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Obituaries2C SMS honor roll9-1 OC Weather1 2C Section The News-Leader Sunday, June 30, 1985 Residents sip plan to manage national voresH Public hearing on proposal to close two districts to cars draws 75 people 'yft-i Travis iwomson V. 'I I Oi I I i ifil Fire destroys frame house in Fair Grove Home's owner found trying to put out blaze with hose A late-morning fire Saturday destroyed the home of a rural Fair Grove man, firefighters said. Volunteer firefighters from Wadsworth and Fair Grove responded to the blaze at the William Tuckness residence on Route 2, Fair Grove, shortly before 11:30 a.m. today. Wadsworth volunteer Firefighter Ray Holt said he was driving down Greene County CC about 2 miles west of Fair Grove when he spotted the blaze on a hillside.

He rushed up to the fire and found the house fully engulfed and Tuckness fighting it with a garden hose. Holt rushed down the road a short distance to the home of Fair Grove Fire Captain Wayne Sharp and reported the fire. By the time firefighters arrived, it was too late to save the one-story, four-room frame house, Sharp said. "The fire was all over. It was coming out the roof and the windows," he said.

"We couldn't do anything except keep it from spreading." Firefighters are not sure what started the fire but said it started in the kitchen near an area where some gasoline cans were kept. No one was injured in the fire. Sharp made an initial estimate of the loss at $6,000 to $7,000. Tuckness said he had no Tire insurance. Tuckness moved to the area from Kansas City this spring.

Ozark Empire Fair listing of regulations available The premium lists for Ozark Empire Fair livestock and family living contests are available for persons interested in competing in this year's fair from July 26-Aug. 4, said assistant fair manager Maria Calico. The premium lists give all the rules and regulations governing each event as well as tell what each contest covers. The lists and entry forms may be obtained by contacting the fairgrounds office, 833-2660. Entry deadline for most classes is Monday, Calico said.

LV'O Staff photoKevin Hare Wadsworth volunteer firefighter Ron Holt hoses down the burning remains of a home in northern Greene County. The fire broke out late Saturday morning at the William Tuckness residence on Greene County CC about 2'z miles west of Fair Grove. By Steve Cuslck The News-Leader WEST PLAINS Several resi-dents opposed to further road closings In the Mark Twain National Forest criticized a forest management plan Saturday, saying it would deny them access to many areas within forest boundaries. About 75 people attended a public hearing on the proposed plan Saturday morning at the Ramada Inn in West Plains. The critics objected to the proposed designation of two tracts in the Willow Springs district as semi-primitive areas that would be closed to motor vehicle traffic.

They also lashed out against the recent closings of some forest roads and plans to close others. A handful of residents spoke in favor of the draft proposal, a 50-year plan for the multiple-use management of the forest's resources. The deadline for public comment on the plan is July 7. The hearing was sponsored by U.S. Rep.

Bill Emerson. Much of the 1.5-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest, which is divided into nine districts, lies within Emerson's district. Peter C. Myers, assistant U.S. secretary of agriculture for natural resources and development, and Leon Cambre, supervisor of the Mark Twain National Forest, answered questions at the meeting.

A similar meeting in Salem on Friday night drew about 150 people. Several of the speakers Saturday said they fear the U.S. Forest Service is allowing people from urban areas to dictate what will be done with the forest Some of the speakers said the plan represents an attempt by the Forest Service to add additional wilderness areas to the wilderness system already in place. "We're setting the stage for a lot more wilderness," said Don Ross, an Oregon County businessman. "By their own admission, we don't need it." Rex Graves, 65, of West Plains called the plan "obstinate" and "insane." "There is a shortage of timber in this country," he said.

"What are we saving it for if we can't use it "This ecological and environmental business is a bunch of bull. It doesn't help us down here any. The government is moving in on us. We are more socialist right now than Russia." By limiting vehicle traffic, the Forest Service would deny the old and handicapped access to the areas, Graves said. "I can't walk five miles in to hunt anymore," he said.

