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......    r   ......... ..... The Week of Thursday,  Crawford County's Only State and National Blue Ribbon Award Newspaper Winner of 93 Awards in Journalism Cuba July 24, 2003 Defending Your , Liberties Since 1960 Week Fair Mbum Special Section sponsors tourney Page 18B Coming Up annual Gasconade Fair will be held Saturday in ille. Featured entertain- includes Janie Fricke night and the "Honky- gate Party" Saturday Knights of Columbus a "catch and release" derby from 10 a.m. to Urday. For more info House will host a Car cruise-in from 2 to 6 with music provid- Rocky. Weather Friday O Low-62 High-89 Low-63 Sunday Low.68 High-87 birectory Low-66 .......................... IC eds I I- 15B Qeeeeleeeeeeeee .............. 2C it ............ 8-9A ...................... 3C IO-IIA s ........ 1-9B ........ , ................. 4A ............. 6A .......................... 18B & NNA member Printed on Recycled Paper Fair went "very .well" organi rs say By Christy Hahn Staff Writer V The Crawford County Fair may be over, but an overwhelming sense of accomplishment lingers among those who planned, attended and witnessed the activities at Hood Park. The "Jungle of Fun" was relatively tame this year with the cooperation of the weather. Despite a slight downpour on Friday night, weather for the fair was ideal, unlike last year's thunderstorm, which caused excessive rain and the main stage roof to collapse. The annual parade kicked off this year's fes- tivities on. Wednesday, July 16, with crowds lined up along Route 66 in the hot sun, trying to find relief under awnings and behind buildings for shade. Children's arms were outstretched, begging for candy, scampering after it once tossed their way. Walt Daehn, driven by Phinnis Deardeuff, was the grand marshal. See FAIR page 2A R-2 district honored for bus maintenance By Christy Hahn Staff Writer w For the second year in a row, 100 percent of Crawford County R-2 School's buses passed inspection with a 90 percent or higher rating. The district received a certificate of fleet excel- lence from the Missouri State Highway Patrol again this year. "If even one bus fails, that's it--we don't get 100 percent. To keep that up for 18 buses in a month's time is quite a task. This is the first time ever, we've had 100 percent pass two years in a row," Kim Robinson, R-2 asisstant superin- tendent, said.  A month or two before the inspection occurs, the 'district is notified, heightening the aware- ness of the bus drivers, the school's mechanic, See SCHOOL page 2A City rejects funding for skateboard park By Chris Case Assistant Editor mw w Alderman Les Murdock announced at Monday's city council meeting that the city has decided to reject the $38,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for skate park con- struction. The full council approved his motion to reject the grant The city received preliminary word that it could get $38,000 in federal funds to build a skate park akin to the one constructed in Rolla, but the Cuba Area Skate Council (CASC) vetoed the original plan and came up with an entirely newqand more expensive---park design. While the city's Parks and Recreation Committee sup- ports the CASC's revised plan, it's clear that additional funding will have to be raised before See SKATEBOARD page 2A Dori Perry Photo Receiving honors at this year's Crawford County Fair Queen Coronation were: (from left) Robyn Rogers, of Steelville, Miss Congeniality; Candice Barton, of Cuba, Second Runner-Up; Julie DeClue, of Sullivan, Queen; and Lauren Felicier, of Steelville, First Runner-Up. DeCIue was also named Miss Photogenic. Queen reigns from Sullivan ! w By Chris Case Assistant Editor Julie DeClue, of Sullivan, was crowned the 2003 Crawford County Fair Queen at a corona- tion ceremony highlighting the fair queen contest at Hood Park on July 17. DeClue is the daugh- ter of Clarence and Sharon DeClue; she was sponsored by Wallis Oil Company. She was also named Miss Photogenic in the contest. Among many othor prizes con- tributed by area businesses, in winning the contest, Julie received a $500 scholarship to be used at the college or university of her choice. She and her court reigned over the 2003 fair and will be asked to make personal appearances at various events around the county over the next year. Lauren Felicier, of Steelville, was crowned first runner-up to the queen. She is the daughter of Jerry Felicier and Nancy Huskey; she was sponsored by Hair & Body Care Unlimited. Candice Barton, of Cuba, was named second runner-up. She is the daughter of Mark and Carla Barton, and was sponsored by Peoples Bank. Robyn Rogers, of Steelville, was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of David and Karen Rogers, and was sponsored by the Steelville Chamber of Commerce. Other contestants participat- ing in the queen contest were: Misty West, of Cuba, daughter of Cherry West, sponsored by First Community National Bank; Melissa Steber, of Steelville, daughter of Jim and Beth Steber, sponsored by Knights of Columbus; Lindsey Luke, of Cuba, daughter of Gary and Leann Luke, sponsored by Always in Bloom; and Lauren Riegel, of Steelville, the daughter of Larry and Donna Riegel, sponsored by Cuba Banking Center. The emcee of the contest was Scott Perkins. Escorts were Aaron and Adam Rutz. Bl:ook Theilen and Tina Dickens served as this year's Fair Queen Committee. The retiring 2002 Fair Queen was Heather Wilson, of Cuba, daugh- ter of Jeff and Sandy Wilson. Livestock auction brings in more than 00130,000 Chris Case. photo Lorran Blackwell shows her "pretty in pink" buoket calf, Daisy, at this year's fair. Lorran had a little trouble with the calf just before the show began, but she did a fine job when it finally began. Lorran is the daughter of Chris and Becky Blackwell of Cuba. ! l, By Chris Case Assistant Editor Livestock sales at the 2003 Crawford County Fair totaled more than $130,000, with new price records being set for both country cured hams and bar- rows. Last year's fair netted only about $120,000 in sales at the livestock auction. There were 41 market steers sold this year, weighing a total of 46,434 pounds, with an average weight of 1,132.53 pounds and an average cost of $2.33 per pound. Hog weights totaled 4,434 pounds at an average of 246.33 pounds and an average sale price of $3.85 per pound. The three lambs sold at auction weighed in at a combined 358 pounds, with an average weight of 119.33 pounds and cost of $3.64 per pound. The 18 cured hams in the 2003 Fair auction weighed a combined 248 pounds, with an average weight of 13.77 pounds and an average sale price of $18.12 per pound. Steers entered in the annu- al livestock auction held on the last day of the fair sold at an average of $2645.11 per head, accounting for more than $108,000 of the overall accu- mulated auction total. Josh Hepperman of Prairie 4=H, having the auction's final steer entry, earned the largest amount of cash from his trans- action with a $5,340 sale to Cuba MFA. His 1,335-pound steer sold at an auction high of $4 per pound. Two others in the market steer auction--Jason Martin of Bourbon FFA and Todd Weber of Prairie 4-Hqalso sold their steers at $4 per pound. Martin's 1,255-pound grand champion steer sold to Libhart Construction for $5,020, and Weber's 1,315-pound steer was purchased by Ace Manufacturing for $5,260. The reserve champion steer on foot, shown by Katie Pinnell of Prairie 4-H, weighed in at 1,315 pounds; it sold for $1.85 a pound to Mullally Distributing at a total cost of $2432.75. The reserve champion bar- row shown by Josh Staples of Prairie 4-H received a record See LIVESTOCK page 2A