December 23, 2004

Crash Leaves Lancaster Woman Trapped In Jeep Overnight

A Lancaster woman received her Christmas miracle a week early when a Scotland County Sheriffs Deputy happened upon her accident scene early on the morning of December 18.

Deputy Bryan Whitney had stopped on the bridge five miles south of Memphis on Highway 15, near the roadside park, to pick up a bag of trash. He continued to review the area and peered over the side of the bridge. Thats when he discovered the accident scene.

Weve been receiving lots of reports of people dumping trash along the roadways lately, Whitney said. A friend called and reported seeing this debris along the roadway on his way to work so I stopped that morning to pick it up. I was just checking the area for more junk when I saw the vehicle.

Whitney, who was off duty and in his private vehicle, flagged down a passing motorist who then called the sheriffs department. At approximately 8:50 a.m. the ambulance service and fire department were dispatched to the crash scene along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

At that point, Keely Adkisson, 20, had been trapped, upside down in the remnants of her 1999 Jeep for more than eight hours. Temperatures dropped as low as 16 degrees in the early morning hours.

Upon arriving at the scene the Scotland County Fire and Rescue workers and the Scotland County Ambulance Service went to work extricating the injured motorist. From above on the bridge, firemen attached the metal cable on the front of the mini-pumper truck and used a winch to hoist the car slightly off the ground to give workers access to the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The Jeeps roof was nearly completely flattened to the vehicles cab. Rescuers used a hydraulic ram to spread the roof from the body of the Jeep while using the Jaws of Life to cut away the door.

Once Adkisson was extricated from the wreckage, the ambulance crews worked to stabilize her before she was loaded into the Air Evac helicopter which had landed at the scene. Adkisson was transported by the air ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL, for treatment of what the accident report called moderate injuries, as well as exposure.

According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 12:15 a.m. Adkisson was apparently northbound on Highway 15 when the vehicle ran off the east side of the roadway where it struck the bridge rail and overturned before coming to rest on its top in the ravine below.

The accident scene was not visible to travelers from either direction and there were no skid marks or any other immediate signs that the crash had occurred.

Blazing a Trail

I’ve learned over the years to keep a watchful eye when I travel to a tree stand in an unfamiliar place. I especially do this when I’m hunting in another state. I’ve been lost a few times. When I’m walking in I always try to turn around and look back to see what the view looks like going in the opposite direction. I mark certain topographical differences such as a fallen tree or one that has a certain shape or characteristic. I also take with me some marking ribbon just in case I have to wander through the woods in search for an animal I may have shot. I will mark my path back to my tree stand. Again, I’ve just hunted long enough to understand that no matter how experienced I may think I am, I can and will get turned around in a strange place.

One of the simplest inventions that came along a few years ago was reflective tacks. They are pushed into a tree and when passed over with a flashlight, will make a path look like an airport runway.  I’ve hunted in some places where these tacks were put on both sides of the path every few feet all the way to the foot of the tree where I was to hunt. Because someone marked my path there was no way I was getting lost.

When I think about the most important things in my life I am equally thankful that some folks marked a clear path to keep me from getting lost. And even though I chose to stray from that path many times it was not because the path was not marked sufficiently.

Wisdom is knowing when to blaze your own trail and when to understand the trail that others have blazed is the only way to go. It is also making sure you have marked the correct trail for those who will come after you. There are some areas in life that those who follow us must find for themselves; things like their purpose or what their passions are. There is no shortcut for these pursuits. In other areas we can save them a lot of heartaches if we will clearly mark the path and warn them concerning leaving its narrow way. Even though I had some great guides in my life I also know if others had also accepted their responsibility for pointing me the right way I could have learned a lot of important lessons earlier than I did. Don’t ever be afraid to mark the path when you are sure where it leads. It will help an untold amount of individuals.


Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Salisbury Survives Two Creek Homers to Beat SCR-I in Extra Innings

Ashleigh Creek is escorted back to the dugout by her teammates after hitting her first home run of the season versus Salisbury.

Ashleigh Creek is escorted back to the dugout by her teammates after hitting her first home run of the season versus Salisbury.

A glimpse at the scoreboard wouldn’t do justice to Thursday night’s softball battle in Memphis that saw Salisbury depart town with an 11-4 victory.

The game wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the final score, as it took 10 innings to decide the contest, which was knotted in score at 3-3 at the completion of the seven innings of regulation.

