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Stories from Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Commander given 60 days to make back payments to Cape Girardeau (02/23/11)
Commander Premier has been put on notice: Either pay up or get out. Cape Girardeau officials have given executives of the long-struggling aircraft manufacturer 60 days to pay back rent of about $1.2 million. If it doesn't, the city will demand the company vacate the leased property at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, said city manager Scott Meyer...
3 die of smoke inhalation in Scott City house fire (02/23/11)
Three people are dead after an early morning house fire in Scott City. The fire at 401 Hopper St. started around 1 a.m., and Scott City fire chief Jay Cassout said the structure was fully engulfed in flames when Scott City firefighters arrived. They were assisted in fighting the fire, which Cassout said took an hour to extinguish, by personnel from Cape Girardeau and the NBC Fire Protection District...
Firefighters battle Cairo blaze for three hours (02/23/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A Tuesday morning fire that destroyed an unoccupied residence on Martin Luther King Avenue is being investigated by the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office, according to a Cairo firefighter. The Cairo Fire Department arrived on scene in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to find the structure fully involved, showing heavy smoke and fire. Firefighters spent three hours on scene containing the fire...
New York students join Notre Dame volunteers on Habitat house (02/23/11)
On South Ellis Street, a house is rapidly rising from the mud of a vacant lot. It's a home built by many hands, constructed on hope, its builders say. On Tuesday, a group of 25 students from three New York City-area Catholic schools joined seniors from Notre Dame Regional High School in adding to the Habitat for Humanity home. With hammers in hand, the young construction crew spent the day pounding plywood, filling the frame with walls and closets...
Jackson aldermen approve request for in-home massage business permit (02/23/11)
Two weeks after voting down a request for a in-home massage business, members of the Jackson Board of Aldermen approved the special-use permit that will allow Patricia Wischmann to operate from her Priest Street home. The motion to reconsider the request was made by Alderman Tim Welker, who along with aldermen Larry Cunningham and Mark Dambach originally voted against the permit. ...
Experts offer small businesses advice on avoiding fraud (02/23/11)
Last week's arrest of two men accused of transferring more than half a million dollars as part of a kickback scheme at DeWitt in Sikeston, Mo., should warn business owners to look for opportunities for fraud within their own companies, local experts say...
Area agriculture distributors to pay $55,000 EPA fine for Clean Air Act violations (02/23/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri farm supply company ADI Agronomy will pay a $54,922 federal penalty for the failure to comply with risk management elements of the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced the settlement. ...
Former area lawyer sentenced to 7 years in prison for theft (02/23/11)
Before he sentenced Joe T. Buerkle to prison Tuesday, Missouri appeals court Judge Gary D. Witt called the former local lawyer' actions reprehensible. Buerkle, a former Cape Girardeau and Jackson lawyer who stole $325,000 from a client's trust fund, was sentenced to serve seven years in prison, but not before pleading to be assigned probation and allowed the opportunity find employment and begin paying restitution...
Route Y in Stoddard County closed for drainage repairs (02/23/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Y between Route Z and Highway 25 in Stoddard County will be closed today through Thursday in various locations while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine drainage maintenance. Weather permitting, work will be performed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Emerson announces she will not run for U.S. Senate (02/23/11)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Tuesday that she will not seek to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2012 election, pointing instead to a strong desire to remain in the U.S. House to focus on issues she says matter most to her constituents.
Motorist crashes car into Cape Girardeau bank (02/23/11)
An 80-year-old woman drove her car into Wood & Huston Bank Tuesday morning, startling employees and sending the woman to an area hospital with chest pains. Cape Girardeau police responded to a call at the bank's 111 S. Broadview St. location to find the woman's car had jumped a curb and hit the building, though it didn't go through the brick wall. The woman was taken to Southeast Hospital with complaints of chest pain, said police Cpl. Kevin Eudy of the department's traffic division...
Jackson School Board approves evaluation of district's four early childhood programs (02/23/11)
The Jackson School Board on Tuesday approved an evaluation on the district's early childhood programs. More than 800 families are involved in Jackson School District's four programs -- Parents as Teachers, Early Childhood Special Education, Title 1 Preschool and "Little Indians," a reverse mainstream preschool program serving students with special needs and their typically developing peers...
In federal court: Cape man pleads guilty to drug charges (02/23/11)
The following information was released Tuesday for defendants appearing before U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson. PLEADED GUILTY Age: 30 Residence: Cape Girardeau Charge: One felony count of intent to distribute cocaine and one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm...
