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Matthews, Pullen headline SRC award winners (04/24/15)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce honored local citizens at the 65th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held Thursday night at the Sikeston Armory. Leading the list of honorees was Scott Matthews who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award...
Two Sikeston residents win $1M lottery (04/24/15)
SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston residents are celebrating a recent $1 million Missouri Lottery Scratchers win. Samantha Lankheit, 39, and Ashley Rogers, 31, claimed their prize on April 14, after uncovering the $1 million top prize on a "Millionaire Riches" Scratchers ticket. The friends purchased their ticket on April 10 from Huck's Food Store, 823 E. Malone Ave. in Sikeston, and plan on splitting the $1 million prize...
Wet fields continue to delay corn planting (04/24/15)
SIKESTON -- With nearly 5 inches of rain already recorded this month in Sikeston, local farmers are having a tough time getting corn planted. More rain is expected today and Saturday. "Farmers are just waiting for it to dry out," said Richard DeLoughery, University of Missouri Extension specialist in Charleston...
County advised to request another extension on disaster project (04/24/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Sometimes a final deadline really isn't so final after all. Mississippi County Commissioners agreed during their regular weekly meeting Thursday to request another 90 days to finish the last remaining disaster recovery project from the spring 2011 flooding and activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway...
For the recorders (04/24/15)
Mississippi County Recorder of Deeds George Bays, pictured front, and other recorders who have served more than a single term look on as veteran office holder Robert Dixon of Taney County shares with newly elected recorders lessons learned over his years on the job. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/24/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOSTAGE DEATHS A REMINDER OF RISK OF 'DEADLY MISTAKES' With the deaths of two Western captives in a CIA drone strike, Obama is brutally reminded of how civilians can be lost in wartime...
Alberson accomplishes much in first year as Scott Central's sole FBLA adviser (04/23/15)
SIKESTON -- In his first year as the sole adviser of Scott County Central High School's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, Buddy Alberson has managed to come full circle. FBLA membership nearly quadrupled this school year, increasing from six members last year to 22 this year. Earlier this month 10 FBLA members of Scott County Central High School recently traveled to Springfield for their state leadership conference...
Signing on (04/23/15)
Work began this week for the new scoreboard at the Sikeston Public Schools Stadium. Employees with Coast to Coast Signs of Scott City installed three beams which will hold the scoreboard when it is installed by the company. Pictured welding a beam in place is Don Cook with Coast To Coast Signs...
Audit says Missouri governor has shifted costs to agencies (04/23/15)
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A state audit released Wednesday shows that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to use money meant for other agencies to pay for expensive in-state flights and staffing, despite lawmakers' efforts to stop the practice. If Nixon had not pulled money from other departments and delayed payments to a later fiscal year, the Democrat's office would have exceeded its roughly $6.6 million budget by $1.9 million over the past three years, the audit found...
Emotions, technical details carry day two of trial (04/23/15)
BLOOMFIELD -- Wide-ranging emotions and technical details carried the second day of the Charles Goforth murder trial. Although subpoenaed to testify in the trial, Josh Goforth failed to appear on Wednesday. Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver was prepared for the possibility, though, as he requested to use Josh Goforth's testimony from the official record of the preliminary hearing...
Storm damage (04/23/15)
A driver "was really lucky" according to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Capt. Jim McMillen following an accident at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when a portion of a tree dropped on top of her car. According to McMillen, the driver was westbound on Tanner Street, just west of Sikes Street, when a portion of a tree, approximately 18 to 20 inches in diameter, was blown on to her car during a storm. ...
Flood stage (04/23/15)
As the rain continues to fall, the Mississippi River keeps rising and the observation deck at New Madrid provides a perfect place for visitors to view the rising river. According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River will crest at New Madrid today at 32.5 feet, just inches above flood stage...
Licensed dog pound up and running in Miner (04/23/15)
MINER -- The city of Miner now has a licensed dog pound and for the first time a clear guide for animal control activities in writing. Now would be a good time for pet owners to get their animal licenses in place. The city's animal control policies and procedures were approved Tuesday evening during the Miner Board of Aldermen's regular monthly meeting while the city's holding facility for stray animals picked up by city officials was back in business just a few hours before that...
Changing guard: BMU manager retires after nearly four decades (04/22/15)
SIKESTON -- Managing a power plant in this time of uncertain changes in environmental regulations is going to be a challenge -- and one for some new blood to take on. "I'm from the old school; it is time for some new thinking," said Ed Throop, executive director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities. "I'm at an age that I don't need any new challenges. Thirty-seven years is a long time at one place."...
For new Parma mayor: Black is not an issue (04/22/15)
PARMA, Mo. -- Tyus Byrd says she never really intended to run for mayor of Parma, and she never was fully confident of a win. "I didn't think along that level. I always just knew that God had my back. If He was for me, fine. If not, I knew He'd open another door for me."...
Resignations baffle Parma mayor (04/22/15)
Editor's note: The following appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch earlier this week and reflects some of the views of Parma's former mayor, Randal Ramsey. It is reprinted with permission from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. PARMA, Mo -- The drugstore is long gone. So, too, are the bank and the barbershop, the opry house and the hardware store...
Missouri town, new mayor grapple with mass resignations (04/22/15)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Several residents of a tiny southeast Missouri town said Monday they don't believe the abrupt resignations of five of six members of the police force after the longtime mayor, a white man, lost to a black woman have anything to do with racism...
Charleston prison marks Crime Victims' Rights Week with ceremony (04/22/15)
CHARLESTON -- The Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston took time on Tuesday to acknowledge crime victims and their rights and address steps to repair harm caused to society. Nearly 100 people gathered to shed light on National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which ends Saturday...
Approval of sales tax opens up possibilities for fire department (04/22/15)
MINER -- With a funding source for the city's fire department approved, the Miner Board of Aldermen have a lot to talk about. Scheduling another meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 28 was one of the first decisions reached by the Board during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday...
Man jailed for drugs and counterfeit $50 (04/22/15)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston teen is facing a felony drug charge and misdemeanor counterfeiting charge after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation last weekend. Robert D. Mason, 19, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, which is a class B felony, and two misdemeanors, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and counterfeiting...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/22/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ITALIAN PREMIER PRESSES EU ON MIGRANT REFORM Matteo Renzi says the European Union must devise a policy to stop the flood of migrants setting out from Libya, including establishing refugee camps in Niger and Sudan...
Repairs will reduce road to one lane (04/21/15)
SIKESTON - Route 80 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of roadway is located on the I-55 overpass. Weather permitting, work will be performed from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/21/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UN SAYS MIGRANT BOAT DISASTER IS THE WORST ON RECORD IN MEDITERRANEAN The United Nations refugee agency estimates more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with refugees trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday...
Father on trial in connection with son's shooting death (04/21/15)
BLOOMFIELD -- Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a Catron father accused of fatally shooting his son while apparently high on bath salts. Court officials say about 100 Stoddard County residents are expected to report to the courthouse to begin the selection process at 2 p.m. today in the trial of 40-year-old Charles C. Goforth...
Meat processor says pollution was unintentional (04/21/15)
FRUITLAND -- Owners of a Cape Girardeau County meat processing company accused of illegal water pollution by the Missouri attorney general's office say any release of slaughterhouse waste that may have affected a nearby creek during the past few years was unintentional...