January 20, 2005

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Be careful what you wish for. I was so disappointed when the recent warm spell ran off our ice so quickly. The rain and the high temperatures did away with frozen ponds prematurely.

So, of course I had to whine to any readers that would listen. I complained about having just three partial days of ice-fishing fun.

While most sane folks were enjoying the heat wave, I was praying for a return of sub-zero temperatures to bring back my favorite winter pastime.

Jack Frost answered my calls with three straight days of single-digits on the old thermometer. While most people that entered the door at the newspaper were upset by the frigid conditions, I was as happy as a school kid the day before Christmas.

But we whiners are also complainers, so I must offer this bit of sour news to go along with the success story. As usual, my best-laid plans always have a snag or two. It just happened to work out that the freeze took hold over the weekend, leaving me little time to enjoy the weather.

Thursday night, the first real cold evening, I saw several ponds that still had open water as I drove over to Queen City for the ball game. That painted a bad picture for ice fishing. I was sure that all ponds froze over that night, but still that left just Friday night to add enough of the frozen stuff to hold me up.

Ive confessed before that Im not the most courageous soul, so I sat around Saturday watching football and sulking around the house knowing that the ice was not thick enough yet. Ive always been told that a really cold night will make half an inch to an inch of ice.

So by Sunday I had the calculator out and was doing all kinds of figuring trying to make those ponds have at least four inches of ice. I just couldnt make the math work. Of course thats when my phone rang.

My best fishing buddies deemed it necessary to call me and tell me they were just leaving the pond after catching a bunch of fish. They assured me the ice was at least four and a half inches thick.

Again my yellow streak showed up and I could not mount enough bravery to head out and try the ice by myself, so the whole weekend evaporated without me ever wetting a line.

Finally on Monday, the pressure simply became too much. Okay, so it wasnt quite that spontaneous. I worked all Sunday afternoon and got to the office early Monday to get caught up and free up some time that afternoon.

By 2:30 p.m. me and my two fishing buddies (they resisted real hard, but I twisted their arms and made them go) were out at the farm with big plans for the fish.

Initially I was grateful to have the company, because that ice was making me nervous and I probably would have just got back in the truck and went home. But once you got out past the rotten stuff around the shore we found excellent ice at least five inches thick. That didnt stop us from being a little jumpy each time the surface buckled and expanded as more ice was being made.

Like I said, I was initially happy for the company. But by the end of the day, I wish I would have gone solo and ran home with my tail between my legs because I wasted three plus hours and caught just one stinking fish.

I guess the layoff made me a little rusty. First I forgot half of my stuff in the garage. Then about 15 minutes into the fishing my battery quit on my Vexilar fish finder. You dont know how much you miss it until its gone. Then again, I was not too mad, because all the electronics were doing was making us mad. My partners fish finder showed us fish all evening. We watched them swim leisurely amongst our lures, teasing us with their presence but rarely fulfilling our need for a bite.

Now with the forecast for warmer days ahead, I sit here once again pessimistic about the future of the sport. Looks like all I did was get a higher gas bill, catch a cold and listen to people scold me about wishing this cold upon us all... oh yeah and one bluegill.

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GARDEN TILLERS FOR SALE – Rear and front tine tillers.  All makes and sizes.  Lots of Troy Bilts. Kahoka, MO 660-216-1809.

FARMER’S MARKET – Each Thursday starting May 4, 2017 at Memphis Medical Building (SC Hospital). 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Vendors welcome to join us.

JUST ARRIVED – Garden Seed, Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets are in at  Countryside Flowers. 465-8521.

HOUSE FOR RENT – Three bedroom house in Memphis.  No Smoking. Call 660-341-4819.

FOR SALE – Fresh homegrown asparagus.  Call 660- 945-3020.

FOR SALE – Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model.  Works perfect. Paid over $600, will take $500, OBO.  Still 1½ year guarantee remaining.  Includes grill cover and a bag of pellets.  Contact Richard Harper at 660-328-6216 or 660-341-4327.

FOR SALE – 4 plots in the New Catholic Cemetery, Edina, Section NE West half F11.  Good location in upright stone section. 660-627-1688.

