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Stories from Friday, October 5, 2007

Additional sodomy charges filed against teacher's aide (10/05/07)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- More charges have been filed against the South Pemiscot School District teacher's aide accused last month of having sexual acts with a student. Michael Willard Smith, 51, of rural Steele was charged Wednesday with two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree, which are class C felonies...
Picking time (10/05/07)
A farmer picks cotton west of Sikeston Thursday afternoon. Cotton boll opening is nearly complete, finishing one month ahead of last year and normal, according to state agriculture officials. The crop's condition is rated 9 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 34 percent good and 5 percent excellent...
County bridge work ahead (10/05/07)
BENTON -- Two Scott County bridges could get an upgrade in the near future, at minimal cost to the county. "We've got some money that's banked with MoDOT," said Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner, at Thursday's regular meeting. "It's not money that we basically can have, but can use to upgrade some bridges or culverts throughout the county."...
Street improvements under way (10/05/07)
Billy Holdiness, an employee of Fronabarger Concrete, excavates Harlene Street Thursday. The street extension will connect U.S. Highway 60 and County Line Road. Access to Highway 60 will not be available on Harlene until work is complete.
County, city join forces for ditch improvement study (10/05/07)
CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County will chip in half for a study on improving Ditch 14 in Charleston. Mississippi County commissioners agreed during their regular meeting Thursday to put in $2,700 in county funds toward a preliminary engineering study by Smith and Company of Poplar Bluff to upgrade the ditch where it runs through the city...
'Tis the season: Decorating for fall catches on in area (10/05/07)
SIKESTON -- More and more people are getting into the fall spirit by plugging in orange and purple lights and adding to their straw bale displays. About 48 percent of Americans plan to decorate for Halloween and will spend $1.82 billion on Halloween-related decorations, according to the National Retail Federation. Halloween is second to Christmas in household decorating and continues to grow each year...
Sikeston eighth, ninth grade teams lose on road to Poplar Bluff (10/05/07)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The Sikeston eighth and ninth grade football teams both came out on the losing end Thursday night in Poplar Bluff. The freshman Bulldogs lost a close 20-14 contest to the Mules. Poplar Bluff jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter but Sikeston answered quickly, driving down the field and scoring on a 10-yard pass play from Sam Erwin to Michael Sherrod. Erwin then completed a two-point conversion pass to Ray Clark giving the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead...
SHS season comes to end (10/05/07)
CAPE GIRARDEAU--The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team wrapped up their season on Thursday night, with a loss in the first game of districts to the Festus Lady Tigers (14-8), in four innings due to the 15-run mercy rule, losing the game 17-2. The loss knocked the Lady Bulldogs out of the district tournament, and they finished up their season with a 4-18 record...
District Champs (10/05/07)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team won their first-ever district title Thursday afternoon, led by the stellar singles play of senior Jenni DeWitt and freshman Campbell Moore. DeWitt, the top seed in the singles bracket, cruised to her third-straight Class 1, District 1 title, winning every match by a score of 6-0, 6-0...
Frank High (10/05/07)
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. - Frank High, 75, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died June 28, 2007, at his home. Born Oct. 30, 1931, in East Prairie, to the late Shannon B. and Ona B. Million High, he attended East Prairie School and served from 1950-1954 during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Coolbaugh. A member of the Teamsters Local 525 in Alton, Ill., he was a truck driver for 38 years and retired from Owens-Illinois in 1991...
W.C. Wiggens (10/05/07)
JUDSONIA, Ark. - W.C. Wiggens, 85, formerly of Portageville, Mo., died Oct. 3, 2007, at White County Medical Center in Searcy. A retired farmer and cattle rancher, he served in the U.S. Army alongside General Patton during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars...
Leroy Cato (10/05/07)
PUXICO -- Leroy W. Cato, 70, died Oct. 4, 2007, at his home. Born Dec. 29, 1936, in Zalma, son of the late Harrison and Dorothy Swick Cato, he had lived in the Puxico and Zalma areas all his life. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Delta Asphalt; a member of the Church of Christ in Asherville; and veteran of the U.S. Army...
Births (Published 10/5) (10/05/07)
Wheatley BENTON - Sarah and Jerry Wheatley are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 9:36 a.m. Aug. 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Jerry Christopher Wheatley II weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long...
Looking Back 10/5 (10/05/07)
SIKESTON - The widening of Center Street was among items of business included in the regular city council meeting last night. SIKESTON - "The Man Who Came to Dinner," a zany comedy about a man who is invited to dinner and slips on the steps of the house as he arrives, forcing him to stay a month, will soon open in Sikeston...
Your View: Floodway project needed (10/05/07)
On Monday (Sept. 24), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called St. John's - New Madrid flood protection "an ill-conceived project that cannot be justified either economically or environmentally," but discussed neither how the federal effort to close Missouri's only remaining gap in Mississippi River flood protection was conceived nor how it is justified...
SpeakOut 10/5 (10/05/07)
This is for all you parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who are sitting home feeling sorry for yourselves because no one ever comes by to see you. It's a miracle that you have kids, grandkids and great-grandkids that are playing sports, going to be in the Cotton Carnival parade, concerts and everything, and you are not there. You should be thankful that your child, grandchild or great-...