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The death of Pinhook: Community will never return after flooding, residents say (06/17/11)
When Anita Nance dreams, it's almost always of Pinhook. Her house, surrounded by what seemed like a thousand trees. Sunday mornings at Union Baptist Church. Countless friends swarming to Mr. George's huge yard or biking up the meandering county road to the playground and its dizzying merry-go-round...
Kinder files healthcare lawsuit brief with appeals court (06/17/11)
Peter Kinder's lawsuit challenging the federal health care law will have a voice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th District.
Sikeston man charged with dozens of child sex crime counts (06/17/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Following allegations of sex crimes brought forward last month, a Scott County grand jury has charged Ronald Sherrod for several crimes, including rape and armed criminal action. Sherrod, 59, of Sikeston, Mo., is charged with 16 counts of statutory sodomy against two individuals who were under the age of 12 at the time; 12 counts of statutory sodomy for acts committed against females under the age of 17, 14 and 8 at the times of the crime; five counts of rape against another individual; five counts of armed criminal action for committing rape with the assistance and aid of a deadly weapon; one count of child molestation with a child less than 12 at the time; six counts of sexual misconduct involving a child less than 14 years of age at the time; and two counts of the misdemeanor of furnishing pornographic materials to minors, consisting of a video on computer of adults having sex to a person under the age of 18, while being aware of the victim's age.. ...
Sister of Cape girl missing 46 years to speak in Jefferson City (06/17/11)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The sister of a toddler missing from Cape Girardeau for more than 46 years will be one of two keynote speakers Friday at a state capitol ceremony honoring missing and unidentified persons in Missouri. Martha Hamilton, sibling of missing Elizabeth Ann Gill, will be joined by B.J. Spamer of the University of North Texas, who will speak of the significance of DNA and NamUs in relation to missing person cases...
Cape Girardeau man faces federal drug charges for music festival activity (06/17/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in St. Louis say a 44-year-old Southeast Missouri man has been indicted on drug charges involving a campground where he organized music festivals. The U.S. attorney's office said Thursday that James Tebeau of Cape Girardeau, has been charged with one felony count of operating premises for the facilitation of illegal drug use. ...
Levee breach may have disturbed cemetery (06/17/11)
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted the Birds Point-New Madrid levee in early May, it claimed the livelihoods of dozens of farmers in the fertile farmland beneath. Now there's evidence to suggest the floodway's activation may have disturbed the dead...
Cape Chamber's John Mehner receives statewide award (06/17/11)
John Mehner, president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, was named Thursday as the recipient of this year's Professional Economic Developer of the Year Award by the Missouri Economic Development Council. The award honors council members who make extraordinary efforts toward improving their communities and positively affecting the economic development of the state...
Corps of Engineers begins levee repairs (06/17/11)
The rebuilding begins. Hours after Gov. Jay Nixon announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would immediately rebuild the Birds Point-New Madrid levee, it appears the agency isn't wasting any time coming through on its word. Corps spokesman Jim Pogue on Thursday afternoon said crews were expected to begin moving earth by late in the day...
Disabilities board member faces concerns over conflict of interest (06/17/11)
A second term for Cape Girardeau County disabilities board member Bryan Noack appears to be in jeopardy now that a ounty commissioner and the board's chairwoman have voiced concerns about what they perceive as a serious conflict of interest. Noack should not serve on the volunteer Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities, according to Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell and board chairwoman Dory Johnson, because he is also employed by an identical board in Perry County...
MoDOT's Southeast District grows by 11 counties (06/17/11)
The size of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District increased by 11 counties on June 8 with the approval of the Bolder Five-Year Direction by The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Mark Shelton was named the district engineer over the 25-county region. ...
Pavement repairs reduces Highway 91 (06/17/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 91 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday through June 29 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the road. The section of road is from Route CC to County Road 385. Weather permitting, work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Route O reduced for pavement repairs (06/17/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route O in Perry County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews chip seal the road. The section of road is from Route B to Highway 51. Weather permitting, work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-663...
Cape Girardeau Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to close Saturday (06/17/11)
A FEMA recovery center open since Monday in Cape Girardeau will close Saturday and move to Bollinger County, FEMA announced Thursday. The Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at the Shawnee Park Center will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. FEMA urges storm and flooding victims who have questions about their applications for disaster aid to visit the center at the Shawnee Park Center or when it reopens in Marble Hill, Mo., on Monday. ...
