May 23, 2002

Athletic Banquet Honors Participants In Winter, Spring Sporting Activities

Meagan Fromm and Aarron Holt were presented the National Federation of High School Associations citizenship awards by principal Connie Courtney at the May 15 Sports Awards banquet held at Scotland County R-I High School.

The Scotland County R-I High School and Junior High Sports Award Banquet was held May 15 in the SCR-I high school gymnasium.

Terri Bulen introduced the junior high cheerleaders. The team was made up by Julie Eggleston, Monica Schmitz, Michelle Lodewegen, Lynette Green, Kelly Cochenour, Hannah Kiddoo, Brittany Newcomer, Ausha Crow and Jennifer Briggs.

Gary Hunziker presented his seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams with t-shirts following their successful seasons.

Seventh grade players were Sharail Barton, Laura Duley, Lauren Grogan, PJ Brown, Julie Triplett, Angela Graham, Lora Elder, Jessica Hayes, Trisha Harvey and Kelsey Caldwell.

The eighth grade players were Ali Fromm, Brittney Courtright, Anna Johnson, Delayna Bondurant, Crystal Cotton, Jamie Fuller, Angie Bulen and Ashley Frederick. Nicole Kerkmann was the team's manager.

Jaryt Hunziker was next on the list with his seventh grade boys basketball team. He announced the following players: Bryce Blomme, Grant Blomme, Colby Brown, Chris Chabert, Andy Cowell, Chris Holt, Zach McBee, Gary Perrilles, Mikel Shaffer, Marcus Shalley, Matt Wickert and managers Lance Smith and Kolby Peterson.

The eighth grade boys team was announced by coach Nathan Pippert. Players on the team were Brandon Alexander, Jessie Mattingly, Kyle Lister, Chad Trueblood, Logan Buckallew, Kaleb Reese, Kyle Hoskinson, Josh Blake, Casey Parrish, Cody Ward and managers Jeff Long and Jeremy Hinds.

Josh Smith presented the freshman girls basketball team. He announced the following players: Katie Schneider, Becky Miller, Valerie Crawford, Kayla Ebeling, Ashley Ellison, Leslie Duley, Jacqui Drummond, Megan Walker and Rebecca Consbrock.

The freshman boys basketball list was a little shorter, as coach Jason Jones listed his roster. Players included Andy Graham, Greg Neagle, Sean Woods, Lance Norton, Jared Shelley, Toren Skinner, Carl Wittstock, Drew Holt and manager Brittney Courtright.

Smith returned to the podium to recognize the girls junior varsity basketball team which consisted of Consbrock, Walker, Schneider, Drummond, Kim Bair, Duley, Ellison, Ebeling, Brandi Mallett, Jennifer Crawford, V. Crawford, Katie Kittle, Jenna Shalley, Elizabeth Monroe, Becky Miller and manager Latitia Sherman.

Coach Jaryt Hunziker made his second appearance of the night to honor the junior varsity boys basketball team. He called the following players forward to be recognized: Andrew Bulen, Clint Cottrell, Jason Findling, Graham, Cody Holt, Neagle, Nick Oldham, Danny Roach, Shelley, Skinner, Wittstock, Woods and manager Sara Eggleston.

The three varsity winter sports teams were next on the agenda. Sponsor Andrea Brassfield started the presentation announcing the varsity cheerleaders. The team consisted of Andrea Shaffer - captain, Danielle Shelley, Margaret Drummond, Ladica Wittstock, Anna Dochterman, Erin Morgan and Amy Morgan as Spike, Brandi Blakeburn, Laura Raymond, Lacey Williams, Shana Reese and Corolla Voss.

Andrea Dabney was next with the varsity girls basketball team. Team members were Meagan Fromm and Brenna Cook, co-captains, Consbrock, Jessie Cotton, Sara Norton, Amy Blomme, Kittle, J. Crawford, V. Crawford, and manager Jenna Dial.

Norton was honored as Miss Tiger Basketball. Fromm was recognized as the team's scoring, rebounds and assists leader for the season while Cotton took top honors as the team's steals leader. Cotton and Norton received honorable mention all-conference. Fromm was the conference MVP, first team all-district and second team all-state. Fromm and V. Crawford were named the team's academic all-stars with 11.0 grade points.

Marc Colvin presented the boys varisty hoops squad. Team members were Aaron Dale, Aarron Holt, Kirk Stott, Jake Fogle, Robbie Miller, Michael Lodewegen, Chase Moore, Brad Holt, Tim Buford, Cottrell and Jason Glass. Managers were Andrea Kirkpatrick and Amy Duley and Brian Harvey was the audio-visual technician.

