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Haunted Hall of Horror packs Arena Building with frights and scares (10/21/09)
Savannah Sides didn't want to be scared. At first. With more than a dozen people in front of her in line at the Arena Building for the annual Haunted Hall of Horror, the 7-year-old said "not really" when asked if she liked being scared. But as Savannah waited alongside her cousin, River Smith, 6, and her aunt and River's mother DeAnna Sides and her companion Aric Kutz, she warmed up to the idea. "I wanna be scared," she said as the line shortened...
Meth lab busted in Cape Girardeau neighborhood; one man charged (10/21/09)
A nighttime tip led Cape Girardeau police to a methamphetamine lab operating in a quiet, middle class neighborhood on the west side of town. At 10:30 p.m. Friday, an informant reported the lab at 3806 Valley View Lane to Cpl. Bradley Smith, a one-time narcotics investigator for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. He told Smith that Douglas D. Benton, 38, and several accomplices were actively making the dangerous drug in Benton's garage, Smith wrote in a sworn statement included with the charges filed against Benton.
Three arrested in connection with Chaffee store burglary (10/21/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Three men were charged Monday in connection with a burglary in Chaffee. Jacob A. Hency, 19, of Chaffee was charged with property damage, felony stealing and second-degree burglary. He is being held on a $25,000 bond. Gabriel A. Bentley, 17, of Chaffee and Ryan M. Helper, 21, of Cape Girardeau were charged with receiving stolen property.
Truck strikes cow, ends up in pond near Miner (10/21/09)
MINER, Mo. -- Traffic was diverted from a portion of Route HH early this morning after a cow was reportedly struck by a truck on the highway. According to reports, the truck left the roadway and entered a pond. The Miner Police Department assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the traffic diversion while the truck was pulled out from the pond. At about 9 a.m., the truck had been completely removed from the pond, enabling authorities to open one lane to traffic in the area. As of press time, authorities indicated there were no injuries in the accident. No further information was available at the time.
Two felons arrested after chase through Cape Girardeau (10/21/09)
Two convicted felons with outstanding arrest warrants led Cape Girardeau police on a chase on residential streets north of downtown Monday evening. Brandee R. Young, 29, a homeless woman, and Christopher L. Eskew, 22, who gave his address as County Road 324, were arrested after Young overturned her car in the escape attempt, said Cpl. Ike Hammonds, spokesman for the police department.
League of Women Voters presents findings of charter government study (10/21/09)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri presented information about a new form of county government Tuesday night. While the group has not taken a position on the issue of whether the county should adopt a charter form of government, leaders presented its study on the issue at the Cape Girardeau Public Library...
2009 a bad year for Bootheel cotton farming (10/21/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Many Missouri farmers are seeing bumper crop yields this year but area cotton farmers would be happy just to be able to get their crops out of the field. Frequent rains -- and now, cool temperatures -- have delayed the cotton harvest by weeks...
Deer smashes through front door of Dexter business (10/21/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A four-point buck stopped into LeGrand's Communications on Business U.S. 60 Sunday morning, smashing through the front door glass. The confused creature entered through the front entrance, charging full force through the glass door. The animal apparently entered antlers first, leaving a portion of one of his antlers inside the store...
Bloomfield board reviews MAP scores (10/21/09)
The Bloomfield School Board spent most of their meeting Monday night hearing presentations from the school counselors on 2009 student Missouri Assessment Program test scores, the athletic director on extra-curricular activities and board member Ryan Mayo on data comparisons of selected area schools...
Marble Hill man injured after driving into fence (10/21/09)
LEOPOLD, Mo. - A Marble Hill man was injured after the vehicle he was driving struck a fence Tuesday afternoon. Around 2:50 p.m. Nicholas R. Hendrick, 22, was driving his 2008 Yamaha eastbound on Route N when it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a fence, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...
Ex-Doniphan vo-tech chief sentenced (10/21/09)
The former director of the Doniphan Vo-Tech School was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to federal prison and ordered to pay more than $90,000 in restitution on multiple fraud charges, the Daily American Republic reported. Michael Ray Smock was sentenced to seven months is prison on each of nine felonies by U.S. ...
