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Stories from Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Sikeston R-6 is financially stable (11/09/05)
SIKESTON -- Tough economic times loom over Missouri school districts, but Sikeston R-6 continues to hold its own -- at least that's what the district's audit shows. Richard Dennis of Spitzmiller, Hobbs, Bridger and Co. in Sikeston, presented Board of Education members with the 2004-2005 auditor's report during Tuesday's regular meeting...
Scott County voters OK new water district (11/09/05)
BENTON -- Residents in parts of rural Scott County approved $25 million in revenue bonds to fund construction of a waterworks system 498 to 148 during Tuesday's election. "You're always concerned something might happen and people will misunderstand what's being voted on, but there really wasn't any reason for anyone to vote no," said Phil Lyon, president of the Board of Directors for Public Water Supply No. 4 of Scott County...
Residents file for city council positions (11/09/05)
SIKESTON -- Mike Marshall will face an opponent in his bid for another three years as Sikeston's mayor. Wayne Morgan filed to run for mayor Oct. 31, according to Sikeston City Clerk Carroll Couch. Filing for elected city positions in Sikeston and Charleston opened Oct. 18. The last day to file in these municipalities for the April 4 election is Nov. 22...
Sales tax issue passes in New Madrid County (11/09/05)
NEW MADRID - The passage of a half-cent general revenue sales tax is an opportunity for the county to move forward, said First District Commissioner Mark Baker as the final votes were tallied. New Madrid County voters approved the tax Tuesday by a vote of 890 in favor to 681 votes opposed to the tax. A simple majority was needed to approve the tax...
Flag retirement ceremony (11/09/05)
Boy Scout Troop 41 members retire a United States flag Tuesday night during their U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony behind the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. Over 125 flags were retired during the ceremony. The community service project, which was conducted by Dee Bizzell, provides a respectful and proper disposal of worn and tattered U.S. flags...
Martial arts competitors (11/09/05)
Instructors and students of the Sikeston Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts Institute, 801B South Main in Sikeston recently attended the annual Lee H. Park Ways of Honor Championship in Cape Girardeaui. After an action packed day of competition they are pleased to announce the following results: (front row from left) Isabella Goodin - 2nd form, 3rd sparring; Gretta Goodin - 3rd form, 3rd sparring; David Bledsoe - 2nd sparring; Dylan Stephens - 1st form, 2nd sparring; (back row from left) Monica Goodin - 1st form, 2nd sparring; Scarlet Goodin -3rd form, 1st sparring; Billy Thomure - 3rd form, 2nd sparring; Kim Small - 3rd form, 1st sparring and Garry Meeks - 2nd form, 2nd sparring and 1st black belt board breaking. ...
Nobody asked me but . . . (11/09/05)
Nobody asked me but...congratulations to the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team for winning back-to-back district championships. Coach Derrick Long has done a fabulous job in getting Sikeston to this level. Even though the Bulldogs fell to Trinity in the quarterfinals, the team played inspired. Sikeston has embraced soccer as a legitimate sport, which is great. But I'd like to see the same passion in football from our youngsters. Let's try to be a well-rounded sports town...
SHS soccer falls (11/09/05)
FENTON - Sikeston was forced to fight an uphill battle, exactly what they had hoped not to do, after falling behind early in its Class 2 quarterfinal match against Trinity Catholic. Senior striker Chris Clarkin scored all four goals, two in each half, as Trinity eliminated the Bulldogs with a 4-1 victory at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton on Tuesday...
Agnes Collier (11/09/05)
CHARLESTON - Agnes Noland Collier, 87, died at 10:40 p.m. Nov. 7, 2005, at the Charleston Manor. Born March 27, 1918, in Charleston, daughter of the late Garland and Mable Drane Noland, she had lived in Charleston her entire life and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she sang in the Junior and Adult Choir. She was co-owner and operator of the Charleston Flower Shop until her retirement in 1983...
Martha Manar (11/09/05)
NORMAN, Okla. - Martha Earline Manar, 80, formerly of Mississippi County, Mo., died at 6:29 p.m. Nov. 5, 2005, at her residence. Born Feb. 25, 1925, in Wyatt, Mo., daughter of the late Leondis Nathan and Jettie Levelle Brown Griggs, she left Mississippi County, lived in Rogers, Ark., and moved in 1999 to Norman. She had volunteered in various capacities for hospitals and community organizations...
Thomas Woods (11/09/05)
LOMPOC, Calif. - The Rev. Thomas Woods, 67, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Oct. 18, 2005, at his residence. Born Sept. 23, 1938, in Sikeston to the late H.W. and Bobbye Swanagon Woods, he earned his undergraduate degree from Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and his master's degree from Southern Baptist Seminary for Biblical Studies in Jacksonville, Fla. ...
Elizabeth Rardon (11/09/05)
SIKESTON - Elizabeth Rardon, 51, died Nov. 8, 2005, at her home in Sikeston. Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.
Rocket Porter (11/09/05)
PINHOOK -- Rocket B. Porter, 29, died Nov. 6, 2005, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Pinhook. Born Jan. 28, 1976, in Dexter, son of Brenda Evans Porter of Pinhook and the late Carol B. Porter, he was a 1995 graduate of East Prairie High School where he played football and ran for the track team. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps and was of the Baptist belief...
David Hill (11/09/05)
SIKESTON -- David Michael Hill, 33, died Nov. 8, 2005, at his home in Sikeston following an extended illness. Born Feb. 29, 1972, in Sikeston, son of Betty Jane Sides Hill of Sikeston and the late Paul E. Hill, he was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and attended New Dawn State School...
Mae Ida Whittaker (11/09/05)
ESSEX - Mae Ida Whittaker, 65, died Nov. 3, 2005, at her residence. Born March 10, 1940, in Marvell, Ark., daughter of the late Leonard "Man" and Ollie Mae Jones Getter, she had lived for 49 years in the Essex area and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Grayridge. She retired from Tyson Foods after 35 years of service...
Looking Back 11/9 (11/09/05)
SIKESTON - Charles Yanson, who was recently discharged from the service, assumed the duties as bookkeeper for Dement Motor Co. Monday. SIKESTON - The 30th anniversary of the founding of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club observed last night at the Holiday Inn turned out 75 members and guests, including international and district Kiwanis...
Criminal's misuse of system is wrong (11/09/05)
Time and time again, I voice frustration, confusion and downright disgust for the legal system in this country. I believe in my heart it is the best system on the face of this Earth but it's far from perfect. For some insane reason, we allow criminals to "play" the system in such a blatant manner that simply defies logic and common sense. And in the end, we're wrong to allow it...
Your view: Maybe next time (11/09/05)
After 24 months and $1 million, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald did not find evidence of the outing of a CIA officer by the Bush Administration. Mr Fitzgerald found no evidence of a White House cover-up of prewar intelligence, as he stated during his two-hour news conference...
Speakout 11/9 (11/09/05)
You probably won't print this, but I am so sick of the Democrats and the Republicans fighting. I won't claim a party. I'm an Independent. I am sick of people trying to make something humongous out of a party. God is in control of what is going on right now, and we need to wake up and realize that. ...