May 23, 2002

Car Count Swells To 140+ In 2nd Race Of The Season At SCS

Tommy Elston made it two in a row at Scotland County SPeedway with a victory in the late model feature race May 18.

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The season premiere at Scotland County Speedway May 4 was nearly perfect. If one asked promoter Terry Hoenig about the opener, his one wish may have been to see a few more cars. Now he knows to be careful what you wish for.

The track's second race of the season, May 18, nearly doubled the car count from the premiere, jumping up from 82 all the way to 140 race cars in the six classes.

While Mother Nature had been tough on SCS, forcing a rain out on May 11, the rain actually helped out the Memphis track May 18, closing other area tracks, sending all the racing action in the Tri-State area to Memphis.

The extensive field of cars meant three heat races in every class but B-modifieds and stock cars, with the hobby stock division requiring four heats as well as a B-main feature.

The two-man cruiser class led off the feature events with a full field of 24 cars. The 11 car of Seiry and Shilling took advantage of a front row starting spot to jump in front of the pack at the onset of the race. They quickly drew a challenge from Hudson and Arnold in the 34H ride.

The two cars went back and forth before the 34H went underneath in turn two to take the lead. That didn't last as the yellow flag came out before the lap could be completed.

It took just two more laps after the restart for Hudson and Arnold to regain the lead, which they would not relinquish from that point on. The 11 car lasted just a couple more laps before heading to the pits.

Durbin and Woodside finished second in the 2D car followed by #23 Hetrick and Hasting and #87 Peters and Peters.

A flat tire in the heat race meant first week winners Jody Small and Tony Briggs started on the 11th row. That didn't stop the 35 car from making a run through the field, passing some 15 cars to wind up in seventh place.

Hudson and Arnold won the first heat race. Seiry and Shilling won heat #2 while Taylor and Taylor won heat #3 in the 2T car.

A Modifieds

The second 20+ car field came to the track for feature #2, the Miller Lite A Modifieds.

For the second straight race Steve Grotz took the 22G to the head of the class early in the contest and looked to be the car to beat.

He had to hold his form through a total of six cautions that halved the field from 22 to just 11 cars by checkered flag time.

The third caution had a big impact on the outcome of the race and prevented a replay of week one's finish. The 18 car spun in front of the hard charging Mark Burgtorf in the 69M. The collision sent both cars to the back of the pack and preventing the 69M from trying to come from behind two consecutive races for the win.

Then again it may not have mattered at all as Grotz was fast all night long. He held off challenger Tony Fraise in the 45 for the second half of the race to take the victory. Fraise was second followed by Jim Roach in the 13 car. Burgtorf moved all the way back up to finish fourth followed by Jim Fuller in fifth. Paul Lawson was sixth in the 33 car and Lynn Monroe took seventh.

Grotz, Lawson and Burgtorf were winners in the heat races.

Hobby Stocks

The four heat events as well as the B-main whittled the hobby stock field from 30 to 21 cars starting the main event.

For the second straight week the class had more than 20 cars on the track to start the contest and unfortunately for the second straight race the checkered flag was thrown while the race was suspended under yellow flag.

The event got off to a slow start because of some quick starters, with two restarts caused by some premature jockeying for the front spot. The third time wasn't the charm for the 29 car, which smashed into the guardrail in turn two, forcing another restart as well as a momentary stoppage for repairs. Mark Holt took the 11 car to the pits with a flat tire during the caution.

It proved to be only a pit stop as the 11 car came back out at the back of the pack and made short work of the rear end of the line, passing 10 cars on the way back into contention.

Newcomer Bruce Summers (77) went to the front of the pack early on. He held off challenges from track veterans Jeff Soper (43S), Tony Becerra (2) and Roger Dresden (1) to maintain the top spot. Soper, Becerra and Dresden went back and forth in second, third and fourth positions with Dresden holding the honors at the midway point.

Holt was making a run toward contention, moving into seventh place before the car gave out in the front stretch. That brought out the yellow flag. That quickly turned into a red flag when several cars got together coming off turn four, collecting the front runners and sending the 9 car into a roll before ultimately ending up on its roof.

As the clean-up commenced the checkered flag fell on the contest leaving Summers with the victory. Dresden was second followed by Becerra, Soper and Justin O'Haver in the 02 car.

Summers, Soper and Becerra won heat races along with Bobby McCartney (1M).


Chris Larson quickly took control of the B-modified feature to take his first victory of the year at SCS. No other race results were available at press time.

Stock Cars

A field of just 12 cars did not limit the excitement in the Stock car main event that saw cars going four-wide coming out of turns four and one on several occasions.

