SIKESTON - Two big melting pots, recently installed at the airport, for the purpose of reclaiming aluminum from discarded airplanes, were put into operation last Saturday morning. The first experimental pouring netted 2,000 pounds of pure aluminum.
SIKESTON - A total of 5,934 bales of cotton were ginned in Scott County from the 1945 crop as compared to 16,890 bales ginned in 1944, according to the latest Department of Commerce Bureau of Census report.
MALDEN - A discussion on forming a "Highway 25 Association" will be held in Malden Jan. 13 at an installation dinner meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. Jack Stapleton Jr., editor and publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, will speak.
BENTON - Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell said today 28 prisoners would be returned to a newly painted and refurbished jail in Benton when the jail is reopened Wednesday. The prisoners will also be clothed in new blaze-orange jumpsuits in an effort to improve security and sanitation at the jail, according to Ferrell. Prisoners have been allowed to wear their own clothing, but this presented a security problem when they left the jail for court appointments. It also contributed to an accumulation of unsanitary debris in the cell areas and this will now be eliminated.
SIKESTON - Dollar General Store recently held a grand opening at the new store located in the River Birch Mall. According to Carolyn Pigg, the store's manager, the new Mall location is about double the size of the previous downtown location. "We had just outgrown the store downtown," she explained. "We had so much merchandise that the store was crowded. This is something we have needed for a long time. We just needed a bigger building."