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Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
May Brothers Fireworks expands to new generation, Louisiana (07/02/16)
SIKESTON -- In 1969 the May Brothers, Alfred and Lewis, of Sikeston were looking for a way to make some spending money for the summer. It was then they decided since they lived on Highway 60 it would be a good location for a fireworks stand. Fast forward to 47 years later and May Brothers is still going strong in Sikeston and a new generation of May Brothers, Garrett and Gavin, now have locations throughout Louisiana...
Midas Hospitality to manage hotel in new Sikeston development (07/02/16)
SIKESTON -- A 92-room Hampton Inn will be the second tenant to join the new 100-acre Cotton Ridge Development in Sikeston. The expansive development is located at the intersections of Highways 61 and 60. Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, is set to develop the 60,000-square-foot hotel located at 1240 Commerce Dr. ...
Business Briefs (July 3) (06/30/16)
John Leible of First State Bank and Trust Co., Inc. earns agricultural lending certificate SIKESTON -- John Leible, vice president at First State Bank and Trust Co., Inc., recently received Agricultural Lending certification from the University of Missouri Extension Center...
Rue21 expanding to offer new service lines to Sikeston Outlet Stores (06/18/16)
SIKESTON -- Rue21, a leading teen specialty apparel retailer, will be expanding to a much larger location within Sikeston Outlet Stores and has announced plans to accommodate more service lines. According to Kyla Evans, marketing director for Sikeston Outlet Stores, "Our rue21 store will be bigger and better with a brand new look and much more shopping room with more to offer customers."...
Paul's Christian Bookstore now under new ownership, new name with same inventory (06/18/16)
SIKESTON -- For 38 years, Paul's Christian Bookstore was a staple in Sikeston. Now under new ownership and a new name, The Inside Story will continue with the much of the same inventory, while adding a coffee bar to the business. "It's the same store, but they wanted to keep the legal rights to the name so that's why we have the new name, The Inside Story," said new owner Camille Lancaster. ...
  • Higher close as crude oil edges up
    The markets closed higher with the Dow adding 4 points to 20,624 as crude oil prices edged up. Nasdaq gained 23 points to 5,838.
  • Fiat Chrysler to lay off workers
    The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow dropping 70 points to 20,549. Nasdaq rose 5 points to 5,820.
  • Lower open as crude oil slips
    The markets opened lower with the Dow falling 54 points to 20,565 as crude oil prices slipped. Nasdaq added a point to 5,815.
  • Flat close despite upbeat jobless data report
    The markets markets closed flat with the Dow adding 7 points to 20,619 despite a better than expected jobless claims report. Nasdaq slipped 4 points to 5,814.
  • Visa partners with IBM
    The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow losing 19 points to 20,592. Nasdaq fell 13 points to 5,806.

Special Publications
New website design debuts today as paper increases presence on web
SIKESTON -- Beginning today, you will see a new website design at www.standard-democrat.com. The new design is much more visual with larger photos and more colors, making the site more user friendly. "It is about making it easier for the viewers," said Kris Chamberlain, who along with David Jenkins is coordinating the increased emphasis on the web that will be called SD Digital. ...