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Scott County sees slight year-over-year increase in sales tax (03/12/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Although tax revenues are still behind for the year in Scott County, there was a slight increase in February over the same month last year, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Receipts from the month of February totaled $158,208.23, up from $147,688.86 in February 2009...
Battle against tire dumping in national forest ramps up (03/12/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest are continuing their battle against illegal tire dumping on forest lands across Southeast Missouri, the Daily American Republic newspaper reported. "We've made a concerted effort to clean up areas where people have historically dumped tires," said Poplar Bluff District Ranger Doug Oliver, who was surprised at the actual number of tires collected during a recent pick-up blitz dubbed "Operation When Rubber Meets the Road."...
Local businesses can get international perspective through Cape foundation (03/12/10)
Area businesses looking to gain an advantage during globalization have a local option in Cape Girardeau's Cultural Exchange Network. Robyn Walker, executive director of the not-for-profit CENET, said American companies understand the need for globalization and for bringing in fresh ideas and talent worldwide...
Woman says husband wrapped self in plastic and wrote names on knives (03/12/10)
A Cape Girardeau man made his first appearance before a judge Thursday on charges that he allegedly made threats to kill his 21-year-old wife after wrapping himself in plastic bags and displaying knives.
Man charged with causing brain injuries to infant (03/12/10)
NEW MADRID, Mo. - A Morehouse man was to appear in court Thursday for seriously injuring an infant, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Jesse L. Laminack, 21, is charged with first-degree assault and is being held in the New Madrid County jail without bond. He was to be arraigned today in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court before Judge Charles Spitler...
Democrat files for associate circuit judge in Perry County (03/12/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perryville native who followed his father into the practice of law is the latest candidate to challenge incumbent Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck in this year's election.
Alma Schrader commemorates 50th year (03/12/10)
The present students of Alma Schrader Elementary School swayed and hand jived in poodle skirts and leather jackets for people from the school's past. The elementary school gym was full of former teachers, students and administrators Thursday night as they gathered to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary...
Cape Girardeau, county see only small drops in sales tax revenue (03/12/10)
While Missouri is seeing sales tax collections drop statewide, in the Cape Girardeau area figures are declining only slightly.
Scott City residents arrested after head-on collision (03/12/10)
A late night accident Thursday near Scott City injured two teens and led to charges filed against both drivers involved in the head-on collision.
Republicans to gather in Cape for annual Lincoln Day (03/12/10)
With primary contests already set for numerous area offices, Cape Girardeau County Republicans will gather this weekend for their annual Lincoln Day celebration. Along with a keynote speech from former U.S. senator Jim Talent, the GOP faithful will hear Saturday evening from U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who is seeking the party's nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, as well as incumbent state officeholders and candidates for legislative seats...
Free child ID service to be offered at Cape theater this weekend (03/12/10)
The Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Chaffee, Mo., Masonic Lodges will assist the Missouri Child Identification Program (MOCHIP) on Saturday in its goal to keep children safe by sponsoring an identification event at Wehrenberg Theatres. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Masonic Lodge volunteers will be offering free child identification to any child or teen, up to 21 years old...
Heroes Way barbecue fundraiser scheduled for this weekend (03/12/10)
Nearly 150 pork butt and shoulders are available for purchase during an upcoming fundraiser for signs honoring soldiers who died while serving overseas. The Grill Sergeants and the Christ Lutheran Church of Gordonville have teamed up for the sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. ...
Grant could save schools, municipalities on lighting costs (03/12/10)
More than 100 school and municipal office buildings, mostly in Cape Girardeau County, will receive energy-efficient light fixtures that could save those entities a significant amount of money.
Practice with clinic in Cape Girardeau settles over false claims (03/12/10)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A physician with clinics in Cape Girardeau and five other Missouri communities has reached a civil settlement with the U.S. attorney's office for submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
Nixon cuts $126M in spending, proposes more (03/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut nearly $126 million in spending Thursday and proposed to dig even deeper by eliminating 1,000 state jobs, half the state's primary vehicle fleet and all state scholarships for students at private colleges...
Mo. higher ed commissioner endorses agency merger (03/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's higher education commissioner is endorsing Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to merge the state's two education agencies. Nixon wants to combine the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Americans slowly regaining wealth after recession (03/12/10)
WASHINGTON -- Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth -- gradually. Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was slight. And it was less than in the previous two quarters...
