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.

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

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Volunteer to clean up litter through May 15 and report efforts at nomoretrash.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one-month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as discarded plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags, and it can kill them,” said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter can also poison wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”

Jerek added that helium balloons released for social or celebratory reasons can also become a litter threat to fish and wildlife, which may consume or get tangled in the deflated balloons and ribbons.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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An estimated one billion or more people in 192 countries commemorated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, including the City of Memphis.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported a pair of trees were planted in Johnson Park as part of the celebration that fosters environmental awareness while promoting such activities as community clean ups, and like this year, planting trees.

This year Earth Day Network focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide.

“Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

Recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Memphis continues to promote tree health and expansion of the tree inventory within city limits. The city offers free tress for planting on city right-of-ways on private property.

“The City of Memphis is again giving a tree to residents who will help with its survival,” said Monroe. “The trees will be planted by city employees on city right of ways.  Species will be determined by tree ordinance with consideration given to utilities at the location of the tree.”

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

According to the US Census Bureau, trees play a key role in the national economy. More than 54,000 people are employed in forestry fields. More than 2.5 million homes nationwide are heated primarily by wood-burning, which is more than 2% of all housing.

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Help Kickoff 2016 Scotland County Speedway Season on May 7th

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

After losing a pair of spring shows to Mother Nature, Scotland County Speedway is hoping to kick off its 2016 schedule of special races with a bang on Saturday, May 7th when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will travel to Memphis.

Modifieds have been added to the card courtesy of J & J AG, Jon and Jardin Fuller, for a show that will also feature Stock Cars, Sport Mods, and Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30, p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand prices will be adults $20, students $10 and 6 & under free.  Pit pass will be $30.  Check out Scotland County Speedway on Facebook for more information.

The stop in Memphis on Saturday will cap off a three-day run across Iowa and Missouri. The MLRA late models will hit Donnellson, IA on May 5th for a $3,000 to win race at Lee County Speedway. The following night they will be chasing a similar purse at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA before arriving at Scotland County Speedway for another $3,000 race.

The circuit was last in action on Sunday afternoon, April 17th at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize.

Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pileup caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22-lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner-up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Being Held at Johnson Park

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The City of Memphis Parks Department is hosting a Pitch Hit and Run Competition on Saturday, May 7th starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event is being held at Johnson Park Ball Field.

The competition, a free, 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14, is divided into two separate divisions, baseball and softball, and participants may compete in either division.

Divided into three fundamental aspects of baseball/softball, participants are scored on pitching, hitting and running.  In pitching, the participant is tested throwing strikes to a designated “strike zone” target.  Any method of throwing is permitted.  In hitting, the participant hits a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy.  In running, the participant is timed, starting from second base, touching third then touching home plate.

All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables.  After competing in each of the three components, participants accumulate a total score based on his/her performance.

Champions at the Local level advance to a Sectional competition.  Those winners then become eligible to advance to the Team Championships held in June and then the final culmination occurs at the National Finals held at the 2016 MLB All-Star Week.

Complete information and rules can be found at PitchHitRun.com.  Registration forms for the Local completion being held on May 7th can be picked up at Memphis City Hall and the Memphis Democrat.  For more information, contact Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

Service Day Brings Out Best In CMU

From sororities and fraternities to sports teams and service clubs, some 700 volunteers from Central Methodist University did their part on Thursday, April 7 to, in the words of the CMU mission statement, “make a difference in the world.”

The University called off classes for its annual Service Day, when students, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities to support a variety of causes. Event coordinator Matt Williams, associate director for CMU’s Center for Faith and Service, estimated CMU dedicated more than 1,700 hours this year.

Lucas Howard, a Sophomore computer science major from Memphis, volunteered with the Cleanup Fayette project, where over one hundred volunteers worked to pick up trash around town.

The many Service Day projects included yard work at various homes, work at the food bank in Columbia, volunteering at Fayette Head Start, sewing colorful pillow cases for children who are battling cancer, and many more.

“As President (Roger) Drake likes to say, we’re helping to prepare students for ‘advanced citizenship’ in the world around them,” Williams added. “Even though classes were canceled for Service Day, the learning continued.”

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Mo., and through extension sites located across Missouri and online

Delaney Gundy Inducted Into C-SC’s Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

Delaney Gundy, senior art education major from Gorin, MO, was among 22 students inducted into the Missouri Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. The ceremony was held Wednesday, April 20, in Johnson Hall Parlor on the Culver-Stockton College campus.

