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.

Traffic Changes Implemented at Two Memphis Intersections

A new stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Market and North Streets in Memphis. the change was approved recently by the Memphis City Council to address visibility concerns at the intersection caused by parked vehicles.

The council approved installing a stop sign for traffic northbound on Market Street. Traffic at the intersection was already stopped by signs on North Street for both east- and westbound traffic.

The move turns the intersection into a three-way stop. Southbound traffic will not be required to stop. The council decided not to make it a four-way stop because of the steep incline heading into the southbound intersection on Market Street, which could be a factor in inclement weather.

The council also agreed to install a yield sign on County Road 555 at the northeast corner of Memphis where the gravel road comes onto Sigler Avenue near Scotland County Hospital. The intersection technically is county property, but the county does not install or maintain traffic signs.

The yield sign will impact southbound traffic on the gravel rood and will not impact traffic on Sigler Street.

Missouri DAR to Host Wheeling for Healing in September

Missouri DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is sponsoring Wheeling for Healing, a fundraising bike ride across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this ride will be divided between the Wounded Warrior Project and DAR’s Project Patriot.

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.  WWP also supports family members and caregivers of a Wounded Warrior.

DAR’s Project Patriot supports the Chaplain’s Closet at Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland and the Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Project Patriot provides support to deploying and returning service members and their families.

The bike ride will take place across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring SAG (Support And Gear) stations along the trail. Participants can enter and exit at any point along the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur.  The Jauflione Chapter of NSDAR, our local chapter, will be set up at the Hartsburg SAG. All registered riders will receive a T-shirt and swag bag.

Bicycling registration is due June 1st.  However, anyone is welcome to join riders along the trail, and any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at any SAG location.  For those wishing to register for the event, the Adult Rider fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and SWAG bag.  The Child Rider (16 and under) fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.  Jerseys can be purchased for $55 and additional t-shirts can also be purchased for $15.

Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  For more information about this event, whether to register as a rider, make a donation, or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Susan at: RR1 Box 130, Memphis, MO 63555 or call her at 660-945-3757.

Junior High Track Squads Close Out Season at Conference Meet

Teammates Kaden Anders and Alex Long battle it out down the stretch in the conference finals of the 200 meter dash. (Photo by Dr. Stephen Terrill)

The Scotland County junior high track teams closed out the 2017 season at the Lewis & Clark Conference on May 9th at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Tigers finished third in their inaugural season in the new league while the Lady Tigers were sixth out of nine schools.

Paris won the boys title with 124 points followed by Knox County with 94. SCR-I amassed 86 points to edge Clark County with 81.25 points. Westran was fifth followed by Harrisburg, Marceline, Schuyler County and Salisbury.

Marceline won the girls crown with 159 points. Salisbury (109) was second, followed by Paris (77.33), Harrisburg (75)  and Clark County (45). SCR-I earned 42.33 points to edge Schuyler County (41.33), Westran (15) and Knox County (12).

Kaden Anders led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 6.5″. Alex Long was third with a distance of 18′ 7″.

Anders also took top honors in the 400 meter dash and was third in the high jump and third in the 200 meter dash.

Alex Long finished fifth in the 200 meter dash. He took fourth in the 100 meter dash with brother Hayden Long in fifth. Alex was third in the 100 meter hurdles while Hayden took seventh.

Hayden Long earned third in the 1,600 meter run while Brady Curry was seventh.

Austin Holtke finished third in the shot put.

The 4×400 relay team of Kale Creek, Carson Harrison, Kade Richmond and Holtke finished fifth. They also teamed up for a seventh place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The 4×100 team of Jared Cerroni, Hunter Cook, Kabe Hamlin and Magnum Talbert finished eighth.

Hailey Kraus led the Lady Tigers with a third place finish in the high jump. She took seventh in the 400 meter dash.

Hannah Feeney finished third in the 800 meter run and was seventh in the triple jump.

Aayla Humphrey finished sixth in the 200 meter dash and was eighth in the 100 meter dash.

Shantel Small finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run and eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was sixth in the shot put and Emily Dial took eighth in the long jump.

The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Blessing, Jenna Blessing, Emily Terrill  and Kraus finished fourth.

The 4×100 relay team of Bobbi Darcy, Kiley Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing, also took fourth place. The same team took fifth in the 4×200 relay.

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8-9, bringing the overall 2017 spring turkey harvest to 43,339.

Scotland County hunters checked in 274 adult gobblers, 35 jakes and five bearded hens for a harvest total of 314. Schuyler County hunters bagged 215 birds while Knox County checked in 271 turkeys and Clark County hunters harvested 318 turkeys.

