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More performers lined up for Cape Girardeau air show (06/08/10)
The U.S. Navy will not be the only branch of the armed forces represented when the Blue Angels fly into town later this month. The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival announced the lineup of performers Monday. The list includes the U.S. Air Force's A-10 East Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team...
Cape Girardeau City Council to meet with casino companies July 8 (06/08/10)
Cape Girardeau City Council members compared calendars early in their work session Monday at city hall in order to set a new date to meet with development companies interested in building a casino in the city. Council members will invite all the companies interested in competing for the city's endorsement to a 6 p.m. meeting July 8...
Jackson aldermen approve temporary street closure (06/08/10)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen approved a motion Monday to temporarily close Missouri Street from Jackson Boulevard to Madison Street. The move was requested by Johnny Guffey of Zoellner Construction to help accommodate the oversized deliveries made to the construction site at Jackson High School...
SB40 board to discuss petition over county's decision (06/08/10)
After the Cape Girardeau County Commission went against a recommendation by the Senate Bill 40 Board, friction continues to emerge between the two bodies. During a brief commission meeting Monday, 2nd District Commissioner Jay Purcell expressed concern about recent actions involving the board...
Chemistry grant will send SEMO students to India for research (06/08/10)
Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Chemistry has been awarded a $128,268 grant from the National Science Foundation to send students to India for three summers, beginning next year. Two professors applied for the grant, Dr. Bjorn Olesen and Dr. Mohammed Ali. They said this year was their third time submitting an application to the foundation...
Cape teen sentenced to probation for March pharmacy burglaries (06/08/10)
A Cape Girardeau teenager who pleaded guilty last month to four felony charges in connection to three March pharmacy burglaries was sentenced by a judge Monday to five years of supervised probation.
Argument leads to fatal shooting in Caruthersville (06/08/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. - A back yard argument ended in a fatal shooting, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. At 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Caruthersville police officers were called to 1215 Madison following a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers found family members doing CPR on Stephen McCall, 43, of Caruthersville...
Route ZZ In Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (06/08/10)
Route ZZ between Route BB and U.S. 61 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane while the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The work will continue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through June 17.
Cape Girardeau City Council action 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Public hearings Consent agenda Retail liquor by the drink: Compass Group USA Inc., d/b/a Chartwells, 518 S. Fountain St.; Tamara Z. Buck, d/b/a The Phat Cat, 731 Broadway; Raymond Rhymer, d/b/a Rhymers, 10 Plaza Way; Jonathan B. Pool, d/b/a Lodo, 33 N. Main St.; Out of Bounds Bar & Grill LLC, d/b/a Bel Air Grill, 24 S. Spanish St.; Mark Weber, d/b/a Rude Dog Pub, 123 N. Main St...
Route AA in Cape Girardeau County closed for drainage repairs (06/08/10)
Route AA from County Road 471 to County Road 475 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed while MoDOT crews perform drainage repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be performed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Former Stoddard County nurse pleads guilty to prescription drug charges (06/08/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A former Advance nurse facing drug charges pleaded guilty in court this week. The Daily Statesman newspaper reported Dawn Coffee, was charged with the Class D felony of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. Coffee appeared for a sentencing hearing. ...
People tour renovated Cape golf course (06/08/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynchsemissourian.com Freeman Lewis, seated, looks over the men's No. 2 tee box at the renovated Jaycee Municipal Golf Course with Bryce March, below, Ralph Maxton, left, and Doc Holladay during a preview Monday, June 7, 2010, at the course, which opens Friday. ...
Cape man sentenced to 10 years for robbery (06/08/10)
A Cape Girardeau man connected to two April robberies pleaded guilty to felony charges Monday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge William L. Syler ordered Ramont Williams, 39, to serve two 10-year sentences concurrently. On April 10, Williams robbed a man walking home on North Street by striking him in the face and demanding he turn over his wallet...
Dexter couple arrested on charges of infant neglect (06/08/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A 3-month-old Dexter, Mo., infant was placed in protective custody Thursday and her parents put in jail charged with neglecting her. Amanda Knight Garrett, 20, and Vabian Webb, 18, both of the 800 block of North Walnut, were charged Friday...
Search on for Carthersville man who fell from boat in Mississippi River (06/08/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The search continued early Monday for a Caruthersville man who fell from a boat while on the Mississippi River Sunday evening, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Jeffrey Leon Bollinger, 46, who recently moved to Caruthersville, was not found during a search Sunday evening, which was suspended due to nightfall and safety reasons, according to a news release from the Caruthersville Police Department. ...
