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.

Special Legislative Session to Remedy Issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities

by Rep. Craig Redmon

This week the House of Representatives is in Jefferson City, answering Governor Greitens’ call for a special session in response to some troubling events of the past few months. In April, a federal judge struck down years of regulations put in place to ensure abortion clinics met a certain standard of health requirements in order to operate in Missouri. In combination with the Abortion Sanctuary City ordinance in St. Louis, it is clear that pro-life Missourians and pregnancy care centers are under attack by abortion advocates from across the state and nation.

In the face of these attacks on pro-life Missourians, Governor Greitens has called a second extraordinary session this summer so we, the General Assembly, can send legislation to his desk to curtail these efforts to undermine our state’s healthcare regulations and to protect the lives of the innocent unborn.

The timing of the judge’s ruling in late April, more than a month after the deadline for new bill submissions, makes this topic wholly worthy of a special session, due to the timing making a full response during the regular session impossible. This session also gives the legislature the opportunity to remedy the issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities. The Missouri Constitution explicitly gives Governor Greitens the ability to call special sessions of the General Assembly for extraordinary topics. The wiping of abortion regulations and allowing abortion clinics that were closed after failing to meet minimum health and safety standards to resume operation is one such extraordinary topic that requires action.

I am proud to support the health of women. I am proud to stand with the Governor. I am proud to be pro-life.

Last week the Senate passed a bill that would nullify the Sanctuary City ordinance, allow Missouri’s attorney general to prosecute violations of abortion laws, and require annual inspections of abortion clinics. In addition, it creates a set of guidelines requiring certain standards to be met for an abortion clinic to operate. Now the bill moves to the House of Representatives. I was elected as a pro-life legislator to advocate on the side of life, and it is my desire to work with my fellow Representatives to strengthen and pass this legislation in a way to protect Missouri families.

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Several Routes in Scotland County

HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will perform culvert work the below routes in Scotland County.

Work will be done on Route M on June 27, with the road temporarily closed just north of Scotland County Route W for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Scotland County Route V will be temporarily closed between 1 mile of Scotland County Route M and 2 miles of Route M for a culvert replacement on June 28th The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Work will be done on Scotland County Route D on June 29, with the road temporarily closed between 3 miles of Missouri Route 15 and 3.1 miles of Route 50 for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Extension Expert Says Delayed Hay Harvest Calls for Testing

This year’s delayed hay harvest calls for hay testing.

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Anthony Ohmes says farmers benefit from routine hay testing.

Hay quality varies based on forage species, maturity, management, harvest conditions, and insect or disease damage. Guessing the quality of hay fed to livestock could result in lower profits, Ohmes says. Knowing the hay’s nutrient value can help livestock owners decide if animals need supplements.

Ohmes suggests that farmers sample each lot separately. A lot comes from the same field and forage makeup, and is grown and harvested under the same environmental conditions. “Every field and cutting will be different,” Ohmes says.

Use a 12- to 24-inch hay probe, he says. It should be 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch in diameter. Do not grab or hand pull samples. Samples collected that way do not provide uniform results and could lead to misleading values.

Sample multiple bales out of a hay lot. The lot should represent at least 10 percent, or at least 15 random bales.

The sampling method varies for each bale type. On large round bales, take samples on the curved side of the bale and remove the outer layer if moldy. Avoid sampling from the outside of the bale. On large square bales, take samples at a 45-degree angle on the side of the bale or 90-degree angle on the end of the bale. Sample small square bales through the center and end.

Keep each lot separate, Ohmes says. Mix samples in a bucket and fill a quart  plastic bag. Samples perish quickly, so send them to the lab on the same day as the sampling. If this is not possible, keep samples away from direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place until sending. Freeze high-moisture samples (above 15 percent) such as baleage or silage if they cannot be sent right away.

Mark the sample by date, cutting, location and owner before shipping.

Some MU Extension centers lend probes at no cost. Find information on hay sampling at crops.missouri.edu/forage.

Hay tests cost about $20 each at certified labs throughout the state. You can find information on how to read results at extension.missouri.edu/aginfocus/forage-testing.aspx.

Rural Hospital are a Lifeline

by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves

Rural hospitals are a literal lifeline for tens of millions of people across this country. In communities that don’t have enough primary care doctors or health facilities, rural hospitals provide a critical, lifesaving service that otherwise would not be here for us.

