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Rough draft of facilities plan calls for more than $35M (09/10/09)
Bringing elementary schools up to the same standard and increasing safety measures was a central idea in the Cape Girardeau School District's evolving facilities plan. The district rolled out a rough draft of more than $35 million in construction and renovation projects districtwide...
Publication names Cape Girardeau 24th best retirement community (09/10/09)
Cape Girardeau has joined the likes of Philadelphia, Pa., Palm Springs, Calif., Louisville, Ky., Roanoke, Va., and Providence, R.I. Money magazine ranked the Southeast Missouri town as the 24th best community in which to retire. The publication cited its downtown district, cultural opportunities with the Show Me Center and Crisp Museum, health care options and activities one can find at Southeast Missouri State University...
Delta woman in serious condition after early morning crash (09/10/09)
A Delta woman is in serious condition after an early morning crash near Cape Girardeau. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports, a 1999 Oldsmobile driven by Steven A Nolkemper, 21, of Cape Girardeau was making a left turn from Hwy. 25. He failed to yield to a 2009 Honda driven by Linda G Hornbuckle, 54, at around 5:40 a.m...
Southeast Missouri man ordered to stand trial for shooting death (09/10/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- An Ellsinore, Mo., man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday afternoon in connection with the death of his wife, who was shot during an earlier dispute with his stepson. Associate Circuit Judge Michael Ligons heard testimony from one witness before binding John William Moss, 55, over to stand trial on the Class C felony of first-degree involuntary manslaughter...
Former Scott County jail officer charged with having sex with inmate (09/10/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- A former Scott County correctional officer was arrested Wednesday on charges he had sexual contact with a prisoner in the county jail.
Cape merchants report mixed results from Tour of Missouri stop (09/10/09)
Reaction by area merchants was mixed following the Tour of Missouri's second stage finish in Cape Girardeau. But even those who reported little effect on their sales from the cycling event voiced optimism about the exposure the event brought Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau officials celebrate opening of LaSalle Avenue (09/10/09)
In something of a timeline manner, Cape Girardeau city officials celebrated the past and future cooperation, planning and execution of the LaSalle Avenue/East Main Street interchange late Wednesday morning.
College teacher to challenge Jo Ann Emerson in 8th District (09/10/09)
An Iraq war veteran and college teacher will attempt to win the Eighth Congressional District for Democrats in 2010. Tommy Sowers of Rolla, Mo., an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Army, announced he would seek the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, a Cape Girardeau Republican. ...
Cape man gets three years in prison for breaking windows at Islamic Center (09/10/09)
A man convicted of hate crime charges for vandalizing the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau in June was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday. Nicholas T. Proffit, 32, of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty in court before New Madrid County Circuit Judge Fred Copeland. The case was transferred to New Madrid County on a change of venue...
Former state Rep. Marilyn Williams loses cancer battle (09/10/09)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- After a two-year battle against cancer, Marilyn Williams, 55, former state representative from the 159th district, died at her Wappapello residence early Wednesday afternoon. Williams, whose hometown was Dudley, was first elected to her state House seat in a special election held in 1991 to fill the seat of State Rep. Jerry T. Howard. Howard had been elected to fill the Senate seat vacated by Stephen Sharp when Sharp was appointed to the bench...
Cape airport board recommends Massachusetts carrier (09/10/09)
Cape Air, the Hyannis, Mass., carrier that built its business ferrying passengers to off-shore islands with small, reliable airplanes will likely get a chance to see if it can rebuild air service in Cape Girardeau. The Airport Advisory Board voted 8-0 Wednesday evening to recommend Cape Air to the Cape Girardeau City Council to replace Great Lakes Airlines as the Essential Air Service program airline. ...
Crader Distributing donates $100K for building Habitat home (09/10/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Stan Crader of Crader Distributing Co. turned over a check for $100,000 that will make it possible for Tammy Whitney and her children to have a home of their own through Habitat for Humanity. Whitney is a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and the community coordinator for the Bollinger County Library...
