August 5, 2004

Myer and Hughes claim USMTS wins at Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 31)-The standing room only crowd was treated to two USMTS features, thanks to Walker Motors Collision & Repair/ Spilman Auto Parts. Tommy Myer and Jason Hughes would come out the big winners on the night, with Jim Brown (USRA Stock Cars), Ron York (USRA B-Modifieds), Tony Becerra (USRA Hobby Stocks), Michael St.Clair (Cruisers) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets) picking up feature wins.

The rained out USMTS feature from July 9th, was restarted with 8 laps in the books. Tony Fraise would jump out to the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Mark Burgtorf and Tommy Myer challenging in second. Myer would move to the outside of Fraise on lap 10 to take over the top spot, with Burgtorf following in second.

Myer, who was running the bottom of the speedway, and Burgtorf, who was running the top, would battle side by side for the next five laps, before Myer gained the advantage on lap 15. Myer would lead the final 20 laps and held off a last lap charge from Al Hejna to take home the win.

Burgtorf would hold on to finish 3rd, Kelly Shryock was 4th, with Jon Tesch coming home in 5th.

Forty-four Modifieds signed in for the second part of the USMTS, with Jason Krohn, Mike Spaulding, Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch and Tommy Myer claiming Harris Auto Racing heat race wins. The Midwest Motorsports Bs went to Johnny Bone, Jr. and Jeff Morris. Spaulding won the most passing points award and redrew 6th for the feature, with Tesch drawing the AFCO poll position.

Tesch would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1. Tesch would hold the lead until lap 10, when Jason Hughes jumped to his outside to take over the top spot. Hughes would continue to lead, as Tommy Myer, who started 8th and Kelly Shryock, who started 7th, were working their way towards the front.

Myer would slip under Hughes on lap 27 to grab the lead, with Hughes coming back on the top to move back out front. Hughes then held off Shryock and Myer on the final 7 laps to pick up the win.

Tesch would come home in 4th, with Johnny Bone Jr coming from 13th to finish in 5th.

Eric Fullenkamp took the lead on lap 1 of the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature and then held it until lap 6, when Jim Brown slipped under him to take over the top spot. Brown then held off Jason Cook, Mike Robinson and Ryan Cook to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Robinson and Ryan Cook claimed heat race wins.

The 12 lap USRA B-Modified feature saw John Shaffer jump out front on lap 1, with David Snyder following in second. Shaffer would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Ron York, who started 8th, slipped by for the top spot. York then pulled away on the final 4 laps to pick up his second consecutive feature win at the speedway. Shaffer finished 2nd, Jerry Reese, Jr. was 3rd, Jack Evans, Jr. came from 16th to finish in 4th, with Logan Trueblood coming home in 5th.

Heat race wins went to Trueblood and York.

Mark Holt took the lead on the drop of the green flag in the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Matt Gavin close behind in second. Holt would hold the lead until lap 3 when Tony Becerra jumped to his outside to take over the top spot. Becerra then led the final 9 laps to claim the win. Jeff Soper was 2nd, Chris Wibbell was 3rd, Doug Small came from 21st to finish in 4th, with Mike Shelton rounding out the top 5. Wibbell, Shelton and Jeff Soper claimed heat race wins.

The 10-lap Cruiser feature turned out to be another down to the wire finish. Brian Overhulser moved out front on lap 1, with Larry Powell following in second. Overhulser would hold the lead until lap 6, when Michael St. Clair slipped under him for the lead. Overhulser would come back on the outside of St. Clair to take the top spot back on lap 7, with St. Clair coming back on the bottom to take the lead back on lap 8. St. Clair then held off Overhulser on the final 2 laps to take home the win. Powell was 3rd, Jason Henry came from 14th to finish in 4th, with Shawn Crowell rounding out the top 5. Heat race wins went to St. Clair and Craig Spilker.

Dennis Schulte would take the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature and then held off Brandon Savage, who started 8th,to pick up the win. Jerry Symmonds was 3rd, Danny Miller came from 14th to finish in 4th, with Donnie DeMint coming home in 5th. Tyler Schulte and Savage would claim heat race wins.

