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Stories from Friday, April 9, 2010

Winning educators at Jackson chamber banquet cite team effort (04/09/10)
Five Jackson educators got a moment in the limelight, and all used it to thank the support group behind them.
Jackson man injured after striking rock bluff (04/09/10)
BARNHART, Mo. -- A Jackson man was injured Thursday morning when his vehicle hit a rock bluff off Interstate 55. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jeremy W. Rodgers, 19, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche southbound on the interstate around 5:40 a.m. when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. The Avalanche then struck a rock bluff.
Tellers entertain students, community on first day of Cape storytelling festival (04/09/10)
Friday was the first day of the third annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, which continues through Sunday, in downtown Cape Girardeau. Advance ticket sales totaled 435 tickets by Friday afternoon. "Tomorrow we expect to be a really big day for us because of the weather," said Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We know a lot of our local people are working today, but tomorrow and Sunday have the potential to have the best turnout yet."...
Truck fire affects Kingshighway traffic (04/09/10)
A pickup truck caught fire today on South Kingshighway around 11 a.m., causing traffic on the road to be limited to one lane northbound for a brief period. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department and Cape Girardeau police responded to the scene, and the fire was quickly extinguished...
MoDOT wrapping up Jackson traffic study (04/09/10)
By today the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to wrap up its two-week traffic count study in Jackson.
At GED ceremony, teachers tell stories of students turning their lives around (04/09/10)
Fighting back tears, teachers with the Cape Girardeau Adult Education and Literacy program told the triumphant stories of their students during the annual GED graduation ceremony Thursday.
125 laid off at Athem Blue Cross Cape Girardeau office (04/09/10)
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri notified 125 workers Thursday their jobs are being eliminated at its Cape Girardeau operations center.
8th District hopeful says free trade agreements need to be revisited (04/09/10)
Congressional candidate Tommy Sowers took on U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's record on trade and economics Thursday evening before a friendly Cape Girardeau crowd, accusing the Republican incumbent of supporting "policy after policy" that has cost the district jobs...
New mayor, council members to be sworn in today (04/09/10)
Cape Girardeau's new mayor, Harry Rediger, and three city council members elected Tuesday will be sworn into office today. The current city council will meet at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 401 Independence St., to certify the results of Tuesday's election. The swearing-in ceremony will follow for Rediger, re-elected council member John Voss of Ward 1, Meg Davis-Proffer of Ward 2 and Kathy Swan of Ward 6...
Republican candidate withdraws from circuit clerk race (04/09/10)
One of the two Republicans who filed for Cape Girardeau County Circuit Clerk announced today that he is withdrawing from the race. Jason Holloway of Oak Ridge said he was stepping aside from the contest for personal reasons. He did not elaborate. Holloway's withdrawal leaves Patti Wibbenmeyer, chief deputy circuit clerk, as the only candidate in the race. ...
Women arrested on meth charges after 30-mile chase (04/09/10)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Two women led police on a nearly 30-mile chase late Monday night before being arrested in a rural cemetery, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. Rhonda Hindmon, 47, and Misty Cooksey, 27, both of Kennett, were observed in a maroon van and driving at high speed on Ely Road in Kennett at 11 p.m. ...
Women injured in Wednesday night crash near Delta (04/09/10)
Two women were injured late Wednesday after the car they were riding in struck an embankment near Delta. Brittney N. Hutson, 20, of Chaffee, Mo., was driving her 1998 Jeep northbound on County Road 254 around 9:34 p.m., according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. The Jeep then ran off the roadway and struck the embankment 4 miles west of Delta...
Home, business without water after main break in Jackson (04/09/10)
A home and business were without water after a water main broke Friday in Jackson.
Mouser named Dexter High School principal (04/09/10)
In a special session of the Dexter Board of Education, Corey Mouser was named to replace Bryce Matthews as Dexter High School principal beginning with the 2010-11 school year. Mouser, a Dexter native, is no stranger to the local high school. He has been a vital part of the local school system since 1997 when he was assigned the position of Agriculture Education Instructor. He remained in that position until he accepted the role of high school assistant principal in 2003...
