August 9, 2012

LIVIN' THE DREAM - Bondurant Secures Preferred Walk-On Roster Spot With Missouri Tigers



Brock Bondurant kneels to sign an autograph for a young fan during the 10th annual Football Fan Day held Sunday, August 5th, at Faurot Field.


Heading into the July 21st Lion's all-star football game, the thought in the back of Brock Bondurant's head had to be, would this be his last competitive football game of his career?

The SCR-I graduate played in the Do-or-Die bowl in Quincy earlier this summer before traveling to Warrensburg for the Lion's game.

He was using the all-star games to try and highlight his skills at defensive back for prospective college recruiters, a position he played in high school, but that was overshadowed by his performance on the other side of the ball at quarterback.

"I've been playing defense as preparation for my plan attempt to walk on at Mizzou, as I felt that was the best chance for me to gain a spot on the roster and maybe eventually get on the field," Bondurant said.

It was that type of mindset that opened up an opportunity at Warrensburg, at the Lion's game, where Brock stepped up to fill in at tight end after an injury left that position open.

"My offensive numbers were nowhere near the numbers put up by other quarterbacks from around the area and state," Bondurant humbly confessed.

He noted that his high school coaches and other area sports experts thought Brock's best shot at playing the next level would come on defense.

Bondurant got a scare in the Lion's game, as he suffered a back injury in the game. After recovering from shoulder surgery that ended his basketball season, Bondurant worried that this setback might interfere with his plans to try to walk on at MU.

Those fears subsided and were replaced by jubilation when Brock received a phone call last Monday evening from University of Missouri director of football recruiting Nick Otterbacher. Bondurant learned that not only had he earned a preferred walk-on invitation, but that it was at quarterback.

It was two dreams come true for Bondurant.

"I have always wanted to go to the University of Missouri and be a Tiger," he said. "Playing quarterback has always been an ultimate dream and that's where I'd like to play."



MU Coach Gary Pinkel made a young Brock Bondurant's day when he took time for a photo at a Tigers event.


The dream was just that for much of the year. Until late this summer, Brock wasn't sure he would be attending his favorite college.

In June he made a trip to the University of Memphis to check out the school after receiving an offer to play football for the Tigers in Tennessee.

Brock said Memphis was a serious consideration as former MU safety coach, Barry Odom, received a position as the school's defensive coordinator.

"I had been in contact with him while he was at Mizzou and really grew fond of him as a person and coach," Bondurant said. "He offered me a preferred walk-on spot as a safety at Memphis. Odom was the main reason for my thoughts of attending Memphis as he is a man of great character and I can think of no position coach that I'd rather play for than Barry."

But ultimately Brock's love for the University of Missouri won out. Despite an uncertain football future, Bondurant passed on the Memphis opportunity with plans instead of trying to walk on at Mizzou.

Bondurant admitted that he wasn't highly sought after on the recruiting circuit.

"The safety spot at Memphis was the only real offer I received and it was not a scholarship offer," he said.

Brock added that he never really gave any thought to trying to play at a smaller school.

"Mizzou has always been the place for me," he stated. "Northwest Missouri State was the only small school I would have considered, but with no scholarship offered there, it was Mizzou or bust."

With the first major challenge out of the way, and his place on the team secured, Bondurant now will battle to get the opportunity to demonstrate his skills as a quarterback.

He expects to see time leading the scout team in practice, taking snaps to help prepare the defense, and hopefully moving up the depth chart, that currently contains four quarterbacks, including starter James Franklin, a junior.

His performance will determine his future position, as the recruiters indicated that Bondurant likely will be moved to defensive back or tight end in the future.

"Coach Otterbacher told me that I was being put at quarterback because the team had a solid recruit class coming in on defense," Brock said. I believe I will be moved to defense my second year or possibly even tight end."

Regardless of the future position, Bondurant will be all smiles when he arrives on campus this week to report to fall camp with a roster spot secured.

"It's always been my dream to play there and if I went elsewhere, I would have never known if I could've accomplished that dream or not," Brock said. "I didn't want to wonder my whole life if I could've made the team or not. I had to try."

Tigers Fall Short in Bid to Defend  District Title

Gage Dodge slides around the tag at home plate to score the Tigers lone run in their 2-1 loss to Canton in the District  championship game.

