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Wednesday, March 22, 1995
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INSIDE SECTION Wednesday, March 22, 1995 ' News-Leader 3B Ozarks 4B Death notices 10B News of Record 11B Stocks 12B Marketplace CRKSVSE: An ex-suspect in 2 slayings pleads guilty to attacking a girl. 2B COUNCIL: Officials fear they'll lose 8 percent of block-grant budget. 4B GAMBLING: St. Charles County tables action on casino proposal 5B COMING TOMORROW: Clearing the smoke out LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWS Greene County 3 townships getting new polling places v Voters in three Greene County townships soon will receive new . voter identification cards in the mail advising them of a change in - their polling places. Greene County Clerk Richard Mruckhotr says the new locations should be more accessible to the nearly 4,000 voters affected by the changes. The changes: - I East Republic Township, for merly at H&R Block Building; moved to the ParksActivity Center, 711 E. Miller St. B West Republic Township, formerly at Republic City Hall; moved to the Senior Friendship Center, 210 E. Hines St. B Taylor Township, formerly at Oak Grove Church; moved to His Majesty's Church, Missouri 125 and Sunshine Street. Springfield Meeting set Monday on how to plug wells The Greene County Soil and Wa ter Conservation District will con duct a public meeting Monday to discuss the proper way to plug abandoned water wells. Wells that aren't closed according to standards set by the Missouri De partment of Natural Resources may contribute to groundwater contami nation. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA conference room in the RDI Building, 3003 E. Chestnut Ex pressway. For more information, call 862 8085. Employers invited to health care talk Area employers may attend a free business leaders' luncheon Tuesday to discuss managed care and how to be a better health care consumer. The program, "Managed Care and You," will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Ho tel-Hawthorn Park, 2431 N. Glen-stone Ave. It's part of an education al series sponsored by the Ozarks Area Business Group on Health and Primrose Healthcare Services Inc. Martin I. Schneider, publisher, editor and founder of Health Pages. a consumer magazine, will discuss disease prevention and wellness. To register, call 885-6270 by Fnday. Dr. Joyce Brothers to talk at health day Dr. Joyce Brothers will be the keynote speaker April 8 for Wom en's Health Day, an event sponsored by KYTV and St. John's Mid-Ameri ca Cancer Center in conjunction with Cancer Awareness Month. Other speakers include Spring field Clinic physician Dr. Barbara Fedor and financial adviser Joy Lamberson-Klock. The program is from 8 a.m. to noon at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway. The cost is $15, and registration is required. For more information, call 888-8888 or 1-800-909-TEAM. mm Robert Keyes News-Leader If inmates learn to read and write, they also may learn there's life outside of crime. The Greene County Sheriffs Department and Ozarks Literacy Council are teaming up to provide that experience in a first-ever Mis souri program that begins next month in the county jail. Sheriff John Pierpont announced Tuesday. About 57 illiterate inmates will participate in "Project Learn " de signed as much to educate them as to protect society from crime. "We are strongly convinced that illiteracy is the root cause of many of the problems that society is expe riencing now," said Linda Blaker, literacy council executive director. I ve never met an individual who w wmi a limns "We are strongly convinced that illiteracy is the root cause of many of the problems tint society is experiencing now." Linda Blaker, Ozarks Literacy Council said they wanted to be a criminal when they grew up, and I think, given the proper tools, most individuals will choose to improve their skills and improve their lives and educate themselves." The literacy council has been developing the program for months. It will cost the jail $5 to $10 per inmate. The literacy council will fund the rest of the $150-a-year fee for each tutor-inmate team. At least a dozen volunteers will teach inmates one- on-one for two hours at least once a week, Blaker said. On average, 77 percent of U.S. inmates have low literacy skills, Blaker said. Jail officials did not have a literacy figure for the roughly 178 inmates incarcerated here. Not all who are considered to have problems chose to partake in the program, said Jail Chief Jimmy Hensley. Some may not be there long enough (though the program is promised to extend beyond jail); "some just don't want any help," Hensley said. "For most adults who have spent their adult lives hiding the fact that they cannot read and write well, it's very, very difficult to come forward and admit that they need some help," Blaker added. The alternative may be lifelong incarceration, said Joy Jones, sheriffs chief deputy. Jail officials would not allow inmates interested in the program to talk to reporters, saying it's against jail policy. But Jones said lack of self-esteem is common among prisoners. "We think a program of this nature will serve those individuals in that hope- Inmate literacy The program will be evaluated after 90 days. Literacy volunteers are still needed. Those interested should call 886-5499. Group hopes tape frees Wilson Supporters have long contended he didn't kill Pauline Martz. Laura Bauer Menner News-Leader AURORA After nine years of believing a neighbor and friend is being wrongly held for murder in the state penitentiary, supporters of Johnny Lee Wilson say they have new hope. They say if Gov. Mel Carnahan listens to a tape they heard at a gathering Tuesday afternoon, he'll have to give Wilson a pardon or a new trial. The tape is a recorded conversation between a man who confessed to killing Pauline Martz in April 1986 and the man he says helped him. About 75 supporters gathered Tuesday known to them as Johnny Lee Wilson Day at Aurora's Oak Park to renew their hope for justice and Wilson's freedom. They listened as Gary Wall told them police forced him to say Wilson bragged to him about the killing. "I know Johnny Lee Wilson is inno cent, and want him released, that's all," Wall said. Supporters : , . ' "!" yf, vVy;,' ' . y' - ' ' ' f I $ "J ' - ; ' . ' - - ' ' ' 4 f. ' " ' ' !' f j ' , ' ' ' l vf f - : i - " ' - . , . ' ' I - :i -(. , NS. t" 1 y , ' - . ' r 1 - S x - ; --v- - .A Jjl.. 