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Man hit by car on I-55 in Pemiscot County (04/29/10)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- A Portageville pedestrian was injured after being struck by a car late Wednesday in Pemiscot County, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, three miles south of Portageville, the accident occurred at 9:20 p.m. as Donnie R. McCarter, 53, of Portageville was attempting to cross Interstate 55 and was struck by the southbound vehicle driven by 35-year-old DeCondra T. Moore of Caruthersville...
Engineer pitches expansion of water district to Cape County Commission (04/29/10)
Rich Meyer pitched an idea to the Cape Girardeau County Commission today to sponsor a grant for an expansion of services offered by the Millersville Public Water District No. 2. The plan would add another well and reservoir in the area just east of the Highway 34/72 interchange. Meyer, who works for the project engineer Koehler Engineering and Land Surveying, said the move is necessary to accommodate a growing number of people moving to that area...
Johnson's Shut-Ins campground reopens 5 years after disaster (04/29/10)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly five years after Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park was virtually destroyed by a sudden flood resulting from a reservoir breach, the campground for the popular park is reopening. The new campground opens Friday in the Southeast Missouri park that features some of the nation's oldest exposed rocks surrounded by swift-flowing waters in a series of gorges, or "shut-ins." An official groundbreaking ceremony is May 22...
Missouri attorney general asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Cape County murder case (04/29/10)
A Cape Girardeau County murder case could go before the U.S Supreme Court. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a petition Tuesday with the court, requesting justices consider the case of Mark A. Gill, a man convicted of a 2002 kidnapping and murder...
More casinos interested in Cape Girardeau (04/29/10)
Casino companies are showing a growing curiosity about Cape Girardeau in advance of Saturday's deadline for cities, counties and casino operators to tell the Missouri Gaming Commission they want the state's sole available license. A St. Louis-based company that initially approached the city about locating a gambling boat here has continued to court city officials, Mayor Harry Rediger said Wednesday. ...
Cape business owner accused of seeking repayment for not testifying against employee (04/29/10)
A Cape Girardeau business owner who was to testify at a preliminary hearing as the victim in a forgery case found himself in custody last week for allegedly soliciting money from the defendant in exchange for not testifying. Timothy C. Duffey, 46, owner of Designated Driver, is charged with acceding to corruption for sending an inmate, also a former employee, a letter describing a deal he'd get for her if she paid the debt she owed the business...
Buckeye Creek bridge project on U.S. 61 nears completion (04/29/10)
Replacement of a bridge on U.S. 61 and the closure of northbound lanes on a section of Interstate 55 are among the projects keeping crews busy in Cape Girardeau County. Missouri Department of Transportation crews began replacing the bridge over Buckeye Creek on April 12. ...
Two SEMO ensembles perform tonight (04/29/10)
The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music is showcasing two of its ensembles at 7:30 p.m. today at the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. The program, titled "War and Peace," features performances by the Southeast Wind Symphony and the Southeast Concert Band...
New outreach program in Cape to help visually impaired (04/29/10)
A new outreach program is offering resources, friendship and faith to the visually impaired in Cape Girardeau. Good Shepherd Outreach Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its first monthly support group meeting Wednesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel. Along with their family members and volunteers, 13 visually impaired people attended to learn more about the program. Meetings will be held at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month...
Presiding commissioner credits county's good finances to industrial growth (04/29/10)
Cape Girardeau County's sound financial condition can be attributed to industrial growth and job creation, Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones said Wednesday.
Poplar Bluff Chamber honors top teachers (04/29/10)
Event organizers were concerned that there would not be enough food to provide for the estimated 120 people -- dozens more than expected -- that showed up to a banquet put on for the education community. "This level of support says a lot about our community," said host Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. "Business and education go hand in hand, and our [the chamber's] job is to help bridge the gap between the various sectors in this region."...
Longtime Cape School Board member resigns (04/29/10)
The longest-serving member of the Cape Girardeau School Board will step down at the board's May meeting.
Kinder delays lawsuit to challenge health care reform (04/29/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said his legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul will be delayed. Kinder, a Cape Girardeau Republican, said Wednesday that the lawsuit will be filed in late May or early June. He initially said he planned to sue by the end of April.
