January 16, 2003

JAMES DOUGLAS "JD" NELSON
(3/29/1946 - 1/6/2003)



James Douglas "JD" Nelson, 56, of Memphis, MO, died January 6, 2003, at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Administration Hospital in Columbia, MO.

He was born March 29, 1946 in Washington, DC to Charles Ray and Mildred Hazel Dobyns Nelson.

He grew up in the Memphis area and graduated from Scotland County High School in 1963 and received a Bachelors Degree in Science from the Northeast Missouri State University in 1968. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps for two years.

He married Vicki Sublett and to this union two children were born.

He owned The Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge at Little Swan Lake near Avon, IL with Gary Crowell for two years and managed Club 41 in St. Augustine, IL for Al Wagy for 10 years. He then moved his family back to Memphis, where he owned and operated JD's Restaurant and Lounge for 10 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 AF and AM of Memphis, MO and a member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 VFW.

He is survived by a daughter, Angela Christine Nelson of Memphis, MO and a son, Anthony Christopher Nelson of New Orleans, LA and a granddaughter, Payton Elizabeth Nelson of Memphis, MO; a brother, William "Bill" Nelson and his wife, Carol of Davenport, IA; one aunt, Esta Mae Nelson of Memphis, MO; three nephews and one great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by is parents.

He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held at the Memphis Funeral Home on January 10, 2003, with Pastor Jim Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery with full military honors given by the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of Memphis, MO. Honorary bearers were Gary Crowell, Mark Mattingly, Jason Middleton, Rich Pool, Jeff Smith, Roger Robinson, Al Wagy and Gary Young. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of Memphis, MO. Memphis Funeral Home of Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.

Absentee Voting Process Underway for November 8th Election

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While the general election is still more than a month away, voting technically began on Tuesday, September 27th, the first day for absentee ballots to be cast.

Under Missouri law (statute (115.277, RSMo) “Any registered voter of this state may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and issues for which such voter would be eligible to vote at the polling place if such voter expects to be prevented from going to the polls to vote on election day.”

Justification for using absentee voting includes absence on election day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote.

Voters who are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability, may also vote by absentee ballot.

If religious belief or practice or employment as an election authority prevents a voter from making it to the polls on election day, they may also use an absentee ballot.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge stressed that absentee voting is not early voting.  The voter must sign an affidavit stating their reason for voting absentee.

Absentee ballots may also be used by incarcerated individuals, as long as all qualifications for voting are retained; and by certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.

Application for an absentee ballot may be made by the applicant in person, or by mail, for the applicant, in person, by his or her guardian or a relative within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity. Disabled voters, college students, and military personnel may also apply by mail.

The deadline to mail absentee ballots is November 2, 2016.

Dodge explained how the process works.

“Upon receiving an absentee ballot in person or by mail, the voter marks the ballot, places the ballot in the ballot envelope, seals it and completes the statement on the ballot envelope,” she said. “The affidavit of each person voting an absentee ballot shall be subscribed and sworn to before the election official receiving the ballot, a notary public or other officer authorized by law.”

Each absentee ballot must be returned to the election authority in the ballot envelope and is to be returned by the voter in person, or in person by a relative of the voter who is within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, by mail or registered carrier or by a team of deputy election authorities.

The last day to vote absentee ballot in person is November 7th, the day before the General Election.

Back to the Grind In Bible Grove

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There is no need to reinvent the wheel, but due to changes made more than 6,000 miles away, a local manufacturer was forced to go back to the drawing board to redesign a product that has helped put Bible Grove back on the map.

After unveiling a unique manual coffee grinder in 2010, the husband and wife team, Justin and Britta Burrus launched Red Rooster Trading Company from their home in Bible Grove.

Their top seller is the Camano Coffee Mill and they saw its sales double each year selling more than 5,000 units in 2014.

Justin and Britta always had it in the back of their minds of having their own mechanism manufactured in the USA. Late in 2014 the company started having issues with their supply chain based in Taiwan. This was the encouragement they needed to start the process.

“If our growth had continued along the exponential path we saw in the first few years, we were on track to sell approximately 10,000 Camano Coffee Mills in 2015.  That is when the rug was jerked out from under us,” said Justin. “We were growing at a pace we could handle and we were getting known around the world for our quality goods as well as customer service. Then we had to basically start over with the Camano Coffee Mill.”

