May 22, 2003

Ty England To Perform At 2003 Scotland County Fair

No knock against past performers but for years the music fans at the Scotland County Fair have been asking for a big name performer. Well the wish is coming true in 2003 as Ty England will be performing Tuesday night, July 1 at the fairgrounds.

England grew up in Oklahoma where he taught himself how to play as he picked away at his grandfather's guitar always with a deep background in country music. He first stepped on stage in a junior high talent contest, which gave way to a number of bands and the school choir during high school.

Ty grew up on traditional country, learning songs by Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell when he was still a little boy.

"My maternal grandfather was a music nut, who listened to all those artists who really molded country music," he said. "Being a typical little boy I admired my Grandpa a lot, spent a lot of time around him. I wanted to be like Grandpa, and so I liked the singers he did."

England went on to attend the Oklahoma State University where he continued to perform while pursuing a marketing degree. He was singing in a coffee shop in the basement of the student union building when a listener suggested he meet another OSU student interested in country music. That singer turned out to be Garth Brooks. The two musicians hit it off and soon became roommates.

But eventually England left school because of drooping grades that he blamed on his pursuit of music. He went home and got a job and went on to finish his marketing degree in night school.

Then the call came from Nashville where his old college buddy had just signed a music deal and wanted England to come join the band.

England got his start in the music industry as the lead guitarist for Garth Brook's band. After six years with one of the most successful country music acts of all time England departed for his own solo career.

In 1995 he debuted his self titled album "Ty England" and saw immediate results with his first single, "Should've Asker Her Faster" which went all the way to #3 on the charts. England released another album, "Two Ways To Fall" under the RCA label in 1996.

After leaving RCA, Ty did some touring, but mostly attended to his family.

England switched over to Capitol Nashville Records and reunited with his college buddy, Brooks, who produced England's third album, "Highway and Dance Hall", which hit the shelves in 2000.

Since that time Ty has devoted more time to his family, He and his wife, Shanna, have four children and recently relocated back home to Oklahoma after living in Nashville for several years.

"I'm a daddy first," said Ty. "The number one goal in my life is to have great kids. And to have great kids you have to be there. So whenever we've had a child, I've taken time off. We had two in two years, so I had a lot of time off."

However England has not given up music by any means. He maintains an active summer tour that features him at anywhere from 40 to 60 fairs and festivals over that time period.

"It's nothing like what we were doing back in the late 80's when there were more than 200 tour dates in 1989 alone," England said.

Still England and his band will be hitting it hard during July and August the two busiest months of the fair circuit.

"We really focus on fairs and festivals," England stated. "That's my kind of crowd and I work best in front of the grandstands. I'm not very good in nightclubs because that's just not my lifestyle. I'm a dad, so I like to come home from work and be with the kids."

The performer added that the fair venue allows he and his band to put on a wide variety of shows to insure the crowds have the most fun possible.

"The show is all about entertainment," England said. "If all the folks in the grandstands wanted was music they would just go buy a CD."

The show features one main holdover from England's days touring with Brooks - the use of a totally wireless sound system.

"That worked so well with Garth," Ty said. "This allows all of us to move around and do our thing. Otherwise we would all be standing there in front of a microphone staring at the same 10 people all night. Being wireless lets me go anywhere, even to the back row of the grandstands were I can sit in the lap of that darling old lady and serenade her if that's what it takes to make everyone have fun."

Fun is the key word for the show that doesn't run by any set guidelines or routine. Obviously England and his five member band will play a lot of country music but they will mix it up with some old 50's rock and roll like Chuck Berry to keep a good mixture and a variety of sounds.

"We'll keep throwing curveballs and keep the crowd guessing," England said. "Our number one goal is to please the crowd. We want to make sure we leave them smiling."

To insure a chance to be part of the smiling crowd fans can secure tickets for the show from any fair board member. Track seating will be limited to the first 200 tickets, which are available in advance for $15. The price is $20 the day of the event. Grandstand seats are available for $10 in advance or $12 that night.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with hypnotist Gary Roberts of Wichita, KS, performing as the opening act.

Classified Ads 10-28-2016

FOR SALE – 20 Acres, outside Memphis city limits, blacktop AA, newer fences, pond, excellent building site or pasture.  660-883-5648 after 8p.m.

FOR SALE – “Community at Large”, Scotland County book, 200 + pages, by Ellen K. Davison (1993, hardback book). $40.00. 1-319-795-0092.

