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Polar Bear Plunge takes place Saturday at Trail of Tears (02/01/10)
Saturday at 2 p.m. the Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Lake Boutin at Trail of Tears State Park to raise money for the Special Olympics of Missouri. This year 183 plungers are scheduled to take a dip in the frozen water and that number is growing in part to the efforts of law enforcement. Lieutenant John (Buddy) Davis of the Cape police Department has enough men and women to fill several "heats"...
Jackson woman wins $10,000 in Grammy text contest (02/01/10)
For 18-year-old Jackson resident Rebecca Minner, her plans to tune into the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday turned profitable. Minner won $10,000 by signing up for text updates to the show. A Grammy Awards representative called Minner early Sunday to inform her she was one of five finalists for the $10,000 and to watch the beginning of the show to see if she was a winner...
Southeast opens alumni mentoring program (02/01/10)
There are 54 Southeast Missouri State University alumni in Alaska. Orange County in California is home to 116 alumni. As the university grows, it is doing more to connect its expanding alumni base to students through a mentoring program. In the past, mentoring was a less formal program, said Shad Burner, director of Alumni Services...
Central senior wins best in show at 32nd annual High School Art Exhibition (02/01/10)
Nearly a month ago, art teacher Robert Friedrich asked his students at Cape Girardeau Central High School to create a piece of pop art based on the idea of metamorphosis. Senior Tess Colon's ceramic sculpture of a digital camera with a squid's tentacles coming out of the lens not only landed her an A, it also won her the honor of best in show Sunday at the 32nd annual High School Art Exhibition...
Book for 9th annual United We Read focuses on Columbine shootings (02/01/10)
Discussions for Cape Girardeau's ninth annual United We Read will center on the book "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. This year's series will kick off today with a discussion led by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. In the book, Cullen, a journalist, recounts 10 years of research and writing regarding the 1999 school shooting in Colorado...
Missouri higher ed chief warns of trouble ahead (02/01/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's higher education commissioner has warned that some of the state's colleges could be forced to make painful cuts once the two-year safety tap of federal stimulus money runs dry. Robert Stein said in a letter to campus chancellors and presidents that unless the state's economy quickly recovers, there will be a reckoning, The Kansas City Star reported...
Gingrich to speak at Missouri Western State U. (02/01/10)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak twice in October at Missouri Western State University. His first speech is scheduled during an Oct. 6 dinner, and his second speech will be delivered the next morning. His appearances will coincide with the annual Convocation on Critical Issues at the St. Joseph school...
Analysis: Mo. seeks to use banks to get overdue taxes (02/01/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians with overdue taxes may soon have more difficulty avoiding payment. Gov. Jay Nixon is a proposing a law that would let the state seize delinquent taxes directly from people's bank accounts. The new powers are included among eight specific proposals Nixon has embraced for enhancing the Department of Revenue's ability to track down tax deadbeats and collect what the state is owed...
Burned by Illinois plane crash, bird recovering (02/01/10)
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Good news is rising from the ashes of tragedy after last week's fatal plane crash in Sugar Grove. A hawk, badly burned, seems to be making an amazing recovery. "When I saw the bird, I was shocked," said Dawn Keller, executive director of the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, who has treated more than 200 injured birds. "This was nothing like I've ever seen. It had to have been engulfed."...
Nixon targets payday loan cycle (02/01/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When Elliott Clark's wife broke her ankle, she couldn't work and his paycheck didn't cover the bills. So he got a payday loan for the house payment, then another to pay the gas bill, and another to keep the lights on. In five years, they paid about $10,000 in interest on about $2,700 in loans...
Missouri State Fair fills offseason calendar (02/01/10)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- There's more than just the fair at the Missouri State Fairgrounds as the facility brings zooming cars and football during its offseason. The fair plans to hold Mid Missouri Outlaws arena football games, a Christian concert and several new equine events. There also will be auto racing on a half-mile dirt track...
Change for NASA: Renting the Right Stuff (02/01/10)
WASHINGTON -- Getting to space is about to be outsourced. The Obama administration today will propose in its new budget spending billions of dollars to encourage private companies to build, launch and operate spacecraft for NASA and others. Uncle Sam would buy its astronauts a ride into space just like hopping in a taxi...
Toyota hopes media blitz will reassure customers (02/01/10)
LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Toyota has launched a media campaign to bolster its reputation for quality as nervous customers confront dealers across the country about faulty gas pedal systems. Crisis-management experts said Sunday that the recall of millions of cars and trucks isn't the Japanese auto maker's only problem: its message to Toyota owners -- delivered in full-page ads Sunday in 20 major newspapers -- isn't as clear and reassuring as it needs to be...
