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Cape City Council to vote on endorsing casino at meeting tonight (08/26/10)
With a casino application deadline fast approaching, the Cape Girardeau City Council is poised to make a recommendation at a special meeting tonight of which casino company should bring gambling to the city. The meeting, announced late Wednesday, will be at 6 p.m. at the council chambers at city hall, 401 Independence St. Mayor Harry Rediger and city manager Scott Meyer both said they expect the council will vote to endorse one of the two companies...
Case of missing Cape Girardeau girl reclassified to kidnapping (08/26/10)
A Cape Girardeau missing person case area law enforcement began investigating again around five years ago was reclassified last week by the FBI as a kidnapping.
McCaskill promotes new border enforcement law at Cape news conference (08/26/10)
A new law signed by President Barack Obama last week will generate $600 million to bolster the border patrol along the boundaries of the United States and Mexico, while not adding a cent to the national deficit, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday.
75 animals seized at Cape home; filthy living conditions found (08/26/10)
Cape Girardeau police and staff from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri seized 75 animals Tuesday from a residence on Boutin Drive, where officers say a child and her mother were living in "extreme filth." Police and Humane Society workers spent around four hours removing several dogs, around 40 rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, rare birds including a peacock, and five goats from 2327 Boutin Drive. ...
Cape man charged with assault over baby's brain damage (08/26/10)
A 21-year-old Cape Girardeau man was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault for allegedly causing brain damage and fractures to his 7-week-old infant. If the baby dies, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said, Allen Ray Walker Jr. could face homicide charges...
New ozone standards on hold while EPA considers information (08/26/10)
A decision on whether some Southeast Missouri counties fail to meet federal air quality guidelines is delayed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking more time to consider adopting higher standards. New ozone guidelines expected to be released by EPA by Aug. 31 have now been postponed until the end of October while the EPA takes additional time to consider information submitted during its public comment period, said David Bryan, EPA spokesman...
Emerson, Brandom discuss agriculture at Jones Heritage Farms (08/26/10)
In a visit to Jones Heritage Farms in Jackson, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson discussed the importance of agriculture to the area and the need to ensure its prosperity. During the stop she was accompanied by state Rep. Ellen Brandom.
Vigil set for Sept. 11 at Freedom Corner in Cape (08/26/10)
The Cpl. Mason O. Yarbrough Detachment 1081 of the Marine Corps League will be conducting a Sept. 11 vigil starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 on Freedom Corner at Broadway and West End Boulevard in Cape Girardeau. The event is being held to promote public remembrance of the people killed Sept. ...
Missouri Arts Council wants to know what will help community arts thrive, will stop in Cape today (08/26/10)
Southeast Missouri community leaders and art enthusiasts will have the chance to submit ideas to the Missouri Arts Council today during a visit by board members on the MAC Listening Tour. The organization wants to hear from people with concerns and comments concerning the arts -- where it's lacking, what could improve and what they like. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau is the second stop on the eight-city listening tour...
Over 100 attend public meeting in Van Buren on elk reintroduction (08/26/10)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- More than 100 people from across Southeast Missouri turned out Monday evening at Van Buren High School for the first of three meetings aimed at gathering public opinion about a possible restoration of elk to the region, the Daily American Republic newspaper reported...
Motorcycle accident sends Jackson man to hospital (08/26/10)
A Jackson man received moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident Monday night. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lynn L. Maloney, 62, was traveling south on County Road 335 at 10:15 p.m. when he ran off the road and struck a concrete bridge one mile north of Jackson...
Sikeston group seeking volunteers to help with mobile Vietnam wall visit (08/26/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Repeating the success Sikeston had with The Moving Wall Vietnam veterans memorial 19 years ago is a task requiring months of planning and hard work -- and plenty of volunteers. A Sikeston group is seeking volunteers to help pull the event off, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported...
Scott County Commission hears about electronic monitoring technology for criminals (08/26/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County commissioners are convinced electronic monitoring bracelets are the county's answer to the cost burden of boarding jail inmates. Commissioners were presented with information on electronic monitoring bracelets offered by Securicor by Douglas A. White during Tuesday's County Commission meeting, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported...
Route B reduced for pipe replacement (08/26/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will have Route B in Bollinger County reduced to one lane while replacing drainage pipe today and Friday. The section of road is between Highway 72 and Route UU. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day...
Highway 34 reduced for drainage repairs (08/26/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will reduce highway 34 in Bollinger County to one lane while crews do drainage repairs today. The section of road is between routes DD and H. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists are urged to travel the area with caution...
