December 12, 2002

Gun Club, City Council Still Seeking Resolution For Rifle Range

The Memphis Gun Club is willing to foot part of the bill to help get the city's rifle range and trap shooting facility reopened to the public. The site has been closed all season as the City of Memphis and the Missouri Conservation Department have tried to resolve liability issues for the shooting range located at Lake Show Me.

Gun club member Ted Gundy was present at the December meeting of the city council to present the proposal. Gundy suggested the facility purchase a $500,000 liability insurance plan through the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gundy said the NRA policy would cost roughly $830 per year. He indicated the gun club would be willing to pay half the fee if the city would pay the other half.

The council members discussed the issue and decided to review the previous lease agreement with the gun club as well as the status of the current lease agreement with the Conservation Department. In January the city's liability insurance discontinued coverage for the two sites at Lake Show Me. Since that time the city has been trying to reach an agreement with the Conservation Department to lease the two facilities to MDC, which would then be responsible for providing the liability coverage.

The issue will be revisited at the January city council meeting.

Fire Station

Memphis Fire Chief Mark Drummond was present at the council meeting to present a pair of bids for two new overhead doors for the fire station.

The department had replaced one door earlier this year after the old door broke and would not allow rapid access to the fire trucks.

Overhead Door Company of Ottumwa submitted a bid of $1,806.96 for the two doors, delivered and installed. Hopkins Lumber Company in conjunction with Overhead Door Company of Hannibal submitted a bid of $1,683.55 for similar doors delivered and installed.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the low bid from Hopkins Lumber Company.

Police Department Lease

The council reached an agreement to renew the lease with the Masonic Lodge for rental of the police station property.

A two-year lease agreement was signed on the building at the same rates ($1,050 paid semi-annually) as the previous lease agreement.

Water Meters

Bill No. 02-7 regarding the removal and care of water meters was presented for official reading at the meeting.

The new ordinance states any water meter will be removed at the time service is shut off unless the owner specifies that the meter is too remain. Property owners are responsible for protecting their meters against freezing and other damages and shall be liable for the current replacement cost of the meter if it is damaged.

Department Reports

Light Plant Superintendent Mike Ahland requested a surplus computer from his department be sold. The council agreed to advertise the computer for sale on the local access television channel. Sealed bids will be opened at the next regular council meeting in January.

The line crew has been trimming and cutting trees according to Superintendent Dave Kittle. He also noted that Curtis Mallett and Roger Tinkle had both passed their third year linemen test taken earlier that day.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported his crew had transferred the concrete from the HUD housing project to Lake Show Me where it will serve as rip-rap. The department also has performed vehicle and equipment maintenance and worked on the City Hall project.

The water department reported that Jim Curry has received his Class B license.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner relayed questions to the council as well as concerns from a local funeral home regarding the recent cemetery ordinance passed by the city.

Alderman Mike Stone commented on the city's animal control program. He also praised the community for its Christmas decorations and made a few comments about the possibility of skate park.

Aldermen Ron Gardner and Patty Simerl both praised the work done on the City Hall renovations.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander asked for council approval to re-appoint Vic Orf to the Memphis Housing Authority Board. He also requested approval of a resolution re-appointing himself to the Solid Waste Management Committee. The council voted 4-0 to approve both motions.

Executive Session

The council voted 4-0 to rehire cemetery maintenance contractor Joe Paul for 2003. The agreement included a $2,000 per year salary increase.

The council voted unanimously to take disciplinary action against employee Mike Becraft.

Longtime Veterinary Clinic Got Its Start With MU Extension’s Help

Larry ‘Doc’ Wiggins, who began his veterinary clinic 54 years ago with support from farmers organized by University of Missouri Extension, continues to work long hours. He was the Missouri Livestock Symposium’s Person of the Year in 2015. Photo by Linda Geist.

by Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension

MEMPHIS, Mo. – Farmers sometimes take risks that pay off better than balance sheets show.

