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Stories from Tuesday, January 21, 2003

More charges in Dexter grain case; trial delayed (01/21/03)
BLOOMFIELD -- A Dexter grain company manager will not stand trial later this week for allegedly forging grain elevator documents. Stanley Gaylord, 52, was supposed to stand trial Thursday and Friday before Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp in Dunklin County...
Resolution passed by BMU opposing PILOT (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities adopted a resolution opposing the proposed Payment In Lieu Of Taxes. The board unanimously came to their decision during a special meeting Monday to go on record as being in opposition to the referendum which would amend the Home Rule Charter and establish the PILOT...
Martin Luther King Day (01/21/03)
Kimberly Sanders decorates her vehicle before Sikeston's annual Martin Luther King Jr. motorcade Monday morning. After the motorcade which saw over 50 participants, Donna Y. McCondichie spoke at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in observance of the holiday...
Local co-op's expenditures are questioned (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - "I just hope that board members are aware that people are asking questions," said Dr. Sheila Perry, a member of the SEMO Electric Cooperative and spokesperson who posed many of those questions at the cooperative's board meeting Monday...
Kathleen Manor is approved for rehab funding (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - The Kathleen Manor apartment complex is approved for rehabilitation funding from the Missouri Housing Development Commission. The rehabilitation project at the Kathleen Manor apartments, located at 117 S. New Madrid St., is among the 49 affordable rental housing developments approved for funding Friday by the MHDC as part of its Rental Production and Preservation Program...
Bulldogs drop Superman opener (01/21/03)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team opened the 20th Annual Superman Classic on Monday with a 60-54 loss to Herrin, Ill., at Massac County High School in Metropolis. Since winning the event in 1995, Monday's loss marked the eighth straight year that the Bulldogs have dropped their opening game in the tournament...
Lady Bulldogs catch a break, beat Chaffee (01/21/03)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's girls basketball team improved to 7-6 on the season Monday night, throttling Chaffee 63-37. The Lady Bulldogs played the entire first half without two of their better players, but were still able take an 11-4 advantage. Chaffee battled back in the second quarter, shaving Sikeston's lead down to 15-14 at halftime...
Wrestlers place fourth in tourney (01/21/03)
ST. CHARLES -- Sikeston's wrestling team took fourth place out of 10 teams in the St. Charles Tournament on Saturday. The Bulldogs scored 186 points, finishing behind Eureka, Troy and Mary Institute/Country Day. Cape Central came in sixth place with 116 points...
Sheila Pikey (01/21/03)
CONRAN - Sheila Louise Riddick Pikey, 58, died unexpectedly Jan. 20, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Feb. 2, 1944, in Hayward, daughter of Douglas and Margie Tanner Riddick of Portageville, she was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Portageville, the church choir and the United Methodist Women's organization...
Alice Figley Decker (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - Alice Marie Figley Decker, 75, died at 9:22 a.m. Jan. 20, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Aug. 30, 1927, in Shade Switch, daughter of the late Finch and Zelma Pelham Frankum, she was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Sikeston...
Jeffrey Pobst (01/21/03)
CHAFFEE - Jeffrey Frank Pobst, 43, died at 12:05 a.m. Jan. 20, 2003, at his home. Born Nov. 11, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, son of Gary F. and Anne Evans Pobst of Oran, he was employed by Richards Trucking Company in Cape Girardeau. He was of the Catholic belief...
John Hagy Sr. (01/21/03)
DUDLEY - John Hagy Sr., 85, died Jan. 19, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus in Poplar Bluff. Born May 2, 1917, in Dexter, son of the late Joseph Greene and Nellie Belle Garner Hagy, he lived in the Dudley and Dexter communities all his life and attended the Church of God in Dudley...
Anna May Cook (01/21/03)
BERTRAND - Anna May Cook, 88, formerly of St. Charles, died at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 21, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
C.M. Hannah (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - Charles "C.M." Hannah, 89, died Jan. 18, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born March 7, 1913, in Sikeston, son of the late Sarah Carpenter Hannah, he was a lifelong resident of Sikeston. He was a retired farmer and member of the Church of Christ in Sikeston...
White -- Griffin (01/21/03)
MORLEY -- Sabrina Dianne White and Chad Allen Griffin were married in a 3 p.m. ceremony Aug. 10, 2002, at the First Baptist Church in Morley before the Rev. Dewayne White, brother of the bride. The bride is the daughter of James and Kathy White of Marston and her husband is the son of John and Kay Griffin of Morley...
Murrell -- Ferrin (01/21/03)
PORTAGEVILLE-- Heather Danielle Murrell and Joseph Ferrin have announced their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grady O. Murrell Jr. of Dexter and the late Patricia Murrell. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Arnett Murrell of Portageville, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Fielder of Rector, Ark., and the late Grady O. Murrell Sr. and Lexi Mitchell...
Looking Back in Time at Jan. 21 (01/21/03)
SIKESTON - Staff Sgt. George T. Middleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Middleton, has recently been promoted from the rank of sergeant. CHARLESTON - Members of the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the City of Charleston have furthered their plans in completing negotiations for a new industry for that city. According to the Chamber manager, plans call for a vote on the bond issue in the neighborhood of $300,000 soon...
Put a price on DNA testing for inmates (01/21/03)
The latest tool in the arsenal of the accused involves DNA testing. The headlines have been devoted to the handful of cases where the new scientific tool has proven the innocence of the defendants. In those cases - isolated as they are - we commend the scientific community and law enforcement for this effective, apparently fool-proof tool. ...
SpeakOut 1/21 (01/21/03)
I want to SpeakOut about our President. Bush does not worry about anything, only getting even. He is money hungry. He wants oil. That is the reason for the move. Gore would have been a much better president. I can hardly wait until Bush gets voted out. ...