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Friends of Girl Scout Camp Latonka and two other camp committees in the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Council were given approval by the Board of Directors to continue their efforts towards keeping the camps open and...
Commission hears dire MoDOT report on future road conditions
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Commission awarded the 2015 contract for baling hay on the County Farm at their regular meeting Monday and heard a report from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) District Engineer Dave Wyman about a funding shortage for roads and bridges that will have a direct impact on motorists in the county...
As deadline looms for health plans, navigators help consumers sign up
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The newest deadline for Affordable Care Act plan enrollment is coming in just a little more than two weeks, so area agencies are upping their efforts to help people who need it in signing up for government marketplace insurance...
Donations make live play performances possible for local students
Thanks to the generosity of five local businesses and civic groups, Dexter school children will be provided the opportunity to see two live plays in the near future to be presented at the Dexter High School Auditorium. Three Rivers College Patrons of the Arts is sponsoring performances of Robin Hood and The Emperor's Clothes on Feb. ...
PSC rate hike hearing draws crowd
Strong showing from Noranda plant at local hearing
Counterfeit money: what to look out for
You're standing in line a the store, wishing it would move faster, and it's your turn to pay for your merchandise. You pay cash for your goods and you're informed that one of the bills is fake. How did this happen? According to Dexter Police Detective Trevor Pulley, counterfeiting is an enterprise that isn't going away any time soon; and, it is something that is becoming easier to do...
Dexter Police Jan. 23-25, 2015 At 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, Dexter Police received a report of stolen motor fuel from 302 West Business Highway 60. At 12:56 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, Dexter Police received a report of second-degree burglary from Lisa M. Sterling, 38, of Dexter...
Body of missing St. Francois County man found in Wayne County
WAYNE COUNTY, Mo. -- Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch says his office received a call around 9:54 a.m. on Saturday about the body of a male found near the Markham Springs Recreation area of the Black River. According to Finch, the remains were identified on Monday afternoon as that of Kenneth Willard. Finch said Willard died of a gunshot wound...
Chamber of Commerce holds "Red Carpet Awards" event
The red carpet was laid out Saturday night at the local Elks Lodge for the Dexter Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, recognizing business, industry and the Educator of the Year for the year 2014. Kevin Bishop, serving as the 2015 Chamber president, first recognized the continuing work of Chamber Director Janet Coleman and Secretary Carol Roberts, along with retiring Chamber directors, then introduced the 2015 directors and special guests, Sen. ...
4 men = 151 years of experience
If experience translates into quality, then the Dexter Fire Department is one quality outfit. The local fire department has 28 members, only three of whom are full time employees. One is a part-time employee. In total, the roster represents nearly 400 years of experience. More impressive, however, is the fact that just four members of the department -- Fire Chief Don Seymore among them -- represent 151 of those years...
Commission approves 2015 budget
PA office budget includes assistant prosecutor
Several school board races contested in county
The filing period has closed for school board candidates in Stoddard County, and by far the most contested races in the April 7 election is in the Dexter School District. Six candidates have filed for two positions on the school board. In addition to incumbent Rick Williams on the Dexter School Board, Jim Reiker, Jason Comfort, Sarah Kati Blackler, Ronald David Glaus, II, and Matt Worley have filed for the Dexter School Board. ...
Mental health services offered in counties
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bootheel Counseling Services has teamed up with local agencies to make mental health services more accessible to even more residents in Southeast Missouri. Through a two-year, $489,000-grant awarded by Missouri Foundation for Health, Bootheel Counseling began last month increasing public access to mental health services by placing master-level therapists in health departments, probation and parole and other social service agencies in Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi and Stoddard counties.. ...
Ex-pastor to be tried for forgery not stealing
BLOOMFIELD -- A former Dexter pastor will not stand trial for stealing more than $112,000 from his church; however, a judge found probable cause to believe he forged a church document. The 35-year-old was charged with the Class B felony of stealing and the Class C felony of forgery...
St. Francois County man still missing, last seen in Stoddard County
It looked like an ordinary camp site -- much like any other that is used by numerous deer hunters in the area. It appeared that someone had simply been there and then left, with no indications of foul play. This is one of the puzzling pieces of information surrounding the disappearance of a St. Francois County man from Stoddard County...
Nixon urges 'healing' after Ferguson
Proposes $50M increase to pubic school funding formula
Dexter Police Jan. 21-22, 2015 At 1:05 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, Dexter Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Business Highway 60 and Smith Street. According to the report, the accident occurred as a 2014 GMC, driven by Phillip E. Fleeman, of Puxico, was pulling into the driving lane from a private drive and struck a 2004 Nissan, which was driven by Jolean R. Duer, of Dexter...
Cleaning up and cleaning out
NOREEN HYSLOP-nhyslopl @dailystatesman.com Cleaning up and cleaning out Crews have been busy this week along a stretch of Market Street from Catalpa to the Fire Station, cleaning brush and debris from the ditch. The ditch is being cleared to prepare for rip rap to be put into place in the near future. The project is similar to the one recently completed on Business 60 in front of the Ambulance District facility...
Free tax filing service offered locally
Free tax returns will be once again provided this year by volunteers working through the University of Missouri Extension Service in conjunction with the IRS VITA/TCE program. Local volunteers, Jack Norman and Earl Young, will be on hand every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning on Monday, Jan. 26 through mid-April, to prepare both Federal and State 1040s. Returns will be filed the same day they are completed in all possible cases...
3 cities in county have contested races
By MIKE MCCOY Statesman Staff Writer Voters in Bloomfield, Puxico and Advance will decide who will represent them for several key positions in the April 7, 2015, Municipal Election. The filing period closed Jan. 20. Bloomfield voters will choose between three candidates for the North Ward position on the board of aldermen and three candidates for the South Ward position. ...
Board approves BEC rental agreement, computer purchases
By NOREEN HYSLOP Managing Editor Dexter Schools Board of Education voted at their monthly meeting Tuesday night to purchase 70 computers from VIG Solutions to be utilized in both the T.S. Hill Middle School and high school computer labs. The new systems will replace outdated units at both locations and will come at a cost of $28,539...