Gage Dodge slides around the tag at home plate to score the Tigers lone run in their 2-1 loss to Canton in the District championship game.

Scotland County’s baseball season came to a close Thursday night in Edina as the Tigers fell to Canton 2-1 in the Class 2 District 6 championship, a game in which SCR-I simply could not catch a break.

The Tigers missed by inches of taking the lead in the first inning. Gage Dodge walked to start the game. With two outs, Grant Campbell lined a deep drive down the right field line that went off the fielder’s glove just as he was crossing the line and was ultimately ruled a foul ball. If fair, the drive would have plated Dodge, but he was stranded at first when Campbell struck out. That became the theme of the evening as SCR-I left nine runners on base in a contest where the out hit the opponent eight to two.

Canton took advantage of an error in the bottom of the first to jump on top 1-0 when Josh Kermoade doubled to right field to plate Koy Smith.

Lane Pence singled with one out in the second. Courtesy runner Elijah Cooley was held up at third when Ryan Slaughter laced a double in the right-center field gap. Canton got out of the jam when Aaron Blessing lined out to second base and Cooley was doubled off third on the play.

SCR-I pulled even in the third inning. With one out, Dodge singled. Aaron Buford followed with a base hit before Will Fromm singled to right field and Dodge beat the throw home to tie the score at 1-1.

Logan Brown was hit by a pitch to start Canton’s third inning, but he was gunned down by Pence trying to steal second.

Canton took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. A one out single by Kermoade started the rally. A  pair of wild pitches moved him into scoring position. After a two-out walk to Lavion Wilson, Aaron Buford was called for a balk when he faked a pickoff throw to third base and then threw to first base. The move was widely used in  Major League Baseball until a rule change in 2013 made it a balk.  That was the call by the umpires, allowing Kermoade to come home.

The Tigers threatened again in the fifth inning. With two outs, Buford walked before Fromm singled to center field. Campbell legged out an infield single to load the bases, but Justin McKee was retired on a ground out to end the threat.

Pence narrowly missed tying the game when he crushed a double off the left field fence to start the sixth inning. But he was stranded at second as Lance Logsdon retired the next three hitters.

The Canton hurler retired the side in order for just the second time of the night in the seventh inning to secure the 2-1 win for his team.

Buford took the loss on the mound despite allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six.

Logsdon held SCR-I to one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10.

Pence went 2-3 for SCR-I and Fromm was 2-4 with the lone RBI.

The Tigers finish the season with a 14-4 record.

Canton (18-0) advances to take on District 5 champs Clopton (10-9). The winner will take on the victor of the Westran (13-6) and Vienna (17-8) contest featuring the district 7 and 8 champions.

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Roger Gipson.

Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

Don Tague is home from Albuquerque, NM where he attended the graduation of his granddaughter, Dr. Jennifer Crawford.

Naomi Kidd-Schwandt’s grandson, Alak Schick, from Chicago, came and stayed the weekend.

Tary and Yukiko from Woodbridge, VA came and helped his mother, Bette; celebrate her 92nd birthday at Zimmerman’s. They came on Tuesday and went home on Friday.

Tary and Yukiko also ate breakfast at the Gingerbread House with cousins Virginia Woods and Verlee Dauma.

Luke and Anna Mae Horning went to New York to his nephew’s wedding.

Reva Hustead and Teddy Ammons went to Palmyra.

Betty Wiley’s 92nd birthday was on Wednesday, May 13. She celebrated at Zimmerman’s on Friday, May 19. Those attending were: Tary and Yukiko Wiley, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Oren and Celina Erickson, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Erma High, Irwin Zimmerman, and Charlene Montgomery.

Some others in this week were: Otho and Dora Harbur, Ronnie Peterson, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Alyson Ewald and daughter Cole Mazziotti, Dale and Lisa Tague, Don Tague, Tamara Tague, Milt Clary, Ronnie and Bonnie Young.

Spurgeon, Thomas Wed in Ottumwa

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The First United Methodist Church in Ottumwa, IA was the setting for the March 19th, 2016 wedding of Erica Thomas and Joseph Spurgeon.

The Rev. Jon Disburg conducted the ceremony. The bride of Ottumwa, IA is the daughter of Jonny Thomas and the late Vicki Fetters. Grandparents are the late Alvin and Beulah Thomas and Gene and Velma Fetters.

