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Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Swaffords to mark end of an era (Local News ~ 08/01/15)
on the bench BERNIE, Mo. -- It all started one morning in April 1978. It was Election Day, and Norman Swafford was busy with his Bernie-based photography business. It was prior to the digital age, and Swafford had taken a quick break from his downtown studio to grab a bite of breakfast at Ma Brown's Cafe just a few steps away from his back door...
Dexter residents getting serious about fitness (Local News ~ 08/01/15)
Every morning, Monday through Friday, Josh Robinson wakes up while it's still dark. He slips out of the house while everyone else is asleep so he can get to his job at Ozark Fitness in Dexter. The reason? To train some women who are serious about being fit...
Local athletes shine with Hoopsters Basketball Academy (High School Sports ~ 07/29/15)
The Hoopsters Basketball Academy competed in its third NCAA certified event of the summer July 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Hoopsters, which are composed of girls basketball players from southeast Missouri, northeast Arkansas and western Tennessee, finished 3-1 and placed sixth at the event referred to as the Music City Madness...
New trial date set for Cato (Local News ~ 07/28/15)
BLOOMFIELD, MO. -- Although scheduled to appear for trial in June, a Dexter man has now had his trial rescheduled for November. Verl J. Cato, 41, who was arrested on July 9, 2012, and was charged with six counts of the Class B felony of possession of child pornography, was scheduled to appear for trial on June 29, has now had his trial scheduled for a jury trial on Nov. 20, 2015...
Murder charge filed in weekend killing of Bloomfield man (Local News ~ 07/23/15)
MALDEN, MO. -- Floyd Mantel Young Jr., 22, has been charged with the Class A felony of first-degree murder and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action by Dunklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonce Chidister. On Wednesday, Chidister amended formal charges to first-degree felony murder against the alleged gunman...
Murder suspect gets a second mental review (Local News ~ 07/21/15)
POPLAR BLUFF -- A Bernie man accused of brutally stabbing another man to death in 2010 in Stoddard County has been committed a second time to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Allen Dale McCoy, aka "Smurf," appeared Friday before Presiding Circuit Michael Pritchett for a motion hearing in his case...
Master gardeners working to educate, improve the community (Local News ~ 07/18/15)
As the crowd of people ebbed and flowed during the Dexter Farmer's Market grand opening on Saturday, July 11, at least two people were especially excited to see what could be done in a short while. Master Gardeners Carolyn Johnson and Gene Rowland made their way from booth to booth, sampling wares and speaking with vendors to ensure they were doing well. ...
Local athletes recognized at Semoball Awards (High School Sports ~ 07/14/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Two Stoddard County athletes took home top awards at the second annual Semoball Awards Saturday at Southeast Missouri State River Campus in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dexter's Jessica Lindsey was named Girls Volleyball Player of the Year...
Dexter boys basketball team wins 2 of 3 at RIb City Shootout Friday (High School Sports ~ 07/11/15)
DEXTER, Mo. - The Dexter Bearcats varsity boys basketball team won two of three games Friday on Day 1 of the two-day Rib City Shootout at the Bearcat Event Center. Dexter beat Steelville 68-32 in Game 1, beat defending Class 2 state champion Scott County Central 55-49 in Game 2 and lost to Booker T. Washington, Tennessee 39-20 in Game 3...
Displaced workers find hope for future in diesel school (Obituaries ~ 07/01/15)
Charles Gambling was an employee for Nordyne in Poplar Bluff for 11 years. He worked as a Set-up 4 operator. He liked his job, and he didn't anticipate losing it. "We heard rumors," Gambling said. "Everyone heard rumors. But, when they decided to shut the plant down, they held a big meeting and told us what all was going on."...
Police Reports (Local News ~ 06/27/15)
Dexter Police June 26, 2015 At 5:23 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, Dexter Police arrested Keon Terrell Allen, 27, of Poplar Bluff, on a Butler County warrant for failure to appear -- peace disturbance (bond $105); a Poplar Bluff municipal warrant for failure to appear -- improper state registration and peace disturbance (bond $215); and a Missouri state warrant for parole violation and parole absconder (no bond). ...
