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Jackson receives federal grant for trail extension (12/18/14) 6
Jackson is one of a dozen Southeast Missouri communities chosen to receive a combined total of $3.1 million in federal transportation alternative funds. A committee of representatives from local regional planning commissions made the selections after reviewing 35 applications received in November, which included projects such as trails, sidewalks and historical preservation...
Southeast packs agenda with two days of meetings (12/18/14)
Members of Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents have their work cut out for them this week when they'll tackle a two-day agenda of issues ranging from a branding initiative to a draft of a strategic plan. Multiple items await the board during four open meetings today and Friday at Academic Hall, and several members have expressed a desire to work on them with the soon-to-retire university president, Kenneth Dobbins...
Mild bout of snow, ice expected in region (12/18/14)
Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...
SEMO District Fair board welcomes new members (12/18/14)
Three people have been elected to the SEMO District Fair's board of directors. They are two Cape Girardeau residents -- Bob James and Gary Schuessler -- and George Cox of Advance, Missouri. Officers for 2015 are Darrell Aufdenberg of Jackson, president; Cox, vice president; Marilyn Schott of Jackson, secretary; and Chris Weiss of Jackson, treasurer. The 160th fair is slated for Sept. 12 through 19 at the fairgrounds in Cape Girardeau...
Piece by piece (12/18/14)
Jessica Dong, 6, works on her Lego garden Wednesday during the Let's Lego hour at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The program is designed as a team building exercise, and people are encouraged to build Lego creations with someone they do not know. The program runs through May...
Fire contained (12/18/14)
A member of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department collects a hose Wednesday after extinguishing a fire in the basement of a house at the corner of Green Acres Drive and Main Street. (glandberg@semissourian.com)
Benton man charged with attempted statutory rape (12/18/14)
A Benton, Missouri, man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempted statutory rape after he admitted he engaged in a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl, the Scott County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday. Dustin Sauceda, 20, is accused of following the girl into a bathroom and attempting to rape her, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed Wednesday by detective Jessica Martin of the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Four suspects from Cape Girardeau charged in burglary (12/18/14)
Four people from Cape Girardeau are facing several felony charges in connection with a burglary last month in Perryville, Missouri, the Perry County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday. Deshone Bailey, 33; Chelsea Davis, 17; Brian Jones, 19; and Audre Stewart, 19, all were charged with two counts each of burglary and once count each of felony theft of a firearm, felony theft and felony property damage in connection with a reported burglary at 223 Farmers Lane in Perryville, according to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff's Department.. ...
Man gets 25 years for 2013 homicide in Sikeston (12/18/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A man will spend 35 years in prison in connection with the 2013 death of a Sikeston, Missouri, resident during a family gathering. Joseph Thornton, 27, had entered guilty pleas Sept. 30 for the death of Jeremy Johnson and multiple assaults of others at a party April 28, 2013, in Sikeston...
Winter weather expected, although not severe (12/18/14)
Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...
Winter weather expected, though not severe (12/17/14)
Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...
Missouri's education department has a new leader (12/17/14)
Missouri's education department has a new leader JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that the State Board of Education has promoted deputy commissioner Margaret Vandeven to the role of education commissioner. ...
Scott County deputy to receive Medal of Valor (12/17/14) 4
Deputy Justin Wooten of the Scott County Sheriff's Department is one of 10 officers statewide who will be honored Thursday for their courage in the face of danger. Sheriff Rick Walter said he nominated Wooten for the Missouri Medal of Valor -- given annually to officers who go to extraordinary lengths to save people's lives -- based on Wooten's actions after a May 2013 train collision near Rockview, Missouri...
Mayor Rhodes led Cape through period of change (12/17/14) 1
Former Cape Girardeau mayor Francis "Gene" Rhodes led the city during a time of many changes and new developments. Rhodes, also known as a prominent local businessman and petroleum business veteran, died Tuesday at age 88. Others who also have served as Cape Girardeau's chief executive said Rhodes' goals of engaging the community and growing industry will continue to inspire members of city government for years to come...
Stoddard commission looks at funding full-time prosecutor (12/17/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- For the first time, the Stoddard County Commission will attempt to put together a budget that includes a full-time prosecutor at a salary of $133,716 and decide whether to continue with an assistant prosecutor at a salary of $41,800...
Tractor-trailer overturns on I-55 (12/17/14) 2
Members of the Fruitland Fire Protection District work the scene of a tractor-trailer accident Tuesday along the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 just north of exit 111. A truck driver was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries after the single-vehicle crash. ...
Student Santas group plans large-scale Christmas feast (12/17/14)
A local organization is planning Christmas dinner for 400 people. Jennifer Icaza-Gast, founder of Student Santas, said her organization will serve a meal from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 25 at the Central Junior High School cafeteria. The meal is free, but tickets -- available through Dec. 19 at Franklin and Jefferson elementary schools -- are required, Icaza-Gast said...
Weather-related crash injures deputy, three others (12/17/14) 19
A Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputy was back at work Tuesday after a weather-related crash Monday afternoon that sent him and three other people -- including two children -- to the hospital. Deputy Benjamin L. Juergens, 29; the other driver, Angela N. Martinez, 35; and two children, ages 1 and 9, all sustained moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported...
