MATTHEWS - Lightning is believed to have caused the fire which destroyed the high school building at Matthews early last Friday morning.
CHARLESTON - The annual Christmas parade, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held Dec. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The parade will be made up of four bands, 35 floats, clowns, horseback riders, tractors and farm machinery, together with marching units.
SIKESTON - The facade of the old Sikeston Middle School is slowly crumbling as the building is being torn down in order to use the grounds for a public recreation center. The building, which was constructed in 1915, has been replaced by the new facility on Lindenwood Street. Last week, the R-5 District Board of Education discussed uses for the concrete Sikeston High School markers, located above the main building doors. The markers will be saved in order to preserve a piece of Sikeston history.
SIKESTON - Public Safety responded to several burglary calls Tuesday. Janie Potashnick called to report her car had been stolen. She told officers the car had been taken from the carport at her residence on Davis Street between 6:
30 p.m. Monday and 6:50 a.m. Tuesday. Dan Jennings told officers that he had a cellular bag phone taken from his vehicle sometime during the night while the car was parked at his house. Steve Borgsmiller reported two cassette cases and approximately 45 cassette tapes were removed from his vehicle while parked at his residence.
BLOOMFIELD - Stoddard County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the apparent arson of a vehicle on County Road 693. The car had been stolen Nov. 14 from the residence of David E. Hartle in Bloomfield.