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Stories from Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Flag arrives (11/26/03)
Lt. Kenneth Darrell Wasson II listens as Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall and Missouri State Rep. Peter Myers speak to a standing room only crowd at the presentation of an American flag. Wasson presented the Sikeston Depot Museum with the flag that he personally flew over Baghdad, Iraq, and from the mast of the nuclear aircraft carrier he was assigned to, the USS Nimitz...
Soldier's dilemma: Home for his pets (11/26/03)
SIKESTON -- As more and more soldiers answer the call of duty, often times it's their pets that unintentionally wind up in a new home, and, sometimes, with no place to go. Last Friday a New Madrid man serving in the military, who had just been put on 24-hour alert to go to Iraq, brought his three dogs -- two basset hounds and a dachshund -- to the Sikeston Area Humane Society in hopes of finding them a new home...
Campaign will see changes (11/26/03)
SIKESTON -- For the last 24 years the Sikeston Community Christmas Campaign has helped brighten the holiday season for those who are less fortunate. Once again, the Standard Democrat will lead the campaign, but several changes will be made for year 25...
Man found not guilty of sexual misconduct (11/26/03)
CHARLESTON - A Charleston man was cleared of charges of sexual misconduct when his case was tried Nov. 18 in Mississippi County. According to Sikeston Attorney Jim McClellan, who was the defense attorney for Mark Clark, it took a jury only 50 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty...
Duck hunters could be new source of revenue (11/26/03)
BENTON - Flood it, and they will come. During the Scott County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday, Scott County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger updated commissioners on economic development proposals discussed during a recent Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission meeting including a plan by a Kennett man to secure a large slice of the duck hunting pie...
Mitigaton plan will be presented (11/26/03)
MALDEN - A draft copy of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan will be presented on Monday to the Mississippi County Commission and mayors of towns within the county. Michael Dumey, executive director of the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission said, "We are very pleased with the progress being made on the Mississippi County Hazard Mitigation Plan."...
Southeast Missouri's "Dandy Dozen" (11/26/03)
The high school basketball season is upon us. Here are the top 12 players to watch out for in my opinion -- Southeast Missouri's Dandy Dozen. Poplar Bluff, 6-9, Jr. In Southeast Missouri, Hansbrough is the man, hands down. Just how good is the 6-foot-9 specimen? Good enough to get personal visits from the likes of Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Quin Snyder and Billy Donovan. ...
Wrestlers slam Bluff in first match (11/26/03)
POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston wrestling team opened the 2003-2004 season by pummeling Poplar Bluff 64-16 on Tuesday. The Bulldogs won seven matches by pin, something that pleased head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "I stressed to the guys before the meet that I wanted to come out and wrestle aggressively," he said. "They did that. I thought we wrestled with a lot of intensity. We don't like to just win matches. Our guys want to go out and pin everybody we wrestle. That was out goal, to pin everybody."...
NMCC to open season with Riverbend Classic (11/26/03)
NEW MADRID -- The 9th Annual Riverbend Classic will take place Friday and Saturday at New Madrid County Central High School. This year's shootout will feature top high school boys basketball teams from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri...
Sikeston stumbles out of gates (11/26/03)
SIKESTON - After graduating all five starters from last year, it was no secret that the Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team might have some early season struggles. The Bulldogs' inexperience showed on Tuesday in the season opener at the Field House as the Blytheville Chickasaws ran away with a 74-35 victory...
Marvin Scott (11/26/03)
BELL CITY - Marvin Scott, 76, died Nov. 26, 2003, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Robert Stearnes (11/26/03)
SIKESTON - Charles Robert Stearnes, 67, died Nov. 25, 2003, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, where visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston...
Theodore Tyus (11/26/03)
CHARLESTON - The Rev. Theodore Tyus, 79, died Nov. 23, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Oct. 29, 1924, in Hickman, Ky., son of the late George W. and Lucy Ann Pirtle Tyus, he lived in Missouri since 1971. A veteran of World War II, he was of the Baptist belief and attended the First Missionary Baptist Church in Mound City, Ill. He served as pastor of the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Wyatt for more than 28 years...
Gina Murr (11/26/03)
SIKESTON - Regina R. "Gina" Murr, 35, died Nov. 23, 2003, near Cape Girardeau of an apparent heart attack. Born Nov. 16, 1968, in St. Louis, daughter of Mary Ruff of Sikeston, she was employed by Kenneth Story and also worked at B.G.'s in Sikeston...
Dennis Clark (11/26/03)
DEXTER - Dennis Clark, 59, died Nov. 25, 2003, at his home near Dexter. Born Dec. 26, 1943, in Dexter, son of the late Hollie and Sirphenia Wilson Clark, he was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ. A former truck driver for Hart Transport in Dexter and Pepsi-Cola, he owned Clark Supply from 1977-1999...
Johnnie Hunt (11/26/03)
EAST PRAIRIE - Johnnie R. Hunt died Nov. 25, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Shelby Funeral Home.
Births (published 11/26) (11/26/03)
BLOOMFIELD - Brandy Dawn Warren DeGonia and Clifton W. DeJournett are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 11:07 a.m. Oct. 20, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Kirsten Jade DeJournett weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 1/4-inches long...
Looking Back (11/26) (11/26/03)
SIKESTON - Mr. Herbert Fox was awarded the Deanna Durbin jeweled pin which the movie actress had donated to the Scott County Red Cross camps and hospital committee. SIKESTON - The Mississippi Grain Warehouse and Grain Inspection Division, 435 W. Malone St., was the scene during the 1963 harvest season of the greatest number of grain samples inspected in the history of this Southeast Missouri institution...
Your view: Giving thanks (11/26/03)
Our family was looking back over the years and giving thanks for things that we were thankful for through the years. We began to remember the year 2000 when tragedy tore our lives apart. Many of you friends, neighbors and family showed us the true meaning of "friends."...
Speakout (11/26) (11/26/03)
My son lost his wallet at Huck's in Sikeston. He's not worried about the money (although he had just cashed his paycheck) but he needs his driver's license and minister license that were inside. Please call 262-2421. No questions will be asked. He just needs his licenses back...