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Stories from Monday, July 26, 2004

Bingo provides fun for all ages (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - "It's gone," Jodie Walker said as she heard sheets of paper being torn off and crumpled while people around the room began talking. Sure enough, after the next number was called, the five-letter word that brings happiness to those yelling it and frustration to those hearing it was said. "Bingo!"...
Council accepts land donation (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - City Council members approved a bill accepting the donation of 1312 Murray Lane during this morning's special briefing session. The owners, Grady and Bernice Evans, offered to donate the vacant lot to the city, according to City Manager Doug Friend...
Sloppy mess (07/26/04)
Gary Pewitt, director of the 13-year-old Missouri Babe Ruth tournament, tries to prepare VFW Stadium for play Sunday afternoon. Rains postponed the Sunday championship game between Sikeston and Mineral Area. The game is scheduled to be made up today at 4 p.m. at the Junior Babe Ruth field at the Sikeston Sports Complex...
Three are killed in separate accidents (07/26/04)
POPLAR BLUFF - Traffic accidents in the area resulted in three fatalities and injuries Friday. A Benton man died early Saturday when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Robert L. Keen, 78, was traveling south on Highway 77, four miles North of Diehlstadt when the accident occurred at 5:50 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner Scott Amick. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston...
Local businesses getting ready for sales tax holiday (07/26/04)
SIKESTON -- With the sales tax holiday merely weeks away, local businesses are currently preparing for what they believe will be a profitable weekend for the city of Sikeston. "We're really excited about it," said Lisa Neumeyer, manager of Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. "Most of our merchants have had these tax free holidays before (in other states) and we're hoping to pull people from southern Illinois and western Kentucky."...
Missouri lottery sales have reached record high in 2004 (07/26/04)
SIKESTON -- State and local retailers are experiencing a "lotto" sales lately. According to the Missouri Lottery sales reached a record high and an 11.5 percent jump -- for fiscal year 2004, which ended June 30. Sales totaled $791.5 million compared to last year's $708 million...
Sikeston man uses song writing talent to speak his mind (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - Like most children, songs and melodies stuck in John Engram's head. Unlike most children, though, what he heard was not written yet. Engram, however, didn't find anything odd with his talent. "I figured everybody did that," he commented. Before he could even talk, he sang and harmonized with his older sister. And at the young age of 12, he got his first guitar - and wrote his first song...
Redbirds win consolation (07/26/04)
The SEMO Redbirds recently won the Consolation Championship of the 14-year-old USSSA AAA World Series in Tulsa, OK. The Redbirds finished the tournament with a record of 6-2, defeating teams from Texas (2), Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio (2). They finished the tournament with six consecutive complete games pitched by Austin Neal (2), Ryan Modglin (2), Dylan Harris and Kody Campbell. ...
Sikeston Legion stays alive in district tourney (07/26/04)
JACKSON - Sikeston Senior American Legion Post 114's hopes for a district championship were dealt a severe blow on Friday night when they lost to Jackson 5-2 in a second round game of the District 14 Tournament at Legion Park. Sikeston was forced to play another game late Friday night against second-seeded Dunklin County, who eliminated top-seeded Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons earlier in the day...
Sikeston advances past Lebanon (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston 13-year-old Junior Babe Ruth All-Star team advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri State Babe Ruth Tournament on Friday with a 3-1 victory against Lebanon at VFW Stadium. Sikeston played Mineral Area on Saturday. Results from that game and the rest of the tournament will be in Monday's edition...
Sikeston 13-year-olds to play for state championship (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston 13-year-old Junior Babe Ruth All-Stars split two games on Saturday in the Missouri State Babe Ruth Tournament at VFW Stadium. Sikeston lost its first game to Mineral Area 16-6 to drop to the loser's bracket. However, Sikeston rebounded to eliminate Lebanon 2-0 to advance to the finals where they are scheduled to face Mineral Area today at 4 p.m. barring inclement weather. The game has been moved to the Junior Babe Ruth field at the Sikeston Recreational Complex...
Sikeston Sharks swimmers take first in conference meet (07/26/04)
GAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston Sharks ended the 2004 swim season by winning the Southeast Missouri Swim Conference Small Division championship on Saturday. Sikeston scored 214.5 points to beat four other teams. Poplar Bluff finished with 176 points followed by Charleston with 171 points...
Norman Halford (07/26/04)
BELL CITY - Norman Dwight Halford, 58, died July 22, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Nov. 3, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Waymon and Cecile Brotherton Halford, he graduated in 1964 from Bell City High School. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a farmer and member of Hooe Baptist Church in Oran...
Thelma Jones (07/26/04)
IRONTON - Thelma L. Jones, 89, formerly of Bloomfield, died July 23, 2004, at the Baptist Home in Ironton. Born May 28, 1915, in Bloomfield, daughter of the late David and Hattie Murphey, she lived in the Bloomfield area most of her life before moving to Ironton in 1996. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield...
