August 3, 2006

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Remember the Good Old Days when sports stars were just regular heroes? I’m 35 years old, so I can’t pine about old-fashioned stars such as my dad’s favorites Hank Aaron or Dolphins’ running back Larry Csonka. While I’m sure there are plenty of great players such as these today, I’m beginning to wonder if we will remember our sports heroes or only recall the sports goats.

Just this past few days we have been bombarded with stories that will make us remember athletes not for their achievements but instead for what they did to get to the top.

It started with Tour de France winner Floyd Landis being targeted for high levels of testosterone that showed up after his miraculous run in Stage 17 that helped him win the biking title. While the Pennsylvania-born rider claims this is either a testing failure or can be attributed to some natural occurrence, the issue places his title under a cloud of speculation in a sport that has been troubled by doping allegations.

Less than a week after the Landis news hit the sports world, track and field was making headlines. U.S sprinter Justin Gatlin, who is the co-owner of the world record time in the 100-meter dash, reportedly tested positive for steroids. The Olympic champion refutes the test results, and has stated that he never has knowingly taken any performance-enhancing drugs, a fact he backs up with more than 100 successful drug tests in his career.

However, Gatlin is coached by Trevor Graham, who also worked with sprinters Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, who both have been linked to steroids and specifically the sports laboratory BALCO.

That last name is probably familiar to most all of us by now - just as Hector Conte has become as recognizable as the athletes, particularly Barry Bonds, whose career he has allegedly improved with illegal enhancement drugs.

Maybe I’m heading an uneducated lynch mob here, branding these athletes as goats when they all claim their innocence. I wasn’t there to see any of these folks shoot up, pop the pills or whatever. I know we are supposed to presume innocence until proven guilty, but I can’t help but be angry.

What’s the deal? Are we so obsessed with winning, that we will lie and cheat our way to victory? Sure there are huge paydays involved for professional athletes that win the race, or break the home run record, or capture the yellow jersey. Is it the money, the fame, or maybe a little bit of both that is causing more and more of our athletes to sell their souls to the devil?

Okay, maybe poking one’s self with a syringe or two doesn’t mean eternal damnation, but it definitely appears to be the fast track to being ostracized by fans and fellow competitors alike.

Just ask Missouri’s biggest hero just a few short years ago, Mark McGwire. Big Red was on top of the world after breaking Roger Maris’s single-season home run record. He was an American idol, the toast of the town of St. Louis where he even had a highway named after him.

But after giving less than vindicating testimony to a Congressional hearing on steroids in baseball, McGwire quickly went to the back of the room. His name now is only back in the spotlight because there is a great debate on whether or not he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next season when he becomes eligible. His status was a no brainer five years ago when he retired with 583 homers in his 16 professional seasons including the magical 70 home run season in 1998.

Will he get in 2007? My guess is no. We the public, we need our heroes. But in today’s society, we require our heroes to offer a urine sample, take a blood test and swear on a stack of Bibles that they are 100% products of nothing but hard work and God-given talent. And if you ask me, that’s the way it should be.

Pamela Blaine Approved for Jauflione Chapter DAR Membership

The Jauflione Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in the Presbyterian Hospitality Room. Meeting was opened in Ritualistic form by Regent, June Kice. Eleven members answered roll call by naming her Revolutionary War ancestor. Each told a bit about her Patriot.

In the absence of two officers, Angel Chance was appointed acting Secretary and Grace Brown acted as Chaplain.

Opening prayer and devotion was given by Grace Brown.

President General’s message was read by Celina Erickson. National Defense lesson was presented by Marlene Cowell. She also read a short story about “Red Jacket” for Indian minute. Verlee Dauma read a constitution minute.

Minutes of the April meeting were read by Angel Chance.

Treasurer Treva Wittstock gave the treasurer’s report

New business was opened by Treva making the motion we change the time of the May and September meetings to 5:00 o’clock to accommodate members who work. Verlee Dauma seconded and the motion carried.

Nominating committee report was give by chairman, Reta Stott. If June Kice accepts the Regency by default, Corresponding Secretary will have to be elected. Joan Kice was voted in as corresponding secretary. Grace moved we have a scrapbook committee of three. Treva seconded. Treva, Ann and Verlee agreed to accept. Treva will be historian as well as chairman of the committee. All members will help collect material.

All members attending enjoyed viewing the current scrapbook prepared by Rhonda Davis and June Kice.

