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Stories from Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Former arts council employee allowed more time in criminal case (04/13/10)
A former administrative assistant for the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri continued her case for the last time Tuesday before Assistant Circuit Court Judge Scott Thomsen, who said she must return for a May hearing with a lawyer.
Delta's new elementary ready for fall students (04/13/10)
A blue hallway border will lead visitors Sunday through the shining corridors of Delta's new elementary school, which smells of fresh paint and new carpeting. Aside from putting up door signs and moving in desks and computers, the school is ready for students after a year of construction, superintendent Nate Crowden said...
Subdivision rules not an attempt to impose countywide zoning, committee says (04/13/10)
The first draft of a proposal to regulate subdivisions in rural parts of Cape Girardeau County is finished, but the leader of the panel writing the rules has a message -- it will not be an attempt to impose zoning on the county. Mary Miller, chairwoman of the Jackson Planning and Zoning Commission, started Monday evening's meeting of a joint Jackson-Cape Girardeau Subdivision Advisory Committee by talking about what the regulations would do and, perhaps more important politically, what they would not do.. ...
Jackson, Town Plaza to take part in green sales tax holiday (04/13/10)
Only one city and special district in Cape Girardeau County are going to participate in a sales tax holiday next week.
Cape man pleads guilty to threatening wife with knives while wrapped in plastic (04/13/10)
A Cape Girardeau man who wrapped himself in plastic, displayed knives with his wife's name written on one of them and threatened to kill her pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Monday before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis. Joshua D. Wright, 23, was charged March 10 with unlawful use of a weapon and third-degree domestic assault for an incident at his residence, 820 S. Pacific St...
Woman pleads guilty to forging college transcript, will be sentenced next month (04/13/10)
A 22-year-old woman who submitted a phony transcript to Southeast Missouri State University last year will be sentenced in May, Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis decided Monday after the defendant pleaded guilty to the forgery charge. Danielle M. ...
Jackson man sentenced to prison for numerous burglaries (04/13/10)
A man sentenced to 60 days in jail last week for violating probation by breaking in to numerous Cape Girardeau and Jackson businesses in February was sentenced Monday to five years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis on four individual burglary charges...
Car travels down ravine near Sikeston, killing driver late Sunday (04/13/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. - A Dexter, Mo., man died Sunday after the vehicle he was driving traveled down a ravine and caught on fire. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that around 8 p.m. Andrew C. Freeman, 46, was driving his 2006 GMC eastbound on U.S. 60 when the vehicle ran off the roadway. The GMC then traveled down a ravine, hit a railroad track and caught on fire...
Caruthersville man arrested after dynamite threat (04/13/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A man was in custody Monday morning after he threatened to blow up himself, police officers and his neighbors with dynamite, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. At 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Caruthersville Police were called to a residence on 10th Street where a person was threatening suicide. When officers attempted to contact the man, he refused to open the door...
Highway 34 in Bollinger County reduced for repairs (04/13/10)
Highway 34 between Highway 51 and Route B in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal cracks in the road. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today...
Former school bus driver charged with statutory rape (04/13/10)
HORNERSVILLE, Mo. -- A former school bus driver and maintenance worker with the Senath-Hornersville Schools has been arrested on charges of statutory rape. Ruben Marty Goff, 54, of Hornersville, was arrested last week on charges of statutory rape in the second degree. The charges stem from an investigation by the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department into alleged incidents in the summer of 2009...
St. Francois County Big River bridge reduced to one lane next week (04/13/10)
As part of the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, work on the highway 8 bridge over Big River in St. Francois County will begin at 6:30 a.m April 26, weather permitting. ...
Benton man arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine (04/13/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 40-year-old Benton man was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine last week after Scott County deputies allegedly found materials to manufacture the substance in his residence and outside in a dog kennel. Jeremya Gray gave deputies consent to search his home where officers found lithium strips, syringes, cold packs, Coleman fuel, tubing and aluminum foil, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release. ...
Workshop to help not-for-profit groups seeking grants (04/13/10)
Not-for-profit agencies can get tips on grant writing at a workshop titled "Grant Seeking for Busy Nonprofits" to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The workshop will cover current trends in federal and private sector funding, how to position a not-for-profit agency for successful grant seeking and how to use grant search databases. ...
Jackson School Board agenda 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
7 p.m. today Board of Education office, 614 E. Adams St. Call to order Adoption of agenda Introduction of guests Presentation Board reorganization Approval of minutes Finance Public comments...
