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LaSalle Avenue in Cape close to opening (09/02/09)
By the end of this week, LaSalle Avenue could -- with the emphasis on could -- be open to traffic, Cape Girardeau city engineer Kelly Green said Tuesday. With final cleanup work underway, the breakdown of a road striping machine delayed one of the final, vital touches -- marking the lanes for motorists. Once that is completed -- Green said she has been told it should begin Thursday -- the road will be opened and a formal ribbon cutting will be scheduled...
Fruitland woman's friends scammed by Facebook hacker (09/02/09)
Until recently, Grace Parry's morning routine included sipping a cup of coffee while posting photos or messages to contacts on the social networking site Facebook. But the hobby turned ugly last week when a hacker took over her Facebook page, scamming one of her contacts for $3,700 and the other for $600...
No charges yet against disbarred Cape lawyer (09/02/09)
Despite a former Cape Girardeau lawyer being disbarred last month for admitting to embezzling money from a client's bank account, criminal charges have not yet been filed. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said no one has made any sort of complaint to law enforcement about the actions of Joe T. Buerkle, formerly a lawyer with the Limbaugh Firm...
Jackson woman subdued with stun gun, arrested on charges of assaulting police (09/02/09)
Jackson police arrested a woman over the weekend for allegedly assaulting two officers and trying to kick the window out of a patrol car, according to court records.
Section of Whitener Street to close starting Thursday (09/02/09)
Section of Whitener Street to be closed Work on a Cape Girardeau drainage improvement project will close Whitener Street from Silver Springs Road to Pind Wood Lane for about three weeks, the city announced Tuesday. The work will include the installation of drainage pipes and inlets on a section of Whitener Street, one of several drainage projects approved by voters in April 2008. The road will close at 7 a.m. Thursday and traffic will be detoured via Themis Street...
Police identify wrong suspect in high speed chase (09/02/09)
After seeing reports that she had been charged with aiding a fugitive in his escape from law enforcement over the weekend, Ausha R. Sharp went to police to explain their mistake: They had named the wrong person.
More than half the boats stopped at Current River checkpoint fail inspection (09/02/09)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- More than half of the boats stopped Saturday afternoon at safety equipment checkpoints on Current River failed to pass inspection by the Missouri State Water Patrol. "We try to do a few equipment inspections per summer, and Doniphan was just one of the locations the supervisors of the district selected," explained Sgt. Brian Shelton...
Road work closes roads in Southeast Missouri (09/02/09)
Section of Whitener Street to be closed Work on a Cape Girardeau drainage improvement project will close Whitener Street from Silver Springs Road to Pind Wood Lane for about three weeks, the city announced Tuesday. The work will include the installation of drainage pipes and inlets on a section of Whitener Street, one of several drainage projects approved by voters in April 2008. The road will close at 7 a.m. Thursday and traffic will be detoured via Themis Street...
Locair offering Cape passengers flights to KC, Cincinnati initially (09/02/09)
The former marketing director for RegionsAir, the last air carrier to show strong long-term passenger numbers at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, wants the city to take a chance on something different. Nate Vallier, general manager of Locair, told the Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board on Tuesday that his company will offer a variety of destinations, including roundtrip service to Branson, Mo., if it is chosen to handle the local Essential Air Service contract...
Kennett Career and Technology Center experimenting with hydrogen fuel (09/02/09)
KENNETT, Mo.--Plans are in place for the Kennett Career and Technology Center to begin experimenting with hydrogen fuel following a presentation by Hydrogen Fuel Co. of Fairdealing, Mo., on Tuesday.
Five districts enact plan to improve MAP scores (09/02/09)
KENNETT, Mo.--After attending a Turnaround Program over the summer, the Kennett School District has implemented a 90-day plan to get the district on track to raise Missouri Assessment Program test scores. Kim Lowry, principal of Kennett's South Elementary School, said the plan was developed during a "Turnaround Program" at the University of Virginia, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported...
