October 4, 2001

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

The now infamous fall fishing extravaganza in Michigan has come and gone once again for the crew from Memphis as I led the group of salmon catchers to the Pierre Marquette River this past weekend for our second excursion in the northern waters.

The trip is well worth it regardless of whether we catch any fish or not, but lets just say we added to the enjoyment of the outing by capitalizing on some good fortune in the fishing end of the journey as well. That truly is the best way to describe the trip, as it was filled with good fortune all around, well except for one buddy ruining his favorite shirt and another experiencing some personal plumbing problems along the way. Toss out the few miscues like our unplanned two hour tour of the greater Grand Rapids area, and a pre-dawn jaunt in search of a fabled river access along a couple cheese grater roads that gave one a new appreciation of pot holes, and good fortune was all we had.

We opened up the first day of fishing with a bang. The newest member of our group, the lone first timer on the trip, hooked into a pair of salmon right off the bat. He was sure to let us know that it was anything but beginner's luck. The rest of the crew found the fishing nearly as good, as everyone landed at least one fish before I ever even had a salmon bump my line. I was a bit discouraged. That's when I made "The Switch". Nothing was working so I decided I might as well put down my favorite fishing pole and switch to my fly rod. Prior to this week, this was a questionable purchase I made specifically for salmon fishing, yet had never got any return. Now it is being considered as wise an investment as buying stock in the early days of Microsoft.

Before the first day ended, I had hooked no fewer than two dozen fish, and even landed half a dozen, including a nice 22-pound monster that took me nearly 30 minutes to net. It was by far the best day of fishing I had ever had in the history of my annual Michigan travels.

But that was not all. After an uneventful start to day two, fate intervened and we met up with a Detroit fisherman I had met on several previous trips while spending some down time in the fly shop. He told us of a spot where we could catch and keep fish. It was an hour away from our current site but proved well worth the drive. While the new spot looked like an overpopulated Bennett Springs on opening morning. It ultimately thinned out and we were able to once again get into some excellent fishing that saw us put five fish on the stringers and release several more.

Our good fortune carried forward into the final stages of the trip. We joked with one of the locals at the fish cleaning station about how good he was and before we knew it a deal was struck for him to clean our fish as well

for a nominal fee. It is amazing the size of fillets that come off a 20-pound fish. I can only hope that salmon for dinner brings me 1/10 as much enjoyment as salmon on the end of the fly rod did.


Extension Council to Host 4th Annual Concert Fundraiser

The Scotland County Extension Council will be holding its Fourth Annual Christmas Music Show on December 12, 2018 at the Memphis Theatre.

The fundraiser will feature several talented local performers. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.00 each the night of the performance.  The fun will begin at 7 p.m.

The money from the Christmas Music Show helps with expenses in the Extension Office.  Scotland County Extension office is open from 8:30 am to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday offering such services as soil testing, canner lid testing, plant identification, and farm record books to name just a few. The local office also provides access to a wide variety of specialists statewide in numerous fields through the University of Missouri Extension system.

Tigers No Match For #2 Ranked Wildcats

Milan looked the part of the #2 ranked team in Missouri Class 2 basketball, blasting Scotland County 60-30 in the second round of the Tri Rivers Conference Classic in Queen City on November 26th.

The former league rivals squared off in the inaugural tournament featuring past members of the TRC and the Wildcats took control early with a full-court zone press. SCR-I battled turnovers early on, allowing Milan to build a 16-5 lead in the opening quarter.

The margin expanded to 29-8 at the break, as SCR-I was held to just two field goals in the game’s first 16 minutes.

SCR-I finally found some offense in the form of sophomore Kade Richmond, who sank a three-pointer and added another bucket. He was forced into the lineup due to an ankle injury to Matthew Woods.

After keeping leading scorer Will Fromm in check most of the game, the senior finally broke through the Wildcats” defense in the fourth period with a pair of field goals, but it wasn’t enough as Milan cruised to the 60-30 win.

Fromm led the Tigers in scoring with 143 points. Richmond and fellow sophomore Carson Harrison each had five points.

