August 1, 2002

Pepsi Returnable Glass Bottles Are Going Once, Going Twice...

The modern world is slowly making the transition from a throw-away society into an environmentally conscious community which recycles. Unfortunately for the local Pepsi-Cola bottling company this transition may be too late for the popular glass returnable bottle line.

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company is one of only two distributors left in the United States that manufactures the popular soda pop in glass bottle containers. The family owned company is a large supplier of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Orange Crush, Dad's Root Beer and Bubble Up in both 10 and 16 ounce returnable glass bottles.

The problem is, fewer and fewer of these returnable glass bottles are actually being returned.

"Our sources for empty glass bottles are so scarce now that we aren't able to produce the returnable bottles like we need to in order to meet the demand for the products," said Pat Hudson, the Memphis plant manager. "The future of our returnable bottling line depends on the glass availability."

The declining numbers of bottles has resulted in a dramatic decline in production for the line. Currently the glass bottle line has declined 80 percent versus 10 years ago.

There are numerous theories for the declining availability of the bottles. Obviously some are lost due to the fragile nature of the glass, as bottles can be broken. More are taken out of circulation because of the nostalgic value placed on the glass bottles which are often considered collectors items or even antiques because of the declining availability. These bottles are permanently out of circulation.

However plant officials feel there likely are plenty of other bottles which simply are sitting around in basements, sheds or other out-of the-way places, collecting dust. The bottles either were ignored, forgotten or tossed out with the trash.

Compounding that problem are those bottles which leave the circulation area, being purchased by travelers, and then never returning to the region to make it back to the plant for reuse.

"We have a nice customer base using the 10 oz. returnable bottles," said company president Mike Johnson. "These folks love the nostalgic history of the bottles. But we really need everyone to bring in their bottles for redemption. Without the bottles, we can't continue their production."

The dilemma goes well beyond availability of your favorite Pepsi products in those glass bottles. The returnable bottling line currently is manned by 10 employees, whose jobs could be in jeopardy if the lack of bottles forced the stoppage of the manufacturing line.

Johnson stressed this would be the last option for the company, adding he hopes there are enough bottles out there to keep the line operational. He stated 35 percent of the production line's available time is used to fill glass bottles.

The bottle shortage could ultimately bring a halt to the historical production line that goes back to 1927 when J. Harold Johnson and his wife Muriel started the Memphis Bottling Works operation on South Market Street in Memphis. The bottling operation was granted a Pepsi-Cola franchise in 1936 but the company continued to make the trademark "Johnson Target Beverages" flavored soda pop.

Three generations of the Johnson family had led the company, which incorporated in 1956 and changed to the current name, Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.

One hundred percent of the company's original production used glass bottles for the first 40 plus years. Disposable aluminum cans came into play in the 1960s but were not utilized at the Memphis Plant. The next change came with the introduction of disposable plastic bottles in the late 1980s. Currently the Memphis facility is producing 10 and 16 oz. glass bottles, pre-mixed five-gallon tanks and the 20 oz. and 2 lt. Plastic bottles.

The availability of the glass bottle is in consumers' hands. Redeem your bottles now, because the continuation of the bottling line depends on it.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE

WHEREAS, Donald Gibson Revocable Trust Dated June 18, 2007, by their certain deed of trust dated the March 13, 2013, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the County of Scotland, in the State of Missouri, at Book 280, at Page 419, conveyed to Thomas Devoy as Trustee, the following described real estate situate in Scotland County, Missouri, to-wit:

THE EAST HALF OF THE SOUTEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 19; THE WEST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 20; THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 30; AND A TRACT DESCRIBED AS BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 30, THENCE EAST 80 RODS, THENCE SOUTH 20 FEET, THENCE WEST 80 RODS, THENCE NORTH 20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGNINING; ALL IN A TOWNSHIP 66, RANGE 10.

THE WEST HALF OF THE EAST HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER AND THE EAST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 66, RANGE 10.

THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST FOURTH OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 66, RANGE 10.

