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No injuries in fire at Scott City concrete plant (01/04/10)
There were no injuries in a fire at Rose Concrete Products in Scott City this afternoon. At about 12:30 p.m., fire crews responded to the batch plant, where workers mix concrete, said Scott City fire chief Jay Cassout. He said the flames caused damage throughout the plant on Rose Con Road.
Five-year-old sustains serious injuries in Saturday crash (01/04/10)
LAMBERT, Mo. - A crash on Highway 77 left a five-year-old Blodgett, Mo., girl in serious condition Saturday. The accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. at the Interstate 55 interchange. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that a 1993 Oldsmobile driven by Scott W. Beetley, 41, of Sikeston, Mo., was making a left turn in front of a 2005 Suzuki driven by Sharon S. Roland, 51, of Blodgett...
Fitness facilities prepare for annual spike in post-Christmas memberships (01/04/10)
Area fitness centers are bracing for a spike in new memberships from customers whose New Year's resolutions included shedding those extra holiday pounds. Alecia Robert, marketing manager for HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau, said January typically is one of the busiest months for her facility...
One incumbent so far faces challenger in Jackson aldermen races (01/04/10)
With a little more than two weeks remaining until the filing deadline for Jackson Board of Aldermen elections, all four incumbents have filed for another term. Only one faces a challenger. The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Tim Welker is seeking a full term in Ward 1 and faces Dustin Cauble in the April 6 election. On Sept. 8, Welker, a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for Oscar Welker and Sons, filled the seat of Curt Poore, who resigned before his term expired...
Two incumbents file for Jackson School Board election (01/04/10)
One Jackson School Board member wants to see district building projects through to the finish, while another wants to continue momentum from his first term. The two incumbents up for re-election in the Jackson School District, Dan Stover and Gerald Adams, are the only candidates that have entered the race since filings opened Dec. 15. The last time the district had an uncontested race was in 2006. Filing for school board elections will continue until Jan. 19 during board office business hours...
Fulton company sues University of Missouri (01/04/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Fulton company is suing the University of Missouri in a dispute over bidding on construction projects. The Shepherd's Co. contends that the university has unlawfully denied its right to bid. It is asking a Boone County Circuit Court judge to restore the company as an eligible bidder...
Curtain to rise again soon for renovated Opera House in Kennett (01/04/10)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Although the December opening date was missed, the father and son team of Frank and Jake Crafton are hard at work on the former James Kahn Department Store, renovating it into "an elegant banquet hall" and dubbing it "The Opera House."...
Mo. considers parental choice for school districts (01/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andrea Watts' wants her children to leave a southwest Missouri district with schools more than an hour from her house and attend a public school less than half as far away. So she petitioned local school officials in Cassville and got permission to send her 6-year-old daughter Jamie to a closer school in Shell Knob near Table Rock Lake, but only from kindergarten through third grade. ...
Mo. proposing new incentives for high-tech firms (01/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Mark Pydynowski was working in New York. Ramos Mays was studying physics in Sweden. Yet the two former Washington University baseball teammates chose to return to St. Louis to launch a high-tech venture. They created SOMARK Innovations Inc. to develop an electronic ink tattoo as an animal identification device. But after just three years in Missouri, Pydynowski and Mays relocated their promising young firm to San Diego this past year...
Hawk hit and snagged by train, then nursed back to health (01/04/10)
CHICAGO -- This bird went south for the winter the hard way. A Ferruginous hawk was apparently struck by a train in western Canada -- and then got stuck in the train's front plow for 1,000 to 2,000 miles. It was finally discovered when the Canadian Pacific Railway train pulled into a train yard in Franklin Park...
Outgoing Mo. laureate liked making language relevant (01/04/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri poet laureate Walter Bargen said he was not expecting a new job when he took the unpaid position that over the last two years has taken him to 100 places to read poetry to 10,000 people. But the poet from central Missouri said his time as poet laureate has given him a chance to demonstrate the importance of language and make it relevant for people...
