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Some Sikeston City Council members question need for senior housing (11/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston City Council will review market study data before giving its support for a senior housing project. During the regular council meeting Monday, Jason Maddox, executive vice president of MACO Development Company of Clarkton, Mo., presented the council with a market study which he said shows the need for low- to moderate-income senior housing units in Sikeston...
Boil-water order in effect for part of Marble Hill (11/08/11)
A boil-water order is in effect for the south side of Marble Hill until further notice, city clerk Carla Watt said Tuesday. One exception to the order is the Woodland Hills nursing home, which isn't under the order.
Phones now back up at Cape Public Works (11/08/11)
Phone lines that were down Tuesday morning at the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department are now operating again. Earlier in the morning the city government had posted a message on its Facebook page saying phone lines were down while the network was updated.
About 100 attend public hearing on Jackson annexation of Fruitland properties (11/08/11)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen heard comments from people for and against the voluntary annexation of about 240 acres to the city Monday night in a public hearing that drew about 100 people. Representing the annexation applicants were Danny Dumey and Steve Obermann of Heartland Materials, owners of a 160-acre limestone quarry established in currently unzoned county land. ...
New marketing director to help Show Me Center celebrate 25 years (11/08/11)
In 1987, the Show Me Center's executive director, David Ross, wrote a letter about the future of the venue and included it in a time capsule. Staff will open the capsule next summer as they celebrate the Show Me Center's 25th anniversary. "I was thinking it would be cute, so I am interested to see what it says. I predicted what would be the fate of the building over time. We'll see if I am a good prognosticator," Ross said, adding that he's forgotten a few of his prophecies...
Judge orders hearing on quarry permit near Saxony Lutheran school (11/08/11)
A Cole County Circuit Court has ruled that Saxony Lutheran High School and Save Our Childrens' Health, Inc., both in Fruitland, have standing to challenge the mining permit issued by the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission to Heartland Materials, LLC...
Green substance found in Cape creek (11/08/11)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to a report of a green substance in a creek alongside Kingshighway Monday night. Roughly five fire engines were at the scene to inspect the substance, which was in a creek alongside southbound Kingshighway just south of Cape Rock Drive. The substance did not appear to be harmful and was contained with Styrofoam tubing, fire chief Rick Ennis said. Firefighters did not don hazardous material gear to handle the substance...
Nearly $150,000 to go to two Cape organizations to combat homelessness (11/08/11)
Ask Steve Williams if the nearly $150,000 in federal grant money Cape Girardeau got to combat homelessness this year is the most it has ever received and his response suggests that it wasn't even close. "It is the most ever, ever, ever, ever, ever," said Williams, the city's housing assistance coordinator. "In fact, if you add up all the years together and it probably isn't that much."...
County, Cape, Jackson see rises in sales tax revenue so far in 2011 (11/08/11)
Sales tax revenue slowly but steadily increased in Cape Girardeau County during the first 10 months of this year. In the city of Cape Girardeau, general sales tax collections are up 3.2 percent from January through October, compared to the same period last year. Cape Girardeau County's general sales tax revenue is up 2.98 percent and the city of Jackson has collected 0.67 percent more general sales taxes during the same period...
Toddlers found in sleeping in Marble Hill yard in state custody (11/08/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Two Illinois boys, ages 4 and 2, spent the weekend in the custody of the Division of Family Services, and will remain in its custody until a court hearing is held Wednesday. Marble Hill police spent Friday looking for the mother of the two boys, who were found around 5 a.m. ...
Man arrested, charged with Saturday morning armed robbery (11/08/11)
A Cape Girardeau man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery Saturday morning. Around 5 a.m. Saturday, the victim and another person where at Rhodes, 546 S. Sprigg St., when they gave a ride to another individual to South Ellis Street, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said...
Two men charged with dealing marijuana, mushrooms (11/08/11)
Two men were arrested on Friday in Cape Girardeau for allegedly possessing marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms with the intent to distribute. Ryan A. Sharp, 24, of Columbia, Mo., and Devon M. Dale, 24, of Cape Girardeau, were arrested during a traffic stop in the 800 block of North Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said. ...
