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Winter woes return (03/05/15)
SIKESTON -- Wednesday's winter storm forced school and business closures and made treacherous traveling conditions for motorists today. Julia York, a dispatcher with New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, said multiple vehicle slide offs along Interstate 55 have been reported...
Brushing up on dental skills (03/05/15)
Dexter man's book tells story of mother's love (03/05/15)
DEXTER -- After years of feeling that God was asking him to write a book, a Dexter man finally answered this call with a children's story of how a mother's love never changes. "Always Be My Little Boy: Mother Reading to Son" by Gary Teel is a journey from childhood to adulthood through the eyes of a boy who becomes a man and learns to appreciate and love his mother through all the stages of his life...
VA will host town hall meeting in Sikeston on March 10 (03/05/15)
SIKESTON -- Veterans, their families and community members can get information about Veteran Administration services and provide feedback on those services they have received during a town hall meeting March 10. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 3174, 709 Smith St. in Sikeston, and is expected to last about an hour...
Vargas-Aburto is chosen as SEMO's next president (03/05/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Southeast Missouri State University board of regents announced Wednesday the appointment of Carlos Vargas-Aburto as the 18th president of Southeast. Vargas, acting president at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, will succeed president Kenneth Dobbins on July 1...
Jurors hear graphic accounts of Boston Marathon bombing (03/05/15)
BOSTON (AP) -- It didn't take long for prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. They let victims do it for them. On the first day of testimony Wednesday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyer admitted he committed the crime, three women who suffered severe injuries described their memories of the blasts, their wounds and the terror they felt...
US finds racist, profit-driven practices in Ferguson (03/05/15)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb. While the Department of Justice cleared Officer Darren Wilson of federal civil rights charges in the August death of Michael Brown, it also called for sweeping changes in a city where officers trade racist emails, issue tickets mostly to black drivers that generate millions of dollars in revenue, and routinely use what investigators called excessive force on people stopped for minor or non-existent offenses.. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (03/05/15)
The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MARATHON BOMBING JURY HEAR GRAPHIC TESTIMONY Jurors heard three victims, two of whom had leg amputations, describe the horror they felt when bombs tore through the finish line at the Boston race in 2013...
DPS warns of impending winter weather (03/04/15)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is cautioning motorists about today's impending winter weather. So far the area has received some moderate rain on ground saturated from the last snow event. Rain continues to fall at a steady pace and is predicted to transition to sleet sometime between 10 a.m. ...
Carlos Vargas-Aburto named Southeast Missouri State University's 18th president (03/04/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today announced the appointment of Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, acting president at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University. He will assume the presidency on July 1, 2015...
Lawrence appointed Sikeston city prosecutor (03/04/15)
SIKESTON -- Kye Lawrence will serve as Sikeston's new city prosecutor. "Kye's qualifications include prosecution, criminal defense and civil law experience. We are pleased to have him representing the city of Sikeston as prosecuting attorney," said Sikeston City Manager Jonathan "J.D." Douglass in announcing the appointment...
Scam artists reportedly targeting area residents (03/04/15)
CHARLESTON - Law enforcement officials are warning the public of scams targeting area residents. Recently multiple residents have reported to Sikeston Department of Public Safety of a phone scam by a caller claiming to be with the U.S. Department of Treasury and stating that the person on the other line has received a tax-free grant. The caller shows up as "unknown" on caller ID. Residents are encouraged to not accept the call or give any information to the caller...
Courthouse closed (03/04/15)
BENTON - The County Commission has closed the Scott County Courthouse today due to the inclement weather forecast for today.
10 Things to Know for Today (03/04/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL BEGINS Lawyers of accused suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will seek to portray him as the impressionable younger brother of the attack's mastermind, Tamerlan, while prosecutors will say he was an active and willing participant...
Scott County will try round-the-clock shifts for snow removal (03/03/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Scott County crews will work around the clock on snow removal efforts for this winter weather event. How the Scott County Highway Department can do a better job at clearing snow and ice from county roads has been a recurring topic of discussion by the County Commission, Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner, said during the Commission's regular meeting Tuesday...
10 Things to Know for Today (03/03/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NETANYAHU SET FOR CONGRESS SPEECH The Israeli leader will deliver a stern message about any nuclear deal with Iran, straining relations with the White House even more as talks between Washington and Tehran's chief diplomats continue in Switzerland...
Briggs no oil change engine on market (03/03/15)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Briggs & Stratton Poplar Bluff will manufacture a dedicated yard man's ultimate dream machine - a lawnmower engine that never needs an oil change. Dubbed the "Just check and add" motor, the EXi series will appear on a variety of mowers and uses improved air cleaners, seals and precision machining...
Southeast president will be announced Wednesday (03/03/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University will be announced Wednesday at a news conference, university officials said. Jay Knudtson, president of the university's board of regents, and Doyle Privett, chairman of the presidential search and screening advisory committee, will announce the university's selection at 4 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall...
Your local weather forecast for March 3 (03/03/15)
Tonight there is a 100 percent chance for showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a low around 31 and a southwest wind 10 to 14 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain before noon Wednesday, then snow and sleet with temperature falling to around 24 by 4 p.m. ...
National Weather Service warns of upcoming storm (03/03/15)
PADUCAH, Ky. - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6 a.m. Wednesday until late Wednesday night. According to the NWS, rain should begin changing over to freezing rain, sleet and snow from northwest to southeast late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the region. The snow will then taper off from northwest to southeast Wednesday night...
Construction project planned for Route 61 (03/03/15)
SIKESTON - Route 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under roadway. This section of roadway is located between Route F and Route 162. Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today...
More winter weather is expected on Wednesday (03/02/15)
PADUCAH, Ky. - Winter isn't over yet. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday and Wednesday night. According to NWS, another winter storm poses the potential for significant snow accumulations Wednesday and Wednesday night...
Adopt a Farm Family to hold 25th annual conference on March 14 (03/02/15)
SIKESTON -- For a quarter of a century, Adopt A Farm Family has hosted conferences for farmers, ranchers and their families to provide information, resources and, perhaps most important, spiritual support. While the March 14 conference will continue the tradition, Mary Myers, president of the Adopt leadership board, said this year's conference is much different from that first one...
Scott County pair arrested on drug-related charges Friday (03/02/15)
BENTON -- Two Scott County residents are in custody on drug-related charges. Glen Adams, 56, of rural Oran is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm silencer. Amber Patrick, also known as Amber Thomure, 29, of rural Benton is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Susie McEntire to perform at conference (03/02/15)
SIKESTON -- Christian music singer Susie McEntire will entertain at the Adopt Ministry's 25th annual conference March 14 at the Clinton Building in the Sikeston Recreation Complex. Raised on an Oklahoma ranch, McEntire began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba, as the "Singing McEntires."...