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Flooding, Waller case, smoking ban the top stories of 2011 (12/30/11)
Too much water. A missing mother of triplets. A downtown on the brink of major change. Too many deer. 2011 has been a year of major natural disaster and major crime. It has also been one of politics and progress. Now, a look back at the stories that make this year one to remember, based on a poll of Southeast Missourian news staff...
More than 150 attend town hall meeting on possible postal plant closure (12/30/11)
Nineteen-year-old Austin Holmes was looking forward to a long career with the U.S. Postal Service. But a month after he started working at the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility in Cape Girardeau, the facility was identified as one of 252 across the nation being studied for closure...
Illinois group pushes to exonerate man convicted of Krajcir crime (12/30/11)
An Illinois group is pushing for the posthumous exoneration of a man convicted of an attempted murder a known serial killer recently confessed to. Grover Thompson was convicted in 1981 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He died in prison in 1996. After Thompson's death, convicted serial murder and rapist Timothy Krajcir told authorities he had committed the crime. ...
Cape County Commission appoints members of two boards, still accepting applications for spots on others (12/30/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday appointed members to fill all vacancies on the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority Board and the Industrial Development Authority Board, leaving five county volunteer advisory boards short of a full staff...
Corps: Birds Point 'No. 1 priority' with new funds (12/30/11)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting $800 million in federal disaster relief funds to make repairs along the flood-ravaged Mississippi River, corps officials announced Thursday. And the corps called fixing the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway the "number one priority" with those dollars...
Cape Girardeau Sears, Kmart stores not among first round of cuts (12/30/11)
Cape Girardeau's Sears Grand and Kmart escaped the first round of store closings announced by Sears Holdings Corp.
Robber takes money from Cape Girardeau convenience store at gunpoint (12/30/11)
A Cape Girardeau convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night and police are seeking an unknown suspect. Police spokesman Darin Hickey said a man wearing a black hoodie and ski mask and baggy pants entered Amerimart at 1320 W. Cape Rock Drive around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday displaying a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect left northward from the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one else was in the store at the time...
No pretrial objections raised in Southeast Missouri counterfeiting case (12/30/11)
Two people believed to be part of a counterfeiting ring that hit several Southeast Missouri stores have no objections to the prosecution's evidence. Jessica Gross, 25, and Brynet Trice, 19, both waived their pretrial motions in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Lewis Blanton on Wednesday, indicating that they believe all evidence against them was obtained within their rights...
Man accused in Neelys Landing shooting makes court appearance (12/30/11)
A man accused of assisting in a gruesome Cape Girardeau shooting in August was illegally detained and anything he said during that detainment should not be admissible in court, his attorney argued Thursday. Seth Summers, 31, is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal in connection with an Aug. 28 shooting that destroyed the victim's left eye and lodged a bullet in his sinuses. Jimmy Ray Bell, 28, also face the same charges. Both men pleaded not guilty...
Williamsville woman accused of shooting husband (12/30/11)
WILLIAMSVILLE, Mo. -- A Williamsville woman was being held Thursday at the Wayne County Jail, charged with shooting her husband in the abdomen Wednesday morning during a domestic dispute. Rita Pollack, 43, is charged with first-degree domestic assault. Charles Pollack was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. His condition was stable Wednesday, according to officials, but his status Thursday morning was not known...
Ramp on U.S. 60 in Butler County to close for pavement repairs (12/30/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The ramp on eastbound U.S. 60 in Butler County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the pavement. This ramp is from Route AA to eastbound U.S. 60. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County reduced for guardrail replacement (12/30/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Westbound U.S. 60 between Route TT and Highway 51 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace the guardrail. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. 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 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
I-55 in New Madrid County reduced for surveying (12/30/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane Thursday as contractor crews survey from the Marston, Mo., rest area extending north one mile. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. 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 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Cape intersection to close for 25 days next month (12/30/11)
Contractor Nip Kelley Construction will close the intersection of Big Bend Road and East Cape Rock Drive beginning Tuesday for about 25 days, Cape Girardeau officials announced Thursday in a news release. Detour signs will be in place routing southbound traffic to Lexington Avenue and northbound traffic to Bertling Street. ...