Perryville drug overdose murder case to be heard in Jackson (11/08/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The man accused of murder after he allegedly gave drugs to a woman found dead in a Perryville hotel room in June was granted a change of venue Friday, and his trial will now be heard in Jackson. Steven A. Harbour, 25, of Fredericktown, Mo., was granted a motion for change of venue to the Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court in Jackson. His court proceedings had previously taken place in the Perry County Courthouse...
Cape Girardeau County 911 to improve handling of cellphone calls (11/08/11)
Final contracts were signed Monday by the Cape Girardeau County Commission that will help 911 services take advantage of wireless and Internet technology. Missouri ranks last in the United States in making accommodations for cellphones and Cape Girardeau County's outdated system responds to users more slowly than it could, said Richard Knaup, county emergency management director. He was joined by Todd Karl from AT&T to explain system shortfalls and how upgrades will benefit emergency services...
Preliminary hearing set for Kennett man accused of performing lewd acts (11/08/11)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A preliminary hearing has been set under a newly assigned judge in the case against a Kennett, Mo., man charged with sexual misconduct at the Sonic Drive-In in late October. Keith O. Smith, 45, was charged with first-degree sexual misconduct involving a child and two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct and given a $12,000 cash-only bond following an incident in which he allegedly exited his vehicle at the drive-in and began performing lewd acts in front of crowds of people who were also parked there.. ...
Butler County bridge open to traffic (11/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Route AA bridge over Drainage Ditch No. 10 in Butler County is open to traffic. Improvements to the bridge were completed as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. For more information, visit http://www.modot.org/southeast/safeandsound.htm...
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County reduced for pavement repairs (11/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Westbound U.S. 60 from Highway 51 to County Road 485 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today through Thursday while the Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the pavement. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
MoDOT to hold briefing on Highway 91 bridge replacement (11/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open-house community briefing from 4 to 6 p.m. today to discuss upcoming improvements to the Highway 91 bridge over Drainage Ditch 2 in Scott County. The briefing will be held at MoDOT's district office in Sikeston. ...
Alert system to be tested nationally on Wednesday (11/08/11)
Several national agencies will join together to test the Emergency Alert System this week. Although the system has been in existence for more than 15 years, it has never been tested nationwide. The test will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The national EAS test will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security through its Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service...
Trial date to be set next month in Jackson wrongful-death suit (11/08/11)
Attorneys will meet next month to determine when a wrongful-death lawsuit that names three Jackson police officers will go to trial. Norma Jean Baer filed a lawsuit in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court in February naming Jackson Sgt. James Barker, officer Larry Miller and Capt. Robert Hull as defendants in March. The trial date will be set Dec. 12...
Sikeston woman killed in Monday morning interstate crash (11/08/11)
A Sikeston, Mo., woman died Monday morning after her car struck a concrete bridge pillar on northbound Interstate 55. Tracy Abbott, 44, was driving her 2005 Mazda when it struck another vehicle while that vehicle was exiting off the right shoulder near the 87-mile marker. Abbott's car then hit an embankment, went airborne, and hit a concrete bridge pillar, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report...
St. Louis businessman may run for governor (11/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis businessman Dave Spence says he is serious about a potential bid for governor -- and may run even if it means a primary against Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Spence told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants Republicans to know there is alternative to Kinder as their candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012...
Mo. ballot measures seek to increase minimum wage (11/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25. The secretary of state's office on Tuesday approved the summaries on two initiative petitions, meaning proponents can begin collecting signatures to get the measures on the 2012 ballot...
Missouri appeals court upholds 2009 utility rate increase (11/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri appeals court has upheld a 2009 decision by state utility regulators to approve a rate increase for Ameren Missouri. The Missouri Public Service Commission in January 2009 approved a more than $160 million electric rate increase for Ameren customers. That was challenged by Noranda Aluminum Inc. and the public counsel, who represents ratepayers before the commission...
