The Douglas County Herald from Ava, Missouri on July 13, 1989 · 1
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Ava, Missouri
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Thursday, July 13, 1989
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Countp Single Copy 25 Cents USPS 160-320 DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF AVA AND DOUGLAS COUNTY ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD YEAR Ava, Missouri, Thursday, July 13, 1989 NUMBER 38 Officers from four agencies sat down together in conference here Monday afternoon to share information about the abduction and murder of Kelle Workman. Officers from the Douglas and Sody of Missing Woman Found in Christian County Officers From Four Agencies Coordinate Investigation Almost' exactly one week from the time Kelle Ann Workman is believed to have been abducted from the church yard where she was mowing grass, the investigation changed from that of an abduction to murder. The body of the 24-year-old Dogwood resident was found at about 7 pm. Friday evening, July 7, in Christian County, about seven or eight miles from the Dogwood Cemetery where she was last seen alive. The body was found by a Christian County farmer and his son, Douglas County Sheriff Roldan Turner said T he body was found just off Highway T, about six miles west of Oldfield, in the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. The badly decomposed body was submerged in a pool of water from the waist down, officers said. Positive identification was made Saturday through the use of dental records. Longtime Civic Leader, C.V. Clinkingbeard, Dies Clarence V. Clinkingbeard, pioneer Ava businessman, funeral director, and civic leader for more than 60 years, died at about 1 p.m. last Thursday afternoon, July 6, at St. Johns Regional Health Center, Springfield, following a sudden ulness. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, with the Rev. Mike Linderman and Arthur Hicks officiating. Burial was in Ava Cemetery. Clinkingbeard was a funeral director and co-owner of Clinkingbeard Funeral Homes in Ava and Gainesville, and had served the Ava civic community well, sitring on boards and councils both on the local and regional level. He was a member of Ava Masonic Lodge No. 26 and a charter member of the Ava Lions Club. He was a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association for more than 60 years and was also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as a 9th District Member of MFDA. Clarence served on the Ava School Board for several years ' and sat on various city boards including Ava City Council, the Ava Planning and Zoning Commission, and Ava Industrial Development Corporation board. He was also a longtime member of the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce and served as Douglas County Coroner for rveral years. Christian county sheriff s departments, and officers from the Missouri Highway Patrol's Troop G, Willow Springs, and Troop D, Springfield, were present for the meeting. Pictured Due to the condition of the body, a Kansas City pathologist who came to Ozark Saturday was unable to determine a cause of death. A more complete report is expected, although Turner said Wednesday he has not heard anything more. Christian County Sheriff Steve Whitney said here Monday that if the pathologist cannot determine for certain what did kill Kelle Workman, he will attempt to give some decisions on how she did not die. Funeial services for Miss Workman were held Tuesday at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, with burial in the Dogwood Cemetery The complete obituary can be found on Page A -Three. Kelle was last seen around 6:15 p m. Friday, June SO, where she was mowing grass in the Dogwood Cemetery near the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church on Highway 14 west of Ava. When authorities were contacted to investigate her : .m He attended Ava Church of Christ. Bom May 1, 1904, he was the son of William Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Kennedy) Clinkingbeard. He married Inez P. Garrison on March 16, 1923, at Ava. Survivors include his wife, Inez; a son and daughter-in-law, Lyle and Florence Clinkingbeard, Ava, and a daughter-in-law, Mary Clinkingbeard, Phoenix, Ariz. ; six grandchildren, Kathi Clinkingbeard, San Diego, Calif., Brenda Caine, Eldon, Mo., Gene and Kent Clinkingbeard, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kirk and Toni Clinkingbeard, both of Ava; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Adam Caine, Eldon, Mo. One son, Kenneth Eugene, and one sister, Lois Clinkingbeard, preceded him in death. clockwise from left are Sgt. Doug Lonng, Troop G; Sgt. Carl Watson, Troop G; Sgt. Tom Martin, Troop D; Deputy Bill Roberts, Douglas County; Sgt. John Pane, disappearance, the mower was sitting in the partially-mowed cemetery, and her car was in the church parking lot with the keys in the ignition. Hundreds of officers, neighbors, and family members searched the area throughout the weekend, and early in the following week her parents, Stanley and Joan Workman, announced that they were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for her abduction. That offer is still good. Officers from four different agencies are investigating the deaih of Kelle Workman due to the circumstances of the case. Officers believe she was abducted from the church property in Douglas County, but the body was found in Christian County, so both sheriff s departments are involved in the investigation. And because Douglas County is in the Highway Patrol's Troop G, with headquarters at Willow Springs, and Christian County is in Troop D, Springfield, both patrol troops j have investigators working on , the case. Webster