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Cape library's usage up; promotional campaign planned (05/13/10)
One year after it opened, Betty Martin considers the rebuilt Cape Girardeau Public Library a success. With more than twice as many computers available to the public, Internet use has more than doubled. The number of items checked out by patrons is up 26 percent, and 60 percent of the books, DVDs and CDs are being checked at self-service terminals...
Southeast Missouri's regional planning commission adopts clean air plan, seeks EPA funding (05/13/10)
Ways for businesses, local governments and area residents to improve the air are outlined in a new regional Clean Air Action Plan. The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission is seeking an $80,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency's Community Action for a Renewed Environment program to fund initiatives outlined in the plan...
Cape community college now has official name (05/13/10)
Cape Girardeau County's first community college center initially had a location. Now it has a name. Top officials from Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College and Mineral Area College met Tuesday to finalize some details regarding the project, including a name, the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education. The partnership's logo includes a picture of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Wilderness Outcry to go on in scaled-down format (05/13/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The religious gathering known as Wilderness Outcry will still happen this summer, perhaps more organically than before, since regional spiritual leaders have picked up where national figures left off.
Friday meeting in Cape to gather data for rural health plan (05/13/10)
Rural health issues will be the topic of a town hall meeting Friday to gather input for a statewide rural health plan. The Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Rural Health Association are sponsoring the public meeting at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library in the Hirsch meeting room...
Three in Perryville face burglary, theft charges (05/13/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Three Perryville residents are in custody at the Perry County Jail after being recently arrested for allegedly breaking into several Perry County homes in March and April.
Bloomfield school district to fund portion of career ladder (05/13/10)
Bloomfield, Mo.--The Bloomfield School Board voted unanimously to fund the school's share, $87,000, of the Career Ladder Program next year with the stipulation that the program would be phased out over the next five years ending with 2014-15 school year at their regular meeting Monday night. There were several teachers in attendance to speak on behalf of continuing the Career Ladder Program...
Bloomfield school board awards roof contract despite concerns with bids (05/13/10)
Bloomfield, Mo.--Bloomfield School Board President Don Lafferty broke a 3-3 tie vote of the board by voting in favor of awarding a contract to Pyramid Roofing of Sikeston. It will cost $476,500 to construct a new roof on the elementary school building. The action came after considerable discussion at their regular meeting Monday night...
Deadline is Thursday to apply for open Cape School Board seat (05/13/10)
The deadline is approaching to apply for the open position on the Cape Girardeau School Board. Letters of interest are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Dr. Steve Trautwein announced his resignation last month because he and his family are relocating to Seattle. Trautwein was appointed to the board in September 2001 and re-elected to three three-year terms. His current term is set to expire in April...
Four in Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department receive service awards (05/13/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department celebrated National Law Enforcement week Wednesday by honoring four of its staff with awards recognizing their performance. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan made the presentations at the justice center with county staff and the recipients' families...
Certificate for participating in Walking School Bus at Blanchard (05/13/10)
Mayor Harry Rediger presents Sean Fritz with a certificate for participating in the Walking School Bus at Alma Schrader School during an assembly Wednesday at the school. Sharee Galnore, center, a Safe Communities coordinator with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, assisted. The program had 65 students who walked with adult volunteers to school one day a week from April 7 to May 12.
Stoddard County sex offender charged with child porn possession (05/13/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- As he sat in prison for violating his parole on child molestation charges, a Dexter, Mo., man was charged Monday with possessing child pornography, the Daily American Republic newspaper reported. Jody E. Kirk, 44, of the 300 block of North Poplar Street, was charged with the Class B felony of possession of child pornography by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn...
Cow causes traffic accident near Millersville (05/13/10)
A Cape Girardeau woman was injured Tuesday evening after the vehicle she was riding in hit a cow on Highway 72 near Millersville. William E. Meyer, 73, of Cape Girardeau was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander eastbound around 9 p.m. when the vehicle struck a cow. Upon impact the cow was thrown into the westbound lane, hitting a 2008 Chrysler driven by a 16-year-old girl from Marble Hill, Mo...
25 arrested in Sikeston warrant roundup (05/13/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Law enforcement was out in full force doing some "spring cleaning" Tuesday morning, arresting subjects for a variety of warrants, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Twenty-one Scott County warrants, the majority for drugs, were executed beginning just after 6 a.m., with all suspects in custody -- some already at other facilities -- just after 8 a.m. With additional arrests, a total 25 individuals were taken into custody...