Worker cuts gas line at Sikeston home (04/29/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A backhoe operator severed a natural gas line creating what Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials described as an "extremely dangerous" situation Tuesday afternoon.
I-55 reduced in Pemiscot County (04/29/10)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. The section of road is between 1 1/2 miles and 2 1/2 miles north of Highway 84. Weather permitting, work will start at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The road will reopen at 4 p.m. May 6...
Highway 153 reduced for shoulder repairs (04/29/10)
Highway 153 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform shoulder repairs. This section of road is between Route Z and Route A. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Friday.
I-55 reduced for repairs in two counties (04/29/10)
Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs. This section of road is in the northbound and southbound lanes from Old Highway 74 to U.S. 61/Route M at Scott City. Weather permitting, the work will be performed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today...
Route B closed for pipe replacement (04/29/10)
Route B in Cape Girardeau County will be closed while MoDOT crews replace pipe under the road. The section of road is between Route BB and County Road 454. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Homeless living in tunnel ask St. Louis city officials for land (04/29/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Homeless residents living inside an aging St. Louis tunnel asked city officials Wednesday for a place to relocate when their makeshift community is forced out by demolition crews. A handful of people living in what they've dubbed "Hopeville" gathered at city hall to produce a petition signed by 48 people who live in the tunnel. They asked the Board of Aldermen to find an acre or two of land where they can move when, in about two weeks, the tunnel gets filled in...
Mo. gov. continues push to overhaul tax credits (04/29/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing his campaign to rein in tax credits, urging education leaders to help by lobbying lawmakers. Nixon says Missouri's tax incentives have grown too big and divert funding from education and other government functions. His administration has proposed capping the credits and reorganizing the credit program...
Security heightened at Washington University (04/29/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Police and Washington University officials are taking extra precautions after two students were robbed at gunpoint two days after another student was sexually assaulted. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that the crimes occurred just outside of the St. Louis campus but appear to be unrelated to the near-fatal beating of a student in off-campus housing in 2009...
Mo. Senate endorses end to printed Blue Book (04/29/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators voted Wednesday to save money by only publishing laws and state information online, not in printed books and manuals. Supporters of doing away with printed state statute books and Missouri's Official Manual said the online versions already are widely used...
Mo. Senate OKs sale of mental health facility (04/29/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has approved the sale of the Nevada Habilitation Center and plans to have a developer build up to nine group homes on the current site. The center uses dormitories to house 95 people with developmental disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy. The group homes are expected to cut administrative and medical costs...
Video: Car dangles from parking garage (04/29/10)
Cameras captured video of the back end of a Mercedes hanging from a multi-story parking garage in Tulsa, Okla., today. To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 8.0 or later installed. ...
Crews try setting fire to oil leaking in Gulf of Mexico (04/29/10)
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO -- It's a hellish scene: Giant sheets of flame racing across the Gulf of Mexico as thick, black smoke billows high into sky. This, though, is no Hollywood action movie. It's the real-life plan to be deployed just 20 miles from the Gulf Coast in a last-ditch effort to burn up an oil spill before it could wash ashore and wreak environmental havoc...
Stephen Hawking warns against trying to contact extraterrestrials; NASA has already attempted it (04/29/10)
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Hawking says it is too risky to try to talk to space aliens. Oops. Too late. NASA and others have already beamed several messages into deep space. The U.S. space agency, which two years ago broadcast the Beatles song "Across the Universe" into the cosmos, on Wednesday discussed its latest search strategy for life beyond Earth...
Rosy earnings show corporate America is making a recovery (04/29/10)
CHICAGO -- Corporate America is back. Companies that do everything from making appliances to selling cruises are reporting strong first-quarter profits -- not because of the layoffs many of them used to dress up last year's earnings reports but because people are spending more...
Government OKs first U.S. offshore wind farm (04/29/10)
BOSTON -- A whole new way of generating electricity in the U.S. drew a big step closer to reality Wednesday, and it could look like this: 130 windmills, 440 feet tall, rising from the ocean a few miles off Cape Cod. After more than eight years of lawsuits and government reviews, the Obama administration cleared the way for the nation's first offshore wind farm...
