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Stories from Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Floodplain area discussed (12/18/12)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Additional study into existing drainage features reduces the new floodplain area -- but not enough to satisfy residents or City Council members. Engineers from Amec, the engineering firm used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the flood map modernization project, presented maps showing a drier Sikeston during a special City Council meeting Monday...
Families get food, gifts as part of annual campaign (12/18/12)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Christmas came early for several Southeast Missouri families today, as the "elves" associated with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign delivered food and gifts. A total of 200 families -- primarily from Scott and Mississippi counties, but also in New Madrid and Stoddard counties -- received the 100 food baskets and 100 toy baskets. ...
Local students remember those affected by Conn. school shooting (12/18/12)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Students and faculty of the Sikeston R-6 Alternative Education Center took time Monday morning to remember those affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "A lot of kids across the country are affected, and we want them to know we're thinking of them," said Lynn Crader, principal of the alternative school in Sikeston...
Rock blasting set for section of Mississippi (12/18/12)
THEBES, Ill. -- Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River on Monday braced for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. The U.S. ...
Classic continues (12/18/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BROSELEY -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats took another step to repeating as Lady Royals Christmas Classic Tournament champions on Monday with a dominant quarterfinal win over Doniphan. Holding the Donnettes without a field goal in the first half, the Lady Bearcats were able to build a 58-point halftime lead en rout to a 80-14 win...
Clyde Fodge (12/18/12)
SIKESTON -- Clyde C. Fodge, 85, died Dec. 16, 2012, at his home. Born April 9, 1927, in Matthews, to the late John D. and Gertrude Carson Fodge, he retired from Triangle PWC, was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and was of the Christian belief...
Nina Sandusky (12/18/12)
DEXTER -- Nina Isabelle Sandusky, 73, died Dec. 15, 2012, at her home. Born Aug. 14, 1939, in Portageville, to the late Virgil G. and Viola Wheeler Allen, she was a homemaker and a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Dexter. On Aug. 4, 1956, in Hernando, Miss., she married Kenneth Sandusky who survives of the home near Dexter...
Rose Harper (12/18/12)
DEXTER -- Rose Harper, 72, died Dec. 18, 2012, at The Golden Living Center in Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete with the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
George Russell (12/18/12)
POPLAR BLUFF -- George Russell, 88, formerly of Sikeston, died at 8:20 a.m. Dec. 16, 2012, at Oakdale Care Center. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Bill Warren (12/18/12)
BERTRAND -- Bill Warren, 72, died Dec. 15, 2012, at his home in Bertrand. Born May 1, 1940, at Harrisburg, Ark., to the late Maurice Deroy and Grace Cochran Warren, he had lived in Scott and Mississippi counties his entire life where he was employed in construction. He was a member of the VFW and the First Baptist Church of Bertrand...
Jaxson Kneezle (12/18/12)
SCOTT CITY -- Jaxson Christopher Kneezle, newborn son of Andrea Kestner and Chris Kneezle of Scott City, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. In addition to his parents, he is survived by: maternal grandparents, Stacy and Tracy Kestner of Benton; paternal grandmother, Arleen Kneezle of Benton; maternal great-grandparents, Bill and Shelia Taylor of Benton; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Ann Duty of Benton...