November 29, 2001

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Deer season is over for now, but I can't resist putting it into editorial one last time. Well this doesn't have to much to do with actual deer hunting, but I already had a What If done for this week so I'll use the Conservation Department angle to get into this outdoor space.

I'm not going to mince words. What were the people of Clark County thinking? How can you elect a sheriff that less than two years into office has already been found guilty of poaching in Iowa and now faces similar charges right here in Scotland County. I won't even go into the sexual misconduct charges that he is currently being investigated for by the FBI.

I'll get back to chastising the sheriff but first I want to applaud the work of our local conservation agent. It is refreshing to know that no one is above the law and that all individuals are treated equally. I think we should stop and think about what these officers are doing during deer season. I suspect they deal with more armed suspects in those 12 days than most law enforcement officers see in a lifetime. That's right, nearly every suspect they approach for hunting violations typically is carrying a high powered rifle or some other firearm. Hats off to the work the conservation agents do.

Now back to the poaching sheriff. He allegedly was caught spotlighting deer in northeast Scotland County. At least it was during the firearms season and he was not using an illegal weapon as he and a friend did in Van Buren County Iowa when they shot a deer with a high powered rifle during the Iowa archery season. Even during the Iowa gun season, rifles are not allowed as hunters must use shotguns with slugs. As most people around here remember, the sheriff's action's made us the butt of a cruel editorial from a muckraker at an Iowa newspaper. That's right, all Missourians were lumped into the same category because of the sheriff's actions. With all the recent problems the sheriff has had I wouldn't be surprised to see a poaching sheriff story on the O'Reilly Factor or maybe even 60 Minutes.

I can't imagine what this is doing for the Clark County court system, specifically the prosecution, which must call the sheriff as a witness in court hearings and legal action. I suspect the defense attorneys are having a ball working in cases involving the sheriff. "So Mr. Sheriff, were you using your deer poaching spotlight to locate the defendant as he fled across the field?" Oh well, maybe Clark County will have less speeders, because so many drivers have seen the sheriff pointing his spotlight out the window of his vehicle that they assumed it was a radar gun.

I joke about this issue because it frustrates me. I believe in hunting ethics. I also believe that when you take on a role as a public servant, you should realize that you represent those that elect you. Not only has Clark County received a black eye from their sheriff's activities but as most of us realize, northeast Missouri is one large unit as far as most Missourians are concerned. Used to be when you told people you were from Memphis they would say "You mean the place with the great steak house with all the mugs hanging from the ceiling." Now when you say you are from Memphis, or Edina or LaBelle, they're going to say. "Oh yea, isn't that where that poaching sheriff is from?"

Living Life Over


After pursuing a number of options for the future expansion of the Memphis Cemetery, the city council on December 1st, approved a contract to purchase 20 acres of ground adjacent to the site.

The board of aldermen voted 4-0 to enter a contract with Davis and Melinda Burrus to purchase 20 acres that connect to the southwest corner of the current cemetery grounds.  The contract price of $100,000 will be paid with existing cemetery maintenance funds.

A gracious gift to the community from the Baker family has left a perpetual maintenance fund for the cemetery.  Interest from this fund is earmarked for maintenance at the facility as well as for upkeep and expansion of the grounds.

With a projected maximum 800-900 burial sites available per acre, the purchase should secure the cemetery’s needs for many decades.


While the region got its first real snowstorm of the season the evening of November 30th and morning of December 1st, Scotland County was spared the brunt of the weather system that hit the Midwest leaving snow and ice across a wide swatch in Missouri and Illinois.

Columbia was the center of the snow, with as much as 15 inches falling in the state’s midsection.  The weather bogged down Interstate 70 and actually forced the Missouri Department of Transportation to close down the major highway system in three central Missouri counties on Friday as accidents, stranded vehicles, and the mounds of snow were removed.

Scotland County was on the north edge of the storms, with the region reporting a wide variety of precipitation.  The City of Memphis reported anywhere from two to four inches of snow while the Downing area as well as north of Memphis had less snow.  Residents in Gorin and Rutledge reported approximately double the amount of snow in Memphis, forcing the Scotland County R-1 School District to cancel classes on Friday, December 1st.