THE WEST 15 ACRES OF THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST FOURTH OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER; AND THE EAST 15 ACRES OF THE WEST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST FOURTH OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER; ALL IN SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 66, RANGE 10.

THE SOUTHEAST FOURTH OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER; AND THE EAST HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST FOURTH OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER, ALL IN SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 66, RANGE 10.

ALL THAT PART OF THE EAST HALF OF LOT 2 OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SETION 5, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 10 LYING NORTH OF THE MAIN CHANNEL OF THE WYACONDA DRAINAGE DITCH AS NOW LOCATED; ALL THAT PART OF THE EAST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF LOT 2 OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECION 5, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 10 LYING NORTH OF THE MAIN CHANNEL OF THE WYACONDA DRAINAGE DITCH AS NOW LOCATED; ALL THAT PART OF LOT 1 OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 10, LYING NORTH OF THE MAIN CHANNEL OF THE WYACONDA DRAINAGE DITCH AS NOW LOCACTED.

THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER; AND THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 11.

THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 11.

THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 65, RANGE 11.

which conveyance was made to the said Thomas Devoy in trust to secure the payment of their certain promissory note in said deed specified; and

WHEREAS, the said Thomas Devoy has refused to act as such Trustee and the holder of the note secured by said deed of trust has requested that William Devoy act as Substitute Trustee (“Grantor”) under the terms contained in said deed of trust;

WHEREAS, said note is now past due and remains unpaid.

NOW, THEREFORE, at the request of the legal holder of said note and in pursuance of the conditions in said deed of trust, the undersigned Trustee (“Grantor”) will sell the property above described at public venue to the highest bidder for cash, at the east door of the Courthouse in Memphis, in said County of Scotland, State of Missouri, on the 13th day of December, 2019, between the hours of 9:00 o’clock a.m. and 5:00 o’clock p.m., specifically at 1:30 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of satisfying said indebtedness and the cost of executing this trust.

William Devoy – Trustee

Small, Rural Hospital

On October 29, 2019 I took the opportunity to attend the open portion of the monthly board meeting of the Scotland County Hospital. I had received several inquiries as to what was occurring with the hospital since I had spent a decade as the Director of Nursing there. I was told several accounts that honestly had me concerned regarding the viability of this critical access hospital and the impact losing this level of health care could mean to the taxpaying people of the area. One such question arose from a health-related friend who had been told of the hospital’s sale at a meeting in Columbia, Missouri. Having been an RN for many years, a Director of Nursing for 10 years, the Chair of Northeast Missouri Health Council for 6 years, a home health nurse, and Health Department Administrator for 5 years, I have witnessed a great deal of health care at its best and at its worst.

Experience has taught me that where there is smoke there most likely is fire, so I made an appointment to meet with the man that holds the vision. My meeting with the CEO was very cordial. I was invited to attend the board meeting which left me with more questions than answers. Remember the board meeting is open to any of you as well.

I lived in Scotland County, namely Memphis, MO during a time when there was no ambulance, no ER room, no hospital, and no urgent care. Back in the day it was 40 to 50 miles to the nearest hospital and a man with a heart attack would easily do an hour worth of damage to his heart before receiving basic care. My father was not the only person to be a victim of delay in health care.

Following this era, a number of worthy, willing, and committed people set about obtaining funding for the hospital/nursing home to be built. They eventually became separate entities, each providing their specialty to the people of Scotland County and surrounding areas.

Change has always been the name of health care, creativity and compassion is what kept it viable. Anyone who believes this is easy has never worked it. Patients do not come and set on your doorstep. A hospital like ours needs to be the best at what it does. Patient Care.

I had been told that a deal had been cut with Blessing Hospital to acquire Scotland County Hospital so there were questions that begged to be asked.

1. Is this true? Simple yes or no.

2. Is this an affiliation, or acquisition in the form of lease or management. Three very different things. If this is a necessary move then a shared line item of what Blessing will invest, what Blessing will gain, What SCH needs, what it will gain through Blessing would enlighten the taxpayers as to what is occurring with their hospital.

