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.



Results

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

Cruisers

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

Hornets

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

Buford Shuts Down Knox County In Conference Tourney Semifinals

Knox County had the bases loaded with just one out in the top of the second inning Saturday afternoon in Moberly in a 0-0 game in the Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament semifinals. But starter Aaron Buford buckled down and struck out Logan Miller and Jacobi Miller to end the scoring threat, and basically end the Eagles chances.

Buford was perfect over the final five innings, retiring the final 17 batters in order.

The Tigers finally got their bats going in the third inning of Knox County starter Isaiah Prebe. Will Pickerell led off with a base hit. Buford walked. Pickerell was caught trying to steal third, but the Tigers kept the pressure on. Gage Dodge plated Buford with a base hit. Will Fromm added a hit before a Knox County error allowed two more runs to score to put SCR-I up 3-0.

Elijah Cooley started the fourth inning with a bunt single. After a hit by Aaron Blessing, Cooley scored on a fielder’s choice by Pickerell. Buford doubled in a run and Dodge added an RBI hit to push the lead to 6-0.

The Tigers tacked on two more tallies in the bottom of the sixth. Blessing tripled and scored on a hit by Buford. Pinch runner Parker Triplett came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Fromm to make the final score 8-0.

Buford notched the shutout, holding the Eagles to just two hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of work.

He also went 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Dodge was 2-3 with two RBI and Blessing went 2-3 with a run scored while Lane Pence went 2-4 as the Tigers out hit Knox County 11-2 on the day.

Scotland County improved to 12-0 with the win.

USDA Officials Visit Memphis to Announce $4.6 Million Loan for Wastewater System Upgrades

City of Memphis officials were joined by representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division, and representatives from the offices of Rep. Sam Graves and Sen. Claire McCaskill to announce funding for a municipal wastewater project.

USDA Rural Development Acting Area Director Leann Gleason today announced a Water & Waste Disposal Loan of $4,641,500 to the City of Memphis. The funds are being used to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment system from a discharge to a no-discharge, land application system in order to comply with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, along with collection system improvements.

“Having a sanitary and up-to-date sewer system is very important to the livelihood of any community. Without wastewater treatment facilities, residences and businesses would not exist,” said Gleason. “The City of Memphis is taking proactive steps to make improvements to their wastewater treatment system for long term use. We are proud to be in partnership with the city to assure they have a system in place to preserve and improve the quality of life for the community.”

Memphis has operated a centralized sewer system for several decades. The city currently owns and operates a sewer collection and treatment system consisting of one facultative lagoon system and a combination of gravity sewer, lines and collective force mains. After the upgrades, the City of Memphis’ wastewater treatment facility will comply with the current MO DNR requirements.

The Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage, disposal, sanitary solid waste’ disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Further information on additional programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/mo. Interested parties may also. contact the Kirksville Area Office at (660) 665-3274 Ext 4.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission’ area, has an active portfolio of more than $216 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life, in rural America.

NANCY JUNE BARNES (9/13/1942 – 4/24/2017)

Nancy June Barnes, age 74, of Edina, MO, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, in Edina, MO.  She was born September 13, 1942 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Perry Riley and Zerita Faye Wright Meeks.

She was united in marriage to Gerald James Barnes on April 10, 1960, in Edina, MO, and he preceded her in death on September 3, 2011.  Nancy was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother Hollis Meeks, two sisters Jewel Skelton and Virginia Meeks.

Surviving are three children, Brenda Strange of Edina, MO, Jimmy (Sharon) Barnes of Novinger, MO, and Richard (Teresa) Barnes of LaPlata, MO, one brother Perry (Ruth) Meeks of Wheaton, IL, eight grandchildren, Juston and friend Mindy, John and wife Kim, Eric and friend Traci, Todd and friend Sabrina, Mark and friend Sara, Shyanne and husband Jerome, Kylea and husband Cody and Lexi, eight great grandchildren, Ava, Paisley, Addison, Brylee, Ariel, Eliza, Scotty and Krystina, several brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell, Harold and Linda Barnes, Stanley Purdin, Donna Patterson, Sandra Hoskins, Kay Cassidy, Larry, Ronnie and Jana Barnes, Donna and Perry Meeks.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nancy received her education in Scotland County.  She was employed for 19 years with Edina Elementary and Knox County High School as a Cook.  She was also employed with Knox County Home Health, Midge’s Greenhouse and Knox County Nursing Home.  Nancy enjoyed being with her family and friends, gardening, quilting and reading books.  She was a past 50 year member of Colony Eastern Star, and an active member of the Edina First Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, in Edina, MO.  Reverend Dewayne Wellborn will officiate the services assisted by Steve Miller.  Burial will be in the Linville Cemetery.

