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

SCAPP to Host Celebrity Showmanship Event at 2017 Fair

The Scotland County After-Prom Parents are teaming up with the 2017 Scotland County Fair to bring some new entertainment to the summer event while helping raise money for the 2018 SCR-I after-prom party.

The group will host the Celebrity Showmanship contest at the fair on Wednesday, July 12th at 6 p.m.

Nominations are being accepted for any “celebrity” to show in special swine, goat, sheep and chicken shows at the fair that evening.

Cost is $20 to nominate a celebrity, which can include students, athletes, business owners, community members, church family, or just about anyone the nominator would like to see participate in the show.

A winner will be chosen for each livestock category, earning a special prize as well as the right to advance to the round robin show, where the top four participants will compete against one another in showing all four types of livestock to produce a grand champion.

To nominate participants, contact Dawn Triplett (660-341-0233), Melissa Anders (660-341-8969, or Tonya Harrison (660-341-1322. Nominee forms will also  be available at the Memphis Democrat.

The event is being sponsored by the SCR-I class of 2019 Scotland County After-Prom Parents.

Gilliam Family Illusions, United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team to Perform at 2017 SC Fair

Members of the Gilliam family are pictured here performing their acts of illusion. They will perform at this year’s Scotland County Fair on Tuesday evening, July 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Gilliam Family Illusions will open Tuesday evening’s grandstand entertainment at this year’s Scotland County Fair on July 11th starting at 6:00 p.m.

Gilliam Family Illusions is a show involving their entire family.  They offer a fast-paced, contemporary presentation for audiences of today.  Energy level is kept high with the use of a lot of music.  But the most important aspect of the show is they share the message of the Gospel in a way the audience will understand and remember!

The evening’s entertainment won’t stop there.  Terry Russell with United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team will perform at 8:00 p.m.

Terry Russell with United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team will the entertain grandstand crowd at this year’s Scotland County Fair. His show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11th.

United FMX is a faith based freestyle motocross team that features experienced riders and a complete ramp-to-ramp setup.  They ensure a family-friendly, exciting, action sports exhibition.

Terry Russell, born in 1979, calls Jefferson City his hometown.  He started riding at the age of five.

Terry will host a meet and greet immediately following his show.

Missouri Street to be Resurfaced This Summer

Missouri Street in Memphis is set to get a nearly $85,000 facelift this summer after the Memphis City Council approved a bid from W. L. Miller Company of Hamilton, IL to resurface the city street.

The contract calls for roughly 58,000 square feet of asphalt to be installed by the contractor to create a new two-inch thick driving surface. W.L. Miller Company will also performing milling at all crossroads, along concrete curbing as well as driveways that will be impacted by the new road surface.

The work, which is scheduled to be done later this summer, will run from the Main Street intersection west to the end of the street, approximately eight city blocks. The project comes on the heels of last year’s municipal project installing new water lines along the same route. With the new lines in place, which should eliminate the need for disturbing the road for underground repairs, the city elected to pursue the better driving surface, a practice that has been followed on several other streets in the past decade.

City Superintendent Roy Monroe noted that the project will also including paving of the south parking lot at the Memphis Swimming Pool, which is located north off of Missouri Street. The paving was initially measured at 41×60 for the lot.

NEMO Open Livestock Show Schedule at 2017  Scotland County Fair

The Northeast MO Open Shows takes place Saturday, July 8, 2017 during the Scotland County Fair in Memphis, MO.

Following is the day’s agenda:

Pig Show: Check-in from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  Showtime is at 10:00 a.m.  The entry fee is $10.00 per head.  Purebred animals must show all breed characteristics.  The show includes Market and Breeding classes and is open to all ages.  Contact for the Pig Show is Chris Montgomery (660-342-7979).

Market Lambs and Breeding Goat Show:  Check-in from 10:00 a.m.-Noon.  Showtime is at 2:00 p.m.  The entry fee is $10.00 per head.  Market classes broke by weight and Breeding classes broke by age.  Health papers are required and the show is open to all ages.  Contact for the Market Lambs and Breeding Goat Show is Joanie Baker (660-216-4645).

