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Stories from Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Future star? (01/14/03)
Jermonete Lawrence, 6 years old, shoots a basket Monday afternoon at Dudley Park.
Up, up and away (01/14/03)
Shade Stages and Daniel Wolferding, both 5 years old, swing with the assistance of Daniel's father, Gary, at the Sikeston Sports Complex Monday afternoon. Temperatures today will reach into the 40s but snow is expected late Wednesday and Thursday.
Emerson hears local health care concerns (01/14/03)
SIKESTON -- While identifying major problems and their contributing factors is easy enough, coming up with solutions to our nation's health care problems is anything but simple. The first in a series of Health Care Roundtables with physicians and health care facility administrators hosted by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was held Monday evening in Sikeston...
Liquor-related arrests, violations are increasing (01/14/03)
SIKESTON -- More than 1,600 individuals were arrested from July to December by agents of the Missouri Division of Liquor Control compared to the same time in 2001, when 747 arrests were made. Liquor Control Division 5 Supervisor Don Pickard said Southeast Missouri followed similar trends of the 118 percent increase of arrests. District 5 covers 19 counties in Southeast Missouri...
Sikeston man pleads guilty to drug charges (01/14/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston man faces a possible prison sentence of 40 years after he pled guilty Monday to drug charges. Roy Yarber, also known as R.B. Yarber, 72, pled guilty to three felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base in U.S. District Court. Yarber agreed to forfeit a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe and certain real estate in Sikeston to the U.S. government...
East Prairie men arrested (01/14/03)
CHARLESTON - The Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney's office filed drug charges Monday against two East Prairie men in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation. Jimmy Conyers, 42, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and Daniel Ledbetter, 35, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. ...
Whitney scores 31 against Scott City (01/14/03)
ORAN -- Charleston's girls basketball team opened the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament on Monday night with a 44-32 win over Scott City. Missy Whitney was in dominant form, scoring a game-high 31 points. "She's a great player," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "She's a threat to score from every spot on the floor. She's kind of taking a good leadership role for us and I hope it continues."...
Blunt, Johnson lead Dexter past Kennett (01/14/03)
KENNETT -- Dexter's girls basketball team had the daunting task of playing Kennett on the road without its leading scorer on Monday night. The Lady Bearcats were missing Katie Dunlap, who was out with the stomach flu, but were still able to pull out a 49-39 win. ...
Sikeston eighth graders split with 'Jays (01/14/03)
POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston 8th grade A and B teams split with Charleston on Monday night at Charleston Junior High School. The Bulldog A team lost 65-33 while the B team won 46-9. In the A game, Charleston broke out to a 12-2 first quarter lead and was never challenged. The Bluejays led 28-10 at the half...
Massac County hands Eagles 72-56 road loss (01/14/03)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles basketball team dropped a road game in Illinois on Saturday when they lost to Massac County 72-56 in Metropolis. The Eagles (4-8) trailed by one after the first quarter but the Patriots were up to extend the lead to eight by halftime...
Bulldogs place second at invite (01/14/03)
PARK HILLS -- The Sikeston wrestling team took second place in the 10-team Park Hills Central Invitational on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished with 250 1/2 points which was right behind first place DeSoto with 266 1/2 points. Herculaneum took third place with 230 1/2 points. Dexter took sixth place with 167 points while New Madrid County Central finished in eighth place with 109 points...
Opal Ashley (01/14/03)
CHARLESTON - Opal R. Ashley, 81, died Jan. 14, 2003, at the Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home.
R.B. Woods (01/14/03)
BERNIE - R.B. Woods Jr., 74, died Jan. 11, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Aug. 9, 1928, at Bernie, son of the late Roy Bickford and Elsie Dora Slayton Woods Sr., he was an elder in the Community of Christ Church in Bernie, where he had served as district president for the church. ...
Vester Guthrie (01/14/03)
EAST PRAIRIE - Vester Lorene Guthrie, 83, died at 5:05 p.m. Jan. 12, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Nov. 6, 1919, in Marshall County, Ala., daughter of the late Syera Sanders and Rosie Bell Helton Guffey, she was engaged in farming with her husband prior to moving to East Prairie. A member of the Free Holiness Church in Swearengin, Ala., she attended Southside General Baptist Church in Charleston and was a home care worker until her retirement...
David Ferguson (01/14/03)
MALDEN - David Ray Ferguson, 62, died Jan. 12, 2003, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Born Oct. 15, 1940, in Three Way Inn, Ark., son of the late William Howell and Ida Minnie Thacker Ferguson, he was an auxiliary police officer and former gun shop owner. He was a member of the Spoonerville Baptist Church in Malden...
