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Saturday, April 13, 2002

Visiting nurse volunteer training sessions today

The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Missouri Hospice will hold training sessions for volunteers from 9 to noon today and again April 20 at the VNA office in Sikeston, Mo.

The volunteers help families care for their terminally ill loved ones. Volunteers are trained to provide companionship, respite care to patients and families, and to run errands. Other services include helping with office tasks, phone calls and card campaigns.

Assignments are arranged according to location, and commitments are made only at the end of training. There is no charge for the sessions, but attendance is required for both days.

For information, call Linda Biggs at (800) 286-5892 or (573) 888-5892, ext. 201.

Crappie Classic fishing event scheduled today

DEXTER, Mo. -- A decade of fishing continues today to bring students at the Mingo Job Corps together with area residents at 10th annual Crappie Classic tournament. They will compete for prizes.

Clarence Stewart, a recreation assistant at the Mingo Job Corps facility, said the fishing tournament has grown over the past few years.

According to the tournament's entry form, the purpose of the tournament is to give the youths of the job corps facility a chance to fish with a volunteer from the surrounding communities. Those participating in the tournament are known as volunteers and are required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved boat and safety equipment.

The tournament will take place at Asher Creek at Lake Wappapello, and all volunteers are asked to arrive by 5:45 a.m. Weigh-in time will be at 3 p.m. Only crappies will be weighed.

East Prairie parks tax passes in recount

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A recount has determined the East Prairie, Mo., parks tax passed by two votes.

The election recount certification showed 434 votes for the sales tax and 432 against.

Junior DeLay, Mississippi County clerk, said there were originally 44 undervotes -- ballots where no vote was cast on the issue -- tallied by the electronic ballot tabulator.

During the recount it was discovered that there were actually only 40 undervotes, with four ballots improperly voted that clearly showed voters' intent.

Election judges duplicated those ballots that were then substituted for the improperly voted ballots for a recount as instructed in state law.

The recount gave a net gain of three "yes" votes and one "no" vote on the tax.

Cape council seeks applicants for boards

The city of Cape Girardeau is seeking applicants for the Airport Board, the Board of Appeals and the Vision 2020 Community Relations Council. Applicants are appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council and must be residents of the city.

The boards meet monthly and are charged with the task of making recommendations to the city council.

Citizens who wish to participate should submit a completed advisory board member summary sheet -- which is available at city hall or on the city's Web site at -- and return it to the city manager's office.

-- From staff reports

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