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Scott County Commission hears more information on potential jail release program (10/05/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County is getting closer to implementing an active GPS monitoring program for low-risk prisoners. On Thursday, members of the Law Enforcement Restitution Board, as well as representatives who would be impacted by such a program, met to hear more about the SecureAlert system. Danita Keen, administrator for the sheriff's department, set up a conference call with company representatives after doing research into several programs...
Work reduces couple of roadways to one lane in Cape Girardeau County (10/05/09)
Work by Missouri Department of Transportation crews has reduced a couple of roadways in Cape Girardeau County to one lane today.
Regional Professional Development Center, school districts pool resources to meet costs of teacher development (10/05/09)
There is a dry-erase calendar in the office of the Southeast Missouri State University Regional Professional Development Center. The board is full of workshops and training sessions for teachers managed by the center's 23-member staff of consultants and education experts...
Blessing pets at the Blue Sky Church (10/05/09)
The Rev. Dan Johnson of Evangelical Church of Christ blessed pets at Sunday's Blue Sky Church service in Capaha Park. The service was organized by the Downtown Council of Churches to celebrate St. Francis Day.
Disability Awareness Week unites Jackson public, private schools (10/05/09)
The public and private schools in Jackson will be teaming up next week to raise awareness of people with disabilities. Jackson, Immaculate Conception and Immanuel Lutheran schools will recognize Disability Awareness Week from Oct. 12 to 16 with different activities. Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr, Rep. Scott Lipke and the Cape Girardeau County Commission passed resolutions and proclamations recognizing the event. October is National Disability Awareness Month...
Safety assessment points to changes needed on U.S. 51 in Illinois (10/05/09)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Increased police presence, foliage control and additional signage were three of the main improvements that will be considered to reduce the potential of fatal crashes on U.S. 51 in Union County, Ill., according to Trooper Bridget Rice, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police District 22 in Ullin...
Columbia Catholic high school named for priest (10/05/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Columbia's first Catholic high school will be named after the nation's first known black priest. The Rev. Augustine Tolton was born into slavery in Ralls County in 1854 in Missouri but later grew to be ordained a priest in in Rome...
Nixon stayed in dark about E. coli (10/05/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Aides for Gov. Jay Nixon knew about bacteria problems at the Lake of the Ozarks, but Missouri's chief executive apparently learned about the issue from the media two months later. Information about E. coli at the lake trickled from the Department of the Natural Resources into the governor's office. At least one Cabinet member, two gubernatorial aides and Nixon's chief of staff knew something was up, but the governor did not...
Ill. treasure hunt stops; note might be a prank (10/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- An Illinois woman who set out on a treasure hunt for buried gold coins after finding a cryptic note in an antique rocking chair may have been the victim of a prolific prankster who died more than 30 years ago. With help of a donated backhoe, Patty Henken recently tore up a vacant lot in Springfield, Ill., where a typewritten note signed by "Chauncey Wolcott" -- found in an old chair she bought at auction last November -- suggested she would find a chest containing more than $250 in U.S. ...
Report: 13 million babies born premature worldwide (10/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- They call it kangaroo care: A premature baby nestles skin-to-skin against mom's bare, warm chest. In Malawi, mothers' bodies take the place of too-pricey incubators to keep these fragile newborns alive. Nearly one in 10 of the world's babies is born premature, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result, says a startling first attempt to measure a toll that in much of the world is hidden...
Waves of state, federal funding cuts imperil U.S. nursing homes (10/05/09)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The nation's nursing homes are perilously close to laying off workers, cutting services -- possibly even closing -- because of a perfect storm wallop from the recession and deep federal and state government spending cuts, industry experts say...
Even as layoffs persist, some good jobs go begging (10/05/09)
In a brutal job market, here's a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits. Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can't find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs...
Italy to build new homes for mudslide victims (10/05/09)
ROME -- Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised Sunday to build new houses for the victims of massive mudslides in Sicily that killed at least 22 people and left more than 500 homeless. Berlusconi visited the devastated area around the eastern coastal city of Messina and met with survivors who were being housed in area hotels...
Socialists win Greek election in landslide (10/05/09)
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's Socialists trounced the governing conservatives in a landslide election Sunday, with voters angered by scandals and a faltering economy ousting Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis halfway through his second term. Humbled by his New Democracy party's worst electoral performance ever, Karamanlis, 53, resigned as its leader and said a new chief is needed for the party founded by his late uncle Constantine Karamanlis 35 years ago...
8 U.S. troops killed in Afghan fighting (10/05/09)
KABUL -- Hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and capturing more than 20 Afghan security troops in the deadliest assault against U.S. forces in more than a year, military officials said Sunday...
49ers extend Rams' futility with 35-0 rout (10/05/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Coach Mike Singletary delivered another one of his motivational halftime speeches and the San Francisco 49ers woke up in a hurry. And in all phases, no less. "It was just a matter of reminding them what was at stake," Singletary said...
Cardinals lose final regular-season game (10/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals are scuffling to the postseason, going 1-6 after clinching the NL Central. It's hardly a crisis of confidence. "Yeah, we made some mistakes this whole series," Albert Pujols said after the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep with a 9-7, 10-inning victory on Sunday. "Some errors here and there, but listen, this is part of the game...
Twins, Tigers to meet in one-game playoff (10/05/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 51,000 fans and dozens of players from Metrodome lore turned out Sunday to say goodbye to this big, dingy building after 28 weird, wacky and sometimes wonderful baseball seasons. Hang on to those Homer Hankies: The Metrodome showed this weekend that it still has some of that old magic left and isn't ready to let the Minnesota Twins go just yet...
