The Daily Standard from Sikeston, Missouri on December 15, 1971 · Page 1
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Sikeston, Missouri
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Wednesday, December 15, 1971
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Tele-News 471-6666 T he D aily S tandard JACK ANDERSON SAYS; Nixon 7 to 6 to boat Muskle Ut Jimmy tha Greek’s book; president 3*1 over Hu mph ray, Jackson; 6-2 oft Kennedy; Jimmy and Nixon both thUtk Ohio, Illinois Pivotal atstss in a Pirn rrrnv Publlihtd Dally Exoapt Sunday* In Slkatton, Scott County, Miwourl <i FLR (.OPY OUR 60TH YEAR _________________________________________SIKESTON, SCOTT COUNTY, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15,1971 40 PAGES NUMBER 248 Scott City Man Killed Tornado Like Winds Hit Area TORNADO PATH Poplar Bluff For the second time in less than a week, winds of near hurricane force pounded Southeast Missouri late last night and early this morning, leaving a path of damage, destruction and death in their wake. In a line stretching from south of Poplar Bluff in Butler county to East Cape Girardeau, 111., houses were flattened, house trailers overturned, power lines downed, and one death was recorded in Scott City which was apparently the worst hit area. Gov. Warren Hearnes today proclaimed an emergency in Green, Cape Girardeau, and adjacent counties, which includes Scott county, because of the loss of life and property damage caused by buffeting storms. Mike Raines, 26, of Scott City, the only fatality of the storm, was killed when his trailer overturned new the southern edge of Scott City early this morning. He leaves a wife and child, who were also injured. A confirmed tornado first touched down south of Poplar Bluff at 2:20 a.m. near highway 142. The tornado destroyed two house trailers and damaged two homes under construction before continuing on. Also south of Poplar Bluff on highway 153, a house trailer was overturned and destroyed. Authorities in Poplar Bluff report six injuries as a result of the violent storm. Those injured were Peggy Ann Payne, broken arm; Frankie Payne, cuts; Robbie Shriver, severe cuts; Rene Schriver, head injuries; Gary Johnson, leg injury; and Gail Johnson, leg injury. All of the injured were residents of trailer homes. The tornado then apparently moved to Dudley where a house trailer was overturned and another home under construction destroyed. A large section of the Dexter Airport hanger was blown away and part of the roof landed on a twin engine aircraft. Dexter police said the city suffered the usual wind damage, including television antennas downed, roofs and shingles damaged, and trees uprooted. The storm struck Oran where two barns were flattended by the tornado. A drive-in restaurant near the northern edge of the city was also heavily damaged. The roof of the drive-in was spread over a neighboring field. A home, between Oran and Chaffee was destroyed, injuring its occupant, Dixie Schaeffer. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau. In Bell City, which also suffered heavy property damage as a result of the storm, the Dunn-Uregas store, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Dunn was damaged. The roof of the building caved in and the front plate glass window was blown out. The Western Aqto store had a section of the front window destroyed and a roof was taken off of a storage shed of the Bell City Lumber Company. The Delay Brothers Implement Company storage shed was destroyed as was a signal arm, signal building and utility poles along the Cotton Belt railroad west of Bell City. Two miles, east of the city, near the Tom Rendleman farm, four railroad cars on the Cotton Belt track was blown off the tracks. At least one trailer home and several houses were also flattened or destroyed in Bell City during the night. Reports indicate the storm traveled along the southwest edge of town heavily damaging the downtown business district. The storm continued northeast toward the Scott City area causing damage in New Hamburg and other small towns. Scott City caught the main bulk of the tornadoes force as estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars damage was done to the small community. The tornado apparently first touched down near the southwestern edge of the city causing the most damage to a trailer park. All but one of the seven trailers in the park were flattened and property loss was a near total. The wreckage from the trailer park was scattered over thousands of square yards and at least 18 were injured as a result of the storm. Those injured in Scott City and taken to Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau were: James O. Cauble Jr., 28, in the intensive care unit of the hospital; John Hardie, 23 and his wife Irene, 22, and their child, Stacy, five months, treated and released; Warren Masterson, 24, his wife, Alberta and daughter, Sherry, treated and released. Sharon Rhymer 23, her daughter Tina, 3, and son Robert, raven months, treated and released; Gary Lane Tisdale, 31, treated