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Horseshoes for Heroes: Fundraiser creates unique game (09/18/14)
CHAFFEE -- After receiving a $10,000 cut in federal funding, Tina Dohogne-Nations decided there had to be a way to raise additional funds for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Volunteer Intergenerational Center of Scott and Cape Counties. Her solution? An enlarged, wacky version of horseshoes that doesn't require any type of skill from any of its players as they play through 12 over-the-top horseshoe pits set up on a farm...
Library project taking shape (09/18/14)
SIKESTON - If it were a book title it might be called "The Building Blocks to Better Reading." Construction is officially underway at the Sikeston Public Library to renovate space for children's activities and other programming events. "And so it begins," said Libby Caskey, as she watched workers scramble up and down ladders Wednesday...
Two in custody for East Prairie burglary (09/18/14)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Two East Prairie residents have been arrested after a burglary of a residence was reported Sunday. According to East Prairie Police Chief Danny Lafferty, officer Joleda Douglas responded to a report of a residential burglary at 213 Cranford St. ...
U.S.D.A. official views old barn county wants removed (09/18/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County may be closer to seeing a federally-owned dilapidated structure being removed. Ken Stevenson, county code enforcement officer, advised the County Commission during their regular weekly meeting Thursday that Edward "Tadpole" Throgmorton of the U.S. Department of Agriculture office in New Madrid visited property on County Road 525 with an old barn county officials have determined needs to be removed...
10 Things to Know for Thursday (09/18/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. US CONGRESS OKS PLAN TO ARM, TRAIN SYRIAN REBELS The 273-156 vote crosses party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship...
Local VFW's Ladies Auxiliary will deliver donations to VA hospital (09/18/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Socks and shirts might not seem like a big deal to some people but to someone without a home it can make a big difference. The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174 have gathered donations of these basic clothing items many might take for granted and are working to arrange a time to bring them to those that need them...
Small boy fights tall list of cancer-related ailments (09/18/14)
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As Marshall Pullen climbs the stairs, determined to make it to the slide, his mother, Stephanie, can't help but be proud. He slides to the floor with a little help from his physical therapist and is quickly on his feet heading to the next slide. While this seems like a typical activity for most 5-year-olds, to Marshall's mother it's a moment deserving of multiple photographs and videos...
Sale of tax credits will help keep Food Bank on the road (09/17/14)
SIKESTON -- Helping the Southeast Missouri Food Bank today can bring a tax break in the future. The Missouri Department of Economic Development approved the local food bank and four others for tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program. NAP helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects...
Charleston man gets 15 years for bank robbery (09/17/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Charleston man will spend 15 years in federal prison for robbing a bank. Deidrick Reed, 26, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 96 months on one felony count of making a false bomb threat and one felony count of armed bank robbery. Reed also received a consecutive sentence of 84 months for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He appeared Monday before United States District Judge John A. Ross...
Man facing drug charges after catching on fire (09/17/14)
By Staff report news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- When a Dexter man finally gets out of the hospital, he is likely to face yet another problem: drug charges. It was about 8:30 p.m. when the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was advised of a call reporting what a witness thought must be the result a traffic accident: a man on fire out in front of Walmart...
MoDOT to hold public meeting to discuss improvements to Route C in Mississippi County (09/17/14)
CHARLESTON - The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4-6 p.m. Thursday to discuss improvements to Route C in Mississippi County. The meeting will be held at the Delta Growers Association in Charleston, located at 313 South Route 105...
Canalou self-taught savings guru will share her tips at seminar (09/17/14)
SIKESTON -- A Canalou woman has received so many inquiries about her frugal living, she's been asked to conduct a workshop to teach others how to save money in today's economy. Michelle Russom of Canalou will present information on how to save money during her "Consumer Cents 101" seminar at 7 p.m. Friday in the multi-purpose building at First Assembly of God Church in Sikeston. The workshop is a fundraiser for the Church's Women's Ministries...
Others add support to Noranda's request for power rate reduction (09/17/14)
NEW MADRID -- Politicians, organizations and the local union have added their support to Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation's request to reconsider its request for lower power rates. The company has filed a motion with the Missouri Public Service Commission requesting that the PSC reconsider its Aug. 20 order denying Noranda's request for a lower power rate at the company's aluminum smelter here...
County will soon kick off security upgrade project (09/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- It is time to think about beefing up county security, according to the Scott County Commission. "We are looking at the security of the county complex which includes all five buildings," Presiding County Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the Commission's regular meeting Tuesday...
10 Things to Know for Today (09/17/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT U.S. LAWMAKERS ARE READY TO OK The House is set to approve Obama's plan to order training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels in a bid to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria...
10 Things to Know for Today (09/16/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW U.S. RAMPS UP RESPONSE TO EBOLA The Obama administration will assign 3,000 American military personnel to West Africa to support local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed for victims of the epidemic...
Rowland-Hubrecht's first experience with legislature 'baptism by fire' (09/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY -- No one said it would be easy. Newly-elected Mo. House Representative Tila Rowland-Hubrecht had just gotten sworn in to her office as representative of the 151st district when she found herself in the midst of what would become a historical veto-override session for the state...
Your local weather forecast (09/16/14)
Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Mostly cloudy on Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10 a.m. and a high near 72 then becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers on Wednesday night with a low around 56. ...
One sought in connection with Charleston shooting (09/15/14)
CHARLESTON - A search is underway for a Charleston man wanted in custody in connection with a shooting. Teco Woods, 31, is charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges stem from an incident on Thursday when officers from the Charleston Department of Public Safety received a report of a shooting in the 700 block of Gail Street...
Fall in Love with Downtown Wine Festival (09/15/14)
Historic Downtown Sikeston was filled with wine enthusiasts Saturday night for the 5th Annual Fall in Love With Downtown Wine Festival. The Hemman Winery, Hunter Valley Winery, Boat House Wine Co., St. James Winery, The Barren's Winery, Jeremiah's and River Ridge Winery also took part in the event while music was provided by Common Thread. For more photos from the event, see our photo galleries...
Bums for Kenny Wiffle Ball Classic (09/15/14)
Laura Dennis of the MDMC Ortho Bone Crushers throws a pitch to Chase Kaminsky of the Swinging Bats in the Second Annual Bums for Kenny Wiffle Ball Classic on Saturday morning at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Ten teams took part in the event with the proceeds going to the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. See our photo galleries for more photos...
Community celebration (09/15/14)
The Big Prairie Jaycees hosted Community Day on Saturday, kicking off activities with a parade. The sun came out just in time for the events, conducted at the Matthews City Park, and included games for children and adults, a horseshoe tournament, barbecue cook-off and pageants...
Man sentenced for robbing Charleston bank (09/15/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Charleston man will spend 15 years in federal prison for robbing a bank. Deidrick Reed, 26, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 96 months on one felony count of making a false bomb threat and one felony count of armed bank robbery. Reed also received a consecutive sentence of 84 months for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He appeared Monday before United States District Judge John A. Ross...
History behind Kelly fog days explained (09/15/14)
BENTON -- It may have been 35 years since three local school children were killed in a bus accident one foggy morning, but the memory of that day remains clear in the minds of those families and community members of the Scott County R-4 "Kelly" School District...
10 Things to Know for Today (09/15/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOLLANDE PRESSES FOR ACTION AGAINST MILITANTS France's president says there's "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders...