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Dexter alderman issued summons for assault (10/01/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter city alderman was issued a summons on Friday afternoon for third-degree assault, and the second party involved in the confrontation received a summons for trespassing. Dale Ray Pixley, 43, who was elected in April to serve as Ward III alderman, was issued the summons following a confrontation at his place of business, Pixley Auto Repair, on Business Highway 60, according to Dexter police...
Sikeston mail to be processed in Cape Girardeau starting Saturday (10/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Several factors, including the slumping economy, are impacting the nation's postal service and translating to a change in how things are done. Beginning Saturday, mail at the Sikeston Post Office will be sorted in Cape Girardeau instead of at the Sikeston location...
Boyd wins $1 million prize on "America's Got Talent" (10/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The atmosphere was tense in Randy and Charlotte York's Sikeston home in the few minutes leading up to the announcement of the winner of "America's Got Talent" on Wednesday night. But in an instant, the tension was broken, replaced by pure jubilation when the 50 or so friends and family of Neal E. Boyd heard their hometown boy had won the hugely popular national talent show and the $1 million prize that went with it...
Water, sewer rates in Delta may jump (10/01/08)
The cost of using water from Delta is about to nearly double. Mayor Bonnie Bradshaw said the news is upsetting, but "we're in a position where we have to bite the bullet." The water and sewer system is currently losing at least $20,000 a year, she said...
Sikeston explores establishment of quiet zone (10/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston City Council members are hoping residents will sound off on a proposed quiet zone. "The city has the opportunity to establish what the railroad calls a quiet zone through town,"said John Chittenden of Waters Engineering. ...
Neal E. Boyd to appear on 'America's Got Talent' finale tonight (10/01/08)
Sikeston, Mo., native Neal E. Boyd will find out tonight if he's the winner of the $1 million prize on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Boyd, an opera singer, is one of five finalists who performed last Wednesday on the popular NBC show. The tenor sang Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," the same aria he performed on the first show of the season, when all three judges declared him the competition's immediate front-runner...
Steven Julian acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in Feb. 14 shooting (10/01/08)
FULTON, Mo. -- When a Callaway County jury issued a not-guilty verdict Tuesday on whether Steven R. Julian committed involuntary manslaughter in shooting and killing a parole jumper while trying to cuff him, Julian's family members and co-workers breathed a single, audible gasp...
Review: 'Radio Hour' makes audience part of show (10/01/08)
The fearless Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University has mounted another successful and entertaining musical. This time it's "The 1940s Radio Hour," written by Walton James and directed and choreographed by Dennis Courtney...
Marble Hill, Mo., woman seriously injured in Monday car accident (10/01/08)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- A Marble Hill, Mo., woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon as the vehicle she was driving skidded off the left side of the road and overturned off Highway 34, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The 1995 Chevrolet driven by Monica M. Welker, 17, was totaled...
Area events 10/01/2008 (10/01/08)
Scott County Women in Agriculture to meet The Scott County Women in Agriculture will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the USDA office on Highway 77 in Benton, Mo. Bernice Kern will speak about "Friends of the Library." All women are invited to attend. For more information, call Kay Dover at 573-545-9027...
Two men charged in Schindler's Tavern robbery face additional charges of theft (10/01/08)
Two men already facing charges for a break-in at a New Hamburg, Mo., bar now face additional charges related to thefts from automobiles in the area of the bar, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Monday. Charles D. Dobyns, 18, of Benton, Mo., faces seven counts of stealing and his bond has been set at $2,500 cash. Dobyns was arrested Sept. 19 on charges of burglary, property damage and felony stealing for the Aug. 21 break-in at Schindler's Tavern...
Portageville man charged in wife's shooting death (10/01/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Portageville, Mo., man was to be arraigned Tuesday on murder charges in connection with the death of his wife. Jon Patrick Ellington, 39, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of his wife, Carolyn Sue Ellington, 48. He is being held in the New Madrid County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond...
Libraries marking Banned Books Week (10/01/08)
Strong language is the primary cause for a book being challenged. Next is a sexually explicit nature. Violence is also high on the list. "Books are challenged for a variety of reasons. Typically it's done to protect the young reader," said Julia Jorgensen, librarian at Central High School in Cape Girardeau...
