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Stories from Friday, May 21, 2010

Sex offender sentenced to prison for enticing girl through text messages (05/21/10)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- A registered sex offender pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday in a Jefferson County court for trying to lure a 13-year-old girl to Capaha Park for sex last September. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Larry Eugene Windeknecht was scheduled to appear at a pretrial conference in Hillsboro, where the case was being heard on a change of venue. ...
Cape Girardeau Police Officers Association opposing extension of road tax (05/21/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Officers Association opposes extending the city's sales tax for roads because officers feel that promises about pay haven't been kept, the president of the association, Bill Bohnert, said Thursday. The association began running ads Sunday in the Southeast Missourian with a simple message against the tax extension on the Aug. 3 ballot. The ad does not give a reason for the opposition...
Jackson student attends graduation as allowed by law she fought for (05/21/10)
On Thursday, 382 Jackson High School students walked across the stage at the Show Me Center to receive their diplomas. For one student, the journey was more than the walk from the chair to the stage. In lobbying for a bill that allows students following individualized education plans instead of a standard curriculum to participate in senior activities, senior Kaitlyn Thompson took her goal from Jackson to Jefferson City, Mo. ...
Second fatal crash near Dexter in three days (05/21/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Another crash late Thursday night claimed the life of a Dexter woman, the Daily Statesman newspaper reported. This marks the second fatal crash in a three-day period along a stretch of Highway 25 just south of the city limits. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carol J. ...
Grand opening of Johnson's Shut-Ins is Saturday (05/21/10)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- A grand opening ceremony will take place at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville Saturday, according to a Missouri Department of Natural Resources news release. The event marks the official reopening of the park, which was damaged in 2005 after the failure of the Taum Sauk reservoir sent 1.3 billion gallons of water rushing through the park...
Candidates for Cape County presiding commissioner discuss charter government, unions (05/21/10)
A switch to charter government and unionizing county employees were among the issues addressed by Cape Girardeau County Republican presiding commissioner candidates Thursday.
Poplar Bluff School District breaks ground on kindergarten center (05/21/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.--While construction workers prepared to pour footings for the new kindergarten center, school officials and community leaders participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. "Steel will be delivered in June. People will be amazed how large the building will be," Poplar Bluff School District Superintendent Ernie Lawson said...
10-year-old wants Humane Society donations instead of birthday presents (05/21/10)
Most 10-year-olds don't clean their rooms and definitely wouldn't spend their Saturdays cleaning up after animals at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri like Hunter Miller. The St. Vincent de Paul School fifth-grader loves helping out at the Humane Society so much that this year he is having his birthday party there from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday...
TRCC fails Title IX test (05/21/10)
An audit by Three Rivers Community College shows it is not currently in compliance with Title IX. In a report to the school's Board of Trustees during its meeting Thursday, Athletic Director Gene Bess released the findings and recommendations for the future of the Raiders...
Cape School District makes national list (05/21/10)
The Cape Girardeau School District is one of 28 Missouri districts recognized by a national school selection firm. The district received the "What Parents Want" award from SchoolMatch, an Ohio-based consulting firm that ranks school systems. The bulk of the list is made up of schools in the St. Louis and Kansas City area. Cape Girardeau is the only Southeast Missouri school that made the list...
Meeting planned to discuss Highway 34 improvements (05/21/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The public will have a chance Thursday to offer input on upcoming roadwork in Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties. Scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School in Marble Hill, the meeting will provide information on bridge replacement and road improvements on Highway 34 and several other roads, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center ribbon cutting (05/21/10)
Mayor Harry Rediger cuts the ceremonial ribbon at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center on Thursday, May 20, 2010.
Road resurfacing on Highway 177 starting Monday (05/21/10)
Crews will conduct resurfacing work on Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County Monday through Wednesday. The area of work is located between County Road 651 and Bertling Street. Weather permitting, work is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Man injured during police pursuit in Sikeston (05/21/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A foot pursuit early Thursday morning led to a man's arrest and hospitalization after he was struck by a police car. Police were patrolling South Kingshighway in response to recent theft reports when they saw a man walking through residences' backyards, said spokesman Sgt. Jim McMillen. The man gave police a false name...
Cape Girardeau County Commission opens equipment bids (05/21/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission opened bids on rental equipment for two highway department projects and replacement of cylinders in the Jackson courthouse elevator. G.W. VanKeppel Equipment, Fabick Equipment and Roland Machinery submitted bids for rental of soil stabilizer and pulverizer that will mix asphalt pavement, crushed rock and soil to replace pavement primarily on County Road 422. ...
