The Gorin R-III School students in kindergarten through fourth grade braved the Friday, January 17th cold weather to participate in the 30th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Keokuk, Iowa.

Students began their day at the River City Mall attending an insect zoo.  Students learned about the interrelationships among the diverse group of insects and their important role in life on Earth.

Next, the students attended the Raptor Awareness Program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis. 

Following lunch, the students spent the rest of their trip on the riverfront observing the majestic American Bald Eagles in their natural habitat.


Ice, snow, and now just plain old cold have cost the Scotland County R-I school district class time.  SCR-I, as well as a number of other northeast Missouri schools canceled classes on January 15th and 16th due to abnormally cold conditions.

Thursday’s forecast called for wind chill factors close to 40 below zero.  The temperature dropped to 15 below zero Thursday morning.

The cold days marked the third and fourth day of classes canceled due to the weather. 


Jenny Fender and Michael Billings were crowned as the 1999 Courtwarming royalty between games January 15 at Scotland County R-I High School.

A last second shot helped propel the Scotland County junior varsity boys’ basketball team to a 48-46 win at Canton January 16.

Jesse Jack sank a one-handed running jumper with one-second left on the clock to give the Tigers the win.

Jack was joined by Brandon Ebert and Darin Howard in double-figures scoring for the Tigers.


Jolene Neighbors, a former Scotland County resident, is the author of a new novel, “Hatchet Job”, which is being published by the Crown Publishing Company.

“Hatchet Job”, a story about the murder of an insurance agent in a small town on the Missouri River, and the solving of the crime by the county sheriff, is expected to be off the press sometime in April.

Neighbors is a graduatI of the Scotland County R-1 High School and Northeast Missouri State University.  She and her family reside in Plainsfield, WI.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Emel, Bible Grove.

“Hatchet Job” is the first novel she has published, however she has been writing for many years.  Neighbors also teaches English and Journalism in high school.


Happy winners of the Consolation Trophy at the Macon Tournament are members of the Scotland County R-I boys’ basketball team.  The boys are coached by Larry Hurley and assistant coach, Dan O’Donnell.  Team members are Mike Young, Scott Cook, Kevin Eggleston, Bill Cook, Todd Biggs, Drew Yost, John Rice, Tom James, David Forsythe, Matt Foss, and Keith Orton.

Members of the Scotland County R-I girls’ basketball team were also Consolation winners at the Macon Tournament last week.  Team members are Dani Robertson, Bonita Garrett, Jill Kerr, Kelley Eggleston, Vickie Riney, Carol Riney, Rhonda Orton, Kim Schaefer, Lori Hatfield, and Debbi Frazier.  The girls are coached by Jo Beth Harvey and assistant coach, Sue Payne.


The Four Corner Club met Thursday, January 16, at the Community Center with 11 members present.

The meeting was opened by singing ‘Old Black Joe’.  Roll call was answered with a New Year’s resolution.

The group voted to give $2.00 to the March of Dimes.

They also finished filling out the year books.  Lela Fogle’s name was drawn out for the door prize.  Mary Shelley received a gift from her secret pal.

The hostesses, Freda Crook and Verle Shelley, served refreshments.

The club party will be January 24.


Graduated from Officers Candidate School at Newport, RI, December 19, was Navy Ens. Philip E. Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Payne of 340 N. Clay, Memphis, MO, a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Graduates are qualified to meet not only the technical problems facing a junior officer in today’s modern fleet, but also the special leadership problems posed by our fleet’s world-wide commitments.

By graduation, every officer candidate has observed, and put into practice, the essentials of the leadership principles necessary to properly equip him to assume his new responsibilities as an officer.


Scotland County is being represented at the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman in Washington today by T. C. Smith, former cashier of the Bank of Memphis.

Mr. Smith left Memphis Tuesday morning, went to Keokuk, and from there to Washington via Chicago on the train.

While in Washington, Mr. Smith will visit his sister, Mrs. Goldie Bartelt and family, and a brother of Mrs. Smith’s who lives in Washington.


Hudson Brothers, of Hamilton, IL, were in Memphis several weeks ago looking over the prospects for locating one of their general stores in Memphis.  One of the brothers returned to Memphis Monday and rented the Patterson building and they expect to open up the business February 1st.

The Hudson Brothers have several stores of this kind located throughout Illinois and Iowa and the one to be opened in Memphis will be the furthest one west of their group.

The new store, it is said, will handle a line of ready-to-wear, men’s furnishings, boots, shoes, and possibly some other lines.

One of the Hudson brothers and his wife will run the Memphis store.