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Stories from Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Local churches combine music talents (12/10/02)
SIKESTON - Members of two local churches are combining their musical talents to give Sikeston and the surrounding area an early Christmas present. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church will present a Community Messiah Singalong at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Allen Boulevard and Wakefield Street...
Honey prices are too sweet for beekeepers (12/10/02)
SIKESTON -- Current honey prices are just too sweet for beekeepers these days and they're hoping it's the first of many price increases for farmers of all trades. "This is just the beginning with honey," predicted State Apiculture Specialist and beekeeper Ray Nabors of Portageville. "I think it's just a matter of time before all the other crops follow suit."...
MDMC program receives honor (12/10/02)
SIKESTON - Being listed as one of Missouri's 45 recognized diabetes education programs by the American Diabetes Association has been a goal worth achieving, according to officials from Missouri Delta Medical Center's Delta Diabetes Center. The Delta Diabetes Center's recognition became official Sept. 16, according to Nanette R. Thornton, program coordinator for the diabetes center. Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and is awarded for three years...
And you want… (12/10/02)
Ten-month-old Blaire Michelle Gordon sits with Santa Claus Monday night at the Sikeston Kindergarten Center. Santa visited with many children, finding out what they wanted for Christmas.
Dexter still undefeated after win over Senath (12/10/02)
STEELE -- Dexter remained undefeated on the young season, toppling Senath-Hornersville 83-49 on Monday night. The Bearcats improve to 3-0 with the win, heading into Thursday's game against Doniphan. "It was good to get back on the court again," said Dexter coach Gavin Miller. ...
Scott Central gives Sikeston a scare in Chaffee tourney (12/10/02)
CHAFFEE -- The 26th Annual Chaffee Lady Devils Invitational Tournament kicked off on Monday night with two blowouts and one down-to-the-wire thriller. Top-seeded Delta and second-seeded Kelly both rolled to victory, while Sikeston struggled with Scott County Central, squeaking out a 41-38 victory...
Bulldogs blister NMCC (12/10/02)
SIKESTON - The 31st Annual Sikeston Invitational Tournament got underway on Monday night at the Field House. There were no surprises in the first round as all games went according to seed. Top-seeded Poplar Bluff rolled through No. 8 Kennett 90-39, fourth-seeded Sikeston cruised past No. 5 New Madrid County Central 55-46 and No. 2-seeded Charleston pushed past Doniphan 83-64 in the nightcap...
Tom Crisel (12/10/02)
MINER - Carl Thomas "Tom" Crisel, 63, died at 5:33 p.m. Dec. 9, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Jan. 18, 1939, in East Prairie, son of the late William H. and Enna Drewery Crisel, he was a lifelong resident of Mississippi County and he and his wife, Sally Crisel, moved to the Miner Nursing Center in 1996. He worked for CGB Barge Company before retiring due to poor health and was of the Pentecostal belief...
Chessie Radke (12/10/02)
DEXTER - Chessie Radke, 96, died Dec. 8, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Born Dec. 14, 1905, at Higginsville, daughter of the late Ed and Anna Gibson Rogers, she retired from General Motors and was of the Baptist belief. On July 31, 1932, at Kansas City, she married Victor William Radke who preceded her in death on March 18, 1941...
Phillip Davis (12/10/02)
COLONY, Texas - Phillip Michael Davis, 52, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Oct. 20, 2002, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Born July 6, 1950, in Sikeston, he was the son of Otto and Lily Cagle Davis of Sikeston. On April 4, 1972, in Sikeston, he married Mary Mack who survives of the home...
Darrell Hodges (12/10/02)
DEXTER - Darrell Hodges, 55, died Dec. 10, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Edith Davis (12/10/02)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Monday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Edith Mae Davis, 85, who died Dec. 6, 2002, were: Melvin Davis, Quinton Davis, Ted Davis, Jeff Davis, Tim Mason and Chris Mason.
Richard Cobb (12/10/02)
CHAFFEE - Richard Wayne Cobb, 42, died unexpectedly Dec. 9, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Stephen Miller (12/10/02)
DEXTER - Stephen E. Miller Jr., 81, died Dec. 9, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Grace Frey (12/10/02)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Grace Lee Bingham Frey, 76, formerly of Dexter, Kennett and Sikeston, died Dec. 9, 2002, at her son's home in Republic. Born May 28, 1926, at Piggott, Ark., daughter of the late Virgil and Nina Day Russell, she had been employed as a retail sales clerk and was of the Protestant belief...
Births (published 12/10) (12/10/02)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Martha Ann and James V. Stallings III are the parents of their third child, second son, born at 9:51 a.m. Nov. 8, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Zachary James Stallings weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20-inches long...
Plafcan - Todt (12/10/02)
SOLVAK, Ark. - Angela Sue Plafcan and Carl Edward Todt Jr. exchanged wedding vows on July 20, 2002, at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. The Rev. John A. Janesco performed the double-ring ceremony with Monsignor Richard C. Rolwing, pastor of The Cathedral of St. Mary in Cape Girardeau, Mo...
Looking Back in Time at Dec. 10 (12/10/02)
SIKESTON - Malone Theater, Dec. 8-9: "Give Out Sisters" with the Andrews Sisters. Rex Theater: "Careful, Soft Shoulders" with James Ellison. SIKESTON - Rey de la Torre, celebrated Cuban guitarist, will be heard in recital tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Lee Hunter School auditorium by members of the Missouri Delta Community Concert Association. He is one of the foremost artists in his field...
Is today's justice system really just? (12/10/02)
I've never fully understood our system of justice. But then again, I'm most certainly not alone in that regard. Two news items crossed my desk this morning. Both involved brutal murders. And in both cases, the murderers received what appears to me to be an unusually light sentence. See if you think the same...
SpeakOut 12/10 (12/10/02)
I am calling about the SpeakOut "Add it up." Someone talked about raising minimum wage up $2 an hour. Things in Sikeston cost the same here as in Cape, gas is $1.30 and is $1.30 in Cape; the cost is the same to have your trash hauled off, a hamburger still costs $5, it costs $5 in Cape. ...