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Sikeston man faces pornography possession charges (09/18/09)
BENTON, Mo. - A Sikeston man faces charges of possession of child pornography. Zachary A. Johnson, 28, is charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography, a class B felony. He is being held in the Scott County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash-only bond...
Senath City Council votes to pass ordinance making pit-bull dogs illegal in city limits (09/18/09)
SENATH, Mo. - The Senath City Council will have the option to pass an ordinance at the October meeting that will make owning and temporary keeping of pit-bull dogs illegal in the city. Senath City Attorney, Johnny Dalton, recently read the ordinance by title only at the Senath City Council meeting hosted on Monday...
Trial for Bloomfield man set for December (09/18/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Bloomfield man charged in connection with a November 2008 standoff will stand trial in December, a judge ruled on Wednesday. Danny W. Pullum, 50, of Bloomfield, will stand trial Dec. 11 before Judge Stephen Sharp. Since May, Pullum has been awaiting the results of a mental evaluation in Farmington. The results reportedly stated that Pullum was capable of standing trial...
Commission approves public works director overseeing county highway department (09/18/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted 2-1 during its Thursday meeting for the public works director to oversee the county highway department.
SEMO president worried about university's budget (09/18/09)
Days before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1991, Dr. Ken Dobbins received a phone call from the president's assistant at Southeast Missouri State University. The president had canceled her vacation, and university staff members were addressing recent budget cuts...
Committee: SEMO incubator, Parkview State School on stimulus wish list (09/18/09)
A list of state construction projects that could be built with money from federal stimulus funds includes $4.5 million for a business incubator at Southeast Missouri State University and $750,000 for a new roof and other repairs at Parkview State School...
Sorority sponsors autism walk (09/18/09)
With the number of diagnosed cases of autism on the rise, the sisters of the Southeast Missouri State University chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority are sponsoring a walk to raise money and awareness for the developmental disorder. The first Autism Speaks Walk will be Saturday on Southeast's campus. ...
Cape Air gets third endorsement (09/18/09)
Southeast Missourian Cape Air, the Massachusetts-based airline recommended to become the passenger airline serving Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, picked up its third endorsement from among the cities grouped with Cape Girardeau in a federal contracting process...
Cape city workers go to Senior Center to sell residents on trash pickup plan (09/18/09)
Tim Gramling worked hard Thursday to make a sale. Gramling, Cape Girardeau's Public Works Department director, set out to convince one of the toughest audiences in town that it is time to automate the city's trash pickup: Gramling went to the Cape Girardeau Senior Center...
Cape Girardeau man charged with sexually abusing child over two-year period (09/18/09)
A Cape Girardeau man is in jail on charges that he sexually abused a girl, now 9, over a two-year period.
Cape Girardeau man accused of shooting at same person twice (09/18/09)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of shooting twice at the same person without causing injuries faces felony charges for unlawful use of a weapon.
Annwood Estates subdivision in Jackson under boil order (09/18/09)
Jackson issued a precautionary boil-water order Thursday for all residents of Annwood Estates subdivision due to a water main break on Brittany Drive.
Boy baby contest winners at SEMO District Fair (09/18/09)
3-6 months 1st place: Kaydin Allen Sharrock, Oak Ridge 2nd place: Brody Kale Simpher, Jackson 3rd place: Gabriel Bauer, Jackson 7-9 months 1st place: Mason Easley, Jackson 2nd place: Kellen Eugene Reynolds, Jackson 3rd place: Masyn Hanners, Whitewater, Mo...
County OKs public works director overseeing highway department (09/18/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted 2-1 during its Thursday meeting for the public works director to oversee the county highway department. Effective immediately, public works director Don McQuay will assume that additional duty. The move will ease an increasing workload on county highway engineer Scott Bechtold, said 1st District Commissioner Paul Koeper, who presented the proposal during the meeting...
