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2A July 24, 2003 Second Front Page The Cuba Free Press • Fair organizers say that 'it seemed like The Fair Board's $32,000 area and did a tremendous stage was the scene for many events, including the queen contest, prince and princess contest and Trace Adkins, a huge draw on Saturday night. The addition of a bathroom installed by the city was a wel- come addition to the festivities this year. City workers were still working frantically on the building Wednesday morning. Some existing paths were over- laid and paved and one new path was incorporated. City workers also installed permanent electric to the stage amount of landscaping includ- ing trees and mulch. New lights were also installed for the fairgrounds. Faye Howard, second vice president of the fair board, had many good things to say about the outcome of this year's fair. "The fair went very, very well," said Howard. "Of course in comparison to last year, (anything would have been better.) The attitude of the fairgoers was wonderful. We had more food booths, which added to the variety for fairgo- everything went rea|iy, really Smcmthly' ers. We didn't have long lines.  "]':ast " ;Jar's livestock auction. The Lions Club in charge of the parking was a real plus for everyone. This year, it seemed like everything went really, really smoothly." Howard mentioned the new road to the back gate that was especially helpful, which was a joint effort between Crawford County, the fair board, the city of Cuba and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. A horse arena and wash racks were also a part of this year's fair and were made pos- sible through donations from "I commend the fair board, the livestock folks, the Cattlemen's Association for their pavilion, the 4-H, Boy Scouts-everybody that helped." said Mayor John Koch. "(The fair) was very tastefully put together. It's amazing to look back and see what was given to the city by Ernie Hood, and what it is now. I think we're light years ahead." For more on this year's Crawford County Fair, the photo album which is part of this week's paper.. • School earns perfect bus safety inspection report for the second year in a row £tinued from I A conduct pre-trip and post-trip The district has bus drivers said. Kenny (}laser and the trans- portation director, Terry Strosnider. Even so, the achievement is a year-round process. "We have a conscientious team regardless of what it takes, they want to get 100 percent fleet inspection and put forth the extra mile to get it," Robinson said. Bus drivers are required to inspections. If anything is noted, that information is immediately passed on to Strosnider and Glaser, who take the necessary means to fix the problem. "We drive thousands of miles each year on gravel roads. Things come loose or wear out because of traveling these roads," Robinson said. Even in winter weather, buses are routinely checked. sticking with the same route and driving the same bus, increasing their awareness and familiarity if anything should go wrong. "Out of 1,450 students, over 900 ride our buses, are picked up and get home at the same time. There are a lot of kids and a lot of responsibility, and a lot of people to make sure the kids are safe. Safety is our number one priority," Robinson In addition to the certificate, each district received a sticker for each bus to be placed in the window marking the accom- plishment. "We're very pleased and proud that for two years in a row, we received 100 percent on our bus inspection. Our transportation department ought to be commended for that," Wayman Boast, R-2 superintendent, said. • Skateboard park grant money rejected by city, but will seek additional funding Continued from IA the project can move closer to an actual construction phase. The skate park "is for the kids, so they should have a say in how it turns out," said Mayor John Koch, after hear- ing news of the group's deci- sion. "They're the ones that are going to use it, so their input is important. But the reality is that we're talking a lot more money [in the new park design] and the city does- n't have those funds in its budget. I'd hate to have to basically give back grant money we've already gotten to go with something different, because we don't know if the money will be there again for us the next time we ask for it." The new park proposal includes an all-concrete struc- ture slightly smaller in square footage than the original plan, with a pool (or "bowl"), a rim around the perimeter, and var- ious obstacles and ramps for performing tricks. The old design, while a little larger, was to be made mostly of wood, lacked a bowl, and employed a simpler layout. "We had no idea what they were going to build until after the grant was approved and it all became public knowledge," noted Dave Beard of the CASC, who helped draw up the new plans. "What we've come up with incorporates everything that's good in a skate park and leaves out everything