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Man pleads guilty to Butler County bomb threat (04/06/09)
A Butler County man pleaded guilty last week in federal court to threatening to blow up the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Mark A. Starkey, 44, of Victoria, Texas, formerly of Butler County, pleaded guilty to one felony count of making a threat over the telephone to destroy a building by use of explosives before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., according to the Federal prosecutor's office...
Patton man sustains serious injuries in Sunday evening crash (04/06/09)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. - A Patton man was seriously injured in a single-car accident on Route JJ Sunday evening. The accident occurred five miles south of Patton at around 5:45 p.m. as a 1991 Buick driven by Jared E. Landers, 21, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports website. The Buick was totaled...
Storytellers Festival attendance breaks 3,000 in event's second year (04/06/09)
Sunday's severe thunderstorm warning caused Chuck Martin a lot of anxiety, but the headliners for Cape Girardeau's second Storytellers Festival merely incorporated the weather into their flights of fancy. Nearly 200 people arrived for Sunday's final session. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council to discuss manufactured home request tonight (04/06/09)
The Cape Girardeau City Council tonight will grapple with the issue of how to provide affordable housing when a property owner wants to replace an aging home in a well-established neighborhood. The council will hold a public hearing on the request from Alfred Farrar to replace the home at 804 N. ...
Jackson School Board candidates talk about construction (04/06/09)
Jackson school board incumbents are proud of the construction done at the high school, but some candidates said the process could be improved for future phases of the project. Incumbents Brent Wills and Cathy Goodman will face Pat Wissman and Robert Aubuchon in Tuesday's election. The two candidates with the most votes will assume three-year terms on the board...
Scott City School Board candidates discuss bullying, facilities, academics (04/06/09)
Bullying is not limited to the Scott City School District, but the school board has done its part to contain the problem there in recent months, according to two board members. Incumbents Keith Simpson and Gary Miller will face Karen Pobst and Gary Haynes in Tuesday's election. The two candidates with the most votes will assume three-year terms on the board...
Cape Girardeau School Board candidates offer views on dropout rate (04/06/09)
As the Cape Girardeau School District works toward a plan to restructure the district's facilities, one school board member says the school system is heading in the wrong direction. In the face of an increasing dropout rate, school board candidates offer different perspectives on the goals of the district. Incumbents Kyle McDonald and Charles Bertrand will face Luther Bonds and Betty Mosley in Tuesday's election. The two candidates with the most votes will assume three-year terms on the board...
Money for Highway 25 in Jackson included in Emerson's requested earmarks (04/06/09)
Shut out of federal stimulus funds, Jackson may yet obtain federal help to relieve traffic congestion near South Elementary School. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, is asking to include $750,000 in the next federal budget for an environmental study and design work to relieve congestion on Highway 25 from Jackson Trail to the city limits. The request was one of 49 earmarked projects, totaling $92 million, submitted by Emerson last week...
Bringing the beat: Jackson Percussion Ensemble's performance set for tonight (04/06/09)
Typical of the past month's Thursday afternoons, after most students and faculty have gone home for the day, eight Jackson high school percussionists tighten down their choreographed movements like a row of pistons. The students' glow-in-the-dark drumsticks twirl and skip in their hands over snare drums in preparation for tonight's performance...
MoDOT marks work season start with Operation Orange (04/06/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will herald the upcoming construction season with a its annual Operation Orange: To Make Work Zones Safe awareness program. In addition to the usual cones and barrels seen as MoDOT is working on the roads, buildings, landmarks and businesses across the state will use orange lights to remind drivers to slow down while moving through work zones...
Haydn's Nelson Mass includes performances by three Southeast Missouri State University groups (04/06/09)
The Southeast Missouri University Choir, Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra will perform Joseph Haydn's "Nelson Mass" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Sponsors of St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project frustrated by work reversal (04/06/09)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Reversing work on the St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project is "a shame -- a waste of taxpayer dollars," according to the project's sponsors. Furg Hunter, a supervisor for the St. Johns Levee and Drainage District, the local sponsors for the St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project, spoke about efforts to see the project through and expressed frustrations at the waste of reversing work during a public meeting March 30 in Caruthersville...
