September 18, 2003

Six Turnovers Pave Way For Week Two Blowout Of Tigers

Turnovers were the tale of the game in week two of the Scotland County football season as the Tigers were dismantled 47-6 by Marceline thanks in large part to six SCR-I turnovers.

Youre not going to beat anyone when you give the ball away six times, let alone a quality team like Marceline, said Coach Brent Bondurant on the disappointing performance. We had juniors and seniors out there making freshmen mistakes and that simply wont cut it. The sad thing is we played a much better game this week, blocking, tackling and making plays we just kept giving them the ball.

Marceline scored on two of the turnovers and overall put points on the board on three other possessions started by SCR-I turnovers.

The problems started almost immediately for Scotland County. After B.J. Houghton gave the team good field position with a strong kick return, SCR-I turned the ball over just two plays later when quarterback Danny Roach and center Michael Garnett could not get together on the snap.

The Tigers defense answered the challenge and stopped Marceline on four plays. Marceline turned the ball over on downs at the 40-yard line.

Scotland County moved the chains a couple times and looked poised to mount a scoring drive before a key holding penalty nullified a long run by Aaron Dale and stalled the Tigers drive. SCR-I punted the ball to Marceline who took over at the 20-yard line.

This time the home team was not to be denied. Marceline moved the ball on the ground behind the bullish running of big fullback Zack Neblock. But it was a pass play that put the first points on the board. Junior quarterback Jerret Fisher hit Reese Switzer on an inside screen pass. The senior back took the play the distance for a 17-yard touchdown with 1:41 left in the first period.

Scotland County stole a bit of the momentum back when Carl Wittstock streaked in the point after attempt. Wittstock broke around the outside of the line and dove to block the PAT kick to keep the deficit at 6-0.

Unfortunately the momentum did not last another play as the Tigers Tim Robinson coughed up the teams second fumble on the ensuing kickoff return.

Marceline quickly capitalized on the excellent field position at the 36-yard line. They pushed the ball down field with Neblock capping off the drive with a one-yard TD run. The Tigers defense stopped the two-point attempt making the score 12-0.

The two teams traded defensive stops and punts to burn up much of the remainder of the second period.

The Tigers took over with seven minutes left in the first half and mounted a solid drive. Dale picked up a first down as he broke a strong run up the middle. But then the Tigers turned the ball over with fumble number three. Roach hit Jared Shelley out of the backfield. The junior running back tried to turn the ball back into the middle of the field but he was wrapped up by a Marceline defender before a big hit knocked the ball free.

Marcelines Abe VanDyke scooped up the fumble and rambled down the visitors sideline on his way to a 45-yard touchdown. The PAT was good to make the score 19-0 with 5:46 left in the second period.

Scotland County tried to get back into the contest with one final march down the field. Dale picked up another first down on the ground before Roach connected with Clint Cottrell for a nice pass play across midfield.

But the broken record came around again and SCR-I fumbled for the fourth time in the first half as Dale turned the ball over on the 25-yard line with 2:48 left in the half.

That left the door open for one final scoring drive. Fisher hooked up with Switzer for a 50-yard pass play that quickly got the team into scoring position. The Tigers defense held on three straight running plays before Fisher broke into the endzone on a one-yard quarterback sneak on fourth down. The PAT kick made the score 26-0 with 36 seconds left in the first half.

The lone bright spot of the night for SCR-I came to start the second half. The Tigers kicked off to Marceline and stuffed the home team on three plays forcing a punt. A low snap allowed Travis Onken to get a good rush on the kicker and tackled him at the nine-yard line to give SCR-I the ball first and goal.

It took just one play to get onto the scoreboard as Roach hit Cottrell in the corner of the endzone for six points. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 26-6.

The Tigers may have had a shot to get back into the contest as the defense once again held and forced a Marceline punt.

But the turnover bug bit again as Dale tried to pick up the bouncing kick and fumbled the ball back to Marceline.

The turnover did not turn into points however as the Tigers defense buckled down and held. Marceline turned the ball over on downs at the 12-yard line.