I have been in the position to see three different hospitals go under the affiliation of a much larger network and in all three, the network sent specialist who referred those higher payers into the larger facilities. This leaves low or no payers for the smaller hospital and when the tax advantage of the little hospital as a write off is no longer a reality, then the network pulls out and the smaller hospital has no chance to recover.

3. What is the length of the agreement?

4. What tools will be used and at what intervals will the assessment of the success of the program be conducted, who will do it and will results be made public.

5. Will there be an exit clause allowing either to withdraw and what safety net will there be for SCH if Blessing pulls out. (Shared revenues, continues specialist for a period of time, etc.?

6. What are the plans for SCH staff? I have been assured that there is no plan to close OB or Surgery which is one of the rumors. On the other had I have had people give me specific dates for their last day working at the hospital. ??? Which is it.?

7. What is the target date for signing of the agreement.? I have been told how hard the hospital is working to be transparent in this, yet these are simple questions it seems to be very difficult to get straight answers to. It gives pause as to why?

If you have an interest in the future of SCH, I would encourage you to conduct a face to face with the CEO, Dr. and or the board chair. They cannot address our concerns unless we make them known. It is our future healthcare in the county we are talking about and the patient must be at the center of the concern. Attend the next hospital board meeting. The agenda is published before hand in the Memphis Democrat.

In the mid nineteen hundred a push was on for all small rural hospitals to go strictly regional at that time I put some personal appeals to paper and I think they are equally sound today.

Sincerely, Brenda Wilson, R.N.

Scotland County Tax Payer

“Dear Brother and Sister Bigger 1900-2000”

I have long envied your vast wealth of knowledge. I’ve marveled at your halls teeming with new technology and been ever grateful when you have reached out with understanding compassion transcending miles to help hold the reaper at bay outside my door rather than let him snatch one more life from my grasp.

You have been a source of strength and hope in the heat of many battles although the lines are drawn on different fronts. You, constantly seeing newer, better,  bigger, Ever stalking the elusive cure. Me providing my best with a familiar face, a gentle touch and at times standing between life and death that you might have the opportunity to further diagnose, treat and cure. Both of us pursuing health for our fellow man.

Today I stand with gloved hands at my throat and scalpel to my back. You, my mentor daring me to presume I might stand independently doing that which you’ve taught me and given me the means to do. I must ask you why? Is it numbers or dollars? Has our relationship degenerated so far, our focus on the cause become so dim that you would allow an outsider, someone not even in our battle, to convince you to mercilessly slay a smaller sibling and willingly sacrifice those who would not survive to reach you without me.

I would that the hands at my throat might once again be my strength and the scalpel at my back might swiftly and clearly sever the strings of greed and bureaucracy that puppeteer you so we might stand united again, each in our own field of battle, fighting against ignorance, pain, disease and death.

Hopefully your Comrade,

A Small Rural Hospital

Brenda Wilson, RN

Giving Thanks With The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance

The Memphis Boy Scouts helped secure a successful food drive at the 2013 Community Thanksgiving Service.

Scotland County is a giving community! The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance partners with area congregations, community organizations and local business regularly for the benefit of the residents of Memphis and the surrounding towns.

The cooler temperatures in September and early October remind us to promote a “Coat Drive” for the Clothes Closet.  Over 100 coats were donated along with winter vests and  snow pants. Thanks go out to the Scotland County R-1 schools and the Senior Center Nutrition Site for hosting drop of locations

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance will be hosting the “Community Thanksgiving Service” on Sunday, November 24th at 7 p.m. The celebration will be held at the SCR-1 Elementary School gym.  Pamela Glasgow provides these details. Our format will be different, and will be an interactive basis.  Thanksgiving has been part of mankind’s worship since Old Testament times.  Though many of us associate with our Pilgrim ancestors, when Gov. Bradford invited Massasoit and Squanto of the Wampanoag tribe who had been kind and helpful to the Pilgrims to join the Pilgrims in a celebration of thanks to God for sustaining them through three years of poor crops and hard times.

