October 14, 2004

SCR-I Survives Friday the 13th Scare To Win Third Straight

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (October 2, 2004) - Kelly Shryock came into the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway with the 2004 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) title already wrapped up and had one goal in mind, which was to win. Kelly managed to do that, along with Ryan Cook (Stock Cars), Mark Preston (B-Modifieds), Abe Huls (Hobby Stocks), David Hudson (Cruisers) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets).

Forty-two USMTS Modifieds signed in to do battle for the $3,000 to win top prize, with Mark Burgtorf, Darin Walker, Mitch Way, Brad McEwan and Darin Thye picking up wins in the Harris Auto Racing Heat races. Dean Mahlstedt and Zack VanderBeek claimed wins in the Midwest Motorsports semis. Way would claim the passing points title and redrew 3rd for the 35-lap feature, while Burgtorf drew the AFCO pole.

Burgtorf took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1,with Kelly Shryock following him into second. Burgtorf would hold off all challenges from Kelly through several cautions. But a restart on lap 25 proved to be bad for Burgtorf, as Kelly jumped to the outside of him on the restart to take the lead. Burgtorf didnt give up as he ran with Shryock for the final 10 laps side by side. But Shryock would hold off all challenges from Burgtorf to pick up the win.

Jon Tesch came from 10th to finish in 3rd, Michael Long started 12th and finished 4th, with Tony Fraise claiming the hard charger award, as he started 18th and finished 5th. Corey Dripps came home 6th, Johnny Bone, Jr. started 16th and finished 7th, Steve Stewart came from 20th to finish in 8th, Ron VerBeek was 9th, with Bruce Hanford coming from 22nd to round out the top 10.

Brian Mitrisin led the field of 21 stock cars to the green flag in the 15 lap feature, with Jason Cook challenging him in second. Mitrisin would hold the top spot until lap 6, when Ryan Cook jumped to the outside of him to grab the lead. Ryan would pull away on the final nine laps to claim the victory over his brother Jason Cook. Mitrisin would finish in 3rd, Ross McCombs was 4th, with T.J. Criss rounding out the top 5. Matt Greiner, Mitrisin and R. Cook picked up heat race wins.

The B-Modified feature saw a new face in the winners circle, with Mark Preston picking up the win in the 12-lap feature. Preston came from his 3rd place starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 of the feature. He would hold the top spot for the entire race and held off several challenges from Bob Woodrow, who started 8th, on the final laps to pick up his first win of 2004 at Memphis. Wyatt Lantz was 3rd, Terry Houston came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Tony Olson rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Woodrow, Rob Carter and Cliff Powell.

Thirty-nine Hobby Stocks signed in to do battle for a spot in the 24-car feature. Roger Krieger grab the lead from his front row starting spot in the 12 lap feature, with Abe Huls, Jeff Soper and Matt Snyder battling for second. Krieger would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Snyder got into the back of him and spun him. Both drivers had to go to the tail. Huls would inherit the lead on the restart and then held off Jeff Soper on the final seven laps to claim his first win of 2004 at the speedway. Brandon Symmonds came from 8th to finish 3rd, Bobby Greene charged from 20th to finish in 4th, with Tony Becerra rounding out the top 5. Brad Weber, Jeff Soper, Krieger, Greg Johnson and Huls claimed heat race wins, while Greene picked up the semi win.

David Hudson moved out front on lap 1 of the 10-lap Cruiser feature, with Bill OHaver close behind in second. Hudson would lead all 10 laps to pick up the win. Craig Spilker was 2nd, Jody Small was 3rd, Eric Bergheger came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Amy Mason coming from 12th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were Hudson and Shawn Crowell.

The 10 lap Hornet feature saw Brent Forest jump out front on the start, with Tyler Schulte close behind in second. Tyler would slip by Forest on lap 2 to take over the top spot and then led until lap 8, when a tire came off in turn two. Dennis Schulte, who started 7th, inherited the lead on the restart and then held off Gordon Blankenship, who started 9th, to claim the feature win. Wayne Noble was 3rd, Forest slipped to 4th, with Rick Miller coming from 14th to round out the top 5. T.Schulte and Blankenship picked up heat race wins.

The next event scheduled for the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway will be October 16th, weather permitting. Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Cruisers and Hornets will be action.

