December 16, 2010

Scotland County 4-H Program Recognizes Partners, Volunteers

The Scotland County 4-H Council held its annual 4-H recognition event on Sunday, November 7, 2010. One of the highest honors an individual can receive in the 4-H program is the Friends of 4-H award.

The Friends of 4-H award is presented to a business and to an individual/couple who have supported 4-H program efforts during the past 12 months. "It's important that 4-H members recognize the businesses and individuals who contribute to the success for the program and show their appreciation" said Pat Wiggins, 4-H Program Assistant for Schuyler and Scotland counties. The following Business and individuals were recognized at the annual 4-H Recognition event.

This year's business recipient for the Scotland County Friends of 4-H is Primrose Realty, Boyd and Jeannie Bissell. Primrose Realty has been in business in Memphis for 25 years, with the couple owning the business for the last 19 years.

Boyd and Jeannie are very active in the community and beyond Scotland County. Boyd is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Mayflower Descendents, and the Society of Descendents of Founders of Windsor, Connecticut. They are both members of the Genealogical Society, the St. Louis Archaeological Society and the Missouri Archaeological Society. In Scotland County they are members of the Chamber of Commerce, Bible Grove Historical Society, and the Scotland County Historical Society. They are volunteers at the Memphis theatre and help with the Depot Museum.

They have supported the Scotland County 4-H fair and events for many years. Their son Travis was a member of the Jolly Jacks and Jills where he exhibited horses. Jeannie has been an art hall judge for 4 years. Primrose Realty has and currently sponsors classes for the horse and dog shows as well as the car races at the Scotland County speedway. They currently donate plants for the Dog show at the fair. Currently, Jeannie is active with the Dog Club where she and Mandy are regulars at local events and shows.

Jeannie and Boyd tirelessly volunteer to be project leaders for several youth participating in gardening. They raise and harvest over 20 different vegetables on their property for members of the Azen Jolly Timers to exhibit at the county fair and State fair.

Thank you Boyd and Jeannie Bissell for your kindness and generosity that you have showed the youth of Scotland County as well as your continued support of the Scotland County fair. We would like to recognize Primrose Realty as a Scotland County Friend of 4-H.

This year's Scotland county Friends of 4-H individual recipient goes to Mr. Danny Norton. Danny has been active in 4-H since he was a youth, being a member of the Consolidated Boosters. He and his wife Becky have 3 adult children that were members of the Azen Jolly Timers.

Currently, Danny is a bus driver for Scotland County R-I school district, farms, operates his own lawn mowing business and hauls livestock. Danny has been hauling livestock since the early 1970s.

Danny is being recognized as a Friend of 4-H for specifically that reason. Every year at the Scotland County fair, after the livestock sale, he has hauled all the sold livestock to the sale barn, his service in this regard has spanned over many decades. Along with providing this service to all the 4-H livestock youth, he has also served in the capacity of livestock superintendent for over 10 years.

Scotland County youth and adults would like to thank you Mr. Danny Norton for your countless hours of time and effort that you have provided and would like to recognize you as a Scotland County Friend of 4-H.

For more information on 4-H Youth Development programs contact your local University of Missouri Extension center.

Junior High Teams Turn in Top Five Finishes at Milan Relays

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

The Scotland County junior high track teams both turned in top five performances in the 10-team field at the Milan Relays held on April 19th.

The boys’ team took third place with 67 points. Milan won the event with 162 points followed by Brookfield with 78.5.

The Lady Tigers earned 54 points to finish fourth behind Green City (137), Brookfield (100), and Brashear (67).

Parker Triplett earned second place in the triple jump and was 5th in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and seventh in the 200 meter dash.

Kaden Anders finished second in the 200 meter dash, third in the 400 meter dash, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

Christian Siver was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and eighth in the 100 meter dash while Riley Shoemaker was fifth in the 1,600 meter run.

The 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams took third place. Team members were Siver, Brady Curry, Jacob Buford and Spencer Kerkmann. The 4×800 team of Eric Yarbrough, Shoemaker, Kerkmann and Buford finished third.

Hailey Kraus led the girls’ team with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash and fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Katie Feeney was second in the long jump and Bobbi Darcy took seventh. Tala Saulmon was seventh in the shot put and Katie Parsons took seventh in the 200 meter dash. Brooke Samuelson was fourth in the 1,600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meter run.

The 4×400 team of Morgan Blessing, Darcy, Feeney and Jenna Blessing took second place. The girls teamed up for fourth place in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays.

Track Teams Finish 12th at Brookfield Relays

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The Scotland County track teams traveled to Brookfield April 22nd and ran into some stiff competition in the 8-team fields. The Tigers finished 12th overall with 31 points while the Lady Tigers tied for 12th place with 14 points.

Palmyra won the boys’ division with 116 points ahead of Trenton, Marceline, Fayette and Knox County. The girls’ division win went to Marceline with 113 points followed by Palmyra, Fayette, Trenton and Highland.

