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Passing along the positive: Cape Family Resource Center incorporating teen volunteers and piecing together funding (06/30/10)
Ka'Vandre Moore, 13, always looked up to the older children at Cape Area Family Resource Center. Now, he said he wants to return the favor for the younger children who attend the center on South Sprigg Street. "I wanted to help people too," said Moore, who will be in eighth grade at Central Junior High School...
Authorities seeking more information on weekend Cape Girardeau homicide (06/30/10)
Investigators with the Cape Girardeau-Bollinger County Major Case Squad are still searching for the suspect or suspects connected to the shooting death of 44-year-old Matthew Ervin.
Holiday travel predicted to rise despite higher gas prices (06/30/10)
While gas prices are up, they aren't high enough to much affect people's travel plans this weekend.
Police release names of suspects in Stoddard County homicide case (06/30/10)
BERNIE, Mo. -- The names of the two individuals who were arrested following the murder of a Bernie man have now been released, the Daily Statesman newspaper reported. Allen D. McCoy and Angela F. McCoy, both of Bernie, are each charged with the Class A felony of first-degree murder...
VIP exec: $224K returned to Cape County's SB40 Board in 1996 (06/30/10)
Money set aside for a Jackson group home for the developmentally disabled was returned to the Cape Girardeau County Board for Developmentally Disabled, VIP Industries chief executive Hilary Schmittzehe said Tuesday. Board members sifting through old records had found documents showing that on Aug. ...
Former Perryville nursing home bookkeeper pleads guilty to forgery, stealing (06/30/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A former bookkeeper for a Perryville nursing facility pleaded guilty Monday before Circuit Court Judge William L. Syler to three felony charges -- forgery, stealing by deceit and abuse of a person receiving health care by taking funds...
Route MM reduced for pavement repairs (06/30/10)
Route MM in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs from Highway 34 to the end of state maintenance. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Route U reduced for pavement repairs (06/30/10)
Route U in Butler and Stoddard counties will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of road is from Route CC in Butler County to Route H in Stoddard County near Powe, Mo. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday...
Highway 51 reduced in Bollinger County (06/30/10)
Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction while Apex Paving crews perform milling and asphalt resurfacing. This section of road is in Marble Hill, Mo., from the Crooked Creek Bridge to Church Street. The work will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, with crews working through the night to complete the project by 7 a.m. Friday...
Interstate 55 reduced for bridge repairs (06/30/10)
Southbound Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform routine bridge maintenance approximately one mile south of Route Y over Fourche Creek. The work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday...
Fire damages Vanduser Gin Co. (06/30/10)
Sikeston police say thieves targeting unlocked cars (06/30/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A simple click of the button may be all it takes to deter someone from breaking into a vehicle.
4 hurt in explosion in Univ. of Missouri building (06/30/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A hydrogen gas explosion inside a University of Missouri biochemistry lab injured four people on Monday, officials said. The blast, which blew out windows and melted blinds, happened after 2 p.m. on the third floor of Schweitzer Hall on the Columbia campus. Officials said one of the victims had life-threatening injuries...
Bloomfield opts out of Stoddard County Alternative School (06/30/10)
Due to financial concerns, the Bloomfield School Board voted to opt out of the Stoddard County Alternative School at a special meeting held Monday night. The board also approved amendments to the 2009-10 district budget and approved a total budget of $6,134,556 for the 2010-11 school year at the special meeting...
Mo. House passes key bills in special session (06/30/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A special legislative session offering incentives to Missouri's automobile industry was transformed Tuesday into a tax-break boon for elderly homeowners, airplane makers and more. The Missouri House passed legislation extending tax breaks to senior citizens, computerized data centers and manufacturers in a broadly defined transportation sector encompassing everything from bicycles to rockets and food-vendor carts to floating offshore oil platforms...
