SIKESTON - Airport Notes: James W. Ward, working on the GI training program, made his first solo flight across to Poplar Bluff and returned Wednesday.
SIKESTON - Four counterfeit $20 bills were passed in four different liquor stores in Sikeston Saturday night, the Sikeston Police Department says.
SIKESTON - Firemen were called Sunday to extinguish a fire at the John McMullin residence, 655 Park. Papers caught fire in the garage, causing damage to the building. The fire's origin has yet to be determined. 20 years ago
Dec. 4, 1986
CHAFFEE - The doors of one of Missouri's 55 small rural hospitals are closed and locked today. Because of a financial crunch, others are struggling to survive. Under a new Medicare payment system that began in 1983, rural hospitals such as those in Sikeston, Chaffee and Dexter, are paid less for treating a patient with a given diagnosis than urban hospitals are reimbursed for the same patient. The 55 hospitals in Missouri with 100 beds or fewer showed a total decline of $70.1 million last year from their total incomes in 1980.
ORAN - On the eve of her retirement, Elvira B. Metz of Oran was honored last week for her years of service to the USDA. Elvira was a rural development technician for 61 years. Area Manager Gary Capps presented Metz with a plaque for her service.
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Eagles fell short in their first basketball game of the season to Shawnee, Ill., 51-49. East Prairie coach Kerry Thompson said, "We lost the game, but I can't complain about the way we played. We hustled and had guts tonight. We had some key turnovers late in the game, and that hurt us." On a positive note, the Eagles did hit the boards for 41 rebounds.