Joplin storm tops ranking of Missouri stories of 2011 (12/30/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The tornado that devastated Joplin, killing 161 people and leaving much of the city in ruins, was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in Missouri for 2011, transcending a busy year of natural disasters, government bungling and the return of championship baseball to St. Louis...
Missouri lawmakers mull changes to school funding formula (12/30/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tight budgets have Missouri lawmakers examining changes to the state school funding formula used to steer basic aid from the state Capitol to classrooms. There has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the current education formula, prompting concern from some about money distribution problems that could allow certain districts to benefit at the expense of others...
'Synthetic' marijuana is problem for US military (12/30/11)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. troops are increasingly using an easy-to-get herbal mix called "Spice," which mimics a marijuana high, is hard to detect and can bring on hallucinations that last for days. The abuse of the substance has so alarmed military officials that they've launched an aggressive testing program that this year has led to the investigation of more than 1,100 suspected users...
Job market ends year better than it started (12/30/11)
WASHINGTON -- The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week has dropped by 10 percent since January. The unemployment rate, 8.6 percent in November, is at its lowest level in nearly three years...
2 dead, 61 hurt in 40-vehicle New Orleans pileup (12/30/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in a pre-dawn pileup involving about 40 cars, vans and other vehicles on a busy interstate that crosses New Orleans, closing the route for hours both ways, police said. Drivers said they drove into thick smoke or fog that abruptly limited visibility on westbound lanes of Interstate 10 heading across eastern New Orleans. Those who came upon the scene said they heard injured motorists pleading for assistance...
Lawmakers propose legislation allowing prevailing wage exemption (12/30/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Several southwestern Missouri Republican lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow communities to exempt themselves from some wage requirements while rebuilding after natural disasters. The Joplin Globe reported the measure would let school districts, counties and cities to vote to suspend prevailing wage requirements for construction work needed to repair or replace structures and infrastructure. ...
Today in History (12/30/11)
Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2011. There is one day left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)...
Monitors' presence energizes Syrian protests (12/30/11)
HOMS, Syria -- The presence of Arab League monitors in Syria has re-energized the anti-government protest movement, with tens of thousands turning out over the past three days in cities and neighborhoods where the observers are expected to visit. The huge rallies have been met by lethal gunfire from security forces apparently worried about mass sit-ins modeled after Cairo's Tahrir Square...
N. Korea vows no change despite new leadership (12/30/11)
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea said Friday that rival South Korea and other nations should not expect any change from the country's new leadership. A day after North Korea ended official mourning for Kim Jong Il and declared his son Kim Jong Un supreme leader, the North's powerful National Defense Commission sent a tough message to leaders in Seoul and Washington...
Airstrikes in Turkey kill 35 people mistaken for rebels (12/30/11)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish warplanes mistakenly killed 35 smugglers and other villagers in an operation targeting Kurdish rebels in Iraq, a senior official said -- one of the largest one-day civilian death tolls during Turkey's 27-year drive against the guerrillas...
Notre Dame boys basketball team rocks three-time defending tourney champs Scott County Central (12/30/11)
The second-seeded Notre Dame Bulldogs and the third-seeded Scott County Central Braves were supposed to play the most competitive game of the night Thursday at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. Neither team got the memo. Notre Dame steamrolled the Braves 76-39 in the second semifinal of the night to earn a chance at the top-seeded Charleston Bluejays in today's 8 p.m. championship game...
Jackson boys basketball team holds off Leopold for fifth place (12/30/11)
The score from Friday's fifth-place game at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament is misleading. Jackson beat Leopold 51-39 in the game that decided fifth and sixth place, but the sixth-seeded Class 1 Wildcats gave the fifth-seeded Class 5 Indians all they could handle...
Chaffee boys basketball team downs Oak Ridge to capture consolation title (12/30/11)
Oak Ridge boys basketball coach Adam Stoneking may have jinxed his team. He didn't think Chaffee senior Alex Crowe had shot the ball exceptionally well in the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. Stoneking got a front-row seat for Friday's performance in the consolation title game...
