April 30, 2009

Local Woman Hurt in Crash on Highway 15

A Memphis woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Saturday, April 25th at 10:20 p.m. in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lori A. Graber, 47, was southbound on Highway 15 four miles north of Memphis at the time of the crash. The 1986 Nissan truck she was driving apparently crossed the center line and struck a bridge barrier.

Graber was transported by the Scotland County Sheriff to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

The vehicle sustained total damage in the crash.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the sheriff’s department and the Scotland County Ambulance Service.



This month has been a chilly month for those momma birds incubating their eggs.  As many of you know I have a Robin nesting on the roof overhang of the basement patio. She has had many hard rains, wind, 30 degree temps, and still was able to hatch two of her three eggs.  She has had to stay in the nest many days most of the day, due to the cool temps to keep her babies warm.  The picture shows how she is warming her little ones still on this cold morning.

The American Robin has a reputation as a reliable harbinger of spring.  This year, I am sure they thought they had their calendar wrong.  These temps make it difficult to raise young.  Many Robins stay year around.  Robin’s are usually the first welcome sign of spring.  When the Red Red Robin comes Bob bobbing along, spring is sure to follow. The strong winds and storms of the past two weeks have demolished several robins nests here at Pine Ridge.. unless they are glued down with a good mud grass mixture, it makes it difficult to hang on during these storms.

Robin’s very neatly build their nests from mud and grass, and cup out the inside of the nest as they build.  The inside of the nest is lined very neatly with fine grass.

Their diet consists of earthworms, insects, spiders, fruit, and berries.  They are not particularly a feeder bird.  Their early morning call and just before dark song are very distinctive.  What a joy to get up or hear them from your bedroom window.  Such a peaceful sound. I also have a Cabin Robin again this year, and she also has three eggs.  I usually have several build in our shop, but I fear this year there is a Kestrel nesting in there, so they did not even check it out this time.

I have a few starlings, but not as many as usual.  Unfortunately, the house sparrows are plentiful. I have had to stop putting jelly out for my Oriole right now, as the sparrows eat it as fast as I put it out.

I hope you are enjoying your spring and keep those hummingbird feeders clean and full. Until  next time good  birdwatching!

Living Life Over


Despite being at the opposite end of the state, Joplin was close to the hearts of Scotland County residents on Monday morning as the southeast Missouri community began recovery efforts following a massive tornado that devastated the town of 49,000.

Published reports on Monday morning put the death toll at 89 from the storm that left a path of destruction more than 1/32 a mile wide and six miles long through the town.

The local Mennonite community is mobilizing efforts to send aid to the Joplin area, with the first wave of volunteers expected to leave northeast Missouri as soon as Tuesday, May 24th.

Weaverland Disaster Services will also coordinate collection and transportation of donations to the region. Raytec and Oakwood Industries have agreed to serve as collection sites for donations of bottled water, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, and medical supplies that will be transported to Joplin.

The State Emergency Management Agency continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to deploy all available response resources to Joplin following the deadly tornado that ripped through the city Sunday evening, May 22. Search and rescue and other emergency operations were expected to continue through the night.

The First Christian Church launched a relief program entitled Lending a Hand to Joplin. Volunteers have started a collection of relief supplies for victims of the tornado. Donations can be brought to the church basement at 320 S. Main Street. The first delivery to Joplin will be made this weekend.


The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and local chamber members recently held the “Why My Mom is the Best Mom in Scotland County” contest.  The contest was open to all first through sixth grade students that live in Scotland County.  With 56 entries submitted from students at Gorin R-III and Scotland County R-1, the MACC had a tough time narrowing the choices down to the top one entry per grade level.

Each winning mother received a framed copy of the letter their child submitted, a flower and a “sweet treat” that the mother and child can share at the Scotland County Pharmacy.

Each participant that submitted an entry for the contest received a free one-day pass to the Memphis Swimming Pool and their letter back, to give to their mom on Mother’s Day.

