June 13, 2002

Elston Makes It Four In A Row At SCS

Spiderman has been one of the summer's biggest movies and so far at Scotland County Speedway a driver that fits that description has been dominating the racetrack just like his namesake has been doing on the big screen.

While it's not his official nickname, at least not yet, the description came to mind Saturday night as Tommy Elston zoomed around the raceway clinging to what proved to be a fairly slick surface for the rest of the racers.

Elston started on the third row but wasted little time moving to the front. He didn't need spider webs shooting from his wrists to reel in the four cars ahead of him. The 45 car handled masterfully around turns one and two, the tough spots for the rest of the field.

Jason Krigbaum took the lead early from his pole position. Early on his car looked up for the challenge as he pulled ahead of Tony Fraise in the 45DW and Terry Schlipman in the 42. Elston quickly changed that picture as he passed both challengers coming out of turn four down the front stretch.

Spiderman had a firm grip on the middle groove, a spot no one else had been able to use all night. Krigbaum tried to maintain the lead on the low side but by the midway point Elston had caught the 11 car and left it in his dust.

From that point it was smooth sailing for Elston who remained perfect at SCS this year, winning his fourth straight race. That shutout the competition from collecting the $100 bounty from Cunningham Fertilizer. Elston cashed on $50 of that reward and told the rest of the field to "Bring it!" next week when he heard the bounty had been boosted to $150.

Krigbaum finished second on the night followed by Schlipman, Fraise and Rich Westhoff in the 3W. Heat wins went to Elston and Schlipman.

The other hunted driver did not fair as well on June 8 as Mike Robinson's efforts to make it four in a row fell just one car short in the stock car feature.

Jim Redman of Lockridge, IA, took advantage of a front row starting position to lead the race from start to finish. Robinson began the race with the 78R car on the third row. He made things exciting by passing the rest of the pack early on to move into second place.

But Robinson was never really able to challenge the 14, instead having to battle off Josh Walker in the 78 car in a battle for second.

Redman not only took the checkered flag but he also picked up the $100 bounty on Robinson who finished second. Walker was third followed by Ryan Cook in the 27R car who made a hard charge late in the contest. Jason Cook took fifth in the 27J.

From there the night got a bit ugly, with two features going to the checkered flag while under caution. While NASCAR fans are familiar with the phrase "Rubbings in Racing" it's doubtful that that's what promoter Terry Hoenig wants to see on his dirt track on Saturday nights.

However, that didn't stop a couple cars in both the A and B modified features from doing a little extra jockeying for position.

The A Modified feature looked like it might produce its first Scotland County winner of the season. Bob Dale started on row one in the 12 car with Jardin Fuller one row back in the 33. But it was actually Jim Fuller, who started on the fifth row as well as Lynn Monroe, who started in the back of the pack after being taken out by another driver in the heat race, that appeared to have two of the fast cars on the track.

Dale jumped to the head of the class at the drop of the green flag. Jardin Fuller was in tow taking second followed by Tony Fraise who lept all the way up from the fourth row into third place.

Fraise didn't wait there long as he moved past Fuller and then Dale to gain the lead just two circuits later.

The first caution of the night came when the 22G of Steve Grotz shut down on the front stretch after he had gotten together with the 18 car leaving both with flat tires. Grotz took advantage of the stoppage to get to the pits and return at the rear of the pack with a new tire.

The restart didn't change much at the front as Fraise and Dale remained one and two. However Jim Roach changed that off the return to green when he passed Dale for second.

That became a familiar move for the Kahoka driver as three consecutive cautions forced Roach back to third on the restart.

Finally on the fifth restart Roach was able to get by Dale for good to move into second and build a cushion behind a solid lead for Fraise. Dale had third all to himself while Hank DeLonjay of Quincy, IL, was duking it out with Jardin Fuller for fifth. The action got physical in turn four when DeLonjay slid into the 33 car, forcing Fuller out of the race.

The 35 car didn't last much longer either as turn four did him in as well when he spun in front of the 97K car and the wreckers had to be brought out to separate the cars.

All the while this was going on Lynn Monroe quietly was burning up the track from his 21st starting position. The 21M car looked like the fastest car on the track as he sped through the pack all the way up to fifth spot.

