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Stories from Sunday, February 2, 2003

Calendar girl (02/02/03)
Brittney Courtois, daughter of Roy and Linda Miller is the Standard Democrat's February Calendar Girl. Courtois, third alternate in the Miss Sikeston contest, plans on attending Union University and majoring in pre-law.
East Prairie woman killed in three-vehicle accident (02/02/03)
NEW MADRID -- An East Prairie woman sustained fatal injuries in a three-vehicle accident Friday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 11:15 a.m., on U.S. 61 in New Madrid County, a southbound vehicle driven by Kenneth J. Grimmett, 18, of Birch Tree, struck the rear of the southbound vehicle driven by John N. ...
PILOT: Surcharge to other cities is cause for concern for BMU (02/02/03)
SIKESTON - The Board of Municipal Utilities has never been against a payment in lieu of taxes on retail electrical sales, according to Ed Throop, general manager. "In fact, they encouraged it in 1994." "We're not the opposition," Throop continued. "We just want to do it right."...
PILOT: City badly needs constant, dedicated revenue stream (02/02/03)
SIKESTON - It's all about getting a new constant, dedicated stream of revenue the city badly needs, PILOT supporters say. "We've got to raise more revenue," said Mayor Phil Boyer, "and that's why this thing first got started." While a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, has been brought up in the past, until now "the need hasn't been there," Boyer said...
Oran wins ninth straight title (02/02/03)
ORAN -- The Oran Eagles claimed their ninth consecutive win and their 16th for the season on Friday night when they stifled the visiting Leopold Wildcats 54-38. ''I thought we played really good defense. Our kids came out and guarded really well tonight. Offensively, we got a lot of decent looks and were probably up a little bit because it was homecoming," said a pleased coach Mitch Wood...
Demaree dominates Bell City in SCAA title game (02/02/03)
BLOOMFIELD -- Not Dominitrix Johnson, not Eric Henry, not Chris Hyten. Derek Demaree was the star of Friday night's highly-anticipated SCAA championship game between Bell City and Dexter. The 6-foot-5 center had a career night for the Bearcats, scoring 37 points, blocking six shots and pulling down 16 rebounds in a 77-68 win...
Doniphan guards light up NMCC (02/02/03)
DONIPHAN -- Danny Kellas and Shane Talburt scored 30 points each, leading Doniphan to an 86-64 win over New Madrid County Central on Friday night. "It's one of the worst defensive efforts I've ever been a part of," said NMCC head coach David Fields. "Danny Kellas had three 3s in the first quarter, and we still haven't found him yet. We just lost him coming down the floor. A kid that averages 25 points, you think you would know where he is at all times."...
SHS clamps down on Kelly (02/02/03)
BENTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team improved to 7-10 on the season with a 62-44 win against Kelly on Friday night in Benton. The Bulldogs controlled the boards against the Hawks and clamped down defensively during the middle quarters to put the game away...
Business grows in new location (02/02/03)
SIKESTON - Since moving to its new location, you could say business at the Flower Patch has blossomed. Michael Nickelson, owner, said the relocation in January to 510 N. Main to a building better known to long-time residents as the Stone House, was the right one for his business. Here there is lots of room to store, arrange and deliver flowers, display and expand his gift lines and meet and greet customers...
Business briefcase 2/2 (02/02/03)
LILBOURN - Alice M. Ryan has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession...
Come visit the Expo (02/02/03)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce has an exciting event coming up on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sikeston High School Field House. The Eighth Annual Business Education Expo will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. We have over 30 vendors attending, showing off their products and talking to the public and area high school students about career opportunities...
David Stephens (02/02/03)
STURDIVANT -- David B. Stephens, 56, died Jan. 31, 2003, from injuries sustained during a fire in his home. Born Jan. 30, 1947, at Brownwood, he was a pipe fitter and had spent most of his life in the Advance community. In 1991, he married Jannett Sneed who survives of the home...
Marcella Layton (02/02/03)
SIKESTON -- Marcella B. Layton, 83, died at 4:10 a.m. Jan. 31, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. Born May 26, 1919, in Morrisonville, Ill., daughter of the late Herman Elmer and Mary Brockamp Todt, she lived in Sikeston most of her life. She had been a saleslady for Norton Shoe, J.C. ...
Adam Wright (02/02/03)
CHARLESTON - Adam Eugene Wright, 46, died at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 31, 2003, at the Charleston Manor. Born Sept. 17, 1955, in Wardell, son of the late James Thomas and Mary Jones Wright, he lived in Mississippi County most of his life, where he was a truck driver until ill health forced his retirement...
