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........ The Week of Thursday, May 29, 2003 Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper Winner of 93 Awards in Journalism Defending Your U 8 Liberties Since 1960 75 Cents This Week the a bbne Page 12A manager takes at Cuba Lakes Page I B gUp Cuba municipal pool for the season at 10 City Council will m regular session at city hall. The meet- is open to the public, to begin at 5:30 will be a free concert senior citizens from 5:30 p.m. June 8 at the main stage at the County Fairgrounds Park) in Cuba. Weather Friday Low-52 High-82 Low-58 Low-50 Sunday High-74 Low-46 Directory ...................... 2-4B .................... 7-9B ...... 5B ................ 6B 12A & 12B .................... liB ...................... IIA .......................... 4A ............................ 6A .......................... ..IB O & NNA member Printed on Recycled Paper R-2 scholarships top $650,0.00 By Chris Case Assistant Editor i ' f ' Twenty-seven Cuba High School seniors from the graduating class of 2003 received scholarships at the sen- ior awards presentation held May 20 at the school gymnasium. Parents, family, friends, fellow students and members of the local community watched as seniors were honored for having won renewable scholarships valued at a total of $653,357. Jill Dudley and Travis Pyatt were the top two scholarship winners, with awards of $39,825 and $39,500, respectively. Five others received grants of $25,000 or more for college tuition and expenses. This year's graduating class raised $200,000 more in financial awards than did the Class of 2002 ($419,452). "I always try to encourage the seniors to raise more scholarship money than the class before them," said school counselor Teri Carty. "They sure did that this year!" Cuba High School Class of 2003 Scholarships and Financial awards recognized at the May 20 presentation were as follows: Melissa Stephens: Ben Farris Scholarship, $500; Pat Weber Memorial Scholarship, $200 ($700 total) Candace Barton: Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation Scholarship in memory of William Guffey, $1,000; Peoples Bank Scholarship, $500 ($1,500 total) Alex Sellers: Knights of Columbus Scholarship, $200; University of Missouri-Rolla Missouri Miners Scholarship, $4,000 (total $4,200) Austin Lea: Crawford County Cattlemen's Association Scholarship, $500; Crawford County Fair Board Scholarship, $500; Trinity Chapel Presbyterian Scholarship, $1,000 (total $2,000) Melanie Prince: Crawford County Cattlemen's Association, $500; MNEA Scholarship, $75 (total $575) Tim Donahoe: Cuba Alumni See SCHOLARSHIPS page 2A CHS presents diplomas to 90 graduates Ashley Roedemeier The CHS Class of 2003 graduation ceremo- ny was held Saturday, May 24, inside the gym. There were 90 candidates for graduation who accepted their diplomas among the cheers and applause of family, friends, teach- ers, school staff and area residents. Top scholars of the class were Ashley Roedemeier, who was announced as this year's valedictorian, and Susan West, intro- duced as the class salutatorian. Special music at graduation was provided by the Concert Band under the direction of Travis Moore, and the guest speaker was Athletic Director and Middle School Assistant Principal Mike Voigt. Joe Cason, the president of the R-2 Board of Education, handed out diplomas to the graduating class members. Susan West Coroner: 'Internal injuries' caused local girl's death By Chris Case Assistant Editor w w County Coroner Paul Hutson announced last week that Rebecca Fuller's death was caused by "internal injuries resulting from blunt trauma." The five-year-old Cuba girl died May 13 after being treated at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for a broken collarbone she sustained in an accident out- side her home on Maple Shade Road. Hutson believes the girl suffered abdominal injuries when the truck she was play- ing in slipped out of gear and rolled backwards down the driveway into a ditch. An autopsy revealed a lacerated spleen, which caused severe internal bleeding. "No one knows for sure exactly what might've hap- pened that day," Hutson said. "In my opinion, it seems like- ly that she jumped out of the truck as it was moving and was struck by either the door or a tire with some force." The girl was taken by pri- vate vehicle to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of injuries. According to the Child Fatality Review Panel (CFRP) report, at the hospi- tal, a "doctor examined, took x-rays, found fractured bones, but apparently did no other imaging tests." Shortly after the child was released and returned home, she suffered respiratory dis- tress and 911 was