March 27, 2008

Artistic Acclaim Continues to Shine Upon Moonlight Studio

Jewelry has been the calling card for Moonlight Studio for more than a decade, but a friends family illness recently led to an expansion at the Wyaconda business.

Owner Mary Beth St. Clair now is offering 2008 special occasion dresses for prom, pageants, weddings and graduation.

The transition was made in an effort to aid a friend whose dress shop was being put on the back burner due to her husbands illness.

I really wanted to help her out. And I knew there was a need for this service in our area, as I went through this process with both of my daughters, said Mary Beth. But we will just have to see where it leads.

While she is lending a hand to her acquaintance, the new business venture is similar to how she got her start in jewelry.

Growing up in Knox County, Mary Beth had been very involved with art. She was talented enough to attend a secondary art school, but instead chose a more stable educational path in business at Truman State University in Kirksville.

After working as a bookkeeper in the banking industry, a family illness forced her to leave work.

But she never stopped working. The transition allowed her to get back to her artwork.

Originally working in two-dimensional artwork and mixed media, Mary Beth began working with beads and metal components after being commissioned to draw Art Nouveau designs for jewelry pieces in 1995.

This initial exposure started what has become an endless search for new knowledge and techniques to create her artwork.

I am self-taught, and still a work in progress, Mary Beth says despite more than a decade of experience. I read a lot about new techniques but basically Ive learned how to do what I do, by doing it.

St. Clair did attend a training seminar at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia a few years ago, and said she plans on doing some additional professional development in years to come.

I took some silversmithing courses, something I already do, she said. But I wanted to see how others do what I do and try to find out what I was doing wrong. It was very educational as I found several techniques that have made my job easier.

After starting with bead stringing and assemblage, Mary Beths jewelry work soon progressed to stone-setting, silversmithing and wirework.

Not long after the transition, her work began earning awards as well as media coverage focusing on her unique style.

That style originally focused on wire-wrapping around natural sea glass and sandblasted glass. Mary Beth worked with partner Silvia Santos, a Peruvian wirework artist that she had met at an art show in Illinois.

Since then Mary Beth has expanded her horizons, continuing the glasswork, but also adding etch work, found object work and traditional and non-traditional silversmith work along with the additions of unusual stones, all unique to her own style.

These transitions marked her desire to change often, learning as many different methods as possible. Her expanding work combined with continued research into design and method further refined her style.

In 1995 Mary Beth started attending art shows and her work quickly gained rewards. Despite having two daughters in school at the time, Mary Beth and husband Verne still made time to attend as many as 40 regional art shows a year.

While that number has declined over the years, it has not meant a dip in the number of awards being received by Moonlight Studio.

In 2007 Mary Beths work earned her the Best of Show Award at the Art of the River show in Keokuk, IA. Her work also was honored at the Mid-Summer Arts Fair, Art on the Square in Fairfield, IA; Art in Central Park in Fort Madison and the Boone County Art League show. Mary Beth earned the Best of Show award at the Indian Hills Community College art show and capped off her year with the prestigious Merit Award at the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Her experience in juried art shows led St. Clair to the Missouri Artisans Association. She serves as the vice president of the Best of Missouri Hands group that promotes some of the states best artists.

Despite the time commitment, Mary Beth still continues to develop three lines of jewelry each year. Normally one line features sterling silver, with a second involving stone setting with the last being a unique choice annually. Last year she worked in pearl for a line called objects from the sea. She also did a western line called Whispers of the West.

Her Amber Elegance line sets Mary Beth apart from most jewelers, as she has found a unique source for the rare stone.

I get my amber from Russia, where it comes from mines, she said. Otherwise you can not find these larger pieces like this and that sets me aside from most artists.

Her found object jewelry has also earned St. Clair plenty of praise.

I truly enjoy this line because it is simply making art out of something that isnt supposed to be jewelry, she said.

One such project remains on permanent display at the Missouri Governors Mansion in Jefferson City. The sterling silver pendant was part of a three-year series created by St. Clair. The piece was cut from a sterling silver antique tomato spoon. It features Osage leaves in honor of one of the first items documented by Lewis and Clark when they departed on their journey.

