June 7, 2007

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Im not sure a vacation recap qualifies as an Outdoor report, but the way the weather looks this week, it is likely the only way I am going to get this editorial spot filled. Besides, my familys four-day vacation to the West Coast offered so much comic relief, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to share some of the tales. Well that and the fact that my accountant tells me if I write about my trips, I can write off some of the expenses as business related. And I definitely can afford to do that after paying for five plane tickets and giving over an arm and a leg to gain entry to Disneyland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo.

Running a weekly newspaper makes vacation scheduling a challenge. We tried to maximize our travel by printing the newspaper a day early. While the concept is right, that means cramming an extra day of work together, with packing and last-minute planning that ultimately leads to some issues.

It all seemed okay until we arrived at the airport a little behind schedule. Well, we arrived on time, but construction and detours had us searching for the entrance to the parking area for way too long.

Once we ultimately caught the bus to the terminal and checked in our luggage, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then checked in. This is where I wished we had allowed ourselves a little more preparation time. As an infrequent flyer, I was unaware that you could not carry on any liquids (above the tiny travel size shampoo, etc.)

Im not one for messing around, so I suggested that my wife simply dump her toothpaste, hair products and 99 other creams and accessories in the trash can so we could get through security.

Instead, security and their cooler heads prevailed, recommending that we simply check the carry on in as a regular piece of luggage. I was still lobbying for a quick disposal, but my wife gathered up the massive amount of toiletries and snatched one of the girls back packs and began repacking, all too the dismay of the growing line behind us. She charged off to the baggage area and finally made it back as we were preparing to board the plane.

Who says vacation is supposed to be about relieving stress? That phrase must have been coined before the clamp down on air traffic security. If not, Im quite certain it was never uttered by a vacationer from a little Midwestern town who finds himself thrust into the chaos of Los Angeles traffic.

Any Californian wouldnt even bat an eye at the short jaunt from L.A. to Anaheim. But when your hometown doesnt even have a stop light, the 12 lanes of high-speed, merging traffic can be a bit intimidating to say the least. Add to it, the fact you have no idea where you are going, and you have four screaming kids in the back of a full-sized cargo van that drives like a tank with a dozen blind spots and no acceleration - lets just say I was happy to arrive alive at our hotel at the doorsteps of Disneyland.

I wasnt the only one. Katie was up at the crack of dawn and was fired up to start the day off with Mickey and the gang.

We tried to sneak in a quick breakfast break before we headed across the street but she would have nothing to do with it.

Fill me up a cup of milk to go and Ill meet you at Disneyland, she told her uncle as she tried to march off to the park. We ruined the escape attempt, but needless to say we didnt get much time to enjoy our breakfast.

Disneyland was awesome. Just ask my Jedi-trained daughter. Abigayle is a big fan of Star Wars. She found the feature on the parks website and informed me she would be attending Jedi-training school at the park.

After we watched the first show from the background of a huge crowd, I was a bit concerned about her options. On the other hand, she had no doubts. With just under an hour to wait for the next show, she dragged me through the exiting spectators to lay claim to her spot on the front row, as we awaited the return of the four Jedi knights.

The wait proved well worth it, as Abi was among the 20 or 30 youths picked from the crowd to participate in the training session. She was outfitted with a robe and a toy lightsaber and was given instruction in wielding the futuristic sword before ultimately going head-to-head in battle against Darth Vader himself.

The rides, the other attractions and even the huge finale, a parade of all the Disney characters, were all incredible, but they couldnt hold a candle to Abi crossing swords with the Star Wars villain.

After more than 12 hours at the park, it was back into the van to drive from Anaheim to San Diego. It could go without saying that I slept well that night when we finally arrived at the home of my sister-in-laws parents.

My slumber did not last long enough as we were up and at em early on Thursday for a day at the San Diego Zoo.

I dont mean to short change the nations greatest collection of animals, but it is all a blur.

Thats because sleep-deprivation was beginning to kick in. Day three had us again breaking camp early en route for Sea World.

We arrived just in time for the first Shamu show. I couldnt believe that we were able to get seats up front. It never registered, even after the vendors passed down the aisles selling waterproof ponchos and towels. The huge killer whales did not disappoint. Their aerobatics had me spellbound, so much I never even noticed the big signs at the end of each row in our section that said WET ZONE.

