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Stories from Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Charges dismissed against man accused in dogfighting ring (06/17/08)
Dogfighting charges against Curtis Pickering were dropped last week after Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn dismissed the case. Stoddard County officers arrested Pickering, 29, of South Fulton, Tenn., along with two other men when they busted up an alleged dogfighting ring near Dudley, Mo., in October...
Trail in Cape arson probe goes cold (06/17/08)
The trail leading to the individual or individuals responsible for a string of arsons, one of them fatal, in Cape Girardeau early this spring appears to have gone cold, officials say. The fires, 10 marked suspicious so far this year, may not all be connected, but similarities have been found in the methods used to set several of the intentional blazes...
Stories of Sprigg: Businesses on Sprigg ebb and flow (06/17/08)
On Sprigg Street, there are places to get a haircut, buy a home, fill the cupboard, fix an automobile and get buried. There are also places to fill a gas tank, fill a belly and buy a suit. The businesses along Sprigg tend toward specialty retail or service shops. Many are small, where the owners work on-site, often with the next generation of their family at their side...
Four injured in Monday crash near Sikeston (06/17/08)
Three vehicles were involved in an accident at 11:15 a.m. Monday on U.S. 61, 3.5 miles south of Sikeston. Five people were injured, with one taken from the scene by helicopter and the other four transported via ambulance. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a northbound vehicle driven by Teyanna R. ...
Johnson's Shut-Ins to open for swimming June 26 (06/17/08)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today that Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville will be open to swimmers again this summer. The shut-ins area will officially open for public swimming at 8 a.m. ...
Boyd to compete on NBC tonight (06/17/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — It's safe to say a few more people than usual in the Sikeston area will tune into the "America's Got Talent" season premiere at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC...
Two injured in I-55 accident this morning (06/17/08)
A driver of a Chevy Malibu heading north on Interstate 55 lost control, crossed the median and T-boned into a Nissan SUV, heading south this morning. The driver of the Malibu and the front seat passenger of the Nissan were taken away in ambulances, and the passenger in the Nissan reported minor chest pain, Lt. John Davis of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said...
St. Louis water levels could indicate severity of Cape flooding (06/17/08)
As the Mississippi River continues to rise, American Red Cross officials said St. Louis could be an indicator of whether predicted extensive flooding will occur in such areas as Cape Girardeau later this week. On Monday, the National Weather Service predicted a crest of 39 feet Saturday in St. ...
Dexter man killed in motorcycle crash (06/17/08)
The Daily Statesman DEXTER, Mo. — A Stoddard County man died as the result of a motorcycle accident on Saturday night, the Daily Statesman reported. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Route U, two miles west of Powe, Mo. The eastbound motorcycle driven by James D. Morin, 60, of Dexter, ran off the right side of the roadway. Morin was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Morgan Sifford...
Sikeston approves fiscal year 2009 budget; has to dip into reserves (06/17/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The 2008-2009 budget is nothing fancy, just an attempt to keep things going as they are. The goal for the fiscal year 2009 budget, approved during Friday's city council meeting, is to "maintain an adequate level of services based on the revenue we anticipate we are going to get," said city manager Doug Friend, "and to provide what the citizens of Sikeston have come to expect."...
Sikeston chooses to participate in annual sales tax holiday (06/17/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston will have a sales tax holiday. Council members voted down an ordinance during a special meeting Friday that would have kept the city from participating in the annual back-to-school tax-break weekend. Councilman Mike Bohannon said the only city in the area that had decided to opt out of the sales tax holiday this year is Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Commission puts hold on riverboat casinos (06/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Gaming Commission on Monday all but killed the chances for a group of Cape Girardeau investors to apply for a casino license before November. In a meeting held less than 10 days before the commission's regularly scheduled monthly session, the five-member commission voted unanimously to approve the moratorium...
Themis Street closed today at Middle Street intersection (06/17/08)
Construction of new water mains closed the intersection of Themis and Middle streets Monday. Older, two-inch-diameter steel water mains are being replaced with six-inch diameter, plastic ones. Construction will take place today near the intersection of Broadway and Middle Street and on Wednesday at Bellevue Drive and North Middle Street...
