SIKESTON - The 103-acre Poplar Acres farm of P.J. Ponder was sold last week to J.T. Robertson of Tanner for a reported $185 an acre, according to Watsons' Store. The Ponder farm was formerly known as the J.J. Reiss orchard and dairy farm.
SIKESTON - Jaycee Week, the annual anniversary observance of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, started yesterday, Dan Norton, local Jaycee president announced today. A highlight of the week's events will be the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award to an outstanding young man of the Sikeston area who has made an outstanding contribution to the community.
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Dennis Ziegenhorn (D-157th District) was reappointed vice chairman of the House Banks and Financial Institutions Committee by House Speaker Bob Griffin this week. He was also reappointed to the House Insurance Committee and received new appointments to the Social Services, Local Government and Ethics committees.
NEW MADRID - Hopes for a riverboat gaming boat in the near future sunk with the announcement by New Madrid Gaming Co. they are "stepping back" from negotiations. The company informed the council that a lease agreement could not be reached with Ralph Anderson Lumber Co., the intended site of the gaming operation.
SIKESTON - Designs of the River Birch Mall were unveiled Tuesday evening at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by Banquets Beyond the Bay. "We have a number of new businesses that have already signed as well as many familiar ones," said Tim Raxter, manager and coordinator of the mall.