July 29, 2004

Nine Different Winners in Ten Races at Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (July 24)-Bradley Insurance night produced nine winners in 10 features at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Mark Holt (USRA Hobby Stock), Michael St.Clair (Cruiser) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) won the make-up features, with Thad Trump (Late Models), Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds), Ryan Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Ron York (USRA B-Modifieds), John Oliver, Jr. (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brian Overhulser (Cruisers) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) winning the regular night’s features.

Jeff Soper took the lead on the drop of the green flag on lap 1 of the 12 lap make-up USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Mark Holt and John Oliver, Jr. challenging in second. Soper would hold the top spot until lap 9,when Holt slipped under him to take over. Holt then led the final 3 laps and held off several challenges from Oliver, Jr. to win his first feature of the season at Memphis. Soper would hold on to finish 3rd, Brandon Symmonds came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Mike Shelton coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

The make-up Cruiser feature saw Jody Small jump out front on lap 1 of the 10-lap feature. Small would hold the lead until lap 4, when Michael St. Clair charged by on the top to take over the top spot. St. Clair then held off Brian Overhulser on the final 6 laps to get back in the winners circle. Small slipped to 3rd, Jason Henry was 4th, with David Hudson coming home in 5th.

Dennis Schulte grabbed the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap make-up Hornet feature, with Tyler Schulte and Dave Burdette challenging him in second. D.Schulte held off T.Schulte until lap 4 when he slipped by to take the lead. T.Schulte would lead the final 6 laps to pick up the win. D.Schulte was 2nd, Burdette was 3rd, Brandon Savage was 4th, with Gordon Blankenship rounding out the top 5.

Denny Woodworth took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20 lap Late Model feature, with Thad Trump behind in second. Woodworth was pulling away from the field when a caution came out on lap 11, bringing the filed to his back bumper. On the restart, Woodworth would continue to lead with Trump and Tommy Elston challenging him in second. Trump would slip by Woodworth on lap 13 to take the lead, with Elston following in second. Trump would hold off all challenges from Elston, who tried to get by Trump on lap 19 and got into the front stretch guardrail, ending his night. Trump would go on to pick up the win. Woodworth was 2nd, Jody Wood was 3rd, Lynn Monroe was 4th,with Jason Krigbaum rounding out the top 5. Wood and Trump would pick up heat race wins.

The 15-lap USRA Modified feature saw Darin Thye grab the lead on the start and hold it until lap 2,when he slowed with mechanical problems. Tony Fraise took over the top spot and held it until lap 3 when Mark Burgtorf slipped under him for the lead. Fraise would try Burgtorf on the top of the speedway several times thru the next 12 laps, but Burgtorf would hold him off to claim his second win in a row at the speedway. Ryan Meyer was 3rd, Zack Vanderbeek was 4th, with Ron Gough coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Gough.

Eric Flander came from 4th to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Cook close behind in second. Flander would hold off R.Cook until lap 3, when Cook jumped to the outside of him to take over the top spot. Cook pulled away on the final 12 laps to claim his third win of the season at Memphis. Flander was 2nd, Jim Brown was 3rd, Michael Browning was 4th, with Troy Alexander rounding out the top 5. Flander and Mike Robinson picked up heat race wins.

The 12 lap USRA B-Modified feature came down to the last lap, last corner before the winner was determined. Bob Woodrow took the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Tony Dunker close behind in second. Woodrow would hold the top spot until lap 7, when Jerry Reese, Jr. slipped by for the lead. Reese, Jr. then led until the last lap, last corner, when Ron York slipped under him to claim his first career feature win. Woodrow held on to finish 3rd, Jack Evans, Jr. came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Dunker slipping to 5th. Heat race winners were Evans, Jr., Woodrow and Logan Trueblood.

Travis Woody jumped out front on lap 1 of the 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature and then held it until lap 2, when Mark Holt got by for the lead. Holt would only hold the lead for 2 laps, as John Oliver Jr, who started 6th, jumped to the outside of him to take the top spot on lap 4. Oliver, Jr. then led the final 8 laps to claim his first win of the season at Memphis. Holt was 2nd, Jeff Soper came from 11th to finish 3rd, Chris Wibbell came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Jim Oliver coming home in 5th. Mike Shelton, Wibbell and Doug Small picked up heat race wins.

