June 17, 2004

Smith, Shelton grab first wins of 2004 at Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal Memphis, MO (June 12, 2004) - Memphis Auto and Truck night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway saw a total of 129 cars sign in to due battle in front of huge crowd. A smooth, fast race track helped Tommy Elston (Late Models), Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Mike Robinson (USRA Stock Cars), Kelly Smith (USRA B-Modifieds), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Larry Powell (Cruisers) and Dave Burdette (Hornets) pick up feature wins in their respective divisions.

Denny Woodworth took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20-lap Late Model feature, with Jody Wood close behind in second. Woodworth would hold the lead until lap 2, when he slowed going down the backstretch with mechanical problems, giving the lead to Wood. Wood and Thad Trump were battling for the lead, as Tommy Elston, who started 10th, was working his way towards the front. Elston would grab the top spot from Wood on lap 12 and then lead the final 8 laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Wood was 2nd, Terry Schilpman was 3rd, Trump was 4th, with Mark Burgtorf rounding out the top five. Trump and Burgtorf claimed heat race wins.

The 20-lap USRA Modified feature saw newcomer Kelly Smith jump out front on lap 1, with Tony Fraise close behind in second. Smith, who was running the top of the speedway, and Fraise, who was on the bottom of the track, battled for the top spot for the next four laps, before Fraise moved out front on lap 5. Fraise would hold the lead until lap 9 when Brad Pinkerton jumped to the outside of him to take over the top spot. Fraise would come back on the bottom of the track to grab the lead on lap 11 and then held off Mark Burgtorf, who started 10th, on the final lap to claim his second win in a row at the speedway. Pinkerton came home in 3rd, Zack Vanderbeek came from 8th to finish 4th. Smith came home in 5th. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Mike Delozier.

Mike Robinson took the lead on lap 1 of the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature from his front row start, with Jim Brown challenging him in second. Robinson would lead all 15 laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Brown finished 2nd. Jason Cook came from 10th to finish 3rd. David Wietholder came home in 4th with Ryan Cook rounding out the top five. Matt Greiner and Robinson claimed heat race wins.

Newcomer Chris Leathers jumped out front on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Jerry Reese, Jr. and Jack Evans close behind in second. Leathers would hold the top spot until lap 8 when another newcomer, Kelly Smith, slipped by for the lead. Smith then led the final 7 laps to claim his first win of 2004 at Memphis. Reese, Jr. was 2nd. Jerry Poor was 3rd. Evans, Jr. was 4th, with newcomer Bob Woodrow coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Poor, Wyatt Lantz and Gary Dreyer.

Tony Becerra took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out front on lap 1 of the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Jeff Soper, Mike Shelton and Jim Walker battling for second. Becerra would hold the lead until lap 5 when Shelton slipped under him to grab the top spot. Shelton then held off Soper on the final 7 laps to pick up his first win of 2004 at the speedway. Walker was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Jeremy Hamlin coming from 13th to round out the top 5. Matt Snyder, Walker and Doug Small picked up heat race wins.

The 10-lap Cruiser feature saw Larry Powell move out front on lap 1, with Michael St. Clair close behind in second. Powell would lead all 10 laps and held off a last lap charge from David Hudson to claim his second win of 2004 at Memphis. Craig Spilker was 3rd, Brian Overhulser was 4th, with St.Clair rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Eric Bergheger and Overhulser.

Dave Burdette charged from his 8th place starting spot to lead lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature by inches over Tyler Schulte. Burdette, who was running the top of the speedway, and Schulte, who was running the bottom, ran the next 6 laps side by side with Schulte grabbing the top spot on lap 7. Schulte looked to be on his way to the win, but he slowed on the final lap allowing Burdette to go by for the win. Aaron Baker came home 3rd, David Lorton was 4th, with Rob Chase coming home in 5th. Burdette and Schulte claimed heat race wins.

Coming up Thursday, June 17th is the United States Modified Touring Series sponsored by Gatorade. The USMTS Modifieds will be running for $2,000 to win and $200 to start, with the USRA B-Modifieds going for $350 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will be going for $300 to win, while the Hornets will be racing for $150 to win. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. Hot Laps at 6:45 p.m. and Racing at 7:15.

Then Primrose Realty and Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping & Tax Service presents the regular Saturday night program, with Scotland County Lanes sponsoring a candy dash for the kids. As always Gates will Open at 4:30 p.m. Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.


Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 3.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 4.Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA 5.Jeremy Townsend, Bloomfiled, IA 6.Gordy Grubb, Oskaloosa, IA 7.Jay Chenoweth, West Burlington, IA 8.Justin Fuller, Memphis

Heat Race 2: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Terry Schlipman, Mendon, IL 3.Denny Woodworth, Quincy, IL 4.Terry Gallaher, New London 5.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 6.Dick Weber, Kirksville 7.Jerry Asher, Kirksville

Feature: 1.Elston 2.Wood 3.Schlipman 4.Trump 5.Burgtorf 6.Laue 7.Monroe 8.Townsend 9.Fuller 10.Chenoweth 11.Gallaher 12.Weber 13.Asher 14.Grubb 15.Woodworth

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon, IA 3.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 4.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA 5.Kelly Smith, Kirksville, 6.Jim Roach, Kahoka 7.Danny Lorton, Moberly 8.David Snyder, Greentop 9.Charles Baker, Labelle

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon, IA 4.Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA 5.Bob Dale, Gorin 6.Jardin Fuller, Memphis 7.Bruce Summers, Hamilton, IL 8.Kevin Tomlinson, New London

Feature: 1.Fraise 2.Burgtorf 3.Pinkerton 4.Vanderbeek 5.Smith 6.Delozier 7.Meyer 8.Gillenwater 9.Dale 10.Cossel 11.Fuller 12.Summers 13.Tomlinson 14.Lorton 15.Baker 16.Roach 17.Snyder

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Matt Greiner, Washington, IA 2.Butch Bailey, Novelty 3.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 4.Harley Hill, Kahoka 5.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 6.Heath Huggins, Bloomfield, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville 8.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.JR Flowers, Perry, MO 8.Diana Chamberlain-Johnson, Montrose, IA

Feature: 1.Robinson 2.Brown 3.J.Cook 4.Wietholder 5.R.Cook 6.Greiner 7.Alexander 8.Bailey 9.Hill 10.Phillips 11.Dresden 12.Lynch 13.Morton 14.Chamberlain-Johnson 15.Huggins 16.Flowers

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Jerry Poor, Novelty 2.Jack Evans, Jr., Keokuk, IA 3.Jerry Reese, Jr., Baring 4.Chris Leathers, Macon 5.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 6.Bill Baker, Hannibal 7.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 8.John Shaffer, Memphis 9.Kelly O'Haver, Kirksville, 10.Joe Evans, Jacksonville

Heat Race 2: 1.Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL 2.Bob Woodrow, Perry 3.Larry Newman, Kirksville 4.Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL 5.Jeff Eddy, Milan 6.Ron York, Edina 7.Tony Morton, Kirksville 8.Michael McCarty, Moberly 9.Logan Trueblood, Memphis

Heat Race 3: 1.Gary Dreyer, Quincy, IL 2.Kelly Smith, Kirksville 3.Teddy Collins, Clarence, 4.Terry Houston, Mt.Sterling, IL 5.Bob Hightower, Palmyra 6.Bobby Cookson, Quincy, IL 7.Hugh Eddy, Milan 8.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 9.Todd Morton, Kikrksville 10.Brad Willoughby, Moberly

Feature: 1.Smith 2.Reese, Jr. 3.Poor 4.Evans, Jr. 5.Woodrow 6.Leathers 7.Dreyer 8.Lantz 9.Houston 10.Cookson 11.Dunker 12.Baker 13.Daggs 14.Hightower 15.Holst 16.Newman 17.Trueblood 18.Shaffer 19.York 20.Zimmerman 21.Todd Morton 22.H.Eddy 23.O'Haver 24.Evans 25.McCarty 26.Collins 27.J.Eddy 28.Tony Morton 29.Willoughby

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Matt Snyder, Green City 2.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 3.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 4.Mark Holt, Memphis 5.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 6.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 7.Jim Lynch Farmington, IA 8.Tanya Trout, Pulaski, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 2.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 3.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria 4.Josh Soper, Kahoka 5.Beau Taylor, Canton 6.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 7.Jimmy Hooper, Wyconda 8.Richard Hudson, Arbela

Heat Race 3: 1.Doug Small, Memphis 2.Troy Brierton, Versailles, IL 3.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 4.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 5.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA 6.Mark Forrester, Columbia 7.Heather Woodrow, Perry 8.Matt Messamaker, Moravia, IA

Feature: 1.Shelton 2.Jeff Soper 3.Walker 4.Becerra 5.Hamlin 6.Holt 7.Overhulser 8.Small 9.Josh Soper 10.Symmonds 11.Lynch 12.Taylor 13.Woodrow 14.Brierton 15.Profeta 16.Cheney 17.Hooper 18.Crowell 19.Hudson 20.Forrester 21.Snyder 22.Messamaker 23.Six 24.Trout