Stewart improves title chances with Kansas win (10/05/09)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Tony Stewart didn't have time for a debate. He had one last chance to grab the win at Kansas Speedway, and it came down to one critical decision. Two tires, or four? The two-time series champion asked for two on the final pit stop Sunday, and crew chief Darian Grubb immediately agreed with the strategy. The rapid thinking got Stewart the race lead, and he held on over the final 26 laps for his fourth win of the season...
Packers-Vikings rivalry approaches a peak tonight (10/05/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- These Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Minnesota have much in common, including an intense dislike of each other's football teams. It's more polite than the East Coast, but this is a true story: An angry Vikings fan was once arrested for trying to light a Packers backer on fire...
Colts' Manning moves to third on TD list (10/05/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning tied Fran Tarkenton for third place on the career touchdown passing list as Indianapolis extended its regular-season victory streak to 13 on Sunday with a 34-17 victory against the Seattle Seahawks...
Redhawks missed chance to turn season around Saturday (10/05/09)
As somebody who likes and respects Southeast Missouri State's football players and coaches -- they're generally class acts -- and wants to see them do well, I hoped the Redhawks might be able to revive their season Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn...
Talking Shop with Debbie Linnes, Southeast Missouri Hospital president and CEO (10/05/09)
Southeast Missouri Hospital's newest president and CEO assumed her role Sept. 28. The native of LeSeuer, Minn., Debbie Linnes has nearly 30 years of experience in health care, including CEO at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., from 2006 to 2008. Other jobs include senior vice president of a regional health-care system in Colorado for the Sisters of Charity Leavenworth and a leadership position for a member of the Catholic Healthcare West system in California...
People on the move 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
Vickery named area manager for SBA in Cape Girardeau; McElrath participates in sheriff's institute program
From Pladium to D'Ladium: Pool hall celebrating 50 years (10/05/09)
I'm not much of a pool shark myself, but those who are may be interested in this item. D'Ladium, 1127 Broadway, is marking its 50th year in business. J.R. Beaver, general manager of the establishment for 35 years, said Jerry Priest had a vision to start a pool hall in Cape Girardeau, and on Oct. 15, 1959, Priest opened the Pladium...
Russell Peterman (10/05/09)
Russell "Sam" Peterman, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Jefferson City, Mo., son of Russell and Mildred Berry Peterman. He and Deanna Eichhorn were married Sept. 12, 1959, at Chaffee, Mo...
Michael Dodd (10/05/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Michael L. Dodd, 37, of Cairo died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time for services toay at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home, with the Revs. Tom Morris and Mark Cruse officiating. Interment will be at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge...
Frank Enloe (10/05/09)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Frank Evertt Enloe, 78, of McClure, formerly of St. Louis, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at National Health Care Center in St. Louis. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating...
Julius Laster (10/05/09)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Julius Lee "Fat" Laster, 79, of Bertrand died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m Tuesday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo. where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Londa Richardson, pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Cleveland, Tenn., officiating...
Lonnie Geringer (10/05/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lonnie L. Geringer, 93, of Perryville died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rickey Valleroy officiating...
Eugene Huebel (10/05/09)
Eugene Huebel, 82, of Murray, Ky., died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray. He was born Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, son of William A. and Clara Hartung Huebel. He and Marcella Huebel were married May 5, 1945, at Little Rock, Ark...
William Siebert (10/05/09)
William Albert Siebert, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Wednesday, Sept, 29, 1920, in Whitewater, Mo., son of Albert E. and Ida Lange Siebert. He and Elode Brown were married Friday, Dec. 29, 1944, in the parsonage at Tilsit by the Rev. H.J. Strickert...
Goldia Collier (10/05/09)
Goldia B. Collier, 95, of Scott City died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Ancell, Mo., daughter of David and Barbara Montgomery Brant. She and Floyd Alfred Collier were married Oct. 4, 1934, in Jackson. He preceded her in death Aug. 20, 1954...
Fire report 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
25 years ago: Oct. 5, 1984 A mock election was held yesterday on the Southeast Missouri State University campus; the vote gave substantial leads to Republican candidates and a sizeable lead to a proposal to repeal the Sunday sales law. Two Jackson developers are seeking a federal loan to construct a residential development for senior citizens; Mike and Robert Litzelfelner are planning to build Jackson Senior Estates along U.S. 61...
The top 10 things to know about Safe House for Women (10/05/09)
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As an agency that has provided emergency shelter, support services and prevention education in Southeast Missouri for victims of domestic violence for 18 years, we find ourselves consistently challenged to get the word out to make sure our community understands the role of Safe House for Women and the variety of services we offer...
A generous gesture (10/05/09)
Sometimes national attention pays off. There was widespread media coverage after a Cairo, Ill., bank repossessed five of the Alexander County Sheriff's Department's patrol cars. That's not the kind of publicity most public officials want, but in this case it produced something positive...
Speak Out 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
Trash plan; Beautiful fall; Bring back Oop; Rundown lake; Prurient pandering; Public outcry; Iran sanctions; School safety; Need regulation; About processions
Prayer 10/5/09 (10/05/09)
For the colors of autumn made brilliant by the sunlight, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Scott County Court House (10/05/09)
Scott County Court House in Benton Mo along hwy 61
J Baer & Associates First Annual 5 Mile Run, Walk, or Crawl (10/05/09)
On Friday, September 18, J Baer and Associates, an accounting firm in Jackson, held their first 5 Mile Run, Walk, or Crawl Event. Participants were asked to run, walk, or crawl their way to the finish line. The event was held on the LaCroix Recreational Trail at the Shawnee Sports Complex Friday afternoon. The firm expects to host it again next year and make it an annual event...
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