Neal E. Boyd to perform October concert in Poplar Bluff (09/02/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Neal E. Boyd is coming to Poplar Bluff to tear the roof off Rodgers Theatre with his powerful tenor voice. Literally.
Central to hold cheerleading clinic (09/02/09)
The Central High School cheerleaders will sponsor a Little Fans cheer clinic at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 before the Central High School football game. The clinic is for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. The clinic will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church Center. Little Fans will be escorted to Houck Stadium at 6:30 p.m. by Central cheerleaders and will perform during halftime at about 8:15 p.m. Dinner, a T-shirt, spirit stickers and poms will be provided for each participant...
Mo. Supreme Court upholds school funding formula (09/02/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's school-funding formula was upheld Tuesday by the state Supreme Court against a long-running challenge that claimed schools have been shortchanged and treated unfairly. The high court's decision affirms a 2007 ruling by a Cole County judge in a case brought by fewer than half of Missouri's 523 public school districts. ...
Hearing set for union's lawsuit to stop layoffs of Ill. state employees (09/02/09)
VIENNA, Ill. -- A hearing is scheduled next week in Southern Illinois in a major union's lawsuit meant to block Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to lay off about 2,600 state employees. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sued last month in Johnson County, arguing that the layoffs shouldn't be allowed until the state finishes negotiating over their effect...
Missourians first to receive federal biomass money (09/02/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri farmers are the first to receive money under a new U.S. Agriculture Department program for biomass facilities. The federal program lets agricultural producers who sell materials to biomass conversion facilities receive federal payments equal to the amount received from the facility...
Southwest gets more time to fix planes (09/02/09)
DALLAS -- Federal officials are giving Southwest Airlines until Dec. 24 to replace unapproved parts on about 50 airplanes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that the parts do not prevent safe operation of the planes. The jets' manufacturer, Boeing Co., had reached the same conclusion...
American Airlines to cut 921 flight attendants' jobs (09/02/09)
DALLAS -- American Airlines is cutting 921 flight attendant jobs as it deals with an ongoing downturn in traffic and lower revenue. The airline said Tuesday that the cuts will take effect Oct. 1 and reduce its flight-attendant ranks by about 6 percent...
Obama may get more specific about health overhaul (09/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is thinking of throwing more details and personal weight into the debate about a major overhaul of the American health care system, which polls indicate Republicans have been winning in recent weeks. Faced with falling approval ratings and increasingly impatient with Senate negotiations, Obama is considering a speech in the next week or so in which he would be "more prescriptive" about what he feels Congress must include in a health bill, top adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday in an interview. ...
Gmail knocked offline for 'majority' of users (09/02/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s Gmail service was knocked offline Tuesday in an outage that the company said affected a "majority" of its millions of e-mail users, including consumers who get Gmail for free and businesses that pay for a version for their employees...
Prodcutivity, factory orders seen on the rise (09/02/09)
NEW YORK -- New signs of economic recovery keep emerging, but with the American consumer still hamstrung by flat wages and job losses, it's unclear those signs will last. Reports Tuesday showed the U.S. manufacturing sector grew in August for the first time in 19 months. ...
Huge wildfire portends bad fire season in California (09/02/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters reported some progress Tuesday against a gigantic blaze on the edge of Los Angeles, but warned that this one might be just a preview of even greater dangers ahead. The peak Southern California fire season hasn't even started yet...
Twitter opens door to Iowa hospital's operating room, keeps families informed (09/02/09)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- From anesthesia to the recovery room, 70-year-old Monna Cleary's children followed her surgery -- 140 characters or fewer at a time. Twitter is opening doors to the sterile confines of operating rooms, paving the way for families -- and anyone else for that matter -- to follow a patient's progress as they go under the knife...
Judge silences vocal defendant with duct tape (09/02/09)
CANTON, Ohio -- An Ohio judge unhappy with repeated interruptions from a robbery suspect ordered a deputy to put duct tape over the defendant's mouth. Canton Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden says the taping last Thursday was the best way to restore order at a hearing for 51-year-old Harry Brown of Canton...
