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Most area districts do well in 'snapshot' of performance (08/22/11)
School districts throughout the state are now reviewing preliminary Annual Performance Reports, released Friday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Most local school districts fared well in the reports, which the department calls "broad, high-level snapshots of performance."...
Area home market holding steady if slow pace (08/22/11)
Lisa Goodwin was looking for a house where she wouldn't have to tear up the carpets and repaint the walls before moving in. The newly constructed home in Jackson she recently moved into offered advantages older homes didn't, she said, including a warranty from the builder...
Bicyclists come out for race at Klaus Park (08/22/11)
Professional cyclists in team jerseys stood next to amateur bike riders as young as 15 years old at the starting line to participate in the Cyclewerx Crankfest bicycle race Sunday at Klaus Park in Jackson. Hosted by Cyclewerx, the race is part of the United Federation of Dirt series that hosts 18 races across Missouri and Kansas each year...
Man arrested in Charleston nightclub shooting (08/22/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man was arrested in Michigan last week in connection with a fatal nightclub shooting. Devonte Johnson, 18, was arrested in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Thursday, according to Charleston Department of Public Safety director Robert Hearne. Johnson waived extradition and was returned to Missouri, where he faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held without bond in the Mississippi County Jail...
Former Commander president writes open letter, hopes to sway pressure on city officials, save aircraft company (08/22/11)
On Aug. 11 the Southeast Missourian published a story that the Cape Girardeau city government was asking a bankruptcy judge to allow it to evict Commander Premier Aircraft Corp. from city-owned property at the airport. It was the latest development in the long story of Commander, which recently filed for bankruptcy, and Cape Girardeau. ...
Five arrested in East Prairie face drug charges (08/22/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Five area residents have been arrested on drug-related charges. Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore said his department began an investigation after receiving a tip about a possible methamphetamine lab. Officers went to a residence in East Prairie, Mo., on Aug. 13, where Moore said they found items used in making methamphetamine, methamphetamine, processed marijuana and a marijuana plant...
Disasters won't be part of Missouri special session (08/22/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It appears Missouri lawmakers will not be discussing natural disasters or the issue of recovery when they return to Jefferson City next month. Gov. Jay Nixon did not include disaster recovery on the agenda for the special legislative session that he called on Monday. Nixon says damage assessments from the natural disasters have not yet been completed. The governor had indicated earlier this summer that disaster recovery would be included in the special session...
Legal challenge filed over Missouri ballot measure concerning payday loans (08/22/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Critics are challenging a proposed Missouri ballot measure that attempts to limit costs for borrowers who use payday loans and other small loans. Opponents of the measure filed a lawsuit over the proposal in the state Capitol's home of Cole County. The suit challenges the cost estimate and the summary that would appear on the ballot before voters next year...
Group reuniting Joplin tornado victims with lost photos (08/22/11)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- White-gloved workers line the long tables, carefully sifting through photos of proms and weddings, baby's first day, proud soldiers in their uniforms. They gently clean off any dirt, dry rain-damaged pictures -- and salvage a city's lost treasures...
Green campus saving $45,000 annually (08/22/11)
WILDWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Community College's Wildwood campus was built to be environmentally friendly. Turns out those moves are pretty friendly to the bottom line, too. The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reported that green features installed when the campus was built four years ago save the community college district about $45,000 annually...
An early glimpse of the new MLK Memorial (08/22/11)
Visitors to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial take pictures behind security fencing on the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, Aug., 21, 2011. The memorial, for the late civil rights leader, is scheduled to be dedicated later this week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)...
U.S. Coast Guard struggling to update its aging fleet (08/22/11)
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Nearly a decade into a 25-year, $24.2 billion overhaul intended to add or upgrade more than 250 vessels to its aging fleet, the Coast Guard has two new ships to show after spending $7 billion-plus. Now it's facing an uphill battle persuading a budget-conscious Congress to keep pouring money into a project plagued by management problems and cost overruns...