Low-interest loan program, special unemployment available for Ill. flood victims (06/17/11)
Some people in Southern Illinois are now eligible for low-interest loans and special unemployment assistance as they recover from spring flooding. The state treasurer's office announced Thursday a program to help Southern Illinois residents, businesses and farmers obtain low-interest loans to recover from weather-related damage to their property. The program caps the interest rate at three percent for qualified borrowers at participating financial institutions, making repairs more affordable...
Orlando man stops in Cape Girardeau on Mississippi River kayak trip (06/17/11)
KRISTIN EBERTS ~ keberts@semissourian.com Christian Jespersen, 27, of Orlando, Florida, made a stop in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, June 16, 2011, during a kayak trip down the Mississippi River. ...
Jackson teenager injured in Wednesday night car accident (06/17/11)
A Jackson teenager suffered a serious injury after a late-night car accident Wednesday eight miles north of Cape Girardeau. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hannah R. Mauk, 17, was traveling Cape Girardeau County Road 532 when around 10:45 p.m. she drove off the road and struck a utility pole. She was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
County commissioners, floodplain manager discuss new ordinance (06/17/11)
During its regular meeting Thursday, Cape Girardeau County commissioners met with county floodplain manager Stan Murray to ask questions about a recently signed ordinance designed to ensure the county remains eligible to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program...
Missouri House Speaker forms committee to address 911 issues (06/17/11)
With technology rapidly improving, but funding for 911 services declining, Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, announced Thursday an interim committee will spend the next few months studying ways to update the state's aging emergency system...
Flood victims should call FEMA to schedule inspection (06/17/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- FEMA is encouraging those in Southeast Missouri who have registered for FEMA assistance to call and schedule an inspection if one has not already been confirmed, according to a FEMA news release. For those who have already registered, call FEMA's Helpline, 800-621-FEMA (3362), select the language correct option and update the application for an inspector's visit. ...
Jackson to hold annual electronics recycling event next weekend (06/17/11)
The city of Jackson will host its annual E-Cycle event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at 508 Eastview Court. The event gives citizens and businesses from Cape Girardeau County an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or unusable electronic items, small and large appliances and other metal objects...
Corps says Mississippi River levee repairs could cost $1 billion (06/17/11)
VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The cost of repairing Mississippi River levees that were damaged by this year's historic flooding could reach $1 billion, but it's not clear how much funding will be available, a high ranking U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Thursday...
Rep. Weiner resigns in Twitter photo scandal (06/17/11)
NEW YORK -- Defiant and combative no longer, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner soberly announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women...
Layoffs ease, home building up (06/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and builders broke ground on more homes in May. The latest data offered some hope that the economy may be improving after hitting a slump in late spring. Unemployment benefit applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said. It was the second drop in three weeks and a positive sign that layoffs are slowing...
Lawmakers mock Obama's claim on Libya hostilities (06/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats on Thursday derided President Barack Obama's claim that U.S. air attacks against Libya do not constitute hostilities and demanded that the commander in chief seek congressional approval for the 3-month-old military operation...
Obama discusses drawdown in Afghanistan with his top general (06/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top general in Afghanistan has given him a range of options for withdrawing American forces as a July deadline for starting the drawdown approaches. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Gen. David Petraeus, along with other members of the national security team, met with the president Wednesday at the White House. ...
Colorado community wants to sell the rights to Dead Guy Days (06/17/11)
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce in Colorado is offering to sell the rights to a celebration of a frozen dead guy. Bredo Morstoel's corpse has been packed in dry ice in a shed at the mountain town since 1993. He died in 1989 at age 89 and his Norwegian family preserved his body in hopes technology will be developed to bring him back to life...
Al-Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as al-Qaida leader (06/17/11)
CAIRO -- Osama bin Laden's longtime second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, has taken control of al-Qaida, the group declared Thursday, marking the ascendancy of a man driven by hatred of the United States who helped plan the Sept. 11 attacks. Al-Zawahri is considered the organizational brain of the terror group, highly skilled at planning and logistics. ...
Philippines on alert due to extremist bomb threat (06/17/11)
MANILA, Philippines -- A top Asian terrorist suspect and the notorious Abu Sayyaf extremist group may have deployed militants to bomb targets in the Philippines' capital, according to a Philippine intelligence report seen by The Associated Press on Thursday...
Southeast Missouri State athletic director John Shafer retires (06/17/11)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director John Shafer announced his retirement Thursday, effective June 30.
Cape Legion wins opener in weekend tournament (06/17/11)
It was an unusually long first inning for Cape Ford and Sons Post 63 pitcher Jamie Pickel in a couple different ways Thursday in the opening game of the SEMO Invitational. First he spent a long time on the mound in the top of the inning considering he retired the Missouri Bulls 16U team in order...
