Looking Back 4/13

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Mrs. William Scarbrough received a Silver Star award Monday from overseas, the award having been given her husband, Staff Sgt. William Scarbrough, for gallantry in action June 1, 1944, in Italy.

40 years ago

SIKESTON - The Sikeston Education Foundation will hold its annual breakfast meeting this Saturday to elect directors and officers, it was announced by President David E. Blanton. In its sixth year, the Foundation has made over 90 loans to young people seeking a college education.

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NEW MADRID - Six tons of calcium arsenate, or a similar poisonous compound, have been removed today from a dump six miles northeast of New Madrid, according to the engineer of the state health division at Poplar Bluff. The poison, which was stored in large tin cans as well as pasteboard boxes, spilled open and could have killed many livestock and wildlife.

20 years ago

BENTON - County officials are trying to determine how long the Scott County landfill can continue operation, but even if efforts to extend its usefulness succeed, the site could be closed within two years, according to Scott County Commissioner Louis Hirschowitz. Closing the site would make it difficult for county communities and residents find a proper trash disposal facility. It could also mean higher waste disposal rates for resident customers, according to Sikeston city officials.

10 years ago

SIKESTON - Charlotte York may be the new kid on the block when it comes to being president of the Sikeston Public School System's Board of Education, but she needs no introduction to the power of good education. Having assumed her new role for barely a day, York was enthusiastic about her new title and the future she hopes it will bring. "I think this is a wonderful opportunity to serve the community. It is an honor and I appreciate the confidence the board has in me," said the board's new president.

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SIKESTON - A donation of $8,000 from the Sikeston Rotary Club will purchase playground equipment for children of Sikeston. The new equipment will be installed near the north picnic shelter in the city-owned Rotary Park.

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