October 18, 2001

Scotland County Raceway Letter to the Editor

From: Ron Anderson

Promoter Scotland County


To: All Racers, Spectators, Race Sponsors and Interested Parties

It has been my pleasure to work with you during the 2001 race season.

I thank all the sponsors for the financial support and confidence in a first year race program.

I thank the racers for their patience while we were getting our staff and facility organized, and for continuing to support the track verbally and with their presence during the race year.

I thank the spectators for supporting the track with their presence and for their kind words of encouragement.

I am very disappointed by my failure, after numerous attempts, to even obtain a meeting to discuss the future of the raceway with the Scotland County Fair Board. As with any lessor/lessee arrangement a certain amount of disagreement and/or discord between the parties may exist. However try as I may, I have been unable to create a reasonable constructive negotiation between myself and the Fair Board.

I honored my commitment to build a program. We have a great race program, certainly with room for improvement but as good or better than most tracks in the tri-state area. We have had some of the most exciting late model racing in the country. (Where else do you see four wide racing at 100 MPH for almost an entire lap)? We have had sprint car racing at 110 MPH. Some of the best A modified racers in the country (and they are local guys), not to mention great B modified, hobby stock, stock car and two man cruiser action.

I am at this time sharing with you the offer I was never able to discuss with the Scotland County Fair Board for the promotion of the Raceway for next year and the significant future. It follows:

What I wanted:

1. A 10-year lease on the Raceway; (from West Side of the gravel road directly behind the grandstand to the fence at Highway 15. From the ditch at the north end of the Raceway to the fence before Lake Road at the South of the Raceway), and one quonset hut. This lease would of course require certain performance criteria, i.e. number of races per year, certain maintenance requirements, etc.

2. Control of all functions that happen on the raceway. (I'll be happy to cooperate with the Fire Department for the Demo Derby and the Fair Board for tractor pulls, etc.)

3. Exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising for the raceway.

4. Have permission to build and/or make improvements as required on the leased property (at my own expense of course).

5. Have all rights to vendor selection and product sales at the raceway.

6. Parking rights on the fairgrounds at no additional charge for all promoted events.

7. Untreated water as required at no charge.

8. Sewage disposal on a regular scheduled basis.

What I was willing to give:

1. I would have agreed to invest a minimum of $20,000.00 dollars in improvements to the raceway as my lease payment in 2002. (I would however, have the final decision on what improvements are made).

2. During the 2nd through the 10th years, I would have agreed to invest a minimum of $5,000.00 per year in improvements to the raceway in addition to $300.00 in payment to the Scotland County Fair Board for each week in which an event is promoted and held, as lease payment.

3. I would have agreed to do all maintenance on the raceway, on the grandstands (once they were brought to a serviceable state), and on the leased grounds.

4. I would of course be responsible for all utilities used by the Raceway.

The Raceway would still belong to the County and after the ten-year lease period the improved property could be leased to the highest bidder.

I believe this was a fair and equitable offer that would have allowed this promoter the freedom to invest in the raceway long term, the county to get a much improved facility, and the community to enjoy a quality race program as well as the revenue it would have generated for local establishments.

I made a request for a special Fair Board meeting to discuss this proposal during a special Fair Board meeting in August and stated this was an urgent matter that needed to be addressed quickly. I made numerous additional requests for a meeting in August to discuss this proposal and additional requests in September. At the end of September I was given the attached lease to sign. On Monaday the 15th of October, I spoke with the president of the Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, Phil Aylward, at which time he stated to me "there is very little wiggle room in which to negotiate" the lease.

This lease was created with no input from the promoter and is totally unacceptable with no room for the promoter to grow a program or to invest in the raceway with any reasonable expectation of return. Without a multiple year contract and the opportunity for growth and investment, continuing to try to build a quality race program is futile.

As the Fair Board pointed out in their September 13th article in the Memphis Democrat, "The promoter, whoever he is, must look at promoting weekly racing, as a business". Maybe they should consider how much money a race program brings into other community businesses and how many promoters are standing in line to accept this kind of lease.

Also attached you will find the original 2001 agreement which you will see has a first option to renew which has not been honored because the terms and conditions have been changed.

I apologize to the racers, sponsors, spectators, and community for not being able to continue and grow the program we all worked to build, but at this time I must reject this lease and again apologize for my failure to create a constructive negotiation and dialog with the Fair Board.

Proposed New

Lease For Raceway

This Lease is made and entered into this _________ day of ________________ , 2001, by and between Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, hereinafter referred to as Lessor, and R.L. Anderson, hereinafter referred to as Lessee, with reference to the Scotland County Raceway, hereinafter referred to the Raceway.

