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Jackson teen ejected from car, sustains moderate injuries (01/25/10)
A Jackson teen sustained moderate injuries after he was ejected from his car Sunday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that around 3 a.m. a 2003 Oldsmobile driven by Ethan M. Ruch, 17, was traveling on Highway 72 , .1 miles west of Highway 34, when it ran off the roadway. The car then overturned, ejecting the driver...
Afternoon accident closes one lane of Interstate 55 (01/25/10)
An accident on Interstate 55 southbound Monday afternoon, which shut down one lane of traffic, sent one driver to the hospital. The driver sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Jason Selzer...
Pavement repairs reduce section of Kingshighway to one lane (01/25/10)
A section of Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the section of roadway from Interstate 55 to Mount Auburn Road...
Four years later, a Risco, Mo., mother is still missing without a trace (01/25/10)
NEW MADRID CO., Mo. -- "We still get leads just almost on a weekly basis now," said New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens when asked about the current state of a four-year-old local missing-persons case. "When I say a lead, what that means is somebody may come in and say, 'Well, I heard so-and-so saying this or I seen this'," Stevens said. ...
Prescribing a solution: Law enforcement, law makers propose requiring prescription for pseudoephedrine products to curb meth production (01/25/10)
An increase in the incidents of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine in 2009 has convinced the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force that lawmakers need to do more than move pseudoephedrine, a key component in making the drug, behind the pharmacy counter...
Southeast Missouri schools prepare for drop in state funding (01/25/10)
Area school districts are evaluating open positions as part of their efforts to brace for the possibility of lower state support. As the state budget process begins, Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal could result in lower-than-expected state aid for school districts...
Cape Girardeau School Board meeting agenda (01/25/10)
5 p.m. today Board of Education and Administrative Offices, 301 N. Clark Ave. Work Session 6 p.m. Regular meeting Call to order, roll call and welcome Approval of agenda Recognition Information, proposals or comments from the audience...
Scott County Central high school celebrates 50th anniversary (01/25/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Joe Karnes described his first day at Scott County Central High School as chaotic. "The first few days were really rough," recalled Karnes, who was a member of the high school's first graduating class in 1960. When the new high school opened in fall 1959, it merged Morley High School, which was home to the Bears, and Vanduser, home of the Yellow Jackets...
'We' vs. 'he': Nixon, Kinder strike opposite tones in speeches (01/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For Gov. Jay Nixon, the State of the State address was about "we." For Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, it was about "he." Missourians who watched or listened to Nixon's second-ever State of the State speech last week heard a lot references about "working together" -- often referring to the relationship between the Democratic governor and Republican-led legislature...
Missouri professor home from Haitian trip (01/25/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The day after an earthquake reduced much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to what Valerie Kaussen described as "tabula rasa," a blank slate, she sat down with neighbors in an outdoor camp. And finally cried. "It's just incredible sadness," Kaussen said in a phone interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune. "Even now, I haven't really figured out my feelings. Your emotions can't catch up with what you're witnessing."...
Mo. ban on texting while driving yields few tickets (01/25/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A new Missouri law that bars young drivers from sending text messages while driving has proved hard to enforce. Since the law took effect five months ago, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has issued just 13 tickets for the offense statewide, resulting in eight convictions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday...
White House advisers promise focus on jobs (01/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- A politically shaken White House promised Sunday a sharper focus on jobs and the economy, but key advisers were less sure-footed on health care reform. They took a wait-and-see approach as the dust settles from the punishing loss of the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat...
Uncertainty on Bernanke vote raises economic fears (01/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- A defeat of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's quest for another four-year term could raise the risk of a "double dip" recession if political jousting over a successor were to drag on for months, economists warn. But Bernanke's prospects appeared to brighten Sunday, with three more senators, including Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, predicting he'll be confirmed. A vote is expected later this week...
Sam's Club cuts 11,200 jobs, outside company to handle product demos (01/25/10)
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut about 11,200 jobs at Sam's Club warehouses as it turns over the task of in-store product demonstrations to an outside marketing company. The move is an effort to improve sales at Sam's Club, which has underperformed the company's namesake stores in the U.S. and abroad...
'Pop' icon Bubble Wrap turns 50 (01/25/10)
SADDLE BROOK, N.J. -- People have walked to the altar dressed in it, protected their garden plants with it, even put it on display at highbrow art museums. Mostly, they like the sound it makes when they destroy it, piece by piece, which largely explains the appeal of Bubble Wrap, the stress reducer disguised as package cushioning that maintains an inexplicable hold on pop culture...