Josh Walker pulled in front of the pack from his second row starting spot. Mike Robinson was in tow from his third row start to quickly take hold of second in the 78R car. Heath Huggins had the 1 car in the mix along with the 56 of Ryan Meyer giving the fans plenty of action early in the contest.

Walker had a strong lead in the first half of the race but a pair of cautions brought him back to the pack. On the second restart Robinson was able to get by to take the lead as the cars went side by side through turns one and two.

Robinson held off Walker to win his second consecutive race at SCS. Walker took second followed by Randy Stadler (12), Brian O'Neal (5B), and Huggins.

Walker and Robinson also took home heat race victories.

Late Models

Typically the late model class doesn't do quite as much paint swapping as some of the other divisions - high dollar cars can make a driver think a little differently.

That was not the case Saturday night (actually Sunday morning by this point) as 26 cars packed SCS for a grand finale to an exciting night of racing.

The auto body repairs started immediately in turn one when Jason Krigbaum did a 360 in the 11 car collecting Justin Fuller and sending both cars to the back on the restart. They were joined by the 56 and 1 cars after they got together trying to check up behind the initial crash.

Tommy Elston moved the 45 car all the way from his 10th row start into fourth place in just a couple laps.

Joey Gower opened the contest in front in the 31 car but it didn't last long as Tony Fraise put the 45DW ride into first before the next circuit was completed. Elston was just one lap off the charge, pulling into second place on the next go around.

That didn't stand as the race's second caution fell before the lap was completed when Fuller was collected with the 35 car and the 4 car in turn four, bringing out the wreckers to separate the compacted rides. That halted a big push by Fuller as he was steadily moving back toward the lead from the rear of the line.

Elston didn't slow down after the restart quickly moving back into second place to challenge Fraise. The two friends battled it out for a couple laps before Elston pulled around and then pulled away from the rest of the field.

Three more yellow flags didn't even bring Elston back to the pack. Fraise took second on the night with Gower finishing third. Gary Webb was fourth followed by Mark Burgtorf in the #7.

Heat race wins went to Jack Matthews (30), Rich Westhoff (3W) and Tom Bowling (14B).

Suspect in Memphis Stabbing Remains at Large

Curtis Anthony Cousins, 34, is being sought on a class A felony assault charge following a stabbing incident Tuesday morning in Memphis.

Law enforcement are still searching for a man involved in a Tuesday morning stabbing in Memphis.

According to the Memphis Police Department, Curtis Anthony Cousins, 34, is being sought for questioning regarding an altercation Tuesday morning at a Dial Court residence that left a Memphis man hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.

Investigators indicated they were notified of the incident at 7:04 a.m. by the Scotland County Hospital, which was treating the victim in the emergency room.

Police determined the incident occurred at #5 Dial Court, stemming from an altercation between the two men. Court documents indicate that the victim allegedly confronted Cousins in the garage of the home, regarding his interactions with a family member. An altercation ensued during which the stabbing allegedly occurred.

Investigators determined that Cousins fled the scene in a black Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door car with Iowa license plates.

Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney Kimberly J. Nicoli has filed a class A felony assault in the first degree charge against Cousins.

Cousins is also wanted out of Washington County, Iowa on a warrant stemming from an earlier arrest for possession of controlled substances, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Cousins is known to have violent tendencies as well as to abuse drugs and alcohol. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts, or with sightings of the vehicle, is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department at 660-465-2151.

Ministerial Alliance Considering Options to Replace Close Closet Building

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met on March 14 at the Lutheran Church. Those in attendance were Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Marie Ebeling, Dan Hite, Pamela Glasgow, Jack Sumption, and guest Paul Milliken.

Chaplain Paul Milliken of the Hospice of Northeast Missouri was present to discuss services provided by the Hospice. People with terminal conditions with a life expectancy of six months or less are candidates for the Hospice services.

The Good Friday Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on March 30th at 7 p.m.  All participants in the service are asked to be at the church in dark colored attire at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The. Clothes Closet suffered significant damage from the hail storm during this past summer. Insurance will pay for a new roof. It is in bad shape structurally and it was suggested that SCMA to consider the insurance pay out to become part of a building fund for a new building. There will be estimates on this issue in future meetings.

The Memphis Chapter of the FreeMasons intend to have a poker run this coming summer to raise funds for the Tiger Packs.  Tiger Packs are the weekend food provision for elementary children.  The group offered their kitchen to SCMA to host a fundraiser breakfast on the same day as the poker run. A decision was made not to have the breakfast due to lack of time and volunteers.

