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Wednesday accident sends Patton woman to hospital (12/09/10)
A Patton, Mo., woman received moderate injuries following a one-vehicle accident Wednesday on Highway 34 west of Jackson. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 1994 Mazda driven by Phyllis D. Acord, 73, ran off the road at 7:35 a.m. and struck a ditch...
$10 million vision, dental care facility planned for Cape Girardeau (12/09/10)
A $10 million downtown medical center development that will bring 135 jobs to Cape Girardeau gave city leaders reason to smile Wednesday.
Southeast Missouri State regents approve bond financing (12/09/10)
Let the building begin. The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a $59.25 million bond issue to pay for campuswide renovation and maintenance.
New Fountain Street extension opens in Cape Girardeau (12/09/10)
The dream goes something like this: Visitors, many thousands of them, pass through the newly extended Fountain Street each year on their way to any number of downtown destinations to open their wallets in Cape Girardeau's restaurants, retail shops and other businesses.
Planning and zoning commission recommends casino rezoning request, development plan (12/09/10)
A rezoning request and preliminary development plan for Isle of Capri's Cape Girardeau casino were unanimously recommended for city council approval without discussion Wednesday by the planning and zoning commission. "I am happy to be down here with a real project instead of talking about what may happen or what could happen," said Dick Meister, Isle's vice president of design and construction...
VIP warns board of impending litigation if agreement can't be reached (12/09/10)
The attorney representing VIP Industries sent a letter to the Cape County Board for Developmentally Disabled last week telling the board he has been authorized to file suit against them on behalf of VIP. John E. Toma, a St. Louis attorney, also said VIP is willing to meet with the board in a final effort to avoid litigation...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves employee health insurance package (12/09/10)
Lesson learned for the Cape Girardeau School Board: Contract bidding can bring big savings. The board on Wednesday approved an employee health insurance package considerably lower than expected, thanks to the board's decision to put the contract out for bid. The winning bid from the existing provider will save the Cape Girardeau School District nearly $250,000, a turn of fortunes from last month when the district was looking at double-digit premium increases...
$1 million donation to expand Central High School auditorium (12/09/10)
The $7.1 million auditorium at Cape Girardeau Central High School will be expanded and enhanced thanks to the generosity of a Houston businessman and Central graduate. Richard D. Kinder, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America, and his wife, Nancy, will donate $1 million to the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation. ...
Jackson police preparing for reaccreditation (12/09/10)
The Jackson Police Department is preparing for a thorough evaluation. On Saturday, the department will welcome two assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, who'll review department policies, its operation as a whole and also ride along with some of the city's officers. The end result: a reaccreditation nearly three years in the making...
Southeast Missouri boy suspended after shooting BB gun on bus (12/09/10)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- A Clearwater Middle School student faces a long-term suspension after allegedly firing a BB gun on a school bus. An eighth-grade student brought a BB gun to the middle school on Friday, according to Clearwater Superintendent Blane Keel...
Three from Southeast Missouri appointed to state boards (12/09/10)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Three area residents will serve on Missouri boards, following their appointments by Gov. Jay Nixon. Drew Juden of Sikeston was named to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. The council is tasked with ensuring that proper homeland security plans and coordination are in place at the state and local level and that homeland security grant expenditures are done in a coordinated and efficient way...
Scott County developer, emergency management director resigns (12/09/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two key positions in Scott County will become open as the new year begins. The Standard Democrat reported Joel Evans turned in his resignation as county developer and emergency management director to county commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday...
Sikeston to raise cost of DWI convictions (12/09/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Getting caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will become even more costly in Sikeston this coming year. During its regular monthly meeting Monday, the Sikeston City Council approved a bill which provides for the reimbursement of costs associated with the arrest and conviction on violations involving alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses...
Two injured in Cape Girardeau County rollover accident (12/09/10)
A Jackson man and a Scott City woman were seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning approximately one mile south of Cape Girardeau, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred at 10:25 a.m. on Cape Girardeau County Road 206...
House Democrats push through massive budget bill (12/09/10)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats controlling the House muscled through legislation Wednesday night that would freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year. The bill would cap the agencies' annual operating budgets at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year -- a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request...
Private spacecraft splashes into Pacific after demo flight (12/09/10)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and then, in a historic first, guided it back to Earth on Wednesday in a bold test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides...
Officials say Jihad-obsessed man captured in bomb plot (12/09/10)
BALTIMORE -- A 21-year-old part-time construction worker obsessed with jihad was arrested Wednesday when he tried to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a military recruitment center -- the second time in less than two weeks that an alleged homegrown terrorist was nabbed in a sting operation...
