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Stories from Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Missourians can check credit reports for free (03/01/05)
SIKESTON -- Beginning today consumers in the Midwest will have the opportunity to check their credit reports for free. "All consumers -- if they have a credit history -- should take advantage and view a copy of their credit reports," said Jim Gardner, press secretary for the state Attorney General's office. "And most everyone has a credit history -- if they don't, they must be living in a cave on a mountaintop every day of their lives."...
They're back! (03/01/05)
Above: Buses carrying soldiers from the 1140th cross underneath a large flag held by Sikeston DPS fire trucks at Pine and Malone. Right: A soldier greets his family after getting off of the bus this morning at the Sikeston Armory. Below: Trey Cunningham of Malden holds a sign while waiting for his father, Steve, to return home. A ceremony is planned for 4 p.m. at the Sikeston Field House...
LCRA to get help (03/01/05)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Housing Authority and Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority will cooperate in identifying problem structures. Bill Mitchell of the Sikeston Housing Authority confirmed during the LCRA's regular meeting Monday that under an agreement reached Feb. 14, the Housing Authority will notify the LCRA of houses that are vacated and no longer habitable...
Local woman gets 121 months (03/01/05)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Sally Limbaugh, 43, of New Madrid County was sentenced to 121 months in prison Monday when she appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton. Limbaugh was convicted of one felony count of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. ...
NMCC stuns Doniphan, 68-63 (03/01/05)
PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville Bulldogs picked up their 20th win of the season Monday night, against five losses, with a 70-47 Class 3, District 1 win over the Hayti Indians. All-state guard Willie Hassell led all scorers in the contest with 31 points...
East Prairie beats Puxico, 68-63 (03/01/05)
GREENVILLE - Puxico's bright season hit a brick wall Monday night, as the fifth-seeded Indians fell short in a late fourth-quarter rally against the fourth-seeded East Prairie Eagles, losing 68-63 at the Class 2, District 2 Tournament. After a first half that saw the Indians fall behind time and time again only to pick it back up, Puxico drew within five at the end of the half to head into the third down 39-34...
Bell City rolls; Oran upsets Oak Ridge (03/01/05)
DELTA -- Opening night at the Class 1, District 2 boys basketball tournament had a little of everything including a romp, a female scoring leader, an upset and a scare. In Tuesday's first game, No. 1-seed Bell City cruised past No. 8 Zalma 92-40, then Lauren Lueders, the distaff member of Saxony Lutheran's squad, scored a team-high 22 points to lead the No. 4 Crusaders to a 76-69 victory over No. 5 Marquand...
Nelson Dukes (03/01/05)
DEXTER - Nelson A. Dukes, 67, died Feb. 27, 2005, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Born Sept. 6, 1937, at Morley, son of Lurton and Katherine Gunter Dukes of Spencer, Okla., he was a courier for the First Midwest Bank and member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter...
Ulah Pitts (03/01/05)
MOREHOUSE - Ulah "Doody" Pitts, 89, died Feb. 26, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Sept. 6, 1915, in Salcedo, daughter of the late Lester and Golda Fansler Newton, she moved from Morehouse to Oregon in 1941 and returned to Morehouse in 1972, where she was a member of the Rauch-Spence Memorial United Methodist Church...
Bill Lambert (03/01/05)
SIKESTON - William "Bill" Lambert, 76, died Feb. 28, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Dec. 16, 1928, in Sikeston, son of the late Hiram David and Wilhemina Walker Lambert, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Eagles Aerie 3319 in Sikeston. He owned and operated Lambert's Lawn Service for many years before retiring and was a member, deacon and Sunday school superintendent of the First Christian Church...
Jack Vail (03/01/05)
CHAFFEE - Jack Edward Vail, 82, died at 10:40 p.m. Feb. 27, 2005, at the Camelot Rehab and Nursing Center in Farmington. Born Nov. 28, 1922, in Wichita, Kan., son of the late George Randolf and Flossie Elmira Warfield Vail, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He retired as a district lineman for the City of Los Angeles Department of Electric Power. He was of the Baptist belief and a member of Salem Masonic Lodge 225 AF&AM...
Jessie McCain (03/01/05)
BERTRAND - Jessie M. Lindsey McCain, 53, died March 1, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Ora Mae Heath (03/01/05)
DOGWOOD - Ora Mae Heath, 93, died March 1, 2005, at her residence in the Dogwood community near East Prairie. Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Mary Smitten (03/01/05)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Mary Smitten, 79, died March 1, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Vela Polley (03/01/05)
SIKESTON - Vela Polley, 80, died March 1, 2005, at the Clearview Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Births (Published 3/1) (03/01/05)
SCOTT CITY - Charles Edward and Amanda Kathleen Klughart Jr. are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 12:08 p.m. Jan. 20, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Olivia Claire Klughart weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21-inches long...
Looking Back 3/1 (03/01/05)
SIKESTON - The four seeded teams, Anniston, Vanduser, Oran and Sikeston, advanced to the semifinals in the sub-regional basketball tournament going on in Sikeston this week and will meet tonight at the gym to determine which two teams will journey to Kennett for the regional...
Placing the blame for student failure (03/01/05)
Bill Gates, for all of his intellectual ability and proven achievement, is not always right. The computer guru told the nation's governors Sunday that American high schools are obsolete and leave far too many students unprepared for college or technical training...
Speakout 3/1 (03/01/05)
I would like to SpeakOut in behalf of George Davis and the staff at 92.9. George took the time to prepare a wonderful tribute song to the 1140th and I want to let him know just how wonderful it was to hear something like that. It was great! I wish there was more of it in this world for people being positive and not so negative. Thank you so much for the wonderful tribute you played on the air...