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Stories from Thursday, March 10, 2005

Screenings help answer questions on school readiness (03/10/05)
SIKESTON -- Three-year-old Aubrey Sullivan didn't hesitate when asked which picture represented something "cold." Immediately she pointed to the picture of an ice cream cone. "Very good," said her tester Elizabeth Ayers, who went on to quiz Aubrey about which items showed empty and full and smallest to biggest...
It's not just child's play: Bridge competition can be challenge (03/10/05)
SIKESTON - Dozens of bridges in Southeast Missouri will be stressed to the breaking point Saturday. But motorists have no cause for alarm: it's all in the name of education. Over 30 area high school juniors and seniors including two seniors from Sikeston Senior High School, Greg Bates and Daniel Klimmek, are participating in the Missouri Department of Transportation's first bridge building competition by presenting models made of balsa wood. ...
Noranda acquires metal company (03/10/05)
MARSTON - One deal is off and another is being finalized. Neither, said officials with Noranda Aluminum in Marston, will impact local plant operations. According to an article in the New York Times, Noranda, the largest Canadian mining company, announced Wednesday it would acquire the 41 percent the nickel producer Falconbridge LTD it does not already own, in a stock swap worth $2.49 billion...
Doniphan ends Kelly's season, 65-50 (03/10/05)
POPLAR BLUFF - All year long, the Kelly girls basketball team has defeated opponents with their quickness and pressure defense. But the one area they lacked, turned out to be their undoing as they were eliminated from state contention with a 65-50 loss to Doniphan on Wednesday in a Class 3 Sectional game at Poplar Bluff High School...
Charleston advances (03/10/05)
POPLAR BLUFF - In December, few in the area thought the Charleston Bluejays would be the team in this position right now. After a 5-7 start to the season, things certainly didn't look promising for the Bluejays. But Charleston's season has now come full circle after Wednesday night's 57...
Priday extends hitting streak (03/10/05)
COLUMBIA -- The Mizzou baseball team moved to 10-4 on the season with a 15-2 win over Illinois State on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers scored in double digits for the eighth time in 13 games this season. Missouri got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning scoring four runs on a pair of hits and an error. Sophomores Gary Arndt and Trevor Helms each had RBI hits in the inning to give the Tigers the early 4-0 lead...
Don't cheat yourself (03/10/05)
SIKESTON -- The American Martial Art Sports and Education Association is holding its annual martial art convention March 18-20 at the Southeast Missouri State University campus in Cape Girardeau. For the third year now, the convention is open to non-members on March 19. I recommend this convention to any martial artist in the area if for no other reason than to meet grandmaster Bong Yul Shin of the Moo Do Kwan school in St. Louis...
Austin Gant (03/10/05)
EAST PRAIRIE - Austin Phillip Gant, 64, died March 8, 2005, at Bolivar Medical Center in East Prairie. Born April 20, 1940, in Cleveland, Miss., to Louise McCool Gant of Cleveland and the late Thomas Austin Gant, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and as a policeman in East Prairie and as a deputy sheriff for Mississippi County for over twenty years...
Louise Parkhurst (03/10/05)
LILBOURN - Louise Parkhurst, 77, died March 8, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born June 15, 1927, to the late Henry and Vicie Ann Wynn Patterson, she was an active member of the Cape Girardeau Senior Center and was retired from Sears in Cape Girardeau...
Billy Ash (03/10/05)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Billy R. Ash, 69, died March 8, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born July 11, 1935, in Ridgely, Tenn., son of the late Dallas and Reba Crosser Ash, he had retired from Chrysler Industries and was a Mason. On March 13, 1961, he married Dorothy Faye Cutler who preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2001...
Beulah Baker (03/10/05)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at graveside services held Wednesday at the Essex Cemetery in Dexter, under the direction of Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, for Beulah Mable Baker, 98, who died March 4, 2005, were: Ralph Taylor, Tom Fralick, Eddie Grim, Darrell Penberthy, and Rick Watkins...
Thomas Pulliam (03/10/05)
ESSEX - Thomas W. Pulliam, 87, died March 8, 2005, at his home in Essex. Born Sept. 15, 1917, in Doniphan to the late Thomas William and Lucy Jane Custer Pulliam, he was a retired employee of Himmelberger-Harrison Manufacturing in Morehouse and was a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Wappapello...
Lucille Glass (03/10/05)
MARION, Ill. - Lucille Glass, 94, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died at 7 p.m. March 6, 2005 at the Fountain Nursing Center in Marion. Born June 24, 1910, in Bertrand to the late John Samuel and Mary B. Liggett Mason, she was employed by Prairie Manufacturing Co. for 22 years and also worked for the East Prairie R-2 schools. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in East Prairie and served with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in East Prairie for 23 years...
Loman Hartline (03/10/05)
DEXTER -- Loman Hartline, 80, died March 9, 2005, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. Born Oct. 23, 1924, in Dexter, son of the late William and Pearl Pruett Hartline, he was a lifelong resident of Dexter and was of the Baptist belief. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned a silver star and five bronze stars...
Jim Chandler (03/10/05)
CARUTHERSVILLE - James Donald "Jim" Chandler, 61, died March 6, 2005, in Dyersburg, Tenn. Born June 1, 1943, son of Blanche Walker Chandler of Charleston and the late Robert Chandler, he was a former Missouri Conservation Commission agent and a member of the Hayti First Baptist Church...
Ruby Neal (03/10/05)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ponder Funeral Home for Ruby Nickell Neal, 92, who died March 8, 2005, will be Mike Nickell, Bryan Nickell, Jacob Nickell, Brent Ivie, Jeffery Nickell and R. L. Richards. Burial will follow at the Sikeston Garden of Memories Cemetery...
Charles E. Meeks (03/10/05)
SIKESTON - Charles E. Meeks, 71, died at 2:30 a.m. March 10, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
Change is needed to put stop to fraud (03/10/05)
The question of government waste and fraud doesn't always mean an unscrupulous consumer. All too often, it means a crooked provider. Thus was the case this week with a St. Louis doctor involved in renal-dialysis clinics. The government says the doctor and his North County Radiology clinic submitted fraudulent bills for Medicare services. ...
Your view: Progress is seen (03/10/05)
Progress is sometimes slower than we would like, but it is still great when it happens! It was great to read in the Feb. 27 paper about the upgrading of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center with the ability to get a four-year degree from Southeast Missouri State University right here in Sikeston. It seems like just yesterday that that corner of the Industrial Park was just being mowed by the city...
Speakout 3/10 (03/10/05)
I am a Southeast Missouri resident who has many friends in the Sikeston general area. Last week, I did a good friend a favor while in town and picked her young daughter up from a very popular daycare in Sikeston. When I approached the front door, I heard a lot of shouting on the inside. ...