Jailed Illinois sheriff faces new charges (01/04/10)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois sheriff already accused of selling marijuana, often while on duty, now faces charges of solicitation of murder for hire. Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin was in custody at the Jackson County Jail on the drug charges when was arrested Saturday...
Man gets two months for $1 million theft (01/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former insurance adjuster has been sentenced to two months in jail for stealing more than $1 million from his employer. Robert Riebold, 60, of Jefferson City also was ordered last week to pay restitution. Authorities claim in court documents that Riebold took the money while working for Shelter Insurance between 2003 and 2009...
Comic book show to be held in Metropolis, Ill. (01/04/10)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- What better place for a comic book show than the home of comic book hero Superman? Metropolis will host a comic book and toy show in March at the Riverfront Event Center. Metropolis is the fictional home of Clark Kent in the Superman series. The Illinois city boasts a giant statue of the blue-suited hero...
Plane causes stir after landing on river sandbar (01/04/10)
CLAYSVILLE, Mo. -- A private plane caused a stir when it landed on a sandbar in the Missouri River. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 911 caller reported the small airplane had "landed under duress" on the Claysville island sandbar off the south Boone County river bank. But it turns out that the airplane's pilot and three passengers were having a New Year's Day party on the sandbar...
Passengers on U.S.-bound flights face more screening (01/04/10)
WASHINGTON -- Passengers flying into the United States from Nigeria, Yemen and other "countries of interest" will be subject to enhanced screening techniques, such as body scans and pat-downs, the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday...
Dubai to open world's tallest tower (01/04/10)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai is set to open the world's tallest building amid tight security today, celebrating the tower as a bold feat on the world stage despite the city state's shaky financial footing. But the final height of the Burj Dubai -- Arabic for Dubai Tower -- remained a closely guarded secret on the eve of its opening. At a reported height of 2,684 feet, it long ago vanquished its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan...
Cash-strapped cities, counties take back corporate tax breaks (01/04/10)
CHICAGO -- Financially hurting communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. As the recession drags on, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund schools and pay bills increasingly are rescinding tax abatements to companies that don't hire enough workers, lay them off or close up shop. ...
Networks blur policy of not paying for interviews (01/04/10)
NEW YORK -- Policies forbidding payment for news interviews are being increasingly blurred by U.S. television networks vying for access to accidental celebrities and photos. Three of the past month's accidental celebrities -- Jasper Schuringa, the Dutch tourist who helped thwart an attack on a Detroit-bound plane; David Goldman, who took a custody fight for his son to Brazil; and the White House party-crashing Salahis -- have either sought or received goodies from TV networks eager to hear their stories.. ...
TV show led to arrest in family shooting (01/04/10)
MIAMI -- A secretive motel guest in the Florida Keys checked in under a fake name, paid in cash, stockpiled canned food and insisted on cleaning his own room. He even covered his car -- all an attempt, authorities said, to elude police after he was accused of gunning down four relatives at a Thanksgiving holiday dinner...
State budget pictures bleak as lawmakers head back (01/04/10)
ATLANTA -- If you thought state budgets were in bad shape last year, just wait: 2010 promises to be brutal for lawmakers -- many facing re-election -- as they scramble to find enough money to keep their states running without raising taxes...
U.S., U.K. close embassies in Yemen over al-Qaida threats (01/04/10)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Western embassies in Yemen locked up Sunday after fresh threats from al-Qaida, and the White House expressed alarm at the terror group's expanded reach in the poor Arab nation where an offshoot apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner...
Mudslide city mayor seeks Brazil nuclear plant shutdown (01/04/10)
SAO PAULO -- The mayor of a mudslide-devastated city Sunday urged a precautionary shutdown of Brazil's only nuclear power plants due to blocked highways while the death toll from flooding and slides rose to 75. Angra dos Reis Mayor Tuca Jordao said that while the nuclear power plants are not damaged or threatened, mudslides that that have killed at least 44 people in his city alone have disrupted escape routes needed to cope with any emergency...
