October 10, 2002

Speedway Draws More Than 175 Cars For Season Finale


Promoter Terry Hoenig presents the $1,000 check to the Midwest Challenge Cruiser Championship winners Jim Bishop of Libertyville, IA and Joe Wright of Bloomfield, IA.

The 2002 racing season at Scotland County Speedway went out with a bang at the season finale. Actually it went out with a bang, a boom and lots of other loud noises as an over-flowing field of more than 175 cars had more than its fair share of crashes.

While the racing action kept the crowd entertained well into the night the largest ovation from the fans came when promoter Terry Hoenig and Scotland County Fair Board president Phil Aylward stepped on to the track during an intermission to announce that a contract has been signed to bring back the popular promoter for the 2003 race season at the Memphis track.

As Hoenig's first year has been deemed a success so to was the premier of the Midwest Cruiser Championship October 5th. The first annual event drew more than 60 two-driver cruisers to compete for the grand prize of $1,000.

While the big purse drew plenty of cruisers to compete the rest of the show was brimming over with cars as well. The hobby stock class drew 45 cars while a big field of A modifieds made it three divisions requiring a B-main race to set the final field of 24 cars to start the feature race.

The full field had the track rumbling until two in the morning with racing of all types. The stock car class, a last minute addition to the agenda, opened up the evening's feature races.

Only 11 cars took to the track and when it was all said and done it was a familiar face in the winner's circle. Mike Robinson (78R) capped off a stellar season at SCS with one last victory in 2002.

The A-modified class had a big showing Saturday night with 38 cars forcing a B-main to trim the field to 24 cars. The heavy traffic caused problems early in the feature event as it took four starts to get the first lap in the record book.

A spin in turn four brought out the first caution but it was the second yellow flag where most of the damage to the field was done with a total of four cars heading to the pits after a crash coming out of turn one. Mark Burgtorf finished out his tough 2002 season at SCS on lap one, as he was collected in the crash in the front stretch. The wreck took out three-quarters of rows two and three along with Jim Roach and the 13 car.

Roach got a round of applause as he sped back onto the track from the pits to make it to the back of the pack for the restart.

Dennis Elliott (29) of Mt. Ayr, IA, along with Jim Fuller of Memphis in the 88 car started on the front row but quickly were pressured by the 11 car of Mike Hughes as well as the 11D of Darin Thye. Hughes had started on the fifth row but had proven his car was going to be a frontrunner by winning the trophy dash earlier in the night.

The crowd saw a familiar sight as the 45 car of Tony Fraise steadily worked its way up in the pack to slide into third. He ultimately got by Thye to grab second but Hughes was running away with nearly a half lap lead.

By the halfway point Hughes was passing lapped traffic and was showing no signs of slowing down. That picture changed a bit when the 45J car of Jim Gillenwater spun in turn three bringing out a caution.

Just two laps later debris on the track brought out another yellow flag. Neither restart bothered Hughes a bit, as he showed no signs of slowing down, quickly pulling back ahead of Fraise. The 45 car was busy trying to hold off Thye, as the 11D car ultimately got by to finish second behind Hughes. Fraise was third followed by Ryan Meyer (82M) and B-modified track champion Chris Larson (67).

Another capacity field followed up that race as the hobby stocks sent 24 cars out for the feature race.

Front row starter Duane Miller in the 3M car gave the crowd a scare as he rolled his ride numerous times in turn three with the car ultimately ending up on its top. Rescue workers had to extricate him from the car as a major fuel leak posed even more problems. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital with what was believed to be a broken arm.

Pole setter Rick VanDulsedirt (1R) went to the head of the class on the restart followed by the 11 car of Mark Holt. Greg Johnson (22J) of Burlington, IA squeezed his way into the picture pushing between VanDulsedirt and Holt to take the lead.

Holt got taken out by the 10 car of Louis Lynch in turn one and the Memphis driver went to the back of the pack where he should have been joined by Lynch. The 10 car stayed in the third spot but came up lame later, throwing a wheel and heading to the pits.

At the halfway point VanDulsedirt reclaimed the lead going under Johnson out of turn four. The 18 car of Kris Walker of Oskaloosa, IA worked its way into the picture coming all the way from the back of the pack to challenge for the lead.

With just one lap remaining VanDulsedirt spun in turn four turning the lead over to Walker.

On the restart Walker and Johnson were side by side for two laps before the 22J car got the edge coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag.

Tony Becerra ran a strong race to finish third followed by Zach Sobaski and Jeff Soper in the 43S. Doug Small of Memphis finished sixth while Holt worked his way back up the line to finish ninth.

A field of 20 Wild Things, the popular four-cylinder racers from Lee County Speedway entertained the crowd prior to the final race. Dave Burdette was declared the winner of the race after the 24 car was disqualified. Wild Thing rules state the driver can not lead for two consecutive laps until the final two laps of the race.

The field of 64 cruisers had been narrowed down to just 24 through seven heat races, two B-mains and one "last chance" race. Two dozen cars from across the tri-state area took to the track for the grand finale with hopes of claiming the $1,000 top prize.

The 30-lap race proved to be a case of survival of the fittest with only 13 cars crossing the finish line.

Jenny and John Peterson of Oquawka, IL, jumped into the lead at the start of the race taking the 24 "Rainbow Warrior" car to the front ahead of the 22 car of Bob Malone and Marty Hull. Bobbi Jacks and Jared Durbin positioned the 2D car in third while Jeff Delonjay and Herb Murry (32) of Quincy moved up to fourth place.

The 32 car made its move to take over the lead. One lap later the picture changed dramatically as the 2D and 22 cars got together in turn three before going over the backside of the track. That ended the night for Malone and Hull but the 2D car was able to return from the pits with plenty of time left in the race.

Delonjay and Murry continued to lead the pack ahead of the 24 car when the third yellow flag fell on the race after a three car crash in turn three.

The Petersons took advantage of the restart to push their 24 car past the 32 car into first place. That didn't last long as Delonjay and Murry recaptured the lead on the next lap holding down the spot through the midway part of the race.

Their luck ran out three laps later as the 32 car threw a wheel ending Delonjay and Murry's night.

The Petersons retook the lead on the restart but the 24 car was laboring and began to fade late in the contest. That opened the road for the 20 car of Jim Bishop and Joe Wright to take over first place. Eddie Dierker and Jerry Powers of Plainville, IL made a move at the same time taking over the second spot with the 187 car.

With five laps to go the 20 was causing some stress for the drivers as one of the hood pins gave way. The hood started to catch wind and threatened to blow open. Fortunately for Bishop and Wright the second pin held and allowed them to take the checkered flag.

Dieker and Powers took second in the 187 followed by Jacks and Durbin who brought the 2D all the way back through the pack. The 64 car of Sam Halstead of Danville, IA and Russ Harrison of Mt. Pleasant, IA was fourth. Rounding out the top five was the 75 car of Aaron and Rod Summy of Muscatine, IA.

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Being Held at Johnson Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

Service Day Brings Out Best In CMU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Show Me Dog Club to Host Dog Day in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge

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

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

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

Memphis FFA Hosting 2016 Awards Banquet

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

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

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

Is Maintenance Due On Your CRP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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