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.

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

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Volunteer to clean up litter through May 15 and report efforts at nomoretrash.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one-month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as discarded plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags, and it can kill them,” said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter can also poison wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”

Jerek added that helium balloons released for social or celebratory reasons can also become a litter threat to fish and wildlife, which may consume or get tangled in the deflated balloons and ribbons.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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An estimated one billion or more people in 192 countries commemorated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, including the City of Memphis.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported a pair of trees were planted in Johnson Park as part of the celebration that fosters environmental awareness while promoting such activities as community clean ups, and like this year, planting trees.

This year Earth Day Network focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide.

“Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

Recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Memphis continues to promote tree health and expansion of the tree inventory within city limits. The city offers free tress for planting on city right-of-ways on private property.

“The City of Memphis is again giving a tree to residents who will help with its survival,” said Monroe. “The trees will be planted by city employees on city right of ways.  Species will be determined by tree ordinance with consideration given to utilities at the location of the tree.”

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

According to the US Census Bureau, trees play a key role in the national economy. More than 54,000 people are employed in forestry fields. More than 2.5 million homes nationwide are heated primarily by wood-burning, which is more than 2% of all housing.

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Help Kickoff 2016 Scotland County Speedway Season on May 7th

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

After losing a pair of spring shows to Mother Nature, Scotland County Speedway is hoping to kick off its 2016 schedule of special races with a bang on Saturday, May 7th when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will travel to Memphis.

Modifieds have been added to the card courtesy of J & J AG, Jon and Jardin Fuller, for a show that will also feature Stock Cars, Sport Mods, and Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30, p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand prices will be adults $20, students $10 and 6 & under free.  Pit pass will be $30.  Check out Scotland County Speedway on Facebook for more information.

The stop in Memphis on Saturday will cap off a three-day run across Iowa and Missouri. The MLRA late models will hit Donnellson, IA on May 5th for a $3,000 to win race at Lee County Speedway. The following night they will be chasing a similar purse at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA before arriving at Scotland County Speedway for another $3,000 race.

The circuit was last in action on Sunday afternoon, April 17th at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize.

Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pileup caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22-lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner-up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Being Held at Johnson Park

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The City of Memphis Parks Department is hosting a Pitch Hit and Run Competition on Saturday, May 7th starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event is being held at Johnson Park Ball Field.

The competition, a free, 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14, is divided into two separate divisions, baseball and softball, and participants may compete in either division.

Divided into three fundamental aspects of baseball/softball, participants are scored on pitching, hitting and running.  In pitching, the participant is tested throwing strikes to a designated “strike zone” target.  Any method of throwing is permitted.  In hitting, the participant hits a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy.  In running, the participant is timed, starting from second base, touching third then touching home plate.

All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables.  After competing in each of the three components, participants accumulate a total score based on his/her performance.

Champions at the Local level advance to a Sectional competition.  Those winners then become eligible to advance to the Team Championships held in June and then the final culmination occurs at the National Finals held at the 2016 MLB All-Star Week.

Complete information and rules can be found at PitchHitRun.com.  Registration forms for the Local completion being held on May 7th can be picked up at Memphis City Hall and the Memphis Democrat.  For more information, contact Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

Service Day Brings Out Best In CMU

From sororities and fraternities to sports teams and service clubs, some 700 volunteers from Central Methodist University did their part on Thursday, April 7 to, in the words of the CMU mission statement, “make a difference in the world.”

The University called off classes for its annual Service Day, when students, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities to support a variety of causes. Event coordinator Matt Williams, associate director for CMU’s Center for Faith and Service, estimated CMU dedicated more than 1,700 hours this year.

Lucas Howard, a Sophomore computer science major from Memphis, volunteered with the Cleanup Fayette project, where over one hundred volunteers worked to pick up trash around town.

The many Service Day projects included yard work at various homes, work at the food bank in Columbia, volunteering at Fayette Head Start, sewing colorful pillow cases for children who are battling cancer, and many more.

“As President (Roger) Drake likes to say, we’re helping to prepare students for ‘advanced citizenship’ in the world around them,” Williams added. “Even though classes were canceled for Service Day, the learning continued.”

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Mo., and through extension sites located across Missouri and online

Delaney Gundy Inducted Into C-SC’s Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

Delaney Gundy, senior art education major from Gorin, MO, was among 22 students inducted into the Missouri Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. The ceremony was held Wednesday, April 20, in Johnson Hall Parlor on the Culver-Stockton College campus.

