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.

Brackets Unveiled for Class 2 District 6 Basketball Tourneys

GIRLS BRACKET

Defending its district title got a lot tougher for the Scotland County girls thanks to redistricting in 2017 and the Tigers didn’t benefit from the move either, as the Class 2 District 6 brackets were released this week.

The boys’ bracket features seven out of eight teams with winning records in 2016-17.

Despite posting a 20-1 record and a #7 ranking in the state, the Scotland County girls will enter next week’s district tourney as an underdog. Clopton, the #1 ranked girls team in Class 2 will be the top seed in the district tournament, which will be hosted by the Clarksville, MO  school, which is located south of Hannibal.

The host school will face #8 seed Louisiana (1-19) in the opening round on February 20th at 4 p.m.

The #2 seeded Lady Tigers will take on #7 Van-Far (6-14) at 5:30 p.m.

The third opening round game on Monday night will pit #4 Knox County vs. #5 South Shelby before the girls finale at 9 p.m. featuring #3 Paris vs. #6 Canton.

The boys will take the court Tuesday with #3 Louisiana (16-5) vs. #6 South Shelby (14-8) at 4 p.m.

BOYS BRACKET

Top seed Knox County (17-4) will then take on #8 Paris (8-12) at 5:30 p.m.

Scotland County, the #7 seed will be in action at 7 p.m. versus #2 seed Canton (15-6). The final game will pit #4 Clopton (15-6) against #5 Van-Far (13-7) at 9 p.m.

The girls semifinals will be played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. If the Lady Tigers take care of business in the opening round, they would advance to play the winner of Paris vs. Canton, in the 7 p.m. contest.

The girls’ championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The boys’ semifinals are set for 5;30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd. An opening round win for the tigers would advance them to play the winner of Louisiana and South Shelby in the 7 p.m. game.

The boys’ championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The Late Mike Wagner’s Pink Elf is Honored in the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame

The late Mike Wagner was recently honored when he and his gladiolus hybrid, Pink Elf, were inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame located in Greeley, Colorado.

by Andrea Brassfield

The late Mike Wagner was fondly remembered as a man who loved and appreciated nature.  As a science and biology teacher, he enthusiastically taught for thirty-four years.  But his passion for science, and specifically genetics went well beyond the classroom as he and his wife spent much of their personal time in their garden. Over a 40 year span, they grew their flower garden to more than an acre in size with more than 1800 varieties of gladiolus.

Gladiolus hybridization was one of Mr. Wagner’s greatest joys and his work led to the development and introduction of many named seedlings into the commercial flower market not to mention the success his new creations experienced on the show table.

Thirty-seven years ago, in 1980, Mr. Wagner, introduced Pink Elf, one of his award winning gladiolus.  Last month, at the Annual North American Gladiolus Council Convention, in Myrtle Beach, VA, it was announced that Mr. Wagner’s Pink Elf was being inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wagner’s wife, Diana, received correspondence from Jane Bruce, Curator of the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame, letting her know about Pink Elf’s induction.  She received both a plaque and certificate with a description and picture of Pink Elf, letting her know the information would be included and archived at the International Hall of Fame.  The certificate reads: “This Certifies that Pink Elf is honored in The Gladiolus Hall of Fame inclusion in which is limited to those cultivars which represent outstanding achievement in the Gladiolus world.  And which have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of Gladiolus. Michael E. Wagner 1980”.

Pink Elf was one of Mr. Wagner’s favorite creations and is described as a ruffled 300 size pink with yellow blotch.  It was introduced out of a cross of K&M’s “butterfly” Elf x Parfait (Lauras 1958 233). It is still cataloged by Peters and remains healthy, still winning ribbons both in North American and the UK.

Pink Elf is also described as proven to be a great parent, at least among North American breeders: Elfin, from Bates; Rose Elf (and others) from MacKenzie; sister-seedlings Cream de Mint and Pink Doll) from Everson; and others too numerous to mention.  It is still being used successfully, at least as a seed parent.

The International Gladiolus Hall of Fame is in the Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and is a repository for gladiolus literature from throughout the world and honors both outstanding gladiolus varieties and people who have notably contributed to gladiolus culture.

SCR-I Grad Rob Morgan Recognized for Contributions to Discovery of New Element

Recently, 1998 graduate of Scotland County High School, Rob (Bobby) Morgan was recognized for his contributions to the discovery of the newest element to be added to the periodic table. Element 117 received the official name Tennessine and was added to the seventh row of the table in November 2016.

The discovery of element 117 was officially announced in April of 2010, but began in early 2008 in a joint effort between researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) in Oak Ridge Tennessee and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. To synthesize element 117, researchers bombarded the heavy element Berkelium7249 with a beam of Calcium-48 atoms. During the bombardment some of the calcium and berkelium atoms would combine to form the new element 117.

ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor and adjoining Radiochemical Engineering Development Center(REDC), is the only facility in the world capable of producing the Berkelium-249 necessary for the experiment. Morgan was part of a small team of researchers and technicians at REDC who worked on the year-long campaign resulting in the production of 22 milligrams of Berkelium-249, the necessary amount to perform the experiment.

The berkelium target material was then shipped to the JINR in Russia where it would begin the six-month process of calcium bombardment in a particle accelerator. Following this experiment researchers announced they had detected the presence of six atoms of element 117. These findings were later confirmed by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

The proposed name, Tennessine, was approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2016 to recognize the significant contributions of ORNL Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

The discovery of Tennessine is evidence of the existence of the theoretical “island of stability”, where superheavy elements have increasingly stable properties. Discovery of these stable superheavy elements could lead to new technologies in energy, and have a drastic impact on the current view of chemistry and physics.

Jolly Jacks & Jills Make Valentines Cards for Meals on Wheels Deliveries

The Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H Club held their regularly monthly business meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rotary building on the east side of the Memphis square.

President McKaela Bradley called the meeting to order.  Pledges were led by Kadance Burnett and Mason Mallett.  The Roll Call question was, “What is your favorite candy?”  Roll call was answered by 17 members.  Treasurer, Corbin Kirchner gave the treasurer’s report.  Several members reported on project meetings and work on their projects.

In Old Business, Assistant Leader, Sarah McSparren reported on the County Council meeting held on Jan 18th. Sarah reported that the nominations for the State Awards were written and submitted for Naomi Crouch Award – Sarah McSparren; Frank Graham Award – Josh McSparren; Hall of Fame – Pat Wiggins.  Sarah reported six 4-Hers are registered to attend State Teen Conference.  She reported there’s a FARM CITY night in Kahoka on Feb 25th.

Julian Vale and Sadie Jackson reported on volunteering at the Memphis Theatre. Club Leader, Alisa Kigar, reported on the craft that the members will do after the meeting that will be given to approximately 30 Senior Nutrition Site home delivered meals on February 14th.

In New Business, it was announced if any members are not aware of their project leaders to talk to the Extension Office.  Trash pickup was tabled until next month, but suggested an early out date from school in April for trash pickup.

President McKaela asked members if they wanted to do a fun spring activity?  Skating was suggested and kickball was suggested.  President McKaela called for a vote: Skating 13; Kickball 2. Julian Valle moved a motion that the club pays for the skating party. Morgan Jackson seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Under announcements: Drive on Pig Camp in Warrensburg on April 29th.  It was announced that all members that wish to show livestock at the fair must complete the SMQA (Show-Me Quality Assurance) training either live or via computer training.  The rules are that youth age 8 -13 must take the course 2 consecutive years to be certified.  Youth age 14 must complete an additional session to be certified.  Training is offered in our area in the following locations: March 2 @ 7 pm Lewis County Courthouse; March 8th @ 6 pm Scotland County Courthouse; March 13 @ 3:20 pm at Knox County High School; March 14 @ 7 pm at Clark County Courthouse.  Please contact the Extension Office in these counties if you plan to attend one of the live courses.  Otherwise, complete the course on-line at: http://agebb.missouri.edu/smqa/.

There’s a NORTHEAST REGIONAL 4-H ENERGIZER in Macon on Feb. 18th from 10 – 2 pm for youth age 11 – 18.  It costs $10.  Any youth that want to attend, please call the Extension office.

Achievement Day is scheduled for Sunday, March 5th.  The committee is meeting soon and registration papers will be sent out soon.  Members are encouraged to participate in all activities that day and prepare  a demonstration.  To learn about how to give a demonstration, go to University of MO Extension on-line and look up document Y 744 Let’s Demonstrate.

President McKaela asked for adjournment.  Elsie Kigar moved to adjourn.  Kilee Bradley-Robinson Second motion.  Motion carried.

After the business meeting, members and adults enjoyed snacks and made Valentines for the shut-in meal recipients for home delivered meals on Valentine’s Day. Thirty valentines were made by members of the club.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 16 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Cottage Cheese, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Friday, February 17 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Roll, Strawberry Shortcake/Topping

Monday, February 20 – Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries or Regular Fries, Breaded Tomatoes, Applesauce, Bread Slice, Pudding

Tuesday, February 21 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Lettuce Salad, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Rice Krispies

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Wed., February 15 – Board and Business Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 – Scotland County Health Department is doing blood pressure checks at the Nutrition Center. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20 – President’s Day, Center Open.

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, February 16 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.  Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Friday, February 17 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, February 20 – Office closed for Presidents’ Day.

Tuesday, February 21 –Walk-in clinic hours from 8-9 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  WIC certifications and mid certifications by appointment.  Please call 465-7275 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – WIC nutrition education and check pick up.