I was awakened from my stupor by a tremendous torrent of icy-cold saltwater. The tidal wave had to have impacted me directly in the chest, as I was immediately 100 percent soaked from head to toe. As I saw the whale surface, and then do a somersault underwater, I barely had enough to time to hide my camera behind my back before the whale kicked its tail down, not once, but twice, drenching our area.

Fortunately for me and the kids (unfortunately for my wallet) the fine marketing people at Sea World just happened to have a large store at the exit of the Shamu show where you could purchase towels and dry clothes.

I refused to give in to the scam. By lunch time I was starting to dry out, and my teeth chattering in the cold just helped me chew up my food that much better.

All that was forgotten as we took in the sea lion and dolphin shows.

Despite being all washed up, Id say Sea World was still my favorite stop. It offered plenty of interaction with the animals. The kids got to handle starfish and even were allowed to pet the dolphins. The latter is yet another ingenious scheme of the parks bean counters. They allow you to buy fish and feed the dolphins. Mark Twain got his buddies to paint the fence for him, and Sea World not only gets you to feed the animals for them, you are more than willing to buy the food as well.

All kidding aside, it was well worth the price, as the kids ate it up, just as much as the dolphins did. Not the cold dead fish, but the experience of being up and close with the animals, actually petting them as they gently fed within inches of you.

But the park isnt just about the animals. They have incorporated a ride or two into the amusement factor as well.

The big finale for our day was a ride on Journey to Atlantis. My brother-in-law and I did the good dad deeds, and watched the two youngest children, so the girls could enjoy the ride.

After three days of near perfect behavior, our two little ones went into full meltdown mode, crying for mommy and just about everything else in the world the entire 20 minutes they were in line and enjoying the ride.

I was about ready to cry too, when they finally got back. It was time to head to the van, but Katie wouldnt have it. She was going to ride the water-filled roller coaster one final time.

As my luck would have it, I found myself in the front seat. I still had a few damp spots from Shamu, but those were all replaced as our car slammed into the water after a speedy descent from the top of the cliff.

Drenched for the second time, I hardly noticed the next seven hairpin turns, climbs and twists. We topped it off with another plunge that insured I had not a single hair left dry.

I guess the ride attendant thought it was pretty funny. She said the park was closing but we could stay on and ride the roller coaster down to the end if we liked. Katie informed us that we could be chickens and walk down if we wanted, but she was not passing up a free ride.

Saturday, our schedule was a bit abridged as we had an afternoon flight back home. We used the morning to give the kids a quick trip to the ocean beach.

Our strict instructions of a short visit went unheeded. So there I was in line at the beach-front store, purchasing yet another set of dry clothes for my three little girls who somehow had found themselves trying to learn how to bodysurf.

For some reason, they all three slept nearly the entire plane ride home and hardly stirred in the car on the trip back from Kansas City to Memphis. I was sure glad to get back to work on Monday, so I could relax.

$175,000 Loan, Grant Finalized for New Memphis City Sanitation truck

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Grant and loan funding for a new waste disposal truck were finalized at the December 1st meeting of the Memphis City Council with some good news for customers of the local service.

Interest rates for the $150,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) lowered during the closing period for the loan, dropping from 2.875% to 2.375%, creating approximately $400 a month in savings for the Memphis Community Betterment Organization (MCBO), which is securing the funding on behalf of the Memphis City Sanitation.

In addition to the loan, USDA is also providing a $25,000 grant to MCBO to help meet the needs for a new trash truck. The USDA helped secure the low interest rates for the seven-year loan that will allow the city to replace its lone trash truck. Proceeds from residential and commercial refuse collection fees will be used to repay the loan.

Disability Insurance

In other business, the Memphis City Council approved the addition of a short-term disability policy to the insurance coverage offered by the city to its employees.

The policy will aid employees who have an injury or illness that forces them to miss more than seven consecutive days and having exhausted all other sick leave and paid vacation. It will provide a disability payment of 67% of the employee’s base bi-weekly wage or salary. The benefit may be paid for a maximum of 90 days per calendar year.

