July 29, 2004

Nine Different Winners in Ten Races at Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (July 24)-Bradley Insurance night produced nine winners in 10 features at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Mark Holt (USRA Hobby Stock), Michael St.Clair (Cruiser) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) won the make-up features, with Thad Trump (Late Models), Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds), Ryan Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Ron York (USRA B-Modifieds), John Oliver, Jr. (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brian Overhulser (Cruisers) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) winning the regular nights features.

Jeff Soper took the lead on the drop of the green flag on lap 1 of the 12 lap make-up USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Mark Holt and John Oliver, Jr. challenging in second. Soper would hold the top spot until lap 9,when Holt slipped under him to take over. Holt then led the final 3 laps and held off several challenges from Oliver, Jr. to win his first feature of the season at Memphis. Soper would hold on to finish 3rd, Brandon Symmonds came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Mike Shelton coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

The make-up Cruiser feature saw Jody Small jump out front on lap 1 of the 10-lap feature. Small would hold the lead until lap 4, when Michael St. Clair charged by on the top to take over the top spot. St. Clair then held off Brian Overhulser on the final 6 laps to get back in the winners circle. Small slipped to 3rd, Jason Henry was 4th, with David Hudson coming home in 5th.

Dennis Schulte grabbed the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap make-up Hornet feature, with Tyler Schulte and Dave Burdette challenging him in second. D.Schulte held off T.Schulte until lap 4 when he slipped by to take the lead. T.Schulte would lead the final 6 laps to pick up the win. D.Schulte was 2nd, Burdette was 3rd, Brandon Savage was 4th, with Gordon Blankenship rounding out the top 5.

Denny Woodworth took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20 lap Late Model feature, with Thad Trump behind in second. Woodworth was pulling away from the field when a caution came out on lap 11, bringing the filed to his back bumper. On the restart, Woodworth would continue to lead with Trump and Tommy Elston challenging him in second. Trump would slip by Woodworth on lap 13 to take the lead, with Elston following in second. Trump would hold off all challenges from Elston, who tried to get by Trump on lap 19 and got into the front stretch guardrail, ending his night. Trump would go on to pick up the win. Woodworth was 2nd, Jody Wood was 3rd, Lynn Monroe was 4th,with Jason Krigbaum rounding out the top 5. Wood and Trump would pick up heat race wins.

The 15-lap USRA Modified feature saw Darin Thye grab the lead on the start and hold it until lap 2,when he slowed with mechanical problems. Tony Fraise took over the top spot and held it until lap 3 when Mark Burgtorf slipped under him for the lead. Fraise would try Burgtorf on the top of the speedway several times thru the next 12 laps, but Burgtorf would hold him off to claim his second win in a row at the speedway. Ryan Meyer was 3rd, Zack Vanderbeek was 4th, with Ron Gough coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Gough.

Eric Flander came from 4th to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Cook close behind in second. Flander would hold off R.Cook until lap 3, when Cook jumped to the outside of him to take over the top spot. Cook pulled away on the final 12 laps to claim his third win of the season at Memphis. Flander was 2nd, Jim Brown was 3rd, Michael Browning was 4th, with Troy Alexander rounding out the top 5. Flander and Mike Robinson picked up heat race wins.

The 12 lap USRA B-Modified feature came down to the last lap, last corner before the winner was determined. Bob Woodrow took the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Tony Dunker close behind in second. Woodrow would hold the top spot until lap 7, when Jerry Reese, Jr. slipped by for the lead. Reese, Jr. then led until the last lap, last corner, when Ron York slipped under him to claim his first career feature win. Woodrow held on to finish 3rd, Jack Evans, Jr. came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Dunker slipping to 5th. Heat race winners were Evans, Jr., Woodrow and Logan Trueblood.

Travis Woody jumped out front on lap 1 of the 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature and then held it until lap 2, when Mark Holt got by for the lead. Holt would only hold the lead for 2 laps, as John Oliver Jr, who started 6th, jumped to the outside of him to take the top spot on lap 4. Oliver, Jr. then led the final 8 laps to claim his first win of the season at Memphis. Holt was 2nd, Jeff Soper came from 11th to finish 3rd, Chris Wibbell came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Jim Oliver coming home in 5th. Mike Shelton, Wibbell and Doug Small picked up heat race wins.

