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Historic Preservation Commission approves house repairs in new historic district (10/19/09)
The first test of new rules for repairs and upgrades in Cape Girardeau's only local historic district went smoothly Monday morning. In a special meeting on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, the city Historic Preservation Commission approved two Certificate of Appropriateness requests by homeowners in the Boulevard Local Historic District. ...
Country singer Josh Turner coming to Show Me Center (10/19/09)
Country singer Josh Turner will perform at the Show Me Center on Dec. 5, according to a Show Me Center news release. Turner broke through with a Grand Ole Opry performance in 2001, and is best known for hits from his double-platinum sophomore album released in 2006 called "Your Man", including the title track and the song "Would You Go With Me", and his latest effort, "Everything is Fine", which was released in 2007 and includes hits like "Firecracker" and "Another Try", as well as the title track.. ...
Neal E. Boyd delights audience members at weekend Poplar Bluff performance (10/19/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The acoustics of Rodgers Theatre were put to the ultimate test with the colossal singing of Neal E. Boyd Saturday night. Adding to the surrealism for local spectators who have followed his recent rise to stardom, a Japanese film crew documented the 33-year-old throughout the past weekend to provide a piece of American culture to people overseas...
Man missing in woods overnight Saturday (10/19/09)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Doniphan man is home today after spending part of his weekend lost in the woods in western Butler County while hunting for ginseng. Mary Davidson told Butler County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brandon Lowe her 70-year-old husband, Harry Davidson, had gone into a patch of woods off of Route TT at about 11 a.m. Friday...
Sikeston man injured after driving vehicle off bridge (10/19/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. - A Sikeston man was injured after driving his Ford Explorer off a bridge Sunday night. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol at around 6:58 p.m. Jimmy D Smith, 52, was driving his 1996 Ford Explorer westbound on County Road 472. The Explorer ran off the edge of a bridge, overturned and burned. Smith was transported by ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, where he was treated for moderate injuries...
Businesses optimistic despite prediction holiday sales may fall (10/19/09)
Despite predictions that this Christmas may be less than merry for retailers, area businesses are hoping for the best. The National Retail Federation earlier this month predicted Christmas holiday sales will drop for the second consecutive year. The Washington, D.C.-based trade association said sales in November and December will drop by 1 percent to $437.6 billion. Holiday sales in 2008 declined by 3.4 percent compared to 2007...
Ballerina selects local dancers for 'Nutcracker' performance at River Campus (10/19/09)
When the Moscow Ballet's presentation of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" hits the stage at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus on Dec. 14, 43 young area girls will help entertain the audience as backup dancers. A Jackson dance company, Dance Extensions, hosted auditions for dancers ages 7 to 16 for the traveling company for the third consecutive year...
Emerson challenger raises about $200,000 in month (10/19/09)
Oct. 13 was an unusual day for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's re-election team. That's the day Democratic challenger Tommy Sowers, a former U.S. Army major now teaching at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., reported he had raised more than $200,000 for his campaign in a little more than a month. That was $84,000 more than Emerson's campaign raised over the three months ending Sept. 30...
Three Rivers accepts Drury building donation (10/19/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Three Rivers Community College trustee questioned the recent Drury Southwest donation of the Pear Tree Inn and adjacent restaurant building but found himself in the minority. Board member Steve Cookson voted against adopting the resolution of the property, but the motion passed 4-1 during the board meeting Thursday, with trustee Randy Grassham abstaining...
Cape County coroner says Sunday morning smoke-inhalation death accidental (10/19/09)
One accidental death from smoke inhalation inside an apartment at 224 S. Lorimier St. in Cape Girardeau has been confirmed by county Coroner John Clifton. Clifton said smoking may have contributed to the death of the apartment's resident, whose name will be released Monday pending notification of family members...
KC Star: Rod Jetton still pulls strings in Capitol (10/19/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former politician turned political consultant Rod Jetton has heard it all before. He's the "Wizard of Oz" behind the curtain making things happen in Jefferson City. The 42-year-old former House speaker from Marble Hill told The Kansas City Star he should be flattered...
