October 25, 2001

Tigers District Hopes Take Big Blow In 23- 6 Loss In Playoffs Opener

Any aspirations the Scotland County Tigers had for a district title took a big hit Friday night in a 23-6 loss to Marceline in the opening round of the playoffs.

SCR-I came out of the gates slowly. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and went backwards. Quarterback Aarron Holt was sacked on consecutive pass plays to back the Tigers way up and force a punt.


Chase Moore moves into to make the tackle on the Marceline ball carrier.

Marceline took the ball near midfield and wasted little time finding the end zone. The big play on the drive was a 22-yard run by fullback Zach Neblock. That set up a short touchdown run by Adam Lake to put Marceline on the scoreboard. Greg Harrison added the extra point kick to make the score 7-0.

That served as awake up call for the Tigers. The SCR-I offense came to life behind the passing game. Holt hit Curtis Cochran for the Tigers first first down. The chains moved again behind the ground game and the hard-hitting running of Jarrod Talbert.

The drive moved into scoring position when Holt hit Cochran on a 31-yard pass play to send the ball to the 10-yard line. It took four plays but on fourth down SCR-I put points on the board when Holt and Cochran once again connected, this time to cover five yards for the TD. The PAT failed, leaving SCR-I down by one, 7-6 with 1:21 left in the first period.

SCR-I got a big break on Marceline's next drive. Line-backer Jeff McBee made a huge play. He moved up to stop an option run by Marceline. He crashed into the running back just as the quarterback released the pitch. McBee was able to scoop up the fumble and further fuel the momentum for the Tigers.

Unfortunately Scotland County was unable to take advantage of the turnover and went just three plays on offense before being forced to punt.

The two teams traded punts for most of the second half. The Tigers defense made a big stop on a late Marceline drive to halt a scoring opportunity. Noseguard David Hillyer broke up a screen pass before Aaron Dale came up with his 14th tackle of the first half, stuffing a Marceline draw play in the backfield to force another punt.

Marceline got the next break as SCR-I fumbled the ball, turning it over just 21 yards from the Marceline end zone.

Lake made it just 11 yards to go on first down as he picked up 10 yards on the ground. But the Tigers defense held, with a little help from a Marceline penalty and the opposition had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Harrison to make the score 10-6 with just over a minute left in the first half.

The Tigers did not get much going on offense in the first half. SCR-I had 78 yards total offense in the first half not counting the 22 yards lost on three quarterback sacks. But the defense helped SCR-I stay close with the 10-6 deficit at half.

Marceline came out of intermission meaning business. The backfield of Lake and Neblock ate up big chunks of yardage with runs of 11, 16 and 17 yards to quickly move the ball down field to the 32-yard line. A key holding penalty against Marceline turned a run to the one-yard line back and set up long yardage for Marceline all the way back to the 24.

The SCR-I defense took over from there. Brian Harvey put pressure on the Marceline quarterback, delivering a punishing tackle to force an incomplete pass. The Tigers held on fourth and long and got the ball back on downs at the 27-yard line.

The Tigers looked poised to open up the running game as Talbert took the first hand off and picked up 13 yards. But that's as far as the drive went as Marceline tightened down the pass defense and forced SCR-I to punt.

After Marceline went three and out with a punt the Tigers appeared prepared to take the lead. The running game opened up with Jeff McBee picking up a pair of first downs as the inside ground game was opening some big holes.

But a pair of penalties backed the Tigers up. Holt took care of the extra yardage as he scrambled on a broken pass play and out ran the Marceline defense down the right sideline for 21 yards to put SCR-I in the red zone at the 20-yard line.

That was short lived as a holding penalty backed the Tigers up 10 yards. Holt got seven of those yards back with another scramble. After McBee picked up three to make it third down and 10 Marceline came up with the key defensive play with a quarterback sack. SCR-I could not convert on fourth and 19 and turned the ball over on downs at the 26.

Marceline finally broke through midway through the fourth period. Lake continued to make the big plays as he moved the chains with a pair of long runs. He then caught a pass that took the ball to the one-yard line. Neblock finished off the drive with the one-yard TD. SCR-I blocked the PAT kick to keep the score at 16-6 with 7:03 left in the game.

The Tigers went to the air to try to get some of the points back. Holt hit Kirk Stott for a good gainer. The senior receiver made a great catch on the play. The drive was stopped on the next play as Holt's pass attempt to Chase Moore was intercepted near mid field.

The Tigers defense answered the challenge and backed Marceline up and forced a punt. But the Tigers could not take advantage of a key opportunity as the snap sailed over the kickers head. He was able to retrieve the ball, elude the rush and get the punt away, costing SCR-I 30 or 40 yards on the play.

That did not matter as much two plays later when Holt hit Cochran with a pass on the right sideline. The defender missed the tackle and Cochran rambled down the sideline for 42-yards before being drug down at the 20-yard line. The duo connected once again to move the ball to the 15 before the Marceline defense stopped the drive and got the ball back on downs.

Neblock put the punctuation on the contest just three plays later as he broke through the middle of the Tigers defense and went 71-yards for the touchdown. The PAT was good to make the score 23-6 with 1:05 left in the game.

Joel Myers nearly duplicated the feat on the Tigers final play of the game as he broke through the middle of the Marceline defense and went 37 yards before being gang tackled as time ran out in the contest.

The Tigers offense had a better showing in the second half. SCR-I finished with 247 yards of total offense. The rushing game picked up 135 yards led by 42 yards from Myers on just five carries. Talbert finished with 35 yards on 13 carries while McBee added 27 yards on five carries. Holt picked up 33 yards on four carries. He also completed eight of 16 passes for 112 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cochran got the bulk of the work with six receptions for 99 yards and one TD. Stott caught one pass and Brooks Small added a reception.

Marceline controlled the game on the ground with more than 350 yards rushing. Lake finished with 167 yards on 29 carries. Neblock went 155 yards on 16 carries. The team didn't miss much with back-up Reese Switzer gaining 27 yards on five carries. The team only completed two of nine passes for 24 yards.

The Marceline running game kept the Tigers defense on the field most of the game and made for some big tackle numbers. Dale had a season-high 24 tackles. Robbie Miller and Cochran each had 13 stops while McBee finished with 12 tackles to go along with the fumble recovery. Brett Masden added 12 tackles while Harvey and Stott each finished with seven. Talbert, Moore and Myers each added six tackles in the strong defensive performance.

The loss drops SCR-I to 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in District play. Marceline improves to 6-2 and joins Brookfield at 1-0 in the district. The latter knocked off Putnam County in the district opener and will host SCR-I Friday night in week two of the playoffs.

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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