July 24, 2008

Law Enforcement Tax Hike Could Save Extension Service

No the sheriffs department wont be handling 4-H, but a proposed 0.25% increase in the Scotland County law enforcement sales tax rate could save the countys extension service. That was the message delivered by the Scotland County Commission at a special meeting of the Scotland County Extension Council held July 21 at the courthouse.

Because of worsening financial conditions, the county commission has been forced to cut the extension services budget from more than $23,000, down to $15,000 last year and then down to state mandated $5,000 minimum in 2008.

This wasnt a choice we liked making obviously, stated presiding commissioner Mike Stephenson. But our financial situation mandated we make budget cuts across the board.

Stephenson explained to the extension council members and a large gathering of supporters of the service, that the county was going to place the sales tax issue on the November ballot.

Currently the county only levies 0.25% for law enforcement. The state allows countys to tax up to 0.50%. The ballot issue will seek to raise the countys law enforcement tax to 0.50%, or cent per dollar spent in the community.

The tax change would generate an estimated $100,000 in additional revenue for the county.

Last year the county spent more than $270,000 from the general revenue fund on law enforcement related expenses including payroll for the sheriffs department, prosecuting attorneys office and the coroner.

Overall the county spent nearly $380,000 on law enforcement qualified expenses in 2007, while only generating a little more than $100,000 with the law enforcement sales tax.

If the new sales tax is approved by voters in November, it would ultimately generate around $200,000, cutting the amount of funding required from the general fund by $100,000.

What we need to make sure that voters know is that this is not a tax that is going to generate $100,000 more for law enforcement, stated commissioner Paul Campbell. All this does is take the place of money we are already spending on law enforcement out of our general revenue.

Currently Scotland County has a sales tax of 5.475%, with the sales tax in the City of Memphis and the City of Rutledge at 6.475%.

That compares to a sales tax rate of 6.225% in Knox County, 6.35% in Lewis County, 5.725% in Clark County, 5.725% in Schuyler County and 5.350% in Adair County. City sales tax rates in neighboring towns are 6.725% in Kahoka, 7.225% in Edina, 8.225% in Queen City, 7.6% in Kirksville and 7.725% in Canton.

Stephenson pledged that if the ballot issue was approved in November, that the commission would return the extension service to its former budget level of $23,000.

However, we need this sales tax for more than just the extension service, Stephenson added. We have not been able to give a cost of living pay increase to our employees the last three years. So this new revenue is not being earmarked for any special projects but simply to help keep us afloat.

Campbell added that the county likely would have to look at layoffs if the tax is not approved.

Basically we are going to have to have more dollars if we want to keep this building [courthouse] going Campbell said. We have made layoffs this year, and we are running out of places to cut, meaning cutting services may have to be next.

Campbell added that the county is facing a roof problem at the courthouse that likely is going to require extensive repairs.

Right now we are looking at some less expensive repairs, but we know it is only a bandaid, Campbell said.

MU University Extension county council coordinator Tony DeLong indicated that Scotland County is one of just three of Missouris 114 counties that has reduced extension budgets to the state mandated minimum of $5,000, adding that Worth County has done so with the aid of an endowment from a private citizen that is funding the extension service there.

Right now just 11-percent of Missouris counties are funding their extension office with $23,000 or less, DeLong said. But ultimately the decision on how much funding is enough for the budget belongs to the local council members.

Council chairperson Jeff Behrens indicated he was confident that if the county returned the extension budget to $23,000 the local office would be able to return to regular office hours.

MU Extension Northeast Regional Director Soneeta Grogan noted that extension likely could not maintain its employees in Scotland County without the local budget that pays for the office secretary, office supplies and the travel budget to bring in additional extension experts for class offerings and other scheduled local events.

The MU extension service pays the salary of county program director Judy Howard and youth program assistant Pat Wiggins.

LINDSAY BROOKE CARRIER (2/27/1994 -9/22/2016)

Lindsay Brooke Carrier, 22 of Columbia, Missouri passed away at her home on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The twin daughter of Rodney and Cheryl (Melvin) Carrier, she was born on February 27, 1994 in Columbia, Missouri.  Lindsay attended Hallsville Elementary and High School in Hallsville, Missouri graduating with the class of 2013.