In addition to this display that has been housed in Jefferson City since 2005, Mary Beth also has her work available at galleries in Hannibal and Clarksville in addition to at her Wyaconda studio.

With the addition of the dress line, Mary Beth said plans are in place to build a new studio.

Right now my husband is running out of room, she said. All of my tools and work benches have squeezed him out of his space, so we are looking to expand.

With her youngest daughter ready for college, St. Clair envisions needing more space as she continues to explore and experiment in all areas of traditional and non-traditional metalwork and stonework.

My jewelry work encourages thought through history, nature and the modern world, she said. One may see the beauty of the gemstone, whimsy of the material, or an elegant composition, but the true value of a piece of jewelry is the feeling it inspires the special relationship between the object of beauty and the wearer.

That is a relationship Mary Beth plans on continuing to create for many years to come.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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 Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from April 11, 2018 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

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, April 18, 2018.

Brookfield Relays Offer Stiff Competition for SCR-I

The Brookfield Relays on Friday brought together 30 teams, providing some stiff competition for the Scotland County track program. The Tigers finished 11th overall with 22 team points while the Lady Tigers were only able to produce 7.5 points, finishing in 13th place in the 15 team field.

Palmyra won the boys meet with a team score of 104. Marceline was second followed by Brookfield, Putnam County and Milan rounding out the top five.

In the girls’ meet, Trenton took the top prize with a team score of 149, narrowly edging Marceline by just five points. Palmyra took third followed by Putnam County and Brookfield.

Other teams competing included Paris, Fayette, Linn County, Highland, Northwestern, Maysville and Schuyler County.

Kaden Anders and Bryson Orton each medaled in two events for Scotland County. Anders took third place in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Orton finished fifth in the shot put and eighth in the discus.

Lane Pence finished fifth in the javelin and Spencer Kerkmann was seventh in the long jump.

For the Lady Tigers, Abby Blessing tied for fifth in the high jump. Haley Darcy was sixth in the javelin and Katie Feeney finished eighth in the 800-meter run.

Scotland County Hospital Celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month

Scotland County Hospital Occupational Therapy staff members are (L to R) Jennifer McMinn, OTR/L; Katie Tuck, OTR/L and Betsey Gundy COTA/L.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a  profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupations.  Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person.  It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

Scotland County Hospital Therapy Services have two Occupational Therapists on staff: Jennifer McMinn, OTR/L and Katie Tuck, OTR/L and one PRN Occupational Therapy Assistant: Betsey Gundy, COTA/L.

The SCH therapists see patients in the following settings; Inpatient: Acute and Skilled Care, Outpatient: Upper Extremity injuries, MO First steps (0-3 year olds), Scotland County R-I School District, and Home Health in Scotland, Schuyler and Knox Counties.

McMinn has been an OT for 10+ years and special interests in pediatrics, dyslexia, and visual perceptual deficits.  Tuck has been an OT for 9+ years and specializes in the geriatric population with special interest in stroke rehabilitation, wheelchair seating and mobility, as well as home safety and modifications. Gundy has been a COTA for 4+ years with experience in all settings and is able to fill in where ever extra help is needed to meet our patient requirements.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. The health and productivity of our citizens depend upon the effective use of health care resources, including the important services of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistant. Scotland County Hospital is pleased to recognize these professionals during Occupational Therapy Month and call upon all citizens to recognize the achievements and contributions of these valued health professionals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the OT staff with any questions or referrals at the Scotland County Hospital Therapy Services Department in Memphis, MO, at 660-465-8513 ext 1740.

Updated Addresses Needed for Wyaconda C-1 Alumni

All Wyaconda C-1 High School alumni are asked to send in their addresses to the alumni association secretary if they have received new E-911 addresses or have moved in the last two to three years. Those with new addresses this year will not receive future invitations if they do not send in their address changes after the time for forwarding mail is up with the U.S. Postal Service.

Postcard invitations for this year’s alumni banquet have been mailed. If you did not receive a card, it is likely the association does not have an up-to-date address.

The 103rd Wyaconda C-1 Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark County Middle School gym. The cost for the meal is $12.00 in advance before May 1st or $14.00 at the door. The meal will be catered by Steve Howell. Roast beef, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, vegetables, and dessert will be featured.