Scott County vehicle accident sends two to Cape Girardeau hospital (10/01/08)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. - A Scott City man and a Chaffee, Mo., woman were injured Tuesday in a two-car accident at County Road 201, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports Web site.The accident occurred 2 miles west of Scott City at around 12:45 p.m. as a 1998 Dodge driven by Tony E. Miller, 35, of Scott City was making a left turn and struck a 2002 Mitsubishi driven by Cassie Stoffregen, 22, of Chaffee...
Highway 34 in Bollinger County reduced for shoulder repairs Wednesday (10/01/08)
Highway 34 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair shoulders on Wednesday. The lane reduction will take place from County Road 302 to County Road 402 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on this and other road work projects call MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Car totaled, four injured in single-vehicle accident (10/01/08)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. - Two women and men - all residents of Morley, Mo. - were injured Tuesday evening in a single-car accident at County Road 427, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports Web site.The accident occurred 1 mile south of Morley at around 6:30 p.m. ...
Report finds signs of slowing Southeast Missouri economy (10/01/08)
A rising unemployment rate indicates a slowdown in Southeast Missouri's economy, according to the latest newsletter from the Center of Economic and Business Research at Southeast Missouri State University. While data from April to June indicates total employment rose by nearly 2 percent from the previous quarter and unemployment decreased by almost a percentage point, those statistics are deceiving, said center director Bruce Domazlicky...
First leaves of fall (10/01/08)
Title: Make the Most of a Job Fair - Prepare, Network, and Dress Well (10/01/08)
Content: Dear Sam: After spending 13 years with my last employer, I was recently laid off and am beginning a job search. This entire process is new to me; I've never really had to look for a job, and when I did look back in the 1980s, it was a very different environment. ...
Postal worker charged with taking mail (10/01/08)
DETROIT -- A former postal worker has been charged with stealing thousands of pieces of mail that authorities say she had kept in a storage unit northwest of Detroit. More than 9,000 pieces of mail have been recovered from a storage unit in Fowlerville, federal investigators said Tuesday. Authorities say Jill Hull admitted storing the mail because she couldn't deliver it on time. Some mail has postmarks from 2005...
State rail projects get boost as driving declines in U.S. (10/01/08)
RICHMOND, Va. -- The federal government is chipping in nearly $30 million for 15 passenger rail projects across the country as Americans continue to drive less and take the train more, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Tuesday. Peters announced the funding Tuesday at the downtown Richmond Amtrak station, one of the sites that will benefit. The projects are aimed at boosting intercity rail capacity and on-time performance...
Senate to force House's hand on bailout (10/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- In a bid to revive the multibillion-dollar financial rescue plan, Senate leaders scheduled a vote for tonight on a version of the bill that adds substantial tax cuts meant to appeal to Republicans when it reaches the House. The goal is to net at least 12 more House votes than the rescue proposal received Monday, when lawmakers rejected it...
'Alligator Capital of Texas' hit hard by Hurricane Ike (10/01/08)
ANAHUAC, Texas -- In this town on the edge of Trinity Bay, alligators normally outnumber people three to one, and the annual Texas GatorFest draws 30,000 people -- more than 10 times the town's population. But not this year, not after Hurricane Ike. ...
Iraqi forces take more control, lose more lives (10/01/08)
BAGHDAD -- The number of Iraqi security forces killed in September rose by nearly a third to 159 compared with the same period last year, Associated Press figures showed Tuesday. U.S. troop deaths for the same period fell by nearly 40 percent to 25...
U.S. nuclear envoy to bring proposal to North Korea (10/01/08)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The chief U.S. nuclear negotiator with North Korea will propose a face-saving compromise during a trip today to the communist nation to try to salvage a derailed disarmament pact, U.S. officials said. Envoy Christopher Hill said his goal was to persuade North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan to agree to Washington's demand for a verification system to account for the North's nuclear arsenal...
Panic kills at least 168 at Indian temple (10/01/08)
JODHPUR, India -- Thousands of pilgrims panicked by false rumors of a bomb stampeded at a Hindu temple in western India on Tuesday, killing at least 168 people in the crush to escape. Television footage showed dozens of bodies lying on the sidewalk, while nearby frantic people tried to revive unconscious devotees, slapping their faces and pressing on their chests...
New chief of Pakistan's spy agency seen as tough on Taliban, al-Qaida (10/01/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's army chief named a general considered a hawk in the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban to head the country's powerful spy agency, asserting his control at a time of U.S. concern that rogue operatives are aiding Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan...
