March 27, 2003

SCR-I Third Quarter Honor Roll

Students at Scotland County R-I included on the third quarter honor roll are as follows:

A Honor Roll

Seniors - Kimberly Erin Bair, Amy Blomme, Debra Renee Briggs, Amber Lynn Brush, Aaron Cline, Jennifer Nicole Crawford, Brian Lee Dial, Anna Dochterman, Lori Ellen Frederick, Meagan Fromm, Ashley Gibson, Johnathan Holton, Katie Kittle, Eric Long, Joshua Brinton Marlowe, Josh McBee, Rhonda Miller, Chase Eric Moore, Amy Jo Morgan, Adam Norton, Greg Probst, Jennifer Rule Kissell, Latitia Ann Sherman, and Ladica Wittstock.

Juniors - Andrew Bulen, Jessie Cotton, Clint Cottrell, Sara Eggleston, Chase Hines, Emily Kiddoo, Christine Kirchner, Brandi Mallett, Becky Miller, Katie Schneider, and Danielle Shelley.

Sophomore - Nicole Dice, Leslie Duley, Kayla Ebeling, Ashley Ellison, Kaylene Smith, Logan Trueblood, Megan Walker, Amanda Watkins, and Lacey Williams.

Freshmen - Brandon Alexander, Angie Bulen, Brittney Courtright, Ali Fromm, Jamie Fuller, Lynnette Green, Michelle Lodewegen, Eric Masden, Monica Schmitz, Amber Tague, and Cody Ward.

Eighth Grade - Laura Aylward, Loren Billington, Jennifer Briggs, Kelsey Caldwell, Julie Cotton, Andy Cowell, Ausha Crow, Lauren Grogan, Trisha Harvey, Hannah Kiddoo, Patrick Mutchler, Brittany Newcomer, Lance Eugene Smith, Grace Sumption, Julie Triplett, and Matt Wickert.

Seventh Grade - Kim Armstrong, Breanna Bair, Jessica Baker, Amanda Bogatzke, Brett Courtright, Tyler Henstorf, Lacey Jack, Jeffrey Kice, Moriah Kittle, Leslie Mallett, Megan Newman, Sidney Priebe, Nathan Purvis, Andrea Shelley, Riley Watkins, Megan Westhoff, and Kellyn Wickert.

B Honor Roll

Seniors - Stacey Dawn Altum, Ryan Baker, Royce Bowens, Andy Boyer, Heather Marie Broomhall, Curtis Cochran, Brenna Cook, Kristen Marie Dickerson, Amber Egenberger, Jake Dean Fogle, Jennifer Rose Hurley, Megan Jayne, Michael Lodewegen, Brock Maurice Meeks, Erin Morgan, Brandi Orton, Michael Probst, Vince Rockhold, Lance Smith, Paul Snelling, Clint Van Gorkom, and Chad Whitney.

Juniors - Chris Armstrong, Kaela Clatt, Gary Cochenour, Aaron Dale, Jason Findling, Kiel Fogle, Andrew Graham, Thomas Miller, Elizabeth Monroe, Kristi Moseley, Nick Oldham, Mandy Orton, Shana Reese, Danny Roach, Jenna Shalley, Stevie Simerl, Toren Skinner, Nicholas Winn, and Sean Woods.

Sophomores - Rebecca Consbrock, Valerie Crawford, Shanda Darland, Jacqui Drummond, Jessica Erwin, Michael Fulk, Michael Garnett, Jon Keller, Jessica Lambert, Sara Melton, Greg Neagle, Eric Probst, Jared Shelley, Leah Smith, Mary Sumption, and Joe Talbert.

Freshmen - Eric Bowens, Jayson Brush, Danielle Clark, Kelly Cochenour, Crystal Cotton, Julie Eggleston, Ashlee Frederick, Jeremy Hinds, Chris Humes, Jessica Humes, Anna Johnson, Brandi Kapfer, Kyle Lister, Jeff Long, Rayelynn Miller, Dustin Roach, Julie Shaw, Jessica Stemick, Chad Trueblood, and Christina Vassholz.

Eighth Grade - Sharail Barton, Beau Becraft, Bryce Blomme, Grant Blomme, P.J. Brown, Jacqui Brush, Laura Duley, Jessica Hayes, Kyle Hoskinson, Michael Keller, Zach McBee, Trishca Morton, Casey Parrish, Kaleb Reese, Brett Sagerty, Aaron Shaffer, Marcus Shalley, Karra Small, and Ciera Turner.

