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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Necessity is the mother of Invention (09/07/14)
It has been said that "Necessity is the mother of Invention." On the front page of today's newspaper is a story about the merger of the Scott County Signal and Southeast Missourian. The last edition of the Signal will be Sept. 28. For the past several years Signal staff has worked hard to build up the newspaper in both content and advertising. ...
Signal to merge with Missourian (09/07/14)
The Scott County Signal will merge with the Southeast Missourian, effective at the end of this month, strengthening and increasing the amount of Scott County news in the area's largest daily newspaper, said Scott County Signal publisher Jon K. Rust...
Supporters of Kaden Robert flock to Kelly football game (09/05/14)
BENTON -- A bundle of maroon and gold balloons meandered skyward, passing over filling bleachers at the Kelly High School football field before the Hawks' first-ever varsity home football game the evening of Aug. 29. Loosed from a center field line that bore a giant painted 14, the tribute was a nod to the Hawks' absent running back and defensive back, Kaden Robert...
More details emerge about woman who went missing (09/05/14)
After enlisting the public's help in a search and rescue effort in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, a missing woman was found alive in Cape Girardeau County on Monday afternoon near the Diversion Channel. A report of a missing woman, whose name has not been revealed, was filed with the local police department Aug. 30, said public information officer Darin Hickey. The 22-year-old woman was found on Highway 25 in Dutchtown...
Neighbor Days serves as Benton reunion (09/05/14)
BENTON -- After a week of brutal heat, the weather cooled enough for people to come out and enjoy a weekend at the Benton Neighbor Days. The festival began in 1924 by the Scott County Farm Bureau, and after taking a break from the 1940s to the 1960s, the festival began again and is stronger than ever. It's a tradition that dates back so far, a majority of fairgoers couldn't tell you how the tradition started...
Local musician makes Grand Ole Opry debut (09/04/14)
SIKESTON -- After making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage, local musician Danny Tetley said his bucket list is one item shorter. Tetley of the local band Caney Creek was invited to play the drums while singer Billy Gilman performed two songs Aug. 22 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville...
Couple infuses love of wine into new riverside restaurant (08/31/14)
History is a huge part of the business Derek and Deb Wilson have carefully cultivated. The two have a history together -- 36 years being happily married -- and now have added their own history in the form of a restaurant and wine venue at the edge of the Mississippi River in Scott City...
Scott City School District bond issue to appear on Nov. ballot (08/21/14)
Scott City School Board members approved placing a $1.75 million no-tax increase bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot during their meeting Wednesday evening. If voters approve, bond proceeds would go toward constructing and renovating the entrances of the existing school buildings to enhance security, renovate the cafeteria area and complete a few roof repairs, superintendent Diann Ulmer said in an email...
Kelly construction is on schedule (08/20/14)
BENTON -- Construction work on the additional elementary classrooms and kitchen facility for secondary grades in the Scott County R-4 "Kelly School" District is on schedule. "It's going smooth. Everything is going great," said job superintendent Jeremy Greenley with Sides Construction Co...
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Senior center menus (08/17/14)
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BRPC SERVICES (08/17/14)
Services provided by the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission include the following:Community development Economic development Regional transportation Solid waste management Technical assistance...
Bootheel commission helps smaller communities with improvements (08/17/14)
Scott County is a member of a six-county association of local governments that make up the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission, and, since 1983, the commission has received assistance and administration for projects totaling more than $26 million...
Benton man taken into custody after manhunt (08/14/14)
BENTON -- A manhunt led to the arrest of a wanted Benton man in Scott County. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, Shawn L. Dobbs, 37, was arrested on outstanding warrants for felony dangerous drugs, misdemeanor assault, and numerous traffic charges. The charges stem from multiple jurisdictions within the State of Missouri...
Sen. Blunt touts river's future, expounds on 'executive overreach' (08/14/14)
Regulatory concerns, staying competitive in the global economy and the importance of the Mississippi River were tops on U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's list during a visit to the SEMO Port on Wednesday. The Missouri Senator also spoke about the Enforce Act and took questions...
Geologists are using technology to map deep below earth's surface (08/13/14)
SIKESTON -- A billion years ago, nature was ripping the North American continent apart. Then it stopped. What remained is what geologists call the Mid-continent Rift System. Today, scientists are using the latest in technology to look deep into the Earth. They are peering some 10 or more miles below the surface to gain a better understanding of the rift and the geology of the continent...
