KEWANEE - His face, arms and shoulders badly burned by flames from ignited gasoline, D.D. McKenzie, 29, superintendent of Kewanee schools, was rushed to Sikeston General Hospital Friday afternoon. McKenzie and W.K. Sitzemore, also of Kewanee, were in the pit of the school bus garage working on the gasoline tank of McKenzie's car. The fumes from the tank ignited and the gasoline in the tank exploded.
BLOOMFIELD - The Stoddard County Court has granted permission for a district hospital election to be held Nov. 19. The decision was made after a hearing this week on a petition signed by 1,167 residents of the proposed four-township hospital district, and after an order of election was submitted by the chairman of the hospital committee, Yewell Lawrence of Dexter.
CHARLESTON - Charleston retained its hold on the number 2 slot in the Missouri 3A Division of the Associate Press prep Football Poll this week. The Bluejays now have a 6-0 record.
SIKESTON - Before the fall of 1990, Sikeston's streets were in sad shape. A mere $35,000 per year was dedicated to road repair. But in April 1990, Sikeston voters passed a half-cent sales tax dedicated for street work. Now $800,000 a year is available and the Department of Public Works uses it to make an impact on the community said Dough Friend, director.
NEW MADRID - A last minute reprieve will keep the New Madrid County landfill open - for now. After three days of intensive paperwork by local officials, New Madrid County Clerk Jim W. Farrenburg was notified late Friday afternoon the county's landfill could remain open for six more months.