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Sunset beauty (07/12/14)
Photo by Laura Ford, staff After a dark morning of thunderstorms on Monday, the evening displayed a beautiful hue of colors across the skyline between Hornersville and Arbyrd, down on the state line.
Lee Greenwood to showcase Cotton Pickin' Festival (07/12/14)
Famed country singer and songwriter, Lee Greenwood, will showcase this year's Cotton Pickin' Festival in Arbyrd, along with the long-awaited reunion tour of the band, Twister Alley. Arbyrd residents have started making plans for their ninth annual Cotton Pickin Festival, which is set for September 13 at the Arbyrd City Park. ...
"Fall Into Arts" Festival previews new highlights (07/12/14)
Preparations are in full swing for this year's "Fall Into Arts" Festival, being held in downtown Kennett, September 5 through 7. Two new features join the festival line-up this year, a video contest and a mini film festival. The film festival will celebrate the recent re-opening of the Kennett Palace Theater and will feature the winning entries from the festival's new Video/Short Film Competition...
Honored for looking into the past (07/12/14)
American Legion member Homer Swain was recognized in a ceremony at Legion Post #66 in Kennett on Tuesday, July 8, for his work and dedication to his post and to his community. Swain, of Kennett, was presented with a special Army Coin by Post Commander Roger Wheeler. "Since sergeants are the backbone of the army," said Wheeler, "there is a sergeant on the opposite side of it (the coin)."...
11 sentenced to prison on Law Day (07/12/14)
Eleven defendants were given prison sentences by 35th Circuit Court Judge Robert Mayer during Law Day proceedings on Wednesday at the Dunklin County Courthouse in Kennett. According to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff, those sentences were:...
Cardwell City Council meeting produced surprise result (07/12/14)
In the case of Thursday night's Cardwell City Council meeting, the term, "If you build it, they will come," was appropriate. The Council approved a last-minute request to set up a carnival at the end of town. The carnival began last night and continues tonight...
Here's the thing about being a kid... (07/12/14)
Photo by Meg Benson, staff When you're little, the smallest things are usually the most important ones. Dunklin County Museum Curator, Sandy Brown, points out the most popular item, out of the museum's many collections, for all the students on elementary school tours. It's a science lab jar, holding a tiny, two-headed turtle, found south of Senath more than 20 years ago. Long live tadpoles, fireflies and all the other odd, little natural beauties of the Delta...
Former Kennett resident named to Dean's List (07/12/14)
Former Kennett resident, Hanna Joslin, has been named to The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville's Dean's List for the 2014 Spring Quarter. The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Joslin attended Kennett Public Schools from preschool through sixth grade. One of her spring classes was taught by another former Kennett resident, Vicki Rhodes White...
Food tips following a power outage (07/12/14)
If your electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe. Now that ice coolers are also in fulltime, summer picnic mode, here are some helpful reminders from the University of Missouri (MU) Extension Service...
A tradition continued (07/12/14)
Last weekend's "Annual Gala Celebration of our Nation's Independence" at the Mobley residence in Kennett featured some beloved icons and fan favorites, as well as new features to the line-up. Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat, which lives the rest of its year in a hall closet, took the stage again, for the 27th straight year, as Chuck Earnest, of Kennett, delivered the Gettysburg Address. ...
TRRMC hosts community seminar (07/11/14)
Diabetes will be the central topic of a community "Lunch and Learn" session being held at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center (TRRMC) on Thursday, July 24, Noon-1 p.m., in the second floor classroom. The presentation will feature various physicians, speaking on several different diabetes-related matters...
State Fair round-up (07/11/14)
With the Missouri State Fair approaching August 7-17 in Sedalia, Mo., more and more plans are being finalized at the different venues. This year, the Fair is themed "Harvest the Fun!" The Budweiser Stage line-up, just released, includes new bands, returning favorites and the ninth annual Missouri State Fair Idol competition. Fair Director, Mark Wolfe, said, "Free, live music is an important part of the State Fair's commitment to affordable fun for everyone."...
