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Voters to decide half-cent sales tax (03/28/15)
jillb@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Commission is on a mission. The three commissioners are urging voters to approve a tax to fund improvements to the county's roads and bridges. On the April 7 ballot, voters will be asked whether to impose a one-half cent sales tax, solely for the purpose of funding improvements to the transportation infrastructure. It would require approval by a simple majority of the voters to be implemented...
New Madrid County sales tax details (03/28/15)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County's current countywide sales tax rate is 1.25 percent. There is a half-cent sales tax which goes to the general revenue fund. It is regulated by a formula which requires if the sales tax goes up, the county's property tax goes down; however, if the sales tax goes down, the property tax rate goes up...
Oran man charged with felony assault (03/28/15)
BENTON -- An Oran man faces felony domestic assault charges after being detained by police Thursday in Scott County. Mitchell Ryan Kennard, 29, is charged with the Class C felony of second-degree domestic assault. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said on Thursday, he and other deputies responded to the area of Russell and Bloomfield Streets in Oran for a report of Kennard, who was a suspect from a domestic assault, walking in the area with a knife...
Relay will honor cancer survivors with dinner, walk and ceremony (03/28/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The annual Relay For Life events have served as a way for communities to honor their survivors, remember loved ones and raise funds for cancer. This year is no exception, but the Scott County event is a bit different from past Relays. Set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 1, the event will be in the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston...
YMCA putting new spin on a holiday tradition (03/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Hunting Easter eggs has become a tradition as children scour yards seeking the eggs filled with candy or other goodies. This year, however, the YMCA of Southeast Missouri is giving the hunt a new look. Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, the YMCA will hold its first underwater Easter egg hunt in the Aquatics Center. Eggs will be scattered on the bottom of the pool as well as some floating on top of the water for those children unable to go underwater...
10 teens arrested following assault (03/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Ten teenagers were arrested by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety following the assault of a man Wednesday evening. DPS received call at about 5:13 p.m. Wednesday reporting a disturbance involving a fight between youth and a grown man...
New system can speed recovery from spinal fractures (03/27/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Missouri Delta Medical Center is celebrating another first while an Arkansas woman is looking forward to going back to work Monday. A machine operator at Briggs and Stratton in Poplar Bluff, Rosemary Chambers of Corning, Ark., didn't plan to have surgery in Southeast Missouri...
Two arrested at Morley City Park (03/27/15)
BENTON -- A Sikeston man was arrested for being a registered sex offender near a playground and possessing drugs this week in Scott County. A Morley woman was also arrested for drug possession at the same time. Steven D. McCray, 25, of Sikeston is charged with the class D felony of a sex offender/loiter/present within 500 feet of a playground; a class A misdemeanor of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana; and a class A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child...
Contest, pancake breakfast, special tours added to this year's rodeo lineup (03/27/15)
SIKESTON -- A full house gathered Thursday to hear the announcement of the Sikeston Jaycees entertainment lineup and plans for 63rd annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. While who will perform -- Cole Swindell on Aug. 5; Joe Diffie, Aug. 6; Chris Young, Aug. 7; and Aaron Lewis, Aug. 8 -- drew a lot of interest, this year, the Jaycees want to expand the excitement and the activities...
Jail inmate's medical bill is not Mississippi County's to forgive (03/27/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Commission has now turned down a second request for a jail debt forgiveness. The most recent request to forgive a debt owed by a former inmate of the Mississippi County Detention Center was made by Angela Phillips of Cape Girardeau County on behalf of her husband, Daniel Phillips, during the Commission's regular weekly meeting Thursday...
One dead in apparent homicide in Cape County (03/27/15)
GORDONVILLE (SMNS) -- A Cape Girardeau County woman is dead after an apparent homicide Thursday west of Gordonville. The victim is 27-year-old Melissa Luttrell, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. Authorities were investigating the crime scene Thursday evening at a home near the intersection of routes F and Z...
Seeing is believing (03/27/15)
Members of the citizens advisory committee for the Sikeston Alternative Center line the hallway and listen Thursday as New Horizons students Jordan Barton (left), Heather Norris and Quinton Norris share information about the center, which houses New Horizons High School for ninth through 12th grades; Bulldog Academic Resource Center for fifth through eighth grades; and Suspension Alternative Center. ...
