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Bloomsdale couple expanding goat's milk cheese operation (12/15/11)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- A lot of love goes into each six-ounce heart-shaped piece of artisan goat cheese made at Baetje Farms. Owners Steve and Veronica Baetje, who have been married 20 years, like to joke that they have 120 kids -- baby goats born each spring at their Bloomsdale farm...
Southeast regents consider new residence hall funding (12/15/11)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents is scheduled to vote today to fund a new residence hall on campus. During today's meeting, the board will consider approving a resolution to issue $29 million of system facilities revenue bonds to fund construction of the hall at the north end of campus...
Environmentalists concerned over Current River (12/15/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Environmental activists on Tuesday urged the National Park Service to restore the Current River, a southern Missouri waterway that draws more than 1 million people each year for float trips, fishing and other activities. A statewide coalition of environmental groups delivered petitions with nearly 5,000 signatures to the National Park Service office in St. Louis. The petitions seek reforms to revitalize the Current River, which is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways...
Cape Girardeau man already in police custody charged with first-degree robbery (12/15/11)
A man who was already in police custody on a warrant arrest has been charged with first-degree robbery. According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Trevon D. Starnes, 18, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested late Monday afternoon after a report of an altercation near the intersection of Bloomfield and Hanover streets...
Illinois woman charged with murder in boy's death (12/15/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- A Jonesboro woman was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy in her care.
Redistricting shake-up still being felt in 3rd Senate District campaigns (12/15/11)
When Gary Romine launched his candidacy for a Missouri Senate seat in 2009, the competition in the 3rd District looked sparse, and the Farmington businessman hoped it would stay that way.
Cape officials discuss Missouri Supreme Court juvenile detention ruling (12/15/11)
Local leaders discussed issues pertaining to a new Missouri Supreme Court ruling that changes custody rights for underage offenders Wednesday during the first of several meetings. In April, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that as of Jan. 1, juveniles should not be held in secure detention unless they present a risk to public safety or may fail to appear in court for hearings. ...
Cape Jaycees still looking for Toybox donations (12/15/11)
As of Tuesday night, the Cape Jaycees still had around 70 bags to fill for Toybox. Organizers hope the community will donate quickly during the last few days of the campaign of the program that delivers Christmas toys to local families in need. The program accepts monetary donations and new toys for children ages 1 to 13...
Crowell introduces legislation to make redistricting process more open (12/15/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri State Senator says redistricting secrecy needs to end. Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, Wednesday filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with the current system related to how state House and Senate boundaries are redrawn every 10 years...
Motorcyclist in critical condition after outer road wreck (12/15/11)
A motorcyclist was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center on Wednesday morning in critical condition after losing control and striking a guy wire on an interstate outer road. The man was traveling on the outer road on the northbound side of Interstate 55, south of the Nash Road exit, when he lost control rounding a turn. He hit the wire, which separated him from the motorcycle, and the wire cut into his legs...
Murder charge filed in Poplar Bluff shooting (12/15/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was charged Wednesday in connection with the weekend shooting death of another man authorities say he had ongoing conflicts with over the sale of illegal narcotics. Paris Thomas, 23, was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Trial of Charleston man moved to Butler County (12/15/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man facing a first-degree murder charge for a shooting outside a nightclub will be tried in Butler County. Devonte Johnson, 18, waived arraignment Tuesday at the Mississippi County Courthouse, according to Leigh Ann Colson, circuit court clerk...
Miner motels to copy photo IDs (12/15/11)
MINER, Mo. -- Hotels and motels in Miner will now be required to make a copy of photo identification while checking in lodgers. An amendment to the city ordinance regulating occupant requirements for lodging establishments was approved during the regular monthly board of aldermen meeting held Tuesday...
Mo. to offer free guided hikes Jan. 1; Trail of Tears included (12/15/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials are urging people to celebrate New Year's Day by hiking in the state's parks. The state is offering free guided hikes in nine state parks on Jan. 1. The guided tours are part of a national effort encouraging people to get outside...
