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Missouri gets C on annual Quality Counts education report card (01/12/11)
Based on its grade from a national report on education, Missouri wouldn't quite make the cut in Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon, where "all the children are above average." The Show Me State earned a C on the annual "Quality Counts" report card released Tuesday. Missouri moved up slightly in its overall grade, from a C- last year...
Cape Girardeau officials try to figure out next move on smoking ban (01/12/11)
Cape Girardeau officials were scrambling for answers Tuesday to determine how -- and when -- to get a citizen-proposed smoking ban before voters in an effort to comply with the city's charter and meet election deadlines. City manager Scott Meyer said he had spoken with the offices of the Secretary of State and the county clerk to get answers raised by the Cape Girardeau City Council's vote Monday night, defeating an ordinance to put the issue on the April 5 ballot...
Authorities say meth lab present at site of Themis Street apartment fire (01/12/11)
A late-morning fire at an apartment building in downtown Cape Girardeau happened in a unit containing a methamphetamine lab, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. The fire caused extensive damage to an upstairs unit.
Stoddard County coroner resigns, doesn't give reason (01/12/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignations of County Coroner Morgan Sifford and Deputy Coroner Dale Sifford at its regular meeting Monday. Both men submitted letters of resignation effective Jan. 6. Under Missouri statutes, Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner or his chief deputy will "perform all duties imposed by law on the coroner". It will be up to Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint someone to fill the position...
Snow causes some accidents; most major roads clear (01/12/11)
The inch or so of snow that fell overnight has made it rough for drivers. Scanner traffic Tuesday morning was busy. In Jackson, Lisa Miller of the police department said there had been four or five accidents as of 8:45.
Springfield to vote on smoking ban (01/12/11)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield residents will be asked to decide whether smoking should be prohibited in the city, and whether some movie theaters will be barred from selling alcohol. The Springfield City Council on Monday night tabled ordinances on both issues, meaning both issues will likely be on the April 5 city ballot...
Man who killed mountain lion says he felt threatened (01/12/11)
RICHMOND, Mo. -- A Ray County man has admitted that he, not a cattleman, shot a mountain lion on Jan. 2. Conservation officials say the admission brings their investigation to a close, and there will be no charges, because the shooter feared for his life...
Mo. reps rule out smoking ban for offices (01/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The number of places Missouri state representatives can smoke is dwindling, but they will still be allowed to smoke in the confines of their Capitol offices. The House Rules Committee on Tuesday passed the rules the House will run by for the next two years. Included in the list of changes to previous rules was the banning of smoking in the rear (east) lounge area, immediately behind the House chamber...
Verizon to start selling Apple's iPhone on Feb. 10 (01/12/11)
NEW YORK -- Verizon Wireless made the long-awaited announcement Tuesday that it will start selling a version of the iPhone 4 on Feb. 10, giving U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the first time. New Yorker Wes Moe can't wait. He has wanted one to accompany his iPad and Mac, but held back because he shares a Verizon plan with his wife, a BlackBerry user...
Census finds long-distance moves in U.S. hit record low (01/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Americans are shunning long-distance moves at record levels as many young adults, struggling without jobs, opt to stay put rather than relocate to other parts of the U.S. The new information from the Census Bureau highlights the extreme pressure the sluggish economy is putting on people in this country, especially those in some of the hardest hit groups...
Nov. inventories decline, sales rise (01/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Businesses at the wholesale level trimmed their stockpiles in November for the first time in nearly a year, but the decline likely reflected their inability to keep up with strong gains in sales. The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories dipped 0.2 percent in November, the first decline since December 2009. Sales rose 1.9 percent after a 2.6 percent surge in October -- the largest monthly gain since March...
Businesses hiring in 2011 face a buyers' market (01/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Companies planning to ramp up hiring this year will have an added luxury: their choice from a flood of applicants, without having to pay a premium for top talent. Unemployment remains near double digits, and there are nearly five unemployed workers competing for each available job. That is giving employers more confidence, while also enabling them to keep wages low...
Storm that shut down the South turns north (01/12/11)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The snow-and-ice storm that has shut down much of the South slowly rolled toward the Northeast on Tuesday, revealing a regional culture clash along the way. Southerners seemed resigned to waiting out winter headaches such as slick roads and paralyzed airports. ...
Politics of shooting prompts search for civility (01/12/11)
The letter, to three members of Congress, reads like a eulogy to civility in U.S. politics, its message underscored by the nearly complete absence of mourners. "You three were alone in pledging to be civil," writes the founder of a campaign that last year asked every senator, representative and all the nation's governors to sign a promise to treat their adversaries with simple respect. ...
