September 13, 2001

Letters to the Editor

A review of the 2001 season at Scotland County Raceway from the fair board's perspective.

Once the cars took the track, fans could not have seen any better racing anywhere.

Some complained about track conditions, from one who has prepared the track, you always get varying results from week to week. But as the year progressed the track preparation improved. It will never turn out to the satisfaction of everyone, so by and large Ron and his crew should be commended for a quality show for the fans.

As for the fair board, financially this was the poorest year since we rebuilt the track. I'm sure some will say profit isn't everything, but remember, the primary duty of the fair board is to provide facilities and a wholesome environment for the youth of the county to exhibit their animals and other skills.

This year the fair board members personally provided trucks, pick-ups, tractors, rotary mowers, riding mowers, trimmers, forklifts, welders, cutting torches, tools needed to work on grandstands and bathrooms, and no-one knows how many dollars worth of fuel and mower blades, as well as their spouses and in some cases their hired hands to provide the labor. We want to thank the few non-fair board race fans that also helped.

We don't believe the community or a promoter should consider it the responsibility of the fair board to subsidize any promoters personal gain, with their volunteer labor.

We want it made clear, we the fair board, have no personal desire to run a weekly race program.

We believe the promoter, whoever he is, must look at promoting weekly racing, as a business. He must answer these questions:

If I rent the facility, with the revenue my program generates, can I maintain this facility, mow the grass, fix toilets as needed, put in new light bulbs and fixtures as needed, nail a board on when and where it is needed, pay the competitors, pay rent to the fair board, and have a decent return for my effort?

If he cannot answer yes to all of these questions, it would seem that he should reconsider the wisdom of this venture.

Ron will be offered a contract for next year, involving the points laid out above.

It would be our suggestion, that all the race fans that have been demanding the fair board make sure that there are weekly races at Scotland County Speedway next year, contact Ron, and mark the dates on this race calendar when they will take care of mowing and trimming and all the other jobs that may need doing.

If you race fans see someone stepping on top of seat-backs when exiting the grandstands rather that going to the isle, it will make your grandstand maintenance job easier when you convince other fans to stop this bad habit.

As Chris Feeney said, Scotland County Raceway will never be Daytona International, but if everyone who wants weekly races is willing to give time and labor, not just criticism, we believe it can happen.

The following is a chart of expenses encountered by the fair board for the racetrack this season.

Monarch pump - $353.83

Metal Fence - $831.01

Repairs materials from Farm & Home - $164.23

Amplifier, microphone and cable - $900.00

March repairs - Rose True Value - $35.53

April repairs - $52.18

Light bulbs - $31.00

Cook shack cleaning $200.00

Pipe - $120.00

Wire, cables, etc for sound system - $510.20

Repairs from Memphis Lumber - $190.59

Tri-County Electric wire - $180.00

Repairs from Farm & Home $23.84

Repairs from Rose True Value - $22.86

Pipe for catch fence - $187.96

Repairs - Hopkins Lumber $32.99

Wire for catch fence - $547.37

Pipe for fence $450.00

Cable for catch fence - $522.39

Fuses, wiring, other lighting repairs - $353.07

Hoover Welding $49.36

New sound system for the pits area - $1,833.60

Total expenses as of August 15, 2001: $7,592.01

Rent for racetrack paid by promoter Ron Anderson for April through September: $7,000.00

Total Income: $7,000

Fair Board Racetrack Balance for 2001 season: -$592.01

Sincerely the Scotland County Fair Board - Phil Aylward, Jim Fuller, Jim Winn, Dana Hauk, Carl Trueblood, Bill McBee, Dorene Winn, Robert Monroe, Robert Arnold, David Jackson, Lori Arnold, Tammy Adams, Ryan Clark and Tammie Dale.

Letter to the Editor

Well it is September and we have made it through a reasonably successful 2001 racing season.

Starting in May with the "Spring Race Rumble", a new promoter, inexperienced in circle track racing and a staff of local folks, some with experience and some not. In addition to a wonderful group of race track sponsors and advertisers willing to make an investment in a new race program for the community.

We tried very hard, and as the year progressed we gained more experience and our race program grew and improved. By the end of July we had some of the most exciting racing in the tri-state area, with three wide racing every race night, and a four wide late model race at 100 MPH that is still being discussed in race shops, restaurants and Internet racing chat rooms.

