BERTRAND - Fire Friday afternoon destroyed the farm house of Charles Peters, the old W.M. Gaty farm south of Bertrand.
DEXTER - The Fram Corporation of East Providence, R.I., will build a 125,000-square-foot manufacturing plant here, employing 175 persons at the start.
SIKESTON - Bess Supply Co, located at 5098 North West St. in Sikeston, is getting some exterior renovations as well as an extension to the current facility. The expansion project should be completed by March 1.
NEW MADRID - An estimated $4,000-$5,000 in hunting gear has been recovered by sheriff's deputies and the city police. Two 17-year-old New Madrid County men are in custody today at the New Madrid County Jail.
BENTON - Circuit Court Division III Judge Cary Kamp handed down a permanent injunction Tuesday closing two Sikeston businesses. Ella's Package Store and Club Scottie, 223 and 225 Felker, were declared public nuisances. Authorities say they were focal points of gang activity and illegal sales of drugs and alcohol. Rufus Sumlin of Sikeston, who owns the businesses with his wife, said the papers were delivered to him at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday informing him of the judge's decision. He expressed his disappointment but said, "The judge's ruling is the judge's ruling."
DEXTER - The Hudson Foods Processing Plant was the victim of vandalism on Christmas Eve. According to the Dexter Police Department, several vending machines were broken into on the evening of Dec. 24 and a quantity of change was reported missing. The plant is located in the 1000 block of East Stoddard.