Faculty co-sponsors Dr. Scott Giltner and Dr. Lauren Schellenberger welcomed the new members into the society. Dr. Dell Ann Janney, Associate Dean of Instruction and Professor of Accounting, delivered this year’s charge to initiates, family, and friends.

Alpha Chi honors those juniors and seniors in the top ten percent of their class. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi has over 300 chapters nationally and works toward the goal of “Making Scholarship Effective for Good.”

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Show Me Dog Club to Host Dog Day in the Park

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Dog parks are becoming more popular all across the United States. They are different in size and design but share the same purpose: to provide a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Although they’re not for everyone, dog parks can benefit both people and their pets. Once or twice a year the City of Memphis generously opens Johnson Park as a dog park. Here are some tips on why you should take your dog to the park:

Many behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs were born to lead active lives. They’ve worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. Dogs’ wild relatives lead busy lives, too, hunting, scavenging, avoiding predators and complex social interaction. Most pet dogs, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time alone at home, napping on couches and eating food from bowls. Many become bored, lonely and overweight. They have excess energy and no way to expend it, so it’s not surprising that they often come up with activities on their own, like unstuffing couches, raiding trash cans and gnawing on shoes.

To keep your dog happy, healthy and out of trouble, you’ll need to find ways to exercise his/her brain and body. If she enjoys the company of her own kind, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life. Benefits of going to the dog park include:

Physical and mental exercise for dogs: your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.

Opportunities to maintain social skills: dogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using his/her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.

Fun for pet parents, dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs. This article was from petsWebMD.com.

Please join us for A Dog Day in the Park at Johnson Park this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please no female dogs in heat or unneutered males. We ask that all dogs be current on their shots. Just a fun hour or two for you and your dog to run around, socialize, and have fun. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge went to the Edina Nutrition Center on April 18th.  Marjorie Peterson was hostess.  She gave everyone a petunia and a packet of flower seeds.

Those attending the meeting were Celine Erickson, Marilyn Dunn, JoAnn Rood, Virginia Hustead, Joyce Bass, Ruth Ludwick, Reva Hustead, Marlene Henry, Neta Phillips and Nancy Jo Waack.

The next meeting will be Monday, May 16th at Keith’s Café in Memphis.  Hostesses will be JoAnn Rood and Marilyn Dunn.

Memphis FFA Hosting 2016 Awards Banquet

The Memphis FFA Chapter will be celebrating the successes of its FFA Chapter members on Thursday, May 5th at their annual Awards Banquet.

The Memphis FFA has had a very successful year and seen many accomplishments.  They have been awarded Proficiencies, attended Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events where they qualified and competed at top levels.  The Chapter credits their successes not only to their own hard work but also to the support received from businesses and the local community.

The Memphis FFA Banquet is being held at the Scotland County High School Gymnasium with dinner starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.  In addition to regular banquet activities, they are also holding a silent auction to raise funds to help with the cost of sending members to leadership conferences, CDE events and state and national conventions.

Is Maintenance Due On Your CRP?

Mid-Contract Management is required on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) acreage. MCM (Mid-Contract Management) practices must be performed during the program years indicated in the participants’ Conservation Plan. For most contracts, management practices will be required to be performed one time on each contract acre during contract years 3 through 6.

CRP participants, in consultation with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), have the choice of one or more of the following three required MCM practices after a grass stand is considered established: strip disking, prescribed burning, and chemical application. Mowing alone is not an approved MCM practice. Each practice has a specific time-frame it may be performed. In no case will MCM be allowed during the primary nesting season of May 1 to July 15.

Spring disking ended March 31stt. The deadline to burn cool season grasses is April 30th. The spring deadline for chemical application of cool season grasses is also April 30th. There are additional times later in the year available to perform MCM practices.

CRP participants are to report to their FSA (Farm Service Agency) office when the practice is done. After the bills for the disking, burning, or chemical application are submitted, cost-share of $11 per acre may be issued.

CRP that does not have the required MCM practices applied as required will be subject to a penalty or cancellation of the CRP contract.

For more information about when you need to perform MCM, the specifications for each MCM practice, or any other questions in regards to maintaining your CRP, please contact your county FSA office. The Scotland County FSA office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

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