SCR-1 first grade winner was Sherri Pickerell, mother of Will Pickerell.  The second grade winner was Angie Ward, mother of Tori Ward.  In the third grade, the winning mother was Susie Miller, mother of Gorin R-III student, December Miller.  Jackie Doubet, mother of SCR-1 student, Jordyn Doubet, won the fourth grade entry. The fifth grade winner was Nancy Hirner, mother of Anna Hirner and Toni Sears, mother of Gorin R-III student, Rebecca Sears, was the sixth grade winner.


Robin Fincher extended her track season nearly two weeks when she was able to take second place in the 800-meter run at the 2A District meet in Kirksville earlier this month.  With that finish she earned a chance to travel to the state finals on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

The junior represented SCR-1 well with a strong performance.  She took 10th overall in the state 800-meter finals in a time of 2:39 placing her among the top dozen middle distance runners in the 2A class in Missouri.


Work began May 20th tearing down the two-story brick high school building in Gorin.  Contractor Dwayne Balmer, Gorin, estimated the process will take 30 days.

Built in 1907, the building was designed to cover four years of high school.  The contract price of the two story building was $7,500.  The building consisted of a bell tower; three large and one small room downstairs; hallway through the middle; and a stairway leading to the upper story.  A large “study hall” equipped with wooded folding partitions, enabling the space to be used as two classrooms when not in use as a study hall; a large classroom; a superintendent’s office; and a principal’s office. The eastern end of the study hall was raised so it might serve as a stage.  A steel fire escape stairway was added which led from the upper rooms to the ground.

In 1913 a room of the high school building was equipped as a physics and agriculture laboratory.  In 1914 the school became a first class state high school.  The high school reached its peak around the middle 1920’s when it attracted students from the Iowa line on the north to Knox County on the south.

In 1922-23 a new stuccoed building, which still remains, was built, housing a music room, art room, auditorium and ball court.

The 1982 spring graduating class was the last high school class to graduate from the Gorin High School.  Students the following fall were enrolled in high schools outside the Gorin District.


Three Scotland County R-1 juniors this past academic year have been selected to participate in summer programs which stress interest in government.  The three participants are Sally Harris who will be attending “Freedom Forum” at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO in June.  Sally is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris, Sr.  Randy McVeigh will be attending “Missouri Boy’s State” at Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Missouri, in June.  Randy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McVeigh.  Anna Robertson will be attending “Missouri Girl’s State” at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, in June.  Anna is the daughter of Mrs. Joan Robertson and the late Wendell Robertson.

The three students are able to go as the result of the programs being sponsored by local civic organizations.  Sally is sponsored by the local Farm Bureau, Randy by the Lion’s Club and the Jaycees, and Anna by the local chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and American Legion.


Construction for the new dial telephone service will begin between June 1 and June 15.  When completed the subscribers of Rutledge, MO and Rutledge area will have the most modern telephone service available with free calling service to the subscribers south of Memphis and the town of Memphis.  All of the lines will be placed underground to be insured against catastrophic storms.

Those who have not signed up and wish to do so should do so if possible by June 1 if they wish to have their names in the new directory.  Any interested people in the Rutledge area wishing information about telephone service may do so by calling the business office in Green City.  Call 874-2245 collect, or write the telephone company business office.


Work has started and the foundation has already been poured for a new café which will be built directly west of Charlie’s Super Saver on Highway 136, at the bottom of the hill southwest of Memphis.

The service station already has a café but Charles Phillips, the owner, is building the new café to accommodate more patrons.  Mr. Phillips says the new café, which will operate 24 hours a day, will seat 32 persons comfortably.


Leonard Shannon killed five timber wolves Sunday on the Wm. Suter farm near Wyaconda after several hours chase.

The kill consisted of a male, female and three young.

After many sheep had been reported missing and killed in that area by wolves this spring, Mr. Shannon’s kill will undoubtedly cut down the loss of sheep.

Campbell Tosses Second Consecutive No Hitter to Send SCR-I Into District Championship Game

Lane Pence homered to lead the Tigers to a win over Milan.

Lane Pence homered to lead the Tigers to a win over Milan.

