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Stories from Sunday, November 6, 2005

Blackbird battle begins in Sikeston (11/06/05)
SIKESTON -- Convincing blackbirds there are better places to roost than Sikeston will take the entire community, according to city officials. An informational "kick-off" meeting for the city's blackbird control measures this year is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Clinton building...
Cider time: Diebold's puts the squeeze on fall fruit (11/06/05)
BENTON -- Making 12,000 gallons of apple cider a year is a process that involves a little more than picking apples and crushing them. Just ask Diebold's Orchard owner David Diebold. Since 1978 Diebold and his family have consistently supplied the area with freshly made apple cider -- a process that if done wrong, can leave a bad aftertaste, or even worse, get someone sick...
Service for Veterans Day features speech by Navy SEAL leader (11/06/05)
SIKESTON -- Cmdr. Michael Lumpkin of the U.S. Navy will be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day service scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sikeston Field House. A member of one of the world's most elite fighting forces - the Navy SEALs - Lumpkin recently completed a combat tour in Iraq as the deputy commander of a joint special operations task force directing both Navy SEAL and Army Ranger units...
Vehicle stop leads to drug bust (11/06/05)
SIKESTON - Marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $94,000 was confiscated and three people are in custody following a traffic stop. The incident began with a routine traffic stop by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Shane Stewart at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. According to Kevin Glaser, a sergeant with the Patrol and supervisor of the SEMO Drug Task Force, Stewart had observed a car driving too fast through a construction zone at the Miner-Sikeston overpass...
Bearcats win sloppy game (11/06/05)
DEXTER - The Dexter Bearcats football team stumbled to a season ending victory over the visiting Perryville Pirates on Friday night by a score of 6-0. Both teams combined to commit 25 penalties on the night for 202 yards. The Bearcats were flagged for 14 penalties for 120 yards...
SEMO opens season with exhibition victories (11/06/05)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- It was a mini-who's who of Bootheel basketball at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau as Southeast Missouri State University's men and women officially opened the 2005-06 season with an exhibition doubleheader. In the opener, the Redhawks women, with Dexter freshman Rachel Blunt playing like a seasoned veteran, routed Division II Southern Illinois-...
Bertrand resident honored on birthday (11/06/05)
MORLEY-- A surprise birthday party in honor of Jane McKinley of Bertrand was held Oct. 28 at the home of her daughter, Sarah Reeves. Reeves and her sister, Janie Dukes of Sikeston, hosted the party. The party theme was butterflies and Halloween. Lunch and birthday cake were served followed by presentation of gifts. Guests attending were McKinley's sisters, Pauline Heckert, Peggy Bearden, Nancy Hurst and Pat Wise, all of Sikeston, and a niece, Becky Frias of Sikeston...
Joseph's: Local dining with metropolitan flair (11/06/05)
SIKESTON - In a world of fast food, it is nice just to slow down sometimes. Su Hill has already caused some diners to put the brakes on as they have tried the selections at one of Sikeston's newest restaurants, Joseph's Fine Steaks, 1617 E. Malone Ave...
Members benefits are many (11/06/05)
Well, Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Where does the time go? The staff and volunteers of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce have been busy this past month with the Christmas Open House in Sikeston and now we turn our attention to another annual event, our Membership Drive. ...
Lowe's assists DAEOC program (11/06/05)
PORTAGEVILLE - A donation from an area business will enable homes in Southeast Missouri to be more energy efficient. In October Lowe's in Sikeston donated $20,000 worth of housing materials to the DAEOC weatherization program. Lowe's in Cape Girardeau also donated approximately $13,500 in housing materials...
Missouri Community Betterment award goes to East Prairei for youth program (11/06/05)
JEFFERSON CITY - Twenty five communities and 12 individuals were honored at the Missouri Community Betterment conference in Columbia. Receiving a certificate of merit in the annual competition was East Prairie. The community was cited for its Youth Boxing Program...
E85 offered (11/06/05)
Express Fuel owners Russ Mothershead Sr. and Russ Allen Mothershead II are pictured with supporters around an E85-compatible vehicle. On Wednesday the Benton fueling facility held a grand opening for offering the ethanol- based fuel made from 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The event was sponsored by Ram Star Energy LP, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition...
