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Positives show in Highway 412 project ahead of August 31 deadline (07/30/16)
After months of work featuring setbacks due to impatient drivers and unruly weather, road crews along Route 412 in Kennett are finally getting a glimpse at the end of a lengthy and intensive project to renew one of our area's busiest roadways. The roundabout on the south side of town is finally taking shape, as MoDOT area engineer David Wyman says the project is entering its final stages...
8th Congressional District race crowded on GOP side (07/30/16)
Mark Bliss SEMO News Service U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and all three of his challengers in Tuesday's Republican primary for the Missouri 8th District seat in Congress describe themselves as conservatives who support the right to bear arms and want to lessen the burden of government on small businesses...
Leonard and Virgie's Place finds a home (07/30/16)
For months Beverly Alford has looked for a permanent home for Leonard and Virgie's Place. That search finally ended, and they are moving into a facility at 822 North By-Pass, a building directly behind Delta Insurance. "Some friends and community members saw the need and helped us get this building," said Alford...
Pemiscot Dunklin Co-Op board of directors unchanged after annual meeting (07/30/16)
The board of directors of the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative will remain unchanged after voters opted to re-elect all standing members during Thursday's annual meeting. Board president Thomas J. Fisher and Danny Glass each retained their positions despite opposition on the ballot, while secretary/treasurer Noble Nelson ran unopposed...
ASU Childhood Services hosts Early Childhood Education Conference (07/30/16)
JONESBORO -- Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will host the 46th annual Early Childhood Education Conference, "Why We Do the Things We Do," Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 8-10, at Fowler Center and the Convocation Center. The conference is sponsored by Childhood Services and the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education...
Two arrests made on felony assault charges in Steele (07/30/16)
On Thursday, Steele police met with a woman who was allegedly assaulted by multiple individuals. Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield says the victim sustained facial injuries as a result of the attack. Police arrested Percy Brock, 30, and Shannon Myers, 28, both of Steele on second degree assault charges. Both were taken to the Pemiscot County Jail with bonds of $50,000 each. Arraignment for the pair is scheduled for Thursday in Pemiscot County Circuit Court...
Pemiscot-Dunklin Cooperative Annual meeting (07/29/16)
Photo by Cody Tucker, staff A crowd poured into the American Legion building in Kennett for the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative's Annual Meeting. Attendees were greeted by the sounds of bluegrass band Link Union, who performed live at the start of the meeting. As the band weaved through its catalogue, folks were treated with food all while given the opportunity to vote for positions on the board of directors...
Reflections Mental Health Care given Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award (07/29/16)
Reflections Mental Health Care owner Tiffany Leeker was presented recently with a Gold Level Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award by members of the Dunklin County Health Department. Reflections Mental Health Care provides a wide range of services to the community, including individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy parenting classes, clinical supervision and mediation...
Kennett native appointed to Academic Affairs leadership (07/29/16)
JONESBORO -- Dr. Karen J. Wheeler joins Arkansas State University as the senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, A-State Provost Lynita Cooksey announced this week. Wheeler was the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for the past five years, serving as the provost's leader in areas related to curriculum and degree programs, new off-site locations, program review and institutional assessment...
One benefit turns into two (07/29/16)
The SEMO Drug Pharmacy in Kennett wrapped up its Toiletry Donation Program Monday with drawings for two bicycles. But instead of each bike going to individuals who donated to the program, both of the tickets pulled from the drawing read "Delta Children's Home."...
A dragonfly migration is underway (07/29/16)
It is hard to believe that the summer is two-thirds over, and one true sign is the migration of the dragonfly. Just like birds, they migrate, and the dragonfly migration season runs from July to mid-October, which is why an awful lot of dragonflies can be seen this time of the year. Also, another reason for the swarming of dragonflies, especially in the evening hours, is because of the overwhelming number of mosquitoes in the area at that time...
