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Stories from Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Irrigation saving farmers during drought (07/25/12)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Record-breaking dryness in Southeast Missouri has also meant earlier -- and more frequent -- use of irrigation for local farmers. "It has been busy," Jerry Whittington, manager of Mid-Valley Irrigation in Charleston. "We stay busy most summers, but this one has been a little bit unusual."...
Getting ready for school (07/25/12)
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Former Southeast Missouri woman gets 12 years for drug charge (07/25/12)
WARRENTON - A former Southeast Missouri woman will serve 12 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to a drug charge. Rachel Marie Warf, 40, who was charged with first degree trafficking in drugs, entered her plea of guilty Monday in Division I of Warren County Circuit Court, according to Warren County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kelly L. King. The court ordered the sentence to run concurrently with a sentence Warf is serving in the Federal Bureau of Prisons...
Scott County now equipped with portable water purification system (07/25/12)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Access to safe drinking water becomes critical after only a few days. Tom Beardslee, emergency management director for Scott County, advised county commissioners during their Tuesday meeting that the county is now prepared to meet that need in the event of an emergency...
'Domeward' bound (07/25/12)
Sikeston will take its regularly scheduled Week 4 game against the Farmington Knights to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Three Rivers hires new rodeo coach (07/25/12)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Three Rivers College has hired Cale Emmett of Vilonia, Arkansas, as the permanent coach for the institution's rodeo team and club. "Throughout our nationwide search, we were looking for someone who could continue our vision of making the rodeo team competitive on the national level," said Dr. ...
Struggles continue for Blake DeWitt (07/25/12)
DES MOINES, IA -- Former Sikeston standout Blake DeWitt has hit a bit of a rough patch. During his stint with the Iowa Cubs, Dewitt is currently batting .127 and is hitless in his last 10 at-bats. He is .086 in his last 10 games (3 for 35) and hasn't gotten a hit since July 28...
Sikeston native living dream as GM (07/25/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Just three years removed from graduating college, Sikeston native Dan Dial has seen the start to his career that most college graduates dream of. Already with two stints working for professional sports teams under his belt, Dial took the latest step in his career this March when he became the general manager and executive vice president of the River City Rascals baseball team...
Here is how small businesses are built (07/25/12)
Like millions of other small business owners, I'm confused by the President's statement last week that somehow, I didn't build a business alone - someone helped me. The clearly unscripted remarks sent shockwaves through the private sector community...
Venturing into the dating jungle (07/25/12)
A friend once told me that the best thing about marriage was you didn't have to deal with dating. I used to think he was nuts. At least until I started dating again. Now dating ranks right up there with going to the dentist. When you are married, it seems like everyone you run into is single and enjoying the dating life. They all seem happy to tell you stories of their latest conquests and all the fun they are having and even the happiest of married men can't help but be a little bit jealous...
Buddy Smith (07/25/12)
TULSA, Okla. -- Buddy Frank Smith, 83, died July 14, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa. Born May 5, 1929, on his family's farm at Kluge's Hill north of Sikeston, Mo., to the late James Thomas and Wilhelmina Caroline Lohear Smith, he graduated from Morley High School and was drafted into the Fifth Army as a medical technician in Korea. ...
Bradford Shain Sr. (07/25/12)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Bradford M. Shain Sr., 79, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died May 24, 2012, at Memphis University Hospital. Born March 10, 1933, in Sikeston, to the late Willard "Bill" and Violet Hitt Shain, he attended Sikeston High School and served in the U.S. ...