Scotland County dropped to 0-2 with the loss.

Last Second Free Throws Send Milan to 54-52 Win Over Lady Tigers

Kaylyn Anders scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds versus Milan.

Fans at Wednesday night’s Milan versus Scotland County girls basketball game may have felt like they were watching a tennis match instead, as the breakneck pace of the game at times had them whipping their heads back and forth from one end of the court to the other.

Milan held final serve, as the Wildcats sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to post a 54-52 victory in the second round of the Tri Rivers Conference Classic in Queen City on November 26th.

An evening after hitting on all cylinders in an impressive victory over Knox County, SCR-I misfired early and often, falling behind Milan 10-2 in a sloppy first quarter.

The Lady Tigers battled back to tie the game at 18-18 at the half, forcing 32 first half turnovers by Milan.

That trend continued in the second half, as both squads continued to battle the turnover bug. The two squads combined for a whopping 75 turnovers, including 43 by the Wildcats.

Unfortunately a frigid shooting night for SCR-I prevented the Lady Tigers from taking advantage of all of the extra opportunities. A three-pointer by Freshman Hannah Feeney was the lone field goal recorded on the night by SCR-I outside of the paint. Overall, SCR-I shot just 27%, making 19 of 68 shots, including 1 of 14 from behind the arc.

Kaylyn Anders kept SCR-I in the game from the free throw line, sinking nine of 13 from the charity stripe.

Milan built a 37-34 lead to close the fourth quarter before SCR-I battled back to knot the score at 52-52 on a runner by Micah Cooley with under 30 seconds to play. Milan caught a break as a foul was whistled on the Wildcats’ final possession, resulting in a pair of free throws that proved the difference in the 54-52 victory.

Scotland County fell to 1-2 on the year with the defeat.

Anders led Scotland County in scoring with 19 points. She also grabbed 14 rebounds. Khloe Hamlin had eight points and also grabbed six rebounds and had six steals. and Katie Feeney added eight points.

Scotland County 4-H Council Installs New Officers

The Scotland County 4-H Council met on November 3, 2018 in the Scotland County R-I Elementary gym following the 4-H Recognition Event.

Morgan Blessing called the meeting to order. The Pledges were led by the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club.  Elsie Kigar presented the Secretary’s Report while Brock Aylward presented the Treasurer’s report.

Under new business the 2018-19 officer were installed.  President – Anna Triplett; Vice President – Morgan Blessing; Secretary – Elsie Kigar; Treasurer – Shelby Troutman; Reporter – Lauren Triplett; Female Advisor – Alisa Kigar; and Male Advisor – Josh McSparren.

All volunteers must update their 4-H Online account by December 1st.  The next Superintendent board meeting is November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Building.  Kristy Eggleston-Wood presented a SPIN club idea.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

Submitted by:  Lauren Triplett, Reporter

Scotland County 4-H Clubs Host 2018 Recognition Event

Chris and Amy Talbert were presented the Business Friend of 4-H award for their support of the local clubs during 2018.

The 2018 Scotland County 4-H Recognition Event was held on November 3, 2018 at the Scotland County Elementary gym. The Recognition Event is held to acknowledge achievements of those in 4-H from the 2017-2018 4-H year.

Clover Kids is a program for 5-7 year olds interested in joining 4-H. Unit One Clover Kids for the 2017-18 4-H year were: Aly Ambrose, Kanten Burnett, Emalyn Campbell, Addy Frederick, Christian Fuller, Rhet Ketchum, Quenton Long, Kierstyn Moore, Clayton Probst, Cooper Small, Carson Tague, Bryleigh Ward, Brody Wheeler, Emma Whitney, and Cutter Witherow.  Unit Two Clover Kids for the 2017-18 4-H year were: Cora Ketchum, Ava Stott, Mya Stott, Eli Mauck, Christopher Cowell, and Ally Arey.  Unit Three Clover Kids for the 2017-18 4-H year were:  Denny Black, Alyssa Kirchner, Lanie Mallett, MaKenna Musgrove, and Charlotte Tallman.