Cape Girardeau School Board agenda 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
6 p.m. today Board office, 301 N. Clark Ave. Special meeting Business Executive session...
Jackson School Board agenda 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
7 p.m. today Board office, 614 E. Adams St. Finance Public comments Action items Information items Executive session...
Smoking ban to go before voters in Missouri capital (06/08/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Voters in Missouri's capital city will decide in November whether to ban smoking in public areas. The City Council in Jefferson City decided Monday night to put the issue on the ballot after supporters gathered more than 1,200 petition signatures for the ordinance...
80-year-old man pleads guilty in Kansas City bank robbery (06/08/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 80-year-old Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank with a pellet gun. Federal prosecutors said Augusta Cannon entered into a plea agreement Monday in federal court in Kansas City. He admitted to robbing a UMB Bank branch in Kansas City of $8,755 on Dec. 22. Cannon was arrested at his home after someone recognized him in a surveillance photograph...
Towns using dogs to chase off geese (06/08/10)
BALLWIN, Mo. -- After trying nearly everything to get rid of unwanted geese, some St. Louis-area towns have gone to the dogs. Missouri has an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 Canada geese, according to the state Department of Conservation. They can damage landscaping, act menacingly and make a big mess. An adult goose generates about a pound of waste per day...
Fired lawyer putting $100,000 into U.S. House race (06/08/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawyer fired from former governor Matt Blunt's office said Monday that he is using $100,000 from a state legal settlement to help finance a campaign for Congress. Scott Eckersley is running as a Democrat for the southwest Missouri seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, the father of the former governor...
Missouri restricts out-of-state travel (06/08/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Starting next week, Missouri state employees will be prohibited from traveling out of state except in special circumstances. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said it's restricting travel as a way to save money in the state budget...
Well cap captures more leaking oil, but outlook is still gloomy (06/08/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- The cap on the blown-out well in the Gulf is capturing a half-million gallons a day, or anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of the oil spewing from the bottom of the sea, officials said Monday. But the hopeful report was offset by a warning that the farflung slick has broken up into hundreds and even thousands of patches of oil that may inflict damage that could persist for years...
New, thinner iPhone with clearer screen comes out June 24 (06/08/10)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The next iPhone comes out June 24 and will have a higher-resolution screen, longer battery life and thinner design. CEO Steve Jobs opened Apple Inc.'s annual conference for software developers Monday by revealing the iPhone 4, which will cost $199 or $299 in the U.S. with a two-year AT&T contract, depending on the capacity. The iPhone 3GS, which debuted last year, will still be available, for $99...
Bank of America agrees to pay borrowers $108 million (06/08/10)
WASHINGTON -- Bank of America will pay $108 million to settle federal charges that Countrywide Financial Corp., which it acquired nearly two years ago, collected outsized fees from borrowers facing foreclosure. It's the latest evidence of misconduct at Countrywide, once an industry giant that has since fallen. Last year, three top executives, including former CEO Angelo Mozilo, were charged with civil fraud and insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission...
Stocks fall in final hour of trading (06/08/10)
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell to their lowest level in seven months Monday after traders couldn't shake fears that Europe's economic problems will derail a global recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 115 points, or 1.2 percent, to its lowest close since November. The Dow lost 323 Friday after the government's May jobs report fell short of expectations...
Helen Thomas ends White House career amid uproar (06/08/10)
WASHINGTON -- Helen Thomas, the opinionated White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents and often exasperate them, lost her storied perch Monday in a flap over calling on Israelis to get "out of Palestine."...
3 dead after Texas gas line explodes (06/08/10)
CLEBURNE, Texas -- A natural gas line in north Texas erupted Monday, killing at least three people and lighting up the sky with orange flames, officials said. An unknown number people were missing, and officials feared the death toll could rise...
10 NATO troopers killed in Afghanistan (06/08/10)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Ten NATO service members, seven of them American, were killed in separate attacks Monday on the deadliest day of the year for foreign forces in Afghanistan. A U.S. civilian contractor who trains Afghan police also died in a suicide attack...
Indian court convicts 7 in Bhopal gas disaster (06/08/10)
BHOPAL, India -- A court Monday convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the 1984 leak of toxic gas that killed an estimated 15,000 people in the world's worst industrial disaster...
