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Stories from Friday, February 3, 2012

Patrol honors citizens (02/03/12)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON - The motto of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is service and protection. On Thursday, the Patrol honored not their own but three citizens for the service they rendered. Capt. George E. Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E, presented Larry Thresher of East Prairie with an Honorary Trooper certificate and Bill E. ...
Boyd emcees talent show (02/03/12)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston native Neal E. Boyd will take the stage in a showcase of local talent -- this time as emcee. The Heartland Talent Showcase Winter Benefit Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Cape Central Junior High Auditorium...
Dramatic moment (02/03/12)
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Lady Rams stay composed (02/03/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City Lady Rams kept their composure when Sikeston put them on the hot seat. Up by as much 14 at one point, the Lady Rams halted a Sikeston comeback in the fourth quarter holding on for a 53-49 win on Thursday at Scott City High School...
Dexter rebounds from loss to end Kelly winning streak (02/03/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- It didn't take long for Dexter to bounce back from Tuesday's 15-point loss to Meadow Heights. Snapping the Lady Hawks five-game winning streak on Thursday, the Lady Bearcats ran away with a 45-point halftime lead before improving to 15-1 in their last 16 games with an 80-19 final...
P'ville falls in semis of Bootheel Tourney (02/03/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- The Portageville Bulldogs lost in the semifinals of the Bootheel Conference Tournament to the Kennett Indians 54-43 on Thursday night. Playing for the third time this season with each team holding a win apiece, Portageville led 25-23 at halftime and the game was tied at 37-37 after three quarters before Kennett wore down the Bulldogs in the final frame...
Lucille Pruett (02/03/12)
SIKESTON -- Lucille Hastings Pruett, age 97, currently residing in a care facility in Aurora, Ill., and formerly of Sikeston, died Feb. 2, 2012, at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 24, 1914, in Sikeston, to the late William and Maudie Hastings. Lucille lived in the area known as Big Opening most of her adult life and was a member of the Little Vine General Baptist Church...
Wendell Clinton (02/03/12)
PUXICO -- Wendell L. Clinton, 71, died Feb. 2, 2012, at his home. Born Sept. 19, 1940, in Puxico, to the late Floyd and Cora Beal Clinton, he was a lifelong resident of Puxico where he graduated from Puxico High School in 1959 and was a 60-year member of the First Baptist Church. He worked at Sifford Feed Mill for 26 years and had also been employed at Truman Green Standard Station and Vern John's Farms...
Ruth Triplett (02/03/12)
SIKESTON- Ruth Triplett, 88, died Feb. 3, 2012, at the Miner Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete with the Ponder Funeral Home.
Elza Lester (02/03/12)
OXFORD, Miss. -- Elza Lester, 94, formerly of Portageville, Mo., died Feb. 1, 2012, at his daughter's home in Oxford. A retired merchant, he was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Oxford and was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II...
Shirley Taylor (02/03/12)
DEXTER -- Shirley Kathryn Taylor, 83, died Feb. 2, 2012, at her home. Born Dec. 16, 1928, in Lake City, Ark., to the late William Lemuel and Glorvinna "Jo" Thornburgh Medlin, she was an artist, painting primarily in oil and watercolor. Her work was exhibited in art shows and galleries in Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky during the 1960s and '70s. She also gave private painting lessons to local students. A graduate of Dexter High School, she worked for three years at the Indiana State Farm Bureau...
Alene Rice (02/03/12)
DESOTO -- Alene Laird Rice, 87, died Feb. 2, 2012, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City. Born May 1, 1924, in Kewanee, to the late Mary E. Sparks Gean, she had been a resident of Dexter for many years before moving to Fenton several years ago. She was a resident of DeSoto and a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sikeston...
George Watson (02/03/12)
DEXTER -- George T. Watson, 84, died Feb. 3, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete with the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Ruby Bromley (02/03/12)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Ruby N. Bromley, 80, died Feb. 2, 2012, at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.