Group walks barefoot in Cape to raise awareness of shoeless (04/09/10)
Monthly classic car show in uptown Jackson kicks off Saturday (04/09/10)
Saturday marks the start of a monthly car show in uptown Jackson through September. Sponsored by Jackson Community Outreach and River City Rodders, Cruisin' Uptown will feature muscle cars, street rods, antique cars, classic and special-interest cars and trucks and custom motorcycles...
County commission accepts computer, paving bids (04/09/10)
During its meeting Thursday the Cape Girardeau County Commission approved a bid for the purchase of 20 computers in preparation for an upgrade of software to process personal and real estate property information. World Wide Technologies Inc of St. Louis won the bid of a little more than $25,000...
Krajcir transported back to Illinois prison (04/09/10)
Timothy Krajcir, a confessed serial killer who received his 14th life sentence March 25 in Paducah, Ky., was moved from the McCracken County Jail at Paducah on Wednesday morning back to prison in Stateville, Ill.
Missouri State tuition steady unless funding cut (04/09/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Students at Missouri State University will pay the same tuition rate in the 2010-11 school year -- unless the state cuts funding even more than the previous agreement. Missouri's public colleges earlier agreed to hold the line on tuition in exchange for a modest 5.2 percent cut in state appropriations...
20-year-old Mo. student falls from fourth floor (04/09/10)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a student who was badly injured when he fell through a screened window in a dorm room at the University of Central Missouri. The university's student-run publication, Digitalburg.com, reported that 20-year-old Benson Chukwundi Owere was flown to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City early Thursday morning after the fall...
Literary scholar named Missouri grad school dean (04/09/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A literary scholar who has led the University of Missouri Graduate School on an interim basis is no longer a temporary dean. George Justice was appointed graduate school dean and vice provost for advanced studies on Thursday. He has served as interim dean since July 2009, when the position became vacant...
Missouri Senate panel cuts $500 million from proposed budget (04/09/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Senate committee declared Thursday that it has cut more than $500 million from Missouri's proposed budget for next year -- meeting a target set by Gov. Jay Nixon to bring it in balance. The Senate Appropriations Committee wrapped up its work after making hundreds of spending cuts, ranging from just a few dollars for some programs to tens of millions for others. ...
West Virginia mine rescue teams eager to resume search (04/09/10)
MONTCOAL, W.Va. -- A federal safety official said more air testing would be needed before rescue teams could head back into a West Virginia coal mine Thursday night to look for four miners missing since an explosion killed 25 workers. Kevin Stricklin, coal administrator from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, said levels of noxious gases had dropped but not enough for the crews to re-enter the Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston, W.Va...
Toyota executive urged automaker to 'come clean' (04/09/10)
WASHINGTON -- In the days leading up to its massive recall in January, Toyota executives debated when they should inform the public about safety problems with accelerator pedals, prompting one executive to urge the company to "come clean," according to documents obtained by The Associated Press...
Retailers get Easter gift in sales figures (04/09/10)
NEW YORK -- Shoppers are finally coming out of hibernation. Better weather and an earlier Easter enticed Americans to shell out for spring clothes in March, the fourth straight month of gains for retail sales. Target, Macy's, Gap and the parent of Victoria's Secret all beat Wall Street expectations...
Former executive challenged on role in Citigroup's risk-taking (04/09/10)
WASHINGTON -- Robert Rubin, the former financial superstar once lionized for his global crisis-fighting prowess, was scolded Thursday over the mortgage-securities disaster at Citigroup Inc. when he was a top executive there. His claim he didn't know of the risks piling up drew a sharp retort...
Airlines had fewer on-time flights in Feb. (04/09/10)
NEW YORK -- U.S. airlines operated fewer on-time flights in February, the Department of Transportation said Thursday, as massive snowstorms shut down some of the largest East Coast airports. Sixty-one flights were delayed for at least three hours during the month -- triple the number of those delays in January. It was the highest number of three-hour tarmac delays since August. August is one of the busiest months of the year for air travel...
