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Stories from Monday, May 2, 2011

Corps of Engineers breaks levee at Birds Point (05/02/11)
WYATT, Mo. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers exploded a large section of a Mississippi River levee Monday in a desperate attempt to protect an Illinois town from rising floodwaters. The corps said the break in the Birds Point levee would help tiny Cairo, Ill., by diverting up to 4 feet of water off the river
Activation of Birds Point floodway ordered (05/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- They're going to do it. Between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer crews will detonate charges that will blast a hole in the Birds Point levee and send raging Mississippi River waters spilling onto 200 square miles of Southeast Missouri farmland.
Army Corps officer faces difficult choice on levee (05/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) -- At the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh will make a call that likely means devastation on one side of the waters or the other. The 55-year-old officer, whose nearly two decades of command in the Army Corps of Engineers includes a stint in Iraq and helping oversee the restoration of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, is choosing now whether to blow a massive hole in the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri. ...
Clarification: Photos show overtopping of frontline levee near Mississippi County airport (05/02/11)
A source that has been closely monitoring the situation at the Birds Point levee has submitted photos to the Southeast Missourian that apparently show natural overtopping at the frontline levee along the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway near New Madrid, Mo...
Cairo police chief urges remaining residents to evacuate the city as water covers more roads (05/02/11)
CAIRO, ILL. -- Access to Cairo, Ill., is slowly getting cut off as the rivers around the town continue to rise, covering roads and spurring law enforcement to restrict access to the city to emergency personnel only. Cairo Police Chief Gary Hankins strongly urged any remaining residents to evacuate...
Record flood takes out temporary dike, highway at Wappapello Dam (05/02/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Historic high waters at Wappapello Dam cut away a nearly 400 foot section of Highway T and much of its $18 million in infrastructure early Monday morning as the lake broke through a temporary dike and roared over the concrete spillway it was shielding. Chunks of pavement and earth 30 to 40 feet deep were carved away by the surging water...
South Sprigg Street in Cape closed due to sinkholes (05/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau city government announced Monday just after noon that sinkholes under the road have caused the closure of South Sprigg Street between La Cruz Street and Petroleum Road. Other road closures within Cape Girardeau include: n Main Street from 1st Street to 3rd Street...
Emergency personnel report breach in Fayville levee (05/02/11)
THEBES, Ill. -- Emergency management in Alexander County, Ill. reported just before 10 a.m. today a breach at a levee in Fayville just south of the railroad bridge near Thebes. This could cause more flooding in Olive Branch, Tamms and possibly, Cairo, Ill. The flooding will likely close Highway 3, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky...
Black River rising fast in Poplar Bluff (05/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) -- Another night of heavy downpours has soaked the southeastern portion of Missouri, creating even more concern in a region already seeing historic flooding. Some areas received 5 inches of rain from Sunday night through Monday morning, and more was on the way before clearing skies are finally expected on Tuesday...
Evacuees face waiting game at shelters in Missouri, Illinois (05/02/11)
Dorothy Salley held her 13-day-old baby boy tightly Sunday as she stood amid rows and rows of cots filling the Shawnee Community College gym. Salley and her son, J'Quan, fled their apartment in Cairo, Ill., Sunday to seek safety with several other family members already staying at the American Red Cross shelter set up at the college in Ullin, Ill...
General orders pipes at Bird Point levee loaded with blasting agent (05/02/11)
With now record-setting flood stages in Cairo, Ill., Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh has ordered barges carrying 250 tons of explosives to be ready to move from Wickliffe, Ky., to the levee at Birds Point.
Supreme Court denies request to stop levee breach (05/02/11)
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to blast open a levee to relieve the rain-swollen Mississippi River.
About 100 people decide to stay in Cairo (05/02/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- About 100 people in Cairo have decided not to leave the town, even as record flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers threatens to inundate the city at the confluence of the two waters. Officials in Cairo said Sunday that those remaining in the city of about 2,800 decided to stay despite an order to evacuate the city by midnight Saturday...
MoDOT working to keep I-55 dry (05/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Interstate 55 is a critical piece of ammunition in Southeast Missouri's historic flood fight and state transportation officials are working to keep it dry and drivable by installing four pump stations and nearly 2,000 feet of sandbags to a particularly troublesome spot just south of Sikeston...
Cairo man charged with murder in East Cape shooting (05/02/11)
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- A Cairo, Ill., man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an Oklahoma City man that took place in an East Cape Girardeau strip club early Saturday morning. The Illinois State Police responded just after 3 a.m. ...