Shuttle astronauts tackle tank removal in spacewalk (09/02/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A pair of spacewalkers tackled a hefty tank removal job at the international space station Tuesday as their crewmates unloaded comedian Stephen Colbert's namesake treadmill for all "those famously fat astronauts." The only concern that Nicole Stott and Danny Olivas had about mass -- everything is weightless up there, after all -- involved the huge ammonia tank they needed to disconnect...
U.S. manufacturing grows for first time in 19 months (09/02/09)
NEW YORK -- The U.S. manufacturing sector grew in August for the first time in 19 months, adding to evidence that the recession is ending. The better-than-expected reading Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management showed the highest number for its manufacturing index since June 2007. New customer orders jumped to a level not seen since late 2004...
Worries about banks drag stock market lower (09/02/09)
NEW YORK -- A stock market ripe for a big pullback succumbed Tuesday, plunging when rumors of a bank failure revived investors' anxiety about the banking industry and the economy as a whole. The major indexes all fell about 2 percent, and the Dow Jones industrials slid 185 points. Treasury prices, usually the beneficiary of a slide in stocks, ended only moderately higher...
Thousands evacuate in Mexico ahead of Hurricane Jimena (09/02/09)
LOS CABOS, Mexico -- Heavy winds, battering waves and bands of intense rain pummeled residents and tourists in this vacation resort as Hurricane Jimena, one of the largest hurricanes this year, neared the coast Tuesday. The center of the roaring Category 4 hurricane was on course to pass west of Los Cabos late Tuesday or early today, close enough to punish the picturesque beaches and fishing villages that fringe the harsh desert...
Nuclear negotiator says Iran ready for talks with West (09/02/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator offered an opening Tuesday for possible compromise with the West, saying the Islamic regime is ready to hold talks with world powers over its nuclear program. But Iranian lawmakers also sent a message of defiance to the world community -- displaying strong support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominee for defense minister even though he is wanted by Argentina for the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994 that killed 85 people...
Europeans mark 70th anniversary of WWII beginning (09/02/09)
GDANSK, Poland -- On a wind-swept peninsula where shells lobbed from a German battleship ignited World War II 70 years ago, European leaders vowed Tuesday never to forget the lessons of the 20th century's bloodiest conflict. Evidence of continued animosity was not far from the surface, however, as Poland pushed for greater acknowledgment from Russia of its role in starting the war, while Russia sought to minimize the impact of Moscow's 1939 pact with Berlin...
High school roundup: Jackson opens gym with sweep of St. Vincent (09/02/09)
The Jackson volleyball team opened the new gym with a 2-0 victory over St. Vincent on Tuesday. Taylor Glueck led the Indians with four kills, five digs and one block in Jackson's 25-15, 25-16 victory. Rachael Meyr had nine digs and eight assists while Cassandra Bollinger had 12 digs for Jackson. Jill Rushin added 11 digs and two aces for the winners...
Ressel achieves dream of starting for Missouri Tigers (09/02/09)
Grant Ressel had no guarantee of making the Missouri football team. But Ressel, a 2007 Jackson High School graduate, always dreamed of one day suiting up for the Tigers. So he stuck with his decision to attend the state's flagship university. Ressel's determination was rewarded Monday when the walk-on was named MU's place-kicker for Saturday's season opener against Illinois in St. Louis...
Two out of three weekly OVC awards in soccer go to Redhawks (09/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State won two of the Ohio Valley Conference's three weekly awards for women's soccer. Freshman Hayley Abbott is the OVC defensive player of the week, while freshman Kristen Starkey is the league's goalkeeper of the week. The two were honored Tuesday for their performances over the weekend as Southeast beat Alabama A&M 10-0 and Northern Illinois 1-0...
Southeast cross country preview: 2008's finishes provide hope for runners (09/02/09)
Young Southeast Missouri State cross country teams will look to build on last year's strong performances. Southeast's men finished second at the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Championships, while the women were third. The men also were a solid 12th at the NCAA Midwest Regional...
