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Stories from Monday, August 15, 2011

I-55 in New Madrid County reduced for bridge repairs (08/15/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today and Tuesday, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. This section of road is at the Route M overpass between Route EE and Highway 162...
Missouri's Facebook law only applies to private messages, senator says (08/15/11)
Many Missouri teachers have unfriended their students on Facebook in recent weeks to comply with a new law concerning the use of electronic communication and social media. Turns out, according to the state senator who wrote the legislation, they didn't have to...
Auction of Cape building closes; decision now up to GSA (08/15/11)
The online bidding war for Cape Girardeau's former federal building came to an end Sunday with a top offer of $625,000, but at least one county official said he isn't so sure this is the last word.
Incoming Central freshmen excited about start of classes (08/15/11)
A large, unfamiliar building. More expectations from teachers. More homework. Peer pressure. Peyton Atchley isn't worried. He and his buddy Dominick Waltz are already signed up for football, and they will get a chance to take a metal tech class, which they didn't have in junior high at Nell Holcomb...
Cape seeks $400,000 state grant to help bring in manufacturer, at least 20 jobs (08/15/11)
Cape Girardeau officials are seeking $400,000 in state aid to help lure a new manufacturer to the city. A civil defense and security company interested in locating here is negotiating with city officials, said Mitch Robinson, executive director of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet. The development is expected to bring a minimum of 20 jobs, he said...
State committee to decide whether to add new Poplar Bluff hospital's site change to today's agenda (08/15/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee may make a decision today on Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center's request to build a new seven-story hospital along Oak Grove Road. According to a meeting notice, the committee will hold a telephonic administrative meeting at 9 a.m. today with the second topic being to add the hospital's site change proposal to today's agenda as requested by several committee members...
New desks, new school year at United in Christ Lutheran School in Frohna, Mo. (08/15/11)
Kyle Winschel, left, selects the desk that he will use for fifth grade at United in Christ Lutheran School during an open house Sunday in Frohna, Mo. The Rev. Rod Benkendorf, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, and his daughter, Megan, toured the school's new addition after the dedication. ...
Skateboarder multitasks while riding the ramp in Jackson (08/15/11)
Slade Selsor of Jackson chats on his cellphone Sunday on the skate park ramp at Jackson City Park. A few skateboarders gathered and skated while anticipating a scheduled competition. They later learned that organization of the event had fallen through...
Bikers fight on Missouri interstate (08/15/11)
BUCKHORN, Mo. (AP) -- Law enforcement officers aren't getting many answers as they investigate a fight between at least two motorcycle gangs on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Don Crain says at least two people suffered superficial gunshot wounds in the fight Saturday night west of Buckhorn in Pulaski County...
Smelly surprises lurk beneath Missouri River (08/15/11)
OMAHA, Neb. -- When the Missouri River's floodwaters recede this fall, piles of debris, silt and some smelly surprises will be revealed. It's hard to say exactly what's hiding under the waters, but experts said it is certain that this year's epic flood will leave behind a mammoth mess once the water returns to within the Missouri River's banks...
Missouri man won't be retried for mother's 1993 slaying (08/15/11)
LINN, Mo. -- A central Missouri man who served 14 years of a life sentence for his mother's death before a judge overturned the conviction as the result of a tainted trial won't be tried again unless compelling new evidence comes to light, a county prosecutor announced Sunday...
'Pterodactyl' nabs surfer in statue prank (08/15/11)
CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. -- A bronze surfer statue near San Diego that's been the target of many gags has been hit again. Unknown pre-dawn pranksters on Saturday constructed a scene of a pterodactyl seemingly about to pluck the sculpture of a young surfer off his board. The pranksters placed a painted backdrop of a volcanic eruption behind the surfer statue...
Fatal stage collapse at fair an unforseeable fluke, Indiana governor says (08/15/11)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a fluke that no one could have anticipated, the governor and others said Sunday...
