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Stories from Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Advertising grant may open avenues for Southeast Missouri Food Bank (05/17/11)
Donations made to the Southeast Missouri Food Bank are typically in the form of cans or boxes, not billboards or television ads. That changed Monday when the food bank was awarded $100,000 worth of advertising through the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals' Advertising for a Cause grant...
FEMA reviewing area damage assessments (05/17/11)
FEMA field specialists have completed preliminary damage assessments in Southeast Missouri, including Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties, for their individual assistance program, an agency representative said Monday. Representatives from FEMA have also finished initial damage assessments in Scott and Stoddard counties...
Cape Girardeau City Council gives liquor license power to city manager (05/17/11)
In a move meant to "streamline and shorten" the process, city manager Scott Meyer will decide who gets a liquor license and who doesn't under a new policy given final approval Monday night by the Cape Girardeau City Council. The council until now had considered every liquor license request, which consists of 20 to 25 new applications a year and about 120 renewals...
Jackson considers revising process for dealing with permit violators (05/17/11)
Jackson officials discussed a revised building permit and inspection fees penalties policy during the board of aldermen's study session Monday night. Janet Sanders, building and planning superintendent, said under the former policy, violators would be sent to court. The new policy was established as a "less embarrassing" process for violators...
Cape school employees getting raises (05/17/11)
After a year of pay freezes, teachers, administrators and staff members in the Cape Girardeau School District will receive a raise in the 2011-2012 school year. The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday approved a total salary increase of 1.24 percent for certified employees, with average teacher pay rising 2.53 percent, and administration salary up 2.38 percent. The increases are offset by flat or minimal pay rates among other certified positions...
Water levels still causing problems in East Cape Girardeau (05/17/11)
Alexander County, Ill., Emergency Management officials are struggling to lower and maintain water levels in East Cape Girardeau caused by high floodwater on the Mississippi River. Marty Nicholson, emergency management coordinator for Alexander County, said the water levels are currently about a foot and a half to two feet deep around the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 146 and south of the intersection on Highway 3...
Ameren exec: Electricity demand will exceed production capacity soon (05/17/11)
Customer demand for electricity is expected to exceed Ameren Missouri's power generation capabilities within nine years according to the utility's Integrated Resource Plan presented to the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club on Monday. Skip Smallwood, business development executive with Ameren Missouri, discussed the options and the costs to produce more power in the future...
Sentencing set for Bollinger County man on sex-related charges (05/17/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Bollinger County man will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to 18 sex-related charges, a Scott County judge decided last week.
Delta man pleads guilty to reduced charge (05/17/11)
A Delta 18-year-old who was charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to two years of supervised probation by a Cape Girardeau County judge.
Curfew lifted in Cairo (05/17/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A citywide curfew was lifted Monday by Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman, who kept the order in place for 10 days even after allowing residents back in the city last week. Residents were told to evacuate as the Ohio River crept to record highs, reaching 61.72 feet hours before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached a levee in Missouri. At 1 p.m. Monday, the river measured at 53.4 feet, just above major flood stage at Cairo...
Highway 25 in Stoddard County will be reduced for asphalt paving (05/17/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 25 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction while contractor crews perform asphalt paving. This section of road is between County Road 632 and Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, Mo. Weather permitting, the work will be done June 1 through Aug. ...
Castor River bridge in Stoddard Co. to close for improvements (05/17/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Work to replace the Route BB bridge over Castor River in Stoddard County is expected to begin May 31, weather permitting. Construction was originally scheduled to begin May 9 but was postponed because of flooding. The road will remain closed from Route K to Route M as construction is underway. ...
Drainage work set for Route Y in Cape County (05/17/11)
Route Y to the Little Indian Creek bridge in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
In federal court: Cape man sentenced on drug, gun charges (05/17/11)
The following information was released Monday for defendants appearing before U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson. SENTENCING Name: Anthony Damon Johnson Age: 30 Residence: Cape Girardeau Charge: Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, both felonies...
Scott County health official warns against releasing septic tank contents into floodwaters (05/17/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Concerns about septic system pollution are being voiced by residents who experienced flooding recently in their neighborhoods. Barry Cook, administrator with the Scott County Health Department, said several people have asked about the use of septic systems during flooding and after the floodwaters recede. ...
Scott County makes arrest in fight against synthetic marijuana (05/17/11)
SIKESTON -- For awhile now, law enforcement officials have been aware of the trend of rising synthetic marijuana use. And last month, Scott County made its first arrest for a distributor of the substances, after learning synthetic marijuana -- marketed under product names that include "Spice," "K2," "Genie," "Yucatan Fire," "Sence," "Smoke," "Skunk" and "Zohai" -- was being sold at a Scott County business. It's packaged to look like incense...