Germany, U.K. prepare to make painful cuts (06/08/10)
LUXEMBOURG -- Europe's economic picture darkened further Monday as Britain's prime minister declared the nation's finances to be worse than feared -- requiring sacrifices that will affect "our very way of life" -- and the euro slid further toward parity with the dollar...
Area digest 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Mark Unger of Jackson recorded his third career hole in one Saturday at Kimbeland Country Club. Unger used a 7-iron to ace No. 12, a par 3 playing 165 yards. Witnesses were Ronnie Strong and Jeff Davey. Ron LeGrand and Diane Menz won the SEMO Horseshoe Association tournament Sunday at the Knights of Columbus in Leopold, Mo...
DeWitt drives in five runs as Dodgers beat Cards 12-4 (06/08/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Blake DeWitt hit his first home run of the year and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 12-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. The Dodgers won for the seventh time in nine games, giving themselves plenty of breathing room this time. Their six previous wins were all by one run, with four coming in walk-off fashion...
Cards pick Arkansas infielder in first round (06/08/10)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis is expecting big things from sophomore University of Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox, who the Cardinals selected 25th overall in Monday's draft. And they're expecting them in a hurry. "This kid is probably going to be a fast mover though the minor leagues," said Jeff Luhnow, the Cardinals' vice president of scouting and player development. "His bat is pretty close to being big-league ready."...
Bruce will retire a Ram (06/08/10)
The receiver was acquired from the 49ers Monday and he officially will retire Wednesday
Lawyer: Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor, serve 30 days in jail (06/08/10)
DENVER -- Charlie Sheen has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic violence case and work at a Colorado theater company during a 30-day jail sentence, his wife's attorney said Monday. In exchange, prosecutors would drop criminal mischief and felony menacing charges stemming from an argument Sheen had with his wife Brooke on Christmas Day at an Aspen home where they were on vacation, attorney Yale Galanter said...
Swim lessons for toddlers get doctors' approval (06/08/10)
CHICAGO -- The nation's largest pediatricians group is relaxing its stance against swimming lessons for children younger than 4. In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said swim classes might give toddlers and parents a false sense of security. Now the group says it's fine to enroll children as young as 1...
Albert Halter (06/08/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Albert L. Halter, 83, of Chaffee died Monday, June 7, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Coriante Coleman (06/08/10)
Coriante Lamont Coleman, infant son of Corey Coleman and Lawanda Combs of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Private burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro, Ill...
Diane Lovett (06/08/10)
Diane G. Lovett, 68, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born May 1, 1942, in Philadelphia. She and Ronald Lovett were married April 30, 1976. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Lovett of Bridgeton, Mo., a son, Ronald Lovett Jr. of St. Louis; a daughter, Stephanie (Kurt) Glastetter of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and a granddaughter, Kate Lovett...
Kirby Lintner (06/08/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kirby A. Lintner, 52, of St. Louis, formerly of Perryville, died Friday, June 4, 2010. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery...
Alta Heisserer (06/08/10)
KELSO, Mo. -- Alta Irene Heisserer, 79, of Kelso passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her home of more than 50 years. She was born March 28, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, to John H. and Ada Jones James. She and Bernard Heisserer were married Dec. 29, 1951...
Ervin Peetz (06/08/10)
Ervin Albert Peetz, 82, of Gordonville died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 20, 1928, near Tilsit, son of Alvin Albert and Carlena "Lena" Sperling Peetz. He and Della Mae Maag were married June 11, 1950, at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson. She passed away April 22, 1991...
Joyce Proctor (06/08/10)
Joyce Ann Proctor, 48, of Friedheim passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 24, 1962, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Wilson C. and Rosalie Kelley Fornkohl. She and Keith Proctor were married April 4, 1987...
Shelby Mills (06/08/10)
Shelby J. Mills, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1941, in Bloomfield, Mo., to Raymond C. and Elizabeth Lewis Hood. She and John L. Mills were married Dec. 23, 1961, in Cape Girardeau. Mills had been an administrative assistant. She was a member of First General Baptist Church. She had a passion for music and bowling...
Calvin Poinsett (06/08/10)
Calvin E. Poinsett, 83, of Gordonville died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 9, 1927, in Whitewater, son of Roby August and Alice Orene Birkman Poinsett. He and Vernell Propst were married July 14, 1973...
Mary Long (06/08/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mary Elizabeth Long, 75, of Marble Hill passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at her home. She was born March 16, 1935, in Murray, Ky., daughter of John Alvin and Lou Erie Bailey Davis. Mary was an owner/operator of residential care facilities. She owned and operated Mary's Ranch many years, along with The Peaceful Acres and J&J Assisted Living. She had been a member of Eastern Star Lodge...
