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Wednesday fire guts Perry County apartment building (06/03/10)
LITHIUM, Mo. - A fire that started in a kitchen destroyed a two-level apartment building Wednesday afternoon. According to Perryville Fire Chief Charles LaRose, crews arrived at 226 Cross St. around 2:45 p.m. LaRose said that Missouri fire departments from Biehle, East Perry County Rural, St. ...
Bollinger County teen pleads guilty to murdering guardian (06/03/10)
Gathered in a circle outside the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse, the family of a murdered Patton, Mo., woman said Wednesday they were relieved the case was over after hearing the accused killer plead guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Jackson teen part of Team USA in Youth World Cup horse event (06/03/10)
This summer, high school students may choose from an array of activities including bagging groceries, playing in a baseball league or cruising on the lake in Southeast Missouri. But one Saxony Lutheran High School student is spending most of the summer representing Team USA in a horse riding competition...
State offices on Southern Expressway in Cape have rat problem (06/03/10)
Leased state offices on Southern Expressway in Cape Girardeau apparently have a rat problem, discovered after the stench of a decaying animal generated complaints from workers stationed there. No actual rats have been seen, said Brian Quinn, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services, one of two state departments with offices at 710 Southern Expressway...
Audit finds problems in Stoddard County government records (06/03/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri Auditor's office report released last month cites the need for the Stoddard County government to have more documentation and improved system procedures in several areas, including property tax additions and abatements, inventories of property, record keeping for bids and the awarding of contracts for equipment and construction projects, the Dexter Daily Statesman reported...
Scott City's Summerfest to raise money for park amphitheater (06/03/10)
A concert by a Nashville country artist and a truck rally during this year's Summerfest will help raise money for a park amphitheater in Scott City. Paul Schock, owner of Schock's Pub in Scott City and one of the lead organizers in the efforts to build the theater, said he is excited about the events...
Bloomfield, Richland on list for interest-free bonds (06/03/10)
The Bloomfield and Richland School Districts were among the 60 school districts that will receive interest free federal bonds to pay for construction projects that were approved by voters in recent elections. Voters in the Bloomfield District approved a $1.5 million bond issue for renovations to the elementary and high schools in the April election. ...
Risco teacher is honored at History Day (06/03/10)
RISCO, Mo.-- Missouri's History Teacher of the Year does not teach history. While Melanie Tipton, who was honored during the annual Missouri History Day, is a communications teacher at Risco High School, her commitment to students and to history is so strong, officials called her an "excellent choice."...
United Way to boost funding to educational programs (06/03/10)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri will have slightly more money to allocate to community programs this year. A total of $703,218 will be distributed to organizations now in the process of being selected. That's an additional $39,823 as a result of funds raised in the 2009 United Way campaign...
Boys and Girls club works with Poplar Bluff schools for summer programs (06/03/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.--The Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff has partnered with the Poplar Bluff School District to help students retain information in light of the school district's reduced summer school program that resulted from budget cuts. There were more AmeriCorps workers than ever before at the club on Tuesday as about 150 young people were pre-tested so their progress can be measured upon completion of the trial run of the summer learning program...
Kennett cuts 4 sports programs for upcoming school year (06/03/10)
KENNETT, Mo.,--In an effort to help balance the district's budget, the Kennett Board of Education made the decision to cut four sports programs from the school's lineup for the upcoming school year. According to Superintendent Jerry Noble, the district will cut boys' soccer, girls' soccer, boys' tennis, and girls' fall softball. Noble said the cuts were made as a cost-saving measure, adding that the district has seen cuts around the academic levels as well...
Cape Girardeau police looking for suspects in Wednesday morning pharmacy robbery (06/03/10)
Cape Girardeau police are looking for two men who broke into the Medicap Pharmacy at 1020 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau early Wednesday morning. Police were notified of the break-in by the pharmacy's alarm company at 3:29 a.m. Owner Ben Tally said this is the fourth time within a year his pharmacy has been robbed...
