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Four colors make up base of Cape school dress code's first draft (12/20/11)
Orange or black. Or gray, or white. Those colors make up the basis of a uniform policy that may take effect at the beginning of the next school year for students in the Cape Girardeau School District. A committee consisting of staff members from each of the district's buildings presented a first draft of a proposal to change the district's dress code during a special work session of the board Monday night...
St. Vincent working on school in Haiti, elementary addition (12/20/11)
Opening in the fall of 2012 in Cape Girardeau will be an addition to St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School. Around the same time, a school will open in Thomassique, Haiti. Both have much to do with the efforts and financial contributions of the local Catholic church's parish members, who are service-minded people, said church leader the Rev. David Hulshof...
Brandom opts to run for 25th Senate District (12/20/11)
When Rep. Ellen Brandom launched her candidacy for the Missouri Senate six months ago, she did so in Cape Girardeau. Now, if the Sikeston, Mo., Republican wins next November, she won't even represent that city. On Monday, Brandom said she has decided to stay close to home in light of the redistricting shake-up and run in the new state Senate District 25 -- not the new 3rd District...
Jackson aldermen approve 2012 budget (12/20/11)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen approved a 2012 city budget Monday night reflecting a projected $25.5 million in revenue, subject to final amendment next year. The board held a public hearing prior to voting to approve it. However, it lasted less than five minutes because no residents attended...
Cape Girardeau City Council approves easements (12/20/11)
The Cape Girardeau City Council approved two easements that will move forward two of the city's biggest upcoming public projects -- the new wastewater treatment plant and the Broadway corridor project. The unanimous yes vote on the $3.85 million Broadway project authorizes the acquisition of temporary construction easements from about 15 property owners along the length of the project between Pacific and Water streets. ...
Postal workers give out literature at Cape Girardeau picket (12/20/11)
Postal workers at the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility in Cape Girardeau want customers to know closing the center will cause mail delays.
Cape School Board approves bids for arts center materials (12/20/11)
The Cape Girardeau school board approved bids during Monday night's meeting for elements of the interior of the high school's performing arts center. The cost of folding and portable staging, and theater rigging and curtains for the center was bid at $254,172 and awarded to SECOA Inc., a Minnesota company...
Five indicted on federal counterfeiting charges (12/20/11)
Five people believed to be the masterminds behind a recent Southeast Missouri counterfeiting ring were indicted on federal charges last month, according to federal court documents unsealed Friday. Darius Robinson, Brynet Trice, Terry Hester, Darius Lankford and Jessica Gross all face federal counterfeiting charges for their roles in the alleged manufacturing, distribution and use of fake $20 and $10 bills in early October. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission approves preliminary 2012 budget (12/20/11)
In a 2-1 vote Monday following a public hearing unattended by any constituents, the Cape Girardeau County Commission adopted a working budget to guide discussions in January that will finalize how an estimated $10.6 million in general revenue is spent.
Cape Girardeau hotel evacuated after report of smoke smell (12/20/11)
A Cape Girardeau hotel was evacuated Saturday after a fire scare apparently caused by people smoking in a room. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was called to the Pear Tree Inn, 3248 William St., after a guest smelled smoke Saturday afternoon, Capt. ...
Two arrested in Scott City meth lab bust (12/20/11)
Scott City police and the SEMO Drug Task Force busted a Scott City methamphetamine lab and arrested a couple in connection to the lab Friday, according to a police news release. Authorities arrested Christopher Crider and Tamara Crider after they raided a home at 312 Steck St. and found a "shake and bake" meth lab inside, according to the release from the Scott City Police Department...
Fire leaves family homeless in Jackson (12/20/11)
A Jackson family is homeless after an electrical fire left their house uninhabitable Saturday night. Firefighters responded to a house fire on North Bellevue Street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was mostly contained to the attic and there was very little smoke damage to the rest of the house, Jackson Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Davis said. Two bedrooms were damaged by water...
Southeast Missouri State offices close Thursday (12/20/11)
Southeast Missouri State University has announced holiday hours during winter break. Offices will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 3. Spring 2012 semester classes begin Jan. 17.
