June 19, 2003

(3/18/1908 - 6/16/2003)

Edna Mae Nelson, 95, passed away June 16, 2003, at Scotland County Care Center, Memphis, MO.

She was born March 18, 1908, near Memphis, Scotland County, MO, the daughter of Fred E. and Edith Kerr Nelson.

In 1914 she moved with her parents to a farm they had purchased north of Arbela, MO, in the Fairview neighborhood.

Esta Mae received her elementary education at the Fairview Rural School and graduated from the Granger High School with the Class of 1925. She attended Culver-Stockton College at Canton, MO, where she received a teaching certificate. From 1926 until 1933 she taught in the rural schools of Scotland County, MO and Pulaski, IA.

In 1934, Esta Mae received a Civil Service appointment and went to work in Washington, DC, beginning as a stenographer. In 1936, she was offered a position with the Bureau of Plant Industry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and continued in that division until her retirement in 1968. At the time of her retirement, she was the Head of the Agricultural Editing Division of USDA. Esta Mae credited the example of her parents and her Midwestern work ethic for her success.

After her retirement from USDA, Esta Mae returned to Scotland County where she built a new home in Memphis and became involved in many civic activities. She will be remembered for her gardening and landscaping talents, and for her generosity in sharing fruits, vegetables and flowers from her gardens with friends and neighbors. She was active in a number of civic organizations as long as her health permitted. She was a member of P.E.O., the Scotland County Historical Society; the Memphis First Christian Church, and the Community Players. She was especially interested in and supportive of the Scotland County Memorial Library, the Scotland County Hospital and Nursing Home, the Scotland County Ministerial Association, and the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Association.

In 1921, Esta Mae became a member of the Azen Christian Church. During her years in Washington, DC, she was a member of the National City Christian Church. After returning to Scotland County, she became a member of the Memphis First Christian Church. She was a long-time supporter of the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church and Cemetery, north of Arbela, and was one of the organizers of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Association.

Esta Mae was an avid reader, and continued to be interested in local, national, and world affairs throughout her lifetime. She placed a high value on family and friends. She maintained contact with many co-workers after her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Raymond Nelson and Hubert (Shorty) Nelson and a nephew, James D. Nelson. Survivors include one sister, Mabel (Jane) Ellis of Southern Pines, NC; five nephews, William R. Nelson of Davenport, IA, Stephen S. Ellis, Jr. of Hamilton, MT, John D. Ellis of Pinehurst, NC, William M. Ellis of Rock Springs, WY, James D. Ellis of Lawrence, KS; two nieces, Ann Nelson Barker of Granger, MO, and Nancy E. Nelson of Ft. Madison, IA, as well as several great-nieces and nephews and other relatives.

The family has suggested memorials to Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Scotland County Memorial Library, or Scotland County Care Center, and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Graveside services for interment of cremains will be held Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mt. Moriah Cemtery, north of Arbela, MO, with the Rev. Charles Hammack officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.

Scotland County 4-H Hosts Annual Recognition Event


Scotland County 4-H held the organization’s annual Recognition Event on November 5, 2016.  The evening began with a carry-in supper.  There were 74 members, parents, and other 4-H supporters in attendance.

Clover kids each received a completion pin, certificate, and a free personal pan coupon from Pizza Hut: Unit 1 – Denny Black, Laney Doster, Tracy Huber, Cora Ketchum, Zada Ketchum, Alyssa Kirchner, Lanie Mallett, MaKenna Musgrove, Jacob Stott, Hannah Whitney.

Unit 2 -Layla Baker, Hannah Montgomery, Avery Cowell, Cason Talbert, Javis Hauk.

Unit 3 – Wesley McSparren, Emery Kirchner, Trent Mallett.

Each member who filled out a project record for the year received their year completion pins.  The pins were sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First year pins – Brenna Phillips, Dane Blessing, Shelby Troutman, Kadence Burnett, Aden Drummond, Mason Mallett

Second Year pins – Beau Triplett, Letha Ward, Julian Valle, Tanner Valle.

Third year pins – Penelope Cline, Kendal Anderson, Katie Miller, Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Baileigh Phillips, Brianna Kraus, Ethan Blessing, Corbin Blessing, Hugh Baker, Elsie Kigar.

Fourth year pins -Eric Mohr, Lauren Triplett, Eli Kigar.

Fifth year pins – Will Montgomery, Sadie Davis, Clara Davis, Kilee Bradley-Robinson.

Sixth year pins – Bobbi Darcy, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Anna Triplett.

Seventh year pins – Haley Darcy, Nova Cline, Conner Wiggins, Abby Blessing.

Eighth year pins – Kyle Mohr.

Ninth year pins – Lane Pence, McKaela Bradley, Keenan Bradley.

Eleventh year (final) pins – Tasha Eggleston-Wood, Taylar Eggleston-Wood.

