June 30, 2005

Double Features at SCS Send 11 Different Drivers To Winners Circle

by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (June 25, 2005) -A busy night of racing at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway produced eleven feature winners in twelve events. The rained out features from May 21- Sonnys Collision Center and Trump Trucks night were the opening act, with Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Troy Alexander (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans, Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Mark Holt (USRA Hobby Stocks), Keith Reed (Cruisers) and Brandon Savage (Hornets) picking up features wins. Then Zack VanderBeek (USRA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (USRA Stock Cars), Tony Dunker (USRA B-Modifieds), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Keith Reed (Cruisers) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets) claimed feature wins on Primrose Realty and Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping night.

Wyatt Lantz led the field to the green flag on lap 4 of the rained out 12 lap USRA B-Modifed feature, with Jack Evans, Jr. and Chris Larson close behind in second. Lantz would hold the top spot until lap 6, when Evans, Jr. slipped under him for the lead. Evans, Jr. then held off Lantz by inches at the line to pick up his third win in a row at Memphis. Larson came from 12th to finish third, Tony Dunker was fourth, with Jeff Waterman rounding out the top five.

The rained out 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature saw Troy Alexander and Harley Hill on the front row, with Alexander jumping out front on the start. Alexander would lead all 15 laps and held off several challenges from Matt Greiner, who pulled out on lap 13 with overheating problems, to claim his third win of the season at the speedway. T.J. Criss came from 8th to finish in second, Jason Cook was third, John Oliver Jr. was fourth, with Rodger Dresden coming home fifth.

Up next was the make-up 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, which had Tim Pettibone and Bob Lynch on the front row. Mark Holt, who started third, moved out front on the drop of the green flag and never looked back, as he pulled away from the field to pick up his second win of the season at Memphis. Mike Shelton came from 8th to finish second, Lynch held on for third, Tony Becerra was fourth, with Brandon Symmonds coming from 10th to round out the top five.

Brandon Savage and Brent Forest led the field to the drop of the green flag in the make-up 10 lap Hornet feature, with Savage grabbing the lead on lap 1. Savage led all 10 laps and held off Tyler Schulte, who started 10th, to pick up his second win in a row at the speedway. Dennis Schulte came from 8th to finish third, Forest was fourth, with Michael Grossman coming home fifth.

The rained out 10 lap Cruiser feature saw Keith Reed and Michael St. Clair on the front row, with Reed moving out front on lap 1. Reed would hold off St. Clair through the entire 10 laps to claim his first win of 2005 at Memphis. Dave Hudson was third, Craig Spilker was fourth, with Bill OHaver rounding out the top five.

The final make-up feature of the evening was the 20 lap USRA Modifieds, with Darin Walker and Michael Long on the front row. Third place starter David Wietholder grabbed the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Tony Fraise following him in second. Fraise would slip under Wietholder on lap 2 to over take the top spot. Fraise then led the final 18 laps to pick up his first win of 2005 at the speedway. Long edged out Mark Burgtorf by inches for second, Zack VanderBeek was fourth, with Bob Dale coming home fifth.

Logan Trueblood and Bob Woodrow led the field to the drop of the green flag in the regular night 12 lap USRA B-Modified feature, but it was sixth place starter Chris Larson grabbing the lead on lap 1. Larson would hold the top spot until lap 7, when Tony Dunker slipped by for the lead. Dunker then held off a charging Jack Evans, Jr., who started 16th, on the final laps to pick up his second win of the season at the Memphis track. Larson held on for third, Wyatt Lantz came from 9th to finish fourth, with Larry Newman rounding out the top five. Larson and Dunker claimed the heat race wins.

Up next was the 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Jody Small and Kiel Morton on the front row. John Oliver Jr. would move out front on the drop of the green flag, with Rodger Dresden close behind in second. Dresden would jump to the outside of Oliver Jr. to lead lap 5, with Oliver Jr. coming back on the bottom to grab the top spot back. Oliver Jr. would hold the lead until lap 10, when Matt Greiner, who started 14th, went by on the top to take over the lead. But Oliver Jr. would come back on the bottom to take the lead again on lap 11. Oliver Jr. then held off Jason Cook and Greiner on the final four laps to claim his first career Stock Car feature win. Troy Alexander was fourth, with Dresden coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Alexander, Dresden and Small.

The 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature saw Mark Holt and Mike Shelton on the front row, with Shelton moving out front on the drop of the green flag. Shelton would lead all 12 laps to pick up his second win of the season at Memphis. Tony Becerra was second, Holt was third, Justin Hamelton was fourth, with Abe Huls rounding out the top five. Brian Howerton, Becerra and Shelton claimed wins in the heat races.

Brandon Savage and Jim Hamilton led the field to the green flag in the 10 lap Hornet feature, with Savage moving out front on lap 1. Savage would only lead one lap, as Dennis Schulte got by on lap 2. Schulte then led the final 8 laps to claim his third win of the season at the speedway. Tyler Schulte came from 8th to finish second, Savage held on for third, Michael Grossman came from the rear after jumping the start to finish fourth, with Dustin Savage coming home fifth. Heat race winners were T.Schulte and D.Schulte.