Seventh Grade - Deidre Blaine, Anna Buckallew, Kaela Cook, Joseph Darland, Ryan Erwin, Jacob Graber, Jalisa Gray, Kaitlin Grubb, Cody Gundy, Jennifer Holt, Kirsten Johnston, John W. Morris, Nickie Neagle, Kelsey Sears, Taylar Simpson, Morgan Sites, Lucinda Small, Joseph Spurgeon, Travis Trueblood, and Craig Wittstock.


Daniella Redding of Arbela and Adam Sparrow of Arbela are the parents of a daughter, Gracelynn Sparrow, born January 15, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Gracelynn weighed 7 lbs 10.2 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Siblings are Hayden and Landen. Grandparents are Timothy and Brenda Huffman of Keokuk, IA and Donald and Judith Nelson of Arbela.


Clifford and Louella Oberholtzer are the parents of son, Lance Ardell Oberholtzer, born January 9, 2018 at 8:11 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Lance weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz and was 19.25 inches long. Grandparents are Lynnford and Marlene Oberholtzer of Rutledge and David and Janice Martin of Memphis.


Merlin and Dawn Marie Oberholtzer of Edina, MO are the blessed parents of a little girl, Juanita Dawn born January 3, 2018 at 5:17 a.m. Juanita Dawn weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. and was 18.5″ long. Her adoption was finalized January 9, 2018, and she was welcomed home by her grandparents, Glen and Elaine Oberholtzer of Memphis and Wilmer and Betty Burkholder of Edina  and her uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Living Life Over


University of Missouri Extension will hold a gardening and nutrition workshop on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Hospital meeting room in Memphis.  The topics will be Growing and Cooking with Herbs and Microgreens-Nutritional Powerhouse.

At this workshop guests will identify live and dried herbs and spices and learn how to use them.  Following that session, there will be a presentation on microgreens.  Microgreens are the tender, young seedlings of greens that come in a rainbow of colors.  Attendees will learn why they are nature’s powerhouse of nutrition and how they can be grown locally.


A rural Scotland County woman awoke to the sound of a smoke alarm and was able to escape her burning mobile home on the morning of January 16th.

Teresa Norton was able to escape the fire uninjured but the blaze damaged much of the residence located on Route A north of Gorin.  Her husband Rex Norton was not home at the time of the blaze.

The blaze was believed to have originated in wiring under the east end of the mobile home.  Fire, smoke and water damage likely will make the mobile home a total loss.


Eric Dunn has been promoted to the position of District Sales Manager in Northeast Missouri of Kent Feeds.  He formerly served as District Sales Manager in Kentucky.

Dunn earned his bachelor of science degree in animal science from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, and joined Kent in 1996.

Dunn and his family live in the rural Baring area.


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is time to register to win a box of candy for your valentine!  Five Memphis merchants will be assisting cupid this year.  All you need do is fill out the coupons, located in the ad of this issue, and deposit them at the business named on each coupon.

Drawings will be held at the close of the business day, February 6th.  So get your coupons deposited before that time.  More information is given in the advertisement.

Merchants participating are: Gardines Drug, Memphis Lumber, New Reflections Studio, Mercantile Bank of Memphis, and Memphis Democrat.


The Gorin home of Gay Frazier was destroyed by fire Thursday evening, about 7:00 p.m.  Some belongings were saved from the downstairs area, according to the report.

The fire was thought to have started from a hot water heater.

Fire departments from Memphis and Wyaconda assisted the Gorin department after a pin was sheared on the Gorin truck.  The fire was almost under control at the time but flared up again after the difficulty.


Ezra Dodge, of the local IGA Food Center at Memphis, MO has enrolled for a special instructional seminar January 23 at Kirksville, MO.

The seminar, on “Front End Operations,” has as its overall aim, the improvement of local IGA Food Stores through more convenient service.  Checkers will be able to learn courteous and more efficient ways to do their job.

Special subject area will include: management and personnel, equipment operation, policy and procedures, and customer relations.  It will be presented by Wetterau Foods, Inc., the sponsor of some 500 IGA Food Stores in parts of seven Midwestern states.

Patricia Robinson will also be attending from the same store.


In a non-conference double contest at Kahoka Friday night, the Memphis Tigers won both games from the Kahoka Indians.