"'I'm getting too old to backpack in. I don't grow marijuana. That will help them people." Graves' comments were periodically applauded by several residents in the crowd. Several officials from area counties voiced their concern over the economic impact of the plan, and one Murder threatens Nixa's closeness Johns case has community's residents locRing doors, keeping kids inside local legislator urged the Forest Service to weigh heavily the concerns of local residents. State Rep.

Travis Morrison, D-West Plains, said the farm economy in the economically depressed region has faltered and the area may have to rely more heavily on the timber industry in the future. "We have one final source of income for our economy and it's the timber industry," Morrison said. "It's the major source of income in my district. Recognize the importance of the stands of timber to our economy. "We have got to be able to improve our ability to make a living here.

To me, a man's ability to feed his kids should be weighted more than a man's entertainment" "The Forest Service is concerned with the local economy," said Myers. Both he and Cambre said the local concerns and the opinions of those outside would be balanced in drawing up the final draft "It's not going to be a popularity contest," Myers said. "It's what makes sense. You live here and I'm pretty sensitive to that I'm a landowner myself." Cambre said the draft plan is the most economically sound of several plans that were considered by the Forest Service. He said the plan provides the highest return to the counties and the highest number of jobs and does not designate new wilderness areas.

Part of the proposal would set aside two areas totaling 15,300 acres near the North Fork River as semi-primitive areas. Limited timber cutting would be allowed in the areas, but they would be closed to motorized traffic by the public. Five such tracts in other districts also are proposed. Although many of the comments centered on those two areas, there was also much criticism of the Forest Service's handling of the Irish Wilderness and Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River in Oregon County. One landowner who owns a tract of land near the Irish Wilderness said the government has limited access to his land by putting a locked gate across a road leading to it "We do want the gate to be removed," said Junior Williams of Please see FORESTPage 2C By Bill Maurer The News-Leader NIXA At first, they were concerned but hopeful.

After they learned Jackie Johns was missing, Nixa residents turned out in droves and along with derers? Who could have a reason for killing her? And will the suspect or suspects be caught this time? "It's shocked everybody," Nixa Police Chief Joe Asher said. "That's the best way to describe it. It's shocked them because it happened to Jackie and because it happened in Nixa. This is a small community. I believe the general concern is that something like this could i i other searchers combed the farmland, forests and streams around Nixa for four days seeking clues about her disappearance.

Some, mindful of an eerily similar case involving Carol Blades 15 years ago, kept up hopes that Johns would be found alive. However, hope and happen because this is a small community. 1 -V lr Johns was last seen Both women were 20 when they died, both disappeared after their cars were abandoned on U.S. Highway 160 and both were found dead in neighboring counties. Another important similarity remains.

No one has been charged in either woman's death. This rapidly growing community of 3,000 still retains the friendliness and warmth that make it attractive. But the latest killing affects some Nixa residents in ways they don't like. Asher, a Nixa native, said joggers take different routes or are more cautious. Mike Lee, a truck driver who's lived in Nixa for 25 years, said friends won't let their young children walk to the store during daytime hours.

Janice Bolin, a 19-year-old who knew Johns, locks her car doors and rolls up the windows when traveling at night Meanwhile, residents are resigned but hopeful about the Johns case, a frequent topic around Nixa these days. City Clerk Coralee Patrick said the case is regularly brought up by utility customers who visit City Hall. "I would say the majority of the people who come in here to pay their bills have said something about it," she said. I would imagine it's on most peoples' minds. Usually, it's something like 'It's a terrible thing or they're talking about the latest devel- Please see NIXAPage 2C shortly after 11 p.m.

7t I concern turned to anger I June 17 after she left the Nixa Livestock and Sale Barn Cafe, where she worked as a waitress. Two fishermen found and outrage after the 20- Johns' body June 22 in Carol Blades Lake Springfield. The Christian County Sheriffs Department, aided by other law enforcement agencies, launched an investigation that is continuing. The slaying was the first in Nixa since Blades disappeared on Dec 15, 1969. Area residents and the news media have noted similarities between the cases.

