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Security enhancements added to court office (01/31/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- With violence against court personnel on the rise, a local circuit court clerk has beefed up security in her office at the Scott County Courthouse. "When you walk into the Circuit Clerk's office, there is no access to the staff area anymore," said Christy Hency, circuit court clerk for Scott County. "We added a counter for walk-ins with a shatterproof clear barrier. The final touches were put on just a few weeks ago."...
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R-6 school reaps benefits of MoLEAD (01/31/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A Sikeston R-6 elementary school is one of a few Southeast Missouri school districts to take part in a national instructional leadership program. In 2013, Missouri began offering a new professional development program for school leaders aimed at raising student achievement called Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development, or MoLEAD...
Nods accepted for Sikeston Honors Board (01/31/15)
SIKESTON -- Now through Feb. 27, nominees will be accepted for the 2015 Honors Board installation by the Parks and Recreation Division. Since 1986, 43 individuals have been honored by having their names installed on the Honors Board in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions to youth programs in the community including baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The Honors Board is located near the Ingram Road entrance to the Recreation Complex...
Farmers honored at SRC luncheon (01/30/15)
SIKESTON -- Individuals who have made contributions to the regional agricultural community were honored at the annual Sikeston Regional Chamber's Farmers Recognition Luncheon on Thursday at the Clinton Building. Four awards were given: Farm Family of the Year to Hulshof Farms in Scott County, Farm Female of the Year to Vanessa McGarity, Agri-Business Service Award to Don King and the Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer to Vest Baker...
Applicants being sought for new public administrator (01/30/15)
BENTON - The Scott County Democratic Central Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Scott County Courthouse for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the upcoming open position of Scott County Public Administrator created by retirement. Interested persons may contact Larry Tetley, chairman, at 471-8268 and plan to attend the meeting. Candidates are to bring a resume to the interview...
Man arrested on assault charge (01/30/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Bertrand man is in custody after his arrest on assault and weapon charges in Mississippi County. According to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, John Buck Miller, 35, was arrested by the sheriff's office Thursday on felony charges of second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon...
Man is accused of beating amputee's face with hammer (01/30/15)
By Emily Priddy SEMO News Service SCOTT CITY -- A Scott City man is set for arraignment next month on charges he beat an amputee in the face with a hammer and stole his prescription medications. Dustin T. Smith, 27, faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, burglary and robbery in connection with the Dec. 28 confrontation...
Mississippi County budget approved (01/30/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Other than disaster relief reimbursements tapering off, this year's operating budget for Mississippi County is pretty much the same as last year's. The county's annual operating budget was approved during the County Commission's regular weekly meeting Thursday following a public hearing and County Clerk Junior DeLay's annual budget message...
Centennial celebration (01/30/15)
In honor of the New Madrid County Courthouse's centennial, several improvements were completed. On Thursday, a replica of the county's seal was placed over the door of the New Madrid County prosecuting attorney's office by Rick Nowell. Construction on the building began in 1915 and a variety of events are planned to mark the building's 100th year...
Search for missing New Madrid woman continues (01/30/15)
NEW MADRID - The search for a missing New Madrid woman continues as law enforcement rules out the most recent lead in the 18-month-old case. A car spotted in the depths of the Mississippi River last fall is not Barbara Stoffer's, said New Madrid Police Chief Joey Higgerson. Stoffer, 83, was driving a 1997 green four-door Volvo 850 with Missouri license plate number 073RYW on Aug. 20, 2013, in the Parma area of New Madrid County, shortly before her disappearance...
10 Things to Know for Today (01/30/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP SILENT AS DEADLINE PASSES Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remain in limbo, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap comes and goes...
Funding doesn't pan out for road project (01/29/15)
SIKESTON -- With DRA funding not panning out for a project to increase access at the Sikeston Industrial Park, the question now is, Can the project still be done? Ed Dust, director of the Sikeston Department of Economic Development, met with the Sikeston Special Road Commission Tuesday to advise them the Industrial Park road project did not get approved for Delta Regional Authority grant funding...
Morley man is arrested on drug charges (01/29/15)
BENTON -- A Scott County deputy sniffed out a suspect in a drug case. Bryce A. Western, 19, of Morley is charged with the felony of possession of a controlled substance and the misdemeanors of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Local student competing in Patriots Pen contest (01/29/15)
NEW MADRID -- At 12, Elizabeth "Lizzie: Bennett has already realized something it takes many writers decades to learn: write about what you know. Now, her writing has earned her local and district honors in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen Essay Contest. On Jan. 31, she and her parents, Brian and Tammy Bennett, will go to Jefferson City to find out if she will represent Missouri in the national competition...
Local students are celebrating Catholic Schools Week (01/29/15)
SIKESTON -- Local Catholic schools and those across the nation are using this week to celebrate their education and communities. Catholic Schools Week -- the annual national celebration of Catholic education in the United States -- starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which began Sunday and ends Saturday. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."...
10 Things to Know for Today (01/29/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TOKYO STUDYING NEW MESSAGE ALLEGEDLY FROM HOSTAGE The audio recording, purportedly in Kenji Goto's voice, extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner linked to a terror attack and says failure to do so will result in the Jordanian pilot's death...
Water system improvements for Miner discussed (01/28/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com MINER -- Miner's Board of Aldermen and city engineer have informally agreed on a plan for water system upgrades. No action could be taken during a special meeting held Tuesday evening at the Miner Convention Center due to the lack of a quorum...
Frosty times (01/28/15)
Recent cool temperatures are leaving a covering of early morning frost on the ground. While Southeast Missouri will enjoy temperatures reaching the 50s Thursday, night time temperatures will remain in the upper 20s with a chance of snow Sunday.
Domestic assault charges filed following family altercation (01/28/15)
CHARLESTON - A Mississippi County man will be arraigned next week on three counts of domestic assault. Christopher Shawn Bailey, 36, of East Prairie, is scheduled to be in Division II of Mississippi County Circuit Court before Judge S. Rob Barker at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for two felony counts of second degree domestic assault and one count of third degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor...
Three charged in fatal shooting in Hayti (01/28/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Three people will be arraigned Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday in Hayti Heights. Samuel Carnell Jones Jr., 25, of Columbia and Arthur W. Liddell, 29, and Demario M. Mitchell, 18, of Hayti are charged in connection with the death of Cedriceon Stewart, 20, of Hayti Heights. ...
Repairs approved for city's reserve ladder truck (01/28/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The city of Sikeston will have to put some money into an old fire truck to get any money back out of it. The City Council approved declaring the ladder truck surplus property during their Oct. 1 meeting. Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden advised the City Council during their regular monthly briefing session Monday that the truck, a 1993 model, had a major engine failure during a pump test the day after he got the OK to sell it...
East Prairie woman arrested on forgery charge (01/28/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Mississippi County resident is in custody following a forgery investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. According to a release from Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, Dona Corine Suzanne Fisk, 28, of East Prairie, is charged with forgery, a Class C felony punishable upon conviction by up to seven years imprisonment...
Man charged in shovel assault (01/28/15)
MALDEN -- A Malden man was charged Monday with critically injuring another man by allegedly striking him repeatedly in the head with a shovel. William Scott Laden, 23, of the 500 block of South Kimball was charged with the Class A felony of first degree assault, the unclassified felony of armed criminal...
10 Things to Know for Today (01/28/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOSTAGE MOM TO JAPAN LEADER: PLEASE SAVE KENJI The mother of the captive journalist calls on Prime Minister Abe to save her son as a new ultimatum, purportedly made by the Islamic State, gives him hours to live...