That was the case in 1965 when a banker told a new graduate of the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine that he did not think there was enough business to support the $1,500 note for a veterinary clinic in Scotland County.

That news did not stop the local MU Extension agent. He organized a group of about a dozen farmers to meet with Larry Wiggins at the local extension office. They begged him to set up shop in Memphis, Mo., to tend to their animals’ needs.

A veterinary doctor in a neighboring county called to echo their plea. “I want you to get down here. They’re about to run me to death,” he told Wiggins.

“Doc” Wiggins graduated June 9, 1965. He opened Scotland County Vet Clinic the next day and had three calls. Business never slowed. Now near 80, Wiggins still works long hours after tending his own cattle, a team of oxen and dogs.

He would like to bring someone into the practice to help, but most new graduates move to city practices where they earn more money to pay off student debt.

Wiggins attended a one-room schoolhouse and earned top honors in his eighth-grade graduating class of one person. There were 17 students in his high school class. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college.

More than five decades later, Wiggins says he never faces a slow day. Recently, in a single day he treated a white rat with a tumor, a rabbit with an infected eye, and garden-variety dogs, cats and cows. Northeastern Missouri’s large dog-breeding industry keeps him hopping with as many as 50 health checks each week. There is also an occasional monkey, salamander and snake to keep things lively.

He does not accept credit or debit cards for payment. His bookkeeper of 42 years sends out handwritten statements as needed. The office is a throwback to simpler times where refrigerators serves as bulletin boards for newspaper clippings about local 4-H and FFA members. Doc gives free health checks for all fair animals and is a loyal buyer at 4-H livestock sales.

MU Extension field specialist in livestock Zac Erwin says Doc’s commitment to youth in agriculture is a small part of what earned him the Missouri Livestock Symposium’s Livestock Person of the Year award in 2015.

Doc greets customers by their first names. He still bills customers by hand, but a digital X-ray machine is an example of his commitment to keep current. He sees no time to slow down.

He is confident that the loan officer was wrong about the need for his services.

Learn more about the Missouri Livestock Symposium at www.missourilivestock.com(opens in new window).

First Baptist Church to Present Play ‘The Name of Jesus’

Join First Baptist Church, Memphis on December 8th, for one or both of our Christmas Performance showings of “The Name of Jesus”, a theatrical presentation written, directed and acted by local church members.

Walk with the cast members through the struggles of three families as they pray for God to reveal His will for each of them as they struggle through changes in life.

The play, written by Pam Blaine,  follows a worship leader as she finds difficulties with her calling and with her job as a social worker.

Director Ellen Aylward will also bring to the stage the desire of a family who wishes to be a positive difference for children in their area as they develop a God inspired calling to be foster parents.

Viewers will also follow the story of a grandmother who is praying that God will give her an opportunity to present the Gospel to her granddaughter.

The performance will include traditional play-style acting scenes as well as showcase the God-given talents of the musicians who fill First Baptist Chruc of Memphis with their lovely voices and instrumentals.

“We would love to see the entire community,” said youth pastor Josh Black. “Come and join us for a performance that will not soon be forgotten!”

Performances will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on December 8th.

Lady Tigers Ride Fast Start Past Raiders for 54-35 Victory

After struggling to find its offense in the season opener, Scotland County came out of the gates much better on Monday night in the opener of the Tri-Rivers Classic basketball tournament in Queen City. The Lady Tigers poured in 20 first court points en route to a 54-35 victory over North Shelby.

Hannah Feeney canned a three-pointer to open the scoring and Micah Cooley followed with a pair of hoops in the paint to put SCR-I on top early and force a quick North Shelby timeout. After being held scoreless in the opener, Cooley wasted little time establishing herself on Monday night. The senior scored nine first quarter points.

Abby Curry sank a three-pointer and Katie Feeney knocked down a jumper to help put Scotland County on top 20-7 after one period of play.