Copperheads will play for CPFL championship in first season (06/17/11)
The SEMO Copperheads are an eclectic group of football players. The team includes a 44-year-old former Marine who never has played football, a Notre Dame Regional High School graduate who played soccer in his prep days and at least 10 former college football players...
Cardinals walk off with 10-inning loss (06/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- Late home runs by Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina rallied the St. Louis Cardinals only to see them fall short yet again. Reliever Fernando Salas gave up a three-run homer to Danny Espinosa in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Washington Nationals a 7-4 win Thursday night. It was the sixth straight loss for the Cardinals, who were swept in consecutive series at Milwaukee and Washington...
Experiencing theater (06/17/11)
I've been thinking a lot about the theater lately. The River Campus released its 2011-2012 season of events last week, describing touring musicals, student plays and symphony dates. Early this week, Twitter chirped with links to news outlets with talk about the Tony Awards and its winners, Neil Patrick Harris's performance and, of course, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."...
Birdieballs and matrimony (06/17/11)
You might want to squeeze in a practice round this weekend for the First-Ever Sixth Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet, which is the following weekend -- 1:30 p.m. June 26, to be exact...
Confederate Railroad makes tracks for Roxy's (06/17/11)
Downtown Cape Girardeau doesn't typically see big names performing in the clubs, but June 24, country act Confederate Railroad will pull up to the doors of Roxy's Country Saloon to entertain with their blend of outlaw country and good-time honky-tonk music...
ARTifacts 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Best bet: Party with a Purpose at Mixing 10 (06/17/11)
Mixing 10 in Cape Girardeau takes the guilt out of a weekend downtown. Today and Saturday, the bar will host "Party with a Purpose" to raise money for flood and tornado victims in Missouri. Classic rock groups Horizn and Human Zoo, pictured, will entertain the masses today and Saturday, respectively. ...
Treks encourage local artists to be inspired by nature (06/17/11)
For photographer Darlene Spell, the most frightening natural disasters hold a hidden beauty. When everyone else runs for shelter, Spell pulls out her camera. Spell finds beauty in everything in the natural world, and she uses her photography to show people the beauty that exists in things they take for granted...
Broadway beams its offerings via movie screens (06/17/11)
NEW YORK -- Movie theaters in the next few weeks will be filled with stories about misbehaving pandas, heroic mutants, superheros with magic rings and a comedy of mistaken identity led by a man playing a woman. Typical summer fare, right? Well, not exactly when it comes to that comedy...
Glenn Tellor (06/17/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Glenn Edward Tellor, 76, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Jonesboro Rehab & Care Center. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Private graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Anna City Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating...
Frances Heuring (06/17/11)
Frances Heuring, 59, of Jackson died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John Seabaugh (06/17/11)
John Loys "Yogi" Seabaugh, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, to John Cam and Elsie Parsons Seabaugh. John was a Central High School graduate and attended Southeast Missouri State University...
David Dunlap (06/17/11)
David Edmond Dunlap, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Syble Dunlap (06/17/11)
Syble Lee Dunlap, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jo Ann Yates (06/17/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jo Ann Yates, 71, of Marble Hill passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 3, 1940, in Greenwood, Mich., daughter of William and Ruth A. Doss Galey. She and Gilbert R. Yates were married June 2, 1996...
Robert Lucas (06/17/11)
Robert Thomas Lucas, 82, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Detroit, to Robert B. and Minnie May Owens Lucas. He married Rita Pinger on Dec. 7, 1979...
Lloyd Summers (06/17/11)
Lloyd R. Summers, 87, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 3, 1923, near Millersville, son of Boyd and Bertha Sanders Summers Sr. He and Wilma E. Hahn were married April 21, 1944, in Osceola, Ark...
Cornelius Rolwing (06/17/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Cornelius Paul Rolwing, 90, of Charleston died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Charleston Manor. He was born Oct. 23, 1920, in the Texas Bend community of Mississippi County, to the late Paul Lawrence and Elizabeth Margaret Wessels Rolwing...
Ronald McBride (06/17/11)
Ronald McBride, 48, of Jackson died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1962, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Bill and Pat Harbin McBride. He and Brenda Kluesner were married March 10, 1989, in Cape Girardeau. She preceded him June 24, 2008...
Dale Dillow (06/17/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Dale L. Dillow, 78, of McClure died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Carbondale, Ill., a son to the late Herman C. and Maude E. Gunn Dillow. Dillow was a member of First Baptist Church of Grand Tower, Ill., but attended the Pentecostal Church in McClure in recent years...