Water to be shut off to Gordonville, Dutchtown area this morning (10/21/09)
Customers of Cape Girardeau County Public Water Supply District No. 4 in the Gordonville/Dutchtown area will have their water service shut off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for repairs. Water district clerk Dixie Davie said water will be shut off from the intersection of Highway 25 and County Road 226 south to and including Dutchtown. The shutoff is necessary while a water line is repaired at Williams Creek...
Neelyville board hears auditor (10/21/09)
NEELYVILLE -- The Neelyville School District is financially sound due to a conservative control kept over the budget, only administration needs to tighten its internal controls, according to an independent audit discussed at the board meeting Monday...
Sikeston kindergarten to hold car seat safety checkpoint (10/21/09)
The Sikeston Kindergarten Center will serve as a car seat safety checkpoint from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday during the Parent-Teacher Conferences. Child safety seats will be checked for safety and the proper installation of the safety seats. How to secure a child will also be demonstrated...
Three Monday crashes send four to hospital (10/21/09)
Motor vehicle accidents on Monday in three Southeast Missouri counties sent four people to the hospital. The first accident occurred around 3 a.m. five miles south of Wyatt, Mo. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Donald J. Cissell, 24, of Charleston, Mo., was driving a Dodge pickup on Route D when it ran off into a ditch and caught fire.
Hunters, shops getting ready for start of deer season (10/21/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Hunters are gearing up for deer season despite high ammunition prices and hard economic times. "Archery season is already in and firearms deer season will be upon us pretty quick," said Leother Branch, Scott County conservation agent. The firearms season begins Nov. 14. A second bow season will then begin Nov. 25 followin
Education Solutions Team looks for ways to ease burden on students with mental health conditions (10/21/09)
Transitioning in and out of school while dealing with a mental health condition presents additional challenges to students and their parents. At Tuesday's Education Solutions Team meeting, the conversation focused on improving lines of communication regarding the mental health of students. Members of the team said more dialogue between schools and mental health service providers is necessary...
World champion duck callers to judge contests, demonstrate techniques (10/21/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- World champion duck callers Butch Richenback, Christian Curtis and Rick Dunn will once again be on hand to assist in the Duck Calling Contest when the second annual Missouri Waterfowl Festival gets underway this weekend. Dunn, who was born in Jacksonville, Ark., began duck hunting at the age of 12, along with his brother, Danny...
U. of Mo. has new plan to boost national image (10/21/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- University of Missouri leaders say they don't place much stock in annual college rankings such as those touted by U.S. News & World Report, which recently dropped the flagship campus out of its Top 100. They also realize that rankings influence reputation. And reputation influences everything from research grants to faculty and student recruitment...
2 Missouri cities mull backyard chicken laws (10/21/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis suburb of Clayton is considering putting limits on people who keep small backyard flocks of hens. Clayton's existing ordinance requires only that chickens be kept in a sanitary fashion and not for commercial use...
Mo. restricts media access to prisoner interviews (10/21/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri prison officials are restricting inmate access to the media, citing concerns over the cost of security for onsite interviews. A new Department of Corrections policy allows only one onsite media interview per week at each facility and also imposes new limits on the length, location and number of people involved in the interview...
House panel to empower states to protect consumers (10/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Liberal Democrats struggled Thursday to give states new powers to protect consumers from fraud and abuse, but banks may be able to nix the idea when a financial overhaul bill reaches the House floor. Banks could ask federal regulators for exemptions from more stringent state laws under a compromise pitched to the House Financial Services Committee. But banks otherwise would have to answer to both federal and state regulators...
Fewer home-building permits may indicate weakness ahead (10/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Applications for home building permits, a gauge of future construction, fell in September by the largest amount in five months -- a discouraging sign for the housing industry. The decline, in part, reflected uncertainty about whether Congress will extend a tax credit for first-time homebuyers...
Comcast to put cable shows online by year's end (10/21/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- You'll be able to watch cable television series such as HBO's "Entourage" and AMC's "Mad Men" on your computer by the end of the year without paying extra -- as long as you're a Comcast Corp. subscriber watching at home. Comcast will be the first cable TV operator to unlock online access to a slate of valuable cable shows and movies, aiming to replicate what's available on television through video on demand...
