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Tuesday, January 22, 1991
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1991 Births 2 Deaths 2 Marketplace 4-6 The News-Leader To report local news, call 836-1199 SECTION OZAI IKS 3 Rfli ssdki) BfflsxsC&s irIIs womrDSuro taamidl dksadl By Karla Price and Kathy Oechsle The News-Leader HERMITAGE Investigators today will search for clues along the Little Niangua River, after pulling the body of a missing Macks Creek woman from the waterway late Monday. Trudy Darby, 42, apparently was killed shortly after being abducted from a Macks Creek convenience store Saturday night, police said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but police were investigating it as a slaying. : Friends wondered why anyone would kill the longtime Macks Creek resident, described as someone who wouldn't make enemies. "She was related to half the community, and the other half were her friends," said Debra Hicks, who hired Darby last October as a clerk at K and D Country Corner. Darby's nude body was spotted in the water by a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter pilot Monday afternoon, and a rescue squad removed the body from the river shortly before 5 p.m., Hickory County Sheriff Ray Tipton said. The body was found in a stretch of the river just inside Hickory County, near County Road 200 and Route BB, he said. That's about five miles southwest of where Darby was last seen alive. "From what the evidence showed, I believe she was probably killed in Hickory County," Tipton said. Darby's clothes were not found in the immediate vicinity of her body, but Tipton said he didn't know if Darby had been sexually assaulted. Darby a former secretary for the Macks Creek Public School was a night clerk at K and D Country Corners, near U.S. 54 and Missouri 73. At 10 p.m. Saturday, police say Darby called her son, Waylon, and told him a "strange man" was outside the store. Darby asked her son to come to the store, but didn't indicate to Waylon that she was frightened or in danger, Camden County Sheriff Ralph Rider said. Waylon Darby, 22, told police he arrived within five minutes, and she was gone. "It appears she left quickly she didn't take her coat or her purse," Rider said. Missing from the register was the $220 usually left for the morning crew. Darby had deposited the day's receipts in a safe, Rider said. - J iL AAt JXJi JhfE. t l Bob LinderThe News-Leader Three hundred Ozarkers march Monday to honor the legacy of the of minus 10 degrees from City Hall to Benton Avenue African Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. People of all colors walked in wind chill Methodist Episcopal Church, 510 E. Central St. 300 brave cold to commemorate King By Chris Whitley The News-Leader Undaunted by bitterly cold wind and a lone protester's shouts of hate, about 300 Spring-fieldians of all colors joined hands Monday in a march to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It may be cold outside, but we have warmth in our hearts," the Rev. John K. Patterson said, leading a prayer before the march. As participants gathered outside City Hall in a wind chill of minus 10 degrees, a Ku Klux Klan member paced the median of Chestnut Expressway, shouting slogans and waving a sign at passing traffic. Steve Gullett, Missouri director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was ordered by police to keep his distance from the marchers. He complained that his organization was unfairly denied a permit to stage a counter-rally, but police said Gullett hadn't asked for permission early enough. -c ' . "King was a commie!" Gullett yelled. "He's a liar, a scoundrel! Honor a worthy Negro, not a communist!" One man shouted back, "If you don't want to honor a great African-American, go your own way and let the rest of us be in peace." Tempers and bodies were otherwise chilled as the marchers continued east down Chestnut to Benton Avenue, softly singing, "We Shall Please see KINGPage 2B Name change not in cards for SMS in 1991 Lawmaker may try again in '92 'Changing the deck chairs around on the Titanic is what this (SMS name change) amounts to.' By Robert Edwards The News-Leader Chances of trying to get a name change for Southwest Missouri State University through the General Assembly this year are diminished, state Rep. T.M. "Tommy" Macdonnell said Monday. That's because news of his effort got out before he had talked privately to many lawmakers and others to lay the proper groundwork, " " said Macdonnell, D-Marsh-field. "We have gone from 50-50 to 25-75," he said when asked to assess . the chances he mhhumbi would introduce a bill to have SMS become known as Missouri State University. However, according to another lawmaker, it won't matter what SMS is called if the state doesn't get more money to improve its entire higher education system. "Changing the deck chairs around on the Titanic is what this amounts to," said Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia. Kelly, whose district includes the main campus of the University of Missouri, is on the House Education and Transportation Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of