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Thursday, May 8, 1986
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. 2b Ozarks The Daily News Thursday, May 8, 1986 Authorities don't know how fire Lottery was ignited killing 11 -month-old girl By Terry Lemons The Daily Nws FAIR PLAY Authorities still were unsure Wednesday what started a Tuesday night fire that claimed the life of an 11 -month-old Springfield girl who was playing at a Fair Play home. Jessica Miller was bumed after a gasoline can spilled and ignited on the home's back porch, catching the girl's clothes on fire, said Danny Curl, chief of the Fair Play Fire Department She died at 6:35 a m. Wednesday at St. John's Regional Health Center from the bums, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was the daughter of Cindy Miller, authorities said. t Curl said Wednesday night authorities were unsure what started the fire that began at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith residence. Miller was playing with two cousins on the back porch of her aunt and uncle's home before the fire, he said. "Somehow a gas can was knocked over and the fire started," he said. One of the children apparently struck a match and started the fire. Curl said. Earlier reports said the 1 1-month-old girl struck a match, but Curl said it was unclear which of the youngsters started the fire. ' Other causes of the fire have been ruled out, he said. "We never did find any matches or lighter, but something had to be used. We may never know, but there was nothing else to start the fire," Curl said. Regardless of what started the fire, the flames were fueled by the spilled gasoline on the porch. The flames spread, but the gas can did not explode, he said. The two older youngsters escaped from the porch, but Miller's clothes caught on fire. "The mother then apparently got the little girl and tried to put out the fire with her hands," Curl said. After leaving the house, a neighbor took the Millers to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. Jessica was then transported to the burn unit at St John's by Hammons Lifeline Helicopter. Firefighters arrived at the scene and quickly extinguished the fire, which was confined to the back porch and attic of the one-story home-Damage was described as moderate. The infant's death is the third child to die in a Fair Play fire in the last 16 months. Last January, a 3-month-old boy and his 4 year-old brother perished in a fire that destroyed a wood-frame home. Six others were injured In the blaze. "There's been two tragedies here in about a year," Curl said. "We never had anything like those deaths last year and now we have this. We hope it never happens again." "Unlike others, the governor's top priority is education," Sissel said. "It is true the foundation formula (basic state aid to public schools) has increased substantially, but that is business as usual. The governor wanted a statement from the General Assembly, which he probably will sign, that, subject to appropriation, lottery money will be assigned to excellence in education." However, Bailey said, "It doesn't mean education will get one extra penny." Legislative opponents who criticized the bill when it was passed said Democratic leaders wanted to steer the lottery's banking account to Central Trust Bank, a bank that was politically powerful when Democrats held the treasurer's office. Those leaders supposedly want to punish Republican Bailey for taking the state's largest banking account away from Central Trust in 1985. It was the first time Central Trust had not had the account in the 53 years that competitive bids have been taken, several of the lawmakers have said. "Central Bank has been long referred to as the state's bank," Bailey sajd. "If they want to be the state's bank, they ought to be the low bidder." Bailey said lottery officials overrode his recommendation a few weeks ago and selected a higher bidder for a lottery banking agreement regarding electronic deposits. The lottery commission selected Central Trust while Bailey said his choice was Boatmen's Bank of St Louis. He said Boatmen's has handled more electronic transfers statewide than any other Missouri bank and was the lowest bidder. "The lottery already displayed the low bidder is not necessarily the best bidder," Bailey said. But deputy lottery director Chip Cooper said lottery officials plan to follow all the same bidding and strict standards applicable to the treasur er's office. The electronic banking agreement was based on a proper, independent evaluation by financial experts and Bailey even gave lottery of-. ficials the option of making the final decision, Cooper said. Central Trust's bid was only a few thousand dollars higher, Cooper said. Rep. Joseph Driskill, D-Doniphan, who sponsored the House bill, said he simply intended to break a deadlock between Bailey and the lottery over how lottery funds should be deposited. "All I wanted was legislation to make the fiscal workings of the lottery sound." Driskill said. "Indeed there is a