Heat Race 1: 1.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 2.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 3.David Hudson, Memphis 4.Larry Powell, Hannibal 5.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 6.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 7.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 2.Jody Small, Rutledge 3.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 4.Bill O'Haver, Kirksville 5.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 6.Jon Antal, Lancaster 7.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria

Feature: 1.Powell 2.Hudson 3.Spilker 4.Overhulser 5.St.Clair 6.Bergheger 7.O'Haver 8.Crowell 9.Kirkland 10.Antal 11.Henry 12.Reed 13.Small 14.Robbins


Heat Race 1: 1.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 2.Aaron Baker, Ft. Madison, IA 3.Donald Miller, Gorin 4.George Poil, Wyconda 5.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 6.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 7.Jim Hamilton

Heat Race 2: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose 2.Rob Chase, Clark 3.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 4.David Lorton, Moberly 5.Danny Miller, Gorin 6.Michael Grossman, Keokuk, IA 7.Warren Poil

Feature: 1.Burdette 2.T.Schulte 3.Baker 4.Lorton 5.Chase 6.D.Schulte 7.Grossman 8.Donald Miller 9.G.Poil 10.Danny Miller 11.Hustead 12.A.Schulte 13.Hamilton 14.W.Poil

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, October 27 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Peas, Bread, Pudding/Fruit

Friday, October 28 – Salmon Loaf, Scalloped Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Buttered Corn, Cornbread, Crème Pie

Monday, October 31 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Veggies, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, November 1 – Meatloaf, Macaroni Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Glazed Donut

Wed., November 2 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, November 3 – Roast Pork, Stuffing/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Slice Bread, Cake


Thursday, October 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Red Hats will join us for lunch.

Thursday, November 3 –RSVP for doing Medicare Part D Free Comparisons from 9-12, call for an appt.  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, October 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, October 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, October 31 – Cook’s Surprise

Tuesday, November 1 –Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, October 27 – Pizza Roll-Ups, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Friday, October 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, October 31 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, November 1 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Pinto Beans, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Nov. 2 –Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, Nov. 3  – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6th


It’s almost time to “fall back” and return our clocks to standard time, rejoining 60% of countries around the world who use this time all year.  Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. officially comes to an end, Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

Each year, this “changing of the clocks” brings about discussion about why daylight saving time started and why it still continues.  Typical responses to these questions include “to help farmers” and “because of the World Wars”.

Daylight saving time did begin in the U.S. during World War I and although some states and communities observed daylight saving time between the wars, it was not observed nationally again until World War II.  But World War II is long over and some wonder why we still observe daylight saving time?

The idea of daylight saving is first credited to Benjamin Franklin and found in his essay “An Economical Project” written in 1784.  In 1907, William Willett, a London builder, published a pamphlet titled “Waste of Daylight”.  In it Willett states, “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings.  Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

About a year after Willett began advocating for daylight saving time, Britain set the ball in motion by introducing a bill in the House of Commons to make it compulsory to adjust the clocks.  An act was passed on May 17, 1916 to add 80 minutes, in four separate movements.  However, this act created great confusion and opposition with many adjustments being made to address unique problems created by changing the clocks.

There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument, and in the U.S., Congress has changed the rules a few times since passing The Uniform Time Act of 1966, which provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time in the U.S.  In 1973, daylight saving time was observed all year; in 1986, the system of beginning DST at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October started; and in 2007 the rules changed again with DST beginning the second Sunday of March and ending the first Sunday in November.

Who knows what the future for Daylight Saving Time will be… only TIME will tell!  For now, the shifting of time and the illusion of shorter days, will take place Sunday, November 6th.

Living From Both Extremes 

The system of church could use a vigorous boost.  The body of Christ will always do well to consciously remain new in Spirit day by day.  It’s this new zone which challenges us; calls for us to function from such a perspective.  It would seem that hope awaits us, the church, when we decline to function somewhere within the realm of middle-zone in order to operate from the edge… both edges…at the same time.

We are not right with God because we figured ourselves out.  We are saved because He figured us out. We do not earn our salvation.  It is a gift from God.  Jesus is the one right.  We are the ones who could not save ourselves.  When we make inward adjustments to believe we could not save ourselves; but that He did, an entirely new frame of walk should take place.  Any arrogance due to self-salvation should slip away as an atmosphere of humility should increase.