The parties hereto, for and in consideration of the rents, covenants and agreements contained herein agree as follows:

1. PREMISES. That Lessor hereby leases to Lessee and Lessee hereby takes from Lessor the premises described as the Scotland County Raceway track, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building. The parties hereby acknowledge that the Quonset huts and all other areas of the Scotland County Fair Grounds are excluded from said Agreement.

The Lessor and Lessee agree that Lessee shall have NO SPRINT CAR RACES AT THE RACEWAY.

Lessee will have exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising at the Scotland County Raceway for the period of the Agreement.

2. SCOTLAND COUNTY FAIR. Lessor and Lessee hereby agree that Lessor shall regain exclusive use of all areas of the Scotland County Fairgrounds including racetrack, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building for the week of the Scotland County Fair. Parties hereby agree that the Lessor during this period of time will utilize the track for tractor pulls, demolition derby, entertainment, or any other purposes at the sole discretion of the Lessor. The parties further agree that the Lessor will have until the Wednesday following the completion of the Scotland County Fair to clean up the racetrack and pit area.

Lessee will commit to provide two (2) separate nights of racing events during the Scotland County Fair Week. Neither race will be on the Saturday of the Scotland County Fair. All concessions and beer from these two (2) events will be payable to the Lessor. Lessee shall pay the purse, put on the races, get the proceeds from the grandstand and pit admissions.

The parties further agree that the Lessor shall have exclusive use of the racetrack, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building during the Scotland County Antique Fair for purpose of holding the Antique Tractor Pull. Said date to be set by Lessor.

3. RENT. During the Lease Term, Lessee shall pay Lessor rent for the leased property in the amount of Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) per event sponsored by Lessee or held at the Scotland County Raceway. Said payment will be payable on the last day of the month. The parties agree that Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) of this rental will be paid directly to the Fairboard account. The parties further agree that Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) of this rental shall be placed into an account for the material for maintenance and materials for grandstand repair or other general capital improvement. No labor charges can be made against this amount. Lessee hereby agrees to present a financial statement to the Scotland County Fairboard at least monthly itemizing his expenditures out of said account.

All mowing of the entire leased premises shall be at Lessees expense and shall be Lessees responsibility.

4. TERM. Subject to either termination as hereinafter provided, the initial term of this lease shall be for the period commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending on October 31, 2002.

5. UTILITIES. The Lessee shall pay all charges for water, electricity, gas and telephone used during the term of this Lease.

6. DEPOSIT. The Lessor and Lessee agree that Lessee shall pay to Lessor a deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) cash to be held in an interest bearing account (interest payable to Lessee if Lessee complies with all the terms and condition of this Agreement). The Five Thousand Dollars shall be payable as follows: Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) payable on or before October 15, 2001 and Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) payable on or before March 1, 2002.

Said Deposit shall be returned to Lessee if Lessee has a minimum of twelve (12) separate evenings of racing events between April 1, 2002 and October 31, 2002; if Lessee pays all water, electric, phone or other bills incurred by Lessee; and if Lessee repairs all damages and does all required maintenance to the leased premises.

If Lessee fails to fulfill any of the above conditions, the Deposit shall be reduced by the amount of said bill or maintenance cost. If Lessee fails to hold twelve (12) separate evenings of racing events between April 1, 2002 and October 31, 2002 then said deposit shall be taxed Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) for each evening of racing less than the agreed upon twelve (12).

Within thirty days after the termination of this Lease Lessor hereby agrees to return Lessee's deposit, or to provide Lessee with a written itemized list of damages, bills or other charges for which the deposit or any portion thereof is withheld, along with the balance of the deposit; and further, to give the Lessee written notice of the time and date of the inspection of premises to determine the amount of the security deposit to be withheld. Lessor shall send all notice, payments and statements to the Lessee's address as set forth in this Agreement.

7. MAINTENANCE. Lessee agrees to maintain and operate the Scotland County Raceway and keep the same in good repair. Lessee may at his own costs and expense erect or install other permanent fixtures on said Leased premises with the advanced written approval of Lessor. Lessee agrees that any such improvements become the property of Lessor without contribution from Lessor.

Lessee agrees to return the premises in as good as repair and condition as at the time of the signing of this Lease.

8. RIGHT TO TERMINATE. Either party may terminate this Lease at any time by giving the other party written notice thereof at least ninety (90) days before the termination date.

9. LESSOR'S RIGHT OF ACCESS. Lessor shall have the right to enter the leased property and inspect it at any time. Lessee shall provide one (1) ticket for pit or grandstand entry per event per Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society board member at no cost to said member.

10. OTHER INDEMNIFI-CATION. During the Lease Term, Lessee assumes all risks relating to the Leased Property normally associated with ownership of such Property, including personal injury claims. Lessee shall be responsible for any damages to the Leased Property occurring during the Lease Term which are not caused by the negligence of Lessor or Lessor's agents. Further, Lessee agrees to indemnify and hold Lessor harmless from any liability, demand, action, claim, loss cost, penalty, fine, clean-up expense or other expense of any kind or character including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees of Lessor, relating to such assumed risks or arising out of Lessee's use or occupancy of the leased Property during the Lease Term. Lessee shall also have Lessor listed as a coinsured on his race insurance policy.