Cattle Show: Check-in from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Showtime is at 6:00 p.m.  The entry fee for an out of county exhibitor is $25 and for in county exhibitors the fee is $10 per head.  Heifers will be shown by breed and age.  Steers will be shown by weight.

Champion Steer – $350.00, Champion Heifer – $200.00, Reserve Champion Steer – $150.00, Reserve Champion Heifer – $100.00.  The Cattle Show is open to all ages and contact person is Curtis Mallett (660-341-6297).

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts June Meeting

by Sadie Davis

Vice President Morgan Blessing called the June meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters to order on June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gorin Christian Church. Pledges were led by Dawson Crane & Tracy Huber. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll by asking each member what their summer vacation plans were. Lauren also gave the minutes of the last meeting. Advisor Joanie Baker gave the Treasurer’s Report, announcing that the club had a current balance of $3,468.22. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman gave the Council Report.

The Financial Committee reported that working at the Boyer wedding resulted in donations from the Boyer family. Layla Baker reported that she had attended and enjoyed the Goat Camp.

Heidi Triplett announced that she had Club T-Shirts for members to buy. Joanie Baker asked that participants in the Super Farmer Contest tell her their t-shirt size. The club discussed the silent auction for the fair and Joanie informed the club that proceeds will go to the Salary account. Joanie passed around a sign-up sheet and asked members to sign up to work at the fair in either the Art Hall, Pepsi Wagon, or trash pick-up.

Joanie asked that members check their meeting attendance because they must have attended six meetings to show or sell at the fair. She also reminded members that SMQA requirements must be met to show or sell at the fair. Fair Clean-Up Day is June 24 and members must report by 10:00 a.m. to be counted for lunch. Wristbands for exhibitors are $15.00 at the Extension Office. NEMO Fair entries are due June 30 and you must have the leader’s signature. State Fair entries are due June 30 as well.

The next club meeting is July 3 at 5:30. Refreshments will be provided by the Jamie Triplett family and Jessica Huff will be giving a demonstration. The Azen Jolly Timers July meeting is on July 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds. July 8 are the Scotland County Open Livestock Shows. July 9-16 is the Scotland County Fair. The Gorin Go-Getters’ Art Hall slot is from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed popsicles provided by the Tara Huber family.

City Of Memphis Participates in Regional Cybersecurity Workshop

COLUMBIA, MO  –  The City of Memphis municipal utilities services participated in a regional Improving Cybersecurity Workshop and Cyber Mutual Assistance Orientation, held by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA).

Memphis Utilities Superintendent Stacy Alexander attended the June 9 workshop in Columbia, among 42 representatives attending from 24 Alliance-member cities and utilities. The workshop was one of 14 regional cybersecurity workshops nationwide, sponsored by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“The workshop was filled with information about very real threats and concerns,” said Duncan Kincheloe, President and General Manager of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. “Participants left with issues to consider for timely action in their local systems, or to discuss with other community leaders.”

Participants in the workshop joined in exercises and discussions to strengthen security of utility computer systems and critical infrastructure. Information was shared to help participants evaluate cyber threats and response measures, and discuss cyber resiliency and physical solutions, including advanced controls.

The second part of the workshop was an orientation to a Cyber Mutual Assistance program created by Homeland Security’s Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). Mutual assistance, used by utilities to recover more quickly from natural disasters, can also be used to address cyber threats for utilities of all sizes.

The city is considering joining MPUA’s member municipal utilities participating in MPUA’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Overseen by N-Dimension Solutions, the service would provide continuous monitoring for intrusion detection and alerts, and security management to help identify areas of concern. The program also provides guidance to reduce vulnerabilities, and action steps to shut down threats and reduce damage in the event of a threat event.

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance is a multi-state association of more than 110 city-owned electric, water, gas, wastewater, and broadband utilities in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas. MPUA provides support to its members in the areas of electric and natural gas supply, water and wastewater compliance, mutual aid disaster assistance, financing, safety training, and utility operations. MPUA also advocates on behalf of municipalities on utility issues at the national and state levels.

Grant Funding Helping to Enhance Memphis Recycling Program

Another round of grant funding from the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District is helping enhance the City of Memphis’s recycling program. Earlier this month the city council approved a contract with Memphis Lumber for the construction of a new 20×28 post frame building and a 18×53 lean-to to be added to the existing recycling facility, located at the intersections of Hamilton, Monroe and Strong streets on the southwest edge of Memphis.