Illinois man found guilty of hindering prosecution in connection to stabbing incident (12/15/11)
An Illinois man charged with hindering prosecution in connection with a May stabbing in Cape Girardeau was found guilty Tuesday. Kemond Hollis, 23, of Ullin, Ill., was found guilty by Judge William Syler. 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. A fight started while the men were trying to leave, and four people were stabbed...
500 block of Broadway in Cape Girardeau closed today (12/15/11)
The Cape Girardeau city government said in a post on its WordPress blog the 500 block of Broadway will be closed starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. Saber Excavating plans to close the road for building demolition per city permit. The structure is a 105-year-old building at 501 Broadway, purchased earlier this year by Trinity Lutheran Church. It's best known by its mural with a biblical message...
Route H in Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (12/15/11)
Route H between County Road 524 and Route U at Blodgett, Mo., will be reduced to one lane today and Monday and closed Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. Weather permitting, the repairs will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Monday, and the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Home of suspected Southeast Missouri child murderer burns (12/15/11)
SENATH, Mo. -- A fire Tuesday morning destroyed the home where accused child murderer Shawn Morgan lived before being arrested. The next day, Morgan was in court to plead not guilty to the charges against him. Morgan, 43, is charged with killing 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez, a girl who lived near the home in Senath...
Missouri researchers to study online voting (12/15/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Civic-minded soldiers stationed across the world could one day obtain absentee ballots from their laptops or mobile phones as part of a new federal research effort to increase participation among overseas troops and other voters who are out of the country during elections...
Survey shows economic growth in Plains, Midwest (12/15/11)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states reflected continued economic growth in the region, which boasts strong agricultural performance and rising commodity prices, according to a report issued Thursday. The Rural Mainstreet Index rose to 59.7 in December, its highest level since June 2007. ...
Crop insurance rates skyrocket after spring, summer floods (12/15/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring's rains.
Schools around Missouri to participate in earthquake drill (12/15/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It was nearly 200 years ago that the first in a series of massive earthquakes shook Missouri and much of the nation. Now, several Missouri school districts are preparing for a drill to prepare for the next big one. State officials say that nearly 100 districts and individual schools have registered for Missouri's second statewide earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. ...
Returns of holiday merchandise up (12/15/11)
NEW YORK -- Ah, the warm feelings of the holidays: Comfort and joy. Good cheer. And buyer's remorse. People who rushed to snag discounts on TVs, toys and other gifts are quickly returning them for much-needed cash. The shopping season started out strong for stores, but it looks like the spending binge has given way to a holiday hangover...
Dems may drop millionaire tax demand (12/15/11)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats may jettison their demand for higher taxes on millionaires as part of legislation to extend Social Security tax cuts for most Americans, officials said Wednesday as President Barack Obama and Congress struggled to clear critical year-end bills without triggering a partial government shutdown...
1 in 4 U.S. women attacked by spouse or boyfriend (12/15/11)
ATLANTA -- One in 4 women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends. Experts in domestic violence don't find it surprising, although some aspects of the survey may have led to higher numbers than are sometimes reported...
Today in History (12/15/11)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2011. There are 16 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for crimes against humanity. (Eichmann was hanged 51/2 months later.)...
Euro under pressure as summit optimism fades (12/15/11)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Investors have soured on the latest attempt to resolve the European debt crisis. Stocks tumbled around the world Wednesday, the euro slid to an 11-month low and borrowing costs spiked for heavily indebted Italy. The markets' jitters reflect rising doubts about the deal European Union leaders reached at a summit last Friday in Brussels...
Egypt begins second round of parliamentary elections (12/15/11)
CAIRO -- Overwhelmed by Islamists in parliamentary elections, the secular and liberal youths who were the driving force behind Egypt's uprising are scrambling to ensure their voices are not lost as a new constitution and government take shape. Two Islamist blocs -- newly emboldened after decades of repression under Mubarak's secular regime -- won close to 70 percent of seats in the initial balloting Nov. ...