The groom of Granger, MO is the son of Rob and Carolyn Spurgeon. Grandparents are Junior and Betty Smith of Luray, MO and Shirley and the late Dean Spurgeon of Granger, MO. The wedding party consisted of Cassie Hammack, matron of honor; Katie Maher, Bridesmaid; Craig Wittstock, best man; Daniel Spurgeon, groomsman and brother of the groom.

Ushers were Ryan (Kip) Auld and Zach Sheeley. Ring bearer was Drake Spurgeon, nephew of the groom. Flower girls were Auralynn and Annelise Spurgeon, nieces of the groom.

The reception was held at the Elk’s Lodge in Ottumwa, IA.

The couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.

Memorial Day

Many people associate Memorial Day with the start of the summer season, a long weekend to enjoy picnics and barbecues, an occasion to go shopping and take advantage of the special sales, and a time to place flowers on the graves of family members. While there is nothing wrong with any of those activities, they do not fulfill the objective for which Memorial Day was established. The first observance of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was held on May 30, 1868, to remember and honor the lives lost during the Civil War. The observance was organized by the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans headed by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. After World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to become a day of honor and reverence for all the men and women who died fighting in all wars. If we count the number of deaths of those who have died in service to this country, the number would be somewhere around 1.1 million. In 1968 the traditional May 30th date of Memorial Day was changed when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The law, which took effect in 1971, changed the date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May. Take time this Memorial Day to remember and honor the men and women who gave their last full measure in service to their country.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Uncertainty

Another turkey season has come and gone. I spent the last several days chasing two gobblers that teased me every day until the season was officially over. They showed up each day within two hundred square yards of the previous day. Sometimes I would just sit in my truck waiting for them to come out into their strutting area. I would then plan my strategy that included both stalking and calling. Several times I decided on an ambush. Other days it was more of a traditional approach. And even though I did kill one there a few days earlier, these two were too smart for me. I couldn’t believe I could know so much about these birds, hunt them for several days in a row, and yet come up empty handed. I noticed during a stretch of several days, I would constantly think about how to go about tagging one of those birds. It seemed it was always on my mind and even though I was confident in each new plan I devised, they always came up short.

We are all good at making plans. They are always based upon what we know – or what we think we know. We especially do this when it comes to the things of God. Most people take the influences of family, friends, work, and the media, and form a plan for what they believe about God, His ways, and even their hope for Heaven. They have formed their belief system on what someone else has told them and the only thing they have weighed its genuineness against, is if it sounds and feels right. That is a dangerous gamble. Each one of my plans to kill a turkey sounded and felt right. They were based on the knowledge I had from what I saw and heard from those gobblers and from what I had learned from my hunting experiences and from other hunters as well. But each plan failed because none were guaranteed. In our spiritual life uncertainty does not have to rule our minds.

The Scriptures give us the measure for everything we see, hear, and feel. They allow us to test if what we feel has backbone or is it just an untrustworthy emotion. They also allow us to lay what we see and hear alongside its pages to make sure our eyes and ears are not deceiving us. They give us the guarantee that we all want in life and in death. Don’t wait for a pastor or priest to open the Word of God for you. Open it for yourself. Learn from it. Know it. It will give you the surety you need for this life and the next; because life is a lot more fun when you don’t have to wonder about the things that really matter.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

ELIZABETH PULLIAM (1/30/1930 – 5/18/2016)

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Elizabeth Pulliam, 86 of Corder, Missouri died on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at her home.

Born Thursday, January 30, 1930 in Memphis, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Baptist Hardy and the late Ethel Rice Hardy. She married Keith Moore Pulliam on October 9, 1949 and he survives of the home.

She graduated from Memphis High School and received her teaching certificate from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. She taught school at the Cone country school in Scotland County.

Elizabeth and Keith farmed and raised their four children in Kirksville, MO and Harrison County, MO until they moved back in 1994 to be near family in Higginsville area.

Elizabeth was a homemaker most of her life and enjoyed sewing, floral arranging, gardening, baking and ministering to the needs of others. In later years she enjoyed traveling to visit distant friends and family.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Higginsville. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and enjoyed working with the children.