Scott City street closed for asphalt removal (02/23/11)
The Missouri Department of Transportation's contractor will close Mulberry Street between Jetta Mae Street and Warner Avenue in Scott City for removal of existing pavement. Weather permitting, work will begin March 3. The contractor will work from 7 a.m. ...
Meeting to cover Perry County bridge work (02/23/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open-house community briefing from 4 to 6 p.m. March 10 at the Perry Park Center to discuss upcoming bridge replacements in Perry County. Plans to replace the U.S. 61 bridge over Apple Creek and the Route T bridge over Saline Creek will be discussed. ...
Clinton condemns violence in Libya (02/23/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday condemned "appalling" violence in Libya, where security forces are unleashing a bloody crackdown on protesters demanding the ouster of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. "This violence is completely unacceptable," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said...
Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices (02/23/11)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon. Walker said in a statement that the layoffs wouldn't take effect immediately. He didn't say which workers would be targeted but he has repeatedly warned that up to 1,500 workers could lose their jobs by July if his proposal isn't passed...
Census: Near-record level of counties are losing residents (02/23/11)
WELCH, W.Va. -- Nestled within America's once-thriving coal country, 87-year-old Ed Shepard laments a prosperous era gone by, when shoppers lined the streets and government lent a helping hand. Now, here as in one-fourth of all U.S. counties, West Virginia's graying residents are slowly dying off...
Supreme Court rules against parents in vaccine effects case (02/23/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines. By a 6-2 vote, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they say their daughter, now 19, suffered from a vaccine she received in infancy...
Emanuel calls Chicago mayoral win 'humbling' (02/23/11)
CHICAGO -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley...
Somali pirates kill four hostages (02/23/11)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded...
Libya's Gadhafi vows to fight on, die a martyr (02/23/11)
CAIRO -- A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to his "last drop of blood" and roared at supporters to strike back against Libyan protesters to defend his embattled regime Tuesday, signaling an escalation in a crackdown that has thrown the capital into scenes of mayhem, wild shooting and bodies in the streets...
Dozens trapped by fatal quake (02/23/11)
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Some screamed from inside collapsed buildings. One woman used her cell phone to call her children to say goodbye. Others tapped on the rubble to communicate with those on the outside. Search teams using dogs, heavy cranes and earth movers worked through dawn today in one of New Zealand's largest cities, trying frantically to find survivors amid the crumbled concrete, twisted metal and huge mounds of brick left by a powerful earthquake...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Jackson's Kyleigh Troxel (02/23/11)
Troxel, just a sophomore, became the first all-state swimmer the four-year history of the Jackson program.
Notre Dame boys basketball team romps past Ste. Genevieve in district (02/23/11)
The Bulldogs reached the district semifinals with a 69-27 rout of Ste. Genevieve
Jackson girls basketball team reaches district title game (02/23/11)
Jackson girls basketball coach Shelia Haertling described herself as "surviving" after her team's Class 5 District 1 semifinal Tuesday night at Central. "We didn't play to our ability," she said. "We didn't play very well offensively. We just couldn't make a basket and couldn't finish. And we didn't play the best defense."...
Poplar Bluff ends Central girls basketball team's season in district semis (02/23/11)
Central lost 53-25 in the Class 5 District 1 tournament
Perryville boys basketball team falls to hot-shooting Blackcats 73-66 (02/23/11)
The Pirates' season ended with the first-round loss in the Class 4 District 1 tournament
High school roundup: Chaffee boys basketball team stops Meadow Heights in OT (02/23/11)
All the area high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State baseball team blanks first visitor to Capaha (02/23/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team was held hitless through six innings Tuesday. That didn't prevent the Redhawks from having a successful home opener, beating Harris-Stowe State 3-0 in front of more than 550 chilly fans at Capaha Field. Southeast improved to 3-1 by defeating Harris-Stowe for the 16th straight time in a contest that lasted just two hours...
Avs' Johnson scores winner against Blues (02/23/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Erik Johnson scored the go-ahead goal against St. Louis, which traded him three days earlier, and the Colorado Avalanche broke a 10-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory against the Blues on Tuesday night. Johnson, who was traded from St. Louis to Colorado as part of a four-player trade Saturday, scored with 5 minutes, 6 seconds left to break a 2-2 tie...
Berkman returns to outfield wearing No. 12 for Cardinals (02/23/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Lance Berkman needed to see his name on a St. Louis Cardinals jersey for the switch to sink in. After 13 spring trainings with the Astros, he had joined Houston's NL Central rival. "Oh my goodness, there it is," he said when seeing his No. 12 jersey hanging from his locker last week. "We're ready to go now."...
