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Agriculture expo coming to Poplar Bluff Friday, Saturday (01/18/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Winter weather doesn't worry those planning the 25th annual Heartland Agriculture and Natural Resources Expo Friday and Saturday at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. "Weather has really been a benefit to us," said Phyllis Flanigan, University of Missouri Extension Council county program director...
Police: Man beat wife, confined her in home (01/18/11)
HAYTI, Mo. -- A 21-year-old Hayti man was arrested Friday and jailed at the Pemiscot County Justice Center after he allegedly beat his wife and didn't allow her to leave their home for a week. On Friday officers with the Hayti Police Department took a statement from a woman who reported she was abused by her husband, according to court documents. ...
Oversight leads to Cape Girardeau council meeting again to vote on smoking ban tonight (01/18/11)
What Mayor Harry Rediger characterized as an oversight has prompted the Cape Girardeau City Council to call its second meeting in five days to get the smoking ban on the ballot. The meeting will be tonight at 7 p.m. at the council's chambers at city hall...
Hospital CEOs say their organizations are positioned to comply with reform regulations (01/18/11)
Despite the pledge by Republicans in Congress to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform law, local health care officials say that while the law may be tweaked, it's not going away. Any legislative attempt to repeal health care reform is likely to die in the Senate or on the president's desk. But Republicans have pledged to try to block at every turn anything that would move health care reform forward, including funding for many of the law's mandates...
Cape junior high principal steps down for private-sector job (01/18/11)
Roy Merideth stood before his students and teachers, his second family, days before Christmas and informed them he wouldn't be returning in the second semester. The principal at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School for the past five-and-a-half years broke the news that he was leaving to take another job...
Tilley part of bipartisan effort targeting governor's flights (01/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House leaders made a bipartisan pledge Monday to block Gov. Jay Nixon from billing state agencies for his airplane flights -- a practice the governor has continued even while ordering employees to cut back on their own travel.
Area lawmakers get important committee assignments (01/18/11)
Southeast Missouri lawmakers will have a powerful presence in the state Capitol this year, with key committee assignments placing them at the forefront of high-profile issues such as the state's budget crisis, the hurting economy and congressional redistricting.
First state redistricting public hearing Friday in Poplar Bluff (01/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Senate committee plans hearings around the state to gather suggestions about redrawing congressional districts. Missouri will lose one of its nine U.S. House seats in the next general election because the 2010 census found the state's population growth did not keep up with some other states. District boundaries also must be adjusted for faster-growing areas within the state...
Cape Girardeau MLK breakfast speaker says inequality persists in education, housing, jobs (01/18/11)
Shirley Slaughter and Joan King, both of whom were born and raised in Cape Girardeau, remember what life was like before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. "It was really bad. We had cast off books, cast off uniforms," Slaughter said of life as an African-American during segregation...
Sentencing hearing scheduled in Buerkle stealing case (01/18/11)
A Cape Girardeau County felony stealing case stalled by a prosecutor's recusal, several continuances and two Missouri Supreme Court judge assignments is set to conclude in February at a sentencing hearing.
Nixon stresses seat belts after accident (01/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his involvement in a recent traffic accident provided an important lesson: Wear a seat belt. Nixon was not wearing one earlier this month when the highway patrol car in which he was riding was rear-ended on a Jefferson City highway. He suffered some neck pain but was treated and released from a hospital...
SW Mo. man stands up, curses after prison sentence (01/18/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri man wasn't happy with his girlfriend after a Jasper County judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison for throwing a pot of boiling water on her. The Joplin Globe reported that 30-year-old Steven Strong stood up in court Friday and swore at Tonya Dry before deputies ushered him out of the courtroom...
Cities create 7-mile speed trap on I-70 in St. Louis County (01/18/11)
ST. ANN, Mo. -- Police Detective Ray Albers dons a uniform and punches in for an overtime detail. He'll be driving one of six chase cars as part of the city's stepped up speeding enforcement on Interstate 70. "The surprise is the amount of speeders that are out here," Albers said while awaiting word from spotters in the nearby Drury Inns office building. "We continually get speeders. They see us out here at least three times a week. I wrote the same guy twice."...
Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave (01/18/11)
SEATTLE -- Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, the frontman for the company that overturned the smart phone industry and invented a new category of tablet computers, is taking a second medical leave of absence in two years. In the last decade, Jobs, 55, has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant...
Husband: Gabrielle Giffords smiled and gave him neck rub (01/18/11)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife's condition has improved so much that she has been able to smile and give him a neck rub as he has kept a near-constant vigil at her hospital bedside. The interactions with astronaut Mark Kelly are new signs of Giffords' impressive progress in recovering from a gunshot wound to the head at a political event nine days ago. Giffords still cannot speak, because of a tube in her throat that is helping her breathe...
