clark Counties.

Beginning private practice in Lancaster, September, 1967, Webber served as Schuyler County prosecuting attorney from 1967 until 1975.  He purchased the J.B. Smoot law office in Memphis in 1968 and has continued the practice until his new appointment becomes effective January 15.


District Engineer, Robert W. Patton, of the Missouri State Highway Department, Hannibal, Mo., announced that in accordance with the Missouri State Highway Commission’s policy, a legal Notice is being published to give interested citizens an opportunity to review the proposed location or request a hearing concerning the location for the construction of Route A, Scotland County beginning on Route M at the north city limits of Rutledge, thence east along or near the present road to a point on the present road about one mile east of Rutledge.  If a hearing is requested, a further notice of the time and place of the hearing will be published.

Mr. Patton stated that the improvement of the short section of Route A was programmed to replace the narrow, inadequate bridge structure across the Santa Fe Railroad.  The general location and type of improvement proposed may be reviewed in the office of the District Engineer at the State Highway Department District office on McMasters Avenue in Hannibal, Mo. 


Work is progressing rapidly on a new aluminum foundry building being constructed just south of the tracks and north of Highway 136 near the junction of Highway 15.

Steel framework has been completed and the building is almost completely enclosed with metal siding.  Complete enclosure will end upon the arrival of additional siding material.

Barney Phillips stated Monday it is hoped to have production underway in the first part of January.  Inside office space is now being built and heating and casting equipment is yet to be installed.

Mr. Everett Six, manager of the foundry, is expected to bring this equipment in the next several days, according to present plans.


William Nolen of Monroe City, co-owner with R. L. Pollard of the Memphis locker plant, has been in Memphis the past few days helping with the work of enlarging the plant here.

One hundred additional lockers are being added to the plant.  The expansion will all be made under the present roof.  The room at the northwest corner of the building, which was used as a store room, is being converted to a locker room and a part of the lobby space has also been changed for more locker space.

With the additional available 100 lockers, the needs of this community will be amply taken care of for the time being, but if the demand increases, additional lockers will be installed, according to the owners.