Sikeston to host spring festival Saturday (05/13/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Downtown Sikeston plans to celebrate the beginning of spring with its "Sikeston In Bloom" festival this weekend, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. "This is our big kickoff to spring," said Brandon Kuehn, executive director of the Historic Midtown Development Group, which sponsors the event. "Everyone just loves having an excuse to get out, and we hope we'll have some good weather for it this weekend."...
Autism coverage bill goes to Gov. Nixon (05/13/10)
To pay for intensive therapy for their autistic children, Missouri families have maxed out credit cards, refinanced homes and depleted their savings. Soon, their costs could be covered by health insurance. Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation requiring group insurance policies regulated by the state to cover up to $40,000 a year of behavioral therapy for autistic children through age 18...
Few homeless remain in condemned St. Louis tunnel (05/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A few weeks ago, about 150 people were living in an abandoned railroad tunnel beneath the streets of St. Louis. Now, only a half-dozen or so remain in the dark area dubbed "Hopeville," which sits below Tucker Boulevard on the northwest corner of downtown. And those who lingered Wednesday were preparing to leave, packing up their belongings to beat a deadline the city set for them to clear the tunnel...
Investigators find several problems contributed to oil spill (05/13/10)
WASHINGTON -- Bad wiring and a leak in what's supposed to be a "blowout preventer." Sealing problems that may have allowed a methane eruption. Even a dead battery, of all things. New disclosures Wednesday revealed a complicated cascade of deep-sea equipment failures and procedural problems in the oil rig explosion and massive spill that is still fouling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and threatening industries and wildlife near the coast and on shore...
Wal-Mart plans $2B push on hunger relief (05/13/10)
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to significantly ramp up its donations to the nation's food banks to total $2 billion over the next five years, the retail giant said Wednesday. The company is more than doubling its annual rate of giving as the number of Americans receiving food stamps has risen to one in eight, and food banks are straining to meet demand...
Supreme Court nominee Kagan makes rounds on Capitol Hill, staying mum (05/13/10)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan defended herself Wednesday against Republican charges she's not fit to be a justice as she met for the first time with senators who hold the key to her confirmation. Publicly mum as she made the rounds on Capitol Hill, Kagan sought during a series of private meetings to beat back GOP suggestions that she'd be a liberal rubber stamp for President Obama, who named her Monday to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens...
Stocks climb as fears about debt woes lessen (05/13/10)
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose Wednesday after investors' focus returned to the improving health of the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed nearly 150 points to return to where it was a week ago, before stocks tumbled on concerns about debt problems in Europe...
Man who posed as high school athlete jailed on fraud charges (05/13/10)
ODESSA, Texas -- A lot of guys dream about going back to high school and recapturing their athletic glory days. A man who went by the name of Jerry Joseph did it, police say, and now he's in big trouble. Authorities say the boyish-looking 22-year-old posed as a 16-year-old sophomore phenom to lead the Permian High School basketball team to the state playoffs. ...
Other border states shun Arizona's immigration law (05/13/10)
SAN DIEGO -- New Mexico's governor says it is a step backward. Texas isn't touching it. And California? Never again. Arizona's sweeping new law empowering police to question and arrest anyone they suspect is in the U.S. illegally is finding little support in the other states along the Mexican border...
Last Ziegfeld Follies Girl dies at 106 (05/13/10)
NEW YORK -- The last Ziegfeld Follies Girl has died. Doris Eaton Travis, one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes for the series of lavish Broadway theatrical productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday at age 106, public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown said. It didn't say where or how she died...
Dutch boy, 10, sole known survivor in Libyan jet crash (05/13/10)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- A Libyan plane carrying 104 people crashed Wednesday on approach to Tripoli's airport, leaving a field scattered with smoldering debris that included a large chunk of the tail painted with the airline's brightly colored logo. A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor...
Budget deficit the top priority for Britain's new prime minister (05/13/10)
LONDON -- Former rivals David Cameron and Nick Clegg hailed their new coalition government as the coming of a new era in British politics on Wednesday, glossing over policy differences but pledging to tackle the country's most pressing problem -- the looming deficit...
Rare deep-sea fish found off Swedish coast (05/13/10)
STOCKHOLM -- First he thought it was a piece of plastic floating near the shoreline. When he got closer, 73-year-old Kurt Ove Eriksson realized the 12-foot serpentlike object was a rare creature from the depths of the ocean. Marine biologists later determined Eriksson had found a giant oarfish -- the world's largest bony fish -- last seen in Swedish waters about 130 years ago...
