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BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Charges were formally filed on Tuesday, Aug. 19, alleging that a Bernie man was selling drugs in Bernie within 1,000 feet of the Bernie School campus, a felony in violation of Missouri law. According to...
Panel denies electric rate cut for Noranda
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators denied a request Wednesday from a Southeast Missouri manufacturer to cut its electric rates by about 25 percent and pass the difference to other customers of Ameren Missouri. In an order accompanying its 5-0 vote, the Public Service Commission said it was unconvinced by Noranda Aluminum Inc.'s assertion it faced a "liquidity crisis" or that the rate cut was crucial to the future of its large smelting plant in New Madrid, Missouri...
Lafferty requests new judge, McCoy gets new venue
BLOOMFIELD -- Two Stoddard County men, both of whom face separate and serious allegations, saw some changes being made in the handling of their cases on Wednesday. Donald Lafferty, who faces charges of first degree attempted murder, armed criminal action, first degree arson, and financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person, appeared in court Wednesday without his attorney. ...
Dexter Police Aug. 20 - 21, 2014 Amber Kerr, 26, of Bloomfield, was arrested at 2017 W. Business 60 at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday for DWI (alcohol) as a prior offender. She is also charged with possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with physical evidence. She was taken to the county jail, where she remains without bond...
Board opts to remain in SEMO Conference
By NOREEN HYSLOP Managing Editor In a non-typical split vote, the Dexter Board of Education opted Tuesday night to maintain their participation in the SEMO Conference, rejecting a proposal presented by Athletic Director Derek Urhahn to pull the high school boys' basketball presence in the conference. The issue came before the board during their regular August meeting...
'Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police...
Bloomfield Mayor resigns; cites health reasons
BLOOMFIELD -- Not quite through her first term as Bloomfield Mayor, Donna Medlin announced her resignation from the office at the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday, August 11. Her resignation will not be official until the next Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday, August 25...
Name that lily
Local gardener and photographer, Dee Boesen, captured the beauty of some of her lilies in full bloom over the summer months. While it's no surprise that the flower is indeed a lily, it may come as a surprise to know the specific name for this species. If you think you can identify the lily, email the correct answer to email@example.com. The sender of the first correct answer received will be the recipient of a one-month subscription to the paper...
Bernie man jailed following wreck
NEW MADRID COUNTY -- A Bernie man was jailed Monday afternoon following a wreck that left two Stoddard County residents injured. Travis D. Stone, 36, was charged by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with two counts of felony assault in the second degree and for failure to yield. ...
Blfd. School Board sets tax rate
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Bloomfield School Board set the tax rate for the 2014-15 school year at $3.01 per hundred dollars of valuation at a public hearing held prior to the start of the regular meeting Monday night. The rate is slightly above the rate last year of $2.9955...
'Don't know' if Missouri teen was shot with hands up
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- An unarmed teenager whose fatal shooting by police has sparked rancorous protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, but "we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday...
Cell phone issues not a problem for some emergency services
In case of emergency... Get a landline? Residents of Dexter, who have cellular phone service provided through AT&T towers, have had difficulties as of late with intermittent service. Although concerned users have received a variety of explanations as to why, the fact remains that service has been interrupted frequently -- including one 24-hour period of no service...
Master Gardeners work to save area's crape myrtles
A move is on in Dexter and the surrounding communities to save the crape myrtle -- the deciduous shrub that is found gracing the southeast Missouri landscape from July to September. The problem is not that the crape myrtle is a dying breed. Rather, the problem lies with maintaining the species and realizing what it takes to help the crape myrtle thrive, especially through proper pruning...
County officials discuss replacing bridges
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Commission met with approximately 20 officials from townships and road districts in the county Monday morning to ask them to submit two bridges from their respective areas to be replaced using Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (BRO) funds...
Many hands make light work at Richland campus
ESSEX, Mo. -- At Richland Schools in rural eastern Stoddard County school districts across Missouri have learned many times over in recent years, just how tightly they can cinch their financial belts. Budget cuts have limited a multitude of long range plans and have put the brakes on numerous proposed projects, including several within Stoddard County...
Chamber After Hours
Dr. Alan Chen is shown speaking to a group at the recent Chamber After Hours event which was hosted by Select Physical Therapy. Dexter's Chamber of Commerce hosts After Hours events on the second Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m.
Hubrecht set for veto session
Tila Hubrecht was in Kansas City, Mo., last week for a summer caucus to prepare for the short session of the legislature to be held in mid-September. Both the Senate and the House will meet to see if the Republican-controlled legislature can override a large number of vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon...
Local man cherishes Williams' memorabilia
Kenny Stroup says he was "a little bit numb" when he heard about the death of actor/comic Robin Williams earlier this week. Stroup had a special fondness and respect for Williams, and he often expressed his appreciation for the image that Williams portrayed to the public in the form of handwritten notes...
Local PD joins in on DWI crackdown effort
From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Dexter, will run from the current weekend through Sept. 1, 2014...
Bernie Aldermen conditionally approve liquor permit
BERNIE, Mo. -- After some discussion, the Bernie Board of Aldermen voted to grant a wine/beer permit to Paradise Lounge and provide a letter to the owners to make application for a state wine permit. Scott Spitzer and Jackie Cornett, who recently purchased the business in downtown Bernie, said they were "completely remodeling" the business and hoped to reopen it in about three weeks. ...
Local Christians gather at school to pray for students, educators
One year ago, Roxanne McGhee felt the need to pray for Dexter Public Schools and its students and educators. That need led to the first "prayer walk" at Dexter Public Schools. Tuesday night, several people gathered at Southwest Elementary for the second annual prayer walk...