Survivors include her parents, Rodney and Cheryl Carrier of Columbia, Missouri; grandparents, Mary Melvin of Lancaster, Missouri, Donald Carrier of Columbia, Missouri; several aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her dearly as well as the many doctors and nurses who cared for her.  She also had a boy friend, Charlie Thompson of Columbia, Missouri.

Lindsay is preceded in death by her twin sister, Chelsea Renee on August 4, 2004; her grandfather, Wayne Dean Melvin; grandmother, Virginia Carrier and great-grandfather, Lynn Carrier.

Lindsay loved her dog and cats, worked very hard to get squirrels to come and visit and she was an avid bird watcher.  She enjoyed watching movies with nurse Jen and nurse Tom; nurse Amy was in charge of crafting and many conversations with nurse Gail about the squirrels!  Lindsay attended Special Olympics competing in the Bowling division, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Larry Smith, Pastor of the Downing Christian Church of Downing, Missouri officiating.  Pianist, Darla Dixon, provided music.  Special CD selections were “Jealous of the Angels” and “Sissy’s Song”.  Pallbearers were Jonathan Melvin, Colin Melvin, Austin Carrier, Kirk Stott, Matt Reichert and Tom Andert.  Honorary pallbearers were Russel Melvin, Tim Melvin, Gail Melvin, Jerry Sherman, Kevin Carrier, Mike Carrier, Jeff Carrier and David Niemierowicz..

Memorials have been established for Fabius Cemetery or to Second Chance of Columbia, Missouri.  Burial was in the Fabius Cemetery, east of Lancaster, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

What In The Heaven Is Going On Here?

How many times we find ourselves living in that negative (but real world) of, “It seems to be just one thing after another!”

This pattern seems to create one big question.  Can there be hope when there are no signs of any on the horizon?  Are there simply not pockets of loneliness or defeat that would seem to officially cancel any reasonable expectation of hope?

One of the aspects of faith that I find so extremely legitimate is that what society needs most God offers most.  The ancient one’s, Abraham, trademark was that of hope.  Hope when there was none to be calculated according to the human mind.  This is where faith knocks at the doors of our hearts.  “Would you please open the door that I might show you an alternative way to living?”, the gentle voice pleads.

By unexplainable (and really, unreasonable) perspective known as faith, the Bible says that Abraham went out not knowing where he was going.  Really?  Headed out to succeed… while directionless? Wouldn’t this image be more of goof-ball than faith? And then later he and Sarah had their firstborn when they were the age of the baby’s great-grandparents.  Oh, that waiting period surely would have given them time to doubt God’s promises of having a child.  But, no, they would not quit hoping.

And then there’s that other time when this newborn grew up to be a hunk of a young man and God asked Abraham to sacrifice this boy upon a woodpile.  In his heart against hearts, Abraham prepared to do what God wanted with definite and incomplete unawareness as to what in the Heaven was going on here.  Abraham did it; no assurance that this wasn’t just his wild imagination, no manual, no counselor, no hint of reason why. And God intervened.

At one juncture Abraham and aged wife were childless with nothing but a promise from God that they would eventually become very key parents.  Decades passed.  No baby.  In their what would have been their great-grandparent years, they were pregnant!  And we want faith to fit our reasonable style?  To ice the faith cake, this most treasured one God gave them was later required of God to be offered as a sacrifice… by his most aged dad.

What?  They had waited oh so long.  Just how dear, dear, extremely dear must this lad have been in mother’s eyes?  “Say it ain’t so God.  Oh, please say it ain’t so.  Say we aren’t hearing you correctly?  But…okay…you gave him to us and we trust you… by faith… so…. okay.  We believe that even if he die, you know how to bring him back to life.  Okay, God.  We’re okay with this.”

We call this living with nothing more than a promise and a prayer.  And, yes, we call this living!  Don’t be afraid to believe God at what may seem to be the most obviously wrong times.

 

WHAT IN THE HEAVEN IS GOING ON HERE?

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Spectators at the south west boat ramp at Lake Show Me in Memphis saw one of the largest “catches” hauled in at the end of a line, when Dynamite’s Wrecker Service pulled in a wayward jeep and boat trailer that sank in the water early on Saturday morning.