The Tigers could not mount a drive however and were forced to punt the ball back to Marceline with just two minutes left in the third period.

Marceline once again looked stymied by the SCR-I defense but on third and long the home team exposed the Tigers defensive backfield for the second long pass play of the game, this time a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jake Cordray. The PAT kick was good and Marceline led 33-6 with 57.4 seconds remaining in the third period.

Marcelines Aaron Christman quickly added to his teams blowout just three plays later when he picked off a pass from Roach and returned it 61-yards for a touchdown. The kick after was good putting Marceline on top 40-6 just 12 seconds into the fourth period.

Both coaches turned the game over to the second teams for the remainder of the contest. Marceline added a score late as Dustin Stuart scored on a one-yard run with just 30 ticks left on the clock. The PAT made the final score 47-6.

Marceline racked up 17 first downs on the evening compared to just seven on the night for SCR-I. In defense of the SCR-I defense, they were on the field against Marcelines offense for nearly three fourths of the game thanks to the numerous turnovers.

I dont want to take anything away from Marceline but we gave them the game, coach Bondurant said. Now we have to regroup, shore up some things in our pass defense as we get ready to take on Putnam County this weekend.

The Midgets fell to 0-2 on the year also with a loss to Clark County on Friday night.

Scotland County was held below 200 yards of total offense. Roach completed seven of 16 pass attempts for 62 yards. He threw one TD and one interception. Cottrell caught three passes for 34 yards and a TD. Dale caught two passes while Shelley and Wittstock each had one catch.

The Tigers ground game never really got a chance to get rolling. The team carried the ball 20 times for just 71 yards. Dale had the most success, gaining 31 yards on seven attempts. Joel Myers was held to 19 yards on nine carries.

Marceline had a balanced attack. Fisher completed seven of 12 passes for 145 yards and two TDs. Switzer was the main target with four grabs for 93 yards.

The ground game also got the job done. Neblock had 63 yards and a TD on 14 attempts. Fisher also scored a TD on the ground, totaling 53 yards on 13 carries. Switzer had 14 attempts for 48 yards. Overall Marceline had 193 yards rushing.

Dale led the Scotland County defense with 15 tackles. Kiel Fogle and Shelley each had 12 stops on the night while Myers and Onken each finished up with eight stops.


Heather Scigliano of Kahoka and John Leisenring, Jr. of Kahoka, are the parents of a daughter, Annalisia Marie Scigliano, born June 21, 2017 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Annalisia weighed 7 lbs 15.6 oz and was 22.25 inches long. Siblings are Anthony, Michael and Ashton. Grandparents are James and Ellen Engles of Revere; John Leisenring, Sr., of Winchester; and great-grandmother Norma Johnson of Revere.


Heather Altstadt is the mother of a daughter, Penny Louise Marie Altstadt, born June 22, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Penny weighed 8 lbs 5.6 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Palan, Navana and Oliver. Grandparents are Tim Baylor of Wayland and Ellen Alttstadt of Red Oak, IA.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 15, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from June 14, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 3-0.

Coney Baker inquired about road rock.

Danny Norton inquired about rock for the fair grounds.  The Commission agreed that the Fair Board would receive two free tandem loads of rock as has been done in the past.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from June 15, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk, discussed the air conditioning in the court room not working with the Commission.  The Commission requested a new line be run for the unit.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

The Commission signed court order #8-2017.

The Commission approved a purchase order for a new window air conditioning unit.

Commissioner Clatt left at 11:53 a.m.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Living Life Over


With the start of services just weeks away, the Memphis City Council put some of the finishing touches on the creation of the Memphis City Sanitation Department at a special meeting on June 21st.

Residential trash will be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays by the city beginning July 2nd.  Locations on Main Street and to the west will be picked up on Tuesdays.  All sites east of Main Street will be picked up on Fridays.  Customers are asked to have trash set out on those days by 7 a.m.


