on the inside Timely News............................3 Family Living...........................4 Weekly Record........................7 Front Page Two.......................9 News to Use..........................10 Seniors..................................12 State Side..............................13 Youth Page............................14 Sports...............................17-19 Gerald...............................25-26 Classifieds........................28-31 gasconade county Republican www.GasconadeCountyRepublican.com Rep. Schoeller receives warm county welcome front page two Page 9 Walnut residents pack city meeting gerald Page 25-26 State Rep. Shane Schoeller, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, visited Gasconade County on Monday. See page 9 for a look at Schoeller’s “ag tour.” JV, OMS boys win cross county meets sports Page 17-19 owensville, mo. 65066 ■ wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 ■ volume 110, number 5 ■ 32 pages ■ price 75¢ R-2 directors approve ‘planned deficit spending budget’ for 2012-13 BY DAVE MARNER Managing Editor With state revenue for education expected to be lower again, R-2 Board of Education directors on Monday approved what is being termed a “planned deficit spending budget.” Revenues are anticipated from all sources at $17,974,290 while expected expenditures are listed at $18,609,561. R-2 Superintendent Dr. Russ Brock said the budget was based on a “planned spending of fund balances.” The budget for the 2012-13 school year reflects the board’s decision to spend up to $635,271 from reserves to help offset funding from the state formula which is expected to be 92 percent of full allocation. “It’s a planned deficit,” said Brock noting the district expects to end the school year with a reserve fund balance of 27.67 percent — down from 32 percent at the end of the 2011-12 term. “We’re tapping into the reserves. We had built up our reserves into the 32-percent range,” said Brock. Figures provided by the district show an anticipated ending balance of $11,028,850 when the current school year concludes next June. Of those reserves, $5,715,539 is restricted for debt service. The Capital Projects fund is expected to retain a $760,340 balance while $4,552,970 is designated as the carryover balance for the Incidental Fund. In Capital Projects, the district expects to bring in $613,658 to add to the carryover balance. It plans to spend $1,402,868 including $583,338 for a district-wide lighting, heating and cooling control system which is designed to produce energy savings over a 10-year period to pay for itself. The board on Monday approved a low-interest loan program through Community Bank of Owensville, a Branch of Maries County Bank, to finance the project. Work is expected to be completed by early December, said Brock. The Incidental Fund ended 2011-12 with a balance of $5,181,396. From the Incidental Fund will come a designated $160,000 transfer as allowed into the Transportation Fund. Also, the district is allowed an annual 7-percent transfer from the fun which is designated for capital projects. A transfer of $459,605 will also be made from the fund, as required, to support the Teachers Fund. “The deficit is really coming from the use of Funds 1 (General Fund) and 2 (Special Revenue Fund) total,” said Brock noting the second fund relates to “certified employees involved in administration and instruction.” The Capital Fund, he noted begins with a fund balance of any money not previously spent and funds allocated for projects from the annual 7-percent transfer out of the Incidental (operations) Fund. The transfer from Transportation and the 7-percent which is allowed will leave $760,340 available in the budget to begin the 2013-14 term. Brock noted the district is seeing some benefits from having 62 additional students enrolled during the 2011-12 school year. The district will learn Sept. 26 if enrollment has show additional growth. Next Wednesday is the official counting day for school districts across Missouri. “Preliminary figures show, again, a little bit of growth this year,” said Brock. “We can use it. Our enrollment is better than we have been in the last three years.” Average daily attendance across the district “remains strong” at 95 percent, Brock noted. In his budget report to the Board of Education, Brock wrote: “While the budget reflects a reduction of revenue when compared to past years, expenditure reduction efforts approved by the board during 2010 and 2011 have adjusted expenditures in the General Fund and Special Revenue Fund in order to maintain a healthy balance while experiencing a reduction in revenue. Although the overall anticipated expenditures for FY 2013 are greater than projected revenues, this is due to the unexpected increase in See R-2 on Page 3 JOHN BARTEL (top, left), former Owens ville resident and owner of Laclede Christy, visits Friday with Andrew Purvis, site manager of the Emhart Glass Owensville plant. “ED FROM SWITZERLAND:” Edward Munz and his wife, To (far right, on left) and Cecily Emond and her husband, Howie, gathered with Emhart Glass employees for a viewing of a short movie created about the company’s 100-year history. RETIREE Adrian Scego (below, on right) visits with Emhart staff including Kurt Schulte (from left), Roger Barch and Randy Rhoads. Schulte and Rhoads have both worked at the plant for more than 20 years; Scego worked there 23 years. RICK GOODMAN (bottom) shows visitors a complete “forehearth” assembly. Emhart Glass, Owensville plant, celebrate 100th anniversary BY DAVE MARNER Managing Editor Before gathering for a meal together on Friday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Emhart Glass, employees in Owensville heard words of praise on the quality of their work from Edward Munz, vice president of corporate development. He noted their work was know worldwide for its “high quality and durability.” Together, the 53 employees of the global firm which turns 100-years-old this year viewed an historic DVD produced about the refractory and glass manufacturing industry. Brief shots, from black-and white still photographs, captured longtime employees John Massey and Kurt Schulte at their stations “sometime in the 1980s,” Schulte would say later. Or, “back when I had hair.” Andrew Purvis, site manager in Owensville, noted they all owed their careers in the glass