Saint Francis named in top 10 percent among nation's orthopedic surgery facilities (10/19/09)
A new study by an independent health care ratings organization has named Saint Francis Medical Center among the top 10 percent in orthopedic surgery. The recently released HealthGrades study analyzed about 40 million patient outcomes in 5,000 hospitals throughout the United States from 2006 to 2008. The Cape Girardeau hospital received a five-star rating, the highest possible, for overall orthopedics, hip fracture repair, total hip replacement and total knee replacement...
Poplar Bluff MAP scores improving (10/19/09)
Students are showing improvement in some academic areas and each campus has plans in place to continue making advances, Poplar Bluff Board of Education learned during its monthly meeting Thursday, the Daily American Republic reported. Grades kindergarten through second saw gains of between 5 and 10 points on the Terra Nova standardized achievement test, according to a report presented by Assistant Superintendent Sarah Long. The district scores are above the national average...
Kennett Middle School implements course to increase MAP proficiency (10/19/09)
A new course has been implemented at Kennett Middle School this year, with the focus being to help students reach the proficient or advanced levels on the Missouri Assessment Program test. "I can say without reservation that staff members throughout the school district are working extremely hard, putting forth a very concerted effort to improve overall student performance," said principal Ward Billings...
Elvis' hair sells for $15K at auction (10/19/09)
CHICAGO -- A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the Army in 1958 has sold for $15,000 at a Chicago auction house. Also among the 200 Elvis-related items up for grabs at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago on Sunday was a shirt that once belonged to the King which sold for $52,000...
Ex-senator Talent launches new free-market group (10/19/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former U.S. senator Jim Talent is forming a foundation to promote free-market principles that he contends are being abandoned by his successors in Washington. The Republican will serve as chairman of the American Freedom and Enterprise Foundation, which will launch today...
Hurdles remain as FCC ponders Internet data rules (10/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- With Democrats in charge in Washington, supporters of so-called "net neutrality" rules seem poised to finally push through requirements that high-speed Internet providers give equal treatment to all data flowing over their networks...
Investors waiting for more clues about consumers (10/19/09)
NEW YORK -- After getting worrisome signs about consumers from bankers' earnings reports, investors will be looking at a broad range of companies this week for further insights into the outlook for the economy. Consumer-focused companies including Apple Inc., McDonald's Corp., appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. and toy maker Hasbro Inc. are among those reporting results during the week. Airlines, drug companies and more big banks are also scheduled to release their earnings...
Obama looking at all options for creating jobs (10/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is considering all options to create jobs, including another stimulus package, while trying to pull the economy out of a deep recession and deal with a record deficit, White House advisers said Sunday. With more than half of the $787 billion recovery package yet to be spent, Obama aides said the administration is not ready to commit to additional measures...
Toys 'R' Us adds layaway option for big-ticket items (10/19/09)
NEW YORK -- Toys "R" Us Inc. is introducing a layaway program for larger-ticket items such as bikes and cribs ahead of the holiday season, the company said today. The largest U.S. toy retailer said the program is effective immediately in stores nationwide. Customers can put a variety of items on hold and make a series of payments until the item is paid in full...
Adviser: Obama taking wait-and-see approach to health care reform bill (10/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- The White House will not commit to health care legislation that would cap insurance premiums or tax benefits, taking a wait-and-see approach as congressional negotiators seek a deal, advisers said Sunday. President Barack Obama will not demand that a final bill include a government-run plan as a way of driving down costs through competition, though that's his preference, they said...
Salmonella outbreak in '07-'08 blamed on pet turtles (10/19/09)
CHICAGO -- Two girls who swam with pet turtles in a backyard pool were among 107 people sickened in the largest salmonella outbreak blamed on turtles nationwide, researchers report. The 2007-2008 outbreak involved mostly children in 34 states; one-third of all patients had to be hospitalized. In many cases, parents didn't know that turtles can carry salmonella...
