August 16, 2001

Smyser Takes Checkered Flag Twice In One Night At SCR

Yellow apparently was the color of choice Saturday night at Scotland County Speedway as none of the five feature events had fewer than three caution flags. The stock car division, the smallest of the night, even brought out the red flag when the 13 car of Michael Browning got together with the 71 car of Louis Lynch and hit the wall. Browning went end over end down the backstretch bringing out the fire department and ambulance service.

Fortunately Browning was uninjured. The same could not be said for the car, which was hoisted off the track by two tow trucks. It sat on the infield the remainder of the night as an ominous reminder to the rest of the drivers.

The evening got off to a start with RaceMart Dash for Cash in the late model division. The top three finishers from the two heat races came onto the track to participate.

Denny Woodworth (45DW) and Tommy Elston (45) drew the front row starting spots. Jody Wood (51) and Lon Minks (07) were on row two with Chris Smyser (25S) and Justin Fuller (66) getting the brunt of the blind draw with spots five and six respectively.

With six laps to dash for the cash the front spots had the huge advantage. That didn't stop Smyser as he aggressively moved up to challenge for the money. He passed Wood and Minks early in the contest to move up into third.

Woodworth had jumped to the front on the start and was holding off Elston. But with one lap to go, the 45DW car got loose in turn one and slid up high forcing Elston to check up. That was all Smyser needed as he darted below both cars to take the lead and head to the checkered flag.

The A-modified class opened up the feature events but the field only mustered 12 cars. The #12 car of Bob Dale did not start despite picking up a victory in the first heat race.

The dozen cars didn't last long as a big pile-up in turn three took out a couple racers including the 21M car of Lynn Monroe.

Jardin Fuller started on the pole and took the lead of the race early. He got his first challenge from uncle Jim Fuller in the 88 car but managed to hold on to the lead for several laps.

After a second caution the field was dropped to just 10 cars. The Fullers maintained the top spots but Steve Grotz came flying up from his fourth row starting spot. He moved from sixth place after the restart into fourth. One lap later he passed Jim Roach and the 13 car for third.

The Fullers luck ran out in turn one when Jardin spun out and Jim was unable to avoid contact. The 88 car went to the pits with a flat tire while Jardin and the 33 car went to the back of the pack.

That turned the top spot over to Grotz who looked poised to pick up his second win of the year at SCR. However the yellow flag took its toll on the 22G car. Two more cautions flew before the halfway point of the race, still Grotz maintained the lead.

The sixth caution of the night proved to be the downfall for the 22G car. With just three laps to go in the race, Jim Delozier took advantage of the restart and passed Grotz over the top in turn four to go on to the victory. Grotz finished second followed by Roach, David Holder (H23) of Clarence, and Jardin Fuller in fifth.

The hobby stock main event was set to be a showdown for the class as a bounty had been placed on the dominator, Roger Dresden, who had posted five consecutive wins at SCR.

However a broken starter wire in the heat race meant the 1 car was starting in the eighth row in the biggest field of the night at SCR with 18 cars.

Dresden started to pick his way through the traffic but it was hard going. He was caught behind several cars when the night ended for the 1 car with a flat tire.

That opened the door for a pair of contenders as Tony Becerra took the top spot early in the race. He had to do battle with Louis Lynch in the 3 car as well as Jeff Soper and the 43S car for much of the race.

Becerra lost one potential hazard when the 3 car went out in turn one after loosing a wheel. But the luck wouldn't stay with the 2 car as the engine bogged down with just one lap to go allowing Soper to slip by for the win. Jim Walker finished second in the 80 car followed by Larry Hooper of Wyaconda in the 23 car. Larry Newman (20) was fourth followed by Mark Holt (11) in fifth.

The B-modified class had the smoothest ride of the night. Chris Larson took the lead from his outside front row starting spot and never looked back as he cruised to the easy victory. Jim Gillenwater made the biggest move of the night as he came from the back of the pack to finish second. Jerry Reese held of a number of hard chargers to pilot the 2R car to third. Jack Evans, Jr. finished fourth in the 00 car followed by Danny Daggs in the 04.

The stock car class made its return to SCR with a field of just seven cars. However the division offered some of the best racing action as the field was evenly matched and often saw cars three deep in the turns.

Harley Hill of Wayland took the early lead in the class as he sent the 85H car to the lead from its front row starting spot.

