Local sheriffs visit Jefferson City

    On February 5th of this year, Sheriffs Wayne Winn (Scotland County), Shawn Webster (Clark County) and Scott Munsterman (Johnson County) represented the region for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association in Jefferson City, MO. Winn and Webster serve as the leader and assistant leader respectively, for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Zone 4, which includes Clark, Knox, Lewis,…

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Hospital Board Approves Moving Forward With New Teaching Kitchen

The Scotland County Memorial Hospital (dba Scotland County Hospital) Board of Directors met in regular session on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Board members present: Curtis Ebeling-Chairman Lori Fulk-Secretary, Robert Neese-Treasurer, Members Dwight DeRosear and Joni Lloyd. Administrative personnel present:  Dr. Randy Tobler; CEO, Dr. Jeff Davis, CMO, Michael Brandon, Controller, Elizabeth Guffey, RN, CON, Angela Schmitter,…

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IVALEE PEARL CRAWFORD (1/17/1922 – 2/14/2020)

Ivalee Pearl Crawford, 98, of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Memphis, Missouri, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at home in Columbia, Missouri. She was born January 17, 1922, the daughter of Elbert and Pearl Mae Winn Whittom, in their farm home south of Downing, Missouri. Ivalee attended Grade School and High School, in Downing, Missouri,…

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ROY BLESSING, JR., (1/16/1936 – 2/10/2020)

Roy Blessing, Jr. 84 of rural Downing, Missouri passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at his home. The son of Roy and Pearl (Myers) Blessing, he was born on January 16, 1936 in rural Scotland County, Missouri.  Junior was a 1953 graduate of the Downing High School in Downing, Missouri.  On August 28, 1956…

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George Frederick Gerth

GEORGE FREDERICK GERTH (10/9/1935- 2/12/2020) George Frederick Gerth, 84, of Branson, MO, died February 12, 2020 at his home. He was born the son of Albert Clayton and Georganna (Kirkpatrick) Gerth on October 9, 1935 in Keokuk. George was raised in Memphis and served in the United States Army. He and his wife, Joan, moved…

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Downing Depot Museum News

by Judy Sharp Here is a good description of why our local history museums were created and why people put effort into keeping them going: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey It was good to see some of our friends at…

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American History Moment

Hannah Till was born into slavery in or around Philadelphia about 1728 and given the surname of Longpoint. She worked as a cook and was allowed to sell her homemade goods sometimes and was able to buy her freedom in 1756 taking the name Archer. She met and married Isaac Till, a whipmaker from New…

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Coming Together for Another Year

DANCING RABBIT Retreat!! Dancing Rabbit engaged in its annual retreat this past week. It is always a little different, but always a wonderful coming-together of most parts of our community to look at ourselves as a group. Are we where we want to be? If not, what do we want to do to get us…

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Just Where Is the Hope?

TERRY RUSH One of my favorite things about the realm of believing in God is the fervency of hope. It is not pretentiousilistic. Neither is it vain. Hope is stabilizing as well as adventurous. Where is the hope? It’s found in the future and backed by the past. Time after time, believing has reversed obvious…

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