The 2016 overall spring turkey harvest was 48,374 birds with 4,167 harvested during the youth weekend and 44,207 during the regular spring season.

“Given that we haven’t had good hatches the past couple years, and the less-than-ideal weather during a considerable portion of this year’s season, the drop in harvest compared to last year was not unexpected,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said.

He added that the number of birds harvested this spring wasn’t too far behind last year’s harvest total going into the second weekend of spring turkey season, but the heavy rains that blanketed much of the state shortly thereafter caused the harvest to drop rapidly.

Isabelle noted favorable weather over this past weekend helped harvest numbers bounce back a bit.

The 2017 spring turkey season included two non-fatal hunting incidents. One involved a shooter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and the other was a self-inflicted shooting injury.

Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. MDC restoration efforts in past decades have taken this popular game bird from almost being wiped out in the state by the 1950s to an estimated sustainable population of more than 300,000 birds today. Missouri turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on related travel, food, lodging, and hunting equipment, which helps local businesses and the economy.

Tigers Mash Milan 14-0 to Advance to District Championship Game

Aaron Buford tossed two shutout innings as the Tigers blanked Milan 14-0 in the Class District 5 semifinals on Monday in Memphis.

A pair of nice defensive plays early on by the Milan outfielders kept Scotland County off the scoreboard early in Monday’s Class 2 District 5 semifinals in Memphis. But the Tigers’ offense proved too potent to keep down for long, as SCR-I put up seven runs in back-to-back innings to defeat the Wildcats 14-0.

Aaron Buford got off to a rough start, walking the leadoff hitter before surrendering a single. He recovered nicely, striking out the next six batters he faced.

Milan got out of a bases loaded jam when Wyatt Boyle robbed Justin McKee of a hit with a diving catch in center field.

Jesus Gonzalez made a similar play in right field in the bottom of the second inning to steal a base hit from Will Pickerell after Elijah Cooley opened the frame with a bunt single. After Buford was hit by a pitch, Cooley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Gage Dodge singled home Buford to make the score 2-0. With two outs, Grant Campbell walked and Will Fromm plated both runs with a base hit. He scored on a double by Lane Pence. McKee followed with an RBI single. After a base hit by Cooley, Aaron Blessing walked to load the bases. A base on balls to Pickerell plated McKee to extend the lead to 7-0.

That was more than enough cushion to give Buford the hook after just 36 pitches, allowing him to be used in Wednesday night’s title game.

The Tigers limited the workload on the rest of the staff as well, adding another seven-spot in the bottom of the third to insure the game would end early by the 10-run rule.

McKee, Campbell and Blessing had RBI doubles in the frame.

Grant Campbell held Milan hitless over the next 2 2/3 innings in relief for SCR-I. Gage Dodge got the final out to nail down the 14-0 victory as SCR-I improved to 19-1 on the season.

Buford notched the win, allowing a hit and a walk in two innings of work while striking out six. Campbell fanned five batters and walked one.

Fromm went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cooley was 3-3 with two runs scored and McKee went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Nearly $170,000 to Missouri Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 15,000 Missourians.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Northeast Missouri Caring Communities, Inc. of Edina received a $12,000 grant.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Missouri recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

Anna Monroe Named to  Graceland University 2017 Honors List

LAMONI, IA (05/16/2017)– The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2017 spring term have been announced, and Anna Monroe of Memphis, MO, has been named to the Honors List.

Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Congratulations, Anna! Graceland commends you on your academic success.

For more information visit www.graceland.edu and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit www.graceland.edu.

Cemetery Revitalization

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work!

Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County was heartbreaking and I wanted so badly to find a way to get it cleaned up. Elaine, Ronnie, Jeff, and the donor(s) were an answer to prayer. God Bless you!

Bruce Rodgers

Rochester, MN

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 18 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Cook’s Surprise.

Lunch

Thursday, May 18 – Cook’s Surprise.

Friday, May 19 – Last Day of School! Sack Lunch.  Have a Great Summer!

SCR-I Summer School Menus

(Summer School runs from May 22-June 9.  All meals are free of charge to children 18 and under.  Children do not have to be enrolled to eat and walk-ins are welcome.)

Breakfast

Monday, May 22 – Pancakes, Sausage Link, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 23 – Last Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 24 – Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Fresh Fruit, Juice/Milk.

Lunch

Monday, May 22 – Hot Dog/Bun, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices

Tuesday, May 23 – Chicken Wrap, Potato Rounds, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears

Wednesday, May 24 – Cheese Pizza, Green Beans, Applesauce

Thursday, May 25 – Hamburger/Bun, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Sliced Peaches

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 18 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onions, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, May 19 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, May 22 – Sausage Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, May 23 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, May 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 11 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Health Department here for blood pressure checks, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

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