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Sikeston DPS battles fire (08/25/16)
Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are battling a house fire at 406 William St. in Sikeston. Sikeston DPS received the call at approximately 4:20 p.m.
Lawmaker seeks probe into crop damage (08/25/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A Missouri House committee appears poised to hold a special hearing to investigate the damage from illegal spraying of dicamba herbicide on Missouri crops. State Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, has asked House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, to allow the House Agriculture Committee to hold the special hearing. Rone said he is optimistic the hearing will be held this fall...
MDMC Auxiliary fundraiser begins today at hospital (08/25/16)
SIKESTON -- For two days the hospital classroom at Missouri Delta Medical Center is doubling as a jewelry and accessories boutique where every item is $5, and proceeds benefit the Auxiliary. Set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the Auxiliary's fundraiser -- the $5 Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale -- includes purses, necklaces, chains, earrings, scarves, insulated lunch bags, hats, snack cups with lids -- and a lot more for both adults and children...
Tuesday accident (08/24/16)
A man was struck by a car while riding a bike Tuesday morning on North Main Street.
Local health care providers awarded DRA grant (08/24/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- To reduce chronic diseases that affect the area, Mississippi County health care providers were recently awarded a Delta Regional Authority grant for over $500,000. Grants are funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy which is housed within the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. ...
Exhibit, contest entries needed for annual Benton Neighbor Days (08/24/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- Local residents who've captured eye-catching photographs or created impressive handmade crafts may want to consider entering them in the upcoming annual Benton Neighbor Days open-class exhibit. Set for Sept. 2 and 3 at the Benton City Park, the annual Neighbor Days have for years included the tradition of various exhibits by local 4-H members and community residents...
The Last Word

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I'm a fan of Phan

My family and I moved to Sikeston in the year 1951. Since then, my family has always patronized Ferguson Medical Group and Missouri Delta Hospital. My first surgery was done by Dr. Max Heeb and Dr. Ferguson, two great surgeons. We have also had many good surgeons such as Dr. Fred Thornton, Dr. Loring Helfrich and Dr. Kevin Rankin. But many of them have reached retirement age now. We still have a great surgeon in town, Dr. Ly Phan, and he rates as one of the best. I have always been proud of our clinic and hospital and our city. But I am very sad to know that they would let a great doctor like Dr. Phan leave. He is a great surgeon and a very caring person who is loved by all his patients. If we let him leave Sikeston it will be a great asset to another hospital and a true loss for our city and community.

Deal or no deal?

I have been hearing people complaining about their cable bill. Back in February I made a deal with the company that mine would be $88 for 12 months and I agreed to that. I got a bill the other day and it was $107. I called and asked them why. They said because the price went up. I told them it didn't make no difference. Years ago, a deal was made with a handshake and it didn't make no difference. A handshake was an agreement and it wasn't broken. Now it don't make no difference. You can call up there and make a deal with them, and two or three months later it's $107. And then they drill holes in the side of your house. I've got holes that look like termites. Each person that comes down here drills different holes instead of using the ones that are already there. They say you have to have a new line. Well, take the old one down and put a new one up. Don't just drill another hole and put another one in. That's damage to your house. If they're not gonna keep their word on what they say, you ought to be able to get a lawyer and sue them. You've got it wrote down, who you made the deal with and what they said, so they should back it. But they don't do it that way. They just raise the bill to whatever they want to.

Congratulations --not!

Beware, the Publisher's Clearing House scam callers have begun. I received a call the other day saying I had won $900,000, so many thousands per week and a BMW. Of course I needed to go to the bank and get $1,300 and give it to them for shipping and handling fees. Please, please, don't give out any of your personal information to anyone on the phone. Publisher's Clearing House has reiterated many, many times that if you are a winner, they will not contact you by phone. Don't fall for these tricksters.

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