Area News Briefs

Nixon appeals decision
on Katy Bridge
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon last week appealed a judge’s decision that found the state has no property rights to the 75-year-old M-K-T Bridge at Boonville.
Earlier, Judge Byron Kinder of Jefferson City ruled for Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration in a dispute with the AG’s office.
Last year Nixon had sued the Department of Natural Resources for its decision to give up the state’s interest in using the old bridge as part of the Katy Trail. Union Pacific Railroad Co. wants to dismantle the structure and use part of it to double-span the Osage River.
A 1987 purchase agreement for the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad allow DNR to use the bridge as part of the trail ‘ so long as DNR assumed liability for the bridge on terms acceptable to the railroad.
That never happened and without it Kinder said the state has no right to the bridge.
In appealing to the Western District Court of Appeals, Nixon will continue to claim that the potential use amounts to a property right that only the General Assembly can give up. A hearing has not yet been set.

Memorial Day service set for Paige-Liberty Park
The Lincoln Public School Reunion Committee will sponsor a Memorial Day Service to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Paige-Liberty Park in Fayette.
This service is to honor all African-American veterans; past and present.
There also will be a re-dedication of the Robert E Paige monument.

Local sales tax
revenue down
In a report from the Missouri Department of Revenue, records show that March sales tax monies for Howard County are down compared to last year.
In March 2005, local sales tax brought in $160,986 for the county while this year reports show only $109,245.
Funds were collected for five different budget categories including: Howard County road and bridge, law enforcement, 9-1-1 account, the jail and the general sales tax revenue.
A nearly $10,000 decrease was found in every department. Howard County road and bridge and the jail reported $9,000 less in sales tax. General revenue shows a $10,000 decrease and law enforcement and 9-1-1 both show an $11,000 decrease.

Reception this Sunday for
Fayette R-III educators
Two teachers and one administrator with a combined total of nearly 90 years in education will be honored at a retiree open house in the Fayette High School Commons from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Being honored will be Ron and Nancy Anderson and Bonnie Potter.
Nancy is Fayette’s only national certified teacher and has taught here 25 years (second, third and fourth grades), plus nearly seven years elsewhere.
Ron Anderson also has been with the district 25 years, mostly recently as curriculum director and earlier as FHS principal, in addition to coaching and teaching social studies.
Bonnie Potter has been in education nearly 25 years, the last 17 years in the Fayette district teaching Title I reading.

Clark student receives national award
Clark Middle School student Christian Broadus was recently added to the United States Achievement Academy’s honor roll.
The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. It selects winners upon recommendation of teachers, coaches or counselors based on academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude, cooperative spirit and dependability.
Science teacher Kevin Beeler nominated Broadus for the award. Broadus’s name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook.
Broadus is the son of Marsha Broadus and the grandchild of Fannie and the late William Broadus.

St. Paul pancake breakfast on May 20
The men of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette will host a pancake breakfast more often. Because of popular demand, what once was an annual fall event now will take place twice a year. The second date this year will be Saturday, May 20.
The men serve from 7 a.m. to noon at the church located at 300 E. Davis St. The menu will include pancakes and syrup as well as biscuits and gravy.
The cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 4 to 12. Questions’ Call 248-3340.

Local student selected for art academy
Fayette high school student Lacey Eaton recently was selected to participate in the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in Springfield this summer.
She will join nearly 200 other visual and performing artists from high schools across the state for three weeks of artistic interdisciplinary course-work. A part of Eaton’s curricular day will be devoted to her area of expertise which is singing. She will also participate in private and ensemble lessons, as well as cultural and social functions in the evenings.
Eaton will have the opportunity to interact with guest artists, including members of aha! dance theatre of Kansas City, the DisAbility Project from St. Louis, art curator Don Lambert, actor Suzy Myers and St. Louis Symphony Concert Master David Halen.

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