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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

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United Way kicks off 2015 campaign with a focus on local need (08/28/15)
Focusing on the amount of community need rather than a specific goal number, the United Way of Southeast Missouri kicked off its 2015 fundraising campaign Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau. This change to focusing on "needs" versus "goals" goes hand-in-hand with the theme of this year's campaign, "Turning Compassion Into Action."...
Property tax rate to go down in Cape County (08/28/15)
Cape Girardeau County property owners will be paying a lower property tax this year, the first decrease in about three years. The 2015 property tax levy was set Thursday by Cape Girardeau County Commissioners. A public hearing was held before the vote, but no one appeared to speak on the matter...
Sikeston man featured on 'Don't Blink' program (08/28/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston native and mentalist Morgan Strebler is entertaining people on the streets with his mind-bending talents in a weekly, national television program. Strebler, who also is a psychological illusionist, is one of 16 magicians featured on "Don't Blink," which airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursdays on PopTV Network...
Jackson company faces $74,000 in fines for safety violations (08/28/15) 1
While U.S. Department of Labor inspectors were investigating how a 54-year-old employee at a Jackson diaper recycling facility lost four fingers using a machine, they found fire hazards that could have caused an explosion. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found "extensive combustible dust and potential sources of ignition" at Wahlco D.W. Tool, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Department of Labor...
Area temperatures reached record lows twice this week (08/28/15)
A large cool-air mass that moved through the Cape Girardeau region resulted in two consecutive record-setting low temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The previous low temperature for Aug. 25 was 54 degrees, set in 2009, but Tuesday, temperatures reached 52 degrees, 12 lower than the average low temperature...
Mini conference on several issues set for Saturday (08/28/15)
Anyone interested in learning more about Islam and ISIS, big government and Common Core educational standards is invited to attend Saturday's "Confronting the Issues of the Day" mini conference in Cape Girardeau. Presented by Concerned Women for America of Missouri, the event will be from noon to 4 p.m. ...
Road work 8/28/15 (08/28/15)
Route K in Perry County between Route B and County Road 600 will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT news release...
Teens charged as adults in June drive-by shooting (08/27/15) 9
Criminal charges have been filed against two teens accused of critically injuring a Cape Girardeau woman during a drive-by shooting in late June, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor's office. Ajai J. McReynolds and Zachary A. ...
Southeast enrollment drops for first time since 1994 (08/27/15) 7
After 20 consecutive years of enrollment growth at Southeast Missouri State University, there is a slight decline in the number of students enrolled this fall, according to totals released by the university. Total fall enrollment at the university was 11,411 as of Tuesday, according to a Southeast news release. The enrollment figure comes second to the university's historic high of 11,580 in fall 2014 and represents a decline of 1.5 percent...
Schools work to place child-abuse hotline posters by Friday deadline (08/27/15) 2
Missouri school districts are working to post a child-abuse and neglect hotline number in every student restroom in light of new legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon. The act, which goes into effect Friday, requires all public and charter schools to post the hotline in all student restrooms. It also requires signs be posted in a visible location in a public area of the school -- in English and Spanish -- with the toll-free number...
Cape to hold hearings on downtown sidewalks (08/27/15) 10
The city of Cape Girardeau will host the first of two public meetings Sept. 3, presenting information and asking for input on the Downtown Sidewalk Replacement Project. A 30-minute presentation by city staff and project consultants will be given, followed by an open house where attendees can view displays of possible improvement projects and speak with the project team...
Road work 8/27/15 (08/27/15)
U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County from Mount Auburn Road to Cape Rock Drive will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, according to a MoDOT news release...
Active shooter training at Jackson High School (08/27/15)
Members of the Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and the Sikeston, Missouri, Department of Public Safety Special Operations Group move through a stairwell during an active-shooter building-clearing exercise Wednesday at Jackson High School's old A Building...