House, Senate Democrats drop fee from bank bill (06/30/10)
WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic House and Senate negotiators who worked out a deal on a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations regrouped Tuesday to eliminate a $19 billion fee on banks that had threatened to derail the legislation. Eager to salvage one of President Barack Obama's legislative priorities, lawmakers replaced the bank fee with budget adjustments involving the $700 billion bank bailout and increased premiums on bank deposit insurance...
Kagan insists she didn't block military at Harvard (06/30/10)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan maneuvered through Republican questioning on military recruitment at Harvard Law School, gun owners' rights and free speech Tuesday, giving little ground to critics and drawing praise from Senate Democrats who command the votes to confirm her...
Stocks skid on renewed fears of global slowdown (06/30/10)
NEW YORK -- No matter where they look, investors are seeing economic trouble. Stocks and interest rates plunged Tuesday after signs of slowing economies from China to the U.S. spooked traders who were already uneasy about a global recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 268 points, or 2.7 percent, and dropped below 10,000. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 3.1 percent to close at its lowest level since October...
2 N.Y. schools, 19 sets of twins (06/30/10)
BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. -- People attending graduation ceremonies at a pair of upstate New York high schools might have thought they were seeing double. Twelve sets of twins graduated from Baker High School in Baldwinsville on Sunday, the same day seven sets of twins received their diplomas during ceremonies at nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High School in the Syracuse area...
Red light cameras catch police in Iowa (06/30/10)
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Traffic cameras have snapped 26 local patrol cars speeding and running red lights in eastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids police chief Greg Graham says six officers have been issued letters of discipline because they didn't have their patrol car's lights and sirens operating when they were speeding to a call...
BP now giving financial help to station owners (06/30/10)
HOUSTON -- Gas could become cheaper at some BP pumps after the oil company agreed to measures meant to help distributors and station owners offset a consumer boycott against BP fuel that was sparked by the out-of-control spill in the Gulf of Mexico...
Cleanup ships idled as storms rattle Gulf region ahead of Alex (06/30/10)
GRAND ISLE, La. -- The crashing waves and gusting winds churned up by Tropical Storm Alex put the Gulf oil spill largely in Mother Nature's hands Tuesday. Regardless of whether the storm makes things worse or even better, it has turned many people fighting the spill into spectators...
Roger Ebert pens cookbook (06/30/10)
CHICAGO -- Cancer may have robbed Roger Ebert of the ability to eat, but it won't stop him from dishing out cooking advice. Four years after cancer surgery left the famed film critic unable to speak or eat, Ebert is publishing a cookbook dedicated to rice cookers, a kitchen appliance he lovingly calls "The Pot" and champions as an answer for those strapped for cash, time and counter space...
Mexico vote goes ahead despite candidate slain by drug cartels (06/30/10)
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico -- Drug cartels fund a tenth of Mexico's economy. They have infiltrated many local and state police forces and staged assaults on army bases. Now they're violently inserting themselves into politics, killing the leading candidate for governor of a northern state only days before Sunday's elections in 12 states...
Israeli foreign minister: No Palestinian state by 2012 (06/30/10)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's foreign minister said there is "no chance" a Palestinian state will be established by 2012. Avigdor Lieberman's comments Tuesday caused consternation among Palestinians and conflicts with a goal set out by international Mideast negotiators, who want a statehood deal by then...
Jackson Jr. Legion wins regular-season title (06/30/10)
The Jackson Junior American Legion baseball team wrapped up the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the district tournament by splitting with the Cape Girardeau Post 63 Plaza Tire team Tuesday. Post 63 won the first game 2-1 in eight innings, but Jackson won the second game 7-5...
Cards light up Arizona (06/30/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols matched Stan Musial to reach another milestone. Still, the Cardinals' current star is less than thrilled with his season so far. Pujols recorded his 37th career multihomer game with a pair of two-run shots, tying the Hall of Famer who's honored with two statues outside Busch Stadium in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night...
La Russa denies ejection was a strategic move (06/30/10)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says getting ejected near the end of a comeback victory definitely was not a strategic move. "I never, ever, use the umpires for some kind of competitive or whatever advantage," La Russa said Tuesday. "That's a big no-no. You don't use them to entertain your fans, you don't use them to shift blame from your players or fire them up."...