According to the Memphis Police Dept., a 1999 Jeep owned by Jeff Jochimsen of Greentop was submerged approximately 70 feet off the ramp after the vehicle and attached boat trailer slid into the water when the owner was attempting to unload his duck hunting boat.

The accident was reported at 7:03 a.m. to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.  Jochimsen and his Labrador Retriever were able to escape the vehicle uninjured.

TEN YEARS AGO

A money forfeiture from a local drug bust has helped insure that the Scotland County Sheriff’s Dept. is well armed for future such activity.

Sheriff Wayne Winn reported that his department recently purchased three Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifles.  With accessories and ammunition, the purchase price was approximately $4,700.

“As law enforcement officers, we are outgunned all the time when we respond to calls,” Winn stated.  “This is something we have been looking at for a long time but we never could make it work in our annual budgets.”

Winn noted that his officers were responding to calls of armed suspects simply armed with a handgun, knowing that in a large number of these incidents the assailant was armed at least with a high powered rifle.

“The department carries shotguns in each of its vehicles.  The addition of the rifles will insure officers won’t be overmatched when dealing with such incidents,” Winn said.

The funding for the purchase came from forfeiture of cash and property made during a 2003 drug arrest in Scotland County.

The sheriff’s department received 30-percent of the proceeds from the sale of vehicles and ATV’s seized during the arrest as well as a large amount of cash.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol received 30-percent of the forfeiture with 20-percent each going to the U.S. Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

These forfeited funds are spent at the discretion of the sheriff and are not controlled by vote of the county commission.

The sheriff’s department still has roughly $7,000 in the special fund and Winn stated he would like to continue to use the money to provide equipment the department could not afford under its annual budget.

20 YEARS AGO

Farming has not lost all its allurement.  The Esten and Neta May Holmes farm five miles southwest of Kahoka was sold at auction September 21st. The 227.5 acre farm sold for more than $2,200 per acre according to Miller Auction Service which handled the sale.  That means the total price was over half a million dollars.

30 YEARS AGO

What looked like a great harvest season in Scotland County and Northeast Missouri, came to a halt the past couple of weeks as the rain began to fall.  Heavy rainfall, storms and flooding have spread over the area, causing considerable damage to crops in Northeast Missouri.

According to the ASCS office in Memphis, one-third of the years normal rainfall has been realized in September.  Official amount from September 1 to date is 10.79 inches, however this amount has varied considerable throughout the county.  Unofficial reports, in and around the Gorin and Wyaconda area, have been up to 18 inches.

40 YEARS AGO

Whenever the money coming in to a household is less than that which is spent, it is inevitable that the householder either go into his savings or borrow money to weather the problem.

Such is the case with the Scotland County R-1 School District.  Prices on items such as food, supplies, salaries and other expenses have increased for the schools just as they have for householders, only the school district has no savings account to fall back on.

The school system has been borrowing money for the last two months – some $153,000 so far and will need to continue borrowing until late November or early December.  This is the time when the school will receive money derived from county taxes.

“The school plans to keep the borrowing under $350,000,” said Superintendent Larry Crim.   “This amount is approximately half of what the local effort will be.

Just as inflation has hit the householder, so it has hit the schools. Today it costs more to transport, feed, and educate the students than it did a few years ago.

Gasoline costs approximately $.46 a gallon and the average bus will get about five miles per gallon.  An average bus route is 45 miles per trip or 90 miles per day.  The 15 buses travel an average of 1350 miles per day, not counting extra-curricular activities.

The $.40 per student the school is allowed for transporting students does not nearly cover the cost of fuel, repairs and salaries.  When a student does not ride the bus, and the bus has to go by the student’s home, the school loses money.

Extra-curricular activities cost too.  These activities, however, are believed to hold some students in school.  Recently students have helped pay for gas on class trips and pep buses to keep them from being eliminated completely.

The outlook for the school at the present time is very bleak.  We do have a new High School and our other buildings are in fairly good repair, so the district is not hurting there, but as far as operating the district, we need to balance the budget or have more income.  Either case will cause a few burdens.

50 YEARS AGO

Trooper Truman Wood of the State Highway Patrol reported Tuesday that he found two tires on the Highway Patrol car slashed as he went to the car Tuesday morning preparing to assist in the investigation of the three robberies in Memphis.