Results

USMTS Modifieds Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D. 3.Corey Dripps, Cedar Falls, IA 4.Steve Stewart, Washington, IA 5.Neil Eckhart, Rochester, MN 6.Jeff Gerhardt, Niota, IL 7.Jason Miller, Duluth, MN 8.Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA 9.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL Heat Race 2: 1.Darin Walker, Bowling Green 2.Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA 3.Tom Goble, Burlington, IA 4.Kevin Goben, Sherrard, IL 5.Tim Sands, Conesville, IA 6.Mark Branch, London Mills, IL 7.Glen Ridgeway, Eldon, IA 8.Chris Eggers, Lancaster 9.Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, MN Heat Race 3: 1.Mitch Way, Davenport, IA 2.Dan Chapman, Clarence, IA 3.Johnny Bone, Jr., Pea Ridge, AR 4.Darryl Turner, Columbia 5.David Holder, Clarence 6.Clint Morehouse, Milan, IL 7.Mark Widmar, Ottumwa, IA 8.Kevin Peters, Monmouth, IL Heat Race 4: 1.Brad McEwan, Storm Lake, IA 2.Ron VerBeek, Oskaloosa, IA 3.Al Hejna, Ventura, IA 4.Dean Mahlstedt, Garner, IA 5.Jim Roach, Kahoka 6.Robbie Test, Jefferson City 7.Adam Davis, Washington, IA 8.Jim Powell, Hannibal Heat Race 5: 1.Darin Thye, Burlington, IA 2.Michael Long, Quincy, IL 3.Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA 4.Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA 5.Bruce Hanford, Davenport, IA 6.Dan Fetters, Montour, IA 7.Jay Poidinger, Somerset, WI 8.Josh Truman, Indianola, IA Semi 1: 1.Mahlstedt, 2.Eckhart, 3.Meyer, 4.Goble, 5.Gerhardt, 6.Davis, 7.Bennett, 8.Goben, 9.Holder, 10.Eggers, 11.Test, 12.Powell, 13.Branch, 14.Miller, 15.Widmar Semi 2: 1.VanderBeek, 2.Bone, Jr. 3.Fraise, 4.Stewart, 5.Hanford, 6.Roach, 7.Poidinger, 8.Truman, 9.Ridgeway, 10.Turner, 11.Myer, 12.Sands, 13.Fetters, 14.Morehouse, 15.Peters Feature: 1.Shryock, 2.Burgtorf, 3.Tesch, 4.Long, 5.Fraise, 6.Dripps, 7.Bone, Jr. 8.Stewart, 9.VerBeek, 10.Hanford, 11.Bennett, 12.Walker, 13.Chapman, 14.Way, 15.McEwan, 16.Hejna, 17.Goble, 18.VanderBeek, 19.Myer, 20.Gerhardt, 21.Davis, 22.Mahlstedt, 23.Thye, 24.Eckhart, 25.Meyer

Stock Cars - Heat Race 1: 1.Matt Greiner, Washington, IA 2.Ross McCombs, Oskaloosa, IA 3.Jeremy Townsend, Bloomfield, IA 4.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 5.Tom McKenzie, Sioux City, IA 6.Kiel Morton, Kirksville 7.Michael Snyder, Greentop Heat Race 2: 1.Brian Mitrisin, Oskaloosa, IA 2.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 3.Bert McDaniel, Eldon, IA 4.Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Les Blakley, Fairfield, IA 7.Michael Browning, Edina Heat Race 3: 1.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 2.TJ Criss, Oskaloosa, IA 3.Troy Alexander, Memphis 4.Shane Weller, Agency, IA 5.Clayton Deppe, Kellogg, IA 6.Rocky Sosdyck, Selma, IA 7.David Boas, Bloomfield, IA Feature: 1.R.Cook, 2.J.Cook, 3.Mitrisin, 4.McCombs, 5.Criss, 6.Weller, 7.McDaniel, 8.Alexander, 9.Greiner, 10.Flander, 11.Deppe, 12.Fosdyck, 13.Dresden, 14.McKenzie, 15.Townsend, 16.Morton, 17.Larson, 18.Boas, 19.Blakley, 20.Browning, 21.Snyder

B-Modifieds - Heat Race 1: 1.Bob Woodrow, Perry 2.Jack Evans Jr, Keokuk, IA 3.Terry Houston, Mt.Sterling, IL 4.Mark Preston, Rock Island, IL 5.Danny Daggs, Kahoka 6.Jeff Poor, Novelty 7.John Shaffer, Memphis Heat Race 2: 1.Rob Carter, Quincy, IL 2.Larry Newman, Kirksville 3.Kelly OHaver, Kirksville 4.David Snyder, Greentop 5.Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL 6.Todd Morton, Kirksville 7.Jerry Reese Jr, Baring Heat Race 3: 1.Cliff Powell, Quincy, IL 2.Mark Antal, Lancaster 3.Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL 4.Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA 5.Michael Larsen, Hannibal 6.Tony Morton, Kirksville 7.Joe Hooper, Mendon Feature: 1.Preston, 2.Woodrow, 3.Lantz, 4.Houston, 5.Olson, 6.Daggs, 7.Reese, Jr. 8.Shaffer, 9.Powell, 10.Snyder, 11.Larsen, 12.Waterman, 13.Carter, 14.Tony Morton, 15.OHaver, 16.Newman, 17.Antal, 18.Poor, 19.Evans, Jr. 20.Todd Morton, 21.Hooper

