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Looking Back...2008 Year in Review, Part 2

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Editor's note: This story is part two of a three-part feature series.

The Daily Dunklin Democrat is going to publish a Year in Review series of summaries from news stories published throughout 2008. The Year in Review will appear each day through the Wednesday, Dec. 31 edition of the paper.

April, 2008:

* SEMO Health Network's dental team traveled to schools in Kennett for "Smiles Across the Bootheel" which is a dental sealant program funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

* A rezoning request by Billy Wilson, owner of Wilson's recycling, draws a large crowd to the city council meeting, particularly those individuals residing in the Watson Edition in Kennett who noted they were in opposition of the expansion.

* Delta Children's Home Board members get ready to tackle renovation project at the Boy's and Girl's homes, including painting, new carpet installation, and other kid-friendly upgrades.

* Kennett police officers Bernie Rogers and Joe Stewart are injured while attempting to arrest Sharun Charles Adaway, 29, of Kennett, who was reported to be armed with a handgun near the Windmill Package Store. The officers were later taken to the hospital for treatment and Dunklin County prosecutors charged Adaway with three separate felony counts, including a class A felony for assault on a law enforcement officer in the first degree, a class B assault resulting in reckless or serious physical injury, and a class D felony for resisting or interfering with an arrest.

* The City of Kennett hosts a meeting concerning the subject of the county's Geographical Information System (GIS) project., where representatives of Smart Data Strategies (SDS) of Franklin, Tenn., David McReynolds and Todd Hawkins, explained the various types of information that can be captured in the field with GPS units.

* A Kennett man is shot and killed by Caruthersville police investigating a report of a stolen vehicle at Jiffy Jims. According to authorities, officers trying to apprehend the on-the-run suspect, Antonio F. Stewart, 29, by attempting to use a Taser on him. When the Taser missed Stewart allegedly pointed a weapon at the officers. The officers fired their weapons and, according to the police report, struck Stewart several times.

* An unknown perpetrator breaks into the City of Kennett's Public Administrator's office located on the square. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen, but nothing else was reported missing.

* Officials in Caruthersville go on a search for the body of a man allegedly murdered. Dary McIntire, 35, of Caruthersville, was reported missing in early April and his body was located a few days later in the floodwaters of the Mississippi River at Caruthersville. Two brothers, Quinn and Shannon Amerson were charged with murder in the first degree, one count of felony steeling, and two counts of tampering with physical evidence in connection with the event.

* Proposition Project K.I.D.S. passes during the election, with 1,116 voted in favor of the no-tax bond issue proposed and marketed by Kennett Public Schools. Also clearly defined in the election was the race for school board seats, and spots on the city government. In the race for Kennett School Board, voters showed favoritism for first timer Chris Wake, who pulled ahead early and ended with 1,030 votes. Randy Haman also joined the board, receiving 791 votes, as did former board member Eules Hively, who received 733 votes. Other races in Kennett were for council seats, which included a battle between Ward I opponents Patty Webb, who was the incumbent, and Mark Ellis. Although it was a tight race, Ellis pulled ahead, receiving 192 votes to Webb's 183.

* After briefly escaping custody at the Dunklin County Justice Center, Lavon Whitaker, Jr., turns himself into authorities and is returned to custody without further incident. Whitaker was originally charged with assault in the first degree, a class B felony; armed criminal action, an unclassified felony charge; and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, a class C felony, as a result of an incident that occurred in which Whitaker allegedly physically assaulted his girlfriend with a broken table leg, and physically shook one of his children in an aggressive manner.

* A third person is been charged in connection with the disappearance and death of Dary McIntyre, 35, of Hayti, Mo. Tina Tawann Amerson, 28, of Steele, Mo., is charged with assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, and tampering with physical evidence, according to Lt. Ryan Holder with the Pemiscot County Sheriff's office.

* The Bootheel Drug Task Force and Kennett Police Department stop an El Paso, Texas drug dealer in his tracks through an arrest and drug seizure of a large amount of marijuana, digital scales, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

* The great debate regarding a zoning request by Billy Wilson, owner of Wilson's recycling came to a screeching halt, as Councilman Tony Crawford announced the city was in no position to determine the fate of Wilson's proposed expansion of his business because the area that Wilson was considering expanding upon was not within the limits of the City of Kennett.

* Former local state lawmakers, Representative Larry Thomason (1988-96) and Representative Otto Bean, Jr. (2002-06), were honored during a Memorial Service hosted by The Missouri House of Representatives.

