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Stories from Friday, December 28, 2007

Realignment will benefit area Girl Scouts (12/28/07)
SIKESTON -- Expanded opportunities will be the main benefit Girl Scouts in five councils once they have merged and completed the realignment process in the next nine months. "It's to get the councils more efficient and with a high capacity -- all girls everywhere are going to have a quality experience," said Libby Mobley, board chair of the Cotton Boll Area Council, which services Southeast Missouri. ...
Settlement accepted for totaled county vehicle (12/28/07)
CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners are accepting an insurance settlement for a totaled county vehicle -- now that they know about it. Commissioners accepted the settlement offer from Vision Insurance Company of $3,775 for the county's 1998 Jeep during their regular meeting Thursday...
In a fog (12/28/07)
A horse stands in the middle of a field on Ables Road surrounded by fog on Thursday. Heavy fog covered the Sikeston area until midmorning.
Satellite office deemed a success (12/28/07)
BENTON -- The extra efforts of the Scott County Collector's Office to make tax time more convenient for county taxpayers appear to have paid off. Collector Mark Hensley briefed the commissioners on the response to the collection box located outside the courthouse, as well as the Sikeston satellite office, at Thursday's regular commission meeting...
Braves fall but Bluejays move into semifinals (12/28/07)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The most anticipated game of the night at the seMissourian Christmas Tournament did not disappoint the big crowd Thursday. The last game of day two, featured the fifth-seed Notre Dame Bulldogs who pulled off a mild upset against the fourth-seed Scott County Central Braves in a close 68-60 decision...
Hoyas too much for SHS (12/28/07)
POPLAR BLUFF--The opening round of the 21st Poplar Bluff Showdown began for the Sikeston Bulldogs on Thursday night, as they fell to the Harrison Hoyas of Kennesaw, Ga., by a score of 85-70. The Hoyas began their scoring run from the opening tip as they put up seven points before the Bulldogs got on the board. ...
Bulldogs fall to Hayti (12/28/07)
BLOOMFIELD -- The Portageville Bulldogs fell to the No. 1 seed Hayti Indians 69-50 Thursday evening in the second round of the the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. Hayti's size and athleticism proved to be too much for Portageville to handle as they hit the ground running from the opening tip off and never looked back...
Billy Matthews Sr. (12/28/07)
SULLIVAN -- Billy J. Matthews Sr., 79, formerly of Sikeston, died Dec. 21, 2007, at his home. He was the son of the late Clyde and Lucille Inman Matthews. Originally from the Bootheel area of Missouri, he was an all-conference tackle for the Sikeston Bulldogs and received a football scholarship to Arkansas State. ...
Vernon Phillips (12/28/07)
MORLEY - Vernon Euman Phillips, 81, died at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 27, 2007, at his home due to complications related to Alzheimers disease. Born Jan. 14, 1926, near Lamar, Ark., to the late Lee A. and Sylvia Noe Phillips, his family moved to Missouri in 1938, and he attended Randles School. ...
Evelyn Duncan (12/28/07)
NEW MADRID -- Evelyn Duncan, 64, died Dec. 27, 2007, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Born Dec. 15, 1943, in Oran, daughter of the late Earl Douglas and Grace Alice McCarty McCallister, she was a longtime member of the New Madrid Baptist Church...
Nettie Graham (12/28/07)
EAST PRAIRIE - Nettie Grace Graham, 96, died at 12:58 p.m. Dec. 27, 2007, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born Dec. 29, 1910, in East Prairie, to the late Francis Joseph and Birdie Lee Sailer Harr, she was of the Baptist belief. On Aug. 26, 1929, she married Elmer Lee Graham who preceded her in death on April 19, 1990...
Gerald King (12/28/07)
DEXTER -- The Rev. Gerald W. King, 77, died Dec. 26, 2007, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare. Born Aug. 14, 1930, in Campbell, son of the late Roy Judson and Cleda Mildred Allen King, he had lived in Poplar Bluff, Sikeston and St. Louis before he moved to Puxico in 1967. ...
Lucille Taylor (12/28/07)
BERTRAND --Lucille Taylor, 92, died Dec. 27, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born June 2, 1915, in New Madrid, daughter of the late Sam and Ethel Wilson Martin, she was a homemaker and member of the United Pentecostal Church in Sikeston...
Pearlie McCoy (12/28/07)
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Pearlie Mae McCoy, 84, died Dec. 24, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lafayette. Born May 21, 1923, in Vigo County, to the late Earl N. and Lydia Mae Riggle Overbey, she was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Vincennes and a former line supervisor for R.C.A...
Births (Published 12/28) (12/28/07)
Bugg SIKESTON - Jena and Gregory Bugg Jr. are the parents of their first child, a son, born at 8:23 a.m. Nov. 15, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Gunner Lane Wyatt Bugg weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Janice and Brian Frazier and Harold Duff Jr. of Sikeston...
Johnson - Roper (12/28/07)
SIKESTON -- Donnie and Donna Johnson have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mandy Johnson, to Darren Roper, son of Mitzy and Ron Rumohr and Larry and Phoebie Roper of Advance. The future bride graduated from Kelly High School in 2000 and Three Rivers Community College in 2005. She is a registered nurse and is employed by Cottonwood Treatment Center in Cape Girardeau...
Looking Back 12/28 (12/28/07)
SIKESTON - Sikeston High School dropped its first game yesterday afternoon in the Cape Girardeau Holiday Tournament at Houck Field House, when they could not hit the basket on shots presented them and lost 25 to 34 to the College High preps. --- SIKESTON - Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Matthews are entertaining with a dance at the Country Club this evening for their daughter, Dot, who is home for the holidays...
SpeakOut 12/28 (12/28/07)
I hope you print this letter. I wonder what it takes to be considered an equal. I work for an area school and was really upset about something I heard. Please tell me why it is fair that the teachers were given Christmas bonuses when no one else in the school were? The rest of us work just as hard as the teachers. ...