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Missouri Supreme Court hears Cape County Sunshine suit arguments (02/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell took his lawsuit against his fellow commissioners before a skeptical Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday in his last chance to prove that an April 2008 meeting violated the state Open Meetings and Records Law.
Cape, Jackson schools brace for 2 percent cut in state funding (02/25/10)
School districts got an idea Wednesday of how state cuts will affect their budgets in the coming months. A memo to administrators from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education outlined a 2 percent reduction statewide in formula funding. Gov. Jay Nixon said last month that the state could not afford the $43 million midyear payment to districts under the financing formula...
'Carousel' opening night draws an audience of nearly 300 (02/25/10)
The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance opened its five-day run of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" Wednesday to a crowd of almost 300. Box office worker Jennifer Karnes said a crowd of that size is consistent with other Southeast productions...
Alleged victim testifies in Rod Jetton assault case (02/25/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Hearing the testimony of one witness, the alleged assault victim, at Rod Jetton's preliminary hearing Wednesday, Associate Circuit Judge Terry L. Brown found probable cause to bring the case to trial.
Stoddard County teen allegedly had plan to kill fellow students (02/25/10)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Stoddard County officials released details Tuesday involving a Puxico teen's threat to kill 29 fellow students at Puxico High School on her birthday in March. The juvenile girl was arrested on Feb. 11 and is currently undergoing a mental health assessment, according to Mike Davis, who heads up the Stoddard County Juvenile Office...
Marble Hill officials replace city attorney (02/25/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Stephen P. Gray has been released as Marble Hill city attorney effective March 1, according to Mayor Russell Masterson. The board of aldermen met in a special meeting Tuesday evening and voted unanimously to replace Gray with lawyer Alan Beussink. Alderman Joel Southwick was not present to vote...
Funds raised for installation of interstate signs honoring fallen soldiers (02/25/10)
Less than three weeks after fundraising efforts kicked off, more than enough money has been raised for highway markers that will honor four of Southeast Missouri's fallen soldiers.
Oran man waives pretrial motions in mail destruction case (02/25/10)
An Oran, Mo., man accused of destroying up to 1,000 pieces of mail in Southeast Missouri appeared with his attorney Stephen Wilson and waived filing any pretrial motions Wednesday in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas C. Mummert III. Lance W. Kinder, 25, pleaded not guilty to the felony crime of delaying or destroying mail in federal court in late January...
HIgh-speed car chase involved vehicle from earlier hit-and-run (02/25/10)
Cape Girardeau police are pursuing charges in a late-night high-speed chase down Mount Auburn Road. At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday officers tried to stop a Chevy Camaro that matched the description of a car involved a hit-and-run accident from earlier in the month, said department spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck...
GRACES holds training session for volunteers (02/25/10)
GRACES Women's Council is holding a volunteer training session Saturday for a first-grade reading program to be implemented in area school districts. The group, sponsored by United Way of Southeast Missouri, hopes to train 50 volunteers to donate an hour per week to read to students at two elementary schools in Cape Girardeau and all elementary schools in Jackson, according to a United Way news release...
Optimist Chili Day coming next week (02/25/10)
The Noon Optimist Club has set a date for its annual Chili Day, KZIM KSIM reported. The group's spokesman, Cory Daniel, said this year's Chili Day will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. Carryouts will be available. ...
Webcast of Wednesday's arguments a first for Missouri's highest court (02/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The first webcast of arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court, produced by the Southeast Missourian, created new issues for cameras in the courtroom, the court's spokeswoman said Wednesday. The Southeast Missourian discussed technical and legal issues with the court for more than a week before permission was granted to put live pictures from the court on the Internet. ...
Mo. governor Nixon launches youth parks program (02/25/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon says a new jobs program for young people will both help state parks and provide 1,000 summer jobs. Nixon announced details of the State Parks Youth Corps program on Thursday at Babler State Park in St. Louis County.
KC school board sets March 10 vote on closings (02/25/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City school board is scheduled to vote March 10 on a plan to close up to half the district's schools. The board set the date during its meeting Wednesday night. Officials say the cuts are necessary to keep the district from exhausting its dwindling reserves...
