SIKESTON - Moderating temperatures Sunday morning gave the first relief from a seven-day cold snap. The thermometer had frequently dropped below zero during the cold spell.
SIKESTON - The Board of Education made plans to initiate a long range improvement plan for the schools. The idea was proposed at the meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council.
SIKESTON - Controversy still swirls around the cultural center and plans for its future. One backer said the center needs a full time, paid director if it is to realize the intention of the bequest of a former resident who left $40,000 for development of such a center in her will.
SIKESTON - U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Higgins will be the featured speaker at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting, scheduled for noon Thursday at Fisherman's Net.
SIKESTON - As Cole County Judge Byron Kinder announced his decision on the Missouri State Teachers Association case, area school districts breathed a small sigh of relief. "I think this decision was the correct decision because the constitution does not permit the governor to withhold money from public schools to pay for desegregation," said Dr. Robert Buchanan, superintendent of Sikeston Public Schools. "The decision simply orders the governor to follow the constitution of the state of Missouri.
CHARLESTON - The Missouri State Highway and Transportation Department's proposed 6 cent gasoline tax increase could mean a 50 percent or an estimated $108,777 in benefits to Mississippi County over a five-year period, the County Commission was informed Thursday.