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MoDOT to work on U.S. 61 in Jackson (06/25/08)
U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.while crews patch the northbound lane.The work will take place from Parkview Street in Jackson to County Road 435. For more information call MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT. ...
Acclaimed violinist, Carbondale native to perform at River Campus tonight (06/25/08)
David Kim, a native of Carbondale, Ill., will perform at the River Campus tonight as part of the Fourth Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival. The violinist will perform in conjunction with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Kim attended the Juilliard School in New York City where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. ...
Sikeston bottling plant to lay off about 80 employees (06/25/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Around 80 employees at Cott Beverages Sikeston plant will lose their jobs in August. David Bush, plant manager of the facility located at 301 Larcel Drive in Sikeston, said Tuesday afternoon the cutbacks are a way to refocus the efforts of the company. It reflects a reorganization of all categories and all products through the entire organization, he said...
Arch moves its medical air service out of Cape (06/25/08)
The loss of Cape Girardeau's only locally based air ambulance service won't have a major impact on patient care, spokespeople for the city's two major hospitals said. Arch Air Medical Service, a St. Louis-based company, last week moved its helicopter and crew stationed at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to Farmington, Mo. ...
Diebold Orchards to auction off land (06/25/08)
KELSO, Mo. -- The Diebold family plans to auction off its 700-acre orchard Aug. 20. David Diebold, co-owner of the business off U.S. 61 in Kelso, cited family issues for the auction. "All the shareholders don't have enough money to buy each other out," Diebold said. "So we are holding the auction so those who want to buy the assets of the company can do so and the rest of the land can be sold to the public."...
Cape declared disaster area for third time this year; river expected to rise (06/25/08)
Cape Girardeau County was declared a disaster area today for the third time in 2008. The announcement came just hours after the National Weather Service predicted that the highest river crest of the year would reach the city on July 2. The latest rise in river levels was attributed to strong storms that Tuesday night and Wednesday morning dumped as much as 7 inches of rain in a short period over northern Missouri. ...
Almost forgotten: Cemetery near Dutchtown all that remains of rural black community (06/25/08)
Beneath the maple trees, the poison ivy, the weeds and the periwinkle near Dutchtown lies an all-but-forgotten part of black history in Southeast Missouri. Now abandoned and overgrown, Shady Grove Cemetery is all that remains of a rural black community that drew from the area around Dutchtown and former slave-holding estates. Fifty documented headstones remain hidden in the woods...
Old Oak Ridge High School building demolished (06/25/08)
Demolition of the old Oak Ridge High School began Monday. The school board decided in March to proceed with razing the building. The school was built in 1932 and was part of the oldest contiguous school district west of the Mississippi River. Several health and safety issues were cited as reasons for the demolition, such as bowed walls, plumbing issues and roof repairs. ...
Chip-and-seal paving starts in Cape County (06/25/08)
Chip-and-seal paving has begun in Cape Girardeau County, more than a year after first being proposed as a money saving alternative to asphalt. County Road 273, which stretches for 1.3 miles south from Highway 25 to the Stoddard County line, was paved Tuesday, the first piece of Cape Girardeau's 2008 experimental chip-and-seal program...
Associate publisher named at Southeast Missourian newspaper (06/25/08)
A newspaper veteran with a history of new media innovation has been named associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian, said Jon K. Rust, publisher of the newspaper. The executive, Jim Maxwell, is currently president and publisher of the Pocono Mountains Media Group, which includes a 20,000-circulation daily in eastern Pennsylvania and several nearby weeklies...
East County Fire Protection District board chairman resigns over board seat vacancy (06/25/08)
Gary Fornkahl, board chairman of East County Fire Protection District, added his resignation Monday to a long list of resignations in the fire district, leaving only one board member. Fornkahl said in a letter filed with the county that his resignation was tied to the vacancy on the board left in April 2007 when a member of the board resigned...
Jackson School Board raises meal prices (06/25/08)
The Jackson School Board approved a $47.5 million budget Tuesday for the next school year, acknowledging pressure from increases in fuel, utility, food and health costs. To cover some of the expense, the board voted to raise breakfast and lunch prices...
