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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Looking Back 7-20

Sunday, July 20, 2003

60 years ago

NEW MADRID - Mr. and Mrs. David Chamberlain of New Madrid are parents of a son born Thursday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

40 years ago

MATTHEWS - A baby boy, their first son, arrived in the local hospital on July 19 for Mr. and Mrs. Billy Burch of Matthews.

20 years ago

July 20, 1983

SIKESTON - Cuts, Curls & Crafts, 143 E. Center St., opened its doors for business Tuesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The business is owned and operated by Jerry and Carol Smith.

10 years ago

JEFFERSON CITY - Ten more Missouri counties have been declared federal disaster areas, making a wide variety of aid programs available for flood victims in those areas, Gov. Mel Carnahan's office said Tuesday. Scott and Pemiscot counties were added to the federal disaster declaration for individual assistance.

SIKESTON - It took a year, but seven determined African-American men saw their vision fulfilled. In June 1992, the seven, plus others who later became discouraged and left the group, began looking around them. They noted that, although much of Sikeston was expanding economically, the west side of the city wasn't. The men decided to start making a difference. Today, the Business Research Institute to Community Economic Development is a not-for-profit designation away from becoming a business incubator - one that will specifically aid minorities. "We've spent the last year organizing," said Executive Officer Charlie Green Jr., Fund-raising efforts for BRI already have begun, said vice president Michael Harris. "We're looking for help from foundations, but if we can get help from private sources, we will gladly take it."