October 18, 2001

Tigers Defense Holds Off Highland In 22-12 Win

It sure looked like fog rolling in on the first quarter of the Scotland County varsity football game at Highland but the Cougars may have thought it was smoke as the Tigers came out on fire in the opening period.

The Cougars took the opening kick off and got absolutely nothing from the Tigers defense, going just three plays before punting.

SCR-I sent the message on the very first snap as quarterback Aarron Holt hit Curtis Cochran with a 34-yard completion to get things rolling and put the ball in scoring position immediately.

The ground game did the rest of the work as senior Jarrod Talbert and Jeff McBee ground out the remaining 20 yards to give SCR-I the ball inside the 20 yard line.

Holt came up with the drive saving play on third and long as he scrambled around the right side and took the ball to the goal line. It proved to be a big play for the Cougars as well as the corner back came up and made a bruising hit on Holt to stop the ball at the one-yard line.

That would come back to haunt SCR-I as Holt was later forced out of the game in the second period with a concussion.

But the play kept the drive alive and allowed McBee to capitalize on the next play with a one-yard touchdown run. Tim Robinson made the point after attempt kick to make the score 7-0 with 4:41 left in the first period.

The Tigers defense kept up the pressure on Highland on the next possession. The Cougars managed their first first down but that was the lone move of the chains before Highland again was forced to punt.

Aaron Dale gave the Tigers excellent field position with a strong punt return to place the ball a the 41-yard line.

SCR-I went right back to what was working as Holt, concussion and all, again found Cochran on the deep route as he found the junior receiver for the 41-yard TD play. Robinson again nailed the PAT kick to give Scotland County a 14-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first period.

The momentum stayed with the Tigers as the defense kept the pressure on Highland. The Cougars didn't help themselves with a fumbled snap on third down and short that forced the team to punt.

The pattern continued for Scotland County as the very first play of the drive was a long pass. This time Holt hit Kirk Stott across the middle and the senior back nearly broke it for another score but was slowed by a face-mask penalty on the Cougars.

The sophomore tandem of Dale and Joel Myers took over in the backfield and moved the chains before SCR-I had to go back to the air on the key third and long play. Holt drilled the pass into Cochran on the quick slant pattern to pick up the first down.

That's where the luck ran out for SCR-I as the Tigers went to the bag of tricks and pulled out the reverse roll-out pass. Cochran took the second hand off on the reverse and looked down field for Stott in the end zone but the pass was picked off. More importantly, Holt left the game on the play as he took another blow to the head while trying to block on the play.

The broken record continued on defense as the Tigers simply would not budge, giving Highland only three plays before the punt.

SCR-I took over at midfield but the possession was short lived. Cochran, now subbing for Holt was intercepted on his first pass attempt at QB and Highland picked up big yardage on the return all the way to the 19 yard line.

SCR-I looked to have the threat quelled. Cochran broke up a long pass attempt by Highland. Robbie Miller came up with a big sack on second down to back the Cougars up even further. But Highland broke through on third and long as quarterback Clinton Sutter threw one up for grabs and receiver Nick Garkie out-battled the defender for the touchdown reception.

Cochran came up with a point-saving tackle as he stopped the Cougars two-point attempt just short of the goal line to preserve a 14-6 advantage with 3:31 left in the first half.

Things continued to go bad for the Tigers as Highland stopped the Tigers next drive on just three plays. A bad snap on the punt forced SCR-I to turn the ball over to Highland in excellent field position.

The Cougars took advantage once again as Sutter this time found Jerrill Humphrey on a 15-yard pass play with 1:24 left in the first half. The two-point attempt was stopped, preserving the Tigers 14-12 lead at the break.

Scotland County came back out of the locker room without Holt who had been a perfect 5-5 through the air for 118 yards and a touchdown.

The second half was brutal for both offenses. Each team managed just three plays each before punting on the opening possessions.

SCR-I got the first break as Stott gave the Tigers great field position with a long punt return. But the Tigers could not take advantage as Humphrey came up with his third interception of Cochran and returned the ball to midfield to put Highland in business.

The tables turned on the very next play as Cochran stepped in front of Humphrey to intercept the Sutter pass attempt to give the Tigers the ball right back.

But with the passing game silenced, Highland was able to set on the run and stuff the Tigers on just three plays, forcing another punt.

Both teams continued to struggle on offense as they traded punts to run out much of the clock on the third period.

Dale made a big play for SCR-I as he took a low snap on the punt and avoided the blitz before kicking the ball away to save SCR-I big yardage.

Just two plays later the sophomore came up with another huge play. The linebacker scooped up a Highland fumble in the backfield and took it 18 yards for the touchdown. McBee then carried the ball in for the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a commanding 22-12 lead with 1:25 left in the quarter.