Leaders are recognized for being a first year leader and for every five years of service. These pins are also sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First Year – Patricia Miller, Dennis Blaine, Renee Blaine, Corry Ward.

Five Year – Amy Talbert.

15 Year – Debbie Payne.

Each year at Achievement Event we have a table setting competition.  The top formal and informal settings are given gift certificates.  The formal award was given to Katie Campbell and the informal award was given to Lauren Triplett.  They were sponsored by Countryside Flowers and Bradley Insurance.

Eleven members filled out a recognition form.  They are divided into 3 age groups 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & over.  They each received $10 cash and a 4-H cinch bag sponsored by the Scotland County 4-H Council.  They also received pins for their various project accomplishments.  The forms were judged by leaders from Lewis County. Lane Pence – Shotgun; Katie Miller – Cake Decorating, Sheep, and Clothing; Lauren Triplett – Horse, Sheep, and Swine; Abby Doster – .22 rifle and Swine; Eli Kigar – Beef and Shotgun; Kendal Anderson – Foods; Conner Wiggins – Beef and .22 rifle; Anna Triplett – Dogs and Goats; Bryn Aylward – .22 rifle, Clothing, and Swine; Elsie Kigar – Beef and Foods; Beau Triplett – Goats and Welding.

Katie Miller’s 8-10 year old recognition form was picked to advance to regional competition and Anna Triplett’s 11-13 year old form was also selected to go onto regional competition.  They each received picture frames for their accomplishments.

Kendal Anderson was chosen as the recipient of the Farm Bureau Cookbook Award.  Her recognition form was chosen as the best in Foods.

Junior Achievement awards are also selected from the members who completed recognition forms.  This award can only be won once.  It is awarded to a boy and girl under the age of 13.  These awards were sponsored by US Bank and Community Bank of Memphis.  They received tumbler cups with their names engraved on them.  The girl was Elsie Kigar and the boy was Beau Triplett.

The Outstanding Member is also selected from the completed recognition forms and can only be won once.  This year’s outstanding member was from the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Club and is active in Beef and Shooting Sports.  He is twelve years old and his parents are Jim & Alisa Kigar.  2016 Scotland County 4-H Outstanding Member is Eli Kigar.  He received a plaque and a cash award sponsored by FCS Financial, Miles Cameron and Sandra Arnold, Bank of Kirksville.

Shooting sports ribbons were given out for the State Shoot.  Those receiving blue ribbons were:  Bobbi Darcy, Abby Doster, Jared Dunn, Eli Kigar, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Magnum Talbert, and Luke Triplett.  Red ribbons were earned by: Kendal Anderson, Brock Aylward, Bobbi Darcy, Baileigh Phillips, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Kylie Small, Katelyn Talbert, and Shelby Troutman.  White ribbons were given to the following: Victoria Huber, Brenna Phillips, Shelby Troutman, Victoria Ward, Eric Yarbrough, and Erica Yarbrough.

The Scotland County 4-H Council selects a Friend of 4-H Business and Individual.  This year’s recipients were Scotland County Livestock Auction and Chris Kempke.  We would like to thank them for all the support they give the 4-H program in Scotland County.

Gorin Go Getters 4-H Club was named Outstanding Club in Scotland County for 2016.

Submitted by Carlee Smith, Reporter

Buford Named to KRES All-Star Team

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

The invite is in the mail for Scotland County’s Aaron Buford, who will be eligible to attend the KRES All-Star Football Banquet on December14th after being named the regional radio station’s top all-purpose player on offense.

Fourteen different schools across north and central Missouri are represented on the 2016 all-star team, selected by ballot by 24 area coaches.

Buford joined players from Centralia, Macon, Brookfield, Moberly, Monroe City, South Shelby, Fayette, Westran and Knox County to nail down one of the top 12 offensive positions.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

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

Friday, December 9 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, December 13 –Clinic hours from 8-10 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, etc.  Board of Trustees meeting at the Health Department at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations. Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Creek Named to All-Express Softball Team

Ashleigh Creek

Ashleigh Creek

The post-season awards continue to roll in for Scotland County standout Ashleigh Creek. The junior hurler was named the top pitcher in the region by the Kirksville Daily Express newspaper, which released it’s all star selections in the December 4th edition of the newspaper.

Knox County’s Katie Hamlin just edged Creek for player of the year honors.

Creek headlined a group of top performers from schools in the paper’s coverage area, including Kirksville, Green City, Atlanta, Brashear, Knox County, Milan, Novinger, Schuyler County, Macon, and Putnam County.

Scotland County’s Chelsea Wood, Stevi See and Abi Feeney all received honorable mention.

MARY KATHRYN SHOEMAKER (12/7/1941 – 12/2/2016)


Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Shoemaker, age 74, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 2, 2016 in the emergency room of Scotland Co. Memorial Hospital in Memphis, of a heart attack following complications with her heart from a stroke she suffered on June 3, 2016.