Dexter man is passionate about collecting stamps (06/17/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Webster's Dictionary defines the word "collect" to mean "to accumulate," or to "assemble together." Tony Rushin, indeed, has accumulated and assembled items together. His Dexter home displays not just one collection, but several, and they are as diverse as the man himself...
Organizers need entry forms turned in for golf tourney (06/17/08)
Registration for Cape Girardeau's downtown golf tournament is down this year, and organizers are encouraging procrastinators to turn in their entry forms. Organizer Charlie Herbst said he's not sure if the delay is because people are busy with other activities, or because interested players have not turned in their form. He's asking anyone interested in playing to get the form in as soon as possible so he can make final plans based on the number of players...
River levels may slow down boats (06/17/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County officials are entering a request with the Coast Guard to slow boats down on the Mississippi River. During the regular County Commission meeting Thursday, Commissioner Homer Oliver asked the county's emergency management director, Danny Harris, to enter the request to reduce wave wash from boats on the river along "the whole length of Mississippi County."...
National unemployment rates may not affect local students looking for summer jobs (06/17/08)
For students, the summer could be three months of flipping burgers at a local fast-food restaurant, leading a cheerleading clinic or baby-sitting toddlers for a working mom. But this year's economy has affected plans for high school and college students hoping to earn a few extra bucks at a summer job. The latest statistics released by the National Association of Business Economics reported that unemployment rates increased to 4.6 percent, reducing chances for youngsters to work...
Group wants to explore charter government for Cape County (06/17/08)
St. Louis County did it. So did St. Charles and Jackson counties. Now two more counties, Jefferson and Franklin, are considering moving to a charter form of government. This week, John Mehner used his "Business Today" column to announce an informal agreement with the League of Women Voters and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce to explore a charter for Cape Girardeau County...
Area man arrested Saturday for alleged drunken driving (06/17/08)
When police received a report late Saturday night of a possible intoxicated driver behind the wheel of a silver station wagon with Missouri tags, a patrol officer located the car at William and Sprigg streets and followed him, looking for signs of intoxication...
Show Me Center draws crowds to Sprigg (06/17/08)
1333 North Sprigg Street. Probably the closest thing to a sports mecca for Southeast Missouri. The Show Me Center likely is the best-known building on Sprigg, a 3.7-mile road that reflects Cape Girardeau with its mix of housing, residents and businesses...
State issues first newly designed license plates (06/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is issuing its newly designed license plates, complete with grammatical error and a state bird that flies south for the winter. Motorists on Monday were issued the first of the newly designed plates that show a bluebird perched on a branch along the bottom center of the plate. The bluebird migrates south when Missouri weather turns cold...
McCaskill questions InBev CEO about Anheuser-Busch (06/17/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill offered a Bud Lite and a smile to InBev Chief Executive Officer Carlos Brito on Tuesday, while telling him she would do everything she could to stop his company from buying Anheuser-Busch Cos. Brito requested the meeting with the Democratic lawmaker and other members of Missouri's delegation to reassure them about his company's proposal to buy the St. Louis-based beer giant...
Saint Louis Zoo announces new addition (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Saint Louis Zoo's newest arrival is all legs. A reticulated giraffe born Saturday is standing tall with his mom. The male baby was born outdoors in view of a crowd of 400 onlookers. He weighs 143 pounds and stands more than 6 feet tall...
Deadline approaching for flood prep in Canton (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Northeast Missouri towns said Tuesday that they were hanging on, giving up, or suspending efforts out of confidence they could meet the challenge of a near-record flooding expected later in the week. Clarksville, where the Mississippi River is expected to crest at record levels Friday, was hanging on with prayers from strangers and volunteers from as far away as sympathetic New Orleans...
St. Louis health care group cutting 120 jobs (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis-area health care system is slashing 120 jobs, many of them upper-level management KSDK-TV reported the layoffs at St. Louis-based SSM Health Care, citing memos sent to SSM staffers on Monday. The station reports that 75 management positions, including vice presidents, managers and supervisors, have been eliminated throughout the system...
