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County commission considering formal analysis on courthouse buildings (02/18/11)
Commissioners moved a step closer to a formal analysis of the county's two courthouses Thursday, approving a motion to allow Commissioner Paul Koeper to enter contract negotiations with ASDG Engineering of O'Fallon, Ill. Koeper, a civil engineer with Penzel Construction before taking office, said he wants to get a better idea of the price the firm will charge for the services the county needs. ...
Mother gets probation for withholding food from infant daughter (02/18/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge placed a Dexter, Mo., mother on probation Wednesday after she earlier pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of her now 11-month-old daughter. Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp suspended the imposition of Amanda Knight Garrett's sentence and placed her on four years of supervised probation, according to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver...
Jackson schools building budget amid uncertainties (02/18/11)
As the Jackson School District begins to build its 2011-2012 budget, administrators and school board members are weighing a state budget in flux and counting blessings for what appears to be an improved funding picture. But for a district that lags well behind in state per-student spending, the future holds another year of making do with less, officials say...
Authorities mum on former CFO's role in kickback scheme prosecution (02/18/11)
Authorities were tight-lipped Thursday about why former DeWitt Company CFO Richard Potter has not been criminally charged in connection to an illegal kickback operation they allege he was involved in for at least three years. Jason Mitchell of Jackson, formerly employed with Dewitt, and Rajiv Toprani of Clarksville, Tenn., the owner of a textile supply company that partnered with the Sikeston, Mo., company, were charged Tuesday with felony stealing. ...
Panelists discuss GOP strategy at Pachyderm Club (02/18/11)
The GOP won big in the 2010 midterm elections, and a group of Cape Girardeau Republicans gathered Thursday to discuss strategies to keep the momentum going for more gains in next year's political contests. The key: Figure out what the tea party is going to do, said Will Miller, an associate professor at Southeast Missouri State University. Miller is also an authority on polling data and an author of several articles analyzing the 2010 election...
Many find difficulty in paying down medical debt (02/18/11)
When a hospital chaplain approached her at 2 a.m. under the fluorescent lighting of an emergency room, Michelle Stacy feared the news wouldn't be good. And it wasn't. Her teenage son was badly hurt. In November, just before midnight on his 19th birthday, Steven Stacy had been in a single-car accident near Jackson along with his cousin and two of their friends...
Perryville woman out on bond after being accused of stabbing husband in neck (02/18/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perryville woman facing domestic assault charges for allegedly stabbing her husband in the neck Sunday posted bond Monday, according to Missouri Case.net. Rachel M. Bohnert, 30, was arrested Sunday afternoon after Perry County authorities received a call about an argument at the couple's Highway 51 residence...
Three arrested in downtown Cape after officer hears shots fired (02/18/11)
Three people were arrested just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday after a Cape Girardeau police officer was breaking up a fight in the Hutson's Fine Furniture store parking lot.
Old Town Cape present awards at annual dinner (02/18/11)
Representatives with Old Town Cape identified three people and one organization that the group felt put forth exceptional effort to enrich the Old Town Cape district, according to a news release. The not-for-profit preservation group delivered the awards at its annual dinner Thursday...
Poplar Bluff, Mo., man accused of stabbing two others outside bar (02/18/11)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was charged Tuesday with assaulting two other men during an alleged altercation outside a Wayne County bar. Matthew Gordon Kane, aka Matthew Russell, 24, of the 600 block of County Road 337 was charged with two felonies of first-degree assault and two unclassified felonies of armed criminal action by Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Ramshur...
Morning power outage affects Benton-area customers (02/18/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- According to an Ameren representative, two blown fuses on a transformer at a Benton substation left approximately 1,200 without power Thursday morning. Customers began reporting outages around 7 a.m. and power was completely restored before noon...
Stoddard County husband and wife accused of murder seek change of venue (02/18/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Bernie, Mo., couple accused of the June 2010 murder of 67-year-old Aubery Lee Finch, also of Bernie, made their first appearance before Judge Stephen Sharp in a Bloomfield courtroom Wednesday morning. Allen and Angela McCoy made separate appearances, but with largely the same results...
Mo. Senate passes voter photo ID bill (02/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would require voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting ballots. The Senate voted 26-7 for the bill Thursday, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing. The bill now goes to the House, where similar legislation was endorsed this week by a committee...
Mo. House endorses St. Louis police local control (02/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House approved legislation Thursday to give St. Louis control over its police department and end state oversight that began during the Civil War era. Police officers favor state oversight, arguing that it insulates their agency from city politics, but St. Louis officials contend municipal government should have power over its police force like most cities...