Area digest 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Cook, Stoverink win horseshoe title Lachelle Cook and Edgar Stoverink won the SEMO Horseshoe Association event Sunday at the American Legion in Benton, Mo. Lindi Rains and Bob Burnett placed second, while Jake Kluesner and Joe Keller finished third...
Cardinals extend contracts with Franklin and Miller (09/02/09)
ST. LOUIS -- NL saves leader Ryan Franklin joked that he signed a new two-year contract without hard negotiating so there'd be room for the St. Louis Cardinals to work on deals for Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa. "That's why I definitely took a lot less to stay here," Franklin said Tuesday. "So we could sign those guys. I'm a team player, man."...
Holliday rallies Cardinals (09/02/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday is batting .371 since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, spurring a charge that's putting them on the list of teams to beat in the postseason. But he'll never be surprised when teams pitch around Albert Pujols to get to him. Pujols drew his major league-leading 40th intentional walk to set the stage for Holliday's go-ahead three-run homer in a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night...
Sharapova returns to U.S Open with easy victory (09/02/09)
NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova was right where she likes to be: on the Grand Slam stage and in the spotlight. After missing last year's U.S. Open with a shoulder injury, the 2006 champion returned to the tournament Tuesday night with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria...
Rams trade former No. 1 pick Tye Hill to the Falcons (09/02/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams cut ties to their top two picks from the 2006 draft Tuesday, trading cornerback Tye Hill to the Atlanta Falcons for an undisclosed draft pick and releasing tight end Joe Klopfenstein. Hill missed 20 games the past two seasons, including the last 12 game of 2008 with a knee injury...
A Harte Appetite: Cupcakes no longer just for children (09/02/09)
When Candace Nelson was looking for space to rent for her new Sprinkles Cupcakes shop in Beverly Hills back in 2005, an apprehensive landlord asked, "But what else will you be selling?" He needn't have worried. Today Nelson's store routinely sells about a thousand cupcakes a day, and she has since opened four other stores...
Recipe Swap: Lebanese recipes add variety to church banquet (09/02/09)
Each year our church holds its annual Youth Stockholder Banquet to celebrate those who supported the youths on their summer mission trips. The high school students went on a weeklong mission trip to Chicago and were lucky enough to eat at a different ethnic restaurant every evening as part of the cultural diversity portion of their trip. ...
Laura Adams (09/02/09)
Laura Adams, 94, of Minneapolis, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, in Minneapolis. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Tom Kiefer will officiate...
Teresa Verble (09/02/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Teresa Nadine Verble, 48, of rural Jonesboro died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at the home of her mother in Anna, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Tony Foeller and Gaylon Holden officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Jaslynn May (09/02/09)
Jaslynn Elizabeth May, 6 weeks, of Lancaster, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. She was born in Lancaster, daughter of Lynda E. May. Survivors include her mother; two sisters, Alexis and Mekenzie May; a maternal grandmother, Traci Palmer; and a maternal grandfather, Abram Horst, all of Lancaster and formerly of the Cape Girardeau area...
Dale Vaughn (09/02/09)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Dale "Red" Vaughn, 68, of Morley died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Gideon, Mo., to the late Frank and Ethel Jordon Vaughn. Red and Marilyn "Sudie" Hopper have been together as companions since Nov. 11, 1979. She survives of the home...
Rosetta Jones (09/02/09)
Rosetta Jacqueline Jones was stillborn Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Survivors include her parents, Jamie and Rosetta Southerland Jones of Jackson; a sister, Janigha Southerland of Jackson; grandparents, Willie and Clara Southerland of Jackson, Isiah and Theresa Jones of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; great-grandparents, Lela Silman of Jackson, Rosalee Harris of Poplar Bluff; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins...
Charles Koenig (09/02/09)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Charles E. "Sonny" Koenig, 72, of Wilmington, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Sonny cheered on No. 88 NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was known to many others on his CB under his handle, "Judge."...
