The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri on July 21, 1980 · Page 1
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Serving Chillicothe and area for 120 years CMltcotte Constitiition-^nljtmc VOL. LI I CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI--64601 MONDAY, JULY 21, TWELVE PAGES NO. 172 "A GIRL ON A GOAT" would be an accurate way of describing this scene, as young Lori Wilson puts a three-leg tie on a goat in the 4-H and FFA Fair Junior Rodeo. Lori placed fourth in the girls 13 years and under category, in which the contestants were to suc- cessfully catch, throw and tie a none-too-cooperative goat. Lori is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Wilson of RFD 1. The rodeo saw 195 entries in six events, and in its first year, drew an estimated crowd of 750 persons. -- Staff photo by Scott Gordon Storm cools off heat wave, causes / some area damage Rodeo draws near 1,000 in lively windup The 1980 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair ended on a high note Saturday night, with over 120 youngsters and teens participating in what will probably be termed the First Annual 4-H and FFA Jr. Rodeo. ! According to official rodeo I tabulations, six events had a ' total of 195 entries, in competi-, tion ranging from steer riding to goat-tying to wild cow milking. According to a tabulation of the gate receipts, an Fair official told the Constitution- Tribune that between 900 and 1,000 persons passed through the gates, filling the grands- ' land and crowding along the , fences to watch the festivities. One fair official expressed "pleasant surprise" at the number of people attending, despite the 95-degree ' temperature and some clouds i of arena dust blowing about j Safety was Highly Stressed j Ronnie Wilson, who, along ! with Bill Gutshall, was in 1 charge of the rodeo, stressed ! the fact that the events were I being overseen for maximum I safety by skilled and highly I knowledgeable people, and that every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of the young contestants. "These people right here," he said, motioning to a crowd of helpers getting another event set up, " are here for the safety of the youngsters. They know what they are doing, and do a good job of keeping this a safe sport." Wilson continued, "Parents let their kids compete in football and other sports, and sometimes they get hurt. This (rodeo) really isn't any different than any other sport." The contestants were required to have a parent or guardian appear in person to sign a consent form before they could participate, and nearly all took part in a pre- rodeo seminar at Littrell Stables late last week, to learn more about the sport, and, thus, how to avoid an injury. Although an ambulance and emergency medical technician from Chillicothe were at the ready throughout the rodeo, neither were needed, as none of the participants were injured in the course of the events. The Competition The competition events, consisting of calf riding, wild cow milking, goat tying, bull riding, steer tying and a calf scramble, were well-received by the young participants, who often came away from an encounter with the livestock with a coating of arena dirt. Cow-punching and entertai- ment services were rendered by two professional rodeo clowns from Sedalia, Tom Flutz and Smokey Robinson, who specialize in rodeos of this nature. The two helped protect the participants in the riding events, and kept up a constant stream of banter and gags. One involved Tom chasing Smokey with a bucketful of water, which ended with the contents sprayed on a group of spectators in the grandstand. None of them seemed to mind the surprise shower. Large silver belt buckles with surfaces for custom engraving were offered to those who finished in the top five of each event except the calf scramble. The results are as follows: Calf riding, 13 and under-1. Ronnie Miller; 2. Kevin Gaston, 3 Debbie Bonderer; 4. Phil Middleton; 5. Tobe Frisbee. (49 entrants) Wild cow milking-- 1. Allen Reeter, Gary Pepper and Mike Fries (team of 3); 2. Jill Marlay, Carla Corf, Kerri Lamp and David Williams (team of 4). (19 entrants) Girls goat-tying, 13 and under-- 1. Seanna Middleton; 2. Nola Stedem; 3. Debbie Nibarger; 4. Lori Wilson; 5. LeAnn Ratliff. ( 11 entrants) Boys goat-tying, 13 and under-- 1. Todd Jones; 2. Eddie N i b a r g e r ; 3. Mark Sprouse; 4. Robbie Corf; 5. Benny Fries. (31 entrants) Bull riding, 