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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FFA chapters mirror growth and changes in the agriculture industry (07/21/14)
As the field of agriculture has expanded and become more technnology-based, so has the scope of Future Farmers of America chapters. FFA started at Kelly High School in Benton, Missouri, when the school opened for the 1956-57 school year. At the time, many FFA participants went on to farm for a living, says Jeff Scherer, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Kelly High School...
Land, equipment and technology add up to a hefty startup cost for young farmers hoping to branch out on their own (07/21/14)
Tyler Powell, 33, says he's been a farmer ever since he could walk, but he first raised his own crop in 2003 on the family farm in LaCenter, Kentucky. He was 22 at the time. "On this plot of land, there was my dad, my granddad and my great-granddad," he says. "So that makes me fourth-generation."...
Bankruptcies (07/21/14)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Fungus likely to take a hit on banana crops worldwide (07/21/14)
If a banana is part of your daily breakfast fare, you may want to brace yourself for this news: A fungus is making its way across the globe, destroying banana crops and threatening to deplete the world's supply of the popular fruit. The TR4 fungus, also called Fusarium wilt or Panama disease, has spread from Asia to Africa to the Middle East, and is now thought to have entered Latin America, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization...
Scott County Treasurer candidate Joe Bill Davis (07/21/14)
Name: Joe Bill Davis Date of birth: 4-9-52 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse-Jackie, Children- Adam (Andrea), Matt (Meagan), Kassie. Grandchildren- Hudson, Hayden & Kami. Occupation: Station Manager - B97.9, Rock107 & Country Legends KRHW...
Overnight guest brings drugs, gets busted (07/21/14)
BENTON -- A male guest at a Chaffee-area home was arrested Thursday and faces drug charges. Joshua Franklin Baker, 31, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernailia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Record turtle turnout at New Hamburg races (07/21/14)
Two turtles named Leo and Raphael were not happy to be trapped in a plastic bucket. But they weren't contained for long. It was minutes until the start of the annual turtle races at St. Lawrence's Picnic in New Hamburg, Missouri, and Noah and Caleb Vetter were giving their new pets a pep talk...
Data suggest police stop minority drivers at higher rates (07/21/14)
On paper, police in Southeast Missouri appear to be stopping minority drivers at a disproportionately high rate. But local law enforcement officials say data released by Attorney General Chris Koster's office may have more to do with big roads passing through small communities than with any bias on the part of officers making the stops...
Sikeston man jailed for burglary, other charges (07/20/14)
A Sikeston, Missouri, man is in custody on burglary, tampering and drug charges after he was allegedly forced his way into a home and was confronted by its owner. Kaiden E. Lambert of Sikeston, 20, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
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Local team wins state championship (07/20/14)
The 8U Heartland National All-Star team consisting of players from the 8U Babe Ruth teams of the Benton, Chaffee, Delta, Kelso and Oran won the state championship in Sikeston July 13. The Heartland Nationals team, led by coaches Meredith Scherer, Brittany Huffman, Ginger Hanselman and Jamie Essner, played its first game during pool play on July 11 against the Sikeston Allstars. ...
Case closed for repeat offender, 45 days and SES (07/18/14)
A Scott City man received a sentence of 45 days for striking a Scott City police officer with his vehicle while fleeing a sobriety checkpoint after pleading guilty to two criminal charges on Tuesday. Mikell Abraham, 28, of Scott City was originally charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving while suspended after the June 1 incident in which a pursuit began after Abraham was stopped near the school on Main Street in Scott City and ended in Cape Girardeau, according to court documents.. ...
Scott County holding inmates indefinitely for neighboring jail (07/18/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- After meeting with an attorney, the New Madrid County jail is closed, indefinitely, amid concerns it may lose insurance. New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens told the Standard Democrat a decision was made to close the jail after a meeting with the attorney for the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management fund, which provides the jail's insurance. ...
Scott City mill showcases three new tracks (07/18/14)
Three new train tracks are open at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port that will serve the expanding Semo Milling LLC., all located in Scott City. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Semo Port's 2014 North Tracks was held Tuesday; board commissioners, employees and representatives of local, regional and state governments and departments were present...
Quake risk raised for one-third of U.S., including Missouri (07/18/14)
WASHINGTON -- A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth. The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor...