County officers also got involved in the search for Workman last weekend, and have been helping check out some of the hundreds of leads officers have received. Christian County Sheriff Steve Whitney and investigators from Springfield and Willow Springs were in Ava Monday afternoon to go over information with Sheriff Roldan Turner and other officers here who have been Coll 1 -800-BAD WEED Citizens Can Assist In Marijuana Eradication More than 3,200 marijuana ilants were pulled in western uglas County during the past week, with one arrest being made Now Douglas County Sheriff Roldan Turner is calling on area residents to get involved in the eradication of the illegal plant before it is harvested and hits the streets. Persons who have knowledge of marijuana production can notify authorities through a toll-free hotline and do so in complete confidence. The number to call is 1-800-BAD WEED. When a call is made to this toll-free number, the caller only has to give information concerning the location of marijuana or other illegal drugs. That information will then be transferred to the proper law enforcement agency, and no one will ever Troop D; ShertJJ Steve Whitney, Christian County; Douglas County Sheriff Roldan Turner; and Sgt. Dan Middleton, Missouri Highway Patrol, Ava. involved in the case. Sheriff Whitney said the purpose of the conference here was to coordinate all the efforts in order to keep from treading backwater. "We need to have a meeting and get organized so we're not retracking, Whitney said. He said it is important that the officers keep their investigation going in a positive direction. As for whether the case is treated as an abduction or a murder, both Shenff Turner and Sheriff Whitney agree it is being handled as a murder. "I have no qualms at all about calling it murder, Whitney said If we ever find out where she was murdered, whether it was in my county or in Steves county (Christian County), it was still a murder. said Turner. Water Safety Instruction To Begin July 19 A water safety instructors course will be given at the Ava City Pool beginningjuly 19. Upon completion of this course, the student will be certified to teach Red Cross swimming classes and some water safety courses. Prerequisites for the course are that the student be 17 years of age or older, and possess a current Lifeguard Certificate or Emergency Water Safety Certificate. For more information call Mary Lou Sallee, 683-4565. know who made the initial report. Of course, Douglas County Sheriffs Department also welcomes any information about illegal drug trafficking in this area, ana those calls can be made directly to the sheriffs office Last week, officers pulled more than 3,200 plants in the Dogwood area where it is believed at least some of the plants came up from a voluntary reseeding where plants had grown previously. Then in another incident in the same area, some 40 plants were seized by the sheriffs department, and one man was arrested. The name of that individual is not being released at this time due to the circumstances of the investigation. Entertainment (Sal ore 1989 Douglas Com duty Fair The 1989 Douglas County Fair got underway Wednesday evening with television personality Sammy B Good appearing on the new stage, next to the general exhibits building. A large variety of general exhibits items was entered Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday's judging, and the fair will jump into full swing today with more activities scheduled. Perishable items were judged Tuesday evening with other general exhibits judged Wednesday. J junior and open dairy cattle 1 be judged today (Thursday) beginning at 9:30 a.m., and junior and open beef will be judged beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. The fair runs through Saturday night. A market steer show and sale will be held for junior exhibitors in Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties. Steers in this show must have been entered at the February weigh-in. The show will begin at about 9:30 a.m. Fnday, with the sale to be held at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday in tne livestock show arena. Larry Werth is in Junior Rodeo Will Be Held Here Friday, July 21 The Ava Saddle Club will sponsor a junior rodeo Friday night, July 21 at the Ava Saddle Club Arena west of town. All events will be open to both boys and girls, with categories scheduled for ages 6 to 16. Books will be open one day only, Fnday, July 21, & a.m. until rodeo time. Jackpot roping will be held following the junior rodeo, with both amateur and open divisions planned. Residents Asked To Pump To Be Well Will Be Ava residents will be asked to conserve water this weekend while a new pump is being installed at one of the citys wells. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in one day and it is not likely that anyone will notice a significant difference in water supply during the shut-down of the well Nevertheless, the city is asking that residents refrain from unnecessary water usage this weekend such as washing cars or watering lawns Sometime ago it was determined that the pump at well No 4 near Emerson Elect nc was not producing at full capacity After an engineering study was completed it was realized that a larger pump should be installed. So this weekend, Layne-Westem Co , of Kansas City, will install a four-inch submersible pump and 60 horsepower motor in the well If the work goes according to schedule, the well should be back in full operation by Monday. In the meantime, the Ava City Council is pursuing possibilities of drilling a new well and is looking for a grant to help make that goal reality. Engineers have determined that the best location is on Water Tower Hill in southeast Ava where die 