14 and over-- 1 Terry Wilson, 2. Mark Brown; 3. Bobby Hoyt; 4. Scott Dodson, 5. Brett Dinwiddie. (16 entrants) Steer tying, 14 and over-- 1. Terry W i l s o n , 2. Jerry Marlay; 3. David Williams; 4. Mike Thomas; 5. Scott Warren. (14 entrants) The calf scramble, in which two separate calves with tags denoting sums of cash for those lucky enough to grab them from the fast-running animal, had a total of 55 contestants. Thanks Issued tc Helpers Officials of the fair rodeo issued thanks to all who helped with the successful event, including Larry Max, Larry and Jim Littrell and Ron Koehly, who were in charge of the livestock, the loading gate and chute operations and equipment; judges for the event, Larry Veach of Trenton and Casey McMahan of Gilman City, announcers Continued on Page 8 A cool front moved into northern Missouri last night bringing a break in the weather after some 13 straight days of searing temperatures above or near the century mark along with wind and electrical storm that caused problems through a several-county area It did bring an official 95 of a n i n c h o f r a i n f a l l a t Chillicothe and u n o f f i c i a l measurements of 1 30 to 1 50 inches in the i m m e d i a t e Chillicothe area The moisture was the most since 92 recorded on June 2 and 3 and raised the total for the month to 2 53 inches at Chillicothe Farmers said the rain might help pastures and some of the soybeans but could well be too late for corn Lightning Splits Tree Lightning scored a direct hit on a large tree at 1301 Walnut Street, laid a 20-foot section against the front steps and blew pieces of tree over the yard and into Walnut street L a w r e n c e B r a d l e y , superintendent of electrical distribution for Chillicothe, said the storm did not blow electrical circuits but that nine primary fuses at locta- tions "all over town" were blown. City crews were called out at 10.15 last night and worked until (i this morning replacing fuses, Bradley said "There were no trees in power lines, and we didn't lose one transformer, which is unusual for that kind of storm," he said. "We were very fortunate but were still out all night. We will gladly do it again if we can get that cool rain in here " Farmers' Electric Outages F a r m e r s ' E l e c t r i c C o o p e r a t i v e , based at Chillicothe, had power problems throughout its entire 9-county area. "There were quite a few all over," said Henry Doss, assistant superintendent of operations. "We had out everybody we could get hold o f " Doss said 13 work crews, among them six 2-man crews based at Emergency services issues warning to crowds Farmer is up to his wheels in finding rural water leak One location of a rural water district's water line problems was discovered Saturday evening when Jerry Slattery's pickup truck fell into it. Slattery keeps livestock on what's known as the Dorney farm, south of Chillicothe, and was there to check on them shortly after 6 o'clock. He had gone from a country road and was driving in a pasture near a fence when he steered to avoid a deep ditch. Slattery's pickup suddenly dropped into what turned out to be a mudhole heretofore unseen. The pickup was stuck clear up over the wheels. Slattery notified Tim Gatson, who lives on the farm, and a tractor had to be used to unstick the pickup. Gatson notified the rural water district. Rural Water District 3, which serves rural customers as well as the city of Hale, has been hard pressed for water pressure for two weeks. Lines have been walked in attempts to discover the source of any breaks. Charles Hinchey of the water district said that in addition to the break in the Dorney farm pasture another major break was found on the Merle Jones farm farther west. Repairs were begun immediately. "We still think we have more problems," Hinchey said. Following the repairs, the district had been able to pump 46 inches of water into the Hale tower and was pumping the Avalon tower. The Blue Mound tower has been filled and pressure is holding. There are still problems in the Hale and Avalon sections, and the water district board asks people to continue looking into ditches in the Hale and Avalon areas in search of possible water line breaks. Officials of the district met with state officials this morning discussing potential solutions. Drought and heat are believed responsible for the district's recent problems. Back to Slattery and his pickup truck, his wife, Laura, joked that her