Tara Shultz received the Friend of 4-H award for 2018 presented by Alisa Kigar.

Members of the three 4-H clubs completing project records for the previous year were recognized with a member pin and certificate.  Members of Azen Jolly Timers were:  First year – Laney Doster; Second year – Megan Frederick, Jacob Stott, Zada Ketchum, Kendall Small, and Lilly Frederick; Third year – Kwayde Hamilton; Fourth year – Karli Hamilton, Kendal Anderson, Shelby Troutman, and Brenna Phillips; Fifth year – Abby Doster, Baileigh Phillips, and Katie Miller.  Members of Gorin Go-Getters were:  First year – Cason Talbert; Second year – Layla Baker; Third year – Dane Blessing and Isaac Exner; Fourth year – Beau Triplett and Carlee Smith; Fifth year – Ethan Blessing, Corbin Blessing, and Hugh Baker; Sixth year – Lauren Triplett; Seventh year – Clara Davis; Eighth year – Morgan Blessing and Anna Triplett; and Ninth year – Luke Triplett.  Members of Jolly Jacks and Jills were:  First year – Levi Tague, Lilly Wheeler, and Morgan Jackson; Second year – Hannah Whitney, Wesley McSparren, and Sadie Jackson; Third year – Mason Mallett and Kadence Burnett; Fifth year – Elsie Kigar; Sixth year – Eli Kigar; and Ninth year – Conner Wiggins.

Connor Wiggins received the Outstanding 4-H Member award for 2018.

Volunteer 4-H leaders were recognized with certificates of recognition.  Azen Jolly Timers first year leader was Christopher Kempke.  Gorin Go-Getters first year leaders are: Keri Hinds, Deidra Musgrove, and Missy Smith.  Jolly Jacks and Jills first year leaders were:  Shellie Jackson, Curtis Mallett, and Laci Wheeler. Jim Kigar and Ian Kirchner were recognized as fifth year leaders.  Leaders being recognized with ten years of volunteer service are:  Amanda Mohr, Waltedda Blessing, and Dawn Triplett.  Sarah McSparren was presented with her fifteen- year recognition pen.

Those 4-H members completing a recognition form, which is an accumulation of information about the 4-H members projects, were acknowledged at the event.  Those 4-H members are:  Katie Miller, Lilly Frederick, Wesley, McSparren, Hannah Whitney, Eli Kigar, Morgan Jackson, Conner Wiggins, Mason Mallett, Kendal Anderson, Abby Doster, Zada Ketchum, Laney Doster, Lauren Triplett, Sadie Jackson, Bryn Aylward, Elsie Kigar, Eli Kigar, Kendall Small, and Kenna Campbell.

Wesley McSparren received a 4-H Junior Achievement award at the 2018 recognition event.

The People’s Choice Table Setting Award was presented to Elsie Kigar. Kenna Campbell won a Farm Bureau cookbook for the Top Foods Recognition Report form for the 4-H year. 4-H Community Service Awards were presented to Azen Jolly Timers and Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Clubs.  Club Seals were presented to the three 4-H Clubs. Receiving gold seals were Azen Jolly Timers and Jolly Jacks and Jills, while Gorin Go-Getters received a silver seal.  The Junior Achievement awards were presented to Zada Ketchum and Wesley McSparren.  The overall Outstanding 4-H Member was Conner Wiggins.  The 2017-18 Friend of 4-H for the business division was TNT Foam & Roof Coatings and the Individual Friend of 4-H was Tara Shultz.

Zada Ketchum received a 4-H Junior Achievement award at the 2018 recognition event.

Shooting Sports Awards were presented at the Recognition Event.  Those 4-H members earning ribbons during the Missouri State 4-H shoot were: Isaac Exner, Lilly Frederick, Eli Kigar, Elsie Kigar, Wesley McSparren, Eric Mohr, and Brenna Phillips.

4-H Recognition Event was a well-attended event honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 2017-18 4-H members.