In the girls’ game, the score was tied at the end of the first period, 5-5, but Memphis moved to a 20 to 14 lead in the second stanza.  As the game went into the final quarter, Memphis still led, 29 to 25, but Kahoka moved up on them to go ahead in the last few minutes.  Mary Jo Reed came through for Memphis, however, and put the ball up to cop the winning basket.

Kahoka moved ahead in the boys’ game 11 to 9 in the first period, but lagged in the second to trail 28 to 19 at the half.  They were unable to fill the gap in the third, as they were left behind 38 to 30, and Memphis held their lead in the last lap, winning 51 to 40.


The thermometer has been hovering around zero in northeast Missouri for a week now and yesterday morning went down to ten below the record for the winter season so far.

On two or three mornings, the mercury registered from 2 to 5 below, but yesterday morning a new low record was established.

There is still some snow on the ground from the light snow of Monday, as there has been no thawing temperature since even in the middle of the day.

It moderated some yesterday and is warmer today.

CLARISSA MARIE (KIRCHNER) GREENE (9/10/1973 – 1/7/2018)

Clarissa Marie (Kirchner) Greene, 44, of Plainfield, IL, passed away at her home on January 7, 2018, surrounded by the love of her family. Clarissa was born September 10, 1973, in Quincy, IL, the daughter of Howard F. and Sandra L. (Kennedy) Kirchner.

Clarissa was a 1991 graduate of Sauk-Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI, attended Viterbo College, La Crosse, WI, and was a member of the first graduating class in Mortuary Science at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL. Clarissa was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, working until the onset of her illness for Friedrich-Jones and Overman-Jones Funeral Homes in Naperville and Plainfield. Prior to that, she was employed at Staab Funeral Home, Springfield, IL.

She married William Levi Greene, on September 13, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Canton, MO. Clarissa was currently a member of St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Plainfield.

Clarissa was always smiling; she enjoyed her work and was extremely dedicated to her family. She especially enjoyed going out to lunch with her kids; taking them to the zoo, and entertaining her extended family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Will, daughter, Bethany Marie, and sons, William Howard, and Mark Thomas, of Plainfield, IL. Also surviving are her parents, Sandie and Howard Kirchner of Canton, MO; sister, Susan Fifer and her husband Donnie of Ewing, MO; and brother, Joe Kirchner and his wife Tammy of Memphis, MO; mother in-law, Mary (Mark) Beasanski, Plainfield, IL, father-in-law, William Greene (Mary), Cadott, WI; sister-in-law, Kelly (Brian) Deverell, Sycamore, IL; nieces, Megan Kirchner, Neva, Nellie and Virginia Fifer, Delaney and Evelyn Deverell and nephew, James Deverell. Also surviving are aunts, Ella (Greg) Wirsig, Kahoka, MO, Isabelle Hansen, Rock Island, IL, Virginia Collins, Spring Valley, IL, Lucille Hungate, Galesburg, IL, uncles Gene (Dixie) Kennedy, LaGrange, MO, Harold (Mary Jo) Kirchner, Downing, MO, and 33 cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ivan and Flossie Kennedy, and Joe and Nellie Kirchner. Aunt and Uncles, Clarence and Nancy Kirchner, James M Hansen, William Hungate, and Charles Collins; cousins, Carl Kirchner, Cathy (Kirchner) Hunziker, and James B. Hansen.

Clarissa’s family is tremendously grateful for the compassionate care given to her by AMITA Hospitals, Bolingbrook, Hinsdale, and LaGrange, and especially the Amita Cancer Center, Hinsdale, and Angels’ Grace Hospice. She was a very strong woman and always a “survivor” and with the efforts of her medical team and the prayers and support of family and friends she was able to survive Glioblastoma Multiforme brain cancer for one year and 37 days.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, January 12th at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL 60544 with Fr. John Regan officiating.

Interment was at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the AMITA Cancer Institute, Hinsdale, or to the future education fund of Clarissa and Will’s children.

ROGER RAY STICE (1/4/1957 – 1/15/2018)

Roger Ray Stice, 61 of Hamilton, IL died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Keokuk in Keokuk, IA.

He was born January 4, 1957 in Kirksville, MO the son of Arlene and Robert “Bob” Stice of Downing, MO.