GARAGE SALE – 205 Edgewood Ave. Glidewell. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 8a.m. – 4p.m. Clothes, baby clothes, baby things, and much more.

GARAGE SALE – 103 W. Washington, Kirksville (south side of square). Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 8a.m. – ?  A variety of items, electric organ, home décor, glassware, and much more.

Notice of Letters of Administration Granted (Supervised Administration)


Judge or Division: PROBATE

Case Number: 16SE-PR00033

In the Estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, Deceased.

Notice of Letters of Administration Granted (Supervised Administration)

To All Persons Interested in the Estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, Decedent:

On October 18, 2016, Marla K. O’Donnell and David R. Kittle were appointed the personal representatives of the estate of RETA VIOLET KITTLE, decedent, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The personal representatives’ business addresses and phone numbers are respectively: Rural Route 1 Box 294, Arbela, MO 63432, phone number 660-945-3063; Rural Route 1 Box 18A, Arbela, MO 63432, phone number 660-945-3059.

The personal representatives’ attorneys’ names, business addresses and phone numbers are respectively: Kevin D. Brown, Attorney at Law, 123 S. Main Street, Memphis, MO 63555, Phone number 660-465-8500; April S. Wilson, Attorney at Law, 103 S. Main Street, Memphis, MO 63555, Phone number 660-465-2010.

All creditors of said decedent are notified to file claims in court within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six-month period and such two-month period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one year after the decedent’s death, as provided in Section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in Section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to Section 537.021, RSMo.

Date of the decedent’s death: March 29, 2016

Date of first publication: October 27, 2016

Scotland County Circuit Court Clerk Anita Watkins by Shelley Small, Clerk

Receipt of this notice by mail should not be construed by the recipient to indicate that the recipient necessarily has a beneficial interest in the estate. The nature and extent of any person’s interest, if any, can be determined from the files and records of this estate in the Probate Division of the above referenced Circuit Court.

Scotland County High School Releases 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Scotland County R-I High School has announced the 1st Quarter Honor Roll. Named to the honor roll were:

12th Grade A Honor Roll – Justin McKee, Ian See, Austin Day, Ariel Quenneville, Elijah Cooley, Evan Hite, Griffan Kerkmann, Riley Kliethermes, Sadie Davis, Maddie Brassfield, Chelsea Wood, Duncan Carleton, Abi Feeney, Rebekah Duzan, Calesse Bair, Ryan Miller, Kiley Lewis, Elizabeth Zahn, Grant Campbell, Ryan Slaughter, Aaron Buford, McKaela Bradley, Lacey Perrilles, Will Pickerell, Travis Shannan, Barbara Berry, Cameron Stone, Lane Mohr, Andrew Dalton, Alex Hunolt, Caleb Manchester, Mekenzie Steeples.

l2th Grade B Honor Roll – Chase Cook, Lucas Woollums, Keegan Beard, Aaron Blessing, Tricia Buford-Willet, Jakob Payne.

11th Grade A Honor Roll – Lydia Hunt, Annie Hyde, Stephen Terrill, Ashleigh Creek, Gage Dodge, Jessica Salmons, Lane Pence, Heather Cunningham, Kyle Mohr, Cheyenne Frederick, Stevi See, Shannon Niffen, Alyssa Clair, Megan Arnold, Andrew Ebeling, Tristen Kice, Megan Holt, Kyle Aldridge, Meghan McKee, Stormi Schultz, Tanner Alexander, Cody Miller, Dylan Karsch, Connor Payne.

11th Grade B Honor Roll – Shaye Eggleston, Sayde Spurgeon, Brett Monroe, MaCayla Dale, Bryson Orton, Harley Saulmon, Andre Goldenstein, Zack Tinkle, Justin Hull, Brady Kice.

10th Grade A Honor Roll – Will Fromm, Haley Darcy, Jared Dunn, Abby Blessing, Slade McAfee, Mason Kliethermes, Ty Mohr, Patrick Shannan, Gabe Shultz, Khloe Hamlin, Kaylyn Anders, Nova Cline, Luke Triplett, Gabrielle Zahn, Katelyn Talbert, Julie Long, Madie Bondurant, Jacob Kapfer, Adam Slayton, Patrick Durham, Shalinda Shannan, Conner Harrison, Conner Wiggins, Kendra Middleton, Brock Durflinger.

