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Stories from Thursday, March 22, 2007

Officials want sales tax to be permanent (03/22/07)
BENTON -- Scott County officials hope the half-cent law enforcement sales tax will be made permanent. On April 3, county voters will be asked to do that. Scott County voters approved an eight-year half-cent law enforcement sales tax in April 2000 to fund the construction of a new county jail and to cover the costs of housing the county's prisoners in other jails...
Oran woman seeks Miss USA crown (03/22/07)
SIKESTON -- With only a day to go before the Miss USA 2007 Pageant, Miss Missouri Amber Seyer hopes it will be her head reigning queen Tara Conner will place the crown on Friday night. The 20-year-old Oran native will compete for the title of Miss USA 2007 during the live NBC telecast of the 56th annual Miss USA competition Friday night in Los Angeles...
Car hits building (03/22/07)
SIKESTON -- Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to an accident Wednesday night at 1212 Linn St. The accident occured at 11:56 p.m. when a vehicle ran into the Cheers building. DPS had no further information on the accident...
Sikeston's Porter shares player of the year award (03/22/07)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Basketball fans would be hard-pressed to find a more distinguished assemblage of talent than the one that gathered Wednesday at Poplar Bluff High School for the 49th Annual Poplar Bluff Letter Club Basketball Banquet. Present during the ceremony: One state champion (Charleston boys), one state runner-up (Notre Dame boys), one state quarterfinalist (Jackson girls), six district titles and 20 of the finest basketball players in Missouri...
SHS downs Kelly (03/22/07)
SIKESTON -- The first game of the season is never very picturesque, but Sikeston head coach Kevin Self will take any 'W.' The Bulldogs held on to defeat SEMO Conference foe Kelly 6-4 in the season- opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon at VFW Memorial Stadium...
Victory parade (03/22/07)
Charleston Bluejay players celebrate their state Class 3 title during a parade down Main Street in Charleston on Wednesday afternoon.
ALL-SEMO Conference Team (03/22/07)
Jake Leet, Jackson, 6-3, Jr. Spencer Goodman, Jackson, 6-6, Jr. Justin Clark, Charleston, 6-4, Sr. Jamarcus Williams, Charleston, 6-4, Sr. Shawn Sherrell, Charleston, 5-7, Sr. T.J. Stonecipher, Poplar Bluff, 6-3, Sr. Ryan Willen, Notre Dame, 6-8, Jr...
Cape Central rips Chaffee (03/22/07)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Chaffee Red Devils baseball team were defeated on the road Wednesday afternoon by Class 4 power Cape Central Tigers, 15-2. The Red Devils were outscored 10-0 through the first three innings and could never recover. The mercy rule was enforced after the top of the fifth inning...
Harold Shrum (03/22/07)
MATTHEWS - Harold Leon Shrum, 80, formerly of Mississippi County, died at 9:55 p.m., March 21, 2007, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews. Arrangements are incomplete with McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Jerry Crowley (03/22/07)
SIKESTON - Jerry M. Crowley, 69, died March 21, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are incomplete with Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston.
Louise Brown (03/22/07)
MOREHOUSE - Nellie Louise Brown, 87, died March 21, 2007, at Golden Living Center in New Madrid. Born May 16, 1919, in Earl, Ark., daughter of the late Fred and Joanna Rattliff Whittemore, she attended the Pentecostal Church in Morehouse. On Nov. 19, 1951, she married Calvin Brown, who preceded her in death...
Lora Clinton (03/22/07)
BENTON -- Lora Ellen Clinton, 73, died at 5:15 p.m. March 20, 2007, at her home. Born Mary 29, 1933, in Morley, daughter of the late Ralph Dewey and Ruby Lawson Abernathy, she had worked at International Shoe and Homestead Distributing in Sikeston and for 20 years as an examiner at Thorngate Limited in Chaffee. She was a member and past matron of Morley Chapter 342 Order of the Easter Star and the First Baptist Church in Oran...
Virginia Smothers (03/22/07)
DEXTER -- Virginia Smothers, 75, died March 21, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Lula Mae Rutledge (03/22/07)
PARMA -- Lula Mae Rutledge, 85, died March 18, 2007, at Gold Living Center of Malden. Born July 21, 1921, at Vardamon, Miss., daughter of the late Thomas Nolan and Lucina McKenny Nolan, she had worked as an outreach worker with Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp. of Dexter. She was a member of the Mount Calvary Church of Parma...
Noble Bollinger (03/22/07)
SWINTON -- Noble Elgin Bollinger, 80, died March 19, 2007, at his home. Born Jan. 3, 1927, at Bell City, son of the late Dan and Ella Pritchett Bollinger, he was a truck driver for Wetterau Wholesale in Hazelwood, from which he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service...
Looking Back 3/22 (03/22/07)
SIKESTON - Frank L. Sisson Jr. will head the new Rotary Club in Sikeston, which will have its charter night on April 1. SIKESTON - Lee Wilson was elected exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge last night, succeeding Bob Ralph. Other officers were also elected...
Your view: Many to thank (03/22/07)
Mike, I wanted to send a big thank you to the Standard-Democrat, to your photo- journalist Tim Jaynes and to Sikeston and the surrounding communities. I recently was given the opportunity to direct my first play/musical for Sikeston Little Theatre. Our production of The Wizard of Oz was a huge success and it would not have been possible without the support of many area businesses and the media...
Speakout 3/22 (03/22/07)
I am a Sikeston Senior High 1987 graduate. I attended our 10-year reunion and had a wonderful time catching up to some wonderful memories. I am ready to see all of my classmates again for our 20-year reunion. However, I am not sure who to get in touch with to find out what the details are, if there are any at this time. ...