Make a king cake at home for taste of Mardi Gras (02/23/11)
If you won't be lucky enough to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still bake up a taste of it at home. Granted, you'll need to supply your own revelry in the streets, but a slice of this delicious king cake should get you in the mood. The top is decorated with the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. You also can color the icing and decorate or you can drizzle with white icing and decorate with colored sugars...
More Louisiana pastry chefs reinterpreting classic king cake (02/23/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- Pastry chef Jean-Luc Albin certainly can turn out a delicious traditional king cake -- one with a premium brioche dough, rich with butter and eggs. But these days it's his inspired variations on that classic that he's most passionate about...
An easy, crispy shrimp in honor of Mardi Gras (02/23/11)
Start thinking about Mardi Gras and New Orleans, and it won't be long before you've got shrimp on your mind. The preparation of for these party-perfect crispy shrimp with spicy Cajun sauce is somewhat similar to how you might make Buffalo wings. Raw shrimp are dredged in a seasoned mixture of Wondra flour, cornstarch and beaten egg, which gets wonderfully crispy when deep-fried...
Bean burrito gets Mardi Gras makeover (02/23/11)
One of the many appealing things about a burrito is that an often surprising range of ingredients can be rolled up into a complete meal in a single package. But other less desirable surprises also can lurk inside burritos, especially extra fat and calories you may not have bargained for...
Recipes evoke memories of farm food (02/23/11)
The weather seems to have turned rather quickly to springlike temperatures. But I grew up on a farm and learned early on that there is always a little tease of spring early, but the weather really never settles down until after Easter. So we will have to wait and see about that. ...
Holly Little (02/23/11)
Holly A. Little, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at her home. There is no service. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Heuring (02/23/11)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. — Dorothy Heuring, 62, of New Hamburg died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Hensley (02/23/11)
Edward Lee Hensley, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery at Marble Hill, Mo...
Donnie Estes (02/23/11)
Donnie Estes, 75, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Dickey (02/23/11)
Mary Louise Dickey, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Cheryl Talley (02/23/11)
Cheryl Lee Talley, 53, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Brittany Calhoun (02/23/11)
Brittany Calhoun, 24, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Fred Scheper Jr. (02/23/11)
Fred Scheper Jr., 77, of Jackson, a loving husband, father, grandfather and Jackson businessman, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 27, 1933, in Jackson, son of Frederick W. and Lula McClard Scheper. He and Dorothy Gloth were married March 14, 1953, at Whitewater...
Lorla Nothdurft (02/23/11)
Lorla Marie Nothdurft, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home in Overland Park, Kan. She was born July 3, 1918, in St. Louis, daughter of Charles Paul Baenziger and Marie Malinda Hildenstein. Nothdurft was preceded by a brother, Norman Baenziger, who passed away Dec. 2, 2010...
Tom Anderson (02/23/11)
Fortified with the sacraments of the Holy Mother Church, Tom Anderson, 69, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at his home in Jackson. He was born May 7, 1941, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Paul and Betti Mae Anderson Anderson. He and Mary Gaffey were married Feb. 23, 1963, in LeMars, Iowa...
Danny Gonzales (02/23/11)
Danny Joe Gonzales, 64, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Baton Rouge, La., to Danny and Velma St. Pierre Gonzales. He and Mary Jane Green were married Oct. 24, 1986, at Benton, Mo...
Vincent Parres (02/23/11)
Vincent L. "Bud" Parres, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Perry County, son of Simon and Julia Moore Parres. Survivors include two stepsons, Ron and Dale Simpson of Chicago; two sisters, Zita Strattman of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Rita (Gerald) Huck of Decatur, Ill.; four stepgrandchildren; seven nephews; two nieces; many great-nieces and great-nephews...
May Dowdy (02/23/11)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- May Dowdy, 78, of Marquand passed away Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 2, 1932, in Chicago, daughter of Edward L. and Edna May Alborn Walsh. She and Billy F. Dowdy were married Jan. 30, 1955. He passed away Jan. 9, 1984...
Dorothy Nanney (02/23/11)
Dorothy Ann Nanney, 57, of Jackson passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1953, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Cecil U. and Patty L. Brown Dallas. She and Bruce E. Nanney were married Aug. 8, 1987. Dorothy attended grade school in Advance and high school in Oak Ridge. She worked at Drury Inn Suites in Fruitland 13 years until her health began to fail...
