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Stories from Friday, December 14, 2001

Sweet seasons' greetings (12/14/01)
Members of the New Madrid County Central High School Student Council were busy Thursday evening organizing their Christmas Candy-grams. Participants are invited to send a candy cane complete with a special message to students, teachers and staff at the school. This year the Student Council will deliver some 3,000 candy canes as part of the fund-raiser. Pictured from left are Christine Jones (standing), Jessica Gist and Laura Beth Faulkner...
Cardinals lobby for stadium project (12/14/01)
SIKESTON - Ron Watermon, legislative director for the St. Louis Cardinals, pitched the proposed new ballpark stadium to the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce membership Thursday. The SACC held its monthly membership luncheon at Ramada Inn in Miner. The $646 million project can only move forward with appropriate action by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, the St. Louis County Council and the Missouri Legislature. If approved, construction would start in late 2002...
Nation's weight gain at unhealthy level (12/14/01)
SIKESTON - The nation's love for food has gotten so out of hand, the Surgeon General warns obesity may soon kill more Americans than cigarettes. An estimated 300,000 people a year die from illnesses directly caused or worsened by being overweight. The toll threatens to wipe out progress fighting cancer and heart disease, and could even exceed harm caused by cigarettes, Surgeon General David Satcher cautioned...
Ferry rates upped (12/14/01)
CHARLESTON - New rates for the Dorena-Hickman ferry will go into effect beginning Jan. 1. Mississippi County commissioners approved revised ferry rates during Thursday's meeting as recommended by the Mississippi County Port Authority Board. Kenny George, chairman of the Mississippi County Port Authority Board, said they thought it best to change the rate from "10 scales to three."...
Portageville nips NMCC (12/14/01)
NEW MADRID -- Portageville's girls basketball team picked up its second win of the season Thursday night, beating New Madrid County Central 44-40. Sarah Cayton and Janil Booker led the charge for the Lady Bulldogs, scoring 14 and 9 points respectively...
Richland rallies to win home opener (12/14/01)
ESSEX - Richland's Rebels (4-2) overcame a 25-point deficit as they scored their first home win of the season against North Pemiscot (2-4). The Rebels used 22 points from Sherome Cole in the fourth quarter to capture the 87-85 victory. "We decided that we wanted to play in the second half," said Richland's head coach Jimmy Lincoln. ...
Sikeston hopes to end year with win over Notre Dame (12/14/01)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston Bulldogs will play their final basketball game of 2001 tonight when they travel to play the Notre Dame Bulldogs. Sikeston won't be competing in a Christmas Tournament this season so its next game won't be until Jan. 4, 2002 when they host Charleston...
Faye Bailey (12/14/01)
DEXTER - Faye Bailey, 97, died Dec. 14, 2001, at Cypress Point Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey Funeral Home.
Michael Backfisch Sr. (12/14/01)
SCOTT CITY - Michael Joseph Backfisch Sr., 53, died Dec. 13, 2001, at his home. Born April 26, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Joseph Lawrence and Lucille Rose Halter Backfisch, he was service manager for Ford Groves in Cape Girardeau and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg...
Elizabeth Miller (12/14/01)
EAST PRAIRIE - Elizabeth Miller, 75, died at 6:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2001, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born May 10, 1926, in O'Bion, Tenn., daughter of the late Newt and Myrtle Estes Brewer, she lived in East Prairie most of her life. She was a custodian for East Prairie R-2 Schools, retiring in 1995 and was a member of the Nelson United Methodist Church in East Prairie...
Virginia Harris (12/14/01)
BUSHNELL, Fla. - Virginia Harris, 66, formerly of Dexter, Mo., died Dec. 11, 2001, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born July 27, 1935, in Dexter, daughter of the late Everett Dennis Kinworthy and Hettie Marie Bacon Kinworthy, she was manager of a convenience store and affiliated with the Assembly of God Church...
Births (12/14/01)
Taylor MORLEY - Scott Alan and Kathy Jo Taylor are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 5:19 a.m. Nov. 18, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Katherine Elizabeth Taylor weighed 7 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces and was 19 1/2-inches long...
Looking Back In Time (12/14/01)
SIKESTON - Negotiations were completed Thursday by which Orville Taylor purchased a half interest in the National Funeral Home from W.C. Croy of Poplar Bluff. The name of this business will be changed to the Taylor Funeral Home and he will be in active charge of this business...
Budget troubles are ahead in Missouri (12/14/01)
Remember the multi-million tobacco settlement money Missouri received as part of the massive federal agreement? Well over $125 million of those funds were used earlier this year to cover budget shortfalls. And Gov. Bob Holden has already withheld another $25 million that had been earmarked for a new state health lab. Today more of that money will disappear when Holden announces another round of budget cuts for the state...
SPEAKOUT (12/14/01)
What happened to Candy Cane Lane on Edmondson Street this year? Once again the New York Yankees are attempting to buy post-season success long before the grueling season has begun. They are pursuing Jason Giambi, Darin Erstad, and even Barry Bonds! This is a ridiculous show by George Steinbrenner, and should perhaps turn into a wake up call for Major League Baseball. ...