New concern added to mosquito woes (07/11/14)
As if fighting off the biting advances of those pesky little mosquitoes at backyard barbecues, and worrying about the West Nile virus, weren't enough, now there's a new type of mosquito-born illness making headway in the U.S. It's called chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye), and it's carried by the Aedes strain of mosquito. ...
Dickens sentenced in fatal DWI crash (07/11/14)
A Malden woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, in the case of the State vs. Racheal Dickens. Dickens, 20, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the DWI crash that killed Brooke Koenig, 19, of Kennett, on January 26, 2013. On May 4, Dickens had entered a guilty plea in the case. ...
Highway 412 included in MoDOT priorities list (07/11/14)
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced Wednesday that the proposed U.S. Highway 412 expansion project has now officially been put on its transportation priorities list. The project would expand the stretch of highway, from Kennett to the Arkansas state line, to four lanes, separated by a median. ...
Geneology meeting set for July 25 (07/11/14)
The regular monthly meeting of the Dunklin County Genealogy Society will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, at the Dunklin County Library in Kennett. Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to attend. The issues discussed will include ideas, research, search obstacles and other topics that might help all levels of researchers, from beginning through advanced, with discoveries of their family history...
Fatal accident near Campbell (07/10/14)
Photo by Monica Gettings, staff A single-vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon claimed the life of Nicholas Holt, 16, of Malden. Holt was ejected from his 2005 GMC pickup, when he veered off the left side of the roadway, striking an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn. He was traveling northbound on Route WW, three miles north of Campbell. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Holt was taken by ambulance to Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, Ark., where he was pronounced dead...
Drowning victim identified (07/09/14)
The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of Wednesday's drowning at the Ben Cash Conservation Area as 53-year-old Darrell Lynn Batchelor of Kennett. At 2:37 p.m. yesterday, eyewitnesses contacted the Dunklin County Communications Center 911 line, requesting assistance. ...
Lemonade for St. Jude (07/09/14)
With all of the destructive trouble kids seem to find themselves in today, it is like a fresh, cool drink of water, or lemonade, to see and recognize those who are actively seeking out good, productive activities, rather than the bad. Last month, several children visiting their grandmother, Janis Burlison, at the Bradley Apartments in Kennett found a productive way to spend their time by selling lemonade for St. ...
Missouri residents may see rise in electric (07/09/14)
After the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 23, that partly upheld and partly rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal Clean Air Act allowing regulations regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one has to wonder how it will affect those states who have coal generated power plants like Missouri...
First Cotton Bloom 2014 (07/09/14)
Photo provided Max Jackson, son of Dustin and Tiffany Jackson of Senath, holds one of the first cotton blooms of the season, found by his father, Scottie. This bloom was found on July 2nd, north of Hornersville, on a farm owned by Bobby Deck. The cotton, a Stoneville 4946 variety, was planted on May 3, 2014. The Jacksons were named last year's Dunklin County Farm Family, by the University of Missouri Extension Council...
New Kennett city budget (07/09/14)
The new fiscal year began July 1, and the city of Kennett is working with a new budget. The City Council approved the new spending plan, which is broken down a bit differently than in previous years, due to the addition of the new Public Safety Department (PSD). That department oversees the police department, fire department, animal control, code enforcement, and fire inspection. The budgets submitted by the PSD Director, John Mallott, also include 911 communications...
NHC receives top Forbes distinction (07/09/14)
National HealthCare Corporation (NHC), a healthcare and services provider, has been named to the Forbes 2014 "America's Most Trustworthy Companies" list. The list is developed and provided to Forbes each year by GMI Ratings, a leading national investment analysis firm. ...
Kennett United Way Solicits Agency Applications (07/09/14)
Applications have been mailed to the local agencies participating in last year's United Way of Kennett funding campaign, for potential inclusion in the upcoming 2014-2015 campaign. The application process is open to last year's selected agencies, as well as any others wishing to apply for United Way funds...
Two awarded SEMO scholarships (07/09/14)
Two Dunklin County students have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University. The students are Jessica Jones of Kennett and Christi Williams of Malden. Both scholarships are for the 2014-2015 academic year.
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