May 22, 2008

Missouri Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 46,000

JEFFERSON CITY-Hunters checked 43,416 turkeys during Missouris three-week spring turkey season, falling slightly short of predictions for the harvest.

Top counties in the 2008 spring turkey season were Franklin, with 838 turkeys checked, Texas County with 801 and Osage County with 696.

Totals were down pretty much across the board in northeast Missouri, with only two of the 15 counties in the reporting region reporting declining harvests from the previous year.

Scotland County hunters checked in 473 turkeys, down 37 birds from 2007. Clark County saw a slight increase, bagging 20 more birds in 2008 to reach a total of 435. Knox County hunters checked in 488 turkeys, down 58 from last year while Schuyler County hunters bagged 302 birds, down 53 from the year before.

The 2,898 turkeys checked during the Missouri Youth Spring Turkey Season bring the 2008 spring turkey harvest to 46,314. That is 2,148 fewer than last year, a decrease of 4.4 percent.

Near-perfect weather allowed hunters to check approximately 1,000 more birds on opening day this year than they did in 2007. By the end of the first week, however, they had fallen behind last years pace by about 460. They lost another 350 or so during the second week. The third weeks deficit topped 700, closing the season more than 1,500 behind last years total. This years harvest is the 11th largest on record and the smallest since 1997.

Before the season started, Resource Scientist Tom Dailey predicted a harvest approximately the same as last years. Dailey, the Missouri Department of Conservations top turkey biologist, attributed the lower-than-expected harvest to two factors.

We started this season with fewer birds than last year, said Dailey. Turkey nesting success in 2007 was the second-worst since we began keeping records in 1960, but I was optimistic that the weather would be more favorable for hunting this year, and that would boost the harvest a little.

Weather is a perennial wild card in determining turkey harvest. Warm, calm weather makes turkey behavior more predictable and encourages hunters to spend time outside. Cold, rainy, windy weather makes the big birds skittish and makes hunters more likely to sleep in.

The severe freeze that hit Missouri just before the season opened last year really put a damper on things, said Dailey. With average weather, hunters could have taken as many birds this year as they did in 2007, but we didnt get average weather.

Below-normal temperatures and frequent rain, often accompanied by violent weather, kept a lid on this years turkey harvest. The southern half of the state was particularly hard-hit. Parts of southeastern Missouri had received more than 12 inches above average rainfall by early May. Tornadoes ripped through southwestern Missouri during the final weekend of turkey season, and strong winds buffeted the rest of the state on the eve of the turkey season closer.

Dailey also noted a decrease in the number of juvenile male turkeys, commonly called jakes, in this years harvest. Young birds made up just 17 percent of this years spring turkey harvest, compared to 22 percent in recent years.

This goes along with what was observed in the field last year, said Dailey. The late freeze really hurt turkey nesting, and we saw that in this years harvest statistics. The five percent of the harvest that we lost on account of having fewer jakes this year would have put us just about where we were last year.

He said he is pleased that hunters were able to harvest as many turkeys as they did.

The fact that we still harvested 46,000 birds tells you something about how many turkeys we still have in Missouri. My hope now is that we will get back to more normal weather so the remaining birds can bring off a good crop of young turkeys.

Another factor not in turkeys favor is the conversion of grasslands to croplands.

Nesting and brood-rearing habitat could be reduced this year as the high prices of corn, soybeans and wheat are tempting farmers to put pastures, Conservation Reserve Program fields and other grasslands into crop production, said Dailey. A reduction in nesting and brood-rearing cover could reduce production of all of our ground-nesting birds, including turkeys, quail, ring-necked pheasants and songbirds.

He said an alternative to converting entire fields to crops is enrolling existing cropland in CP38 or CP33, U.S. Department of Agriculture cropland buffer programs. These practices allow farmers to crop the best parts of fields while maintaining wildlife habitat on the margins, where yields may be lower.

Dailey said Missouris turkey nesting prospects are not very bright because of the late, cool spring. Late springs sometimes translate into reduced nesting success. This years cooler-than-normal spring and late growth of vegetation are not in turkeys favor.

The Conservation Department recorded three firearms-related hunting accidents - all nonfatal - during the spring turkey season. That is one more than last year and well below the long-term average.