Wappapello man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2007 death (06/25/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A Wappapello, Mo., man charged in connection with the 2007 death of a Bonne Terre, Mo., couple pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday. Jason Merrill, 21, pleaded guilty to the Class B felony of first-degree manslaughter due to intoxication. The crime, normally a Class C felony, was raised to a Class B because of his status as a prior and persistent offender...
Minor quake in Illinois (06/25/08)
Southeast Missourian A magnitude-2.9 earthquake was recorded six miles from Mount Carmel, Ill. at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. The region shook with a 5.2 temblor April 18 and has experienced intermittent aftershocks since. Mount Carmel is less than 200 miles from Cape Girardeau. The Bootheel area has experienced 111 small earthquakes, including a magnitude-1.9 quake eight miles north of East Prairie, Mo., on June 5...
Allied Waste may sell for more than $6 billion (06/25/08)
Cape Girardeau's director of public works is unruffled by Tuesday's announcement that Republic Services has agreed to buy Allied Waste Industries -- which owns Lemons Landfill. "Until that finally goes through and we see what changes they make, I won't know if there are any cost changes for us or not," he said. "I expect about anything."...
Southeast boosts ID security for students (06/25/08)
Aware students' personally identifiable information had been available to a wide range of staff, Southeast Missouri State University has taken steps to protect students' identities. No longer do front desk staff at dormitories have access to a list of student names and Social Security numbers. ...
Region briefs 6/25/08 (06/25/08)
Woman robbed after letting men into home CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — An 83-year-old woman was robbed after being duped by two men to allow them into her home, the Standard-Democrat reported. Officers were called to a home in Caruthersville at 4 p.m. ...
Elderly Bootheel woman robbed after allowing two men into her home (06/25/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — An elderly woman was robbed after being duped by two men allowing them into her home. Officers were called to a home in Caruthersville at 4 p.m. Friday. The homeowner, an 83-year-old woman, told officers while she was outside of her home working in the yard on Thursday, she was approached by a white male and the two began talking about the opening of a furniture store in Caruthersville. ...
Discovery of chemical prompts evacuation at Springfield (06/25/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Things are returning to normal around the Springfield-Greene County Health Department after the discovery of a volatile chemical prompted an evacuation. Department employees were evacuated and streets around the municipal government complex were blocked off until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday while hazardous materials crews disposed of the chemical. Officials said the picric acid was found in the basement of the health department building...
Steen appointed next ag director for Missouri (06/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Agriculture is getting a new director. Gov. Matt Blunt's office says that agriculture director Katie Smith is stepping down "in anticipation of an expanding family." She is to be replaced on July 7 by Don Steen, who is resigning as Miller County assessor to take the new job...
Heavy rains drench northern Missouri (06/25/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some roads are flooded by torrential rain in parts of northern Missouri, with one report of more than seven inches of rain in four hours. The National Weather Service Wednesday cited reports of several feet of water on highways in Daviess County, and authorities report similar road flooding in Linn and Macon counties. A highway crew reported six feet of water on a road south of Jameson...
Wal-Mart pulls annual convention from Kansas City (06/25/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to move its annual national managers meeting from Kansas City, taking away the city's largest annual convention. The retail giant told city officials Tuesday that it was backing out of an informal promise to hold the meeting in Kansas City through 2012. Scheduled for two weeks in January, the meeting was expected to attract 8,000 people and generate almost $8 million in revenue for the local economy next year...
St. Louis mosquiotes test positive for West Nile Virus (06/25/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Health officials are discovering mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile Virus throughout St. Louis County. The cases are the first to be reported this year in St. Louis County, which is home to more than 900,000 people. Mosquitoes testing positive for the virus were found in cities from Jennings in the north, to Clayton in central St. Louis County to Chesterfield in the west...
InBev secures financing (06/25/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Brewer InBev SA said Wednesday it has secured financing for its bid to buy Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. for $46 billion. The Belgium-based maker of Stella Artois said it wrote to Anheuser again Wednesday to assure the company's board that it has struck deals with a group of banks and has already paid over commitment fees to finance the takeover over...
