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Stories from Wednesday, September 14, 2011

SEMO District Fair's Heartland Idol competition postponed (09/14/11)
Tonight's Heartland Idol competition at the SEMO District Fair has been postponed until Saturday. The postponement was reported on Twitter by local radio station K103, which is a sponsor of the contest. The competition pits amateur singers against each other to see who can sing the best karaoke. Admission is free...
Commander eviction hearing scheduled for Sept. 26 (09/14/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A court hearing has been set in Scott County in a lawsuit filed by Cape Girardeau officials to evict Commander Premier Aircraft Corp. from city-owned property at the airport. The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. before Judge Scott T. Horman in Benton. The lawsuit, filed Friday, is being heard in Scott County because that's the home of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The circuit clerk's office said Tuesday the Commander executives have yet to be served...
Demolition derby a popular event at SEMO District Fair (09/14/11)
Spectators filled the grandstand Tuesday night at the SEMO District Fair to watch the dual demolition derby.
Hughes sentenced to 20 years in prison for role in Orman murders (09/14/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Samuel Hughes has said he thought he was standing as a lookout for a burglary Oct. 27, 2009. He didn't know about a plot to kill John Lawrence for insurance money. He didn't know Jamie Orman, her son Derrick and her unborn son would die that morning. He didn't know Ryan Patterson would face life in jail.
Fewer Small Business Administration loans granted locally so far this year (09/14/11)
Fewer local small businesses are receiving startup loans, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, yet another indicator that the economy is still struggling in the aftermath of recession. Only one Small Business Administration 7A loan has been granted in Cape Girardeau County this year, compared to seven of these startup loans secured in 2008. ...
Man pleads guilty to selling drugs to shooting victim (09/14/11)
Armster Robinson, the man accused of selling cocaine to a Cape Girardeau shooting victim, pleaded guilty to trafficking a controlled substance Tuesday in Mississippi County. Robinson, 20, sold $50 worth of cocaine to Matthew "Woody" Ervin at a convenience store on Bloomfield Road on June 26, 2010...
Commission files request with Corps for answers about Birds Point (09/14/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- In the four months since the activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway, Carlin Bennett has heard the same refrain from those who did it: The plan operated exactly as it was designed. But Bennett and his fellow officials on the Mississippi County Commission aren't convinced, so they've asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prove it...
Child pornography charge added against man accused in toddler's murder (09/14/11)
KENNETT, Mo. -- New charges of possession of child pornography have been added against a Senath, Mo., man accused of murdering his 3-year-old neighbor. Shawn Morgan, 43, appeared in a Dunklin County courtroom Tuesday morning before Judge John C. Spielman, his third appearance since being charged with the disappearance and death of 3-year-old BreeAnn Rodriguez, also of Senath...
Jackson school official: New behavior program gets parents involved (09/14/11)
Staff from Jackson's South Elementary School gave a report on the ongoing implementation of a program that promotes good student behavior to the school board during its Tuesday night meeting.
Dexter police officer in hospital following assault Monday night (09/14/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter police officer was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital Monday night after he was assaulted while trying to break up a fight. Kevin Moore, a veteran officer of the Dexter Police Department, was taken by helicopter from Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter to St. Louis University Hospital after sustaining a facial fracture...
Interstate 55 reduced for shoulder repair (09/14/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Northbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane Monday through Sept. 22 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make shoulder repairs. This section of road is from one mile north of Highway 164 to Route U&J. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Signs will mark the work zone. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Mississippi River bridge work set for next week (09/14/11)
East- and westbound Highway 34/74 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine maintenance on the Mississippi River bridge between Cape Girardeau and Illinois. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Monday through Sept. 22. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Route T closed for pipe replacement (09/14/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route T in Stoddard County will be closed Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. This section of road is from Highway 51 to Route J. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Southeast Missouri student accused of violent threats against school (09/14/11)
MALDEN, Mo. -- School officials in Malden said a student who was pulled out of school Thursday was planning a violent assault. Thursday afternoon, during the last period of the school day, a student was noticed writing in a notebook. The teacher confiscated the notebook and upon review, the student was escorted to the principal's office. The mother of the student was called to school and checked her child out of school...
Joplin storm insurance payments top $1 billion (09/14/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Insurance payouts have now topped $1 billion for the tornado that hit Joplin earlier this year. And that number is expected to double by the time all the claims are settled. The Missouri insurance department said Tuesday that more than $1 billion of payments had been made on nearly 17,000 claims as of Sept. 1 on home, auto and commercial insurance policies. Those figures come from preliminary reports submitted by insurers...
