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Part 3 of Year in Review for 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012


July 1 - Effective immediately, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has issued a FIRE BAN on all conservation areas.

July 1 - Gov. Jay Nixon today ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in response to fires and a prolonged period of record heat and low precipitation across Missouri.

July 1 - Spending time with Earl and Neva Young, it doesn't take long to understand why the two have shared 70 successful years of marriage. "We are so blessed," says Earl. "I love her dearly."

July 3 - Fires 100 percent at Mark Twain National Forest.

July 3 - Gov. Nixon requests reserve lands to be opened for grazing.

July 3 - City lake suffers natural fish kill.

July 5 - Annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade held in downtown Dexter.

July 6 - New scam targets AmerenMo utility customers.

July 6 - Lisa Thrower named to head up RHF.

July 8, 2012 - Peaches to be plentiful in 2012.

July 8 - Monicka Gustafsson returns to Southeast Missouri from her home in Sweeden for a visit with 1968 host family.

July 10 - Small Business Development training to be offered locally.

July 10 - 4 injured in wreck on County Road 624.

July 10 - Bloomfield Board of Aldermen accept the resignation of Steve Larson.

July 10 - Families getting help through Long Term Recovery Committee.

July 11 - Ex-Mo sheriff, deputy face federal sentencing for stealing and selling firearms seized as evidence.

July 11 - Gaylon Lawrence, a native of southeast Missouri with roots in New Madrid and Stoddard Counties, made his fortune in the farming, banking, and most recently in the fruit growing industry in Florida, died at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital.

July 12 - CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center presents "Conservation Destination: Apple Creek".

July 12 - Naturalist John Ham from Animal Tales out of Mayfield, Ky. was Wednesday's guest presenter at Keller Public Library as the summer series, Dream Big, continued.

July 12 - Hail takes toll on area crops. Farmers in Stoddard County were already combating drought for the 2012 growing season, but Sunday another natural disaster added to the woes of some farmers east of Essex.

July 13 - A disaster declaration requested this week by Gov. Jay Nixon is the first step toward helping Missouri farmers and ranchers survive this summer's drought.

July 13 - Dexter WalMart Super Center presented a check for $1,000 to Hope International to help with costs of a Back to School event.

July 14 - A Senath woman has been charged by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office with domestic assult in the first degree, armed criminal action, and a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

July 14 - Birds Point levee height brought into question by the Mississippi County commissioners.

July 15 - Dexter Chamber of Commerce holds July Jubilee in appreciation of the chamber's members.

July 15 - Toni Hill, Bloomfield School District's new superintendent, happy to be back.

July 17 - Ameren to hold meetings on rate increase.

July 17 - The cause of an early Saturday morning train derailment near Hilliard remains under investigation as crews continue working to remove the empty tankers and other debris.

July 17 - A crash early Monday morning in Dexter left three individuals dead.

July 18 - The Bloomfield School Board voted to accept the resignation of Middle School Principal Eric Boles and then decided not to fill that position for the 2012-13 school year.

July 18 - USDA declares all Mo. counties as disaster areas due to drought.

July 18 - Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder presented the Lieutenant Governor's Veterans Service Award to Tom Love and the family of Jerry Seabaugh, who was presented the award posthumously.

July 19 - Dexter Board of Education readies for start of 2012-13 year.

July 19 - A Dexter woman, Kathy Ellsworth, 48, accused of stealing nearly $500,000 was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison.

July 19 - Two brothers from Puxico sentenced for assault on law enforcement officer.

July 19 - Dexter's inaugural youth football camp attended by 60 campers grades three through six spent three evenings working on a variety of football skills.

July 19 - A Dexter man has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Verl J. Cato, 41, was arrested on July 9, 2012, by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department. He has been charged with six counts of the Class B felony of possession of child pornography.

July 20 - The University of Missouri T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Research Center, welcomes new faces.

July 20 - Stoddard County gains disaster designation by the Secretary of Agriculture as a primary agricultural natural disaster area.

July 20 - A 24-year-old Dexter man has been charged with assault, the result of a wreck that occurred on Two Mile Rd. in Dexter just before midnight on Thursday, July 12. Stewart J. Barney was formally charged on Thursday, July 19, on a Stoddard County warrant for the Class C felony of second degree vehicular assault for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resulting in injury.

