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Central Middle School drama club takes on bigger production with "The Princess and the Pea" (05/12/10)
A group of students at Cape Girardeau Central Middle School are getting a head start on theater. "They can do amazing things at this age. You just need to pull it out of them," said Rhonda Young, who directs the school's new drama club. The group has been putting on smaller shows since it started last year. This year about 30 students are tackling the production of "The Princess and the Pea" on a bigger scale...
Rice shows apartments dedicated to housing homeless in Cape Girardeau (05/12/10)
Two apartments above the New Life Evangelistic Center's Homeless Outreach Center were officially opened Tuesday as emergency shelter.
Jackson man driving truck across U.S. for GE tour of wind blade (05/12/10)
A General Electric wind blade is making its way across the United States on a Jackson man's truck. Since late April, Chris Lewis has transported the 131-foot blade in the bed of his 1999 Peterbilt truck. The blade is part of the 28-day GE Capture the Wind Tour...
Former arts council employee charged with fraud has hearing set (05/12/10)
A Cape Girardeau woman accused of defrauding her former employer, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, had her preliminary hearing set Tuesday before Associate Circuit Court Judge Scott Thomsen.
Jetton trial date setting postponed (05/12/10)
A decision on when former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton will go on trial for felony assault was postponed Tuesday in New Madrid County.
Crews to do roadwork on Highway 177 (05/12/10)
Crews will be milling pavement on Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County, including an area near the Procter & Gamble production facility, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. According to a MoDOT news release, crews will be milling pavement from County Road 649 near the Nell Holcomb school to Route J near the Procter & Gamble plant. ...
Program makes would-be entrepreneurs think business ideas through (05/12/10)
Operation Jump Start seeks to help its students become successful business owners. Offered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, the five-week course helps people evaluate their plans before they launch their businesses...
Two men arrested after high-speed chase that ends near Cape (05/12/10)
A high-speed chase that started in southern Scott County and ended near Cape Girardeau resulted in an arrest of two men Tuesday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident began around 1 a.m. when Glenn A. Taylor, 29, of Alton, Ill., was speeding in a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck. ...
Jackson named a Tree City USA community (05/12/10)
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Jackson as one of its Tree City USA communities. This is the 15th year the city has received the award. Based in Nebraska, the Arbor Day Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental and educational organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees...
Life Care Center holds National Nursing Home Week events (05/12/10)
Mary Blackmon, a resident of Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, smiles for a picture Tuesday by activities director Patricia Garnett. The center is observing National Nursing Home Week with special events all week, including a Hawaiian luau theme.
U.S. 51 bridge closed after barge strike (05/12/10)
The U.S. 51 Ohio River bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., was closed briefly Tuesday morning after a barge struck the structure. According to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the bridge was closed to highway traffic around 2:40 a.m. After inspection, the bridge was reopened around 4 a.m., having sustained no damage, according to public information officer Keith Todd...
Route EE to be reduced for repairs (05/12/10)
Route EE in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs. This section of road is from Route K to the end of state maintenance. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. today and Thursday...
Route F to be reduced to one lane for ditching (05/12/10)
Route F in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane while the Missouri Department of Transportation crews do ditching work. This section of road is between County Road 420 and Route J. Weather permitting, the work will continue to take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday...
Jackson woman arrested on drug charges (05/12/10)
A 35-year-old Jackson woman was arrested on drug charges Monday, after police had been investigating her for around three months. Angela Alcorn is charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Alcorn is being held in the Cape Girardeau County jail on a $35,000 cash or surety bond...
St. Louis woman killed in I-55 crash near Scott City (05/12/10)
A St. Louis woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 Tuesday morning, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Mo. lawmakers approve changes to scholarships (05/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Scholarships could increase for students at Missouri's public universities but decrease for those attending private schools under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday.
Missourians to vote in August on health insurance mandate (05/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is poised to become the first state to put a new federal health insurance mandate to a vote of its residents. The Missouri House gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that will appear on the Aug. 2 ballot stating that people and employers cannot be compelled to have health insurance nor penalized for paying for health care out of their own pocketbooks...
Missouri senators take golf trip in session's final days (05/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With three days left in its annual session, the Missouri Senate closed up at midafternoon Tuesday so some members could head to a golf course at the Lake of the Ozarks. On Monday, senators worked until about 11 p.m. Tuesday's session ended around 3:15...