11. MISCELLANEOUS. Lessee agrees to keep all track equipment in the pit area and not on the fair grounds. Lessee shall keep all fuel in containers which meet the Department of Natural Resources Regulations and under containment in the pit area.

Lessee and Lessor agree that Lessee shall do the following:

a. Promote and market all races in a professional and business like manner.

b. Hire all paid employees (approximately 25) from the surrounding area.

c. Hire local organizations for facility cleanup, (ie Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H).

d. Provide a family oriented race venue including some events for children.

e. Repair any damage caused during a promoted event.

f. Be responsible for track maintenance, concessions, rest rooms, and trash removal for all promoted events.

g. Be responsible for utilities and insurance for all promoted events.

h. Pay all race purses.


(a) In the event any notices are to be given to Lessor, they shall be addressed to:

Phil Aylward,

President Scotland County

Agricultural and Mechanical


Rt. 2 Box 144

Memphis, MO 63555

With a copy to Lessor's attorney:

Kimberly J. Nicoli

133 S. Main Street

Memphis, MO 63555

and deposited in the United States Mail, Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, postage prepaid.

(b) In the event any notices are to be given to Lessee, they shall be addressed to:

R.L. Anderson

232 Prime Street

Downing, MO 63536

And deposited in the United States Mail, Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, postage prepaid.

(c) For the purposes hereof, the date of mailing shall be deemed to be the date notice is given.

13. ASSIGNMENT OF LEASE. Lessee shall not at any time assign this lease or any part thereof without the consent in writing of Lessor.

14. CANCELLATION OF LEASE. This agreement is made upon the express condition that Lessor shall not be liable for any loss, damages, injuries, or other casualties of whatever kind or by whomever caused to the property or person of another, whether the person or property of Lessee, its agents or employees, or third persons, occasioned by any cause(s) whatsoever, including failure of lessor to keep the premises in repair or any other acts of negligence by lessor, while in or upon the premises, or any part of the premises, during the term of this agreement or occasioned by any occupancy or use of the premises or any activity carried on by Lessee in connection with the lease of the premises, and Lessee covenants and agrees to indemnity and save harmless Lessor from all liabilities, charges expenses (including counsel fees) and costs on account of or by reason of any such injuries, liabilities, claims, suits or losses, however occurring, or damages growing out of same.

Original Lease



R.L. Anderson proposes to market and promote all racing at the Scotland County Raceway. This commitment would be for a minimum of but not limited to twelve race dates starting in May 2001 and ending in September 2001. The classes of cars to be raced will be determined at a future date after meeting with area drivers and car owners. Classes will be discussed with the fair board, with the promoter of the races having the final decision. I will commit to race one night of late mods on Wednesday, July 4th, 2001 and one night of sprint cars on Thursday, July 5th, 2001, during Fair week. In addition R.L. Anderson agrees to relinquish one Saturday in September to the Antique Fair. All other Saturdays between the beginning of May and the End of September are reserved for and committed to the race promoter R.L. Anderson.

R.L. Anderson agrees and commits to the following:

* To promote and market all races in a professional and business like manner.

* To hire all paid employees (approximately 25) from the surrounding area.

* To hire local organizations for facility cleanup, (ie Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4H).

* To provide a family oriented race venue including some events for children.

* To repair any damage caused during a promoted event, less normal wear and tear.

* To be responsible for track maintenance, concessions, rest rooms, and trash removal for all promoted events.

* To be responsible for utilities and insurance for all promoted events.

Budget and Expenses

* R.L. Anderson agrees to provide the Scotland County fair board a security deposit of $2,000 to be deposited in an interest bearing trust account prior to the start of racing. This deposit to be refundable at the end of the lease if any damage caused to the facilities, less normal wear and tear, is repaired.

* R.L. Anderson agrees to pay the Scotland County fair board $500 per week for any week in which a race is promoted and raced, except for events canceled and/or rescheduled because of inclement weather or other unavoidable condition.

* All concessions sales and vendor selection (both pit and spectator side) will be exclusively R.L. Anderson, for all events promoted by the same. Spectator side concession sales will be conceded to the Scotland County fair board during the week of the County Fair, and during the Antique Fair.

* R.L. Anderson will have exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising at the Scotland County Raceway for the period of the agreement.

* R.L. Anderson will pay all race purses.


I would require the historical race data i.e. racers names, addresses, phone numbers, and/or any past mailing lists from the Scotland County fair board as well as any other historical information that might be relevant.


