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Downtown Cape receiving Great American Main Street Award (03/30/15)
Many Cape Girardeau residents long have taken pride in downtown, and now they have one more reason to brag. Whether it's dining at a restaurant, taking in public art or going out for a shopping trip, the area offers something for locals and visitors alike. Those draws also happen to be just a few of the reasons Cape Girardeau was selected as a 2015 Great American Main Street Award winner...
Playing for Wyatt benefit seeks to help other young cancer patients (03/30/15)
A trumpet reverberated across the tin walls Sunday night in Stooges Restaurant as Alex Amelunke, lead vocalist for Old School Hype, played the first few bars of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." The band was one of more than a dozen that took the stage for the Playing for Wyatt benefit...
Transition team formed for new Southeast president (03/30/15)
A 15-person transition team has been formed at Southeast Missouri State University to assist Carlos Vargas-Aburto when he assumes the role of university president July 1. Brady Barke, senior associate to the president and board of regents' secretary, and Willie Redmond, professor of economics, will co-chair the team...
Group seeks tobacco tax hike to fund early-childhood education (03/30/15)
A Missouri group seeking an increase in taxes on tobacco to benefit early-childhood health and education says recent findings from statewide meetings and related surveys should help make their case. Raise Your Hand for Kids is attempting to place a ballot issue in 2016 similar to three Missouri voters have struck down before, most recently in 2012. ...
Dogs at the diamond (03/30/15)
ABOVE: Ace the greyhound and his owner watch the Southeast Missouri State University softball team play Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during the Dogs at the Diamond event Sunday at the Southeast Softball Complex. LEFT: Mallory Steward, left, and Sierra Sweeney hold their dogs during the game. Dogs at the Diamond was hosted by the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 3/30/15 (03/30/15)
Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes ot the March 26 meeting n Closed session minutes from March 19 regarding real estate. Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time...
Congressional votes for March 27 (03/30/15)
There were eight key votes and 15 roll call votes in the House last week. There were 12 key votes and 53 roll call votes in the Senate. The most important House vote was to pass a budget for fiscal 2016; the most important Senate vote was to pass a fiscal 2016 budget amendment to preserve Social Security benefits...
Body cameras gain acceptance from Scott County deputies (03/29/15) 4
Former Scott County chief deputy Kenneth Kinder said his fellow officers were a little apprehensive when they first were told they'd be wearing body cameras. "Change is always hard to take. Doesn't matter if it's good change or bad change. ... But they've come to see that it's good for them," he said...
Fees can discourage dropouts from getting a diploma (03/29/15)
While growing up, a family member always told Geraldean Bradley she wasn't intelligent. And for a long time, Bradley said, she believed it. So she dropped out of high school. But with support from family and friends, Bradley, of Dexter, Missouri, was able to rebuild her self-confidence...
Several communities to decide whether to forgo elections (03/29/15)
Voters in several Cape Girardeau and Scott County cities and villages have a decision to make about the future of their local elections. A question on the April ballot asks whether the towns should be authorized to forgo annual municipal elections "if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in the office to be filled by the election?"...
Girl on bicycle struck, injured by motorist (03/29/15) 3
A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle was injured Saturday night after she was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred near the 800 block of South Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau, at the intersection of Walnut Street, witnesses said. Cpl. Darin Hickey, public information officer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said after 7 p.m. ...
Diversity education task force formed at Southeast (03/29/15) 1
The President's Task Force on Diversity Education, led by Southeast Missouri State University president Kenneth W. Dobbins, held its first meeting March 11 to discuss diversity on campus. "It's a task force in that there are some issues that we need to start talking about -- race on this campus -- and I think it's very important that it's not a standing committee," Dobbins said. ...
Ten teens arrested after attack on man (03/29/15) 10
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ten teenagers were arrested by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety after the assault of a man last week. The department received a call at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday reporting a fight between youths and a man. Upon arriving, officers found a 28-year-old man who lived in the area who said he was assaulted by a group of 10 to 12 young men after telling them to not climb on the GED school building on Greer Avenue, said police Capt. Bill Mygatt...
