September 23, 2010

Downing Appreciation Days Winners Announced

Downing Appreciation Days Parade Results

The top three winners of the Adult Floats were: The Class of 65, Relay for Life, Happy Red Hatters.

The top two winners for the Youth Floats were: The Downing 4-H and the Girl Scouts.

The top two winners for the Church Floats were: The Downing Christian Church and the Downing Baptist Church.

The top winners for the Cars were: John and Shirley Hidy for the Oldest car, John and Shirley Hidy for the Best Restored car, Boyd and Jeannie Bissell for the Best Classic car, and John Cook for the Best Motorized car.

The top winners for the Horses were: Jonny Laws for the Best Hitch, and Carolyn and Sherey Stanley for the Best Showmanship, and the Coffey Ropers for the Largest Group.



Downing Appreciation Days Thursday Night Drawing

The winners of the drawing for the Thursday night festivities at Downing Appreciation Days were as follows: Rosalie Kinney won the $25 in cash donated by the Cheese Post, Don Scurlock won the greeting cards donated by the Scotland County Pharmacy, Barbara Farley won the Sierra Mist and Pepsi donated by Pepsi Cola, Bill Mobley won the pocket knife donated by Lancaster Lumber, Darron Mullinix won the $50 cash donated by Golden Furrow, the $25 gift certificate donated by Struble Antiques was won by Cindy Antal, Marilyn Blessing won the $10 cash donated by Beeler Motor Co., Curtis Schmitter won the Ovenware donated by Lancaster Body Works, Jenny Ruth won the Free Buffet to Shelly B's, Ellis Speer won the Chux Korn Hole donated by Bloomfield Pamida, Darlene Gunnell won the $25 gift certificate donated by J's Foods and the glass canister donated by Scotland County Hospital, Twila Anderson won the $10 cash donated by Don F. Harrison Insurance, Marilyn Blessing won the $20 cash donated by Steve Blessing Construction, Marshal Jackson won the Crescent Slip Pliers donated by Hamilton Produce, Margaret Mobley won three coupons for Wingstreet Wings and Cinnamon Sticks donated by Bloomfield Pizza Hut, David Lloyd won the $5 cash donated by Schuyler County Assessor Gary Stump, Phillis Whickler won the $25 cash donated by B&B Propane, Mark Antal won the $10 gift card to Keith's Foods, Alan Garrett won the box of shot gun shells donated by American Family Insurance, Jerry Scurlock won the $10 cash donated by Steve and Cindy Wilcox, Maudie Oliver won the Downing Christian Church Cookbook donated by Ruth Enterprises, Curtis Schmitter won the Cholesterol Screening coupon donated by the Schuyler County Health Department, Rose Baxter won the $25 cash donated by Jet Gas Corporation and the cap donated by Bloomfield Livestock, Leona Stice won the Wooden Mail Box donated by Clarence Kinney, Connie Ward won the $10 cash donated by Schuyler Recorder Judy Keim, Sue Jane Brewer won the Bar-B-Q Apron donated by MFA Oil, Rose Baxter and Tammy Ross won the 2 boot bags donated by Cook's Men's Store, Darron Mullinix won the John Deere Picture donated by Lancaster Flowers, Rose Baxter won the 4 free chicken meals donated by the Schuyler County Nutrition Site, John Cook won the T-shirt donated by KMEM and the cap donated by Kollision Korner, Jerry Scurlock won the $20 cash donated by the Scotland County Livestock Auction, Roberta Martin won the Surge Bar donated by Tri-County Electric, Twila Anderson won the $20 gift certificate donated by Tomboy Tools, Mark Antal won the $25 gift certificate donated by Nelson Electric, Don Scurlock won the $25 gift certificate donated by Feeds and Needs, Don Fincher won the bundle of work gloves donated by Farley's Trading Post, Doris Ketchum won the $30 cash donated by Off Road Tire and Service, and Chris Eastman won the $100 cash.