Five pellet-gun shootings in KC morning rush (06/17/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police believe the same people are behind five pellet-gun shootings during the morning rush. No serious injuries are reported. Police say they're looking for a 2000 white Chevy Malibu carrying three young men after shootings that started at 6 a.m. Tuesday when a pellet hit a 70-year-old woman standing at a bus stop...
Four pellet-gun shootings at KC bus stops (06/17/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police believe the same people are behind pellet-gun shootings at four bus stops during the morning rush. No serious injuries are reported. Police say they're looking for a white Ford Taurus carrying three young men after shootings that started at 6 a.m. Tuesday when a woman was shot in the neck as she stood at a bus stop...
Mo. residents bracing for near-record river levels (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Northeast Missouri residents and businesses, and an entire City Hall in La Grange, evacuated Monday as crews worked feverishly to hold back the swollen Mississippi River from levels that may in two cases top records set in 1993. Those are at Saverton and Clarksville, but others will come devilishly close...
Ill. communities still on edge as water rises (06/17/08)
As floodwaters crept higher Monday, some Illinoisans filled even more sandbags to protect their homes and businesses -- and hoped rivers would crest where experts said they would -- while others recognized the only thing left to do was leave. From the far north edge of Illinois down to communities that look across the Mississippi River to Missouri, people wondered when rivers finally would crest. ...
Mo. creates 'hot weather' rule, lets Aquila keep power plant (06/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians struggling to pay their bills will have help staying cool during hot summer months. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed legislation barring electric or natural gas companies from shutting off service when the temperature is likely to rise above 95 degrees or the heat index above 105 degrees...
Blunt asks for federal review of InBev offer to buy out Anheuser-Busch (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt sent a letter Monday to the Federal Trade Commission, asking for a federal review of the proposed sale of Anheuser-Busch Cos. to Belgian brewer InBev. Blunt's letter said he is concerned the sale could create a near monopoly in the U.S. beer market by combining the two large brewers. He also said he's concerned the sale could damage the St. Louis and Missouri economies...
Man's new name: 'In God We Trust' (06/17/08)
ZION, Ill. -- A school bus driver and amateur artist from the Chicago suburb of Zion has legally changed his name to "In God We Trust." A circuit court judge approved Steve Kreuscher's name change petition Friday. The 57-year-old's first name was changed to "In God," while his last name was changed to "We Trust."...
Flood water becoming noxious brew (06/17/08)
OAKVILLE, Iowa -- The floodwaters that deluged much of Iowa have done more than knock out drinking water and destroy homes. They have also spread a combination of sewage, farm chemicals and fuel that could sicken anyone who wades in. On Monday, Bob Lanz used a 22-foot aluminum flatboat to navigate through downtown Oakville, where water reeked of pig feces and diesel fuel...
N.J. considers bill encouraging farms to generate clean power (06/17/08)
TRENTON, N.J. -- For centuries, farming has involved plowing the fields and tending to livestock. Soon, farmers in New Jersey may also be tending to solar panels and windmills. New Jersey lawmakers are contemplating a bill that defines solar and wind energy generation as agricultural activity. The measure aims to promote alternative energy sources, but has been criticized as a possible danger to farmland preservation efforts...
House panel subpoenas FBI interviews of Bush, Cheney as part of leak probe (06/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- A House committee issued a subpoena Monday for FBI reports from interviews with President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in the CIA leak investigation. The subpoena to Attorney General Michael Mukasey from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is the latest move by Congress to shed light on Cheney's precise role in the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity...
Gay couples in Calif. get marriage licenses (06/17/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of gay couples were married Monday after a historic ruling making California the second state to allow same-sex nuptials went into effect. At least five county clerks around the state extended their hours to issue marriage licenses, and many same-sex couples got married on the spot...
EU to issue more sanctions against Iran (06/17/08)
LUXEMBOURG -- The European Union agreed Monday on the need to sharpen sanctions on Iran -- possibly targeting the oil and gas sectors in what would mark Europe's strongest punishments yet to discourage Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The EU's tougher stance follows Iran's latest refusal to accept an economic incentives in exchange for halting uranium enrichment, which Tehran insists is for energy-producing reactors but Western nations and others fear could be used to develop nuclear weapons...
Iraqi violence down, but war's root causes still unresolved (06/17/08)
BAGHDAD -- Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point. Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets...
