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Stories from Sunday, June 6, 2004

Elks seek community support for fireworks (06/06/04)
SIKESTON - If you've wanted to be a part of one of the biggest Independence Day fireworks shows in the area, here's your chance. Sikeston's annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July is well-known throughout Southeast Missouri. What most people don't know is that it is not taxpayer money from the city that foots the bill...
Walking to fight cancer (06/06/04)
Team members walk during the Scott County American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Friday night at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Several events were planned throught the night for walk participants. The walk ended early Saturday morning.
DNR reform moving ahead (06/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources already has started implementing legislation awaiting the governor's signature that would strengthen the procedures it must follow before enacting new environmental regulations. State Rep. Peter Myers, R-Sikeston, failed to win passage of a stricter version of the bill last year. With overwhelming support, Myers' follow-up proposal cleared the General Assembly last month on the final day of the 2004 legislative session...
Bikers take to road to benefit children (06/06/04)
SIKESTON -- Even before today's second annual Poker Run, the Kenny Rogers Children's Center knew they were dealt a winning hand when the Southeast Missouri Harley Owners Group offered their support. After all, the staff at KRCC understand appearances can be deceiving...
Bulldogs nipped in semis (06/06/04)
COLUMBIA -- The Sikeston Bulldogs' hopes for that ever-elusive state championship were erased in heartbreaking fashion on Friday with a 2-1 loss to Ozark in the MSHSAA Class 3 baseball semifinal at Taylor Stadium in Columbia. The Bulldogs, facing one of the hardest throwers in t he state in Lucas Harrell, had trouble just getting the ball out of the infield against the 90 mph pitcher...
Juniors take center stage in first round of Nunnelee Tournament (06/06/04)
SIKESTON -- Local tennis players Campbell Moore of Sikeston and Kara True of Charleston claimed titles in the opening day of competition at the Ed Nunnelee Memorial Tournament on Friday. Moore won the girls 12-and-under singles championship with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jenny Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla...
Improvements made to local ballfields (06/06/04)
SIKESTON - "If you haven't been out to the Recreation Complex lately, you should make it a point to do so," said Jeff Young, fields chairman for Sikeston Area Youth Baseball. Several changes have been made to the Little League and Junior Babe Ruth fields, making it one of the finest baseball facilities in Southeast Missouri. The improvement project began last fall when Young met with officials from the City of Sikeston to discuss improvement plans...
Nelson takes over as Sikeston swim coach (06/06/04)
SIKESTON -- Megan Nelson has been a part of the Sikeston Sharks swimming program for 17 years, serving as an assistant coach the last four. But this year Nelson will take on a new role as head coach. Nelson takes over for Heather Dockins who guided the Sharks the previous two seasons. Nelson, who still owns nine swimming records for the Sikeston Sharks, said swimming is in her blood...
Semo Health Network announces new COO (06/06/04)
NEW MADRID - Michelle Terrell of Sikeston is the new chief operations officer for Semo Health Network. The appointment became effective April 25. Terrell grew up in the Dexter area and graduated from Henry County High School in Paris, Tenn. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Murray State University, Murray, Ky., and has a master's degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University...
Ivy Villa offers unique setting for unique gifts (06/06/04)
CHARLESTON - A turn-of-the-century house has found a new life as a home for a shop offering unique gifts and collectibles. Ivy Villa, owned by Ann Rolwing, opened this spring at 217 E. Marshall St. to provide a wide selection of gifts for all ages. "You can find something for everyone and for every occasion," said Rolwing...
New banners will soon be waving (06/06/04)
In this month's newspaper update I wanted to touch on a couple of different topics. The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce was busy in the month of May with Springfest, ribbon cuttings, mixers and, of course, economic development efforts. As always we are providing referrals to our members and continue to expand our Website to better promote our members and the Sikeston/Miner area. We will continue to add to our video e-streaming on the Website...
Business briefcase 6/6 (06/06/04)
SIKESTON - Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston was awarded certification by the American Association of Suicidology. It will be honored for the achievement at the annual meeting of the association in April 2005 in Broomfield, Colo. Certification signifies that an organization was evaluated by an on-site examination or other procedures and has met or exceeded specific standards in the following areas:...
Maebell Farries (06/06/04)
CHARLESTON - Maebell Farries, 83, died at 7:45 a.m. June 4, 2004, at her home. Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Earle, Ark., daughter of the late James and Ophelia Davis Kellie, she had lived in Missouri for over 65 years. A member, missionary and trustee of the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, she was also on the church's Mother's Board...
Laura Pinkley (06/06/04)
RIDGELAND, Miss. - Laura Jo Pinkley, 87, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Dec. 9, 2003, in Ridgeland. Born Oct. 27, 1916, in Sikeston, daughter of the late William Strother and Minnie Sayers Smith, she was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Brandon...
Leon Laird (06/06/04)
DEXTER - Leon Laird, 60, died June 4, 2004, at his home. Born March 23, 1944, in Essex, son of the late Clyde E. and Martha Rice Laird, he lived in Dexter and Essex most of his life. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was employed by Tyson Foods in Dexter and was of the Baptist belief...
Charles Heuring (06/06/04)
NEW HAMBURG - Charles John Heuring, 84, died at 3:08 p.m. June 3, 2004, at his family farm. Born Feb. 19, 1920, in Kelso, son of the late Lawrence and Clara Gosche Heuring, he retired as a self-employed farmer and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and St. Joseph Sodality, he was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4311 in Oran and member and past president of the North Scott County Association of Retarded Citizens...
Ruth Pfefferkorn (06/06/04)
CHAFFEE - Ruth Pfefferkorn, 89, died June 4, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at 4 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee where services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Births (Published 6/6) (06/06/04)
EAST PRAIRIE - Aaron and Amber Gifford are the parents of their second child, first daughter, born at 1:38 p.m. April 22, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Haley Erin Gifford weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 1/2-inches long. Mrs. Gifford is the daughter of Angie Wagner and Greg Childers...
Looking Back 6/6 (06/06/04)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Teen-Town will have its grand opening Friday in the high school gymnasium. This will be a housewarming for the project and everyone between the ages of 12 and 16 inclusive is invited. SIKESTON - Selection of Jim Caldwell of Amory, Miss., as Sikeston's new economic development specialist was announced during a Saturday afternoon press conference at the Ramada Inn. ...
No tolerance here for troublemakers (06/06/04)
School's out for the summer, the weather is ideal and the kids will be hitting the streets - a fairly typical forecast for virtually any small town across the country. But already on Memorial Day evening, police here were dealing with a large crowd that began throwing bottles at police cars. The unruly beginning of the summer season was not the way we would hope it would begin and most certainly is not something we hope is repeated...
Your view: Congratulations grads (06/06/04)
Congratulations to the Sikeston High School Class of 2004. Their accomplishments are to be commended. The conduct and composure demonstrated by the Class of 2004 during the recent graduation ceremonies exemplifies the qualities that will prove a positive impact on our community...
Speakout 6/6 (06/06/04)
This is in response to the May 24 SpeakOut regarding the person needing a diagnoses. Speaking from experience, please ask the caller to have a leukemia test done to rule out the possibility of leukemia. In reading your editorial about the man who defended his home getting a raw deal, you can automatically tell that Rick Pearia and Donald Brinkmeyer are both non-blacks by the way you are defending Pearia. ...