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Cape Girardeau School Board to vote on construction bid packages (12/15/10)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will vote on more than $6 million in bid packages for elementary school construction projects during a special meeting Thursday at noon. The packages include more than $3.6 million for construction work at Clippard and Alma Schrader elementary schools, and more than $2.4 million for Jefferson Elementary School...
Perryville man killed in one-car accident (12/15/10)
A Perryville, Mo., man is dead following a one-car accident Tuesday at 6:55 p.m. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, John G. Wagner, 59, was traveling on Route T 1.8 miles east of Route CC in Perry County when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the road and struck a tree...
Opponents of Fruitland quarries flood DNR with letters (12/15/10)
More than 2,600 letters in opposition to the Heartland Materials quarry development near Saxony Lutheran High School in Fruitland were received by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This is the most public input the department has ever received for a mining permit application, according to DNR spokeswoman Renee Bungart. Public comments are now being accepted for a second quarry permit request near the same site, this one filed by Strack Excavating...
Cape Girardeau voters to decide how to pay for $70 million wastewater treatment plant (12/15/10)
Cape Girardeau voters won't be deciding whether a $70 million wastewater treatment plant will be built to replace the aging and overloaded facility just off South Sprigg Street. That has to happen -- and will -- city officials say. What voters will have a say in at the ballot box is how the project will be paid for, which officials called a key component in determining how much more city customers will pay in increased sewer rates...
The County Line: Treasurer Roger Hudson keeps the Cape Girardeau County's checkbook balanced (12/15/10)
Receiving and managing all county money -- whether it's collected through taxes, offices or other sources -- can be a daunting task, but Cape Girardeau County Treasurer Roger Hudson said he and his office work hard to ensure the funds are handled properly...
Area school administrators disagree with A+ task force recommendation (12/15/10)
To its supporters, and there are many in Missouri public education, the state's A+ Scholarship Program is aptly named. Thousands of high school graduates from more than 300 Missouri schools have gone on to college -- including many students who might not otherwise have had access to post-secondary education -- thanks to the scholarship program, which covers tuition costs of students enrolled at two-year community or technical colleges in Missouri...
Couple flees after robbing People's Bank in Altenburg (12/15/10)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- The Perry County Sheriff's Department was searching Tuesday for a 6-foot-tall white male said to have robbed People's Bank in Altenburg around just before 1 p.m. According to Sheriff Gary Schaaf the man left the scene in a tan 1990s Ford Taurus with duct tape over the license plate. Authorities also reported the man was wearing dark coveralls and was armed with a camouflage rifle...
Man wanted in connection with Cape Girardeau murder waives extradition (12/15/10)
A Charleston, Mo., teenager Cape Girardeau police believe was present at the scene of the June 26 murder of Matthew "Woody" Ervin is waiting to be extradited to Missouri from Dekalb County, Ga. Armster Robinson III was charged in Georgia Oct. 22 with felony possession of marijuana. According to a court clerk in Dekalb County, a judge reduced Robinson's charge to a misdemeanor. At a Dec. 3 hearing, Robinson signed a waiver of extradition to Missouri...
Area country churches deck the halls for two-day tour (12/15/10)
Churches from across Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger Counties will be decorated in their holiday finest for the 6th annual Christmas Country Church tour Thursday and Friday. Organizer Janet Fiedler said the 25 churches on the tour showcase their unique decorations and features...
With donations down, Toybox accepting items until delivery day (12/15/10)
Santa Claus will make an early stop at the homes of more than 400 families Dec. 20, delivering donated toys collected by the Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian Toybox Program. Program organizers worked with the Salvation Army nearly all of November to collect applications of families seeking financial help for the holidays. Collecting about 410 applications, Toybox organizer Tracy Haggerty said she expects Santa to distribute toys to about 1,150 children next week...
Two newcomers file for Jackson Board of Aldermen (12/15/10)
With Jackson Ward 1 Alderman Phil Penzel's decision not to seek re-election in April, two political newcomers filed candidacy papers for his position Tuesday. Jim Shank has lived in Jackson for 25 years and said he has always wanted to become more involved with the city. Shank has been in the news as the father of a soldier killed in Iraq and as the widower of Deborah Shank, the former Walmart employee involved in a lawsuit with the retail chain...
