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Poplar Bluff man could get life sentence on drug charges (01/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man faces a possible life sentence after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine with intentions of distributing it in Stoddard County. A Butler County jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict Hershel B. ...
Cape school dress code to be discussed at forum tonight (01/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau School District will host a forum tonight where community members can get more information on a proposal to implement a school dress code. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cape Central Junior High auditorium. The forum will give the Cape Girardeau School District's dress code committee an opportunity to address topics related to the committee's proposal, said Carla Fee, junior high principal and chairwoman of the committee...
Martin Luther King festivities in Cape begin Thursday (01/09/12)
Although Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 16, festivities in Cape Girardeau to honor the civil rights activist will begin Thursday and seek to engage all members of the community.
Three in Scott City face synthetic marijuana charges (01/09/12)
Three people were arrested last week after a search turned up about seven pounds of synthetic marijuana, Scott City police said. Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, officers executed a search warrant at 405 Sycamore St. following an investigation of several months, according to a news release from the department. During the search, close to 1,200 containers of synthetic marijuana, six large zip-top bags containing the substance and about $2,800 in cash were seized, police said...
Free concert to be held in Poplar Bluff for veterans (01/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff has again been chosen by the Department of Veterans Affairs as one of 17 locations across the country to host a free concert for veterans. Country music singer Lee Greenwood, best known for his single "God Bless the USA," will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Black River Coliseum...
Ripley County's only animal shelter may close (01/09/12)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- The owners of the only animal shelter in Ripley County worry the facility may have to close soon due to lack of funds and volunteers. Hank and Della Hadley opened Kindred Spirit Animal Rescue Center in 2008 and have since found homes for more than 650 animals. ...
Cape man dies in ATV accident in Bollinger County (01/09/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau man died following an all-terrain vehicle crash near Marble Hill on Saturday night. Derick Bramlett, 28, was riding an ATV around 11 p.m. westbound on County Road 310 when it ran off the left side of the road and overturned, throwing him from the vehicle, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report...
Three Piedmont, Mo., men charged with making meth (01/09/12)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- A traffic stop and a suspected shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab landed three Piedmont, Mo., men in jail last week. Joshua Cothran, 17, was charged Thursday with a felony count of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance...
Poplar Bluff man found guilty on meth charges (01/09/12)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man faces a possible life sentence after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine with intentions of distributing it in Stoddard County. A Butler County jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict Hershel B. Deaton, aka Hershel Huff, 57, of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a chemical (pseudoephedrine) with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver...
Green advisory board scours for ways to curb Cape Girardeau's waste (01/09/12)
Crumpled office paper. Spent batteries. Empty printer ink cartridges. Most people call such items trash, but Stephen Overmann has a different phrase for them: misplaced resources.
Jackson group working on uptown as DREAM process continues (01/09/12)
The Uptown Jackson Redevelopment Organization is making progress on immediate projects to promote uptown merchants while working with the state to receive a $180,000 Missouri DREAM Initiative grant. Adam Ross, board president and manager of Ross Furniture in Jackson, said membership has been shifting but a strong core group of members has been actively involved and that he expects to cement the board's 12 spots soon. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Meeting, 7 p.m. today Items for discussion...
Kansas City's Black Archives find a new home, director (01/09/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A rare collection that details the history of the Kansas City region's black community will go on permanent display in June, completing a recovery from financial and legal problems that had threatened its existence. The photographs, papers and artifacts of the Black Archives of Mid-America are stored in their new home, a former Kansas City Parks and Recreation building in the 18th and Vine entertainment district. ...
Joplin tornado also claimed trees (01/09/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- New homes and businesses are sprouting throughout Joplin, replacing the thousands destroyed in the deadly May 22 tornado. But one thing that is missing will take decades to restore: the trees. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the tornado killed an estimated 98 percent of the trees in the storm's main path, stretching about a half-mile wide and four miles long...
