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Fire at Scott City mobile home (08/14/07)
Scotty City firefighters responded to a structure fire late Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred about 4:30 p.m. at a mobile home park on 10th Street. An overhaul of the mobile home was necessary but the fire was put out shortly. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, said Scott City Fire Chief Jay Cassout. Check back later for updates...
DESE identifies Central Middle School as needing improvement (08/14/07)
Cape Girardeau's Central Middle School is unlikely to meet "adequate yearly progress" goals and will be classified by the state as "needing improvement" during the coming school year, state education officials said Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has notified more than 250 public schools and school districts that they are unlikely to meet the academic goals set by the state to meet federal law. ...
DNR approves permit for Cape County ethanol plant (08/14/07)
Renewable Power of Cape Girardeau has received the go-ahead to construct a projected 93-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant on Nash Road from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The DNR made public its approval of Renewable Power's air pollution control permit application Monday -- the permit was approved July 13. ...
Cape Girardeau offers 'cooling centers' to beat heat (08/14/07)
The fire department's non-emergency number for those who need help is (573) 334-3211. For emergencies, dial 911.
Firefighters battle morning blaze in farmhouse near Marble Hill (08/14/07)
Marble Hill Fire department responded to a fire at a single story farmhouse Monday morning. At 11 a.m., they were called to the seasonal residence at the end of State Highway OO, about seven miles from Marble Hill, Mo. Firefighters believe the blaze began in the field surrounding the house and spread, said Marble Hill fire chief Jim Bollinger...
Affidavit reveals details of investigation (08/14/07)
State Rep. Nathan Cooper said Monday that he will resign his seat in the Missouri House today, six days before lawmakers are scheduled to return to Jefferson City for a special session. Cooper's decision, revealed in a short interview with the Southeast Missourian, came as new court documents emerged giving additional details of the scheme he used to illegally provide immigration visas for employees of trucking companies that employed him as an attorney...
Cooper resigns; former postmaster mulls campaign (08/14/07)
Former Cape Girardeau postmaster Mike Keefe said today that he will look closely at running for state Rep. Nathan Cooper's Missouri House seat as a Democrat. Cooper, who pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis to two federal felony charges of immigration fraud, resigned his post effective at 5 p.m. ...
Parks board makes cuts to tax proposal (08/14/07)
The proposed parks and recreation tax is shrinking. With some negotiation but little argument from residents attending Monday's Cape Girar-deau's parks and recreation advisory board meeting, projects got trimmed by $4.953 million. The board is not done...
Big Sky sets a start date (08/14/07)
Bruce Loy, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's manager, expected a status report from Fred deLeeuw, Big Sky Airlines president on Monday night. Instead, Loy and the city's airport advisory board learned that Big Sky is ready to start service. "We'd been talking about mid-November for some time, but they actually committed to a November start," Loy said...
Pasture land, row crops 'deteriorated' (08/14/07)
Southeast Missouri's hot and dry conditions are the worst in the state, according to a weekly report on crop and soil conditions released Monday by the USDA. In the past week, row crop and pasture land have "deteriorated considerably," the report said...
Low water could stall barge shipments (08/14/07)
Timely rains in Iowa and northern Illinois pushed the Mississippi River up 4 feet at Cape Girardeau over the past two days but not enough to allay concerns that continuing drought could result in problems moving the enormous corn crop that will be harvested in the coming two months...
Correction 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
Firefighters battle blaze near Marble Hill (08/14/07)
The Marble Hill Fire Department responded to a fire at a single-story farmhouse at 11 a.m. Monday. The seasonal residence was at the end of Route OO, about seven miles from Marble Hill, Mo. Firefighters believe the blaze began in the field surrounding the house and spread, said Marble Hill fire chief Jim Bollinger...
Mo. town gets EPA grant to solve waste problem (08/14/07)
The residents of Penermon, Mo., are about to get a little greener, thanks to a $50,000 check the village received from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Stoddard County Development Foundation will use the money to "reduce the incidence and spread of diseases and conditions" in Penermon, said a news release from the EPA...
Local photography contest announces winners (08/14/07)
Cape Girardeau photographer Tom Neumeyer is a nature lover. And one of his favorite places to view and photograph nature in the region is Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Stoddard County near Puxico, Mo. "It's so rare to have something like that in this area, where people can see what the land was like until just a few generations ago," Neumeyer said of the 21,676-acre refuge, much of it bottomland hardwood swamp...