Coming up next week will be Farm Bureau Insurance and U.S. Bank Night at the speedway, with Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Cruisers and Pony Stocks in action. Gates will open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.



July 31 Results From Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

USMTS Modifieds

Make-up Feature: 1.Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, MN 2.Al Hejna, Ventura, IA 3.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 4.Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA 5.Jon Tesch, Watertown, SD 6.Corey Dripps, Cedar Falls, IA 7.Bruce Hanford, Davenport, IA 8.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 9.Zack Vanderbeek, New Sharon, IA 10.Dan Chapman, Clarence, IA 11.Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, MN 12.Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon, IA 13.Johnny Bone Jr, Pea Ridge, AR 14.Jim Roach, Kahoka 15.Michael Bennett, Des Moines, IA 16.Ron Gough, Monroe City 17.Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA 18.Kevin Peters, Monmouth, IL 19.Charles Baker, Labelle 20.Chris Eggers, Lancaster 21.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 22.Brad Moriarty, Des Moines, IA 23.David Holder, Clarence 24.Mark VanWinkle, Hannibal 25.Darin Thye, Burlington, IA 26.Mike Hejna, Clear Lake, IA

Harris Auto Racing Heat Race 1: 1.Jason Krohn, Slayton, MN 2.Brad Ford, Mt. Pleasant, IA 3.Jeff Morris, Long Grove, IA 4.Adam Davis, Washington, IA 5.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL 6.Roger Baxter, Oskaloosa, IA 7.Rod Smith, Monmouth, IL 8.Eggers, 9.Moriarty

Harris Auto Racing Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Spaulding, Bemidji, MN 2.Bone Jr, 3. Al Hejna, 4.Hanford, 5.Mike Hughes, Rose Hill, IA 6.Noble, 7.Peters, 8.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 9.Michael Bennett

Harris Auto Racing Heat Race 3: 1.Jason Hughes, Colcord, OK 2.Shryock, 3.Dripps, 4.Gough, 5.Fraise, 6.Bret Diercks, Bettendorf, IA 7.Darin Walker, Bowling Green, 8.Meyer, 9.Michael Long, Quincy, IL

Harris Auto Racing Heat Race 4: 1.Tesch, 2.Martin Bennett, 3.J.Roach, 4.Jerry Conners, Pleasant Valley, IA 5.Chapman, 6.Vanderbeek, 7.Pinkerton, 8.Burgtorf, 9.Garry Oskerson, Fairmont, MN

Harris Auto Racing Heat Race 5: 1.Myer, 2.Brian Mullen, Seymour, WI 3.Ron VerBeek, Oskaloosa, IA 4.Brian Edel, Oskaloosa, IA 5.Michael Karhoff, Quincy, IL 6.Thye, 7.Mike Roach, Woodward, OK 8.Baker

Midwest Motorsports B Feature 1: 1.Bone Jr, 2.Hanford, 3.Edel, 4.Burgtorf, 5.M.Hughes, 6.Diercks, 7.Delozier, 8.M.Roach, 9.Walker, 10.Gough, 11.Karhoff, 12.Peters, 13.Long, 14.Wietholder, 15.Noble, 16.Moriarty

Midwest Motorsports B Feature 2: 1.Morris, 2.Conners, 3.Davis, 4.Fraise, 5.Chapman, 6.Pinkerton, 7.Vanderbeek, 8.Thye, 9.Martin Bennett, 10.Baxter,11.Oskerson, 12.Eggers, 13.Meyer, 14.Smith, 15.Baker, 16.Michael Bennett

Feature: 1.J.Hughes, 2.Shryock, 3.Myer, 4.Tesch, 5.Bone Jr, 6.Burgtorf, 7.Noble, 8.Krohn, 9.Dripps, 10.Hejna, 11.Mullen, 12.Hanford, 13.Morris, 14.Vanderbeek, 15.Ford, 16.Chapman, 17.Fraise, 18.J.Roach, 19.M.Hughes, 20.Spaulding, 21.Davis, 22.Edel, 23.VerBeek, 24.Conners

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 4.Eric Fullenkamp, Eldon, IA 5.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA 6.Michael Snyder, Greentop