Grant Campbell pitched the Scotland County Tigers into the district championship game in impressive fashion, tossing his second consecutive no-hitter. The junior hurler blanked Milan over six innings, striking out nine batters. Campbell did battle his control at times, issuing six base on balls, but he was able to work around the free passes to shutout the Wildcats.

The Tigers’ offense created plenty of cushion in the bottom of the first inning, plating five runs. The big blow was a grand slam by Lane Pence. Gage Dodge led off the inning with a base hit. Aaron Buford and Campbell walked to load the bases. The first run scored when Justin McKee reached on a fielder’s choice. Pence stepped up to the plate with the bases still loaded and the sophomore catcher blasted a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence to make the score 5-0.

Scotland County added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Will Pickerell singled and came in to score on a base hit by Dodge. Buford followed with a two-run homer run to push the lead to 8-0.

Milan loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth on three base on balls. But Campbell worked out of the jam. Buford gunned down a runner at the plate on a fielder’s choice for the first out before Campbell got a key strike out before a harmless ground out ended the threat.

The Tigers ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning by the 10-run rule. Pickerell walked and moved into scoring position on a double by Buford. Will Fromm delivered the walk-off two-run single to make the final score 10-0.

Scotland County improved to 14-3 on the season and advanced to the district championship game to face top seeded Canton.

Pence led the offense going 1-3 with the home run and four RBIs. Buford was 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Fromm and Dodge both added a pair of hits.

Will the Next President Win by a Mudslide? 

I’m curious as to what the next few months will bring to America as the political ovens begin to heat up.  The vitriol (yes mom, I use a big word for me) seems to have only begun.  Likely, our land will be scorched from both indignation and revelation. Shall we turn the tide?

My reason for referencing the current Presidential race is that it has caused me to wonder.  Are the politicians playing out on their stages what society has become; including you….okay, and me?  Have we become obsessed with the bad to the point we wish to deny any portion of good in another even if such were to be true? Very possibly so.

Father had this figured out ancient days ago.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God may have slipped into a sort of religious slogan instead of the potential damning of the soul.  Unless there is Jesus, my friend, we are sunk. Period.

We spiritual people have developed a culture that might breeze right on past our own dramatic flaws while freely speaking disparagingly of others who appear to us to be dismal representatives of the human race…like…politicians who run for President.  For such judgment, as if they but not we, we are mistaken.

Yet, a person who reads the GOOD-NEWSpaper runs into personal facts which will not let us go.  We (meaning each me) were so broken that Jesus was strung up on the Cross to take on our sins; our ugly, embarrassing, wretched, self-centered sins.  No, not the sins of whispered rumors nor accidental slipping of the tongue in cursing.  We are talking about you and me here.  Us.  The ones who either commit horrendous sins or at least think about committing them.  Sinner is never a they proposition.  We… we are front and center.

So what shall we do when a mudslide is all around?  We do as the Pharisees did when they were just about to stone the disgusting adulteress woman.  They dropped the stones in the dust when Jesus inquired as to exactly which one of them might be innocent?

Not.  A.  One.  There was no stoning that day.  For some weird reason their bravery, coupled with their bold complaining words, melted.  They were found to be just like her.  The accusers were as guilty as the one they wise-crackingly accused.  Sound familiar anybody?

The solution, therefore, is clear.  We are to speak words.  We speak words of defense for another; not accusation.  We speak Life.  The Christian movement of today: Words Matter.  We are not to sling words of mud; but rather of encouragement and strength and vision and hope. Mudslinging must stop. America would be advantaged if the media, the political opposition, and the Christians would point out the good in one another (including presidential candidates) rather than reaching for one more fist full of mud.  Don’t ya think?

Words Matter.



Cooley Receives One Rating at MSHSAA State Music Festival

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

After receiving “1” ratings at the District Music Contest, Mr. Orr and thirteen members of the Scotland County R-1 Band and Chorus departments qualified to perform at the 65th Annual Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival held April 28-30 on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia, MO.

