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Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015

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Attorney general accuses Fruitland Meat processor of polluting water (04/17/15) 6
A Cape Girardeau County meat processing company is being accused by the Missouri attorney general's office of illegally polluting a stream with animal waste. Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Monday against Fruitland American Meat LLC, alleging the company allowed slaughterhouse waste to escape its wastewater system on numerous occasions, resulting "in dark brown or red, foamy stream water with an offensive odor," according to a news release, and water pollution that on one occasion killed 900 fish.. ...
104 graduate adult education program (04/17/15) 2
Stories of perseverance, hard work and faith were shared Thursday evening as 32 Adult Education and Literacy program participants attended a graduation ceremony. Having completed their high school equivalency through the program, 104 graduates were invited to the ceremony at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
History professor: U.S. still 'breathing the legacies of the Civil War' (04/17/15)
The North won the Civil War, the South lost, and Missouri was somewhere in the middle. Southeast Missouri State University's annual Harold Holmes Dugger lecture, presented by Christopher Phillips on Thursday night, examined the complex and sometimes contradictory cultural and political tides that emerged in the wake of the Civil War...
Cape Girardeau endangered buildings list grows (04/17/15) 7
The number of properties added to the Endangered Buildings list this year nearly doubled from last year's numbers, largely thanks to the number of first-time submissions for several buildings. From former storefronts to personal homes, the buildings on the list vary in history, purpose and level of deterioration...
Walking tour, 'I Spy' contest mark Historic Preservation Month (04/17/15) 1
Cape Girardeau's Historic Preservation Commission is gearing up for Historic Preservation Month in May with a familiar event and a new competition. The commission's annual walking tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at the southwest corner of Broadway and Frederick Street. This year, the tour will focus on historic structures along Frederick and conclude at the Cape River Heritage Museum, 538 Independence St., which will offer refreshments and historic displays...
Walk MS to be held Sunday (04/17/15)
Walk MS will be held Sunday by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at Capaha Park. Organizers hope the fundraiser brings in $25,000 for the society and expect about 250 people to walk, according to a news release. Registration will be from noon to 1 p.m. with the walk from 1 to 3 p.m. One-, 3- and 6-mile route options will be available, the release said...
First day on the market (04/17/15)
Larry Tidd places fresh daffodils out for customers at Gene and Kathy Dillow's stand Thursday during the first day of the Cape Girardeau Farmers Market. Cape Riverfront Market kicks off its season May 2 and Jackson Farmers Market plans to start May 5 at its new location at the train station near the intersection of Highway 25 and U.S. 61. (Laura Simon)...
Former New Madrid County teacher facing child porn charge (04/17/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A former teacher is charged with possessing child pornography. Online court records show a warrant was issued Tuesday charging Amy R. Walker, 36, of Lilbourn, Missouri, with felony possession of child pornography. In a probable-cause statement filed by New Madrid County Sheriff deputy Danny J. ...
Broseley man arrested in Butler County after vehicle, foot chase (04/17/15)
FISK, Mo. -- Two Butler County deputies escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when a Broseley, Missouri, man allegedly attempted to strike them with his truck after a high-speed chase, which ended near a river slough and led to a foot pursuit. "We had a pursuit with [Sammie Loyal Redmon] approximately a week ago on a county road; we ended up losing him," Butler County Lt. Charles Phelps said. "He's wanted on several warrants and has charges pending in Stoddard County."...
Cape police assist federal investigation (04/16/15) 8
Members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department assist Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents with an ongoing ATF investigation after a traffic stop Wednesday on Elm Street near South Sprigg Street. (Laura Simon)...
Online MAP testing underway at local districts (04/16/15)
Students who are taking Missouri Assessment Program examinations this year won't need a No. 2 pencil. MAP testing is underway at some area school districts, and others will begin administering the tests next week. And for the first time, the tests are online...
Traffic signals to be removed at two Cape intersections (04/16/15) 7
Motorists traveling along South Sprigg Street may notice a slight change at one intersection. Work has begun on the removal of the traffic signal at the intersection at Morgan Oak Street and installation of stop signs -- a process that soon will happen at an Independence Street intersection as well...
