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

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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