Cape School District to have cybersecurity audit by state
The Cape Girardeau School District is among five Missouri schools that soon will be audited by the state as part of a new cybersecurity audit initiative. State Auditor Nicole Galloway recently announced the Cyber Aware School Audits, focused on identifying practices that improve the security of information schools have on students and their families...
Texas college on lockdown, suspect sought after 2 shot
HOUSTON (AP) -- Texas Southern University was on lockdown Friday as police searched for a suspect after two people were shot at a student housing complex, university officials said. The shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. at University Courtyard Apartments, on the edge of the Houston campus. University spokesman Kendrick Callis said the suspected shooter was still on the loose as of early afternoon. He said the campus is on lockdown and classes have been cancelled...
Man charged in crash to appear in court today
The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident in July is scheduled for trial today. John J. Kelly, 60, was charged July 29 with misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving. Documents filed in the case say Kelly ran a red light July 16 and struck another vehicle, causing the death of Florence James. James, 81, died later that day at Saint Francis Medical Center from injuries sustained during the accident...
City of Cape Girardeau to collect hazardous waste
Cape Girardeau residential trash and recycling customers may bring household hazardous waste to a collection event Saturday at the 4-H Building in Arena Park. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon and is provided by the Public Works Department, funded in part by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management District grant. ...
RIVAL SERIES: The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet in a playoff series for the first time tonight
It's been known as a rivalry, but the postseason bragging rights have been one-sided. The Cardinals have won 11 World Series titles, and have reached the National League Championship Series each of the last four years. The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908, a fact Cards fans punctuate with Cubs fans. ...
TIF commission approves removing casino-owned property from district
Cape Girardeau's Tax Increment Financing Commission gathered Thursday to approve some amendments to a draft redevelopment plan before it is presented in a public hearing later this month. Three amendments were approved unanimously by the group -- though each was discussed at length before members voted -- with the most significant amendment removing a property from the boundaries of the downtown TIF district...
Richard Kinder donates $25 million to MU for teaching, studying U.S. Constitution
Richard Kinder, Cape Girardeau native and co-founder of energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan, has gifted $25 million to the University of Missouri through the Kinder Foundation, university officials announced Thursday. The new, endowed gift establishes the Kinder Institute, which supports the teaching and study of the U.S. Constitution...
Missouri's first lady visits Blanchard Elementary School
Missouri's first lady Georganne Nixon on Thursday visited Barbara Blanchard Elementary, where she read to students in celebration of the school's National Blue Ribbon School award. "The governor and I just love to celebrate the success of Missouri schools," Nixon said during her visit. "Becoming a National Blue Ribbon School is such a great honor for the community, the students here, the administrators and the board, that we just like to come and say thank you."...
Keep Cape Beautiful to hold fall cleanup
The Keep Cape Beautiful Beautification Committee has organized a fall cleanup for Saturday and is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in helping clean up downtown Cape Girardeau should gather at 9 a.m. at the Boardman Pavilion near the intersection of Main and Independence streets...
Police offer reward for help finding Ranney Ave. shooter
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with Tuesday's fatal shooting on Ranney Avenue. At 9:43 p.m. Tuesday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department received a report of the shooting at 911 Ranney. When officers arrived, the victim's body was found lying facedown on a slight embankment in the yard...
Charges filed against driver in Bricks incident
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Assault charges were filed Tuesday morning against a June patron of Brick's Off Road Park, who allegedly was intoxicated when his pickup truck ran a stop sign and struck a local woman's car, leaving her paralyzed. Jeremy S. Sykes, who was among the estimated 14,000 to 15,000 people at the park's Trucks Gone Wild event June 4 to 7, was charged with two felonies of second-degree assault by Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Ted Thompson...
Man gets 15 years for 'road rage episode'
A Butler County judge sentenced a Bunker, Missouri, man to 15 years in prison Tuesday afternoon in connection with a "road rage episode" in which he fired two rounds into the tailgate of a passing pickup. After hearing testimony from witnesses during an August trial, a Butler County jury deliberated about two hours in convicting James A. Dorris, formerly of Lugoff, South Carolina, of felony unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action...
Students attend SEMO ag field day
More than 645 high-school students on Wednesday attended Southeast Missouri State University's annual Agriculture Education Field Day, where they learned about a variety of agriculture-related topics, from biotechnology and genetics to sustainable gardens...
Jackson police seek burglary suspect
The Jackson Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a person of interest in a burglary. The department released a photo of a man believed to be involved in a burglary at BG's Old Tyme Deli, 252 E. Jackson Blvd. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at (573) 243-3151...
Drug collection bin returns to Jackson PD
The Jackson Police Department has announced the return of its prescription drug collection bin. Canceled Drug Enforcement Agency programs caused multiple police departments to do away with collection bins earlier this year. The bin is in the front lobby of the department and is available 24/7, no questions asked...
