July 13, 2006

Six Repeat Winners Take Home Checkers at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 8) - RaceMart Night at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway saw six drivers take home repeat wins, while one driver claimed his first of the season at Memphis. Tommy Elston (Keiths Food Late Models), Tony Fraise (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Rodger Dresden (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Andrew Hustead (Hornets) all picked up repeat checkers at the speedway for the 2006 season. While Wyatt Lantz (Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds) picked up his first win of the season at Memphis.

The first feature to take to the speedway was the 15-lap Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds, with Jared Fuller and Jeff Waterman leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Wyatt Lantz jumped from his third place starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1, with Waterman close behind in second. Lantz would pull away from the field and led all 15 laps to claim his first win of 2006 at the speedway. Waterman and Tony Dunker, who started eighth, battled side-by-side for second, with Waterman edging out Dunker at the finish for second. Jerry Poor came from ninth to finish in fourth, with Larry Newman coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Lantz and Jim Gillenwater.

Up next was the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Adam Birck and Jeff Soper drawing the front row for the event. Soper would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Soper would hold the top spot until lap 4, when Rodger Dresden, who started fifth, slipped under him for the lead. Dresden then held off a late charge from Beau Taylor, who started tenth, to grab his second win of the season at Memphis. Birck came home third, Soper held on for fourth, with Michael St. Clair coming from the rear after being involved in an early spin to finish in fifth. Brian Howerton and Jim Oliver Jr. each picked up a heat race win.

Matt Greiner and Troy Alexander took the field to the green in the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Alexander jumping out front on lap 1. But Alexanders lead only lasted for one lap, as Greiner slipped by on lap 2 for the top spot. Greiner then pulled away from the field over the final 16 laps to pick up his second win in a row and fourth overall at the track. Alexander came home third, Chris Wibbell came from ninth to finish in third, Jason Cook came from the rear after being involved in a spin to finish fourth, with Ryan Cook rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Greiner and Alexander.

The USRA Hobby Stock feature turned out to be worth the wait, as three drivers crossed the line side-by-side for the checkers. Cory Brown and Rick Sands took the field of sixteen to the drop of the green, with Brown taking the lead on lap 1. Brown would continue to pace the field, as Mike Shelton, who started ninth and Nathan Wood, who started seventh, were working their way towards the front. A late race caution erased the lead that Brown had built up, and brought Shelton and Wood to his back bumper. On the restart, Brown once again grabbed the lead but now had to fend off Shelton and Wood. Coming off of four to the checkers Shelton jumped to the outside of Brown, with Wood going inside. The three drivers raced three wide to the checkers, with Shelton edging out Brown by a nose for the win. Wood would finish a close third, Bob Lynch came from fourteenth to finish in fourth, with Bill Gibson coming home in fifth. Wood and Brown each claimed a win in the heat races.

Bill Young and J.D. Murphy led the field to the green in the 5-lap Hornet feature, with Murphy taking the lead on lap 1. Murphy would hold on until the final corner of the final lap, as Andrew Hustead jumped to his outside coming out of four. The two raced side-by-side to the finish, with Hustead edging out Murphy at the line for the win. Young and Jim Hamilton rounded out the field. Hustead also picked up the heat race win.

The 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modified feature saw Dennis Elliott and Tony Fraise drawing on the front row for the event. Fraise took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Fraise would go on to lead all twenty laps to pick up his fifth win of 2006 at the speedway. Mark Burgtorf came from eighth to finish in second, Michael Long was third, Mike Bennett came home fourth, with Martin Bennett coming from tenth to round out the top five. Heat race winners were Mike Bennett and Burgtorf.

Jeff Guengerich and Paul Glendenning drew the front row for the 25-lap Keiths Foods Late Model feature, the final feature of the evening. Guengerich would grab the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Glendenning close behind in second. Guengerich would hold the top spot until a restart on lap 10, when Tommy Elston shot by on the top side to take over the lead. Elston would go on to lead the final 15 laps to claim his third win in four starts at the track. Gary Webb came from ninth to finish in second, Glendenning held on for third, Justin Reed was fourth, with Gordy Grubb coming home in fifth. Jody Wood and Webb each picked up a heat race win.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be RPM - Off Road Cooper Tires / Verly Gordy / Pams Cakes Night. The battle for the Caseys General Stores Weekly Racing Series track and national points continues in the Bentz GM Country Modifieds, Stock Cars, Toni Dunker Advance Trading B-Modifieds and Hobby Stocks. Plus the Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets will also be in action. Gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:30, with racing to follow.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

Scotland County Genealogy Society Hosts May Meeting

Terry Arnold vice- president of the Scotland County Genealogy Society called the May 14th meeting to order with 10 members present.

June Kice gave the treasurer’s report.

Old business: Terry Arnold reported on work days.

New business: Bonnie Hayes reported the group’s copy machine will need replaced.

The book sale was discussed for Antique Fair days and the cookie sale will be held again at the Antique Fair, on Saturday as in the past.

A work day was scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th.

June Kice gave a program on the history of Mother’s Day, which was started in the 19th Century before the Civil War by Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virg1na to teach local women to care for their children. Later, others honored Friendship Day, when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Suffragette and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation promoting world peace The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900’s as the result of Anna Jarvis as a way of honoring sacrifices of mothers for their children.

President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Terry Arnold closed the meeting.

Refreshments were served by Twyla Stevenson and Marlene Cowell.

Connie Bratton, Secretary

Register Now for SC Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp

Scotland County Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp 2018 will be held July 17, 18 and 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Kids entering fourth, fifth of sixth grade who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend.

Coaches Kirk Stott, Nic Hatfield, Matt Buford, Travis Stott, William Parsons, Josh McSparren, and Curt Triplett will work with camp participants on fundamentals of the sport.

Registration forms, camp fee, complete with t-shirt size and parent/guardian signature must be returned to Coach Stott at the High School Office by Thursday, May 31, 2018.

This camp is used to learn basic fundamentals of the Scotland County Tiger football program.

Payment of $20.00 must accompany the entry form. Make checks out to Tiger Cub Football.

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