Surviving are her husband Keith;  two sons, David (Vickie) Pulliam of Corder, MO and Robert (Gina) Pulliam of Montrose, CO; two daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Jusbasche of Houston, TX and Joyce (Bruce) Kosmiski of Kirksville, MO; one brother, Orval (Diane) Gardine of St. Charles, MO.

She was preceded in death by one infant son, Michael Lee Pulliam; two brothers, George  Richard Keith and Everett Keith; and one grandson Brett Kosmiski.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at First Baptist Church located at 1907 Peach St. Higginsville, Missouri with Robert Pulliam and Camden Pulliam officiating. Gina Pulliam served as pianist, with Alison Agnew as soloist and Elizabeth’s granddaughters serving as vocalists.

Interment will be in Greensburg Cemetery in Greensburg, MO.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Lafayette County Cancer Coalition or First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoeferfuneralhome.com

Slowing Down the Busy

Katherine slows down and takes a break from preparing lunch to build sandcastles with Althea. Photo by Katherine.

Katherine slows down and takes a break from preparing lunch to build sandcastles with Althea. Photo by Katherine.

Tereza here… slowing down amidst the hectic-ness.

Yes, I know it’s spring turning to summer. That the weather has been mostly amazing, with sunny days that are warm but not too hot, and with enough rain that not too much watering needs to happen. I know that warmer days are usually busier days.

And I hear the birds singing and squawking their joy and fear as their babies flop and flap their wings as they leave the nest, and that not all those babies make it out there in the big cruel world. I see the gardens bursting with new growth, plants both wanted and unwanted, and feel the pull in the back of my legs from an hour’s over-vigorous weeding.

I know that another crop of visitors will be here soon, which means more fully scheduled days for me, and I ask myself why I didn’t use all those days of less-pleasant weather to clean my house? And how can such a tiny house need so much cleaning anyway?

So yes, I totally get that we have a lot on our plates, individually and collectively, right now. But nevertheless I am choosing to slow down, and even in the busiest moments to try to remember to take a deep breath and feel the calm underneath it all.

I’ve interspersed quotes throughout this update from Terry Tempest Williams, from an interview in Yes! Magazine. I encourage you to join me in pausing at each of them to reflect on your own pace, your own place, your own choices…

“I think about those words that you’re bringing to the conversation: humility, discernment, sacrifice. I think it circles back to the notion that survival, now, becomes a spiritual practice.” –Terry Tempest Williams

Mmmmmmm…

Something I miss from my years spent living in cities, and from my occasional visits to larger population centers, is hearing a wide variety of languages and accents. Happily enough, without my having to go anywhere, one Friday night at community dinner there were three international folk in earshot: Lucie, a guest from Canada whose first language is French, and our own Rabbits Erica, from Italy, and Javi, from Spain.

Not long after, Karambu, a woman from Kenya who is visiting the States, came for a short visit as well. She gave a presentation in the Casa called “Reclaiming Wastelands: A new story mind-set.”  It sounded very interesting and I’m bummed I wasn’t able to attend. Laura at Red Earth found an online video version of it, so I watched some of that instead. Dee said she enjoyed practicing her Swahili with Karambu, which I’m also sad to have missed.

Also this week, Hassan’s frequent guest Brady was here for a few days, bringing with him his friend Svenja, who lives in Germany. I enjoyed our dinner conversation very much, especially the bits about British vs. American English, which is a topic Erica (current Italian teacher) and I (former EFL teacher), chat about semi-regularly. She asked me about the word “pram” and, while I know it from my time in Australia as a child, I had to poll the crowd: Do most Americans know this word? Answer: nope. Or at least most Americans at that table didn’t. So you’ll know, though, British pram or perambulator = American baby carriage or stroller.

“And that’s where I find my calm returning. That’s where I return to the place where my voice deepens, and I’m no longer residing in the hysteria of politics. That’s where my grounding is.” –Terry Tempest Williams

Last Thursday I joined a number of other community folk at Woodhenge, Rae and Illly’s lovely timberframe home, where Rae hosted a gathering to listen to a webinar entitled, “‘The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community,” sponsored by Transitions US. The presenters were Jacob Corvidae, former Rabbit and Board member, now with the Rocky Mountain Institute, our own Ma’ikwe, ED of DR’s nonprofit branch, and Alyson Ewald, former Rabbit and Board member, now at Red Earth Farms. It was fun and informative, and popular enough that I hear they are considering follow-ups.

