Stories from Thursday, August 12, 2004
Promos keep spectators busy
SIKESTON -- While most of the action of the annual Sikeston Jaycees Bootheel Rodeo takes place inside the arena, there's also plenty of fun that goes on outside the ring. "A lot of people don't know what's here until they get here," pointed out Ron Payne, rodeo board vice president and sponsors chairman...
Investigation continues into poisoning of birds
LILBOURN - The killing of dozens of birds from what authorities believe is poisoned grain has diminished but the investigation continues. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Conservation Department have joined forces to determine the exact cause in the death of several hundred birds in Lilbourn...
Sikeston teen killed in wreck
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston teen died Tuesday of injuries received in a one-vehicle traffic accident which occurred at 3:45 a.m. Monday in Cape Girardeau. According to reports from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Courtney Sorrells, 18, was driving south on Highway 61 near the Interstate 55 exit at Dutchtown when she lost control of her vehicle, which overturned. Sorrells was ejected from the vehicle...
Committee members visit New Madrid County port
MARSTON - Seven members of the state legislature's Joint Interim Committee on Multimodal Transportation accepted an invitation from Rep. Lanie Black to visit the New Madrid County Port during their tour of the state's transportation assets. "These ports have a lot of potential to help what's going on down here in the Bootheel," said Black, who is also a member of the committee. ...
Blake DeWitt's minor league statistics as of Aug. 11
Ogden Raptors Team rank
Games played: 46 (2)
At bats: 196 (1)
Batting average: .270 (10)
Hits: 53 (2)
Home runs: 10 (1)
RBIs: 29 (4)
Runs scored: 43 (1)
Total bases: 95 (1)
Slugging: .485 (6)
Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo kicks off
SIKESTON - The 52nd Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo got underway on Wednesday with unseasonably cool August temperatures and light rain. But that didn't keep the fans away as they were treated to some of the top rodeo cowboys in the country. In the bareback riding event, Jason Jeter took first place with 82 points. Kyle Bowers followed up with 80 points to take second place. Jeff Collins and Andy Carter tied for third with 77 points each...
Sikeston cross-country: The forgotten sport
There is one sport in Sikeston that many people pay to do as they get older but few do for free in high school. People pay to join health clubs and for physical trainers to reduce their waist lines or to get in better shape. But in Sikeston they could have started their physical fitness at an earlier age for free by running in a sport called cross-country...
PORTAGEVILLE - Sarah A. Kershall Wigfall, 63, died Aug. 10, 2004, at her home. Born March 31, 1941, in Portageville, daughter of the late Anna Louis and Eugene Kershaw Sr., she was a longtime educator. A member of the Temple of God's Church in Portageville, she was of the Baptist belief...
EAST PRAIRIE -- Pearl Presley James, 89, died at 9:22 a.m. Aug. 11, 2004, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born Oct. 28, 1918, at Hornbeak, Tenn., daughter of the late Millard and Daisy Clemons, she had lived in East Prairie most of her life and was of the Baptist belief...
ADVANCE - Norbert Bush, 65, died Aug. 11, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Dec. 18, 1938, at Swinton, son of the late Charlie and Bertie Smothers Bush, he graduated in 1956 from Bell City High School. He was a retired farmer and member of the Bell City Assembly of God Church...
SIKESTON - Arline S. Taylor, 83, died Aug. 11, 2004, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
SIKESTON - Brenda Carolyn Lamb, 56, died at 10:34 p.m. Aug. 10, 2004, at the Miner Nursing Center. Born March 8, 1948, in Corinth, Miss., daughter of Mabel White Flippo Arnold of Sikeston and the late Thomas Flippo, she had been employed by the Grove Co., Tri-Con and First Midwest Bank. She was a secretary for the Sikeston Middle School and member of Miner Baptist Church...
SIKESTON - Courtney Leigh Sorrells, 18, died Aug. 10, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Aug. 4, 1986, in Houston, Texas, she was the daughter of Stan and Brenda Vaughan Sorrells of Sikeston. ...
MARSTON - Audra Emma Hampton, 94, died Aug. 12, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Arrangements are incomplete at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.
WYATT - Joan Laster Tinker, 63, died August 12, 2004, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home.
DEXTER - Carol Hill, 64, died Aug. 11, 2004, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
Law - Ferrell
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Lee Watson Ferrell and Law Mei-yin Candy were married in a March 11, 2004, ceremony in Boca Raton. The bride is the daughter of Law Shek-nam and Chow Yuk-ling of Hong Kong, China, and her husband is the son of Sheriff and Mrs. William F. "Bill" Ferrell of Sikeston, Mo...
Norman - Moss
FORDYCE, Ark. -- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Norman have announced the engagement of their daughter, Aimee M. Norman, to Jeffrey P. Moss, son of Joan and Melvin Moss of Sikeston, Mo. A graduate of Fordyce High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the future bride is currently employed by Teleflora in Paragould as a Dove administrative assistant. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert "Bud" Parker of New Edinburg, Zelta Norman of Fordyce and the late Ernest Norman...
Looking Back 8/12
MATTHEWS - Mrs. Will Zimmer spent a few days in Cape Girardeau visiting relatives last week. SIKESTON - Lewis Blanton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Blanton of Sikeston, has been appointed revisiting editor of the Missouri Law Review, published by the school of law at the University of Missouri. Blanton served on the staff of the Law Review last year and is working this summer in the legal department of the Laclede Gas Co. in St. Louis...
I'm just an OutKast from current culture
For those of us no longer in the youthful category, little things occur from time to time to illustrate the advancement of time and the resulting disconnect with parts of our culture. Put more specifically, you wake up one day and find that you are no longer "hip" or whatever term currently applies to those in the cultural loop...
Your view: Thanks for giving
Freedom isn't free! The price for freedom requires blood. While many of us aren't actually giving our blood for our neighbor, we are doing our part by giving our blood right here at home - taking pride communitywide! That's just what our community did at our blood drive July 19 at Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church. We not only met our goal, but we exceeded it, thanks to the outpouring of donors...
I've been reading SpeakOut lately and read where others have gotten fund-raising letters from John Kerry, like I have. No, I won't be voting for Kerry. But in last week's SpeakOut someone said they would send Kerry a Canadian quarter. I think I'll look and see if I have a Canadian quarter from 1971 and send that to him and then put on there that that was the year when he betrayed his comrades. ...