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Stories from Friday, December 12, 2003

County sales tax revenues are down (12/12/03)
CHARLESTON - Mississippi County sales tax revenue totals for 2003 are down as compared with last year, but only slightly thanks to the combination of a Charleston truck stop reopening and the national economic recovery. County commissioners reviewed final sales tax receipt totals for the year during their regular meeting Thursday...
Drug arrests made (12/12/03)
BENTON - Due to the resourcefulness of a Scott County deputy, a Sikeston area couple is in jail today on drug-related charges. According to Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell, Scott County Deputy Bobby Penrod was off-duty when he was in a Sikeston business Tuesday evening and saw Donald R. White, 45, getting ready to purchase numerous articles commonly used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine. The officer said he recognized White from previous contacts...
Christmas story portrayed (12/12/03)
The 14th Annual Living Christmas Scenes are set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main St. in Sikeston. Admission is free. Costumed "still" actors portray characters in various events of the life of Jesus Christ, from the trip to Bethlehem for his birth to the resurrection in Jerusalem...
Not your ordinary bums (12/12/03)
SIKESTON -- Generally thought of as merely goofy high school boys rallying for their home team, the Sikeston Senior High Bleacher Bums claim there's more to them than cheers, chants and matching T-shirts. "We want to serve our community in a positive way, not only because we want to turn around our image, but because it's the right thing to do," said Bleacher Bum President Matt Bain...
Star gazing (12/12/03)
Sikeston Middle School social studies teacher James Hitt points to star constellations Thursday morning in the StarLab. The StarLab is a portable planetarium from Southeast Missouri State University. The interactive program helps the students investigate constellations, moon phases, planets, ancient cultures and astronomy...
City again will 'recycle' Christmas trees (12/12/03)
SIKESTON - Those who decorate with real Christmas trees during the holidays have a valuable conservation asset that can have a positive impact well beyond the holidays. By "recycling" real Christmas trees through annual Christmas tree collection program, area residents can create and improve fish habitats in the city's lakes at the Recreation Complex and the R.S. Matthews Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Lake Wappapello. Ultimately, the result is better fishing...
Sikeston wrestlers rebound with convincing win over Carbondale (12/12/03)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's wrestling team got its second dual win of the season on Wednesday, beating Carbondale 45-24. "After wrestling Farmington last Tuesday, we had a real good week of practice coming into our match against Carbondale," said Sikeston coach Chris Hodgkiss. ...
Eighth graders fall (12/12/03)
NEW MADRID -- Sikeston's eighth grade basketball team was defeated by New Madrid County Central middle school on Thursday, 35-26. Scott Droddy led the Bulldogs with seven points. Dominique McCray and Tommie Strong each finished with five. Brandon Washington had four, Garrett Limbaugh had three and Chase Ferrell added two...
'Jays pull away from SHS (12/12/03)
SIKESTON - The 32nd Annual Sikeston Invitational championship finals are set for Friday night. Cape Central won its second game in a row at the buzzer with a 49-47 win against Poplar Bluff while Charleston held off a charged up Sikeston team 68-50 on Thursday at the Field House...
Local cheerleader to perform at halftime of Rams-Seahawks game (12/12/03)
ST. LOUIS - Madeline Brooks, 9-year-old daughter of Douglas and Elizabeth Brooks of Sikeston, is a St. Louis Rams junior cheerleader. She will perform at the half-time show at Sunday's game in St. Louis where the Rams will play against the Seattle Seahawks at noon. The game will be televised on the local FOX channel...
Charles Eftink (12/12/03)
ORAN - Charles B. Eftink, 80, died at 12:53 p.m. Dec. 10, 2003, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Portageville, son of the late Herman Bernard and Cecelia Suzanne Strack Eftink, he was a retired self-employed farmer. A member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church, he was also a member of St. Joseph Sodality, Morley VFW Post 5368 and Knights of Columbus Council 4311 in Oran...
Connie McDaniel (12/12/03)
SIKESTON - Connie Kay Vane Voorde McDaniel, 51, died unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2003, at her home. Born Aug. 3, 1952, in Independence, Iowa, daughter of Zoe Vande Voorde of Oelwein, Iowa, and the late Morris Vande Voorde, she graduated in 1970 from East Buchanan High school in Winthrop, Iowa. She was a former employee of Wal-Mart and was currently employed by Good Humor-Breyers in Sikeston...
John Cowell (12/12/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for John R. Cowell, 82, who died Dec. 10, 2003, will be: Allen Ayers, Jamie Cowell, Terry Cowell, Melissa Cowell, Jerry Aufdenberg and Jim Ponder. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home...
"Dub" Crowden (12/12/03)
PERKINS - William Lee Crowden, 85, died at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 10, 2003, at his home. Born Feb. 1, 1918, in Lamar, Ark., son of the late W.L. and Jennie Seiler Crowden, he was employed with Pipefitters Local 562 in St. Louis before retiring and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a former member of Chaffee Masonic Lodge 615, Sikeston Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3319 and Chaffee Elks Lodge 1810...
Marlin Smith (12/12/03)
CHARLESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at McMikle Funeral Home for Marlin Lee "Cowboy" Smith, 80, of Sikeston, who died Dec. 10, 2003, will be: Vernon Smith, Jim Kellett, Charles Ulmer, Andy Ulmer, Charles Hornback and Christian Hunter...
Thelma Burnett (12/12/03)
CHARLESTON - Thelma Lee Burnett, 90, died Dec. 9, 2003, at the Charleston Manor. Born Jan. 10, 1913, in Little Rock, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Steve and Willie Lee Hightower Craig. On Oct. 5, 1967, she married Fonzy Burnett who preceded her in death...
Betty Partenberry (12/12/03)
DEXTER - Betty Lou Partenberry, 73, died Dec. 10, 2003, at Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis. Born Jan. 1, 1929, in Hayti, she was the daughter of the late Jack Gunter. On Aug. 16, 1956, at Hernando, Miss., she married Leva Partenberry who preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1984...
Looking Back 12/12 (12/12/03)
MOREHOUSE - Fire of unknown origin partially destroyed the Fox Furniture Store on Highway 60 about midnight Wednesday. SIKESTON - The 72-member community choir will present its fourth annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the traditionally decorated First Methodist Church...
University's leader innocent in incident (12/12/03)
University of Missouri President Elson Floyd finds himself in hot water today and the irony to this mini-controversy is that Floyd is innocent of anything other than being a good guy. Now there are others around Floyd who have made mistakes; but Floyd himself just got caught up in some bad timing with a troubled basketball star and he's now paying a public price. It should not be that way...
Your view: Act fails children (12/12/03)
I am writing to you as a concerned parent regarding the "No Child Left Behind Act." My husband, James, and I are the parents of 18 children. All are adopted but three. Several are considered to have special needs with varying degrees of disabilities...
Speakout 12/12 (12/12/03)
What are we coming to in this country? When those in power make idols of symbolic material objects, they need to remember the lesson of William Tell. The people will put up with that sort of irrational oppression only so long, be it a pencil jagged into the ground or the American flag. Intelligent people will not tolerate a forced worship of material objects. A symbol is only as strong as the spirit or feeling behind it. When idolatry is legislated, the spirit behind it is already dead...