Little Big Town plays before excited fans at district fair (09/18/09)
The two-guy, two-girl formula Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild cooked up in Nashville almost a decade ago works for Little Big Town. The foursome, made up of Schlapman, Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, played to an excited crowd on the sixth day of the SEMO District Fair...
Mo. records second swine flu death (09/18/09)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Missouri has recorded its second swine flu death, and the first in the western part of the state. State health officials say a 24-year-old Independence woman died Wednesday night, several days after she was hospitalized with symptoms including diarrhea, coughing and extreme fatigue. Her name was not released...
Mo. House Republicans nominate Steven Tilley for speaker in 2011 (09/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It's still 2009, but Missouri House members have already nominated their top leaders for the 2011 legislative session. Because of term limits, Republican House Speaker Ron Richard and Democratic Minority Leader Paul LeVota cannot run for re-election in 2010. That means their leadership jobs will be vacant when the House convenes in January 2011...
Coldest spot in solar system is on moon, not Pluto (09/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Astronomers have found the coldest spot in our solar system and it may be a little close for comfort. It's on our moon, right nearby. NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making the first complete temperature map of the moon. It found that at the moon's south pole, it's colder than far away Pluto. The area is inside craters that are permanently shadowed so they never see sun...
House passes bill that would boost Pell Grants (09/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Thursday in favor of the biggest overhaul of college aid programs since their creation in the 1960s -- a bill to oust private lenders from the student loan business and put the government in charge. The vote was 253-171 in favor of a bill that fulfills nearly all of President Barack Obama's campaign promises for higher education: The measure ends subsidies for private lenders, boosts Pell Grants for needy students and creates grant programs to improve community colleges and college graduation rates, among other things.. ...
American Airlines parent gets $2.9B, shifts some routes (09/18/09)
ATLANTA -- American Airlines' parent company said Thursday it is taking on significant new debt at a time when revenue is being hammered, but the $2.9 billion in cash and fresh financing it raised should quiet concerns -- for now -- that it is in danger of a cash crunch and a bankruptcy filing...
U.S. net worth grows for first time since 2007 (09/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- For the first time in two years, Americans actually got a little wealthier. Household wealth grew by $2 trillion, or about 4 percent, this spring, ending the longest stretch of quarterly declines on records dating back to 1952, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday...
Stocks slip as investors take break from rally (09/18/09)
NEW YORK -- A surprise drop in unemployment claims couldn't fuel another day of gains for the stock market. Stocks posted modest losses Thursday after a three-day advance. Traders found little in the weekly employment data, or in reports on housing and manufacturing, to provide new encouragement about an economic recovery...
Must-know figures could change for Texas students (09/18/09)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Does civil rights activist Cesar Chavez belong alongside Benjamin Franklin as an example of a model American citizen? Should Texas schoolchildren be required to identify Rush Limbaugh? How big a place does the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall -- most famous for his victory in integrating the nation's schools -- deserve in the history books?...
Eastern Europe grumbles about downgrade in U.S. ties (09/18/09)
PRAGUE -- Scuttling a missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland helps smooth relations between the U.S. and Russia. But at what price? Some of America's staunchest allies are the East Europeans -- and on Thursday, they expressed dismay at what many see as a slight after decades of their support for the U.S. ...
Terror mastermind killed in hideout raid in Indonesia (09/18/09)
SOLO, Indonesia -- Special forces raided a hide-out Thursday and killed militant mastermind Noordin Muhammed Top, striking at the heart of the terrorist network behind a deadly campaign of suicide attacks in Indonesia, including the Bali nightclub bombings...
U.S. couples convicted of illegal adoption (09/18/09)
CAIRO -- Two American couples who say they were trying to adopt children in Egypt were convicted of human trafficking and sentenced to two years in prison Thursday in a case that highlighted the murky process for adopting in this predominantly Muslim country...
Nuclear agency says Iran can make bomb (09/18/09)
VIENNA -- Iran experts at the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead, according to a confidential report seen by The Associated Press...