Conflict is something I don’t exactly enjoy (I’m one of those who struggled with a suggested rename of the Conflict Resolution Committee to Conflict Celebration), but I do firmly believe that if we want to do better as a species we darn well need to learn to work with conflict in better ways. Our culture teaches us plenty about how to “do” competition, winning and losing, mockery and scoffing, but significantly less about how to really “be” in compassion, caring, empathy, and connection…

“And it comes back to this: Have I had eye contact with another species today? Be it a chickadee or a praying mantis in the garden or our dog? Or each other?” — Terry Tempest Williams

Ted, Sara, and Aurelia were away on a camping trip much of the week, so the Ironweed kitchen scene was a bit sparser. I made a point of stopping by their house several times a day to see/pet/love their cat, Gromit (er, thanks, autocorrect, for the giggles by suggesting “grandma” for that word…).

Most of the year Gromit is a happy indoor-outdoor kitty, but for a few months a year he’s on lockdown, along with most of the other cats who are avid hunters, in an attempt to protect vulnerable ground-nesting bird species. (Not all hunters are kept in lockdown, mind you– it continues to be a contentious area in our pet policy. Kudos to you, Ted, for dealing with the annoyance of keeping a cat in who so desperately wants to be out, especially since I know you don’t agree with the policy…)

Gromit wasn’t always very excited to see me, which I later realized was because many other people were also stopping by. It was fun to get at least a little bit of excitement from him every now and again, though. Apparently I need a regular dose of kitty cuddles. Or being utterly ignored by a feline. I’m kind of a sucker for cats that way. We’re both glad his family is back– we missed them!

“…I think it also has to do with slowing down so we can listen and hear and remember who we are and who we are not.” — Terry Tempest Williams

A few final snippets, and then I’m off to be busy, um, I mean to slow down even more today….

I’ve really been enjoying our writers group. We’re such a diverse group with such different interests that it makes for a lot of very good feedback. If the poet, the science fiction fan, the nature writing fan, the artist, and the English teacher all agree on something in your writing, maybe you should listen.

Song circle hasn’t been happening that regularly of late, but it finally did this week! It was Critter wexer Kelsey’s first time, and she seemed to love it. Mae, Althea, and Arthur were there too, though amazingly enough Arthur spent the entire time sleeping in his pram. (No, not really, he was in a bassinet, but see what I did there? Just wanted to reinforce the earlier vocab lesson…)

New residents David and Mary moved in to Strawtron this week — welcome! Having missed their visitor session and most of their recent short visits, I’m looking forward to getting to know them in the months to come.

Another event that I’m sorry to have missed was Javi’s firefighter training! Happening in the Common House after dark one night, it involved Hassan hiding a giant doll somewhere in the building, and then Javi, wearing all his gear, crawling methodically through the building to find and rescue the doll. I’ve heard there’s a video, but haven’t yet seen it. And admit to wondering what there might be to see in the dark…

Last, but by no means least, it was Erica’s birthday on Sunday! It was her third birthday in a row at DR, the first occurring when she was a visitor. This time Alline brought cupcakes to the WIP (week in preview) meeting, where we sang the DR birthday song and happily ate cupcakes, chocolate with bright pink frosting. Later Stephen and Erica brought out “chocolate salami” — even I, huge chocolate fan that I am, hesitates at the name, but it’s made of chocolate, lots of dairy, and graham crackers — very tasty. Dan was selling the first strawberries of the season from his garden and they went nicely with the salami, I must say.

“There has to be joy, right? People think, ‘Oh, this is so dire.’ It is dire. But there has to be joy. There has to be humor, There has to be friendship.” — Terry Tempest Williams

 Until next time, wishing all of you joy, humor, and friendship!

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 1 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is this Saturday, May 28th. 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 dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

Robins

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This month has been a chilly month for those momma birds incubating their eggs.  As many of you know I have a Robin nesting on the roof overhang of the basement patio. She has had many hard rains, wind, 30 degree temps, and still was able to hatch two of her three eggs.  She has had to stay in the nest many days most of the day, due to the cool temps to keep her babies warm.  The picture shows how she is warming her little ones still on this cold morning.

