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Stories from Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cape's last segregated black schoolhouse to be razed (09/08/11)
Endangered, indeed. The owners of the old Jefferson School, which was named to the state's list of most endangered historic places in June, say that the 107-year-old building will be torn down next week.
SEMO renovations on schedule, with first phase about half done (09/08/11)
A new school year has begun while the renovations at Southeast Missouri State University continue on schedule and on budget. According to facilities management director Angela Meyer, projects completed over the summer included replacement of HVAC systems in group housing, new roofs for a dorm and an instruction building and updates such as a new scoreboard, lighting and turf for Houck Stadium. ...
Cape County business owner responds to attorney general lawsuit over drinking water violations (09/08/11)
A Jackson couple who operate Class Act Family Fitness Center are being sued by the Missouri attorney general for multiple violations of the state's Safe Drinking Water Law, but they say they're trying to comply.
Defense says confession to 2010 Cape Girardeau shooting is false (09/08/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An attorney representing an Illinois man accused of shooting a Cape Girardeau man to death in June 2010 alleges that police pressured his client into confessing.
Customers line up for Chick-fil-A opening (09/08/11)
From left, Yale Gerber, Lee Hodges, Tyler Bahr and Ry Simmons play four square Wednesday as they wait in the parking lot of Chick-fil-A in Cape Girardeau.
Man pleads not guilty to hindering prosecution (09/08/11)
An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of hindering prosecution in connection with a May stabbing in Cape Girardeau. Kemond Hollis, 23, of Ullin, Ill., will be back before Judge William Wyler on Sept. 19. Hollis was one of three men who arrived uninvited at a party in the 300 block of North Pacific Street in May, according to police. The men started a fight and injured four victims with a knife, police said...
Advance man faces charges in accident (09/08/11)
An Advance, Mo., man faces criminal charges after a weekend motorcycle accident in Cape Girardeau County. Christopher L. Schearf, 39, sustained serious injuries in the accident. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Schearf was eastbound on County Road 256 in Cape Girardeau County when he reportedly struck an animal in the road. ...
Highway 34 bridge reduced to one lane (09/08/11)
The Highway 34 bridge over Byrd Creek in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today as a contractor seals the bridge deck, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The news release said sealing the deck will help reduce wear and tear from winter road salt application, and motorists are urged to use caution in the area. The release didn't specify the times the bridge lanes would be reduced...
More than 800 people expected to attend second Sikeston wine festival (09/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Local wine enthusiasts can sample from regional wineries when the Downtown Sikeston Wine Festival returns later this month. Set for to 10 p.m. Sept. 17 on Center Street in downtown Sikeston, the Historic Midtown Development Group is bringing back the wine festival for a second year...
Scott County Commission addresses methane gas discharges from old landfill (09/08/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- The old landfill in Scott County has a slight case of gas. Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the regular Scott County Commission meeting Tuesday that county officials anticipate receiving a notice of violation from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for methane gas migration above the legal testing limits...
Mo. Senate panel OKs repeal of school Internet law (09/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law and replace it with one simply requiring school districts to adopt policies on electronic communications between employees and students...
Mo. lawmaker wants to tap reserve for disasters (09/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The top budget official in the Missouri House is proposing to use up to $150 million from the state's rainy day fund for disaster relief. House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey has filed legislation to tap the reserve fund, even though Gov. Jay Nixon did not include the topic on the agenda for this week's special session...
Kids with Bush on 9/11 saw change sweep over him (09/08/11)
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The 16 children who shared modern America's darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now -- football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers. They remember going over an eight-paragraph story so it would be perfect when they read it to the president on Sept. ...
Astronauts' tracks, trash seen in new moon photos (09/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- A spacecraft circling the moon has snapped the sharpest photos ever of the tracks and trash left behind by Apollo astronauts in their visits from 1969 to 1972. Images taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 13 to 15 miles up show the astronauts' paths when they walked on the moon, as well as ruts left by a moon buggy. Experts could even identify the backpacks astronauts pitched out of their lunar landers before they returned to Earth...
Power demand from U.S. homes is falling (09/08/11)
NEW YORK -- American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition. But something shocking is happening to demand for electricity in the Age of the Gadget: It's leveling off...
Economists: Obama's best jobs plan may be status quo (09/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- First, do no harm. Economists say the most important part of the jobs plan President Barack Obama will unveil tonight is the renewal of two measures already in place -- a cut in Social Security taxes and emergency aid for the unemployed...
Easing winds help Texas gain control over wildfire (09/08/11)
BASTROP, Texas -- Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the state said the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins...
Oil industry says boost in energy could aid job creation (09/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- Government policies to increase domestic energy production could create up to a million jobs over the next seven years, the oil industry said in a report issued a day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on jobs. The American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday that proposals to expand offshore oil drilling, boost production of natural gas in New York and other states and build a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline could boost the U.S. economy...