Budget cuts lead to 4-day school weeks in South Dakota district (08/22/11)
IRENE, S.D. -- When the nearly 300 students of the Irene-Wakonda School District returned to school this week, they found a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines awaiting them. But one thing was missing: Friday classes. This district in the rolling farmland of southeastern South Dakota is among the latest to adopt a four-day school week as the best option for reducing costs and dealing with state budget cuts to education...
Republicans may OK payroll tax increase Obama hopes to block (08/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise taxes. Impossible, right? GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?...
Social Security disability on verge of insolvency (08/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs...
Demand has American farmers looking to expand canola crop (08/22/11)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The demand for canola, best known for the cooking oil it produces, continues to rise and the industry is working to grow more of the plant in the U.S. to keep pace with increased sales. Experts said the best hope for meeting demand is to grow a variety of canola that is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring, offering farmers in some regions a chance to make use of their land during a normally dormant period...
Boomers will be spending billions to counter aging (08/22/11)
NEW YORK -- Baby boomers heading into what used to be called retirement age are providing a 70 million-member strong market for legions of companies, entrepreneurs and cosmetic surgeons eager to capitalize on their "forever young" mindset, whether it's through wrinkle creams, face-lifts or workout regimens...
The King has left the building: Burger chain retires mascot (08/22/11)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The King is dead, but the burger lives on. Burger King Corp. on Friday said it is retiring "The King" mascot, a man with an oversized plastic head and creepy smile who in recent years has been shown in ads peeping into people's windows and popping up next to them in bed...
Higher prices the big trend for back-to-school (08/22/11)
NEW YORK -- Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall. Some are using less fabric and calling it the new look. Others are adding cheap stitching and trumpeting it as a redesign. And the buttons on that blouse? Chances are you're not going to think it's worth paying several dollars more for the shirt just to have them...
Norwegians remember 77 victims of massacre at special ceremony (08/22/11)
OSLO, Norway -- Norway's prime minister urged his countrymen to look after each other and be vigilant for intolerance, as the nation concluded a monthlong mourning period with a candlelit memorial service Sunday to the 77 people killed by a right-wing extremist...
Pope to young pilgrims in Madrid: Spread faith (08/22/11)
MADRID -- Pope Benedict XVI urged more than 1.5 million young people to become missionaries for the faith Sunday, giving them words of encouragement as he concluded a glitch-marred church youth festival and announced that the next edition will be in Rio de Janeiro in 2013...
U.S. hikers' lawyer to appeal Iranian prison sentences (08/22/11)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The lawyer for two American men arrested more than two years ago in Iran and convicted on charges that include espionage said Sunday he will appeal the verdict and his clients' eight-year prison sentences. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced Saturday to three years for illegal entry into Iran and five years for spying for the United States. ...
Coincidence helps Canadian plane crash survivors (08/22/11)
RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut, Can. -- Within minutes after the Boeing 737-200 passenger jet slammed into a hill in Canada's remote Arctic region, military helicopters were landing at the crash site to evacuate the three survivors of the crash that killed 12 people. In an unlikely coincidence, several hundred military personnel in the region preparing for a mock airliner crash training exercise suddenly found themselves plunged into a real rescue mission...
Tropical storm barrels toward Puerto Rico (08/22/11)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tropical Storm Irene barreled toward Puerto Rico late Sunday after hitting St. Croix, packing heavy rains and winds that closed airports and flooded low-lying areas in the Leeward Islands. The fast-moving storm, moving west-northwest at roughly 15 mph was taking an unpredictable path that left people in the islands of the U.S. Caribbean anxious about the winds and rain to come. Its maximum sustained winds late Sunday night were 70 mph...
Syria's Assad warns against intervention in handling uprising (08/22/11)
BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday his regime was in no danger of collapse and warned against any foreign military intervention in his country as the regime tries to crush a five-month-old popular uprising. In his fourth public appearance since the revolt against his family's 40-year rule erupted in mid-March, Assad insisted that security forces were making inroads against the uprising...