Icy weather on the way (12/15/10)
The National Weather Service is predicting a wintry mix of messy weather today. The forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain and sleet, mainly after noon, with a high near 33. The real threat of frozen precipitation is expected tonight, with freezing rain likely before midnight, then rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain. The low is expected to dip to 29...
Scott County candidate filings: Three file for council in Scott City (12/15/10)
Three candidates filed for Scott City's city council Tuesday as filing for municipal offices opened. Ron Cummins and Robert Tyler both filed for the Ward 3 council seat. Jordan Heisserer filed for Ward 4 councilman. Other Scott County candidates that filed Tuesday are:...
Incumbents file for Cape Girardeau School Board (12/15/10)
There are no new names, so far, in the race for three seats on the Cape Girardeau School Board. Incumbents Stacy Kinder and Tony Smee filed for re-election on Tuesday, Missouri's opening day of filing for April elections. Don Call, who was appointed earlier this year to serve the remainder of longtime board member Steve Trautwein's term, also filed candidacy papers Tuesday...
Incumbents file for Jackson School Board (12/15/10)
Just the incumbents filed candidacy papers for Jackson School Board seats on Missouri's opening day of filing for April elections. Board president Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas are seeking re-election to the school board. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Forms are available at the Jackson School District clerk's office during business hours...
Incumbents file for Scott City School Board (12/15/10)
Scott Amick and Sally Porch are seeking another run at the Scott City School Board. The incumbents filed candidacy papers on Tuesday, Missouri's first day of filing for April elections. Also filing was Daniel Lance, according to an official with the Scott City School District. The official did not know if others had filed. The filing deadline is the end of the business day Jan. 18. Forms are available at the Scott City School District clerk's office during business hours...
One files for April election in Perryville (12/15/10)
Perryville Board of Aldermen member Larry Riney, representing Ward 1, was the only person to file Tuesday for April's municipal election. Alderman positions in Ward 2 and 3 are also up for reelection in April, but no one filed Tuesday, according to Perryville city cleark Tracy Prost...
Jackson School Board sets dates for school year (12/15/10)
Getting a jump on the next school year, the Jackson School Board on Tuesday approved the 2011-2012 calendar for the Jackson School District. There aren't many changes from this year's calendar. The first day of classes falls on a Thursday, Aug. 18, to accommodate the traditional break between semesters...
Pipe replacement closes Route TT (12/15/10)
Route TT in Stoddard County, between county roads 624 and 642, will be closed tomorrow while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a drainage pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For additional information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Bond makes Senate farewell speech (12/15/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's senior senator, Christopher "Kit" Bond, took another step toward retirement Tuesday, winding down his six-decade public service career with a farewell speech from the U.S. Senate floor. "Work together; play nice," Bond said, emphasizing pragmatism in politics...
Black segregation in U.S. drops to lowest in century (12/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- America's neighborhoods took large strides toward racial integration in the last decade as blacks and whites chose to live near each other at the highest levels in a century. Still, segregation in many parts of the U.S. persisted, with Hispanics in particular turning away from whites...
Retail sales up; CEO survey suggests uptick in hiring (12/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected. Retail sales are rising, boosted by the best month for department stores in two years. Inflation remains tame. Businesses are restocking their shelves in anticipation of more consumer demand. And a survey of CEOs at America's biggest companies suggests hiring will pick up in the next six months...
Bone-chilling cold, snow plod into northeast U.S. (12/15/10)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hoods were up and heads were down as a storm that plagued the Midwest for days plodded eastward Tuesday with winds and blowing, stranding dozens of motorists on a southern Ontario highway and giving much of the northeastern U.S. its first real taste of winter...
Japan PM vows to find WWII dead on Iwo Jima (12/15/10)
IOTO, Japan -- In a rare visit to Iwo Jima, Japan's prime minister offered prayers at two recently discovered mass graves and vowed to find remains of 12,000 fallen soldiers still missing on the remote island after some of World War II's fiercest fighting...
Dozens killed, 100 hurt in Bangladesh factory fire (12/15/10)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Dozens of people were killed after a devastating blaze raced through a garment factory that supplies major multinationals such as Gap and J.C. Penney near Bangladesh's capital. Many of the dead included trapped workers who jumped from the smoldering building engulfed by flames, witnesses at the scene said...
Delta boys basketball team posts 74-70 win vs. Meadow Heights (12/15/10)
"It came down to we took care of the ball and got buckets," Delta coach Justin Simpher said. "And then we got to the free-throw line and knocked down some free throws."
