October 4, 2012

Celebrate 4-H Week



Gorin Go-Getters members are, front row (L to R) Sadie Davis, Abby Blessing, Parker Triplett and Luke Triplett. Back row (L to R) are Clara Davis, Bobbie Darcy, Anna Triplett, Katie Parsons, Jenna Blessing, Owen Triplett and Lauren Triplett.


Gorin Go-Getters Celebrating National 4-H Week

The Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club is looking forward to a new year! The club meets on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the basement of the Gorin Christian Church. We just recently elected new officers for the 2012 - 2013 year. Parker Triplett will replace outgoing president Luke Triplett, Luke Triplett will replace outgoing vice-president Parker Triplett, Abby Blessing will replace outgoing secretary Sadie Davis, and Anna Triplett will replace outgoing treasurer Abby Blessing. Our newly elected reporter is Jenna Blessing, co-historians are Bobbie Darcy and Clara Davis, song/craft leader is Katie Parsons, and game leaders are Lauren Triplett and Owen Triplett. We are also fortunate to have the newly elected secretary of 4-H Council, Morgan Blessing, in our club. Dawn and Vanessa Triplett have served as our co-advisors since 2011. Currently, the club has a membership of 39 members, which includes our clover kids.

The Gorin Go-Getters will start the new year by attending 4-H Sunday at the Gorin Christian Church, followed by a carry-in dinner on October 14th. Recognition Event is scheduled at the High School Commons on November 4th. Many of our members will be receiving project pins, recognition awards, and other acknowledgements at this event. The club is involved in many community services such as the Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-a-Child programs. Its' members put up flags at the Gorin Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend and make Valentine door hangers for the patients at the Scotland County Care Center. The club is dedicated to pre-fair and post fair clean-up, as well as working its designated shift at the cook shack.

The club takes pride in promoting 4-H by participating in National 4-H Week, attending Achievement and Recognition Events, working the 4-H Council dime toss during Antique Fair Days, as well as having an entry in the parade.

The Gorin Go-Getters enjoy having a weenie roast and hayride in the fall, attending the annual skate or bowling party in December, competing with their parents in the scavenger hunt in April, showing fair projects in July, camping in July, and swimming at the Memphis Pool in August.

Project leaders and parents are a very important part to the sustainability and success of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club. They are exceptional at showing its' members the meaning of hard-work and volunteerism. We believe that the experiences our members garner throughout their years in 4-H will help them to become outstanding citizens in the future.

Jolly Jacks and Jills to Celebrate 4-H Week

The Jolly Jacks and Jills are one of the four 4-H clubs currently in Scotland County. The group was formed in 1973 in the southwest part of the county. Today the group is the smallest with 9 members for the coming year. But, don't let the size fool you, the group is very active throughout the year. In honor of 4-H Week, the club will have a window display on the southeast corner of the square.

The club's meeting night is the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings are usually held at Bradley's Insurance in Memphis or at the Bible Grove School, depending on the agenda for the meeting. October's meeting was moved to the 17th for a weenie roast at the Bible Grove School at 6:00 p.m.

This year's officers are Kennan Bradley, President; Brice Cowell, Vice President; Connor Wiggins, Secretary/Reporter; McKaela Bradley, Treasurer; Cara Mallett, Song Leader; Corbin Kirchner and Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Game Leaders; Sarah McSparren, Leader; and Michelle Mallett, Assistant Leader.

The 4-H program enables youngsters (age 5-18) to explore a variety of projects while learning, growing, and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. 4-H gives you opportunities to gain leadership, citizenship and life skills through fun and innovative hands-on activities. Some of the projects besides the animal basics are cake decorating, crochet, filmmaking, geospatial, outdoor adventures, photography, robotics, shooting sports, and wildlife to name a few.

The Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Club welcomes anyone interested in joining the 4-H program to contact Sarah at 660-465-7433.



Super Farmer contestants at the 2012 Scotland County Fair were (L to R) Brad and Lisa Doster, Shelley and Larry Curry, Trent and Amy Shultz and Michelle and Keith Mallett.


It's A Bird, It's A Plane No, It's Super Farmer!

Maybe they weren't Superman, but the couples vying for the honor of being named the 2012 Super Farmers sure had to use some superhero stunts to win!

Four area couples from the Scotland County 4-H Clubs competed this summer at the fair for the title of Super Farmer. Brad and Lisa Doster from the Azen Jolly Timers earned 1st place and the honors of being the 2012 Super Farmers. Keith's Caf sponsored a steak dinner for two for the winning couple.