10th Grade B Honor Roll – Jacob McDaniel, Hunter Frederick, Anthony Whitaker, Jaycen Bair, Afton Spray, Kaleb Parkins, Breauna Altobelli, Kyle Childress, Cliff Whitaker, Kenny Niffen, Elizabeth Preece, Kyle Davis, Hannah Richardson, Austin Cochran, Matthew Woods.

9th Grade A Honor Roll – Brock Aylward, Katie Feeney, Micah Cooley, Katie Campbell, Parker Triplett, Avery Shultz, Kaitlyn McMinn, Jaden McAfee, Erica Yarbrough, Reilly Shoemaker, Kalissa Thomas, Laura Shaffer, Claire Hite, Jada Miller, Tala Saulmon, Christian Siver.

9th Grade B Honor Roll –  Shelby Troutman, Allison Herring, Abigail Salmons, Kierra McMurray, Kamryn Mast, Eric Yarbrough, Jacob Buford, Lane Parsons, Breann Goldenstein, Maycee Ferrel, Robyn Hayes, Jena Frederick, Spencer Kerkmann, Devon Homer, James Briggs.

8th Grade A Honor Roll – Jansen Alexander, Kaden Anders, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Laney Campbell, Ewan Carleton, Hunter Carter, Brady Curry, Bobbi Darcy, Sylvia Darland, Clara Davis, Shaylee Davis, Ethan Durflinger, Dayton Eiler, Carson Harrison, Aleeshia Henn, Kyra Justice, Hailey Kraus, Dylan Mohr, Jordan Orton, Kade Richmond, Brooke Samuelson, Preston Sanchez, Brooke Smith, Kylee Stott, Magnum Talbert, Ethan Tinkle, Anna Triplett.

8th Grade B Honor Roll – Masden Armstrong, Bailey Blake, Christian Bliefert, Jacob Cochran, Hailey Fox, Alexis Hoskinson, Corbin Howe, Keely Parrish-Johnson, Daniel Samuelson, Nate Sevier, Zoe Tinkle, Kameron Wood.

 7th Grade A Honor Roll – Zac Behrens, Levi Briggs, Trayton Buckallew, Rylea Camp, Jared Cerroni, Kale Creek, Abigail Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Brant Frederick, Sorrel Frederick, Caden Goldenstein, Kabe Hamlin, Taryn Hassell, Victoria Huber, Aayla Humphrey, Caitlyn Johnson, Mary Kellum, Corbin Kirchner, Destiny Lamb, Alex Long, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, Haylee McMinn, Baileigh Phillips, Zane See, Shantel Small, Corbyn Spurgeon, Emily Terrill, Hailey Thompson, Tamara Vaughn, Alaynna Whitaker, Zachary Young.

7th Grade B Honor –Jess Girardin, Randi Green, Shire Gross, Eli Kigar, Lydia Krouse, Hunter Mast-Cook, William Montgomery, Kayla Pflum, Keegan Shipman, Rose Whitley.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, October 28 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, November 1 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 3 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

SC Care Center Costume Contest

The Scotland County Care Center is sponsoring a Costume Contest on Monday, October 31st.  The event starts at 6:45 p.m. and is being held in the Activity Room.

Judging will be done by the residents of SCCC and prizes will be awarded.  Age groups include 0-3 years, 4-7 years, and 8-12 years.

You may sign up the evening of the event or call the care center at 660-465-7221 and ask for Tammy Hammond or Terri Beckley.  You can also come by the Activity Department.

The Costume Contest is being sponsored by KMEM Radio, Scotland County Care Center and other fine sponsors.

Tigers Run Away From Knox County in Second Half for 49-18 District Win

Ian See powers through a swarm of Knox County defenders en route to a 116-yard rushing night in his first career start at tailback for the Tigers.

Ian See powers through a swarm of Knox County defenders en route to a 116-yard rushing night in his first career start at tailback for the Tigers.

With the sounds of roaring motors filtering through the air from nearby Scotland County Speedway, the Tigers’ football team put its pedal to the metal Friday night in Memphis, scoring 35 straight points to blow open a two-point game to take the checkered flag on a 49-18 victory over Knox County in the opening round of the Class 1 District 5 playoffs.

Ryan Slaughter was off to the races on the game’s very first play as he nearly broke the opening kickoff return for a touchdown.

But the Tigers’ engines stalled, as the SCR-I offense was unable to pick up a first down, turning the ball over on downs at the 30-yard line.

The Tigers got the ball right back when Jaydan Payne pounced on a Knox County fumble on third down at the 35-yard line.