Jackson Municipal Band's begins its free summer concert series (06/03/10)
The Jackson Municipal Band is starting their free summer season Thursday with an extended concert featuring the Jackson High School Pop concert performers. "It's a wonderful summer tradition and is always so well-received here," said Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr...
Sikeston takes next step in its DREAM initiative (06/03/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Since Sikeston was named a Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri -- or DREAM -- community in August 2007, a lot of work has been completed behind the scenes. But all that research and the reports written will turn into something tangible in the next 10 years, as committee members work to implement plans and visions brought about in the past few years. And those goals were recently highlighted during a kickoff for the strategic plan...
Case against Designated Driver owner at standstill (06/03/10)
The case against a Cape Girardeau man charged with acceding to corruption is at a standstill after Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck took the case under advisement Wednesday following the defendant's preliminary hearing. Timothy C. Duffey, 46, owner of Designated Driver, is accused of sending his former employee, Tara Rucker, a letter while she was an inmate in the Cape Girardeau County Jail. ...
MU to use grant for health care records center (06/03/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Switching from paper records to an electronic medical records system in rural Missouri clinics and hospitals should be easier in the coming years thanks to a new center opening on the University of Missouri campus. MU has been awarded $6.8 million in federal funding to create the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center. ...
SIU construction project a go after suit dropped (06/03/10)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Construction of a new transportation education center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is back on now that a lawsuit over how a builder for the $57 million project was picked has been dropped. St. Louis-based K&S Associates Inc. had sued the state of Illinois after it submitted the lowest bid -- $37.4 million -- for the project. The state hired a Peoria company after deciding K&S's application was flawed...
Schools' stimulus money comes at a heavy price (06/03/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An effort to use $3.5 billion in federal stimulus money to turn around underperforming schools has targeted 65 in the St. Louis region, but the grants come with a cost. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that to get the money, some schools must replace staff, remove principals, reopen as charter schools, or even shut down completely...
Missouri college plans to reverse fee increase (06/03/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri college plans to rescind a fee increase for students after being told by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration that it would violate a statewide deal to freeze tuition next school year. Administrators at Linn State Technical College said Wednesday that they will waive a fee increase of $3 per credit hour for courses taught at its central Missouri campus during the 2010-2011 academic year...
Nixon signs Mo. drunken-driving overhaul (06/03/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed drunken-driving legislation Wednesday that seeks to steer offenders toward alcohol treatment programs and ensure that repeat offenders are punished. Nixon made it a priority to overhaul the state's drunken-driving laws because of concerns that punishment for drunken driving varies widely among Missouri's counties. The Democratic governor said the legislation that takes effect Aug. 28 will make roads safer...
AT&T discontinues unlimited data plan for new customers (06/03/10)
NEW YORK -- Just in time for the release of a new iPhone, AT&T will stop letting new customers sign up for its unlimited Internet data plan for smart phones and iPads and charge more for users who hog the most bandwidth. AT&T hopes to ease congestion on its network, which has drawn complaints, particularly in big cities. But the approach could confuse customers unfamiliar with how much data it takes to watch a YouTube video or fire up a favorite app...
Wal-Mart launches employee college plan (06/03/10)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced a program Thursday in which its workers can receive college credit from the online American Public University and receive a tuition discount from the school. The company also said it will commit $50 million over three years to help workers pay for books and tuition above the reduced tuition rate. After the reduction, tuition will cost $212.50 per undergraduate credit hour and $255 for graduate credits...
Buffett defends rating agencies for missing crisis (06/03/10)
NEW YORK -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Wednesday defended credit rating agencies that gave overly positive grades to mortgage-related investments before the housing bust. He said the agencies were among many who missed warnings signs of the crisis...
U.N. expert says 'targeted killings' may be war crimes (06/03/10)
GENEVA -- Governments must come clean on their methods for killing suspected terrorists and insurgents -- especially when using unmanned drones -- because they may be committing war crimes, a U.N. human rights expert said Wednesday. Philip Alston, the independent U.N. ...
Suspect in death of Ala. teen sought in Peru murder (06/03/10)
LIMA, Peru -- A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in a weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday. Joran van der Sloot is being sought in the Sunday killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel, Criminal police chief Gen. Cesar Guardia told a news conference. He said the suspect fled the country the next day by land to Chile...
