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Altenburg district seeks $2.4 million bond issue for new school (02/26/10)
The Altenburg School District, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school of about 160 students, is split among four buildings. The district administrator said he hopes to change that with a $2.4 million bond issue. "I think we all know the best situation is when you can keep your kids under one roof," said superintendent Bleau Deckerd...
One injured in car crash on Bloomfield Road (02/26/10)
One woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident today at the Bloomfield Road overpass, when she crossed the center line and struck a truck traveling west. The woman, according to an officer on scene, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries...
St. Louis firm a major financial supporter of Cape bond issue committee (02/26/10)
A company with more than $1 million at stake in the April election is the lead contributor of a committee set up to campaign for an overhaul of buildings in the Cape Girardeau School District. In campaign reports released Thursday, Yes Cape Schools reported raising $11,190. Nearly half of its financial support came from McCarthy Building Cos., which donated $5,000...
Hopkins gains ground in Cape mayor campaign fundraising (02/26/10)
Former city councilman Matt Hopkins raised more than twice as much money over the past month as rival Harry Rediger in the campaign for Cape Girardeau mayor, but Rediger retained a large advantage in money on hand.
Gov. Nixon signs bill undoing 2009 Missouri traffic law (02/26/10)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday designed to fix problems with a 2009 law that placed thousands of traffic cases into limbo. At the urging of court officials, the legislature last year made some minor traffic offenses infractions rather than misdemeanors. It also stated that infractions should be handled in court as a "civil action."...
Fire department practices fighting house fires on Main Street (02/26/10)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department trained with live burns of two houses in the 800 block of Main Street just before 2 p.m. Thursday. The firefighters undergo live burn training a few times a year, fire chief Rick Ennis said.
Southeast interns transcribe German documents, uncover Altenburg heritage (02/26/10)
As the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum in Altenburg, Mo., celebrates its 100th birthday this year, Southeast Missouri State University interns have been discovering East Perry County's German heritage by transcribing historical documents and digitizing headstones...
Firm proposes to help Cape Girardeau County recover funds; officials doubt the county will accept the offer (02/26/10)
An Indiana consultant believes Cape Girardeau County is missing out on thousands of federal dollars from unreimbursed costs of its child support program. But Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said he is not interested in pursuing the consultant's proposal further...
Southeast students discuss racism and stereotypes during Black History Month program (02/26/10)
As part of Black History Month, a focus group of Southeast Missouri State University students and area leaders in education discussed myths and stereotypes in the black community Thursday in the campus program lounge. As an aid for the group's discussion, Southeast coordinator of tutorial services Valdis Zalite presented a book by Helen Fox titled "When Race Breaks Out," in which the author discusses race and racism in college classrooms...
Trial set for Bootheel man accused of abusing baby (02/26/10)
A Dunklin County, Mo., man in jail charged with assaulting and abusing an infant as he changed her diaper will face a jury this spring.
Sikeston police seeking suspect in Wednesday robbery (02/26/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are searching for a suspect in connection with a robbery at a Sikeston business Wednesday night, the Standard Democrat reported.
Democrat files for Perry County presiding commissioner (02/26/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Businessman Stanley "Paul" Grantham on Thursday became the third candidate to file for Perry County presiding commissioner and the first Democrat to file for any office in Perry County for 2010. Grantham is the owner of Grantham Drilling Co. Inc. of Perryville. Two Republicans, Rick Schemel and incumbent Presiding Commissioner Carl Lueckel Jr., have filed for the GOP nomination. Filing continues at the Perry County clerk's office until March 30...
Speaker at grief seminar says words not always best to comfort the grieving (02/26/10)
Author, professor and senior consultant to Hospice Foundation of America Dr. Kenneth J. Doka spoke at Southeast Missouri Hospital's grief seminar Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. More than 75 nurses, social workers, hospice volunteers and educators heard Doka's presentation, "Loss and Grief Through the Life Cycle."
MoDOT to work on I-55, Route Z next week (02/26/10)
A portion of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to a single lane of traffic next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. The work will begin at 7 a.m. Monday on a section of I-55 between Route Y and U.S. ...