Mo. gov. to spread education cuts to all districts (04/13/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon signed a midyear spending bill Tuesday but said he plans to ignore lawmakers' instructions to shield more than one-quarter of Missouri's public school districts from a budget cut.
Mo. Senate endorses bill shrinking pensions (04/13/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators endorsed legislation Monday designed to save money through changes to public retirement systems, including increasing the minimum retirement age and requiring workers to contribute to their pensions. The bill affects Missouri's main pension plan -- the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System -- and a retirement system for the highway patrol and Department of Transportation...
Mo. Senate OKs removing many bingo regulation (04/13/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senators have given first-round approval to legislation dropping or loosening many of Missouri's bingo regulations.
Missouri gets $54M to fix struggling schools (04/13/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Federal officials announced Monday that Missouri will receive a $54 million federal grant to turn around its most persistently low-performing schools by taking drastic action such as replacing principals and closing schools.
Audit shows $108,000 taken from Mo. Veterans Commission (04/13/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former employee of the state auditor's office embezzled nearly $108,000 while working as an accountant for the Missouri Veterans Commission, the state auditor alleged Monday. Stacy Griffin-Lowery was fired by the veterans commission in March 2008 and pleaded guilty three months later to a misdemeanor theft charge. She repaid the state $17,665, the auditor's office said...
AP survey: Recovery to remain sluggish into 2011 (04/13/10)
WASHINGTON -- The pillars of Americans' financial security -- jobs and home values -- will stay shaky well into 2011, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. The findings of the new AP Economy Survey, released Monday, point to an economic recovery that will move slowly and fitfully this year and next. ...
Ukraine to give up nuke material; boost for summit (04/13/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama optimistically opened a 47-nation nuclear summit Monday, boosted by Ukraine's announcement that it will give up its weapons-grade uranium. More sobering: The White House counterterror chief warned that al-Qaida is vigorously pursuing ingredients and expertise for a bomb...
Small Va. paper wins Pulitzer for coverage of gas royalties (04/13/10)
NEW YORK -- The Bristol Herald Courier, a small paper in the coalfields of Appalachia, beat out journalism's powerhouses to win the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for uncovering a scandal in which Virginia landowners were deprived of millions in natural gas royalties...
Hitler book, weapons, ammo found in militia raids (04/13/10)
DETROIT -- Federal agents investigating what they describe as a Christian militia bent on violence against police seized suspected crack cocaine and steroids, weapons, gas masks and a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches during raids of members' homes last month, according to search warrant records...
Panel not ready to say when recession ended (04/13/10)
WASHINGTON -- A panel that dates the beginnings and ends of recessions isn't ready to declare just yet when this downturn ended. The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that although most barometers show improvements in the economy, it would be "premature" to pinpoint the end of a recession based on economic data seen so far...
Vatican to bishops: Follow law, report sex abuse (04/13/10)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Monday made clear for the first time that bishops and other church officials should report clerical sex abuse to police if required by law. But the policy failed to satisfy victims who charge that the church deliberately hid abuse for decades...
Russia points to human error in fatal Polish crash (04/13/10)
WARSAW, Poland -- Russian investigators suggested human error may have been to blame in the plane crash that killed the Polish president and 95 others, saying Monday there were no technical problems with the Soviet-made plane. The Tu-154 went down Saturday while trying to land in dense fog near a Smolensk airport in western Russia. All aboard were killed, including President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of Polish political, military and religious leaders...
Anger mounts as U.S. troops kill 4 Afghan civilians on bus (04/13/10)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghans burned tires and chanted "Death to America" after U.S. troops fired on a civilian bus near Kandahar, killing four people and wounding more than a dozen. Afghanistan's president accused NATO of violating its commitment to safeguard civilian lives...
High school roundup: Chaffee shuts out Bloomfield 7-0 (04/13/10)
All the area high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Cardinals launch home schedule with victory (04/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols got to bed about 3 a.m. after the St. Louis Cardinals' six-game opening trip, and reported to Busch Stadium about seven hours later. Fatigue? Trumped by the adrenaline of playing the home opener. Pujols homered and drove in four runs his first two at-bats against longtime nemesis Wandy Rodriguez, and Adam Wainwright worked eight scoreless innings Monday in a 5-0 victory over Houston, dropping the Astros to 0-7...
Record crowd turns out for festive home opener (04/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- It was practically a holiday in St. Louis -- the home opener for the Cardinals. After beginning the season with six games on the road, St. Louis played its home opener Monday against National League Central rival Houston. The largest-ever regular-season crowd at Busch Stadium (46,918) was happy upon arrival and even more so after the 5-0 win that featured Albert Pujols' fifth homer of the season...