Sales of gold up on eBay amid stock turmoil (08/15/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- For gold sellers on eBay, the recent stock market turmoil has been a boon for business. Gold and silver sales on eBay had already been rising steadily over the past several years -- so much so that eBay Inc. created a special area in May to make it easier for buyers to find sellers...
Suicide bombers kill 22 in Afghan province (08/15/11)
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan -- Six suicide bombers attacked a governor's security meeting in one of Afghanistan's most secure provinces, killing 22 people. The governor of Parwan, a relatively peaceful eastern province just 30 miles north of Kabul, survived. He said he picked up an assault rifle and shot at least one of the attackers dead from the waiting room of his office...
Syrian gunboats hammer coastal city in attempt to crush uprising (08/15/11)
BEIRUT -- Syria used gunboats for the first time Sunday to crush the uprising against Bashar Assad's regime, hammering parts of the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia after thousands marched there over the weekend to demand the president's ouster. At least 25 people were killed, according to activists...
Two Southeast Missouri State offensive linemen eager to put injuries in past (08/15/11)
It's hard to imagine a Southeast Missouri State football player having worse injury luck than Matt Shannon. And it hasn't exactly been a smooth ride on the injury front for Dominic Maldonado. But, knock on wood, the two offensive linemen say they're feeling healthy these days as they look to bolster a group that lost four starters from last year's record-setting season, including two All-Americans...
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team drops exhibition 5-0 (08/15/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss to Iowa State on Saturday during an exhibition game played in St. Louis.
Kelso Fastpitch softball team finishes fourth at World Series (08/15/11)
The Kelso Fastpitch softball team from Kelso, Mo., had an impressive showing in a world-level tournament. Kelso finished fourth in the 36-team North American Fastpitch Association 'A' Major World Series that concluded over the weekend in Rockford, Ill...
Area digest 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
Cody Cox carded a par on hole No. 18 in a sudden-death playoff to win the junior club championship at Dalhousie Golf Club. Cox shot a 77 to tie with Jake Seabaugh. Corey Connell finished with an 81, while Gunnar Knudtson, Brady Dixon and Travis Simmons all shot 82s...
Pujols' bomb ignites Cards past Rockies (08/15/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols hit the longest home run at six-year-old Busch Stadium and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame an injury to starter Edwin Jackson with stellar bullpen work in a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night. Yadier Molina had three hits, a walk and two RBIs for St. Louis, which took two of three from Colorado. The Cardinals remained five games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee with 42 games to go, six of them against the Brewers...
Rams avoid penalty problems in opener (08/15/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Almost as impressive as the St. Louis Rams' showing in all three phases in their preseason opener was the fact they only were whistled for two penalties for 14 yards. St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo joked Sunday, a day after St. Louis beat Indianapolis 33-10, that he wasn't sure if referees weren't interested in dragging out the game. The Rams and Colts played a penalty-free first half, and the Colts finished with only one call for 5 yards...
Challenging road awaits Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (08/15/11)
I know I've said this before, but the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball schedule finally should be released by the university any day. That's because the Redhawks recently set their third and final guarantee game that generates revenue for the athletic department...
Health briefs (08/15/11)
HOSPITAL GETS RED CROSS HONOR STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital reached Gold Level status in the American Red Cross' Champions For Life campaign, reported the Ste. Genevieve Herald. Champions for Life is a health care initiative based on partnerships with area hospitals. ...
Talking shop with Nick and Angegiki Sakarelos (08/15/11)
Nick and Angegiki Sakarelos came to Southeast Missouri from Greece in search of the American dream. In 1983, the couple bought the Grecian Steak House in Cape Girardeau. The restaurant recently reopened after undergoing 10 months of extensive renovations to repair damage from a devastating fire in September. The fire was caused by a compressor in the salad bar...
Esicar's site, contents to be auctioned off Sunday (08/15/11)
The historic Esicar's Old Hickory Smokehouse will be sold at auction next week. The business has been closed since the building was ravaged by fire in March. It sustained an estimated $300,000 in damage, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The cause was determined to be electrical...
