September 26, 2002

Putnam County Air Attack Grounds Tigers In 32-8 Defeat

The Scotland County football team witnessed why Ian Gilworth will be named the Tri-Rivers Conference most valuable player when the season is over. It may be a little early to hand the award to the junior quarterback but if he keeps up his passing attack like he displayed September 20 against SCR-I its his trophy to lose.

Gilworth completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 319 yards and a pair of touchdowns as his Midgets kept Scotland County winless on the season as the Tigers dropped the conference opener. Putnam County, who pounded Clark County a week earlier is 2-0 in league play and now has to be considered a contender for the conference title along with Brookfield.

Friday night's game was a tale of two halves. The teams looked evenly matched through the first 24 minutes as the defenses controlled the tempo.

Putnam County took the opening kickoff and could do nothing with the ball as the Tigers defense did not allow a first down, forcing the punt. Unfortunately turn about was fair play as SCR-I also went three and out on the first possession.

Gilworth went to work from that point, hitting a 15-yard completion to move the chains. But defensive end Travis Onken made a big stop in the backfield to back up the Midgets and stall the drive resulting in another punt.

The Tigers continued to ground it out with the running game, gaining enough on three rushes to move the chains. But there was not another first down to be had and SCR-I punted it away with 2:54 to play in the first quarter.

Putnam County picked up a first down but appeared to be in trouble facing a third down and long. But a middle screen to wide receiver Corey Mason not only picked up the first down it went the distance, 40 yards for a touchdown with just three ticks left on the clock in the first period.

Cornerback Chase Moore came up to stuff Gilworth on an option run to prevent the two-point conversion to keep the score at 6-0.

Scotland County got the momentum back after the kick off. The Tigers faced fourth and inches and gave the ball to tailback Tim Robinson. The sophomore hit the hole quickly and broke through the defense for a 26 yard gain. SCR-I could not move the chains from there as a Curtis Cochran pass fell incomplete on fourth and four giving Putnam County the ball back at the 31 yard line.

Gilworth's numbers were impressive but they likely could have been closer to 400 yards with another TD as he threw a perfect pass to a streaking Mason down the right sideline. The sophomore receiver had burned the SCR-I defender but saw the ball bounce off his hands and fall incomplete.

But that didn't stop the duo as they hooked up for a couple big pass plays to move Putnam down field into striking position.

The Tigers defense bent but did not break. Michael Lodewegen came up with a big tackle for a loss to stop the drive and give the ball back to the Tigers on downs.

Scotland County got another great run from a young back as Jared Shelley broke through the Midgets defense for a gain of 24 yards to fire up the Tigers sideline. Cochran then connected with Clint Cottrell for a 15-yard pass play.

With the drive stalling out once again coach Brent Bondurant made the perfect call, a reverse to wide receiver Moore. The senior, in his first game of the year after returning from injury, picked up 17 yards to put the ball just 22 yards from the endzone.

A pair of runs netted just three yards forcing the Tigers to the air. Cochran hit tightend Eric Long over the middle but the ball came loose as it appeared that the Putnam County defender got away with pass interference. It was a key no call as the next pass play also fell incomplete ending the Tigers best offensive threat of the first half.

Putnam County looked content to run out the clock with only 1:07 remaining in the first half. But an SCR-I timeout seemed to change the team's mindset. The Midgets did not call another rushing play as Gilworth marched his team down field with three consecutive completions of more than 20 yards.

With 12.2 seconds in the half Gilworth found Brad Ryals in the corner of the endzone behind the SCR-I defender for the touchdown. Robinson got through the line to sack Gilowrth on the two-point conversion try, leaving Putnam County with a 12-0 lead at the intermission.

Scotland County started the second half on offense. Cottrell made a bobbling catch to move the chains. Joel Myers then picked up more than enough yards for another first down but fumbled the ball near the end of the play to give the Midgets good field position at the 45.

Gilworth got them much closer as he hit Ryals with a 28 yard pass play. Three plays later it was running back Keith Smith who broke a number of SCR-I tackles and didn't even let a facemask penalty stop him as he rumbled eight yards for the TD. The two-point attempt was again stopped by SCR-I and the score remained 18-0 with 8:22 in the third quarter.

Scotland County again had a good start to an offesive possession but could not deliver the scoring punch. Kiel Fogle got the team off to a good start with a 12-yard run. A late hit by the Midgets defender added 15 more yards to the end of the play to put SCR-I at midfield. The offense stopped there and the Tigers punted.

Putnam County took over and sounded the air sirens again. Ryals made a beautiful diving catch down the left sideline to pick up big yardage. Smith was the beneficiary as he scored from 11 yards out with 6:05 left in the third quarter. Ryals point after attempt kick was good making the score 25-0.

SCR-I went three and out on the insuing possession setting up the final Midgets score.

Puntam County proved if it works, stick with it as they set up the wide receiver screen for the third time in the game and Mason got behind a convoy of Midget blockers to move down the field before Cottrell forced him out of bounds just short of a score. Colby Myers took the ball in from one yard out for the touchdown. The PAT kick by Ryals was good and with 43.6 seconds left in the third quarter the Midgets led 32-0.

Scotland County mounted its lone scoring drive of the night at the start of the fourth quarter. Cochran went to Cottrell for a good gain. He then scrambled for nine yards to set up a fourth down and one. Myers picked up the first down and then some with a powerful run up the middle. A couple more solid runs by Myers set up a four-yard touchdown pass from Cochran to Fogle. The quarterback kept the ball on the option and scored on the two-point conversion cutting the deficit to 32-8 with 5:57 left in the game.

Surprisingly the Putnam County coaching staff left the first string offense in with just five minutes to play and a four TD lead.

Coach Dave Mitchell's heart must have leapt into his throat when Gilworth scrambled down the left sideline and was hit hard by a pair of Tigers defenders. It would be a shame to lose a league MVP with only two minutes left in a game that was well in hand.

Fortunately for Putnam County Gilworth was not injured but he did leave the game after the play as the Midgets finally turned it over to the junior varsity offense.

The Tigers defense held and the SCR-I junior varsity offense ran the clock out to bring the game to an end.

Scotland County picked up 200 yards on the ground in the losing effort. Myers led the way with 55 yards on 10 attempts. Robinson had 39 yards on nine attempts. Shelley gained 27 yards on two carries while Moore had the 17 yard reverse run.

Cochran completed seven of 17 passes for 66 yards. He ran for 21 yards on five attempts. Cottrell had six catches for 62 yards and Fogle had the four yard TD reception.

Eric Long topped the Tigers defense with nine tackles. Brett Masden made eight stops from his defensive tackle position. Aaron Dale, Shelley and Cottrell each made seven tackles.

Gilworth completed 13 of 23 passes for 319 yards. Mason had a huge game with 183 yards on six receptions. Ryals caught four passes for 99 yards. Smith carried the ball eight times for 38 yard as the Midgets ground game was held to under 80 yards.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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