Quick tourney exit ruins promising year for Redhawks (06/03/10)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan had conflicting emotions in the aftermath of his 16th season leading his alma mater. On one hand, Hogan was proud of an injury-plagued campaign that exceeded expectations by those outside the program...
OVC names Klocke Male Athlete of the Year (06/03/10)
Chalk up another major honor for Southeast Missouri State's Jim Klocke. Klocke, a four-year baseball standout at Southeast, on Wednesday was named the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2009-10 in voting by the league's athletics directors and sports information directors...
Hot offense carries Cape Legion to sweep (06/03/10)
The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons Post 63 American Legion baseball team is looking for even bigger things this summer after a bounceback season last year. The early returns are promising. Cape improved to 6-0 with Wednesday night's lopsided doubleheader sweep of visiting Dexter, 12-2 in six innings and 19-1 in five innings...
Area digest 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
Cape Girardeau's Blake Driskell shot a 68 to win the Missouri Amateur Championship qualifying tournament Wednesday at Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Driskell, who graduated from Central, shot a 33-35--68 on the par-71 course. Jackson's Tim Simmons shot a 36-36--72 to earn a spot in the field as well...
Carpenter sharp in Cards' 4-1 win (06/03/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter has beaten the Cincinnati Reds eight straight times. This time, they helped. Carpenter allowed four hits in eight innings and benefited from the Reds' fielding and base running woes as the St. Louis Cardinals pulled into a first-place tie with Cincinnati in the NL Central with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night...
At the top: Valedictorian Chad Bachmann, Saxony Lutheran High School (06/03/10)
What is your most notable academic achievement? Becoming valedictorian. What is your favorite school activity and why? I enjoy playing soccer at Saxony because it's a great time to have fun with friends and I love the game. What is your favorite high school memory? Winning districts in soccer last year and math class with Mrs. Wichern...
At the top: Valedictorian Alicea Mahnken, Saxony Lutheran High School (06/03/10)
Parents: Steve and Sara Mahnken and Jean and Bill Allen What is your most notable academic achievement? Getting an A in calculus! What is your favorite school activity and why? School dances because you get to get all dressed up and dance with all your friends...
At the top: Valedictorian Seth Stevens, Saxony Lutheran High School (06/03/10)
Parents: Brian and Beth Stevens What is your most notable academic achievement? Valedictorian What is your favorite school activity? Golf What is your favorite high school memory? My friends Describe your favorite cafeteria food: Chicken tetrazzini with worms...
At the top: Valedictorian Stephanie Howard, Jackson High School (06/03/10)
Parents: Mark and Susan Howard What is your most notable academic achievement? Well, being valedictorian is pretty notable. Other than that I would have to say having more than 40 hours of college credit before even starting college is a notable academic achievement...
Hooked on Science: Make an underwater volcano at home (06/03/10)
Did you know there are thousands of volcanoes underwater? Using a few items from around the house you can create your own underwater volcano. STEP 1: Make sure the transparent bottle with narrow neck fits inside the transparent jar. STEP 2: Tie a long piece of string around the neck of the transparent bottle so you can lower the bottle evenly into the transparent jar...
neXt up 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
What's happening this weekend
Senior Moments: Saying hello and goodbye (06/03/10)
Class of 2010, we did it. We are now alumni of our schools! On May 21, I graduated as salutatorian of my class at Perryville High School, and I want to share with you some of the words from my speech. Know that the same things I hope for the people I have grown up with, I hope for you, too...
Authentic Self (06/03/10)
June 3, 2010 Dear Julie, In 1931, a mysterious man named Bagger Vance and the writer O.B. Keeler walk a darkened golf course discussing something Vance calls the Authentic Swing. It's the swing you were born with, the way you swung the first time a golf club was put in your hands, the swing that is unique to you, the swing you've been trying to rediscover ever since the beginning...
McCartney sings 'Michelle' - to a famous Michelle (06/03/10)
WASHINGTON -- If the first British invasion of the White House ended with the house afire, the latest had Barack and Michelle Obama and their children rocking out in their seats Wednesday night at a tribute concert for former Beatle Paul McCartney...