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE – Friday, April 28 (8-4) and Saturday, April 29 (8-12).  Tons of shirts and dresses, shoes and coats, boys’ and girls’ clothes up to 2T, new infant caps, changing table, high chair, car seats, sweeper, Cabella’s Camp Chairs, rocking chair/ottoman, grill (propane), meat grinder, baked goods and much more.  One mile west of Memphis, Good Residence.  Beside Ed’s Machinery.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 1 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 2 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 3 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 4 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, May 1 – Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 2 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 3 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 4 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

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MENU

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

Friday, April 28 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 1 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, May 2 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, May 3 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 4 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beats, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, May 4 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SC Ministerial Alliance Plans for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4

Dion Elmore, Chief Communications Officer of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, states, “The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775.”  Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

Elmore goes on to say, “As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.  In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.”

The theme for the 2017 National Day of Prayer observation is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us! Based upon Daniel 9:19, it emphasizes our need as a nation to cry out to God who is sovereign over all governments and authorities; “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the First Christian Church in Memphis on Thursday, May 4th at noon to join them in praying for our nation.

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.  Additionally, they suggest avoiding caffeinated beverages and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blog at blog.redcross.org.

Sheriff’s Office to Offer Drug Take Back Day

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.

Expired or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on the north end of the lower floor of the Courthouse in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Sheriff’s Office will take medications all year long, this day and time focuses awareness about disposing of medications in a environmentally safe way.

Having a dedicated disposal date also assists with eliminating the potential for abuse or accidental ingestion by an adult or child who has not been prescribed the medication.

All medications are eligible to be taken back with the exception of inhalers or aerosol-propelled medications, or any kinds of needles or “sharp?. api-pens (epinephrine injectors) can be accepted only if they are in a box.

Spring clean the medicine cabinet knowing you have place to go with what you no longer want or need!

Local Students Receive State FFA Degrees

SCR-I seniors Sadie Davis, Lane Mohr, Calesse Bair, and McKaela Bradley each received their State FFA Degree at the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia April 21-22, 2017.

Four members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, Calesse Bair, McKaela Bradley, Sadie Davis, and Lane Mohr, received their State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Memphis FFA members were 4 of 761 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was held April 20-21 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Embrace Change, Respect Tradition was the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention More than 8,500 youth and guests were in attendance.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Rotary Club Planning 11th Annual John Ed Luther Memorial Golf Event

The Scotland County Rotarians will honor a former member once again.  The local charity group will host the 2017 John Ed Luther Memorial Golf Tournament on May 12th at the Timber Ridge Golf Course in Memphis.

Luther, a long-time member of Rotary, was an avid golfer.  After his death in 2006 following a battle with cancer, the group chose to honor his memory with the golf outing.

The proceeds are used to directly benefit the local community.  A key use of the funds raised will be the Rotary scholarship fund.  The group is currently seeking sponsors for the event.  For $100.00, donors can sponsor a hole with special signage at the tee box and the green.  Donors can also share hole sponsor rights for $50.00 or can support the event with $25.00 general sponsorship rights.

This four-person scramble begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. and Tee off at 10:30 a.m.  Team entry costs are $260.00 which includes lunch.  (There are a limited number of rental carts available.)

Dixon Golf will be back this year with contests and prizes.

For more information contact Rotary golf tournament chair Bill Kiddoo at (660) 465-8528.

Memphis Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Memphis man is facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Memphis last week. Landon T. Foster, 22, has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia  and could face additional charges for illegal possession of a controlled substance. He was also ticketed for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and driving without a valid driver’s license.

According to court documents, a Scotland County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop of a Toyota 4Runner after it was observed speeding and repeatedly crossing the center line. The stop occurred at 7:23 p.m. on April 15 on Jackson Street in Memphis.

At that time, Foster was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana as well as a prescription pill bottle containing what was believed to be alprazolam, a class 4 controlled substance.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper made the drug arrests.

Foster was charged with class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, both as a prior offender. Failure to drive on the right half of the roadway is a class C misdemeanor and driving without a valid driver’s license is a class D misdemeanor.

Teen Hurt in Roll-Over Crash in Bible Grove

A  Bible Grove teenager was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday morning in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Eli R. Kigar, 13, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound on Route T near Bible Grove when the vehicle drove off the north side of the road. The driver apparently overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the road and ran off the south. The driver again overcorrected and the vehicle came back onto the roadway where it overturned and came to rest in the roadway.

Kigar suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was transported by private auto to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the Scotland County Ambulance Service.

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