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Cape Girardeau woman seriously injured in traffic crash on Route K (09/03/09)
A Cape Girardeau woman was seriously injured in a traffic crash on Route K at County Road 318 near Cape Girardeau this morning, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred when 50-year-old Kathryn Drury of Cape Girardeau was attempted to make a left turn onto Route K...
Sikeston to join in event inspired by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (09/03/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston will serve next month as a site for those attempting to break the world record of the largest simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" routine. Set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston, the Sikeston Thrill the World event will consist of a group of individuals dressed as zombies and ghouls dancing the moves from Jackson's 1983 "Thriller" music video. ...
Cape County health center says no cases of swine flu confirmed (09/03/09)
Despite rumors that the H1N1 virus has infected Cape Girardeau schoolchildren, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has reported no confirmed cases of the virus. However, the center is not relying on direct tests for that strain of swine flu...
No stimulus money to fund police hires in Cape, Jackson, Marble Hill, Scott County (09/03/09)
Two local police departments that applied for a federal grant designed to aid law enforcement agencies fill staff positions lost to layoffs or hiring freezes will not receive any of the $19.6 million stimulus package dispersed among 14 agencies in Missouri...
Southeast to charge admission to hear some speakers in series (09/03/09)
Southeast Missouri State University will welcome a couple of high-profile politicians and television personalities to campus, but there will be a charge for some speaking events this year. Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president of enrollment management and student success, said the university decided to start charging admission to the public for selected events. The proceeds will go to the university foundation to provide financial assistance for students, he said...
Health reform will pass, but climate bill will only generate debate, Emerson predicts (09/03/09)
Congress is more likely than not to pass some form of health care legislation after it returns to work next week, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Wednesday. But a climate control bill attacked as a penalty on coal-dependent Midwestern states and a federal deficit expected to pile up $9 trillion in debt over the next 10 years are issues that will generate a lot of debate but no resolutions, Emerson predicted...
Perry County Sheriff's Department seeks help identifying suspect (09/03/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County Sheriff's Department is seeking help in identifying a man suspected of assaulting another man at the victim's home.
National Weather Service predicts mild fall following cool August (09/03/09)
The mild weather experienced for much of August is expected to continue through the fall for Southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.
State politicians to speak at First Friday Coffee (09/03/09)
State Sen. Kevin Engler and Rep. Steven Tilley will be the guest speakers Friday morning at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee. They will discuss the previous legislative session and offer a preview of what to expect in the upcoming year. The program will begin at 7:40 a.m. at the Show Me Center, and a continental breakfast will be available...
Two carriers pitch their plans to airport board (09/03/09)
Round three of the Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board's search for a new commercial passenger carrier took place Wednesday evening, a marathon session lasting more than three hours to hear pitches from two airlines. The offerings came from two carriers flying similar-sized airplanes from the same manufacturer. ...
Sikeston gets $234,000 from settlement with AT&T (09/03/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The city of Sikeston will receive $234,000 from AT&T as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement, the Standard Democrat reported. In order to meet a Sept. 15 deadline for paperwork, the settlement was accepted as an emergency ordinance during a special city council meeting Monday. The
Groundbreaking set for 9 a.m. today in Uptown Jackson (09/03/09)
The Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the city of Jackson will hold a groundbreaking at 9 a.m. today at the intersection of High and Main streets for the Jackson Uptown Historic District streetscape project. Enhancements to High Street between Main and Adams streets will include historic lighting, sidewalk pavers, waste receptacles, bicycle racks and benches. Construction is set to begin Tuesday, with a completion date of Feb. 5...
Forced to shrink, Army National Guard gets pickier (09/03/09)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Suffer from a bad case of acne? That could disqualify you from joining the Army National Guard. Too many speeding tickets? In today's slimmer, smarter Guard, that could keep you out, too. Under pressure from the Pentagon to trim its ranks, the Guard has been quietly phasing in new restrictions that make it harder to enlist...
Ex-Ohio congressman Traficant freed from prison (09/03/09)
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Former Ohio congressman James Traficant walked out of a Minnesota prison Wednesday morning after serving a seven-year sentence for bribery and racketeering. The nine-term Democrat from Youngstown left the Federal Medical Center in Rochester and stepped into a waiting cab...
Accused Holocaust shooter denied release from jail (09/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- An 89-year-old white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was ordered to remain in jail Wednesday after prosecutors said the frail man was still dangerous because he had "no true friends" and "nothing to lose."...
Anniversary of WWII's end observed at Pearl Harbor (09/03/09)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- About 20 aging veterans, family members and dozens of government officials gathered aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial to mark the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II. The battleship was anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, when Japanese officials came aboard to sign the surrender documents that officially ended the war...
