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Jackson breaks ground on new fire station (09/07/11)
Jackson city and fire officials broke ground Tuesday on a new fire station that will help double the number of on-duty firefighters and reduce response times. Mayor Barbara Lohr and roughly a dozen aldermen and firefighters shoveled into the dirt at what will be the Jackson Fire Department's second station at 2448 S. ...
Crowell questions format, purpose of special session in heated floor exchange (09/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Jason Crowell dominated the senate floor Tuesday in an attempt to stop a special legislative session called by Gov. Nixon from starting. He questioned the need for a special session, which he said is costing taxpayers $25,000 a day.
Sikeston couple arrested after drug overdose (09/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston couple were arrested Friday after police reportedly discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in their home after responding to a medical assistance call. Ada Blagg, 31, and James Johnson, 33, have both been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Cape Girardeu City Council gives initial approval to apartments (09/07/11)
A new three-story apartment building aimed at housing the city's swelling student population was given first-round approval Tuesday night by the Cape Girardeau City Council. Following a public hearing in which no one spoke, the council voted unanimously to rezone 1.2 acres along North Sprigg Street from general commercial to a high-density multifamily residential. The council is expected to give final approval at its Sept. 19 meeting...
City council to revisit possibility of urban deer hunting in Cape (09/07/11)
Cape Girardeau's growing deer population has city leaders willing to take another look at the idea of urban deer hunting in hopes of curbing ravaged landscapes, car collisions and irritated residents. At its Tuesday night pre-meeting study session, council member John Voss asked that the city revisit the idea of creating a highly restricted program that would allow bow-and-arrow hunting for does during the regular deer season...
Public invited to Frisbee golf today (09/07/11)
County Commissioner Jay Purcell and a group interested in installing a Frisbee golf course at Cape County Park North are inviting the public to play or watch a practice round tonight at the park. According to Purcell, who oversees the county's parks, the department is close to finalizing a proposal for a permanent course to present to county residents and the park board. ...
Route AA reduced for pavement repairs (09/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route AA in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews resurface the road with hot-mix asphalt. This section of road is between routes J and AC. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Paving work reduces Route Y in two counties (09/07/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Y in Stoddard and Scott counties will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction today and Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the pavement. This section of road is from Euclid Street to Highway 25. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Roads to be closed near Trail of Tears park for triathlon (09/07/11)
Roads in and out of Trail of Tears State Park will close for several hours Saturday during the annual Trail of Tears Triathlon. Campers should make plans to leave if necessary by 9 a.m. and can return after 11:30 a.m. Park roads will remain closed until the last bicyclists have left the park. The triathlon is held by the park and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department...
Juveniles escape, later returned to custody (09/07/11)
HAYTI, Mo. -- Two juveniles who escaped from the Division of Youth Services facility in New Madrid, Mo., were taken back into custody Sunday at the Double Nickel Truck Stop at Hayti, the Daily American Republic reported. According to the Hayti Police Department, around 12:45 a.m. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (09/07/11)
Public hearings Consent agenda New ordinances...
Part of money stolen from Dexter schools' account recovered (09/07/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The Dexter School District has recovered a portion of the more than $300,000 stolen via fraudulent electronic transfers last month. As of Tuesday, the district has received $116,924.33 of the $330,305.43 stolen Aug. 17, according to a news release from Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver...
Stoddard County murder suspect ordered to return to jail after mental evaluation (09/07/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Eight days after ordering a Bernie, Mo., woman be committed to a mental health facility to determine her competency to stand trial for the brutal stabbing death of another man, a Stoddard County judge reversed that decision. Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp issued an order last week vacating his Aug. ...
Southeast Missouri man killed in fiery weekend crash (09/07/11)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- A New Madrid man was killed after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed and caught on fire Friday in New Madrid County. At 8:43 a.m. Bradley P. Mickle, 41, of New Madrid was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on Route H, four miles west of Matthews, when he traveled off the right side of the road, overcorrected, drove off the left side of the road, struck a bridge and drove into a ditch where the vehicle was consumed by fire, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports...
Meth laws cause spike in allergy medication purchases in other areas (09/07/11)
ST. LOUIS -- An increasing number of Missouri communities are fighting methamphetamine by requiring prescriptions to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine -- a key meth ingredient. But police believe the meth makers are simply going to neighboring towns and counties to get their pills...
Flooding raises health concerns in NW Mo. (09/07/11)
MOUND CITY, Mo. -- Amid mold spores, rotting vegetation and mental strain, health officials warn flood victims of potential health concerns as floodwaters recede. Hundreds of area flood victims are anxiously waiting until recovery and cleanup efforts can begin. The Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross has organized relief efforts that include health and emotional recovery...