Israeli prime minister vows crackdown on Jewish extremists (12/15/11)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister on Wednesday ordered a crackdown on Jewish extremists believed to be responsible for a wave of violence and vandalism against Israeli soldiers and Muslim mosques. The move followed the arrest of suspected extremists and an attack on a disused mosque...
Japanese ready to declare damaged nuclear plant stable (12/15/11)
TOKYO -- Japan is poised to declare its crippled nuclear plant virtually stable nine months after a devastating tsunami, but the facility still leaks some radiation, remains vulnerable to earthquakes and shows no prospect for cleanup for decades...
Doctors in Chile separate conjoined twins after 20 hours of surgery (12/15/11)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chilean doctors separated conjoined twin girls in a marathon 20-hour surgery, saying Wednesday that the operation went extremely well despite challenges. The 10-month-old twins, Maria Paz and Maria Jose, lost a good deal of blood but were in stable condition and recovering in the intensive care unit at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, chief surgeon Francisco Ossandon said...
Notre Dame's Holloway shares state's top boys soccer goalkeeper award in Class 2 (12/15/11)
Seven local players earned recognition on the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association's all-state teams.
High school roundup: Sikeston boys basketball team finally subdues Perryville (12/15/11)
Tuesday's late scores reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Tiger Classic wrestling meet to feature strong field (12/15/11)
The Tiger Classic has established itself as one of the state's premier high school wrestling tournaments since its inception nearly 40 years ago. Central coach James Brake expects that trend to continue when the Tigers host the 38th Tiger Classic at the junior high school this weekend...
Experience best result for Vieira at national swimming meet (12/15/11)
Gabby Vieira excels in the butterfly. She's also not too shabby when it comes to the butterflies. Vieira conveniently was in a pool when she faced the fiercest competition of her young life last week at the Short Course Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas...
Pfau wins Jingle Bell 5K (12/15/11)
Matthew Pfau covered the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 31.02 seconds to win the race. Nichole Clippard was the top female finisher, crossing the line in 21:27.30 Male 14 and younger -- Coleman Erwin 24.42.61; Nic Norris 28.59.24; Parker Watson 37.22.02; Tanner Watson 37.22.91...
Cardinals finalize deal with Furcal (12/15/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals finalized a two-year, $14 million free agent deal with shortstop Rafael Furcal, a trade deadline pickup who helped them in their run to the World Series title. The deal was completed Wednesday after the 34-year-old Furcal passed a physical. He gets salaries of $6 million next year and $7 million in 2013, along with a $1 million signing bonus...
Rams aching at QB (12/15/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford said he would not have been able to play if Wednesday had been game day. He didn't seem optimistic that a few more days would help, either. The St. Louis Rams quarterback played in Monday night's loss at Seattle after missing the previous game because of a persistent high left ankle sprain. He believes it'll be a challenge to get ready for Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a short week and a very sore ankle...
neXt up 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," rated G @Cape West 14 Cine "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "Trine 2" X360, PS3 "Soccer Up!" Wii "Dolphin Tale," PG...
who's neXt 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
Honors, achievements scholarships -- From staff reports...
Hooked on Science: How Santa gets down the chimney (12/15/11)
It's the time of the year when Santa brings gifts to children all over the world. He recently revealed the science he uses to get down the chimney. Here's a model of how it works. Adult supervision is recommended. STEP 2: Quickly put the egg on the opening of the jar and watch how Santa goes down...
Michael Jackson's teen daughter Paris looks toward her turn in show business (12/15/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's daughter says she was inspired to be an actress after seeing her father in the film "Moonwalker." "My dad was in the movie ‘Moonwalker,' and I knew he could sing really well, but I didn't know he could act," Paris Jackson told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, according to a transcript of the episode to air today...
Prayers for Nolan (12/15/11)
Jackson High School junior Nolan Weber talks with his mother, Rachelle Weber. He has been battling a recurring malignant brain tumor since April. His classmates and the community have rallied around him with a show of support and a motto: "We Believe."...