InBev stands by $46B offer for Anheuser-Busch (06/25/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Brewer InBev SA on Wednesday pressed Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. for an answer on its $46 billion takeover offer, saying it had already secured financing for the deal. The Belgium-based maker of Stella Artois said it wrote to Anheuser again on Wednesday to assure the company's board that it has struck deals with a group of banks and has already paid commitment fees to finance the takeover over...
Independence, Mo., opens new genealogy library (06/25/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Dedicated family researchers in the Kansas City area and beyond now have a library to match their ambitions. The new Midwest Genealogy Center, which opened Saturday, is billed as one the nation's largest libraries specifically for people tracing their ancestry. The 52,000-square-foot building replaces a facility one-quarter its size that was housed in the Mid-Continent Public Library's north Independence branch...
Top court reinstates midwifery law (06/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Supreme Court has reinstated a law letting certified midwives work in Missouri without fear of potential criminal charges. The 2007 measure legalizing the trained but unlicensed practice of midwifery had been struck down by a Cole County judge. She ruled it violated the state constitution, because the midwives provision was unrelated to the bill's titled subject of health insurance...
Waterlogged levee under pressure from Mississippi (06/25/08)
WINFIELD, Mo. -- The weakest spot left along the swollen Mississippi River may be the Pin Oak levee, a barrier so tenuous that soil slides down its slope. For safety reasons, only National Guard soldiers and firefighters in life vests are allowed to stack sandbags. A single muskrat recently created a geyser of river water by digging into the berm...
States turn down U.S. abstinence education grants (06/25/08)
WASHINGTON -- Skeptical states are shoving aside millions of federal dollars for abstinence education, walking away from the program the Bush administration touts for slowing teen sexual activity. Barely half the states are still in, and two more say they are leaving...
Mortgage aid plan passes Senate test (06/25/08)
WASHINGTON -- A massive foreclosure rescue bill cleared a key Senate test Tuesday by an overwhelming margin, with Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping homeowners. The mortgage aid plan would let the Federal Housing Administration back $300 billion in new, cheaper home loans for an estimated 400,000 distressed borrowers who otherwise would be considered too financially risky to qualify for government-insured, fixed-rate loans...
Lightning sparks 800-plus fires in Northern Calif. (06/25/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fire crews joined aircraft from neighboring states Tuesday to battle hundreds of lightning-caused wildfires across Northern California. One of the fires started by weekend thunderstorms had already blackened more than 10,000 acres -- nearly 16 square miles -- in a rural area of Lake County, about 120 miles north of San Francisco. No homes had been destroyed, but officials said voluntary evacuations were in place for residents of 36 homes...
Pregnant teen says there was no pact at high school (06/25/08)
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- One of the girls who became pregnant at Gloucester High School this year denied Tuesday there was any pact among them to have children, saying instead they decided to help each other make the best of their situations. Lindsey Oliver refuted the principal's claim that a sharp increase in teen pregnancies -- 17 compared to a typical four -- was in part because several girls planned to get pregnant so they could raise their babies together...
Blast at Sadr City district council building kills four Americans (06/25/08)
BAGHDAD -- A bomb exploded inside Sadr City's district council building Tuesday, killing 10 people, including four Americans working to restore local government and services in the former Shiite militia stronghold. Iraqi officials said it appeared to be an inside job, and suspicion fell on the headquarters' Shiite guard force. The blast was the second deadly attack to strike Americans promoting municipal governments in as many days...
La Russa appreciates Izturis' glove at short (06/25/08)
ST. LOUIS -- When the St. Louis Cardinals placed shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the average fan might have surmised it a minor loss. The light-hitting Izturis was batting .241 with one home run and 12 RBIs before going on the DL on Sunday. He usually bats ninth as the bottom-of-the-order second leadoff man for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa...
Davenport overcomes ailing leg to advance at Wimbledon (06/25/08)
WIMBLEDON, England -- With Wimbledon devolving into a fashion contest, former champion Lindsay Davenport's retro getup may have trumped all other outfits. Her sleeveless white top and pleated skirt were very 1980s, and the wrap on her right leg -- with bandages extending from mid-thigh to mid-calf -- looked like something out of the British Museum...
