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Stories from Friday, September 16, 2011

Postal service to consider closing Cape Girardeau distribution facility (09/16/11)
Cape Girardeau's mail processing facility is one of 250 across the nation being studied for closure U.S. Postal Service, potentially eliminating about 100 local jobs.
Clay Waller to be held without bond on federal threat charge (09/16/11)
Clay Waller's release from custody would present a danger to the community and a serious risk that he would not show up in court, a judge wrote Thursday in denying Waller's bond request on a federal Internet threat charge. And Magistrate Judge Lewis Blanton also wrote that he considered information that was presented at last week's detention hearing about Waller's alleged involvement in the possible disappearance of his wife, Jacque...
George Jones performs at SEMO District Fair despite being sick past two days (09/16/11)
Despite a hoarse voice from battling illness the past two days, George Jones belted out songs from his country music repertoire to an almost sold-out crowd Thursday night at the SEMO District Fair. "I went through two days of I won't even tell you," Jones told the crowd...
Media workshop at SEMO draws hundreds of students (09/16/11)
Whether their interest be yearbook design, sports photography, social media, print or broadcast journalism, high school students were given a dose of media knowledge at the 38th annual workshop of the Southeast Missouri Student Press Association held Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University...
Saint Francis buys majority ownership of local surgery center (09/16/11)
Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with the Physicians Alliance Surgery Center in Cape Girardeau to provide the center with administrative support and expertise in the face of health care reform.
Number of students getting free or reduced-price lunches rises (09/16/11)
Educators can spend months of a school year preparing for assessment tests and making sure their students learn to read, do math and understand concepts of science and social studies at their grade level. They can offer extra tutoring, parent-teacher conferences and try to control the learning environments for their students. But they can't stop the ever-growing number of families in need...
Cape County Commission cuts disabilities board funding in half (09/16/11)
After weeks of threatening to eliminate it for a year, the Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday cut in half a tax levy that funds the area's board for developmental disabilities.
Hard rock acts performing in Poplar Bluff on Saturday (09/16/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Hard rock bands Theory of a Deadman and Alter Bridge will perform Saturday at the Black River Coliseum in a stop on the Carnival of Madness tour. Hard rock acts Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Ways and Emphatic will round out the lineup...
Gov. Nixon requests disaster assistance from USDA (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers whose crops wilted this summer amid high temperatures and a lack of rain in much of the state.
Cape man facing hate crime charge to have pretrial hearing today (09/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau man accused of damaging a local couple's home with spray paint and vehicle with sandpaper as part of a hate crime will appear in court today for his pretrial hearing.
Scott County Sheriff's Department investigates bomb threat (09/16/11)
The Scott County Sheriff's Department is investigating an airplane bomb threat a resident received Wednesday. An elderly woman in a rural area of the county received two phone calls around 3 p.m. Wednesday telling her there was a bomb on a plane, said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. The caller spoke broken English and did not provide specific details about the bomb or the plane's whereabouts, Walter said...
Briggs & Stratton announces 200 layoffs at Poplar Bluff plant (09/16/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Briggs & Stratton Corp. on Thursday announced 202 workers will be laid off at its Poplar Bluff plant, beginning Oct. 14. "Due to economic conditions and the seasonal nature of our business, we need to adjust production schedules to manage finished goods inventories to planned levels," said Dave DeBaets, vice president of the company's North American operations...
About 600 marijuana plants seized in Stoddard County (09/16/11)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- Stoddard County authorities seized about 600 suspected marijuana plants Wednesday from what is described as one of the largest outdoor growing operations found in the county. The plants, which were 8 to 12 feet tall, were eradicated by Stoddard County deputies, who were assisted by members of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to Sheriff Carl Hefner. ...
U.S. 60 in New Madrid County reduced for pavement repair (09/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Westbound U.S. 60 from U.S. 61 to the railroad overhead in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Th Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Highway commission awards I-55 bridge rehab contract in Cape County (09/16/11)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $1,519,329 contract for bridge rehabilitation on the southbound Interstate 55 span over the Diversion Channel in Cape Girardeau County to PCiRoad of St. Michael, Minn. The bridge is north of Route AB near Scott City. ...
Water district in Scott County planning expansion (09/16/11)
BENTON, Mo. --- Scott County's Public Water Supply District No. 4 is taking steps to expand service to the county's highlands. When such an expansion would begin in the northern part of the county, which is generally a hilly region at higher elevations than other parts of the county, depends on the residents there...