Sheriff: Runaway balloon was hoax to get TV show (10/19/09)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The story that a little boy had floated away in a giant helium balloon was a hoax concocted to land a reality television show, authorities said Sunday, and the boy's parents will likely face felony charges. The stunt two weeks in the planning was a marketing ploy by Richard and Mayumi Heene, who met in acting school in Hollywood and have appeared on the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said. ...
States weighing campaign rules for the Internet age (10/19/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- To promote his recent campaign for mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., Scott Wagman bought an ad that popped up online when anyone ran a Google search for his opponents' names. He was hardly the first to employ the tactic, which didn't stop a rival campaign from complaining the ad did not have a "paid for by" disclaimer. ...
Iran bombing kills 5 Revolutionary Guard leaders (10/19/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others Sunday near the Pakistani border in the heartland of a potentially escalating Sunni insurgency. The attack -- which also left dozens wounded -- was the most high-profile strike against security forces in an outlaw region of armed tribal groups, drug smugglers and Sunni rebels known as Jundallah, or Soldiers of God...
Afghan opposition: Karzai delaying election probe (10/19/09)
KABUL -- Afghanistan's political opposition accused President Hamid Karzai on Sunday of delaying release of a U.N.-backed investigation into fraud in the August presidential balloting and pressuring election officials to declare him the winner...
Botswana's long-governing party sweeps elections (10/19/09)
GABORONE, Botswana -- Botswana's governing party, which has been in power for more than four decades, once again swept parliamentary elections that regional observers deemed free and fair, the country's independent electoral commission announced Sunday...
Taliban vow to defeat army in Pakistan offensive (10/19/09)
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Pakistani troops and the Taliban fought fierce battles Sunday in a militant sanctuary near the Afghan border, with both sides claiming early victories in an army campaign that could shape the future of the country's battle against extremism...
Bomb kills 5 near Baghdad cafe, say police (10/19/09)
BAGHDAD -- A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded on Sunday near a popular cafe in a largely Sunni district of Baghdad killing five people, Iraqi police said. The blast in Baghdad's Azamiyah district also injured 16 civilians, an officer at the al-Risafa police station said. Officials at two hospitals that received the wounded said most of the injured were young men...
In Mideast, marriage between two faiths can be a battlefield (10/19/09)
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- The two couples had never met each other, and probably never would. They had come from opposite sides of a border between longtime enemies. But Elie Wakim and Nada Ghamloush from Lebanon, and Dimitri Stafeev and Olga Zaytseva from Israel, had a problem in common: Belonging to different religions, neither couple could get married in their home country and had to fly to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus to tie the knot...
Brazil vows safe Olympics after 14 killed in Rio (10/19/09)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- At least 2,000 police officers patrolled this coastal city Sunday and Brazilian officials pledged to host a violence-free 2016 Olympics despite bloody drug gang shootouts that left 14 people dead. An hourslong firefight between rival gangs Saturday in one of the city's slums killed at least 12 people, injured six and saw a police helicopter shot down and eight buses set on fire...
Eagle Ridge takes third in tournament (10/19/09)
The Eagle Ridge volleyball team finished third in its conference tournament Saturday. Heather Wiseman earned a spot on the all-conference first team, while Susanna Cohen earned a spot on the second team. The Eagles opened the action Saturday with a 25-14, 25-5 victory against Thomas Jefferson. Megan Woodall recorded four aces and four digs, while Nichole Mobley added two aces and two assists...
Redhawks deposit lone goal against Tech on senior day (10/19/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team is filled with underclassmen. Those younger players wanted to make sure the squad's only two seniors would be able to celebrate their special day with a victory. "We wanted to win for the seniors," freshman Bobbi Jo Schlick said...
Rams spice 16-game skid with OT loss (10/19/09)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Maybe Maurice Jones-Drew was right. Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to run the ball more. It certainly worked well against the winless St. Louis Rams...
McDonald scores twice as Blues end losing streak (10/19/09)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The St. Louis Blues finally found the offense they left behind in Europe. Andy McDonald had two goals and an assist, and the Blues ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Ty Conklin made 26 saves to earn his first shutout of the season and the 11th of his NHL career, and the Blues' power play got back in gear...