ABC: Sawyer to replace retiring Gibson (09/03/09)
NEW YORK -- Charles Gibson, who provided a steadying hand to a "World News" broadcast reeling from tragedy, will retire at the end of the year and ABC News appointed Diane Sawyer on Wednesday to replace him in January. Gibson, 66, said he had been planning to retire at the end of 2007 but events compelled him to stay. ...
BP drills deepest-ever oil well in Gulf of Mexico (09/03/09)
NEW YORK -- Nearly seven miles below the Gulf of Mexico, oil company BP has tapped into a vast pool of crude after digging the deepest oil well in the world. The Tiber Prospect is expected to rank among the largest petroleum discoveries in the United States, potentially producing half as much crude in a day as Alaska's famous North Slope oil field...
Pfizer to pay record $2.3B penalty for drug promotions (09/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world's largest drugmaker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal drug promotions that plied doctors with free golf, massages, and resort junkets...
Tigers pounce on first victory (09/03/09)
Brittany Perkins hurled a gem and the Central softball team scored enough to knock off Jackson 3-1 for its first victory of the season. The Tigers took advantage of two hits and three walks in the fifth inning to gain a lead they never relinquished Wednesday at Central High School...
Notre Dame boys win cross country meet (09/03/09)
The Notre Dame boys cross country team opened its season with a victory Wednesday, while the girls' squad fell one point short of the title at the Murphysboro (Ill.) Invitational. With seniors Wynn McClellan and Ryan Johnson finishing 1-2, the Notre Dame boys tallied a meet-low 36 points to top the 11-team field by 11 points...
Redhawks kick off season tonight (09/03/09)
After a summer's worth of voluntary workouts and nearly a month of official practice, Southeast Missouri State football players are tired of banging on each other. The Redhawks are anxious to do battle against outside competition -- and they'll finally get that chance tonight...
Quincy already owns thrilling victory (09/03/09)
The Quincy University football team netted $30,000 from Indiana State last week, along with its first-ever win over a Division I-AA program. Quincy coach Bill Terlisner hopes the NAIA Hawks can double their pleasure again tonight when they visit Southeast Missouri State for the Redhawks' season opener...
Spagnuolo and Butler bring shared history to team (09/03/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Spagnuolo knew what he was getting when strong safety James Butler signed with the St. Louis Rams: Both worked for the New York Giants the previous two seasons. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Butler signed a four-year deal after four years with the Giants, reuniting with new Rams coach Spagnuolo -- his defensive coordinator the last two seasons in New York...
Redbirds soar to fifth win in a row (09/03/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter won his 10th straight decision despite laboring at times, Skip Schumaker was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and the St. Louis Cardinals clobbered the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3 on Wednesday night. Yadier Molina had a pair of RBI doubles and finished with three hits for the NL Central leaders, whose 10 1/2-game lead is the best in baseball. ...
Nadal returns, wins at U.S. Open (09/03/09)
NEW YORK -- Everyone's been curious about the condition of Rafael Nadal's knees, so it made sense that his first Grand Slam opponent in three months would wonder as well. Which might explain why Richard Gasquet tried a drop shot deep in the third set of his U.S. Open match against Nadal on Wednesday. Nadal made the long run necessary to get to the ball and flipped it back over the net, winning the point...
Gabbert's time arrives at Mizzou (09/03/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After four years with Brad Smith at quarterback and three with Chase Daniel, Missouri fans have grown accustomed to a lot of offense. So all eyes will be on sophomore Blaine Gabbert when the Tigers open the season against Illinois in St. Louis on Saturday...
Tunes is tops (09/03/09)
Every Friday night for three weeks people have gathered at the gazebo in the park by the Common Pleas Courthouse to watch another musician play an hourlong set for Old Town Cape's Tunes at Twilight. The same thing happened in May and last year and the year before. People drag out lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and toys for the children, set up and enjoy the music, the weather and the company...
Golf-free summer: Dreaming of the real thing (09/03/09)
Sept. 3, 2009 Dear Patty, The summer almost gone seems as if it hardly was here. Someone turned the heat down. DC and I have cooled the house with only window fans instead of air conditioners, we've pitied kids shivering through 8 a.m. swimming lessons and we've blamed the balminess in part for my garden's limp harvest...
Jackson artist Kelly Hughes conceives a collection (09/03/09)
Kelly Hughes has finally come out of her shell. The artist, who lives in Jackson and has taught workshops and given art lessons there for more than a decade, will debut her second show in two months Friday. Her August show in the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri featured pencil drawings of caterpillars. The current show, "Quickening" at the Black Door Gallery, features paintings, drawings and sculptures that reflect on the female perspective, motherhood and the concept of birthing an idea...
