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Looking Back (5/18)

Sunday, May 18, 2003

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Motorists will be allowed to renew their A gasoline rationing books by mail, it was announced Saturday in Washington. Renewals of D coupon books for motorcycles also will be handled by mail.

40 years ago

MORLEY - It has been announced by the administration of Scott Central High School that valedictorian for 1963 is Miss Kay Eileen McDonough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. McDonough of Morley. Salutatorian will be Miss Kathy Meredith, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. C.J. Meredith of Vanduser.

20 years ago

SIKESTON - Vice Mayor Marion Thompson has proclaimed the week of May 22-28 as Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Circus Week. The Roller Brothers Circus will perform May 27-28 at the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Grounds.

10 years ago

SIKESTON - It wasn't easy, getting the Sikeston Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled established here. In 1967, when Gov. Warren E. Hearnes was in office, the Missouri Department of Mental Health decided to establish 11 diagnostic clinics for the mentally and physically challenged. Sikeston may have been skipped had it not been for the Jaycees. The regional center was planned for Poplar Bluff, not Sikeston. "Some of us (Jaycees) flew to Jefferson City and visited with Governor Hearnes," said Dan Norton, who was president of the group at that time. The Jaycees raised the money, and construction began. Today, the center employs 62 workers ad serves 600 clients, providing a great amount of economic impact on Southeast Missouri. And Poplar Bluff got a regional center, too.