Next meeting of the alliance will be Wednesday April 11, at 1 p.m.

SC Genealogy Society Hosts March Meeting

The Scotland County Genealogy group held their monthly meeting Monday, March 12th with eight members present.  The secretary’s report was given and approved followed by the treasurer’s report given by June Kice,

Under Old Business, Marlene Cowell reported that their audit of books went great and thanked Ronda Davis.

Under New Business, Bob Hunolt donated a picture he had of the Oak Forrest School from 1890.  Additionally, a motion was made by June Kice to meet at 5:30 p.m. as a trial for the June meeting.  The motion was seconded by Marlene Cowell.  Twyla Fulk made a motion to purchase a book titled Ring the Fire Bell.  The book is about the hospital in Keokuk, Iowa before and during the Civil War.  Marlene and June seconded the motion.

A program was given by June Kice on Ring the Fire Bell.  The book was about the transport of wounded soldiers on the Mississippi to the hospital in Keokuk to be treated.  They would ring the fire bell when steamships were bringing wounded soldiers and the Ladies Aid Society for Veterans would meet them.

The meeting was adjourned following the program and refreshments were served by Connie Bratton.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Genealogy Building.

Submitted by Connie Bratton, Secretary


Calvin and Ada Marie Hoover of Rutledge are the parents of a son, JaRon Ardell Hoover, born March 5, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. JaRon weighed 5 lbs 12.6 oz 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Robert and Rachel Hoover of Rutledge;; and Luke and Ada Mae Hoover of Rutledge.


Jonathan and Alison Woods of Floris, IA are the parents of a daughter, Nina Rosella Woods, born March 10, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Nina weighed 7 lbs 7.8 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Tony and Dolly Benge of Floris, IA; Robert and Holly Woods of Squaw Valley, CA; and Ron and Lovie Parker of Floris, IA. Great-grandparents are Arlie and Alana Woods of Reedley, CA; and Irene Chalberg of Floris, IA.

Tiger Fall to Knox County in Campus Bowl Tourney Finale

An impressive run through the preliminaries came up just a bit short for the Scotland County campus bowl team which had to settle for runner-up honors at a recent tournament.

The Tigers pounded Fayette 340-100 in the preliminary rounds. Stephen Terrill led the way answering 12 toss-up questions and Adam Slayton added five.

Harrisburg fared no better as SCR-I dispatched the Bulldogs 390-100. Terrill was top scorer with 13 correct answers while Jacob Kapfer added seven and Slayton and Andrew Ebeling each had four.

Scotland County secured a top seed with a 390-140 win over Paris to round out the opening round. Terrill again topped the scorebook answering 16 toss-up questions with Ebeling adding eight.

SCR-I made quick work of Salisbury in the semifinals, pounding the Panthers 290-110. Terrill answered 12 toss-ups in the win.

The Tigers jumped out to an 80-60 lead over Knox County after one period of play in the championship contest. The Eagles turned things around in the second period, outscoring SCR-I 150-50 and never looked back in posting the 360-220 win.

Terrill was the leading scorer for SCR-I with eight answers and Kapfer finished with four.


This week I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of historical items from a friend in Kahoka.  She wanted to transfer them to the Downing House from the Clark County Museum.  I have enjoyed the history of the Scotland County schools, and a Granger yearbook.

I am also interested in the history of Etna, our little town nearby.  There is not much left there anymore; memories of the church, school, Tom Horn, and the Etna Cemetery, which I might add is well kept and mowed by Eddie Knupp of Wyaconda. It is located north of Etna and is on a rolling hillside.

The school was located just north of the curve in Etna, on the gravel road going north. All that attended has so many memories of that school and classmates. The church site is kept nicely as well by Larry Mohr.  Some of us locals try to keep it neat and decorated.

As with many small towns, at one time, it was quite the busy place. In 1870, there three general stores, two doctors, one drug store, two blacksmith shops, a hotel, two shoe shops and of course, a saloon.  In 1871, the largest hotel in Scotland County, was opened in Etna.  Also, a furniture factory there.  A German by the name of Hettemdofer was owner and made furniture and caskets for all of northeast Missouri. Later, Etna was known as the Hoop Hole. In the fall, 10-15 men would locate there and shave hoops for barrels. The work generally lasted until spring.  The barrels were used for molasses, meat and vinegar.  The two shoe shops that I mentioned made practically all of the shoes for people in this part of the state.