An ominous black cloud of smoke rose from a field on the Scotland County and Clark County line as emergency service workers approached the sight of a plane crash on Tuesday, June 26th.

But the first responders were relieved to see pilot James D. “David” Wood, emerging from the timber where he had just crashed his 1976 Cessna 188B airplane.

Wood, who was piloting the crop duster, suffered moderate injuries when he clipped the treetops at the edge of the field.  He lost control of the plane and it went down in heavy timber on the Clark County side of the line.

The plane landed on its top, dousing the pilot in the fertilizer and herbicide chemicals before the fuel tanks caught fire.

Wood, who was wearing a helmet and safety harness, was able to free himself from the wreckage before it became fully engulfed by flames.

The accident occurred at around 10:30 a.m.


Two inmates of the Scotland County Jail spotted a fire on the third floor of the courthouse and were able to notify authorities who quickly brought the fire under control.

The two inmates were performing a task as part of their work-release agreements when they noticed the fire in the roof of Pat Wiggins’ 4-H office.  The office is located in the northwest corner of the building.  The prisoners then notified the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department who in turn paged the Scotland County Fire Department.

With the help of the inmates, as well as Sheriff’s Department and Memphis Police Department personnel, two firemen were able to extinguish the fire.


Memphis FFA Chapter of Future Farmers of America attended State FFA Camp, Camp Rising Sun, at Lake of the Ozarks last week.  The week long program includes helping FFA members improve leadership skills and prepare for more effective leadership roles in their chapters and communities.  Sessions on social and human relations, group leadership, and personal communication develop these skills.  Besides the leadership sessions, members have the opportunity to swim, water ski, play volleyball, and participate in many other activities.  Visits to Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry and the Water Ski Show were included in the camp.


Auction of the Scotland County R-1 School District building trades house, located on Lover’s Lane, was held at the site Saturday morning, June 25, at 10:00 a.m.  Auctioneering was donated by Phil Hinds.

Successful bidder for the property was Earl Beeler of Memphis, consideration, $33,400.

The R-1 Board of Education med immediately following the sale and accepted the bid.


The Scotland County Sheriff’s office reports investigation of the taking of a school bus early Sunday morning from a parking space near the Hopkins Lumber Yard.

The bus was discovered early Sunday morning in a ditch on old No. 4 Highway, better known as the “Dead End”.

The bus was ditched, then abandoned.  Whoever took it apparently couldn’t get the entry doors open after it was ditched so they exited from the emergency door in the rear.  Three lights on the rear of the bus were reported to have been kicked out.

Also under investigation is an incident at the Drive-in Saturday night when an explosive of some kind – possibly a fire cracker – was dropped into a stool in the rest room.  The stool was shattered by the explosion.


Last Saturday morning the electricity in the city of Memphis was off for better than an hour due to the fact that a wire burned out in the main supply to the plant itself.

After the short circuit and repairs were made it was necessary to bring the engines up to full power gradually because of the heavy load being demanded by users.

Work is progressing on the new unit, and while it is not yet in operation, it is expected to be in the very near future.


H. Pruyn, field manager of the Seven-Up Company, was in Memphis Tuesday. The company is opening a branch in Memphis, having decided this was the best town in this territory for such a branch.

The place here will be known as the Seven-Up Bottling Company of Memphis.  A temporary warehouse has been secured.

Herman Peukert, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Peukert, has been appointed manager of this local branch, which will serve this trade area in all direction from Memphis, it is said.

Starting Fresh 

A fresh new sky, viewed at dawn. Photo by Cob.

As I sit reflecting on the past week, enjoying the polar vortex that has delivered an unseasonable chill (low 50s overnight is NOT normal for Missouri at this time of year), I can’t help but feel recharged and ready for new beginnings.

Cob here, with a spring in my step to match my internal sense of the season. There were many fresh starts this past week, not the least of which is the arrival of another visitor group, soon to be friends. I had the privilege of preparing food for their first breakfast together, and felt renewed by their tangible excitement to be here and experience all that Dancing Rabbit has to offer.

