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2A Feb. 6, 2003 Second Front Page The Cub Free County Seat- Steelville Composite County Rank Changed for Vf the Better Mothers without h.s. diploma Infant mortality Child deaths Births to teens Students enrolled in 1,403 free/reduced lunch 199712001 Births to mothers 97 without h.s. diploma 1997/2001 Low birthweight 117 133 8.0% infants 1992.96/1997-2001 Infant mortality 13 4 8.9 (per 1,000 uve rs) 1992-96/1997-2001 Child deaths, ages 1.14 9 5 41.6 (pc" 100,000) 1992-96/1997-2001 Child abuse and 106 440 18.2 neg" f 1,aoo) 199712001 Out-of.home placement 15 71 2.6 1,415 40.2% 42.0% X 36.7% 61 82 29.1% 27.9% V  18.9% 86 8.6% X 7.7% 97 2.6  7.5 8 21.9  25.2 43 73.5 X 45.4 109 11.9 X 5.4 106 enb'les (per 1,000) Changed for  1997/2001 the Worse Annual high school 73 74 7.5% 7.7% X 4.3% 113 Free/reduced lunch dropouts enrollees 1997/2001 ,al Low birthweight infants Births tO teens, ages 55 51 70,2 62.1 V 46.0 88 Child abuse and neglect 15-19 (per 1,000) Out-of-home placement 1997/2001 entries X High school dropouts Viole deaths, ages 6 8 80.4 96.3 75.9 64 Teen violent deaths 15-19  100,000) 1992-96/1997-2001 Ocome not//uded/n Composite County Rank KIDS COUNT in Missouri 2002 Citizens for Missouri's Children Childrcn's Trust Fund DEMOGRAPHIC Child population  2001 5,990 Children as percent of total  -,,b population .,-- , 2001 26.3% Minority children 1996 1.5% 2000 2.3% Children with limited English 19 1 proFiciency zo01 1 v, CONONIC Children in poverty 199o 1E 2000 23.3% Children under 6 in poverty 1990 21.0% 2000 30.5% Children in single parent  L42 families 2000 21.6% Average annual wage/salary 1997 E.6,655 2000 $17,660 Adult unemployment  2001 6.4% , FAMILY SUPPORTS Parents paying child support in 199fi 36.9% state system 2000 64.3% Children receiving subsidized .1 67 child care 2ool lO5 Licensed ld care capacity 1998 243 2002 223 Accredited child care facilities  0 2001 0 Children receiving cash / assistance 2OOl 5.1% en receiving food stamps 1997 32.8% 2001 30.6% HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH Chien enrolled in MC+I 1997 27.2% Medicaid 2001 37.9% Public clinic immunization 1997 2001 40.2% Children with elevated blood lead 1997 levels 2001  .0% Children receiving public SED  menial hea sefices 2001 1c Juvenile bw violation referrals,  17_0 ages 10-17 (pc(1,000) oo S6. "Noeepon Survey shows Crawford County doing poorly on child health and welfare issues Continued from IA teens (ages 15-19). The most alarming statistic clearly was in the number of child abuse and neglect inci- dents, in which Crawford County cases increased from 106 reports per 1,000 children in 1997 to 440 reports per 1,000 kids in 2001, a 55 per- cent increase over the last KIDS COUNT study that is almost 30 percent higher than the average statewide. It places the county among the 10 worst in Missouri. Overall, Crawford County placed 104 out of 115 counties studied in the 2002 KIDS COUNT, which also included the city of St. Louis ranked separately from St. Louis County. Nodaway County in northwest Missouri was ranked highest in the 2002 study, with the city of St. Louis placed lowest in the report, More data from the report can be found at the Citizens for Missouri's Children web site: www.mokids.org. Hardee's reopened its Cuba restaurant this week ing a new and improved Hardee's restaurant to Cuba," said Noah Griggs, Hardee's executive vice-president of restaurant operations. "We look forward to delivering great :blIrgers and great serv- ice to the Cuba community." The new location at 702 North Franklin opened on Monday at lunch time. The building features an all-new Thi: k,::;Hardee's Food Systems-  announced the reopening of its Cuba fast-food restaurant that closed a year ago due to a fire. "We are happy to be bring- Chdb Calm photo Hardee's general manager Mindy Lackey and district manager Steve Schneider, backed by mem- design that is being hailed as the "new look" for all Hardee's being built in the Midwest. Cuba's Hardee's will also highlight the new Thickburger men which the. chain announced last month would be phased into all its restau- rants by the end of the year. Like the popular Six Dollar Burger, the charbroiled one- third pound, one-half pound and two-thirds pound Thickburgers feature premium ingredients such as Angus beef patties, bakery buns, red onions and thick-cut pickles. "The new Thickburger line- up goes along with our made- to-order menu and fits nicely as we move toward being a fast casual concept," said Griggs. Cuba's Hardee's was almost completely destroyed by fire in February 2002. Following an investigation that determined the fire to be accidental, Hardee's Food Systems announced their commitment to rebuild at the same location. Once an insurance claim could be Settled, the construction Nursing home closing this Continued from IA term care facilities effective Oct. 1, 2002. The Medicaid pro- gram has frozen rates for the current year beginning July 1, 2002 and does not anticipate any increases for the next fis- cal year beginning July 1, 2003." Many of the 24 residents at Courtois Creek have already been transferred to another nursing facility, most of them to nearby Cuba Manor. However, there were only 20 beds available at Cuba Manor at the time of the announce- ment, leaving at least four peo- ple to be moved elsewhere. At deadlin Tuesday afternoon of this week, there were still three residents being housed at Courtois Creek Villa; the facility will close for good once all its residents have been relo- cated. Some, though not all, of the workers at the Villa have been transferred to Cuba Manor to continue in their duties. "It's very sad what's happened. A lot of us are going to be looking for new jobs, I guess," said a Villa employee who requested Council Briefs bers of the Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon to announce the restaurant's official reopen- process moved quickly, begin- ing in Cuba last Monday. ning in the fall of last year. approved the bid the Cuba Fire Department had received New business