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Bobby Clark (12/15/10)
Clark led the No. 5 seed Indians to an upset of No. 4 seed Charleston in the opening round of the SEMO Conference before he and his teammates eventually claimed the third place trophy with a win over Notre Dame.
High School Roundup: Notre Dame boys rout NMCC (12/15/10)
All the high school sports results reported to the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday.
Harris collects national honor (12/15/10)
The Southeast running back was named a Camp Football Foundation All-American
Southeast baseball releases 2011 schedule (12/15/10)
Southeast Missouri State has released its 2011 baseball schedule. The Redhawks will open the season in Lafayette, La., against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 18 to start a three-game series. Southeast will have its home opener Feb. 22 against NAIA Harris-Stowe from St. Louis...
Knocking heads: It's in a RB's job description (12/15/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A couple of weeks ago, Steven Jackson figured he made helmet-to-helmet contact on a dozen of his 28 carries against the Cardinals. Sometimes it was a matter of defenders taking a certain angle, sometimes it was the St. Louis Rams' bruiser lowering the boom for that extra yard...
Five fresh and simple gifts to make by hand (12/15/10)
Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born. If you're inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness...
Recipes that are great to party with (12/15/10)
Karen Retter of Cape Girardeau was planning for her neighborhood's Christmas party and asked me when I was going to do an appetizer column. Although her party has now passed, I thought there might be other people planning for get-togethers and looking for a new recipe to serve. I enjoy serving shrimp through the holiday season, so I included a couple of appetizers that include it. I hope these recipes find their way to your next gathering...
'The King's Speech' out front in Globes field (12/15/10)
LOS ANGELES -- "The King's Speech" is precisely the kind of film that has long appealed to awards voters: It's historical, focuses on royalty, depicts a character overcoming physical adversity and features a classy cast. So it should come as no surprise that it received the most Golden Globe nominations Tuesday with seven, including best picture, on a morning when there were few surprises to be found. ...
Patsy Bradshaw (12/15/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Patsy J. Bradshaw, 70, of Sikeston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 11, 1940, in Greene County, Ark., to the late Roy E. and Mamie Harvell Williams. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief...
Ralph Larson (12/15/10)
Ralph Harold Larson, 88, passed away at 2:57 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He had a deep and abiding faith. A week before he died he told his family, "I am dying, and it is beautiful and I am happy and ready to go home to my Father in heaven." As he passed, his grieving family was consoled that he was seeing glimpses of his future home...
Emma Hudson (12/15/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Emma Irene Hudson of Perryville died Dec. 14, 2010, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Perryville. She was 96. She was born in Silver Lake, Mo., on June 24, 1914, daughter of the late Walter and Clara Henderson Coffelt. She and Clyde Hudson were married Oct. 20, 1941. He preceded her in death Feb. 2, 2006...
Edgar Abernathy (12/15/10)
Edgar L. Abernathy, 62, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Glenn W. and Toria E. Strong Abernathy. He and Linda F. Silman were married Feb. 4, 1967. On Jan. 11, 1968, he was inducted into the United States Army, serving in Vietnam with the 1st Air Cavalry Division Air Mobile Echo Company 2/5. ...
Gloria Farr (12/15/10)
Gloria Jean Farr, 49, of Jackson passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 16, 1961, in Fort Collins, Colo., to John M. and Pauline C. Towe Farr. Gloria served honorably in the U.S. Army during the 1980s...
Jackson fire report 12/15/10 (12/15/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 12/15/10 (12/15/10)
E.J. McLaughlin has been elected president and chief executive officer of Drury Industries Inc. of Cape Girardeau; he succeeds Charles L. Drury, a founder and one of the principal owners of the company. A propane gas leak is being blamed for an explosion and fire Friday afternoon that destroyed a service station/convenience store at the Biehle, Mo., exit of Interstate 55, seriously injuring a store employee and customer...
Redistribution on steroids (12/15/10)
Rep. Cleaver has proposed a $48 billion earmark When absurdity gives way to hilarity, you must be talking about politics. In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri's 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention...
Free portraits (12/15/10)
Southeast Missouri is blessed with many generous people. However, some members of our community especially shine during this Christmas season of giving -- and often in creative ways. Several local photographers, stylists, a photography editor and a local salon donated their time, talent and resources to offer free portraits for those who cannot afford the luxury this Christmas...