Our attendance continued to improve all year, with the Championship race on the first of September being one of our best-attended races.

We tried some 360 Sprint car racing and had some very successful and exciting races, especially the one on the 5th of July during the fair, and some with a very low car and spectator count that I was not so excited about, but we tried. We let folks have a look at some Dwarf cars and dirt race trucks to see if there was an interest in getting some of them to race here, and will continue to try and bring new and different things to the racing venue.

We thank all of the race fans that attended our races and apologize for any inconvenience when we were late getting started for one reason or another or when the races ran a little late.

We are very happy to have been able to promote these races for you and appreciate all the support shown by the sponsors, fans, racers, fair board, and community in general and hope to provide you an even better race program next year.

When it comes time to shop, please show your appreciation to the businesses that sponsored race nights and purchased advertising at the Scotland County Raceway and shop with them. Don't forget to thank them for their support.

Thank you very much, Ron Anderson and the Staff of Scotland County Raceway.

Living Life Over


A Memphis man remains hospitalized in the Iowa University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City recovering from burns to more than 20% of his body, but back home efforts are underway to lessen the financial burden created by the accident.

Kevin Woods sustained 3rd degree burns to his right arm, torso and both legs during an accident August 20th when he was attempting to refuel a lawnmower.

The recovery has involved numerous skin grafts with continued medical care required to battle the onset of infection.

Area residents have already begun to step up and offer assistance to the Memphis family.

Kevin’s son Matthew, a fifth grader at SCR-1 Elementary School, and Kevin’s daughter, Faith Ann Miller, a paraprofessional at the school, were presented more than $675 raised by the students and faculty of the school in the week following the accident.

A special dinner and benefit auction will be held for Kevin on September 24th at the Memphis VFW.


Thanks to the sponsorship of the Scotland County Rotary Club, the Culpepper and  Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Memphis on Monday, September 4th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds with two scheduled performances at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This year the circus is proud to present Skeeter as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Advance Clown.  Skeeter was in town last week, visiting the schools, day cares, library, and senior center handing out the official 2006 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Coloring Contest sheets.

Skeeter got her clown start at the early age of nine years old in Columbus, OH.  She is a graduate of the Ringling Clown College and has spent much of the last 19 years traveling around the country and clowning around.

Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the FREE Tour.  This presentation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds.


Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch will hold an open house at Shiloh’s Kahoka site on September 14.  The open house will begin with a luncheon at noon followed by tours of the new home, and a program presented by the children and the staff.  The Kahoka site is located five miles south of Kahoka off Route 81.  From Route 81, guests should turn west onto Route D, continue for five miles and then turn south at the Shiloh sign.

Shiloh is a Christian home for children with backgrounds of abuse and neglect.  Children who attend Shiloh are placed in a traditional family setting where they are nurtured by homeparents.


The students of Rutledge R-IV School released helium-filled balloons Monday, August 25, to celebrate the beginning of the 1986-87 school year.  Each balloon was released from the school in Rutledge and had a self-addressed, stamped postcard tied to it.  The students hope whoever finds each postcard will mail it back to the school.

Rutledge School students and teachers would like to give a special thank you to Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Memphis for filling the balloons with helium.


A crowd of some 50 to 60 Booster Club members attended the Booster Club meeting held last Wednesday at the Scotland County R-1 Football Field.

The members viewed the new bleachers and watched the Tigers in a scrimmage game.  Also on the agenda was the election of officers, with Dave Forsythe being elected President; Tom Shalley, Vice President, and Faye Bradley, Secretary and Treasurer.

Head Football Coach Sam Berkowitz and Assistant Coach Dan O’Donnell gave a talk to the group.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 15.


The Scotland County R-1 schools opened Monday with a total enrollment of 969, up somewhat over the last year at this time when the enrollment figure was 951.  The breakdown by grades is as follows:

Kindergarten, 63; grade 1, 85; 2-89; 3-54; 4-67; 5-72; 6-74; 7-80; 8-68, making a total of 652 with kindergarten.

In the high school the total is 317 with 76 seniors; 73 juniors; 68 sophomores; and 100 freshmen.  The high school enrollment stood at 298 this time last year and two years ago was nearly the same as this year, 317.


