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Cape's green advisory board finishing its first year (08/25/10)
A group of environmentally conscious Cape Girardeau residents has volunteered hundreds of hours in the last year brainstorming how city government can reduce its carbon footprint. The Cape Girardeau City Council passed an ordinance to create the Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board at the end of August 2009. Since then, the board has compiled various ideas and created focus groups to develop an inventory of what "go green" initiatives are already taking place in the city...
Fall enrollment up at Southeast Missouri State University (08/25/10)
Enrollment has reached a record high of 10,460 students at Southeast Missouri State University. A preliminary report based on Monday's opening day of classes shows overall enrollment up 4.9 percent from the same day last year. The school says in a news release that the size of the freshman class increased by 8.1 percent...
Secretary of state certifies Jackson man as 8th District candidate (08/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A U.S. congressional candidate and five state representative hopefuls think the time is right for an independent voice in politics. The six candidates will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot certified Tuesday by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan...
Saturday tea party rally to be 'spiritual and inspirational,' organizers say (08/25/10)
To coincide with the 47th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, local tea party members will hold a "Remember the Dream" rally Saturday. "It will be a spiritual and inspirational rally," said event organizer John Casebolt, president of the Cape Girardeau County Tea Party...
Property tax sale generates more than $10,000 for Cape Girardeau County (08/25/10)
The sale of property at Monday's annual Cape Girardeau County tax sale generated more than $10,000 in revenue. Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold said 20 of the 43 properties offered were sold. Properties available were those for which property taxes were unpaid for the two prior years...
SEMO Electric installs new 'smart' meter system (08/25/10)
SIKESTON -- In an effort to increase its efficiency, SEMO Electric Cooperative has installed new smart meters for some 16,000 customers in the six counties it serves, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. "These are just a great tool," said Brad Milam, systems engineer. "The main point about this system that's different is that it has a power-line carrier which sends us signals. The meters are pretty much the same. Now they just have a communication module."...
Thebes man arrested after Tuesday morning hit-and-run accident (08/25/10)
A 20-year-old Thebes, Ill., woman suffered injuries to her leg during a Tuesday morning hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred near Hanover and Bloomfield streets. Sgt. Jason Selzer with the Cape Girardeau Police Department said the woman was attempting to retrieve the keys from the engine of a car being driven by her 48-year-old stepfather, also of Thebes. ...
Cape County Republicans elect new committee leadership (08/25/10)
The Cape County Republican Central Committee elected new leadership within its four committees last week. The new central committee officeholders are Evan Trump, chairman; Holly M. Lintner, vice chairwoman; Lisa Reitzel, secretary; Jerry Keele, treasurer; Roger Hudson, assistant treasurer. ...
Teen Challenge facility in Wayne County faces financial issues (08/25/10)
Teen Challenge Mid-America had a dream to open a boarding home for troubled teenagers to offer services that Teen Challenge in Cape Girardeau does not offer. In 2008, Teen Challenge bought the former Mountain View Academy in Wayne County. Now the board of directors for the boarding academy is facing the challenge of attracting clients and raising enough money to keep the place open...
MoDOT to hold Highway 51 meeting Thursday (08/25/10)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Meadow Heights School library regarding improvements to the Highway 51 bridge crossing East Fork Longs Creek in Bollinger County. The project will replace the bridge near Patton, Mo., and could begin as early as January. The road will be closed during the project, and detour routes will be posted...
Southeast Missouri businessman named to judge discipline panel (08/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Southeast Missouri businessman has been named to a state commission responsible for considering discipline and retirement of judges. Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday appointed Barry Aycock to the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline of Judges. The panel is responsible for recommending to the state Supreme Court when state or municipal jurists should be removed for physical or mental disabilities or disciplined for misconduct...
Sale of Dexter, Cape Girardeau Girl Scout facilities on hold (08/25/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The sale of Girl Scout facilities in Dexter and Cape Girardeau is on hold, the Daily Statesman newspaper reported. In late June the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland's Board of Directors made the announcement that the two facilities, along with one in Joplin, would go on the market "in an effort to consolidate operations on the eastern side of the council," according to Anne Soots, chief operating officer for the council...
Parents voice concern over new Jackson grading system (08/25/10)
Three parents of elementary school students attended Tuesday night's Jackson School Board meeting to express their concern about the district's new grading system used in elementary schools. The district switched from the traditional A-through-F letter grade system to a standards-based reporting system that awards a number based on a student mastering specified skills...
