SIKESTON - Gerald Ham left Monday for Carbondale, Ill., where he will enroll this term at Southern Illinois University.
SIKESTON - Cathey Owens Agency Inc. has acquired the Sikeston insurance office at Missouri Mercantile Inc. from Mercantile Mortgage Co. in St. Louis. Stan Eudy, assistant vice president of Mercantile Mortgage, will continue to maintain his office here with the mortgage department of the company.
BENTON - A festival can't function without a pie-eating contest. Among those munching pies Saturday at Benton Neighbor Day were Randy Blattel of New Hamburg, his brother, Brian, and Andy Mack of Benton. The annual two-day event started Friday night.
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SIKESTON - The 44th Annual Cotton Carnival has been scheduled for Sept. 19-24. As in the past, the event will feature carnival rides, queen pageants and a parade.
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SIKESTON - Roy Gates will probably dove hunt this Labor Day. Gates has been with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for 36 years. The crew leader started with the department when many of the Bootheel roads were gravel. He said he plans a squirrel or dove hunting excursion for Labor Day.
BENTON - Bob Dwyer hopes to smash the world watermelon record with big melons grown on his small Sikeston farm. Wednesday afternoon, he weighed in a 201 pound melon, which might be the biggest watermelon grown in the world this year. Although this year's melon won't come close to the all-time record, Dwyer says it's another step toward his goal. The official biggest watermelon was grown in 1990 by Bill Carson of Arrington, Tenn. It weighed in at 262 pounds.
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SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team picked up their second win of the year when they defeated Dexter 6-3 on Wednesday at the Sikeston High School.