Last Sunday morning as Edison Orton was leaving the Dewey Malone place in his truck he thought he heard a peculiar noise, but for a while was unable to locate it.

After hearing it again he decided to stop and investigate and found Michael Timothy Malone, age 2, caught by his clothing on the front bumper where he had been evidently playing when Mr. Orton drove off.

Michael was rushed to the offices of Drs. Keethler and Lowe where it was found that although he was badly bruised and received road burns, he was not badly injured.


A meeting of about twenty business men of Memphis was held at the Memphis Hotel Tuesday night at which a Chamber of Commerce was organized.  Temporary officers were elected for the organization, which will have their next meeting Tuesday, September 17th.

The temporary officers elected were Frederick Gerth, President; E. F. Bradley, Vice-President; Robert Ross, Treasurer; A. O. Hendrickson, Secretary; Otis Trickett, B. B. Alexander and H.F. Morgan, Trustees.

At the meeting Tuesday, September 17, it is hoped that many more business men and women of Memphis will attend and place their membership in the new organization.

MARY LOU (McWILLIAM) LEONARD – (7/18/1925) – 8/24/2016)

Mary Lou (McWilliam) Leonard was born July 18, 1925 in Memphis, MO and died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Heritage Health in Staunton, Illinois aged 91 years, one month and six days. She was the daughter of the late Crawford and Cora (Hardman) McWilliam. She married Lloyd Leon Leonard on July 1, 1944. They later divorced. They were the parents of two sons; Lloyd Charles and Michael Alan Sr.

Mary Lou was a homemaker, and a proud mom and grandmother. She was grandma and great-grandma. Claire and Alex called her Mama Lou. She enjoyed her soap operas and wrestling. Her hobbies included crochet, needle point, and other crafts. She was an avid, reader and had her favorite novelists. She enjoyed going camping with her family.

She lived, next to her son Chuck and family in Staunton, until she was unable to do so and at that time she lived with them. Later she moved to the Glenwood Assisted Living in Staunton until recently.

Mary Lou is survived by one son, Lloyd C. (Chuck) Leonard and wife Cindy of Staunton and their two children and families; Lukas Chad (Malinda) Leonard and their twins, Claire Marie and Alex Scott and Christa Kay (Timothy) Still and their four-legged family and Spike among other reptiles, all of Staunton.

Her son Michael Alan, Sr., preceded her in death March 13, 2014. His wife, Verla, survives, residing in Livingston, and their three sons and families: Michael Alan (Theresa) Leonard Jr. of Madison, TN and children, Amy (husband Cody) Knight and Robert Leonard and Savana Leonard; Benjamin, James and Derinda Leonard of Cordova, TN and children, Corbin and Sawyer; James Alan and Meghan Leonard of Highland, IL and children, Charley and Ryhan.

Also surviving are three nieces and their families: Judy & Gary Lake; Patty & Milton Clary; and Lori & Bill McBee, and a dear friend, Phyllis Koenig.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Waldo and wife Coleen and Charles; and her son Michael Alan Leonard, Sr.

No services are planned. Cremains will be interred in Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Memphis, MO with her parents and brothers.

Memorials can be made to Staunton Area Ambulance Service, the family or donor’s choice.  Arrangements were made under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, 108 W. Henry Street, Staunton, IL 62088.

Newton, Beverly Owings Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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Newton and Beverly (Jette) Owings of Sarasota, FL recently celebrated 50 years of marriage!  In honor of their anniversary, the couple spent three weeks in Hawaii where they enjoyed hiking, snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding and swimming with dolphins.  Newton graduated from Memphis High School in 1964.  The young couple met in St. Louis while Newton was serving as a cadet with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.   They were married one year later, on June 19, 1966, and have called Florida home for thirty-eight years.  Newton and Beverly have two children, a daughter, Amy Davis and family from North Carolina and a son, Kenneth, who is in the Navy and stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii with his family.  They also enjoy six grandchildren and Newton’s sister, Myrtle, who also resides in Florida.

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Arrest Made in Drug Overdose Death

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An Excelsior Springs man is facing a pair of felony drug arrests in Scotland County for his alleged involvement in the criminal investigation of an apparent drug overdose death last week.

According to court documents, Christopher F. Wold,  33, is facing a class B felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance and a class C felony charge of distribution of marijuana.

