June 27, 2002

Fraise, Elston, Robinson Continue Winning Ways At SCS

Saturday Night Excitement is the slogan this year for Scotland County Speedway as spectators nearly got some additional excitement on top of the racing action when tempers flared after a crash in the B-modified feature event.

Chris Larson looked poised to bring home yet another victory at Scotland County Speedway but late in the race the 00 car of Jack Evans, Jr., got into the 67 resulting in the leader's car being hauled off the track on a wrecker along with the 77H car of which got together with the pack before hitting the wall in the back stretch.

As the cars were being hauled off the track Larson was out of his ride and strolling down the back stretch looking for Evans' car. The two exchanged words before they headed to the infield accompanied by a host of track workers who were busily working to separate the two prospective combatants as well as a number of fans who had entered the track from the pits grandstands.

The issue was defused as both drivers were sent to the pit areas along with security personnel from the track. That's when it's nice to have a former NFL lineman as the track flag man. He can now add track bouncer to his resume.

The hold up wasted enough time in an already extended feature event that the checkered flag fell on the contest while under caution giving Kelly Smith (41X) his second win of the season. Bill Baker, a new face at SCS finished second in the 03 car followed by Jerry Reese of Memphis in the 2R.

Trent Grotz of Quincy, IL was fourth in the 2G car while Bobby Cookson (8Z) took home fifth place. Heat wins went to Reese and Joe Hooper (66).

The feature event started with 17 cars and saw Hooper take the early lead from his front row starting spot. But by the midway point Larson had moved from his fifth row starting spot to wrestle the lead from Hooper. Evans, Jr. came in tow with Larson to grab hold of second place with Bob Hightower of Palmyra in third in the 77H.

The crash occurred as lapped traffic brought the 67 car back to the pack, closing the distance for Evans when the contact occurred.

First place in the B modified feature pays $300.

The racing in the five other features quickly made fans remember they were at a racetrack not a boxing ring.

The evening started with the cruiser class which was geared up for a good show after learning promoter Terry Hoenig has planned a special event in October for the class of cars that will pay an unheard of $1000 top purse for the winner.

Dave Hudson and Robert Arnold again proved they will be one of the cars to beat for the big October payday as they ran away with the June 22 event with the 34HR easily outdistancing the rest of the pack for the win. The duo brought the car from the fifth row starting position into the lead right off the bat and never looked back.

Last week's winners Lance Stott and Paul Kropg of Keokuk, IA held off a hard charge from the 32 car to take second place. Hank and Jody DeLonjay finished third. Bryan and Verdon Overhulser of Alexandria finished fourth in the 42 followed by Donnie and Greg Peters in fifth place in the 87.

The top two cars were the winners in the heat races as well.

In the A modified main event Kelly Smith of Kirksville looked as if he might take a pair of checkered flags on the evening. The B modified winner started the A mod feature on the front row and quickly took the lead in the red 0 car pulling ahead from the rest of the field.

Lynn Monroe made a quick push from the third row into second place with Jardin Fuller in tow in third.

Ultimately it proved to be the only man in SCS history to win two classes in one night - Tony Fraise - who spoiled Smith's run. Fraise brought the 45 car into contention from his start on the fourth row.

Fraise got by Smith at the halfway point of the event and it was smooth sailing from there on out for the 45 who is becoming a familiar sight in victory lane.

Fraise did get a little push from the 11 car of Mike Hughes of Rose Hill, IA. Hughes took advantage of a late caution to reel Fraise in and gave the winner a run for the finish line after the restart.

Last year's track champion Jim Roach came all the way from the seventh row to take home his best finish of the 2002 season in third. Smith wound up in fourth place with Jim Fuller finishing fifth. Bob Dale of Gorin was sixth and Monroe finished seventh.

Fraise and Hughes had the two fastest cars in the heat races in addition to the main race, picking up heat victories on the night.

A pair of new faces moved into the hunt for the top driver title in the hobby stock division.

Duane Miller proved last week was no fluke as he had the 3M at the front of the pack once again June 22 holding the early lead in the main event.

He got early challenges from the usual suspects as Jeff Soper (43S), Mark Holt (11) and Tony Becerra (2) moved up to find their familiar spots at the front of the field of 18 cars.

Early on it was Soper who was pushing Miller from the second spot. But a pair of restarts in the opening 10 laps helped bunch up the leaders allowing Holt to get by Soper on the high side on turn four and take the top challenger spot.

The third restart (after Justin O'Haver rolled the 02 car in turn one bringing out the ambulance and fire and rescue workers) saw Miller still in the lead with Holt comeing strong. Fans got a great show from Soper, Becerra, Bob Lynch (4X) and Mike Shelton (16M) with a four car battle for third place.

With five laps to go Holt made his move and got by Miller. But the push proved costly as the 11 car blew a motor ending his night and bringing out another yellow.

The final restart of the night was enough to bring Miller back to the pack and let Becerra get the 2 car past the leader into first place.

Becerra went on to take the checkered flag followed by Miller, Shelton, Soper and Lynch.

Shelton, Soper and Larry Newman (20) were the heat race winners.

The biggest field of the season for the stock car class did not disappoint as the cars went three wide on numerous occasions with a pack of six cars battling it out for the top spot for much of the contest.

The 17 cars were trimmed by three on the opening turn as Roger Dresden (1D), Pete Agee (14) and Ron Downing, Jr. (41M) all went off on wreckers.

On the restart it was Josh Walker jumping to the lead in the 78 getting by early leader Don Kanselaar (28K). Jim Redman (14R), Ryan Cook (27R) and Mike Robinson (78R) continued to go three wide for a number of laps in an exciting battle for second place.

Walker maintained the lead through a number of caution flags before the restarts finally took their toll and allowed Robinson to ultimately pull ahead for the victory. Walker drifted all the way back to fourth as Redman got by and gave Robinson a close run for the checkered flag. Cook finished third. Michael Browning of Edina was fifth on the night.

Dennis Harwood of Mt. Pleasant, IA won the second heat race after Cook picked up the first heat win.

The Late Model main event featured several new faces with at least four cars making either their first or second appearance of the night, but when the checkered flag fell it was a familiar sight with Tommy Elston winning his fifth race in six tries.

Last week's winner Chris Smyser looked poised to challenge Elston after winning the first heat race but the 25S car didn't make it back to the track for the feature after experiencing engine trouble.

Terry Schlipman very easily could have had his first win of the year as he had the 42 car at the front of the field for most of the contest holding off Gary Webb (56) in his first appearance at SCS and Thad Trump in the 46.

But after the midway point the second caution of the night came out when Jeremy Townsend (23) spun out in turn two. That proved costly for Schlipman as the stoppage brought him back to the pack.

Elston got a huge push on the restart leapfrogging from fourth into second making it possible for him to ultimately move by Schlipman and take the win.

Tony Fraise moved the 45DW into third place. Thrump finished fourth followed by Webb. Smyser and Thrump won the heat races.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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