* If R.L. Anderson fulfills the commitments as stated in this proposal/contract the Scotland County fair board agrees to give R.L. Anderson first option to renew this lease for additional years at rates not to exceed a 20% increase for any single year.

By our signatures below we agree to be bound by the terms and conditions listed above.

R.L. Anderson, Promoter


Phil Aylward, Fair Board President


ROBERT VERNON COX (5/17/1924 – 6/16/ 2018)

Robert Vernon Cox, 94 of Lancaster, Missouri passed away at his home on Saturday June 16, 2018.

The son of John Anderson and Myrtle Annis (Dent) Cox, he was born on May 17, 1924 in Corydon, Iowa.  He went to school in the Corydon area and lived around Corydon and Cambria, Iowa for most of his young life.  He was united in marriage to Lois Gaston on May 26, 1948 in Boone, Iowa and to this union, three children were born, John R., Ruth and Mary.

Vernon is survived by his children, John R. Cox of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ruth Schmidt and husband, Bruce of Fairborn, Ohio and Mary Antal and husband, Randy of Lancaster, Missouri; grandchildren, Christina Cox, Amy Bennett and husband, Steve, Becky Allen and husband, Brandon, Robert Schmidt and wife, Tiffany, Jessica Tinkle, Jonathan R. Antal and wife, Lyndsi, Rachel Hanson and husband, Derrick,  Gail Melvin and wife, Diane; great grandchildren; Daniel Lantz, Alice and Grace Bennett, Conner and Christopher Allen, Zack and  Zoe Tinkle, Casen and Chayten Antal and Lydia and Lucas Melvin; his dear friend, Lorraine Stevens and family, Cyndy Ellis, Chuck Pearson and Lori Spears; his friend, Sharlene Zhorne from Tama, Iowa; one brother, Daryl Cox and wife, Hazel; one sister-in-law, Nellie Cox of Corydon, Iowa; many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mrytle Cox; his wife, Lois; his brothers, Dean and Raymond and one brother in infancy, Larry Dale Cox; nephews, Rickford Gaston, Jerry and Jeff Cox and one niece, Patty Casey; his in laws, Fred and Verna Gaston and brothers-in-law, Elon and Virgil Gaston.

After Vernon and Lois were married in 1948, Vernon worked for several farmers in various places.  In January 1951, they moved to Tama, Iowa where he continued working for farmers and farmed on a place north of Toledo for several years.  He sold out in 1959 and worked for Charlie Gary’s feed store and Tama Hatchery.   They moved to Toledo in March 1970.  In 1975, they built their new home in Toledo and he began doing carpenter work.  He always had time to do the small jobs many people needed done.

Vernon and Lois accepted Jesus at a young age and were very dedicated to not only attending Church, but in serving the Lord at the Otterbein United Methodist Church as Sunday School teachers, ushers, committee members and later in life became the church caretakers.  Vernon faithfully shoveled the walks and saw to the needs of the church.  He was also known to shovel half the neighborhood.

His hobbies were collecting trucks, tractors and collecting dolls with Lois.  Together they went to doll shows and traveled visiting many places including the Laura Ingalls Wilder museums and homes.

After Lois passed in January 2004, Vernon continued to maintain the home, carpenter and serve his church and neighbors.  In 2010, Vernon made the decision to move to Lancaster, Missouri to be near his daughter, Mary.  He was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Missouri.  He continued to garden up to his death and also volunteered at the Schuyler County Food Room.

Vernon loved to talk and visit with everyone.  He never knew a stranger!

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with H. R. Rogers, Pastor of the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Missouri officiating.

Pallbearers will be Robert Schmidt, Jonathan Antal, Zack Tinkle, Brandon Allen, Derrick Hansen and Gail Melvin.  Honorary pallbearers will be great grandsons.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. one hour prior to the funeral services at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.

Memorials have been established for the Schuyler County Nutrition Site in Lancaster, Missouri.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.

Burial will be in the Corydon Cemetery in Corydon, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.

Martin Scores First Career Sprint Invaders Feature Win at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (Friday, June 15, 2018) – It’s been twelve years since the Sprint Invaders last visited the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. But that drought would come to an end, as the series returned to the widest track in the Midwest on Friday night. All of it couldn’t be possible without the support of Pepsi Memphis Bottling Co, Casey’s General Store, B&B Propane, Lakeside Towing, KMEM, Walker Motors Collision Repair, Gas & More, NEMO Trader, and Hawkeye Trader. The nice crowd on hand got to witness one driver score his first career Sprint Invaders feature win, and four other driver’s claiming their first wins of the season at the track.

