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Part 2 - Review of headlines during second quarter of 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012


April 1 - With all the buzz about the August primary election, it's easy to forget about another important election that is coming up very soon.

The municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2012, with a number of city and school board positions up for grabs.

April 3 - The Advance Board of Aldermen met in special session on Monday, April 2, 2012, to consider the fate of Charley Brown's Bar and Grill. Mayor Pete Ritter read a letter from the owner of Charley Brown's Bar and Grill, Lana Bohannan, who voluntarily surrendered both her liquor and business licenses to the city. Municipal election brings few surprises, low turnout.

April 4 - Bernie aldermen discuss Community Center rental.

April 4 - The first-ever Stroller-thon, to benefit the local Parents as Teachers program was termed a "huge success" by organizers and PAT personnel.

April 5 - Life is getting back to normal in Morehouse nearly a year after the floodwaters crept into the small town.

April 6 - Stephen Rendleman in court; victim's support group at Justice Center.

April 6 - A Tuesday drug bust in rural Dexter resulted in five individuals being arrested on drug charges.

April 10 - Dexter's FFA Chapter recently collected new and gently used shoes for the Soles4Soles shoe campaign.

April 10 - A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $880,000 from a manufacturing company where she worked as a payroll administrator.

April 11 - A Dexter man, 44-year-old Michael Henley, died Sunday evening in a fire at his residence on Jennings Lane, according to Fire Chief Don Seymore.

April 11 - A Naylor man has filed for dismissal of a lawsuit he filed last July in federal court against Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver and Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner.

April 12 - Former Bell City police chief charged with 1st degree sodomy, Shawn Al Green remains in the Stoddard County Jail under a $35,000 bond.

April 12 - Two Bernie teens were released on bond this week after being charged with the Class C felony of second degree arson. Sahara Megan Cobb, 17, and Allissa M. Wilhite, 18, were both charged for taking part in burning down the pavilion at Bernie City Park over the recent weekend.

April 15 - The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees approved tuition increases Thursday during a special meeting that include a 4 percent bump for in-district students. Work to restore river levee expected to begin in June.

April 17 - Associate Pastor Joe Payne from Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Aid made a 26-mile run Saturday from Poplar Bluff to the Aid church to support his mission work in Honduras.

April 17 - A Dexter woman, 31-year-old Mandy M. Barnett, was arrested for DWI and C&I driving at 3:33 a.m. by the Highway Patrol following an accident at Hwy. 114 five miles east of Essex at 2:35 a.m.

April 17 - The Stoddard County Commission approved a code of ethics proposal as required every two years by state statute and tabled action on signing a telephone service contract at its regular meeting.

April 18 - Aldermen OK purchase of storm replacement sirens in Dexter.

April 18 - Tom A. McCoy, Jr. was arrested during the search and charged with the Class C felonies of possession of chemicals to create a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

April 18 - Candis Lee and Kristopher Lee, both of Bloomfield, and Jessica M. Ellsworth, of Dexter, are behind bars today following the seizure of a half-pound of marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia in Bloomfield.

April 19 - Bloomfield School Board approved the standard step increases for teachers without adding to the salary base. Dexter School Board members votedo grant their certified staff both the vertical and horizontal movement on the district's salary schedule and to keep that salary schedule as it has been for the past three years.

April 20 - Several Bootheel emergency responders converged upon Dexter recently as the local fire department, under the direction of Fire Chief Don Seymore, hosted a School Bus Rescue Class, with instructors from the University of Missouri's Fire Rescue Training Institute. Local firefighters, along with units from Mississippi County, Bloomfield and Essex received two days of classroom and hands-on instruction from the university.

April 20 - Advance Lady Hornets softball team routs Dexter for SCAA championship.

April 22 - Local teen battles cancer...and a caring school community comes forward.

April 22 - Ronnie Shipman named Honorary State FFA Degree.

April 22 - New witnesses emerge in cold case murder case at Qulin.

April 24 - Knoderer named new commander of 1221st Transportation Company.

April 24 - Firefighters battle 2 weekend blazes.

April 24 - Dexter rallies late of defeat Cape Central in baseball.

April 25 - Bloomfield Post Office temporarily closed due to asbestos.

April 25 - Bloomfield city applies for grant to widen walking track.

April 25 - More problems in the Justice Center building.

April 26 - Bernie student, Sam Turner named State FFA VP.

April 26 - Bearcats send three golfers of sectionals after district play.

April 27 - Dalton Putnam granted a 10,000 RHF Scholarship.

April 29 - Ginger Beaird, Bernie teacher, receives Meritorious Service Award.

April 29 - Jury finds Hooe guilty of officer assault.


May 1 - Misty Willems, with her son Gaige, were among many special guests at Monday night's Survivor's Dinner, an annual kickoff for the Stoddard County Relay for Life event set for this weekend, May 4-5, at West City Park.

May 1 - The Bloomfield Post Office has now been closed for an entire week in an effort to remove asbestos from the building. Officials with the USPS say progress is being made, but they are not ready to give an estimate as to when it may re-open.