Keepers put overweight dolphins on low-fat diet at Japanese aquarium (10/01/08)
TOKYO -- Dolphins at a Japanese marine park are going on a low-fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing to look sharp in their aquatic performances. Kinosaki Marine World in western Japan said Tuesday that all its 19 dolphins have been on a low-fat diet since late August, when they started failing to hit jumping targets and keep upright while treading water...
Haslett starts with Bulger at QB (10/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger ducked the media last week, afraid of what he might say after getting benched by Scott Linehan. Bulger got his job back Tuesday, the biggest development of new coach Jim Haslett's first full day in charge of the winless team. The highest-paid player in franchise history, who ran the scout team offense last week, also broke his silence...
Freshman nets pair of goals in Jackson's win vs. Sikeston (10/01/08)
Jackson freshman Law Duncan demonstrated his nose for the goal yet again Tuesday. Duncan scored twice to help lead the Indians boys soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Sikeston. Tyson Stoverink added a goal and an assist for Jackson (6-8). Notre Dame 6, Anna-Jonesboro, Ill. 0...
Upsets reinforce Pinkel's message to Tigers (10/01/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- During their open week, Missouri coaches and players learned an important lesson watching several top-ranked teams. With Saturday's Big 12 opener at Nebraska approaching, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's message of overpreparing rang true for his 4-0 team...
Point guard verbally commits to Redhawks (10/01/08)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has received a verbal commitment for the 2009-10 season from a junior college point guard. Jeremy Lay, a 6-foot sophomore at Northern Oklahoma College, said Tuesday he plans to sign with Southeast during the early signing period in November...
Athletics added to Southeast objectives (10/01/08)
Southeast Missouri State's Board of Regents wanted to make sure athletics wasn't going to be forgotten in the university's strategic planning process. On Friday, the board added an objective specific to athletics to its five other Priority One objectives. The initial objectives are being discussed in meetings over the next few weeks as a strategic plan is developed for presentation to the board in December...
Raiders fire Kiffin, name Cable the interim coach (10/01/08)
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders fired Lane Kiffin on Tuesday just four games into his second season, ending a public feud with owner Al Davis that had been simmering since the start of the year. "I reached a point where I felt that the whole staff were fractionalized, that the best thing to do to get this thing back was to make a change," Davis said during a lengthy news conference. "It hurts because I picked the guy. I picked the wrong guy."...
Veterans lead White Sox past Twins, into playoffs with 1-0 win (10/01/08)
CHICAGO -- Thanks to Jim Thome's bat and Ken Griffey Jr.'s arm, the AL Central has a winner at last: the Chicago White Sox. John Danks pitched eight innings of two-hit ball on short rest, Thome homered and Griffey threw out a runner at the plate with a tough tag by A.J. Pierzynski, helping Chicago beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 in a 163rd-game tiebreaker for the division title Tuesday night...
Basements need attention for winter (10/01/08)
As cold weather approaches, it's time to turn attention to the basement and the various systems it houses. Here are some tasks that can make for a safer, more comfortable home, without frightening leaks, squeaks or monster utility bills. n Have your furnace inspected and serviced. ...
All tied up: Pretzels have been getting people in a twist for hundreds of years (10/01/08)
Today is the first day of October, a month which has been officially designated as National Pretzel Month. You might not think we need an entire month dedicated to the pretzel, and, frankly, neither did I until I visited Lititz, Pa., the birthplace of the American pretzel. ...
Recipe Swap: Oh my, pie! (10/01/08)
By now you know how happy I am when a new cookbook comes into my possession. Last week Jamie Jones, the Parent Liaison from our children's former elementary school, called to alert me of their annual fall book fair and the large selection of cookbooks that were available. ...
Thanks for going on the Neal E. Boyd journey with us (10/01/08)
I'm tired. I'm probably not as tired as Neal E. Boyd will be in a few hours, though. Right now it's about 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday night, and Sikeston, Mo., native Boyd just won "America's Got Talent" and a $1 million prize. I spent a couple of hours tonight in Sikeston, at the home of Randy and Charlotte York, friends of Boyd's family, watching the tenor win it all. The tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife, at first. But that tension was replaced by cheers of joy. Amazing...
Neal E. Boyd is the winner of 'America's Got Talent' (10/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — The atmosphere was tense in Randy and Charlotte York's Sikeston home in the few minutes leading up to the announcement of the winner of "America's Got Talent" Wednesday night. But in an instant, the tension was broken, replaced by pure jubilation when the 50 or so friends and family of Neal E. Boyd heard their hometown boy had won the hugely popular national talent show, and the $1 million prize that went with it...