Fire Destroys Neagle Home Near Rutledge

A Tuesday evening fire has left a Rutledge man homeless. According to the Rutledge Fire Department, the residence of David Neagle was completely destroyed by the blaze, which was reported around 8:30 p.m.

“We fought under freezing temperatures, but by the time we arrived the house was fully engulfed,” said Rutledge Fire Chief Javi Gil. “David Neagle lost absolutely everything in the fire.”

The Gorin Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call, as volunteers from both departments battled the flames and the weather conditions. The Rutledge Department was on the scene until 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26th.

Neagle was not injured in the blaze, and was also able to safely secure his dogs.

Gil said the official cause of the fire has not yet been made by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, but he believed it likely was caused by the home’s wood burning stove.

The Rutledge Fire Department has started a GoFundMe online donation service for Neagle, who lost everything in the fire. In three days, donors have raised nearly $2,300 of the target $6,000 in donations. To donate search for RutledgeFire at gofundme.com

Gift of a Livable World

Dear Editor,

As we head into the holiday season of gift-giving, I think about the greatest gift I can give my four beautiful grandchildren. This year, that gift is, without a doubt, the possibility of a livable world.

The 4th National Climate Assessment, recently released by the Trump Administration, describes a world that is becoming less and less livable. It describes increasingly hotter temperatures and prolonged drought and downpour cycles in the Midwest. It describes an increase in pests, disease and soil erosion. It predicts a precipitous drop in corn and soy yields. And it describes a myriad of health challenges that we will face if we don’t do something to correct course and reduce the amount of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. This is not the world I want for my grandchildren, nor for yours.

Last week, however, several Members of Congress gave my grandchildren, and all of us, a wonderful holiday gift! Two Republican and three Democrats introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all revenue to households equally. This is a market-based approach favored widely by economists that will drive down carbon pollution while putting money in people’s pockets, which in turn is good for the economy. It gives me hope that we can indeed leave our children and grandchildren a livable world.

In well-representing the people of northern Missouri, our Congressman Sam Graves has committed to working towards reducing our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions while protecting the economy. His support of this bipartisan bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would exemplify this commitment, and be a great gift to us all.

Sharon Bagatell,

Rutledge

Tigers Conquer Adversity to Earn First Victory Under New Coach

Will Fromm scored 18 points to lead Scotland County to its first win of the season on Saturday.

Coach Kyle Ellison had to be wondering at one point Saturday afternoon if the world was working against him in his efforts to secure his first victory as Scotland County boys basketball head coach.

Already missing two starters due to injury, the Tigers lost Kaden Anders to a bloody nose midway through Saturday’s consolation game at the Tri Rivers Conference Classic in Queen City. While trainers worked to stop the bleeding and clean up his jersey, for much of the third period, Jared Dunn was whistled for his fourth foul, shrinking the bench even further.

Scotland County saw its halftime lead slipping away before Will Fromm hit a three-pointer with 3:48 left on the clock. Sophomore Kade Richmond then drilled a shot from behind the arc to force a Schuyler County timeout with the lead back up to eight.

The Rams cut the deficit to two early in the fourth period, forcing Ellison to bring back Dunn. The senior point guard hit a jumper and then scored on an offensive rebound. Parker Triplett scored in the paint on a nice pass from Caleb Parkins to extend the lead to 44-36.

The Tigers kept things interesting down the stretch with some struggles at the free throw line. The Tigers made just two of eight free throws down the stretch, but the defense held up as the Tigers secured the 46-36 win.

Scotland County improved to 1-2 on the year. Fromm led the team in scoring with 18 points and Dunn finished with 11. Cody Amen led Schuyler County (0-3) with 15 points.

Milan won the TRCC title with a 66-46 victory over Clark County while Knox County secured third place with a 61-50 win over Putnam County.

Free Throws Pave Path to Tourney Title for Lady Tigers

Kylee Stott scores on the fast break in Scotland County’s tournament title victory.