Taliban force takes over Afghan towns (06/17/08)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Hundreds of Taliban fighters invaded villages just outside Afghanistan's second-largest city Monday, forcing NATO and Afghan troops to rush in while frightened residents fled. The Taliban assault on the outskirts of Kandahar is the latest display of prowess by the militants despite a record number of U.S. and NATO troops in the country...
Miles makes most of opportunities to pitch (06/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was running out of players in a 12-1 loss last August at Washington when he leaned on Aaron Miles to work a mop-up inning on the mound. "I was the only guy left one day, and I did pretty good," Miles said. "I got three outs and he gave me another chance."...
Playoff win, bum knee add to Woods' legacy (06/17/08)
The legend grows. On a sunny day on the California coast, Tiger Woods beat a guy ranked 158th in the world — and the world couldn't get enough of it. This wasn't Rocco versus Tiger for the U.S. Open title. This was Rocky against the champ in a slugfest so compelling that even an extra 18 holes couldn't settle it...
91 holes to capture No. 14 in U.S. Open (06/17/08)
SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods cradled the silver U.S. Open trophy in his right hand and limped toward the edge of the Pacific bluffs, each step as much a burden as the 91 holes he played at Torrey Pines for a major that might have been his most amazing yet...
Celtics back in Boston with 2 chances at title (06/17/08)
The Boston Celtics are home, not home free. Unable to put the finishing touches on the Los Angeles Lakers and wrap up their first championship since 1986, the NBA's best team since November flew back across three time zones Monday for a Game 6 it was hoping it wouldn't have to play...
Samuel taps Cowboys defensive coordinator to help raise interest in program fundraiser (06/17/08)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel usually dips into his University of Nebraska roots to add spice to his program's golf tournament fundraiser. That will be the case again this year, although Samuel also has gone outside the Cornhuskers' circle for the event that will be held Monday at Cape Girardeau Country Club...
Timeout with ... Adam Garrett (06/17/08)
Age: 24 Resides: Cape Girardeau Sport: Golf High school: Sikeston Occupation: Premier Therapy Worst thing that happened to you during a round: Oh God, when you get the shanks for two weeks. And you don't know what to do and you want to quit the game...
Tony Awards make a nod to the past and the future (06/17/08)
NEW YORK -- Broadway looked to the future -- and to its past -- at the 2008 Tony Awards with "In the Heights," the best musical winner, and "August: Osage County," the best play, sharing the spotlight with a nearly 60-year-old "South Pacific."...
Profile: Clint Karnes (06/17/08)
Clint Karnes Wood and Huston Bank TITLE: Community bank president AGE: 42 NATIVE OF: Omaha, Ill. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 2 NUMBER OF ATMs: 6 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: My childhood babysitter ended up as the SVP of Operations at Boatmen's Bank in Benton, Ill. ...
June-July calendar (06/17/08)
Tuesday | June 24 Jackson: Membership Committee Meeting 8:30 a.m., Jackson Chamber Conference Room Thursday | June 26 Jackson: Leadership Jackson 8 a.m., The Health of Jackson. Learn about the trends and factors that influence health care access and affordability today and in the future by talking with leaders in the health care industry. ...
Deal or no deal? Drury land purchase still up in air (06/17/08)
Dan Drury is in the dark regarding the progress of a proposal presented months ago by Midamerica Hotels to Cape Girardeau County. "I haven't heard anything," said Drury, President of Midamerica Hotels, in a recent phone interview. "I just hope everything works out the best for everybody."...
Profile: Henry (Butch) Holyfield, Jr. (06/17/08)
Henry (Butch) Holyfield, Jr. First State Community Bank TITLE: Community president of First State Community Bank AGE: 54 NATIVE OF: Sikeston, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 27 locations NUMBER OF ATMs: 35 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I went in to the local savings and loan to open a savings account for my daughter and the manager asked me when I was going to graduate from college and if I would be interested in going to work for him...
