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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
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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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. ...
USDA insurance (08/04/14)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is making progress on implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option, available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility...
Financial literacy program (08/04/14)
State treasurer Clint Zweifel announced Thursday a new push by his office to promote financial literacy among Missourians through social media. Zweifel will share tips and online resources to help people and families with money-management topics such as teaching children about money, saving for college, exploring homeownership and investing for retirement...
Missouri Foundation for Health (08/04/14)
The Missouri Foundation for Health announced three new members will join the Community Advisory Council. They come from the medical, not-for-profit organization and health-policy industries. Dr. Claudia Preuschoff is a pediatrician in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, serving a large population of rural families living at or below the poverty line. She is involved on the local and state levels, advocating for the health of her patients and their families...
The incurable collector: Jerry Beck has restored 31 vintage cars (08/04/14)
The 1959 Cadillac sitting in Jerry Beck's garage is a long, silver, broad-fendered beauty. Vintage Americana with tailfins. Of his 31-car collection, it's Beck's favorite; as far as cars go, she's the total package. But Beck envisions something more ... a retro minibike, or maybe some antique bowling shoes. The cherry on top...
Oran man charged with assault (08/04/14)
ORAN, Mo. -- An Oran man is in custody after being charged with domestic assault. Scott County sheriff's deputies responded to a call about 3:15 a.m. today after receiving a call about a domestic assault occurring at a home in Morley, Missouri. When officers arrived they found the victim with apparent injuries. A witness heard the altercation and said he saw a man flee the residence. He then found the victim unconscious...
Supt., board could reduce suspension in shooting (08/04/14)
Local school policy isn't the only driving force behind a possible one-year suspension for two boys involved in a fatal shooting accident at Kelly High School. The Missouri Safe School Act regulates school policy on suspensions. The law, in laying out a one-year suspension for certain violations, also could make it difficult for the boys to enroll at another district in Missouri. ...
Senior center menus (08/03/14)
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