Mo. first lady promoting reading to preschoolers (02/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri first lady Georganne Nixon will be touring the state encouraging children to read. Next week is the annual "Read Across America" event, and Gov. Jay Nixon's wife was getting a head start Friday in Jefferson City. She was scheduled to read Susan Marie Swanson's "The House in the Night" to a preschool class and talk about the importance of reading for children and adults...
Fulton school board approves $1.2 million in cuts (02/26/10)
FULTON, Mo. (AP) -- The Fulton School Board has approved $1.2 million in budget cuts that includes closing the district's alternative school and eliminating ninth-grade sports. The board approved the cuts Wednesday night after hearing from several students, parents and patrons. The most contentious item was dropping the alternative program, which would save the district about $253,844 next year...
Mizzou faculty mixed on Forsee (02/26/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Gary Forsee is getting satisfactory marks from faculty leaders as he begins his third year as president of the University of Missouri System. Asked to grade Forsee as he celebrates his second anniversary at UM this week, faculty members gave him everywhere from an A- to a passing mark...
Mo. DNR honors schools for air quality projects (02/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state agency has recognized the Willard School District and Drury University's Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions for a project to cut diesel emissions in southwest Missouri. The Department of Natural Resources received about $2.7 million in grant money for the Diesel Emission Reduction Act for two projects in Missouri...
Hospital:Some patients overexposed to radiation (02/26/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Half of the patients who received a specific cancer treatment in the last five years from CoxHealth were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, the hospital confirmed Wednesday. Hospital officials say they can't yet determine if the overdoses caused or contributed to any deaths, but they are examining records to determine if they did...
Illinois lawmakers rethink free-rides perk for seniors (02/26/10)
CHICAGO -- The days of free bus and train rides for most Illinois seniors could be numbered. Heeding complaints of transit agencies who say the freebies are adding to their financial woes by sucking away revenue, the Illinois House this week overwhelmingly approved legislation that would withdraw that two-year-old perk from tens of thousands of better-off seniors...
Mo. delays road bids because of federal funding (02/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has postponed about $60 million worth of highway projects because of uncertainty about federal funding. The Missouri Department of Transportation had solicited bids on 61 road and bridge projects that were due Friday. But on Thursday, the department canceled the bid opening...
Mo. lawmakers OK bills speeding insurance payments (02/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation aimed at speeding up insurance payments to pay hospitals and health care providers. The House and Senate advanced different versions of the legislation Thursday. Both versions would penalize insurance companies for failing to pay health care claims within about 45 days. The bills also create timelines for hospitals to supply information and for insurance companies to pay claims...
Nixon launches youth parks program (02/26/10)
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...
Random palm swabbing to start at KCI (02/26/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Screeners at Kansas City International Airport have begun using random palm swabbing on travelers as an extra security measure.this week. The swabbing is another effort to determine if travelers have been near explosives...
Senate report accuses Missouri agency of risking public health (02/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators proposed Thursday to strip the state's environmental agency of its power to conduct water-quality tests and accused it of risking public health by covering up high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks...
Mom who defrauded farmers of $27M gets 9 years (02/26/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to nine years in federal prison for a grain fraud scheme that bilked 179 farmers out of a combined $27.4 million. Cathy Gieseker, 45, of Martinsburg pleaded guilty to one felony count of mail fraud in November. U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw also ordered Gieseker to pay restitution to the victims, though he doubted she could ever come up with such a large amount of money...
124 animals rescued in eastern Missouri (02/26/10)
ST. CLAIR, Mo. -- Nearly 125 animals living in filthy conditions have been rescued from an eastern Missouri property. The Humane Society of Missouri said Thursday it and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department rescued 102 domestic rabbits, three dogs, five cats, a guinea pig, three baby goats, four hens, two roosters, two pigeons and two ducks...
No accord at health debate; Democrats to try a final push (02/26/10)
WASHINGTON -- Giving no ground, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders fought for their competing visions of historic health care reform Thursday in an often testy live-on-TV debate. Far from any accord, Obama signaled the Democrats were prepared to push ahead for an all-or-nothing congressional vote...
