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Briefs2B Ann LandersS i SATURDAY IS(BS5fi(D)im Records2B MAY 8, 1993 LOCAL NEWSSTATE NEWSDAILY RECORDS MESSENGER-INQUIRER1 B REGIONAL ROUNDUP From staff reports Two convicted of illegally possessing drug The next package Doyle Ray Pate Jr. and James Noble Barnes will receive will arrive at the federal prison. The two Hancock County men were convicted Friday by a U.S. District Court jury of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Barnes, 39, was also found guilty of carrying a firearm in commission of a drug crime. Pate, 37, was found not guilty of that charge, but guilty of possessing a handgun by a convicted felon. The two were arrested March 20, 1992, when they picked up a package at the Owensboro United Parcel Service office addressed only to "J.R." in Hartford. The package came from Fresno, Calif., and contained two pounds of methamphetamine, which could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the street, according to a drug enforcement agent. The jury was out for less than 2!6 hours after the week-long trial. Both men will be sentenced July 19 by Judge Charles Simpson III. One charged in armed robbery pleads guilty One of three men charged in the June 18, 1992, armed robbery of Harreld's Drug Store in Owensboro pleaded guilty to the crime Thursday. Willard Maurice Beggs, 41, of Clarksville, Ind., entered a guilty plea in Daviess Circuit Court to charges of felony theft and criminal facilitation to commit robbery in the first degree. The latter charge was amended from first-degree robbery. Beggs accepted the guilty plea in exchange for a five-year prison sentence and under the condition he testify against two co-defendants, Michael Lee Scroggins of Corydon, Ind., and Donald Lee Wilkins of Louisville. Scroggins and Wilkins were accused of entering the store at 922 Triplett St. armed with handguns and robbing it of drugs and money. Beggs was charged with helping plan the robbery, providing transportation, acting as a lookout and also receiving proceeds from the holdup. Con man pleads guilty to theft by deception The self-admitted con man who asked to plead guilty to numerous theft by deception charges and be allowed to make restitution pleaded guilty and accepted the recommendation of a 10-year prison sentence Thursday. John James Irwin, also known as John M. Heck, 40, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft of services and 22 counts of theft by deception. Under the plea agreement, he also must pay $47,133 in restitution through the Commonwealth's Attorney's office if he receives probation or parole. Irwin, who had been missing since he skipped town in 1988 owing money to vendors of his . convenience stores, was extradited from Florida to face the charges earlier this year. Irwin said he had a religious conversion and wanted to repay his victims and hopefully get a short prison sentence. He'll be formally sentenced later by Circuit Judge Robert Short. Correction The name of Mike Horn, the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce's 1 993 entrepreneur of the year, was incorrect in Friday's Messenger-Inquirer. Lottery numbers Friday's lottery numbers are: Ky. Cash Five: 9-11-13-20-25 Kentucky Pick 3: 8-3-0 The Pick: 14-19-27-36-40-45-48-56 Indiana Daily 3: 0-8-3 Indiana Daily 4: 2-2-1-1 III. Little Lotto: 19-24-28-30-32 The Real World' comes to Owensboro j i By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer If you see a blond guy in a black hat at the International Barbecue Festival today, smile. That's Owensboro native Jon Brennan. And the film crew trailing him is from MTV. Brennan, a 1992 graduate of Daviess County High School, is one of the stars of the MTV real-life soap opera "The Real World," now in production in Venice, Calif. It airs this summer. He's home for the weekend MTV crew in tow to visit his parents, get a haircut and perform two shows at 6 and 8 tonight at Goldie's Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky. It's a busy weekend for Brennan, who headed west for the bright lights of L.A. nearly four months ago. His plane landed at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport at 5: 15 Thursday afternoon. Then he headed for Goldie's for rehearsal. "I'll be doing a couple of new ones," Brennan said of the shows. "Tracy Lawrence's 'Alibis' and Paul Overstreet's 'Take Another Run' and some of the classics." It was at Goldie's that Brennan began honing his performing skills. And Beverly "Goldie" Payne is convinced that Brennan is going to be very big very soon. On Sunday, Brennan will be singing during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services at Owensboro's First Baptist Church. Monday afternoon, he flies back to Los Angeles. He was up at 6 a.m. Friday and on his way for a busy day. Interviews at all four commercial radio stations in town, a performance at a Burns Middle School "Pride Semester Awards Assembly," an interview at the Messenger-Inquirer and a haircut at Bob Pride's barber shop all before noon. "They'd probably die my hair orange and spike it in L.A.," he said. "I wanted to get my hair cut at home." That big black hat was sort of a trademark when he was living in 'PI- J - f. ... t f V (W': 4 , t. I-'' M I ) 1 S. if, V.' ( i Si 1 ,1 II Bruce Hager, Messenger-Inquirer Students in the stands yell for Jon Brennan, who visited Burns Middle and life. Producer and director George Verschoor of Los Angeles were filming School on Friday morning and sang country songs during his trip home from Brennan for the MTV show "The Real World," which is scheduled to air in Los Angeles (top left). Brennan, who flew into Owensboro for a few days, June, visited students at Burns to give them encouraging messages about school Owensboro, Brennan said. "But I probably wear it more in L.A. than I did in Owensboro. A lot of times I put it on out there just for spite." Seven young entertainers