Confirmed St. Louis E. coli cases up to 30 (11/08/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Health officials say there are now 30 confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area. KMOX Radio reports that 21 of the cases are from St. Louis County. But the question remains: What is the source of the outbreak? St. Louis County Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says the source remains a mystery despite several foods that have been tested...
Missouri ballot measures proposed to legalize marijuana (11/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Advocates can begin collecting signatures for two proposed Missouri ballot measures that would legalize marijuana. The secretary of state's office said Monday the initiative petitions have been approved for circulation to get them on the 2012 ballot...
Bond to announce details of new firm (11/08/11)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond will be in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton on Tuesday to announce formation of a firm that will seek to help Missouri businesses find new markets abroad. The former Republican senator will be joined by Democratic St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and others in announcing details of his firm...
Appeals court upholds Obama's health care overhaul (11/08/11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A conservative-leaning panel of federal appellate judges on Tuesday upheld President Barack Obama's health care law as constitutional, helping set up a Supreme Court fight. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a split opinion upholding the lower court's ruling that found Congress did not overstep its authority in requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty on their taxes, beginning in 2014. ...
Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death (11/08/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death for supplying an insomnia-plagued Jackson with a powerful operating-room anesthetic to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.
State Dept. limits troubled student exchange program (11/08/11)
JACKSON, Miss. -- The State Department is capping a popular exchange program for foreign college students over persistent problems that have included low-paid participants turning to homeless shelters, a walkout over working conditions at a chocolate factory and in one case a woman forced to work as a stripper...
Lawmakers pushing new farm subsidy (11/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- Corn and soybean farmers are pushing for -- and Congress is moving to create -- a whole new subsidy that could maintain farm incomes at a nearly four-decade high should prices fall or crops be destroyed by weather. The new subsidy would protect farmers when their revenue drops. Critics say it is an unprecedented program that could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices...
Today in History (11/08/11)
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2011. There are 53 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 1861, during the Civil War, the USS San Jacinto intercepted a British mail steamer, the Trent, and detained a pair of Confederate diplomats who were enroute to Europe to seek support for the Southern cause. ...
Iranian influence seeping into Iraq (11/08/11)
MANDALI, Iraq -- Iran's presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yogurt and jams on grocery shelves. But now Iraqis are bracing for a potential escalation of Persian influence as the U.S. military leaves at the end of the year...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team falls to Harding in exhibition game (11/08/11)
Redhawks sustain injury in 68-63 exhibition loss to Division II Harding University
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team exhibits improved offense in 93-46 win vs. Harris-Stowe (11/08/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team already is off to a better start than a year ago. Southeast lost both its exhibition games against NAIA squads last season, which foreshadowed an 8-21 season and a coaching change. The Redhawks unofficially began the Ty Margenthaler era Monday, crushing NAIA opponent Harris-Stowe 93-46 at the Show Me Center in their only exhibition contest...
AP source: Cardinals interview Francona (11/08/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has interviewed with the St. Louis Cardinals for their manager opening, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made...
Rams still befuddled by overtime loss (11/08/11)
ST. LOUIS -- After a day to mull it over, Steve Spagnuolo's answer was the same: The St. Louis Rams coach would have punted the ball to Patrick Peterson in the shadow of the Arizona Cardinals goal posts and taken his chances again. Most Mondays have been tough for the Rams, who are 1-7 at the midpoint of the season, but usually because they've been trying to move past a blowout. ...
Blues introduce Hitchcock as coach (11/08/11)
The veteran coach conducted his first practice Monday
Pythons' enlarged hearts hold clues for human health (11/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- You don't think of pythons as big-hearted toward their fellow creatures. They're better known for the bulge in their bodies after swallowing one of those creatures whole. But the snakes' hearts balloon in size, too, as they're digesting -- and now scientists are studying them for clues about human heart health...
More C-sections on demand in U.K. (11/08/11)
LONDON -- Pregnant women in Britain, where the government provides free health care, may soon be able to get a cesarean section on demand thanks to a rule change that critics describe as the health system caving into the "too posh to push" crowd...
