December 2, 2010

When Only One Buck Will Do

by Gila M. Smith

Reprinted from the November 2010 edition of RACK Magazine - Used with permission of Buckmasters, Ltd. 2010.



It's a good thing Dave Alderton chose the "unlimited texting" option for his daughter's cell phone. Sixteen-year-old Skyler, as adept with her thumbs as she is with her trigger finger, would've otherwise racked up quite a few charges on November 22, 2009. The same goes for her cousin, Briana.

Within minutes of shooting a monstrous 22-pointer that day, news of Skyler's accomplishment and even photos of the bruiser whitetail were circling the country faster than most people can turn on a computer.

Whereas just a few years ago the news of a world-class buck would spread slowly by word of mouth, today an American whitetail's rack could be the topic of conversation in New Delhi moments after it hits the dirt.

Within minutes of shooting her fabulous Missouri buck last season, its image was uploaded to the phones of friends in Kansas, Illinois and Tennessee. In fact, just 30 seconds after Skyler fired her Remington .243 at the shoulder of that Scotland County specimen, her cousin Briana texted her from a nearby treestand.

"U shoot?"

"Yes."

"A big one?"

"Yes!!!1"

"A big one or THE big one?"

"THE big one!"

Skyler and her father, Dave, waited 30 minutes before leaving their shared treestand to look for her 22-pointer, but the silent conversations didn't stop. Thumbs busily sent the details and congratulations back and forth through the woods. Dave texted his brother, Brian, hunting nearby with Briana, and cousins Zack, Justin and Nathan were all texting Skyler and their friends.

The Aldertons are joyful hunters and a cheering section for each other. Skyler, now a high school junior, has spent autumn weekends with cousins, aunts and uncles on the family's several farms since she began to hunt at age 9 and shot her first doe. Friendly rivalries and raucous laughter are just as important as shooting a deer, she says, although, "when one boy cousin shoots a buck, all the rest of them have to get a buck."

Typically, their preseason routine begins in summer when Skyler and her father plant food plots and scout.

"We walk around to see if there are deer out and if there are any trails," she said. "This year, we put out game cameras to watch the trails. That's how we knew there were some big ones in the area."

The evening before her successful hunt, the teenager saw a 9-pointer that many other hunters would have been only too happy to shoot. Her father recounts the incident this way: "I told her, 'Skyler, honey, that's a pretty nice buck. You might want to consider shooting it. It is our second-to-last day.' She replied, 'I have a bigger one out there, and I want to wait until tomorrow.'"

On Sunday, their fourth and last morning, Dave and Skyler went to the 20-foot high double stand tucked into some cedars. They faced a clearing planted in turnips, buck oats and regular oats. It was cold, cloudy and windy.

"There had been plenty of activity there all week," said Skyler, who had hunted from daylight until dark the three previous days.

"We sat for about an hour before we saw movement behind some cedars. The deer stepped into sight and stopped for a second. That's when we recognized it by a drop tine we had seen in a lot of pictures taken by our trail camera. The whole family knew this one as 'the big buck.'"

As the buck got ready to chow down, Skyler continued watching.

"When the deer turned and gave me a full view of its rack, I knew for sure. My dad realized it, too. He whispered to me, 'Shoot it, shoot ithurry up.'"

Skyler had already raised her rifle at the first movement in the brush. All she had to do was slip a finger inside the trigger guard and pull the stock to her cheek. But she needed an opening to make a clean shot. There was some brush between her and the deer she so desperately wanted.

"It was looking around, and then it wandered toward the buck oats. That gave me a straight sideways shot right behind the shoulder. It took off into the cedars, and almost right away we heard the deer crash."

In no time, the rest of the family wanted to abandon their stands and blinds. Nothing else that day could compare to the excitement of Skyler's trophy.

As they were on their way, she and her dad got down to locate the buck.

"I had a bullet ready, to make sure, in case it was wounded. There was no blood trail, but we followed the direction it took. My dad was running --- he almost beat me to the buck. I found it across a creek, under a thorn tree about 35 yards away."

Skyler Alderton is not a young woman who goes weak-kneed under pressure. She's an A student who participates in varsity athletics; is a member of the National Honor Society and of the Future Business Leaders of America, just for starters. But the reality --- and the handling --- of this buck's antlers for the first time was pretty overwhelming.

"My dad and I hugged each other, and then we pulled the buck out into the clear for a better view. When I lifted the head, I could not even get my hand around the base of the antlers. It was so beautiful. I went over every inch and looked at every detail."

Fifteen minutes later, Zack and Briana arrived. Uncle Brian was next, and 20 minutes after him came Justin and Nathan with the four-wheeler.

"They all had seen photographs of this deer," Skyler said. "But pictures could not compare to real life. They kept saying, 'Oh my gosh, you got the monster buck.'"

Cell phone cameras came out of pockets.

When Thanksgiving break ended and her deer was stored at the taxidermist's shop, Skyler returned to school. It didn't take long for her to decipher the looks of envy and admiration on some of her classmates' faces.

The news had spread, and they'd already seen her buck.

"Cell phones," she laughs. "Briana took a lot of pictures."

It’s Flocking Season!

SCAPP Pink Flamingo Flocking

In just a few days, pink flamingos will be soaring in and around Memphis, landing in flocks onto front lawns all over the county!

This fun fundraiser is being sponsored by the Scotland County After-Prom Parents to raise money for the 2017 After-Prom Event.  To prepare for the flocking frenzy, the organization purchased 100 pink flamingos.