Hobby Stocks - Heat Race 1: 1.Brad Weber, Donnellson, IA 2.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 3.Jerod Fisher, Pulaski, IA 4.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA 5.Chris Anthony, Farmington, IA 6.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA 7.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 8.Jim Sulser, Centerville Heat Race 2: 1.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 2.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 3.Rod Grother, Cedar Rapids, IA 4.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 5.Bobby Greene, Eddyville, IA 6.Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA 7.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 8.Bill McClain, Bloomfield, IA Heat Race 3: 1.Roger Krieger, Burlington, IA 2.Clint Heidenwith, Unionville 3.Toby Vandekamp, Knoxville, IA 4.Josh Soper, Kahoka 5.Nickolas Hooper, Wyaconda 6.Ryan McCarty, Knoxville, IA 7.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 8.Chad Dehne Heat Race 4: 1.Greg Johnson, Burlington, IA 2.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 3.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 4.Mark Holt, Memphis 5.John Oliver, Jr. Danville, IA 6.Steve Carlin, Hannibal 7.Brian Clark, Kahoka 8.Shawn Smothers, Heat Race 5: 1.Abe Huls, Carthage, IL 2.Matt Snyder, Green City 3.Beau Taylor, Canton, 4.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 5.Craig Brown, Eldon, IA 6.Kale Foster, Quincy, IL 7.Jarrod Richie, Quincy, IL Semi: 1.Greene, 2.Oliver, Jr. 3.Brown, 4.Carlin, 5.Foster, 6.B.Lynch, 7.J.Lynch, 8.Richie, 9.Kirkland, 10.Hooper, 11.McCarty, 12.Smothers, 13.Crowell, 14.Clark, 15.Anthony, 16.Dehne, 17.Pettibone, 18.Sulser, 19.McClain Feature: 1.Huls, 2.Jeff Soper, 3.Symmonds, 4.Greene, 5.Becerra, 6.Weber, 7.Hamlin, 8.Snyder, 9.Fisher, 10.Taylor, 11.Krieger, 12.Vandekamp, 13.Josh Soper, 14.Carlin, 15.Kibbe, 16.Brown, 17.Six, 18.Spilker, 19.Oliver Jr, 20.Johnson, 21.Cheney, 22.Grother, 23.Heidenwith, 24.Holt

Cruisers Heat Race 1: 1.David Hudson, Memphis 2.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 3.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 4.Tanya Wietholder, Liberty, IL 5.Davis Sapp, 6.Jason Billings, Keokuk, IA 7.Daniel Robbins, Greentop 8.Jeremy Buss, Quincy, IL Heat Race 2: 1.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria 2.Bill OHaver, Kirksville 3.Jody Small, Rutledge 4.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 5.Matt Bockenfeld, Quincy, IL 6.Amy Mason, Warsaw, IL 7.Larry Powell, Hannibal Feature: 1.Hudson, 2.Spilker, 3.Small, 4.Bergheger, 5.Mason, 6.Crowell, 7.Bockenfeld, 8.Billings, 9.Powell, 10.Buss, 11.Wietholder, 12.OHaver, 13.St.Clair, 14.Robbins, 15.Sapp

Hornets Heat Race 1: 1.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 2.Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL 3.Brent Forest, Keokuk, IA 4.Wayne Noble, Morning Sun, IA 5.Warren Poil, Wyaconda 6.Travis DeMint, Basco, IL 7.Danny Miller, Gorin 8.Rick Miller, Gorin 9.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA Heat Race 2: 1.Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, IA 2.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 3.Mike Frank, 4.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 5.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 6.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 7.Jeremy Billings, Keokuk, IA 8.Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA Feature: 1.D.Schulte, 2.Blankenship, 3.Noble, 4.Forest, 5.R.Miller, 6.A.Schulte, 7.Symmonds, 8.Hustead, 9.T.Schulte, 10.Poil, 11.Hammel, 12.D.Miller, 13.Frank, 14.DeMint, 15.Hamilton, 16.Smith, 17.Billings

Irritable Jowl Syndrome

I once made a ‘feller’ down around Rutledge, MO so mad, with one of my letters to the editor, that he went into the “Constricting Heaves”, which then caused “Abdominal Vapors”, complicated by “Carbonic Bunions” on his toes! He hopped around for three weeks, like a ‘Frozen Toed Rooster’, until he finally calmed down!

