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Last phase of Jackson voltage conversion to begin in March (02/18/10)
A final phase of a project designed to provide better power management in emergency situations for Jackson is scheduled to begin in March. Over the past few years crews have installed 15 new electric circuits throughout the city. Jackson utilities director Don Schuette said the final six circuits, which currently regulate 4,000 volts, should be installed by September. At that time Schuette said all of the circuits will regulate 12,000 volts...
Poplar Bluff man charged in connection with Monday chase has criminal record (02/18/10)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man charged in connection with a high-speed car chase ending in Scott County on Monday faced three criminal convictions last year after he resisted arrest and drove intoxicated while his license was revoked. Kevin Dudley Jr., 31, has a lengthy record in Southeast Missouri, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said...
Report: Some Southeast Missouri counties among unhealthiest in state (02/18/10)
Southeast Missouri did not fare well in a snapshot of well-being by counties across the United States.
Missouri Transportation Alliance group to discuss priorities and funding at Friday meeting in Cape (02/18/10)
A statewide coalition of transportation interests will hold a meeting Friday in Cape Girardeau to discuss regional and state priorities and how Missourians might be persuaded to pay for them. The Missouri Transportation Alliance will provide ideas at the meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center, but no firm plan for paying for the program will be presented, said Jewell Patek, education coordinator for the alliance...
Education Solutions Team moves toward final plan to improve Cape graduation rates (02/18/10)
The Education Solutions Team is about a month away from completing the first part of a plan to improve graduation rates in the Cape Girardeau School District. The group of education and community leaders sponsored by United Way of Southeast Missouri met Wednesday to progress toward a final plan...
Demolition of Broadway building begins; will be finished this week (02/18/10)
A little more than a month after a building at 633 Broadway was demolished, crews began tearing down a nearby structure Wednesday morning.
Man gets 14 years on lesser charge in Dongola, Ill., killing (02/18/10)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- A man originally charged with murder in the October death of a Southern Illinois man will spend the next 14 years in prison on a lesser charge. A Union County judge imposed that sentence Tuesday on Tommy Reams after the Dowell man pleaded guilty to a charge of home invasion...
Oliver North to speak at Stars and Stripes Museum fundraiser (02/18/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Oliver North, author and host of "War Stories" on the Fox News Channel, will speak May 1 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau to benefit the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library.
Two still undecided on run for Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner position (02/18/10)
One person has declared he will run for Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner, while a sitting commissioner and a former candidate have not yet decided whether to run. Financial adviser Chris Hutson has said he will file for the office. Despite speculation that he may run, District 2 Commissioner Jay Purcell said Wednesday he has not made a decision...
Black women discuss self-esteem, identity at Black History Month event (02/18/10)
Self-esteem and the challenges of being a black woman were discussed Wednesday night at Southeast Missouri State University.
Montgomery Bank warns of phishing scam (02/18/10)
Montgomery Bank is warning residents of a phishing scam involving the bank's name.
Ash Wednesday service held at St. Vincent (02/18/10)
The Rev. Saviour Nundwe places ashes in the sign of the cross on Emily Booker and her daughter, Eloise, who are visiting from St. Louis, during the noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance, marks the start of the Lenten period before Easter for many Christian denominations. Traditionally, the ashes are gathered from the burned palm crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday services.
Special Olympics basketball tournament takes place Sunday (02/18/10)
More than $42,000 was raised Feb. 6 at the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics. Penny Williams, executive director of the state Special Olympics' southeast region, said the money will be put to good use this weekend as the district Special Olympics basketball tournament begins in Cape Girardeau.
National Guard soldiers sell meat to raise funds for Heroes Way signs (02/18/10)
If you appreciate a good pork butt or BBQ Pork shoulder the Missouri Army National Guard has an event you don't want to miss. Beginning today orders are being taken by local Missouri Army National Guard Soldiers for pork butts and shoulders in an effort to generate funds for the signs to honor local men who were killed fighting overseas. The signs are part of the Heroes Way program...
Mo. House approves autism insurance mandate (02/18/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have voted overwhelmingly to require health insurance plans to cover treatment for autism. House members voted 135-18 on Thursday to require group insurance policies regulated by the state to cover up to $36,000 annually of behavioral therapy for autistic children age 18 and younger. Senators have given initial approval to legislation that would cover even more treatment...