Officials: Jet restroom smoker caused bomb scare (04/09/10)
DENVER -- A Middle Eastern diplomat who set off a national terrorism scare when he grabbed a surreptitious smoke in a jetliner's bathroom and then joked about lighting his shoe on fire has been released from custody and will likely not face criminal charges...
Slum disappears in Rio de Janeiro mudslide; 200 buried, feared dead (04/09/10)
NITEROI, Brazil -- They are all gone. The Evangelical church where worshippers were praying. A day care center where children were playing. The pizza parlor where a family was eating. All were buried under a mountain of mud, garbage and stone when yet another landslide hit metropolitan Rio de Janeiro late Wednesday. ...
Iran: 3 jailed Americans linked to U.S. intelligence (04/09/10)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's intelligence minister accused three Americans jailed since crossing the border from Iraq in July of having links to U.S. intelligence services, state TV reported Thursday. The comments toughened Iran's accusations against the group, suggesting authorities could be close to bringing them to trial after months of mixed signals and fears in the U.S. that they could be used as bargaining chips in Iran's confrontation with the West...
Former 'Survivor' producer detained following wife's death in Mexico (04/09/10)
MEXICO CITY -- "Pimp My Ride" and former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman was detained Thursday as a suspect in his wife's death days after reporting her missing in the resort city of Cancun, a Mexican official said. The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found Thursday in a sewer at the swanky Moon Palace resort where the family was on vacation, according to Bello Rodriguez, the outgoing attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located...
U.S., Russia sign nuclear treaty, but arms issues remain (04/09/10)
PRAGUE -- The nuclear weapons cuts President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed Thursday would shrink the Cold War superpowers' arsenals to the lowest point since the arms race of the 1960s. But they won't touch the "loose nukes" and suitcase bombs seen as the real menace in today's age of terrorism...
Emaciated children signal crisis in Sudan (04/09/10)
AKOBO, Sudan -- Three-day-old Odong Obong lay in the hospital bed, his pencil-thin arms almost motionless and his shriveled, gaunt face resembling that of an elderly man. Emaciated babies and young children throughout the ward bore the signs of hunger: visible ribs and distended stomachs. Outside, old villagers reclined motionless in the shade, too frail to walk...
Scott City cashes in on chances to dump Dexter (04/09/10)
What kind of day was it Thursday when Scott City and Dexter met for a high school baseball game at City Park in Scott City? One only needed to show up for the final out of the game to see fortune was smiling on the home team. Even when the Scott City center fielder dropped a potential game-ending fly ball, the Rams were not to be denied. They simply threw the ball back to the infield and nabbed a confused Dexter baserunner who looked hopelessly lost between second and third...
High school roundup: Jackson's Clark tosses no-hitter vs. NMCC (04/09/10)
All the results from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian
Southeast roundup: Softball team tries to right ship vs. Tigers (04/09/10)
A look at the news involving Southeast Missouri State athletics
Sizzling offenses to square off at Capaha (04/09/10)
A look at the Southeast Missouri State baseball team's upcoming series against Tennessee Tech.
Redhawks gymnasts prepare for regional (04/09/10)
Southeast Missouri State gymnastics coach Kristi Ewasko hoped to take her entire team to Columbia, Mo. The Redhawks fell short of that, but they'll still be represented at Saturday's NCAA South Central Regional hosted by the University of Missouri. Southeast ended the season ranked 40th nationally, with the top 36 making the regional field. The rankings are based completely on teams' average scores during the season...
Area digest 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
Bryan Kelpe won the inaugural Howard Aslinger Foundation's 24-Hour Endurance Run, which was held at Arena Park. Kelpe covered 108 miles during the 24-hour span. Dave Hardesty won the 12-hour race by covering 52 miles, while Ethan Seyer captured first in the 1-hour division with 8.75 miles...