At the same time Jim Fuller had brought the 88 car back into contention after a slow start from the 10th starting slot. He stayed in the middle of the pack for the first half of the race before finding some extra juice late in the contest.

The 88 and 21 didn't get a chance to complete the run as the checkered flag fell during the sixth caution of the affair, sending Fraise to the winner's circle for the second straight race.

Roach took second followed by Dale, Jim Fuller and Monroe. Heat race victories went to Mike Long of Canton in the 18, DeLonjay and Roach.

While the B-modifieds did make the checkered flag under green it was nearly as rough as there was at least one car out there that could have used a battle ram instead of a front bumper.

The contest got off to a smooth start as Chuck Ancell pulled into the lead off the first lap followed by Jerry Poor in the 86. The two built a comfortable cushion on top ahead of a trio of cars, Josh Foster (77), Bobby Cookson (8Z) and Chris Larson (67) battling for third.

Larson, who started on the fifth row, eventually got past the pack taking third and then quickly wrestling away second place from Poor.

After the first spin out of the race just past the halfway point, Larson got the jump on Ancell on the restart. Poor held onto third followed by Foster and the 15 car of Phillip Cossell.

The second yellow flew when Jack Evans Jr. got into the back of the 15 spinning Cossell.

The 00 was in the middle of the third caution as well when he tapped Poor in turn one spinning out the 86. This time he wen to the back of the pack with his victim.

That was all behind Larson who after getting by Ancell low in turn four never got another challenge, returning to victory lane for another trophy and payday from SCS. Ancell finished second followed by 2001 track champion Danny Daggs (04) in his season debut. Cookson was fourth followed by Foster.

Larson and Kelly Smith (41x) picked up the points for the heat race wins.

The Hobby Stock division proved it would not be outdone for excitement as well as physical contact (isn't there some wrecker service or autobody shop out there that can take advantage of this natural advertising option?) as the class quickly is becoming a fan favorite with exciting racing action.

A full field of 24 cars clogged up the racing lanes early on as a number of the top points racers were stuck behind a dozen or more cars to start the night.

That didn't prevent Doug Small from quickly leaping the 4D from the third row to the front seat on the bus. He pulled ahead of 55 Jim Lynch and 02 Justin O'Haver and quickly ran away from the field.

Mark Holt (11) and Bob Lynch (4X) started side by side on row five. They took different routes early on. While Holt was stuck behind the traffic jam Lynch busted through the middle to give Small his first challenge.

A couple cautions brought Small back to the field and had Lynch in third behind O'Haver.

A little more racing action was sandwiched in between two more spinouts, seeing Holt flying up to fifth spot and Lynch leap frogging to #2.

By the midway point Lynch finally found his way around Small who fell back to second ahead of Holt and Tony Becerra in the 2 car.

An extended delay occurred next when cars got together in turn four leaving the 77 of Bruce Summers on its top halfway around the corner.

The final restart of the night saw Holt make his move off turn four. He bolted through the front stretch splitting the 4X and 4D cars taking first place. It was short lived as the momentum spun the 11 car in turn two, collecting the 4X car in the process.

That brought out the final yellow flag of the night as the race went to the checkered flag while the track officials were sorting out the collision, giving Small his first victory of the season.

Becerra was awarded second, followed by O'Haver, Dave Warner (9) of Keosauqua, IA, and 29 Bobby Magruder of Brashear.

After last week's excitement of not one, but two roll-over accidents the Two-Man Cruiser class was relatively calm.

Lance Stott and Paul Kropg led most of the way in the 2 car before giving way to 32 car late in the race. That lasted until a flat tire with just one lap to go, allowing Stott and Kropg to take the checkered flag.

David Hudson and Sarah Small were second in the 34H followed by Josh Foster and Todd Moon in the 09. Danny Buford and Doug Ruth of Downing were fourth and Donnie Peters and Greg Peters of Quincy, IL finished fifth.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


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







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


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

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

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

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

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

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

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at www.speedshiftTV.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or LHumphreys@ussec.org

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



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

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

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

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

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

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

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