Highland had its chances in the fourth period as the Tigers offense continued to be quiet.

Brian Harvey ended the Cougars first possession of the fourth period with a flying sack of the Cougars quarterback. The senior defensive tackle made a diving tackle to stop a Highland drive and force a punt.

Chase Moore stepped up on the next series as he intercepted a Highland pass attempt across the middle to halt a solid Cougars drive.

But SCR-I gave Highland the ball back with the fourth turnover of the game a fumble at the 40-yard line.

The defense continued to answer the challenge. Talbert broke up a pass attempt before McBee and Brett Masden came up with key stops. Cochran made the final stop as he broke up the pass attempt on fourth down to give SCR-I the ball back one final time.

The Tigers ran out the final three minutes of clock. More precisely, Myers ran out the clock as he punished the Highland defense as he picked up a trio of first downs to run out the clock.

Myers finished the game with 51 yards on nine carries to lead the ground attack. Talbert finished with 47 yards on 17 attempts. McBee had 27 yards on 10 carries while Dale finished with 13 yards on five carries. Holt had the big passing numbers in the first half. Cochran caught three passes for 83 yards and the TD. Stott had one reception for 32 yards.

Highland managed just 93 yards on the ground led by Justin Carper with 42 yards and 32 yards from Aaron Johnson. Sutter completed seven of 23 pass attempts for 66 yards and two TD's. He was also intercepted twice.

The Tigers defense had several key performances. Dale led the team with 14 tackles. Miller finished with 11 stops, including two for losses. Myers added eight tackles while McBee finished with seven. Harvey had six tackles and two sacks while Masden also finished with six stops.

Special Legislative Session to Remedy Issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities

by Rep. Craig Redmon

This week the House of Representatives is in Jefferson City, answering Governor Greitens’ call for a special session in response to some troubling events of the past few months. In April, a federal judge struck down years of regulations put in place to ensure abortion clinics met a certain standard of health requirements in order to operate in Missouri. In combination with the Abortion Sanctuary City ordinance in St. Louis, it is clear that pro-life Missourians and pregnancy care centers are under attack by abortion advocates from across the state and nation.

In the face of these attacks on pro-life Missourians, Governor Greitens has called a second extraordinary session this summer so we, the General Assembly, can send legislation to his desk to curtail these efforts to undermine our state’s healthcare regulations and to protect the lives of the innocent unborn.

The timing of the judge’s ruling in late April, more than a month after the deadline for new bill submissions, makes this topic wholly worthy of a special session, due to the timing making a full response during the regular session impossible. This session also gives the legislature the opportunity to remedy the issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities. The Missouri Constitution explicitly gives Governor Greitens the ability to call special sessions of the General Assembly for extraordinary topics. The wiping of abortion regulations and allowing abortion clinics that were closed after failing to meet minimum health and safety standards to resume operation is one such extraordinary topic that requires action.

I am proud to support the health of women. I am proud to stand with the Governor. I am proud to be pro-life.

Last week the Senate passed a bill that would nullify the Sanctuary City ordinance, allow Missouri’s attorney general to prosecute violations of abortion laws, and require annual inspections of abortion clinics. In addition, it creates a set of guidelines requiring certain standards to be met for an abortion clinic to operate. Now the bill moves to the House of Representatives. I was elected as a pro-life legislator to advocate on the side of life, and it is my desire to work with my fellow Representatives to strengthen and pass this legislation in a way to protect Missouri families.

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Several Routes in Scotland County

HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will perform culvert work the below routes in Scotland County.

Work will be done on Route M on June 27, with the road temporarily closed just north of Scotland County Route W for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Scotland County Route V will be temporarily closed between 1 mile of Scotland County Route M and 2 miles of Route M for a culvert replacement on June 28th The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Work will be done on Scotland County Route D on June 29, with the road temporarily closed between 3 miles of Missouri Route 15 and 3.1 miles of Route 50 for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Extension Expert Says Delayed Hay Harvest Calls for Testing

This year’s delayed hay harvest calls for hay testing.

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Anthony Ohmes says farmers benefit from routine hay testing.

Hay quality varies based on forage species, maturity, management, harvest conditions, and insect or disease damage. Guessing the quality of hay fed to livestock could result in lower profits, Ohmes says. Knowing the hay’s nutrient value can help livestock owners decide if animals need supplements.

Ohmes suggests that farmers sample each lot separately. A lot comes from the same field and forage makeup, and is grown and harvested under the same environmental conditions. “Every field and cutting will be different,” Ohmes says.

Use a 12- to 24-inch hay probe, he says. It should be 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch in diameter. Do not grab or hand pull samples. Samples collected that way do not provide uniform results and could lead to misleading values.

Sample multiple bales out of a hay lot. The lot should represent at least 10 percent, or at least 15 random bales.

