The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri on July 3, 1980 · Page 1
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Chillicothe, Missouri
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Thursday, July 3, 1980
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Serving Chillicothe and area for 120 years Che CMlicotfc Congtttutton-Crtbune VOL. Lit CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI--64601 THURSDAY, JULY 3,1980 FOURTEEN PAGES NO. 157 Area's livestock value at $155 million in 1979 BY SCOTT GORDON C-T Staff Writer Sales of livestock and livestock products were the major portion of Missouri's agricultural income in 1979, accounting for 57 percent of the state's farm receipts during the year, according to Farm Facts. 1980, published by the Missouri Crop and Livestock Reporting Service, a division of (he Missouri Department of Agriculture. Livingston and surrounding counties had cattle and hog inventories worth $155,688.000 in 1979 As a whole, the state's total livestock receipts were up 15 percent over the previous year, largely due to the sharply higher prices for cattle, calves, sheep and lambs during the year. State Sixth in Cattle There were 5 35 million head of c a t t l e and calves on Missouri farms and feedlots as of January 1, a decline of four percent over the previous year, and down 11 percent from the January, 1978 inventory. Nonetheless, the state ranked sixth in cattle numbers b e h i n d Texas, Iowa, Nebraska. Kansas, which ranked fourth, to the surprise of many, and Oklahoma. The value of all cattle and calves on Missouri farms on Jan. 1. 1980. was $2.59 billion. Incidentally, Missouri's inventory of 2.54 million cows and heifers that have calved was second only to Tesfas. In the local area, Carroll County led in total numbers and value of cattle as of January 1: 57,800, valued at $28.5 million. Linn County was second in total cattle and total value of them, 57,200 cattle worth $27.9 million. Third among the six counties was Daviess, 47,400 head of cattle, at an estimated value of $23 million, according to Farm Facts. Caldwell County, with its 42.800 head of cattle valued at $21.5 million, ranks number four, while Livingston County is fifth with $18.6 million being the estimated value of its 37,900 head. Grundy County is listed in Farm Facts as having 36,100 head valued at $17.9 million. Beef Cattle Linn County is tops in beef cattle, according to the Ag Department booklet, with 23,700 head. Second is Carroll County, at 23,000 head; Caldwell is third in cattle being prepared for market, with 19,100. Daviess County, 18,900 head; Grundy. 17,000 head, and Livingston County, with 16,500 beef cattle, round out the third through sixth spots. Dairy Cattle Few Dairy cattle are relatively few and far between in the six- county area, according to Farm Facts, with 5,900 head scattered among the six counties. Of the six, Carroll County has the largest milk cow herd, 1,500 head, followed by Grundy County with 1,100 head. In a three-way tie for third spot are Livingston, Linn and Daviess counties, with 900 head each. Caldwell County farmers owned 600 head of dairy cattle. There was no total value breakdown for dairy or beef c a t t l e . As a single unit, Livingston County and the five counties adjoining it had cattle worth $137,(il6,000, on Jan. 1, 1980. Lawrence County had the highest total number of dairy cattle in Missouri, 11,200 head. Hogs Up 11 Percent Hogs on Missouri farms totaled 4.55 million head on December 1, 1979, according to Farm Facts. This was an 11 percent jump from 1978, and a 23 percent increase over the 1977 totals. However, the value of Missouri's hogs was $254.8 million, a decline of 27 percent from the previous year. The six-county area had 305,700 head of hogs on December 1, 1979, valued in excess of $18 million. Livingston County was third total hog value in the region, says Farm Facts. Carroll County hog producers owned 79,600 head in December, valued at $4.7 million. Linn County, with 55,600 head valued at $3.3 million was second in the region. Livingston County is listed in Farm Facts as having had 43,300 hogs in its farms, worth $2.6 million. Caldwell County recorded $2.58 million as the estimated worth of its 45,400 head. Daviess County: 44,600 head valued at $2.54 million. Grundy County: 37,200 head estimated to be worth $2.2 million. Farm Facts relates that the top hog county in the state last year was Layfayette, with 164,900 head valued at $8.9 million. Other counties with large numbers of hogs on their ./--news notes--v Balloon help needed Several persons with pickup trucks are needed as balloon crew personnel for this weekend's balloon races, to be held as part of the Chillicothe Fourth of July celebration,.