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Stories from Thursday, December 26, 2002

School board positions are open (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - Filing for candidates for area school boards opened Tuesday. However with schools closed for the holidays, most seeking election in April had only only an hour or two on Christmas Eve to get their names listed on the ballot, but filing reopens in January...
Statewide bond issue may help local schools (12/26/02)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis school officials are pushing for a statewide bond issue that would ask Missouri voters to authorize raising $2 billion for schools, with half of the proceeds to provide matching grants for technology and building improvements...
Many often delay taking down their decorations (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - Many individuals take great delight in putting up their decorations every year. But when it comes to taking it all down, procrastination often rears its ugly head. Maybe that's why there are so many Christmas wreaths still hanging on the door when the Easter bunny comes along...
City will collect real Christmas trees (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - For those who decorate with real Christmas trees, a valuable conservation asset is available that can have a positive impact well beyond the holidays. The City of Sikeston Park Division is collecting real Christmas trees again this year for use as shelters in the city's two public fishing lakes. ...
Loyd Neeley (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - Loyd L. Neeley, 65, died Dec. 23, 2002, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born April 24, 1937, at Reno, Ark., son of the late Thomas and Sylvia Laws Neeley, he was a farm laborer and had worked for Asplundh Tree Service. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters...
Virginia Knupp (12/26/02)
KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. - Virginia Lee Knupp, 83, formerly of Anniston, Mo., and Charleston, Mo., died at 5 a.m. Dec. 26, 2002, at the Regency Place Extended Care Nursing Facility in Greenfield. Born Nov. 15, 1919, in the Crosno community of Mississippi County, daughter of the late James and Birdie Griffith Null, she had lived in Charleston most her life until moving to Knightstown in 2001. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Knightstown...
J.F. Cox Jr. (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - Jessie F. Cox Jr., 89, died Dec. 25, 2002, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Jan. 30, 1913, at Sikeston, son of the late J.F. and Julia Tommey Cox Sr., he was president of Home Oil Company from 1933 until retiring in 1965, had been a founding partner in Homestead Distributing Company, president of the Mississippi County Oil an Gas Company and past president of the Sikeston Jaycees...
Delbert Gill (12/26/02)
HOLCOMB -- Delbert Gill, 66, died Dec. 24, 2002, at his home. Born Oct. 4, 1936, in Morehouse, son of the late James Harrison and Dolly Childers Gill, he retired from the military and was a member of the American Legion Post 293 at Malden. His first wife, Lillie Gill, preceded him in death in 1989...
Paul Summerfield (12/26/02)
EAST PRAIRIE - Paul Daryle Summerfield, 48, died at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Aug. 14, 1954, at St. Louis, son of the late Paul Charles and Lily Christine Hale Summerfield, he had lived most of his life in East Prairie where he attended the First Church of God...
James Crawford (12/26/02)
PORTAGEVILLE - James Crawford, 66, died Dec. 24, 2002, at Evansville, Ind. He was born Aug. 1, 1936, at Sardis, Tenn., to the late L.L. and Ida Mae Renfro Crawford. In Hernando, Miss., he was married to Jeannene Riddle, who survives of the home. Other survivors are one son, Jimmy Crawford of Portageville; one daughter, Cindy Richardson of Portageville; three brothers, Roy Crawford of Denbigh, Va., Tom Crawford of Rock Hill, S.C., and Jerry Crawford of Portageville; three sisters, Lorraine Kimes of Mountain View, Calif., Jean Bodine of Sikeston and Ann Jewell of Little Rock, Ark.; and five grandchildren.. ...
Morean Weakly-Hamilton (12/26/02)
HAYWOOD CITY - Morean Weakly-Hamilton, 85, died Dec. 21, 2002. Born June 3, 1917, to Silas and Everleana Weakly, she was a member of the New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where she was secretary for many years. Also she was a member of the University Extension Club and a 4-H leader during her early adult life...
Junior Johnson (12/26/02)
EAST PRAIRIE - James E. "Junior" Johnson, 74, died Dec. 26, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Shelby Funeral Home.
Looking Back in Time at Dec. 26 (12/26/02)
SIKESTON - Mrs. C.D. Matthews Jr., chairman of the surgical dressing program under Red Cross auspices in Scott County, announced today that this county has met its full quota. The amount of the quota could not be announced because it would disclose military information...
SpeakOut 12/26 (12/26/02)
It rained 2 1/2-inches last night and the Northcutt ditch is flooded again. Can the county commission clean this ditch out? We're tired of getting flooded. ---- OK. I was a little bit unreasonable yesterday. It had rained most of the night and the Northcutt ditch was flooded. OK. I guess it's typical to be flooded after a big rain. But today is Friday and the ditch is still flooded. We need to clean this thing out so it doesn't stay flooded for more than a day. It's time for the drain...