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Voters to rank best-picture choices (09/03/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Academy Awards voters are going to have to put extra effort into their choices for best picture. Oscar overseers are adopting a preferential-voting system in which academy members rank their best-picture favorites from 1 to 10. The change was made because of the academy's decision to expand the best-picture field from five nominees to 10 starting with the awards next March...
Steve Miinch (09/03/09)
PATTON, Mo. -- Steve Randal Miinch, 48, of Patton died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be Friday after 4 p.m. at Liley Funeral Home in Patton. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Anthony Stewart officiating...
Beatrice Dunning (09/03/09)
Beatrice Blanche Colvin Dunning, 90, of Franklin, Tenn., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at Belvedere Commons in Franklin. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.
Doris Gerecke (09/03/09)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Doris Christine Dreyer Gerecke, 69, of Altenburg, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. She was born Oct. 5, 1939, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of the late Gilbert and Eugenia Dreyer of Frohna...
Iris Blanchard (09/03/09)
Iris Fern Blanchard, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Gideon, Mo., daughter of Joseph A. and Clara McBride Archer. She and William Blanchard were married in November 1933 in New Madrid County, Mo...
Bobby Wooten (09/03/09)
Bobby Glenn Wooten, 54, of Jackson died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1954, in Muncie, Ind., son of Glenn Virgil and LaVon Tessie Linville Wooten. He and Sherry Lynn Buntin were married Feb. 9, 1974, in Muncie. She preceded him in death in September 1997. He and Melissa Wheeler were married Oct. 18, 2008, in Tuscumbia, Ala...
Doyle Miller (09/03/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Doyle Gene Miller, 73, of Amarillo, Texas, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. He was born July 3, 1936, near Advance, son of William Marvin and Wilma Ann Miller. Doyle graduated from Advance High School in 1954 and joined the Air Force, proudly serving his country in Japan until 1958...
Births 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
Naeger; Zook; McAlister; Riggs; Pemberton; Burger; Koch
Fire report 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: DWI; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 3, 1984 Labor Day. Because of a state law enacted last year, most of Missouri's 546 school districts, including those in Southeast Missouri, are opening tomorrow, the Tuesday after Labor Day for the first time in more than a decade...
Ready to rumble: Obama versus Fox News (09/03/09)
For five hours this past week, Fox News and Glenn Beck did more to shed light on the Obama administration than all the other national networks combined since the inauguration. I felt like an excited schoolboy listening to a long-awaited Radio Free Europe broadcast behind the Iron Curtain. ...
Stopping for buses (09/03/09)
Every year, as schools open, many motorists seem confused about when to stop or when it's OK to pass if a school bus is loading or unloading passengers. Here's a quick review of the section on school buses from the Missouri Driver Guide:On two-lane streets or roads, whether traffic is two-way or one-way, motorists must stop when the "flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are activated. ...
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (09/03/09)
As a six-year stage IIIa ovarian cancer survivor, I would like to remind everyone that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to modern medicine and daily advancements in the medical field, ovarian cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. However, it is one of the more dangerous types of cancers because so many of the symptoms can be attributed to less serious conditions. Neither is ovarian cancer an "old woman's" disease. I was diagnosed at 41 years of age...
Speak Out 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
Great job; Higher taxes; Cleaning up limbs; Disturbed sleep; Help with math; Bigger classes; Limbs are waiting; Drop sports; Obama's deficits; Seeking care
Prayer 9/3/09 (09/03/09)
For all students and their dedicated teachers, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Cape Central High School Cheerleaders win awards (09/03/09)
Cape Central High School Cheerleaders won numerous awards at the National Cheerleaders Association camp held at Southeast Missouri State University on July 24-26, 2009. Lexy Meyer, Hannah Bagot, Faith Tegel, Liz Johnson-Carter, Ashley Sexton, Anneishia Lewis and Kayla Smith won All-American recognition...
Cape Central teacher inducted into Who's Who in Business Education (09/03/09)
Theresa Taylor, business teacher at Cape Central High School, was recently initiated into Who's Who in Missouri Business Education. She was recognized for her dedication in promoting and improving business education through leadership and involvement in educational and professional activities. She is a member of MOACTE, MBEA, NBEA, MSTA and CTA...
Down by the River (09/03/09)
Today was a beautiful day to take my Grandson Vincent Baliva to see the River. He loves to see if there are any boats going by.
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