County historical society asks for a new Christmas tree (08/13/14)
BENTON -- Scott County may need to do some Christmas shopping now to be ready for Thanksgiving. Deborah Gunter, president of the Scott County Historical Society, advised county commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday that the courthouse needs a new Christmas tree for the lobby this year...
County cleans up storm damage (08/13/14)
BENTON -- Even a couple of hours of severe weather can mean a couple of days of recovery work. Norman Brant, highway superintendent for Scott County, advised the County Commission during their regular meeting Tuesday that the county highway department's cleanup efforts, which started Monday morning, should be complete by the end of the day...
State test scores show declines in key subject areas (08/13/14)
Statewide test results released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show average proficiency rates in English, math and science have fallen. DESE couldn't pinpoint why the scores declined, but said it could be because of new curriculum standards, bad weather resulting in reduced instruction time and a "refreshed" Missouri Assessment Program test form. A total of 842,440 students took the exam statewide...
Bishop to visit area as part of 2,000-mile trip (08/12/14)
Bishop to visit area as part of 2,000-mile trip to introduce a five-year plan addressing aspects of ministry and ways to grow in faith. Bishop James V. Johnston on Friday will kick off his 2,000-mile tour of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, during which he will unveil the new diocesan vision...
Semo Port prepares for Blunt visit (08/12/14)
Many construction updates are in the works at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, but in the short term, the organization is planning for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's visit Wednesday. Blunt, a Republican, will tour the port at 11:30 a.m. and also plans to answer questions from members of the public, said Dan Overby, the port's executive director...
Senior center menus (08/10/14)
MONDAY -- Macaroni & tomatoes with meatballs or oven-fried chicken, corn, steamed broccoli, wheat roll, pineapple & cottage cheese or cheesecake. TUESDAY -- Chicken & rice or salisbury steak, Italian blend vegetables, pickled beet salad, cornbread, hot rosy applesauce or peach cobbler...
Rehder keeps district seat, Hubrecht takes 151st (08/10/14)
Incumbent Holly Rehder will keep her state House seat in the 148th District after receiving 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Rehder, of Sikeston, faced Illmo Special Road District board member Duston Stone of Scott City on the Republican ballot...
Transportation tax struck down; voters rally around personal liberties (08/10/14)
Missouri voters said "yes" to three of five statewide ballot measures Tuesday, but a proposed transportation tax was not one of them. The Associated Press reported that voters rejected Amendment 7, which would have prompted a 0.75 percent increase in Missouri's sales and use tax to fund transportation projects such as state and local highways, roads and bridges...
Enderle to keep treasurer seat in Scott County (08/10/14)
Glenda Enderle will hold her seat as the Scott County treasurer after winning the primary election Tuesday night, according to unofficial election results provided by the Scott County clerk's office. Enderle, of New Hamburg, received 59 percent of the vote, overtaking Joe Bill Davis of Benton, who received 41 percent...
Transportation tax struck down; voters rally around personal liberties (08/06/14)
Missouri voters said yes to three of five statewide ballot measures Tuesday, but a proposed transportation tax was not one of them. The Associated Press reported that voters rejected Amendment 7, which would have prompted a 0.75 percent increase in Missouri's sales and use tax to fund transportation projects such as state and local highways, roads and bridges...
Scott County School Board meets in special closed session (08/06/14)
Members of the Scott County School Board convened Tuesday afternoon for a specially scheduled meeting in which they likely decided whether to suspend one or more students involved in the accidental shooting death of Kaden Robert in June. Although district officials would not confirm what they discussed at the meeting inside Kelly High School, according to the agenda published by the school district, the bulk of the meeting was a private executive session...
Rehder retains District 148 seat; Rowland-Hubrecht wins 151st (08/06/14)
Incumbent Holly Rehder will keep her state House seat in the 148th District after receiving 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Rehder, of Sikeston, Missouri, faced Illmo Special Road District board member Duston Stone of Scott City on the Republican ballot...
Enderle to keep treasurer seat in Scott County (08/05/14)
Glenda Enderle will hold her seat as the Scott County Treasurer after winning the primary election Tuesday night, according to unofficial election results provided by the Scott County Clerk's office. Enderle, of New Hamburg, received 59 percent of the vote, overtaking Joe Bill Davis of Benton, who received 41 percent...
USDA greenhouse gas study (08/04/14)
The USDA released a report Thursday provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled "Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory," will help the USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs as well as develop new tools and update existing ones to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participate in emerging carbon markets. ...