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Annual SEMO archaeology lecture postponed (04/07/11)
Southeast Missouri State University's annual Beckwith Memorial Archaeology Lecture originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The lecture is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 28, in the Crisp Museum at the River Campus. Jim Phillips, curator of collections at the museum, will present the keynote lecture, "Looking Back at the Beckwith Collection."...
Visitors to Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will spend $150 a day here (04/07/11)
This weekend will be Wayne Carter's third time to pack up his stuff and pile his friends into the car for a trip from Pontotoc, Miss., to the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. "The stories, naturally, are a big draw," Carter said from his home. "But I'm really impressed with y'all's city. I tell people I want to retire here, but if I've got to move, it would be OK if I moved to Cape Girardeau."...
Missouri senators offer to allow vote on extending jobless benefits (04/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Several Missouri state senators who have been blocking a vote on extending federally-funded jobless benefits said Wednesday that they will only relent if Gov. Jay Nixon agrees to the elimination of $300 million in federal stimulus spending...
Three Rivers closing gender equity gaps in school sports (04/07/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Three Rivers College official says the institution has made "considerable progress" in addressing gender equity concerns after an audit nearly a year ago found Title IX compliance lacking. Jason Hoseney, Three Rivers' vice president for Student Success, said the athletic department has evened the score in coaching positions for men's and women's programs, improved facilities, and is addressing athlete participation deficits...
Mo. House passes plan for new congressional districts (04/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Republican-led Missouri House passed its plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts Wednesday, merging two seats held by Democrats in the city of St. Louis and extending Southeast Missouri's district into the St. Louis area.
Three Rivers expects to break enrollment record this fall (04/07/11)
Registration for the fall semester at Three Rivers College is in full swing this week, and if the numbers are anything like they have been in recent years, the community college can expect record enrollment. Three Rivers has posted record enrollment figures each of the last four semesters, according to Wes Payne, the community college's vice president for learning. ...
Missouri may create database of drivers' emergency contacts (04/07/11)
Emergency personnel responding to a motor vehicle accident that injures or kills a Missouri motorist could have an easier time reaching the victim's next of kin as soon as 2012. That's the purpose of a bill that surfaced in the Missouri House on Monday, when a St. Ann Democrat discussed with other lawmakers the idea of developing a database of emergency contact information for all of the state's licensed drivers...
Missouri House committee hears testimony on Lichtenegger quarry bill (04/07/11)
A proposal to limit the location of mines near schools garnered opposition from industry lobbyists Tuesday during a hearing before the House Transportation Committee in Jefferson City.
Former Carter County, Mo., deputy charged with stolen property, burglary (04/07/11)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The former chief deputy of Carter County has been charged with possessing a gun allegedly taken from the department's evidence room by Sheriff Tommy Adams and burglarizing an Ellsinore, Mo., home, allegedly at the request of Adams...
Police respond to two-vehicle accident at William and Frederick (04/07/11)
Contract set for Cape County resurfacing (04/07/11)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Wednesday awarded a contract for improvements on Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County. The $1,312,000 contract went to Pace Construction Co. LLC of St. Louis. The project includes resurfacing about 16 miles of Highway 25, extending from the Diversion Channel bridge to Route O in Advance, Mo. ...
Pipe replacement to close Route A (04/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route A from County Road 224 to County Road 219 in Scott County will be closed next week, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the road. Weather permitting, work will be performed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. ...
Poplar Bluff man ordered to stand trial for charges related to toddler's death (04/07/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Butler County judge ordered a local man to stand trial Monday afternoon for causing the death of a 4-year-old girl left in his care in February. After hearing from three witnesses, including the mother of Zoey Slager, Associate Circuit Judge John Bloodworth found probable cause to bind Jeremy McIntosh, 28, of the 200 block of Midland over to stand trial on the felony of child abuse...
Route D reduced for bridge repairs (04/07/11)
Route D in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday and Wednesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge, over Interstate 55, is between County Road 433 and the north outer road. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Commission awards contract for rest area (04/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lappe Cement Finishing Inc. of Perryville, Mo., has been awarded a $134,944 contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the conversion of the northbound Marston, Mo., rest area to truck parking only. Weather permitting, work could begin this summer, with a 30-day completion. ...
Highway 25 resurfacing contracts awarded (04/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract Wednesday for improvements on Highway 25 in Stoddard County. The $2,137,298 contract went to Magruder Paving LLC of Troy, Mo. The project includes resurfacing about 18 miles of Highway 25 in Stoddard County. ...
A visit to downtown Cape (04/07/11)
Part of Lexington Avenue closes for repairs (04/07/11)
Public Works Department crews will begin removing and replacing deteriorated concrete along the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Lexington Avenue on Monday. Detours will be set up during the construction via Sherwood, Greenbrier and Cambridge drives. Weather permitting, the work will be complete by April 15. Motorists should exercise caution in the work zone and consider alternate routes. For more information, contact street supervisor John Haimes at 339-6781...
