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  February is American Heart Month, and Feb. 5th was the Annual National Wear Red Day, drawing attention to cardiovascular disease. Pictured above the staff at the Clark County Health Department: Front row: Brenda Cottrell, HHA; Chrisha Holder, HHA; Paula Schantz, HHA; Second Row: Leann Clifford, RN; Ashley James, RN; Bailee Kiger, RN; Lorie Schantz, CTII; Tina St.Clair, HHA; Marlena Mack, RN. Third Row: Evelena Sutterfield, RN, Adm.; Sara Smith, CTI; Gena Ellison, RN; Laura Colvin, LPN; Audrie Howe, RN; Michelle English, CTI; Janie Horton, Asst. Adm.
  The Clark County Health Department will be offering cholesterol screening at a reduced rate of $15.00 for the entire month of February in conjunction with Heart Month on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, no appointment necessary. Cholesterol screening is available every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year for $20.00. You do need to be fasting for this test no food or drink after midnight the night before. If your business would like an onsite cholesterol and /or flu clinic please contact the Clark County Health Dept. 660-727-2356. Anyone wanting a flu shot at no charge, please bring in your Medicaid, Medicare or Insurance card.

Clark County Extension Council to
Host Food Drive in place of Farm/City Night

  With the health and safety of our community in mind, the Clark County Extension Council has made the decision to suspend holding Farm/ City Night for 2021 and hopes to reinstate the event in 2022. In discussions about the unfortunate, but necessary choice, Extension Council member Lora Jacobson voiced, “just because we have to cancel the event, the Food Pantry shouldn’t suffer. They need the support now more than ever.” Traditionally donations of funds and food items requested for the free event have gone to support the Clark County Food Pantry.
  For 35 years the Clark County Extension Council has brought the community together for an evening of education and enjoyment and in what would have been the 36th annual Farm/City Night, the Council is channeling its efforts into bringing the community together in a    different way to support the Clark County Food Pantry. Members of the community and businesses are being asked to consider transitioning their usual donations to Farm/ City Night into a monetary donation for the  Clark County Food Pantry.
  Funds may be sent to the Clark County Extension Office at 111 E. Court St., Suite 10, Kahoka, MO 63445 by February 26th with a memo line of Clark County Food Pantry and all funds collected will be presented to the Food Pantry.


    Extension Council members will also be hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Food Pantry. On Saturday, February 27th from 9-11 am, Extension Council members will be set up in the parking lots of C & R  Market, Mac’s Super Saver, and Dollar General in Kahoka to collect canned food items. Clark County 4-H Clubs and the Clark County FFA Chapter will also be collecting food items as a part of the 4-H Feeding Missouri Initiative and their collections will be contributed to the Clark County Food Pantry along with those being collected by the Clark County Extension Council. Anyone with questions can contact the Clark County Extension Office at 660-727-3339.

  The Clark County Food Pantry has identified the following items as those they are specifically in need of: Cereal, Canned meats (chicken or tuna), Toilet paper, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Soups,  Pudding/ Jell-O, Laundry Soap


2021 Special Pictorial Cancellation and Envelope

  The Shrine of St. Patrick would like to present the 2021 Special Pictorial Cancellation and Envelope that will be available for purchase from March 1st thru March 31st.  Both the Envelope and the           Cancellation celebrate the Irish Tree of Life symbol which honors the importance of family and heritage.
  The envelope can be purchased for $2.00 each and includes the envelope, postage, insert with an Irish greeting, and the cachet stamping of  “St. Patrick, Mo. - The Only One In The World”.
  By sending your mailing list to the Shrine of St. Patrick, P.O. Box 34, St. Patrick, Mo. 63466, the ladies of the Shrine will prepare your envelopes and provide them to the St. Patrick Post Office for mailing.  If you would like your envelopes mailed on a certain day, please provide that information.
  This is one of the most important fundraisers for the Shrine of St. Patrick dating back to 1936 when the cachet was first developed.
   How excited would your family and friends be to receive one of these beautiful envelopes for a St. Patrick’s Day greeting? At a time when the importance of family has never been greater, you could start a tradition that would last for years to come.
  The ladies of the Shrine of St. Patrick look forward to receiving your requests!

 Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Recognized as Area 3 District Employee of the Year

Jacky Martin, Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager/ DS III, was recently recognized as the District Employee of the Year for Area 3 for outstanding job performance in 2020. Jacky was hired as a district specialist five years ago and she hit the ground running and has not stopped since. She greets clients with a smile and enthusiasm that creates a positive environment and can always be counted on to go above and beyond her required duties.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little snow in January!  Pictured above are a few of the photos that were submitted on our facebook page of local residents enjoying their time in the snow. Please see our February 2nd issue for more photos and thank you to everyone who shared their snow day photos.

   This past week the Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for new member Flowers for You.  Pictured above Stacy Smith, Beverly Laffoon and Tony McKee representing the chamber of commerce with Ryan & Caitlin Roberts new owners of Flowers for You. Also pictured Ryan and Caitlin’s daughter Savannah being held by Caitlin’s younger sister Shelbi Slater, who will be helping part time in the shop. Ryan and Caitlin purchased the business in December of 2020.  “We are excited about this new  business venture,” commented Caitlin.  “We’re here to help in any way we can. Delivery is available in Kahoka and in the surrounding areas”.
  Flowers for You is located on the north side of the square at 221 West Commercial St., in Kahoka, MO and is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and most Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to surprise your loved one with beautiful flowers, so with Valentine’s Day just around the corner Caitlin and Shelbi have been busy preparing for the upcoming holiday. If you haven’t placed your Valentine’s Day order you still have time, be sure to stop by or call 660-727-2323 to place your order.

Dr. Jeff Davis Completes Program to Earn Certified Medical Director In Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

      The Board of Directors of the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM), is proud to announce that Jeffrey D. Davis, DO, CMD of Memphis, Missouri, has completed the program requirements to be a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. Dr. Davis is one of more than 4,000 physicians, nationwide, who have received the CMD designation since the program’s inception in 1991. Dr. Davis is the medical director at Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Knox County Nursing Home in Edina and Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka.

  "As a family practice physician and the medical director to three of our area nursing homes, I was drawn to the elements of this certification program to better equip me to systematically direct the care of the patients residing in these local nursing homes," said Dr. Davis.

                             Clark County Quilt Update  

   Quilt block makers - Time is getting short to submit your block for our Paul Rowe museum's Clark County Quilt!  We have blocks with buildings, animals, a one-room schoolhouse, 9 patch, mule festival, artsy, grandmother's flower garden, etc.  We are not being picky; don't miss getting your block in this  project.    
    We look forward to receiving your block by February 14, 2021.  There is a short form to fill out naming the block and a bio about the maker. (Remember - 100 percent cotton and 10.5" X 10.5"). This quilt will stay permanently at the museum.  
  Questions or submissions, contact Jo Bryant 660-216-4345 or Linda Plenge 660-727-3862.


                                      Tony Lenzini Palmyra Tournament 3rd Place Champions
Front row: Bre Chamley, Hope Ross, Alexis Ellison, Kiara Brunk, Delana Hess, Elly Hamner and Amelia Boudreau, manager. Back row: Head Coach John Weaver, Emma Ross, Darian Harper, Samantha Behnke, Brooklyn Howe,  Assistant Coaches Jessica  Sommers and Danessa Binsbacher.