Mo. senator wants to tie teacher pay, performance (02/18/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators are considering a bill to change how teachers are paid. Republican Sen. Matt Bartle of Lee's Summit says tenure is keeping bad teachers in Missouri classrooms. His bill would allow districts to adopt merit-based pay. It would also allow various start dates for kindergartners and year-round schools...
Students offer testimony on MO scholarship changes (02/18/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) -- Dozens of Missouri college students packed a Senate hearing room and lined the corridor outside Wednesday to testify about a bill that would change how the state divides scholarship money. The Senate Education Committee heard the bill, which would alter how the state's $95 million in Access Missouri scholarship money is allocated to students at public and private four-year universities...
2 adults, 1 child hurt in school bus-car wreck (02/18/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two adults and one child are critically injured after a school bus and a car collided head on in St. Louis. The wreck happened around 8 a.m. Thursday. Seven children on the bus that was en route to Mason Ridge Elementary School were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but none were believed to be injured...
Man angry at IRS crashes plane into Texas office building (02/18/10)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service launched a suicide attack on the agency Thursday by crashing his small plane into an office building containing nearly 200 IRS employees, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing for their lives.
Toyota, federal government investigating Corolla steering problems (02/18/10)
WASHINGTON -- First it was gas pedals, then brakes. Now Toyota and the government are looking into complaints that the popular Corolla is difficult to steer straight, raising a new safety concern ahead of next week's congressional hearing about the automaker's recalls...
Obama: Stimulus bill saved troubled economy (02/18/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hailed Wednesday's 1-year-old economic stimulus law as an accomplishment that staved off another Great Depression and kept up to 2 million people on the job. Still, with millions still out of work and losing patience, Obama acknowledged that, to them, "It doesn't yet feel like much of a recovery."...
Small plane crashes into North Calif. home; 3 dead (02/18/10)
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. -- A twin-engine plane carrying three employees of electric car maker Tesla Motors struck a set of power lines after takeoff Wednesday and crashed into a fog-shrouded residential neighborhood, raining fiery debris over homes, sending residents running for safety and killing everyone aboard...
Students: Prof charged in rampage was 'off' (02/18/10)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Students banded together to let administrators know something wasn't quite right about professor Amy Bishop. She taught by reading straight out of the textbook, never made eye contact and liked to remind people constantly that she went to Harvard...
Pakistan confirms arrest of Afghan Taliban's No. 2 leader (02/18/10)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan confirmed for the first time Wednesday that it has the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 leader in custody, and officials said he was providing useful intelligence that was being shared with the United States. The confirmation came as the Pakistani government defused a political crisis that threatened to distract from the fight against militancy by backing off on judicial appointments opposed by the Supreme Court...
Haiti's earthquake camps turning into shanty towns (02/18/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- First there was an empty field. Then came rows of makeshift tents. Now those camps are turning into shanty towns -- with bakeries, lottery stands and homes -- that show no sign of moving soon. In the five weeks since the quake struck, aid workers, officials and Haiti's government have debated where and how the 1.2 million people left homeless by the disaster should live. ...
Haiti judge frees 8 of 10 American missionaries (02/18/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Eight American missionaries were freed from a Haitian jail Wednesday, nearly three weeks after being charged with child kidnapping for trying to take a group of children out of the quake-stricken country. The eight -- looking bedraggled and sweat-soaked -- walked out of the Haitian jail escorted by U.S. diplomats just after dusk. They waited until they were safely inside a white van before flashing smiles and giving a thumbs up to reporters...
Jackson girls gets defensive in 45-33 home win (02/18/10)
"Our defense is our strong point," Jackson's Connor King said. "That and rebounding. We kept them off the boards and limited their shots."
High school roundup: Senior Malik leads Central to 87-52 victory on senior night (02/18/10)
All the events from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast baseball preview: Pitching turnaround key to Redhawks' success (02/18/10)
Veteran Southeast coach Mark Hogan believes the Redhawks have improved on the mound, but their offense faces plenty of question marks entering the 2010 season.
