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Stories from Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Local seniors earn college money (05/16/07)
SIKESTON -- About $2.5 million -- and likely more -- in scholarships is expected to be awarded to graduating seniors from a few surrounding high schools during their commencements over the next week. Although school guidance counselors said they haven't noticed a huge change in the cumulative amount of scholarships their graduating classes receive each year, they have noticed more scholarship opportunities -- and students taking advantage of those...
Montgomery Bank to build 30-story tower in St. Louis (05/16/07)
SIKESTON -- A family-owned institution with roots in Sikeston is branching out in St. Louis. The Montgomery family has recently acquired five Clayton properties where it plans to build a $100-million 25- to 30-story tower with office, retail and possible residential or hotel space. Family members emphasized while the building will provide 4,000 square feet for a Montgomery Bank location on the ground floor, the bank's headquarters will remain in Sikeston...
Dry corn mill begins operation at the port (05/16/07)
BENTON -- SEMO Milling has just completed its first production run at the SEMO Port A public meeting to close out the $467,980 block grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development was held Tuesday during the regular Scott County Commission meeting...
Storm damage (05/16/07)
Workers try to remove a tree off a house on South Street Tuesday evening. Strong winds came through the Sikeston area early Tuesday evening along with heavy rain. Several trees were reported down throughout Sikeston and several roads were flooded for a short period of time. Crews were out in force after the storm cleaning up debris left behind...
Monkeying around (05/16/07)
SEMO Christian Academy students Abby Gates and Hudson Kuykendall monkey around during recess Tuesday afternoon. Area schools are in their final weeks of the 2006-2007 school year.
Cox takes first place in BassBuster tournament (05/16/07)
LAKE BARKLEY, Ky. -- The Bootheel BassBusters held their second tournament of the year on May 6th on Lake Barkley out of the Devil's Elbow ramp. Leven Cox won the tournament with a six fish limit weighing 14 lbs. 10 oz. and also took Big Bass honors with a 4 lb. 8 oz. largemouth...
3-on-3 champions (05/16/07)
The Bootheelballers, consisting of Portageville seniors Marcus Greene (left) and Trey Mosby (center) and Sikeston's Julian Beard (right), teamed together to take home first place in the 11th-12th grade division of the Ste. Genevieve 3-on-3 Mania Basketball Tournament on Saturday. The Bootheelballers, which defeated a tough team from Dexter in the championship game, was coached by Al Jones...
Scott City hammers Charleston; Portageville's season ends against Senath-Hornersville (05/16/07)
CHARLESTON -- Shae Simmons went 2-for-4 with a triple and struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings of pitching to lead Scott City past Charleston 14-3 in the semifinal round of the Class 2 District 2 at Charleston. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule...
Bulldogs use longball to advance to district title game (05/16/07)
DEXTER -- The Sikeston Bulldogs advanced to the Class 3, District 1 championship game with a 12-2 victory against Perryville on Tuesday at Dexter's East City Park. Second-seeded Sikeston will play No. 5 Kennett today for the championship at 4:30 p.m. Kennett upset top-seeded Dexter 6-4 on Tuesday...
Sikeston netters sweep Festus to advance to sectional (05/16/07)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog tennis team advanced to the sectional round of state play with a 9-0 victory against Festus on Tuesday at the Sikeston High School tennis courts. In a new playoff format this year, Sikeston, which was runner up in the district and Festus, which finished third, met in a regional round...
Fast food takes the slow route (05/16/07)
My grandmother used to tell me that patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, I never listened to my grandmother and I've grown into one of the most impatient people on the planet. But after years and years of getting testy while waiting in lines, or waiting for people to write their stories or just waiting in general, I decided to work on my patience. And things were going well until I visited a local fast food restaurant...
Virginia Nance (05/16/07)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Virginia Lee Watkins Nance, 77, died May 14, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 3, 1929, in Jackson, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Bessie Thiele Watkins. A 1947 graduate of Cape Central High School, she was a member of VFW Post 3838 Auxiliary, American Legion Post 63 Auxiliary and Grace United Methodist Church...