Second place was secured by Larry and Shelley Curry representing the Missouri Mischief's. Trent and Amy Shultz from the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club received 3rd place. Fourth place was awarded to Keith and Michelle Mallett representing the Jolly Jacks and Jills. Casey's General Store generously sponsored pizzas for the contestants.

Couples competed in events such as nail driving, wheel barrow racing, and fence building. They earned their prizes as they competed on one of our hot days of summer 2012!

Organizers hope to make the Super Farmer contest a tradition at the fair to show off the local 4-H clubs parent talents!

Scotland County Team Competes in 4-H State Shooting Event

Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, east of Columbia was the setting for the 4-H State Shooting Sports Event on the weekend of September 15th and 16th. Twenty-five members of the Scotland County team were among 1,200 other 4-Her's from across Missouri to exhibit their shooting skills in over 2,100 scheduled events. The team competed in the BB Gun, .22 Rifle, Trap, Skeet, Archery, and Sporting Clays.

Several members of the group continued on the tradition of eating at Bandana's on the eve of the event. With Columbia motels filled to capacity, the group had to stay in a variety of locations. Many of the members were scheduled to shoot beginning as early as 7:30 Saturday morning.

Scotland County should be proud of their 4-H Shooters for their accomplishments. The groups are divided by age Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), and Senior (14-18).

Results are as follows: Junior BB Gun (400) -Brady Curry 246.

Junior .22 Rifle Standard (400) - Kayden Anders 341(7th Place), Brock Aylward 306, Luke Triplett 302, Hayden Long 213, Clifford Whitaker 184, Brady Curry 154. Team of Anders, Aylward, Triplett, and H. Long took 2nd in team action. Intermediate .22 Rifle Standard (400) - Connor Payne 307, Gabe Shultz 266, Kenny Bair 250, Julie Long 176, Alyssa Clair 160. Team of Payne, Shultz, Bair, and J. Long finished in 8th. Senior .22 Rifle Standard (400) - Logan Payne 351, Brice Cowell 338, Paige McClamroch 306. Junior .22 Rifle Aperture (400) - Avery Shultz 81, Alex Long 65. The Rifle team is instructed by Keith Payne, Jim Long and Sarah McSparren.

Trap Intermediate Novice (25) - Lane Pence 16, Alyssa Clair 10, Justin Hull 6. Skeet Intermediate (50) - Lane Pence 18, Kenny Bair 15, Connor Payne 11, Tori Ward 9, Justin Hull 7. Team of Pence, Bair, and Payne took 1st Place.

Skeet Senior (100) - Logan Payne 67, Tristen Hilpert 66, Austin Howes 64. Team of Payne, Hilpert, and Howes finished with 4th place. Sporting Clays Senior (50) - Brice Cowell 41 (4th after shoot off), Zachary Curry 34, Mitchel Kraus 32, Randan Kraus 19. Team of Cowell, Curry and M. Kraus placed 3rd. Sporting Clays Intermediate (50) - Lane Pence 27, Justin Hull 8, Tori Ward 5. Team of Pence, Hull, and Ward placed 3rd. The Shotgun team is instructed by Dave Koch, Shelley Curry, and Clint VanGorkom.

Senior Compound Release Aids (300) - Austin Howes 273, Tristen Hilpert 249, Brice Cowell 219. Intermediate Compound Release Aids (300) - Tori Ward 248, Kaylyn Anders 183. The Archery team is instructed by Corry Ward and Kelly Ward.

The Shooting Sports team will be finishing up their year with a fundraiser on Saturday, October 13. The Club is offering a fun shoot at Little Fox River's Sporting Clay's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shooters will be able to show off their skills with events in BB Gun, .22 Rifle, Archery, and Shotgun. So come one and come all and support the Scotland County 4-H Shooting Sports Team. The shoot is open to participants of all ages. For more information contact Sarah at 660-465-7433.

August 1st Blood Drive Asking Donors to ‘Knock it Outta the Park’

The American Red Cross Memphis Blood Drive will take place Tuesday, August 1st at the First Baptist Church in Memphis.  The blood drive is from 12:30-6:00 p.m. and all presenting donors will receive a commemorative St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoid caffeinated beverages, and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.”

Donating blood is easy…simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.'”

Petition Calls for Highway 15 Improvements North of Memphis

A rash of recent traffic accidents on Highway 15 north of town has led a local veterinarian to start a petition drive to drive to get improvements on the road.

Larry Wiggins, DMV, recently started a local petition drive and already has more than 200 signatures on the paperwork that is calling on the Missouri Department of Transportation to address the concerns.