Area electric cooperatives get grants for ice storm repairs (09/10/09)
Two electric cooperatives in Southeast Missouri are receiving federal help to cover some of the cost of recovering from the late January ice storm that cut off power to thousands of customers.
Man who allegedly led police on chase arrested in Illinois (09/10/09)
A suspect in a Jackson assault who escaped from police custody over the weekend was arrested Wednesday in Williamson County, Ill., according to Jackson police.
Burger King on Broadway in Cape to be rebuilt (09/10/09)
Demolition of a Cape Girardeau Burger King began Wednesday. Located at the corner of Kingshighway and Broadway, a new Burger King is scheduled to be complete in November, according to Dan Drury, president of Midamerica Hotels Corp., which owns 35 of the restaurants...
Cape school planning committee meets tonight (09/10/09)
Members of the Cape Girardeau School District facilities planning committee will discuss plans for nine of the district's buildings tonight. A steering committee made up of teachers, administrators and board members has been working on a long-term facilities plan for the district...
Cape woman pleads guilty to meth charge (09/10/09)
A Cape Girardeau woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, according to a news release from acting federal prosecutor Michael W. Reap. Annie Marie Graham, 36, now faces a sentence of up to 20 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of three years. ...
Cape County Republican vice chairwoman to run for state representative (09/10/09)
Cape Girardeau County Republican vice chairwoman Donna Lichtenegger will make her second bid for public office in 2010 when she files as a candidate to replace state Rep. Scott Lipke, who must leave office due to term limits. Lichtenegger lost a four-way primary in 2002 to Lipke, falling 24 votes short. Since then, she has supported Lipke in his election contests and had high praise for him...
U.S. job openings fall to lowest level since 2000 (09/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- Job openings fell to the lowest level in nine years in July, according to a Labor Department report Wednesday, as businesses remain reluctant to hire despite signs the economy is improving. The department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS report, found that businesses and government advertised 2.4 million open positions on the last day in July, down from 2.5 million in June. ...
Obama's $50 billion mortgage relief program growing (09/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's $50 billion mortgage relief program is finally picking up speed after a sluggish and disappointing start: Nearly one in five eligible homeowners have been offered help so far. The "Making Home Affordable" plan was launched with great fanfare in March. As of last month, lenders had sent out more than 571,000 offers to reduce borrowers' monthly payments, the Treasury Department said Wednesday...
'Time for bickering is over,' Obama says to Congress (09/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- Shaking off a summer of setbacks, President Barack Obama summoned Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night, declaring the "time for bickering is over" and the moment has arrived to protect millions who have unreliable insurance or no coverage at all...
Pa. city in heart of Amish area blankets streets with cameras (09/10/09)
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Horses drawing buggies regularly clop down the roads approaching Lancaster, a peaceful city in the heart of Amish country that had only three murders last year and relatively low crime. But if the community sounds reminiscent of the past, it also has some distinctly modern technology: 165 surveillance cameras that will keep watch over thousands of residents around the clock...
Obama, Clinton salute Walter Cronkite at memorial service (09/10/09)
NEW YORK -- By all accounts, Walter Cronkite would have loved the war stories swapped and memories rekindled at his memorial service. All that was missing was a bar. Instead, there were two presidents, broadcasting royalty, a man who walked on the moon and a drummer for the Grateful Dead...
Newly fixed Hubble telescope's deep space photos again amaze (09/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- A refurbished Hubble Space Telescope is showing Earth the sharpest photos yet of cosmic beauty, complete with heavenly glows. NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its billion-dollar repair mission last spring. That work included installing two new cameras, other science instruments and replacing broken parts...
'Gulag,' once banned, now required reading in Russia (09/10/09)
MOSCOW -- The book that made "Gulag" a synonym for the horrors of Soviet oppression will be taught in Russian high schools, a generation after the Kremlin banned it as destructive to the Communist cause and exiled its author. The Education Ministry said Wednesday that excerpts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago," published in 1973, are to be required reading for students...
