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Cape Girardeau man sentenced to 46 months in prison for Charleston bank robbery (07/09/09)
A Cape Girardeau man who fled a Charleston, Mo., bank robbery on a bicycle will spend 46 months in federal prison. Isiah Mathis, 26, took $3,275 during a Feb. 13 robbery at Citizen's Bank in Charleston. Mathis gave a teller a vinyl bag and said "fill the bag up with money," according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap...
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary nears completion of expansion (07/09/09)
A no-kill animal shelter in Jackson is nearing completion of an expansion that will hold up to 250 displaced cats. The board members and volunteers of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary said it's a necessity. Debbie Johnson calls it a miracle. "We knew our lease wasn't going to be renewed and needed a place for all of our cats to go," said Johnson, former director of the Sundog Cat Sanctuary in Bloomfield, Mo. "The way it's come together in just six months has been unbelievable."...
Police arrest six on ID theft, forgery charges at Flickerwood (07/09/09)
In the wake of a handful of arrests at a Cape Girardeau restaurant for identity theft and forgery allegedly committed by illegal immigrants, six men were arrested at Flickerwood Farms in Jackson this week on similar charges. According to a probable-cause statement, Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputies went to Flickerwood to serve several warrants on illegal immigrants working at the farm, and a search identified several other people thought to be working on forged documents...
Program started to provide police with information about people with disabilities (07/09/09)
Through a new program adopted by the Cape Girardeau Police Department, responders will be taught how to identify and help people with special needs during a crisis.
Southeast Missouri Port Authority to get $1.8 million for improvements, repairs (07/09/09)
The Economic Development Administration has awarded the Southeast Missouri Port Authority $1,867,500 for repairs and improvements to the rail transportation system at the port, said executive director Dan Overbey.
Thieves stealing food, fine money from Cape Girardeau Public Library (07/09/09)
Over the past month, the Cape Girardeau Public Library has been the victim of several break-ins, resulting in the theft of more than $2,000 and food belonging to employees.
Missouri auditor hopeful visits Cape Girardeau as part of introduction tour (07/09/09)
A former federal official touting his resume as a top corruption fighter at the United Nations and in Afghanistan said Wednesday that he wants to be the next Missouri State Auditor.
Jackson fireworks ban may not last long (07/09/09)
The fireworks ban in Jackson may not last long. On Wednesday, an alderman who supported of the ban changed his mind, an alderman absent during a vote Monday said he wants to reverse the decision and the alderman who sponsored the idea said he may ask for a new vote.
Humane Society seeks help in caring for dogs seized in raids (07/09/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Humane Society of Missouri says it would welcome help as it shelters about 300 dogs that were seized in raids of dogfighting operations in Missouri and Illinois. The dogs were among 350 mostly American Pit Bull Terrier dogs seized during raids in five states Wednesday...
Zalma man pleads guilty to 2006 assault (07/09/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Zalma, Mo., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault in connection to a July 3, 2006, stabbing, according to Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Gray. Ralph R. Carnahan, 20, appeared in Butler County court on a change of venue and received a suspended 10-year sentence in prison with a 90-day shock incarceration penalty to be served in the Butler County Jail...
MoDot plans road work on several area routes and highways (07/09/09)
Route P in Bollinger County reduced today Route P in Bollinger County between the Wayne County line and County Road 722 will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs, according to a MoDOT news release. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today...
Two road work contracts awarded, one rejected by state highway commission (07/09/09)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded two major contracts in the region at its regular meeting Wednesday, while a contract for a third project in Cape Girardeau was rejected because the bids were higher than expected. The first contract was awarded for improvements to Interstate 55, Interstate 57 and U.S. ...
Governor signs bill expanding DNA testing in Missouri (07/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri police will soon start taking DNA samples along with booking photos and fingerprints when they make arrests. Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring DNA be taken from people age 17 and older who are arrested on suspicion of violent felonies, sex offenses or burglary. The DNA samples will be discarded within 30 days if charges aren't filed or are dropped, or if the suspect is acquitted at trial...
350 dogs seized in dogfighting raids in 5 states (07/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- As many as 350 dogs were seized and about 30 people arrested during raids in five states Wednesday that animal welfare groups are calling the largest simultaneous raid of dogfighting operations in the U.S. U.S. attorneys in four of the states announced related indictments accusing 26 people of cruelties ranging from denying animals medical treatment to shooting dogs in the head when they didn't fight well, then throwing their carcasses into a river or burning them in a barrel...
