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Monday, July 25, 2016
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10 Things to Know for Today (07/25/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AUTHORITIES: 17 SHOT, 2 KILLED AT FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB A captain with the Fort Myers Police Department tells WINK-TV as many as 17 people have been shot at Club Blu. Authorities say three people have been taken into custody and that there are two active crime scenes...
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend is chance for families to save money (07/23/16)
SIKESTON -- It may be two weeks away, but it's not too early to start planning for the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend. Missouri's Tax-Free Weekend will start at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 7. Back-to-school items such as clothing, school supplies, computers and other items defined by the Missouri statute are exempt from state and county sales tax during the weekend...
Forging new skills: Merit badge camp introduces Boy Scouts to metal work (07/23/16)
SIKESTON -- The only thing higher than the temperature was the enthusiasm. Despite thermometer readings in the mid 90s, approximately 50 Boy Scouts gathered around flaming coals, dodged sparks from cutting torches and donned heavy coats and gloves for a chance to weld...
Annual tour highlights agriculture diversity (07/23/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Bootheel farmers and agriculture specialists will help Congressman Jason Smith kick off his Fourth Annual Farm Tour on Monday. This year's tour will cover nearly 3,000 miles while crisscrossing Missouri's Eighth Congressional District...
Politics on the national stage: National convention offered insights to GOP's presidential candidate (07/23/16)
SIKESTON - Two local politicians experienced politics on the national stage when they attended the 2016 Republican Convention. "I think America is ready for a Donald Trump presidency," said 151st District Rep. Tila Hubrecht of Dexter in a telephone interview on her return from the convention in Cleveland. She said she wasn't quite on the Trump train as the convention began, but "after seeing his family interaction, I was impressed and I liked what I heard."...
Vision of the future: New executive director of SRC working to gain development momentum (07/22/16)
SIKESTON - With it only being three weeks since Barry Sellers started, the Sikeston Regional Chamber CEO/executive director already looks to gain development momentum for the future of Sikeston and the region. "I'm a big believer in regionalism," said Sellers. "You have to think of the city, county and region to be successful anymore. This 'island' idea won't cut it."...
As temperatures rise, residents look for ways to beat the heat (07/22/16)
SIKESTON -- With the entire Southeast Missouri region under an excessive heat warning through Sunday, residents are finding various ways to beat the heat. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., the combination of high temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s will combine with oppressive humidity to produce heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees. Some locations may even top 110 Friday, Saturday and Sunday...
Man injured in Cape shooting also charged with gun crime (07/22/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- One of the victims of the July 2 shooting in downtown Cape Girardeau was found in a car with multiple guns shortly after shots were fired, Cape Girardeau police said. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office charged Cornelius M. David, 26, of Charleston, Missouri, with unlawful possession of a firearm Wednesday...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/22/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ROCKY GOP CONVENTION ENDS ON HIGH NOTE WITH SPEECHES FROM TRUMP AND DAUGHTER Hillary Clinton is now set to snatch the attention from Republicans by naming her running mate, with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the leading contender...
Man jailed after allegedly beating another man with bat (07/21/16)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man faces charges after allegedly striking another man with a metal baseball bat Tuesday. Jason Allen Eiche, 42, is charged with felony first degree assault and armed criminal action. About 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to the 100 block of North Sixth Street in reference to a disturbance with a weapon...
High temps continue (07/21/16)
Wednesday morning's overcast skies provided an opportunity for many residents to venture outside for yardwork or exercise. Tara Young and Pam Helms take a walk on the path around the lake at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Temperatures are expected to near the 100 degree mark through Saturday in Southeast Missouri.
Cops say counterfeiter's bills all had same serial number (07/21/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper found $5,500 worth of $100 bills, all with the same serial number, in the possession of an Illinois man during a traffic stop Saturday, according to a probable-cause statement. The Scott County prosecuting attorney's office charged Ladell Eaton, 25, of Bellwood, Illinois, with felony counterfeiting. Eaton's bond was set at $15,000, cash or surety...