Weekend fire burns 200 acres in Bootheel (04/07/11)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A gray cloud of smoke hovered over Riddle Hill between County Roads 118 and 110 on Sunday afternoon as a large fire, burning approximately 200 acres, made its way north along Crowley's Ridge. According to Malden Fire Chief Winford German, the fire stayed contained within the perimeters of county roads 110, 118 and 111 and originated just off County Road 118 near Oak Tree Lane. The cause of the fire remains under investigation...
Scott City man arrested on sodomy charges (04/07/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 19-year-old Scott City man was arrested Monday after authorities were notified he allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a person under the age of 14, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Dillon Dougan has been charged with 13 counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. Additional charges are pending, according to Sheriff Rick Walter...
Two incumbents, newcomer win seats on Kelly School Board (04/07/11)
Voters in the Kelly School District returned two incumbents and elected a new member to the Kelly School Board in Tuesday's election. Incumbent Tammy Wadlington was the top vote-getter, with 196 votes. Fellow incumbent Greg Birk finished just behind, with 192 votes. And Amy Tackett earned the final seat, with 99 votes...
Mo. lawmakers vote to scrap corporate tax (04/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's tax on business assets would be repealed over five years under legislation given final approval by state lawmakers Wednesday. The legislation gradually reduces Missouri's franchise tax rate over the next several years before repealing it for the 2016 tax year. It also freezes what businesses are required to pay under the tax so that firms would not pay more than what they paid last year...
Mo. Senate endorses consent, fees on union dues (04/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has advanced a bill requiring public employee unions to get annual written consent to deduct union dues from a member's paycheck. The legislation given first-round approval Wednesday also would require the unions to get separate permission to use the dues for political purposes...
White House says shutdown will delay pay to troops, slow processing of tax returns, close national parks (04/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small-business loans and government-backed mortgages during peak home-buying season...
Like GOP, Obama targets states with early primaries (04/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Even without a Democratic challenger, President Barack Obama is planning an aggressive role in early primary states. His operatives are already moving in, organizing volunteers and raising money to answer Republican attacks and do what they can to weaken the GOP's strongest challengers...
Moore powers Oran baseball team past Scott City (04/07/11)
Oran defeated Scott City 13-8 on Wednesday.
High school roundup: Elfrink pitches Leopold baseball team past Bloomfield (04/07/11)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Associate AD no longer at Southeast Missouri State (04/07/11)
Frank Cuervo, the associate athletic director for external affairs at Southeast Missouri State, no longer is at the university.
Southeast Missouri State softball team sweeps Indiana State (04/07/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team ended its seven-game homestand with a sweep of Indiana State.
Cardinals manager La Russa fumes after 3-1 setback to Pirates (04/07/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Tired of fielding questions about a punchless lineup, Tony La Russa went on the attack. The St. Louis manager cut short his televised postgame news conference and stalked off the podium after Cardinals hitters failed once again Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Blackhawks beat Blues in overtime (04/07/11)
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews scored on a low shot from the left circle at 3:19 of overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night and move the Blackhawks within two points of clinching a playoff spot in the Western Conference...
Drummers take center stage for Jackson's "A Night of Percussion" (04/07/11)
Finally, the drummers get their due. The Jackson High School Percussion Ensemble was the star of the show this week, performing center stage at the seventh annual "A Night of Percussion." Nearly 50 percussionists in seventh through 12th grades performed a mix of melodies and rhythms, from Caribbean beats to Japan's thunderous Taiko drumming. ...
Study: Teens say 5 drinks a day not risky (04/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Downing five or more alcoholic drinks nearly every day isn't seen as a big problem for many of the nation's teens, says a new report. When asked if they see "great risk" in drinking that much, almost half the teens questioned -- 45 percent -- didn't see it as a big deal...
Hooked on Science: Soaring toilet paper (04/07/11)
Did you know a leaf blower is not just for blowing leaves? It's also used to rapidly unroll a roll of toilet paper. STEP 2: Hold the dowel rod horizontally so the roll will unroll away from you. STEP 3: Turn on the leaf blower and aim the stream of air just over the top surface of the roll...
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A man's dinner (04/07/11)
April 7, 2011 Dear Patty, One of the beauties of men is that we can be satisfied quite simply. A ballgame, a beer and some wings can make many of us very happy. This simplicity extends to food, to the extent that simpler seems better to the male palate. If it's salty and creamy and chewy and spicy, we're in love...
Cora Gosche (04/07/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Cora Crader Gosche, 91, of Chaffee, formerly of Oran, Mo., died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 23, 1919, in Painton, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Philomena Glastetter Brucker. She married Paul J. Crader on Jan. 29, 1938. He died Feb. 18, 1978. She then married Leon A. Gosche on Feb. 12, 1983. He died Jan. 3, 1993...
Jean Blades (04/07/11)
Nina Jean Blades, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Sikeston, Mo., to Guy E. and Jessie Abshire Reed. She and Hurel E. Blades were married Aug. 22, 1948, in Osceola, Ark. He died in 1994...
