October 5, 2006

Track Champions Crowned at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (Sept. 30) - The 2006 Cunningham Fertilizer Season Championship Night was finally put into the books at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway (Memphis, MO), after a rain out back on August 26th. One hundred fifty drivers turned out to witness the lighting of the new MUSCO lights, along with the crowning of the 2006 Track Champions. Taking home feature wins on the night were Steve Breazaele (Mid-America 305 Sprints), Tony Fraise (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Jim Gillenwater (Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Jimmy Hayes (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brad Weber (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Gordon Blankenship Jr. (Hornets).

The first feature of the night was the 15-lap Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds, with Brandon Savage and Jim Gillenwater drawing the front row. Gillenwater took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1. Gillenwater would pull away from the field to lead all 15 laps to pick up his third win on the season at the speedway. The 2006 Track Champion, Tony Dunker, who started 12th, crossed the line in second, Savage held on for third, Joe Hooper came from 13th to finish in 4th, with Porter Collins rounding out the top five.

Dale Porter and Ethan Hustead led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 10-lap Hornet feature, with Porter jumping out front on lap 1. Porter would hold the lead for one lap, as Gordon Blankenship Jr., who started seventh, quickly moved up to take over the top spot on lap 2. Blankenship Jr. then pulled away on the final eight laps to claim his third win of 2006 at Memphis. Porter held on for second, Chuck Fullenkamp was third, Travis DeMint was fourth, with Brent Hartley coming home in fifth. Andrew Hustead came home in sixth and was crowned the 2006 Track Champion.

Up next was the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Bill Gibson and Jimmy Hayes making up the front row. Hayes moved out front on lap 1, with Gibson and Mike Shelton battling for second. Hayes would go on to lead all 12 laps and held off a last lap challenge from Shelton to claim his second win of the season at the track. Gibson would hold on for third, Bob Lynch was fourth, with Tim Kraber coming home in fifth. Nathan Wood would finish in sixth and locked up his third track championship on the 2006 season. Steve Allen and Kraber would pick up the heat race wins.

The best feature of the night was the 18-lap Stock Car feature, as Toby Johnson, Jason Cook and Matt Greiner put on a show for the lead from the drop of the green until the checkered flag. Johnson and Cook started the event on the front row, with Cook taking the early lead. Johnson would slip under Cook on lap 3 to grab the top spot, but Cook wouldnt give up. Johnson and Cook battled side-by-side, with Greiner, who started tenth, moving in to make it a three way battle for the top spot. Greiner, who ran the bottom of the speedway, and Johnson, who was up top, ran laps ten thru fifteen side-by-side, before Greiner finally took the lead. Greiner then held off Johnson and Cook over the final three laps to pick up his sixth win of the season at the track. Jason Cooks third place finish was good enough for him to claim his second consecutive track championship at Memphis. Mike Harward would come home in fourth, with Ryan Cook rounding out the top five.

Steve Breazeale and Louis Lynch led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap Mid-America 305 Sprint feature, with Breazeale jumping out front on lap 1. Breazaele would go on to hold off Jonathan Cornell throughout the entire 20 laps to pick up the win. Marty Stephenson would come home in third, Jack Potter came from eleventh to finish in fourth, with Mark Widmar coming from tenth to round out the top five. Breazaele, Monty Hill and Widmar each picked up a heat race win.

The 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature saw Brian Clark and Jake Wenig drawing the front row, with Wenig moving out front on lap 1. Wenig would go on to lead all 15 laps to cross the finish line in first. But a post race inspection found Wenigs car to have an illegal carburetor, giving the win to second place finisher Brad Weber. Tim Dawson was moved up to second, with third going to Beau Taylor, who started eleventh, Rodger Dresden came from twentieth to finish in fourth, with Michael St. Calir coming home in fifth. Taylors third place finish was more then enough for him to pick up his first track championship.

The final feature of the night was the scheduled 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds. Tony Fraise and Jared Durbin drew the front row for the event, with Fraise taking advantage of his start to grab the lead on lap 1. Fraise, in his newly purchased Skyrocket Chassis, continued to pace the field, as Martin Bennett, who started twelfth, was working his way to the front. Fraise was able to hold on in a shortened feature to claim his sixth win of 2006 at Memphis. Martin Bennett finished a close second, Mike Bennett was third, Matt Greiner came from eleventh to finish in fourth, with Durbin holding on for fifth. Ryan Meyer crossed the finish line in tenth, which was enough for him to hold on for the 2006 Track Championship.

