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................. The Week of Thursday, April 3, 2003 ..... ...... ,i ties s .... Defending.Your Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper {$ 8 , Liberties Winner of 93 Awards in Journalism Since 1960 Page I C Week enjoy at CES season to a close Page I B gUp annual Cuba Free Yard Sale will 'day Saturday. You will sales listed on the this week's paper. Cuba Knights of will host an all-you- Pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cross Parish Hall. Methodist Church a white elephant and e from 8 a.m. to noon church parking lot. CUba City Council will 5:30 p.m. Monday at Weather Friday High-68 Low-37 Sunday / ......... - ...... 'L High-68 Low-50 Low.46 tory ..... 2-5B .................... 5-9B ........ 2B ................ 8A 12A ...................... 3B ...................... IIA .......................... 4A ...... 6A ............................ IB member Printed on ReCycled Paper County, R-1 district seek tax approval ,,iW !w By Chris Case Assistant Editor In next Tuesday's general munici- pal election, the voters of Crawford County will be asked to renew a half- cent county sales tax used to fund road, bridge and county building improvements. The tax was first approved by voters in 1985, then extended in 1993 and again in 1998. The current proposal would extend the tax another five years. The county commission is promot- ing the tax as a way to keep road and bridge maintenance projects moving forward: "We're not asking for a new tax," said Associate Commissioner Ed Mitchell. "It's important for voters to understand that this is not a new tax, but we need to keep the levy in place so that we can continue to maintain our roads and bridges." "Losing this sales tax income would kill our road budget," agreed Associate Commissioner Neil Swyers. "If voters don't approve the sales tax again this year, it could mean layoffs next year for our road crews. The chip and seal program would be pretty much halted; we just wouldn't have the money for it." A majority of votes are needed to renew the levy, called.Proposition No. 1 on the April ballot. A portion of the tax (15 percent) is earmarked for courthouse and jail improvements and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, with the rest (85 per- cent) set aside specifically for road and bridge projects and road equip- ment. Area voters living in the Bourbon See TAX ISSUES page 2A Local soldiers being honored In an effort to recognize local men and women serv- ing in the armed forces, Peoples Bank is starting a Wall of Honor at the bank's 701 N. Franklin Office and also at the Bourbon and Steelville offices. The idea of the Wall of Honor, according to Ken Holland, President of Peoples Bank, is to display pic- tures of those serving our country in any type of mili- tary service. Anyone who has a frietad or family mem- ber currently doing U.S. military service is invited to bring in a picture for display on the Wall of Honor. The bank would prefer to have pictures of these people in uniform if at all possible. In addition to the picture, the bank will also display informa- tion about each person recog- nized on the Wall of Honor: If you have a pic- ture to display please be pre- pared to provide the individual's name, branch of service, and unit "or location if Candlelight service planned A candlelight vigil to support the armed forces overseas has been planned for Friday, April 11 at Hood Park, starting at 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a candle for the service and friends and family. Prayers for the troops will be heldduring the vigil. Red Cross can help - Page 2A possible. The bank would also like to know their tie to the local area. The pictures should also be marked in some man- ner to insure they can be returned to the proper per- son at some time in the future. Holland added, "We feel trongly about the impor- tance of showing support for the men and women who are serving in our armed forces whether they are in the Middle East, other parts of'the world, or here in the U.S. Displaying these pictures is simply a way of acknowledging our support and recognizing these brave men and women. We invite everyone stop by and see the Wall of Honor." Chris Case photo Volunteers at the Cuba Senior Center worked feverishly last week to prepare yellow ribbons in support of our troops at war. The ribbons they made can be seen in locations across the county. $eniors working on yellow ribbons In a show of support for military troops fight- ing in the Persian Gulf, a group of volunteers at the Cuba Senior Center are making tying together yellow ribbons and hanging them on trees, signs and at businesses all across the county. The ladies began putting the ribbons togeth- er last week, using some spare materials kept at the Senior Center. They've already put hun- dreds of the ribbons together and are going to keep it up until they run out of material or