Bill would cut tuition for some illegal immigrants (02/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some illegal immigrants could attend public universities at in-state tuition rates in Missouri under a bill in the Legislature. The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the bill Wednesday. The sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus of Kansas City, says it mirrors laws in 10 other states including Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska...
Government panel recommends annual flu vaccinations for all (02/25/10)
ATLANTA -- A government panel is now recommending that virtually all Americans get a flu shot each year, starting this fall. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices had gradually been expanding its recommendation for flu shots -- 85 percent of Americans were already included...
Colo. school gunman had grown increasingly erratic (02/25/10)
LITTLETON, Colo. -- The man accused of wounding two middle school students in a community still haunted by the Columbine massacre had become increasingly erratic in recent weeks, yelling at imaginary friends and complaining that eating macaroni and cheese made too much noise, his father said Wednesday...
Northeast may see 1-2 punch of snow storms as 2nd moves in (02/25/10)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A powerful winter storm dumped a foot or more of snow in the Northeast on Wednesday, knocking out power to thousands and stalling air traffic from Boston to Philadelphia, all ahead of a second system packing strong winds that could blanket the area with another foot of snow...
Strikes, clashes up pressure on Greek gov't (02/25/10)
ATHENS, Greece -- Some 50,000 Greek workers took to the streets and a few protesters threw rocks and red paint in clashes with police during the widest strike yet against the government's austerity plan aimed at easing the country's debt crisis...
Cape Central girls advance to face Poplar Bluff in district title game (02/25/10)
Top-seeded Central scored the game's first 12 points, led by 14 points after one quarter and held off a rally by fourth-seeded Seckman before posting a 53-41 semifinal win.
High school roundup: Martin helps St. Vincent to home win (02/25/10)
All the area high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame boys cruise past Perryville in district semifinal (02/25/10)
The Bulldogs had little trouble advancing past Perryville, blowing open the game in the second half for a 76-35 win.
Mules oust Jackson girls in district semifinals (02/25/10)
Second-seeded and host Poplar Bluff edged third-seeded Jackson 45-42 on a 3-point basket in the closing seconds.
Road to tourney not impossible for Southeast women (02/25/10)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has been a fixture in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, last missing the event during the 1996-97 season. Southeast needs quite a finish and some help to make sure that doesn't happen this year as the Redhawks end the regular season with home games against Tennessee State today and Austin Peay on Saturday. Both tipoffs are set for 5:30 p.m...
Southeast men eager to wrap up regular season on high note (02/25/10)
First-year Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt knew turning around the struggling program would not be easy and would not happen overnight. That has been the case for the Redhawks, who after some strong moments early are limping to the finish line with six straight losses overall and eight consecutive Ohio Valley Conference defeats...
Denmon scores 21 in Missouri's 92-63 rout (02/25/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon scored 21 points as Missouri defeated Colorado 92-63 on Wednesday night. Keith Ramsey added 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field for the Tigers (21-7, 9-4 Big 12), who beat Colorado for the eighth consecutive time. Missouri has won three straight overall, its longest winning streak in conference play this season...
Wainwright expects another winning season (02/25/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright never felt in sync last spring, struggling to find the perfect delivery. Then after a mediocre start, Wainwright huddled with pitching coach Dave Duncan, made a few tweaks and a Cy Young Award-type season was born...
Chaffee High School students work to complete robots for First Tech Competition Challenge (02/25/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The target, a piece of wood with a large hole, was made by students. The robots, programmed to pick up and shoot wiffle balls, were also made by students. A roomful of Chaffee High School students gather in Jaron McMurry's shop classroom twice a week to iron out the kinks in their hand-built robots. ...
who's next 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2010-2011 academic year: -- From staff reports...
Grow a sweet potato vine (02/25/10)
Did you know scientist George Washington Carver was instrumental in creating new markets for farmers by discovering hundreds of uses for pecans, sweet potatoes and soybeans? Using a few materials from the kitchen, you can grow your own sweet potato plant...
Ski helmets add bling for trendy twist (02/25/10)
DENVER -- Dareece Saca, a statuesque former computer programmer with a long blond ponytail, grew up skiing without ever wearing a helmet. She joked to a friend, "I'll never wear a helmet unless it's crystallized like a Judith Leiber bag." When she started skiing in the Lake Tahoe area with a helmet covered in sparkling crystals attached by hand, people kept stopping her to compliment her, and soon her business Ice Couture was born...