Sophomore leads Jackson boys basketball team's charge past Scott City (12/30/11)
Karson King is playing much older than his sophomore status these days. King led a fourth-quarter charge to help fifth-seeded Jackson pull away from eighth-seeded Scott City 48-36 on Thursday in the fifth-place semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament...
Leopold boys basketball team's defense carries it past Advance (12/30/11)
Leopold and Advance traded blows throughout their consolation semifinal Thursday night in the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. Then the Wildcats' defense stepped up and their offense exorcised past demons from the free-throw line to capture a 57-46 victory over the Hornets...
Charleston boys basketball team squeezes Cape Central in semifinals (12/30/11)
Charleston's trademark defense was at its suffocating best Thursday night, especially during a first half that saw Central score just 12 points. The fourth-seeded Tigers felt the sting, losing 50-39 to top-seeded Charleston in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament at the Show Me Center...
High school roundup: St. Vincent boys basketball team earns shot at Winter Classic title (12/30/11)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame grad Tolbert joins Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team as walk-on (12/30/11)
Jacob Tolbert decided that almost a year away from organized basketball was enough. Tolbert, a 2011 Notre Dame Regional High School graduate, has been attending Southeast Missouri State as a student. Tolbert's status changed to student-athlete Thursday when he officially joined the Southeast basketball team as a walk-on...
Area calendar 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
Baseball Winter coaching clinic: Real Baseball Instincts of Jackson will host a winter coaching clinic Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Among numerous featured speakers will be SIU-Carbondale coach Ken Henderson, Tennessee-Martin coach Bubba Cates, Southeast Missouri State pitching coach Steve Bieser and former major league pitcher Scott Terry. Registration fee: $60 through Jan. 4; $75 after Jan. 4. Lunch will be provided. Info: 243-7247...
Rams DL Long ties father's best sack season (12/30/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Long will top the best season ever put together by his Hall of Fame father if he gets a sack in the St. Louis Rams' finale Sunday. He'll still be playing catch-up in his mind. Chris Long has 13 sacks, tied with Howie Long's personal-best total from 1983. The younger Long points out that dad played most of his career as a tackle in a 3-4 defense. That made it a lot tougher to rush the passer, so Chris Long guessed he would need 22 sacks to earn some family bragging rights...
Experts say less alcohol, more water can help avoid hangover (12/30/11)
CHICAGO -- Lawyer Colleen Gorman has a holiday ritual that doesn't involve buying presents or counting down to midnight: She goes online to look for new hangover remedies she hasn't tried. She already has scratched off those big "prevention" pills, vitamins and chugging sports drinks, along with more quirky folk remedies including peanut butter sandwiches...
Good luck (12/30/11)
Messages on the slips of paper inside fortune cookies you get with your bill at Chinese restaurants come in three varieties:1. Some bland comment about you. "You are fair in all your dealings." "You are kind to animals." "You show signs of integrity."...
Entertainment 2011 in photos (12/30/11)
As the new year approaches, many people take time to reflect on the year past. It's been a wild one here in Cape Girardeau with plenty of concerts -- from the metal rock of Avenged Sevenfold to the melodies of Miranda Lambert -- and lots of stage shows like the circus and various forms of wrestling...
Different opinions for top movies of '11 (12/30/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Associated Press reviewers Christy Lemire and David Germain saw the same films in 2011, but they clearly weren't seeing the same pictures. They usually have a fair amount of overlap in their top 10 lists, but this time, they agreed on only one film: "50/50." Here are their picks...
Best bet: Harlem Globetrotters (12/30/11)
After the glitter falls and the champagne glasses dry, a certain void can develop from a lack of things to celebrate. The Harlem Globetrotters will pull you out of that post-holiday slump with their performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Show Me Center. The Ambassadors of Goodwill have appeared in Cape Girardeau before, but audiences can't seem to get enough of the good old family fun. Tickets are $23.50 and $61.50 and available at the Show Me Center box office or ticketmaster.com...