the war ends. "We had the volunteers who wanted to help and we had the materials, so it just seemed like a nice idea," said Betty Bouse, a center adminis- trator who first came up with the plan. "Everyone should do a little something to sup- port the troops, I think, and this is our small part." The plastic, weather-proof yellow ribbons can now be seen hanging in trees at downtown Bourbon, at the center and at other businesses in Cuba. Many people have made donations to the project and taken ribbons home to hang on their propertr. For more information about obtaining a rib- bon, stop by or call .the Cuba Senior Center at 885-2909. Supplies are limited. Sheriff says he neea,00 six new employees to run jail By Chris Case Assistant Editor V Harsh weather conditions this win- ter have delayed the expected comple- tion date of a new county jail facility in Steelville by about a month. The jail should open by late June 2003 but may require additional personnel to operate it. Project Manager Mike Smith made the announcement of a delay in his construction report to the county com- mission last month. "I think most peo- ple would agree that this has been an extraordinary winter in Crawford County, both in terms of severity and duration," Smith explained. "The impact of this past winter on the jail project is now becoming apparent. With so many lost work days, the start of the finish work has been delayed; and consequently, the finish date of the project has been changed. The simple fact of the matter is that this winter did not allow enough days that met the conditions for the quali- ty of work that is expected of the con- tractors." "It's one of those things that can't be controlled, so you just accept it and move, on," said a disappointed Associate CommissionerEd Mitchell upon hearing news of the pushed back work schedule. On a more positive note in his meeting with commissioners, Smith did point out that much work at the jalf site aas been completed since his last report or is at least nearing com- pletion. Those items included the installation of permanent electrical power, hanging of overhead lights and See JAIL page 2A Three ladies running for just two seats on R-2 board V By Chris Case Assistant Editor Cuba area voters will choose from among three can- didates to fill two open seats on the R-II School Board next Tuesday. The election fea- tures three women who've all served on the board before, two of whom are currently serving in that capacity. Dona Bouse, Sandra Farris and Jackie Volner are this year's candidates. They were all asked a series of questions about themselves and their views on issues related to the school district by the Cuba Free Press; their answers have been reprinted in full below in the order in which they were received by the paper. Cuba Free Press: What is your background and family history? Have you served on tire board before and if so for how long? Dona Bouse: I am a 1981 graduate of Crawford County ! Dona Bouse R-II Schools. I Married Jeff Bouse, a 1980 graduate of Cuba High School, in 1983. We have 2 children, Stephanie, who will graduate this year, and Nick, who will be a freshman in high school. Stephanie has been accepted at the University of Missouri- Columbia. We purchased Hayes Shoe Store in 1994 and Jeff takes care of the business. While I do bookwork for our store on the weekends, for the past Sandra Farris five years, my working hours are spent at Tacony Mtanufacturing as a Materials Manager. I have four years experi- ence as a Crawford County School Board member. Sandra Farris: I have lived in Cuba all my life. I'm married with two children-- Rachael 19, and Rebecca, 16. At present I am currently employed at Industrial Engineering. I have served on the Cuba Jackle Volner Board of Education for three years. Graduating from Crawford R-II Schools, I have watched our schools grow and become accredited through the hard work of our adminis- trators, teachers, students, parents and community. Jackie Volner: I moved to Cuba with my parents, Bob and Zella Bowen, in 1968. I attended Cuba R-II Schools and graduated from Cuba High in 1982. I then attended Rolla Technical Schools, where I graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Medical Office Technology. In the fall of 1982, I mar- ried Roger Volner. We have two children--Andrew, 19, and Ashley, 16. We have been happily married for 20 years. I've lived in Cuba for 35 years. I was elected to the Cuba Board of Education in 1999 and served three years. CFP: What specific prob- lem areas currently exist at R- H Schools that the board needs to address in the near future? " Bouse: The school board's number one concern in the near future is state funding issues and how they will impact our local school budg- et. : Farris: Attendance at the high school level needs to be addressed by the parents of our studen's. Both should be aware of the importance of attending classes daily. These See CANDIDATES page 2A