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Stories from Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Veterans are honored for service (11/12/03)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston High School Field House was filled once again with veterans, students, government officials and other members of the community Tuesday in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for the annual Veterans' Day Ceremony...
Sikeston schools receive clean report (11/12/03)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston Public Schools received a clean report of their fiscal year 2003 audit at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. Richard Dennis from Spitzmiller, Hobbs and Bridger Co. gave an overview of the fiscal year 2003 audit report. He said they could find no discrepancies with the district's FY03 records...
Miner to repay $51,000 (11/12/03)
MINER - The City of Miner will begin paying back $51,000 owed to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Board of Aldermen voted during their regular meeting Tuesday to pay $1,000 each month to the Justice Department. "This grant is a debt we inherited," said Mayor Frank Tatum. He said none of the present board members were involved in the Community Oriented Police grant program or money that was drawn improperly once the city had stopped participating in the program...
Farmers Banquet set for Nov. 20 (11/12/03)
SIKESTON - Farming has changed considerably in the past three decades, but not the need to recognized those in agriculture. This year's Farmers Banquet, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, at the RaudMont Inn (formerly Ramada Inn), will recognize four farm families from the Bootheel along with others who make their livelihood in farming or agribusiness...
They did it before, they'll do it again (11/12/03)
One lucky bounce. Some would say that's how Cape Central beat North County in Week 4 of the high school football season. With the Tigers trailing 12-6, Cape kicker Colin Schermann boomed a 50-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. The ball dropped on the goal post and bounced over, sending the home crowd at Houck Stadium into a frenzy. The kick and the fans' reaction to it seemed to spark the Tigers...
Eagles seek sectional win (11/12/03)
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles and the Ste. Genevieve Dragons have only met six times ever, with each winning three games apiece. For such a amount of games, there is a lot of history between the two. Because four of the six games were playoff matchups...
Genevieve Loida (11/12/03)
SCOTT CITY - Genevieve Loida, 91, died at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born March 2, 1912, in St. Louis, daughter of the late Henry and Alice Calliotte Loida, she was a machine operator for Ely Walker before retiring. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City...
Leonard Dean (11/12/03)
CHARLESTON - Leonard Dean, 69, died Nov. 7, 2003, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews. Born Aug. 17, 1934, in Wyatt, son of the late Joe and Tennie Davis Dean, he attended Charleston Public Schools and was employed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill., until his retirement...
J.D. Freeman (11/12/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services conducted Tuesday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Virgil "J.D." Freeman, 64, of Bell City, who died Nov. 8, 2003, were: Aaron Oberle, Andrew Freeman, Chris Freeman, Justin Freeman, Jerry Freeman and John Mathis.
Earl M. Walker (11/12/03)
PORTAGEVILLE - Earl McCall Walker, 77, died Nov. 11, 2003, at the Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in Hayti. Born Feb. 13, 1926, at Blytheville, Ark., to the late Elizabeth Buck Walker and Daniel Earl Walker Sr., he was owner and operator of Earl Walker Mechanical Contractor and served as an alderman and mayor of the city of Portageville. ...
Corena Williams (11/12/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Tuesday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Corena Williams, 4, who died Nov. 8, 2003, were: Rayburn Williams, Teddy Williams, Wade Norville, Darrell Duckworth, Jerry Grubbs and Dennis Reel.
Wayne Black (11/12/03)
CHARLESTON - Wayne Stark Black, 69, died at 9 p.m. Nov. 11, 2003, at his home in Charleston. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.
Novella Harrison (11/12/03)
NEW MADRID - Novella E. Harrison, 86, died Nov. 11, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete at the Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn.
Lois Evans (11/12/03)
BLOOMFIELD - Lois Lovella Evans, 79, formerly of Mississippi County, died Nov. 11, 2003, at the Beverly Healthcare Center in Bloomfield. Born April 24, 1924, in Bear Creek, Ala., daughter of the late John Malcolm and Cora Willis Frix, she lived in Mississippi County most of her life. She lived in Bloomfield for the past 23 years and was a member of the First Christian Church in East Prairie...
Births (published 11/12) (11/12/03)
SIKESTON - Matthew R.L. and Patricia Lynn Raymond are the parents of their sixth child, second son, born at 5:42 p.m. Sept. 2, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Michael Gordon Raymond weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21-inches long...
Looking Back 11/12 (11/12/03)
MALDEN - Mr. and Mrs. George L. Dye have gone to New Orleans, La., where he has been transferred with the Blair Construction Co. from Malden. DEXTER - Monsanto Chemical Co.'s Agricultural Division today confirmed plans to build a modern fertilizer, custom-blend plant and storage facilities at Hunterville, located east of Dexter in Stoddard County...
Wearing the union label by politicians (11/12/03)
Hollywood liberals and the nine Democratic presidential wannabes are constantly harping about the flow of dollars from "big corporate" money into the Republican coffers. Every election cycle brings the same, tired rhetoric about the big business influence on the political system and how those "corporate" dollars taint the process...
Speakout 11/12 (11/12/03)
Why can't a farmer who drives a $200,000 piece of equipment afford to put a $3 reflector on the equipment? I was on my way home from work and it was dark and I got behind a tractor pulling a buggy. He had flashing lights on the tractor but nothing on the buggy. ...