July 22, 2004

Symmonds gets first career win at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 17)-Brandon Symmonds claimed his first career USRA Hobby Stock feature win on J's Foods night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Others picking up feature wins included Tommy Elston (Late Models), Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds), Mike Robinson (USRA Stock Cars), Jerry Reese, Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Dave Hudson (Cruisers), and Tyler Schulte (Pony Stocks).

Jody Wood took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20 lap Late Model feature. Wood would hold the top spot until lap 4 when Tommy Elston, who started 6th, jumped to the outside of him coming out of turn four to take the lead. Elston then pulled away on the final 16 laps to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Wood held on to finish 2nd. Thad Trump came from 8th to finish 3rd while Denny Woodworth was 4th with Gordy Grubb coming home in 5th. Elston and Trump claimed heat race wins.

Newcomer Rich Smith took the lead on the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA Modified feature, with Brad Ford close behind in second. Smith continued to lead as Mark Burgtorf, who started 6th, was closing to challenge for the top spot. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 5 to take over the lead, but Smith would come back on the bottom to get the lead back on lap 6. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 7 to take the lead back. Burgtorf then lead the final 8 laps to claim his 5th win of the season at the speedway.

Smith would come home 2nd, Martin Bennett was 3rd, Ryan Meyer was 4th, with Brad Ford rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Mike Bennett.

The 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature saw Jim Brown and Jason Cook on the front row with Cook jumping out front on lap 1. Cook would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Mike Robinson slipped under him to grab the lead. Robinson would hold off a last lap challenge from Cook to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Ryan Cook came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Eric Flander was 4th, with Brown coming home in 5th. Butch Bailey and Brown picked up heat race wins.

Jerry Reese, Jr. took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. Reese, Jr. would lead all 15 laps and held off several challenges from Jack Evans, Jr. to pick up his 8th win of the season at Memphis. Ron York was 3rd, Danny Daggs came from 10th to finish in 4th, with John Shaffer coming from 9th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were York and Gary Dreyer.

The 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was cut to 8 laps due to a time limit, with Brandon Symmonds emerging from the 28-car field to get his first career win. Symmonds would jump out front on lap 1, with Mike Shelton challenging him in second. Symmonds would hold off several challenges from Jeff Soper to pick up the win. Jeremy Hamlin was 3rd, Shelton would come from last after pitting on lap 1 for a flat tire, to get 4th, with Tony Becerra coming from 10th to round out the top 5. Jesse Garrett, Hamlin, Mark Holt and Soper would pick up heat race wins.

Brian Overhulser took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature from his 3rd place starting spot, with David Hudson close behind in second. Overhulser would hold the lead until lap 5 when Hudson slipped by for the top spot. Hudson then held off Overhulser on the final 5 laps to pick up his 3rd win of the season at the speedway. Craig Spilker was 3rd, Keith Reed was 4th, with Michael St. Clair coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Spilker and Hudson.

The 10 lap Pony Stock feature was a battle between Tyler Schulte and Dave Burdette, with Schulte holding on to claim his 4th win of the season at Memphis. Brandon Savage came from 15th to finish in 3rd, Brent Forest was 4th, with Andrew Hustead rounding out the top 5. Dennis Schulte and Burdette picked up heat race wins.

Coming up next week will be Bradley Insurance night at the speedway. The rained out Hobby Stock, Cruiser and Pony Stock features from July 9th will be ran first before the regular night of racing begins. Also there will be a candy dash thanks to RPM. Gates Open at 4:30 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.



Results

Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 2.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 3.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 4.Rob Kirchner, Donnellson, IA 5.Russell Jeffries, Kirksville, 6.Jerry Asher, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 3.Denny Woodworth, Mendon, IL, 4.Gordy Grubb, Oskaloosa, IA, 5.Kevin Tomlinson, New London, 6.Jim Fuller, Memphis

Feature: 1.Elston, 2.Wood, 3.Trump, 4.Woodworth, 5.Grubb, 6.Burgtorf, 7.Kirchner, 8.Jeffries, 9.Monroe, 10.Asher, 11.Tomlinson, 12.Fuller

