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Stories from Sunday, March 30, 2008

Schools, students get ready to MAP the way (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- Teachers and students work all year long to prepare for the state's standardized test administered each spring. Now it's time for students to prove what they've learned. Beginning Monday and continuing through May 2, about 500,000 Missouri students in grades three through eight will take the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests in communication arts and mathematics. Tenth-...
Spring time break (03/30/08)
A break in the recent rains gave Sikeston students, who were on spring break for the past week, a chance to get outside. Grayson and Riley Cantrell used the occasion to draw with chalk at their home in Sikeston.
Investigation continues into the Scherer case (03/30/08)
PORTAGEVILLE -- In his 24 years of working death investigations, there is only one that New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens couldn't shake once he got home. That was the night Sherri Ann Scherer, 37, and Megan Elizabeth, 12, were killed from multiple gunshot wounds at their home north of Portageville. Anthony "Tony" Scherer found his wife and daughter when he and their son, Steven, returned home around 7 p.m March 28, 1998...
10 years and counting: Murder still haunts small community (03/30/08)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Ten years ago, a double homicide rocked the town of Portageville. And still today, residents and friends of the mother and daughter shot to death and trying to piece together clues and find some sort of closure to the unsolved case. On March 28, 1998, Anthony "Tony" Scherer found his wife, Sherri Ann, 37, and their daughter, Megan Elizabeth, 12, in the living room of the family's rural Portageville home. ...
Assault suspect arrested (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- A man wanted for a "brutal attack" on his Sikeston girlfriend turned himself into authorities Friday. Montia Lamont McCauley, 36, of Charleston turned himself in at the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 4:45 p.m. Friday. McCauley had been sought since Thursday by Sikeston DPS for the assault on Dorethen Saxton, 25, according to Capt. John Martin of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Two in custody after area drug bust (03/30/08)
BLOOMFIELD - After an ongoing investigation by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and the Semo Drug Task Force, two Puxico residents were arrested on drug related charges. According to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Dennis and Tina Hayden, 583 North Highway 51 in Puxico. Found at the residence were a variety of drugs consisting of methamphetamine, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs and an active methamphetamine lab...
Planning begins for celebration (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- The city of Sikeston will mark a big birthday in a couple of years, so officials are already gearing up with celebration plans. "The City of Sikeston turns 150 in 2010," Mayor Mike Marshall said in a news release. "And we want to make this a yearlong celebration to be remembered."...
Investigation continues into the Scherer case (03/30/08)
PORTAGEVILLE -- In his 24 years of working death investigations, there is only one that New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens couldn't shake once he got home. That was the night Sherri Ann Scherer, 37, and Megan Elizabeth, 12, were killed from multiple gunshot wounds at their home north of Portageville. Anthony "Tony" Scherer found his wife and daughter when he and their son, Steven, returned home around 7 p.m March 28, 1998...
Lady Eagles walk past Charleston in extra innings (03/30/08)
EAST PRAIRIE -- The rain held off long enough for the East Prairie Lady Eagles to slip past the visiting Charleston Lady Bluejays on Friday afternoon in game one of a scheduled double-header. Game two never began play due to weather, but the first contest lasted long enough for the Lady Eagles to score the winning run in the bottom of the eight inning to win 8-7...
Morel season begins in April (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- Missouri outdoors are almost never like heaven until the turkeys start gobbling in the woods, crappie and bluegill are biting in the lakes and the fungus underfoot. That's right; April is the month when you can pursue Missouri's turkey, crappie, bluegill and morels...
Farmer leaves ASU basketball program (03/30/08)
JONESBORO -- Arkansas State head men's basketball coach John Brady announced Thursday that Ashton Farmer, a sophomore forward on last year's team, has decided to leave the ASU men's basketball program to pursue a football career at another school...
Miller throws no-hitter for 'Jays (03/30/08)
EAST PRAIRIE -- The Charleston Bluejays did not let the cold weather stifle their hot bats or their pitching arms on Friday afternoon, as they handed their rival the East Prairie Eagles a 15-2 defeat on a complete game no-hitter by James Miller in the first game of a double-header...
Coaches all-state team released (03/30/08)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Several local basketball players have earned post-season honors as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association has released their all- state high school basketball team. For Class 4, Sikeston's 6-5 junior Michael Porter was selected for the MCBA team. Porter averaged 19.6 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game and was the focal point for the 22-4 Bulldogs...
Miller throws no-hitter for 'Jays (03/30/08)
EAST PRAIRIE -- The Charleston Bluejays did not let the cold weather stifle their hot bats or their pitching arms on Friday afternoon, as they handed their rival the East Prairie Eagles a 15-2 defeat on a complete game no-hitter by James Miller in the first game of a double-header...
Spring is here, which means activities, plans are flowering (03/30/08)
It seems as if the winter weather has finally passed, and spring is in the air-- it's about time! Although I encourage everyone to enjoy Downtown Sikeston's shops, restaurants and parks throughout the year, it's so much easier to practice what I preach in sunny, warmer weather, and I hope you will come out and join the Historic Midtown Development Group for the lineup of fun and family-friendly activities to come this year...
Business briefcase 3-30 (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- Michelle McCauley has be named as the February employee of the month for Sikeston Health Care. McCauley has worked there since June 1999, when she joined the facility as a dietary aide. In 2004, she attended CNA classes and transferred to Sikeston Health Care's nursing department to work as a certified nurse aide...
