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.

Cruisers

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.

Happy Red Hatters Meet in Memphis

The Happy Red Hatters of Downing, MO had lunch at the Scotland County Nutrition Center in Memphis on August 10, 2017.

 The hostess was Carolyn Schmitter, Those present were Bette Herbert, Marilyn Blessing, Betty Anderson, Arlene Stice, Carolyn Schmitter, Margaret Mobley, Louise Newland, Rosalie Kinney, and Maudie Oliver.

 The September 7, 2017 meeting will be held at the Downing Appreciation Days Building.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Monday, August 21 – French Toast Sticks, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 22 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 23 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Monday, August 21 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Rounds, Pork and Beans, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 22 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Buttered Corn, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 23 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, California Blend Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Local Students Graduate With Honors From MU

Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis was among the 2017 spring graduates at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Howard graduated with Cum Laude honors with a Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Jeremy Wiggins of Kahoka graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, BSBA with an emphasis in management as well as an undergraduate certificate and multicultural studies certificate.

Avery Shultz Selected to Perform with National FFA Band at 2017 National Convention & Expo

Avery Shultz, a member of the Memphis FFA chapter in Memphis, Missouri will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 25-28 during the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Shultz, a sophomore and the daughter of Trent and Amy Shultz, has been selected to play flute in the National FFA Band.

Shultz submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide.

The National FFA Band will perform several times during the national convention and expo.

Shultz will join fellow band members in Indianapolis for rehearsals three days before the convention and expo begins. Dow Agrosciences sponsors the National FFA Band.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,353 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

St. Louis Group Searches for Historic Civil War Battle Site

Members of the Gateway Metal Detecting Club of St. Louis display their first find of the day, what is believed to be a Union bullet, during a recent search in the Bible Grove area for the site of the Civil War Battle of Vassar Hill. Bible Grove resident Jordan Dunn (left) helped facilitate the recent outing.

More than 150 years ago the sounds of gunfire rang out across the hills and valleys of southern Scotland County as America’s Civil War found its way to rural northeast Missouri in the form of the Battle of Vassar Hill.

While the struggle isn’t found in most Civil War history books as the 28 confirmed casualties didn’t likely have much impact on the war’s outcome, it remains an interesting part of local history.

In an effort to help confirm some of the lore surrounding the fighting, members of the St. Louis Metal Detecting Club recently visited the Bible Grove area in search of artifacts that might help determine the actual battle sites.

Bible Grove resident Jordan Dunn, who took part in the search process, shared some of the history surrounding the county’s Civil War conflict.

“Fifteen miles south of Memphis, near the town of Bible Grove, there was a skirmish fought between Confederate and Union troops on July 18, 1862,” he said. “Confederate riders had set out from Memphis and rode south, where they would set up an ambush on the old Memphis-Kirksville road.”

Dunn, who is a history major at Truman State University in Kirksville, spent this summer doing an internship at the Missouri Civil War Museum in St. Louis.

Dunn said the battle began as the 125-man Confederate force dug into Vassar Hill, waiting for the 280 Union soldiers to cross the North Fabius River and fall into their attack.

History tells that with each series of volleys, the Confederate men would fall back to a new defensive position and wait for the Union commander to order another advance. For two hours this went on, the valley filling with smoke, men and horses being killed or wounded.

“Finally the Union commander ordered his men back, believing the Confederate force that he faced to be far superior in number than the reality,” said Dunn.

Union casualties numbered 23 in total with an additional 60 being wounded, compared to the five killed or wounded for the Confederate army.

But inconsistent reports and stories have left the actual location of the Battle of Vassar Hill up for debate.

“Because of the conflicting records there is a chance that the main location of the fighting has yet to be detected,” said Dunn.

Matt Brewer helped facilitate the operation, granting permission for the searchers to access the Brewer farm, while also sharing some of the many different versions of the history, which highlighted no fewer than three possible locations to focus the efforts upon.

Dunn and his family members, including his grandfather Keith, joined the club members, scouring over approximately 20 acres of land. They discovered two Union bullets and four other mini-balls, leading them to believe that more searching could lead to the discovery of where this battle took place over 150 years ago.

Memphis License Office Set to Reopen August 22nd Under New Management

After nearly four months without a local option for driver’s license renewals and motor vehicle registrations, Scotland County will be back in business starting next week.

The Office of Administration, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Revenue, has awarded the management contract for the Memphis License Office to Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping and Tax.

The four-month downtime notwithstanding, the transition will be fairly simple for customers. The office will continue to be operated at 338 S. Clay Street, adjacent to the bookkeeping and tax office.

Eggleston stated the office would be open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first day of business will be Tuesday, August 22nd.

All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

According to Michelle Gleba, the state agency’s director of communications, the bid process opened June 1 and ran through June 29 and was handled via the state’s eProcurement System website, where prospective bidders could learn of the availability and generate a bid for the job.

The office officially closed on April 27th. During the approximately four-month period it was not available, Scotland County residents were forced to travel to other area license offices to handle business, with the closest locations being Kahoka, Edina and Kirksville.

Gleba reported that in fiscal year 2016, more than 13,800 transactions were conducted at the Memphis office, generating $45,764 in contractor processing fees.       All local license offices are overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue, but each is operated by an independent contractor

New Aviation Collection to Highlight Pheasant Airplane Display During 2017 Antique Fair

A new collection of aviation materials is now on display at the Wiggins Family Museum as part of the Pheasant Airplane display. Jack White’s Corner will officially be announced as part of the exhibit during the 2017 Antique Fair festivities next week.