Outlet malls a big hit for back-to-school shoppers (09/08/11)
NEW YORK -- Parents have a new goal this back-to-school shopping season: Buy their children the name brands they want without spending like it's 2007. After the recession began in late 2007, cost-conscious consumers sought out the cheapest shirts and shoes they could find at merchants like Walmart and Target to keep their budget in check. But these days, value is the name of the game...
Hockey team among 43 dead in Russian airplane accident (09/08/11)
TUNOSHNA, Russia -- A private Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team slammed into a riverbank moments after takeoff Wednesday, killing at least 43 people in one of the worst plane crashes ever involving a sports team. Two other people on board were critically injured...
U.S.: No decision on keeping troops in Iraq (09/08/11)
BASRA, Iraq -- The Obama administration favors keeping a smaller military force in Iraq beyond this year than U.S. commanders believe is necessary, officials said Wednesday, although even a relatively tiny U.S. contingent may be too big for White House advisers who are worried about the slumping U.S. economy and the president's re-election chances...
Libyans debate Gadhafi's whereabouts (09/08/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- A Tripoli military official said Wednesday that Moammar Gadhafi is cornered and the days before he is captured or killed are numbered, but another senior defense official contended that Libya's new rulers have no idea where the fugitive former leader is...
Scott City volleyball team outlasts Notre Dame (09/08/11)
The Scott City volleyball team defeated Notre Dame in three games Wednesday.
Notre Dame softball team overpowers Jackson 12-2 (09/08/11)
The Notre Dame softball team improved to 9-0 with its 12-2 victory over Jackson on Wednesday.
High school roundup: Kelly softball team doubles up host Sikeston 6-3 (09/08/11)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Area digest 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
Jason Rains and Lachelle Cook joined forces to win the SEMO Horseshoe Association's 16-team event at the Benton Neighbors Day. Lester Powell and Carolyn Schreckenberg finished second, while Glen Backfisch and Brian Ressel were third. The next tournament is scheduled for Saturday at the Bell City Picnic...
Carpenter quiets Brewers' offense (09/08/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter looked more like a Cy Young Award winner than a .500 pitcher against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Carpenter (9-9) pitched a four-hitter to record his 14th career shutout in the St. Louis Cardinals' 2-0 win...
Bradford confident heading into Rams' opener (09/08/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year without the roster upgrades the St. Louis Rams made in the offseason. Bradford believes everything is going to be much, much better now that the talent pool is deeper and he's a year older and wiser...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Days three and four (09/08/11)
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 Day three (continued from the August issue of TBY) Our camp tonight is at mile 304, just above the ferryboat that serves the employees of Louisiana's Angola State Prison Farm. After we made camp and finished eating supper, Danny got restless and paddled down to the landing. ...
Local museums join forces for quilt tour (09/08/11)
A light bulb came on for Cathy Stoverink, a self-proclaimed quilt lover, last year when the River Heritage Quilter's Guild was planning its quilt show. "I thought, 'you know, we have some 100-year-old gorgeous quilts here at the Oliver House; why don't we have some folks come through?" Stoverink says...
Why falls happen and how to prevent them (09/08/11)
For many seniors, a fall means more than tripping on the sidewalk and getting a skinned knee. Age also brings changes in balance, vision, reaction time, strength and flexibility, and mental clarity. Some medications have side effects that can further increase the risk of falling...
Southern Illinois funeral director marks 50 years in business (09/08/11)
When Bill Crain says he grew up in the funeral business, he means it literally. "My first several years growing up, our family home was a funeral home," he says. "I grew up in that circumstance, to the extent that our living room was the chapel. It was a small town, and nobody thought that was odd. I didn't think it was odd, either. It was the only thing I was used to."...
Students help developmentally disabled adults follow the yellow brick road in 'Oz' production (09/08/11)
Area high school students have chipped in their expertise in theater and their time to help a group of developmentally disabled adults put on a special performance of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" on Saturday at the Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School auditorium...
neXt up 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
"Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star," rated R @ AMC Town Plaza 5 "Contagion," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Creature," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Sarah's Key," rated PG-13 @ AMC Town Plaza 5 "Warrior," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine...
who's neXt 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
SCHOLARSHIPS -- From staff reports...
Hooked on Science: You can give a nail magnetic powers 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
You can turn a nail into a magnet with just a few items from around the house. A magnetic field is created as an electric current flows from the battery through the wire to the nail. Wrapping the wire around the nail causes the nail to become magnetized...
Patricia Zimmer (09/08/11)
Patricia Ann Kimpler Zimmer, 84, of Cape Girardeau passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, at Sandoval, Ill., daughter of the late Alice and Peter Kimp-ler. Patricia was married to Jerome B. Zimmer on Jan. 10, 1948. He preceded her in death in 2003...