July business updates (06/17/08)
Transportation Amtrak ridership increases Ridership on Amtrak trains continues to increase in Poplar Bluff and nationwide. Passengers getting on and off the Texas Eagle in Poplar Bluff totaled 3,842 during fiscal year 2007. This is an increase of 622 or 19.3 percent over fiscal year 2006. The southbound train is scheduled to arrive at 11:42 p.m. and the northbound train at 2:39 a.m. every night...
Profile: Larry Uelsmann (06/17/08)
Larry Uelsmann Security Bank and Trust Age: 60. I became a grandpa six months ago. Native of : Scott City, Mo. Number of branches in Southeast Missouri: The bank has offices in Scott City, Marble Hill, Patton and Cape Girardeau...
Profile: Roger L. Tolliver (06/17/08)
Roger L. Tolliver Commerce Bank TITLE: Community bank president for Commerce Bank AGE: 59 NATIVE OF: Sikeston, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 5 NUMBER OF ATMs: 6 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: The President of First National Bank in Sikeston called and offered me a job as a management trainee in the bank. ...
Opinion: Local banks may be in for tough year (06/17/08)
If you are looking for bank financing to develop, expand or just maintain a business, expect to undergo tougher scrutiny this year as financial institutions look to minimize risk. As part of this year's Business Today issue on banking, I looked at the banking market in the region. I found that while all the banks operating in our area remain profitable, the first three months of the year presented challenges to maintain that surplus...
Profile: John M. Thompson (06/17/08)
John M. Thompson The Bank of Missouri TITLE: President of The Bank of Missouri AGE: 55 NATIVE OF: Jackson, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 10 throughout Missouri; two more coming summer 08. NUMBER OF ATMs: 10 throughout Missouru HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I was recruited into the industry by a friend who was a banker, and who today serves our bank as a community bank director...
Profile: Kent Puchbauer (06/17/08)
Kent Puchbauer Montgomery Bank TITLE: Cape Community Bank president AGE: 55 NATIVE OF: Lifelong resident of rural Jackson NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Seven NUMBER OF ATMs: Ten Montgomery Bank ATMs with access to over 10,000 Fee Free Money Pass ATMs nationwide...
July development news (06/17/08)
March Unemployment Down Slightly Here In Ste. Genevieve county STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Ste. Genevieve County saw unemployment fall in March compared to the prior month, however compared to March 2007 the percentage unemployed was higher...
Profile: Don Burnett (06/17/08)
Don Burnett Focus Bank TITLE: President/CEO AGE: 62 NATIVE OF: Blytheville, Ark NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 6 NUMBER OF ATMs: 18 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: From the military, started working for UNISYS selling data processing systems to banks. Went to work for a bank I sold a computer system to...
Profile: Dennis McIntosh (06/17/08)
Dennis McIntosh Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan Association TITLE: CEO AGE: 56 years old. NATIVE OF: Salem, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 5; home office in Farmington. Number of ATMs: 5 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I served on the board of directors for eight years while a practicing attorney in Farmington, Mo. I practiced law for 25 years before changing vocations. I was selected as CEO in August of 2000 and assumed my duties on Jan. 2, 2001...
Profile: John R. Abercrombie (06/17/08)
John R. Abercrombie Capaha Bank TITLE: President and CEO of Capaha Bank AGE: 63 NATIVE OF: Tamms, Ill. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 3 NUMBER OF ATMs: 4 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: My entry into the banking business resulted from a combination of factors that just happened to align at the right time. ...
Profile: Charles Puls (06/17/08)
Charles Puls Regions Bank TITLE: City president, Southeast Missouri market Regions Bank AGE: 48 NATIVE OF: Jackson, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 13 NUMBER OF ATMS: 13 HOW HE GOT STARTED IN BANKING: I started as Commercial Banking Officer and progressed to AVP, VP and SVP as a Commercial Relationship Manager for the middle market group. On 10/15/07 I accepted the position of City President for the Southeast Missouri market for Regions Bank...
Profile: Greg Steffens (06/17/08)
Greg Steffens Southern Missouri Bank TITLE: President AGE: 41 NATIVE OF: Blackburn, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 9 NUMBER OF ATMs: 11 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I was offered a job as a bank examiner after graduating from college and it sounded like fun...