Seven reported killed in Turkish air raids (08/22/11)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish airstrikes on suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq killed seven civilians Sunday, Iraqi officials said. The mayor of the town of Qalat Diza, Hassan Abdullah, and Capt. Ali Mohammed of the Iraqi army's border guards, said seven Iraqi civilians died in an attack on Kortak mountain, located on Mount Qandil, near the Iraqi-Iranian border. The two officials said the bodies were charred and dismembered...
Gadhafi defenses collapse in Tripoli (08/22/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli on Sunday and met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 42-year rule rapidly crumbled. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in Green Square, the symbolic heart of the fading regime...
Prep for season opener begins for Southeast Missouri State football team (08/22/11)
The Southeast Missouri State football team will begin to hone in on its season-opening opponent this week. That's good news for the Redhawks, who said following Saturday's second and final scrimmage that they're ready for a fresh angle.
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team falters at Big Ten's Iowa (08/22/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team lost to the Hawkeyes 2-1 to fall to 1-1 this season.
Rams see plenty of areas for improvement (08/22/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The only thing perfect about the St. Louis Rams is their 2-0 record. Coach Steve Spagnuolo gave the thumbs down to every other aspect of play after the second preseason game. The Rams' first string got whipped in the first half of Saturday night's 17-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans, stalling on offense after pulling off an 83-yard touchdown pass on their first play and getting gashed for huge gains both passing and running on defense...
Cardinals avoid sweep (08/22/11)
CHICAGO -- Albert Pujols homering against the Chicago Cubs is no surprise. Yadier Molina doing it this year isn't, either. Pujols hit his 31st home run and Molina connected twice to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night...
Redhawks football season kickoff draws closer (08/22/11)
The one surefire sign that the Southeast Missouri State football season is just about upon us is when the Redhawks finish their training camp. Get ready for the games to begin because the Redhawks concluded their two-week camp Saturday with their second and final scrimmage...
Ricky Gervais in new TV show (08/22/11)
LONDON -- Ricky Gervais, creator of the worldwide comedy hit "The Office" says his star-studded new TV show will focus on the misadventures of a dwarf actor. Gervais, the insult-slinging host of the Golden Globes, has already tapped Steve Carell, Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson to make guest appearances on the mockumentary, called "Life's Too Short."...
Danny DeVito gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (08/22/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Danny DeVito has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Emmy-winning actor was honored last week with star number 2,445. The ceremony was held in connection with the Sept. 13 release of the DVD of the sixth season of the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in which DeVito stars as the ne'er-do-well owner of a Philadelphia bar...
Variety of endeavors seeking Cape business licenses (08/22/11)
An interesting mix of businesses recently filed for licenses at Cape Girardeau City Hall. nEustis Studios will open Wednesday at 1606 Independence St. It is owned by K. Eustis, a New Orleans artist and sculptor. The studio will offer fine art and custom framing. John Buckner will serve as manager. Look for more about this business online at www.semissourian.com/features/...
Talking shop with Rob Stephens, marketing director at ServPro (08/22/11)
Rob Stephens, marketing director for ServPro of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, has seen more than a few messes in his day. Whether it's lipstick in a carpet, a flooded basement or a school's music room drenched after a storm blew off the roof, he helps coordinate the cleanup. Stephens not only serves ServPro's customers, he's a dedicated volunteer serving the community with his involvement in a number of local organizations from Rotary to the Red Cross and both local chambers of commerce...
People on the move 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
Ryan McClard has joined Capaha Mortgage Lenders, a division of Capaha Bank, as vice president of mortgage lending. McClard brings to his position 11 years of experience in mortgage lending. Capaha Bank has more than $180 million in assets with locations in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois...
Lawrence Anderson (08/22/11)
Lawrence L. Anderson, 81, of Jackson died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at the Monticello House in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Sarah Evans (08/22/11)
Sarah Evans, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home.