Melting snow results in minor river flooding (02/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The snow that ravaged Missouri earlier this month is melting fast in the unseasonably warm weather, but there is a downside: The melting is causing rivers to rise. The National Weather Service reports mostly minor flooding along some smaller rivers. Minor flooding is beginning or projected at spots along the Mississippi River through early next week...
Wisconsin lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill (02/18/11)
MADISON, Wis. -- Faced with a near-certain Republican victory that would end a half-century of collective bargaining for public workers, Wisconsin Democrats retaliated with the only weapon they had left: They fled. Fourteen Democratic lawmakers disappeared from the Capitol on Thursday, just as the Senate was about to begin debating the measure aimed at easing the state's budget crunch...
Parties exchange charges over goverment shutdown (02/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- In a deepening struggle over spending, Republicans and Democrats swapped charges Thursday over a possible government shutdown when money runs out March 4 for most federal agencies. "Read my lips: We're going to cut spending," declared House Speaker John Boehner. He pledged that the GOP-controlled House would refuse to approve even a short-term measure at current funding levels to keep the government operating...
Consumers paid more for most goods in Jan. (02/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers paid more in January for everything from food and gas to airline tickets and clothing. The price increases reflect creeping but still-modest inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month, matching December's increase, the Labor Department said Thursday. Over the past year, the index has risen 1.6 percent...
High court asked to end non-unanimous convictions (02/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- Almost anywhere in the United States, two holdouts among 12 jurors would prevent a conviction. Unfortunately for Troy Barbour, his trial for attempted murder took place in Louisiana, where he got 48 years in prison after a jury convicted him on a 10-2 vote...
ICE auditing 1,000 more companies' hiring records (02/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is launching a new round of worksite investigations, maintaining the pressure on businesses to make sure they are hiring only people who can legally work in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday it has notified 1,000 companies of upcoming audits of their I-9s, forms that new employees complete, and of the identification documents those employees provided to show they are eligible to work in the U.S...
111 charged in Medicare scams worth $225 million (02/18/11)
MIAMI -- Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. More than 700 law enforcement agents fanned out to arrest dozens of people accused of illegally billing Medicare more than $225 million. ...
Department of Interior outlines options for mining operations near Grand Canyon (02/18/11)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The U.S. Department of Interior has outlined four proposals to address mining around the Grand Canyon, including one that would ban any new claims on 1 million acres for 20 years. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar temporarily blocked new claims on the same land in 2009 while the department studied whether to set aside the acreage for a longer period...
Bahrain official calls violent crackdown 'regrettable' (02/18/11)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed...
12 people killed when Vietnam tour boat sinks (02/18/11)
HA LONG BAY, Vietnam -- Italian traveler Stefano Corda felt an ominous tilt as dinner was served, but his tour boat crew assured him everything was fine. A few hours later, Corda and his friend jumped for their lives into Vietnam's famed Ha Long Bay as water raced inside the wooden vessel, sucking it down and killing 12 people from nine countries...
Obama to make state visit to Britain in May at queen's invitation (02/18/11)
LONDON -- President Barack Obama will make a state visit to Britain in May at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II, officials said Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron's office said it is pleased that Obama has accepted the invitation to visit the U.K. along with first lady Michelle Obama from May 24 through 26. The trip will come just before a G-8 summit in France, which Obama is expected to attend...
Security still unstable in Egypt after revolt (02/18/11)
CAIRO -- Families in quiet Cairo suburbs are investing heavily in locks and steel doors. Fake checkpoints set up by hardened criminals who escaped prisons terrorize travelers on highways. Thousands of looted firearms have flooded the black market...
At least 20 anti-government protesters killed in Libya clash (02/18/11)
CAIRO -- Libyan protesters seeking to oust longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi defied a crackdown and took to the streets in five cities Thursday on what activists have dubbed a "day of rage," amid reports at least 20 demonstrators have been killed in clashes with pro-government groups...
Meadow Heights girls defeat Jackson for win No. 19 (02/18/11)
Heather Dietiker drained a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter to ignite the Meadow Heights offense. The Panthers then relied on a choking defense to smother host Jackson's offense in the third quarter to help build a double-digit lead and pull away for a convincing 69-52 victory Thursday...
High school roundup: Jackson wrestlers advance five to state quarterfinals (02/18/11)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame girls ride hot start past Neelyville (02/18/11)
The Bulldogs posted a 73-53 win on senior night
Allison, Butler help Redhawks set stage for brighter days (02/18/11)
The two seniors will play their final home game Saturday against Sacramento State
Track team will host Redhawks Invitational (02/18/11)
The Southeast Missouri State track and field program will have its only home meet of the indoor season today, the annual Redhawks Invitational. Action at the Student Recreation Center will begin at 4 p.m. with field events. Running events start at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge...
