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Stories from Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New aldermen, mayor are sworn in at Miner meeting (04/12/06)
MINER -- Betty Barnes and Frank Tatum are back on the Miner Board of Aldermen. Board members first approved the appointment of board members Justin Medley and Peggy Holman and Miner citizens Bill Unger, Mitch Thompson, Gale Wessling and Mary Davis to represent Miner on the Tax Increment Financing commission for the U.S. Highway 62-Drury Drive intersection during the regular Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday...
Fun in the sun (04/12/06)
Denton Beck, 5, swings on his tire swing enjoying the warm weather. Rain is in the forecast today but skies will clear for the rest of the week with temperatures in the upper 60s.
Hess withdraws name from presiding commissioner race (04/12/06)
CHARLESTON -- The race for presiding county commissioner in Mississippi County will now be decided during the August primary election. Gary L. Hess, who filed as a Republican for the position, has withdrawn his candidacy, according to the Mississippi County clerk's office...
Time is now to look for summer jobs (04/12/06)
SIKESTON -- Searching for the ideal summer job doesn't have to be a dreaded and drawn-out process -- especially if job seekers start now. "It's never too early to look for a job and be out there as they become needed," said Mike Seabaugh, regional manager for Division of Workforce Development-Missouri Career Center in Sikeston...
County lends a helping hand (04/12/06)
BENTON -- While Scott County officials don't like to see another community hit with an emergency, lending a hand can provide valuable practical experience that can help the county prepare for the worst here. Joe Burton, county emergency management coordinator, discussed lessons learned while assisting Caruthersville respond to and recover from tornado damage with Scott County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday...
SHS tracksters take second at Jackson invitational (04/12/06)
JACKSON -- Sikeston boys finished a strong second at the 18-team Jackson Invitational track meet on Saturday. Sikeston's 94 points were 13 shy of meet champion Cape Central with 107. Rounding out the top five team scores were third-place Farmington with 76 points, fourth-place Poplar Bluff with 71 and fifth-place Jackson with 68...
Netters bounce Bluff (04/12/06)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog tennis team posted a 6-3 victory against Poplar Bluff on a windy Tuesday afternoon at Sikeston High School as they improved their record to 6-3 on the season. "Poplar Bluff's got a couple of nice players at the top of their lineup," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "They're both very solid, but I thought Chris (Matthews) and Logan (Hampton) both had their moments against them...
Nobody asked me but ... (04/12/06)
Nobody asked me but...it is a sad day at Scott County Central. Head boys basketball coach David Heeb will be suspended for coaching for one year, and the program will be on a probationary period for three years. MSHSAA determined that Heeb contacted students and parents at Bell City in an attempt to influence them to enroll at Scott Central for the sole purpose to play sports...
Sikeston native earns OVC honor (04/12/06)
Cape Girardeau -- The Ohio Valley Conference has named Southeast Missouri State hurdler Alonzo Nelson the OVC Track Athlete of the Week and jumper Andrew Lambert as the Field Athlete of the Week. Nelson ran the 400-meter hurdles in a new Gatorade Classic record time of 51.44 which ranks him fourth in the nation this season. Nelson's time also qualifies him for the NCAA Regional...
It's not my 'Baseball Heaven' (04/12/06)
April is here and as many of you know with April comes the return of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Everybody and their brother will be talking about what Albert Pujols did the night before or how the Cardinals just got swept by the pathetic Cubs. But this year, you Cardinal fans will also be talking about the new stadium. ...
Dale Pursell (04/12/06)
DEXTER - Dale Pursell, 79, died April 11, 2006, at Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter. Born Sept. 28, 1926, in Bernie, son of the late Henry A. and Orlena Coats Pursell, he had lived all his life in Dexter. He was a retired mail carrier with the Dexter Post Office, a member of the First Nazarene Church in Dexter and a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during World War II...
Ron England (04/12/06)
DEXTER -- Ron England, 54, died April 10, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Feb. 4, 1952, in Dexter, son of the late Lester Cleo and Juanita Harris England Welty, he had lived all his life in Dexter, where he was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He had worked as a truck driver...