Yemen holds New Jersey man after al-Qaida sweep, shootout (03/12/10)
BUENA, N.J. -- Yemen counterterrorism authorities captured a U.S. citizen of Somali origin after he shot his way out of a hospital in the Middle Eastern country, where he was being held after a sweep of al-Qaida members, authorities said Thursday...
Dems look to health vote without abortion foes (03/12/10)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders abandoned a long struggle to appease the most ardent abortion opponents in their ranks, gambling Thursday that they can secure the support for President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation with showdown votes looming next week...
Early Iraq vote results: Prime minister in tight contest with secular challenger (03/12/10)
BAGHDAD -- First results from Iraq's parliamentary election showed the prime minister and his secular rival locked in an extremely tight contest Thursday amid fraud allegations by rival parties and a chaotic, unpredictable vote count. The partial tallies came from only five of Iraq's 18 provinces. However, Iraqi officials who have seen results from across the country said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition appeared to have a narrow edge, though not an outright majority...
Google to digitize old books from Rome, Florence (03/12/10)
ROME -- Google said this week it will scan up to 1 million old books in national libraries in Rome and Florence, including works by astronomer Galileo Galilei, in what's being described as the first deal of its kind. Officials from Google and the Italian culture ministry said it was the first time Google Books and a culture ministry have had such a partnership...
Kidnappers in Haiti release two from Doctors Without Borders (03/12/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Kidnappers have freed two Swiss women snatched off the streets of Haiti's capital and held for five days, officials said Thursday. It is the first reported kidnapping since Haiti suffered a magnitude-7 earthquake with catastrophic damage Jan. 12. More than 5,000 prisoners fled jails that collapsed or were damaged in the temblor. About 200 have been captured...
Quakes hit Chile as president sworn in (03/12/10)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The earth shook and shook Thursday as dignitaries walked in for the swearing-in of Sebastian Pinera as Chile's president. It shook some more as they waited for him. People in the balconies of the vast congressional hall in coastal Valparaiso shouted warnings as a massive light fixture rocked overhead, and heads of state eyed the ceiling. But calm prevailed, and Pinera strode in smiling...
Debt-ridden Greece hit by strikes (03/12/10)
ATHENS, Greece -- Clashes between riot police and rock-throwing, masked youths broke out during a demonstration Thursday in central Athens by tens of thousands of striking workers protesting austerity measures the Greek government has said it has no choice but to implement...
Notre Dame girls basketball team advances to Class 4 title game (03/12/10)
The Bulldogs defeated St. Dominic 62-55 on Friday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.
Notre Dame girls face St. Dominic in Class 4 semifinals on Friday (03/12/10)
Notre Dame girls basketball coach Renee Peters took her team to a camp last summer. And by no coincidence, the camp was at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. "I told them there was a reason I brought them to this camp," Peters said. "I told them I want them to take a look around and be motivated to get back here this year."...
Redhawks softball team falls 12-1 to Illinois State (03/12/10)
Illinois State banged out 16 hits and scored 10 unanswered runs Thursday as it defeated the Southeast Missouri State softball team 12-1 at the Southeast Softball Complex. Illinois State (10-8) scored in all five innings, including two runs in the first. Southeast sliced the lead in half in the bottom of the first with an unearned run, but the Redbirds got the run back in the second, then followed that with three three-run innings...
Area digest 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
Dalhousie Golf Club earned the American Junior Golf Association's volunteer award for the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The award is given to the AJGA event that "builds the model team of volunteers committed to the success of the championship," the release announcing the ward said...
Duncan faces former team and pitching coach father (03/12/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- In years past, when Chris Duncan wanted a pregame word with his father, he simply walked into the office adjacent to the clubhouse. On Wednesday, they had to chat outside the batting cage when the Nationals came to play the Cardinals. Chris is in Washington's camp as a nonroster invitee...
Wisconsin transplant hopes to start curling club in St. Louis (03/12/10)
ST. LOUIS -- When Nancy Rogers moved to St. Louis from Wisconsin more than a year ago, her first question was: Where's the curling club? St. Louis seemed like a natural place for the sport often referred to as "shuffleboard on ice." Big metropolitan area. Long cold winters. Lots of ice rinks...
Blues slip past Islanders in shootout (03/12/10)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- This was one point the St. Louis Blues couldn't let slip away. Fighting to get back into the Western Conference playoff race, the surging Blues found themselves in a shootout with the slumping New York Islanders. Then T.J. Oshie, Brad Boyes and goalie Chris Mason took care of business...