duplication of efforts, but other states do the same thing with their lotteries and it works." Four to receive recognition at Drury weekend ceremonies Center From Page 1 B Trial From Page 1 B A survey conducted nearly 15 years ago showed that area parents supported a family center. A survey conducted by the chamber of its members earlier this year confirmed that support, said McClung. A chamber committee that is or- . ganizingthe project met with student' leaders earlier this year to determine what they'd like to see at the center. They included recreation options such as pool, ping pong, television, bowling and tennis. McClung said the family center will emphasize activities for youths. However, he added that the center will be available for community gatherings and other family events. After the center is set up, it will be run by a board of governors, McClung said. In the meantime, the youths will have to spend their spare time on the square. Wilson said that on weekends and weeknights, many of her friends "cruise the square" in neighboring towns such as Ava or Mansfield. Hlms said that during the school year there are a lot of events for students who get involved in school activities. But for those that don't, there's more boredom. "There's a lot of kids that arent involved in very much at school," she said, "and they have lots of free time. If you're not involved in school, there's nothing really you can do." $8,000 for money he paid to prompt another cattleman to conduct health tests on cattle for sale to Sunkyong. The Andersons' lawyer, John G. Newberry, tried to show Wednesday that Elizabeth Anderson was not involved in her husband's business dealings and thus not subject to liability in the lawsuit ? While testifying, Anderson's wife said she handled phone messages from Sunkyong employees to her husband in connection with the cattle export project, but her dealings with Sunkyong officials was only social when they visited the Anderson home where Stanley Anderson had his office. In attempting to show that she was Death notices Ola Blades VERONA Services for Ola Blades, 94, Route I, Verona, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eillings, under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Mrs. Blades died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in Aurora Nursing Center after a long illness. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Doff Branstetter GALENA Services for Doff Branstetter, 72, Route 2, Galena, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Crossroads Church. Burial will be in Nolan Cemetery under the direction of Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane. Mr. Branstetter died of natural causes at 8:33 p m Tuesday in ' St John's Regional Health Center. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Raymond Brite PURDY Services for Paymond L Brite, 87, Purdy, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Purdy Cemetery under the direction of Bennett-Worm-i::gton Funeral Home, Mo-n.-tt. Mr. Brite died at 8:30 a m. Wednesday in his home after a short illness. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. T.uth Cole Services for Ruth A. M.ihan Cole. 67, Springfield, will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Creenlawn North Funeral Chapel. Burial will be In Eastlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Cole died at 12:40 a m., Wednesday in Cox I.Vdical. Center South after a long illness. William Craig Services for William Isaac Craig, 80, Springfield, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Erookilne Baptist Church. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery. Mr. Craig died at ,12 35 a m. Wednesday 'in Cox . ! dical Center North after a long illness. The family will be at the , Ayre-Goodwin Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Eric Crump '" MARSHFIELD - Serv-Ices for Eric Timothy '.Crump, 13 day-old son of David and Monica Crump, with the U.S. Army in Germany, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Barber-Edwards-Arthur Funeral Chapel. Bur ial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. The infant died of natural causes April 30 in Germany. Lenford Frltts RICHLAND Services for Lenford Francis Fritts, 62, Richland, will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Colonial Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Fritts died Wednesday in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. ' Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. today with visitation to follow in the funeral home. Ruby Grimes AURORA Services for Ruby L Grimes, 72, Aurora, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Crafton-Cantrell Chapel. Entombment will be in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens, Springfield. Mrs. Grimes died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Aurora Community Hospital after a short illness. Howard Hall BILLINGS Graveside services for Howard Hall, 83, St. Louis, formerly of Billings, will be at 2 p.m. today in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Clever. Burial is under the direction of Mea-dors Funeral Home, Clever. Mr. Hall died Tuesday evening in Lutheran Medical Hospital, St Louis. Ruby Harris Services for Ruby M. Harris, 79, Springfield, will be at 11 a.m. today in Green-lawn North Funeral Home. Burial will be in National Cemetery. Mrs. Harris died of natural causes Monday in Springfield Community Hospital. Opal Hopper Services for Opal A. Hopper. 