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Cape community college to host open house (06/10/10)
The area's newest community college center is ready to accept, enroll and orient students en masse. Wednesday, the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education announced open-house events to acquaint students with what it offers...
Joshua Kezer to talk about life as a free man Sunday at Centenary United Methodist Church (06/10/10)
Centenary United Methodist Church senior pastor Jeff Long wants to have a conversation with Joshua Kezer -- an Illinois man wrongly convicted of murder -- and is going to share the experience with his congregation. Members of the public are also welcome to Centenary on Sunday for "Liberty for the Captives: A Conversation with Josh Kezer." Long plans to interview Kezer about being exonerated in the 1992 murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless and life as a free man.
Benton man taken by helicopter to St. Louis hospital after head-on collision (06/10/10)
ORAN, Mo. -- A Benton, Mo., man was taken by helicopter to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Wednesday afternoon following a head-on collision on a Highway 77 bridge. The accident happened at 2:20 p.m., .75 miles north of Oran, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
River Campus season tickets go on sale today (06/10/10)
Southeast Missouri theatergoers can start planning their year. Season ticket packages went on sale today for the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus 2010-2011 season, with shows like "Spamalot," "Fiddler on the Roof" and the Glenn Miller Orchestra...
Number of foreclosures in Cape County on track to top record from last year (06/10/10)
Foreclosures are at record highs across the country, and Cape Girardeau County is no exception. "This is broad and widespread," said Janet Robert, who has served as Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds for 33 years. "It's affecting all subdivisions and all segments of the population, no matter their income."...
Judge extends state custody for infant in Stoddard County abuse case (06/10/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A judge ordered a 2-month-old mentally disabled Dexter, Mo., infant remain in protective custody Tuesday and awaits a recommendation before placing her with a relative.
New school facilities dedicated in Caruthersville (06/10/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. - More than four years after a tornado ripped through the community and destroyed its high school, an important milestone toward recovery was celebrated. A cornerstone dedication ceremony for the new school facilty was held in conjunction with an open house for the new middle school cafeteria. ...
Three Rivers "doing more with less" as officials work on budget (06/10/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.--After 36 hours of hearings, Three Rivers Community College administrators produced the framework of the fiscal year 2011 budget, currently $3.5 million in the red, out of a preliminary operating budget of $21.5 million. During the annual board retreat held Tuesday at board secretary Randy Winston's river house in Doniphan, Mo., Three Rivers president Dr. Devin Stephenson told the trustees the budget would be balanced and ready for approval by the June 30 meeting...
Summer school enrollment down in Sikeston (06/10/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A decline in summer school enrollment came as no surprise to the Sikeston Board of Education members as the uncertainty of state funding played a major role in making changes to this year's program. Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller briefed school board members on the summer school program during Tuesday's monthly meeting...
Farm-fresh food available at Cape Alternative Farmers Market (06/10/10)
Sikeston reduces seasonal workers, eliminates cost-of-living adjustment in proposed budget (06/10/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston City Council reviewed for the first time Monday night a proposed city budget for fiscal year 2011 that includes cuts in seasonal part-time workers and no cost-of-living adjustment for employees, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported...
Council of Garden Clubs puts on Party in the Rose Garden (06/10/10)
Cape Girardeau Municipal Band opens summer season (06/10/10)
Cape P&Z sends 2 sections of development code back for more work, approves 3 (06/10/10)
A new development code designed to keep commercial lighting from spilling over into residential areas and limit the distractions for drivers from electronic signs got a mixed reaction Wednesday from the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission.
Greater Dimension prepares for Bridge Project (06/10/10)
Greater Dimension Ministries Church of God in Christ is hosting its second annual Bridge Project on Friday and Saturday at 723 Hackberry St. in Cape Girardeau. The Bridge Project is a symposium to educate youths ages 5 to 23 on health and wellness, education, financial literacy and social awareness...
Review: River City Players meet 'Red Chief' challenge head-on (06/10/10)
The River City Players must love a challenge. For the group's summer production, organizers chose "The Ransom of Red Chief," a play that calls for several child actors. The plot is simple: Two vagabonds wander into a town with a plan to kidnap a wealthy woman's nephew to get some quick cash. The wealthy woman is a firecracker who demands the men pay her to accept the nuisance of a nephew (who has nicknamed himself Red Chief)...
Body of missing fisherman recovered (06/10/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The body of the 45-year-old Caruthersville man who went missing while boating with a friend Sunday has been found nearly 15 miles south of the riverfront town.
Scott County Rural fire district ends contracts with other fire districts (06/10/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Changes by the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District will mean some adjustments at the Scott County E-911 Communications Center and for other emergency service agencies within the county.