Those attending were Megan Kice (flute solo, flute quartet), Elijah Cooley (snare solo, percussion quintet), Ariel Quenneville (clarinet solo), Micah Cooley (mixed vocal trio), Claire Hite (mixed vocal trio), Slade McAfee (mixed vocal trio), Rebekah Duzan (percussion quintet), Katie Feeney (percussion quintet), Christian Siver (percussion quintet), Cliff Whtaker (percussion quintet), Karissa Adams (flute quartet), Alyssa Clair (flute quartet), and Sadie Davis (flute quartet).

The event included approximately 5,230 individual and group performances representing 401 schools.  Most of the festival’s performances took place in the Fine Arts Building and Memorial Union.

The evaluative festival involved schools in five enrollment classifications in which high schools with enrollments (grades 9-12) up to 127 participated in Class 1, 128-269 participated in Class 2, 20-603 performed in Class 3, 604-1,237 students participated in Class 4, and 1,238 and above took part in Class 5.

The state-level festival has an evaluative purpose during which students perform before some of the nation’s top music adjudicators who provide ratings and critiques of the students’ musical abilities.  Festival participants all qualified by earning a division “1” (Exemplary) rating at their respective district-level festivals.

All portions of the MSHSAA Music Festival were open to the public and free of charge.  Performances ran from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Making it to the state level is an honor and exemplifies the commitment and dedication of our students to the music programs and their individual musical talents.  Elijah Cooley received the highest rating, a “1” for his drum solo.  Receiving “2” ratings were Ariel Quenneville for her clarinet solo and Megan Kice for her Flute Solo.  The vocal trio with Slade McAfee, Micah Cooley, Clair Hite and the flute quartet with Megan Kice, Karissa Adams, Sadie Davis and Alyssa Clair both received “2” ratings.  Receiving a “3” rating was the percussion quintet with Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Cliff Whitaker, Katie Feeney and Christian Siver.

Congratulations to Mr. Orr and each of these outstanding SCR-1 Fine Arts students!

SCR-I Music Department Wraps up a Winning School Year

band web

It has been an exciting year in the Scotland County Music Department.  The Marching Tigers kicked off the year with Band camp the week before school leading to community performances at the Tiger tailgate and a first place finish in the Antique Day Parade. The Marching Tigers also began learning their half-time field show and performed installments at home football games. Competition season started at the Monroe City Black and Gold Marching Festival. The Marching Tigers placed second in Field Show and Parade. Also, the Drumline and Color Guard won first place in their premiere performance. The following Saturday, students went to the Parade of Champions in Kahoka, MO where they placed fourth in field show and third in parade. The Marching Tigers also won the People’s Choice Award, being the crowd’s favorite. The next Tuesday, students participated in Hannibal’s Mark Twain Marching Festival. The marching season ended with Missouri Day’s in Trenton, MO where the Drumline took third place in their class.

After marching season, students quickly switched gears to practice for All-District and All-Conference auditions and prepare for the Veteran’s Day Concert. Four students traveled to Moberly, MO and auditioned for the All-District Band, where Elijah Cooley was selected as Fourth Chair snare drum. Nineteen Scotland County students were selected for the All-Conference Band and six students were selected for the All-Conference Choir. The Conference Tour started at Scotland County High School where both ensembles performed with a patriotic rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The band also provided pep and spirit and home basketball games as well as pep rallies for the successful girls’ basketball season. The rest of the first semester was spent preparing for the Holiday Concert on December, 17 2015.

The beginning of the new semester started with many more spirited performances at home basketball games. Four Junior High Students, Katie Feeney, Toren Johnson, Jaden McAfee, and Reilly Shoemaker were selected to participate in the All-District Junior High Band. High School students began to practice and prepare for contests coming up later in the spring. On March 18, students traveled to Hannibal for State Large group festival. The band received a II Outstanding rating and received a I Exemplary Rating in sight reading. Two weeks later, the band and choir went to Kirksville for solo/small ensemble festival. Nine soloists/ensembles received a II Outstanding rating and six solos/ensembles received a I Exemplary Rating. These included Flute Solo-Megan Kice; Snare Solo-Elijah Cooley; Clarinet Solo-Ariel Quenneville; Percussion Quintet-Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, and Cliff Whitaker; Flute Quartet-Karissa Adams, Alyssa Clair, Sadie Davis, and Megan Kice; Mixed Vocal Trio-Slade McAfee, Claire Hite, and Micah Cooley. These soloists and ensembles performed at many functions around the community including at Beta Meetings and for the Rotary Club.

