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PRESS=NSWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. Editorial & O00inion This is Life First District by Dan Steinbech Rep. Report It's not only in America This week's study on the unexplainable human be- havior takes us to California. Pop star Michael Jackson, in case you haven't heard, died last week. Admittedly, I've never been an MJ fan, but I feel bad for his family and condolences to them. Death is rarely easy for the living. But... What was it that caused hundreds of people, when they heard MJ was being taken by ambulance, to gath- er at the Los Angeles hospital where he died? Most of them, likely weren't doctors. Most of them likely weren't family (unless you count ever-present 'Uncle' Rev. Jesse Jackson, who apparently found time to get away from whatever church he is affiliated with). How many of the mostly adult hospital crowd were gainfully employed at that time? How many lost their jobs to mourn someone at a hospital they probably didn't know personally? How many people had this conversation with their boss - Employee: "Boss, Michael Jackson has been tak- en to the hospital." Boss: "Are you family? Employee: "No." Boss: "Then you better hurry right over there." How many readers of this paper have ever gathered at any hospital to mourn the passing of someone NOT a family member or close friend? And what do you do outside the hospital? How long does one stay? And to what do we attribute his attention - his musical talent, the child porn charges, his mockery of U.S. courts, his never ending elective cosmetic surgery, his eccentric- ity, his dangling a child over a hotel balcony, keeping company with Elizabeth Taylor, a former wife being the daughter of Elvis or reports of vanished wealth? This isn't just what some would call "Crazy west coast .people." Folks from all across the globe gathered in various spots to publicly mourn. America lost several stars last week, but apparently crowds did not gather at hospitals to mourn the other stars. Rarely have soldiers who have a more honorable legacy get treated with the attention of a pop star. One last question? Is this the same herd mentality in charge of California government and why no solution has been offered about a $24 billion-plus deficit? Don't blame media for the excessive coverage. A lot of fans apparently can't get enough of whatever group emotion they need and feed the media frenzy.. State Senator District 18 Report by Brian Munzlinger Clint and Charity were married over the week- end in Higginsville. It was a joyous occasion. We are grateful that so many friends and family mem- bers could join us. Fair season is in full swing with the Lewis County Fair starting next week. I hope everyone can make it out to the Lewis county Fair for an enjoy- able family time. With Independence Day among us I want to remind everyone to be safe with fireworks and while traveling on the roads. We are still waiting for the Governor to sign some of the budget bills; they must be signed by July 1. All other bills that we passed this session must be signed by July 14; they will take effect August 28. I un- derstand that the Governor did cut some funding from HB 22. I am disappointed in these cuts as they are criti- cal to Missouri needs in getting Missouri residents back to work and boosting the state economy. I commend the efforts taken by the Ohio Legisla- ture. Ohio Senate members and House of Represen- tatives have filed a joint resolution that would place language on the November ballot to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, This is a proactive step by Ohio to prevent the Hu- mane society of the United States from coming into their state and telling farm- ers how to make a living, even though they them- by Wes Shoemyer I hope everyone takes a ing their lives. The British moment to remember what charged some with trea- son, destroyed the homes selves have never lived on and businesses of patriots, a farm and did everytMngin- Missouri Should look power to quash the Revo, at, this,tes01utiola from lution. At times, it looked Ohio and take a proactive as if the British would succeed. General George Washington often lamented to his lieutenants that his poorly-equipped and poor- ly-trained troops were no match for the King,s Army, and yet he persevered. Brit- ish mistakes and good for- tune aided the cause, and General Cornwallis finally surrendered to General Washington after the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. Our forefathers gave us a nation that believes in it people, a government