October 18, 2001

Scotland County Raceway Letter to the Editor

From: Ron Anderson

Promoter Scotland County

Raceway

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.

12. NOTICE

(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

Society

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

Agreement



Agreement

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.



History

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.



Future

* 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

11-29-00



Phil Aylward, Fair Board President

11-29-00

Weed Eating the Road to Innovation

Members of the Memphis MoDOT maintenance team were honored for this tractor-mounted weed eater innovation helping to streamline roadside trimming.

Members of the Memphis MoDOT maintenance team were honored for this tractor-mounted weed eater innovation helping to streamline roadside trimming.

Memphis MoDOT maintenance team brings home two awards for weed eating upgrade.

HANNIBAL – Every year, teams of Missouri Department of Transportation employees submit entries for the Innovations Challenge competition.

“This is an opportunity for MoDOT employees to bring innovations dedicated toward best practices and being the best value to customers,” explained Amy Crawford, MoDOT’s Northeast District Innovations coordinator and area engineer.

This year the Northeast District had several qualifying entries competing in the showcase and one innovation that brought home two statewide awards – the tractor mounted weed eater, borne in the Memphis maintenance facility.

Shannon Partin, Todd Greenstreet, and Richard Hyde, of the Memphis maintenance facility, and mechanics Robey Farr, Cyle Jones and Payden McCarty, came up with the idea for the tractor-mounted weed eater due to how difficult it was to manually cut around post with the reflectors and the guard rail post with regular weed eaters.

“Our maintenance superintendent was looking for a way to make weed eating easier and faster around the delineators along U.S. 61, and he knew our crew would enjoy the challenge of creating a new product,” Hyde explained.  “This innovation allows us to easily attach heavy duty string to a tractor and closely cut brush and weeds around post with reflectors, guard rail post and cable rail,” he added.  It saves time, money, and cuts down on injuries that occur during regular weed eating such as sprained ankles, back pain and heat exhaustion. This weed eater only requires one operator in the tractor and one employee following behind in a vehicle verses an entire maintenance crew working on foot.

“The tractor-mounted weed eater was used last year to mow from the Iowa state line to St. Charles County on U.S. 61 in just two weeks,” said Richard Hyde, one of the Innovations Challenge winners.   Usually to complete this task in two weeks, it would take several employees from every maintenance facility along U.S. 61 between the Iowa border and the St. Charles County line weed eating.

There was a total of forty-one eligible district and division winners presenting at the Innovations Challenge showcase, and twenty entries competing in the Tool & Equipment Best Practices category.   The tractor-mounted weed eater won in the category of Tool & Equipment Best Practices Award, and also took home the People’s Choice Award, an award voted on by all showcase attendees.  “This innovation is a valuable asset in daily MoDOT operations, and it will be considered by all 174 maintenance facilities throughout the state,” Crawford concluded.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

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

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

The minutes from April 20, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Presiding Commission Ebeling reported he attended a pipeline safety meeting in Kahoka Wednesday evening.

The Commission reviewed and approved the 2016 Railroad and Utility Schedule 13s and Form 40 as presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

At 9:30 a.m. Commissioner Wiggins moved to enter executive session pursuant to RSMo § 610.021(3).  The motion was seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling, and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to exit executive session at 9:36 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

The Commission signed the new IV-D County Reimbursement Cooperative Agreement with the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division as presented by George Cramer.

Bids for bulk diesel fuel were opened and read as follows:

Prairieland FS, Inc. bid $1.891 base price on 2,160 gallons of #1 ULS dyed diesel fuel with Dieselex and $1.621 base price for 37,840 gallons of #2 ULS dyed diesel fuel with Dieselex.

MFA Oil Company presented a bid of $1.7306 base price per gallon of #2 ULSD premium boss dyed diesel fuel.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to accept the bid from FS as lowest and best. Motion seconded by Commissioner Clatt.  Motion carried 3-0.

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, April 27, 2016.

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Commissioners Ebeling, Clatt, and Wiggins attended a Northeast Regional Commissioners meeting in Edina.  Speakers included Paula Gough, MoDOT District Engineer; Dick Burke, MAC Executive Director, and Ivan Schraeder, attorney.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

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

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

The minutes from April 21, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular and executive session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission issued a letter of support to the City of Memphis for a recycling grant application being submitted to the Northeast Solid Waste Management District.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

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, April 28, 2016

Shocking Hunt

No matter how long you’ve been doing something, there is always a first. This truth goes for turkey hunting and it goes for me.  Let me explain. I had decided at the last minute to go hunting that morning. I was about thirty minutes late but was still able to arrive before the hens flew off the roast. My lateness however, made me guess as to where the turkeys might be. I guessed wrong.

