November 13, 2003

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Looking back at the archives for this column I cant help but wonder why me? How can so many silly things happen to one guy? After my Wednesday outing bow hunting I dont believe the old material well will be drying up anytime soon. After a long couple days at work I was determined to skip out a few hours early last Wednesday and get a little escape from the stress in the bow stand. I made up my mind to try one of our new stands, one I had never sat in before. Plus it was easy to get into, and to be honest I really wasnt expecting much activity. I simply was looking for a quiet place to take a nap.

I guess I should have picked a little nicer afternoon. Last Wednesday was overcast, windy and COLD. Those were the best attributes of the day as it unwound. After forgetting my scent-lock camouflage suit in the garage I had to rush back to town. Dont think those deer would have been interested in me in my work clothes.

As Im walking along the canal toward my stand I step a little to close to the bank. The earth gave way and I nearly went head first 20 or 30 feet down into the riverbed. Fortunately enough I simply dropped my bottle of water and a sandwich I had in a plastic bag. I guess the beavers ate well because there was no way for me to retrieve my snack.

All this and I wasnt even to the tree yet. And yes, the tree, plays an important role in this tale. The site of the stand is a pair of trees that have grown together. Upon this arbor stands a two-man metal stand. I love these things, easy to get into and comfortable. Unfortunately this stand was leaned up right against a small cavity in one of the trees. The hollow, which was basically at head level for a person sitting in the stand, turns out to be the home of at least one opossum. I did not realize this until I was face to face with the rodent. Im not the bravest person in the world, so its fortunate that there is a railing around the deck of the stand or otherwise I likely would have taken a nosedive in retreat of the hissing giant rat.

So after I summoned up enough courage to try to recapture my stand, I stood there prodding an arrow into the hole in the tree trying to fend off my besieger. After about 10 minutes on the attack I looked up to see a pair of does staring at me. The leader looked at her companion as if to say Look at the idiot in the tree, no deer could fit in that hole. After they departed (laughing all the way) I redoubled my efforts to remove my friend all the while standing on the top rung of the ladder.

The crash in the timber to my left drew my immediate stop. I may have looked stupid but my brain quickly equated the strong noise on such a noisy day to something big. Sure enough, not one, but two good-sized bucks quickly appeared on the trail of the does I had just entertained with my comedy act. Needless to say I was helpless, sitting on the steps, bow out of reach without even an arrow in place.

So I gave up on my exorcism and decided to turn around and just sit on the steps for a while watching the now growing number of deer emptying into the bean field. Thats when he appeared. The big guy showed himself just some forty yards from the stand as he entered the arena. I was expecting music and a loud speaker to announce the arrival of the biggest deer I have ever seen in the field. My quick glimpse from the broadside was impressive but my jaw dropped when he turned away from me and marched toward a doe in the far corner. I believe I could have drove my truck between those tines, thats how wide that rack was.

Well the lovers gave me a few flittering glimpses of hope. She wanted nothing to do with him, and initially made two runs closer to my stand. But the third rush from her suitor sent the doe packing.

I watched the big boy set all alone in the beans until it was too dark to see anymore. I waited as long as I could to get down hoping not to make any noise that might spook my partner from any future meetings we might have. My well-laid plans crumbled as I turned the corner on the field headed for the truck. There he stood (I assume it was him, either that or the combine was parked closer than I thought) a huge shadowy presence not more than 20 yards into the beans from my next step. I didnt miss a step and kept on trucking, watching out of the corner my eye as he never appeared to give me a second notice and stayed put as I trudged on to the vehicle.

Theres no happy ending to this story yet. Obviously I have been back to the stand (Ive spent more time there than in my own bed). Ive seen the opossum several more times but have yet to me Mr. Big again. Ive filled in the hole, sealed it with flashing and screws and bought some dynamite if a final eviction is necessary. Oh well if I dont find the deer again maybe my wife would let me put a trophy opossum on the wall.

OPAL MARIE EMEL (3/3/1925 – 2/25/2017)

Opal Marie Emel, 91, of Memphis died February 25, 2017 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

She was born March 3, 1925 in Scotland County, the daughter of Elmer Milton Wright and Addie Agnes (Roberts) Wright. Opal graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1942.

Opal married Elton Jay Emel in Memphis on October 10, 1945.   He preceded her in death on November 24, 2007.

The couple owned a farm near Bible Grove. Opal was a member of the Bible Grove Christian Church and was very active in community affairs.