* Those people who were at one time unable to travel the St. Francis levee on the Missouri side, just south of its beginning near Highway 84 West to its end near the Ben Cash exit north of Senath, are once again able to travel the path as Missouri's Southern District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the opinion of former Division II Judge Dan Crawford, who on Dec. 13, 2006, ordered Pat Skelton of Dunklin County to take down gates he had previously erected which obstructed the road on top of the St. Francis levee.

* Gas prices in Kennett reach a record high of $3.28 a gallon for regular grade unleaded fuel.

* Hornersville plays host once again to its annual Little River Fest.

* Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff files charges against Theodore Virgil Kleine, 57, in the nearly 40-year-old shooting deaths of and Illinois man, Alan Bradford, 20, and his teenage companion, Mary Seutter, 17.

* Dunklin County Justice Center Administration dismissed two correction officers, Christopher Whitfield, and Alen Powell, after an internal investigation revealed that Whitfield had taken nude photos of three female inmates and Powell had knowledge of the photos but did not report it to the sheriff.

* The community honors five area Marines who returned home after serving nearly one year in the country of Iraq. The marines included Joshua Wilcoxson, Miles Richardson, Will Pruett, Riley Cook and Chris Taylor.

* A homicide is committed on West Ninth Street in Kennett, where the body of Jacqueline Harrell Farmer, 47, is found and Farmer's boyfriend Cleveland Pulliam, 68, is later charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

May, 2008

* Annual Garrett Short event raises nearly $15,000 for scholarships.

* Kennett Farmers' Market celebrates its 29th year of operation.

* Girl Scouts celebrate 60 years at annual meeting.

* With the support and dedication of Charley Hilburn and other community-minded individuals, planning begins for the first annual Missouri Waterfowl and Outdoor Festival to be hosted in Kennett.

* Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announces that the Dunklin County Library received a Missouri State Library Technology Mini Grant in the amount of $19,000.

* Charlie Smith, water superintendent for the City of Cardwell, is named the recipient of the Annual Dr. Warren A. Kramer Award.

* South School and others such as the Wednesday Music Club celebrate National Music Week in Dunklin County.

* The newly renovated Ely & Walker building opens to the public with plans for an official open house to be held May 19. The historical building was constructed in 1923 and served as one of the main employers to Kennett and the Bootheel area until it closed in 1980. Members of the community, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, and Sheryl Crow are among those in attendance for the open house event.

* Senath bans additional mobile homes from moving into city limits unless approved by the city's Board of Zoning Appeals.

* The class of 2008 at area school districts celebrates its high school commencement with family and friends. Schools such as Kennett, Senath-Hornersville, Southland, Holcomb, and Delta C-7 host the traditional graduation ceremonies, presenting several young adults with diplomas and well wishes for the future.

* In the spirit of all things Relay, Dunklin County residents paint the town purple, anticipating the annual Dunklin County Relay for Life event.

* The Kennett City Council discusses the formation of a township within Kennett in a council meeting.

* Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signs bill aimed at deterring scrap metal theft. The SB 1034 takes several actions and modifies the current record keeping requirements for scrap metal dealers. Under the new law, the seller will be required to present a photo ID on any sale over $50. The records must be kept for two years following the sale and be available for inspection upon the request of law enforcement officials. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Rob Mayer (R-25) of Dexter.

* The City of Kennett receives one of three C-17MCU's delivered throughout the state of Missouri and is one of two to be stationed in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E District.

* Three Rivers graduates more than 300 at 40th annual commencement.

* Crowd gathers on square to honor veterans at The Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony held each Memorial Day at the square in downtown Kennett.

* Parts manager at Baker Farm and Hardware, Max Morgan, retires from the local company after making friends there for nearly 48 years.

* Approximately $17,000 worth of stolen equipment is returned to the Kennett Country Club after it was allegedly stolen by Orbon Connie Duke, 54, of Kennett, according to police.

* Kennett Chamber of Commerce hosts meetings to hear how city would benefit from being involved with Missouri Community Betterment.

June, 2008

* Relay for Life of Dunklin County raises $103,000 toward the fight against cancer.

* Dunklin County Authorities go on the hunt for an alledged rapist, Dewey Odell Hopper, Jr., 42, who escaped from the Dunklin County Justice Center after being charged with forcible rape and tampering with judicial proceedings. Hopper was later located at a home in Cardwell, Mo., and taken into custody.

* The City of Hornersville is presented with $10,312 from USDA Rural Development to assist with the purchase of a new police vehicle.

* Kennett Public Schools plans substantial improvements to its already existing readiness and emergency response plans thanks to a $125,984 grant it received from the U.S. Department of Education.

* Crews began tearing the Old Westgate Motel on St. Francis St., which was condemned in 2001.