Cape chief voted chairman of Major Case Squad (03/29/15)
Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair was elected chairman of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad board of directors Thursday, according to a news release from the case squad. Blair succeeds Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh. According to squad bylaws, no member of the board of directors shall serve as chairman for two successive years...
Commission: Inmate's medical bill not county's to forgive (03/29/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Mississippi County Commission has turned down a second request for a jail debt forgiveness. The most recent request to forgive a debt owed by a former inmate of the Mississippi County Detention Center came from Angela Phillips of Cape Girardeau County on behalf of her husband, Daniel Phillips, during the commission's regular weekly meeting Thursday...
Four candidates run for two seats on Scott City School Board (03/29/15)
All four candidates running for Scott City School Board on April 7 have one goal in common: student welfare. Incumbents Beth McDonough Cox and Gary Miller are running for re-election against challengers Sally Porch and Justin Braun. Only two of the candidates in the race can be elected for three-year terms...
Man arrested after search turns up drugs, gun, cash (03/29/15) 6
A suspect is in custody after an investigation this month by Jackson police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After obtaining a search warrant, officers with the Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and the patrol division, as well as DEA agents, searched a home in the 400 block of Kate Street, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...
Fire damages home in Cape Girardeau (03/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a small house fire Friday in Cape Girardeau. At 3:36 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to 923 N. Frederick St. to a report of a furnace that had caught fire. Battalion fire chief Fred Vincel stated in the report upon firefighters' arrival, the fire had been extinguished by a resident, but it had spread to the floor and the structure itself...
Woman injured in pickup crash (03/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash early Saturday that injured one person and resulted in citations, including a DWI charge. At 12:09 a.m. Saturday, fire personnel and police responded to a flipped vehicle on Ferguson Drive near Big Bend Road in Cape Girardeau...
Club news 3-29 (03/29/15)
Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi The Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met March 17 at Katy O'Ferrell's Publick House in Cape Girardeau. Seven members were present. Minutes of the last meeting were approved. Tammy Hahs reported on the recent Beta Sigma Phi state convention meeting. The group then discussed ideas for the chapter's responsibilities for the convention. Members will gather to watch the movie "South Pacific" in the coming weeks. The next meeting will be on April 7 at the home of Sandy Ross. Torchbearer Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi The Torchbearer Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Marsha Parrish. President Linda Belote presided. Patty Taylor, who will join the chapter, attended the meeting. It was announced the Cape Girardeau Senior Center is in need of items for its Thrift Store. Belote reported that she has received the Founders Day packet from International in Kansas City, Missouri. The Founders Day all-chapter banquet will be held on April 30. An officers' election will be held at the next meeting, so members are encouraged to to attend. Joyce Hays read from the Book of Beta Sigma Phi and also reported on an article in the "Torch" magazine of a new magazine called "Yellow Roses." The magazine will be published in the spring and fall of the year. Beta Sigma Phi will be highlighted in the magazine with a full page article. To learn more, visit www.yellowrosesmagazine.com. The programs for the evening were "St. Patricks Day" by Marsha Parrish and "Did You Know" by Belote. A group participation exercise on relieving sinus headaches was held following the programs. Following the meeting, Dixie Jones held pledge training for new member Carole Rhodes. The next meeting will be at the home of Gwen Nussbaum.
Public hearing on Jackson roundabout set for April 9 (03/27/15) 14
The Missouri Department of Transportation and city of Jackson are offering a chance for members of the public to weigh in on a traffic update coming to the uptown area. A public hearing to discuss changes planned for the U.S. 61 and East Main Street intersection is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the Missouri Room of Jackson City Hall, 101 Court St...
Churches receive threats over gay marriage (03/27/15) 6
Several area churches have received threatening letters after a vote by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to approve same-sex marriage. Westminster and First Presbyterian churches in Cape Girardeau and First Presbyterian in Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, received the letters, which say any church that accepts gay marriage "should be burned to the ground" and tells the churches, "you have been warned."...
1 dead in apparent homicide (03/27/15) 4
A Cape Girardeau County woman is dead after an apparent homicide Thursday west of Gordonville. The victim is 27-year-old Melissa Luttrell, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. Authorities were investigating the crime scene Thursday evening at a home near the intersection of routes F and Z...