Law Offenses

The council also brought policy and codes up to date with a new Chapter 215 of the city code book dealing with law offenses.

Passage of Senate Bill 491 and House Bill 1371 by state law makers created several changes to state statutes dealing with crime and punishment and these changes are reflected in the new Chapter 215.

Passed in 2014, the state law changes were the first to Missouri’s criminal code since 1979. Among the changes are stiffer penalties for crimes against children and for fatal drunk driving incidents while reducing penalties for marijuana possession.

Levee

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated that efforts to pursue a possible earthen levee to protect the city’s light and water plants from future flooding has run into issues with the Missouri Corp of Engineers regarding potential changes to be made to wetland areas.

The city is considering constructing the levee on private property west of the facility as a more cost efficient alternative to building cement flood walls around the city’s main electric substation, which lies east of the Fabius River, which in the past decade has twice flooded enough to threaten the facilities.

Park Shelters

Monroe also reported that the city’s grant application for funding to replace several deteriorating shelter houses at the city parks, was denied by the state.

The council instructed Monroe to seek building estimates for installing metal structures instead of the current wooden construction plans that were proposed in the grant application.

If more economical alternatives can be identified, the council agreed that the city should pursue local partnerships with community groups to seek funding to continue the necessary upgrades in the municipal park system to help expand public opportunities for recreation.

Local Efforts Helping to Bring Christmas to More Families

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Less than 15 shopping days until Christmas! Letters to Santa Claus are being written and children are dreaming of presents under the Christmas tree. But in Scotland County, plenty of people are also remembering that it is better to give than receive.

A number of programs targeting area needy families are ensuring that everyone in Scotland County has a Merry Christmas.

The Christmas Wish program, a joint effort of the Scotland County R-I schools, Scotland County Divisions of Children and Family Services, ShopKo, Dollar General and J’s Foods and headed up by the United Methodist Church of Memphis, wrapped up efforts on December 5th to fill the Christmas lists of local families in need.

Patrons were able to adopt an anonymous child, picking their wish list off the Christmas tree at ShopKo, and completing the shopping for a child in need. Gift cards were also purchased thru J’s to provide a holiday meal and other food stuffs for families.

Project coordinator Stacy Browning of the UMC stated that local efforts helped fulfill the Christmas Wish for 42 families, including 118 children. That number was up slightly from 2015 when 38 families and 100 children were reached.

The gifts will be presented to the families and children on December 12th.

 If you missed out on supporting the Christmas Wish, Ignite Ministries is hosting a similar Toys Under The Tree event on December 17th.

Church leader Les Richmond indicated that 35 families, with just shy of 100 children, were aided by last year’s program.

Donors provide gifts and financial support to the project, which provides one main gift of approximately $35 in value as well as additional smaller “stocking stuffer” items.

Parents can pick out the gifts for their children and have them wrapped right there at the church.

Toys Under the Tree will be held Saturday, December 17th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“If you need help putting Christmas gifts under the tree, there are lots of people in Scotland County that want to help,” said Richmond.

According to the Missouri Community Action Network, the poverty rate in Scotland County is 16.3%. In neighboring counties, that number is 18.2% in Schuyler, 15.7% in Clark, 19.4% in Knox and 26.9% in Adair.

All are above the 14.8% level for the state, where 875,495 Missourians are at 100% or below the Federal Poverty Level, which for a family of four is $24,250. Roughly 30% of those in poverty are children.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 was the high water mark for poverty in the state, when 16.2% of the population lived in poverty. The mark was declined each of the past three recording periods.

The United States Department of Agriculture reported Missouri’s food insecurity rate at 15.2% in 2016, meaning that more than 1 in 7 of the state’s residents at times has problems accessing adequate food.

That is one of the driving forces behind the local Tiger Packs program, which provides nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks on weekends for children who are eligible for the free breakfast/lunch program offered through the public school system.

Sponsored in part by the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance, the program currently serves more than 80 children in the Scotland County R-I school system and the Head Start program.

The program was supported by a fundraising drive at the recent Community Thanksgiving Service as well as by the local Boy Scouts, who have been collecting donations at public events such as the recent Christmas Bazaar in Memphis.

The local giving efforts aren’t limited to children.

The Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace offers the Angel tree program, which allows community members to adopt a resident(s) at the facilities to help wish them a Merry Christmas.

Started nearly a decade ago, the Angel ornaments on the tree feature information about a resident, with gift ideas, including dietary restrictions.

Tammy Hammond, activities director at SCCC said the number of angles ranges from 60 to 75 each year, with community members as well as SCCC staff and family, providing gifts of bath products, snacks, games, reading materials and clothing.

“This year we have 64 angels on the tree,” said Hammond. “Boy are the residents surprised and uplifted when they see their package.”

Edina Boy Hurt in Crash Near Rutledge

An Edina boy suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Scotland County on Saturday just before noon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Natalie T. Clark, 16 was eastbound on County Road 200, three miles southwest of Rutledge, when the 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora she was driving went off the left side of the roadway and overturned. A passenger in the vehicle, Thomas F. Reel, 5, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Reel was transported by private vehicle to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of his injuries.

Both of the vehicles occupants were wearing safety devices.

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

Respawn Video Game Center Opens on the Memphis Square

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Respawn Video Game Center is the newest business to open its doors on the Memphis Square.  They are located on the southeast corner at 101 E. Monroe.

The new gaming center, owned and operated by Chris and Sheena Nichols, opened their doors Saturday, November 19th with an All-Night Gaming Party.  The next All-Night Gaming Party is scheduled for New Year’s Eve from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Admission for the all-night event is $25 which includes free Casey’s pizza.  Beverages and snacks will also be available for purchase at the Center’s snack bar.

The All-Night Gaming Parties work like a lock-in.  In order to stay without a guardian, children must be nine years or older.  Parents must leave contact information and any child who desires to go home early, parents will be contacted for pick-up.

Regular hours for the Gaming Center are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2:00-10:00 p.m., Friday from 2:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

There is a variety of pricing options including hourly ($7/hour, $15/3 hours, and $25 unlimited play).  Membership options include Silver, Gold, and Platinum pricing.  Party Packages for birthdays and other group events are also available.

Additionally, Chris and Sheena are offering an Honor Roll Program.  If students bring in their current Honor Roll certificates, they will get a free hour of play!  Also, area Church Youth Groups, accompanied by Youth Group Leaders, are able to play free on Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The gaming center is fully stocked with 15 Xbox One Systems and 15 full HD TVs.  All the Xbox systems are live and LAN connected.  There is also a full surround sound headset for each system and near 100 games to play, including the newest releases.

Chris and Sheena moved to Memphis about five years ago from Terre Haute, Indiana.  Sheena is originally from Memphis and they decided to return to this area so their son, Caiden, could grow up in a small town.  Caiden is currently in the fourth grade.  Chris and Sheena have another son, Jaxon, who is four years old.

Chris is also an LPN at Scotland County Hospital and is continuing his education to receive his RN.  Sheena is an RN and currently the Director of Nurses at the Scotland County Care Center.  Sheena is also continuing her education to receive her Clinical Nurse Specialist degree.

The couple’s purpose for opening Respawn Video Game Center was to give parents an affordable, close, and supervised activity center and another option for hosting birthday parties and other group events.

For all these details and more, call Chris at 660-223-3956 or visit their Facebook page at Respawn Video Game Center.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, December 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, December 9 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, December 12 – Waffles, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, December 13 –Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Ham/Cheese/Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Thursday, December 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, December 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, December 9 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Grilled Chicken Patty/Bun, Potato Rounds, Buttered Corn, Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Fruit

Monday, December 12 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Juicy Burger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, December 13 – School Made Pizza, Bar BQ Meatballs, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Green Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Dec. 14 –Sliced Turkey, Sliced Ham, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Cherry Cheese Cake, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, December 15 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thurs. December 8 – Creamed Chicken/Biscuit, Tomato and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad

Friday, December 9 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Strawberry Shortcake/Topping

Monday, December 12 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Sweet/Regular Fries, Pineapple, Cauliflower Vegetables, Cake

Tuesday, December 13 – Sausage/Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Applesauce, Ice Cream

Wed., December 14 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Pickled Beets, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thurs. December 15 – Ham and Beans, Onions, Fried Potatoes, Carrot-Pineapple Jell-O Salad, Cornbread, Peanut Butter Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15 – Scotland County Health Department here for blood pressure checks.  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

BABY ZEISET

Steven and Janice Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Shalyn Janae Zeiset, born November 29, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Shalyn weighed 7 lbs 0.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Siblings include Levi, Verlin, Kendon, Devon amd Ronald.