Cape Girardeau woman wins $462K in lottery (04/16/15) 3
A Cape Girardeau woman is $462,000 richer after purchasing a winning quick-pick ticket for the Show Me Cash drawing. Cynthia Bauer bought the ticket March 7 at SEMO Gas, 40 N. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau. She claimed the jackpot April 9, according to a news release from the Missouri Lottery...
Sikeston man charged in shooting incident (04/16/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man is in custody following a shooting investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. Trevor Michael Tatum Jr., 29, is charged with felony first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. ...
Pachyderm Club to discuss political involvement (04/16/15)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will celebrate Pachyderm Founder's Day and hear a presentation on the Center for Self Governance at its meeting today at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Mark Herr will deliver the presentation. He's president of the Center for Self Governance, which trains citizens on ways to become more effectively involved in local, state and federal levels of government...
2 fires responsible for total loss of house, mobile home in Perry County (04/16/15)
Two fires in Perry County this week caused total losses at a mobile home and a house under construction. Bill Jones, assistant chief of the Perryville Fire Department and Perry County Rural Fire Protection District, said passers-by reported both fires -- the first Sunday night at a mobile home on Highway 51 in the area south of Perryville known as Friendly Valley...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 4/16/15 (04/16/15)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n Minutes of the April 2 meeting n Approve closed session minutes of the April 2 meeting on real estate n None at this time n Items listed on agenda n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Archive Center monthly report...
McCaskill, others request one-year moratorium on postal consolidation efforts (04/15/15) 13
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and others have asked a congressional subcommittee for time to pass federal legislation that could create efficiency for the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service. In a letter to leaders of the Senate's Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee dated March 27, McCaskill and fellow senators called for a one-year moratorium on postal service consolidation activities, which include removing processing operations from some facilities and closing others...
Although not always top of mind, parks department flourishes behind scenes (04/15/15) 1
When evaluating the importance of city departments, whether it's for Cape Girardeau or beyond, it can be easy to underestimate the key role the parks and recreation department plays. On the surface, some may see the department as little more than the provider of playground equipment and children's team leagues...
Police seek more information about possible impostor (04/15/15) 8
The Jackson Police Department is trying to locate any drivers who were stopped by a black-and-white car someone may be using to look like a patrol vehicle. Chief James Humphreys said the department received a call Friday from a passer-by who reported the car had pulled over a driver...
Jackson School Board re-elects officers (04/15/15)
The Jackson School Board at its meeting Tuesday welcomed two new board members and elected a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Newcomers Kelly Waller and Sheila King received the most votes of four candidates during the April 7 election and will serve three-year terms on the board...
Route BB in Cape County closed for pipe replacement (04/15/15)
Route BB in Cape Girardeau County, from Route B to County Road 478, 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 3 p.m. today, according to a MoDOT news release...
Cape Girardeau hunter ponders where to display white deer mount (04/14/15) 25
When Jerry Kinnaman asked his taxidermist, Danny Wahl, if he would mount an albino buck, Wahl agreed but didn't think he'd ever get the chance. "I sort of shrugged it off. He told me that last year, that he was going after that deer, but he didn't get it," Wahl said. "Then he did call me [to say he had harvested it] while I was on my way to work."...
Sticking together (04/14/15)
Haley Briscoe, left, and Alexa Turnbow enjoy themselves while taking pictures Monday afternoon at Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau. (Fred Lynch)
Beef 'O' Brady's to open in Perryville (04/14/15) 1
Owners of the franchised Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant in Cape Girardeau hopes another Southeast Missouri town "really into their sports" will welcome a second location. Lee Hillman, along with co-owners Robert McGillivray and Steve Tilley, plan to open a new Beef 'O' Brady's at 1418 W. St. Joseph St. in Perryville on May 4...
Jackson education activist challenges use-tax count (04/14/15) 5
A petition calling for a recount of the use-tax question in Cape Girardeau County was filed Monday with the circuit clerk's office. Jackson resident David Larson issued a news release notifying local media outlets of his decision to file the petition, which is allowed by state statute because the difference between the number of votes in favor and against was less than 1 percent...