Davidson: Blues sticking with youth (04/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Too many blown leads, no home ice advantage until too late to count. That's the St. Louis Blues' season in a nutshell. Team president John Davidson was as disappointed as anybody. But he noted the team has a young core and fell only two points shy of last season's playoff-worthy 92-point total...
Kroenke wants total ownership of Rams (04/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri billionaire Stan Kroenke has decided to exercise his matching rights and try to purchase the remaining 60 percent share of the St. Louis Rams. Kroenke made the announcement late Monday, the deadline for him to make the decision...
Researchers: Older women need 1-hour workouts daily to fend off flab (04/13/10)
CHICAGO -- Rev up the treadmill: New research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age -- and it's a lot. At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting. For those who are already overweight -- and that's most American women -- even more exercise is called for to avoid gaining weight without eating less, the study results suggest...
Calorie labeling could lead to healthier fast food (04/13/10)
Will a national requirement for chain restaurants to post calorie counts sound the death knell for bacon cheeseburgers and double chocolate doughnuts? The calorie-posting mandate, signed into law by President Barack Obama as part of the health care overhaul, assumes diners will feel the culinary equivalent of sticker shock when confronted with calorie counts for greasy, sugary and fatty foods...
David Lowes (04/13/10)
*** David Lowes David Lowes, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 12, 2010, at his home. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Moore (04/13/10)
Dorothy Moore Dorothy V. Moore, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 12, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Eula Poole (04/13/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Eula Viola Poole, 77, of Anna died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at City Care Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Dover officiating. Burial will be in Alto Pass Cemetery...
Audrey Bollinger (04/13/10)
Audrey L. Bollinger, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 12, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Sedgewickville, Mo., to Joseph William and Maude Mae Seabaugh Bollinger. She was affiliated with Hobbs Chapel. She worked at International/Florsheim Shoe Co. more than 40 years...
Earl Kirchhoff (04/13/10)
Earl Wilbur Kirchhoff died of natural causes Friday, April 9, 2010, at the Lutheran Home, Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 29, 1919, son of Rudy and Lovie Kirchhoff. He was married to Drucille Davenport 54 years, and they had three children: Stephen, Sheila, and Shanon...
Billy Beckett (04/13/10)
Billy R. Beckett, 75, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, April 12, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Cape Girardeau to John L. and Clemia Brown Beckett. He and Thelma M. Gibbons were married June 15, 1957, in Hernando, Miss. Beckett served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960...
Edna Buchheit (04/13/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edna L. Buchheit, 98, of Perryville died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Independence Care Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1912, in Perry County, daughter of Louis and Edna Meyer Meyer. She and Theodore "Ted" Buchheit were married in 1933 at Apple Creek, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1993...
Richard Parrett (04/13/10)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Richard Wayne Parrett, 59, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Hillsboro. He was born Nov. 3, 1950, in Cherryville, Mo. Beloved husband of Junell Ladd Parrett; dear son of the late Elizabeth Henkelmann and Eric Parrett Sr.; beloved father of Elizabeth (John) Wyatt; stepfather to Danielle Keith and Nathin McFarland; dearest grandfather to Sarah Harrimann, Rose, Carson and Cody Wyatt and Kaitlyn Garity; dearest brother to Roberta (George) Wallen and the late Joyce Gray, Eric (Buck) Parrett Jr. ...
Births 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
Daughter to Eric Tyler and Alicia Denice Cathcart of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:12 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2010. Name, Ava Jo. Weight, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Cathcart is the former Alicia Holifield, daughter of Charles and Maria Holifield of Jackson. Cathcart is the son of Eric and Bobbie Jo Cathcart of Jackson. He is employed at Nordenia USA...
Notre Dame Regional High School (04/13/10)
A Honor Roll 9th grade: Nicholas Bira, Kevin Brost, Logan Buchheit, Jacob Cieslewicz, Morgan Conrad, Cody Debrock, Bryce Domjan, Anthony Dunning, Elizabeth Earley, Michael Essner, Nicholas Essner, Vincent Foeste, Chelsea Hastings, Taylor Heisserer, Eliza Holcomb, Aaron Huber, Tyler Hulshof, Jacob Janet, Kenrick Niedbalski, Nicholas Norman, Olivia Renner, Taylor Rinda, Sharon Sabapathypillai, Morgan Schumer, Taylor Seyer, Macy Shively, Seth Sievers, Jadie Stoverink, Matthew Thompson, Taylor Ward, Alexander Wiesner, Patrick Williamson.. ...