Aaron Blessing wraps up Hunter Klocke as the ball comes loose for a fumble.

Aaron Blessing wraps up Hunter Klocke as the ball comes loose for a fumble.

Jaydan Payne recovers the Knox County fumble.

Jaydan Payne recovers the Knox County fumble.

Ian See got his first career start at tailback for the injured Austin Day, and the former receiver, looked the part. He picked up SCR-I’s initial first down a with a 10-yard run. Aaron Buford then connected with Slaughter on a 13-yard pass play before the receiver was forced out of bounds at the one yard line. The senior quarterback did the rest, scoring on a one-yard plunge. Gage Dodge booted the PAT kick through the uprights for a 7-0 SCR-I lead with 8:27 left in the first period.

Knox County went backwards on its next possession with a holding penalty followed by a sack by Grant McRobert and Cameron Stone that ultimately led to a Eagles’ punt.

But a big stop on fourth down turned the momentum back to Knox County, which took advantage of the excellent field position to mount a 4-yard scoring drive.

The Eagles used a fourth-down conversion of its own to keep the drive alive before Noah Tolton scored on a 23-yard TD run. But Aaron Blessing and Bryson Orton denied Tolton on the two-point try to keep SCR-I on top 7-6 with 11:53 left in the second period.

Payne covered an onside kick attempt at midfield and SCR-I went to work with See breaking a 36-yard run. The senior gave SCR-I the ball first and goal at the two with another 10-yard run. The scoring opportunity nearly slipped away as SCR-I fumbled, but Mason Kliethermes was able to recover the loose ball. After a penalty backed up SCR-I, Buford  scrambled for a nine yard TD run to push the lead to 14-6 with 9:39 left in the second period.

Kicker Will Fromm made a touchdown-saving tackle on a long return by Tolton. Knox looked poised to score anyway as a pair of long runs by Hunter Klocke left Knox with the ball first and goal from the one-yard line. But the Tigers’ defense turned the Eagles away on four straight tries. Buford and Stephen Terrill combine to tackled Hayden Miller for a loss on fourth down to end the scoring threat.

But after an SCR-I punt, Knox County did find the endzone as Lane Couch scored on a 34-yard reverse. SCR-I again denied the two-point conversion as Slaughter dropped Klocke short of the goal line to preserve a 14-12 SCR-I lead with 3:57 left in the first half.

SCR-I answered right back as Buford hit Slaughter with a 44-yard bomb that quickly had the Tigers back in scoring position. Buford and See did the rest of the work, each moving the chains with good runs before the quarterback capped off the drive with a one-yard run. Dodge made it 21-12 with the PAT kick 45 seconds left on the clock.

Terrill and McRobert ended any thoughts of a last-second Knox County drive with another sack to close out the first half.

Steven Terrill and Grant McRobert haul down Knox County’s Hayden Miller for the quarterback sack.

Steven Terrill and Grant McRobert haul down Knox County’s Hayden Miller for the quarterback sack.

Knox County took the opening kick of the second half, but was unable to take advantage of good field position as Miller was sacked by Blessing and Stone on a fourth down pass play.

That gave SCR-I good field position, which got even better after runs by See and Buford. Slaughter then broke a 17-yard TD run with 7:14 left in the third period to push the lead to 28-12.

After Knox County went three and out and gave SCR-I good field position with a very short punt, the Tigers found the end zone again as See scored on a four-yard run to cap off a 34-yard drive. Gage made his fifth straight PAT kick to make the score 35-12 with 5:28 left in the third period.

SCR-I again got the ball back in good field position after Slaughter broke up a fourth down pass play by Knox County.

The Tigers put together a seven-play, 35-yard scoring drive capped off by a 19-yard TD pass from Buford to Brett Monroe making the score 42-12 with nine seconds left in the third period.

Brett Monroe sprints toward the end zone on his touchdown reception.

Brett Monroe sprints toward the end zone on his touchdown reception.

The SCR-I defense continued its strong second half. Payne and Chase Cook combined to sack Miller on and force a Knox County punt.

Slaughter then electrified the SCR-I crowd with an amazing kick return. The senior fielded a low kick on a bounce at the 36-yard line. He started up field toward the Knox County sideline, but near midfield he spotted an opening to the right and reversed field, making a tackler miss. Tolton fought through a stiff arm to get Slaughter wrapped up around the shoulder pads. He spun him around to throw him to the ground, but somehow Slaughter remained upright following the 360 turn, placing a hand down to keep his balance before quickly spurting up the SCR-I sideline as a trio of Knox County defenders watched in disbelief. He turned on the jets to gain another 20  yards before jamming on the breaks once again, avoiding two more tacklers before finally being brought down from behind at the 22-yard line after a 42-yard return.

