January 5, 2012

A YEAR OF EXTREMES - Severe 2011 Weather Covers Gamut In Year Of Feast Or Famine

Unseasonably warm weather found the Timber Ridge Golf Course draw a large number of golfers the week after Christmas, as temperatures neared 60 degrees on December 29th.

Missouri weather in 2011 was anything but boring.

From floods and drought to tornados and blizzards, the state saw more than a healthy dose of extreme weather events of every variety.

"Missouri saw many extreme weather events from its beginning that continued throughout most of the year," said Pat Guinan, Missouri's state climatologist with the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program. "We deserve some quiet time after what we've experienced this year."

It began with a cold, harsh winter.

Aided by a February blizzard, Columbia, received 53.4 inches of snow, causing it and many other cities to rank the year among the snowiest on record.

The February 1st blizzard dumped an estimated 17 inches of snow on Scotland County.

"St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City all had top 10 snowiest winter seasons, with Columbia falling short of its snowiest winter since 1889 by only 1.5 inches," Guinan said. "Between 1-2 feet of snow fell across a large part of the state during February's blizzard. That led some communities to experience their first-ever blizzard warning, caused MU to close for three days and closed Interstate 70 from border to border for the first time because of snow."

As winter thawed, snow turned to rain in Southeast Missouri. Major April flooding resulted at the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers near Cape Girardeau.

"Heavy snow melt set the stage for floods, and rainfall totals in April showed an exceptionally wet month, especially in Southeastern Missouri where 15-20 inches were reported in some communities," Guinan said. "Thousands of acres flooded, and we saw near-record to record crests established south of Cape Girardeau to New Orleans."

Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff received more than 70 inches of precipitation this year - at least 25 inches above normal. That made 2011 the wettest year ever for Cape Girardeau.

Extreme weather blew into St. Louis with the Good Friday tornado. Hitting Lambert airport in its 21-mile path, the EF-4 tornado was the strongest twister to hit the city in 44 years.

Tornados continued into May, pummeling Joplin in the southwest corner of Missouri. The EF-5 tornado hit the city head-on, leading to 161 fatalities. It was the seventh deadliest U.S. tornado and the deadliest in more than 60 years.

"When all was said and done, it was Missouri's deadliest tornado on record and its costliest natural disaster ever," Guinan said. "It was the second time since 1930 that a Missouri tornado reached an F5 or EF5 designation, with the only other one occurring in Ruskin Heights near Kansas City in 1957."

Midwest and Southeast tornados cost $27.7 billion in a year that saw the most billion dollar weather disasters on record - 12 of them. These 2011 weather and climate calamities surpassed the record of nine disasters set in 2008, according to the National Climatic Data Center, who estimated the final cost of these events at $52 billion.

Major flooding began in May along the Missouri River, hitting northwestern Missouri hard. An unusually wet spring and the melting of deep winter snow in Montana and the Dakotas quickly filled reservoirs. Those reservoirs released record discharge that contributed to major flooding across Iowa, Nebraska, parts of Kansas and Missouri.

"There were major impacts including overtopped levees, breached levees, thousands of acres of farmland under water and flooded communities," Guinan said. "It was a very bad situation that persisted throughout most of the summer."

Northeast Missouri added to the flooding trend in June. Rivers and streams filled to record levels in Lewis and Clark counties, as areas saw more than 15 inches in a month that typically averages four for the region.

Meanwhile a southern Missouri drought starkly contrasted flooding in a case of feast or famine.

Severe Oklahoma and Texas droughts crept into the state as summer progressed, drying up pastures, diminishing yields and hurting herds. Heat and dryness moved north in June and continued unabated into August, logging record temperatures. Guinan said it ranks as the seventh hottest summer on record.

"It was Missouri's hottest July in more than 30 years, and you have to go back to July 1980 to find one that averaged higher temperatures," Guinan said. "Unrelenting, oppressive temperatures led to heat advisories and impacts on human health, crops and livestock."

Dryness continued into early fall. September and October saw drier conditions, especially across northern and west central Missouri.

"A dry October led to conditions that allowed harvesting to run well ahead of normal," Guinan said.

Late fall showed a change, with wetter conditions in November and December across Missouri. The Bootheel averaged more than 18 inches for the two-month period, making it the wettest November-December since 1957.