Toyota's crisis puts spotlight on auto electronics (02/26/10)
DETROIT -- Investigations into whatever is lurking behind Toyota's crisis of quality have put a spotlight on all that can go wrong with auto electronics -- the growing number of wires, sensors and computer chips that have profoundly changed the automobile in the last decade...
Snowstorm in Northeast, rain pounds New England (02/26/10)
PHILADELPHIA -- A slow-moving winter storm packing heavy, wet snow and potentially flooding rain spread over the Northeast on Thursday, disrupting air traffic and closing schools. Utility companies braced for possible widespread power outages overnight due to high winds and toppled trees...
Rising U.S. jobless claims reflect uneven recovery (02/26/10)
WASHINGTON -- Layoffs are no longer dropping as they were in the final months of last year, reinforcing fears that the jobs crisis will weigh down consumer spending and the economic rebound. Severe weather contributed to a rise in jobless claims last week. But other economic data add to evidence that the recovery remains weak and uneven...
Wal-Mart plans to push suppliers to cut emissions (02/26/10)
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants its suppliers to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015. The world's largest retailer's push goes beyond its efforts to date to reduce its own emissions by designing more energy-efficient stores and pursuing alternative fuels for its fleet of trucks...
Heavy rain hits Haiti's quake-ravaged capital (02/26/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The first heavy rain since the earthquake briefly doused Haiti's capital Thursday night as relief officials changed tack on dealing with the homeless, de-emphasizing plans to build big camps outside Port-au-Prince. Instead, they want the hundreds of thousands of refugees in this city where barren hillsides and weakened buildings threaten to give way to pack up their tents and tarps and return to destroyed neighborhoods...
Indians reach district title game with 62-60 win vs. Central in 2OT (02/26/10)
"It feels like we won state right now," Jackson senior Henrie Williams said.
High school roundup: Oak Ridge reaches 20 wins for first time (02/26/10)
All the area high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
ND girls ease into district final (02/26/10)
The top-seeded Notre Dame girls rolled over Ste. Genevieve 63-23 in Thursday's semifinals at the Class 4 District 1 Tournament in Dexter.
Shells sign letters to run college track (02/26/10)
Eagle Ridge seniors Bill Shell and Emma Shell will sign letters of intent Monday to run track at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Bill Shell competes in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. He holds the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association state record in the 400...
Missouri's Safford tears ACL in win (02/26/10)
Missouri junior forward Justin Safford suffered a torn ACL in Wednesday's victory over Colorado.
SEMO women fall to TSU (02/26/10)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has made participating in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament an annual rite of passage. But the Redhawks, riddled by injury and inexperience, will miss the event this year for the first time since the 1996-1997 season...
Two receive OVC track awards (02/26/10)
Southeast Missouri State took home two Ohio Valley Conference indoor track and field postseason awards announced Thursday. Josh Uchtman was named male field athlete of the year for the second season in a row, while Tyler Mullen shared male freshman of the year honors. Voting was done by the league's coaches...
Redhawks' tournament hopes officially end (02/26/10)
Freshman guard Marland Smith almost singlehandedly kept Southeast Missouri State's Ohio Valley Conference tournament hopes alive Thursday night. But Tennessee State got a career performance from one of its own standout freshman to clinch the final available OVC tournament berth and officially eliminate the Redhawks...
Elbow injury benches center fielder (02/26/10)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team received some bad news as it prepares for its first home action of the season today. Southeast coach Mark Hogan said Thursday that senior center fielder Nick Harris is out for the year after suffering an elbow injury last weekend at Auburn...
Blues hockey Janssen suspended 5 games for blind hit (02/26/10)
TORONTO -- St. Louis Blues forward Cam Janssen has been suspended five games without pay for a hit to the head on Washington's Matt Bradley, the league announced Thursday. Janssen was assessed a five-minute major after the blind hit on the Capitals forward during the first period of the Blues' 4-3 shootout victory Feb. 13...