Roger grew up in Downing, MO and attended the Schuyler R-1 Schools, where he graduated with the Class of 1975.  It was there that he met and later married his sweetheart, Margie Applegate on July 23, 1976.  She survives.

Roger and Margie have five children, Jessica (Darrell) Schrapf of Hamilton, IL, Megan (Troy) Mann of Keokuk, Justin Stice and friend Jessica Kelso of Alexandria, MO, Mitchell (Chelsea) Stice of Carthage, IL and James (Amber) Stice of Clarksville, TN; 14 grandchildren, Zack, Logan, Tyler, Nathan, Savannah, Allison Rae and Emmy Ellen Schrapf, Makayla and Maisy Mann, Eli Stice, Landis and Edward Stice, Nick and Josh Kelso.

Roger is also survived by his parents, Robert “Bob” and Arlene Stice of Downing, MO; one brother, Mickey (Lurene) Stice of Downing, MO; one sister, Brenda Swedberg Bruner and friend Randy Whitlow of Lancaster, MO; his grandmother, Virginia Stice of Rulo, NE; and many aunts and uncles, including a special uncle DeWayne Mullinix; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Applegate, Jim and Debbie Applegate, Joy and Larry Mitchell, and Paul and Carolyn Applegate.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Alta Maude Mullinix, Clifton and Vera Smith and Otho Stice; one granddaughter, Molly Jacklyn Mann; nephew, Dakota Swedberg; and three brothers-in-law, John Wall, Dean Swedberg and Donnie Bruner.

Roger started a long and successful career working for the railroad in May 1975, following his high school graduation. During his career he worked for Burlington Northern and the Keokuk Junction Railway.  He worked many years as Roadmaster for the KJRY.  Railroading was not only his job, but was also his passion.  He retired on February 1, 2017.

He loved his family immensely. There was always a gathering of children and grandchildren along with other family and friends at his house.

Roger enjoyed gardening, canning, coon hunting, and watching Cardinal baseball and westerns with his dog Rylee.  He loved to travel, told great stories, and was always up for a good road trip.

But his greatest love was God. He was a faithful member of New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk.  Since his retirement he enjoyed helping with the many church dinners. He even won the Christmas Caroling Chili Cook off this year.

A funeral service was Friday, January 19, 2018 at the New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor Doug Campbell officiating.  Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, IL.

Pallbearers were Robert Stice, Aaron Stice, Chad Stice, Brandon Miller, Daron Mullinix, Rodney Newland. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Applegate, Logan Schrapf, and Dusty Swedberg.

Memorials may be made to the New Testament Christian Church or Keokuk Christian Academy.

The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk assisted the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Living The Lie Of Comparison 

An inner war takes place within each of us.  For some it is occasional.  Yet for others, it’s a nearly a daily grind.  Whether educated or un, employer or ee, or even a Demo-publican, one thing tends to rule every heart… living by comparison.

I’m a champion knower of this curse.  Others… somebody somewhere… are always sharper, smarter, handsomer, richer, and more influential than me.  Oh… how about every person out there?  So what happens to one so insecure?  We tend to live defeated simply by one rule of thumb…judging and comparing self to others.  Whether we judge ourselves better than others or inferior to others, we are always on the wrong track…. always.

When God calls for the end to living in comparison, He isn’t promoting a selfish ego.  Nothing of the kind.  Rather, He is quickening the gift (His embedded gift) within each of us to arise to a fruitful and productive life.  God empowers and we must not stand in His way nor in our own way by the mistaken lie of comparison.

This goes on day in and day out.  I watch the most aggressive personalities scramble to keep the conversations within the narrow court of their expertise.  The most outgoing of us must note that our tendency to control the topics of our confident zone as the primary focus is a costly mistake.  It is here that we tend to hide so that we maybe appear to be well-informed, simultaneously, avoiding advancing in our own understanding.  Could it be that we are failing to learn because we insist that all others must only be about those things which we feel we have some leverage?

I applaud those who are educated in some portion of information who can risk appearing with lack of substance in the many other fields of knowledge.  I thank those many who are terrific in only one dimension of Kingdom life who, simultaneously, live fully aware of their own personal ignorance in a multiplicity of other venues.

What happens when we humble ourselves, open ourselves, to confessing that we are not the expert… even in our unique field of interest?  We let people in.  We let God in.  We discover that we are all alike.  Some are brilliant in one tiny speck of a zone while others are clueless.  And then, when the topic of discussion changes, we seem to advantageously trade places.