that doesn't work. We wanted something designed especially for our skaters by our skaters. People will come from all over the state to skate our park; it'll be that much better than any- thing in this area and won't need nearly the maintenance the old'plan called for." The original design "isn't what anyone really wants," said David Headrick, a local skater who assisted Beard in drafting the revised design. =The object in skateboarding is to maintain lines and speed. The old design was filled with stops and starts, just like the Rolla park, and as a skater, you end up getting really bored really fast. I mean, why should Cuba build something just like Rolla's? If we wanted to skate that we'd just drive to Rolla." A meeting last month between the Parks and Recreation Committee, mem- bers of the Park Board, and skaters resulted in the agree- ment that the old design would be rejected and the new one pushed forward. The grant application through the National Parks Service will be rewritten to accommodate the city's changes, but still there will be shortfalls in funding: The original cost was estimat- ed (including landscaping, lighting, the actual park and its equipment, as well as a new bridge across Tangle Creek) at close to $90,000; the new cost is estimated to be closer to $200,000. The city has set aside $50,000 in its budget to help pay for con- struction, as well as providing in-house labor where possible; and that amount is still being offered towards the revised project. The grant, if it is final- ized and approved with the revisions, covers 45 percent of the total building cost. "We're now talking about a plan that far exceeds what the city had anticipated spending for this," Comptroller Tonya Farace said. "There's a definite dollar gap there," added Alderman Les Murdock, who's been pushing for a Cuba skate park for several years. "The money isn't in the budget fnr thi , it's up to the board [of alder- men] and the kids to figure out where we go from here." The CASC has said it is committed to raising the lack- ing funds itself by whatever means possible, with the goal of breaking ground next sum- mer at Tangle Creek Park. ."We decided the original design is not useful. We will reapply next year," Farace said. • Livestock auction at county fair sees a record price paid for a ham and a hog Continued from IA high bid of $8 per pound from Wallis Oil, for a total sale of $2,288. It was the highest amount ever paid for a barrow at the Crawford County Fair. Staples' hog weighed in at 286 pounds, the •heaviest hog shown this year: There were 18 barrows sold in the auction, for a total of over $17,000, or $948.63 per head. Other high sales at this year's fair included that of Taylor Gibson of Oak Hill 4-H, who sdld her 270-pound bar- row to Parks Cattle for $7.75 per pound, for a final sale of $2,092.50, and Jordan Libhart of Oak Hill 4-H, who sold a 225-pound hog to Feed Lot Steakhouse for $6.50 a pound, for a total of $1,462.50. Tori Rowden of Forest Hill 4-H, having this year's grand cham- pion barrow on foot, sold hers to Gasconade Farmers Mutual Insurance for $3 per pound, for a total of $807. In the sheep division, A.J. Lea of Prairie 4-H sold his 116- pound lamb to Gasconade Farmers Mutual Insurance for an auction high of $4.50 per pound, for a total sale of $522. Lea's was the grand champion sheep at the fair. Hannah Lea, A.J.'s sister, also of Prairie 4-H, had the reserve champion market lamb and sold it to Peoples Bank of Cuba for $3.50 a pound, for a total of $388.50. Hannah Heaton of Oak Hill 4- H had the only other market lamb sold at auction this year. At 131 pounds, it sold for $393, or $3 per pound, to the family of Dan Hewkin. In the country cured ham division, Corey Stovall of Oak Hill 4-H had the top selling ham. He smashed the old sale record for hams when Woody Stovall Bricklaying purchased his 14-pound entry for $57 per pound, for a total of $798. Of 18 hams entered this year, 16 of them sold for $10 or more per pound, while six of them sold for $20 or more per pound. The second-highest pur- chase' was made by Wallis Oil, who bought a 14-pound ham entered by Nikita Gahr of Oak Hill 4-H for $42 per pound, for a total sale of $588. The grand champion ham, shown by Nathan Ransom of Lone Star 4-H and weighing in at 16 pounds, sold to Dave Campbell Construction & Excavation for $10 per pound, for a total sale of $160; and the reserve cham- pion ham, auctioned by Kelli Murray of Lone Star 4-H and weighing in at 15 pounds, sold for $9 per pound to Forest City Packing, for a total sale of $135. City Council Notes • Annalee Williams, represent- ing the Crawford County Historical Society, told the council she really appreciated the city, the bathrooms to Hood Park were a nice addition and she had received cOmments on how nice the park looked this year. • Norma Bretz told the council that 668 "warm bodies" had passed through the tourism canter since its opening and they had received 540 phone calls from