Prayer 12/15/10 (12/15/10)
O Lord, give us the grace to hear your calling for our lives. Amen.
Guardsmen visit with local Veterans (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Soldiers of the Headquarter Company and Forward Support Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau recently visited Veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home at their Second Annual Resident Family Picnic. The Soldiers helped erect tents for the picnic and stayed to assist the Veterans and their families throughout the event...
JJHS Lil' Cheerleaders Spread Christmas Cheer (12/15/10)
All the Jackson Junior High cheerleaders want for Christmas is...CHEER! The JJHS cheerleaders offered a "Lil' Cheerleaders" 3-day clinic for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, and then the 65 "lil' participants" performed at halftime during a boys' basketball game on December 9th. ...
Griffin graduates from military training (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Dalton Giffin, of Essex, recently completed his military training to become a motor transportation operator for Missouri National Guard's 1221st Transportation Company in Dexter. "I joined the Guard because I want to serve my country," Griffin said. He also joined for the education benefits which will allow him to attend college, but pride in his country was the biggest factor...
Sisk graduates from military training (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Corey Sisk, of East Prairie, recently completed his military training to become an administrative specialist for Missouri National Guard's Headquarters Company of the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau. "I joined the Guard because I wanted to serve my community and country," Sisk said. "I wanted to give my family a better life and I can do that with the Guard."...
Legislators Work Together to Fight Hunger (12/15/10)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Southeast Missouri members of the General Assembly recently came together to fight hunger by donating to the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. Representatives Steve Tilley (R-Perryville), Shelley Keeney (R- Marble Hill), Ellen Brandom (R- Sikeston), Billy Pat Wright (R-Dexter), Terry Swinger (D-Caruthersville), Rep.-elect Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) and Sen. ...
Pigg graduates from military training (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pfc. Edward Pigg, of Cape Girardeau, recently completed his military training to become an infantryman for Missouri National Guard's Company C, 1/138th Infantry Regiment in Perryville. "I joined the Guard because I love my country and wanted to help protect it," Pigg said. He also joined for the education and financial benefits, but pride in his country was the biggest factor...
Lester graduates from military training (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pfc. Timothy Lester, of Millersville, recently completed his military training to become an infantryman for Missouri National Guard's Company C, 1/138th Infantry Regiment in Perryville. "I joined the Guard because I wanted to be there for my state and country in a time of need," Lester said. "I've always wanted to be an infantry Soldier for the United States Army."...
Hensel graduates from military training (12/15/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. John Hensel, of Cape Girardeau, recently completed his military training to become a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic for Missouri National Guard's Forward Support Company of the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau...
mr and mrs santa clause (12/15/10)
haskell and debbie > merry christmas and a happy ,healthy new year to all..
Holiday Lights (12/15/10)
Christmas lights illuminate the Wente Manor on Broadway, across from Cape Girardeau's Capaha Park. Originally built in 1940 for Joe L. Moseley and his family, the house was acquired by Southeast Hospital several years ago. It was renamed Wente Manor in honor of Jim Wente, Southeast Hospital's former president and CEO. The newly renovated home is currently used for Hospital functions and as a working conference center...
Sunrise in Bollinger Co. Bitterly Cold Morning (12/15/10)
The sky lit up with colors on a bitterly cold morning in Bollinger County.
Which Way is UP? Reflections on Crooked Creek (12/15/10)
The still water reflected like a mirror the blue sky and trees along the shoreline of the Crooked Creek in Bollinger County.
Woodland Honor Choir Performs at West Park Mall (12/15/10)
Busy shoppers Saturday at the West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau enjoyed a performance by Woodland's Honor Choir under the direction of Melissa Cooper. The children sang 7 Christmas songs and numerous soloists performed as well at Woodland's annual Mall concert...
Adopt a Pet for Christmas (12/15/10)
This is "Buddy". He is a full blooded Yorkie. We adopted him from the Cape Girardeau Humane Society on Oct.1, 2010. We could not have found a better pet. He is app. 5 yrs. old, knows all sorts of commands, is house broken and doesn't mind getting brushed, bathed, blow dried and I even brush his teeth !!...
Dancers Give Back (12/15/10)
The talented dancers from the Academy of Dance Arts went shopping for Toybox on 12-11-10. The shopping trip was the girls' idea and then planned and organized by studio owner, Kara Skelton. Also pictured is Kara's son, Grant, who helped organize the toys...
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