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One-car accident sends man to the hospital, damages guardrail (07/22/10)
Joshua L. Grogan, 31, of Cape Girardeau, suffered moderate injuries in a one-car accident early Thursday morning in Scott County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Grogan's 2004 Nissan was traveling eastbound on Nash Road when it ran off the road, struck a guardrail and vaulted onto a railroad track. A 40-foot section of guardrail was damaged on Route AB and the Missouri Department of Transportation was dispatched to the scene...
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to child pornography charge (07/22/10)
A Cape Girardeau man charged Feb. 5 with possession of child pornography for downloading inappropriate video of a girl younger than 15 pleaded guilty last week before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis. Shane R. Steck, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charges in April. Steck, formerly employed at Creative Edge in Jackson, downloaded a 20-minute of an underage girl posing nude on a company-issued laptop...
Race for presiding commissioner: Candidate Tracy says Cape County's image needs repaired (07/22/10)
In the six-way Republican primary for Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner, state Rep. Clint Tracy has the biggest campaign treasury and the most experience in a paid political office except District 1 Commissioner Jay Purcell. After one term representing the 158th District in the Missouri House, Tracy, 36, said he wants to repair the county's image damaged by infighting between Purcell and Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones, who is not seeking re-election...
Southeast Missouri State University enters into agreement for chiropractic studies (07/22/10)
Southeast Missouri State University is joining forces with a St. Louis college to offer chiropractic training.
Jackson chamber visits riding therapy horse farm, winery and construction business on annual Ag Tour (07/22/10)
For more than 30 years, Jackson business leaders have taken a day each summer to get out of the office and into the fields as part of the Chamber of Commerce's annual Ag Tour. On this year's schedule were visits to Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship in Oak Ridge, The Barrens Winery in Perryville, Mo., and BBL Buildings & Components Ltd. near Biehle, Mo...
Recorder of deeds candidates both plan to improve access to records (07/22/10)
For the first time since 1994, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds Janet Robert will face an opponent in the general election. Two Republican candidates say they are running for their party's nomination because some changes are needed in the office, especially regarding use of technology...
New Madrid man to stand trial for murder (07/22/10)
NEW MADRID, Mo. - Based on the testimony from four witnesses, Robert "Bobby" Rooker was ordered to be tried on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Rooker, 48, of New Madrid is charged in the April 23 stabbing death of Patrick Bradley...
Twin Rivers board discusses new building (07/22/10)
BROSELEY, Mo.--The Twin Rivers Board of Education is exploring the possibility of constructing a junior high or middle school at Broseley, according to information presented at Tuesday's monthly board meeting. Twin Rivers has two debt payments totaling nearly $200,000, which could be redirected to new projects, according to Superintendent Mike Stevenson...
Route B in Cape County to close for repairs (07/22/10)
Route B in Cape County will be closed for pipe replacement two days. The first section of road to be closed is between County Road 469 and County Road 462. Repairs will be made from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. Repairs will close the road between Route BB and County Road 458. from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Property rights group endorses Parker for congress (07/22/10)
Congressional candidate Bob Parker was endorsed by the Ozark Property Rights Congress, his campaign announced. Parker, a Texas County rancher who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District, won the endorsement based on his position on issues such as water rights and the National Animal Identification System, he said in an article submitted to semissourian.com. ...
Oran man sentenced for destroying mail (07/22/10)
An Oran, Mo., man and former U.S. Postal Service employee who pleaded guilty to delaying and destroying mail in federal court will not serve any prison time for the felony. Lance Kinder, who pleaded guilty to the charge in April, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and six months of home confinement, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Ferrell...
Workers replacing damaged copper leaves on Academic Hall dome (07/22/10)
Hannibal-LaGrange College may change name (07/22/10)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- After 152 years of existence and 82 years with the same name, Hannibal-LaGrange College could soon become the University of Hannibal. Trustees approved the name change in May and the Missouri Baptist Convention's executive board gave the go-ahead last week. All that remains is for the full convention to vote on the proposal in October...
