MATTHEWS - A 12,000-acre island located in the Mississippi River, eight miles north of New Madrid, was purchased last week by the Allen-Davis Gin Co. of Matthews for a sum variously reported from $100,000 to $150,000.
SIKESTON - The new Interstate Highway No. 55, between Sikeston and Benton, was opened at 10 a.m. The 14-mile four lane stretch can be reached either at the I-57 and Highways 60 and 62 four miles east of Sikeston, or at Miner on old Highway 60.
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Jan. 14, 1985
CHAFFEE - Voters in the Chaffee R-2 School District will be asked to approve a $503,000 bond issue Feb. 5 for construction of a new elementary wing to house fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The old wing has been determined unsafe and students are being taught at a Church of God camp outside of Chaffee. The proposed addition will include classrooms, library, music and art rooms.
SIKESTON - Sikeston City Clerk Carroll Couch presided over a swearing in ceremony for Sikeston Department of Public Safety detectives Dan Hinton and Susan Rockett. DPS Director Jim Leist was also present for the ceremony.
SIKESTON - Sikeston residents turned out en masse to say goodbye Thursday to their favorite son, Steve McPheeters. McPheeters and his wife, Patti, were the guests of honor at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Appreciation Luncheon. McPheeters, vice president of Amerifirst Bank, is relocating to Virginia Beach, Va., where he will work for CBN News and The Family Channel. He will be the senior correspondent and head of the special assignments unit developing news and information programming.