Stirling Boyts (07/26/04)
CHAFFEE - Stirling H. Boyts, 81, died July 23, 2004, of an apparent heart attack. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Bob Keen (07/26/04)
BENTON - Robert "Bob" Keen of rural Benton, 78, died at 5:50 a.m. July 24, 2004, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Diehlstadt. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Bob Keen (07/26/04)
BENTON - Robert Lee "Bob" Keen, 78, died at 5:50 a.m. July 24, 2004, near Diehlstadt of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Aug. 30, 1925, in Benton, son of the late Alvin and Clara Marie Menz Keen, he lived in Benton most of his life. ...
Wanda Northern (07/26/04)
BERTRAND - Wanda A. Northern, 67, died at 12:05 a.m. July 25, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Aug. 26, 1936, in Mississippi County, daughter of the late William A. and Lola Irene Slinkard Howton, she was a licensed practical nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association Private Duty Nursing Services for several years. She had lived in Mississippi County most of her life and was a member of the Cornerstone General Baptist Church of Bertrand...
Dale Lawrence (07/26/04)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Saturday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Dale Lawrence, 71, who died July 21, 2004, were: Wes Montgomery, Terry Mason, Tommy Mason, Jay Tucker, Steve Tucker, Richard Tucker, Bill Mason, Guy Foster, Shannon Foster and Kelly Tucker...
Stella McGill (07/26/04)
MALDEN - Stella McGill, 92, died July 23, 2004, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation in Malden. Born Jan. 22, 1912, in Matthews, daughter of the late Joseph Harrison Kem and Elmary Robinson Kem Smoot, she was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Malden...
Stephanie Caldwell (07/26/04)
ZALMA - Stephanie Louise Caldwell, 33, died July 23, 2004, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Jan. 23, 1971, in Chaffee, daughter of Louise Simmers Kidd of Zalma and the late Warren Caldwell, she was a 1989 graduate of Advance High School. She was a certified nurse aide for the Puxico Nursing Center, where she was recognized as employee of the month...
Abe Boyts (07/26/04)
CHAFFEE - Stirling H. "Abe" Boyts, 81, died at 5:30 p.m. July 23, 2004, near Blomeyer. Born Aug. 23, 1922, in Puxico, son of the late John U. and Marie May Harbin Boyts, he retired as a railroad conductor for Frisco and Burlington Northern Railway. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and life member of VFW Post 3127 of Chaffee...
Births (published 7/26) (07/26/04)
Sutton CHARLESTON - Scott and Tristin Sutton are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 3:09 p.m. June 16, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Shelby Ray Sutton weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20-inches long. Mrs. Sutton is the daughter of Tim and Sheila Wagner...
Births (published 7-25) (07/26/04)
Menz PERKINS - Mike G. and Suzanne M. Menz are the parents of their fourth child, third son, born at 8:44 a.m. June 2, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Robby Ray Menz weighed 9 pounds and was 21-inches long. Mrs. Menz is the former Suzanne Agee, daughter of Dennis and Patti Agee of Benton and Betty Agee of Advance and is a postmaster relief worker for the Perkins Post Office...
Looking Back in Time at July 25 (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - L. L. Leek and sister, Mrs. H.O. Sexton, bought the property at 843 Park Avenue Saturday from C.E. Golladay. The purchase consists of a duplex and garage with an apartment above the latter. BENTON - Scott Countians purchased $17,512 worth of savings bonds during June, according to Donald R. Bohannon, savings bond chairman for the county. This brought the county's total purchases of bonds this year to $194,510 or 34.2 percent of its quota for 1964...
Looking Back in Time at July 26 (07/26/04)
SIKESTON - Lt. and Mrs. Clifford Lee Gipson Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., arrived last week to visit the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford L. Gipson and family. Lt. Gipson is a flight instructor at Luke Field, Ariz. SIKESTON - Miss Emily Kendall and Miss Geneva Foster are leaving this Tuesday for Tucson, Ariz., to join the former's father, Ed Kendall, who has been there since May...
School lessons begin in the home (07/26/04)
School will begin in just a few weeks and already I'm worried. I'm not concerned about the teaching staff nor the administration. What concerns me is that far too many students will return to school with no incentive from home to excel in the classroom. Too many students will return unprepared and largely uninterested in an education...
No Tolerance Code Enforcement will improve town (07/26/04)
During a recent City Council meeting a number of landlords were in attendance to express their views on the existing Zero Tolerance Code Enforcement Policy. While I understand their position, I also know that Council and I made a pledge to our voters to clean up our community, and work toward the restoration of our neighborhoods. The City has started this process and will continue to work toward this common goal...
SpeakOut 7/25 (07/26/04)
This is for all the citizens over here in East Prairie. Now they want another 1/2-cent sales tax for transportation. They want to raise the transportation tax on Nov. 2. Is this going to be just like our swimming pool? It has been three full years now and we don't even see a foundation going up for the swimming pool. Where is all that money that they have collected for the last three years?...
SpeakOut 7/26 (07/26/04)
I have a question. When the police pick up somebody and take them to jail and put them in drug rehab, why don't they let the parents know that they have been picked up. Parents sit at home and worry, wondering what has happened to their child, not knowing if they've been kidnapped or what. This is wrong. If they pick them up, they should let the parents know. It wouldn't take them five minutes to let them know...