November 12, 2009

World War II Snipers Dream Shot to be Featured on National Television Program

Veteran Ted Gundys visit to Fort Benning, GA, will be featured on Shooting USA on The Outdoor Channel.

A bold and dashing adventure is in your future.

That was the message Ted Gundy received from his fortune cookie after finishing off one of his favorite meals, Chinese food. Little did he know, the prophetic message was soon to ring true, courtesy of one chance e-mail.

Gundy, a firearms enthusiast, was intrigued by the intricacies of todays long-range firearms, in particular, all of the components that go into making a 1,000 yard shot. After going over the components of such a task, Gundy decided to ask the host of one of his favorite television programs, Shooting USA on the Outdoor Channel. Ted e-mailed the host and executive producer Jim Scoutten, asking him about such a shot.

In following correspondences the TV host learned that Gundy is a World War II veteran, and actually was a sniper at the Battle of the Bulge.

After talking with Ted, learning about his service and his history, the idea for a show was formed, Scoutten said. Here we had a guy that was a sniper 65 years ago, wanting to learn more about todays long range shooters.

Scoutten latched onto the idea that allowing Gundy the opportunity to take a 1,000 yard shot would make great television.

He was not alone in the concept, as the United States Army came on board for the idea of bringing the veteran to Fort Benning, GA, to the Armys sniper school and in particular to the Army Markmanship Unit.

When I opened that fortune cookie, I never had any idea it had something like this in store for me, Ted said. It is times like this that make you realize there is someone looking out for you.

After four months of planning, Ted and his son Mike flew to Atlanta. They were the official guests of the United States Army and the Army Marksmanship Unit. The later is home to the worlds best shooters, a unit that was first designated by President Eisenhower as the best of the best to represent the United States. The group regularly sends competitors to the Olympics.

When they arrived at Fort Benning, GA, Gundy toured the sniper school and witnessed the training some of the worlds best marksmen undertake.

That was a far cry from what I went through, said Gundy. We arrived overseas as replacements, fresh out of infantry school. They knew that I had scored the highest score in our company, so they passed out the sniper rifle to me.

Thus a sniper was born. Sixty-five years later, Ted was able to witness the results

of the modern training regimen. Gundy was introduced to arguably the best sniper team in the world, winners of the international sniper competitions the past two years. The plan was for Ted to work with SFC Robbie Johnson and SFC Jason St. John and ultimately to have the opportunity to take a 1,000-yard shot.

That is exactly what took place on November 4th. Ted watched as the Army sniper team put three rounds into the target at the prescribed distance.

Admittedly the 84-year-old was a bit nervous when he took the weapon. His first two attempts missed their mark. But Gundy had not traveled all that way to not make his dream shot. As a matter of fact he made it three times, as the final three rounds found their target despite it being 1,000 yards away.

You cannot believe the sophisticated equipment these guys work with day in and day out, Gundy said.

He noted the weaponry and other gear is a far cry from his service weapon, a rifle mounted with a three-power scope, that he noted most folks today wouldnt even put on their .22 rifle.

Gundy was able to get a first-hand reminder of how far sniper rifles have come in 65 years. He was presented with a replica Springfield A4 sniper rifle and scope courtesy of Gibbs Rifle Company. Not only was he allowed to fire the reproduction of his WWII weapon on the range, he brought the gift home as a memento of the amazing trip.

In addition to the rifle, Ted came home sporting a new black baseball cap. He admits at first look it may not seem to special, but his is just the third black hat to be officially presented to a civilian. Only two other non-Army shooters have received the honor of wearing the official uniform head gear of the Army Marksmanship Unit.

They presented Ted with the hat as well as a framed citation in a special ceremony, Scoutten said. Im not an emotional guy, but I had to back away from the camera during the presentation and the reading of the citation, as I was getting choked up by the honor being given to Ted.

Gundy wasnt finished there. The Army gave the group a special tour of the new Army Infantry Museum at the base, and Gundy also toured the sniper school, the gunsmith and reloading centers.

The Army really did roll out the red carpet for us, Gundy said. It was an amazing trip.

Ted also had the opportunity to visit with another member of the shooting squad, one who has suffered a similar injury to his own. In 1944 Gundy was hit by an artillery round and ultimately ended up loosing his leg.

