SIKESTON - The Cotton Club, a widely known night club located on Highway 61 South, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. The night club had been operated the past several months by Harold Presson and Tom McClellan of Charleston and the building was owned by Paul Jones.
40 years ago -- Jan. 30, 1968
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Congressman Paul C. Jones has been named sponsor of the eighth annual Southeast Missouri Council Class of Eagle Scouts. Jones will be in Cape Girardeau for the Court of Honor Feb. 18 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
SIKESTON - National Lock Co. donated $6,014.15 to the Sikeston United Way. Employees donated $4,014.15 though payroll deductions with $2,000 added by the company, making it the largest donations of its kind.
CHARLESTON - The arrest of a rural Poplar Bluff man Saturday has apparently solved recent daylight burglaries in Mississippi County, according to Sheriff Avery Hutcheson, who also said burglaries in Scott County have been attributed to the man.
BENTON - Scott County Commissioners Bob Kielhofner and Dewaine Shaffer signed the 1998 county budget Thursday. No changes were suggested or made on the $3.3 million spending package during the short public hearing called at 10 a.m.
BLOOMFIELD - On Friday, officers surprised 23 people, ranging in age from 17 to 58, in a drug sweep in Stoddard County that began before the sun had time to rise.