August 7, 2003

Police Investigating Attempted Burglary At Gun Shop

Local law enforcement officials are investigating an attempted burglary on the Memphis Square. At approximately 2:30 a.m. August 1 an unidentified male suspect threw a chunk of concrete through the front window of Rossis Gun Shop located on the west side of the city square.

The burglar(s) attempted to gain access to the store but apparently were scared away from the scene when a light was turned on in the apartment above the store.

The Memphis Police Department is handling the investigation and currently is reviewing evidence from the scene. Anyone that might have seen any suspicious activity in that area on the night of the crime is asked to contact the MPD office at 465-2612.

Memphis Trap Team Takes 10th Place at District Competition

Fall high school trap shooting season has now wrapped up for the Memphis FFA Trap Shooting teams. The team that advanced on to District action took 10th place. Members of the FFA Trap Shooting Teams are L-R: Kadon Chabert (Junior), Waltedda Blessing-Coach/FFA Advisor, Hayden Long (Sophomore), Aaron McDaniel (Freshman), Magnum Talbert (Junior), Shelby Troutman (Senior), Brock Aylward (Senior), Dylan Mohr (Junior), Elsie Kigar (Freshman), Eli Kigar (Sophomore), Katie Campbell (Senior), Kale Creek (Sophomore), Kilee Bradley-Robinson (Junior),Parker Triplett (Senior), Kalissa Thomas (Senior), Hunter Cook (Sophomore),Aden Aldridge (Freshman), Alex Long (Sophomore), Coach-Dave Koch and Will Montgomery (Sophomore). Not pictured: Avery Shultz (Senior).

The Memphis FFA Trap team from Scotland County High School competed at the District Trap Shoot in Columbia, Missouri, at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports on Saturday, October 5, 2019, shooting 100 rounds each. The co-ed team consisted of Parker Triplett (Senior), Kalissa Thomas (Senior), Kilee Bradley-Robinson (Junior), Dylan Mohr (Junior) and Aden Aldridge (Freshman). The team placed 10th out of the top 21 teams in the District with a score of 428/500.

The Girls FFA Trap Shooting Team was in action at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports Saturday afternoon, following the District competition. The girls took First Place with a score of 198/250 against 8 other teams. Kilee Bradley-Robinson was the winner of the First Place Individual in the girls competition with a score of 44/50. The Girls Team members are: Shelby Troutman (Senior), Kalissa Thomas (Senior), Katie Campbell (Senior), Avery Shultz (Senior), Kilee Bradley-Robinson (Junior) and Elsie Kigar (Freshman).

On Sunday, October 6th, the Memphis FFA hosted the Annual FFA Alumni Shoot at Little Fox River Sporting Clays. This is a fundraiser for the trap shooting program. There were over 70 shooters from around the area that participated in Trap, 5-Stand Trap, Wobble Trap and  Sporting Clays in both student and adult divisions. High Over All Scorers for the day in the Student Division were: First Place – Noah Seelye of Pella, Iowa; Second Place -Eli Kigar of Memphis; and Third Place – Dylan Bradley of Kahoka. In the Adult Division, First Place – Mike Vandenoord of Pella, IA; Second Place – Brian Hopper of LaPlata; and Third Place- Greg Williams of Pella, IA. Dylan Bradley of Kahoka took home the trophy for Top Student in Trap. Katelyn Talbert, Jerad Fuller, Bill Conner, Bryce Smith and Todd Schmitter all shooting perfect 25/25scores tied for Top Adult trophy in Trap. In Wobble Trap, Alexander Carr from LaPlata took home the Top Student trophy, while Carl Knocke of LaBelle and Joe Giampo of Hamilton, IL, tied for the Top Adult trophy in Wobble Trap. In5-Stand Trap competition, Noah Seelye of Pella, IA, took home the Top Student trophy and Brian Hopper from LaPlata took home the Top Adult trophy. The Sporting Clays Student trophy went to Dylan Mohr of Memphis and the Adult trophy went to Mike Vandenoord of Pella, IA. 

Fall high school trap shooting season has now wrapped up for the Memphis FFA Trap Shooting teams. They will start back up in the spring with practices for competition at the State FFA Shoot at the Missouri Trap Shooters Association in Linn Creek on May 2, 2020. 