Yes, I seem to have that effect on some folks, especially when I pen one of my well-written, provocative, yet witty, letters to the editor!

Take what happened to my friend (he still is by the way) Chris Feeney, editor of the Memphis Democrat.

Upon reading my recent letter “The Board of One Accord”, Chris had smoke rings coming out of his ears! He went into “Bilious Spleen Vapors”, which then progressed into “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”!

This sad situation got started by the article in the Memphis Democrat “City Marshal Position in Question Following April Election”.

First, let me say at this point, that I have nothing personal against any city council member. And I have NEVER said anything against Bill Holland. I think he is a good man.

I also know, that it isn’t easy, being a city council member, or for that matter the member of a hospital board, school board, or even some church committees. It can be frustrating, and make one feel that it is a thankless job.

I expressed some ‘misgivings’ I had about the article ‘in question’. It just sounded to me like the city council wielded a proverbial “Sword of Damocles” over the position! With the power of the ‘purse strings’ for example, and the example of a past city collector position being done away with by simply defunding the position.

There also seemed to be an inordinate fear of, what candidate, the voters might elect.

Now, if I’ve got it wrong, I apologize. I just don’t know why these things would be alluded to, if not for the purpose of eliminating what the “Board of One Accord” considered to be an obsolete office. Obviously the voters felt differently. The big difference here, is that the county collector position is still an elected office.

Now, back to Chris’s malady of “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”. You never know what he might say next! Downright mean stuff!

I’m ‘gutshot’ over those “Peanut Gallery” remarks Chris! I mean, damn, now everyone thinks of me as being like that “Lounge Lizard” over at the Texas Road House, that just hangs out in the waiting area, gobbling buckets full of peanuts, all the while hurling insults at the paying customers as they come in! Shish! (Actually this could be partly true.)

And, I am still reeling from that “non-resident” tirade of yours Chris! To me, it sounded a lot like Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” speech. Gosh… you don’t talk like that to the guys on the police department, and they’re not residents of Memphis either.

Furthermore, I’m heartbroken, over those mean comments about my personal hygiene problems. That hurts!

I’ll have you know, that where I grew up, we didn’t even wear shoes or socks all summer! Socks are important to me now.

And, so what, if I do get a “little Gamey” toward the end of the week. I want you to know that I take a bath every Saturday nite, whether I need it or not! (goin’ swimmin’ counts as bath.)

So… you readers oughta tune in next week to see what “slings and arrows of misfortune” ‘mean Chris’ will throw at me, Dave, a poor non-resident of Memphis, who is diligently striving for World Peace and Harmony!

Cipherin‘:

When you add up the votes.

The side that wins, is the one with the most.

“What if it’s a tie?” someone jokes.

Them I’m takin’ the last train to the coast!

At least I’ll still have the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Davis M. Burrus

New Replacement Trees Planted by Rutledge School Restoration Society

One more entry has been removed from the bucket list of the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Bob Hunolt, Lonnie Triplett, Oren Erickson, and Leon Trueblood recently rounded up their spades, water buckets, and measuring sticks to get two new American Linden trees planted (exactly as instructions for planting read) in the school yard.

These trees, when fully grown, will graciously replace the ever-popular Ash and Maple trees which, until early spring this year, had graced the school lawn for many decades. It was determined by the utility company the trees were a detriment to the electrical lines, so they had to go.

Thanks to Aaron Dannenhauer, the stumps were removed; and the sawdust from this grinding has appropriately mulched the new trees. The nursery-provided information claims the new trees to be well-adapted to Missouri daily weather change… so with hopes for fast growth, there will be shade on the Rutledge School lawn once again!

Three Teens Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Bridge

Three area teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Schuyler County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Allyssia J. Jackson, 17 of Queen City, was southbound on Ranch Road when she lost control of the 2003 Ford Escape on the gravel and collided with a bridge rail. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned.

Jackson suffered moderate injuries in the crash as did a passenger in the vehicle, Paige A. Humphrey, 15, of Queen City. A second passenger in the car, Cobe J. Coop, 18, of Memphis suffered minor injuries.

Jackson and Humphrey were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Coop was taken by private vehicle to the Kirksville hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage in the accident and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Ambulance Service and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!

BABY CICERO

Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.

BABY BUCKNER-DAVIS

Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.

BABY HILL

Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.

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