Experts: All-out war between Koreas unlikely (12/09/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Two weeks after North Korea shelled a South Korean island, the rivals are still trading threats of attacks and counterattacks. Tensions remain at their highest in more than a decade, and though neither side is backing down, all-out war is unlikely...
Protests demand singer lead Haiti (12/09/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Protesters enraged by the results of Haiti's troubled presidential election set barricades and political offices ablaze, traded blows with U.N. peacekeepers and shut down the country's lone international airport Wednesday, creating the social upheaval many have feared since the Jan. 12 earthquake...
Chile prison fire kills at least 81 (12/09/10)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A fire started during an inmate brawl swept through an overcrowded prison on Wednesday, killing at least 81 people and seriously injuring 14 in what an official called the worst disaster in the history of Chile's penitentiary system...
High school roundup: Hogan sizzles in Scott City girls basketball team's win (12/09/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Salukis slap Redhawks in men's hoops (12/09/10)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team remained winless Wednesday, thanks in large part to Jack Crowder's hot hand off the bench and Leon Powell spending too much time on the bench. Crowder, Southern Illinois University's senior reserve guard, had a career night in the first half alone to help the host Salukis open a 13-point lead at the intermission...
OVC honors Southeast football (12/09/10)
The Southeast Missouri State football team not only had one of the best seasons in program history, the Redhawks evidently beat their opponents with class. The Ohio Valley Conference announced Wednesday that Southeast is the recipient of the league's 2010-11 Team Sportsmanship Award for football...
Injuries hamper Rams' secondary (12/09/10)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Ron Bartell and safety O.J. Atogwe did not practice Wednesday while nursing shoulder injuries. Two other members of the secondary, cornerback Justin King and safety Craig Dahl, were limited with shoulder and knee woes...
La Russa says Pujols deal could come after season (12/09/10)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tony La Russa predicts a contract extension for Cardinals star Albert Pujols will come either before spring training or after the season -- nothing in between. "I know Albert well enough that once he gets into spring training, he doesn't like distractions," the Cardinals manager said Wednesday at the winter meetings. "I just know once spring training starts, Albert doesn't get distracted by anything."...
Season of celebration: Southeast Missouri high school students share holiday memories (12/09/10)
'Tis the season for warm holiday memories of family, friends, faith and giving. But not everybody celebrates the holiday season in the same way -- or at all. Southeast Missouri, while predominantly Christian, is home to other cultures. Today, area students share their spiritual memories of Christmas, Hanukkah and traditions of Islam in this special toast to the seasons...
Who's next 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
SCHOLARSHIPS The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University: n Brennen T. Cox of Jackson received the Missouri Boy's State Leadership Award for 2011-2012. -- From staff reports ...
Hooked on Science: Orange flash (12/09/10)
Did you know the tasty orange many of you love to eat for a healthy snack is flammable? Adult supervision is recommended for this experiment. STEP 2: Place the candle on a saucer and using the grill lighter, ignite the candle. STEP 3: Hold a piece of the peeling with the outside of the peeling close to the flame and squeeze...
neXt up 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
What's happening this weekend
More holiday memories (12/09/10)
Southeast Missouri high school students share more spiritual memories of the holidays. "For me, it's every Christmas Eve we go to midnight mass. We listen to the choir sing beforehand. The aesthetics at mass are different; it's dark, it's candlelit, the singing is really good, and it heightens the spirituality experience. There is the procession of the child, the manger scenes, and it's the first time the church is in full Christmas decor. It's cool to see it...
My playlist (12/09/10)
Dec. 9, 2010 Dear David, The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine is filled with playlists composed by famous musicians. Bono chose his favorite David Bowie songs. Rod Stewart picks his top Sam Cooke songs. Ozzy Osbourne cues up the Beatles. Elton John picks out new pop classics by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. Ice Cube lays out his universe of West Coast hip-hop. Iggy Pop on Chicago blues. Pete Seeger on folk music. Lucinda Williams on country women...
Scaling homework mountain (12/09/10)
With the holiday season now in full swing, students are looking forward to the winter break but not forgetting about the dreaded semester finals that we must survive first. Finals can be intimidating. With two hours allotted for each one, not only do students fear spending 14 hours testing over the last three days of school before break, but they worry about the fact that the finals make up 10 percent of their grade...
Fans remember Lennon 30 years after his death (12/09/10)
NEW YORK -- John Lennon's fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future...