July 22 - Dancing on...Marilyn Brehmer, cancer survivor.

July 22 - Braveheart...a courageous, three-time cancer conqueror, Bonnie Noles.

July 22 - Children playing with phones causing a problem with Stoddard County 911 Services.

July 22 - DU Greenwing Event slated for July 28, 2012.

July 22 - John Duley, flying the skies by "stick and rudder" in a Corbin Baby Ace airplane.

July 24 - MoDOT waives fee for moving wide hay loads through Dec. 31, 2012.

July 24 - Bootheel Counseling receives grants.

July 24 - Teens confess to Bernie school break-in.

July 24 - A wreck at 5:12 p.m. Friday left a Poplar Bluff man, Jason L. Krubsack, 36, with moderate injuries.

July 24 - Bloomfield High School Beta trio make history performing in the Special Talent Division of Beta competition at the National Beta Club Convention in Greensboro, N.C.

July 24 - Public meeting to decide fate of Girl Scout Center.

July 25 - County commission to make sure all bridges have load limit signs.

July 25 - Gov. Jay Nixon announced a new program to aid drougt-affected farmers.

July 25 - Community Jazz Concert by the Southeast Regional Jazz orchestra to perform July 28.

July 26 - Candidate for the U.S. Senate position, Sarah Steelman stopped by the Republican headquarters.

July 26 - Butler County sheriff candidate admits to false ads.

July 26 - Locust Str Flowers joined thousands of Teleflora member florists across the country as they participated in "Make Someone Smile Week".

July 26 - Three Rivers to offer GED testing in Malden in September.

July 26 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a burn ban until further notice.

July 26 - Funds sought to repair historic Stars and Stripes Museum/Library barn.

July 26 - Clay Waller trial decision now in judge's hands.

July 28 - Wetland managers fighting dry conditions.

July 28 - Bird banding event at Otter Slough Conservation Area.

July 28 - Southeast Missouri moves into worst category of drought.

July 28 - Local teen, Brooks Propst, represents hometown in Missouri Lions All-State Band.

July 28 - Luella Layton is hanging up her hat after a 41 year career at Brown Construction.

July 29 - Two arrested in marijuana bust, Ricky Burgess, 48, and Cindy Pruitt, 49, both of Dexter were charged with the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance.

July 29 - Bath Salts: Missouri law is more strict than most; use remains issue.

July 31 - The Missouri State Highway Patrol cracked down on several drivers over the recent weekend who were under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.

July 31 - Several accidents over the weekend left area residents hospitalized, including two drivers who were airlifted to a Cape medical facility following separate wrecks in the county.


Aug. 1 - Festival of Sharing 2012 planning underway.

Aug. 2 - Local war hero, George Kenton Sisler, to be honored by the International Sigma Pi Fraternity's Founders' Award.

Aug. 2 - Missouri voters to decide on prayer measure in Aug. 7 primary election.

Aug. 3 - In a rare public showing of partnering, St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau met with two dozen county officials and healthcare-related personnel at the Stoddard County Public Health Center for a common cause -- to examine health-related needs in the county.

Aug. 3 - Dexter hospital to get future new tenant with SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to be effective on April 1, 2019.

Aug. 5 - The Essex-GrayRidge Lions Club will host the annual Mae Hall Park Day in Essex on Aug. 11, 2012.

Aug. 5 - Heat and drought contributing to death of Missouri elk.

Aug. 5 - Darryl LaPierre, named new commander at Kenady-Hanks Post 59.

Aug. 5 - Lauren Thrower was crowned 2012 National Junior Teen at the Princess America Pageant.

Aug. 5- Five seek Stoddard County Commissioner in the first district position.

Aug. 5 - From Russia with Love. A story chronicling the international adoption process for Brock and Ashley Williams.

Aug. 7 - Police arrested Keith Leon Allen, 43, of Bernie, and Nicole Smith, 26, of Dexter, in a recent drug bust for methamphetamine related charges.

Aug. 7 - Making the Procecuting Attorney a full-time position will go before the voters in Stoddard County Nov. 6.

Aug. 8 - Republican voters outnumber Democrats in county almost 3-1.

Aug. 8 - Bernie awards contract for pavilion construction.