The Panthers took the lead 1-0 in the second inning on  a pair of base hits which provided the lone earned run of the night off Ashleigh Creek.

SCR-I struggled to find a rhythm against Salisbury starter Lydia Henke, who didn’t allow a hit until the third inning when Abi Feeney drilled a double in the right center field gap.

Abi Feeney tries to pump up the SCR-i dugout after smashing a double in the fifth inning.

Abi Feeney tries to pump up the SCR-I dugout after smashing a double in the fifth inning.

Salisbury took advantage of a lead off error that opened the door for a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning to build what looked like a commanding 3-0 lead.

But that quickly changed in the bottom of the inning. After Stevi See reached on a base hit, Creek crushed a two-run homer over the center field fence to give SCR-I life.

Abby Blessing led off the bottom of the seventh with her second base hit of the night. Julie Long beat out an errant throw on a groundball to third base that left SCR-I with runners at second and third with nobody out. Abi Feeney reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher to load the bases. After a pair of fly balls failed to plate the tying run, See worked a bases loaded walk to force in the run and extend the game to extra innings.

Maddie Brassfield led off the eighth inning with a single and stole second base before being stranded at third. Chelsea Wood had a base hit in the night but also was left on base.

That left the door open for Salisbury, which slammed the game shut with a huge 10th inning. The Panthers plated eight runs on three hits and a walk, courtesy of four SCR-I fielding miscues.

Creek jacked her second long ball of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, clearing the left field fence with the home run to make the final score 11-4.

She took the loss on the  mound, surrendering 11 runs, one earned, on 10 hits and three walks while striking out nine.

She and Blessing combined for half of SCR-I’s eight hits, each going 2-5 on the night.

Scotland County drops to 6-6 on the year and 4-4 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

Rotary Hosts SCR-I Football Coaches


Members of the football coaching staff from Scotland County R-1 High School recently presented a program to the members of the Scotland County Rotary Club.  The Head Coach is Mikel Gragg and assistants are Troy Carper and Rod Sears.  Coach Gragg reported that there are 30 boys on the team and two are injured and unable to play.  There are 13 seniors on the team.  Mr. Carper is the defensive coach and Mr. Sears works with special teams. In the classroom, Mr. Gragg teaches Jr. High & High School PE.  Mr. Carper teaches Life Skills and Mr. Sears teaches high school math classes.  The football coaches are pictured with local Rotarian and school superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Patrol Discusses Bus Safety


Elementary Guidance focused on safety during the month of September.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt discussed Bus Safety with SCR-1 kindergartners.  We can ALL help keep our students safe by slowing down and stopping when we see the flashing lights and stop signs.  Thank you bus drivers for your service!  

MHS Class of 1956 Reunion


1956 GRADUATING CLASS HOLDS 60 YEAR REUNION – A total of 23 class members of 1956 graduating class of Memphis High School met at the Scotland County  Fitness Center to celebrate their 60th class reunion. A delicious dinner was catered by the Rutledge School Restoration Society.  Traveling the farthest was Dean Hicks from Las Vegas,  Nevada, followed by Bill Smoot and Suzanne  Smoot (Leach) traveling from Billings, Montana.  A good time was enjoyed by all. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Evelyn Magruder (Prebe), Marilyn Dunn (Prebe), Joyce Aylward (Kiddo), Joann Rood (Carlson), and Edna Gundy (Miller). Middle row (L to R) are Marietta Fowler (Ferris), Betty Ann Lefler (Walker), Leon Kerr, Joanna Shelly (Peck), Suzanne Smoot (Leach), and Ruby Hanson (Pample). Back row (L to R) are Kenny Nelson, Dean Hicks, Barbara Smith (Adams), Jerry Bland, Carol Scurlock (Simerl), George Rude, Bill Smoot, Audrey Glass, Larry Howe, Larry Harrington, and Phil Aylward.

Rush to Preach at Kahoka


Rev. Terry Rush  will be the guest speaker at the Kahoka Christian Church on October 2, 2016. Terry began his ministry at Kahoka Church of Christ in 1974.  He has been pastor of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 39 years. He and wife, Mary, have three children who are also involved in Christian Ministry. Rev. Rush has a long standing association with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team, including playing at their Legends Camps and being spiritual mentor to a number of current and former players and coaches. October 2 will be a special “Baseball Sunday”.  Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Team Jersey, or to simply come-as-you-are. Please help welcome Terry Rush back to Kahoka. Services start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Conservation Considerations – Archery Season 2016

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

Fall is right around the corner and so is everyone’s favorite time of the year. Between the ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Football Sunday, cooler weather, bonfires and last but not least, pursuing that trophy buck that you’ve been watching all year – this is truly a special time of the year. Archery season is here and it’s time to wipe the dust off of your hunting gear, check to see if everything is up to par and to hone your archery skills.