McGwire's brother exposes slugger in book (02/26/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark McGwire was saddened to learn his estranged brother was writing a book that chronicled their use of performance-enhancing drugs. He was so upset by the breach of trust that he thinks reconciliation is out of the question. "I don't plan on ever seeing him again," Big Mac said Thursday...
An All-Star good time (02/26/10)
Last week's SE Live featured two stories about local bands doing great things -- The Big Idea working on quality original sounds with a new bass player and Rockface Barband gearing up to battle for Pointfest today in St. Louis. I'd like to draw a bit of attention, however, to the name at the top of both of those stories. Darren Burgfeld writes often for the Southeast Missourian and often writes about music and bands in the area...
Food, arts etc. (02/26/10)
My wife and I enjoy most foods from countries around the Mediterranean. What a pleasure it was to enjoy a delicious sampling of Mideastern favorites last Sunday at the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau. The center held a "Hearts for Haiti" benefit that was well-attended...
Mastering movement: River North Chicago Dance Company members hold master classes before performance (02/26/10)
Before the River North Chicago Dance Company hits the stage of the Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus on Tuesday, area dance enthusiasts and students will have a chance to learn new techniques and specialized steps under the instruction of two of the company's professional dancers...
Johnny Cash speaks from the grave on last 'American Recordings' album (02/26/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Cash's voice comes in with a rumble, singing that there "ain't no grave that can hold my body down." A shuffling beat that sounds like heavy chains being carried back and forth accompanies him. It sounds both reassuring and, let's be honest, a little creepy...
ARTifacts 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Keep Olympic flame burning with movie marathon (02/26/10)
If the Olympics, which wrap up with the closing ceremonies Sunday, have turned your mind to slush but you're not ready to completely kill the buzz, look for these inspiring, funny and sometimes true movies. You know the music. Have you seen the movie? It features Ben Cross and Ian Charleson as British runners in the 1924 Olympics. ...
Mike Craig steps off the stage to direct 'Let's Murder Marsha' with River City Players (02/26/10)
Mike Craig admits his directorial debut, "Let's Murder Marsha," doesn't sound much like a comedy. The story surrounds a woman named Marsha, who is convinced her husband, along with her mother and other characters, is plotting to kill her on her birthday. Marsha, who already has a wild imagination fueled by her love of murder mystery novels, decides to turn the tables on her supposed murderers in the first 2010 production by the River City Players...
Rosemary Dacus (02/26/10)
Rosemary R. Dacus, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Charles Dunn (02/26/10)
Charles Wesley Dunn, 75, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 8, 1934, in Lutesville, Mo., son of Charlie E. and Minnie Jones Dunn. He and Joyce Ervin were married Jan. 28, 1957, in Marble Hill, Mo...
Velda Witt (02/26/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Velda Mae Witt, 93, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born July 10, 1916, at Chaffee, daughter of Michael Henry and Gertrude Blocker Witt. Velda retired as a bookkeeper at Thorngate Ltd. in Cape Girardeau. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Daughters of St. Ambrose and Chaffee Golden Agers Club...
Joan Zoellner (02/26/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joan F. Zoellner, 76, of Clayton, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The parish wake will be at 7:30 tonight...
Larry Bollinger (02/26/10)
Larry Gene Bollinger, 60, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 8, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Everett and Irene Smith Bollinger. He and Dorothy Hahs were married March 31, 1973...
Births 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
Son to Peter and Jennifer Olesen of Portage, Ind., St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City, Ind., 1:27 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Name, Asher Grant. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Third son. Mrs. Olesen is the former Jennifer Washburn, daughter of Newell and Hilda Washburn of Delaware. Olesen is the son of Bjorn and Sue Olesen of Cape Girardeau. He is a chemical engineer with Criterion Catalyst and Technologies LP of Michigan City...
Jackson police/fire report 02/26/10 (02/26/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape police report 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Patrol, the county's law enforcement reserve unit, has rejected a proposal by Sheriff Dwight Thomas outlining duties and responsibilities of its members under his administration. The Missouri State Highway and Transportation Commission has given its official OK to the widening of U.S. 61 between the U.S. 61 and 25 intersection and Interstate 55...