Gov't: 150,000 Haiti earthquake victims buried in mass graves (01/25/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The truckers filling Haiti's mass graves with bodies reported ever higher numbers: More than 150,000 quake victims have been buried by the government, an official said Sunday. That doesn't count those still under the debris, carried off by relatives or killed in the outlying quake zone...
Bin Laden endorses bombing attempt on U.S. plane (01/25/10)
CAIRO -- Osama bin Laden endorsed the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day and threatened new attacks against the United States in an audio message released Sunday that appeared aimed at asserting he maintains some direct command over al-Qaida-inspired offshoots...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Allison Hobbs (01/25/10)
The junior collected multiple individual medals and relay medals during a couple of impressive performances on back-to-back days.
SEMO gymnasts claim three-team meet at Ball St. (01/25/10)
The Southeast Missouri state gymnastics team swept the top three places in the bars competition Sunday as they won a three-team meet at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. The sweep in bars, Southeast's final rotation, gave the Redhawks a 190.350 total, which nipped Ball State at 190.325. Illinois-Chicago placed a distant third at 186.550...
Saints top fumble-prone Vikings in OT (01/25/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- They sure ain't the Aints anymore. The New Orleans Saints are heading to their first Super Bowl after battering Brett Favre and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime Sunday on unheralded Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal...
Injuries hamper Southeast basketball teams (01/25/10)
The Southeast Missouri State basketball teams figured to have challenging seasons this year. Bad luck with injuries has made the challenges even greater for both squads. It's hard to imagine any women's team across the country being more snakebit than Southeast, which currently is playing without its top three scorers...
Agent: 'Guys and Dolls' star Jean Simmons dies (01/25/10)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- A representative of Jean Simmons confirms that the "Guys and Dolls" and "Spartacus" actress has died of lung cancer. Agent Judy Page said on Sunday that Simmons died at her home in Santa Monica on Friday, surrounded by her family. Simmons was 88...
Talking Shop with Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet (01/25/10)
He's the director of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, but those closest to Mitch Robinson also know him as a University of Kentucky basketball fan and the chairman of the local CrimeStoppers organization. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Robinson first came to Southeast Missouri in 1993, when he was hired as director of the Cape Girardeau Area Industrial Recruitment Association. ...
People on the move 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
Tim Arbeiter, vice president for community development of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from Institute for Organization Management, a four-year not-for-profit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. ...
Cape West 14 Cine to host event for children with disabilities (01/25/10)
In a few weeks, Cape West 14 Cine will offer disabled children and their parents a chance to view a film in a setting quite unlike the normal theater. Scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 13, the first ever Sensory Sensitive Saturdays will allow patrons to view the movie "Madagascar 2" in a setting adjusted for autistic and other disabled movie-goers with moderately dimmed lighting, no previews, lowered volume and comfortable temperature level. ...
Rick Roberts (01/25/10)
Alva R. "Rick" Roberts, 53 of Scott City died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements for Roberts are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Martha Simmons (01/25/10)
Martha Simmons, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Jackson Manor. Arrangements for Simmons are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Frances Warden (01/25/10)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Frances M. Warden, 77, of Mound City died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. There will be no service. Warden had requested cremation. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements...
Ruby Cunningham (01/25/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ruby Ondean Cunningham, 88, of Anna died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. until the funeral hour Tuesday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Dee Armes officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery near Anna...
Ruth Wilson (01/25/10)
Ruth A. Allison Wilson of Spokane, Wash., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Jan.18, 2010. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Announcement courtesy of Ford & Sons Funeral Home...
Marjorie Hunter (01/25/10)
Marjorie Imogene "Jean" Hunter, 88, of Creve Coeur, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country, Mo. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home...
Hazel Thele (01/25/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Hazel Mary Thele, 91, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at her residence. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at noon Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Roger Rice and Michael Woods officiating...
Glenda Seagraves (01/25/10)
Glenda Fay Seagraves, 61, of Rector, Ark., died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at her home. She was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Arcola, Mo., daughter of the late Roswell and Mona Mae (Sitz) Bess. She was married to Jack Dean Seagraves in 1976. He preceded her in death Dec. 9, 2007...