Profile: Steve Taylor (06/17/08)
Steve Taylor First Missouri State Bank TITLE: Chairman, president and CEO of First Missouri State Bank of Cape County AGE: 49 NATIVE OF: Cape Girardeau NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 3; chartered in Cape County NUMBER OF ATMs: 3 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I chose banking as my occupation in college. I started my career at Preston State Bank in Dallas, Texas...
Profiles: Bob Francis (06/17/08)
Bob Francis US Bank TITLE: Market president AGE: Old enough and young enough to run for President of the United States. NATIVE OF: Hillsboro, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 24 NUMBER OF ATMs: 24+ HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: Musical career stalled thanks to disco, got a job as a collector with Crown Finance, then first bank job six months later...
Profile: Steve Green (06/17/08)
Steve Green 1st Community Bank TITLE: Community president for 1st State Community Bank AGE: 44 NATIVE OF: Born and raised in Sikeston, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 6 NUMBER OF ATMs: 14 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: Originally in the brokerage business, but the crash of 1986 sent many young brokers looking to other lines of work...
Profile: Lorna Gibbar (06/17/08)
Lorna Gibbar Eagle Bank & Trust Co. TITLE: Community president/marketing manager AGE: 47 NATIVE OF: Perryville, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 13 NUMBER OF ATMS: 17 HOW SHE GOT STARTED IN BANKING: I started with mortgages. I have always had an interest in it and the opportunity came available and I was offered the opportunity...
Profile: Matt Puchbauer (06/17/08)
Matt Puchbauer Peoples Bank of Altenburg TITLE: President and CEO of Peoples Bank of Altenburg AGE: 44 NATIVE OF: Raised on a small farm in north Cape County near Oak Ridge. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 2 NUMBER OF ATMs: 3 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I have always enjoyed money and dealing with people so banking was the ideal choice. ...
Profile: Kevin Bishop (06/17/08)
Kevin Bishop First National Bank of Dexter TITLE: Community bank president AGE: 28 NATIVE OF: Trumann, Ark. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 4 NUMBER OF ATMs: 4 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I started my career with Wells Fargo Financial, and I served as a branch manager in Tupelo, Miss., Sikeston, Mo., and Dexter, Mo. After the experience I received in consumer lending with WFF, I decided I wanted a career in banking...
News:Growth slows for national, local banking industry (06/17/08)
Banking in Southeast Missouri is holding steady but figures show that its hold may be a bit precarious. In March, the Southeast Missourian reported that banks in the area "bucked at least one national trend during 2007," pointing out that 14 of 16 banks in Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and Bollinger counties reported increased profits, despite a more dismal national picture. ...
Profile: Terry Tuschoff (06/17/08)
Terry Tuschhoff Bank of America TITLE: President, Bank of America Southeast Missouri AGE: 54 NATIVE OF: Jackson, Mo. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: 4 NUMBER OF ATMS: 6 HOW HE GOT HIS START IN BANKING: I started at Farmers and Merchants Bank one month after I graduated from SEMO University. I got a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance and banking was a part of that...
Profile: Cord Polen (06/17/08)
Cord PolenAlliance Bank TITLE: President and CEO of Alliance Bank AGE: 46 NATIVE OF: Malden, Mo., but consider Cape Girardeau home now. NUMBER OF BRANCHES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Three NUMBER OF ATMs: Two...
News:Net income for banks down in 2008 (06/17/08)
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reports that commercial banks and savings institutions had a net income of $19.3 billion in the first quarter of 2008, a decline of $16.3 billion from the $35.6 billion the industry earned in the fourth quarter of 2007. Higher provisions for loan losses has been the primary cause for the drop in industry profits. Fifty percent of all insured institutions reported a lower net income in the first quarter of 08...
Banterra makes its Missouri debut in Cape (06/17/08)
Despite an economic recession and a housing downturn, Illinois-based Banterra Bank found the Southeast Missouri market lucrative enough to open its first full-service bank in the state. Banterra earlier opened a loan production office in Cape Girardeau, and on May 27 opened its new full-service banking location at Regent's Parc on North Kingshighway. In keeping with its being first in Missouri, the bank is also Regent's Parc's first tenants, said Mel Bower, marketing manager for Banterra...