Downing Appreciation Days Friday Night Drawing

The winners of the Friday night drawing at Downing Appreciation Days were as follows: Don Fincher won the rug donated by Mobley Antiques, Louise Newland won the 24 pack of Mountain Dew donated by Pepsi-Cola, Charlotte Speer won the 30 piece set of Ovenware donated by Lancaster Custom Body Works, Ryan Orr won the $25 gift certificate donated by J's Foods, Alan Garrett and Sheri Laws won the 2 pocket knives donated by Lancaster Lumber, Ellis Speer won the $25 cash donated by the Cheese Post, Dorothy McElroy won the $10 gift certificate donate by "The Flower Garden" in Bloomfield, Glenice Roberts won the Bird Feeder donated by the Corner Grocery, Charles R. Cook won the Wooden Mail Box donated by Clarence Kinney, Rose Baxter won the Candle donated by the Daisy Patch, Faron Mullinix won the $15 cash donated by Steve and Penny Swindler, Bill Mobley won the $10 cash donated by Cornerstone Insurance, Vaughn Ruth and Phillis Whickler won the 2- 3 gift cards from Pizza Hut Bloomfield, Don Scurlock won the Surge Bar donated by Tri-County Electric, Dick Middleton won the Quilted Purse donated by Liz Reel, Gerold Lenki won the Cholesterol Screening Coupon donated by the Schuyler County Health Department, David Olson won the Cholesterol Screening Coupon donated by the Schuyler County Health Department, Randy Sayre won the $50 cash donated by Jet Gas Corporation, Ryan Orr won the $10 gift certificate donated by Keith's Foods, John Cook won the Vice Grips donated by Hamilton Produce and the Cap donated by Bloomfield Livestock Market, Rose Baxter won the Bird Feeder donated by Tom Reel, Barbara Ross won the $25 gift certificate donated by Feeds and Needs, Jonathan Holton won the Sweatshirt donated by Buddy's Place, Chris Eastman won the $10 gift certificate donated by Kourner Konnection, Clarence Kinney won the Corning Ware Dish donated by Pamida and Glass Canister donated by Scotland County Hospital, Lori Mullinix won the Purse Kit-Upholstery and Sew Forth Bloomfield, Ronald Shockley won a $25 gift certificate from Main Street Caf, Dianna Mullinix won $25 cash from the Community Bank of Memphis, Artis Comstock won at T-shirt from KMEM and a Cap from Kollision Korner, Carol Seamster won $20 cash from Scotland County Lanes, Jeff Bennett won a $25 gift certificate from Nelson Electric, Marshal Jackson won a $25 gift certificate from J's Foods, DeWayne Mullinix won a $20 gift certificate from Tomboy Tools, Glenice Roberts won the 36 piece Socket Set donated by Farley's Trading Post, Twila Anderson won a Book of Stamps donated the Darrell Harvey the Downing Postmaster, Marilyn Blessing won the $50 savings bond donated by Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri in Lancaster, Darlene Gunnell won the Luggage donated by Cook's Men's Store, Liz Reel won the $200 cash.