Missouri to replace highway welcome signs (05/21/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is sprucing up its state highway signs to be more welcoming for tourists. The Department of Transportation plans to replace 66 "Welcome to Missouri" signs along interstate, U.S. and state highways. The 14 new signs on the interstates are to be in place before Memorial Day...
'Joe the Plumber' pitches for Missouri auditor candidate (05/21/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican state auditor candidate Allen Icet sought to burnish his political outsider credentials Thursday by turning to an Ohio man who gained fame in the 2008 presidential campaign as "Joe the Plumber." The state lawmaker started a three-day campaign swing with Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher at a pavilion in a Jefferson City park. Wurzelbacher is being paid by Icet to also travel to campaign stops in Camdenton, Springfield, Joplin, Mountain Grove and St. Louis...
Biologists use man-made DNA to power cell (05/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- Scientists announced a step Thursday in the quest to create artificial life. They've produced a living cell powered by man-made DNA. While such work can evoke images of Frankenstein-like scientific tinkering, it also is exciting hopes that it could eventually lead to new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water, faster vaccine production and more...
Intelligence director to resign later this month (05/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- National intelligence director Dennis Blair said Thursday he is resigning, ending a 16-month tenure marked by intelligence failures and turf wars among the country's spy agencies. Blair, a retired Navy admiral, is the third director of national intelligence, a position created in response public outrage over the failure to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
Lab's move to Kansas begins to lift mystery around N.Y. island (05/21/10)
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Hannibal Lecter, the fictional villain in "Silence of the Lambs," said it sounded "charming." Author Nelson DeMille made it the centerpiece of his 1997 thriller about deadly viruses and hidden treasure. Since the infancy of the Cold War, Plum Island has been the site of an animal disease laboratory; access is limited to scientists, support personnel and, on rare occasions, invited guests. ...
Gunmen kill 2 Ark. police officers, die in separate shootout (05/21/10)
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- Two police officers doing anti-drug work along a busy Arkansas interstate were shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop by two men with AK-47s, and the suspects later died in a separate shootout with police in a crowded Walmart parking lot, authorities said...
Oil reaches marshes at mouth of Mississippi River (05/21/10)
GRAND ISLE, La. -- The spectacle many had feared for a month finally began unfolding as gooey, rust-colored oil washed into the marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi for the first time, stoking public anger and frustration with both BP and the government...
Senate clears way for financial regulation bill (05/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate cleared the way Thursday for the most far-reaching new restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. President Barack Obama cheered from the White House. Breaking a Senate blockade by a single vote, lawmakers voted 60-40 to end debate and advance the massive financial regulation bill, which has become a priority for Obama after the passage of his health care overhaul in March...
Fading of inflation helps buyers and borrowers (05/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- It's a good time to buy a car or refinance a mortgage, thanks to super-low inflation and interest rates. Invest in a savings account? Forget it. Consumer inflation has all but disappeared, the government reported Wednesday. The Federal Reserve may now be emboldened to keep interest rates at record lows well into next year -- and possibly into 2012...
U.K.'s Cameron, Clegg finalize coalition deal (05/21/10)
LONDON -- Britain's coalition government outlined a joint program Thursday, promising support for the Afghanistan war, a new drive toward Middle East peace and a "close and frank" relationship with the United States. Prime Minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg published details of the agreement struck between their Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties after the country's inconclusive May 6 election, in which no party won a clear majority to govern...
N. Korea warns of war if punished for ship (05/21/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea, accused of waging the deadliest attack on the South Korean military since the Korean War, flatly denied sinking a warship Thursday and warned that retaliation would mean "all-out war." Evidence presented Thursday to prove North Korea fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean ship was fabricated by Seoul, North Korean naval spokesman Col. Pak In Ho told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang...
Wreckage of airliner seen on Afghan mountainside (05/21/10)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Search craft on Thursday spotted the torn-apart wreckage of an Afghan commercial airliner that disappeared Monday while flying over Afghanistan's Hindu Kush mountains with 44 people on board, including six foreigners, officials said...
Paintings worth millions stolen from Paris museum (05/21/10)
PARIS -- A thief stole five paintings valued at more than $100 million, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in an overnight heist Thursday at a Paris modern art museum with a broken alarm system, officials said. The paintings disappeared early Thursday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower in one of the French capital's most tourist-frequented neighborhoods...
Bangkok counts losses after downtown rioting (05/21/10)
BANGKOK -- A turquoise sash on a wedding dress was the only streak of color visible in the blackened and charred shops housed inside a giant movie theater complex in downtown Bangkok. Acrid smoke rose past the cinema's large mural of the masks of comedy and tragedy...
Fast fraulein (05/21/10)
Foreign-exchange student Luisa Boschan, a junior at Chaffee, will compete in four events at the Class 1 state track meet.
