July 27, 2006

Long, Cook Claim First Wins of Season at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 22) - Gas and More Night at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway provided the fans with some great two and even three wide racing in all six feature events. Michael Long (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds) and Ryan Cook (USRA Stock Cars) picked up their first wins of the season at the speedway in exciting fashion. While Jim Gillenwater (Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Nathan Wood (USRA Hobby Stocks), Beau Taylor (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Gordon Blankenship Jr. (Hornets) each claimed repeat wins with the same exciting finishes.

The 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature took to the speedway first, with Matt Greiner and Jeremy Hamlin drawing the front row for the event. Greiner would jump out into the lead on lap 1, with Jason Cook following close behind in second. Greiner looked to be in control of the event until a caution flag came out at the halfway mark of the feature. On the restart, Greiner once again grabbed the top spot, but now had Ryan Cook, Colt Mather and Jason Cook battling him for the lead. On lap 10, Ryan took the top line around the speedway, with Greiner in the middle and Mather down low to make it a three-wide battle for the lead. Ryan came out of turn four to grab the top spot, with Mather taking second and Greiner slipping back to third. Ryan would hold off all challenges from Mather over the final nine laps to claim his first win of 2006 at Memphis. Jason Cook battled past Greiner on the final laps to come home third, Greiner held on for fourth, with Michael Browning rounding out the top five. Ryan Cook and Greiner each picked up a heat race win.

Up next was one of the best Outlaw Hobby Stock features of the season, as there were nine lead changes in the 15-lap event. Brian Clark and Beau Taylor took the field to the drop of the green flag, with Clark grabbing the lead on lap 1. Clark, who was running the bottom of the speedway, and Taylor, who was up top, ran all fifteen laps of the feature side-by-side, with each driver taking turns of the lead from lap 5 thru lap 14. The two drivers went into turn three on the final lap side-by-side, just like the previous fourteen laps, and the two came off of four the same way. But Taylor would edge out Clark at the line for the best Outlaw Hobby Stock finishes of the season. Rodger Dresden would finish in third, Brian Howerton was fourth, with Michael St. Clair coming home in fifth. Jeff Soper and Taylor each claimed wins in the heat races.

Ryan Yahnke and Chuck Fullenkamp led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 8-lap Hornet feature, with Fullenkamp holding off Gordon Blankenship Jr. at the line to lead lap 1. Fullenkamp and Blankenship Jr. would race the next two laps side-by-side, with Blankenship Jr. finally getting the advantage on lap 3. Blankenship Jr. then held off Fullenkamp and Brent Hartley over the final five laps to pick up his second win in a row at the speedway. Andrew Hustead was fourth, with Yahnke holding on for fifth. Blankenship Jr. made it a clean sweep by picking up the heat win.

The 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was next, with Nathan Wood and Tim Kraber drawing the front row. Wood would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1, with Kraber following close behind in second. Wood continued to hold down the top spot, as Bill Gibson, who started tenth, and Mike Shelton, who started thirteenth, were working their way towards the front. Gibson and Shelton would challenge Wood over the final laps of the feature, but Wood would hold on to claim his seventh win of the season at the track. Shelton slipped pass Gibson to take second, leaving Gibson to finish in third, Mark Moore came from ninth to finish in fourth, with Jason VanZomeren coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Gibson and Wood.

Tony Morton and Joe Hooper led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modified feature, with Hooper jumping out front on lap 1. Hooper would hold the top spot until lap 4, when Jack Evans Jr. slipped under him to take over the lead. Evans Jr. looked to be heading for another win, until a caution came out on lap 10, bringing the field back to his back bumper. On the restart, Tony Dunker, who started ninth, and Jim Gillenwater, who started seventh, made it a three-wide battle for the lead coming out of turn four. Gillenwater would come out of turn four on the bottom to grab the lead away from Evans, Jr., while Evans, Jr. battled to keep Dunker back in third. Gillenwater then held on for the final four laps to pick up his second win of the season at the speedway. Evans Jr. held on for second, Dunker was third, Jerry Poor was fourth, with Brandon Savage coming back from a early spin to round out the top five. Hooper, Evans, Jr. and Ron York each picked up a heat race win.