Southeast women miss mark vs. MSU (02/18/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team had an opportunity to all but lock down an Ohio Valley Conference tournament berth. It didn't happen, courtesy of Thursday night's 54-34 loss to visiting Murray State, and now the Redhawks find themselves in a real dogfight...
Southeast Missourian sports dept. earns 3 national awards (02/18/11)
The Southeast Missourian sports department captured three national awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual competition. The newspaper, which competed against other newspapers with circulations of less than 15,000 per day, placed in the top 10 in the daily section category and the top 10 in the Sunday section category...
Blues place Halak on injured reserve (02/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak was placed on injured reserve with a right hand ailment. Goalie Ben Bishop was recalled from Peoria of the AHL as insurance behind Halak's backup, Ty Conklin. The 25-year-old Halak has played in 43 games with a 19-17-6 record, 2.63 goals-against average and four shutouts. He also missed the first game after the All-Star break with a shoulder injury...
Pujols finds media waiting at spring training (02/18/11)
Pujols arrives to media swarm at spring training a day after halting contract talks
Wireless warfare (02/18/11)
I'm the guy who owned one of the first iPhones sold in Cape Girardeau. I thought it would be great to have access to the Internet, be able to send photos of interesting stuff to friends and family, occasionally text someone with important information or receive a text when I really needed to know something...
Tweet it out (02/18/11)
We've all done it. You drive down Broadway at the speed limit or just below it in the hopes of catching the message on the Burritoville sign. Sometimes they're useful. I found out the fish tacos were back a few weeks ago thanks to that sign. Mostly, though, they're amusing -- like the short and sweet "Good luck this year. You'll need it" or the classic Burritology course list...
Cape native Jonathan Cunningham, aka Poten-C, performs his rhymes for a hometown performance this weekend (02/18/11)
When one first thinks about live music in Cape Girardeau, rap music doesn't typically come to mind. Changing that mindset is something Cape Girardeau native Jonathan Cunningham feels he is destined to do. Cunningham, aka Poten-C, is a rapper who will be performing today at Mixing 10. Cunningham has been rapping for six years and a year and a half ago decided to take it more seriously...
ARTifacts (02/18/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Best bet: Midget wrestling (02/18/11)
The Pink Galleon is ready to deliver on its promise to bring midget wrestling to Cape Girardeau. The show, Reality TV Championship Midget Wrestling, will take over the bar off Independence Street on Thursday. There will be a meet and greet with the wrestlers at 7 p.m., and the action starts at 8. ...
Elton John finds peace with baby, gnomes (02/18/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Unlike most frantic new fathers, Elton John isn't stressed out about the two different offspring in his life: newborn Zachary Jackson Levon and "Gnomeo & Juliet," an animated film he's been parenting for more than a decade. In fact, when talking to the pop legend about his monumental new arrivals, he's surprisingly sedate...
Designers, models vie for spot on Oscar stage (02/18/11)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Nine fashion designers need your help to make their Oscar dreams a reality. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is again hosting its Oscars Designer Challenge, where emerging fashion designers can win a chance to have one of their original gowns worn by a trophy model during the Academy Awards telecast...
'Anything Goes' brings comedy, music to Bedell (02/18/11)
The page, the stage and the big screen have all told the story of "Anything Goes," a musical comedy to be performed by Southeast Missouri State University theater and dance students starting Wednesday at the River Campus. "Anything Goes," a popular musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and based on a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. ...
Donald Linson (02/18/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Donald G. Linson, 77, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare Center in Jonesboro. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill...
Arline Lowes (02/18/11)
Arline Bertha Lowes, 85, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Jackson Manor. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Arleen Schlichting (02/18/11)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Arleen Schlichting, 78, of Frohna died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday at Young and Sons East Perry Chapel. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo., with the Rev. Jonathan Stites officiating...
Barbara Anderson (02/18/11)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Barbara Ellen Anderson, 69, of Grassy died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Binder officiating...
Verdetta Seabaugh (02/18/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Verdetta Hahn Seabaugh, 104, departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. She was born Jan. 5, 1907, in rural Bollinger County, to E.H. and Lucretia Slinkard Conner. Verdetta and Lester Hahn were married Feb. 7, 1930. He passed away Feb. 7, 1975. She and Herbert Seabaugh were married Feb. 14, 1978. He passed away Oct. 29, 1986...
Marion Roberts (02/18/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Marion Edward Roberts, 75, of Oran died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Westwood Hills Nursing Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born July 2, 1935, in Vanduser, to James Henry and Mary Ellen Riston Roberts. Ed graduated from Oran High School...