The American Robin has a reputation as a reliable harbinger of spring.  This year, I am sure they thought they had their calendar wrong.  These temps make it difficult to raise young.  Many Robins stay year around.  Robin’s are usually the first welcome sign of spring.  When the Red Red Robin comes Bob bobbing along, spring is sure to follow. The strong winds and storms of the past two weeks have demolished several robins nests here at Pine Ridge.. unless they are glued down with a good mud grass mixture, it makes it difficult to hang on during these storms.

Robin’s very neatly build their nests from mud and grass, and cup out the inside of the nest as they build.  The inside of the nest is lined very neatly with fine grass.

Their diet consists of earthworms, insects, spiders, fruit, and berries.  They are not particularly a feeder bird.  Their early morning call and just before dark song are very distinctive.  What a joy to get up or hear them from your bedroom window.  Such a peaceful sound. I also have a Cabin Robin again this year, and she also has three eggs.  I usually have several build in our shop, but I fear this year there is a Kestrel nesting in there, so they did not even check it out this time.

I have a few starlings, but not as many as usual.  Unfortunately, the house sparrows are plentiful. I have had to stop putting jelly out for my Oriole right now, as the sparrows eat it as fast as I put it out.

I hope you are enjoying your spring and keep those hummingbird feeders clean and full. Until  next time good  birdwatching!

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Despite being at the opposite end of the state, Joplin was close to the hearts of Scotland County residents on Monday morning as the southeast Missouri community began recovery efforts following a massive tornado that devastated the town of 49,000.

Published reports on Monday morning put the death toll at 89 from the storm that left a path of destruction more than 1/32 a mile wide and six miles long through the town.

The local Mennonite community is mobilizing efforts to send aid to the Joplin area, with the first wave of volunteers expected to leave northeast Missouri as soon as Tuesday, May 24th.

Weaverland Disaster Services will also coordinate collection and transportation of donations to the region. Raytec and Oakwood Industries have agreed to serve as collection sites for donations of bottled water, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, and medical supplies that will be transported to Joplin.

The State Emergency Management Agency continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to deploy all available response resources to Joplin following the deadly tornado that ripped through the city Sunday evening, May 22. Search and rescue and other emergency operations were expected to continue through the night.

The First Christian Church launched a relief program entitled Lending a Hand to Joplin. Volunteers have started a collection of relief supplies for victims of the tornado. Donations can be brought to the church basement at 320 S. Main Street. The first delivery to Joplin will be made this weekend.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and local chamber members recently held the “Why My Mom is the Best Mom in Scotland County” contest.  The contest was open to all first through sixth grade students that live in Scotland County.  With 56 entries submitted from students at Gorin R-III and Scotland County R-1, the MACC had a tough time narrowing the choices down to the top one entry per grade level.

Each winning mother received a framed copy of the letter their child submitted, a flower and a “sweet treat” that the mother and child can share at the Scotland County Pharmacy.

Each participant that submitted an entry for the contest received a free one-day pass to the Memphis Swimming Pool and their letter back, to give to their mom on Mother’s Day.

SCR-1 first grade winner was Sherri Pickerell, mother of Will Pickerell.  The second grade winner was Angie Ward, mother of Tori Ward.  In the third grade, the winning mother was Susie Miller, mother of Gorin R-III student, December Miller.  Jackie Doubet, mother of SCR-1 student, Jordyn Doubet, won the fourth grade entry. The fifth grade winner was Nancy Hirner, mother of Anna Hirner and Toni Sears, mother of Gorin R-III student, Rebecca Sears, was the sixth grade winner.

20 YEARS AGO

Robin Fincher extended her track season nearly two weeks when she was able to take second place in the 800-meter run at the 2A District meet in Kirksville earlier this month.  With that finish she earned a chance to travel to the state finals on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

The junior represented SCR-1 well with a strong performance.  She took 10th overall in the state 800-meter finals in a time of 2:39 placing her among the top dozen middle distance runners in the 2A class in Missouri.

30 YEARS AGO

Work began May 20th tearing down the two-story brick high school building in Gorin.  Contractor Dwayne Balmer, Gorin, estimated the process will take 30 days.

Built in 1907, the building was designed to cover four years of high school.  The contract price of the two story building was $7,500.  The building consisted of a bell tower; three large and one small room downstairs; hallway through the middle; and a stairway leading to the upper story.  A large “study hall” equipped with wooded folding partitions, enabling the space to be used as two classrooms when not in use as a study hall; a large classroom; a superintendent’s office; and a principal’s office. The eastern end of the study hall was raised so it might serve as a stage.  A steel fire escape stairway was added which led from the upper rooms to the ground.

