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Children, adults enjoy opening of Discovery Playhouse on Broadway (04/22/10)
Within minutes after the doors opened Thursday at The Discovery Playhouse, A Children's Museum, children were swarming over the big plastic animals in the window, using the pneumatic tube at the play bank and ringing up groceries at the supermarket...
A place for everything: St. Mary Cathedral School's new addition should be ready for students this fall (04/22/10)
Students at St. Mary Cathedral School have an evolving math lesson going up next to their building. Math teacher Debbie Welker takes her students to the school's construction site and brings in construction managers to go over architectural plans. Students calculate the number of bricks it takes to cover the wall, compare square footage of classrooms and identify geometric shapes...
Local parent testifies at hearing on juvenile detention center reform (04/22/10)
Jackson parent Tracy McClard was one of six witnesses who spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where representatives for the first time heard testimony on reforming the country's juvenile justice system...
Cape Girardeau City Council: Too early to put gambling casino to public vote (04/22/10)
There appears to be little sentiment on the Cape Girardeau City Council to seek a public vote on whether the city should pursue a casino development. In interviews at the council retreat Wednesday at the Osage Community Centre, council members said they have been getting calls and e-mails from constituents, with many urging that the issue be put on the ballot...
Ballet 'Sleeping Beauty' performed today at River Campus (04/22/10)
The Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" should be one that children will remember. Assistant director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, Robert Cerchio, said tonight's ballet in the Bedell Performance Hall by the touring company is an example of a performance which equals good sales of tickets, but also holds a special meaning for some who attend...
City council hears about employee pay raises, potential rate increases at retreat (04/22/10)
Cape Girardeau City Council members like a budget proposal that includes a 1 percent pay increase for city workers, but need convincing that the city should increase water and sewer rates.
Sikeston man robbed at gunpoint Wednesday (04/22/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A man fell victim to a strong-armed robbery late Wednesday morning when he gave a ride to an acquaintance. At 11:19 a.m., a man came to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety headquarters to report he was robbed at gunpoint. The victim told officers he took the suspect to apartments located at 819 Davis Blvd., at the intersection of Wakefield Avenue...
Contract awarded for road improvements on Highway 25 at South Elementary (04/22/10)
A project to relieve traffic congestion at South Elementary School took another step forward when the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract for road improvements there.
Jackson students collect supplies for Fredericktown Middle School (04/22/10)
When Jackson Middle School assistant principal Christa Turner learned that a fire had destroyed another Missouri middle school April 10, she wondered how she and her students could help. Turner discovered the answer when the school rallied behind the students' effort to organize a donation drive of hundreds of books, papers, pencils and other school supplies for Fredericktown Middle School. Today is the final day the public can add to the collection...
Name released in fatal accident near Delta (04/22/10)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the name of the person who died in a car crash Tuesday on Route EE near Delta. The highway patrol said Kyle S. Phelps, 16, of Chaffee, Mo., was driving a 1972 Chevrolet eastbound on the roadway at 4:20 p.m. ...
Students put on 'The Heidi Chronicles' (04/22/10)
Christina Vitale can describe the upcoming play, "The Heidi Chronicles," in fewer than 10 words: "A thoughtful, humorous reflection on the feminist movement impact." "Chronicles," an entirely student-run production, premieres at 7:30 p.m. today at the Rust Flexible Theatre on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus and runs through Sunday. ...
Egyptian School holds annual arts festival today (04/22/10)
Egyptian School will present its third annual Festival of the Arts and Technology Fair today. The event features the music, art, dance and food of Latin American countries. It is funded through a fine arts grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. ...
Jackson Power and Light receives national recognition (04/22/10)
Jackson Power and Light has been recognized as one of only 94 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider recognition for providing consumers with a high degree of reliable and safe electrical service. Jackson Power and Light was chosen among 2,000 other public power utilities based on criteria including system management, outage response times and safety. ...