Jauflione Chapter NSDAR Hosts October Meeting

The Jauflione Chapter NSDAR met in regular session on October 4, 2019, at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality Room. The meeting was opened in ritualistic form by Regent Debbie Kauk.

Opening Prayer was given by Chaplain Nelda Billups. Roll Call, your favorite or least favorite class in school, was answered by 11 members. Those attending were: Debbie Kauk, Terry Arnold, Patricia Miller, Suzy Pool, Connie Bratton, June Kice, Joann Rood, Nelda Billups, Verlee Dauma, Ann Jutte, and Rhonda Davis.

The Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed, Preamble to the Constitution, and the Pledge to the State of Missouri were all led by Regent Kauk.

The National Anthem was led by Patricia Miller. The President General’s Message was given by Regent Kauk, National Defense and Indian Minute was given by Rhonda Davis, and Constitution Minute was given by Verlee Dauma.

The minutes of the September meeting were approved as read. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read.

Regent Kauk announced that the Genealogy Workshop that was scheduled for November has been postponed until further notice. National Literacy Day is November 1st. Jauflione Chapter will be reading to the Veterans in the Scotland County Care Center.

Regent Kauk announced that October 11th was a service day for the Chapter. A motion was made by Rhonda Davis that we honor our local Sheriff and Police Departments on that day. June Kice seconded this motion. On October 11, 2019, Jauflione Chapter will meet at 9 a.m. at the Court House. We will deliver a can of coffee and doughnuts to the Sheriff’s office.

Regent Kauk announced that everyone is encouraged to bring cosmetic bags and travel size health and beauty items to the November meeting. These items will be given to the lady veterans living in the Veterans Home in Mexico, MO. Susy Pool made a motion that we ask Scotland County Care Center for a list of items that the veterans living at the Care Center need and that we provide these items for the veterans. This motion was seconded by Connie Bratton. We will plan on delivering these items in December.

It was announced that Jauflione Chapter has one 40-year member and eight ladies that have been members for 10 years. It was decided that we will purchase a certificate for the 40-year member to be presented at a later date. We also discussed printing our own certificate for the eight ladies with 10 years as members.

Regent Kauk also gave a big “Thank You” to Kathy Kiddoo and Reta Stott for decorating a store front window for Constitution Week. June Kice read a Thank You note to the Chapter for all of the well wishes and prayers she received during her recovery from her surgery.

Our program was given by Connie Lee and Nancy Mears on the Madonna Trail and Roslyn Heights. Thank you both for all of the interesting information we learned about both of these historical sites.

Meeting was adjourned. Delicious refreshments were served by Terry Arnold. Social hour was enjoyed by all.

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 19-18 Regarding Youth Vaping in Missouri

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – On October 15, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-18 regarding the use of vaping devices among youth in Missouri. 

“As Governor, our future generation is very important to me. Despite the laws currently in place, there has been a rapid increase in vaping among our youth,” Governor Parson said. “People across the country are being hospitalized, some even losing their lives, with links to vaping. This is truly an epidemic, and it is critical that actions be taken to protect the health and well-being of Missouri’s youth.” 

Governor Parson’s Executive Order directs the Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and Public Safety (DPS) to use existing resources to develop a statewide campaign to educate, warn, and deter the use of vaping devices among Missouri’s youth.  

The Executive Order further directs DHSS, DESE, and DPS to review evidence regarding the cases and effects of vaping-related injuries, specifically among youth, and tailor their prevention and educational messaging to counter vaping industry marketing practices that target youth. 

Flavored nicotine products and targeted marketing have contributed to a significant rise in youth vaping. Recent data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show a rapid increase in the use of vaping products among youth, labeling such use as an epidemic. 

As of October 1, 2019, the CDC has reported 1,080 lung injury cases and 18 deaths across the country this year associated with vaping products. In Missouri, 22 cases of vaping-related illnesses, including one death, have been reported as of October 4, 2019, with the majority of these reports involving individuals age 15 – 24. 

Despite laws prohibiting the use of vaping devices among individuals under the age of 18, the Missouri Student Survey has reported increased use of such devices by middle school and high school students every year since 2014. The percentage of those reporting the use of a vaping device at some point in their lives increased from 19.1 percent in 2014 to 26.9 percent in 2018. 

Nationally, the use of vaping devices among high school students increased by 78 percent from 2017 to 2018 according to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. 