Trooper Wood stated that the car, parked behind his home and headed north, had flat tires on the right side, away from the house, and apparently had been punctured with a sharp instrument, such as a small knife.  The cuts were about a quarter inch wide.

The patrol car had not been in use Monday, Trooper Wood reported.

60 YEARS AGO

The Whiston Construction Company of Canton, who has the contract for building the new Catholic church in Memphis, started work last week and the footings for the structure are about ready to be run.

The new church will be located on highway No. 15 in north Memphis, just across the street west from the Legion Park.

The structure will be approximately 80 by 30 feet and a completion date of March 1 has been set, though, with good weather it is expected that the building will be finished before that date.

70 YEARS AGO

Kermit Rose was painfully injured Wednesday afternoon of last week when he, with J. E. Poole, were dragging the baseball diamond in preparation for the NEMO League game here last Sunday.

Rose started to walk under a tree with some low hanging branches near the diamond.  As he went under the branches, the jagged end of a small limb struck the corner of his left eye, severely cutting the eyeball.

He was brought to Memphis and later taken to Bloomfield where he received medical attention.

He has been confined to his home since the accident.

Constitution

The framers of the U.S. Constitution combined the best political ideas of the past to create a form of government intended to protect the rights of freedom, liberty and equality.  A great deal of emphasis is placed on the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and rightly so.  It is equally important to be reminded of the responsibilities that come with being a U.S. citizen. The following responsibilities are listed on the web site of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:  Support and defend the U.S. Constitution; stay informed on local, state and national issues; participate in the local community; participate in the democratic process;  respect and obey federal, state and local laws;  respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others; pay taxes honestly and on time on the federal, state and local level; serve on a jury when called upon; and defend the country if the need should arise.  Immigrants to this country who are applying for citizenship learn about these responsibilities, and sometimes natural-born citizens also need to be reminded of the obligations of citizenship. Some of the responsibilities are legally required of every citizen, but all are important to ensure that America remains a free and prosperous nation.  James Madison, often called the “Father of the Constitution,” dedicated his life to the principles of freedom and responsibility, and never lost sight of the fact that the preservation of freedom ultimately depends on the citizens and their exercise of personal and political responsibility.

 

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, September 15, 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 was absent;; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Presiding Commissioner Ebeling moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 2-0.

The minutes from September 14, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular and executive session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 2-0.

Jeremy Wagner, BNSF Railroad representative, called to discuss the railroad crossing (005039V) on County Road #115 with the Commission.  The Commission and Wagner will meet at the crossing on September 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

A meeting of elected officials convened at 10:00 with the following in attendance:  Duane Ebeling, Presiding Commissioner; David Wiggins, Western District Commissioner; Batina Dodge, County Clerk; Dana Glasscock, Recorder of Deeds; Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk; Kimberly Nicoli, Prosecuting Attorney; Patty Freburg, Public Administrator; and Karl DeMarce, Associate Circuit Judge.  Each office holder gave a short report of activity in their office.  The next meeting date was set for December 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Jonathan Reiff discussed his CAFO permit application with the Commission.

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, September 21, 2016.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

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

The minutes from September 15, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Commissioner Clatt abstained.  Motion carried 2-0.

Charles Highland with SEMA called regarding Disaster #4238.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with commissioners to discuss Road and Bridge issues.

Commissioners called Scott Kreiger, Mapping Solutions, concerning the 911 Addressing.

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, September 22, 2016.

Pandora and Permaculture

The new mural by Scout in the early morning light. Photo by Nik.

The new mural by Scout in the early morning light. Photo by Nik.

We all remember the story of Pandora’s Box. In the mythology of Ancient Greece, Pandora was created as the first woman on Earth, much like Eve. She was given much beauty and abundance in her world, much like Eve. And she also was presented with something that she was commanded not to partake in, an elaborate vessel from Zeus that she had to promise never to open.

Nik here, and that story of ‘Dora and the box has been heavy on my mind since the second annual Permaculture Design Course (PDC) just wrapped up at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Before getting to more of Pandora, a bit more on the PDC. I wasn’t able to take the Permaculture course this year, because I was cooking meals for the course, along with the rest of the tireless and amazing crew of the Milkweed Mercantile. We prepared breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the students, who were in class from 8:30 a.m. to sundown.