Highway 177 in Cape County to close for 4 days (04/22/10)
Highway 177 in Cape County will be closed while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace culvert pipe under the road at various locations between Ute Lane and County Road 623. Weather permitting, the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from Monday through April 29...
Missouri revenues down, more spending cuts planned (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Public schools took another funding hit Thursday as Gov. Jay Nixon cut more than $45 million from Missouri's budget to offset worse-than-expected tax collections. The governor's latest actions bring to more than $900 million the total that has been vetoed or cut from this year's $23.7 billion budget for state operations and capital improvements...
Mo. Senate endorses education, pension overhaul (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Facing an impending budget crunch, Missouri senators passed a legislative package Tuesday that would alter how state government funds education, reduce the number of state holidays and require new state employees to start paying money toward their pensions...
Mo. House approves changing Access Missouri amount (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have passed legislation that would eventually give students at public and private colleges the same amount in state scholarships. Lawmakers passed the measure 145-10 Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate...
Mo. Senate approves planned education merger (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators have endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that merges the state's two oversight boards for education. The proposal would create a six-member State Board of Education to coordinate all public education. Missouri currently has separate boards overseeing K-12 public schools and higher education institutions...
Software glitch kept Missouri agency from billing $1.9 million in services (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Software problems led the Department of Mental Health to go years without billing for nearly $2 million in services, according to a state audit released Wednesday. The department said it is in the process of reclaiming the majority of the money, but it won't be able to reclaim $660,000 that should have been charged to the state's Medicaid program or insurance companies...
Kinder chooses lawyer for health care lawsuit (04/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says his challenge to the federal health care overhaul will be handled by lawyer Thor Hearne. Kinder, a Republican, has said he plans to sue in federal court and focus on senior issues and the solvency of Medicare. He is raising private money to pay for the legal challenge...
Egypt's antiquities chief asks for return of museum artifacts (04/22/10)
NEW YORK -- Egypt's antiquities chief, speaking at a preview of a King Tut exhibition, on Wednesday renewed his attacks on the museums he claims have refused to return artifacts that rightfully belong in Egypt. "We're going to fight to get these unique artifacts back," said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, at the New York preview of the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," an exhibition that has traveled to five other U.S. ...
GM pays back $8.1B in government loans from U.S., Canada (04/22/10)
DETROIT -- General Motors Co. has repaid $8.1 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a move its CEO says is a sign the automaker is on the road to recovery. CEO Ed Whitacre announced the repayments Wednesday at GM's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., where he said GM is investing $257 million in that factory and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant...
Oil rig explodes off Louisiana coast; 11 missing (04/22/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- An explosion rocked an offshore oil drilling platform, sending a column of fire into the sky and touching off a frantic search at sea Wednesday for 11 missing workers. Most of the 126 workers on the rig Deepwater Horizon escaped safely after the explosion about 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard said. Three were critically injured...
Silver lining: Bluer skies for Europe (04/22/10)
LONDON -- As volcanic ash cast a shadow over millions of lives, Londoners and other city dwellers across Europe were treated to a rare spectacle of nature: Pristine, blue skies brighter than any in recent memory. The remarkable sight happened in part because mass flight groundings prevented busy airspace from being crisscrossed with plumes of jet exhaust that create a semi-permanent haze -- and other effects beyond the white contrails themselves...
Pope Benedict promises action against clerical sex abuse (04/22/10)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI pledged Wednesday that the Catholic Church would take action to confront the clerical sex abuse scandal, his first public remarks calling for change since the crisis erupted. It remains to be seen what exactly is in store...
Oak Ridge exacts revenge vs. Leopold (04/22/10)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- For all but one inning, everything went according to plan for the Oak Ridge baseball team. Ace Brett Thomas shut out Leopold for six innings and the Blue Jays built a big lead they were able to hold on to for a 9-5 win Wednesday...
