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January 3, 2002

2001 Will Be A Year To Remember Thanks To September 11th (Year in Review Part 2)

August 2, 2001

Representatives of Missouri's rural hospitals traveled to Washington, D.C. in July to urge Congress to support legislation that would help these facilities respond to a growing shortage of nurses and other health practitioners. Scotland County Memorial Hospital administrator Marcia Dial and administrative assistant Brenda Prather were among the local health care officials to make the trip.

August 9, 2001

A lot of people walk around the Scotland County square every day of the week, but it took a special group of volunteers to join together August 3-4 to circle the square more than 5,700 times during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The walkers raised more than $14,000 for the charity in the process.

August 16, 2001

After several months in the planning and production stage, www.memphisdemocrat.com has finally gone online effective August 13. The Internet newspaper is being made available through a joint effort of the newspaper staff and the folks at Skyhouse Consulting, an Internet-based web site designer located in the Dancing Rabbit community near Rutledge.

August 23, 2001

Scotland County was among three northeast Missouri counties to receive funding for bridge repair through the Community Development Block Grant program. The awards were announced August 17 by Governor Bob Holden as part of a $2.5 million CDBG package for rural communities. Scotland County will receive $273,800 to pay for the replacement of 10 bridges in the county.

August 30, 2001

It took just over three months, but a pair of college students made it on foot from Point Reyes California near San Francisco to Memphis. However the long trek is only half complete as the duo, part of a four-man team plans to complete a walk across America. Joe McCarty and Michael Charbonneau stopped in Memphis for a day and a half to "refuel their batteries" before pressing on with the trip. The group is making the walk as an effort to raise awareness for the issue of sexual abuse.

September 6, 2001

Not only does the Scotland County R-I School District have the fourth lowest tax levy among the 66-similar sized districts in the state, but now the district has an even lower levy rate following the August 31 SCR-I School Board meeting. Following the annual tax levy rate hearing prior to the board of education meeting, the board voted 6-0 to set the 2001-2002 levy rate at $3.0083 per $100 of assessed valuation. That is a reduction of more than five cents from the last year's rate of $3.06.

September 13, 2001

Mounting an audacious attack against the United States, terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers Tuesday morning, September 11. A jetliner also slammed into the Pentagon as the seat of government itself came under attack. Hundreds were apparently killed aboard the jets, and untold numbers were feared dead in the rubble. Thousands were injured in New York alone. A fourth jetliner, also apparently hijacked, crashed in Pennsylvania.

September 20, 2001

The political subdivisions of Scotland County are getting a facelift. Following the 2000 Census results which revealed a large disparity in population numbers between the existing east and west districts, the county is considering replacing the old system with a more geographical distribution that would also create a more balanced population base for both regions.

September 27, 2001

The newest and largest health clinic in the United States Army will bear the name of a former Memphis resident who died in the line of duty during the Vietnam War in 1970. The Charles Thomas Moore Health Clinic is tentatively scheduled for dedication February 14, 2002 in Fort Hood, TX. Moore served as a medic in the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army. He was killed in the line of duty on January 5, 1970 near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam at the age of 21.

The outpouring of support from the Scotland County community continued last week for the survivors and the victims of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast September 11. Students at the Scotland County R-I School District combined to raise more than $1,100 for the American Red Cross. The Scotland County Fire Department raised more than $6,600 in donations at a soup dinner fundraiser for the New York City firemen and their families on September 22.

October 4, 2001

The fears of school violence and the concerns generated by the recent national tragedies boiled over at the Scotland County R-I School system October 2 when a bomb threat was received at the school. A handwritten note addressed to the school administration threatening that bombs had been placed in both school buildings was located in a high school classroom by a teacher. A 15-year old suspect was taken into custody at the scene. An extensive search of both buildings found no bombs.

October 11, 2001

After preliminary reports calling for price increases of as much as 32-percent, the Memphis City Council voted 4-0 during the October 4 meeting to approve ordinance 9-01 that will raise electric rates by just eight percent.

October 18, 2001

Several area witnesses painted a problematic picture regarding the future of the nursing home industry for members of the House Select Committee on Nursing Home Care, which met at the Memphis Theatre October 15. Representatives from several local care centers spoke to the 10-panel committee chaired by First District State Representative Sam Berkowitz. They discussed several troubling issues including declining revenue, deficit Medicaid reimbursement, shrink-ing labor force and growing governmental regulations.

October 25, 2001

His legacy lives on. For the people that knew the late First District State Representative Jim Sears, there could be no better way to honor the former teacher than by naming his educational dream in his memory. The Jim Sears Northeast Technical Center was officially dedicated October 20 in a special celebration that drew a large crowd to the technical school campus in Edina.

The community was dealt a difficult blow October 21, when 18-year-old Jason Rockhold of Arbela was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 136.

November 1, 2001

The Memphis Police Department investigated an early morning break in at the Raytec manufacturing plant on Highway 136 in Memphis that occurred October 15. The robber(s) cut phone lines to the building as well as other power lines inside the warehouse and on the plant's forklift before loading 10 12' by 16' aluminum rolls and removing them from the site. An estimated $10,000 value was placed on the stolen property. A similar burglary occurred at the plant in 1997.

November 8, 2001

Nearly 100 area emergency service personnel spent more than 10 hours Saturday, November 3 searching northern Scotland County for a possible injured hunter. At 10:30 a.m. a group of hunters contacted the Scotland County Sheriff's Department and reported that they had overheard radio traffic on a family service radio from a hunter that stated he had fallen and was injured. The search was called off at 9:30 p.m. No hunter was located in the 11-hour search.

November 15, 2001

More than eight hours of contract discussions evaporated in a split second as former track promoter Ron Anderson walked away from the negotiation table at the November 12 meeting of the Scotland County Fair Board. The move left the fair board scrambling in an effort to secure the services of a track promoter for next season.

November 22, 2001

The Scotland County Fire Department responded to a pair of calls over the November 17th weekend. A combine fire was reported on property owned by Speers Farms located northwest of Memphis at approximately 12:10 p.m. November 17. The second fire call came in at 10:30 p.m. November 17. The department responded to a brush fire at the Richard L. Briggs residence southwest of Memphis.

November 29, 2001

A Memphis man escaped serious injury after the tractor-trailer he was driving went off a bridge in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. November 23 in Scotland County. Ken Hull, 30, suffered moderate injuries when the 1995 GMC semi tractor trailer he was driving southbound on Highway 15 smashed through the barrier on the northbound traffic lane of the bridge over the South Wyaconda and plunged downward approximately 30 feet before smashing into the south creek bank.

December 6, 2001

Local farmers may have felt they had a strong voice in state agriculture legislation with the late Rep. Gary Wiggins heading the House Ag Committee, but now they have a direct link to farm policy. Speaker of the House Jim Kreider, D-Nixa, named veteran lawmaker Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, as the next head of the prominent House Agriculture Committee.

December 13, 2001

Betty L. Harris, 80, of Kahoka was killed in a head-on collision with a semi tractor trailer on Highway 136 seven miles east of Memphis at the section of the road often referred to as "Blind Man's Corner" at 10:40 a.m. December 11.

December 20, 2001

The 2001 Memphis Community Choir performed in front of a packed house at the United Methodist Church December 16 with the presentation of "Come to the Manger", the group's annual Christmas program.

December 27, 2001

The Scotland County Fair Board insured races at the Scotland County Speedway for another year by signing a one-year lease agreement with Lee County Speedway Promoter Terry Hoenig to hold Saturday night races in Memphis this summer.


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