Hunters checked 61,446 deer during the opening weekend of the November Portion of Firearms Deer Season, in spite of awful weather conditions.  The Missouri Department of Conservation says the slow start doesn’t diminish prospects for a normal deer harvest.

The opening-weekend harvest was down 12 percent compared to 2012.  Conservation Department biologists predicted that this year’s deer harvest would be smaller than last year’s, due to a smaller statewide deer population and acorn abundance.

Scotland County hunters checked in 674 deer, including 315 antlered bucks.  That was down from last year’s opening weekend total of 775 deer.


Just months after once again altering the Memphis animal control policy, the Memphis City Council was addressing dog issues again at the November 6th meeting.

In September, the council agreed to adjust the animal control ordinances to allow unclaimed canines confined in the city’s dog pound beyond the mandates waiting period to be transported to the Kirksville Humane Society for possible adoption.

The move was made after public outcry was voiced to council members regarding the city’s policy of euthanizing unclaimed animals.

However, two months after the change, the public outcry has apparently dried up, as the volunteers for transporting the animals are not coming forward as originally promised.

Volunteers are encouraged to contact the City.  Under the Department of Natural resources permitting process, the City is only licensed as a pound, and cannot provide animal shelter services, which includes adoption.


First District Representative Karl DeMarce recently attended the Missouri Judicial College.  DeMarce will take office as the Scotland County Associate Circuit Judge in January.

DeMarce was one of approximately 180 Missouri appellate, circuit, associate circuit, and senior judges, commissioners and newly elected judges selected to attend the intensive five-day educational program held from October 26-30 in Kansas City.


Gerald Brunk will be opening a new saddler business in Memphis November 10th.  The business will be located at 117 West Monroe.

Brunk and his wife, Susan, make their home in Luray.  He is a native of Bloomfield, IA, where he graduated from the Davis County High School.  They are parents of four children and five grandchildren.  Until the past two years, the Brunks were engaged in farming at Luray.

Brunk says he will be doing shoe repair, saddle and bridle repairs, as well as making leather products.


Four juveniles have been turned over to juvenile authorities following a painting spree in Memphis on Halloween night.  Damaged were a car belonging to Mike Drummond, Cindy DiDomicus’ house and car, Tina Slayton’s home, a stop sign and bridge on Madison Street, and the Rilla Padgett home.

In Rutledge, the outhouse behind the Christian Church was dynamited.  A juvenile in that incident was also taken into custody, and the sheriff’s department has informed us that the subject’s father is making him build a new outhouse for the church.


Scotland County and the surrounding area were greeted Monday morning by a layer of snow in the first big snow of the winter season.

Flurries had fallen earlier but were of no consequence.  Sunday all day the stuff fluttered down but melted almost as soon as it hit the ground.

As soon as it became colder on Sunday night, the storm began to take hold and began to whiten the streets, houses, and trees.

While only four inches or thereabouts fell here, such was not the case further to the north and west which reported all the way from nine inches to a foot in some areas.


A group of local people will appear on the “Flying Reporter” show at about 10 p.m. Friday night with Big Jim in connection with the “Around the World in a Daze” show to be presented here next week under the auspices of the Jaycees.

Appearing will be Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foss who will form a hillbilly duet Pearl C. Cotton, Darrel Stone, and Paul Lancaster, representatives of the Jaycees and Miss Evelyn Davis, director of the local talent show.


Basil E. Templeman, formerly of Memphis, who has been living in Quincy, expects to return to Memphis next week where he will have charge of the radio department of the Rose Electric Company.

Mr. Templeman was formerly engaged in the radio and electric business here for several years.

The radio department of the Rose Electric Co., has been in charge of Leland W. Howard, who was recently appointed a rural mail carrier at Memphis.