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42nd Annual Spelling Bee Held

 Scotland County R-1 School District held its 42nd annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the elementary school gymnasium. There were two competitions: a competition between second and third grade students as well as a competition for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.  The winner of the second and third grade competition was second…

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Gorin Community Seeks Answers

 By Echo Menges  Scotland County, MO – A group of citizens living in and around the tiny town of Gorin have been making waves for the Gorin City Council and Mayor over the last several weeks.  The trouble began with an unassuming Facebook post by one of the city’s eldest residents, Dorothy Teel Kussman.  Kussman…

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Forever Love: George & Diana Koontz

 By Emily Bontrager  The second Valentine Sweetheart couple this year is George and Diana Koontz. Let’s look back at their life together and how they met while chaperoning on a double date.  George Koontz was born on December 4, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA. He is the only child of William Lawrence and Eleanor Koontz, who…

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Forever Love Tom & Pat Fender

 By Emily Bontrager  Our first Valentine Sweetheart couple we are featuring is Tom and Pat Fender. A lot of laughter and love kept this marriage together for so many years, so let’s look back at how the couple first met.  Tom Fender was born January 26, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA. He is the only child…

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Billions of Cicadas Bring Buzzy Magic to Missouri in 2024

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Billions of cicadas will buzz this spring as two broods emerge at the same time. These broods last emerged together in 1803 and won’t appear together again for 221 years.  That means that your grandchildren’s great-great-great grandchildren likely will be the next group to experience the dual emergence of these cicada…

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The roof of the Memphis Lumber Company in downtown Memphis collapsed over the west side of the building on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Photo by Audrey Spray

 By Echo Menges  The roof over the west side of the Memphis Lumber Co. collapsed last week under the weight of heavy snow and ice, which has been accumulating since the snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow throughout the region on January 8 and 9, 2024.  That storm has been followed by bouts of…

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School Bus Crashes During Snowstorm, No Injuries

 By Echo Menges  A winter snowstorm was the cause of a school bus crash on Thursday night, January 18, 2024, at approximately 8:15 p.m.  No students were on board the northbound Scotland County R-1 School Bus when it slid off the east side of the highway between Novelty and Edina.  The bus came to rest…

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 BQA Certification for Livestock Producers 

Two Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certifications will be offered to local cattle producers in the area:  January 25, 2024, 6:00pm, at the First Baptist Church of Ewing, 21875 Hwy 6, Ewing, MO Registration required by January 22  February 29, 2024, 6:30pm, at the South Shelby Ag Building, 4154 Hwy 36, Shelbina, MO Registration required by…

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 2023 Year in Review  July through December 

July 2023  On July 1, a section of the west facing wall of the Shoop building, 101 East Monroe Street, partially collapsed.  Local student, Guinevere Barrientos, had the opportunity to attend the Gordonstoun International Summer School in Scotland. She attended the boarding school from July 7 through July 31.  Martin Guinn, 104, of Colony, MO,…

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