April 5, 2007

Senate Bill 364 Could Remove Local Control of CAFO Decisions

The debate over Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) took center stage in Scotland County more than three years ago when the Scotland County Commission enacted a health ordinance to regulate the spread of such facilities in the community.

The bill was enacted on October 14, 2004 to further regulate large concentrated animal feeding operations beyond the regulations in place through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Since that date the county has issued three permits for CAFO facilities in Scotland County. All three have been for hog operations.

The county was at the forefront of a movement across the state to create more local control of an issue that centers around economic growth versus health and odor concerns. The ordinance was modeled after a similar law in Shelby County, one of just 10 counties at the time to have such laws on the books.

Since that time, several other counties have passed similar ordinances. However, recently this movement has hit a snag as state lawmakers are considering enacting legislation that would prohibit counties from enacting such guidelines.

Senate Bill 364, which is currently on the Senate’s informal calendar, would prohibit any county public health order, ordinance, rule, or regulation from applying to agricultural operations.

The act protects farms and farming-related activities from suits of nuisance or trespass for any condition resulting from, but not limited to, the acts of planting, cultivating, harvesting, mowing, applying pesticides or herbicides, land clearing, livestock management, or construction of farm roads, lakes, and ponds.

Farms or farming-related activities are not protected from suits of nuisance or trespass resulting from negligent conduct.

The act removes a provision stating that state regulation of certain concentrated animal feeding operations shall not be construed as restricting local control over concentrated animal feeding operations.

The bill originally came under fire but recent concessions have brought some support for a compromise.

The coalition of agricultural organizations supporting Senate Bill 364, the Missouri Farm and Food Preservation Act, has reached a major compromise with the Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) on a substitute bill that both groups have shown support for.

As introduced SB 364, sponsored by Senator Chris Koster from Harrisonville, would protect farmers from unjustified lawsuits and limit the regulation of agriculture to the state and federal levels.

The substitute version of SB 364 still contains both provisions; however, added to the legislation are several other changes that would limit the state’s largest animal feeding operations, set up a process for county input, increase setbacks in certain cases, and create incentives for using best management practices and odor control techniques.

“The coalition of 19 agriculture organizations supporting this bill appreciates the willingness and desire of MAC to work together to find common ground on this legislation so vitally important to the future of agriculture in Missouri,” said Charles E. Kruse, president of Missouri Farm Bureau. “We initiated discussions with MAC even before SB 364 was introduced, and Senator Koster should be commended for his leadership in bringing both sides together to work out our major differences.”

In addition to protecting farmers from unjustified lawsuits and regulations, the following 10 new provisions were added with the substitute bill:

1) No new Class 1A (the state’s largest) concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in any county unless approved by the county commission.

2) Increased setbacks for new CAFOs not designated as a Managed Environmental Livestock Operation (MELO).

3) New MELO best management standards to aid in the neighbor and community acceptance of CAFOs.

4) County health ordinances regulating CAFOs remain in effect until MELO standards are developed and then the county ordinances would expire.

5) Creation of a CAFO Review Board with authority to review and have input on the Department of Natural Resources’ livestock facility permits and develop the MELO standards.

6) Increased state regulations for new livestock facilities greater than 650 animal units.

7) Increased setbacks from specified lakes for new CAFOs of any size greater than 650 animal units.

8) Increased size and expanded use of the livestock lagoon indemnity fund.

9) Authorization of state tax credits to address issues such as odor control abatement and infrastructure improvements.

10) Grandfather in existing CAFOs, which would still be required to comply with state and federal regulations protecting public health and the environment.

“Contrary to what some opponents have said concerning SB 364, nothing in this legislation, as introduced or amended, would allow farmers and ranchers to pollute the environment and ignore compliance with state and federal laws,” said Don Nikodim, executive vice president of the Missouri Pork Association. “Regrettably, those who claim SB 364 has a hidden agenda are only misleading the public!”

According to the Missouri Corn Growers Association CEO Gary Marshall, “Agriculture and county governments have worked together constructively and in good faith to find common ground. The compromises reached are reasonable and in the best interest of farmers, consumers and a continued safe and affordable domestic food supply. No American wants to depend upon foreign food like we depend upon foreign oil today.”

But the compromise has not been met with similar warm sentiments from all involved parties.

On April 2nd the Linn County Commissioners sent a letter to the staff and leadership of the Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) and the County Commissioner Association of Missouri (CCAM) requesting that they rescind the Associations’ letter of support for a proposed compromise on Senate Bill 364.

According to the Linn County letter, the commissioners are prepared to file an injunction if MAC/CCAM has not abided by existing by-laws and does not withdraw support for the bill.

“We voted on proposed CAFO standards at the MAC meeting in November, stated Linn County Commissioners, Jim Libby and Randy Wade. “At that time we were assured there would be no deviation from those proposals. But this compromise contains new language that had not been voted on, or even seen, by the majority of MAC/CCAM membership.”

The commissioners say that the Executive Director of MAC/CCAM, Dick Burke, did not have the authority to sign on to a letter in support of the compromise bill because MAC/CCAM membership did not have the opportunity to vote on it.

According to Linn County Commissioners, Jim Libby and Randy Wade, the MAC/CCAM process was not open or transparent.

“At this point MAC/CCAM should oppose Senate Bill 364 and start over with a process for next year that ensures that MAC/CCAM will work with all interested parties to reach a position that everyone can live with,” they stated.

On the other side of the fence the group Missourians for Local Control has voiced its opposition to the compromise.

The group calls the compromise a deal between industrial livestock supporters (i.e. the Missouri Farm Bureau) and a six-member CAFO task force of the Missouri Association of Counties, adding that it does nothing to address the concerns voiced by thousands of farmers and property owners in opposition to Senate Bill 364. This opposition to the bill was a result of its anti-local control and anti-property rights agenda, says the group.

These opponents of the bill state the compromise still takes away authority of local elected representatives to protect the health, welfare and property rights of the majority of family farmers, landowners and rural citizens. It also still abolishes constitutional rights of farmers and property owners to defend their property through legal challenges when the negative impacts of corporate livestock factories infringe upon their property rights.

“We have been very clear that our opposition to Senate Bill 364 is based on its blatant attack on local control and property rights,” said Rhonda Perry, livestock and grain farmer from Howard County and Program Director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. “Simply adding fourteen pages of language about how the state is going to take care of the CAFO issue does not change the truth—this bill is about protecting corporate agri-business at the expense of local control and the property rights of the majority of family farmers and rural landowners,”

The group argues that if this bill passes, counties and their local elected representatives will lose the only mechanism they have for protecting citizens from the well-documented impacts associated with CAFOs.

Many county commissioners continue to oppose the bill.

Schuyler County Commissioner James Werner said “as county commissioners, we oppose Senate Bill 364, or any bill, that takes local control away from the counties.”

“It appears that the goal of the Farm Bureau and Senate Bill 364 is to get local government, and therefore local people, out of the way,” stated Terry Spence, livestock farmer from Putnum County. “This is an attempt to take the livestock industry out of the hands of independent and entrepreneurial producers, but we, as Missouri’s independent family farmers, cannot and will not let that happen,”

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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