Brian Overhulser took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature and never gave it up, as he picked up his second win of the season at the speedway. A scary wreck saw David Hudson take a wild ride down the front stretch, but we were glad to say everybody got out unhurt. Bill O’Haver charged from 13th to finish in 2nd, Keith Reed was 3rd, Kevin Fountain came from 11th to finish in 4th,with Jason Henry rounding out the top 5. Heat race wins went to David Hudson and Jody Small.

Gordon Blankenship grabbed the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature and then held it until lap 5,when Tyler Schulte, who started 7th,slipped by for the top spot. T.Schulte would lead the final 5 laps to claim his second win of the night at Memphis. Dennis Schulte was 2nd,Rob Chase was 3rd,Dustin Boling was 4th,with Brandon Savage coming home in 5th. Dave Burdette and D.Schulte picked up heat race wins.

Coming up next week the USMTS will return to the speedway, thanks to Walker Motors Collision & Repair and Spilman Auto Parts. Don’t forget the last time the USMTS was at the speedway the feature was rained out after 8 laps, so you will see two USMTS features for the price of one. Also in action will be USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifeds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Cruisers and Hornets. The support classes will be point races. Gates will open at 4:00pm, Hot Laps at 6:30pm, with Racing at 7:00pm.

July 24 Results

Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 2.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 3.Denny Woodworth, Mendon, IL 4.Dick Weber, Kirksville 5.Jason Krigbaum, Hannibal 6.Richard Westhoff, Fairfield, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 3.Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA 4.Russell Jeffries, Kirksville 5.Jay Chenoweth, West Burlington, IA 6.Kevin Tomlinson, New London

Feature: 1.Trump, 2.Woodworth, 3.Wood, 4.Monroe, 5.Krigbaum, 6.Laue, 7.Chenoweth, 8.Jeffries, 9.Elston, 10.Tomlinson, 11.Westhoff, 12.Weber

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 3.Darin Thye, Burlington, IA 4.Mike Delozier, Carthage,IL 5.Jardin Fuller, Memphis 6.David Snyder, Greentop

Heat Race 2: 1.Ron Gough, Quincy, IL 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, IA 4.Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon, IA 5.Bob Dale, Gorin 6.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA

Feature: 1.Burgtorf, 2.Fraise, 3.Meyer, 4.Vanderbeek, 5.Gough, 6.Elliott, 7.Cossel, 8.Delozier, 9.Fuller, 10.Dale, 11.Snyder, 12.Thye

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Les Blakley, Fairfield, IA 5.Don Kanselaar, Centerville, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 2.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 3.Michael Browning, Edina, 4.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 5.Shane Weller, Agency, IA 6.David Boas, Bloomfield, IA 7.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA

Feature: 1.R.Cook, 2.Flander, 3.Brown, 4.Browning, 5.Alexander, 6.J.Cook, 7.Weller, 8.Blakley, 9.Phillips, 10.Boas, 11.Kanselaar, 12.Dresden, 13.Morton, 14.Robinson

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Jack Evans, Jr. Keokuk, IA 2.Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL 3.Jerry Poor, Novelty 4.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 5.Chris Leathers, Macon 6.Larry Newman, Kirksville 7.Todd Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Bob Woodrow, Perry 2.Ron York, Edina 3.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 4.Robbie Reed, Mexico 5.Tony Morton, Kirksville 6.Brad Willoughby, Marceline 7.Robbie Mauck, Knox City

Heat Race 3: 1.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 2.John Shaffer, Memphis 3.Jerry Reese, Jr. Baring 4.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 5.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 6.Jerry Taylor, Moberly, MO

Feature: 1.York, 2.Reese, Jr. 3.Woodrow, 4.Evans, Jr. 5.Dunker, 6.Daggs, 7.Trueblood, 8.Reed, 9.Leathers, 10.Newman, 11.Todd Morton, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Willoughby, 14.Zimmerman, 15.Shaffer, 16.Poor, 17.Toubekis, 18.Taylor, 19.Holst, 20.Mauck