Kathy was born December 7, 1941 in Selma, IA, a daughter of Albert E. and Keo M. Wilburn Baker.

On June 20, 1965, she was united in marriage to Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker at Fairfield, IA and they had celebrated 51 years together.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker of the home; two sons,Matthew W. (Carol) Shoemaker and their children Brianna and Reilly, Bryan, Michelle and Justin of Arbela, MO; and Craig D. (Dawn) Shoemaker and their children Kaylee and Andrew “A.J.” of Monroe City, MO; a daughter, Karen A. (Douglas) Bright and their children Alicia, Renee`, and Cameron of Keokuk, IA; three sisters: Barbara Raymond of Gig Harbor, WA, Christine (Bill) Fayard of Conroe, TX and Bonnie Baker of Houghton, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Peggy Howard of Marion, IA, Kathleen Parkin of Douds, IA, Lowell Shoemaker of San Antonio, TX, Roy (Irene) Shoemaker of Taylorville, IL, Russell (Susan) Shoemaker of Loveland, CO and Alice Oertel of Hayward, CA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susan Way and her husband, David; sister-in-law, Lois Ellis and her husband, Elwin; and brother-in-law, Wayne Shoemaker.

Kathy graduated from Fairfield High School and Parson’s College. She began her teaching career in Keokuk, taught in several states until she and Doc moved to Kahoka. She worked a period in the Clark Co. R-1 School District and retired from Revere C-3 School District where she taught learning disabilities. At Revere, she also served as Junior and Senior Class Sponsors. She retired in 1993.

She was a member of the Kahoka United Methodist Church and Retired Teachers. Together with Sandra Kirchner the two served as Cub Scout and Girl Scout leaders. She enjoyed sewing, doing embroidery work, reading, working crossword puzzles and tending to her beautiful flowers.

Although she was a “short mama with a long arm”, she dearly loved raising her children and making sure they turned out to be valuable citizens. Loving her husband, children, and grandchildren was the most important thing in her life.

A Memorial Graveside Service and inurnment will be held on her 75th birthday on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorials are suggested to Boy Scout Troop # 145.

On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.

Slaughter, Blessing Earn All-State Football Honors

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

A pair of Scotland County’s standouts on defense from the 2016 football team have been honored by the Missouri Football Coaches Association with selection to the Missouri Class 1 All-State teams.

Ryan Slaughter earned second team all state at defensive back. He led the Tigers with 109 tackles from his safety position, including 56 solo stops. He also led the team with two interceptions.

Fellow senior Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at the linebacker position. Blessing recorded 104 tackles for the much-improved Tigers’ defense.

Marceline landed a trio of first team all state honors with DJ Gerhart on the offensive line, Jordan Elam on the defensive line and Brady Stallo at linebacker. The MFCA named Elam its defensive player of the year.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Fellow Lewis & Clark conference school Westran also had a first team all state performer in defensive back Austin Sears.

Paris’s Breck Hancock earned second team honors at linebacker while Isaiah Estes and Aaron Wilder were named third team at running back and offensive line. Chris Evans of Westran was third team at tight end with teammate John Michael Honey getting the nod at offensive line while Marceline’s Dylan Wheeler made third team at receiver. Dylan Couch of Knox County was named third team defensive back.

Bair’s 30-Point Outburst Leads SCR-I to 9th Straight Tourney Title

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

After a hot start to the tournament, Scotland County had to overcome early foul trouble in the championship game of the Novinger Tournament before finally pulling away in the second half to secure the team’s ninth straight championship with a 71-43 victory.

After jumping out to 5-0 lead, SCR-I began battling the whistles. Chelsea Wood was forced to the bench less than three minutes into the contest with two quick fouls. Calesse Bair followed her shortly with two fouls of her own. The duo had combined for all 11 of SCR-I’s points.

Ashleigh Creek and Abi Feeney closed out the period with three field goals to help SCR-I hold a 17-15 lead.

Wood and Bair returned to fuel a second period run. Despite some struggles at the free throw line, the Lady Tigers were able to start slowly pulling away from the Gophers. A bucket on an offensive rebound by Sadie Davis gave SCR-I a 36-26 lead at the intermission.

A halftime adjustment by Coach Cory Schultz led to a hot start to the third period. Maddie Brassfield hit a three-pointer before Bair knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc as SCR-I adjusted its offense to create the open shots with a different cut and a second screener away from the ball.

Brassfield knocked down another three-pointer before Feeney added a pair of buckets. Bair punctuated the key third period with a silky-smooth step-through finish on the fast break that brought the crowd to its feet with SCR-I now leading 57-34.

