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Charleston man killed (04/19/14)
CHARLESTON - A Charleston man was shot and killed Friday afternoon. Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes said his department received a 911 call at 3 p.m. Friday about shots fired on North Elm Street near Mark Twain Park. For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, log in to our electronic edition...
YMCA of Southeast Missouri has meaningful impact on the area (04/19/14)
SIKESTON -- To some, the YMCA is seen as just a gym or a place to work out. But the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston is much more. From friendship to youth sports leagues to classes and different programs, the YMCA has impacted the Sikeston community in many different ways...
Prisoner attempts to conceal 'brass knuckles' at jail (04/19/14)
CHARLESTON -- A man being booked into the Mississippi County Detention Center was discovered with "brass knuckles" and illegal drugs leading to additional charges. John Leon Groves, 30, of Charleston, is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. May 14 for a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of a weapon or dangerous item in a county jail, which is a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance in a county jail, a class C felony...
'Carry the Cross' crosses state, nation and maybe the world (04/19/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Described by the founder as a global movement of believers, Carry the Cross may have gone international Friday. "This is the fourth year of Carry the Cross," said Harriet Craig, associate pastor of the Life Church in Sikeston. "It is something my husband David got the inspiration for."...
Three arrested for murder (04/18/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE - Three people are charged in the murder of a rural Portageville man and two others are in custody facing charges related to the case. Gunner Lee Pind, 28, Kevin Slayton, 17, and Cody Edward LeGrand, 18, of Portageville are charged with the death of Roy Clifton Jerrolds, 60. who lived on Route T, near Portageville. Jerrolds was found shot to death inside his burning home on April 10...
Members of the Sikeston Ministerial Alliance recreate Jesus' final meal (04/18/14)
SIKESTON - At the original Lord's Supper, 12 men gathered with Jesus. Tonight, 13 will gather to recreate that turning point in the lives of Jesus and the 12 disciples. Members of the Sikeston Ministerial Alliance will assume the roles as they recreate Jesus' final meal with his 12 apostles in a production at Trinity Gospel Church, 901 Davis Blvd. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m...
Hayti man killed in accident (04/18/14)
HAYTI -- A driver was killed when his vehicle struck a concrete culvert. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the death of Robert K. Lenox, 59, of Hayti. The death brings the Troop E's fatality count for the year to 17. Lenox was driving northbound on Route J, one mile north of Hayti at 2:05 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, according to the Patrol's report. The vehicle then struck a concrete culvert...
Kenny Rogers tickets now available (04/18/14)
SIKESTON - Tickets are now available for the June 1 concert by Kenny Rogers to benefit Sikeston's Kenny Rogers Children's Center. The 7 p.m. concert, which will also feature a performance by Anna Catherine DeHart, will be at the Sikeston Field House...
Vicious dog mauls child, owners face felony charges (04/18/14)
WYATT -- A couple faces charges after their dog attacked a mother and daughter. Richie Lee Davis, 43, and Linda Lynn "Boogie" Teague, 43, of Wyatt, are charged with one count of second degree assault after their pit bull attacked two people in Wyatt...
Hearing date set in Noranda v. Ameren case (04/18/14)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Public Service Commission has set the hearing schedules in complaint cases filed by Noranda Aluminum, Inc. and 37 individual customers against Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri. Noranda Aluminum, Inc. and 37 other individual customers filed a complaint against Ameren Missouri on Feb. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/18/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENY CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns...
Common Core debate continues (04/17/14)
SIKESTON --Whether for or against Common Core, one thing both sides agree on is they want parents and community members to educate themselves about the issue. "Part of the confusion is from how schools are going about the implementation, and there's confusion about how to implement these standards," said Angie Hanlin, teaching methods coach for New Madrid County R-1 School District. "How you implement the standards is by changing your instructional practices."...