Blagojevich decides not to testify (07/22/10)
CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich's surprise decision not to testify after all at his corruption trial is a gamble that spared the ousted Illinois governor from a possible ordeal on the witness stand but could backfire with the jury. Blagojevich's defense team rested its case Wednesday without calling a single witness. ...
Rains cause Mo. rivers to rise again (07/22/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The sandbags are already filled in Clarksville, Mo., and if the Mississippi River continues to creep across Front Street toward the tiny downtown, volunteers will be building a sandbag wall to protect the town as they have before. "We've been here many times," Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said Wednesday. "You just learn to live with it, and do everything that you can to be prepared when it comes."...
Missouri could face $600M shortfall in 2012 (07/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is projecting a $600 million shortfall for Missouri's 2012 budget. And it's clamping down on building repairs and construction. Memos sent by Nixon's administration to department leaders say a large gap will be left by the phase-out of $860 million of federal stimulus funds being used in the current budget...
House approves additional jobless benefits (07/22/10)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million people to lose unemployment benefits averaging about $300 a week...
Relief tunnel should reach BP Gulf well by weekend (07/22/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- The federal government's spill chief said a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken Gulf of Mexico well by the weekend, meaning the 3-month-old gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks. After several days of concern about the well's stability and the leaky cap keeping the oil mostly bottled up, retired Coast Guard Adm. ...
Gov. Nixon creates commission to review Missouri's tax credits (07/22/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a committee of 25 people to review Missouri's 61 tax credit programs. Nixon's office said Wednesday that the Tax Credit Review Commission will recommend ways for tax credits to meet their goals more effectively and generate a better return on investment for taxpayers...
Bernanke: Fed to hold off on steps to aid recovery (07/22/10)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the outlook for the economy remains "unusually uncertain" but that the Fed plans no specific steps "in the near term" to try to fuel the struggling recovery. Instead, Bernanke said the Fed would monitor the strength of the recovery and consider action if matters worsen...
Homeland Security sends information requests to advisers (07/22/10)
WASHINGTON -- For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured hundreds of requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press...
White House apologizes to fired Ag Department worker; she mulls return (07/22/10)
WASHINGTON -- The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited a political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique opportunity" for a new job and said she was thinking it over...
Cameron meets with Wall Street CEOs in NYC (07/22/10)
NEW YORK -- British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Wall Street CEOs on Wednesday to press the case for doing business in the United Kingdom, and later planned to rub elbows with media and political elites at a welcome dinner on his first official visit to New York City...
Two groups sue Nebraska city over immigration law (07/22/10)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Two civil-rights groups filed separate federal lawsuits Wednesday against a small Nebraska city to stop its new ordinance that bans people from hiring or renting homes to illegal immigrants. Both lawsuits said the ordinance amounted to discrimination. The suits were filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, also known as MALDEF...
Utah man in doghouse for writing to cat (07/22/10)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah man is accused of violating a protective order because he allegedly sent letters to his estranged wife's cat. Authorities say 32-year-old Ronald Charles Dallas, of South Salt Lake, was ordered not to contact his wife, who is the alleged victim in a domestic violence case against him...
Police say decomposed body is that of missing California teen (07/22/10)
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. -- Authorities identified a decomposed body Wednesday as that of a 17-year-old girl who was likely kidnapped while walking home from school last week in Southern California. An autopsy confirmed the identity of Norma Lopez, but investigators would not release a cause of death...
Large China oil spill threatens sea life, water (07/22/10)
BEIJING -- China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves. An official warned the spill posed a "severe threat" to sea life and water quality as China's latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China's most livable city...
Clinton announces new U.S. sanctions against North Korea (07/22/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The Obama administration moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates showed solidarity with South Korea during a visit to the area that separates it from the North...