“We are facing an epidemic of youth vaping partly driven by the fact that many young people do not believe there are immediate or long-term risks associated with vaping,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director. “The ‘Clear the Air’ campaign is intended to ensure all youth and those who supply them with these products understand the real risks identified with youth vaping. Using e-cigarettes has become a gateway to traditional cigarette smoking for adolescents, and it’s led to dangerous addictions.”

“It’s important that parents and educators are aware of the dangers of vaping,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said. “We look forward to working with them and other state agencies in this effort to protect the health of our students.”

“These products aren’t just dangerous. Under state law, it’s illegal for minors to be vaping and for retailers to sell these products to anyone under age 18,” Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten said. “The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control already conducts inspections of retailers and special enforcement operations to help ensure stores are not selling vaping products to minors. Because of the threat to public health, ATC agents will increase efforts aimed at vaping sales and in-store merchant education.”

Governor Parson’s Executive Order directs DHSS, DESE, and DPS to develop and launch a campaign within 30 days of today. To view Executive Order 19-18, click here.

In addition to the Executive Order, Governor Parson also signed letters to the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supporting their efforts to address the vaping epidemic.

Lady Tigers Rattle Bats to Route Raiders 16-2

Kina Billings goes down to get the low pitch. The freshman drove in four runs in the win over North Shelby including two on a triple.

Scotland County sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning to help jump on top of North Shelby 7-0. The big lead helped SCR-I cruise to a 16-2 victory in Shelbyville on October 9th.

Senior Katie Feeney continued to swing a hot bat. The SCR-I catcher had a pair of hits in the opening frame and went 4-4 on the night, Feeney has recorded eight hits her last nine at bats to raise her batting average to .440 on the year.

Abby Curry drove in a pair of runs in the first inning explosion with a base hit and Kina Billings added a two-run triple.

North Shelby actually trimmed the deficit to 7-2 after three innings, but Scotland County found the offense in the final two frames.

The Lady Tigers plated three in the fourth inning. After hits by Kylee Stott and Curry, Baileigh Phillips delivered a two-run single. She scored on a base hit by Billings to push the lead to 10-2.

Katie Feeney opened the fifth with a base hit. She stole second and after a walk to Hannah Feeney, Stott drove the sisters in with a two-RBI base knock. Curry, Hanna Anders and Kaitlyn McMinn added RBI singles to make the final score 16-2.

McMinn notched the pitching victory, tossing five innings of two-run ball. She held the Raiders to just three hits and a walk while striking out five.

SCR-I pounded out 14 hits led by Feeney. Phillips was 3-4 with three RBIs while Stott and Curry each went 3-4 with two RBIs. Billings went 2-4 with four RBIs.

Scotland County evened its record on the year at 10-10.

Ministerial Alliance Planning Community Thanksgiving Service

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met October 9, 2019, at the Lutheran Church in Memphis. Those in attendance were Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Josh Black, Marie Ebeling, Pam Glasgow, Dan Hite, Jack Sumption, and Scott Wickert.

C. J. from the Community Action Agency was in attendance highlighting the various programs available to residents for heating bills, weatherization, etc. The NMCAA office number is 660-665-9855. Please call this number if you feel you need assistance. There are funds available to help.

Groundbreaking service has been held relative to the construction of the Clothes Closet’s new building.  Construction should start in a few weeks.

The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held November 24th at 7 p.m. The Alliance is pursuing special music from area churches and community.  We would also like to hear from the Mennonite Churches for this service as well. We are considering a more casual event, hymn sing, open to Thanksgiving testimonials, prayer, specials, with the history of Thanksgiving given, and refreshments offered afterwards.  Pam Glasgow will bring an outline of service to the next meeting, which will be November 6, 2019. Please get in touch with her or Jack if you have specials or readings.  The Thanksgiving offering will be designated to the Clothes Closet building project. 

Again, if you have any contributions for the Thanksgiving service, please let us know.

Meeting adjourned.

Next meeting November 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church.  Please feel free to attend.

Submitted by Sandra Ebeling

RPC to Host Annual Fall General Membership Meeting

The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and Rural Development Corporation Membership Open Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the VFW Post #4958, 123 W. Monroe, Memphis, Missouri. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and the Membership open meeting will start at 6:45 p.m.

