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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Stories from Sunday, May 4, 2003

Blissett shines as a comedian in very rare place - church (05/04/03)
SIKESTON -- Forget comedy clubs and cable television, if you're in need of a good laugh, church is the place to be. Well, as long as gospel comedian Keyth Blissett is in the house. "Traditionally, you don't really think of church as a place where you can laugh and make jokes, but with this, you can," noted Blissett of Sikeston...
'Peter Pan' (05/04/03)
Cast members of the Charleston High School Drama Department practice for their upcoming play "Peter Pan," by J.M. Barrie. Opening night is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Clara Newnam Auditorium in Charleston. The play is directed by Dede Reed.
Sikeston woman murdered (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - A Sikeston man is facing murder charges for the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend. Percy Edgar Johnson, 34, is charged with first degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree assault and felonious restraint, according to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, and is being held without bond at the Sikeston jail...
Committee passes Noranda bill despite deregulation fears (05/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Noranda's hopes to find a reasonable price for power after June 2005, which is when the previously attained power for the aluminum smelting plant runs out, were given a boost on Thursday. The house committee on Communications, Energy, and Technology voted Senate Bill 555 (SB 555) 14-6 "do pass" to the floor of the Missouri House were it will be debated in the next few weeks...
Sikeston baseball team living up to its ranking (05/04/03)
Of all my years of following and covering Sikeston High School athletics, I don't ever recall a Bulldog team being ranked No. 1 in any sport. But for most of the month of April, Sikeston's baseball team has been ranked No. 1 in Class 3 by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association...
NMCC scores six runs in sixth to beat East Prairie (05/04/03)
NEW MADRID -- East Prairie's softball team gave New Madrid County Central all it wanted for five innings on Friday afternoon. The score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, before NMCC plated six runs to blow the game open, coasting to a 7-1 victory...
Peterson shoots for top four finish (05/04/03)
CHARLESTON -- Alec Peterson is already considered the top high school tennis player in Southeast Missouri. Soon, the Charleston junior is hoping to prove himself as one of the state's best. The Class 1-3 District 1 Tournament will take place May 15 in Sikeston. The first and second place finishers there will advance to the state tournament in Springfield...
Vanity Fair opens outlet (05/04/03)
Perry Burnett, store manager, cuts the ribbon officially opening the Vanity Fair outlet store at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. The Sikeston location is the company's 64th store, their third in Missouri. Developer Phil Boyer is pictured far right, front row. VF Factory Outlet offerings include Vanity Fair, Lee, Healthtex, Wrangler and Jansport...
Business briefcase 5/4 (05/04/03)
MALDEN - Gordon Waller has accepted the position of president/CEO for the First National Bank. Waller brings with him 32 years of banking experience as vice president, senior loan officer and president of area banks. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join the First National Bank Team. ...
A slice out of the equipment market (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - It all began with a search for a used meat slicer, explained Duke McDonald. Back in the 1970s, as owner of McDonald's Food Mart in East Prairie, McDonald was looking for a used slicer for his business. The more calls he made, the more he realized there was a niche market being overlooked...
Virginia Riley (05/04/03)
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Virginia Ann Riley, 74, died May 1, 2003, at her home, as she requested, surrounded and cared for by her family and friends. Born Oct. 19, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Henry Clay and Mary Justine Ransburgh. "Mama Riley" dedicated her life to working with children, the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of America, Bible school, public schools and countless other activities. ...
Jarrell Griffin (05/04/03)
SIKESTON -- Jarrell D. Griffin, 73, died at 3:50 p.m. May 2, 2003, at the Mesa General Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. A retired banker, Griffin was a well-known Sikeston businessman. Arrangements are incomplete at Blanchard Funeral Chapel.
Mary Rudd (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - Mary Jean Rudd, 25, died May 2, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born May 8, 1977, in Kennett, daughter of Allen McCallister of Holcomb and Donna Cureton of Sikeston, she worked as a dispatcher for Freedom Taxi in Sikeston. In addition to her parents, survivors include: one son, Tobias Johnson of Sikeston; two daughters, Taylor Rudd of New Madrid and McKenzie of Scott City; three brothers, Casey Cureton of Sikeston, Christopher Radin of Bell City and Jason Radin of Rolla; two sisters, Lacey Cureton and Crystal Radin of Sikeston; and four aunts and five uncles.. ...
Margaret Patterson (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - Margaret A. Patterson, 78, died May 2, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Aug. 7, 1924, in Clarence, daughter of the late Arthur and Mayme Clay Maupin, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dexter and was a retired health care worker...
Mollie Lee (05/04/03)
HARDIN, Ky. - Mollie Lee, 89, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died at 7:15 p.m. May 2, 2003, at her home. Born Sept. 26, 1913, at Osceola, Ark., daughter of the late George and Lillie O'Brien Worsley, she was raised by her aunt, Hattie Worsley Fisher. ...
Mella Batts (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - Mella Quay Batts, 62, died May 1, 2003, at her home. Born March 9, 1941, in Lilbourn, daughter of the late James Turner and Waymon Mary Louise Brewer Copous, she was a retired licensed practical nurse and a member of the Bement Baptist Church...
Bill Stone (05/04/03)
BERNIE - Bill Stone, 67, died May 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Harley Wheatley (05/04/03)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Harley Wheatley died at approximately 2 a.m. May 3, 2003, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Shelby Funeral Home.
Allie Tate (05/04/03)
GIDEON - Allie Jowers Tate, 86, died May 1, 2003, at the Gideon Care Center. Born Jan. 14, 1917, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Agnes Mooney Jowers. On Feb. 11, 1939, in Portageville, she married Thomas Albert Tate who preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1974...
Emily Hale (05/04/03)
SIKESTON -- Emily S. Hale, 86, died May 3, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Ronald Watson (05/04/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Friday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Ronald D. Watson, 39, who died April 30, 2003, were: Darrell Ray, Johnny McCulley, Roger Grubbs, Ronnie Reynolds, Kevin Cook and Henry Putney.
Births (published 5/4) (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - Gary and Sonya Lynn Davis are the parents of their third child, second daughter, born at 12:15 a.m. March 25, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Lacey Nicole Davis weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18-inches long. Mrs. Davis, daughter of Connie Kay Floyd, Jamie Floyd and Steve Wolf, is a nurse aide...
Looking Back 5/4 (05/04/03)
SIKESTON - Lee Austin Bowman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bowman, who is a sophomore cadet at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., has been transferred from the Enlisted Reserve Corps of the Army Engineers, to the Army Air Corps. SIKESTON - A permit for the Tanner Street Church of God to build additions estimated at $60,000, a North Main store building at $20,000 and a building on Center Street at $25,000 helped boost the total value of construction...
Major effort being made to find jobs (05/04/03)
Sikeston needs a few good jobs. But then again, the same can and is being said about virtually every other community in this country. So we're not alone. But there has been a growing chorus lately questioning why Sikeston has been unsuccessful in landing new jobs...
Speakout 5/4 (05/04/03)
This is for the boy on the bicycle who came by and shot out my car window. I will give you two days after I see this in SpeakOut to bring your parents over here and pay for my window. If not, I will bring the police to your front door and have you arrested. I followed you to your house, and if you do not come over here with your parents and have this window paid for, I will bring the police to your house and you will be arrested...