Sarah Maxwell (05/16/07)
CHAFFEE -- Sarah Alene Maxwell, 94, died May 15, 2007, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born April 22, 1913, in Puxico, to the late Henry Warren and Cora Lee Hodge Shrum, she had worked at Sports Specialty Shoe Co. and Florsheim Shoe Factory in Chaffee. She was a member of Chaffee Easter Star Chapter No. 48 and the First Christian Church of Chaffee...
Charlie Simpkins (05/16/07)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Charlie Simpkins, 62, died May 11, 2007, at his sister's home in East Prairie. Born June 10, 1944, in Wolf Island, he was the son of the late George and Hattie Cross Simpkins. Survivors include: three brothers and one sister-in-law, Larry and Peggy Simpkins of Charleston, Thomas Simpkins of Hesperie, Calif., and Sylvester Simpkins of East Prairie; and two sisters, Clarise Simpkins and Carailla Paterson of East Prairie...
Essie Crenshaw (05/16/07)
SIKESTON -- Essie Bee Crenshaw, 98, formerly of Charleston, died May 9, 2007, at her granddaughter's home. Born July 25, 1908, in Clarksdale, Miss., daughter of the late Sam Hawkins and Minnie Wilson, she had lived in Missouri for over 80 years and owned and operated a cafe with her daughter, Willa Mae Carthon, for many years in Charleston. She was of the Baptist belief...
Beatrice Holland (05/16/07)
MALDEN - Beatrice Holland, 73, died May 14, 2007, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born April 15, 1934, in Bell City, daughter of the late Tom and Annie Moore Wallace, she was of the Baptist belief. Survivors include: four sons, Ellis Gregory and Alexander Davis of Sikeston, Daniel Holland of Cape Girardeau and Willie Holland of St. ...
Richard Clark (05/16/07)
WAPPAPELLO - Richard Leroy Clark, 65, formerly of East Prairie, died May 15, 2007, at his home. Born Nov. 24, 1941, at East Prairie, son of the late Otha Clark and Julia Denning Clark Hinshaw, he lived in East Prairie before moving to the Lake Wappapello area 12 years ago and had been employed with Johnny Beyerbach Construction...
Bonnie Hoffine (05/16/07)
SIKESTON - Bonnie Hoffine, 73, of Sikeston died May 15, 2007, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday.
Billy Coleman (05/16/07)
CHARLESTON -- Billy Wayne Coleman, 54, died May 11, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born March 15, 1953, in Charleston, son of the late Wilvon Coleman and Ethel Mae Henderson, he was of the Baptist belief and a graduate of Charleston High School...
Eva Stallings (05/16/07)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Eva Stallings, 81, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died at 11:50 p.m. May 15, 2007, at the Methodist North Hospital at Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete with McMikle Funeral Home of Charleston.
Looking Back 5/16 (05/16/07)
SIKESTON - Approximately 150 juniors attended the Junior-Senior Banquet given by the junior class at the Methodist Church last Friday night. SIKESTON - A white mongrel dog, sought by the humane officer for three months, was killed after police received reports that the dog had bitten children in the Clayton Park area last week...
Bush should listen to the 'moderates' (05/16/07)
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was among a group of 11 "moderate" Republican House members who met with President Bush last week to urge a revision in our policy toward the war in Iraq. According to news reports, the 11 House members warned the President that the current strategy will lead to defections among the GOP ranks and will hurt the election prospects for Republicans in 2008...
Your view: Letter to citizens (05/16/07)
To New Madrid County Citizens, On Thursday, May 10, 2007, my letter of resignation from the office of County Auditor was submitted to Governor Matt Blunt and the New Madrid County Commission. I have accepted a position with the New Madrid County R-1 School District beginning on June 4, 2007...
Speakout 5/16 (05/16/07)
I have a question or two about the old Dunn Hotel property. How much did the city pay for it and the adjacent property? And where are they going to get the money to build the proposed police station back? According to a response from city officials, the Board of Municipal Utilities purchased the property for $350,000. The City Council has not made a determination as to when a new public safety building will be built....