manufacturing business to the genius of Karl E. Peiler who went to work for Hartford-Fairmont in 1912. He held 147 patents in the U.S. (and numerous others in different 17 countries) related to the glass machinery business, Purvis noted in his introduction to the firm’s biographical movie. Munz, “Ed from Switzerland” as he introduced himself, helped hand out copies of the firm’s new book “A Century of Perfect Packaging” which chronicles their industry and the history of Emhart Glass. Each employee also received a commemorative glass carafe´packaged in a special wooden case. Munz, and his wife, To, were joined at the event by Cecily Emond, human resource manager for Emhart’s United States operations, and her husband, Howie. They also joined in with the Owensville employees for a group photograph. An estimated 250 people attended an open house Friday at the Owensville plant Emhart Glass plant under cool and overcast conditions. “The unique thing about the plant is its people,” said John Bartel, former owner of the plant in its days as Laclede Christy. “The employees here are unbelievable. Every guy we hired has been a crafts-person. That same philosophy comes through today.” Bartel bought the former H.F. Porter glass manufacturing plant in St. Louis. When he moved the plant to his childhood hometown he “resurrected the Laclede Christy” name. He sold the manufacturer of refractories to Emhart Glass in 1980. He credited the local chamber of commerce for leasing him the site in the late 1960s with the option to own it on payments. He owned the plant by the time he sold it off. He recalled that his mother sewed shoes on the third floor in the plant’s days as a Hamilton-Brown Shoe facility. Clay pots were also manufactured in the plant at one time. He retired to Rhineland, Mo. Adrian Scego, who worked at the plant for 23 years, was one of several retirees who took a guided tour of the plant on Friday along with his wife, Jackie. Scego and fellow former co-workers Charlie Brauks and Don Enke were among those See 100th on Page 22 Bid awarded for new 6.6-mile, 4-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 50 into Linn JEFFERSON CITY — A construction bid to bring four lanes of U.S. 50 traffic from U.S. 63 to Linn was awarded Sept. 12. Work to build a new four-lane highway on U.S. 50 in Osage County will begin in October. Under the project awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, approximately 6.6 miles of U.S. 50, from the 50/63 junction to County Road 604 west of Linn, will be relocated and widened to four lanes. The project also includes building two bridges as a result of the new highway alignment. The $25.5 million project was awarded to Iron Mountain Construction Services. Work is expected to begin in late October and to be completed by September 2014. As part of a separate project that will be bid at a later date, the old section of U.S. 50 from Route A in Loose Creek to County Road 604 will be resurfaced and turned over to Osage County. Lane closures are expected to be minimal during construction because the highway will be built on a new alignment. “The new realignment will remove many of the hills, curves and access points drivers currently experience, greatly PHOTOS BY DAVE MARNER improving safety and traffic flow on this stretch of Highway 50,” said Nicole Hood, design engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District. Hood also noted the project is one of the last new major construction projects planned for the central Missouri area. A severe decline in funding for transportation means MoDOT is unable to tackle many of the larger projects that enhance the state’s transportation system. The commission also approved a $1 million project to resurface two sections of U.S. 50 in Cole County and the Dix Road bridge over 50 in Jefferson City. The westbound lanes of 50 from Apache Flats to St. Martins will be resurfaced, as will the eastbound lanes from St. Martins to Country Club Drive. The work will last about a week and will take place at night, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Dix Road bridge will take about two days to resurface. That work, which will close one lane of the bridge at a time, will also take place at night, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.; APAC Missouri, the contractor on the resurfacing projects, is scheduled to begin the work in early October and be finished by Nov. 15. MRPC issues report on industrial park improvements with CDBG, city funds ST. JAMES — Meramec Regional Planning Commissioner staff have issued a report on the Community Development Block Grant the agency prepared and administered for the city of Owensville. Recently completed improvements to roadways in the city of Owensville’s industrial park paved the way for more than 60 new jobs and potential future growth, the MRPC report notes. The project was completed with the help of a Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as local printing company RR Donnelley expanded the products created at the Owensville facility. Before beginning its expansion, RR Donnelley noted that the roads in the industrial park were not built for the heavy truck traffic they were receiving — approximately 11,000 trucks equaling 300 million pounds of freight load from their facility alone on an annual basis. The expansion project was estimated to increase those numbers to 18,000 trucks and 500 million pounds of freight annually. The industrial park was constructed in the early 1980s when trucks were smaller, loads were lighter and rail service was still available. “We are getting a lot of positive comments on the new road,” said City Administrator John Tracy. “Before it was just so full of holes that the trucks couldn’t hardly get in and out…It was beyond repair, and we had to replace it.” A CDBG grant in the amount of $566,389 combined with $140,866 from the city of Owensville allowed the road to be rebuilt to better handle the heavy loads it bears. “We couldn’t have financed it without the help of the grant,” said Mayor Dixon Somerville. The new road not only allowed RR Donnelley to proceed with the expansion efforts that brought new jobs to the area, it also made the industrial park more suitable for potential future manufacturing tenants that would bring heavy truck traffic to the park. “I would say the improvement is 10-fold,” Sommerville said.