Looking Back 7/12

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Monday, the drive for funds to erect the Missouri Delta Community Hospital in Sikeston had reached a total of slightly more that $90,000.

40 years ago

MATTHEWS - Telephone services are expected to be restored in Matthews this weekend. John Donoho, manager of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. reported today. AC power has been leaking from the lines to the Missouri-

Arkansas Power Co. and REA to the telephone company lines, he explained, but the exact cause for the leakage has not been determined.

SIKESTON - Mayor Kendall Sikes and Harold Jones, administrator of the Missouri Delta Community Hospital, were guest speakers at the Kiwanis Club last night at the Rustic Rock. The mayor stressed that $1 million in donations must be raised to build a new three-floor wing.

20 years ago

SIKESTON - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety would like to remind the citizens that in an effort to remove the intoxicated driver from the city streets, officers will continue to operate Sobriety Checkpoints. The checkpoints are conducted as a deterrent to driving while intoxicated. DPS requests the patience and cooperation of all citizens during the operation of this project.

10 years ago

KENNETT (AP) - Some 15,000 acres of prime Missouri Bootheel farmland were auctioned off for more than $17.7 million in a huge two-day sale. The 15,352 acres in Dunklin, Pemiscot and New Madrid counties were owned by E.B. Gee Jr. of Blytheville, Ark. Gee runs Gee Farms and Gee Agrivestments of Blytheville. The land was sold as three separate farms units - the 2,425-acre Marston and 4,450-acre Dunklin County farms on Thursday and the 8,447-

acre Henderson Mound farm on Wednesday. The two farms sold Thursday went to a single bidder, Gaylon Lawrence of Scott County, for just over $8.1 million.

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