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.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, October 27 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Peas, Bread, Pudding/Fruit

Friday, October 28 – Salmon Loaf, Scalloped Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Buttered Corn, Cornbread, Crème Pie

Monday, October 31 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Veggies, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, November 1 – Meatloaf, Macaroni Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Glazed Donut

Wed., November 2 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, November 3 – Roast Pork, Stuffing/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Slice Bread, Cake


Thursday, October 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Red Hats will join us for lunch.

Thursday, November 3 –RSVP for doing Medicare Part D Free Comparisons from 9-12, call for an appt.  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, October 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, October 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, October 31 – Cook’s Surprise

Tuesday, November 1 –Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, October 27 – Pizza Roll-Ups, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Friday, October 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, October 31 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, November 1 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Pinto Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Nov. 2 –Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, Nov. 3  – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6th


It’s almost time to “fall back” and return our clocks to standard time, rejoining 60% of countries around the world who use this time all year.  Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. officially comes to an end, Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

Each year, this “changing of the clocks” brings about discussion about why daylight saving time started and why it still continues.  Typical responses to these questions include “to help farmers” and “because of the World Wars”.

Daylight saving time did begin in the U.S. during World War I and although some states and communities observed daylight saving time between the wars, it was not observed nationally again until World War II.  But World War II is long over and some wonder why we still observe daylight saving time?

The idea of daylight saving is first credited to Benjamin Franklin and found in his essay “An Economical Project” written in 1784.  In 1907, William Willett, a London builder, published a pamphlet titled “Waste of Daylight”.  In it Willett states, “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings.  Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

About a year after Willett began advocating for daylight saving time, Britain set the ball in motion by introducing a bill in the House of Commons to make it compulsory to adjust the clocks.  An act was passed on May 17, 1916 to add 80 minutes, in four separate movements.  However, this act created great confusion and opposition with many adjustments being made to address unique problems created by changing the clocks.

There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument, and in the U.S., Congress has changed the rules a few times since passing The Uniform Time Act of 1966, which provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time in the U.S.  In 1973, daylight saving time was observed all year; in 1986, the system of beginning DST at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October started; and in 2007 the rules changed again with DST beginning the second Sunday of March and ending the first Sunday in November.

Who knows what the future for Daylight Saving Time will be… only TIME will tell!  For now, the shifting of time and the illusion of shorter days, will take place Sunday, November 6th.

Living From Both Extremes 

The system of church could use a vigorous boost.  The body of Christ will always do well to consciously remain new in Spirit day by day.  It’s this new zone which challenges us; calls for us to function from such a perspective.  It would seem that hope awaits us, the church, when we decline to function somewhere within the realm of middle-zone in order to operate from the edge… both edges…at the same time.

We are not right with God because we figured ourselves out.  We are saved because He figured us out. We do not earn our salvation.  It is a gift from God.  Jesus is the one right.  We are the ones who could not save ourselves.  When we make inward adjustments to believe we could not save ourselves; but that He did, an entirely new frame of walk should take place.  Any arrogance due to self-salvation should slip away as an atmosphere of humility should increase.

We are called to live from both extremes; the energy of the Holy Spirit while fully aware of the non-power of ourselves.  Faith on one side and surrender on the other, we become free to enter the dynamic that only God can supply.  There is no middle of safety or forewarning or management.  God runs the show and we most certainly do not.  Our job is two-fold; to stay out of the way and to get into His way.  We are to live from both extremes…and this takes, therefore, a double-commitment of sorts.

From human logic it would seem at first glance that we would be one or the other. Yet, from faith’s perspective it is both… simultaneously…confidence in Him and the lack thereof in ourselves…we are to be empty of self in order to be full in Spirit.  Living from these two extremes make life tick.