Gomes' dinger ruins Cardinals' sweep bid (04/09/10)
CINCINNATI -- Jonny Gomes saw both of them coming -- the pitch and the pummeling. Gomes expected a fastball and got one, connecting for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth Thursday that sent the Cincinnati Reds to their first victory of the season, 2-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals...
The art experience (04/09/10)
I like to touch art. Most people frown upon it, I know, but I can't help it. I like to experience art with all my senses. I stand as close as I can to examine the details and then walk backward slowly. I squint to blur it and see something else. I inhale deeply in pottery studios, smelling the sweet burn of the kiln or the dusty smell of a finished product...
Shut-ins awe (04/09/10)
If you go to Ironton, the county seat of Iron County in the Ozarks over yonder, you get three towns for the price of one. Arcadia is on the south end, and Pilot Knob is on the north end. And if you're in Ironton, you also are close to three of Missouri's state parks: Taum Sauk, Johnson's Shut-Ins and Elephant Rocks...
Art Slam pits two men in debate over work by Ansel Adams (04/09/10)
This isn't your father's art debate. The second Art Slam at the Crisp Museum will unfold as a no-holds-barred verbal cage match of sorts to entertain and provoke the audience. Art Slam pits two individuals in a debate-style atmosphere discussing a particular exhibit. In this case, Dr. Christopher Rieger of Southeast Missouri State University's English Department will be debating Dr. Zenon Duda, a podiatrist and sculptor...
Kiwanis Club fundraiser lets the good times roll '50s and '60's style (04/09/10)
Don't be surprised to see classic cars and motorcycles and people wearing rolled up sleeves and bobby socks in the vicinity of Arena Park on Saturday. A road cruise of era-appropriate vehicles will help kick off the annual Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club '50s and '60s Dance at the Arena Building. Organizer Fred Horrell said he expects around 700 people to attend the event, highlighted by a dance contest and costume contest with cash prizes...
Best bet: Third annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival (04/09/10)
The third annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will flood downtown with talkers, listeners and curious individuals who happen upon the three-day event. Tents will be set up on Broadway and at the River Campus. Storytellers from across the country will regale the audience with tales from their journeys, their families and life itself. This year, organizers set aside a time in the Merriwether tent devoted to storytellers from Cape Girardeau...
Author's corner: "Cold Lonely Courage" (04/09/10)
Former Cape Girardeau resident Soren Paul Petrek has released his award-winning novel, "Cold Lonely Courage." The novel, about a female assassin for the British Special Operations during World War II, won Best Fiction from Fade In Magazine. Petrek grew up in Cape Girardeau and now works as a lawyer in Minnesota. Black Rose Writing released the novel. "Cold Lonely Courage" is available from www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com...
Date nights not always remembered for their romance (04/09/10)
Research has long shown that one key to a good, lasting marriage is to keep the romance alive. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to do this is to have a regular date night. Go to the movies, dinner, anything to get you out of the house and into each other's sole company. The newly released "Date Night" takes its premise from this theory...
ARTifacts 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Anne Bradshaw (04/09/10)
Anne Bradshaw, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Mary Markey (04/09/10)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Kirkpatrick Markey, 73, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010. She was born Nov. 19, 1936, in Diehlstadt, Mo. Markey was a retired Memphis city schoolteacher and active member of Bartlett United Methodist Church. An active member of the Fun Club, she traveled across the country and the globe. Kathy also served as assistant livestock director for the Mid-South Fair almost 30 years...
Dennis Clayton (04/09/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dennis Clayton, 76, of Anna died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic service will be at 7 by Anna Lodge 520 AF&AM. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joe Hankla officiating. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery at Cobden, Ill., with military rites by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and Illinois National Guard Honors Unit...
Polly Powell (04/09/10)
Polly Sue Powell, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at her home. A private memorial service was held Wednesday. Announcement courtesy of Crain Funeral Home.
