October 9, 2003

Indians Escape With Rock Trophy Courtesy Of Controversial Call

It is unfortunate that thinking back on Friday nights contest most people will remember just one play. It wont be the tremendous kick off return by sophomore B.J. Houghton. Neither will it be the 27-yard field goal by Tim Robinson or either of Joel Myers touchdown runs.

Instead it will be a play that ultimately changed the outcome of the game. Unfortunately it wasnt even a player that had the biggest impact on the contest. Instead it was a call by the official, that by nearly all accounts was wrong, that Scotland County fans will remember as it ultimately allowed a 17-12 win evaporate into an 18-17 loss to Clark County.

It was third down and five for the Indians with time running down and the ball at midfield for one last ditched effort by the visiting team to crack the SCR-I defense.

The Tigers appeared to have made the key stop when Houghton blitzed from his defensive end position and hit the Indians quarterback. The ball came loose and SCR-I pounced on the fumble to apparently secure the victory. However the referee stepped in and ruled that the quarterbacks arm was moving forward at the time of the hit and ruled it an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. Most fans saw the ball down below the QBs waist where it was being held and did not see any form of passing motion.

The call set up one final chance for Clark County. And did the Indians ever take advantage of it as Drew Huckey hit Josh Brookhart with a pass down the left sideline. Brookhart picked up a blocker and raced all the way to the end zone for the go ahead score, breaking the Tigers backs.

It proved to be the third and final big play the Indians needed to escape with not only the Tri-Rivers Conference win but the right to take home the Jason Rock Rockhold traveling trophy in memory of the former SCR-I standout.

With the emotion of the Rock game fresh on their minds the Tigers came out of the locker room on a mission to start the game.

Clark County took the opening kick off and ran just three plays before Clint Cottrell picked off a Huckey pass to give his team the ball.

SCR-I marched down the field behind Joel Myers on the ground. The Tigers mixed in a couple key pass plays to help move the chains. The biggest was an 18-yard completion from Danny Roach to Jared Shelley. That set-up Myers for the touchdown run less than five minutes into the contest.

Clark County mounted a solid drive on the next possession before being forced to punt. The Tigers did the same as they continued to move the ball on the ground before punting the ball back to the Indians.

Penalties began to hamper SCR-I on offense. The team got the ball back on another CCR-I punt, but a clip on the return backed up the Tigers. Another flag for illegal procedure stopped the SCR-I drive before it could ever get started.

The two teams traded punts one more time before Clark County broke its only big play of the first half.

The Indians ran a delayed shovel pass as Huckey dropped back and then flipped the ball forward to Josh Roberts who broke through the Tigers line and rumbled for 53 yards before being brought down at the eight yard line. Clark County capitalized on the first and goal situation as Isaiah Allen scored on a six-yard run.

Houghton got a good blitz up the middle to block the point after attempt to leave the Tigers ahead 7-6 with 3:56 left in the first half.

The sophomore came up big on the next play too. He took the Clark County kickoff and simply ran over a pair of tacklers before nearly breaking it all the way. The Tigers settled for a 75-yard return that put them in good field position.

But Clark County did not break on defense and they forced SCR-I to attempt the field goal on fourth down and five at the 15-yard line. Robinson booted his second field goal of the year, this one a 27 yarder to make the score 10-6 with 2:26 left in the second quarter.

The Indians went to a two-minute offense but the Tigers defense would have nothing to do with it. They stuffed three straight plays and forced a punt with plenty of time for one final drive. That drive was cut short as Roachs pass went off Kiel Fogles hands and was intercepted. That allowed the Indians to run out the clock on the first half.

Once again the Tigers came out of the locker room on a mission. They started the second half taking the Clark County kickoff. Myers moved the chains a couple times before Tim Robinson found a big hole for a 23-yard run. That set up Myers for a 27-yard touchdown run up the middle with 10:11 to play in the third period. Robinson tacked on the PAT kick and SCR-I led 17-6.

Clark County finally got the teams star back, Sean Kite, rolling in the third period. He pushed the ball at the Tigers defense and had the ball in scoring position. But a key illegal procedure penalty backed the Indians up from a fourth and one to a fourth and six situation. Myers put pressure on the Indians quarterback and Roach broke up the pass play to give SCR-I the ball back.

The Tigers shot themselves in the foot with two more penalties on the next possession. The hole was so deep that SCR-I used a quick kick on third down and long to get the ball out of their end.

Once again the Clark ground game started moving the chains eating up the remainder of the third period.

The fourth quarter started and ended well for the Indians. On the first play of the period Huckey kept the ball on a fake up the middle and rolled around the right end all the way for a 40-yard touchdown. The Tigers stopped the two-point attempt maintaining a 17-12 advantage at the 11:51 mark.

Both teams put together respectable drives in the fourth period. The Tigers saw their scoring shot end on the 31 yard line when they turned the ball over on downs.