School board hires architect for education center renovation (08/14/07)
The Cape Girardeau school board hired local architect Phillip Smith to draw up plans to renovate unused space in the district's administration building as an alternative school after touring the structure Monday night. Board members took a look at rooms and bays on the west side of the building which, years ago, were used for shop classes in the former vocational school on Clark Avenue...
Residents sweat through another scorching day (08/14/07)
Area residents suffered through another record day of sweltering temperatures Monday and the National Weather Service said the sizzling heat is expected to continue for at least the next five to seven days. The heat hung like a glove on those working outdoors. The Cape Girardeau Central High School football team waited until 5 p.m. to practice because of the soaring temperatures...
Third of Mo. school districts fail federal academic goals (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nearly one-third of the state's 524 school districts have not met federal education standards, and state educators warn the list could grow as benchmarks become tougher. Among the districts that learned Monday they've fallen short of the academic goals established under the federal No Child Left Behind Act are Hazelwood, Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell and Parkway. ...
Judge rules against Farmington student suspended for wearing rebel flag (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An eastern Missouri school district was within its rights to suspend a student who refused to remove clothing bearing the Confederate battle flag, a federal judge ruled. "We see this as a victory for all communities and schools in the state of Missouri," Farmington Superintendent W.L. Sanders said after Monday's ruling. "It leaves the administering of schools in the hands of teachers, administrators and school boards."...
Ameren workers: Nothing unusual before collapse (08/14/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two former AmerenUE employees who monitored a mountaintop hydroelectric plant said computer readings showed nothing unusual about its water level on an early December 2005 morning, even though water was running over the top of its reservoir...
Three deaths blamed on heat in St. Louis, more in Illinois (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis officials on Monday blamed the deaths of three elderly residents on the heat wave that has settled over the region for two weeks, and Midwesterners braced for even hotter weather over the next few days. Mayor Francis Slay's office did not release names of the victims. ...
Church shooting stuns southwest Mo. community (08/14/07)
GOODMAN, Mo. -- Kernal Rehobson was a leader among the community of about 600 Pacific Islanders who have settled in and around this peaceful town tucked in rural southwest Missouri. He headed a church congregation in nearby Neosho and ran a small market of Pacific Island specialties next to his home in Goodman...
Key Katrina aid goes toward football condos (08/14/07)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium...
Rove played a major role in Bush's successes - and his failures, too (08/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove deserves as much credit for spoiling George W. Bush's presidency as he does for creating it -- which is to say he had a lot to do with both. The strategist's political genius helped make Bush president. His arrogance helped make Bush a lame duck...
Cat uses up one of its lives hiding in couch to avoid fire in New Jersey (08/14/07)
WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- A New Jersey cat may have only eight lives left after it survived a house fire by hiding in the couch. Firefighters initially thought the feline, who belonged to one of the tenants in the two-story house, had been killed by flames and smoke Saturday night. But after putting out the blaze and surveying the damage, they found the cat wedged into the couch...
Southeast's punishment from NCAA still up in air (08/14/07)
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions met Friday through Sunday in Indianapolis, but there's no guarantee the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball situation was on the agenda. "The committee could have looked at it or they might not have," Southeast athletic director Don Kaverman said. "I haven't heard anything through our consultant."...
Gymnasts win national title for academics (08/14/07)
The members of the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team have more in common than their passion for athletics. "We joke that we're pretty much all nerds," junior Maureen Grimaldi said. "We're nerds, and we like to do homework." The Redhawks gymnasts can collectively chant something else as well: "We're No. 1! ... in GPA."...
Maria Sharapova plans first trip back to Chernobyl since family fled (08/14/07)
CARSON, Calif. -- Maria Sharapova travels the world as the highest-paid female athlete, cocooning in fancy hotels, dining at swanky restaurants and indulging her love of shoes. Yet there's one place the 20-year-old tennis superstar's journeys have never taken her -- the region devastated 21 years ago by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster...
Missouri's Daniel sharp in scrimmage (08/14/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Chase Daniel and the No. 1 offense were sharp Monday in Missouri's first scrimmage of the preseason, but coach Gary Pinkel sees plenty of room for improvement. Daniel was 9-for-12 for 182 yards primarily against the No. 2 defense. He completed his first five passes to three different receivers before the 2 1/2-hour practice was moved inside due to inclement weather...
