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.

To order your copy of race winner photos call 660-465-7016 or email memdemocrat@nemr.net


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).

B-Modifieds

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).

Rotary Hosts SCR-I Football Coaches

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Members of the football coaching staff from Scotland County R-1 High School recently presented a program to the members of the Scotland County Rotary Club.  The Head Coach is Mikel Gragg and assistants are Troy Carper and Rod Sears.  Coach Gragg reported that there are 30 boys on the team and two are injured and unable to play.  There are 13 seniors on the team.  Mr. Carper is the defensive coach and Mr. Sears works with special teams. In the classroom, Mr. Gragg teaches Jr. High & High School PE.  Mr. Carper teaches Life Skills and Mr. Sears teaches high school math classes.  The football coaches are pictured with local Rotarian and school superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Patrol Discusses Bus Safety

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Elementary Guidance focused on safety during the month of September.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt discussed Bus Safety with SCR-1 kindergartners.  We can ALL help keep our students safe by slowing down and stopping when we see the flashing lights and stop signs.  Thank you bus drivers for your service!  

MHS Class of 1956 Reunion

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1956 GRADUATING CLASS HOLDS 60 YEAR REUNION – A total of 23 class members of 1956 graduating class of Memphis High School met at the Scotland County  Fitness Center to celebrate their 60th class reunion. A delicious dinner was catered by the Rutledge School Restoration Society.  Traveling the farthest was Dean Hicks from Las Vegas,  Nevada, followed by Bill Smoot and Suzanne  Smoot (Leach) traveling from Billings, Montana.  A good time was enjoyed by all. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Evelyn Magruder (Prebe), Marilyn Dunn (Prebe), Joyce Aylward (Kiddo), Joann Rood (Carlson), and Edna Gundy (Miller). Middle row (L to R) are Marietta Fowler (Ferris), Betty Ann Lefler (Walker), Leon Kerr, Joanna Shelly (Peck), Suzanne Smoot (Leach), and Ruby Hanson (Pample). Back row (L to R) are Kenny Nelson, Dean Hicks, Barbara Smith (Adams), Jerry Bland, Carol Scurlock (Simerl), George Rude, Bill Smoot, Audrey Glass, Larry Howe, Larry Harrington, and Phil Aylward.

Rush to Preach at Kahoka

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Rev. Terry Rush  will be the guest speaker at the Kahoka Christian Church on October 2, 2016. Terry began his ministry at Kahoka Church of Christ in 1974.  He has been pastor of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 39 years. He and wife, Mary, have three children who are also involved in Christian Ministry. Rev. Rush has a long standing association with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team, including playing at their Legends Camps and being spiritual mentor to a number of current and former players and coaches. October 2 will be a special “Baseball Sunday”.  Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Team Jersey, or to simply come-as-you-are. Please help welcome Terry Rush back to Kahoka. Services start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Conservation Considerations – Archery Season 2016

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

Fall is right around the corner and so is everyone’s favorite time of the year. Between the ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Football Sunday, cooler weather, bonfires and last but not least, pursuing that trophy buck that you’ve been watching all year – this is truly a special time of the year. Archery season is here and it’s time to wipe the dust off of your hunting gear, check to see if everything is up to par and to hone your archery skills.

This year, the dates for Archery Deer and Turkey Season are September 15 through November 11, and November 23 through January 15. The legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise, to one-half hour after sunset. During this season, hunters may use longbows, compound bows, hand-held string releasing devices, atlatls, recurve bows of any draw weight, and crossbows. Yes, crossbows, too. Beginning this year, hunters are now allowed to hunt deer and turkey with a crossbow. In the past, hunters needed a hunting methods exemption in order to use one – however, this is no longer the case. Your archery equipment may be outfitted with any illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights. Hunting with the aid of an artificial light, possession or use of night vision or thermal imagery devices, use of any sighting device that casts a beam of light on game, and use of electronic calls for deer and turkey or through the use of bait is illegal and will result in a citation. After harvesting a deer or turkey, hunters are required to notch the month and day of harvest, along the margins of their permit. Hunters are also required to keep their permits with them at all times while hunting.

The season limits are as follows: Hunters may harvest two turkeys of either sex and both may be taken on the same day, may not exceed the limit of 2 antlered deer (all seasons combined), and can fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer permits in all counties except Iron, Reynolds, Butler, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.

As always the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – for now and more to come. Be safe and good luck out there!

For more information go to mdc.mo.gov, see the 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660) 216-1374.

Roll Clouds

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Roll clouds were part of an amazing sunrise in Scotland County early Tuesday morning, September 13th.  A roll cloud is a low, horizontal, tube-shaped and relatively rare type of arcus cloud, a category of low cloud formations.  Roll clouds form near advancing cold fronts.  A downdraft from the advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud.  When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.  They differ from shelf clouds by being completely detached from a thunderstorm base or other cloud features.  They usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis.

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Former Pastors to Speak at First Christian Church Centennial Homecoming

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Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins, former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church, will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service as the Church hosts Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.

Gore, who grew up in Vandalia, preached his first sermon at age fifteen.  He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  In January, 1998, Gore became minister of Memphis First Christian Church where he served until 2000.  He is owner of Phillip Gore Design and designs web sites and creates digital art.  Gore and his wife Lanaya have four children. They currently live in San Antonio, Texas.

Hawkins, who served as youth minister and then senior minister at First Christian Church from 1994 to 1997, now resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie and their four children.  He is Executive Director of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry and has been with the group since 2006 helping college and university students on their journey back to God.  Hawkins is pastor of Reunion Christian Church, Somerville location.