Births 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Son to Ryan Wayne and Emily Roots Parenteau of Kirkwood, Mo., St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., 2:16 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Name, Oliver Ryan. Weight, 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Parenteau is the former Emily Bealke, daughter of Linn and Jenny Bealke of St. ...
Jackson police and fire reports 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assaults Thefts Property damage Burglary Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Central High School held its commencement last night at the school gymnasium with U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh as keynote speaker. The old Broadway Theater and the building adjacent to its east side have been acquired by Vineyard Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational congregation, from Kerasotes Missouri Theaters Inc.; the theater closed in 1984...
Pump drive-offs (06/08/10)
While the largest oil spill in history continues to foul the Gulf Coast, motorists across the U.S. are seeing prices at gas pumps go down or hold steady, a bonus for families gearing up for vacations that take them on our nation's highways. But one cost for owners of filling stations and convenience stores is going up: drive-off thefts...
Hold BP's feet to the fire (06/08/10)
I was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and am appalled at the BP disaster. The overwhelming urgency for BP to find a way to stop the oil spill in the Gulf is on everyone's mind and heart. BP has shown that it cares more about the money in its pockets than it does for human well-being, wildlife and nature...
Speak Out 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
WHERE does it say senior citizens don't have the right to spend our money that we earned on ourselves? Where does it say we have to save it for our children and grandchildren? Listen up, senior citizens: If you want to gamble, go on a trip, go out to eat or anything else you enjoy, don't feel guilty about "squandering your children's or grandchildren's inheritance." You earned every bit of it...
Prayer 6/8/10 (06/08/10)
Turn us away from evil and bad choices, O God, and help us to do good. Amen.
Shawnee Community College Enrollment up 21.5% (06/08/10)
The Shawnee Community College Board of Trustees June meeting just happened to be on the first day of summer classes, June 7th. With registration for the summer semester closing that evening, the board was met with remarkable enrollment news: summer credit hour enrollment is up 21.5% over last year's first day totals. ...
Venturing Leadership Award Presented at Scoutquest (06/08/10)
Sarah Mittrucker of Venturing Crew 4216, Cape Girardeau, MO recently received the Venturing Leadership Award at the VOA Recognition Ceremony at Scoutquest in Forest Park. Sarah is a member of Venturing Crew 4216, sponsored by Knights of Columbus #11205 and past member of Venturing Crew 4011 in Jackson, MO...
Scott County 4-H Members Attend State 4-H Congress (06/08/10)
2010 State 4-H Congress was held on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia on June 2 -- 4. Four 4-H members from Scott County attended the state-wide event with approximately 340 4-H members from across the state.
Cape County Members Attend State 4-H Congress (06/08/10)
2010 State 4-H Congress was held on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia on June 2 -- 4. Sixteen 4-H members from Cape Girardeau County attended the state-wide event with approximately 340 4-H members from across the state.
Holcim (US) (06/08/10)
The inauguration of our Ste. Genevieve plant held on Friday, June 4th was an important day for Holcim and Missouri. The Ste. Genevieve plant has the capacity to produce up to four million metric tons of cement annually -- helping to meet demand for important construction projects throughout the Midwest for many years to come. Our plant employs 250 people and generates millions of dollars in economic activity each year throughout the state...
GREAT CROWDS, GREAT SHOW AT ALTENBURG RODEO (06/08/10)
Whether it was due to the lower ticket prices or the great weather, the crowds at the tenth annual Perry County Community Rodeo in Altenburg this past weekend were the largest in several years. Committee members agree that the attendance on Friday night was the largest opening night crowd since the inaugural event in 2001 and the Saturday turnout was the biggest in recent years. ...
Bird drinking (06/08/10)
A photo of a bird drinking from a hummingbird feeder.
Calie May Golden (06/08/10)
Grandparents John and Sherry Patrick of Perryville are very proud of their granddaughter, Calie May.
Intersecting jet streams (06/08/10)
Very unusual intersecting jet streams.
My kids and the Covered Bridge (06/08/10)
Our family took off on a Sunday drive a couple of weeks ago and one stop was Old Bollinger Mill. My son, Blake, has grown a fascination of bridges so exploring Bollinger Mill's covered bridge made his day. I wanted to take this picture of my kids, Leah and Blake, to show how beautiful the day was and capture how much they have grown...
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