High school roundup: Scott City's Cobb tosses no-hitter (04/22/10)
Scott City senior Skylar Cobb had everything working Wednesday. The left-hander tossed a six-inning no-hitter to lead the Rams to an 11-0 victory over host East Prairie. Cobb also went 2 for 3 with a triple at the plate. Wyatt Martin hit a home run and went 2 for 2 in the win...
Southeast's offense rolls Hornets (04/22/10)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team is in a stretch that has it playing 10 of 11 games on the road. Southeast took advantage of its lone home date during that period by rolling past Harris-Stowe 10-2 on Wednesday night for its third straight win...
Haren beats Cards with bat (04/22/10)
PHOENIX -- Pitcher Dan Haren wouldn't let an off-night on the mound slow him down at the plate. Haren had a career-high four hits to overcome a shaky start and help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-7 late Tuesday night. He tied a franchise record for pitchers with his four hits, set twice by former Diamondbacks hurler Micah Owings. The last major-league pitcher to get four hits in a game was the Chicago Cubs' Carlos Zambrano on May 23, 2008...
Rasmus powers Cardinals past Diamondbacks (04/22/10)
St. Louis scored five in the ninth to beat Arizona 9-4
Contest puts local high school mathletes to the test (04/22/10)
Chaonan Teng, John McLain, Kenny Tiffany and Logan Buchheit, students at Notre Dame Regional High School, sat armed with scratch paper, pencils and two calculators. "Don't touch anything until you're told," Linda Tansil said to a roomful of high school students prepped to do some quick calculations...
High school academic teams advance to next round in tournament (04/22/10)
Academic teams from Saxony Lutheran High School, Notre Dame Regional High School and Cape Girardeau Central High School will advance to the next round of competition in the Missouri State High School Activities Association's tournament. On Saturday, Cape Girardeau Central High School's Central Intelligence Agency beat North County Central High School in their district championship at the school in Bonne Terre, Mo. ...
Education briefs 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
Honors, achievements Scholarships COMPETITIONS Academic teams from Saxony Lutheran High School, Notre Dame Regional High School and Cape Girardeau Central High School will advance to the next round of competition in the Missouri State High School Activities Association's tournament. ...
Finding out what owls eat (04/22/10)
It's that time of the year when many of you are out and about enjoying the nice weather. You might encounter owl vomit during your outdoor adventure. If so, here's an experiment that will reveal what owls eat. STEP 1: Put on the latex gloves, then pick up the owl pellet and place it in the center of the black construction paper...
neXt up 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
What's happening this weekend
Long lives (04/22/10)
April 22, 2010 Dear Julie, Last week, DC's sister flew in from San Diego and her brother and other sister arrived from elsewhere in Missouri to surprise DC and her father for their birthdays. He turned 87, she was about to trip the 60 wire...
Harold Simpson (04/22/10)
Harold Leroy Simpson, 85, formerly of Scott City, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at The Bluffs in Columbia, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakdale Cemetery in Commerce, Mo., with full military honors...
Carolyn Geittmann (04/22/10)
Carolyn Geittmann, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Mariah Schwent (04/22/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mariah F. Schwent, 3 months, of Perryville died Monday, April 19, 2010, in Perryville. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at Silver Lake. The Rev. Stephen Keim will officiate. Miller Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Herbert Morie (04/22/10)
Herbert V. Morie, 80, of Scott City died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Kyle Phelps (04/22/10)
Kyle Scott Phelps, 16, of Randles died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in a vehicle accident on Route EE near Delta. He was born Dec. 10, 1993, in Cape Girardeau, son of Christopher Scott and Cindy Renee Clark Phelps. Kyle was a freshman at Delta High School. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and junker. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, and liked to cause a little mischief with his main running-around buddies, Snoop Kennedy and Dillon Reigert...