Coming up next at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is the 2nd Annual Pizza Hut Fall Nationals on October 12-14. Practice night for all classes will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Qualifying for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets will get underway on Thursday, October 12. Then on Friday, October 13 the Late Models will be racing in a complete show, which pays $2,000 to win. Then on Saturday, October 14 will be last chance races for the final features which pays the Modifieds $5,000 to win, Stock Cars $2,000, B-Modifieds going for $1,000, Hobby Stocks for $600, Outlaw Hobby Stocks for $700 and Hornets for $300. Plus the Late Models racing for $3,000 to win. Races on Thursday and Friday gets underway at 6 p.m and then on Saturday at 5 p.m.

2006 Track Champions

Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds: #82M - Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL

USRA Stock Cars: #27J -Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA

Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds: #4 - Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL

USRA Hobby Stocks: #52 - Nathan Wood, Sigourney, IA

Outlaw Hobby Stocks: #2T - Beau Taylor, Canton

Hornets: #20 - Andrew Hustead, Rutledge

It’s Flocking Season!

SCAPP Pink Flamingo Flocking

In just a few days, pink flamingos will be soaring in and around Memphis, landing in flocks onto front lawns all over the county!

This fun fundraiser is being sponsored by the Scotland County After-Prom Parents to raise money for the 2017 After-Prom Event.  To prepare for the flocking frenzy, the organization purchased 100 pink flamingos.

Flamingo flocking has a variety of options.  First, the cost to “flock a friend” is $25/flock of 25 flamingos.  You can place one and up to four flocks in a yard.  Secondly, flocks will remain in a yard for 24 hours.  At this time, the person being flocked can choose to have the flock removed early and the cost to do so is $10 or they   can have them removed early and then moved to another yard of their choice for $30.  Of course, you can also wait out the 24 hour period and the pink flamingos will “fly off” on their own.

Anti-flocking insurance will also be available.  The cost to insure you won’t be flocked is $5.  You can also purchase the anti-flocking insurance after you’ve been flocked to insure you won’t be flocked again.

This fundraiser is meant to entertain and “annoy” your friends and neighbors through a spirit of fun-loving generosity.  These pretty pink birds are sure to bring a smile, and perhaps a giggle, to your morning if you wake up, with coffee in hand, and look out to see a flock decorating your front lawn!  To schedule a “flocking”, please call Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or Matt McKee at 660-216-7735.

Scotland County After-Prom Parents Preparing for the 2017 After-Prom Event

after prom

The Scotland County After-Prom Parents (SCAPP) is a Parent Organization whose goal is to raise money for the After-Prom event held each year following Prom.  The group was formed several years ago in an effort to offer a safe environment for our students to gather after prom, offering games, entertainment, food and prizes for everyone in attendance.

Each year, typically in May, the current year’s parents meet with upcoming parents of any student who will be a junior for the next school year.  At that time, officers for the new school year are elected and plans begin for fundraisers and activities.

This year’s SCAPP officers are Co-Chairs, Matt McKee and Debbie Payne, Secretaries, Kris Hyde and Jenny Aldridge, and Treasurers, Tina McKee and Candace Kratzer.  The group typically meets once a month on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Pharmacy.  A SCAPP, Class of 2018 Facebook page has been created as one way of communicating and passing along information.  Additionally, meeting reminders are sent out through School Reach.

The group held its first fundraising activities during the Antique Fair. They had two booths; one for selling snow cones and watermelon and the other for selling Scotland County T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.  All of the shirts will also be available for sale at the Memphis Democrat, the Scotland County Pharmacy, and at some home ballgames. In addition to shirt designs, black “Tigers” socks will also be available to purchase.

Other fundraisers being planned for the year include a Potato Bar at the September 9th football game against Schuyler County and a Soup Supper at the October 7th football game against Harrisburg.  Other meals at future games are also being discussed.

Additionally, SCAPP has already secured the Harlem Wizards again this year after a very successful turnout last year.  This year’s game against the Harlem Wizards and members of SCR-1 faculty, student body, and community, will take place on January 5th at the high school gym.

The always popular Daddy/Daughter Dance is also being planned and will include a dinner.  A date for this very special evening will be announced later in the year.

The tradition of displaying business signs during all home games will continue this year.  If you are a new business or haven’t participated before and are interested in purchasing a business sign this year, please contact one of the SCAPP officers.  Renewal cost for last year’s signs is still $50.  Paige Troutman of Just Sayin Designs will be designing the business signs this year.

New fundraisers this year will include Flamingo Flocking, planned to start next week.  And a Mother/Son Scavenger Hunt, date TBD, which will include a hotdog and marshmallow roast.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina McKee at 660-216-7734 or any SCAPP parent.