Miranda Lambert to play Show Me Center in October (09/16/11)
Country music star Miranda Lambert will headline an October concert at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Openers are Justin Moore and the Randy Rogers Band. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets go on sale Sept. 23. Ticket prices are $47.25, $39.25 and $29.25...
Corps pegs 2011 flood damage at $2 billion (09/16/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation's levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year's excessive flooding, a sum that dwarfs $150 million it currently has to make such repairs and that doesn't account for damage from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee...
House will start work on economic development next week (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley said he wanted his chamber to take a good long look at the economic development plan the Senate sent the House on Wednesday. He figures one week should be long enough. Work on the centerpiece economic development bill will highlight week number three of the special legislative session, but it's likely to not be the last week. Tilley, R-Perryville, was critical of the legislation that came from the other side of the building...
Missouri hiring temp workers for Medicaid assessments (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The director of the state Department of Health and Senior Services said Thursday that temporary workers were being hired to evaluate the needs of thousands of Missouri Medicaid patients after a contractor hired to do the work dropped out...
Funding increase possible for Missouri veterans services (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chairman of the House committee that oversees the budget for the state veterans' commission says he's committed to finding more state funding to help run the state's veterans homes and to start construction of two more...
Sheryl Crow's car buyers give Joplin schools $130K (09/16/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A charity says a couple who bought the vintage Mercedes singer Sheryl Crow donated to benefit the schools in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., has also donated $130,000 to the district's recovery fund. The top bid for Crow's 1959 Mercedes convertible at the August auction in California was $143,000. The auction company kept $13,000 in fees and the remaining $130,000 went to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund...
Mo. delays work on health insurance exchange (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri insurance officials have delayed plans to spend millions of federal dollars on a computer system needed to implement part of the new federal health care law backed by President Barack Obama. A state board had been expected to vote Thursday on the expenditure of more than $13 million to prepare for a state-run "health insurance exchange," which would allow people to shop for insurance through an online marketplace. ...
Senate panel OKs freeze in defense spending (09/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- Pressured to slash government spending, a Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved a $513 billion bill that freezes the Pentagon budget at this year's amount, slicing some $26 billion from President Barack Obama's request. On a vote of 30-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee pushed ahead legislation that would provide a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel, would trim nearly 600 military programs and would take a significant chunk of $695 million from the troubled Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program. ...
Unemployment benefit requests jump to 428,000 (09/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months. It's a sign that the job market remains depressed. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000. The week included the Labor Day holiday...
Scientists say Arctic sea ice has shrunk to second-lowest level since 1950s (09/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- Arctic sea ice melted this summer to the second-lowest level since record-keeping began more than 50 years ago, scientists reported Thursday, mostly blaming global warming. "This is not a random event," said oceanographer James Overland of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "It's a long-term change in Arctic climate."...
Anthony must pay almost $100,000 for investigation (09/16/11)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony must pay almost $100,000 in law enforcement costs for investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. Circuit Judge Belvin Perry's ruling fell well short of the more than $500,000 that prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in Orlando asked for during a hearing earlier this month...
Dollar access no long-term fix for Europe's financial crisis (09/16/11)
LONDON -- Five central banks acted Thursday to shore up confidence in Europe's financial system by giving its banks far greater access to U.S. dollars. The move buys time for banks that hold large amounts of debt issued by Greece and other financially troubled European countries. Some of these banks have had trouble paying for daily operations because other banks have refused to lend to them any more...
U.K., French leaders take the stage in Libya (09/16/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered broad support for Libya's new rulers Thursday, promising to unfreeze billions in assets and give help in finding Moammar Gadhafi, even as revolutionary forces attempted their first significant assault on the ousted leader's hometown...
As Iraq pullback nears, U.S. still at war in southern territory (09/16/11)
COS GARRY OWEN, Iraq -- Soldiers at this base sleep with their shoes on so they don't cut their feet running under rocket fire. Elsewhere in Iraq the tanks are being packed up, but here they still serve in the hunt for insurgents. And when U.S. troops hand out soccer balls to village children, Apache helicopters circle above...
Trinity College removes barbarian invader English professor from Web (09/16/11)
DUBLIN -- Talk about a tough professor. Trinity College in Dublin was spoofed Thursday when an unknown prankster posted an academic profile of its newest English lecturer: a certain Conan T. Barbarian, complete with Hollywood mug shot of a shirtless, sword-wielding Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first major film role...