       Please see pages 6 & 7 for a complete recap of the tournament in the January 26th issue.

        2021 Tax Filing Season Begins Feb. 12;
IRS Outlines Steps To Speed Refunds During Pandemic


  IR-2021-16, January 15, 2021   WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.   The February 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the December 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.  This programming work is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly. If filing season were opened without the correct programming in place, then there could be a delay in issuing refunds to taxpayers. These changes ensure that eligible people will receive any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return.

  Ayerco stores in northeast Missouri participated in Check Out Hunger campaign during the month of December to benefit The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Stores solicited donations to help share food with  neighbors in need and raised $4757.45. Because of The Food Bank’s purchasing power, that is the equivalent to more than $100,000 worth of groceries for  residents in Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Clark, Lewis, Shelby and Adair counties.
  Pictured presenting the check are Brad Ayers with Kirsten Craig, local store manager. For more information, visit sharefoodbringhope.org.

                               First Baby of the New Year Born at Scotland County Hospital   
   Scotland County Hospital in Memphis is pleased to announce the first baby born in 2021 at the Women's Center. Tova Dawson Galbreath, the daughter of Laken Irvin and Trevor Galbreath of Revere, MO, was born on January 13, 2021, at 2:04 pm and weighs 7 lbs 13 oz and is 20 inches long. Little Miss Tova is  welcomed by siblings: Trake and Myarra.  Dr. Randy Tobler delivered the baby and provided obstetric care to the mother during the pregnancy.
  Grandparents are David & Barbara Hoenig of Revere, MO, Delbert & Tonya Irvin of Kahoka, MO, Tony & Robin Weber of Keokuk, IA, and Broc and Shannon Galbreath of Keokuk, IA.s in their natural habitat. The department will be on hand 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

                       MFA Oil Foundation Awards Grant to Industrial Opportunities
  This past week MFA Oil Foundation awarded a grant to Industrial Opportunities to assist with the   purchase of concrete to make the path between buildings safer and more stable. Pictured above Industrial Opportunities board members Steve Krueger, Jerry Webber, and Wayne Blum; Sara Louck, Industrial  Opportunities Manager;  Cory Fett - MFA Oil Kahoka Branch Manager; Monte Fisher – Board of Director   District 2 - Northeast; and Ralph Plenge, Jr., Industrial Opportunities board member.

Fundraising to begin for North Bathrooms at Fairgrounds
  The Clark County Jr. Livestock Committee has obtained approval from the Clark County Fair Board to begin working on another upgrade to the fairgrounds that will improve not only the 4-H & FFA youth experience but also improve the community’s fair experience as well.  Proposals and drawings have been made and approved by both the fair board and the Livestock Committee to construct bathrooms and showers on the north end of the fairgrounds just west of the current Art Hall building. The proposal includes two shower rooms for each (women and men) will include a toilet. They will work as additional stalls when not in use for showers. The other three stalls will be partitions and will include a handicap accessible stall in each             bathroom. Each bathroom will also include a baby changing station and sinks.

Keokuk’s Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - January 16th and 17th

 By Joe Benedict, Daily Gate City
    Keokuk’s Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be held this year, but not in the traditional way as the COVID-19 pandemic spills into 2021.
   The event this year is being held Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17.
  Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger said the Convention and Tourism Bureau is busy getting the word out about the changes to the event.
  “We didn’t want to cancel it,” he said. “It’s just going to be different this time.”
  One of Keokuk’s signature events will be held mostly virtually this year. The Lee County Conservation Department will still have view scopes at the riverfront, however, so people can go down and look at the live birds in their natural habitat. The department will be on hand 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Highland Tournament Consolation Champions
Front row: Amelia Boudreau, manager; Elly Hamner, Bre Chamley, Kiara Brunk, Alexis Ellison and        Delana Hess. Back row: Head Coach John Weaver; Samantha Behnke, Emma Ross, Hope Ross,    Brooklyn Howe, Darian Harper, Assistant Coaches Jessica Sommers and Danessa Binsbacher.

Ryan & Caitlin Roberts Purchase Flowers For You Business

    New faces are being seen in the Flowers for You floral shop, located on the north side of the square at 221 West Commercial St., in Kahoka, MO, as Ryan and Caitlin Roberts assume ownership. Flowers for You was previously owned and operated by Brad and Audrie Howe.
    "We purchased the business about 3 weeks ago and have been overwhelmed by the community's continued support," commented Caitlin Roberts. "Brad and Audrie have been great to work with during the transition of ownership and Audrie along with her mom Gloria have been very helpful with any questions I have had about the business or making certain types of arrangements".

Even with all the regulations, Santa was still able to visit the staff & residents at the Clark County Nursing Home. Santa's helpers even delivered gifts to the RCF residents. Thank you to everyone who took part in the angel trees this year and for making this a happy time for the residents. More photos and videos can be seen on the Clark County Nursing Home Facebook page.

On Thursday morning Clark County’s newly elected and re-elected public officials were sworn into office. Judge Roberts, swore in Joseph Humes, Western District Commissioner; Melissa Vigen, Public Administrator; Shawn Webster, Sheriff; Edwin Wilson, Coroner; Kevin Flood, Surveyor; Henry Dienst, Eastern District Commissioner. Newly elected Clark County Assessor John Campbell will be sworn into office the end of August 2021.

  Recently Ball Volvo Truck & Tire Center in Kahoka presented Helping Hands of Clark County with a donation of $1000.00. Helping Hands of Clark County is a 501c3 non-profit organization that distributes food once a month to Clark County residents only.  
   Pictured above Carla Ball of Ball Volvo Truck & Tire Center presenting Nancie Holmes and Sherri Brunk from Helping Hands of Clark County with the donation.
  Also this month Ball Volvo Truck & Tire Center donated $1000 to Industrial Opportunities and $3500 to the Clark County Rescue Squad.

  All three Fourth Grade classrooms at Black Hawk Elementary School showed their love for our Clark County Community by collecting coins for Helping Hands of Clark County. Each boy and girl wanted to show the spirit of giving to others by donating what money they could to help feed other families and friends in time of need during the holiday season.           

   Mrs. Day's class collected $64.50, Mrs. Lemmon's $49.97, and Mrs. Smith's $35.53. All in all it was a total of $150.00. 

  Pictured above Mrs. Lemmon’s Class and pictured below Mrs. Smith’s Class with Nancie Holmes, representing Helping Hands of Clark County. Not pictured Mrs. Day's Class

   On Saturday, December 19th the Clark County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a Quilt of Valor presentation. The presentation was for WWII Veteran, Burrell Smith who has turned 102 years. The quilt was made by chapter member,  Lois Humes & is the chapters first Quilt of Valor presentation.
    Pictured above with Burrell are Clark County DAR members Caren Whitehead, Kathy Blythe, Lois Humes, Carol Ragar, Mitzie Pitford and Debbie Smith.                                    

    Photo and information courtesy of the Clark Co. Chapter of DAR Facebook page.


   On December 19th the Clark County Chapter of the     Daughters of the American Revolution was honored to place wreaths at the Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton, MO for Wreaths Across America. Chapter members placed a wreath for deceased member,  Pauline Gorrell a WWII Army nurse.
 A total of 198 wreaths were donated for this year’s ceremony at Forest Grove Cemetery.
  Photo and information courtesy of the Clark Co. Chapter of DAR Facebook page.