Mo. delays tax refunds, borrows cash (04/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has delayed tax refunds and quietly borrowed $325 million from its cash reserves to keep the state afloat. State financial documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state borrowed $175 million from its reserves in February and an additional $150 million in March. But Gov. Jay Nixon's administration never publicized the borrowing...
Missouri tries to shed reputation as 'puppy mill' (04/06/09)
SENECA, Mo. (AP) -- When authorities raided J.B.'s Precious Puppies, they discovered more than 200 dogs standing in their own excrement, crammed three and four to a cage. Some were so sickly they were missing clumps of hair. The skeletal remains of puppies and adult dogs were found inside pet-food bags...
Militia report unites ACLU, Republicans (04/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Republican Party and the American Civil Liberties Union finally have found common ground. Both are outraged by a recently leaked report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center -- an office that compiles and distributes homeland security information -- that describes the characteristics of potential militia members...
State retirement system managers get bonuses (04/06/09)
Mo. retirement system managers get bonuses JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The 14-member staff of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System received almost $300,000 in bonuses, even as the pension fund lost almost $1.8 billion, according to the St. ...
Recession erodes conveniences shoppers got accustomed to (04/06/09)
CHICAGO -- First came the housing bust, followed by eroding job security and dwindling retirement accounts. Now, the worst downturn in decades is nibbling away at something so entrenched that people took it for granted: simple, everyday convenience...
Schools consider stimulus funds for energy efficiency (04/06/09)
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The candy machine at Henry Sibley High School knows when students roam the halls and automatically powers down when they've gone home. The basketball court still shines, but under the glow of fluorescent tubes that suck up a fraction of the juice the old lights used...
Airlines earn higher marks for quality in 2008 (04/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Airlines carried fewer people last year, but did a better job for those who did fly. The rates of lost bags, late arrivals, passengers bumped from overbooked flights and consumer complaints all declined, private researchers said in their annual study of airline quality, based on government statistics...
Binghamton officials defend response time to mass shooting (04/06/09)
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A faster response by emergency officials to the attack at an immigrant services center in Binghamton would have saved no lives, a county prosecutor said Sunday. The shooting at the American Civic Association stopped shortly after the first 911 calls came in at 10:30 a.m., but police didn't enter the building until nearly 45 minutes later...
Obama outlines goal of nuke-free world (04/06/09)
PRAGUE -- Declaring the future of mankind at stake, President Obama on Sunday said all nations must strive to rid the world of nuclear arms and that the U.S. had a "moral responsibility" to lead because no other country has used one. A North Korean rocket launch upstaged Obama's call to action, delivered in the capital of the Czech Republic, a former satellite of the Soviet Union. ...
Security Council meets to discuss N. Korean rocket (04/06/09)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. and its allies sought punishment Sunday for North Korea's defiant launch of a rocket that apparently fell into the Pacific, holding an emergency U.N. meeting in response to the "provocative act" that some believe was a long-range missile test...
Redhawks deal series loss to Gamecocks (04/06/09)
Tony Spencer said the Southeast Missouri State baseball team was down after letting a six-run lead slip away Saturday. But the Redhawks were far from out. Southeast punctuated an impressive weekend with Sunday's 7-4 win against perennial Ohio Valley Conference power Jacksonville State...
Redhawks net first win of season (04/06/09)
The Southeast Missouri State tennis team finally broke through Sunday. Southeast won its first match of the season, beating visiting Tennesee State 4-2 in an Ohio Valley Conference contest. The Redhawks are 1-16 overall and 1-5 in the OVC. TSU fell to 0-9 and 0-6...
