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Charges against Carter upgraded to first degree murder (06/28/16)
The two charges against William Joshua Carter have been upgraded to first degree murder, following the deaths of Heather Carter and Aaron Campbell on June 17.
Nominations for Hall of Honor sought (06/28/16)
Nominations are being sought for inclusion in the Dunklin County Hall of Honor. Nomination forms can be picked up at any library branch or found on the library's website, http://dunklin-co.lib.mo.us/. The completed form can be mailed to the Dunklin County Hall of Honor Committee, 209 North Main Street, Kennett, Mo. ...
Voter registration deadline is July 6 (06/28/16)
There are only a few days left for those who want to make sure to have their voice heard at the polls for the primary election that will be held on August 2. The deadline is July 6. Locally, the upcoming election has one contested race which is between candidates for the position of public administrator -- Democratic candidates Chris Skelton and Matt Jackson.There are a few issues on the ballot for towns in Dunklin County...
It's fireworks season (06/28/16)
It's now been a week since the city of Kennett began allowing fireworks sales, and so begins the slow ramp up towards Independence Day, when families across the country spend the July 4 holiday lighting up the night sky in celebration. Local business owners capitalize on the boom by sprouting tents across town, while another uses a long-standing location to extend its success for another year...
CASA begins training classes (06/28/16)
According to information provided by the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) website, there are approximately 1,900 children every day who become the victims of abuse or neglect. The CASA program has approximately 1,000 community based programs that recruit, train, and support citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children...
Ribbon Cutting at Sweet Mayhem (06/28/16)
Photo by Adria Hyde, staff Sweet Mayhem held its official ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. Located at 1123 First St., it was filled with people representing different businesses in the community all ready to celebrate with owner Chad Stone.
Afternoon wreck at Harrison and Jones (06/28/16)
Photo by Cody Tucker, staff As heavy rain poured over Kennett on Monday afternoon, two vehicles were involved in a crash at the intersection of Jones and Harrison. It was unclear at press time what caused the crash or if anyone was hurt.
Story Time brings a harvest (06/28/16)
Photo provided Pictured are Julie Orf (left) and Sara Smith. Sara is the granddaughter of Tracy and Regina Smith. The April Story Time at the Dunklin County Library in Kennett was all about gardening. They planted green beans, and the children took them home. Sara brought her harvest by the library to share. She was really proud of her green beans...
US Supreme Court ruling throws Missouri laws into question (06/28/16)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is calling into question whether some Missouri abortion regulations will stand. Supreme Court judges ruled 5-3 Monday that some Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit women's abortion rights...
Missouri man accused of killing 4 relatives, burning bodies (06/28/16)
BILL DRAPER Associated Press PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 25-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday with four counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of four family members whose bodies were found outside a home he shared with them, including a 3-month-old nephew...
St. Louis Death Cafe launches to discuss end-of-life issues (06/28/16)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis branch of Death Cafe, a group that gathers regularly to discuss death and end-of-life issues, has launched in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/28Xzm4e ) reports that 32-year-old Tracy Gomillion started the St. Louis branch. Death Cafe was founded in London in 2011 by Jon Underwood, who wanted people to feel comfortable talking about the event of death...
Nixon vetoes sweeping Missouri gun rights bill (06/28/16)
SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a gun measure Monday that would allow the concealed carry of firearms without a permit and expand residents' rights to stand and fight against perceived threats -- a move that could set up a battle with the Republican-controlled Legislature...
Tickets go on sale July 1 for Peach Fair concert (06/28/16)
Tickets will go on sale for the Daryl Worley concert in Campbell on July 1. The "Have You Forgotten" singer will be taking the stage on Saturday, August 20 at the Campbell Community building. The country concert is a tradition at the Missouri Peach Fair which is held as one of the opening activities of the week-long celebration. ...
