SIKESTON - Registered borrowers at the Sikeston Public Library have reached an all-time high of 2,500. Beatrice Dobbins, librarian, said new registrants totaled 421 in the last year.
SIKESTON - The City of Sikeston will receive $3,477 as its share of the increased tax on gasoline collected during April, according to information distributed by Missouri Gov. John Dalton. Scott County's share will be $1,917.
SIKESTON - Edward Matthews Jr., outgoing president of the Sikeston Lions Club, performed one of his last duties in extending the club's congratulations to Explorer George Gilmore as the Okeechobee District Lodge to the National Explorer Conference Aug. 26-30 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
SIKESTON - "Guess I'm still in shock," said Elizabeth "Bebe" Matthews, after accepting the $1,000 check for submitting the correct answers in last week's Daily Standard Prize crossword puzzle.
CHARLESTON - A Charleston fire truck was destroyed and a building heavily damaged, but personal injuries were classified as minor in a traffic accident Wednesday. Responding to a fire call, Fire Division Officer Mike Tarver, 32, was traveling south on First Street with red lights flashing and sirens sounding. The officer said he slowed before entering the East Commercial Street intersection and did not see a westbound car on Commercial Street until just before contact was made. The driver of the car, Nancy Stallings of Sikeston, attempted to swerve left and Tarver veered to the right to avoid a direct hit. After the vehicles made contact, the fire truck continued across the street, over the curb, and plowed into the front of Buddy Marshall Insurance on Commercial Street.