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Stories from Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Three killed in tornado (10/19/04)
COOTER - Three persons were killed and several injured when a tornado struck a small town in Pemiscot County Monday evening. Emergency personnel and law enforcement officials spent much of the night searching for victims of the storm which came through about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Officials discovered the bodies during their search of property of Don Tims on County Road 554, just south of Cooter where three homes and a farm shop were destroyed...
Happy 'Howl-oween': Pets,owners get into holiday spirit (10/19/04)
SIKESTON -- Little Sophie Stevens has been almost everything for Halloween -- from the devil and a bride to a hot dog and a clown. And while there's no doubt she'll dress up again, the fate of the 6-year-old's costume is all in the hands of her owner, Cindy Stevens of Sikeston...
Few residences used as polling places these days (10/19/04)
NEW MADRID - Between the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act, it looks like the days of residents' private buildings being used as polling places are numbered. "The only one to my knowledge, is not really a residence, it's a building on private property, down by Portageville in the Lesieur 1 precinct," said New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens. "It's commonly known 'Scrub Ridge.' There's a very, very minimal number of people that are still out there."...
Kelly cross country places fourth in SEMO Invitational (10/19/04)
SIKESTON - The Kelly cross country boys and girls teams both placed fourth in the SEMO Conference Invitational in Sikeston on Thursday. On the boys side, Michael Glastetter placed 11th with a time of 17:54. "I was very impressed with Michael for after being out due to an injury for nearly three weeks, he was able to come out and run in the 17s," said Kelly coach Rachael Groner. "Not many people could do that. That is very encouraging with districts coming up."...
Golf Glance: Bootheel Golf Club (10/19/04)
LEAGUE RESULTS: Sunday Points Game (10-11) First place team: Nolan Newman, Vaughn Baker Second place team: Aaron Moore, Tim Bryant Third place team: Dave Huntsman, Tony Hill Fourth place team: Mike Newman, Ken Curry Tuesday Senior League: First place team: Andrews, Murphy, Barnes, Long (61)...
Patty Bone (10/19/04)
CHARLESTON - Patty Glass Bone, 88, died at 10:15 p.m. Oct. 18, 2004, at her home. Born Sept. 25, 1916, in Atoka, Tenn., daughter of the late Luther and Maggie Black Glass, she lived in Mississippi County most of her life. She attended the First Baptist Church in Charleston...
Lloyd Harris (10/19/04)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ponder Funeral Home for Lloyd Harris, 87, who died Oct. 17, 2004, will be: Danny Russell, Tony Russell, Michael Crawford, Donald Crawford, Bill Hupp and John Schaffer. The Rev. Steve Tippen, pastor of North Acres General Baptist Church, will officiate...
Myrtle Simpson (10/19/04)
LILBOURN - Myrtle Simpson, 94, died Oct. 18, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Oct. 29, 1909, in Marston, daughter of the late William H. and Nellie Green Mitchem, she was a homemaker and lived most of her life in and around Lilbourn. She was a member of the Lilbourn United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and member and former president of the Lilbourn Civic Improvement Club...
Vonrey Mattingly (10/19/04)
CONRAN - Vonrey A. Mattingly, 76, died Oct. 18, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born April 12, 1928, in Conran, she was the daughter of the late Will and Altie Mingle Pardon and a member of the First Baptist Church of Portageville...
Bud Douglas (10/19/04)
LILBOURN -- John S. "Bud" Douglas, 86, died Oct. 17, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Dec. 31, 1917, in Hermandale, son of the late Leroy and Katie Howell Douglas, he was a self-employed farmer and retired from Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. in Marston on April 15, 1983. He was a member of the Lilbourn First Baptist Church...
Pauline Metheny (10/19/04)
CANALOU -- Pauline Metheny, 77, died at 5:06 a.m. Oct. 18, 2004, at Missouri Southern Health Care in Dexter. Born Feb. 13, 1927, in Falls City, Ala., daughter of the late Arthur E. and Evis Savannah Horton Ergle, she had lived most of her life in Canalou and was a housewife. She was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Matthews...
Clark - Niswonger (10/19/04)
VERNON, Texas -- Laura Elizabeth Clark and SSgt. Paul William Niswonger were married in an 11 a.m. ceremony Oct. 8, 2004, in Vernon before Justice of the Peace Lewis Templeton. The bride is the daughter of Robert Lee and Sheila Lynn Clark of Altus and granddaughter of Glenn Dale and Joyce Lee Pierce of Essex, Mo., Wilma Jean Lyerla of Washington, Mo., and the late William Henry Clark Sr. ...
Fairs mark their 50th anniversary (10/19/04)
SIKESTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fair were guests of honor for their golden wedding anniversary during a family dinner Saturday at Fisherman's Net. On Oct. 16, 1954, Fred and Betty Fair were married in Charleston by the Rev. Roland D. Hastie. They have five children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren...
Looking Back 10/19 (10/19/04)
SIKESTON - Less and less air activity was noted about Sikeston this week as the student pilots completed their training. All are expected to finish by the end of the week. SIKESTON - It was announced that, as of yesterday afternoon, a total of $13,560 has been contributed to the United Fund or a little more than 35 percent of the quota of $39,600...
Time for candidates to call a cease fire (10/19/04)
Here's some final campaign advice - strictly unsolicited - for those running for office this year. The advice pertains primarily to the national and statewide candidates. Local candidates ignore the following. Here's the advice. Quit campaigning! That's right. ...
Speakout 10/19 (10/19/04)
There is one way sure way to get rid of a lot of our trouble in this world. The best way is to get rid of the countries that are causing all the trouble like Iran, France, North Korea, Germany, Syria, Sudan and on down the list. We don't need foreign countries. ...