Sharrona Werner (04/07/11)
Sharrona Leigh Werner, 29, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 3, 1982, in Cape Girardeau, to Sharon Friese Werner. Sharrona was baptized at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church. She was a 2000 graduate of Jackson High School. ...
Mary Browning (04/07/11)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Mary Browning, 82, of Olive Branch died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Olive Branch, daughter of Arlie and Eva Gettings Browning. Browning was a telephone operator 35 years, starting in 1951 in a one-room telephone office in Olive Branch, then working in Cairo, Ill., Cape Girardeau and Ferguson, Mo., where she retired in 1986. She was a member of Olive Branch Methodist Church...
Rosalie Long (04/07/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Rosalie M. Brewer Long, 71, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. The funeral will be private. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Hancock Jr. (04/07/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- William Thomas "Billy Taylor" Hancock Jr., 55, of Advance died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at his home. The funeral was held April 2 at First Baptist Church in Advance, with Eric Shrum officiating. Burial was in a cemetery near Advance...
Paulette Vickers (04/07/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Paulette "June" Vickers, 86, of Perryville died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at Miller Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whitewater Christian Cemetery in Perry County...
Births 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
Son to Timothy Bruce and Candyce Kay Vick of McClure, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:24 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Name, Hayden Garrett. Weight, 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Vick is the former Candyce Quistorf, daughter of Song and Charles Machon of Cape Girardeau and William Quistorf of Everett, Wash. She is employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Vick is the son of Bruce and Sherry Vick of Tamms, Ill. He is employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections...
Meridian High School (04/07/11)
Meridian High School High Honor Roll 12th grade: SheNequia Bailey, Jamarah Durham, Brent Kennedy, Naomi Nelson. Honor Roll 12th grade: Laquisha Anderson, Brandy Eaves, Candice House, Jazmine Meeks, Jacob Simelton, Kristin Smith, Vernon Trenton, Mollie Wood...
Jackson police and fire report 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
Cape Girardeau city clerk Al Stoverink administers the oath of office to three new city councilmen who were elected last Tuesday: James Rust, David Limbaugh and Frank Bean; Cape Girardeau's new mayor, F.E. "Gene" Rhodes, takes the oath at a separate ceremony...
Storytelling festival (04/07/11)
Tomorrow morning the fourth annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival kicks off. This year's festival will host several nationally recognized storytellers, and hundreds of eager listeners are expected to attend from Southeast Missouri and 15 other states...
Sam McVay's heart for others (04/07/11)
I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Sam McVay since early 1993 as my administrator at the Missouri Veterans Home and then as the executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission. Sam taught me to manage people the way I would want to be managed. ...
Ayn Rand's beliefs (04/07/11)
Sunday, April 3, Gary Rust, in his column, reprinted part of a column written two years ago by the Wall Street Journal's senior economic writer Stephen Moore. Here, Moore praises novelist Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." Ever since its 1957 publication, "Atlas" has been hailed by conservatives and Libertarians for its scathing critique of Big Government. ...
Speak Out 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
THESE bike trails are an intrusive, overreaching attempt to serve the few at the inconvenience of many. That this is even being considered is an insult to all who live on the streets affected. This is being pushed by a small group of people who believe they come first...
Prayer 4/7/11 (04/07/11)
Jesus, thank you for coming so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Amen.
Saint Francis to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screening (04/07/11)
In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Saint Francis Medical Center will be offering free oral cancer screenings on Saturday, April 30, from 8 am to noon in the Health and Wellness Center Conference Rooms, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. ...
Where Have all the Matt Blunts Gone (04/07/11)
Before New Jersey's larger-than-life Gov. Chris Christie came onto the scene and long before protestors crowded in the halls of Wisconsin's capitol to oppose Gov. Scott Walker's cuts to the state budget, there was Missouri's Gov. Matt Blunt. Looking back, Gov. ...
Will it Take a Cold Day in Hades? (04/07/11)
Right now, we need another ice storm to come through Washington, D.C. It appears that the cold reality of winter actually helped lawmakers finally focus on the cold reality of our staggering deficit and need for real budget reform. When an ice storm socked the nation's capital earlier this year, more than 40 senators showed up for what was billed as a "policy-heavy" briefing on deficit reduction. ...
David Klinkenberg At New Mckendree Church (04/07/11)
Fiddle player David Klinkenberg performing at New Mckendree Church, part of the Renaissance tour
Jason Gray (04/07/11)
Jason Gray performing at New Mckendree church, in Jackson. part of the Renaissance tour5
Mark Schultz (04/07/11)
Mark Schultz, the headlining part of the Renaissance tour, performing at New Mckendree Church in Jackson
2011 State 4-H Teen Conference (04/07/11)
Cape Girardeau County 4-Hers attend 2011 Teen Conference April 2-3, 2011 in Columbia, MO. L-R: Andrew Aufdenberg, Nathan Aufdenberg, Kelly Hahs, Chelsea Seyer, and Dustin Oehl (Regional Representative).
Springtime is Blooming (04/07/11)
I love to see the Pear trees in full bloom in the springtime.
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