Pearl McManus (04/22/10)
Pearl McManus, 98, of Delta passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the home of a daughter. She was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Crump, daughter of Lee and Effie McElreath Stroder. She and Frenton H. McManus were married Oct. 3, 1929. He passed away May 23, 1998...
Lennert Schmidt (04/22/10)
Lennert Vernon Schmidt passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, while at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in 1927 at Pocahontas. He attended Zion Lutheran Parochial School in Pocahontas and Jackson High School. He and Marie Holloway were married in 1955...
Isaac Driskell (04/22/10)
Isaac H. Driskell, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at The Gardens of Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was born Oct. 28, 1921, at Perkins, Mo., son of Robert and Sophia Myers Driskell. He and Katie Elizabeth Mott Driskell were married June 4, 1947, at Arbor...
Anna Atherton (04/22/10)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Anna Belle Atherton, 95, of Olmsted died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 24, 1914, in Elco, Ill., to George W. and Estelle Thompson Tanksley. She and Jessie O. Atherton were married April 2, 1932, in Mound City, Ill. He preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1981...
Michael Roth (04/22/10)
Michael Allen Roth, 55, of Old Appleton died Monday, April 19, 2010, at Martinsville Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Va. He was born in Perryville, Mo., on Aug. 10, 1954, son of Willard and Elvira Klaus Roth. He and Audrey Thompson were married Nov. 3, 1981...
Births 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
Daughter to Micheal Anthony Dilley and Tonya Renee Claussen of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:48 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010. Name, Mystique Azure Hope. Weight, 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Fifth child, first daughter. Ms. Claussen is the former Tonya McCall, daughter of the late Alfredia McCall and Ora McCall. She is employed at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence. Dilley is the son of Joy Matthew of Jackson and the late George Micheal Dilley. He is employed at Excel...
Jackson police/fire report 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts Property Damage Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Fire report 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
Law enforcement authorities are concentrating their efforts on identifying the charred body of an apparent homicide victim discovered smoldering in a field near the intersection of Route KK and Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County early yesterday by a passing motorist...
Clarification 4/22/10: Ward Hyundai sales increase (04/22/10)
* In an article in Wednesday's paper, Ward Hyundai reported a 2,500 percent sales increase. This occurred when sales in April 2010 were compared to April 2009.
A climate denial cacophony (04/22/10)
Thomas Jefferson argued that Democracy requires an educated, informed electorate. As humanity faces critical issues demanding an intelligent informed response, this has never been truer. Equally true is the proverb ascribed to Mark Twain that "a lie can be halfway around the world before the truth pulls on its boots." Deception is enhanced if the lie is repeated often enough. ...
Reporting abuse (04/22/10)
Few news events in recent years have chronicled more heartache and long-term suffering than the reports of abuse of children by adults, ranging from neighborhood pedophiles to leaders of youth organizations to pastors of churches. One of the most disturbing aspects of many of these reports has been the fact that the abuse was never reported to police. In too many instances involving church and youth-group leaders, there has been an effort to keep the abuse under wraps...
Thanks for picking up trash (04/22/10)
I would like to thank everyone who participated in our fourth annual "Bashin' Trash" event on April 17. I really appreciate the time and effort from the 71 participants who collected approximately 61 bags of trash and many other large items that wouldn't fit in trash bags from Cape LaCroix Creek between Route W and Shawnee Sports Complex. ...
Speak Out 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
I watched as a car turned down Perryville Road toward Cape Rock Drive. The young woman at the wheel was texting on her phone. She went across the center line, barely missed a pole, barely missed two parked cars and went on the sidewalk before making a left turn. I sure hope we get a law banning texting while driving. I wish cars wouldn't run if you're texting. There are going to be a lot of serious injuries and wrecks because of this. Come on, lawmakers, let's do it right...
Prayer 4/22/10 (04/22/10)
Relieve the aches, O God, of springtime gardeners who bend and stoop. Amen.
