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Farmers honored at SRC luncheon (01/30/15)
SIKESTON -- Individuals who have made contributions to the regional agricultural community were honored at the annual Sikeston Regional Chamber's Farmers Recognition Luncheon on Thursday at the Clinton Building. Four awards were given: Farm Family of the Year to Hulshof Farms in Scott County, Farm Female of the Year to Vanessa McGarity, Agri-Business Service Award to Don King and the Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer to Vest Baker...
Applicants being sought for new public administrator (01/30/15)
BENTON - The Scott County Democratic Central Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Scott County Courthouse for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the upcoming open position of Scott County Public Administrator created by retirement. Interested persons may contact Larry Tetley, chairman, at 471-8268 and plan to attend the meeting. Candidates are to bring a resume to the interview...
Man arrested on assault charge (01/30/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Bertrand man is in custody after his arrest on assault and weapon charges in Mississippi County. According to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, John Buck Miller, 35, was arrested by the sheriff's office Thursday on felony charges of second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon...
Man is accused of beating amputee's face with hammer (01/30/15)
By Emily Priddy SEMO News Service SCOTT CITY -- A Scott City man is set for arraignment next month on charges he beat an amputee in the face with a hammer and stole his prescription medications. Dustin T. Smith, 27, faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, burglary and robbery in connection with the Dec. 28 confrontation...
Mississippi County budget approved (01/30/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Other than disaster relief reimbursements tapering off, this year's operating budget for Mississippi County is pretty much the same as last year's. The county's annual operating budget was approved during the County Commission's regular weekly meeting Thursday following a public hearing and County Clerk Junior DeLay's annual budget message...
  • Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness....
  • Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney says Marion "Suge" Knight was called over to a fast-food restaurant for a meeting and attacked by four people who beat the former rap music mogul through his truck window and threatened to kill him....
  • Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
    SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants....
  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
    TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....
  • Goodell: Pats could be penalized even if no competitive edge
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the NFL investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game....
The Latest from our Columnists
Can we stop this growing madness?
It would appear we've gone stark-raving mad. Despite attempts to make some sense of this carnival of the absurd, there is just no other logical conclusion. For example, the omnipresent Albert Gore and his fellow eco-travelers want to spend $90 trillion to eliminate all passenger vehicles in urban centers in favor of mass transit...
Auction action isn't always fair
Growing up I always remember looking up to teachers and especially principals. They were role models and for the most part I was never let down. As I have aged, I realize not everyone is as lucky as I was. Not all teachers and principals are the role models we wish them to be...
Pennies from Heaven
In 1961 in New Madrid, workmen began tearing down the old Smith home next to the Methodist Church on Mill Street to make way for a new parsonage. As they ripped away at one of the walls, money began falling out. It was strange looking money, U. S. currency, but the bills were much larger and there were Indians and buffalos depicted on a number of them...
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP SILENT AS DEADLINE PASSES

Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remain in limbo, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap comes and goes.

2. RAP MOGUL'SUGE' KNIGHT QUESTIONED BY POLICE

The Death Row Records founder turned himself in in connection with a hit-and-run incident in Compton, California, that left one man.

3. WHICH CASE IS 35 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in the murder and kidnapping case of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who fueled missing-child activism in 1979.

4. WHO IS TRYING TO STAND OUT IN WHITE HOUSE BID

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the crowded field of GOP presidential prospects.

5. WHAT IS UNNERVING AN OLYMPIC CITY

More than a dozen people in Rio de Janeiro have been struck by stray bullets from gunbattles in recent weeks, unnerving the city hosting the 2016 Games.

6. BALLOONIST PASS DISTANCE RECORD

Their next milestone is a 1978 duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds _ the "holy grail" of ballooning achievements.

7. U.S.-BACKED MEXICO DAM PROJECT DEFEATED

Residents quashed the three-year, $30 million hydroelectric plant project, saying construction damaged their homes and tainted their drinking water.

8. MEET THE FIRST SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPEINT

Seventy-five years ago, Vermont's Ida May Fuller helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs.

9. KATY PERRY GOING'OLD SCHOOL' FOR HALFTIME SHOW

AP's Howard Fendrich reports that the pop star's surprise musical guest will be Grammy winner Missy Elliott.

10. GETTING READY FOR THE'BIG GAME'

Corporations and mom-and-pop shops in Phoenix are finding ways to circumvent the NFL's ban on use of the words "Super Bowl" to capitalize on football fever.

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