'No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to buy': 007's Aston Martin up for sale (06/03/10)
LONDON -- The Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies is going on sale at a London auction in October. The silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5, dubbed by car auctioneers RM Auctions as "the world's most famous car," is expected to fetch at least $5 million...
Marjorie Farris (06/03/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Marjorie Louise Farris, 85, of Anna died Monday, May 31, 2010. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Anna Heights Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the church, with the Revs. Scott Harner and Mark Roath officiating. Burial will be in Alto Pass Cemetery...
Evelyn Kimbel (06/03/10)
Evelyn E. Kimbel, 95, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Hal Le Aloha Nursing Home in Ceres, Calif. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. The pastor, Dean Jaggers, will officiate. Burial will be in Hobbs Chapel Cemetery...
Janet Lohr (06/03/10)
Janet Sue Lohr, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born May 28, 1933, in Sikeston, Mo., to Hugh David and Gladys Beatrice Swinney Stewart. Mrs. Lohr taught music and art at Chaffee and Poplar Bluff, Mo., schools and at Central Junior High School and Schultz School in Cape Girardeau...
Drusilla Felter (06/03/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Drusilla Louise Scherer Felter, 92, of Benton died Monday, May 31, 2010, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Ardeola, Mo., to John A. and Bertha Enderle Scherer. She and Zeno "Sam" Felter were married Sept. 27, 1950, in Benton. He passed away Jan. 23, 1977...
Dr. Paul Kirk Jr. (06/03/10)
Dr. Paul Jud Kirk Jr., 86, of St. Louis died Sunday, May 30, 2010, at Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 23, 1924, in Shawnee, Okla., son of Paul Jud and Moddie Gibson Kirk. He and Ernestine Carr were married July 24, 1947, in Oklahoma...
Rev. Henry Gieschen (06/03/10)
The Rev. Henry Daniel Walter Gieschen, 60, pastor of Scriptural Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELS), 3587 County Road 635 in Cape Girardeau, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 21, 1949, in Litchfield, Minn., son of the Rev. Henry C. and Lily Gieschen...
Richard Coke (06/03/10)
Richard Lee Coke, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at his home. He was born in East St. Louis, Ill., son of James and Mary Abbott Coke. He married Tammy K. Leker. Richard served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. He worked eight years at SEMO Box. Richard was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral...
Joyce Carson (06/03/10)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Joyce Ann Carson, 73, of Maryville, Ill., passed away Friday, May 28, 2010, in Edwardsville, Ill. She was born July 17, 1936, in Tamms, to the late Robert and Lucy Dailey Smith Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon "Bunk" Carson...
W.C. Onnybecker (06/03/10)
BENTON, Ky. -- W.C. "Bill" Onnybecker, 99, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Mr. Onnybecker was the founder of Bee Spring Lodge on Kentucky Lake. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dorothy; a daughter, Marcia Onnybecker of Evansville, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, George and Christina Onnybecker; and granddaughter, Courtney Tanksley, all of Benton...
John Adney (06/03/10)
John G. Adney, 72, of Marion, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Inurnment will be in Grace Episcopal columbarium...
Jackson Senior High School (06/03/10)
Jackson Senior High School Second Semester Scholastic Honor Roll 11th grade: Alex Harris. 12th grade: Cassandra Bollinger, Benjamin Cahill, Jenny Eichhorn, Brianna Gray, Matt Horst, Stephanie Howard, Krista LaFentres, Ashleigh Lawson, Rachael Meyr, Jill Rushin, Dustin Sanders, Benjamin Schloss, Sydney Stein, Anna Stout, Brandi Strong, Jordan Whitener, Taylor Williams...
Scott City Elementary School (06/03/10)
Scott City Elementary School A Honor Roll 3rd grade: Elijah Berry, Xavier Bollinger, Chloe Clayton, Paige Cummins, Kaileigh Dirden, Courtney Enderle, Diamond Ham, Sam Jordan, William Klingeman, Hailley Maglone, Ethan Palmer, Rylee Stroup. 4th grade: Camryn Daniels, Makayla Job, Colleen Kenney, Gracie Kern, Shawn Schwausch, Katie Smith...