Graves Seeks to Hold Army Corps’ Accountable for Mismanagement of the Missouri River 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, a U.S. Federal Claims Court found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) gross mismanagement of the Missouri River led to five floods between 2007-2014. In response, Representative Sam Graves, (MO-06), is leading an effort to eliminate funding for the Army Corp’s Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP).

“Fish and wildlife management has become too much of a focus of the Corps and its time we reevaluate their priorities.  I have long said that the Corps priorities should focus on flood control and navigation and this court case validates those efforts.  This is just simple common sense – the lives of those who live along the river should come before any bird or fish.”

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, a U.S. Federal Claims Court concluded that floods between 2007-2014 resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to Missouri residents and their livelihoods.

In years past, the MRRP has received anywhere from $30 million to $90 million to carry out various activities including land acquisition activities, construction of shallow water habitats, and other features meant to help the recovery of three endangered species- the interior least tern, piping plover, and pallid sturgeon. While landowners and farmers have had to endure regular flood events, the Corps management strategies have shown no measurable improvement toward species recovery.

Tigers Fall to Highland 6-1 in Baseball Season Opener

The 2018 baseball season got off to a rocky start for Scotland County on a windy, cold Monday night in Highland. The Tigers struggled on defense and were unable to put together many good swings against the Cougars’ Chad Smith allowing the host squad to post the 6-1 victory.

Smith was dominating over five innings of work. The lefty blanked the Tigers, surrendering just one hit, while striking out eight.

SCR-I starter Branton Burrus battled his control over two innings of work. Still the sophomore could have escaped the first inning unscathed if weren’t for a fielding error that allowed Highland to pull ahead 1-0. Burrus left the bases loaded by striking out the side.

Highland made it 2-0 with a leadoff walk, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to start the second inning. Four more base on balls allowed the Cougars to extend the lead to 3-0.

Smith retired the first 10 Tigers in order before Jacob Buford singled with one out in the fourth inning to break up the perfect game. The momentum was short lived as he was picked off first to end the SCR-I threat.

Gage Dodge took over on the mound in the third inning and surrendered a run on a walk and a hit to allow Highland to stretch the margin to 4-0 in the third.

Highland tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning before SCR-I spoiled the shutout with a lone tally in the top of the seventh off reliever Tommy Harvey.

Highland scored six runs on just four hits. The Tigers tallied the lone run on just two hits as Scotland County falls to 0-1 on the year.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, March 22 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, March 23 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut Butter Dessert

Monday, March 26 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, March 27 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5-Cup Salad

Wed., March 28 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 29 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Hash Brown Casserole, Peas, Pineapple, Cookie


Wednesday, March 21 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 22 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, March 22 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, March 23 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, March 26 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, March 27 – Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Grapes, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, March 28 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, March 29 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, March 22 – Chili Soup, Chicken and Noodles Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Friday, March 23 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Potato Rounds, Peas/Carrots, Ice Cream, Strawberries, Fresh Fruit

Monday, March 26 – Ham and Beans/Cornbread, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Oven Ready Fries, Cole Slaw, Mandarin Oranges Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, March 27 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Tri Potato Patty, Bean and Weiner, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, March 28 – Sliced Turkey, Sliced Ham, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Pumpkin Bar

Thursday, March 22 – Pizza Roll-Ups, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Potato Rounds, Green Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Sheriff / Memphis Police Department Blotter

The following law enforcement related activities were logged from March 5th – March 11th by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office dispatch service.

March 5

Statewide tornado testing

Investigation of headstones turned over at Buskirk Cemetery

Report of a ladder being stolen

March 6

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for failure to stop

Report of erratic driver in Gorin area

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for equipment

March 7

Report of a car vs. deer accident

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for equipment

Report of an individual calling and making threatening remarks to another

Report of an individual having some mental issues that may need attention

March 8

Dog complaint

Report of control burn that got out of hand

Report of a domestic assault

Minor traffic accident on the city of Memphis Square.

Report of burglary that occurred in the Arbela area

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for no display of tags

Report of a scam call

Report of a slide off accident

March 9

Report of a scam call

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for speed

Execution and application of an order on property served

Traffic stop resulting in a verbal warning for speed

March 10

Traffic stop resulting in a citation issued to Justin Hull for loud and excessive noise

Report of domestic disturbance

Inmate taken to the ER

Report of a stray dog killing livestock and damaging property in Gorin

Report of harassment

March 11

Domestic situation investigated

Memphis Mission Team Travels to El Salvador

Members of the First Baptist Church Mission team to El Salvador were (L to R) Darrell Monroe, Alberta Richardson, Linda Blessing, Rachel Barrett, Dan Hite, Hannah Richardson, Cinda Barrett, Claire Hite, Troy Barrett, Bethany Barrett, Michael Barrett, Alyssa Clair, Eric Yarbrough, Ethel Barrett and Mark Barrett.