The business meeting will follow the meal, and there will be a silent auction. Anyone wishing to donate a silent auction item can bring it to the banquet that night or contact an alumni officer before the banquet.

Please send money for reservations payable to Wyaconda C-1 Alumni Association in care of Mary Dieterich, 17130 W. Canton St., Lewistown, MO 63452. Any address changes should be sent to this address, as well.

Three-Car Crash Near Gorin Injures Four Family Members

A three-vehicle chain reaction crash north of Gorin on Sunday, April 22nd left four members of a Gorin family with minor injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the accident occurred at 11:53 a.m. on Route A, five miles north of Gorin.

The accident report indicated a pair of vehicles were stopped in the roadway following a minor accident.

Deana M. Haskins, 39, of Gorin was northbound on Route A in a 2010 Dodge Caravan. When she crested a hill, she found a northbound 2005 GMC Envoy, driven by Eddie W. Hicks, 67, of Wyaconda, stopped in the roadway. She tried to avoid the vehicle, but struck it in the left rear corner, continuing across the center line of the road, striking a southbound 2008 Toyota head on.

The southbound vehicle was driven by Jason L. Horst, 39, of Gorin. He and three passengers in his vehicle, Randall H. Horst, age eight; Nathan H. Horst, age six; and Delphine H. Horst, age four; all sustained minor injuries in the accident and were transported by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

Haskins suffered minor injuries in the accident. She was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital.

The Horst and Haskins vehicles both sustained total damage in the collision and were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing. The Hicks vehicle sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Ambulance, Gorin Fire and Rescue and first responders.

Tigers Finish 8th in Lewis & Clark Conference Golf Tourney

Westran was crowned the 2018 Lewis & Clark Conference golf champions on April 19th, posting the victory in the 18-hole tourney hosted by Heritage Hills Golf Course featuring the league’s eight schools with golf programs. Knox County did not participate.

The Hornets topped the event with a team score of 329. Marceline was second with a 343 followed by Salisbury with a 386.

Scotland County posted a 471 to finish eighth overall.

Harrisburg finished fourth with a 411 followed by Fayette (419), Schuyler County (423) and Paris (436).

Connor Harrison carded a 104 to lead Scotland County. Lydia Hunt shot a 117 while Lathe Bair finished with a 120 and Gabe Shultz shot a 130.

Trey Hamilton of Marceline was the individual medalist, carding a 77. Corbin Brockleman of Westran was runner-up with a  round of 79.

Also earning all-conference honors with their top 10 finishes wee Colby Sims (82) and Cullen Bruner (85) of Marceline, Avery Hammond (83) and Michael Haynie (83) and Trey Burton (84) of Westran, Blake Dawson (93) of Fayette and Garrett Green (93) and Tanner Millar (93) of Salisbury.

Tigers Finish Eighth at South Shelby Golf Invitational

The Scotland County golf team was in action April 20th at the South Shelby Invitational at Shelbina Lakeside Golf Course. The Tigers finished eighth overall.

Palmyra won the event with a team score of 346. Macon was second with a 354 with Centralia in third with a 368.

Highland finished fourth with a 374 followed by Clark County (398), Paris (439), Monroe City (445), SCR-I (447) and South Shelby (469).

Conner Harrison carded a round of 98 to lead the Tigers. Lydia Hunt and Gabe Shultz each shot rounds of 115 and Brock Aylward had a 119 to round out the team score. Lathe Bair carded a 121.

Brady Shively of Palmyra earned  the top individual honors with a  score of 81, while teammate Laithan Sublette was runner-up with an 85.

Tigers Sock Salisbury 10-0 in Conference Tourney Opener

Scotland County scored in all five innings including a big crooked number in the middle en route to a 10-0 win over Salisbury on April 18th in the opener of the Lewis & Clark Conference baseball tournament held in Moberly.

The Tigers jumped on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning thanks to some defensive struggles by the Panthers. With two outs, Will Fromm reached on an error and later scored when Lane Pence reached base on a dropped third strike. Designated hitter Grant McRobert doubled home Pence to build the early lead.