Tiger takes the suspense out of everything (08/14/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- The stars were aligned for Tiger Woods to win the final major of the year. So were the flags. It's not like Woods needed any help at the PGA Championship. He had a three-shot lead going into the final round and a history of never losing any tournament when the margin was more than one...
Bartell plans to pounce on Brown's mistake (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ron Bartell figures to get four starts at cornerback for the St. Louis Rams while Fakhir Brown serves his suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. At least. Bartell's objective is to make the arrangement permanent. "I'm definitely looking to keep it," Bartell said Monday. "I'm not trying to give it back. I just want to go in and play my best and just let the chips fall where they may."...
Cards claim Barden (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals claimed minor league third baseman Brian Barden off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday and optioned him to Class AAA Memphis. The 26-year-old Barden was on the Diamondbacks' opening-day roster for the first time in his career. He was 1-for-12 in eight games before being optioned to Class AAA Tucson in May. The Diamondbacks designated him for assignment Aug. 3...
Ankiel's emergence comes at expense of Encarnacion (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel's first four games as a major league outfielder is a feel-good story for everybody but Juan Encarnacion. The St. Louis Cardinals right fielder has been the odd man out since Ankiel's recall Thursday. He was not in the lineup the first three games, with Ankiel manning his position, and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa scratched him because of a knee injury about an hour before Sunday's game -- even though Encarnacion said he could have played...
St. Louis plays next seven against NL Central's top teams (08/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Not long ago, the Cardinals seemed to be a team that had wandered way off course. Scott Spiezio sought treatment for possible substance abuse last week, the third in a series of incidents making front page news. Reliever Josh Hancock was driving drunk on the last day of April when he died in a crash. Manager Tony La Russa was arrested for drunk driving in spring training...
Science experiment: How to make spaghetti dance using household ingredients (08/14/07)
Here's a kitchen science experiment that might get you and your family hooked on science. Ingredients n Clear plastic cup n Baking soda n Vinegar n Spaghetti n Spoon n Water Instructions STEP 1: Fill the plastic cup 2/3 full of water. STEP 2: Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water...
Learning briefs 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Jennifer Kasten of Pocahontas has received a scholarship from the American Dental Association Insurance Services. Kasten is employed by Rental Land of Cape Gir­ar­deau and is attending Southeast Missouri State University...
Master your credit cards by finding the fine print (08/14/07)
This fine print is one of the main ways credit card companies can fool teenagers, and even some adults. "If it says free checking, zero percent APR, zero finance charges for 25 months, there's some catch," says Chris Bender from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling...
Writer: Goodbye readers (08/14/07)
I started writing this column 13 years ago, uncertain where the journey would take me and the readers. I wrote about my children, not because I wanted to boast but rather because I wanted to share the joys and challenges of raising children in a humorous way...
Nude swimmer found by Coast Guard (08/14/07)
LONG BEACH, N.Y. -- A man who decided to go for a late night swim in the buff was found hours later by rescue crews, hiding under a pier not far from where he jumped in the water, authorities said Sunday. Neal Mello, 37, of Brooklyn, was found around 5:30 a.m., and appeared to be in good physical condition but was "without the benefit of a swimsuit," the Coast Guard said in a release...
Don Weeks (08/14/07)
Don Green Weeks, 71, of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy Hahs (08/14/07)
Jimmy C. Hahs, 59, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Cape Gir­ar­deau, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dolly Leake (08/14/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dolly K. Leake, 93, of Lewisburg, Pa., formerly of Cairo, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in Lewisburg. She married Hadley W. Leake Nov. 2, 1940. He preceded her in death. Leake was a member of Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include nieces and nephews...
Timothy Boedeker (08/14/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Timothy E. Boedeker, 53, of Festus, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus. He was born July 8, 1954, in St. Louis, son of Irwin C. and Jane Reese Boedeker. Formerly of Florissant, Mo., Boedeker was a member of Knights of Columbus in Florissant...
John Comte (08/14/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- John J. Comte, 73, of Perryville, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1933, at Perryville, son of Leo and Mildred Taplan Comte. He and Ida Baggett were married June 20, 1966. Comte was a union carpenter with Local 1739 of St. Louis and a farmer. He was a member of the National Guard, a Catholic and a member of the American Legion Booster Club...
Coy Welker (08/14/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Coy Tenson Welker, 95, of St. Charles, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Jonesburg Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Jonesburg, Mo. He was born Jan. 16, 1912, at Patton, son of Pola and Mary Cook Welker. He and Lettie L. Loberg were married Jan. 7, 1937. She died Dec. 7, 1989...