Federal plan to recruit more tugboat pilots may have backfired (07/09/09)
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal program to recruit more tugboat pilots may have backfired by allowing thousands of novice captains to take the helm and contributing to a 25 percent increase in the number of accidents on the nation's rivers. An Associated Press review of Coast Guard records indicates that the U.S. tugboat fleet is increasingly piloted by captains who have spent as little as one year in the wheelhouse...
Weak retail sales in June raise worries (07/09/09)
NEW YORK -- Rain and escalating job worries dampened shoppers' appetite for summer staples like shorts and dresses more than expected in June, increasing concerns about the back-to-school shopping season. Retailers in all sectors reported weak same-store sales Thursday, but mall-based clothing stores suffered most in June compared with a year earlier, while some discounters scraped by...
565K new jobless claims, lowest level since Jan. (07/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs. Continuing claims, meanwhile, unexpectedly jumped to a record-high. ...
House Dems look at taxing the rich for health care (07/09/09)
WASHINGTON House Democrats working on President Barack Obama's goal of health legislation are narrowing in on an income tax surcharge on the highest-paid wage earners to help subsidize insurance for the 50 million people who lack it. Pushing to complete a comprehensive health care overhaul plan by Friday and bring it up for committee votes next week, House Democrats abandoned earlier money-raising proposals, including a payroll tax. They met behind closed doors Thursday to fine-tune the details...
Disputes over tax increases put health-care timetable in doubt (07/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats edged away Wednesday from their goal of passing health-care legislation by early August amid heightening partisan controversy over tax increases and a proposed new government role in providing insurance to consumers...
Conn. police: Man went late, naked to dental appointment (07/09/09)
STRATFORD, Conn. -- Police say a Connecticut man has been arrested because he showed up at a dental office naked. Police say 41-year-old Christopher Hoff, of Stratford, also was five days late for his appointment. Authorities say Hoff entered Optimus Dental's office Monday with nothing on. A startled female receptionist screamed, and he ran away...
Groups urge stricter labeling for bottled water (07/09/09)
Consumers know less about the water they pay for in bottles than what they can drink almost for free from the tap because the two are regulated differently, congressional investigators and not-for-profit researchers say in new reports. Both the Government Accountability Office and the Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit research and advocacy organization, recommend in reports released Wednesday that bottled water be labeled with the same level of information municipal water providers must disclose.. ...
Pill, not surgery, used in a quarter of abortions in U.S. (07/09/09)
Roughly a fourth of American women getting early abortions last year did so with drugs rather than surgery, statistics show, as a new study reported improved safety in using the so-called "abortion pill." Some experts predict the percentage of such "medical abortions," which offer more privacy than surgical termination at an abortion clinic or hospital, will rise even more due to the new study...
Drunken man shocks Spain with his generosity, taken into custody (07/09/09)
MADRID -- A British man who arrived at a Spanish airport Wednesday after having too much to drink was taken into custody -- not for bad behavior but for being too generous. Turns out the tourist, 59, had recently received an inheritance, and he had started to give away $72,285 he was carrying in cash and travelers checks...
China tries openness with foreign media (07/09/09)
BEIJING -- When riots broke out in the restive west this week, China took a different tack with foreign journalists: Instead of being barred, reporters were invited on an official tour of Xinjiang's capital. The approach, a reversal from last year's handling of Tibetan unrest, suggests Chinese authorities have learned that providing access to information means they can get their own message out, experts said...
U.S., other wealthy nations plan global warming cuts (07/09/09)
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Targeting global warming, President Obama and other leaders of the world's richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to slow climate change. Setting a marker for success, they agreed for the first time that worldwide temperatures must not rise more than a few degrees...
Clerical discontent challenges Iran leader (07/09/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader has imposed his will on the streets with security forces that crushed mass protests over the country's disputed election. But he faces an unprecedented level of behind-the-scenes political discontent among the Muslim clerics who form the theological bedrock of the Islamic Republic...
Area calendar 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf n Central booster tournament: The Central High School booster club will host a golf tournament Aug. 7 at Dalhousie Golf Club. Info: Chris Sheets, 270-8458. Miscellaneous n Physicals: Central Junior High will offer physicals for anyone interested in participating in a sport during the 2009-10 school year. Physicals will be offered July 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the junior high nurse's office. Cost: $20....
Area digest 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Donahue, Long tie for medalist honors Sissy Donahue and Vicky Long tied for medalist honors at the weekly Kimbeland Ladies golf outing. Barb Johnson won the championship flight, Karen Heisel and Dixie Jones tied atop A flight and Sheila George won C flight...