The scoring slowed down a bit in the second period as Scotland County found itself saddled by foul trouble. Cooley went to the bench early in the second quarter with her third foul and was joined by fellow starters Hannah Feeney and Emiley Dial with two fouls each.

That allowed the Lady Raiders to cut the deficit to single digits before Katie Feeney hit a clutch three-pointer. Morgan Blessing gave SCR-I a boost off the bench. She scored in the paint and added a free throw late in the first half as SCR-I held a 31-16 lead the intermission. SCR-I got lots of minutes from reserves, Curry, Blessing, Aayla Humphrey and Kilee-Bradley Robinson who combined to score 13 points on the night.

But it was the teams two seniors who led the way on Monday night. Cooley and Katie Feeney combined for nine more points in the third period as SCR-I pushed the margin to 43-25 with just eight minutes left to play.

The Lady Tigers continuing struggles at the free throw line left the door open for a potential North Shelby rally early in the fourth period before a three-point play by Hannah Feeney. Kylee Stott closed the door with a three-pointer and Cooley added a pair of baskets late as SCR-I rolled on to the 54-35 win to even its season record at 1-1.

Cooley led the way for the Lady Tigers finishing with 18 points. Katie Feeney added 10 points and Hannah Feeney finished with seven points.

Scotland County advances to take on Milan in the semifinals on Wednesday night.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Rose Hardware and Rental Center awarded two $500 shopping sprees to Mary Morgan and Darrell Harvey selected from more than 1,200 entries in the store’s holiday contest.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative announced a customer rebate would be issued on the November billing cycle for all customers who had service as of October 28, 2013.

Area merchants will be hosting a special Midnight Gladness shopping event from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, December 5th.

TEN YEARS AGO

A  regular holiday commute to Illinois turned tragic for a local family when their single-engine plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Kewanee, IL, airport on Monday, November 23rd. The 1976 Cessna 182P plane piloted by Harold D. Middleton, 82, of Downing, crashed in a cornfield approximately a half a mile from the municipal airport.

A passenger in the plane, 14-year-old Austin Middleton, was able to run through the cornfield and back to the airport to summon aid. All three passengers in the plane were transported to the Kewanee Hospital, where Peggy Middleton, 83, the wife of the pilot, was pronounced dead by Henry County Coroner Dave Johnson.

H. and Austin Middleton suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.

The first murder trial in Scotland County in more than 30 years wrapped up on December 1st in Shelby County where Judge Gary Wallace sentenced Michael J. Mutchler to two four-year terms in the Missouri Department of Corrections, to run consecutively.

Mutchler was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the 2008 shooting death of Joseph Alvey in rural Scotland County.

20 YEARS AGO

Scotland county hunters bagged 1,783 deer, 212 deer below the 1998 mark during the November firearms deer season.

Representatives from Scotland County Memorial Hospital traveled to Columbia to take part in the mid-Missouri Healthcare Coalition’s effort to help area facilities become Y2K Compliant as the century change was nearing.

At its November meeting, the Scotland County Fair Board voted to ends its agreement with the Memphis FFA Chapter for farming the fairgrounds, which had called for a split of the proceeds between the two entities.

MoDOT announced a $1.85 resurfacing project for Highway 136 from the Schuyler County line to Wayland, a total of 41.2 miles.

40 YEARS AGO

Charles Long, president of Memphis Loan & Building Association and James Fisher, president of Marion County Mutual Loan and Building Association have been notified by the Missouri State Savings & Loan Supervisor that the merger agreement between the two entities has become official.

The Annual Candlelight Carol Service will be held December 9th at 5 p.m. at the Memphis United Methodist Church.

The Scotland County Farm Families received awards in St. Louis at the Eastern Missouri farm Management recognition luncheon. Attending were Fred Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cowell, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Childress, Joe McVeigh. The event was sponsored by Production Credit and the University of Missouri Extension.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moore attended ceremonies of the dedication of the new school at Blakesburg, Iowa on December 2nd. Robert Moore, son of the Moore’s, is principal of the high school and has been there for three years.