Courthouse open Saturday (07/29/16)
The Dunklin County Courthouse will be open Saturday morning for those who wish to cast an absentee ballot for the Tuesday primary. The county clerk's office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
Green Awarded Scholarship to attend Southeast (07/29/16)
Cape Girardeau -- Britney Green of Campbell has received the Community College Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Green is the daughter of Melissa Green and is a 2016 graduate of Three Rivers Community College and a 2014 graduate of Campbell High School...
FOM concludes season Saturday (07/29/16)
Friends of Music concludes its 2015-2016 concert season with the annual performance in Kennett by The Southeast Missouri Regional Jazz Orchestra on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Mayes Fellowship Hall of First Christian Church, 105 W. Washington. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend...
Missouri Electric Co-Op Youth Program means education and fun (07/29/16)
Shelby Beard, Hornersville, and Keissy Gonzalez, Arbyrd, sponsored by Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative, Hayti, were among the 108 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Electric Cooperative CYCLE program. CYCLE stands for Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience. The conference was held July 20-22, 2016, in Jefferson City...
You don't see this every day (07/29/16)
Photo by Steve Patton, staff It's not easy for a wide load to negotiate the east side of the Kennett Square. This one took a while to get straight enough to get through Thursday afternoon.
Head of Missouri Veterans Commission placed on paid leave (07/29/16)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The head of the Missouri Veterans Commission has been placed on paid leave after jurors awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a former employee who claimed discrimination and harassment over her dismissal. The Jefferson City News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2aqGp9K ) reports that the commission is offering no details on executive director Larry Kay's status. ...
Voter turnout predicted at 31 percent for Missouri primary (07/29/16)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri election officials are predicting 31 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next Tuesday's primary elections. If the prediction holds true, that would be the highest voter turnout in a Missouri primary since 2004...
Audit: Kansas foster care system puts children at risk (07/29/16)
MARGARET STAFFORD Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas Department of Children and Families' continuing struggles to adequately oversee private foster care contractors is putting children in the system at risk, according to a state audit of the agency released Wednesday...
Road buckles at Independence Ave. (07/29/16)
Photo by Cody Tucker, staff Road crews were called out to Independence Avenue in Kennett near Unico Bank after a portion of the road buckled under Tuesday's relentless heat. The buckling happened just in time for the 5 p.m. rush, forcing traffic to be squeezed down to one lane while crews worked to repair the pavement...
Boys State participant speaks at Lions Club (07/29/16)
Photo provided Matthew Figgins spoke to the Kennett Lions Club Friday, July 22 about attending Missouri Boys State, an intensive week-long study of government, earlier in the summer. Figgins, who was elected to the Boys State House of Representatives, was sponsored by the Lions Club...
New Senath Lions Club members installed (07/29/16)
Photo provided New members of the Senath Lions Club were installed Thursday, July 14 by 66 year member Gene Slinkard (right). They are Kim Hellebusch (left) and Rich Oliver (center).
Senath Lions Club officers for 2016-2017 (07/29/16)
Photo provided The Senath Lions Club met Thursday, July 14 and elected officers for 2016-2017. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Phyllis Jackson, Jerri Walker, Marie Gentry, Cathy Larsen, Charlene Clevenger (president), and Loretta Shepard (past president). On the back row, from left, are Kenny Johnson, Rich Oliver, Lisa Cates, Cindy Wilkins, Will Mobley, and Bob Nichols...
Smith talks Trump, Obama and Clinton as he faces re-election (07/27/16)
Following a lengthy tour of Senath's Farmers Union Gin led by manager Steve Harris Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri's 8th Congressional District and his staffers took the time to sit down with the DDD for a lengthy interview, where the congressman was open to discuss a wide range of both state and national issues...
Voters to make a lot of decisions Tuesday (07/27/16)
While there is only one countywide race for Dunklin County voters to decide Tuesday, there are a lot of other decisions to make. Locally, the Democratic nomination for public administrator is up for grabs. The incumbent is Matt Jackson, appointed by the governor to fill the post after the resignation of Shawnee Trowbridge. ...

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