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Stories from Thursday, October 2, 2003

Rehabilitation unit simulates home life (10/02/03)
SIKESTON - Things are bit different in Missouri Delta Medical Center's In-patient Rehab Unit. "It's not a typical hospital setting," said Kyla Evans, community education manager for MDMC's In-patient rehabilitation services. Described by the staff as "less institutional" and as an "upgrade" to the skilled nursing unit it replaces, the unit's rooms have only one bed each, making the rooms more spacious. ...
Field trip shows studens farm life (10/02/03)
BLODGETT -- "They tried to hide them from us," said fourth grader Logan Staggs, as he clung to the pumpkin he picked from Beggs Pumpkin Patch. "But we found 'em," he said, referring to his big pumpkin. Staggs, along with 90 other schoolmates from Lee Hunter Elementary in Sikeston, were experiencing an adventure at the patch Wednesday. Their morning started off a little cool with their first stop at the puppet show, but things quickly warmed up as they were off to get their pumpkins...
Alleged threat leads to special board meeting (10/02/03)
BENTON - The Scott County R-4 School Board is meeting in a special session today in response to a report of threats by a student. According to reports received by the newspaper, the incident began last week when two students, during out-of-school hours, were chatting on computers and one allegedly made death threats against himself and others...
New lights (10/02/03)
Jeff Wagoner drills a hole for a light bracket at the Sikeston Sports Complex. The Sikeston Youth Soccer League is in the process of lighting three of the soccer fields at the complex.
Poplar Bluff moves up to No. 3 in local football poll (10/02/03)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Nobody likes ties, especially in football. "A tie has kind of a stigmatism, kind of like kissing your sister type thing," Poplar Bluff athletic director Bill Caputo said. Yet that's a possibility the Mules faced the past several days after lightning canceled their game Friday night with Francis Howell North...
Dexter not backing down (10/02/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Dexter Bearcats are not a team that will back down from a challenge. Faced with the difficult task of taking on the Cape Girardeau Central Tigers - a quarterfinalist in last year's Class 4A state playoffs - Dexter is ready to strap on the pads...
SHS hopes to keep it rolling (10/02/03)
FARMINGTON - Before last week's game with the Kennett Indians, the Sikeston Bulldogs decided to wipe the slate clean, and start all over. With lofty preseason expectations, the Bulldogs stumbled to a disappointing 1-2 start, prompting the need for some changes...
David M. Sledge (10/02/03)
PARAGOULD, Ark. - David Maddox Sledge, 87, died Sept. 28, 2003, at the Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He was born April 6, 1916, in Damascus, Ark., to the late Peter and Susie Jane Waddle Sledge. On Nov. 4, 1998, he married Dorothy Marie Reece Sledge who preceded him in death...
Ronnie Long (10/02/03)
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. - Ronnie Gene Long, 57, died Sept. 24, 2003, in Pass Christian. Born Sept. 3, 1946, in Charleston, Mo., son of the late John E. and Ethel A. Long Sr., he was a former resident of Sikeston, Mo., and graduated in 1964 from Sikeston Senior High School. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and retired as a master gunnery sergeant after 36 years of service and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, N.C...
Births (published 10/2) (10/02/03)
SIKESTON - Glenn J. and Jennifer R. Lewis are the parents of their third child, first son, born at 8:53 a.m. Aug. 25, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Hunter Joseph Lewis weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19-inches long. Mrs. Lewis is the former Jennifer Brewer, daughter of Kay Brewer of Sikeston...
Mattingly-Beason (10/02/03)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Cynthia Lynn Mattingly and Robert Gregory "Greg" Beason exchanged wedding vows in a 6 p.m. ceremony March 29, 2003, at the First Baptist Church in Portageville. B.J. Baldwin, pastor of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church at Marston, performed the double-ring candle-lit ceremony. Welcome and opening prayer was offered by Ron Corgan of Plant City, Fla., uncle of the bride...
Penrose-McFerron (10/02/03)
ADVANCE -- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Penrose have announced the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Nicole, to Darin Lee McFerron, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McFerron of Chaffee. A graduate of Kelly High School, the future bride is employed by James Equipment DBA Ag-Mart in Sikeston...
Looking Back 10/2 (10/02/03)
SIKESTON - Mr. and Mrs. John Fox, who have been residing on Dorothy Street since their home was damaged by fire several months ago, returned to their own dwelling last weekend. SIKESTON - Kendall Sikes, downtown businessman, city councilman and chairman of the Sikeston Merchants Association, which will administer the operation of the new parking lot, performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly constructed parking lot on North Kingshighway...
Real issues missing in California recall (10/02/03)
Won't it be refreshing when the television news is not dominated by the recall election in California? It seems that the most important element of daily life in this country - according to the network news people - is the upheaval in California. That coverage has far eclipsed the 10 Democrats scurrying around trying to raise money and votes to run for president. How could that happen?...
Your view: Help is needed (10/02/03)
Friends of Freda Quertermous have established a special fund to help her with expenses for surgery on her knee. Freda has been in extreme pain and the doctors have told her she must have surgery. The doctor and hospital costs will be around $25,000, plus Freda will be out of work for six months...
Speakout 10/2 (10/02/03)
To the person looking for the musical candle, I have them. Call me at 471-4185. We will be getting a new shipment that will play Christmas carols. I read the articles about the Weed and Seed program. This is a much needed program that Sikeston needs and the officers deserve their hours of overtime for the duties they perform. ...