He visited with a member of the team who was injured in Iraq and also had lost a leg.

Ted was such an inspiration, not only to this soldier who had recovered from a similar injury, but to all of the soldiers who had the opportunity to meet him on this trip, said Scoutten. I suspect he went home with a sore arm, because every one of these soldiers wanted to shake his hand.

Part of that message was received by one of the graduating classes at the infantry school, who heard from Gundy prior to their graduation ceremony.

Scoutten said on numerous occasions throughout the trip Gundy would comment that he didnt deserve this opportunity and the recognition he was receiving.

He told me that he didnt do anything special, and that he was only over there for a couple months before he was wounded and knocked out of the fight, Scoutten said. We all let Ted know what an inspiration he is to all of us, and that by paying tribute to him we honor the millions of other veterans, many of which are no longer with us.

Teds story is expected to air sometime in January in a 30-minute special edition of the regular program Shooting USAs Impossible Shots. The Memphis Democrat will report the dates and times when the official air date is announced.

All You’re Meant to Hear

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer; unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the beaten path. I’ve actually seen some folks ride their four-wheeler up to the very tree they are hunting in. They say the deer never notice. I say they do.

I do believe when deer are pressured they move to some strange places. Oftentimes it’s right next to a road or even a highway. I can remember one year while hunting in Alabama, my friend set up right next to a four lane highway. On the last day of the hunt he killed a nice eight-pointer. I’m sure that deer never imagined a hunter setting up in such an uncommon area.

For me, there’s something about being in a place where I can hear no road noise. I don’t like having to listen for the rustle of leaves through the sounds of rush hour. The purity of the hunt seems tainted when the sounds of the woods are competing with the sounds of a nearby highway. I like being able to hear every squirrel’s bark and every birds chirp.

I’ve noticed my time with the Lord is often characterized this way as well. I find at times I try to hear God without getting far enough away from the sounds of my daily grind. It may be a cell phone, a T.V., or even a time restraint that’s not allowing me to hear all that I’m meant to hear. As a result, the experience is not what I need or what God wants.

The problem is that I’m just hunting (praying) too close to my truck. I’m doing it because it’s the easiest thing to do. But again, the best ones are far off the beaten path.

Right now there’s something you need God to speak to you about. You have a need, or a problem, or a direction that you have questions about. And it’s a big one. For these-sized answers you’re going to have to get away from all the sounds of the world you’re in and remove yourself from anything that will keep your attention from Him. It may take a little longer and a little more effort to get there, but we know that both will have been worth it when you return with the God-sized answer you had hoped for.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

McKee, Hunt Accepted to Culver-Stockton’s Class for Fall 2018

Two local students are among the members of the prospective Culver-Stockton’s fall 2018 incoming class set to head to Canton next August.

Meghan McKee and Lydia Hunt of Memphis have been accepted by Culver-Stockton College, for entry into the four-year residential institution, which is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

FREDERICK “WAYNE” MATHES (8/27/1933 – 11/16/2017)

Mr. Frederick “Wayne” Mathes, age 84 of Bolivar, MO passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon, MO. He was born August 27, 1933, in Scotland County, MO, to Fred M. and Anna Barbara (Gardine) Mathes. He was united in marriage to Anna Jean (Ketchum) Kutzner November 19, 1977.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Mathes; sister-in-law Betty Mathes; a sister, Elizabeth McClamroch; and a brother-in-law, Hillis McClamroch.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anna Jean, of the home; two step-daughters, Sherri Kutzner, and Cindy (Kutzner) Rhoads and husband Joe all of Bolivar, MO; as well as other relatives and friends.

Graveside memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO, with Brother Joe Rhoads officiating. Full military graveside rights were provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis and two from his unit from the military honors program.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wayne Mathes family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis assisted by the Pitts Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri.