Dale was recognized as the team's rebounding leader while Moore won the scoring title.

Spring sports were next on the agenda for the night starting with junior high track.

Chris Dunham recognized the girls team which consisted of Ali Fromm, Ashley Frederick, Jamie Fuller, Kelly Cochenour, Trisha Harvey, Laura Duley, Nicole Kerkmann, Brittney Courtright, Anna Johnson - manager, Crystal Cotton, Monica Schmitz, Brittany Newcomer - manager, Ausha Crow, Kelsey Caldwell, Hannah Kiddoo, Jacqui Brush, Angela Graham, Jessica Hayes, Esther Nichols, Brandi Kapfer, Lauren Grogan and Delayna Bondurant.

Fromm was recognized for breaking the school record in the 400-meter dash. She also holds the record for the event at the Putnam County Relays.

The junior high boys also had a record breaking performance as Jeremy Hinds set the SCR-I record in the 100-meter dash at 11.9 seconds. He was announced by coach Jaryt Hunziker along with teammates Bryce Blomme, Grant Blomme, Colby Brown, Chris Chabert, Chris Holt, Jason Ketchum, Jeff Long, Jesse Mattingly, Zach McBee, Casey Parrish, Gary Perrilles, Kolby Peterson, Kaleb Reese, Mikel Shaffer, Brett Sagerty, Marcus Shalley, Matt Wickert, Justin Williams and managers Aaron Eldridge and Lathan Watson.

Josh Smith presented the varsity girls track team. Amy Morgan was recognized as the top points earner for the squad. Other team members were Sara Norton, Amy Blomme, Mandi Bulen, Rebecca Consbrock, Jessie Cotton, Sara Eggleston, Christine Kirchner, Erin Morgan, Valerie Crawford Megan Walker, and managers Ladica Wittstock and Sara Melton.

Marc Colvin presented the varsity boys track team. The team consisted of Carl Wittstock, Travis Onken, Aaron Cline, Jason Findling, Aarron Holt, Tim Buford, Kiel Fogle, Tim Robinson, Danny Roach, Jason Glass, Clint Cottrell, Cody Holt, Don Hurley, Brett Masden, Brian Harvey, Brad Wood, David Hillyer, Jon Keller, Joel Myers, Greg Neagle, Lance Norton, and managers Ladica Wittstock and Anthony Miller.

Glass, Cody Holt and Masden earned all-conference honors. Masden qualified for state in the shot put. Glass went to state in the discus and the SCR-I 4x800 relay team of Cottrell, C. Holt, Roach and Fogle went to Jefferson City as well.

The varsity and junior varsity golf teams were announced by coach Dave Shalley. Varsity team members were Andy Boyer, Chase Moore, Brian Dial, Josh McBee, Corvin Drummond, Vince Rockhold, Josh Marlowe and Brock Meeks. Moore was named first team all-conference after finishing with the team's best scoring average. Boyer earned second team all-conference honors.

Junior varsity letter winners were Ryan Hinds, Nick Oldham and Micheal Monroe.

Coach Shalley also awarded the three sports awards for the high school and junior high.

Junior high award winners were Grant Blomme, Colby Brown, Chris Chabert, Chris Holt, Zach McBee, Casey Parrish, Gary Perrilles, Kaleb Reese, Brett Sagerty, Marcus Shalley, Matt Wickert, Delayna Bondurant, Angie Bulen, Crystal Cotton, Brittney Courtright, Ali Fromm, Jamie Fuller, Lauren Grogan and Hannah Kiddoo.

High school three sports award winners were Tim Buford, Clint Cottrell, Jason Glass, Aarron Holt, Greg Neagle, Danny Roach, Carl Wittstock, Chase Moore, Andrew Bulen, Amy Blomme, Rebecca Consbrock, Jessie Cotton, Valerie Crawford and Sara Norton.

Special weight lifting awards were given to students with high attendance records in the weight room during the off season. Award winners were Loren Billington, Bryce Blomme, Grant Blomme, Colby Brown, Chris Chabert, Andy Cowell, Zack Dale, Casey Parrish, Gary Perrilles, Kolby Peterson, Marcus Shalley, Matt Wickert, Jeremy Hinds, Jeff Long, Joe Talbert, Tim Robinson, Andrew Bulen, Aaron Cline, Brenna Cook, Eric Long and Vince Rockhold.

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

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

Hay tests cost about $20 each at certified labs throughout the state. You can find information on how to read results at

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 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 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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