USRA Hobby Stocks

Make-up Feature: 1.Mark Holt, Memphis 2.John Oliver, Jr. Danville, IA 3.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 4.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 5.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 6.Doug Small, Memphis 7.Josh Soper, Kahoka 8.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 9.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 10.Nathan Wood, Sigourney, IA 11.Travis Woody, Cairo 12.Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda, MO 13.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA 14.Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, IL 15.Lynn Lewis, Unionville 16.Richard Hudson, Arbela, 17.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 18.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis, 19.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 20.Matt Snyder, Green City 21.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria 22.Gordon Hudson, Arbela 23.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 24.Jesse Garrett, Batavia, IA 25.Chris Anthony, Farmington, IA 26.JR Miller, Fairfield, IA

Heat Race 1: 1.Shelton, 2.Jim Oliver, Beardstown, IL 3.Holt, 4.Symmonds, 5.Walker, 6.Josh Soper, 7.Lewis, 8.Kevin Londrie, 9.Six

Heat Race 2: 1.Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL 2.Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA 3.Lynch, 4.Woody, 5.Hamelton, 6.Scott Phillips, 7.Becerra, 8.Overhulser, 9.Hooper

Heat Race 3: 1.Small, 2.Oliver, Jr. 3.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 4.Jeff Soper, 5.Hamlin, 6.Wood, 7.Profeta, 8.R.Hudson

Feature: 1.Oliver, Jr. 2.Holt, 3.Jeff Soper, 4.Wibbell, 5.Oliver, 6.Lynch, 7.Profeta, 8.Wood, 9.Woody, 10.Overhulser, 11.Lewis, 12.Phillips, 13.Symmonds, 14.Kibbe, 15.Becerra, 16.Hamelton, 17.Walker, 18.Six, 19.Shelton, 20.Small, 21.Pettibone, 22.Hamlin, 23.Josh Soper, 24.Londrie, 25.R.Hudson, 26.Hopper


Make-up Feature: 1.Michael St. Clair, Wayland 2.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria, 3.Jody Small, Rutledge 4.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 5.David Hudson, Memphis 6.Bill O’Haver, Kirksville 7.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 8.Jon Antal, Lancaster 9.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 10.Kevin Foutain, Arbela 11.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA

Heat Race 1: 1.Hudson, 2.St.Clair, 3.Bergheger, 4.Monte Stephens, 5.Henry, 6.Kirkland, 7.O’Haver

Heat Race 2: 1.Small, 2.Overhulser, 3.Larry Powell, Hannibal 4.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL 5.Antal, 6.Fountain, 7.Robbins

Feature: 1.Overhulser, 2.O’Haver, 3.Reed, 4.Fountain, 5.Henry, 6.Antal, 7.Powell, 8.Robbins, 9.Bergheger, 10.Small, 11.St.Clair, 12.Hudson, 13.Stephens, 14.Kirkland


Make-up Feature: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 2.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 3.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 4.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA 5.Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, IA 6.David Lorton, Moberly 7.Rob Chase, Clark, 8.Darren Morgan, Paris 8.Donald Oliver, Hamilton, IL 9.Daric Crane, Palmyra 10.Terry Aldridge, Clipton Hill 11.Bob Fletcher

Heat Race 1: 1.Burdette, 2.Blankenship, 3.Savage, 4.Brent Forest, 5.Chase, 6.Morgan, 7.Joe Evans, Jacksonville 8.Travis Redburn, Moberly 9.Rick Miller, Gorin 10.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge

Heat Race 2: 1.D.Schulte, 2.T.Schulte, 3.Lorton, 4.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 5.Dustin Boling, Lenter 6.Donald Miller, Gorin 7.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 8.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 9.Michael Prebe, 10.Brenda Wear

Feature: 1.T.Schulte, 2.D.Schulte, 3.Chase, 4.Boling, 5.Savage, 6.Lorton, 7.Forest, 8.Morgan, 9.Redburn, 10.D.Miller, 11.Symmonds, 12.Hamilton, 13.A.Schulte, 14.Prebe, 15.Blankenship, 16.Evans, 17.R.Miller, 18.Burdette, 19.Wear, 20.Hustead

Cooley Receives One Rating at MSHSAA State Music Festival

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

After receiving “1” ratings at the District Music Contest, Mr. Orr and thirteen members of the Scotland County R-1 Band and Chorus departments qualified to perform at the 65th Annual Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival held April 28-30 on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia, MO.