The 12 lap Sport Compact feature was first to take to the track, with Josh Barnes and Kevin Garrett drawing the front row for the event. Barnes would use his starting spot to his advantage, as he grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Housley and Barry Taft, who started 8th. The lead for Barnes only lasted for 1 lap, as Housley would slip past to take over the top spot on lap 2. But Barnes wouldn’t give up, as he looked under Housley over the next 2 laps. Housley would hold him off each lap, that was until coming off turn 2 to complete lap 5. Barnes was able to work under Housley, as the two raced down the backstretch side-by-side. Barnes emerged off turn 4 with the top spot. Over the next 5 laps Housley tried to work back under Barnes, before the action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 10. Seth Scholl, who made the long pull down from La Crosse, Wisconsin, came to a stop in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Barnes jumped back out front, with Housley and Taft glued to his back bumper. Housley would try to work under Barnes coming of turn 4 on the last lap for the win. But Barnes was able to hold him off to claim his first win of the season at the track. Housley settled for 2nd, Taft was 3rd, Brandon Reu started 6th and finished 4th, with Kimberly Abbott rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 10 lap Hobby Stock feature, and despite only four of the five starters taking the green flag the race turned out to be a good one. Derek Kirkland and Aaron Martin made up the front row, with Martin edging out Kirkland at the line to lead lap 1. Kirkland would look under Martin coming off the corners, even getting up beside him on lap 3 and 5. But Martin held the lead at the line each lap. Then coming off turn 4 for the last time Kirkland once again got up beside Martin. But Martin would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Kirkland at the line for his first win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Kirkland settled for 2nd, Rick Van Dusseldorp was 3rd, with Catlin Auberlin rounding out the starting field.

Evan Martin and Kyle Bellm led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 25 lap Sprint Invaders feature, with Martin using his starting spot to move out front on lap 1 over Bellm and his father Randy Martin. The fast pace Evan Martin was setting out front put him into lapped traffic on lap 8. Despite the lapped traffic keeping Evan Martin from putting some distance between himself and the battle behind him for second. It looked like he would go unchallenged for an easy win. But the one and only caution of the race appeared on lap 17, which would allow the rest of the field to restart on Even’s back bumper. Randy Martin and Cody Wehrle, who were battling for the fourth spot, got together off turn 2 and spun to bring out the yellow. Both cars suffered too much damage to continue. On the restart Bellm went low going into turn 1 and then slid up in front of Evan Martin coming off turn 2 to hold the lead briefly. But Evan would turn back down under him coming off turn 2 to keep the lead at the strip. One lap later, lap 19, Jon Agan, who started 5th, slid past Bellm to take over the runner up spot. Agan then made a few challenges on Evan Martin over the final laps. But Evan was able to hold him off to score his first career Sprint Invaders win. Agan was 2nd, Bellm was 3rd, Brayden Gaylord started 9th and finished 4th, with John Schulz coming home in 5th.

Twenty-four SportMods took to the track next for there 20 lap feature, with Adam Birck and Trent Brink drawing the front row. Birck took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jeffrey DeLonjay and Daniel Fellows. The two and three wide action was slowed for the first time on lap 4, as Austin Becerra, who started 8th and was running 4th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Birck moved back out front, with Fellows over taking DeLonjay for second. Fellows then tried to work under and even tried the top of the track to get by Birck over the next 2 laps, when the second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 7. This time Brandon Dale, who started 10th and was running 4th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Birck once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Fellows working to hold back Brandon Lennox, who started 12th, in the battle for second. One lap later, lap 9, DeLonjay’s run up front came to an end, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jace Gay spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Birck jump back out front, with Lennox over taking Fellows for second. Lennox, who was working the top of the track, used the momentum off the top of the track coming off turn 4 to grab the top spot away from Birck on lap 11. Birck, who was working the bottom of the track, wouldn’t go away, as he tried to work under Lennox over the final laps. But Lennox was able to hold him off to score his first win of the season at the track. Birck was 2nd, Fellows was 3rd, Charlie Weber finished 4th after starting in 11th, with Jim Gillenwater driving Fellows back up car to a 5th place finish.

The 15 lap Stock Car feature was the final event to take to the track, with Derrick Agee and Tom Bowling Jr. on the front row. Just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Eric Glass spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Agee grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Bowling Jr. and John Oliver Jr., who started 6th. After the completion of lap 1 Beau Taylor and Steve Mast collided in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Agee jumped back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. over taking Bowling Jr. for second. After another lap was scored complete, the final caution of the race appeared. Glass would spin in turn 2 to bring out his second caution to end his night. On the restart Agee jumped back out front, with Oliver Jr., Abe Huls and Bowling Jr. glued to his back bumper. Oliver Jr., who was working the top of the track, used the momentum to grab the top spot on lap 6. But Agee, who was working the bottom of the track, came back to take the lead back on lap 7. Huls would make it three wide for the lead, as he worked under both Agee and Oliver Jr. to grab the top spot on lap 8. Over the final 7 laps Oliver Jr. would work the top to try and get the lead away from Huls. But Huls was able to hold him off on the final lap to pick up his first win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

Coming up next at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be the Fair Race, which will be held on Friday, July 13th. Stay up to date on what will be racing during the fair, by liking them on Facebook.



Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO

Friday, June 15, 2018


Sprint Invaders

A-Feature: 1. Evan Martin, Lohman, MO; 2. Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA; 3. Kyle Bellm, Nixa, MO; 4. Brayden Gaylord, Wever, IA; 5. John Schulz, West Burlington, IA; 6. Tanner Gebhardt, Burlington, IA; 7. Brady Barker, New Berlin, IL; 8. John Greenwood, Woodward, IA; 9. Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA; 10. Randy Martin, California, MO; 11. Cody Wehrle, Burlington, IA; 12. Wayne Kniffen, Ft. Madison, IA; 13. Dave Keperling, Hannibal, MO; 14. Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, IA; 15. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (DNS) 16. Harold Pohren, Lowell, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1. Randy Martin; 2. Kyle Bellm; 3. Ryan Jamison; 4. Cody Wehrle; 5. Brady Barker; 6. John Greenwood; 7. Harold Pohren; 8. Dave Keperling

Heat 2: 1. Evan Martin; 2. Jon Agan; 3. Tanner Gebhardt; 4. John Schulz; 5. Brayden Gaylord; 6. Jarrod Schneiderman; 7. Daniel Bergquist (DNS) 8. Wayne Kniffen (DNS)

Shake-up Dash: 1. Jon Agan; 2. Randy Martin; 3. Evan Martin; 4. Kyle Bellm; 5. Ryan Jamison; 6. Cody Wehrle


Stock Cars

A-Feature: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 3. Derrick Agee, Huntsville; 4. Beau Taylor, Canton; 5. Tom Bowling Jr., Danville, IA; 6. Scott Jordan, Wapello, IA; 7. Steve Mast, Palmyra 8. Eric Glass, Memphis.

Heat: 1. Abe Huls; 2. Tom Bowling Jr.; 3. Derrick Agee; 4. Scott Jordan; 5. Steve Mast; 6. John Oliver Jr.; 7. Beau Taylor; 8. Eric Glass


A-Feature: 1. Brandon Lennox, New London; 2. Adam Birck, Canton 3. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, IA; 4. Charlie Weber, Sigourney, IA; 5. Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 6. Austin Howes, Memphis, 7. Austin Becerra, Carthage, IL; 8. Brandon Dale, Arbela 9. Kiel Morton, La Plata 10. Trent Brink, Bussey, IA; 11. Brandyn Ryan, Coatsburg, IL; 12. Rick Barlow Jr., Montrose, IA; 13. Jace Gay, Farber 14. Jeff Frana, Ottumwa, IA; 15. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa, IA; 16. Jim Walker, Mystic, IA; 17. John Anderson, Novinger 18. Kevin  Skaggs, Kirksville 19. Hugh Eddy, Milan 20. Jeffrey DeLonjay, Quincy, IL; 21. David Snyder, Greentop 22. Josh Petre, Atlanta 23. Cody Agee, Huntsville 24. John M. Anderson, Kirksville

Heat 1: 1. Adam Birck 2. Jace Gay 3. Daniel Fellows 4. Jeffrey DeLonjay 5. Austin Howes 6. Tom Lathrop 7. Kiel Morton 8. David Snyder

Heat 2: 1. Jim Gillenwater 2. Austin Becerra 3. Brandyn Ryan 4. Trent Brink 5. Jim Walker 6. Jeff Frana 7. Kevin Skaggs 8. Josh Petre

Heat 3: 1. Brandon Dale 2. Brandon Lennox 3. Charlie Weber 4. Cody Agee 5. Rick Barlow Jr. 6. John Anderson 7. John M. Anderson 8. Hugh Eddy


Hobby Stocks

A-Feature: 1. Aaron Martin, Richland, IA; 2 Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 3. Rick Van Dusseldorp, Oskaloosa, IA; 4. Catlin Auberlin, Moberly 5. Hank Billings, Keokuk, IA (DNS)

Heat: 1. Derek Kirkland 2. Aaron Martin 3 Rick Van Dusseldorp 4 Catlin Auberlin; 5. Hank Billings


Sport Compacts

A-Feature: 1. Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA 2. Brandon Housley, Ottumwa, IA 3. Barry Taft, Argyle, IA 4. Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA 5. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL 6. Kevin Garrett, Bloomfield, IA.7. Kyle Boyd, Ottumwa, IA; 8. Justin Anderson, La Crosse, WI; 9. Seth Scholl, La Crosse, WI; 10. Dylan Schantz, Luray 11. Justin O’Haver, Kirksville

Heat 1: 1. Barry Taft; 2. Brandon Reu 3. Kimberly Abbott 4. Brandon Housley 5. Kyle Boyd 6. Dylan Schantz

Heat 2: 1. Seth Scholl 2. Justin Anderson 3. Kevin Garrett 4. Josh Barnes 5. Justin O’Haver

Boom Truck Accident Causes Power Outage in Memphis

Power was knocked out across parts of Memphis again on Tuesday as bad weather downed several trees in the area, including this example on Clay Street.