and transferred to Baptist Hospital in Memphis; Rudy Tisdale, 64, admitted; Dewitt Tisdale, 72 treated and released; Robert Tyler, 28, his wife, Sue, 32, and son Robert Jr., treated and released; and Ray Weiss, 22, and his wife Kathy, 20, treated and released. After leaving the trailer park the storm continued traveling northeast, across Main Street destroying scores of homes and businesses. Power has been out to most of Scott City since 3 this morning and workman are repairing and replacing lines. Telephone service was out for several hours, but has been restored to most of the city. The tornado then traveled across the Mississippi River and again touched down in East Cape Girardeau. Upside Down George’s Mobile Home lot in East Cape was heavily damaged as nearly a dozen trailers were flattened or damaged. Two trailers near the Purple Crackle were destroyed injuring two occupants. A lumber shed near the East Cape Lumber Company lot was also flattened and power lines to the area were downed. TORNADIC WINDS ripped the roof off a drive*in restaurant in Oran and scattered debris over a 100-yard area beyond the building. The drive-in was being remodeled for a spring opening. Those injured in East Cape were: Ammie Burris, 70, treated and released at Southeast Hospital; Arthur Sams, 62, admitted and his wife Lottie, discharged. The area hit by the storm had been under a National Weather Bureau tornado watch since 2 a.m. The watch was lifted at 5 this morning. Residents throughout Southeast Missouri and southern Illinois began to clear through the debris this morning to salvage what little was untouched by the twister. Gary Senn, a house trailer resident in Scott City said his trailer began shaking during the night and said “The next thing I knew, the trailer went over.” Senn crawled through the damaged roof of the trailer while his wife exited through a window. Senn then crawled into the trailer to retrieve his child. “We’re very, very lucky,” he said. Tuesday’s storm, to this reporter, apparently caused more damage than Friday’s similar storm. Friday’s storm resulted in the death of a Doniphan couple who were killed when a tree was blown onto the cab of their truck. Sikeston suffered heavy damage during Friday’s storm but was for the most part, untouched last night. A few reports of property damage as a result of the high winds have been reported, but no injuries or major property damage was suffered during the night. Power was maintained throughout the city last night apparently since the bulk of the storm and tornado struck north of the city. Pictured above is Mrs. Vincent LeGrand standing by the only trailer out of seven left intact. Mrs. LeGrand mother of four said “I had two of the children with me” and the other 2 were with my husband in the kitchen. “I could tell by the wind sound” it was going to happen. We rolled what seemed to be six times. Mrs. LeGrand said her husband was able to crawl through the trailer to them and they worked their way out through a side window now on the top. Below is Robert Hency beside the remains of his trailer. Hency said “One good thing though, people are pretty nice”. The LeGrands and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hency escaped injury. First Meeting The Police Advisory and Grievance Board, which was established as a result of city manager Raymert Miller’s investigation into the police department held their first meeting Monday and elected David Friedman chairman. The Rev. Ed Stephenson was elected vice - chairman. In their first official action, Stephenson suggested the committee be “consistent in all actions with sympathetic concern for those who had grievances” and said the committee should strive to serve the community in all instances. The board agreed that all complaints must be given orally to the committee or submitted by signed letter. Separate hearing will be held when a number of grievances are lodged, the board agreed. Board members are Allen Hubbard, Ray Lieble, Friedman, Louis Wiggins, Stephenson and Miller. Collector’s Office Open BENTON — The county collector's office in Scott county will remain open each Saturday morning from 8:30 to 12:00 from now until the end of the year as the major rush to pay 1971 county taxes gets underway. As of December 1, $694,371 has been collected in county taxes. For the current year, County Collector Tom Marshall said he is to collect very near $2Va million. Funds collected to date were broken down as: personal property, $89,633.26; real estate, $591,677.80, and merchants and manufacturers, $13,059.96. Marshall said the extra Saturday hours are for the convenience of persons who wish to pay their taxes in person. He added, however, that most people are paying their taxes through the mail. The $694,371 collected represents nearly 80 percent school tax, 10 percent county general revenue tax, 7 per cent road tax and 3 per cent to the state, regional library and other taxing agencies. Tax bills have been mailed for some time now and people who have not received their tax bills are urged to contact the county office. The most common mix-ups on tax bills, Marshall said are when property is transferred through the year. A taxpayer who has bought or sold property should definitely check his tax bill. In such cases, the change of ownership is sometimes not carried through to the tax books and a person receives a bill for taxes he does not owe. It also happens at times that the taxpayer does not receive a bill for taxes due. Failing to receive a bill does not excuse taxpayers from paying any taxes due nor from penalties or interest if payment is late, he added. 