Defying U.S., Palestinians press forward with U.N. bid (09/16/11)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- In a direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians said Thursday they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, even though Washington has promised to veto the measure...
Chaffee running back Estes runs like he has something to prove (09/16/11)
Chaffee running back Tyson Estes' workout routine helped him develop into a force for the 2-1 Red Devils football team.
Importance of emergency plan for stressed at coaches clinic (09/16/11)
A football coach who had a player die during a practice spoke about the importance of developing an emergency plan.
Leopold volleyball team claws past Advance (09/16/11)
The Leopold volleyball team defeated Advance in three games Thursday.
High school football capsules for Week 4 (09/16/11)
A look at the games involving teams from the Southeast Missourian's coverage area
Poplar Bluff boys soccer team dumps Central (09/16/11)
The Poplar Bluff boys soccer team defeated Central for just the fourth time since 2000.
High school roundup: Notre Dame softball team routs host Jackson 10-0 (09/16/11)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State football team to face Big Ten foe for first time (09/16/11)
A preview of the Southeast Missouri State football team's game against Purdue.
Political translation (09/16/11)
When President Obama demanded, during a joint session of Congress, that his sure-fire, bipartisan economic recovery plan be adopted right now, govtalk analysts turned to their interpreters. Here is what he really said:"Bipartisan my you-know-what. I'm drawing a line in this fresh pile of campaign sand. ...
A guide to the River Campus (09/16/11)
In 2007, the River Campus opened as the home of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. Through four seasons, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Music and Department of Art have streched their legs, raised their voices and colored their canvas...
David Nail's SEMO District Fair audience to be filled with family, friends (09/16/11)
David Nail is nervous. The Nashville recording artist and Kennett, Mo., native will walk onto the stage at the SEMO District Fair on Saturday night in front of an audience filled with family, friends and Southeast Missouri fans. "It's a little like singing in church," Nail said. "It's completely different, as hard as you try to make it just like any other show. Obviously there's some nerves and some anxious energy. You want to sound better than you've ever sounded."...
Best bet: 34th annual River Tales Classic Car Show (09/16/11)
The River City Rodders Car Club partnered with Old Town Cape again to host the car club's 34th annual River Tales Classic Car Show. The show moved from Capaha Park to Downtown Cape Girardeau five years ago. In 2010, they added a PA system to cast music through the streets. ...
ARTifacts 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
Auditions for the last show of the River City Players' season -- "First Things First" -- will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Port Cape in the Captain's Quarters. There are roles for three males and females. Joe Reed will direct the production...
‘Academia Nuts' is a scheming, family fun play (09/16/11)
Cape Girardeau's River City Players will return to the stage Friday for their production of "Academia Nuts," written by Greg Kruetz and directed locally by Mike Craig. "The thing I like about this play, in particular, is it's simple," River City Players board of directors president Debbie Barnhouse said. "It takes place in one location on a single set with only four characters and, at the same time, I think it's just hilarious."...
Backstage Access (09/16/11)
I enjoy my job partly because it allows me to study creative people. I recharge by observing and absorbing creativity. Artists exude passion. Dancers radiate energy. It's captivating and inspiring. The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts has invited the public to explore its campus Saturday as part of a celebration recognizing the start of the fifth season at the River Campus...
Vernon Ainsworth (09/16/11)
Vernon A. Ainsworth, 50, of Whitewater died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 4, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, to James and Shirley Tomlinson Ainsworth. He and Cindy Fort were married May 27, 1983, at Liberty Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau...
James Liley Jr. (09/16/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James Arthur Liley Jr., 89, of St. Louis, formerly of Marble Hill, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to service time at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill...
Marta Goodman (09/16/11)
Marta Ann Goodman, 59, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at her home in Jackson. She was born June 15, 1952, in Oakland, Calif., to Mark A. and Elizabeth Pavlishin Dailey. She and Loren W. "Pete" Goodman were married July 27, 1973, in Greenville, N.C...
Deborah Koch (09/16/11)
Deborah Lynn Koch, 60, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, to Kenneth Frederick and Betty Lou Peel Koch. Debbie was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson. She had worked at Florsheim Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau, One-Stop Deli and Gas and Estes Deli in Jackson, and at My Camp in Uniontown, Mo...
Lee Boren (09/16/11)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- Lee Boren, 58, of Chesterfield passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Lyris Latona Boren; dear father of Bryan (Chanel Schilling) Boren and Lance (Katie) Boren; grandfather of Alexa Schilling; brother of Vicki Boren and Douglas (Cathy) Boren; dear son of Leo Boren and the late Virginia Boren; dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many...