Israel OKs new Jerusalem settlements (09/10/09)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given the green light for hundreds of new homes in a Palestinian-claimed area of Jerusalem, officials confirmed Wednesday, part of a gamble to mollify his restive coalition without sparking a major confrontation with the U.S...
OPEC leaving quotas unchanged (09/10/09)
VIENNA -- OPEC on Wednesday decided to leave its production quotas unchanged, opting to take a cautious approach in a market awash in crude and a global economy still in the nascent stages of recovery. The 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said "market fundamentals have remained weak," even though oil prices are roughly double their levels when the group announced in December a record 4.2 million barrel per day cut from September 2008 levels...
Police: Hijacker of Mexican jet had 'divine revelation' (09/10/09)
MEXICO CITY -- A Bolivian religious fanatic briefly hijacked a jetliner from the beach resort of Cancun as it landed in Mexico City on Wednesday, police said. All passengers and the crew were released unharmed. The Bible-carrying hijacker used a juice can he said was a bomb to hold the 103 passengers and crew on the tarmac for more than an hour. ...
Papers publish excerpts in Berlusconi scandal (09/10/09)
ROME -- Thirty women. Eighteen parties. Guests willing to supply sex "if the need arises." Two Italian newspapers published what they described Wednesday as excerpts from prosecutors' interrogation of a businessman who said he paid dozens of women to attend parties at Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Sardinia villa and his Rome residence...
U.S. warns Iran is nearing nuclear capabilities (09/10/09)
VIENNA -- The United States warned Wednesday that Iran is close to having the capabilities to produce a nuclear weapon, and joined major European powers in urging Tehran to "turn the page" and engage in dialogue to prove its atomic program is peaceful...
Venezuelan prosecutors investigate anti-Chavez TV (09/10/09)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into a television channel opposed to President Hugo Chavez. Prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday they will determine whether Globovision was trying to incite rebellion by airing a viewer's text message calling for a coup...
Rams fend off ND in battle of state-ranked volleyball teams (09/10/09)
Scott City volleyball coach Haley Jennings calls Stephanie Essner "my little grasshopper." On Wednesday night, Essner was hopping all over the place. Essner led the host Rams past Notre Dame 25-20, 25-21 in a battle of state-ranked teams. "She is hitting the ball so well this year," Jennings said. "Once she gets on, her excitement, she is the most vocal player on the court. She's jumping around. I call her my little grasshopper. Tonight she was on, and she's been steadily improving."...
High school roundup: Oran's Scheeter tosses no-hitter (09/10/09)
Oran pitcher Courtney Scheeter overwhelmed Clearwater on Wednesday. Scheeter tossed a no-hitter while striking out 10 in the Eagles' 11-0 victory. She helped her cause by going 2 for 2 with two RBIs at the plate. Oran connected for 11 hits and only three of its runs were earned...
Area calendar 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
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Area digest 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Lynch cards ace at Cape Girardeau C.C. Gary Lynch recently made his first hole-in-one at Cape Girardeau Country Club. Lynch used a 9-iron to ace No. 8, a par 3 playing 135 yards. Witnesses were Chris Gross, Alan Benton and Tom Benton. Neff fires hole-in-one at Dalhousie...
Wainwright grabs win No. 18 in 5-1 victory (09/10/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals keep rolling through September. They hope Matt Holliday's tumble doesn't trip them up. Wainwright became the first pitcher to reach 18 wins this season, Pujols hit two home runs for a majors-leading 47 and the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Wednesday...
Hushovd holds off Cavendish to capture stage (09/10/09)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Thor Hushovd of Norway won Wednesday's third stage of the Tour of Missouri, outsprinting the pack in the final meters. Hushovd, of Cervelo Test Team, made the move after a series of short-lived breakaways late in the 114.3-mile road race from Farmington to Rolla...