Imagine, if you will, what happened when those dear Pilgrim Mothers looked up from their labors to provide the dinner and seeing NOT TWO Indians, but a whole tribe coming into their settlement.  Surely their hearts must have sunk to their toes….then imagine the relief they MUST have felt when they saw the guests carrying venison and turkeys over their shoulders and carrying baskets of fish, shellfish, corn, grains and squash.  Those women must have rejoiced in relief that God does as HE HAS ALWAYS PROMISED!!

We will take time with each other to do some rejoicing and sharing on our own part, and will all participate in a LOVEFEAST CELEBRATION as we share Moravian buns, coffee, cocoa and water while we share with each other that for which what we ourselves are most grateful. We will enjoy traditional music as well as more recent faith-based music, prayer and Scripture readings.

Our offerings will consist of items brought for the Food Pantry, and monetary gifts for the Clothes Closet Building Fund.

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance appreciates the encouragement of congregations supporting the efforts to minister among our friends and neighbors across the County.  The generous financial support of several congregations is making it possible to erect a new “Clothes Closet” building directly to the east of the Food Pantry.  Construction will begin soon on a 40 x 50 pole building similar to the Food Pantry building.  Enough ahs been committed to purchase the materials and pay for labor to have the building finished on the exterior. Your offerings at the Thanksgiving service will go far to fund the interior work on the building. 

Submitted by the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance

Gorin Board to Sponsor Christmas Decorating Contest

The Gorin community will be hosting a Christmas Decorating Contest this holiday season sponsored by the Gorin City Council.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries.

Residents are encouraged to decorate their residences beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The contest will run through December 20th.

Judging will be done on December 21st.

For more information contact Gorin Mayor Teresa Norton.

School Board Approves Snow Removal Bid at November Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 14th. President Christy Aylward called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with six members present, Mr. Berkowitz was absent.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Approve Extended Holiday Request

Minutes from October 10, 2019 meeting

Approve Updated Sub List

Set Board Candidate Filing Dates

Approve Procedural Evaluations

Approve Overnight Stay Request

Old Business

Financial Report

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported the year-to-date revenue totals of $1,207,550.97 which is a decrease of $64,585.40 from last year.  Year-to-date expenditures are $2,272,115.48 which is an increase of $299,806.66 from last year, according to Bergeson.

“The increase in expenditures is largely attributed to the completion of the All Weather Track,” the superintendent told the board. “A portion of those expenditures will be offset by funding from the Land Water Conservation Fund Grant.”

The budget numbers result in a deficit year-to-date of $1,064,564.51.

“This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January,” said Bergeson.

2019-20 Calendar

The board reviewed the 19-20 school calendar requirements.

Snow Removal

The board voted 6-0 to approve the snow removal bid from The Snow Man (Probst Construction) as presented for the 2019-20 snow season.

New Business

Review MSIP 5/APR Results

The school board reviewed the recent MSIP5/APR Results as well as MAP and EOC Assessment results. 

December Meeting

The board voted 6-0 to set the December board meeting for Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Library.

Open session adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

Closed Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Closed session minutes, October 10, 2019

Hire Andrew Alexander as High School Custodian. 6-0

Hire Angie Ward as Paraprofessional. 6-0

SCR-I to Host 5th Annual Youth Basketball League

The Scotland County R-I School District is organizing the fifth annual girls & boys basketball league for students in Preschool through 2nd grade. 

“We will assign co-ed teams based on the number of students that sign up to participate,” said organizer Ryan Bergeson.

The games will be held in the High School Gym on Saturday, January 11th, 18th, and 25th (weather permitting) and the games will begin each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 

“This will be a fun and low pressure opportunity for our children to enjoy a fun activity with their peers and hopefully develop an appreciation for the game of basketball,” said Bergeson.    

The registration fee is $15 per child and registration(s) are due Friday, December 6.  Registrations will grant each child three fun-filled Saturday’s of basketball and a t-shirt. 

Please submit all necessary paperwork into the Elementary Office by Friday, December 6th and make checks payable to SCR-I. 

