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Stories from Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Home sales in Sikeston increase (12/31/03)
SIKESTON -- Despite a slow start, the real estate industry in the Sikeston area is leaving 2003 with a bang as existing homes sales jumped nearly 22 percent this year. "We had a slow beginning this year," admitted broker Faye Walborg, owner of Century 21 Premiere Realty in Sikeston and National Association of Realtors member. "At mid-year figures, we were down, but the last half of the year has come on tremendously."...
Happy New Year! Happy New Year Happy New Year (12/31/03)
Theron Scott Archie, son of Jeff and Elizabeth Archie of Sikeston, brings in the New Year with balloons and streamers.
Businesses prepare for holiday (12/31/03)
SIKESTON - While many businesses are closing out the year and looking over ending sales figures, a few are anticipating their biggest day of the year today. Bob Ralph Distributing Co., which distributes roughly 70 percent of domestic beer products in the area, typically sees an increase of 25-30 percent for the week of New Year's Eve...
Miner police officer injured (12/31/03)
MINER -- A Miner police officer was injured Tuesday when he was hit by a car while conducting a traffic stop. According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Billy J. Williams, 52, was working a traffic stop on Tuesday when an eastbound vehicle driven by Henry Cooper, 81, of Sikeston struck the officer and the car he had stopped on the side of the road...
NMCC takes third at Dyersburg (12/31/03)
DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- New Madrid County Central took third place in the Dyersburg Regional Tri-State Christmas Tournament on Tuesday night with a 76-53 victory over Collierville, Tenn. Remond Willis paced the Eagles with 15 points, followed by Jordan Kimball with 13 and Edgar Givens with 10...
Southeast Missouri's New Year Awards (12/31/03)
Break out the party favors and prepare to kiss 2003 goodbye. It's time to hand out Southeast Missouri's Annual New Year Awards. Top team: Jackson Indians Right now, Jackson looks like the area's best team. The Indians are 11-1, and their only loss came to an out of area team. Some might argue either Charleston or Poplar Bluff's case for the top spot, but Jackson beat the Bluejays on Monday and the Mules started 0-4 while waiting on Tyler Hansbrough to come back...
Sikeston beats Kelly, advances to semifinals of Lady Royals Classic (12/31/03)
BROSELEY -- Sikeston advanced to the semifinal round of the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Classic on Tuesday morning with a 52-47 win over Kelly. The Lady Bulldogs (6-2) will face Twin Rivers on Friday at 6 p.m. "I got a lot of stable play out of people that you don't expect it from," said Sikeston coach Lee Brooks. ...
Dexter dominance continues (12/31/03)
BLOOMFIELD -- For the sixth straight year, the Dexter Bearcats are the kings of Bloomfield. Dexter defeated Twin Rivers on Tuesday night in the 47th Annual Bloomfield Christmas Tournament 67-53 to claim its sixth consecutive championship. And for head coach Eric Sitze, who has led the Bearcats to the last three titles after taking over the program from Paul Hale, the pressure to keep the streak alive is always increasing...
Dorothy Fowler (12/31/03)
SCOTT CITY - Dorothy Louise Fowler, 74, died at 1:26 a.m. Dec. 30, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Dec. 8, 1929, in Perkins, daughter of the late Lyle and Belle Phegley Newlin, she was an assembly line supervisor for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Corporation in St. Louis before retiring. She was a member of the New Life Gospel Center in Scott City...
Willie Kelso (12/31/03)
MATTHEWS - Willie Mae Kelso, 83, died at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 30, 2003, at Sells Rest Home. Born April 5, 1920, in Tupelo, Miss., daughter of the late Otis and Sarah Hall Raper, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Madrid. On Nov. 27, 1937, at Kaiser, Ark., she married Rebel D. Kelso who preceded her in death on April 1, 1993...
Lois Shrader (12/31/03)
HAYTI - Lois Rose Shrader, 92, died Dec. 28, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Dec. 22, 1911, at LaMonte, daughter of the late Josie and George Price Rose, she was a retired school teacher and member of the Hayti United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Hayti Women's Club, Hayti Garden Club and co-founder of the Girl Scouts in Hayti...
Vanita Conner (12/31/03)
DEXTER -- Vanita Conner, 81, died Dec. 29, 2003, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 16, 1922, at Sikeston, daughter of the late Nathan Simpson and Katy Louisa Freeman Noyes, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Dexter and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 311...
Nellie Clark (12/31/03)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Nellie A. Clark, 94, died at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 30, 2003, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born April 18, 1909, at Townley to the late Lorah and Ida Harbin Wadkins, she lived in Mississippi County for most of her life and was a member of the Barnes Ridge Baptist Church...
James Morse (12/31/03)
DORSEY, Ill. -- James C. Morse, 74, died Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. Born May 25, 1929, at Powe, Mo., son of the late Allen and Myrtle Whitehead Morse, he owned and operated the Morse Auction Company with his wife for 37 years. A veteran of the Army Air Force in World War II, he was a 30-year member of Bethalto Lodge 406 and a member of the Ainad Shrine Temple...
Elsie Cooper (12/31/03)
BERNIE - Elsie Cooper, 89, died Dec. 29, 2003, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. Born Nov. 11, 1914, in New Madrid, daughter of the late Thomas and Nettie Hogg Goolsby, she was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church. On Dec. 26, 1933, at Bloomfield, she married Carl Lee Cooper who preceded her in death on April 11, 1997...