They went to State Festival where the Percussion Quintet received a Ill Rating, Ariel Quenneville, Megan Kice, the Flute Quartet, and the Mixed Vocal Trio received a II rating and Elijah Cooley received a I rating. Four junior high students participated in junior high solo contest where all received a I outstanding rating. All bands and choirs participated in the Fine Arts Night where Kiley Lewis won the Director’s Award for Choir. Paige Hyde won the Director’s Award for Band, Karissa Adams won the Patrick Gilmore Award, and Megan Kice won the John Phillip Sousa Award.  On May 7, four junior high students traveled to Macon for solo competition.  As the year comes to a close, students are preparing for their final performance that will be held in conjunction with the community Memorial Day festivities.

Submitted by Nathaniel Orr

Scotland County Claims Tri-Rivers Conference All-Sports Award


As the school year draws to an end with it comes the culmination of another sports season. This year has seen many successes when it comes to the sports scene. The All Sports Championship was claimed by the Scotland County Tigers this season and for the second time in three seasons. The All Sports Award is presented to the school that accumulates the greatest number of points based on conference finish in their respective sport. The following 7 sports are recognized in the All Sports formula: softball, football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, baseball, girls track, and boys’ track. This season each of the preceding sports programs finished their conference slate with a first or second place campaign.

This year, the final season of the Tri-Rivers Conference, saw champions crowned in girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and baseball. The softball, football, girls’ track, and boys’ track teams all registered second place conference finishes. The outstanding team performances allowed individual stars to shine. The correlation between team success and individual accolades was certainly evident as the Scotland County athletes earned 4 of the 7 Conference Most Valuable Player awards during the 2015-2016 season. The girls’ basketball team won their second consecutive district title this season. Also, a sectional victory resulted in the first quarterfinal berth in program history. The golf team collected the fourth Conference Championship of the season while competing in the Conference Tournament. They added another individual top honor with a conference medalist. The scholar bowl team won a district title for the second straight season and had the MVP of our district.

In summary, the 2015-2016 season saw the 8 sports programs combine to win 4 of the 8 Conference Championships and saw Tiger athletes collect 5 of the 8 Conference Most Valuable Players honors. I want to congratulate the players and coaches, while extending a very deserving thank you to everyone involved. The view from the top is superb, especially when you have witnessed the view from the bottom. Keep working hard to finish this campaign and start preparing for the next.

The Memphis FFA Trap teams had an extremely successful year. The boys team brought home first place trophies from shoots at Madison, Schuyler and Paris besting between 35-40 teams at each contest. They also captured their first Area III Championship by posting an amazing score of 122/125. They finished fourth at Districts in October and ended the season in April with an 11th place finish at the State shoot. This year we added a girls’ squad to the team, and they brought home a first place finish in the girls’ division at the Paris shoot.

Great job SC Tigers!

Submitted by Athletic Director Lance Campbell

Incredible Summer to Come

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

People come and go. It’s always been a transient state of being here for most in the ecovillage. It’s not everyone’s cuppa tea to carve out a life of one’s own in the wilds of Missouri. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When people go, they can be profoundly changed, taking a piece of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage with them.

Nik here, telling you about some of the incredible summer events floating our way this year. The visitor program is our way to attract people out there from all walks of life who wish to try and live freely outside the world they have been taught is the only way. We always hope that those people will stay and try to make this village and world a better place. But for those who have no intention of jumping into the wilds of Missouri ruralness for years to come, we also have workshops, courses, and conferences, where folks can get their toes wet, meet others interested in fostering community, and learn skills to bring a passion for change out into the world.