Bluff rebuffs ND's second-half rally (01/18/11)
The Bulldogs cut a double-figure deficit to three points before falling 59-46
High school roundup: Scott City girls edge Kelly 49-47 (01/18/11)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Missouri's hot-handed freshman burns KSU (01/18/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Pay no attention to the glove Phil Pressey wears on his shooting hand to protect a broken ring finger. The Missouri freshman guard certainly doesn't. Pressey was 3 for 5 from 3-point range and had 13 points in No. 13 Missouri's 75-59 whipping of Kansas State on Monday night. He's 7 of 9 on 3-pointers the last two games and had a big all-around game, too, with four steals and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench...
Rasmus draws most attention at Cardinals Caravan event (01/18/11)
There has been a lot of talk about St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus this offseason. There's been talk of a feud between him and manager Tony LaRussa that was talked about for much of last season. Talk of the feud between him and LaRussa being over. Talk of teams inquiring about trading for him. Talk about him wanting to be traded...
Rasmus finds refuge in outdoors during offseason (01/18/11)
There has been a lot of talk about St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus this offseason. There's been talk of a feud between him and manager Tony LaRussa that was talked about for much of last season. Talk of the feud between him and LaRussa being over. Talk of teams inquiring about trading for him. Talk about him wanting to be traded...
Next Bond novel set in Dubai (01/18/11)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- British superspy James Bond is heading to Dubai on his next mission. The author of the upcoming Bond novel, "Carte Blanche," said the Persian Gulf city-state will be the backdrop for 007's new adventures. Jeffery Deaver said Monday he was attracted by Dubai's "exotic" mix of gleaming towers and desert. But Deaver did not divulge any story lines in the novel, scheduled to be released in May...
Experiments test if implant can block sleep apnea (01/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack. Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemakerlike device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep...
Officials: Children may get too much fluoride (01/18/11)
Could your youngster be getting too much fluoride? U.S. health officials think some children might be. They want to change the recommended levels of fluoride in drinking water, primarily to prevent a condition called fluorosis. Some questions and answers:...
Donald Miller (01/18/11)
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, -- Donald Joseph "D.J." Miller, 68, of Hot Springs Village passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. He was born April 10, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, to Weldon C. and Nellie Maye Miller, who predeceased him. As a young man, Donnie was very active in sports. He played basketball, fast-pitch softball and baseball. He graduated from Illmo-Scott City High School and attended Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau...
Annetta Stroupe (01/18/11)
FESTUS, Mo. -- Annetta Dobbs Stroupe, 85, of Festus, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. Dear mother of Delores (David) Tuller of Scott City, Paula (David Sr.) Naucke and Kathy (Don) Cage of DeSoto; dear grandmother to Patrick (Rebecca) Tuller, David (Michelle) Naucke Jr., Mark (Trisha) Naucke, Timothy Naucke, Melanie (Mike) Boyer, Steven (Dana) Cage, and Candice (Cory Fix) Cage; great-grandmother of nine; dear sister of Mary Lou (the late Boniface) Boyer, and the late Robert (Eleanor survives) Rhineberger.. ...
Cletis Tolbert (01/18/11)
STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Cletis Edward Tolbert, 82, of Sturdivant passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. He was born Sept. 2, 1928, at Greenbrier, Mo., son of Walter and Bessie Green Tolbert. He and Pauline Acord were married Dec. 18, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. She preceded him in death Sept. 28, 2005...
Glen Chaplin (01/18/11)
Glen D. Chaplin, 78, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Life Care Center. He was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Claremont, Ill., son of Stanley Otis and Mary Lydia Fritschle Chaplin. He and Theresa Helen Herman were married Nov. 27, 1952. She passed away Oct. 17, 2005...
Leon Welter (01/18/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- Leon Nickolas Welter, 86, of Kelso died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born May 6, 1924, in Benton, Mo., to Andrew John and Mary Katherine LeDure Welter. He and Helen Maxine Karraker were married Aug. 7, 1948, in Kelso...
Billy Massey Sr. (01/18/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Billy L. Massey Sr., 76, of Perryville died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 28, 1934, in Azle, Texas, son of G.D. and Lela J. Mahon Massey. He and Dianna K. Proctor were married Feb. 8, 1988...
Glenn Watkins (01/18/11)
BENTON, Ill. -- Glenn L. Watkins, 98, of Benton died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, In Belleville, Ill. He was born April 20, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, son of Burleigh M. and Eula M. Watkins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine M. Watkins, and by his parents...
Glenda Kindle (01/18/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Glenda Ruth Kindle, 85, of Sikeston died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born May 31, 1925, in Diehlstadt, Mo., to William and Clara Watkins Michael. She and James Robert Kindle were married March 24, 1942, in Sikeston. He preceded her in death April 12,1996...
