NEW MADRID - Gene Buckles, veteran umpire in the Southeast Missouri area, suffered head and arm injuries when stuck with a baseball bat, while calling a game in the New Madrid softball tournament last night.
LILBOURN - Army Sgt. Frederick H. Tims, 21, of St. Louis, a former resident of Marston, was killed in combat in Vietnam in the Bong Son area.
SIKESTON - Sikeston's application for $55,295 to conduct a resource recovery feasibility operation has been burned down by the Division of Energy at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The grant idea originated earlier this year after officials and individuals of three counties gathered to try to decide what to do about the diminishing landfills.
JEFFERSON CITY - For Missourians, the new mandatory insurance law that went into effect July 1 meant maintaining or getting liability insurance. Failure to comply with the law resulting from Senate Bill 424 means revocation of an operator's license and/or registration plates for 60 days, plus a $200 reinstatement fee. For a second offense, revocation is six months and the reinstatement fee doubles.
SIKESTON - Last year, 1,148 people in Missouri lost their lives in traffic accidents. Nearly 75 percent of the occupants were not wearing their seat belts. Of the passengers injured in 1996 crashes, only 24.7 percent were wearing seat belts. Lt. Jim McNiell has heard it all. "I run into people who would rather pay the $10 fine than wear their seat belt."
SIKESTON - A request to open a day care home in the Clayton Addition was denied Monday by the Sikeston Board of Adjustments. Doug Friend, Public Works director and staff appointee to the board, explained that no day cares of any kind can locate in a residential subdivision if the covenants do not allow it. And the BOA is helpless to grant a "conditional use" in such cases.