Births 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Langston; Brown
Fire report 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 2, 1984 The Dramatic Club of Hanover Lutheran Church recently had the entire area alive with the aroma of peach butter cooking; members peeled 31 bushels of peaches for the outdoor cooking; the 185 pints and 50 quarts that were made will be sold at the upcoming Harvest Festival...
Let's take the time to do it right (09/02/09)
If you ask 10 people "What is more important: your health or wealth?" the answer you will get from most, if not all, is a resounding "Health." That is why one can't help but pay close attention to the national debate we are now having about health care. You can hardly find anyone who doesn't feel we need some kind of long-term reforms. But at what cost?...
Does it ever make you wonder? (09/02/09)
So much of today's national discussion centers on the manner in which we -- as a society -- provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. These discussions are neither new nor, quite frankly, creative in any fashion. Let's state without reservation that society has a moral responsibility to provide the essential necessities for those unable -- for whatever reason -- to provide those needs for themselves. End of discussion...
Juvenile facilities (09/02/09)
The juvenile detention facility in Cape Girardeau that serves the 32nd Judicial Circuit needs to be replaced, juvenile officials and judges say. This echoes concerns raised in 2003 when a proposal was made to replace the facility, which houses offenders age 16 and under. At that time, county commissioners raised valid questions about the scope and cost of the proposed replacement facility, and the plan was never approved...
Punish the humans, not the dogs (09/02/09)
I applaud Bridget DiCosmo's article on the plight of the dogs being abused in dogfighting rings. This is just a small sampling of what our area shelters and rescues see on a daily basis. The focus for lawmakers has been on banning the dog breed. These dogs are not organizing the fights or taking the wagers. These dogs are not choosing to be tortured and abused. That is a human crime. The human element must be addressed in order to protect the communities and the dogs...
All citizens need health coverage (09/02/09)
Hyperbole is a poor substitute for truth in political arguments: Killing off grandma. Death squads. Socialism. My impression is that the theory (not the practice) of insurance is based on sharing the risk across some restricted group. Sounds remarkably like socialism. ...
Speak Out 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Wrong again; My gratitude; Night and day; Getting the mail; Annual profit; Civilian security; Fading amendments; Adopted dog; Real Alinskyites; Bus safety; Older texters
Prayer 9/2/09 (09/02/09)
Blessed are the days of mild temperatures and low humidity, O God. Amen.
RIVER HERITAGE MURAL ASSOCIATION MERGES WITH OLD TOWN CAPE (09/02/09)
Cape Girardeau -- The River Heritage Mural Association and Old Town Cape, Inc. boards have agreed to merge. The agreement will bring the murals, assets and responsibilities of the Mural Association under Old Town Cape, Inc. The board of the Mural Association will become a subcommittee of Old Town Cape's Design Committee and will continue to have input and help direct the decisions and discussions around the murals and their maintenance. The merger was effective September 1st...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (09/02/09)
Murphy is a 5 year old neutered and declawed cat. Murphy is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
1st "official" meet for Saxony (09/02/09)
Jordan Buterbaugh, Junior at Saxony getting ready for his first event on August 31, 2009.
Notre Dame Soccer Flip Throw (09/02/09)
A nice "flip" throw-in by a Notre Dame Soccer Varsity Soccer player, completely off the ground on this shot.
Another time (09/02/09)
Restored Train Depot in Olmsted Illinois
Banana Tree in Missouri (09/02/09)
Bananas growing in my grandparents yard in Scott City.
Little laughter before the next event (09/02/09)
Light moment before AJ Garms swims his 1st event for Saxony with Jordan Buterbaugh and Coach Dan Rau.
Ava & Penny (09/02/09)
This is my great grand daughter Ave with my cool dog Penny. I was babysetting her today. They both are really cute.
Awww to Cute (09/02/09)
This his my son Peyton sleeping and our 10 week old toy poodle Duke. Duke likes to lay next to him until he falls asleep.
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