Thursday, February 23 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, February 16 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, February 17 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Sausage/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, February 23 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, February 16 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Applesauce

Friday, February 17 – Macho Nachos, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Peas/Carrots, Dinner Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Fruit

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, California Blend Vegetables,  Dinner Roll, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

First Christian Church Hosts Central Christian College Students

Five students from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, and Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, were guests at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12th. CCCB Students are: Ian Whitmore a freshman Preaching major from Des Moines; Roni Busick, a freshman Christian Counseling major from Newtown, MO; Ashley Tanner a freshman Youth & Family Ministry major from Columbia, MO; Lucas Reynolds a sophomore Preaching major from Eldon, MO, and Admissions Counselor, Dillan Hayes, originally from Ft. Worth, TX. The Team is pictured here with the various youth groups from First Christian Church in Memphis.

A worship team, from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, accompanied by a professor was in attendance at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  During the Sunday School hour, the team met with the Junior High & Senior High students from the youth group and the topic of discussion was prayer.  Following the Sunday School hour, the church worship service was led by students Ian Whitmore, a Freshman Preaching Major from Des Moines and Roni Busick a Freshman Christian Counseling Major from Newtown, MO.   Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, delivered the message from Luke 11:1-13.

After the church service, a carry-in lunch was enjoyed in the fellowship hall as part of the Annual Mid-Winter Cook-Out which was prepared by Randy Harrison, Paul Campbell, Lance Campbell & Lane Campbell, who cooked burgers & brats over the grill in the chilling temps.  After the Mid-Winter Cook-Out, the CCCB Team and Professor Poznich led youth group activities in the afternoon.

Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, is an accredited four-year Bible college, founded in 1957 and dedicated to equipping men and women for leadership in the Kingdom of God both nationally and internationally.  CCCB offers four-year degrees in Preaching, Christian Education, Youth & Family Ministries, Christian Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministries and Christian Ministries.  The college also offers a variety of Associate Degrees and Certificates.  For more information, please call 1-800-263-3900 or go to www.cccb.edu or like them on Facebook.  Jack Sumption, Preaching Minister and Josiah Holloway, Youth Minister at First Christian Church, are both alumni of CCCB.

Memphis FFA Celebrates FFA Week February 18-25, 2017

The Memphis FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week February 18th-26th, 2017. This year’s theme is Transform Purpose to Action.FFA Week

Memphis FFA and FFA chapters across the nation will celebrate National FFA Week, February 18th-26th.  The theme this year is Transform Purpose to Action.  Chapters have activities planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.  The week-long tradition started in 1948.  Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s February 22nd birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928.  Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.  Since the founding members the organization has taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it involves science, business and much more.

Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.  Members prepare for careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Memphis FFA activities and events include:

Saturday, February 18th – Card Party in the High School Commons from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, February 20th – KMEM Coffee Break, No School.

Tuesday, February 21st – No School.

Wednesday, February 22nd – Pajama Day.

Thursday, February 23rd – Wear Official Dress.

Friday, February 24th – Drive trucks or tractors to school and dress like a farmer.

Wednesday thru Friday – FFA students will be going into the elementary classrooms to do lessons on Agriculture.

Saturday, February 25th – Community Appreciation Breakfast in the Ag Building from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, February 26th – Those members who choose to will all go to church together wearing official dress.

Bridging partisanship for climate change

Dear Editor,

As the national news continues to highlight deep divisions in our country, I am encouraged by two recent events that actually highlight the bridging of partisanship around the topic of climate change.

First, a group of highly respected “elder statesmen” of the Republican Party has put out a position paper entitled “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends:  How a new climate strategy can strengthen our economy, reduce regulation, help working-class Americans, shrink government and promote national security.”  While action on climate change has often been associated with Democrats and “liberals,” this group, the Climate Leadership Council, includes former Secretaries of State and Treasury, James A. Baker and George Schultz, well-known for their service during the Bush and Reagan administrations.

In the thoughtful position paper, the authors state that, now that the Republican Party controls the White House and Congress, it has “the responsibility to promote a climate plan that showcases the full power of enduring conservative convictions”. This would mean that such a plan would embody the principles of free markets and limited government. They write that their proposed “carbon dividends” plan makes just plain good economic sense, even if one is not one hundred percent sure about the science.  Harking back to Ronald Reagan’s philosophy, they urge the Trump Administration and Congress to take out an insurance policy, just in case the science is right.

Meanwhile in Congress, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus is growing quickly. More and more Republicans are signing on, in “Noah’s Ark style” with a partnering Democrat, to address issues around climate change.  The newest arrivals to the Caucus include Nebraska Republican Congressman Don Bacon, the first from the Midwest.  Rep. Bacon was quoted as saying, “I am proud to be joining the Climate Solutions Caucus to further expand my knowledge on the potential impacts of climate change and find bi-partisan solutions.”

It is attitudes like that – willingness to learn, explore solutions, and bridge differences – which will ultimately solve problems.  When it comes to impacts of national security, the health and productivity of our agricultural lands, and the well-being of our economy, we’re all in this together.  I applaud the courage of those who act to bridge our divisions in addressing these vital issues, whatever their political persuasion.

Sincerely,

Sharon Bagatell – NE Missouri Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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