Home sellers, buyers in standoff (08/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Home prices in many parts of the country scream bargain, and mortgage rates haven't been this low for decades. So why are houses across the nation sitting on the market for so long? Sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 27 percent in July, the weakest showing in 15 years, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. It was the largest monthly drop in the four decades that records have been kept...
Agency steps up probe of stalling Toyotas (08/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. safety regulators have stepped up their investigation into complaints of stalled engines on Toyota Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks, but government officials stopped short of announcing a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded its investigation last week and is looking at two possible causes behind the stalling: Improper coating on circuit boards and a crack in the surface of a glass coating. ...
States use dogs to search for smuggled cell phones (08/25/10)
GALT, Calif. -- They've been finding hidden bombs, drugs and corpses for years, using their sense of smell to locate what their human handlers would otherwise have to see in plain sight. Now dogs are being deployed in prisons to help curb one of the most serious problems confronting corrections officials: smuggled cell phones...
Stem-cell court ruling to be appealed; some work to stop (08/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- The government will quickly appeal a court ruling that undercut federally funded embryonic stem-cell research, the Obama administration declared Tuesday, but dozens of experiments aimed at fighting spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and other ailments probably will stop in the meantime...
Ousted worker Sherrod rejects return to ag agency (08/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm that embarrassed the Obama administration, rejected an offer to return to the USDA on Tuesday. But at a cordial news conference with the man who asked her to leave -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack -- she said she may do consulting work for him on racial issues...
McCain wins renomination, novice shines in Florida (08/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Veteran Arizona Sen. John McCain sailed to nomination for a fifth term Tuesday over a challenger with tea party support, while big-spending political novice Rick Scott pushed past an experienced insider in Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary as voters split on the merits of establishment candidates vs. outsiders...
Bill would give OK to 'Ne-VAH-da' pronunciation (08/25/10)
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- You know the old adage: You say to-MATE-o, I say to-MAHT-o. You say Ne-VAH-da, I punch you in the face. That may sound extreme, but many Nevadans get irritated by the mispronunciation of the state's name -- using an "ah" instead of the correct "a."...
Honolulu's long-standing trash problems are growing worse (08/25/10)
HONOLULU -- Gigantic piles of shrink-wrapped garbage have been moldering in the heat of a Hawaii industrial park for more than five months, waiting for a place to be shipped. That wait appeared to end Monday when city officials inked a deal to dispose of the 40 million-pound pile of rubbish over the next six months by mostly burning it in an existing waste-to-power plant...
2 days of food stretched more than 2 weeks in Chilean mine (08/25/10)
COPIAPO, Chile -- Each of the 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground lived on two spoonfuls of tunas, a sip of milk and a bite of crackers. Every other day. They were so careful in eating what was supposed to be a two-day emergency supply that when the outside world finally reached them 17 days after a mine collapse, they still had some food left...
Afghan vote runs up against fear and disenchantment (08/25/10)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A shopkeeper in Kandahar city says what others are thinking: Casting a ballot in next month's Afghan parliamentary election isn't worth the risk. "I'm not going to vote. I can't risk my life for nothing," says 31-year-old Hekmatullah as he calls out prices for lipstick and nail polish to women shuffling through the store in burqas...
Remaining U.S. troops still face danger in Iraq (08/25/10)
BAGHDAD -- Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas...
Jackson netters edge Poplar Bluff (08/25/10)
All of the area high school scores reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Falling short of OVC tourney motivates Southeast volleyball team (08/25/10)
A second straight injury-plagued season resulted in the 2009 Southeast Missouri State volleyball squad seeing an impressive streak end. The Redhawks finished seventh in the 10-team Ohio Valley Conference to miss the six-team OVC tournament for the first time since joining the league in 1991...
Southeast basketball will visit Arkansas, Iowa St. (08/25/10)
The men's and women's 2010-11 schedules were released Tuesday
Bradford expected to play at least one half (08/25/10)
The rookie QB will start Thursday against the Patriots
Committee recommends sale of Rams to Kroenke (08/25/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The NFL's finance committee has unanimously recommended approval of Missouri billionaire Stan Kroenke's bid to take full control of the St. Louis Rams. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday that commissioner Roger Goodell has notified teams of the committee's finding. NFL owners will vote on the sale today in Atlanta, a major topic at a meeting that will also address a proposed 18-game season and plans for the opening week of the season...
Ninth-inning rally fizzles on Cards (08/25/10)
St. Louis whiffed on a bases-loaded situation and the Pirates won 4-3
Banish bare walls by making art yourself (08/25/10)
Our walls beg for art, but we don't have to. With a little ingenuity, do-it-yourselfers can have chic artwork covering nearly any bare wall space. And not just any slapped-together art, mind you, but pieces that guests will coo over. It can be done in hours with little money. Home-design experts are brimming with DIY ideas to help anyone strike out artfully on their own...