Unfortunately, about 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. What’s worse, one third of all rural hospitals in the U.S. could close in the next few years. That’s 12 million Americans at risk of losing access to the closest emergency room. A devastating number, and something we can’t allow to continue in rural America.

Cuts to hospital payments have worsened the problem, and as populations decrease in rural communities, so-called “medical desserts” are popping up across rural America. It leaves people living on farms or in small towns dangerously vulnerable to medical emergency – particularly older Americans.

This week, I am joining with my colleague from Iowa, Dave Loebsack, to introduce the Save Rural Hospitals Act. This bipartisan bill looks to reverse the trend of rural hospital closures, in part by eliminating unrealistic federal regulations like the “96 hour rule,” which forces rural hospitals to move a patient within 96 hours in order to get reimbursed by Medicare.

The average rural hospital creates 195 jobs and generates $8.4 million in annual payroll. But more than that, these facilities make communities livable, ensuring a doctor isn’t far away when a medical emergency strikes.

This bill shines a light on the rural health crisis in Missouri and across the country. If we accept this reality – and neglect this much needed conversation – rural hospitals in Missouri will continue to close. This leaves thousands without access to health care, putting lives in jeopardy and affecting every family in Middle America. That’s simply not acceptable.

City Looking to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

Memphis residents are being reminded to monitor posted speed limits. Photo by Maddy Zahn.

With an increasing number of citizens voicing complaints regarding traffic concerns, the Memphis City Council recently agreed to move forward with an increased police presence while also encouraging a lower tolerance level for infractions.

Complaints have centered around speeding, stop sign adherence and non-traditional vehicle usage such as ATVs and golf carts.

“The City of Memphis has not written a lot of traffic tickets, but unfortunately that appears like it is going to have to change,” said Alderman Chris Feeney. “This isn’t about revenue, or being punitive, it is about public safety.”

Police Chief Bill Holland indicated officers have tried to use warnings and have allowed some leeway when dealing with speed enforcement.

Under the new council directive, that tolerance level will be reduced.

“In the past, we may have just flashed our lights at you, or offered a warning when a car was going a little too fast,” said Holland. “Now those cars going 30 in a 20 will likely be looking at a ticket.”

Holland stated the enforcement efforts have been ongoing, with officers performing additional traffic patrols. In an effort to enhance those efforts, a part-time officer has been added to the police force. Justin Allen from Clark County will be joining the MPD, and Holland indicated his initial responsibilities will focus on traffic control. The department has been shorthanded with the departure of officer Jason Ketchum, and Holland said efforts will continue to replace that full-time officer as well.

The council also has discussed the possibility of adding a radar camera system that could be deployed by the department in trouble areas to help deter speeding and produce data on traffic volume and speed habits of motorists.

“We are not turning a deaf ear to citizen complaints,” said Holland. “When we become aware of trouble spots, we increase our presence there, but it takes being in the right spot at exactly the right time to catch the people responsible for the complaints.”

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within the city limits is 25 mph. ATV’s, golf carts or utility vehicles are allowed on public streets only by special permit, available at city hall. They may only be driven by licensed drivers and are not to exceed 30 mph regardless if the posted speed limit is higher.

Holland noted that enforcement efforts are difficult with a small force, that typically only has one officer on duty, adding that police presence performing traffic patrol normally turns into a simple deterrent rather quickly as motorists become aware of the law enforcement presence and temporarily reduce speeds or choose alternate routes.

While automated traffic controls such as radar cameras and stop sign video surveillance are not particularly popular with the public, the city council expressed a willingness to at least consider such measures.

“I’m certain I have exceeded a posted speed limit at some time or other,” said Alderman Feeney. “In doing so I could be putting the public safety at risk. So I have a choice, I can either slow down and monitor my speed better, or I can risk paying a ticket.”

The council is hoping the community chooses the first option, but is anticipating it will take more of the later for the initiative to hit home and start to sink in for motorists.

Area Students Named to MU Dean’s List

Several area students were named to the University of Missouri spring semester 2017 dean’s list.

Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis has been named to honor roll. Howard is a senior student.

Samantha Rachel Tobler, a senior, was named to the 2017 dean’s list for the spring semester.

