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Scouts at work (08/01/14)
Sikeston Boy Scout Gavin Stoner (right) gets plasma cutting instructions from David Durham while working on his Metalworking Merit Badge Thursday evening at the Sikeston Career and Technology Center. This was the third year for the program and drew some 42 Scouts from eight different units...
Shoppers can 'Stuff the Bus' this Saturday (08/01/14)
SIKESTON -- Shoppers to Wal-Mart in Sikeston this Saturday can help local students receive school supplies this year. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sikeston retailer, residents can drop off school supplies for Scott County Central, New Madrid County R-1, East Prairie and Charleston school districts. The districts will each have a bus parked in the retailer's lot to accept supplies for their students...
Area teens take part in MASH Camp at Sikeston Career and Technology Center (08/01/14)
SIKESTON -- Natalie Vaught sighed with a bit of frustration. The stitches just weren't going in the way she'd wanted -- or the way they were supposed. But the Sikeston teen wasn't giving up. After some assistance from an instructor, Vaught began sewing the stitches into the seam of the banana peel just as she'd been shown...
Officer on the train (08/01/14)
A Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer watches as a train passes the tracks Thursday in Sikeston. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Office and Sikeston DPS participated in "Officer on the Train" activities from 7:30 a.m. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (08/01/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GAZA TRUCE UNRAVELS WITHIN HOURS A three-day cease-fire quickly ends, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the accord. 2. CANTOR STEPPING DOWN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED...
Bullfighting and more back for 62nd Rodeo (07/31/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There will be plenty do to both on and off Rodeo Grounds this week during the 62nd Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Diehard rodeo fans can enjoy viewing some rodeo action early in the slack but Rodeo gates officially open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday...
Former head of SEMO Health Network sentenced (07/31/14)
By Emily Priddy SEMO News Service ST. LOUIS -- The former CEO of Southeast Missouri Health Network Inc. has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on a conspiracy charge, and three other former employees face criminal charges in connection with the case...
Shoppers to receive tax break this weekend (07/31/14)
SIKESTON -- With the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday beginning Friday, shoppers are guaranteed to save big this weekend. The three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, computers and other items are exempt from state sales tax during the period...
Voters must show their ID and pick a ballot Tuesday (07/31/14)
By Staff reports news@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Scott County voters will pick one of five ballots to vote in Tuesday's primary election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. till 7 p.m. Identification is required to vote Tuesday, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. Forms of ID that will be accepted at the polls include: a voter ID card, driver's license, Missouri student ID, utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck that has the name and address of the voter on it...
Several federal, state and county offices up for grabs in Tuesday's primary (07/31/14)
By Staff reports news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Local voters will pick candidates for several federal, state and county offices during the Aug. 5 primary election. With each of the four political parties having only a single candidate appearing on the primary election ballot for the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, November's race appears to be set...
Cemetery caretaker will wait for agreement before filing lawsuit (07/31/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Now that officials have determined who owns the farmland next to a cemetery, they believe they can get a conflict resolved by talking things out. Harry Ishmael of Fruitland said during Thursday's regular Mississippi County Commission meeting that he is willing to wait for that conversation to happen but if it doesn't stop the damage to the Pinhook Cemetery, his next step is a lawsuit...
Wes Payne: Three Rivers College strong, moving forward (07/31/14)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Reinforced concrete walls seem to have sprung up overnight just outside the window of the president's office at Three Rivers College. But they're not the only changes taking shape. Dr. Wes Payne is leading a new, sweeping change brought about when former president Devin Stephenson left suddenly in June...
BMU: Rate increase needed (07/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston residents and businesses should go ahead and begin planning now for their electric bills to go up. "I wish I could say I'm excited to be here," said Ed Throop, executive director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, during the Sikeston City Council's special meeting Monday...
Sikeston Council approves starting TIF process for proposed new cinema (07/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The first step toward a new eight-screen Malco cinema in Sikeston has been approved by the Sikeston City Council. Council members approved beginning the process of establishing a Tax Increment Financing district during their special meeting Monday...
Shoppers can 'Stuff the Bus' this Saturday (07/30/14)
SIKESTON -- Shoppers to Wal-Mart in Sikeston this Saturday can help local students receive school supplies this year. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sikeston retailer, residents can drop off school supplies for Scott County Central, East Prairie and Charleston school districts. The districts will each have a bus parked in the retailer's lot to accept supplies for their students...
Voters must show ID, pick a ballot Tuesday (07/30/14)
news@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Scott County voters will pick one of five ballots to vote in Tuesday's primary election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. till 7 p.m. Identification is required to vote Tuesday, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. Forms of ID that will be accepted at the polls include: a voter ID card, driver's license, Missouri student ID, utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck that has the name and address of the voter on it...
Former SEMO Health Network CEO sentenced to prison (07/30/14)
ST. LOUIS -- The former CEO of SEMO Health Network will serve almost three years in prison for submitting false documentation to federal agencies. Cheryl Ann White, 56, of New Madrid was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months in prison for conspiring to create and submit numerous false documents related to Southeast Missouri Health Network Inc. to federal agencies from 2004 to 2013...
Motorists can no longer park on North Ingram (07/30/14)
SIKESTON -- Motorists may no longer park on North Ingram. Council members approved a bill amending city traffic code to establish no parking zones on both sides of North Ingram from Kennedy Drive to Smith Avenue during a special Sikeston City Council meeting Monday...
Officials: County residents need to know fire districts (07/30/14)
BENTON -- Knowing which fire district your home is in -- or if it is in any fire district at all -- is something worth knowing, according to Scott County commissioners. Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner for Scott County, said during the Commission's regular meeting Tuesday that he visited with the county resident that lost a home located near Chaffee and Scott City in an unincorporated area of Scott County to a fire July 23...
Kindergarten ready (07/30/14)
Gunner Hopkins and Nakiya Thatch, who will enter kindergarten this year, practice their cutting skills. While Gunner and Nakiya are already enrolled for classes at the Sikeston Kindergarten Center, those students who have not yet enrolled may do so between 8 a.m. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/30/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELI TANK SHELLS SLAM INTO UN SCHOOL IN GAZA, KILLING 15 The strike that hit the crowded compound sheltering the war displaced comes amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of conflict with Hamas...
Sikeston man charged in connection with gun theft (07/29/14)
BENTON - A Sikeston man in custody for stealing a handgun and cellphone. Timothy R. Achter, 27, is charged with the felony of stealing a firearm and with stealing less than $500, a misdemeanor. At approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, Scott County Deputy Danny Finley responded to an residence on Rainbow Lake Road for a stealing report. The victim reported the theft of a handgun and a cell phone according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Ameren Missouri seeks increase in monthly fees (07/29/14)
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) _ Ameren Missouri is seeking approval to add about $1.50 to customers' monthly electric bills. The Missouri Public Service Commission says Ameren wants to adjust the monthly fee that compensates the utility for changes in fuel costs at its power plants among other things...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/29/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR ENTERS FOURTH WEEK _ DURATION, DEATHS MATCH FIRST CONFLICT Heaviest bombardment in Gaza yet as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats hit symbols of Hamas control and a power plant...
River visitors spend $51M (07/29/14)
VAN BUREN -- Mark Norris nearly doubles the staff at his restaurant, Stray Dog BBQ, to keep up with the boost summer tourism brings to the Van Buren economy. "It (tourism) has always been good for Van Buren because of the Big Spring and the river," said Norris, who adds five to six employees in the summer months to his normal staff of six to eight...