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Stories from Friday, October 10, 2003

Area woman lives double life (10/10/03)
MATTHEWS - Judy Leigh is living a double life. A teacher at Matthews Elementary School in Matthews, Leigh spends much of her time educating youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade in music and art. Yet she is also a popular Christian music singer with a growing fan base in Europe...
Charity walk is set for Saturday (10/10/03)
SIKESTON -- The Kenny Rogers Children's Center has made long strides over the years, thanks to help from fund-raisers like the annual charity walk scheduled for Saturday. Lorraine Grimes, Sikeston Eagles auxiliary secretary of 18 years, knows all too well the importance of the walk, which is in its 30th year. And she should, especially since the Sikeston Eagles co-sponsored the event for 20 years...
County readies for bicentennial (10/10/03)
CHARLESTON - Re-enactors and observers celebrating Lewis and Clark's first steps across the Mississippi River on their famous exploration of the newly-purchased territory will enjoy the benefits of freshly mowed grass. At the regular Mississippi County Commission meeting Thursday, Liz Anderson, Mississippi County Historical Society Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee member, forwarded a request from committee Chairman Tom Graham for the county to mow under the old bridge near the site of the state historical marker at Birds Point in preparation for events scheduled for Nov. ...
Teen who phoned in threats is arraigned (10/10/03)
NEW MADRID - A New Madrid teen made his first court appearance Thursday after being charged with making a false bomb report. Cornelius Sutton, 16, appeared before Judge Charles Spitler Thursday in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court to be arraigned on the charge, which stems from an incident Oct. 2, when two reports of bombs, one at the New Madrid County Central Middle School and a later call reporting a bomb at the New Madrid County Central High School, were made...
Thursday accident (10/10/03)
A Kansas man was injured after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer Thursday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 3:55 p.m. in New Madrid County on Interstate 55, seven miles north of New Madrid, an accident occurred as Robert S. ...
Rain moves district tennis, district softball up to today (10/10/03)
SIKESTON - The Class 1, District 1 Tournament was postponed until 10 a.m. today due to rain on Thursday at the Sikeston High School tennis courts. Tournament officials said most of the matches in the first two rounds were completed before the rains hit...
SHS volleyball team beats Chaffee in straight sets (10/10/03)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston volleyball team improved to 7-11-2 on Thursday with a straight sets victory against Chaffee, 25-19, 25-20 at the Field House. "Tonight the varsity main emphasis was to get the ball terminated," said Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler. ...
Marblin Bird (10/10/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Marlin Ulas Bird, 61, died Oct. 7, 2003, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Oct. 29, 1941, in Tiptonville, Tenn., son of Ella M. Johns Bird of Cape Girardeau and the late Everett O. Bird, he moved to Cape Girardeau in 1966. He was employed by Southeast Missouri Hospital for 10 years and retired in 2001 from the City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department after 25 years of service. He was of the Pentecostal belief...
Jackie Hughes (10/10/03)
BERNIE - Jackie Lee Hughes, 67, died Oct. 8, 2003, at his home. Born April 23, 1936, at Ann Arbor, Mich., son of the late Vernon and Mary Perry Hughes, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked in transportation and maintenance for Bernie Public Schools for 25 years before retiring Dec. 20, 2002, and was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Bernie...
Clyde Ledbetter (10/10/03)
BETHPAGE, N.Y. - Clyde R. Ledbetter, 88, formerly of Matthews, Mo., died at 3:20 p.m. Oct. 8, at the Northshore University Hospital in Plainview. Born Feb. 15, 1915, in Wheeler, Miss., son of the late David and Fannie Bell Horton Ledbetter, he had been a farmer in Matthews. He was a machinist for the U.S. Blind Stitch Company in Plainview for many years before retiring in 1989 and was a member of the Plainedge Baptist Church in Bethpage...
Pete Castleberry (10/10/03)
SIKESTON - Jesse D. "Pete" Castleberry, 92, died at 7:50 a.m. Oct. 5, 2003, at the Miner Nursing Center. Born Feb. 7, 1911, in Pangburn, Ark., son of the late Clayton Carroll and Viola King Castleberry, he had been a meat cutter for the Learue and McKinnie Grocery Store in Miner. He was a 50-year member of Shady Acres Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for 40 years...
Looking Back in Time at Oct. 10 (10/10/03)
SIKESTON - The Homestead Hotel, Highway 60 East, announced the reopening of The Homestead Dining Room scheduled for Oct. 11. CHARLESTON - Mississippi County voters turned down a $165,000 bond issue Tuesday for the remodeling of the interior of the courthouse with a 341-232 vote. The issue required a two-thirds majority and lacked 122 votes in passing...
Spending more isn't always the solution (10/10/03)
A new report is out this week that calls for spending additional hundreds of millions of dollars in public education in Missouri to meet state and federal achievement guidelines. That conclusion should come as no surprise since government at all levels believes that more money is the solution to all problems. My how they are wrong...
Your View 10/10: Speed limits (10/10/03)
I read the article about Mini-Farms wanting to drop the speed limit from 55 to 45 on the section of HH from 1/2 mile west of Ingram Road to the intersection of H. The reason, as I understand it, is that some are speeding on this stretch of road and speed limits save lives...
SpeakOut 10/10 (10/10/03)
I read about the lady who is seeking help for a needy person. The lady who was begging for money to help with an operation. If she was working, she should be able to afford the operation and from what I've heard, her husband makes good money. My husband has had two heart surgeries and we had no insurance, no help and I was unable to work. ...