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.

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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