New to the Pheasant Airplane exhibit this year is an extensive aviation collection donated by Jack White of Palmyra. White, who served in the United States Air Force with Scotland County resident Bob Hunolt, took an interest in the historic aircraft manufactured in Scotland County after attending the unveiling ceremony when the original plane was brought back to Memphis five years ago.

The exhibit features numerous books, magazines, and periodicals as well as two display cases of various model aircraft.

The Museum will be open Thursday and Friday during the Antique Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Zelda Keith Memorial Quilt will also be on display at the museum as the raffle ticket drive draws to a conclusion. Tickets will be on sale for the raffle during the Antique Fair, with the drawing set to be held Saturday night, August 26th at the Antique Fair finale.

Seniors Creek, See Looking to Lead Lady Tigers to Elusive Playoff Berth

The Lady Tigers are hoping for plenty of celebrations like this one when they greeted Ashleigh Creek following one of her six home runs in 2016. SCR-I will look to Creek and fellow senior Stevi See (R to L) in helmets) to lead them in 2017.

An upset win over Canton in district semifinals a year ago boosted Scotland County’s softball team one step closer to the state playoffs. But the Lady Tigers fell to Knox County 2-0 in the title game, and the elusive district championship and berth in the state tourney once again  evaded SCR-I.

Will 2017 be the year? A pair of Lady Tigers seniors are hoping so. It will be the final shot for four year starter Ashleigh Creek who will toe the rubber for her final high school season, tossing to her battery mate and three-year starter Stevie See behind the plate.

The talented duo will be leaned upon heavily by coach Cory Shultz if the Lady Tigers hope to extend the season into the playoffs.

They have the talent to do it. Creek posted a miniscule 1.30 ERA a year ago, tossing 151 innings, allowing just 106 hits. She struck out 166 batters while walking 27.

She also handled the bat very well, posting a .346 batting average while bopping six home runs and driving in 29 runs.

See led Scotland County with a .350 batting average while hitting eight doubles and a home run and was second on the squad with 20 RBIs.

The duo will be backed by a completely new infield in 2017, as Shultz will have to replace three graduates who also filled a big part of the top of the lineup surrounding Creek and See. Gone are third baseman Chelsea Wood, first baseman Maddie Brassfield and shortstop Abi Feeney.

Feeney batted just .228 on the year but her bat came to life in the playoffs, when she went 3-4 in the upset win over Canton. Her glove will be the bigger loss, as she helped anchor the infield defense behind Creek.

Wood batted .306, overcoming a slow start to be one of the team’s more feared bats down the stretch. Brassfield  hit .214 on the year, hitting fifth behind Creek in the lineup.

In the preseason, Shultz has kept his lineups pretty fluid, moving a lot of players around on the diamond trying to determine his best defensive lineups.

Junior Khloe Hamlin looks poised to capture the starting shortstop role. Katie Feeney, who started at second base as a freshman, may move across the diamond to man the hot corner to replace Wood. She hit .308 in her debut season, and may take over for her sister in the leadoff spot in 2017.

Filling her spot at second base early on the preseason has been Julie Long, the team starting right fielder last year. Brassfield will be replaced by Madie Bondurant at first base.

Kaylyn Anders will return to handle the left field job alongside Abby Blessing who returns to start in center field. Anders batted .250 a year ago and will be counted on to replace some of the production in the middle of the order.

Freshman Kylee Stott is in the mix for the right field job along with Kaitlyn McMinn, Hailey Darcy and Morgan Blessing.

SCR-I went 14-11 a year ago, with a 4-4 mark in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

The Lady Tigers will open the season on Monday, August 21st, hosting Putnam County. Clark County will come to town on Thursday, August 24th.

VFW Auxiliary Holds August Meeting

Antique Days is coming up so break out those white pants. Those members marching in the parade will meet at the post at 9:30 on August 26th.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the meeting in September will be moved to the 11th. Join us then at 6:30 at the post.

There will be no stagette this month, but get your appetites ready for details about the co-ed dinner in September.

Scotland County School Foundation

Dear Mr. Editor:

We are writing on behalf of the Scotland County School Foundation. During the past school year we were able to provide four students from Scotland County High School financial assistance to earn college credits through community colleges. This was accomplished through generous donations from local civic groups and individuals who were willing to invest in the future of students with financial need. Our committee has specific guidelines to award the scholarships. The requirements consider financial need through the free and reduced lunch eligibility, above average attendance, above average grades, and recommendations from faculty and community members.

This year we are again seeking donations to fund the dual credit program through the Scotland County School Foundation. The Foundation is a tax deductible 501c program that allows contributions to be earmarked for specific programs. We are hoping that any person or group will join us in contributing to the dual credit scholarship fund. We are not asking for specific amounts, but would be most appreciative of any donation.  If you could make a tax deductible donation, please send a check payable to “Scotland County School Foundation” in care of Ellen Aylward, 367 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri   63555.

Any support will be highly appreciated by us and the students that receive the scholarships. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by phone or talk to a Scotland County School Foundation member.

Respectfully,
Rhonda McBee and Julie Clapp

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