Betty Schuessler (04/09/10)
Betty Schuessler, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center after suffering a fractured hip followed by a stroke and other health issues. She was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Herb and Stella Fiedler Dreyer, who preceded her in death...
Gloria Laub (04/09/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Gloria Laub, 78, of Chaffee died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 12, 1931, in Chaffee, to the late Sylvester and Elizabeth Owens Matthews. She and Donald L. Laub were married Nov. 4, 1950. He preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1978...
Jackson police report 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Thefts...
Jackson fire report 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Fire report 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
With funding arranged for construction of a Mississippi River port, the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Commission will urge the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department to consider extension of Nash Road eastward to the proposed port site. Cape Girardeau firefighters burn down the old dairy farm at Southeast Missouri State University in the morning; the fire, which takes less than five minutes to devour the structure, is so hot it reduces galvanized metal to charred, twisted scrap...
My fellow citizens ... (04/09/10)
I am extremely honored and humbled as I accept the position of mayor of Cape Girardeau. I greatly appreciate your support in electing me to this esteemed position. My personal thank you to all of our team members who worked so hard the past few months and to everyone who gave financial support to the campaign...
Purcell, Macke, Breitbart (04/09/10)
It was no surprise when Jay Purcell, associate Cape Girardeau County commissioner, joined the race for presiding commissioner at the last minute, even though he had told a number of people he wasn't going to. The large number of candidates (six) in the Republican primary (Charles Brawley, Doyle Parmer, Clint Tracy, Chris Hutson, Stephen Daume and Jay Purcell) sets up the same scenario as his election to the commission six years ago when nine candidates were in the primary and Purcell won by only 29 votes over Dan Niswonger. ...
Tell me a story (04/09/10)
Cape Girardeau's third annual Storytelling Festival starts today. The three-day event, which drew 3,000 people last year, features a dozen local storytellers as well as six professionals. The professional storytellers will perform throughout the day from 9 a.m. ...
Still providing mother's care (04/09/10)
On Monday I attended the Missouri Task Force Forum for Alzheimer's at the Osage Community Centre. This meeting was important to me as my two sisters, my husband and I have taken care of my mother 24 hours a day for almost four years. I attended the meeting to give my input on recommendations for legislation to be given to Gov. Jay Nixon...
Redesign cost city thousands (04/09/10)
Let me see if I've got this right. Last year, Mayor Jay Knudtson put his foot in his mouth by speaking from the hip before checking his facts on the Shawnee Community Centre project. At a meeting that I was not invited to attend, Knudtson publicly slandered me to the media and on the front page of the local newspaper. ...
Speak Out 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
WHILE attending a meeting at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, I was notified by one of the librarians that the trunk of my car was open. A young man stood guard by the car while his mother alerted the employee. I thanked the young man but did not get his name. Please, if he or his gracious mother sees this, please contact Ms. Stephanie in person at the library...
Prayer 4/9/10 (04/09/10)
On behalf of those who govern and legislate, we pray for just decisions, O God. Amen.
21st Annual Walk MS (04/09/10)
The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society's Gateway Chapter will host their 21st annual Walk MS event on Sunday, April 18 at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. Registration is at noon; lunch is provided by Applebee's and the walk will kick off at 1 p.m. ...
Guard Soldiers from Cape, Poplar Bluff units get land nav refresher (04/09/10)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- With the increasing popularity of global positioning systems, old-fashioned land navigation is becoming a lost art. But Citizen-Soldiers with the Missouri National Guard realize it's still an invaluable skill that could prove vital during future missions...
Jackson native receives award from Philippine Air Force commanding general (04/09/10)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Republic of the Philippines -- The commanding general of the Philippine Air Force recognized the humanitarian efforts of U.S. military members serving in the southern Philippines during a celebration at Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) April 7...
Trinity Lutheran Girl Scouts Clean up Downtown Cape (04/09/10)
Old Town Cape would like to thank the Trinity Lutheran Girl Scouts for cleaning up Broadway. - And with pizzazz!
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