of the people and by, the people, whose freedom will be defended against all enemies. So while you celebrate this patriotic holiday filled with all American food and traditions, please take a mo- ment to remember that our freedom came with a price. Happy Birthday, America. step in protecting our farm- ers. I was able to attend a lunch and learn in Scotland County this past week. These events are im- portant to the ag communi- ty in showing how impor- tant ag is to the local state economy. The City of Canton has received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for his- tofic lighting in the area of Route B. Contact me at (573) 751-7985 or at brian.munz- linger@ house.mo.gov This newspaper is a product of the freedoms of America the Fourth of July celebra- tion is all about as we grill burgers and brats and watch our local fireworks display. Several of our holidays seem to have developed into nothing more than an- other reason to hold a big sale at the local car barn or discount mall. I think it's important for people, espe- cially young people, to take just a minute to remember why we make such a big deal out of this particular date on the calendar. On July 4, 1776, the United States of America was founded with the sign- ing of the Declaration of Independence, an event that signified our official break from Britain and the monarchy. With a stroke of a pen, 56 men created the United States of America, which became the emblem of freedom and democracy across the globe. The colonists sacrificed everything they had to de- fend the principles outlined in the Declaration, includ- YESTERYEAR PICTURE The Lewis County jour- nal reported in August of 1972 this group of swim- mers were undefeated. Members of the undefeated Sun 'N Surf Swim Club team pose for group pho- tographs with coach Jules DeCoster just prior to win- ning the meet over Quincy Country Club. On the first row left to fight are: Lau- rie Hudnut, Cheryl Hardin, Karyn Bishoff, Jeff Van Tress, Jon Morris, Greg Lil- lard, Billy Anderson, Chris Lillard, Jeff Hamilton, and John Schlepphorst. Second row includes Susy Schlepphorst, Sabra Davis, Kim Bishoff, Josh McBride, Amy Bride, Tina Dodd, Diana Ayers, Me- linda Lillard, Leigh Ann Bishoff, Kelly Berry, Larry Hudnut and Mike Schlep- Backward Glances From the pages of early County newspapers he remains still very active in that bank today. An old two story build- ing on the south side of Lewis Street between third and fourth streets has been torn down. The building, owned by R.L. Martin, has deteriorated and Martin has - removed it to make parking space for the Lappas Chev- rolet-Olds Company. The Lewis Co. Journal July 10, 1969 Family and friends were shocked and grieved to learn that Mrs. Richard Bennett, 24, of Tucson, Ariz., had been killed in a two car head on collision. The Bennetts were en route on a three day vacation in northern Arizona. Two oc- cupants of the other cars were also killed. The Ben- netts are former Ewing residents. Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Smith have recently re- turned from a 500 mile tour of Kentucky in a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster. 70 YEARS AGO The Canton Press-News July 13,1939 An invitation is extend- ed to all citizens of Lewis County who are interested in preserving history to meet at the courthouse in Monticello to organize a Lewis County Historical Society, to become affiliat- ed with the State Historical Society at Columbia. 20 YEARS AGO The Press News Journal July 6, 1989 The body of missing Cul- ver-Stockton College stu- dent, Melissa Koontz, was found July 1 in Sangamon County. An autopsy deter- mined she died of multiple stab wounds to the torso. Charles Sharpe, founder and Chairman of the Board of Ozark National Life In- surance held a celebration in honor of the company's 25th anniversary. Thou- sands of people attended. LaGrange held its annual Fourth of July chicken bar be que. Over 400 chicken halves were served. 