Cardinals rally for preseason victory (03/12/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Florida Marlins got another strong start from ace Josh Johnson but a bad ending from their closer Thursday. Johnson struck out four in three scoreless innings before the St. Louis Cardinals beat up on closer Leo Nunez during a five-run ninth for a 5-3 win...
A good movie (03/12/10)
Writers for movie mags call it rom-com, the cinematic genre over which Sandra Bullock is the reigning queen. Bullock's regal stature has been honed by her many entertaining romantic-comedy performances with their predictable plots. This year's Oscar for best performance by an actress went to Bullock for her role as a compassionate Memphis do-gooder in "The Blind Side." Hers was not the best effort, considering the performances by other nominees in the same category, but who doesn't like watching a Sandra Bullock movie?. ...
Alienating movies (03/12/10)
No, I didn't watch all the 2010 best picture nominees before the 82nd annual Academy Awards aired Sunday. I tried. I did. OK, maybe I didn't try as hard as I could have, but, hey, a girl's got to live sometime. I saw "Avatar," and as I stated earlier, I'm glad it didn't win. I managed to sit through "District 9" and am ecstatic that it failed. The two movies sit at complete opposite ends of the alien spectrum...
Tom Neumeyer's book, 'Cape Girardeau, Then & Now,' shows how city has evolved (03/12/10)
Tom Neumeyer has attempted to preserve history with a new photo documentary book, "Cape Girardeau, Then and Now." The book contains 120 pairings of old photographs of the city's businesses, homes, churches, schools, parks, entertainment venues, civic buildings, public works facilities and country highways-turned-city main roads with current images of the sites and a brief explanation by Neumeyer...
Four Canadian artists perform in Cape Girardeau en route to South by Southwest festival (03/12/10)
The drive from Ottawa, Ontario, to Austin, Texas, takes about 30 hours, but for four Canadian musicians, the trip down to South by Southwest will stretch to about a week with stops to play in Cleveland, Chicago and, on Sunday, Cape Girardeau. When Amanda Rheaume, a singer-songwriter from the neighborly north, knew she was going to be traveling to and playing at the Texas music festival in March, she gathered three other musician friends who were going and decided to make a tour of it...
Best bet: Powder Mill plays at Roxy's Big Country Saloon (03/12/10)
Roxy's Big Country Saloon stomped onto the weekend entertainment scene at the end of February and promises to be a country-good time for any involved. On Saturday the bar will feature country rock group Powder Mill from Van Buren, Mo. The band -- Jesse Hammock II on lead vocals and guitar, Jeff Chapman on guitar and vocals, Pat McSpadden on bass and vocals and Andrew Bedell on percussion -- ranges from forlorn ballads to quick-tempo, whiskey-drinking tunes one expects to hear screaming out of a country bar's doors.. ...
Doug E. Rees celebrates new CD's release (03/12/10)
With a dash of country, a pinch of bluegrass and a healthy dose of American folk, Doug E. Rees' sound is one that entertains people young and old. He is a regular at Stooges in Jackson, as well as other venues in the area, and plays music straight from his heart...
Artists show their wares, compete at Arts by the River event (03/12/10)
Fine arts and crafts by 20 artists competing for prizes and hoping to make a sale will fill the atrium and convocation center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus on March 20 and 21. The first-time event, Arts by the River, is a presentation of a juried show by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri...
George Reno (03/12/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- George Russell Reno, 85, of Poplar Bluff died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Reno was born July 25, 1924, in Willow Springs, Mo. He retired from Mississippi River Fuel Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Ruby Griep (03/12/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruby J. Griep, 78, of Perryville died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, with the Rev. Milton Ryan officiating...
Elenora Miesner (03/12/10)
FARRAR, Mo. -- Elenora M. Miesner, 84, of Farrar died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Hoxie, Kan., daughter of Erich and Sophie Gaede Mueller. She and Edmund C. Miesner were married June 1, 1946. Mrs. Miesner was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid in Farrar...
Beatrice Smith (03/12/10)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Beatrice A. Smith, 86, of Valles Mines, Mo., formerly of Grassy, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre, Mo. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill, Mo...
Clayton Zahner (03/12/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clayton E. Zahner, 21, of Perryville died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Perryville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 6:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Home Cemetery...