They are a widely diverse group, geographically, ethnically, chronologically, and in many other ways to be sure. I love seeing Dancing Rabbit afresh through their new eyes, and learning more about why they have been drawn here, and what they hope to take away with them when they leave in a few short weeks, planting their new knowledge and perspectives back home. Of course, I hope that some decide to make their home here as well!

Alline held her annual birthday Silly Hat Party, giving out equally silly prizes for “Best Use of an Eggbeater” and similar unconventional categories of haberdashery. Folks new to this tradition generally draw from the usual pool of costume hats or re-purposed underwear, which are delightful in their own right, as any Monty Python fan can tell you. The veterans of this event continue to amaze with root vegetables, antlers or other bones, random found objects, and fantastical paper mache constructs. This event never gets old.

This past week our village hosted not just one, but two natural building workshops, taking participants through an accelerated course of how to plan such a building, the choices and trade-offs of different materials, basic framing and tool use (darn but speed squares are handy), working with straw bales, through to finish plaster techniques. Everyone got their hands (and feet) dirty along the way, but clearly enjoyed themselves tremendously.

I mostly interacted with these folks while tending bar, listening to them laugh about sore muscles, what they learned that day, and how much of an appetite they’d worked up. The cooks were busy all day every day to keep these groups fed and watered, with lots of fresh produce from our local gardens. Every workshop, regardless of its educational focus, feels ripe with fresh starts for everyone. (Click the links to find more information on Milkweed Mercantile workshops and Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (CSCC) workshops.)

On a personal note, the Memphis Community Player’s run of Oklahoma! was fabulously fun and exhausting. Bittersweet though the closing may be, the restoration of so many hours back into my week feels like an expansive fresh start all of its own. Catching up on all the minutia I had let slide when I was too busy feels good, as does relaxing back into a more normal routine.

Part of that routine includes an every-other-week meeting of an Elders Group. By “elder” we don’t necessarily mean in terms of leadership or age, but rather in terms of life-stage or life-experience. This past week’s conversation focused on the intersections and differences between our own self-image/sense of age and the larger cultural assumptions or expectations of folks as they get older.

There are so many ways in which we shape our own experience, either by default, through accepting or internalizing other people’s expectations, or by conscious choice. Discussing and teasing those two things apart is actually kind of fun! I’m looking forward to more, and taking a fresh look at my own assumptions and expectations for myself as I (hopefully) continue to rack up more orbits around the Sun.

It has been hard for me to stay optimistic, between the political shenanigans in DC and around the country, the critical environmental challenges being waged, and the seeming weather-swap this year between April and July. It’s hard not to worry about what the future may hold, if not for me then for my children and their generation. Every fresh start is welcome. May your week bring you the new perspective or fresh beginning you need.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is Saturday, July 8th at 1 pm. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at To find out more about us, you can also check out our website:

Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington was the eldest of 12 children. Her father, Colonel Ludington, had served in the French and Indian War. As a militia operator in Patterson,, NY, he was a community leader, and  he volunteered to serve as the local militia commander as war with the British loomed. When he received word late in April 1777 that the British were attacking Danbury, Connecticut, Colonel Ludington knew that they would move from there with further attacks in New York. He needed to muster the troops from their farmhouses around the district, and to warn the countryside of possible British attack. Sybil Ludington, 16 years old, volunteered  to warn the countryside and to alert the militia troops to muster at Ludington’s. The glow of the flames could be seen for miles. She traveled some 40 miles through the towns of Carmel, Mahopac, and Stormville in  the middle of the night, in a rain storm,  on muddy roads, shouting that the British were coming. When Sybil Ludington returned home, most of the militia were ready to march. Sybil Ludington was also known as the “female Paul Revere”. She rode almost twice as far as he did on his famous ride. Her achievement and later service as a messenger, reminds us that women had rolls to play in the Revolutionary War.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

His Path

I’ve noticed lately how the lake levels are at peak summer height. For dock operators and recreational lake lovers, this makes for a great summer; for fisherman not so much. It’s far easier to catch fish when there are fewer places to look for them.