Jackson police/fire reports 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Fire report 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
The death of a pet bird in Raleigh, N.C., and the subsequent tracing of the bird to Bird-Dee Wings & Things in Cape Girardeau may lead to the mass extermination of the store's entire inventory of birds; the store has been quarantined since May 18. Heavy thunderstorms rumble through the area during the night, causing power outages; electrical power is out from about 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Town Plaza and West Park Mall areas and in residential areas west of Cape Girardeau...
Helping animals (06/03/10)
Sometimes we forget how fortunate this area is to have an organization like the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, which runs Cape Girardeau's animal shelter. Thank goodness, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of donors place a high priority on the shelter's mission. One of those volunteers called attention to the Humane Society's needs in a special way. He had a party for his 11th birthday at the shelter and asked guests to bring items used to care for animals or make a donation...
Speak Out 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
IT costs California $52,000 a year to keep a prisoner. The government is wasting too much money to keep killers like Charles Manson. The government should use the death sentence. If they know they will die, that might stop a lot of people from killing somebody...
Prayer 6/3/10 (06/03/10)
Hear our prayers, O God, for all those who are truly in need. Amen.
The record speaks for itself (06/03/10)
The message is loud and clear -- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has been a "friend" to the community banker since she was elected, and she is now serving her seventh full term. Jo Ann understands the community bank environment and knows the role each bank plays in the community or region that it serves...
Campaign focused on real issues (06/03/10)
Playing politics, the Obama administration and Bill Clinton tried to talk Joe Sestak out of opposing Arlen Specter using possibly illegal inducements. While oil spews into the Gulf and national debt rises by millions per day, the incumbent Republican Congress members focus on the Sestak Senate campaign in Pennsylvania...
Troop support requires action (06/03/10)
Last Thursday, I began a 100-mile road march through the district to honor veterans over the Memorial Day weekend. The same day, in an interview with the Southeast Missourian, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson attempted to diminish my 11-year Army career as a combat engineer, Ranger and Green Beret. She stated I had "never commanded anybody."...
Saxony Lutheran Crusaders Bowling Team (06/03/10)
The Saxony Lutheran High School inaugural bowling team competed at the Missouri BPA High School State Championships at West County Lanes in suburban St. Louis on Saturday May 29th, 2010. The tournament field was made up of 24 teams from all over the state of Missouri. The Saxony team consisted of Alicia Petzoldt, Elizabeth Ward, Garrett Brewer, Josh Drury, Matt Stueve, and Shawn Hadler. They have been bowling as a team since March, and practiced at Main Street Lanes in Jackson...
100 Youth serving others (06/03/10)
With the hardships that have fallen across our nation this last year, there are many who use their time, talent and treasures to the benefit of their fellow man. A youth organization from Missouri will once again be traveling to spend a week long mission of reaching out to others. ...
Silverwalk Hounds finds a Safe Harbor (06/03/10)
I want to share that as of April 6, 2010, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Jackson, MO added Silverwalk Hounds, a Beagle and hound sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, to its 501c3, MO licensed animal rescue/sanctuary. Silverwalk will function as a "small division" of Safe Harbor, maintaining its present location near Cape Rock as well as its emphasis on adult hounds and senior dogs. ...
The joys of summer (06/03/10)
My niece, Madison Hope Jansen, who is 23 months old, loves spending hours in the pool!
I"m Back!!! (06/03/10)
I guess we will have to put up with him. He sure does eat a lot of bird seed in between my chasing him off.
Bronze Award Project @ IC Church Garden (06/03/10)
This is Girl Scout Troop 50044 from Jackson completing their Bronze Award project at the Immaculate Conception Church Garden. Bottom row, kneeling from left to right are Claire Horrell, Lauryn Scheffel, and Audrey Lewis. Second row, sitting, are Rachel Conrad, Abby Renaud, Taylor Allen, Katie Hanners, and Allie Ziegler. ...
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