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State senator: Missouri shouldn't pay for Birds Point-New Madrid floodway cleanup (08/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator says the state should not be responsible for any costs incurred in the Southeast Missouri flood zone. Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created a disaster when they made the decision to flood thousands of acres in Southeast Missouri by destroying a portion of the Birds Point Levee in May. At the time, the corps said the destruction of the levee was necessary to reduce flooding in Cairo, Ill., and other towns in the area...
Search continues for body of missing 3-year-old girl (08/16/11)
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) -- A Southeast Missouri man accused of killing a 3-year-old neighbor girl faces arraignment Aug. 30. Shawn Morgan made a brief appearance in a Dunklin County courtroom on Tuesday. His arraignment was rescheduled to allow him time to find an attorney. He remains jailed without bond...
Concert to follow Old Town Cape auction this weekend (08/16/11)
Old Town Cape's annual auction has been revamped this year in hopes of raising even more money than before to benefit downtown revitalization. The Charles L. Hutson Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus will for the first time include a benefit concert...
Two Cape council members pan utility assistance idea (08/16/11)
Calling it a form of welfare, two Cape Girardeau City Council members threw up hurdles that could kill a proposal that is intended to help low-income families pay their utility bills. Member Mark Lanzotti said during the council's Monday night study session he would likely vote against the plan to spend more than a quarter-million dollars from the city's sewer fund to help offset rate increases that went into effect July 1...
Cape Girardeau home where October 2009 murders happened burglarized (08/16/11)
The home of John Lawrence, where the 2009 shooting deaths of Jamie Lynn Orman, her 15-year-old son Derrick Orman and her unborn child occurred, was burglarized Sunday night, according to Cape Girardeau police. A neighbor watching the home at 1224 Missouri Ave. ...
New after-school program in Cape begins this week (08/16/11)
Thursday won't be the first day just for area schools. It will also mark the first day for Rising Stars, a new after-school program at the Shawnee Park Center in south Cape Girardeau. Rising Stars is a collaboration of the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau, the city Parks and Recreation Department and the staff of the Family Resource Center, which over the summer closed its doors on South Sprigg Street after 14 years...
Corps problem: Many demand Southeast Missouri levees rebuilt to 62 feet at public hearing (08/16/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- From the signs being held along the shore to the words being said aboard the ship, the message Monday was resounding: Rebuild the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. Not to 51 feet, as proposed, but to 62 feet -- the level in place before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted three holes in the levee in May as part of its plan to fight record-setting floodwaters...
School, residents group seek summary judgment in fight against quarry plans (08/16/11)
The legal wrangling to try to stop two proposed quarry developments near Saxony Lutheran High School continued Monday with a new filing in Cole County Circuit Court. Saxony Lutheran High School and Save Our Children's Health Inc., a group of Fruitland residents, both represented by Clayton, Mo., attorney Stephen Jeffery, filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday in its case against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land Reclamation Commission...
Records: Neighbor confessed to killing Bootheel girl (08/16/11)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Authorities say a Missouri man has confessed to suffocating a 3-year-old neighbor girl who had been playing in his pool. Forty-three-year-old Shawn Morgan is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of Breeann Rodriguez...
Homeless man charged with robbery of Cape teen (08/16/11)
A homeless man accused of robbing a teenage boy last week was arrested over the weekend. Eugene L. Dodds, 20, was arrested Sunday afternoon and formally charged Monday with second-degree robbery. Dodds' arrest stems from an incident reported about 12:15 a.m. ...
Evidence against former Carter County sheriff revealed in preliminary hearing (08/16/11)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Wayne County judge ordered former Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams to stand trial Friday morning on three drug-related felonies, including distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine. Adams, 31, of Ellsinore, Mo., appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller for a preliminary hearing on two felonies of distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and cocaine) and the felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (methamphetamine).. ...
Cape School Board fills vacancy (08/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau School Board appointed a new member Monday night to fill the seat vacated in July by Luther Bonds, who has taken a position as a DARE officer and school resource officer.
Highway 72 in Madison County reduced for pavement repairs (08/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 72 between Route OO and Highway 51 in Madison County will be reduced to one lane today through Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews mill and patch the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 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...
Pavement repairs reduce Route B in Bollinger County (08/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route B from Route M to Highway 34 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews chip-seal the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 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 toll-free at 888-275-6636...
Highway 34 in Wayne County reduced for ditching (08/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 from County Road 332 to Route FF in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform ditching. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 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...
I-55 in New Madrid County reduced for bridge repairs (08/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound Interstate 55 at the Route M overpass between Route EE and Highway 162 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 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...
Weekend accidents injure several in Scott, Bollinger counties (08/16/11)
Several people were injured in car accidents on state highways over the weekend in Scott and Bollinger counties. Three people were injured in a crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 77, a half-mile east of Benton, Mo., according to the highway patrol. The accident happened when Jacquelynne N. ...