The owners’ faith kept them afloat over the next two years as they fought to find a way to produce their grinder in the USA

“We offer a wide variety of products like pepper mills, cutting boards, candle holders and even custom furniture, but the coffee grinders are definitely our bread and butter,” said Justin.

Instead of closing up shop when they no longer could import the grinder component of their manual coffee grinder, the couple embarked on an 18-month journey to replace the mechanism.

“Looking back on it now, we can say this was a really good thing,” said Britta. “This is a much better product and now we have more control over the supply chain and quality of our product.”

The couple confesses it didn’t always have such a positive feel for the transition that took them all over the United States in search of a foundry to build the cast parts to their Camano Coffee Mill.

“I knew our old grinder,” said Justin. “It was a good product, but it also had room for improvement. We took advantage of the opportunity to manufacture our own grinding mechanism in the USA and redesigned it. The end result is a superior grinder that is even more beautiful & functional.”

There are over 2 dozen different USA companies that manufacture components of the mechanism that is assembled at the Bible Grove shop.

“For something that you can hold in one hand, it is pretty complex, with a lot of moving parts,” said Justin.

Now nearly all of those components are built right here in the United States, with the vast majority of the components from the Midwest and even several locally made parts.

“We buy all of our wood locally.” said Justin. “The bulk of our components are built within eight hours travel time of Bible Grove. We are excited about the fact of bringing jobs & the manufacturing process of this product to the USA.”

The key to the entire process was finding a foundry to cast the main assembly for the unit. The couple visited dozens and dozens of potential foundries around the country. The parts they needed cast are complicated and smaller than most foundries wanted to produce. The volume needed as well as it being cost effective was also an issue. Finally after almost a year of research and meetings the foundry they are using today met all the conditions including the cost.

“It has been a difficult process, but God sent us the right people, at the right times,” said Britta. “He is so good to work out all of the details.”

One of the key details was what many would call a happenstance meeting. Ted, a Michigan hunter calling upon the couple about a wounded deer that had jumped the fence, turned into the missing link to having the Camano Coffee Mill manufactured in the USA.

“Our property borders the conservation ground, so we get a lot of calls like this with people wanting to get access for this or that. So at first I just figured this was another one of those,” said Justin. “But when Ted called back he mentioned that he worked at a foundry.”

The search for the injured deer fostered a conversation that ultimately led to the new Camano Coffee Mill.

“While we were looking for his deer, we started talking and Ted became very interested in our product,” said Britta. “Before he left, we gave him a grinder.”

When Ted returned for his next hunting trip he brought with him some CAD engineering drawings of the mechanism and friendship grew quickly as the couple began bouncing ideas off their new friend.

The family opened their farm to Ted, who was rewarded with a nice deer. At the same time he was introducing Red Rooster Trading Company to several  foundries where he had connections, traveling with the couple on occasion to meet with prospective suppliers.

“It is amazing how much work went into this process.” said Britta. “And it all happened because God had a deer jump over a fence.”

The search became so desperate at one point, the couple even considered starting their own foundry.

“After searching for more than a year, we gave it a look,” said Justin. “We believe in this product so much, we were not willing to let it die.”

Once the foundry was identified and with the continued help from Ted, the couple started working on securing other required services, such as metal stamping and machining as well as nailing down suppliers for the numerous other components.

“The final step was switching from a cast iron burr to a ceramic burr,” said Justin. “This allows for a more consistent and versatile grind. The Camano can grind coffee beans for everything from Turkish, which is  a super fine grind to French press which is a coarser grind, depending on what brew method you prefer.”

The company isn’t adding to the national import imbalance. Once the first run of 1,500 Camano Coffee Mills was offered for pre-order sale back in April, Red Rooster immediately sold out within two weeks, with the bulk of the order heading to Japan.

“Believe it or not, we recently had two importers from Japan right here in Bible Grove,” said Britta who added the local company also has filled large orders to Canada, Germany and Australia.

Since firing back up production in April, the company has already sold 3,000 mills despite being forced to raise prices to reflect the cost of the new design.

“That has been the initial marketing challenge,” said Britta of the price increase of the mill from $65 to $89. “It is more expensive to have made here but it is also a much better product. We know that once it is in people’s hands they will immediately see, feel and experience the quality. It sells itself.”

With production already ramping up, Red Rooster now will look to streamlining assembly and production at the newly expanded shop.

“That was another blessing in disguise during the slower time,” said Britta. “Justin turned this building into an amazing workspace. Since we weren’t busy with producing the Camano Coffee Mill we had time to expand and make some needed repairs.”