Poll results: It's all right to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism (09/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Surveillance cameras in public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe. Snooping in personal email? Not so fast. The same Americans who are increasingly splashing their personal lives across Facebook and Twitter trace a meandering path when asked where the government should draw the line between protecting civil liberties and pursuing terrorism...
Obama to propose $300 billion to jump-start jobs (09/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs -- but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech...
Officials: 2 killed in massive Texas blaze (09/07/11)
BASTROP, Texas -- A massive wildfire that destroyed at least 600 homes in Central Texas has killed two people, authorities said Tuesday. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said he had no details about the victims, including when or how they died...
Top Gadhafi loyalists flee to Niger in desert trek (09/07/11)
TARHOUNA, Libya -- Convoys of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists, including his security chief, fled across the Sahara into Niger on Tuesday in a move that Libya's former rebels hoped could help lead to the surrender of his last strongholds. Still, efforts to negotiate the peaceful handover of one of the most crucial of those bastions, the city of Bani Walid, proved difficult...
One-ton crocodile captured in Philippines (09/07/11)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- What a croc! Its mighty snout wrapped tightly with ropes, a one-ton, 20-foot saltwater crocodile was captured and put on display in a town in the southern Philippines -- one of the biggest such reptiles to be caught in recent years...
Ex-Libya rebels ransack homes of Gadhafi loyalists (09/07/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Former rebels, weapons drawn, burst into the houses of suspected supporters of Moammar Gadhafi, searching rooms and hauling away military uniforms, a portable safe and documents that appear to link residents to the deposed regime...
Jackson soccer team rolls to 7-0 win vs. Bluff (09/07/11)
The Jackson boys soccer team overmatched Poplar Bluff on all levels Tuesday evening. The Indians' 7-0 win provided the evidence. The Mules (0-1) struggled to contain Jackson in their opening game of the season. "Jackson, I think, definitely their starting 11 and they got a few bench players that are pretty solid," Poplar Bluff coach Derek Reasons said. ...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Natalie Gremaud (09/07/11)
Perryville junior Natalie Gremaud has helped the Pirates volleyball team get off to a fast start. Gremaud led the Pirates past Central in the season opener then helped propel Perryville to the title at Notre Dame VolleyballFest. "We've been working hard in practice ever since the beginning of summer," Gremaud said after the victory over Central. "We're just ready to come out here and play."...
High school roundup: Scott City softball team strings hits to beat Kelly (09/07/11)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Poplar Bluff sweeps Jackson in volleyball (09/07/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff finished off a tight first game with a 6-1 run, then pulled away in the second with a 10-2 rally to beat visiting Jackson 25-20, 25-14 on Tuesday. Kelsey McDowell had five kills, while Julia Weber added three for Jackson (2-4). Natalie Miller chipped in two kills and three digs...
Notre Dame softball team improves to 8-0 with shutout (09/07/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff collected five hits and held Notre Dame to one run over six innings before the Bulldogs pulled out the 4-0 win in softball action Tuesday. The Mules remained positive about hanging with a program that won the Class 3 state title two seasons ago...
Southeast Missouri State adds to hall of fame (09/07/11)
The university plans to induct five former athletes and one team
Lohse leads Cards past Brewers (09/07/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse leads the St. Louis Cardinals with 13 victories after silencing the Milwaukee Brewers' runaway express. He'll be ready for his next start, whenever that is. Lohse threw six scoreless innings on eight days' rest, and the Cardinals got home runs from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday in the third, slicing into the Brewers' formidable NL Central lead with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night...
Tupperware renaissance (09/07/11)
Cindy Hallman-Morris grew up with Tupperware's burping bowls, gelatin rings and pickle keeper, but she considered herself a casual buyer of the brand once she had her own children. Until this year, when she was sucked -- happily -- into the Tupperware vortex...
Recipe Swap: Flexible zucchini (09/07/11)
This time of year, zucchini may be in abundance in your garden, or you might know someone who is willing to share some with you. Zucchini is a diverse vegetable. It can be used in cookies, quick breads, cakes, entrees, side dishes or just steamed plain...
Eddie Murphy chosen to host Academy Awards (09/07/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars. The actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Academy Awards, producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer said Tuesday. Ratner called the 50-year-old entertainer "a comedic genius; one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever."...
Steven George (09/07/11)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Steven Shayle George, 59, of Altenburg passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at his home. He was born April 13, 1952, in Beatrice, Neb., son of the late William L. George and Margaret A. "Peggy" Kave Winkler of Jackson. He and Teresa F. Metcalf were married Feb. 27, 1987...
Warren Rauh (09/07/11)
Warren Leo Rauh, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery...