8 killed in latest attack at China school (05/13/10)
BEIJING -- An attacker hacked seven children and one teacher to death Wednesday and wounded 20 other people in a rampage at a kindergarten in northwest China, the latest in a string of savage assaults at the country's schools. The slayings occurred despite a countrywide boost in security at schools, with gates and security cameras ordered installed and additional police and guards posted at entrances...
Schneider delivers for Tigers on Senior Day (05/13/10)
Central High School's baseball Senior Day was especially sweet for Sam Schneider. Schneider is the only member of Central's seven-man senior class who did not play for the Tigers' varsity last season. But the first-year varsity member delivered the biggest hit of his final home game...
High school roundup: Three homers power Jackson to victory (05/13/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Move to Big Ten interests Missouri (05/13/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- From geographic proximity to its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, Missouri is a natural fit in many ways for an expanded Big Ten Conference. Need another reason? Try 13 million -- that's about how many extra dollars Missouri could expect to earn annually from a conference with its own television network and a revenue sharing model that distributes equal payments to all 11 members...
Area calendar 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Basketball Football Golf Running Soccer Softball Swimming Volleyball Submit items by mail, fax or e-mail to be included in the calendar....
Defense falters as Astros rough up Lohse (05/13/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Finally, the Houston Astros gave Wandy Rodriguez some runs to work with. Rodriguez carried a one-hitter and an eight-run cushion into the sixth inning and Lance Berkman homered for the second straight game in a 9-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night...
Saxony Lutheran student earns place in international science fair (05/13/10)
It was a year of firsts for Logan Ressel and his science teacher. During his first appearance at the Regional Science Fair at Southeast Missouri State University, the Saxony Lutheran High School freshman advanced to national competition. He beat out many older students and about 35 other projects at the March competition to go on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., this week...
Chaffee High arts students win first state title (05/13/10)
Industrial arts students at Chaffee High School won their first state title during the Technology Education Association of Missouri competition at Lake Ozark, Mo. The students competed against 400 projects from throughout Missouri and received the Best School Award. ...
Hooked on Science: The beating heart (05/13/10)
Using a few items from around the house you can observe your pulse. STEP 2: Place the straw into the clay. STEP 3: Flatten the bottom of the clay. STEP 4: With your palm up, rest your hand on a flat surface. STEP 5: Place the bottom of the clay on your wrist...
who's neXt 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2010-2011 school year: Honors, achievements The following students received awards during the Student Life and Leadership ceremony at Southeast:...
neXt up 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
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How to ... (05/13/10)
May 13, 2010 Dear Leslie, Kristin Hummel's second-grade class at Blanchard Elementary School decided to write a how-to book this year. First the students listed things some of them already knew how to do, like tap dance, throw a football and play Monopoly -- nothing to second-graders. ...
Grace Bauer (05/13/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Grace E. Bauer, 87, of Anna died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Eric Wood officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Frank Morgan (05/13/10)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Frank W. Morgan, 79, of Jonesboro died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Geneva Oliver (05/13/10)
Geneva D. Oliver, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Aug. 20, 1924, at Delta, daughter of John E. and Nelda Rottler Davenport. She and Ivan Oliver were married June 27, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 19, 1996...
Francesca Metz (05/13/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Francesca Metz, 48, of Chaffee died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Bud Spears (05/13/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Clayton "Bud" Spears, 65, of Sikeston died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home, following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1944, in Piggott, Ark., to the late Robert and Inez McMullin Spears. He and Connie Wilhelm Alexander were married June 24, 1966, in Jonesboro, Ark...
Roy Schaefer (05/13/10)
Roy L. Schaefer, 80, of Snyder Village in Metamora, Ill., formerly of Washington, Ill., died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Snyder Village, surrounded by his family. He was born May 28, 1929, in Scott City, to Lawrence and Matilda Schaefer. He and Agnes L. Blattel were married July 12, 1952, in Oran, Mo...
Lorene Heilig (05/13/10)
PULASKI, Ill. -- Lorene T. Heilig, 91, of Pulaski passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the home of a son and daughter-in-law in Villa Ridge, Ill. She was born March 2, 1919, in Arlington, Ky., daughter of the late James and Allie West Tucker. Lorene was a member of Pulaski Christian Church, the Ladies Aid, was a deaconess and a member of Home Bureau Extension...