With orders flowing in, it may be more of a challenge for the next group of expansions that the company has plans to make. This includes installation of a paint booth to allow the wood components to be more efficiently finished.

“After the lull we experienced, and at points the creeping in of doubt that we were ever going to get back up and running, being too busy is a blessing not a problem,” said Justin.

Among the Camano Coffee Mill’s improvements are a pair of signatures in the cast iron base. The first says made in the USA, a testimony to two Bible Grove residents’ drive to build a better product. The second is a Bible verse, Psalm 34:8 which speaks to the coffee product itself as well as the couple’s faith that helped them make it through this difficult process. “Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

Ministerial Alliance to Host Annual Coat Drive

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The SCMA will be holding its annual coat drive during the month of October starting Monday, October 3rd and concluding Friday, October 28th this year.  The collection sites will be at the elementary school and the Nutrition Center here in Memphis.

Following the drive, coats will be collected and be available at the Clothes’ Closet.  The Clothes’ Closet is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on the first Wednesday of the month.  On that day, the Clothes’ Closet is open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Event organizers would like to thank everyone for their participation in the coat drive.  If you have any questions, please call Mary Baldwin, director of the Clothes’ Closet, at 660-988-6148.

SC Genealogy Society Learns About the History of the Potato

The Scotland County Genealogy Society met Monday, September 12th.  President Darlene Johnston called the meeting to order with twelve members present and one guest.

Terry Arnold gave the secretary’s report and the treasury report was given by Rhonda Davis.  Both were approved.

It was decided the group would set up a table at the Christmas Bazaar once again this year.

There wasn’t any old business today.

Under new business it was decided to have a bake sale in November.  Everyone agreed to have it held on Tuesday, November 22nd (two days before Thanksgiving) at the Genealogy Building.  A time will be given later.  The baked items will be homemade pies, dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls.  Hopefully this will help out some busy moms, grandmas or whoever is planning a big dinner.

The meeting was then closed and a great program was given by June Kice on the history of the potato.

The group learned that the potato first started by the Inca Indians in Peru around 8000 B.C.  The Incas had many uses for potatoes other than eating them.  Raw slices were placed on broken bones to promote healing, they were carried to prevent rheumatism, ate with other foods to prevent indigestion and helped to measure time by how long it took for potatoes to cook.  In 1536, Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru and discovered the flavors of the potato.  They took them back to Europe.

Sir Walter Raleigh introduced the potatoes to Ireland in 1589 near Cork.  They came to the New World in 1621 as a gift to the governor of Virginia.  President Thomas Jefferson introduced the French Fry in 1802.

Did you know that during the Alaskan Klondike Gold Rush, from 1897-1898, potatoes were worth their weight in gold because they are high in vitamin C?  Also, in October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space!

Thanks June, for this very good information.  Now we know more about the potato today than we did yesterday!  The next time you have a potato remember it has come a long way.

Following the presentation, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments served by Twila Stevenson.

Genealogy meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Genealogy Building across from the Memphis Fire Station.  The Genealogy Society would like to invite anyone to join them.  There is a lot of information on family history for those that would like to come in and see.

Submitted by Terry Arnold, Secretary

Sew & Go Quilt Guild Hosts September Meeting

The Sew and Go Quilt Guild met at the Memphis United Methodist Church Tuesday evening, September 13th.  After delicious refreshments served by Linda Koser, Michele Drummond and Debbie Payne, President Tina Newcomb called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Liz Reel, of the program committee, introduced Marci Prose from Ottumwa, IA. She gave a very interesting and informative program on Weighted Blankets. Her group, “Sharing the Weight”, makes weighted blankets that work wonders for autistic children and even adults with Alzheimer’s Disease.  This group provides the pattern and materials (if desired) for anyone willing to make these blankets.  She distributes them world-wide and at this time has a waiting list of over 4,000 people wanting them.  The guild agreed to look into making some.

The raffle drawing was then held and the winner was Debbie Kittle.

Roll call was “Your Favorite Book.”

The minutes from August were read and approved.

Communications:  Jeannie Childress read a letter introducing “Little Blessing Retreat Center” in Cameron, Missouri; Betty Duncan had received eight free tickets to the Des Moines Quilt Show in October and they were given to those wanting to attend; Randi York told of the Green Acres Retreat to be held September 30 and October 1.

Jeannie gave the treasurer’s report.