five countries, 28 states and 66 visitor cities. • Bretz said =Midwest Living" had emalled asking for information about the top beaches in the Midwest. Bretz said she would be responding about the Rafting Co., resorts and golf courses in the area. Rand McNally had also requested information about the biggest and smallest of something in the area. • Janet Lowry was accepted as a replacement for Faye Howard's position at the tourism center. • Bob Baldwin presented the council with nuisance complaints. A headng had been set for 5:45 p.m. with neither Ed Brooks, 607 School nor JoCar Enterprises at 609 School present. Both com- plaints were abated by the council because both had complied with the ordinance. • New nuisance complaints were presented for 1309 E Washington, Copeland Appliance; 908 Glassey, Steve Fugit; and 502 E Washington, Renee Riviera. A public hearing was set for August 4 at 6 p.m. for all parties. • 104 Fleenor was discussed. The owner's business license had lapsed. City attorney, Steve Paulus said it was zoned commercially, and the ordinance does not apply to commercial, so it would not apply to this particular piece of property, unless they redraft it. The council approved the redrafting of the ordinance. • Marilyn Stewart told the coun- cil a meeting was held with JoAnn Radetic of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where the Historic Preservation Committee was given the opportu- nity to ask her questions, and requested that first and third Thursday evenings in the council chamber be reserved for meetings. The council approved the request. • Alderman Judy Schroeder was chosen to act as a liaison between the council and the Historic Preservation Committee. • The council told Stewart to come back next year before the budget was laid out to try and honor her request for $2,000 to cover training sessions and travel reimbursements for the committee. * Stewart's request was denied seeking the approval on behalf of Viva Cuba for a mural to be paint- ed on the side of Frisco's Grill and Pub identical to a sign already located there. The council rejected the request because the mural did not have historical value and was essentially an advertisement. • K.J. Koppelmann's request for a promotion was denied by the Sewer Committee, because the budget had already been config- ured and they would consider it again next year. • The first caption:only reading of Bill No. 1278, a proposed ordi- nance enacting utility incentives to city businesses, was approved. The next reading will occur at the August 4 meeting. • Alderman Brad Bouse said MFA is the sole supplier of airport fuel. Approval was granted for the purchase of 8,000 gallons. • Alderman Ralph Bayless asked if Cris Braymon was still operating at the city airport without a business license, and wondered how he was able to do this on city Property. Paulus said he would look into the issue further. Bouse said he felt the flight school was an asset to the community bringing in revenue in gasoline and the rental of hangar space. Bayless was cho- sen to act as a liaison to the Airport Committee, consisting of Bouse and Alderman William Lynch. They will be investigating the situation. • Les Murdock gave the council a recap of recycling information with $1,300 collected and 22,500 pounds of newspaper. Mayor John Koch asked Murdock to bring back in July a comparison of the previ- ous 12 months compared to the next 12. • The council approved Paulus to amend the nuisance complaint process to eliminate the use of a committee. • Pam Watson was appointed to the tourism board. • Koch announced that their insurance company waived the deductible and the city will be receiving $60.000. the full amount. for damages to the airport. R-2 gets computer The R-2 School Distrcit has been awarded a Vocational Technological Educational Enhancement grant, thanks to the efforts of Cuba High School teacher Dennis Losee and Ron Hull, technology director. The grant will bring 24 new computers, a smart board and a projector to the high school main lab and another smart board and projector to the business lab. The two-part grant allows for a 75 percent reimburse- ment on equipment and a 50 percent reimbursement on all other aspects, including soft- ware and reconfiguration of desks. R-2's 25 percent match, if all funds are spent, will total approximately $15,000 in local funds. The district will have until Marchl to disperse the funds. Even after extreme cuts were made, the lack of approx- imately $460,000 in state aid for R-2 for the continues to affect trict's budget. "Due to state cuts cutting back on staff, the district reserve spend in funds a $235,000," Wayman superintendent, said. Good news, received at the July board meeting from about the district's valuation in Gasconade Originally budgeting million, the district ated at $2.8 million which equates into tional $68,000 in enue. "This is good, for the school," Boast Even so, Boast state withholdings upcoming school year