SEMO's Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club provides free yoga classes (11/08/11)
Improved respiration, greater flexibility, weight loss and decreased stress -- these are only a few of the benefits yoga has to one's body, mind and spirit. Though Southeast Missouri State University's Recreation Services offers a yoga group fitness program, students have created a yoga club where members can regularly practice this popular exercise...
Andy Williams says he has bladder cancer (11/08/11)
BRANSON, Mo. -- Singer Andy Williams told the crowd at his Christmas show Saturday night that he has bladder cancer. The Tri-Lakes News reported the 83-year-old Williams appeared early in the show at the Moon River Theatre and vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business...
Brody Gard (11/08/11)
Brody Gard, 10, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at his home. He was born May 18, 2001, in Denver to Bernie and Mandi Gard. Brody was a fifth-grader at South Elementary School in Jackson. He had a love for all sports and played on numerous teams in Jackson. Brody had an infectious laugh and a smile to melt your heart, he is dearly missed and loved by all who knew him...
Jack Ellis (11/08/11)
Jack Finis Ellis, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Tracy Abbott (11/08/11)
Tracy M. Abbott, 44, of Jackson died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Morgan Funeral Home in Advance, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Brittney Seabaugh (11/08/11)
Brittney Dawn Seabaugh, 21, of Jackson died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1990, in Cape Girardeau, to Kenny and Dawn Palisch Seabaugh. Brittney was a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School. She was a junior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine. ...
Pauline Jones (11/08/11)
THEBES, Ill. -- Iris Pauline Jones, 85, of Thebes died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 16, 1926, in Elco, Ill., to Ora Albert and Maggie Provo Robison. She and Fred H. Jones were married Feb. 27, 1949, in Wood River, Ill. He preceded her in death June 11, 1994...
Gilbert Menz (11/08/11)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Gilbert T. Menz, 81, of New Hamburg died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 22, 1930, in New Hamburg, son of Theon H. and Bertha K. Hahn Menz. Gilbert married Mary Arnzen June 29, 1957. She preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2004...
Arthur Horky (11/08/11)
Arthur Anton Horky, 96, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Art was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Omaha, Neb., son of Mary Barbara Kremlacek and Louis B. Horky. He married Arlene Marie Johannes May 10, 1941. She preceded him in death in April 1995...
Antoinette Johnson (11/08/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Antoinette Marie Johnson, 70, of Benton passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1940, in Chicago, to Anthony and Margaret Thomas Fromandi. She and David F. Johnson were married in Chicago. He preceded her in 1999...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/8/11 (11/08/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Arrests Summonses Assault Burglary Theft Property damage Miscellaneous...
Jackson police and fire report 11/8/11 (11/08/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Miscellaneous Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 11/8/11 (11/08/11)
Earl and Ruth Norman have bought a home, but instead of moving into the century-old cabin, they plan to move it onto their property; the two-story cabin is located near Mount Tabor Park behind the Cerebral Palsy Center on what was once the original Campster property; they will move the cabin about three miles onto their property and restore it...
Ribbons and shovels in Cape (11/08/11)
We are very fortunate to live in a thriving and growing community and area. It has been a great privilege and honor to participate in the many events this year that signify growth and expansion in our city. Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are the real "fun" part of my position as mayor of the city of Cape Girardeau. These events are very capably planned and handled by our city staff and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Veterans and the fight against ALS (11/08/11)
The 2012 presidential campaign is in full swing. We read about it in this newspaper every day. Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and, of course, President Obama. They all are fighting for their political lives. But with Veterans Day approaching on Friday, what the American public needs to hear about is the campaign our nation's veterans are waging against Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...
Abbypalooza (11/08/11)
Abby Jensen's life on earth was short, but the 5-year-old, who died of brain cancer in July, made an impression on many that will last for years to come. Recently about 500 individuals attended Abbypalooza. The event was held at Cape County Park North to help raise funds to combat diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare pediatric brain tumor, and to thank the community for supporting the Jensen family following Abby's diagnosis. ...