   The Kahoka VFW Post 4342 and the Ladies Auxiliary recently donated food items and monetary donations to the local food pantry.
  Pictured above Allys Murphy accepting the donation from Judy Payton of the VFW.


The Wayland United Methodist Church and Cowboy Country Church of Wayland, Missouri sponsored a Live  Nativity, Saturday, December 19th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the intersection of 136 and old highway 61 in Wayland.

                                             MU Extension Recognizes Clark County Leaders
   Clark Co. Extension Council recognizes Leader’s Honor Roll recipients Evelena Sutterfield and Ardith Harmon.
     In light of the ongoing world pandemic, the Clark County Extension Council has elected to forgo planning for their annual Farm/City Night for 2021. One of the opportunities that we will miss in the cancellation of that event is publically recognizing those individuals receiving Leader’s Honor Roll. Leader’s Honor Roll is as state-wide University of Missouri recognition is presented to community leaders and supporters for their efforts, advocacy, service, or support of MU Extension in their communities. This year’s honorees are both community members who have provided leadership and guideance for the citizens of Clark County through the difficult year we have had.

This past week Tisha Gregory - Owner/Photographer with Country Creations  Photography delivered all of the nonperishable food items and monetary donations that she received from the Christmas on the Square event that was held on December 12th. Tisha donated her time to take photos of children and their families with Santa for a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.  Pictured above with Tisha is Dean Hunziker, Allys Murphy and Kathy Lucas of the Food Pantry.

The St. Paul United Church of Christ youth group recently made a donation to the Fostering Tree of Hope for Christmas. The youth have been busy collecting/purchasing items along with wrapping them to have them ready for Christmas. The group was able to adopt 42 foster youth from the Tree of Hope for Christmas. A big thank you to everyone who made donations or volunteered their time.

  On Monday, December 14th members of the Fellowship Group at Peaksville Christian Church helped to make final preparations to the 52 gifts that were purchased by community members for residents at the Clark County Nursing Home.  The gifts were delivered later in the week for the residents to enjoy for Christmas. A big thank you to everyone who made donations or volunteered their time.

                              First Annual Christmas on the Square - December 12th
   What a wonderful evening our community was blessed with for the 1st Annual Christmas on the Square! Over twenty vendors were set up around the square and over fifteen businesses/organizations set up light displays to help decorate the park. Local businesses around the square also had extended hours for those attending to stop by for their holiday shopping. The evening started with three wagon teams of mules escorting Santa and carolers to the Clark County Nursing Home to wish the residents a Merry Christmas. Santa arrived back to the square around 5 pm where he was greeted by local children waiting to see him. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Grinch and Snoopy. At 5:45 pm an opening ceremony was held with Pastor Shawn McAfee giving the opening prayer and City of Kahoka Aldermen Joe Roberts welcoming everyone and thanking those involved for all of their hard work and helping to make this event possible. Jerry Denham, long time Santa helper, who celebrated his 55th year of helping to spread holiday cheer around our community had the honor of lighting this years Christmas tree that was donated by a local resident. The opening ceremony concluded with HL Plenge signing a  Christmas song.
   A huge Thank You to all of the volunteers, businesses who set up displays, businesses who decorated their windows, those who donated candy canes, to the vendors who participated in this year’s event, and to those who donated their time to provide wagon rides. It was great to see our community working together and supporting each other while spreading a little holiday cheer!!                   

                               Over 500 Holiday Meals Served to Clark County Residents
   Clark County Senior Center in conjunction with the Lewis County REC Cares Foundation recently hosted a Holiday Banquet at the Clark County  Senior  Center.  This event was FREE of CHARGE for ALL CLARK COUNTY RESIDENTS 55 and OVER. The meal was delivered to the centers regular homebound clients and everyone else picked up their meal at the drive thru on Thursday, December 10th.
   “Thanks to the generosity of the Lewis County REC members that allow us to round their monthly bills up to the nearest whole dollar, the REC CARES Foundation was able to cover the cost of holiday meals for senior citizens in Lewis, Clark, and Knox Counties,” commented Travis Mathes. “Over 300 meals were served in Lewis County in November, over 500 were delivered and served drive-thru in Clark County, and Knox County will have their meals available on Christmas Eve. If you would like to donate to the Foundation, simply contact our office and ask to be signed up for our round up program.”

      MFA Oil Reopens Office in Kahoka
  MFA Oil Company, a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative, announces the reopening of its office in Kahoka, Mo. to meet the fuel and propane needs of residents in Clark County and the          surrounding areas.
  The Kahoka office, located just west of town on 20402 Spur 136, is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
   The Kahoka staff includes Plant Manager Corey Fett, Customer Service Representative Linda Loughhead and service technician David Hamner. Current and potential customers can call 660-727-3151 to order fuel and propane or schedule service.

  On Veteran’s Day the students and staff at the local schools made videos this year to say “Thank You” to our local Veterans. The videos have been posted to the CCR-1 School District Facebook page for everyone to enjoy. Pictured above and below are students at Black Hawk Elementary School with a few of the items they made in honor of Veterans Day. Please see this weeks newspaper for more photos.  Also on Veterans Day Ayer Boatman VFW Post 4342 held a Veterans Day Soup & Sandwich Lunch while many local businesses had specials to honor local veterans. 

     Clark County qualified six runners for the 46th MSHSAA Cross Country Championships on  Friday, November 6th in Columbia, Mo.
   Grace Buschling earned her third state cross country medal by placing fourth among 163  runners. Clark County, competing in the girls state cross country meet for the first time in school's history as a team, finished seventh among the 15 schools that qualified with 183 points.
  Clark County junior Ethan Nelson finished 45th among 168 runners with a time of 18:07.6.


The Indian Pride Learning Center would like to say THANK YOU to The Missouri  Department of Conservation, the Quail Forever organization, and Kassie Perry for  collaborating with them to create a butterfly garden. It looks amazing and the students loved helping create it!          More photos can be seen on the CCR-1 Facebook Page.

             Quilt of Valor Presentation
   On   On Saturday, October 17th Robert Eddleman was presented a Quilt of Valor.          
  Robert Lee Eddleman was drafted into the service of the Army March 10, 1966.
  He received his basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. followed by advanced training at Fort Bliss in Texas.
    Quilts of Valor Foundation got its start in 2003 by a mother whose son was serving in the Army in Iraq. She worried about him every single day.

Wear it Pink Fundraiser For the Clark County Local Cancer Fund
 October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is the month when pink is seen everywhere. "This year over conversation with some friends I decided to try to come up with a fundraiser to help raise money for our local cancer fund here at home," commented Leisa Hunziker.   "The Clark County Local Cancer Fund has helped so many families in our community by purchasing gas cards to help cancer patients get back and forth to their doctor appointments. We  live in such a wonderful community who always comes forward to help in so many ways. Hats off to everyone for the overwhelming support".
  On Thursday evening Leisa shared with those in attendance that they were able to raise from the t-shirts sales $6,490.00 with an additional $1025.00 of monetary donations.

The month of October they collected a Grand Total of $7,515.00 for the Clark County Local Cancer Fund.  A HUGE THANK YOU again to everyone who helped make this possible.

This past week the Kahoka VFW Post #4342 presented the Clark County Rescue Squad with a check for $455. The funds were raised from the VFW’s tenderloin fundraiser that was held earlier this month. Pictured above members of the Kahoka VFW Post #4342 and members of the Clark Co. Rescue Squad. 