Activities committee distributed the Quiltless Quilt Blocks for our 50/50 drawing.

The Shop Hop will be October 15 and $5.00 was collected to lock in your space.  We will leave from the Memphis square at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

We got good feedback from our quilt show at Memphis Mercantile during Antique Days.

Sarah Myers’s Jelly Roll Quilt and Betty Duncan’s Peace Cottage Quilt received the most votes for Viewer’s Choice.

The challenge committee reiterated their agenda for this year with Selvedge Tips presented next month.

Our fall retreat will be October 22nd and they have an exciting day planned.  There will be tutorials on paper-piecing, a guest speaker with a trunk show and Fall Color Quilt Blocks to be made.

Lastly, Show & Tell was held.  I got so excited looking at everything members brought that I forgot to write names down. You know who you are and your quilts were wonderful.

Submitted by Betty Duncan

Two Blood Drives to be Held in Memphis First Week of October

During the first week of October, blood donors will have two donation opportunities in Memphis.  On Tuesday, October 4th, from 1:30-6:00 p.m., the American Red Cross will be set-up in the Multi-Purpose Room at the First Baptist Church.  The second opportunity takes place Thursday, October 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends donors get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast or lunch, drink extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoid caffeinated beverages, and eat iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

To donate, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blood at blog.redcross.org.

Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr Family Reunions Held September 25th

The descendants of Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr families gathered Sunday September 25, 2016 at the Downing Depot with 48 family members present from Iowa and Missouri. The event was hosted this year by Janet Fishback and Randy Sayre.

Janet Fishback offered grace and everyone enjoyed delicous fried chicken and carry- in side dishes and desserts.

They family played “Let’s Make A Deal” and won small prizes if you could produce items requested from pocket or purse.

We had 21 items donated to the Silent Auction and the funds will replenish next year’s meat and paper products for the 2017 reunion.

Joyce Frederick and Lisa Gooden will host next year’s event.

Those in attendance were Larry, Karen Claussen, Shelbyville Mo, Edward, Regina Gooden, Jesse, Connie Gooden, Bloomfield la, Gerald, Ken, Derek Kinney, Reinbeck la, Barbara Sparks, Mystic la, Barbara Creath, Milton la, Carolyn Rudicil, Edina Mo, Lowell, Linda Gordy, Loyd, Louise Gordy, Arbela Mo, Jennifer, Ashlyn Laws, Carla, Rick, Carsten, Bricklyn Reinbach, Glenwood Mo, Stanley Frederick, Matt, Brant Frederick, Joe Sayre, Memphis Mo, Joyce Frederick, Baring Mo, Mindy, Hailey Roberts, Donna Gooden, Juanita Gooden, Lisa Gooden, Missy, Warren, Evan, Ethan Huggins, Deb Gooden, Vance, Colby, Emma Frederick, Lancaster Mo, Clarence, Rosalie Kinney, Holly, Kennedy Gregory, Jeff Phillips, Randy, Delores Sayre, Jim, Janet Fishback, Downing Mo.

Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club Members are #4HGrown

This National 4-H Week (October 2-8 2016), the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H club members are proud to celebrate the #TrueLeaders we raise to be #4HGrown!  Nationally, 4-H is the largest youth organization with more than six million young people enrolled.

The Azen Jolly Timers club is an active, Scotland County 4-H club that meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  Our 4-H year runs from October 1st thru September 30th each year.  Throughout the year, the Azen Jolly Timers are active with an array of 4-H projects, serving our community with service projects and celebrating our accomplishments at fairs and competitions held at the local, regional, state and national levels.

We have an annual hayride and bonfire for our club members and parents, participate in the Antique Fair and parade, erect the American flags that are seen at the courthouse on federal holidays and most important…have FUN!

We will kick off 4-H week 2016 on Sunday, October 2nd with a 4-H member/family carry in dinner at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  If you are interested in joining our club, have questions about 4-H, or our service projects, please contact Christy Aylward at 660-341-7254, Lisa Doster at 573-721-0583 or our local extension office at 660-465-7255.  Check out our Facebook page too—“Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club”.

National 4-H Week October 2nd – October 9th

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The week of October 2 through 9 is National 4-H Week. 4-H members will be doing various activities to celebrate 4-H in Scotland County. I am therefore, writing this article to remind everyone just what 4-H is. 4-H is the largest volunteer led and supported youth organization in the world. Missouri 4-H is supported by the University of Missouri through local Extension Offices and Councils. It is an organization that includes the whole family; children, parents, grandparents, and other extended family members.