On Sunday, August 21, Stephanie L. Howard, 30, of Excelsior Springs, passed away at a rural Scotland County property and preliminary reports from the Bonne Medical Examiner’s Office and the Scotland County Coroner, Dr. Jeff Davis, indicated the cause of death was a drug overdose.

A warrant for Wold”s arrest was issued on August 25th. He is being held in the Scotland County jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Two Hurt in Crash West of Memphis

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Two local men were injured in a one-vehicle accident just after midnight on August 26th in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol David D. Couch, 20, of Baring was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt when the car went off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. The crash occurred on Highway 136, eight miles west of Memphis at 12:05 a.m.

Couch and a passenger in the car, 18-year-old Dylan L. Anderson, 18, of Memphis, both sustained moderate injuries in the crash. Anderson was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Couch was transported by private auto to SCH.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the ambulance service and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Original County Courthouse Rededicated as Part of 2016 Antique Fair Festivities

Volunteers who helped with the recovery and renovation of the old courthouse were recognized during the official dedication ceremony on August 26th.

Volunteers who helped with the recovery and renovation of the old courthouse were recognized during the official dedication ceremony on August 26th.

A crowd that easily could have filled the old log cabin 25 times over gathered on Friday afternoon at the Wiggins Family Museum on Highway 136 in Memphis to commemorate the dedication of the restored structure which once had served as Scotland County’s first courthouse.

“Today, as we dedicate this historic courthouse, we can also express our appreciation of each other and renew our dedication to our Constitution and our Country,” said Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.

The former Scotland County resident did the honors, offering the official dedication of the building, which was constructed sometime after 1821 when Missouri officially became a state and sometime before January 29, 1841 when the General Assembly of Missouri formed Scotland County.

“This building was constructed sometime during this period, presumably because a center for the administration of justice was deemed a necessity by consent of the governed citizens of an area of northeast Missouri at least the size of the combined area of what is now Scotland and Knox Counties,” Webber told the crowd.

The building had been relocated from its original construction site near Sandhill, to a rural Scotland County farm, where it was recently identified, setting off a process of acquiring the historic landmark, transporting it to its new location and a complete restoration.

Webber recognized a number of local residents who played keys roles in the process. The initial tear down and relocation work was done in large part by Eric Probst, Jeff McBee, Beau Triplett, Ronnie Brown, Larry (Doc) Wiggins, and Carl Trueblood.

Once transported to Memphis. the group identified the need for a different storage facility, as a taller ceiling was required to house the completed courthouse. Thus a new metal building was constructed to house the landmark.

“Just as those who were bound together to create this symbol of sovereignty so many years ago, a progressive few joined together in a sense of sharing resources and collecting resources, in a spirit of cooperation, went to a former site of this old courthouse; relying on their collective talents, removed the old barn which was collapsing around the structure, dissembled the building, loaded the respective parts and transported the remnants to this location,” said Webber.

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During the festivities, Dr. Wiggins dedicated the storage building to his late brother, former State Representative Gary Wiggins, who had served Chariton, Linn, Macon and Sullivan counties for four terms before passing away in 2001.

The new Gary Wiggins Memorial Building now houses a log structure built more than 175 years ago.

“As we recognize the rule of law protects our freedom, now, as it did more than 175 years ago, let this historic courthouse be a constant reminder, to the governed and more importantly to those who govern, the law works best while all work together respectfully, expecting some compromise, with expectations the public trust will always be served,” said Webber. “Those who visit here, because of a few who willed this monument would be protected and preserved, will reflect on where we were as a society, where we are in our current state, and where we expect to be in the future. Let us be inspired by the pioneering spirit of those who labored to create this old courthouse; that we will use our God given talents to assure all generations of Americans be endowed by certain inalienable rights; among those life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

During the service the efforts of the courthouse restoration crew were recognized. Eric Probst, Jason Ketchum, Arlo Trueblood, Chad Trueblood, Justin Winn, Tyler Henstorf, Rod Sears, Randy Woods, Wayne Winn, David Mohr, Jeremy Hamlin, Beau Triplett, Carl Trueblood, Kyleigh Trueblood, Leon Trueblood and Kenny Dieterich were all recognized for the efforts in restoring the historic landmark.

