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Stories from Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Many roads affected by heavy rains (12/19/01)
BENTON - Flood waters rose to cover roads in nearly 20 places around Scott County, according to officials. "Our roads were the worst I've ever seen them," said Terry Herndon, Scott County Highway Department superintendent, during Tuesday's county commission meeting...
Tryouts planned for first show in new arts center (12/19/01)
SIKESTON - Tryouts for the musical "Godspell," the Sikeston Little Theatre's first show in the new Imogene Ruth Albritton Mayer Center for the Arts, will begin next week. Tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 4 p.m. Dec. 29, and 2 p.m. Dec. 30 in the new theater at 506 S. Kingshighway...
Library will receive grant (12/19/01)
SIKESTON - Christmas is merrier than usual around the Sikeston Public Library this year and for good reason. Staff members have learned they're going to receive a very special gift. The library has been awarded a $14,995 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the understanding that the money is to be used to purchase additional computers...
COLUMN - WILL CHARLESTON BE A U-HIGH STUD OR DUD? (12/19/01)
The University High School Christmas Tournament title used to run through Charleston. From 1980 to 1998 the Bluejays reached the championship game 14 times, winning it 11 of those times. But over the last couple of years, the former champs have been U-High duds...
Notre Dame nips Bluejays (12/19/01)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - If Tuesday night's game at Notre Dame High School has any bearing, the championship game of the University High School Christmas Tournament is going to be a great one. On Tuesday, Charleston, the top seed in the upcoming event faced off with No. 2 Notre Dame, but the Bulldogs were able to pull out the victory 60-58...
Jenkins lights up Kelly (12/19/01)
BENTON - Advance's Andrew Jenkins showed that he is in midseason form Tuesday night as he busted four threes in the first quarter of the Hornets' 76-44 victory over Kelly (1-5). "That is definitely not normal for us," said Advance's coach Jim Hall. "It was obvious that Jenkins was hot early and he hit some impressive threes for us. I also thought that Jared Ritter played well in the first half."...
Wood leads Oran to win (12/19/01)
ORAN -- Ryne Wood hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points overall as Oran defeated St. Vincent, 63-58. The Eagles took an 11-point lead into the final quarter, only to see Adam Bockman and Matt Wengert rally the Indians. Their efforts fell five points short though, as Oran improved to 6-1 on the year...
NMCC size overwhelms Caruthersville, 76-57 (12/19/01)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central used its size and strength in the frontcourt to dominate the boards and beat Caruthersville Tuesday night, 76-57. Derrell Minner (6-8) had 13 points with 19 rebounds, Ronland Ranson (6-4) scored 14 with 10 rebounds and Desmond Sims (6-4) contributed 12 points with seven boards...
Audie Davis Jr. (12/19/01)
SIKESTON - Audie Davis Jr., 76, died Dec. 14, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born May 14, 1925, in DeKalb, Miss., to the late Audie and Geneva Alexander Davis Sr., he had lived in Missouri since 1946. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Pilgrim's Rest Missionary Baptist Church at Canalou and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II...
Beatrice Keller (12/19/01)
CHAFFEE - Beatrice Keller, 83, died at 9:10 a.m. Dec. 18, 2001, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Born June 8, 1918, at Parma, daughter of the late Clarence Henry and Lethie Marie Biby Nordin, she was a waitress and cook at the Copper Kitchen in Chaffee before retiring and was a volunteer for the Chaffee RSVP for 23 years. A member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chaffee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, she was a member of the Church of God Prophecy...
Lydia Tillman (12/19/01)
LILBOURN - Lydia Deborah Tillman, 84, died Dec. 17, 2001, at her home. Born Dec. 26, 1916, at Steele, daughter of the late John R. and Lydia Ann Thomas Crockett, she was a member of the Lilbourn United Methodist Church. On Dec. 22, 1936, in Steele, she married Howard Herndle Tillman, who survives of the home...
Cecil Crawford (12/19/01)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services conducted at 11 a.m. today at Blanchard Funeral Chapel for Cecil Crawford, 93, who died Dec. 16, 2001 will be: John Goggins, John Goggins Jr., David Negri, Mitchell Crawford, Joe Crawford and Christopher Crawford.
Virginia Lee (12/19/01)
POPLAR BLUFF - Virginia Lee died Dec. 18, 2001, at Three Rivers North Campus in Poplar Bluff. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey Funeral Home in Dexter.
Looking Back In Time (12/19/01)
SIKESTON - Soloists for the Central College Chorus production last Sunday of "The Messiah" included Gwendolyn Kirk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Kirk of Sikeston. --- CAPE GIRARDEAU - A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Schrader Friday morning at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The child has been named Eddie Ray...
Prosecutor's deal didn't serve justice (12/19/01)
A man hires a hit man to kill his wife. The hit man takes a tire iron and beats the wife to death. The plot is uncovered and arrests are made. Following a trial, both men - along with an accomplice - are convicted and sentenced. The husband gets life in prison without parole. But the hit man - the man who took the weapon in hand and beat the wife to death - receives only a 25 year sentence...
SPEAKOUT (12/19/01)
As a small businessman in Sikeston for many years, I wonder, are there are any young people in this town who are not involved in drug rehab, drug counseling, are on probation for some crime they have committed? I sure get tired of these applicants coming in looking for work. They've got to have Tuesdays off to go to court, this day off to go to rehab. You can't get five days out of them because they have to be gone four days to court and related activities...