Music will be Rita Worthington and Wynona Banks.  Selections will include In The Garden.

Casket bearers will be John Strange, Todd Strange, Mark Strange, Phillip Spory, Dave Fagan and Joe Campbell.

Honorary bearers will be brothers and sisters-in-law and Perry Meeks, Lexi Barnes, Eric Strange and Juston Barnes.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, after 4 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Memorials may be made to Edina First Christian Church or Hospice Compasses.   Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

Classified Ads

GARDEN TILLERS FOR SALE – Rear and front tine tillers.  All makes and sizes.  Lots of Troy Bilts. Kahoka, MO 660-216-1809.

FARMER’S MARKET – Each Thursday starting May 4, 2017 at Memphis Medical Building (SC Hospital). 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Vendors welcome to join us.

JUST ARRIVED – Garden Seed, Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets are in at  Countryside Flowers. 465-8521.

HOUSE FOR RENT – Three bedroom house in Memphis.  No Smoking. Call 660-341-4819.

FOR SALE – Fresh homegrown asparagus.  Call 660- 945-3020.

FOR SALE – Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model.  Works perfect. Paid over $600, will take $500, OBO.  Still 1½ year guarantee remaining.  Includes grill cover and a bag of pellets.  Contact Richard Harper at 660-328-6216 or 660-341-4327.

FOR SALE – 4 plots in the New Catholic Cemetery, Edina, Section NE West half F11.  Good location in upright stone section. 660-627-1688.

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE – Friday, April 28 (8-4) and Saturday, April 29 (8-12).  Tons of shirts and dresses, shoes and coats, boys’ and girls’ clothes up to 2T, new infant caps, changing table, high chair, car seats, sweeper, Cabella’s Camp Chairs, rocking chair/ottoman, grill (propane), meat grinder, baked goods and much more.  One mile west of Memphis, Good Residence.  Beside Ed’s Machinery.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

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

Friday, April 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 1 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 2 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 3 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 4 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, May 1 – Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 2 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 3 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 4 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

Friday, April 28 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 1 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, May 2 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, May 3 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 4 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beats, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

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

Wednesday, May 3 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, May 4 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SC Ministerial Alliance Plans for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4

Dion Elmore, Chief Communications Officer of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, states, “The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775.”  Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

Elmore goes on to say, “As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.  In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.”

The theme for the 2017 National Day of Prayer observation is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us! Based upon Daniel 9:19, it emphasizes our need as a nation to cry out to God who is sovereign over all governments and authorities; “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the First Christian Church in Memphis on Thursday, May 4th at noon to join them in praying for our nation.

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.  Additionally, they suggest avoiding caffeinated beverages and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blog at blog.redcross.org.

Sheriff’s Office to Offer Drug Take Back Day

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.

Expired or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on the north end of the lower floor of the Courthouse in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Sheriff’s Office will take medications all year long, this day and time focuses awareness about disposing of medications in a environmentally safe way.

Having a dedicated disposal date also assists with eliminating the potential for abuse or accidental ingestion by an adult or child who has not been prescribed the medication.

All medications are eligible to be taken back with the exception of inhalers or aerosol-propelled medications, or any kinds of needles or “sharp?. api-pens (epinephrine injectors) can be accepted only if they are in a box.

Spring clean the medicine cabinet knowing you have place to go with what you no longer want or need!

Local Students Receive State FFA Degrees

SCR-I seniors Sadie Davis, Lane Mohr, Calesse Bair, and McKaela Bradley each received their State FFA Degree at the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia April 21-22, 2017.

Four members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, Calesse Bair, McKaela Bradley, Sadie Davis, and Lane Mohr, received their State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Memphis FFA members were 4 of 761 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was held April 20-21 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Embrace Change, Respect Tradition was the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention More than 8,500 youth and guests were in attendance.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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