“Working under a strained time frame, these individuals, with great care and humble respect, assembled the parts of the building, made structural reinforcements and installed a new roof,” Webber told the crowd.

The crowd joined with Webber to officially dedicate the landmark, reciting the following :

“We re-dedicate this Old Courthouse – in memory of all it served – and to all future generations – may it always – be a reminder – of the rights and responsibilities – stated in our Declaration of Independence – and our United States Constitution – So Help Us God!”

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 18, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from August 17, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Commissioner Wiggins abstained. Motion carried 2-0.

Commissioners called Mark Konke, janitor, in to go over some custodial concerns.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with commissioners to discuss Road and Bridge issues.

Jamie Triplett met with the Commissioners about purchasing rock for road #262.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from August 18, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with commissioners to discuss Road and Bridge issues.

Jami Gonzalex, Aflac District Coordinator, met with the Commission to set up a time for enrollment. Enrollment date will be September 19.

Commissioners approved to pay invoice #1546 from C & C Contracting for repair of the courthouse dome.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, August 25, 2016.


I can remember the first time I decided to learn to hunt with a bow. I was about 30 years old. Yeah, I know this seems old to some of you but at that time I did more fishing than hunting. I can also remember my friend Tim easing my mind concerning my ability to use one. He was one of the owners of the store I frequented.

To me, the complexity of this particular weapon seemed overwhelming. His calm admonition to me was that once he tuned my bow and adjusted the sights, the principle would be the same as my gun. Put the sight on the target, hold steady, and slowly squeeze the trigger. Of course he was right and the more I practiced the more I became comfortable with the whole process.

Since that day, I have hunted with archery equipment more than any other way. And it all started with one thing; encouragement. It is perhaps the most powerful tool in existence. It has been the single greatest catalyst for more inventions, discoveries, and accomplishments, than any other motivation. Much of the time it is the difference between success and failure and always between fatigue and perseverance.

Encouragement is the offense on any team. It does not allow one to stand still but is ever motioning to gain ground. Just the other day, my granddaughter came in from soccer practice. The only thing she mentioned was the coach bragged on her. What do you think that caused her to do? Gain ground. Encouragement is the gift that keeps on giving. Are you an encourager? There is absolutely nothing that you will ever do that will move your interests forward more than encouraging those who work with you or for you. And while encouragement may even take monetary sacrifice, it will always return in multiplied and varied profits.

Is it any wonder the number one reason God wanted his people to come together each week was to be encouraged and to encourage others? It shames me how we have twisted this original idea into a knock-off from the Old Testament law. We have placed everything else above this main purpose. Instead of worship, praise, giving, and preaching becoming the means for encouragement when we gather, we have made each of these an end in themselves. And many times we even do it at the expense of encouragement. There is one thing for sure, when encouragement becomes absent so will the people who need it. Everything else they will be able to do at home. If you want your faith family to gain ground, encouragement will do the trick. Just make sure you have enough seats for them on Sunday morning. You’ll need em’.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Chief Usher

The White House, residence of the President of the United States, is a 132 room mansion. It has two basements, two public floors, and two floors specifically for the First Family. From its earliest days the domestic operations have required a general manager. For that purpose, President John Adams employed a man named John Breisler. Thomas Jefferson relied on his French steward Etienne Lemaire. These general managers held a delicate and powerful position that required the ability to communicate with politicians and officials as well as the presidential family and the servants. The title of “chief usher” became official in 1897. Today’s manager is still called the chief usher, a holdover from the days when the chief duty was ushering people in to meet the President and First Lady. The chief usher serves at the pleasure of the President and has no job tenure or civil service protection. Today the chief usher is the general manager of the building, overseeing construction, maintenance, remodeling, food, entertaining, and personnel duties, and creating the budget for the Executive Residence. The chief usher oversees the White House staff, which includes butlers, maids, housekeepers, chefs, cooks, doormen, housemen, florists, electricians, plumbers, storekeepers, engineers and others, and is responsible for coordinating the official public life of the President as well as the private life of the First Family. The present chief usher is Angella Reid, the first woman and the second African-American to hold the position. She was named chief usher by President Obama in 2011.


From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Blessings to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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Junior and Marilyn Blessing will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on August 28, 2016. Congratulatory cards may be sent to them at 13822 Blessing Drive, Downing, MO  63536.

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