Missouri school districts prepare policies to address cyberbullying (08/26/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new cyberbullying law takes effect Friday in school districts statewide. The law, passed last spring, added the words "cyberbullying" and "bullying by electronic communications" to anti-bullying statutes enacted in 2006...
Evangel includes self-defense for new students (08/26/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For many freshman students, going to college also means moving to an unfamiliar city, far from home, for the first time. That can be a bit unnerving. In response to a campus survey, Evangel University offered self-defense training for the first time this year as part of its orientation program...
Stocks recover following weak home sales report (08/26/10)
NEW YORK -- Stocks recovered from an early slump and ended higher after traders picked through the market for beaten-down stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 20 points Wednesday, its first gain in five days, after having been down as much as 102 points. The market opened lower following weak reports on new home sales and durable goods orders, renewing fears that the economic recovery is losing steam...
Slowing expansion makes some worry about double-dip recession (08/26/10)
WASHINGTON -- It's starting to feel like another recession. Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy's few bright spots, is faltering...
SEC bolsters shareholders' vote for board seats (08/26/10)
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved changes that make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors of public companies. The 3-2 vote allows groups that own at least 3 percent of a company's stock to put their nominees for board seats on the annual proxy ballot sent to all shareholders. The new financial overhaul law enacted last month formally gave the SEC the authority to make the change...
Pentagon attacked with flash drive 2 years ago (08/26/10)
WASHINGTON -- A foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Pentagon computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, a top defense official said Wednesday. The previously classified incident, which took place in 2008 in the Middle East, was disclosed in a magazine article by deputy defense secretary William J. Lynn and released by the Pentagon Wednesday...
Fried food offerings at Texas fair to include alcohol (08/26/10)
DALLAS -- Fried food fans looking to feast at this year's State Fair of Texas will have to bring an ID along with their appetite. Fair officials unveiled eight finalists in the Big Tex Choice Awards, including alcohol-laced fried goodies, Wednesday. Vendors at the fair that runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 17 are seeking honors for best taste and most creative new offerings...
Eggs from infected Iowa chickens still can be used (08/26/10)
Millions of eggs from the Iowa farms at the heart of a massive salmonella recall are not destined for the garbage but for a table near you. The recalled eggs that were already shipped to grocery stores and restaurants are being dumped by the truckload. But the eggs still being laid by potentially infected chickens will be pasteurized to kill any bacteria. Then they can be sold as liquid eggs or put in other products such as mayonnaise or ice cream...
German man shot in head thought he was hit by fireworks (08/26/10)
The Associated Press BERLIN -- A 35-year-old man who walked around for five years with a bullet lodged in the back of his head said he suspected for a while something was there but only went to doctors after he started getting headaches. Robert Chojecki was partying on New Years Eve five years ago in the German town of Herne when he was hit with the .22-caliber bullet. Doctors removed it this week from between his skin and skull...
Miners' deep motivation: Stay slim or stay in mine (08/26/10)
COPIAPO, Chile -- Put on a show. Play cards. Sing. Get exercise. And whatever you do, don't get too fat to squeeze through the escape tunnel. Chilean officials are offering lots of advice to help 33 miners trapped underground keep their health and sanity as they wait to be rescued. One thing they're not sharing with the men is their estimate that it could take four months to drill them out of an emergency shelter nearly half a mile below the surface...
Football preview: Pregame speeches set stage for play on the field (08/26/10)
A well-delivered speech can provide added intensity and focus, while a poorly designed speech can be detrimental to a team's pschye in the moments leading up to kickoff.
Football preview: Jackson determined to improve on one-win season (08/26/10)
"Last year was just total disappointment," coach Van Hitt said. "We've addressed it all winter, all summer, today. ... We're going to try and turn it into the Jackson Fighting Indians again."
Football preview: Graduation forces St. Vincent to rebuild (08/26/10)
The Indians enter the 2010 season with only one starter returning to the same position on offense after the graduation of Southeast Missourian Player of the Year C.J. Pavlovsky, among others.
Football preview: Winless season fuels Cape Central (08/26/10)
"No wins really pushed you," senior Zach Boerboom said. "Just looking at last year's record, that's enough reason to get in the weight room and get back on the field."
Football preview: Perryville hopes consistency rights ship (08/26/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- After a one-win season in which points were at a premium, Perryville coach Keith Winkler is not overhauling his offense or approach. Instead, the Pirates' second-year coach is adhering to a simple principle: fewer mistakes means more points...
Football preview: Schaefer back to lead Scott City offense (08/26/10)
"I'm a firm believer if we're doing something and we're having a lot of success, I'm not going to stop doing it," coach Jim May said. "So if we're running Garett Schaefer and Garett Schaefer is having a real good night, we're probably not going to stop giving it to Garett Schaefer.