Aug. 8 - New district boundaries decide 151st State Representative District.

Aug.9 - Plot thickens in District 151 House race.

Aug. 9 - Republican candidate could request recount in the 151st District race.

Aug. 9 - Over a century of service Dexter Rotary Club marks its 107th birthday.

Aug. 10 - Many projects are underway at Stoddard County Fairgrounds.

Aug. 10 - Bob Thrower concedes; he and Dennis Fowler plea for party unity in the 151st House of Representatives seat.

Aug. 15 - Work on Bloomfield Schools' safe room set to begin.

Aug. 15 - Dexter Police Department's own, Lori O'Dell has been named Mo. D.A.R.E president.

Agu. 15 - A seven-person jury returned a verdict Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in the Federal Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, awarding $1,000,000 to the children of Zachary Snyder, a 23-year-old Dexter man killed in Cape Girardeau by an officer with the Dept. of Corrections on Valentine's Day 2008.

Aug. 22 - Two died in separate accidents in the Troop E area on Tuesday. At 12:40 p.m., the Highway Patrol was summoned to a wreck on Highway 51, five miles north of Puxico.

Aug. 22 - Having hit the mandatory retirement age of 70, Judge Robert Barney of Dexter will retire from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, on Sept. 1.

Aug. 24 - An early corn harvest is well under way in some portions of Southeast Missouri, and other crops in the region continue to run ahead of schedule as well.

Aug. 26 - The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday.

Aug. 28 - The Stoddard County Coroner's office, assisted by the Missouri Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Patrol (DCC), has launched an investigation into the death of a Stoddard County Jail inmate on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Aug. 29 - One week into classes, Three Rivers College has reported more than 4,800 students are enrolled on campuses in Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Kennett, Cape Girardeau, Malden, Portageville and Sikeston.


Sept. 2 - Clara Green is retiring after more than 37 years of work with the Stoddard County Extension Office, ending her career as a 4-H Youth Specialist and County Program Director.

Sept. 3 - The remnants of Hurricane Isaac drenched Southeast Missouri and the region from Friday through Sunday, bringing much-needed relief to the drought-stricken area. One funnel cloud spotted in the Dexter area hovered over the school campuses for a time before dissipating. Another was reported in the skies in an area just south of Essex, and another touched down briefly in an area about one mile south of Acorn Ridge. No significant damage was reported from the storms.

Sept. 3 - The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake Monday morning near Portageville measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale.

Sept. 4 - Bloomfield police confirmed a reported stabbing over the holiday weekend. Few details were released on the matter because the incident remains under investigation. Zych said the victim received only "minor, superficial wounds."

Sept. 4 - High winds and cloudy skies weren't enough to put a damper on the Delta Center's Field Day Friday.

Trent Haggard, director of the T.E., estimated the turnout as being well over 500.

Sept. 5 - Linda Myers was named the 2012 Bloomfield Citizen of the Year. Myers has served as librarian at Bloomfield since 2005.

Sept. 5 - Gov. Jay Nixon was in Dexter Wednesday morning to announce that Missouri Southern Healthcare is one of 11 recipients of government-funded grants that will be utilized to improve broadband service to the local medical community.

Sept. 6 - A body was found in an area off of County Road 403 just north of Dexter Thursday just after 4 p.m., authorities confirmed Friday morning. Few details were being released.

Sept. 7 - The late John Brehmer of Dexter was entered into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame in Sedalia, Mo., at the 110th Annual Missouri State Fair. His family was present for the ceremony.

Sept. 8 - Dexter Mayor Joe Weber signed a proclamation at the Chamber of Commerce Friday morning declaring Sept. 9-15 as Industrial Appreciation Week in Dexter.

Sept. 10 - Bloomfield Police Chief Tim Zych reported Thursday that following an investigation, the alleged victim of a stabbing confessed to having falsified a police report. Zych said the "minor, superficial" injuries were reportedly self-inflicted. Dennis Trotter, 42 of Bloomfield, was issued a citation for falsifying a police report.

Sept. 11 - Donald Tray Anderson, 19, of Dexter pled guilty to the charges of a Class A misdemeanor of third degree domestic assault and a Class D felony of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15.