* A knowledge of local back roads would be helpful. Persons interested in serving as'balloon crew personnel should be at the Holiday Motel at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Hospital notes Admitted to Hedrick Medical Center have been Kelly Colliver, 900 Frederick; Stephanie Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Meyer, Marceline; Mrs. Virgil Hale, Hamilton, and Mrs. Melvin Hisel, 410 Mack. Dismissed have been Mrs. Billy Cheeney and daughter, Dawn; Terry Coin, Meadville; Mrs. Ronald Cunningham and son, RFD 5; John Dominique, 1734 Hickory Drive; Harvey Holden, 44 Tenth; Mrs. Myrtle Israel, 1515 Clay; Jesse McNary, Hamilton; Mrs. Gary Rogers and son, Gallatin, and Richard Wade, Brookfield. Meadville vote tinale July 5 through July 11 is the last week to vote for favorite contestants in the Little Miss and Little Mr. Meadville Contest being held in connection with this year's Meadville Homecoming. Contestants and locations of their voting places for the final week are: Martens Market, Jubal Riddle and Brec Nolan; Meadville Locker, Kathy Limkemann and Amy Ledbetter; Bank of Meadvilie, Charles Sego; Norma's nc., Tanya Howe and Chris Frizzed; Holcer's TV, Shannon Bloss and Jason Frizzell; Caselman's Cafe, Carmalita Riddle and Ronald Thomas. Little Miss and Little Mr. Meadville will be crowned at homecoming activities Friday evening, July 11, at 7:30 o'clock. Storm warning delayed The storm warning test which had been poctponed from yesterday to today was once again postponed. Fire Chief Joe Rinehart said that the test would possibly be rescheduled for Monday. Continue* on Page I* --Death-- Arthw Barton (Page 10) f a r m s include Nodaway, 155,500 head; Pike, 145,500 head; Lincoln, 145,200 head, and Audram, with 112,600 head. The shipping of feeder pigs to other states plays a big role in Missouri hog production. In 1979, Show-Me farmers shipped 1,336,148 head of feeder pigs to 25 states. Iowa, known for its corn-fed beef and pork, purchased over 52 percent of Missouri's out- shipped feeders. Illinois farmers purchased 14 6 percent of Missouri's feeder pig shipments, while our neighbor on the west, Kansas, purchased 13 J percent '·· $L*:^x V fjfo - . » ! V -' T *'"' ."· -./V HEREFORD, ANGUS AND BLACK BALDY cattle are shown the first of the year. Livingston County alone had 37,900 head of cat- here searching for shoots of green grass In a pasture near tie valued at $18.6 million. The area-wide story is told in an accom- Chillicothe. Missouri ranks sixth in the nation in cattle numbers, panying article. --Constitution-Tribune Photo with cattle in the 6-county area valued at more than $137 million at Sheep and Lambs Shei-p and lamb numbers continued their decline in Missouri in 1979, says Farm Facts, dropping two percent Irom a year earlier to 123,000 head T h e t o t a l l a m b crop, however, ruse slightly from the previous year's record low of 107,000 head. Wool shorn in Missouri in 1!I7!I amounted to 4H,000 tons, the same as the year previous. Cash receipts for sheep and lambs marketed last year totaled $-1 5 million, with wool production totaling $9(i,000. Farm Facts did not show a county by county listing for sheep and lamh production. Poultry Chickens on Missouri farms dropped :i percent in 1979, to 7 I'l million birds Hens and pullets of laying age totaled t; l!i million, an II percent increase Irom 1978. . Farm Facts relates that eggs produced in 1(179 totaled 1 :!!) billion T u r k e y ("rowers raised almost 11 million turkeys in l!»7!. -1 percent mine than the previous year Breeder hen numbers on Missouri tnrms on December 1, 197'.), at :i(Hi,(MH) birds, were 30 percent above the 1971! level Missouri ranked f i l t h nationally in the number of Continued on I'aiio 10 Electrical damage in storm- Rains add up to as much as 2.75 inches in area Chillicothe and the surrounding area received still another 23rd-hour rain on Wednesday and early today, bringing smiles and serving as a life-saver for some area crops and pastures. The precipitation began near mid-morning on Wednesday, w i t h i n t e r m i t t e n t showers falling throughout the afternoon. The rain returned shortly after midnight, and by 1:30 a.m. today, a steady rain was falling in some areas. In others, rain started again after 5 a.m. Lightning Abundant At approximately 4:45 this morning, a cell of intense lightning and thunder passed over the local vicinity, lighting the sky to daytime brightness and rattling windows. A Chillicothe Municipal Utilities transformer in the 300 block of Dickinson sustained a lightning strike, causing an estimated $500 damage. Primary fuses were knocked out in the vicinity of 2900 Be) Air, along with the "river line." By and large, however, a Municipal Utilities spokesman reported that the system came through in good shape. A receiver on the Chillicothe' police department