Those attending were Megan Kice (flute solo, flute quartet), Elijah Cooley (snare solo, percussion quintet), Ariel Quenneville (clarinet solo), Micah Cooley (mixed vocal trio), Claire Hite (mixed vocal trio), Slade McAfee (mixed vocal trio), Rebekah Duzan (percussion quintet), Katie Feeney (percussion quintet), Christian Siver (percussion quintet), Cliff Whtaker (percussion quintet), Karissa Adams (flute quartet), Alyssa Clair (flute quartet), and Sadie Davis (flute quartet).

The event included approximately 5,230 individual and group performances representing 401 schools.  Most of the festival’s performances took place in the Fine Arts Building and Memorial Union.

The evaluative festival involved schools in five enrollment classifications in which high schools with enrollments (grades 9-12) up to 127 participated in Class 1, 128-269 participated in Class 2, 20-603 performed in Class 3, 604-1,237 students participated in Class 4, and 1,238 and above took part in Class 5.

The state-level festival has an evaluative purpose during which students perform before some of the nation’s top music adjudicators who provide ratings and critiques of the students’ musical abilities.  Festival participants all qualified by earning a division “1” (Exemplary) rating at their respective district-level festivals.

All portions of the MSHSAA Music Festival were open to the public and free of charge.  Performances ran from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Making it to the state level is an honor and exemplifies the commitment and dedication of our students to the music programs and their individual musical talents.  Elijah Cooley received the highest rating, a “1” for his drum solo.  Receiving “2” ratings were Ariel Quenneville for her clarinet solo and Megan Kice for her Flute Solo.  The vocal trio with Slade McAfee, Micah Cooley, Clair Hite and the flute quartet with Megan Kice, Karissa Adams, Sadie Davis and Alyssa Clair both received “2” ratings.  Receiving a “3” rating was the percussion quintet with Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Cliff Whitaker, Katie Feeney and Christian Siver.

Congratulations to Mr. Orr and each of these outstanding SCR-1 Fine Arts students!

SCR-I Music Department Wraps up a Winning School Year

band web

It has been an exciting year in the Scotland County Music Department.  The Marching Tigers kicked off the year with Band camp the week before school leading to community performances at the Tiger tailgate and a first place finish in the Antique Day Parade. The Marching Tigers also began learning their half-time field show and performed installments at home football games. Competition season started at the Monroe City Black and Gold Marching Festival. The Marching Tigers placed second in Field Show and Parade. Also, the Drumline and Color Guard won first place in their premiere performance. The following Saturday, students went to the Parade of Champions in Kahoka, MO where they placed fourth in field show and third in parade. The Marching Tigers also won the People’s Choice Award, being the crowd’s favorite. The next Tuesday, students participated in Hannibal’s Mark Twain Marching Festival. The marching season ended with Missouri Day’s in Trenton, MO where the Drumline took third place in their class.

After marching season, students quickly switched gears to practice for All-District and All-Conference auditions and prepare for the Veteran’s Day Concert. Four students traveled to Moberly, MO and auditioned for the All-District Band, where Elijah Cooley was selected as Fourth Chair snare drum. Nineteen Scotland County students were selected for the All-Conference Band and six students were selected for the All-Conference Choir. The Conference Tour started at Scotland County High School where both ensembles performed with a patriotic rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The band also provided pep and spirit and home basketball games as well as pep rallies for the successful girls’ basketball season. The rest of the first semester was spent preparing for the Holiday Concert on December, 17 2015.

