VANDUSER - A.M. Phegley, the former mayor of Vanduser and president of the Vanduser Consolidated School District, is now making his home in Hot Springs, Ark., where he is operating the Savoy Hotel.
DEXTER - The Stoddard County Rescue Fund Drive has gone over the top with $3,500 collected, according to Bryant Hubbard, county Civil Defense director.
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. John Ashcroft on Tuesday signed into law a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature which calls for the mandatory use of seat belts throughout the state. Missouri became the fourth state to enact a law requiring motorists to wear seat belts.
BENTON - Scott County's voting population increased by 500 applicants in January. With the April 4 ballot offering issues ranging from a vote on a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund construction of a new jail in Benton and for law enforcement to a mill tax to fund mental health to the formation of a public water district and municipal elections, Scott County Clerk Rita Milam would like to see even more residents become registered voters. However, the deadline to register to vote on the April 4 ballot is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
CARUTHERSVILLE - "Boat's a coming 'round the bend." That will be the cry of Caruthersville and Aztar Corp. officials Thursday when the "City of Caruthersville" makes its first appearance in Southeast Missouri. The riverboat, which will make its journey down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Jeffersonville, Ind., will house the Casino Aztar, a gambling operation in downtown Caruthersville.