SIKESTON - The Budweiser Cafe, operated for a brief time by James O. Ralph, was sold last Saturday to J.H. Hollomon, owner of Nevada's Cafe.
MATTHEWS - Peggy Lathum, 16, was named as the prettiest girl Saturday afternoon as she was crowned Miss Matthews by Mayor Lyman Whitten at the Fall Festival, sponsored by the Volunteer Club.
CHAFFEE - Larry Eugene has been named as a Peace Corps volunteer, having completed 12 weeks of training at the University of Texas, and is now on leave at home prior to departure for Afghanistan.
MARSTON - Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. plans to cut back operations at the New Madrid Power Plant located in the St. Jude Industrial Park near here. Effective Jan. 1, there will be a staff reduction of 47 employees. The layoffs may last as long as two years or until the demand for electricity produced by the New Madrid power plant increases.
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SIKESTON - Beth Weber of Sikeston will attend an intercession course in London, England, this December with the help of several community organizations. She will study London art for a two week program in conjunction with the English Department at Southeast Missouri State University.
CHARLESTON - An escapee from the Mississippi County Jail has been apprehended in Kalamazoo, Mich., and according to the sheriff's department, the subject is fighting extradition to Missouri. Michael Smith, 25, who was being held locally on charges of drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and tampering, escaped Sept. 3 through a kitchen window in the jail. Kalamazoo police reportedly arrested Smith Sept. 29 during a routine traffic stop in a high drug use area.