85, Springfield, will be at 10 a m. Friday in Kling-ner Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Comfort Cemetery. Mrs. Hopper died at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday in Springfield Community HospitaL - The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home, Ada Indermuehle LEBANON Services, for Ada Indermuehle, 92, Lebanon, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Holman Chapel. Burial will be in Roper Cemetery. Mrs. Indermuehle died Wednesday afternoon in Lebanon Care Center. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the funeral home. Glen Jones CAMDENTON w Services for Glen Jones, 62, Camdenton, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hedges Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dale Blair Cemetery. Mr. Jones died Wednesday morning in St John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, of natural causes. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Mildred Klcenskl EL DORADO SPRINGS Services for Mildred G. Kicenski, 83, El Dorado Springs, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of Jans-sens-Brown Funeral Home. Mrs. Kicenski died Wednesday in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Amos Ledbetter CASSVILLE Services for Amos Ledbetter, 89, Cassville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Axley's Culver Chapel. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, east of Butterfield. Mr. Ledbetter died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in Aurora Community Hospital, Aurora, after a short illness. The family will receive friends after 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Jessica Miller Services for Jessica Miller, 11 months, Springfield, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Butler Funeral Chapel, Bolivar. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldrich. Jessica died at 6:35 a m. Wednesday in St , John's Regional Health Center from bums received at a relative's home in Fair Play on Tuesday. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Donald Moore HARTVILLE Services for Donald Lee Moore, 50, Hartvilie, will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Wood Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Moore died at 6 45 am. Wednesday in his home after a short illness. v Jackson Sedwlck HOLLTSTER Jackson Lee Sedwick. 89, Hollister, died at 10.53 p.m., Tuesday in Table Rock Health Care Center, Kimberling City. No services are planned. Cremation will be under the direction of Whelchel Funeral Home, Branson. Theodore 'Ted' Smith WILLOW SPRINGS Services for Theodore 'Ted" Roosevelt Smith, 85, Willow Springs, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Blue Buck Church. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery under the direction of Hiler Funeral Home. Mr. Smith died of natural causes at 6:45 p.m. Monday in West Plains Health Care Center. Fern Taylor ALDRICH Services for Fern K. Taylor, 68, Aldrich, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Pitts Funeral Chapel, Bolivar. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, near Aldrich. Mrs. Taylor died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long ill-ness. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Minnie Wrinkle LEBANON Services for' Minnie Ellen Wrinkle. 84, Lebanon, will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Colonial Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Rose Memorial Park. Mrs. Wrinkle died of natural causes Monday In her home. Other deaths Here are notices of recent deaths of present or former residents of southwest Missouri. More details will be published when information is made available by funeral directors. Isabel Cummlngi, 74, Walnut Shade, died Wednesday in Skags Community Hospital, Branson. Arrangements will be announced by Whelchel of Branson. Marie Forrester, 80. Lamar, died at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday in Barton County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Lohmeyer-Ko-nantz Funeral Home. Elmer Keeling, 75, Osceola, died Wednesday morning in his home. Arrangements will be announced by Ralph Thieme. Springfield. Rene A. Salts Sr., Springfield, died at 9.30 am. Wednesday in his home. Arrangements will be announced by Herman Loh-meyer. connected to the business, Sunkyong attorney Richard Fine presented evidence that Elizabeth Anderson once signed a check drawn on the account of "Anderson Land and Livestock International" and used to pay for a household item. Illinois firm to build new Nixa water tower NIXA The Nixa Board of Aldermen has selected an