SIKESTON - Word was received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Crosno that M.A. Bell Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Bell, has been missing in action in Germany since April 7.
CHARLESTON - Plans for a five-county corporation in the district to operate a Community Action Program were announced by Gov. Warren E. Hearnes this week. Set up under the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, the program will include Mississippi, New Madrid, Dunklin, Scott and Pemiscot counties.
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LILBOURN - The Symphony Band of Central Methodist College, Fayette, will perform in concert in the Lilbourn High School Gymnasium April 29.
SIKESTON - For several months, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been in the process of developing and preparing a special summer program for a group of Missouri's gifted high school students. Kenneth Darrell Wasson, a sophomore at Sikeston High school, was chosen as one of 310 students to participate and be a charter member of the First Missouri Scholars Academy.
EAST PRAIRIE - Negotiations have cleared the way for Jakel Incorporated, a Highland, Ill, manufacturer of small electrical motors, to open in the former CB Forms building. City Administrator Kathie Simpkins said Jakel has verbally given the city "conditions for a commitment" to bring an operation to the city. Reportedly Jakel would begin operations with some 75 jobs.
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MINER - Citing future costs and no need, the Miner Board of Aldermen defeated by 3-2 a proposal to hire another police officer. By doing so, they turned down an already-approved federal grant for nearly $60,000. The grant, sought by the city and approved by the federal government, was to pay for the hiring of a new officer.