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Stories from Thursday, October 9, 2003

New phone scam now being used in the area (10/09/03)
SIKESTON -- Area residents are being warned about a phone scam that could give full access of their phone lines to the scammer. According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, the scam is committed when the victim receives a phone call from a person who claims to be an AT & T service technician conducting a test on telephone lines in the area. ...
Fire Prevention Week (10/09/03)
SIKESTON -- Flames shot out of the small wood-frame house and thick black smoke filled the sky. Inside were five children ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 10, unable to escape the blaze. This fatal fire that happened Monday in Mississippi, like so many others, could have been prevented by a few simple fire safety tips. These tips are what fire departments across the country are trying to teach as part of Fire Prevention Week that runs through Saturday...
Drug bust yields funds for schools (10/09/03)
EAST PRAIRIE - Mississippi County Public Schools are $608 richer thanks to a drug seizure last month. Circuit Judge David A. Dolan of the 33rd Judicial Court signed an order Thursday authorizing the forfeiture of drug money seized during a routine traffic stop...
Undefeated Cape Central routs SHS soccer team, 7-0 (10/09/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's soccer team took on undefeated Cape Central on Wednesday afternoon, falling 7-0. The Bulldogs were outshot 26-12 in the loss. "We were just overmatched," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "The effort was there. We played with a lot of heart and worked the ball pretty well around the field. (Cape) is just an amazing team. They are undefeated for a reason."...
'Dogs hope to contain NMCC (10/09/03)
NEW MADRID - Division I caliber athletes aren't a dime-a-dozen in Southeast Missouri. But New Madrid County Central is making a habit out of producing top-notch talent recently. This year's team is no different as the Eagles have at least two athletes committed to big-time programs, and could have a couple more before the season is over...
Raymond Traughber (10/09/03)
PORTAGEVILLE - Raymond R. Traughber, 60, died Oct. 7, 2003, at his home. Born April 20, 1943, in Wardell, son of Rose Morgan Traughber of Portageville and the late Cecil Traughber, he retired from Noranda Aluminum and was a member of Water of Life Ministry in Lilbourn...
Opal Keeton (10/09/03)
VIENNA, Ill. - Opal F. Keeton, 93, died at 3:05 p.m. Oct. 7, 2003, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Born July 28, 1910, in Johnson County, Ill., daughter of the late William Franklin and Lydia Mary Robinson Sullivan, she was a member and former Sunday school teacher at the Simpson Baptist Church...
Maudie Grubbs (10/09/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at gravside services conducted Wednesday at the Dexter Cemetery for Maudie Walker Grubbs, 92, who died Oct. 6, 2003, were: Butch Wamble, Stan Burnett, Bill Wilmath, Cyril Marchant, Chum Marsa and Ulen Blocker. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements...
Beaver Mathis (10/09/03)
SIKESTON -- Pallbearers at services conducted today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Henry Mitchell "Beaver" Mathis, 38, who died at Oct. 5, 2003, were: Jason Tomes, Archie Winfred, Jay Freeman, Paul Mathis, Joe Brothers and Jera Sturgeon. ---- Memorial contributions may be made payable to:...
Janece Wilson (10/09/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Wednesday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Janece Wilson, 29, who died Sept. 17, 2003, were: Leslie Bolden, Becky Pylant, Johnny Wilson, Angie Suiter, Melody Beagles and Michael Davis.
Clyde Ledbetter (10/09/03)
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. -- Clyde R. Ledbetter, 88, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Oct. 8, 2003, at Northshore University Hospital in Plainview. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Ethel Hicks (10/09/03)
RISCO - Ethel Hicks, 89, died Oct. 7, 2003, at her home. Born June 4, 1914, in Gideon, she was the daughter of the late Willis Sherman and Florance Etta Sturby Lott. On Feb. 26, 1935, at Gideon, she married Comer Hicks who preceded her in death on June 10, 1969...
Magnolia Davis (10/09/03)
SIKESTON - Magnolia Davis, 90, died Oct. 3, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Sept. 4, 1913, in Oxford, Miss., daughter of the late John W. and Rosie Lee Webb Simmons, she lived in Missouri for more than 70 years. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Canalou...
Willie Avery (10/09/03)
SIKESTON - Willie Evelyn Avery, 61, died Oct. 7, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born July 27, 1942, in Ridgely, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Mary Ella Hopson and James Martin. In 1965, she married Lincoln Alfonzo Avery Sr. who preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2002...
Sechrest - Holtzhouser (10/09/03)
JACKSON - Michele F. Sechrest and Kevin W. Holtzhouser exchanged wedding vows May 17, 2003, at the Old McKendree Chapel in Jackson. The Rev. Luther Rhodes performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of James Westbrook of Zalma and the late Mary Flandreau. Parents of the bridegroom are George and Wanda Holtzhouser of Sikeston...
Landers - Kinser (10/09/03)
MOREHOUSE - Lynn Phillipe Landers of Morehouse and Brenda Kay Danels of Vanduser have announced the engagement of their daughter, Lalanya Kay Landers to Donnie Glenn Kinser, son of JoAnne Kinser of Sikeston and Rick Kinser of Dexter. A 2002 graduate of Richland High School in Essex, the future bride is a sales specialist for the Dress Barn...
Looking Back in Time at Oct. 9 (10/09/03)
SIKESTON - Workers at the International Shoe Company factory in Sikeston voted to become unionized and to be represented by the CIO. SIKESTON - Should Sikeston have a curfew ordinance with teeth in it to curb the late-at-night activities of juveniles? A curfew ordinance that would make parents and/or guardians responsible for the whereabouts of their children at night? A curfew ordinance has been before the city council for more than a month. ...
California election shows change ahead (10/09/03)
Exactly what did California voters say when they went to the polling booth this week? Well for starters, they had had their fill of Gray Davis and his backroom politics. They had had their fill of the questionable decisions, the special interests and the foolhardy spending that kept Davis in office. But most of all, I believe, California voters said they had simply had enough...
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