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Stories from Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Better school system tied to property value (03/16/05)
SIKESTON -- Land developers like Scott Matthews of Sikeston know all too well the importance a school district has on the property value of its community. "If school systems are improved, the property is more desirable," Matthews said. "And I think the best thing to happen in this community is the bond issue being passed."...
Tax credit summary (03/16/05)
Qualifications -- 65 or older (if married, at least one 65 or older and the other at least 60), or 100 percent disabled -- Maximum federal adjusted gross income does not exceed $70,000 per application -- All real estate taxes must have been paid for the current year and previous two years...
Mock accident (03/16/05)
Firefighters work to extricate passengers from one of two vehicles involved in Tuesday's mock drunk driving accident at Scott County Central High School as students look on from the background.
County is ready to seek bids to restore courthouse exterior (03/16/05)
BENTON - With interior renovations at the Scott County Courthouse nearly complete, commissioners will seek bids to restore the building's exterior. Commissioners discussed the renovations during their regular meeting Tuesday. Commissioner Jamie Burger said spending money to restore the courthouse is a necessity "every hundred years or so."...
Operation Safe Teen continues in March (03/16/05)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety's participation in Operation Safe Teen resulted in 74 vehicle stops and 20 written warnings, according to DPS officials. "It was written warnings the first time. The second time we will write tickets," said Sgt. Shirley Porter of the DPS...
Drop and cover (03/16/05)
Angie Hanlin, a fourth grade teacher at Matthews Elementary School in Matthews, takes roll during a tornado drill Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service conducted the Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday.
Sikeston junior high volleyball splits with Scott City (03/16/05)
SCOTT CITY - The Sikeston eighth grade volleyball team defeated Scott City on Tuesday in three sets, 24-26, 25-21, 25-9. Sikeston (2-2) got a strong serving night from four girls: Megan Forrester (15-15, 8 aces), Alex Fowler (14-15, 2 aces), Keyarra Blissett (16-18, 4 aces) and Janesha Tate (11-14, 5 aces)...
'Jays primed for state (03/16/05)
CHARLESTON -- Charleston coach Danny Farmer is no stranger to state championships, having won five with the Scott County Central girls. But he still seeks his first boys title in eight years at the helm of the Charleston program. "We want to put another banner up, but we want this one to be for first place," said Farmer, who has guided the Bluejays to two consecutive third-...
Naomi Caudle (03/16/05)
SIKESTON -- Naomi D. Caudle, 66, died March 13, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Nov. 20, 1938, in Blodgett, daughter of the late William Stanton "Jess" and Rachel Nadine Vandergriff Simpson, she was the assistant credit manager at Lewis Furniture for 17 years...
Jesse Kirk (03/16/05)
FISK -- Jesse F. Kirk, 89, died March 14, 2005 at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff. Born April 22, 1915, in Green County, Ind., son of the late L.C. "Cecil" and Anna Kirk, he had lived in Fisk since 1941. He was a member of the Fisk Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and had served on the Fisk-...
Janice Edmiston (03/16/05)
ELLISVILLE - Janice Emerson Edmiston, 92, died at 2:02 p.m. March 11, 2005, at Bethesda Meadow Nursing Home in Ellisville. Born July 8, 1912, in Morley, daughter of the late Henry Franklin and Ollie Mae Smith Emerson, she was one of the early social workers with the Missouri Division of Family Services for 27 years. ...
Ernie Jones (03/16/05)
MORLEY - Ernie Robert Jones, 85, died at 10:17 p.m. March 15, 2005, at his residence in Morley. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Levada Hitchcock (03/16/05)
PORTAGEVILLE - Levada Hitchcock, 91, died March 15, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in New Madrid. Born July 30, 1913, in Florence, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Ninnie Cagle and Luther A. Sims. On Oct. 22, 1932, in Cornith, Miss., she married to Elbert Filmore Hitchcock, who preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1979. Also preceding her were: three brothers, W.D. Sims, L.C. Sims, and Grady Sims; and one sister, Lola Marlin...
Lue Carter (03/16/05)
MARSTON - Lue Cagle Carter, 94, died March 15, 2005, at the Missouri Delta Community Medical Center in Sikeston. Born May 15, 1910, in Golden, Miss., daughter of the late Charlie and Dela Sue Cagle, she was a chef for 55 years in Kennett before she retired. She was a former member of the Mid Rivers Baptist Church in St. Peters and a current member of Lilbourn General Baptist Church...
Flora Hawkins (03/16/05)
SIKESTON - Flora M. Hawkins, 105, died at 12:01 a.m. March 15, 2005, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Nov. 12, 1899, in Greenfield, daughter of the late Joseph and Laura McLemore, a graduate of Drury College in Springfield, she taught elementary school in Greenfield and in Kansas City for a number of years. ...
Gyola Harris (03/16/05)
SIKESTON - Gyola Harris, 91, died March 12, 2005, at Clearview Nursing Center. Born Dec. 23, 1913, in Lake Carmel, Miss., daughter of the late John and Mary Ray, she was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church and served on the Mother's Board. Her husband, Odell Harris, preceded her in death...
Theora Richardson (03/16/05)
BELL CITY - Theora Sue Richardson, 85, died March 14, 2005, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. Born Aug. 21, 1919, in Obion, TN, daughter of the late Fulton and Annie Lee Huffstutter, she was a member of Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston. She had been an office clerk for Homestead 19 years before retiring...
Jerry Klaffer (03/16/05)
KELSO -- Jerry Emerson Klaffer, 43, died March 15, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Looking Back 3/16 (03/16/05)
LILBOURN - Mrs. John Hampton entered the hospital on March 10 and a son was born to her on the same day. SIKESTON - Dr. Leo O. Bruce was honored with a certificate of appreciation by James M. Beaird, chairman, Okeechobee District Boy Scouts. BENTON - Alana Brazel and Shawn Elfrink were chosen Homecoming Queen and King at Thomas W. Kelly High School Feb. 8...
National media's bias documented (03/16/05)
I found myself somewhat amused yesterday as I listened to the conservative talk radio folk dissect a Columbia University study on bias in the media. The conservatives seemed surprised that the new study found the major networks were generally negative in their coverage of President Bush. In fact, the study showed the networks were more than three times as likely to be negative toward Bush than they were toward John Kerry during the Presidential campaign...
Your view: Miner matters - Chief's view (03/16/05)
In response to the letter sent out to the citizens of Miner from the Mayor and City Aldermen I would like to inform the citizens of all the facts involving this matter. I was hired September 2003 as the full-time fire chief by the former Mayor Frank Tatum. I brought with me 30 years in law enforcement and 24 years in firefighting. When I arrived here I was given more descriptions such as code enforcement, building inspector, flood plains manager, emergency management...
Your view: Miner matters - City's view (03/16/05)
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen regret the concern you may feel due to the media story that was recently aired about the fire department. Let us assure you the City of Miner will continue to be protected regardless of the threatened walkout. The Fire Association is showing support for their Chief. This is commendable, but they do not have all the facts. As your representatives we feel you should be given the complete story...
Speakout 3/16 (03/16/05)
I would love to have somebody that would teach me to knit. If you are interested leave your number in Speakout please and I will contact you. Mike Jensen, you're funny. I want to Speakout about Mr. Bush and Social Security. Mr. Bush needs to shut up about Social Security. ...