SIKESTON - Tom Allen and Dr. T.C. McClure went to St. Louis Wednesday to take the 32nd degree in Masonry. They were accompanied by H.L. Harty and Leo Fisher.
NEW MADRID - A motion for a new trial for D.W. Gray, sentenced to 60 years in prison for second degree murder, was overruled here yesterday by Judge Ray Wieghtman. At the same time, Gray entered a plea of not guilty on a felonious assault charge and trial was scheduled Jan. 16 in New Madrid County Circuit Court.
NEW MADRID - The stained-glass dome of the New Madrid County Courthouse is undergoing a facelift. The structure, originally installed over 60 years ago, is being renovated by Rainbow Studios of Memphis, Tenn. According to Jim W. Farrenburg, county clerk, this is part of an overall renovation of the courthouse, which included the addition of a parking lot earlier this fall.
CHARLESTON - The last 58 seconds went like clockwork. Massac County (Ill.) worked the ball from the point, to the wing, to the point again, looking for just the right shot and a season-opening road victory. Charleston's applied its trademark in-your-face defense with every move the Patriots considered. The crescendo was building. The score was tied. And then it wasn't. With seven seconds remaining, Charleston fell to Massac County, 45-43.
SIKESTON - Standard Democrat's December Calendar Girl is Valerie Boyd, daughter of Edward and Linda Boyd of Sikeston. A senior at Sikeston High School, Miss Boyd plans to attend college and major in physical therapy.