If you have any questions, please call Ryan Bergeson at 515-297-1655 for more information. 

“We will send team rosters and game schedules home with your child on Friday, December 20th,” said Bergeson.

Two Lady Tigers Earn All Region Softball Honors

Katie Feeney and Kaitlyn McMinn earned all region softball honors. The seniors are pictured here following a three home-run night by the dynamic duo. (Photo by Jennifer McMinn)

Two Scotland County seniors were honored by the Missouri Softball Coaches Association as members of the Class 1 2019 All Region Team for Region 3.

Katie Feeney and Kaitlyn McMinn were both named to the second team all region squad.

The 1st Team consisted of pitchers Abbey Hultz of Canton,        Abby Dobbins of Brunswick, and Abbie Farmer of Atlanta; catchers Hunter Collins of Canton and Kennadie Crowe of Norborne; infielders Riley Strange of Knox County, Abbey Jarvis of Canton, Braylee Adams of Brunswick, Gracie McKinney of Norborne, Emily Bell of Brunswick and Mackenzie White of Atlanta; outfielders Pieper Wood of La Plata, Regan Crowe of Norborne and Kaidyn Watson of Atlanta, and utility players Olivia Coy of La Plata and Kayla Larkins of Norborne.

Named to the 2nd Team along with Feeney and McMinn were Chloe Buckallew of Schuyler County, Chole Gilbert of Polo, Alaina Adams of Brunswick, Alexa Higgins of Brashear, Kelsey Cohagen of Schuyler County, Tegan Burbidge of Canton, Izabell Anderson of Hardin, Jasmine Taylor of Braymer, Delaney Dunkin of Norborne, Emilee Gorrell of Canton, Kinsley Johnson of Knox County, and Anna Spechinger of Brunswick.

Burrus, Triplett Earn 1st Team All-Conference Honors on Both Offense, Defense

The lone seniors on the Scotland County football team went out with a bang this week as the Lewis & Clark Conference coaches handed out their post season awards. Branton Burrus and Parker Triplett earned first team all conference honors on both offense and defense to lead a long list of SCR-I award winners.

Burrus ran the ball 117 times for 583 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 171 yards to earn first team all conference at running back.

Triplett was named the league’s top tight end despite missing the final three games of the year with a knee injury.

Also earning first team all conference honors on offense were quarterback Hayden Long and lineman Eli Kigar.

Long completed 59 of 125 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 TDs. He also ran the ball 101 times for a team high 700 yards and 11 TDs.

Marceline’s Cullen Bruner was named the Conference Offensive Player of the year after earning first team honors at running back, kicker and punter.

He was joined on the first team offense by teammate Colby Sims on the offensive line. Harrisburg earned three spots on the first team offense with lineman Brayton Stephenson, receiver Jace Carr and athlete Wyatt Robinson.  Westran’s Kolby Dale was the other first team running back. Jackson King of Salisbury was a first team wide receiver and teammate Andrew Furlong was named first team offensive line.

Linemen Quess Freking of Fayette and Robert Mauck of Knox County were their team’s lone first team recipients.

Burrus and Triplett each earned first team honors on defense as well, along with Kadon Chabert and Alex Long. Burrus led the Tigers with 108 tackles, one ahead of Long as the duo earned top linebacker spots. Chabert was honored on the defensive line and Triplett was awarded at defensive back.

Sims and Mauck were the other first team linebackers. Fayette’s Robert Saunders and Josh Henderson and Paris’s Devin Miller joined Chabert on the line.

Jack Kindle of Fayette, Preston Stewart of Salisbury and Leyton Bain of Westran were the other top defensive backs.

Kaden Anders was the lone Tiger named to the second team on offense, earning recognition in the dual threat athlete slot. He rushed for 470 yards and four TDs and led the team with 20 receptions for 432 yards and seven touchdowns.

Salisbury’s Grant Biere was the second team quarterback. Dawson Wiswall of Fayette, Kaison Berry of Paris and Wade Cooper of Schuyler County were the running backs and Wyatt Malloy of Marceline and Reese Barton of Paris were the receivers.