Four Dark Horse members win first MMA Fight (High School Sports ~ 06/26/15)
Four local fighters secured victories this spring at MMA events in the Midwest. Tina Brown, who resides in Bernie, fought at the Prime FS Event in St. Louis on March 21. Brown, who competes in the 135-pound weight class, secured a victory by TKO with 2:07 left in the first round of her match...
Clinton says Confederate flag has no place in US (Local News ~ 06/26/15)
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said this week the Confederate battle flag should not be displayed "anywhere," weighing in as South Carolina lawmakers seek to remove it from the grounds of their statehouse. The Democratic presidential candidate called the deadly shootings of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, "an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God."...
Goforth gets 7 year sentence (Local News ~ 06/23/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge sentenced a Catron man to seven years in prison Monday afternoon in connection with the May 2012 shooting death of his son. A seven-woman, five-man jury convicted Charles C. Goforth of the Class C felony of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action (ACA) following an April trial...
Six SCAA baseball players selected all-state (complete team included) (High School Sports ~ 06/23/15)
A slew of baseball players from the southeast Missouri region were selected to the 2015 Missouri Baseball Coaches Association all-state baseball team. Four players for the Class 1 state champion Bell City Cubs were selected all-state. Bell City sophomore pitcher Austin Hicks and sophomore catcher Bobby Wright were selected first-team all-state. ...
Scott Central lands Richland basketball coach Matt Cline (Outdoors ~ 06/17/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Scott County Central has found one of its own to take over the vacant boys basketball head coaching position. Matt Cline was confirmed as SCC's fourth head coach in the last seven years Tuesday. Cline will replace three-year coach Frank Staple, who accepted a principal's position at the Sikeston Junior High School in May...
What do higher wages really mean? (Local News ~ 06/13/15)
It's been a national talking point that has heated up considerably in the past year. Now, it's an issue on three different petitions for the state of Missouri -- a raised minimum wage. Of the three petitions making the rounds through the state, only one calls for a gradual increase to the amount of $15 per-hour. The others call for eventual raises to $12 and $13 over a six year span...
HISTORY IN THE MAKING:
Bell City baseball team rallies past Atlanta late to secure first state title in school history (High School Sports ~ 06/04/15)
O'FALLON, Mo. - Bell City baseball coach Justin Simpher knew he had the right pieces in places to tie the state championship up as soon as leadoff hitter Cole Nichols was hit by a pitch with the two outs in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon...
Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes right-to-work legislation (Local News ~ 06/04/15)
By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Thursday that would have made Missouri the 26th right-to-work state, and it's unclear whether proponents will be able to muster enough support in the Republican-led Legislature to override the veto...
ONE WIN AWAY FROM A DREAM COME TRUE: Bell City cruises past Northwest 11-1 in state semifinal (High School Sports ~ 06/03/15)
O'FALLON, Mo. - The dream baseball season continued in a big way for the Bell City Cubs Tuesday afternoon in a Class 1 state semifinal at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Missouri...
Dexter's Waldner wins state title (High School Sports ~ 06/01/15)
JEFFERSON CITY -- MaKayla Waldner beat all but five teams at the MSHSAA Class 3 track and field championships. The Dexter junior earned four all-state honors, winning the 300-meter hurdles in impressive fashion Saturday at Lincoln University. After winning by nearly a full second at 42.89 seconds, a rain-soaked Waldner said her brother Trevor had provided a little extra momentum a few hours before she took her mark...
Keeping sharp: local man is built to last (Local News ~ 05/30/15)
Gilbert Grubbs, of Dexter, gets up in the morning and mills about his garage. Shelves are neatly lined and stacked with things from his past. Some pictures can be seen of him with deer and other hunting trophies. One picture is of him with his class at meat-cutting school from more than 50 years ago...
