In years past there has been a wait for the stork to arrive for the first time in the new year at Scotland County Hospital.  That was not the case in 2014.

Sophia Nickol Jackson was born New Year’s Day at the Memphis hospital to earn the title of First Baby of 2014.

“It was a busy 24 hours,” said Scotland County Hospital CEO Marcia Dial.  “We had a baby born just a few hours early on New Year’s Eve and then another child was born not long after Sophia.”

Sophia and her parents, Ambur and Dillon Jackson of Downing will receive a prize package sponsored by area businesses and Scotland County Hospital to commemorate being the first baby of the New Year born at the facility.


A local couple now has a special reason to extend the New Year holiday.  Allie Kay Elenbaas was the first baby of the New Year born at Scotland County Memorial Hospital.

The special delivery arrived on Friday, January 2nd at 9:00 p.m.  Allie Kay weighed seven pounds and one ounce and was 20 inches long.

She is the daughter of Katie Ash and Brandon Elenbaas of Memphis.

Grandparents are Rhonda Elenbaas and Rick Hudson of Arbela, and Rick and Robin Green of Geneseo, IL.


The Scotland County Tigers seventh grade boys team finished the season with a near perfect record in 1998.  The team finished the season with a 9-1 record and included Matthew Glass, Corvin Drummond, Kiel Fogle, Sean Woods, Andrew Tague, Andrew Bulen, Jason Findling, Nick Oldham, Nathaniel Gerth, Greg Wiley, Andy Graham, Aaron Dale, Cody Holt, and Clint Cottrell.  The boys were coached by Gary Hunziker.


Announcement has been made that memorials have been donated for the building of a new public library in Memphis.

Mary Sanders, who now resides in the Scotland County Nursing Home, is donating the memorials in memory of her three brothers.

The new facilities will be located on the corner of Madison and Cecil Streets in Memphis, and will be named the “Scotland County Memorial Public Library”.  Sanders’ hope is that others will choose to also make memorials to the new library, making it the best in the area.

The Rev. Faye Jones, a member of the Scotland County Library Board, is submitting a series of articles regarding the Sanders family, the memorials, the library, and Mary Sanders.  The following is the first of the series.


January 2, 1979 was swearing in day for county officials.  Those sworn in by Roger Reibel County Clerk were Harold Bertram, Judge of the Eastern District; Shirley Parker, Circuit Clerk; Grace Brown, County Treasurer; Don C. Norton, Collector of Revenue; John E. Luther, Probate Judge; William O. Green, Prosecuting Attorney; Paul R. Franklin, Presiding Judge; and Ward Benson, Judge of Western District.


Harold Davis, Mayor of Memphis, is confined to his home as a result of injuries received when he and Miles Chancellor were working on an automobile January 1, at the Davis Sinclair Station.

The men were working with the wiring of a car, it was reported, and when it started, it was not known that it was in gear.

The car moved forward and pinned Davis between a washing machine and the bumper of the car.

He suffered a deep gash in his left leg and bruises on both legs.

He was taken to the office of a local physician where x-rays were made but no broken bones were found.


An announcement was made this week that Pearl C. Cotton Jr., presently employed as route salesman for the Memphis Pepsi
Cola Company, will assume the management of the “Sinclair Service Station” south of the Harris garage on South Market Street, effective January 5th.

The station has been leased by Harris Motors and will be managed by Cotton.  The station was formerly leased by Hillis Forrester, who has no lease and is operating the Mobil Gas Station opposite Bell and Croley Hatchery.


Seven 4-H clubs of Scotland County were rated as blue ribbon clubs by the state 4-H club agents.  These clubs were Azen Jolly Timers, Edinburg, Barker Busy Bees, Cedar Grove, Myers Top-Notchers, United Workers and Consolidated Boosters, and received this award because of their completions and number of project meetings held.

Azen Jolly Timers has been organized nine years and was rated the top club in the county.


M.L. Penn, who has been doing some special work in this county for the Bankers Life Association, visited his family at Macon over the holidays.  He returned to Memphis Tuesday.  He drove up from Macon, coming through Kirksville and via Edina.  The road is open all the way, but in some places he states the snow has been shoveled from the road, leaving a regular tunnel through what was once a large snow drift.  The snow being eight to ten feet deep in places; there was barely room for a car to get through.