                          Clark Co. To Host Highland In First Round of District Football
    Coach Ethan Allen and his Indian football squad will host the Highland Cougars on   Friday October 30 in district play.  Kickoff will be at 7:00 PM.  The winner will advance to the District Semifinal hosted by #1 seed Palmyra on November 6.
    Admission remains $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, and $1.00 for senior citizens.  Currently, there are no attendance restrictions.  
     Spectators are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance, as well as not attend if they exhibit CDC identified COVID symptoms.  Students middle school aged and younger will not be admitted unless accompanied by an adult and are expected to sit with an adult through out the contest.

  Wreaths Across America is coming to the Shrine of  St. Patrick Cemetery on December 19th at 10:30 AM to celebrate Wreaths Across America Day.
   The Mission of Wreaths Across America is to   Remember - Honor - Teach: Remember our US Veterans, Honor those who serve, and Teach our children the Value of Freedom. Wreaths Across America coordinates Wreath laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations across the U.S. By sponsoring a Wreath it means you’ll honor an American hero on Wreaths Across America Day. Please help us honor our Veterans that are laid to rest at the Shrine of St. Patrick  Cemetery.
    The cost an each Wreath is $15.00 and can be requested to be grave specific.  
  Or you can donate any amount to help with the costs of this great honor for our veterans.
   Please send your donation to the following address:  Wreaths Across America, 

P. O. Box 12, St. Patrick, Mo. 63466.  Make your check payable to Wreaths Across America.  The deadline for ordering Wreaths is November 27th.
  Thank you in advance for honoring our Veterans that served our country.

  The Clark County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently collected almost 200 food items for the Clark County Food Pantry. This month they also collected 4 large bags of clothing for an Indian reservation in South Dakota, sent cards of Thanks to all Clark County fire departments, ambulance,  police & all the residents of the Clark County Nursing Home. They are also working on delivering personal hygiene products to the schools in Canton & the Homeless Veterans Shelter in Columbia. Pictured above Clark Co. Chapter DAR members Anne Schock, Carol Ragar and Mitzie Pitford.

   Son Valley Youth Ranch held their 10th Annual Harvest Hoedown on Sunday, October 11th. Those in attendance enjoyed a Free Will Donation Fish Fry Lunch, Live Music by Jefferson Connection along with a variety of games and horse rides. A ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new cabins were also held for those in attendance.
  Photos courtesy of Kristen Hageman at Krissy Dan Photography.

Brotherton’s Honored at Quilt of Valor Presentation

   On Saturday, October 10th CSM Paul Brotherton along with his two sons, Major Jason Brotherton and Captain Devin Brotherton, surrounded by family and friends were each presented a Quilt of Valor for their service in the United States Army.

  Each year the Peaksville Christian Church hosts a Festival of Sharing Event.  This year the church knew of a great need from a great organization that helps out when we're in the most need.  The Clark County Rescue Squad wasn't able to have their Mule Festival fundraiser this year. It usually covers their liability insurance and insurance on the vehicles.  So this year  the Peaksville Christian Church  decided to put all of their Festival of Sharing efforts towards cash donations to the rescue squad.  On Monday, October 12th the church hosted a chicken & noodle appreciation dinner for the volunteers and presented them with a check for $4015.00 to help.  Pictured above members of the church’s  fellowship group along with members of the Clark County Rescue Squad.

    The Lady Indians softball team held their annual “Strike Out Cancer” game on Thursday evening. The Varsity girls honored Shirley Wilson by  having her throw out the first pitch.  She is pictured above next to her granddaughter Kiara Brunk.

                     Parade Of Champions The Show Must Go On
  Pictured above the CCR-1 Middle School Marching Indians and pictured below the CCR-1 High School Marching Indians performing in the 29th Annual Parade of Champions.

    St Francisville Lodge # 588 presented the Clark County Rescue Squad a check for $500. The funds were raised from the lodge's 1st Annual Earl Hunziker Bow Shoot in late August. With the cancellation of the Mule Festival the lodge members recognized that the Rescue Squad was missing their largest fundraiser and wanted to step in to help.        Pictured are W.M. Paul Allen presenting to Steve Howell, Treasurer of the Rescue Squad.

                  2020 CCR-1 Homecoming Royalty
    Before the CCR-1 Varsity Football game on Friday evening the 2020 Homecoming King, Queen & Court was announced.
  This year’s Homecoming Royalty was Freshman attendant - Carley Pearl, Sophomore attendant - Ashtyn Ebeling, Queen - Bre Chamley, King - Hunter Yancy, Senior attendant - Darian Harper, Junior attendant- Eleanor Cameron. Please see page 10 & 11 for more photos of this year’s Homecoming week activities.

                     Parade Of Champions The Show Must Go On
     The parade will go on – the Parade of Champions, that is.  The 29th Annual Parade of Champions marching band and field show competition sponsored by the Clark County R-1 Fine Arts Boosters, will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 in Kahoka, Missouri.
  “We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for these bands to perform,” said Carrie Hamner, Fine Arts Boosters president.  “The Fine Arts Boosters organization is grateful the (school) board and administration allowed us to go ahead with our competition. We hope to provide a safe, fun environment for the kids and their families to enjoy the show.”
  While this year’s event may be smaller and look a little different due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the level of competition remains high.


Bank of Monticello is proud to support the teachers, faculty and staff of Clark Co R-1. This past week Maria Shirey from Bank of Monticello delivered breakfast pizza to faculty and staff! It’s a great day to be a Indian!


                  Chris and Sandra Triplett New Owners of Wilson and Triplett Funeral Home
    There is a saying that every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end, for 47 years, Ed and Kathy Wilson have owned and           operated Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka. They continued the legacy of Ed's father, and the Gutting Funeral Home before then.
  Now, Ed and Kathy are exploring the concept of being able to attend family  functions, and participate in the activities of their grandchildren, with their retirement from full time funeral service. While Ed and Kathy will still call Kahoka home, Chris and Sandra Triplett have  purchased the business and now also will have roots in Kahoka as the new owners of Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home. Ed and Kathy will still have some involvement but Chris and Sandra will be  assuming full time, day to day.

  Each year the DAR celebrates & promotes Constitution Week which is Sept. 17th - 23rd. On Monday, September 14th, City of Kahoka Mayor Jerry Webber signed a proclamation honoring Constitution Week. He is pictured above with Clark County DAR members Rayline Perry, Mitzie Pitford & Debbie Smith.


                     United Way of the Great River Region Helps Feed Clark County Seniors
    United Way of the Great River Region serves Clark County, Missouri, Hancock County, Illinois and Lee County, Iowa. Pictured below UWGRR Board member Ashley Brunk presents a check for $1,000 to help the Clark County Senior Center provide meals for seniors. The funds were made available through a private donation to UWGRR for COVID-19 relief specific to the areas of food insecurity, rent and utility assistance and education.
   Pictured from left to right: Renate Garner, Ronda Davis, Sharon Miller, Shawna Sheffler and Ashley Brunk.


     Clark County School District R-1 Gets Boost from United Way of the Great River Region
    United Way of the Great River Region serves Clark County, Missouri, Hancock County, Illinois and Lee County, Iowa. Pictured below UWGRR Executive Director Karen Siefken and Board member Ashley Brunk presents a check for $1,650 to Ritchie Kracht, Superintendent of School for Clark County to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds were made available through a private donation to UWGRR for COVID-19 relief specific to the areas of food insecurity, rent and utility assistance and education.