Matthew Willmirth (09/07/11)
SCOPUS, Mo. -- Matthew Willmirth, 24, of Scopus passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. He was born June 13, 1987, son of Daniel Edward and Connie Lee Belew Willmirth. Matthew was a graphics design artist. Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Connie of Scopus; a brother, Zach Willmirth of Marble Hill, Mo.; a sister, Noelle Stacy Thrower of Winder, Ga.; maternal grandmother, Glenda Belew of Summersville, Mo.; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Stark of Summersville; two nephews; two nieces; several aunts and uncles.. ...
Donna Hale (09/07/11)
Donna Marie Hale, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at her home. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donny Ford officiating.
James Estes (09/07/11)
James Harley "Jamie" Estes, 81, originally of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at his home in Elburn, Ill. He was born July 21, 1930, in Missouri, to Harley S. Estes and Cleopatra J. White. Jamie grew up in Charleston. Mo., and attended Charleston High School and Southeast Missouri State University where he played football and forged friendships that would last his entire life...
Matthew Eakins (09/07/11)
Matthew Ray Eakins, 5, son of Kevin and Heather Eakins of Scott City, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Lester Buff (09/07/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lester Joseph Buff, 92, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Perryville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with parish wake at 7:30 p.m., and from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home...
Billie Sheppard Jr. (09/07/11)
Billie T. Sheppard Jr., 58, of Jackson died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 7, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to Billie True and Ruth Luella Langston Sheppard Sr. Billie served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War...
Mary Rhodes (09/07/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mary Ward Rhodes, 94, of Advance passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born May 22, 1917, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Oscar Cleavland and Eliza Ellen Bess Ward. Mary was a schoolteacher 31 years. She was a member of Advance United Methodist Church, and a member and past matron of Order of Eastern Star. She was a trained hospice volunteer...
Carrie Blackwell (09/07/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Carrie Lorena Blackwell, 92, of Benton died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Benton. She was born Nov. 4, 1919, on Black Island in Pemiscot County, daughter of Lacy Jackson and Pearl Mae Morton Bush. She and Guy Martin Blackwell were married Dec. 24, 1939...
Randy Sneathen (09/07/11)
Randy Joseph Sneathen, 58, of Jackson died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to Douglas "Doc" and Edna Emelia Ueleke Sneathen. Randy graduated from Jackson High School in 1971. He was a lifelong member of Zion United Methodist Church of Gordonville and a member of the American Historical Truck Society...
Births 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
Son to Curtis Avance Jr. and Morgan Ashlee Tate of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:41 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Name, Pierre LeRoy. Weight, 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Third child, second son. Ms. Tate is the daughter of Carol Whitehead of Cape Girardeau and Herb Tate of Jackson. Avance is the son of Darlene Avance and Curtis Avance of Haywood City, Mo...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police report 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Out of the past 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
The Rev. W.T. Handy Jr., bishop of the Missouri Area of the United Methodist Church, officiates at the morning service of consecration at Broadway United Methodist Church in Scott City; in the evening, he dedicates the new William C. Volentz Wesley House of campus ministry of the United Methodist Church at Southeast Missouri State University...
United Way reading program needs volunteers (09/07/11)
We know that a quality education is the foundation of our ability to be self-sufficient. The more self-sufficient families we have in our community, the stronger and healthier our community is. Too many of our students are struggling with the most basic element required to experience success -- reading. And you can make the difference...
Confidence is a product of leadership, not a speech (09/07/11)
Got a problem? Give a speech. Problem solved. The president will address a joint session of Congress this week with his latest jobs plan. He'll undoubtedly tell us that the current unemployment crisis is not his fault and that, but for his superb leadership, we'd be in a much worse mess...
Pool renovated (09/07/11)
It might be past Labor Day, but for local swimming enthusiasts there is a great option available to enjoy a few laps in the water. The Central Municipal Pool, the only public Olympic-size pool in Cape Girardeau, recently underwent its first major renovation in 31 years of operation. ...
Speak Out 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
I would like to pay a compliment to the KFVS12 news team. They do an excellent job of bringing us the news everyday -- and also the weather team. I feel like they do an excellent job of bringing us the weather every morning. Keep up the good work. We really appreciate it...
Prayer 9/7/11 (09/07/11)
May our faith be evident to others, O Lord, showing Christ-like love to all. Amen.
Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program (09/07/11)
Riverside Regional Library is participating in the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program. ...
River City Players to hold Auditions.... (09/07/11)
River City Players will hold auditions for the last show of this season on Sunday, September 18. The time is from 1:00-3:00 and they will be held in the Captain's Quarters at Port Cape. The name of the show is "First Things First" by Derek Benfield. ...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (09/07/11)
Susie, Sammy & Sasha are 8 weeks old. They are available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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