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Elderly couple lose home in early morning fire (02/27/15)
An elderly couple lost their shelter after a mobile home fire occurred at 1:10 a.m. Thursday. Crews from Whitewater, Delta and Gordonville responded to the fire, which Delta Fire Protection District chief Alvin Frank Jr. said was on Route N, two and a half miles outside Delta...
Adaptive reuse: Cape County's administrative building began as a Coke bottling plant (02/27/15)
A look back on the history of the building at 1 Barton Square in Jackson reveals its many faces, from Coca-Cola bottling plant to administrative office space. For a time, until the late 1980s, the entire block featured two buildings used by Coca-Cola for offices and production, a garage to repair company vehicles and a house. ...
Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide' (02/27/15) 9
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview...
3-year-old Wyatt Glastetter dies of rare cancer (02/27/15)
Wyatt Glastetter lost his battle with cancer Thursday at age 3. In 2012, at 18 months old, he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare disease in which a solid tumor is formed by nerve cells called neuroblasts. Normally, the cells grow and mature into functioning nerve cells. But in neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead...
Lambert brings 'really good time' to Show Me Center (02/27/15)
Miranda Lambert's reputation for feisty charisma and high energy spectacle brought a massive crowd to the sold-out Show Me Center on Thursday, and she didn't disappoint. She swaggered onto the giant M-shaped stage in a black, sleeveless Blondie T-shirt, kicking off the show with "Fastest Girl in Town" after a short video montage of iconic women like Christa McAuliffe and Amelia Earhart...
Southeast cited by USDA for 5 violations (02/27/15) 1
A report filed online by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Southeast Missouri State University was cited for five violations after a routine inspection of the university's sugar glider and flying squirrel enclosures. The Jan. 28 inspection report states there was an "accumulation of dried fecal material and fecal staining on the wooden shelter blocks within all the primary enclosures of sugar gliders and flying squirrel. ...
Southeast grad returns as costume designer for 'The King and I' (02/27/15)
For Tom Vaughn, a 1984 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, returning to the campus as costume designer for "The King and I" represents coming full circle. Since graduation, Vaughn has forged an impressive career in the theater business...
Cape woman killed in accident Tuesday (02/27/15)
A Cape Girardeau woman was fatally injured in a two-car accident Tuesday. The crash happened at 12:25 p.m. near the intersection of Independence Street and Pind Wood Lane in Cape Girardeau. Patricia Bollinger, 83, was driving west on Independence Street, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound vehicle head-on, said Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Several questions on April ballot in Scott County (02/27/15)
A number of races are coming up in April's general municipal election in Scott County, Missouri. One of the largest questions on the ballot asks if the county should impose a countrywide sales tax and do away with the county property tax. The other proposed question, in Morley, is whether Morley should have to partake in a certain election if the race is uncontested...
Coroner's jury to be called in Carter County shooting death (02/27/15)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A coroner's jury will be convened to look into the circumstances of the weekend death of a Carter County man who was shot and killed in his Eastwood-area home. The Carter County Sheriff's Department received a call at about 1:35 a.m. Friday from a woman near Eastwood requesting an ambulance for a family member, Sheriff Rick Stephens said earlier...
Marble Hill residents discuss attracting tourism (02/27/15)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Four Marble Hill citizens gathered Thursday night at the Bollinger County Library despite steadily falling snow to discuss ways to draw more tourism to their town. Meeting organizer Eva Dunn, who is also library director, chamber of commerce member and Bollinger County Museum of Natural History president, said a similar brainstorming session was held about 10 years ago. ...
Ex-Dunklin County prosecutor appointed to Mo. department of public safety (02/27/15)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed former Dunklin County prosecuting attorney Steve Sokoloff of Kennett, Missouri, as the new deputy director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Sokoloff assumes his new responsibilities in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Sunday, and will serve under department acting director and Nixon's deputy chief of staff Peter Lyskowski. ...
Hill Harper urges people to dream big (02/26/15) 2
Actor and author Hill Harper on Wednesday encouraged an audience at Southeast Missouri State University to dream big and become the architects of their own lives. Best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the television series "CSI: NY," Harper presented the university's annual Michael Davis Lecture, which recognizes the contributions of African-Americans and honors the late Michael Davis, a journalism student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident in 1994...
Final presidential candidate brings aspirational message at Southeast (02/26/15) 1
Benjamin Ola. Akande on Wednesday said he wants to be the next Southeast Missouri State University president so he can take Southeast from success to significance. "Significance means you become the benchmark," he said. "Significance means that you get to move that mission of student success to a whole different level...
Cape Riverfront Market meeting invites prospective vendors (02/26/15)
A meeting will be held March 5 for those interested in being a vendor for the Cape Riverfront Market's 2015 season. Vendors must be within 100 miles and produce their own goods. A news release from the market says it seeks a variety of vendors for farm goods, such as fruits, vegetables and meat; artisan crafts; value-added products such as jams, jellies and baked items; and prepared foods...
