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Stories from Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Two injured in afternoon wreck on Kingshighway (07/21/10)
Two drivers were taken by ambulance to a hospital for minor injuries following an afternoon wreck on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau.
Southeast Missouri pageant to be featured on tonight's 'Toddlers and Tiaras' (07/21/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri viewers of "Toddlers and Tiaras" may spot children and parents they know on tonight's episode of the TLC reality show. According to TLC's official website, the episode will follow the Show-Me Smiles Fantasy Pageant in Bernie, Mo., which was taped in December. The episode first aired Wednesday at 9 p.m., but will repeat at 11 p.m. today and 2 p.m. July 28 on TLC.
Repairs to bridge between Wickliffe and Cairo completed early (07/21/10)
Joint repair work on the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., has been completed early, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Lane restrictions, originally planned to last through Thursday, have been canceled...
Storms cause Mississippi River to rise again (07/21/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The up-again-down-again Mississippi River is back above flood stage from the southern tip of Iowa through Missouri, leaving some communities on edge as more storms threaten to bring more water. Parts of southern Iowa, northern Missouri and western Illinois received 5-7 inches of rain earlier this week -- one northeast Missouri county reported 10 inches. The Mississippi and its tributaries were still high from flooding earlier this month...
'No fat to cut': Meadow Heights School District puts tax increase before voters Aug. 3 to make up part of shortfall from state (07/21/10)
PATTON, Mo. -- Teachers did not get raises. Bus purchases were delayed. Six and a half teaching and staff positions were cut. "We are well past the easy cuts and into the hard cuts now," said Meadow Heights superintendent Rob Huff. School districts across the state are taking different approaches to their budget woes, but one Southeast Missouri district will pose a question to its residents Aug. ...
Man charged with child sex crimes in Bollinger County arrested for rape in Pemiscot County (07/21/10)
HAYTI, Mo. -- A Bollinger County man whose statutory rape and child molestation case goes to trial in Cape Girardeau County in October was arrested in Pemiscot County last week on similar charges. James E. Primer, 42, was charged Friday with rape and felonious restraint for allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman near South Highway J in Hayti, Mo., around 3 a.m...
Police: Affair leads to stabbing in Stoddard County (07/21/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Bernie, Mo., man was behind bars Tuesday morning following a stabbing Thursday night in Bernie. Ronald Leroy Baker, 52, was arrested Friday night and charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. According to the probable-cause statement filed by Bernie patrolman J.W. Atkinson, on Thursday night a Bernie woman invited Baker to her home for sex. While at the residence, the woman's husband returned home.
Website launched in support of Melaina's Magical Playland (07/21/10)
A not-for-profit organization seeking to build a playground accessible to handicapped children launched a website Sunday. The goal for the playground is to provide children with and without disabilities a place to play together. "Hopefully with the website we will be able to reach a bigger audience," said Andrea Cunningham, executive director of Melaina Cunningham and Friends Park Fund Inc. ...
Cape School Board members discuss changing pay system at Tuesday retreat (07/21/10)
Now might be the time to make necessary changes in staff compensation, Cape Girardeau School Board members said Tuesday. During a four-hour retreat, the board touched on topics like human resources practices, financial planning and fund balances. Last month, the board passed the district's $41 million budget, which froze salaries. Because of the tough financial times, the district suspended a five-year plan to make salaries more competitive...
Area bankers seeing slow, steady growth (07/21/10)
A new survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest states shows economic recovery is slowing, but local bankers believe Cape Girardeau is faring better than the rest of the region. The Rural Mainstreet Economic Report Index dropped to 49.3 in July, from 52.6 the previous month. The index ranges between zero and 100. A score below 50 suggests the economy will slow in the next few months, while a score above 50 indicates growth. The report is done monthly by Creighton University in Nebraska...
Candidates for Perry County Associate Circuit Judge bring different experience (07/21/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The two Republican candidates seeking voter approval in the Aug. 3 primary for Perry County Associate Circuit Judge both say it's their experience that makes them qualified for the public office. Still, incumbent Michael Bullerdieck, who's been associate circuit judge for nearly 24 years, and Jason Tilley, a lawyer in Perryville, have different backgrounds...
I-55 to be reduced for concrete repairs (07/21/10)
Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs. This section of road is in the southbound lanes from one mile south of Route A to two miles south of Highway 84. Weather permitting, the work will start at 6:30 a.m. July 27 and will be completed around 4:30 p.m. July 30...
Highway 91 reduced for bridge repairs (07/21/10)
Highway 91 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. This section of road is from County Road 447 to County Road 385. Weather permitting, traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Monday through July 29...
Race for presiding commissioner: Candidate from Gordonville has kept a low profile (07/21/10)
Brian Thomas, a Gordonville business owner, was the first Democrat to file for presiding commissioner of Cape Girardeau County. Since that time, little has been heard from him. Six interview requests made from June 29 to July 19 were not answered. Mark Baker, chairman of the Cape Girardeau County Democratic Party, said he also has had no contact with Thomas. ...
