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No objections to Three Rivers annexation request at Sikeston City Council meeting (01/04/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The new Three Rivers Community College Sikeston campus has taken another small step toward becoming a reality. A public hearing for the annexation of property located on the southeast corner of the U.S. 60/61 intersection south of Sikeston was held during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday...
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder expects Supreme Court will settle health care legal challenge (01/04/11)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder expects his lawsuit challenging the new health care law to be "knocking on the door" of the U.S. Supreme Court as early as next year.
Animal neglect not always easily to identify under law (01/04/11)
In a mostly quiet neighborhood behind Arena Park, a Rottweiler has lived most of his eight-plus years tied to a chain wrapped around an old tree, neighbors say. The dog was "rescued" Sunday and brought Donna McCarty, whose daughter lives in the area. McCarty, who said the dog was "skin and bones," took the animal to a Cape Girardeau veternarian...
Cape Girardeau man makes first court appearance on charges from New Year's Eve vandalism (01/04/11)
A 49-year-old Cape Girardeau man arrested on suspicion of damaging a local couple's home with spray paint and vehicle with sandpaper was arrested Saturday after police matched the sole of his shoe with a footprint in the victim's flower bed, according to court documents...
Three arrested in Scott County on meth-related charges (01/04/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Three Mississippi County residents arrested on drug-related offenses remained in custody of the Scott County Sheriff's Department Monday after felony charges were filed Sunday. Margo Wilkerson, 21, and Leo Hale, 39, both of Charleston, Mo., and Adam Hodges, 29, of East Prairie, Mo., are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of chemicals with the intent to distribute a controlled substance...
Stoddard County judge recuses self in lawyer's felony theft case (01/04/11)
A Stoddard County judge's motion filed Wednesday recusing himself from presiding over Joe T. Buerkle's felony stealing case has postponed the former lawyer's sentencing, which was set for Monday in Bloomfield, Mo. Buerkle, 67, who pleaded guilty to the felony charges in August 2010, stole $325,000 from a trust fund account he was managing. The trust was opened for Donald Thomasson, who died in 2002...
Cape Girardeau floodwall nearly fixed (01/04/11)
Preliminary hearing set in statutory sodomy case (01/04/11)
A Cape Girardeau County teenager accused of having inappropriate conduct with a 7-year-old had his preliminary hearing set Monday by Associate Circuit Court Judge Gary A. Kamp. Benjamin B. Harrison II, 17, is charged with felony statutory sodomy for allegedly forcing a 7-year-old to have oral sex...
Jackson aldermen OK no-parking zones (01/04/11)
After postponing the vote at its last meeting, the Jackson Board of Aldermen approved no parking zones along North High Street and Lacey Street on Monday night. On North High Street there will be no parking from Mary Street to West Park Street. The North Lacey Street zone would be between Ridge Road and East Main Street and East Main Street to Ridgeway Drive...
Scott County man allegedly fractures girlfriend's jaw in fight (01/04/11)
Antonio Tyler, 32, was charged with first-degree domestic assault for allegedly punching, kicking and throwing framed photographs at his girlfriend after having an argument. The victim was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital and treated for fractures to her jaw and cuts and bruises, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
New officers conduct business at first Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting of 2011 (01/04/11)
While Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy's first Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting did not include any agenda items, new Recorder of Deeds Scott R. Clark approached commissioners with two requests. Clark asked the locks on the recorder's office be changed for his protection, as well as for the safety of the documents housed in the office...
Walk around Rotary Lake in Jackson (01/04/11)
Two wanted in Poplar Bluff for child abuse arrested in Cape Girardeau (01/04/11)
Poplar Bluff authorities arrested a local man and woman wanted in connection to a child abuse investigation Friday night at a Cape Girardeau motel. Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department had been searching for Donnisha Nelson, 22, and Sterling Marshall, 28, as persons of interest as they investigated the alleged abuse of Nelson's young sons...
Doctor charged with sexually abusing patients makes court appearance (01/04/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Already facing similar charges in Dunklin County, a former Poplar Bluff doctor made his first appearance in a Butler County courtroom Thursday morning after being charged with inappropriately touching three female patients...
