May 24, 2007

SCR-I Students Honored, Rewarded For Scholastic Excellence at 2006-07 Awards Banquet

As the 2006-07 school year comes to a close, faculty, students and their families gathered at the Scotland County R-I High School on May 14th to honor the numerous academic achievements observed during the year.

Instructor Sandra Eccles recognized a number of SCR-I art students.

Beau Becraft, Deidra Dochterman, Casey Parrish, Taylor Orton, Kylee Sears, Aaron Shaffer and Grace Sumption all displayed artwork at the Moberly Community College art contest. Becraft received honorable mention for his piece.

The students received a number of top honors at the Kahoka Tri-State Competition held March 14. Nathan Purvis took 1st in painting. Becraft had the top sculpture. Casey Parrish earned 1st place in pastels and Kylee Sears had the best of show in the charcoal media.

Top performers at the SCR-I Art Show were Kaylan Winn (crafts); Parrish (sculpture), Trey Crow (ceramics), Vince Trucksuess (painting), Courtney Small (mixed media), Beau Becraft (drawing), Ashely Westhoff (fundamental painting) and Jeanie Forquer (fundamental drawing).

The music awards were presented by Jamie Hicks.

The trio of Kirsten Williams, Lacey Jack and Megan Westhoff earned a II rating at the state vocal contests as did the sextet of Westhoff, Andrea Shelley, McKinsay Cooley, Williams, Jack and Jessica Baker.

The Directors Award- went to Westhoff.

SCR-I was represented at the state band contest by Ausha Crow (II), Loren Billington- (II), Loren Billington (piano I I, Ryan Auld (II) and the percussion trio of Scott Johnson, Brett Thomas, and Billington (II).

Billington earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award; the Frederick Chopin Piano Award and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.

The Directors Award for Band went to Ausha Crow

The business department awards were presented by Carol McCabe.

A number of students competed at the FBLA District III Contest at MACC on March 6th.

Dylan Gelbach finished 1st in Introduction To Business and 3rd in Economics. Hannah Kiddoo was 1st in Impromptu Speaking. Ben Wiley finished 2nd in Technology Concepts and 2nd in Networking Concepts. Loren Billington earned 3rd in Technology Concepts.

The students also performed well at the Northeast Missouri Education District Contest held at Hannibal-LaGrange College on March 29.

Deidre Blaine, Becca Tague and Amanda Heck made up the 1st place team in Office Procedures.

Cheyenne Ward earned 1st place in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The team of Rosie Parks, Chaesi Renick, and Taylor Seppelt finished second in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The Spanish awards were presented by Mrs. Ivonne Wiegand.

Brett Courtright, Kolby Peterson, Calla Davis, Kelly Lister, Kelsey Frazier, and Hannah Small were honored in Spanish I.

Spanish II awards went to Deidra Dochterman, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Jeff Kice, Grace Sumption and Melissa Cotton while Hannah Kiddoo and Shannon Tobler were tops in the Spanish III class.

The math awards were presented by Matt Reel.

Hannah Small was honored in Algebra II. Formal Geometry awards went to Jeff Kice and Christina Duzan while Advanced Algebra awards were given to Shyanne Barton and Kelly Lister.

Brad and Jennifer Cerbin presented the English department awards.

McKinsay Cooley, Spencer Keller, Kelly Lister, Hannah Small, Ti Waibel and Ashley Westhoff were recognized in English I.

English II honors went to Melissa Cotton, Christina Duzan, Kaitlin Caldwell, and Shyanne Barton.

Ben Wiley, Megan Westhoff, Brett Courtright, and Lacey Jack were recognized in the English III class.

English IV awards were given to Patrick Mutchler, Karra Small and Matt Wickert.

The College English course top awards went to Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, and Julie Triplett.

The publications class honored Beau Becraft, Hannah Kiddoo and Julie Triplett.

Science department awards were handed out by Sharon Veatch.

They went to Trisha Harvey, Jeff Kice, Loren Billington, Christina Duzan, Tyler Henstorf and Brett Courtright for Chemistry I.

Chemistry II honors were given to Grace Sumption and Julie Cotton while the Zoology class recognized Julie Triplett and Matt Wickert.

The social science awards were given by Gary Hunziker, Marc Colvin and Barbara Campbell.

Hannah Small, Spencer Keller, McKinsay Cooley, and Kelly Lister were recognized in American History class.

The Contemporary Issues/Civil War/20th Century History top student was Patrick Mutchler.

Geography awards went to Kelsey Frazier, Shyanne Barton, Christina Duzan, and Kylee Sears.

Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Melissa Cotton, and Shyanne Barton were tops in Government class.

World History awards were handed out to Rebecca Tague, Brett Courtright, Ben Wiley and Megan Westhoff.

The Psychology class award went to Loren Billington while the Sociology class honors went to Lance Smith.

The following special awards were presented during the banquet:

Freshman Citizenship- McKinsay Cooley & Drew Giberson

Missouri Scholars Academy - Dylan Gelbach

Danforth I Dare You Awards - Melissa Cotton & Dylan Gelbach

Scotland County R-I Student Council Awards- Pres.- Hannah Kiddoo; Sr. Reps- Julie Cotton & Matt Wickert; VP- PeJaye Brown; Jr. Reps- Lacey Jack & Brett Courtright; Sec./Tres.- Ben Wiley; Sophomore Reps- Tara Matlock & Dylan Gelbach; Freshman Reps- McKinsay Cooley

MSHSAA Award Of Excellence- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

WENDYS High School Heisman Awards- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Campus Bowl Awards- Julie Triplett, Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, Ben Wiley, Jeff Kice, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Tyler Troutman

Perfect Attendance Certificates - Amanda Bogatzke, Logan Payne, Jimmie Lamb, Hannah Small, Kasey Dial

SENIOR AWARDS

T.A.T.U- Trisha Harvey, Hannah Kiddoo, Ciera Turner, Kolby Peterson, Beau Becraft, PeJaye Brown

U.S. MARINE CORPS Awards

Scholastic Excellence- Grace Sumption & Loren Billington

Semper Fidelis Award- Ausha Crow & Loren Billington

Distinguished Athlete Award- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award - Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Missouri Bright Flight Scholarships- Grace Sumption

Missouri Scholars 100- Grace Sumption

Gillette Economics For Leaders Program- Hannah Kiddoo

TRI-RIVERS CONFERENCE ACADEMIC AWARDS- Lance Smith 3.68 GPA/ACT 27 and Julie Triplett 3.93 GPA/29 ACT

College Prep Certificates- Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Kelsey Caldwell, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Matt Wickert, Amanda Parks, Hannah Kiddoo, Lauren Grogan, Ausha Crow, Julie Cotton, Lance Smith, Andy Cowell, Patrick Mutchler, Beau Becraft, Michael Keller, Kyle Hoskinson, Aaron Shaffer

Presidential Education Certificate (3.5 GPA OR Higher and 85% or higher in mathematics and/or reading sections of the ACT) Loren Billington (reading), Hannah Kiddoo (reading), Grace Sumption (reading & math), Matt Wickert (math), Julie Triplett (reading)

George Washington Carver Awards (Top 10% of Senior Class)

Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Kelsey Caldwell

Scotland County CTA Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

Senior Activities- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Senior Leadership- Hannah Kiddoo & Loren Billington

Scotland County Firemens Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

A number of scholarship awards were also announced during the special ceremony.

4-H Council Scholarship $150 Andy Cowell

Missouri Sheriffs Association Scholarship $1,000- Lauren Grogan

Missouri School Board Association $250- PeJaye Brown

Memphis Funeral Home $250- Trisha Harvey

Beta Sigma Phi- Epsilon Iota (3) $300 ea.- Kelsey Caldwell, Lauren Grogan, Hannah Kiddoo, Loren Billington, Matt Wickert

Beta Sigma Phi- Xi Theta Tau (5) $300 ea.- Trisha Harvey, Zach McBee, Laura Aylward

Community Bank Of Memphis $250 ea.- Beau Becraft & Julie Triplett

Gorin Alumni Scholarship $300- Brandon Dale

Jason Rockhold Memorial Scholarship $500- Marcus Shalley

J.P. & Mary Childers Environmental Scholarship $600 ea.- Andy Cowell & Zach McBee

Leo & Arlean Paul Memorial Scholarship- Kelsey Caldwell

MFA Foundation Scholarship $2,000- Lauren Grogan

Patricia Hudnall Memorial Scholarship $1,500- Hannah Kiddoo

P.E.O. $300 - Ciera Turner

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bttlng. Co. Schlrshp. $250 ea.- Grace Sumption & Julie Cotton

Ruth & Jess Slavin Memorial Scholarship $1,000- Loren Billington

Scotland County Rotary Scholarships $500- Zach McBee, Julie Triplett, Hannah Kiddoo, Karra Small, Andy Cowell.