Therefore I say to us, as we tend to hide in what we perceive to be some element of our strengths, to drop the appearance that we are sharp.  We are not.  Yes, we know some stuff.  But every person in the room understands valuable details of which the rest of us know nothing… like in No Thing.

When we quietly, inwardly, believe that we are better than another or lesser, we simply don’t get it.  Curb the self-elevation or the self-devaluation.  Refrain from living by comparison.  You are awesome.  But remember… so is everyone around you.  If we pool our outstandingnesses without the public veil of arrogance, we will become a society that can advance in drastic and effective measure.

For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. II Cor. 10:12



Bigger Story

Sometimes the hunt is only a small part of a bigger story. While having meat in the freezer is nice, most of us are not in actual need of it but enjoy it as a luxury. It is good to have places like Hunters for the Hungry who find people who depend on a hunter’s harvest. Most of us just enjoy hunting because of everything that goes with it. From the camaraderie of friends to being in the outdoors, hunting is therapeutic in many ways for those who make it a part of their life. Again, that’s why the actual harvest is usually part of a bigger story.

One of those stories for me is the story of Hube and Poe. Hube is 81 and Poe is 78. They are the patriarchs of a group of bear hunters in North Carolina. They both have been hunting bears for years. I hesitate to say they have passed it on to their sons and others, because that would seem to suggest they no longer hunt. That would be far from the truth. During my visit with them in December, Hube was able to get close enough to pull the trigger on one and Poe was just as eager and ready if his opportunity came. The thrill of witnessing Hube’s harvest was the climax for the nearly 20 individuals who were there.  While Poe never saw a bear on this trip, he showed me the marks on his old Remington. There was one for every bear he had taken over the past several decades. The carved marks lined both the top and bottom of the stock and forearm. The stories that are held within these two men deserve to be mined out by us younger ones. If we don’t they will be lost forever.

The good thing about these stories will not be the hunt itself; they too will be part of their bigger story. Their stories will be about close calls and falls. About practical jokes.  About friends and family who took their last hunt before they passed away. And about spiritual matters that were shared in the cabin, around a supper table.  While Hube and Poe are Christians, I hesitate to say they are passing their Christian life on to their sons and others. That would seem to suggest they are no longer involved themselves. That would be far from the truth. In fact, they are the unchallenged leaders in this area as well. Just try to eat before saying the blessing and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

California Gold Rush

A discovery on January 24, 1848 forever changed the course of history in the American West. On that day, a millwright named James Marshall discovered gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California. Marshall was employed by California pioneer, Captain John A. Sutter, to build a saw mill along the South Fork of the American River.  A shallow millrace had been excavated in order to redirect the flow of water to the mill’s waterwheel. As Marshall was inspecting the millrace on January 24, a sparkle of light in the dark earth caught his eye. On closer inspection, he found what appeared to be many small flakes of gold in the millrace. Marshall rode forty miles to show his discovery to Captain Sutter. The sample was examined and confirmed as gold. Sutter hoped to keep the discovery a secret, while accumulating as much gold as possible, but the word soon got out and within months the largest gold rush in history had begun. Work on Sutter’s mill was abandoned as the workers joined thousands of others in the hunt for gold. As word spread about the discovery, thousands of prospective gold miners traveled by land or sea to the area. By the end of 1849, the non-native population of the California territory was estimated at over 100,000. A total of $2 million of gold was extracted from the area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852. James Marshall failed to find his own gold strike and died a poor man.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Local Transportation, Housing, Solid Waste Management Boards to Meet January 24th

The Northeast Missouri Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) will have a Council Meeting Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the RPC Conference Room in Memphis to discuss current TAC topics and projects.

The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and Rural Development Corporation (NEMO RPC/RDC) will have an Executive Board Meeting to discuss current topics and projects Wednesday, January 24, 2018 immediately following the TAC Meeting in the RPC Conference Room.

The Northeast Missouri “Region C” Solid Waste Management District will have an Executive Board Meeting to discuss current topics and projects Wednesday, January 24, 2018 immediately following the RPC/RDC Meeting in the RPC Conference room.

The Scotland County Public Housing Agency (PHA) will have an Executive Board Meeting to discuss current topics and projects Wednesday, January 24, 2018 immediately following the SWMD Meeting in the RPC Conference room.

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