The Indians moved the ball to midfield and then tried a fake punt on fourth and long but the Tigers defense would have nothing to do with it.

SCR-I took over the ball with just over five minutes to play. But once again the team went backwards courtesy of costly penalties. An illegal procedure followed by a holding call had the team once again facing third down and long. The team was forced to punt, giving the Indians one last chance with 2:34 left to play.

Clark County moved the chains a couple times rather quickly forcing the Tigers to take a timeout and adjust the defense.

The move worked as SCR-I stuffed the Indians on two straight running plays. SCR-I appeared to have made the stop it needed on the next play when Houghton caused the apparent fumble, but the callw ent Clark Countys way and set up the game winning touchdown pass on the next play.

SCR-I still got the ball back with just under two minutes to play. But the Tigers two-minute offense was unable to move the chains and on third down and long Adam Huckey picked off the deep throw from Roach to seal the 18-17 victory for the Indians.

Myers finished the game with 141 yards on 23 carries to overshadow the more highly touted Kite from Clark County. The Indians senior back was held to just 77 yards on 20 attempts.

Tim Robinson contributed 59 yards on 13 attempts for SCR-I.

Roach completed five of 18 attempts for 38 yards and was intercepted twice. Jared Shelley had two catches for 19 yards. Clint Cottrell had two grabs and Kiel Fogle added one catch.

The Tigers had 13 first downs on the night but were penalized a season-high nine times for 65 yards.

Sophomore Josh Roberts had a big game for Clark County. Hhe had 80 yards on 12 carries to go along with the 53-yard touchdown run on the shovel pass from Huckey. The Indians QB completed just three of 10 throws but two were for long scores as he covered a total of 110 yards in the air. He also ran four times for 31 yards and a TD. Roberts caught the 53-yard TD while Josh Brookhart pulled in the 47-yard game winner.

The Indians had 12 first downs on the night and were penalized five times for 50 yards.

The Tigers defense scrambled to fill slots because of a number of injuries. Fogle led a depleted linebacker squad without starters Joe Talbert and Aaron Dale who could not answer the bell because of injuries. He had 14 tackles as did fellow linebacker Jared Shelley who played most of the game on one leg due to an ankle injury.

Travis Onken turned in another stellar game on the defensive line with 13 tackles. B.J. Houghton stepped up his play to contribute nine stops while Robinson finished with eight tackles.

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school teacher (Lois Quenneville), William Downing (Joe Fulk, who also provided the welcome), Dr. A. M. Keethler (Harlo Donelson), Ella Ewing (Teresa Cotton), the Depot ticket master (Tom Cotton), Tom Horn (Jeff Dyer), a Civil War soldier (Chris Kempke), a barber (Larry Riney), Granny Green (Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick), and a blacksmith (Frank Wineinger).  Tour guides for the evening included Lynette Dyer, Rhonda McBee, Leslie Clark, Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, Janet Hamilton, Brooke Wineinger, Angie Wentworth, Elle Wentworth, Melissa Miler, Gary Miller, Angela Westhoff, Scott Westhoff, and Jan Slayton.  Box office volunteers were Debbie Seamster, Ruth Ann Cairn and Pam Shalley.  Sheila Berkowitz made the flyers, tickets and videotaped the event.  Pam Shalley served as photographer.  Elaine Forrester provided refreshments including cookies, punch and wassail and Alisa Kigar’s 4-H group donated some of the cookies.







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

The Scotland County Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating National Pharmacy Week, October 16 –  22.  Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and other healthcare settings.  During Pharmacy Week, Scotland County Hospital celebrates and recognizes the significant role that our Hospital Pharmacy plays as a member of the healthcare team.

The Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is staffed by Matt McKee RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Jennifer Laws BSPS, Supervisor of the Pharmacy Department and Danielle Waterman CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician.  No matter the time of day or night, our physicians can write an order for a medication for our in-patients and the medication will be administered promptly after interactions have been checked, thanks to the staff in the Pharmacy Department and their cooperation with the physicians and nurses at Scotland County Hospital as well as the staff of Scotland County Pharmacy and Blessing Hospital pharmacists.

Many patients and their families are not aware that the Hospital’s pharmacy staff play a critical role in preventing medication errors, collaborating with other disciplines to optimally manage patients medication needs, improving safety and patient outcomes, and advising prescribers on the best drug choices, all while maintaining the proper inventory to meet the needs of the patients.

Although medicine can make you well, it can also harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications that aid you in your comfort and recovery.

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


Racing action will return to the Scotland County Speedway this weekend for the annual Memphis Fall Nationals. The local track will host a two-day show October 21st and 22nd featuring modifieds, stock cars, sportmods, hobby stocks, sport compacts and late models.

With temps expected be in the high 60’s as highs and around 50 for the lows, the racing will continue this weekend at the Scotland County Speedway for the Fall Nationals,” said promoter Mike Van Genderen. “This show has been a huge tradition for many years and has become one of the favorite shows for many racers.”