December Birds

December is here, along with all of the festivity, decorations, family gatherings, shopping, office parties, church programs, caroling, cookie exchanges, craft shows, I could go on and on.  Sometimes it seems we get our schedules so full, we do not leave time for ourselves, meditating, celebrating the birth of Christ and a simpler time.

I love to decorate, but sometimes finding myself getting stressed trying to get it all done.  This year, in the back of my mind, I keep saying less is more. Between shopping trips, Christmas plays, a girls’ night out or two, church programs, preparation for the holidays, before you know it the holidays are over.

I am not of the mind set to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, as I do a lot of fall decoration, so I always strive to get the decorations up around the first of the month.  Hasn’t our weather been awesome.

I am so enjoying our extended fall.  Although it’s chilly this week, we still have fairly mild weather.  I have a great many birds on the trail, but not feeding anything at the house,  sparrows are my only visitor, with an occasional House Finch, Gold Finch, and Woodpecker.  I have a few Blue Jays, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers enjoying my corn feeder.

I have an abundance of beautiful pine cones.  Anyone need a gift idea for a bird watching friend, coat one in peanut butter or a cheap butter spread and dip or roll in mixed bird feed. Birds love this.

Another fun recipe for a good bird mix is as follows:  1 cup lard, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 2 cups cornmeal,  2 cups old fashioned oats, 1/2 c. Flour, 1/2 c. Sugar, 1/2 c. Raisins, 1/2 c. Ground corn, 1/2 c. Peanuts. Warm lard and peanut butter in microwave and mix with all other ingredients. This can be frozen as suet or fed on a platform feeder.

Enjoy making and giving homemade gifts this year.  Until next time, good bird watching.

City of Downing to Pursue Grant For Water System Upgrades

The board of the city of Downing convened at 6 p.m. on December 5, 2016 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Aldermen present were Dan Buford, Bill Anderson and Rodney Newland. Also present were Larry Smith and Carol Dryden.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, budget for 2017, water/waste-water report, deposit & disbursements and account balances were given to the board members.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Dan Buford and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Dill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve bills was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Rodney Newland and carried unanimously.

Melody Whitacre of Northeast Regional Planning Commission reported she is going to help pursue a grant to upgrade the Downing water system. She informed the board they would need to get an engineer to complete a PER report before they can precede. She told the board DNR has a program to help secure funding. Carol will call and get the information needed.

Larry Smith discussed the different types of water meters that could be bought to replace the old ones.

Smith was informed about some roads that needed some work and also discussed a tube that is being run over and smashed. The board talked about ways to get this fixed and came up with a plan so this won’t happen in the future,

The cemetery received a gift from Betty Smith

The board discussed the budget for 2017. Bill Anderson made a motion to adopt the budget and seconded by Rodney Newland.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. was made by Rodney Newland and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Scotland County 4-H Hosts Annual Recognition Event

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Scotland County 4-H held the organization’s annual Recognition Event on November 5, 2016.  The evening began with a carry-in supper.  There were 74 members, parents, and other 4-H supporters in attendance.

Clover kids each received a completion pin, certificate, and a free personal pan coupon from Pizza Hut: Unit 1 – Denny Black, Laney Doster, Tracy Huber, Cora Ketchum, Zada Ketchum, Alyssa Kirchner, Lanie Mallett, MaKenna Musgrove, Jacob Stott, Hannah Whitney.

Unit 2 -Layla Baker, Hannah Montgomery, Avery Cowell, Cason Talbert, Javis Hauk.

Unit 3 – Wesley McSparren, Emery Kirchner, Trent Mallett.

Each member who filled out a project record for the year received their year completion pins.  The pins were sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First year pins – Brenna Phillips, Dane Blessing, Shelby Troutman, Kadence Burnett, Aden Drummond, Mason Mallett

Second Year pins – Beau Triplett, Letha Ward, Julian Valle, Tanner Valle.