The most accessible class starts in early July: the “Ecovillage Experience, Skills for Living Lightly” course. Spend five days with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillagers to gather ideas, concepts, and skills for living lighter wherever you live. This course includes hands-on natural building, low-carbon gardens and kitchens, learning about our alternative energy systems, organic resource recycling, permaculture design, alternative economic systems, skills for human connection and cooperation, and creative fun – all part of life at Dancing Rabbit! The course is really geared to supporting you in creating a plan to bring your knowledge home with you. Ecovillage Experience runs from July 9 to 14, and is open to all individuals and families.

One of the most exciting events this summer for communitarians is the Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference, where members and would-be members of intentional communities around the nation gather for talks and workshops to strengthen our connections and movement.

When first starting a community, or even living in community for a long time, it can be easy to feel alone in our efforts. This 4th of July, join us in thinking of Inter-dependence Day, and come together to learn, network, explore, and inspire each other to create a more cooperative and sustainable world.

Workshops and networking sessions throughout the weekend will bring us new ideas for how to live sustainably, collectively. Program tracks will target the interests of aspiring community founders, current intentional community members, and folks wanting to deepen their understanding of the sustainability-community connection. Talks and casual conversation will bring us insight into the radical contributions community building can make to ending the worst social and ecological ills of our time. We’ll even do some climate change activism together for those who are interested. And of course spending the weekend in the midwest’s premier ecovillage, Dancing Rabbit, will help inspire hope: sustainable is not only possible, it is also here, now, and fun.

Workshops will include Starting an Intentional Community; Collective Carbon Farming and the Commons; Transforming Conflict in Connection with Restorative Circles; Simple Off-Grid Solar; Climate Egalitarianism: Class, Climate, and New Economics; Holistic Animal Management; Learning Good Consent: Patriarchy and Anti-Sexism; and many more. Check the conference webpage for more updates.

For those struggling with the climate crisis, and even more so what can one person do about it, we have a resounding answer: Moved to Act, a 6 Day Intensive Workshop, August 12 to 18.

This intensive workshop is designed to help you be more effective impacting change at a wider systems level and a personal level. When most people turn away from crises, Moved to Act participants face them with courage. Moved to Act is an immersive program for assisting activists and culture creators in the transformation of our unjust social, economic & political structures to a more democratic, sustainable & cooperative world for all.

Direct activism training, public education, personal growth work, discussion of both the barriers and possibilities around addressing climate change, and learning about more low carbon lifestyle choices, all falls squarely in this program. If you want to imagine living your life knowing that your daily actions aren’t contributing to further climate disruption, then this is worth checking out. You can create real change and inspire others to join you.

Oh, did I mention Mathew Human of the Human Revolution will be performing during the training, a solo show on Aug 13th?(http://www.matthewhuman.com) It’s going to be huge.

And one of the biggest and best courses we’ve offered is returning this year, along with the energetic titan, Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. The Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will run September 17 to 25. It’s nine days of hands-on learning about creating a sustainable home and human habitat—and what better place to learn about sustainable human habitats than an ecovillage?

“I’m sure a PDC offered any ole place is as transforming and educational as this one was,” a student from last year said, “but here, at Dancing Rabbit, it was magical. 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 and other inspirational teachers bring their vulnerability, integrity, and honesty to this course, and have helped so many students contact on a deeper level to permaculture and to life.

I hope one or a few of these courses or workshops interest you or someone you know. Come and learn, and take that knowledge with you…and make some life-long connections while you’re at it.

So, yes, people can take a bit of our hearts as they leave…but I try to see it as a bright lantern that shines in their life. I let that thought brighten my own lantern, and then it doesn’t feel so dark after they’ve gone. I’m happy knowing the world is a brighter place because of them and because of their time at Dancing Rabbit.


Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational non-profit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village at 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is May 28th. 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.

School Board Creates Bond Committee, Plans Special Meeting to Consider New Levy Issue

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present. Sam Berkowitz was absent.

Davis established a bond issue committee of Trinity Davis, Jamie Triplett, and Cole Tippett to head continued efforts for the district to secure funding for capital improvements, including the early childhood development expansion.