Watchdog: U.S. bailouts created more risk in system (02/01/10)
WASHINGTON -- The government's response to the financial meltdown has made it more likely the United States will face a deeper crisis in the future, an independent watchdog at the Treasury Department warned. The problems that led to the last crisis have not yet been addressed, and in some cases have grown worse, says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. The quarterly report to Congress was released Sunday...
Book profiles furry angel of death: Oscar the cat (02/01/10)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The scientist in Dr. David Dosa was skeptical when first told that Oscar, an aloof cat kept by a nursing home, regularly predicted patients' deaths by snuggling alongside them in their final hours. Dosa's doubts eroded after he and his colleagues tallied about 50 correct calls made by Oscar over five years, a process he explains in a book released this week, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." The feline's bizarre talent astounds Dosa, but he finds Oscar's real worth in his fierce insistence on being present when others turn away from life's most uncomfortable topic: death.. ...
Shooter's conviction angers pro-life militants (02/01/10)
WICHITA, Kansas -- Those living on the virulent edge of the pro-life movement pinned their hopes on Scott Roeder. Testifying in his own defense, Roeder insisted he had committed a justified act for the defense of unborn children by killing Dr. George Tiller, one of the country's few physicians to offer late-term abortions. ...
Russian police break up protests, scores detained (02/01/10)
MOSCOW -- Russian police broke up anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday, and detained more than 100 demonstrators, including several opposition leaders. In Moscow, several hundred demonstrators gathered in a central square, defying a ban imposed by authorities. The protesters said their rally was banned in violation of the Russian constitution's guarantee of the right to gather...
Baptists say they were trying to do good in Haiti (02/01/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Ten U.S. Baptists arrested trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children. Prime Minister Max Bellerive said Sunday he was outraged by the group's "illegal trafficking of children" in a country long afflicted by the scourge and by foreign meddling...
SCC, Sikeston arrange to play again (02/01/10)
Snow may have wiped out Friday night's slate of boys high school basketball, but the inclement weather did serve a purpose. As a result of Friday's cancellations, Scott County Central and Sikeston will meet for the second straight year at the Show Me Center...
Tigers finally find range in Big 12 play (02/01/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kim English and Michael Dixon rediscovered their shooting strokes, and the rest of their Missouri teammates did, too. The Tigers looked nothing like the Big 12 Conference's worst shooting team in Saturday's 95-80 victory over Oklahoma State, moving beyond a string of recent poor performances by shooting 52 percent from the field and draining 17 of 31 3-point attempts...
Redhawks still in position to make OVC tourney (02/01/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is still in position to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, which would be a nice achievement for the rebuilding Redhawks. But Southeast missed an opportunity to solidify its postseason hopes in Jacksonville, Ala., on Thursday night...
Swift wins Grammy for best album; Beyonce makes history (02/01/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Beyonce became the most decorated female on a Grammy night as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for her anthem "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," but it was another diva -- Taylor Swift -- who nabbed the top honor, album of the year, for her best-selling "Fearless."...
Talking Shop with Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" (02/01/10)
Mike Rowe, founder of the Emmy-nominated television series "Dirty Jobs," paid a visit to Cape Girardeau last week. Before his talk, as more than 3,100 people gathered inside the Show Me Center, Rowe visited with reporters for about 25 minutes. Business reporter Brian Blackwell and Southeast Missourian junior reporter Bryce Dickerson were among those who asked Rowe, who previously worked on such networks as QVC, questions at the press conference...
Gordonville Grill sets fundraiser for fallen soldier (02/01/10)
A Southeast Missouri man is hoping donations raised Saturday at a Gordonville restaurant will help make a project honoring the state's fallen soldiers one step closer to reality. Ross Gartman of Gordonville Grill is organizing a fundraiser to bring in $2,200 to pay for two signs on Interstate 55 that will memorialize Sgt. ...
People on the move 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary recently presented Mark Cook with its Educator of the Year award. Cook is principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau. Kathy Wills has joined First Community Bank as a financial services representative. Wills has 12 years of banking and sales experience...
Neva Mowery (02/01/10)
Neva Almeta Mowery, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Jim Cooper officiating...
Elaine Nickless (02/01/10)
Elaine Elizabeth Nickless, 60, of Creve Coeur, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur. A graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fairmont Cemetery. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Diana Ackman (02/01/10)
Diana Sue Ackman, 62, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Festus, Mo. Diana was born Dec. 9, 1947, in St. Louis to Emanuel and Edna Mae Haley Lawson. She and Tim Ackman were married Oct. 2, 1982, in St. Louis...
Laura Sturm (02/01/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Laura Glen Sturm, 86 of Scott City died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Wyatt, Mo., to William Marion and Mary Isabelle Brock Biggs. She married Morris "Junior" Sturm on May 19, 1940, in Illmo, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1981...