After about forty-five minutes of calling and listening, I decided to move around the farm to see if I could entice a gobble from a listening tom. Finally after another forty-five minutes, I heard one in the distance. He was over two ridges and there was a lot of thick stuff between him and me. He was actually on the next farm over and probably making his way to a popular field. The decision I had to make was to either walk and climb directly toward the sound or to back off, drive my SUV around to the other farm, and try to get set up on him from there. I decided on the latter.

The whole process took probably about thirty minutes. When I pulled in at the other farm the owner was there working. I stopped and talked for a few minutes and then eased out to the location where I was hoping to run into my gobbler.  The field that I was working was about five acres. It was fenced in with barbed wire but there was a small section (about two acres) that was fenced in again with one strand of barbed wire that had been electrified. The electric fence was to keep a young group of heifers from wandering too far off. Since the electric fence was only about two feet high, I had no problem in stepping over it to get where I was going. When I finally made it to the end of the field I proceeded to make some really loud calls with my box call. After a few aggressive calls, the tom gave up his location. He was just below me in the hollow. I quickly set up two decoys and stepped across the electric fence at a corner where the electric fence and the main fence came together. I sat down with my back to a small tree that had grown up in the fence but after extending my gun, I was dangerously close to the electric one. I had no choice but to sit tight. I made one more call and sure enough, that turkey that was once down in the hollow was now on the edge of my field. But since the hill rolled slightly, I couldn’t see him yet.

I eased my gun and propped it up on my knee. My eyes gazed back and forth, looking for a fan or a head, or something. But there was no sign yet. And then it happened. I tried to make a slight adjustment in my position and when I did my gun touched the electric wire! It started in my left arm and immediately shot through my right foot. I jumped, jerked, kicked the small tree like a mule, and after my self-administered defibrillation, I never heard or seen my bird again. I hope that experience is not only my first but my last. My heart won’t take it again.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797) serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected our third President.  He was a proponent of democracy and individual rights, which motivated American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at both the state  and national level. Primarily  of English ancestry, Jefferson was born and educated in Virginia. He graduated  from the College of William and Mary and practiced law. During the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration, drafted the law for religious freedom as a Virginia legislator, and served as a wartime governor. He became the United States Minister to France in May 1778, and was the nation’s first Secretary of State in  1790 under President George Washington. Jefferson and James Madison organized the Democratic-Republican Party to                oppose the Federalist party during the formation of the First Party System. With Madison, he anonymously wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798-1799, which sought to embolden states’ rights in opposition to the national government by nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts. He was a skilled writer and was the author of “Notes on the State of Virginia” (1785). It is considered the most important American book published before 1800. He married Martha Wayles Skelton whose marriage produced six children but only two daughters survived to adulthood. Thomas Jefferson died July 4, 1826 at the age of 83.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Maybe We Could Break Away From Being The Way We Are

I know.  I know that is a rather strange, maybe obscure, title.  It isn’t exactly how I think it should be; but the thread is.  I wish to address those of us who go through our days as if we give them little thought as to how they might advance from dull routine to incredible adventure.

This isn’t all there is.  Life is popping with unpopped kernels of exploration as well as potential.  Yet, we sub or unconsciously settle for less; fewer dreams, smaller hopes. We seem to give up while proceeding onward.

But maybe we could break away from the “going nowhere” indifference that really brings very little satisfaction.  Just maybe we could break into a dream-like world where the fabulous happens and the impossible becomes possible.  After all, that is the walk and the talk of Jesus.

Have you accepted the fact that life to this point is all there is?  Do you believe that it is quite acceptable to love those who love you and hate those who hate you as if nothing can change the latter?  Are you convinced that the “beyond imagination” passage of Ephesians three is broken and, therefore, the way it is…. is the way it will always be?

Have you lost hope? Wonder? Enthusiasm?

I think many have.  I believe mankind-at-large either never knew or else has forgotten to reach for the stars because the wonder of God is out there.

We see others do it.  Why can’t we?  This activity of great hope is as close as flipping the Off switch in our hearts to On.  I witness some stuck in bitterness.  Their days are full of negativity and sarcasm.  Blame is the constant name of their game. But such is glaring error.

We are within a given heartbeat to rethink.  We can rethink our “doom and gloom” attitude by believing that what isn’t yet can become.  This isn’t for some. It is for everyone.

Maybe we could break away from being the way we are?  Well, if the way we are is grumpy, grouchy, and gruntled (as in dis), then a new life awaits.  It doesn’t linger when or if others change… ever.