Speak Out 11/8/11 (11/08/11)
THE River City Workers of the Blind were in the Southeast homecoming parade walking down Broadway with our white canes and a little float in there with the different devices that blind people can use on the side of our picture. We were really well-received. Everybody was clapping and cheering for us, and we were just so delighted to see that the people actually cared that we have something like this in Cape Girardeau for blind people...
Prayer 11/8/11 (11/08/11)
You, O Lord Jesus, are our strength in times of trouble. Amen.
Cape River Heritage Museum will launch Heartland Heritage 2 (11/08/11)
The Cape River Heritage Museum will launch Heartland Heritage 2, the second annual anthology of writings by citizens of Southeast Missouri, with a reception on November 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the museum. Fourteen writers and poets contributed their work to the anthology. Essays range from a memoir about Christmas during the Great Depression to a humorous poem about a "Slumber Party for the Golden Girls."...
Rockin' Christmas Toys for the Kids (11/08/11)
Bootheel Harley-Davidson and TuneSquad present Rockin' Christmas Toys for the Kids on Saturday, November 12 from 12 to 5. Come out and enjoy music from TuneSquad, food and drinks. Event admission is a new unwrapped children's toy to benefit Beacon Health Center's Child Advocacy Center. Bootheel Harley Davidson is located on South Outer Road in Scott City off Nash Road...
Stuff the Bus (11/08/11)
Stop by Food Giant today. We are trying to stuff a school bus for the holidays to donate to the Salvation Army. We need your support. Thanks to Food Giant and Schnucks this week. We are parking a bus at these 2 locations trying to stuff it with non perishable foods. Come see us!...
Youth Hunt 2011 (11/08/11)
My 7year old son Zane Pobst from Chaffee Mo shot his first deer with his dad Ryan along side him in Zalma Mo at his great-grandpas farm on 11-5-11
Veteran: Brig. General Marcus Bell (11/08/11)
General Assistant to Eisenhauer for Invasion of Palau. DOD: May 18, 1981; Pima, Arizona. Unfortunately do not have obituary or cemetery (can someone help locate?).
Veteran's Day Sam B. Stokes (11/08/11)
Sgt. Sam Stokes: Instructor at Flexible Gunnery Training
Staff Sergeant Willard Nelson (11/08/11)
Staff Sergeant Willard Nelson, 24: B17 Tailgunner, shot down over Selerno, Italy (Jan 14th, 1944).
Hoover Center Family Day Celebration Luncheon (11/08/11)
The Hoover Center held their Family Day Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Centenary United Methodist Church-Family Life Center. About 55 people enjoyed fellowship, entertainment, and Bingo! Entertainment was provided by Vince Seyer. ...
Jerry Organ - Veterans Day (11/08/11)
Jerry Organ DOB 09-19-1943 DOD 09-10-2011 Sgt E-5 Army
Adoption Presentation at Council Meeting (11/08/11)
Mayor Pro Tempore Loretta Schneider, PhD, proclaiming November as Adoption Awareness month at the 11/7/11 City Council meeting joined by Evelyn Beussink Martin, MS LPC and Lauren Masterson of Child Welfare Services Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri. The low-res video is posted at: www.youtube.com/user/CityofCape...
Low water exposes 1800s mining equipment (11/08/11)
Low river levels at Tower Rock in Perry County have caused an abandoned quarry and mining equipment dating to the mid-1800s to become exposed. http://www.capecentralhigh.com/perry-county/tower-rock-quarry-exposed/ It's worth a day trip to see something that happens only a handful of times a decade...
United Way's United We Rock New Years Eve Party (11/08/11)
Save the Date! December 31st from 7pm - 1am at The Venue $50 per person One person makes a difference; together we ROCK an entire community. Please join us for the inaugural United Way New Year's Eve party. Two bands, Mid Life Crisis & Lawdogg Multiple rockin raffles--bring cash...
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