Sowers: A fact-based campaign (04/22/10)
In Sunday's front-page article, Jo Ann Emerson spokesman Jeff Connor was quoted as saying that I have made trips to both coasts for fundraisers. This statement was false. We are running a fact-based campaign. Apparently Jeff Connor is not encumbered by facts or the truth. Before readers accept future statements from Mr. Connor or the Emerson campaign, I would recommend they do their own fact-checking...
Nine area CTC students earn achievement award (04/22/10)
Nine students from the Cape Career and Technology Center are being recognized for demonstrating superior achievement on the 2010 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Assessment. They have completed a college preparatory course of study and demonstrated a superior score on the 2010 HSTW Assessment...
14 Cape CTC Students earn medals at SkillsUSA (04/22/10)
Fourteen students from the Cape Career and Technical Center recently earned medals at the Missouri State SkillsUSA Competition in Linn, Missouri. Medalists are Nick Austin, 2nd place, Auto Service; Devon Beard, 3rd place, Industrial Motor Control; Bruce Boulden, 2nd place, Internetworking; Chris Lowery, 2nd place, Commercial Baking; Sarah Clark, 3rd place, Electronic Tech; Lars Monia, 3rd place, Technical Drafting; Tyler Eggiman and Shelby Halter, 2nd place, and Casey Cattron and Jon Henson, 3rd place, TV Video Production; Logan Reed and Cody Wicker and Robert Alexander and Ben Essner, 3rd place, Video Product Development.. ...
Relay For Life of Cape County (04/22/10)
Flossie Leggett decided to consult a doctor in September 2001 because of pain she had been feeling in her breast. Pain that felt like a bruise. After doing an ultra sound, the doctor found something suspicious and decided to do a needle biopsy. The doctor did surgery that same day to take out "whatever was there" in the doctor's words. They found three lumps which all turned out to be cancerous. The next week she went back to have a modified radical mastectomy...
735th to receive commendation for Iraq service (04/22/10)
The 735th Quartermaster Force Providers will be presented with the prestigious Meritorious Unit Commendation on May 1 for its support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to orders released by the Department of the Army, the 735th displayed "outstanding professional skill, selfless service and unparalleled esprit de corps, or morale," while executing its various missions "under extremely austere and dangerous conditions."...
No Surprise, Misinformation from Local Politico (04/22/10)
In a woefully misinformed post on the Southeast Missourian Web site earlier today entitled "This District Not for Sale," John Voss accused the national green group NRDC of dumping "tens of thousands of dollars" to try to sway the 8th Congressional district race. ...
PHS students receive March PBS awards (04/22/10)
Perryville High School students and staff members were recently recognized for going above and beyond the PBS (Positive Behavior Support program) expectations for the month of March. The students were issued Buccaneer Bucks by administrators and faculty members for demonstrating their exceptional behavior, which they then redeemed for a free homework pass, free admission to one athletic event, a free drink and snack from the concession stand, $1.00 off a library fine, or free admission to one school dance. ...
PHS Students Raise Money for Chile Relief (04/22/10)
Perryville High School DECA students were moved by the devastation they saw in Chile following that country's recent earthquakes and they quickly sprang into action to help its victims. The fundraiser they sponsored called "Chile Change Drive" raised a total of $503.84 for the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Chile...
MMP Trike Race 2010 (04/22/10)
Determined to win, the children pedal furiously toward the finish line wile their parents cheer them on during Tricycle Race 2010, hosted by the Missouri Mentoring Partnership in the Show Me Center parking lot April 17. Winners per age group were Anthony DiStefano (2); Landon Vassalli (4) and Collier Howard (6). ...
Our Super cute Dachshund Puppy named Spike (04/22/10)
This is Spike. He's 5 weeks old & is a "Tweenie" size Dachshund puppy. He's a Red Dapple longhair w/ 1 blue eye! He's so cute & playful!! We just love him! He was bred by me, owner of APDoxies in Southern IL.
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