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Stories from Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Grant will fund new recording equipment (10/29/03)
BENTON - This year's Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funds for Scott County from the U.S. Department of Justice will go toward the purchase of digital recording equipment, according to Sheriff Bill Ferrell. Ferrell said during Tuesday's county commission meeting the new equipment will enable his department to record only when movement is detected and will store events up to 30 days...
Holiday fun planned for Friday (10/29/03)
SIKESTON -- Think there's nothing to do but give out candy this Halloween? Think again. Area establishments are providing plenty of Halloween fun not only for children, but for adults, too. Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores is conducting its eighth annual community Halloween trick-or-treat event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the outlet stores...
Festival serves for Halloween (10/29/03)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Instead of the standard classroom Halloween parties this year, students at R.A. Doyle Elementary in East Prairie will experience another way of celebrating the holiday on Friday. "Usually the students dress up in costumes, but this year we're doing something completely different," noted Doyle Elementary's secretary, Linda McIntosh. "We're having a fall festival."...
Ex-Howardville police chief pleads guilty (10/29/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A former Southeast Missouri law enforcement officer enter a guilty plea to drug charges in Federal Court. He and four other Southeast Missouri residents in federal court on drug-related charges. Timothy Collins, a former member of the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the former Howardville Police chief and a former investigator with the New Madrid County Prosecutor's Office, pled guilty to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base...
Schools allowed to raise tax levies (10/29/03)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously affirmed the authority of school districts to increase property tax rates in certain circumstances without voter approval. In 1998, Missouri voters amended the state constitution to allow local school boards to unilaterally set tax levies as high as $2.75 per $100 assessed valuation. The measure, known as Amendment 2, was ratified with 58.8 support...
Miner voters will decide two issues in election (10/29/03)
BENTON - Voters in just a few of Southeast Missouri's precincts are being asked to turn out Nov. 4 to decide local issues. Voters in the City of Miner will have two issues to decide at the polls Nov. 4. The first ballot question in Miner asks voters to approve an increase in business/merchant license fees in the city. ...
Eagles look to take back district crown (10/29/03)
NEW MADRID - After years of dominating their district, the New Madrid County Central Eagles hit a low point last year going 2-8, including 0-3 in district play. After last week's 21-8 victory against Fredericktown, NMCC appears to be back on track and ready to reclaim the Class 3, District 1 title...
Sikeston volleyball team loses to Bluff in district (10/29/03)
FARMINGTON -- Sikeston's volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Farmington on Monday night. The Lady Bulldogs were defeated by Poplar Bluff in straight sets, 25-11, 25-14. Bluff (19-10-1) got a little payback from last year's upset loss to Sikeston in the first round. The Lady Mules were 2-4 since their last trip to the district final in 1998 heading into Monday...
Sikeston hopes to spoil Poplar Bluff's perfect season (10/29/03)
Mark Gum has the arm. Andrew Heuiser has the hands. Todd Tinsley and J.J. Lewis have the speed. Trell Edington has the leg. On defense, they've got playmakers like Travon Battles and Parker Williams. As Perryville coach Rick Chastain put it, "They just have too many weapons."...
Opal Jones (10/29/03)
ST. LOUIS - Opal L. Hensley Jones, 94, died Oct. 28, 2003, in St. Charles. Born April 23, 1909, in Sikeston, she was the daughter of the late William and Katie Rogers Hensley. Her husband, Buford Jones Sr, preceded her in death. Survivors include: two daughters and one son-in-law, Loretta and Tommy Davis of Florissant and Frances "Fran" Roberts of St. Charles; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
Lois Krauss (10/29/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Lois Krauss, 87, of Sikeston, who died Oct. 27, 2003, will be Ken Riddle Jr., Eric Krauss, Rowland McKinnie, Ken Lawrence, John Lawrence and Lynn McKinnie. Honorary pallbearer will be Ken Riddle. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery...
Births (published 10/29) (10/29/03)
SIKESTON - Timothy Clinton and Brandy Gail Taylor are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 6:20 a.m. Sept. 16, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Kolton Jacob Taylor weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19-inches long...
Looking Back 10/29 (10/29/03)
LILBOURN - The homeward journey from school ended in near tragedy Tuesday afternoon as Lilbourn school bus number three, with 49 passengers, met in a head-on collision with a Standard Oil truck, three miles west of Lilbourn at the intersection of New Madrid and Catron roads. Of the 49 passengers, 24 were injured, the majority suffering only slight cuts or bruises...
Grants should seek accountability (10/29/03)
Some politicians make my blood boil. Others mystify me with their apparent intelligence only to open their mouth and prove me wrong every time. And then there is Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, who to me embodies everything wrong with the Democratic party...
Speakout 10/29 (10/29/03)
In the Oct. 19 Standard Democrat it shows George Simmons among the first 30 lots developed in the new Cotton Estates Subdivision. This man has the right idea. It's just that the prices are going to be outrageous on those kinds of homes. You let the people come in there and do this and you know you haven't got the industry on the north side in the new industrial park and places for people to work and make the money to buy these houses. ...