More than 1,300 shoes collected locally for Soles4Souls (03/27/15) 1
Local students, organizations and community members have teamed together this week to collect hundreds of shoes that will be delivered to the needy in the United States and abroad. Nearly 500 pairs -- including boots, flip-flops and tennis shoes -- were tied together and stacked in boxes Thursday afternoon at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...
2 swim to safety from flooded truck Thursday (03/27/15) 4
Two people were able to swim to safety Thursday morning after the pickup truck they were in was swept away in a fast-moving creek near Millersville following heavy rain and hail Wednesday night. A man tried to drive over the flooded low-water bridge at Hartle's Ford Creek, off County Road 352 in Cape Girardeau County, when the truck was swept off the bridge, ending up several hundred yards downstream and covered to the windshield in water...
Sikeston rodeo entertainment lineup announced (03/27/15)
The entertainment lineup for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo was announced Thursday. Kicking off the event Aug. 5 will be Cole Swindell, followed by Joe Diffie on Aug. 6 and Chris Young on Aug. 7. Aaron Lewis will wrap up with the final performance Aug. 8...
Three Rivers upgrades EMS equipment, OKs hosting 911 center (03/27/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Students interested in emergency medical services training will benefit from new equipment approved Wednesday by the Three Rivers College board. FAAC Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, submitted a winning quote of $102,500 for an EMS three-screen driving simulator package...
Environmental groups want flood-control project vetoed (03/26/15) 2
Environmental groups say they plan to continue urging a veto of a planned Southeast Missouri flood-control project under the Clean Water Act. A public comment period on the final environmental impact statement for the long-debated St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project is expected to open this summer...
Cape woman raising money to put a shelter or umbrellas at dog park (03/26/15) 32
Cape Girardeau's dog park, "Dogtown," is a popular destination for pet owners on warm sunny days, but as summer temperatures rise, attendance seems to fall. Some frequent visitors say lack of shade makes it difficult for dogs and owners to enjoy the park...
Perry County School Board race sees crowded field (03/26/15)
Four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are vying for two posts on the Perry County School Board. Incumbents Kevin Bachmann and Mark Gremaud are facing challenges from newcomers Mary Bauwens and Lara Green during the April 7 election...
Man charged with raping, burning developmentally disabled woman (03/26/15)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man has been charged with injuring and sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman. Barbara Grebing, owner of J&J Assisted Living, who took the woman to a doctor's appointment March 16, told Bollinger County sheriff's deputy Michael Henson the woman had an injury on her left wrist, according to a probable-cause statement filed by detective Sgt. Della Moore of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department...
Man arrested after stabbing Wednesday (03/26/15)
A suspect was in custody after a stabbing Wednesday night in Cape Girardeau. Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said a call came in at 8:18 p.m. about a stabbing victim at the Maple Crest Manor residential care facility on North Frederick Street...
Kelly High School to present 'The Masked Musketeer' (03/26/15)
The Kelly High School Drama Club will present its annual spring play on Thursday and Friday at the high school gymnasium. This year's production is "The Masked Musketeer," a two-act, lighthearted farce of "The Three Musketeers." Show times are 7 p.m. each night, and tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $4 for adults and $3 for students...
Jackson plans partial power outage Saturday (03/26/15)
Some Jackson residents will experience a planned power outage this weekend as crews perform relocation work on lines and equipment at the intersection of East Main and Lacey streets as part of a traffic signal project. If the weather allows crews to work, customers in and around the Savannah Ridge West subdivision in Jackson will be without power Saturday for four hours between noon and 4 p.m. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 3/26/15 (03/26/15)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n None at this time n Items listed on agenda n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Collector's annual settlement n A representative from Boston Mutual Life will give an overview of the services they offer. n Bob Adams, assessor, will present a recommendation to award bid for personal property computer assisted assessment system...
Buying spring flowers (03/26/15)
Local area could see foul weather tonight (03/25/15)
Hail and damaging winds are the biggest concerns for tonight's weather forecast. Meteorologist Robin Smith of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said tornadoos are not likely, but that "we can't rule them out completely." Rain and heavy storms are expected to begin around 8 p.m., with a 90 percent chance of storms throughout the evening...