called. Rebecca was transported by ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla and pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency room doctor. The CFRP has "questions and concerns regarding (the) adequacy or quality of med- ical care given" during the first emergency room visit at Sullivan, their report states. The panel has suggested hav- ing the Missouri Board of Healing Arts and Department of Health conduct an inde- pendent investigation into the alleged medical negli- gence. A local panel meets to dis- cuss the details of all deaths to minors in the county, including accidental ones. The board consists of mem- bers of local law enforcement, Division of Family Services, the Health Department, EMS technicians, the county prose- cuter, and coroner. They met on Wednesday, May 21, and their findings have been turned over to the state's Department of Social Services for further review and possible action. State legislature will go back to work on June 2 Administration budget. "Frankly, I think these cuts go beyond what is wise, but I am reluctantly agreeing to them in an attempt to demon- strate to the legislature that I will work with them in good faith to resolve the budget crisis facing our state," Holden said. Earlier last week Holden announced he would veto four budget bills, including cuts to: the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; the Department of Higher Education; the Department of Social Services; and the bill that funds the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Health and Senior Services. Holden vetoed House Bill 2, which cuts funding to ele- mentary and secondary edu- cation by $224 million, because "it is not if the best interest of Missouri student's or the state's economy." Gov. Bob Holden announ- ced last week that he will reluctantly accept the $74 million in cuts put forward by the legislature in the remain- ing bills that make up the Missouri budget. Those cuts include a $16.2 million general revenue cut in the Corrections budget, a $4.5 million cut in the Economic Development budg- et, a $5.6 million cut in the Judiciary budget, and a $29.9 million cut in the Office of Honoring those who have fallen Holden indicated he is also taking this action because the legislature's budget is $367 million out of balance, which would have required further cuts. Holden vetoed the budget bill while visiting the Pioneer Ridge 6th Grade Center in the Independence School District. The district would losd $2.7 million under the legislature's budget and is expected to lay off 110 teach- ers. Rob Vlehman photo Local veterans salute as the U.S. flag is lowered to half-staff during Memorial Oay ceremonies held at Kinder Cemetery in Cuba. See page 12B for more photos and information. Holden also announced he was planning to call the General Assembly back to Jefferson City on Monday, June 2 to start work on the budget. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway blasted Holden for vetoing the budget. Holden's decision to veto the Social Services budget made him the first governor in the state's recorded history to veto three budget bills. See STATE page 2A BHS graduates 52 Bourbon High School held its commencement for the Class of 2003 May 22, at 8 p.m. in the high school gymna- sium. Fifty-two seniors took home their diplomas that night. Following the traditional opening processional of the graduating class and the presentation of flags by local Boy Scouts, seniors sang "Please Remember  and honored class sponsors with gifts of thanks. Class valedictorian Stacey Stephens and class salutato- rian Jonathan Wissman both gave speeches to their grad- uating peers, prior to the presentation of local schol- arships, academic awards, and the recognition of stu- Our strong band shall ne'er dents with perfect atten- be broken dance and those who'd Formed in Bourbon High been at R-1 schools Far surpassing wealth throughout their entire K- unspoken 12 career. Seals our friendship,s tie. While many graduates will go on to further their Bourbon High School now education in colleges and and forever universities around the Deep graven on each state, three young heart Bourbon area men--Paul Shall be found unwavering Irvin, Chris Leuthausen and Robert Lockhart III-- true when We from life shall part. will be serving their coun- try in the armed forces. After they were recognized for their committment, Dan King, president of the R-1 Board of Education, Superintendent Chris Gaines and BHS Principal Kevin Freeman assisted in the distribution of diplomas. The evening ended, as is tradition at Bourbon High's commencement, with a tearful group singing of the school song by the entire audience. BHS School Song