Red, white, blue and green: July Fourth decoration tips (06/30/10)
NEW YORK -- Fireworks. Hot dogs. Small-town parades and melting ice cream. The Fourth of July is right around the corner. And that means barbecues, picnics and parties with a patriotic theme. Whether it's planning a fancy party at home or packing a picnic to take to the park to watch the fireworks, expert Anna Post from the Emily Post Institute, Seattle style expert Kelley Moore and Julie Fitzgerald from the Entertaining Co. in Chicago offer up party tips to make the holiday sparkle...
Recipe Swap: With blackberry season underway, start picking and cooking (06/30/10)
Blackberries are coming on with a loaded crop, and they are so sweet and fresh right now. Find a place to go pick and load up for these favorite recipes and enjoy the harvest while it lasts. My sister Pat has blackberry bushes, and we enjoy using the berries just about any way imaginable. Here are a few recipes to get you started, but the sky is the limit for using blackberries. Maybe you have a favorite recipe you would like to pass along to us to share with other readers...
Sandra Bullock's divorce finalized (06/30/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Sandra Bullock and Jesse James are divorced. A court clerk in Austin, Texas, confirmed that the divorce between the Oscar-winning actress and celebrity biker was finalized Monday. Bullock filed to end the marriage in April after reports surfaced that James had been unfaithful...
Sarah Clarke (06/30/10)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Sarah Jane Clarke, 78, of Olive Branch, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Baltzell (06/30/10)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Ruth Ann Baltzell, 63, of McClure died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn. She was born July 25, 1946, in St. Louis, to Franklin Marion and Thelma Ruth Beggs Tucker. She and Millard Baltzell were married Oct. 31, 1964, at Murphysboro, Ill...
Nelson Kieninger (06/30/10)
Nelson A. Kieninger, 89, of Jackson passed away Monday, June 28, 2010, at his home. He was born April 18,1921, in Jackson, son of Arthur and Emma Kasten Kieninger. He and Elda Marie Loenneke were married Nov. 24, 1950. She passed away May 23, 2009. Nelson was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, where he was a former member and held various offices. He was currently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
Glenda McCoy (06/30/10)
Glenda M. McCoy, 76, of Randles died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the chapel, with the Rev. Eric Hodge officiating. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery at Marble Hill, Mo...
Lewis Miller (06/30/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lewis Miller, 91, of Anna died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at First Lutheran Church in Dongola, Ill...
Harold Page (06/30/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Harold W. Page, 79, of Anna died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Union County Hospital. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Christine Erdmann officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery...
Mary Gorham (06/30/10)
Mary L. Gorham, 75, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Springfield, Ill., passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010, at her home. She was born July 2, 1934, in Springfield, to Edgar G. and Pauline Dyer. She married Jesse L. Gorham in 1952 in Paris, Ill. Gorham was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Stanley E. Gorham; two brothers, Eddie Dyer and Tommy Dyer; and a sister, Grace Dyer...
Edith Guild (06/30/10)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Edith E. Dakin Guild, 78, of Belleville, Ill., formerly of Tamms, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, surrounded by her family. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone....
Clayborn Brasher (06/30/10)
Clayborn Donald Brasher, 78, of Scott City died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 19, 1931, at Portageville, Mo., son of Charles and Hazel Elizabeth Ross Brasher. Brasher loved fishing, reading and family...
Betty Milam (06/30/10)
DIEHLSTADT, Mo. -- Betty Jean "B.J." Greer Milam, 81, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Granite City, Ill., to the late William Jacob and Mable May Hodshire Greer. She had lived in Diehlstadt a number of years where she and her husband were the owners and operators of BJ's Lounge, and was of the Pentecostal belief. ...
