September 6, 2001

Points Leaders Prevail In Scotland County Raceway Season Finale




Only two drivers in the five division season finale at Scotland County Raceway chose to go for the big bucks, giving up top two row starting spots to head to the back of the pack, and neither figured into the conclusion of the race as the pole sitters took three of the five feature races.

Promoter Ron Anderson added a little spice to the conclusion of the 2001 season at SCR by offering a double purse for any of the top four points drivers in each feature event who would voluntarily start at the rear of the race and come on to victory.

The lure of a possible $1,200 purse was enough to make Chris Smyser give up his second row starting spot to begin at the rear of the 12-car field. The large cheer from the crowd may have had something to do with the decision as well as Smyser asked the fans to help him make his decision.

Points leader Denny Woodworth chose to stay up front along with Jon Fuller who was second in points and #3 points man Jody Wood. Jason Krigbaum moved up to the second row with the departure of Smyser to the back.

Smyser looked poised to give the crowd something more to cheer about as he passed three cars on the opening lap after the green flag fell. But his run would be short. Justin Fuller hit turn one hard and slid up the track collecting the #07 car as well as the #10 car. Smyser was unable to check up and rode through the fracus, losing his right front tire in the collision.

Fuller and Jim Gillenwater (#10) were able to stay on the track but the field was narrowed to 10 cars.

None of that may have mattered though as Woodworth ran at the front for all but the first couple of laps. Jon Fuller actually charged to the front after lap three and held the top spot until spinning out in turn four bringing out the races second yellow flag.

Woodworth reclaimed the lead but it was far from smooth sailing for the #45DW car as he had to fend off not one, not two, but three different challengers in the 25-lap event.

The #25 car posed the first threat as Lonnie Bailey rebounded from the early crash to move all the way up to second position behind Woodworth. That was not a comfortable spot either as Krigbaum and Tony Fraise in the #6 car also were challenging for the top spots.

Krigbaum moved into second place before being forced to retire after the #11 car dropped its drive shaft.

Fraise was the next driver to hold down the two spot. But he was not able to hold off Bailey and fell back to third. One thing remained constant, Woodworth, who never fell off the pace and went on to the checkered flag.

Bailey was second followed by Fraise, Wood and Gillenwater.

The only other car to go to the rear to chase the double purse was in the stock car class where Louis Lynch took the #71 car from the three spot to the back row.

Just like Smyser, he made a big push to open the race and passed several cars to move all the way as high as fourth spot. But he went out with a flat tire.

Lynch was not the only car headed to the pits as he was joined by Harley Hill and the #85 car with a flat tire as well.

Race leader Don Kansellar was close behind him when the motor on the #28k car gave way.

That left points leader Josh Walker in the #78 car to battle with the #14R car of Jim Redman. Redman ultimately won the battle and took the checkered flag. Walker was second followed by Pete Agee in the #14 car and Ryan Reese in the #55 ride.

The other three classes stayed firm at the top four spots.

The A-modified division was adjusted as the #4 points man, Mark Burgtorf was racing in Eldon where he won the Deery Brothers Late Model event. So the #69M car dropped from the second row, boosting Fraise into that spot.

He, Jim Fuller, Lynn Monroe and points leader Jim Roach all stayed at the front of the pack, figuring 25 laps was not enough time to pass the rest of the 22-car field.

Hindsight may have altered the decision making as the field was quickly narrowed and two of the top four drivers were taken out of the race.

The front four points men stayed in place to open the race and ran 1-4 for several laps before Fraise finally slipped past Fuller into third. All the while Steve Grotz was moving the #22G car up from his fifth row starting spot followed by Mike Delozier in the #16 who was right behind him off the sixth row start.

A pair of disabled cars brought out the first two yellow flags of the night. With 11 laps down the field went back to green. It was short-lived as the yellow flag flew again when Fraise tried to get a jump on the start and collided with Monroe. Fraise went to the pits with a flat tire while Monroe had to go to the back of the field at no fault of his own. He was followed by Delozier who also got collected in the crash.

That was just the start of Monroe's bad luck as just a lap later he got collected with the #35H car and was done for the night.

All the while Roach remained at the head of the class. He was building a big cushion between cautions as the rest of the field battled for the second spot. Fuller held that position until Kevin Cale got by him with the #3x car. On the next lap Grotz got by the #88 car and took Bob Dale and the #12 car along with him into third and fourth.

The #22G car was not done yet as it passed Cale and went to second. But the writing was on the wall for Grotz as his car was blowing smoke and also sparking from a wheel and he was forced to retire just a lap later after pushing Roach for the lead.

That set up the finish order as Roach held on for the checkered flag and the win. He was followed across the finish line by Cale, Dale, Delozier and Fuller.

With the victory, Roach wrapped up the 2001 track championship in the A-Modified class.

The B-modified feature was even more rough on the top points earners. Only one of the four finished the race and he had his best run of the year.

Memphis driver Jerry Reese jumped out in front from his second row starting spot on the opening lap. He moved ahead of points leader Danny Daggs and runner-up Jim Gillenwater and quickly began to pull away from the crowd.

Both of the later drivers were short lived for the feature race as Gillenwater left with a flat tire before Daggs blew the motor on the #04 car. Third place points man Bobby Cookson had similar troubles, falling back in the pack before ending up on the infield.

Reese got his main challenge from Jack Evans, Jr. in the #00 car. A string of yellow flags took its toll on Reese who managed to hold off Evans on several restarts before finally giving way with just three laps to go. Reese held on for second place followed by Jerry Poor in the #86 car and the #67 ride of Larry Larson.

Daggs maintained a large enough cushion in the points race to still claim the B-Modified track championship.

The largest field of the night came to the track for the Hobby Stock feature event with 24 cars taking to the track.

Tony Becerra and Roger Dresden started side-by-side on the front row. The two made things interesting early on as they battled for the top spot. Becerra opened with the lead but gave way to the #1 car of Dresden after the race's first restart. The yellow came out when the #74 car rolled in turn four.

Dresden's run at the front was short lived as the #1 car spun in turn four and was towed off the track.

Becerra regained the lead but quickly got a challenge from Jeff Soper and the #43s car. All the while the #3 car driven by Louis Lynch quickly made its way up to challenge, knocking off the #23 car of Larry Hooper to take over third place.

Lynch ultimately got by Soper to take second but was unable to reel in Becerra who went on to claim the win in the feature as well as the season points championship.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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