The board voted to schedule a special meeting for the bond issue on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson indicated revenues are coming in as expected creating a current budget surplus for the district. He noted year-to-date totals for revenues are $6,130,571.88 and year to date expenditures are $4,945,258.98, creating a current positive budget balance of  $1,185,312.90.

“This surplus will continue to decrease as we near the end of the fiscal year,” said Bergeson. “We have received all of our local tax and will receive state and federal dollars in May and June.  Payroll for May, June, July, Summer School, and Career Ladder will level out our current surplus for the 15-16 fiscal year.”


Athletic Director Lance Campbell gave an update on the 2015-2016 school sports year.

“The Scotland County R-I Athletic Programs have experienced tremendous team and individual success throughout the 15-16 school year,” said Campbell.

Scotland County wrapped up the Tri-Rivers Conference All Sports Championship for the 15-16 school year in the final year of the Tri Rivers Conference. It marked the second time in three years that SCR-I compiled the top team performances in the TRC sports competitions, including softball, football, basketball, track, baseball and golf.

Preliminary 16-17 Budget

The board reviewed preliminary numbers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“The state legislature is still in session and there is a lot of discussion and uncertainty surrounding state funding for public education,” Bergeson stated. “The Board of Education is committed to providing teachers and staff the best possible salary and benefits package while balancing increasing costs for state and federal mandates, instructional materials, supplies, and maintenance.”

The 16-17 budget will be approved at the June board meeting.

June Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approved April 14 and May 2, 2016 closed session minutes. 6-0.

Hired Michael Moore as summer custodian, Caleb Doubet and Jacob Hull as Summer Custodians and Bryan Chance and Denny Ward as bus drivers for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Mikel Gragg as Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball for the 16-17 school year and Tia Hamilton as Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Brad Doster as Transportation Director. 5-0. Christy Aylward left the room for the discussion and vote.

Hired Allen Garrett as Bus Driver for the 16-17 school year. 5-1. Gary Miller voted no.

Hired the balance of the slate as presented for non-certified staff – Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Mitchell Bales, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Amy Talbert, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  LaDica Hinds, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Harris, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, and Don Ryland.

Hired Jenna Ward as FBLA and Prom Sponsor for the 16-17 school year. 6-0.

The board voted 6-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment at 9:40 p.m.

City of Memphis Plans Summer Tennis Activities


This summer the City of Memphis will have an array of tennis activities for all ages and ability levels.  On Wednesday, May 25th and Wednesday, June 1st, anyone interested in the summer tennis leagues can join us from 7-9 pm at Johnson Park to “Get Back in the Swing of Things.”  These evenings will be very laid back and just a time to hit or play a few games of doubles with various partners.

Summer Tennis Leagues

This summer two different leagues will be offered and both will begin the week of June 6th.  The regular doubles league will be played on Monday nights between 7 and 9 pm.  The cost will be $20 per team to participate in this league during June, July, and August.  Teams to need to sign up for this league by June 3rd at City Hall or by contacting Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  A more laid back league will take place on Wednesday nights beginning at 7 pm.  For this league, whoever is available each week can show up for pick up doubles matches.  Teams will be made based ability and partners will be rotated throughout the night in order to make balanced, fun matches.  This league would be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced players.  The cost will be $10 per person for the Wednesday night league, which will run through June, July, and August.  No advanced sign up is required for this league and payment will be due on the first Wednesday night each person attends.

Youth Tennis Lessons

Youth tennis lessons for ages 3-14 will be offered again this summer on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm on the tennis courts at Johnson Park.  The cost will be $4 per child, per lesson.  Registration is encouraged by June 3rd for the tennis lessons in order to determine if there is enough interest.  Children are welcome to attend sporadically based on their availability.

Tennis Tournament
A doubles tennis tournament will be held on Saturday, July 16th.  The entry fee will be $20 for each doubles team.  A monetary prize will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in the tournament.  BBQ hotdogs, hamburgers, and sides will be provided for lunch.

Tennis Contact Information

Anyone interested in signing up for the summer tennis leagues or the youth lessons should contact Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  Sign up can also be completed at City Hall.

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