Review: 'Nick & Norah' a small romantic gem (10/01/08)
Someday, Michael Cera will show us what else he can do. He surely must have someone else inside of him besides the poignantly verbal but sweetly awkward nerd we've come to know and love in movies such as "Superbad" and "Juno" and the late, great TV series "Arrested Development." He seems too smart, too substantial, to be just a one-trick pony; then again, maybe it's easy to want good things from him because we like the person we've gotten to know so far...
Britney Spears' attorney files appeals in driving case (10/01/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears' attorney has asked a judge to delay the singer's upcoming trial on a misdemeanor charge for driving without a valid license. Attorney J. Michael Flanagan filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday seeking a stay in the criminal case. Flanagan also wants an appellate judge to order the judge overseeing the case to grant Spears' motion to dismiss...
Dow surges 485 points after biggest sell-off in years (10/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street snapped back Tuesday after its biggest sell-off in years amid growing expectations that lawmakers will salvage a $700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector. But the seized-up credit markets where businesses turn to raise money showed no sign of relief...
Charles Shrum (10/01/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Charles D. Shrum, 81, formerly of Sedgewickville died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Lee Hamilton (10/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lee Andrew "Lamus" Hamilton, 70, of Sikeston died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born May 16, 1938, in Kewanee, Mo., son of David and Morean Hamilton. Hamilton attended Hooe Public School. He retired from General Motors Corp. in St. Louis in 1972. He was a member of Masonic Harmony Lodge 40, and New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Haywood City, Mo...
Carol DeSpain (10/01/08)
PATTON, Mo. -- Carol Ann DeSpain, 40, of Patton died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 29, 1968, at Kirkwood, Mo., daughter of the Rev. Robert Carl "Bobby" and Carolyn W. Berry Trentham. DeSpain was a medical assistant with A.W.L. Medical Center and attended First General Baptist Church in Jackson...
Police report 10/1/08 (10/01/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Lord Louis Gwinn, 39, 4217 County Road 620, was arrested on suspicion of property damage. n Ashlee R. Broughton, 23, of Irvington, Ill., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for improper registration...
Fire report 10/1/08 (10/01/08)
Cape Girardeau Fire fighters responded to the following call Monday: n At 5:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Ashland Hills Drive. n At 9:34 p.m., box alarm at 2010 Woodlawn Ave. Fire fighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 10/1/08 (10/01/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 1, 1983 Beginning tomorrow, no loads of brush or tires will be accepted at the Cape Girardeau city landfill, which is entering its final year of operation at the site just off Highway 177 north of here; brush and tires must be buried deeper than other types of trash, and the landfill is too shallow to accommodate them...
Paying for bridges (10/01/08)
It will be months or years before the full impact of the current world credit crisis is assessed. Millions of Americans are feeling the effects in a variety of ways. And so is Missouri state government, which last month had to give up on a bold financing package for a multibillion-dollar upgrade for some 800 of the state's bridges most in need of repair...
Jesus is our dancing partner (10/01/08)
To the editor: When I read the response from the believers in our community, I wished 200-plus residents of Saxony Village could have signed that letter. Come on, folks. Dance with God. Doing God's will is like leading. He leads, we follow. Jesus is our dancing partner through life. Without him, life is jerky and unfulfilled...
Speak Out 10/1/08 (10/01/08)
Let him go WHO CARES how many restroom breaks children get in school? If a child has to use the restroom, let him go. I would hate to see what would happen if you were told you couldn't use the restroom when you needed to go. Working family I AM 25 years old and have been married for six years. ...
Agriculture Research Center Holding Open House Oct. 11 (10/01/08)
The Southeast Missouri State University Agriculture Research Center is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. The Center is located at 6885 State Hwy. 25, one and one-half miles south of Gordonville, Mo., on the east side of Highway 25...
John Deere Fan (10/01/08)
This is my sister's (Jeanne) miniature horse, Samson. He's a true John Deere fan.
Hummingbird taking a break (10/01/08)
This female hummingbird was resting directly above her feeder so she could keep the others away from it.
Mama Kangaroo & joey (10/01/08)
Forever Flying 2 (10/01/08)
Taken in Capaha Park
Eyes of the Deer (10/01/08)
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