The church was also a large part of Etna. In 1866. The Methodist Church was built in Etna. The church was a large part of the community. One of the trustees was Louis Ruth, the great-grandfather of Duane.  The Ruth’s were owners of the farm that we live on now. It has been in our family many years. Louis Ruth was listed as a local preacher, also. Duane’s grandparents, Charles and Ida (Ruth) Ebeling were married in the Etna Church.

For those of you who are wondering, I am still watching the birds, and hope you are too.  Get those bluebird houses ready.  I cleaned all of mine out yesterday, and hope to see some hints of blues soon.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

My Great Frustration With People 

Urrggh!  People!  Ever feel frustrated with “them”?  And, why is that?  Because they are stupid, sinful, dopes, or just plain annoying?  Could be.  But, I wish to bend your justifiable (?) irritation toward a correcting possibility.

I experience incredible frustration with people.  I have for years…well, decades.  Yet, it’s not from a thread of criticism.  No.  Mine is due to the truth that everyone is more amazing than they believe.  However, too many live in a much lesser life than has been the plan all along.

Our prisons are full of wonderful individuals who possibly never got the reinforcement as to their deep and personal wonder. But it’s not just prisoners. Far too many are reporting to work today as boss or supervisor or employee with the feeling of drudgery; a feeling that they aren’t all that important.

My great frustration with people is not in blame nor is it in any form of criticism.  Mine is a matter against me…. I don’t know how to reverse their insecurities and senses of sheer inadequacies.  My great frustration is that these wonderful individuals have bought into a lie somewhere along the way that they don’t count.  The result is a lifestyle of just getting by.

My hope for people is that each can move past the past.  Those who have hurt you, injured you, neglected you?  So have you to others.  Our hopes are strong and embedded within the same dimension; believing that the resurrection power of God can lift us into a steady walk of happiness, productivity, and beautiful difference-making!

We are limited, never by another person, only by our broken ability to focus on the wonder of now.  Egotism is not our destiny so don’t go there.  Confidence is.  Jesus is our confidence.  Mine (and yours) alone without Him is destined to repeated misery warmed over.

So in our frustration, may we become a determined lot to build others; not tear down, lift others; not sink, and cheer others; not discourage.  We all need this… every… day.  Go. For. It.

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry was one of the major figures of the American Revolution and is best known for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death,” delivered in a speech to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. In his speech to the Convention, Henry put forth a proposal that Virginia counties should raise militias to defend themselves, believing that war with Great Britain was imminent. Many of the delegates to the Convention were hesitant to approve any measures that might be viewed as hostile toward Great Britain, while still hoping for a peaceful reconciliation with the British. Word had not yet reached the colonies that King George had rejected the Continental Congress’ petition for redress of grievances. Henry’s impassioned speech and the support of Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson helped to pass the resolution by a few votes. Less than a month later, British troops and colonial militiamen clashed at Lexington and Concord, resulting in the first casualties of the Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry was a lawyer, orator, and statesman who dedicated most of his life to Virginia politics. He was an early critic of British authority and a leader in the movement of the American colonies toward independence. He served as a member of the House of Burgesses, as the first governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. Patrick Henry also played a crucial role in securing men and arms for George Washington’s Continental Army.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Hear it All

I was taken aback the other day during a morning turkey hunt. The rain had persisted all night and into the early morning hours. It wasn’t until about 8:30 that the sun broke through the clouds. It seemed every living thing had been waiting with anticipation for that hour. The rain had allowed the early risers to sleep in, but the sun sounded the alarm for all to get up. The sounds that morning were too numerous to describe. Each creature began its communication without waiting its turn. It sounded like one big cacophony without having any rhyme or reason. I didn’t notice that morning how each sound was different but how closely each sounded like the other. Sometimes the cadences were different, but the pitch was nearly identical. And I wondered how each hearer was able to distinguish between its kind and another kind and even how each could tell the differences of their own kind. And then I thought about God.

I wonder how many folks bowed their head to pray this morning. People from Maine to Montana; from New Mexico to North Carolina; and from Connecticut to California. And I wonder how many in other countries did the same – all speaking to God at the same time but in different languages. And I wonder how God sorts them all out. It really is amazing how God can not only hear all of us at the same time but  He does not miss one utterance of despair, one urgent cry for help, or one uplifted plea for direction. He is not only our God but He is your God. He is not only our God, He is my God.

Just as I don’t understand how nature works in perfect order and design, I also don’t understand how God can make perfect order out of every single prayer that goes up. But I must believe it by faith. The Bible says a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground without Him noticing. When I remember that I have no problem knowing that even though millions of prayers are knocking on the doors of heaven, God will distinguish each of us as His special and unique child and will be equally excited to hear from us and to give us His very best.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

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