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


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


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

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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