"These months have been very wet, helping to eliminate drought conditions across northern and western Missouri," Guinan said. "We round out the year with many significant weather events, and we can only hope that next year's weather will be less eventful."

Find Missouri climate information through the Missouri Climate Center at http://climate.missouri.edu.

Two Area Men Seriously Hurt in Early-Morning Crash

Two area men suffered serious injuries in an early-morning accident in Scotland County on Friday, January 13th at 6:25 a.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Noel K. Meier, 58 of Kahoka, was westbound on Highway 136, one mile west of Highway A, in a 2001 Dodge Dakota when the vehicle impacted the tow unit of a eastbound 2014 Peterbuilt semi that was eastbound and trying to make a left hand turn. The semi was driven by Charles G. Cook, 36, of Keokuk, IA.

Meier and a passenger in his vehicle, Delbert E. Hoage, 65, of Keokuk, IA, sustained serious injuries in the crash. They were both flown from the scene by Air Evac Helicopter and transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Cook was uninjured in the crash. His vehicle sustained moderate damage while the Meier vehicle was totaled. Both were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

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

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

April 27, 1945 Mrs. Vernon Priche; (could be misspelled due to original letter hand written); wrote a letter requesting information about how her husband was wounded, treated and died. He was a soldier in Europe, and a friend of my deceased father, Donald Minster.

I found her letter in my father’s old letters. If there is anyone who knows any relative that may desire the letter, I will be happy to forward it.

The address was; 351 East Madison St., Memphis, MO… in April 1945!

I hate to have someone’s family treasure undiscovered.

Thank God for soldiers and wives like this, so I can enjoy my freedom!

Hopefully,

Alan Minster

1861 Selby Circle, Camarillo, CA 93010

aminster@verizon.net

At Halfway Mark, SCR-I Expenditures at $2.79 Million

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present.

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented a financial report for the district, which recently reached the halfway mark of the fiscal year.

Year-to-date revenues are $2,331,017.41 and expenditures are $2,793,651.66.  The year-to-date deficit is $462,634.25 compared to $440,152.92 at this time last year.

“The deficit will correct itself with the receipt of local taxes received in January,” Bergeson told the board.

Future Projects

The board voted 6-0 to set a special board meeting for January 18 at 7:00 a.m. in the Elementary Art Room to discuss future capital projects and other upgrades for the district.

Building Trades

The board voted 6-0 to accept the low bid proposal of $7,727.00 from Ketchum Heating, Cooling and Electrical for the 2016-17 Building Trades Furnace and Central Air Units including all duct work, thermostat, thermostat wiring, gas line installation, and vent covers.

Update Budget

The board voted 6-0 to amend the budget as presented to reflect a projected ending balance of $18,974.97.  The budget was amended to reflect the current revenues, expenditures, and projections for this fiscal year.

Observe School Board Recognition Week

The week of January 22 – 28 is School Board Recognition Week.  Board members were presented a certificate from the Missouri School Board Association, a proclamation from Governor Nixon, and invited to the elementary carry in luncheon on Friday, January 20.

February Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

December 8, 2016 Minutes

Approve MSBA Policy Maintenance Agreement

Updated Sub List

Update District Health Services and District Testing Procedural Evaluation Plan

Approve Extended Holiday

Approve Overnight Request

Approve LJ Hart and Co. Underwriting Agreement

Executive Session

The board entered into executive session and the following items were approved 6-0:

Approve December 8, 2016 closed session minutes.

Offer Jennifer Tinkle the 7 hour food service position in the elementary school.

Approve Superintendent Bergeson’s Evaluation.

Move to extend Superintendent Bergeson’s contract through 2019-20.

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

Are we entitled to never have to lose?

What if we did away with declaring a winner and a loser in a competition and just gave everyone participation medals?

I vote no on that motion, but it sure seems like that is where we are headed as a society. Instead of recognizing people who work hard and excel at something, it seems like we would rather drag them down and draw them back to the rest of the crowd so that no one feels inferior.

This internal debate arrived in my mind last night at a basketball game as I listened to the crowd react to a lopsided game, which is often what you experience in a varsity basketball tournament when the #1 seeded team takes on the #8 team.

Scotland County’s state ranked girls defeated Marion County 85-19. (For the record I looked back to when Marion County won the state championship back in 2010-11 season. They posted victories like 83-16, 67-13 and 69-19.)

