June 30, 2005

Smyser and Elston Pick Up Late Model Wins at Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 16) - The fans were treated to not just one Late Model feature, but two on Kirksville Brake and Muffler Night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Plus the quest for the USRA Caseys General Stores Championships continued in the other six classes. Finding their way to victory lane on the evening were Chris Smyser (Make-up Late Models), Tommy Elston (Late Models), Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Jason Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr (USRA B-Modifieds), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Dave Hudson (Cruisers) and Brandon Savage (Hornets).

The first feature to take to the track was the rained out Late Model feature from May 21st, Trump Trucks and Sonnys Collision Center Night. Reid Millard and Chris Smyser made up the front row for the 20 lap main event, with Smyser jumping out front on the drop of the green flag. Smyer would go on to lead all 20 laps to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Tommy Elston came in second, Mark Burgtorf was third, Jody Wood was fourth, with Millard coming from the rear after his six-lap spin to round out the top five.

Brent Forest and Dave Burdette led the field to the drop of the green in the 10-lap Hornet feature, with Burdette taking the top spot on lap 1. Brandon Savage, who started sixth, worked his way to the front on lap 4, to over take Burdette for the lead. Savage then held on for the final 6 laps to claim his fourth win of 2005 at the speedway. Burdette was second, Dennis Schulte came from 8th to finish third, Forest was fourth, with Travis DeMint coming home in fifth. Schulte and Savage picked up wins in the heat races.

Next up was the 10-lap Cruiser feature, with Keith Reed and Daniel Robbins on the front row. Reed took advantage of his start to lead lap 1, with Dave Hudson close behind in second. Reed held the top spot until lap 5, when Hudson slipped by for the lead. Hudson then led the final 5 laps to pick up his second win of the season at Memphis. Reed held on to finish second, Jeremy Buss came from 8th to come home third, Bill OHaver was fourth, with Robbins rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Hudson and Buss.

Twenty-four USRA Hobby Stocks took to the track for their 15-lap feature, with Jerard Fisher and Mike Shelton drawing the front row for the feature. Shelton grabbed the lead on the start, with Brian Clark and Fisher battling for second. Shelton would lead all 15 laps and held off several challenges from Tony Becerra, who started 8th, to claim his 3rd win of the season at the speedway. Brian Howerton came from 9th to finish 3rd, Bob Lynch was 4th, with Michael St. Clair coming from 12th to round out the top 5. Clark, Shelton and Becerra claimed wins in the heat races.

The 12-lap USRA B-Modifieds feature was the next event, with Jack Evans, Jr. and Chris Larson leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Evans, Jr. would take the lead on lap 1, with Larson and Jeff Waterman close behind. Evans, Jr. then led all 12 laps to pick up his fifth win of the season at Memphis. Jerry Poor came from 9th to finish in second, Jerry Reese, Jr. was third, Waterman was fourth, with Michael Browning charging up from 15th to come home in fifth. Heat race winners were Larson and Logan Trueblood.

Jim Redman and Lorne Parks led the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature to the green, with Parks moving out front on lap 1. Parks continued to hold the top spot, while Jason Cook, who started 8th, and Ryan Cook, who started 10th in his first time back behind the wheel of his 27R machine, were working their way towards the front. Parks, J. Cook and R. Cook came out of turn four on lap 13 three wide, with J. Cook edging ahead at the line to grab the lead. J. Cook then held off R. Cook over the next two laps to claim his third win in a row at the speedway. Parks held on for third, Matt Greiner charged from 17th to finish in fourth, with Troy Alexander rounding out the top five. Parks and J. Cook picked up the heat race wins.

Up next was the 20-lap USRA Modified feature, with Ryan Meyer and Jim Roach leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Meyer would take the lead on lap 1 and then held it until lap 6, when Tony Fraise slipped under him for the top spot. Fraise then went on to lead the final 14 laps to pick up his third win in a row at Memphis. Mark Burgtorf came from 7th to finish in second, Meyer held on to third, Kevin Cale was fourth, with Bob Dale coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Fraise and Meyer.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Late Models, with Reid Millard and Chris Smyser on the front row. Millard would move out front on lap 1, with Smyser close behind in second. Millard would hold the top spot until lap 6, when Tommy Elston, who started 8th, over took Millard for the lead. Elston then led the final 14 laps to claim his first win of the season at the speedway. Smyser was second, Millard was third, Mark Burgtorf was fourth, with Jeff Gerhardt rounding out the top five. Jody Wood and Elston picked up the heat race wins.

Tuesday, July 19th will be the Scotland County Fair Race, sponsored by Verly Gordy, 20/20 Motorsports and Pams Cakes. The Sprint Invaders will be the highlight of the evening, with the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks also on the card. The Sprints will be going for $1,000 to win, the Modifieds will also be going for $1,000 to win, Stock Cars for $500 to win, thanks to Cunningham Fertilizer, and the Hobby Stocks for $300 to win. Gates will open at 4:30 pm, hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Grandstand admission will be Adults $13, Kids 6-12 $3 and Kids 5 and under FREE! Pit passes will be $25.

There will be no races at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway on July 23rd, due to the fair. Racing will continue on July 30th, with Wood Amoco BP sponsoring another Late Model special.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

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

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

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit


Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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