Bulger takes direct snaps in practice (09/10/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Four days away from the opener, Marc Bulger took direct snaps for the first time since breaking his right pinkie. The Rams quarterback said Wednesday he's not pain-free, but it's good enough, barring a setback in the next two days, to play at Seattle...
Oudin's magical U.S. Open ends with loss in quarters (09/10/09)
NEW YORK -- Maybe it all was a little too much, a little too soon for Melanie Oudin. The 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., kept erasing big deficits and upsetting older, taller, higher-ranked players at the U.S. Open, generating more and more interest in her magical ride...
Here comes the fun (09/10/09)
"The Beatles: Rock Band" has produced more buzz than any video game since the last "Grand Theft Auto." When Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took the stage at Microsoft's Xbox news conference at E3 this summer, they were greeted with a standing ovation...
Learning briefs 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Scholarships Honors, Achievements -- From staff reports ...
Castorfest '09 (09/10/09)
Sept. 10, 2009 Dear Leslie, The cast came from California, Oregon, Florida and most corners of Missouri last weekend for Castorfest 2009. The weather for the annual Labor Day weekend of fishing, swimming, barbecuing, ice-cream making, dog petting and well-, semi- and never-rehearsed performances was cool and rainy, but half a million people at Woodstock made do, and so did we...
Alex Irvin (09/10/09)
Alex Ryan Irvin, 6, of Scott City died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at his home. He was born March 4, 2003, in Cape Girardeau, son of Simon Irvin and Amy Hughes. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Scott City. Survivors include his mother, Amy Hughes of Scott City; father, Simon Irvin of Kansas City, Mo.; grandparents, Norman and Sharon Hughes and Tom and Sydney Irvin of Scott City; aunts and uncles, Lisa Hughes and Jennifer Hughes of Scott City, Mark Hughes and Tracy Hughes of Villa Ridge, Ill., Richie and Kelly Irvin of Scott City, Theresa Irvin of St. ...
Ruby Pope (09/10/09)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Ruby Irene Stephens Pope, 99, of Fredericktown died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, in Fredericktown. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Follis and Sons Funeral Home in Fredericktown. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Dale Berry officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery at Marquand, Mo...
Connie Warren (09/10/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Connie Warren, 61, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the family home. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Chaffee.
Joie Tackett (09/10/09)
STURDIVANT, Mo. — Joie Lee Tackett, 52, of Sturdivant died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. Morgan Funeral Home in Advance, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Births 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Brune; Richardson; Boyd; Toler; Gantt; Polanczyk; Jackson; Stephens; Benavente; Javenes; Upchurch; Duvall; Gills; Niccum; Borders; Suitt
Police report 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Theft Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Fire report 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
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 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 10, 1984 The SEMO District Fair opens its 129th showing at the Arena Park fairgrounds, a parade featuring more than 100 entries kicking off the festivities. State Rep. Marvin E. Proffer of Jackson says he doesn't want to see the University School close its doors; Proffer pledges to "seek to assist parents at University School in their effort to prevent closing" of the school, which serves about 125 children in grades kindergarten through 12...
Air service to St. Louis no longer makes sense (09/10/09)
On Sept. 16 the U.S. Department of Transportation is closing the public docket that will determine your community's air service for the next two years under the Essential Air Service program. This program came to life at the end of the Civil Aeronautics Board, which determined which airlines flew what routes, what fares they charged and what types of planes they flew. ...
A Drury gift (09/10/09)
The name Drury is prominently displayed on hotels across the country. The Drury brothers and their extended families are well-known in the Cape Girardeau area for their business acumen and their emphasis on providing high-quality services. Drury hotels, for example, are consistently recognized nationally for customer satisfaction...
Good toys for Santa's helpers (09/10/09)
While out on my routine yard-sale sprees this summer, I saw oodles of toys that were like new, and I wondered: Where are Santa's helpers? Surely they must realize that the economy is hitting everyone in the pocket or purse this year again. Everybody needs to face reality. You can't always have what you want...