Lost Kafka writings resurface, trapped in trial (07/22/10)
JERUSALEM -- It seems almost Kafkaesque: Ten safety deposit boxes of never-published writings by Franz Kafka, their exact contents unknown, are trapped in courts and bureaucracy, much like one of the nightmarish visions created by the author himself...
Spain's parliament rejects ban on women wearing burqas in public (07/22/10)
MADRID -- Spain's parliament has rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes. The proposal was debated late Tuesday; 183 lawmakers opposed the ban, 162 lawmakers voted for it and two abstained...
Redhawks add assistant coach with impressive resume (07/22/10)
A former standout collegiate and professional player is joining the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coaching staff. Southeast coach John Ishee on Wednesday announced the addition of Dionnah Jackson as an assistant. Jackson starred at Oklahoma before being selected in the first round of the 2005 WNBA draft. She has played both in the WNBA and overseas...
Area digest 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
The first round of the Lassies Classic scramble golf tournament couldn't be completed Wednesday, forcing changes to today's final round. The tournament's afternoon pairings were rained out Wednesday, so the golfers who did not play Wednesday will play 36 holes today. The golfers who were able to finish their round Wednesday will play 18 holes today...
Garcia's strong outing keeps Cards streaking (07/22/10)
ST. LOUIS -- With the bases loaded, two outs and the game tied in the top of the seventh, Charlie Manuel let his pitcher, Joe Blanton, hit. It was all downhill from there for the sagging Philadelphia Phillies. Rookie Jaime Garcia struck out Blanton on three pitches to end the threat and Matt Holliday hit the go-ahead home run on Blanton's first pitch in the bottom of the seventh as the St. Louis Cardinals made it eight straight wins with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night...
Pair of Poplar Bluff musicians try making their luck (07/22/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two area teenagers who run a company booking gigs for unsigned music acts decided to push their own material and see if it catches on beyond Poplar Bluff. Alex Goins, 19, and his 15-year-old business partner Chris Durio completed the first show of the Get In Where You Fit In tour recently at a coffee shop in Oklahoma City. ...
Hooked on Science: Keeping the brown away (07/22/10)
Are you tired of your freshly cut fruit turning brown? If so, you might want to add a splash of lemon. STEP 1: Have an adult cut the apple in half. STEP 2: Cut the lemon and squeeze the lemon juice onto half of the apple. STEP 3: Cover the other half of the apple with water...
Learning briefs 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
Scholarships The following graduates of Scott City High School received scholarships: Honors, achievements -- From staff reports...
Tips for staying safe at college (07/22/10)
The annual college shopping trip is almost upon us. And while it's fun to stock up on posters, shower caddies and desk lamps, experts say you also should consider how you'll keep yourself, and your stuff, safe on campus. Common sense is the best defense, said Chris McGoey, who runs a security business in Los Angeles and consults on campus safety...
Showing their spirit (07/22/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Meadow Heights High School cheerleaders practice a routine at the school Thursday, July 15, 2010. ...
Danish views (07/22/10)
July 22, 2010 Dear Leslie, Kronborg castle, "Hamlet's castle," is a one-hour train ride north of Copenhagen. At the time Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet" and set the play at the Danish royal castle he called Elsinore, Kronborg had just been restored. Helsingor is the Danish name for the nearby town...
Dorothy Singleton (07/22/10)
Dorothy Imogene Singleton, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at her home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to service time Sunday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson...
Dorothy Estes (07/22/10)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dorothy L. Estes, 87, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at Paducah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah. There is no visitation. The funeral and burial will be private. Barkett Funeral Home of Cairo is in charge of arrangements...
Mildred Tipton (07/22/10)
Mildred Hawkins Tipton, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 13, 1915, in Stanton, Tenn., to Richard C. and Clara Bell Cook Hawkins. She and Henry Tipton were married Sept. 15, 1940, in Memphis, Tenn. He preceded her in death July 7, 2001...
