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Stamp out breast cancer (10/22/14)
The Sikeston Post Office is pretty in pink through Oct. 31 as it joins the effort to help fund breast cancer research. Currently postal employees are selling shirts to "Help Stamp Out Breast Cancer" and books of special first class "Fund the Fight Find A Cure" breast cancer stamps. ...
Planning started for military medical mission this summer (10/22/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A point of contact has been established and facilities are being scouted for a military medical operation planned for Sikeston next year. Missy Marshall was designated during an organizational meeting held Tuesday at City Hall to serve as Sikeston's contact person for a Military Innovative Readiness Training Program to be held here in July 2015...
Night informs students parents about high school years and beyond (10/22/14)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston High School students and their parents will have the opportunity to learn more about what they will face throughout high school and beyond during the second annual Plan 4 Success Night. Set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria, parents and students in grades 9-12 will choose from various informational sessions to attend...
Tenn. man killed in crash (10/22/14)
HAYTI -- A Tennessee man died in an accident in Pemiscot County. At 12:35 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 412, two miles west of Hayti, an eastbound van driven by David L. Warden, 37, of Ripley, Tenn., ran into the rear of an eastbound tractor-trailer rig driven by Anthony J. Bissel, 26, of Wardell, according to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol...
Education expert speaks to crowd Tuesday (10/22/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com MINER -- A national education expert who served on an initial Common Core committee shared her thoughts and experience with the national learning standards while speaking to a crowd Tuesday at the Miner Convention Center...
Stotsky on Missouri ... (10/22/14)
SIKESTON -- On Monday, Dr. Sandra Stotsky observed two committees developing Missouri's learning standards while she was visiting in Jefferson City. Stotsky visited with a committee developing science standards and the committee developing standards for English/language arts for grades 6-12. According to committee rules, visitors can make comments if they've been asked for them by the group...
Area schools to receive book chronicling life in SE Missouri (10/22/14)
SIKESTON -- "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town," a collection of stories about the author's experiences growing up and living in the Missouri Bootheel, has recently been published by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University and will soon be delivered to area schools...
Sikeston bank robbed (10/22/14)
SIKESTON - The FBI and Sikeston Department of Public Safety are investigating a robbery at a Sikeston Bank. At 11:52 a.m. Monday, Sikeston DPS received a call of a bank robbery at Alliance Bank, 820 N. Main. According to Capt. James McMillen, DPS public information officer, the suspect entered the bank around 10 minutes before noon and demanded cash...
Inmate now facing tampering charge (10/22/14)
CHARLESTON -- A Mississippi County inmate is facing an additional charge after attempting to influence his victim to change testimony. Laterence Antonia Caldwell, 24, of Charleston was charged with tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution, after Jail Administrator Cory Hutcheson noticed outgoing mail addressed by Caldwell to the victim in his pending domestic assault case...
Couple arrested after drugs found (10/22/14)
BENTON -- Two persons are in custody after the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia at a Morley residence. David D. Kelley, 41, of Morley is charged with two felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and felony possession of any methamphetamine precursor drug with the intent to manufacture after his home was searched Monday evening...
Two arrested for drugs, receiving stolen property (10/22/14)
BENTON - A search for stolen property also uncovered drug paraphernalia at the home of a Benton area couple. Kenneth D. Blankenship, 50, and Bobbie Wipfler, 36, are each charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property and the misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Blankenship is also charged with the felony of unlawful possession of a firearm,...
Sharing a story (10/22/14)
Richard Montgomery, left, and Mike Shain visit with Dan Whittle, seated, the author of "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town." A donation of $7,500 from the Montgomery family to the Center for Regional History, which published Whittle's book, will enable 500 copies to be distributed to high schools in the Bootheel and in neighboring states. For more on the presentation of the donation at Southeast Missouri State University's Sikeston campus, see Thursday edition of the Standard Democrat...
Miner to seek LED lighting bids and other electric work (10/22/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com MINER -- LED lighting would be the best fix for the Miner Convention Center's parking lot lights. The Miner Board of Aldermen approved during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday paying Don Hart Jr. of Hart Electric in Matthews for work completed so far and seeking bids to correct remaining electrical problems at the Convention Center...
10 Things to Know for Today (10/22/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US TIGHTENS EBOLA SCREENING AT AIRPORTS The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a travel ban on the three countries at the heart of the outbreak...
Area schools to receive book chronicling life in Southeast Missouri (10/21/14)
SIKESTON -- "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town," a collection of stories about the author's experiences growing up and living in the Missouri Bootheel, has recently been published by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University and will soon be delivered to area schools...
County hospital system equipped to handle an Ebola case (10/21/14)
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Local hospital personnel are trained and equipped to deal with an Ebola patient, should the need arise. Chief operations officer for the hospital system, Chris Raymer, told the system's board of governor's Monday that while the threat is relatively low, that if the disease spreads this far, medical personnel have been prepared...
Renewable energy catching on in Stoddard County (10/21/14)
DEXTER -- Carolyn Johnson, a native of Dexter first saw solar panels being installed and used to generate power in the 1970s. She vowed then that she would one day do the same thing. Now, she does. Living on the outskirts of Dexter, Johnson has a series of solar panels mounted on the roof of her garage; and, while those panels do provide electricity to established lines, they also provide cheap energy to those who use those lines...
Scott City school upgrades hinge on voters (10/21/14)
SCOTT CITY -- Voters in the Scott City School District will decide Nov. 4 whether $1.75 million should be issued to update school buildings and make them more secure. If the bond passes, the district's tax rate will remain at 49 cents per $100 of assessed valuation...
Your local weather forecast (10/21/14)
Today will be sunny, with a high near 70 then becoming clear tonight with a low around 43. Sunny on Wednesday with a high near 65 while Wednesday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 40. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 65 then becoming mostly cloudy Thursday night with a low around 45. ...
Weekend youth football (10/20/14)
Football players of all ages were out in force on Saturday.
Have Breakfast with the City Manager Saturday (10/20/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- If you haven't got around to it over the past year, Saturday will be a great time to meet Sikeston's "new" city manager. City residents are invited to attend Breakfast with the City Manager scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Clinton Community Building...
Patrol plans special project (10/20/14)
POPLAR BLUFF -- During the month of October, a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Project will be conducted in Troop E. During the operation, troopers and officers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division will concentrate their efforts on locating commercial vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner, as well as drivers committing hazardous moving violations, according to Captain George E. Ridens, commanding officer, Troop E, Poplar Bluff...
10 Things to Know for Today (10/20/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHY SUSPECTED NAZI WAR CRIMINALS COLLECTED MILLIONS IN SOC. SECURITY The payments flowed through a loophole that has given the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the country and keep the benefits, according to AP interviews and internal government records. NAZI-SOCIAL SECURITY...
Charleston DPS investigate shooting (10/19/14)
CHARLESTON - A Charleston man is recovering after being shot. At approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, Charleston Department of Public Safety officers received a report of shooting on Sy Williams Street near the intersection of Vine Street. At the scene officers located Jadarius McCain, 19, with a gunshot wound...
Benton couple face drug charges (10/19/14)
BENTON - A Benton couple is in custody after deputies found drug paraphernalia during a search of their home. Russell Eugene Turner, 50, and Connie Yvonne Turner, 40, are charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia,...