SEMO Horseshoe Association (07/17/14)
Oran Knights of Columbus 1st place: Lachelle Cook and Jason Rains. 2nd place: Amy Pobst and Jerome Backfisch. 3rd place: Jeff Miller and Darren Glastetter. 4th place: Terrie Rose and Joe Jacobs. A total of 29 teams competed. Leopold Knights of Columbus...
Dish retailer relocates to Scott City (07/17/14)
KCI Satellite has relocated its operations office in Cape Girardeau to Scott City. KCI has leased a 5,320-square-foot building at 200 S. Outer Road, giving the company a larger facility to dispatch installers and technicians throughout the area, according Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who handled the recent real estate transaction...
Weird animals Bible school (07/17/14)
The Broadway Methodist and Eisleben Lutheran Churches of Scott City are joining forces to hold a vacation Bible school. Area children ages 3 and through sixth grade are invited to attend; the theme is Weird Animals -- Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind. ...
Community Bible school (07/17/14)
Several area churches are teaming to host a community vacation Bible school for children in grades prekindergarten through six. Students will meet nightly in Chaffee July 27 through 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., according to a news release from the Church of God...
Local students receive degrees from Southeast (07/17/14)
The following local students were among 181 graduate students who received degrees during the 2014 spring commencement at Southeast Missouri State University on May 17. Oran n Alicia Broshuis-Melton graduated with Graduate Master's High Honors with a Master of Arts with a major in secondary administration...
Sister waives formal arraignment in assault case (07/17/14)
Maci Jo Upchurch, 21, waived formal arraignment Tuesday in Scott County Circuit Court. Upchurch faces four felony charges in connection with a June 3 altercation in which she is accused of striking two adults and attempting to strike a child with her vehicle...
Arrest made after Tuesday altercation (07/17/14)
BENTON -- An altercation with a family member has left a Sikeston woman in jail. Kasey L. Schrunk, 22, is charged with felony domestic assault in the second degree and the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree. According to a release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the incident occurred Tuesday at about 10:52 p.m. ...
Scott City board reviews bids for safe room furnishings (07/17/14)
Scott City School Board members Wednesday reviewed bids for a sound system, seating and curtains for the district's performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room. The board asked superintendent Diann Ulmer to enter negotiations with the Bulte Co. of St. Louis on the seating. Ulmer said the district is looking at about 300 seats, but that could vary based on the size...
Ameren property tax appeal denied by Scott County (07/17/14)
BENTON -- Scott County will follow its assessor's recommendation and make no changes yet to the assessed value of Ameren's gas distribution system. "The Board of Equalization opened at 8:30 this morning and was sworn in," County Clerk Rita Milam said during the Scott County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday...
Morley bank robbery suspect appears in federal court (07/16/14)
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley appeared in federal court in Cape Girardeau Wednesday. Pamela M. Lathon of St. Louis, alongside Andrea Smith, her attorney, waived her right to file pre-trial motions in her case before U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni inside the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse...
Scott City mill showcases three new train tracks (07/15/14)
Today was a milestone for Semo Milling LLC in Scott City. The staff at Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority hosted a grand opening for the company's three new train tracks on the north side of the mill that will be used to transport corn flour to more than 300 customers in the United States...
Tennessee man arrested on drug charges (07/15/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Tennessee man is charged with various drug charges in Scott County. John D. Foster, 19, of Union City, Tennessee, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
New Madrid County Commissioners close jail, put improvements on hold (07/15/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- As early as Thursday, New Madrid County could have a decision on where its prisoners will be housed for the next six months. After a meeting of the New Madrid County Commission on Thursday, all prisoners at the New Madrid County Jail were moved and the jail facilities closed...
Alabama man charged with assaulting Scott County officer (07/14/14)
An Alabama man is in custody for allegedly assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest early Monday morning. A Monday afternoon news release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter identified the man as Channon L. Lowery, 29, of Millbrook, Alabama...
Sikeston woman in custody on biting charge (07/14/14)
A Sikeston, Missouri, woman is in custody in connection with charges of domestic assault and driving while revoked. Jacqueline Mays of Sikeston, 26, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree domestic assault and driving while revoked, according to a release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...