Blunt during Cape stop: No excuse for homeless vets, expanded care needed (08/27/15) 10
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made a stop in Cape Girardeau late Wednesday morning to chat with veterans about their physical and mental health needs. "If the (Department of Veterans Affairs) wants to provide health care to veterans, they need to do a better job of that," Blunt told reporters during a question-and-answer session after a meeting at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center off William Street...
Man sentenced to 10 years for Cape stabbing (08/27/15)
A man involved in a 2014 stabbing has been sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Billy Joe McGee, 43, of Cape Girardeau was sentenced by Judge Michael Gardner in July. McGee had been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after stabbing a man with a steak knife in February 2014...
New technical programs coming to Three Rivers (08/27/15)
Three Rivers College is offering new technical programs at its campuses, as well as some of the newer courses soon to be offered that are geared to making people employable in the Bootheel region. The three classes offered at the Career and Technical Center of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, High School are Intro to MIG (metal inert gas), Intro to Shield and Metal Arc (stick welding) and Weld Fabrication, in which students learn measurement, cutting precisely and being able to fabricate small projects accurately.. ...
Missing brother of congressman found unharmed (08/27/15) 2
The brother of U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, who was missing since Monday morning has been found safe, the family said Wednesday afternoon. A missing-person report was filed with the Dent County Sheriff's Office on Monday for Billy G. Smith Jr., 41, of Salem, Missouri...
Woman appeals conviction in methadone overdose case (08/27/15)
A St. Mary, Missouri, woman has taken her case to the Eastern District Court of Appeals. Sandra Dallas, 58, recently began serving a 52-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections for her role in supplying methadone to two men hours before they died...
Cape park to host history, religion rally (08/27/15)
The public is invited to attend the "Never Again Is Now Rally" on Friday at Cape County Park North. The event's main topic is "A History and Religion Tour," according to a news release from the Cape County Tea Party. William Federer will be the keynote speaker. He's a nationally known speaker, a best-selling author and president of publishing company Amerisearch Inc., and leads the television program "Faith in America," the news release said. He was born and raised in south St. Louis...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 8/27/15 (08/27/15)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n Minutes of the Aug. 24 meeting n None at this time n Items listed on agenda n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Sheriff office monthly report n Cape courthouse gazebo agreement n Public hearing for 2015 proposed tax rates. Citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the Cape Girardeau County Commission...
Judge sentences Holmes to life, orders him out of courtroom (08/26/15) 3
Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years -- the maximum allowed by law -- before the judge told deputies, "Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please."...
'When's my street getting fixed?'; Cape residents soon will get answer (08/26/15) 7
Cape Girardeau's Transportation Trust Fund historically has funded new road and infrastructure projects in every corner of the city. From the roundabout on Lexington Avenue to the expansion of Walnut Street to West End Boulevard -- still under construction for TTF 4 -- the projects often generate a lot of chatter among residents...
Rep. Jason Smith's brother reported missing (08/26/15) 4
The brother of U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, has been reported missing, according to the Dent County Sheriff's Office. A missing person report was filed Monday for Billy G. Smith Jr. The sheriff's office describes Billy Smith, 41, of Salem as a 5 foot, 10 inches tall, weighing 315 pounds with blue eyes, very short hair and a goatee. He also has a tattoo of a teddy bear on his left shoulder with the name "Angelea" on a ribbon and tattoo of a Tasmanian devil on his right forearm...
Woman wants to organize protest against Stoddard County sheriff's office (08/26/15) 9
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Ann Adams appeared Monday morning before the Stoddard County Commission to ask for permission to hold a "peaceful protest" over treatment of those arrested and jailed in Stoddard County. Adams said an issue dating to 1999 has continued to cause "pain and hardships" to her family. ...
Cape man gets 20 years for child molestation (08/26/15) 1
A Cape Girardeau man was sentenced to prison Monday afternoon on charges of child molestation. Judge Benjamin Lewis sentenced Brendon Max, 29, to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Max received 10 years on each of two charges of first-degree child molestation. The terms will run consecutively...