Jackson's offense carries it to sweep (07/09/09)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team scored 28 runs to sweep a doubleheader with SEMO North on Wednesday. Jackson won the first game 13-2 behind five strong innings from Alex Beussink. He struck out five. Chris Roth, Bryant Steffens and Bret Steffens each had two hits...
Police: McNair shot dead in sleep by girlfriend (07/09/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former NFL star Steve McNair was shot dead in his sleep last week by a 20-year-old girlfriend distraught about mounting financial problems and her belief that he was seeing someone else, police said Wednesday. Sahel Kazemi "was spinning out of control" when she shot McNair four times as he dozed on a sofa early Saturday, then turned the gun on herself, Police Chief Ronal Serpas said...
St. Louis puts best face forward for All-Star Game (07/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Baseball's All-Star Game on Tuesday will bring more than 200,000 visitors to St. Louis, which has worked hard in recent years to make its streets safer and re-energize its downtown. The city has prettied up for the party, with red, white and blue banners and replicas of the Gateway Arch placed around town. A multimillion dollar sculpture park opened within walking distance of Busch Stadium this month, and a new outdoor plaza has been put in by the Old Post Office building...
Brewers rally past Cards (07/09/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run with his two-out, eighth inning infield single and the struggling Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Wednesday night. Fielder, who'd been 4 of 24 this season against St. Louis, hit a slow grounder off reliever Dennys Reyes to shortstop Brendan Ryan with the bases loaded. Ryan's off-balance throw to first baseman Albert Pujols wasn't in time...
Pujols among best things in first half (07/09/09)
To juice up baseball's midseason classic next Tuesday, all living former presidents will pay homage to the game in a video, and the current president will throw out the opening pitch in St. Louis. Ratings might be better if they simply played Michael Jackson tribute videos between innings, but the presidents already were booked. You can't move them to the Home Run Derby the night before, because even they must know that has become unwatchable...
Daunting task looms in upcoming stages (07/09/09)
PERPIGNAN, France -- In less than 48 hours, Lance Armstrong will have answered the last unresolved question about his capacity to win an eighth Tour de France:~ Armstrong sits in second as the race enters the mountains. Can he still climb? The 37-year-old Texan is second overall, but about to face his toughest test in this year's Tour as the grueling three-week race arrives in the Pyrenees mountains...
Follow the red, white and blue brick road (07/09/09)
July 9, 2009 Dear Pat, Getting to know people from foreign lands, I've sometimes told them without really knowing why that if they want to understand America and Americans, watching "The Wizard of Oz" is a good way to start. Those of us born in the middle of the 20th century watched "The Wizard of Oz" once each year on network TV. ...
Girardot National Juried Exhibition best in show winner inspired by nature (07/09/09)
Watercolor and mixed media artist Sarah Capps captured the natural beauty of a place she knows well -- her home in Southern Illinois. Capps, the winner of Best In Show in the 2009 Girardot National Juried Exhibition, submitted three pieces to be judged by internationally known watercolor painter Paul Jackson of Columbia, Mo. Jackson chose Capps' watercolor painting of snow-covered trees reflected on an ice-filled creek, called "Winter Solstice," from among 107 submitted pieces...
Jackson's doctor denies giving him dangerous drugs (07/09/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's dermatologist said he had sedated the pop star in the past for painful medical procedures but had never given him dangerous sedatives like propofol to use. "I was not one of the doctors who participated in giving him overdoses of drugs or too much of anything," Dr. Arnold Klein said in an interview that aired Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "In fact, I was the one who limited everything, who stopped everything."...
Speaking wizard: Harry Potter casts a spell on fans (07/09/09)
I sort of understand those "Star Wars" fanatics who dress up and go to conventions, the ones who own Boba Fett suits and stormtrooper masks. Harry Potter is the new Luke Skywalker. He's this generation's Captain Kirk. Like the thousands of people who have learned to speak Klingon, millions now have learned new words like "Muggle" and "Patronus." (My patronus is an eagle, by the way. I took an online quiz.)...
Crisp Museum putting emphasis on community (07/09/09)
The Crisp Museum wants more community involvement and more art in the coming year. The museum, on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, is opening the hallway and atrium to artists in the region for the "Transitional Spaces" series, and in June it started hosting a monthly event to bring families closer to art education.