Brian Overhulser took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature and never gave it up, as he picked up his second win of the season at the speedway. A scary wreck saw David Hudson take a wild ride down the front stretch, but we were glad to say everybody got out unhurt. Bill OHaver charged from 13th to finish in 2nd, Keith Reed was 3rd, Kevin Fountain came from 11th to finish in 4th,with Jason Henry rounding out the top 5. Heat race wins went to David Hudson and Jody Small.

Gordon Blankenship grabbed the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature and then held it until lap 5,when Tyler Schulte, who started 7th,slipped by for the top spot. T.Schulte would lead the final 5 laps to claim his second win of the night at Memphis. Dennis Schulte was 2nd,Rob Chase was 3rd,Dustin Boling was 4th,with Brandon Savage coming home in 5th. Dave Burdette and D.Schulte picked up heat race wins.

Coming up next week the USMTS will return to the speedway, thanks to Walker Motors Collision & Repair and Spilman Auto Parts. Dont forget the last time the USMTS was at the speedway the feature was rained out after 8 laps, so you will see two USMTS features for the price of one. Also in action will be USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifeds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Cruisers and Hornets. The support classes will be point races. Gates will open at 4:00pm, Hot Laps at 6:30pm, with Racing at 7:00pm.

July 24 Results

Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 2.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 3.Denny Woodworth, Mendon, IL 4.Dick Weber, Kirksville 5.Jason Krigbaum, Hannibal 6.Richard Westhoff, Fairfield, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 3.Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA 4.Russell Jeffries, Kirksville 5.Jay Chenoweth, West Burlington, IA 6.Kevin Tomlinson, New London

Feature: 1.Trump, 2.Woodworth, 3.Wood, 4.Monroe, 5.Krigbaum, 6.Laue, 7.Chenoweth, 8.Jeffries, 9.Elston, 10.Tomlinson, 11.Westhoff, 12.Weber

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 3.Darin Thye, Burlington, IA 4.Mike Delozier, Carthage,IL 5.Jardin Fuller, Memphis 6.David Snyder, Greentop

Heat Race 2: 1.Ron Gough, Quincy, IL 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, IA 4.Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon, IA 5.Bob Dale, Gorin 6.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA

Feature: 1.Burgtorf, 2.Fraise, 3.Meyer, 4.Vanderbeek, 5.Gough, 6.Elliott, 7.Cossel, 8.Delozier, 9.Fuller, 10.Dale, 11.Snyder, 12.Thye

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Les Blakley, Fairfield, IA 5.Don Kanselaar, Centerville, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 2.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 3.Michael Browning, Edina, 4.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 5.Shane Weller, Agency, IA 6.David Boas, Bloomfield, IA 7.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA

Feature: 1.R.Cook, 2.Flander, 3.Brown, 4.Browning, 5.Alexander, 6.J.Cook, 7.Weller, 8.Blakley, 9.Phillips, 10.Boas, 11.Kanselaar, 12.Dresden, 13.Morton, 14.Robinson

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Jack Evans, Jr. Keokuk, IA 2.Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL 3.Jerry Poor, Novelty 4.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 5.Chris Leathers, Macon 6.Larry Newman, Kirksville 7.Todd Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Bob Woodrow, Perry 2.Ron York, Edina 3.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 4.Robbie Reed, Mexico 5.Tony Morton, Kirksville 6.Brad Willoughby, Marceline 7.Robbie Mauck, Knox City

Heat Race 3: 1.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 2.John Shaffer, Memphis 3.Jerry Reese, Jr. Baring 4.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 5.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 6.Jerry Taylor, Moberly, MO

Feature: 1.York, 2.Reese, Jr. 3.Woodrow, 4.Evans, Jr. 5.Dunker, 6.Daggs, 7.Trueblood, 8.Reed, 9.Leathers, 10.Newman, 11.Todd Morton, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Willoughby, 14.Zimmerman, 15.Shaffer, 16.Poor, 17.Toubekis, 18.Taylor, 19.Holst, 20.Mauck