On January 31st at two in the morning a fifteen person team headed out from Memphis with t-shirts, medical supplies and various other supplies and gifts to catch an early morning flight with the final destination being a cluster of small rural communities along the western border of El Salvador. This is not the first time a team has gone out from the Memphis First Baptist Church to minister in these communities. In fact, this is the eighth annual trip to El Salvador made by the mission team with the focus of encouraging the congregations and strengthening ministries within their communities.  The four rural churches that are the focus of mission are within ten kilometers of each other and are related to one another through their origin. Members from the church in El Amatón planted the churches in the other three communities of El Coco, El Tanque and San Isidro; and the four churches, now nearly one hundred years later, still enjoy close relationships with one another. El Salvador is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere, second only to the island nation of Haiti and the poverty is apparent in these small rural communities where many of the people work at harvesting sugar cane and coffee beans in addition to farming small family plots of corn and beans for food.  The mission team makes it a priority each year to bring down necessities such as shoes, clothing, fabric and sewing machines, medical supplies, hygiene items, teaching supplies and Bibles to the churches for the needs of the people in their communities. The First Baptist Church of Memphis would like to thank and ask God’s blessing upon all those in our community who have been a part of this mission trip by generously providing these items to the Church for the sake of this mission. This year over seven-hundred t-shirts were collected from the community with the help of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who hosted a t-shirt drive in the elementary school. A large duffel bag of t-shirts was able to be given to each of the churches for distribution in their communities. Once again, thanks to all those who donated t-shirts for this cause.

In addition to serving physical needs through the churches, the team also ministered spiritually in the communities, being given the opportunity to share the gospel message with over six-hundred children in both the churches and in the public schools. This year’s team was unique in that there was a group of seven youth who played a major role in ministering to the children and youth in the schools and churches. The students worked through translators, but also much was communicated through smiles, laughter and playing games. It’s amazing how much fellowship there can be with so few words. In the evenings the mission team participated in worship services through singing, sharing testimonies and preaching. The team also spent time with the host church, the First Baptist Church of Chalchuapa, which also houses a Christian school at its location. The primary school currently has over three-hundred children in attendance and continues to grow each year.  It is ranked second for quality of education among primary schools throughout the city of Chalchuapa, a city of well over 100,000 people. The Memphis Church has been able to be a part of the ministry by providing scholarships to children in need. Anyone interested in learning more about the scholarship program should call the Church office (660) 465-2060.  Pastor Otoniel Calderon of the First Baptist Church of Chalchuapa will be sharing about the school and the future of this ministry at the Baptist Church in Memphis on April 8th at 6:00 p.m.. All those interested are welcome to attend.

Proposition 1 Will Decide Future of City Marshal Position

On April 3, voters in the City of Memphis will be deciding the future of the City Marshal position. Proposition 1 is asking voters to eliminate the elected office of marshal and replace it with a City Police Chief position to be hired by the city council.

City officials have indicated the ballot issue as a direct effort to retain current Memphis City Marshal Bill Holland in the post.

Earlier this year, Holland announced his intentions to move outside of city limits.

“It wasn’t something I was necessarily looking to do,” said Holland “But, my wife’s family gave us the property, so we simply could not afford to pass it up.”

As currently defined under city statute, the City Marshal is an elected position, as are the Mayor and Aldermen.

Section 115.040 requires these elected officers, as well as anyone appointed to elective office, to be residents of the City.

Holland, who is on the April 3rd ballot, seeking re-election as City Marshal, said he hopes to move into his new home, west of town, sometime later this year.

If Proposition 1 does not pass, that move legally would disqualify him from serving in the elected position, and would prevent the council from appointing him to the post.

Unless the ballot issue is approved, the council would be required to appoint a marshal who resides in the city limits.

Also under city statue, the Marshal position is paid an annual salary, established prior to the election.