The beginning of the new semester started with many more spirited performances at home basketball games. Four Junior High Students, Katie Feeney, Toren Johnson, Jaden McAfee, and Reilly Shoemaker were selected to participate in the All-District Junior High Band. High School students began to practice and prepare for contests coming up later in the spring. On March 18, students traveled to Hannibal for State Large group festival. The band received a II Outstanding rating and received a I Exemplary Rating in sight reading. Two weeks later, the band and choir went to Kirksville for solo/small ensemble festival. Nine soloists/ensembles received a II Outstanding rating and six solos/ensembles received a I Exemplary Rating. These included Flute Solo-Megan Kice; Snare Solo-Elijah Cooley; Clarinet Solo-Ariel Quenneville; Percussion Quintet-Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, and Cliff Whitaker; Flute Quartet-Karissa Adams, Alyssa Clair, Sadie Davis, and Megan Kice; Mixed Vocal Trio-Slade McAfee, Claire Hite, and Micah Cooley. These soloists and ensembles performed at many functions around the community including at Beta Meetings and for the Rotary Club.

They went to State Festival where the Percussion Quintet received a Ill Rating, Ariel Quenneville, Megan Kice, the Flute Quartet, and the Mixed Vocal Trio received a II rating and Elijah Cooley received a I rating. Four junior high students participated in junior high solo contest where all received a I outstanding rating. All bands and choirs participated in the Fine Arts Night where Kiley Lewis won the Director’s Award for Choir. Paige Hyde won the Director’s Award for Band, Karissa Adams won the Patrick Gilmore Award, and Megan Kice won the John Phillip Sousa Award.  On May 7, four junior high students traveled to Macon for solo competition.  As the year comes to a close, students are preparing for their final performance that will be held in conjunction with the community Memorial Day festivities.

Submitted by Nathaniel Orr

Scotland County Claims Tri-Rivers Conference All-Sports Award


As the school year draws to an end with it comes the culmination of another sports season. This year has seen many successes when it comes to the sports scene. The All Sports Championship was claimed by the Scotland County Tigers this season and for the second time in three seasons. The All Sports Award is presented to the school that accumulates the greatest number of points based on conference finish in their respective sport. The following 7 sports are recognized in the All Sports formula: softball, football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, baseball, girls track, and boys’ track. This season each of the preceding sports programs finished their conference slate with a first or second place campaign.

This year, the final season of the Tri-Rivers Conference, saw champions crowned in girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and baseball. The softball, football, girls’ track, and boys’ track teams all registered second place conference finishes. The outstanding team performances allowed individual stars to shine. The correlation between team success and individual accolades was certainly evident as the Scotland County athletes earned 4 of the 7 Conference Most Valuable Player awards during the 2015-2016 season. The girls’ basketball team won their second consecutive district title this season. Also, a sectional victory resulted in the first quarterfinal berth in program history. The golf team collected the fourth Conference Championship of the season while competing in the Conference Tournament. They added another individual top honor with a conference medalist. The scholar bowl team won a district title for the second straight season and had the MVP of our district.

In summary, the 2015-2016 season saw the 8 sports programs combine to win 4 of the 8 Conference Championships and saw Tiger athletes collect 5 of the 8 Conference Most Valuable Players honors. I want to congratulate the players and coaches, while extending a very deserving thank you to everyone involved. The view from the top is superb, especially when you have witnessed the view from the bottom. Keep working hard to finish this campaign and start preparing for the next.

The Memphis FFA Trap teams had an extremely successful year. The boys team brought home first place trophies from shoots at Madison, Schuyler and Paris besting between 35-40 teams at each contest. They also captured their first Area III Championship by posting an amazing score of 122/125. They finished fourth at Districts in October and ended the season in April with an 11th place finish at the State shoot. This year we added a girls’ squad to the team, and they brought home a first place finish in the girls’ division at the Paris shoot.

Great job SC Tigers!

