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Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline (Local News ~ 10/30/14)
1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...
The Southeast Missourian and general excellence (Editorial ~ 10/09/14)
Being a good journalist has never been easy. Developing a great story requires so many elements. It takes time and dedication. Resourcefulness. Talent and skill. It takes innovation and instinct. It takes persistence. And knowledge. It takes personal sacrifice. Attention to detail. An artist's touch...
Business briefs (Business ~ 05/19/14)
VINTAGE MARKETPLACE OPENS IN JACKSON The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 3 for Vintage Marketplace Shabby Chic, a new shop at 129 S. High St. in Jackson. Gina D. Keith owns the business. INDUSTRIAL PARK QUALIFIES AS AT&T CERTIFIED FIBER PARK...
Newspaper wins big in national journalism contest (Local News ~ 04/09/14)
The Southeast Missourian has won four first place awards in the national Local Media Association contest. The newspaper was awarded the following: The Southeast Missourian also received third place in best election coverage for its 8th Congressional District reporting...
Top 10 stories of 2013 (Local News ~ 12/31/13)
Editor's note: This compilation of the top 10 stories of the year is based on voting by the Southeast Missourian newsroom staff. Reporters and editors suggested 20 stories; the 10 with the highest number of votes were selected.
Relatives of Jacque Waller 'get on with living' (State News ~ 12/01/13)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The family of a Southeast Missouri mother killed by her estranged husband is trying to move forward after a June plea deal that landed the killer in prison while allowing police to recover her body. Thirty-nine-year-old Jacque Waller, a mother of 5-year-old triplets, was missing for almost two years before her body was found on a Mississippi River island near Cape Girardeau. ...
Waller triplets adopted by aunt and uncle (Local News ~ 11/13/13)
Adoption of Jacque Waller's triplets by her family became official Tuesday. Jacque Waller was slain June 1, 2011, by her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty earlier this year to murder charges. ...
Domestic violence (Editorial ~ 11/03/13)
Domestic violence is a subject that has been in the spotlight recently. The VintageNOW fashion show in Cape Girardeau, a very successful and popular event, helped raise money for the Safe House for Women -- a vital outlet for women trying to escape abusive situations...
VintageNOW has record crowd, but earnings suffer (Local News ~ 11/01/13)
A recent fundraiser for Safe House for Women may have been too successful for its own good, an organizer said Thursday. Deb Maevers, founder and executive director of the VintageNOW fashion show, said the Oct. 22 event saw record turnout, but the size of the crowd may have contributed to a drop in the amount of money raised by a silent auction during the event...
Emotion, finances keep women with abusive partners (Local News ~ 10/24/13)
"Cass" knew her husband's behavior was irrational -- and potentially dangerous. He questioned her when she put on makeup or shaved her legs before work. He bugged her van and confronted her with the recordings, claiming he could hear a man's voice in the vehicle with her -- a voice no one else could hear...
FYI 10-20-13 (Features ~ 10/20/13)
The Pink Moon Run and Walk, an event to raise funds for breast cancer research, will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson. For more information, visit asistershope.org. Healthy cooking The healthy cooking series at HealthPoint Cape Girardeau will present Out-Of-Our-Gourd Cooking from 6 to 7:15 p.m. ...
FYI 10-13 (Features ~ 10/13/13)
Sargent's Chapel Lutheran Church in Sedgewickville, Mo., will celebrate its annual homecoming at 10:45 a.m. today at the chapel followed by a potluck meal after worship. The church will host a country church song fest at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 573-204-8698...
Further Waller charges likely to be minimal (Local News ~ 06/26/13)
An Illinois prosecutor said no one in Missouri law enforcement has talked to him about filing additional charges against Clay Waller. But a legal expert said Tuesday there may be a practical reason for that. Earlier this month, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Clay Waller admitted to killing his estranged wife, Jacque, and burying her body in a secluded area near Devil's Island in Alexander County, Ill...
Jacque Waller laid to rest Saturday (Local News ~ 06/09/13)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- A day for which so many who loved her waited so long for came and went Saturday when Jacque Sue Rawson Waller finally was laid to rest. Hundreds turned out for her visitation, funeral and burial in Park Hills, not far from where she grew up, lived and spent her last days with her then-5-year-old triplets before her death June 1, 2011...
Sheriff: Feds will get custody of Clay Waller before prison transfer (Local News ~ 06/09/13)
Clay Waller still was being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in Jackson on Friday, but he will likely be transferred back into the custody of federal authorities sometime this week before he heads to state prison for his second-degree murder conviction in the death of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, Sheriff John Jordan said...
Reactions to Waller sentence range from relief to regret (Local News ~ 06/07/13)
The father of the one who was lost stood before a crowded room Thursday. "She thought she could control him," said Stan Rawson of his daughter, Jacque Waller. "It was a big mistake. She couldn't." During a news conference after the admission by Clay Waller that he killed his estranged wife, and a 20-year sentence was laid upon him, Jacque Waller's family and the teams of law enforcement who brought her murderer to justice recounted their experiences...
Prosecutor: Without deal, Jacque Waller wouldn't have been found (Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Without a plea deal that will see Clay Waller serve at least 85 percent of his 20-year prison sentence, his wife Jacque Waller's body never would have been found, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh said. Limbaugh, speaking at a news conference Thursday after a hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller on June 1, 2011, said his office consulted with the family before making the deal. He also said Clay Waller will likely serve the entire sentence.
Waller pleads guilty to second-degree murder in wife's death (Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Clay Waller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Waller originally had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the June 1, 2011, disappearance of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Alexander County, Ill....
Jacque Waller's sister, son give emotional testimony at hearing (Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Jacque Waller's sister, and one of her triplets, raked Clay Waller over the coals after his admission of killing his wife Jacque Waller. At a Thursday hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Jacque's sister Cheryl Brenneke gave a victim-impact statement. And a recording of an angry message from Jacque and Clay Waller's son Maddox, now 7 years old, to his guilty father was played...
Speak Out 6/7/13 (Speak Out ~ 06/07/13)
I would like to say to the family of Jacque Waller that they should read Psalms 121:7-8. It will comfort you. I wonder why somebody doesn't open up a decent dress shop in Cape Girardeau? I'm so sick trying to find a dress when all the shops only have dresses for young people that show half of their bodies...
Waller funeral set for Saturday (Local News ~ 06/06/13)
Visitation and funeral services for Jacque Waller will be Saturday in Park Hills, Mo., a family member said. Waller's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, said visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Esther Baptist Church, 412 Seventh St. in Park Hills. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Waller's family is requesting donations to either the Jacque ...
Jacque Waller was found in Alexander County, Ill. (Local News ~ 06/05/13)
The disappearance of Jacque Waller from one state and the discovery of her body in another could make the person responsible for her disappearance criminally liable in multiple jurisdictions, a legal expert said. Waller disappeared June 1, 2011. Prosecutors announced her remains were found May 29...
Clay Waller to plead guilty (Local News ~ 06/05/13)
Security will be tight at a Thursday afternoon hearing where Clay Waller is expected to plead guilty in connection with the death of his estranged wife, a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge reported. Waller faces a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Illinois...
Laying out the evidence in the Waller case (Local News ~ 06/05/13)
Before Jacque Waller's body was found last week, prosecutors were relying on largely circumstantial evidence in their case against her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is expected to plead guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her June 1, 2011, disappearance...
Father's death makes evidence inadmissible in Clay Waller case (Local News ~ 06/03/13)
The most damning piece of evidence in the case against the man accused of murdering Jacque Waller may be the one prosecutors can't use: his late father's claim that Clay Waller confessed to breaking his wife's neck and burying her body in a hole he dug ahead of time...
Expert: Authorities have reason to keep quiet about Waller case (Local News ~ 06/02/13)

