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Stories from Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beating the heat (06/23/10)
With school out for the summer, local youth are hitting the pools to stay cool as a heat wave sweeps across the midwest. Top photo: Gavin Stone, 7, dives off the diving board at the Sikeston Country Club swimming pool while (bottom photo) an unidentified swimmer hits the water. Temperatures are expected to be near 100 again today with a heat advisory in effect...
Group to learn about area health care needs (06/23/10)
SIKESTON -- The Missouri Foundation for Health, which provides grant funding for about two-thirds of the state, wants to learn more about the health care needs in the areas it serves. And the group is asking individuals to get involved in the process...
Pictorial history of Sikeston to be available Friday (06/23/10)
SIKESTON -- A century and a half in the making, a book featuring hundreds of Sikeston photographs will be available Friday. Mike Marsh, director of the Sikeston Depot, said they have already received a dozen calls from people wanting to get a copy early but aren't letting any go until the official release...
Teen charged in two robberies (06/23/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- A teenager is in custody for two robberies, one at gunpoint. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday for Dewayne Woods, 16, of Hayti Heights before Associate Judge Byron Luber on charges of first degree robbery and armed criminal action. Woods, who was certified as an adult, is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond...
Blissett named all-state (06/23/10)
The most successful season in Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer history is continuing to reap benefits as sophomore Keyonna Blissett was named to the 2010 Girls Class 2 All-State first team.
Chaffee sweeps Oran (06/23/10)
The visiting Chaffee Red Devils summer team defeated Oran's summer squad in both a varsity and jayvee match-up.
Corporate Games continue (06/23/10)
The Sikeston Corporate Games continued on Tuesday evening with the Aqualympics held at the YMCA swimming pool. Left: Chris Hodgkiss of the YMCA begins his leg of the kickboard competition on Tuesday. Right: Crystal Marshall of Orgill competes in the inner tube competition. The Games will continue tonight with the bowling competition and will conclude on Saturday with several events planned. For more photos from the Aqualympics competition, see our Web gallery at www.standard-democrat.com...
Mary Busby (06/23/10)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Mary Call Busby, 86, died June 22, 2010, at Gideon Care Center. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Teddy Echols (06/23/10)
SIKESTON -- Theodore "Teddy" Echols, 76, died June 18, 2010, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Erma Carter-Myers (06/23/10)
CHICAGO -- Erma Jean Carter-Myers, 66, died June 6, 2010, at the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
No kicks from World Cup (06/23/10)
As a child I never liked being force-fed strained carrots or whatever awful creation they made for babies back then. I don't actually remember being force-fed, but I know I don't like it as an adult so I only assume I didn't like it as a child. Maybe that is why I don't care much for soccer. ...
Time to address illegal immigration (06/23/10)
We watch with great concern each day as our country faces a toxic assault on our southern border. The daily flow is clearly devastating and yet a solution seems as distant today as when the problem first surfaced. But I'm not talking about the oil spill in the Gulf but rather the assault of illegal immigration from Mexico...