Truman Cook (03/12/10)
Our father, Truman N. Cook, was born Feb. 23, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, to Robert L. and Mary Jane Cook. While living in Missouri, he married the love of his life, Eula, with whom he shared four daughters: Jane Howry (Bob), Nancy Hamlet (John), Cindy McClanathan (Michael) and Mary Ann Castelhano (Ed)...
A.L. Underwood (03/12/10)
A.L. Underwood, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born May 29, 1924, in Cairo, Ill., to Albert L. and Pearl Bevill Underwood. He and Lila Jean Sitzes were married Dec. 23, 1943, in Abilene, Texas. She preceded him in death Dec. 24, 2002...
Reba Jean Thompson (03/12/10)
Reba Jean Thompson, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Monticello House in Jackson, where she resided the past 20 months. She was born July 15, 1923, in Paragould, Ark., to W.C. and Emma Felty Albright. She was a graduate of Paragould High School and primarily resided the rest of her life in Cape Girardeau. She was most recently employed more than 25 years as an inspector with Missouri State Board of Cosmetology...
James Hartmann (03/12/10)
James W. Hartmann, 92, of Gordonville was called to his heavenly home Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 25, 1918, at Whitewater, son of Charles and Rosie Baker Hartmann. He and Bernice I. Deneke were married Feb. 1, 1944...
Frances Rhodes (03/12/10)
Frances Aileen Rhodes, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 21, 1920, in Diehlstadt, Mo., to John and Claudie O'Guin Young Sr. She was married to Lester W. Rhodes in Cape Girardeau 22 years before he preceded her in death...
Jackson police/fire report 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Fire report 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
Tired of waiting for the federal government to alleviate flooding along Cape LaCroix and Walker creeks here, local officials are in the process of putting together a flood relief project of their own which would be financed with a tax assessed property owners in the drainage district...
Troubled teens (03/12/10)
School shootings, particularly when those pulling the trigger are teenagers, are horrific news. These tragedies have, in recent years, occurred as close as Paducah, Ky., and Jonesboro, Ark. Now authorities in Stoddard County believe a Puxico High School student recently threatened to kill her classmates. Guns and a list of intended victims were found in the girl's home...
River Campus: A great mix (03/12/10)
Congratulations to the River Campus and Bedell Performance Hall for bringing four outstanding productions to this area all in one week. We saw the performances of "Carousel," River North Chicago Dance Company, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and "TAO -- The Martial Art of Drumming."...
Speak Out 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
REGARDING Scott City's latest nuisance notices: I find it ironic that the first nice day we have and the first opportunity to take care of things outside is the same day that our nuisance officer gives the entire town notices, yet the city can let its property go, like our senior park, which is in total disrepair. I feel the city needs to clean up its own backyard before complaining to homeowners...
Prayer 3/12/10 (03/12/10)
Inspire us, O God, to reach farther and try harder in all that we do in our lives. Amen.
UFOs are real! And Dan Akroyd has the answers. See the controversial footage that the U.S. Government did not want aired on tv. (03/12/10)
03/25/2010 07:00 PM - OUT THERE presents - Movies At The Mud House - "Dan Akroyd's Unplugged On UFOs" UFOs are real! And Dan Akroyd has the answers. See the controversial footage that the U.S. Government did not want aired on tv. The U.S. Government refused to let this documentary air on TV. You can see it for free at The Mississippi Mud House!...
Local Cape Girardeau Veteran Larry Bill Continues Independent Campaign for Congress (03/12/10)
Larry Bill is continuing his independent run for Congress by combining personal grit and modern technology. Mr. Bill and his small band of volunteers are going door-to-door gaining signatures to put him on the ballot. If successful, the effort will allow Mr. Bill to bypass the primary race and run in the general election as an independent...
United Country -- Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group, LLC Expands Sales Team (03/12/10)
Travis Birdsong, owner/broker of United Country - Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group, LLC ., in Poplar Bluff, Missouri (http://www.birdsongauction.com) announced today that Becky Barnhill, licensed Real Estate Agent since 1996, has joined the sales team to further develop their growing portfolio of real estate listings. ...
Local C.A.R.s Attend State Convention (03/12/10)
For Immediate Release Local C.A.R.s Attend State Convention Members of the Byrd Settlement Society recently attended the 59th annual State Conference of the Missouri State Society Children of the American Revolution (M.S.S.C.A.R.) in Lake Ozark, Mo...
Harlem Globe Trotter Visits Jefferson (03/12/10)
Harlem Globe Trotter visits Jefferson Elementary.
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