Heat Race 2: 1.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 2.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 3.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 4.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 5.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Feature: 1.Brown, 2.J.Cook, 3.Robinson, 4.R.Cook, 5.Alexander, 6.Fullenkamp, 7.Phillips, 8.Lynch, 9.Morton, 10.Dresden, 11.Snyder

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 2.David Snyder, Greentop 3.Rob Jennings, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Tony Morton, Kirksville 5.Todd Morton, Kirksville 6.AJ Tournear, Quincy, IL 7.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 8.Jerry Poor, Novelty 9.Jack Evans, Jr. Keokuk, IA 10.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis

Heat Race 2: 1.Ron York, Edina 2.Larry Newman, Kirksville 3.Jerry Reese, Jr. Baring 4.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 5.John Shaffer, Memphis 6.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 7.Michael Larsen, Hannibal 8.Brad Willoughby, Marceline 9.Steve Rairden, Keokuk, IA 10.Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL

Feature: 1.York, 2.Shaffer, 3.Reese, Jr. 4.Evans, Jr. 5.Trueblood, 6.Newman, 7.Daggs, 8.Jennings, 9.Todd Morton, 10.Poor, 11.Tournear, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Larsen, 14.Toubekis, 15.Willoughby, 16.Zimmerman, 17.Rairden, 18.Lantz, 19.Holst, 20.Snyder

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL 2.Mark Holt, Memphis 3.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 4.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 5.Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA 6.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 7.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 8.Doug Small, Memphis

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 2.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 3.Abe Huls, Carthage, IL 4.Josh Soper, Kahoka 5.Brad Weber, Donnellson, IA 6.Lynn Lewis, Unionville 7.Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, IL 8.Doug Small, Memphis

Heat Race 3: 1.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 2.Matt Gavin, Monmouth, IL 3.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 4.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria 5.Kevin Londrie, 6.Ronnie Pumphrey, Altoona, IA 7.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 8.Scott Phillips, Hedrick, IA

Feature: 1.Becerra, 2.Jeff Soper, 3.Wibbell, 4.Small, 5.Shelton, 6.Overhulser, 7.Josh Soper, 8.Weber, 9.Symmonds, 10.Hamelton, 11.Pettibone, 12.Lynch, 13.Gavin, 14.Lewis, 15.Crowell, 16.Phillips, 17.Profeta, 18.Holt, 19.Londrie, 20.Kibbe, 21.Pumphrey, 22.Hamlin, 23.Huls, 24.Walker

Cruisers

Heat Race 1: 1.Michael St. Clair, Wayland 2.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 3.Jon Antal, Lancaster 4.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria 5.Jody Small, Rutledge 6.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 7.Nathan Bensteine, Keosaqua, IA 8.Jason Billings, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Craid Spilker, Quincy, IL 2.Larry Powell, Hannibal 3.Bill OHaver, Kirksville 4.David Hudson, Memphis 5.Amy Mason, Warsaw, IL 6.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 7.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 8.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA

Feature: 1.St.Clair, 2.Overhulser, 3.Powell, 4.Henry, 5.Crowell, 6.Hudson, 7.Spilker, 8.OHaver, 9.Small, 10.Antal, 11.Bensteine, 12.Robbins, 13.Mason, 14.Billings, 15.Bergheger, 16.Kirkland

Hornets

Heat Race 1: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 2.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 3.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 4.Donnie DeMint, Basco, IL 5.Eric Climer, Basco, IL 6.Michael Grossman, Keokuk, IA 7.Rick Miller, Gorin 8.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA 2.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 3.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 4.Ryan Miller, Gorin 5.Travis DeMint, Basco, IL 6.Sean Cannon, 7.Danny Miller, Gorin 8.Preston Neff, Keokuk, IA

Feature: 1.D.Schulte, 2.Savage, 3.Symmonds, 4.D.Miller, 5.D.DeMint, 6.Ryan Miller, 7.Climer, 8.Grossman, 9.T.DeMint, 10.A.Schulte, 11.Hamilton, 12.Burdette, 13.Rick Miller, 14.T.Schulte, 15.Cannon, 16.Neff

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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