In addition to her work as a wife and mother, Opal was renowned as a professional cook. She served as head cook of Grim-Smith Hospital, Scotland County Care Center and the Scotland County Livestock Auction Company. Opal was also an avid gardener and a fine seamstress.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and six brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her five children: Joyce (Larry) Crim of LaHarpe, IL, Jolene Neighbors of Kirksville, Randy Emel of Bible Grove, Danny (Terri) Emel of Memphis, and Melanee (Jeff) Crist of Kirksville; brother, Andrew Wright of Bible Grove; grandchildren: Brandon (Monica) Crim of LaHarpe, Christina (Christian) Funk of Morristown, NJ, Byron (Kimberly) Neighbors of Columbia, Jessica (Jason) Hill of Cape Girardeau, Jason (Robyn) Emel of Bible Grove, Melissa Emel of Memphis, Evan (Andrea) Emel of O’Fallon, MO, Aaron (Ashley) Emel of Warrensburg, and Conner Crist of Kansas City, MO; great-grandchildren: Jadrien Burbano, Jared Crim, Victoria Crim, Kyler Burkhiser, Chelsea Burkhiser, Hunter Carter, Jacob Hill, Caitlin Hill, Aurora Neighbors, Finley Emel, Charley Emel, Isabella Emel and Eva Emel; many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were held March 1 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Dan Hite, pastor of the Memphis First Baptist Church, officiating.    Byron Neighbors, Jessica and Jason Hill performed Amazing Grace and In The Garden.   Brandon Crim, Jason Emel, Byron Neighbors, Evan Emel, Aaron Emel and Conner Crist served pallbearers.  Jared Crim, Kyler Burkhiser, Chelsea Burkhiser, Hunter Carter, Logan Brassfield and Scott Brassfield served as honorary pallbearers.

Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Senior Nutrition Site and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Emel family by signing the online guest book at www.gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

Scotland County Cancer Fund to Host Fundraiser March 4th

The National Cancer Institute statistics report cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide.  In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide.  The number of new cancer cases will rise to 22 million within the next two decades.  More than 60 percent of the world’s new cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America; 70 percent of the world’s cancer deaths also occur in these regions.

In the United States, the overall cancer death rate has declined since the early 1990s.  The most recent Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, published in March 2016, shows that from 2003 to 2012, cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent per year among men, 1.4 percent per year among women, and 2.0 percent per year among children ages 0-19.

Although death rates for many individual cancer types have also declined, rates for a few cancers have stabilized or even increased.

As the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased.  These trends show that progress is being made against the disease, but much work remains.

Under these figures, odds are someone close to you has been touched by the disease.  Keeping this in mind, the Scotland County Cancer Fund was built on the premise of neighbors helping neighbors.

Since its inception in 2004 the Scotland County Cancer Fund has worked to raise money to benefit local families battling the disease.  In its first year, the cancer fund offered $50 to victims and their families to help offset some of the costs of seeking treatment.  The local charity is now able to offer $1000 per person, per 365 days to assist with unexpected expenses that occur when undergoing cancer treatments such as fuel, lodging and other travel costs incurred when attending doctor visits.

To date, the Scotland County Cancer Fund has helped 131 people, some more than once.

In order to qualify for financial assistance, recipients must be residents of the county for a continuous year and actively receiving treatments.

The Scotland County Cancer Fund is hosting its 13th annual Ham & Bean Supper and Auction on Saturday, March 4th at the Memphis VFW.  The supper starts at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by an auction.  Some of the items that will be auctioned include quilts, Oakwood furniture, and gift certificates from area businesses.

If you have items to donate for the auction, please contact Margaret Curry, Kim Nicoli, Dave Trueblood, Chris Tinkle or Shelley Curry.  You can also leave donations at the Scotland County Health Department.

Graves Applauds Trump’s Decision to Stop Harmful EPA Rule  

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after President Trump today took a step towards permanently eliminating the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Trump instructed federal authorities to review and work towards repealing WOTUS, which gave the EPA the authority to regulate small bodies of water on private lands.

“One of the most outrageous regulations to come from the Obama Administration was its Waters of the U.S. rule,” Rep. Graves said. “It allowed federal bureaucrats to take control of small bodies of water on our family farms and private property, and it was written without input from anyone in rural America. I am thrilled to see the White House today push back against this assault on private property, and begin bringing common sense back to the EPA.”

Since WOTUS was finalized by the Obama EPA in 2015, Graves has drafted and voted for several pieces of legislation designed to repeal the rule. Today’s executive action is a significant step towards accomplishing that goal.