Robert Lawson Sr. (01/18/11)
Robert Leroy Lawson Sr., 64, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Chris Vaught officiating. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo., with full military honors...
Mary Wille (01/18/11)
Mary J. Wille, 83, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at her home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Young (01/18/11)
Ruth Young, 81, of Scott City died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Nell Holcomb School (01/18/11)
Nell Holcomb School A Honor Roll 6th grade: Zach Brock, Katherine Morton, Brad Orenstein, Alexis Oswald, Brent Tiemann, Jessica Weibrecht 7th grade: Chris Guerrero, Rachel Juhlin, Taylor Shivelbine, Will Shivelbine, Forrest Smith, Taylor Smith 8th grade: Brandy Bertrand, Jeremiah Halter, Riley Duncan, Hayden Lynn, Ryan May, Ali Norder, Abbie Sinn, Megan Wadley, Chance Ziegler...
Cape Central High School (01/18/11)
Cape Central High School First semester A Honor Roll 12th grade: William Anderson, Megan Brock, Cortney Brown, Alexandra Caldwell, Hillary Caldwell, Caleb Coots, Isabelle Criddle, Kristina Cruse, Matthew Deisher, Lessley Dennington, Mary Dohogne, Ellen Garrett, Matthew Griffith, Paul Guidos, Owen Hill, Nicholas Hines, Rachael Irvin, Blake Kidd, Roy Leighton, Lars Monia, Steven Morton, Chelsea Pannier, Lechelle Pope, Prithvi Rudrappa, Jared Saylor, Emma Segar, Garrison Starrett, Asia Thomas, Victoria Twidwell, Brodrick Twiggs, Noor Wadi, Harlie Waldon, Caylee Wheeler, Brittany Williams, Logan Young. ...
Jefferson Elementary (01/18/11)
Jefferson Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Andrew Duncan, Lacey Graham, Lauren Hoxworth, Noah James, Cameron Tillotson B Honor Roll 4th grade: Sav'Veon Ayers, Brittnee Blackmon, Shapale Calrk, Adriana Crigger, Latayvia Green, Joe Hall, Weston Hopper, Dashana Hudson, Carl Johnson, Christian Kitchen, Frank Lane, Ashton Mattingly, Xavier Niswonger, Isaiah Sterling, Dada Tate...
Police report 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Thefts Property gamage Miscellaneous...
Jackson police/fire 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
FIRE Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: * Emergency medical service on East Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: * Emergency medical service on Andrew Street.
Fire report 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Out of the past 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
Local government officials have an opportunity to discuss local economic problems with Missouri Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods; however, based on the turnout, one might believe there are no serious economic problems here; only two officials -- city councilwoman Loretta Schneider and Dr. Bill Stacy, president of Southeast Missouri State University -- attend...
A senseless tragedy (01/18/11)
In the aftermath of the horrific shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 8, there have been several stories of heroism. Dorwin Stoddard, a 76-year-old man, used his body to protect his wife. Stoddard was killed, but due to his bravery his wife survived...
Union dues like subdivision dues (01/18/11)
In response to an Associated Press article titled "Mo. lawmaker proposes statewide vote on union jobs," it is only fair to point out that this proposal would reduce the wages of all Missourians, not just union workers. Right-to-work (for less) would allow workers in unionized facilities to avoid paying dues to cover the cost of their representation. ...
Worried about 'don't ask' effects (01/18/11)
According to an Associated Press article on Dec. 24, Vice President Joe Biden was quoted as saying, "I think the country's evolving. And I think you're going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so called DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)." This was in response to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"...
Speak Out 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
AS a victim of high school rivalry and gang violence, I say don't make my children a target by having them wear uniforms. Also, when I was in the military, uniforms were not allowed off several military facilities due to the risk of being a target of people who didn't like the military...
Prayer 1/18/11 (01/18/11)
O God, thank you for giving us beauty for ashes and joy for sadness. Amen.
St Mary Dinner Auction RAFFLE! (01/18/11)
On February 26, 2011, guests will gather for the 21st annual St Mary Cathedral School Dinner Auction to be held at Ray's Conference Center. Guests will enjoy both silent and oral auctions, fantastic food from Ray's, entertainment from St. Louis band Fanfare, and CELEBRATE the building of the new school building with this year's theme - "Saturday Night Fever"! The Home and School Association is indeed fortunate this year to have many great raffles, and is especially proud of the 1966 Classic Fire Red Mustang coupe generously donated to the auction, to be driven away by one lucky winner that evening. ...
Missouri National Guard's Dement earns promotion (01/18/11)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Jerry Dement, who lives in Ellington, was recently promoted from the rank of specialist to sergeant in the Missouri Army National Guard. Dement has been with the National Guard for four years. He is an information technology specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Engineer Brigade in Fort Leonard Wood. The promotion came with his recent transfer from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion, of Cape Girardeau...
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