Kenneth Inman (09/16/11)
Kenneth Wayne Inman, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at his home, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Kennett, Mo., son of Kenneth M. and Helen C. Goodrich Inman. He graduated from Senath, Mo., High School in 1961. He married Sherry D. Kinder on June 2, 1962, in Bragg City, Mo...
Charles Birk (09/16/11)
Charles Birk, 53, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Tamms, Ill., died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. He was born April 13, 1958, in Cairo, Ill., to Charles E. Birk Sr. and Shirley Hornback Birk. He and Teresa Simmons were married Oct. 13, 1993, in Cairo...
David Donnelly (09/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- David Henry Donnelly, 87, of Jefferson City died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Parc Provence in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Mason City, Ill., son of Oswald J. and Esther S. Boyd Donnelly. He and Eva Jo Schmidt were married July 27, 1952, in Springfield, Ill...
Births 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
Son to Dustin Duane and Rebecca Jean Park of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 3:52 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Name, Eric Shawn. Weight, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Park is the former Rebecca Stokes, daughter of John and Marie Stokes of Cape Girardeau. She is a student. Park is the son of Tim and Deborah Park of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Hardee's in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Department of Public Safety released the following items. Thefts...
Out of the past 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
MARBLE HILL, MO. -- Voters in the newly combined town of Marble Hill will be electing leaders in November who will plot the course of the new city; seeking the post of mayor will be Shirley Illers Cooper and Omer J. Shell Jr. Former Scott City councilman Shirley Young was appointed by Mayor Alvie Modglin to the Ward 3 seat last night; Young lost that seat to Randy Brant on April 1, but he resigned the council post last month to take a job in Texas...
Car show (09/16/11)
Sunday the River Tales Classic Car Show, now in its 34th year, returns to downtown Cape Girardeau. Organizers expect more than 200 classic cars to be entered in the competition, and those who wish to enter a car may still do so for $15. Gates open to show participants at 8 a.m. Sunday for registration. Judging will begin at noon, and trophies to be awarded at 3 p.m...
Jackson farmers market (09/16/11)
There seems to be some confusion with the schedule and location of the Jackson farmers market. In July, several factors moved the market from the courthouse square to the city park. We are currently located in the band shell parking lot, next to shelter No. 5, directly across Independence Street from McCombs Funeral Home...
Perilous void in recent debate (09/16/11)
Dear MSNBC and moderators:The eight candidates and moderators did well in the debate of last Wednesday evening, except for one glaring oversight and omission. All continued ignoring the No. 1 ingredient in our economic collapse, which will soon bring an end to our nation as we know it...
Speak Out 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
I'D like to thank the man and young children who have picked up trash along Highway 177 down Cape Rock Drive and also going up the hill on Bertling. It is very kind of them. I am honored to have my Native American heritage admired by being a school's mascot. It keeps our history alive, not forgotten...
Prayer 9/16/11 (09/16/11)
O Lord Jesus, bless those who selflessly give, in time and resources, to those in need. Amen.
City council votes Monday on buildings codes, fire (09/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau City Council will vote Monday on an updated residential building code based on recommendations from the International Code Council, a national standards body that provides building code guidelines to government agencies. As part of the code adoption, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department has asked the council to include a 2009 ICC recommendation that builders install an additional layer of sheetrock on the basement ceilings of residential dwellings to reduce injuries suffered by firefighters and residents during a fire.. ...
In Memory of a lost WarChild (09/16/11)
Founder of WarChild RG; David "P-Nut" Grimes passed from this earth five years ago today. May he Rest In Peace, July 07, 1960 to September 16, 2006. Five years ago today, September 16, 2006 David Grimes or "P-Nut" as he was commonly referred to by his friends and group members life was taken abruptly in a tragic motorcycle accident in the curve between Delta and Chaffee, Missouri. Although he did not live without purpose; for "P-nut" had a dream...
4-H Shooting Sports Competition (09/16/11)
Cape County 4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports Competition Cape Girardeau County 4-H members participated in the State 4-H Shotgun Contest on August 27th at the Missouri Trapshooters Range, Linn Creek, Missouri. From left Paul Lichtenegger, Emily Todt, Dale Todt, project leader, and Gary Schweer. In Senior Singles Schweer and Lichtenegger received Blue ribbons and Todt received a white ribbon. In Senior Doubles Schweer received a Reb ribbon with Todt and Lichtenegger receiving White ribbons...
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