Chris Brown of Fayette, Hunter Quinn of Marceline, Ethan Redington of Paris, Carter Patwary of Westran and Matthew Carlson of Knox County were named second team on the offensive line.

SCR-I earned three spots on the second team defense. Trayton Buckallew and Kigar were honored on the defensive line while Anders was recognized at linebacker.

Also honored were linemen Gavin Curtis of Harrisburg, Hunter Quinn of Marceline and Matthew Carlson of Knox County; linebackers Dawson Wiswall of Fayette, Collin Bruner of Marceline and Ethan Reddington of Paris; and backs Wyatt Robinson of Harrisburg, Branson Miller of Knox County and Alex McCauslin and Wyatt Malloy of Marceline.

Alex Long earned third team honors at running back and was joined by Preston Sanchez and Chabert on the offensive line.

The third team quarterback was Tanner Lanes of Harrisburg. Garren Vroman and DJ Moore of Fayette were named third team running backs. Cale Polson of Fayette and Preston Stewart of Salisbury were the receivers with Taren McCluskey of Paris at tight end. Alex Green of Paris was honored at athlete with Josh Henderson of Fayette and Devin Miller of Paris recognized on the offensive line.

Owen Tripett earned third team honors at defensive back for SCR-I. Tanner Newbrough of Paris, Kyle Linneman of Salisbury, Taren McCluskey of Paris and Aidan Krogg of Westran were honored on the defensive line. Third team linebackers were Ryan Starr of Westran, Andrew Furlong of Salisbury and Reese Barton of Paris. Defensive backs were Jackson King of Salisbury, Zach Henderson of Fayette and Jace Carr of Harrisburg.

Alex Long was named the first team return specialist. Robert Mauck of Knox County earned the defensive player of the year honors and Harrisburg’s Steve Hopkins was named the coach of the year.

Memphis FFA Chapter to Host Annual Coon Hunt November 27th

The 2019 Memphis FFA Coon Hunt will be held on Wednesday, November 27th.  Registration will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Scotland County Fairgrounds in the art hall. The teams will be released to hunt at 7:00 and will all need to be checked back in at the art hall by 10:00 pm. The cost to enter in $2.00 per person and $3.00 per dog.

Rules are Regulations:

-All teams must have at least one Memphis FFA Member and at least one coon dog. (If you need an FFA Member please contact Memphis FFA Advisor, Waltedda Blessing, at 660-465-8901).

-Everyone on the team, including the dogs, must be present at time of registration.

-Teams cannot leave before 7:00 pm (Time will be determined by official clock at headquarters.)

-All team members and dogs must return to headquarters by 10:00 pm (Time will be determined by official clock at headquarters.)

-Coons must be killed the night of the hunt.

-Coons must me brought whole back to headquarters. (NO SKINNED COONS).

-No trapping of coons can be used at the hunt.

-All local, state, and federal laws must be followed, as well as the regulations of the Missouri Wildlife Code. Observed or suspected violations will be grounds for disqualifications, and appropriate authorities will be notified.

-All coons may be subjected to inspection by the conservation agent.

-Team with biggest coons by weight will be declared winner.

-If there is a tie, the second heaviest coon will be used to determine winner.

-Ruling by the hunt officials is final.

-You must have a small animal game license. (TRAPPING LICENSE DOES NOT WORK)

Plaques will be awarded for: Biggest Coon, Smallest Coon and Fastest Skinner.

The Memphis FFA Chapter is holding a coon hunt as a fun event and to encourage community involvement. They would love to see members from the community participate and many teams sign up.

Soup and refreshments will be available at headquarters upon return from hunting.

Be safe, play fair, and have fun!!

BABY GUNDY

Cody and Betsey Gundy of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Emree Lynn Gundy, born November 11, 2019 at 5:27 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Emree weighed 7 lbs 1.6 oz and was 19 inches long. She has one sibling, Raylee. Grandparents are Gary and Debbie Kittle of Memphis; and Chad and Rhonda Peterson of Gorin.

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