Panel: Corps not to blame for Missouri River flood (12/20/11)
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- An expert panel says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not to blame for record Missouri River flooding this year, but that changes could help avoid a disastrous repeat. A report to be released Tuesday by the corps says that current manuals and procedures could be improved and updated to recognize the more recent weather extremes following "unprecedented levels of runoff that could not be predicted in advance."...
National Park Service considering Ste. Genevieve (12/20/11)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The National Park Service has been studying whether to get involved in the town of Ste. Genevieve, south of St. Louis, which has a large collection of 200-year-old homes, as well as the largest concentration of colonial French architecture in North America...
Mo. initiative seeks to increase renewable energy (12/20/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A newly proposed Missouri ballot initiative seeks to increase the amount electricity coming from renewable energy sources while giving new power to the state's official consumer advocate to make sure the standards are implemented...
Missouri health department gets low marks for inspections (12/20/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A failure to perform legislatively mandated inspections helped earn the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services the second-lowest rating possible from the state auditor's office during a recent review. On Tuesday, Auditor Tom Schweich released his evaluation of the health department's performance in inspecting and investigating complaints related to long-term care facilities...
Snowstorm halts travel, moves east (12/20/11)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A powerful storm dumped heavy snow across sections of the Southwest and Great Plains on Monday, stranding motorists in New Mexico in whiteout conditions and wreaking havoc on holiday travel just two days before the start of winter...
Suspect charged with murder (12/20/11)
NEW YORK -- A man accused of spraying gasoline on a 73-year-old woman and setting her ablaze in an elevator was charged Monday with murder and arson, appearing in court with the left side of his face blistered and burned, his upper lip swollen...
U.S. stocks drop; banks fall hard (12/20/11)
NEW YORK -- The stock market took a late afternoon fall Monday after European Union finance ministers failed to come up with the full amount of money pledged for a bailout fund. Banks led the way down. Morgan Stanley dropped 5.5 percent and Bank of America Corp. ...
Today in History (12/20/11)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2011. There are 11 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation...
Kim's death gives region jitters over North Korea (12/20/11)
BEIJING -- It was the scenario strategists from Beijing to Washington worried about: Kim Jong Il of North Korea dies suddenly, before the isolated regime can complete a transfer of power to his young son and rejoin disarmament talks with the U.S...
Iraq issues arrest warrant for Sunni VP (12/20/11)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday for the Sunni vice president, accusing him of running a hit squad that assassinated government and security officials -- extraordinary charges a day after the last U.S. troops left the country...
Former Miss Venezuela dies of breast cancer at 28 (12/20/11)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, whose struggle with breast cancer was closely followed by Venezuelans, has died at age 28. Her family said Ekvall died Saturday at a hospital in Houston. Ekvall was crowned Miss Venezuela at age 17 in 2000, and the following year she was third runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico. She went on to work as a model, actress and television news anchor...
Egypt's ruling military lashes out at protesters (12/20/11)
CAIRO -- Egypt's ruling military sought to discredit the pro-democracy movement Monday, portraying a detained protester as a woman of questionable morals, accusing a prominent publisher of incitement and alleging the media is trying to sabotage the country...
St. Vincent girls basketball team uses big second quarter to beat Jefferson (12/20/11)
Kayla Seabaugh posted a double-double and the St. Vincent girls basketball team defeated visiting Jefferson 45-35 on Monday night. Seabaugh finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians, who improved to 6-2. Seabaugh scored 10 of her points in a decisive second quarter where the Indians held a 22-9 scoring edge...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team fades after quick start against SMU (12/20/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team got off to the kind of start it was looking for. If only the Redhawks could have ended Monday's game after about 15 minutes. Southeast led SMU most of the first half, including by 10 points, but the visiting Mustangs remained undaunted...
Tournament host tops Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team (12/20/11)
The Redhawks lost for the second consecutive day in the Wright State tournament
Southeast Missouri State's Peiffer earns third All-America football award (12/20/11)
Southeast Missouri State junior linebacker Blake Peiffer has been selected to his third All-America team. Peiffer, a Jackson High School graduate, was named to the Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision All-America second team Monday...