A year after the earthquake, Haiti waiting on funds to rebuild (01/12/11)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The man's body lay face down, his white dress shirt shining like wax in the sun, as he was unearthed in the ruins of a Port-au-Prince restaurant a year after the earthquake. The bodies still being found in the rubble are a sign of how far Haiti must go to recover from a disaster that left the capital in ruins and is estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Scott City's Zach Cotner (01/12/11)
Cotner poured in 28 points and pulled in 15 rebounds to lead Scott City to a 68-44 win over rival Chaffee at home.
High school roundup: Klaus leads Saxony past Valle in tourney (01/12/11)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Butler helps Redhawks despite ongoing foot pain (01/12/11)
Cameron Butler refused to give in to the painful foot problems that threatened to ruin his senior season. Butler's perseverance has helped key Southeast Missouri State's longest Ohio Valley Conference winning streak in men's basketball since the 2004-05 campaign...
Vegan diets becoming more popular, more mainstream (01/12/11)
You've come a long way, vegan. Once mocked as a fringe diet for sandal-wearing health food store workers, veganism is moving from marginal to mainstream in the United States. The vegan "Skinny Bitch" diet books are best-sellers, vegan staples like tempeh and tofu can be purchased at just about any supermarket, and some chain restaurants eagerly promote their plant-only menu items. Today's vegans are urban hipsters, suburban moms, college students, even professional athletes...
Recipe Swap: New kitchen gadgets call for new recipes (01/12/11)
I know several people who received kitchen appliances as Christmas gifts. Kitchen Aid standmixers, immersion blenders and personal coffee systems seemed to be popular items. One friend got a food processor and asked if I could include a few recipes that use one. ...
Seed cool-season lawns now rather than spring for best results (01/12/11)
It sure is cold outside. I know that you are going to think I am nuts when I suggest that now is the second-best time of the year to seed your cool-season lawn. Of course, the best time is in the early fall, but if you failed to get it done then, consider doing it now instead of waiting till spring...
New 'American Idol' judges won't take on villain role (01/12/11)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Now that Simon Cowell is gone, nobody is ready to claim the villain's role on "American Idol." New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler said Tuesday they're looking forward to using their experience to help guide new artists. The series is set to begin its 10th season Jan. 19, with only Randy Jackson left from the original cast of judges...
Wayne Richbourg (01/12/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Wayne Claude Richbourg, 74, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapels in Chaffee.
Annabelle Meyer (01/12/11)
Annabelle Meyer, 89, of Cape Girardeau, went to heaven Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, just 19 days before her 90th birthday. She passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Annabelle was a devoted wife and mother who lived her entire life for her family. ...
Earnest Lee Owens (01/12/11)
Earnest Lee Owens, 77, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Malden, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 25, 1933, in Lexington, Tenn. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a sister, Vivian Barks of Cape Girardeau; and nieces and nephews, Misty Stewart-Mims, Judy Clubbs, David Owens, Dalen and Zander Stewart, all of Cape Girardeau, Doris Hill of Desloge, Mo., and Kay Bailey of Alabama...
Dorothy King (01/12/11)
Dorothy King, 78, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born August 14, 1932, in Chaffee, Mo., to Tony and Alma Heuring Kielhafner. She and Louie King were married Nov. 24, 1955, in Kelso, Mo...
Frank Heitman (01/12/11)
Frank Heitman, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Houston, Texas. He was born Jan. 20, 1930, in Hannibal, Mo., to Benjamin Franklin Heitman and Edith Gardner Heitman. He has been a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God for 47 years. On Aug. ...
Burl Medlock (01/12/11)
Burl M. Medlock, 79, of Gordonville passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Delta, son of R.B. and Ruby P. Hodge Medlock. He and Peggy Jo Eaker were married Sept. 9, 1951. Burl was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville where he was a trustee and served on various church committees. ...
Births 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
Daughter to Michael Dennis and Christina Renee Grant of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 12:33 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. Name, Kelsie June. Weight, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Grant is the former Christina Palermo, daughter of Allan and Mary Palermo of Jackson and June Palermo of Scopus, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Grant are employed at Gilster-Mary Lee. He is the son of Ronnie Grant of Vienna, Ill...
Oran Elementary School (01/12/11)
Oran Elementary School 3rd grade: Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche, Tristin Schlosser, Jada Tyler, Leah Urhahn, Lyndsi Bryant, Ryan Friga, Kenna Graviett, Tyson Loper, Kaiden Massey, Landon Stanberry, Caden White, Todd Priggel, Christopher Amelunke, Alexxes Phillips, Sonya Whitmore...