It seemed like a grueling schedule, but every time the students came in for a meal, they were smiling and bubbling with new thoughts and ideas about permaculture in their lives. Being on the outside looking in gave me an opportunity to see and hear the impact of the course on these people new to the village.

The 15 students taking the nine-day course were from all over the country and were college-aged to retirement-aged. Two students were members of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and the course was organized and co-taught by our very own permaculture expert Sharon Bagatell. But it would be next to impossible to talk about this course without talking about Bill Wilson, of Midwest Permaculture, who has led the course here the last two years. He is a seemingly inexhaustible engine of joy and wisdom.

I heard many praises of the class throughout the nine days:

“I didn’t know what to expect, but this is a life-changing place and a life-changing experience.”

“The food was worth the price alone.”

“I laughed, I cried, I ate better than ever, I opened myself up to new experiences and I just really felt the love that exists here.”

Bill realizes himself how life-changing the course can be—on our last evening together around a soft fire, he admits to the group that no matter how life-changing it has been for his students, permaculture has changed his life irrevocably for the last 20 years. He gets the honor and privilege to pass on this way of living to students around the world. 

This class was a truly rare opportunity, that could happen with no one else, and nowhere else. The combination of Midwest Permaculture and Dancing Rabbit is an extremely potent one.

The intensity of the class may have caught students off guard. While prepping for dinner on the first day of class, one student came into the Mercantile on a break looking a little worse for wear and maybe in need of a snack. I asked him how the class was going so far. He said he was pretty drained emotionally from the last presentation. The conversation delved into so much of what is wrong with the world, all of the opposition to making a positive change, and he was left with a sense of hopelessness.

With a newly-acquired snack in hand, he went back to class to push through.

A few hours later, I saw that same student, smiling and sitting tall. The class had apparently shifted into a place of more answers and more hope. He told me how he’d been singing that gloom and doom story for so long, but what he saw here at Dancing Rabbit and in this class was different. There’s a prevailing attitude of hopefulness.

I nodded with a big smile and said, “Yes, of course! Because with no hope, there is no action!”

In the story of Pandora, the ending is what everyone forgets. That box was filled with all the gloom, doom, misery, disease, and crippling sadness… but at the very bottom of the container, small and glowing, there remained hope. Pandora had released pain and suffering into the world, but she also allowed hope to follow.

Changing the world is not a simple task, especially because it first starts inside oneself. First, we have to go through the doom and the doubt, feeling small and powerless against it all, but we chug through it. We know a Pandora’s box when we see it. Many people will look at that box, shake their heads, and say, “No, sir-ee, I’m not touching that thing, I’ve heard what’s in there!”

But at the bottom of Pandora’s box, there lies hope, if we dare to open it.

Next year, I’m going to get someone to cover my cook shifts and take the course. Care to join me and open that box?

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is Saturday, October 8th at 1 pm. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

Special Teams Shine for SCR-I in 26-18 Win Over Westran

Aaron Buford celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just 17 seconds left in Friday night’s huge victory over previously state-ranked Westran.

Aaron Buford celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just 17 seconds left in Friday night’s huge victory over previously state-ranked Westran.

Scotland County’s special teams proved to be the difference on Friday night in Memphis as the Tigers made it four straight victories with a 26-18 win over state-ranked Westran.

SCR-I’s Gage Dodge booted the team’s first field goal, and the kick off team pinned Westran deep leading to a safety that was followed by a long kick return by Ryan Slaughter. But the biggest play of the game likely was made by Matthew Woods. With a tackler bearing down on him, the sophomore snagged a nearly perfect onside kick off attempt by Westran with just over a minute to play in a tied ball game and held on to the ball despite a big hit to secure possession for SCR-I to go on to score the winning touchdown with just 17 seconds left in the game.

SCR-I took the opening kickoff and marched down field before Westran’s Koby Coonce picked off a Will Fromm pass at the 25-yard line.