New study aims to link exercise and low addiction (06/17/08)
WASHINGTON — Sure, exercise is good for your waistline, your heart, your bones — but might it also help prevent addiction to drugs or alcohol? There are some tantalizing clues that physical activity might spur changes in the brain to do just that. Now the government is beginning a push for hard research to prove it...
Health calendar 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
Calendar Today n Community-wide weight loss program: 6 p.m. at Pursley Chiropractic. Join a nationwide weight loss challenge. The 12 week challenge offers prizes and cash incentives. There is a cost. For registration call Greg Pursley at 573-587-1223...
Janet Rogers (06/17/08)
Janet Rogers ADVANCE, Mo. -- Janet Louise Rogers, 59, of Advance died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born July 30, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Carmilla and Alma Tackett Vaglica. Rogers was a member of First Baptist Church...
Angela Sides (06/17/08)
Angela Sides Angela Sides, 48, of Jackson died Monday, June 16, 2008, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Elliott (06/17/08)
Martha Jean Elliott, 88, of Maryville, Ill., formerly of Scott City, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Illmo, daughter of James Alfred and Ella Augusta Ohning Oliver. She and Glenn Alwyn Elliott were married Nov. 9, 1942, in Clayton, Mo. He died Jan. 8, 1992...
Bearl McDaniel (06/17/08)
Bearl McDaniel Bearl L. McDaniel, 97, of Jackson died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Monticello House. He was born Jan. 18, 1911, in Glenallen, Mo., son of Jesse and Nettie Sitzes McDaniel. He and Lorene Simpher were married Nov. 29, 1941, in Cape Girardeau...
Allen Mattingly (06/17/08)
Allen Mattingly PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Allen Mattingly, 52, of Perryville died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1955, in Perry County, son of Delmar and Betty Brewer Mattingly. He and Cindy Hunt were married June 21, 1975...
Births 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
Warning Daughter to Christopher Michael Warning and Jaclyn Leigh Monroe of Vanduser, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:38 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Name, Abigail Grace. Weight, 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Ms. Monroe is the daughter of Tanya Monroe of Vanduser, and the late Tim Monroe. She is a secretary at Engram Farms. Warning is the son of Ronnie and Sonja Warning of Sikeston, Mo. He is a planter technician with Engram Farms...
Police report 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Floyd G. Wiseman, 44, 627 S. Benton St., was arrested on suspicion of property damage. n Randy L. Robinson, 31, 605 Bellevue St., was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault, driving while suspended and no insurance...
Fire report 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 7:36 p.m., illegal burn in the 200 block of West End Boulevard. n At 9:04 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 10:39 p.m., emergency medical service at Towers Circle...
Out of the past 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
25 years ago: June 17, 1983 The Rev. W.T. Handy Jr., bishop of the Missouri area of the United Methodist Church, participated yesterday in the consecration of the new Hobbs-Wesley parsonage at 1016 Shady Lane and in the consecration of the new Hobbs Chapel Education Building on Bend Road...
Correction 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
In an article about gas prices in Monday's Business section, the last name of Papa John's general manager Carly Winters was incorrect. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Prison sense (06/17/08)
It wasn't that many years ago that Missourians, like residents of so many other states, were clamoring for tougher sentencing for convicted offenders as crime rates soared. Many state legislatures responded by imposing tough mandatory sentences. As a result, state legislators also were faced with appropriating millions of dollars for new prisons, staffing and other expenses related to the cost of imprisoning offenders. ...
Heritage of Christians in this country has had big influence (06/17/08)
To the editor: Separation of church and state came from the fact that the Roman empire continued to swallow up different religions and was tolerant of all forms. Thus, the reason Pilgrims came to America. They left because they felt the need to worship God freely, without Roman intervention and pagan beliefs being imposed on their own. The Catholic church became the official religion of Rome and began to include many forms of pagan rituals and other forms of religion...
Speak out 6/17/08 (06/17/08)
Dangerous drivers NINE DWIs? It's sad, but it doesn't surprise me. I know someone who has five and is still driving. These people are a danger to everyone, including themselves, their passengers and their children. Dirty politics I AM 83 years old and have lived in Missouri all my life. I do not remember when politics wasn't dirty...
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