Southeast Missourian player of the year: Notre Dame's Jane Morrill (04/29/10)
Morrill's versatility, leadership and presence on the court helped the Bulldogs reach the Class 4 state title game. It's also why Morrill is this year's Southeast Missourian girls basketball player of the year.
Jackson sneaks past St. Vincent in soccer shootout (04/29/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- It didn't take the Jackson girls soccer team long to find out just how good St. Vincent is. Defending Class 1 state champion St. Vincent dominated most of the first half Wednesday at the Perryville Soccer Complex. "They outplayed us in the first half," acknowledged Jackson co-coach Justin McMullin...
High school roundup: Roth leads Saxony Lutheran to 4-2 victory over Leopold (04/29/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Offense secures series split for Southeast baseball (04/29/10)
Southeast Missouri State and Central Arkansas hooked up in a down-to-the-wire baseball game for the second consecutive day. This time the Redhawks came out on top to secure a split of the nonconference series. Southeast's offense continued to sizzle with 17 hits and three home runs as the Redhawks held off the host Bears 13-11 on Wednesday in Conway, Ark...
Cardinals beat slumping Braves 6-0 (04/29/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia made the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation as the fifth starter. Against the punchless Atlanta Braves, the rookie left-hander looked like an ace again. The 23-year-old Garcia lowered his ERA to 1.04 with seven scoreless innings and David Freese had two hits and two RBIs in a 6-0 victory Wednesday night, saddling the Braves with their eighth straight loss...
Acting out: Local high school students compete in state Speech and Debate championship (04/29/10)
Taylor Poore can tell the story of "Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show," including portrayals of three characters, without leaving her seat. Poore, a junior at Jackson High School, competed in the state speech and debate championship in Columbia, Mo., last weekend. She competed in the storytelling category, where she does just that, using character voices while sitting in a chair...
Area academic teams advance in statewide competition (04/29/10)
Two area high school academic teams will advance to state competition in Columbia, Mo., next month. Students from Cape Girardeau Central High School and Notre Dame Regional High School will participate in the May 8 state tournament, sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association...
Hooked on Science: Mother's Day science - SciFlowers (04/29/10)
Did you know there are an estimated 82.8 million moms in America? Give Mom an unforgettable gift by adding a little science to your Mother's Day celebration. STEP 1: Fill the vase half full of water and add food coloring. STEP 2: Cut the stem of the flower at an angle and place the flower in the drinking glass for 24 hours...
Learning briefs 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Scholarships Hannah Fisher of Jackson and Lacy Boeller of Cape Girardeau each received a Missouri Leadership Award. Adeline Yates of Cape Girardeau received a President's Scholarship and a Missouri Assessment Program Scholarship...
The invasion (04/29/10)
April 29, 2010 Dear Leslie, Ants were villains In one of the scariest movies of my childhood. They were not spoil-the-picnic ants. They were not huge mutants created by atomic-bomb tests either. These were just regular ants in numbers so huge -- billions, trillions, quadrillions, quintillions, sextillions, septillions, octillions -- that they instantaneously stripped the vegetation and flesh off everything they crawled over...
Thousands of Cribs Recalled (04/29/10)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government recalled thousands of Simplicity and Graco cribs Thursday, warning that babies could suffocate or strangle in them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Simplicity recall was linked to at least one death and involved thousands of cribs, possibly hundreds of thousands, though many had previously been recalled for other defects. The agency said about 217,000 Graco dropside cribs made by LaJobi were also being recalled...
Briella Bailey (04/29/10)
Briella Rachelle Bailey of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Myrtle Braun (04/29/10)
Myrtle Braun, 94, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Mountain Home. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Eula Gunn (04/29/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Eula Jean Gunn, 87, of Anna died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the Family Care Home in Mesa, Ariz. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Clifford Heil officiating. Burial will be in Cobden Cemetery...
Debby Gross (04/29/10)
Debby Lynn Underwood Gross of Cape Girardeau was sent to us Oct. 4, 1964, and danced her way into heaven April 25, 2010. We would like to thank the staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where she received extraordinary care from her medical team. We adore each of them and will remain forever grateful for their kindness...