Sept. 11 - The Dexter Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin work on a new home. A portion of the groundwork has already been done at the site where the park department's new 2,800 sq. ft. facility located next to the Aquatic Center. The outside of the building will be designed to match the Aquatic Center and the new gymnasium across the parking lot.

Sept. 12 - Marcrease Delance Farmer, 27, of Malden, and Steven W. Ketchum, 21, of Malden, are each charged with the Class B felony of theft stealing, five counts of the Class C felony of burglary- second degree, and numerous other charges. All of the burglaries are alleged to have occurred between Aug. 13-23, 2012, in and around the Bernie area.

Sept. 12 - Charges stemming from an alleged 2011 Dexter rape were dropped and re-filed following a Tuesday hearing in a New Madrid County courtroom. Moses Grayson, Jr., 33, is again charged with the Class A felony of forcible rape, the Class A felony of armed criminal action and the Class B felony of first-degree burglary.

Sept. 12 - Taylor Owens was crowned the 2011-13 Miss Dexter. Retiring Queen Madison McGowan crowned the new queen.

Sept. 13 - Ashley Mosier of Dexter recently took over the title of Mrs. Missouri when the former title holder won the Mrs. United States crown, forcing her to relinquish her Mrs. Missouri title. Mosier was first runner-up to Mrs. Missouri, making her the first choice to take over the role.

Sept. 14 - In a special ceremony held in the Missouri Senate's Pershing Gallery, which houses portraits of former Senate President Pro Tems, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, had his image added to the gallery's prestigious list of former Senate leaders.

Sept. 15 - This Run's 4 Vaughn was held. It began at Dexter's First Christian Church, where the late Rev. Vaughn Wright pastored for many years before ALS forced his retirement. Wright died in 2010. The run continues to be held with all proceeds given to families in Stoddard County who have a loved one facing an ALS diagnosis.

Sept. 16 - exter native Jeffrey Samoska has achieved executive chef status within the Hyatt Hotel chain. He is the son of David and Paula Duley and Stan and Debbie Samoska and grandson of Loyd Gaines.

Sept. 18 - The Stoddard County Fair kicked off with the downtown parade. The fair runs through Sept. 22.

Sept. 18 - Attendance on opening night of the fair totaled 2,036, just 146 short of last year's on the fair's first night. Reale Cook was crowned the 2012 Stoddard County Fair Queen.

Sept. 20 - Lt. Cmdr. David Filer USN (R), recently flew into Dexter in his L-39C Albatros to make a stop for fuel and wound up staying a couple of nights. His aircraft attracted a lot of attention while it was in town.

Sept. 20 - Ron Kemp, currently a publisher serving over several Rust Communication owned newspapers in Arkansas, will be serving in the capacity of publisher of The Daily Statesman. Kemp replaces Bud Hunt, who has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of revenue.

Sept. 21 - About 150 employees of Dexter's Faurecia are included in a planned layoff, according to Stacie Tong, director of communications for Faurecia North America. Many of those have already left their positions. More are expected to follow, according to Tong.

Sept. 21 - Dexter High School senior Brooke Duckworth was crowned Miss DHS prior to Friday night's football game against the Kennett Indians.

Sept. 24 - The 2012 Stoddard County Fair set a record for revenue from the carnival rides. Fairgoers numbered 13,747 for the week. The attendance level was around 700 less than at the fair last year.

Sept. 26 - Zachary Hunter Vonruden, 17, of Wappapello, Mo., was jailed and charged with the Class A misdemeanor of assault of a law enforcement officer in the third degree and the Class A misdemeanor of resisting arrest. The arrest came at the Fairgrounds on the final night of the fair.

Sept. 26 - Michelle Lane was hired as the new Assistant Coordinator at the Three Rivers College Dexter campus.

Sept. 26 - An event of historic significance in Stoddard County was marked as the 9th historical sign commemorating the Civil War was unveiled in Bloomfield. According to an article in the Cape Girardeau Missouri Democrat of July 3, 1862, three "Union men" were hanged at the location on a tree called the "Fatal Tree."

Among those on hand for the dedication of the "Fatal Tree" monument were Norman Harty of First Commercial Bank, his wife Billie, Jim Mayo, and Dr. Frank Nickell of the History Department at Southeast Missouri State University.

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