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Noranda to layoff 200 in 6 months (09/02/14)
Expansion is also suspended after state panel recently denied cut in electric rates for Noranda
Noranda to layoff 200 in 6 months (09/02/14)
Expansion is also suspended after state panel recently denied cut in electric rates for Noranda
Swim party sign-up shows Scouting's fun factor (09/02/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There's no better time to scout for some fun. Boys in grades 1-5 interested in joining a local Boy Scouts troop and their parents are invited to a free pool party scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston...
Cheaper rate is reason behind sending inmates to Charleston (08/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Shopping local often takes a back seat to a better price and better service -- even when it comes to shopping for a jail. Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden explained during Monday's City Council meeting that boarding jail inmates facing city charges in the Mississippi County Detention Center was primarily a financial decision being "$2 a day cheaper."...
September calendar girl (08/30/14)
One arrested in marijuana bust (08/30/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man is facing felony drug dealing charges following a warrant search of his home Friday morning. Orlando Sheron, 36, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony...
Oran man faces drug charges (08/30/14)
BENTON -- An Oran area man was arrested Thursday on drug-related charges. Joshua Allen Freeman, 29, is charged with the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and the class A misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said about noon Thursday, Deputy Danny Finley responded to a residence on State Highway 91 to assist Senior Deputy Matt Scroggins. ...
Local musician makes Grand Ole Opry debut (08/30/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After making his debut last week on the Grand Ole Opry stage, local musician Danny Tetley said his bucket list is one item shorter. Tetley of the local band Caney Creek was invited to play the drums while singer Billy Gilman performed two songs Aug. 22 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville...
Beating investigated (08/29/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating what appears to be a severe beating. At about 1:23 a.m. Thursday DPS received a report from workers operating a solid waste collection truck of a man found in an alley between Greer Avenue and Matthews Avenue, according to Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for Sikeston DPS...
Sikeston man is arrested on drug, traffic charges (08/29/14)
BENTON -- A Sikeston man was arrested Wednesday on traffic and drug charges. Markel Charles Fitchpatrick, 40, of Sikeston has been charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Revoked...
Charleston man jailed for assault, restraint (08/29/14)
CHARLESTON -- A Charleston man is in custody awaiting arraignment on assault and restraint charges. According to Missouri Case.net, Sammy Floyd Welch, 34, was arrested by the Charleston Department of Public Safety on a felony charges of second degree domestic assault and felonious restraint...
Sikeston R-6 Board of Education sets tax levy (08/29/14)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 Board of Education set its tax levy during a special session Thursday at the district's Central Office. During the public hearing, board members approved the new operating tax levy of $3.6025 per $100 valuation, which is slightly lower than the 2013-2014 levy...
2 injured in bus wreck (08/28/14)
SIKESTON -- Two children were reportedly injured after a truck ran into a Sikeston R-6 school bus early Wednesday. About 7:30 a.m. the department received a call that a pickup truck crashed into a Sikeston R-6 School District bus at the intersection of Greer and Maple Streets in Sikeston, according to Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with Sikeston DPS...
Birk will remain Miner's assistant fire chief (08/28/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com MINER -- The mayor pro tem's choice for the Miner Fire Department's assistant fire chief will remain in place -- for the time being. Mayor Darren Chapman's call during a special Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday for the Board to repeal the appointment of Ralph Birk as assistant fire chief failed to get a motion...
Enormous hole in county road finally filled (08/28/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County officials have finally found the bottom in the hole where County Road 310 used to be before being washed away during the 2011 activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. "We are above the water line on 310," Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said during the the regular County Commission meeting Thursday...
Parade and mud races return to Neighbor Days (08/28/14)
BENTON -- Carnival rides, a parade, mud races and simple togetherness are among the driving forces that have made the annual Benton Neighbor Days a community success for nearly 90 years. Sponsored by the Benton Chamber of Commerce, several activities are planned for the two-day festival. The midway opens at 5 p.m. Friday. Amusement rides and carnival games are offered both nights...
Quake Catcher Network catching on New Madrid, worldwide (08/27/14)
NEW MADRID -- For those living along the New Madrid Fault Line, earthquakes are nearly a daily occurrence -- whether they know it or not. Last Tuesday a 2.0 quake rattled northeastern Arkansas. There were three quakes recorded on Aug. 4 and another three on Aug. 6, all ranging in strength of 1.5 to 2.1, with three of those six centered within 10 miles of New Madrid...
Program seeks volunteers to help Medicare population (08/27/14)
SIKESTON -- Adults who want to help others and earn extra funds may want to consider becoming AmeriCorps-CLAIM certified. AmeriCorps, Aging Matters and CLAIM, or Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri, are looking for volunteers to serve the Medicare population in Southeast Missouri for one year -- starting Monday through Aug. 31, 2015...
Cotton Ramble's new short route keeps riders together longer (08/27/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sixth Annual Cotton Ramble Bicycle Ride will feature a new short route this year. The new route is all about keeping everybody together for as long as possible before splitting off onto the different courses, explained Jackie Cowan, who with her husband Ed Cowan founded the annual event...
Sikeston man charged with kidnapping, assault (08/27/14)
SIKESTON - A Sikeston man is facing kidnapping and assault charges after police say he took his estranged wife against her will. According to reports, Harold Duff told his estranged wife to call a man and break up with him on Aug. 14. The woman instead called a friend and asked her to call police...
10 Things to Know for Today (08/27/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TOUGH ISSUES REMAIN FOLLOWING GAZA TRUCE DEAL Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist -- such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza blockade...
Electrical rate increase approved (08/26/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- An increase in electrical rates and a new restriction on mobile homes being brought into or moved to another location in the city are now official. Council members approved the two ordinances after second readings during their monthly briefing session Monday...
Scott County Jail policy change discussed (08/26/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A Scott County Jail policy change was presented to the Sikeston City Council during their briefing session Monday. "It doesn't really affect our operations but I wanted Council to be aware since they are changing," Sikeston DPS Director Drew Juden said...
Right-to-farm amendment vote to be recounted (08/26/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Election officials across Missouri will conduct a recount of the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm, as opponents of the measure seek to reverse the results. The recount on Constitutional Amendment 1 is expected to begin in the coming days. The secretary of state on Monday was officially certifying the results of Missouri's Aug. 5 primary elections...
10 Things to Know for Today (08/26/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. OBAMA ADDRESSES VETERANS' MEETING The president is speaking at the American Legion National Convention months after a VA hospital crisis rocked his administration...