Opal Rodgers (04/29/10)
Opal J. Rodgers, 87, of Gordonville passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Bernie, Mo., daughter of Walter and Lelia Smith Howell. She and Carlton "Buck" Rodgers were married Dec. 30, 1941, in Bernie. He passed away Oct. 17, 1993...
Births 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Daughter to Amber Dawn Schlitt of Chaffee, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:05 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010. Name, Adriana Faith. Weight, 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Ms. Schlitt is the daughter of Jerry Schlitt and Hazel Boese of Chaffee. Son to James R. ...
Jackson police and fire reports 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Theft Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Thefts Property damage Burglary Miscellaneous Southeast Missouri State University...
Out of the past 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce officials plan to seek federal funding next month to help finance a multimillion-dollar project to convert the old Florsheim Shoe Co. factory on Main Street into apartments. Anetta King is the new Miss Southeast Missouri State; she was crowned yesterday in a special pageant on the university campus...
Teach children life skills (04/29/10)
Perhaps you have seen the new series "This Emotional Life," which first aired on PBS in January. On the show, mental illnesses are described as diseases with physical bases. Read: No different from physical illnesses -- except that mental illness impairs psychological functioning...
Autism center (04/29/10)
The number of children diagnosed as having some form of a variety of disorders that fall within the autism spectrum has increased dramatically. Until recently, autistic children and their families had to go to St. Louis, Columbia or Arkansas for professional services. Now the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University provides easier access...
Pass a ban on bottled water (04/29/10)
A recent article said the Cape Girardeau water rate was $2.12 for 100 cubic feet of water. One hundred cubic feet of water represents about 700 gallons. The cost of water figures out to be three-tenths of a cent for one gallon of water. This water is treated, tested and certified safe. It is delivered inside our homes 24 hours a day, and we are billed only for what we use...
Speak Out 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
MISSOURI officials have been cutting budgets for the past 15 months. At a time when our state needs revenue badly, an appliance sales tax exemption was allowed for a few days. Millions of dollars is owed to the state by some businesses that have not paid their sales tax contributions that they had already collected from consumers, and some of these businesses' sales-tax licenses have been revoked, but they are allowed to keep operating. ...
Prayer 4/29/10 (04/29/10)
Bless those, O God, who volunteer to help others in times of disaster. Amen.
Sowers' problem with the facts (04/29/10)
"Her opponent is a full-time candidate who can fly to New York or Los Angeles for fundraisers every week if he wants to," read my quote in the Missourian on April 18. In a paid election letter by Tommy Sowers on April 22, he wrote, "Jo Ann Emerson spokesman Jeff Connor was quoted as saying that I have made trips to both coasts for fundraisers." Clearly I was not...
Local librarian elected to Missouri School Library (04/29/10)
Cape Central Middle School librarian, Vickie Howard, was elected to the office of 2nd Vice President at the annual Missouri Association of School Librarians at Tan-Tar-A resort. Membership of the group consists of approximately 1000 librarians from the entire state...
Easter Egg Roll 2010 (04/29/10)
On April 5, 2010, Trevor, Mary, Jacob and Kayleigh Milam attended the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington DC. This year's theme was Ready, Set, Go promoting health and wellness. Trevor, who is a medic in the U.S. Navy, and 20 other soldiers from Cherry Point and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina were picked to attend this event with their families. ...
Robertson enlists in Missouri National Guard (04/29/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Matthew Robertson of Gordonville has enlisted in the Missouri National Guard. Robertson will serve with Company E of the Recruit Sustainment Program in Cape Girardeau. Through the program, he will learn basic Army skills and values and become more familiar with his role as a Soldier in the Missouri National Guard...
The Shelter of Hope (04/29/10)
The Shelter of Hope, currently located at 320 South Sprigg Street, is struggling to open. Many questions have been asked as to The Shelter of Hope's mission. We feel it is very simple and strive to open our doors to the homeless. We need the community's support and call on the residents of Cape Girardeau to accept the challenge. Our mailing address is The Shelter of Hope P.O. Box 676, Cape Girardeau MO 63703. Chaplain Terry Wildman and many volunteers need your help...
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