Sikeston woman killed in I-55 crash
A Sikeston, Missouri, woman was killed Wednesday during a single-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55, just north of the Jackson Main Street exit. Bethany Venable, 29, was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer when she traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Cape County Republican Women's Club to host Wallingford
The Cape County Republican Women's Club will host state Sen. Wayne Wallingford at its monthly meeting Friday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, recently accepted the position of chairman of Vets4Energy, a group of volunteer veterans who act as advocates for energy policies to sustain national security, and recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with members of seven national Senate offices, including those who work for both of Missouri's senators.. ...
Three Missouri men face weapons charges in East Cape Girardeau incident
Three men connected with an Oct. 3 shooting incident in Southern Illinois were arrested in Cape Girardeau on weapons charges Saturday. Marlon T. Williams, 40, of Springfield, Missouri; Cedric J. Lucious, 26, of Cape Girardeau; and Ronnie A. Lucious, 38, of St. Louis each were charged with a single count of unlawful possession of a weapon...
Woman charged with stealing from the elderly
A former bookkeeper at Crowley Ridge Healthcare Center in Dexter, Missouri, was arrested Monday and charged with financial exploitation of the elderly. Sandra D. Campbell, 48, of Dexter was allegedly using funds from the resident trust account at the center to purchase clothing items for herself...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 10/8/15
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n Minutes of the Oct. 5 meeting n None at this time n Items listed on agenda n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n A donation to County Park Honors and Memorial Program n Gazebo contract at Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse...
Man with local ties to appear on Investigation Discovery episode
A young man whose family has roots in the Jackson and Cape Girardeau areas will be starring in a crime show set to air Saturday on Investigation Discovery. "Hell House" will be shown at 8 p.m. on the sister station of the Discovery Channel. Investigation Discovery's shows use actors to portray real crimes...
Man shot to death in South Cape homicide
A man was shot and killed Tuesday night in the 900 block of Ranney Avenue. Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair said police responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, "He was clearly deceased," Blair said. Blair said the man had been shot, but was unable to confirm how many times. He said there was no chance the wounds were self-inflicted...
Local firefighters honored during program Tuesday evening
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was celebrated Tuesday at the first Firefighter Appreciation Day event, where the community gathered to say thank you to those who risk their lives to help others. "Today, we get so wrapped up in what we're trying to do and we think we're so busy. ...
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel member will hold information meeting in Cape next week
A Taxpayer Advocacy Panel member will be in Cape Girardeau soon to share information about the group and seek suggestions to share with the Internal Revenue Service to improve service. Stephanie Campbell, a Taxpayer Advocacy Panel representative for Missouri, will be at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15...
Judges ask for more security at Stoddard County Justice Center
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Commission heard a request at its meeting Monday for additional security in the Stoddard County Justice Center. Circuit Judge Rob Mayer told the commission Associate Judge Joe Satterfield, Associate Judge Steve Mitchell and himself had met recently to discuss additional security. ...
Robbie Guard enters race for Ward 4 seat
Residents of Cape Girardeau's Ward 4 will have a decision to make when they vote for their next council representative. Robbie Guard announced Tuesday his plans to run for the seat that will be left vacant by term-limited Councilwoman Loretta Schneider...
Cape police, other local law enforcement to participate in National Night Out
The Cape Girardeau Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will gather to host National Night Out on Thursday. Events begin at 4:30 p.m. at Target, 202 Siemers Drive, and will conclude at 8 p.m. National Night Out is an annual event designed to "strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners," said a news release from the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Highway 51 in Perry County reduced for bridge repairs
Highway 51 in Perry County will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform repairs to the Chester (Illinois) Bridge over the Mississippi River. The work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14, according to a MoDOT news release...
Jackson switches to salt for roads
The city of Jackson no longer will use cinders to combat winter snow accumulation on roadways, opting to use deicing salt instead. The board of aldermen authorized the purchase of up to 300 tons of deicing salt Monday night. Public Works director Rodney Bollinger explained via email Monday that the city of Jackson has been steadily moving away from using cinders for its winter storm management program...
Regents approve awarding $7.7 million contract for Greek housing
Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents on Monday approved awarding a $7.7 million contract for construction of the first phase of a Greek housing project. Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said four construction bids were received in September, with the lowest bid at $7.7 million -- $477,787 over the university's July construction cost estimate...
Cape council approves agreement for new website
Steps taken Monday by the Cape Girardeau City Council allow the city to begin putting its "best technology foot forward," according to city staff. The council approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with Reliance Communications LLC for the design, management and support of a new website...
Zakaria: Fears about U.S. students lagging behind are unfounded
Before Fareed Zakaria had an eponymous CNN program or a recurring Washington Post column, he was an ordinary -- albeit gifted -- Indian teenager. In his Show Me Center address Monday evening, he said he did the usual things Indian teens did, which is to say he labored over the decision to become a doctor or an engineer while passing around bootleg copies of American television shows...