The SCR-I 4×800 relay team took second place. Team members were Caleb Doubet, Tristen Kice, Ryan Miller and Zach Doubet.

Kice finished fifth in the 400 meter dash and seventh in the 100 meter dash.

Zach Doubet was third in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs.

Caleb Doubet was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 800 meter run.

Riley Kliethermes finished fifth in the javelin.

The 4×400 team of Kice, Kliethermes, Claeb Doubet and Miller, finished seventh.

The girls team was led by Miranda Holland with a third place finish in the shot put and fourth place finish in the javelin.

Morgan Alexander was eighth in the javelin. Khloe Hamlin finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles.

The 4×400 relay team of Kaylyn Anders, Hamlin, Maddie Bondurant and Katelyn Talbert finished sixth as did the 4×800 relay squad of Abby Blessing, Annie Hyde, Julie Long and Bondurant.

Junior High Track Squads Compete at Knox County Relays

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

The Scotland County junior high boys finished fifth with the Lady Tigers taking sixth place at the Knox County junior high relays held in Edina on April 26th.

Milan won the boys event with 117.50 points followed by Paris, South Shelby and North Shelby. The Tigers were fifth with 60 points, besting, Knox County, Schuyler County, Holy Rosary, Marion County and Canton.

Kaden Anders led the way with second place finishes in the high jump, the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash while finishing fifth in the long jump.

Parker Triplett was fourth in the 200 meter dash and took fifth in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.

Christian Siver finished third in the 100 meter hurdles and was eighth in the 100 meter dash while Hunter Carter was fifth in the shot put.

The Tigers 4×200 relay team took fourth and the 4×400 team was sixth.

The girls finished sixth overall with 41 total points. Holy Rosary was tops with 156 points followed by Paris, North Shelby, South Shelby and Schuyler County.

Katie Feeney had the top individual performance, finishing second in the long jump. Hailey Kraus was third in the 200 meter dash and took fourth in the 400 meter dash while Jenna Blessing finished sixth in the triple jump.

The Lady Tigers’ 4×200 team took second place with the 4×400 team finishing third and the 4×400 team earning fourth.

Campbell Tosses Gem as Tigers Capture Key Conference Win

Grant Campbell gets a visit on the mound from coach Matt Buford and catcher Gage Dodge during a game earlier this season. The junior didn’t require any visits on Friday night as he cruised to a 5-1 win over Schuyler County.

Grant Campbell gets a visit on the mound from coach Matt Buford and catcher Gage Dodge during a game earlier this season. The junior didn’t require any visits on Friday night as he cruised to a 5-1 win over Schuyler County.

Scotland County jumped out to an early lead over Schuyler County on Friday night in Memphis and Grant Campbell made the lead hold up. The junior hurler went the distance in a 5-1 victory over the Rams.

SCR-I struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gage Dodge led off with a walk and Aaron Buford followed with another base on balls before Will Fromm singled to right field to plate the game’s first run. Campbell walked to load the bases for Justin McKee who came through with a two-run single to centerfield to put the Tigers on top 3-0.

Schuyler County plated its lone run in the third inning on a double by Wyatt Homer.

SCR-I got the run back in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a pair of Rams’ errors.

The Rams threatened in the fourth and sixth innings, with a pair of base runners during each rally. But Campbell worked out of both jams to keep the score at 4-1.

SCR-I tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Buford led off with a double. He stole third base and came in to score on a ground out by Fromm.

Campbell retired the side in order in the seventh to notch the complete game victory. He allowed one earned run on just two hits while walking three and striking out six.

SCR-I managed just three hits on the night on offense. McKee had the key hit, the two-run single in the first inning and finished 1-3. Fromm was 1-4 with two RBIs and Buford went 1-3 with a pair of runs scored.

Scotland county improved to 8-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Rutledge Couple, Son Arrested Following Altercation in Memphis

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A Rutledge couple and their son are facing felony charges following an altercation in Memphis on Friday night.

According to the Memphis Police Department, a report was received at 7:30 p.m. of an altercation at a residence on Jefferson and Maple streets in Memphis. The caller stated that a number of people armed with baseball bats were at the residence, breaking windows and making threats.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspects had already fled. The home’s occupants were able to identify the three individuals responsible for breaking several windows at the home as well as several vehicle windows.

At 12:55 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers from the MPD, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol served arrest warrants at a Rutledge residence where Jared D. Holt, 46 and Stacy Holt, 44, were taken into custody along with their son, 18-year-old Jacob D. Holt.

All three have initially been charged with class B felony burglary, class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, and class C felony assault in the second degree.

All three are being held in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.

They made initial court appearances on May 2nd in Scotland County Circuit Court where Judge Karl DeMarce overrules initial motions for bond reduction.

A May 10th court date has been set to review the counsel status of the defendants as well as to set the preliminary hearing date.


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Pete and Jennifer Farris of Memphis are the parents of a son, Rhett Eli Farris, born April 24, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Rhett weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed home by big sister Taylor Farris. Grandparents are Paul and Debbie Briggs of Memphis and Mike and Cathy Farris of Greentop.