People on the move 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
Patrick W. Tankersley, a licensed professional counselor, has opened Faith Focused Counseling, 3095 Lexington Ave., Suite 200 in Cape Girardeau. He will focus on adult individual, marriage and family counseling as well as counseling people with depression and anxieties. ...
Tax liens (08/15/11)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during July are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Names in the news (08/15/11)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES Brendan Love, customer account coordinator of Jackson, was employee of the month for July at Nordenia USA Inc. He has been with the company since September 2007. Nordenia also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Michael Latham, Ronnie Moyers and Randy Mann, 20 years of service; Anthony Watson, Kevin Dorris and David Mott, 15 years; George Oldham, 10 years; and Eric Cathcart and Tommy Lambert, five years...
Bankruptcies (08/15/11)
Bankruptcies filed through July for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Ask the experts: Using marketing to retain current customers (08/15/11)
How can I use marketing to retain my current customers? Drew Janes: It would be the same as asking, "How can I use food to keep my body healthy?" To keep your body continually performing, you have to feed it. It's a pretty simple design and without it, well, unfortunately, you would die. ...
Business licenses (08/15/11)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during July include the following: Ashley Bailey Custom Cabinets (liquor license), 127 N. Main St. Dusty's Dog House, 125 S. Broadview 1 First Missouri State Bank, 800 N. Kingshighway Grecian Steak House (liquor license), 2002 Independence St...
Business briefs (08/15/11)
P.B. CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the grand opening of Second Debut resale shop. Tracy Tipton owns the shop, which is in the Poplar Bluff Square. The chamber also held a ribbon cutting recently for G Set Recording Studio at 211 N. Broadway. Eric White owns the business...
Kenny Pincksten works to restore one of Cape Girardeau's historic buildings (08/15/11)
With Cape Girardeau making plans to improve the Broadway corridor, developer Kenny Pincksten and his company, Prestige Development, have begun a restoration project on one of the street's historic buildings. Site preparation has been done already to the two-story, 143-year-old building at the corner of Broadway and Sprigg Street, with plans for retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second. ...
Semohousehunter.com a valuable tool for buying, selling houses (08/15/11)
Although the home market has been unpredictable, Semohousehunter.com, run by the Southeast Missourian, gives people buying or selling a home the resources they need to make the process easier. "Semohousehunter.com has been available to anyone looking for real estate or an agent since 2005," says Glenda Mayberry, real estate account executive at the Southeast Missourian and manager of the website. ...
More real estate agents using QR codes to share information (08/15/11)
Tiny black squares filled with jagged lines and dots are popping up on all sorts of products from ice cream pints to newspaper pages. These QR codes, short for "quick response," are becoming a popular way for businesses to link their customers with more information about their products...
Chambers of commerce partner for Current River marketing campaign (08/15/11)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The Current River is already wildly popular in Southeast Missouri, but local chambers of commerce believe there's room for improvement. This summer, the Ozark Riverways Marketing Group launched a new website for the Current River, www.seecurrentriver.com, and shot a 30-second television commercial for use in the Springfield, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff, Mo., markets, as well as the Paducah, Ky., and Jonesboro, Ark., areas...
Real estate pros offer tips on boosting home values (08/15/11)
Those working the Cape Girardeau real estate market say it's more important than ever for sellers to boost their home value. "It matters a lot to the sellers. As I go into a home, I make suggestions as I see them," says Laura Ritter, broker/sales with Century 21 Ashland Realty in Cape Girardeau. ...
Rita Eichhorn (08/15/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- Rita Eichhorn, 80, of Kelso died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Norma Jean Cook (08/15/11)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Norma Jean Cook, 82, of Morley died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. She was born March 31, 1929, in Flint, Mich., daughter of the late Aaron Alvin Chaney and Myrtle Mae Dockins Warner. She married Clyde J. Cook on Feb. 7, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1976...
