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The Week of Thursday, May 6, 2004 Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper Winner of 97 Awards in Journalism Defending Your Liberties Since 1960 Page I B Pages I-2C oming Up Davisville Historical ' will host a Cruise In " to 5 p.m. Saturday in Admission is free. known parenting Bonnie Harris will a pre-school program ).m. Friday at the c Music Theatre in Everyone is wel- attend. day is Mother's Day. your morn! sday Friday ) Low-58 0 High-87 Low-60 Sunday Low-62 High-87 Low-61 y ...................... 2-4C ........................ IOA .................... 5-9B .................... 5-6C ................ 4B ........................ 1-2C ........................ 7C .................... 2-3B ............. . ............ 4A ..IB Council looking to sell old factory lot By Chris Case Assistant Editor v The board of aldermen agreed Monday to subdivide the city's vacant property at Bond and West Maple streets in an effort to improve the land's marketability. The cleared lot, once the site of the Cuba Shoe building, is currently zoned as commercial. The board plans to rezone the property and sell it offas four separate lots through an open real estate listing. Alderman Ralph Bayless suggest- ed having the property appraised before it is put up for sale. The board selected Aytes & Associates Appraisal Service to conduct the property appraisal. Alderman Mike Moreland abstained from the vote, due to a con- flict of interest. The city purchased the vacant Cuba Shoe building and lot from Paramount Apparel, Inc. in September 2002 for $50,000. Paramount bought the real estate when Cuba Shoe folded, but the buihi- it, g, used only for storage, fell into decay. Though rumors circulated after the city bought the land that it might be cleared for a new city hall building or donated to the Crawford County Foundation for a day care site, neither plan got off the ground. County eyeing system Citizen of the Year to track jail inmates By Chris Case counties with smaller Assistant Editor budgets the same technol- -7 ogy that the larger coun- The county commission ties around the state can may implement a new afford." Gately noted a electronic recordkeeping number of Missouri coun- system at the jail to man- ties that have already age inmate information adopted the software and streamline booking package, most recently procedures, Iron County. Representatives of According to the pro- Securepoint, LLC met posal, the county jail with the commission would receive an electron- Monday to promote the ic fingerprinting system, use of their software pack- database software, com- age designed to improve puters, and a laser print- information sharing and er--together worth an increase jailer productivi- estimated $28,500. The ty. According to a contract equipment would be submitted at the meeting, owned by the county, not inmates would pay for rented or leased. nearly $29,000 in equip- In exchange, Secure- ment upgrades by having point would receive $10 their daily boarding fees from every inmate ordered increased by $10 per day. to pay his county boarding 'rhere is absolutely no bill. Those not ordered to expense to the county-- pay or who fail to pay not one dime," explained would be exempt from the Chris case photo John Gately, vice-presi- fee. To compensate for the Les Murdock (center) received the coveted Citizen of the Year Award at Friday night's Cuba dent of Securepoint. "This charges, the county is con- Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Retiring Chamber President Jason Mehl and new Chamber helps us provide smaller See JAIL page 2A President Pegge Martin presented Murdock with the award. See Page 11A for the full story. , |  i Two local business leaders lost in same week Jim Barnett Sr. was long-time leader of Peoples Bank William James Barnett Sr., a long- time civic leader in Cuba, died April 26 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He was 96. Barnett succeeded his father, A.J. Barnett, as president of Peoples Bank of Cuba, following his death in 1959. The younger Barnett continued on as president of the bank for 17 years before being elected chairman in 1976, as his son, William James Barnett Jr. assumed the role of bank president. Barnett Sr. served the bank as chairman until 1994, when he was elected chairman emeritus, and con- tinued to serve in that capacity until his death. "In many ways, he was a role model for me and our entire staff at Peoples Bank," recalled Jim Barnett of his father. "I learned from him the importance of being focused on the Cuba community and helping it to grow and prosper. Today, that's part of the bank's mission statement, and it came directly from him. He cared about the people who worked for him, and took time every day to visit with employees and ask about their fami- lies. He was a good listener, and that's important in any business." Barnett Sr. was born in Cuba on May 23, 1907. His visitation was held at Britton Funeral Home in Cuba on April 27. He was buried April 28 at Kinder Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Pocahontas (Pokie); one son, William James (Jim) Barnett Jr. and wife Jill; and two grandsons, William James Barnett III and Andrew Price, Barnett. Becoming donors Chris Case photo CMS student Chelsey Martin (on cell phone) watches on as two area residents register to become donors during a bone marrow drive held in her honor Saturday at Cuba High School. About 200 people attended the drive, with 139 being tested as a possible donor for Chelsey or one of thousands of others awaiting bone marrow transplants. Cuba lost a well-loved business leader last week, when Jim Mullally Jr. passed away at a Chesterfield, Mo. hospital on April 29 following a long illness. Assisted by members of his family, Mullally owned and operated Mullally Distributing in Cuba, a regional distrilutor of Anheuser- Busch products. He began a long relationship with Anheuser-Busch after serving in the Korean War, holding sales positions with the company and later becom- ing Anheuser-Busch's Military Export Sales Manager. In 1974, his family moved to Cuba when he purchased the local distrib- utorship. They have lived here ever since. James J. Mullally Jr. was 74 at the time of his death. Jim Mullally Jr. owned local A-B distributorship since 1974 One son, James J. Mullally III, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter Kathy and husband John Herman; son Kevin and wife Sally; and grandchildren John, Lucy, and Lauren Herman and Sean, Colin, and Kevin Mullally; brothers Robert (Bob) Mullally and wife Joan, and R. Pearse Mullally and wife Pat. Visitation was held at Britton Funeral Home in Cuba on Sunday, and Mullally was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery on Monday, after a funeral service at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be given to the James J. Mullally Jr. Memorial Cuba High School Track Fund, c]o Cuba Banking Center, 700 N. Franklin St., Cuba, Mo., 65453. Scout is seeking your help with Eagleprojec,' By Chris Case Assistant Editor A Cuba Boy Scout needs your help as he works toward earning his Eagle badge this summer. Kevin Halinar, 17, of Boy Scout Troop #463, will col- lect donations of books and school supplies for Cuba schools as part of the community service project required for elite Eagle advancement. The project, dubbed "Scouting for Education," ends Saturday, May 8. "I had the project approved last November, but because of the weather and other delays, we couldn't get it scheduled until May," explained Halinar. "My goal was to come up with a project that would have an imme- diate impact in our community, and that's why I chose a project that could help our schoolchildren." With the help of other Cuba Scouts and a few friends, Halinar distributed 1,500 donation bags to homes throughout Cuba and Indian Hills. They left bags on doors last weekend and will collect them Saturday. The Scout needs new and used books, crayons, col- ored pencils, regular and dry erase markers, ruled and plain paper, rulers, scissors, staplers, pencil sharpeners, glue, erasers, folders, and tissue. All of the donated items will be turned over to area preschools and the Cuba R-2 School District to be used as they see fit. See EAGLE SCOUT page 2A