St. Vincent de Paul Parish School (01/25/10)
St. Vincent de Paul Parish School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Hogan Coad,Reid James, Kristen Alvey, Madison Arpin, Hattie-Lou Burdin, Cassandra Caragine, Troy Carman, Dawson Gershuny, Taylor Higgins, Grayson Mueller, Samantha Saba, Cy Young, Alaina Baumgart, Dawson Dohogne, Drew Eudy, Brandon Pappas, Noah Merideth, Meghan Arpin and Bethany Bomar...
Oak Ridge Junior & Senior High (01/25/10)
Oak Ridge Junior & Senior High 6th grade: Stephanie Carter, Dakota DeRousse, Jessica Hahs, Shianna Hengl, Madison LeGrand, Ashley Lemonds, Tessa Mangels, Abigale Matthews, Harley Rush, Autumn Schumer. 7th grade: Brooke Grable, Cody Kinder, Cierra Reimann, Marissa Schamburg, Jacob Seabaugh, Chelsea Seyer, Kaleb Siemer, Rebecca Slinkard, Kaylen Woods...
St. Mary Cathedral School (01/25/10)
St. Mary Cathedral School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Lauren Boswell, Cole Emmenderfer, Caleb Farrow, Kassie Fluchel, Allie Givens, Jordan Goodson, McKenzie Goodson, Stephen Gullette, Vincent Landewee, Ashley Pittman, Zoe Pleimann, Samantha Snyder, Jayna Timpe, Hadeel Wadi, Olivia Williams, Kalli Yarbro...
Kelly High School (01/25/10)
Kelly High School A Honor Roll 12th grade: Ellen Ashcraft, Londyn Backfisch, Kelsey Blue, Callie Bollinger, Cory Brock, Mallory Cowger, Danielle Dock, Kate Duenne, Megan Essner, Hollyanne Hoernig, Justine Hulshof, Cody Kern, Carissa Klipfel, Andy Klunk, Ariel Morrow, Chelsea Paul, Brittany Pemberton, Brittany-Stevens Pemberton, Sarah Raby, Alex Ross, Kasey Shelton, Hannah Vinyard, Aaron Welter...
Zalma Elementary School (01/25/10)
Zalma Elementary School A Honor Roll 1st Grade: Drew Bailey, Catherine Davis, Ethan Lemons, Logan Lemons, Jacob Nanney, Jolie Pickett, Cole Younger. 2nd Grade: Eythan Burkman, Haley Gunn, Mikayla Sargent, Hunter Stotts, Lindsey Umfleet, Olivia Whitehead...
Leopold Junior & Senior High (01/25/10)
Leopold Junior & Senior High First Semester A Honor Roll 7th grade: Ashlyn Bucher, Austin Bucher, Maria Calvert, Zach Elfrink, Caitlyn Landewee, Leah Landewee, Trevor Morehead, Lindsay Thiele. 8th grade: Sydney Eeftink, Casey Graham, Kacie Hampton. 9th grade: Katie Eftink, Joseph Elfrink, Shelbee Miller, Dana Thiele, Ryan Thiele, Katie Van de Ven, Allison Woodfin...
Zalma Junior & Senior High (01/25/10)
Zalma Junior & Senior High A Honor Roll 7th grade: Andrew Hovis, Nikkita Phillips. 8th grade: Mikayla Marler, Emily Merick, Dillan Vandeven. 9th grade: Kaitlin Northern. 10th grade: Tyler Blankenship, Kelsey Whitehead. 11th grade: Paige Bailey, Angela Dickinson, Michael Holman, Stefanie Slemmer, Justin Stotts, Katharina Linhoff...
Fire report 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: ...
Police report 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assaults Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau has announced a capital fund campaign to allow the organization to relocate to more adequate facilities; both buildings occupied by the Army's Corps Community Center and Thrift Store on Broadway are old and inadequate for current service programs...
Blocking tax increases on Missouri farmers (01/25/10)
Missouri has a strong history of agriculture, tracing back to 1725 when some of the first farms in the state were established. Agriculture is the state's No. 1 industry, and Missouri ranks second in the country for number of farms. Just like any industry in this economy, however, farmers are facing tough times as an unstable market puts their livelihoods in jeopardy...
School bond issue (01/25/10)
Now that the Cape Girardeau School District has decided to ask voters to approve a $40 million bond issue for a new elementary school, a performance center at Central High School and an event stadium, plus upgrades to existing facilities, officials must make a convincing case by the time the April 6 election rolls around...