Virginia Finch (12/31/03)
CHAFFEE - Virginia Finch, 95, died at 6 p.m. Dec. 29, 2003, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Born Feb. 20, 1908, in Rockview, daughter of the late William J. and Fannie Miller Belk, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chaffee where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. ...
Bob Treadway (12/31/03)
EAST PRAIRIE - Hugh A. "Bob" Treadway, 64, died at 7:35 a.m. Dec. 30, 2003, at his home. Born June 2, 1939, at Risco, son of Vivian Pearson Schneider of East Prairie and the late Herschel Joseph Schneider, he lived in East Prairie most of his life where he owned and operated Gas-A-Mat and The Dry Bean for many years. A member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge AF&AM and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA in St. Louis, he was of the Protestant belief...
Velva Morris (12/31/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Tuesday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Velva A. Morris, 87, who died Dec. 16, 2003, were: Terry Crowley, Todd Arnold, Robb Arnold, Kenny Francis, Steve Francis and Rick Francis.
Elmo Hunter (12/31/03)
LEES SUMMIT - The Honorable Elmo B. Hunter, 88, died Dec. 27, 2003, at John Knox Village in Lee's Summit. Born Oct. 23, 1915, in St. Louis, son of the late David Riley and Della Bolton Hunter, he enrolled at age 16 at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received an AB degree in 1936, graduating at the top of his class and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ...
Bonnie Gereau (12/31/03)
SIKESTON -- Bonnie Happe Gereau, 75, died Dec. 31, 2003, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home.
Ruth Conley (12/31/03)
SIKESTON - Ruth Stewart Conley, 69, formerly of St. Louis, died Dec. 27, 2003, at the Clearview Nursing Center. Born March 14, 1934, in Essex, daughter of the late James and Estella Allison Stewart, she was a member of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Sikeston, where she had served as an usher...
Van Edwards (12/31/03)
DEXTER -- Oden Van Edwards, 83, died Dec. 30, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Oct. 10, 1920, at Dexter, son of the late Oden Vernon and Lola Anderson Edwards, he was a retired farmer and carpenter. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II he was of the Assembly of God belief...
Opal Woodruff (12/31/03)
DEXTER -- Opal Woodruff, 84, died Dec. 30, 2003, at Cypress Point Healthcare. Born Aug. 26, 1919, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late David and Betty McElrath. She is survived by one son, the Rev. Lester Clayton of Dexter. Visitation is from 1 p.m. Friday until service time at 2 p.m. at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter...
Van Strickland Jr. (12/31/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services conducted today at Ponder Funeral Home for Van Strickland Jr., 82, who died Dec. 28, 2003, were: Robert V. Strickland, Tom Strickland, John Dennis Strickland, Paul W. Strickland, Mark Strickland and Brian Strickland...
Joy Windham (12/31/03)
WARDELL - Joy Windham, 58, died Dec. 30, 2003, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.
Uler Spurgeon (12/31/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Uler Lorean Spurgeon, 78, who died Dec. 28, 2003, were: Gene Dufur, Jerry Dufur, Dale Forrest, Larry McRoy, Ricky Hampton and Ronnie Dodd.
Lottie Cantrell-Phillips (12/31/03)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Tuesday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Lottie Cantrell-Phillips, 56, who died Dec. 27, 2003, were: Richard Wynkoop, Dustin Maddox, Carl Cantrell, Donald Lauventis, Michael Ryan and Michael Credile.
William Seabaugh (12/31/03)
SIKESTON -- William Seabaugh, 93, died at 3:23 a.m. Dec. 31, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Births (published 12/31) (12/31/03)
Andrews SIKESTON - Christine Suzanne Garner and William David Andrews are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 12:03 p.m. Dec. 13, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Kylie Ann Andrews weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19-inches long...
Looking Back in Time at Dec. 31 (12/31/03)
SIKESTON - Polhamus Apartments at 833 Park Avenue were sold recently to Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Golladay. The apartments were owned by the late Mrs. Mary Engle, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Polhamus. SIKESTON - Plans for this year's New Years Eve Dance are nearing completion, it is announced by Jim Aduddell, general chairman for this year's dance...
Designated drivers can save many lives (12/31/03)
Well tonight is special for several reasons. People worldwide celebrate this annual rite of passage into a new year. Different cultures celebrate it in different ways of course. In this country, celebration more often than not involves alcohol. That's fine. No problem. But the concept of a designated driver is perhaps more important this evening than on any given night throughout the year...
Your View 12/31: A response (12/31/03)
Dear Mike, I would like to respond to Josh Bill's recent letter. First, Josh Bill appears to have developed his own interpretative language regarding the details of the City's budget. The City's budget is made up of restrictive funds (transportation sales tax) and unrestrictive funds (general sales tax, property tax). For purposes of explanation, one has to understand this principle. You cannot group the funds together and create fund balances that do not exist...
SpeakOut 12/31 (12/31/03)
This story is about a nice man who lives in Sikeston. When this man noticed that we were having difficulty getting the merchandise we had just purchased into our car on Friday, he stopped to help us. When he saw it was just too large for the car, he offered to take it across town in his truck for us. ...