Redhawks hope to fix slow starts at home vs. JSU (01/04/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team hopes to rectify a big problem tonight. Southeast has gotten off to slow starts in most of its home games so far this season, including Saturday when Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech scored 16 of the first 18 points...
Rams win top pick in draft with loss (01/04/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco 49ers finished strong, scoring three touchdowns in the final 7 1/2 minutes. The St. Louis Rams bowed out with a performance worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. Vernon Davis tied the NFL record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with his 13th of the season, sparking the 49ers' late surge in a 28-6 victory Sunday...
Two fans injured in falls from stands (01/04/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Two fans were injured at the end of the St. Louis Rams' season finale when they fell out of the stands reaching for a shoe a player had tossed their way. One fan left the Edward Jones Dome for a hospital strapped to a gurney. But Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said after his team's 28-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that he had been told neither fan was seriously hurt...
Defending Super Bowl champs will watch playoffs from sideline (01/04/10)
Dallas won a division title, Baltimore and the New York Jets earned wild-card spots and the Super Bowl champs were eliminated on the final day of the NFL season. The first round of the playoffs will include three rematches of games Sunday. The postseason won't include the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who lost out on tiebreakers...
Bruce plays cameo role in return to St. Louis (01/04/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Isaac Bruce got a ceremonial start in the San Francisco 49ers' finale, lining up for the first snap before jumping and bumping with a teammate and trotting off the field. The 37-year-old Bruce was active for the first time in six weeks Sunday, giving him a chance to possibly conclude his career in the city where he was a four-time Pro Bowler...
Jets soar past Bengals, land in playoffs (01/04/10)
Rex Ryan's top-ranked defense shut down the Cincinnati Bengals, and rookie Mark Sanchez efficiently led a clock-eating offense as the New York Jets clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 37-0 victory at a frigid Meadowlands on Sunday night...
Source: Redskins will fire Zorn today (01/04/10)
The Washington Redskins plan to fire coach Jim Zorn today, an official within the NFL told The Associated Press. The Redskins planned to make the move on the day after the end of a disappointing regular season. Washington struggled early despite a weak schedule and finished 4-12 after losing 23-20 in Sunday's finale against the San Diego Chargers...
Braves remain impressive in tournament repeat (01/04/10)
Scott County Central put on an amazing performance during the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament for the second straight year. If you were at the Show Me Center last week to watch the 65th annual boys basketball event, you had to be impressed. I sure was...
Mount Cody wants to take Tide to summit (01/04/10)
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Terrence Cody's unyielding presence works best on the football field. The 6-foot-5, 354-pound All-American nose guard specializes in clogging up the middle, drawing double teams and generally being a disruptive force on the interior of Alabama's defensive line...
Texas Tech wins Alamo shootout in wake of firing (01/04/10)
SAN ANTONIO -- No questions about Mike Leach. No questions about Adam James. Those were the ground rules Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield laid down Saturday night after saving the day in a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory that his fired head coach would've loved...
Talking Shop with Jim Riley, founder, Red Letter Communications (01/04/10)
He's hit holes-in-one at three golf courses in the area, written children's books and started a marketing company that continues to grow. But despite his success, Jim Riley says he's remained grounded thanks to his father and his Midwestern values. Brian Blackwell recently visited with Riley to learn more about his many hobbies and his inspiration for Red Letter Communications, the company he founded in 1981. A native of St. Louis, Riley spent most of his life in Cape Girardeau. Married to Michaele for 17 years, Riley has several children, including his son, Anthony, who works with his dad.
People on the move 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
Richard A. Phillips attended Modern Woodmen of America's Essentials of Leadership and Management Program in Rock Island, Ill. A managing partner in Cape Girardeau, Phillips completed the course that fulfills steps toward the company's Chartered Leadership Fellow and qualifies him for 30 professional achievement in continuing education credits...
