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Stories from Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Many students head back to the classroom (05/29/02)
SIKESTON -- Years ago, summer school was a dreaded place for children -- and their teachers. It meant staying indoors, doing homework and missing out on all the fun. Today, at least for elementary schools, fun continues to take place inside the school even after the final bell rings to end the regular school year...
Scott County looks for public disaster assistance (05/29/02)
BENTON - Scott County officials are scrambling to gather figures to determine if public entities will be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Joe Burton, Scott County E-911 administrator, discussed the county's status with commissioners during Tuesday's county commission meeting...
DPS arrest 18 in local drug sting (05/29/02)
SIKESTON - Several people were arrested Tuesday as the result of a six-month long drug investigation in Sikeston. According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, 18 Sikeston residents were arrested by DPS officers and the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Oran to face record-breaking pitcher today in first round of 1A Final Four (05/29/02)
ORAN -- Oran's quest for the 1A state baseball championship begins today with a semifinal matchup against Marion C. Early at Simmons Field in Columbia. The game will be played at 11 a.m., followed by the other semifinal between Sacred Heart (16-3) and New Haven (15-9). Based on records and schedule, Marion C. Early (18-5) and Oran (19-4) appear to be the best two teams in this year's Final Four...
Is this Missouri's baseball hotbed? (05/29/02)
Our area has long been Missouri's high school basketball hotbed. Advance, Bell City, Cape Central, Charleston, Hayti, Jackson, Lilbourn, Malden, Matthews, New Madrid County Central, Notre Dame, Portageville, Puxico, Richland, Scott County Central and even Zalma all put together state championship teams over the years...
Bulldogs seek first state title (05/29/02)
COLUMBIA - The Class 3A Final Four will kick things off on Friday with two semifinal games. The Sikeston Bulldogs, which took second in last year's state playoffs, will play St. Mary's in a Class 3A semifinal matchup on Friday at 11 a.m. at the University of Missouri's Taylor Stadium in Columbia...
Carey Johnson (05/29/02)
EAST PRAIRIE - Carey Griffin Johnson, 73, died at 8:30 a.m. May 28, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. Born Oct. 17, 1928, in Cardwell, son of the late William Carey and Mary Amelia Griffin Johnson, he lived in East Prairie most of his life. ...
Medford Livingston (05/29/02)
SIKESTON - Medford Livingston, 77, died May 28, 2002, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home.
Sue Miller (05/29/02)
SIKESTON - Sue Miller, 72, died May 29, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home.
O.J. James (05/29/02)
SIKESTON -- O.J. James, 73, died at 2:20 p.m. May 27, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 4, 1929, in Bethel Springs, Tenn., to the late C.J. and Lillie Russom James and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a self-employed farmer and owned and operated O.J. James Implement Co. for 20 years before retiring in 1991. James was a member of Sikeston Eagles Aerie 3319 and the Elks Lodge at Okeechobee, Fla. He was also an avid fisherman...
Births (published 5/29) (05/29/02)
CHARLESTON - Jeffery and Benita Coopwood are the parents of their fourth child, third daughter, born at 8:13 a.m. May 1, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Aalyan Rena Coopwood weighed 8 pounds and was 19-inches long. Mrs. Coopwood is the daughter of Doras J. Dixon and David Dixon...
Looking Back in Time at May 29 (05/29/02)
NEW MADRID - Farm Security Administration has taken steps which will lead to the sale of the LaForge Farm Project to the tenants. The project is located in New Madrid County. SIKESTON - William Joseph Bean won two awards at the high school honors assembly Friday. He received the Charles L. Blanton Sr. Journalism Award and was recognized for the best editorial written by a journalism student. He is a part-time employee o the Standard's editorial staff...
Political maneuvers don't help our nation (05/29/02)
Politics by its very nature is a messy, dirty business. Perhaps it should not be that way and perhaps someday it will change. But for now, the two major political parties work overtime to attack their opponents. By doing so, I assume they believe they will somehow gain the upper-hand. I believe these tactics are wrong...
SpeakOut 5/29 (05/29/02)
I think it's a great thing that our young adults graduated last Tuesday night, although I don't believe that talking on your cell phone or laughing at the other graduates is appropriate and very rude too. I would understand a little if it were kids, due to the fact kids are kids, but for an adult to sit there and laugh like a wild bandit or talk at the top of their lungs is inappropriate and you would think they'd know better than to do something so childish. ...