Doe Run to build cleaner lead plant in Herculaneum (05/17/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The nation's largest lead producer plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town of Herculaneum and promises it will be far more environmentally friendly than its existing smelter there that has been the subject of scorn by environmentalists and regulators for decades...
Costly Mississippi River closure meant to protect levees (05/17/11)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Coast Guard has interrupted shipping along the major artery for moving grain from farms in the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico over fears that the bulging Mississippi River could strain levees that protect hundreds of thousands from flooding. Already, thousands have sought refuge from floodwaters up and down the river...
Giffords at husband's shuttle launch (05/17/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space shuttle took flight for the next-to-last time Monday as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from a gunshot wound and hidden from public view, watched her astronaut husband rocket through the clouds in a deafening roar...
IMF chief facing sex and assault charges denied bail (05/17/11)
NEW YORK -- Haggard and unshaven after a weekend in jail, the chief of the International Monetary Fund was denied release on bail Monday on charges of trying to rape a hotel maid as allegations of other, similar attacks by Dominique Strauss-Kahn began to emerge...
No jail for snake dealer after copperhead bite (05/17/11)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A snake dealer and two other men arrested in an investigation of a fatal copperhead bite took a plea deal Monday and avoided jail. Chuck Hurd, 39, of Gate City, Va., pleaded guilty to 22 counts of violating Tennessee's ban on possessing and transporting poisonous snakes...
Levees require round-the-clock watch (05/17/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- All along the swollen Mississippi River, hundreds of thousands of lives depend on a small army of engineers, deputies and even prison inmates keeping round-the-clock watch at the many floodwalls and earthen levees. They are looking for any droplets that seep through the barriers and any cracks that threaten to turn small leaks into big problems. ...
ICC prosecutor calls for arrest of Gadhafi (05/17/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor sought arrest warrants Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and the country's intelligence chief for authorizing the killing of civilians in a crackdown on anti-government rebels...
U.S., Pakistan try to salvage relations (05/17/11)
ISLAMABAD -- A top U.S. emissary warned Pakistan on Monday that "actions not words" are needed to tackle militant sanctuaries, as the two countries tried to salvage their relationship two weeks after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a garrison town close to the national capital...
Vatican suggests bishops report sexual abuse to police (05/17/11)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has told bishops around the world that it is important to cooperate with police in reporting priests who rape and molest children and asked them to develop guidelines for preventing sex abuse by next May. But Monday's letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made no provision to ensure the bishops actually follow the guidelines, and victims groups immediately denounced the recommendations as "dangerously flawed" because they stress the exclusive authority of bishops to determine the credibility of abuse allegations.. ...
Israel's Netanyahu takes aim at Hamas (05/17/11)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday took a tough line toward an emerging Palestinian government ahead of a high-profile trip to Washington, saying "those that want to destroy us are not partners in peace." Netanyahu reiterated a willingness to agree to a Palestinian state under certain conditions but made clear he did not believe it was possible if the Islamic militant group Hamas, which is set to join a Palestinian unity government with the Western-leaning Fatah movement, does not recognize Israel.. ...
Jackson baseball team advances to district semifinals (05/17/11)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Logan Bartels did his best Houdini act in the top of the sixth inning Monday. It was exactly what the Jackson baseball team needed to hold off North County in its Class 4 District 1 tournament opener. Bartels escaped a second-and-third, no-out situation to help the third-seeded Indians slip past the sixth-seeded Raiders 4-3 at Rozier Wilson Park...
Perryville upsets top-seeded Notre Dame in district baseball tournament (05/17/11)
The Perryville baseball team will play Kennett for the Class 3 District 1 championship.
Central baseball team flogs Poplar Bluff in district opener (05/17/11)
The Central baseball team defeated Poplar Bluff 13-3 to reach the Class 4 District 1 semifinals.
Bohnsack pitches Leopold baseball team past Advance and into district semis (05/17/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- John Bohnsack admittedly didn't have his best stuff Monday. What he had was plenty good. Bohnsack fired a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, and only three hits over the final four innings to stifle Advance and send Leopold into the Class 1 District 2 baseball semifinals with a 6-3 win...
Chaffee baseball team beats pesky Meadow Heights (05/17/11)
The Meadow Heights baseball team saved its best game of the season for what turned out to be its final game of the season, according to coach Charlie Doublin. The No. 7 and bottom-seeded Panthers kept things close with No. 2 Chaffee until the Red Devils' final at-bat in a 5-0 loss at the Class 2 District 3 tournament Monday...
Woodland baseball team outlasts Kelly 4-3 in 9 innings (05/17/11)
When it was decided that No. 4 seed Woodland would play No. 5 seed Kelly in the opening round of the Class 2 District 3 baseball tournament, the teams' coaches openly shared their plans with each other. "It's funny," Woodland coach Jason Crane said. "In the seed meeting, I told their coach, 'If we go 10, I'm throwing my guy 10.'"...