Correction 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
n An article about election filings in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian gave an incorrect first name for Perry County Collector Rodney Richardet, a Republican who filed for a new term Tuesday. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
PAT is target of deep funding cuts (02/26/10)
As a parent, I am greatly disappointed by the deep cuts to the Missouri Parents as Teachers Program. PAT has been an invaluable tool for families across Missouri, helping them to better understand their child's development. My husband, Matt, and I participated in the program with our first son while living in Jefferson City, and we are looking forward to participating again with our second. ...
Closer look: Capitalism or corporatism (02/26/10)
It is obvious that things have not gone as planned in the U.S. and both political parties are convinced the other party has caused the problem. It is obvious that the lack of manufacturing jobs (productivity) is our main problem and is the result of a failed system that needs serious attention and rectification. To determine what went wrong, we need to analyze the activities of both parties...
Political convictions (02/26/10)
These are curious political times. In Washington, there is a clamor for compromise and a middle ground: We have a new "bipartisan" fiscal commission. The president held a "bipartisan" summit on health care. At the same time, Americans are expressing their frustration with polarized political parties by attending tea-party rallies. And some key moderates in Congress say they are so fed up with the political games that they are choosing to leave office...
Special Valentines for Kate (02/26/10)
I'd like to thank April Guilliams and all of the teachers and students from local schools who made Valentine's Day so special for our daughter, Kate. Kate was born with a rare heart defect called hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. Kate has undergone two open-heart surgeries since she was born. ...
Speak Out 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
THIS is in regard to what Dick Cheney said about President Obama being just a one-term president. I would say that whatever he accomplishes in his one term would be far greater than what George Bush tried to do in his eight years. I'd still vote for Obama any day of the week compared to what the Republicans have to offer...
Prayer 2/26/10 (02/26/10)
For longer days and more abundant sunshine, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Students Advocate for the Arts at State Capitol (02/26/10)
Students from across Southeast Missouri presented their artwork to local legislators Wednesday, Feb. 10, during the Missouri Citizens for the Arts Day at the Legislature at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. The artwork was submitted as part of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's Children's Arts Festival. ...
PHS students named to All-District Choir (02/26/10)
Eleven Perryville High School vocal music students were selected for membership in the Southeast Missouri All-District Choir. They were selected from over 500 students from Southeast Missouri who auditioned last fall. The students were chosen based on their abilities at solo singing and sight-reading. The All-District Choir performed on November 14 at the River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University. The choir is directed by Terry Edwards...
Two long-time National Guard Soldiers retire after 'gratifying' careers (02/26/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Two long-serving Missouri National Guardsmen recently retired after decades of service to their country and state. Since 1968, the Missouri National Guard has sent Master Sgt. Frank Welter to train in exotic countries like Panama and Honduras and interesting places stateside, like Fort Lewis, Wash. He has fought floodwaters and helped countless young people -- including his sons -- into Soldiers...
No Quality Issues with Girl Scout Lemonades Cookies (02/26/10)
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and ABC Bakers would like to clarify that Girl Scout Lemonades cookies are not affected by recent quality concerns with Little Brownie Baker's Lemon Chalet Crème cookies. Girls throughout our 68-county jurisdiction, covering southern and central Missouri and parts of southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma, are continuing to sell eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies -- all baked by ABC Bakers. ...
Put me Out! (02/26/10)
Cape Girardeau FD putting out the fire in House #1 in the 800 block of N Main St on Feb 25th 2010!
CGFD Fire Training (02/26/10)
Cape Girardeau Fire Fighter's Training in the 800 Block of N Main St on Feb 25th 2010!
Cape Girardeau Fire Training (02/26/10)
Cape Girardeau firefighter Jason Poole perfoms overhaul during a controlled burn exercise on Main Street in Cape Girardeau.
Cape Girardeau City Fire Department Training (02/26/10)
A Cape Girardeau city firefighter does ventilation on a house on Main Street. The fire department burned two similar homes side by side and equipped one with a sprinkler system to show the difference.
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