The 10 lap Cruiser feature saw the only repeat winner of the evening, as Keith Reed held on to win his second win of the night. Dave Hudson would grab the lead on the start and then held it until lap 7, when Reed slipped by for the top spot. Reed then held off a challenge from Hudson on the final lap to pick up his second win of 2005 at Memphis. Craig Spilker was third, Matt Bockenfeld was fourth, with Jeremy Buss rounding out the top five. Spilker and Hudson claimed heat race wins.

The final feature of the evening was the 20 lap USRA Modified feature. Promoter Todd Staley put up a challenge to Tony Fraise, who drew number 1, and Mark Burgtorf, who drew number 3, to start in the back of the field and if they came up to win he would give them a $500 bonus. Both drivers took the challenge, which put Martin Bennett and Jim Gillenwater on the front row. Bennett would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1, with Zack VanderBeek following close behind in second. Bennett then held the top spot until lap 8, when VanderBeek slipped under him on lap 8 to take over the lead. VanderBeek then held off a charging Burgtorf and Fraise to claim his first win of 2005 at the speedway. Michael Long came from 10th to finish fourth, with Ryan Meyer coming from 11th to round out the top five. Heat race winners were Fraise and Long.

Coming up next week will be the Js Foods Stock Car Shootout, with the winner of the Stock Car feature taking home $1,000. Also, racing will continue in the USRA Caseys General Stores Championship Series in the Modifieds, B-Modifeds and Hobby Stocks, with the Cruisers and Hornets racing for track points. Gates will open at 5pm, hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow.

Might We Need To Change Our Inner Password?

I don’t know how to say what I’m about to say–what I want to say–to you at this very moment.  Believe me.  My (com)passion is charged and ready to express in deep meaning the value that I see in you and how much I believe that each is basically unaware of your own profound depth of wonder.

Mankind is stripped of its potential because Satan’s original work in the Garden divided us.  Oh, I don’t mean that such division is merely one against another.  No, I mean that we entered a zone where we are divided against ourselves.  We want to be effective; yet, find ourselves plagued with failing moments.  We desire to really be alive only to spend far too much time in dread of a day or an event or of a person.

This is why faith enters the picture.  It is a warrior against fear for fear still wants to be the Boss.  That’s what happened to Adam and Eve.  They simply became afraid….and many have never gotten over what we inherited from them.  Yet Jesus, at our rebirth, very much does reopen one’s potential and possibility in a whole new power display.

From Princess to Pauper, we are all the same; wanting to be more than we are and blinded to our own positive dynamic at any given moment.  Don’t misunderstand.  I’m not promoting rude self-centeredness.  But rather, I’m wishing to draw out an inner confidence embedded within us by the intentional design of the Holy Spirit of God.

Individuals do not grasp just how deeply wonderful they/you are.  Thus, we perpetually thirst for something more without realizing we are currently and valuably very much, very sharp, very effective, and very meaningful.  This is not to brush against one’s ego; but rather, to dip into His Supply.  So how do we reverse this mistaken daily tendency of missing His glory within our very own interior?

Realize that we are all the same.  When I was entering the sales world as a 20-something, before I seriously entered into ministry, I was highly intimidated by any of slightest power.  How many times I heard from my colleagues, Hey, they all put their pants on one leg at a time.  But this didn’t help… and I failed.

When I eventually entered into ministry, I was plagued by the very identical insecurity.  This is a part of the reason that it wasn’t until my senior segment of Preaching School that I was sent out into area churches to preach (while all other students began such an experience in their sophomore term).  I. Couldn’t.  Do.  It.

I was scared.  Fear drove my every day.  But little by little, I gained confidence in Him.  I never gained confidence in myself (to this day).  Yet, the key was increasing in assurance of His absolute presence and His productivity.  I actually began to believe; to trust God.  Count.  Me.  In.

My burden for you is that I believe that every person on earth battles insecurities galore.  This, then, carries an inner defense mechanism within our thinking that goes unchecked.  We refuse to learn new ways for we are protecting what little security we dare think we possess.  We take the talent He gives us and we hide it. We hoard it for fear that it, too, will diminish.

Often we balk at the very idea of just trying.  This very practice reduces blessings for those in your path as well as your own potential ones for you would rather play life safe.  There is nothing safe about this for it is robbing you of the real you.  This is your personal Thief.

Whether you are my friend or are my foe, I cheer you on.  Dare to open up your heart to your dreams and imaginations.  Quit playing it safe.  Refuse to hide within your manageable schedules and controlled talents.  Explore.  Dream. Imagine.

And then…. dare to step out of your comfort zone and into His.  Nothing in life has us trapped by enemy pursuants but what God cannot part your Red Sea and provide a way of escape into the unknown wonder of your very own Promised Land!

Change your inner password from I’MAFRAIDI’LLFAIL to GODLET’SGOFORTHEVICTORY.

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.

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