Saxony Lutheran baseball team posts 8-3 district win against St. Vincent (05/17/11)
The Saxony Lutheran baseball team put runners on base in every inning of its Class 2 District 3 opener against St. Vincent on Monday. The Crusaders ended up stranding more of those runners on base than bringing them home to score but still managed plenty of offense in an 8-3 win on their home field...
High school roundup: Notre Dame sits fourth at state golf meet (05/17/11)
The Notre Dame golf team kept alive its hopes of a state championship Monday, finishing the first day of the Class 3 golf championships in fourth place. The Bulldogs were just seven strokes behind Pembroke Hill, which leads the nine-team field with a 325 at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar, Mo...
Scott County Central baseball team enacts run rule on Bell City (05/17/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Bell City Cubs picked a bad time to play a sloppy game. The Cubs committed four errors and Scott County Central took full advantage. The Braves rolled past the Cubs 15-5 in six innings during Class 1 District 2 baseball action Monday afternoon...
La Russa guides Cardinals to victory (05/17/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols volunteered to play third base last week and got turned down. In Tony La Russa's first game back, the manager told Pujols yes. The St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak in La Russa's return from illness, capitalizing on Cliff Lee's career-high six walks and succeeding with the manager's novel lineup ploy in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night...
Pay-what-you-want Panera Bread a success a year after opening (05/17/11)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Rashonda Thornton looked up at the menu on the wall, ordered a Caesar salad and dropped a $10 bill in a box. Pretty generous, considering the meal at Panera Bread Co.'s cafe in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton sells for less than $7...
Actor Denzel Washington tells graduates nothing is worthwhile without taking risks (05/17/11)
PHILADELPHIA -- Denzel Washington confessed to a bit of stage fright in his latest role: commencement speaker at the University of Pennsylvania. Addressing about 5,000 graduates at the Ivy League school in Philadelphia on Monday, the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said the academic ceremony was "a little overwhelming and out of my comfort zone."...
The nose knows: Allergy season here with vengeance (05/17/11)
There may be a whiff of truth to claims by allergy sufferers who sniffle that this season is, well, a bigger headache than years past. And now, more bad news: It's also lasting longer, prolonging the misery of the millions of people for whom spring is a punishment, not a pleasure...
Fire up the grill for great flavor, less fat (05/17/11)
If you want to add great flavor to foods without using the usual tricks -- fat and salt -- just head to the grill. The high and dry heat created by the grill does an excellent job at searing food surfaces and locking in natural flavors, while also adding that unmistakable charred, smoky flavor. And this all comes at no cost in terms of fat and calories...
Study: Many elderly get colon screening too often (05/17/11)
CHICAGO -- Many older Americans get repeat colon cancer tests they don't need and Medicare is paying for it, suggests a study that spotlights unnecessary risks to the elderly and a waste of money. Almost half of the Medicare patients in the study had had a colonoscopy less than seven years after getting normal results from an earlier test. The test is recommended just every 10 years, starting at age 50, for people at average risk whose initial test is normal...
Robert Rantz (05/17/11)
Robert J. Rantz, 76, of Millersville died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Monticello House in Jackson. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Sequoyah Colbert (05/17/11)
BENTON, Mo. — Sequoyah Colbert, 79, of Benton died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at his home. There is no service. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton is in charge of arrangements.
William East (05/17/11)
William F. "Bill" East, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 16, 2011, at South- east Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Felty (05/17/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Norma Felty, 82, of Chaffee died Monday, May 16, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Advance, Mo., to Benjamin Franklin and Lina Carolina Cato Brown. She married Marvin Dale Felty Sept. 9, 1947. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1984...
Truman Clippard (05/17/11)
Truman Eugene "Gene" Clippard, 82, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Florida. His wife of 15 years, Shirley, preceded him in death in February 2010. He was born Aug. 28, 1928, near Jackson, to Truman and Ellen Abernathy Clippard. He was a graduate of Jackson High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University...
Margaret Haslauer (05/17/11)
Margaret Jane Hood Haslauer, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau. She resided in Cairo, Ill., most of her adult life. She was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Mound City, Ill., to Judge and Mrs. Fred Hood. She was valedictorian of the 1938 graduating class of Mound City High School. She and William H. Haslauer were married Oct. 15, 1938, in New Madrid, Mo., by Judge Phillips. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1988...
Carol Cronkrite (05/17/11)
Carol Fay Cronkrite, 75, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at her home, with her husband at her side. She was born Dec. 25, 1935, in West Union, Iowa, daughter of Harlow Fay and Irma Johns Jacobs. She and Dale H. Cronkrite were married Aug. 15, 1970, in Rockford, Ill...