Small Town Life Allowed Bell City Valedictorian to Flourish (Business ~ 05/30/15)
Quinton Herkenhoff moved from St. Louis to Bell City just before his freshman year in high school. He'd left the St. Louis school system in favor of being home schooled but he was failing. He convinced his mother to let him move to the tiny town to live with his brother and sister-in-law...
Greenville man to be tried for Feb. murder (Local News ~ 05/29/15)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Greenville man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday for his role in the shooting death of a man whose body was found laying next to his overturned all-terrain vehicle on a county road near Hiram. Steven E. Jennewein, 34, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller for a preliminary hearing on the Class A felony of first-degree murder and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action (ACA)...
James W. Heaton, Jr. (Obituaries ~ 05/29/15)Bell City baseball team edges Dora 2-0 in Class 1 quarterfinal (High School Sports ~ 05/28/15)
James W. Heaton, Jr., son of the late James W. Heaton, Sr. and Clara Mae Petiford Heaton, was born on Sept.14, 1938, in Sikeston and died on May 24, 2015, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center at the age of 76. Mr. Heaton retired from the United States Army with the rank of Command Sergeant Major and was a resident of Dudley...
Bernie suffers season-ending 3-2 loss to Valle Catholic in Class 2 baseball quarterfinal (High School Sports ~ 05/28/15)
Dexter's Waldner, Webb advance to state track meet (High School Sports ~ 05/27/15)
COMEBACK MULES RALLY AGAIN: Bernie eliminates East Carter County 5-4 in 8-inning state baseball playoff (High School Sports ~ 05/26/15)
Bell City eliminates Gideon 9-0 in Class 1 baseball sectional (High School Sports ~ 05/26/15)
Dexter boys tennis team wins sectional against St. Mary's, drops quarterfinal to John Burroughs (High School Sports ~ 05/23/15)
EXTRA-INNING CHAMPIONS: Bell City baseball team secures first district title since 1990 (Outdoors ~ 05/23/15)
Melba Baker: Volunteering is a big part of her life (Local News ~ 05/23/15)
Malden baseball team beats NMCC 3-0 in Class 3, District 1 championship (High School Sports ~ 05/23/15)
REPEAT DISTRICT CHAMPS: Bernie rallies past defending state baseball champion Cooter 3-2 (High School Sports ~ 05/22/15)
May 21, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/21/15)
Advance's Brian Whitson takes 2nd at Class 1 state golf tournament (High School Sports ~ 05/20/15)
Dexter's Ethan Stevens ties for 23rd at Class 3 state golf tournament (High School Sports ~ 05/20/15)
Bloomfield falls to defending state baseball champion Cooter 9-1 in district semifinal (High School Sports ~ 05/20/15)
Stoddard County bondsman sentenced to 12 years in prison (Local News ~ 05/20/15)
May 19, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/19/15)
Dexter baseball team suffers district quarterfinal loss to host Doniphan 8-1 (High School Sports ~ 05/19/15)
Dexter wins top awards at district track meet (High School Sports ~ 05/19/15)
May 18, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/18/15)
State Bound: Dexter's Ethan Stevens looks to cap off historic season with top finish at state golf tournament (High School Sports ~ 05/16/15)
Right to Work law passes; Hubrecht hopeful it becomes law (Local News ~ 05/16/15)
Bernie names Ellenburg, Gates as top students (Local News ~ 05/15/15)
Smith, Patel earn DHS top spots (Local News ~ 05/15/15)
Unbeaten Dexter downs Notre Dame 5-0 to secure first district title in boys tennis since 2005 (High School Sports ~ 05/14/15)
May 14, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/14/15)
Decision to not offer girls basketball stands at Bloomfield (High School Sports ~ 05/13/15)
Undefeated Dexter boys tennis team downs DeSoto 5-0 in district semifinal (High School Sports ~ 05/13/15)
