August 8, 2002

Megonigle Wins Second USMTS Stop At Scotland County Speedway

Is there a more impressive sight for race fans than the four-wide parade lap that has become synonymous with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) which made its second stop of the 2002 racing season at Memphis Speedway on August 3rd.

The colorful cars that traveled to the region from across the Midwest, intermingled with local favorites, circle the track as each driver flies the Stars and Stripes from his window. The fans come to their feet and cheer on the parade of cars in anticipation of one of the best races of the season.

The 24-car field did not disappoint the SCS crowd Saturday night as they saw some of the finest open-wheel racing of the year.

A total of 44 modified cars traveled to Memphis for the Saturday Night Excitement sponsored by Walker Motors of Memphis. The huge number of competitors required four heat races as well as a pair of B-main races to set the field for the main event.

Mark Burgtorf opened up the night with a victory in the first heat event, which featured many of the local competitors. Jim Roach was second followed by Tony Fraise to earn births in the feature race. Chris Eggers headed the heat race early on but got together with the 3 car in turn four. The collision caused a small fire in the 97X car bringing out the fire crews stopping the race momentarily.

The remainder of the heat races had their share of yellow flags as well as the cars were pushing hard to make it into the feature contest.

The second heat contest was won by Scott Megonigle of Cedar Rapids in the M2 car. Justin Boney of Desota, KS, picked up the victory in the third heat race while Kelly Smith of Kirksville was the victor in the fourth heat race of the night.

The top eight cars on the night had a special redraw prior to the start of the contest. Three regulars at SCS along with a fourth familiar face were among the top eight cars at the start of the field. Tony Fraise drew the unlucky eighth spot and started along side Burgtorf. Kelly Smith was just one spot better at sixth. Jim Roach had the best redraw as he started on the front row in hole #2 along side the 17 car of Mike Spaulding, last years feature winner at SCS.

Rounding out the front eight were Boney, Megonigle and Todd Klees of Rochester, MN in the 12EZ car.

Spaulding jumped to the head of the pack as the green flag flew but the action was short lived as Smith spun in turn one bringing out the yellow and ending the 0 car's shot at the coveted USMTS win.

The second start for the night turned out even worse. Turn one was again the culprit as no fewer than four cars were caught up in a chain reaction collision which ended the nights of the 12 car of Johnny Bone, Jr. of Pea Ridge, AR as well as the 18L car of Michael Long of Quincy, IL.

The third time was the charm as the race got underway and finished the first lap of the 30-circuit race.

Spaulding was unable to hold onto the top spot for long as Boney took over the lead on the fourth lap. His hold on the position didn't last long either as Megonigle came all the way from the third row to take his seat at the head of the class.

Burgtorf came in tow with the M2 car getting by Boney to take hold of the second spot. Bruce Hanford of Davenport, IA, followed in the tracks of the hard charging Burgtorf, moving the 61 car into third place ahead of Boney.

At the same time Roach had slipped back to the seventh spot while Fraise was holding onto the eighth position.

The hardest chargers of the night proved to be the 3 car of Kelly Shryock of LeMars, IA and the C40 of Mike Chasteen of Creve Coeur, IL.

Chasteen won the B-main to enter the main event starting on the seventh row. Shryock had to take a provisional to get into the field and was forced to start on row 11 just in front of the two SCS provisional spots given to Bob Dale of Gorin and Jim Fuller of Memphis.

Chasteen moved up in the standings to battle Hanford for the third spot. He didn't stop there as the next pass got him by Burgtorf into second place where he ended the race. Chasteen could have used a yellow flag and a restart as he appeared to be reeling in the M2 car but the final 20 laps were caution free allowing Megonigle to hold on for his second win in as many visits to SCS. The M2 car found its way to the winner's circle in the first visit of the year by USMTS to Memphis back in June.

Shryock improved 19 positions to finish in fourth spot behind Burgtorf. Hanford held on for the fifth place finish ahead of Russ Olson of Cedar Rapids. Tim Donlinger of Rochester, MN was seventh with Boney finishing eighth. Fraise took home the ninth place finish with Jim Lynch of Bloomfield rounding out the top 10. Roach was 12th while Dale finished 19th and Fuller was 20th.

The USMTS wrapped up a full night of racing at the speedway.

The B-modified division was the first to take the track. Jerry Reese started on the pole and led for the first five circuits before giving way to Kelly Smith and the 41x car. Smith came from his starting spot on the thrid row to take the lead. That was short lived as Chris Larson got through the traffic at the midway point to pull into first place.

Larson started on the fourth row and took some time to get through the traffic but once in the lead he never relinquished it on his way to victory lane. Smith finished second ahead of Jim Redman in the 4B and Jack Evans, Jr. Bobby Cookson finished fifth. The heat wins went to Reese and Smith.

The hobby stock class nearly rivaled the modifieds in size with 32 cars forcing a B-main event. That trimmed the field to 23 cars for the feature race.

Jim Walker of Mystic, IA, started on the second row in the main event. He quickly got by the pole setters to place the 80 car ahead of the field building a large cushion on the second place car of Larry Newman (20).

Tony Becerra and Mike Shelton (16M) of Ottumwa IA moved up to make a challenge for the lead but spent the majority of the time battling for the third spot, swapping the position back and forth.

The cushion disappeared late for Walker but he managed to hold off Newman to take the checkered flag. Miller got by Becerra for third while Russell Fett grabbed fifth place with the 32 car.

Michael Browning got a big cheer from the grandstands as many of his hometown Edina fans made the trip to Memphis to see the 13 car make its second trip to the winner's circle in 2002.

Browning led the stock car feature race from start to finish. He lost two main challengers midway through the race when the 27R of Ryan Cook got together with 14R Jim Redman sending both to the back of the pack.

Dennis Harwood started next to Browning on the front row and he stayed with the 13 car throughout the contest to take second. Harwood had to hold off a late push from the 78R of Mike Robinson. Robinson and Josh Walker had been trading places much of the race as they moved up the ladder but they ran out of time to make it to the front. Walker finished fourth and the 05 of David Wietholder was fifth.

The two-man cruiser race rounded out the evening. Josh Morse and James Hudson started fast and never looked back as the 2J coasted to an easy victory. Donnie and Greg Peters held off the 32 car of Delonjay and Murry to take second place. Dave Hudson and Robert Arnold finished fourth in the 34H while Lance Stott and Paul Kropf were fifth.

After the contest the 2J car was disqualified along with the 34H car for "restrictor plate tampering". That handed the win over to the Peters team in the 87. Hudson and Arnold lost their fourth place finish as well on the DQ.

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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