Gitmo detainees case reaches high court (10/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Guantanamo detainees who are considered no threat can be ordered released in the United States -- over the objections of the Obama administration and Congress -- if the prisoners have nowhere else to go...
Senate approves transfer of Gitmo prisoners (10/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Congress has given President Obama a modest victory in his effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The Senate gave final approval Tuesday for a plan to permit terrorist suspects held at the controversial facility to be shipped to U.S. soil to face trial, largely mirroring what's permitted under current law...
Ex-Blagojevich aide pleads guilty to wire fraud in corruption case (10/21/09)
CHICAGO -- A former chief of staff and longtime friend of ousted governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday and promised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their corruption case against the former governor. Alonzo "Lon" Monk, 51, said that as Blagojevich's top aide he had witnessed efforts to shake down roadbuilders, a hospital executive and a racetrack owner for hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for the governor...
Imams settle lawsuit over removal from 2006 flight (10/21/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Six imams taken off a 2006 US Airways flight after passengers reported what they considered suspicious behavior have settled their discrimination lawsuit, saying they considered it acknowledgment that their removal was a mistake...
Alien Halloween costume spooks immigrant advocates (10/21/09)
MIAMI -- A Halloween costume that depicts a space creature in orange prison garb emblazoned with the words "illegal alien" is reigniting debate over a long-used term based on the U.S. government's designation of all foreigners as aliens. The dispute has immigrant advocates calling on retailers to pull the costume from its shelves, while a group that supports strict immigration laws say it's all a to-do over nothing, with freedom of speech being turned upside down by political correctness...
Vatican seeks to lure disaffected Anglicans to convert to Catholicism (10/21/09)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is making it easier for Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism -- a surprise move designed to entice traditionalists opposed to women priests, openly gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions. The decision, reached in secret by a small cadre of Vatican officials, was sure to add to the problems of the 77-million-strong Anglican Communion as it seeks to deal with deep doctrinal divisions that threaten a permanent schism among its faithful...
Afghans race to organize Karzai-Abdullah runoff (10/21/09)
KABUL -- Facing Taliban threats and approaching winter snows, Afghan election officials must now scramble to organize a runoff presidential election Nov. 7 after a grim President Hamid Karzai bowed to intense U.S. pressure and acknowledged Tuesday that he fell short of a majority...
ND's Glaus stays calm under fire (10/21/09)
Notre Dame pitching ace Lauren Reinagel says catcher Alecia Glaus isn't funny. She's all business when she strolls out to the circle for a chat during games. "I try to stay focused for her and the rest of the team," Glaus said. Glaus, who is in her second year as the Bulldogs' starting catcher, laughed about the increased frequency of her visits this season...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Lauren Reinagel (10/21/09)
Three consecutive years the Notre Dame High School softball team has earned a spot in the state final four and for three consecutive years it has been Lauren Reinagel in the circle for the Bulldogs. The senior is a two-time all-state performer and a two-time Southeast Missourian Player of the Year. Now the Missourian's Player of the Week, Reinagel will get one last chance to become a state champion...
Boschan takes home cross country title (10/21/09)
Chaffee's Luisa Boschan finished almost 2 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher to win the SEMO small schools conference cross country title Tuesday. Boschan covered the course in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. Saxony Lutheran's Kristin Dippold was second in 22:44...
Southeast volleyball drops match to SIU (10/21/09)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team dropped a match but regained the services of a key player. Senior setter Sarah Barth saw her first action in nearly six weeks during Tuesday night's 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18 loss to visiting Southern Illinois...
Three SEMO athletes earn top performer awards (10/21/09)
Three Southeast Missouri State athletes received Ohio Valley Conference top performer of the week awards for their efforts last week. Junior Emily Hughes is the offensive player of the week for volleyball, freshman Kristen Starkey is the co-goalkeeper of the week for soccer and junior Jason Lumpkin is the male runner of the week for cross country...
0-6 Rams trade starting LB to Eagles (10/21/09)
St. Louis sent Will Witherspoon to Philadelphia for a rookie receiver and a draft pick PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick in 2010...
A-Rod, Sabathia lead Yanks (10/21/09)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alex Rodriguez has done something remarkable in every game of his charmed October. CC Sabathia is settling for every time he takes the mound. Together, they've got the New York Yankees within one win of a long-awaited return to the World Series...