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Jerry Conners, Pleasant Valley, IA 3.Rich Smith, Davenport, IA 4.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 5.Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA 6.Chris Eggers, Lancaster, 7.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA 8.Bob Dale, Gorin 9.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Bennett, Des Moines, IA 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Brad Ford, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA 5.Jon Fuller, Memphis 6.Brad Stephens, Bussey, IA 7.Kevin Tomlinson, New London 8.Brad Moriarty, Des Moines, IA

Feature: 1.Burgtorf, 2.Smith, 3.Martin Bennett, 4.Meyer, 5.Ford, 6.Mike Bennett, 7.Conners, 8.Cossel, 9.Eggers, 10.Wietholder, 11.Fuller, 12.Stephens, 13.Moriarty, 14.Tomlinson, 15.Gillenwater, 16.Dale, 17.Delozier

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Butch Bailey, Novelty 2.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 3.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 4.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 4.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 5.Michael Browning, Edina 6.Jeff Murphy, Columbus Junction, IA 7.Trent Vrchoticty, Columbus Junction, IA

Feature: 1.Robinson, 2.J.Cook, 3.R.Cook, 4.Flander, 5.Brown, 6.Alexander, 7.Lynch, 8.Phillips, 9.Bailey, 10.Dresden, 11.Murphy, 12.Vrchoticty, 13.Morton, 14.Browning

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Ron York, Edina 2.Jack Evans Jr, Keokuk, IA 3.Jerry Reese Jr., Baring 4.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 5.John Shaffer, Memphis 6.Todd Morton, Kirksville 7.Joe Hooper, Mendon, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Gary Dreyer, Quincy, IL, 2.Larry Newman, Kirksville 3.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 4.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 5.Danny Daggs, Kahoka, 6.Tony Morton, Kirksville 7.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 8.David Snyder, Greentop

Feature: 1.Reese, Jr., 2.Evans, Jr., 3.York, 4.Daggs, 5.Shaffer, 6.Newman, 7.Toubekis, 8.Holst, 9.Todd Morton, 10.Snyder, 11.Dreyer, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Trueblood, 14.Zimmerman, 15.Hooper

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Jesse Garrett, Batavia, IA 2.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 3.Randy Phillips, Columbus Junction, IA 4.Michael Lay, Lewistown 5.JR Miller, Fairfield, IA 6.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 7.Scott Phillips

Heat Race 2: 1.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 2.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 3.Jerard Fisher, Pulaski, IA 4.Richard Hudson, Arbela 5.Mark Jacob, Carthage, IL 6.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 7.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 3: 1.Mark Holt, Memphis, 2.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 3.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 4.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 5.Ryan McCarty, 6.Gordon Hudson, Arbela 7.Abe Huls, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 4: 1.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 2.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria, 3.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 5.Josh Soper, Kahoka 6.Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda 7.Kevin Londrie

Feature: 1.Symmonds, 2.Jeff Soper, 3.Hamlin, 4.Shelton, 5.Becerra, 6.Walker, 7.Kibbe, 8.R.Phillips, 9.Josh Soper, 10.Lynch, 11.Hooper, 12.Profeta, 13.Cheney, 14.McCarty, 15.Crowell, 16.S.Phillips, 17.Huls, 18.Londrie, 19.Fisher, 20.Overhulser, 21.Holt, 22.Lay, 23.G.Hudson, 24.Six, 25.R.Hudson, 26.Miller, 27.Garrett, 28.Jacob

Cruisers

Heat Race 1: 1.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 2.Jody Small, Rutledge 3.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 4.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 5.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 6.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 7.Kevin Fountain, Arbela

Heat Race 2: 1.David Hudson, Memphis 2.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL 3.Bill O'Haver, Kirksville 4.Jon Antal, Lancaster 5.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 6.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria

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

Pony Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 2.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 3.Brent Forest, 4.Ryan Miller, Gorin 5.Brenda Wear, 6.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 7.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 8.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 2.Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL 3.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 5.Sean Cannon, 6.Rick Miller, Gorin 7.Michael Prebe

Feature: 1.T.Schulte, 2.Burdette, 3.Savage, 4.Forest, 5.Hustead, 6.Prebe, 7.Cannon, 8.A.Schulte, 9.Rick Miller, 10.Wear, 11.Ryan Miller, 12.Symmonds, 13.Hamilton, 14.D.Schulte, 15.Hammel

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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