husband "is always getting stuck," adding, "Anyone who can get stuck in a drought is really doing something." An increasing number of persons gathering at fire scenes in Chillicothe has caused some concern among law enforcement authorities, and a reminder has been issued dealing with the problem. "On several occasions, we have had people at fires who are getting in the way, either with themselves or their vehicles causing congestion in the area," said Chillicothe Fire Chief Joe Rinehart. "Congestion is one of the last things you need at a fire because of the need to get firemen called into the scene and the deployment of equipment If there are a number of vehicles causing congestion, then we have trouble moving the equipment to where it might be needed," the chief said. Rineharl added that the city police department does a good job of trying to keep fire areas cleared of curious spectators, bul lhat they are sometimes few against many The Chillicothe city ordinance on the subject reads' "The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than 500 feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm " The penalty for violating this ordinance is a fine of up to $200 or !)l) days imprisonment, or both Planners sure fair was one of best ever The 1980 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair was one of the biggest and best fairs ever, according to Fair Board officials, and was concluded this morning wilh the grounds cleanup and the distribution of prize money. "We had a real large fair," said Fair Planning Committee Chairman Steve Radcliff," Considering the heat, we had a real good turnout, especially for Ernest Tubb and our Junior Rodeo, and they were both a real success " The Ernest Tubb show proved to be the big draw for the Fair, with an estimated crowd of 800 persons, while the Junior Rodeo had nearly that many, according to some estimates. Picnics Were Popular "Our Appreciation Picnic was well attended also, I believe that we had a little over 450 people at that," Radcliff said, speaking on the picnic supper sponsored by the Fair Board on Friday evening, while 450 persons also attended the picnic sponsored by the Livingston County Pork Producers and the Chillicothe Chamber of Com- merce on Saturday night. "The Fair Board would like to thank the Chamber and the Pork Producers for holding Saturday's picnic,"Radcliff stated. Entertainment in 'Black' "For the first year, our night entertainment has come out in the black," v the chairman said,"we made enough to cover our expenses plus a little left over, but we're not here to make a lot of money; we're here for the kids " More Entertainment? Radcliff continued, "We're looking forward to another bigger and better fair next year, with more popular "name" entertainment." One of the names being kicked about is the four-man stng- mg group, the Slatler Brothers. "A lot of people would like to see the Statlers in here, but I don't know what their price tag would be," the chairman noted. With the 1980 Fair completed, the Fair Board is now ready to begin the planning of next year's Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair What's Inside Pag e Sports 2-3 Raiders Sweep Two (p2) District Two Playoff Games (p2) Royals Win Big (p3) Ooinions 4 Reflections: Bill Plummer Writes on Heavenly Coincidences On the Street: Chuck Haney writes on Good Times With Former C-T Employees C-T Editorial: A Most Successful Fair Jack Anderson: "Mcrry-Go-Round," Senate Investigates Money Talks: Louis Rukcyscr writes on What Blacks Need People 5 At Wit's End: Erma Bombeclc Writes of "Mix Marriage" 4-H--FFA Photo Feature 6 Television Programing 7 Open Mind Column (p7) Financial News 8 Today in History 9 Comics, Puzzle, Astro-Graph, Dear Abby 11 Tina Items (pi I) ' Outstanding cattle ftwners receive special trvphies Three special breed trophies were presented to the owners of outstanding cattle during the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair cattle show According to fair officials, David Williams was presented the Jerry Litton Memorial Charolais steer trophy, Bobby Peniston was presented with » trophy for his purebred Angus steer, and Kevin I,affey received n trophy from Evan Hulchmson for his purebred Polled Hereford steer. All three animals were sold in the market animal sale Friday night at the fairgrounds locations throughout the co op's area, were on the job Doss said troubles included trees and limbs through