“Too many of my friends have been hurt or killed in accidents on that road,” said Wiggins. “It is time to try to do something about it.”

Doc started the petition last week after hearing other area residents share their frustrations about the road, its current condition and the lack of improvements being made by the state.

“I’ve talked with lots of folks who have called MoDOT or other government officials and felt like they haven’t got anywhere,” he said. “It left us feeling like one person alone really cannot get anything accomplished. That’s what led to this petition drive. Hopefully a whole lot of voices coming together will make sure our concerns are heard.”

Wiggins highlighted the narrow bridges on Highway 15, the general lack of shoulders as well as the declining road surface itself.

“I had a customer in from Iowa last week who had brought her dog down for care,” he said. “Her car was side swiped on that narrow bridge just north of town.”

That is just one of the signatures on the petition. Countless others have followed suit, with a number of serious accidents recently on the road, including one fatality.

“The road edges are in horrible shape, and there is a six to eight inch drop off in most places along the shoulder,” said Wiggins. “When people’s vehicles drop off that, that leads to over correcting when they come back on to the road and we’re seeing lots of accidents because of it.”

Wiggins said he hopes to get at least 1,000 signatures before he and several other concerned citizens plan to travel to the Hannibal regional office of MoDOT to deliver it personally.

“If that doesn’t get their attention, then we’ll head right on down to Jefferson City and deliver it there until we can get something done,” he said.

Anyone interested in signing the petition can stop by the Scotland County Veterinary Clinic in Memphis or catch Dr. Wiggins in person.

Memorial Services Thursday for David Hayes

FAIRFIELD, IOWA – Memorial services for James David Hayes, 53, of Fairfield will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 20th at the Barker Cemetery.   Officiating the service will be Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church.

James David Hayes died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Fairfield.

Memorials are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

He is the son of David and Bonnie Hayes of Memphis.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Hayes’ family by signing the online guestbook at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

State Regent Visits Local DAR Chapters

Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR Regent, was honored by her area DAR Chapters during her annual June visit to all Missouri DAR Chapters.

Schuyler County Chapter, MSSDAR, with Clark County Chapter and Jauflione Chapter as co-host, feted Regent Susan Fain Bowman, MSSDAR, with an afternoon social, June 16, 2017.

Following opening ritual, Regent Bowman presented an interesting program featuring the role of Missouri DAR Chapters during WW1.  Regent Bowman had a slide presentation featuring numerous pictures of these activities. An especially interesting item was a picture of a 1916 ambulance purchased by Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution.

Regent Bowman also told the group of her enthusiasm for the WW1 museum in Kansas City.  She urged everyone to visit this WW1 memorial.

All Missouri Chapters are honoring the 100th anniversary of WW1.

Light refreshments were served by Schuyler County DAR, the host Chapter, along with Clark County and Jauflione Chapters. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

City of Downing Addresses Property Concerns

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Bill Anderson, Ray Bange, Gene Bruner, and Hannah Poe; City Clerk, Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water Operator, Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, water/waste water report, deposits & disbursements and account balances were given to those present

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from the presiding meeting was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Visitors: Joe Webker, Schuyler County Sheriff came to talk to us about how we can get someone to patrol our town and help in the issuing of citations for the problems we are having with people not cleaning up their properties.  Ben Gray, Attorney: came to talk to us about how we can legally go about getting the unlivable properties taken care f. He will be doing more research on this and get back to us.

Water/ Waste Water: Nothing to report.

Street Maintenance: We got some more rock delivered, still more to come. Several ditches around town need to be dug out so water can flow better when it rains.

Cemetery: Sold 2 plots to Junior and Millie Elliott. Received $30.00 from Darrell Downing for a memorial for Fred Havens. Received a donation to the cemetery for $100.00 from Arthur Robinson.

Old or Unfinished Business: Carol talked to Cheryl Elliott about the PER report and things are moving forward. Larry has been working on painting the parking lines.

New Business: Nothing to report.

Positive Thoughts: Trying to keep stepping forward toward getting improvements made in the town.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

SCMA Back-to-School Fair Set for August 5th

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring the Back-to-School Supply Fair once again this year.  The purpose of the event is to encourage and bless families in Scotland County by providing the necessary school supplies needed by their student/students to have a successful start to the upcoming school year.

Pre-registration for the event is Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is located outside, under the overhang, at the SCR-1 Elementary School entrance.  Parents may pre-register their kids through Thursday, July 27, 2017 by contacting Marie Ebeling or through a local church.