trying to find their first breaks live in a big house on the beach in Southern California. A film crew stays with them filming everything the arguments, the heart-to-heart talks, the laughter. "You get used to it," Brennan said of the camera that was constantly focused on him. "You just do your own thing and don't think about it." The first few weeks, he said, "were very stressful. I don't know if it was the camera or not. I don't really think so. But we struggled with each other for awhile. Now we know what gets on each others' nerves, and we get along pretty good. "It's a big house. We're treated fine." The weather is the best thing about California, Brennan said. "Unless you have skin like mine. I got burned beyond belief." He's performed a couple of times out there once at a big dance club called The Western Connection and once in a talent contest in Malibu. He made it into the finals of the talent contest, performing again May 26. ' "Country dancing is taking over L.A.," he said. "I don't know that country music is. You see a lot of strange people out there." Production ends June 20. After a week of post-production work, Brennan heads home. After that, he hopes to spend time in Nashville, working on demos and looking for a record deal. .'"'-'.s.. ..-.... ' , '.- 51 i , Bruce Hager, Messenger-Inquirer MTV producer and director Verschoor films eager Burns Middle School students as they watch Jon Brennan perform Friday morning. Bruce Hager, Messenger-Inquirer Jason Payne of Owensboro demonstrates the new Orbotron at the Golfland Speedway. Payne works the Orbotron when customers wants to experience the ride. Latch onto the Orbotron for the spin of your life By John McGary Messenger-Inquirer You can pitch, yaw and roll indeed, do just about everything but hurl at Golfland Speedway's new Orbotron. The Orbotron has many uses beyond the obvious cheap thrill. Its backers say a five-minute spin has the same benefits of a half-hour of aerobics. It's also a space simulator of sorts, as it mimics some of the effects of weightles- ST16SS. The machine itself resembles three hoops inside another half-hoop. Each hoop is attached to the other at two points, at alternate locations the top and bottom, or the sides. Inside the Orbotron are brackets to lock your feet in, a harness that brackets your midsection, and two sets of grips to grab onto for dear life. The Orbotron has been featured on TV shows like Geraldo and ABC's Wide World of Sports and written about in People and Time magazines. Golfland bought the mobile version of the Orbotron, mounted on a trailer and ready to disorient the willing anywhere it can be hauled. Golfland Speedway, which is a See GyroPage 3B Indiana congressman requests $6.8 million to improve U.S. 23 By Stewart Jennison Messenger-Inquirer Kentucky may have lost a Congressman during the post-census re-districting, but Indiana's Lee Hamilton is picking up the slack. The U.S. representative from Indiana's 9th District is urging the House Appropriations Committee to earmark $6.8 million for an Indiana road project dear to Owensboro officials. That would cover 80 percent of the cost of design work for improving U.S. 231 through most of Spencer County. The project is a top economic de velopment priority for Daviess County because it would improve travel from a new Ohio River bridge under construction near Maceo all the way to Interstate 64. "I couldn't be any more happier the Indiana legislator is calling for this," said Doug Frazior, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce. "We know we have the support of the Kentucky delegation, but it has to come from Indiana, too." Hamilton's letter should find a sympathetic ear: U.S. Rep. William Natcher, the senior Kentucky Democrat from Bowling Green, is now chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee. Hamilton's letter says the existing U.S. 231 cannot handle the truck traffic between 1-64 and Owensboro and its link to the Kentucky parkway system. Improvements to U.S. 231 would be a "boon to economic development in Spencer County (Ind.), and surrounding communities in Indiana and Kentucky," said Hamilton, a Democrat who has been in Congress since 1964. The proposal calls for the eventual See U.S. 231Page3B Bible a key to business success, speaker says By Stewart Jennison Messenger-Inquirer Business leaders looking for a radical but proven management philosophy should look to themselves and to the Bible, a retired Air Force colonel said Friday in Owensboro. A successful business doesn't need to mix religion with accounting, but companies that treat employees and customers with honesty and respect will find a foundation for Nimrod "Mac" McNair. Being a sinner and being unethical is the same thing, McNair said. "It's V Nimrod McNair success, said Col. just a language gap between the sanctuary and the marketplace." He urged his listeners to rely on themselves and the values laid out in the Bible not on government or education to build a foundation for success. McNair has been a combat pilot in Vietnam, director of Aerospace Programs at the Pentagon and an Air Force adviser to NASA. Since his retirement from the military, he has created a management consultant service and spoken around the world on "ethics that work." He spoke Thursday night to the Young Business Leaders of Owensboro and to a prayer breakfast group Friday morning at the Owensboro Family YMCA. See McNairPage 3B Ethics that work' in business place Messenger-Inquirer Nimrod McNair's consulting firm, the Executive Leadership Foundation of Tucker, ' Ga., has published an "Executive Guide to Ethical Decision Making." In it, the values set forth as ; the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 (New International Version) are translated to "ethics that work" in the busi- ness place. A summary: I. ". . . you shall have no oth- See ListPage 3B

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