Decision to not offer girls basketball stands at Bloomfield (Local News ~ 05/13/15)
Bloomfield Board approves 10-cent increase for school meals (Local News ~ 05/13/15)
May 13, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/13/15)
Dexter's Stevens wins golf sectional, advances to state (High School Sports ~ 05/13/15)
Advance golf team, Bloomfield golfers qualify for state tournament (High School Sports ~ 05/12/15)
May 12, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/12/15)
Bernie, Bell City baseball teams remain ranked (High School Sports ~ 05/12/15)
For local girl with diabetes Tech device is life-changing (Local News ~ 05/09/15)
Puxico man threatens, attacks deputies (Local News ~ 05/09/15)
County deputies nab three with 9 grams of heroin (Local News ~ 05/08/15)
Wood, DeLay earn top spots at Bloomfield (Local News ~ 05/08/15)
Dexter baseball team hands No. 2 ranked Greenville first loss (High School Sports ~ 05/08/15)
Emerging Softball Juggernaut: Malden beats Bernie 12-2 for second straight district title (High School Sports ~ 05/07/15)
Miller to assume assistant principal role in Dexter (Local News ~ 05/06/15)
May 6, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/06/15)
"Paper Dolls" keep active with crafts (Business ~ 05/06/15)
Bernie softball team defeats Dexter 16-6 in district semifinal (High School Sports ~ 05/06/15)
Deputies seize multiple guns from suspects, federal charges possible (Local News ~ 05/06/15)
Bloomfield's Northern, Advance team claim top prizes at district golf tournament (High School Sports ~ 05/05/15)
Dexter's Stevens, Mitchell qualify for golf sectional (High School Sports ~ 05/05/15)
May 5, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/05/15)
Deputies make quick work of nabbing thieves (Local News ~ 05/04/15)
May 4, 2015 Scoreboard (semoball.com ~ High School Sports ~ 05/04/15)
Frederick A. "Colonel" Brotz (Obituaries ~ 05/04/15)
911 Administrator updates board on pending legislation (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
Replogle retires as MSHP superintendent (State News ~ 05/01/15)
"A Night with Gatsby" is theme for 2015 Advance Junior-Senior Prom (Business ~ 05/01/15)
Richland students present programs to Stoddard County Historical Society (Business ~ 05/01/15)
Dexter standout Noah Kronk to play football at Southeast Missouri State (High School Sports ~ 04/30/15)
Stoddard County sports roundup (baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track results) (High School Sports ~ 04/30/15)
Dorothy Helen Boggess (Obituaries ~ 04/28/15)
Debra Blunt (Obituaries ~ 04/23/15)
Assault, drug charges in Bernie (Local News ~ 04/21/15)
Submitted photo: Naylor girls basketball team celebrates second-place finish in Class 1 (semoball.com ~ Submitted Photo ~ 04/21/15)
Resignations baffle Parma mayor (Local News ~ 04/21/15)
Willa M. Gaede (Obituaries ~ 04/21/15)
Athletes honored at BA Sports All-Star Extravaganza in Dexter (High School Sports ~ 04/15/15)
Local teen shocks competitors with 1st place win (Local News ~ 04/14/15)
James "Jim" Monroe Overby (Obituaries ~ 04/14/15)
Semoball finalists announced for winter sports (High School Sports ~ 04/12/15)
Dexter baseball team rallies past Scott City 11-10 after losing to Notre Dame 12-0 (High School Sports ~ 04/10/15)
Dexter is first to host state-wide rescue/recovery training (Local News ~ 04/07/15)
Latest baseball state rankings released (High School Sports ~ 04/06/15)
Bernie, Bloomfield collect Wednesday baseball wins (High School Sports ~ 04/02/15)
Submitted photo: Saxony's Raegan Wieser reaches career milestone (semoball.com ~ Submitted Photo ~ 04/01/15)
SCAA roundup: golf, baseball and softball results (High School Sports ~ 04/01/15)
State-ranked Bernie baseball team beats Scott City 7-1 (High School Sports ~ 03/30/15)
Preview: Dexter high school golf (High School Sports ~ 03/28/15)