Therese Brady (06/17/11)
Therese Adele Gorg Brady of Kirkwood, Mo., died Friday, June 10, 2011. Loving wife of the late Hon. Robert G. Brady. Beloved mother to Sean Brady, Kevin Brady (Anne), Shannon Hodge and Robert Grant Brady (Colleen). Beloved grandmother of Gavin Brady (Erin), Erin Duggin (Shane), Geoffry Brady, Meagan Brady, Benjamin Hodge, James Hodge, Miles Cargas, Sophia Cargas. Beloved great-grandmother of Marlie Duggin, Tate Duggin and Charlie Brady...
Births 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
Son to Dallas Bradley and Whitney Page Hughes of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 4:58 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011. Name, Aiden Eli. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Mrs. Hughes is the former Whitney Lunsford, daughter of Mark Lunsford and Marcia Lunsford of Doniphan, Mo. She is a switchboard operator at Southeast. Hughes is the son of Rita Hughes of Piedmont, Mo. He is employed at Walmart...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Jackson police and fire report 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Out of the past 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
Lon Maxey, president of General Sign Co., announces his company will move to a new location on Rusmar Avenue off South Kingshighway; the company was hard-hit by last month's flash flooding at its current location, 39 N. Broadview St. A sunken barge on the Mississippi River near Mississippi County exploded yesterday during an operation to salvage rotting grain; a diver from Tulsa, Okla., was killed when he was pinned beneath the surface...
Beautification (06/17/11)
Southeast Missouri is a beautiful place to live. We have rolling hills, fertile fields, rivers and streams. Our towns, at least most of them, are quaint. We have nice schools and courthouses and clean parks. The good majority of people who live and work in Southeast Missouri understand and appreciate the aesthetics of our towns and rural areas. But there are some, unfortunately, who do not...
Speak Out 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
I would like to encourage everyone to patronize the Southeast Missouri Humane Society auction next weekend. I know that some people have taken some very good things there, some new with tags -- toys, games, work clothes, all kinds of things. Please drop by and also while you're there take a look at the animals who will give you lots and lots of love...
Prayer 6/17/11 (06/17/11)
To those whose love endures year after year, send your blessings, O God. Amen.
humanitarian mission in South Pacific (06/17/11)
Son of Jackson, Mo., resident participates in humanitarian mission in South Pacific Original Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Russell USS CLEVELAND, At Sea -- Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Wright, builder, son of Delwayne and Cathy Wright, residents of Jackson, Mo., is serving as lead builder of Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 in support of Pacific Partnership 2011 aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland...
Rubbermaid Donates Totes for Joplin Tornado Victim (06/17/11)
The Cape Girardeau Baptist Association recently received some Rubbermaid Totes for the Joplin tornado victims. Mary Edmonds an employee at the Rubbermaid plant in Jackson requested and received the totes from their sister plant in Winfield, Kansas where the totes were made. Mary Edmonds, Rubbermaid Employee, delivered the totes to the association...
Beacon Health Center hosts Red Cross Blood Drive (06/17/11)
Beacon Health Center, 6468 State Highway 77, Benton, Mo (across from Boomland) will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on July 1, 2011 from 10am - 2pm. Anyone interested in donating should contact Beacon at 573/332-1900 or 573/545-3565 for an appointment or by walk in the day of the event...
Gordonville Grill & Cub Scout Pack 212 (06/17/11)
The Cub Scouts of Pack 212 in Jackson would like to thank Gordonville Grill for the Fundraiser Evening held on May 17th. The food, service, and company was great and we would like to thank everyone who attended. All of the proceeds will go towards several of the fun activities we have planned for this summer. One is a Pool Party at the SEMO Aquatic Center on July 9th and another is a Family Weekend at Camp SEMO on August 6th-7th. Pack 212 is sponsored by the St. Paul Men's Club...
Missouri State University Dean's List (06/17/11)
Lauren Bishop was named to the dean's list for academic achievement at Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri for both semesters of the 2010-2011 academic year. Bishop was in the 2010 graduating class at Cape Central High School and attended Missouri State University on a Board of Governor's Scholarship...
Cape VFW Post 3838 Donates to Veterans Home (06/17/11)
Commander Jeff Heise (left) and Quartermaster Scott Smith of the Clippard Taylor Wilson VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau present a check for $1300 to Debbie Monroe on behalf of the Missouri Veterans Home. These funds are used for weekly bingo games for the residents of the home. ...
"Dinky" train in Capaha Park (06/17/11)
"Dinky" Train in Capaha Park , repainted this past Sat morning by the Esprit Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau. Restoring Cape's History for the children in our community.
Early morning fog (06/17/11)
Early morning fog shrouds the landscape in Burfordville.
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