Brassfield again connected from long range to start the fourth period and Bair capped off a huge night with a pair of scores in the transition game as what was a two-point game after one period of play, ended with a running clock as SCR-I posted the 71-43 win.

Bair poured in 30 points to lead all scorers. She added eight rebounds and five steals in a dominating performance. Wood finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Brassfield and Feeney each added 10 points.

Total Team Effort Leads Tigers to First Tourney Title

Will Fromm gets fouled as he scores in the paint in the win over La Plata.

Will Fromm gets fouled as he scores in the paint in the win over La Plata.

Scotland County played like a team desperate to win its first Novinger Tourney title and the drive and determination paid off as the Tigers topped top seed La Plata 68-52 to bring home the hardware.

Lane Pence highlighted the effort as the clock wound down on the first period. The junior guard deflected a pass and then dove on the loose ball before firing the ball to Elijah Cooley for the fast break bucket to beat the buzzer and put SCR-I on top 14-11.

Pence and Will Fromm helped extend the margin to 26-17, combining for 10 points to open the second period. Back-to-back buckets by Aaron Buford extended the margin before Fromm drained a three-pointer to make the score 33-21 at the half.

Cooley and Brett Monroe hit three-pointers to start the third period and SCR-I finally got some free throws to fall after going just four of 11 at the charity stripe in the first 16 minutes. Buford completed a three point play and Campbell sank a pair of free throws as SCR-I extended the lead to 51-35.

The balanced scoring effort continued in the final period. Cooley and Monroe each connected from behind the arc again after a technical foul was called on the La Plata coach and suddenly SCR-I led by 20 points.

The Tigers free throw woes continued however, as SCR-I made just five of 11 in the final eight minutes, despite a perfect six of six night from Grant Campbell. That wasn’t near enough for La Plata as the Bulldogs were unable to solve the stingy Scotland County pressure defense that closed out the 68-52 win.

Buford led a balanced scoring effort by the team with 14 points. Cooley finished with 13 points while Campbell added 12 and Fromm had 10. Monroe and Pence each pitched in with nine points as the Tigers improved to 3-1.

Tigers Hold Off Novinger Rally to Advance to Tourney Finals

Lane Pence led SCR-I past Novinger with 17 points.

Lane Pence led SCR-I past Novinger with 17 points.

After a huge first period, Scotland County had to hold off a late run by the home team to post a 76-69 win in the semifinals for  the Novinger Tournament on December 1st.

The Tigers shot lights out in the opening eight minutes en route to a 32-15 lead. Three-pointers by Elijah Cooley, Will Fromm and Grant Campbell helped jump start the scoring rush. Campbell poured in nine first period points and Lame Pence had eight as the Tigers took control of the contest.

Brett Monroe took over in the second period. He connected on three three-pointers to help SCR-I take a 54-36 lead to the locker room. The Tigers did the bulk of the remaining scoring from the free throw line, where the team connected on nine of 12 in the second period to help maintain the 18-point lead.

Novinger got more than its fair share of attempts at the charity stripe as well, as SCR-I was in foul trouble most of the night after being whistled 24 times. Fortunately for SCR-I, the Wildcats managed to make just 19 of their 37 free throws.

That was still enough for the home team to cut into the lead in the third period. SCR-I managed just 10 points, as Cooley and Pence each had a pair of field goals. Novinger got hot from behind the arc in the third period, knocking down four three-pointers to help trim the deficit to 64-54 with just eight minutes to play.

Pence and Campbell both fouled out in the fourth period but Cooley and Aaron Buford hit some clutch free throws down the stretch as the Tigers held on for the victory.

Pence led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Cooley finished with 14 and Campbell added 12 while Monroe pitched in with 11.

Campbell Scores 23 to Lead Tigers to First Win

Grant Campbell poured in a career-high 23 points to lead SCR-I to its first win.

Grant Campbell poured in a career-high 23 points to lead SCR-I to its first win.

After a tough season-opening loss to Clark County last week, Scotland County got into the win column in style, blasting Newtown-Harris 70-21 in the opening round of the Novinger Tourney on November 29th.

Grant Campbell poured in 10 points in the opening period as SCR-I jumped out to a 22-7 lead. Will Fromm added a pair of field goals in the early going as the Tigers set the tone with a big offensive output.

SCR-I cooled off a bit in the second period, managing just 10 points, thanks in part to shooting two for 10 at the free throw line.

Scotland County put the game away in the third period, outscoring Newtown-Harris 26-7.

Brett Monroe sank a pair of three-pointers and Lane Pence and Alex Hunolt each had a pair of field goals in the run that saw seven different Tigers get in to the scorebook.

Campbell capped off a career night with six points in the final period as the Tigers rolled to the 70-21 victory. He led all scorers with 23 points.

Monroe and Hunolt each added 10 points while Pence had nine and Fromm finished with eight while Aaron Buford had seven points to balance the scoring attack.

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