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Stories from Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Calendar girl (01/02/08)
Megan Underhill, daughter of Mike and Sharon Underhill, is the Standard Democrat's January Calendar Girl. Underhill, the first runner-up in the 2007 Miss Sikeston contest, plans to attend Missouri State University and major in marine biology.
Man killed in collision (01/02/08)
MARSTON -- A Howardville man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday, marking at least one fatality for the area during New Year's holiday travel. Tommie L. Maxwell, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Route M, five miles south of Marston. The accident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Sunday...
O'Bannon Park, fishing lake improvements will continue (01/02/08)
NEW MADRID - In 2007, city officials worked to keep costs down, resulting in about a 10 percent cut in operating expenses, according to City Manager John Gilbert. Heading into the 2008 budget year, Gilbert said the city will continue to try to hold down expenses...
Man dies following shooting (01/02/08)
CHARLESTON -- The investigation of a weekend shooting in Charleston continues. On Friday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received a report of a person shot near the intersection of Vine and Elm Streets in Charleston, a news release said. Responding officers found Anthony Kent, 46, of Charleston with a gunshot wound to the face. Kent was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment...
Drug charges are filed against couple following traffic stop (01/02/08)
BENTON -- A Pemiscot County couple were arrested on drug-related charges following a routine traffic stop near Benton Monday. Prentiss Johnson, 29, and Brianna Christy, 17, of Caruthersville, were charged with distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Crunch time: High school seniors get busy with college preparations (01/02/08)
SIKESTON -- Now that students are heading into the second semester -- and last of high school for area seniors, now is the time to tie up loose ends before they head off to college in the fall. One of the biggest musts is for students to ensure they have all the credits they need to graduate -- and get into the colleges they are applying to, said Kim Thornbrough, senior counselor at Sikeston Senior High School...
Jackson holds off Notre Dame (01/02/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Jackson Indians have made it to the final round of the seMissourian Christmas Tournament seven out of the last eight years. On Saturday, the Indians took home their third championship since 2003 defeating the Notre Dame Bulldogs, 61-53...
Hayti wins first tournament title (01/02/08)
BLOOMFIELD -- The Bernie Mules used timely 3-point shooting to hold off the Portageville Bulldogs 67-64 in Saturday's fifth place game of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. Portageville looked to have all of the momentum as Byron Wright hit a shot to put the Bulldogs ahead 60-58, but Bernie answered moments later when junior Zach Curry sunk a 3-pointer from the corner to put Bernie ahead for good...
Eagles win fifth place game at Dyersburg (01/02/08)
DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles won the consolation title of the Dyersburg Holiday Tournament Saturday, defeating Nashville Christian 59-45. Josh Minner led NMCC (5-6) with 20 points. The Eagles will be in action again on Friday when they travel to Caruthersville...
Sikeston downs Mules for fifth place (01/02/08)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The Sikeston Bulldogs came away with a fifth place finish at the Poplar Bluff Showdown on Saturday evening, as they handed the host Poplar Bluff Mules a loss by a score of 70-56. Sikeston's Michael Porter led all players in scoring with 28 points. He also added a double-double as he recorded 17 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in the victory. He was also 10-for-11 at the free-throw line...
Losing my cool over the fridge (01/02/08)
If it weren't for bad luck, I sometimes feel that my wife and I would have none at all. Especially, if it comes in December. Let me explain. For my wife, December is cursed. Here are a few things that have happened to her in month of December since we have known each other. ...
Blake Burnett (01/02/08)
DEXTER - Blake Allen Burnett, 31, died Dec. 29, 2007, at Dexter. Born Sept. 27, 1976, at Poplar Bluff, to Stan and Joy Jackson Burnett of Dexter, he was a member of the Living Water Worship Center of Bloomfield and owner of a power-washing company in Dexter...
Bloyce Burch (01/02/08)
MATTHEWS - Alva Bloyce Burch, 63, died on Dec. 31, 2007, at his residence in Matthews. Born March 9, 1944, in Essex, to Donnie L. DeJournett Burch, who survives of Matthews, and the late Pete Burch, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Big Prairie Jaycees and a Boy Scout Leader. He worked for 36 years as a maintenance mechanic for Noranda Aluminum...
Billie Bell (01/02/08)
BLOOMFIELD - Billie Bell, 79, died Dec. 31, 2007, at her home near Bloomfield. Born Oct. 12, 1928, at Morehouse, to the late Earl Theophilus and Mabel Marie Pack Gregory, she was a homemaker. On Jan. 15, 1947, at Piggott, Ark., she married Ervin Bell Jr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 1998...
Jessie Dorris (01/02/08)
NEW MADRID - Jessie I. Dorris, 96, died Dec. 28, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born June 14, 1911, in Caruthersville, she was the daughter of the late Goah and Della Speight Anderson. On Dec. 21, 1933, in Steele, she married Gene Dorris, who preceded her in death...
Donnie Hedrick (01/02/08)
LILBOURN - Donnie Ralph "Scrappy" Hedrick, 46, died Dec. 27, 2007, at his home in Lilbourn. He was born May 9, 1961, in Potosi, to the late Raymond and Florence Chapman Hedrick. Survivors include: two sons, Donnie Hedrick of New Madrid and Josh Hedrick of Marston; one stepson, Shelley Wiggins of Dexter; two brothers, Dennis Hedrick of Portageville and Joe Hedrick of the state of Illinois; and three sisters, Pauline Bailey and Rose Goetz of the state of Illinois and Letha Prince of Lilbourn...
