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Sikeston woman competing to be next Miss Missouri (06/06/08)
MEXICO, Mo. - This week, one Sikeston resident is competing for the title of Miss Missouri. Erin Bell is representing Miss Metro St. Louis at the Miss Missouri pageant. This will be Bell's third year participating in the Miss Missouri pageant, which began Wednesday. Two years ago she received first runner-up. The crowning of this year's Miss Missouri will be on Saturday night...
Dead Scott County hogs to be cleaned up Saturday (06/06/08)
Clean-up of the dead hogs found rotting in a Scott county barn will begin Saturday morning, Sheriff Rick Walter said Friday. A company, who has requested that its name be withheld, has agreed to orchestrate the removal of the animal carcasses, and has reached an agreement with the property owners, Walter said...
Beach, trail at state park closed for season (06/06/08)
The Lake Boutin swimming beach and Sheppard Point Trail at Trail of Tears State Park will be closed throughout the 2008 season due to erosion from the torrential March rains and flooding in Southeast Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it would close the beach and meet with an engineer from the Dam Safety Program to discuss a contract to repair the dam at Lake Boutin...
Cape receives 2,160 calls about nuisances so far in '08 (06/06/08)
When Ty Metzger, the nuisance abatement supervisor for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, isn't busy collecting snakes that have wandered into buildings or rescuing neglected animals, he's busy responding to complaints about zoning or overgrown yards...
Transit authority running in the red (06/06/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority faces being thousands of dollars in the red as fuel prices have risen sharply and funding for other programs has been running out. The transit authority, in information provided to the Cape Girardeau City Council in March, budgeted the fuel cost for the bus system alone at $3 per gallon. ...
Bootheel man electrocuted by fence touching energized building (06/06/08)
CAMPBELL, Mo. — A 19-year-old Campbell man died Tuesday evening from electrocution due to faulty wiring in a metal shed outside his home. According to witnesses who spoke with Campbell police chief Weldon Wallace, Jose Torres, 19, was outside of his home between 11 and 11:30 p.m. when he walked across the wet grass in the backyard of his residence to retrieve his shirt, which he had previously removed and draped across a fence that lined the perimeter of his property...
Big Spring to celebrate Ozark heritage (06/06/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The art of Ozark handcrafted instruments will be celebrated today and Saturday at Big Spring, Mo., for Ozark National Scenic Riverways Heritage Days. The theme of the fourth annual event was chosen, in part, to show how diverse Ozark heritage is, said Elisa Kunz, Ozark National Scenic Riverways chief of interpretation...
Organization for disabled releases community survey (06/06/08)
The SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence has released a survey to area businesses with the intent of improving its service to the community. "Basically, we are hoping to find out what programs are missing and which ones we can improve upon in the community," said Sara McDowell, director of independent living and program development for the Cape Girardeau-based organization. ...
MoDOT to work on Kingshighway starting Monday (06/06/08)
North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform drainage work in the southbound lane. The section of roadway being repaired is from Hopper Road to East Rodney Drive. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday...
Four arrested on drug charges in Scott City (06/06/08)
Four people were arrested Monday on drug charges following the execution of three search warrants at different living units at one address in Scott City, according to a news release sent Wednesday by the Scott City Police Department. The Scott City Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team and members of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force served the warrants on three homes in Scott City...
MoDOT shows Route W bridge plans (06/06/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Route W between Oran and Painton, Mo., is straight and fairly smooth as it passes wheat fields maturing from bright green to rich gold. But since March 18, when heavy rains spawned powerful floods, motorists have been warned off a stretch of the two-lane highway between Route P and County Road 277. ...
Woman reported missing from Poplar Bluff arrested in Florida bank heist (06/06/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- When Butler County authorities began looking into a missing-person report earlier this week, they found the Poplar Bluff woman they were looking for in a Florida jail charged with bank robbery. Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said a concerned family member came into the sheriff's department Monday afternoon asking deputies to try to track down Donna Sue Bynum, 40, of the 7600 block of Route AA...