Lola Gramlisch (08/22/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lola May Gramlisch, 63, of Chaffee died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. She was born to the late Ray Gramlisch and Lora May Jones Gramlisch, who survives in Advance. She was a supervisor over the shoe department at Walmart in Cape Girardeau until she became disabled. Lola was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Advance...
Celina Payne (08/22/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Celina Howard Payne, 33, of Advance died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Advance First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at Cato Cemetery near Arab, Mo...
Willa Dean Propst (08/22/11)
Willa Dean Propst, 79 of Jackson, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson...
Marie Hartwig (08/22/11)
Marie Hartwig, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Ray Clinton (08/22/11)
Ray Clinton passed away Aug. 20, 2011. He was a faithful Christian, devoted husband, loving father and kind friend. He gave much to this world and left it a better place. Ray Clinton was born in Plainville, Ind., on Nov. 9, 1922, to Daniel Josephus and Lula Clinton. After graduating from Plainville High School in 1940, he began working as a surveyor...
Births 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
Son to Brian D. and Kristina A. Gilpin of Scott City, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:07 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Name, Eli O'Dell. Weight, 7 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Gilpin is the former Kristina Cagle, daughter of Tony and Pam Cagle of Cape Girardeau. She is employed in the business office at Saint Francis. Gilpin is the son of David and Kay Gilpin of Scott City. He is self-employed...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
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Cape Girardeau police report 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts...
Jackson fire report 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
Today is Fred Boeckmann's last day as Cape Girardeau city attorney; on Monday he will begin a new job as city attorney of Columbia, Mo. At a news conference in the Chamber of Commerce office, city and civic leaders discuss their efforts to lobby state officials concerning an enterprise zone designation for Cape Girardeau; such a designation, they say, would promote economic development and growth; the zone would encompass the city's downtown and central business district south to the city limits.. ...
Southeast football (08/22/11)
Today classes begin for Southeast Missouri State University, and soon the university's football program will kick off its season. The Redhawks, coming off their first OVC championship and claiming the program's first playoff berth, will open the season at home Sept. 3 when Southern Illinois visits Houck Stadium...
Did the Bush tax cuts work? (08/22/11)
According to renowned tax analyst David Cay Johnston, author of "Nine Things the Rich Don't Want You to Know," the 2001 tax cuts made the economy worse. The total income in the next eight years was $2.73 trillion less than it would have been if it had stayed at the 2000 level. The top 1 percent of the population, who owned 22 percent of the wealth, now own 40 percent...
Speak Out 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
THE full story under the headline "Congress approval rating lowest ever" explains that in the same poll the majority of voters don't like Congress in general but would re-elect their own representative in an election. In other words, it's representatives from other places who are responsible for our problems. This proves people have a tendency to assign blame outside their circle of interest...
Prayer 8/22/11 (08/22/11)
O Lord Jesus, in everything we do may we do it for your glory. Amen.
Elwood Voss completes NAYLE training (08/22/11)
Cape Girardeau resident Elwood Voss, 14 and a Life scout with Boy Scout Troop 4008, recently completed the week-long National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) training at S Bar F Scout Ranch in Knob Lick, MO. This course is offered by the Philmont Training Center based at the Rocky Mountain Scout Camp in Cimarron, New Mexico...
Jason Gray with Justin Pobst and Travis Niswonger (08/22/11)
Come Join us at New Mckendree UMC South Campus. We are welcoming back Jason Gray on This Sunday August 28th at 6:30p.m. Tickets are 12 in advance or 15 at the door. You can pick your tickets up at www.newmckendree.org, Gospeland inside the mall, or at the church office at 225 high street in Jackson...
Hummingbird on Star of David Flower (08/22/11)
This hummingbird is feeding on a Star of David wax plant flower on our deck.
Welcome to the world (08/22/11)
Back in June we watched a mother common snapping turtle lay her eggs at out pond behind the house. The Misssouri Conservationist Natural Events Calender stated that it is time for the eggs to hatch, and here they are.
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