Portageville man killed in accident (04/14/15)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- A motorcyclist was killed Saturday when his vehicle overturned. Bennie L. Hosford, 42, of Portageville was driving westbound on County Road 428, four-tenths of a mile east of Portageville at 6:10 p.m. Saturday when his motorcycle went off the left side of the roadway, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The vehicle overturned...
Financial exploitation case bumped again (04/14/15)
Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis extended Keith Monia's case once again Monday afternoon. Monia faces six counts of financial exploitation of the elderly, one count of forgery and one count of theft of property or services in the amount of $25,000 or more in Cape Girardeau County...
Kennett shooting death remains under investigation (04/14/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Candles were burning Monday morning at an impromptu memorial put together by family and friends at the sight where William Thomas Jr. was shot to death. The shooting that killed Thomas and wounded Taneka Parker occurred early Saturday in Kennett near Mason's Cafe at Commercial and North Baldwin streets...
Kennett shooting death still under investigation (04/14/15)
Candles were still burning Monday morning at an impromptu memorial put together by family and friends at the sight where William Thomas Jr. was shot to death. The shooting that killed Thomas and wounded Taneka Parker occurred early Saturday in Kennett near Mason's Cafe at Commercial and North Baldwin streets...
National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes in Cape Girardeau County (04/13/15) 2
The National Weather Service out of Paducah, Kentucky, confirmed tornadic activity in Cape Girardeau County late last week. A damage survey issued Friday said there were two EF-0 tornadoes that occurred Thursday, the lowest level on the scale regarding damage potential...
Southeast Arrow garners top award in statewide contest (04/13/15) 4
For the first time since 1989, Southeast Missouri State University's student newspaper, The Southeast Arrow, was awarded the Missouri College Media Assocation's top honor. At a conference Saturday hosted by Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, the Arrow received the Best in the State award for 2014...
Together then, together now: Student organization works with veterans to help them adjust to a new lifestyle (04/13/15) 3
Jared Bush-Howe, president of the Student Veterans Organization at Southeast Missouri State University, said members of the military are trained for combat, taught how to jump out of airplanes and learn how to do things others may be afraid to do. "But what we're not trained to do is go to college," he said. "Most people aren't scared of that, but we are, because it's something brand new and there's not a lot of structure like there is in the military."...
Hunger Banquet aims to illustrate need for programs (04/13/15)
Guests in the audience Sunday at the second annual Hunger Banquet chose how much they would be eating for lunch based on a scrap of paper. Three colors divided the room, and guests were asked to sit accordingly. Those designated as being in low-income families received just a plate of rice and plastic cup of water; medium-income, a plate of beans and rice with water; and the high-income participants received a full plate: chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes with gravy, complete with a chocolate dessert.. ...
Car a total loss after suspected electrical fire (04/13/15)
The Scott City fire chief said an electrical malfunction is to blame for a car fire that occurred at the intersection of Green and Crites streets in Scott City on Sunday. Jay Cassout said the driver was traveling to Sikeston from Cape Girardeau when the 2002 Pontiac Bonneville's passenger compartment began to fill with smoke. The driver stopped at a nearby mechanic shop...
Sparring at Kapaha Keep (04/13/15) 2
John Stovall, right, aka Lord Squire Ayrwolfe, attacks Jordan Dickerson, aka Hitman, as they spar Sunday at Capaha Park with foam swords, which they made from golf-club shafts. The men are members of Kapaha Keep, a shire of the Kingdom of Tal Dagore in Cape Girardeau, which meets weekly at the park. Stovall started the local chapter of the medieval recreation society in 2013. The group is preparing for its kingdom qualifications event to be held May 9 at Arena Park...
Cape Girardeau City Council talks TTF 5 at annual retreat (04/13/15)
Results from two Transportation Trust Fund 5 public meetings leave the Cape Girardeau City Council plenty to consider before formally approving a project list to take to voters. The council held a discussion on the topic at its annual retreat Friday...
Education majors caught in transition between exit exams for teacher certification (04/12/15) 34
As education majors prepare to earn their teaching certifications, some students are frustrated with a switch in exit exams that was implemented by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the fall. In September, the Praxis II exam was replaced with the Missouri Content Assessment, taken by education students to earn a certificate that makes them eligible to teach...