Flamingo flocking has a variety of options.  First, the cost to “flock a friend” is $25/flock of 25 flamingos.  You can place one and up to four flocks in a yard.  Secondly, flocks will remain in a yard for 24 hours.  At this time, the person being flocked can choose to have the flock removed early and the cost to do so is $10 or they   can have them removed early and then moved to another yard of their choice for $30.  Of course, you can also wait out the 24 hour period and the pink flamingos will “fly off” on their own.

Anti-flocking insurance will also be available.  The cost to insure you won’t be flocked is $5.  You can also purchase the anti-flocking insurance after you’ve been flocked to insure you won’t be flocked again.

This fundraiser is meant to entertain and “annoy” your friends and neighbors through a spirit of fun-loving generosity.  These pretty pink birds are sure to bring a smile, and perhaps a giggle, to your morning if you wake up, with coffee in hand, and look out to see a flock decorating your front lawn!  To schedule a “flocking”, please call Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or Matt McKee at 660-216-7735.

Scotland County After-Prom Parents Preparing for the 2017 After-Prom Event

after prom

The Scotland County After-Prom Parents (SCAPP) is a Parent Organization whose goal is to raise money for the After-Prom event held each year following Prom.  The group was formed several years ago in an effort to offer a safe environment for our students to gather after prom, offering games, entertainment, food and prizes for everyone in attendance.

Each year, typically in May, the current year’s parents meet with upcoming parents of any student who will be a junior for the next school year.  At that time, officers for the new school year are elected and plans begin for fundraisers and activities.

This year’s SCAPP officers are Co-Chairs, Matt McKee and Debbie Payne, Secretaries, Kris Hyde and Jenny Aldridge, and Treasurers, Tina McKee and Candace Kratzer.  The group typically meets once a month on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Pharmacy.  A SCAPP, Class of 2018 Facebook page has been created as one way of communicating and passing along information.  Additionally, meeting reminders are sent out through School Reach.

The group held its first fundraising activities during the Antique Fair. They had two booths; one for selling snow cones and watermelon and the other for selling Scotland County T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.  All of the shirts will also be available for sale at the Memphis Democrat, the Scotland County Pharmacy, and at some home ballgames. In addition to shirt designs, black “Tigers” socks will also be available to purchase.

Other fundraisers being planned for the year include a Potato Bar at the September 9th football game against Schuyler County and a Soup Supper at the October 7th football game against Harrisburg.  Other meals at future games are also being discussed.

Additionally, SCAPP has already secured the Harlem Wizards again this year after a very successful turnout last year.  This year’s game against the Harlem Wizards and members of SCR-1 faculty, student body, and community, will take place on January 5th at the high school gym.

The always popular Daddy/Daughter Dance is also being planned and will include a dinner.  A date for this very special evening will be announced later in the year.

The tradition of displaying business signs during all home games will continue this year.  If you are a new business or haven’t participated before and are interested in purchasing a business sign this year, please contact one of the SCAPP officers.  Renewal cost for last year’s signs is still $50.  Paige Troutman of Just Sayin Designs will be designing the business signs this year.

New fundraisers this year will include Flamingo Flocking, planned to start next week.  And a Mother/Son Scavenger Hunt, date TBD, which will include a hotdog and marshmallow roast.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or any SCAPP parent.

First Christian Church Seeking History to Share at Centennial Homecoming Celebration

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The Memphis First Christian Church will be hosting a Church Homecoming to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.  The dates for the celebration have been set for September 30- October 1-2, 2016.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church and will host special services, music, and times of fellowship with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

The First Christian Church of Memphis was organized in 1850.  On June 5, of that year, a tract of ground was purchased on the corner of Main and Jones Streets for the sum of $100 for the purpose of erecting a church building.  In 1853, the first church building, a brick building 40 x 60 feet in size, was erected on this site at a cost of $3000.

This remained the house of worship until 1888 when this building was removed and a modern brick building was erected at a cost of $4000. This building was dedicated (debt free) in 1889 and had a membership of eighty.  Even though the membership seemed low in comparison to the county’s population (Scotland County had grown to over 12,000 people by 1880), it was speculated that there could have been 200 worshipers in attendance each Sunday.

By 1896 the membership had grown to 250, so that it was necessary to enlarge the worship site again.  A lecture room, robing room, and a basement with a coal furnace were added to the facility.  Also the building was refurnished and electric lights installed all at a cost of  $2000. The church also owned and maintained a good parsonage. These improvements would sustain the congregation for another twenty years until 1916 when the building was removed and the current building was erected.

Anyone wishing to share information or stories about the history of the Church may email documents to Sheila Berkowitz, sberko@truman.edu, mail items to Sheila Berkowitz  705 W. Newman  Memphis, MO 63555, or leave them at the church.

Updates about speakers and activities can be found on the Facebook page – Memphis First Christian Church Homecoming.  Anyone seeking further information can contact the Church by phone at 660 485-7751 or email www.fccmemphis.org.

A complete schedule of events will be published in a future edition of the Memphis Democrat.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, September 1 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie

Friday, September 2 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Buttered Carrots, Crème Pie

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No Meals

Tuesday, September 6 – Baked Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Broccoli, Peaches, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Mixed Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Juice, Pickled Beet, Peas, Slice Bread, Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, September 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 5 – Closed for Labor Day

Thursday, September 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, September 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6–Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, September 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, September 1 – Beef‘N’Tator Bake, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Strawberries.

Friday, September 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Sliced Peaches, Chocolate Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Country Fried Steak, Pork Choppett, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Giant Puffball

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake.  It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz.  The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea.  These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake. It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz. The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea. These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

Scotland County High School Class of 1971 Reunion

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

Giant Watermelon

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th.  Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th. Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Tiger Cubs Football Program Makes Donation

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

McClamroch Claims County Showdown Crown

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

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