SCAPP to Host ‘Night on the Red Carpet’ Daddy/Daughter Dance on March 25th

It’s that time of year again…and the Scotland County After Prom Parents are rolling out the red carpet for this year’s annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 25th at the SCR-1 Elementary School Gym.

This is a magical evening and a great opportunity for dad’s to make lasting memories with their little girls, whether they are tiny tots or teenagers…this is an evening for all ages!  Grandpas, uncles and older brothers are also welcome to join the fun.

The theme of this year’s dance is “Night on the Red Carpet”.  There are no dress restrictions…come casual or formal…just come and have fun.  Our very own DJ, Andy Middleton, will be providing the night’s entertainment!

New this year, SCAPP will be providing a dinner option prior to the dance, also in the elementary gym.  Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Both an adult plate and a child’s plate are being offered, though both the young ladies and their dates may choose either menu.  The adult menu includes chicken, baked potato, green beans, and a roll.  The child’s menu includes chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and a roll.  Drink choices include water, tea, and lemonade.  Desserts will include lava cakes, cheesecakes, and Oreo dirt pudding.  Reservations are needed for the dinner tickets and SCAPP organizers are asking that everyone make their menu choice when tickets are purchased.  Dinner is an optional part of the evening and tickets for the meal are $10/person.

The dance will start at 7:00 p.m.  Advanced tickets for the dance are $5.00.  Dance tickets will also be available at the door that evening at a cost of $7.00.

There will be a photo booth to capture the evening in pictures at a cost of $5 for a 4×6 print.  Swag Bags will also be available to purchase for $5.

Tickets for both the meal and the dance can be purchased at the elementary school office, Scotland County Pharmacy, and Scotland County Abstract Office.  All proceeds will go to the Scotland County After Prom Event.

For more information, contact Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or Michella Hull at 660-341-5870.

Auxiliary Donates Training Manikin to Care Center 

Ladies from the Auxiliary are pictured with the new training manikin and staff from the Scotland County Care Center.

The Scotland County Care Center/Scotland County Hospital Auxiliary recently made a contribution to the Scotland County Care Center in order for the Nursing Department to purchase a training manikin.  The new manikin offers a complete life-like range of motion for realistic patient positioning and moves like a person.  The manikin is lightweight and simulates a full-size adult.

The manikin will be used, primarily, to train staff in the Certified Nursing Assistant course and used to train staff for skills in multiple circumstances from proper transfer methods to proper bathing methods.  “Training on this manikin gives the Nursing Assistant students much more one-on-one training prior to doing actual patient care,” said Sheena Nichols, RN, SCCC Director of Nursing.  “Also, we just used the manikin during a mock code to train staff how to respond to a Code Blue.”

The Auxiliary is a non-for-profit organization that raises money through sales at the Hospital Gift Shop, quilt raffle, book fairs and jewelry sales, pecan sales and Christmas Bazaar cookie sales.  The Auxiliary meets every third Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Scotland County Care Center.  Membership dues are $1 annually and new members are always welcome.

Redmon Report

99th General Assembly

We are in the last weeks of February, can you believe it?! Time flies here at the Capitol as session continues to keep me busy between Budget Committee, chairing my Appropriations Committee and keeping up with all of my bills! This week’s Capitol Report will highlight Truman Day at the Capitol, passing of HB 138 for Virtual Education Programs and REAL ID legislation.

Legislative Agenda

HB 85, which adds Utility Vehicles to the ‘Move Over Law’ is still moving swiftly. It was third read on the floor Monday and now moves to the Senate. My HB 631 was passed in Transportation Committee 9-0 and was voted to be Consent. This bill modifies

medical requirements for school bus drivers. Another one of my bills (HB 587) was also Do Pass with 13-0 vote on Wednesday in Rules and Administrative Oversight Committee. It had also been passed in the Elections and Elected officials committee, before being referred to Rules Committee. This bill relates to treasurer of a seven-director school district and the bond requirements for them.

Truman Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday the Capitol was flooded with purple as students and staff as well as alumni legislators from Truman State University showed their support for the school. I was able to meet with several students as well as newly elected President Sue Thomas. I continue to be impressed by Truman’s institution and am excited to see what President Thomas will do in the future to improve Truman’s outstanding status as a University.

House GOP passed HB 138, Virtual Education Programs

A big focus during session this year is Education Reform. This bill expands access to virtual education programs for students, which would give Missouri students more options and allows rural schools to offer the same education options as larger schools. HB 138 is great for students and gives them more education options to better prepare them for when they graduate.