Jackson foundation planning all-school reunion (06/06/08)
Planners don't know whether to expect 300 or 3,000 people. Either way, they guarantee the Jackson All-School Reunion, a first, to be a major event. In connection with the city's 100th Homecomers festival, the reunion is intended to attract alumni dating back to 1927, when the oldest known living alumnus graduated. Planners promise food, nostalgic videos, themed music and tours of the under-construction high school...
Sikeston man to stand trial next week for 2007 murder of Morehouse man (06/06/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A rural Sikeston man will stand trial by a jury next week for the shooting death of a Morehouse, Mo., man last year. Lee Roy "Chuck" King II, 35, of 7698 Route E will appear before 36th Circuit Court Judge Mark Lee Richardson at 8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
New Mo. laws offer aid to agriculture, restrict water parks (06/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Blunt signed bills Friday authorizing millions of dollars of agricultural tax breaks and imposing new requirements on water parks as the summer swimming season begins. The swimming legislation is a response to last summer's drowning of 6-year-old Ethan Cory, of Joplin, while on a field trip to a privately owned for-profit water park...
Chief aide for Lt. Gov. resigns over porn charge (06/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chief of staff for Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder resigned Friday after news broke that he has been charged with attempting to provide pornography to a minor. Kinder aide Eric Feltner, 40, of Columbia, faces two misdemeanor pornography counts stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred a year ago...
3 dead, 1 wounded in southwest Mo. murder-suicide (06/06/08)
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) -- Police in southwest Missouri are investigating what they believe was a murder-suicide that left three people dead and one wounded.Mountain Grove police said Friday that a woman is hospitalized with a life-threatening gunshot wound in the head. ...
Severe storms hit parts of Mo. (06/06/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Strong storms bring more rain and strong winds to parts of Missouri. The latest wave of storms hit on Friday and drenched the state from southwest Missouri up through the St. Louis area. The Washington County Sheriff's Department says there are reports that a tornado touched down near Richwoods, about 65 miles southwest of St. Louis. No damage was immediately reported...
Tornadoes sweep across Great Plains (06/06/08)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Several tornadoes dropped from a line of strong storms that moved across Kansas into Missouri on Thursday, destroying at least one home and spooking a pair of circus elephants that escaped their enclosure.The elephants, part of a traveling circus in WaKeeney, were apparently frightened by the storm and wandered through the town after breaking loose, said Trego County Sheriff Richard Schneider.One elephant wandered into a resident's backyard less than a mile from the Trego County Fairgrounds and was blocked off by fire trucks until its trainers could coax it onto a truck, Schneider said."I guess it got tired of walking around," he said.The second elephant was tranquilized in another resident's backyard, coaxed into a truck and taken back to the circus, which was already packing up to head to the next town, Schneider said.There were no reports of damage from the elephants, but winds and hail caused extensive roof damage in nearby Collyer, he said.The National Weather Service in Kansas City, Mo., said there were 30 reports of tornadoes across the Midwest, with 14 of those coming after 5 p.m. ...
Blunt to sign bill making cyberbullying illegal (06/06/08)
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) -- A measure outlawing cyberbullying is about to become law in Missouri. Gov. Matt Blunt is scheduled to sign the bill Friday afternoon at a library in St. Charles County. The bill signing will occur just a couple of miles from the neighborhood where 13-year-old Megan Meier hanged herself in 2006 after receiving cruel over the Internet. Last month, a former neighbor of the girl, 49-year-old Lori Drew, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the case...
Kinder's chief of staff charged with child porn (06/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is facing pornography charges. Kinder aide Eric Feltner has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of attempting to furnish pornographic materials to a minor. A probable cause statement from a Jefferson City police officer says Feltner believed he was contacting a 13-year-old girl over the Internet -- but that person really was an undercover officer. ...
Space consortium, radio club launch balloon research program in Alaska (06/06/08)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Hey, kids! Need a nifty science fair project? Neal Brown wants to lift your ideas to new heights. The former rocket range manager and Alaska Space Grant Program director is a principal behind a new Alaska science and education effort, the Balloon Experiment And Research Program, or BEAR for short...