During the end of summer and into the fall, the local lake levels begin to drop and that makes for great fishing. For many years when the lake is at its lowest level I have taken this opportunity to forgo a boat and simply wade. It is the most productive fishing I have ever done. The stories and memories of these types of fishing trips are numerous. I think about the times I would take my young son on one of these trips. It was a great opportunity for him to play in the water as well as catch fish. The water was always warm and the slope of the bank never caused a concern over him falling off of a steep ledge.

There were, however, some instructions that I would always give. He was to follow in my footsteps. Even though there were no steep places, there were occasional rocks and stumps that must be maneuvered successfully in order to keep from falling. That was my job. I would look, feel, and slowly move ahead, charting a safe path for my child. To him, it may have looked like I was taking a longer or more difficult path, but I was simply leading him around the obstacles that he never knew laid ahead. His obedience and joy proved that he trusted his father. As I watched him I was given the picture of what it really meant to trust God with a child-like faith.

Many times I have not understood the paths that I have been led down. I have even wondered why His path seemed so “out of the way”.  But it has been those times that I have lost the joy of the journey and the excitement of the destination. My son was not concerned about obstacles. He was simply obedient. He knew and I knew that I would never lead him where I could not keep him. That is exactly the kind of relationship God wants to have with me. One that recognizes that my job is to trust Him by following in His footsteps knowing He too will never, never, never, lead me where He cannot keep me.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

ROBERT W. BROWN (12/9/1935 – 6/22/2017)

Robert W. Brown, 81, of Peoria, IL passed away at 10:58 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria, IL.

He was born on December 9, 1935 in Scotland County, MO, son of the late Charles and Louella Bertram Brown. He married Donna Hastings on June 10, 1955.  He later married Diane Grimm Kuecker on January 22, 1983 in Peoria, IL.

Surviving are his wife, two sons Michael (Marilyn) Brown of Eureka, IL; Steven (Audrey) Brown of Metamora, IL; two daughters Brenda (Michael) Roe of Rutledge, MO; and Theresa Bohm of Washington, IL.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; along with one sister, Isabelle Sanchez of North Whittier, CA.  Further surviving are two step-daughters Lynn (Michael) Craig of Germantown Hills, IL; and Amy (Michael) Deckard of Parker, CO; along with four step-grandchildren.

Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Bob worked at Caterpillar Tractor for 36 years, retiring from the Mossville plant in 1993.  He was a member of Taylor Lodge 98 AF & AM in Washington, IL where he served as a past master.  Bob was a member of First Baptist Church of Peoria where he fulfilled the position of a trustee.  He enjoyed playing music with the “Goat Ropers” musical group for seven years.  Bob was an avid musician/singer and enjoyed a 15-year retirement job with Flores Music repairing violins.  He also shared many hobbies with Diane including road trips, antiquing, reading and gardening.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Peoria, 411 W. Lake Ave.  A Masonic Service will be held at 10:45 a.m. conducted by Taylor Masonic Lodge 98 AF & AM.  Following the Masonic service, a memorial service will be held, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy.

Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to his church.

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Banks Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Fred and Donna Banks of Norwalk, Iowa will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 2nd with their three children, eight grandchildren, extended family, and friends. The couple were married July 2, 1967 in Memphis, Missouri. The Rev. Jack E. Muskovin officiated. Mrs. Banks is the former Donna Garr. The couple’s three children are, Jeff Banks of St. Marys, GA; Stacie Dearing of Ponder, TX; and Tiffanie Mrozek of Marion, IA. Their eight grandchildren are Dylan, Ryan, Sadie, Derek, Caitlin, Erik, Kaylie, and Kaden.


Sonja Spurgeon and Matthews Juarez of Unionville are the parents of a son, Raiden Enrique Juarez, born June 22, 2017 at 5:13 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Raiden weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Michael and Sonja Schafer of Unionville, Stephanie Turner of Fairfield, IA, and Robert Spurgeon of Fairfield, IA.

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