lines, broken insulators and tunned out transformers Some Fanners' Kleclnc crews which started out aftei the storm began around HI o'clock still weren't back yet by the same horn this morn ing Others had come in at 4 a.m and returned to the load at H It was raining again this morning at Gallatin and was causing problems Doss said there were still troubles in Sugar Tree and Norborne areas though power was restored through most ol the co-op's service an-a Temperature in Drop Temperature al Chillicothe dropped yesterday evening with the arrival of the cool front H was 98 at 7.:t() o'clock, Hi! at 9-:iO and 75 at 10 Overnight low was 68 Tonight's low is to be in the 60s and tomorrow's high temperatures in the 80s Trenton Kain, 2.05 Inches Trenton recorded an official rainfall measurement of 2 05 inches overnight. The storm caused a general power outage at 9:15 and which lasted approximately half an hour. There were spot outages throughout the evening The Trenton Republican- Times said a mobile home blow over at a home sales place, a grain bin view over near Trenton and \ md took olf a p:irt ol the screen at a drive in Iheiitci I he newspaper reported two files wen- believe d caused h\ l i g h t n i n g , destroying two se|iarate barns northeast ol Trenton Other Hf|iort- Additional reports Bnmkfirld-- ,!l of an inch ol rain, no wind or damage Noi tliciisl of Hale--(Iraham Alter of Hale, olhcial observer in the Hale Sunnier area, recorded Hi of an inch ol precipitation CaiTolllon--Just a trace Mcndxille--Just undei 50 of an inch ( i i i l l i i t i n -- l ( i t inches in town, 1 00 inch outside town It reek en r i d g e -- A w o m a n who lives near Hreckenndge reported 1 50 Itain Applauded A resident on Mansur street in Chillicothe said t h a t when the rain began last nigh! thai people stood on their porches, applauded and cheered KANSAS CITY, Mo ( A P I The number of heat related deaths climbed to 2711 in Missouri over the weekend, but the state received temporary relief today from a cold front that produced thunderstorms and milder temperatures M e a n w h i l e , Gov Joseph Continued on 1'ajic H Bank's time-temperature calls already at 93,500 in July Although the blistering heal wave, which has held Chillicothe under siege for the past three weeks, u n t i l today, has not set a record for the highest temperature ever recorded here, it is apparently on the w;iy to selling another record. Chillicothe Slate Banfc President Fred Sunnier informed the C-T this morning that a total (if !l.'i,!i5H telephone calls had been received by the hank's time and temperature receiver, which is an average ol 3,0111 c;ills a day for the first 20 days of the month "In January of 1979 we established a previous high ol 101,000 calls for a month, but we slill have 10 days left in July and there isn't much doubt that we'll soon have a new record," Simmer said. news notes Hospital notes Recent admittances lo llednck Medical Center have been Mrs. Myra Phillips, Tuttle Ma n o t , Ralph H a r t l c i l , Strand Hotel, Mrs Orvella Sipch, 241 Lilly,,,-UK) Mrs Melvin White, Hamilton Dismissed have been Mrs Robbie Moore and son. Hamilton; Mrs. Vera Todt, 1113 Webster, Robert Hasselt, Breckonridge, Ruben liaucrmci.stcr, 11145 Kmcharl Drive; Mrs. Vivian Williamson. Hreekenndge and Ms Carol Williams, 1115 Jackson . Limited visiting at HMC Officials at llednck Medical Center arc requesting thai visitors be limited to the i m m e d i a t e l.mnly due lo t h e increase in the number of patients at 1IMC Red Cross swimming Wednesday, July 23, will be the last day lo register lor the final session of Red Cross swimming lessons The lessons will again be held at the Chillicoihe municipal pool .. .. . ( orilmuc-cl nil I'ajJp X --IJeath-- It. Mitchell liriiwn D'ageH) Weather- Fair and pleasant tonight, lows mid to upper Ws. Mostly sunny Tuesday, high mid to upper 80s. Northeast wind* 5-10 mph tonight. OFFICIAL TBMPKKATIJKKS Saturday's Maximum Saturday's Minimum Sunday's Maximum Sunday's M i n i m u m Today's M i n i m u m Precipitation River Stage, Stal YEAK AGO TODAY Maximum Minimum HVK--IAY HKKIAS'I MJSSOURI-Extended forecast for Wednesday through Friday--Widely scattered showers Thursday and Friday. Near normal temperatures Wednesday. High around 90, low in mid 60s to low 70s. Warmer Thursday and Friday, high in 90s to around 100, low in 70s 109 70 102 78 68 7.5 93 65

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