After the collision that took out Browning, Mark Smyser came off the restart and passed Hill to take the lead at the midway point. The 69 car padded its lead from that point and went on for the easy win. Josh Walker took second in the 78 car followed by Hill. Don Kanselaar was fourth in the 28K car followed by Lynch.

Chris Smyser made it a perfect night for the 25S car as he drove to his second checkered flag of the night in the evening's finale, the late model feature. He quickly overtook pole-sitter Jody Wood in the 51 car and never was challenged until late in the race when Tommy Elston put on a run with the 45 car. Elston closed the gap in the final laps but was unable to get by the Silver Bullet and had to settle for second.

Lon Mincks of Ottumwa, IA finished third in the 07 car followed by Wood and Denny Woodworth in the 45DW car in fifth.

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6th


It’s almost time to “fall back” and return our clocks to standard time, rejoining 60% of countries around the world who use this time all year.  Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. officially comes to an end, Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

Each year, this “changing of the clocks” brings about discussion about why daylight saving time started and why it still continues.  Typical responses to these questions include “to help farmers” and “because of the World Wars”.

Daylight saving time did begin in the U.S. during World War I and although some states and communities observed daylight saving time between the wars, it was not observed nationally again until World War II.  But World War II is long over and some wonder why we still observe daylight saving time?

The idea of daylight saving is first credited to Benjamin Franklin and found in his essay “An Economical Project” written in 1784.  In 1907, William Willett, a London builder, published a pamphlet titled “Waste of Daylight”.  In it Willett states, “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings.  Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

About a year after Willett began advocating for daylight saving time, Britain set the ball in motion by introducing a bill in the House of Commons to make it compulsory to adjust the clocks.  An act was passed on May 17, 1916 to add 80 minutes, in four separate movements.  However, this act created great confusion and opposition with many adjustments being made to address unique problems created by changing the clocks.

There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument, and in the U.S., Congress has changed the rules a few times since passing The Uniform Time Act of 1966, which provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time in the U.S.  In 1973, daylight saving time was observed all year; in 1986, the system of beginning DST at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October started; and in 2007 the rules changed again with DST beginning the second Sunday of March and ending the first Sunday in November.

Who knows what the future for Daylight Saving Time will be… only TIME will tell!  For now, the shifting of time and the illusion of shorter days, will take place Sunday, November 6th.

Living From Both Extremes 

The system of church could use a vigorous boost.  The body of Christ will always do well to consciously remain new in Spirit day by day.  It’s this new zone which challenges us; calls for us to function from such a perspective.  It would seem that hope awaits us, the church, when we decline to function somewhere within the realm of middle-zone in order to operate from the edge… both edges…at the same time.

We are not right with God because we figured ourselves out.  We are saved because He figured us out. We do not earn our salvation.  It is a gift from God.  Jesus is the one right.  We are the ones who could not save ourselves.  When we make inward adjustments to believe we could not save ourselves; but that He did, an entirely new frame of walk should take place.  Any arrogance due to self-salvation should slip away as an atmosphere of humility should increase.

We are called to live from both extremes; the energy of the Holy Spirit while fully aware of the non-power of ourselves.  Faith on one side and surrender on the other, we become free to enter the dynamic that only God can supply.  There is no middle of safety or forewarning or management.  God runs the show and we most certainly do not.  Our job is two-fold; to stay out of the way and to get into His way.  We are to live from both extremes…and this takes, therefore, a double-commitment of sorts.

From human logic it would seem at first glance that we would be one or the other. Yet, from faith’s perspective it is both… simultaneously…confidence in Him and the lack thereof in ourselves…we are to be empty of self in order to be full in Spirit.  Living from these two extremes make life tick.


Conservation Department Investigates Elk Sighting

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

by MDC Conservation Agent Michael Collins

The leaves are changing colors and some trees are losing most of their leaves, crop fields are being harvested and the deer are on the move. It appears that the fall has rolled in to stay, or at least that is what the hopes are for the majority of hunters. This coming weekend is the Early Youth Firearms Deer Season, and, before long, the November Portion of Firearms Deer Season will be in full swing. For some people, there is something to consider while they are sitting in their tree stand this fall.