Richard Forbey (11/06/05)
CHARLESTON -- Richard F. Forbey, 91, died at 3:43 a.m. Nov. 5, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Carrie Teeter (11/06/05)
DEXTER -- Carrie Teeter, 91, died Nov. 5, 2005, at the Cypress Point Healthcare. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Milton Powell (11/06/05)
SIKESTON -- Milton Powell died Nov. 5, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Lela Mann (11/06/05)
DEXTER -- Lela Pauline Mann, 88, died Nov. 4, 2005, at the Cypress Point Healthcare. Born May 14, 1917, at Benton, Ky., daughter of the late Paul and Eveco Hughes Chambers, she had been a cook at the Dudley School and cleaned houses. On Nov. 7, 1931, at New Madrid, she married Lowell Mann who preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 1996...
Doris Jean Wray (11/06/05)
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Doris Jean Wray, 74, formerly of Mississippi County, Missouri, died at 10:10 a.m. Nov. 3, 2005, in the Florida Hospital in Orlando. Born June 25, 1931, at Paducah, Ky., daughter of the late Clyde Taylor and Ruby Gaither Laird, she lived in Titusville for the past 15 years after moving from St. Louis...
Greg Parrott (11/06/05)
IMPERIAL - Greg L. Parrott, 46, died at 1:20 p.m. Nov. 4, 2005, at the Cori Manor Nursing Home in Fenton following an extended illness. Born April 4, 1959, in St. Louis, son of Don and Lois Terrell Parrott of Imperial, he had previously worked as a master mechanic for the Hostess Bread Co...
Shirley Tidwell (11/06/05)
SIKESTON - Shirley L. Tidwell, 74, died Nov. 2, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Jan. 1, 1931, in Fayette, Ala., son of the late Lewis and Mamie Fowler Tidwell, he was a retired farmer and factory worker and a member of the American Legion and Eagles, in Sikeston...
John Tinsley Sr. (11/06/05)
SIKESTON -- John Ellis Tinsley Sr., 48, died Nov. 4, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Jan. 4, 1957, at Cape Girardeau, son of Bernice Goins Tinsley Ashby of Sikeston and the late John Wesley Tinsley, he was a lifelong resident of Sikeston where he attended the Illinois Avenue General Baptist Church. He had worked in construction and for Uptown Shell...
Arthur Gloth (11/06/05)
WHITEWATER -- Arthur W. Gloth, 69, died Nov. 3, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Oct. 13, 1936, at Whitewater, son of the late William and Edith Snider Gloth, he was a 1955 graduate of Delta High School. He was a retired farmer and of the Baptist faith...
Opal Jeffers (11/06/05)
BROOKEVILLE, Ohio -- Opal Lee Melton Jeffers, 79, died Oct. 26, 2005, at a nursing home in Brookeville. Born April 19, 1926, in Appleton, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Elena Reynolds Melton Sr. In 1945, she married Elmer Dean Jeffers who preceded her in death in 2000...
Vera Warren (11/06/05)
DEXTER - Vera Mae Warren, 84, died Nov. 3, 2005, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter. Born Aug. 28, 1921, at Campbell to the late Luther and Ora Miller Oliver, she was a member of the Second General Baptist Church in Dexter. A former welder with Emerson Electric in St. Louis and a former paster with the International Shoe Co. in Dexter, she was a babysitter in Dexter for several years...
Gerald Brown (11/06/05)
PERRYVILLE -- Rev. Gerald J. Brown, 78, died Nov. 2, 2005, at St. Mary's Seminary. Born Sept. 10, 1927, at St. Louis, son of the late Alva W. and Josephine McMahon Brown, he was an ordained Roman Catholic priest. On May 22, 1957, he was ordained priest at St. ...
Birth (Published 11/6) (11/06/05)
SIKESTON - Summer and Matthew Gardner are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 12:07 p.m. Oct. 2, 2005, in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Matthew Lee Gardner II weighed 6 pound, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Robert Riley of Dexter and Patricia Riley of Lilbourn...
Looking Back 11/6 (11/06/05)
SIKESTON - Mrs. Ralph Anderson will present her music pupils in a piano and organ recital next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at her studio on North Kingshighway. SIKESTON - John Cook, a high school senior, is now cadet commander of the civil air patrol squadron. Cook is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cook and succeeds Elizabeth Bechtold in the position...
It's time for action over immigration (11/06/05)
I have consistently argued that illegal immigration in the long-run will be the issue that most impacts this nation. And to me at least, that impact won't be positive in nature. The numbers on illegal immigration are frightening at best. The financial and cultural impact on this country will prove to be a leading problem for future generations. On that point there is nearly universal agreement...
Speakout 11/6 (11/06/05)
I'd like to speakout about Wal-Mart. I don't understand about the electric carts that are for people that are disabled that they ride through the store on. Every time I go in there, I've got arthritis really bad and I can't hardly walk on my left leg, there's no carts or the batteries are run down. ...