This year, the dates for Archery Deer and Turkey Season are September 15 through November 11, and November 23 through January 15. The legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise, to one-half hour after sunset. During this season, hunters may use longbows, compound bows, hand-held string releasing devices, atlatls, recurve bows of any draw weight, and crossbows. Yes, crossbows, too. Beginning this year, hunters are now allowed to hunt deer and turkey with a crossbow. In the past, hunters needed a hunting methods exemption in order to use one – however, this is no longer the case. Your archery equipment may be outfitted with any illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights. Hunting with the aid of an artificial light, possession or use of night vision or thermal imagery devices, use of any sighting device that casts a beam of light on game, and use of electronic calls for deer and turkey or through the use of bait is illegal and will result in a citation. After harvesting a deer or turkey, hunters are required to notch the month and day of harvest, along the margins of their permit. Hunters are also required to keep their permits with them at all times while hunting.

The season limits are as follows: Hunters may harvest two turkeys of either sex and both may be taken on the same day, may not exceed the limit of 2 antlered deer (all seasons combined), and can fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer permits in all counties except Iron, Reynolds, Butler, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.

As always the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – for now and more to come. Be safe and good luck out there!

For more information go to, see the 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660) 216-1374.

Roll Clouds


Roll clouds were part of an amazing sunrise in Scotland County early Tuesday morning, September 13th.  A roll cloud is a low, horizontal, tube-shaped and relatively rare type of arcus cloud, a category of low cloud formations.  Roll clouds form near advancing cold fronts.  A downdraft from the advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud.  When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.  They differ from shelf clouds by being completely detached from a thunderstorm base or other cloud features.  They usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis.



Former Pastors to Speak at First Christian Church Centennial Homecoming


Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins, former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church, will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service as the Church hosts Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.

Gore, who grew up in Vandalia, preached his first sermon at age fifteen.  He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  In January, 1998, Gore became minister of Memphis First Christian Church where he served until 2000.  He is owner of Phillip Gore Design and designs web sites and creates digital art.  Gore and his wife Lanaya have four children. They currently live in San Antonio, Texas.

Hawkins, who served as youth minister and then senior minister at First Christian Church from 1994 to 1997, now resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie and their four children.  He is Executive Director of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry and has been with the group since 2006 helping college and university students on their journey back to God.  Hawkins is pastor of Reunion Christian Church, Somerville location.

Former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon (October 2).  Rush has served the Memorial Drive Church of Christ congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since July of 1977, and also serves as the coordinator of the Tulsa Workshop. He is the author of seven books including, “The Holy Spirit Makes No Earthly Sense” and “The Miracle of Mercy”. Rush is an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and has a unique ministry of playing baseball in legends camps with former St. Louis Cardinal old-timers since 1984. He and his wife Mary have three adult children; their two sons are in full time ministry.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, (see schedule of services ad published in this issue of the Democrat).  Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services and host fellowship times with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

Voters Reminded Last Day to Register to Cast November Election Ballot is October 12th


Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words by former President Roosevelt ring true, for those who chose not to vote as well as those who fail to properly register.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge reminds prospective voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election is October 12th.

Missouri law states that any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the State of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday. (115.133, RSMo)

Prospective voters can register in person in the county clerk’s office in the Scotland County Courthouse. Dodge says individuals simply need to bring with them a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri drivers license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration.

You can also register to vote online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office

An application may also be printed from the website or obtained at the county clerk’s office, completed and mailed to Scotland County Clerk’s Office, 117 S. Market, Street Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555.

Not only is the application used to initially register to vote, but the short one page form also needs to be completed when voters move to other jurisdictions, or change their address on a current voter registration within the same jurisdiction, or change the voter’s name.

“If a voter needs to change his or her address or name, a new voter registration application must be filed with the local election authority,” said Dodge. “Please note that voters who do not update their addresses before election day may be sent to a different polling place depending on their new address.”

To check your voter registration, contact the office of Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, at (660) 465-7027 or visit

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