Poplar Bluff teenager killed in hit-and-run (08/16/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teen was killed in a hit-and-run accident at 9:50 p.m. Sunday on Highway 142 three miles south of Poplar Bluff.
Poplar Bluff hospital hearing to be in September (08/16/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Due to continuing opposition, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee on Monday decided to not hear Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center's request to build its new hospital on a 62-acre site on the south side of Oak Grove Road between the U.S. 67 Bypass and Shelby Road. The vote was 5-0...
Two arrested over Cape parking lot fight (08/16/11)
Two men were arrested after a fight in a downtown parking lot early Saturday. Police were called to a parking lot at 24 S. Spanish St. at 1:48 a.m. Saturday. James A. Pinkston Jr. , 23, of Benton, Mo., was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, second-degree property damage and disturbing the peace...
In federal court: Man pleads guilty to possession of firearm (08/16/11)
GUILTY PLEA Name: Jerry L. Daniels Age: 42 Residence: Oran, Mo. Charge: Felon in possession of firearm Summary: With his plea, Daniels admitted to being in possession of a rifle that his wife handed over to county deputies during a domestic disturbance call on Nov. 29. Daniels had five felony convictions, prohibiting him from possessing a firearm. He now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Nov. 21...
Cape Girardeau man pleads not guilty to stabbing (08/16/11)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded not guilty Monday in connection to a stabbing at a house party in May. Kollin L. Payne, 22, appeared before Judge William Syler for his arraignment on a charge of second-degree assault. The case was continued until Aug. 22...
Two face meth charges after Cape traffic stop (08/16/11)
A Cape Girardeau couple was arrested on methamphetamine charges after a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. Nicole L. Turner, 37, and Tyler D. Emerson, 23, were pulled over on Sprigg Street after officers with the SEMO Drug Task Force received a tip that the truck they were driving may have had methamphetamine in it, said Cape Girardeau police officer Jason Selzer...
International players add to Southeast Missouri State football team's roster depth (08/16/11)
A player from Germany and another from Australia add an international flavor to the Southeast Missouri State football team. Conrad Schmid is a sophomore offensive lineman from Kremmen, Germany, while Eddie Kocwa is a freshman punter and kicker from Brisbane, Australia.
Southeast Missouri State football team misses out on top 25 (08/16/11)
Southeast Missouri State is not ranked in one of the two major Football Championship Subdivision preseason polls, which was released Monday. But the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Redhawks did receive plenty of support in the Sports Network/Fathead.com poll.
Missouri offensive lineman Fisher injures knee (08/16/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri senior offensive tackle Elvis Fisher collapsed at practice Monday, screaming in pain and clutching at his left knee before he was helped off the field by two trainers. The senior co-captain who has made 40 consecutive starts for the Tigers was hurt during a one-on-one pass blocking drill against defensive end Michael Sam...
Quinn leaves mark in Rams exhibition opener (08/16/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn still remembers the first big hit of his college career at North Carolina. Now the Rams' first-round draft choice has a professional memory to hold on to. Quinn recorded one of the hardest hits of the night Saturday when St. Louis rolled to a 33-10 win over Indianapolis in the exhibition opener for both teams...
Doumit mauls Cardinals (08/16/11)
PITTSBURGH -- Jake Westbrook has won 82 games in the major leagues on the strength of one of the best sinkers in baseball. Yet the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander went away from the sinker in a pivotal moment and it wound up costing him in a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night...
Autism risks in siblings higher than thought (08/16/11)
CHICAGO -- A new study suggests nearly one in five children with an autistic older sibling will develop the disorder too -- a rate much higher than previously thought. Researchers followed 664 infants who had at least one older brother or sister with autism. Overall, 132 infants or about 19 percent ended up with an autism diagnosis, too, by their third birthdays. Previous smaller or less diverse studies reported a prevalence of between 3 percent and 14 percent...
Rembrandt drawing at hotel stolen (08/16/11)
LOS ANGELES -- An art thief pulled off a heist of a small Rembrandt drawing worth $250,000 while the exhibition curator was momentarily distracted at a California luxury hotel known for its top-notch security, investigators said Monday. The theft from a private exhibit in the lobby at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey occurred during a 15-minute window Saturday night...
Bobby Bartels (08/16/11)
Bobby Joe Bartels, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at his home. He was born April 19, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, to William August and Minnie Belle Mungle Bartels. He and LaWanda D. Allen were married in June 1964 at Jackson. Bobby was a carpenter and worked for Griffaw Furniture and Columbia Construction (furniture factory). He never met a stranger, was good-hearted, kind and loved to talk. He liked to do projects around the house...
Thomas Arthur (08/16/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas E. Arthur, 81, departed this life Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Lutheran Medical Center in Denver. He was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Williamsburg, Ky., son of Thomas McVey Arthur and Jessie Ellison Jenkins...