I’ve been on the 19 point-side of that mountain before, and yes it sucks. But after I got over the frustration, I had to ask myself what should have been done differently? I came to the conclusion, I could either get better, or I could get used to it. Sometimes in life you are going to run into a superior opponent. Tip your hat and get ready for the next challenge.

Is it really fair to ask the better team to not play so hard? “Look I know you worked really hard to be this good, but we didn’t, so could you please waste all of your efforts to make yourselves better players, and not showcase your talents to the college scouts in the crowd so that we don’t look so bad?”

Before you say that the coach should play the bench more, let me remind you this is a varsity tournament. There is a junior varsity season for the younger kids. The varsity kids do not get to travel to all the junior varsity games and play extra minutes if the competition level dictates it. These seniors only have so many minutes left in their high school careers. They didn’t make the schedule. They have no control over the competition. They deserve to be able to play, not because they are entitled to it because they are seniors, but because they have put in the time and the effort to be the best players on their team.

Sure you can argue that the better team should back off, and not try so hard. But you have to stop and ask yourselves why we are here in the first place? Do you get any better by only giving 50%. In a tournament, you are trying to win all three games to claim the championship and a plaque for the trophy case. Over the season, you are trying to get better and possibly be able to hoist the conference championship banner, or claim a district title and make it into the state playoffs.

If your best players are only getting to play half a game because everyone else is so worried about beating someone too bad, it can only make it that much more difficult to achieve your goal.

On game nights, there is no practice. So kids are getting their conditioning in via the game, meaning they need to run. If they only play half the game, they are going to be out of shape when they need to be able to play an entire game.

If you are asking them to hold back, and not play so hard, the same thing can happen. When the time comes for them to make a good play, will they be able to, as before they weren’t allowed to try because it might create too large a margin of victory.

Before you send the lynch mob my way – I’m not encouraging calling timeouts late to try to reach 100 points, or demanding the full-court press all 32 minutes. I’m only suggesting that people cut these kids a little slack. They aren’t out their trying to rub it in the face of their opponents. They are simply working to produce the best basketball play possible for every second they have left to be on the court together.

When did we become so entitled?

If one person excels at the workplace, should they be told to slow down, and not work so hard so that everyone else has a chance at the promotion?

How about in the classroom? Do we need to force the top students to the back of the room to play video games, watch movies or sleep instead of paying attention in class and completing their assignments? That way no one makes the honor roll.

Should we move the kindergarteners into calculus and physics classes to bring down the competition level to boost the self esteem of the lower achieving high school students by giving them someone that they can do better than?

No? Then why should the basketball court be any different? I say do your best and forget the rest!

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, January 19 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, January 20 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, January 23 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, January 24 – Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wed., January 25 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, January 26 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, January 19 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Friday, January 20 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, January 23 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Mixed Vegetables, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, January 24 – School Made Pizza, Bar BQ Meatballs, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wed., January 25 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Pineapple Tidbits

Thursday, January 26 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thurs. January 19 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Wax Beans, Bread, Cake

Friday, January 20 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Roll, Strawberry Shortcake and Topping

Monday, January 23 – Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato or Regular Fries, Breaded Tomatoes, Applesauce, Bread Slice, Pudding

Tuesday, January 24 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Lettuce Salad, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Rice Krispies

Wed., January 25 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thurs. January 26 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, January 19 – Scotland County Health Department blood pressure checks here; Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 26 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

NEMR Telecom Accepting Applications for 2017 Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

All local high school juniors whose parents or guardians have local service with NEMR telecom can apply for the all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Northeast Missouri Rural Telecom is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Tour to Washington D.C., which will take place June 3  through June 7. The application process is open to all high school juniors whose parents or guardians have local service with NEMR Telecom.

Students must be under 18 years of age at the time of the Youth Tour to apply. In addition to meeting specific eligibility guidelines, the NEMR board is asking student applicants to submit, along with their application, a one-page essay covering the topic: “Why I Should Be Chosen for the FRS Youth Tour.”

The 2017 Youth Tour gives students the opportunity to gain a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and government process  as they spend four days visiting famous historical sites, including the Washington Monument, The Smithsonian, and much more.

Guidance counselors at each high school in the service area have the application form, or students can request a form by calling Tammy Childers at NEMR Telecom, 660-874-4111 or send an email to tchilder@nemr.net.