Spartans want a feel-good win for Michigan (04/06/09)
DETROIT -- The bracket says North Carolina vs. Michigan State. At times, though, the Tar Heels may feel like they're going up against something more than just another basketball team. From the coach on down, the Spartans (31-6) know a win in the NCAA title game on a court 90 miles from their campus won't fix the state's economic freefall, won't put anybody back to work. But there will be 72,000 people in Ford Field, site of the Final Four, tonight. Most will be rooting for Michigan State...
Carpenter key to Cardinals' chances (04/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- After all those operations on his right arm, Chris Carpenter had work on his left arm this offseason -- a colorful tattoo. The new tattoo spreads over half the arm displaying his family via astrological signs. There's a lion for his daughter, a Leo. A crab for his wife, a Cancer. An arch for his son, a Sagittarius. A bull for himself, a Taurus...
Mather fails to make opening-day roster (04/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals reached the 25-man roster limit Thursday, optioning utilityman Joe Mather to Classs AAA Memphis. An extending slump cost Mather a shot at splitting time at third base with rookie David Freese in place of injured Troy Glaus. Mather had two home runs and 18 RBIs but batted only .227...
Gordon ends drought with victory in Texas (04/06/09)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jeff Gordon ended the longest winless drought of his career, beating Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to finally win at Texas. Gordon won for the first time in 48 races Sunday at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway, one of only two active tracks where the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion never had won a race...
Lincicome's eagle swoops in to win Nabisco title (04/06/09)
Brittany Lincicome was brilliant when it mattered most. Lincicome sank a 6-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to upstage good friend Kristy McPherson and win the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday, capturing her first victory in a major. Never worse than three strokes behind in the final round, Lincicome stayed close as McPherson and Cristie Kerr traded the lead back and forth on a perfect day at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif...
Excitement only should build for Redhawks (04/06/09)
I'm sure nobody thought Southeast Missouri State's undefeated Ohio Valley Conference baseball record would last long. Sports just don't work that way. Still, it's hard to argue with the Redhawks' 8-1 OVC start, especially after Southeast took two of three from perennial OVC power Jacksonville State over the weekend...
Metallica, Run-DMC inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (04/06/09)
CLEVELAND -- Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show. For the first time, the show, back in Cleveland following a 12-year holdover in New York's Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, was open to the public...
People on the move 4/6/09 (04/06/09)
Southeast Missouri Food Bank hires operations manager Kit Brewer has joined the staff of Southeast Missouri Food Bank as operations manager. A native of Ironton, Mo., Brewer graduated from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. For the past five years he has worked with the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia, Mo., heading their mobile food pantry, USDA and children's programs and serving as operations director. Southeast Missouri Food Bank, 3920 Nash Road in Cape Girardeau, distributes food to more than 145 agencies in 16 counties in Southeast Missouri. Senior nutrition centers, church food pantries, soup kitchens, domestic abuse and homeless shelters and rehabilitation centers are examples of the types of agencies that benefit from hunger relief efforts. . ...
Talking shop with Nancy Jernigan of the local United Way chapter (04/06/09)
Southeast Missouri is greatly influenced by numerous not-for-profit agencies in the region. Leading the way is the United Way of Southeast Missouri, which distributes funds to these entities and coordinates programs that benefit the community. Nancy Jernigan has been leading the United Way of Southeast Missouri for nearly 14 years. ...
Maria Thompson (04/06/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- Maria Nell "Rita" Thompson, 58, of Anna, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Mulberry Manor in Anna. She was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Fort Hood, Texas, daughter of Carl William and Lucille Gregory Thompson...
Mary Lorene Glasser (04/06/09)
KELSO, Mo. -- Mary Lorene Glasser, 80, of Kelso died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Oran, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Christine Beal Elfrink. She and Wilfred Lloyd Glasser were married June 7, 1949, in Chaffee, Mo...
Elvira A. Schamburg (04/06/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elvira A. Schamburg, 90, of Perryville died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Highland, Mo., daughter of John F. and Mamie Lukefahr Renaud. She and Hubert A. Schamburg were married Dec. 1, 1943. He died May 12, 1998...
