May 29, 2008

Missouri Gas Prices Still Pumped Up

Missouri motorists in search of good news at the gas pump before the Memorial Day weekend were likely disappointed. The latest survey of fuel prices from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Energy Center shows no let-up to the rapid rise of gasoline and diesel prices.

Unleaded fuel prices in Memphis topped $3.70 on Memorial Day weekend.

The May 19 survey of service stations throughout Missouri found an average regular gasoline price of $3.62 per gallon, another in a long series of record highs. That price was up 25 cents from a month ago and 40 cents more than last year at this time, according to the Energy Centers biweekly Energy Bulletin.

Those filling up with diesel fuel were faring even worse, seeing average state prices at $4.36, up 31 cents from last month and $1.61, or 59 percent, higher than a year ago.

The prices are being driven by continued record crude oil costs. Crude oil prices broke a new record again Wednesday with futures for July delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange settling at $133.17 per barrel, as US crude oil stockpiles fell and industry analysts projected even higher costs to come.

For those planning weekend trips and thinking about ways to save on fuel, the Energy Center provides a Web page that features tips on fuel economy, driving techniques and trip planning. The Saving Green on Gasoline page is located on the departments Web site at The page also has links to Missouri carpool organizers and mass transit providers, and tips about shopping for energy-efficient vehicles.

The departments Energy Bulletins is available online at

Opening Night of Fall Nationals Draws 148 Racers to Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (Friday, October 19, 2018) – Friday night October 19th opened up the Fall Nationals at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. Even though it was a late October night, the weather for this time of year wasn’t too bad to bare. That showed as 148 cars signed in for night one of racing. At the end of the evening Jeff Aikey (Modifieds), Cayden Carter (Stock Cars), Colton Livezey (SportMods), Mike Hughes (Hobby Stocks), and Trent Orwig (Sport Compacts) found their ways to victory lane.

After 16 heat races and 6 B-Mains were ran to help set up the feature line-ups, it was time to go feature racing.

The 15-lap Hobby Stock feature was up first, with Mike Hughes and Christian Huffman drawing the front row. After three caution flag restarts in the first eight laps, Hughes was out front with Huffman working to hold back Shawn Ritter for the runner up spot.

Disaster would strike three of the top six cars on lap 10, as Nick Ulin, who was battling Huffman for third, lost a left rear tire in turn 4 and collected Huffman. Then Dustin Griffiths, who was running 6th, clipped the two cars and ended up upside down in turn 4 to bring out the red. Griffiths would climb from his car okay.

On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Ritter and Matt Petrezelka, who started 9th, following close behind. Despite several challenges from Ritter over the final 4 laps, Hughes was able to hold on to pick up the win. Ritter was 2nd, Petrezelka was 3rd, Scott Shull started 10th and finished 4th, with John Irwin coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 15-lap Sport Compact feature, with Trent Orwig and Luke Benischek leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Orwig took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Benischek and Jake Dietrich. While Orwig set the pace out front, Josh Barnes, who started 10th, was quickly working his way towards the front. and would edge out Orwig at the line to lead lap 5. Barnes looked like he was going to cruise to an easy win, until mechanical troubles slowed him on lap 11. This would hand the lead over to Orwig, who was working to hold off Barry Taft, who started 7th. Taft pulled off on lap 13 with motor troubles, allowing Orwig to go on to claim the win. Kimberly Abbott was 2nd, Chuck Fullenkamp was 3rd, Benischek was 4th, with Dietrich rounding out the top 5.

Brayton Carter and Colton Livezey drew the front row for the 20-lap SportMod feature, with Carter grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Andrew Schroeder and Livezey. Carter was able to hold the top spot until lap 7, when Livezey made the bottom work to edge out Carter at the line. One lap later, lap 8, Kiel Morton spun in turn 4 and collected Cody Agee to bring out the first yellow of the race.

On the restart Livezey jumped back out front, with Schroeder overtaking Carter for second. While Livezey set the pace out front, Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 8th, worked his way into the runner up spot on lap 10.

The top three started to pull away from the rest of the field, when the second caution appeared on lap 17. Jarrett VanDenBerg would drop a driveshaft in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart the field tried to raced three and four wide off turn 2 and ran out of room, which caused Brandon Savage and Daniel Fellows to go spinning down the backstretch to bring the yellow light back on.

The following restart saw Livezey move back out front, with Van Der Wal and Carter battling for second. As they battled for second Livezey held on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Carter won the battle for 2nd, Van Der Wal was 3rd, Hunter Longnecker came from 11th to finish in 4th, with Brandon Dale charging to a 5th place finish after starting in 18th.