Week's softball games were privilege to watch (10/19/09)
I haven't covered much high school softball in recent years, but I had the privilege to follow Notre Dame and Kelly last week for playoff games. And what a privilege it was because those are annually two of the premier programs in the state. They also rank among the area's top programs for any sport...
People on the Move 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
Bank of Missouri hires Ziegler as VP, mortgage lending officer The Bank of Missouri has named Cheryl L. Ziegler vice president and mortgage lending officer. Ziegler brings 28 years of banking experience to the job. Her community involvement includes Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors, Southeast Missouri Home Builders Association, United Way and March of Dimes...
Talking Shop with Kathy Sindel of HavenHouse St. Louis (10/19/09)
Kathy Sindel, the executive director of HavenHouse St. Louis, was in Jackson last week for a charity golf tournament at Kimbeland Country Club. The HavenHouse is a 25,000-square-foot facility with 33 rooms on Olive Boulevard in St. Louis. The facility and organization welcomes families of patients in St. ...
Video game club opening in West Park Mall (10/19/09)
Video game addicts longing for a place they can gather for hours upon hours of play will have their wish granted with the opening of Playmoors inside Cape Girardeau's West Park Mall. Scheduled for an early November opening, the video game club will allow patrons to pay one price to play a multitude of games on Wii, PlayStation 2 and 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Gamecube for a day...
Ida Brown (10/19/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ida L. Brown, 95 of Perryville died Oct. Saturday, 17, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 6:30 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville...
Earl Harp (10/19/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Earl L. Harp, 84, of Tamms, formerly of Bethalto, Ill., died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Mound City, Ill., to Earl L. and Ethel Caywood Harp Sr. He married Louise Warren on Sept. 4, 1959. They have enjoyed 50 years together...
Quentin Davis (10/19/09)
Quentin L. Davis, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jonesboro, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born in Balcombe, Ill., on July 20, 1918, to Charles and Bertha Settlemoir Davis. He married Kathleen Aldridge on Aug. 8, 1959, in Anna, Ill...
Martha Sturm (10/19/09)
Martha "Marti" Sturm, 65, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at her home. Marti was born Jan. 5, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, to Ferdinand Nicholas and Ruth Estes Sturm. She attended elementary school and high school in Dexter, Mo., where she graduated in 1962, having not only earned her diploma, but she also created lifelong friendships. ...
Pearl Zahner (10/19/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Pearl C. Zahner, 99, of Perryville died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 11, 1910, at Perry County, Mo., to Henry Grass and Julia Taylor Grass. She and Ivo F. Zahner were married May 7, 1927, at Perryville...
Helen Smith (10/19/09)
Helen M. Smith, 76, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, to Norman and Mildred Niemann Faucett. She and Howard Keith Smith were married Sept. 4, 1981, in Cape Girardeau...
Helen Taylor (10/19/09)
Helen Sue Taylor, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at her residence. She was born Sept. 24, 1947, in Sikeston, Mo., to Glen and Mary Drucille Pixley Ayers. She and Dr. Philip Taylor were married at Dexter, Mo., on Aug. 8, 1970...
Robert VanWinkle (10/19/09)
Robert Morris VanWinkle, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 24, 1961, in Moberly, Mo., to Morris and Marjorie VanWinkle. He worked most of his adult life as a trucker. His most recent employment was with Buchheit Trucking, until he retired in June because of ill health...
John Conant (10/19/09)
John H. Conant, 88, of Rochester Hills, Mich., formerly of Tamms, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Beaumont Medical Center in Troy, Mich. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home, Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
John Horrell (10/19/09)
John Horrell John C. Horrell, 75, of Jackson died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. A parish prayer service will be at 7 p.m., followed by a rosary service conducted by the Bishop Timon Knights of Columbus Council 6405 of Jackson...
Police report 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Fire report 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
25 years ago: Oct. 19, 1984 Authorities say a barn was destroyed and several trees were uprooted late yesterday when a tornado touched down about two miles west of Oran, Mo.; high winds accompanying a thunderstorm knocked down a barn belonging to Phillip Hirschowitz...