Cotton Sadler (02/02/03)
CHAFFEE -- Edward "Cotton" Sadler, 75, died at 6 p.m. Jan. 30, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Feb. 5, 1927, in Chaffee, son of the late Monroe Cecil and Ada Belle Roberts Sadler, he served as a cook 1st class on a ship with the U.S. Navy during World War II...
Births (published 2/2) (02/02/03)
BLOOMFIELD - Jeffrey Owen and Rebecca Renae Kennedy are the parents of their third child, first son, born at 8:52 a.m. Jan. 12, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Zackeriah James Kennedy weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19-inches long...
Looking Back 2/2 (02/02/03)
SIKESTON - The Bulldogs nosed out the Bluejays Friday 27 to 26. BENTON - In circuit court this morning, Judge Marshall Craig of the 33rd Judicial Circuit issued an order suspending Lloyd G. "Jerry" Briggs from office as clerk of the circuit court. Reasons listed included failure to perform his duties as required by law. Briggs is attending the School of Law at Birmingham, Ala...
Is PILOT best option for our community? (02/02/03)
I'll vote against the PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) on the ballot in Sikeston Tuesday. And what follows is my reasoning. Keep in mind that as a former member of the Board of Municipal Utilities I may have some slanted views. I've seen firsthand the challenges and opportunities that face our municipal utilities and I can't help but share the pride of their accomplishments. ...
PILOT: Council's view (02/02/03)
To the citizens of Sikeston: If you have been confused about the PILOT issue, don't blame yourself. It is a detailed and complicated issue. Furthermore, many statements have been made that simply don't square with the facts. Before you vote, please read the following. The future of this community is at stake in more ways than you know...
PILOT: Move forward (02/02/03)
Sikeston has three alternatives: (1) Adopt a PILOT and capture the profits from the power plant; (2) raise taxes to continue the current level of city services or (3) reduce city services. That sounds so sterile - "reduce city services." What it really means is going backwards. Let's look at the good old days as they really were...
PILOT: Keep growing (02/02/03)
I'm writing today in support of the PILOT. I'm very pleased to see that some of our City Council - Sue Rogers, Jerry Pullen and Phil Boyer - can see down the road for Sikeston and its citizens for our growth and future. As a past member of the Park Board for six years (chairman two years), I'm pleased to see the present Park Board supports the PILOT. ...
PILOT: Opposed (02/02/03)
I am opposed to the proposed PILOT which amounts to 3 percent of all electric revenues of the Board of Municipal Utilities. This amounts to $1.6 million per year. The net income from electric this past year was $518,000. For the BMU to pay $1.6 million to the city will require a rate increase to every customer of BMU. ...
PILOT: Columbia's view (02/02/03)
Jan. 23, 2003 It has come to our attention that the City of Sikeston is looking at implementing a payment-in-lieu-of-tax on the revenues of the Board including any revenues derived from sales or participation in the Sikeston generating station. So there is no misunderstanding between us, I thought it might be important to indicate that we are concerned about any attempt to pass along such a PILOT to the City of Columbia...
PILOT: Court worries (02/02/03)
I am two things, a lifelong resident of Sikeston and an employee of the BMU, Sikeston Power Plant. If you are a concerned citizen of Sikeston and have been following the PILOT referendum, you have realized that there are differing opinions between those for and against it...
PILOT: Our customers (02/02/03)
To the citizens of Sikeston, owners of the Sikeston Power Plant Your City Council believes, and has confirmed in its policy statement, that a PILOT is the least painful way of raising revenue for the city because doing so could enable us to raise $3 from outside Sikeston for every $1 we raise locally...
Speakouts: PILOT (02/02/03)
The PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) reeks and probably should be renamed APOIT (A Pile Of IT). Is it necessary to use fancy acronyms to state that the city of Sikeston is going to levy a sales tax on electricity generated by our power plant? Are the local politicians trying to do a snow job on the residents of Sikeston? If we are selling power to other cities, why don't we raise their rates and not impose the sales tax on the residents of Sikeston? I think this is a bad proposal and remind the politicians at City Hall that tax increases for the highway department and the cigarette tax were defeated by wide margins in recent elections. ...
Speakout 2/2 (02/02/03)
I think Charleston should have the same curfew that Sikeston has. I think it is really good that Sikeston has a curfew for kids who don't want to go to school. Why do politicians, city, state and federal, all think that when they run short of money to operate, that all they have to do is raise taxes, when we as families and individuals have to make the necessary adjustments with the finances we have? We don't have the luxury to raise taxes. ...