Rams' newest QB gets passing grade (12/20/11)
The third-string quarterback had just seven practices before Sunday's game
Websites make weight-loss wagering easy (12/20/11)
NEW YORK -- Neil Ylanan eats for a living and travels constantly as a food expert for a company that supplies in-flight meals to airlines. Toss in those sleepless, sluggish early years of fatherhood -- he's got three young kids -- and he was dealing with significant weight gain...
Guilt-free celebrations with alcohol-free sangria (12/20/11)
Like so many people, I use the start of the new year to assess my life and zero in on all the things I want to change. For 2012, I want to focus on being healthier, continue exercising, maintain a healthy weight, and spend more time with family and friends...
Names in the news (12/20/11)
MODERN WOODMEN HONORS VOLKERDING Ken Volkerding of Jackson, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was representative of the month for October in the Missouri East Region. He joined the company in October 2004...
Briefs (12/20/11)
ANDERSON AND GREEN IS AGENT OF THE MONTH SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Anderson and Green Insurance Agency of Sikeston received the Agent of the Month Award from the Stroud National Agency. Anderson and Green produced the most new farm insurance premiums in October in competition with more than 700 independent agencies that produce farm insurance policies for Stroud...
A look at 2011 sales tax revenue totals in Cape Girardeau County (12/20/11)
For the second consecutive year, sales tax revenue and retail sales are up slightly in Cape Girardeau County -- but there's still a ways to go toward economic recovery. "The numbers look pretty good and have for awhile," says John Mehner, president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. ...
Health briefs (12/20/11)
ADJOVU, GIBSON JOIN SAINT FRANCIS Saint Francis Medical Center hired two family medicine physicians as medical partners at Cape Primary Care. Dr. Victoria Adjovu and Dr. Erica Gibson joined the practice at 3004 Gordonville Road in Cape Girardeau, focusing on preventive care and wellness. ...
Bankruptcies (12/20/11)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (12/20/11)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following:AA American Arms & Ammunition, 2105 Woodhaven Road Block Electric Co., out of town Colour Couture Salon, 1213 N. Kingshighway 100 Colour Couture Salon, 1213 N. Kingshighway 100 (flat rate)...
Hello & goodbye: The business comings and goings of 2011 (12/20/11)
HELLO Chick-fil-A After months of speculation and anticipation, Cape Girardeau's newest fast-food chain opened Sept. 8, and the hunger for Chick-fil-A's famous waffle fries and chicken has never ceased. Brian House of Cape Girardeau owns the free-standing restaurant at 3333 Gordonville Road and his wife, Tamilla, is the restaurant's marketing director. ...
Legislative look: What is, and isn't changing, for businesses in 2012 (12/20/11)
Missouri businesses will pay less in taxes in 2012 due to reforms passed by the Missouri Legislature this year. However, measures advocated for by business groups to address employee discrimination lawsuits and payment to workers permanently disabled on the job were not successful in the 2011 legislative session...
Mitch Robinson, Magnet executive director, talks about the region's economic development (12/20/11)
As executive director of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, Mitch Robinson has played a part in the region's economic development over the past 18 years. Here, he reflects on 2011 and what the future holds for continued economic growth in Southeast Missouri...
Tax liens (12/20/11)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Top 11 stories of 2011 (12/20/11)
No. 1: Flooding hits farmers hardest In Mississippi County, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the levee holding back the Mississippi River at Birds Point to relieve pressure downstream, the economic toll is still being tallied...
Bud Davidson (12/20/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- William Howard "Bud" Davidson, 71, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance, Mo. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Morgan Memorial Park in Advance...
Donald Wunderlich Jr. (12/20/11)
ALTENBURG, Mo. — Donald Gene Wunderlich Jr., 45, of Altenburg died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Chester, Ill. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Willa Campbell (12/20/11)
NEWBURG, Mo. -- Willa Belle Campbell, 78, of Newburg passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born July 1, 1933, in Dycusburg, Ky., daughter of David Kinnes and May Crouch. She and Willard Campbell were married May 14, 1956...