Submitted by Athletic Director Lance Campbell

Incredible Summer to Come

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

People come and go. It’s always been a transient state of being here for most in the ecovillage. It’s not everyone’s cuppa tea to carve out a life of one’s own in the wilds of Missouri. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When people go, they can be profoundly changed, taking a piece of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage with them.

Nik here, telling you about some of the incredible summer events floating our way this year. The visitor program is our way to attract people out there from all walks of life who wish to try and live freely outside the world they have been taught is the only way. We always hope that those people will stay and try to make this village and world a better place. But for those who have no intention of jumping into the wilds of Missouri ruralness for years to come, we also have workshops, courses, and conferences, where folks can get their toes wet, meet others interested in fostering community, and learn skills to bring a passion for change out into the world.

The most accessible class starts in early July: the “Ecovillage Experience, Skills for Living Lightly” course. Spend five days with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillagers to gather ideas, concepts, and skills for living lighter wherever you live. This course includes hands-on natural building, low-carbon gardens and kitchens, learning about our alternative energy systems, organic resource recycling, permaculture design, alternative economic systems, skills for human connection and cooperation, and creative fun – all part of life at Dancing Rabbit! The course is really geared to supporting you in creating a plan to bring your knowledge home with you. Ecovillage Experience runs from July 9 to 14, and is open to all individuals and families.

One of the most exciting events this summer for communitarians is the Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference, where members and would-be members of intentional communities around the nation gather for talks and workshops to strengthen our connections and movement.

When first starting a community, or even living in community for a long time, it can be easy to feel alone in our efforts. This 4th of July, join us in thinking of Inter-dependence Day, and come together to learn, network, explore, and inspire each other to create a more cooperative and sustainable world.

Workshops and networking sessions throughout the weekend will bring us new ideas for how to live sustainably, collectively. Program tracks will target the interests of aspiring community founders, current intentional community members, and folks wanting to deepen their understanding of the sustainability-community connection. Talks and casual conversation will bring us insight into the radical contributions community building can make to ending the worst social and ecological ills of our time. We’ll even do some climate change activism together for those who are interested. And of course spending the weekend in the midwest’s premier ecovillage, Dancing Rabbit, will help inspire hope: sustainable is not only possible, it is also here, now, and fun.

Workshops will include Starting an Intentional Community; Collective Carbon Farming and the Commons; Transforming Conflict in Connection with Restorative Circles; Simple Off-Grid Solar; Climate Egalitarianism: Class, Climate, and New Economics; Holistic Animal Management; Learning Good Consent: Patriarchy and Anti-Sexism; and many more. Check the conference webpage for more updates.

For those struggling with the climate crisis, and even more so what can one person do about it, we have a resounding answer: Moved to Act, a 6 Day Intensive Workshop, August 12 to 18.

This intensive workshop is designed to help you be more effective impacting change at a wider systems level and a personal level. When most people turn away from crises, Moved to Act participants face them with courage. Moved to Act is an immersive program for assisting activists and culture creators in the transformation of our unjust social, economic & political structures to a more democratic, sustainable & cooperative world for all.

Direct activism training, public education, personal growth work, discussion of both the barriers and possibilities around addressing climate change, and learning about more low carbon lifestyle choices, all falls squarely in this program. If you want to imagine living your life knowing that your daily actions aren’t contributing to further climate disruption, then this is worth checking out. You can create real change and inspire others to join you.

Oh, did I mention Mathew Human of the Human Revolution will be performing during the training, a solo show on Aug 13th?(http://www.matthewhuman.com) It’s going to be huge.

And one of the biggest and best courses we’ve offered is returning this year, along with the energetic titan, Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. The Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will run September 17 to 25. It’s nine days of hands-on learning about creating a sustainable home and human habitat—and what better place to learn about sustainable human habitats than an ecovillage?

“I’m sure a PDC offered any ole place is as transforming and educational as this one was,” a student from last year said, “but here, at Dancing Rabbit, it was magical. I laughed, I cried, I ate better than ever, I opened myself up to new experiences and I just really felt the love that exists here.”

Bill and other inspirational teachers bring their vulnerability, integrity, and honesty to this course, and have helped so many students contact on a deeper level to permaculture and to life.

