SIKESTON - Harold Wallace, Sikeston chief of police, today announced his candidacy for re-election.
DEXTER - Briney Welborn, high school senior and representative of Stoddard County, won top honors in the 32nd annual American Legion oratorical contest in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday.
NEW MADRID - The steps of the New Madrid County Courthouse at all four entrances are being replaced. According to County Clerk Jim W. Farrenburg, the steps up on the north and south sides had been in very poor condition and the County Commission had determined they were all in need of repair. In addition to putting in the new steps, an electric lift for persons in wheelchairs will be installed on the west side of the building.
SIKESTON - Beginning Sunday, Sikeston eight-party rural telephone customers will be able to dial station-to-station long-distance calls direct across the nation, John Donoho, manager for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, announced today.
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) - A sheriff's deputy whose story of being shot by a stranded motorist set off a four-day manhunt has admitted that he wounded himself accidentally while throwing his service pistol in the air. Butler County Sheriff Fred Armes said Tony Dow, 25, apologized and resigned Tuesday night after describing what really happened on a dark rural road last week. Dow had been with the department about two years, including nine months as a deputy.
SIKESTON - Jerry Freshour, representing the Sikeston BMX Association, recently chose to retire from his position as operator at the race track at the Sikeston Sports Complex. The Parks and Recreation Board is looking for someone to take over the operation of the track.