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Looking Back in Time at March 21

Friday, March 21, 2003

SIKESTON - Mrs. Ruby Cochran, who was employed for several years in the office of the state auditor in Jefferson City, resigned her position last week and is now employed at the John Fabick Company in Sikeston.

CHARLESTON- Saturday is the opening day for the Charleston Host House, a professional nursing home and perhaps the most lavish in the state. The one-story ranch-type building was built at a cost of more than $700,000, including furnishings, according to Administrator E.H. Cook. The nursing home can care for 100 patients with a staff of 60 at its capacity.

SIKESTON - A daughter was born March 21 to Karen Sue Swinney at Missouri Delta Community Hospital. The baby's name is Brandy Gail Swinney. Grandparents are Chester Lee Swinney and Brenda Gardner Swinney. Great-grandparents are Chester Swinney and Virginia McCann Swinney.

EAST PRAIRIE - The former Prairie Manufacturing Company building, 101 S. Washington Drive, received considerable fire damage to the rear roof area Thursday night. Fire Chief Danny Lafferty said the fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. Thursday and his department was on the scene until 9:35 p.m. The vacant structure, owned by the city, has been unoccupied since owners of Prairie Manufacturing closed its garment making operation in November 1991. The building was undergoing renovation in anticipation of securing another industry. An employee had been using a cutting torch to remove pipe from the ceiling earlier in the day. It is believed sparks from the torch may have unknowingly smoldered in the insulation, finally igniting some hours later.