Military shoots down missile in test off Hawaii (06/06/08)
HONOLULU -- The U.S. military intercepted a ballistic missile Thursday in the first such sea-based test since a Navy cruiser shot down an errant satellite earlier this year. The military fired the target, a Scud-like missile with a range of a few hundred miles, from a decommissioned amphibious assault ship near Hawaii's island of Kauai...
Stolen Jesus statue returned to Detroit church (06/06/08)
DETROIT -- A Detroit woman has found Jesus ... in an alley. The pastor of a church in the city says its stolen 8-foot Jesus statue was recovered from bushes in an alley about two blocks away. Patricia Bowers says she notified the church late Wednesday that she had seen the statue the previous day after she had gotten off a bus...
Continental to cut jobs, capacity (06/06/08)
DALLAS -- Business travelers are likely to lose out when the fall off-peak season arrives and airlines that have cut flights slap more restrictions on the cheap fares that usually come that time of year. On Thursday, Continental became the latest airline to announce cutbacks, saying it will shed 3,000 jobs -- more than 6 percent of its work force -- and reduce capacity by 11 percent...
Texas justice of the peace sued over paddlings (06/06/08)
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- A family sued a justice of the peace Wednesday, complaining that he ordered a man to paddle his teenage stepdaughter in the courtroom and threatened to convict her of truancy if he didn't. The lawsuit filed by Mary Vasquez and her husband, Daniel Zurita, described the paddle provided by Gustavo Garza, Cameron County justice of the peace, as fashioned from a thick piece of lumber...
Ohio city OKs jail time for failing to mow lawn (06/06/08)
CANTON, Ohio -- Homeowners who don't mow their grass in this northeast Ohio city now face stiffer penalties -- including possible jail time. The city council unanimously passed a law Monday that makes a second high-grass violation a fourth-degree misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $250 and as many as 30 days in jail...
Foreclosures hit a record high (06/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- The foreclosure hammer is hitting ever harder. People lost their homes at the highest rate on record in the first three months of the year, and late payments soared to a new high, too -- an alarming sign that the housing crisis and its damage to the national economy may only get worse...
U.N. Security Council gets firsthand look at Darfur (06/06/08)
EL FASHER, Sudan -- The U.N. Security Council got a firsthand look Thursday at the worsening conflict in Darfur, which has killed up to 300,000 people and forced 2.5 million to flee their homes. Facing one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, the council delegation met with officials from the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force that has struggled to get up to its full strength of 26,000 troops since its January launch...
Accused Sept. 11 mastermind says he welcomes execution (06/06/08)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment Thursday that he welcomes the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an "inquisition."...
Cardinals select ASU star in first round of draft (06/06/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals chose Arizona State third baseman Brett Wallace with the 13th pick in the baseball draft Thursday. Wallace, 21, was particularly of interest to the team due to his hitting skills, said Jeff Luhnow, the club's vice president of player development...
Nationals walk off with split of doubleheader (06/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- After blowing a six-run lead, the Washington Nationals got a lift from Elijah Dukes to salvage a doubleheader split and end a four-game skid. With the Nationals trailing 9-8 in the bottom of the 10th and a runner on first, Dukes drilled a 2-2 slider over the center- field fence for a two-run homer to give the Washington Nationals a 10-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Thursday...
Ivanovic makes final in annoying fashion (06/06/08)
PARIS -- If official statistics were tallied for fist pumps and self-exhortations during Grand Slam matches, Ana Ivanovic might well have established a record while winning her French Open semifinal. Perhaps Ivanovic did not raise a clenched hand and let out a yelp after each of the 96 points she earned. It sure did seem that way to the woman she beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Thursday, Jelena Jankovic, who mocked the gesture at least twice, drawing laughs from fans...
neXt up 6-6-08 (06/06/08)
Friday n Tunes at Twilight featuring Keith Sykes @ Commonpleas Courthouse Gazebo, 7 p.m. Saturday n Quarry Hike @Trail of Tears State Park, second PeeWah Trailhead, 9:30 a.m. n Folk Music Concert featuring Jamin Bray @ Trail of Tears State Park Amphitheatre, 7 p.m...