* Stores pull tomatoes off of the shelves and nix them from their menus after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a warning to consumers nationwide to not eat certain types of raw red tomatoes, due to a salmonellosis outbreak that was reportedly linked to consumption of certain raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes, and products containing raw, red tomatoes.

* Lady Luck Casino takes over Casino Aztar in Caruthersville, Mo.

* The city of Campbell, Mo., one of its police officers, and the town's Dollar General convenience store is sued by a Malden family who lost their 18-year-old daughter in a murder-suicide occurring in 2006. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed through the Dunklin County justice system on by attorneys for William Joseph and Carolyn Jeannine Flowers, parents of the late Kasi Leanne Flowers, 18, who was shot and killed while at work at the Dollar General Store in Campbell by an ex-boyfriend, Billy Gene Meadows, Jr., 22, carrying a loaded .22 rifle.

* The Kennett Jaycees sponsor their signature event, The 27th Annual Show-Me State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off held in Kennett.

* The McHaney Rose Mosaic Quilt, a historic and rare collectible, goes on display at the Dunklin County Museum in Kennett, Mo.

* Trenton Thompson, 9, son of Joe Don and Virginia Thompson, is all smiles as he holds up the year's first cotton bloom from a field at the Thompson homeplace, west of Senath at Beech Corner. The youngster spotted the bloom on Wednesday, June 25.

* The Kennett Police Department is taking a stand against the economic fuel crisis by using a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle for light patrol duty throughout the city.

* U.S. Senator Kit Bond reveals that the U.S. Department of Transportation released more than $6 million in federal funds for transportation projects in the Southeast Missouri.

* A Illinois man, Richard O. Jenkins, wanted on a Texas county warrant for felonious restraint is located and captured in Campbell, Mo.

July, 2008

* Governor Blunt signs the appropriation House Bill 2023 $1,150, 000 and $3,066,000 to New Madrid and Pemiscot County Port Authorities.

* New Madrid County is awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The amount awarded is $400,000 for straight water system improvements.

* Through the Missouri Department of Transportation Bridge Soft Match Credit Program, the Dunklin County Commission and Salem Township are able to replace a deficient bridge on CR 531 in Dunklin County.

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* Max Arnold, 26, and Shelon Skelton, 30, who were previously arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a man on East Fifth Street in Kennett remain free on a total of $120,000 in surety bonds as they await another day in court.

* Sheryl Crow announces plans to release Christmas album.

* Construction and renovation at the Kennett High School continues during the summer. New windows and new air-conditioning equipment are visible at the high school gym. The construction and renovation project appears to be on schedule.

* The City of Kennett begins hosting a series of Community Betterment meetings for the public.

* The Annual Watermelon Festival parade at Arbyrd is a success with nearly 100 entries contradicting the city's fears of not having a parade at all.

* The Senath branch of the Dunklin County Library celebrates the opening of its newly built facility.

* Renovation continues at the Kennett High School campus with plans to offset the high cost of energy by installing several new Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC) rooftop units atop the redesigned facility.

* Nineteen teams showed up for the first-ever Tom Todd 4-Person Golf Scramble at the Malden Country Club/Hank Watson Municipal Golf Course in Malden.

* Gas prices soar another 5-cents, setting yet another record high for prices at the pump. Kennett residents pay between $3.84 and $3.85 per gallon.

* Senath-Hornersville Board of Education bans cell phones from campus.

* Arbyrd's city council members vote to nix riding 4-wheelers on city streets.

* Friends of Music concludes its 2007-2008 season.

* Tommy Karnes of Rives, Mo., formerly of Senath, was recently awarded the John L. Levitow Award, one of the most prestigious awards given to an Air National Guardsman.

* Workers mowing an overgrown lot near the flood wall just north of downtown Cape Girardeau discovered the decomposing body of a man identified as 59-year-old Lester Laman Jeffrey Jr.

* "Welcome to Kennett" banners begin making appearances around town thanks to the efforts of the Kennett Image Committee (KIC).

* A Ribbon Cutting ceremony is held at Kennett Community Supervision Center to celebrate its grand opening.

* 'Good Neighbor Tour' stops in Kennett as members of the KAIT news team, Craig Rickert, Diana Davis, and Ryan Vaughan, sign autographs and meet some of Kennett's finest.

* Missouri's infrastructure is the focus of a local Transportation Funding Summit jointly hosted by The City of Kennett, Kennett Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) District 7, the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission and the Missouri Transportation Development Council.

* Mayor Roger Wheeler presents Keith Mitchell with a dedication plaque at the Mitchell Park Dedication Ceremony, officially christening the area around the Sheryl Crow Aquatic Center and nearby playground.

* Additional year in review excerpts will appear in the Wednesday, Dec. 31 edition of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.

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