September 12, 2002

Salisbury Spoils Season Opener For SCR-I Tigers Football Team

Joel Myers chases down the Salisbury quarterback for a sack during action in the first half of the Tigers 35-8 loss to the Panthers.

It was a rough start to the 2002 football season for Scotland County as the Tigers traveled to Salisbury and took one on the chin in a 35-8 defeat.

Scotland County struggled on offense the entire night and committed a pair of costly turnovers to allow the Panthers to win the season opener.

Salisbury started slow as well, thanks in large part to a pair of critical penalties that backed up the team's first two offensive possessions.

The Tigers could not take advantage of the good field position, failing to get a first down on either series, going three and out with a punt.

Salisbury finally broke the trend of trading punts on the team's third possession. Tailback Mitchell White broke two long runs to put his team on the scoreboard. He picked up 25 yards on the first carry and then followed that up with a 36-yard touchdown run that saw the speedy back break through the line on the left side and sprint through the Tigers defensive backfield untouched for the TD. The point after attempt was good making the score 7-0 with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.

SCR-I went three and out on its third possession but the defense got the ball back after a long drive by Salisbury. Defensive lineman Travis Onken batted down a pass attempt to help stall the drive. Michael Lodewegen stuffed a run attempt up the middle and the Tigers sacked the Salisbury quarterback on third down forcing a punt.

A good kick buried the Tigers inside the five-yard line. Aaron Dale gave the team some breathing room with a good run but the Tigers fumbled on the next carry turning the ball over to Salisbury at the five-yard line.

The Panthers took advantage of the gift two plays later as White punched the ball in from one yard out. The PAT kick was good putting Salisbury on top 14-0 with 5:55 left in the second period.

The Tigers fourth possession was much of the same as the Salisbury defense shutdown the ground game and forced another punt.

Scotland County got its first break of the game when Salisbury fumbled on a running attempt up the middle and Aaron Cline came out of the pile with the ball for SCR-I.

But the Tigers gave the ball right back as Curtis Cochran's pass attempt was intercepted with just 2:30 left in the first half.

Salisbury didn't need that much time as on the very next play the Panthers scored on a well designed reverse screen pass from quarterback Dan Kruse to running back Jordan Green. Receiver Brent Huckaby threw a key block that freed the back to scamper 56 yards down the left sideline for the touchdown. Kruse remained perfect in the kicking game with the extra point to make the score 21-0.

The Tigers were content to let the time run out on the first half and look to regroup during the intermission.

Salisbury racked up nearly 200 yards off offense in the first half with a well rounded attack. White had 80 yards on the ground as the team amassed more than 100 yards rushing while Kruse threw for 75 yards in the first half.

Scotland County on the other hand had just 30 yards of total offense despite having the ball for seven possessions in the first half.

The Tigers came out of the break with a new look, going more to the option ground attack. Cochran gained good yards on the first carry, a keeper. A sign of how the night went was on second down when the Tigers did pick up their first first down of the game, but it came on the team's third fumble, which rolled forward before being recovered by a Tigers lineman.

Faced with a fourth down and long the Tigers went to the air where Cochran connected with Dale on a quick slant that took the team across midfield. The Tigers continued to move the ball before running out of steam. Salisbury intercepted a pass on a fourth and long to stop the drive. Offensive pass interference was flagged on the Tigers on the play, nullifying the interception but ultimately giving Salisbury better field position as the ball was turned over on downs.

The two teams traded punts on the next two possessions. On the later kick SCR-I caught a break as the Salisbury return man fumbled the catch and Cochran recovered the ball near midfield.

Dale moved the chains with a powerful run up the middle but had to leave the game with an injury. That helped bog down the offense and the Tigers could not pick up another first down and punted the ball back to Salisbury with 1:28 remaining in the third period.

Aaron Dale tries to break through the Salisbury tackler as he returns a kickoff during the Tigers season opener September 6.

Jordan Green quickly put the Panthers into scoring position as he broke off a 28-yard run down to the five-yard line.

The Tigers defense stopped White in the backfield on the first run attempt, a loss of two yards. That forced Salisbury to the air, a successful move as Kruse hit Huckaby with a seven-yard TD pass. The PAT kick was good giving Salisbury a 28-0 advantage with 11:11 left in the game.

The teams traded punts opening the fourth period before SCR-I got the ball back with 8:31 to play. The Tigers went to the two-minute offense and quickly moved the ball down the field through the air. Cochran hit tight end Clint Cottrell on a couple pass completions to get into scoring position. The Tigers capped the drive with a 28-yard TD pass from Cochran to Eric Long. SCR-I stayed with the air attack as Cochran connected with Cottrell on the two-point conversion to make the score 28-8 with 6:53 to play.

Salisbury answered the challenge less than two minutes later as White broke through the Tigers defense for a 33-yard touchdown. Kruse split the uprights with his fifth PAT kick of the game to make the score 35-8 with 5:37 to go in the contest.

The Tigers junior varsity marched the ball down the field but came up just short of the end zone as time ran out on the game.

The Tigers ground attack was held in check by the big front line of Salisbury. SCR-I had just 65 yards of rushing. Aaron Dale gained 52 yards on 11 carries. Joel Myers was limited to six yards on seven attempts while Cochran ran nine times for (-2) yards.

The passing game accounted for 130 yards. Cochran completed six of 17 passes for 97 yards, one TD and one interception. Dale had two receptions for 23 yards. Cottrell made three grabs for 47 yards and Long had the 27-yard TD. Danny Roach completed one of two passes, a 33-yard strike to Thomas Miller.

Salisbury amassed 199 yards on the ground led by White who ran 22 times for 144 yards and three TD's. Kruse hit on all but one of his five pass attempts covering 84 yards and accounting for two scores.

Dale led the SCR-I defense with 11 tackles. Long and Myers each had eight stops while Tim Robinson made six tackles. Cline made five stops and had a fumble recovery.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

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

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit


Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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