SIKESTON - Fielding Potashnick, a sophomore at Sikeston High School, was chosen as the winner in the finals of the "I Speak for Democracy" contest held yesterday at the high school auditorium.
BENTON - Voting on cotton marketing quotas begins today and continues through Friday, Shirley McArthur, chairperson of the Scott County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, reported.
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MATTHEWS - Members of the Matthews High School junior class presented a play titled "Grandad Steps Out" on Friday. The play was directed by Earline Hearnes.
SIKESTON - L.D. Seagraves, owner of Garden Lane Nursery in Sikeston, showed off one of the Scotch Pine Christmas trees there. Seagraves says that overall, this year's harvest is of very high quality and prices are only slightly higher this year. Garden Lane has approximately 800 Scotch Pine and Sheared Balsam Fir trees in stock.
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SIKESTON - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety has started its annual patrol of local merchants to curtail shoplifting. "We will start walking through them (stores)," DPS Capt. Joe Sebourn said. "There will be one guy at a time off the street checking stores." Sebourn said DPS Director Mike Phelan instructed the project to begin immediately. "We've been doing this for ages. It's an annual holiday thing," Sebourn said.
SIKESTON - Through the International Newspaper Network, the Standard Democrat is starting an on-line edition, which will be published on the World Wide Web of the Internet. The Website goes on-line effective Dec. 1.