Faculty co-sponsors Dr. Scott Giltner and Dr. Lauren Schellenberger welcomed the new members into the society. Dr. Dell Ann Janney, Associate Dean of Instruction and Professor of Accounting, delivered this year’s charge to initiates, family, and friends.

Alpha Chi honors those juniors and seniors in the top ten percent of their class. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi has over 300 chapters nationally and works toward the goal of “Making Scholarship Effective for Good.”

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Show Me Dog Club to Host Dog Day in the Park

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Dog parks are becoming more popular all across the United States. They are different in size and design but share the same purpose: to provide a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Although they’re not for everyone, dog parks can benefit both people and their pets. Once or twice a year the City of Memphis generously opens Johnson Park as a dog park. Here are some tips on why you should take your dog to the park:

Many behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs were born to lead active lives. They’ve worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. Dogs’ wild relatives lead busy lives, too, hunting, scavenging, avoiding predators and complex social interaction. Most pet dogs, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time alone at home, napping on couches and eating food from bowls. Many become bored, lonely and overweight. They have excess energy and no way to expend it, so it’s not surprising that they often come up with activities on their own, like unstuffing couches, raiding trash cans and gnawing on shoes.

To keep your dog happy, healthy and out of trouble, you’ll need to find ways to exercise his/her brain and body. If she enjoys the company of her own kind, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life. Benefits of going to the dog park include:

Physical and mental exercise for dogs: your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.

Opportunities to maintain social skills: dogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using his/her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.

Fun for pet parents, dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs. This article was from petsWebMD.com.

Please join us for A Dog Day in the Park at Johnson Park this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please no female dogs in heat or unneutered males. We ask that all dogs be current on their shots. Just a fun hour or two for you and your dog to run around, socialize, and have fun. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge went to the Edina Nutrition Center on April 18th.  Marjorie Peterson was hostess.  She gave everyone a petunia and a packet of flower seeds.

Those attending the meeting were Celine Erickson, Marilyn Dunn, JoAnn Rood, Virginia Hustead, Joyce Bass, Ruth Ludwick, Reva Hustead, Marlene Henry, Neta Phillips and Nancy Jo Waack.

The next meeting will be Monday, May 16th at Keith’s Café in Memphis.  Hostesses will be JoAnn Rood and Marilyn Dunn.

Memphis FFA Hosting 2016 Awards Banquet

The Memphis FFA Chapter will be celebrating the successes of its FFA Chapter members on Thursday, May 5th at their annual Awards Banquet.

The Memphis FFA has had a very successful year and seen many accomplishments.  They have been awarded Proficiencies, attended Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events where they qualified and competed at top levels.  The Chapter credits their successes not only to their own hard work but also to the support received from businesses and the local community.

The Memphis FFA Banquet is being held at the Scotland County High School Gymnasium with dinner starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.  In addition to regular banquet activities, they are also holding a silent auction to raise funds to help with the cost of sending members to leadership conferences, CDE events and state and national conventions.

Is Maintenance Due On Your CRP?

Mid-Contract Management is required on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) acreage. MCM (Mid-Contract Management) practices must be performed during the program years indicated in the participants’ Conservation Plan. For most contracts, management practices will be required to be performed one time on each contract acre during contract years 3 through 6.

CRP participants, in consultation with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), have the choice of one or more of the following three required MCM practices after a grass stand is considered established: strip disking, prescribed burning, and chemical application. Mowing alone is not an approved MCM practice. Each practice has a specific time-frame it may be performed. In no case will MCM be allowed during the primary nesting season of May 1 to July 15.

Spring disking ended March 31stt. The deadline to burn cool season grasses is April 30th. The spring deadline for chemical application of cool season grasses is also April 30th. There are additional times later in the year available to perform MCM practices.

CRP participants are to report to their FSA (Farm Service Agency) office when the practice is done. After the bills for the disking, burning, or chemical application are submitted, cost-share of $11 per acre may be issued.

CRP that does not have the required MCM practices applied as required will be subject to a penalty or cancellation of the CRP contract.

For more information about when you need to perform MCM, the specifications for each MCM practice, or any other questions in regards to maintaining your CRP, please contact your county FSA office. The Scotland County FSA office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

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