Rentastic employee (03/30/08)
Rent One recently recognized several team members with special honors. Among them was former Sikeston store manager Joe Tubb, who is now regional manager. The new store manager is Charlie Lutes, formerly assistant manager. At the 2008 Rentastic Annual meeting, Tubb was bestowed the coveted Silver Club of the Year award, which is given to team members that have exhibited outstanding performance, concern for their customers and fellow team members, are valued by peers, exhibit positive personality traits and exudes a positive image of Rent One and the rental industry. ...
Hands-on, specialized care provided at office (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- When an individual goes to see the doctor, they put a lot of trust in the medical professional. "I want to honor their trust," said Vicki Roberts, who practices family medicine and is opening an office in Sikeston. "I came to the practice of medicine from pastoral work. In both settings, I have been honored with sharing intimate aspects of other people's lives...
Billy Dean (03/30/08)
CHARLESTON - Billy Douglas Dean, 77, died at 6:25 a.m. March 29, 2008, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete with Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Benton Bowman (03/30/08)
DEXTER -- Benton Garfield Bowman, 86, died March 28, 2008, at the John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Hospital in Poplar Bluff. Born April 10, 1921, to the late Acy Bowman and Irene Sneed Bowman, he was a former resident of Malden and Bernie before moving to Dexter in 1963. ...
Eugene Dufur (03/30/08)
STREATOR, Ill. -- Eugene Thomas Dufur, 66, died March 23, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital. Born Sept. 5, 1941, in Arkansas, to the late James and Nova Roland Dufur, he retied from Caterpillar in Pontiac, was a member of the National Rifle Association and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving during the Vietnam War...
Martha Atchison (03/30/08)
CHARLESTON -- Martha Jean Atchison, 65, died March 25, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Jan. 14, 1943, in Tupelo, Miss., to the late James A. and Julia James Harris, she had lived in Missouri for over 50 years. She was a certified nurses assistant and had worked for over 18 years at Charleston Manor. She was a member of Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Wyatt where she was a member of the senior choir...
Births (published 3/30) (03/30/08)
HOWARDVILLE - Sherina Golden is the parent of her first child, a daughter, born at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 21, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Mariah Ashanta weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Dorothy Perkins and Leroy Waters...
Hampton - Ganus (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- Natasha Danielle Hampton and James Ross Ganus were united in marriage during a 6 p.m. ceremony Feb. 29, 2008, at their home in Sikeston. Parents of the bride are Gene Hampton, Donna Dirickson and Linda Harris. The bridegroom is the son of Shirley Savat and Pete Savat...
Sloan - Williams (03/30/08)
SIKESTON -- Courtney Michelle Sloan and Ira Lee Williams were united in marriage during a 5 p.m. ceremony March 1, 2008, at New Hope Baptist Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Paul Swilley, pastor, officiated. Vocalist was Ivy Clinton. The bride the is the daughter of Jim and Angie Sloan of Sikeston, and the bridegroom is the son of Dock and Stella Williams of East Prairie The bride was given in marriage by her father...
Stevens - Pointer (03/30/08)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Dr. and Mrs. Gene Stevens have announced the engagement of their daughter, Laura Jane Stevens, to Stephen Brian Pointer Jr., son of Steve Pointer of Spokane and Tammy Pointer of Ponce de Leon. A 2006 graduate of Portageville High School, the future bride is enrolled at Missouri State University majoring in elementary education. ...
Truelove - Friga (03/30/08)
NEW MADRID -- Mandy Renee Truelove and Adam Edward Friga have announced their engagement. A 2003 graduate of New Madrid County Central High School, the future bride graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication/journalism. She is employed as a management systems coordinator at Tetra Pak Inc. in Sikeston. She is the daughter of Marilyn Truelove of Cape Girardeau and Jimmy Truelove of New Madrid...
Butrums mark 50 years of marriage (03/30/08)
BENTON -- Friends and family of the Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Butrum are invited to attend a golden anniversary celebration in the couple's honor beginning at 11 a.m. April 6 at New Hope Baptist Church, 204 Rodgers St., in Sikeston. Butrum and the former Carolyn Long were married April 4, 1958, at Benton. ...
Looking back 3/30 (03/30/08)
SIKESTON - Bottling operations of the Royal Crown Cola Company are expected to start in the former Tucker Truck Terminal building about the middle of next week, according to M.D. Ferguson, an official of the company now located in Cape Girardeau. 40 years ago...
November initiative deserves support (03/30/08)
For 30 years of writing this column, I have consistently said the topic of race was the most pressing and most dividing issue in this country. We talk about political differences, religious differences, rural/urban differences and a host of other issues that surface in the daily dialogue. Yet, despite our denials, we all too often return to the topic of race...
Your view: Voice your opinion (03/30/08)
To the Citizens of Sikeston: Last fall the Sikeston City Council appointed an ad hoc committee to discuss the potential of creating a walking trail connecting the Kindergarten Center to the Sports Complex. This committee was charged with recommending the proposed route and a funding mechanism...
Speakout 3/30 (03/30/08)
This is for Mike Jensen. I'm calling about the Culture of violence must be stopped article. Why is it that every time he has something to say, it's always about black people? Why can't he ever downgrade his own people? They're the ones who are killers, child molesters, rapists and so forth. Please, please, find you something else to do other than hate on the black people in your area. It's very apparent that you're racist...