Births 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
Son to Rebekah Ann Stevens of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:49 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2010. Name, Cooper Larry. Weight, 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Ms. Stevens is the daughter of Harold and Brenda Dodd of Cape Girardeau, and the late Larry Stevens of Dutchtown. She is a licensed practical nurse at Chateau Girardeau...
Jackson police and fire reports 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Assault Burglary Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous Southeast Missouri State University...
Out of the past 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
After 37 years of practice as a general physician, Dr. John T. Crowe is retiring; between 350 and 400 guests, including many former patients, attended a reception in Crowe's honor yesterday at the Holiday Inn. Home Savings of America, the second-largest federally chartered savings and loan association in the nation has yet to complete plans for opening a branch facility here, despite receiving approval of its application from federal banking officials more than three months ago...
Correction 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
The opening date for Classroom Connect was incorrect in Monday's issue. The new store at 2136 William St., Suite 140, in the Town Plaza Shopping Center will open July 17.
Byrd's pork (06/30/10)
Robert Byrd of West Virginia -- the self-proclaimed "Big Daddy" King of Pork -- never found it difficult to spend other people's money. The longest serving senator in United States history, Byrd died this week at age 92. It's never proper to speak ill of the deceased, but Byrd held such a powerful position in Senate history that it's difficult not to mention his passing. For those of us who have long questioned Byrd's approach to federal spending, there are ample questions...
School supplies (06/30/10)
Maybe you've noticed the small school buses parked at Schnucks and Kmart in Cape Girardeau or Country Mart in Jackson. School is out for the summer, but those buses represent a head start on getting ready for the next school year. Donations of items like folders, pencils and backpacks are being collected...
Speak Out 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
Getting electricity restored is not my complaint. Rather, it is the fact that with every breeze or raindrop the power goes out. And to top that, the rate increases every year. BEST of the Web comments Sunday regarding the new debit card overdraft rules were consistent. ...
Prayer 6/30/10 (06/30/10)
For showers of rain on parched areas of land, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
CYTF Gears Up for Annual Glowball Golf Tourney (06/30/10)
Cape Youth Tackle Football (CYTF)and the Cape Noon Optimists are once again offering golfers a unique opportunity to golf at NIGHT! Slated for Friday night, July 23 at the new Jaycee Golf Course in Cape, the Glowball Golf Tournament offers nine holes with foursomes before dinner and nine holes after dinner at dark. Dinner will be servied and proizes will be available thanks to local businesses!...
5K Participants (06/30/10)
5K participants! Thanks for participating!
Great Volunteer lets Runner Borrow Shoes (06/30/10)
Chris Hammond-Morrow from Betrand,MO (pictured left) showed up to run the 5K only to realize she had forgotten her running shoes. Luckily our wonderful volunteer Betty Brown (pictured right) not only wore the same size, but also let her borrow her running shoes. Chris ended up winning 1st place in her age division, in borrowed shoes!...
Featured Pet (06/30/10)
Grace is a 7 week old female kitten. She is very sweet and loves to be cuddled. Grace is available for adoption at HSSEMO (573)334-5837.
The youngest runner (06/30/10)
Cera Deneke (7) was our youngest runner this year and finished with a great time of 38:02! She came in 2nd place in her age catergory! Great Job!
Going the Distance for Victims of Violence Walkers (06/30/10)
Safe House for Women walkers heading down the course! Good luck!
Safe House for Women 5K Starting Line (06/30/10)
This was the starting line at the 10th Annual 5K Going the Distance for Victims of Violence! Thank you to all of the runners, walkers and volunteers that came out to support the Safe House for Women!
Girl Scouts go to St. Louis City Museum (06/30/10)
Girls from Troop 50336 go to St. Louis City Museum for a day of fun and learning.
Runaway bus! (06/30/10)
School bus hanging over the roof of the St. Louis City Museum. You can go inside the bus and look out at the city if you dare.
Girls just wanna have fun! (06/30/10)
Some of the girls from Girl Scout Troop 50336 enjoy one of the slides on the rooftop area of the St. Louis City Museum.
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