The Hornets looked very much like a state-ranked team in the opening possession. Alex Young picked up 15 yards on the first carry of the night for Westran. Even after Cameron Stone tackled Young for a loss, and a bad snap on the following play had backed Westran up for a third and long situation, Austin Sears was able to connect with Corey Smith for a 31-yard completion. Chris Evans then broke a 35-yard run that ended just shy of the end zone on a tackle by Ryan Slaughter. Evans ran it in from two yards out on the next play to give Westran an early  6-0 lead.

Scotland County came right back when whirling dervish Aaron Buford used not one, but two spin moves to avoid Westran tacklers near the line of scrimmage before breaking a 45 yard run that put the ball at the 18-yard line.

Buford punched the ball in five plays later on a one-yard plunge with 1:43 left in the first period. Dodge split the uprights with the extra point kick to put SCR-I ahead 7-6.

A booming kickoff by Fromm pushed the Westran receiver all the way back to the 10-yard line where he was tackled by Slaughter.

Stone and Austin Day made tackles at the line of scrimmage for no gain forcing a third down pass play from Westran. Evans caught the ball at the 10 yard line and was driven back by hits from Buford and Mason Kliethermes. He was able to spin away from both but his momentum carried him into the end zone where he was unable to outrun the pursuing Slaughter and Dodge who recorded the safety.

Aaron Blessing and a swarm of SCR-I teammates wrap up Westran's Chris Evans in the backfield.

Aaron Blessing and a swarm of SCR-I teammates wrap up Westran’s Chris Evans in the backfield.

With the lead extended to 9-6, SCR-I took the free kick from the 20-yard line and Slaughter put on a show. The speedy return man caught the kick at the 41-yard line and broke out of a pair of tackles before reversing field. He wasn’t done yet as he again stayed on his feet despite a big hit, and again reversed field, sprinting to the opposite sideline where he was finally brought down at the 14-yard line after the 45-yard return that probably covered more like 100 yards.

A penalty helped stall the SCR-I scoring opportunity and the Tigers had to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Dodge to extend the lead to 12-6 with 10:10 left in the second period.

Westran put together a long drive that saw the Hornets with the ball first and goal inside the 10. Grant McRobert made a tackle for a loss before Slaughter broke up a fourth down pass play to turn Westran over on downs.

Buford broke a 66-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left in the first half but the two point conversion was stopped, leaving SCR-I up 18-6.

Westran opened the third period with the ball but a sack by Grant McRobert forced a punt. The two teams traded punts most of the third period, as SCR-I was unable to get its offense on track.

Another big quarterback sack, this time by Stone, again stopped a Westran drive, forcing a punt to end the third period.

Westram finally broke through again against the SCR-I defense in the fourth period when Chris Evans ran in a five-yard TD to trim the deficit to 18-12 with 6:27 left to play.

After another SCR-I punt, the Hornets again struck this time on a drive capped off by a nine yard TD pass from Austin Sears to Evans with 1:32 left to play. The PAT kick was no good, leaving the score knotted at 18-18.

After Westran’s initial kickoff went out of bounds and SCR-I took the penalty forcing them to re-kick, the Hornets’ coaching staff elected to try an onside kick that Woods made a big play on for the Tigers.

SCR-I then went 54 yards on just six plays. Austin Day had a run and a catch to move the chains before Fromm scrambled for another first down. The sophomore signal caller then connected with Buford on a crossing pattern. The senior angled toward the end zone and leapt over the tackler at the goal line to end a summersault in the endzone for the game-winning TD with just 17 seconds left on the clock.

Day ran in the two-point conversion and the SCR-I defense held Westran on the final three plays to seal the 28-16 win.

Westran actually outgained SCR-I 301-260 on the game after the slow second half of offense for the Tigers.

Sears completed 10 of 22 passes for 132 yards and a TD. He also ran the ball 16 times for 61 yards. Evans had eight carries for 55 yards and a TD and also caught six passes for 79 yards and another score. Young ran the ball 13 times for 87 yards and a TD.

Fromm completed six of 10 passes for 73 yards and  a TD. He ran the ball 14 times for 54 yards. Buford finished with 137 yards and two TDs on 11 rushes. He also had two receptions for 35 yards and a score.