Amnesty International backs Missouri death-row inmate; case under review (05/12/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A human-rights group wants a Missouri inmate freed from death row, insisting the legal process failed him in the 1991 St. Louis-area bridge killings of two sisters. KMOX reported that Amnesty International thinks Reginald Clemons' sentence should at least be commuted to life behind bars...
Pastor gets 37 months in child porn case (05/12/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A former St. Louis-area pastor has been ordered to spend three years and one month in federal prison on child pornography charges. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 50-year-old Andrew Spallek of Florissant was sentenced Tuesday in St. Louis, three months after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography...
Archaeological dig in western Missouri linked to Civil War (05/12/10)
BUTLER, Mo. -- A foot below the grasses of rural Bates County, Ann Raab's trowel has uncovered scars of a countryside torched by the Union Army. Burnt wood embedded in rock. Melted glass, scorched ceramics and discolored soil where a flaming wall fell...
Tornadoes tear through Oklahoma, killing 5 (05/12/10)
SEMINOLE, Okla. -- Days before deadly tornadoes raked the Plains, forecasters warned people that big storms were on the way and that they would be large and powerful. Scientists even predicted almost to the hour when the twisters might strike. Technological advances, particularly the use of supercomputers that can crunch vast amounts of atmospheric data, have given meteorologists powerful new tools to warn of oncoming storms long before they strike...
GOP wants Clinton-era papers on top court nominee (05/12/10)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans hunting for clues about what kind of justice Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan would be said Tuesday they want to see papers from her time serving in the Clinton administration. The focus on Clinton-era documents reflects the GOP's difficult task of turning up material that could power opposition to Kagan, the solicitor general who appears likely to be elevated to justice barring extraordinary developments during her confirmation process...
New Palin book due Nov. 23 (05/12/10)
NEW YORK -- Sarah Palin's new book has a title, "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag," and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday. The Alaska ex-governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate, whose memoir "Going Rogue" has sold more than 2 million copies, has been working on a tribute to American values...
Vice president's son in Philly hospital after mild stroke (05/12/10)
PHILADELPHIA -- Vice President Joe Biden's older son, the Delaware attorney general, had a mild stroke Tuesday and was transferred to a Philadelphia hospital, where he was alert and talking with family. Beau Biden, 41, had been admitted to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., on Tuesday morning. Later in the day he was transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for observation and further tests, vice presidential spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said...
Thieves take cross at center of Supreme Court ruling (05/12/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Thieves have stolen a cross in the Mojave Desert that was built to honor Americans who died in war, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the religious symbol to remain on federal land. The 7-foot-high cross was stolen late Sunday or early Monday by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the sprawling desert preserve, National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater said...
Execs grilled on oil spill 'cascade of failures' (05/12/10)
WASHINGTON -- Congress called BP and its drilling partners to account Tuesday for a "cascade of failures" behind the spreading Gulf oil spill, zeroing in on a crucial chain of events at the deep-sea wellhead just before an explosion consumed the rig and set off the catastrophic rupture...
Cameron becomes Britain's new prime minister (05/12/10)
LONDON -- Conservative leader David Cameron became Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years Tuesday after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government. Cameron said he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party won the most seats but did not get a majority in Britain national election last week...
Muhammad cartoonist assaulted by protesters during lecture (05/12/10)
STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was assaulted Tuesday as protesters interrupted his university lecture about the limits of free speech. Lars Vilks said a man leapt from the front row and head-butted him as he was delivering his lecture at Uppsala University, breaking Vilks' glasses but leaving him uninjured...
Generals reviewing pace of Iraq troop pullout (05/12/10)
BAGHDAD -- American commanders, worried about increased violence in the wake of Iraq's inconclusive elections, are now reconsidering the pace of a major troop pullout this summer, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The withdrawal of the first major wave of troops is expected to be delayed by about a month, the officials said. Waiting much longer could endanger President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the force level from 92,000 to 50,000 troops by Aug. 31...
Indians roll to second in SEMO Conference (05/12/10)
Jackson's Werner shot a 71 to capture medalist honors
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Londyn Backfisch (05/12/10)
Backfisch qualified for the sectional track and field meet in three events -- the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the high jump.