A utilities service accident Friday morning knocked out power in a portion of the City of Memphis for approximately five hours.

According to city officials, municipal utilities workers were working at a commercial site on the north edge of town at around 10:30 a.m. when the city’s boom truck make contact with one phase of the 12470/7200 circuit and a ground on a secondary service drop.

This accident caused a circuit breaker at the substation at the light plant to ultimately lockout.

No one was injured in the accident.

Following a safety inspection of the system, the breaker was restored, returning power to the city’s electric plant. At this time, two additional circuits were identified as being tripped by the accident. One of the two circuits was able to be restored at that time, but the power outage continued for a portion of town as the second circuit was unable to be immediately restored.

The work crews were able to restore power to the municipal water plant, a top priority, at around 2:30 p.m. and ultimately brought the remainder of town back on line at around 3:30 p.m.

The city encountered a second power outage on Tuesday, June 19th as the result of stormy weather A downed tree limb knocked out power in part of town for approximately an hour in the afternoon.

City Council Approves Software Purchase for Asset Management, Work Force Administration

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall in a meeting rescheduled from June 7th.  Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Feeney called the meeting to order in the absence of Mayor William Reckenberg.  Aldermen present were:  Andrea Brassfield and Lucas Remley; Alderman Tom Glass was absent.  Others in attendance were:  City Superintendent  Roy Monroe; Utility Superintendent Stacy Alexander; Police Captain Bill Holland; citizen Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the minutes of the May 3, 2018 and May 31, 2018 council meetings.  Vote:  Brassfield, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the payment of bills as presented.  Vote:  Remley, Brassfield, and Feeney, all aye.

In citizen participation, Laura Schenk, representing the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Peanut Days will be held on June 23rd followed by the annual Safety Fair on the city square.

A request to conduct the annual fireworks display on Monday, July 2nd was received from the Scotland County Care Center.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to give special permission to the Scotland County Care Center to conduct their annual fireworks display on July 2nd. Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.


A uniform clothing policy was presented to the council for their consideration.  Council unanimously agreed to the proposed policy, which will now be presented to the employee committee for their comments.


Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to request propane bids.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.


Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander reported the City has been supplying water to Rural Water the past few weeks.  The City currently charges $4.00 per 1000 gallons to Rural Water and council agreed to continue with that rate.


A demonstration from PubWorks was presented to the council earlier in the evening.  PubWorks is software specifically designed for public works departments to assist in managing assets, tracking work and job costs as well as service requests and fleet maintenance.  Projected cost of the software was $7,500 which includes asset management, service requests, work orders, mobile application, and fleet maintenance.  Installation and on-site training are an additional $3,450.  Annual support and maintenance of the software was quoted at $1,500 plus a $250 annual cloud fee for the mobile application.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the purchase of the PubWorks software package.  Vote:  Brassfield, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.

Alderman Brassfield set an employee meeting date of Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:00 a.m. in City Hall.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees by a public governmental body.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Regular session adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Council met briefly in closed session. No votes were taken.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Brassfield, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Brassfield, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, June 21 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.  A nurse is available at Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Friday, June 22 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-3:30 p.m. for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, and nail care.  Blood draws from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-9 a.m. for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, and blood draws and from 12-2:30 for blood pressure checks, immunizations, and nail care.

Thursday, June 28 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations. 

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, June 21 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Friday, June 22 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Buttered Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, June 25 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, June 26 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, June 27 –Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 28 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake


Wednesday, June 20 – Board and business meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21 – Blood pressure checks here today. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, June 25 – AAA and CARE Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 26 – Movin On Group meets here at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 28 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

State Treasurer Launches Annual Effort to Find Owners of $1 Billion Worth of Unclaimed Property in Missouri 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Starting this week, the names of more than 100,000 Missourians who have Unclaimed Property will be listed in over 100 publications across the state of Missouri. State Treasurer Eric Schmitt today announced the start of this annual effort to reconnect Missourians with their Unclaimed Property, which gets turned over to his office by financial institutions, business, government agencies and other organizations.

“We have $1 billion of Unclaimed Property in our state, so I have made it a priority to get this money returned to its rightful owners as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Schmitt said. “This money doesn’t belong to the government, it belongs to the people of Missouri. I’m proud of the work our team has done to cut the processing time nearly in half and make it easier for Missourians to claim and receive their Unclaimed Property.”

An ad in this week’s Memphis Democrat features roughly 40 local listings for unclaimed property believed to belong to current or past Scotland County residents.