Football preview: Chaffee returns abundance of experience at skill spots (08/26/10)
Junior quarterback Jordan Yahn will oversee an offense that returns eight players who saw significant time at skill positions. The Red Devils hope that experience translates to a more consistent offense.
Young Jackson softball team endures lumps (08/26/10)
The Jackson Indians feature a promising but young softball team this season. That means there are growing pains. The Indians experienced those pains Wednesday with an 11-3 loss to Seckman. "We have five freshmen and sophomores out there," Jackson coach Amanda Forester said. "And it's hard to pick themselves up. I'm looking forward to seeing them progress and stay positive."...
Central tames Blackcats in softball behind offensive burst (08/26/10)
The Central softball team picked up its first win of the season behind a heart offensive outing. The Tigers scored nine runs in the fourth inning on their way to an 18-10 victory over Fredericktown on Wednesday. Chelsea Sterling knocked in four runs and Brooke Baugher drove in three. Lexi Smith, who doubled twice, and Bailey Kratochvil both finished with two RBIs for the Tigers (1-1)...
Road games net big money for Southeast athletic department (08/26/10)
Three of the nonconference games on Southeast Missouri State's men's basketball schedule released Tuesday will net the university $250,000. Alabama-Birmingham, which the Redhawks visit Nov. 13 in their season opener, is paying Southeast $90,000. Southeast is receiving $85,000 for playing at Arkansas on Nov. 24 and $75,000 for playing at Iowa State on Dec. 6...
Gabbert needs new targets this season (08/26/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Tigers have been through this before. The Tigers have had a wide receiver rewrite the school's record book in each of the past two seasons. Jeremy Maclin set records in receptions with 102, receiving yards with 1,260 and touchdowns with 13 in 2008. Danario Alexander exceeded those marks with 113 catches for 1,781 yards and 14 trips to the end zone the following season...
Area digest 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
Gunnar Knudtson used a 6-iron to ace hole No. 2 at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. The hole was playing 185 yards. Shirley Moore took first place in the Cape Girardeau Country Club's Women's Golf Association's weekly outing. Betty Michel placed second and Luanne Kiefner was third...
Area calendar 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
Football Golf Miscellaneous Submit items by mail, fax or e-mail to be included in the calendar as space permits....
Pirates choke Cardinals' offense 5-2 (08/26/10)
PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals have seven games remaining on this road trip, all against losing-record teams. Uh oh. Daniel McCutchen pitched six shutout innings for his third victory as a major league starter, Neil Walker tripled with the bases loaded and the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt the Cardinals another damaging loss by winning 5-2 on Wednesday night...
Kelly High School senior recounts experiences from six weeks living, studying in Japan (08/26/10)
How does a teenage girl from rural Southeast Missouri end up spending six weeks in Japan with a host family she's never met? My journey first began in August 2009 with the encouragement of my FCCLA adviser, Alvina Mainord of Kelly High School in Benton, Mo. ...
From 'Camp' to fall fashion: Disney stars pick top trends (08/26/10)
NEW YORK -- Few things get Meaghan Martin and Chloe Bridges going like a little back-to-school shopping. Nevermind, they say, that as 18-year-old TV stars, they won't be milling the halls of any school this fall. "I am obsessed with back-to-school shopping," Bridges said. "I would circle everything I liked and dog-ear the catalogs."...
neXt up 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
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Art of teaching (08/26/10)
Aug. 26, 2010 Dear Julie, We named the father Buster, his son Dizzy. As I feared, the two Jack Russell terriers we agreed to take in and find a home for have made their home with us. Buster and Dizzy are like toddlers with ADHD, a fact that keeps many sensible people from owning Jack Russell terriers. Preventing them from slipping out when we open a door is a test, and they refuse to be ignored. They want your attention. All of it...
Opal Adams (08/26/10)
Opal Elizabeth Adams, 96, of Dallas died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at The Forum at Park Lane in Dallas. She is formerly of Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Susie Hines (08/26/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Susie Jane Hines, 82, of Chicago, formerly of Mounds, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the Church of God and Son. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with Bishop Artie Dickerson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park...
Rotissia Witherspoon (08/26/10)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Rotissia Witherspoon, 98, of Cairo died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service today at Everdale Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be at noon today at the church, with Bishop Derek Eurales Sr. and the Rev. Joe W. Williams Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, Ill...