Real ID (HB 151)

The Missouri House of Representatives has given first-round approval to legislation that would give Missourians the option to obtain Read ID compliant photo identification. HB 151 would require state revenue department to issue identification and drivers license that comply to federal standards for those who want them. This would strike down past Missouri legislation that was meant to protect private information in response to US Federal law for REAL ID. Because we have fought against compliance, Missouri licenses are no longer a valid form of identification at federal facilities and military bases, and will no longer be valid at airports as proof of identity for domestic flights beginning in 2018. Opponents of the legislation say it’s important to push back against the overreach of the federal government. HB 151 requires another positive vote in the House before moving to the Senate for consideration.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments feel free to contact me at my office at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or better yet, stop by for a visit, 317B in the Capitol.

Thank you and God Bless, Craig

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, March 2 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, March 3 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, March 7 –Walk-in clinic hours from 8-9 a.m. for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.

Wednesday, March 8 – Paws and Claws immunizations for 7th and 11th graders at Scotland County R-1.

Thursday, March 9 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations. 

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, March 2 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, March 3 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, March 6 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, March 7 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, March 8 – Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Thursday, March 9 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, March 2 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, March 3 – Hamburger/Bun, Chili Dog, Potato Rounds, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Buttered Corn, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Monday, March 6 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Rounds, Creamed Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, March 7 – School Made Pizza, Meatballs/Sauce, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, March 8 – Pork Choppette, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, March 9 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Vegetable Sticks, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices

Austin Ambrose, Hannah Campbell Crowned 2017 Spelling Bee Champions

SCR-1 Elementary held their annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 17th. Hannah Campbell, fourth grade, was this year’s winner of the fourth through sixth grade competition. Austin Ambrose, third grade, was this year’s winner of the second and third grade competition.

Scotland County R-1 held its 35th annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the elementary school gymnasium.  This year’s competition featured two categories. The first category was a competition for second and third grade students. The second category included students in grades four through six.

The winner of the second and third grade competition was third grade student, Austin Ambrose. Austin is the son of Derek and Kelly Ambrose. The runner-up was Emery Kirchner, second grade. Emery is the son of Ian and Teresa Kirchner.

Other second grade participants were Ella Arnold, Braylon Campbell, Laney Doster, Kaley Kerkmann, and Meaghan Scott. The alternates were Ava Remley and Maezy Swearingen.

The third grade participants were Dane Blessing, Autumn Huber, Drayven Koser, and Lillian Reese. The alternates were Finley Heine and Letha Ward.

The winner of the fourth through sixth grade competition was fourth grade student, Hannah Campbell. Hannah is the daughter of Zac and Kimberly Campbell. The runner-up was sixth grade student, Sidney Brandon. Sidney is the daughter of Michael and Andrea Brandon. The 4th grade participants were Reese Cook, Ben Scott, Marcus Smith, Layne Stott, and Makyla Swearingen. The alternates were Jaci Knupp, Mason Mallett, and Christopher McKinney.

The 5th grade participants were Emma Anders, Hugh Baker, Corbin Blessing, Emma Harvey, and Hattie Mumford. Makynlee Jack was absent, so Mazy Dodge served in her place. The other alternate was Kendal Anderson.

The 6th grade participants were Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Jackson McKee, Owen Triplett, and Julian Valle. The alternates were Lydia Davis, Mary Matheny, and Justin Swearingen.

Each year, the winners in our Spelling Bee are awarded dictionaries, which are donated by the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. This year, Sheila Berkowitz presented the dictionaries to the two winners.

The Scotland County R-1 Elementary School would like to thank Sheila Berkowitz for serving as a pronouncer and for her continued work to formulate the master spelling list. We would also like to thank Epsilon Iota for the dictionaries, Shellie Jackson and Rob Egenberger for setting up and tearing down, Linda Hervey for printing the certificates, and Emily Frederick, Dawn Triplett, and Julie Wickert for serving as judges. A special thanks to Ruth Mumford for assisting with practices held after school. Kara Wickert is the Spelling Bee sponsor.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, March 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookies

Friday, March 3 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Marinated Carrots, Buttered Corn, Crème Pie

Monday, March 6 – Creamed Chicken/Biscuit, Mixed Vegetables, Buttered Beets, Mandarin Oranges, Cookies

Tuesday, March 7 – Baked Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Cake

Wednesday, March 8 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Perfection Salad, Hot Roll, Baked Apples

Thursday, March 9 – Meatloaf, Lima Beans, Cauliflower Blend, Pineapple-Cheese Salad, Bread, Glazed Donut

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, March 2 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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