A renovated experience of being blessed presents itself in immediate possibility by you and me simply believing those rough and negative situations will change once we accept responsibility to take a personal step forward by seeing raw hope in every situation.  Our happiness is never dependent upon the behavior of another.  It is clearly dependent upon how we choose to manage our interior thoughts.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis recorded 20 admissions and 18 dismissals from April 4 – May 1, 2016.

ADMISSIONS: 4/4/16 – Arleta Miller, Lancaster 4/6/16 – Stacy Sapp, Memphis 4/7/16 – Jensen Hayes Burkholder, Downing 4/19/16 – Beverly Dieterich, Arbela; Roy Watson, Memphis 4/20/16 – Emmett Phillips, Memphis 4/21/16 –  Leslie Downing, Memphis; Gary Boatman, Arbela 4/22/16 -CaliRae Marie Buckallew, Memphis; Anna Buckallew, Memphis

DISMISSALS: 4/6/16 – Arleta Miller, Lancaster; 4/7/16 – Stacy Sapp, Memphis; Morris Walker, Memphis 4/8/16 – Jensen Hayes Burkholder, Downing 4/18/16 – Donna Meeks, Memphis 4/21/16 – Roy Watson, Memphis 4/23/16 – Gary Boatman, Arbela; Leslie Downing, Arbela 4/25/16 – Anna Buckallew, Memphis; CaliRae Buckallew, Memphis

Red Cross to Host Memorial Blood Drive

blood drive

The American Red Cross is joining Team Stryker and the family of Stryker Anderson in honoring Stryker’s brief life with a blood drive in his memory. Donors will have the opportunity to remember Stryker and help other patients in need during the drive in Memphis, MO on Tuesday, May 10th from 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Stryker was born with a rare chromosomal blood disorder. He was the first infant ever reported to have this blood disorder that only 66 adults in the world have ever had and thus required daily blood and platelet transfusions. These donations allowed Stryker more time with his family, but he eventually lost his life to total organ failure. Though her son’s life was cut tragically short, Stryker’s mother, Joni Anderson, focuses instead on the positive impact of blood donations. “If it weren’t for blood donors, we would have had to say goodbye before we were ready,” said Anderson.

The blood drive on May 10th will not only serve as a memorial to Stryker, but blood collected can also help patients currently in need. “There are more patients like Stryker who cannot make their own red cells or who are on life support,” said Anderson. “Blood is life support.”

This spring, the Red Cross and Team Stryker invite individuals to “Be Stryker Strong” by giving blood to help patients. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations everyday to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and bum victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease.

To donate, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

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Volunteer to clean up litter through May 15 and report efforts at nomoretrash.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one-month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as discarded plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags, and it can kill them,” said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter can also poison wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”

Jerek added that helium balloons released for social or celebratory reasons can also become a litter threat to fish and wildlife, which may consume or get tangled in the deflated balloons and ribbons.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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An estimated one billion or more people in 192 countries commemorated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, including the City of Memphis.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported a pair of trees were planted in Johnson Park as part of the celebration that fosters environmental awareness while promoting such activities as community clean ups, and like this year, planting trees.

This year Earth Day Network focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide.

“Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

Recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Memphis continues to promote tree health and expansion of the tree inventory within city limits. The city offers free tress for planting on city right-of-ways on private property.

“The City of Memphis is again giving a tree to residents who will help with its survival,” said Monroe. “The trees will be planted by city employees on city right of ways.  Species will be determined by tree ordinance with consideration given to utilities at the location of the tree.”

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

According to the US Census Bureau, trees play a key role in the national economy. More than 54,000 people are employed in forestry fields. More than 2.5 million homes nationwide are heated primarily by wood-burning, which is more than 2% of all housing.

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Help Kickoff 2016 Scotland County Speedway Season on May 7th

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

After losing a pair of spring shows to Mother Nature, Scotland County Speedway is hoping to kick off its 2016 schedule of special races with a bang on Saturday, May 7th when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will travel to Memphis.

Modifieds have been added to the card courtesy of J & J AG, Jon and Jardin Fuller, for a show that will also feature Stock Cars, Sport Mods, and Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30, p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand prices will be adults $20, students $10 and 6 & under free.  Pit pass will be $30.  Check out Scotland County Speedway on Facebook for more information.

The stop in Memphis on Saturday will cap off a three-day run across Iowa and Missouri. The MLRA late models will hit Donnellson, IA on May 5th for a $3,000 to win race at Lee County Speedway. The following night they will be chasing a similar purse at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA before arriving at Scotland County Speedway for another $3,000 race.

The circuit was last in action on Sunday afternoon, April 17th at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize.

Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pileup caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22-lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner-up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

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