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Blanchard reopening pushed back to February (12/22/11)
Blanchard Elementary students and teachers will have to wait longer than expected to return to their regular school building after the holiday break. Today is the last day for classes in the Cape Girardeau School District until Jan. 4, the original date district officials had hoped to reopen Blanchard after cleaning and repairs from a fire were completed. The target date has now been pushed back to Feb. 1...
Shipping at SEMO Port this year nearly even with '10 (12/22/11)
While slightly fewer tons of cargo passed through SEMO Port this year, millions of dollars in upgrades to its facilities may help attract more business next year, officials said. The port's total tonnage was down from last year about 1.5 percent, said executive director Dan Overbey. From January through November this year, 1,108,441 tons were shipped by either rail, truck or barge, compared to 1,125,672 during the same period of 2010...
Man indicted in Southeast Missouri counterfeiting case makes court appearance (12/22/11)
A man believed to be one of the five masterminds behind the counterfeiting ring that struck several cities in Southeast Missouri said Wednesday that he has no objections to the federal evidence against him. Darius Robinson, 22, waived his pretrial motions in front of United States Magistrate Judge Lewis Blanton Wednesday, indicating that he believes all evidence against him was obtained within his rights...
Adams announcement sets up House race rematch with Lichtenegger (12/22/11)
When Gerald Adams lost the Missouri House race to Donna Lichtenegger in the 2010 Republican primary, it was only by 300 votes -- almost all of which came from Perry County. Redistricting, however, has cut Perry County from the equation, which Adams says is ample enough reason for a rematch in 2012...
Cape Girardeau's Wallingford considering run for 3rd Senate District (12/22/11)
Rep. Wayne Wallingford is seriously considering a run at Missouri's 3rd District Senate seat, which -- if he does it -- would create a three-way Republican primary next August. Wallingford, a Cape Girardeau Republican, acknowledged Wednesday that he began mulling such a run this week, after news broke that Rep. Ellen Brandom, R-Sikeston, would run for the 25th District instead of in the 3rd...
Scott County collector's office to be open Dec. 31 (12/22/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County taxpayers have until noon on the last day of the year to pay their taxes in person. County Collector Mark Hensley said he will come in at 8 a.m. Dec. 31 and keep his office open until noon. "That's on a Saturday," Hensley said. "That is the last day to pay taxes without a penalty."...
Route OO in Cape County to close for pipe replacement (12/22/11)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County will be closed Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. This section of road is between Route Z and Route F.
Abuse victims in Joplin struggle to find housing (12/22/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- When the deadly Joplin tornado destroyed her father's home, Alisha Courtney had no place to turn. So she went back to live with her abusive boyfriend, just weeks after fleeing his regular beatings. Now she's reaped the consequences: She's lost custody of her 3-year-old daughter after police raided his home and allegedly found a methamphetamine lab...
Missouri looks to ease college transfers (12/22/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Higher education boosters in Missouri hope to make it easier for students enrolled at one school to transfer to another institution. A bill filed by Republican state Sen. David Pearce, of Warrensburg, calls for the creation of a "core transfer library" of at least 25 basic courses that would be honored for credit at each of Missouri's public colleges and universities...
Interstates reopening after Great Plains snowstorm (12/22/11)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Holiday travelers were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday after a storm that dumped up to 15 inches of snow and forced the closure of interstates across the Great Plains moved out of the region, allowing crews to clear drifts and stranded motorists to leave roadside hotels...
Estimate predicts 3.9 percent revenue growth for Missouri (12/22/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials are predicting a 3.9 percent increase in state revenue in the next fiscal year. The so-called consensus estimate of general state revenue for the budget year that begins in July was released Wednesday. The estimate predicts total revenue of roughly $7.6 billion in the 2013 fiscal year...
Obama urges short-term extension of payroll tax cut (12/22/11)
\WASHINGTON -- Seeking to break a stalemate that is threatening 160 million workers with Jan. 1 tax increases, President Barack Obama urged the top leaders on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to first pass a short-term extension while promising to work with lawmakers on a full-year measure.