The Northeast Missouri Region “C”, Solid Waste Management District Council will be immediately following the RPC/RDC Membership Open Meeting.

“We hope that each and every one of our member units of government, agencies that we assist, boards, committees and guests will be represented and enjoy the evening,” said Lucinda Clubb, NEMO RPC SW Planner “District C” and Transportation Planner.


Ted and Rebecca Unruh of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a daughter, Stacy Beth Unruh, born October 10, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Stacy weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Siblings are Alyssa and Asher. Grandparents are Karl and Joyce Unruh of Bloomfield, IA and Don and Donna Wedel of Mize, MS.

Tigers Overcome Plethora of Penalties to Knock Off Knox County 30-0

Alex Long breaks through the line and looks for more yardage in the victory over Knox County.

Friday evening was Pink Out Night at Knox County High School but yellow proved to be the overwhelming color as a total of 24 flags flew during the high school football contest. As spectators for the football game donned pink as part of a cancer awareness effort, it was the football game’s officials who took center stage calling two dozen penalties, the majority against visiting Scotland County.

Despite being whistled for 18 penalties that cost the team more than 175 yards, Scotland County was still able to prevail 30-0 in a contest that never established any flow between all the whistles.

The Tigers were able to take advantage of an early turnover to put the first score on the board. A tackle by Alex Long forced a Knox County fumble that was recovered by Owen Triplett at the 29 yard line.

A penalty backed up the Tigers into a fourth and long situation, but Hayden Long was able to hit Kaden Anders in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Alex Long ran in the two-point conversion to put Scotland County ahead 8-0 with 8:45 left in the first period.

Despite being on the wrong half of the field, Knox County went for it on fourth and short on the next possession and the Tigers defense held when Branton Burrus and Alex Long stopped the play for no gain.

SCR-I took advantage of the good field position, picking up first down runs by Burrus and Kaden Anders. That set up a three-yard TD run by Alex Long. Burrus ran in the two-point conversion and Scotland County led 16-0 with 4:29 still left in the first period.

Knox County put together a 16-play drive that ate up the remainder of the first period and a good portion of the start of the second quarter. But the Eagles were denied points when Owen Triplett and Alex Long broke up pass plays on back-to-back plays to end the drive at the 21-yard line.

After an SCR-I punt, Knox County went back to work and moved the chains twice courtesy of questionable penalty calls versus Scotland County.

A fired up coach Troy Carper put an end to the drive, calling timeout to inform his team “We are stopping them right here and then we’re going to score a touchdown.”

It was a pretty bold statement considering there was less than a minute left in the first half.

The defense held up its end of the deal, halting the 12-play Knox County drive at the 17 yard line.

SCR-I found the end zone on the very next play as Hayden Long hit Alex Long on a quick slant pass and the speedster blew through the Knox County defense for an 87-yard TD reception. The two-point conversion failed, leaving SCR-I with a 20-0 lead with 31 seconds left in the first half.

The action was even more choppy in the third period, as penalty flags dominated, halting drives for each team to open the second half.

The Tigers punted twice and Knox County once, to eat up much of the third period.

Owen Triplett picked off a Knox County pass at the 37-yard line late in the third quarter to set up a scoring chance for the Tigers.

It took SCR-I seven plays, all rushing plays, to find the end zone as Hayden Long scored on a three-yard run with 3:47 on the clock. Burrus ran in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 30-0.

SCR-I nearly put more points on the board when Owen Triplett scooped up a short punt and returned it just three-yards shy of the end zone. The play was ultimately called back on a penalty and SCR-I turned the ball over on downs.

Riley Small, Eli Kigar, Kaden Anders and Alex Long corral the Knox County runner in the backfield for a loss. The Tigers defense limited Knox County to less than 100 yards of total offense.

The defense pushed Knox County backwards as Alex Long and Preston Sanchez made tackles for losses before Eli Kigar recorded a quarterback sack to force a Knox County punt.

Knox County again took advantage of several flags on SCR-I to move the ball down field before sacks by Alex Long and Trayton Buckallew ended the threat and let the Tigers run out the clock on the 30-0 win.

Scotland County’s defense limited Knox County to just 78 yards of total offense. Alex Long had a huge night recording 17 tackles and a sack. Burrus made 11 stops and Anders had 10 tackles.