Cardinals win rematch of '06 World Series (06/25/08)
DETROIT -- The St. Louis Cardinals got hits from eight players and RBIs from five. Not bad for a lineup missing Albert Pujols. Brian Barton, Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading St. Louis to an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers...
Fresno's big offensive night forces Game 3 (06/25/08)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Fresno State kept its amazing postseason run alive Tuesday night thanks to an offensive performance that was nothing short of, well, amazing. After spotting Georgia a five-run lead in the third inning, Fresno State struck for 15 runs over the next three innings for a 19-10 victory in Game 2 of the College World Series finals...
Post 63 edges Post 369 in sloppy ballgame (06/25/08)
Cape Girardeau Post 63 starting hurler Garrett Stevens described his team's American Legion District 14 baseball game against Scott County on Tuesday using one word -- sloppy. The game featured a lot of offense and some poor defense as Post 63 and Scott County Post 369 combined for 21 hits, seven errors and exchanged the lead six times through the first six innings...
Corners, basements favorite spots for brown recluse spider (06/25/08)
Diane Wood laughs when she thinks about brown recluses or black widow spiders jumping at people and biting them. "It only takes one person to get bitten and then everybody becomes afraid," said Wood, an assistant biology professor at Southeast Missouri State University...
If you're tired of spinach, try Swiss chard (06/25/08)
Swiss chard doesn't usually win popularity contests in the produce world. But this member of the beet family is a great and healthy way to add some variety to your greens repertoire, especially if you tend to grab the same bags of baby spinach week after week...
A jolly holly bush: Southeast Missouri lies on northern edge of natural holly range (06/25/08)
In the late 1950s, Mrs. F. Leighton Meserve developed the Ilex x meserveae hybrids from the parents of Ilex rugosa (prostrate holly) and Ilex aquifolium (English holly). For her work she received the American Horticultural Society's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Horticulture. You can see a few of these plants growing in the area today, but I think area gardeners should give these hybrids more attention...
Southern funerals: Somber but with a good spread (06/25/08)
I have another new cookbook to add to my collection. My sister just returned home from her vacation and brought me back a cookbook from Charleston, S.C. It is so unusual and funny I just had to share it with you. "Being Dead is No Excuse; The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral" is filled with stories and tales of Southern funerals, and the recipes from foods fixed for Southern funerals. ...
Review: 'Wanted' a wildly outlandish action pic (06/25/08)
The movie is called "Wanted" and the star is Angelina Jolie. No, it is not a documentary. It is, in fact, a super-stylized, wildly outlandish action flick that will pick you up, throw you around, drop you back down on the ground and leave you begging for more. It's the ideal, mindless summer thrill ride — one you can never take too seriously, even when it starts to take itself too seriously...
Don Imus says he was making a 'sarcastic point' (06/25/08)
NEW YORK -- Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks on his radio program, said on the air Tuesday he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood. Imus resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about a women's basketball team...
Sandra DeClue (06/25/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Sandra Faye DeClue, 60, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 16, 1947, at Festus, Mo., daughter of Woodrow W. and Lucille Hayes McDonald. DeClue was a custodian. Survivors include two daughters, Vlenda Dornseif and Tammy Hill of Spring Hill; two brothers, Woody and Robert McDonald of Perryville; five sisters, Geraldine Chapman, Sadie Linderer and Betty Kent, all of Festus, Joyce Walton and Alberta Kramer of Ste. ...
Bernadine Harris-Smith (06/25/08)
In memory of Bernadine "Bunny" Harris-Smith, a memorial Mass and bereavement lunch will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1912 Ritter Drive, Cape Girardeau. Harris-Smith, 87, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, in Sarasota...
Dorothy Brown (06/25/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy Mae Brown, 87, of Anna died Monday, June 23, 2008, at her home. She was born to Jacob Dale and Mary Jane "Mollie" Lewis in West Frankfort, Ill. After her mother died she was raised by an uncle and aunt, Hubert and Hazel Lewis of West Frankfort. She and Frank Merlin Dillow were married Feb. 2, 1942. She later married Louis L. Brown July 23, 1968, in Anna. He died Oct. 17, 2007...
James Bogle (06/25/08)
James Bogle, 83, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Nelson Memorial Methodist Church in East Prairie. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Dan Usher officiating. Burial will be in East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery...