Tigers upset No. 15 Texas (02/18/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kim English scored 18 points and Keith Ramsey added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double as Missouri beat No. 15 Texas 82-77 on Wednesday night. Justin Hamilton led the Longhorns (20-6, 6-5) with 24 points off the bench and Damion James added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the team ranked No. 1 for two weeks in mid-January lost for the sixth time in nine games and fell into a sixth-place tie in the Big 12...
Redhawks baseball team cultivates local talent to fill roster (02/18/10)
There is a solid local flavor to the 2010 Southeast Missouri State baseball team, a recent trend. Six of the Redhawks' 35 players attended high schools in the Southeast Missourian's coverage area, including five returning players.
Redhawks women out for revenge at Murray (02/18/10)
The Murray State women's basketball team is not having nearly the type of success it did last year when it won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title. But the Racers looked plenty good to Southeast Missouri State on Jan. 23 as they routed the Redhawks 90-72 at the Show Me Center...
Area calendar 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
Local events in the Southeast Missourian coverage area.
McGwire offers another apology on Day 1 of spring training (02/18/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark McGwire's first day on the job began with a wrong turn into the media room instead of the spring training clubhouse. It ended with another apology for steroid use. The St. Louis Cardinals' new batting coach spent time in the batting cage with hitters, sat in on a lengthy staff meeting then answered questions from reporters for more than 15 minutes. He left more than six hours later Wednesday but not before signing several autographs...
Former Redhawks lineman agrees to contract with Titans (02/18/10)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran guard Eugene Amano on a multiyear contract, the team announced Wednesday. Amano is a former All-American at Southeast Missouri State. He was a four-year starter at Southeast from 2000 through 2003 under former coach Tim Billings...
Workshops planned to help students, parents file for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (02/18/10)
Filling out federal financial aid applications creates a frenzy for some households. Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- which requires tax, income and personal information -- can be an intimidating process for college-bound students and their parents, said LaDonna Pratt, a counselor at Scott City High School...
Who's next 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
Honors, achievements 4th grade: Brianna Amschler, Jordan Barker, Kaylee Dixon, Brianna Harrison, Jordan Layton, Amanda Meyer, Coltin Reimann, Travis Sides, Cody Strop. 5th grade: Beth Mize, Brynn Myers, Katelyn Oehl, Collin Reimann, Olivia Ruiz, Jarett Seabaugh, McKenzie Slinkard...
Hooked on Science: What's in your blood? (02/18/10)
Did you know black scientist Dr. Charles Drew is known for his research in blood plasma and he organized the world's first blood bank? Using a few ingredients from the kitchen you can learn about the components of blood. STEP 1: Pour the corn syrup into the large bowl. The corn syrup represents the plasma, which is 55 percent of the total blood volume...
neXt up 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
What's happening this weekend
Ice dreams (02/18/10)
Feb. 18, 2010 Dear Leslie, For a kid in Southeast Missouri in the middle of the 20th century, watching the Winter Olympics on TV was an opportunity to see what Austrians named Franz did for fun in the winter. Franz liked skiing down a hill to see how far he could fly off a ramp and land without falling down...
Dr. Thomas Omohundro Sr. (02/18/10)
Thomas Jackson "Doc" Omohundro, 84, of Jackson passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born May 25, 1925, in Elsberry, Mo., son of Richard Norton and Anna Elizabeth Nelson Omohundro. He and Joyce Mae Beatty were married July 11, 1948, in West Portal, N.J...
Homer Eggers (02/18/10)
FARRAR, Mo. -- Homer E. Eggers, 84, of St. Louis died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Laclede Groves Nursing Home in St. Louis. He was born March 18, 1925, at Farrar, son of Martin "Tom" and Ella Kaempfe Eggers. He and Grace Weinhold were married Feb. 23, 1952...
Shirley Rhodes (02/18/10)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Shirley Ann Rhodes, 73, of Zalma died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 13, 1936, at Greenbrier, Mo., daughter of Omer and Lora Cato Wiseman. She and Charles Rhodes were married April 5, 1953...
Gladys Smith (02/18/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Gladys Louise Smith, 89, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Mounds, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 3, 1920, in Mound City, Ill., daughter of Thomas and Lena Hayden Moyers...