Jackie Johns boring Greene County eight days ago. As the days have passed, Nixa residents have grown accustomed to daily news reports that reflect few new developments in the murder investigation. But their questions remain. Why was the former prom queen and Sucker Day queen killed? What were the motives, if any, of the murderer or mur- Sewer treatment project alive despite unexpected expenses Osage Beach-Lake Ozark plant in works for 10 years 1 Gannett grant to fight illiteracy Literacy council given $1 0,000 The Springfield Area Literacy Council has received a $10,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation to help it con tinue Its work tutoring illiterate adults. Jo Anne Brown, president of the literacy council, said the money will allow the council to buy a copy machine and a computer and increase advertising of its services.

"I think 'ecstatic' would be the word to describe how we feel about it" Brown said. "We were quite pleased." The council last year had 85 I volunteer tutors working with '1 By Lorraine KeeMontre The News-Leader OSAGE BEACH Construction of a joint sewer treatment plant by Osage Beach and Lake Ozark has been troubled by unexpected costs. But the overruns aren't costly enough to keep the plant from being built, Osage Beach City Administrator Larry D. Smith said. "We've not run into anything that can ruin the project" he said.

Construction of Osage Beach's collection system, which will carry sewage to the plant, is on schedule. Smith said. Work on a trunk line along U.S. Highway 54 began in mid-April. The construction began as the tourist season was starting.

But crews have worked through the heavy traffic. Smith said. "Construction is going just cool, calm and collected," he said. Yet, the project has been beset by cost overruns: The sewer treatment plant which will be located in Lake Ozark but operated jointly, was estimated to cost $3.5 million about three years ago. Smith said.

That price ballooned to $5.3 million when bids were taken last week. Smith blamed the increase on Inflation and the costs of complying with building standards established by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. In Lake Ozark, engineers apparently underestimated the length of a collection system to the treatment plant Mayor Duane Holsman said. The original estimate was 80,000 feet 20,000 feet short of what's needed, Holsman said. The city may have to pay the difference if the bids come in as expected.

And at $50 per foot of line, the city may need another $1 million to make up that difference, he said. "There's a question in the mayor's mind," Holsman said, adding that additional state funding will be sought. One other detail also remains. Lake Ozark is still negotiating for the purchase of the land where the sewer plant will sit, but talks apparently have reached an impasse, the mayor said. The city has filed a condemnation suit against the landowner.

The owner of the property had the land value assessed at the city assessed the same property at $60,000. "There's quite a spread," Holsman said. A circuit court appointed a commission that will decide the sale price, he said. The joint project was almost 10 years in the planning. It's unusual because rarely do two communities join forces to construct a sewer treatment plant city officials said.

"It's very unusual," Smith said. "But it's something whose time has come. "There's an attitude here in Lake Ozark and Osage Beach," he said. "They feel they are the caretakers of the lake and that they have a responsibility to keep it clean. The people here feel a responsibility to the future." The project is also important for the future of Please see SEWERPage 2C i 'I 118 non-reading adults and is hoping to reach more illiterate Jo Anne Brown a(julu this year.

An estimated 70,000 adults in southwest Missouri are functionally illiterate, including about 30,000 in Springfield. "We always need tutors and we're always happy to get more students," Brown said. The Gannett Foundation is the largest stockholder of Gannett Co. which owns Springfield Newspapers. The award is part of $300,000 the foundation has devoted to fighting illiteracy around the country as part of its 50th Anniversary Literacy Project William T.

Malone, publisher of The News-Leader, said he was pleased to hear about the grant 'To our knowledge, the Springfield Area Literacy Council is the only organization providing free one-on-one tutoring for functionally illiterate adults in the area," he said. I. Ii i it 4 Start photoHyier Cooper Patriotic Colors: Barbara Snider sells balloons at Firefall 85 Saturday. The annual celebration featured a variety of entertainment before the fireworks show that capped the evening..

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