Wet weather doesn't stop Waller run (Local News ~ 06/02/13)

Jacque Waller's remains found (Local News ~ 05/31/13)

Jacque Waller's sister expresses 'shock' at news of remains found (Local News ~ 05/31/13)

Next calendar 5/30/13 (Features ~ 05/30/13)

Cleveland case gives hope in local missing-person cases (Local News ~ 05/08/13)

News awards (Editorial ~ 04/29/13)

FYI 4-7-13 (Features ~ 04/07/13)

2nd Annual Jacque Waller 5k Run (Submitted Story ~ 04/02/13)

Top local stories of 2012 (Local News ~ 12/31/12)

Morley Swingle's career - so far (Local News ~ 11/25/12)

Cole County jury to be shipped in for Clay Waller murder trial (Local News ~ 10/23/12)

Search in S. Illinois ‘area of interest' precedes court date for Clay Waller (Local News ~ 10/18/12)

Court upholds Clay Waller's federal sentence (Local News ~ 08/26/12)

Prosecutor requests judge change in Waller murder case (Local News ~ 08/01/12)

Judge rules Waller will stand trial (Local News ~ 07/31/12)

Witness, Waller son face charges for fight outside preliminary hearing (Local News ~ 07/29/12)

Clay Waller trial decision now in judge's hands (Local News ~ 07/26/12)

Waller preliminary hearing to be Wednesday (Local News ~ 07/23/12)

Discipline being considered for Cape Girardeau lawyer (Local News ~ 07/06/12)

Clay Waller arraigned on murder charge (Local News ~ 06/05/12)