Miner board approves variance from MoDOT at monthly meeting (07/21/16)
MINER, Mo. - Because the water table along US Highway 62 is too high, the Miner Board of Alderman approved a variance from the Missouri Department of Transportation at their Tuesday board meeting. Kajacs Contracting of Poplar Bluff installed a bore only 12 inches deep, which was rebuked by MoDOT, saying it needed to be 42 inches below Highway 62...
Lowe's funds, completes fence at Sikeston school (07/20/16)
SIKESTON -- When school begins next month, students who attend Southeast Elementary in Sikeston will have increased security following this week's installation of a chain-link fence around the building. Through the Lowe's Heroes program, Lowe's employees team together and adopt a volunteer project within the community. ...
High heat, humidity pose danger for region (07/20/16)
PADUCAH, Ky. - A heat advisory remains in effect for Southeast Missouri. The National Weather Service reports an extended period of extreme heat and humidity is forecast through at least Saturday. Triple digit heat index values will be possible each afternoon, according to forecasters...
Volunteers come to 'beef up' Sikeston Youth Football Camp (07/20/16)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston youth football camp saw a bump in volunteer coaches this year, coming from locations as far as Chicago, Ill.; Blytheville, Ark.; Paducah, Ky.; and Orlando, Fla. From 1995-97, Mark Blissett held the most career rushing yards, until Justin Robinson broke the record two years later, as well as achieving two more records -- most rushing yards and touchdowns in a single season...
Former Sikeston standouts using football to teach discipline, leadership to local youth (07/20/16)
SIKESTON - The second annual Sikeston Youth Football Camp, kicked off another year at Lincoln Park in effort to tackle discipline and leadership with the youth of the community. Mark Blissett and Justin Robinson are former Sikeston Bulldog football stars and founders of the youth football camp. Coaches, teens and preteens sported red shirts with the name Clokat -- an acronym for the camp motto, "changing lives one kid at a time."...
Charleston man honored for service to local sheriff departments (07/20/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston pharmacist and certified law enforcement officer thought he was having lunch with his family on Monday. Instead, Richard Logan Jr. was surprised by the Mississippi and Scott County Sheriff's Departments with the 2016 Meritorious Service Award for his 29 years of service...
Candidates, new director will speak at SRCC forum (07/20/16)
SIKESTON - Those attending the July 28 Sikeston Regional Chamber meeting will come away better prepared to cast their August primary ballot. Candidates in the August primary from Scott and New Madrid counties are invited to present a brief introduction of themselves and their platforms at the noon luncheon July 28 at the Clinton Building...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/20/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IN BUMPY CORONATION, TRUMP TAKES THE CROWN The roll call of states delivers Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, which he welcomed by saying: "This is a movement, but we have to go all the way."...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/19/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT SOUNDS SIMILAR TO 2008 Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention contains two passages that match nearly word-for-word the address that first lady Michelle Obama delivered at the Democratic convention...
Suspect and victim identified in Kennett shooting (07/19/16)
KENNETT, Mo. -Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder says Shane McCormick was allegedly shot by Kenneth Bowles after a fight at a home on Elm Street Sunday afternoon. McCormick later died at Twin Rivers Medical Center in Kennett. Bowles has not been yet charged in relation to the shooting, but he was charged with assault relating to the victim's mother, according to a news release from Holder...
Medicare cuts pose problems for medical-equipment suppliers, users (07/19/16)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. - Patrick Naeger worries he may have to shut down his home-medical-equipment company in the face of continuing federal cuts to Medicare reimbursements. He said he's not alone. "The whole industry is in trouble," said Naeger, who operates a Perryville, Missouri-based firm that provides medical equipment such as oxygen tanks and wheelchairs to residents throughout a wide swath of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois...
Hot weather shouldn't affect area crops too much (07/19/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Weather forecasts for the week indicate temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and heat indices over 100 degrees. A heat advisory has been put into the place for much of the region. The extreme weather has the potential to create a number of problems, particularly for Southeast Missouri farmers who face possible crop damage if the hot temperatures persist...
High heat, humidity pose danger for region (07/19/16)
PADUCAH, Ky. - A heat advisory remains in effect for Southeast Missouri. The National Weather Service reports an extended period of extreme heat and humidity is forecast through at least Saturday. Triple digit heat index values will be possible each afternoon, according to forecasters...