May 1 - A rash of weekend vandalism across the city of Dexter has local police in search of the culprits who, at one point in the early morning hours of Sunday, were seen running from an area in the southwestern part of the city.

May 2 - The Bowlers Against Cancer (BAC) team turned in their team funds for Friday night's Relay for Life last night at First Midwest Bank at the Stoddard County Relay's "Bank Night" and at the same time picked up their sponsor plaque.

May 2 - No team likes to end their season losing the last two games. But even with the set backs, it was still a successful campaign for a young Lady Bearcats softball team. Dexter finished the season against two of the stronger teams on its schedule, dropping a 13-2 5-inning decision to Twin Rivers Tuesday.

May 3 - The Stoddard County Relay for Life event is slated for tomorrow night, Friday, May 4 and will run into the early morning hours of Saturday. The event will kick off Friday night with a musical performance by Bloomfield's Maggie Thorn, followed by the Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m.

May 4 - A Dexter woman remained behind bars this morning, facing a second degree statutory rape charge after admittedly having sex with a juvenile, a 16-year-old male. In the Stoddard County Jail under a $25,000 cash only bond is Larissa Hurley, 37.

May 4 - Dexter High School took time to recognizes its spring sports athletes at its 2012 Spring Sports Awards Banquet Thursday in the high school cafeteria. Family and friends, along with coaches and school administrators filled the cafeteria as athletes in golf, baseball, tennis, softball and track were singled out for their accomplishments during the spring sports season.

May 8 - The rains held off and though temperatures were on the warm side, the first ever May Stoddard County Relay for Life event was held under much more tolerable conditions than its previous date in August.

May 8 - One is dead and another in custody following a shooting near Catron in Stoddard County early Saturday morning. Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner reports the shooting happened shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, May 5. The victim, 20-year-old Patrick Goforth, reportedly died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

May 11 - The 2012 SEMO Conference all-conference baseball team has been released and the Dexter Bearcats are well represented on the roster. Infielders Chase Young and Jordan Miller -- along with outfielder Brad Potts -- made the first team, while Kennett's Daniel Lockhert and Notre Dame's Cody Heisserer shared Player of the Year honors.

May 11 - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours.

May 11 - Nearly a century of experience will leave the halls of Dexter Schools at the conclusion of the school year this month. A Retirement Tea, hosted by the local Certified Teachers Association, honored four retiring teachers Thursday afternoon at the Bearcat Event Center.

May 16 - April showers failed to materialize and May is so far going down as one of the dryest on record for the Missouri Bootheel, which is of great concern to local farmers. Already the irrigation wells are working overtime.

May 17 - A Stoddard County man charged in connection with a March rape is asking to have his case moved to a new county. Steven Clark Rendleman, 51, filed a motion Monday requesting a change of venue and change of judge.

May 17 - The City of Bloomfield is reporting today that the Bloomfield Post Office is open for business folowing its closure in April due to the finding of asbestos.

May 20 - Thanks to a joint effort of a local man and Dexter's Kenady-Hanks American Legion Post 59, area disabled veterans will no longer face the barriers that often prohibit them from enjoying their passions.

Tom Love, Alan Hedrick, and their families have for many years enjoyed spending time on their 125 acres situated about four miles north of Dexter in an area of rural Bloomfield off the beaten path of County Road 426. Through a "Labor or Love," their land and facility has been turned into a refuge for disabled veterans.

May 22 - Dexter High School will have a new assistant principal and athletic director with the start of the 2012-13 school year. Derek Urhahn, a native of Oran who has lived in Dexter for the past 19 years, will fill the post vacated by Chuck Powers.

May 22 - Rep. Billy Pat Wright announced Monday that he has withdrawn from the race for the State Senate District 25 seat.

May 24 - The Oran baseball team sealed its invitation to an 11th Class 1 final four with the help of some timely good fortune Wednesday afternoon.

May 24 - Anna Eftink of Bloomfield has been named the 2012-2013 Area 15 State FFA Vice President. Eftink is a member of the Bloomfield FFA Chapter.

May 29 - The stars and stripes waved, motorcycles rumbled in, the band played to thunderous applause, and veterans - the young and the not so young - along with a crowd who well tolerated temperatures soaring into the upper 90s came to remember and to honor those who serve.

May 31 - Stoddard County cotton farmers are planting slightly less than last year due to the extremely dry spring that has enveloped the Bootheel. Cotton farmers enjoyed a very good year in 2011 with good crops and high prices.


June 1 - The City of Dexter held a bid opening on Thursday morning for the final phase in the west lagoon renovation project. The low bidder was Jethero Gater Construction of Sikeston with a bid of $30,000.

June 1 - The Blue Ribbon Citizen's Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs is asking Missourians to think about how to finance better roads. Dexter's City Administrator Mark Stidham co-chairs the committee alongside Rod Jetton and Bill McKenna as well as 18 others from across the state.

June 2 - It seems that with each 18 Fore Life Charity event, banquet attendees say, "They'll never top this one!" And yet, each year, they do. The organization closed in on the $1 million dollar mark this year. The guest speaker was fomer major league pitcher Dave Drevecky. Deb Phillips, the district manager for Rhodes 101, won the new golf cart and trailer valued at over a $7,000 won the raffle.