Local Missouri Water Patrol district leads state in drownings, drug arrests for 2010 (01/04/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The waterways of Southeast Missouri led the state with the highest number drownings, as well as the drug arrests, for 2010. "This year in District 4, we've had 15 drownings; statewide there were 46," said Missouri State Water Patrolman David Nelson, District 4's public information officer. "The most we've had previously was 44. ... Last year, there were 27 drownings statewide."...
Mental health workers rack up overtime (01/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Employees at the Missouri Department of Mental Health have racked up excessive amounts of overtime -- sometimes working weeks of double shifts without days off -- because the department lacked policies to limit overtime hours, a state audit found...
Fireworks may have caused rain of dead blackbirds in Arkansas (01/04/11)
BEEBE, Ark. -- New Year's revelers in a small Arkansas town were enjoying midnight fireworks when they noticed something other than sparks falling from the sky: thousands of dead blackbirds. The red-winged blackbirds rained out of the darkness onto rooftops and sidewalks and into fields. One struck a woman walking her dog. Another hit a police cruiser...
New House GOP is sending a message with health care (01/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- Eager to show who's now in charge, the House's new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address...
'Forbidden Planet, 'Honey West' star Anne Francis dies at age 80 (01/04/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Anne Francis, who was the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" and later was sexy private eye in "Honey West" on TV, has died at age 80. Francis died Sunday at a Santa Barbara, Calif., nursing home, said Bill Guntle, an area funeral director...
African leaders try persuading Ivory Coast leader to step down (01/04/11)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- West African leaders gave persuasion another chance Monday, trying to get Laurent Gbagbo to surrender the presidency to the internationally recognized election winner before resorting to military intervention. The presidents of Benin, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde also visited last week without result, and this time they were being joined by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. No developments were immediately announced...
Pakistan faces ruling coalition collapse (01/04/11)
ISLAMABAD -- The collapse of Pakistan's ruling coalition after a key party's defection complicates efforts to tackle problems facing this nuclear-armed nation already grappling with widespread poverty and insurgent attacks. The renewed political turmoil bodes ill for military action against Muslim extremists that the U.S. believes is key to success in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts said...
High school roundup: Jackson girls ride King to victory (01/04/11)
All the scores from Monday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Powell dominates in Southeast men's win (01/04/11)
The Redhawks improved to 3-2 in the OVC.
Mizzou's Gabbert commits to go pro (01/04/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert has chosen to make himself available for the NFL draft. Gabbert has started the past two years and is coming off a standout performance in the Insight Bowl, when he was 41 of 57 for 434 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Iowa...
Semoball.com garners national award (01/04/11)
Semoball.com, a collaboration of the Rust Communications newspapers in Southeast Missouri, earned honorable mention in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual website contest. Semoball.com competed in the C class, which was websites with less than 500,000 monthly unique visitors. Semoball.com, which includes stories, photos, commentary and schedules for 58 high schools in the region as well as coverage of regional colleges, averages 65,000 unique visitors a month...
Jackson yearns for more offensive weapons to bolster Rams (01/04/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson anticipated the usual heavy load in the game that decided the NFC West. It just never came. Jackson led the NFL in carries and total touches after 15 games but had a season-low 11 attempts as the St. Louis offense fizzled with a season-worst 184 yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss at Seattle. The Rams' lone Pro Bowl representative took the high road Monday, saying all he could control was what he did with his opportunities...
Add these nutrient-rich foods to your diet to help keep New Year's resolutions (01/04/11)
Oftentimes New Year's resolutions focus on being more active, but the calories you put in your body can be as important as the ones you burn. To get more bang for your nutritional buck, resolve to add these items -- recommended by HealthPoint Fitness dietitian Raina Childers and Fitness Plus dietitian Janet Anders -- to your diet.
Brain can sabotage New Year's resolutions (01/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- Uh-oh, the new year's just begun and already you're finding it hard to keep those resolutions to junk the junk food, get off the couch or kick smoking. There's a biological reason a lot of our bad habits are so hard to break: They get wired into our brains...