Dr. Amy Lockhert joins Campbell Medical Clinic (06/28/16)
Dr. Amy Lockhert joined the family practice specialists at the Campbell Medical Clinic last week. Her skills will be combined with Dr. James Sheridan, Dr. Hillard Duckworth and Dana Cooper, FNP, to serve the Bootheel community. Having served in a solo medical practice since 2000 in Kennett, she is now joining an established team of clinicians...
Sweetcorn Festival Pageant winners announced (06/28/16)
The annual Sweetcorn Pageants were held in conjunction with the festival last weekend in East Prairie. 2016 East Prairie Jr. Miss Sweetcorn Pageant Royalty (Ages 13-15) Queen Isabelle McGill, the 14-year-old daughter of Richard and Teresa McGill of Sikeston; First Alternate Reagan Collins, the 14-year-old daughter of Blake and Barbie Collins of Sikeston; Second Alternate Paige Crumpecker, the 15-year-old daughter of Scott and Becky Crumpecker of Sikeston; and Third Alternate Holly Taylor, the 15-year-old daughter of Amanda Taylor of Kennett.. ...
Holcomb School District gets helping hand with Toiletry Donation Program (06/25/16)
Counselor offices at the Holcomb R-III school district feature closets where students in need can pick up crucial toiletry items like soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Students can simply stop by, privately pick up items they need, place them in their bags or pockets and go on with their day...
Taking steps to beat the heat (06/25/16)
Just last week, approximately one week before the first day of summer, the first heat advisory was issued and this week, once again heat indices reached triple digits and beyond. These kinds of temperatures are dangerous, not only for those working outside, but also for the elderly...
City-wide cleanup next week (06/25/16)
The Kennett city wide cleanup begins Monday but the operation is working differently than in years past. Those who look to participate in the cleanup are asked to place items at the edge of their yard over the weekend before Friendly Waste Management starts picking up on Monday. The event runs throughout the week, with large items being picked up first and smaller items picked up later in the week...
Wilcoxson turns Lions Club over to new president (06/25/16)
Daryl Wilcoxson has been an active member of the Kennett Lions Club since 1982. Wilcoxson said that he grew up around the Kennett Lions Club. His father was a member so it was natural for him to join. "I go to the meetings every Friday, have dinner, and work on projects," said Wilcoxson...
Heat can lead to buckled, damaged highways (06/25/16)
Adria Hyde Daily Dunklin Democrat Wednesday afternoon motorists were advised to use caution when a large section of Highway 25 north buckled due to extreme temperatures near White Oak. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was on the scene to warn motorists of the road hazard, and MoDOT was called in on an emergency basis to repair the road...
Galloway issues follow-up report on Pemiscot County (06/25/16)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released a follow-up report on findings from a December 2015 audit of Pemiscot County. The initial report gave the county an overall performance rating of "poor," the lowest rating given by the Auditor's Office. A poor rating triggers a follow-up review to confirm whether selected audit recommendations have been implemented...
Ex-St. Louis sheriff's deputy sues for race discrimination (06/25/16)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former St. Louis sheriff's deputy who is seeking office has filed a lawsuit accusing the sheriff's department of racial discrimination. Johnnie Chester filed the lawsuit Tuesday in St. Louis court against Sheriff James W. Murphy alleging a "pattern and practice" of racial discrimination in the department. Chester, who is black, alleges unequal pay and professional advancement based on race...
Ferris wheel from Chicago begins operating in Missouri (06/25/16)
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- A 150-foot tall Ferris wheel from Chicago's Navy Pier has started operating in the Missouri tourist destination of Branson. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/28TBUWk ) reports that about 200 people turned out Thursday morning for its grand opening. The wheel includes 40 gondolas that hold up to 6 passengers apiece...
MoDOT consider solar roadways (06/25/16)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Transportation is set to test the feasibility of sidewalks and roadways embedded with solar panels. The Jefferson City News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/28OZ4rh ) that department officials hope the specially designed solar panels will provide enough electricity to meet the power needs of a rest area...
Vigil held for Heather Carter and Aaron Campbell (06/24/16)
Community members gathered at Indian Park Friday night for a vigil to honor Heather Carter and Aaron Campbell, who died one week ago.

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