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Stories from Sunday, June 11, 2006

Heating things up for dad on Father's Day (06/11/06)
SIKESTON -- Some men like to fish. Some like to golf. And some men, like Mike Barnes of New Madrid, like to grill. "It's just a passion I've had since I was a kid," Barnes said. "My dad was a dentist, and one of his hobbies was cooking." With Father's Day and Fourth of July approaching, barbecue grills and their accessories are lighting up store aisles and displays everywhere...
Monkey tales: Owner defends Alex's antics (06/11/06)
SIKESTON -- Alex is not a bad monkey, according to his owner. He's just the latest target in a neighborhood conflict. Phyllis Gates said she used to get along fine with her neighbors until she helped out a friend they didn't approve of, after which the problems started...
Poetry has a place in today's literature (06/11/06)
SIKESTON - Although writing is a business for some people, for others the passion is still in poetry. Ken "Fog" Gilbert catered to those individuals at this weekend's Heartland Writers Conference, offering a poetry workshop. Gilbert, a resident of Carbondale, Ill., and a professor at John Hopkins University, focused on creating an interactive workshop in which each author was able to present his or her works and get feedback...
Honoring the American flag (06/11/06)
Spence Vaughn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 41, folds a worn and tattered American flag that will be retired during a U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m.Tuesday behind the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. All worn-out or tattered U.S. flags can be dropped off at the SACC office or at the VFW Hall on Smith St. Also helping Vaughn with preparing for the ceremony were Ryan Norton, Ben Hunter and Alex Lesey. Flag Day is Tuesday...
Authorities seek identity of woman's body discovered in Pemiscot County (06/11/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Authorities are seeking information on a dead woman found Friday near a cotton field. An death investigation by the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control began at 11:34 a.m. Friday after the sheriff's office received a call from a farmer advising he had located a decomposing body in a tree line next to his cotton field on County Road 556...
Writing another chapter in career (06/11/06)
SIKESTON - From its humble beginnings in 1990, the Heartland Writers Conference, which was held this weekend in Sikeston, has transformed itself into one of the largest writing workshops in the nation. It began as a one-day conference featuring eight writers, one editor and one agent...
Bulls rally past Fulton (06/11/06)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulls ended a three-game losing streak on Friday night at VFW Stadium with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the visiting Fulton, Ky. Railroaders in Kitty League action. The Bulls continue to find new and exciting ways to win a game in their last at-bats. Last Friday at home, the Bulls defeated the Tennessee T's by scoring the winning run when the T's catcher threw wildly back to the pitcher...
SHS getting new track (06/11/06)
SIKESTON -- Blessed with a rich, proud tradition, the Sikeston High School track and field program is perennially one of Southeast Missouri's best. The program now gets a major boost with a complete renovation and facelift of the current track facilities at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium...
Crosby named wrestling coach (06/11/06)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog wrestling program will have a new coach on the sidelines next year with the promotion of longtime assistant Chris Crosby as the next head coach. Crosby, 33, has been an assistant coach with the Bulldog wrestling program for nine years. He will be taking over the program after Ivan Robison resigned after two years at the helm...
Soccer camp (06/11/06)
Two youngsters battle for the ball during a drill during soccer camp Friday at the Sikeston Complex. A large number of boys and girls took part in the week-long camp.
Essner is named to All-American team (06/11/06)
HILLSBORO -- Former Kelly High School standout and the 2005 Standard Democrat Female Athlete of the Year Kelly Essner finished an outstanding freshman season in softball at Jefferson College in Hillsboro. Essner was named a second team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American after leading Jefferson College to a 49-16 record, including an 18-2 mark in conference play and a sweep in the regional tournament to advance to the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Florida...
Family-owned dealership marks 41 years (06/11/06)
SIKESTON - Back in 1965 when Clint Elledge purchased the local Ford dealership, he saw it as an opportunity to create a family business that would provide the best in sales and service to Southeast Missouri. Over the past four decades, Elledge was joined in the business first by his son, Roger Elledge, and more recently by his grandson, Roger Elledge II. ...
Ameren UE continues service improvement in Southeast Missouri (06/11/06)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - As part of the ongoing effort to upgrade the performance of its distribution system, AmerenUE's SEMO Division has scheduled $9 million in new construction and service improvements during 2006 In 2005, AmerenUE's SEMO Division invested $4.2 million to increase reliability and capacity throughout the Division's 12-county service area of southeast Missouri...
Curtis L. Moore (06/11/06)
O'FALLON, Ill. -- Curtis Leroy Moore, 73, died at 8:30 a.m. June 9, 2006, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1932, in Golconda, son of the late Loren and Bertha Baldwin Moore, he lived in O'Fallon most of his life and was employed as a lineman. He was a retired member of IBEW Local 309 in Collinsville...
James E. Tyrone (06/11/06)
SMYRNA, Tenn. -- James E. Tyrone, 94, died June 9, 2006. Born Dec. 15, 1911, in Collierville, the son of the late John Luther and Mattie- Bob Abernathy Tyrone, he was a retired security officer and a member of the Smyrna Church of the Nazarene in Smyrna...
Trudy J. Hillyard (06/11/06)
BENTON -- Trudy J. Hillyard, 56, died at 11:09 p.m. June 9, 2006, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Billy Gene Grigsby (06/11/06)
EAST PRAIRIE - Billy Gene Grigsby, 69, died at 9:33 p.m. June 9, 2006, at his home. Born Aug. 11, 1936, in the Yellow Dog community near East Prairie, son of the late Walter and Veda Lillian Berry Grigsby, he lived in Mississippi County most of his life. Employed with the Mississippi County Highway Department, he was a member of the First Christian Church in East Prairie and was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Births (Published 6/11) (06/11/06)
CHARLESTON - Chandra and Warren Bowers Jr. are the parents of their second child, second daughter, born May 17, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Ciarra Renee Bowers weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Lavern Townsend of Charleston and the late Russell Montjoy...
Herring - Lyell (06/11/06)
SIKESTON -- Jim and Judy Leigh of Sikeston and Walter Herring of Richmond, Va., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Melody Ann Herring to William Chesley Lyell, son of James Wesley and Bess Lyell of Richmond. A 1990 graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis, she is employed at Best Price Tree Co. in Richmond. She is the granddaughter of the late John and Myrtle Nunnelee and the great-granddaughter of the late John Fred Nunnelee Sr. and Audrey Nunnelee...
Looking Back 6/11 (06/11/06)
SIKESTON - At the Malone Theater today, "Gilda" with Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. At the Rex Theater June 14, "Christmas Holiday" with Deanna Durbin plus "Shock" with Vincent Price. JEFFERSON CITY - Aubrey Michael, Scott County collector, was elected president here today at the annual Collectors and Treasurers convention. He assumed his duties this afternoon at 2 p.m...
Time to close doors on criminal element (06/11/06)
I certainly don't want to step on toes but there are some things that simply need to be said. Come to think of it, I don't really mind stepping on toes and anyone who reads this column knows that. But well-intentioned, good citizens need to understand the state of our community and act immediately...
Speakout 6/11 (06/11/06)
Tell it like it is This is the person that you keep calling Missy in your SpeakOut. Call me what you want to, I don't care. What I do care about is having to pay for LAZY people who don't work and lay around and enjoy the good life on WELFARE. If you would have read the things I said earlier in SpeakOut stupid, you would have realized I was talking about people who CAN work, people that AREN'T sick. ...