Missouri curators meet amid conference confusion (06/10/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A University of Missouri curator said Thursday that the school has not been invited to join the Big Ten Conference, an acknowledgment made as the school's conference fights for its survival. Curator Warren Erdman told The Associated Press that Missouri had not been asked to join the Big Ten.
Russell named interim Mo. higher ed commissioner (06/10/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An executive at the University of Missouri has been chosen as the state's interim commissioner for higher education. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education said Thursday that it chose David Russell to serve as its interim leader when Commissioner Robert Stein retires on July 1...
Drop in energy stocks punctures early market rally, 3rd time in 4 days (06/10/10)
NEW YORK -- The stock market had another late-day slide, this time because of fears that the Gulf oil spill will threaten BP's dividend and perhaps land the company in bankruptcy court. The Dow Jones industrials, up about 125 points late Wednesday morning, closed down almost 41 points. Most selling came in the last hour, the third time in four days that stocks had a late-day drop...
Analysis: BP's spill response plans severely flawed (06/10/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- Errors and omissions in BP's oil spill response plans have exposed a slapdash effort to follow environmental rules, outraging Gulf Coast residents who can see on their beaches how unprepared the company was. BP PLC's 582-page regional spill plan for the Gulf, and its 52-page, site-specific plan for the Deepwater Horizon rig vastly understate the dangers posed by an uncontrolled leak and vastly overstate the company's preparedness to deal with one, according to an Associated Press analysis. ...
BP oil collection ramps up; questions about claims surge (06/10/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- BP plans to bring in an oil-burning device and a tanker from the North Sea as it tries to contain the crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, a disaster creating headaches for people who make money off the sea and those processing their claims of financial loss...
More people switch jobs as economy improves (06/10/10)
One sign of better economic times is when more people start finding jobs. Another is when they feel confident enough to quit them. More people quit their jobs in the past three months than were laid off -- a sharp reversal after 15 straight months in which layoffs exceeded voluntary departures. The trend suggests the job market is finally thawing...
Ex-Blagojevich aide tells of plans to make money (06/10/10)
CHICAGO -- A key government witness painted a picture of subterfuge and greed in Rod Blagojevich's inner circle on Wednesday, including a scheme born as early as 2003 to make secret profits from his power as governor and divide up the spoils after he left office...
Iran dismisses tough new sanctions on missiles, investments (06/10/10)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. and its allies scored a long-sought victory Wednesday by pushing through new U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, punishments Tehran dismissed as "annoying flies, like a used tissue." The sanctions target Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles and nuclear-related investments. Oil exports, the lifeblood of Iran's economy, are not affected because targeting them would have cost the U.S. essential support from Russia and China...
Afghan ex-spy boss opposes talking to Taliban (06/10/10)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's ousted intelligence chief said Wednesday that President Hamid Karzai is pursuing a dangerous strategy in seeking peace with the Taliban because the insurgents are giving nothing in return. Amrullah Saleh said the Taliban have only responded to Karzai's conciliatory approach with "violence, destruction and intimidation."...
Philadelphia selects Klocke No. 951 overall (06/10/10)
Jim Klocke had to wait until the final day of the major league baseball draft to be selected. But once Wednesday's session rolled around, Klocke didn't have to wait long. Klocke, Southeast Missouri State's All-American catcher, was among the first players picked as the three-day draft concluded with rounds 31 through 50...
Simmons named Freshman All-American (06/10/10)
Southeast Missouri State baseball player Shae Simmons has received his second major honor in the past few weeks. Simmons, a Scott City native, was among 12 relief pitchers named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team Wednesday. That came on the heels of Simmons being named the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last month...
Inferior APR scores cost Southeast programs scholarships (06/10/10)
The Southeast Missouri State football program's Academic Progress Rate failed to meet the NCAA minimum standards for the fourth consecutive year, meaning it will lose potential scholarships for the upcoming season. The football program will be limited to awarding 27 initial scholarships and 80 overall, which is the equivalent of 60.64 scholarships, a reduction of 2.36, the NCAA announced Wednesday. ...
Jackson earns revenge, sweeps Squirrels (06/10/10)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team had a magical season last year, going 33-7 and finishing as the Midwest Plains Regional runner-up. But one thing the squad could not do was beat Charleston, losing all four meetings to the Fighting Squirrels...
Pobst tosses no-hitter as Cape Legion improves to 8-0 (06/10/10)
The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons Post 63 American Legion baseball team remained undefeated Wednesday night thanks to a tight win and a no-hitter. Cape swept a home doubleheader from perennial American Legion power Paducah, Ky., 4-3 and 10-0 in five innings...
Klassic draws some of nation's best (06/10/10)
It's not difficult to pick the favorite in the 26th annual Kelso Klassic. Although there figure to be several other strong contenders, the Decatur (Ill.) Pride should be tough to beat as they try to defend their title. "They're ranked ninth in the world. They're the real deal," tournament media coordinator Jerry Wolsey said. "They're the favorite, but we've got several other teams right behind them."...