the chamber's Budget Committee. The News-Leader reported Jan. 6 that Macdonnell said he was working on a name-change measure. Other Springfield news media also reported the story. Word of the possible name-change attempt began filtering through the community after Mac- Rep. Chris Kelly D-Columbia donnell discussed it at an event attended by SMS officials and supporters during SMS' football homecoming weekend in October. "It's not totally ruled out, but it is on the back burner," he said. "It's on simmer instead of full heat." If he does not put the bill in the hopper this year, he may try for 1992, he said. In a draft of the bill, the new name would be linked to a change in governing structure. That involves having three members of a seven-member board of regents come from outside SMS' 24- bhmmh county district. Currently, SMS has six regents, all from southwest Missouri. Macdonnell said he wants the new Missouri State to have a statewide mission in programs such as education and business. Kelly said he doesn't feel strongly one way or the other about SMS' bid for a name change. But he said he'd rather see SMS boosters "more interested in quality." "We never see them out in front for tax increases," Kelly said. Higher education in Missouri is declining and will continue to decline until it receives more money, he said. The state's colleges and universities need new equipment and they're having trouble attracting and keeping bright, aggressive young professors, he said. "It doesn't matter if Missouri State has an inadequate library or if Southwest Missouri State has an inadequate library," Kelly said. Curbside recycling key to making system a success Springfieldians have doubts about plan2B By Deborah Barnes The News-Leader If you want trash haulers to pick up recyclable materials at your curb, it will cost you about $2 a month. City administrators hope at least half of Springfield's homeowners will be willing to pay. They are depending on it for a $17.9 million trash disposal system to work. Voters will decide Feb. 5 whether to fund the new system that City Manager Tom Finnie says can reduce the amount of trash going to the local landfill by 75 percent. If it passes, the city will begin composting trash and will require trash haulers to offer curbside recycling. Haulers say they want to provide the recycling service, but homeowners will pay for it. That has some people angry. They want to know why they should pay haulers to collect materials haulers can then turn around and sell. The answer, haulers say, is that they lose money on most recyclables. Aluminum is the only material with "an attractive Please see TRASHPage 3B Costs keeping recycled goods on store shelves ELECTION 1991 By Deborah Barnes The News-Leader When customers asked Springfield grocery stores to offer toilet paper, paper towels and other products made from recycled paper, the stores put them on the shelves. But spokesmen for Dillon's and Smitty's supermarkets say there's a limited demand for the products because they usually cost more. "It's not a major seller by any stretch of the imagination," Dil lon's spokesman Tim Bellanti says. "The idea is great, but they Third Of three parts need to get the cost down." But manufacturers won't lower mmmhhmmmmm their prices until more people buy the products, which would help reduce production costs, says Smitty's spokesman Jeff Kollmeyer. That Catch-22 presents a challenge for Springfield's proposed trash management plan and its emphasis on recycling. If customers don't buy recycled TURNING THE TRASH TIDE goods, manufacturers won't make more of them. The result: A glut of recyclable materials. Springfield residents are being encouraged to sort their trash and recycle what they can. But there is little point in pulling out glass, plastics and other materials if there are no markets for them. So, the trash disposal plan facing Springfield voters Feb. 5 includes a market development program. , City workers would develop a detailed plan with incentives possibilities include tax credits, enterprise zones and materials supply contracts for attracting materials processers and users of recyclable goods to Springfield. City estimates place the program's annual cost at Please see RECYCLEPage 3B pwwT "i i i r i T : i . c 5.. 'J. t. :v Dan DyerThe News-Leader David Stewart is up to his neck in cardboard at Waste Management Inc.'s compactor. I Mnnmg Wei 1 Special county hearing The Greene County Commission is to hold a special hearing at 9:30 p.m. today in the county annex at 833 Boon-ville Ave. The subject of the hearing is the county's proposed 1991 budget. 'Living the Dream' Alvin L. Brooks, director of Department of Human Relations in Kansas City, gives the lecture "Living the Dream Let Freedom Ring" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Ellis Recital Hall on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University. Traffic board to meet The Springfield Traffic Advisory Board is to meet at 3:30 p.m. today in the public works conference room at City Hall, 830 Boonville Ave.

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