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Stories from Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sikeston, Scott County to decide on 911 merger soon (03/20/12)
By Scott Welton scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston city and Scott County officials will soon come to a decision on a proposed merger of 911 dispatching services. Figures that should represent a "worst case scenario" for the cost to merge 911 services were presented by Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden to a group of city and county officials during a special meeting Tuesday...
Honors board (03/20/12)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man will be honored by the city's parks division for his contributions to youth soccer. Jeff Hay was the unanimous choice by the Sikeston Park Board for installation on the Honors Board this year, according to a news release from Jiggs Moore, director of the parks division...
Poison Prevention Week brings attention to household dangers (03/20/12)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Spring officially arrives today, which means it's time for spring cleaning homes and making them poison-safe for children, pets and families, according to the Missouri Poison Center. This week marks the 50th anniversary of Poison Prevention Week, the nationally recognized week to educate and inform consumers of the dangers of unintentional poisonings...
Tryouts planned (03/20/12)
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Checkpoint is conducted by Highway Patrolmen (03/20/12)
POPLAR BLUFF - A total of 266 vehicles were stopped during a four-hour sobriety checkpoint conducted March 17 by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The public can contact the Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-525-5555 or on their cellular phone at *55. For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.
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Weather conditions create fire danger (03/20/12)
PADUCAH, Ky. - The combination of record warmth, low relative humidity and gusty southeast winds will create an elevated fire danger across the region today, according to the National Weather Service at Paducah. Winds will become quite gusty by late morning and afternoon with some gusts at high as 25 to 30 mph. This will make travel more difficult for those with high profile vehicles and for those who may have recreational plans on area lakes today...
Big rally (03/20/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com EAST PRAIRIE -- Surrendering six runs in the final two innings on Monday, the East Prairie Eagles watch a late three-run lead against Saxony Lutheran slip away as the Crusaders pulled out a 6-4 win. "The big that happened with us is we couldn't get the timely hit," East Prairie assistant coach Jason Aycock said. "We stranded a lot of base runners. The defense played well, but when we did make that one error it cost us a big run."...
Chaffee rolls past Advance; Sikeston golfers win (03/20/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com ADVANCE -- Alex Davie threw four innings of 1-hit baseball and the Chaffee Red Devils tallied 11 hits on Monday to open their 2012 season with a 10-0 rout of Advance. Chaffee (1-0) scored four runs in the first three innings and capped the game with six runs in the fourth, bringing about the 10-run mercy rule...
Quarley Johnson (03/20/12)
WYATT -- Quarley Johnson, 51, died at 1:40 p.m. March 18, 2012, at his home. Born May 4, 1960, at Fort Campbell, Ky., to Lela Maumee Miller Brown of Talladega, Ala., and the late Norvel Napoleon Johnson, he was a U.S. Army veteran and had lived in Wyatt for the past several years...
Jerry Busby (03/20/12)
BLOOMFIELD -- Jerry Busby, 66, died March 18, 2012, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Jan. 17, 1946, in Bunny, Ark., to the late J.B. Franklin Busby and Ruth Mary Busby, he retired after 33 years as a maintenance technician for Arvin Automotive, now known as Faurecia Emissions Technologies, in Dexter. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Bible Tabernacle Church in Bloomfield where he served on the church board...
Mary McCloskey (03/20/12)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Mary "Moddy" Wilson McCloskey, 54, died March 18, 2012, at Portageville. Born Dec. 23, 1957, in Hayti, to the late Billy and Wynette Totty Wilson, she was a health care worker with White and Associates of Missouri. Survivors include: one son, Josh Wilson of Portageville; one sister, Jo Crockett of Portageville; two aunts, Pat Totty of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Karen Goodman of St. ...
Levi Collom (03/20/12)
BENTON -- Levi Stephen Collom, 3, died March 18, 2012, at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis of a cause yet to be determined. Levi's life was filled with joy, a loving family and many pre-school and church friends. He enjoyed many activities such as going to the Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau, going to Current River with his family and playing with his sister, Victoria. ...