Curt Marks of Dubuque Moving and Storage has added to the late model purse, making it $1,000 to win, which should add to the field of fastest cars at the speedway.

The track will host open practice for all classes from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 p.m. for Saturday’s show.

With modifieds, sportsmods, stock cars and now late models all vying or a $1,000 top prize, the track is expecting a large car count as the 2016 racing season winds down across the Midwest.

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at www.speedshiftTV.com.

Cayden Carter captured victories on both nights of the Memphis Bottom Heavy Nationals held at the start of the month at SCS with his 10C modified. The Oskaloosa driver will be looking to keep his streak alive.

Tommy Elston was the winner in the late models while Jason Cook and Jeff Mueller staged a battle in the stock cars, splitting the wins.

More than two dozen sportmods participated in the Bottom Heavy Nationals, with the stock cars and modifieds also more than 20 racers, numbers the Fall Nationals should duplicate or exceed.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Pit passes will be $30 nightly or $55 for the two-day show.

For more info contact Mike Van Genderen at 6441-521-0330.

Missouri Department of Insurance Offers Free Assistance To Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment 

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging Missourians eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help Missouri consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans.

“Plans and prices can change from year to year and what you had last year may not be what is right for you this year,” said John Huff, director of the Insurance Department. “Contacting a CLAIM counselor could result in better coverage, more savings or both.”

Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org. The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri during open enrollment.

CLAIM can also assist consumers, who have limited income, determine if they qualify for programs to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department’s seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

With Halloween less than two weeks away, local organizations are preparing activities for area trick-or-treaters.  On Thursday, October 27th, the Scotland County Care Center is hosting their first annual Haunted House.  The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.  The Haunted House will be located at the front entrance/activity room of the Care Center.  Everyone is invited.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting their annual Safe Stops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Children may visit Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce members for Trick-or-Treating.

You will see a bright orange flyer at participating businesses which have treats for the costumed little ones.  Crossing guards will also be posted at each corner of the Memphis Square where most of the members will be set up.

There are several MACC members who do not have a store front on or near the square, but do have treats at their business locations on Highway 136 and Highway 15.  Names of the participating MACC businesses will be published in the Memphis Democrat.  Only those businesses with an orange flyer are officially recognized as a Safe Stop.  A parent or adult should accompany the children.

As a reminder, Harlo Donelson is offering a Halloween Candy Buy Back.  The dental office will pay $4.00 per pound for your goodies, $3.00 he will give to you and $1.00 will be donated to the reading program at the elementary school.

Along with the candy and costumes comes the need for added caution as youngsters venture out onto the streets to trick-or-treat.  Drivers are asked to be extra safe this weekend.  Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those times.

Children should be reminded to walk with an adult, remain on well-lit streets, if sidewalks aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic, and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons.

The new commitments were signed at a ceremony held in Des Moines and attended by seven of the top Chinese buyers of U.S. soy, Chinese commerce officials, top Iowa state officials and representatives from the U.S. soy industry. The signing ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were in attendance.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talked about the trust, honor and respect that have helped foster the long relationship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. soybean farmers, sharing a photograph that shows the Chinese leader’s first visit to Iowa in 1985. “It’s pretty neat to have the president of China call you an ‘old friend,’” he stated.

This year, U.S. soybean farmers are projected to export a record amount of soy and soy products, up from 62.88 million metric tons of soy and soy products, valued at $27.7 billion, in 2015. International buyers are turning to U.S. soy for a variety of reasons, including its quality, sustainability and reliability, to name a few.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) president Brian Zhenhu spoke about the trade collaboration between the U.S. and China. “This signing ceremony is just one manifestation of our cooperation,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by the U.S. soy industry. “We were honored to be joined by a group of Chinese provincial officials and crush company representatives, who traveled 7,000 miles to meet with U.S. exporters to sign 16 purchasing agreements,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, American Soy Association (ASA) director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “These agreements are an example fo the strong partnerships between the U.S. soy value chain and the international buyers who purchase our crop.”

The U.S. Soybean Export Council connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or LHumphreys@ussec.org

RICHARD W. BILLINGS (8/23/1946 – 10/17/2016)


Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.

Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School.   He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.

He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville.   She survives.

Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk.  He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.

Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby.   He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs.   He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out.   Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; stepchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step-great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family by signing the online guest book at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



Proud parents Zach and Jessica McBee of Memphis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Leigh McBee on October 1, 2016 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Payton weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Rhonda McBee of Memphis, Valerie Bair and Patrick Hines of Memphis, and Doug Bair of Kansas City. Payton is the McBee’s first child.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 20 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations. A nurse will be available at the Scotland County Nutrition site to do blood pressure checks.

Friday, October 21 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, October 25 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 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, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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