The sampling method varies for each bale type. On large round bales, take samples on the curved side of the bale and remove the outer layer if moldy. Avoid sampling from the outside of the bale. On large square bales, take samples at a 45-degree angle on the side of the bale or 90-degree angle on the end of the bale. Sample small square bales through the center and end.

Keep each lot separate, Ohmes says. Mix samples in a bucket and fill a quart  plastic bag. Samples perish quickly, so send them to the lab on the same day as the sampling. If this is not possible, keep samples away from direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place until sending. Freeze high-moisture samples (above 15 percent) such as baleage or silage if they cannot be sent right away.

Mark the sample by date, cutting, location and owner before shipping.

Some MU Extension centers lend probes at no cost. Find information on hay sampling at crops.missouri.edu/forage.

Hay tests cost about $20 each at certified labs throughout the state. You can find information on how to read results at extension.missouri.edu/aginfocus/forage-testing.aspx.

Rural Hospital are a Lifeline

by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves

Rural hospitals are a literal lifeline for tens of millions of people across this country. In communities that don’t have enough primary care doctors or health facilities, rural hospitals provide a critical, lifesaving service that otherwise would not be here for us.

Unfortunately, about 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. What’s worse, one third of all rural hospitals in the U.S. could close in the next few years. That’s 12 million Americans at risk of losing access to the closest emergency room. A devastating number, and something we can’t allow to continue in rural America.

Cuts to hospital payments have worsened the problem, and as populations decrease in rural communities, so-called “medical desserts” are popping up across rural America. It leaves people living on farms or in small towns dangerously vulnerable to medical emergency – particularly older Americans.

This week, I am joining with my colleague from Iowa, Dave Loebsack, to introduce the Save Rural Hospitals Act. This bipartisan bill looks to reverse the trend of rural hospital closures, in part by eliminating unrealistic federal regulations like the “96 hour rule,” which forces rural hospitals to move a patient within 96 hours in order to get reimbursed by Medicare.

The average rural hospital creates 195 jobs and generates $8.4 million in annual payroll. But more than that, these facilities make communities livable, ensuring a doctor isn’t far away when a medical emergency strikes.

This bill shines a light on the rural health crisis in Missouri and across the country. If we accept this reality – and neglect this much needed conversation – rural hospitals in Missouri will continue to close. This leaves thousands without access to health care, putting lives in jeopardy and affecting every family in Middle America. That’s simply not acceptable.

City Looking to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

Memphis residents are being reminded to monitor posted speed limits. Photo by Maddy Zahn.

With an increasing number of citizens voicing complaints regarding traffic concerns, the Memphis City Council recently agreed to move forward with an increased police presence while also encouraging a lower tolerance level for infractions.

Complaints have centered around speeding, stop sign adherence and non-traditional vehicle usage such as ATVs and golf carts.

“The City of Memphis has not written a lot of traffic tickets, but unfortunately that appears like it is going to have to change,” said Alderman Chris Feeney. “This isn’t about revenue, or being punitive, it is about public safety.”

Police Chief Bill Holland indicated officers have tried to use warnings and have allowed some leeway when dealing with speed enforcement.

Under the new council directive, that tolerance level will be reduced.

“In the past, we may have just flashed our lights at you, or offered a warning when a car was going a little too fast,” said Holland. “Now those cars going 30 in a 20 will likely be looking at a ticket.”

Holland stated the enforcement efforts have been ongoing, with officers performing additional traffic patrols. In an effort to enhance those efforts, a part-time officer has been added to the police force. Justin Allen from Clark County will be joining the MPD, and Holland indicated his initial responsibilities will focus on traffic control. The department has been shorthanded with the departure of officer Jason Ketchum, and Holland said efforts will continue to replace that full-time officer as well.

The council also has discussed the possibility of adding a radar camera system that could be deployed by the department in trouble areas to help deter speeding and produce data on traffic volume and speed habits of motorists.

“We are not turning a deaf ear to citizen complaints,” said Holland. “When we become aware of trouble spots, we increase our presence there, but it takes being in the right spot at exactly the right time to catch the people responsible for the complaints.”

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within the city limits is 25 mph. ATV’s, golf carts or utility vehicles are allowed on public streets only by special permit, available at city hall. They may only be driven by licensed drivers and are not to exceed 30 mph regardless if the posted speed limit is higher.

Holland noted that enforcement efforts are difficult with a small force, that typically only has one officer on duty, adding that police presence performing traffic patrol normally turns into a simple deterrent rather quickly as motorists become aware of the law enforcement presence and temporarily reduce speeds or choose alternate routes.

While automated traffic controls such as radar cameras and stop sign video surveillance are not particularly popular with the public, the city council expressed a willingness to at least consider such measures.