The final feature of the night was the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, and just like the other five features it would finish in exciting fashion. Ryan Meyer and Jody Wood would draw the front row for the event, with Meyer grabbing the lead on the start. Meyer had built up a big lead over the field, when a caution came out on lap 12, bringing the rest of the field to his back bumper. Meyer would jump out into the lead on the restart, with Mike Bennett, Tony Fraise, Martin Bennett and Michael Long all battling for the second spot. Long had worked the top side of the speedway to his advantage, as he slipped past both Bennetts and Frasie on lap 15 and set his sights on Meyer. Meyer, who was working the bottom side of the speedway, and Long, who was up top, came across the line on lap 17 side-by-side. The two drivers would battle side-by-side over the final three laps, bringing the crowd to their feet for the wave of the checkers. Meyer and Long came off of turn four side-by-side, with Long edging out Meyer at the line for his first win at the speedway. Martin Bennett held off Fraise in a battle for third, with Mike Bennett coming home a close fifth. Heat race winners were Long and Meyer.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be Fan Appreciation Night, brought to you by Bradley Insurance and Cooks Mens Store. Tell all your family, friends and neighbors, as $5 will get anybody over six into the grandstands for this evening. Also, RL Promotions will be having happy hour before the races from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., with fans getting a chance to chip a golf ball into a hole for cash. So plan on getting there early for some fun times before the racing action gets underway at 6:30 with hot laps and racing to follow.

The battle for USRA Caseys General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track 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. Plus dont forget the class bringing in the most cars on this night will be battling it out for $1,000 to win and $100 to start their feature. There is no entry fee or track registration fees for this night. So come and check out the exciting racing action next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from April 11, 2018 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Brookfield Relays Offer Stiff Competition for SCR-I

The Brookfield Relays on Friday brought together 30 teams, providing some stiff competition for the Scotland County track program. The Tigers finished 11th overall with 22 team points while the Lady Tigers were only able to produce 7.5 points, finishing in 13th place in the 15 team field.

Palmyra won the boys meet with a team score of 104. Marceline was second followed by Brookfield, Putnam County and Milan rounding out the top five.

In the girls’ meet, Trenton took the top prize with a team score of 149, narrowly edging Marceline by just five points. Palmyra took third followed by Putnam County and Brookfield.

Other teams competing included Paris, Fayette, Linn County, Highland, Northwestern, Maysville and Schuyler County.

Kaden Anders and Bryson Orton each medaled in two events for Scotland County. Anders took third place in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Orton finished fifth in the shot put and eighth in the discus.

Lane Pence finished fifth in the javelin and Spencer Kerkmann was seventh in the long jump.

For the Lady Tigers, Abby Blessing tied for fifth in the high jump. Haley Darcy was sixth in the javelin and Katie Feeney finished eighth in the 800-meter run.

Scotland County Hospital Celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month

Scotland County Hospital Occupational Therapy staff members are (L to R) Jennifer McMinn, OTR/L; Katie Tuck, OTR/L and Betsey Gundy COTA/L.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a  profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupations.  Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person.  It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

Scotland County Hospital Therapy Services have two Occupational Therapists on staff: Jennifer McMinn, OTR/L and Katie Tuck, OTR/L and one PRN Occupational Therapy Assistant: Betsey Gundy, COTA/L.

The SCH therapists see patients in the following settings; Inpatient: Acute and Skilled Care, Outpatient: Upper Extremity injuries, MO First steps (0-3 year olds), Scotland County R-I School District, and Home Health in Scotland, Schuyler and Knox Counties.

McMinn has been an OT for 10+ years and special interests in pediatrics, dyslexia, and visual perceptual deficits.  Tuck has been an OT for 9+ years and specializes in the geriatric population with special interest in stroke rehabilitation, wheelchair seating and mobility, as well as home safety and modifications. Gundy has been a COTA for 4+ years with experience in all settings and is able to fill in where ever extra help is needed to meet our patient requirements.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. The health and productivity of our citizens depend upon the effective use of health care resources, including the important services of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistant. Scotland County Hospital is pleased to recognize these professionals during Occupational Therapy Month and call upon all citizens to recognize the achievements and contributions of these valued health professionals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the OT staff with any questions or referrals at the Scotland County Hospital Therapy Services Department in Memphis, MO, at 660-465-8513 ext 1740.

Updated Addresses Needed for Wyaconda C-1 Alumni

All Wyaconda C-1 High School alumni are asked to send in their addresses to the alumni association secretary if they have received new E-911 addresses or have moved in the last two to three years. Those with new addresses this year will not receive future invitations if they do not send in their address changes after the time for forwarding mail is up with the U.S. Postal Service.