New rules to stop pilots flying tired (12/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- The government told passenger airlines Wednesday they'll have to do more to ensure pilots aren't too tired to fly, nearly three years after the deadly western New York crash of a regional airliner flown by two exhausted pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration's update of airline pilot work rules, some of which dated to the 1960s, reflects a better understanding of the need for rest and how night shifts and traveling through time zones can increase errors...
Economy ends tough 2011 on a surprising upswing (12/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- The economy is ending 2011 on a roll. The job market is healthier. Americans are spending lustily on holiday gifts. A long-awaited turnaround for the depressed housing industry may be underway. Gas is cheaper. Factories are busier. Stocks are higher...
Ore. man shocked to find out family feared he was Gacy victim (12/22/11)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- After Ted Szal ran out on his family near Chicago 35 years ago, he had no idea his relatives feared for decades he had been killed by notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Szal's family learned this week that their missing relative is alive in a suburb of Portland, Ore...
Stocks end mixed; Oracle miss drags down tech (12/22/11)
Technology stocks fell Wednesday, dragged down by a weak earnings report from the business software maker Oracle Corp. Broad market indexes were flat. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain of 4 points after having been down 104 points at midday...
EPA tells nation's dirty power plants to clean up (12/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- Clean up or shut down. That's the decision facing hundreds of the nation's oldest and dirtiest power plants under an Environmental Protection Agency rule announced Wednesday that will force plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutants for the first time...
Today in History (12/22/11)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2011. There are nine days left in the year. Winter arrives at 12:30 a.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt...
Activists say government troops kill 100 people in Syrian village (12/22/11)
BEIRUT -- As government troops advanced on a village in northwestern Syria, activists say the terrified residents fled into a valley for fear of being arrested or worse. What happened next, one of the activists said, was "an organized massacre."...
European Central Bank lends banks $639B (12/22/11)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank flipped its credit tap wide open Wednesday to help Europe's troubled banking system, allowing hundreds of nervous banks to take out a record $639 billion in loans. The move was the biggest ECB infusion of credit into the banking system in the 13-year history of the shared euro currency. ...
Loss, fear, threats drive N. Korea's grief (12/22/11)
BEIJING -- The scenes of mass grief coming from North Korea -- people falling to the ground weeping and cries of anguish amid somber crowds -- look forced. More than theatrical, the mass mourning over the death of dictator Kim Jong Il is being driven by a mix of forces. ...
Notre Dame girls basketball team squeezes past Meadow Heights to reach Holiday Classic final (12/22/11)
Meadow Heights roared back every time Notre Dame seemed ready to pull away. That was to be expected from the evenly matched high school girls basketball teams that have waged three heart-stopping battles in the span of one year. Notre Dame won the latest thriller, 64-59 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center...
Haertling sparks Jackson girls basketball team to semifinal win in Holiday Classic (12/22/11)
Dru Haertling spread the praise to everyone else for her performance Wednesday in the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic semifinals. The Jackson senior was reluctant to take credit for herself, but she deserved plenty of it in the Indians' 48-26 rout of Farmington...
Missouri takes perfect record into Braggin' Rights game (12/22/11)
The Tigers have won the last two meetings against Illinois
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team looks for first road win in California (12/22/11)
The Southeast men are 0-5 on the road entering tonight's game against Sacramento State
Accomplished gymnast joins Southeast Missouri State staff as assistant (12/22/11)
Southeast Missouri State gymnastics coach Kristi Ewasko has hired an assistant coach with an impressive resume. Mary Fredericks joins the Redhawks after a decorated competitive career. She spent seven years competing for the U.S. National Team under Hall of Fame Olympic coach Mary Lee Tracy. Fredericks won seven national titles and four international crowns on uneven bars...
Beltran, Cardinals agree to 2-year contract (12/22/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, fortifying the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols. The team disclosed the move Thursday night and said it expects to make a formal announcement shortly after the holidays...
Rams rookie receiver Pettis suspended four games (12/22/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Austin Pettis has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Pettis, a third-round pick out of Boise State, has made three starts and has 27 catches for 256 yards, a 9.5-yard average. He'll be eligible to return after the Rams' second game next season. He can participate in offseason and preseason practices and games...
Avs cool off red-hot Blues with 3-2 victory (12/22/11)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 37 shots and Jay McClement scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday for their seventh consecutive home win. Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche, while Matt Hunwick, Kevin Porter and Shane O'Brien each had an assist. Colorado has won seven consecutive at home for the first time since 2003...