In 1913 a room of the high school building was equipped as a physics and agriculture laboratory.  In 1914 the school became a first class state high school.  The high school reached its peak around the middle 1920’s when it attracted students from the Iowa line on the north to Knox County on the south.

In 1922-23 a new stuccoed building, which still remains, was built, housing a music room, art room, auditorium and ball court.

The 1982 spring graduating class was the last high school class to graduate from the Gorin High School.  Students the following fall were enrolled in high schools outside the Gorin District.

40 YEARS AGO

Three Scotland County R-1 juniors this past academic year have been selected to participate in summer programs which stress interest in government.  The three participants are Sally Harris who will be attending “Freedom Forum” at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO in June.  Sally is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris, Sr.  Randy McVeigh will be attending “Missouri Boy’s State” at Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Missouri, in June.  Randy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McVeigh.  Anna Robertson will be attending “Missouri Girl’s State” at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, in June.  Anna is the daughter of Mrs. Joan Robertson and the late Wendell Robertson.

The three students are able to go as the result of the programs being sponsored by local civic organizations.  Sally is sponsored by the local Farm Bureau, Randy by the Lion’s Club and the Jaycees, and Anna by the local chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and American Legion.

50 YEARS AGO

Construction for the new dial telephone service will begin between June 1 and June 15.  When completed the subscribers of Rutledge, MO and Rutledge area will have the most modern telephone service available with free calling service to the subscribers south of Memphis and the town of Memphis.  All of the lines will be placed underground to be insured against catastrophic storms.

Those who have not signed up and wish to do so should do so if possible by June 1 if they wish to have their names in the new directory.  Any interested people in the Rutledge area wishing information about telephone service may do so by calling the business office in Green City.  Call 874-2245 collect, or write the telephone company business office.

60 YEARS AGO

Work has started and the foundation has already been poured for a new café which will be built directly west of Charlie’s Super Saver on Highway 136, at the bottom of the hill southwest of Memphis.

The service station already has a café but Charles Phillips, the owner, is building the new café to accommodate more patrons.  Mr. Phillips says the new café, which will operate 24 hours a day, will seat 32 persons comfortably.

70 YEARS AGO

Leonard Shannon killed five timber wolves Sunday on the Wm. Suter farm near Wyaconda after several hours chase.

The kill consisted of a male, female and three young.

After many sheep had been reported missing and killed in that area by wolves this spring, Mr. Shannon’s kill will undoubtedly cut down the loss of sheep.

Campbell Tosses Second Consecutive No Hitter to Send SCR-I Into District Championship Game

Lane Pence homered to lead the Tigers to a win over Milan.

Lane Pence homered to lead the Tigers to a win over Milan.

Grant Campbell pitched the Scotland County Tigers into the district championship game in impressive fashion, tossing his second consecutive no-hitter. The junior hurler blanked Milan over six innings, striking out nine batters. Campbell did battle his control at times, issuing six base on balls, but he was able to work around the free passes to shutout the Wildcats.

The Tigers’ offense created plenty of cushion in the bottom of the first inning, plating five runs. The big blow was a grand slam by Lane Pence. Gage Dodge led off the inning with a base hit. Aaron Buford and Campbell walked to load the bases. The first run scored when Justin McKee reached on a fielder’s choice. Pence stepped up to the plate with the bases still loaded and the sophomore catcher blasted a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence to make the score 5-0.

Scotland County added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Will Pickerell singled and came in to score on a base hit by Dodge. Buford followed with a two-run homer run to push the lead to 8-0.

Milan loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth on three base on balls. But Campbell worked out of the jam. Buford gunned down a runner at the plate on a fielder’s choice for the first out before Campbell got a key strike out before a harmless ground out ended the threat.

The Tigers ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning by the 10-run rule. Pickerell walked and moved into scoring position on a double by Buford. Will Fromm delivered the walk-off two-run single to make the final score 10-0.

Scotland County improved to 14-3 on the season and advanced to the district championship game to face top seeded Canton.

Pence led the offense going 1-3 with the home run and four RBIs. Buford was 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Fromm and Dodge both added a pair of hits.

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