Conservation Department Investigates Elk Sighting

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

by MDC Conservation Agent Michael Collins

The leaves are changing colors and some trees are losing most of their leaves, crop fields are being harvested and the deer are on the move. It appears that the fall has rolled in to stay, or at least that is what the hopes are for the majority of hunters. This coming weekend is the Early Youth Firearms Deer Season, and, before long, the November Portion of Firearms Deer Season will be in full swing. For some people, there is something to consider while they are sitting in their tree stand this fall.

Recently, I received a report of a bull elk in Scotland County. At this time, there is no evidence that it is an escaped captive bull elk or if it is, in fact, wild. Nonetheless, it is definitely an interesting occurrence in Scotland County, Missouri. Some questions have arisen – if it is legal, or illegal to harvest. Here in Missouri, we are currently in the restoration phase of building a healthy elk population. There is currently no season on elk and they are a protected species in Missouri. Therefore, harvesting one of these animals is illegal. If you are afield and see an elk, please contact the local Conservation Agent in the area you are hunting. Of course, here in Scotland County, contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660)216-1374 or contact the Northeast Regional Office at (660)785-2420.

Currently, Missouri’s elk populations are concentrated in the Elk Restoration Zone, which is comprised in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds Counties – Elk are a species of Conservation Concern in Missouri due to habitat loss and overhunting by settlers. Before the coming of Europeans, elk, or wapiti, probably ranged over the entire region of what is now Missouri. By 1830, elk were becoming scarce; they eventually were limited to just the northwestern and southeastern parts of the state. By 1865, they were extirpated. Today, elk are being reintroduced, in large part, because of their popularity for hunting and ecotourism.

Missouri Voters to Decide Future of Sales Tax for State Parks, Soil and Water Conservation

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park  The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

Ever since 1984, 0.1 percent of sales made in Missouri has gone to fund state parks and soil and water conservation efforts in the Missouri in the form of a special sales tax.

On November 8th, voters across the state will once again decide the future of the sales tax.

Originating in a 1984 state constitutional amendment, the issue is returned to the voters every 10 years for reconsideration. Missouri voters approved the continuation of the tax in 1988, 1996 and 2006. Each decade, the initiative passed by a minimum of two-thirds vote, with the over 70 percent of voters approving the tax renewal in the latest election in 2006.

According to the ballot language, Amendment 1, if reapproved by voters, will generate approximately $90 million in tax revenue.

The Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks points out that more than 19 million people visit state parks and historic sites annually, accounting for $1 billion a year in economic impact, while supporting roughly 14,000 jobs.

The ballot issue is being supported by numerous conservation and agricultural groups as well as park associations.

Proponents note that a yes vote is not costing voters anything, as this is not a new tax, simply a continuation of a sales tax that has been in place since 1984.

Police Warning Businesses, Residents of Utility Bill Scam


As temperatures turn cooler, no one wants their gas shutoff. That’s what scammers are counting on, as law enforcement agencies this week issued warnings to local business owners and residents regarding potential scam phone calls regarding unpaid utility bills.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a case involving an alleged scam regarding natural gas bills. Investigators indicated a Memphis business was tricked out of $1,200 by an alleged con artist, posing as the local natural gas provider, Liberty Utilities.

According to the investigators, a caller to the businesses, stated unpaid bills would force the discontinue of natural gas service to the business. The scam included a 1-800 call-back number, complete with automated directions.

The alleged transaction was completed over the phone with pre-paid credit cards, which are purchasable at most retail outlets. Immediate payment of the debt was enticed with promises of waving all late fees and disconnect service charges.

While the scammer reported to be the local natural gas provider, similar cons have been reported in other area towns. The Kirksville Police Department recently issued a similar warning to residents in their city regarding scam calls alleging to represent Ameren Missouri, the electricity provider in that town.

Law enforcement encourages anyone receiving calls related to unpaid utility bills to search out valid contact information for the service provider, and to contact them directly to determine the validity of the charges. Customers also warned about any type of collection calls that seek immediate payment, requiring such payments in non-traceable currency, just as cashier checks, money orders, or pre-paid credit or debit cards. Do not confirm or give out any personal, financial or other sensitive information.

