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GOING, GOING ... DEADLINE. A scheduled Sept. 12 auction will liquidate the remaining assets of Windsor Bay LLC. The close to 188-acre development in Shell Knob is being sold together or in 18 separate units and includes commercial lots along Highway 39, a water and sewer plant (with a bonus lawsuit from the state's attorney general) and developed and undeveloped residential lots. Windsor Bay LLC is dissolving. "We are simply too far away to effectively manage this development, and we need to divest ourselves of this project," said Bill Cree, spokesman for Windsor Bay. Atlanta-based Auction Management Corporation is conducting the sale in conjunction with Shannon & Associates Auctioneers of El Dorado Springs. A release from Auction Management said differences among members of the limited liability corporation led to the decision to liquidate by auction. The auction is set for 10 a.m. and requires $5,000 in certified funds to register. Successful bidders on property will pay an initial earnest money deposit of 20 percent if it is greater than $5,000. Terms of the sales include closing within 30 days after the auction. SBJ deadlines mean news of the auction's disposition won't be available until the Sept. 21 issue.

SHOT AT, JAILED AND REPORTED. USA Today foreign correspondent Jack Kelley will speak to an Evangel University audience at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the university's chapel auditorium. The free lecture is open to the public. A release from Evangel said the address will be "complete with cool visuals." Kelley has reported from 82 countries, interviewed 34 heads of state, been shot at in three different wars and jailed twice. Paul K. Logsdon, Evangel spokesman, said Kelley called from Pakistan the week of Aug. 31 to schedule the event. Kelley started working at USA Today as a news assistant when he graduated from the University of Maryland, three months prior to the newspaper's debut issue. His first story appeared in the paper's first issue, Sept. 15, 1982. In addition to the evening lecture, Kelley will speak to Evangel students during a morning convocation and will meet with communication students the afternoon of Sept. 17.

FEWER SIGNS, MORE SPACES. The city, Urban Districts Alliance and the Downtown Springfield Association are increasing the number of on-street parking spaces at the same time signs are reduced in number. Fifty spaces will grace South Avenue between McDaniel and Elm streets where before only 34 existed, a 47 percent increase. Lance Brown, director of UDA, said the spaces will be gained through the order imposed by striping and the addition in certain areas of diagonal parking where parallel spots ruled previously. The changes are the result of the parking study commissioned by the Special Business District and recommendations of the city's traffic engineering department. Striping is being paid for by DSA.

HAY THERE. Thirty-six bales of hay donated by the Greene County Cattlemen's Association is on its way south on a donated Prime Inc. truck with a Prime driver. The large, round bales are bound for Forestberg, Texas. Another 175 tons of hay from the Polk County Cattlemen's Association, 35 bales transported for free by 10 Burlington Northern rail cars, is going to Saginaw, Texas. The donation programs are coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. A release from the department said more than 350 tons of hay have been donated since early August. Drought in the south has withered pasture, and the Texas Department of Agriculture said ranchers in that state have spent $325 million for hay and feed to keep livestock alive.

THE KING HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Jerry King, who has spent 29 years with the city of Springfield, will retire this month. King began with the city as an engineer, then became structural engineer before being appointed acting director of Building Development Services March 9. His temporary appointment ended July 19, when Pamela Buck took the permanent position. King joined the city of Springfield Dec. 29, 1969. He received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from what is now the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1962.

SLICE OF NICE. Skyfest '98 will be held Sept. 18-19 at Hawkins Farm, south of the Dickinson 8 Theatre on Ingram Mill Road. Forty-five hot air balloons will be launched at the annual balloon race, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Miracle Network. CMN helped more than 43,000 children in the Ozarks during 1997 by providing assistance in covering medical expenses. The event will also feature a group of craft vendors in its Miracle Marketplace, as well as live entertainment. For more information, call the CMN office at 269-3162.

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