We are called to live from both extremes; the energy of the Holy Spirit while fully aware of the non-power of ourselves.  Faith on one side and surrender on the other, we become free to enter the dynamic that only God can supply.  There is no middle of safety or forewarning or management.  God runs the show and we most certainly do not.  Our job is two-fold; to stay out of the way and to get into His way.  We are to live from both extremes…and this takes, therefore, a double-commitment of sorts.

From human logic it would seem at first glance that we would be one or the other. Yet, from faith’s perspective it is both… simultaneously…confidence in Him and the lack thereof in ourselves…we are to be empty of self in order to be full in Spirit.  Living from these two extremes make life tick.


Conservation Department Investigates Elk Sighting

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

Trail cameras at Hickory Hill Hunts in rural Scotland County captured images of this bull elk earlier this month. Elk are a protected species in Missouri, making it illegal to harvest an elk in the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently began an elk restoration program in Carter, Reynolds and Shannon counties.

by MDC Conservation Agent Michael Collins

The leaves are changing colors and some trees are losing most of their leaves, crop fields are being harvested and the deer are on the move. It appears that the fall has rolled in to stay, or at least that is what the hopes are for the majority of hunters. This coming weekend is the Early Youth Firearms Deer Season, and, before long, the November Portion of Firearms Deer Season will be in full swing. For some people, there is something to consider while they are sitting in their tree stand this fall.

Recently, I received a report of a bull elk in Scotland County. At this time, there is no evidence that it is an escaped captive bull elk or if it is, in fact, wild. Nonetheless, it is definitely an interesting occurrence in Scotland County, Missouri. Some questions have arisen – if it is legal, or illegal to harvest. Here in Missouri, we are currently in the restoration phase of building a healthy elk population. There is currently no season on elk and they are a protected species in Missouri. Therefore, harvesting one of these animals is illegal. If you are afield and see an elk, please contact the local Conservation Agent in the area you are hunting. Of course, here in Scotland County, contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660)216-1374 or contact the Northeast Regional Office at (660)785-2420.

Currently, Missouri’s elk populations are concentrated in the Elk Restoration Zone, which is comprised in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds Counties – Elk are a species of Conservation Concern in Missouri due to habitat loss and overhunting by settlers. Before the coming of Europeans, elk, or wapiti, probably ranged over the entire region of what is now Missouri. By 1830, elk were becoming scarce; they eventually were limited to just the northwestern and southeastern parts of the state. By 1865, they were extirpated. Today, elk are being reintroduced, in large part, because of their popularity for hunting and ecotourism.

Missouri Voters to Decide Future of Sales Tax for State Parks, Soil and Water Conservation

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park  The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

On November 8th, voters across Missouri will decide the future of the 0.1% sales tax for the state’s parks and soil and water conservation, which funds places such as Thousand Hills State Park The tax, first implemented in 1984, has previously been renewed by voters in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

Ever since 1984, 0.1 percent of sales made in Missouri has gone to fund state parks and soil and water conservation efforts in the Missouri in the form of a special sales tax.

On November 8th, voters across the state will once again decide the future of the sales tax.

Originating in a 1984 state constitutional amendment, the issue is returned to the voters every 10 years for reconsideration. Missouri voters approved the continuation of the tax in 1988, 1996 and 2006. Each decade, the initiative passed by a minimum of two-thirds vote, with the over 70 percent of voters approving the tax renewal in the latest election in 2006.

According to the ballot language, Amendment 1, if reapproved by voters, will generate approximately $90 million in tax revenue.

The Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks points out that more than 19 million people visit state parks and historic sites annually, accounting for $1 billion a year in economic impact, while supporting roughly 14,000 jobs.

The ballot issue is being supported by numerous conservation and agricultural groups as well as park associations.

Proponents note that a yes vote is not costing voters anything, as this is not a new tax, simply a continuation of a sales tax that has been in place since 1984.

Police Warning Businesses, Residents of Utility Bill Scam


As temperatures turn cooler, no one wants their gas shutoff. That’s what scammers are counting on, as law enforcement agencies this week issued warnings to local business owners and residents regarding potential scam phone calls regarding unpaid utility bills.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a case involving an alleged scam regarding natural gas bills. Investigators indicated a Memphis business was tricked out of $1,200 by an alleged con artist, posing as the local natural gas provider, Liberty Utilities.

According to the investigators, a caller to the businesses, stated unpaid bills would force the discontinue of natural gas service to the business. The scam included a 1-800 call-back number, complete with automated directions.

The alleged transaction was completed over the phone with pre-paid credit cards, which are purchasable at most retail outlets. Immediate payment of the debt was enticed with promises of waving all late fees and disconnect service charges.