Ely Samuel Parker

Ely Samuel Parker (Hasanoanda) was a Seneca Indian, born in 1828 on the Tonawanda Reservation in eastern New York.  As a young man he became Sachem of the Six Iroquois Nations, served as an intermediary for his people and was called Donehogawa.  In his youth, Ely S. Parker was educated at a missionary school and went on to college. He studied law, but the New York State law prohibited aliens from being admitted to the bar and Indians were not considered citizens. Parker then studied engineering, which he mastered with determination. In 1857 he was sent to Galena, Illinois as supervisor of government projects. In Galena he met Ulysses S. Grant, and the two formed an enduring friendship.  Parker’s engineering experience gained him a commission as a Captain in the Union Army during the Civil War, where he served as an engineer before becoming a member of General Grant’s personal staff.  In time he became Grant’s military secretary with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. It was Ely S. Parker’s excellent handwriting that copied the final draft of surrender terms accepted by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  After the war, Parker received the rank of brevet brigadier general.  In 1869, after Grant was elected President, he appointed Parker as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold the position. Parker resigned from government service after two years. After an unsuccessful business career, he spent his final years working for the New York City Police Department until his death in 1895.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Silence that Listens

Garlic bulbs “put to bed” until the spring. Photo by Liz.

This is my first winter in the Midwest. Liz here, watching the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, and reviewing the bits of advice and commentary people have been giving me about winter since I moved here from California seven short months ago.

I was actually disappointed that my time outside was about to decrease and I watched people here pull up spent vegetable stalks, cover everything with straw and retreat inside. My son came to visit me for two weeks recently and in thinking of things we could do together I remembered that he and I attended a permaculture course at Dancing Rabbit over a year ago. I decided to concentrate on that and quickly drew up a sketch of my garden and made plans to have my son help me do some permaculture plantings with what we could plant in the early winter season.

We planted fruit trees, each tree forming the center of a guild, or groupings of plants that would enhance the soil, keep the prairie grass at bay and attract bees and other pollinators. In early winter bulbs can be planted, so we planted iris, daffodils and garlic bulbs. We ordered hazelnut trees and apple trees. We planted other edibles with extras from my neighbors, such as comfrey, chickweed and sunchokes. I transplanted yarrow from my veggie garden. We planted rows of seed trays for arugula and different kales in the greenhouse attached to my cottage.

And there we were, out in the cool weather for a few hours most days and in the evenings we had our laptops out, reading aloud to each other ideas or information from different websites. It was the best I could hope for: collaboration, creativity, learning, being active outdoors and creating happy memories with my adult son. I enjoyed watching him get to know my co-op kitchen mates each evening at dinner in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Thistledown.

I know that the days will come when the ground will be frozen and it will be too cold to spend much time outside. So it is with some urgency that I make my list each day of gardening things that I can still do, and I reconcile myself to the coming winter.

And just as the seasons inevitably turn, so too changes come to the village. Benji and I threw a party at the Mercantile last week to celebrate becoming members of the community, and Alline made her gorgeous cappuccino brownies. Just days later we threw Brent a goodbye party before he left the village for his upcoming move to Nicaragua (Alline made him a rainbow-colored cake with rainbow sprinkles and rainbow M&Ms). Several Rabbits are completing their membership processes in the next few days, with two families in the wings for hitting their 6-month residency milestones.

A group of Rabbits travelled to Kirksville to see the movie, “Walk With Me,” about the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastery Plum Village in France. We had dinner at Take Root, a cafe that offers great food on a sliding scale (their Cuban sandwich is fantastic!). I am inspired to volunteer there to support their mission and to get to know more food folks who share my passion for local, seasonal food and to learn more about their innovative business model.

There was a reunion of the Mercantile’s writer’s workshop this last weekend, bringing together Rabbits and people from as far away as Michigan and Chicago. One participant returned in his live-aboard bus with his significant other, cooking up delicious meals for the writers.

Activities for winter are revving up with regular dance, meditation, qigong, and a writer’s group planned, in addition to the continuing poker night and Sci Fi movie night. While I am enjoying the slowing down of visitors and related activities, I’m glad to see that there will be plenty of fun things to choose from this winter.

Last week, as I was planting garlic bulbs in Cob’s lower garden, I paused and let the breeze cool the sweat on my face. It was sunny and cold and suddenly I noticed the absence of insects buzzing in my ear, biting my arms, and crawling on me as they do in the summer, the absence of curious birds flitting about. Just silence. Silence, filling my heart with peace. The silence that listens, as Tara Brach puts it. The winter season is for drinking in the silence so we can hear our true heartbeat and know ourselves and not forget what our life’s purpose is. I felt a rush of joy because I was so happy to be here, alive, digging in the ground, planting, creating, and helping.

Here’s wishing all our Memphis Democrat readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website,, calling the office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge

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

The minutes from November 8, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

The Commission signed court order #76-2017.

