seMissourian.com News http://www.semissourian.com/news/ News headlines from the seMissourian.com newspaper in Cape Girardeau, Missouri en-us Cramped quarters: April 4 proposition aims to ease crowding in Perry County District Schools http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396892.html PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County District Schools would transform its facilities over the next eight years if voters pass a proposition April 4 in an effort to address crowded classrooms and hallways.... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:07:11 -0500 Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396888.html A former, longtime softball coach at Southeast Missouri State University has sued the school and its Board of Regents, contending the loss of her job amounted to gender discrimination and... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:54:40 -0500 Advance victims likely died of smoke inhalation; fire not considered suspicious http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396867.html ADVANCE, Mo. -- Two victims of a fatal house fire in Advance Monday likely died of smoke inhalation, according to preliminary autopsy results. Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope said Wednesday... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:13:55 -0500 Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396435.html In the wake of a forced resignation of the city administrator, the firing of the city clerk and another resignation by a police lieutenant, public documents obtained by the Southeast Missourian show... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:47:53 -0500 Fire-district vote sparks debate over how much homeowners could save http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396396.html A proposed tax levy in the Fruitland Fire District has sparked debate over whether residents will see a drop in their homeowner insurance premiums if voters approve the tax increase. The proposed... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:51:34 -0500 Oran voters to decide on $1.035 million, no-tax-hike bond issue http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396480.html ORAN, Mo. -- Signs with the words "Vote Yes for Proposition K.I.D.S." and accented with Oran Eagle school colors of blue and yellow are visible in yards throughout the Oran School District. On April... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:51:13 -0500 Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395924.html Two men face murder charges for shooting Ryan C. Grandi and leaving him at Southeast Hospital where he later died March 1, police said. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:37:20 -0500 Two people found dead in Advance house fire http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395979.html ADVANCE, Mo. -- Two Advance residents were found dead Monday morning in a house fire in the city. Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope identified the dead as Andrea Carlisle, 43, and Hercheal Stephens,... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:43:26 -0500 Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396020.html Former Scott City administrator Ron Eskew said during a Monday night city council meeting his recent resignation had been forced in what he said construed "wrongful termination." "I was forced to... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:42:51 -0500 Fruitland Fire District seeks tax vote for full-time staffing http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395766.html Voters in the Fruitland Area Fire Protection District will vote April 4 on a tax measure that would provide added revenue to pay for full time staffing. The move would allow for quicker response... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:27:58 -0500 Re-enactor tells tale of former slave who became nurse aboard Civil War ship http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395767.html Clad in a dark dress with a black head scarf and starched white apron, Marlene Rivero incorporated song, props and stories to tell about the life of Ann Stokes, a nurse on Civil War hospital ship USS... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:27:45 -0500 Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395684.html The Missouri House narrowly approved legislation last week that would allow charter schools to operate in any school district where there is an underperforming school. House Bill 634 passed on an... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:08:03 -0500 The long run: Event for scholarship foundation finds some participants trying for 100 miles http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395685.html Nearly 200 runners from the Cape Girardeau area and beyond came together to run for a cause in the eighth annual Howard Aslinger Foundation Endurance Run, which benefits the Howard Aslinger Memorial... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:07:50 -0500 Cape School Board candidates praise 1:1, discuss future of district http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395242.html Candidates for Cape Girardeau School Board each drew on their respective strengths in answering a question about the 1:1 tablets and laptops initiative for students Thursday at a SEMO Pachyderms... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:30:06 -0500 Juvenile Detention Center demolition begins Thursday in Cape Girardeau http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395241.html Demolition of the old Cape Girardeau County Juvenile Detention Center begins Thursday at 325 Merriwether St. in Cape Girardeau. County parks employees are getting the property ready to sell. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:24:34 -0500 Neighborhood residents push for community center in south Cape http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395240.html South Cape Girardeau needs a community center that would serve neighborhood children, residents said at a public meeting Thursday. Some 30 people turned out for the meeting at Shawnee Park Center,... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:11:11 -0500 Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395132.html BENTON, Ill. — A man who stabbed three bank employees, leaving two of them dead, as part of an attempted bank robbery in Cairo, Illinois, will spend the rest of his life in prison. James Nathaniel... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:01:08 -0500 Stoddard County first in region to adopt drug-monitoring program http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395193.html BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — The Stoddard County Commission voted 3-0 to pass an ordinance establishing a prescription-drug monitoring program in Stoddard County at its regular meeting March 6. The county is... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:47:44 -0500 Legislature OKs bill raising fines for herbicide damage http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395194.html Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to a bill increasing fines for illegal use of herbicides resulting in damage to other farmers’ crops, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The Missouri... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:47:37 -0500 Counties see consolidation of 911 services; say cell phone tax makes sense http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394874.html Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, like many in Missouri, are facing declining revenues and rising costs for 911 communications services. Last year, Cape Girardeau County brought in $403,152 in... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:15 -0500 Several tournaments already booked at Sportsplex http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394815.html Build it and they will come. That philosophy seems to be playing out with the new Cape Girardeau SportsPlex which is nearing completion. City parks and recreation officials say they have already... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:43:26 -0500 Three out, including city administrator, at Scott City; two resigned, one fired http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394863.html Scott City administrator Ron Eskew has resigned amid investigation into what Scott City Mayor Ron Cummins called "suspected improprieties" in a statement issued Wednesday. When reached by phone,... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:43:12 -0500 Saxony students turn art into trading cards http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396400.html A range of influences and styles were on display Tuesday at Saxony Lutheran High School as about 20 artists gathered for a trading event. Art teacher and Art Club adviser Christy Moore said she had... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:51:52 -0500 Museum season begins with program on gospel music http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395960.html Gospel music has proven influential across genres, and Altha Robinson will give a presentation Saturday to begin the Cape River Heritage Museum's 2017 speaker series. Robinson, a Cape Girardeau... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:33:54 -0500 Cape Girardeau to unveil fourth annual outdoor sculptures exhibit on April 6 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395959.html The city of Cape Girardeau will unveil its fourth public outdoor sculptures exhibition April 6 with a kickoff celebration at 6 p.m. at the Vasterling Suites Courtyard along Broadway. The reception... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:44:12 -0500 Developer withdraws rezoning request for apartment complex in face of opposition http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395994.html The developer of a controversial apartment project withdrew his rezoning request Monday, hours before the Cape Girardeau City Council was to consider setting a public hearing on the issue. At its... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:44:01 -0500 Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395955.html A three-day jury trial has been set for July 17-19, 2018, for Laterrius Triplett, who is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the death of 30-year-old Brent... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:43:15 -0500 Spin move at the Arena Park playground http://www.semissourian.com/story/2396006.html Max Copsy, 4, throws his hands in the air as he spins around on the merry-go-round Monday at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Copsy's father said the weather was so nice Monday, with temperatures near... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:29:44 -0500 Jackson Board of Aldermen Agenda 3/20/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395806.html Jackson Board of Aldermen City hall 101 Court St. Regular meeting, 7 p.m. today n Approval of Minutes n Minutes of Regular Meeting of 03/06/2017 n Financial affairs n Monthly bills Action Items n... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:06:01 -0500 Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 3/20/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395805.html Cape Girardeau City Council agenda City Hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Items for discussion n Planning and Zoning Commission report Regular session, 7 p.m. Presentations n... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:06:01 -0500 Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 3/20/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395804.html Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the March 16 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:06:01 -0500 Poplar Bluff church helps distribute drug to battle heroin overdoses http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395683.html POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — A $10 drug that could have saved as many as four Butler County lives in the past three months was distributed Thursday to community members as part of an ongoing battle against... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:07:19 -0500 Club News 3-19-17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395438.html The Oak Ridge FCE Homemakers met Feb. 21 at the home of Melva Floyd in Oak Ridge. The meeting was called to order by President Jean Rehak. The devotional was given by Pat Hecht who read "Oh, Give Me... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:57:05 -0500 Road work 3/17/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2395188.html Route Y in Perry County between Route A and County Road 438 will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees. The work will take place from 7... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:14:31 -0500 Road work 3/16/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394903.html Interstate 55 southbound Outer Road from Route FF down about 1 mile in Cape Girardeau County will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Work... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:38:31 -0500 Three tornadoes confirmed in New Madrid, Stoddard counties last week http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394838.html SIKESTON. Mo. — The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, confirmed six tornadoes touched down in the region during last week’s severe thunderstorms. And of those, three were confirmed in... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:11:36 -0500 Deputies: Oak Ridge man attacked wife, tried to stab son http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394875.html An Oak Ridge man assaulted his wife and tried to stab her adult son Monday, deputies said. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Joseph D. Haven, 29, with... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:11:06 -0500 Perryville venue to host Cape company's version of 'Wizard of Oz' http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394876.html It’s purely coincidental, but an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented by the On Cue Performing Art Studio this weekend at the Perry Park Center in Perryville, Missouri. Less than three... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:10:49 -0500 Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 3/16/17 http://www.semissourian.com/story/2394904.html Approval of minutes n Minutes of the March 13 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business... 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