Tucker-Bourn Memorial Scholarship (based on interest)- Ausha Crow

Michael Wagner Memorial Scholarship- Andy Cowell

Pheasants Forever Scholarship $500- Zach McBee

NWTF Duane Courtright Memorial Scholarship $100- Zach McBee

NWTF $250- Andy Cowell

Heather Fogle Memorial Scholarship $250 ea.- Hannah Kiddoo & Matt Wickert

Ted Riney Memorial Golf Scholarship $200- Marcus Shalley

Scotland County R-I H.S. Faculty & Staff Education Fund $500 Lance Smith

Wymon Lemmon Memorial(Purchase Of Books, 4 Year renewable) Julie Triplett

Upward Bound Certificates & Scholarship-Julie Cotton $2,600

Central Methodist University- Hannah Kiddoo (Trustees & Cheerleading Scholarship)

Central Missouri State University-

Julie Cotton University Scholarship $2,000

Andy Cowell, Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,500

Grace Sumption Board Of Governors Scholarship $4,000

Missouri Western State University-

Lauren Grogan regents Scholarship $1,500 & Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Hannah Kiddoo Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Northwest Missouri State University- Bryce Blomme Freshman Merit Scholarship

Aaron Shaffer Freshman Merit Scholarship $500

Ausha Crow Tower Scholarship $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo Tower Scholarship $1,000

Kolby Peterson Freshman Merit $500

Truman State University

Loren Billington- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,500, Alumni Sch. $500,

Julie Cotton- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,000 & Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo- Pres. Leadership Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability $1,500

Julie Triplett- Pres. Honorary Sch. $2,000, Pres. Combined Sch. $2,000

University Of Missouri- KC

Lauren Grogan- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Amanda Parks- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Culver-Stockton College

Beau Becraft- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Patrick Parsons- Fine Arts Scholarship $1,750.

Karra Small- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Lance Smith- Presidents Scholarship $8,500.

Marcus Shalley- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

IOWA STATE- Kelsey Caldwell, Academic Recognition Award $4,500.

Quincy University John McCarthy- Academic Scholarship.

Drury University Julie Cotton- Academic Honors Scholarship.

Coe College Matt Wickert- Deans Scholarship $9,000.

Wartburg College Matt Wickert- Academic Scholarship $10,000 (Renewable).

St. Ambrose University MattWickert- Academic Scholarship $8,000/Athletic $2,000.

Avila Unversity Matt Wickert- Achievement Award $6,000/Deans Sch. $1,000/Midwest Region Award $1,000/Residents Grant $1,000.

Rockhurst University Matt Wickert- Rockhurst Grant $10,000.

Rotary Hosts SCR-I Football Coaches

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Members of the football coaching staff from Scotland County R-1 High School recently presented a program to the members of the Scotland County Rotary Club.  The Head Coach is Mikel Gragg and assistants are Troy Carper and Rod Sears.  Coach Gragg reported that there are 30 boys on the team and two are injured and unable to play.  There are 13 seniors on the team.  Mr. Carper is the defensive coach and Mr. Sears works with special teams. In the classroom, Mr. Gragg teaches Jr. High & High School PE.  Mr. Carper teaches Life Skills and Mr. Sears teaches high school math classes.  The football coaches are pictured with local Rotarian and school superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Patrol Discusses Bus Safety

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Elementary Guidance focused on safety during the month of September.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt discussed Bus Safety with SCR-1 kindergartners.  We can ALL help keep our students safe by slowing down and stopping when we see the flashing lights and stop signs.  Thank you bus drivers for your service!  

MHS Class of 1956 Reunion

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1956 GRADUATING CLASS HOLDS 60 YEAR REUNION – A total of 23 class members of 1956 graduating class of Memphis High School met at the Scotland County  Fitness Center to celebrate their 60th class reunion. A delicious dinner was catered by the Rutledge School Restoration Society.  Traveling the farthest was Dean Hicks from Las Vegas,  Nevada, followed by Bill Smoot and Suzanne  Smoot (Leach) traveling from Billings, Montana.  A good time was enjoyed by all. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Evelyn Magruder (Prebe), Marilyn Dunn (Prebe), Joyce Aylward (Kiddo), Joann Rood (Carlson), and Edna Gundy (Miller). Middle row (L to R) are Marietta Fowler (Ferris), Betty Ann Lefler (Walker), Leon Kerr, Joanna Shelly (Peck), Suzanne Smoot (Leach), and Ruby Hanson (Pample). Back row (L to R) are Kenny Nelson, Dean Hicks, Barbara Smith (Adams), Jerry Bland, Carol Scurlock (Simerl), George Rude, Bill Smoot, Audrey Glass, Larry Howe, Larry Harrington, and Phil Aylward.