Paul Essner (08/15/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- Paul Robert Essner, 80, of Kelso died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. He was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Chaffee, the son of Louis Adam and Leona Ann Scherer Essner. He married Leola Carmalee Tucker on Aug. 11, 1956, in Kelso...
Bill Mullen (08/15/11)
Bill Mullen, 72, of Fredericktown, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at the Claru Deville Nursing Center in Fredericktown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Fredericktown, with a prayer service at 7...
David Hutchison (08/15/11)
EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- David A. Hutchison, 82, of East Peoria, formerly of Tamms, Ill., passed away at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at his residence. He was born Jan. 21, 1929, in McClure, Ill., to Andrew and Alice Groves Hutchison. He married Betty Jo West on Oct. 28, 1950, in Elco, Ill., at the home of Betty's sister Reba and Jesse White...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police and fire report 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
Summons Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Out of the past 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Democratic and Republican central committees may emerge with new chairmen next week; both Ken McManaman, chairman of the Democratic committee for two years, and Kevin Phillips, chairman of the Republican committee for four years, indicate they are leaning against continuing in their roles...
Academic champions (08/15/11)
Southeast Missouri State University has many student-athletes doing an excellent job on both the playing field and in the classroom. But one team recently received national honors for their academic excellence. The university's gymnastics program was recently named the 2011 academic national champion by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women with a team 3.91 GPA...
Speak Out 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
THE approval rating of the U.S. Congress is deservedly at its lowest point in its history. Pandering to the confused but finicky electorate is what caused Congress to be in free fall. It has reaped what it sowed, and its members will suffer a anti-incumbent fate at the polls next year...
Prayer 8/15/11 (08/15/11)
O Jesus, may we be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through you. Amen.
LeBounce for a cause: Boomerang at LeBounce (08/15/11)
LeBounce in Cape Girardeau hosts event for children with special needs LeBounce Inflatable Play Centre will host Boomerang at LeBounce: Giving back bounce by bounce on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event focuses on children with special needs and their families, with all proceeds benefiting Melaina's Magical Playland...
Reset Event for Marketers, Business Owners (08/15/11)
Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals (AMP) will host The Reset Process -- An Introduction on Wednesday, August 17 from 5 to 7 pm at Bella Italia, 20 North Spanish Street, to help marketers and business owners seeking to define their brand promise to develop a strategy...
Charis Stewart Named ECC Volleyball Captain (08/15/11)
Cape Girardeau Central graduate Charis Stewart has been named one of the captains of the East Central College volleyball team for the 2011 season. Stewart and Maddie Kelly have been named to leadership positions for the Falcons, ranked 11th in the NJCAA Division II national poll...
SPIKE TV HOST TO BE GUEST JUDGE AT LOCAL CAR SHOW (08/15/11)
AUGUST 15, 2011 -- MDA and Cars for Kids announced this morning that Rick Bacon, host of Spike TV's "Muscle Car Garage" on the Power Block will be appearing as a celebrity judge at the 2011 MDA Motor Madness car show this weekend (August 20th) at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau, MO. Rick is known as "The Arsonist" in the car world because of his talent for painting flames. Some of his work will be on display and included in the benefit auction...
New Recruits practice urban warfare techniques (08/15/11)
Cape Girardeau, Mo. -- Soldiers in the Recruit Sustainment Program in Cape Girardeau recently practiced clearing a building as part of the military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, training. Divided into groups of four to seven, the Soldiers took turns formulating entry plans and clearing the building...
Hovis receives Army Commendation Medal (08/15/11)
Cape Girardeau, Mo. -- Staff Sgt. Deron Hovis, of Headquarters Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion, was recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his exceptional meritorious service as the company's supply sergeant. "His contributions are invaluable to the success of the unit," said Sgt. ...
Tracker Visits the Special Olympics (08/15/11)
Tracker had a great time Saturday hanging out with the athletes at Victory Village.
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