Jacque Waller disappeared from Jackson a year ago today (Local News ~ 06/01/12)

neXt up 5/31/12 (Features ~ 05/31/12)

Clay Waller to make court appearance on murder charge June 4 (Local News ~ 05/20/12)

Anniversary of Jacque Waller disappearance approaches (Local News ~ 05/11/12)

Prosecutors respond to appeal of Waller threat sentence (Local News ~ 04/30/12)

Friends of Jacque Waller plan new search (Local News ~ 04/25/12)

Clay Waller criminal charges one step toward 'justice for Jacque,' family, friends say (Local News ~ 04/24/12)

Prosecutor: Time was right to charge Clay Waller with wife's murder (Local News ~ 04/24/12)

A timeline of the Jacque Waller disappearance investigation (Local News ~ 04/24/12)

Statement from Jacque Waller's family on charges against Clay Waller (Local News ~ 04/23/12)

Walk/run in June to benefit Jacque Waller family (Local News ~ 04/19/12)

Jacque Waller 5k Run/Walk (Submitted Story ~ 04/17/12)

Waller attorney refiles appeal of federal prison sentence (Local News ~ 03/06/12)

Waller attorney will have to resubmit appeal on federal sentence (Local News ~ 03/02/12)

Appeal of Clay Waller's federal sentence filed (Local News ~ 03/01/12)

K9 heroes (Editorial ~ 02/28/12)

Dogs, owners training as part of Cape County's new search and rescue unit (Local News ~ 02/20/12)

Waller given extra time to file appeal in federal case (Local News ~ 02/08/12)

'Dr. Phil' show contacts Jacque Waller's sister about potential appearance (Local News ~ 01/20/12)

Clay Waller moved to Louisiana prison (Local News ~ 01/19/12)

Clay Waller's attorney has until Feb. 7 to file appeal brief (Local News ~ 01/08/12)

Waller attorney appeals 5-year sentence (Local News ~ 01/05/12)

'Preponderance of evidence' a lower burden of proof (Local News ~ 01/05/12)

neXt up 1/5/12 (Features ~ 01/05/12)

Clay Waller gets 5 years on federal charge of making online threats (Local News ~ 01/04/12)

Stories to watch as this year unfolds (Opinion Column ~ 01/01/12)

Flooding, Waller case, smoking ban the top stories of 2011 (Local News ~ 12/30/11)

FYI 12/25/11 (Features ~ 12/25/11)

Clay Waller's father dies at nursing home before prosecutors could record testimony (Local News ~ 12/21/11)

Clay Waller sentencing pushed back two weeks (Local News ~ 12/16/11)

Clay Waller asks for six-month sentence, including time served (Local News ~ 12/08/11)

Federal prosecutor disputes recommended federal sentence for Clay Waller (Local News ~ 12/02/11)

Christmas Basket Raffle for Scott Co K9 Unit (Submitted Story ~ 11/24/11)

Motion to preserve testimony against Clay Waller denied (Local News ~ 11/20/11)

Clay Waller mandated to attend Friday hearing (Local News ~ 11/17/11)

Jacque Waller coverage (Letter to the Editor ~ 11/14/11)

Jacque Waller's purse among items found in roadside search (Local News ~ 11/06/11)

Clay Waller's attorney again requests change of judge for deposition hearing (Local News ~ 11/06/11)

Kentucky man killed in Friday morning Interstate 55 wreck near Fruitland (Local News ~ 11/06/11)

Kentucky man killed in I-55 wreck near Fruitland (Local News ~ 11/06/11)

Police searching along Interstate 55 for items related to Waller case (Local News ~ 11/04/11)

Prosecutor lays out his case for preserving testimony of Clay Waller's father (Local News ~ 10/27/11)

Judge appointed to preside over motion in Clay Waller investigation (Local News ~ 10/26/11)

Attorney now representing Clay Waller in murder investigation (Local News ~ 10/25/11)

Attorney asks judge to deny deposition of Clay Waller's father (Local News ~ 10/12/11)

Murder convictions still possible in cases where no body has been found (Local News ~ 10/04/11)

Clay Waller pleads guilty to federal Internet threat charge (Local News ~ 10/04/11)

Friends and family remember Jacque Waller four months after her disappearance (Local News ~ 10/02/11)

Jacque Waller searches, vigils organized for Saturday (Local News ~ 09/30/11)

Document: State anticipates murder charge against Clay Waller (Local News ~ 09/30/11)

Clay Waller will change plea on federal charges (Local News ~ 09/28/11)

Date set for Clay Waller's federal trial (Local News ~ 09/23/11)

Clay Waller to be held without bond on federal threat charge (Local News ~ 09/16/11)

Prosecution files affidavit detailing Clay Waller's reported confession to killing (Local News ~ 09/13/11)