Cooking-related fire Tuesday damages Cape Girardeau apartment (12/17/14)
Unsupervised cooking is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a Cape Girardeau apartment Tuesday night. Firefighters were called around 7:53 p.m. Tuesday to the fourth floor of an apartment complex at 45 S. West End Blvd., where they advanced hoses, but found the fire already out, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The building superintendent extinguished the fire before crews arrived...
Cape Girardeau home slightly damaged in fire (12/17/14)
A Cape Girardeau home was slightly damaged in a fire Tuesday night. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was called around 9:27 p.m. to 214 Koch Ave., where the resident reported to firefighters that a fire was in a wall at the back of the house. Minimal damage to the house was found, and there was a slight smoke odor, according to a news release...
Business Route 60 in Stoddard County reduced (12/17/14)
Business Route 60 in Stoddard County, between Cooper Street and West Oak Street, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. A MoDOT news release says the work, which started Tuesday, will continue from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23...
Area counties to receive $150k to improve workforce (12/17/14) 2
Nearly $150,000 will be infused into four Southeast Missouri counties to help build a more connected, comprehensive workforce system. The funds are part of a $1.7 million workforce development initiative by the Delta Regional Authority, which started this summer in efforts to identify opportunities and implement strategies to improve workforce systems across its eight-state footprint...
Man seriously hurt in crash Tuesday (12/17/14)
A Farmington, Missouri, man sustained serious injuries Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Perry County, Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Dennis M. Emas, 60, was driving a 2003 Volvo tractor south on Route C two miles south of Highway 51 when he failed to negotiate a left turn and the vehicle left the roadway to the right and overturned, the patrol reported...
SoutheastHEALTH names new CEO (12/16/14) 30
A former chief executive for a New Jersey healthcare system was named the new president and CEO of SoutheastHEALTH Monday. Kenneth W. Bateman was hired for the position with a unanimous vote of the health system's board of directors. The choice was announced by the health system's executive team at a news conference at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Open carrying in compliance: Some worry about changes in Cape Girardeau ordinance (12/16/14) 66
New state laws prohibiting cities from adopting full open carry bans have sparked a debate over concealed versus open carrying of firearms. Some have expressed concern that people openly carrying weapons in public areas will create a panic, with those unaware of the changed laws flooding 911 with panicked calls. These concerns typically spring from cities that once prohibited open carry, until the state law took effect Oct. 10...
Cape council discusses alcohol ordinance at Monday meeting (12/16/14) 3
In one of its final acts of the year, the Cape Girardeau City Council took the first step toward amending the section of the city code regarding alcoholic beverages. Discussions first began in August, with council ultimately deciding in September to postpone the vote until city staff could conduct more research. ...
Southeast winter commencement set for Saturday (12/16/14)
Six hundred eighty seniors will be graduating from Southeast Missouri State University this weekend. The 2014 winter commencement will begin with the honors convocation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center, followed by the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m...
Sewers, construction, fires discussed at Chaffee council (12/16/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Issues concerning sewer lines, the construction of a possible subdivision, renewing alcohol licenses and special building permits were the topics of discussion at Monday's Chaffee City Council meeting. Residents Ronnie Moyers and Doyle Wilison discussed homeowner issues. ...
Former Southeast professor given award by Germany (12/16/14)
For one Southeast Missouri State University professor, retiring does not mean slowing down. Dr. Dieter Jedan served as chairman of the Department of Global Cultures and Languages for 20 years until his retirement in July 2013. Since then he's become a volunteer for the Red Cross, remains active in the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, the Elks Lodge Fraternal Organization and is continually raising money for the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum in Altenburg, Missouri. ...
Woman's body identified in Carter County (12/16/14)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Carter County authorities have identified the partially decomposed body found three weeks ago by a hunter as that of a rural Van Buren woman. Carter County Coroner Erik McSpadden said the woman has been identified as Susan Hamric, 64...
More information released in Poplar Bluff officer-involved shooting (12/16/14) 2
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, man suspected of stabbing someone multiple times Friday was fatally shot by a Poplar Bluff police officer when confronted inside a downtown apartment building and allegedly charging at them while still holding the knife...
Man killed in Sunday accident in Sikeston (12/16/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating a Sunday morning accident that resulted in one death. At 9:15 a.m., officers responded to a serious accident at Malone Avenue and Kingshighway, according to a news release from the department. Witnesses said a subject driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck was traveling west at a high rate of speed on Malone just before the accident...
Former Cape Girardeau mayor has died (12/16/14) 9
Former Cape Girardeau mayor and longtime oil business veteran F.E. "Gene" Rhodes died Tuesday. He was 88 years old. Rhodes was president and owner of the Rhodes Companies and founder of Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores. It was that business background he touted when he made his first run for mayor in 1986. He was elected in April of that year and served as mayor until 1994...