Births 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
Son to Todd LeShawn Blissett and Angelia Relonda Applewhite of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:27 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Name, Todd LeShawn. Weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Fifth child, third son. Ms. Applewhite is the daughter of Ann Applewhite of Sikeston, Mo. Blissett is the son of Linda Blissett-Smith of Fulton, Mo. He is employed at Nordenia USA...
Jackson fire report 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
FIRE Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Out of the past 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
John M. Harth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Harth of Mendota, Ill., will be ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau by Bishop John Leibrecht on Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Peterstown, Mo.; Harth is a former news anchor for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau...
Blame game (02/23/11)
What seems to be playing out on the national stage is some odd blame game with virtually everyone anxious to point an accusing finger of blame at someone -- anyone -- for the faltering economy. Blame union pension funds. Blame corporate sweet deals and tax greed. ...
Domestic violence (02/23/11)
It's a horrific thought that anyone would be subjected to domestic violence, but it's a reality that many face. In fact, according to the 2009 Crime in Missouri report, 36,943 domestic violence incidents were reported in the state during the year. To address this dire problem, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced 12 recommendations designed to provide additional protection for victims of this abuse. ...
Speak Out 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
THERE is no way the national debt will ever get paid with the Republicans in charge. You can't keep paying fewer taxes and expect it to be paid. The middle class are paying the taxes. The rich are paying less all the time. In fact, there are millionaires who do not pay one dime with all the tax breaks they get. Greed is killing America...
Prayer 2/23/11 (02/23/11)
Lord Jesus, we praise you, the Lamb of God. Amen.
Odd Fellows Annual Pancake Day (02/23/11)
The Lutesville I.O.O.F. Lodge #385 will hold its annual pancake day on Friday March 18 from 6:30 am - 9:30 am. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Last year a portion of the proceeds went to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in Memphis, TN. ...
Dexter native speaks at Guard Engineer Ball (02/23/11)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Retired Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, former director of the National Guard, recently returned to his roots. Vaughn, who started his nearly 40-year National Guard career in the Missouri Guard, addressed more than 300 of the state's citizen-Soldier engineers and their Families at the Missouri National Guard's 35th Engineer Brigade Engineer Ball at the Pershing Club on post...
Placher graduates from military training (02/23/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Justin Placher, of Poplar Bluff, recently completed his military training to become a motor transportation operator for Missouri National Guard's 205th Military Police Battalion. "I joined the Guard because of the opportunities and education I can receive throughout my life," Placher said. "The Guard allows me to serve my country and become a better person at the same time."...
Sims graduates from military training (02/23/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Samuel Sims Jr., of Homestown, recently completed his military training to become a motor transportation operator for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 1, 1221st Transportation Company in Sikeston. "I joined the Guard because I wanted the experience and opportunity," Sims said. "The Guard is a great way to see the world but to also take care of my family."...
Moore graduates from military training (02/23/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Devan Moore, of Oran, recently completed his military training to become a motor transportation operator for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 1, 1221st Transportation Company in Sikeston. "I joined the Guard because I wanted to serve my country," Moore said. The Guard was a perfect fit for him because he can fulfill his duty as a Soldier but stay at home in Missouri, he said...
Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding (02/23/11)
Cape Girardeau County is eligible to receive federal funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Last year $38,126 was awarded to the County for use in assisting individuals with housing, shelter and meals/food. The award was made by the National Board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. ...
Magnificent Missourians (02/23/11)
Rivercity Mural, downtown Cape Girardeau MO
ADOPT MOUSE (02/23/11)
Mouse is 3 years old. She is spayed and declawed. Mouse is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Cape Central FBLA brings home Distirct trophies (02/23/11)
Cape Central High School FBLA students returned from the District Conference at Southeast Missouri State recently with numerous first, second, third and fourth place awards, including some sixth and seventh place recognition. Pictured above, front row, are conference attendees Maddie Siefert, 4th place, Public Speaking; Lauren Goehring, 6th place, Healthcare Administration; Swaneisha Betts, 7th Place, Introduction to Business; Andrea Anderson, 4th place, Introduction of Business Communication; Makaila Sanders; Amy Raddle, 2nd place, Help Desk; and Lessley Dennington, 1st place, Public Speaking II (qualified for State), 1st place, Ms. ...
Enjoying a warms day (02/23/11)
This is my beautiful Miniature Dachshund, Addie. She is expecting puppies in about 2 weeks & hasn't wanted out to play much lately. But, with the warmer weather & sunshine, she decided to come out & soak it up. Love this girl! APDoxies of Southern IL...
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