SIKESTON - Bobby Lee Helms, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Helms of near Sikeston, died Saturday afternoon while being taken to the local hospital. The young boy was riding on a tractor alone with four other boys and when the machine overturned.
SIKESTON - Robert J. Johnson, formerly of Martin, Tenn., has been appointed as a police patrolman, City Manager W. Raymert Miller announced today. The department now consists of 18 patrolmen, the chief, a secretary and a humane officer.
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SIKESTON - Mrs. Warren E. Hearnes, first lady of Missouri, will be guest at Murray Lane Baptist Church Sunday morning.
CHARLESTON - Opening day for students in the Charleston-R-1 School District will be Aug. 26 and daily schedules at each school will be the same as last year.
SIKESTON - Chico Ford went through an agility drill during a Sikeston High School football practice.
SIKESTON - The conflict between the United Parcel Service and the Teamsters Union has had a nationwide effect. Prior to the strike, the UPS shipped 12 million packages a day, so, needless to say, businesses have been hit hard by the strike. Joyce Hagy, owner of the Book Bug who usually guarantees her special orders in a week now tells customers at least 10 days. "We're three, if not four days behind. I really don't know whose fault it is; but I just hope it ends soon."
BELL CITY - Jay Gadberry has been chosen as the 1997 recipient of the Terry W. Grobe Memorial Scholarship. A 1997 graduate of Bell City High School, where he participated in baseball, basketball and numerous extracurricular activities, Gadberry will attend Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff.
SIKESTON - Among the 29 transportation employees, Sikeston Public Schools' bus drivers have a total of 189 years of driving experience. The school system has at its disposal 27 passenger buses and four spares.