Up next was the 22-lap Stock Car feature, with Todd Reitzler and Jeff Mueller scheduled to lead the field to green. But troubles after Mueller’s heat race would cause him to go to the rear of the field, which moved Michael Peterson to the outside of the front row.

Reitzler used his front row starting spot to his advantage, as he jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Peterson and Cayden Carter. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 3, as contact from Jason See sent John Oliver Jr. spinning in turn 2 to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Reitzler moved back out front, with Brett Lowry and Carter following close behind. Reitzler who was working the top, Lowry the middle, and Carter the bottom, raced three wide for the top spot over the next 5 laps, with Reitzler holding the lead at the line each lap. That was until lap 10 when Carter was able to wrestle the top spot away.

Carter then started to pull away from the field, when he started to enter lapped traffic on lap 15. This would allow Reitzler to close back in on him. But Carter was able to hold on to claim the win and the $1,000 top prize. Reitzler was 2nd, Lowry was 3rd, Abe Huls charged from 17th to finish in 4th, with Johnny Spaw finishing 5th after starting in 11th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25-lap Modifieds, with Robbie Reed and Michael Long leading the field to green. Long took advantage of his draw to grab the lead on lap 1 over Reed and Kelly Meyer. While Long set the pace out front, Cayden Carter, who started 12th, was quickly charging towards the front.

On lap 10 Carter would work himself into third. Then just after the lap was scored complete, the first caution of the race appeared. Chad Melton, who made the long pull up from Mineral Wells, Texas, slowed to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Long jumped back out front, with Carter overtaking Kyle Brown for second. Carter then went to work on Long for the lead, when he lost the handle and spun in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring out the final caution of the race.

Long once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jeff Aikey, who started 10th, slipping past Brown for the runner up spot. Aikey would use the bottom of the track to slip past Long for the lead on lap 18. Long would stay in Aikey’s tire tracks over the next 4 laps, as the two entered heavy lapped traffic on lap 23.

Coming off turn 4 to get the checkered flag, Long would look under Aikey for the win. But Aikey was able to hold off Long to pick up the $1,000 check. Long was 2nd, Zack VanderBeek came from 9th to finish 3rd, Brown was 4th, with Reed holding on for 5th.

Superintendent’s Corner

by Ryan Bergeson

National School Bus Safety Week

Theme: “My Driver – My Safety Hero!”

National School Bus Safety Week is October 22nd through October 26th. It is an excellent opportunity for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus drivers, and school administrators to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

Please help us observe National School Bus Safety Week by thanking our bus drivers for the role they play in the education of our students and by making safe driving habits a priority.

Honoring All Who Served

The Scotland County R-I School District Veterans Day Assembly will be held on Friday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Scotland County High School.  The Scotland County R-1 School District is pleased to host this annual tradition as a thank you to all of the brave men and women that have served our country.

The annual Veterans Day Assembly is open to all members of the public and we invite all veterans or active military members and their families to attend this event.  The schedule of Veterans Day Activities include the following:

7:45 a.m.  Veterans Day Breakfast in the Elementary Gym

8:30 a.m.  Veterans Day Assembly in the High School Gym

Thank you to all of the individuals that have given so much to our country and we hope to see you on Friday, November 9.

SCR-I Students Attend Future Leaders Academy Hosted by Congressman Graves 

Scotland County R-I High School students Avery Shultz, Conner Harrison, Micah Cooley, Adam Slayton, Katie Feeney and Gabe Shultz recently took part in the Future Leaders Academy hosted by Congressman Sam Graves at Hannibal-LaGrange College on October 16th.

Nearly 100 high school students from across North Missouri came together at Hannibal-LaGrange University on Tuesday, October 16th to take part in Congressman Sam Graves’ annual Future Leaders Academy.

“These students are among the best and brightest in North Missouri,” said Graves. “I believe the Future Leaders Academy is a great opportunity for these students to not only learn more about leadership, but to also discuss some of the most important issues of the day.”

Students were nominated by their respective high schools based on academic performance, civic engagement, and demonstrated leadership ability.

Topics discussed included Opioids, Agriculture and Election Security. Speakers included representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt was the keynote speaker for the Academy this year.

Schools participating included Clark County, Community R-VI, Hannibal, Highland, Liberty, Linn County, Mark Twain, Monroe City, Newtown-Harris, Paris, Scotland County, and South Shelby.

Students from Scotland County R-I High School who participated were Avery Shultz, Conner Harrison, Micah Cooley, Adam Slayton, Katie Feeney and Gabe Shultz.

GEORGIA DEAN (FULLERTON) TRIPLETT (8/18/1927 – 10/20/2018)

Georgia Dean (Fullerton) Triplett, 91 of Unionville, Missouri, formerly of Livonia, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Putnam County Care Center in Unionville, Missouri.