Postcard invitations for this year’s alumni banquet have been mailed. If you did not receive a card, it is likely the association does not have an up-to-date address.

The 103rd Wyaconda C-1 Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark County Middle School gym. The cost for the meal is $12.00 in advance before May 1st or $14.00 at the door. The meal will be catered by Steve Howell. Roast beef, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, vegetables, and dessert will be featured.

The business meeting will follow the meal, and there will be a silent auction. Anyone wishing to donate a silent auction item can bring it to the banquet that night or contact an alumni officer before the banquet.

Please send money for reservations payable to Wyaconda C-1 Alumni Association in care of Mary Dieterich, 17130 W. Canton St., Lewistown, MO 63452. Any address changes should be sent to this address, as well.

Three-Car Crash Near Gorin Injures Four Family Members

A three-vehicle chain reaction crash north of Gorin on Sunday, April 22nd left four members of a Gorin family with minor injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the accident occurred at 11:53 a.m. on Route A, five miles north of Gorin.

The accident report indicated a pair of vehicles were stopped in the roadway following a minor accident.

Deana M. Haskins, 39, of Gorin was northbound on Route A in a 2010 Dodge Caravan. When she crested a hill, she found a northbound 2005 GMC Envoy, driven by Eddie W. Hicks, 67, of Wyaconda, stopped in the roadway. She tried to avoid the vehicle, but struck it in the left rear corner, continuing across the center line of the road, striking a southbound 2008 Toyota head on.

The southbound vehicle was driven by Jason L. Horst, 39, of Gorin. He and three passengers in his vehicle, Randall H. Horst, age eight; Nathan H. Horst, age six; and Delphine H. Horst, age four; all sustained minor injuries in the accident and were transported by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

Haskins suffered minor injuries in the accident. She was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital.

The Horst and Haskins vehicles both sustained total damage in the collision and were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing. The Hicks vehicle sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

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

Tigers Finish 8th in Lewis & Clark Conference Golf Tourney

Westran was crowned the 2018 Lewis & Clark Conference golf champions on April 19th, posting the victory in the 18-hole tourney hosted by Heritage Hills Golf Course featuring the league’s eight schools with golf programs. Knox County did not participate.

The Hornets topped the event with a team score of 329. Marceline was second with a 343 followed by Salisbury with a 386.

Scotland County posted a 471 to finish eighth overall.

Harrisburg finished fourth with a 411 followed by Fayette (419), Schuyler County (423) and Paris (436).

Connor Harrison carded a 104 to lead Scotland County. Lydia Hunt shot a 117 while Lathe Bair finished with a 120 and Gabe Shultz shot a 130.

Trey Hamilton of Marceline was the individual medalist, carding a 77. Corbin Brockleman of Westran was runner-up with a  round of 79.

Also earning all-conference honors with their top 10 finishes wee Colby Sims (82) and Cullen Bruner (85) of Marceline, Avery Hammond (83) and Michael Haynie (83) and Trey Burton (84) of Westran, Blake Dawson (93) of Fayette and Garrett Green (93) and Tanner Millar (93) of Salisbury.

Tigers Finish Eighth at South Shelby Golf Invitational

The Scotland County golf team was in action April 20th at the South Shelby Invitational at Shelbina Lakeside Golf Course. The Tigers finished eighth overall.

Palmyra won the event with a team score of 346. Macon was second with a 354 with Centralia in third with a 368.

Highland finished fourth with a 374 followed by Clark County (398), Paris (439), Monroe City (445), SCR-I (447) and South Shelby (469).

Conner Harrison carded a round of 98 to lead the Tigers. Lydia Hunt and Gabe Shultz each shot rounds of 115 and Brock Aylward had a 119 to round out the team score. Lathe Bair carded a 121.

Brady Shively of Palmyra earned  the top individual honors with a  score of 81, while teammate Laithan Sublette was runner-up with an 85.

Tigers Sock Salisbury 10-0 in Conference Tourney Opener

Scotland County scored in all five innings including a big crooked number in the middle en route to a 10-0 win over Salisbury on April 18th in the opener of the Lewis & Clark Conference baseball tournament held in Moberly.