Redhawks eye OVC regular-season title in baseball (05/21/10)
Southeast needs a sweep and some help to capture the crown
Area calendar 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
Baseball Basketball Football Golf Running/Track Soccer Softball Swimming Volleyball Wrestling Submit items by mail, fax or e-mail to be included in the calendar....
Cards regain lead in Central (05/21/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Two doubles and two RBIs qualifies as a monster day for Matt Holliday. So far, it's been a fairly weak season for the St. Louis Cardinals' big free agent pickup. Holliday snapped a six-game RBI drought and drove in his first runs in four games since moving to third in the lineup, getting the go-ahead hit for Adam Wainwright in a 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday...
D.C. party crashers get a cameo for second state dinner (05/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- They just couldn't stay away. Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the party crashers from the Obama administration's first state dinner, managed to get themselves a cameo on the fringes of the second. The publicity-hungry couple were in a limousine that was stopped by a Secret Service officer just blocks from the White House on Wednesday night as the Obamas' second state dinner was underway inside. ...
'Glee' fans' parents keep fingers on pause button (05/21/10)
NEW YORK -- "OK," went the e-mail that circulated among parents recently at a New York City elementary school. "Is 'everyone' in the fifth grade really watching 'Glee'?" A discussion ensued: To Glee or not to Glee? At issue wasn't the quality of the hugely popular Fox series about a high school glee club, which in just its first season has won a Golden Globe, seen its cast perform at the White House, launched a national concert tour, and is, to hear many tell it, approaching the status of a mini-pop culture phenomenon.. ...
Rise of food blogs creates pasta paparazzi (05/21/10)
Grant Achatz is happy that food bloggers are so excited about dining at his renowned Alinea restaurant in Chicago that they want to shoot photos and even video of their experience. And he embraces the web as a medium for disseminating dining information...
Women on wheels (05/21/10)
The women in this town are up to something. They're disappearing on Monday nights. They're coming into work sore and sometimes bruised on Tuesday. The first rule of roller derby is you tell everyone about roller derby. A group of about 30 women have been learning to skate, learning to fall and learning the rules of roller derby from 6 to 9 p.m. ...
The forever mess (05/21/10)
I am not a mechanic, and I don't pretend to be. I have friends who take apart the engines in their cars, put them back together and call it a great weekend. Once a year, I change the oil in my lawn mower. So there. I am careful, when I turn my mower on its side for the annual oil change, to avoid spilling any gasoline from the fuel tank. I run the mower until it is out of gas or nearly empty...
Local artists take their work to the street (05/21/10)
Take a stroll downtown and you'll likely notice the drawings on the sidewalks. The colorful images are the work of local street painters who use concrete as their canvas. Visitors to Capaha Park will soon see many more such works. The annual Street Painting Festival will coincide with ArtsCape on Saturday...
Tunes at Twilight spotlight: Corrine Chapman (05/21/10)
Corinne Chapman grew up in the Southern California mountains, but has set up base camp in Nashville, Tenn., where her easy chords and lovely lyrics would be welcomed. Chapman may sound familiar. The singer/songwriter has played in the area with local talents and had a spot at the 2009 ArtsCape...
Heatland Pops & Chorus presents patriotic concert (05/21/10)
The Heartland Pops Band & Chorus will perform a patriotic concert Sunday at CrossRoads Fellowship Church. The ensemble headed by Jerry Ganiel has been performing shows in the area for eight years. Heartland Pops "is made up mostly of people from the Jackson and Cape Girardeau areas," Ganiel said. "We have band directors, college professors, housewives, husbands, chiropractors, a little bit of everybody in the group."...
'Lost' fans prepare for landmark show's finale (05/21/10)
NEW YORK -- As a "Lost" fan, I'm well-versed in its many clashing versions of reality. Now the end of "Lost" is near, with its two and one-half hour finale airing 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC following a two-hour retrospective. But even with that hefty end in sight, I have no difficulty picturing an alternate universe where "Lost" not only isn't ending, but instead never existed in the first place...
Brandy Clark (05/21/10)
Brandy R. Brown Clark, 39, of Lohman, Mo., passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at St. Joseph's Home in Jefferson City, Mo., after a 15-year battle with brain cancer. She was born July 5, 1970, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Delmer E. and Diane Husher Brown...
Clara Hemmann (05/21/10)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Clara E. Hemmann, 88, of Uniontown died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville, Mo. She was born in Lutesville, Mo., Nov. 23, 1921, daughter of the late Earl and Dora Shell Hendershott. She and August A. Hemmann were married Feb. 22, 1941. He preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1997...