Ruth Williams (01/04/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Ruth M. Williams, 92, of Cairo died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. There is no visitation. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo, with the Rev. Jerome Fortenberry and the Rev. John Agbasiera as celebrants. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Verna Werner (01/04/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Verna H. Werner, 84, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. She was born Sept. 25, 1926, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Magdalana Oberndorfer Kassel. She and Rudi Werner were married Aug. 10, 1946. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2000...
June Allmon (01/04/11)
June J. Allmon, 73, of Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Pat Haire (01/04/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Patricia "Pat" Haire, 71, of Anna died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bill Minor officiating. Entombment will be in Anna Cemetery at a later date...
Derrell Chapman (01/04/11)
Derrell Chapman, 64, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., and Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. He was born May 8, 1946, in Vanduser, Mo., to the late Eugene and Ruby Mills Chapman. Chapman was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Georgia Klasing (01/04/11)
Georgia Klasing, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the family home, following an illness. She was born June 28, 1914, at Marquand, Mo., daughter of George and Ella Cornman Hargis. She and August Klasing were married Dec. 22, 1933. He passed away June 27, 1997...
William Taylor (01/04/11)
William E. "Slug" Taylor, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 9, 1923, in McClure, Ill., to Clifton L. and Cora Wilcher Taylor. He and Kathryn A. Mainer were married June 18, 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Lillis Bechel (01/04/11)
Lillis Rosely Bechel, 90, of Ellisville, Mo., passed peacefully into the arms of God Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. She had resided at Gambrill Gardens the past four years, after moving from her home on Camellia Drive in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Egypt Mills, daughter of Lewis Sherman and Christine Elizabeth Baker Kistner. She and Willard Marion Bechel were married Jan. 7, 1937, in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/4/11 (01/04/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Summonses Assaults Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/4/11 (01/04/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Out of the past 1/4/11 (01/04/11)
Complete computerization of Kent Library and acquisition of computer equipment in two other areas top a list of projects approved by the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation Board of Directors; the three projects, which total $179,000, are among a dozen projects included in a $250,000-funding package adopted by the board...
Tournament wrap-up (01/04/11)
The Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament wrapped up Thursday with a strong performance from Scott County Central. The Braves defeated Jackson in the championship game of the tournament 75-34, marking the third consecutive Christmas tournament championship for the school...
Vietnam soldier heroes (01/04/11)
These men were exemplary heroes in a time when people were calling them by other derogatory names, yet they put on their uniforms and performed their duty. Most were drafted and many volunteered for a monthly pay of less than $100 per month, and there were no lucrative enlistment bonuses. ...
Speak Out 1/4/11 (01/04/11)
THE Scott City School Board passed a school uniform requirement to begin next school year. Where is the debate over uniforms in the news? I am OK with the uniforms as long as all teachers and staff have to abide by this code as well. WHEN I was a young man growing up in the 1940s, pretty well everyone stepped into the gutter on occasion. ...
Prayer 1/4/11 (01/04/11)
O God, may we live our lives by principle and not by preference. Amen.
Burchell graduates from military training (01/04/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pfc. Mitchell Burchell, of Jackson, recently completed his military training to become a military policeman for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 1, 1137th Military Police Company in Jackson. "I joined the Guard because I wanted to serve my country and state," said Burchell. He also joined to follow in his father's footsteps...
Wilbourn graduates from military training (01/04/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pfc. Cedric Wilbourn, of Kennett, recently completed his military training to become a military policeman for Missouri National Guard's 1137th Military Police Company in Kennett. "I joined the Guard because I start a career and build a good life for my son," said Wilbourn...
Lawson graduates from military training (01/04/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Christopher Lawson, of Ellsinore, recently completed his military training to become a military policeman for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 2, 1137th Military Police Company in Doniphan. "I joined the Guard because believe this is an opportunity to better myself and further my education," said Lawson. "My grandfather also served in the military, and I think my service is something he would have wanted and been proud of."...
Afternoon Tea for Young Ladies and Their Dolls (01/04/11)
Cairo Store Reinvents Itself Patches is a small retail shop in what is left of downtown Cairo. The business began ten years ago as a Seeley Doll Studio and antique shop. There are still some antiques in the shop, and the owner, Pat Brey, still makes porcelain dolls. But the focus of the shop has changed...
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