William Campbell (06/25/08)
William Campbell, 95, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 28, 1912, in Jackson, son of John F. and Minnie Meyer Campbell. He and Ruth Adele Haman were married Nov. 16, 1940, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. She passed away May 2, 2006...
Mary Richie (06/25/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary E. Richie, 90, of Anna died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at City Care Center. She was born June 17, 1918, in Wetaug, Ill., daughter of Lyman A. and Bertha M. Morgan Richie. Richie was a member of First Baptist Church in Dongola, Ill. Survivors include friends...
Danny Buckner (06/25/08)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Danny Leroy Buckner, 81, of Fort Myers died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Southwest Regional Hospital in Fort Myers. He was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, son of Leroy and Pearl Coyne Buckner. He and Lillian Kadlez were married Oct. 12, 1953, in Corinth, Miss...
Brenda McBride (06/25/08)
Brenda McBride, 45, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 9, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, to William T. and Mary C. Horrell Kluesner. She and Ron McBride were married March 10, 1989, in Cape Girardeau...
Thomas Lett Jr. (06/25/08)
Thomas H. Lett Jr., 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Police report 6/25/2008 (06/25/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Troy A. Chapman, 19, 149 Oneida Lane, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to use headlights when required...
Fire report 6/25/2008 (06/25/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 4:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Elm Street. n At 5:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3400 block of William Street. n At 5:14 p.m., a citizen assist in the 600 block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 6/25/08 (06/25/08)
25 years ago: June 25, 1983 Gov. Kit Bond says he will veto the appropriation for Cape Girardeau's multipurpose building, but will include it in a bond sale proposal to be taken up in a special session in October; the governor explains the $3.5 million appropriated for the facility is outside his recommended budget...
Looking past gloom, doom (06/25/08)
If you missed the article recently by The Associated Press titled "Everything seemingly is spinning out of control," then you missed a fascinating read that will send your mind spinning. I'll recap in a short version the meat of the article. The writers took a look at a host of events and questioned whether the American can-do spirit is enough to overcome some of the unfolding world events. ...
Casino plan (06/25/08)
Two Cape Girardeau businessmen have been working behind the scenes since the 1990s, buying properties in downtown Cape Girardeau and dreaming one day of bringing a casino, a hotel and related development to downtown. Since earlier this year, Ameristar and Pinnacle Entertainment, two of the largest casino operators in Missouri, have led a petition drive to get an initiative on the November ballot that would impose a ban on new casinos in the state, thereby eliminating future competition and repealing the $500 individual loss limit currently imposed on Missouri's gamblers. ...
We go to Mars, can't find new fuels (06/25/08)
To the editor: It makes me sick to see elected officials on TV wringing their hands and shedding crocodile tears for the poor American consumer over the price of oil and what it has done to the quality of life. It makes me wonder: Where have people like the Kennedys, Clintons, Obama, Bond and McCains (along with the other hangers-on) been since 1976 when we had lines at the gasoline pumps? Did they have their head in the sand, or in their campaign contributors' pockets?...
Speak Out 6/25/08 (06/25/08)
Honoring the sacrifice I FAIL to understand those who suggest we not name the Jackson National Guard Armory after a fallen hero. I feel all fallen soldiers deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices. To criticize individuals who are trying to do an honorable thing for a fallen comrade is selfish and shallow. ...
DRIvIN RAIN confirmed for South Texas Rock Fest w/ Queensr├┐che, Tesla, Dokken, L.A. Guns, Y&T, Skid Row, UFO, and others, over 40,000 expected. (06/25/08)
Local hard rock band DRIvIN' RAIN has been confirmed to play the 2nd stage at The 2008 South Texas Rock Fest July 11-13 in SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. Cape's very own DRIvIN' RAIN will play Saturday July 12 at 3:30 on the 2nd Stage. (Right between L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat). The raingang will do songs from their 2004 s/t cd, and also from the 2006 "Delightfully Evil" disc. The band says they will also break out brand new song for this festival...
Slash Rocks out at The Show-Me Center (06/25/08)
This is a photo I took of Slash at The SHow-Me-Center. When Guns N Roses opened for Alice Cooper.
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