Amelda Wilson (05/21/10)
THEBES, Ill. -- Amelda F. Wilson, 91, former resident of Thebes, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her home in Longmont, Colo. She was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Albert James and Maggie Thomas Nichols. She graduated from Central High School in Cape Girardeau in 1936...
Jason Anton (05/21/10)
Jason Michael Anton, 29, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 17, 2010. He was born June 24, 1980, in Crystal City, Mo., son of Raymond Francis Childers and Sharon Gayl Borah. He was adopted and raised by the late Paul Joseph and Sharon Borah Anton. Jason graduated from Oak Ridge High School and was a second-year student at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in physics and engineering...
Mary Bonner (05/21/10)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mary Vavak Bonner, 87, of St. Charles, Mo., died Thursday, May 20, 2010. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery...
Norma Bowen (05/21/10)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Norma Jean Bowen, 72, a very kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery...
Max Benfield (05/21/10)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Max Benfield, 52, of Zalma passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1957, in Kankakee, Ill.; son of Clyde James Sr. and Norma L. Killian Benfield. He and Robin Tobin were married Sept. 1, 1991. Mr. Benfield worked in construction and drove a truck for Arab Stone...
Hermine Wachter (05/21/10)
Hermine Wachter, 81, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 25, 1928, near Frankfurt, Germany, daughter of Hermann and Anna Ortwine Pfluger. She and Norman Wachter were married Feb. 14, 1961. Hermine worked five years at the former Jackson Hosiery Mill, and then provided quality child care in her home 40 years until retiring due to failing health...
Jackson police/fire reports 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assault Theft Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters respond to the following calls Thursday:...
Police report 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Thefts Burglary Miscellaneous...
Fire report 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Out of the past 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has purchased the Jackson Coca-Cola offices and production plant on Barton Street in downtown Jackson, directly east of the courthouse; it will be renovated for a new county administrative office building. CHAFFEE, MO. -- A group of Chaffee residents, concerned about the odor emanating from the Estech Chemical Corp. plant on North Frisco Street, has appealed to the Chaffee City Council for help; the company produces and distributes fertilizer products...
A day for arts (05/21/10)
With a weather forecast of sunny and temperatures in the 80s, everything looks good for Saturday's arts events at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. The full day features the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's ArtsCape Community Arts Festival and the Street Painting Festival organized by Craig Thomas, owner of the Black Door Gallery downtown...
Withholding facts is like lying (05/21/10)
To our legislators in Congress: You go to Washington on promises that you will represent the people. You don't say a thing about selling us out to the highest bidder for your vote. You don't say a thing about we, the people, picking up the tab for all your spending. You don't tell the people that "all the money I vote to spend while in office comes from you." Yet you will tell us you're honest...
Good memories of stay in Cape (05/21/10)
On May 2 I was in Cape Girardeau to refuel my vehicle on the way home to Illinois. I experienced brake failure and spent the night in Cape Girardeau, becoming acquainted with what a pleasant town Cape Girardeau is and encountering friendly, helpful people...
Committed to achievement (05/21/10)
Where is the conflict of interest? Paul Nenninger evidently did his job well to be re-elected to the Cape Girardeau School Board. He gained enough respect to be elected board president. For God's sake, you'd think the man was before Pontius Pilate. He did no wrong, yet words such as "shame," "apology," "embarrassment," "slap in the face" and "resignation" are bandied about. ...
Speak Out 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
NO one is saying anything about opening the borders. In fact, I think most people want a secure border. But what should we do with the people who are here? Amnesty is the best solution. They're not criminals and thugs. They're people searching for work. It's making a living for their families. They're coming here for opportunities, much as our own forefathers did...
Prayer 5/21/10 (05/21/10)
When we ask for your blessings, O God, help us to listen for your response. Amen.
Kinder named captain of Texas A&M swim team (05/21/10)
Former Central High & Gator Swim Club swimmer, Hannah Kinder, was named team captain for the 2010-11 Texas A&M women's team. The other 2010-11 team captains for the women's team will be seniors Jaele Patrick and Maria Sommer. Kinder also earned the Iron Woman award, was the Aggies' No. 3 entry in the 200 and 500 frees, and earned NCAA "B" cuts in both races...
MY LIL GOATS (05/21/10)
I HAVE FIVE NEW LITTLE GOATS. I NOW HAVE EIGHT IN TOTAL. I LOVE TEACHING MY LITTLE GRANDSON ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD PET CARE.
Rainbow over Pavestone Company (05/21/10)
After a recent rain, a beautiful rainbow appeared over our manufacturing facility.
Barn on Hickory Rodge (05/21/10)
on Hickory Ridge along the original Bloomfield Road.

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