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TUESDAY >>> MAY 22, 2012 >>> 75 VOLUME 133 >>> ISSUE 40
SERVING PERRY COUNTY SINCE 1889
PHS GRADUATION There was a lot of action in circuit court last week. 3A
Amid tears and shouts of joy, PHS seniors say so long to friends, teachers and high school. 1B-2B
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A BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY
Photo by AmAndA LAyton
Morgan Baer said a tearful goodbye to the class of 2012 on Friday as the 176 seniors from Perryville High School crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. (See more graduation coverage on Pages 1B-2B.)
By Amanda Laytonalayton@perryvillenews.com
With pomp and circumstance, as well as tears and tissues, the senior class of 2012 bid their goodbyes to Perryville High School at commencement Friday night at the Perry Park Center.
The gymnasium was full to capacity, and well wishers were crowded onto the track above the audience as seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from the District 32 Board of Education President Tina Litgge, who was accompa-nied on stage by fellow board members, vice president Kevin Bachmann, secretary Barb Hagan, Scoot Cooper, Mark Grem-aud, Scott Hotop, Nancy Voelker and Jeff Weibrecht. Also on stage were treasurer Betty Berkbigler, high school principal Lee Gattis, assistant principal Joel Roth and athletic director Jeff Steffens, along with school superintendent Kevin Dunn and as-sistant superintendent Russell Leek.
Members from the Perryville High School Band, under the direction of music directors Jay Peters and Michael Harrer, along with the PHS Chamber Choir con-ducted by Terry Edwards, provided music
for the event. Leading the Class of 2012 were saluta-
torian Abigail Buchheit and valedictorian Ashley Meinhardt, who got the attention of the graduates and faculty members in at-tendance by rewarding them with a cookie she had strategically taped under their seats prior to commencement.
Thanks to Hoeckeles Bakery and Matt Bush for getting these ready on such short notice, Meihardt said. You each have a
With smiles, tears, seniors graduateMore graduation stories and photos can be found on Pages 1B-2B.
From Page 1B
StAFF Photo by AmAndA LAyton
Thomas-Michael Yates gets a final ad-justment to his collar from his mother Kelly before the commencement.
Hope Hudson of Perryville spends some quality time with horse train-er Doug ONeil before his pony Ill Have Another won the Preakness in Maryland on Saturday. The duo met at the Kentucky Derby this year thanks to a trip funded by the Make A Wish Foundation.
Hudsons horse wins Preakness
Water line cut
Hope is Ill Have Anothers good luck charm as the horse goes for the Triple Crown.
By Amanda Laytonalayton@perryvillenews.com
And in a story fit for a Hollywood script, local lucky charm Hope Hud-son did it again as she brought a little of her magic to team ONeil and his horse Ill Have Another, who won the Preakness Stakes Saturday, bringing them a race away from the fabled Triple Crown.
Hudson, the 12-year-old daughter of Jennifer and Nathan Hudson, of Perryville, took the trip of a lifetime earlier this month when the Make A Wish Foundation sent the youngster, along with her family, to Louivilles Churchill Downs for a behind-the-scenes look at the time-honored Ken-tucky Derby.
It was there that the family first crossed paths with trainer Doug O Neil, who immediately took a shine to the ailing youth. Hope sat astride ONeils horse Lava Boy, a stable pony for Ill Have Another, who as a grade one racing pony earned a career $5.2 million.
ONeil said the Hudsons are part of the family now.
Jennifer said the trip to Maryland for the 137th Preakness was amazing. We had free reign. Whatever Hope wanted, she got. It was incredible, Jennifer said.
The trip to the Preakness was funded by trainer Doug ONeil, Three Chimneys Farm and Ill have An-others owner Joe Them, and Three Chimneys J. P. Reddam.
Jennifer is overcome with the hos-pitality showered on the family.