Regent Kice reported plans are underway for the June 3 tour of the Indian Petroglyphs at Thousand Hills Park near Kirksville. Family members are invited to take part in our tours. We will carpool from June’s.

The memorial committee will purchase books for the Public Library as memorials for deceased members.

A beautiful memorial service was conducted by Grace Brown for departed members Mary Kay Miles, Irene Mayfield and Joan Cecil.

Registrar Verlee Dauma reported one new member’s application has been accepted by National and a second is awaiting approval.

Voting was unanimous for the three names for Children of the American Revolution (CAR) presented last month for consideration. Paper work will be done for Katie Miller, Anna Lee Eckman and Alexis Rose Eckman. The vote was also unanimous for GĂ©organna Madsen whose name was presented last month. Her paper work will be complete with a copy of her birth certificate, marriage certificate and husband’s birth certificate. Her sister is a Jauflione member.

We are happy to receive word from National that Pamela Blaine has been approved for membership. Welcome to our ranks Pamela.

Ann Jutte submitted three names to be considered for membership in Jauflione

Chapter, DAR. Voting will be done at the next meeting.

Program consisted of all attending sharing school memories. We all enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

Delicious refreshments were served by Celina Erickson. A pleasant social hour was enjoyed.

Conservation Considerations

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by MDC Agent Michael Collins

With the continued discovery of CWD there are upcoming regulation changes that folks need to be aware of. Effective May 30, 2016, the use of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are now prohibited year-round in the following 29 counties: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington, and Warren.  Exceptions to the regulation include feeding wildlife within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer, and feed and minerals used solely for normal agricultural, forest management, or wildlife food-plot-production practices. The feeding ban is one step MDC is taking to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that infects only deer and other members of the deer family. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100-percent fatal. CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer gather in larger, concentrated numbers, such as at feeding sites.

The 29 counties affected by the feeding ban comprise the Department’s CWD Management Zone. The zone consists of counties within or that touch a radius of approximately 25 miles from where CWD has been found. According to MDC, 33 free-ranging deer in Missouri have tested positive for the disease with 21 found in Macon County, 9 in Adair, one in Cole, one in Franklin, and one in Linn.

The ban on feeding deer is one of several actions MDC is taking to help limit the spread of CWD. MDC also collects tissue samples from several thousand harvested, sick, and road-killed wild deer around the state each year to test for CWD. The sampling efforts focus both on areas where CWD has been found and on broader, statewide testing.

The Department will increase its CWD sampling and testing efforts in north-central, central, and east-central Missouri this fall by requiring hunters who harvest deer in one of the 29 CWD-Management-Zone counties during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season (Nov. 12 and 13) to present their deer (or the head with at least six inches of the neck intact) for CWD testing at one of 75 MDC sampling locations on the day of harvest. The testing is free and hunters can also get free test results. Sampling locations will be listed in the Department’s 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and online at mdc.mo.gov.

MDC has also removed the antler-point restriction in all CWD-Management-Zone counties starting this fall so young bucks are no longer protected from harvest. Young bucks can potentially spread the disease to new areas as they search for territories and mates.

The Department has also increased the availability of firearms antlerless permits from 1 to 2 in all CWD-Management-Zone counties starting this fall to help prevent undesired population increases in local deer numbers.

MDC also strongly discourages the removal of deer carcasses from CWD-Management-Zone counties. Moving carcasses of potentially infected deer out of the immediate area where they were harvested and improperly disposing of them can also spread the disease. Certain carcass parts, such as boned out meat, are okay to move because the protein that causes CWD is not concentrated in these parts.

As a reminder, feeding and placement of any of the aforementioned products will be illegal year-round – starting May 30th. For further questions or information, please see the Wildlife Code of Missouri, the MDC webpage, the 2016 Deer & Turkey Hunting pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or your local Conservation Agent.

Classified Ads 5-26-2016

FOR SALE – Asparagus.  Call 945-3020.

HELP WANTED – Kitchen help, weekends and holidays.  The Catfish Place.  Apply in person Thursdays and Fridays after 3:00 p.m.

HELP WANTED – Department Manager at Memphis Farm and Home.  8-5, Monday – Saturday with a day off.  Benefits and Paid Vacation.  Apply in person only.

FOR RENT – Two bedroom trailer with addition on huge lot in Memphis.  Window air conditioning, storage shed and clothes line. $350/month.  Contact: 660-216-0643.

FARMER’S MARKET – Every Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. In season fresh vegetables, plants, and baked goods.

