MOREHOUSE - Mrs. Clara Payne of near Morehouse has received official word from the Federal Government that a son, Chester Howard Payne, 21, had been taken prisoner by the Japanese.
BENTON - The Benton High team defeated Morley in Benton Friday night, 30 to 14, while the girls' teams played a 21 to 21 tie.
MATTHEWS - The U.S. Civil Service Commission announces an examination will be open until Feb. 13 for the office of postmaster at Matthews, which pays a salary of $4,975 per year.
SIKESTON - It's a little too early to proclaim it as fact, but one of the greatest comeback stories of Sikeston High School sports may be developing in 1982. That story belongs to Coach Bud Spears and his basketball Bulldogs. After upsetting Kelly last Friday night, Sikeston stunned Cape Central Tuesday night, 63-61.
NEW MADRID - Whether it was the lure of federal grant monies, of insight into prospective legislation or of establishing contacts which could pay off later, public officials from a six-county area filled the room at Thursday's Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission's Elected Officials Conference.
EAST PRAIRIE - This was it. The end. The last hurrah. The not-so-grand finale. One of the area's longest running and sometimes most-heated rivalries ceased on Tuesday. When the final buzzer sounded at the East Prairie gym and Charleston claimed a scalding 85-22 victory, the age-old Battle of Mississippi County became history in more places than just the scorebook.