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.

Special Legislative Session to Remedy Issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities

by Rep. Craig Redmon

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

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

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

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

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

Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Close Several Routes in Scotland County

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

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

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

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

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

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

Extension Expert Says Delayed Hay Harvest Calls for Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rural Hospital are a Lifeline

by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Looking to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area Students Named to MU Dean’s List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis Man Facing Charges Following Motorcycle Crash

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

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

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

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

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

Large Hail Storm Pounds Scotland County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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