Oran Junior-Senior High (01/12/11)
Oran Junior & Senior High School 12th grade: Abbey Anderson, Heather Bailey, Brittany Blankenship, Zac Chasteen, Levi Dennis, Bethany Essner, Haley Glastetter, Corey Hanselman, Dillon Kimball, Cheyanne King, Reece Mangels, Kathleen Mansker, Nathan Michelsen, Jon Morrow, Jennifer Rasnic, Preston Scherer, Shelbie Seyer, Roxanne Walter, Halle Woodfin, Anthony Yates, Amanda Young...
Alma Schrader Elementary (01/12/11)
Alma Schrader Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Payton Alexander, Kayla Barry, Erica Beard, Lauren Beasley, Miracle Bird, Jeffrey Bittle, Cameron Borders, Gavin Byars, Elise Caldwell, Desirea Carver, Emma Crisman, Alyssa Davis, Hyrum Dickson, Madison Fouts, Grace Goeckler, Graham Greenhill, Molly Hastings, Darian Huffman, Riley Jones, Stephen Jones, Zach Kelley, Phoebe Law, McKenna Lee, Anna Mattison, Jordan Maxton, Abigail Reazer, Alexis Richardson, Kaitlin Ritter, Paige Robinson-White, Xadriana Scott, Ellie Senn, John Smallwood, Hayden Smee, Morgan Stafford, Carter Sterling, Kentaro Tanaka, Kristen Tarno, Hannah Thomas.. ...
Oak Ridge Elementary (01/12/11)
Oak Ridge Elementary School 4th grade: Caroline Abner, Connor Bock, Dalton Griffith, Mark Johnson. 5th grade: Brianna Amschler, Jordan Barker, Kaitlyn Carter, Brianna Harrison, Alexis Johnson, Jordan Layton, Amanda Meyer, Joshua Pratt, Travis Sides...
Jackson Jr. High School (01/12/11)
Jackson Junior High School First Semester A Honor Roll 8th Grade: Bridgett Adams, William Allen, Alexxis Amacker, Preston Arnold, Jacob Aufdenberg, Logan Bader, Ryan Baker, Joshua Barber, Madison Bauer, Sarah Blanton, Caleb Broadous, Jordan Olivia Brown, Lindsey Brown, Nicholas Brown, Darin Campbell, Clayton Childers, Jazmyne Clark, Samantha Clements, Rachel Crites, Ty Crowden, Cody Crowell, Faith Detweiler, Josephine Dittlinger, Cameron Duke, Danielle Farrow, Margaret Fridley, Spencer Friese, Dymond Gardner, Matthew Graham, Casey Gray, Madison Greenlee, Layton Hahs, Tristen Hecht, Lucas Helwege, Michael Houchin, Tyler Howard, Cameron Huck, Jacob Jeffers, Aleisha Kelley, Allison Kester, Claire Kidwell, Jessica Kincade, Lenzy Ladd, Olivia Leible, Cody Likens, Amber Lillibridge, Jenna Little, Kourtney McClanahan, Maci McCuan, Caylee McLeod, Ashton McWilson, Peter Meece, Devin Murphy, Lydia Murphy, Cassandra New, Alexis Noack, Derrick Peetz, Katelynn Pensel, Ashlee Peters, Amelia Popp, Lacy Randolph, Emily Retherford, Blake Reynolds, Sidney Robertson, Shea Salyer, Teagan Schnurbusch, McKinzie Scott, Connor Shepard, Sabrena Shipley, Jacqlyn Sievers, Rachell Simpson, Robyn Slusher, Alex Smith, Alex Snyder, Casey Stearns, Alexander Stone, Joshua Stone, Erin Strayhorn, Tommy Tran, Blake Trickey, Dalton Tripp, Mason Turner, Dante VanDeven, Mackenzie Vaught, Terry Venable, Braden Wendel, Rachel Williams, Amy Williamson, Emily Winchester.. ...
Jackson South Elementary (01/12/11)
Jackson South Elementary School 5th grade: Nathan Brown, Abby Chrusciel, Jeremy Cooley, Shai Daugherty, Lucas Farrow, Alex Featherston, Gavin Harris, Warren Kelley, Cheyenne Kessler, Kari Kuehn, Austin Lambert, Emma Masterson, James Mosley, Park Poore, Aislinn Roberts, Colin Schlitt, Paige Seabaugh, Blake Thompson, Blake Bening, Kasey Brown, Madison Dowdy, Max Philipps, Kacie Thurston, Allison Weston, Jordan Asmus, Allison Carnell, Katelyn Fehr, Bo Goddard, Gavin Harrell, Kaitlyn Keller, Cade Lattimer, Mahaileea Massey, Colin Schumer, Katie Schumer, Hannah Summers, Sydney Watson.. ...
Jackson police/fire 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Thefts Miscellaneous...
Police report 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Thefts Property damage...