Danette and Denis Clatt are learning that the Christmas season can be a busy time at a flower shop.  The couple recently opened Countryside Flowers on Highway 136 in Memphis and have been busily filling holiday orders.

Countryside Flowers officially opened December 2 offering a wide variety of flowers and silk arrangements as well as plants, stuffed animals and balloons.  Christmas arrangements and Poinsettias are also available.

The Clatt’s purchased the former Springhouse building in November and spent the month before the grand opening refurbishing some of the facilities including installation of a new heating system, a new flower cooler, and new carpeting.

In addition to the flower shop and future deli, the Countryside Flowers building also houses Barb’s Family Hair Care.


Farm Counseling Services, Inc. of Memphis received confirmation December 5 from Paul Schlaubach, Council Director of the United Methodist Eastern Conference, St. Louis, they will be receiving potatoes as a result of “The Potato Project” Thursday, December 18, at 10 a.m.

“The Potato Project” is organized by the society of St. Andrew, an inter faith organization located in Virginia.  The group organized “The Potato Project” to distribute excess potatoes donated by Wisconsin growers.

There are no income guidelines, the potatoes will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.  There will be 40,000 lbs., a semi-tractor trailer load of various size bags.  They will be distributed from the Puria Feed building formerly “Richardson Feeds” located on the north edge of Memphis, just off highway 15.  Distribution of the potatoes need to be made as quickly as possible due to unpredictable weather changes.

Donations are accepted, however, no one is turned away.  Any possible changes due to weather conditions or unforeseen complications will be announced.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports investigation of an accident occurring on Route A in Scotland County at 12:55 p.m. Monday, December 6th.

A milk truck, driven south by John Barnes, 24, of Memphis, was reportedly crowded of the road and as the driver attempted to return, he lost control and the vehicle overturned.

The driver received a bruised hand and was to seek treatment later.

There was extensive damage to the truck and the milk and dairy supplies were ruined.


In case you haven’t noticed, the Christmas lights on the square have been turned on.  The square is tastefully decorated with lights running around the edges and also to the corners of the courthouse.

Being held this year is an outline of lights on the tops of the stores around the square.  The work has been completed installing these lights and they will be turned on as soon as the city connections have been made.

It is worth your while to make a trip to town to see these beautiful decorations which look better each year.


Most folks say that necessity is the mother of invention.

Henry Adams, local postmaster, must surely be an ardent believer in the old saying.

In order to alleviate the usual Christmas card bottleneck, Postmaster Adams constructed a frame large enough to accommodate two mail sacks.

In one mail sack patrons were requested to place local letters and in the other letters to be mailed out of town.  By placing a few barn door hooks at strategic points on the top of the frame the sacks were held invitingly open to receive mail.

By using this method the congestion at the windows was relieved to a great extent and the speed with which the mail was dispatched was increased.

We asked Postmaster Adams if the idea was original, and his only comment was that he had never seen one like it before.

It is a good idea anyhow and patrons are using it.  The only drawback according to Adams is that there is insufficient room for a sign large enough to explain fully to everyone the intent of the two lobby mail sacks. Every once in a while, someone asks what the sacks are for.


R.G. Harris purchased the Stine building on South Market Street from Mrs. C. C. Ingram of Columbia, MO, Saturday morning.

The building at the present time is occupied by the James Montgomery garage, W.E. Hariott, tire recapping service, and James Kitts, produce.

After extensive repairs and changes are made in the building, the Chevrolet sales and services will be moved to the Stine building and the Buick sales and Case implement business will be continued in the present location of the Harris Motor Company on South Main Street.

This is the first change of location of Chevrolet sales since the agency for the Chevrolet was taken by Morris Brothers over 30 years ago.  Chevrolets have been sold in this building continuously since that time.

G. Harris recently purchased a lot on Grand Avenue and expected to build a new building at that location. However, building materials have not been available and the erection of the building could not be completed for some time to come. Mr. Harris states that he expects to continue with his building plans later on.