Dancers from high school, middle school students take master class (02/25/10)
LAURA SIMON~lsimon@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State University dance teacher Philip Edgecombe teaches a master dance class to high school and middle school students at Acadamy of Dance Arts in Cape Girardeau Saturday, February 20, 2010....
neXt up 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
What's happening this weekend
Finding eagles (02/25/10)
Feb. 25, 2010 Dear Patty, DC awoke me with an offer no one could resist, even early on a Saturday morning: "Want to go see some eagles?" Yeah. When DC asks a question like that, the unspoken words "right now" are understood. Unbathed and unshaven, I pointed the car east across the Mississippi River and then south about 15 miles to a swampy conservation area called Horseshoe Lake. Someone had told DC about seeing eagles there...
Kathleen Federico (02/25/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Kathleen S. Federico, 62, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at her home. Service is private. Miller Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Velda Mae Witt (02/25/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Velda Mae Witt, 93, of Chaffee died Wednesday Feb. 24 at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Larry Bollinger (02/25/10)
Larry Gene Bollinger, 60, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Walter Patzwitz officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Glen Ariola (02/25/10)
Glen Z. Ariola, 69, of Eskridge, Kan., formerly of Jackson, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born July 19, 1940, in St. Louis, son of Monte Zuma Ariola Jr. He and Marnilla "Vern" Goehman were married Feb. 22, 1971...
Ethan Adams (02/25/10)
Ethan Lee Adams, infant son of Heidi and Sean Adams of Jackson, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include his parents; paternal grandparents, Roger and Connie Adams of Jackson; maternal grandparents, Jan and Paula Parker of Jackson and Calvin Ridings of Scopus, Mo.; paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Dake of Jackson; maternal great-grandmothers, Viola Ridings of Patton, Mo., and Mary Ann Parker of Farmington, Mo.; two uncles, Darrin Helderman (Bobbie Sue) of Bowling Green, Ky., Alex Parker of Jackson; an aunt, Rebecca Parker of Jackson; cousins, Taylor Stephens and Alexis Helderman of Bowling Green; other relatives and friends.. ...
Jaronda Nall (02/25/10)
Jaronda Nall, 61, of Scott City passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Advance Nursing Home in Advance, Mo. She was born Dec. 20, 1948, in Chester County, Tenn., daughter of John W. and Mary Ann Griffin Edwards. She and Joseph Nall were married May 29, 1968, in Bollinger County...
Violet Wallace (02/25/10)
Violet V. Wallace, 90, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Fornfelt, Mo., daughter of Noah and Margaret Jane McCollum Caler. She and Allen Wade McCarty were married Aug. 29, 1947. He preceded her in death. She then married James W. Wallace July 2, 1956. He also preceded her in death...
Deborah Burton (02/25/10)
Deborah Ann Pender Burton, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 4, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Robert Harrison and Anna Marie Graham Pender. She and Bryan Earl Burton were married May 8, 1992, in Cape Girardeau...
Clarence Dockery Sr. (02/25/10)
Clarence Dockery Sr., or "Pete," as he was affectionately known, 83, of Cape Girardeau was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. His final days were spent surrounded by family. Pete was born June 16, 1926, in Clarendon, Ark., to the late Joseph and Mary Ebron Dockery. Clarence and Genevieve Terry were married May 14, 1946, in St. Louis. They were married 63 years...
Bill Stanfill (02/25/10)
William A. "Bill" Stanfill, 75, of San Antonio survived Legionnaire's disease and cancer, and after battling the debilitating complications of Agent Orange exposure for the last several years, finally found peace Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in San Antonio...
Rose Brown (02/25/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rose C. Brown, 65, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 23, 1945, in Perry County, daughter of the late Leroy and Hazel Moonier Tucker. She and Glennon Brown were married Sept. 14, 1963. Survivors include a daughter, Sheila (Joel) Kurre of Perryville; a son, Craig (Stephanie) Brown of Perryville; two brothers and two sisters, Lawrence Tucker, Nancy Amberger and Sandra Weinkein, all of Perryville, Steven Tucker of Ste. ...
