May 9, 2002

Season Opener At SC Speedway

It was opening night of the 2002 racing season at Scotland County Raceway and it showed - not the track itself but on the track where a number of pile ups and car problems slimmed down the field for the checkered flag in nearly all of the six feature races.

As for the track, it drew praise from nearly every driver that entered the winner circle as the likes of Tommy Elston and Mark Burgtorf gave first year promoter Terry Hoenig excellent reviews. Hoenig gave much of the credit to Ryan Clark and his crew who did a wonderful job on their first official day on the job.

The season opener drew a large crowd to the grandstands but only managed a car count of 81 racers.

The hobby stock division was the main draw with 23 cars entering the night. Unfortunately that number dwindled rather quickly. Twenty cars made it to the track for the green flag in the main event. But a huge pile up in turn one and two took out a number of the front running cars including the 43s car of Jeff Soper of Kahoka who was running in second at the time of the crash. The 20 car of Larry Newman as well as the 77 of Bruce Summers were taken off on wreckers.

Frontrunner Tony Becerra took advantage of the yellow flag and the extended delay to head to the pits and return to action but he would not be so lucky later on. Soper also was able to get back into the race at the rear of the line along with Becerra but also "ran into" some tough luck later in the race.

The crash took the top five cars out moving the 98 car of Larry Asher, Jr., to the head of the pack along with 71G Curt Guiles with just 15 cars remaining running. Roger Dresden, who earned the nickname "The Dominator" last year at Scotland County with a lengthy win streak, remained in the middle of the pack, avoiding the collision. He looked poised to make a run before having to leave the race later with car troubles.

On the restart Asher jumped out in front with Guiles challenging hard. But in turn four Guiles lost control coming out of the turn. The car held off the spin but veered down the track towards the infield. He brought he car back up the track where it was hit hard by the 43s car of Soper, bring out the second caution of the event and ending the race night for both drivers.

In those few laps Soper had been making up some ground from the rear of the pack as had been Becerra and the 11 car of Mark Holt, all of which had went from front to back after the first pile up.

Becerra had moved all the way up to fifth while Holt was ninth coming out of the second restart with 13 cars remaining.

Holt proved to be the car to watch as he was moving up the pack quickly using a good line in turns three and four to pick off several cars moving all the way up into fifth place all the while Asher was holding onto the lead.

The field was trimmed even further with a collision in turn three that finally ended the night for Becerra as well as the 9 car to leave just 10 cars running on the third restart.

The 98 car was still maintaining the lead while all this went on, holding off the charge of Jim Hooper in the 23L car. But Hooper was not to be denied as passed Asher on what proved to be the second to last lap of the event. Holt was in tow behind the 23L and moved into second place. He looked poised to real in Hooper as well before spinning coming out of turn four. That brought out the fifth yellow flag for the event prompting track officials to throw the checkered flag on the race leaving Hooper in the winner's circle.

Asher took second followed by Duane Miller in the 3M, Bobby McCartney in the 1M and PJ Hudson, Jr., in the 99H car.

Heat race wins went to Soper, Dresden and Hooper.

B Modified

In the B modified class the night belonged to Jim Hooper in the 66 car as he never faced a true challenge, leading the event from start to finish from the pole.

The true battle on the night was for second place as Chris Larson came from his third row starting spot to dual it out with the 10JB car Joe Bliven. The later held to the high line in turns three and four able to hold off the low run of Larson to beat him back to the line and finish second. Larson was third followed by 2G Trent Grotz and 77H Bob Hightower. Jerry Reese of Memphis was sixth while rookie driver Logan Trueblood was eighth.

Larson and Hightower won the two heat races.

A Modified

The Miller Lite A-Modified class was the third event to take the track but was second to none as far as racing action on the night.

Some of the best drivers in the Midwest put on a top show for the fans as Steve Grotz, Mark Burgtorf and Tony Fraise all went head to head for most of the event giving the crowd some thrilling entertainment.

Grotz jumped out to the early lead quickly moving up from his second row starting position speeding up the middle of the pack to take the front spot.

He looked to be the fastest car on the night but ultimately was reeled in by the likes of Burgtorf and Fraise to make it a three-car race.

Bob Dale of Gorin moved up from the fourth row at the start of the contest to pull into third place behind Grotz and Fraise early in the event while Jardin and Jim Fuller were also holding their own in the middle of the pack in fifth and sixth positions.

Jim Fuller and Jim Roach got together in turn one bringing out the caution flag and sending both to the rear of the pack on the restart. That didn't last long as both racers quickly moved up the 14-car field back into a battle for a top five finish.

All the while this was happening the 69m car was steadily moving up the ladder from a fifth row starting spot.

It ultimately looked as if Burgtorf and Fraise would be stuck battling for second place while Grotz held on to a comfortable lead. Burgtorf finally got by Fraise and got a little luck when the 9G car spun out in turn for bring Grotz back to the pack for a restart.