Jackson post office to hold kickoff Friday for campaign (08/26/15)
The United States Postal Service will hold a kickoff for its Deliver the Brand campaign Friday at the post office in Jackson, 210 E. Main St. The kickoff will be a customer appreciation event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers will receive information about new rates, stamp services, postal products and Every Door Direct Mail advertising, according to a news release from the postal service. Refreshments will be served, and managers and supervisors will be on hand to answer questions...
Jackson school district to keep tax rate the same (08/26/15)
The Jackson School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the district's tax rate stable at $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2015-2016 school year, marking 10 years since the district has adjusted its rate, officials said. The board approved the rate after a public hearing. The tax rates are set to produce the revenue from the property tax required by the budget for the fiscal year, beginning July 1...
Charleston man charged with kidnapping, sodomy (08/26/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man is in custody after a weekend arrest on kidnapping, sodomy and domestic-assault charges. Timothy Easton, 47, will be arraigned at 9:15 a.m. today before Mississippi County Associate Judge S. Rob Barker on a felony charges of kidnapping, first-degree sodomy or attempted sodomy and second-degree domestic assault...
Field day offers up-close look at local crops (08/25/15) 1
Farmers and the public were given an opportunity Monday to tour corn and soybean fields at the Buchheit Tech Park. Buchheit and Merschman Seeds hosted their annual field day at the site in Perry County, Missouri. "It is open to the public, but we usually get farmers who are going to be purchasing the seed," said Katlyn Niederecker of Buchheit. ...
Three Cape teens detained after Sikeston shooting, pursuit (08/25/15) 18
Three Cape Girardeau teens were arrested in Sikeston, Missouri, after they were accused of shooting at a house and a brief pursuit in Sikeston last week. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety reported Monday that Ralph Holmes, 19, was charged with multiple felonies and is in custody at the Scott County Jail in Benton, Missouri...
Nixon touts Southeast campus improvements during visit (08/25/15) 1
Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop Monday at Southeast Missouri State University to discuss how recent efforts from the state will help fund more than $10 million in improvements on campus. The governor's visit coincided with the university's first day of fall classes...
Cape School District keeps tax rate stable (08/25/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District's total tax rate for 2015-2016 will remain at $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation, board members voted during a special meeting Monday. Neil Glass, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district's total assessed valuation is $633,657,242 -- a 2.3 percent increase over last year...
Lincoln Day Dinner set for Saturday (08/25/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club will host its 46th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday at Ray's Plaza Conference Center, 3257 William St. in Cape Girardeau. The theme for the dinner is "Freedom Is Not Free." U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt will be the keynote speaker, with Lloyd Smith leading the ceremonies. Local state representatives and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith also will attend...
Jackson man pleads not guilty to sodomy charge (08/25/15) 6
A Jackson man accused of first-degree statutory sodomy pleaded not guilty Monday. Jeffrey B. Moffat, 55, is accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl with his fingers while baby-sitting her and her sisters at the girls' home in 2014. Moffat's next court appearance will be for a motion hearing Oct. 16...
Poplar Bluff venue to host forum for governor candidates (08/25/15)
A candidate forum featuring the six candidates running for governor has been organized by the Butler County Republicans in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Catherine Hanaway, Randy Asbury, Eric Greitens, Peter Kinder, Bob Dixon and John Brunner have committed to the event...
State may allow crossbows next deer, turkey hunting season (08/24/15) 2
The Missouri Conservation Commission has set season dates and limits for the 2016-2017 fall deer season and given initial approval to several deer-hunting regulation changes. The regulation changes were proposed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, which hosted a number of meetings earlier this year -- including one in Cape Girardeau -- to speak with the public and gather input on the proposals...
Report raises alarm on obesity; smoking and heart disease also a concern (08/24/15) 9
Obesity, smoking and heart disease are ranked among the top public-health priority issues in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, completed by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and collaborating community partners. The assessment is completed every three years and includes information on county demographics, education, socioeconomic conditions, public safety, domestic violence, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, chronic diseases and morbidity and mortality...