ND softball fends off Jackson (09/18/09)
Ashley Cook kept the Notre Dame bats quiet -- for the most part. Unfortunately, Lauren Reinagel silenced Jackson (3-11) as well. Reinagel hurled a shutout to lead the Notre Dame softball team to a 4-0 victory over host Jackson on Thursday. "They had some good at-bats on her," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said. "We made the plays defensively. We kind of have come to expect her to keep it down to one run or less."...
High school roundup: Oran pitchers combine for one-hitter vs. Crusaders (09/18/09)
Courtney Scheeter and Claire Seyer combined to toss a one-hitter in Oran's 7-0 victory over Saxony Lutheran in softball action Friday. Scheeter started and went 3 2/3 innings with four punchouts and three walks. Seyer came on and struck out six over the final 3 1/3 innings...
High school roundup: Kelly softball shuts outs East Prairie behind Powell's one-hitter (09/18/09)
Kristen Powell tossed a one-hitter to lead Kelly past East Prairie 13-0 in five innings in softball action Thursday. The game was scheduled for East Prairie but was played at Kelly because the Eagles' field was too wet. Powell struck out 10 and walked two...
A look at this week's high school football games (09/18/09)
Chaffee (1-1) at Festus St. Pius (0-3) Last week: Crystal City 40, Chaffee 20; Maplewood 27, St. Pius 8 Last year: Chaffee 24, St. Pius 20 Outlook: Last year's meeting was the first ever between the schools. After an open week, Chaffee found itself overmatched by a speedy Crystal City offense last Friday. ...
Redhawks to host improved EIU in opener (09/18/09)
Eastern Illinois football coach Bob Spoo is not yet ready to declare that his traditionally strong Panthers are back after a rare down season. Spoo figures he'll start to get a better idea Saturday when the 2-0 Panthers visit 1-1 Southeast Missouri State in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m...
Slumping Chipper Jones may retire after 2010 (09/18/09)
ATLANTA -- A drop of almost 100 points from his 2008 NL-leading batting average has Chipper Jones wondering if the end of his career is near. Jones, 37, hit a career-best .364 last year, his third straight season over .320. But he has fallen to .269 this year and is hitting only .229 since June 9, when his average peaked at .335...
Feds fight to get critical evidence against Bonds (09/18/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal prosecutors urged a federal appellate court to reverse a trial judge and let them present critical evidence they say shows Barry Bonds knowingly used steroids. Both sides fielded difficult questions Thursday from the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...
Cards unfazed by big 3's stumble (09/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- For two months, the St. Louis Cardinals' big three virtually were unbeatable. Then Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Joel Pineiro all lost, stalling their pursuit of the NL Central title. The division leaders have dropped five of six overall heading into a three-game series against the second-place Chicago Cubs starting tonight. Their magic number was reduced to eight when the Cubs lost to Milwaukee on Thursday...
Rookie LB earns praise for NFL debut (09/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- James Laurinaitis made 14 tackles in his first NFL start, 10 of them solo stops, plus he recovered a fumble. But the St. Louis Rams' rookie middle linebacker is far from satisfied. Laurinaitis, the team's second-round pick out of Ohio State, is looking for ways to improve his play in Week 2 at Washington. When he reviews game tape, he said he tries to ignore what he calls the good stuff...
Popcorn, pie and racing as drivers hit New York (09/18/09)
NEW YORK -- Three-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson's whirlwind day came to a close when four Knicks City Dancers presented him with a cake to celebrate his 34th birthday. In between, there was a pie-throwing contest at "Live! with Regis and Kelly," fashion advice from Brian Vickers to Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman's attempt to toss popcorn across a room and into someone's open mouth...
Fall in full swing (09/18/09)
There truly is no rest for the weary. As fall arrives Tuesday, it brings with it a barrage of arts and entertainment events. The SEMO District Fair wraps up today and Saturday with two country acts who bring several old favorites. I don't think the drink stands at the fair sell tequila, and it's a good thing because with Joe Nichols on stage, we don't want any clothes coming off. Well, some of us might...