Mo. senators scaling back airport cargo incentives (09/14/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Senate leaders significantly scaled back a tax credit proposal intended to spur international trade at the St. Louis airport Tuesday, acquiescing to colleagues concerned about pouring hundreds of millions of tax dollars into the construction of warehouses without a firm guarantee it would benefit the state.
Same goal, opposing plans for debt ‘supercommittee' (09/14/11)
WASHINGTON -- Digging in for a bruising struggle, Republicans on Congress' deficit-fighting "supercommittee" targeted Social Security and government health care spending Tuesday while Democrats pressed for higher tax revenue as part of any deal to reduce red ink by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade...
Taliban attacks U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan (09/14/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Teams of insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons struck at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday, raising fresh doubts about the Afghans' ability to secure their nation as U.S. and other foreign troops begin to withdraw...
Perryville boys soccer team scores in closing minutes to subdue Poplar Bluff (09/14/11)
The Perryville boys soccer team defeated visiting Poplar Bluff 2-1 on Tuesday.
Jackson volleyball team regains focus, dumps rival Central (09/14/11)
The Jackson volleyball team dropped the first game but won the next two to defeat Central 23-25, 25-13, 25-15 on Tuesday.
High school roundup: Scott City sweeps Dexter in volleyball (09/14/11)
All the scores from Tuesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Travis Phillips (09/14/11)
Scott City junior Travis Phillips deflected the praise after rushing for more than 200 yards in the Rams' Week 3 victory over East Prairie. "It makes me feel proud of my line," Phillips said. "Everybody could have run through those holes." Phillips ran for 218 yards and scored two touchdowns in his team's 28-0 win. He has gained at least 100 yards in all three games this season, more than making up for the graduation of Garett Schaefer...
Southeast Missouri State soccer goalkeeper earns weekly OVC honor (09/14/11)
News from around the world of Southeast Missouri State athletics.
Cardinals keep pace by rallying in ninth (09/14/11)
PITTSBURGH -- Not even a shaky defensive performance by Albert Pujols could cool the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals. Nick Punto hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning, and the surging Cardinals overcame three errors by their superstar first baseman to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Tuesday night...
For a Wisconsin cheese tour, let your taste buds plan the journey (09/14/11)
MILWAUKEE -- Only at an airport in Wisconsin can the phrase "half my bag is cheese" attract nothing more than a shrug. But in the Dairy Land these days, there's a lot of cheese to be had and tourists are eating it up. The state's milk marketing board keeps adding more dairies on its cheese map for tourists who want to tour the state on a sojourn of cheese. ...
Dr. Grow: Battle of the Weeds (09/14/11)
In the business of gardening, there is a season for everything. Quite often you do something in one season and don't see the results of your efforts until a future season. I mention "the season for everything" because next spring, as always, a common question will go something like this. ...
Historical recipes of Ste. Genevieve (09/14/11)
Pat Robert of Cape Girardeau gave me the Ste. Genevieve "Missouri History on the Table: 250 years of Good Cooking and Good Eating." The cookbook was published in 1985, but the historical relevance of the book remains the same. I really like the way the book is divided into sections featuring periods of time and how culinary influences can be seen in each time period. I do not know if the book is still available, but it is a wonderful history book as well as a cookbook. I hope you enjoy...
Nielsen: Most-watched TV time for adults is 9:15 p.m. (09/14/11)
NEW YORK -- The real prime time for people with televisions is at 9:15 p.m. Nielsen said Tuesday that nearly 42 percent of American adults who have televisions are watching them between 9:15 and 9:30 at night, the highest percentage of the evening and almost certainly all day...
William Burton (09/14/11)
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- William Wayne Burton, 78, of Okeechobee passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. He was born Aug. 15, 1933, in McClure, Ill., to Amos Earn Burton and Nora Frances Gore and moved to South Florida in 1956. Okeechobee was always his home, with his roots going back to 1897 when his grandparents settled in Bassinger, Fla. He relocated from Pompano, Fla., to Okeechobee permanently in 1975...
Robert Salzman (09/14/11)
Robert Louis Salzman, 67, of Scott City died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. There is no service. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Waring (09/14/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ruth B. Waring, 99, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, after a lengthy illness. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cobden Cemetery, with the Rev. Clifford Heil officiating. Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements...
Nellie Dare (09/14/11)
Nellie Dare, 84, of Rosiclare, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Hardin County Hospital in Rosiclare. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes, Ill...
Keith Johnson (09/14/11)
Keith R. Johnson, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Life Care Center. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Betty Statler (09/14/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Addie Mae "Betty" Statler, 85, of Chaffee passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 8, 1926, in Thebes, Ill., daughter to Raymond Harold and Zella Mae Foster Moore. Addie and Jesse Statler were married June 30, 1962...