Scotland County road a big advantage at the free throw line Saturday evening to title town, hoisting the first ever Tri Rivers Conference Classic championship trophy after a 47-38 win over Clark County.

The Lady Tigers avenged a season opening loss to the Indians thanks in large part to the charity stripe. SCR-I lived at the line, sinking 21 free throws on the evening to secure the victory.

Scotland County jumped out to the early lead behind all-tourney players Kaylyn Anders and Katie Feeney. The duo combined for the first nine points before Micah Cooley scored in the paint on a nice pass from Madie Bondurant to put SCR-I on top 11-6 to close the first period.

The lead grew to 20-13 at the half, as SCR-I continued to get to the free throw line. The lead could have been larger, but SCR-I converted just 6 of 13 free throws in the first half.

A basket by Katie Feeney and a three-pointer by Hannah Feeney extended the lead to double digits to start the third period, but Clark County answered with a 10-2 run to pull with 25-23 midway through the period.

SCR-I opened the fourth period with a 5-0 run to create some separation. The lead grew to 39-30 when Cooley again scored in the paint on a nice pass from Bondurant.

SCR-I then began using the clock to its advantage, skillfully burning away more than two minutes, keeping the ball away from the Indians defense and ultimately forcing Clark County to foul to stop the clock.

Kylee Stott sank two free throws and Hannah Feeney also was a perfect 2-2 before Katie Feeney sank two free throws to help seal the 47-38 victory.

Scotland County improved to 2-2 on the year. Katie Feeney led the team in scoring with 15 points on five of seven shooting. Anders added nine points. The senior was named as the tournament MVP after averaging 13.3 points in the three games. Feeney averaged 11 points per contest to also be named to the all-tourney team.

Lady Tigers Light Up Knox County 59-45 in Tourney Opener

Micah Cooley puts in two points in the paint over the Knox County defender.

Perfection is elusive, but on Wednesday night the Scotland County girls basketball team definitely moved the arrow on the season’s gage way into the positive with an impressive 59-45 victory over Knox County in the opening round of the inaugural Tri Rivers Conference Classic at Queen City.

The Lady Tigers dominated the game’s first 12 minutes, smothering the Lady Eagles with a turnover magnet full-court press while converting on the offensive end at a high rate as well.

After failing to make a single three-pointer in the season opener, SCR-I broke though right out of the gates as Madie Bondurant connected from behind the arc for a 3-0 lead.

After a pair of free throws by Micah Cooley, Knox County tied the game at 5-5. That was as close as the Lady Eagles would ever get.

A pair of free throws by Katie Feeney gave SCR-I a 7-5 lead and started an 8-0 SCR-I run as Kylee Stott turned a steal into a fast break bucket followed by a driving score by Feeney. Freshman Hannah Feeney came off the bench and converted on back-to-back possessions to push the score to 15-7. Kaylyn Anders scored a pair of baskets in the paint before Katie Feeney punctuated the first period with a three pointer to give SCR-I the 22-12 lead.

SCR-I continued to pour in on to start the second period. Anders had a pair of field goals before Khloe Hamlin connected on a three-pointer. Bondurant scored on a nifty step-through move before freshman Emiley Dial converted an offensive rebound to make the score 36-16.

The Lady Tigers finally cooled off a bit and Knox County closed the first half on a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 36-25 at the intermission.

Katie Feeney was forced to the bench early in the third period when she made a steal and was fouled hard on the fast break. Her sister stepped in off the bench and sank one of the two free throws. Hannah Feeney atoned for the one miss with back-to-back three-pointers to build a 43-31 lead. Katie Feeney returned to sink a three-pointer of her own as SCR-I went on to the 50-36 lead.

Bondurant hit a three-pointer to open the fourth period and Anders added four points in the paint as SCR-I closed out the 59-45 victory.

Scotland County shot 55% on the night, including 7-14 on three-pointers. Anders and Hannah Feeney led a balanced attack with 12 points each. Katie Feeney and Bondurant each had 10 points as all eight Lady Tigers got into the scorebook and SCR-I improved to 1-1 on the year.

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