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Stories from Thursday, December 15, 2011

Neighbors Helping Neighbors marks fifth year (12/15/11)
SIKESTON -- The Southeast Missouri Christmas Campaign began five years ago as a "neighbors helping neighbors" organization, and today community remains the focus of the Christmas food and toy drive. "All of our support is local," said David McDermott, Campaign spokesperson. We raise money from local businesses and individuals through fund raising, buy from local businesses and give to local families,"...
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree (12/15/11)
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Sikeston man gets 50 years for 2008 home invasion (12/15/11)
BENTON -- Following emotional testimony from family members of the victim, a Sikeston man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 2008 robbery and home invasion. Maurice Robinson was sentenced by Judge David Dolan to 30 years in prison on charges of first degree robbery and first degree burglary with the sentences to run concurrently. He was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison on a charge of armed criminal action; the sentence is to run consecutively to the first charges...
Gipson enters guilty plea for attempt to burn home (12/15/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man pled guilty Tuesday to the felony of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. Robert E. Gipson, 59, pled guilty to one felony count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr...
Charleston man is sentenced for convenience store robbery (12/15/11)
BENTON -- A Charleston man was go to prison for an attempted robbery at a Scott County convenience store. Tommie Cassel was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the Oct. 13, 2010, attempted robbery of the Breaktime Store in Miner by Judge David Dolan...
Taking a collection (12/15/11)
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Filing opens for school board positions (12/15/11)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- For individuals looking to have a hand in the future of their community's public education, now is the time to apply. Tuesday marked the first day of candidate filing for the April 3, 2012, school board elections for local school districts...
Floored (12/15/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- Winning by pin in all but one match at the varsity level on Wednesday, the Sikeston Bulldogs picked up a 69-0 win over the New Madrid County Central Eagles. "Obviously we wrestled well," Sikeston head coach Seth Harrell said. "We're doing some good things, but there are still some things we have to clean up on like minor technique issues...
Junior High Bulldogs fall twice to Cape Central on Wednesday night (12/15/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Holding a 4-point lead going into the final quarter, the Sikeston eighth grade boys basketball team could not hold on giving way to the visiting Cape Central Tigers 44-36 on Wednesday at the Sikeston Junior High...
Ruth Hatley (12/15/11)
VANDUSER -- Ruth Margret Gean Hatley, a very much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away at the home of her daughter on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Sikeston. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Knobel, Ark., the first-born to the late Hassel Tyler Gean and Samuel Dewey Gean...
Mary Baugh (12/15/11)
WYATT -- Mary Marcell Reynolds Baugh, 82, died at 8:20 p.m. Dec. 14, 2011, at the Southeast Missouri Hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1929, at Portageville, to the late Fred and Betty Lou Hanks Reynolds, she had lived Mississippi County most of her life and was a member of the Wyatt Baptist Church...
Bobby Causey (12/15/11)
SIKESTON -- Bobby Gene Causey, 79, died Dec. 14, 2011, at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. Born Feb. 28, 1932, in Malden, to the late Bertis and Della Jones Causey, he was a farmer and rural mail carrier. He was of the Baptist belief. Survivors include: one brother and sister-in-law, Billy J. ...
John Hoper (12/15/11)
STEPHEN, Minn. -- John William Hoper, 74, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, from complications of leukemia. He is the loving father of Patti Hoper of Devils Lake, N.D., Lauri (Joe) Brady of Phoenix and Michael Hoper of Maryland Heights; dear grandfather of Joseph Jr., Jake and Justin Brady; dear brother of Carol Hagen of Fosston, Minn., and the late Phyllis Fischer; dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many...
Dale Tolbert (12/15/11)
PUXICO -- Dale Tolbert, 83, died Dec. 13, 2011, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in St. Louis. Born April 19, 1928, in Bloomfield, to the late Orbe and Minnie Mae Malone, he lived in St. Louis for many years where he worked for Carter Carburetor. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Puxico where they lived for several years. He attended the Baptist Church in Puxico and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II...