SIKESTON - It may be spring in Sikeston, but as far as the temperature is concerned it's summer. The high for this week was 81 degrees; at no time during the past week has the mercury dipped below 55.
SIKESTON - J.E. Robinson, Missouri Pacific Railroad station agent, said that the railroad engineers strike has put nine Sikeston people out of work. Two freight trains running through Sikeston daily, one from Poplar Bluff to Charleston and back, have ceased operations.
CHARLESTON - The Charleston R-1 school district has its long awaited "triple A" rating from the state department of education, superintendent W.R. Pierce Jr. announced. News of the improved rating, highest awarded by the state department of education, came in a letter from P.J. Newell Jr., assistant commissioner, Missouri Division of Instruction. The letter was dated March 25.
SIKESTON - Sikeston's Diana Carter is back at third base for the high school softball season after an injury-prompted move to right field last year. The softball Bulldogs open their season Thursday at Perryville, the same day the baseball 'Dogs host Notre Dame and the Sikeston track teams host Poplar Bluff. Today, the boys tennis and boys golf teams are at Kennett and the junior high track team is at Jackson.
SIKESTON - Contract negotiations failed at midnight, prompting the 156 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to go on strike today at Triangle Wire and Cable Inc. Stanley H. Davis, Triangle's vice president for Human Resources and Organization and Development in Lincoln, Rhode Island, said today the Sikeston plant will remain open as negotiations between the company and the union continue. "We expect to resolve any of the open issues with the next few weeks," he stated.