Show me the $ (09/18/09)
I am for progress. And I like historic buildings. Yes, it's possible to be for progress and preservation at the same time. The trick is to not let one impinge on the other. So, yes, I think the improvements along Broadway that Southeast Missouri State University has made are for the better. I do not miss the business buildings that were there before...
River City Music Festival returns with diverse lineup (09/18/09)
As summer draws to an end and the SEMO District Fair leaves town, residents can look forward to a September tradition that brings out the best in the Cape Girardeau community -- the best bands, that is. More than 30 bands will converge downtown Sept. 25 and 26 for the 13th annual River City Music Festival...
Tunes at Twilight series wraps up 2009 season with Lucy Wainwright Roche (09/18/09)
Tunes at Twilight will close its 2009 season today next to the Common Pleas courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau, but the sweet sounds that the community has heard this summer will return next year for the ninth season of the outdoor concert. "Our goal with Tunes at Twilight is to bring the community together and give everyone a reason to get downtown. ...
River City Music Festival makes changes for 2009 (09/18/09)
The River City Music Festival has undergone a number of additions and changes this year. The festival will feature roaming street performers, a public speaking competition and a theme. "We're definitely starting earlier on Saturday and making it more family-oriented," said Tammy Maddock, director of marketing and advertising. "During the day and early evening hours we really want people to be able to bring their families down and have a good time."...
Talent showcase highlights region's hip-hop acts (09/18/09)
Arena Park may be filled with the sounds of country this weekend, but on Sept. 26 bass and flow will take over the Arena Building when Hardhead Entertainment hosts a showcase with hip hop and R&B artists from the area. Hardhead Entertainment, formerly Hardhead Records from Howardville, Mo., aims to unearth the talent in the area and help get new artists more recognition and work toward radio play...
Damon turns 'Informant' on pre-Bourne career (09/18/09)
TORONTO -- Matt Damon was thrilled when Steven Soderbergh called eight years ago asking him to play a tubby oddball with a self-destructive talent for spinning colossal lies. At the time, Damon feared he had used up the good will from his one certified Hollywood grand slam on "Good Will Hunting," a commercial hit that earned him a best-actor Academy Award nomination and an Oscar for the screenplay he wrote with buddy Ben Affleck...
Ray Godwin (09/18/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Ray Franklin Godwin, 89, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born Oct. 9, 1919, at Sikeston, Mo., son of Cecil and Myrtle Belver Godwin. He and Louise Elliott were married Jan. 14, 1939, at Charleston, Mo. She preceded him in death Dec. 1, 2004...
Maxine Lipsey (09/18/09)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. — Maxine Lipsey, 93, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Dr. Joe Howell (09/18/09)
Dr. Joe Al Howell of Franklin, Tenn., president emeritus of Central Methodist University, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Dr. Howell is survived by his wife, Pansy Clippard; a daughter, Kim and husband Ron of Lake Forest, Ill., and their two sons, Zak and Joe; a son, Kurt and his wife Cindy of Franklin and their two children, Hayley and Hunter; a brother, Tim, and his wife Kathy of Winter Haven, Fla., and Tim's two children and two grandchildren...
Evelyn Kepner (09/18/09)
Evelyn Kepner, 88, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital following a brief illness. She was born March 10, 1921, to Buck and Jesse Brooks Gillispie, longtime residents of Charleston, Mo. She and Robert F. Kepner were married Feb. 22, 1941, in Charleston. He preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1989, in Cape Girardeau...