Robotics team from Scott City qualifies for state competition (12/22/11)
A robot from Scott City High School recently took over the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition in St. Louis. On Dec. 10, a team of 10 students won a spot in the robotics competition's first place alliance and qualified to move on to the state championship...
neXt up 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
"We Bought a Zoo," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "The Walking Dead" MAC, PC "I Am Alive" PC, PS3, Xbox 360 "Final Destination 5" R "Apollo 18" PG-13 Jimmy Buffett "Take The Weather With You"...
who's neXt 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
SCHOLARSHIPS HONORS, ACHIEVEMENTS -- From staff reports Vance Toole ...
Hooked on Science: Create Christmas science ornaments (12/22/11)
You can create your own Christmas science ornaments using a few items from around the house. STEP 1: Twist red and white pipe cleaners together and form the shape of a candy cane. STEP 2: Using the thread, tie each candy cane ornament to the ruler. Place the ruler on the top of the container allowing the candy cane ornaments to float freely inside the container...
‘Idol' runner-up David Archuleta to serve Mormon mission (12/22/11)
SALT LAKE CITY -- "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta will take a break from his singing career to serve a two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The contestant from the 2007-2008 season made the announcement during a Christmas concert Monday in downtown Salt Lake City, according to KSL.com. The 20-year-old Miami native, who grew up in Murray, Utah, said he's not quitting music but feels a strong call to serve the church...
Kelly Roberts (12/22/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Kelly G. Roberts, 58, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Miller Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Callie Kellett (12/22/11)
Callie Kellett, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Heartland Care and Rehab. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Bufford (12/22/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Martha Marie DeJarnett Mize Bufford, 79, of Tamms left this earthly world for her home in heaven Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Heartland Medical Center in Marion, Ill., in the presence of her family. She was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Clinton, Ky., to Claude "Sam" and Sallie Cagle DeJarnett...
Ruby Rehkopf (12/22/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ruby Dell Rehkopf, 87, of Advance died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Gordonville, to Albert W. and Laura Hanschen Wessel. She and William C. Rehkopf were married June 17, 1949, in Gordonville. He died Sept. 4, 1990...
John Rendleman (12/22/11)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- John Gary "Little Deer" Rendleman, 69, of Wolf Lake died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Anna, Ill., son of Robert Howard and Iva Tweedy Rendleman. He and Sherry A. Rhodes were married March 5, 1971, at Wolf Lake...
Martha VanCleve (12/22/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Martha VanCleve, 91, of Cairo died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 9, 1920, in Cairo, daughter of John and Anna Creagan Luby. Mrs. VanCleve was a registered nurse before her retirement. She was the former director of nursing at St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo, and first coordinator of the nursing program at Shawnee College in Ullin, Ill...
Metta Fellows (12/22/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Metta Mae Fellows, 97, formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo., passed to eternal life Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Perryville. She was born Feb. 12, 1914, in Yount, Mo., daughter of John "Henry" and Canzada V. Loberg Biri. She and Everett L. Fellows were married March 29, 1932, in Perryville. He passed away March 18, 1984...
Frank Duncan (12/22/11)
Francis "Frank" Duncan, 87, of Jackson, formerly of De Soto, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Jackson. He was born April 14, 1924, in Advance, Mo., to William and Artie Duncan. Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Ernst of Cape Girardeau; two grandchildren, Kelly Abbott of Jackson, Jeff Cronenbold of Cape Girardeau; four great-grandchildren, Bailey and Nicholas Abbott, and Kevin and Sarah Cronenbold...
Kenneth Kasten (12/22/11)
Kenneth "Kenny" Gordon Kasten, age 85, passed away Dec. 20, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, due to complications after a valiant battle with pneumonia. He was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Jackson, to Louis William and Frances Philpott Kasten, and was a lifelong resident and businessman in Jackson. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
Work should be completed today or tomorrow on the repaving of a 15-by-29-foot section of the intersection of North Main and Mill streets; the project was necessitated by the settling of some of the concrete pavement in an area that was reconstructed only last year...