Dickie O'Laughlin Black (04/06/09)
Dickie L. O'Laughlin Black, 60, of Tamms, Ill., died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 1, 1949, in Cairo, Ill., son of Gene and Betty Jo Nichols O'Laughlin. Dick retired after more than 30 years of service as a master machinist with the Burlingotn Northern-Sante Fe, Northern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads...
Dr. Roy Dawson (04/06/09)
Dr. William Roy Dawson Jr., 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at his home. He was born April 2, 1928, in Montgomery, Ala., son of William R. and Annie Ruth Graydon Dawson. He and Carol McCollum were married on August 21, 1948, in Montgomery, Ala...
Loreen Gladish (04/06/09)
Loreen Jane Gladish, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Jarvis, Ontario, Canada. She is the widow of Dallas Roy "Jim" Gladish. She was a member of Abbey Road Christian Church...
Arbra Silvius (04/06/09)
Arbra Louise Davis Silvius, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 25, 1930, in Imperial, Calif., daughter of Joseph Earl and Sara Ann Riggins Davis. She and Ralph Silvius were married May 17, 1946...
Rebecca Seyer (04/06/09)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Rebecca J. Seyer, 48, of Edwardsville, formerly of Cardwell, Mo., died Friday, April 3, 2009, at St. Louis University Hospital after a long illness. She was born Jan. 11, 1961, in Hammond, Ind., daughter of Gerald Donald and Cassie Lou Bishop. She and Jeffrey Seyer were married June 8, 1985, in Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 4/6/09 (04/06/09)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: n Emergency medical service on East Jackson Boulevard.
Out of the past 4/6/09 (04/06/09)
25 years ago: April 6, 1984 Ward 10 in Cape Girardeau will be eliminated before the August primary to comply with state law concerning voting in state representative districts, said County Clerk Rodney Miller; in addition, parts of several other city wards will be moved to comply with the law...
New library to open in May (04/06/09)
Time is drawing near for the move to the new 40,000-square-foot Cape Girardeau Public Library at 711 N. Clark Ave. Library director Betty Martin said the library will be moving out of its temporary home at 301 S. Broadview St. after May 3 and will reopen later in the month...
Cape police department at 150 (04/06/09)
Every day, the 75-member Cape Girardeau Police Department provides security and law enforcement for our community in ways that most of us never know about. The police department offers ride-along programs that help familiarize residents with the work officers do while patrolling. ...
Speak Out 4/6/09 (04/06/09)
Ugly buildings; Enemy combatants; Raze buildings; Cruise missiles; Drug testing; Blame and credit; Dig in your heels; Just deserts; Placing blame; High ratings; Tea party; Critical donations; Babies in church; Approval rating; Business world; Vending legalities; Pet responsibility; Party cleanup; Being defenseless; Late for appointment; Balance the budget; Playing in street
Prayer 4/6/09 (04/06/09)
Lead us and guide us, O God, no matter what obstacles lie in our path. Amen.
Cape Girardeau Hosts Second DREAM Initiative Open House (04/06/09)
Cape Girardeau, MO -- Old Town Cape, the City of Cape Girardeau, and the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce are hosting a second Open House for the DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri) Initiative. The Open House, to be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. ...
OLD TOWN CAPE RECEIVES 2009 NATIONAL MAIN STREET™ PROGRAM ACCREDITATION (04/06/09)
Cape Girardeau -- Old Town Cape has Accreditation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center during the Annual Main Street Conference in Chicago in March. Old Town Cape joins other Main Street™ revitalization programs across the country being recognized, including only 3 other Missouri programs. This is the 5th year Old Town Cape has received its National Accreditation...
Special Olympics (04/06/09)
There was a huge turnout Saturday for the Special Olympics 2009 track and field events. Athletes young and old from around the region participated.
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