Cape council continues to address issues on pay study (04/12/15) 7
A divided Cape Girardeau City Council chose in recent meetings to move forward on implementing an employee pay study, promising it would continue to consider any questions or concerns. Discussions at the annual council retreat Friday showed efforts have been made to live up to that promise...
Area athletes gather for Special Olympics (04/12/15)
Cheers could be heard Saturday throughout the Southeast Missouri State University Recreation Center--North as friends, family and volunteers cheered on Special Olympics athletes. About 350 athletes from across the state came together for the spring games, and spring games director Penny Williams said she couldn't be happier with the turnout...
New Broadway sculptures unveiled Friday (04/12/15) 16
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri unveiled seven new sculptures along Broadway in Cape Girardeau at a downtown ceremony Friday evening. Mayor Harry Rediger, members of the Arts Council and several of the artists mingled with residents in the Vasterling Suites courtyard to discuss this year's pieces. Rediger said that since last year's inaugural sculpture project received such positive reviews, the community is thrilled to unveil the works...
Use tax, other ballot questions certified by clerk's office (04/12/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office on Friday certified voters' passage of a use tax planned to go toward new court facilities. County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said a random check of ballots in two of the county's 30 precincts -- which is standard certification procedure -- yielded one additional "yes" vote for the tax, which Tuesday passed by 12 votes with 3,532 in favor and 3,520 against...
Orgill set to expand Sikeston facility (04/12/15) 2
SIKESTON, Mo. -- One of the biggest businesses to choose Sikeston as a location soon will grow even bigger. Company executives from Orgill Inc., the world's largest independent distributor of home improvement products, were joined Friday by local leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon to announce plans to expand the Sikeston facility by more than 250,000 square feet...
Trial of former Perry County coroner set for October (04/12/15)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The jury trial for Herbert Miller has been tentatively set for October. That is, if the court can find the right jury. Miller, Perry County coroner since 1995, was a prominent member of the community before being charged in January 2014 with one count each of theft and financial exploitation of the elderly...
Drowning death near Qulin probably accidental, tests show (04/12/15)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- No signs of foul play were found during a Thursday autopsy of a Doniphan, Missouri, man whose body was recovered in a drainage ditch near where his truck and dog were found. The preliminary ruling of Dr. Russell Deidiker, who completed the autopsy of Jamie Ferrill at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center at Farmington, and that of the Butler County Coroner's Office, are the same, said Coroner Jim Akers, who indicated this "appeared to be a drowning death."...
Southeast names interim provost (04/12/15)
Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Extended Learning, dean of the Harrison College of Business and executive director of the Missouri Innovation Corporation at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim provost and chief academic officer for the university, effective June 1...
Club news 4-12-15 (04/12/15)
The Lamplighters FCE Club met March 19 at New Salem Methodist Church in Daisy. Members tacked and machine-quilted five quilts and made chair covers until the noon meal. Jackie Kurre, hostess, provided the meal. The meeting was called to order at 1 p.m...
Dyeing a good yarn (04/10/15) 2
Yvonne Oliger hand dyes yarn with acid dyes during the fifth annual Crank In knitting festival Thursday in Cape Girardeau. Enthusiasts of the Erlbacher Gearhart Knitting Machine gather to dye yarn, knit and take classes during the festival. (Glenn Landberg)...
Sandfort to head Community Foundation of the Ozarks office in Cape (04/10/15) 2
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is set to open a new office in Cape Girardeau, with a familiar face at the helm. Retired Cape Girardeau banker Maurice "Moe" Sandfort joined the foundation April 1 as a senior adviser of philanthropy for the east region and will lead the local office...
Residents voice concerns over Jackson roundabout (04/10/15) 20
Dozens of Jackson residents joined city officials and representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation to further discuss roundabouts at a public hearing Thursday evening. The city of Jackson and MoDOT have agreed to install a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 61 and Main Street in uptown Jackson as part of a plan to improve traffic flows, but some residents remain wary of possible negative side effects that might accompany a roundabout...