Rising St. Francis River could force evacuations (05/02/11)
Emergency personnel were going door to door Sunday night into early this morning in areas along the St. Francis river south of Lake Wappapello, warning residents that water could soon force an evacuation. Dale Moreland, public information officer with the Stoddard County Emergency Management Agency, said the Corps of Engineers notified county officials that water would likely start over an emergency berm erected on the lake spillway starting around 4 a.m...
Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra ends 2010-2011 season Tuesday (05/02/11)
The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Southeast University Choir and Choral Union on Tuesday to perform John Rutter's "Requiem" as it concludes the 2010-2011 concert season. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Meeting, 7 p.m. today Items for discussion Presentations...
President says Osama bin Laden is dead; killed in U.S. military mission (05/02/11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States.
Sony execs apologize for security breach (05/02/11)
TOKYO -- Sony executives bowed in apology Sunday for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that compromised the personal data of some 77 million accounts on the online service. "We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caused," said Kazuo Hirai, chief of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation video game unit, who was among the three executives who held their heads low for several seconds at the company's Tokyo headquarters in the style of a Japanese apology...
Libyans attack embassies in retaliation for strike (05/02/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Angry mobs attacked Western embassies and U.N. offices in Tripoli on Sunday after NATO bombed Moammar Gadhafi's family compound in an attack officials said killed the leader's second-youngest son and three grandchildren. Russia accused the Western alliance of exceeding its U.N. mandate of protecting Libyan civilians with the strike...
Rain prevents Redhawks from going for sweep (05/02/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team had its hot streak interrupted by Mother Nature. Southeast's series finale at Morehead State on Sunday was cancelled due to poor field conditions caused by heavy rain. That came after the Redhawks swept Saturday's doubleheader to clinch a spot in the six-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament...
Murray State, rain undermine Redhawks (05/02/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team saw one bad inning and Mother Nature conspire to prevent its bid for an Ohio Valley Conference series sweep. Murray State scored six fourth-inning runs to grab a 6-2 lead Sunday in Murray, Ky. Rain soon began to fall and play was stopped in the top of the sixth inning when lightning hit the area...
Cardinals lose game, Freese (05/02/11)
ATLANTA -- The Cardinals finished Sunday's loss to the Braves with Albert Pujols playing third base for the first time in nine years. The team's immediate future at the position could bring more surprises. St. Louis is looking for a third baseman after starter David Freese broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves...
OVC baseball race promises exciting finish (05/02/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team is part of an exciting race for the Ohio Valley Conference's regular-season championship with only two of its eight conference series remaining. Three of the OVC's nine squads are within two games of each other at the top of the standings...
Nixon vetoes business-backed employment law changes (05/02/11)
During a ceremony on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed changes to the state's employment laws that business groups said would improve the state's business climate. Senate Bill 188 was part of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Fix the Six agenda designed to spur economic development within the state...
Tyson-like tattoo in 'The Hangover' sequel prompts lawsuit by Mo. artist (05/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The upcoming movie "The Hangover Part II" features Ed Helms' character with a Mike Tyson-like facial tattoo. Now, the Missouri artist who gave Tyson that tattoo is suing the movie company. S. Victor Whitmill of Waynesville, Mo., filed suit Thursday in federal court in St. Louis against Warner Bros. Entertainment, claiming copyright infringement. The suit seeks financial damages and asks a judge to block use of the tattoo in ads and in the movie that debuts May 26...
Talking Shop with T. Robin Cole of The Rite Group (05/02/11)
T. Robin Cole of The Rite Group left a Wall Street career to come home to Cape Girardeau and take over the family business. He is an advocate for small businesses in Southeast Missouri and works to help local low-income families through his efforts with Habitat for Humanity...
People on the move 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
Old Town Cape has hired Nicholle Hinkle as project manager. Hinkle has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in public relations. As project manager, Hinkle will be mainly responsible for coordinating events and special projects, working with volunteers and managing Old Town Cape's online community. ...
Jerome Welter (05/02/11)
Jerome A. Welter, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating...
Mildred Liles (05/02/11)
ANNA, Ill. — Mildred Liles, 77, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
Dawson Travis (05/02/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dawson Leon Travis, infant son of Amy Lynn Travis of Cairo, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill...
Stephen Woods (05/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Stephen Wayne Woods, 61, of Sikeston died at 8:35 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 1, 1949, in Cape Girardeau to the late James Stanly Woods, who preceded him in death Feb. 11, 2011, and his mother Maxine Marie Jenkins Woods, who survives in Sikeston...
