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Stories from Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Last blast scheduled (05/04/11)
SIKESTON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to open the final crevasse in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway Project levee at approximately 8 to 9 p.m. tonight. The additional explosives needed to complete work are enroute to the work site. Pipe loading should take about three hours once the materials and equipment are in position...
James mixed on Corps' actions (05/04/11)
SIKESTON - Sometime you understand a decision from both sides. R.D. James does. As a member of the Mississippi River Commission, James was involved in the decision for the Corps of Engineers to operated the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway. As a New Madrid County landowner who has watched the floodwaters cover his own farmland, he can relate to the farmers' concerns as the water now pours over their lands...
Meeting to consider closing Morehouse Elementary moved back to June 8 (05/04/11)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston R-6 Board of Education's special meeting to consider the closure of Morehouse Elementary is rescheduled for 5 p.m. June 8 in A Building on the Sikeston High School campus. The meeting was previously scheduled for 5 p.m. today.
SHS students relish every moment of school play (05/04/11)
SIKESTON - The kitchen is imaginary as are the utensils used by the actors on stage. However, the themes of their production, "Our Town," are very real. The message of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder makes it popular with audiences. It is equally popular with director Barbara Shriver, who has directed the play three times previously, and with the student actors at Sikeston High School, who requested Shriver direct this year's production of the play...
Process of executing plan taking longer than Corps expected (05/04/11)
SIKESTON -- When doing something for the first time, there is typically a learning curve. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is going through just that as it activates the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway. "This is our first execution since the plan was hatched 30 years ago," said Col. Vernie Reichling, commander of the Corps' Memphis District...
Farmers file class-action suit over levee breach (05/04/11)
CHARLESTON -- For the first time in days, the sun on Tuesday shined across Southeast Missouri, but the story inside the Clara Newnam Drinkwater Library in Charleston was much gloomier. Here, some nearly 100 farmers gathered to discuss the impact of the breaching of the Birds Point Levee on their future...
Governor pledges help to victims of flooding (05/04/11)
SIKESTON - "What Mother Nature has started, we will finish," said Gov. Jay Nixon as he heard from emergency management officials coordinating the fight against the region's high water. Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden detailed the local efforts to coordinate staging areas for those coming to assist, the location of sandbagging operations and the emergency shelters. On Monday, Juden said, some two dozen swift-water boats arrived which will be used should water rescues be needed...
Commerce levee is now last line of defense for southern Scott County (05/04/11)
COMMERCE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers levee at Commerce is now the last line of defense for southern Scott County. A private levee which had provided protection for farmland between the Corps' levee and the Mississippi River was breached sometime Monday night or early Tuesday, according to Amber Scudder, emergency management director for Scott County...
Standard Democrat Scoreboard (May 4) (05/04/11)
Local scores from Wednesday, May 4.
SHS readies for sectionals (05/04/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Gearing up for the Class 3, Sectional round for the Sikeston Bulldogs golf team has been somewhat unusual. Their home course, the Sikeston Country Club, has been closed until further notice because of the relentless flooding that has engulfed most of the fairways, greens and tee boxes...
NMCC halts all sports due to flooding (05/04/11)
NEW MADRID -- With so many area roadways communities under water, the New Madrid County Central school system has decided to cancel all activities until school resumes. "It's such an unusual situation," NMCC athletic director Dianne Fowler said of the amount of flooding in the area. "We've never had anything like this in my lifetime."...
Kelly, NMCC golfers qualify for sectionals (05/04/11)
BONNE TERRE -- In their first year of existence, the Kelly Hawks golf team wrapped up sixth place in the Class 2, District 1 Golf Tournament Friday, finishing with a combined team score of 402. Outpacing seventh-place West County High School by 62 strokes in the nine team tournament, the Hawks were 11 strokes behind sixth place New Madrid County Central, who shot a 391...
Francella Halford (05/04/11)
BERNIE -- Francella Vonceil Halford, 73, died April 26, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Glenda Whitlock (05/04/11)
EAST PRAIRIE - Glenda Mae Whitlock, 62, died May 3, 2011, at her home in East Prairie.
Carl Babb (05/04/11)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Carl E. Babb, 69, died May 3, 2011. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Ruby Oliver (05/04/11)
SIKESTON -- Ruby L. Oliver, 87, died May 2, 2011, at the Miner Nursing Center. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Melba Frank (05/04/11)
SIKESTON -- Melba Jean Frank, 69, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at her residence. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Bertie Warren (05/04/11)
MINER -- Bertie Warren, 99, formerly of Diehlstadt, died at 12:15 a.m. May 4, 2011, at Miner Nursing Center. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition...
Veda Adams (05/04/11)
BLOOMFIELD -- Veda May Adams, 58, died May 1, 2011, at her home. For the complete obituary and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
Few embrace report findings (05/04/11)
When the floods, the hurricanes and bin Laden fade from the news - as they will - we will return to the political dialogue of addressing a flawed economic model that threatens the very foundation of this country. Trying hard to avoid the obvious political rhetoric, this economic tsunami has been long in the making. Blame it on wars or terrorists or bad decisions, it matters less how we got here than it does on how we are going to solve this issue...
Corps blows up levee (05/04/11)
This picture captured by cellphone is better than the official picture submitted by the Corps, in my opinion.
Don't float away (05/04/11)
An LP tank is tied to a pole to keep it from floating away.