The 22G and 69M cars went down the front stretch neck and neck for several circuits before Burgtorf finally was able to make the pass on the back stretch coming off turn two with just five laps to run.

Fraise followed the lead after the white flag flew and pulled into second place on the final lap, forcing Grotz to settle for third. Jim Lynch of Bloomfield may have been better than fourth with a few more laps to race as his 77 car was moving up quickly as well. Roach was fifth followed by Jim Fuller and Dale.

Burgtorf and Grotz were the victors in the two heat races.

Stock Cars

The stock car division is going to need a little infusion of new faces in order to make it through the year as only seven cars entered the field for the season opener. The class ran into similar trouble in Memphis last year and was discontinued.

Despite the low car number the racing action was still readily available.

Mike Robinson in the 78R car started on the inside of the front row and quickly moved to the head of the class. He never really faced a challenge on the night. That was not the case for the second place spot as the 11 car of Dennis Harwood was pitted against #78 Josh Walker as well as the 1 car of Heath Huggins and the 28K ride of Don Kanselaer.

Kanselaer brought out a yellow with a spin in turn four. However he was able to make up the difference on the restart and ultimately finished third.

Walker was not to be denied as he passed Harwood midway through the race and held off Kanselaer for second. Harwood finished fourth and Shawn McEwen was fifth.

Robinson picked up the heat race win.

Late Models

The Pepsi-Cola Late Models feature boiled down to a two-car dual as Tommy Elston and Tony Fraise were as close as their car numbers, 45 and 45DW for the entire race before Elston managed to pull half a dozen car lengths ahead for the final two laps to take the checkered flag. Elston looked like he was in trouble late in the race when he got involved with a lapped car. Fortunately for him the 45 car took a little body damage on the left side and more importantly did not lose a tire allowing him to pick up the victory.

Fraise finished second on the night and did take some consolation in the fact that Elston drew his finish spot from the entry lottery to send Tony home with the $100 in cash.

Jason Krigbaum finished third in the #11 car holding of Thad Trump in the #46. Those two drivers were pitted against the 3W car of Rich Westhoff in a hard fought battle for third place for much of the contest.


The finale of the night was the two-man cruiser class that saw the Memphis tandem of Jody Small and Tony Briggs take the win. The duo had piloted the 35 car at the front of the pack all night until the final lap when the 87 car of Peters/Peters got by into the lead. That all changed in turn one when the two cars got together forcing 87 out of the race and allowing the 35 car to take the checkered flag.

The team of Stott and Kropf was second in car #2 folllowed by the 34H of Hudson and Arnold and the 65 car of Hudson and Elenbaas. Stott and Kropf won the heat race.

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school teacher (Lois Quenneville), William Downing (Joe Fulk, who also provided the welcome), Dr. A. M. Keethler (Harlo Donelson), Ella Ewing (Teresa Cotton), the Depot ticket master (Tom Cotton), Tom Horn (Jeff Dyer), a Civil War soldier (Chris Kempke), a barber (Larry Riney), Granny Green (Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick), and a blacksmith (Frank Wineinger).  Tour guides for the evening included Lynette Dyer, Rhonda McBee, Leslie Clark, Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, Janet Hamilton, Brooke Wineinger, Angie Wentworth, Elle Wentworth, Melissa Miler, Gary Miller, Angela Westhoff, Scott Westhoff, and Jan Slayton.  Box office volunteers were Debbie Seamster, Ruth Ann Cairn and Pam Shalley.  Sheila Berkowitz made the flyers, tickets and videotaped the event.  Pam Shalley served as photographer.  Elaine Forrester provided refreshments including cookies, punch and wassail and Alisa Kigar’s 4-H group donated some of the cookies.







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

The Scotland County Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating National Pharmacy Week, October 16 –  22.  Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and other healthcare settings.  During Pharmacy Week, Scotland County Hospital celebrates and recognizes the significant role that our Hospital Pharmacy plays as a member of the healthcare team.

The Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is staffed by Matt McKee RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Jennifer Laws BSPS, Supervisor of the Pharmacy Department and Danielle Waterman CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician.  No matter the time of day or night, our physicians can write an order for a medication for our in-patients and the medication will be administered promptly after interactions have been checked, thanks to the staff in the Pharmacy Department and their cooperation with the physicians and nurses at Scotland County Hospital as well as the staff of Scotland County Pharmacy and Blessing Hospital pharmacists.

Many patients and their families are not aware that the Hospital’s pharmacy staff play a critical role in preventing medication errors, collaborating with other disciplines to optimally manage patients medication needs, improving safety and patient outcomes, and advising prescribers on the best drug choices, all while maintaining the proper inventory to meet the needs of the patients.

Although medicine can make you well, it can also harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications that aid you in your comfort and recovery.

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


Racing action will return to the Scotland County Speedway this weekend for the annual Memphis Fall Nationals. The local track will host a two-day show October 21st and 22nd featuring modifieds, stock cars, sportmods, hobby stocks, sport compacts and late models.