Phils can finish off LA tonight (10/21/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- These Fightin' Phils are quite the comeback kids. Jimmy Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series...
Pujols to have arthroscopic elbow surgery (10/21/09)
ST. LOUIS -- For the second straight offseason, Albert Pujols will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. The St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday in a brief news release that the two-time NL MVP will undergo a debridement procedure -- which could be used to shave bone spurs -- this morning in Birmingham, Ala., at a medical facility under the direction of Dr. James Andrews...
Arizona finds Super Bowl form during Week 6 win (10/21/09)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Finally, the Arizona Cardinals are looking like the team that rolled through the playoffs to the Super Bowl -- just in time for a Sunday night matchup with the perturbed New York Giants. Arizona's dominating 27-3 victory in Seattle on Sunday marked the first time this season the inconsistent Cardinals have put together a complete game...
Tiger collects first award of the year (10/21/09)
The awards are starting to pile up for Tiger Woods again. Woods has won the points-based award as player of the year from the PGA of America, which was virtually a lock when the FedEx Cup ended and became a mathematical fact this week. His six PGA Tour victories (10 points each) were twice as many as anyone else, and Woods already wrapped up the PGA Tour money list (20 points) and lowest adjusted scoring average (20 points)...
Pittsburgh wins 6th straight, dominates St. Louis 5-1 (10/21/09)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are showing they're not just a top-heavy, star-laden team. The defending Stanley Cup champions have depth, too. Evgeni Malkin had a goal, Sidney Crosby added an assist, and 13 of Pittsburgh's 18 skaters got onto the scoresheet in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night...
Recycle pantyhose into squeezable Halloween decor (10/21/09)
CONCORD, N.H. -- Before they stuff themselves silly with Halloween candy, let your children stuff some spare pantyhose to create plump pumpkins and other seasonal, soft-sculpture decorations. This project is perfect for those hose you've pushed to the back of the drawer because of a small run or snag -- face it, you're never going to wear them again. ...
Safety tips for pets wearing Halloween costumes (10/21/09)
If Halloween means a costume for your pet, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has some safety tips:n A costume should not constrict an animal's movement or hearing. -- AP ...
Pit bull, Siamese cat form inseparable friendship (10/21/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Jordan and Newman teased death in different ways before they were rescued by the same man. The dog persuaded the man to keep her, then the cat persuaded the dog to keep him. Jordan is a 2-year-old, 50-pound female pit bull who lost half her jaw after being mauled as a pup. So her tongue hangs out and there's no stopper for her drool...
Recipe Swap: New recipes for a new arrival in the family (10/21/09)
Our extended family welcomes a new baby: Marlie Grace Morgan. Marlie is a perfect 6-pound 12-ounce girl who has a full head of hair and long thin feet. She is beautiful, and we are so thankful she is a part of our family. This makes my brother a grandpa for the second time, and he is so proud. ...
Review: Earhart tale 'Amelia' circles, never lands (10/21/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Considering the risks Amelia Earhart took, losing her life in the call of aviation, Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair don't put much on the line in their film biography "Amelia." Swank and Nair play it safe to the point of benumbing this woman's life, leaving Earhart as remote and muted as she is in the black-and-white photos and news footage of the aviator included at the film's end...
Gene Ryan (10/21/09)
Gene Gilbert Ryan, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Reidland, Ky., to Roy and Nancy Pugh Ryan. He and Jewell Jenkins were married Aug. 8, 1948, in Cape Girardeau...
Bedith Henson (10/21/09)
Bedith C. "Bea" Henson, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Linden, Tenn., to Bernard and Ester Hunt Little. She married W.T. Woods, the father of her children. She later married Bob Ralph and Cleatus Henson, who both preceded her in death...
Lorena Enderle (10/21/09)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Lorena Marie Enderle, 92, of New Hamburg died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Saxony Village in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 21, 1916, at New Hamburg, daughter of Leo and Alvina Klipfel Gosche. She and Anton "Tony" Enderle were married May 20, 1944. He died Aug. 3, 1995...
Sandy Comer (10/21/09)
Sandy Lee Comer, 48, of Scott City died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 5, 1960, in Freemont, Calif., to Norman Otto and Martha Lou O'Bryant Holder. She married Casey Comer on Feb. 23, 1980, in Silverton, Ore. Sandy worked at Rhodes 101 in Scott City. She was a member of Broadway Methodist Church in Scott City...
