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Stories from Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Cool weather, late planting impacts 2003 cotton harvest (09/24/03)
SIKESTON -- For the past 59 years, the American Legion Cotton Carnival has kicked off the cotton harvest season, and while the occurrence of the event is never questionable, the outcome of the crop always is. "Feelings are a little mixed," said cotton farmer Mike Geske about this year's crop. "Actually, the early cotton is looking very good, but the late cotton could use some heat units."...
Parade preparations (09/24/03)
Members of the Sikeston American Legion load trash cans onto a trailer for the Cotton Carnival Parade. The trash cans will be positioned along the parade route Saturday to enable parade watchers a way to easily dispose of their trash. The parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with participants lining up near the high school beginning at 9:15 a.m...
Another two miles of 4-lane to open on 60 (09/24/03)
WILLOW SPRINGS - The Missouri Department of Transportation will open the new west bound lane of traffic providing additional 2.1 miles of four-lane highway on Route 60 just east of Van Buren. This traffic change is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 30, weather permitting. Motorists should allow for a 10-minute possible delay during the actual opening to the four-lane divided highway...
Lower speed limit sought on Route HH (09/24/03)
BENTON - "Unscientific" tests by Mini Farms residents have determined a proposed speed limit change along Highway HH will add 23 seconds of travel time to that stretch of road. "Twenty-three seconds is not all that much longer when you think of the lives," said Donna Morris of the Mini Farms Homeowners Association during Tuesday's regular county commission meeting...
Carnival fun (09/24/03)
The Sikeston American Legion's Annual Cotton Carnival started Tuesday night at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. Tonight the Little Mister and Miss Cotton Carnival contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. The carnival opens daily at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m...
Charleston Bluejays vs. NMCC Eagles (09/24/03)
NEW MADRID - The New Madrid County Central football team has figured out how to win. Quite simply, give the ball to Remond Willis. At 7:30 on Friday night at NMCC High School, the Charleston Bluejays will try to do what few other teams have done this season -- stop Willis...
All bad things must come to an end (09/24/03)
They say all good things must come to an end. But for the last couple of years, East Prairie's football team has been hoping the opposite was true. Most coaches will say you can't win them all. But can you lose them all? The Eagles sure seemed to...
Maupin gets first Super Pro victory at drag strip (09/24/03)
Here are the weekend's race results from tracks around the area. SIKESTON DRAG STRIP SIKESTON -- Jack Maupin posted his first Super Pro win at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday night. The Cape Girardeau native ran 5.94 on a 5.94 dial at 115 m.p.h. His reaction time was .516. Second place went to Malden's Royce Thomason. He ran 6.07 on a 6.06 dial at 111 m.p.h. His reaction time was .549...
Bluff nips Sikeston with controversial goal (09/24/03)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Once again, regulation wasn't good enough to decide a winner between Sikeston and Poplar Bluff. The Mules scored a controversial goal in overtime to beat the Bulldogs 1-0 on Tuesday. "There was a ball that went out of bounds, and the referees had a hard time deciding who had the throw-in," explained Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Bluff picked up the ball and threw it in for the score and the ref allowed it. Our defense wasn't even ready. It all happened so fast."...
Cape Central tops sickly Sikeston tennis team, 5-4 (09/24/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's tennis team lost a heartbreaker at Cape Central on Tuesday afternoon, falling 5-4. "We are fighting sickness in many of the girls," said Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt. "Hopefully, we will all be getting well soon. We should have won more matches than we did today."...
Sikeston bats go silent in 3-1 loss to Cape Central (09/24/03)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston softball team fell to 5-7 on the season with a 3-1 loss to Cape Central on Tuesday at the Sikeston Recreational Complex. Sikeston pitcher Allison Blurton had a strong pitching effort ruined by the Lady Bulldogs' silent bats...
Susan Jensen (09/24/03)
HOUSTON, Texas - Susan Evans Jensen, 58, died at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 21, 2003, at her home. Born Dec. 10, 1944, at Long Beach, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Lewis Monroe and Ethel Slack Evans. She lived in the Houston area for many years, where she was business administrator of her husband's handcrafted jewelry business. She was a member of Riceville Mount Olive Baptist Church in Houston...
Edna Daniel (09/24/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers for services scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Edna Lennie Daniel, 96, of Mount Carmel, Ill., and formerly of Sikeston, who died Sept. 22, 2003, will be: Mark Daniel, Don Daniel, Charles Daniel, Ben Daniel, Brian McClellan and Tom McClellan...
Eunice Abernathy (09/24/03)
SIKESTON - Eunice Abernathy, 79, died at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 23, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Launita McNeal (09/24/03)
HUNTINGTON, Ind. -- Launita Marie McNeal, 69, died Sept. 22, 2003, at the Norwood Nursing Center in Huntington. Born Sept. 3, 1934, in Stoddard County, Mo., she was the daughter of Mildred Arnold Mekan of Bernie, Mo., and the late Lawrence Mekan. On Oct. 17, 1951, she married LeeRoy McNeal who preceded her in death on March 3, 1995...
Sharon McTyre (09/24/03)
GIDEON - Sharon Lynn McTyre, 47, died Sept. 22, 2003, at the Gideon Care Center. Born June 29, 1956, in St. Louis, daughter of Marian Fletcher English of Gideon and the late Howard English, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gideon. Survivors in addition to her mother include: three sons and one daughter-in-law, Aaron and Amy Ashcraft and Guy Kinsey of Arnold and Jeremy Kinsey of Sikeston; one sister and brother-in-law, Dena and Gordon Branson of Fulton; and two nieces...
Patsy Mathis (09/24/03)
EAST PRAIRIE - Patsy J. Mathis, 63, died at 8:35 a.m. Sept. 23, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Jan. 4, 1940, in Charleston, son of Ruby June Levan Baker of East Prairie and the late Robert Baker, she lived in Mississippi County most of her life. She was a member of the New Life Ministries Church in New Madrid...
Elmer Matthews (09/24/03)
SIKESTON - Elmer Joyce Matthews, 86, died at 3:45 a.m. Sept. 23, 2003, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Feb. 21, 1917, in Sikeston, son of the late Thomas A. and Clara Joyce Matthews, he was a lifelong resident of Sikeston and retired as a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a master sergeant with the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II. A former member of the Civil Air Patrol, he was a 32nd degree Mason and a 50-year member of Sikeston Masonic Lodge 310 AF&AM...
Looking Back in Time at Sept. 24 (09/24/03)
SIKESTON - Ernest Keller has purchased the Sikeston Oliver Sales Agency and will operate it starting Nov. 1 in the building formerly occupied by the Sikeston Sales Co. of Highway 61 North. BENTON - The Scott County University Extension Council is sponsoring an open house to observe the 50th anniversary of extension work in Scott County, according to Tom B. Stroup, county extension director here...
Actor's roles filled lives with laughter (09/24/03)
Arthur Carlson has died. As the nation continues to mourn the recent deaths of Johnny Cash and John Ritter, few probably noticed that Carlson died this week. Actually, Gordon Jump died. But to me and a handful of other longtime fans, Jump will forever be Arthur Carlson, the inept but lovable station manager for WKRP radio in Cincinnati...
SpeakOut 9/24 (09/24/03)
I was shopping on Sept. 13 at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Sikeston and lost my checkbook. I just want to say a big thank you to the person who found it and turned it into the service desk. It made my day and it restored my faith in people. We walk a lot and recently have noticed that in two different neighborhoods in Sikeston, there are some people who are copying exact exterior materials from other houses in the very same neighborhood. ...