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Stories from Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cape Girardeau County's courthouses present daily challenges to staff (02/10/11)
The county court system has finally outgrown buildings that have housed operations since before the Civil War. While they've considered upgrades, moving to a new building and building a new facility, county officials haven't found a solution. The Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, built in 1854, sits atop a hill overlooking Spanish Street and is one of the most recognizable buildings in Cape Girardeau County. ...
U.S. commodity prices rising because of demand, weather (02/10/11)
Local farmers say near-record-high corn and soybean prices might seem like a good thing but will actually hurt them in the long run. Over the past year agricultural commodity prices have risen 18 percent, according to the Creighton Economic Forecasting Group, based in Omaha, Neb., which tracks agribusiness trends...
Students throughout area can expect to lose spring vacation time because of snow days (02/10/11)
They tried to make it, but the weather just wouldn't cooperate. The Perry County School District in Perryville was, again, forced to cancel classes Wednesday, but this time the school day had already begun. "We came in at 8 a.m. and we had to turn around and dismiss at 9:30 a.m.," superintendent Kevin Dunn said...
Area schools report Thursday closings; Cape, Jackson out of session (02/10/11)
Several area schools called off Thursday classes on Wednesday evening as snow continued to cover many area roads. Scott City schools and St. Vincent in Perryville notified parents and students of Thursday closings via text alerts sent out Wednesday evening...
Snow causes some accidents, temporary closure of interstate (02/10/11)
Snowfall amounts of between 1 and 4 inches covered Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois on Wednesday, leading to accidents and the closure of part of Interstate 55. On its website, the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., listed reports of snow cover including 2 inches two miles east of Benton, Mo., 1.2 inches at Zalma, Mo., and 3 inches at Sikeston, Mo...
Four teenagers charged in connection with Poplar Bluff church arson (02/10/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Arson and weapons-related charges were filed Monday against four Poplar Bluff, teenagers accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church, and then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work. Robert Benjamin Rushin, 18, of the 700 block of County Road 456; Andrew Storm McClure, 19, of the 2000 block of Tumbleweed Trail; Zachary Edward Surque, 18, of the 100 block of County Road 4703; and Dylan W. ...
Board for developmentally disabled explains case management transition (02/10/11)
Representatives from the Cape County Board for Developmentally Disabled and the Missouri Department of Mental Health's Sikeston, Mo., office said as targeted case management is transitioned to the board, there should be no disruption or alteration in services a person is receiving...
Area man steps down after 18 years as state Farm Bureau president (02/10/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Charles Kruse considers his service to the Missouri Farm Bureau "an honor and a privilege." In December, the Dexter man stepped down after serving as the organization's president for 18 years. And he has a lot of accomplishments and moments of pride to look back on...
Sikeston City Council annexes land for Three Rivers Community College campus (02/10/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The annexation of 38.28 acres of property owned by Three Rivers Community College located southeast of the intersection of South Main Street and U.S. 60 was approved during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting, held Tuesday morning due to inclement weather Monday...
Bill seeks to end late-term abortions with help of fetus viability testing (02/10/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state legislature's pro life bill for the session seeks to end late-term abortions by including a fetus viability test if the pregnancy is more than 20 weeks along. Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, said the practice of late-term abortions is "barbaric" and often ends the life of a baby who has the ability to live outside of the womb. ...
Secondhand smoke exposure amendment added to workers' comp legislation (02/10/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate approved final amendments to a bill revamping the state's workers' compensation programs on Wednesday that could allow for claims to be made for illnesses arising from exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill prohibits workers' comp claims for other prolonged exposure to chemicals or inhalants, but Sen. Robert Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, won approval of an amendment to exempt exposure to secondhand smoke from the ban...
New drilling method opens vast oil fields in U.S. (02/10/11)
A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude. Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day -- more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now...
Many are now talking like txt msgs (02/10/11)
NEW YORK -- "ILY!" Susan Maushart's 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain. "A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an 'I love you' no matter what form it takes," she observed...
Redhawks men eager to build on momentum (02/10/11)
A preview of the Southeast Missouri State men's and women's basketball games at Eastern Kentucky
Revamped Redhawks softball team set to open today (02/10/11)
A preview of the Southeast Missouri State softball team.
Area calendar 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
Baseball Running Volleyball Submit items by mail, fax or e-mail to be included in the calendar as space permits....
Cards pass on Texas' Young (02/10/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals do not see a match between themselves and the Texas Rangers for disenchanted infielder Michael Young to come to St. Louis. Without citing Young by name, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday afternoon that he had received no inquiry from the Rangers about a potential trade and had no plans to initiate such discussions...
Bradford ready to learn (02/10/11)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Sam Bradford was eager to spend the next few months learning every nuance of the West Coast offense that helped him win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. That changed when the St. Louis Rams hired new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last month...
Hooked on Science: Experiment shows how a vacuum works (02/10/11)
Add some science to your Valentine's Day by using a few ingredients from around the house. STEP 2: Attach the accessory hose to the storage canister and the food sealer. STEP 3: Start the vacuum food sealer and watch the canister closely. The vacuum food sealer removes all the air from around the chocolate-covered marshmallow heart. ...
neXt up 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
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Former self-described shy girl wins regional Poetry Out Loud competition (02/10/11)
By her own admission, Lydia Meece is a lousy poet. "No one wants to read my epic of 'The Life of a Middle-schooler.' I think poetry in teens inspires angst," said Meece, a senior at Jackson High School. So what if her poems are hackneyed? Meece loves other people's poetry. And now she's the champion of the annual Poetry Out Loud Southeast Missouri Regional Competition...