Fire report 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Out of the past 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
Despite a weekend deluge that caused major flooding and was blamed for three deaths statewide, no serious flooding problems were reported in Cape Girardeau or Southeast Missouri; however, heavy rains did add to damage on winter-weakened county roads; county officials have requested school buses be kept off the county's gravel roads for the time being...
Correction 2 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
n An article in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly attributed information. Representatives from Scheffer's Office Supplies told the school board during Monday's meeting that 10 percent of the district's copiers work properly. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Correction 1 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
n Wednesday's story about the first-day election filings should have referred to Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner candidate Stephen Daume as a farmer specializing in beef genetics and grain production. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
End the drug-prohibition disaster (02/25/10)
A Feb. 4 front-page story in the Southeast Missourian detailed concerns about Missouri's out-of-control criminal justice system. The article pointed out we have a completely failed drug prohibition policy in this country and that it is causing us to waste billions of dollars. Two prominent Missouri officeholders, who happen to be Republicans, are quoted in this article.
Looking out (02/25/10)
The worst of the winter weather -- we hope -- is behind us. But there still may be a few days of subfreezing temperatures left. For some of our family, friends and neighbors, extreme cold weather can be a real threat. Olwen Riehn of Cape Girardeau can thank Bess Staple for finding her after she fell outside her home in freezing weather. If help hadn't come along, she might not be recovering from a broken hip...
Salute to black veterans (02/25/10)
Black History Month is a time to honor and recognize the triumphs and contributions of African-Americans. The significant role African-American soldiers played in shaping Missouri's history and future cannot be overstated. From the Civil War Battle of Island Mound in 1862 in Bates County, which is the first known engagement of an African-American regiment in the Civil War, to the separate Black Officers Club during World War II at Fort Leonard Wood, African-American soldiers and veterans have long understood the high cost of liberty and freedom as they often fought a war of two fronts: the enemy they were fighting and racism at home.. ...
Deadlock isn't what we want (02/25/10)
I hope Republicans in Congress will rethink their current policy and view the possible consequences. The party started with the great mission of saving our Union under President Lincoln. It has had many good leaders. But at present members threaten no cooperation with Democrats, paralyzing our national government...
Speak Out 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
THANKS to all those who made "Hearts for Haiti" dinner possible, including Schnucks, which provided the veggies for the salad; Mediterranean on Broadway, which made the baklava; members of the Islamic Center; and the Cape Girardeau community. There was a great turnout. I'm grateful for those who went to help the people suffering in Haiti and for those who went to experience Islam firsthand...
Prayer 2/25/10 (02/25/10)
Give us strength, O God, to cope with the foibles of others in our lives. Amen.
Cancer of incumbency needs cure (02/25/10)
I spent the last 28 days conducting "Boots on the Ground," living, working and listening one day and night in each of Missouri's 8th Congressional District's 28 counties. Across one of the poorest districts in America, voters here in Missouri reflect the record national anti-incumbent mood, a deep anger at all things Washington...
Cargil Incorporated Donate's RESQ-tube to Mississippi County Rescue Squad (02/25/10)
Mississippi County Rescue Squad P.O. Box 634 Charelston, Mo. 63834 Director - Danny Harris Assistant Director - Denis Rapert Press Release 2-25-2010 Cargil Incorporated Donate's RESQ-tube to Mississippi County Rescue Squad According to Mississippi County Rescue Squad Director Danny Harris they have recieved a new RESQ-tube. The RESQ-tube was donated by Cargil Incorporated located on Highway N just inside of Scott County...
Bald Blessing (02/25/10)
I am a 17 year old junior at Jackson High school and shaving my head and with great joy, knowing my small sacrifice can be of great reward for others. I am stepping out with passion for a cause. I will be participating in the St. Baldrick's event this year...
National Guard promotes New to sergeant (02/25/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo -- Paul New, of Cape Girardeau, was recently promoted from the rank of specialist to sergeant in the Missouri National Guard. New, 30, has been with the Missouri National Guard since January 2007 and serves as a cook with 1140th Engineer Battalion's Forward Support Company...
Lucy (02/25/10)
Pet's name: Lucy Owner: Bethany Pet's favorite activity: Lucy loves looking out the window and taking long naps.
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