Amendment 2 Places Campaign Finance Limits Back on Missouri Ballots


At a time when voters are being bombarded by political ads and campaign propaganda seemingly non-stop, Missouri voters will be deciding if they want to try and place a damper on it with Constitutional Amendment 2, which is proposing campaign contribution limits for state and judicial offices.

If approved by voters, Amendment 2 would implement a cap of $2,600 for individual’s donating to campaigns for state offices, such as governor, secretary of state, attorney general or state representative or senator as well as judicial offices. Donations to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Amendment 2 also would make it illegal for corporations or labor organizations to make direct contributions to candidates, unless the group created a continuing committee of its own for such purposes.

Other facets of the proposed law would ban candidate campaign committees from donating to other candidates, and would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out-of-state committees that are not registered in Missouri. Contributions from non-citizens, foreign governments and foreign corporations would also be prohibited, while anonymous contributions could not exceed $25 each and could not account for more than $500 or 1% of the aggregate campaign receipts.

The proposed law would not cap contributions to federal candidates, nor municipal, county or other local issues. It would not impact political action committees (PACs) which still would have no limits on the amount of contributions that could be received and used to promote ballot issues or candidates.

One such example of a PAC is Returning Government to the People, which was formed to support Amendment 2. According to campaign documents, the group, is solely funded by one individual, Fred, N. Sauer, who donated $1.5 million to the campaign for campaign contribution limits.

Sauer is on the record as saying campaign contribution limits are in the best interest of the entire state, putting limits on wealthy contributors whose voices otherwise can drown out majority rule.

Proponents of the amendment point to the 1994 election, when 74% of Missouri voters approved Proposition A, that drastically limited campaign contributions, before it was repealed in 2008 by the state legislature.

Opponents of the amendment have voiced concerns about unintended consequences, such as funneling even more campaign contributions to PACS and other less regulated avenues, that would ultimately have no impact on the peddling of political influence and would make it even harder to track.

Jauflione Chapter NSDA Hosts October Meeting

Jauflione Chapter, DAR, met in regular session Friday, Oct 7, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality Room with Regent June Kice and acting Secretary, for this meeting, Terry Arnold.

The first order of business was a very informative presentation by Daisy Murphy, Scotland County Care Center Administrator. Daisy answered many questions for all present.

The business meeting was then called to order in Ritualistic form by Regent June Kice.

Roll call was answered by 11 members naming a famous American woman.

President General’s Message was read by Regent Kice. National Defense lesson was also given by Regent Kice in the absent of the Chairman, Marlene Cowell. Indian Minute was read by Nelda Billups. There was no Constitution Minute read.

Treasurer’s Report, prepared by Kathy Kiddoo, was given by Rita Stott. Kathy reported that she has received dues from many members. She reported that program books have been given to everyone who has paid their dues.

A discussion of eligibility for DAR membership followed.

Regent Kice reported that the “Thank You Veterans” reception will be held Nov. 4th, 2016, at the Hud Housing Meeting Room. Plans were finalized for the reception. It was decided not to mail invitations this year. Advertising will be by radio and the county paper. Posters will also be displayed in businesses around Memphis.

Regent Kice reported receiving a letter from the N. E. District Director Cheryl Varvil. Ms. Varvil will be planning to visit our Chapter after the first of the year.

New business consisted of voting on the two names presented for membership at the Sept. meeting. The vote was positive for both.

Registrar Patricia Miller will begin working on the documentation for their memberships. Volunteer hours were recorded and will be sent to the State chairperson.

The business meeting was closed.

Delicious refreshments were served by Nelda Billups and Verlee Dauma. Beautiful fall themed decorations were displayed on all tables. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis, Secretary

Funeral Services October 27th for Charles Ammons

Funeral services for Charles W. Ammons, 56, of Memphis will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 27 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis.   Burial will follow in the Gorin Cemetery.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 Charles W. Ammons died Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

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