Cape woman wins $100K in lottery (02/26/15) 6
One Cape Girardeau woman is $100,000 richer after claiming one of the final top prizes remaining on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. Margaret Friend, 66, claimed her prize Friday, a Missouri Lottery news release said, just three days before the game expired. She purchased the winning ticket at Schnucks, 19 S. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau...
Cape fire tax panel re-forms as Friends of Public Safety (02/26/15)
As Cape Girardeau City Councilman Wayne Bowen pointed out, firefighters and police officers sometimes can operate in isolation, unaware of how much residents depend on and respect them. That's one of the many reasons the Cape Girardeau Committee to Continue the Fire Tax re-formed to become the Cape Girardeau Friends of Public Safety. ...
Friends of the University Award to be presented Friday (02/26/15)
Two married couples will be presented with the 2015 Friends of the University Award on Friday. Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson and Ken and Jeanine Dobbins were chosen as this year's recipients by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Stan Crader is president of Crader Distributing Co., and Debbie Crader is a registered nurse. Ken Dobbins is the president of Southeast Missouri State University...
Two indicted men appear in Cape court (02/26/15)
Two Poplar Bluff, Missouri, men made their initial appearancees in federal court Wednesday in Cape Girardeau after a grand jury recently indicted them. Danny Ray Reed Sr., 57, of the 800 block of Kinzer Street, and Jeremy Robert Paul Ellis, 36, of the 300 block of West Neat Street, were arrested Tuesday afternoon at their homes by members of several law enforcement agencies...
The doctor is in (02/26/15)
Brylie Crenshaw, 4, performs a checkup on a bunny at the Critter Care Veterinarian Office exhibit that opened Wednesday at the Discovery Playhouse.
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/26/15 (02/26/15)
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 Public hearing: setting speed limits on county roads 346 and 347. (This will give interested citizens an opportunity to ask questions and present comments.)...
Monia waives preliminary hearing, will appear again March 9 (02/25/15) 2
A Cape Girardeau man accused of defrauding nine people of more than $560,000 appeared in court Thursday in Cape Girardeau County. Keith Monia, who is charged with several counts of financial exploitation of the elderly, theft by deceit and forgery, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Judge Robert Barney, who is filling in for Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp...
Scott City saferoom, theater almost complete (02/25/15) 2
Theater and art students in the Scott City School District soon will have a place to call their own. A Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room, which also serves as a theater and art gallery, is nearing completion at the school, superintendent Diann Ulmer said Tuesday...
Small towns could opt out of uncontested elections (02/25/15)
Several Cape Girardeau County villages are taking advantage of a change in state law allowing them to forego certain annual elections if there are no contested races. Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas, Allenville and Whitewater have all placed questions on the April ballot asking voters to approve the measure...
Cape County receives FEMA grant for emergency food, shelter through United Way efforts (02/25/15) 6
Cape Girardeau County has been awarded federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The money was made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, according to a news release from the United Way of Southeast Missouri...
I-55 in Cape, Scott counties reduced for bridge improvements (02/25/15)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform bridge improvements. The span is between mile markers 90 and 105, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release. The work will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily Sunday through April 1...
Downtown Cape will unveil new sculptures April 3 (02/25/15) 9
The start of spring also will bring the unveiling of Cape Girardeau's second public outdoor exhibit. On April 3, seven new sculptures will replace those that have been on display along Broadway since last April. These new pieces also will be on display for a year...
Local restaurant to open satellite at medical center (02/25/15) 12
Saint Francis Medical Center's new patient tower set to open this summer will include a cafe featuring items from My Daddy's Cheesecake, the medical center announced. The medical center and Cape Girardeau restaurant formed a partnership that will open The Friends Cafe in the lobby of the patient tower, according to a news release from Saint Francis...
Candidate showcases skills at Southeast president forum (02/24/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, one of four presidential hopefuls at Southeast Missouri State University, took questions Monday during a public forum and also described what makes him the best candidate for the university's top leadership position. "I think you have in me somebody who is very committed to excellence, to quality," he said. ...
Cape residents weigh in on proposed transportation projects (02/24/15) 5
Residents of Cape Girardeau were given the first opportunity Monday evening to weigh in on projects to be funded by the next installment of the Transportation Trust Fund. The half-cent, pay-as-you-go sales tax dedicated to transportation projects reaches its five-year sunset this year. Voters will be asked to renew TTF for the fifth time in August...
New Madrid quake potential elevated (02/24/15) 7
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The chances of the New Madrid "big one" rocking the area may be greater than previously thought, according a recent update of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Seismic Hazards Map. The update reflects the USGS's best and most recent understanding of when and where earthquakes are likely to occur and how intense they might be. The map previously was released in 2008 and shows earthquake potential over a 50-year period...
Two Cape officers injured during altercation (02/24/15) 13
Two Cape Girardeau police officers were injured during an altercation with a suspect Sunday. Officers Orrin Hawkins and Shane Bourbon were responding to a call of a domestic disturbance at a vehicle parked on the south shoulder of William Street near Waterworks,...
Repairs to close Cairo bridge (02/24/15)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The Cairo bridge carrying U.S. 60/62 over the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri will be closed to traffic beginning March 16, as crews make major repairs to the structure. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the closure is anticipated to be in place until March 18, 2016. ...