The daughter of Clarence Orval and Verona Georgia (Gray) Fullerton, she was born on August 18, 1927 in Unionville, Missouri.  Georgia was raised in Unionville, Missouri and lived in Putnam County all of her life.  On May 10, 1947, she was united in marriage to Darwin Eugene Triplett and to this union five children were born, Judith, Marcia, Alberta, William and Bruce.

Georgia is survived by her children, Judy Rook and husband, Brad of Bloomfield, Iowa, Marcia Triplett of Livonia, Missouri, Alberta Quintana and husband, Harvey of Livonia, Missouri, Bill Triplett and wife, Theckla of Livonia, Missouri and Bruce Triplett of Kirksville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Belinda Lindberg and husband, Dr. Brent of Bloomfield, Iowa, Eric Quintana of Livonia, Missouri, Chelsea Jackson and husband, Kade of Downing, Missouri and Kale Triplett and fiancé, Dr. Sarah Riley of Unionville, Missouri; seven great- grandchildren, Camden and Crew Lindberg of Bloomfield, Iowa, Carson, Collin and Conley Jackson of Downing, Missouri and Lily and Sage Triplett of Unionville, Missouri; nieces and nephews and other family members.

Georgia is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darwin Eugene Triplett on August 15, 2011; two grandsons, Nicholas Rook and Benjamin Quintana and one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Nicole Lindberg; two sisters, Juanita Steele and Mary Fullerton and three brothers, Albert Fullerton, Vere Fullerton and an infant brother.

Georgia and Darwin were members of the Omaha Baptist Church of Omaha, Missouri.

Georgia loved her family.  She had great love and joy for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She would spend hours playing, camping and entertaining all of them.  She and Darwin loved harnessing the mules up and going for wagon rides.  Many hours were spent on trail rides with the family.

Graveside services were held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Thompson Cemetery with Kevin Collins, pastor of the Omaha Baptist Church of Omaha, Missouri officiating. Special CD selections of “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Memories” were performed.   Pallbearers were Kale Triplett, Kade Jackson, Brent Lindberg, Eric Quintana, Harvey Quintana and Brad Rook. Honorary pallbearers were Camden and Crew Lindberg, Carson, Collin and Conley Jackson and Lily and Sage Triplett.

Memorials have been established for Thompson Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

Alexanders Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Charles and Ruth Alexander will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 5th. A card shower has been requested to help the couple celebrate the momentous occasion. Correspondence may be sent to Charles and Ruth Alexander at the Scotland County Residential Terrace at 434 E. Sigler, Room 3B, Memphis, MO 63555. Charles and Ruth were married on November 5th, 1948 in Lancaster. They have four children, Donna and Roy Hyde; Leland and Dolores Hyde; Carol and Bernie Loughead; and Dennis and Debbie Alexander.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift to the United States from the citizens of France, in recognition of the mutual commitment to democracy and liberty, and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War. The 151-foot copper statue was built in France and shipped to New York in 350 separate parts, where it was reassembled and the torch wired to light up at night. The Statue of Liberty originally functioned as a lighthouse and was operated in that capacity by the U.S. Lighthouse Board until 1901, when the War Department took over its operation and maintenance. In 1924, the statue and its location on Liberty Island were declared a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1933, the National Park Service assumed the responsibility for the statue. A restoration of “Lady Liberty” was completed before a centennial celebration in 1986. In 1886, as President Cleveland accepted the statue on behalf of the American people, he declared, “we will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” The statue quickly became a symbol of America’s humanitarianism and willingness to take in those who were seeking freedom and a better life, expressed in words of a poem by Emma Lazurus, inscribed on the base of the statue: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….”

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Don’t Be The One Who Gets You Down

Whew! Challenges x struggles x bewilderments = well… more whew! It ain’t easy being a person.

I’m highly sympathetic to your treacherous moments. I think about you/us a lot; what to do, how to help, etc. Here’s what I know. Much… very much… of our difficulties develop within our two ears; how we evaluate, surmise, and then conclude. This is the perpetual process that seems to find that we are the ones who get ourselves down… although we do pass the buck by blaming others or circumstances.

I once was the King Getter-Downer. This is why I know from where to write. I don’t have book knowledge of it. I walk it, talk it, and occasionally bathe in it. Yet, the truth is there is a way out; a way to rescue and recovery: Change. The. Way. We. Think.

Thinking involves decisive direction. Shall we look for the good or shall we obsess over the negative? It is our choice… every time. There is always positive within the borders of the most discouraging formats. It is our opportunity to bravely and intentionally become the explorers rather than the victims…of our own thinking.