Former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon (October 2).  Rush has served the Memorial Drive Church of Christ congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since July of 1977, and also serves as the coordinator of the Tulsa Workshop. He is the author of seven books including, “The Holy Spirit Makes No Earthly Sense” and “The Miracle of Mercy”. Rush is an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and has a unique ministry of playing baseball in legends camps with former St. Louis Cardinal old-timers since 1984. He and his wife Mary have three adult children; their two sons are in full time ministry.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, (see schedule of services ad published in this issue of the Democrat).  Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services and host fellowship times with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

Voters Reminded Last Day to Register to Cast November Election Ballot is October 12th

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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words by former President Roosevelt ring true, for those who chose not to vote as well as those who fail to properly register.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge reminds prospective voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election is October 12th.

Missouri law states that any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the State of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday. (115.133, RSMo)

Prospective voters can register in person in the county clerk’s office in the Scotland County Courthouse. Dodge says individuals simply need to bring with them a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri drivers license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration.

You can also register to vote online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

An application may also be printed from the website or obtained at the county clerk’s office, completed and mailed to Scotland County Clerk’s Office, 117 S. Market, Street Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555.

Not only is the application used to initially register to vote, but the short one page form also needs to be completed when voters move to other jurisdictions, or change their address on a current voter registration within the same jurisdiction, or change the voter’s name.

“If a voter needs to change his or her address or name, a new voter registration application must be filed with the local election authority,” said Dodge. “Please note that voters who do not update their addresses before election day may be sent to a different polling place depending on their new address.”

To check your voter registration, contact the office of Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, at (660) 465-7027 or visit https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

Bushel Basket Open House Highlights Local Orchard’s Tasty Products

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by Andrea Brassfield

Richard Zimmerman and his family hosted an Open House for their business, The Bushel Basket, on Saturday, September 17th.  They also own Evergreen Sharpening and are located south of Memphis (take HWY 15 to the first gravel, then 1.5 miles west).

At the Bushel Basket, the Zimmermans are busy producing honey and growing apples, peaches and strawberries.

The family started their fruit orchard five years ago and have eight varieties of apples including Ginger Gold, Crimson Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Sun Crisp, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.  The Honey Crisp apples have already completed their growing season.  They also have two varieties of peaches including Baby Gold and Red Haven.  This is the second year of apple production and the first year for peach production.  The past two years, the winters were too harsh for the peach blossoms which are not quite as hardy as the apples.

Additionally, the Zimmermans have added more strawberry plants to their gardens and hope to have enough production next spring to begin selling.

Another part of their apple production includes custom washing, polishing and pressing not only for themselves but for other apple growers as well.  Their delicious apple cider is sold in gallon and half-gallon jugs.

Another tasty treat found at the Bushel Basket is honey and can be purchased in a variety of sizes.  The Zimmermans currently have four hives in production as well as neighbors who add to their honey supply.

Honey harvesting takes place twice a year, in August and October.  A brood box is the nest where the queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.  There are anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 bees per colony with only one queen bee.

Another interesting fact about these amazing little creatures is that one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.  Also, it takes twelve bees their entire lifetime to collect one teaspoon of honey; 556 bees a lifetime to collect one pound of honey from approximately two million blossoms!  With this in mind, it is easy to see where the term “busy bee” comes from!!

The Bushel Basket is not the only family business owned by the Zimmermans; they also have owned and operated Evergreen Sharpening for the past seven years.  They sell Echo brand chainsaws, new chains, and some accessories.  They also sharpen chainsaw chains, saw blades, drill bits, kitchen knives, pinking shears and sewing scissors.

Mr. Zimmerman works full-time at Raytec LLC here in Memphis, however during his busier harvest times, he works four days a week in order to spend more time with his fruit orchards and honey production.

Business hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday all day and “by chance” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Downing House to Host ‘Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”.  Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer.  The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”. Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer. The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex, as part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a $2000 grant from the US Bank Corporation. US Bank’s guidelines for the grant specified that the grant should be used to provide opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work. With this in mind, the Downing House Museum applied for the grant in order to provide a new cultural activity for our community. The grant will enable the Museum to purchase props, supplies and costumes to host a fall event at the location at 311 South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri – “EVENING AT THE MUSEUM – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

Join us for a unique evening walking tour of the museum complex while enjoying narratives from the past provided by fascinating residents from the Downing House, the Memphis Depot, the carriage house, summer kitchen and the Boyer House. Residents will be portrayed by volunteers from the Memphis Community Players and will include such characters as Ella Ewing, William G. Downing, Tom Horn, a barber in the barbershop, a blacksmith working in the carriage house, the ticket master at the Memphis Depot, kitchen servants, Dr. Keethler, a one room country school teacher, and a Civil War soldier, They will tell stories from their lives while living in the buildings of the museum complex. You will learn little known facts and details that will open your eyes to our local history and the residents that have had an impact on our community. Candlelit tours will be offered on Friday and Saturday October 14th & 15th and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The tour will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes and are $5 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Memphis Theatre on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2016 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for $5 each or you may call the theatre during those times to reserve a ticket. The theatre phone number is (660) 465-2277.

Discover our local history, the mansion and buildings, and the architecture and artifacts that give the Downing House Museum Complex its distinctive character. It is a museum of Scotland County’s history with many stories to tell; tales of amazing local citizens complete with period furnishings and artifacts from our past. The Downing House was built in 1858 and was listed on the National Historic Register in 1979. It sits one block south of the town square on South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Submitted by Rhonda McBee

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