Blanchard Elementary School (02/18/10)
A Honor Roll 4th grade: Mallory Bittner, Dalton Drum, Liam Green, Chloe Hampton, Dennis Jordan, Aubrey Kitchen, Hannah Thiele. B Honor Roll 4th grade: Dante Clark, Dvaisha Collins, Dylan Corvick, Aries Criddle, Leigha Douglas, Taylor Estraca, Robyn Foote, Tyler Hafford, Aeriel Holder, Ethan Hutson, Abigel Jarvis, Destiny Jones, JaQuan Jones, September Knupp, John Lawrence, Jackson Manley, Cassandra Martin, Cierra McKinley, Kyra Pearl, Brian Schumer, Aubrey Talley...
Jackson police/fire report 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following information. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summons Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Cape police report 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
Faced with Missouri Pacific Railroad's request before the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon a branch line here, a group of Cape Girardeau rail users is looking into buying the track. Brig. Gen. Raymond V. McMillan speaks to an audience in the University Center about "Blacks' Role in the U.S. Military"; he is one of eight black generals in the Air Force...
Correction: Kezer editorial (02/18/10)
The murder for which Joshua Kezer was convicted and later exonerated occurred in Scott County. The incorrect county was named in Wednesday's "Our opinion" editorial on the Opinion page. The Southeast Missouri regrets the error.
Correction: Car crash on North Kingshighway Wednesday (02/18/10)
In Wednesday's paper, a report of an accident on North Kingshighway Drive near Boulder Crest Drive should have identified the vehicle that was struck from behind as an Asplundh Construction truck. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Homeless shelter (02/18/10)
Meeting the needs of the homeless in Cape Girardeau has taken a step in a positive direction with the formation of Shelter of Hope, a facility that will offer temporary accommodations for those in need. This effort has several things in its favor:n The project is scaled to the community's need. The shelter will house as many as eight homeless individuals at one time...
Speak Out 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
SOME say that doing away with income tax and replacing it with a sales tax would not be fair because big business would be exempt and the burden would fall on the middle class and the poor. Businesses do not pay income taxes. They sell a product or a service and pass the cost of the tax on to consumers, who mainly are the working middle class and the working poor. One way or another, the middle class and the poor will pay the tax...
Prayer 2/18/10 (02/18/10)
For the lifesaving kindness of strangers, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
PHS Scribe Society Collecting New Shoes for Orphans (02/18/10)
A simple pair of children's shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a big difference in the lives of orphans around the world. The Scribe Society is teaming up with Buckner International to ask Perry County residents to collect shoes for children in need. ...
Knowledge-A-Thon Coming to Alma Schrader Elementary (02/18/10)
A new and exciting fundraiser is set to take place at Alma Schrader Elementary in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Knowledge-A-Thon is a pledge type fundraiser where students receive 100 questions and answers appropriate for their grade level. The students have had eight weeks to...
Perry County Middle School Selected As State Winner in Character Education (02/18/10)
The Perry County Middle School was recently selected to receive the distinguished Missouri School of Character (MSOC) award. The award is sponsored by the Character Education Partnership and participating State Schools of Character sponsors. As a state winner, the school serves as a model within the state where they can share best practices and develop a state-level mentoring network among educators...
Lutesville Odd Fellows to re-establish "Hill Billy Supper" (02/18/10)
The Lutesville I.O.O.F. Lodge # 385 is re-establishing its "Hill Billy Supper". This event used to be an annual tradition in our community and raises awareness to help fund the lodge for future benefits and fundraisers. The supper will take place on Saturday March 13 from 4-8 pm at the First Babtist Family Life Center in Marble Hill and will feature, kettle beef, chicken and dumplins and all of the fixings. ...
PCMS Sixth Graders are Outstanding Readers (02/18/10)
Three Perry County Middle School students in Mary Richardson's sixth grade communication arts class have accomplished something quite remarkable. During second quarter, the trio read a combined total of 11,613 pages. Anna Huskey (left) read 4,130 pages, Kyle Jannin (center) read 3,780 pages and Andy Guo, read 3,703 pages...
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