Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 6:30pm ET
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School may share city park management
The city of Steelville and Steelville School District are moving closer to an agreement for the district to oversee a portion of the Community Park. The conversation is under way to find a mutually beneficial agreement between the two entities to maintain and operate the center section of the park that contains ball diamonds, the track and the field used for football and soccer
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The Rolla Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a Rolla pizzeria at gunpoint late Sunday night.
The RPD learned of the armed robbery at Domino’s Pizza, located at 1724 North Highway 63 around after receiving a 911 call around 11:15 p.m.
According to police, the man “entered the store and announced a robbery. The suspect pointed a small caliber handgun at the employee and demanded money.”
The suspect then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a white man, wearing a dark colored jacket with the hood pulled up over his head, gloves and sunglasses.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Derrick Dillon of the RPD Division of Criminal Investigations Unit at 573-308-1213.
People with information relevant to this case can remain anonymous by calling the police department’s confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.
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Vandals strike Viburnum schools
Viburnum schools were burglarized in the late night and early morning hours of January 11 and 12. Each of the district’s buildings was broken into and sustained damage, with the majority centered at the junior high.
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A fair in one of the counties bordering Arkansas just about went belly up. They got a last minute grant from a foundation. The Washington Fair up on the Missouri river is a big deal but they are in an area where there are lots of businesses, some of them really big. They also have more wealth up there. In counties where there are fewer and smaller businesses and higher poverty, putting on a 'complete' fair is a real challenge. The Rolla Lions Club has the most sucessful event in the area, but they are not a 'complete' fair. The last I knew they didn't charge admission but they also didn't have music, any motor sports, exhibits, livestock or a fairbook. They make a lot of money off their carnival.
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How does a fair work? What are the economics of a fair? 2010 was the last year that the Dent County Fall Festival had a 'complete' fair. Complete meaning there was a carnival, livestock show, demo derby, home economics and 4-H exhibits in the Youth Building and music. The carnival has minimal expense for the fair board, usually just the expense for water. On the other had the carnival pays fifteen to twenty percent of their gross receipts for rides to the fair board. The carnival is a big money maker for the fair. The livestock show expenses for the fair board are the cost of electric, and water which is considerable, the printing of the rules and classes in the fair book, the cost of ribbons, the judges and the premiums which are paid out. There has apparently been some sort of commission charged on each animal sold, but that commission money did not go to the fair board, it went to the Livestock Committee which is a 4-H/FFA thing. The Fair board had to pay to get a demo derby going. There is the expense of the guys that run the derby or work in the pit. There is a lot of prize money given out. Demo cars cost significant money to build. And then there is insurance. Insurance has gone up big time for all motor sports. The fair board charges a gate fee to cover the cost of the demo derby. It used to be that the demo derbies made money for the fair and they still do in counties that are charging $20 to $25 dollars to get in. Dent County is at $10. It's a tight spot to be in. If we tried to charge more, some people wouldn't come. It would be just too expensive. If the gate fee is kept at $10 the fair is going to go in the hole. The open class and 4-H exhibits in the youth building have the following expenses: ribbons, cost of printing the pages of rules and classes in the fair book, judges and premiums. The 4-H had a judging system where every entry got a ribbon. If there were 15 birdhouses then there would be multiple blue, red and white ribbons given out and each would get a premium. The cost of music is what the musician charges. You can't get much more than a braying donkey for less than $400. Most singers and bands are more. If the fair board got a really big name it would cost thousands, maybe tens of thousands. Rain out insurance would be a necessity. Conway Twitty came to the fair at the old fairgrounds years and years ago and just a few people bought tickets, the rest sat in their vehicles outside the fence and listened for free. The Fall Festival went in the hole thousands and thousands of dollars. The fairboard has been cautious about music ever since. There was an Elvis Impersonator that was good that brought a good crowd. He cost a thousand dollars. Another good singer cost $800 and there were about thirty people that came to hear him. Concessions are the other revenue stream. It used to be that for every dollar of cost it could be expected that two dollars of revenue would come in. The high price of meat has changed that. At fairs state wide, concessions stands are the main place where sticky fingers are a problem. Some of the counties around us have shared there problems with that. That is why at some places you see food tickets. The other big expenses are advertising and the printing of the fair book.The other big source of income is selling ads in the fairbook or banners for the demo derby pit. Fairbook ad income runs between $3000. to $5000. Fairbook printing costs around $2000. Other expenses are trash removal, electric and water, phone, general insurance, repairs, equipment, cleaning supplies, safety supplies, paper supplies and postage. In most recent years the fair board has received money from the tourism commission.
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After the enmass resignations of fairboard members in 2009 the Commons committee was restarted and new fairboard members came along. Some people served on both boards. Very few people volunteered. Some were put off by the staggering debt, the piles of bills and the amount of physical work it was going to take to mow, weed eat, clean and repair and put on the fair. Some people just didn't want to hang out with the Maxwells or the 'Indians'. There were other people who would be there for a short time. One very important person who was there for two years was Don. Don was a friend of the 'Indians'. He was very low key, easy going. He was at the Commons a lot, fixing things. At first we didn't realize who was repairing stuff or putting a shower together because another person was taking all the credit and Don never said anything. We fiqured it out though because Don was a career military guy who loved to tell Army stories. He was at one point in charge of a bunch of guys and they were the ones who set up the forward bases in the Iraq war. He knew welding, plumbing, electrical, all kinds of stuff. Don's legs had been crushed when his pickup had been hit by a drunk driver so sometimes he was slow or he wobbled but he always got the job done no matter if it was taking minutes at board meetings or emptying the trash barrels around the livestock barn. In 2011 someone donated and old wooden play/swingset to the Commons. The kids loved it. But it had seen better days and it kept breaking. And Don would keep repairing it. It became a metaphor for the Commons. Don died in December 2011. He had breakfast with Bennie just before he died. He asked Bennie to keep on trucking and to take care of the Commons crew. I think he knew he was going to be gone. He died the next day. After he died there was a wind storm and the swingset broke. Don wasn't there to repair it so it was hauled off but the Commons crew is still here and we have made improvements each year and have added really good board members.
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Everyone a wart or two at some point. Not the kind on your finger. The kind in your life that affects other people. Was starting a peace disturbance at the gate of the Fall Festival a wart? Sure enough. What other kinds of warts or as the Bible says "plank in your own eye" are there? Want to know what kinds of warts there are? Look in the Book of Matthew. But for the really big warts not against God but against man, the last five of the Ten Commandments is the place to look. All of us have warts. The person who murders an innocent person. That's a really big one because the murder man is six feet under and the murderer can't get the dead man's forgiveness-ever. Or the man who cheats on his wife because after twenty five years she's gotten fat and dumpy. Or the business man who has his employee cheats so that he can enrich himself. Or the drunk that neglects his family. Or the drunk judge who drunkenly crashes his car (oops, I mean swerves to miss a deer), but will put the previously mentioned drunk in the jail for doing the same thing. Or people who bear false witness, who lie under oath (...Swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help me God.). Cheaters, liars, adulterers, the drug dealers whose drugs ruin lives, the prideful, the slothful, the bad parent, the bad child, the dishonest, the coveters, even an ill-tempered old woman who has just simply had enough. Are you feeling the end of your nose to see if a wart is starting to bump through?
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