On Saturday Cruisin for the Tunes Car Show hosted a car cruise and later in the afternoon the Clark County Cattlemen, Kahoka Lions Club and a few other local vendors set up in the city of Kahoka park to help raise money for their organizations.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

   The Shrine of St. Patrick held their “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” celebration on Sunday, September 13th, starting with Mass Service.
   The Annual Historical Preservation Award was presented to Ellen Krueger for her years of service as Publicity Chairman and Historian       for the Shrine of St. Patrick, the Grade School and High School, and the town of St. Patrick. The award was accepted by her daughter’s, Bobbi Krueger and Cyndy Wollbrink, and granddaughter Hannah Wollbrink.

         Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting
  This past week the Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Jamee and Dwaine Kelley owners of Backroads Consignment and Boutique located in Kahoka. Pictured above Nora Birky and Melissa Vigen with the chamber of commerce and  Jamee and Dwaine Kelley.
   Backroads Consignment and Boutique is open Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm. The store offers a nice selection of consignment and new boutique items.
  “We are excited to announce that we will be holding our Grand Opening Celebration on September 25th from 10 am to 7 pm.  We will have a variety of sales and giveaways along with serving refreshments,” commented Jamee Kelley.

Governor Parson Appoints Holly Conger-Koenig as Associate
 Circuit Judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit

  September 18, 2020 (JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike  Parson appointed Holly  Conger-Koenig as Associate Circuit Judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit. She will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the    appointment of the Honorable Rick Roberts to Circuit Judge.
   Ms. Conger-Koenig, of  Kahoka, is currently serving as the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney. She holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Culver Stockton College and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan.

Black Hawk Elementary School Receives Community Grant Foundation

   Black Hawk Elementary School was the recipient of a $2,000 COVID grant from the Community Grant Foundation this summer.  “We were so lucky to be able to order materials to help us with social distancing and sanitizing.  Some of the materials we ordered were chair back pockets, individual pencil boxes, hand sanitizer, and individual dry erase markers for small groups.  These materials have been so amazing to have this year and have allowed us more storage options and to carry materials back and forth to Special classes, along with keeping our hands clean!  We are so grateful to them,” commented Mrs. Betsy Parrish, Principal, Black Hawk Elementary.

Clark County Quilt Update  
  We are excited to be receiving quilt blocks for our Clark County quilt from local and out of state former residents!  Do we have yours?  We hope you will consider making a block and not miss out on being part of this project.   The block needs to be 100% cotton 10½ x 10½ and relate to Clark County in some way or through a family connection.  
   For questions or more information about getting a submission sheet, you may contact Linda Plenge 660-727-3862 or email lkplenge63@ gmail.com; or call director Jo Bryant 660-948-2522.  This quilt will become a permanent addition to our museum.  (above picture shows some of the submitted blocks.)

CARE Roller Rena Reopened Sept. 18th

  CARE Roller-Rena is happy to announce that they will be reopening on Friday September 18!!
  Effective September 18, 2020 the Roller-Rena will have new business hours and new prices!
  Hours will be Friday & Saturday nights: Open Skate from 6-10 pm and admission will be $5 and Skate Rental $1 (so it’s $6 total if you use CARE skates);  Saturday & Sunday afternoons: Open Skate from 2-4 pm (afternoon skate sessions are designed more for families, young skaters, skate lessons or small parties) and admission $3 and free skate rental with any paid admission.   Mondays (every Monday): Christian Skate Night from 6-8pm with admission $3 and free skate rental with any paid admission.  

Community Members Help Promote Cancer Awareness

  The month of October is just around the corner and during the month many communities, organizations and businesses recognize and bring awareness to Breast Cancer.
  Lesia Hunziker and Friends are currently sponsoring a fundraiser selling “We Wear Pink in October” shirts to help promote cancer awareness.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the Clark County Local Cancer Fund.
   “We felt this would be a great fundraiser to bring awareness to breast cancer along with raising money to help our local cancer               patients," commented Lesia Hunziker.  “Our local cancer fund is a great organization that is able to help cancer patients in our community by donating gas cards to help with travel expenses.”
 Order forms can be picked up at American Family, Exchange Bank, Big Ed’s, Kahoka Medical Clinic, C & R Market, Bank of  Monticello, Clark County Pharmacy, Kahoka State Bank, Clark County Health Department, Mac’s Super Saver, Peoples Bank, Quincy Medical Group, Conn Communications, MFA Agri Service, Trend’s by Sheila and Reed’s  Grill.
   Order Forms need to be turned in by Monday, September 21st at MFA Agri Services or American Family Insurance in    Kahoka.
   Any questions please contact Lesia Hunziker at 660-341-5130.
  Please see page 7 for the order form in this weeks newspaper.

   Kylie Selway recently won the Champion Maintainer Female competition at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2020. She is the daughter of Dewayne Selway and Susan Selway.

     Tim Bertram, Shelter Insurance Agent Hosts Back to School drawing!
Earlier this month Tim Bertram, your local Shelter Insurance Agent asked community members to nominate a teacher from the Clark County R-1 School District. All the nominations were entered into a drawing for a $100 donation from his agency for their classroom. This past week a winner was chosen from each building and the winners included: Tara Mason at Indian Pride Learning Center, Alyce McAfee at Black Hawk Elementary School, Robin Davis at Running Fox Elementary School, Marc Colvin at the Middle School and Michelle Tappendorf at the High School. “A huge thank you to everyone who submitted names for this year drawing and we hope that everyone has a great 2020-2021 school year,”  commented Tim Bertram.


At the Museum  Sansom Civil War Sword donated to Paul Rowe Museum
  The Civil War Experiences of Lieutenant
George N. Sansom.
    George Nelson Sansom, Civil War veteran, was born 15 Mar 1833, in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He and his young family moved to Illinois in 1855. On July 14, 1862, George enlisted as a Sergeant with B Company, 83rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Warren County, Illinois. Fellow soldier and future lawman, Virgil Earp, served as a private in this regiment.
   The 83rd Illinois Infantry was organized at Monmouth and mustered into Federal service on August 21, 1862. Colonel Abner Harding, attorney and former state legislator, served as regimental commander. The newly recruited soldiers moved from camp August 25 to Burlington, Iowa, and then to St. Louis finally arriving in Cairo, Illinois August 29.

“New” Landowner Registry

 All qualifying resident landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres, must submit their property information by completing a Landowner Registry Application to be eligible to receive (no-cost) landowner deer and turkey permits this fall.
  The Landowner Registry  Application may be completed online atwww.mdc.mo.gov/buypermits or by submitting a paper application, which should have been mailed to all landowners, who received landowner deer permits last year.
    If you did not receive a form in the mail, or would like landowner permit for the first time, call 573-522-0107 and select Option 1.  Each qualifying landowner and immediate household member, who want to get landowner permits, must complete a form.  Those who choose to complete the registry via a (paper application) must submit the form to the Department of       Conservation 60 days prior to the opening day of the season to guarantee the registry application is processed.  This Registry cannot be     completed by a permit vendor.
  Also, all qualifying nonresident landowners with 75 or more contiguous acres, must submit their property information via a Landowner  Registry Application to be eligible to receive the (reduced cost) landowner deer and turkey  permits.
  All registry submissions remain valid for three (3) years from the original entry or from the last update. I encourage you to complete these as soon as you can.  The fall hunting seasons will be here before you know it. For more information contact Conservation Agent Rudd Binsbacher at 660-341-1595.