Speak Out 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Big difference; Health statistics; War blame; Approval ratings; Forming opinions; Rules of the road; Truck plate; Hard work, top pay; Hefty gains; Teaching excellence; Failed attempt; Incoherent host; Rational argument
Prayer 9/10/09 (09/10/09)
Teach us, O God, to invest wisely in love and compassion for others. Amen.
Automated Service Proposal, Public Events Scheduled (09/10/09)
The City of Cape Girardeau has several public events scheduled in an effort to demonstrate the proposed automated trash and recycling program and solicit public input. Residents will have the opportunity to maneuver the wheeled containers and see a video of the truck operating on Cape Girardeau streets. The truck will be on-site at the first public meeting and at the SEMO District Fair Saturday, Sept. 12...
Woodland FFA to show livestock at SEMO Fair (09/10/09)
Members of the Woodland FFA of Marble Hill, Mo., will show their livestock at the SEMO District Fair this week. Tabitha and Tyler Rhodes will show their Suffolk Cross Sheep, Lindsey J. Whitener will show cattle and Dorper cross-breeding stock sheep, and Katelin Whitener is showing sheep...
Homecoming @ Delta Baptist Church (09/10/09)
Homecoming 2009 at First Baptist Church of Delta, celebrating 109 years of service to the community, is scheduled for Sunday, September 20th at 10:45 am. Sit back and listen to the beautiful music of the Dunning Family. Enjoy an inspiring message from Rev. Ron Shrum. Please stay after the service for a Potluck Meal...
Missouri National Guard promotes Ratcliff to major (09/10/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri National Guardsman Scot Ratcliff of Cape Girardeau has been promoted to the rank of major during a recent pinning ceremony at the 1140th Engineer Battalion's Headquarters Company in Cape Girardeau. "This is a big goal I have been working towards," said Ratcliff, the 1140th's full-time administrative officer...
Red Star Baptist Church - NEW Contemporary Service (09/10/09)
Red Star Baptist Church, 1301 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau will begin their new contemporary service on Saturday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Come join us for an uplifting service in a completely casual atmosphere! Following the service will be food, volleyball and tons of fun at the Activities Building across the street. For more info call the church office at 335-3381...
Pound for Pound Donation from Buchheit of Jackson (09/10/09)
This is the photo of the Pound for Pound donation to the Safe Harbor Animal Shelter sponsored by Buchheit of Jackson,MO. We donated 780 lbs of pet food over the month long drive. Pictured is store manager Tyler Russom and Alice Wybert of Safe Harbor...
Hannah "Pedro" Montana (09/10/09)
Our dog "Pedro" sporting our daughter's Hannah Montana wig... [he didn't think it was funny, but we sure did]!!!
My Babies (09/10/09)
This is my dog Takumi and my cat Ginger...I am especially sentimental right now because Ginger was in a horrible accident about 4 weeks ago. The Vet believed that she was hit by a car when she accidentally got outside. But there was a miracle here...she found her way back home to us with her right eye hanging out,a skull fracture,a jaw fracture,and the roof of her mouth split open. ...
Amber & "Oreo" (09/10/09)
My daughter has a 'thing' for ALL animals, and when she asked for 3 mice, I wasn't too sure about the idea. But, after some long talks, she finally got her wish. This pic. is of Amber holding her favorite little mouse, named "Oreo"... sadly, "Oreo" passed away this past July and my little girl was heartbroken... but time does heal all wounds, and she & I both thought this pic. is so special! [Who knew a little mouse would hold such a special place in our hearts]!!!...
Liz (09/10/09)
Why do dogs always think the camera is food?
Buddy the Wonder Dog (09/10/09)
Buddy is a standard Manchester Terrier, who likes to play ball, run, and play with his tug toys. If he doesn't have a toy to play with he finds something in the house to play with.
Nose Shot (09/10/09)
My cat Miss Sniff is always curious about what I am doing. If you have something in your hands , she has to sniff it , Her name fits her well.
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