Sarah Wehmeyer (05/02/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Sarah Ann "Sally" Wehmeyer, 91, of Chaffee passed away Sunday morning, May 1, 2011, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 9, 1920 to the late William E. and Catherine Burk Snead. Due to her mother passing away while Sally was an infant, she was adopted by her aunt Ruth Snead and O.H. Ballard...
Jackson police and fire report 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Jackson firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday...
Out of the past 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
The city of Cape Girardeau may have to increase its subsidy of the taxi coupon program by as much as $3,360 in the coming fiscal year because of rising insurance rates experienced by the local taxi company; the subsidy may have to be increased by 25 cents per coupon...
Nurse practitioner training not equivalent to physician education and experience (05/02/11)
Thank you to the Southeast Missourian for publishing the informative piece March 28, 2011, concerning the collaborative practice of Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston, Mo. It is well known among those of us who study the delivery of health care in our country that providing a solid base of primary care to our population will result in decreased cost and increased quality outcomes. ...
Speak Out 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
THIS is concerning the city of Advance, Mo. The mayor refuses to clean out the ditches along side the road to keep the water from accumulating in yards, and I'm wondering if somebody else is having the same problem. If so, I hope that everybody calls city hall and tries to change the mayor's attitude...
Prayer 5/2/11 (05/02/11)
O God, may we be a blessing to others as you have been to us. Amen.
His death was the beginning of a long journey (05/02/11)
Claryville, Missouri was once a great city that was located across the Mississippi River from Chester, Illinois. Countless times over the years the area experience flooding from the rising waters of the Mississippi River, but they returned and rebuilt. ...
St. Paul Lutheran School Holds Bounce-a-Thon (05/02/11)
The preschool and kindergarten students of St. Paul Lutheran School (Jackson, MO) held a bounce-a-thon at LeBounce on April 14, 2011. These young children raised a total of $3,092.50 to benefit Melaina's Magical Playland! The children presented a check to Andrea Cunningham on April 27, 2011...
Local HS Student Receives State Citizenship Award (05/02/11)
One local student was one of fifteen public high school students honored April 18th in Jefferson City by the State Board of Education and the Missouri Bar as recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award. Megan Alexis Davis, a senior at Meadow Heights High School of Patton was presented with a plaque and a $50 savings bond to commemorate her achievement...
St. Denis Parish Congratulated (05/02/11)
On February 6, 2011, Bishop Johnston of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau presented Jamie Burger and Jim Simmons of St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton, MO, with a plaque in gratitude for their efforts in assisting with a very successful 2010 Diocesan Development Fund Campaign. St. Denis Parishioners were congratulated on achieving the highest percentage of participation of donors in the campaign among the medium-sized parishes of the diocese...
Flooded wheat field (05/02/11)
Wheat fields flooded near the levee north of Charleston.
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Adorable Adoptable (05/02/11)
My name is Mia and I'm a very sweet girl who was born 04/15/06. I have a beautiful calico coat. Sometimes I feel overlooked at the sanctuary because I tend to hang back while other cats go right up to get attention. But if you seek me out, I would love for you to take me home with you so I can finally have a forever home. Please look for me when you are at Safe Harbor or call Safe Harbor at 573-243-9823 and ask about Mia. Other adorable adoptables can be viewed at safeharboranimalsanctuary.org...
Flooding Over the Highway (05/02/11)
Flooding over State Highway 177, just past Kenco. Photo taken 5/2/11 at approximately 8 AM.
Former Intersection (05/02/11)
This is the intersection of County Road 657 and State Highway 177. It's completely underwater. Photo taken 5/2/11 at approximately 9 AM.
Barge on the Mississippi River (05/02/11)
Rising waters of the Mississippi and barge traffic
Water over County Rd 640 (05/02/11)
this is county road 640 just off of 657. This route has been the main thoroughfare for residents north of the city limits after hwy 177 was closed due to flood water. Today it is closed too making the commute for most residents 15 minutes longer.
Flood Water inches up Hwy 177 more (05/02/11)
The water keeps creeping up over highway 177 at the city limit of Cape Gir. Normally I take pics of some mailboxes but they are under water and I cannot get to them.
Flood Water seeks to land lock some residents (05/02/11)
About a mile north on highway 177 some residents may become sandwiched between two areas of flood waters. Currently 177 at the city limits is flooded and this area looks to flood if we keep getting rising waters.
Curious Puppy (05/02/11)
Diamond takes the time to stop and smell the flowers, as she explores the world around her.
Evening Grosbeak (05/02/11)
A very bright spot during our torrential rains. We have an abundance of yellow finches and blue buntings at our feeders also. I am hoping to get a picture of the one oriole I saw today in the early morning hours.
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