Harmon Makes Donation To Middle School Textiles Class

A big thank you to Aynsley Harmon for her generous donation to the new Textiles class at Middle School.
    This past summer, Aynsley saw Mrs. Michelle Webster-Hoard’s Facebook post requesting donations for sewing supplies for the new MS class. After reading the post, Aynsley and her mother thought that collecting supplies would be a good 4H community service project.

     With COVID restrictions, soliciting businesses and community members for donations was not practical. So, Aynley   decided to use the money she earned from her 4H “auction” at the Clark County Fair to help purchase start up supplies for the class. Her total contribution was $289.57 worth of supplies and two irons. Mrs. Webster-Hoard and MS are very appreciative of Miss Harmon’s act of generosity.


Clark Co. Health Dept Can Now Provide Testing For Active COVID-19 Infection By Apt. Only

   Due to the generous donation of local business owner, Neil McKee, the Clark County Health Department staff can now provide testing for active COVID-19 infection (PCR) by appointment only at the annex building located at 207 East Clark Street in Kahoka.
   No individual with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the main Health Department building located at 670 North Johnson Street in Kahoka. Testing times will be available on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9am-11am. This testing is open to Clark County residents only at no cost.
   The Clark County Health  Department is currently using the Missouri State Public Health Lab with a 24 hour time frame for results. Individuals must meet criteria for testing: symptomatic or close contact to a positive case.


Break Room Bar & Grill Now Open in Kahoka

 Frank Rinchiuso and Pamela Simmons are happy to announce that the Break Room Bar & Grill is now open at 107 North Morgan St. in Kahoka, Mo.
 "We held a soft opening on Friday, August 21st and really started advertising being open on Monday, August 24th," commented owner Frank Rinchiuso.
 Break Room Bar & Grill will be open Monday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 1:30 am.
  "We are really excited to be open. We are a family friendly, smoke free business. Along with serving food and drinks we have a pool table set up and a jukebox for everyone to enjoy"commented owner, Pamela Simmons.
  The Break Room Bar & Grill is currently offering daily specials along with a variety of sandwiches and appetizers/ sides for their customers to enjoy.

News from Sever Library

The Summer Reading  Program ended August 15th.  The winner of the “Read to Me” category was Isaac Didier, who is the son of Josh and Kayla Didier, and the winner of the “Story Club” group was Jonathan Schmitz, who is the son of Lee and Susan Schmitz.  
   The library staff appreciates all the participation by all of our young boys and girls in the county.  
    Everyone who signed up for the Summer Reading Program receives a gift bag from Sever Library.  We have called everyone and either left messages or spoke to a parent.  Please schedule an appointment and come by to pick up the goodies.  
    Sever Library is implementing curbside service only. Patrons will be allowed in when there are no longer new cases in Clark County.  You may call in and request books, CDs, movies, etc. at 660-727-3262 and schedule an appointment.

People's Bank Donates Supplies to Local Schools

This past week the staff at Peoples Bank of Wyaconda donated items including: tissues, sanitizing wipes, bottled water, and pencils to the Clark County R-1 and Canton R-V School Districts. Pictured above CCR-1 Superintendent, Dr. Ritchie Kracht accepting items from Peoples Bank Kahoka staff and pictured below Canton Superintendent, Jesse Uhlmeyer accepting items from Peoples Bank Canton staff.

Clark County Nursing Home

 This past week has been “Fair Week” at the Clark County Nursing Home. Throughout the week the residents and staff tested their skills at different games that you might find at a fair. Everyone was also treated to delicious treats that you might also enjoy while attending the fair.

4th Grade Essay and Artwork Winners

The Missouri Association for Family and Community Education held their annual contest for the 2019-2020 school year with the topic being RESPECT, one of the six Pillars of Character.   There were twenty six entries from Black Hawk Elementary and ten from Running Fox Elementary schools in Clark County.   Judging is done as a first place entry moves from county to district to state and to national levels.

Sever Library - Summer Reading Program

  The Summer Reading Program ended August 15th.  The winner of the “Read” category was Liam McIntire, who is the son of Sibyl and James McIntire.  The other winners will be announced with pictures in the coming weeks.  The library staff appreciates all the participation by all of our young boys and girls in the county.  
Everyone who signed up for the Summer Reading Program receives a gift bag from Sever Library.  We have called everyone and either left messages or spoke to a parent.  Please schedule an appointment and come by to pick up the goodies.

Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commissions awarded $400,0000 CARES Act Funding for Economic Development

NEMO RPC announces plans to add a Disaster Recovery  Coordinator to lead economic development efforts to help  battle through the COVID-19 pandemic.
   Memphis, MO — 8/12/2020  — Already an active participant in community efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, today gained additional assets to aid in these endeavors. The United States Economic Development Administration announced a series of CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to Councils of Government and Regional Planning Commissions across North Missouri. The $400,000 grants will enable the agencies to assist businesses, local governments and community partners as they recover and rebuild economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backroans Consignment and Boutique

Reopens Under New Owenership

   On Monday, August 17th Backroads Consignment and Boutique reopened under the new ownership of Jamee and Dwaine Kelley. The store is still located at 112 North  Johnson Street in Kahoka.  
   “We are excited about this new adventure,” commented Jamee Kelley.  “I left the Clark County Nursing Home after working there over 12 years to start my own business. I am really going to miss all my co-workers and especially all the residents. They have been great to work with over the years and I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to be able to care for them," Jamee commented.

Lewis County REC Holds Drive-Thru Special Meeting of the Membership

  The members of the Lewis County REC came out in full force to attend the special drive-thru meeting of the members held on August 6th. There were 352 members who registered to vote. Mike Schantz was re-elected to serve a 3 year term representing district 1, Larry Smoot was re-elected to serve a 1 year term representing district 3, and Randy James was elected to serve a 3 year term representing district 3.

Clark County R-1 School District Announces Re-Entry Plan

   The Clark County School held their August board meeting on Wednesday night in the high school commons to discuss the upcoming school year.
  During the meeting they approved their 2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan.
Clark County will be currently operating under a: 

       - Green - Low/No Spread,        

       - Yellow - Minimal Spread,

       - Orange  - Moderate Spread

       - Red - Substantial Spread guideline plan.

The status will depend on the number of cases in the school and community. Changes in color status will be shared via School Messenger and social media.  To see a copy of the full re-entry plan document you can visit the schools website at www.clarkcounty.k12.mo.us

What a great week at the 139th Annual Clark County Fair. Please see pages 12-24 in this week's Hometown Journal for complete results from the

4-H & FFA Livestock shows, and other main events from this year’s fair.

 At the conclusion of the Clark County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Show, on Thursday, July 30th, there was a special recognition.
   Becki Krueger was  recognized as being the Clark County 2020 inductee into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.
  Becki was a Clark County 4-H Volunteer for over 20 years, serving on the Clark County 4-H Council and the Clark County Junior Livestock Committee as well as serving as a long time horse leader.

Clark County Hunter Education Class ~ Aug. 11th

   The Missouri Department of Conservation will be holding a Skills Session from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the Alexandria Community Center on August 11, 2020.

Clark County R-1 School District Will Be Hosting Student Registration

  Clark County R-1 School District will be hosting student registration for all returning and new students on Tuesday, August 11, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday,  August 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Student registration will be in the high school commons for Preschool-12th grade students.