McCaskill said she would support ending Cuba embargo (02/24/15) 23
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she will support legislation to lift the United States' trade embargo with Cuba, days after she returned from a trip there. McCaskill's interest in open trade between the countries aligns with that of Missouri Gov. ...
Cape schools applies for grant for equipment upgrades (02/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday decided to apply for a state grant that partly would cover an estimated $333,739 in equipment upgrades. The board voted unanimously -- minus absent board vice president Jeff Glenn -- to apply for the Voctional-Technical Education Enhancement Grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant will reimburse the district $250,304...
Practicing his putting (02/24/15)
Patrick Hoffmann practices his putting on the disc golf course Monday at Capaha Park. Hoffmann was preparing for this weekend's Ice Bowl disc golf tournament at City Park in Scott City. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the SEMO Food Bank.
Sheriff probes shooting death in Carter County (02/24/15)
EASTWOOD, Mo. -- Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a Carter County man early Friday morning in his Eastwood-area home. The Carter County Sheriff's Department received a call at 1:35 a.m. Friday from a woman near Eastwood requesting an ambulance "for a family member who had been shot," said Sheriff Rick Stephens...
Cape to be honored for flood protection efforts (02/24/15)
The city of Cape Girardeau will be recognized for flood protection efforts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, will present a certificate of appreciation to the city Tuesday at the Osage Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway. The presentation begins at 6 p.m., with a Flood Preparedness Workshop scheduled to follow at 6:30 p.m...
Cape juvenile faces pot charges after traffic stop (02/23/15) 4
A Cape Girardeau man is facing drug charges following a Sunday traffic stop. Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, an officer was following a gold Chrysler 300 when he noticed the license plate cover was tinted darkly enough to make the plate difficult to read, according to a probable-cause statement. ...
Nell Holcomb district may face tough choices (02/23/15)
The Nell Holcomb School District hosted its first of two town hall meetings Monday to provide details about an April ballot issue that would allow for local control of the annual tax rate. The measure -- Proposition 2 -- would eliminate the mandated Proposition C rollback. Proposition C, enacted in 1982, is a one-cent statewide sales tax for education with a corresponding property tax reduction for school districts...
City faces decision on funding street repairs (02/23/15) 21
For every bump and bang drivers feel as they navigate the streets of Cape Girardeau, city officials are feeling them, too. That's why residents and the city have a big decision to make regarding the future allocation of money in Transportation Trust Fund 5 for street repairs...
Scott City may form a local Boys and Girls Club (02/23/15) 1
Members of the Scott City community are coming together in an effort to bring a Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls club is an after-school program that helps children with their school work, feeds them and allows children to interact and participate in activities with their peers...
Goats, chickens perish in barn fire near Fruitland (02/23/15) 5
Five goats and a few chickens died Sunday afternoon during a barn fire in rural Cape Girardeau County. About 3:30 p.m., Fruitland Area Fire Protection District received a call of a barn on fire with animals trapped inside. When firefighting crews arrived, the barn was engulfed in flames, Fruitland fire chief Rob Francis said. He said firefighters from Millersville, East County and Gordonville assisted...
Discovery Playhouse to unveil new exhibit Wednesday (02/23/15) 1
The Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau is opening its latest exhibit this week. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the museum will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new veterinarian exhibit. The name of at exhibit also will be announced. The exhibit's name was chosen from ideas from Discovery Playhouse members and its visitors. The exhibit is sponsored by Ford and Sons Funeral Home and Funeral Directors Life Insurance Co...
Perryville man charged with assault in year-old case (02/23/15) 1
A Perryville, Missouri, man is facing assault charges in connection with a year-old case involving the son of a former Perryville police chief. Jordan A. McRoberts, 21, was charged Thursday with two counts of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, after a February 2014 altercation with two brothers, Arnold and Allan Dodds, online court records show...
Congressional votes 2-23-15 (02/23/15) 1
There was one key vote and three roll call votes in the House last week; the Senate held no votes, as Congress was in recess for most of the week. The House and Senate will reconvene this week. HOUSE VOTE DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCE FOR BUSINESSES: The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/23/15 (02/23/15)
Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Recorder of deeds monthly report...
Bobcat sightings rise in Southeast Missouri (02/23/15) 2
PUXICO, Mo. -- More and more, the public is hearing of bobcat sightings in Southeast Missouri. A recent Facebook posting of a bobcat seen within the confines of Mingo Wildlife Refuge confirmed their presence again in the region and raised some questions for Peter Rea, refuge ranger at Mingo...
A slippery stroll (02/23/15)
Despite cold and snow, John Folwell keeps his weekly routine of a 4-mile round-trip walk Sunday on the Cape LaCroix Recreational Trail in Cape Girardeau.
Jackson courthouse is crammed with history (02/22/15) 14
If Cape Girardeau County moves forward with plans for a new courthouse in Jackson, it wouldn't be the first time its offices and courts moved from an old facility to occupy the new. It wouldn't even be the second time. Courts in Jackson were housed in many buildings over the years until the historic courthouse standing today was completed in 1908. ...