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Stories from Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Juveniles in custody (01/21/04)
SIKESTON -- Three male juveniles are in custody after starting a fire Monday afternoon at the Frito Lay warehouse. According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, officers responded to the report of a structure fire at 1900 East Malone at 4:31 p.m. Monday...
New dugouts (01/21/04)
Keith Quertermous and Richard Sisk of Quertermous Masonry grout the concrete blocks to a new dugout at the VFW Baseball Stadium. The city of Sikeston and the Sikeston Public Schools are constructing two new dugouts at the field.
Local families adjusting to life without loved ones (01/21/04)
SIKESTON -- Two weeks after the 1140th Engineer Battalion left for training at Fort Riley, Kan., family members of the unit are adjusting to life without their loved ones. And to help ease the transition, a regional Family Readiness Group training session was held Saturday at the Sikeston armory. Thirty-one family members attended...
Commission, mayors plan meeting (01/21/04)
BENTON - Scott County commissioners will meet with the county's mayors to discuss homeland security funding and the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance. Commissioners agreed during the regular meeting Tuesday to schedule the meeting with mayors March 4 at Scott County Central High School...
Search for talent is under way (01/21/04)
SIKESTON -- Forget "American Idol" and "Star Search." Artists longing to make it in the music industry can look to the 24th annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon for their big break. "We've had people who've performed at the telethon and then turned into stars," said Larry Carroll, KRCC Telethon technical chairman...
NMCC coach fired (01/21/04)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central High School felt it was time for a change in the girls basketball program, replacing Matt Ginther as head coach. The surprising mid-season move was made on Friday, and assistant Lance Tollison was promoted on an interim basis. Ginther was hired to coach the team last season...
Short-handed P-ville edges Richland (01/21/04)
ESSEX -- The Portageville Bulldogs recorded their eighth straight win Tuesday night and their 12th of the season when they bested the 3-11 Richland Rebels in a close contest 55-51. Portageville has three losses on the season. Three of coach Jim Bidewell's starters missed the game because of disciplinary reasons, but his freshmen and sophomores stepped up to keep the win streak in tact...
Delta, Scott Central roll in Scott-Miss tourney (01/21/04)
BENTON - The Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament resumed play on Tuesday night at Kelly High School. Monday's game saw Kelly defeat East Prairie in overtime, but Tuesday's games were quite different. Second-seeded Scott County Central whipped No. 7 Chaffee 107-35 and No. 4 Delta beat fifth-seeded Oran 69-28...
Sikeston wrestling corner (01/21/04)
TOURNAMENT RESULTS INDIVIDUAL RECORDS WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK: Week 1: Cody Ryan Week 2: Lance Berry Week 3: Cody Weeks Week 4: Lance Berry Week 5: Scotty Keenan, Kyle Weeks Week 6: Joe Johnson STATE RANKED WRESTLERS: Joe Johnson, No. 4 at 275 Lance Berry, No. 5 at 160...
Dennis R. Hale (01/21/04)
PERRYVILLE - Dennis R. Hale, 31, died Jan. 19, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born March 20, 1972, in Dexter, son of William Hale of Advance and the late Iva Jane Stewart Hale, who died Feb. 1, 1993, he worked for Gilster-Mary Lee in Perryville...
W.C. McWaters (01/21/04)
MATTHEWS - W.C. "Bottle" McWaters, 73, died Jan. 19, 2004, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews. Born Dec. 10, 1930, in Canalou, to the late W.L. and Nora Colson McWaters, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy on the USS Hollister and served three years active duty and five years in the Naval Reserve. He later farmed for Dick Whiffen until his retirement...
Herbert Essner (01/21/04)
NEW HAMBURG -- Herbert Anton Essner, 83, passed away Jan. 20, 2004, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 16, 1920, at New Hamburg, son of Nicholas A. and Coena M. Welter Essner, he was a lifetime farmer and also retired from Associated Building Center in Cape Girardeau. Herbert supported his country by serving in the Army Air Force as a technical sergeant during World War II...
Anna Alsobrook (01/21/04)
NEW MADRID - Anna Marie Alsobrook, 79, died Jan. 19, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in New Madrid. Born Oct. 30, 1924, at Marston, to the late Clarence and Anna Newbauer Alsobrook, she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Madrid...
Cletus Crum (01/21/04)
EAST PRAIRIE - Cletus A. Crum, 84, died at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 21, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
Pearl Hampton (01/21/04)
DALLAS -- Pearl Sina Victoria Hampton, 91, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died at 9:17 p.m. Jan. 18, 2004, at her daughter's residence in Carrollton, Texas. Born Jan. 8, 1913, in Conran, Mo., daughter of the late Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth Sanders Denbow, she was a member of Tanner Street Church of God and had worked in the housekeeping department at Missouri Delta Medical Center...
Births (published 1/21) (01/21/04)
CHARLESTON - Qunitta Janae Goodin and Robert Linell Woods are the parents of their first child, a son, born at 6:33 p.m. Jan. 3, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Robert Linell Woods Jr. weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Quender Johnson and Gregory Johnson...
Looking Back 1/21 (01/21/04)
SIKESTON - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stallings are parents of a baby boy born Friday at Sikeston General Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schmidt are parents of a baby boy born Saturday. SIKESTON - Democratic Circuit Judge Marshall Craig of Sikeston filed for re-election in the 33rd judicial circuit, composed of Mississippi and Scott counties. Judge Craig has been on the circuit bench since 1955...
Gephardt couldn't get voter support (01/21/04)
Richard Gephardt for all purposes exited the national political stage this week following his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. It was a disappointing and somewhat surprising ending for the longtime Missouri political force. There's some background rumbling that Gephardt might make an excellent vice presidential mate given his Midwestern roots and strong union backing. But for now, Gephardt appears headed to private life...
Your view: The city responds (01/21/04)
The Sikeston City Council would like to respond to former Councilman Josh Bill's letter dated January 14, 2004. Annually (even during former Councilman Josh Bill's nine years on the council), the City Council approves a compensation ordinance that establishes salaries for all employee classifications. ...
Speakout 1/21 (01/21/04)
When the National Guard unit from Sikeston left, you had an e-mail address where we could go in and check on them and I lost it. Can you reprint it, please? The Web site address is: www.charlie1140th.com This message is to our daughter and son-in-law. Please read the sign in front of the First Christian Church. We have...