Ruth Liley (09/14/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ruth Alora Liley, 95, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Lilbourn, Mo., to P.J. and Ethel Campbell Stearns. She married Floyd Liley, who preceded her in death in 2005...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/14/11 (09/14/11)
*** Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/14/11 (09/14/11)
*** The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police and fire report (09/14/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Firefighters responded to the following call Monday:...
Out of the past 9/14/11 (09/14/11)
Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., president of St. Paul School of Theology, speaks at the annual meeting at Old McKendree Chapel in the afternoon; following his address, the Williams House Museum is dedicated. Sgt. Karen Sullinger, the first female promoted to the rank of sergeant within the Cape Girardeau Police Department, has resigned to become home-based counselor/sexual assault education specialist with WISER Inc...
Trade agreement and Japan's anti-import policies (09/14/11)
As a small-business man, I am a firm believer in free and fair bilateral trade between our nation and other nations around the world. Opening new markets for American goods enhances our prosperity, and access to goods from other nations is an equally good thing. This is why I am hopeful that Congress will pass three new trade agreements this fall...
A level of honesty currently lacking (09/14/11)
As I watched what seemed like hours of the endless observances on the 9/11 anniversary, I was struck by the role political correctness played in the disaster. During interviews, two airport ticket boarding agents both said they had "reservations" about the future terrorists as they were at their ticket counters. But both said they did nothing for fear of being labeled as profiling Middle Eastern men...
Fair entertainment (09/14/11)
Midway through the SEMO District Fair, it's time for the annual entertainment lineup to take the stage. And this year's slate of stars should be a draw for music lovers. Tonight the 11th annual Heartland Idol finals will start at 7 p.m. at the Arena grandstand. This is a free event that will also include a special presentation of the SEMO Fair Pageant winners. Southeast Missouri has some talented singers, and with no concert admission cost, you can't beat the price...
Speak Out 9/14/11 (09/14/11)
TO the people traveling on Big Bend Road and Bertling Street, after living on Big Bend Road for 46 years, it is appalling to see all the trash on Bertling. Trash your trash at home. IF it's true that America is the land of the free and home of the brave, why is it that the majority of us can no longer afford to live here?...
Prayer 9/14/11 (09/14/11)
O Lord Jesus, we rejoice in you and your amazing love always and forever more. Amen.
Basic, Refresher CERT Courses Available Beginning (09/14/11)
Cape Girardeau CERT Alliance offers CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes during the months of September and October. Both Basic CERT and Refresher CERT courses are available. All are invited, and must be at least 18 years of age to attend the free training...
Art educators second annual exhibit is open (09/14/11)
The Second Annual Art Show of Cape Public Schools Art Educators opened during the Cape Art Walk at the Black Door Gallery at 124 S. Spanish. Two new teachers joined the faculty this year-- Holly Cochrane of Blanchard and Clippard Elementary Schools is displaying a porcelain landscape and some functional landscape cups and bowls, and Carlynn Forst of Cape Central High School is showing three mixed-media sculptural works with found objects. ...
LeBounce expands family fun with new arcade (09/14/11)
LeBounce Indoor Inflatable Play Centre nows offers Cape Girardeau area families more fun than ever with the addition of an arcade. LeBounce, located in the City Center at 2502 Tanner Dr. in Cape Girardeau, opened in 2011, with more than 8,000 square feet of inflatable play elements, a parents' lounge and private party rooms. The new arcade features IceBall skee-ball machines, Ms. Pac Man, a photo booth, The Fast and the Furious interactive racing games and more...
2011 MINGO SWAMP PHOTO CONTEST (09/14/11)
Sixty seven nature images were selected recently by six judges for inclusion in the 2011 Mingo Swamp Photo Contest traveling exhibit. As in past years this annual contest exhibit will begin its journey around the state of Missouri with a month-long showing at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center during October...
Calling All Singers! (09/14/11)
Anyone who enjoys singing Handel's "Messiah" is encouraged to begin bi-monthly rehearsals September 26th with The Messiah Choir, a regional choir that will perform selections from the work in January. Rehearsals are held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 North Frederick Street in Cape Girardeau, from 7-8:30 p.m. ...
Flying High (09/14/11)
My daughter, Kennedy, said that you go "as high as if you were parasailing!" Her favorite ride of the fair (with hands in the air, far right).
Bumper Cars (09/14/11)
My son enjoying himself on the bumber cars.
Angry Cow (09/14/11)
The cow was looking straight at me when I taking the picture
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