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February 5, 2004

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The Week of Thursday, February 5, 2004 [ Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper Winner of 97 Awards in Journalism Defending Your U S Liberties Since 1960 is Week and boys both at Steelville Page I B little store the prairie. Page 12B ing Up ba Middle School will aStudent Talent Show at I.m. today (Thurs.) in the 9Ymnasium. The public is ,nd. Cuba Senior Center its Bluegrass and Jam Session at 7 p.m. weather permitting. calendar now for School's basketball which is sched- Feb. 20. Friday Low-21 High-37 Low- 16 Sunday Low-13 High-35 Low-20 Directory ...................... 2-3B ....... 9A .................. 9-12B n .................... 4-5B .............. 14B 12A ........................ 6B ...................... IIA .......................... 4A ..... 6A ............................ IB ',t & NNA member Printed on Recycled Paper r , Commission, Ice buster Chris Cam) photo Kevin Young spreads Ice melt pellets on sidewalks Tuesday morning at Cuba Elementary. Maintenance crews worked all day to remove snow and Ice, as classes were canceled. Ballot set for April ,'ity, school elections By Chris Case Assistant Editor The candidates have all filed for the April 2004 municipal election, and the official ballot paperwork was sent into the County Clerk's office last week. The election will be held county- wide on April 6. Here's a brief summary of the candidates that have filed, the elections being contested, and other tax propos- als that will appear on local bal- lots: Cuba In the city elections, Judy Schroeder, John Koch, and Ray Mortimeyer are running for mayor; Faye Howard and Don Conaway are running for Ward 1 alderman; Annalee Williams and Kenny Killeen are running for Ward 2 alderman; and Mike Moreland and Les Murdock are running for Ward 3 alderman. Nina Snowden is running unop- posed for city collector. In the Crawford County R-2 School District election, Troy Foster and Steve Mitchell will fill the two vacant seats on the board. There will not be an elec- tion. Bourbon Mary Heywood, Paula Chappell, Junior Simmerly, and Marvin Ray are running for mayor. Wanda Davis is unop- posed in the election of city col- lector, as is Danielle Rosemann in the Ward I alderman election. Roger Martin and Mark Wise are running for a vacant seat on the Bourbon Fire Protection District Board. There are two seats to be See ELECTION page 2A 3 heriff agree on raises By Chris Case Assistant Editor " The county commission has negotiated a settlement with the Sheriff's Department and judges of the 42nd Circuit Court that will allow for across-the-board salary increases for deputies and jail staff, but at a reduced amount than was first proposed. The action taken late last week represents an about-face for the commissioners, who only days before had agreed to appeal a court order requiring the addition of four people to the Staff and raises totaling about $80,000 in 2004. Commissioners met with Judge William Camm Seay, Jail Administrator Joe Weber, and Prosecutor Sid Pearson last Thursday afternoon. At that time, the judge present- ed a revised proposal written up by Sheriff A1 Engelbrecht Jr. While still requesting zaises for every member of the Sheriff's Department, the proposed salaries were significantly reduced from the origina} plan, particularly for ranked officers at the top end of the scale. Rather than being set according only to rank, the salaries were more in line with both rank' and years of service. After having discussion with Seay and Weber about the new proposal, the com- mission took the matter under considera- tion in their chambers. Later that same day, Associate Commissioner Nell Swyers made a motion to accept the judge's new offer, with the stipulation that an adminis- trative assistant at the jail be eliminated See COMMISSION page 2A Police worried there may be more victims of convicted child molester By Chris Case Assistant Editor The Crawford County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in connection with the arrest of a Leasburg man on child molestation charges last month. The Sheriff's Depart- ment arrested James T. Hopkins, 66, on Jan. 21, fol- lowing a report from a local resident that her 12-year- old son had been acting strangely after working odd jobs for Hopkins after school. With the assistance of a local minister, deputies working the case deter- mined that the suspect was believed to, have taken indecent liberties with the boy after gaining his trust. Hopkins was placed in custody and charged with first degree statutory sodomy. He is being held on a $60,000 cash bond. A further investigation of the suspect's background found that he had prior felony convictions in the St. Louis area for multiple counts of sodomy and first degree sexual abuse, and had served an eight-year prison term for those offenses. Hopkins was also convicted as a persistent offender following an inci- dent in 1992 where he endangered the welfare of 12- and 16-year-old sisters in the St. Charles area, after supplying them with See AUTHORITIES page 2A Cuba woman is hoping that some good comes out of her tragic loss ! w By Christy Hahn "The city of Blackjack does have an StaffWrtter Rob Viehman photo The 1908 Cuba Jail, which is located on Prairie Street Just south of the railroad tracks, may soon get a facelift from a local Boy Scout, Linda Heflin is still coping with the loss of her son, Harry Putnam and grand- sons, Samuel and Matthew Putnam, whose lives were cut short by carbon- monoxide poison- ing last month. An ounce of She is organizing an effort to pre- prevention vent a similar occurrence from Linda Heflin happening again, plans on distribut- "If I can help ing free carbon- save one life...I'm monoxide detectors not giving up, for my son and grandchildren's lives," Heflin said. Scheduled to appear at Monday's city council meeting to assert a landlord's responsibility in providing safe rental property, she is hoping the city will man- date an ordinance requiring at least a carbon-monoxide detector in rental prop- erty. Heflin was unable to attend because of the weather. She will attend the February 16 meeting for the same pur- pose. Cuba Fire Department Chief Mike Plank mentioned the issue at the January 20 meeting ordinance for this. I think we can do this, and the landlords should be responsible for this. My son had lived in there for three days and died," Heflin said. Equipped with 48 carbon-monoxide detectors, (24 with a fire detection func- tion), Heflin is prepared to distribute them to anyone in need, beginning with the Lakewood Trailer Court. A faulty furnace located in one of the trailers emitted toxic fumes which took the lives of Harry, Sam and Matthew, and left Deborah Putnam, and son Jacob seri- ously ill. She says Deborah and Jacob are doing fine and thanks God that they made it out of Trailer #32 alive. The First Alert Company donated the carbon monoxide detectors to Heflin. Joyce Meyer Ministries is currently help- ing Heflin to establish a website called Putnam Lifesavers. "They've been wonderful," Heflin said.- She is also distributing cards and pub- lishing advertisements notifying the com- munity of the availability of carbon monoxide detectors for those who need one. "(Landlords) could pay at least $25 to protect their tenants," Heflin said. She has already given three detectors away. Scout planning new look for old city jail By Christy Hahn Staff Writer Members of Boy Scout Troop #463 can now opt to revamp the old city jail on Prairie Street as an Eagle Scout project. The Cuba city council approved Scoutmaster Chris Boda's request to allow it at the January 20 council meet- ing. "Each individual project is different," Boda said, "The boy is totally on his own in gaining resources." Scouts select their own project and secure resources such as donated supplies and work. Now that the city council has approved the city jail project, like other Eagle projects, it will have to pass Boy Scout Council approval. After that, it can take six to eight months before a project begins. The Eagle Badge is the highest honor awarded a Boy Scout, commended by the President of the United States, and various busi- nesses. It warrants a host of accolades. Eagle Scout projects cur- rently under" way inclucle the collection of school sup- ply items for students that don't have the resources, the distribution of bags for Scouting for Food, and the construction of benches at Maramec Spring Park. See EAGLE SCOUT page 2A