December 16, 2004

Lady Tigers Stop Schuyler County In Tourney Opener

A couple of big offensive spurts and solid defense throughout, has been the secret to the Scotland County girls basketball teams early season success. The Lady Tigers followed the pattern again on December 6 in the opening round of the Putnam County Tourney. SCR-I bested Schuyler County 48-40.

Scotland County took a 10-9 lead over the Rams in the first period behind a solid opening act from Valerie Crawford. The senior had six points in the games first minutes.

The Lady Tigers took charge of the game with a huge second quarter. SCR-I did much of its damage from the free-throw line, hitting 9 of 11 from the charity stripe en route to 21 points in the period. Ali Fromm had eight points during the run that put Scotland County on top 31-21 at the break.

The margin grew to 41-29 heading into the final quarter before Schuyler County rallied to make a game of it. Fromm hit a key three pointer late in the contest to end any chance of a Rams rally.

The junior guard led Scotland County in scoring with 15 points. Crawford chimed in with 13 points while Ashlee Frederick aided the cause with seven points. SCR-I got points from seven different players in a balanced attack.


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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