Norman Preusser (02/18/11)
Norman R. Preusser, 83, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 3, 1927, son of Otto and Hattie Hemmann Preusser. He and Ruby Bodenschatz were married June 6, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown...
Diana Goodman (02/18/11)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- Diana Lynn Goodman, 57, of Chesterfield died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at National Health Care Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. She was born Aug. 14, 1953, in Washington, Mo., to Warren and Leondine Patterson Weideman. She and Roger Goodman were married June 1, 1974, in Union, Mo...
Ruby Shrader (02/18/11)
Ruby F. Shrader, 80, formerly of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Liberty Village in Maryville, Ill. She had resided in the Maryville area the past few years to be near her children. She was born April 19, 1930, in Lamar, Ark., to Alfred and Lydia Greener Breedlove. She was the valedictorian of Gideon High School class of 1947, and thereafter she moved to St. Louis for employment...
George Jedlicka (02/18/11)
George Jedlicka, 77, formerly of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Beacon Hill Retirement Community in Lombard, Ill. He was born in Chicago. He and Aline Olishifski were married in 1957. She preceded him in death in 1992. George grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural engineering. He started his career and family in Shelbyville, Ill., designing farm equipment for Oliver Corp...
Births 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
Daughter to Bryce Jamal Gary and Jacqueline Denise Hubrins of Malden, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:31 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Name, Ja'Brylah Marie. Weight, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Ms. Hubrins is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Hubrins of Malden. She is employed at McDonald's. Gary is the son of Michelle Gary of St. Louis and Charlie Hartline of Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police/fire reports 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
Fifty-four Southeast Missouri Council Boy Scouts will be honored Sunday when the council holds its annual Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Rose Theatre on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University; sponsor for the class will be 8th District Rep. Bill Emerson of Cape Girardeau...
Greg Brune (02/18/11)
Few people have shown more dedication to Southeast Missouri State University's athletic department than Greg Brune. And at the end of this month, Brune will begin the next stage in his life when he retires. Brune, who has been connected to the university for more than 45 years, has served as the director of athletic development since 1993 -- a position he refers to as his "dream job."...
Speak Out 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
A recent article in the paper demonstrated the exact reason we have such a deficit in this country. We have welfare recipients who get money for food stamps, baby formula, day care and doctor bills, plus a check every month to pay for other things -- all while they're having illegitimate children and not working. ...
Prayer 2/18/11 (02/18/11)
O Lord, we take comfort in that you are our shield of protection. Amen.
Sam's Club Donates $4,000 to Mobile Food Pantry (02/18/11)
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sam's Club Donates $4,000 To Southeast Missouri Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO- January 26, 2011- Sam's Club of Cape Girardeau donated $4,000 to support the Southeast Missouri Food Bank's Mobile Pantry Program. ...
Wayne Wallingford Sponsors a Mobile Food Pantry (02/18/11)
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Southeast Missouri Legislator Wayne Wallingford Sponsors Mobile Food Pantry CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO- January 31, 2011- Southeast Missouri members of the General Assembly recently came together to fight hunger by donating to the Southeast Missouri Food Bank acting on a challenge from Senator Jason Crowell. ...
Shelley Keeney Sponsors a Mobile Food Pantry (02/18/11)
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Southeast Missouri Legislator Shelley Keeney Sponsors Mobile Food Pantry CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO- February 7, 2011 -- Acting on a challenge from State Senator Jason Crowell, Shelley Keeney, Representative for Marble Hill donated $600 to sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry on January 29, 2011 and helped 230 local families...
Cape Christian School "Tech it Up" Dinner Auction (02/18/11)
Cape Christian School will be holding our annual dinner auction on Friday, March 4, 2011, at Centenary United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Doors will open at 4:00 PM and the theme is "Tech it Up." The silent auction will be going on from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. ...
Lake Cedar Snow (02/18/11)
Plowed snow piles covered with "new" snow. Hidden Valley - Lake Cedar, Burfordville, Missouri.
Frozen Lake Cedar (02/18/11)
Lake Cedar, Hidden Valley - Burfordville, Missouri. The lake was completely frozen the next day.
Trinity Mortgage Burning (02/18/11)
Students at Trinity Lutheran School watched Wednesday morning, Feb. 5th as the 1 million dollar mortgage for their new gymnasium was burned. During the regular Wednesday morning chapel service, prayers of Thanksgiving that the gym, completed in Dec. ...
Tom "General O" O'Loughlin (02/18/11)
Tom O'Loughlin - General O - to his students, was a much loved, respected and feared chemistry teacher at Central High School. In addition to teaching chemistry, he was just as likely to teach you three ways to deploy tanks in combat. http://www.capecentralhigh.com/chs_faculty/general-o-tom-oloughlin/...
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