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.... .... ............ . ......... .... ..................... The Week of Thursday, June 17, 2004 Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper Winner of 97 Awards in Journalism This Week ,F t f t $ dy Wildcats get in over Bourbon Page I B ids brag about |eir fatherst Section C Coming Up F  . I. The Cuba School Board Ill meet at 7 p.m. today fhurs.) in the R-2 Administra- [}n Building. The meeting is Den to the public. i The American Red Cross tll conduct a blood drive from !to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the ited Methodist Church in urbon. All eligible donors are Ilcouraged to attend due to a !rrent blood supply shortage. ! Weather i ' i,, II ! Thursday Friday High.79 Low.62 High.81 Low.63 Saturday Sunday ' f ( Iflgh-83 Low-61 High-80 Low.56 Directory i." urbon . ............. , ...... .2 3B assifieds., ................ 7-1 I B lucation.., ...... . .............. 4B Itertainment ........ '...8-9A dscoop ........................ 5B ttstyles ..... . ................ I I A" )inion .................. . ...... .4A .ord ............................ 6A rts ............................ I B i & NNAmemLber Printed on Recycled Paper Defending Your Liberties Since 1960 . deral pris.oners arrive in county By Chris Case Assistant Editor After months of planning, the Crawford County Jail began housing federal prisoners Tuesday when six inmates were relocated to Steelville. SheriffAl Engelbrecht Jr. signed an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to house its inmates earlier this month. The contract with the Prisoner Services Division runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, 2004. "It's a six-month contract, which is their Standard trial period," said Jail Administrator Joe Weber. "Typically, if there aren't any problems that need to be addressed, the contract auto- magically renews." According to the terms" of the agree- ment, the USMS will pay $52.46 per prisoner for each day of housing in Crawford County. The USMS also pays for two guards during trans- portation to and from St. Louis, and reimburses for mileage accumulated on the county's transport van. The estimated value of the con- tract--assuming an average of 15 fed- eral prisoners each day until next December--is $131,806 i n added rev- enue. Averaging 30 federal prisoners throughout the contract period would double its value to more than $260,000. Only six inmates were transferred to the jail this week, with a seventh prisoner already incarcerated in Steelville but also facing federal Taking strides to beat cancer : .............   ..... Chris Case photo Great weather helped bring a large crowd to me 2004' County Relay for Life at Hood Park last weekend. Local cancer survivors (pictured above)kicked off theRelay Friday evening by tak - ing the first few laps around the track. Training offered on Sunshine Law Government entities and elected officials who violate the state's Open Meetings law will face stiffer penalties with changes that were made to the law this legislative session. These changes, which Gov. Bob Holden has signed into law, will be' covered in detail at an upcoming Elected Officials Workshop, sponsored .by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and pre- sented by the Missouri Municipal League. The workshop is scheduled for June 22 at the MRPC office, 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. Registration and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the workshop is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee. Missouri Municipal League officials will lead the workshop. The workshop always includes a discussion on the state's Open Meetings/Open Records Law, also called the "Sunshine" Law, however, specialemphasis this year, will be placed on changes to the law, including new defini- tions and stiffer penalties, explained Connie Willman, MRPC's planning and develop- ment manager. ?MML always does an excel- CHS grad recalls me.et00ng" ,Reagan By Anne Shaw Heinrieh the: "Reagan is gone, my husband said from the cell phone. He was on his way home from attending our nephew's college gradua- were tion. The news didn't exact- have leadership ly shock me; but I tucked it All in all, we away in the back of my were pretty good kids, but mind to ponder later. Our oldest daughter wanted to practice her latest feat: rid- ing her bike with no train- ing wheels, The rest of the day, I watched the breaking news coverage of this man's life, and couldn't help but be drawn to a framed photo I have in my home office. It's a photograph of me shaking the President's hand during a reception at the White House in the summer of 1987. I'd finished my first year of college at Reagan's alma mater and mine, Eureka College, in Illinois. I was among a .small there was a lot of growing up to be done. Today, as I look at myself in that picture, I'm painful- ly aware of how young I was, arrogant and naive enough to believe that I really deserved to be. there shaking the hand of the President of the United States! I remember being properly humbled enough to feel my heart racing as my turn to meet the President grew near. And I was at least savvy enough to recog- nize that the moment was the stuff of which dreams lent job explaining the Open Meetings law, however, we have asked them to cover the changes in detail, since this is new to all of our elected officials." Other topics to be included in the training will be conflicts of interest and incompatible offices; the Hancock Amend- ment; local revenue sources; and "an update on legislation passed during the 2004 General Assem- bly. "The workshop is designed to inform elected officials and key local government employees of the mandated duties and See TRAINING page 2A are made, especially for See REAGAN page 2A charges. The Marshals Service will be charged during his incarceration as a federal prisoner. Weber said he anticipates a fluctu- ating number of federal prisoners each week, as some transfer out and new ones transfer in. "I think eventu- ally we'll be holding somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 25 on a regular basis," he said. "At times, there may be more, and other times less. It will depend upon how many local inmates See FEDERAL page 2A "City budget plan includes pay raise By Chris Case Assistant Editor he Cuba City Council- reluctantly approved a preliminary budget plan for fiscal year 2004-05 Monday night during a special ,budget meeting. Aldermen had trouble agreeing on 'how to increase pay for city workers. The city currently employs an annual $500 across the board increase policy for all its employ- ees. Some aldermen feel the automatic raise does- n't provide incentive for greater productivity; oth- ers believe it doesn't prop- erly reward loyalty and years of service. Alderman Kenny Killeen mentioned sever- aI cities that have approved i cost-of-living increase based on per- centage. "To me, i it's the most fair way," he said. "Sure, some people will get bigger raises than others, but they've worked for the- city longer." Killeen preferred a flat two-percent increase to each employee's salary. Department supervisors and .those with the most years of service would get larger raises because their salaries are already higher.- Other aldermen sug- gested offering an extra week's paid vacation rather than any pay increase, or returning to a system where raises are See CITY pag e 2A Onondaga Cave marking World's Fair anniversary On Saturday, July 17, Onondaga Cave State Park will celebrate the 100th an/iiversary of the St. Louis World's Fair. Sponsored 'by the Missouri Department of Natural. Resources, this special event will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the park's Visitor Center. This event will com- memorafe an important time in Missouri's history, as well as the history of Onondaga Cave State Park. It was during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair that the cave earned its named and became the popular show cave it is today. "A Fair To Remem- ber" will attempt to cap- ture some of the early his- tory of St, Louis while also incorporating ele- ments of the present and future. An important feature throughout the event will be the numerous exhibits and activities related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806. Other scheduled activi- ties include OnOndaga Cave Tours, food vendors, craft/artisan booths, rov- ing magicians and inter- preters, the St. Louis Ragtimers Band, the Pat See CAVE page 2A Photo courtesy Pat Shaw Anne Shaw Heinrlch shakes hands with President Ronald Reagan during a 1987 visit to the White House.