Greed trumps helping addicts (12/22/11)
The insatiable interests of the state and the gambling brokers have found a way to entice addicted gamblers back to the casinos. A nonelected commission with no accountability to the public made a decision this month allowing those who voluntarily chose to put themselves on a lifetime exclusion list to get back into the casinos after five years...
Landlord association (12/22/11)
Cape Girardeau city leaders held a meeting at the Osage Centre this summer to discuss the possibility of implementing a rental inspection program. The proposal would have required landlords to obtain an annual certificate of compliance for each of their rental units. The cost was said to be $25 to $35 per unit, though hospital, nursing home, dorm and hotel rooms were excluded...
Speak Out 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
OUR son has a rare disease call ataxia telangiectasia. A-T is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease. It is like having cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, immune deficiencies, muscular dystrophy and cancer all rolled into one. For the last four years about a week before Christmas he has received a letter in the mail without any return address. ...
Prayer 12/22/11 (12/22/11)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. Amen.
Maevers earns military distinguished honor grad (12/22/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Spc. Trey Maevers, of Cape Girardeau, recently completed his military training to become a combat engineer for Missouri National Guard's 1138th Engineer Sapper Company in Farmington and Fredericktown. "I joined the Guard for the training and opportunities to serve my country," said Maevers, who plans to become an officer. "I want to lead Soldiers and defend my country. The Guard can help me do that and be a better person."...
Sargent graduates from military training (12/22/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Clinton Sargent, of Cape Girardeau, recently completed his military training to become a combat engineer for Missouri National Guard's 1138th Engineer Sapper Company in Farmington and Fredericktown. "I joined the Guard because I really wanted to serve my country," said Sargent...
CPR CLASS AT CAPE GIRARDEAU EAGLES (12/22/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU EAGLES #3775 WILL BE HOSTING A CPR CLASS JANUARY 31ST AT 6:00 PM. The Cape Girardeau Eagles will be sponsoring a Heartsaver CPR/AED Adult/child CPR and Choking class. The course contains updated content from the 2010 American Heart Assocication for CPR. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver CPR card which is good for two years. (No medical training needed to do class)...
Curves Fitness Center - Christmas Children (12/22/11)
The members of Curves Fitness Center in Cape Girardeau sponsored two local children for Christmas this year. The members brought in gifts to help make Brooke and Harley's Christmas just a little more special. We at Curves would like to thank our members for helping make this event so special. We have attached a copy of a picture of Harley with his family, Unfortunately, Brooke was not able to attend the party. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!...
Kerrie Roberts with Kristen Schweain (12/22/11)
We are welcoming Kerrie Roberts to New Mckendree This is the first concert in our Concert series for next year, with each concert we are going to donate a portion of the profits to local charities. A portion of proceeds from tickets sales from this concert are going to be donated to Melania's Magical Playland...
US Bank donates to St Francis Medical Center (12/22/11)
US Bank donated $1750 to St. Francis Medical Center. US Bancorp Foundation donates to organizations that offer support to programs that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low income families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which we live and work. Pictured from left are Daryl Leine and Jim Ham, Commercial lenders for US Bank, Carrie Copeland, Development Officer for St Francis Foundation, and Cindy Friend, Treasury Management for US Bank...
CMS Sixth Grade Students of the Month for December (12/22/11)
Cape Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month for December are (front row from left) Meredith Ham, Shire Saney, Maggie Boxdorfer and Mallory Bittner; (second row) Hannah Jackson, Marenia Rivers and Liam Green; (third row) Morgan Kluge, Paul Lufcy and Justin Tuschhoff. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
CMS fifth grade Students of the Month for December (12/22/11)
Cape Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month for December are (front row from left) Hannah Thomas, Lacey Graham and Brandi Walls; (second row) Darian Huffman, Becky Holst and Sydnie Walker; (third row) Lynsey Powers, Kordell Batchelor, Ranneisha Dunn and Trinity Pavon-Roman. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
Backstage at the Broadway Theater (12/22/11)
A collection of photos behind the curtains at the Broadway Theater, including the basement and dressing rooms: http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/broadway/backstage-at-broadway-theater/
Broadway Theater Today (12/22/11)
Photos of the interior of the Broadway Theater. It's in remarkable shape. See more, including some panoramas: http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/broadway/broadway-theater-wow/
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