SIKESTON - Construction is about 50 percent complete on the first of 40 fabricated houses which were recently allotted to World War II veterans. In Sikeston, the house will be completed by May 15. The house under construction here is located on Benton Street in the Prairie Addition.
CHARLESTON - Dr. W.R. "Dub" Pierce, superintendent of the R-1 schools, was granted a $5,000 settlement behind barred doors yesterday by the Board of Education in connection with the board's decision not to honor his 1966-67 school year contract. The secret session settlement involves issuance of a new contract for May and June, when he will be paid $2,500 each month.
SIKESTON - The Scott County Historical Society met at the home of Margaret Allen on Sunday. At that time, the annual Scott County Historical Society Award was given to her by society president Dave Dickey. With the slogan, "Invest in Your Past," the nonprofit organization also kicked off the Scott County Historical Museum Building Fund Drive by issuing $1 stock certificates for the purpose of developing a recently purchased building in Benton into the museum. The museum would include an archive and genealogy department giving visitors an opportunity to do research.
SIKESTON - Larry DeWitt makes a practice of recycling. And that is what he had in mind when he purchased the River Birch Mall, formerly Kingsway Mall. DeWitt, with the help and expertise of his Mall manager Tim Raxter, plans to redevelop, remodel and revitalize the mall. "We are changing the theme of the mall from a retail mall to a destination mall. What that means is that people will come to the mall for a specific reason. We will specialize in unique shops with those hard to find items, while maintaining incredibly low prices. That is one of our main goals for the mall," said DeWitt.