A packing party to organize supplies is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Curtis and Marie Ebeling.

Distribution of the supplies will take place during Ignite Ministries’ Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Memphis Square.

If you are interested in helping with any of the above events, please contact Marie Ebeling at 465-2445 or 660-342-0917.

Meeting Planned to Provide Input into Federal Conservation Programs

A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will meet at 2 p.m. July 27th at The Edina USDA Service Center.

The working group is comprised primarily of representatives of various local, state and federal agencies with knowledge of natural resource concerns. Specifically, the group will help prioritize selection criteria for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications in Knox, Scotland, Lewis and Clark counties. The meeting is open to the public and will include time for comments from residents of the represented counties. While final decisions will be made by NRCS leadership, local input is requested. Anyone needing accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Ashley Johnson at the Edina Service Center seven days prior to the meeting.

For more information, contact Ashley Johnson at 660-3972223 or email ashley.johnson@mo.udsa.gov

Burlington Woman Killed in Crash Near Cantril

A Burlington, IA woman was killed and six passengers in her vehicle sustained serious injuries in a one-car crash just east of Cantril, IA on Highway 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14th.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Mindy Raye Johnson, 26, was eastbound on Highway 2 in a 2005 Mercury Mariner when the SUV went off the right side of the roadway onto the gravel shoulder. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle returned to the roadway and traveled off the left side of the roadway, traveling down a steep embankment on the north side of the road where it overturned before coming to rest on its wheels in a cornfield.

Johnson was pronounced deceased at the accident scene.

April I. Maul, 36, of Burlington suffered serious injuries as well as two eight-year-old passengers. They were taken to University Hospital in Iowa City. Another eight-year-old passenger, a five-year-old passenger and a three-year-old passenger were also injured in the wreck and transported to Van Buren County Hospital.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Memphis

A follow-up review after a routine traffic stop in Memphis over the weekend has uncovered a stolen vehicle that authorities believe may also have ties to a local burglary.

According to the Memphis Police Department, a white Honda Civic was stopped near Gas & More on Friday evening, July 14th at 10:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Chanyel T. Crow, III, 27, of Kansas City, formerly of Memphis, was ticketed for no valid driver’s license. During the stop it was determined that Crow was wanted on probation violation warrant, and he was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Scotland County Jail.

On Sunday, officers returned to the vehicle, which had not been moved from the original stop location in the Gas & More parking lot. Further inspection of the vehicle revealed that the license plates on the car, while for a White Honda Civic, did not match the vehicle VIN number. Further investigation revealed that the car had been stolen out of Kansas City.

A passenger in the vehicle, Sky White, 21, of O’Fallon, is now being sought for questioning in a local theft investigation.

Anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office at 660-465-2106.

Downing House Museum Complex Awarded $2000 US Bank Grant

US Bank representative Bill Kiddoo presents a check for $2,000 from the US Bank Foundation to Downing House Museum volunteers Rhonda McBee and Julie Clapp.

This grant project, “Opening the Doors of the Past to Future Generations” focuses on an effort to provide a greater number of our community’s children aged 12 and under, the opportunity to participate in historical and cultural activities. The ultimate desired outcome is to “Open the doors of the past to our future generations” by providing children with opportunities to actually view the past and apply the information to the current world today. Oftentimes, students read about history, but without actually visiting and participating in activities with historical significance they cannot experience the history of our community and state and apply it to their own lives. We want to bring history to life for our younger generations.

With this in mind, the Downing House Museum Complex in Memphis, Missouri was awarded a US Bank Grant to provide area students (an estimated 200 3rd graders), tours of the Downing House Museum Complex at no charge. Typically, the cost for tours is $5 per person and schools often do not have available funds to provide local field trips. A trip to the museum complex could enhance the study of local Missouri history for area students in counties surrounding Scotland County that are within a 30 mile radius of Memphis, MO. The museum offers Civil War History and the battles fought in Missouri, railroad history, famous Missourians such as Ella Ewing and Tom Horn, historical musical instruments, medical equipment used throughout the early days of Missouri’s statehood, Indian artifacts, blacksmithing history, and many items that were invented and manufactured in Missouri. Additionally this grant will provide 50 tickets to children aged 12 and under (priced at $5 each for a total of $250) at no cost for the “2nd Annual Evening at the Museum, Candlelight Tour of the Past” event on October 13 & 14, 2017. These tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis and children must be accompanied by an adult. The evening event is being planned based on the great success of our first candlelight tour, held in October 2016.

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