Charlotte Schumacher (12/15/11)
Charlotte Schumacher was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Fordyce, Ark. She married Leonard J. Schumacher during World War II and resided in Cape Girardeau. Charlotte was a prayerful person who was converted to the Catholic faith upon her marriage. She was active in Church Women United and St. Vincent DePaul prayer group, and enjoyed friendship and fellowship with women of many faiths. She was famous for her homemade pies and cakes...
Sharon Davis (12/15/11)
Sharon K. Davis, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral Home, with the Rev. Tony Kobak officiating...
Charles Birkman (12/15/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Charles F. Birkman, 83, of Advance died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. There is no service. Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Leona French (12/15/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leona K. French, 82, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville...
Marguerite Koenig (12/15/11)
McCLURE, Ill. — Marguerite Koenig, 75, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of McClure, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Parkview Nursing Home in Wilmington. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Robert Burns (12/15/11)
Dr. Robert Allen Burns, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Neodesha, Kan., the elder son of Francis and Treva Lee Burns. He married Linda Lee Lattin on Aug. 17, 1968, in McPherson, Kan...
Frank Bess (12/15/11)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- Frank Bess, 78, of Marquand passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1933, at Bessville, Mo., son of Colonel Pinkney and Vergie Irene Cureton Bess. He and Dean Miinch were united in marriage Feb. 23, 1957 in Marquand...
John Poe II (12/15/11)
John William Poe II, 51, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 10, 1960, in Cape Girardeau to John William "Bill" and Mary Lou Seabaugh Poe. John went to Jackson High School and worked in the plastics division of Lenco in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Department of Public Safety released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
WITTENBURG, Mo. -- Work continues on the Mississippi River, 33 miles north of Cape Girardeau, to complete off-loading several million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel from four barges that went aground on the Missouri side of the river Friday about two miles north of Wittenburg...
Christmas donations (12/15/11)
How's your Christmas shopping going? Like a lot of folks, you're probably busy finding that perfect gift for a friend of family member, attending Christmas parties, or participating in your church's Christmas activities. While we hope you enjoy all these activities, don't forget about those who could use your help this year...
Honoring Central wrestlers (12/15/11)
Cape Girardeau Central High School has much to celebrate during this centennial year. We are especially excited to host the 38th annual Tiger Classic wrestling tournament Dec. 16 and 17 in the Field House of Central Junior High School. This will be an excellent opportunity to watch some of Central's finest student athletes compete against wrestlers in our region...
New Madrid bicentennial (12/15/11)
The next three months mark the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid quakes which rocked parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee in 1811-1812. Massive tectonic plates deep below began stretching and burping. Rivers changed course and ran backward. Gaseous crevasses swallowed cattle and buildings...
Questions on deer hunting (12/15/11)
Wake up, Cape Girardeau. Please don't assume that urban deer hunting won't be implemented. The majority of the urban deer committee appears to be pro-hunting from the beginning. It's unsettling that council member John Voss didn't want anyone opposed to killing deer in the city but has no problem with at least four hunters on the committee. ...
Speak Out 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
AFTER a night of Christmas parties, it just wouldn't be complete without a drive through the Cape County Park Christmas lights display. Awesome. ARE you kidding me? The city of Cape Girardeau is going to spend $1.6 million on expanding the trail at the river walk, but you can't fill the potholes on Lexington and William. My car is going to bottom out one of these days, and I am going to sue the city for it...
Prayer 12/15/11 (12/15/11)
O Lord Jesus, may we conduct ourselves with integrity and sincerity. Amen.
Retiree Appreciation Day for southeast MO Vets (12/15/11)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The Southeast Missouri Retired National Guard Association recently hosted a Retiree Appreciation Day for retired Soldiers of the Missouri Guard. The event, attended by retired Missouri Guard Soldiers and Family members, was designed to give guests the latest information concerning retirement benefits...
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