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Stories from Thursday, January 24, 2008

Orange barrel alert for Scott County (01/24/08)
BENTON -- Guardrail repairs planned for a section of southbound Interstate 57 in Scott County mean drivers will travel along one lane. Road crews will be working between I-57's intersection with I-55 and the Route AA bridge. The work, scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, is expected to be done by 5 p.m...
McNiell looking to take plunge (01/24/08)
SIKESTON -- Lt. Jim McNiell has faced many challenges in his 31 years working for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Before he retires later this year, there's one more challenge he'd like to take -- but he's going to need the public's help to do it...
Classes take motivation, dedication year-round (01/24/08)
SIKESTON -- Like the gym, there is a constant revolving door in aerobics classes. "There are always new people coming in," said Mary Lynn Alcorn, who has taught aerobics for almost 25 years and currently leads classes at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri. "They're looking for a workout challenging enough that they'll push themselves. And sometimes, they're just looking for something easy and later quit."...
Weight loss means changes of lifestyle (01/24/08)
SIKESTON -- With the ever-popular New Year's resolution to lose weight, local fitness centers are busier than usual right now -- and will stay that way for the next month or two. "We have a lot more people come in after the first of the year and we love it -- they have motivation and ambition," said Kenny Stone, health and fitness director at the YMCA. "But that dies off."...
Packed house watches 'Fight for Life' in Kennett (01/24/08)
KENNETT -- Fight fans in Kennett were treated to a full night of mixed martial art action Saturday at the Absolute Fighting Challenge IX. A fundraiser with proceeds from the cage-fight event going to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a AFC IX "Fight for Life" was viewed by a packed house...
Brothers compete in national tournament (01/24/08)
SIKESTON -- "This is one of the biggest matches of your life. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, just do your best." That was the pep-talk that 9-year-old Josh Stinnett received from his 12- year-old brother Jacob last weekend before his championship match in the 53rd Annual Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals junior wrestling tournament, held in Tulsa, Okla...
Doris Turlington (01/24/08)
BLOOMFIELD - Doris Turlington, 91, died Jan. 23, 2008, at the Gideon Care Center in Gideon. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Laura Richardson (01/24/08)
DEXTER - Laura Richardson, 84, died Jan. 23, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete with Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Steven Sisk (01/24/08)
SIKESTON - Steven Sisk, 52, formerly of Charleston, died at 6:54 a.m. Jan. 23, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born March 20, 1955, in Cairo, Ill., to Mickey Crosier Sisk of Bertrand and the late Charles D. "Charlie" Sisk, he had lived in Scott and Mississippi counties his entire life. ...
Ruth Graham (01/24/08)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers for services conducted today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Ruth Ann Graham, 58, who died on Jan. 21, 2008, were: Kyle Vanpool, Ryan Gremard, Branden Penrod, Lawrence Tyra, Justin Penrod and Kaleb West.
Corette Fields (01/24/08)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Corette Prayor Fields, 93, a former resident of Wyatt, Mo., and Charleston, Mo., died at 6:55 p.m. Jan. 8, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Scottsdale. Born May 1, 1914, in Crosno, to the late William E. and Irene Waltrip Prayor, she had lived most of her life in Wyatt and had been employed for 34 years at Brown Shoe Company before retiring. ...
LaNelle Howell (01/24/08)
SCOTT CITY -- LaNelle Ruth Howell, 67, died at 4:40 a.m. Jan. 23, 2008, at her home. Born Oct. 9, 1940, in Sikeston, daughter of the late James Young Holmes and Esther Marie Hilliker, she was a cook at the former Henson's Cafe. On March 10, 1956, she married Carl Dean Howell Sr. who preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1984...
Willie Ford (01/24/08)
PARMA -- Pallbearers at services conducted Wednesday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Parma for Willie Ford, 84, who died Jan. 20, 2008, were: Patrick Morgan, Lance Klefstad, Andrew Klefstad, David Ford, Tod Comstock and Stanley Pulling.
Beula McQuary (01/24/08)
DE SOTO -- Beula Frances McQuary, 101, died Jan. 13, 2008, at the St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre. Born June 5, 1906, in Macon County, daughter of the late Hiram Sumner and Lula Frances Broyles McQuary, she was a former school teacher in De Soto for 40 years. She was a member of the St. Andrews Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star in De Soto, the Jefferson County Retired Teacher Association, P.E.O. and Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority...
Births (Published 1/24) (01/24/08)
Pendergrass BERTRAND - Jeff and Carrie Pendergrass are the parents of their fourth child, second daughter, born at 1:26 p.m. Dec. 3, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Emyleigh Lynn Pendergrass weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long...
Looking Back 1/24 (01/24/08)
MOREHOUSE - Mr. Hargrove has purchased the home of Arthur Shipman. --- SIKESTON - Three babies, one boy and two girls, were born yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. John Mick of Charter Oak became parents of a son and daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Wyatt of Sikeston and Mr. and Mrs. Therman Moriarty of East Prairie...
Senator's proposal doesn't rate well (01/24/08)
Have you ever heard an argument where both sides were right? Well that - to me at least - is exactly what's under way in the Missouri General Assembly concerning a proposal to create a rating system for early childhood education centers in Missouri...
SpeakOut 1/24 (01/24/08)
I was reading your Wednesday SpeakOut where the caller complained about your writer wearing a Yankee's hat. And your reply was, "That don't change the column." I tell you what, around here it sure helps public relations. I'm behind him all the way, but that's bad P.R. wearing a Yankee's hat on the front of a Sikeston paper sports page. Come on man, get with the program. Cardinals rock. Nobody likes the Yankees. This is Cardinal country...