50 YEARS AGO

Carter Chapter 107 O.E.S. installed officers for 1970 at the December 5th meeting December 5th at the Masonic Temple in Memphis. Officers installed were Worthy Matron Clarice Burns, Worthy Patron Robert Schlotter, Associate Matron Jane Huff, Associate Patron LeRoy Huff, Secretary Eugenia Dodge, Treasurer Velma Wilson, Conductress Nola Nicholas, Associate Conductress Clarine Rush, Chaplain Goldie Smith, Marshal Pauline Peters, Organist Connie Courtney, Adah – Marie Thornbug, Ruth –  Diane Wagner, Esther – Lena Smith, Martha – Joyce Weaver, Electa – Martha Jones, Warder – Mrs. Wilbur Johnston, and Sentinel Helen McLean.

John Robinson, Executive Director of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was guest speaker at the Annual Ladies Night dinner at Keith’s Cafe. The meeting was led by Scotland County Cattlemen’s Association president Joe Neese, Jr., and vice president Keith Dunn.

Scotland County 4-H President Rhonda Kice presided over the annual 4-H Recognition Night. National awrad winners included Steve Morris and Lucinda McCabe (agriculture), Dale Smith, Janet Trueblood, Marla Kittle, and Carolyn Lancaster (clothing), Sandra Tague and Ann Robinson (dress revue), Carl Trueblood (electricity), Dale Smith, Bonnie Gordy, Judy Stevenson and Marilyn Lancaster (food nutrition), Bonnie Gordy (general foods), Lucinda McCabe (horses), Dale Smith (horticulture), Brenda Schleeter and Gregory Cowell (photography) and Greg Cowell (swine).,

60 YEARS AGO

Glen Myers of Rutledge was elected to the Board of Directors of the MFA Oil Company at the 13th Annual Meeting at Columbia.

Army PFC Emmett M. Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernie B. Phillips of Memphis recently qualified  as expert in firing the sub-machinegun while serving with the 18th artillery in Germany.

Mrs. Verlee J. Dabey was appointed the acting post master at Baring, replacing Mr. Costello who retired December 1st. Mr. Costello had served in the position since 1939.

Memphis and LaBelle basketball teams met on the local court last night with Memphis taking the girls’ game and LaBelle winning the boys’ game. The girls defeated LaBelle 43-29 and the boys lost 55-47. The LaBelle boys remain undefeated in conference play.

70 YEARS AGO

What could easily have been a disastrous fire for the city of Memphis, was averted when a fire of undetermined origin in the third story of the Dr. R.R. Hesse building on the southwest corner of the square on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock was extinguished before it got beyond the confines of the walls. The ground floor of the building was occupied by the Townsend Electric Co.

The Memphis Merchants group announced that Santa Claus would again be arriving in town via helicopter, coming in Thursday, December 15th at 1:30.

Te Memphis High School boys and girls defeated Downing High School boys and girls in the first conference game of the season here Tuesday night.

A large crowd of people attended the basketball game between the Olson red Heads, a professional girls team, and the Memphis town team.

90 YEARS AGO

The James Piper residence in the southeast part of Gorin burned Monday night, December 2nd. It was occupied by Dr. H.H. Marriott and family.

Mrs. Nancy white, Mrs. Elizabeth McVey  and Mrs. Sarah Raymond, three pioneer women of Memphis, all passed away within the week.

Neighbors honored Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reed of the Salem community Monday evening, as they were planning on leaving for California to make their home.

Missouri Land Values Up 4% On Average in 2019

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension’s recent land value survey shows that average land prices for non-irrigated cropland across the state increased about 4% or $204 per acre from last year.

The study shows averages of $5,421 per acre for good non-irrigated cropland. Survey respondents rated good irrigated cropland at $6,148 per acre, $634 more per acre than last year.