Recipe Swap: Enjoy the flavors of summer all year long (08/25/10)
Peach season is winding down, fresh berry season is about over, corn on the cob is nearly done; now we look forward to late crop vegetables and apples. But there are still a few fresh fruits and vegetables, and if you don't have access to those, frozen products have come a long way in quality. Long after winter is here I still enjoy frozen peaches that taste pretty good. Today I have a few recipes that use fresh, frozen and even canned or packaged flavors you can enjoy...
Olen Hughes (08/25/10)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Olen A. Hughes, 93, of Frohna died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. Burial will be at 1 p.m. today in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, with military rites conducted by Missouri Delta Team...
Blanche Thiessen (08/25/10)
Blanche M. Thiessen, 89, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home, where she briefly resided after falling and having been diagnosed with cancer. She was born March 26, 1921, in Dallas to William and Mary Kelly Crook. She and Carl D. Thiessen were married Dec. 24, 1941, in Corpus Christi, Texas. They were married nearly 60 years when Carl passed away May 20, 2001...
Darvin Rubel (08/25/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Darvin Edgar Rubel, 69, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Edgar Jacob and Elva Heise Rubel. He and Rita Favier were married Aug. 4, 1962...
Births 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
Son to Charles L. and Cheryl C. Harless of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:34 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. Name, William Charles. Weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Seventh child, third son. Mrs. Harless is the former Cheryl Mouser, daughter of Annie Layton of Cape Girardeau and Richard Mouser of Oklahoma. Harless is the son of Murry Harlow of Oran, Mo., and Connie Kirk of Sikeston, Mo...
Jackson police and fire reports 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Cape Girardeau police 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Out of the past 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
Russell Shewmaker, a student of theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, is inducted as vicar of Trinity Lutheran Church during the morning worship service; having completed two years of ministerial studies, he will spend his third year in on-the-job training at Trinity...
Election strategy (08/25/10)
With the midterm elections closing quickly, there's ample room for optimism among conservatives and Republicans. Unless something drastic happens soon, the likelihood of a strong GOP showing is growing stronger each day. But the reality is that a change in power in the House or more remotely in the House and Senate can only slow the administration's push toward a growing central government...
Truck's leaving (08/25/10)
I have no words, yet feel compelled to write. My sister called with the news in the late evening of Thursday, Aug. 19. My heart sank with the ring of the phone. My husband Jason had already gone to bed. I don't recall the exact words she used that ushered me into my new reality. There was an accident. It's Dad. He didn't make it. Something ... something ... boat in Maine...
Funding programs (08/25/10)
The confusion over who owns property in Cape Girardeau County used for sheltered workshops appears near resolution. Several weeks ago it was determined that deeds to the property, in Cape Girardeau and Fruitland, had never been properly recorded as intended many years ago. ...
Standing up for our teachers (08/25/10)
It saddens my heart to read the comments about our schoolteachers. I am a parent volunteer who spends a lot of time at Alma Schrader Elementary School daily, I have spent time in all Cape Girardeau public schools as a ESL volunteer. As for the teachers' dress code, I have not seen one inappropriately dressed. Footwear needs to be comfortable. Teachers are on their feet most of the day...
Last heritage passport weekend (08/25/10)
The Cape Girardeau River Heritage Cooperative (Cape River Heritage Museum, Fort D Historic Site, Glenn House, Old St. Vincent's Church and the Red House Interpretive Center) would like to congratulate David Peacock of Bloomfield, Mo., for completing his Cape Girardeau River Heritage Passport July 3 and 4 and winning a $25 gift card. ...
Speak Out 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
ONE of the most dangerous places to be in Cape Girardeau is in an elevator. Have you ever been on an elevator when the doors open and people rush in, not even noticing you're there? One time, I couldn't even get off. If you're waiting on the elevator, there might be somebody on the elevator side of that door waiting to get off. Hesitate a little bit and allow them time to get off...
Prayer 8/25/10 (08/25/10)
For those we commit to your eternal mercy, we pray to you, O God.
Tree Hugger (08/25/10)
A Giant Sequoia in "The Trail of 100 Giants" in the Sequoia National Forrest, California.
Exploring Her World (08/25/10)
We received this picture of our Great Granddaughter. She lives much to far from us to be able to see her often. All grandchildren are just so special.
HUMMING BIRDS (08/25/10)
This is a picture of one of our humming Birds that is sitting on my finger.
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