Damage at Sikeston Country Club golf course in thousands (07/21/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating the worst case of vandalism the Sikeston Country Club has ever suffered to its course.
Rep. William Clay endorses St. Louis spot for casino (07/21/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay wants the Missouri Gaming Commission to place a casino in north St. Louis County, but U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said she's unlikely to inject herself in a state decision. Clay has sent a letter to the commission's executive director, Roger Stottlemyre, touting the economic benefits of locating a casino in an area he says has "extremely high rates of unemployment." Developers are seeking commission approval of a development near Spanish Lake, Mo., just south of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.. ...
Lawyers: Ex-Gov. Blagojevich won't testify (07/21/10)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich will not testify at his corruption trial, attorneys for the ousted Illinois governor announced Wednesday, and promptly rested the defense case. Blagojevich had loudly insisted for months on television, radio and even to bystanders outside the courthouse that he would speak directly to jurors. Allegations against him include charges that he sought to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat...
New center to focus on developmental disabilities (07/21/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A $6 million federal grant is helping Washington University establish a research center aimed at improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities. The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center in St. Louis will focus on research to treat and prevent developmental disabilities in children...
Lawyer: Blagojevich shouldn't testify (07/21/10)
CHICAGO -- An attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he does not think the ousted governor should take the stand in his own defense. Sam Adam Sr. said Tuesday after court adjourned early that there is a disagreement among Blagojevich's lawyers. Adam said he feels the former governor should not testify because he does not believe the government has proven its case. He says his son, Sam Adam Jr., think Blagojevich should testify because attorneys promised in their opening statement that he would...
Record catfish caught in Mississippi River (07/21/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Bernal has some fish story to tell. The 47-year-old Florissant man was fishing in the Missouri River just before 1 a.m. Tuesday when he snagged a catfish -- a 130-pound catfish. The website for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported it appears to be a state record, topping a 117-pound catfish caught on a trotline in the Osage River in 1964...
Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding to 3 states (07/21/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa on Tuesday, shutting down at least three major highways and forcing evacuations and water rescues. The storms dumped up to 10 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed for part of the day, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo...
Oil spill chief Allen says the capped well is holding up (07/21/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- The government's oil spill chief tried to tamp down fears Tuesday that BP's capped well is buckling under the pressure, saying that seepage detected along the sea floor less than two miles away is coming from an older well no longer in production...
Judiciary panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court (07/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice. Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks...
China surpasses U.S. as world's top energy consumer (07/21/10)
PARIS -- China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest energy consumer, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. China immediately questioned the report, claiming its calculations were "unreliable." The Paris-based agency said China's 2009 consumption of energy sources ranging from oil and coal to wind and solar power was equal to 2.265 billion tons of oil, compared to 2.169 billion tons used that year by the United States...
Ellis fondly recalls time in Jackson (07/21/10)
A.J. Ellis left Southeast Missouri long before he had a chance to become a well-known local athlete. But the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 2 catcher still fondly recalls the area where he spent his early years. "You never forget where you were born," Ellis said Tuesday during a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where the Dodgers were preparing to play the San Francisco Giants...
Area digest 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
David Pierce used a 7-iron to score an ace on hole No. 18 at Kimbeland Country Club. The hole was playing 145 yards. Stan Minson, Eric Kimberly and Bob Bakula witnessed the shot, which came during the three-person scramble tournament. It was Pierce's third career hole-in-one...
Carp mows down Phillies (07/21/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Without his best stuff, Chris Carpenter was good enough to make the National League All-Star team. He's been virtually untouchable since the break. Carpenter worked eight dominant innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Randy Winn and Matt Holliday, winning their seventh in a row with a 7-1 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night...
Dr. Grow: Understanding the birds and bees of the garden (07/21/10)
There are two common laments that I have heard from gardeners over the last two months (other than "Those @#%Japanese beetles!"). The first: "My tomatoes, pole beans and squash/cucumbers/zucchini are blooming their hearts out, but they are not setting fruit. What is happening, and what can I do about it?"...
Recipe Swap: Family recipes to celebrate a special occasion (07/21/10)
My parents, Duane and Marilyn Kinsey, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. The past 60 years have brought a range of memories for them including raising six children, surviving two major Mississippi River floods, having nine grandchildren and now adding great-grandchildren to the family tree. ...
Schwarzenegger names Geena Davis to women's equality panel (07/21/10)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed actress Geena Davis to a California commission established to promote women's equality. Schwarzenegger on Tuesday named the 54-year-old actress to the Commission on the Status of Women. The nonpartisan panel advocates for women and girls in areas such as education and access to health care...