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Sarah Neel and Roger Tinkle or Memphis are the parents of a son, Spencer Joseph Rex Tinkle, born April 24, 2016 at 5:20 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Spencer weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and was 19 inches long. Siblings are Zack, Zoe, Sophia and Ryker Tinkle. Grandparents are Larry and Geneva Tinkle of Memphis and Tony and Jerri Maisano of Martin, TN.


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Emmaline Ann Behrens was born on April 4, 2016 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO.   She was 10 lbs. and was 22 inches long.  Parents are Jeff and Melissa Behrens and brother Zac Behrens, all of Memphis. Grandparents are Fritz and Janet Gerth of Memphis and Tom and Linda Behrens of Quincy, IL. Great-grandfather is Herb Kauffman of Washington, IL.


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Anna Buckallew and Darrin Cochran of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, CaliRae Marie Cochran. She was born April 22, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. CaliRae weighed 7lbs 5.4 oz and was 20.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by her four-year-old brother, Cash Arrin.. Grandparents are Lonnie and Michaelene (Mikie) Cochran and Susan Buckallew, all of Memphis. Great-grandparents are Stanley Roberts of Logan, IA; the late Virginia Rae Roberts, and Robert and Marie Brown of Memphis.

Alternative Solutions

Young visitor Freya meets the critter crew for the first time. Photo by Christina.

Young visitor Freya meets the critter crew for the first time. Photo by Christina.

It has been a rainy week here, with some crazy thunderstorms and a tornado warning on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the singing or the weeding or the outreach-ing. It takes some pretty rough weather to keep us inside.

Christina here, new resident of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, bringing you news of the green, the magical, and the pig.

Over the weekend, Dan, Javi, and Tereza went to St. Louis for the Earth Day Festival, where they staffed our booth, talking to people about Dancing Rabbit. People were interested in learning about life at an ecovillage. Many didn’t know that we have amenities, but we do indeed have electricity (I am writing on my laptop right now).

The Rabbits answered non-stop questions for the whole nine hours that they were there. People were especially interested in the sense of community and how we interact, and the materials that are used for building here. Apparently people are interested in finding alternative solutions to the problems that they face.  

During the second week of their session, the visitors have been attending workshops, joining in work parties, eating lots of great food prepared by the various kitchens, and visiting with the baby goats. They have formed some strong bonds, and are already figuring out how they can bring what they have learned back to their lives—or how they can bring their lives back to Dancing Rabbit. If you want to visit, we still have three visitor sessions left this year!

On Wednesday night, we had a small turn-out for the weekly song circle. Just my two kids, Max and Emma, as well three other participants. We had just taught the others to sing an old Quaker hymn called “Dear Friend” that Max learned in preschool when we heard the sirens and saw people headed toward the storm shelter in the basement of the Mercantile. As a former New Englander, I am not afraid of rough weather, but when I see the locals heading for shelter during a storm, I follow.

We headed down the wet and dripping stairs into the dark cramped basement. With around fifteen people and four dogs, it was definitely not the most comfortable situation. But as we turned the corner looking for more room to sit down, we heard “Dear Friend” being sung—with harmonies and in a round no less. After a few rounds of that song, the group spontaneously started another. I am new to song circle, so I didn’t know the songs beforehand, but I was mostly able to join in or at least hum along. 

The acoustics in the basement were great, and we found some buckets for seats. My kids each took a seat on one of my legs, and the dog found a place to lie down away from the other dogs. There were more rounds of song, and the time passed quickly.

This is the kind of magical moment that happens here all the time, but that doesn’t make it any less special.

Apparently, my daughter Emma had not had enough of the singing, because when we went to a post-dinner bonfire hosted by the visitors by the old pond last night, she wanted to sing a few more rounds of “Dear Friend”, this time accompanied by a drum circle. After a few rounds of “Have You Seen the Ghost of John” we were all sufficiently mesmerized by the fire and the stars and the croaking frogs. We didn’t talk much but sat perfectly content, drumming more at times and less at others, and adding more wood to the fire.

In my other life, this would have been a once-a-year type experience, but spontaneous song has graced my life twice this week.

In other news, things are green.  

The cabbage, kale, and lettuce are thriving in our little garden, and so are the weeds. I spent about an hour hacking away at some long grass that has been choking out the tiny pea shoots that are bravely making their way up from the ground. I like snap peas, and more importantly, they are a green vegetable that my kids will eat. The prairie is beautiful here, but not when it’s in my garden. I think I might find a pick ax to go at the grass roots later today…  

On Friday, the Critters finally received their much-awaited pig. For the bacon and sausage fans among us, this was an exciting event. But it will be a few months until the pigs are ready for slaughter, and so until then, we have lots of greens and eggs.

We’ll go out to pick those greens when the rain stops, singing out loud or in our heads.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational non-profit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village at 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is May 14th. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at To find out more about us, you can also check out our website:

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