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Eight shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage 
 (02/27/15)
TYRONE, Mo. (AP) -- A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. The victims were found in four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas line. The 36-year-old gunman was discovered in a neighboring county, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said...
Missouri auditor dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say (02/27/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview...
Two Dunklin County murder cases moving to other counties (02/27/15)
A hearing is set in Butler County for a Kennett man charged with first degree murder. A change of venue was granted to Jeremy Corcoran in Dunklin County, and his case will now be heard by Circuit Court Judge Michael Pritchett in Butler County's 36th Judicial Circuit. ...
"Seussical the Musical" set for next week at KHS (02/27/15)
Tickets are on sale now for the Kennett High School (KHS) Drama Department's spring musical. "It's a huge cast, and it's pretty zany," said the Director of "Seussical The Musical," Mike Crum. "If you're familiar at all with Dr. Seuss and the stories and characters, it's, as they say these days, a mash-up. All the characters and the various tidbits from the stories are all combined into one story."...
The beginning of Black History Month (02/27/15)
With February coming to a close, the month known as Black History Month also comes to an end. For years, the month has been the basis of movies, books, plays, and educational programs throughout the U.S.. But how did it start, and who prompted the movement for the enlightenment of a country, many of whose roots may have begun in shadows, only to be a ray of light for later generations, as they moved forward to embrace successful lives...
Afternoon accident south of Senath (02/27/15)
The Dunklin County Sheriff's office worked a rollover accident south of Senath on U.S. Highway 412 at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. The car rolled and landed on the east side of 412.
TRRMC ready to assist with health insurance special enrollment period (02/27/15)
Those in the process of filing 2014 taxes who learn they're going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014 may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015. From March 15 until April 30, the government will open a special enrollment period. By obtaining 2015 coverage before April 30, applicants may avoid paying a tax penalty in 2015...
Holcomb School Board approves next year's calendar (02/27/15)
During its February meeting, the Holcomb R-III School Board approved next year's calendar and made a few personnel decisions. The highlights are: Teachers return Aug. 18 for workshops. School starts for 2015-2016 on Friday, Aug. 21. Students are out of school the entire week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-27...
Nine-year-old and pedestrian injured in separate accidents (02/27/15)
A nine-year-old Sikeston boy sustained moderate injuries in a crash on Highway 25 in Dunklin County Wednesday, just east of Malden. Xayzion E. Moore was taken by ambulance to Southeast Health of Stoddard County, in Dexter, after the car he was riding in failed to yield, causing a 2001 Freightliner truck to strike the vehicle, totaling it, just after 5 p.m. ...
Route 412 in Dunklin County to be reduced for pavement repairs (02/27/15)
Route 412 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane with a 11-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform intersection improvements and pavement repairs between Routes 84 and A. Weather permitting, the work will begin on Monday, March 2, at 7 a.m...
Pain management and Medicaid expansion legislation dominate State Capitol rallies (02/27/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Citing the ongoing turf war with physician anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA's) gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to oppose a bill that would repeal a sunset on 2012 legislation prohibiting them from performing certain types of procedures...
Kenneth Johnson (02/27/15)
Kenneth Earl Johnson, 87 of Rector, Ark., passed from this life on February 25, 2015, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, in Paragould, Ark. He was born July 3, 1927, in Rector, to the late John and Margie (Seegraves) Johnson. He was a member of the Rector First General Baptist Church and served our country in the United States Army...
Local Daisy troop participates in Cookie Weekend (02/27/15)
In honor of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Daisy Girl Scout Troop #71259 will set up a cookie booth on Sunday at the Kennett Walmart from 1-3 p.m. According to troop leader, Mariann Wright, this is the first time these kindergarteners have sold cookies. "They are learning valuable skills and could use the community's support," said Wright. "So, come and help make their first cookie sale experience a great one."...
Search begins for Isom's replacement at MDPS 
 (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Amid the unrest that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon turned to a former St. Louis police chief to be the state's public safety director. Dan Isom II, a black man, became a part of Nixon's Cabinet at a time when it was being criticized for its lack of diversity...
Missouri Auditor Schweich dead of self-inflicted gunshot (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A staff member says Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A statement early yesterday afternoon from Schweich's spokesman confirmed that the 54-year-old had died. The confirmation came just hours after Schweich had arranged an interview with reporters for the Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at his Clayton home...
Politicians react to the death of Missouri state auditor (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Reaction from federal and state politicians from Missouri about Thursday's death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor: "I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place. ...
Sokoloff appointed to state post, as director resigns (02/26/15)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has appointed former Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Sokoloff, of Kennett, as the new Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety (MDPS). Sokoloff assumes his new responsibilities in Jefferson City on March 1, and will serve under MDPS Acting Director and Nixon's Deputy Chief of Staff, Peter Lyskowski. ...
Mixed ratings given to Dunklin County nursing homes (02/25/15)
The 2015 report card is out for nursing homes across the country, and Dunklin County facilities received mixed grades. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which certifies nursing homes around the country, places up to five star ratings on facilities. Only one received its highest rating and only one its lowest...
Chamber Quarterly Luncheon spotlights workforce readiness, honors ARI (02/25/15)
Kennett Chamber of Commerce members met on Tuesday, Feb. 24, for their Quarterly Luncheon at the Grecian Steakhouse. Executive Director Melissa Combs welcomed members and guests. She then introduced the Chamber's guest speakers, Jim Grebing, Dunklin County Certified Workforce Ready Community (CWRC) Chair and Kennett Director of Economic Development, and Emily Modlin, Supervisor and Functional Leader for the Missouri Career Center, in Kennett. ...
Weather or not, a squirrel's gotta eat... (02/25/15)
Scott Tutor recently captured this photo of a squirrel having brunch at his feeder, in Kennett. The furry little guy didn't seem to pay much attention to the snow falling around him, as he went about the business of fueling up on corn and seeds.
Saint Francis opens Dexter outpatient facility (02/25/15)
Saint Francis Medical Center, of Cape Girardeau, has opened an outpatient clinic in Dexter. The clinic, temporarily located in the former Rehm Clinic facility on Dexter's Business Loop 60, opened for business Feb. 2. "Residents from this area have long made the 60-mile drive north to Saint Francis in Cape Girardeau for their healthcare needs. ...
Hornersville students receive scholarships (02/25/15)
Two students from Hornersville recently received scholarships to assist with their college expenses. Rachel Tom received a $1,000 scholarship from the Hornersville Alumni Association. She is the daughter of Wayland and Dena Tom, of Hornersville. She is working toward a career in physical therapy...
FedEx cargo plane makes emergency landing in St. Louis (02/25/15)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A FedEx cargo plane has safely landed in St. Louis after smoke was reported inside the aircraft. The plane made an emergency landing at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday at Lambert Airport. Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea says four crew members evacuated by emergency slide. One of them was taken to a hospital for evaluation for an undisclosed injury. Lea did not have any details about how the injury occurred or the extent of it...
Lawmakers hear emotional testimony on medical marijuana bill (02/25/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Advocates for increased patient access to medical marijuana, including television personality Montel Williams, shared personal stories while testifying for a Missouri bill that would create a state-monitored distribution program for the drug...
Missouri University report suggests student union renovation (02/25/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A University of Missouri-commissioned report says that the school's student union is need of renovations after parts of the building were found to be in poor condition. The Columbia Missourian reported that a $35,000 study conducted by a consulting firm recommended that the Memorial Union North undergo renovations that would include fixing and expanding the building...
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