Jackson police and fire reports 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assault Miscellaneous Southeast Missouri State University The Southeast Missouri State University released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. ...
Out of the past 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
Missouri Gov. John D. Ashcroft praises the employees of the LeeRowen plant in Jackson, invoking their example as indicative of "Missouri's hard-working citizens" in a speech at a morning groundbreaking ceremony for the newest addition to the facility; when the new 58,000-square-foot plant is completed, it is expected to add another 50 to 60 jobs to the Jackson area...
The census a century ago (04/13/10)
A century ago, The Republican (which later became the Southeast Missourian) published a front-page editorial urging readers to make sure every resident of Cape Girardeau was properly counted. The goal, it seems, was to improve the city's image as the "slowest town in the state." Here are excerpts from the editorial:Let's Help Take the Census...
Judgment against Purcell (04/13/10)
Now that the Missouri Supreme Court has issued its no-nonsense ruling in the lawsuit Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell brought against the commission -- all three members, including himself -- county taxpayers may have two important questions:1. Why was so much time, effort and money wasted on a flimsy legal case that brought little but embarrassment to the county?...
Cape River Heritage Museum plans special events (04/13/10)
Sixteen historic preservation students from Southeast Missouri State University are working with volunteers to install exciting new exhibits at the Cape River Heritage Museum. In honor of the 90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, the museum will feature several exhibits on the women of Cape Girardeau, including educators, healers and American Indian women...
Speak Out 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
JOHN Cook suggested that the person who didn't know that the Congress members had to contribute to their retirement lived in la-la land. There are lots of people out here living in la-la land, or they would have elected a much better Congress. SOMEONE said we shouldn't be hard on President Obama and suggested we might not have been so good at our first jobs. Maybe I wasn't good at my first job, but my first job was not president of the United States. His shouldn't have been either...
Prayer 4/13/10 (04/13/10)
Help us, O God, to always seek the truth about this world and the one to come. Amen.
Sowers for Congress Announces Record Fundraising Numbers (04/13/10)
Today, Rolla native and Iraq war veteran Tommy Sowers announced that his campaign raised over $295,000 in the first quarter of 2010, his strongest fundraising quarter to date. 99% of those funds were from individual contributions and the campaign now boasts more than 2,000 individual supporters...
Lowe appointed command sergeant major for 1140th Engineer Battalion (04/13/10)
WAPPAPELLO TRAINING SITE, Mo. -- When Timothy Lowe enlisted in the Missouri National Guard as a high-school junior, his goal then was to become a first sergeant someday. He surpassed his goal Saturday, accepting an appointment as command sergeant major for the 1140th Engineer Battalion...
The Human Experience (04/13/10)
You're invited to a pre-screening of the documentary "The Human Experience" on Wednesday, April 28, 7pm in Academic Auditorium and Thursday, April 29, 7pm in Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall. In "The Human Experience", a band of brothers experience homelessness in New York City, encounter the disabled and orphaned children of Peru and bring hope to the lepers of Ghana, Africa. ...
Concert Real Life Tour 2010 (04/13/10)
WCR Nashville is pleased to announce the up-coming tour of the Southern Brothers with Crawford Crossing. The local boys from Missouri will be performing at Southeast Missouri State University Saturday May 22,2010 @ 7:30 pm. You can purchase tickets through Metrotix by calling 1-800-293-5949 or by logging on to www.metrotix.com...
Congress, not EPA, should make energy policy (04/13/10)
by U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Anyone who needs evidence that Republicans and Democrats can still work together should look no further than our efforts to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing costly greenhouse gas regulations on American families, farms and businesses...
Hidden Beauty (04/13/10)
The "cement pond" on the old Shepard Farm tucked way back in the woods off Bainbridge Road close to Egypt Mills, MO.
Allison Lynch 8 year old First Turkey-24 lb 10 1/4" beard!!!!! (04/13/10)
Allison Lynch of Oran, MO killed her first turkey opening day of youth season. 24 lb 10 1/4" beard Allison is the daughter of Allan and Dana Lynch of Oran, MO.
Spring Sky (04/13/10)
Taken on hill top in Watkins Conservation Area Morley Mo
Spring has sprung (04/13/10)
Even this field of weeds made a pretty picture.
Turtle (04/13/10)
Saw this large turtle sunning on this beautiful day!!
Curly Plant (04/13/10)
Saw this plant while enjoying the refuge drive in Illinois and thought it was very unique.
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