Mearl Frame (01/02/08)
DEXTER - Mearl R. Frame, 91, died Dec. 31, 2007, at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff. Born Jan. 26, 1916, in Illinois, to the late John Carrol and Sarah Jane Oliver Frame, he had lived in California and Kentucky before moving to Dexter in 1987. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force...
C.C. White (01/02/08)
HANNIBAL - C.C. White, 75, died at 8:05 p.m. Dec. 30, 2007, at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. Born April 4, 1932, in Portageville to the late Clyde and Donnie Mae Edwards White, he was a construction supervisor and retired from Fru-Con Construction Company. A U.S. veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks Lodge and of the Christian belief...
Hazel Crisel (01/02/08)
EAST PRAIRIE - Hazel Dare Crisel, 92, died at 8:40 a.m. Jan. 1, 2008, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. Born Feb. 14, 1915, in Camden, Tenn., to the late Joseph N. and Delia Herrin Bain, she lived most of her life East Prairie, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church...
Virginia Bowers (01/02/08)
EAST PRAIRIE - Virginia Louise Bowers, 70, died at 10:40 a.m. Dec. 29, 2007, at her home. Born Sept. 12, 1937, in Adamsville, Tenn., to the late Steven Douglas and Jewel McClain Buckley, she was an administrator of the Bowers Group Home in East Prairie and of the Baptist belief...
Delores Gossett (01/02/08)
DEXTER - Delores Jean Gossett, 73, died Dec. 29, 2007, at her home. Born Feb. 20, 1934, in Crow, W.Va., daughter of the late Otis and Clara Kirk Johnson, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, Order of the Eastern Star and Missouri Southern Healthcare Auxiliary...
Norma Busby (01/02/08)
SEYMORE, Ind. - Norma Ellen Busby, 89, formerly of Lilbourn, Mo., died at 11:17 p.m. Dec. 29, 2007, at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymore. Born Sept. 10, 1918, in Canalou to the late Leslie and Coela Greer Arbuckle, she was a homemaker and a member of the New Madrid Church of Christ...
Gertrude Green (01/02/08)
BLOOMFIELD - Gertrude E. Green, 97, formerly of Aid and Dexter, died Dec. 29, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Dexter. Born Nov. 19, 1910, in Huntingdale, to the late Rev. James M. and Martha Chasteen King, she had lived in Southeast Missouri most of her life. She and her husband had owned and operated the grocery store in Aid for several years. She was a member of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church and the Bloomfield Chapter of Eastern Star...
Tootsie Rhodes (01/02/08)
ANNISTON - Wilton Banks "Tootsie" Rhodes, 85, died at 12:20 a.m. Dec. 29, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born June 15, 1922, in Hickman, Ky., to the late James Edgar and Dessie Newton Rhodes, he lived most of his life in Mississippi County where he was a retired farmer and sold produce...
Ronnie Holder (01/02/08)
EAST PRAIRIE - Ronnie Holder, 64, died at 11:20 a.m. Dec. 29, 2007, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Aug. 24, 1943, in East Prairie, to the late James Ronald and Beatrice McClendon Holder, he lived in Mississippi County most of his life and was employed by the Cargill Grain Elevator as a maintenance engineer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force...
Walter W. Asbell (01/02/08)
BLOOMFIELD - Walter W. Asbell, 83, died Dec. 31, 2007, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. Born April 4, 1924, at Clines Island, to the late William W. and Grace Davis Asbell, he was a retired farmer and had spent most of his life in the Bloomfield community. He was a member of the Liberty Hill General Baptist Church at Aid...
George Swogger (01/02/08)
SIKESTON - George Earl Swogger, 55, died Dec. 29, 2007, at the emergency room of Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born April 7, 1952, in Beaver, Pa., to Beatrice Frances Kuhl Swogger of New Port Richey, Fla. and the late Willard Donald "Don" Swogger, he had worked as the senior industrial engineer for Alco in Bettendorf, lowa, before moving to Sikeston in August 1980. He had been the chief industrial engineer, the administrative manager and presently was energy manager at Noranda Aluminum...
Looking Back 1/2 (01/02/08)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marine Staff Sgt. John W. Dover of Sikeston, who will be remembered for his fine work in the music departments at Sikeston High School, is continuing his musical career successfully in the Marine Corps. A band leader of a Third Major Division Band at Guam during the later part of Wold War II, he recently completed an advanced band leaders course of instruction at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C...
Greed put housing market in trouble (01/02/08)
Let's start off the new year by revisiting a headline from the old year. The crisis in the home lending market - especially for sub-prime loans to marginal borrowers - hit the fan in 2007 and will cause an additional financial crunch this year. My concern now, as it has been all along, is that trustworthy borrowers who make their payments on time and who follow the rules may well ultimately pay for this manufactured crisis...
SpeakOut 1/2 (01/02/08)
So the lying, thieving, torturing, sadistic Republicans are using a scorched earth policy to cover their tracks. How predictable! The name of the little restaurant in Matthews is Harvest Cafe. They make the best chocolate pie in the southeast part of Missouri, I think. I've lived in Matthews for 50 years...