Rush to Preach at Kahoka

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Rev. Terry Rush  will be the guest speaker at the Kahoka Christian Church on October 2, 2016. Terry began his ministry at Kahoka Church of Christ in 1974.  He has been pastor of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 39 years. He and wife, Mary, have three children who are also involved in Christian Ministry. Rev. Rush has a long standing association with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team, including playing at their Legends Camps and being spiritual mentor to a number of current and former players and coaches. October 2 will be a special “Baseball Sunday”.  Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Team Jersey, or to simply come-as-you-are. Please help welcome Terry Rush back to Kahoka. Services start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Conservation Considerations – Archery Season 2016

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

Fall is right around the corner and so is everyone’s favorite time of the year. Between the ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Football Sunday, cooler weather, bonfires and last but not least, pursuing that trophy buck that you’ve been watching all year – this is truly a special time of the year. Archery season is here and it’s time to wipe the dust off of your hunting gear, check to see if everything is up to par and to hone your archery skills.

This year, the dates for Archery Deer and Turkey Season are September 15 through November 11, and November 23 through January 15. The legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise, to one-half hour after sunset. During this season, hunters may use longbows, compound bows, hand-held string releasing devices, atlatls, recurve bows of any draw weight, and crossbows. Yes, crossbows, too. Beginning this year, hunters are now allowed to hunt deer and turkey with a crossbow. In the past, hunters needed a hunting methods exemption in order to use one – however, this is no longer the case. Your archery equipment may be outfitted with any illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights. Hunting with the aid of an artificial light, possession or use of night vision or thermal imagery devices, use of any sighting device that casts a beam of light on game, and use of electronic calls for deer and turkey or through the use of bait is illegal and will result in a citation. After harvesting a deer or turkey, hunters are required to notch the month and day of harvest, along the margins of their permit. Hunters are also required to keep their permits with them at all times while hunting.

The season limits are as follows: Hunters may harvest two turkeys of either sex and both may be taken on the same day, may not exceed the limit of 2 antlered deer (all seasons combined), and can fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer permits in all counties except Iron, Reynolds, Butler, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.

As always the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – for now and more to come. Be safe and good luck out there!

For more information go to mdc.mo.gov, see the 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660) 216-1374.

Roll Clouds

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Roll clouds were part of an amazing sunrise in Scotland County early Tuesday morning, September 13th.  A roll cloud is a low, horizontal, tube-shaped and relatively rare type of arcus cloud, a category of low cloud formations.  Roll clouds form near advancing cold fronts.  A downdraft from the advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud.  When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.  They differ from shelf clouds by being completely detached from a thunderstorm base or other cloud features.  They usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis.

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Former Pastors to Speak at First Christian Church Centennial Homecoming

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Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins, former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church, will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service as the Church hosts Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.

Gore, who grew up in Vandalia, preached his first sermon at age fifteen.  He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  In January, 1998, Gore became minister of Memphis First Christian Church where he served until 2000.  He is owner of Phillip Gore Design and designs web sites and creates digital art.  Gore and his wife Lanaya have four children. They currently live in San Antonio, Texas.

Hawkins, who served as youth minister and then senior minister at First Christian Church from 1994 to 1997, now resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie and their four children.  He is Executive Director of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry and has been with the group since 2006 helping college and university students on their journey back to God.  Hawkins is pastor of Reunion Christian Church, Somerville location.

Former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon (October 2).  Rush has served the Memorial Drive Church of Christ congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since July of 1977, and also serves as the coordinator of the Tulsa Workshop. He is the author of seven books including, “The Holy Spirit Makes No Earthly Sense” and “The Miracle of Mercy”. Rush is an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and has a unique ministry of playing baseball in legends camps with former St. Louis Cardinal old-timers since 1984. He and his wife Mary have three adult children; their two sons are in full time ministry.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, (see schedule of services ad published in this issue of the Democrat).  Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services and host fellowship times with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

Voters Reminded Last Day to Register to Cast November Election Ballot is October 12th

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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words by former President Roosevelt ring true, for those who chose not to vote as well as those who fail to properly register.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge reminds prospective voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election is October 12th.

Missouri law states that any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the State of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday. (115.133, RSMo)

Prospective voters can register in person in the county clerk’s office in the Scotland County Courthouse. Dodge says individuals simply need to bring with them a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri drivers license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration.