Kelly High School Drama Club to perform comedy: 'The Masked Musketeer' (03/26/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Kelly High School's Drama Club promises laughter, action and bandits during this year's spring play. "This is a fun play," director Valerie Ward said. "We have good guys and bad guys." Set for 7 p.m. today and Friday in the high school gymnasium, the drama club will present the comedy, "The Masked Musketeer," by Martin A. Follose...
Rodeo entertainment announced (03/26/15)
SIKESTON -- The wait is over for numerous rodeo fans - entertainment acts have been announced for the 63rd annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Featured entertainment acts will be: Cole Swindell on Aug. 5; Joe Diffie on Aug. 6; Chris Young on Aug. 7; and Aaron Lewis rounding out the acts on Aug. 8. The entertainment was announced in a press conference held in conjunction with the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce's luncheon today...
Expect the unexpected in work zones (03/26/15)
SIKESTON -- Simply being aware can save lives. National Work Zone Awareness Week, held annually in the spring to bring national attention to road worker and motorist safety issues in work zones, continues through Friday. "A lot our road maintenance is going on this time of year and we are going to start getting into our summer work plans," said Keith Gentry, a maintenance superintendent for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District. ...
Environmental groups want flood-control project vetoed (03/26/15)
NEW MADRID -- Environmental groups say they plan to continue urging a veto of a planned Southeast Missouri flood-control project under the Clean Water Act. A public comment period on the final environmental impact statement for the long-debated St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project is expected to open this summer...
10 Things to Know for Today (03/26/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SAUDI ARABIA LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES IN YEMEN The main targets are military installations held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and drove the embattled Yemeni president to flee by sea...
'Medical issue' apparently leads to death of driver (03/25/15)
SIKESTON - A "medical issue" apparently led to the death of a driver, whose truck was discovered in a field near Sikeston. At approximately 7:30 a.m. March 23, Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded to what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident near State Highway HH and North Ingram Road. When officers arrived they found a single vehicle had driven off the highway and was stuck in a field, according to a news release from Capt. James McMillen, public information officer...
School board candidates speak (03/25/15)
Three of the four candidates for Sikeston School Board addressed members of the Sikeston Community Teachers Association Monday afternoon at the Sikeston High School. Taking part in the event were (pictured from left) Heather Drury, Chris Hodgkiss and Matt Tanner in a forum moderated by Glenn Cantrell. Jay Elliott, who is also a candidate, was unable to attend due to work commitments. The candidates each had a minute to answer questions posed by the Sikeston R-1 School District's teachers...
Principal for a day: Community leaders visit Lee Hunter (03/25/15)
SIKESTON -- Zac Fayette walked from table-to-table talking to students about their English work while Michael Parker talked to a first grade class about what they wanted to be when they grow up. It was an educational experience for each man as they took part in the Principal for a Day program at Lee Hunter Elementary School on Tuesday...
Stormy weather to bring high winds, hail tonight (03/25/15)
PADUCAH, Ky. - Spring storms are forecast to bring high winds and possibly hail to Southeast Missouri. According to the National Weather Service, widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight with Southeast Missouri most likely to experience large hail and damaging winds early in the evening...
Daughters of Sunset celebrate 31 years in the community (03/25/15)
SIKESTON - The Daughters of Sunset will celebrate more than three decades of service to the community as they also honor a woman with an equally strong history of helping others. Rita Jean Hunt-Savage will be recognized at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cornerstone Baptist Church...
City council vacancy to be filled by appointment (03/25/15)
SIKESTON - Sikeston residents who want to be more involved in local government have a opportunity to be considered for a position on the city council. With At-Large Council Representative Steven Burch the only candidate for mayor, his at-large position will become vacant following the April 7 city election. Sikeston's Charter allows the City Council to appoint a resident to fill the remainder of this term that ends in April 2016...
Flood-control project finds supporters, few foes at meeting (03/25/15)
NEW MADRID -- The St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project again was described by members of the Mississippi River Commission as a thorn in the side of Southeast Missouri stakeholders, who spoke Monday at a public hearing aboard the M/V Mississippi at the New Madrid riverfront...
County to crack down on trash, littering (03/25/15)
BENTON -- If Scott County officials catch someone littering or illegally dumping junk or can otherwise prove guilt, "we will prosecute," said Jamie Burger, presiding county commissioner, during the Commission's regular meeting Tuesday. "I've had several phone calls since the weather has been nice enough that people can go outside," Burger said. ...