SIKESTON - From an aviation cadet in 1932 to Commanding Officer to Dodge City Army Airfield, Kansas, is the story of 35-year-old Col. Root who lists his home as Sikeston, where his wife, Henrietta, lives. At one time, Col. Root was stationed at the AAF Pilot School there when he was Aviation Cadet Commandant.
CHARLESTON - Voters of the Samos School District gave a 10-0 vote in favor of the annexation to Charleston R-1 District in an election Saturday.
ORAN - Two people have filed for the position of city collector. Jean Neal, the incumbent, is opposed by Betty Welter. Although the filing deadline is less than a week away for area municipal and school board elections, the mayoral spot is still blank in Oran. Incumbent Kenneth Randell has stated he will not seek re-election.
SIKESTON - Since the Missouri Supreme Court's decision to send the current riverboat law - approved by voters in 1992 - back to circuit court for scrutiny about the constitutionality of some riverboat games, local river cities have been left in the dark. "Right now we're just waiting to see what sort of amendment is drafted," said Warren Wells, city attorney for Cape Girardeau. "Our main concern is whether or not the previous elections will be valid." For now it seems that Cape will join other cities and take a wait-and-see approach. The only other Southeast Missouri city to have passed riverboat gaming locally is Caruthersville. Wyatt and Wilson City have scheduled elections for Feb. 8. Also, the city of New Madrid has slated an election on the riverboat gambling issue for April. The only other city with tentative plans for riverboat gambling is Scott City.