Ruth Shell (10/21/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Ruth Marie Shell, 82, of Austin, Texas, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Heartland Health Care Center in Austin. She was born March 3, 1927, in Commerce Mich., daughter of Hervey George and Doris Carrie Duncan Spencer. She married Willard Frank Shell, who preceded her in death...
Births 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
Fields; Davis; Keistler; Womack; Williams
Police report 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
Arrests; Burglary; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Summons; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Theft
Fire report 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
25 years ago: Oct. 21, 1984 Mrs. Pauline Taylor, who has been a Sunday school teacher at Maple Avenue United Methodist Church for 49 years, even before she joined the church in 1938, has been honored by the congregation as Layperson of the Year. The city of Cape Girardeau last week issued a permit for construction of the proposed new Walmart store, to be erected at Silvers Springs Road and Route K; the permit was issued to Huffman Inc., a Poplar Bluff, Mo., construction firm...
Today's driving skills go far beyond parking (10/21/09)
Let's try a change of pace. For weeks now, I have voiced growing concerns over the Obama administration's left-leaning path. And with such a target-rich environment, it's just too easy to worry about the direction of this great nation. But for this week at least, my limited focus will wonder about much smaller issues. I need the break and you probably do as well...
DWI offenders (10/21/09)
When a motorist gets behind the wheel after drinking too much, he or she risks injury or death. And he or she puts all other motorists on the road and their passengers at risk. Following an in-depth story earlier this month in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about how repeat DWI offenders escape serious charges and convictions, Gov. ...
Federal regs affect states (10/21/09)
Time after time the federal government passes laws and regulations that have unintended consequences that drastically affect the bottom line of the state budget. Now it is at it again. The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade climate bill being considered in Congress is another example...
Speak Out 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
Smoking advice; Skewed statistics; Price of admission; More about POWs
Prayer 10/21/09 (10/21/09)
For hard maples and sumacs that paint our hills with red beauty, we give thanks. Amen.
Nancy Hunter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Cape Girardeau Public Library Genealogy Workshop (10/21/09)
The Nancy Hunter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will assist in a genealogy workshop/program with the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The Library will provide information on how to begin an ancestor search, general ideas on where to look for genealogical materials and how to obtain records. ...
H1N1 Vaccine Clinic goes well at Nell Holcomb School (10/21/09)
Nell Holcomb School held an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic this morning for its kindergarten and first grade students. The Cape County Health department provided the vaccine. 41 students were vaccinated today. We hope to have more clinics in the near future for upper grades...
Warm October Sun (10/21/09)
It was a beautiful warm fall day on Monday, October 19th , This photo was taken at the park in Scott City Mo.
Geeves wants to give a kiss! (10/21/09)
Geeves's favorite activity is getting and giving lots of hugs! He is always happy and can make anybody smile! He is a rescue from PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) in Anna, Il. He lives with his human, Carol, and brother Prancer in Cape Girardeau.
Big Red (10/21/09)
This male cardinal was in the bush by my front door, I was lucky enough to have the camera handy and captured this picture.
Hanging out (10/21/09)
Elizabeth & Nathan Steele are hanging out in their grandparents' gorgeous maple tree. They are the grandchildren of Richard & Gayle Steele of Cape Girardeau, MO.
Cape Girardeau Elks Lake (10/21/09)
Fall foliage at the Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge Lake
Old Lorimer Ghost? (original shot) (10/21/09)
A Ghost at Old Lorimer? Photos provided by TEMPT (The Eastern Missouri Paranormal Team) Is this a figure standing by a headstone last Halloween at Old Lorimer Cemetery in Cape Girardeau? On Oct. 31, 2008 a local team of Ghost Investigators called TEMPT (The Eastern Missouri Paranormal Team) was allowed to spend the night locked inside Cape's Historic Cemetery. ...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (10/21/09)
Samantha is a 7 week old kitten. She is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
"Sweet Pea and Pumpkin Pie" (10/21/09)
Logan ponders, "How many pumpkin pies can Mommy make with one 40 pound pumpkin?"
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