offers telecommunications options from the Steelville Fire services, CE Communications provides customers with satel- lite radio, satellite television packages through Dishnet, mobile phones through Nextel and T-Mobile, money transfers and bill payments through Money Gram, UPS pickup daily and even professional security camera surveillance systems. CE's bread and but- ter, of course, is in home com- puter sales and service. "Basically, you come in and tell us what you'll be using your computer forinternet surfing, digital photos, what- ever--and we build you a com- puter from the ground up that is specifically made for your needs. That way you don't end By Chris Case Assistant Editor CE Communications in Cuba is a one-stop shop for just about all your telecommunica- tions or technology needs. From personal computers to cell phones, the folks at CE are ready to help. "We're still in the process of building our storefront," said owner Warren Graddy. "We haven't gotten all the product items out front and set up our displays quite like we want them, but we're certainly here if anyone has a computer prob- lem, needs a cell phone or is mailing a package via UPS." Offering a variety of telecom up paying for a lot of things you don't really want or need," Graddy explained. CE provides complete installation, sales and service for the computers, cell phones, digital TV and all other items they sell. A number of acces- sories-from phone cords and chargers to CD-ROM and hard drive devices--are available right in the store. What's not kept in stock can probably be quickly ordered if necessary. In the market for a new computer or cell phone? Stop by CE Communications and theyql have you "plugged in" in no time flat. The office is locat- ed at 400 North Franklin in Cuba. Call 885-7800 for more info (fax line is 885-7877). Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays nine a.m. until noon. Day-care construction draws nearer Continued from IA "There is a caveatthe requirement of the federal grant. We have to be fairly insistent to make sure we're in compliance. I'll see what I can do." Andreasson's last concern dealt with the future use of the building and language allow- able under the improvement category of the agreement. "What will the consequences be for future council members turning the building into something else?" Andreasson said to Paulus and council members. "With a grant, our hands are tied. It's licensed for use to third parties. It can't be used for something else," Paulus responded. Alderman Ralph Bayless added that after the first year, the license automatically renews. Andreasson told the council she appreciated their coopera- tion, described the momentum taking place, and people being excited about the facility. * The city was presented with an award by a representa- tive of the Missouri State Coonhunter's Association for the use of Hood Park. * Norma Bretz, Cuba Chamber of Commerce mem- ber, addressed the council and mentioned the Savor the Flavor Festival in Jefferson City (she has been talking with local restaurants), the February 13 boat show and the Working Women Survival Show on February 21. She will be handing out brochures for Cuba. Bretz also mentioned the log cabin at Hood Park was cleared out and will be giving the key to the city in case it is needed for some- thing else. Bretz will be attend- ing the Missouri Governor's Conference for Women. If any- one else in the community is interested in attending, it takes place on April 10 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mayor Koch thanked Norma and Bob Bretz for their time and effort and also said, "You guys are two of the biggest cheerleaders we've got." * Mike Plank, fire chief of the Cuba Fire Department addressed the council dis- cussing the major changes and regulations of equipment effective the first of the year. There have been upgrades on breathing apparatuses, masks and bottles. The city council Play coming to Cuba school district that her name "There was so (at the home), seems so quiet, town." Spokesman said his company diate plans to and that it nomic sense" in steep budget date the two in a situation empty beds at he stated. "It interests residents and continue on in a way." An ongoing use property has not mined yet. The hoping to find an use for the provide additional selling out to a likely to occur. property and for a nursing explained, "we'd be! where we facilities in town up all their beds with four plays currently in production, has toured 38 states and participated in international! festivals in Canada, Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Cuba is extremely for- tunate to have them right here, in our hometown! Continued from IA Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, Voodoo Girl, Bad Bo and other characters as Martina faces the everyday monsters all children encounter! Metro Theater Company, Protection District bottle for a total Plank described composite bottles aluminum bottles as years out of corn and aluminum no shelf life. Ma: will have to be time because of the mask price tag. Department will be their fire hydrants, sure and flow rates. department,will also I on equipment ant staffing. Mayor Koct that if the fire rating the code drops, wl save property on fire insurance. council members that department would Tuesday, and does for sure, but ex results will be between 100-120 ward. Plank will council updated. Bob Baldwin, Works Director, preset council with two that are not in corn city ordinances. 153 Road and 502 E were approved for extensions for their The council balance transfers $100,000 transferred the electric fund, transferred into the fund and $29,184 out of the water works Alderman Les was approved to conti post on the Crawford Extension Council. Are you going to pay him a little something extra this year, or are you going to open an IRA with us? The Investment Center Located at k op es Ban 701 North Franklin St. Cuba, MO 65453 573-885-2511 Bob Koski Financial Advisor 00jata00 FINANCIAL SEFtVICES. INC. 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