'i I "How obvious is it? Listen to what tliese guys are saying. I've always said tint Itid was ripped off." Janet Griggs Johnny Lea Wilson supporter for Wilson's release after they heard the tape, which former Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller played. Miller once defended Chris Brownfield, who confessed to the killing in 1988. At one point in the taped conversation, Brownfield defended his confession and asked his accomplice: "What was I supposed to do ... leave the kid laying in there like that?" The accom plice answered: "Why not?" "You can't listen to that tape and leave here not thinking those men did that," said Randy Glessner. "My hope is Carnahan will do something to help him (Wilson)." When to believe Many law enforcement offi- See WILSON, Page 8B 4& &t V I , (;.wy ; Defense attorney Vern Miller (above) plays a tape recording of a conversation supporters believe proves Johnny Lee Wilson is innocent. About 75 supporters (including those at left) gathered Tuesday in Aurora. They say Wilson has been wrongly imprisoned for the 1986 slaying of Pauline Martz. Mike Wingo News-Leader fully they'll go back on the street in a little bit better situation than they came to us. "We have a limited amount of resources to do things of a rehabilitative nature, but this is one program we can offer that I think will be of service to inmates and help them spend their time while incarcerated in a more productive way than perhaps watching television all the time or playing cards." OTC land to cost at least $1 million Some properly owners in the area still say they won't sell Christopher Clark News-Leader A funding group for Ozarks Technical Community College will spend at least $1 million to buy land for a permanent campus in central Springfield, OTC officials said. In a courtesy presentation to the City Council Tuesday, school officials said its Public Building Corp. has settled contracts on 20 of 36 properties in land bounded by Central Street and Chestnut Expressway north and south, Texas and Hampton avenues east and west. That's where OTC wants to build a $5 million to $7 million Technical Education Building, paid for with money the school uses to pay rent at North Town Mall and Cox Medical Center North. Though OTC doesn't require the city's formal approval for its plan, school officials said they would like the council's support. If all goes well, construction on the building, which would serve as the school's permanent campus, could start next fall and be finished in time for classes in fall 1997. But all isn't going well. Some of the remaining homeown-ers have said they won't sell, and they claim the "fair market value" I they're being offered by the building ; corporation isn't enough to put them in new homes. "My answer is still no," said Del-; mus Carlock, who with wife Luida live in the 1000 block of East Central. "I'm still gonna hold out. Let 'em go around us, I don't care." The corporation can access tax-' See OTC, Page 8B : Writers Hall of Fame names first four inductees ri:xA Carnival to raise cash for play gear The Parent Teacher Association at John Thomas Elementary School in Nixa is sponsoring a carnival March 31 to raise money for new playground equipment and teaching tools. The carnival will include clowns, dinner, bingo, a cake walk and other games and booths. A rummage sale also is planned. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The carnival will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes include resort weekends in Branson, a cellular phone, a handmade Heritage rocking chair and a handmade quilt. Tickets may be purchased by calling 725-7420. The Springfield-based organization is the first of its kind in the United States. Karla Price News-Leader Putting pen to paper is simple. Putting pen to paper and creating a memorable piece of work, well. that's another story. And it is the stories written bv Missouri authors that srjurred the creation of the Springfield-based Writers Hall of Fame. The first four inductees one deceased, three contemporary were announced Tuesday. They are: Mark Twain, turn of the century humorist; author of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." David L. Harrison, a Springfield native and the author of more than 40 books. His first book, "The Boy with A Drum," was published more than 25 years ago. John Hulston, a Dade County native and Springfield lawyer who has written books on Ozarks history, West Point, Wilson's Creek Battlefield and Lester E. Cox. Ellen Gray Massey, a teacher who helped Lebanon High School students produce 40 quarterly issues of "Bittersweet," a publication about life in the Ozarks. She edited the volumes into two books. Since 1983, she has written five novels for Avalon Books. The organization was founded in late 1994, and its 30-member board of directors were responsible for nominating writers, then electing the first slate of inductees, said board president Jim Thompson. Only Missouri authors were represented this year, but those boundaries may spread in coming years, Thompson said. Honoree Harrison said the group was unable to find a similar Writers ? K ' ,yi Harrison Hall of Fame in the United States. The group also hopes to encourage young writers through scholarships, awards and the example and advice of its first class of inductees. Hulston offered some of that advice to aspiring authors Tuesday. "Write about something that you know about, something local, something in your area," he suggested. A banquet honoring the inductees will be 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Highland Springs Country Club. Their works will be featured in a reader's theater. Ticketsmay be purchased for $25 each by calling 888-1890. FOR YOUR Iff F0RIMT10U Health. Care program: "The Ethics of Manaqed Care: The Changing DonorPatient Relationship" will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the American Red Cross Building, 1211 S. Glenstone Ave. The program is free and open to the public. Turkey haters: A "Beginner's Turkey Hunting Seminar" will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4600 S. Chrisman Road. Registration is required. Call 882-4237. .Our city editor is Chick Howland, fi3fi-is58, or fax. 837-13B1 Health program: Cox Senior Advantage will present "Nutrition: Trends for the Nineties" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fountain Plaza Room at Cox Medical Center North, 1423 N. Jefferson Ave. To register, call 836-3616.

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