John Dwiggins and Shannon Howe of Howe Company and representatives of BNSF and MoDOT discussed proposed railroad crossing closure projects near Gorin with the Commission.

Aaron McVicker, engineer for SKW, presented final plans on Bridge #1600009 to the Commission.  After review, the Commission found the plans to be sufficient.  Discussion was held regarding BRO funding and projects.  Commissioner Wiggins moved to have SKW begin preliminary work on a BRO project at the low-water crossing on County Road 405.  The motion was seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling, and carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

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

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

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes from November 9, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission signed court order 77-2017.

The Commission approved a purchase order for Dana Glasscock, Recorder, for microfilming and indexing.

The Commission approved invoice 170195-010-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #2170011, and invoice 170195-020-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #160009.

The Commission reviewed budget reports, presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor met with the Commission to discuss current projects.

Commissioners left at 11:00 a.m. to put out flags for 911 signs.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Rutledge Renegades

Steve and Charlene Montgomery went to Quincy.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.

Katrina and Neta Phillips went to Quincy.

Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Don “Buck” Tague celebrated his birthday at Zimmerman’s Food Court on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Those attending were: Dale Tague, Mona E. Beckley, Paul and Diane Tague, Chole, Luke and Ruth Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Tim Morris, Paul Slater, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Emmett and Maxine Phillips, Ronnie & Bonnie Young, Marjorie Peterson, Larry and Donna Hubbard.

Some others in this week were: Ralph Von Holt, Mark Mazziotti and Cole, Thomas Kortkamp, Katherine Hanson, Ray and Connie Ward, Russ Tuttle, Irene Tuttle, Kristi DeWees, Jamie DeWees and Landon Parker.

Carol McCabe had lunch at Wendy McBee’s on Saturday. Also there were Tricia McBee and  Nick, Kelli and Reid Oldham.

Discouragement is the Launching Pad to Wonder!!! 

Everywhere we turn we are faced with discouragement, resentment, and sometimes even depression.  If not within ourselves, we see it to be true of our friends, colleagues, and relatives.  Being “blue” is epidemic in nature.  No one escapes the steady encounter of this Meany.  No.  One.

I speak with a bit of authority for I am persistent in my self-evaluation as to how nothing I am.  I was hoping for better than this by now.  Yet, I’ve learned a most fascinating truth.  Being low is precisely the launching pad God would use to provide us with incredible wonder.

Jesus makes a seemingly absurd statement as he opens his mouth at His famous Sermon on the Mount.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit”, He assures.  Really?  Blessed are the down?  Blessed are the discouraged?  Blessed are the failers?  Blessed are the confused?  Blessed are the losers?  Yes…very articulately…Jesus says that such a one is prime for the launching of incredible, actual, hope.

How.  Can.  This.  Be.

It seems that man’s nature is to find less need for God when experiencing the territories of what we could deem as successful.  It seems that we begin, in these “doing okay” parameters, to take on an attitude that we aren’t in need of God for we are strong enough to maneuver our way through the current jungle.  When we feel we are in control, there is less likelihood that we would depend on Him.  This truth plays out every day.

But when we are at the end of our proverbial ropes, we find that we have nothing more to offer to escape our nagging dilemmas.  It seems that we made our final effort…and made no progress.  It is here at this juncture that one begins to look up for help.  Our hands are empty of effectivity and our words seem to be empty of solution.

Poorer nations, such as zones in Africa, are coming to God in droves for their lifestyles are empty of self-provision.  And even in a territory as wealthy as the USA, even the richest of rich begin to turn to God when self-reliance, independent-sufficiency crashes.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Poor in spirit considers humility to contain a power–as super-natural power–of which we lean toward only when in great need.  Our independent muscle seems to have atrophied.  Our insight has gone blind.  We must have Other help…and in steps Father, Son, and Spirit.

I urge you today to become unstuck.  One does so by one simple move; change your mind.  This is known as repentance. Don’t walk a life of doom; but arise to a life of potential and possibility… right… now.  Try to open your eyes and peer through the dim veil of frustration.  Begin to notice actual hope.  See that your trauma is serving you by leading you to a new zone; a new kind of life of which you had always imagined.

Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  Trade the “poor-me doldrums” for a better call; “blessed are the poor in spirit”.  Yay God!  Yay us!

Living Life Over


The Scotland County Health Department was among the recent MFH grant recipients.  The funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians.

The Tiger Trail in Memphis was approved for a $9,993 grant through the MFH and the Scotland County Health Department.  The grant will help improve access to the walking trail, located on the northeast corner of the Scotland County R-1 School District Campus.

The local mini-grant was made under MFH’s Community Health and Prevention (CHP) funding program.  The goal of CHP funding is to establish communities where good health, healthy behaviors, and the healthy choice are the norm.


The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the 2007 Holiday Season with a debut of new Christmas lights.  When the switch is thrown at dusk, Friday November 23rd, the organization’s newest decorations on the Memphis square will be illuminated.

Santa Claus will be present again this year to meet with children.  He will open Santa’s House on the courthouse lawn to receive letters to Santa.

The Chamber will host special entertainment for the crowd and a number of promotional gifts will be given away.  The winners will be announced for the Chamber’s Memphis Bucks giveaways following the lighting ceremony.


A Knox County man died of an apparent heart attack while deer hunting during opening weekend of the fall firearms season.

Maurice D. Walker, 46, of LaBelle was discovered by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers two miles south of LaBelle at approximately 7:00 p.m. November 16th.

A friend called to inform law enforcement officials that Walker had not returned from deer hunting Sunday afternoon.  Officers located the body shortly after being contacted.


Kathy Jenkins and Orene Downing, operators, will be holding their grand opening at DeRosear’s House of Beauty in conjunction with DeRosear’s Open House, November 28th.

Jenkins, a native of Granger, is a graduate of the Wyaconda High School.  She is a graduate of the Tri-State Beauty Academy, Keokuk, IA.

Downing came to Missouri from DeCatur, IL, in September 1987.  She is a graduate of the DeCatur School of Beauty Culture and brings to DeRosear’s House of Beauty 25 years of experience in the beauty business.


With the increasing number of employed mothers there is a critical need for licensed day care homes.  Parents need to have assurance that the homes in which they leave babies and children meet at least minimal standards.

Standards have been set by the State of Missouri regulating the provision of day care.  It is required by Missouri law enacted in the public interest that anyone caring for more than four children, not related to them, must be licensed.  The purpose of licensing is to protect the health, safety, and emotional development of young children.


A vagrant weather balloon was reported to have sailed over Quincy early Tuesday afternoon, heading eastward and traveling at a good clip.

Apparently the same balloon was sighted here as the balloon sailed over Memphis slightly to the south and high overhead to the east at about that time on Tuesday.

It was visible for some time.  It was reportedly apparently a radar-equipped balloon sent up by some station to gather weather data.  The FAA station at Kansas City was tracking it, but reported to have no information as to its origin.

It must have been traveling high because the weather station at Kirksville was able to sight it when it was east of the Baldwin field at Quincy, traveling at an estimated speed of 70 knots.


A report from Jefferson City claims fish scales may become part of our diet.  It has often been said that the meat industry has learned to utilize everything about a hog but its squeal.  Now it seems that’s been carried into the fish industry.

According to word reaching the Conservation Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is carrying on research studies which may ultimately produce food from fish scales.  Experiments with rats have proven the scales to be readily digestible.  Seems a bit far-fetched, but we soon may be sitting down to a nice hot dinner of fish scales!  Pass the catsup, please!


Arthur Found broke the small bone and dislocated the large bone near the ankle of his right leg Saturday morning.  He was hit by a buck sheep at his brother, Ray’s farm, 1 ½ miles north of Arbela.  Dr. A. M. Keethler was summoned and he was sent to the Laughlin hospital at Kirksville.  Mrs. Found and daughter, Helen, accompanied him and brought him home after a cast was put on his leg.  He will have to remain in bed for three weeks and then return to the hospital for removal of the cast.

8th Grade Girls Claim Tourney Title

The Scotland County 8th grade girls brought home first place from the Putnam County Tournament with wins over Milan, Putnam County and Schuyler County. Pictured in the back row (L to R) are Alayna Whitaker, Abby Curry, Emiley Dial, Baileigh Phillips and Haylee McMinn. Front row (L to R) are Hannah Feeney, Emily Terrill, Ayla Humphrey and Vikki Huber.

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