Insight into music's future and past (12/30/11)
Se Live asked music guru Eric Karlish to predict the future and reflect on the past. Karlish, who works at Pmac Music in Cape Girardeau, gave us five albums to look for in the new year and five albums every music fan should have in their collection...
January Events (12/30/11)
January gets a bad rap sometimes. The bleak weather often influences us to wish the month away in anticipation of warmer days and greener grasses. But January in Southeast Missouri does offer a few things to look forward to this year. The Harlem Globetrotters will play Wednesday at the Show Me Center. It's hard to smile while whistling "Sweet Georgia Brown," however, it's hard not to smile when you hear it...
Carolyn Stidham (12/30/11)
Carolyn Stidham, 64, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the family home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Robert Wills (12/30/11)
Robert Wills, 58, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Private service will be held at a later date. Coplin Funeral Home in Park Hills, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Vicki Letgrate (12/30/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Vicki Jayne Letgrate, 53, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Solid Rock Church in Marble Hill. Hutchings Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements...
Ruth Kester (12/30/11)
Ruth Kester, 75, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Matthews officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery...
Eva Ward (12/30/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Eva Jane "Tib" Ward, 78, of Ortonville, Mich., formerly of Marble Hill, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. She was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Lewistown, Pa., daughter of Charles and Anna Zarkovich Swift. She and Kelly Wayne Ward were married April 8, 1979, in Waterford, Mich. He preceded her in death July 17, 2003...
Wayne Hillegass (12/30/11)
Wayne Herbert Hillegass, 82, of Gautier, Miss., died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss. He was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Redding, Pa., to Wayne Herbert and Sarah Martin Hillegass. He and Hazel Cobble were married July 11, 1953...
Gary McCormick (12/30/11)
Gary Wayne McCormick, 59, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born July 13, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to Edward and Eleanor Moore McCormick. He and Cindy Wahl were married Aug. 4, 1973, in Cape Girardeau. Gary was a graduate of Central High School. He was owner of Roommates. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and HOG...
Alma Randol (12/30/11)
Alma Lucille Moore Randol, 71, of Cape Girardeau went to her reward Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 15, 1940, in Oak Ridge, to the Rev. Marshall and Lucille Moore. She and the Rev. Doyle Wayne Randol were married Sept. 26, 1959...
Births 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
Twin sons to Craig Lee and Elizabeth Patricia Bohnsack of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Chase Patrick was born at 1:12 p.m. and weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce. Colton Lee was born at 1:12 p.m. and weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire reports 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Out of the past 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
Cape Girardeau County yesterday became the first governmental entity in the state to be insured under the new Missouri Public Entity Risk Management program. BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Presiding Commissioner Louie Hirschowitz, a fixture in Scott County government for 16 years, is returning to private life; he will retire at midnight tomorrow...
Delivering meals (12/30/11)
Meals on Wheels, a long-standing program through SoutheastHEALTH, will end this year. After 37 years, the program has seen a drop in the number of seniors opting to use the service. Effective Jan. 1, meal delivery will operate through the Cape Girardeau Senior Center's Homebound Meals program...
NDAA violates the Constitution (12/30/11)
On Dec. 15, the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86-13. This bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on the previous day by a vote of 283-136. There are a number of issues regarding the NDAA. Employing vague language, sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA authorize and codify the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens by the president through military force without trial. ...
Speak Out 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
I just read Missy Kitty's wish list for Christmas and I am very proud that she issued that wish list, because I am sitting in my chair right now holding my little dog and telling her how much I love her. I think Joe Sullivan is a wonderful guy for being such a cat lover...
Prayer 12/30/11 (12/30/11)
O Father God, may we enjoy one moment at a time. Amen.
Eagle Scout Awarded To Local Youth (12/30/11)
On May 5th,2011 Chance Nolan Ziegler of Troop 4016 of Cape Girardeau, Missouri satisfactorily completed the requirements and was certified as an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. Ziegler's project consisted of building a freestanding wall of brick. ...
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