While the scammer reported to be the local natural gas provider, similar cons have been reported in other area towns. The Kirksville Police Department recently issued a similar warning to residents in their city regarding scam calls alleging to represent Ameren Missouri, the electricity provider in that town.

Law enforcement encourages anyone receiving calls related to unpaid utility bills to search out valid contact information for the service provider, and to contact them directly to determine the validity of the charges. Customers also warned about any type of collection calls that seek immediate payment, requiring such payments in non-traceable currency, just as cashier checks, money orders, or pre-paid credit or debit cards. Do not confirm or give out any personal, financial or other sensitive information.

Amendment 2 Places Campaign Finance Limits Back on Missouri Ballots


At a time when voters are being bombarded by political ads and campaign propaganda seemingly non-stop, Missouri voters will be deciding if they want to try and place a damper on it with Constitutional Amendment 2, which is proposing campaign contribution limits for state and judicial offices.

If approved by voters, Amendment 2 would implement a cap of $2,600 for individual’s donating to campaigns for state offices, such as governor, secretary of state, attorney general or state representative or senator as well as judicial offices. Donations to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Amendment 2 also would make it illegal for corporations or labor organizations to make direct contributions to candidates, unless the group created a continuing committee of its own for such purposes.

Other facets of the proposed law would ban candidate campaign committees from donating to other candidates, and would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out-of-state committees that are not registered in Missouri. Contributions from non-citizens, foreign governments and foreign corporations would also be prohibited, while anonymous contributions could not exceed $25 each and could not account for more than $500 or 1% of the aggregate campaign receipts.

The proposed law would not cap contributions to federal candidates, nor municipal, county or other local issues. It would not impact political action committees (PACs) which still would have no limits on the amount of contributions that could be received and used to promote ballot issues or candidates.

One such example of a PAC is Returning Government to the People, which was formed to support Amendment 2. According to campaign documents, the group, is solely funded by one individual, Fred, N. Sauer, who donated $1.5 million to the campaign for campaign contribution limits.

Sauer is on the record as saying campaign contribution limits are in the best interest of the entire state, putting limits on wealthy contributors whose voices otherwise can drown out majority rule.

Proponents of the amendment point to the 1994 election, when 74% of Missouri voters approved Proposition A, that drastically limited campaign contributions, before it was repealed in 2008 by the state legislature.

Opponents of the amendment have voiced concerns about unintended consequences, such as funneling even more campaign contributions to PACS and other less regulated avenues, that would ultimately have no impact on the peddling of political influence and would make it even harder to track.

Jauflione Chapter NSDA Hosts October Meeting

Jauflione Chapter, DAR, met in regular session Friday, Oct 7, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church Hospitality Room with Regent June Kice and acting Secretary, for this meeting, Terry Arnold.

The first order of business was a very informative presentation by Daisy Murphy, Scotland County Care Center Administrator. Daisy answered many questions for all present.

The business meeting was then called to order in Ritualistic form by Regent June Kice.

Roll call was answered by 11 members naming a famous American woman.

President General’s Message was read by Regent Kice. National Defense lesson was also given by Regent Kice in the absent of the Chairman, Marlene Cowell. Indian Minute was read by Nelda Billups. There was no Constitution Minute read.

Treasurer’s Report, prepared by Kathy Kiddoo, was given by Rita Stott. Kathy reported that she has received dues from many members. She reported that program books have been given to everyone who has paid their dues.

A discussion of eligibility for DAR membership followed.

Regent Kice reported that the “Thank You Veterans” reception will be held Nov. 4th, 2016, at the Hud Housing Meeting Room. Plans were finalized for the reception. It was decided not to mail invitations this year. Advertising will be by radio and the county paper. Posters will also be displayed in businesses around Memphis.

Regent Kice reported receiving a letter from the N. E. District Director Cheryl Varvil. Ms. Varvil will be planning to visit our Chapter after the first of the year.

New business consisted of voting on the two names presented for membership at the Sept. meeting. The vote was positive for both.

Registrar Patricia Miller will begin working on the documentation for their memberships. Volunteer hours were recorded and will be sent to the State chairperson.

The business meeting was closed.

Delicious refreshments were served by Nelda Billups and Verlee Dauma. Beautiful fall themed decorations were displayed on all tables. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant social hour.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis, Secretary

Funeral Services October 27th for Charles Ammons

Funeral services for Charles W. Ammons, 56, of Memphis will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 27 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis.   Burial will follow in the Gorin Cemetery.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 Charles W. Ammons died Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

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