It was very special, she said. They pulled us into the winners circle when the race was won, and after the photos were taken with the blanket of daisys on Ill Have An-others back, they took them off and draped them across Hopes wheel-chair. Theyre shipping the flowers back home to us.
Hope has spent her entire life in and out of hospitals, facing surgeries
See HOPe/PAge 4B
Thursday, a water main break in Brewer caused Public Water Supply District No. 1 which includes the northern city limits of Perryville all the way to St. Mary city limits to issue a water boil alert until today, if not later.
Residents within the water district are advised to boil any tap water for drinking, and Public Water Supply District No. 1 Superintendent Allen Weisler said its OK to shower, as long as a person has no stitches or open skin abrasions.
The break occurred around 4 p.m., Thursday, after contracting group Sullivan Excavation, of Silex, was attempting to lay pipe ducts for the installation of fiber optic cables and accidentally struck what Sullivan Contracting owner Bill Sullivan calls an unlocatable water main.
When the main was installed in the late 70s/early 80s, they didnt put a tracer wire with it, Sullivan said.
Sullivan said that presently, any time a main is installed now, a tracer wire is placed along with it so others are aware that the water main exists.
There was no way for anyone to know where it was, Sullivan said.
Sullivan said there was already a break, or stress point, in the water main, and when the contractors exca-vated near it, it basically cracked.
By 5:30 p.m., Thursday, the main
During installation of fiber optic cables, line disrupted, causing a boil water order to be issued.
See WaTeR/PAge 4B
Mud festival help neededAmanda Keefealkeefe8388@gmail.com
The citys first-ever mud festival is getting closer, and volunteers are needed to help.
The mud festival, organized by 573 magazine in Farmington, is a free community event that literally deals entirely with mud mud volleyball, a mud fashion show, a mud obstacle course, a mud pit and several other mud festivities will be offered free of charge.
But, the city is asking for local not-for-profit organizations, vendors and volunteers to help make the July 14 event possible.
Its an opportunity for local orga-nizations to make a little money, and its also a good way to give back to the community, said Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck.
So far, the Perryville High School cheerleading squad has hopped on board with volunteering, and will act as pit bosses, helping to man the mud pit. Also, the Perryville Fire Department will be helping maintain the mud by keeping it wet with fire hoses.
Others are needed to act as medi-cal aid, as well as safety and security staff.
The festival is also looking for See MUD/PAge 4B
cookie to snack on during my speech. But they come with one stipulation dont get crumbs on your gowns. I dont want any moms upset with me for ru-ining their childs grad-uation pic-tures.
She went on to tell grad-uates she had few words of wisdom to offer them since she was in the same boat of inexperience as them.
I decided to leave you with some of the advice Ive been given, she said. A well-known writer once said, The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is simple, your whole body will be bright. In essence, no matter where you go or what you do, always remem-ber that there are no material possessions or pursuits that are worth more than your relationships with people. How you treat others and the love you show means more than the amount you gain. Never take others, your-selves, or your own abilities for granted.
The keynote speaker for the evening was beloved PHS communication arts and yearbook design teach-er Tim Baskin, who stressed to the graduates that good choices are an important component in life.
All of us are afforded hundreds of choices a day, from small to large, he said. Most of you are already making these far-reaching decisions. What college to attend? What job do I want? Where am I going to work? Who do I want to spend my time with, now that Im not forced to hang out with the same group of people every day? All of those choices matter for your future. Life has a way of giving us more opportunities than we might deserve, but dont take that for granted. You wont al-ways get another chance to make the right choice.
After the graduation cer-emony, seniors remained at the Perry Park Center for the all-night lock-in known as Project Graduation, where classmates played games and won prizes.
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May 22, 2012
The places they will go...
Although the seniors say farewell to one another, the future looks bright for many of them as they set
off on their separate journeys to start their lives.
Travis Bowen, son of Ronnie and Theresa Bowen, will be putting the skills he learned in Calvin Ehlers auto mechanics to use when he becomes a student at Linn Technical college this fall.