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Stories from Monday, October 30, 2006

Making a difference (10/30/06)
The Sikeston Altrusa Club took part in Make A Difference Day Saturday by gathering school supplies. Pictured packaging up the supplies are club members Kathy Cullins, Ellie Knight and Terry Eakins. The supplies will be given to the Houses of Refuge in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, the Susanna Wesley Center in East Prairie, Hannah's House in Cairo, Ill., and Mission Missouri in Sikeston...
Candidates express views on issues (10/30/06)
SIKESTON -- With Missouri's term limits preventing incumbent Lanie Black from running for another term as the state representative for the 161st district, voters have their choice of two new candidates to send to Jefferson City. Gary Branum, the Republican candidate, has been married to his wife, Becky, for 34 years. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, age 18...
Oran woman is 2007 Miss Missouri USA (10/30/06)
SPRINGFIELD -- An Oran woman has been named Miss Missouri USA. Amber Seyer earned the tiara as Miss Missouri USA 2007 Saturday night in Springfield while Lauren Petersen became Miss Missouri Teen USA 2007. The 20-year-old Seyer is an Oran native who entered the pageant as "Miss Scott County USA." She is a junior at Lindenwood University studying International Management and Marketing. ...
Family Fun Day (10/30/06)
The Downtown Merchants Association and the Sikeston Area Humane Society sponsored a Halloween Family Fun Day Saturday at American Legion Park. (Above) Ann Thompson of the Sikeston Public Library reads a story to children as part of Sikeston Public Library Story hour. ...
Bulldogs win district opener (10/30/06)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team won their seventh straight game and district opener in Class 2, District 1 against the Windsor Owls 5-0 at the Sikeston Complex on Saturday afternoon. In other district action on Saturday. No. 2 seed Farmington downed Festus, while No. 4 seed De Soto Dragons defeated Fredericktown 3-1. The Dragons will face No. 1 seed Notre Dame Bulldogs, who earned the bye, in one semifinal match on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Complex...
Reba Vandover (10/30/06)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Reba Vandover, 94, died at 3:40 a.m., Oct. 28, 2006, at her home. Born March 21, 1912, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of the late Thomas and Belle Etheridge Gardner, she lived most of her life in East Prairie where she was a member of the Nelson United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was also a member of the Sikeston Chapter of the Eastern Star for over 50 years...
Laura Gorostiza (10/30/06)
CHARLESTON -- Loretta "Laura" Vasquez Gorostiza, 85, died at 11 p.m. Oct. 29, 2006, at the Charleston Manor. Born Sept. 30, 1921, in Yorktown, Texas, daughter of the late Francisco and Angelita Vila Vasquez, she lived most of her life in Charleston where she attended St. Henry Catholic Church...
Eugenia Abelson (10/30/06)
DEXTER - Eugenia Sue Abelson, 58, formerly of Bernie, died Oct. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 15, 1948, in Bernie, to the late Eugene Spencer and Ethel Melvina Fyffe Abelson, she was a homemaker and member of the Bernie Christian Church...
Mary Albach (10/30/06)
MACON - Mary Lucille Albach, 86, died Oct. 27, 2006, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon. Born Feb. 18, 1920, to the late James and Lutie Hogan, she was a 1938 graduate of Macon High School and a 1941 graduate of DePaul Hospital School of Nursing in St. ...
Joyce Lape (10/30/06)
MALDEN - Joyce Belle Causbie Lape, 83, died Oct. 29, 2006, at Missouri Southern Healthcare. Born Dec. 28, 1922, in Ash Flat, Ark., daughter of the late Fred and Eva Haynes Causbie, she was a housewife and was affiliated with the Dexter First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)...
Audrey Grant (10/30/06)
SIKESTON - Audrey Grant, 82, died Oct. 27, 2006, at the Mary Queen and Mother Center in St. Louis. Born March 31, 1924, in Johnston City, Ill., to the late Kirkley and Maude Pearce, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief. On Feb. 18, 1949, in Johnston City, she married Wilburn Grant, who preceded her in death on June 4, 2002...
Richard Myrick (10/30/06)
SIKESTON - Richard L. Myrick, 73, died Oct. 27, 2006, at Sikeston Healthcare near Sikeston. Born Jan. 14, 1933, at Parma, son of the late Lawrence A. and Lillian Lewis Myrick, he served in the U.S. Army from March 25, 1953, until June 22, 1955, and was a former technician for the heating and cooling industry. A member of the Presbyterian Church at Port St. Lucie, Fla., he had lived in Michigan and Florida for most of his life and in Dexter and Sikeston for the past three years...
Thelma Valentine (10/30/06)
DEXTER - Thelma Armada Valentine, 89, died Oct. 29, 2006, at Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter. Born Feb. 15, 1917, in Holcomb, to the late W.E. and Virgie Mounce Vails, she had lived in the Bernie and Dexter areas most of her life, where she was a homemaker. She was of the Pentecostal belief...
Mable Helt (10/30/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mable Helt, 69, died Oct. 30, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee, Mo.
Looking Back 10/30 (10/30/06)
60 years ago Oct. 30, 1946 SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs beat Poplar Bluff 19-0, rebounding from a defeat at the hands of Perryville last week. JACKSON - They saw their job and they did it. It is the best way to describe how the Sikeston Bulldogs spoiled the Jackson Indians' homecoming football game, 27-0...
Your view: A political comment (10/30/06)
Politics is an interesting subject. Depending on your point of view, it either colors or mars whatever subject is being discussed. Take the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the state of Missouri, for example. They sent a survey to all the political candidates asking what their personal opinions were on the "gun issues" in Missouri...
Your view: Red over Red Ribbon (10/30/06)
There are several aspects of Red Ribbon Week that remind me of the loyalty exercises demanded of school children in totalitarian regimes. When Cuban or North Korean children are massed in order to praise socialism or the Maximum Leader, we shake our heads. But our very own Red Ribbon Week is no different...
Speakout 10/30 (10/30/06)
I'd like to talk about your kids riding the bus. When your kid is riding the bus, the school and the school busdriver are responsible for them. What happens when the school busdriver drives off and leaves the kid standing there? Hmm, that's what happened today...