SIKESTON - Charles Blanton III celebrated his ninth birthday anniversary Thursday by inviting friends to a swimming party at the municipal pool.
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SIKESTON - Joel Montgomery, president of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce, came in from St. Louis yesterday with the news that there is no plan under way at present to shut down the Sikeston plant of the International Shoe Company. There have been rumors that the plant might close, as others in Missouri have.
BLODGETT - Crystal Dawn Russell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Russell of Blodgett, celebrated her third birthday with a family barbecue and swimming party July 8 at her home.
MINER - August should see the beginning of construction on the country's second Hatfield Inn, according to motel entrepreneur Guy Hatfield. Hatfield, whose motel business is based in Bowling Green, Ky., currently owns Miner's Super 8 Motel, along with five others. The Hatfield Inn will be constructed near Super 8, with the two motels sharing some parking. He estimates it will take three months to build the facility, which will be managed by Delores and Lloyd Knuckles. The Knuckles family currently manages Super 8 in Miner.
NEW MADRID - Farmers in New Madrid County as well as other areas along the Mississippi River in the Bootheel are working to save their crops from the rising Mississippi River. Mark Lavalle hired a crew from Arkansas to build a dirt levee along a field he farms along Route WW near New Madrid. The levee should hold back the water up to a crest of 33 feet, workers said.