possible. Steelville man pleads guilty to resisting By Chris Case Assistant Editor W Gordon Davis Peanick, 66, of Cook Station, pleaded guilty at Dent County last week to felony resisting arrest charges. Originally charged with the felonious restraint of his wife, Wanda Peanick, of Steelville, two counts of armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and assaulting a law enforcement officer in the third degree, in connection with an incident at a local campground last year, Peanick agreed to plead guilty to resisting arrest in exchange for having all other charges dropped by the prosecutor. The felonious restraint charge w dropped at the request of the victim, his wife. Peanick was ordered to serve two years of supervised probation, avoid alcohol or drugs, not possess any firearms, undergo a psycholog- ical evaluation, and days of "shock time" Crawford County Jail. In June 2002, the Crawford County Department and the Missouri State Patrol responded to a a man at the "Little St. l campground in the Conservation Area with a shotgun and Deputies said when there, the man statement that he was shoot anyone that his tent." When he wouldn't self up, law officers forced to rush the i11mn nrl the lan ,=,;le 1' still inside. They were secure the subject harm to anyone at the including both Peanick wife, who was being remain there against at gunpoint. Courthouse hosting Listening The staff of U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof will hold a "Listening Post" in Steelville Thursday, July 31. Chris Haddox, from Congressman Hulshofs Washington, Me. office, will be available to meet with con- stituents at the Crawford County Courthouse from 9:30 tel0:30 a.m. "Listening Posts are one more way for my office to be accessible to the needs of local communities," stated Hulshof. "I hope this will be an opportu- nity for individuals to share their concerns face to face about upcoming legislation, or other issues with a my staff. "My office is also constituents are red-tape or other with a federal Hulshof. "I am happy any assistance I can matters, so I ing these kinds of will bring them to my tion at the Listenin.g Anyone with about the Listening other issues are call the Congress Washington, Missouri 636-239-4001. Lit BOB KOSKI =..,., .*.o,.,,e At PEOPLES YoHfirSt. 701 North Cuba, Me PeopJei Bank 573-885-2511 ,. Everyone Can Relax and "Stretchout'": Over the last several years, we have read and heard much about the Many IRA holders have painstakingly learned about Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and the ability to provide a stream of ficiaries at their death. Planners carefully outlined the land mines to avoid and IRA holders to ask their financial firm if they offer "stretchout" IRAs. Wel now, the IRS issued proposed regulations that have all but eliminated the fear ( bad decisions and essentially allow a "stretchout" IRA for everyone. " RMD rules state that once a participant reaches the age of 70 1/2, funds must be each year from their IRA. RMD calculations are based on the previous year's ending value of the IRA account. Based on these in( minimum distribution (RMD) is determined by simply dividing the value of the IRA by the factor from the appropriate IRS life expectancy table. Upon the death of an IRA participant who has begun RMDs, is continue (or accelerate) withdrawals from the IRA. The "strotchout" addresses the availability of beneficiaries of the IRA. This allows the beneficiaries to receive the benefits, such as deferral, of the IRA over the remaining "life" of the IRA. In the past, it toOk careful to make an IRA a "stretchout" IRA. However, in 2001, new regulations from the made stretching out an IRA easier than ever before. Under the new rules, as long as all of the IRA beneficiaries are living people, =stretchout" IRA will be the default eection. Each beneficiary may his or her own life expectancy provided the IRA is divided into separate by December 31st of the year following the participant's death. If the IRA is not I separate IRA's, then the RMD's will be taken according to the eldest expectancy. If a trust is the IRA beneficiary, then a "stretchour'ma vided the trust is deemed to be a =designated beneficiary," Basically, in be deemed a "designated beneficiary" all of the beneficiaries must be people, there are some administrative requirements as well. However, even if a trust is "designated beneficiary," the RMD's will be calculated according to the eldest trust beneficiary. While these issues are a very important part in future planning case is different and only part of an overall financial strategy. With this in mind, for these issues are best addressed with the assistance of professional. Securities offered exclusively through Raymond James Financial Sen/ices, Inc., indeendant broker/dealer, and are not insured by the FDIC or any other bank insurance or obligations of the bank, are not guaranteed by the bank, and are subject to dsk, including loss of principal•