SIKESTON - The Missouri Department of Transportation Southeast District will hold an informational workshop for anyone interested in applying for transportation enhancement grant funds. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Southeast District office in Sikeston.
Transportation enhancement funds are funds federally required for projects such as constructing sidewalks, bike lanes and converting abandoned railroad rights of way to trails. Communities may also use this program to revitalize local regional economies by restoring historic buildings, renovating streetscapes, or providing transportation museums and visitor centers.
The 2005 application process differs from past years in that 5 percent of statewide funds will be distributed for projects on a local level. The remaining 25 percent will be allocated to the statewide competitive process, focusing mainly on the $1.59 million for local distribution in 2005.
MoDOT strongly encourages all interested parties to attend the workshop, which will cover information about the revising application process. Those interested in attending should contact Jo Ann Secoy at (573) 472-5885 or by e-mail at JoAnn.Secoy@modot.mo.gov to register and request other necessary information.
SIKESTON - Mandy Newton has joined 731 Realty, 11 N. Ingram, as a real estate agent.
A resident of Sikeston since 1999, Newton is originally from Jonesboro, Ark. She is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School and received her degree in medical technology from Arkansas Sate University.
Newton and her husband, Darin, are the parents of a 3-year-old daughter, Kylyn. She is a member of the Tanner Street Church of God and actively involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
"I am very eager to assist the community of Sikeston with their real estate needs," Newton said.
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Former Sikeston, Mo., resident and author Robert Vaughan will speak on "Humor in the Vietnam War" at the Texas Tech University Fifth Triennial Vietnam Symposium March 16-19.
Also Vaughan is slated to be the spokesperson for "Operation Homecoming USA's "Welcome Home" celebration for Vietnam veterans this summer.
Currently Vaughan is promoting his new book "Brandywine's War: Back in Country."
SIKESTON - Kathy Duncan, real estate broker and owner of Southern Home Realty, has opened a branch office at 102 S. Interstate Drive in Sikeston.
Duncan began her real estate career in Sikeston in 1982 working for ERA Bailey and Bailey Real Estate. In 1993, she started Southern Home Realty, headquartered at 1390 Scott St. in New Madrid.
With 23 years experience in the real estate business, Duncan serves both the New Madrid County and Sikeston area.
Duncan can be reached at 573-471-5900 or 573-748-2700.
JACKSON, Tenn. - Ray Clark, formerly of Essex, Mo., is the new manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Jackson. Clark, who has more than 24 years of retail experience, began his duties on Jan. 28.
Clark began his career with Wal-Mart in 1980 in the company's management training program in Poplar Bluff. Upon completion of the program, he was promoted to assistant manager in Oxford, Miss. He held the same position in La Grange, Ga.; Roanoke, Ala.; Tuskegee, Ala.; and Opelika, Ala. He was then promoted to store manager in Tallahassee, Ala., and held the same position in Jacksonville, Ala., and Memphis. Prior to being named store manager in Jackson, Clark was the store manager in West Helena, Ark.
Clark is a native of Essex and a graduate of Richland High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He and his wife, Joyce, have two sons and a daughter. His parents, Theoplis and Onie Clark, and three brother, Ike, Keal and Glenn Clark, still reside in Essex.