MATTHEWS - Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Ball have received a telegram through the American Red Cross to the War Department telling of the death of their son, Billy Ball, who was a prisoner of the Japanese government.
SIKESTON - Herman Mattingly and Harry Hambrick were injured Saturday afternoon when a truck tire they were filling with air exploded at the Mattingly Service Station on East Center.
EAST PRAIRIE - Top honor of catching the first fish at Big Oak Park Lake this morning went to Richard, 14, and Stephen, 7, sons of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Lakeland, Fla. The boys were visiting relatives in East Prairie.
SIKESTON - "Dennis the Menace" Jay North is coming to town on Sept. 13 to appear as a stellar attraction for the opening night of the 10th annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo it was announced by Jaycee Bill Burch.
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CHARLESTON - A half-cent county sales tax proposal will be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The County Court voted Thursday to place the issue on the ballot and, if approved by residents, passage will mean a 50 percent reduction in property taxes.
PARMA - Mr. and Mrs. Tim Martin of Parma are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born June 18, 1993, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Bailey Nicole Martin weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19-inches long.
SIKESTON - SpeakOut: It wasn't Johnson who brought the troops home from Vietnam. It was Richard Nixon. I know because I was in a hell hole over there for five years.