Dodgers complete sweep of Cardinals (06/10/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer and Blake DeWitt also had two RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep. James Loney tied a career high with four hits, helping Los Angeles extend St. Louis' losing streak to a season-worst four games and dropping the Cardinals one game behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central...
Bruce calls it quits (06/10/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, whose four Pro Bowls firmly established him among the greatest players in Rams history, retired Wednesday with a message for a struggling franchise that has hit bottom: Be proud of who you are. "I'd would say, 'Watch your mouth,'" Bruce said of advice he would offer the Rams. "Watch what you say about the team and the organization. And expect great things to happen."...
Hooked on Science: Phone book power (06/10/10)
Using two phone books, you can prove the pages inside have muscles. Instructions STEP 1: Overlap the pages of each book. For example, page one of the first phone book should overlap page one of the second phone book. STEP 2: Have one person grasp the spine of one of the phone books while another person grasps the spine of the other phone book...
Learning briefs 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
SCHOLARSHIPS -- From staff reports...
At the top: Valedictorian Jill Irvin, Leopold (06/10/10)
Parents: Sheila and Jeff Irvin What is your most notable academic achievement? Being co-valedictorian What is your favorite school activity and why? Getting to cheerlead at all the basketball games because we did a lot of fun dance routines, and it was exciting to be there for all of the boys' victories...
At the top: Valedictorian Amanda Thiele, Leopold High School (06/10/10)
Parents: Ernie and Debbie Thiele What is your most notable academic achievement? My perfect GPA, 11.0 What is your favorite school activity and why? Beta Club because I get to be part of a group and help people. What is your favorite high school memory? When Mrs. Nenninger got Heartland's Best Teacher and KFVS12 came to our classroom...
At the top: Valedictorian Lindsey Hadley, Scott City High School (06/10/10)
Parents: Rachel and Terry Hadley What is your most notable academic achievement? Being valedictorian. What is your favorite school activity and why? Homecomings. The spirit days throughout the week are so much fun, and the displays are always a blast to make...
neXt up 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
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Buddy's time (06/10/10)
June 10, 2010 Dear Pat, On a summer day 15 years ago, DC heard whining coming from the park next to our house. It was a mixed-breed puppy we named Hank. When we learned that someone had dumped a whole litter in the park, we found one of his sisters at the Humane Society. We named her Lucy...
Arthur Bruce (06/10/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Arthur O. Bruce, 91, of Sikeston died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Morehouse, Mo., to the late Orville and Nellie Payne Bruce. He attended First Baptist Church in Bertrand, Mo. Bruce served in the U.S. Army from 1934 to 1937 during peacetime and re-enlisted from 1942 to 1946 to battle in the South Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as a staff sergeant...
Bob Prost (06/10/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Merlin H. "Bob" Prost, 90, of Perryville died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. He was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Perryville, son of Emmett and Rose Huber Prost. He and Mary M. Schafer were married Feb. 16, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. She preceded him in death Dec. 7, 2006...
Births 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
Son to Michael and Kathleen Gosche of St. Charles, Mo., St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, 5:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Name, Benjamin Robert. Weight, 9 pounds, 8 ounces. First child. Mrs. Gosche is the former Kathleen Reilly, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Reilly of Akron, Ohio. She is an oncology registered nurse with Missouri Cancer Care in St. Charles. Gosche is the son of Larry and Bonnie Gosche of Benton, Mo. He is a math instructor at St. Charles Community College...
Jackson Middle School (06/10/10)
Jackson Middle School Scholastic Honor Roll 6th Grade: Paige Birk, Nicholas Bixler, Lindsey Breer, Aubrey Brown, Melinda Calvin, Hannah Campbell, Tristan Cronenbold, Mikelle Culbreth, Catherine Dovin, Chelsea Drum, Callie Englehart, Leah Hecht, Ashlee Hendrix, Hannah Hughes, Aysia Jones, Bailey Lape, Kaitlyn Litchfield, Mabrey McCallister, Jeremiah McGuire, Alex Phillips, Megan Puls, Moeryae Smith, Julia Todt, Jordan Vincent, Garrett Walker, Shadowlyn Wheeler, Carlee Williamson, Ashley Yarbro...
Jackson police report 6/10/2010 (06/10/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Out of the past 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
Winds clocked at nearly 70 mph uprooted trees, downed power lines and caused minor property damage throughout Cape Girardeau County and several surrounding counties last night as an unexpected storm rumbled through the region. Cape Girardeau Police Department detective Robert "Mac" McCoy won a gold medal in karate competition at the Missouri State Law Enforcement Federation's Olympics held last week in Florissant...