Missouri law requires these notices be published annually in order to list the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office in the past year.

Individuals, families, small businesses and others can check to see if they have Unclaimed Property online at www.ShowMeMoney.com. They can also sign up for email notifications when new assets come in matching their information and send notifications to family and friends to let them know about money being held in their name.

Treasurer Schmitt returned $45 million of Unclaimed Property in 2017 – more in his first year than any previous treasurer in Missouri history. Since Schmitt took office, the average processing time for claims has dropped from fourteen days to eight days.

Schmitt was sworn in as Missouri’s 46th State Treasurer in January of 2017. As Treasurer, Schmitt is focused on protecting Missouri taxpayers, supporting small businesses and empowering individuals and their families while overseeing the state’s $4 billion investment portfolio. To learn more about the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office, visit www.treasurer.mo.gov.

Two June Favorites Coming Together for Fun-Filled Saturday on the City Square

Two long-running June events are teaming up this Saturday to offer a fun-filled day on the Memphis City Square. The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce annual Peanut Day and the Scotland County Kids Safety Day are joining forces to help pack the square on June 23rd.

The day will get underway with a special breakfast hosted by the Scotland County Farm Bureau starting at 7 a.m. at the Memphis Fire Station. Pancakes and biscuits and gravy will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to celebrate Dairy Month and Kids’ Safety Day. Free-will donations will be accepted.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce will man the corners of the square starting at 8 a.m. to sell bags of peanuts for the MACC Peanut Day. Each bag of peanuts will contain prizes donated by MACC members.

The 8th Annual Kids Safety Day organized by the Scotland County Ambulance Service will get underway on the square starting at 10 a.m.

Representatives from local emergency services providers will give demonstrations throughout the day. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police Department, Scotland County, Rutledge and Gorin fire departments, Scotland County Ambulance Service and Scotland County Health Department will have informational booths and equipment for viewing. Other booths will be offered by the Missouri Conservation Department, National Weather Service, Missouri Fire Marshal, Adair County Humane Society and many more.

In addition to the educational opportunities, the children will be entertained with bounce houses and other games as well as snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, soda and balloons. They can also expect a visit from Smokey the Bear.

In addition to the multiple emergency vehicle displays, guests will also be able to cool off a bit while enjoying several firemen water games.

The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the free refreshments, door prizes will be given away including several bicycles.

“This event is hosted by the Scotland County Ambulance Service which holds and manages all of the funds raised for the event,” said organizer Derek Ambrose. “All of the funds that are collected go toward kids safety day and no other organization or department. I say again that 100% of all donations given toward Kids Safety Day go toward Kids Safety Day. All donations go to pay for the food, drinks, prizes, and entertainment that is provided free of charge to ALL that attend the event.”

Last year nearly 500 area children participated, the largest total to date.

“It is all about providing a fun and safe environment for children of all ages to learn about all the potential dangers they could face in everyday life,” said Ambrose.

Anyone interested in donating to support the 2018 Kids Safety Day or future events can contact Ambrose at 660-341-3671. Volunteers are stilled needed for Saturday as well. Anyone interested can contact Ambrose or get with him the day of the event.

Local Students Graduate From Truman State University 

KIRKSVILLE, MO — Jordan Dunn of Bible Grove and Emily J. Ebeling of Memphis were among the students to graduate from Truman State University during spring commencement. Truman conducted graduation ceremonies May 12.

KatRina Burgess of Memphis also graduated with a Masters Degree in education.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 21 consecutive years, and Washington Monthly ranked Truman as the No. 4 master’s university in the nation.

CPWSD#1 Announces Billing Changes

The Scotland County Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 recently announced changes to its billing system as part of the recent meter upgrades for the rural water service provider.

CPWSD#1 of Scotland County would like to notify all of our customers they will now be receiving a monthly bill for their water service,” said office manager Kelly Frazier. “If you do not receive your bill by the 10th of the month, please call the office at 465-7200.

The company is also now offering online payment options through Payment Service Network (PSN).

CPWSD#1 will no longer accept debit or credit card payments in the office. Those types of payments will need to be made online through the Payment Service Network.

The company also noted there is no charge to pay by check in the office. Payment Service Network does charge a $1 check fee to use its electronic bill pay services.

Frazier noted that PSN had mailed information to customers, and while the mailer indicated the wrong state, the other information was accurate, including the website for registration. Customers can go online to register their account or can call PSN to set one up.

In addition to the billing changes, the rural water district announced it is now offering leak alert services. Customers can register their cell phone number with CPWSD#1, either by calling the office or submitting the cellular phone number and the service provider with their next payment. Once registered, customers will be able to receive text alerts if a water leak is detected in their service.

The rural water board expressed its appreciation for their customers patience and understanding during the recent transition to the new electronic meters and new billing system.

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