You can also register to vote online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

An application may also be printed from the website or obtained at the county clerk’s office, completed and mailed to Scotland County Clerk’s Office, 117 S. Market, Street Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555.

Not only is the application used to initially register to vote, but the short one page form also needs to be completed when voters move to other jurisdictions, or change their address on a current voter registration within the same jurisdiction, or change the voter’s name.

“If a voter needs to change his or her address or name, a new voter registration application must be filed with the local election authority,” said Dodge. “Please note that voters who do not update their addresses before election day may be sent to a different polling place depending on their new address.”

To check your voter registration, contact the office of Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, at (660) 465-7027 or visit https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

Bushel Basket Open House Highlights Local Orchard’s Tasty Products

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by Andrea Brassfield

Richard Zimmerman and his family hosted an Open House for their business, The Bushel Basket, on Saturday, September 17th.  They also own Evergreen Sharpening and are located south of Memphis (take HWY 15 to the first gravel, then 1.5 miles west).

At the Bushel Basket, the Zimmermans are busy producing honey and growing apples, peaches and strawberries.

The family started their fruit orchard five years ago and have eight varieties of apples including Ginger Gold, Crimson Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Sun Crisp, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.  The Honey Crisp apples have already completed their growing season.  They also have two varieties of peaches including Baby Gold and Red Haven.  This is the second year of apple production and the first year for peach production.  The past two years, the winters were too harsh for the peach blossoms which are not quite as hardy as the apples.

Additionally, the Zimmermans have added more strawberry plants to their gardens and hope to have enough production next spring to begin selling.

Another part of their apple production includes custom washing, polishing and pressing not only for themselves but for other apple growers as well.  Their delicious apple cider is sold in gallon and half-gallon jugs.

Another tasty treat found at the Bushel Basket is honey and can be purchased in a variety of sizes.  The Zimmermans currently have four hives in production as well as neighbors who add to their honey supply.

Honey harvesting takes place twice a year, in August and October.  A brood box is the nest where the queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.  There are anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 bees per colony with only one queen bee.

Another interesting fact about these amazing little creatures is that one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.  Also, it takes twelve bees their entire lifetime to collect one teaspoon of honey; 556 bees a lifetime to collect one pound of honey from approximately two million blossoms!  With this in mind, it is easy to see where the term “busy bee” comes from!!

The Bushel Basket is not the only family business owned by the Zimmermans; they also have owned and operated Evergreen Sharpening for the past seven years.  They sell Echo brand chainsaws, new chains, and some accessories.  They also sharpen chainsaw chains, saw blades, drill bits, kitchen knives, pinking shears and sewing scissors.

Mr. Zimmerman works full-time at Raytec LLC here in Memphis, however during his busier harvest times, he works four days a week in order to spend more time with his fruit orchards and honey production.

Business hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday all day and “by chance” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Downing House to Host ‘Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”.  Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer.  The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”. Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer. The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex, as part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a $2000 grant from the US Bank Corporation. US Bank’s guidelines for the grant specified that the grant should be used to provide opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work. With this in mind, the Downing House Museum applied for the grant in order to provide a new cultural activity for our community. The grant will enable the Museum to purchase props, supplies and costumes to host a fall event at the location at 311 South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri – “EVENING AT THE MUSEUM – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

Join us for a unique evening walking tour of the museum complex while enjoying narratives from the past provided by fascinating residents from the Downing House, the Memphis Depot, the carriage house, summer kitchen and the Boyer House. Residents will be portrayed by volunteers from the Memphis Community Players and will include such characters as Ella Ewing, William G. Downing, Tom Horn, a barber in the barbershop, a blacksmith working in the carriage house, the ticket master at the Memphis Depot, kitchen servants, Dr. Keethler, a one room country school teacher, and a Civil War soldier, They will tell stories from their lives while living in the buildings of the museum complex. You will learn little known facts and details that will open your eyes to our local history and the residents that have had an impact on our community. Candlelit tours will be offered on Friday and Saturday October 14th & 15th and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The tour will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes and are $5 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Memphis Theatre on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2016 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for $5 each or you may call the theatre during those times to reserve a ticket. The theatre phone number is (660) 465-2277.

Discover our local history, the mansion and buildings, and the architecture and artifacts that give the Downing House Museum Complex its distinctive character. It is a museum of Scotland County’s history with many stories to tell; tales of amazing local citizens complete with period furnishings and artifacts from our past. The Downing House was built in 1858 and was listed on the National Historic Register in 1979. It sits one block south of the town square on South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Submitted by Rhonda McBee

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