SIKESTON - Approximately 5,000 pancakes were served to customers by members of the Kiwanis Club for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day last Thursday. The entire 5,000 were cooked by one man, Gilbert Clinton. One lad was seen to eat 22 pancakes at one sitting and another ate 14.
SIKESTON - City Manager W. Raymert Miller announce today that Edward J. Stratton, 36, has been employed as a fireman. He will begin his duties Monday.
CHARLESTON - To compensate for an overcharge in a debt service levy the Charleston R-1 board of education has reduced the rate of 16 cents for $100 property valuation for next year, Supt. of Schools W.R. Pierce said.
MARSTON - Arson is suspected in a fire which destroyed a building early Tuesday evening. The Marston Fire Department was notified of a fire around 9 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 409, near the St. Jude Industrial Park. The remaining half of the building, which is being moved by the owner, Ed Chapman, was destroyed by fire. The Marston Fire Department was backed by the fire personnel from Noranda Aluminum Co. Inc. and the Portageville Fire Department was placed on call.
NEW MADRID - Members of the Mississippi River Commission are inspecting the Mississippi River and tributaries' projects and visiting with citizens. After traveling from Cairo, Ill., Monday to New Madrid by boat, the commissioners then got an overview of the area by helicopter. Despite cutbacks in federal funding, Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Robert B. Flowers reported that MR&T has prevented millions of dollars in flood damage during 1995 and navigation tonnage along the entire Mississippi River set a record during 1994.