Applications and essays should be mailed to NEMR Telecom, Attn: Youth Tour, PO Box 98, Green City, MO 63545 by March 6, 2017.

The Foundation for Rural Service’s (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth.  2017 marks the 23rd annual Youth Tour.  Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for a four-day tour of the some of the most historical sites in the nation. 

Tigers Top Atlanta 53-10 in Tourney Opener

Scotland County advanced to the semifinals of the North Shelby Tournament with a 53-10 victory over Atlanta on Monday night.

The Hornets dressed just five players, but after the initial tip off, only had four players on the court due to an injury.

Grant Campbell scored 16 points in limited action to lead the Tigers to the win, improving SCR-I’s record to 9-3 on the year.

The game was shortened in the second half to two four minute quarters, with a running clock the entire time, as SCR-I led 39-9 at the half.

The Tigers will take on South Shelby, who bested the host squad 66-65 in a triple overtime thriller to close out Monday night’s action.

27th Annual SPRINT Quiz Bowl Tournament Being Held January 21st

The 27th Annual SPRINT Quiz Bowl Tournament is being held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Scotland County R-1 Elementary School.  Ten area schools will be involved in the tournament this year.

This tournament features two divisions of play with 12 teams in each division this year.  Division 1 consists of 5th/6th grade teams and Division II is for 7th/8th grade teams.

Tournament play starts at 9:00 a.m. with the morning round consisting of round robin play; giving each team three games in its pool.  All questions are toss-ups with no bonus questions involved.  This year, Scotland County has one 5th/6th grade team, coached by Kara Wickert and one 7th/8th grade team, coached by Billie Lanham.

For breaks and an intermission between the morning and afternoon rounds, the SCR-1 FBLA and SPRINT organizations will be operating a food stand cooperatively.

In the afternoon round of play, the top eight teams in each division are seeded based on their morning records.  The 1st seed team plays the 8th seed, 2nd seed plays 7th seed, etc.  In this round, the winning teams advance while the losing teams are eliminated.

The Semi and Final Rounds are the top four teams remaining after the first afternoon seed play.  Plaques will be presented for 1st-4th places and individual medals will be given to all the players on those top four teams.

SPRINT instructor and tournament organizer, Denice Blaine, says, “This event uses volunteers from our community, FBLA members, NHS members, SPRINT students, SCR-1 faculty and administrators, all who work together to make this tournament a huge success.  We even have one reader coming all the way from Northwest Missouri State University to help us out. It truly is a group effort.”

The community is invited to come out and enjoy a day of Quiz Bowl trivia!

Tigers Weather Westran Run to Post First Conference Win

Grant Campbell closes down the trap on the Westran ball handler as the Tigers’ full-court press worked to force several turnovers by the Hornets.

A 15-point advantage evaporated in the third period Tuesday night in Westran, but Scotland County was able to rally to post a 73-59 victory and claim the program’s first ever Lewis & Clark Conference win.

After dropping their league debut Friday night at Harrisburg, the Tigers used an 8-0 run to close the third period and kept pouring in the points in the fourth period en route to the win.

The Tigers came out of the gates slow against the Hornets (1-10, 0-2 L&C), falling behind 8-2 before a three-pointer by Elijah Cooley. A three-point play by Lane Pence knotted the score. After Aaron Buford scored on the fast break, Alex Hunolt grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up and in while drawing the foul. His free throw put SCRI on top 13-9. Cooley’s second three-pointer of the opening frame gave SCR-I a 19-14 lead after eight minutes of play.

Grant Campbell sank a pair of three-pointers to start the second period and Scotland County continued its fast-paced attack, scoring 20 second-period points to pull ahead 39-24 at the half. Buford had six points in the period.

Westran’s Austin Dale caught fire from behind the arc in the third period. His third triple of the quarter cut the SCR-I lead to 46-44 with 2:39 on the clock, forcing an SCR-I timeout.

The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to close the period. Cooley connected on a three-pointer and Hunolt continued a strong game off the bench with a pair of free throws. Pence closed the run with another three-point play to put the Tigers ahead 54-44.

Campbell closed out a big game with a pair of fourth quarter field goals. He also sank three of four free throws down the stretch. Will Fromm added a pair of buckets in the final minutes as SCR-I closed out the 73-59 win.

Campbell led Scotland County (8-3, 1-1 L&C) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Buford and Cooley each added 14 points and Hunolt had eight.

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