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Stories from Friday, November 9, 2012

Sheriff's Department joins American Medicine Chest Challenge (11/09/12)
BENTON - The Scott County Sheriff's Office will participate in the American Medicine Chest Challenge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The initiative will challenge Scott County residents to take the five-step American Medicine Chest Challenge: 1) Take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medicine;...
Little Patriots (11/09/12)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Some of Sikeston's youngest Americans paid tribute to veterans with a musical program Thursday at Southeast Elementary. Under the direction of music teacher Judy Leigh, over 100 first graders at the Sikeston school recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang for the veterans, friends, family members and school staff during the afternoon program in the school's cafeteria...
Mississippi County officials prepare for cutbacks (11/09/12)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Unless something changes, Mississippi County will be tightening the proverbial belt. Carlin Bennett, presiding county commissioner, noted during the regular Mississippi County Commission meeting Thursday that voters "soundly defeated" establishing a use tax...
Dexter swipes two from Lady Bulldogs junior high (11/09/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Taking on the Dexter Lady Bearcats in their final home game of the season on Thursday, the Sikeston eighth grade basketball team fell 35-22 for only their second loss of the year. "We had inconsistent play," Lady Bulldogs' head coach Keyth Blissett said. "We made minor mistakes on defense that led to major points for Dexter. We missed layups and didn't catch the ball, just small things that will kill you."...
Local district basketball brackets will have a new look (11/09/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Local districts have a few shakeups for the upcoming 2012-2013 basketball season. The biggest and most notable difference is the Kennett Indians and Cape Central Tigers entering Class 4, District 1 after participating in Class 3 and Class 5 for quite some time...
Larry Joe Averett (11/09/12)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Larry Joe Averett, 72, died Nov. 8, 2012, at his sister's home near Dexter, Mo. Born June 23, 1940, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., son of the late Kenneth William and Gussie Westerfield Averett Sr., he was a member of the Hot Springs Village Church of Christ, a former member of the U.S. ...
Lillian Merick (11/09/12)
GRANVILLE, Ohio -- Lillian Marie Merick, 76, died Nov. 7, 2012, in Newark. Born April 19, 1936, in Perkins, Mo., daughter of the late James and Clara Phillips Shoemaker, she was the bookstore manager at the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University for many years and later at the main campus. Following her retirement, she had worked at the Ross's Market in Granville and had been active in the Granville Lions Club...
Maxine McBride (11/09/12)
MORLEY -- M. Maxine McBride, 88, died Nov. 7, 2012, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston. Born June 28, 1924, in Des Arc, Ark., to the late William Claude and Lena Bambridge Burson, she was retired owner-operator of McBride Flower Shop in Chaffee and also worked for various floral shops in the area. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Clarkton...
Gerry Poley (11/09/12)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Gerry Poley, 83, died at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 7, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born May 31, 1929, in Nolan, W.Va., to the late William and Nora Lucas Blevins, she lived in Grand Chain, Ill., for several years before moving back to East Prairie. She was of the Baptist belief...
Eunice Mathis (11/09/12)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Eunice Marie Mathis, 87, died Nov. 7, 2012, at the Portageville Nursing Center. Born Feb. 17, 1925, in St. James, she was the daughter of the late Esterl Gunter and Chester Copeland. She married Cecil Mathis who preceded her in death in 1971...
Betty Pearce (11/09/12)
SIKESTON - Betty Cockman Pearce, 90, died Nov. 9, 2012, at Clearview Nursing Center. Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.