Illinois firm to construct a 300,000-gallon water tower. CBI Na-Con, Plainfield, 111., won the project with a low bid of $323,400. The firm has 180 days to complete the project, City Clerk Coralee Patrick said. The other bids were submitted by Hydrostorage, Des Moines, Iowa, $323,450, and Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., $367,000. Commencement ceremonies and the annual alumni banquet are scheduled for this weekend at Drury College. Activities are scheduled to begin Saturday as the Drury Alumni Association holds Its banquet at University Plaza. Four people will receive special recognition during the banquet They are: Gary Matthews, U.S. ambassador to Malta and I960 Drury graduate, who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. Matthews, a specialist on East-West relations, served in Germany, Poland, Vietnam, Russia and Washington, DC, before he was named ambassador to Malta in 1935. Dr. Mitsuo Aoki of Honolulu, founder and president of the Foundation for Holistic Healing, also will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. Aoki had done extensive work in the area of cancer, death and dying. Hilbert Keisker of Springfield, I 1926 Drury graduate and retired Midwestern manager for the American Red Cross, will receive the Outstanding Service Award. Since his retirement from the Red Cross in 1976, Keisker has provided administrative and financial exper tise to many Drury projects. Lora Bond will be the first recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. Bond taught biology at Drury for 36 years until she retired in 1982. In conj'nction to Bond's award, a $500 cash awaJ will be presented to Joseph Sherrill, a student from Marshfield who was selected by the biology faculty. On Sunday, Fred Rogers of the children's television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," will speak at commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday in Weiser Gymnasium on the Drury Campus. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Rogers, Walter Thompson and Dr. Yates Trotter during graduation exercises. Rogers will receive the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for 30 years of contributions to children's television. Thompson, who has been a visiting professor to Drury and has helped establish the Drury Academy, will receive the honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Trotter, a Springfield physician, will receive an honorary bachelor of arts degree. CI TV From Page 1B circuit court, KSPR's owners "interfered with (KDEB's) business relationship with ABC, with the affiliation agreement and with (KDEB's) reasonable expectations of a continuing business relationship with ABC." The suit alleges that KSPR's owners unlawfully interfered by representing KDEB to network officials as having poor station managers, poor programming, technical problems and no commitment to news. KDEB's news programs have consistently trailed other station's newscasts in the ratings. The suit also alleges that KSPR's owners misrepresented to ABC the improvements and financial commitments they planned for their station. KDEB's financial situation also was Births misrepresented to ABC by KSPR, according to the suit. "We claim that's interference with our business relationship between KDEB and ABC," Dalton said, The suit also claims that KDEB's affiliation with ABC was supposed to run through Jan. 3, 1987, instead of the current changeover planned In October. The agreement was signed when the station was called KMTC-TV and owned by Midland Television Corporation, the suit claims. The agreement was transferred to the new owners when they bought the station in 1935, according to the suit. ABC officials have said they switched to KSPR because the station would be more beneficial to the long-term growth of the network. SIMMONS. Boool ond DontoMt K 'Srolll. or I. Douto I. Dvnnooon, a twr. i U em. Mov 4. Co South. MAMMEIL, Art and Rhonda f Wilton), Aurora. a oirl, J Ma m Mo 4, Com South. Cii.MAO.TlN, Anthony ana Homy (Gib-on), tost w. Lot. tin. f 04 a m. May ;. Co' South. CLINE. Oonnv on Carol (Collonanl, Rt outh. a boy. 12 Mom. May 4. Co. South MAHE , Tom end Chorvl M'Oorin N'a. a oirl. 4 01 m May 4. Cox South. GAttttiSON, Clwtdoenor ad Cynthlo I Duncan), oji S, Iconic 9'U 1 04 m Mov 4, Cos South. MCCROSKIV. David ond Undo I John, ion l, Moult I, Ava 0 boy. S J m. May 4. Co Soum. DOWMEN. Tommy end Bronda. Wot! Plaint, o irt, f 44o m. May 4. Com South. HORNER. Rotwrt and Barbara ISrvonl. Aurora, ooirl, 4 Mo m. Mov 4. SI. JohrU, CHf fit. MHchol and Chorvl (Bartonl. tool e. Loron. tfl, 4 M a.m. May 7, Si Johnv LEVINS, Cocll and Bo'baro (Rooiinal, Nio. o airl. 1 SI a.m. May t. St. John . Obituaries Announcements are arranged through southwest Missouri funeral directors. Ola Elades Ola Blades; 94, Route 1, Verona, died at 2:4$ p.m. Tuesdoy In Aurora Nursing Center after a long Illness. She wos a member of Pleosont Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors Include four sons, Walter, Cor-thoge, Wovne, Verona, Burton, Nompa, Idoho, and Otto, Aurora; one daughter, Eva Flonory, Caldwell, Ind.; o sister, Alice Forrls, Aurora; 13 grandchildren; 33 greal-grondchlldren; 7 greot-great-grandchildren; and several nieces ond nephews. Services will be at 2:30 P.m. Friday In Pleosont Ridge Baptist Church with Revs. Robert Russell ond Roy Rowen officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Billings. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today In Crafton-Cantrell Funerol Home. Donations may be mode to Missouri Baptist Children's Home. v, William Crcrig Services tor William Isaac Croig will be at 2 P.m. Fridoy In the Brookiine Boplist Church with the Revs, r-red Lynn ond Rich-ard Weathers . officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery. Mr. Crolg, age 10, a lifetime resident of the area, died at 12:35 o.m. Wednesday In Cox Medical Center North following a long Illness. He wos employed 45 years os a machinist for the Frisco Railroad and was a member of the Machinists Local Union. He ottended Brookiine Batpist Church ond was a former deacon ot Grace Bible Church when Rev. Charles Fohl was the pastor. Mr. Crolg Is survived by his wife, Velta and two daughters, Velta Jewell Hitchcock of Bronson and V. Kay Weathers of Springfield. Also surviving ore four sisters, Lena Fender of Springfield, Jewell Imler ond Florence Long, both of Aurora, one) Opol Smith of Lee's Summit. There art four grandchildren and five great-grondchlldren. The family will be at the Ayre-Goodwin Chapel from 7 to 8 P.m. today. Memorial contributions may be mode to the American Cancer Society. Ruth Mohan Cole Ruth A. Mohan Cole, 47, Springfield, died ot 12:40 o.m, Wednesday In Cox Medical Center South after a long illness. She was a homemoker. Survivors Include a son, Gerald W. Cole. Spring field; o daughter, Norma Cole Clovd, Morrlsvllle; five sisters, Helen Hasllp, Marie Fisher, Ruby Fisher, Gladys Lawson, ond Alice Steele, all of Springfield; two brothers, Billy Mohan, , Springfield, ond Jimmy McCurdv, Morrisville; and fivegrondchildren. Services will be ot T P.m. Fridoy In Greenlown North Funeral Chopel. Burial will be In Eostlawn Cemetery. Ruby Grimes AURORA Services for Ruby L. Grimes. 72, Aurora, will beat 10 o.m. Friday in Crafton-Cantrell Chopel with Rev. Carl Hitchcock officiating. Entombment will be In Rivermonte Memorial Gordens. Springfield. Mrs. Grimes died ot 2:30 a.m. Wednesday In Aurora Community Hospital after a short Illness. She was a member of Aurora First Baptist , Church ond hod lived In Aurora the post nine years. Survivors include a daughter, Lequlta Endlcott, Verona; a brother, Lovd Dye, Llttlefield, Texas; a sister, Ruth Fisher, Bolrd, Texos; four grondchildren; three . greof-grandchildren; ond several nieces ond nephews. Opal Hopper Opal A. Hopper, 8S, 5prlngfleld died ot 2:23 a.m. Wednesday In Springfield Community Hospital. Born In Greene County, Mrs. Hopper lived most of her life In this orea. 5he worked for Lines Music Store 2 years and was a member ot the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Survivors Include her husband, O.J Springfield; three doughters. Jeonnie Wilson, Springfield, Ermo Low, Topeka, Kon end Mary Lynne, Germony; a brother, Stephen, Chilli-cofhe; ond two sisters, Mrs. A.S. Paul ond Mrs. Mable Hayes, Springfield. Service? will be ot 10 O m. Fridoy in Klingner Chopel with Rev. Don Powell officiating. Burial will be in Mount Comfort Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p m. today in the funerol home. Josephine LeCompte Josephine LeCompte, 73, Springfield, died suddenly In her home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. A native ond lifelong resident of Springfield, she wos the doughter ot H.S. LeCompte ond Ruth Chappell LeCompte who owned the LeCompte Dairy on East Division Street. She wos o member of Christ Episcopal Church. She wos 0 retired dietician from St. John's Hospital when It wos located on North Main Street. She hod worked ot St. John's for 25 years and had iroveied the world extensively since her retirement. Survivors include two nephews, two greot-nephews ond one great-niece. Memorial services will be ot 2 p.m. Friday In Klingner Chopel. Burial will be In Hoielwood Cemetery. The body hos been cremated. Fern Taylor ALDRICH Fern K. Toylor, 63, lifelong resident of Aldrich, Mo., died In Cox. Medicol Center South, Springfield, ot :15 a.m. Wednesday otter a lingering Illness. She wos o member of Aldrich United Methodist Church ond hod been postmoster of the Aldrich post office for 35 veors. Survivors Include four daughters, Juanteece Cosslns, Folr Play, Juo-netto Tavlor, Bolivar, Juort-10 Griffin, Folr Ploy, and Juana Voe Hopkins, Dunne-gon; three sons, Davis, Reggie, ond Lindsay Taylor, all of Bolivor; nine grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. , Services will be at 1:30 P.m. Fridoy In Pitts Funerol Chapel. Burlol will be In Shady Grove Ceme-" tery, near Aldrich. Visitation will be from 7 to I p.m. today In the funerol home.

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