Rita Eichhorn (08/16/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- Rita A. Heisserer Eichhorn, 80, of Kelso, died Sunday Aug. 14, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born to the late August Joseph and Rosalia Glastetter Heisserer. She married Ervin Eichhorn on Feb. 4, 1948, and he survives...
Kenneth Detherage (08/16/11)
Kenneth C. Detherage, 90, of Jackson passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 22, 1921, in Barbourville, Ky., to Albert and Ethel Golden Detherage. Detherage was a World War II veteran and served with the U.S. Marine Corps on Guadalcanal, Aug. 7, 1942...
Sandra Baker (08/16/11)
Sandra Kay Baker, 57, of Earle, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born July 7, 1954, to Orville and LaVerne Warner of Cape Girardeau. She was married to David Baker of Brookport, Ill...
Thomas Hitt (08/16/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Thomas Washington Hitt, 87, of Advance passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Advance, son of Robert and Altha Wiseman Hitt. He and Rosemary Eakin were married June 21, 1946, at Marble Hill, Mo. She preceded him in death May 14, 2003...
Jane Randol Jackson (08/16/11)
Jane Randol Jackson, 64, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at the home she shared with her husband, Larry, in The Villages, Fla. She was born in Cape Girardeau, Sept. 22, 1946, to Dorothy and Narvol A. Randol. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carolyn Randol Brinkle...
John Seabaugh (08/16/11)
John R. Seabaugh, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Perryville, Mo., to Glen F. and Elsie Marie Smith Seabaugh. He and Betty Howard were married Nov. 22, 1969, in Cape Girardeau...
Erna Stueve (08/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Erna A. Stueve, 90, of Perryville died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Aug. 1, 1921, at Farrar, Mo., daughter of Henry J. and Anna Meyer Lohmann. She and Paul Ervin Stueve were married Aug. 31, 1941. He preceded her in death Feb. 6, 1985...
Dewey Keller (08/16/11)
Dewey M. Keller, 94, of Gordonville died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville.
Winford Brown (08/16/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Winford Odell Brown, 93, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home...
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department report 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following item. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Jackson police report 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
One month after exposed asbestos insulation was found around the rusty boilers of two steam locomotives in Capaha and Arena parks, city officials still haven't decided how to deal with it; the city council is expected to discuss the problem for the first time Monday...
Welcome back to Southeast (08/16/11)
I would like to welcome back, on behalf of our entire city of Cape Girardeau, our Southeast Missouri State University students. This is also the time to welcome the incoming freshman class of more than 1,900 students to our fine university. I would also like to give a special welcome to our international students. We will have about 600 returning and 800 total international students on campus this year...
City and Central High School both benefit from dynamic relationship (08/16/11)
A community and its public high school have a relationship by definition. The nature of that relationship is characterized by many factors, and, certainly, both entities are enhanced by a mutually beneficial, real-life interdependence that demands the best from both. The truth is one cannot exist without the other....
Seven university benchmarks: People and circumstances (08/16/11)
Reflections often are luxuries of time and distance. As Southeast Missouri State University launches into another successful academic year, it might be appropriate to reflect on key people and circumstances over the past two decades that set a foundation for future success...
DARE award (08/16/11)
Patrolwoman A.C. Walker was recently honored with the Missouri DARE officer of the year award. Walker, the first officer in Southeast Missouri to win the award, now in its 20th year, said she was "shocked" to have been chosen as she said the award is generally given to veteran officers...
Dems view of 'shared sacrifice' (08/16/11)
Joe Biden loves to say "paying taxes is patriotic." Obama lectures us weekly that wealthy citizens and the private jet owners should pay their fair share. OK, fine. But maybe Obama should look at his own party. Let's start with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Earlier this year she had to pay more than $375,000 to cover back taxes and improper billing for her $2 million private plane. Oops!...
Speak Out 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
I was driving past the LaSalle Avenue exit on the road that takes you back to Lexington Avenue through Cape Girardeau and wondered why there are fire hydrants every 15 feet. I'm wondering if city laws require that fire hydrants have to be within 15 feet of each other, because there's a million of them out here. There are a few sporadic houses, but there are many more hydrants than I ever see in town compared to the number of houses that I see out here...
Prayer 8/16/11 (08/16/11)
May your peace, O Lord Jesus, guard our hearts and our minds. Amen.
"We stand with Israel" (08/16/11)
"We stand with Israel" is the topic for speakers on August 23 at Cape County Park, North, shelter #8 from 4:30pm - dark. The speakers include Bob Parker, Mark Ramsey, Roger Christiansen and Ron Knapp. Please come join us and show your support. Food and drinks will be provided. United we stand, divided we fall...
German Days (08/16/11)
my daughter Dakotah and her cousin Rylie are pictured at the very top of the ride. The girls both enjoyed their Saturday night at German Days.
Coco's 1st Day at the Park (08/16/11)
Coco is a 4 month old Lhasa Poo who loves to play. Since yesterday's weather was so beautiful, I decided to take her to the park to play. She was in doggie heaven!
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