Fire report 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Out of the past 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
Property at 513 S. Kingshighway, occupied by Cape Ready Mix Co. Inc., has been purchased by Narvol and Dorothy Randol, and the ready-mix firm is seeking a new location to build a facility; Randol says the 12.76-acre tract will be developed, but plans aren't definite yet...
Battling government on the health care front (01/12/11)
Julie Heppe is a warrior. The rural Sikeston, Mo., woman has fought cancer since 1993. The diagnosis started with breast cancer back then but now has reached Stage 4 cancer including moving to the linings of her lungs. She's already experienced a health crisis greater than anyone deserves, and now her essential medical decisions are squarely outside of her control...
State overtime (01/12/11)
While state budgets are understandably tight, there are some situations that merit spending an extra dollar. One such situation was highlighted last week. Last Monday The Associated Press reported that some state employees working in the Missouri Department of Mental Health have been working a tremendous amount of overtime, some working double shifts for weeks at a time without a day off...
The blame game (01/12/11)
On Saturday afternoon, I heard of the horrific shootings in Arizona. Not long afterward, I began scrolling through conservative websites for more information, and what did I see? I saw those making comments ignoring the fact that the shot Congresswoman was a Democrat; instead they denounced the killings and offered prayers for the victims. ...
Speak Out 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
I could not believe my eyes when I read the column from Chris Kelly explaining that we have to be moderate about Proposition B. We voted for Proposition B. We knew exactly what it said, and we expect the lawmakers to follow through. I fully stand behind the Naval captain that was asked to leave the service because he filmed a video to cheer his men up during wartime. Are we getting that picky about trying to cheer up our veterans during wartime?...
Prayer 1/12/11 (01/12/11)
O Lord, we take comfort that in you we have victory. Amen.
Valencia new commander of 1140th Headquarters Co. (01/12/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri National Guard Capt. Juan Valencia, of Kirksville, has been appointed the new commander of the Headquarters Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau. During the ceremony, the unit guidon, or flag, was passed to Valencia to symbolize the transfer of authority and responsibility...
Alumni generosity benefits Cape Junior High (01/12/11)
New flags are flying over Lou Muegge Athletic Field at Cape Central Junior High School, thanks to the generosity of two alumni, Scott Blank of Bi-State Oil Company, and Dan Todt of Southeast Fabricating. CJHS Athletic Director Terry Kitchen, at left in photo, displays one of the new flags with Blank, center, class of 1993, and Todt, class of 1973. Blank donated the flags and Todt supplied the flag poles...
Mark Scultz, Jason Gray, David Klinkenberg Concert (01/12/11)
Tickets Have gone on sale for the Mark Schultz Renaissance Tour. Tickets are $20.00 Mark Schultz will be appearing with special guests Jason Gray and David Klinkenberg To find out more about the artists visit www.markschultzmusic.com www.jasongraymusic.com...
Missouri FFA Members Experience Leadership Reality (01/12/11)
Over 4,500 first year FFA members from more than 310 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences. These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 4-6, 2011 throughout Missouri...
A+ Schools Student and Parent Informational Night (01/12/11)
Scott City R-I School District A+ Schools Parent and Student Night Tuesday, January 18, 2011 from 6-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This meeting is reserved for the freshman (Class of 2014) & sophomore class (Class of 2013) With our current economic situation it is important for students and parents to be familiar with scholarship opportunities that will assist in tuition compensation. ...
Proud Sister (01/12/11)
Big sister Kendall and her 3 week old baby brother Rocky.
Locks of Love (01/12/11)
Maria Bleckler donated her hair to Locks of Love for the 2nd time. At the age of six she decided that her hair would help to keep a little girl's neck warm this winter. Maria is in kindergarten at St. Vincent de Paul School and is the daughter of David and Cyndi Bleckler of Jackson. ...
Trend Setter's Students of the Month (01/12/11)
Brittany Overbeck and Kyle Dacus recognized as Trend Setters December 2010 Students of the Month.
Trend Setter's December High Honor Award (01/12/11)
Danielle Beel received the December High Honor Award for achieving grades 95% or higher.
Trend Setter's Honor Students (01/12/11)
Alexus Gammon, Brittney Barks, Angela Yount, and Kyle Dacus were recognized for achieving grades between 90-95%.
Senior Dogs Have Special Gifts to Share (01/12/11)
German Shepherd Dog "Reno" has lived 12 long years as a faithful companion to his family. What a gift are the seniors. Treasure each day they are with us.
Winter Ride (01/12/11)
Artic air and blowing snow can't stop this young rider's enthusiasm.
Trend Setter's TOPS Award (01/12/11)
Ambra Robinson was recognized for having the top # of chemical services, prebooks, referrals, guests, and services in the month of December.
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