MORLEY - Two cotton gins in Morley, one in Vanduser, and one in Olive Branch, Ill., have been purchased by James Butler, a representative of the Crump Gin Co. in Memphis, Tenn., and Bob Foster of Morley, it was announced by R.D. Clayton, a real estate broker here. The Emerson Cotton Gin and Black Gin Co. were the interests purchased at Morley.
PORTAGEVILLE - Judy Shepard of Malden was chosen as the National Soybean Festival Queen at the 17th annual festival. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Shepard. Her court is Deene Ann Whitten of Matthews, first alternate, and Anna Catherine Hobbs of Portageville, second alternate.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety Advisory Board studied the new communications console as part of their tour of the city's police complex Thursday morning. Dispatcher Karen Dockins showed board members how the console works.
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BERNIE - Bernie city offices have moved to the old bank building on Main Street, which will be used as the city hall. An open house was conducted Saturday.
SIKESTON - Running back Allen Hatchett rushed for 218 yards on eight carries and scored three touchdowns Friday night. Hatchett returns to the Bulldogs after a more than two-year absence from football. Sikeston thumped Hillsboro 34-6 to open the season.
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LILBOURN - Fire Chief John Fourthman took the city's fire truck on a trial run to the new fire station. The $31,000 station, which is nearing completion, was funded through donations and a series of fund-raisers conducted by community residents.