Jackson School Board incumbent faces three challengers (03/25/15) 6
Four candidates are competing for two posts on the Jackson School Board in the April 7 election. Incumbent Paul Stoner, completing his third year on the board, is facing challenges from Kelly Waller, Sheila King and Brad Noel for a three-year term. Current board member Brent Wills did not file for re-election...
Area port wants to keep growth going (03/25/15) 1
Coming off a record-setting year for cargo shipped in and out of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port, officials are looking at the keys for turning expansion possibilities into solid plans. Local economic development representatives call the port one of the Mississippi River's "premier" small ports, with potential for continued growth...
Cape begins repairing roads (03/25/15) 1
The city of Cape Girardeau has begun road-repair season, with work scheduled to last through spring and into summer. Some of the work is being carried out by a contractor, while public-works crews take care of other needs. Concrete street repairs will take place in more than 50 locations over the next few months. ...
Fair foundation offers scholarship (03/25/15)
The Southeast Missouri District Fair Foundation will award a $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship for fall. The deadline is May 30, and the application may be found at semofair.com. The completed application may be mailed to Edwin Peetz, 1033 County Road 332, Jackson MO 63755 or to the SEMO Fair board office...
Southeast foundation establishes Kaden Robert scholarship (03/25/15) 6
The Kaden Robert Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in memory of Kaden Robert, a Kelly High School sophomore killed last summer when a handgun accidentally discharged in the high school parking lot after a pickup basketball game with friends...
'Medical issue' apparently leads to driver's death (03/25/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A "medical issue" apparently led to the death of a driver whose truck was discovered in a field near Sikeston. About 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded to what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident near Route HH and North Ingram Road. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle had driven off the road and was stuck in a field, according to a news release from Capt. James McMillen, public information officer...
Final figures in for Kennett Crossroads (03/25/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The final figures are in on the money raised during Kennett Crossroads. The two-night concert event in January that brought together Sheryl Crow, David Nail, Trent Tomlinson and Noll Billings netted a $190,267.18 profit, Kennett School superintendent Chris Wilson said. The proceeds were split between the Kennett High School performing arts and athletic departments...
Candidate questionnaire: Lynn Ware (03/25/15)
Name: LYNN WARE Age: 55 Place of Birth: FLINT MICHIGAN Spouse, children's names: ERICA WARE AND KIRVY HOLLOWAY Occupation: SAFE COMMUNITIES COORDINATOR Employer: CITY OF CAPE Business owned, all or part: NONE Previous offices held or sought: CAPE GIRARDEAU SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT #63...
Candidate questionnaire: Meredith Scherer (03/25/15)
Name: Meredith Scherer Age: 38 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Kenneth Scherer, Carter, Jolie, Tanner, and Chloe Scherer Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist Employer: Missouri Delta Medical Center Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Candidate questionnaire: Ron Cummins (03/25/15)
Name: Ron Cummins Age: 50 Place of birth: Chaffee Spouse, children's names: Annette, Brittney, Tyler, Paige Occupation: Owner of swimming pool business Employer: Self employed Businesses owned, all or part: Cummins Contracting Previous offices held or sought: City councilman...
Candidate questionnaire: Mary Bauwens (03/25/15)
Name: Mary Bauwens Age: 51 Place of birth: St. Louis MO Spouse, children's names: Kim Bauwens Tyler Bauwens and Natalie Bauwens Occupation: Director of the Perryville Higher Education Center Employer: Mineral Area College, Southeast Missouri State University...
Candidate questionnaire: Beth McDonough Cox (03/25/15)
Name: Beth McDonough Cox Age: 43 Place of birth: St. Louis, MO Spouse, children's names: Matthew Cox, married 22 years Hunter Cox, 21 Braden Cox, 16 Occupation: State Regulatory Compliance Director Employer: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Businesses owned, all or part: Matthew Cox Farms...
Candidate questionnaire: Barbara Lohr (03/25/15)
Name: Barbara Lohr Age: 77 Place of Birth: Sikeston, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Bob, deceased Jim Lohr, Lane Lohr, Kathy Jansen Occupation: Retired teacher Employer: Career and Technology Center Business owned, all or part: NA Previous offices held or sought:...