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|]| .!Rl|lJJ | J!JJJllilll lllllWlllR JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. Rapid river rise doesn't stay high for long Dan Steinbeck At the Wyaconda River PNJ Editor Heavy rains last week raised rivers, but caused little lasting threat. After nearly one-and-a- half inches of rain April 29- 30 over a wide-spread area, local rivers and streams quickly rose. However, after hitting near or above technical flood stage, the water was soon gone, and with it, the threat of further flooding diminished. At Gregory Landing, north of Canton, the Missis- sippi River crested at about midnight starting May 1 at 15.81 feet. By Monday, May 4, the river level had fallen to 14.6 feet. Techni- cal flood stage is 15 feet. At Lock 20 inCanton, the apparent crest at 5 p.m. May I was 15.2 feet. and by May 4, it had fallen to 13.82 feet. Flood stage is 14 feet. west of Canton, the appar- ent crest was 16.62 feet May 1, and it had fallen 10.3 feet by Monday. Flood stage is 16 feet. For the Middle Fabius River 1.3 miles north of Ewing, the apparent crest of 12.66 feet was reached May 1, and it had fallen seven-and-a-half-feet by Monday. Flood stage is 12 feet. For the North Fabius River five miles east of Ew- ing, the apparent crest was 13.52 feet at 4:15 p.m. May 1, and by May 4 had fallen to 5.77 feet. Flood stage is 11 feet. At a relatively new riv- er measuring site the South Fabius River near Newark had a 10.27 foot level April 30 at 6 a.m., but it had fall- en to 4.09 feet three days later. No flood stage was immediately available. For a time, traffic was slowed on Route E for wa- ter over the road. Sour economy hits local workers Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor (This is the first of a series about the changing economic climate in Lewis County.) The current national economic and employment downturn is having an ef- fect everywhere, and Lewis County is not immune. "We're seeing a differ- ence in the background of people coming in for train- ing. They come in looking for services so they can very quickly to get back t )york," said ,Patti Mel, dhL Executive Director o amm, Inc. iL,eUe, which retrains people for jobs. "A lot of people may or may not have a diplo- ma or GED. Many have worked at the same facil- ity for 20 years or more, and they never dreamed they wouldn't retire from there." Ms. Meidrum said health insurance is a big issue among the unem- ployed. "There are jobs avail- able. But the replacement wages do not measure to those in the jobs lost," said Sheree Prebe Workforce Investment Act Director of Gamm, Inc. "Training does make a difference, but people have to be committed from three to four weeks up to two years for the train- ing," Meldrum said, adding some people are working 40 hours a week and going to school full-time. "We try to do finan- cial planning before we do training.. Some=people are not used to living at a lower standard," Prebe said. Meldrum said many people are counting on in- come tax refunds to make ends meet. Gamm Inc. em- ployees suggest if there is a severance package to pre- pay utilities and mortgage. "There are many cases where young women have discussed with their chil- dren the sacrifices that must be made to attend training. The upside is those entering training will probably work another 30 to 40 years, and this is two year commit- ment will enable them to provide for their family far into the future Re-set reception is Thursday The re-scheduled fare- well reception for Bill and Lynn Fox is today (Thurs- day) from 2-4 p.m. The reception for the Canton community leaders will be at the Johnson Hall parlor. It was originally set for April 29. Illl I[I "A lot of middle age people have children don't know how to use a comput- er. The learning curve for them will be different, but most are ready to meet than challenge," Meldrum said. Meldrum said the traf- fic flow at service centers in Hannibal, Kirksville, and Moberly - which Gamm serves - has nearly doubled since last year. Prebe said some clients go to Gamm, Inc. as their first option for job seeking and other services. "We direct them where to get food stamps, child care assistance, subsidized housing and mental health ocounseling. We are a repos- itory to help folks become self-sufficient." But a backlog in people seeking unemployment in- surance may mean clients won't immediately get the help they seek. "As goes the automo- tive industry, so goes north- east Missouri. A lot of our area manufacturing layoffs are the result of layoffs in Detroit," Meldrum said. This economic crisis is creating ripple effects too. "College students typi- cally get summer jobs, but a lot of these are now be- ing taken by people with families. This might have an impact on higher educa- tion enrollment," Meldrum said. There are government funds for some youth pro- grams, including federal stimulus funds for this, and much of it will have to be spent by summer's end. However with federal stim- ulus funds, the rules aren't totally set yet. "Youth are defined as ages 14-24. Anyone in our service area can apply for summer work experience, however, there are income and other requirements. We have a link on our website, www.gamminc.o, or in- terested youth may contact our officeat 800-866-9021 for more information," said Meldrnm She also said commu- nities that have projects that require skilled work (like painting, construc- tion, and drywall) should contact Gamin Inc. to see if their project might be eli- gible for a summer youth work crew. Have you shopped with hometown merchants lately? Try it. It helps you and them II News This 10000eek PNJ photo by Jennifer Pegler MAGIC COLORING BOOKS - Bob Bohm uses audi- ence participation for some of his tricks. The chil- dren helping him with coloring books were Alexis Janney, Nathan Tarpein, and Jordyn Hall. Crowds pack Lewis Playhouse for magician Near capacity seating sfor special acts. was what Bob Bohm the magician saw, Saturday, afternoon in Canton. The evening show had fewer people attending, but still near 100 people. "Uh OH! It's Magic! A Family Magic Show" was held at the Lewis Street Playhouse Theatre. Bob Bohm and his wife, Shelley, and daugh- ter, Alyssa, did a variety of tricks, involved audience volunteers and two adults Among the tricks were: The Crystal Cabinet, card -mysteries, confusing col- onng books, three silver rings, and scarf tricks that ended with a pet parrot on Bohms's arm. Bohm has been per- forming magic tricks for 35 years. He and his family have performed for fairs, festivals, malls, theaters, parites, corporate events, schools and libraries THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009 - PAGE 3 Rates: Natural gas drops=, {Continued from page 1) company must pay its SUl work to reduce their energy consumption. Energy sav- ing tips are on a web site (www.beenergyefficient. _o_rg) from the Missouri Pub- lic Service Commission and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. About 65-75 percent of customer natural gas bills reflects the cost of natural gas from wholesale sup- pliers. The wholesale cost (waht a local natural gas pliers) is not regulated by:j the Missouri Public Service Commission. The wellhead= natural gas cost is unregti=.) lated and primarily drivefi by supply, demand and the:, weather. The Missouri Pub: lic Service CommissiolL conduct an annual regula: tory review to ensure regui: lated natural gas companie, make prudent decisions irv, securing natural gas sup- plies for their customers. : 2 Man dies from ATV injuries ,, A former Cantonian died apparently as a result of injuries from an April 17 accident. Rodney W. Doran, 35, Kahoka, died Friday, May 1 in Blessing Hospital. Doran was injured April 17 in Clark County when his 2006 Polaris ATV, when he was westbound on a State road, attempted . right turn, lost control ant overturned. At the time, he was taken by Air Evac to bless, ing Hospital. ';  An obituary for Dorah is elsewhere in this issue. :'' L EVlS ST RE T Fri./Sa t. May8 & 9 CANTON 6 p.m 405 LEWIS Children $3.00 573-288-0014 Adults $5.00 This week movie listing is sponsored by Georgene Butler of Canton Thurs. May 7 at 7 p.m Concert by Cheeks McGee "Hotel for "Paul Bart:" Dogs" P Mall Cop" ]3 Fri./Sat. 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