Lucas Elfrink (05/17/11)
Lucas Matthew Elfrink, 22, of Jackson died Sunday, May 15, 2011. He was born Nov. 28, 1988, in Cape Girardeau, son of Kenny and Brenda Fowler Elfrink. Lucas was a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School and was employed with Workforce. He is survived by his parents of Jackson; a brother, Brandon Elfrink of Jackson; a sister, Bethany Elfrink of Springfield, Mo.; and maternal grandparents, Raymond and Mary Fowler of Marble Hill, Mo...
Robin Pettit (05/17/11)
Robin Ruth Pettit, 53, of Jackson died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at her home. She was born July 24, 1957, in Chicago, to Robert Clinton and Lorine Adams Crigger. Robin worked as a certified nurse assistant at Heartland Care and Rehab. Survivors include three sons, Henry Titchenell of Kansas City, Mo., Jeremiah Pulliam and Cody Pulliam; a daughter, Laurie Titchenell; three brothers, Gary and Eric R. Crigger of Jackson, Steve Crigger of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
Mary Gantt (05/17/11)
Mary Elizabeth "Beckie" Gantt, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. She was born June 12, 1961, in Albany, Ga., to James Carlton "J.C." and Sara Elizabeth Gandy. She and David W. Gantt were married Aug. 12, 1978, in Albany...
Burley Pruett (05/17/11)
Capt. Burley Fenton Pruett, 85, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with his family at his side. He was born Jan. 24, 1926 in Cardwell, Mo., to Burley William and Donna Ann Bolin Pruett. He and Margaret A. "Peggy" Roddy were married Dec. 2, 1968, at Framingham, Mass. She preceded him in death on July 29, 2006...
Births 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
Son to Thomas Michael Nigro and Angel Marie Nix of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:42 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011. Name, Corbyn Bentlee. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Fourth son. Ms. Nix is the daughter of Pamela Nix and Jerry Nix of Cape Girardeau. She is a server at Olive Garden. Nigro is the son of Kelly Nigro of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Milam Masonry...
Jackson police and fire report 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jackson firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Out of the past 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft yesterday declared both Cape Girardeau and Scott counties disaster areas after touring the flooded and tornado-devastated region where four people were killed and dozens injured. Sands Motel and the Pancake House, owned by Louis Bahn Inc. since they were built 32 years ago, have been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Sharad Kadakia of the Atlanta area...
Gary Miller (05/17/11)
On May 4, Dr. Gary Miller -- who most recently served as an associate dean and as director of the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus -- died suddenly on his way to choir practice. Having a great love for music, Miller was described as "a renaissance man" by one of his colleagues. His primary instruments were the organ and harpsichord, but he was also highly proficient on the oboe, cello and piano...
Speak Out 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
I was just thinking about all those extreme coupon people out there. I call them hoarders. Now would be a good time for them to reach into their storage bins and closets and pull out a lot of things that they've put away and share it with those in need, the people in the flood plains, and the people who have had tornadoes rip through their homes...
Prayer 5/17/11 (05/17/11)
May our good deeds shine so that everyone will praise your name, O Lord Jesus. Amen.
Pleasant Hill Day celebrated (05/17/11)
Friends will gather for an 11 am worship service on Sunday, May 22nd at historic Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church near Fruitland, Mo. The covered dish "dinner on the grounds" will follow with drinks provided by the Cemetery Association. Exit I-55 and follow US Highway 61 north to Fruitland. Follow County Road 541 to find the stately old church amid lovely grounds, established in 1838. Join others interested in the history of Cape Girardeau County for an enjoyable time...
Cape Central 's James Lane signs letter of intent (05/17/11)
Cape Central High School basketball standout James Lane recently signed a letter of intent to play ball for John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Pictured seated with James, left to right, are Cape Central Head Coach Drew Church and his mother Hope Miller. ...
Terrific Tigers recognized at school board meeting (05/17/11)
Several outstanding students were honored for their service to others, leadership and scholarship during the Cape Girardeau Public Schools May school board meeting this week. The recipients of the Terrific Tiger Award are pictured above with Board President Stacy Kinder and Superintendent of Schools Dr. ...
5 pound lunker from Montauk State Park (05/17/11)
Luke Mirly of Jackson caught a 5 lb lunker on kids fishing day at Montauk state park. He was using a plastic worm and 2 lb tess line. It took him 25 minutes to reel in the fish. He has been going to Montauk since he was a baby but this was the first lunker he has caught...
Small World Kids Stuff a Truck (05/17/11)
The Pre-K class at A Small World Pre-School donated items to "Stuff a Truck "
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