SIKESTON - Jimmy Harris as valedictorian won a medal and Ardeth Kirby, as the salutatorian, was awarded a scholarship at commencement exercises Monday night at the high school.
SIKESTON - Initial steps for the organization of a regional planning commission for a six-county Bootheel area were taken last night in a meeting at the Holiday Inn. The commission will serve Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, New Madrid, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties. Eleven of the 57 governmental units were represented.
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SIKESTON - A new smorgasbord featuring steaks and Chinese food will open July 1. Seating will be 350 persons. L.B. Luber will manage the new restaurant to be open in the basement of his business. The restaurant will be open seven days a week.
CHARLESTON - Approximately 200 people attended the Mississippi County Ambulance District open house on Sunday afternoon, which was highlighted with a gauze-cutting ceremony. Beginning today, the ambulance facility has centralized all operations and crews will be stationed at the new building at all times.
SIKESTON - Vote yes on June 3 and pay a tax levy of $3.33 or less - end of story. Vote no, pay $3.33 or less and lose $75,000-$100,000 each year. That's what the Scott County R-6 School District's tax issue all boils down to. No more, no less, says Sikeston School Superintendent Dr. Robert Buchanan. "The whole purpose is to retain the state aid the Sikeston Public Schools System is losing, not to gain total local tax dollars," said Buchanan.
SIKESTON - Vesta Ruffin, director of Sikeston Head Start, recently presented Michael Jensen, publisher of the Standard-Democrat, with a plaque for service and dedication to the program and for excellent coverage of the school's activities.