• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • Dexter, Mo. - Police here report to SEMO Times a wave of counterfeit money distributed across the city. Police reports Friday indicate phony bills popped up at several locations in Dexter, including Thursday at 1608 W. Business 60; 819 W. Business 60; and 1603 W. Business 60. Saturday police reported fake currency passed Friday at 707 W. Specialty in the city. These events are being investigated by the department's Criminal Investigations Division, police said Saturday. Also, Dexter Police Department Asst. Police Chief Maj. Larry Patterson, Jr., said recently a possible telephone scam is being perpetrated against residents. The major noted a resident reported being contacted by a man who claimed to represent Direct Television. The caller identified himself as a

    Aug 30,
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo. - At this Tuesday's council meeting, council will discuss workshop item D regarding rezoning a property at the corner of Northwood Dr. and Westmoor Dr. At the planning and zoning meeting earlier this week, it was clear this is a divisive issue among the neighbors. Jared Beaird purchased the property for his family dentist practice and the neighborhood appears torn as to whether it should happen. Planning and Zoning said no but ultimately it is up to council. Does the city take a more aggressive stance on commercial development or not? That's what really is at question here. Northwood, Sunset, Old Orchard, that's what we think of when the word Poplar Bluff neighborhoods is brought up. But over the

    Aug 30,
  • A respiratory viral infection new to the Midwest struck a northern Missouri city during the past month, according to reports. The virus, human enterovirus 68 (HEV68) caused concern for staff at Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital, reports indicate. SEMO parents with children who are asthmatic might watch for symptoms to become more acute than normal. There is no vaccine to prevent HEV68. Antiviral drugs to treat the illness still are on drawing boards. Those who suffer from HEV68 display asthma-like symptoms, and those hardest hit seem to be asthmatic children, doctors said. Their usual symptoms are aggravated and breathing becomes more difficult. Although the virus usually manifests in clusters of four to 30 people, the Kansas City hospital was overrun

    Aug 30,
  • SEMO TIMES needs a self-motivated, hard-working person who has a proven track record in sales. Selling area includes Stoddard, Dunklin, and Butler. Opportunity to make a great commission-based income with a temporary base to help get you to the level of income you need. Working at a startup is exciting and challenging. Come join Brian Becker, Tammy Hilderbrand, Steve Hankins, Peter Tinsley and Toni Becker and be a part of the SEMO TIMES success story. Send resume to: Brian Becker    brian@semo.net    573.778.6500

    Aug 30,
  • Over the last two weeks I have visited dozens of farms and ranches and listened to hundreds of farmers on my second annual Eighth Congressional District Farm Tour. Agriculture in South-Central and Southeast Missouri is incredibly diverse. If fact, we grow everything except citrus and sugar. While the crops we grow and the livestock we raise are diverse, every farmer I talked to in the last two weeks brought up the same topic: the EPA war on rural America. No other federal agency pushes more intrusive and ineffective regulations on farmers than the Environmental Protection Agency. On the Farm Tour, the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” plan was discussed numerous times. Back in April, the EPA announced it would

    Aug 29,
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