Signing petitions (10/19/09)
Missouri has a long tradition of direct participation by voters in making state laws and changing the state's constitution. These initiatives are placed on the ballot by petitions, which require from 90,000 to 150,000 signatures. As of Oct 9, a record 71 initiatives had been proposed, with 24 approved for the signature-gathering process. ...
Burden on military volunteers (10/19/09)
America used to be the land of the free and home of the brave. Today the U.S. has the distinction of being the land of the criminals and host to the world's largest prison system. The U.S. has the distinction of being the most abusive to the few truly brave men and women whom we send out to protect us. ...
Speak Out 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
Targeting soldiers; Headlight solution; Resolving racism; Drinking, drug abuse; In the dark; Spell-checking; Favorite weapon; Drug testing; Let them smoke; Lap-dog press; Cellular rudeness; Prize parameters; Get the shot; Sounds familiar; More H1N1 cases; Conflicting strategies
Prayer 10/19/09 (10/19/09)
Protect us, O God, from falsehoods, either by us or against us. Amen.
Sikeston, Missouri Author/Writer, Barbara Watkins, Introduces Her Latest Release (10/19/09)
Mrs. Watkins, is scheduled to meet and greet her fans by signing copies of her latest release, 'Nightmares & Daydreams' available now at Amazon. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...
Garms honored by Washington University (10/19/09)
Oct. 14, 2009: Cape Girardeau resident Irvin H. Garms was recently added to the small roster of persons to have ever received the designation of Honorary Alumnus from Washington University in St. Louis since its founding in 1853. The distinction was bestowed upon Garms by University Chancellor Mark S. ...
Mizzou Royalty (10/19/09)
University of Missouri-Columbia has named Logan Haines as a member of Mizzou's 2009 Homecoming Top 10 On Campus. This group of five young men and five young women was selected based on a wide range of honors and achievements. Logan's activities and accomplishments include Phi Kappa Theta, Rec Services-Club Sports, Business School Ambassador, and president of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. ...
where the wild things are- at cape public library's family fun night (10/19/09)
my son Ethan is making a wild thing, while wearing his Max crown and wild thing tail. had a great time! thanks cape public library! taken 10/16
Sea Gulls of the gulf coast, Florida (10/19/09)
A picture of sea gulls caught in flight.
Summer fun in Florida (10/19/09)
Our daughter, Angela, feeding some aggressive sea gulls.
Last of the summer fun (10/19/09)
Bill with our catch from fishing trip off the coast of Destin, Florida
Last of summer fun (10/19/09)
Our daughter, Angela, with an Amberjack she caught off the coast of Destin, Florida.
Cape Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month (10/19/09)
Cape Girardeau Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month for September, from left are: (front row) Sydney Deneke, Shelby Powers, Clayton Monia, Cydney Kelley; (second row) Shelby Wilkerson, Sara Johnson, Sumner Sparkman, Brock Baugher, Lawson Berry and Riley Knight. Not pictured is Jessica Anderson. The students were recognized by Southeast Missouri Hospital, the school's Partner in Education...
Cape Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month (10/19/09)
Cape Girardeau Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month for September, from left, are: (front row) Emily Hiatt, Kaylee Stinnett-Robinson, Rebekah Garner, Noah Jones; (second row) Isaac Buck, Tyler Swanks, McKenzie Umfleet, Bennett Kidd, Connor Murphy, Luke Wilson and Destiny Minor. The students were recognized by Southeast Missouri Hospital, the school's Partner in Education...
2009 SEMO Labor Picnic Donation to Toys for Tots (10/19/09)
The SEMO Labor Picnic Committee presents a check for $1500.00 to Toys for Tots. The proceeds were raised by the SEMO Labor Picnic which was held August 30th, 2009. Pictured (from left to right) are Bill Walz, IBEW 1; Kara Hutchason, CWA 6316; JJ Lane, Picnic Chairman and Business Representative for UA 562; Stan Ryder, UA 562; Charles DiStefano, Toys for Tots; and Mark Baker, IBEW 702...
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