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Stories from Thursday, January 17, 2008

Poplar Bluff man gets 15 years (01/17/08)
POPLAR BLUFF -- A Poplar Bluff man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiring to have another man he was accused of assaulting killed to prevent him from testifying against him. Walter Lee Smith Jr., 52, pleaded guilty as charged to the Class B felony of conspiracy before Presiding Circuit Judge Mark Richardson, according to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Bloomfield boy is honored as hero (01/17/08)
BLOOMFIELD -- A local boy who rescued his mother during a recent house fire was officially recognized Monday night by the City of Bloomfield. Ten-year-old fifth grader Shawn Griffin was invited to the Monday night meeting of the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen to be honored for his role in the Dec. 30 fire that destroyed the home of he and his family...
Web sites help couples who are getting married (01/17/08)
SIKESTON -- Once the excitement of her engagement settled down, Megan Nelson had no clue where to start with the wedding planning. So, like so many other twenty-somethings, Nelson turned to the Internet for help. There, Nelson found The Knot (www.theknot.com), which is one of the world's leading online wedding planning resources. ...
Sikeston man sentenced to prison (01/17/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Scott County man was sentenced to prison on felony drug charges. Robert Lee Jones, 28, of Sikeston, was sentenced to 188 months on one felony count of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute during an appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court...
Consumers feeling hit of economy in grocery stores (01/17/08)
SIKESTON -- With the struggling economy, the hits keep coming for cash- strapped consumers, and now it's occurring in the grocery store aisles. On Wednesday, the Labor Department said inflation is up by the largest amount in 17 years. In 2007, consumer prices rose by 4.1 percent, a sharp increase from the 2.5 increase in 2006. Increases in both food and fuel are the largest since 1990...
Hearings focus on seniors' issues (01/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY - The hearings are over, now the work begins. The members of the Interim Committee on Senior Nutrition, including Rep. Ellen Brandom, R-Sikeston, and Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, have issued their recommendations for legislation beneficial to seniors. Their report follows a series of meetings across Missouri...
8th grade boys beat Mules (01/17/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston 8th grade boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Cape Central Tournament Wednesday evening by defeating the Poplar Bluff Mules 45-38. The Bulldogs were 13-for-21 at the free-throw line in the victory...
Bulldogs freeze up the Bearcats in second half (01/17/08)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston ninth grade basketball team defeated Dexter at home 54-38 Wednesday night. Sikeston jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the first quarter but Dexter responded and took a 16-14 lead after one quarter. However Sikeston regained the lead at halftime 29-25...
Sikeston geared up for SEMO Conference (01/17/08)
SIKESTON -- The SEMO Conference Tournament for high school wrestling is coming to the Sikeston Field House on Friday and Saturday, bringing in schools from all around southeast Missouri. Cape Central, Dexter, Farmington, Jackson, New Madrid County Central, North County, Park Hills, Park Hills Central, Poplar Bluff, Ste. Genevieve, Sikeston and Windsor will all be represented on the mat...
Fern Bryant (01/17/08)
CHARLESTON -- Fern Anselm Bryant, 92, died at 7 a.m. Jan. 15, 2008, at her home in the Texas Bend Community, north of Charleston. Born Sept. 27, 1915, in Perry County, to the late Barney and Bena Unterreiner Anselm, she had lived in the Charleston area since 1920. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where she was active in the Legion of Mary, St. Henry Quilters and St. Henry fundraising dinners. She was also a member of the Texas Bend Extension Club...
Barbara Rossi (01/17/08)
ST. LOUIS - Barbara Deniece Bird Rossi, 48, formerly of Kewanee and New Madrid, died Jan. 9, 2008, at St. Louis due to complications from lifelong diabetes. Born May 7, 1959, in Sikeston, to Dorothy Bird Ramos of St. Louis and the late Robert E. Bird Sr., she was a homemaker...
Jessie Hester (01/17/08)
BERNIE - Jessie Hester, 52, formerly of East Prairie, died at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2008, in the John J. Pershing V.A . Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Arrangements are incomplete with Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie.
Frank Lewis (01/17/08)
SIKESTON - Frank "Diesel Doctor" Lewis, 80, died Jan. 16, 2008, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Nov. 5, 1927, in Potosi, to the late Omer E. and Irene Rector Lewis, he was owner and operator of Frank's Truck Repair for 28 years. He previously was a diesel mechanic for Cooney Equipment Co. and Saunder's Leasing Co. He was a member of New Beginnings Fellowship Church and previously belonged to the Smith Avenue Church of God. He served as Sunday school superintendent for both...
Billy Scott (01/17/08)
O'FALLON -- Billy Don Scott, 76, formerly of East Prairie, died at 3 p.m. Jan. 15, 2008, at the Barnes St. Peters Hospital. Born Aug. 3, 1931, in Russellville, Ark., to the late Bleve and Ruth Morphis Scott, he lived in East Prairie most of his life, where he owned and operated Scott's Heating and Cooling for several years. He lived in O'Fallon for the past nine years...
Joe Pride Jr. (01/17/08)
CATRON -- Joe Simon Pride Jr., 76, died Jan. 11, 2008, at his home. Born Jan. 18, 1931, in Arkadelphia, Ark., to the late Joe Simon and Birdie White Pride, he was a veteran of the Korean War. He was currently serving as mayor of Catron and worked for Ashley Farms until his retirement...
Verba Burch (01/17/08)
MOREHOUSE -- Verba Burch, 78, died at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 16, 2008, at her home. Born Aug. 20, 1929, in Essex, daughter of the late Louie and Minnie Trotter Brasier, she was a homemaker and attended the Taylor Baptist Church in Essex. On March 27, 1946, at Piggott, Ark., she married Fred Issac Burch who preceded her in death on July 9, 1988...
Lillian Bratcher (01/17/08)
CRYSTAL CITY -- Lillian Opel Marie Bratcher, 73, died Jan. 16, 2008, at the Fountainbleau Nursing Home in Crystal City. Born June 8, 1934, in Cadet, to the late Franklin Taylor and Mary Elizabeth Evans Barton, she had lived most of her life in the Parma and Catron areas. She was a member of the Eastern Star and of the Baptist belief...
Births (Published 1/17) (01/17/08)
Gurley PORTAGEVILLE - Rebecca Cayton and Andrew Gurley are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 5:24 a.m. Nov. 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Addison Lee Gurley weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long...
Looking Back 1/17 (01/17/08)
BLOOMFIELD - Thomas B. Stroup of Bloomfield became the county extension agent of Scott County last Friday upon approval by the Farm Bureau committee. SIKESTON - Two Sikeston residents were among eight members elected to the Scott County Extension Council. In Sikeston's District Four, Vernon Shelton and W.A. Beggs were elected to the council, each receiving 22 votes...
Federal government toughens policies (01/17/08)
Just when you thought there was no good news around comes an announcement by federal authorities that they plan to increase the deportation of 200,000 immigrants in American prisons and jails. This new effort is designed to help reduce the cost of housing immigrant criminals here on the federal, state and local levels. And it marks a substantial increase from the 64,000 immigrant criminals deported in 2006...
SpeakOut 1/17 (01/17/08)
After reading Your View on Jan. 7, Priorities wrong by Mr. Edmondson in Ballwin, Mo., thank you sir. You have it all nailed down the way it is. I just realized that the reason they don't raise pigs around southeast Missouri is there is too much "pork" here now...