Jaclyn Wiggins, a junior student in the arts and science school, was named to the honor roll as well.

More Than $988 Million in Unclaimed Property Waiting to be Returned  Statewide

JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on June 15th announced the start of an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers. Starting June 16, the names of more than 145,000 individuals, families, small businesses, and non-profits with Unclaimed Property will be printed in more than 100 publications across the state.

“Our team works hard every single day to financially empower Missourians by returning the money they are rightfully owed,” Schmitt said. “One in ten Missourians have Unclaimed Property, and this public awareness initiative is one of the many creative ways we work to get abandoned money back to its rightful owners. I encourage all Missourians to visit ShowMeMoney.com to see if they or someone they know has money waiting to be claimed free of charge.”

Missouri law requires these notices be published annually in order to list the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the State Treasurer’s Office in the past year.

Individuals, families, small businesses, and others can check to see if they have Unclaimed Property on ShowMeMoney.com. They can also sign up for email notifications when new assets come in matching their information and send notifications to family and friends to let them know about money being held in their name.

Treasurer Schmitt has returned more than $13.5 million to over 50,000 account holders since taking office in January. The average Unclaimed Property return is around $300.

Fireworks Season Will Run June 20th – July 10th in City of Memphis

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Memphis Police Department is reminding city residents of ordinances related to the discharge of fireworks in city limits.

Fireworks may be discharged from June 20 – July 10th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. That coincides with the permitted sales period.

Fireworks are prohibited on public property, including parks and the municipal lakes. It is unlawful for any person to discharge any fireworks within the city limits of Memphis, except upon their own property or upon property whose owner has given his/her consent. It is also illegal to recklessly discharge fireworks in such a manner that the explosion of the same will be likely to endanger or cause injury or damage to any person or property within the city limits of Memphis.

Any person violating any of the provisions of the city’s fireworks ordinance shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment in the City or County Jail not exceeding ninety 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, that in any case wherein the penalty for an offense is fixed by a Statute of the State, the statutory penalty, and no other, shall be imposed for such offense.

Memphis Man Facing Charges Following Motorcycle Crash

A Memphis man is facing numerous charges following a motorcycle crash on Route MM Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on June 13th, a half mile south of the Highway 136  intersection, just south of Memphis.

Russell B Matthew, 34, was southbound on Route MM on a 1993 Suzuki 500 motorcycle when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Matthew sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was transported via patrol car to Scotland County Hospital.

Matthew was ticketed for driving while intoxicated, no valid license, leaving the scene of an accident, child endangerment, failure to wear approved headgear and failure to drive on right half of the roadway.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Memphis Police Department and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Large Hail Storm Pounds Scotland County

Chrissy Myers put the hail to the ruler test, topping out at two inches in diameter.

Some brief power outages and several downed tree limbs  were all that law enforcement had to report following Saturday’s severe weather that hit northeast Missouri, but the real damage reports started rolling in Monday at local insurance offices.

The National Weather Service reported “Severe thunderstorms tracked across eastern Iowa, northeast Missouri, and north central Illinois Saturday afternoon and evening. Large hail, torrential rain, and damaging winds up to 65 mph were reported.  Very large hail fell in Muscatine, IA and Antioch, MO, where golf ball and baseball size hail was reported respectively.”

The heavy rains and high winds did minimal damage in Scotland County, but hail ranging in size from golf ball to as big as baseballs, was reported, leading to hundreds of claims for hail damage to vehicles, homes and businesses.

Local insurance agents and auto body repair specialists indicated it is too early to offer a  solid estimate for storm damages, but several speculated that with anywhere from 300 to 500 damaged vehicles and a smaller number of hail damaged homes and businesses, the total could easily eclipse $1 million.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the frozen precipitation hit the City of Memphis. Trained storm spotters reported hail up to two-inches in diameter, with reports and photos of larger bundles of ice making their rounds via social media.

Kris Lister collected this assortment of hail stones at his Memphis residence on Mi-Lor Street.

The storm continued east, with similar damage reports out of Kahoka and Clark County around 7:45 p.m.

More than 2 inches of rain was reported during the storm, with the hail dissipating as the storm left Missouri, but still resulting in significant rainfall in southeast Iowa and eastern Illinois.

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