Dorothy Estes (07/21/10)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Dorothy L. Estes, 87, of Paducah, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Monday, July 19, 2010, at Paducah Care and Rehabilitation Center. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Simpson (07/21/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Thomas H. Simpson, 85, of Charleston Manor, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at his home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be Saturday at Badgett Chapel Church in Rutherford, Tenn., with the Revs. Roscoe Myles Jr. and Al Seward officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery in Rutherford...
Dorothy McCormick (07/21/10)
Dorothy Marie McCormick, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born April 7, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of Boleslaus J. and Leocadia Sienkowski Monkiewicz. She and Philip Benjamin Buchheit were married April 7, 1945, in Baltimore. Of this union were born nine children. She later married Charles E. McCormick on June 28, 1969. Both husbands preceded her in death...
Hazel Clippard (07/21/10)
Hazel Ruth Clippard, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 19, 2010, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born June 21, 1930, at Neelys Landing, to William Denver and Early Catherine Craft Thompson. Hazel married Clyde Edward Clippard on July 31, 1949, at New Bethel Baptist Church...
Mallarie Thies (07/21/10)
Mallarie Kaye Thies, 3 weeks, infant daughter of Rachae Williams and David Thies of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born June 26, 2010, in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Shellie Sebastian of Fredericktown, Mo., and Tim Williams of Cape Girardeau; paternal grandparents, April Bauer of Cape Girardeau and Christopher P. ...
Births 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
Son to Jessica Ann Harris of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:27 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010. Name, Mayson Lee. Weight, 7 pounds. Second son. Ms. Harris is the daughter of Norma Mawinney of Cape Girardeau. Daughter to Wesley Jerome Howard III and Allie Rae Cunningham of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:25 p.m. ...
Jackson police and fire reports 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Burglary Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Property damage Burglary Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
First Assembly of God Church, 750 N. Mount Auburn Road, kicks off a weeklong tent revival in the morning; the Rev. Alfred Hinton of Oklahoma ministers at the service. Owners of the Pagoda Gardens restaurant report approximately $5,500 was stolen from the restaurant's safe; burglars apparently broke through doors on the east side of the building and peeled back the rear portion of a safe in the kitchen...
'Exigent' postal increase is bad idea at bad time (07/21/10)
The National Newspaper Association, to which the Southeast Missourian belongs, has joined the fight to halt the U.S. Postal Service's "exigent" price increase filed July 6 with the Postal Regulatory Commission. The price increases include a 2-cent increase on the first-class stamp but a much more serious increase for the mailing of newspapers and magazines...
The fat tax (07/21/10)
If some in Illinois have their way, your favorite two-liter soft drink may soon cost you another buck or more. And it's all about obesity. Actually, it all about modifying behavior with more taxes. But who am I to quibble about facts? Illinois may soon join a growing number of states that want to fight obesity with higher taxes. ...
Rx assistance (07/21/10)
Older Missourians who can't afford prescription drugs are getting help from members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles across the state. In the past year, the Eagles have raised more than $100,000 to be distributed among 10 Area Agency on Aging offices...
Speak Out 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
THE biggest problem with our society is that it's secular based on the principles of the world's religions. This country was founded on the tenets of Christianity. If you want to practice your religion, you are certainly allowed to do so. But if the laws of this land should be based on any religion it should be the same as when this country was founded, Christianity. ...
Prayer 7/21/10 (07/21/10)
For soaking rains during a hot stretch of summer, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Diana Kantchev Wins St. Louis Jr Gateway PGA (07/21/10)
After a long series of golf tournaments throughout Southeast Missouri, local Diana Kantchev, (Cape Girardeau) qualified for the final round of the Jr Gateway PGA tournament in St. Louis, MO on July 19/20th. Diana took a three stroke lead the first day in her division (9 hole girls) with a score of 50. The second day she shot a score of 53 and set the girls long drive record for the tournament at 170 yards. The combined score of 103 placed Diana in first for her division in the tournament...
Farrow Lumber 2010 Summer Freshman Boys Champions (07/21/10)
Farrow Lumber took first place in the Freshman division of the Cape Parks and Recreation 2010 Boys Summer Basketball League. They finished 2nd overall in the Freshman/JV Tournament at the Osage Center, with an overall record of 9-3.
The Arc of Southeast Missouri Forms Chapter (07/21/10)
A local chapter of The Arc is forming in Southeast Missouri. The Arc of Southeast Missouri is in the process of affiliating with The Arc of the United States, which is the largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ...
Property Owners Endorse Parker for Congress (07/21/10)
PROPERTY OWNERS ENDORSE PARKER FOR CONGRESS As the Missouri 8th District Primary draws closer, 8th District Congressional Candidate Republican Bob Parker is drawing more and more grass roots support. This past weekend, one of the most influential and well respected groups in Missouri announced their endorsement of Bob Parker...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (07/21/10)
Allie is 7 weeks old. She is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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