BERTRAND - T-Sgt. Harold T. Godwin, the first man in the vicinity to gain his release from a prison of war camp, is home on furlough. The airman, a gunner on a B-24, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Godwin of Bertrand.
SIKESTON - Lynn Twitty of Sikeston is one of 35 superintendents of some of the nation's largest school system who will meet Jan. 4-8 at the University of South Florida in Tampa to tackle some of their most pressing problems.
MATTHEWS - A Missouri farmer has been selected to be the agriculture Department's next assistant secretary for natural resources and environment, according to informed sources in the Reagan administration. Peter C. Myers, 53, who operates an 1,100-acre farm near Matthews, had headed the department's Soil Conservation Service for more than two and a half years. He is undergoing security clearance and his appointment probably will be announced shortly, possibly next week.
BLOOMFIELD - At least Dexter had the right idea. Use the height advantage, push the ball inside and do the things that got the Bearcats to the semifinals of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. But the plan didn't last long. Portageville took Dexter out of its game - both offensively and defensively - to log a 79-56 win in Wednesday's game.
SIKESTON - Members of the Sikeston Cub Scouts, Pack No. 140 Den No. 5, recently planted a tree donated by Bizzell Lawn Care and Nursery in Dudley Park. The boys are working for their World Conservation Award. To be able to get the award, they first have to earn the Naturalist Award, Forestry Award, Outdoorsman Award and complete a conservation project.