I hope one or a few of these courses or workshops interest you or someone you know. Come and learn, and take that knowledge with you…and make some life-long connections while you’re at it.

So, yes, people can take a bit of our hearts as they leave…but I try to see it as a bright lantern that shines in their life. I let that thought brighten my own lantern, and then it doesn’t feel so dark after they’ve gone. I’m happy knowing the world is a brighter place because of them and because of their time at Dancing Rabbit.


Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational non-profit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village at 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is May 28th. 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 dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

School Board Creates Bond Committee, Plans Special Meeting to Consider New Levy Issue

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present. Sam Berkowitz was absent.

Davis established a bond issue committee of Trinity Davis, Jamie Triplett, and Cole Tippett to head continued efforts for the district to secure funding for capital improvements, including the early childhood development expansion.

The board voted to schedule a special meeting for the bond issue on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson indicated revenues are coming in as expected creating a current budget surplus for the district. He noted year-to-date totals for revenues are $6,130,571.88 and year to date expenditures are $4,945,258.98, creating a current positive budget balance of  $1,185,312.90.

“This surplus will continue to decrease as we near the end of the fiscal year,” said Bergeson. “We have received all of our local tax and will receive state and federal dollars in May and June.  Payroll for May, June, July, Summer School, and Career Ladder will level out our current surplus for the 15-16 fiscal year.”


Athletic Director Lance Campbell gave an update on the 2015-2016 school sports year.

“The Scotland County R-I Athletic Programs have experienced tremendous team and individual success throughout the 15-16 school year,” said Campbell.

Scotland County wrapped up the Tri-Rivers Conference All Sports Championship for the 15-16 school year in the final year of the Tri Rivers Conference. It marked the second time in three years that SCR-I compiled the top team performances in the TRC sports competitions, including softball, football, basketball, track, baseball and golf.

Preliminary 16-17 Budget

The board reviewed preliminary numbers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“The state legislature is still in session and there is a lot of discussion and uncertainty surrounding state funding for public education,” Bergeson stated. “The Board of Education is committed to providing teachers and staff the best possible salary and benefits package while balancing increasing costs for state and federal mandates, instructional materials, supplies, and maintenance.”

The 16-17 budget will be approved at the June board meeting.

June Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approved April 14 and May 2, 2016 closed session minutes. 6-0.

Hired Michael Moore as summer custodian, Caleb Doubet and Jacob Hull as Summer Custodians and Bryan Chance and Denny Ward as bus drivers for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Mikel Gragg as Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball for the 16-17 school year and Tia Hamilton as Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Brad Doster as Transportation Director. 5-0. Christy Aylward left the room for the discussion and vote.

Hired Allen Garrett as Bus Driver for the 16-17 school year. 5-1. Gary Miller voted no.

Hired the balance of the slate as presented for non-certified staff – Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Mitchell Bales, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Amy Talbert, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  LaDica Hinds, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Harris, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, and Don Ryland.

Hired Jenna Ward as FBLA and Prom Sponsor for the 16-17 school year. 6-0.

The board voted 6-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment at 9:40 p.m.

City of Memphis Plans Summer Tennis Activities


This summer the City of Memphis will have an array of tennis activities for all ages and ability levels.  On Wednesday, May 25th and Wednesday, June 1st, anyone interested in the summer tennis leagues can join us from 7-9 pm at Johnson Park to “Get Back in the Swing of Things.”  These evenings will be very laid back and just a time to hit or play a few games of doubles with various partners.

Summer Tennis Leagues

This summer two different leagues will be offered and both will begin the week of June 6th.  The regular doubles league will be played on Monday nights between 7 and 9 pm.  The cost will be $20 per team to participate in this league during June, July, and August.  Teams to need to sign up for this league by June 3rd at City Hall or by contacting Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  A more laid back league will take place on Wednesday nights beginning at 7 pm.  For this league, whoever is available each week can show up for pick up doubles matches.  Teams will be made based ability and partners will be rotated throughout the night in order to make balanced, fun matches.  This league would be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced players.  The cost will be $10 per person for the Wednesday night league, which will run through June, July, and August.  No advanced sign up is required for this league and payment will be due on the first Wednesday night each person attends.

