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Stories from Thursday, December 9, 2004

Several arrests made in roundup (12/09/04)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The sweep by local, regional, state and federal authorities to arrest those involved in gun violence brought in numerous area residents. On Tuesday, 100 representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Missouri Highway Patrol, the United States Marshals Service, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, Pemiscot and Dunklin Sheriff Departments, Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville and Kennett Police Departments and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety assisted in serving 25 federal arrest warrants in Southeast Missouri as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.. ...
Group gives toys to needy kids (12/09/04)
SIKESTON -- They may be a little rough around the edges, but deep down most truck drivers have soft hearts. That's the message of Truckers for Kids, a nonprofit organization formed last year to supply needy children with Christmas gifts. "In our business we see so much bad stuff, especially in the major metropolitan areas, and to get to do something in your area, it makes you feel good," said truck driver Preston Cook of Morehouse...
Safety tips help keep holidays festive (12/09/04)
SIKESTON -- After years of repetition, the message of fire safety around the holidays seems to be sinking in. "It's been at least two years and maybe longer than that" since a holiday decoration-related fire has been logged in Sikeston, according to Capt. Jim Hailey, fire division commander for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
'Tis the season for purse snatching (12/09/04)
SIKESTON - It could be their heads aren't screwed on quite right or maybe their hearts are two sizes too small, but there are some among the holiday crowds in stores who are more interested in your purse or wallet than finding the perfect gift. "For the most part, thieves are opportunists," explained Det. Mike Williams of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. "And bigger crowds make better opportunities for thieves."...
All-conference volleyball (12/09/04)
Three members of the Sikeston volleyball team were named to the all-conference team. From left, Quinn Kaiser, Berneatress Hunt and Audra Wooley were selected. Kaiser and Hunt were both named first team all-conference while Wooley was second team all-conference. Also, Hunt was selected as a second team all-district performer for Class 4, District 1...
Lady Hawks rally past Sikeston (12/09/04)
CHAFFEE - For a half it looked like the Sikeston girls basketball team could pull off an upset of top-seeded Kelly during Wednesday's semifinal game in the 28th Annual Chaffee Lady Devils Invitational Tournament. But the Lady Hawks turned up the pressure on the full-court press and the Lady Bulldogs couldn't handle it, eventually falling 58-50...
Ruth Steward (12/09/04)
SIKESTON - Ruth C. Steward, 92, died at 11:10 p.m. Dec. 7, 2004, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Dec. 22, 1911, in Maury City, Tenn., daughter of the late Ed and Mae Agee Byassee, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sikeston since Sept. ...
Jean Yeager (12/09/04)
DEXTER - Jean Yeager, 79, died Dec. 8, 2004, at the Crowley Ridge Care Center. Born Jan. 15, 1925, in Bernie, daughter of the late Gabe and Ida Neal Pointer, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, where she was a nursery worker for 34 years. She was employed by Paramount Headwear in Dexter for 30 years before retiring...
Patricia Medlin (12/09/04)
FRIENDSHIP, Tenn. - Patricia Ann Medlin, 32, formerly of Dexter, Mo., died Dec. 7, 2004, at her home. Born Aug. 23, 1972, at Danville, Ill., daughter of Mary Lewis Beatty of Indianapolis and the late Allan Meers, she was of the Baptist belief. On Feb. 10, 1995, in New Madrid County, Mo., she married Donald Medlin who survives of the home...
Edsel Edwards (12/09/04)
BLOOMFIELD - Edsel D. Edwards, 78, died Dec. 8, 2004, at the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Born Feb. 1, 1926, near Bloomfield, son of the late Everett and Nellie Ray Edwards, he was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and served as Stoddard County Sheriff from 1969-72. ...
Aliene Mitchell (12/09/04)
LILBOURN - Aliene Mitchell, 84, died Dec. 8, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Oct. 28, 1920, in Seadrift, Texas, daughter of the late Jack Wright and Myra Kathryn Walgren Mills, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lilbourn. She was a second grade teacher at Lilbourn Elementary School for 35 years before retiring...
Jeanne Lovins (12/09/04)
MARSTON - Edmee "Jeanne" Lovins, 64, died Dec. 8, 2004, at her home. Born April 17, 1940, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of the late James H. Nash and Edmee Bauer Nash. Her husband, Freddie Lee Lovins, preceded her in death on June 26, 1992. Survivors include: her stepmother, Dorothy C. ...
Frances Heckemeyer (12/09/04)
SIKESTON - Frances Elizabeth Goetz Heckemeyer, 91, died at 3:50 p.m. Dec. 8, 2004, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Nov. 7, 1913, in Tuckerman, Ark., daughter of the late Anthony Joseph and Bessie Baughman Goetz, she lived in St. Louis during her childhood and graduated from Webster High School and attended Washington University in St. ...
Bob Richardson (12/09/04)
FISK - Robert "Bob" Richardson, 57, died Dec. 8, 2004, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 23, 1947, in Portageville, son of the late Marvin M. and Fannie M. Watkins Richardson, he lived in Dexter and Puxico for 21 years before moving to Fisk one and a half years ago. He worked on Tyson Foods farms for 20 years...
Jane Priggel (12/09/04)
PORTAGEVILLE - Jane F. Priggel, 92, died Dec. 9, 2004, at the Gideon Care Center in Gideon. Arrangements are incomplete at DeLisle Funeral Home.
Paul Durbin (12/09/04)
PORTAGEVILLE - Paul Durbin, 91, died Dec. 8, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at DeLisle Funeral Home.
Looking Back 12/9 (12/09/04)
SIKESTON - Gene Saalwachter, husband of the former Virginia Gwaltney of Sikeston, received a Marine presidential unit citation Sunday for his part in actions on the Guadalcanal. Saalwachter was honorably discharged from the Army and is employed in Sikeston at Pepsi -Cola Co...
Leaders must listen to those in the field (12/09/04)
An amazing event unfolded Wednesday when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld faced combat troops in Kuwait. Rumsfeld was there to give a pep talk to the troops. But facing the 2,300 military men and women, Rumsfeld decided to take questions from the soldiers. That's where it got amazing...
Your view: A busy month (12/09/04)
It's been a scant four weeks since the first Tuesday in November and members of the nation's majority political party have been, to say the least, busy. In firm control of all three branches of government, and empowered by a majority of the electorate, Republicans have given the nation a glimpse of their agenda for America. In just 28 days, these paragons of virtue and traditional values have:...
Speakout 12/9 (12/09/04)
Why do we have school traffic zones? It seems every time I approach the 20 mph school zone on Ables road, there is someone blasting through the zone at 40 miles per hour. Just this morning (Tuesday) I approached the intersection of Glenn and Ables Road from the south. ...