Push a skewer through a balloon (06/06/08)
Did you know you can push a skewer through a balloon without popping it? It's another wowing science experiment that might get you and your family "Hooked on Science." Ingredients n Balloon n Skewer n Cooking oil Instructions STEP 1: Blow up the balloon, let some air out and then tie a knot at the end to hold the air inside the balloon...
Who's next - learning briefs (06/06/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Derek Gaines, a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School, received a Cargill Community Scholarship from FFA to attend Southeast Missouri State University. He also received a scholarship from Scott County Women in Agriculture...
Meet Leopold's top students (06/06/08)
Cody Van de Ven n Hometown: Leopold, Mo. n Parents: Roy and Sharon Van de Ven n Post-graduation plans: Attending Southeast Missouri State University, major undecided. n Activities while in high school: Blue Claws pep club, spirit leader, Beta Club, Business Club, concert choir, Student Activities Council, CYC, basketball, baseball...
More technology means less good TV (06/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Hey, you, media consumer. You used to be a TV watcher. But an excess of choices has left you changed -- and perhaps spoiled. Also overwhelmed. There's just too much to keep up with. New media outlets are spreading you thin. No wonder the 27 series that premiered last fall on the traditional broadcast networks, and all their new shows after that, struggled to win your support. ...
Reports of elder abuse on the rise in Missouri (06/06/08)
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received 12,177 reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly in 2006. The number of reports is on the rise, according to the department, though the crime is widely underreported due to many factors, the most frequent being the emotional and close bond between perpetrator and victim...
Gordon Neumeyer (06/06/08)
Gordon T. Neumeyer, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. James Reynolds (06/06/08)
The Rev. James L. Reynolds, 63, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, of complications from cancer. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Church in West Plains, Mo. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Springfield...
Kenneth Staggs (06/06/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth G. Staggs, 62, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in West Memphis, Ark. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Holder (06/06/08)
CANALOU, Mo. -- Donald Lee Holder, 65, of Canalou died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at his home. He was born July 4, 1942, in New Berlin, Ill., son of Carl and Evelyn Workman Holder. He and Mary J. Nichols were married April 5, 1985, at Canalou. Holder attended schools in Divernon and Auburn, Ill. He was a diesel mechanic with LaPlant Implement Co. in East Prairie and New Madrid, Mo. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513...
Births 6/6/2008 (06/06/08)
Tiemann Daughter to Blake E. and Kathy A. Tiemann of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Name, Madison Riley. Weight, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Fourth child, second daughter. Mrs. Tiemann is the former Kathy Janzen, daughter of David and Sharon Janzen of Peoria, Ill. Tiemann is the son of William and Gwen Tiemann of Overland Park, Kan. He is a minister at Cape First...
Police report 6/6/2008 (06/06/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n A subject is in custody pending formal charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, operating a motor vehicle without ignition interlock, failure to drive on right half of roadway and a stop-sign violation...
Fire report 6/6/2008 (06/06/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:47 p.m., a field fire on Airport Road. n At 9:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Person of character could put an end to the Iraq war (06/06/08)
To the editor: In our local newspaper, the Contra Costa Times, there was a piece on the endless war in Iraq. In it, Kevin Sexton, political science professor at Southeast Missouri State University, is quoted as saying: "We're so deep into the war now, I don't think one person is simply going to be able to end it."...
Speak Out 6/6/08 (06/06/08)
Parental caution A REMINDER: School is out and thefts are up. Don't leave anything in your vehicle that would tempt others. Parents, know where your children are at all times. Winning team MANY THANKS to the community of Scott City for the overwhelming support that was given to the Scott City state champion baseball team. And thanks, team, for bringing out Scott City's true colors...
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