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.

New Replacement Trees Planted by Rutledge School Restoration Society

One more entry has been removed from the bucket list of the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Bob Hunolt, Lonnie Triplett, Oren Erickson, and Leon Trueblood recently rounded up their spades, water buckets, and measuring sticks to get two new American Linden trees planted (exactly as instructions for planting read) in the school yard.

These trees, when fully grown, will graciously replace the ever-popular Ash and Maple trees which, until early spring this year, had graced the school lawn for many decades. It was determined by the utility company the trees were a detriment to the electrical lines, so they had to go.

Thanks to Aaron Dannenhauer, the stumps were removed; and the sawdust from this grinding has appropriately mulched the new trees. The nursery-provided information claims the new trees to be well-adapted to Missouri daily weather change… so with hopes for fast growth, there will be shade on the Rutledge School lawn once again!

Three Teens Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Bridge

Three area teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Schuyler County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Allyssia J. Jackson, 17 of Queen City, was southbound on Ranch Road when she lost control of the 2003 Ford Escape on the gravel and collided with a bridge rail. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned.

Jackson suffered moderate injuries in the crash as did a passenger in the vehicle, Paige A. Humphrey, 15, of Queen City. A second passenger in the car, Cobe J. Coop, 18, of Memphis suffered minor injuries.

Jackson and Humphrey were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Coop was taken by private vehicle to the Kirksville hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage in the accident and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Ambulance Service and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd 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 Floyd 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 in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

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

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, 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.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!

BABY CICERO

Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.

BABY BUCKNER-DAVIS

Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.

BABY HILL

Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.

BABY SMALL

Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

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