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Stories from Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hodges ready to get to work (01/18/07)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Having completed the freshman orientation tour and being selected as president of his class, Steve Hodges is ready to get down to business as state representative for the 161st District. "There are a lot things happening and a lot of things to look forward to," Hodges said. "I'm having about as much fun as I can stand."...
City races finalized for ballot (01/18/07)
SIKESTON -- City races were finalized Tuesday as filing for the April municipal election came to an end. Miner residents will choose between two candidates for city collector: incumbent Ellen Davis and resident Sue Shackles. The positions is for a four-...
Road work (01/18/07)
Randy Gaines and Richard Cassell, both employees of Sikeston Public Works, patch potholes on Compress Road Wednesday afternoon. The city is currently patching the holes which were caused because of the rain and cold weather.
SHS getting healthy (01/18/07)
SIKESTON -- In the wake of last Friday's disappointing loss to the Scott City Rams, the Sikeston Bulldogs have spent this week to prepare for the stretch run of the regular season. Sikeston's schedule used to include the Superman Classic this week, but the Bulldogs replaced that tournament with the Dyersburg Christmas Tournament...
Tourney semifinal features athletic matchup of Scott Central and E.P. (01/18/07)
MORLEY - The semifinals of the Scott-Miss. Conference Tournament being held at Scott County Central High School are set for tonight. At 7:30 p.m., the East Prairie Eagles will battle the Scott County Central Braves followed by the Oran Eagles taking on the Scott City Rams at 9 p.m...
SJHS freshmen fall to Dexter (01/18/07)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston 8th grade basketball team improved to 7-3 on the season with a 35-24 victory against Poplar Bluff in the Cape Central Junior High Tournament. Poplar Bluff led 7-6 after one quarter and 13-12 by halftime, but the Bulldogs took control in the third quarter, leading 28-18 on a buzzer-beating shot by Will Holifield...
Becky Shands (01/18/07)
SIKESTON -- Becky Renae Williams Harrison Stewart Shands, 34, died at 9:41 p.m. Jan. 12, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Oct. 24, 1972, at Fort Leonard Wood, daughter of James B. Williams of Watertown, N.Y., and Carolyn Sue Long of Sacramento, Calif., she was adopted by the late Eddie Harrison who raised her. She attended Sikeston Public Schools and worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Sikeston...
Regina Lang (01/18/07)
HIGH RIDGE - Regina Joyce Lang, 61, died Jan. 17, 2007, at her home. Born Dec. 29, 1945, at Canon City, Colo., daughter of the late Clyde and Hazel Furrow Horner, she was formerly a resident of Bloomfield, moving to the St. Louis area in 1965. She was a member of the Lafayette Bible Baptist Church in Manchester...
Joe Ward (01/18/07)
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Joe Ted Ward, 68, died Jan. 16, 2007, in Jackson. He was born March 27, 1938, in Decater County, Tenn., the son of the late Ruel and Lettie Pearl Wright Ward. On July 31, 1954, in Corinth, Miss., he married Pansy Stewart who survives of the home...
Lois Moore (01/18/07)
BERNIE -- Lois Louise Moore, 87, died Jan. 16, 2007, at Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter. Born Aug. 1, 1919, in Covington, Tenn., daughter of the late William Craddock and Addie Belle Bringle Worley, she owned and operated Lois Beauty Shop in Bernie for the last 50 years. She was a member of Parma General Baptist Church...
Carol Phillips (01/18/07)
CHAFFEE -- Carol Jean Searle Phillips, 57, died at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 16, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center from complications related to an automobile accident, which occurred in 1986. She had been a resident of Chaffee Nursing Center since 1988. She was born May 22, 1949, in Erie, Pa., to Harold and Gertrude Robison Searle. She and James David Phillips of Oran were married Nov. 26, 1978. He died as the result of an automobile accident Dec. 9, 1981, in Youngstown, Ohio...
George Hopkins (01/18/07)
SIKESTON -- George Hopkins, 74, died Jan. 17, 2007, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Melba Venable (01/18/07)
DEXTER -- Melba Greer Venable, 46, died Jan. 16, 2007, at her home. Born June 10, 1960, in Dexter, daughter of the late Clyde and Ollie Taylor Greer, she was a lifelong resident of Morehouse and Dexter. She attended the General Baptist Church in Morehouse...
Tanna Parish (01/18/07)
MEXICO, Mo. -- Tanna Parish, 68, formerly of Charleston, died at 10:35 a.m. Jan. 13, 2007, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico. Born June 21, 1938, in Pfeiffer, Ark., the son of N. Loucile Barnes Parish of Mexico and the late Ruzy U. Parish, he was city manager for the city of Mexico, a position he had held since 2002, and had served as Mexico's public works director from 1988 to 2002. ...
Kenneth Stone (01/18/07)
BENTON -- Kenneth Dale Stone, 55, died Jan. 16, 2007, at his home. Born Feb. 28, 1951, in Cotton Hill, son of the late James Wilburn and Eva Marice Disotell Stone, he was a riverboat pilot for JEMCO. On June 20, 1969, in Chaffee, he married Carolyn C. McBride who survives...
Births (Published 1/18) (01/18/07)
BENTON - Sonya Allen and Bradley Butrum are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 30, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Joshua Lloyd Butrum weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Robert and Loretta Bom...
Looking Back 1/18 (01/18/07)
SIKESTON - Eight building permits totaling $9,903 have been issued for 1947, according to City Records and Building Commissioner Lon Swanner. SIKESTON - A 15-year-old boy who was returning from a neighborhood grocery store Thursday lost control of his bicycle when he said he saw a hovering green object with flashing red lights. He smacked the bicycle into a wooden fence. Several other neighborhood youths said they saw the same lights...
Efforts are needed to stop child abuse (01/18/07)
On a hot summer day in 2005, Shawn Michael Mohan - then an 18 year-old father - was babysitting his 3 month-old son. What happened next defies the imagination. Regardless of the details, the infant son ended up in the hospital with serious head injuries and Mohan pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges and received a five-year suspended sentence...
Your view: Death deserved (01/18/07)
Death of a Tyrant Saddam Hussein personified the old dictum "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The recent macabre photos of his corpse reminded me of Shelley's poem "OZYMANDIAS", reads in part, as follows: I met a traveler from an antique land...
Speakout 1/18 (01/18/07)
I calling in about the fan who called in in the January 11th and 12th editions about Charleston fans. Let's get it straight. You all did beat Charleston, you beat us for the first time since 1991 on our floor. That is a great accomplishment. I would just like to say we beat Sikeston twice a year on their floor, every year and you all finally beat us since 1991. ...