This past week the Kahoka Pickleball Group presented Katrina Nixon with the Clark County R-1 School District with Infrared No Touch Thermometers to be used during the upcoming school year. Pictured above with Katrina Nixon is, Adam Frazee, Emily Frazee, Barb McVeigh, Zoe Hunziker, Leann Baker, Tony McKee, Brynn Sprague, Joyce Oilar and Susan Selway. The first pickleball court was created in August 2019 at  Om-ak-oh-ak Park.  To learn more about Pickleball in Kahoka you can follow them on facebook at ‘Kahoka Dinkers Pickleball Group’ or contact Tony McKee or Monte Morris.

McKee/Sinele Family Scholarship Awarded at Truman State University

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Linzi Sedore, an accounting major from Alexandria, Mo., has been selected as the 2020-21 recipient of the McKee/Sinele Family Scholarship at Truman State University.
  The McKee/Sinele Family Scholarship was established with gifts from G. Neill and Lois McKee, Clark County Pharmacy and Scotland County Pharmacy.

Southern Baptist Fellowship Church To Host Vacation Bible School from August 3rd - 7th

  Join us at Southern Baptist Fellowship on Hwy 136 in Wayland for Concrete & Cranes™ Vacation Bible School from August 3 through August 7.
  It is a week of discovering how Jesus’ love provides a foundation that will last. Kids will begin at 6 pm each evening at High Steel Worship Rally. From there, kids will gather at Blueprint Bible Study where they will be equipped to dig deep into God’s Word.

Congratulations CANDY ALDERTON, the Scotland County Hospital July Spirit of SCH award winner. Candy has been employed at SCH since she graduated from Kirksville Area Vo-Tech in 1978. She has worked in most every department, but has spent most of her time in Surgery, OB and the Med-Surg Floor. She currently works in the Centralized Scheduling Department and does pre-certifications, referrals and patient assistance. Candy's nominator said this about her, "Candy works very hard to help patients with our drug assistance programs. She finds the programs, files the paperwork and walks the patient through the filing process, year after year. She also has begun to work with the VA Choice Program to help veterans be able to see doctors in Memphis so the patient doesn't have to travel as far. She does this, plus all of her regular duties." Candy Alderton and her husband, Jim, live in Wyaconda. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.


  The Great River Tigers (GRT) Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association has announced the winners of the six $1,000 scholarships that the Chapter has awarded to students who will be attending the University of Missouri this fall.  The winners of the scholarships for incoming freshmen are Amy Bryan, Palmyra, MO; Emma Deien, Hannibal, MO; Faith Boylen, Mt. Sterling, IL; and Ashlyn Eisele, Perry, MO.  Scholarships were also awarded to two current students at Mizzou.  They are Delaney Miller, Paris, MO and Aubry Boulware, Canton, MO.

Congratulations to the Clark Co HS class of 2020. This year's recipients of the Bank of Monticello Scholarships are Camryn Lee pictured top left with Maria Shirey and David Lemmon pictured top right with Brent Goings.  Bank of Monticello wishes you much success in your future studies and careers.

Coulson Joins Peoples Bank As

New Loan Officer

   Peoples Bank of Wyaconda would like to introduce their newest addition to their banking family. Miranda Coulson started at the bank the first of June, and is currently a loan  officer and helps with loan processing in the Kahoka branch.
   Miranda comes to Kahoka from Green City, MO. She graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2016 where she studied Animal Science. “Growing up in a rural area, I have enjoyed learning and working in agriculture and knew that was something that I wanted to always be involved in. After college I had a great opportunity to work with Syngenta, Northwest MO Region. While with Syngenta, I helped farmers with crop   protection and worked as a sales representative.

Scotland County Hospital Celebrates 50 Years  

   Scotland County Hospital is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Scotland County Hospital (SCH) is a not-for-profit district hospital in operation since 1970, designated as a Critical Access Hospital in Memphis, Missouri. Since 1997 SCH has established four (4) hospital-based rural health clinics in Scotland, Clark, Knox and Schuyler Counties in order to stabilize healthcare delivery providers. SCH has continually demonstrated a deep commitment to this rural & remote geographic area it serves, in which the hospital is the only hospital in a four (4) county area of extreme Northeast Missouri. 

Final State FFA Convention Awards~ By: Mark Lemmon

As State FFA Convention comes to a close, we would like to recognize our last two awards for the year. This year we were fortunate enough to have Jacob Oilar named to the 2019-20 State FFA Chorus.

  The last section of the State FFA Convention where the chapter was recognized was when our State FFA Vice-President Andrew Moore gave his retiring remarks and retired his State FFA Vice-President Jacket for the Missouri FFA Association.

Peoples Bank Welcomes New Loan Officer

  Peoples Bank of Wyaconda would like to introduce their newest addition to their  banking family, Jamie Cousins.
  Jamie started at the bank the first of May and is currently a loan officer in the Kahoka branch.
    Jamie comes to Kahoka from the Carthage, IL area. He  graduated from West Prairie High School and continued his education at Monmouth  College where he received a Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Business Administration and Exercise Science.

Route W in Clark County to temporarily close

for seal coat operations

  HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, July 2, MoDOT crews will be performing seal coat operations on Route W in Clark County. The road will be closed from Clark County Route A to Clark County Route D between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. Work zones are active throughout the state.  As you approach a work zone, please don’t drive distracted.  Always buckle up and put your phone down for your safety and the safety of highway workers.  All work zones are online at www.modot.org, and you can receive the latest news about road work in your area by signing up for e-updates.

  This week Wendy Atterberg teamed up with two of our favorite mystery chefs to test out a fun breakfast recipe from her Kids in the Kitchen curriculum. French Toast Sticks is a simple, healthy recipe that is great for getting kids into the kitchen to help prepare their own food. Our chefs had a great time preparing the recipe and even enjoyed helping to do the dishes and clean up. We hope you will give this kid-tested and approved recipe a try!

  As a Nutrition Program Associate with MU Extention’s Family Nutrition Education Program, Wendy connects with youth and adults in Clark, Lewis, Knox, and Scotland Counties to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The Family Nutrition Education Program is funded in part by USDA Snap. For more information call MU Extension’s Show Me Nurtition line at 1-888-515-0016. Running out of food, contact your local food stamp office or go online to dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp.


Hammond Joins the
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Colton Hammond of Kahoka, Missouri, son of the late John Hammond and Roby Hammond, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hammond was initiated at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Hammond is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

New Blessing Health Center 4800 Maine to open June 1

   To enhance access to care for all of patients, Blessing Health System will open a new outpatient location at the corner of 48th and Maine, called the Blessing Health Center 4800 Maine, on June 1, 2020.  A unique grand opening, a drive-in virtual tour, will be held on Saturday, May 30, at the facility.
  The Blessing Health Center 4800 Maine will offer a full spectrum of musculoskeletal services, which includes orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, chiropractic care physical therapy and podiatry. In addition, retina care, family medicine, diagnostic and  imaging services, and direct to consumer medical equipment and supplies will be located at 4800 Maine for the convenience of the region’s patients and consumers.