First Christian Church Seeking History to Share at Centennial Homecoming Celebration

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The Memphis First Christian Church will be hosting a Church Homecoming to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.  The dates for the celebration have been set for September 30- October 1-2, 2016.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church and will host special services, music, and times of fellowship with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

The First Christian Church of Memphis was organized in 1850.  On June 5, of that year, a tract of ground was purchased on the corner of Main and Jones Streets for the sum of $100 for the purpose of erecting a church building.  In 1853, the first church building, a brick building 40 x 60 feet in size, was erected on this site at a cost of $3000.

This remained the house of worship until 1888 when this building was removed and a modern brick building was erected at a cost of $4000. This building was dedicated (debt free) in 1889 and had a membership of eighty.  Even though the membership seemed low in comparison to the county’s population (Scotland County had grown to over 12,000 people by 1880), it was speculated that there could have been 200 worshipers in attendance each Sunday.

By 1896 the membership had grown to 250, so that it was necessary to enlarge the worship site again.  A lecture room, robing room, and a basement with a coal furnace were added to the facility.  Also the building was refurnished and electric lights installed all at a cost of  $2000. The church also owned and maintained a good parsonage. These improvements would sustain the congregation for another twenty years until 1916 when the building was removed and the current building was erected.

Anyone wishing to share information or stories about the history of the Church may email documents to Sheila Berkowitz, sberko@truman.edu, mail items to Sheila Berkowitz  705 W. Newman  Memphis, MO 63555, or leave them at the church.

Updates about speakers and activities can be found on the Facebook page – Memphis First Christian Church Homecoming.  Anyone seeking further information can contact the Church by phone at 660 485-7751 or email www.fccmemphis.org.

A complete schedule of events will be published in a future edition of the Memphis Democrat.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, September 1 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie

Friday, September 2 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Buttered Carrots, Crème Pie

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No Meals

Tuesday, September 6 – Baked Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Broccoli, Peaches, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Mixed Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Juice, Pickled Beet, Peas, Slice Bread, Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, September 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 5 – Closed for Labor Day

Thursday, September 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, September 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6–Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, September 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, September 1 – Beef‘N’Tator Bake, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Strawberries.

Friday, September 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Sliced Peaches, Chocolate Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 6 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Country Fried Steak, Pork Choppett, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit

Thursday, September 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Giant Puffball

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake.  It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz.  The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea.  These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

George Zimmerman found this giant puffball on his farm located south of the Show-Me Lake. It weighed 2 lbs, 12 oz. The technical term for this fungus is calvatia gigantea. These unmistakable fruit bodies, which appear in late summer and autumn, are often the size of footballs and sometimes much large.

Scotland County High School Class of 1971 Reunion

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

The 1971 Scotland County High School class reunion was held at the VFW, Memphis, Mo., August 27, 2016. Front row left to right: Bob Newland, Mary Ann Moore Kirkpatrick, Marjorie Cunningham Durham, Roberta Ferguson Anderson, Debbie Hamilton Goff and David Kirkpatrick; middle row left to right: Stan Eggleston, Dennis Bradley, David Gardine, Sharon Garrett Hicks, Shirley Doscher Green, Mickey Childress Schaefer, Kris Lancaster, Mike Freburg and Suzy Phillips Miller; back row left to right: Craig Comstock, Rex Ewing, Roger Riebel, Ron Miller, Denny Hyde, Mike Eastin, Stan Prather, Steve Morris, Danny Emel, Dan Cotton, and Glen Miller.

Giant Watermelon

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th.  Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Ron Kice harvested this sixty pound Black Diamond Yellow-Belly watermelon in the Memphis area on Monday, August 29th. Ron’s Grandpa Palmer and Floyd Sommers sparked his interest in growing watermelons sixty years ago!

Tiger Cubs Football Program Makes Donation

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

The Tiger Cub Football League recently donated $4000 to the high school football program to purchase new tackling equipment and other items. The funds were raised by the Tiger Cub group through admissions and concession stand funds from home games the last couple of years. Pictured in the back row (L to R) Aaron Buford, Cameron Stone, Austin Day, Aaron Blessing, Ryan Slaughter, Ian See, and Riley Kliethermes. (Middle Row (L to R) are Travis Cunningham, Keegan Beard, Chase Cook and Griffin Kerkmann. Front row (L to R) are Lucas Durflinger, Owen Triplett, Carson Miller, Elias Hatfield, and Payton Frederick.

McClamroch Claims County Showdown Crown

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

Paige McClamroch was crowned the winner of the 2016 KMEM Country Showdown held at the Memphis Theatre during the Antique Fair.

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