Speaker gives perspectives of Christianity, Islam (08/24/15) 3
Muslims' and Christians' mutual concern for evangelism historically has been problematic, but the Rev. John Loum said there are ways the two groups can get along during a presentation Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Loum, a native of Gambia who was raised as a Muslim, said he knows from experience what tactics work to facilitate conversation and which can alienate...
A boat or bicycle ramp (08/24/15)
A youngster jumps his bicycle off the boat ramp of Red Star Access on Sunday in Cape Girardeau. The Mississippi River stage was 19.4 feet and rising but is forecast to fall to 19 feet by Friday.
Ukelele duo play at Riverfront Park (08/24/15)
September Knupp, left, playing a soprano ukulele, and Madison Sitzes, with a baritone ukulele, strum popular 1990s music on a bench Sunday near Riverfront Park on Water Street in Cape Girardeau. They call their band the Ukuladies.
Longtime Schnucks manager Dennis Marchi retires (08/23/15) 3
He had planned to stay just three years. When a young Dennis Marchi moved to Cape Girardeau in 1985 to manage the new Schnucks store, he had no idea he would be here for the rest of his career. "... I had no idea where Cape Girardeau was at that time, and I was told ... I would go back to St. Louis," he said...
Assessment scores in Cape schools can't be compared to past years (08/23/15) 8
While Cape Girardeau School District officials say they are pleased with most scores received from the 2015 Missouri Assessment Program, the data can't be compared to previous years. The test scores, released last week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, are the first from an assessment given in the spring that was designed to gauge how well students are learning standards fully implemented for the first time last school year. ...
Jackson Civic Center is 75 percent done (08/23/15)
Three-quarters of the way into its construction schedule, the Jackson Civic Center is on track for completion. Public Works director Rodney Bollinger, speaking for the Jackson Civic Center Building Committee, presented an update Monday night to the Jackson Board of Aldermen on the building's progress...
Southeast announces new Speakers Series lineup (08/23/15) 8
The roster for the 2015-2016 Speakers Series at Southeast Missouri State University is an eclectic one, including a surfer, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and an Academy Award-winning rapper. The university announced the lineup Friday. "This year's University Speakers Series is a testament to the 'Will To Do,'" Joanna Shaver, coordinator of campus programming, said in a news release. "Each speaker is a survivor, whether it be due to physical, economic, cultural or racial limitations."...
A Cure for Cape gala (08/23/15)
Jeff Maurer places a bid on a framed photograph of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge by Dr. David Crowe on Saturday as he and Lauren Jones look over silent auction items at the American Cancer Society's "A Cure for Cape" Gala at the Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau. More photos are in a gallery at semissourian.com...
Chaffee man accused of rape, assault of pregnant wife (08/23/15) 1
A Chaffee, Missouri, area man was arrested after being accused of rape and assault by his pregnant wife. Landon J. Klaffer, 21, Chaffee was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree domestic assault, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon...
Wardell police chief faces three felony counts (08/23/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The police chief of Wardell, Missouri, is facing three felony charges. According to Dunklin County assistant prosecutor Jonce Chidester, Casey Aaron Redden was charged July 12 with two counts of parental kidnapping. According to the complaint, the mother of his children had left them at her grandmother's house, and Redden picked them up without permission. ...
Kennett fire marshal charged with stealing (08/23/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett's city fire marshal is charged with stealing, and he was disciplined last week by the city council. Scott Tutor will appear in municipal court next month in connection with a report at a local Wal-Mart. On July 29, Tutor allegedly took a $59 camera flash from the store...
Casey's store in Charleston robbed (08/23/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Police are searching for a man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint. At 9 p.m. Thursday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received a report of an armed robbery at the Casey's General Store, 308 East Marshall St. in Charleston...
Southeast president talks about his leadership influences (08/23/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto was named the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University in March after a presidential search that began last year. Vargas officially became university president July 1 and has spent the past few months getting to know Southeast and becoming its leader...