   As a result of COVID-19, Blessing Health System will host a unique open house in the form of a drive-in video viewing of the Blessing Health Center 4800 Maine at 8:45 pm and again at 9:15 pm, Saturday, May 30, in the Center’s parking lot. Space is limited for each viewing. Social distancing guidelines will be followed as attendees will stay in their cars to view the virtual tour of the new facility, while listening to the video transmitted through a special radio signal. Popcorn will be provided. In the event of rain, make-up date will be Friday, June 5. For more information, visit blessinghealth.org.

Patching operations continue for routes in Clark Co.

HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing patching operations in Scotland and Clark counties. Please see below for locations and details.

  Clark County Route A – June 2-5, road will be reduced to one lane traffic at various locations from U.S. 136 to Clark County Route U for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.
 Clark County Route W – June 5, road will be reduced to one lane traffic at various locations from Clark County Route A to Clark County Route D for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.
  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at www.modot.org/northeast


Red Cross Blood Drive –Kahoka

  The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the First Baptist Church located at 363 N. Washington in Kahoka from noon until 6:00 p.m.For more information or an appointment, please call  Gloria Allen, chairperson, at 660 342-6488. We honor all generous individuals who are willing to give from the heart.  Please consider inviting a friend or family member to join you in giving blood.  Together, you can help save lives.  Community responsibility is based on the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.  The American Red Cross asks healthy people to give blood regularly to help meet the need for blood throughout the year. Please consider donating blood on Thursday, May 28th.  The need is constant.


Baked Chicken Nuggets and Homemade Ranch Dressing

   Looking for healthier twists on family favorites? This week Nutrition Program Associate Wendy Atterberg shares with us two recipes to add to your recipe box for healthier options that your family is sure to enjoy. Baked Chicken Nuggets are a nutritious meal option that the kids and entire family are sure to enjoy. Wendy shares that they could be served with honey mustard or buffalo dipping sauce. Homemade Ranch Dressing provides another option to serve with your nuggets, or veggies. Wendy shares that it is a great, healthy option for ranch lovers. Both of these quick and nutrious recipes come from the Eating Smart, Being Active curriculum for adults. We hope you give these recipes a try!

Viritual Visits Available from Memphis & Lancaster Clinics

MEMPHIS, MO - Scotland County Hospital, Memphis Medical Services and Lancaster Medical Services are suspending all in-person non-essential visits to the hospital and clinics. If you have a question as to whether your previously scheduled clinic appointment or previously scheduled outpatient treatment at the hospital is essential, please call either clinic or the hospital and a triage nurse will assist you (Memphis Medical Services 660-465-2828 and Lancaster Medical Services 660-457-3655).

Scotland County Hospital Makes Preparations for Covid-19   


MEMPHIS, MO - Scotland County Hospital & Clinics in Memphis, MO,  remains open for business and prepared to serve the health needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and always. We encourage all individuals to become and remain prepared as well. Together, we can protect ourselves and diminish the spread of this disease by limiting travel and community exposure, remaining calm, frequently washing hands with soap and water, and always before touching your mouth, face or eyes, or any food before eating it. Self-quarantining at home is preferred if flu-like symptoms develop in otherwise healthy people that are not experiencing a medical emergency. In the absence of a medical emergency, please call ahead (660-956-6820 COVID-19 hospital hotline) to alert our COVID-19 Response Team, when you believe you meet the COVID-19 testing symptoms:

R If you have flu symptoms;

R If you have trouble breathing or shortness of breath;

R If you have been in contact with anyone 

with flu symptoms in the last two weeks;

R If you have traveled to a 

CDC Level 2 or 3 country in the last month; or been in contact with anyone that has. 

   A nice crowd was in attendance for the 35th annual Farm City Night hosted by the Clark County Extension Council. The evening started with a soup and sandwich supper served by the Clark County Farm Bureau.

   A variety of local businesses and organizations were on hand with displays for those in attendance to view. Those in attendance enjoyed a program called Science on Wheels (pictured to the right). Science on Wheels is an entertaining group of graduate and postdoctoral researchers from the University of Missouri seeking to connect Missourians with scientists and share about the research they are doing.  Then around 7 pm Spanky’s Dueling Pianos from St. Louis, Missouri took the stage to entertain everyone.

Running Fox Elementary School PTO Carnival top raffle ticket sellers

(L-R) Weston Davis, Jamison Hawkins, Parker Howell,

Lily Teeter, Ariabella McDaniel & not pictured-Brantley Todd

 Jump Rope for Heart at Running Fox Elementary School was a success. Students jumped to support the American Heart Association and raised over $300 for the cause this year! Top donations were from Adalynn and Merijayne!

Clark County Extension Council Holds Annual Meeting

KAHOKA, Mo-On Thursday, February 21st, the Clark County Extension Council held their annual meeting at Steve’s Family Dining. The evening included dinner, a presentation, recognitions, and a business meeting.

Do You Know What your Local Library Offers?
  The Northeast Missouri Library serves Clark County, Knox County and Lewis County. Patrons who do not pay taxes to Lewis County but live and pay their taxes to the City of Canton will need to purchase a $15.00 registration card.

During the month of February, Black Hawk Elementary School Principal,

Mrs. Betsy Parrish challenged the buddy rooms at the school to do a kindness project

for National Kindness Month.
  Pictured above top left the bookmark project from Mrs. Nelson’s 1st grade and Mrs. McCreedy’s 4th grade Buddy Rooms creating bookmarks about kindness for the Library.
 Pictured above top right a project from Mrs. Debbie Otte’s 2nd Grade and Mrs. Day’s 5th grade Buddy Rooms who surprised paras, office staff, and kitchen staff with Thank You Valentines this past week. 

 Daffodil Day orders for the American Cancer Society are in full bloom in Clark County. Dollars raised through Daffodil Days support groundbreaking research, patient services and other life saving programs. orders need to be placed by Friday,   February 21st and delivery will be the week of March 24th. For a $10.00 donation you can get a bunch of daffodils or for a $15.00 donation you can receive a mini pot of daffodils and bulbs.Please contact michelle allen @ 660-341-7061 if you are interested.


 The CCR-1 Spearettes Drill & Dance Team recently hosted a dance camp for approximately 50 students who are in kindergarten - fifth grade.
   On Tuesday, February 4th the participants performed with the Spearettes Drill & Dance team during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game.

On January 13th members of the CCR-1 FCCLA organization presented their chapter service projects at the District FCCLA event at Atlanta, Mo.
  Those attending the event were Clara Herrs, Kara Brown, Samantha Arnold, Mackenzie O’Brien, Olivia Bergman, Ronee Scott, Karrigen Wood and Emily McCutcheon.

 On Saturday, February 1st  CCR-1 band members who received All Conference honors  performed in the All Conference Band Concert at South Shelby along with members from the other seven Clarence Cannon Conference Schools. 

Partnership to expand care access in northeast Missouri Spring 2020 opening slated for new Edina medical clinic Scotland County Hospital & Clinics, Memphis, MO, and Blessing Health System, Quincy, IL, are partnering to open a rural health clinic in Edina, MO.

On January 16th the CCR-1 Scholar Bowl teams hosted South Shelby for their season opener.
  The Varsity defeated South Shelby 330-130. Kevin Smith led the way with 9 tossups while Brody Waterman contributed 3.
  The Junior Varsity defeated South Shelby 270-220.

William Queen had 5 tossups, while Lucas James and Donald Anderson each added 3 more.
  In the Middle School game the Indians defeated South Shelby 310-120. Riley Queen answered 6 tossups, Luke Plenge had 4, and Garrett Billings answered 2 more.

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