As a 4-H club member, youth enroll in projects and participate in group activities and meetings. The club has overall leaders and assistants as well as project and activity leaders. Projects vary from livestock to foods, from aerospace to woodworking, and from arts and crafts to entomology. Members help in the planning of the program and carrying it out. The individual 4-H club has representatives who serve on the County 4H Council and help to plan county events and programs. This is the group that plans Achievement Events, Recognition Events and sponsors fundraising for the fair and other 4-H events. 4-H Clubs in Scotland County are very active in community service. Each individual club carries out at least five community service projects. The 4-H Council sponsors the pre- and post-fair clean-up days at the fairgrounds.

4-H members who complete a 4-H year need to attend a majority of their 4-H club meetings, enroll in at least one project and finish it, and demonstrate a skill learned either by exhibiting an item they made in the art hall, exhibiting a project animal or presenting a speech, report or demonstration in a group setting such as a club meeting or Achievement Event. Youth who are members of 4-H club learn life skills that will benefit them during the rest of their life.

Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 can enroll in 4-H clubs. Younger youth between the ages of 5 and 8 can belong to Clover Kids. All ages are considered as of January 1 of the current 4-H year. According to the Scotland County 4-H Constitution, members need to attend six club meetings before the fair to exhibit in the fair. There are special alternatives to two meetings if members absolutely cannot attend their meetings. Clover Kids do not get premiums at the fair and receive special Clover Kids Ribbons because according to early childhood research, it is detrimental to members of this age to participate in competition.

4-H also reaches youth through special interest programs that are co-sponsored by 4-H and other groups. Groups that fall under this category in the surrounding area are camps including day camps, Youth Civic Engagement and others that arise from time to time. 4-H in Scotland County reaches school groups through school enrichment programs (Hatching Chicks in the Classroom) and through FNEP (Family Nutrition Education Programs).

There are three 4-H Clubs in Scotland County: the Azen Jolly Timers, the Gorin Go-Getters and the Jolly Jacks & Jills. The Azen Jolly Timers meet at the Memphis United Methodist Church Basement on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Gorin Go-Getters meet the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the Gorin Christian Church. The Jolly Jacks and Jills meet the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. Clubs may sometimes change the meeting dates during the fair, for a summer picnic and swimming party or for other reasons. Clubs usually have at least two parties per year.

4-H Clubs reorganize in October for the coming year. They are just reorganizing now so now is the time to join. 4-H members can join any time during the year but if they want to exhibit at the fair they need to attend six meetings. Youth interested in becoming 4-H members can contact members or leaders of the club they are interested in, or you can contact the Scotland County University Extension Office for more information. (660) 465-7255.

Submitted by Kristy Eggleston-Wood Scotland County 4-H Youth Program Assistant.

FFA Shoot-a-Thon Draws Big Field of Competitors

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

The Memphis FFA Trap Team Shoot-a-Thon had a great turnout of over 47 shooters.

In the Open Division featured three winners.  Bryce Smith took 1st, Brady Winter took 2nd and Keenan Bradley took 3rd. Both Bryce and Keenan were Alumni members of the FFA Trap Team.  They had a shoot off between five shooters including Chayton Ceronni and James Floyd Baker as all five shot a perfect 25/25.  The shooters, not including the FFA kids, shot a total of 185 rounds. It was fun for all.

In the FFA Division, Lane Mohr took 1st, Jacob McDaniel took 2nd and Harley Saulmon took 3rd. Each FFA member shot 100 birds for a total of 72 rounds. .  The rounds for the FFA Division were sponsored by Jamie Robinson of Hillside Gun Shed in Memphis. “Thank you to all for the support from the community,” says Coach Dave Koch.

The shooters also headed to Macon on September 17th and placed 1st for all the schools attending.  The A Team hit an all-time record of 122/125.  The record not only beat the Scotland County School record but, was an all-time record for the Macon shoot.  The A Team for that shoot included members: Lane Mohr, Jared Dunn, Harley Saulmon, Connor Payne and Lane Pence- Congratulations Boys!

This week the team will head to Bosco’s for the Area Shoot to qualify for the District Shoot.  Last year all three Memphis FFA Teams qualified but, only one team from each school is eligible to shoot.  If the team qualifies, they will head to Prairie Grove to shoot on October 1st.

At the September 17th event at Macon, Memphis FFA team member Abby Blessing was the top scoring female shooter to compete.

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