Ruby Wells (08/26/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Ruby Mae Wells, 83, of Benton died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 14, 1927, at East Prairie, Mo., daughter of Ralph and Virgie May Woods Hays. She and Raymond Wells were married June 28, 1943, at Dexter, Mo. He died Jan. 6, 1970...
Donald Gross (08/26/10)
Donald Eugene Gross, 65, of Scott City died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of Carl and Pansy "Laverne" Helderman Gross. He and Peggy Darlene Walker were married March 6, 1965. He served with the U.S. Army...
Salena Garner (08/26/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Salena Garner, 77, of Dexter died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at her home. She was born April 25, 1933, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of the late Jewell and Eva Crawford Evans. She and James Garner were married Jan. 24, 1981. Mrs. Garner was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Dexter. She was a former maintenance clerk with Arvin Automotive in Dexter...
Jackson police/fire report 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Out of the past 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
Hundreds of Southeast Missouri State University commuter students wait in long lines on this opening day of classes in hopes of buying one of a limited number of university commuter parking permits; because the commuter permits arrived late, they couldn't be purchased until today...
Junior's 10th (08/26/10)
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Southeast Missourian Jr., a special tabloid publication of this newspaper written for and by young readers. The publication is produced under the guiding hand of editor Cheryl Ellis, a member of the Southeast Missourian's advertising staff. ...
Budget-balancing pragmatism (08/26/10)
This is in response to the Aug. 23 op-ed piece by Byron York. Mr. York made the point that federal employees make substantially more than workers in the private sector. He indicated that one step in balancing the budget would be to reduce the amount of salary and benefits paid to federal workers. His argument is flawed...
Speak Out 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
I agree with the comment about flip-flops and sunglasses being worn by area educators. The dress code guiding teachers today is completely different from only a few years ago when a teacher dressed as if a member of a respected profession. Today, many dress as if they work at a convenience store. ...
Prayer 8/26/10 (08/26/10)
Empower us, O God, to overcome the fears that come into our lives. Amen.
Support Emerson's clear record (08/26/10)
I'm writing to support congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson against the attacks on her. She has never voted for a congressional pay raise, and never will. Democrats have also accused her of voting against a pay increase for the military. In fact, the bill would have allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly immediately, without even the study of the issue requested by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ...
Opportunities for homeowners (08/26/10)
As we go about our busy day-to-day living, we sometimes ignore opportunities laid at our feet. The Federal Reserve, in an effort to stimulate the economy, is providing money to lenders for next to nothing. This has resulted in historically low mortgage rates. The opportunity for some to get home loan payments reduced is available...
Get new blood in Washington (08/26/10)
Jo Ann Emerson claims to be a small-government, fiscal conservative who is trying to create jobs in the 8th District, yet her voting record says otherwise. She voted for the Wall Street bailout and is currently co-sponsoring another bailout, this time using your taxpayer dollars to pay for poorly managed pension funds. ...
Mike Shupert's 10th Anniversary at First Baptist (08/26/10)
Sunday August 15, 2010 First Baptist Church of Cape celebrated ten years with Pastor Mike Shupert. Mike is a graduate of Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwest Baptist College.Before coming to FBC Cape he held positions in churches in Mexico,Mo and the Kansas City area...
Robin Carnahan Kicks Off "Educators for Robin" (08/26/10)
Growing Group of Missouri Educators Join Robin's Team for her Commitment to Supporting Students and Educators Today, Robin Carnahan's campaign launched Educators for Robin to bring together Missouri educators who share her commitment to fix what's broken in Washington and put Missouri families first. ...
Big Oil Blunt Goes to His Base (in Texas) (08/26/10)
Texas Consultant Admits Blunt Isn't Working For Missouri, Says "He Votes for Us" Today, Congressman Blunt is back to business as usual -- rubbing elbows with the corporate special interests that are funding his campaign. Congressman Blunt is no stranger to the Big Oil crowd -- he has voted to have their back at every twist and turn and taken over $1 million from Big Oil and energy interests during his 14 years in Washington -- including a nearly $20,000 haul from ExxonMobil executives in May and June of this year [Center for Responsive Politics; FEC.gov].. ...
Come to the "Remember the Dream" Rally Saturday (08/26/10)
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. The patriotic rally will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at Cape County Park North, shelter No. 5. Choir performances and inspirational speeches by members of the local community are planned. Event is open to all; please attend...
Hoarfrost atop Mt. LaConte (08/26/10)
In October 2006 we climbed Mt. LaConte in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The night before our climb a cloud descended on the mountain and then the temperature dropped rapidly resulting in a hoarfrost. The photo shows the frost. There is no snow in this picture, all hoarfrost. Over the next day and a half about 80% of this sublimated and then the frost was gone...
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