“I’m certain I have exceeded a posted speed limit at some time or other,” said Alderman Feeney. “In doing so I could be putting the public safety at risk. So I have a choice, I can either slow down and monitor my speed better, or I can risk paying a ticket.”

The council is hoping the community chooses the first option, but is anticipating it will take more of the later for the initiative to hit home and start to sink in for motorists.

Area Students Named to MU Dean’s List

Several area students were named to the University of Missouri spring semester 2017 dean’s list.

Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis has been named to honor roll. Howard is a senior student.

Samantha Rachel Tobler, a senior, was named to the 2017 dean’s list for the spring semester.

Jaclyn Wiggins, a junior student in the arts and science school, was named to the honor roll as well.

More Than $988 Million in Unclaimed Property Waiting to be Returned  Statewide

JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on June 15th announced the start of an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers. Starting June 16, the names of more than 145,000 individuals, families, small businesses, and non-profits with Unclaimed Property will be printed in more than 100 publications across the state.

“Our team works hard every single day to financially empower Missourians by returning the money they are rightfully owed,” Schmitt said. “One in ten Missourians have Unclaimed Property, and this public awareness initiative is one of the many creative ways we work to get abandoned money back to its rightful owners. I encourage all Missourians to visit ShowMeMoney.com to see if they or someone they know has money waiting to be claimed free of charge.”

Missouri law requires these notices be published annually in order to list the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the State Treasurer’s Office in the past year.

Individuals, families, small businesses, and others can check to see if they have Unclaimed Property on ShowMeMoney.com. They can also sign up for email notifications when new assets come in matching their information and send notifications to family and friends to let them know about money being held in their name.

Treasurer Schmitt has returned more than $13.5 million to over 50,000 account holders since taking office in January. The average Unclaimed Property return is around $300.

Fireworks Season Will Run June 20th – July 10th in City of Memphis

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Memphis Police Department is reminding city residents of ordinances related to the discharge of fireworks in city limits.

Fireworks may be discharged from June 20 – July 10th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. That coincides with the permitted sales period.

Fireworks are prohibited on public property, including parks and the municipal lakes. It is unlawful for any person to discharge any fireworks within the city limits of Memphis, except upon their own property or upon property whose owner has given his/her consent. It is also illegal to recklessly discharge fireworks in such a manner that the explosion of the same will be likely to endanger or cause injury or damage to any person or property within the city limits of Memphis.

Any person violating any of the provisions of the city’s fireworks ordinance shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment in the City or County Jail not exceeding ninety 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, that in any case wherein the penalty for an offense is fixed by a Statute of the State, the statutory penalty, and no other, shall be imposed for such offense.

Memphis Man Facing Charges Following Motorcycle Crash

A Memphis man is facing numerous charges following a motorcycle crash on Route MM Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on June 13th, a half mile south of the Highway 136  intersection, just south of Memphis.

Russell B Matthew, 34, was southbound on Route MM on a 1993 Suzuki 500 motorcycle when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Matthew sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was transported via patrol car to Scotland County Hospital.

Matthew was ticketed for driving while intoxicated, no valid license, leaving the scene of an accident, child endangerment, failure to wear approved headgear and failure to drive on right half of the roadway.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Memphis Police Department and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Large Hail Storm Pounds Scotland County

Chrissy Myers put the hail to the ruler test, topping out at two inches in diameter.

Some brief power outages and several downed tree limbs  were all that law enforcement had to report following Saturday’s severe weather that hit northeast Missouri, but the real damage reports started rolling in Monday at local insurance offices.

The National Weather Service reported “Severe thunderstorms tracked across eastern Iowa, northeast Missouri, and north central Illinois Saturday afternoon and evening. Large hail, torrential rain, and damaging winds up to 65 mph were reported.  Very large hail fell in Muscatine, IA and Antioch, MO, where golf ball and baseball size hail was reported respectively.”

The heavy rains and high winds did minimal damage in Scotland County, but hail ranging in size from golf ball to as big as baseballs, was reported, leading to hundreds of claims for hail damage to vehicles, homes and businesses.

Local insurance agents and auto body repair specialists indicated it is too early to offer a  solid estimate for storm damages, but several speculated that with anywhere from 300 to 500 damaged vehicles and a smaller number of hail damaged homes and businesses, the total could easily eclipse $1 million.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the frozen precipitation hit the City of Memphis. Trained storm spotters reported hail up to two-inches in diameter, with reports and photos of larger bundles of ice making their rounds via social media.

Kris Lister collected this assortment of hail stones at his Memphis residence on Mi-Lor Street.

The storm continued east, with similar damage reports out of Kahoka and Clark County around 7:45 p.m.

More than 2 inches of rain was reported during the storm, with the hail dissipating as the storm left Missouri, but still resulting in significant rainfall in southeast Iowa and eastern Illinois.

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