Spiderman Ryan Slaughter eluded the Knox County defense on an amazing punt return.

Spiderman Ryan Slaughter eluded the Knox County defense on an amazing punt return.

See followed with a 13-yard run before Payne scored on a nine-yard run with 9:30 left in the fourth period. Dodge made it 7-7 on extra point kicks and SCR-I led 49-12.

Knox County managed 74 of its 226 yards of total offense on a fourth period drive as SCR-I subbed in defenders. Hayden Miller connected with Garyn Miller on a 10-yard TD pass to cap off the drive.

Jace Morrow gave SCR-I fans one final thrill as he took over at tailback in the final minutes and broke a 35 yard run before time ran out on the 49-18 victory.

Scotland County managed 354 yards of total offense led by See who ran for 116 yards and a TD on 16 rushes. Buford ran the ball 14 times for 73 yards and three scores. He also was 5-7 passing for 83 yards and a TD. Slaughter had 34 yards rushing and a TD on six carries and also caught two passes for 57 yards. Payne ran the ball three times for 16 yards and a score and Morrow finished with 45 yards on three carries.

Miller completed five of 11 passes for Knox County for 33 yards and a TD. He ran the ball 15 times for 51 yards. Tolton was held to 57 yards and a TD on 11 rushes while Klocke had 93 yards on 14 attempts.

Slaughter and Buford each made 10 tackles to lead the SCR-I defense. Blessing and Mason Kliethermes had nine stops each while the SCR-I defense combined for four sacks.

SCR-I, the district tourney’s #4 seed, will now advance to play the top seed, Mark Twain, which downed Louisiana 67-0 in its opener. The game will be played Friday, October 28th at Mark Twain High School in Center.

Four Lewis & Clark Conference Football Teams Stay Alive in District Playoffs

The season came to a close for more than half of the Lewis & Clark Conference football teams on Friday night as the league went 4-5 in the opening round of Missouri’s Class 1 district football playoffs.

In the Class 1 District 5 tourney, L&C team Paris the #7 seed was dispatched by Monroe City of the Clarence Cannon Conference by a 58-14 margin. The CCC was 2-0 versus L&C teams in the district bracket, as the #3 seeded South Shelby Cardinals made quick work of the L&C’s Schuyler County by a score of 59-6.

The top seed, Mark Twain, blanked Louisiana 67-0. The other first round game featured  a pair of L&C schools, as the #4 seed Scotland County bested Knox County 49-18 to become the lone Lewis & Clark team still alive in District 5.

The Tigers will now travel to Mark Twain on Friday night, while Monroe City will host South Shelby.

The remainder of the conference schools were in play in the District 6 Tourney. L&C champions Marceline, the top seed, blasted fellow L&C school Harrisburg 63-8.

Westran, the #3 seed, beat Slater 48-6, and the #4 seed Fayette beat Santa Fe 60-20. The lone loss for the Lewis & Clark was Salisbury, which fell to #2 seed Sweet Springs by a score of 21-14.

Two conference schools will square off in the district semifinals as Fayette travels to Marceline on Friday night while Westran will travel to Sweet Springs.

Winding Down the Season

Althea works on a poem in homeschool. Photo by Christina.

Althea works on a poem in homeschool. Photo by Christina.

The last tours took place over the weekend, and the last visitors left on Monday. At Dancing Rabbit, it’s a season of winding down, but not one of giving up.

Christina here, bringing news of good questions, swapped clothes, tomato sauce, and new possibilities.

One of my favorite parts of the visitor sessions is answering questions. Yes, I like to feel useful and help people get the information that they need, but I really love questions that help me clarify my own views on tricky topics. At last week’s visitor Q and A, there were two questions that stuck with me. One, about areas where we feel that we are not living up to our ideals, got me thinking about money and sustainability for days. The other was about what we do when we find ourselves in a rut.

My favorite answer to that question wasn’t mine, but I realized that it described life here so well. The answer was that living seasonally helps with that stuck or routine feeling.

