Stories from Sunday, November 21, 2004
More Americans are gobbling up fried turkey
SIKESTON -- While the days of slaving over the Thanksgiving turkey still exist, over the past few years another, quicker method of cooking the holiday bird has surfaced -- deep-frying turkeys. And thanks to the aluminum contraptions specifically designed for frying turkeys, men have displayed an increasing interest in holiday meal preparation -- a job typically left up to the women in the family...
Special care workers assist those who want to stay home
SIKESTON - Providing services that enable people to enjoy the comforts of home is the focus of both home care and hospice. Fittingly, November is both National Home Care Month and National Hospice Month. The purpose in observing National Home Care Month is "just to give people a better understanding of home care and how we can assist them in their homes and keep them out of an alternative setting such as a nursing home," according to Felicia Baker, director of Missouri Delta Medical Center's Continu-Care.. ...
Members of the Sikeston Public School Maintenance Department unload a truck filled with canned goods Friday afternoon. Over 10,000 cans of food were collected in the school by the Sikeston Elks Lodge's "Just So No" Clubs. The food will be distributed to area charities...
No 'fowl'-play allowed
A longtime food favorite in the southern United States, the deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity thanks to celebrity chefs such as Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse. While some people rave about this tasty creation, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.'s safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may sacrifice safety for good taste...
Veterans' program available
SIKESTON - Some of the programs available for those wanting home care are not well known. Felicia Baker, director of Missouri Delta Medical Center's Continu-Care, said one of these is a nationwide veterans' program which pays for personal care and homemaker chores in the home. MDMC's Continu-Care is a provider of the program...
Young wrestlers ready to hit the mat
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldog wrestling program was one of the area's best for a number of years until a recent decline in the late 1990s. But the once-proud wrestling program hit a high point last year with two state tournament medalists and a top 15 finish in Class 2...
At a glance
* Coach: Lee Brooks - 13th year
* School colors: Red and Black
* School enrollment: 1,101
* Conference: SEMO Conference
* District: Class 4, District 1
* Record last year: 14-13
* Returning starters: 3
103 -- Dee Bizzell, fr. 112 -- Ben Powers, so. 119 -- Craig Burton, fr. 125 -- Seth Baker, fr. 130 -- Cody Anderson, fr. 135 -- Logan Berry, so. 140 -- Logan White, so. 145 -- Ashton Cantrell, fr. 152 -- Gavilan Bland, fr. 160 -- Zack Friend, fr. 171 -- n/a...
Solid nucleus returns for Lady 'Dogs
SIKESTON - The Sikeston girls basketball team may not have a senior on the roster, but they definitely aren't short on experience. With three junior starters returning, head coach Lee Brooks is hoping they can lead a young group to another winning season after last year's 14-13 ledger...
For Teresa Dewitt, business is just sew, sew
SIKESTON - It all began when her old sewing machine died. Teresa DeWitt explains she has sewn for years. And after she discovered her machine would embroider, she began creating custom items for friends and family. It was just a small business she ran from her home...
Marketing seminar helps farmers grow 'bottomline'
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Agricultural Resource Management Solutions of Cape Girardeau is presenting "Strategic Ag Marketing Outlook Seminar 2005" for local grain and livestock producers. The free seminar is open to area farmers and is designed to provide them with critical information as they complete the 2004 crop marketing year and prepare for 2005...
What is ahead for CVB
Sometimes you have to take a step back and take a hard look at yourself. And that is just what the Sikeston and Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau is doing. A 17-member task force, comprised of Joint Tourism Commission and Advisory members and concerned citizens, gathered Nov. ...
Business briefcase 11/21
SIKESTON - For the second year, Rent-A-Center will be collecting Christmas toys for children. Toys can be brought by Rent-A-Center, 132 W. Front St., during business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday now through Dec. 14. Those who bring in a toy valued at least at $10 will receive their first week's rent free, according to store management...
EAST PRAIRIE - Jerry Neal Burton, 67, died at 11:40 p.m. Nov. 19, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Jan. 5, 1937, in Mississippi County, son of Mary Alice Corecelius Burton Henley of St. Louis and the late William "Bill" Burton, he lived in Mississippi County most of his life. ...
SIKESTON - Hallean Williams, 85, died Nov. 19, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home.
ST. LOUIS - Lula O. Potter, 93, died Nov. 18, 2004, at the Bentley's Extended Care Center in St. Louis. Born Aug. 10, 1911, in Stoddard County, daughter of the late William Washington and Hattie Elizabeth McPheeters Hodge, she lived most of her life in Puxico where she was a member of the First Christian Church...
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. - Lelan J. "Peewee" Pointer, 73, formerly of Bernie, Mo., died Nov. 17, 2004, at the University Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Born May 16, 1931, in Bernie, son of the late Ginger and Jewell Allison Pointer, he retired as a supervisor for General Motors in Flint...
EAST PRAIRIE - Ebert Owensby "Bud" Levan, 80, died at 7:50 p.m. Nov. 18, 2004, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born Feb. 8, 1924, in Blodgett, son of the late Howard Edward and Annie Laura Owensby Levan, he was a projectionist for the McCutchens Theater in Blytheville, Ark., for 24 years before retiring in 1985. After retirement, he performed a variety of other jobs...
ST. LOUIS - Paul Lester Rankin, 90, died Nov. 18, 2004, at the Village North Medical Center in St. Louis. Born July 27, 1914, in Stoddard County, son of the late John Franklin Rankin and Bertha Ora Rankin, he served with the 505th Service Squadron Air Transport Command and the 61st Air Service Group. ...
DEXTER - Hugh Mick, 31, died Nov. 19, 2004, at Missouri Southern Healthcare.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home.
EAST PRAIRIE - Annie Mae Worthy, 85, died at 5:05 a.m. Nov. 20, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Arrangements are incomplete at Shelby Funeral Home.
SIKESTON - Anne L. Hollenbeck, 71, died Nov. 19, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Jan. 26, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the late Marshall and Pauline Simpson Hollenbeck, she was a third grade teacher and retired from the Des Moines (Iowa) Public School System. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, she had also served on the Sikeston Public Library Board for many years and was a benefactor for The Sikeston Depot Museum...
Looking Back 11/21
SIKESTON - The poster contest conducted in the school in observance of Book Week, Nov. 12-16, was closed Friday and the judges evaluated them and made the awards Saturday. Rosella Yarbrough was given first prize. NEW MADRID - A total of $452 has been turned in by workers for the New Madrid Community Fund, according to a report from Dick Bartlett, campaign chairman for the Community Fund this year. Goal for this drive is $6,500. The money is to be divided among seven participating agencies...
We need a big bite of common sense
I got a real kick from the announcement this week that the Hardee's fast-food chain is introducing a 1,420 calorie Thickburger that mocks the current low carb, low fat trend sweeping our weight-conscious nation. The chain's "monument to decadence" has health experts up in arms. With two 1/3-pound slabs of beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered sesame seed bun, the burger is sure to become the new poster child for our flabby nation...
There is a fat opossum underneath the house I am renting. Please, will someone tell me how to get rid of the varmint? Most of the time it is underneath the house where my bathtub is and it sounds like he is trying to come through the shower and sometimes it even keeps me awake at night. It really is no laughing thing. I want it gone. I have seen it and closed all my vents, etc. Help!...