YARD SALE – Friday, May 27, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday May 28, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Corner of Hwy. 15 and West Monroe Street in Memphis (Arnold’s garage). Boys 4-6 and Girls 4-5 clothes, twin bed with  mattress, twin mattress, shoes, Men’s leather vest, queen bedding set, small to X-large clothing, toys, children’s books, booster seat, dishes, and lots of household miscellaneous. Arnold, Brewer, and Middleton.

YARD SALE – Thursday, May 26, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, May 27, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 306 West Short Street, Memphis. Small table with chairs, TV with remote, Girl’s clothing 2T-3T and 14-16, lots of toys, Boy’s clothing up to 5-6, shoes, Men’s and Women’s clothing, and plastic canvas

BABY WINTERS

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Quentin and Laura Winters of Luray  are the parents of a daughter, Clara Dawn Winters, born May 15, 2016 at 1:09 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Clara weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 22 inches long. She is welcomed home by a brother, Jarret. Grandparents are Scott and Joy Aylward of Memphis and Kevin and Loretta Winters of Kahoka.

BABY HORNUNG

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Kathryn Hornung of Carthage, IL is the mother of a daughter, Cambrie Arabella Hornung, born May 17, 2016 at 8:54 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Cambrie weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was  20 inches long. She is welcomed home by a sibling, Rayden. Grandparents are Richard and Shelly Hornung of Warsaw, IL.

Two Tigers Close Out 2016 Golf Season at State Championship

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A pair of Scotland County golfers concluded the 2016 season among the top 100 players in Missouri Class 1 after completing the two-day Missouri Class 1 State Championship held at Fremont Hills Country Club.

Ryan Slaughter carded a round of 92, which tied him for 39th overall, while teammate Ian See shot a round of 106, which ranked 82nd overall.

Peyton Needy of Green Ridge was crowned the state champion after shooting a three-over-par round of 74. He edged Brian Whitson of Advance by a single stroke  with Tony Brandt of Greenwood finishing third with a 76  followed by Jett Robert Simmons of Gallatin with a 77 and Boone Kroenke of Lincoln in fifth with an 80.

The two top five performances helped lead Gallatin to the team state championship, as the four-golfer score of 339 held off La Plata and Greenwood which finished tied for second with team scores of 346. Lincoln was fourth with a 363 and Marceline finished fifth with a 371.

See and Slaughter are both juniors and should be back in 2017 for another crack at a state title.

Four SCR-I Grads Earn Academic All-Conference Honors

The Tri-Rivers Conference announce the 2015-2016 Academic All-Conference award winners. To be eligible for this award, students had to be of senior standing and completed their 7th semester of secondary school attendance; achieve a minimum ACT composite score of 22; and have participated in a minimum of one conference-sanctioned activity during their senior year.

Each nominated student received a combined score which includes GPA, ACT composite score, and number of Tri-Rivers Conference activities participated in during their 11th and 12th grade years. The top 16 student scores qualify as “Academic All-Conference”.

The 2015-16 TRC All Academic winners are Zach Boatman, Andrew Hodge, Tim Jones, Skyler Sullens, and Marissa York of Knox County; Sara Christine and Amber Vannoy of North Shelby; Courtney Guffey, Hunter Halley, and Lauren Renner of Putnam County; John Davenport and Nathanial Wheeler of Schuyler County; Joshua Adams, Morgan Alexander, Caleb Doubet, and Megan Kice of Scotland County.

Tigers Bring Home 11th, 13th Place Finishes at State Track Championships

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A pair of Scotland County entries in the Missouri Class 2 state track championships were unable to make it to the medal podium over the weekend but wrapped up the 2016 season with strong showings.

The Tigers 4×800 relay team finished 11th overall, but still set a school record with a time of 8:35.51.

College Heights Christian High School’s team took the state title in a time of 8:12.26 followed by Cleveland NJROTC, Russellville, Penney and Woodland. Also reaching the podium were teams from Summit Christian Academy, Crane and Clever.

The SCR-I team consisted of Caleb Doubet, Riley Kliethermes, Tristen Kice and Zach Doubet.

The team finished fourth in the Class 2 District 1 & 2 sectional meet in a time of 8:45.86 to qualify for state among the top 16 teams in Missouri.

Kice also competed in the 400 meter dash. He ran a time of 52.92 in the preliminaries, finishing sixth in his heat race and failing to qualify as one of the top eight individual times, finishing with the 13th best time.