USRA Hobby Stocks

Make-up Feature: 1.Mark Holt, Memphis 2.John Oliver, Jr. Danville, IA 3.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 4.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 5.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 6.Doug Small, Memphis 7.Josh Soper, Kahoka 8.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 9.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 10.Nathan Wood, Sigourney, IA 11.Travis Woody, Cairo 12.Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda, MO 13.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA 14.Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, IL 15.Lynn Lewis, Unionville 16.Richard Hudson, Arbela, 17.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 18.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis, 19.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 20.Matt Snyder, Green City 21.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria 22.Gordon Hudson, Arbela 23.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 24.Jesse Garrett, Batavia, IA 25.Chris Anthony, Farmington, IA 26.JR Miller, Fairfield, IA

Heat Race 1: 1.Shelton, 2.Jim Oliver, Beardstown, IL 3.Holt, 4.Symmonds, 5.Walker, 6.Josh Soper, 7.Lewis, 8.Kevin Londrie, 9.Six

Heat Race 2: 1.Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL 2.Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA 3.Lynch, 4.Woody, 5.Hamelton, 6.Scott Phillips, 7.Becerra, 8.Overhulser, 9.Hooper

Heat Race 3: 1.Small, 2.Oliver, Jr. 3.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 4.Jeff Soper, 5.Hamlin, 6.Wood, 7.Profeta, 8.R.Hudson

Feature: 1.Oliver, Jr. 2.Holt, 3.Jeff Soper, 4.Wibbell, 5.Oliver, 6.Lynch, 7.Profeta, 8.Wood, 9.Woody, 10.Overhulser, 11.Lewis, 12.Phillips, 13.Symmonds, 14.Kibbe, 15.Becerra, 16.Hamelton, 17.Walker, 18.Six, 19.Shelton, 20.Small, 21.Pettibone, 22.Hamlin, 23.Josh Soper, 24.Londrie, 25.R.Hudson, 26.Hopper


Make-up Feature: 1.Michael St. Clair, Wayland 2.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria, 3.Jody Small, Rutledge 4.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 5.David Hudson, Memphis 6.Bill OHaver, Kirksville 7.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 8.Jon Antal, Lancaster 9.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 10.Kevin Foutain, Arbela 11.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA

Heat Race 1: 1.Hudson, 2.St.Clair, 3.Bergheger, 4.Monte Stephens, 5.Henry, 6.Kirkland, 7.OHaver

Heat Race 2: 1.Small, 2.Overhulser, 3.Larry Powell, Hannibal 4.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL 5.Antal, 6.Fountain, 7.Robbins

Feature: 1.Overhulser, 2.OHaver, 3.Reed, 4.Fountain, 5.Henry, 6.Antal, 7.Powell, 8.Robbins, 9.Bergheger, 10.Small, 11.St.Clair, 12.Hudson, 13.Stephens, 14.Kirkland


Make-up Feature: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 2.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 3.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 4.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA 5.Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, IA 6.David Lorton, Moberly 7.Rob Chase, Clark, 8.Darren Morgan, Paris 8.Donald Oliver, Hamilton, IL 9.Daric Crane, Palmyra 10.Terry Aldridge, Clipton Hill 11.Bob Fletcher

Heat Race 1: 1.Burdette, 2.Blankenship, 3.Savage, 4.Brent Forest, 5.Chase, 6.Morgan, 7.Joe Evans, Jacksonville 8.Travis Redburn, Moberly 9.Rick Miller, Gorin 10.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge

Heat Race 2: 1.D.Schulte, 2.T.Schulte, 3.Lorton, 4.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 5.Dustin Boling, Lenter 6.Donald Miller, Gorin 7.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 8.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 9.Michael Prebe, 10.Brenda Wear

Feature: 1.T.Schulte, 2.D.Schulte, 3.Chase, 4.Boling, 5.Savage, 6.Lorton, 7.Forest, 8.Morgan, 9.Redburn, 10.D.Miller, 11.Symmonds, 12.Hamilton, 13.A.Schulte, 14.Prebe, 15.Blankenship, 16.Evans, 17.R.Miller, 18.Burdette, 19.Wear, 20.Hustead

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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