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Stories from Wednesday, July 28, 2004

MoDOT meets with local governments (07/28/04)
SIKESTON - With a limited budget, MoDOT officials are seeking input from local governments on how best to spend their money. Transportation industry consultants and officials from area cities and counties met at the Missouri Department of Transportation's district office Tuesday with MoDOT officials. "We're all here to improve transportation in southeast Missouri," said Scott Meyer, district engineer for MoDOT...
Sikeston man is sentenced (07/28/04)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston man will spend the next 12 years in prison. Veril Roy Wolff, 30, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and 150 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Wolff appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber...
Election day guidelines set (07/28/04)
BENTON - Scott County election officials are hoping to spread the word: electioneering and solicitation are banned around polls on election day. Rita Milam, Scott County clerk said electioneering, which is actively working for a candidate, political party or issue, has not been a problem in Scott County and she doesn't foresee it becoming one...
Primary has many challenged races (07/28/04)
BENTON - As both Republican and Democratic candidates are running in all but two Scott County races, residents will have to wait until November to see who will be filling most Scott County offices beginning in 2005. With no opposition in the primary and no candidates from other parties running for their positions, Jamie Burger, second district county commissioner, and Scott Amick, coroner, are the only incumbents in Scott County who can look forward to another term yet...
Road improvements (07/28/04)
Clifford Shannon, City of Sikeston Public Works employee, paints cross walks on New Madrid and Center Streets Tuesday afternoon.
Sharks claim title (07/28/04)
The Sikeston Sharks recently took first place in the SEMO Conference Small Division at the conference meet in Cape Girardeau. Posing above with their championship banner is the majority of the team. Pictured below is the team's high-point winners of the year. ...
Baseball team honors Auxiliary (07/28/04)
The Sikeston Junior Legion baseball team, along with coaches Todd Baker and Jeff Limbaugh, recently presented American Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 president Geniece Kinder a trophy, a signed baseball from all the team players and a team shirt and cap. Kinder commented that the young players represented the Auxiliary well this season...
Mark Emerine (07/28/04)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Mark V. Emerine, 77, of Benton, who died July 26, 2004, will be: Chester Kordahl, Paul Fisher, the Rev. John Tolbert, Tim Tolbert, Scott Heeb, Jason Bruenderman and Derek Emerine...
Joseph French (07/28/04)
CHARLESTON - Joseph H. French, 54, died at 7:40 a.m. July 27, 2004, at his mother's home in Charleston. Born July 21, 1950, in Cairo, Ill., son of Jane Green French Cross of Charleston and the late Oliver French Jr., he was a lifelong resident of Charleston. A 1968 graduate of Charleston High School, he was a member of the First Christian Church in Charleston...
Donna Lasters (07/28/04)
BERTRAND - Donna J. Kenser Lasters, 65, died July 27, 2004, at her home. Born Feb. 25, 1939, in Bertrand, daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Austin Kenser, she worked for Good Humor-Breyers in Sikeston until retiring in 2002. Survivors include: two daughters and one son-in-law, Debbie and Loyd Triplett of Grayridge and Gina Dew of Puxico; one brother, Melvin Kenser of Torrence, Calif.; one sister, Judy Wills of Sikeston; and three grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren...
Doris Beardsley (07/28/04)
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Doris June Beardsley, 62, died July 12, 2004, in the Swedish American Hospital. Born July 20, 1941, in Morehouse, Mo., daughter of the late Daniel and Rosa Lee Kinder, she attended school in Morehouse and lived in Missouri before moving to Rockford 28 years ago...
Joe Ray (07/28/04)
SIKESTON - Joe Ray Jr., 56, died July 25, 2004, at his home. Born Oct. 6, 1947, in Dorena, son of the late Joe Henry and Katie Mae Isom Ray, he graduated from Bell City High School. He served with the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 during the Vietnam War and was awarded two Bronze Stars...
Births (published 7/28) (07/28/04)
Nelson BENTON - Nikki Matney and Travis Nelson are the parents of their first child, a son, born June 17, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Trenton Dewayne Nelson weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20-inches long. Nelson, son of Rickey Nelson and Debra Nelson, is a painter...
Looking Back in Time at July 28 (07/28/04)
SIKESTON - Dr. Frank H. Connely, for 27 years a Baptist missionary in China and for two years a prisoner of the Japanese, spoke at the Baptist Church here Wednesday and told a large audience that his treatment by the Japanese was at times considerate and at other times indifferent...
Conventions are no longer interesting (07/28/04)
The numbers are in and they're not pretty. The ultra-expensive and long-planned Democratic National Convention is underway in beautiful downtown Boston and apparently, television viewers couldn't care less. Don't misunderstand. This is not a political statement. Come September when the Republicans gather in New York, I fully expect interest in that national convention will be just as low...
SpeakOut 7/28 (07/28/04)
This is to all the people who are running for different offices in this county. We're tired of lying, so if you're running in office, we're the voters. We're the ones who will vote you in, so I would suggest that you do some hard lines and tell us what you're really for and quit dancing around. ...