Branton Burrus doubled to start the second inning and scored on a two-bagger by Gage Dodge to extend the lead to 3-0.

SCR-I put the game away with a five-run third inning. Pence singled and McRobert was hit by a pitch before Parker Triplett delivered and RBI double. Burrus continued a big night at the plate with a two-run triple. A pair of Salisbury errors allowed Jacob McDaniel and Dodge to cross the plate to extend the margin to 8-0.

That was more than enough for SCR-I starter Gage Dodge. The senior tossed four innings of shutout ball. He limited Salisbury to a single hit and walked one batter while striking out seven. Burrus closed out the shutout, striking out the side in the fifth.

Triplett scored on a passed ball in the fourth before the Tigers walked off in the bottom of the fifth inning when Fromm delivered a two-out double and came in to score on an RBI single by Pence that ended the contest by the 10-run rule.

Burrus went 2-3 with two RBIs and Pence was also 2-3 at the plate.

The Tigers improved to 3-2 with the win and advanced to the tourney semifinals on Saturday to face Paris.

Junior High Track Squads Post Strong Showings at Cougar Relays

Aayla Humphrey (second from left) and Kina Billings (right) head toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash during a recent junior high track meet.

The Scotland County Tigers finished second and the Lady Tigers earned third place at the Highland Junior High Cougar Relays hosted by Culver Stockton University in Canton on April 19th.

The host team narrowly edged the Tigers to win the boys’ event 114-98. Palmyra was third with 95 team points followed by Mark Twain (66), North Shelby (51.5), Knox County (45), Holy Rosary (32.5), Clark County (32), Marion County (18) and Canton (17).

Alex Long led the way for SCR-I with wins in four events, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.

Hayden Long earned first place in the discus and took second in the triple jump, the 400-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles.

Eli Kigar earned fourth place in the shot put while Kale Creek finished fourth in the discus.

Levi Briggs finished sixth in the 800-meter run while Corbyn Spurgeon was eighth in the triple jump.

The 4×200 relay team of Creek, Spurgeon, Jaxom Wolfe and Kabe Hamlin took fourth place.

Creek, Wolfe, Briggs and Trayton Buckallew finished sixth in the 4-400 relay while Creek, Wolfe, Hamlin and Buckallew took eighth in the 4×100 relay.

The Lady Tigers took third place with 69 points trailing Clark County (119.5) and Palmyra (99). Holy Rosary was fourth (68), followed by Marion County (63.5), Highland (47), Mark Twain (37.5), North Shelby (26), Canton (19.5) and Knox County (18).

Haylee McMinn won the shot put and Hanna Anders earned sixth place.

Aayla Humphrey took third in the 100 meter dash and was fourth in the 200-meter dash. Kina Billings finished third in the 200-meter dash and was fifth in the 100-meter dash.

Emiley Dial earned third place in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Hannah Feeney finished sixth in the triple jump. She also earned sixth in the 400-meter dash.

Shantel Small was seventh in the 1,600-meter run while Lauren Triplett finished eighth in the discus.

The 4×100 relay team of Humphrey, Billings, Dial and Abby Curry took second place.

The 4×400 team of Small, Feeney, Curry and Baileigh Phillips finished third.

Tigers Defeat La Plata in Golf Match Play

The Scotland County golf team hosted La Plata April 18th for a match play event at Timber Ridge Golf Course with Scotland County coming out on top 4.5 to 3.5.

SCR-I fell behind with Lance Couch besting Conner Harrison in the first match to take a 1-0 lead. DJ Hemmerling won the last hole to defeat Brock Aylward and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

Lydia Hunt won the final two holes versus Jaystin Lene to split match three but the Tigers still trailed 2.5 – 0.5.

The Bulldogs took a commanding 3.5 – 0.5 lead when Trevor Greathouse sank a 20-foot put on the final hole to beat Lathe Bair.

Gabe Shultz won the first hole and never looked back as he went on to beat Ben Cook. Luke Triplett won three straight holes to help dominate his match versus Cy Noah.

Hunter Carter and Lane Parsons completed the SCR-I comeback with wins in the final two matches to give the Tigers a final margin of victory of 4.5 – 3.5.

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