radio system was knocked out for about two hours from the lightning, but was back in service by daylight, according to Police Chief Maynard Hall. The highway patrol Troop H tower at St. Joseph was reported hit by lightning and out of service for a time. An official of Farmers' Electric Cooperative told the Constitution-Tribune that systems at the Indian Grove and Stet substations were knocked out for approximate-' ly an hour early today, leaving an estimated 400 persons without electricity during that time. Farmers' Electric also experienced some minor problems with wet insulators, something more or less routine during wet and dry spells, an FEC official said. Rainfall Widespread The latest series of showers and thunderstorms occurred over a wide portion of the local area, with as much as 1.5 in- ches in some places. Chillicothe officially recorded .92 of an inch of moisture between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a m . today, while the outlying areas received comparable amounts, or more. Braymer recorded 2.75 inches of precipitation, while Hale, Mooresville and Tma had 1.5 inches. Radio station KAOL at Carrollton recorded 1.26 inches, with KTTN in Trenton reporting 1.10. Meadville and a location just south of Utica received a shade over an inch of moisture, while Brookfield received .82, according to government "weather watcher" Jim Logue. By the Associated Press Thousands of persons re- mained without power early today a f t e r severe thunderstorms packing high winds and at least two tornadoes moved through the east central part of the state Wednesday. The National 'Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for the area after four s e p a r a t e b a n d s of thunderstorms followed the same track along a line from Perry to near Arnold. Arnold remained without power. City street and water crews were working to clear blocked streets. Authorities said damage could run into the millions of dollars. Property damage from the storms was heavy in many areas, but only one serious injury was reported when an 8-year-old boy was struck by debris blown from a motel in Osagc Beach. Tornadoes were spotted in onto him He was reported in critical condition early today There were a number of close calls. Police in Sullivan said about 40 youngsters from St Louis County were found u n h a r m e d a l o n g s i d e t h e Meramac Hiver where they had been floating and another 200 persons were led out of the Onondaga Cave with lanterns after the power (ailed The storms moved Irom Thunderstorms trace path of violence --Weather-- Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms tonight. Low tonight mid 70s. Partly sunny, hot and humid Friday. High mid to upper 90s. Southeast winds 5-15 mph tonight. Chance of rain 30 percent tonight. FFICIAL TEMPERATURES Yesterday's Maximum 72 Yesterday's Minimum 61 Today's Minimum 63 River Stage, Rising 4.7 Precipitation 49 YEAR AGO TODAY Maximum 96 Minimum 73 FIVE--DAY FORECAST MISSOURI--Extended forecast Saturday through Monday--Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High in the 90s. Low in the 70s. reported more than four inches of rain. The National Weather Service said five inches of rain were reported east of Mexico with water over Highway 54. More than 3,000 people were, without power and telephone service was spotty in Cuba after a tornado touched down Wednesday. Officials said the $1 million damage estimate may be raised. An overnight curfew was expected to lifted this morning. Radio station KBCC in Cuba was still off the air after suffering tower damage and power failures A portion of Crystal City, including the police station, was without power early today. A curfew there was still in effect. Authorities in Festus lifted a curfew earlier today, although half the town of 10,000 persons State drops left turn lane plans The Missouri Highway and Transportation Department announced today that it has dropped all plans to install left turn Janes on Washington street in the downtown Chillicothe area. District Engineer Jack Frissell said this morning the department is dropping its efforts either to revise the lane configuration or eliminate left turns on Washington between Clay and Polk streets. "The decision against pursuing the matter further at this time was based on the strong and near unanimous opposition expressed by the Chillicothe city council and the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce," said Frissell The department had proposed changes related to left- t u r n i n g t r a f f i c i n t h e downtown area in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents occurring in the area. Frissell said another factor in the decision by the department was that most of the accidents related to left turns in the downtown area were minor in nature. "High