Route CC in Cape County to close for pipe replacement
Route CC in Cape Girardeau County, between U.S. 61 and Route CC, will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. According to a MoDOT news release, the work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday...
Fashion show demonstrates proper career wear
Hayley Keith walks the catwalk in Southeast Missouri State University's University Center, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, during a fashion show put on by the university's career services. The fashion show, featuring clothing and accessories on loan from Kohl's, was to help students dress appropriately for the upcoming Career & Internship Fair this Thursday....
Morehouse pilot survives early morning crash in Dexter
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Morehouse, Missouri, man has serious injuries, but walked away from a wooded area south of Dexter after his Cessna 150 crashed within 75 yards of a residence.
Kinder's staff to conduct listening posts
Staff from Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's office will be on hand for two listening posts Friday. Kinder's staff will be at the Bollinger County Courthouse in Marble Hill, Missouri, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Friday. From 4:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, they will be at the Scott County Courthouse in Benton, Missouri...
Keeping Cape Girardeau floodwall free of graffiti a constant challenge
When Haley Ellison and her sorority sisters recently launched an effort to clean up Cape Girardeau's downtown floodwall, they knew going in they wouldn't be able to erase every little scrap of graffiti...
Cape city council to vote on new website management and design
With the approval of the city council tonight, Cape Girardeau's website could look a little different in the near future. The council will consider an agreement with Reliance Communications LLC for the design, management and support of a new website...
Sikeston surgeon, two nurses treat patients on mission to Africa
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston surgeon and two nurses went back to the basics when they recently traveled to Africa on a medical mission, and their experience proved key in providing care to the residents in need. Dr. Ly Phan, general surgeon; Tressa Neely, certified nurse anesthetist; and Roberta Merryman, registered nurse, all employees of Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, traveled in late August to the African community of Migori, Kenya. ...
Benefit golf tourney set for today
Editor's note: The following story has been edited to correct who is hosting this event.
Artisan Contracting of Cape Girardeau is hosting a golf tournament today at the Cape Girardeau Country Club to benefit Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch to be served at 11, followed by a shotgun start at noon. Tournament play is limited to 30 teams or 120 golfers.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit immediate surviving family members of state troopers killed in the line of duty.
For more information, call (573) 339-1103.
250 Country Club Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Journalist, author Zakaria to speak tonight as part of university series
Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria will speak at Southeast Missouri State University this evening as part of the 2015-2016 Speaker Series. Zakaria hosts CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," is a contributing editor at "The Atlantic" magazine and is a columnist for The Washington Post...
No injuries reported in fire Sunday in Cape
None were injured in an early-morning structure fire Sunday on Chateau Drive in Cape Girardeau. Firefighters were dispatched just before 7 a.m. to a call of a vehicle fire in a garage. Upon arrival, they were met with an intense fire coming from the garage area...
Floodwall gates to be repainted
Beginning Monday, the gates in the Mississppi River floodwall will be getting a fresh coat of paint. Only one gate will be closed to public access at a time, according to an email from the city of Cape Girardeau, so the river will still be accessible. Both gates will reopen during evenings and weekends...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 10/5/15
Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Oct. 1 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n Recorder of Deeds, Drew Blattner, will request to advertise for bids on plat envelopes...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 10/5/15
Cape Girardeau City Council City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today n No action will be taken during the study session. Items for discussion n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n Discussion regarding new city website and content management system...
Congressional votes for Oct. 2
Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the last week. Along with roll call votes, the Senate also passed the Border Jobs for Veterans Act (H.R. 2835), to recruit departing members of the military to serve as Customs and Border Protection officers; and passed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (H.R. 1624), to revise the definition of small employer for the purposes of the health-care reform law...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 10/5/15
Jackson Board of Aldermen City Hall 101 Court St., Jackson 7 p.m. today Power and Light Committee n Consider a motion authorizing an additional paid day off for city employees Nov. 27. n Consider a motion approving the Mayor's appointment of Kathy Johnson to serve as chairwoman of the Jackson Civic Center Donation Committee...
Cape police chief 'very pleased' with outreach efforts
A person might normally consider walking into a room full of cops a bad thing -- unless they're offering free coffee. Since the Cape Girardeau Police Department began hosting Coffee with Cops last year, each event has come with the same promise: no agendas or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns or just say "hi."...
Group holds fundraiser for signs commemorating fallen soldiers
Jim and Susan Jacobs of Ballwin, Missouri, have been waiting more than three years to have memorial highway signs erected in honor of their son, Zachary Fisher, 24, who was killed in 2010 when insurgents in Afghanistan attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device...
Notre Dame principal gives cash to students, faculty 'to do something kind for somebody'
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi's feast day, Notre Dame Regional High School principal Brother David Migliorino distributed $6,000 to students and faculty to be used for Christian service. At the end of school Mass on Friday, Migliorino gave each student and faculty member an envelope with a $10 bill inside and a directive...
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