Third year pins – Penelope Cline, Kendal Anderson, Katie Miller, Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Baileigh Phillips, Brianna Kraus, Ethan Blessing, Corbin Blessing, Hugh Baker, Elsie Kigar.

Fourth year pins -Eric Mohr, Lauren Triplett, Eli Kigar.

Fifth year pins – Will Montgomery, Sadie Davis, Clara Davis, Kilee Bradley-Robinson.

Sixth year pins – Bobbi Darcy, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Anna Triplett.

Seventh year pins – Haley Darcy, Nova Cline, Conner Wiggins, Abby Blessing.

Eighth year pins – Kyle Mohr.

Ninth year pins – Lane Pence, McKaela Bradley, Keenan Bradley.

Eleventh year (final) pins – Tasha Eggleston-Wood, Taylar Eggleston-Wood.

Leaders are recognized for being a first year leader and for every five years of service. These pins are also sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First Year – Patricia Miller, Dennis Blaine, Renee Blaine, Corry Ward.

Five Year – Amy Talbert.

15 Year – Debbie Payne.

Each year at Achievement Event we have a table setting competition.  The top formal and informal settings are given gift certificates.  The formal award was given to Katie Campbell and the informal award was given to Lauren Triplett.  They were sponsored by Countryside Flowers and Bradley Insurance.

Eleven members filled out a recognition form.  They are divided into 3 age groups 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & over.  They each received $10 cash and a 4-H cinch bag sponsored by the Scotland County 4-H Council.  They also received pins for their various project accomplishments.  The forms were judged by leaders from Lewis County. Lane Pence – Shotgun; Katie Miller – Cake Decorating, Sheep, and Clothing; Lauren Triplett – Horse, Sheep, and Swine; Abby Doster – .22 rifle and Swine; Eli Kigar – Beef and Shotgun; Kendal Anderson – Foods; Conner Wiggins – Beef and .22 rifle; Anna Triplett – Dogs and Goats; Bryn Aylward – .22 rifle, Clothing, and Swine; Elsie Kigar – Beef and Foods; Beau Triplett – Goats and Welding.

Katie Miller’s 8-10 year old recognition form was picked to advance to regional competition and Anna Triplett’s 11-13 year old form was also selected to go onto regional competition.  They each received picture frames for their accomplishments.

Kendal Anderson was chosen as the recipient of the Farm Bureau Cookbook Award.  Her recognition form was chosen as the best in Foods.

Junior Achievement awards are also selected from the members who completed recognition forms.  This award can only be won once.  It is awarded to a boy and girl under the age of 13.  These awards were sponsored by US Bank and Community Bank of Memphis.  They received tumbler cups with their names engraved on them.  The girl was Elsie Kigar and the boy was Beau Triplett.

The Outstanding Member is also selected from the completed recognition forms and can only be won once.  This year’s outstanding member was from the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Club and is active in Beef and Shooting Sports.  He is twelve years old and his parents are Jim & Alisa Kigar.  2016 Scotland County 4-H Outstanding Member is Eli Kigar.  He received a plaque and a cash award sponsored by FCS Financial, Miles Cameron and Sandra Arnold, Bank of Kirksville.

Shooting sports ribbons were given out for the State Shoot.  Those receiving blue ribbons were:  Bobbi Darcy, Abby Doster, Jared Dunn, Eli Kigar, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Magnum Talbert, and Luke Triplett.  Red ribbons were earned by: Kendal Anderson, Brock Aylward, Bobbi Darcy, Baileigh Phillips, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Kylie Small, Katelyn Talbert, and Shelby Troutman.  White ribbons were given to the following: Victoria Huber, Brenna Phillips, Shelby Troutman, Victoria Ward, Eric Yarbrough, and Erica Yarbrough.

The Scotland County 4-H Council selects a Friend of 4-H Business and Individual.  This year’s recipients were Scotland County Livestock Auction and Chris Kempke.  We would like to thank them for all the support they give the 4-H program in Scotland County.

Gorin Go Getters 4-H Club was named Outstanding Club in Scotland County for 2016.

Submitted by Carlee Smith, Reporter

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