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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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Scotland County Basketball:

 By: Weston Smith  Lady Tigers Can’t Get Past Lady Eagles on the Road  2/6/24  Knox County 37  Scotland County 30  The Knox County Lady Eagles held off the Scotland County Lady Tigers on Tuesday, February 6th, in a low scoring contest that took place in Edina, Missouri. Kwyn Hamlin scored 21 of Scotland County’s 30…

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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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Tigers Upset Second Seeded Green City Girls at La Plata

 By David Sharp  Scotland County (3-12) fired in 17 field goals and four three pointers, playing one of their better games of the season to date for a 57-43 win over second seeded Green City (11-6) in January 30, 2024 first round girls action at the La Plata Tournament.  The Lady Gophers played without sophomore…

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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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This Week in Basketball:

 By: Weston Smith  Scotland County Falls to Schuyler County at Home, Runs Away From Marceline, and Loses a One Possession Game at Brashear  Schuyler County 65, Scotland County 58  1/24/24  The Scotland County Tigers were active on the hardwood this week. Playing contests on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night. The Tigers kicked off their week…

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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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 NEMO Storm Spotter Training Coming in February 

By Echo Menges  The US National Weather Service St. Louis Office will host Storm Spotter Training at the Knox County Community Center in Edina, MO, on Thursday, February 22, 2024. This is one of two in-person Storm Spotter Training classes offered by the NWS St. Louis office in Northeast Missouri in 2024.  Pre-registration is not…

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Gorin Native Plays Instruments for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

 By Emily Bontrager  The Salvation Army assists millions of people during Thanksgiving and Christmas each year with their Kettle Campaign. The red kettle donations throughout the year help with food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance. The donations also help with youth programs, veteran services, senior centers, and emergency disaster relief.  David Tague, 63, grew up…

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