Dean's list standards to be raised at SEMO (12/15/14) 14
By next fall, Southeast Missouri State University students will have a more difficult time being recognized on the Dean's Honor List. They will be required to maintain a grade-point average of 3.75 or above, earn B's or higher and have no failing grades in credit-only and pass/fail courses. The summer session also will be removed from consideration...
Biking, walking in Cape easier than in past, but it could still use improvements, some say (12/15/14) 34
Cape Girardeau has come a long way in becoming more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, some residents have noticed. Extended and additional sidewalks, combined with designated bike lanes and "share the road" signs have made it easier to navigate the city on foot or on two wheels, but some say it could be made even simpler with a few changes...
Alcohol codes get another look from Cape Council (12/15/14) 3
Before the year ends, the Cape Girardeau City Council will take another look at amending a section of codes regarding alcoholic beverages. The council has considered tightening the city code in past years, and recently took the issue up most in August...
Parks and Rec Department prepares for annual Calls from Santa program (12/15/14)
For young children around the world, this time of year is one of the most magical. Christmas trees are decorated, colored lights are strung and all that's left is the countdown for Dec. 25. For those children who anxiously await the return of Santa, the city of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department are once again providing a free service that will hopefully tide youngsters over until the big day...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 12/15/14 (12/15/14)
City hall 401 Independence St. n No action will be taken during the study session. n Planning and Zoning Commission report n Appearances regarding items not on the agenda n Agenda review n Legal actions and litigation, confidential communications with legal counsel and property acquisition pursuant to RSMo. Sections 610.021 (1) and (2)...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12/15/14 (12/15/14)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n None at this time n Items listed on the agenda n Purchase orders n Cape Girardeau County Common Reorganized Sewer District Board agenda and prior meeting minutes. n None at this time n None at this time n None at this time...
Scott City City Council agenda 12/15/14 (12/15/14)
City hall 215 Chester Ave. 7 p.m. today n Approval of minutes of Dec. 1 n Approval of bills, $56,613.53 n Public forum, visitors may speak on city matters n Old business n New business n Park director Phyllis Crump; Pat Brazel, Ward 2 n Fire chief Jay Cassout; Rodney Uhrhan, Ward 2...
Chaffee City Council meeting 12/15/14 (12/15/14)
City hall 222 W. Yoakum Ave. 7 p.m. today n Minutes n Building permits n Planning and zoning committee n Ronnie Moyers -- sewer line n Doyle Wilison n Police department n Fire department n Judges report n Emergency preparedness n Liquor license applications...
Highway 34 in Bollinger County reduced for pavement work (12/15/14)
Highway 34 in Bollinger County, from Highway 51 to Route B, will be reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. A MoDOT news release says the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Wednesday. All work is weather permitting. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit modot.org/southeast...
War veterans remembered with Wreaths Across America (12/14/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- Saturday was a day of remembrance across the United States honoring departed war veterans as part of Wreaths Across America. Locally, American Legion Riders Chapter 369 of Benton, Missouri, has been doing their part to keep the tradition alive...
School out for Leopold due to flu (12/14/14) 1
Illness hit the Leopold School District last week; administrators declared the day off Friday to allow students to recover. School staff said students with flulike symptoms were coming to school despite being contagious, and it was beginning to take a toll on teachers' plans for end-of-term reviews and exams...
Monsanto tells its side of the story at Southeast forum (12/14/14) 4
Dr. Sven Svenson said he realized some students wouldn't give a giant in the commercial agrochemical industry a chance to tell their side of the story about honeybees, but the professor of agribusiness didn't hesitate in organizing Friday's forum for representatives of Monsanto on the Southeast Missouri State University...
Bank employees help catch suspected scammer (12/14/14) 3
Quick thinking by employees at a pair of Regions Bank locations led to the arrest of a Hannibal, Missouri, man accused of scamming older adults in two Southeast Missouri counties. William E. Riley, 50, faces a Scott County charge of attempted financial exploitation of the elderly and a Perry County, Missouri, charge of resisting arrest...
Man, toddler killed in traffic crash (12/14/14) 1
A Cape Girardeau man and an 18-month-old boy were killed Thursday in a traffic accident in Union County, Illinois, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police. Lenzie M. Johnson, 43, was headed west on Illinois Highway 146 near Locust Grove Road at 12:57 p.m. ...
Officer shoots stabbing suspect in Poplar Bluff (12/14/14) 1
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Just before noon Friday, the Poplar Bluff Police Department received a call about a stabbing on Lester Street that sent the victim to the hospital in critical condition, the patrol reported in a news release Friday afternoon...
Oak Ridge superintendent to retire in June (12/12/14) 12
The Oak Ridge School District soon will be searching for a replacement for its longest-tenured superintendent. Dr. Gerald Landewee, who will retire June 30, spent four years as the district's elementary school principal, one year as assistant superintendent and elementary principal and the past 12 years in his current role...
A deadly puzzle: Patience, training help experts gather evidence in homicides (12/12/14)
A charred body is found in a burning car. An autopsy later reveals the victim was strangled. A woman is raped and murdered in her home. A quarter-century later, a DNA sample and a palm print taken from the scene help police identify her attacker as a serial killer who eventually confesses to the murders of several other women...