Warren Rauh (09/08/11)
Warren Leo Rauh, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Risco, Mo., to Charles Henry and Mattie Portis Rauh. He and Barbara Holderman were married Aug. 4, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. She died April 23, 2010. They both enjoyed fishing...
Ruth Hunt (09/08/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth G. Hunt, 96, of Perryville died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery...
Willie Heady (09/08/11)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Willie Mae Heady, 62, of Mounds died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church, with Garlin White officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Mount Vernon Memorial Estates in Lemont, Ill...
Melba Brugger (09/08/11)
Melba Lillian Brugger, 82, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church...
Donna Hale (09/08/11)
Donna Marie Hale, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 7, 1961, in Chicago. Roy and Helen Scaberdine Wead were her parents. She married Paul Martin in 1985. He preceded her in death. She married Verlan Hale in 1989...
Virginia Winschel (09/08/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Virginia M. Winschel, 84, of Perryville died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Independent Care Center of Perry County. She was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Perry County, daughter of Frank and Minnie Zoellner Pingel. She and Hubert A. Winschel were married Jan. 20, 1951...
Helen Miller (09/08/11)
Helen Ann Miller, 57, of Scott City died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 4, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, to Louis Paul and Anna Mary Bucher Glastetter. She and Dennis Miller were married Nov. 9, 1985, in Benton, Mo. Helen was a laundry aide at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Matthew Eakins (09/08/11)
Matthew Ray "Rottenpants" Eakins, 5, of Scott City died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Children's Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 31, 2006, in Cape Girardeau, to Kevin Ray and Heather Dawn Compass Eakins. Matthew is survived by his parents; paternal grandparents, Alan and Donna Eakins of Jackson; maternal grandparents, Larry and Kim Compass of Scott City; paternal great-grandmother, Wilma Knowlton of Jackson; maternal great-grandparents, Alvina Compass of Scott City and Pete and Waneta Cooper of Cape Girardeau; two aunts, Brandi Compass and Jessica (Darren) Wehmeyer of Scott City; and an uncle, Mike Eakins of Nicholasville, Ky.. ...
Gordon Cook (09/08/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Gordon Cook, 84, of Marble Hill passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 29, 1926, in Mayfield, Mo., son of Marion Amon and Grace Mae Angle. He and Mary Stuehmeyer were married Sept. 13, 1947. Gordon worked for the Bollinger County Highway Department 18 years, taught three years at James School and owned Cook's Dozing Services. He was a member of Hurricane Fork General Baptist Church and attended the Community Church in Marble Hill...
Births 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
Son to Austin Blake Schrum and Alexys Leandra Long of Chaffee, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:17 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Name, Hayden Blake. Weight, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. First child. Ms. Long is the daughter of Tammy and Philip Northington of Dexter, Mo., and Kevin and Shannon Boone of St. Louis. She is employed at Kinderhaus Preschool and Daycare. Schrum is the son of Rebecca and Clint McAlister of Perkins, Mo., and Tim Schrum of Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
The 131st annual SEMO District Fair opens with the traditional parade down Broadway and out to the fairgrounds at Arena Park; admission is $2, and children younger than 12 years old are admitted free. The Cape Girardeau County Commission presents the deed for a 21.34-acre tract of land currently in the county park system to the state of Missouri as the site of a veterans nursing home; receiving the deed on behalf of the governor is Richard Rice, director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.. ...
The job-killing effect of the 'do something' mentality (09/08/11)
The big news last week was a dismal national jobs report. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there was zero job creation in August. But hang onto your hats. This week, the call will go out for "bold" and "innovative" counter-offensives on the jobs front at both the state and national levels...
The bitter triangle (09/08/11)
The expulsion of Israel's ambassador to Turkey this month, as a Turkish protest over Israel's turning back of a "peace" flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip, is emblematic of a crisis. Turkey has also frozen military ties and defense contracts, potentially a multibillion-dollar decision. One of the world's unlikeliest alliances, between Israel and Turkey, appears frayed beyond repair...
Live chat regarding Sept. 11 on semissourian.com today (09/08/11)
The Southeast Missourian will hold a live chat at 12:30 p.m. today to discuss the events of Sept. 11, 2001. You may enter the chat by clicking on a link located on the home page or opinion page of semissourian.com. Selected responses will be used in this coming Sunday's Best of the Web section. Join the discussion and tell us your thoughts about the day...
Fair preview (09/08/11)
Locally the surest sign of summer's end and fall's beginning is the SEMO District Fair. With more moderate temperatures in the early forecast, fair week should once again be an enjoyable experience for all. Organizers are already setting up for the weekend opening. Saturday the gates open at 8 a.m., and the fair officially kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a free Antique Tractor Pull at the grandstand...