Madison Davis of Skyline was the top qualifier in a time of 49.75. The senior went on to claim the state title the following day, to defend his state title, besting the field in a time of 48.95. Matthew Christhoffer of Clever was second followed by Jonathan Johnson of College Heights, James Allen of Cleveland NJROTC, Malcom Elmroe of Lafayette County, Kenan Brooks of Father Tolton, Justin de la Torre of Bourbon and Noah Hahn of Scott City.

Kice had qualified for state with a fourth place finish at the Class 2 Sectional 1 event held at Troy Buchanan High School.

Zach Doubet finished seventh in the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs at sectionals. The Tigers’ 4×400 team also finished seventh as did Bryson Orton in the shot put.

The Lady Tigers also had three athletes finish in the top at sectionals. Katelyn Talbert was seventh in the 400 meter dash while Abby Blessing finished seventh in the high jump. Khloe Hamlin was eighth in the triple jump.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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 Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from May 11, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Gene Berry, City of Gorin Alderman, called requesting assistance for exposed wells on abandoned properties in Gorin.  The Commission advised Berry to contact the Missouri Municipal League for guidance.

The Commission contacted Roy Monroe, City of Memphis Administrator, regarding trimming trees in the courthouse lawn.  The Commission, Monroe, and Curtis Mallett inspected the trees.

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, May 18, 2016.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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; Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from May 12, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioners approved an invoice to Quincy Mack for rock trailer.

Invoice #150523-010-5 to Shaefer, Kline & Warren for professional fees on Bridge #1460007 was approved by Commission.

Ryan Clark, Road & Bridge Supervisor, visited with Commissioners about Road and Bridge issues.

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, May 19, 2016.

Tigers Fall Short in Bid to Defend  District Title

Gage Dodge slides around the tag at home plate to score the Tigers lone run in their 2-1 loss to Canton in the District  championship game.

Gage Dodge slides around the tag at home plate to score the Tigers lone run in their 2-1 loss to Canton in the District championship game.

Scotland County’s baseball season came to a close Thursday night in Edina as the Tigers fell to Canton 2-1 in the Class 2 District 6 championship, a game in which SCR-I simply could not catch a break.

The Tigers missed by inches of taking the lead in the first inning. Gage Dodge walked to start the game. With two outs, Grant Campbell lined a deep drive down the right field line that went off the fielder’s glove just as he was crossing the line and was ultimately ruled a foul ball. If fair, the drive would have plated Dodge, but he was stranded at first when Campbell struck out. That became the theme of the evening as SCR-I left nine runners on base in a contest where the out hit the opponent eight to two.

Canton took advantage of an error in the bottom of the first to jump on top 1-0 when Josh Kermoade doubled to right field to plate Koy Smith.

Lane Pence singled with one out in the second. Courtesy runner Elijah Cooley was held up at third when Ryan Slaughter laced a double in the right-center field gap. Canton got out of the jam when Aaron Blessing lined out to second base and Cooley was doubled off third on the play.

SCR-I pulled even in the third inning. With one out, Dodge singled. Aaron Buford followed with a base hit before Will Fromm singled to right field and Dodge beat the throw home to tie the score at 1-1.

Logan Brown was hit by a pitch to start Canton’s third inning, but he was gunned down by Pence trying to steal second.

Canton took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. A one out single by Kermoade started the rally. A  pair of wild pitches moved him into scoring position. After a two-out walk to Lavion Wilson, Aaron Buford was called for a balk when he faked a pickoff throw to third base and then threw to first base. The move was widely used in  Major League Baseball until a rule change in 2013 made it a balk.  That was the call by the umpires, allowing Kermoade to come home.

The Tigers threatened again in the fifth inning. With two outs, Buford walked before Fromm singled to center field. Campbell legged out an infield single to load the bases, but Justin McKee was retired on a ground out to end the threat.

Pence narrowly missed tying the game when he crushed a double off the left field fence to start the sixth inning. But he was stranded at second as Lance Logsdon retired the next three hitters.

The Canton hurler retired the side in order for just the second time of the night in the seventh inning to secure the 2-1 win for his team.

Buford took the loss on the mound despite allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six.

Logsdon held SCR-I to one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10.

Pence went 2-3 for SCR-I and Fromm was 2-4 with the lone RBI.

The Tigers finish the season with a 14-4 record.

Canton (18-0) advances to take on District 5 champs Clopton (10-9). The winner will take on the victor of the Westran (13-6) and Vienna (17-8) contest featuring the district 7 and 8 champions.

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