Dale Wallis (02/01/10)
Dale Wayne Wallis, 58, of Jackson passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 21, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Clyde and Juanita O'Daniel Wallis. He and Kathy Hansen were married March 26, 1972...
William Burkhimer (02/01/10)
William Hugh Burkhimer, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 27, 1917, in Altoona, Pa., son of William Snider and Grace Anna Wogan Burkhimer. He and Virginia Sue McMillan were married Aug. 2, 1944, at Tulare, Calif. She preceded him in death on June 3, 2002...
Ryan Powers (02/01/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ryan Andrew Powers, 11, of Anna, formerly of Olmsted, Ill., went quietly away to be with Jesus in the early morning hours on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at his home in Anna. Ryan was born at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on May 4, 1998. He was a miracle baby that touched the lives of many during his time here...
Carol Smith (02/01/10)
Carol Jean Smith, 69, of Fruitland died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at her residence. She was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Granite City, Ill., to John Carl and Rose Milan Leonard. She and Don Smith were married Nov. 3, 1962, at Granite City. Survivors include her husband, Don Smith of Waterford, Mich.; one daughter, Carol Smith of Worcester, Mass.; two brothers, Richard Smith and Jimmy Leonard, both of Texas; and two sisters, Joan Farless of Granite City and Della Copeland of St. ...
Violet Moore (02/01/10)
Violet C. Moore, 85, of Chaffee, Mo., died Thursday Jan. 28, 2010 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 25, 1924, in Perkins, Mo., daughter of the late Charles and Hazel Marcus Standley. She and Buford Carter were married Jan. 23, 1943. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1950...
Julia Gregory (02/01/10)
Julia L. Gregory, 72, of Cape Girardeau passed away at the family home Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. She was born in Chaffee, Mo., on July 19, 1937, to the late Aaron and Julia L. Ryker Culbertson. Julia married John C. Gregory on May 12, 1956. Gregory worked as a medical technician for the Oak Knoll Nursing Center in Ferguson, Mo., before moving to Cape Girardeau. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Chaffee...
Jackson police/fire 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Fire report 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Police report 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
An additional four beds, designated for patients with serious, life-threatening problems, have been added to the emergency room facilities at Southeast Missouri Hospital; the addition augments the hospital's cardiac services. The longtime dispute over real estate, personal property and manufacturer's taxes between the Jackson School District and the Nell Holcomb School District involving the Procter & Gamble plant may finally be resolved; attorneys for the two school districts will argue the case before the Missouri Supreme Court on Monday.. ...
Casino gambling (02/01/10)
When Missouri voters were asked in 2008 to eliminate casino loss limits, remove other gambling restrictions and cap the number of casino licenses, the inducement was a promise of at least $100 million more each year for the state's public schools. Perhaps due to the recession, the 12 operating casinos (one is under construction) took $1.73 billion from gamblers last year, resulting in an addition $22 million for schools...
Speak Out 2/1/10 (02/01/10)
DO any other taxpayers in Cape Girardeau feel like we've been tricked again? The city is building a lavish water park. Now that it's half-finished, city officials tell us, "Oh, we need a new sanitation plant. Our sewers are going to get stopped up if we don't clean up our sanitation." And we have a federal mandate to do it. ...
Prayer 2/01/10 (02/01/10)
For short winters and early springs, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Saint Francis Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau Receives Program Re-Accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (02/01/10)
WESTCHESTER, Ill., Feb. 1- Saint Francis Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau recently received program re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Saint Francis Sleep Disorders Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center," said Dr. ...
President Obama Is Mistaken With "Safe, Clean Nuclear Power" Statement (02/01/10)
Midge Potts for Senate 2010 www.electmidge.com Contact: Midge Potts midge@electmidge.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1st, 2010 Nuclear Power Is Too Expensive, Bad For Planet, Dangerous For America President Should Fully Fund REAL Clean Energy: Community Solar Panels & Windmills...
Sowers campaign outraises incumbent Emerson from small, individual donors (02/01/10)
Former insurance lobbyist continues to raise hundreds of thousands from lobbyists and corporate PACs Rolla, MO (February 1, 2010) During the 4th quarter of 2009, former Army Green Beret Tommy Sowers raised $179,127, 98% of which came as contributions from individuals. In stark contrast, incumbent and former insurance lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson once again relied on her special interest friends, raising nearly half her money from corporate PACs and special interest groups...
Winter Scenery on our Farm (02/01/10)
Beautiful View of creek in our back woods on the farm. We were taking a four wheeler ride through the snow and I just could not resist taking such a pretty scene - the creek had ice in it but not thick enough to walk on. The picture was taken in rural Cape County...
Snow as the sun sets (02/01/10)
The sun set at Clippard school while sledding
Cowgirl & Oscar (02/01/10)
Oscar (wire fox terrier) and Cowgirl (jack russell terrier) playing in the snow.
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