2 Waive Hearing, Bound To Circuit Court On *1,000 Each Proctor Elected Chairman NEW MADRID - Two waived preliminary hearings in magistrate court and were bound over to circuit court on felony charges. Willie Rayford, charged with grand larceny, was bound over to circuit court under $1,000 bond. He is charged with theft on Dec. 1 of a car owned by Sammy Stephens of Portageville. Austin Breeden, charged with leaving the scene of an accident, was bound over to circuit court under $1,000 bond. Breeden is charged with being involved in an accident Dec. 4 with Billy L. Brashears; he left the scene without notifying authorities or leaving his name or driver’s license number. Charged with driving while intoxicated, Breeden was fined $120, given six months jail term and placed on probation for one year. His driver’s license was suspended for one year. Charged with driving while intoxicated, Ronald Gene Uthoff and Fred Scallion each were fined $110, given six months in jail and placed on probation. Scallion’s operator license was suspended for one year. Uthoff, charged in a second case with driving with no operator license and improper registration, was given 30 days in jail and $30 fine. Solomon Lee Anderson was fined $30 each in two cases of operating vehicle with no operator license and improper registration. Careless and imprudent driving and improper registration charges against Daniel DeWayne Parks resulted in a $40 fine. Charles E. Rudleell paid a $20 fine on charges of, operating vehicle with no vehicle license and failure to display inspection sticker. Robert Earl Laminack paid the same amount on charges of no operator license and improper registration. Dorothy Mae Watson paid $25 fine on charge of failure to exercise care. Charles Harold Freeman paid $20 fine on charges of driving while operator license is revoked and improper registration. Levied $15 fines each on misdemeanor charges were Walter Wilson Carnett, operating vehicle in violation of restriction on operator license, no glasses; Kellett Oil Co., operating vehicle beyond 25 miles on local license; Ancy Wayne Babb, operating vehicle with out-of-state operator license while a Missouri resident, and Little John Lett, speeding. Fined $11 each were James Jerry Hayes, charged See No. 1 page 1 2. Probation Granted NEW MADRID - John Scarbrough pleaded guilty and was granted probation under supervision Tuesday in circuit court after being sentenced to two years on charge of selling 20 amphetamine sulfate tablets to an undercover agent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Charge against Scarbrough was transferred to New Madrid county from Scott County on a change of venue. William Ray Spurlin pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of stolen property valued at more than $50. Judge William L. Ragland sentenced Spurlin to one year in the county jail, w ith sentence suspended upon payment of $25 fine, court costs and good behavior. Spurlin was given 30 days to pay the fine. He had been charged with burglary and larceny in connection with theft Dec. 11, 1970 from Rauch Drug Store in Morehouse. Donna Sue Bohannon Jarrett was divorced from Larry Jarrett. She was given $500 gross alimony, $200 attorney fee, and restored her maiden name of Bohannon. Margie Darlene Cude on a cross bill, was divorced from Billy Joe Cude and restored to her former name of Den bow. A divorce decree was modified in the case of Deanna Leathers against James Leathers Jr. and he was given part - time custody of a child. Judgments awarded were $1,303.42 to First State Bank of Caruthersville against Stafford Furniture and Appliance Inc.; and $529.83 to Bank of New Madrid against James B. and Linda Dolan. A case to recover on insurance policy filed by Rome Wilson against Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of Sikeston was transferred to Scott County on change of venue. Billy R. Greer, was given four years in imprisonment and granted probation without supervision after pleading guilty to felonious stealing. He was charged with stealing cash and checks June 28 from J. T. Kindred of Morehouse. BENTON ---- Roy Proctor was re-elected to he Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee by delegates to the ASC County Convention Saturday at the county office in Benton. TTie delegates also selected Proctor as chairman of three-member committee and named Fletcher Withrow as vice chairman and Shirley McArthur as member. Also elected were Jim Dumey and Harry