frequency--low severity," said Frissell. "The department will continue to monitor accidents in the area in the same manner they monitor all accident reports," said Frissell. Frissell said all areas arc under continuous review and added that the situation involving downtown Chillicothe would not be opened again for some time unless something- drastic occurred. "We appreciate the position' of the city council and the Chamber," said Frissell "There was a lot of effort involved in this. This situation would have required the cooperation of everyone concerned, so we decided to go with the status quo." Frissel) emphasized that the decision would have no effect on other work planned in the Chillicothe area. "All other projects will proceed as soon as the money necomes a v a i l a b l e , " said Frissell. Frissell did say that a department engineer, that until now has been used in large city areas, has been called in to conduct a complete review of the timing of traffic signals in the downtown Chillicothe area. "We think the c u r r e n t system is pretty good, but we want to check the situation out thoroughly to make sure that we h a v e n ' t missed something," Frissell said. Cuba and Jackson, but there were no reports of injuries in either area. In Festus, patients were evacuated from their rooms at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital and several windows were blown out by one part of the storm which damaged homes and businesses. Cape G i r a r d e a u Police Chief Hank GerccRe was able to give a first person report ol property damage when he saw the police department's radio tower topple onto his car in (he parking lot. "It just totaled my car on the .spot," Gercckc said, n o t i n g t h a t most of the damage in the city was caused by fa 11 ing trees Union electric company said power was knocked out for at least 15.000 customers in south St. Louis County and Franklin and Jefferson counties. The only serious injury reported was that of Greg Deffenbaugh. the (I year-old .son of the operators of the Golden Door Motel in Osage Beach Officers said the boy had gone to the motel's s w i m m i n g pool to find his sister when part of the building's roof was blown Missouri into Southern Illinois, where at least one death was reported when a 7-year-old girl was drowned when her family's boat overturned on Lake Kincaid west ol Carhondalc. T h e M i s s o u r i H i g h w a y P a t r o l r e p o r t e d h e a v y damage along Interstate 44 The patrol said many roads in Crawford County were temporarily closed by f a l l e n trees. (!ov Joseph P Teasdale ordered Public Safely Director K M Wil.son to i n s p e c t damage at Cuba, which appeared to be the hardest hit by Ihcslof INS The weather service said s c a t t e r e d t h u n d e r s t o r m s would continue through the Fourth of July, mostly in the east on Friday. E a r l y m o r n i n g temperatures ranged from the inid-dOs In the mid-70s, and highs today and Friday were expected to vary* from the mid-!».s to mi. 'Die weather service said lows tonight would be in the 70s. High temperatures in Missouri Wednesday ranged from KM) at (.'ape. to (in at K i r k s v i l l e . Chillicothe park fund request now with state Three area applications, including one for the Thompson (or Eastside) Park, are among 113 applications that have been received by the- Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which operates an outdoor recreation assistance program toad- minister the grant funds. The f u n d s are m a d e available to the state by the U.S. Department of the Interior and requests for grants this year total $9.4 million, down slightly from the $l»7 million requested last year The Thompson Park is a request for $11,000, which was. reviewed favorably by the Greens Hills Human Resource Commission earlier this month, to be matched with $11,000 in local monies for two restrooms, parking facilities and playground equipment. Other area requests include a $350,000 pool replacement project in Carrollton and a $10,329 request from the Lrnn County R-i School District for a ball diamond. Fred L a f s e r , N a t u r a l Resources director, said that Missouri will not learn the amount of its share of the grant funds until later this summer since federal appropriation for the grant program still is pending in Congress Lafser said that because of anticipated curbs on federal spending this year, the state expects to receive between $3 million and $6 million, meaning that approximately one- third to two-thirds of the requests will not be funded EMBLEMATIC OF MISSOURI'S HIGHWAY PATROL, this pfoque is on th« brickwork af fh* «n- trance to the new million-dollar Troop H headquarters building a» St. Joseph. $·« Page 4. --Constitution. Tribune Photo

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