Hayden Long completed four of 10 passes for 115 yards and two TDS. He ran the ball 10 times for 32 yards and a TD. Alex Long had the 83-yard TD catch to go along with eight rushes for 46 yards and a TD. Anders caught two passes for 29 yards and a score and rushed the ball six times for 31 yards. Burrus finished with 22 yards on six carries.

Scotland County improved to 6-1 on the season while Knox County dropped to 3-4.

School Board to Host Ribbon Cutting October 28th for New All-Weather Track

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met on October 11th. President, Christy Aylward, called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. with six members present.  Cole Tippett arrived at 4:05 p.m.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Approve Minutes from September 12, 2019

Approve Procedural Evaluations – District Professional Development, Secondary At-Risk Counseling, Elementary At-Risk Counseling, Elementary & Secondary Instructional Effectiveness, and the Extra-Curricular Procedural Evaluation and to take the recommendations under advisement.

Approve compliance plan as presented.

Financial Report

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported the district’s year-to-date revenues total $876,271.24 which is a decrease of $1,978.01 from last year.

He reported current expenditures total $1,527,910.43 which is up $162,147.75 from last year.

Those figures create a current budget deficit of $651,639.19. 

“An increase in expenditures has been largely attributed to the purchase of updated curriculum and the all-weather track,” he informed the board. “This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January.”

Track Update

The spray coat surface for the new all-weather track was completed this week.  Project manager ATG anticipates the painters arriving on October 21 to paint and stripe the track, the final step in the completion of the track. 

The board has set a date for October 28th at 2:30 p.m. for a ribbon cutting.  Sponsors and supporters as well as everyone from the community is invited to attend the ribbon cutting.

MSBA Conference

George Koontz attended the annual MSBA Conference.  The annual MSBA Conference included various topics and breakout sessions centered on public education.

Apple Technology

Innovative Learning Specialist, Jayme Mallett, provided an update on Apple Technology and reported on some of the amazing things that are happening in the classroom with our staff and students. 

Policy IGD

The board reviewed policy IGD which relates to district sponsored extra-curricular activites and groups.

Snow Removal

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for snow removal for the 2019-20 school year.

Overnight Stay

The board voted 7-0 to grant the requests from FFA Advisor, Waltedda Blessing, for FFA members to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 30- November 2, 2019.

November Meeting

The next board meeting will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Library.

Closed Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approve Three Early Graduation Requests.  7-0

Closed session minutes, September 12, 2019. 7-0

Approve Tia Hamilton as Junior High Basketball cheerleading coach. 7-0

Meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.

MDC Welcomes 11 New Conservation Agents

MDC congratulates the conservation agent class of 2019 for completing their rigorous training and taking the oath to protect Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. Front Row (L to R) Commissioner Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Alex Walker, Griffin Surtin, Christine Hibler, Rachel Webster, Drew Miller, Travis Phillips, MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. Back Row (L to R) Matt Easton, Haeley Eichler, Kyle Dick, Dirk Otterstein, and Ben Bardot.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates 11 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2019 Conservation Agent Training Academy, including Scotland County R-I graduate Drew Miller. The agent class of 2019 took the Conservation Agent’s Oath during a special graduation ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City.

“When I think of our conservation agents, you’re not only enforcers of The Wildlife Code of Missouri, but first and foremost, you are ambassadors for this agency,” MDC Director Sara Pauley told the new agents. “You have a responsibility to carry forward and mentor those around you. That includes in your work and in your community.”

The new agents have spent the past six months living at the Highway Patrol Academy in Jefferson City while receiving intense instruction in and out of the classroom. Training included courses in legal studies, communications and conducting educational programs, and first aid/first responder and CPR certification. Agents also received training in criminal investigations, defensive tactics, firearms qualifications, and technical instruction in fish, forest, and wildlife management.

Upon successful completion of this training, agents are issued a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) license from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The conservation agent training program is also certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

These 11 new agents will join the 179 existing MDC agents in serving and protecting Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife: Benjamin Bardot, Kyle Dick, Mathew Easton, Haeley Eichler, Christine Hibler, Drew Miller, Dirk Otterstein, Travis Phillips, Griffin Surtin, Alexander Walker, and Rachel Webster.

The new agents have been assigned to counties and will be involved in field training operations and special assignments while under the supervision of veteran field agents for a six-month probation period during which they will acquire vital field experience.

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