SIKESTON - Only 39 city building permits were issued in 1942 compared with 96 in the year previous, the figures reflecting the sharp drop in construction caused by war scarcity of materials and labor.
SIKESTON - Mrs. Emma Carroll received a cable Christmas Eve from her son, Sgt. Ralph Carroll, army bombardier, which disclosed for the first time that he was in North Africa.
CHARLESTON - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones are the parents of a son born Dec. 28, 1992, in the Missouri Delta Community Hospital in Sikeston.
BENTON - At 10 a.m. New Year's Eve, recently elected county officials were given their oaths of office by Phil Waldman, county clerk.
SIKESTON - Don Miller drew the name of the winner of the color TV given away at Bo's Bar-B-Que Christmas Eve, with Bo Bohannon present. The winner of the TV was Walter Gammons of East Prairie.
SIKESTON - To our readers: We begin the new year with a new look at the Standard-Democrat. But the changes in today's newspaper go beyond the obvious new appearance; the changes should bring more complete news coverage and a closer look at the events that shape our lives locally and nationally. The new look is not simply improved packaging for a new newspaper.
SIKESTON - Sikeston Cotton Oil Mill, a well-known local landmark on East Malone Avenue, is being dismantled by Ferrell Excavating workers. The work should be completed by April.