Townsend Plan

In 1933 Dr. Francis E. Townsend was a country-bred physician who had gone to California several years earlier to recover his health and seek a livelihood. When the Depression struck, most of his savings were lost and he had to accept an appointment with the Long Beach City Health Office. He was almost sixty-seven when he lost his job with the Health Office, and his feelings about the plight of the elderly began to intensify. He devised the “Townsend Plan,” which would  have guaranteed all United States citizens over the age of 60 a pension of $200 a month, with no work requirement. His plan would have been funded by a small “transaction tax” levied by the government. The plan called for the entire $200 to be spent each month by each recipient, thereby stimulating the economy. When Townsend described his plan to the aged, almost immediate support sprang up across the nation and Townsend Clubs were organized in every part of the country. All of Townsend’s attempts to push the Townsend Plan into law failed. The Social Security Act that was passed by Congress in 1935 as part of the New Deal became the government program that was intended to free people from the insecurity of old age. Dr. Townsend never stopped pushing his pension plan, but its appeal was lessened by the prosperity of the post-World War II years and improvements in private, state and federal pension benefits. Dr. Townsend died in Los Angeles, California in 1960.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Death’s Testimony

Isn’t Fall a most beautiful time of the year?  It’s my favorite.  The color scheme from God’s creative pallet is so awesome that even the finest photographers may catch only a momentary glimpse.  Eventually, naked trees stand as if death to the beauty made the final call.

Yet, we know that such isn’t true.

The bare trees remain poised in Winter pregnancy ready to give birth in the Spring. Of course, we celebrate!

Flower bulbs are similar.  In order to become their utmost fulfillment, they must first be buried in their little flower cemeteries.  These must pass away (give way) to the temporary processes of death in order to experience the stature of a newly resurrected life.

When death has been used as a step-ladder into a higher calling, these little guy bulbs and gal bulbs will burst through the ground in some sort of divine resurrection power to take our breath away with renewed and vibrant beauty.  Death isn’t a final statement; but rather, is involved in the life-giving process.  What Satan intended as hurtful, God redesigns as blessings.

Death of plants and bulbs and dying leaves are perpetual testimonies of death.  Their message: DEATH ENDS.  Death comes to an end because life eradicates death’s grip.

By faith, we believe this to be true for humanity because Jesus paved the way.  Killed and put away, he created a scandal of sorts that his own death was, in reality, quite weak when it had been assumed by all that it had the final say.

Not.  So.  Jesus returned.  Death was shunned.  Life is possessed.  We carry such a dependable hope!

Death’s testimony is that it carries a powerful bark; but it has no eternal bite.  Thank you God!


Warning Sound

Sometimes sitting in a tree stand can be boring. It’s not like you see deer every minute you’re hunting or even every day you go. Most mornings in the stand last for several hours and even though you may see deer, the window for those sightings is small. I might come home after a hunt and brag that I saw 10 deer, but I may have seen them all in one 45 minute period. What one sees during the other four hours is mixture of birds, bugs, and bushes. And then there are the squirrels. They are our hunting partners. They are the sentinels that are ever aware of any new traveler that comes under their tree. Their bark is a guaranteed warning that a sure or possible predator is visiting the neighborhood. And they love to cry out at the sight of an oncoming deer. For the hunter who is on the verge of a complete coma, they snap us back to hunter mode. During a recent trip away, I depended on them every day to be my eyes and ears when my mind was preoccupied with something else. I can’t tell you how many times they let me know a buck was approaching. They were as dependable as if I had seen the deer myself.

During those days in the stand with my hunting-partner squirrels, I was reminded how dependent each of us is on one another. We all have our abilities and may even be extremely gifted in certain areas. All of us also live in a certain type of world. We are used to the same sights and sounds. As a result we can become insensitive to our surroundings. After all, we are in them every day. Sometimes we need others to hear what we cannot hear and see what we cannot see. We need someone different to show us what familiarity has blinded us to. We need a warning sound that comes from another place. We need fresh ears and eyes.