Slaughter had a huge game on defense, recording a team-high 17 tackles. Steven Terrill had 10 stops and Aaron Blessing made nine tackles. Stone and McRobert each had eight tackles and a sack for another solid team defensive performance as the Tigers made it four wins in a row to improve to 4-2.

Blazing a Trail

I’ve learned over the years to keep a watchful eye when I travel to a tree stand in an unfamiliar place. I especially do this when I’m hunting in another state. I’ve been lost a few times. When I’m walking in I always try to turn around and look back to see what the view looks like going in the opposite direction. I mark certain topographical differences such as a fallen tree or one that has a certain shape or characteristic. I also take with me some marking ribbon just in case I have to wander through the woods in search for an animal I may have shot. I will mark my path back to my tree stand. Again, I’ve just hunted long enough to understand that no matter how experienced I may think I am, I can and will get turned around in a strange place.

One of the simplest inventions that came along a few years ago was reflective tacks. They are pushed into a tree and when passed over with a flashlight, will make a path look like an airport runway.  I’ve hunted in some places where these tacks were put on both sides of the path every few feet all the way to the foot of the tree where I was to hunt. Because someone marked my path there was no way I was getting lost.

When I think about the most important things in my life I am equally thankful that some folks marked a clear path to keep me from getting lost. And even though I chose to stray from that path many times it was not because the path was not marked sufficiently.

Wisdom is knowing when to blaze your own trail and when to understand the trail that others have blazed is the only way to go. It is also making sure you have marked the correct trail for those who will come after you. There are some areas in life that those who follow us must find for themselves; things like their purpose or what their passions are. There is no shortcut for these pursuits. In other areas we can save them a lot of heartaches if we will clearly mark the path and warn them concerning leaving its narrow way. Even though I had some great guides in my life I also know if others had also accepted their responsibility for pointing me the right way I could have learned a lot of important lessons earlier than I did. Don’t ever be afraid to mark the path when you are sure where it leads. It will help an untold amount of individuals.

 

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

Salisbury Survives Two Creek Homers to Beat SCR-I in Extra Innings

Ashleigh Creek is escorted back to the dugout by her teammates after hitting her first home run of the season versus Salisbury.

Ashleigh Creek is escorted back to the dugout by her teammates after hitting her first home run of the season versus Salisbury.

A glimpse at the scoreboard wouldn’t do justice to Thursday night’s softball battle in Memphis that saw Salisbury depart town with an 11-4 victory.

The game wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the final score, as it took 10 innings to decide the contest, which was knotted in score at 3-3 at the completion of the seven innings of regulation.

The Panthers took the lead 1-0 in the second inning on  a pair of base hits which provided the lone earned run of the night off Ashleigh Creek.

SCR-I struggled to find a rhythm against Salisbury starter Lydia Henke, who didn’t allow a hit until the third inning when Abi Feeney drilled a double in the right center field gap.

Abi Feeney tries to pump up the SCR-i dugout after smashing a double in the fifth inning.

Abi Feeney tries to pump up the SCR-I dugout after smashing a double in the fifth inning.

Salisbury took advantage of a lead off error that opened the door for a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning to build what looked like a commanding 3-0 lead.

But that quickly changed in the bottom of the inning. After Stevi See reached on a base hit, Creek crushed a two-run homer over the center field fence to give SCR-I life.

Abby Blessing led off the bottom of the seventh with her second base hit of the night. Julie Long beat out an errant throw on a groundball to third base that left SCR-I with runners at second and third with nobody out. Abi Feeney reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher to load the bases. After a pair of fly balls failed to plate the tying run, See worked a bases loaded walk to force in the run and extend the game to extra innings.

Maddie Brassfield led off the eighth inning with a single and stole second base before being stranded at third. Chelsea Wood had a base hit in the night but also was left on base.

That left the door open for Salisbury, which slammed the game shut with a huge 10th inning. The Panthers plated eight runs on three hits and a walk, courtesy of four SCR-I fielding miscues.

Creek jacked her second long ball of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, clearing the left field fence with the home run to make the final score 11-4.

She took the loss on the  mound, surrendering 11 runs, one earned, on 10 hits and three walks while striking out nine.

She and Blessing combined for half of SCR-I’s eight hits, each going 2-5 on the night.

Scotland County drops to 6-6 on the year and 4-4 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

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.

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