A quick look at the highs and lows of 2009 (01/04/10)
A few days have passed since we bid 2009 farewell. The year was filled with its share of ups and downs for businessmen and women and the consumer. January started off with a bang, when Southeast Missouri Hospital broke ground on its cancer center. The $33 million facility, near Central High School off Mount Auburn Road, will play a part in the effort to battle one of the most deadly diseases in the nation. ...
Iva Wilkinson (01/04/10)
Iva Anna Wilkinson, 96, of Scott City died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Robert Krudwig (01/04/10)
Robert Louis Krudwig, 71, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Dec. 18, 1938, in St. Louis, to John Bernard and Eleanor Busch Krudwig. He and Florence Sovar were married Dec. 19, 1964...
Mary Harper (01/04/10)
Mary Juanita Harper, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Fancy Farm, Ky., to Raymond S. and Anna M. Carico Elder. She was raised in Paducah, Ky., and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1965...
Betty Kasten (01/04/10)
UNIONTOWN, Mo.-- Betty Ann Kasten, 61, of Uniontown died Jan. 3, 2010, at her residence. She was born in Glenallen, Mo., on April 17, 1948, to Avery and Lilly Harlan Jordan, who survives in Uniontown. She was married on April 12, 1980, to Alvin Kasten of Uniontown...
Births 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
Daughter to Mack Joseph Ashman and Stephanie Nichole Curtis of Olive Branch, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:01 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. Name, Addilynn Jo. Weight, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Fourth daughter. Ms. Curtis is the former Stephanie Wiesenmayer, daughter of David and Lisa Honey of Olive Branch. Ashman is the son of JoAnn Ashman of Murphysboro, Ill...
Fire report 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
*** Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * Emergency medical service on Jackson Trail. * Medical assist on South Hope Street.
Police report 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Miscellaneous The Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau County and Scott County commissions will hold a joint news conference here today to announce their agreement on a resolution for a spring special election on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax to fund development at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority...
Battling meth (01/04/10)
A key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine, the viciously addictive drug made from a variety of widely available chemicals, is pseudoephedrine, which is also found in over-the-counter cold remedies. In Missouri and other states, laws have been passed that limit the quantities of pseudoephedrine that can be sold and that require records to be kept of who buys these products. ...
Speak Out 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
OBAMACARE IS President Obama's health care reform plan that's being forced on us to insure the uninsured and tackle runaway health spending. This is impossible. If the government insures 30 million more Americans, health spending has to rise. Wouldn't it be more logical to control spending first, then expand coverage? But this administration is telling the American people to do as we say, not as we do. This is a slap in the face to all Americans...
Prayer 1/4/10 (01/04/10)
Bless the friendships that we cherish, O God, and help us to find joy in others. Amen.
Local insurance agent resigns state association presidency (01/04/10)
[Jefferson City, MO] January 4, 2010 -- David Haymes LUTCF with Haymes Insurance Agency in Nixa has succeeded R. Allen Philips, LUTCF, FIC of Cape Girardeau as president of the Missouri federation of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). ...
Staying Fit: Cape Resident Benefits from Exercise During Pregnancy (01/04/10)
Alecia Robert didn't let her pregnancy put her exercise routine on hold. She worked out regularly at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape. She says the exercise made for an easier pregnancy. "I felt better with this pregnancy at age 43 than when I was pregnant at 23," notes Robert who has three sons. Her oldest is 19 years of age. Her youngest is 3 months old...
Scott City Couple Welcomes New Year Baby at Southeast Missouri Hospital (01/04/10)
Brittany and Josh Zyduck of Scott City welcomed their baby boy, Gavin Stash Zyduck, into the world on January 1, 2010 at 6:13 p.m. Gavin was the first baby of the new year born at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. When asked why it was exciting to have a baby born on New Year's Day, Brittany said, "Everybody will be celebrating his birthday."...
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