June 3 - For the seventh year since 2002 and the sixth consecutive year, the Richland School District has been awarded the Distinction in Performance Award from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

June 5 - Frank Bivalacqua, 31, of Columbia, Miss., was sentenced to prison on Friday, June 1, 2012, following a 2011 police chase that resulted in a police officer being run off of the roadway.

June 5 - The Dexter Bearcats football coaching staff is getting an early look at players during one of the annual football camps being held this week.

June 7 - The Stoddard County Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) is looking for a few good men or women who don't mind giving of their time and talents to help county residents in need.

June 8 - Connie Hutchcraft retired at the close of the business day June 8 after working there for 17 years, leaving behind some fond memories of the accomplishments and contributions the library has made to the community.

June 11 - The Stoddard County Commission decided to extend the use of the old commission room in the courthouse to the Castor Township Board of Directors, and asked them in return to deliver a signed letter to the commission that they will no longer be using the Township Building on E. Missouri Street.

June 11 - At last the rains came on Monday afternoon, but they were accompanied by winds of nearly 60 miles per hour at times, snapping several power lines and uprooting trees. Winds up to 70 mph were reported.

June 11 - The Bloomfield School Board awarded the contract for construction of a new FEMA safe room to Sides Construction of Cape Girardeau at a cost of $1,615,949.75 at its regular meeting Monday night.

June 13 - Tony Lee Stephens, Jr., of Dexter, been charged with the Class C felony of burglary in the second degree, the Class C felony of stealing and the Class B misdemeanor of property damage in the second degree ollowing a weekend burglary at a local business.

June 13- The third of five sessions of the Rib City Shootout will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Bearcat Event Center and other Dexter Public Schools basketball venues.

June 14 - A record 189 guests attended Wednesday's first in a series of summer reading programs at Keller Public Library.

June 15 - Brandon Lynn Payne and Dustin Thomas Payne were both arrested and charged with the Class C felony of assault of a law enforcement officer. The incident took place north of Puxico.

June 18 - Jerry Seabaugh of Dexter died early Monday morning at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 64. He was a faithful member of the local American Legion Post 59, where he served in the original Honor Guard Unit.

June 18 - The Stoddard County Board of Commissioners opened four bids for construction of a new bridge on County Road 420 over Drainage Ditch 12. Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal, Mo. was the low bidder with a bid of $343,418.

June 18 - The Bloomfield Fire Department was called out at 11:30 p.m. Monday to a fully involved structure fire at the junction of County Roads 527 and 550. The house belongs to Kevin Sadler.

June 19 - As families prepare to celebrate the July 4th holiday, State Fire Marshal Randy Cole reminds Missourians that public firework displays put on by trained professionals are always the safest way to enjoy fireworks, and extremely dry conditions this year raise the potential risk of backyard fireworks.

June 19 -Trenton Moses left a lasting mark on the SEMO baseball programd during his five years there. He was chosen in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves.

June 19 - The Dexter School Board approved the employment of Carmen Morgan as the new Head Volleyball coach. Morgan, it was noted by Supt. Dr. Thomas Sharp, led her previous teams in Clearwater, Mo., to seven district championships and four state championships.

June 20 - Zach Pounds of Bloomfield was the only county player to appear on the list as the senior landed an honorable mention outfield spot in Class 2.

June 20 - The City of Bloomfield will most likely soon receive its first ever zoning laws.

For almost a year now, the Board of Aldermen has been working toward making a proposal regarding planning and zoning.

June 20 - Crops and lawns across Southeast Missouri are particularly thirsty in the wake of an unusually dry spring, with no relief coming in the near future, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

June 21 - Bloomfield High School pitcher Paul Fox (seated) signs a letter of intent to play baseball at Three Rivers College.

June 22 - Kathy Ellsworth, 48, of Dexter pled guilty Wednesday to felony stealing after being accused of stealing nearly $500,000.

June 22 - The Stoddard County Ambulance District (SCAD) Board of Directors hired of Dr. Bobby Jibben as new medical director for the district.

June 26 - The Bernie Board of Aldermen voted 5-1 to return administration of the Community Center rental to City Hall and prohibit the use of alcohol at all events at the center.

June 27 - Five county fire departments battled numerous fires along an 11-mile stretch of Union Pacific railroad.

June 27 - The dry weather and continued increase in temperatures has led several area communities including Dexter, Bloomfield. Essex, Advance and Bell City to ban fireworks and burning.

June 29 - Randy Santel, billed as a world class professional bodybuilder and "food eater," took on the challenge of consuming 20 fish fillets, baked beans, slaw, potato wedges, and eight hushpuppies in less than one hour and succeeded.

June 28 - A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed the fuel dock and store at Sundowner Marina on Wappapello Lake, as well as one of its pontoon boats.

June 29 - Tim Ward of Dexter5 lost a total of 108.5 pounds in the Regional Healthcare Foundation Fitness Challenge and regained his health in the process.

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