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Stories from Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Men sentenced for drugs Monday (01/07/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Scott County man and a New Madrid County man were sentenced Monday on separate charges of distributing cocaine base. Also two California residents arrested for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Scott County were sentenced Monday...
Experience works (01/07/03)
SIKESTON - For some, getting older means retiring, tossing the alarm clock aside and finally doing what you want when you want. But others see it as an opportunity to continue putting their years of experience to good use and they're finding their niche with the help of an organization called Experience Works...
Road work (01/07/03)
Sikeston Public Works employees Dan Marshall and Jim Williams fill potholes on North Ingram Monday. Public Works employees are in the process of repairing Murray Lane and the intersection of North and Northwest streets. To report potholes call the street department at 471-5100...
Council puts off decision on street program (01/07/03)
SIKESTON - Sikeston City Council members voted unanimously during their regular Monday meeting put off a decision on the 2003 Street Program until their next regular meeting following the February election. At the Feb. 4 election, Sikeston voters will be asked to amend the Charter to establish a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, equal to 3 percent of the gross operating revenues of the Board of Municipal Utilities and any electric light, power plant or distribution system owned or operated by the city.. ...
Planning and Zoning Commission changes monthly meetings (01/07/03)
SIKESTON - The city's Planning and Zoning Commission changed the monthly meetings from every third Tuesday to the first Tuesday of every month. Tom Bridger, public works director, explained to city council members during their regular meeting Monday that the new date will allow the commission to meet deadlines better...
Charleston suffers road loss (01/07/03)
BENTON, Ill. -- The Charleston Bluejays dropped a road game in Illinois on Saturday when they lost to Benton 54-52. The Bluejays, coming off a seMissourian Christmas Tournament championship, are now 10-3 on the season. Charleston will host SEMO Conference rival Notre Dame tonight at 6 p.m...
Kennett Indians get a new chief (01/07/03)
KENNETT -- Former New Madrid County Central football coach Ronnie Jones has a new challenge ahead -- the Kennett Indians. Jones will take over as head coach of Kennett's football program next season. He stepped down as NMCC's head coach two years ago...
Shelby Davis (01/07/03)
MARSTON - Shelby Davis, 82, died Jan. 6, 2003, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.
Loedith Shipley (01/07/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Monday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Loedith A. Shipley, 87, who died Jan. 4, 2003, were: Cory Leathers, Kevin McNeil, Mike Knoedell, Todd Young, David Tison and Dewayne Kemper.
Eric Evans (01/07/03)
CHARLESTON - Eric Falando Curtis Evans, 27, died Dec. 31, 2002, in Charleston. Born June 25, 1975, in Chicago, Ill., son of Eric and Cynthia Curtis Evans of Chicago, he lived in Charleston for the past 13 years and graduated from Charleston High School...
Frank Hunsperger (01/07/03)
DEXTER - Frank Hunsperger, 46, died Jan. 7, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Leo Hester (01/07/03)
SCOTT CITY - Leo Hester, 70, died at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 4, 2003, at his home. Born June 25, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Leon and Lela Muriel Lincoln Hester, he was an over-the-road truck driver before retiring. On July 15, 1966, in Cape Girardeau, he married Rose Anna Brashear who preceded him in death on Feb. 3, 1976...
Barbara Williams (01/07/03)
DEXTER -- Barbara Jean Williams, 77, formerly of Granite City, Ill., died Jan. 6, 2003, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Born Oct. 12, 1925, in St. Louis, daughter of the late George V. and Pearl Morgan Sheets, she was a member of the Central Christian Church and was a teacher in Granite City before retiring...
June Maxwell (01/07/03)
POPLAR BLUFF - Elizabeth June Maxwell, 83, formerly of Sikeston, died at 9:42 a.m. Jan. 6, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Feb. 2, 1919, in Prairie Township, Ill., daughter of the late Russell and Chloe Ingle Nidey, she was a member of North Acres General Baptist Church in Sikeston. She was a cook for the Sikeston High School cafeteria before retiring...
Mildred Vickery (01/07/03)
CHAFFEE - Mildred Vickery, 83, died at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 17, 1919, in Henderson County, Tenn., daughter of the late Lucian Young and Ada Frances Douglas Wiles, she was a hairdresser and retired as owner and operator of Mildred's Beauty Shop. A member of the First Baptist Church in Chaffee, she was also a member of Chaffee PEO Sisterhood, the Chaffee Historical Society and past matron of Chaffee Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 48...
Births (published 1/7) (01/07/03)
CHARLESTON - Tommy J. and Jeanine Shankle are the parents of their first child, a son, born at 11:01 p.m. Nov. 25, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Garrett Joseph Shankle weighed 7 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces and was 19-inches long. The former Jeanine Burton, Mrs. Shankle is the daughter of Jim and Joyce Abner of Charleston and the late A.J. Burton Jr...
Grant -- Graham (01/07/03)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Kimberly Denise Grant, formerly of Sikeston, and Robert Paul Graham of St. Louis exchanged wedding vows in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony Dec. 14, 2002, at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay. The bride is the daughter of Hattie Grant of Sikeston and the late Johnny Grant and the bridegroom is the son of the late Leroy and Avie Graham...
Brown -- Kenedy (01/07/03)
NEW MADRID -- Don and Janis Brown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Christie Marie, to Gary Lee Kenedy Jr., son of Gary and Susie Kenedy of Matthews. A 1995 graduate of New Madrid County Central High School, the future bride graduated in 1999 from Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. ...
Looking Back in Time at Jan. 7 (01/07/03)
SIKESTON - The interior of Johnson's Cafe, a two-room structure in Sunset Addition, was gutted by fire Saturday afternoon. SIKESTON - Seventy members of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club, their wives and guests, gathered at the Rustic Rock Inn Tuesday night for the annual installation dinner meeting of the club. New officers installed were: Robert Meyer, president; Harold Hill, first vice president; Earl Hutchinson, second vice president; Lee Shell, secretary; and Harry Dover, treasurer...
Should we link aid to responsibility? (01/07/03)
The focus this week will fall on a major economic announcement that is designed to add fuel to our slow economy. Tax overhauls that will put money into the hands of the low income - who already pay no income tax - will be the source of political debate in the coming weeks. The thinking is that by putting money into the hands of those most likely to spend that money, the economy will rebound. As one with but a passing knowledge of economic thinking, they might just be right...
Your View 1/7: Who's right? (01/07/03)
I take great offense to the letter cited by you from the president of the National District Attorneys Association, Dan M. Alsobrook's saying (1) they (those of us who wish to legalize drugs) do not mind deceiving the American public as well. (2) And to absurd claims about marijuana from Scott Burns, a bureaucrat at ONDCP...
SpeakOut 1/7 (01/07/03)
I am 14 years old and am trying to find a job. If anybody needs help with anything, please leave a number in SpeakOut. I have one thing to say to this person and you'll know who you are when you read SpeakOut if you get a newspaper. You left your wife and kids on Christmas and go around calling everyone and you might have everyone in Sikeston believing what you have to stay. Stay away and leave me alone and leave me out of your mess. I don't want to see you anymore...