Downing Appreciation Days Saturday Night Drawing

The winners for the Saturday night drawing at Downing Appreciation Days were as follows: Daron Mullinix won the $25 gift certificate donated by Feeds & Needs, Doran Herbert won the $25 cash donated by Bunder Hill Tommy Redding, Lester McElroy won the Wooden Mail Box donated by Clarence Kinney, Michelle Curry won the $10 worth of $2 bills donated by Carl Anderson, Lisa Wells won the 12 pack of Pepsi Products donated by Boondocks, Vanessa Whitacker won the Flower Arrangement donated by Countryside Flowers, Marilyn Blessing won the $25 cash donated by Poe Farms, Avis McBee won the Pocket Knife donated by Lancaster Flowers, Mrs. Ronald Shockley won the 6 months subscription donated by the Schuyler County Times, Cindy Antal won the Pocket Knife donated by Lancaster Lumber, Maudie Oliver won the Free Buffett to Shelly B's, Marilyn Blessing won the $25 cash donated by Curly Judd, Tammy Ross won the Indian Doll donated by Primrose Realty, Bill Mobley won the 6 months subscription donated by Schuyler County Times, Margaret Scurlock won the $20 gift certificate donated by Western's Meat Market, Amanda Stice won the $15 gift certificate donated by Dollar Wise Variety, Larry Ross won the Certificate for a Decorated Cake donated by Linda Blessing, Mark Antal won the Downing Christian Church Cookbook donated by Jim and Sue Jane Brewer, Larry Ross won the John Deere Tractor donated by Bloomfield/Centerville Equipment Inc., Phillis Whickler won the Carhartt Cooler donated by Cook's Men's Store, Margaret Mobley won the $10 gift certificate donated by "The Flower Shop" in Bloomfield, Jacob Olson won the Cholesterol Screening Coupon donated by the Schuyler County Health Department, Robert Gallagher won the 3 coupons donated by Bloomfield Pizza Hut, Barbara Ross won the Cholesterol Screening Coupon donated by the Schuyler County Health Department, Bill Mobley won the Box of Shotgun Shells donated by American Family Insurance, Marshal Jackson won the $10 cash donated by Linda Blessing, Ron Kirkpatrick won the $50 cash donated by B&B Propane, Carol Seamster won the 30 piece set of Ovenware donated by Lancaster Custom Body Works, Lester McElroy won the Dog Toy donated by Rose Hardware, DeWayne Mullinix won the Dog Toy donated by Rose Hardware, Jacob Olson won two 24 packs of Pepsi and Mountain Dew donated by Pepsi-Cola, Rose Baxter won the $25 gift certificate donated by J's Foods, Bill Mobley won the $25 gift certificate donated by J's Foods, Charlotte Speer won the $10 cash donated by US Cellular, Bea Fugate won the oil change donated by TND Automotive, Rose Baxter won the $50 cash donated by Fritz Gottman, Brian Whitworth won the Book of Stamps donated by Darrell Harvey the Downing Postmaster, Destery Spurgeon won the Crescent Rapid Slide Wrench donated by Hamilton Produce, Teresa Beeler won the $20 gift certificate donated by Tomboy Tools and Tammy Ross won the Canister donated by Scotland County Hospital, Carol Scurlock won the Fireworks donated by Fireworks Land, Larry Ross won the $20 cash donated by Schuyler County Collector Rothy Roberts, Chris Eastman won the $10 gift certificate donated by Keith's Foods and the cap donated by Kollision Korner, Romona Anders won the Windmill Picture donated by Toni Moore, Fred Havens won the Big Tool Set donated by Farley's Trading Post, James Farley won the $50 cash donated by the Cheese Post, Rosalie Kinney won the $50 savings bond donated by Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri in Lancaster, Walter Burnett won the Picnic Table donated by Memphis Lumber, and Bobby Garrett won the $300 cash donated by Downing Appreciation Days.

Irritable Jowl Syndrome

I once made a ‘feller’ down around Rutledge, MO so mad, with one of my letters to the editor, that he went into the “Constricting Heaves”, which then caused “Abdominal Vapors”, complicated by “Carbonic Bunions” on his toes! He hopped around for three weeks, like a ‘Frozen Toed Rooster’, until he finally calmed down!

Yes, I seem to have that effect on some folks, especially when I pen one of my well-written, provocative, yet witty, letters to the editor!

Take what happened to my friend (he still is by the way) Chris Feeney, editor of the Memphis Democrat.

Upon reading my recent letter “The Board of One Accord”, Chris had smoke rings coming out of his ears! He went into “Bilious Spleen Vapors”, which then progressed into “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”!