Births 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Son to Jason Robert and Angela Michelle Fornkohl of Advance, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:06 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010. Name, Dayton Cruise. Weight, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Fornkohl is the former Angela Dempsey, daughter of Traci Fritch of Puxico, Mo., and Ann Hopkins of Essex, Mo. She is a CNA at Bits of Heaven. Fornkohl is the son of Don and Bea Smith of Advance. He is a pipefitter with the Craftsman Union...
Jackson police/fire report 5/12/10 (05/13/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Fire report 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Police report 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts Assault Property damage Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
A vessel of American Cruise Lines of Haddam, Conn., is docked at Cape Girardeau; the Savannah is carrying 109 passengers on an inland waterways cruise; while here, passengers tour historic spots in the city and immediate area. Cape Girardeau County's sales tax receipts have been below anticipated averages throughout this year, with May's check falling to an all-time low, says Auditor H. Weldon Macke; May's sales tax receipts dipped to $60,198.96...
Conservation contractors help landowners convert farmland to wildlife habitat (05/13/10)
Many people want to encourage wildlife on their land but lack the time or specialized equipment to do the work themselves. Others would like to do the work for pay but lack the necessary knowledge and experience. Timing is very crucial for the success of establishing native grasses, shrubs and trees as well as the removal of unwanted species. The use of experienced, well-trained conservation contractors can help alleviate that pressure and ensure that your wildlife goals are met...
New Americans (05/13/10)
One event that is sure to stir every American's patriotism is a naturalization ceremony where new citizens are sworn in. Such an event was held last month at the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. The event coincided with the dedication of the Judicial Education and History Center in the courthouse, an exhibit that tells the story of the courthouse's namesake and explains the function of federal courts...
Big economic show coming (05/13/10)
Big Broadway shows open on the road in lesser markets. This gives the producers an opportunity to see what is working, what isn't and to make necessary changes. The big show currently is in Athens. The Greek parliament, lacking any choice, has passed rather draconian but necessary austerity measures to avoid a default on bonds. ...
Speak Out 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
A Speak Out caller recently deemed President Obama's administration "ignorant of ... Economics 101" because the president doesn't tax those who do no work and taxes those who do. In fairness to the untaxed financial wizards at Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and others, they worked very, very hard to get out of paying taxes while at the same time making zillions of dollars and bringing our country to the edge of financial collapse. All of that takes real effort...
Prayer 5/13/10 (05/13/10)
Because we know our weaknesses, we rely on you, O God, for strength. Amen.
Larry Bill needs more signatures (05/13/10)
People are surprised by our approach to politics. I am running for U.S. Congress as an independent in the 8th District of Missouri. I am disappointed with both major parties as they conspire together at the federal level to bankrupt this country. I will advocate for Constitutional conservative ideas from any source and not be bound by party affiliation...
CASA Celebrates their Volunteers! (05/13/10)
CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri- celebrated their volunteers with a special evening in their honor. CASA is a volunteer based organization that advocates for abused and neglected children. "Our CASA volunteers have a demanding "Volunteer" job," says Lori Schutte, CASA staff. ...
Element 74 Designs Website for D.C. Organization (05/13/10)
On Friday local web design company, Element 74, will launch what may be their most visible website to date, www.patrickhenrycenter.com, which represents the Patrick Henry Center in Washington, D.C. According to Chris Edmonds, founder and president of the ten-year-old web design company, "The new website incorporates all of the technology Element 74 offers: user-friendly content management, multimedia, mass email marketing capability, social media, and online donations. ...
Senator Crowell Honors Sikeston Jaycees at Capitol (05/13/10)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Senator Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, recently presented a Senate Resolution to a group of Sikeston Jaycees in Jefferson City. As of the 2009 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, local Jaycee's have been able to invest more than $1 million back into the Sikeston community over a 10-year-period...
Marble Hill Youth Fast for Food this weekend (05/13/10)
The EPIC youth group of the Marble Hill United Methodist Church will fast for 24 hours at their church on Highway 34 from noon May 15 to noon May 16. During the fast, they will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the local food pantry. Please feel free to stop by with a contribution and to cheer them on. The youth are very excited about this project...
This old house once knew its children (05/13/10)
Rural Scott County
Neighborhood Watch (05/13/10)
Melissa Weber's cat, Katie, keeping up with the Joneses.
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