High school roundup: Central wraps up second in SEMO Conference baseball (05/12/10)
Josh Meyer went 2 for 3 with a double and picked up the save on the mound to lead the Central baseball team past Dexter 6-3 on Tuesday. Josh Hiett also collected a pair of hits in the win. Jamie Pickel picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers (14-8), allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out three...
Injury forces end to Sharpe's Southeast basketball career (05/12/10)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball player Lauren Sharpe has seen her career come to an end because of injury. Coach John Ishee made the announcement Tuesday, citing the fact Sharpe has been battling back problems since her freshman year. Sharpe, a guard/forward who had one season of eligibility remaining, missed the last 15 games of the 2009-10 campaign and eventually underwent surgery...
Area digest 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
Mike Davault and Lachelle Cook combined to win the two SEMO Horseshoe Association tournaments last weekend. Davault and Cook won Saturday's tournament at the Oran Jaycees. Jerome Backfisch and Terrie Rose were second, while Lester Powell and Amy Pobst were third in the 10-team tournament...
Myers quiets Cardinals as Astros rally (05/12/10)
An error in the seventh opened the floodgates for Houston
Decorative paint a wallpaper alternative (05/12/10)
Elaine Griffin is crazy about stripes -- in small rooms and children's rooms, powder rooms and halls. She also likes glazes and metallics. Stencils, too. Decorative and faux painting is back, although in a subtler style than the "Dallas" and "Dynasty" days of the 1970s and '80s. "We overdid it then," said Griffin, a New York decorator, designer and contributor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine...
Country-style ribs provide less mess and more meat (05/12/10)
The trick to great barbecued ribs is not letting the meat get lost in the sauce. So to keep the pork flavorful and moist -- and to give it the substance to stand up to the sauce -- I created a quick sweet and peppery brine from brown sugar, kosher salt, peppercorns and garlic powder...
Pinch of this, dash of that in this week's column (05/12/10)
This week's recipe column is certainly a hodgepodge. I had a request for a recipe so a young girl can learn to work with yeast dough over summer vacation. She has never worked with yeast dough before, so what better way to start then with a pecan sticky roll? I ran across a couple of recipes that I want to make. ...
Linda Clendening (05/12/10)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Linda Warren Clendening, 64, of Niceville, Fla., formerly of Tamms, died Friday, April 30, 2010. The funeral was held May 5 at Valparaiso First Assembly of God Church in Valparaiso, Fla. Announcement courtesy of Crain Funeral Home in Tamms...
Paul Morard (05/12/10)
Paul Morard, 46, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his home. A memorial Mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Mary's Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Ralph Green (05/12/10)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Ralph A. Green, 89, of Wappapello died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born April 9, 1921, in Holcomb, Mo., to Alfred and Ada Stacy Green. He and Margaret "Jackie" Hill were married Nov. 20, 1954, in Hernando, Miss. She died Nov. 28, 2006...
Inatha Mansker (05/12/10)
Inatha G. Mansker, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. She was born May 17, 1924, at Sank, Mo., daughter of Ora Oswell and Alta Ines Ladd Bitterman. She and Cecil Rosswell Mansker were married Sept. 12, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 2007...
Births 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
Son to Jarrod Michael and Courtney Jill Lawson of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:31 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010. Name, Luke Charles. Weight, 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Third child, second son. Mrs. Lawson is the former Courtney Coleman, daughter of Charles and Sharon Coleman of Potosi, Mo. She is an academic adviser at Southeast Missouri State University. Lawson is the son of Dennis and Marcia Lawson of Potosi. He is a medical sales consultant with Synthes...
Jackson police/fire report 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts Burglary The Southeast Missouri State University released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Burglary...
Fire report 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
Members of the Burfordville Baptist Church held a groundbreaking ceremony last Sunday to signify the beginning of construction on a new church; the old church recently was heavily damaged by fire. The Salvation Army has been forced to move its worship services to the its thrift store at 207 Broadway; the move was made after portions of the ceiling fell in at its regular chapel, 216 Broadway...
Food stamps (05/12/10)
Food stamps will go to a record 40 million Americans this year. That translates into one in every eight Americans now rely on the federal anti-hunger program to supplement or provide for their meals. Of course the headline in this story deals with the record number. But the real story concerns why this massive segment of our population cannot provide for their own food needs...