Don't deny the symptoms (09/08/11)
Individuals diagnosed with cancer respond in many different ways. Accepting the diagnosis, seeking the best medical advice available and making a rational choice about the treatment to adopt is likely to promote recovery. Alternatively, rejecting the diagnosis, arguing, for example: 'The little finger on my left hand never felt better,' and continuing business as usual, especially if accompanied by denying the condition even as health obviously deteriorates, is unlikely to promote recovery...
Same pig, different lipstick (09/08/11)
I expect the presidential job plan to be the same old bloated bureaucratic pig as usual but with a different color lipstick in an attempt to make it look better and different from the other bureaucratic pigs. It will be another commission or some other layer of bureaucrats that will only increase jobs in Washington...
Overusing the race card (09/08/11)
A thread in the Speak Out forum was set up to, yet again, pin the blame for Sept. 11 on former president George W. Bush. Just like the race card that is so easily and frequently played ad nauseam, the left loves to play the "Bush screwed America" card. ...
Speak Out 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
AN employee at Fazoli's found my purse recently when I left it there and put it in a safe place until we could pick it up. I want to thank all of you for your honesty. God bless you. ALL of this terrible weather is indeed a message from God, as a Speak Out caller and Michelle Bachmann said. The message is that we should have paid attention to Al Gore...
Prayer 9/8/11 (09/08/11)
O Lord Jesus, grant us the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Never forget . Ten years later. (09/08/11)
I started September 11th 2001 unlike most in that I was watching the towers before sunrise. An amazing beacon across the harbor, I recall staring at Lady Liberty and the nearby Twins. It was about 4 am and I was headed home from Red Hook, Brooklyn after enjoying a Monday night out. Working for the NYPD, that Monday and Tuesday was my "weekend" -- they were part of my squad 1 rotating days off...
Smart Snacking (09/08/11)
What do you choose for a snack when between-meal hunger hits? Snacks offer a great way to boost nutrition and energy levels, but they can also add extra calories and pounds. If chosen correctly, snacks help to keep an appetite in-check and supply important nutrients...
Saint Francis to Host Business Health Summit (09/08/11)
Saint Francis Medical Center's Services to Business will host the annual Business Health Summit Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 am to 4 pm in the Saint Francis Conference Center. This comprehensive, full-day conference will provide area human resources professionals, safety officers and risk management personnel with valuable insights about employee workers' compensation and maintaining health and wellness among employees. There is no charge to attend...
Junior High School Cheerleaders win Top Team (09/08/11)
Cape Central Junior High School cheerleaders left the National Cheerleaders Association camp at SE Missouri State University with the Top Team award for their division, along with two All-American wins and numerous other awards. Twenty cheerleaders and the school's Tiger mascot competed and earned three Superior ribbons for cheers and chants; Excellent ribbon for a cheer; Herkie Team award; Spirit Stick; Spot Safety award and a bid to NCA National Competition in February. ...
Tickets still available for Pops Concert (09/08/11)
There are still tickets available for the Heartland Pops Fall Concert this Sunday, September 11, at 2:00P.M. at Cape Central Junior High School. The first part of the show will be a salute to 9/11, the second part is an all Broadway review featuring music from shows such as "Annie", "The Sound of Music","Les Miserables" , "Cats",and more. ...
Rock Against Rape (09/08/11)
Sexual Violence happens every day to women of all ages and backgrounds. It can happen to your sister, your friend, your girlfriend or your daughter. College women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted then the general population. RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) DAY 2011 is Thursday, September 22. ...
5 tomatoes on 1 limb (09/08/11)
Here are five tomatoes growing on one limb.
Crepe Myrtle bush (09/08/11)
This gorgeous Crepe Myrtle is growing in my backyard.
Hummer (09/08/11)
Hummer in flight
Colorful mailbox (09/08/11)
These large flowers surround this mailbox.
The baby (09/08/11)
Baby hummer with few feathers.
Territorial (09/08/11)
This little hummer had been been buzzed & harassed as he sat on the feeder (~15 minutes). Finally he was nailed; not sure if he survived the attack.
Castor River Shut-Ins Swirling Water (09/08/11)
The Castor River Shut-Ins at the Amidon Memorial Conservation Area near Fredricktown is just one of the areas highlighted in the photo exhibit "Natural Areas of Southeast Missouri" on display throughout September at the Cape Conservation Nature Center in Cape County Park North. Come get ideas for family daytrips by viewing the photos and talking to the knowledgeable staff at the Nature Center...
Becky Hoover named Employee of the Month (09/08/11)
Becky Hoover, Certified Nursing Assistant at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, has been selected as the Department of Public Safety's September, 2011 Employee of the Month. Becky was selected for this award for the caring, compassionate, and helpful attitude she exhibits in the performance of her position's responsibilities. ...
Surprise! (09/08/11)
Coach getting doused with ice cold water before anyone else notices!
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