Youth Tennis Lessons

Youth tennis lessons for ages 3-14 will be offered again this summer on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm on the tennis courts at Johnson Park.  The cost will be $4 per child, per lesson.  Registration is encouraged by June 3rd for the tennis lessons in order to determine if there is enough interest.  Children are welcome to attend sporadically based on their availability.

Tennis Tournament
A doubles tennis tournament will be held on Saturday, July 16th.  The entry fee will be $20 for each doubles team.  A monetary prize will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in the tournament.  BBQ hotdogs, hamburgers, and sides will be provided for lunch.

Tennis Contact Information

Anyone interested in signing up for the summer tennis leagues or the youth lessons should contact Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  Sign up can also be completed at City Hall.

PSC Approves Liberty Utilities Request to Adjust Infrastructure Surcharge

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The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities (Liberty) to adjust the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its natural gas customers. The surcharge first appeared on customer bills in November 2008.

The ISRS adjustment reflects infrastructure replacement investments made by the natural gas company between June 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Liberty’s rates.

For customers in Liberty’s NEMO service region, which includes, Scotland County, the ISRS will increase from $0.74 to $1.49 each month. The SEMO region will see its ISRS increase from $0.03 to $0.05, while the WEMO region will have a decrease in the ISRS from $0.87 to $0.79.

Liberty serves approximately 53,700 natural gas customers in Missouri. The WEMO service area includes the counties of Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair. The SEMO service area includes the counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne. The NEMO service area includes the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland.


Scotland County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at the county courthouse, 117 S. Market, Suite 100, Memphis MO, to discuss the county’s submission of an application for the fiscal year 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The county is interested in obtaining all citizens’ input on community development needs within the county. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The county needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The State has established a maximum application request for each funding category. Activities that are eligible for funding include the improvement of public works, public facilities, housing rehabilitation, and others allowed by law. At least 51% of the funds must be used to benefit low-and-moderate income persons. No displacement of persons will be proposed.

The county is proposing to replace two existing bridges with two longer and wider bridges. The total project cost is estimated at $435,900. The county proposes to contribute $163,000 of In-Kind labor and machinery, $148,500 in cash, with grant funds of $124,400 needed to make up the balance. All citizens, including those in the targeted area, are encouraged to attend in order to comment on the proposed activities.

For more information on the proposed project, contact the County Clerk at 660-465-7027.


The City of Memphis is requesting proposals for an Archaeological Survey in regards to a Wastewater Improvement Project for the City of Memphis.


Proposals should be received by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Memphis City Hall, 125 W. Jefferson, Memphis, Missouri 63555.


For further information, contact Utility Superintendent Stacy Alexander at 660-216-4838 or Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.



Date of Publication: May 19, 2016

Memphis Housing Authority

31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555



On or after May 28, 2016 the Memphis Housing Authority, Memphis MO, will submit a request to release funds to undertake the following project:

Project Title: Memphis Housing Authority Improvements

Purpose: Site improvement and/or modernizations, breaker and meter boxes, bathroom vanities and tubs, washer and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and concrete sidewalks

Location: Memphis Housing Authority, 31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555

Estimated Cost: $184,976.00

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at Memphis Housing Authority, 31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.


Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Memphis Housing Authority. All comments received by Friday, May 27, 2016 will be considered by the Memphis Housing Authority prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.


The Memphis Housing Authority certifies to the State of Missouri that William Reckenberg, in his capacity as Mayor of Memphis MO, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The State of Missouri’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Memphis Housing Authority to use HUD program funds.


The State of Missouri will accept objections to its release of funds and the Memphis Housing Authority certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Memphis; (b) the Memphis Housing Authority has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs of undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Park 58 before approval of a release of funds by the State of Missouri; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Park 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development at PO Box 118, Jefferson City MO 65102. Potential objectors should contact the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development to verify the actual last day of the objection period.


William Reckenberg, Mayor of Memphis MO

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