SIKESTON - As a precautionary measure, the local swimming pool was ordered closed yesterday by Dr. H.M. Kendig, city health physician. The action was taken after George Bennett, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bennett, sustained a stroke of paralysis, which affected his left leg and right arm. The child is being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
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SIKESTON - Lt. John Tandy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one of the first troopers to come to Sikeston following the formation of the Patrol in 1931 and a resident here until his transfer to Poplar Bluff three years ago, has been promoted to the rank of captain.
SIKESTON - Sikeston's public schools have been granted $40,897 for the training of 30 people in clerical and stenographic classes that will begin in the middle of August. The proposal by federal departments was announced today in Washington.
SIKESTON - Road repair work continued this morning on Highway 62 in Sikeston. Work is being done by Girardeau Contractors. According to Ken Fryer, district construction engineer, 1 1/4-inch of the old cracked and rutted surface is being cut off at present, but this work should be completed by the end of the week. The resurfacing will seal and drain-proof the existing roadway and make it more skid resistant.
PORTAGEVILLE - The heat of the day combined with the heat of a fire created a double threat for firemen battling a blaze at Plastene Supply Co. Reported about 3:34 p.m. Saturday, firemen from the Portageville Fire Department were assisted by personnel from Marston, Wardell, Gideon and other area departments in what could have been an extremely dangerous situation. The fire apparently began in the south draw stack of the paint booth. The blaze traveled through the metal building, catching insulation in the roof on fire. Damage was confined to the ceiling and no injuries were reported.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lions Club heard from Brad Baker, director of development at Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Services Inc. in Memphis, at their meeting.