MU Extension economist Ray Massey says the web-based survey considered the average value of three classes of cropland and pasture as of July 2019. It also considered timberland as well as hunting and recreational land.

Demand remains strong and rental rates decreased little. Broadband internet expansion might influence some sales near metropolitan areas. Massey also points to low interest rates and low rates of return on “safe” investments such as certificates of deposit causing people to put their money in land.

Local realtor Kevin Small of United Country Land Pros, LLC said he feels the extension’s estimation is spot on for pastureland for our area.

“Hunting and recreational  land we are up 5% from 2018-19 and we saw a 3-4% increase in cropland for our area,” said Small. “Now is the time to sell. Buyers are definitely looking, but there is not much inventory.

Bootheel area land topped statewide values at $7,090 for good non-irrigated cropland and $7,353 for good irrigated land while even poor cropland ranked at $4,051.

In the MU Extension report, Scotland County was included in a nine county region along the Mississippi River including Knox, Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties. Good cropland in that district according to the survey was valued at $6,235 per acre with average cropland valued at $4,794 and poor cropland at $3,850.

Respondents estimated good pastureland at a statewide average of $3,174 per acre, up $259 or 9% from 2018 estimates.

Reported changes in value varied greatly, from a 6% decrease to a 22% increase. Pastureland in counties bordering the Missouri and Mississippi rivers showed the highest values.

Hunting/recreational property in those same counties also ranked at the top, with timberland values at $2,789 and hunting/recreational land values at $2,700.

Overall, Missouri hunting/recreational land and timberland posted a 12% increase in value.

Central Missouri timber/hunting and recreational land grew the most in value, according to the survey, with a 32% positive change. Good cropland and pastureland in central Missouri posted upward changes of 22%.

The Lake of the Ozarks region posted the highest changes in land values in the state for timber/hunting and recreational land at 34%.

The survey also reports a growing trend of buyers planning to farm the land themselves. As many as 62% of buyers plan to farm the land; 27% intend to rent out the land; 10% plan to use the land for non-farming purposes.

The northeast district that included Scotland County surveyed just 43% of buyers with plans to farm recently purchased ground, with 42% planning to rent the farm ground and 13% planning non-ag usage.

Massey says survey respondents expect little change in land values in the coming year. “In 2018, the respondents to this survey expected land values to decrease slightly. This year, while some regions show decreases and some increases, the average value of cropland, pastureland, timberland and recreational land across the state is expected to hold where it is now,” he says.

Comments from the survey respondents seemed to indicate that many realize that their responses might be counterintuitive. USDA reports lower land values for Missouri and surrounding corn belt states.

The $3,490 estimate of the USDA for cropland is $889 lower than the $4,379 value reported by the Extension survey respondents for average cropland. For pastureland, the USDA estimates the value at $2,679 per acre, or $699 more than the survey estimate $2,279 per acre.

Public expectations are that land prices should be decreasing. Reports of farmers dealing with low commodity prices and having credit challenges would point towards lower land prices. But these factors have not generally resulted in lower land values for the state in the opinion of survey respondents.

Demand for land is still strong and rental rates have not decreased much. Land coming up for sale is moving without notable delays according to the comments of several survey respondents.

The adage that the three determinants of land are location, location and location seemed to ring true in the opinion of some respondents. One person said, “neighboring farmers seem to have a higher impact on the value than the actual quality of the ground.” Another wrote, “tracts that are located adjacent to successful farm operations seem to bring the highest amount per acre.”

Respondents cited general economic conditions as reasons for increased land values. Low interest rates allow purchasers to finance land. Low rates of return on safe investments such as CDs argue for investors, including farmers, to put money in land rather than other investments. Good economic conditions among non-farmers causes them to seek good investments in land.