The Tigers jumped on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning thanks to some defensive struggles by the Panthers. With two outs, Will Fromm reached on an error and later scored when Lane Pence reached base on a dropped third strike. Designated hitter Grant McRobert doubled home Pence to build the early lead.

Branton Burrus doubled to start the second inning and scored on a two-bagger by Gage Dodge to extend the lead to 3-0.

SCR-I put the game away with a five-run third inning. Pence singled and McRobert was hit by a pitch before Parker Triplett delivered and RBI double. Burrus continued a big night at the plate with a two-run triple. A pair of Salisbury errors allowed Jacob McDaniel and Dodge to cross the plate to extend the margin to 8-0.

That was more than enough for SCR-I starter Gage Dodge. The senior tossed four innings of shutout ball. He limited Salisbury to a single hit and walked one batter while striking out seven. Burrus closed out the shutout, striking out the side in the fifth.

Triplett scored on a passed ball in the fourth before the Tigers walked off in the bottom of the fifth inning when Fromm delivered a two-out double and came in to score on an RBI single by Pence that ended the contest by the 10-run rule.

Burrus went 2-3 with two RBIs and Pence was also 2-3 at the plate.

The Tigers improved to 3-2 with the win and advanced to the tourney semifinals on Saturday to face Paris.

Junior High Track Squads Post Strong Showings at Cougar Relays

Aayla Humphrey (second from left) and Kina Billings (right) head toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash during a recent junior high track meet.

The Scotland County Tigers finished second and the Lady Tigers earned third place at the Highland Junior High Cougar Relays hosted by Culver Stockton University in Canton on April 19th.

The host team narrowly edged the Tigers to win the boys’ event 114-98. Palmyra was third with 95 team points followed by Mark Twain (66), North Shelby (51.5), Knox County (45), Holy Rosary (32.5), Clark County (32), Marion County (18) and Canton (17).

Alex Long led the way for SCR-I with wins in four events, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.

Hayden Long earned first place in the discus and took second in the triple jump, the 400-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles.

Eli Kigar earned fourth place in the shot put while Kale Creek finished fourth in the discus.

Levi Briggs finished sixth in the 800-meter run while Corbyn Spurgeon was eighth in the triple jump.

The 4×200 relay team of Creek, Spurgeon, Jaxom Wolfe and Kabe Hamlin took fourth place.

Creek, Wolfe, Briggs and Trayton Buckallew finished sixth in the 4-400 relay while Creek, Wolfe, Hamlin and Buckallew took eighth in the 4×100 relay.

The Lady Tigers took third place with 69 points trailing Clark County (119.5) and Palmyra (99). Holy Rosary was fourth (68), followed by Marion County (63.5), Highland (47), Mark Twain (37.5), North Shelby (26), Canton (19.5) and Knox County (18).

Haylee McMinn won the shot put and Hanna Anders earned sixth place.

Aayla Humphrey took third in the 100 meter dash and was fourth in the 200-meter dash. Kina Billings finished third in the 200-meter dash and was fifth in the 100-meter dash.

Emiley Dial earned third place in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Hannah Feeney finished sixth in the triple jump. She also earned sixth in the 400-meter dash.

Shantel Small was seventh in the 1,600-meter run while Lauren Triplett finished eighth in the discus.

The 4×100 relay team of Humphrey, Billings, Dial and Abby Curry took second place.

The 4×400 team of Small, Feeney, Curry and Baileigh Phillips finished third.

Tigers Defeat La Plata in Golf Match Play

The Scotland County golf team hosted La Plata April 18th for a match play event at Timber Ridge Golf Course with Scotland County coming out on top 4.5 to 3.5.

SCR-I fell behind with Lance Couch besting Conner Harrison in the first match to take a 1-0 lead. DJ Hemmerling won the last hole to defeat Brock Aylward and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

Lydia Hunt won the final two holes versus Jaystin Lene to split match three but the Tigers still trailed 2.5 – 0.5.

The Bulldogs took a commanding 3.5 – 0.5 lead when Trevor Greathouse sank a 20-foot put on the final hole to beat Lathe Bair.

Gabe Shultz won the first hole and never looked back as he went on to beat Ben Cook. Luke Triplett won three straight holes to help dominate his match versus Cy Noah.

Hunter Carter and Lane Parsons completed the SCR-I comeback with wins in the final two matches to give the Tigers a final margin of victory of 4.5 – 3.5.

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