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Stories from Sunday, January 24, 2010

High school celebrates 50 years (01/24/10)
By Leonna Heuring leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Joe Karnes described his first day at Scott County Central High School as chaotic. "The first few days were really rough," recalled Karnes, who was a member of the high school's first graduating class in 1960...
A salute to veterans (01/24/10)
There was a veteran's ceremony before the Sikeston/Kennett basketball game on Friday night at the Sikeston Field House. Above, veterans stand while the Sikeston Band plays the Star Spangled Banner. To the right, Veteran Larry Roach gets a standing ovation from the crowd as he is honored at the ceremony...
Ground broken for convention center (01/24/10)
The ground breaking ceremony for Miner's convention center was held Friday morning. Pictured are city and county officials, representatives from Sides Construction Company and Dille and Traxel - the construction company and architectural firm working on the project, and other members of the Sikeston-Miner business community. Work on the 16,000 square-foot, single-story building is expected to be completed by August, according to city officials...
Convincing win: Bulldogs impressive in 84-59 win over Kennett (01/24/10)
SIKESTON -- Defensive pressure and rebounding have become a staple for the Sikeston Bulldog basketball team. Friday night, Sikeston used both to put on a show in front of the home crowd to defeat state-ranked Kennett in convincing fashion 84-59. "I think we came out with good intensity," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. ...
Scott Central cruises to title (01/24/10)
SCOTT CITY -- Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright is now the owner of his first Scott-Miss Conference Tournament title. The top-seeded Braves and No. 1 team in Class 1 shut down Oran's offense quite effectively which enabled the 72-35 victory. "I'm proud of the kids," said Wright after the win. ...
Risco drops overtime heartbreaker to Holcomb (01/24/10)
RISCO -- The Risco Tigers could not hold on to a late fourth quarter lead against the Holcomb Hornets on Friday night and eventually fell in overtime in a 64-62 defeat. "We built a six-point lead or so in the last two minutes and it just seemed like every trip down the floor we kept putting them on the free throw line," Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship said. "We had a one-point lead in the closing seconds and they tied it with a free throw to send it into overtime."...
Johnson, Bluejays get past Caruthersville (01/24/10)
CHARLESTON -- From his very first shot, Charleston junior Devonte Johnson could tell it was going to be a good Friday night for him. He drained a 3-pointer to open the scoring for the Bluejays in the first quarter as Johnson would end up tied for the game-high of 26 points with a total of four 3-pointers on the night...
Juqualin Wiggins day (01/24/10)
Jeff Williams, principal at Morehouse Elementary, presents Sikeston Senior High School standout athlete Juqualin Wiggins with a plaque Friday afternoon, where the school celebrated Wiggins' accomplishments. When school officials learned the football and basketball player was an alumni of Morehouse Elementary, they planned a "Juqualin Wiggins Day" to honor the athlete as a distinguished alumni of the school, as well as role model for youth. ...
Florence Blasingame (01/24/10)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Florence Irene Blasingame, 101, formerly of Blodgett, Mo., died at 7:50 a.m. Jan. 19, 2010, in Tucson. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Sue Daniels (01/24/10)
NEW MADRID -- Sue Daniels, 63, died Jan. 21, 2010, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are with the Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Byron Edwards (01/24/10)
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Rev. Byron Huntley Edwards, 84, of Morris Chapel, Tenn., died Jan. 18, 2010, in Savannah, Tenn. DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville is in charge of arrangements. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Steve Middleton (01/24/10)
NEW MADRID -- Steve Middleton, 49, died Jan. 17, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are with Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Bessie Wright (01/24/10)
SIKESTON -- Bessie Mae Wright, 90, died Jan. 22, 2010, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...