Mary Nunnelee (01/14/03)
SIKESTON - Mary Jane Smith Nunnelee, 64, died Jan. 13, 2003, at her home. Born Sept. 23, 1938, in Lilbourn, daughter of the late James Howard and Martha Lucille Campbell Ward, she was of the Baptist belief and was a front desk clerk for the Best Western Coach House Inn before retiring...
Mary Crowe (01/14/03)
ORAN - Mary Tidwell Vandiver Crowe, 51, died at 5:05 a.m. Jan. 13, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, following an extended illness. Born May 2, 1951, in Fayette County, Ala., daughter of the late Bersie Lee and Clara May Tucker Tidwell, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canalou and was a certified nurse aide before retiring...
Vivian Rowbotham (01/14/03)
LAMAR, Ark. - Vivian Cook Rowbotham, 87, died Jan. 12, 2003, at the Countryside Manor Nursing Home. Born Jan. 17, 1915, in Lamar, she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Clara Etta Pearson Cook. In 1936, she married Woodrow L. Rowbotham who preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 1984...
Howard Tillman (01/14/03)
LILBOURN - Howard H. Tillman, 89, died Jan. 12, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born July 16, 1913, in Okolona, Ark., son of the late Joseph Edmond and Blanche Stewart Tillman, he was a member of the Methodist Church in Lilbourn and retired as a self-employed farmer...
Barbara Baldwin (01/14/03)
SIKESTON - Barbara Baldwin, 62, died Jan. 13, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home.
Alvie Crabtree (01/14/03)
ELLSINORE - Alvie O. Crabtree, 93, died Jan. 13, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare South Campus in Poplar Bluff. Born June 3, 1909, in Obion County, Tenn., son of the late Eugene Henry and Dessie Huey Crabtree, he lived in St. Louis for many years and was a resident of Dexter from 1972-2000. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he retired from Carter Carburetor and was a member of the Southwest Church of the Nazarene in Dexter...
Davis -- Groves (01/14/03)
SIKESTON -- Cynthia Jane Davis and Jackie Leon Groves exchanged wedding vows in a 7 p.m. ceremony Sept. 14, 2002, at the Ramada Inn in Sikeston. Judge W.H. Winchester performed the ceremony. Music for the occasion was provided by Starlite Sound System with David Franklin and Mike Frederick...
Odle -- Slayton (01/14/03)
DIEHLSTADT -- The Rev. Mark and Margaret Odle have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erin Elizabeth, to Lonnie John Slayton, son of John and Thelma Slayton of Canalou. The future bride graduated in 2002 from Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton and the prospective bridegroom is a 1993 graduate of New Madrid County Central High School...
Davidson -- Oliver (01/14/03)
SIKESTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Allan Davidson have announced the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth, to Jonathan Matthew Oliver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Oliver of Cadiz, Ky. The future bride is the granddaughter of Charlotte Johnson and Shirley Miller of Sikeston and the late Gene Johnson and Jim Davidson. A 1999 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, she is a senior at Murray (Ky.) State University, majoring in elementary education. She plans to graduate in December...
Looking Back in Time at Jan. 14 (01/14/03)
SIKESTON - The temperature range in midweek was 55 to 23 degrees above zero. --- SIKESTON - Mrs. Bill Hopkins assumed new duties this week as a teller in the Bank of Sikeston. SIKESTON - Met with stubborn opposition from farm owners north of town, the city council, in a special session Wednesday afternoon, revised its plans for annexation of additional area by reducing the area from six square miles to about 1,109 acres...
Death sentences should be enforced (01/14/03)
I am both saddened and sickened by Illinois Gov. George Ryan's commutations of death sentences in our neighboring state. By his stroke of the pen, 167 condemned men now will spend their lives in prison, hopefully without the possibility of parole. But given the power of the legislative process even that issue could remain in doubt...
Your View 1/14: Fuel independence (01/14/03)
I watched with interest this week as activists and automakers sparred on the patriotism of driving fuel-hungry sport-utility vehicles. While it is absurd to claim that SUV drivers support terrorism because they drive vehicles that use gas made from imported oil, it does serve one valuable purpose - it allows a reasonable discussion on renewable, domestic energy production...
SpeakOut 1/14 (01/14/03)
Who's in charge of city-owned vehicles assigned to the housing authority, and what possible city-related business do housing authority employees have taking these trucks home at night? Gas usage, wear and tear and insurance on these vehicles for private use should not be paid for by our tax dollars. With a budget as big as the housing authority has, I'll bet there are plenty of other ways they're wasting money. Someone should look into it...