What living seasonally means to me here—and everywhere—is food. We harvested the sweet potatoes this week after a frost “burned” the leaves. We also quickly snatched up the rest of the eggplant, peppers, and jalapeños. I have reluctantly realized that I likely won’t eat a fresh tomato for another nine months. But I also decided that we’d waited long enough to open the first jar of canned tomato sauce. And we’ve even cooked a few meals over the wood-burning stove.

I also have some new clothes, courtesy of the recent clothing swap. Like many other aspects of life here, getting new clothes isn’t quite the same as it is in the outside world. We met on Saturday night in La Casa, the dance studio. Kim from Red Earth and Tereza stood on the mini stage in front of piles of clothes, which they auctioned off in a whirlwind style. They held up pieces, gave them a quick pitch, and then threw them out to whoever raised their hand first. I now have a bunch of new-to-me fall clothes to wear.

It’s a new season of homeschooling, and our homeschool co-op is going really well. I even got the kids to write poetry last week! I was amazed by what they could do.

And of course it’s always about the weather at DR. It’s finally started to feel like fall with cold nights full of bright stars. For me, the crisp air feels like a renewal. There’s so much that we wanted to do that we didn’t, but next year we’ll do all the things that we didn’t get done or didn’t do the way we had hoped.

A new season also means a chance to get it right next time.

I’m also excited about getting some new residents here this year. Dorothy just arrived last week, we might have another family as soon as a few weeks from now, and there may be one more resident arriving before winter sets in.

Two other questions that we frequently get in the visitor Q and A are “What is the best part of living here?” and “What is the worst part of living here?” If I were to answer both of those questions truthfully, my answer to both would be “the people”. More people means more possibility for conflict, more norms and expectations to take into account, more people to bother with my barking dog or my yelling kids or my overly enthusiastic personality.

But more people also means the possibility for new friends, for more cooperative ventures, for new dishes at potluck, and for more positive change.

I guess that I’m ready to let go of summer. I’m excited about what the new season will bring.


Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website, calling the nonprofit office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at

Political Parties

The Founding Fathers did not anticipate the development of political parties in the new nation. Most of them assumed that tension and strife would be the result if any groups organized to influence government policy and legislation. President Washington often expressed his conviction that political parties were evil and should be avoided in America. In 1792, Vice-President John Adams declared that there was nothing he dreaded so much as the division of the Republic into two parties, each under its own leader. But political parties made their appearance in the 1790’s and have been a part of American government ever since. The election of 1796 was the first contested presidential election.  It was a result of increased disagreement between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists (Democratic-Republicans) concerning government policies. Many of the disagreements were due to the financial policies carried out by Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury. These divisions contributed to the rise of political parties. Hamilton’s opponents rallied around Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who organized a party called the Democratic-Republicans. This group disliked Hamilton’s financial policies and feared his plans to strengthen the central government. The people who approved of Hamilton’s financial policies came together to form the Federalist Party. They wanted to strengthen the central government and restrict the power of the states. They stood for loose interpretation of the Constitution. The election of 1796 saw John Adams, a Federalist, become President with 71 electoral votes, and Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican, become Vice-President with 68 votes.


From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Limited Time

November is undoubtedly the best month for seeing big deer in most states. The bucks are either cruising for a doe that is ready to breed, or they are already hot on the heels of one that is in sight. Depending on where you live, the action is at its best. Many of the southern states will have to wait until December and even January; but that’s okay because you can’t be everywhere in a 30-day period.

And that is the dilemma. You see when it comes to hunting the big bodied deer of the Midwest and the north, there is a relatively small window for the best opportunities. Again, even if you take the whole month of November, there are only thirty days. That is not a lot of time when you consider the number of days that one’s responsibilities will let him hunt, and also if you are perhaps planning to take a trip to another state. All in all the days are few for an opportunity to hunt during the best time of the year. It is crucial to make the most of each opportunity.

There are many times in life that we must take a renewed look at what we are doing. We need to reevaluate to see if we are spending our time doing the things that fit into our particular area of calling. God has placed each one of us in a certain area of ministry. It might be as a bulldozer operator or as a stay-at-home mom, but both are important to God. It is when we move outside of our calling that we get frustrated and overwhelmed. There are many good things that we can spend our time doing – even religious things. And we can say yes to everything under the sun because of our desire to do these good things. But if we are not careful we will spend our time doing so many good things that we neglect the one particular thing God has called us to do.

Just as this special time of the year for hunting deer is limited, so are our days on earth. We all need to make sure we are spending them doing what God has called each of us to do. Not only will we be fulfilled, others will be blessed.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

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