BP, buy back your oil (05/12/10)
To Mr. Tony Hayward, chief executive officer of BP: The environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is bad for BP, bad for Americans and, worse yet, for natural treasures on the U.S. coast. Here's a suggestion as to how you can minimize the damage and regain some respect among the American people...
Young entrepreneurs (05/12/10)
Entrepreneurial high school students in Southeast Missouri will have an opportunity to compete for funding for their best business plans. The contest is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University...
Speak Out 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
I saw the poll in this paper about a Mardi Gras celebration in Cape Girardeau. I think It is a great idea. Instead of making it more family-oriented or more adult-oriented, why not have the best of both worlds? Have daytime activities for the families and nighttime activities for the adult crowd. ...
Prayer 5/12/10 (05/12/10)
For spring rains that lay softly upon the fertile ground, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Cape Public Schools sponsor summer athletic camps (05/12/10)
The Cape Girardeau Public School District is sponsoring summer camps for grades K -- 12. Camps are located at Cape Central High School, 1000 S. Silver Springs Rd, unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, visit Cape Central High School's website, www.cape.k12.mo.us/chs/, or contact Lance Tollison, CHS Athletic Director, 573-335-8467...
Cape Central Academic Team finishes 5th at State (05/12/10)
The Cape Central Academic Competition Team finished fifth at the Class 4 state tournament in Columbia on Saturday. It was the Tigers' best finish since a previous fifth place in 2008. Central won the state championship in 2002. Central's captain and top scorer, Josh Wen, made All-State by averaging over thirteen tossups per game. Kelsey Martin, Adam Legrand, Owen Hill and Prithvi Rudrappa also competed for the Central Intelligence Agency...
Central Speech and Debate Team has great year (05/12/10)
The Cape Central High School Speech and Debate Team on Tuesday, May 11, celebrated the recently-concluded 2009-2010 season and recognized competitors for their accomplishments. According to team sponsor Dr. Al Nicolai, nineteen members of the team attained twenty-six degrees of achievement with the National Forensic League, the national honors society for Speech and Debate competition...
St. Paul School Receives R.M.H.C. Grant (05/12/10)
The St. Paul Lutheran School of Jackson, has received $2000 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities to purchase new books for their libary. The books will enhance the school's Accelerated Reading progam for its students. RMHC supports non-profit childrens' programs in the areas of education, health and social well-being, and the cultural arts. ...
My Birthday Wish (05/12/10)
Hi, my name is Hunter Miller and I will turn 11 on May 27, 2010. I have a great love for animals and it bothers me that lots of animals are killed every day due to violence and owners who do not take care of them. Many animals are turned over to local humane societies and it is their job to try and find good homes for these animals. ...
Regional Firefighter Training (05/12/10)
Firefighters from Sikeston, Bloomfield, Scott County and elsewhere trained along side Cape Girardeau Fire Department (CGFD) personnel this afternoon on the corner of Frederick and William. In this picture, CGFD Batallion Chief Brad Dillow directs a group exercising their structural collapse rescue skills...
Law Enforcement Memorial: 5/14 @ 10 a.m. (05/12/10)
SALT members made the final arrangements for Friday's 10 a.m. Law Enforcement Memorial. Any law enforcement official who was killed in the line of duty in the southeast Missouri area will be honored. Their families will also be recognized. Stone monuments bearing the names of our fallen heroes will also be unveiled...
Humane Society Featured Pet (05/12/10)
Tate is a 10 week old male Dachshund/terrier mix. He is current on all vaccinations. You can't help but to just hold this little guy!!!!! Tate is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri (573)334-5837. If you would like to view more pets available for adoption please visit us at semopets.org...
Pfc. Christopher Austin Main (05/12/10)
Pfc. Christopher Austin Main,MCRD SanDiego,CA. Graduation May 7th,2010. We are proud of you Chris. Semper Fi!
5 Generations!! (05/12/10)
Five generations in the Friese family. Pictured left to right: Paul Friese (great grandfather), Jewel Friese (great-great grandmother)holding 2nd great-great grandchild, Lain Warren Rees, Craig Friese (grandfather), Amanda Friese/Rees (mother), & Bailey Jo Rees (1st great-great grandchild)...
The Name Lives On! (05/12/10)
4 Generations and the name lives on! Pictured left to right: Carroll Rees (great grandfather), Nathan Rees (father) holding son Lain Warren Rees, and Mark Rees (grandfather).
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