That is another factor that the council hopes to be able to address if Prop 1 passes, as under the current system, the marshal is not eligible to be compensated for overtime, despite significant requirements due to the staff shortage.

Currently the Memphis Police Department is served by Holland and officer Zac Campbell. Campbell is not a resident of the City. The force has been undermanned since the 2017 resignation of officer Jason Ketchum, and has not ever been fully staffed with four officers.

The MPD recently had added officer David Dudley in March, but he since left the post.

Memphis is not alone in finding a lack of applicants for open policing positions. Major cities across the U.S like Houston, TX, Phoenix, AZ, St. Paul, MN, Bolder, CO, and Portland, OR are just a few of the nation’s bigger cities that have been in the news in recent weeks regarding policing shortages.

The city council and the mayor publically praised Holland’s job performance during discussion of the Proposition 1 issue at recent meetings.

“We are hoping the public will see this ballot issue for what it is, an effort to allow the council to retain the current quality leadership of the city’s police department,” said Alderman Chris Feeney. “In the end, it is us, the council, simply asking the voters to allow us to look outside the city limits, if necessary, to hire a chief of police to lead the Memphis Police Department.”

PSC to Hold Local Public Hearings In Hannibal, Kirksville In Liberty Utilities Natural Gas Rate Case

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in Hannibal and Kirksville on March 27, 2018 in a natural gas rate case filed by Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities.

The local public hearing March 27 in Hannibal will be at Hannibal-LaGrange University, Partee Center-Page Dining Room, 2800 Palmyra Road. A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.

The March 27 Kirksville meeting will be at Truman State University, Student Union Activities Room, 901 S. Franklin. A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.

These local public hearings will be held in facilities that meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in these hearings should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearings.

If you are unable to attend a local public hearing and wish to make written comments or secure additional information, you may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (573) 751-4857 email or the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email .

On September 29, 2017, Liberty Utilities filed a natural gas rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual natural gas revenues by approximately $7.5 million.

According to the Liberty Utilities filing, the proposed rate increase for a residential customer with average usage would be approximately $2.06 a month in the Northeast District (NEMO); approximately $14.09 a month in the Southeast District (SEMO); and approximately $7.62 a month in the Western District (WEMO). In this case, Liberty Utilities also seeks to consolidate its three rate districts, NEMO, SEMO and WEMO, into a single district with a uniform delivery charge.

Liberty Utilities provides natural gas service to approximately 53,400 customers in 25 Missouri counties (Adair, Bates, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Dunklin, Henry, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Pike, Ralls, Ripley, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, St. Clair, Stoddard, Wayne and Worth).

Fire Department Hosting Raffle for Children of Fallen Comrade

The Scotland County Fire Department has opened ticket sales for the Jesse Ketchum Memorial Raffle, with all of the proceeds from the event to benefit the children of the late fireman.

The event features two separate raffles. Tickets can be purchased on 1/2 a beef or a smoker grill. Tickets are $20 each, three for $50 or six for $100.

The second raffle features a Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle. Tickets are $10, three for $20 or 15 for $100.

The raffle items were donated by McBee Construction, Hillside Gun Shed and Mayberry Farms Truck Accessories.

Tickets may be purchased from any fireman or at Rose Hardware, Hillside Gun Shed, Community Bank of Memphis, and Mayberry Farms.

The drawing will be held Monday, May 28th at 9:30 a.m. at the fire department. You do not need to be present to win.

Changing Lives One Step at a Time – Shoes From the Heart Visits Memphis

Students at the Memphis Head Start were treated to a special surprise March 15th as representatives of Shoes From the Heart, Missouri Care and the Scotland County Rotary Club visited the center.

Each student received a new pair of shoes, courtesy of the Macon-based charity, Shoes From the heart.

Founder Donnie Bonuchi said his organization serves Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

Shoes from the Heart believes in making a difference in the lives of those who have been affected by unforeseen circumstances by simply providing a basic need that we cannot live without… shoes,” he said.

The charity partners with a number of donors like Wal-Mart, Casey’s General Store and C&R Supermarkets, to help provide the new shoes. It was founded in 2012 by Donnie and the late Cindy Bonuchi.

The movement is supported by donations from private individuals, organizations such as the local Rotary club, and church groups in addition to the state and national corporate sponsors. Contributions can be sent to Shoes From the Heart at PO Box 171, Macon, MO 63552.

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