Is there a situation in your life that needs attention? It may be in your home or business? While you may know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish, the way to accomplish it may not come from those in your circle. It may come from another source. It may come from an unfamiliar sound – from someone who has a perspective that you do not have. Don’t ignore it. Many times these are the ones who can move you to the place you need to go to accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

SCR-I Dominates Newtown-Harris 77-4 in Tourney Opener

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Scotland County went about its work on Monday night in the opener of the Novinger Tourney. The Lady Tigers who are looking for their ninth straight Novinger Tourney title, entered bracket play as the top seed, taking on #8 seed Newtown-Harris.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the first period and then spent much of the second half trying to avoid scoring too many points en route to a 77-4 victory.

Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer to open the contest for SCR-I. Despite never deploying its full-court press, SCR-I’s half court man-to-man defense still generated plenty of turnovers and the Lady Tigers poured in 10 straight points in transition capped by Chelsea Wood. The center picked off an errant pass and went coast-to-coast through traffic for the score.

Scotland County dominated the boards as well, cleaning up missed shots with offensive rebounds. Ashleigh Creek had six first quarter points coming from her work on the offensive glass.

With a home junior varsity game on Monday night as well, SCR-I dressed just seven players for the varsity tourney.  That still offered plenty of depth. Sadie Davis came off the bench to sink a pair of three-pointers in the second period.

SCR-I dialed back the fast break with the big lead. The half court offense proved plenty potent even without the transition game. Newtown-Harris had trouble defending the high-low pass in the post. Wood was the main benefactor, as she received several open looks on nice passes from fellow post player Creek, leading to some easy buckets.

Davis’s second three-pointer of the period just beat the buzzer and gave SCR-I a 53-2 lead at the half.

Scotland County further slowed down the offense in the third period, with Coach Cory Shultz demanding a minimum number of passes before SCR-I took a shot.

The results were much of the same. Bair drained a three pointer on the first possession. Creek and Wood continued their strong games in the paint, cleaning up missed shots with points on the offensive rebounds. But the third period was mostly about the Mad(d)ies. Maddie Brassfield scored in the paint on a nice pass from Bair before converting a three-point play on an offensive rebound. Madie Bondurant added a pair of field goals off the bench as SCR-I extended the lead to 70-2.

SCR-I went into a full-blown stall the final five minutes of the contest, refusing to take wide open shots while running through the offense as the clock ticked away on the 77-4 victory.

Wood finished with 20 points to lead Scotland County to the win. Bair had 19 points and Brassfield had 16 points while Creek finished with 10.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Keller, Coy Wedding



Matt and Lisa Coy of Kaysville, Utah and Dr. Ronald and Blanche Keller of Memphis, Missouri are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Joshua McIntosh Keller and Kelsey Rae Coy. They were married September 3, 2016, at the Bountiful Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That evening they were honored at a reception at the Rock Chapel Courtyard in Kaysville, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School, the bride served 18 months on a Spanish speaking LDS mission in Mesa, Arizona. She is a senior at Brigham Young University where she is studying English and Business Management. Josh attended Scotland County High School before serving two years on an LDS mission in Villahermosa, Mexico. He is currently attending Brigham Young University, preparing for medical school. They reside in Provo, Utah.

2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour Sunday


The Boyer Retreat, owned by Shelly Boyer and Natalie Cook, located at 229 N. Clay in Memphis, will be one of the homes featured on the 2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour.  This Victorian style home underwent restoration and beautiful changes by the previous owners, Keith and Michelle Klein.  The couple also remodeled the home’s kitchen.  With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, Shelly and Natalie are opening the house for lodging.  Their motto is “Let us be your home away from home.”  Home Tour guests are reminded that parking for the Boyer Retreat is limited.  The Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th.  Tickets will be available the day of the Tour only at Tumbleweeds on the square in Memphis starting at 12:45 p.m.  Ticket price is $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Scotland County 4-H Extension Council.

Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter: Expected Snowfall Between 15 and 20 Inches 


Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets.

Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Nina conditions that are in the Pacific. Generally, when that happens, we get that jet stream that is coming down from Alaska and cutting through the central United States then back up the east coast. It usually leads to cooler conditions in our part of the world.

“I look for that forecast to continue through the winter.”

The average winter temperature hovers around 32 degrees in Missouri. Lupo said that average temperatures should hang around 30 degrees this winter.

“Right now, we’re watching Alaska and Siberia,” Lupo said. “Siberia is pretty snow covered right now. We’re getting cold air masses built up there, which is very normal. There is a lot of cold air on the Russian side of the globe. We watch that to see if it has any tendency to nose into Alaska. When it does, and you get these La Nina situations, the jet stream can punch up into the northern regions and push that cold air into the United States.

“That’s what we’re watching right now. The Siberian cold seems to be deeper and larger than normal.”

Lupo added that precipitation should stay around normal, with 15 to 20 inches falling.

“Typically, in Missouri, you get four inches of snow and it goes away,” Lupo said. “Then you get two inches of snow and it goes away. This year, with cooler temperatures, that snow may stick around a little bit longer.”

If the winter temperatures do average 30 degrees, it will be very different than last year. Lupo said last year’s winter was one of the warmest in Missouri history. Average temperatures were 37 degrees, five degrees above normal.

“That’s a pretty healthy warm anomaly, to be that far above normal,” Lupo said.

Lupo said that Missouri has seen a variety of weather patterns this year. The spring was cooler than normal and the summer was warmer than normal. The summer is usually dry as well, but was wetter in 2016.

“The heat was just constant during the summer months,” Lupo said. “We didn’t get any cool spells and no 100-degree heat. It was very consistent.”

The warm weather continued into the fall.

“Right now, we’re on track to have the second warmest fall ever,” Lupo said. “It’s been unreal. After the warmest fall, in 1931, they had the warmest winter ever. I don’t think that’s going to happen in 2016, but there certainly is precedent for something like that to occur.

“If it doesn’t cool down and this warm fall continues, I’ll be eating crow and we’ll have a very warm winter.”

Regardless of where the temperatures end up, Lupo said it’s important to be prepared for whatever happens, especially if cold weather comes.

“You want to have some things on hand like candles and blankets, put some of that in your car just in case,” Lupo said. “Carry some kitty litter or sand in the back of your trunk. It helps with the weight and, if you are stuck, you can use some of it under your tires to give you traction.

“Just be prepared.”

Lady Tigers Ranked #7 in State to Start Season

The Scotland County Lady Tigers were ranked #7 in the 2016-17 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll recently released.

Skyline, which returns the bulk of its lineup from last year’s third place team in state, earned the #1 ranking in girls Class 2.

Hartville slotted in at #2 followed by SCR-I’s new Class 2 District 6 foes, Clopton, ranked at #3.

Plato comes in at #4 with New Franklin, the team SCR-I lost to last season in the state quarterfinals, earning the #5 ranking.

Norwood is ranked just ahead of SCR-I at #6 with Van Buren, Purdy and Tipton rounding out the MBCA Class 2 Missouri Top 10.

Despite going 28-2 last year, Scotland County failed to earn a state ranking until the post season poll, that had the Lady Tigers ranked 9th.

District also features two top 10 teams on the boys side as well.

After knocking off SCR-I in the district championship and advancing to the Elite Eight a season ago, Knox County is ranked #7 in the boys pre-season poll. Clopton is ranked #9.

Hartville is the top ranked boys team in the state in Class 2, followed by Mansfield, Stanberry, Crane, Vienna and Thayer. Ellington is ranked #8 and Purdy comes in at #10.

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Thursday, December 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, December 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Apple Cinnamon Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, December 5 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, December 6 –Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, December 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, December 1 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices, Fresh Fruit

Friday, December 2 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Banana

Monday, December 5 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Chocolate Pudding, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, December 6 – Bar BQ Hamburger, Bar BQ Hot Dogs, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Oven Ready Fries, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Dec. 7 –Salisbury Steak, Chicken Alfredo, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, December 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

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