With temps expected be in the high 60’s as highs and around 50 for the lows, the racing will continue this weekend at the Scotland County Speedway for the Fall Nationals,” said promoter Mike Van Genderen. “This show has been a huge tradition for many years and has become one of the favorite shows for many racers.”

Curt Marks of Dubuque Moving and Storage has added to the late model purse, making it $1,000 to win, which should add to the field of fastest cars at the speedway.

The track will host open practice for all classes from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 p.m. for Saturday’s show.

With modifieds, sportsmods, stock cars and now late models all vying or a $1,000 top prize, the track is expecting a large car count as the 2016 racing season winds down across the Midwest.

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at

Cayden Carter captured victories on both nights of the Memphis Bottom Heavy Nationals held at the start of the month at SCS with his 10C modified. The Oskaloosa driver will be looking to keep his streak alive.

Tommy Elston was the winner in the late models while Jason Cook and Jeff Mueller staged a battle in the stock cars, splitting the wins.

More than two dozen sportmods participated in the Bottom Heavy Nationals, with the stock cars and modifieds also more than 20 racers, numbers the Fall Nationals should duplicate or exceed.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Pit passes will be $30 nightly or $55 for the two-day show.

For more info contact Mike Van Genderen at 6441-521-0330.

Missouri Department of Insurance Offers Free Assistance To Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment 

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging Missourians eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help Missouri consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans.

“Plans and prices can change from year to year and what you had last year may not be what is right for you this year,” said John Huff, director of the Insurance Department. “Contacting a CLAIM counselor could result in better coverage, more savings or both.”

Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri during open enrollment.

CLAIM can also assist consumers, who have limited income, determine if they qualify for programs to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department’s seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

With Halloween less than two weeks away, local organizations are preparing activities for area trick-or-treaters.  On Thursday, October 27th, the Scotland County Care Center is hosting their first annual Haunted House.  The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.  The Haunted House will be located at the front entrance/activity room of the Care Center.  Everyone is invited.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting their annual Safe Stops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Children may visit Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce members for Trick-or-Treating.

You will see a bright orange flyer at participating businesses which have treats for the costumed little ones.  Crossing guards will also be posted at each corner of the Memphis Square where most of the members will be set up.

There are several MACC members who do not have a store front on or near the square, but do have treats at their business locations on Highway 136 and Highway 15.  Names of the participating MACC businesses will be published in the Memphis Democrat.  Only those businesses with an orange flyer are officially recognized as a Safe Stop.  A parent or adult should accompany the children.

As a reminder, Harlo Donelson is offering a Halloween Candy Buy Back.  The dental office will pay $4.00 per pound for your goodies, $3.00 he will give to you and $1.00 will be donated to the reading program at the elementary school.

Along with the candy and costumes comes the need for added caution as youngsters venture out onto the streets to trick-or-treat.  Drivers are asked to be extra safe this weekend.  Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those times.

Children should be reminded to walk with an adult, remain on well-lit streets, if sidewalks aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic, and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons.

The new commitments were signed at a ceremony held in Des Moines and attended by seven of the top Chinese buyers of U.S. soy, Chinese commerce officials, top Iowa state officials and representatives from the U.S. soy industry. The signing ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were in attendance.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talked about the trust, honor and respect that have helped foster the long relationship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. soybean farmers, sharing a photograph that shows the Chinese leader’s first visit to Iowa in 1985. “It’s pretty neat to have the president of China call you an ‘old friend,’” he stated.

This year, U.S. soybean farmers are projected to export a record amount of soy and soy products, up from 62.88 million metric tons of soy and soy products, valued at $27.7 billion, in 2015. International buyers are turning to U.S. soy for a variety of reasons, including its quality, sustainability and reliability, to name a few.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) president Brian Zhenhu spoke about the trade collaboration between the U.S. and China. “This signing ceremony is just one manifestation of our cooperation,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by the U.S. soy industry. “We were honored to be joined by a group of Chinese provincial officials and crush company representatives, who traveled 7,000 miles to meet with U.S. exporters to sign 16 purchasing agreements,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, American Soy Association (ASA) director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “These agreements are an example fo the strong partnerships between the U.S. soy value chain and the international buyers who purchase our crop.”

The U.S. Soybean Export Council connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or

RICHARD W. BILLINGS (8/23/1946 – 10/17/2016)


Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.

Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School.   He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.

He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville.   She survives.

Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk.  He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.

Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby.   He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs.   He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out.   Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; stepchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step-great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family by signing the online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



Proud parents Zach and Jessica McBee of Memphis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Leigh McBee on October 1, 2016 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Payton weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Rhonda McBee of Memphis, Valerie Bair and Patrick Hines of Memphis, and Doug Bair of Kansas City. Payton is the McBee’s first child.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 20 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations. A nurse will be available at the Scotland County Nutrition site to do blood pressure checks.

Friday, October 21 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, October 25 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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