Zuckerberg dad: Mark got computer exposure young (02/10/11)
NEW YORK -- Mark Zuckerberg's father said in a radio interview last week that an early exposure to computers inspired his son's interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children's strengths and passions with a balance of "work and play."...
Choosing your life's purpose (02/10/11)
Feb. 10, 2011 Dear Julie, Shel Silverstein's book "The Giving Tree" is about a tree's love for a boy. The boy plays in her limbs and rests in her shade and eats her apples and crowns himself king of the forest with a wreath of her leaves. ...
Mary Schlegel (02/10/11)
Mary Gwyn Schlegel, 70, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 1, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of W. Curtis and Elsie Brune Voorhes. She and Jerry L. Schlegel were married March 5, 2000...
Charles Engelhart (02/10/11)
Joseph Charles Engelhart, 86, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at his home. He was born April 23, 1924, at the family farm near Pocahontas, son of Joseph C. and Alvinia Gerharter Engelhart. He and Joy Statler were married June 12, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pocahontas...
Walter Rybicki (02/10/11)
Walter E. Rybicki, 74, of Millersville, formerly of Posen, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 11, 1936, in Blue Island, Ill., to Walter Rybicki Sr. and Jeanie Dyrek Rybicki. He and Carolyn Wehinger were married Oct. 21, 1967, in Chicago...
Herbert Doering (02/10/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Herbert A. Doering of Perryville died Feb. 9, 2011, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Perryville. He was 79. He was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Wittenberg, Mo., son of the late Ernst G. and Esther J. Mueller Doering. He and Shirley Fadler were married June 4, 1960. She preceded him in death Aug. 12, 1992...
Harlo Rubach (02/10/11)
PERRYVLLE, Mo. -- Harlo D. Rubach of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. He was 76. He was born July 13, 1934, in Percy, Ill., son of the late William and Bertha Hornbostel Rubach. He and Barbara L. Ochs were married June 11, 1955. She survives in Perryville...
Fred Jones (02/10/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Fred W. Jones, 58, of Cairo died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. J.L. Posey officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday...
Out of the past 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
The first real snow of the winter produces a predictable aftermath of snarled traffic and a rash of minor accidents in Cape Girardeau; although more snow isn't predicted, the cold weather will likely keep the 3 inches received around for a while. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Dwight Thomas takes away commissioned status from 11 of his deputies in a move to lower liability insurance costs when they come due in April; these individuals primarily hold executive positions and will continue to handle administrative and operations duties.. ...
Bonding legislation (02/10/11)
Missouri's universities and colleges may soon find it more difficult to borrow funds. State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, has introduced legislation that would tighten restrictions on state educational institutions, a move that is not popular with some in higher education...
Missouri right-to-work (02/10/11)
I want to commend state Sen. Jason Crowell on his right-to-work proposal for Missouri. This is "one small step" in solving our complex economic problems. All of our problems -- trade deficits, budget deficits, etc. -- go back to one thing, unemployment. And job losses go back to one thing: We have priced ourselves out of the market...
Speak Out 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
RECENTLY I noticed several individuals were burning items outside. Shortly after, I noticed several yards with unwanted burned areas. My yard is very brown and dry. Please be careful with fires. WITH the way the rules are now, a wife can draw off her husband's Social Security and leave hers alone until it reaches its maximum benefit. Then she can start drawing on hers at a higher rate. Seems to me this is double dipping...
Prayer 2/10/11 (02/10/11)
O God, your amazing grace is the greatest display of love. Amen.
Superintendents study state funding formula (02/10/11)
Kevin Dunn, left, superintendent of the Perry County 32 School District, Senator Jason Crowell, Representative Donna Lichtenegger, Dr. Gerald Landewee, superintendent of the Oak Ridge R-VI School District, Dr. Jim Welker, superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District, and Dr. ...
Gymnasts Join Fight Against Breast Cancer (02/10/11)
Throughout February, the women's gymnastics team at Southeast Missouri State University will join the volleyball team's fight against breast cancer with the Flips for Life campaign. An extension of Dig for Life, the gymnasts will use their sport to raise funds to provide free mammograms for local women who could not otherwise afford them...
Ghost in the Window?? (02/10/11)
Nature is reclaiming this old shack. Do you see the image of a face in the old vine covered window.... perhaps a ghost of the previous owner???
Wintery Day at Horseshoe Lake (02/10/11)
The winter sun was peeking through the clouds and reflecting off the water of Horseshoe Lake in Ill.
Best Friends.... (02/10/11)
I couldn't resist sharing another pic of my babies, Macy and Rocco. This is how I found them on the couch snuggling a few days ago. Macy is loving having a new little buddy to play with, and Rocco doesn't leave her side. Both are pitbulls and so loving...
Dusting the Ramp (02/10/11)
Re-fueled and heading back to pick up it's crew at the hospital, this Arch Helicopter blasts away the fine, sand-like snow from the ramp at our airport.
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