ARTifacts 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Art award nominations being accepted
good bets 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
The week's entertainment options
Elmer Mattingly (07/09/09)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Elmer C. Mattingly, 83, of St. Charles died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus, Mo. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Kerber officiating. Burial will be in St. Charles Memorial Gardens...
Kathy Newell-Hawkins (07/09/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Kathy K. Newell-Hawkins, 52, of Cairo died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Fred Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Mound City National Cemetery...
Georganne Davidson (07/09/09)
Georganne "Gigi" nee Ringland Davidson, 57, fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, July 6, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 29, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. Beloved wife of Dan Davidson; dear mother of Bryan Scheihing and Matthew Davidson; daughter of the late George W. and Jennie L. Blackwell Ringland; sister of Nancy (Chuck) Reilly, Betsy Coffman and Bob Ringland...
Donald Waeltz (07/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Donald L. Waeltz, 47, of Licking, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Licking. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be private...
Wayne Monia (07/09/09)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- Wayne L. Monia, 52, of Bloomsdale died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus, Mo., with Jerry Stoverink officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery at Bloomsdale...
Ruby Brown (07/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruby M. Brown, 63, of Perryville died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Perryville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Home Cemetery...
Franklin Rayburn Jr. (07/09/09)
Franklin Marion Rayburn Jr., 65, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home. Frank fought the good fight, finished his course and kept the faith. "Henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give him at that day."...
Roy Gholson (07/09/09)
Roy W. Gholson, 78, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009, on the family farm. He was born March 7, 1931, near Jackson, son of Webster Bryan and Tincy Belle Jenkins Gholson. He and Evelyn E. Aufdenberg were married April 27, 1958. She survives...
Births 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Barinque; Estes; Peterman; Mattingly; Huff; Hammon; Carter; Brodie
Police report 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assaults; Thefts; Burglary; Property damage
Fire report 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
25 years ago: July 9, 1984 A statewide crackdown on speeders, prompted by a federal threat to cut off $8 million in highway and transportation funds, is being concentrated at Cape Girardeau along Interstate 55; the Statewide Traffic Enforcement Program is an effort to curb the percentage of travelers exceeding the 55 mph speed limit...
Gingrich and Dean (07/09/09)
Of all the topics facing our nation, health care is one about which every legislator -- and every constituent -- needs to be fully informed. The effort to push through, at breakneck speed, a national health-care program is cause for concern. ...
Attitude tops college degree (07/09/09)
Regarding the "Trying to succeed" Speak Out comment: The reason why athletes with lower GPAs receive scholarships is because Southeast Missouri State University is an NCAA Division I school and is required to give a minimum number of scholarships to athletes. Not all of the athletes have scholarships. Some are walk-on athletes who are not recruited by the school and have to try out for the team...
Speak Out 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Fireworks safety; Underground system; Fireworks rules; Not a fan; Thanks, Cape; Bad estimates; Religious founding; Use those blinkers
Prayer 7/9/09 (07/09/09)
Inspire us, O God, and help us to achieve good and noble deeds. Amen.
Cape instructors to speak at national convention (07/09/09)
Debbie Ebaugh and Darin Stageberg, transition instructors at Cape Public Schools, will present "Tomorrow's Success Begins Today" at the 15th International Conference of the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children, to be held in Savannah, GA, October 29-31, 2009. The co-presenter is Susan Hekmat, Special Education Consultant at Southeast Missouri State University...
Local National Guard unit brings home third place in Commander's Cup (07/09/09)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Staff Sgt. Daniel Schaab said they were gunning for first, but they'll happily settle for third, especially considering they finished near the bottom last year. The Missouri National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program's Company E, of Cape Girardeau, came in third place, showing superior Army skill and overcoming extreme heat in the Commander's Cup event. Last year, Company E came in eighth...
Enjoying the Fourth (07/09/09)
Cousins Carol Wedekind, Maxine Friedrich, and Betty Friedrich enjoy the Fourth by watching a croquet game.
tree lilac (07/09/09)
The lilacs were still in bloom a week after the annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island. They have had a late cold Spring this year. We were glad to be able to enjoy their spectacular beauty!
My Son Daniel walking down the hill on Mackinac Island (07/09/09)
I took this photo while walking behind my son Daniel,as we were walking down the hill from the Governors house on Mackinac Island Michigan.
CBC boys wading in creek (07/09/09)
Two of the 70 + CBC youth that went to Michigan for church camp.
Monster Salmon (07/09/09)
After a 20 minute battle, Mike Geske lands a 46" long, 45 pound King (Chinook) Salmon on his vacation in Alaska.
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