Charter office staying busy following change to all-digital (04/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- As TVs hooked up straight to the cable from the wall in this area now show only a black screen, the Sikeston Charter office is staying busy distributing extra cable boxes. The all-digital conversion for Charter Communications customers in Sikeston and Cape Girardeau areas was made Tuesday...
Rotation for tow companies will begin in May (04/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Towing companies will take turns getting calls from Mississippi County. Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore agreed during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday to start using the county's three towing companies on a monthly rotating basis starting May 1...
$5,000 reward is offered in arson investigation (04/17/14)
PORTAGEVILLE -- A $5,000 reward is being offered for information concerning the death of a Pemiscot County man found murdered in his burning home. Roy Jerrolds, 60, was found dead inside a fire-engulfed two story house, located south of Portageville at 33 State Highway T, the evening of April 10...
Search continues for woman who vanished in 1979 (04/17/14)
By Samantha Kluesner and Emily Priddy SEMO News Service EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on the 1979 disappearance of Cheryl Scherer. SCOTT CITY -- Cheryl Scherer's parents were relieved when her work schedule changed...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/17/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CLASHES AT UKRAINIAN BASE KILL THREE PRO-MOSCOW MILITANTS As international talks get underway in Geneva, tensions in eastern Ukraine flare. 2. FEARS RISE OVER DEATH TOLL IN KOREAN SHIP SINKING...
New Bar Codes (04/16/14)
The Sikeston Public Library will be closed on Thursdays until the end of May to allow the staff to re-barcode the collection in preparation for joining the Missouri Evergreen circulation system in mid-June. With approximately 46,000 books in the collection, the closures will enable the library's staff along with volunteers to work solely on the re-barcoding, hopefully completing some 2,500 to 3,000 books each Thursday, said Ron Eifert, assistant director. ...
Kelso man is charged with rape, molestation (04/16/14)
BENTON - A Kelso man is in custody on charges of molesting a 6-year-old child. Justin A. Williams, 22, was charged Tuesday with statutory rape and child molestation. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, his office received a call Monday afternoon reporting that Williams was molesting a young female at a residence in Kelso. Shortly before officers arrived on the scene, Williams fled from the residence on foot, however, within approximately 10 minutes he taken into custody, Walter said...
New classes offered next fall to R-1 District's TSC students (04/16/14)
news@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID - New courses will bring new choices for students attending the New Madrid County R-1 Technical Skills Center next fall. The R-1 School Board approved the addition of classes in culinary arts, law enforcement and screen printing during their April Board meeting...
New Council member sworn in; board members picked (04/16/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Who will represent the Sikeston City Council on various city boards and commissioners was decided during the new Council's first meeting Monday. After the Council's acceptance of the April 8 election results, Bob Depro was sworn in to another term in office in his at-large seat; John Graham was sworn in as Ward 2 representative to fill out the one-year unexpired term created by the death of Tom Hedrick; and Steven Burch was elected by the Council and then sworn in as mayor pro tem.. ...
Sikeston man accused of shooting day-care facility (04/16/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man faces a charge of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a March case in which a bullet penetrated the window of a home day-care facility on Benton Street. Terrance Vance, 27, is in custody at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department on $25,000 bond, according to a news release Monday from the Cape Girardeau County Police Department...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/16/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NEARLY 300 PEOPLE ARE MISSING AFTER KOREAN BOAT SINKS The accident involving a ferry that was headed to a tourist island killed three passengers and many more are feared dead...
Good weather makes good forecast for county revenue (04/15/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Sunny skies mean a brighter financial future for county revenue, according to Scott County commissioners. Dennis Ziegenhorn, county commissioner, said during Tuesday's County Commission meeting that the sees a connection between the amount of sales tax received by the county and the weather...
Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees (04/15/14)
ST. LOUIS -- The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland -- a cold front bringing a brief return to subfreezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s in recent days gave way to highs in the 40s in much of the lower Midwest on Monday, with even colder temperatures on the way. ...