Mary Kelly (04/12/06)
HOOKS, Texas - Mary L. "Ms. Mary" Kelly, 58, died April 11, 2006, at her home. Born June 2, 1947, in Stoddard County, Mo., she was the daughter of the late J.H. and Mary Baker Surface. Her husband, John Michael Kelly, survives of the home. Other survivors include: four sons, John Michael Kelly Jr. ...
Juanita Taylor (04/12/06)
SIKESTON -- Pallbearers at funeral services scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Heartland Church of God of Prophecy for Mary Juanita Taylor, 79, who died April 10, 2006, will be her grandsons, Allen Birmingham, Chris Taylor, Brian Taylor, Dallas Biddle, Adam Taylor and Michael Smith...
Joseph Grindstaff (04/12/06)
MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. - Joseph Grindstaff, 52, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died April 11, 2006, at his home in Mount Juliet. Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Mickey Thompson (04/12/06)
SIKESTON - Alma Vern "Miss Mickey T" Thompson, 76, died April 10, 2006, at her home. Born Aug. 16, 1929, in Essex, to the late Emory Owen and Floetta Lillian Babb Martin, she had been a restaurant owner and music promoter and was a member and matron of Beulahland Fellowship General Baptist Church in Sikeston...
Christine Redfering (04/12/06)
EAST PRAIRIE - Christine Keene Redfering, 87, died at 11:43 p.m. April 10, 2006, in the Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau. Born Oct. 24, 1918, in New Madrid County, to the late Andrew E. and Jennie Virginia Gardener Keene, she was a graduate of Higgerson School in New Madrid and had lived all of her life in New Madrid and Mississippi Counties. She was also a member of the First Christian Church in East Prairie...
Remona Bess (04/12/06)
BELL CITY -- Remona Sue Bess, 71, died April 10, 2006, at her home. Born Oct. 18, 1934, at Dongola, daughter of the late Rosewell and Mona Sitz Bess, she was graduate of Bell City High School. She worked at the Inland Shoe Factory in Advance for 21 years and later worked at the Wohl Shoe Company in Sikeston for 12 years...
Births (Published 4/12) (04/12/06)
MOREHOUSE - Amber Sutton is the mother of her second child, first daughter, born at 1:37 p.m. March 8, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Isabella Ruth Sutton weighed 7 pounds and was 18.75 inches long. Grandparents are Kevin Sutton and Donna and Tim Brashears...
Looking Back 4/12 (04/12/06)
SIKESTON - Truman Bennett of Sikeston, Tuesday, assumed management of the south Kroger Store in Sikeston. He succeeds E.F. Mouser, who was manager for the past 13 years, manager of the store and is retiring after 41 years in the grocery business. SIKESTON - Trinity Baptist Church members last night pledged funds sufficient to complete the first phase of their church building program...
What me worry? You better believe I do (04/12/06)
I devote some time each and every day to worrying. I am not alone. You do it too. I am not obsessed with my worrying; in fact, I may actually worry less than most. So today, I am torn between a number of issues. Should I worry about gasoline prices which are expected to hit record levels this summer or should I worry about the war in Iraq that has lasted far longer than expected? Should I worry about the war on methamphetamine which I believe we're losing or should I focus my worries on the sticky question of illegal immigration?. ...
Your view: Thanks DPS (04/12/06)
I want to thank the Public Safety Fire Division for their fast response to a vehicle fire last week. I was working at a job site on North Kingshighway when a fire began in my truck. Without the rapid response of the fire crew, my truck would have been destroyed, and that would have put me out of a job...
Your view: I agree (04/12/06)
Your editorial on Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was right on the button. I like the way you tell it like it is. Please keep it up. Some of us agree with you 100 percent. C.F. Cline
Speakout 4/12 (04/12/06)
Michael Jensen is the only person willing to say it like it is. Why can't we have thousands of Michael Jensens running our country? A copy of his column "Ppoor, the poor will remain poor," needs to be copied non-stop and sent to every lawmaker in this entire American nation on a daily or hourly basis until our lawmakers start representing us. ...