This sad situation got started by the article in the Memphis Democrat “City Marshal Position in Question Following April Election”.

First, let me say at this point, that I have nothing personal against any city council member. And I have NEVER said anything against Bill Holland. I think he is a good man.

I also know, that it isn’t easy, being a city council member, or for that matter the member of a hospital board, school board, or even some church committees. It can be frustrating, and make one feel that it is a thankless job.

I expressed some ‘misgivings’ I had about the article ‘in question’. It just sounded to me like the city council wielded a proverbial “Sword of Damocles” over the position! With the power of the ‘purse strings’ for example, and the example of a past city collector position being done away with by simply defunding the position.

There also seemed to be an inordinate fear of, what candidate, the voters might elect.

Now, if I’ve got it wrong, I apologize. I just don’t know why these things would be alluded to, if not for the purpose of eliminating what the “Board of One Accord” considered to be an obsolete office. Obviously the voters felt differently. The big difference here, is that the county collector position is still an elected office.

Now, back to Chris’s malady of “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”. You never know what he might say next! Downright mean stuff!

I’m ‘gutshot’ over those “Peanut Gallery” remarks Chris! I mean, damn, now everyone thinks of me as being like that “Lounge Lizard” over at the Texas Road House, that just hangs out in the waiting area, gobbling buckets full of peanuts, all the while hurling insults at the paying customers as they come in! Shish! (Actually this could be partly true.)

And, I am still reeling from that “non-resident” tirade of yours Chris! To me, it sounded a lot like Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” speech. Gosh… you don’t talk like that to the guys on the police department, and they’re not residents of Memphis either.

Furthermore, I’m heartbroken, over those mean comments about my personal hygiene problems. That hurts!

I’ll have you know, that where I grew up, we didn’t even wear shoes or socks all summer! Socks are important to me now.

And, so what, if I do get a “little Gamey” toward the end of the week. I want you to know that I take a bath every Saturday nite, whether I need it or not! (goin’ swimmin’ counts as bath.)

So… you readers oughta tune in next week to see what “slings and arrows of misfortune” ‘mean Chris’ will throw at me, Dave, a poor non-resident of Memphis, who is diligently striving for World Peace and Harmony!

Cipherin‘:

When you add up the votes.

The side that wins, is the one with the most.

“What if it’s a tie?” someone jokes.

Them I’m takin’ the last train to the coast!

At least I’ll still have the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Davis M. Burrus

New Replacement Trees Planted by Rutledge School Restoration Society

One more entry has been removed from the bucket list of the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Bob Hunolt, Lonnie Triplett, Oren Erickson, and Leon Trueblood recently rounded up their spades, water buckets, and measuring sticks to get two new American Linden trees planted (exactly as instructions for planting read) in the school yard.

These trees, when fully grown, will graciously replace the ever-popular Ash and Maple trees which, until early spring this year, had graced the school lawn for many decades. It was determined by the utility company the trees were a detriment to the electrical lines, so they had to go.

Thanks to Aaron Dannenhauer, the stumps were removed; and the sawdust from this grinding has appropriately mulched the new trees. The nursery-provided information claims the new trees to be well-adapted to Missouri daily weather change… so with hopes for fast growth, there will be shade on the Rutledge School lawn once again!

Three Teens Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Bridge

Three area teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Schuyler County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Allyssia J. Jackson, 17 of Queen City, was southbound on Ranch Road when she lost control of the 2003 Ford Escape on the gravel and collided with a bridge rail. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned.

Jackson suffered moderate injuries in the crash as did a passenger in the vehicle, Paige A. Humphrey, 15, of Queen City. A second passenger in the car, Cobe J. Coop, 18, of Memphis suffered minor injuries.

Jackson and Humphrey were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Coop was taken by private vehicle to the Kirksville hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage in the accident and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Ambulance Service and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

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

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!

BABY CICERO

Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.

BABY BUCKNER-DAVIS

Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.

BABY HILL

Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.

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