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 Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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