Stephen Wibbenmeyer (08/14/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stephen S. Wibbenmeyer, 64, of Perryville died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at his home. He was born May 14, 1943, in Perryville, son of Sylvester A. and Rita Marie Glaub Wibbenmeyer. He and Lorena Stortz Wibbenmeyer were married Oct. 7, 1961...
Johnnie Miller (08/14/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Johnnie Katherine Miller, 70, of Sikeston died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at the home of her daughter. She was born March 13, 1937, at Marked Tree, Ark., daughter of William and Dortch Hilliard Jester. She and Jack Miller were married Dec. 26, 1957, at Morley, Mo...
Algeron Schoolfield (08/14/07)
Algeron Schoolfield, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Portageville, Mo., daughter of Luther and Hattie Brockwell Jackson. She and Claude L. Schoolfield were married July 1, 1936, at Kennett, Mo. He died Jan. 2, 1999...
Junior Bunch (08/14/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Junior Leonard Bunch, 85, of Anna died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center. He was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Sylamore, Ark., son of John Wesley and Arizona Pitts Bunch. He and Anita Dillow were married Aug. 26, 1950, in Clay County, Ark...
Robert Pingel (08/14/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert G. Pingel, 67, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Gir­ar­deau. He was born April 21, 1940, at Menfro, Mo., son of Herbert and Dorothy Sandlin Pingel. He and Shirley Coffelt were married Nov. 30, 1963...
Clifford Work (08/14/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Clifford R. "Sam" Work, 60, of Thebes died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 15, 1946, in Bakersfield, Calif., son of Frances Sarah Berry Work. He and Charl Dean Stamp were married June 14, 1969, in Bakersfield. Survivors include his wife, Dean Work of Thebes; two daughters, Suzan Rosen of East Cape Girardeau, Ill., Colleen Rees and special son-in-law, Danny Rees of Gordonville; two grandchildren, Linzee and Paige Rosen; a brother; many special nieces and nephews; and other extended family members.. ...
Births 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
Hawkins; Maevers; Lochmann; McCormick; Bomar; Pardon
Cape fire report 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
Cape Girardeau n At 4:03 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3259 William St. n At 6:27 p.m., a box alarm sounding at 910 Jefferson St. n At 6:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of William Street. n At 7:20 p.m., a Dumpster fire at 2604 Themis St...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Jackson: Arrests; Summonses; Assault
Out of the past 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
With all renovation expected to be completed by early October, Food Horizons, formerly Denny's IGA Superstore, 80 Plaza Way, will present a completely new look under management of its recent purchasers, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Hall. A remodeling program has been started at the Rust and Martin Fashion and Fabric Store, 615 Broadway; this includes closing out several lines of merchandise to allow the store to become a complete bridal salon...
Cape's history (08/14/07)
Most historical accounts of the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to chart the Louisiana Purchase begin and end in St. Louis. But the trip actually began in Virginia, with the explorers and the members of their party coming down the Ohio River and then up the Mississippi River, with a stop in Cape Girardeau before reaching the Missouri River, which they hoped would take them near the Pacific Ocean...
Miners' fate in God's hands? (08/14/07)
To the editor:At this writing the fate of the Utah coal miners is still not known. If they are found alive, we shall no doubt be treated to a spate of news coverage that will refer to their lives having been preserved as a "miracle," i.e., an event that could not, in the ordinary course of events, be expected to occur and cannot be explained as having happened other than by supernatural intervention. ...
Examples of downtown revivals (08/14/07)
To the editor:Why compare Cape Girardeau's and Paducah, Ky.'s riverfront downtowns when you can stay in-state and get a much more accurate picture? I have lived in three Missouri River cities (Cape, Washington and St. Charles) and near two others (Hermann and Jefferson City). Cape long ago abandoned her downtown, whereas these other cities, once they realized what they were losing, fought to reclaim, revitalize and, most importantly, re-establish their riverfront heritage...
Speak Out 8/14/07 (08/14/07)
Street repairs; Free for taxpayers; Underground tanks; Need tax refund; Target: middle class; Thanks for nothing; Party defense; Shocked, surprised; Stop the thefts; Light sentence; Employer liability; Prosecution victim; Ready for progress; More parking; Racism isn't funny; Space advantages
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