Recently, I received a report of a bull elk in Scotland County. At this time, there is no evidence that it is an escaped captive bull elk or if it is, in fact, wild. Nonetheless, it is definitely an interesting occurrence in Scotland County, Missouri. Some questions have arisen – if it is legal, or illegal to harvest. Here in Missouri, we are currently in the restoration phase of building a healthy elk population. There is currently no season on elk and they are a protected species in Missouri. Therefore, harvesting one of these animals is illegal. If you are afield and see an elk, please contact the local Conservation Agent in the area you are hunting. Of course, here in Scotland County, contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660)216-1374 or contact the Northeast Regional Office at (660)785-2420.

Currently, Missouri’s elk populations are concentrated in the Elk Restoration Zone, which is comprised in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds Counties – Elk are a species of Conservation Concern in Missouri due to habitat loss and overhunting by settlers. Before the coming of Europeans, elk, or wapiti, probably ranged over the entire region of what is now Missouri. By 1830, elk were becoming scarce; they eventually were limited to just the northwestern and southeastern parts of the state. By 1865, they were extirpated. Today, elk are being reintroduced, in large part, because of their popularity for hunting and ecotourism.

Missouri Voters to Decide Future of Sales Tax for State Parks, Soil and Water Conservation

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park  The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

Ever since 1984, 0.1 percent of sales made in Missouri has gone to fund state parks and soil and water conservation efforts in the Missouri in the form of a special sales tax.

On November 8th, voters across the state will once again decide the future of the sales tax.

Originating in a 1984 state constitutional amendment, the issue is returned to the voters every 10 years for reconsideration. Missouri voters approved the continuation of the tax in 1988, 1996 and 2006. Each decade, the initiative passed by a minimum of two-thirds vote, with the over 70 percent of voters approving the tax renewal in the latest election in 2006.

According to the ballot language, Amendment 1, if reapproved by voters, will generate approximately $90 million in tax revenue.

The Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks points out that more than 19 million people visit state parks and historic sites annually, accounting for $1 billion a year in economic impact, while supporting roughly 14,000 jobs.

The ballot issue is being supported by numerous conservation and agricultural groups as well as park associations.

Proponents note that a yes vote is not costing voters anything, as this is not a new tax, simply a continuation of a sales tax that has been in place since 1984.

Police Warning Businesses, Residents of Utility Bill Scam


As temperatures turn cooler, no one wants their gas shutoff. That’s what scammers are counting on, as law enforcement agencies this week issued warnings to local business owners and residents regarding potential scam phone calls regarding unpaid utility bills.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a case involving an alleged scam regarding natural gas bills. Investigators indicated a Memphis business was tricked out of $1,200 by an alleged con artist, posing as the local natural gas provider, Liberty Utilities.

According to the investigators, a caller to the businesses, stated unpaid bills would force the discontinue of natural gas service to the business. The scam included a 1-800 call-back number, complete with automated directions.

The alleged transaction was completed over the phone with pre-paid credit cards, which are purchasable at most retail outlets. Immediate payment of the debt was enticed with promises of waving all late fees and disconnect service charges.

While the scammer reported to be the local natural gas provider, similar cons have been reported in other area towns. The Kirksville Police Department recently issued a similar warning to residents in their city regarding scam calls alleging to represent Ameren Missouri, the electricity provider in that town.

Law enforcement encourages anyone receiving calls related to unpaid utility bills to search out valid contact information for the service provider, and to contact them directly to determine the validity of the charges. Customers also warned about any type of collection calls that seek immediate payment, requiring such payments in non-traceable currency, just as cashier checks, money orders, or pre-paid credit or debit cards. Do not confirm or give out any personal, financial or other sensitive information.

Amendment 2 Places Campaign Finance Limits Back on Missouri Ballots


At a time when voters are being bombarded by political ads and campaign propaganda seemingly non-stop, Missouri voters will be deciding if they want to try and place a damper on it with Constitutional Amendment 2, which is proposing campaign contribution limits for state and judicial offices.

If approved by voters, Amendment 2 would implement a cap of $2,600 for individual’s donating to campaigns for state offices, such as governor, secretary of state, attorney general or state representative or senator as well as judicial offices. Donations to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Amendment 2 also would make it illegal for corporations or labor organizations to make direct contributions to candidates, unless the group created a continuing committee of its own for such purposes.