George Huber Jr. (12/20/11)
George Everett Huber Jr., 79, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the home of his daughter in Sikeston, Mo. He was born April 1, 1932, at Silver Lake, Mo., to George Everett and Mabel Wills Huber Sr. He and Mary L. Bruner were married Dec. 31, 1954, in St. Louis...
Dick Dirnberger (12/20/11)
Claude Richard "Dick" Dirnberger, 77, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. He was born Jan. 25, 1934, in New Hamburg, Mo., to Claude William and Rebecca Brock Dirnberger. He and Mary Jo Ferrell were married Aug. 7, 1954, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg. She preceded him in death Sept. 23, 2007...
Gynel Nickell (12/20/11)
Gynel Nickell, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 14, 1936, in Douglas County, Ill., to Marvel and Florence Benner Snyder. She and Dr. Franklin Nickell were married Sept. 9, 1956, in Garrett, Ill...
Earl Fehr (12/20/11)
Earl Richard Fehr, 60, of Scott City died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 18, 1951, in St. Charles, Mo., son of Orville Herman and Doris Ruth Buescher Fehr. He married Marsha Darleen Hensley Nov. 11, 1972, in Scott City...
Harold Streiler (12/20/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Harold J. Streiler, 76, of Perryville lost his courageous battle with cancer Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. His wife and children were by his side at his home. He was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Perry County, Mo., son of Wallace and Esther Sutterer Streiler. He and Matilda Hennemann were married June 9, 1956. She preceded him in death Jan. 15, 1990. He then married Joanne Cissell Rollet on Sept. 27, 1997...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/20/11 (12/20/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assault Burglary Theft Property damage Miscellaneous...
Jackson police and fire report 12/20/11 (12/20/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Property damage Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 12/20/11 (12/20/11)
A hidden treasure has been found by renovators at Craftsman Office Supply, 835 Broadway; as workers were tearing a brick veneer off the building last week, they uncovered an old Coca-Cola advertisement painted on an original wall; the sign, about 50 years old, won't be preserved...
Blanchard fire (12/20/11)
On Dec. 6, a fire significantly damaged Blanchard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau. According to Cape Girardeau fire inspector Ivan LaGrand, the fire started when an idle copier overheated in a teachers' workroom. No one was injured, though fire and smoke damage affected three rooms...
Thanks for community support (12/20/11)
The recent fire at Blanchard Elementary caused considerable damage and disruption. I would like to thank everyone for their help. The list is quite long, and I apologize if I leave someone out. I would like to recognize the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the firefighters for their quick response. The damage would have been much worse had they not responded so professionally...
Speak Out 12/20/11 (12/20/11)
I want to say thank you to the people in the community who are cleaning up the corner of Broadway and Middle Street. That corner already looks much better and much safer. There is a lot of traffic with the parents and their children crossing the street to get to the Discovery Playhouse. Not all of the older buildings can be salvaged in Cape Girardeau, but beautifying areas like that corner are a step in the right direction. Thanks for your investment in Cape Girardeau...
Prayer 12/20/11 (12/20/11)
Thank you, O Lord Jesus, for providing for all our needs. Amen.
Perry County Chorale Sings at Country Church Tour (12/20/11)
The Perry County Lutheran Chorale recently performed during the Christmas Country Church Tour. On Friday, December 16, the Chorale spent the evening at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, welcoming visitors with the sounds of the season. Visitors were invited to request carols and Christmas hymns, and the Chorale supplemented these songs with selections from their recently released CD, "A Perry County Christmas," and from their upcoming fourth annual "After-Christmas Christmas Concert."...
Guardsmen visit with Jackson Optimist Club (12/20/11)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Building relationships with and giving back to the community is one of the strongest aspects of any Missouri National Guard Soldier. Lt. Col. Ed Gargas and Maj. Craig Gatzmeyer recently visited with members of the Jackson Optimist Club to share their stories and knowledge of the 1140th Engineer Battalion...
Christmas Program (12/20/11)
This is the Children's skit from the Christmas program at McClure Baptist Church.
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