Beth Harper (09/18/09)
Beth Raenae Harper, 50, of Scott City died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. She was born Sept. 16, 1958, in Muhlenberg County, Ky. Harper was an insurance agent and a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Survivors include two sons, Micah Drue (Tala) Harper of Benton, Ky., Myles Daniell (Hannah) Harper of Jackson; a daughter, Malysha Dawn (Roger) Hefflinger of Grassy, Mo.; her mother, Shelba Carroll Gibson of Drakesboro, Ky., her father, Charles "Bug" (Jean) Harper of Greenville, Ky.; a brother, Scott (Nisa) Harper of Calhoun, Ky.; two sisters, Pam (Billy) Rowlett of Beechmont, Ky., Lisa (Steve) Delahoussaye of Boynton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Grehgory, Christen, Hunter, Kobie, Abagail, Harlee Beth and Noah, and one on the way; and a special friend, Larry Phillips of Oran, Mo.. ...
Fire report 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Police report 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Burglary; Thefts; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 18, 1984 A debate between 8th District U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson and Democratic challenger Bill Blue has been scheduled for Flat River, Mo., the night of Oct. 18; efforts are being made to schedule others at Rolla and Kennett, Mo. Before a large crowd of onlookers and first-day customers, the ribbon is cut in the morning to open Cape Girardeau's new Venture store at West Park Mall...
Correction 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
Nevaeh Ellyn Boyd of Cape Girardeau won first place in the 10 to 12 months category of the SEMO District Fair Baby Contest. Her name was misspelled in Thursday's edition.
Post 9/11 (09/18/09)
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are as vivid today as they were on that devastating morning. The world watched as jetliners crashed into the two tallest buildings in New York City. Viewers were sickened as both towers imploded. They were terrified to learn another plane had flown into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. And still another plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania...
Speak Out 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
Business flags; Satisfaction survey; Wear gloves; Learn the terms; Subsidy verification; Freedom? Choice?; Tired of critics
Prayer 9/18/09 (09/18/09)
Bless all who compete during and enjoy the season of fairs, O God. Amen.
Heartland Pops Concert this Sunday (09/18/09)
The Heartland Pops Chorus and musicians will present their first non-Christmas concert in six years this Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2:15P.M. at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Jackson. There will be Broadway tunes, 50's Doo-Wop, Barbershop Quartet, Gospel, and Patriotic music. ...
Expansion at Mound City National Cemetery (09/18/09)
While passing by the National Cemetery at Mound City, Illinois last week, I noticed and photographed this work going on at the historical site. It looks like a new monument is being constructed, along with an expanded area of the burial grounds. Perhaps local historian, Rusty Robinson, could comment with details...
Safe House for Women will provide an overview of their services to LGBT group (09/18/09)
Safe House for Women will provide an overview of their services to a local LGBT group on Wednesday, Sept 23rd at 7pm at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Between 25% and 33% of relationships between lesbians, gay, bisexual, or transgender partners include abuse, a rate equal to that of heterosexual relationships (www.wtcskansas.org/.) Most abuse by same sex partners does not get reported and victims feel they have no one to turn to. ...
Explore the log, look for critters (09/18/09)
Kamerin Gross of Scott City explored the log at the Missouri Department of Conservation's SEMO Fair pavilion. The MDC's "Critter Log" was made locally just for this year's SEMO Fair as part of the department's "Discover Nature" campaign. The log provides an opportunity to show children and their parents what animals they might find living near logs and trees in their own backyards...
Nevaeh Ellyn Boyd's first baby contest (09/18/09)
This photo was taken right before the contest began. Nevaeh is being held by her father Ronald Boyd. Nevaeh won first place in the 10-12 month age. We are so proud of her and love her so much. Love, Mommy & Daddy
Joe Nichols and Danica Dewrock (09/18/09)
Danica was taken up to the stage friday night at the Joe Nichols concert by her Aunt Danielle and Joe took her on stage and sang a song with her!!!
Semo Fair Baby Girl Contest (09/18/09)
Kenzie Palmer, Danica Dewrock, and Marley Driskell all dressed and ready to be in the Baby Girl Contest at the SEMO District Fair!!!
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