Kora Keller (07/22/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kora Martha Keller, 62, of Perryville died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Putlitz, Germany, daughter of Erhard and Eva Ackermann Hinze. She and Wayne M. Keller were married Dec. 31, 1981, in Charleston, S.C...
Wayne Isaac (07/22/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Wayne Richard Isaac, 74, of Chaffee died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at his home. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee...
Theodore Miesner (07/22/10)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Theodore O. Miesner, 86, of Frohna died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 23, 1924, at Frohna, son of Ernst and Anna Lohmann Miesner. He and Mildred Burroughs were married Oct. 19, 1952...
Dorothy Underwood (07/22/10)
Dorothy Ruth Kaempfe Underwood, 87, passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, July 21, 2010. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, the youngest of nine children of Frieda Emma Veronica Burfeind and Carl Johann Kaempfe. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; her husband, Ferrel Eugene Underwood; and an infant son, Hal Gregory Underwood...
Births 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
Son to Robert Gregory "Bob" and Sara Marie Guyette of Oran, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:13 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010. Name, Zachary Joseph. Weight, 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Guyette is the former Sara Karsak, daughter of Mark and Sheryl Karsak of Sheboygan, Wis. She is a bookkeeper at VIP Industries. Guyette is the son of Brian and Phyllis Guyette of Oran. He is a truck driver with Martin Transportation Service...
Jackson police/fire reports 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Police report 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Fire report 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
An earth mover is temporarily immobilized when its driver attempts to navigate a steep incline at the site of Southeast Missouri State University's multipurpose building; a bulldozer is used to push the massive machine over the hump; site work is expected to be completed next month...
Bright economy (07/22/10)
There are signs, based on sales tax revenue and a survey of local bankers, that the Cape Girardeau area is faring better economically than the rest of Missouri or the nation as a whole. Sales tax revenue for the first six months of 2010 was up both in Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County, an indication that consumers are spending more. Those increases contrast with statewide figures that show Missouri lagging behind the national pace for retail sales...
Speak Out 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
If the Bush tax cuts for the superrich are allowed to expire, it will produce more tax revenue for the federal government and help to a degree to eat into the federal deficit and debt caused in large part by Republican abandonment of core conservative principles during the Bush years that the party now pretends it's concerned about but refuses to name significant programs it would cut if given the opportunity to do so...
Prayer 7/22/10 (07/22/10)
For butterflies, and other examples of beauty in your creation, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Emerson's out-of-state earmarks (07/22/10)
Let's re-evaluate congressional earmarks. Used to help local governments with projects, earmarks also fund private nonprofit organizations as well. Our own representative appropriated for two organizations outside Missouri. The Congressional Hunger Fund is a scholarship program for post-graduate college students who "study" the hungry, not feed them. Originally a federal program eliminated by Congress, Bill Emerson converted it into a nonprofit organization...
Texas Roadhouse Car Wash (07/22/10)
The staff from Texas Roadhouse would like to invite you to be a part of our attempt to raise money for store outings.We will be having a car wash, JULY 29TH, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.!The car wash will be located at 21 Doctors Park in the restaurants parking lot. The price of getting your car washed will be $10. Thank You for your support in advance, we hope to see you there!...
New Publishing Venture Focuses on Regional Writers (07/22/10)
Blank Slate Press is a newly formed independent small publisher that focuses exclusively on discovering, nurturing, publishing and promoting writers from the greater Saint Louis area--including southeast Missouri. Recently we announced that we had signed our first two authors: Fred Venturini of Carlyle, IL and Anene Tressler-Hauschultz of Kirkwood, MO...
Hanover Lutheran church installs new Vicar (07/22/10)
Hanover Lutheran Church, (yes, the same place as that incredible sausage supper! FYI Nov. 7) has just welcomed a new Vicar. A vicar is kind of like a pastor/intern who assists with worship. This year Hanover Lutheran Church on 2949 Perryville road, is welcoming Nate Wollenberg as their 11th vicar. ...
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