Other facets of the proposed law would ban candidate campaign committees from donating to other candidates, and would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out-of-state committees that are not registered in Missouri. Contributions from non-citizens, foreign governments and foreign corporations would also be prohibited, while anonymous contributions could not exceed $25 each and could not account for more than $500 or 1% of the aggregate campaign receipts.

The proposed law would not cap contributions to federal candidates, nor municipal, county or other local issues. It would not impact political action committees (PACs) which still would have no limits on the amount of contributions that could be received and used to promote ballot issues or candidates.

One such example of a PAC is Returning Government to the People, which was formed to support Amendment 2. According to campaign documents, the group, is solely funded by one individual, Fred, N. Sauer, who donated $1.5 million to the campaign for campaign contribution limits.

Sauer is on the record as saying campaign contribution limits are in the best interest of the entire state, putting limits on wealthy contributors whose voices otherwise can drown out majority rule.

Proponents of the amendment point to the 1994 election, when 74% of Missouri voters approved Proposition A, that drastically limited campaign contributions, before it was repealed in 2008 by the state legislature.

Opponents of the amendment have voiced concerns about unintended consequences, such as funneling even more campaign contributions to PACS and other less regulated avenues, that would ultimately have no impact on the peddling of political influence and would make it even harder to track.

Jauflione Chapter NSDA Hosts October Meeting

Jauflione Chapter, DAR, met in regular session Friday, Oct 7, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality Room with Regent June Kice and acting Secretary, for this meeting, Terry Arnold.

The first order of business was a very informative presentation by Daisy Murphy, Scotland County Care Center Administrator. Daisy answered many questions for all present.

The business meeting was then called to order in Ritualistic form by Regent June Kice.

Roll call was answered by 11 members naming a famous American woman.

President General’s Message was read by Regent Kice. National Defense lesson was also given by Regent Kice in the absent of the Chairman, Marlene Cowell. Indian Minute was read by Nelda Billups. There was no Constitution Minute read.

Treasurer’s Report, prepared by Kathy Kiddoo, was given by Rita Stott. Kathy reported that she has received dues from many members. She reported that program books have been given to everyone who has paid their dues.

A discussion of eligibility for DAR membership followed.

Regent Kice reported that the “Thank You Veterans” reception will be held Nov. 4th, 2016, at the Hud Housing Meeting Room. Plans were finalized for the reception. It was decided not to mail invitations this year. Advertising will be by radio and the county paper. Posters will also be displayed in businesses around Memphis.

Regent Kice reported receiving a letter from the N. E. District Director Cheryl Varvil. Ms. Varvil will be planning to visit our Chapter after the first of the year.

New business consisted of voting on the two names presented for membership at the Sept. meeting. The vote was positive for both.

Registrar Patricia Miller will begin working on the documentation for their memberships. Volunteer hours were recorded and will be sent to the State chairperson.

The business meeting was closed.

Delicious refreshments were served by Nelda Billups and Verlee Dauma. Beautiful fall themed decorations were displayed on all tables. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis, Secretary

Funeral Services October 27th for Charles Ammons

Funeral services for Charles W. Ammons, 56, of Memphis will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 27 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis.   Burial will follow in the Gorin Cemetery.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 Charles W. Ammons died Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

Ruby Red Hats Travel to Quincy

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge went to Quincy on Monday, October 17, 2016, to Curtis Creek.  (Mona Tague was a resident until her passing.)  Curtis Creek invited us to come and was the hostess.

Those attending were Jewel See, Alice Ann Gipson, Virginia Hustead, Reva Hustead, Celina Erickson, Marjorie Peterson, Dorothy Hunolt, Joann Rood, Robin Sappington, Marlene Henry, Joyce Bass, Ruth Ludwick, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Bette Wiley.

The November meeting will be on the 21st at Big Bri’s Family Place in Wyaconda at 11:00 a.m.  For those carpooling, we will meet at Zimmerman’s at 10:15 a.m.  For more information, call 660-342-1819.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips and Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.  Another day they went to Kalona, IA.  They then went to Iowa City for lunch.

Jim and Nancy Jo went on the color drive in Illinois.

Rutledge Fire Department Pizza Party is Friday night, Oct. 28th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the new Community Building.

Some of those in this week were Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Philips, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Milt Clary, Don Tague, Ruth Ann Carnes, Victor Childers.

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