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After many months of planning, the City of Dexter, in conjunction with the city's Tourism Committee, has scheduled "The Moving Wall," the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to visit Dexter in August. "The Moving Wall" is the...
Assault, drug charges in Bernie (04/21/15)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Two individuals are in the Stoddard County Jail after being apprehended at a residence on N. Miller Street Saturday night, April 4, it was learned Monday. According to Bernie Police Chief Justin Allen, a caller told police they had heard what was thought to be a gunshot and had heard a male and female couple arguing at 608 N. Miller. When officers arrived on the scene, they reportedly had confirmation of a female inside the home, but she refused to open the door for police...
Commission approves EMA agreement with SCAD (04/21/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Commission approved an agreement with the Stoddard County Ambulance District (SCAD) for the ambulance district to provide personnel and vehicles to tow a portable generator for for use during disasters, emergencies and training. The commission approved the agreement at the request of County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Kent Polsgrove at their regular meeting Monday...
Busy Monday: two trials select juries from 180 people (04/21/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- If you were hoping for a place to park near the Stoddard County Justice Center in Bloomfield on Monday, you likely had to settle for walking a good distance. Two separate trials -- one civil and one criminal -- are set to begin soon; and a total of 180 people were called to decide who will fill the juries for both trials...
State Parks Youth Corps now accepting 2015 applications (04/21/15)
For the sixth year, State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) will provide Missouri youth the opportunity to work outdoors improving Missouri's state parks and historic sites. Online applications are now being accepted for youth ages 17 to 24 to participate in the 2015 program...
For new Parma mayor: Black is not an issue (04/21/15)
Police chief, other city employees, resign upon election of first female black mayor
Resignations baffle Parma mayor (04/21/15)
Editor's note: The following appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch earlier this week and reflects some of the views of Parma's former mayor, Randal Ramsey. It is reprinted with permission from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. PARMA, Mo -- The drugstore is long gone. So, too, are the bank and the barbershop, the opry house and the hardware store...
Courage and inspiration (04/18/15)
It's not unusual for eight-year-old Hunter Noble to show up for school in blue jeans with threadbare knees. He doesn't do it for fashion. It's just that the knees of Hunter's jeans wear out pretty quickly. That's because Hunter's knees serve him as most other children's feet serve them to walk...
Auntie M Project set for April 25 (04/18/15)
Nine-year-old Emma Kate Worley of Dexter will once again be hosting her Auntie M Project this year to benefit the Stoddard County Relay for Life event. This marks the seventh consecutive year for the project that began in 2009 following the death of Marilyn Williams, an aunt of Emma Kate, who was a successful businesswoman in the area and who served as the former Missouri State Representative. ...
New Mayor/Aldermen have first meeting (04/18/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A light agenda and a light-hearted atmosphere set the tone for the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen meeting, Thursday night. Once the meeting was called to order, former Mayor Donna Medlin addressed the outgoing board members, and expressed gratitude for their support...
Tree Board continues to add beauty to city (04/18/15)
The Dexter Tree Board has been busy with several projects in the city and is preparing to celebrate Arbor Day on April 24. The city has been named Tree City USA numerous times by the Arbor Day Foundation. The city is home to two state champion trees, a post oak on Chautauqua Street and a Bartram oak in the Misty Acres subdivision...
Police Reports (04/18/15)
Dexter Police April 17, 2015 At 11:43 a.m., Thursday, April 16, Dexter Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at North One Mile Road. According to the report, the accident occurred when a vehicle driven by William H. Fischer, 66, of Dexter, was backing from a parking space and struck a vehicle that was being driven by Deborah J. Buhler, 59, of Poplar Bluff, who was traveling across the parking lot...
Mock accident staged near DHS Thursday to teach the dangers of drinking and driving (04/17/15)
Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore, at left, works to support the "fatality victim" (Shyann Jines) in a two-vehicle mock accident staged behind Dexter High School Thursday afternoon. Students from both T.S. Hill Middle School and DHS gathered along a stretch of Brown Pilot Lane to witness a staged scene in which three students were injured and one was killed in an accident that involved drinking and driving. ...
Life with Gracy (04/17/15)
Gracy Neal's world is full of energy and enthusiasm, curiosity and spontaneity. Like most preschool children, the four-year-old loves puzzles and swings, climbing and balance beams. But Gracy does not yet feed herself with a fork as most children her age. ...
Airport Board looks at another option (04/17/15)
A new weather system? Paving/drainage work? The Dexter City Airport had a couple of things to consider going into Monday's meeting; but, it looks as though something else might be happening. Dexter City Administrator Mark Stidham previously explained that the airport board was considering the purchase of an AWOS system, which is designed to monitor and report on the weather. The board was also considering a project of hangar area drainage, and pavement rehab...
SCAD board changes by-laws to allow EMT crew chief (04/17/15)
The Stoddard County Ambulance District (SCAD) Board of Directors approved making an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) a crew chief over other EMTs by a split vote at their regular meeting Tuesday night. The board voted unanimously to give SCAD management the authority to purchase a medical ambulance bus after traveling to High Point, NC to inspect the bus...
Police Reports (04/17/15)
Dexter Police April 15-16, 2015 At 12:21 p.m., Tuesday, April, 14, Dexter Police started investigation of a report of counterfeiting at 303 West Market Street. At 4:22 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, Dexter Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at 2025 West Business Highway 60. According to the report, the accident occurred when a vehicle driven by Lisa Bell, of Brosley, struck a vehicle that was being driven by Darrell Jones, of Dexter...
Bernie board grants salary step, swears in new member (04/15/15)
BERNIE, Mo. -- In a non-typical split vote, the Bernie Board of Education elected to grant a salary step to their certified staff, but to hold off on granting a proposed one-percent raise on their base pay scale, which was the recommendation of Supt. Doug Ruck at Monday night's monthly board meeting...
Mock wreck to be staged Thursday (04/15/15)
Dexter High School Principal Dan Pollock has announced that a mock accident will be staged Thursday, April 16, at 1 p.m. behind Dexter High School on Brown Pilot Lane for the purpose of stressing safe driving practices to both middle school and high school students...
Talking things over (04/15/15)
Preschoolers Austin Sluder and Maelyn Opfer discuss what is no doubt an important topic while attending Tuesday morning's Story Hour at Keller Public Library. Guest reader, Melanie Stoelting, who heads up Dexter Schools' Parents as Teachers program, entertained youngsters with one of the several "Froggy" series tales. Additional photos may be found in Photo Galleries at www.dailystatesman.com or by scanning the QR code herein with any smart phone...
More money funneled into Justice Center repairs (04/15/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The woes in the Justice Center building in Bloomfield continued last week when the computerized control panel stopped functioning. In a special conference call with Presiding Commissioner Greg Mathis, who was out of town, the commissioners approved the manufacture of a new control panel and installation at a cost of $47,500 from Advance Systems Technology, Inc...
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