Lee Showmaker as alternate committeemen. County committeemen are elected to serve three year staggered terms, so that ordinarily one vacancy occurs each year. Community committee members were elected from the following townships. Commerce township, William P. Beard alee, Illmo, chairman; Herman Hitt, Illmo, vice-chairman; Marshall Bonifield, Benton, member; Robert McVay, Commerce, first alternate and Garland Buck, Charleston, second alternate. Kelso Township, Norman Blattel, Illmo, chairman; Frank Lindsey, Illmo, vice -chairman; Ervin Gleuck, Chaffee, member; Louis Eftink, Illmo, first alternate and Vincent Miller, Illmo, second alternate. Moreland township, Vernon Scherer, Illmo, chairman; Paul Kiefer, Chaffee, vice -chairman; Ray Graham, Benton, member; Sam Stuckey, Benton, first alternate and Roy Proctor, Jr., Benton, second alternate. Morley Township, Lloyd Boley, Bell City, chairman; Lee Cook, Morley, vice-chairman; Jimmy Emerson, Benton, member; Kenneth Webb, Sikeston, first alternate and Jimmy G. Johnson, Vanduser, second alternate. Richland township, Jim Dumey, Sikeston, chairman; Layton Hubbard, Sikeston, vice-chairman; Elbert Hubbard, Sikeston, member; James Marshall, Sikeston, first alternate and Herman Newman, Sikeston, second alternate. Sandy Woods, township, Norman Evans, Sikeston, chairman; Vernon Shelton, Sikeston, vice-chairman; Robert Laseter, Sikeston, member; R.P. Householder, Sikeston, first alternate and Jimmy W. Johnson, Sikeston, second alternate. Sylvania township, Leon Schlitt, Oran, chairman; Elmer Seyer, Oran, vice-chairman; Elmer Schaefer, Oran, member; Truman Senciboy, Painton, first alternate and Glen Pobst, Oran, second alternate. Tywappity township, Harry Lee Showmaker, Charleston, chairman; Roy Lovett, Charleston, vice-chairman; John Strieker, Charleston, member; William Cole, Bertrand, first alternate and Lee Pattengill, Charleston, second alternate. The County ASC Committee is responsible for local administration of government farm programs such as the feed, grain, wheat and cotton programs and price support loans. City Hall Discussed 8 SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS CHARLESTON -Construction of the city hall, which began with ground-breaking ceremonies Dec. 6, was the topic of discussion last night at the regular meeting of the city council. Shirley G. Staples, construction supervisor, informed the council that a portion of the city hall would have to be lowered one foot to make the drive-in window facilities car level. The council approved a cost estimate submitted by Staples for lowering the ceiling of that portion of the building to nine feet. The council approved the installation of gas heat and electric cooling units for the new building. Tanna Parish, director of urban renewal, explained the code enforcement program to the council and an offer from the Houaing and Urban Renewal department for funds to implement the program were declined. The water and sewer study compiled by R.W. Booker and Associates was discussed and the council was informed the water pollution board had approved the study. Bids for construction of a new water tower will be let and opening date was set for Jan. 13. City manager, Richard Martin, informed the council the city has received notice from the Employment Security Division of the State Department of Labor that funds are available for hiring a director of parks and recreation activities. Martin asked for and was given council approval to hire two park and recreation laborers rather than a director. An ordinance directing the issuance of public improvement bonds totalling $250,000 for construction of the city hall and water and sewer improvements in the industrial par was adopted. It’s Inside Who pays the expenses on faulty merchandise? For the answer turn to ... page 11. Travel Inc. will now serve Kennett. Turn to ... page 21. A constitutional amendment has reached the Missouri house to reduce the residency requirement for governor. Turn to ... page 24. Candy making time is here! For some great holiday candy recipes turn to Cooking Up on ... page 25. And Outside Mostly cloudy and mild Thursday with the high 54 to 60; winds westerly 5 to 12 mph tonight. Probabilities of measurable precipitation 10 per cent tonight and 20 per cent on Thursday EXTENDED FORECA8T Friday mild with a chance of rain, low in the 30s and high near 50; rain ending Saturday and turning cooler; clearing and colder Sunday; low in the 20s Sunday with high in the 30s. HIGH AND LOW YESTERDAY High and low temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. today were 69 and 61 degrees. Rain accompanied by strong winds, measured .40 inch. Wednesday, Dec Sunset today ............4 Sunrise tomorrow ...7 Moonrise tomorrow 6 New Moon................... The star Antares quite near the moon rises Thursday. VISIBLE PLANETS Saturn In east 0: Mars in south...........6: Venus sets.................0: . 15 :43 p.m. :05 a.m. :14 a.m. .. Friday will be when it 06 p.m. 67 p.m. 27 p.m.

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