Once the new building is completed it will house the municipal recycling collection center, which has temporarily been located in the old state shed at the intersections of Highway 15 and 136.

The project cost is $12,790. The city will install cement flooring as part of the matching fund requirements of the grant.

The solid waste management district funding, which is made possible through landfill fees, also allowed the city to upgrade the systems baler, a a price tag of just shy of $25,000.

City Superintendent Roy Monroe said the improvements will help make the program much more efficient. The baler upgrade features a higher capacity hopper  which will make the process much less time consuming. The lean-to will add additional storage space for the recycled items, which offer a higher price when shipped in larger volume, while also helping lower transportation costs.

Monroe added that the new drop off point should be more user friendly as well while also being located at the recycling center, further reducing collection times for the city employees as well as transportation costs.

Work is expected to begin this week to install the floor at the lean-to that was constructed last week. The new collection building has not been completed yet. Monroe stated that once it is done, the floor is installed and the collection bins are installed, the city will close down the former collection site and notify the public of the changeover.

Annual Woods Reunion Held Sunday June 18th

With fifty-seven family members and friends gathered at the Grand Hall in Memphis, Sunday, June 18th for the Woods family reunion.  Fried chicken was furnished for all attending, as was a beautiful layered cake honoring all fathers there – it was also Father’s Day – and others brought salads, desserts, and veggies.  Lucille Woods Cossel asked the blessing prior to eating.

Randy and Charles Woods were in charge of reunion arrangements, with many pitching in to help.  Bonnie Woods Schultz gave a number of “mug rugs” to adults and to the children she had magnetic gifts.

An added area of interest was the display of family fact sheets and pictures display.  Randy and Bonnie were mostly responsible for these displays.  More pictures are desired for next year’s reunion.

Alison Woods Widmer from Aurora, CO, came farthest and Avery Rimer from Edina, MO was the youngest attending.  Ivan and Virginia Woods claim the honor of being the oldest!

Attendees were Alison Widmer Aurora, CO; Andrea Krog, Clarence; Johnny Morrison, Alexandria; Nancy and Joe Plowman, Cassie Plowman, Scott Shively, Bloomfield, IA; Darla and Leon Steenblock, and Darrel Cossel, Des Moines, IA; Dianna Rempp, Lucille Cossel, Tessa Islander, Ali Jo Islander, Reasnor, IA; Golda Seybold, Vicki Shear, Don McClean; Alicia, Will, and Adrian Gore, Quincy, IL; Hollis Woods, Keokuk, IA; Junior Woods, Ottumwa, IA; Sean and Clarinda Woods, Lone Jack, MS; Dale and Christine Heaton, Richard and Samantha Heaton, Unionville, MO; Bonnie Schultz, Kirksville; Lowell and Darlene Woods, Baring, MO; Dean Woods, Melvin Lee, Sarah, Jaxon, and Avery Rimer, Edina; Jennifer Woods, Downing; Jim and Kim Woods, Arbela; Jon, Sam, and Shannon Rader; P.T. and Diana Woods, Novinger; Chas. Woods, Jannet Graham, Ivan and Virginia Woods, Kevin, Debbie, Matthew Woods, Buzz, Faith Ann, Merit, and Halle Miller, Pam Mallett, Randy Woods, Karen Shippen, all from Memphis.

Submitted by Virginia Woods

Wright Graduates from MSU

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University conferred 2,651 degrees to students at its 2017 spring commencement May 19 at JQH Arena.

A total of 1,995 bachelor’s degrees, 554 master’s degrees, 93 doctorate degrees and nine specialist degrees were conferred.

Shaye Wright of Memphis, Missouri, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Jones Named to BVU’s Dean’s List

STORM LAKE, IA – Shelbie Jones, of Greentop, was named to Buena Vista University’s (BVU) Dean’s List for terms three and four. Students named to the Dean’s List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the two terms, based on a 4.0 grade point system, and must have taken at least 12 hours of coursework.

Jones attends BVU’s Ottumwa site.

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