Corrections 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
* A May 30 article about a Sikeston, Mo.-area man convicted and sentenced on child sex charges should have given the man's name as Jeremy Beedle, and stated that he was 24 years old at the time of the crime. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. * In Wednesday's Page 2A calendar, the start time of the Jackson Municipal Band was incorrect due to a source error. It should have read 8 p.m.
Innuendo: Bad politics (06/10/10)
A few months ago congressional candidate Tommy Sowers stopped by the Southeast Missourian offices to introduce himself. Over the past few months, I've met with him a couple of times. He has a distinguished background, asks important questions -- and is sharp. He is also highly aggressive in attacking his opponent. This style has shown itself in his media tactics as well...
Logic is against casinos (06/10/10)
A casino for Cape Girardeau has again come to the forefront of the news. I have heard many comments on this subject, past and present. I have seen studies on gambling, pro and con. One thing is for sure: Other states aren't going to beat a path to our door as is done in Nevada. Our draw here would be mainly from Poplar Bluff to Carbondale and Perryville to Sikeston...
Casino for City of Roses? (06/10/10)
I do not like the excitement and wonder of a casino -- the noise of the slot machines, the spin of the roulette wheel and the fast action of the craps table. I remember when the Bossier City, La., and Shreveport, La., gambling boats were started. ...
Staying cool (06/10/10)
Although Southeast Missouri has enjoyed a relatively mild spring, the hot temperatures and high humidity for which our summers are known are just around the corner. On the few 90-plus days we've had so far, the effects have already been felt. This is the time to prepare for summer weather. If you have central air conditioning or window units, have a qualified technician check them out. Finding problems now instead of on the hottest day of the year makes good sense...
Speak Out 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
IF Cape Girardeau doesn't get a casino, those who gamble will continue to take their money somewhere else, along with their suicides, divorces, bankruptcies and economic failure after they lose. HOW come public swimming pools close on Labor Day or the day after? Children go back to school, but people who don't have children in school still like to go swimming when it is less crowded. ...
Prayer 6/10/10 (06/10/10)
When we sin, O God, hear our prayers for your mercy and compassion. Amen.
Awareness, outside experience (06/10/10)
As an Air Force pilot, I've learned mission accomplishment requires situational awareness. As volunteers work to get signatures, I strive to study efforts in the 8th District. Should you review our website, you will find I have visited multiple venues and discussed issues with many 8th District stakeholders...
Questions about Tommy Sowers (06/10/10)
So far, Tommy Sowers, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District, has attacked Jo Ann Emerson for everything from the price of bread to the debt crisis in Greece. He's said very little openly, however, about who he is and what he is. His biography, on his Facebook page, doesn't even say how old he is or if he's single or married. He served in the Army, and he's a professor at Rolla. That's about it...
Chaffee Industrial Arts build "Ceremonial Mace" (06/10/10)
The Chaffee Industrial Arts program recently presented Three Rivers Community College with a "ceremonial mace and stand" that was used at TRCC's Spring Graduation Ceremonies on May 14th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO. The Chaffee Industrial Arts students entered a "design & build" contest held by TRCC in the Fall of 2009. ...
Chaplain Terry Wildman asks for help (06/10/10)
Chaplain Terry Wildman and Bob Robinson, thrift store Coordinator, stands in front of The Shelter of Hope Thrift Store at 733 Broadway with a group of homeless and asks the question, "What am I supposed to do with them?" Wildman spearheaded the effort to open a homeless shelter in Cape Girardeau in January and admits he is stymied by the progress on the shelter located at 320 South Sprigg St...
Community Block Party--Free Food and Fun!! (06/10/10)
Bring the family to a great evening of free food and fun. Take a photo of the kids standing beside a real hot air balloon.(There will be no balloon rides.)Watch the children slide down the inflatable slide. Enjoy free hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy. Carnival games include dress-a-bear; bean bag toss, bowling, face painting, soccer kick, ring toss and a duck stand...
Kelly Middle School student volunteers (06/10/10)
Kelly Middle School summer school students volunteered at the Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield prior to Memorial Day activities. The students placed flags by hundreds of tombstones prior to a tour of the Stars and Stripes Museum. The class is under the direction of teacher Christina Dodd. ...
Six Year old dontates hair in Scott City (06/10/10)
On June 9, 2010 six year old Kacie Daigger of Scott City donated 11" of her hair to the Locks of Love. Stylist Cortney Stubenrauch with Style Studio in Scott City cut her hair. She made the donation in memory of her Grandma, Donna Daigger, and Grandpa, Kenny Cavaness, who both passed away due to cancer. This was something she has wanted to do for about a year and her way of making the world a better place for other people. She is the daughter of Dylan Daigger and April Cavaness of Scott City...
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