40 YEARS AGO The Canton Press-News July 6,1969 Lorenzo H. Gnuse, presi- dent of the Lewistown State Bank, was recently hon- ored by the Missouri Bank- ers Association for over 50 years of service in bank- ing. HE began his career in 1916 with the Framers and merchants Bank in La- Grange. In 1917 he entered the army, 1919 he went to work for the Metropolitan Bank in Kansas City un- til 1922 when he was ap- pointed a Special Deputy Finance Commissioner by the State of Missouri. Lat- er that year he organized a new bank, the Durham State Bank in Durham. In 1928 he organized a new bank, the Lewistown State Bank in Lewistown where Area group plans July 4 Freedom Tea Party. Quincy Tea Party will hold a Freedom Celebra- tion July 4, 11:00 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Women's City Club, 16th and Maine Street, Quincy. Cary, and Nancy Berhorst from northeast Mo. and the Quincy tea party team. Featured speaker will be Thomas Tabback, author of Things Forgotten, and The effort is coordi- Joe The Plumber, Fighting nated by Quincy residents for the American Dream. Steve McQueen and Terri Those who have had it SCRAPS ONLY, NO LAPPIN' UP SPILLID BIEI,Rf THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009 - PAGE 11 with government waste, pu- nitive taxations and abuse of power and want to know what We The People can do about it should attend. The Quincy Rally has generated response, not only from Quincy, but all over the tri state area. The movement was started by Quincyans who believe Americans still have a voice. The goal is to rally thousands of area citizens with like ideas and network groups. The group believes the Constitution of the U. S. should be upheld at all levels of government, that the wasteful and out of control spending must be halted. July 4th Freedom Celebration will be a pa: triotic family event of mu- sic, speakers and activities. There will be a military care package collection of small personal care items, phones cards, etc. to kick off preparations for 2009 Christmas care package delivery. For more information click on the website: www.quincyteaparty.com phorst. Third row includes Terry Moon, Cynthia Crandall, Jeanne Crandall, Sherri Brown, Steve Ayers, Dan- ny Wheeler, Bob Schryver, Paul Ayers, Donna Ay- ers, Donnie Davis, Kathy Wheeler, Maria Garner, Mary Ann Off, LuAnn Anderson and Coach Jules DeCoster A severe electrical and windstorm demolished many outbuildings and wrecked many large trees in the Lewistown commu- nity. Worst damage was reported at the Lon Day farm. 80 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal July 11,1929 Maywood is rejoicing over the fact that the North Missouri Power and Light company has bought the electric light plant and will at once build a new line into the city and give 24 hour service for the consumers of the current which comes from the Keokuk dam. LaGrange home is occu- pied by same family since 1836. Last Sunday the third generation of the Jackson Stephens family, with their families, held their annual reunion at the old Stephens' homestead, five miles west of LaGrange. 90 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal July 11,1919 The past week has seen the return of many Lewis county soldiers. The fol- lowing are those names we could learn: Cliff Halde- man, Sylvester Holder, La- Belle; Fred Ferguson, Sgt. Frank Benbow, George Jackson, Canton William H. Guilfoil, Harry Slater, LaGrange; Brudge King and Walter Downing, Mon- ticello. One of the oldest pilots on the Upper Mississippi died suddenly at Canton. He was in the car with his daughter, Mrs. Andy Zenge and they were driving to the fiver to meet the Keokuk. Captain Purmalee was 80 years old and had spent a large part of his life on the fiver. 120 YEARS-AGO The Lewis Co. Journal July 11,1929 The post office at May- wood was also too lucra- tive to leave in the hands of a Democrat and the Majors have secured the removal of Mr. Caldwell and re- placed him with another of the high tariff disciples, Mr. Church of that place. C-1 board approves budget reductions The Lewis CoUnty C-1 ing supply budget and text- ted by Amy Winters, chair- Board met on June 10. book budget at HES and person of PDC. The board accepted the resignation of Joyce Ham- lin. She was an instructor for 36 years. Contracts were extend- ed to Cory Kessler for fifth grade science and Bryndt Quisenberry for elemen- tary art for the 2009-2010 school year. Summer contracts were extended to various personnel. Reductions in the bud- get were approved includ- HHS. No new buses were included in the budget. Insurance was dis- cussed and the board ap- proved an increase in its specific and increase the deductible. District paid in- surance per employee was increased. The Board voted 5-1 to increase the base salary from $27,650 to $28,000. The Board approved the 2009-2010 Professional Development Plan submit- Mark Lueckenhoff and representatives form the Technology committee gave a report. Sharon Sherwood sub- mitted the Reading Pro- gram Review for the 2008- 09 school year at HES. The board approved the Athletic Eligibility Handbook for the 2009-10 school year. The next meeting will be July 8 with open session beginning at 6:00 p.m.