Other respondents tried to explain the changes in land prices by changes in land uses. One said pastureland is being converted to cropland, driving up the value of grassland. Another said cropland is being converted to pastureland and purchased by people wanting to live in the country.

Massey says 75% of responses came from lenders, 12% from farmers, 9% from rural appraisers and 4% from other occupations.

For the complete report, go to extension2.missouri.edu/g401.

Livestock Symposium Beef Speakers Will Help Farmers Gain Cow-Herd Profits

Farmers hearing beef focus talks at the Missouri Livestock Symposium will take home tips to use. Beef is just one track in the annual meeting, Dec. 6-7 in Kirksville.

Eric Bailey and Jordan Thomas, University of Missouri Extension beef specialists, usually team up to teach heifer care. Now they’ll tell about feeding and breeding cows as well.

Bailey dispels feeding myths about calving.

Thomas shifts from reproduction themes for Show-Me-Select heifers to management of all cows.

There’s more. David Lalman, Oklahoma State University, talks about cow size. That affects upkeep costs and hits return per cow. Lalman, who graduated from MU, knows Missouri cows. He’s seen changes in cow size and knows the research.

All speakers focus on profits in Missouri’s beef herd.

Missouri ranks No. 3 in cow numbers. But based on cows per acre, Missouri is No. 1, Thomas says. A profitable enterprise this big helps the whole state.

Farmers attending the meeting should bring a notebook, advises Zac Erwin, MU field specialist, Kirksville. “More tips will be given than can be recalled a day later.”

Erwin manages the program along with farmer Garry Mathes, who leads the planning committee. They keep it rural.

Nutritionist Bailey may start on the myth that cutting feed slows unborn calf growth. Producers think less feed makes for easy calving. The opposite happens. An underfed heifer may not have energy to push her calf out at birth. That makes more “pulled calves.”

Bailey says a pregnant heifer, still growing, needs feed for growth plus feed for her unborn calf.

By December, spring-calving cows may be on poor rations, if they aren’t grazing stockpiled pasture. Instead, they may be on poor-quality hay. Diets may need supplements.

Thomas, MU Extension reproduction specialist, takes a broad view. Farmers should know where every cow ranks on profits in their herds, but few keep detailed records. When tough times hit and a herd needs culling, rankings assure the losers, not winners, are sold.

He says, “Most industries keep records of profits and losses. Too few herd owners do that.” At Show-Me-Select heifer sales, Thomas sees both buyers and sellers who benefit with quality beef.

Both MU specialists promote the SMS heifer program. It teaches development and genetics in replacements. That adds calving ease to benefits. Well-managed cows stay in herds longer.

Bailey notes that too many cows fall out of their herd after five years.

“That’s three calves at best. It takes five or six calves before profits kick in.”

The symposium starts 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and runs through Saturday. Opening night starts with a beef dinner.

Temple Grandin, famous for animal welfare work, returns for the keynote speech Friday night. The focus teams, from horses to goats, are Saturday.

All is free, with no preregistration. There’s too much to tell, but the trade show is worth the trip. Details are at www.MissouriLivestock.com(opens in new window) or from MU Extension in Adair County, 660-665-9866.

Nearly 1/3 Fewer Deer Harvested in Scotland County During Firearms Season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does.

Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer checked, Texas with 3,734, and Callaway with 3,369.  

Scotland County hunters checked in 1,391 deer, including 537 antlered bucks. The harvest total was 913 in Schuyler County while hunters in Clark County and Knox County checked in 1,233 and 1,168 deer respectively.

This represented a significant decline from last year when 2,021 deer were harvested in Scotland County, 1,292 in Schuyler County, 1,601 in Clark County and 1,721 deer in Knox County.

Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season with 103,582 being antlered bucks, 20,040 being button bucks, and 77,116 being does.

MDC reported six firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with four being self-inflicted, one non-fatal incident involving a shooter and victim, and one fatal incident involving a shooter and victim.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting through January 15, 2020. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs December 6-8. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run December 28 through January 7, 2020.

Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces 12 Days of Unclaimed Property on Social Media

Jefferson City, MO – Santa checks his list twice—and Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is reminding Missourians to channel their inner-Kris Kringle and check the Unclaimed Property list. Beginning today and continuing for 12 days, the @MOTreasurer official social media platforms will encourage Missourians to check the Unclaimed Property list by highlighting holiday-themed names and items in the database. All posts will use the hashtag #12DaysofUCP.  

“While everyone is searching for deals this Cyber Monday, be sure to check ShowMeMoney.com for the ultimate deal—your money,” Treasurer Fitzpatrick said. “My Office holds over $1 billion in Unclaimed Property and we want to return it to the more than five million account owners. I hope these social media posts will encourage Missourians to search the list and maybe find an unexpected holiday bonus.”

Some noteworthy items held in Unclaimed Property include an early edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, way more thanfive golden rings, vintage toys, and plenty of silver and gold. With 32 George Baileys, 16 Charlie Browns, and one Kevin McCallister, you never know who you’ll find on the Unclaimed Property list.

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over unclaimed assets to the Treasurer’s Office. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It can also include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits, and wages from past jobs.

Treasurer Fitzpatrick currently manages over $1 billion in unclaimed assets in more than five million owner accounts. Unclaimed Property is waiting for one in ten Missourians, and the average return is nearly $300. Missourians can search and claim Unclaimed Property year-round at ShowMeMoney.com.

Shooting Struggles Sink SCR-I in Season Opener

Katie Feeney powers through two Clark County defenders on a drive to the basket during the Lady Tigers’ season opener at Kahoka on November 26th.

Scotland County simply could not find enough ways to put the ball in the basket Tuesday night in Kahoka as the Lady Tigers dropped the 2019-20 season opener to Clark County 48-36.

SCR-I’s pressure defense placed similar stresses on the Lady Indians early on, as nearly four minutes of play went by before the first points of the night came on a Clark County free throw.

Emiley Dial sank one of two free throws with 4:07 left in the first period for the first SCR-I point of the new season. Hannah Feeney scored in the paint on a nice pass by Abby Curry to put the Lady Tigers on top 3-1 with 3:04 left in the first period. Curry and Feeney added three pointers to help Scotland County hold a 9-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Scotland County managed just two field goals in the second period and shot nearly as bad from the free throw line, connecting on just three of 12 attempts from the charity stripe.

Despite the struggles on offense, SCR-I trailed just 22-17 at the half.

Clark County opened the third period on a 5-0 run before Dial scored in the paint on back-to-back possessions. A three pointer by Hannah Feeney followed by a bucket by Curry cut the deficit to three to close the third period with SCR-I trailing 29-26.

Clark County pulled away for good in the fourth period, opening on a 15-2 run. Three pointers by Dial and Aayla Humphrey momentarily turned the momentum back to SCR-I. but the Lady Tigers couldn’t get any more shots to fall, allowing Clark County to hold on for the 48-36 victory.

Scotland County shot just 25% on the night, converting 11 of 43 field goal tries. They weren’t much better from the free throw line, making just eight of 25 free throws (32%).

Hannah Feeney finished with 11 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead Scotland County. Humphrey and Dial each had eight points and Curry finished with six. Clark County held last year’s leading scorer, senior Micah Cooley, without a point.

BABY WOODS

Madelyn Olivia Woods was born at 5:50 p.m. on November 20, 2019 at the Memorial East Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois. Her parents are Nicholas and Sarah Woods of Belleville, Illinois. Grandparents are Randy Woods and Karen Shippen of Memphis, Missouri and Jim and Michelle Schmidt of Milstadt, Illinois. Great- grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Woods of Memphis, Missouri, Hilma. Shippen of Jefferson City, Missouri, Carol Schmidt of Belleville, Illinois, and Mary Jane Paszkiewicz of Belleville, Illinois.

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