75,000 gallon tower is located. This site is attractive for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the city already owns the property. Andersen Engineering has proposed that the city install a booster pump in the main water line leading to an area in east Ava where pressure is low. Council indicated at Monday's regular meeting that this will be done even before the status of a new well known. Mayor Bud Norman reported that the new street sweeper is working well and charge of the show and sale this year. A new stage area has been erected at the fair grounds for the benefit of entertainers and spectators alike. The stage is located adjacent to the general exhibits building, and tonight will feature both Amber" and variety show entertainer Mark Sparks. Amber will be back on Friday night as well, when local talent will also grace the fair stage. Mark Sparks, who will be on the stage tonight is billed as a one man sideshow," doing comedy, magic, juggling, ana fire eating. Amber, orginally from Roseburg. Ore., now resides in the Branson area and for the past two years has been performing throughout the western United States Those who have seen Ambers performances say she has "a voice youll remember entertaining crowds in the Midwest on her way through All stage performances will begin at 7 p m. While Mark Sparks and Amber are entertaining on the stage tonight, the Booger County Coon Hunters will present a treeing contest in the main grandstand arena That program will also begin at 7 p m. Friday night's grandstand program will be the tractor and 4-wheel drive pull, beginning at 7 pm. And at the same time, entertainment will be starting on the stage with .Amber and local talent, including the Good News Singers, and Big Cieek Bluegrass, from Ava, Kings Travelers, Marshfield; and the Gospel Lights, of Lebanon. On Saturday night the patio Conserve Water said the new 1-ton pickup purchased for the water department has met all performance standards With the addition of a new four-wheel drive pickup in the water department, the 1988 pickup previously used in that department went t j the electric department and an electric department truck was transferred to the maintenance department to replace a pickup that was taken out of service Council approved the purchase of over $2000 in fire fighting equipment as requested by Fire Chief Tom Woods The outer wear includes coats, boots, gloves and pants, as well as other accessory items Total cost j comes to $2,061 . ( Council also approved the purchase of copper water line , tubing, a chain saw. and six J portable two-way radios for the police department. Hillary Austin (eight) observes while Linda and Kelly King record entries m "Amber" stage will feature music by Bob Holt and the Newberrys. with square dancing by the j Booger County Square Dancers. A dance class will . also perform on the stage j Saturday night Saturday nights main attraction in the grandstand arena will be the Saturday i Night Smash-Up demolition j derby, which is also scheduled to begin at 7 p.m j $1,000 in prize money has j been set aside for the featuie j race on Saturday night, with I the wanner to take home $500! Second place in the feature will be worth $300, and third place will pav S2GQ . "I rophie will be presented to the top five cars in the featuie event There is one discrepancy published in the 1989 Fair Book that should be cleared up. Conflicting statements in Installed; Shut Down Concrete work on two public parking lots is scheduled to be done this week The lot east of the sheriffs office will be done first then curb and guttering will be done on the parking lot on East Washington Avenue, adjacent to the Community Center parking lot That lot was cut down and graded last week in preparation for concrete work Mayor Bud Norman also reported that the sidewalks from Red Bud Village to the square should be completed and opened this week These sidewalks have not been officially opened because handrails are not yet completed Council will hold a special meeting on Friday, July 21, at 6.30 p.m. for wage review Since this meeting will deal entirely with personnel, the meeting will be held in executive session the general exhibits building, at the Douglas County Fair j Wednesday morning. The fair j the rules would be impossible to follow It should be stated that cars are not required to have the same make of motor, as stated in Rule G under Automobile Regulations on page 38 Rule H should be marked out completely It is also pointed out specifically that the tractor pull and 4x4 pull on Fnday night will both be held at 7 pm In the past the farm tractor pull was held in the afternoon, but that event has been moved to an evening event on Friday, along with tire nuck pull C2xtu v fe. assortment of rides ready to go on the midway and will be oflering special deals every night of the fair. Continuing tonight, the carnival will offer Continued On Page A Twelve Darrell Bnxev, of Viima, Okla , has been ordered to either repair or demolish two houses in downtown Ava that have been termed "dangerous buildings. Bnxey has been ordered to comply with the city ordinance regulating such structures within 30 days from Julv 15 The houses are located just south of the public squam east of Citizens Bank Council Orders Crack Down On Traffic Violations The City Council Monday evening at its regular meeting ordered the Police Department to crack down on traffic violations, especially speeding, failing to stop at stop signs and other related driving practices of all motorists. Six new hand held radios and two additional radar guns have also been ordered to assist the police officers 1 opened Tuesday night and will n through Saturday

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