Carol Rudert (12/09/10)
Carol V. Rudert, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 14, 1915, in St. Louis, to Otto and Jessie Vieten Witte. She and Harold J. Rudert were married May 17, 1936, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death June 16, 1974...
Alma Messner (12/09/10)
Alma E. Messner, 90, of the Lutheran Home, formerly of Kohler, Wis., passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 26, 1920, in Sheboygan, Wis., daughter of Fred and Theresa Kunz Richter. She and Kenneth E. Messner were married Aug. 24, 1940, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. He preceded her in death July 8, 1993...
Ralph Bollinger (12/09/10)
Ralph Ray Bollinger, 81, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Monticello House. He was born April 18, 1929, in Millersville, son of Henry Joseph and Ethel Hannah Ellis Bollinger. He and Ilanda Shultz were married Aug. 26, 1949, at Sedgewickville, Mo...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Jackson police/fire report 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Assault Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Unusually thick fog in parts of Scott County causes a cancellation of classes in the Kelly School District. An agreement providing for purchase of $4.85 million in nontaxable sales tax revenue bonds to provide for development of a long-proposed Southeast Missouri Regional Port on the Mississippi River north of Scott City is finalized by the port authority board of commissioners; money from the sale of the bonds will be repaid by the commission over a four-year period with revenue generated by a one-fourth cent sales tax in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties.. ...
Active community (12/09/10)
This space if frequently used to encourage the community to get involved and commend those who are already doing great work. This year, our community has been especially active, and today we salute all those in Southeast Missouri who have used their time, talents and treasures for the betterment of our community...
Raise taxes (12/09/10)
Let's think back to 1950 to 1970. the most prosperous times for this country's history. What were the tax rates back then? They were much higher than today. Now think back to George H.W. Bush. He raised taxes, and the Clinton years were the most prosperous for the middle class in a decade...
Casino impact (12/09/10)
In regard to the casino coming to Cape Girardeau, don't forget the Trojan horse. We are told that this casino will not only bring jobs but also help the downtown merchants and the retail businesses in the city of Cape Girardeau. What we are not told is the countless thousands who will lose their savings and/or their homes and other property in trying to gain back what they lost. ...
Speak Out 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
EPA research indicates that the lifetime cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than from an equal volume of cigarette smoke. WHERE has marriage gone? Of the seven birth announcements in a recent birth announcement section, only one couple was married. Some announcements in the past list the mother as having six or seven children. No wonder our country is in such dire straights. Who is supporting these children?...
Prayer 12/9/10 (12/09/10)
O Lord, may we be quick to listen and slow to become angry. Amen.
Morningstar enlists in the Missouri National Guard (12/09/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Shawn Morningstar, of Cape Girardeau, recently enlisted in the Headquarters Company of the 1140th Engineer Battalion. Morningstar has four years of active duty service with the Marine Corps, and joined the Guard to pursue his education and give back to his community...
Sally Jo exploring (12/09/10)
We were enjoying a Fall walk, when I caught Sally Jo posing.
Shop with a Hero puts toys under the tree (12/09/10)
CGPD Officers Mark Wright, Al Spencer, and Jon Ortmann help local children get toys to put under their Christmas tree during Shop with a Hero at Walmart. About six thousand dollars was divided among eighty-one needy children who got to shop for their toys with heroes in our community. Heroes included the Cape Girardeau Police Department and Fire Department, Scott City Police Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, and Cape County Private Ambulance personnel...
Shop with a Hero at Cape Walmart (12/09/10)
Pam Chavez of Walmart hands out the money envelopes to members of the local police departments, fire department, and first responders who are matched up with a needy child shopping during the Shop with a Hero event held Tues., Dec. 7th at the Cape Girardeau Walmart...
Shop with a Hero creates smiling faces (12/09/10)
Brakia and Brad Woods are all smiles after Det. Darren Estes of CGPD helps them cart away the toys they selected during Shop with a Hero at the Cape Walmart
Heroes provide bike to Scott City child (12/09/10)
Isiah Harless of Scott City got his wish for a bicycle when heroes from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Scott City Police Department teamed up with the Cape Girardeau Walmart store manager, Gary Elders (third from left), to provide needy children with toys during the Shop with a Hero event...
Shop with a Hero 2010 (12/09/10)
Lt. Barry Hovis of CPD helps De'varean Walker select a game with his seventy dollars given to each child for shopping as a result of the Shop with A Hero program. Funds are raised through local police unions, the fire department, private donations, and Walmart. More than eighty children were chosen from schools in the area to shop based on the family's need...
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