60 years ago
Aug. 25, 1945
SIKESTON - F.D. Lair, who is slowly convalescing from months of illness and surgery, is now able to leave his bed part of each day.
CHARLESTON - Sheriff W.J. "Pedro" Simmons was elected president of the Missouri Sheriff's Association for the coming year.
MATTHEWS - The Highway Department announced the relocation of Route V, 1 1/2 miles south of the Matthews junction, will be opened Tuesday morning. The blacktop route runs from Highway 61 to Highway 60.
EAST PRAIRIE - A new tax rate, street paving, transit service and the Neighborhood Watch Program were among items discussed Thursday evening by the City Council. The 1985 tax rate was lowered by 52 cents following a public hearing which brought no citizen input. The New tax rate will be $1.25 per $100 assessed valuation due to reassessment.
CHARLESTON - Since accepting the leadership role as chairman of the Missouri Department of Health's seven-member commission, Betty Cooper Hearnes has been giving a lot of thought to what she'd like to focus on. To begin with, she believes that the commission should make sure the department runs as efficiently as possible. Also in her new capacity she will help oversee operations of the Department of Mental Health and assist in formulating and implementing mental health programs.
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SIKESTON - The Annual Red and Black Soap game is set for 7:30 tonight at Sikeston High Public Schools Stadium. The Booster Club will begin its general membership drive tonight as well. At 6 p.m. the club will grill hamburgers and hot dogs for those attending the event.
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SIKESTON - Brigadier General Thomas E. Whitecotton III, brigade commander HHC of the 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri Army National Guard at Fort Leonard Wood, called on members of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce to honor the achievements of veterans and those currently serving in the military. The brigade commander was the guest speaker at the Chamber meeting.