[Nameplate] Fair ~ 72°F  
High: 92°F ~ Low: 67°F
Friday, July 25, 2014
More Local Headlines
Regulators oppose lowering Noranda's electric rate (07/25/14)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A day after regulators said they opposed a request by Ameren Missouri's biggest customer for a rate reduction of about $50 million a year, a panel that advocates for retail ratepayers proposed a deal that would give the company just over half of what it was seeking...
Malfunctioning motor shuts down Dorena-Hickman Ferry (07/25/14)
EAST PRAIRIE - The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed due to a malfunctioning ramp motor. According to Captain Ed Floyd, there is no way to determine how long repairs might take. The ferry is out of service until further notice, he said, adding when normal service resumes he will try to provide timely notice for users...
City and BMU partner to fix rail crossing (07/25/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- One of the worst bumps on a Sikeston road will be smoothed out following an inconvenient week. The rail crossing on North West Street will be closed for a week starting Monday for a joint reconstruction project between the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities and the city's Street Division...
Fizz Boom Read (07/25/14)
Fizz Boom Read (07/25/14)
Eager young readers select their books at the New Madrid Memorial Library after taking part in the New Madrid County Library's summer Reading program, "Fizz Boom Read." During Thursday's reading program, conducted by Janey Kennett, children decorated their own peat pots and planted marigolds in them. The summer reading program will conclude next week...
Scott City man arrested for felony domestic violence (07/25/14)
BENTON -- A Scott City man is facing a felony domestic violence charge after being arrested Wednesday. Marcus Allen Bowers, 25, is been charged with second degree domestic assault, a class C felony; resisting arrest, a class D felony; and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge, according to a Thursday news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
Ferry rates will increase Aug. 1 (07/25/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Crossing the Mississippi River on the local ferry will cost a couple of more bucks starting next month. Mississippi County commissioners approved a rate increase for the Dorena Hickman Ferry during their regular meeting Thursday as recommended by the Mississippi County Port Authority Board...
14 cars derailed in Dexter train wreck (07/25/14)
By NOREEN HYSLOP SEMO News Service DEXTER -- Fourteen railroad cars on a southbound Union Pacific train derailed within the city limits of Dexter at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, sending concerns initially of a possible hazardous material spill since one of the tanks held liquid petroleum gas. No one was injured in the accident. On site testing confirmed there was no leakage from the LP tanker, easing the minds of local authorities, including Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore...
Farmers brace for high corn yields and lower prices (07/25/14)
By mark blanton SEMO News Service SIKESTON -- Despite expecting a 10 percent increase in corn yields this growing season, Dan Jennings said decreased corn prices and other factors are cutting into profits. "It's going to be really tough to make money this year," he said...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/25/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FRANCE SENDS SOLDIERS TO GUARD AIR ALGERIE WRECK French interior minister says that terrorism cannot be ruled out as a cause for the tragedy that killed 116 people though it was likely due to bad weather...
Mayor of Caruthersville killed in fire (07/24/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- The mayor of Caruthersville reportedly died in a fire at his home Wednesday night. According to reports, Rick Davis, who was elected mayor in April, was at his home at 303 Eighh Street when a fire broke out between 10:30 and 11 p.m...
Council seeks residents interested in governing process (07/24/14)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston City Council is looking for a few good men -- and women -- to serve on city boards and commissions. Currently the city has 17 boards and commissions that deal with practically every aspect of municipal government. Participation in this program gives appointees a working knowledge of municipal operations, and has prepared many to further their public service as a local elected official, according to a city officials...
Train derails in Dexter (07/24/14)
By NOREEN HYSLOP SEMO News Service DEXTER -- Fourteen southbound Union Pacific freight cars, including an LP gas tanker, derailed around 3 a.m. in Dexter. At 7 a.m., Dexter Police, the Dexter Fire Department, Stoddard County Sheriff's deputies and the Highway Patrol, were staged near the Tyson Foods plant on the east end of the city while UP crews and Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore performed air level testing in the area of the derailment to determine if there was an immediate danger to area residents. ...
Summer blood needed (07/24/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There is still just no substitute for blood. "They are making headway on that, but very, very slowly," said Craig Welker, blood bank supervisor at Missouri Delta Medical Center. And so another summer means blood banks are again concerned about shortages...
Lightning strike (07/24/14)
When stormy weather blew into New Madrid Wednesday, the lightning it brought with it shattered a tree in the 600 block of Main Street. (Jill Bock, Staff)
No one hurt in Scott County blaze (07/24/14)
By Emily Priddy SEMO News Service SCOTT CITY -- No one was hurt but a rural Scott County farm family lost their home Wednesday afternoon in a fire that appeared to start as a result of a lightning strike. David Landewee said he was out working on his farm on County Road 204 near Scott City when he got a call from a neighbor telling him his house was on fire...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/24/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER START OF EXECUTION The condemned man gasps and snorts as the lethal injection used adds to the scrutiny of the death penalty in the U.S...
Pemiscot County Jail chosen to house prisoners from New Madrid County (07/23/14)
By Staff report news@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID - The Pemiscot County Jail will house prisoners from New Madrid County - at least for the next six months. At their Monday meeting, the New Madrid County Commission accepted the bid of $30 per prisoner per day from Pemiscot County. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens was in the process Tuesday of moving the county's prisoners from the Scott County Jail, which had housed prisoners for the county since July 2, to Pemiscot County...
Health camp for local high schoolers offered in Sikeston (07/23/14)
SIKESTON -- Area high school students interested in pursuing careers in the health field will have the chance to gain some hands-on experience and knowledge during a two-day camp later this month in Sikeston. Set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30-31 at Sikeston High School, the 2014 Missouri Area (Health Education Center) Science and Health "M*A*S*H" Camps is offered to local teens in ninth through 12th grades...
Preliminary hearing set in second degree murder case (07/23/14)
NEW MADRID - A preliminary hearing is scheduled in September for a woman accused in the death of a Sikeston man. Savannah R. Davis will return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for her preliminary hearing on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action. Davis is charged in the July 11 death of John Sharber...
Meth labs found in Sikeston residence (07/23/14)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. Sherrie Jane Hamlin, 44, is charged by the Scott County Prosecutor's Office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony, and the class D felonies of possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia...
Plat needed for subdivision; county water recommended (07/23/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Even without a planning and zoning commission, there are still requirements for subdivisions in Scott County. Tom Beardslee, addressing officer for the county, advised commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday of a request to assign a street name for subdivision to be located off of County Road 346 on the north side of Highway 77 near Kelly High School...
Stoddard County Election: Aug. 5 ballots feature special election and amendments (07/23/14)
By MIKE MCCOY SEMO News Service BLOOMFIELD -- The Aug. 5 Primary and Special Election is less than two weeks away. The ballot features a special election to replace former State Rep. Dennis Fowler (Dist. 151) and a highly contested race for Associate Circuit Judge, Division III, with incumbent Steve Mitchell facing Brad Jarrell in the Republican Primary...
Bloomfield citizens to decide fate of $10M bond issue (07/23/14)
By Jonathon Dawe SEMO News Service BLOOMFIELD -- According to Bloomfield Mayor Donna Medlin, a lot of work continues to be done on the city's water lines; but more work is needed. Recently, the city of Bloomfield had a water tower renovated and painted...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/23/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. THE FINAL DAYS AND HOURS OF FLIGHT 17'S PASSENGERS The Boeing 777 traveling from Amsterdam to Malaysia held the promise of beginnings and endings for many on board: the thrill of a new adventure or dream vacation for some, and the comfort of going back home for others...