My world changed enormously when I quit the Blame-Game. Done. I’d had it with me. When it occurred to me that I am the least of all of us (in reality), an entirely new world of reason for existing arose. I fully understood the shrapnel from being targeted by depression.

Too, I learned that problems wouldn’t go away because I wished them away. They kept hanging around. But I insisted that they go to the back of the bus for there were far too many wonders wishing to ride my thought waves. I still have to deal with challenges; but so many subsided because I was, frankly, giving them permission to rent out my space by welcoming their treachery day by day.

Yes, many things happen which take our days to task. For heaven’s sake, don’t you be the one who gets you down.

DIXIE JO HYDE (3/9/1954 – 10/17/2018)

Dixie Jo Hyde, 64, passed away on October 17, 2018. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 28, with a memorial service following at 4 p.m., at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa.

Dixie was born March 9, 1954 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to Richard and JoAnn Fiester. Dixie grew up in Blairstown, Iowa and graduated from Benton Community High School in 1972. She then attended Northeast Missouri State University where she received her RN in Nursing. Dixie was eventually named Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA.

On October 2, 1976 she married Joseph William Hyde. They made their home in Ames, Iowa with their children. Dixie enjoyed reading and spending time with her children.  Her true joy in life was her grandson Ivan and being his Grandma Dixie these past 12 years.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Joe Hyde; daughter, Emily Hyde (Edward Bignar); son, Justin Hyde; grandson, Ivan Hyde; stepdaughter, Billie Jo (Kevin) Waddle; sister, Jeri (Don) Maas and their family Luke and Beth Maas (Fletcher and Macoy), Clint and Erica Maas (Rayner), and Josi and Austin Teneyck (Kingston and baby T); sister, Holly Karsten and her family Tyler Karsten (Cody Schilling), and McKenna and Dillon Feldmann; as well as her husband Joe’s extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother-in-law, Denny Karsten.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be directed to:

Briggs Smith Memorial Airport Pursuing Runway Reconstruction Project for 2020

With deteriorating surface conditions on the existing runway, a new landing surface has become a top priority for the Briggs Smith Memorial Airport west of Memphis. The City of Memphis is currently working to secure federal funding that would allow the construction of a new runway at the facility, possibly as soon as 2020.

Through the work of engineers Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT), the city is seeking supplemental federal appropriations to help fund the proposed $2.9 million project. The facility annually received $150,000 federal funding through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which requires a 10% local match.

Recently those funds were utilized to construct new T-hangar taxi lanes as the airport works to relocate its existing hangars outside of the FAA runway protection zone at the west end of the runway. Future plans call for the construction of a new 12-unit T-hangar south of the old hangars and south of the new runway access taxi lane.

CMT has filed a supplemental appropriation request with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to seek funding for the runway rebuild. The proposal calls for replacing the 3,300 foot long landing strip with a slightly thicker surface.

The CMT proposal would use a 6 inch surface of Portland cement concrete pavement to rebuild the 60-foot wide runway to its current length, amassing roughly 24,000 square yards of concrete.

“The existing pavement is five inch Portland cement concrete on a subgrade, with no base rock present,” said engineer Brian Garkie. “Due to the lack of a proper base, the expansive nature of the underlying soil has caused the pavement to heave and crack.”

The proposal targets costs of nearly $400,000 for recycled course base and aggregate base rock, with more than $1.475 million in concrete costs. Engineering fees are expected to top $200,000 with mobilization costs and excavation of the existing surface making up the remainder of the estimated $2.9 million price tag.

The project is seeking Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) funds to help offset the city’s 10% match on the AIP funds. Congress annually allocates $3.2 billion or more for NPE projects.

If sufficient supplemental funding can be secured, the airport will also seek to expand the existing taxiway apron to create additional tie-down positions for parked planes while offering added expansion room, partially to house a proposed 50×50 private hangar. The project proposes to roughly double the size of the existing apron, expanding to the south, with the  proposed hangar site to be located south of that expansion.

The proposal by CMT estimated the project cost at $340,000 for the roughly 75 x 250 additional apron and the 50×50 hangar site.

If funding is approved, the apron project could be constructed in the summer of 2019 with the runway project target construction date of May 2020.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, October 18 – Turkey Tetrazzini, Tomato and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad

Friday, October 19 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, October 22 – Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Hot Roll, Cookie

Tuesday, October 23 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Peas, Bread Pudding/Fruit

Wednesday, October 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruited Jell-O

Thursday, October 25 – Meatloaf, Cheesey Hashbrowns, Italian Blend Vegetables, Bread, Pears


Thursday, October 18 – Scotland County Health Dept. blood pressure checks here, Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 25 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

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