What is Kinder doing to help? (01/25/10)
Open letter to Peter Kinder: You have been quite vocal lately, first critical of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and now of Gov. Jay Nixon. You use words like "federal health care takeover" and "social experiment" for the Democrats' health care reform. You are using the same wording as the mostly ill-informed tea party people. Is this the company you're courting as you prepare to run for governor in 2012?...
America needs a health plan (01/25/10)
I feel U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill didn't deserve the verbal beating up handed out by the letter from Joe and Jena Koch. I know I will be happy when people with pre-existing conditions can be treated. There is a need for a health care bill. Who's ears are closed? Do you not watch "60 Minutes" and "20/20" to know the current health care system has not worked for a long time now?...
Speak Out 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
SOMEONE said Southeast Missouri State University should further cut academics, which is taking a $2 million hit, and not cut sports, which is taking only a $200,000 cut. We're talking about a university whose mission is all about education. The cuts should reflect that mission, meaning all of the cuts should have been applied to athletics. Go to a basketball game, for example, and count the number of assistant coaches. It's ridiculous...
Prayer 1/25/10 (01/25/10)
For those who have influenced our lives, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Club News: Jackson Presbyterian Women (01/25/10)
MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 21, 2010 MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN The first 2010 Quarterly Meeting of the Women of Jackson's First Presbyterian Church was called to order by Moderator, Anne Smith. Susan Venable accompanied as we sang "This Is My Father's World". The Presbyterian Purpose was read in unison...
Career and Technology Center scholar named Student of the Year (01/25/10)
Staci Devore, a student in the Cape Career and Technology Center culinary arts program, has been named Tech Prep Student of the Year for the Southeast Missouri region. A senior at Delta High School, Devore earns three credit hours toward her high school diploma through the program at the Technology Center, and at the same time is earning credit towards an Associate of Applied Science from Mineral Area College. ...
CAPE GIRARDEAU PRO LIFE RALLY (01/25/10)
Last Friday was the March for Life in Washington DC. the march protests Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a woman has the legal right to end her pregnancy. Several adults and youth from the area met at Arena park on Sunday for a anti-abortion demonstration. The group marched behind the park up to Kingshighway, where they held signs and spent time in prayer for our nation, the rights of the unborn and all those effected by abortion...
New Guard recruits improve basic Soldier skills with combatives lesson (01/25/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Steven Davis may be new to the military, but he already knows this much -- there may come a time when he has to engage the enemy without the benefit of a weapon. If that time ever comes, Davis said he will be thankful he knows basic Army combatives, which he and more than 20 other new Missouri National Guard recruits got lessons in Saturday during Echo Company's Recruit Sustainment Program drill weekend...
Trout harvest begins Feb. 1 at Rotary Lake (01/25/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Anglers get ready! Trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson beginning February 1st. According to Fisheries Management Biologist, Mike Reed, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, Fishing has been surprisingly consistent all winter given all the rain. Reed visited the lake Friday and reported anglers were catching a lot of fish even though the water was fairly muddy...
Mr. Mark Cook honored (01/25/10)
Mr. Mark Cook, principal at Jefferson Elementary School, was honored by the VFW Ladies Auxilary by receiving the Educator of the Year Award. Congratulations Mr. Cook for all of your accomplishments.
Kindergarten Class at Kelso C-7 (01/25/10)
Kelso C-7 just recently celebrated the 100th day of school on January 20th. One of our activities included making 100 glasses.
Munchkin (01/25/10)
Our five month old pug Munchkin. There's nothing she loves more than to play with her toys, chase leaves, and take a nap!
princess Lexi (01/25/10)
Lexi is a toy Schnauzer who loves to cuddle up with her fur throws.
100 Fruit Loop Necklaces (01/25/10)
The kindergarten class at Kelso C-7 also enjoyed making necklaces with 100 fruit loops.
100 Linking Cubes Tower (01/25/10)
How tall is a tower of 100 linking cubes? Well the Kindergarten class at Kelso C-7 found out.
100 Stamp Books (01/25/10)
Kindergarten students used 100 stamps to make a book on the 100th day.
My Fur Kids (01/25/10)
These two were adopted from Gunner's Run Rescue in Rumma IL they are real brother and sister from the same litter. They turned 3 years old this month. They hate to be apart and are always laying on each other.
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