State to chip in $3.3M to help repair northwest Missouri levees (01/09/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that Missouri is chipping in $3.3 million to help fix seven flood-battered northwest Missouri levees and likely will provide more repair money for three other levees in the next couple weeks. "We are confident it will make a difference," Nixon said. "The bottom line is protecting these hundreds of thousands of acres and towns is very important to us."...
On college campuses, mental health emerges from the margins (01/09/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mention first aid on a college campus, and most people will point toward the student health center, or perhaps an emergency medical kit in the nearest classroom or residence hall. University of Missouri psychologist Christy Hutton has a different definition. ...
No Child Left Behind's promise falls short after 10 years (01/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation's poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world. Yet after a decade on the books, President George W. Bush's most hyped domestic accomplishment has become a symbol to many of federal overreach and Congress' inability to fix something that's clearly flawed...
Civil War museums changing as views on the war change (01/09/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle...
1793 penny fetches $1.38M at Florida auction (01/09/12)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A once-cent copper coin from the earliest days of the U.S. Mint in 1793 has sold for a record $1.38 million at a Florida auction. James Halperin of Texas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the sale was "the most a United States copper coin has ever sold for at auction." The coin was made at the Mint in Philadelphia in 1793, the first year that the U.S. made its own coins...
Nation adds 200,000 jobs in December hiring surge (01/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- Four painful years after the recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as a virtuous cycle -- an escalating loop of hiring and spending. The nation added 200,000 jobs in December in a burst of hiring that drove the unemployment rate down two notches to 8.5 percent, its lowest in almost three years, and led economists to conclude that the improvement in the job market might just last...
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords leads crowd in Pledge of Allegiance (01/09/12)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting. The Democratic congresswoman -- who has struggled to relearn to walk after being shot in the head -- stepped onstage to cheers from the crowd. ...
Moving evicted tenants is big business (01/09/12)
NEW YORK -- Property owners across the country bear a burden from the recession: paying a fortune in moving and storage costs to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent. But the owners' losses are a boon for the companies that clear out homes. Their business has skyrocketed, "making money out of people's misery," said David Robinson, an attorney for Legal Services NYC, which helps low-income New Yorkers navigate the eviction process...
Venezuela to pull out of World Bank-affiliated arbitration body (01/09/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that his government should pull out of a World Bank-affiliated arbitration body and won't recognize its decisions. Exxon Mobil Corp. is one of more than a dozen companies with arbitration cases against Venezuela pending before the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID...
Swiss lawmakers to grill central bank chief today (01/09/12)
GENEVA -- A Swiss parliamentary committee plans to hold a hearing today with central bank chief Philipp Hildebrand behind closed doors in a bid to get answers about private currency deals he engaged in while he was leading efforts to soften the Swiss franc...
Today in History (01/09/12)
Today is Monday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2012. There are 357 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake...
Yemen Cabinet approves immunity law for president (01/09/12)
SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's Cabinet on Sunday approved a law granting President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and anyone who has worked under him, immunity from prosecution for any crimes committed during his 33-year rule. The decision came as a surprise to many in Yemen, who believed that a power transfer deal he signed in November granted him and his family immunity from prosecution for the killings of protesters but would not extend to cover his 33-year rule and anyone who worked in government...
Arab League again demands that Syria stop all violence (01/09/12)
BEIRUT -- The Arab League demanded Sunday that the Syrian government immediately stop all violence and allow more monitors in, as activists reported at least 10 more civilians, including two teenagers, were killed by regime forces. Fierce clashes in the south between government troops and military defectors left 11 soldiers dead, activists said. The Arab League also called on other armed parties to halt all bloodshed, an apparent reference to the defectors...
Tens of thousands celebrate 100 years of Mandela's party (01/09/12)
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- Tens of thousands of chanting and dancing revelers waved the green and gold colors of the African National Congress as Africa's oldest liberation movement celebrated its 100th anniversary Sunday, though many South Africans say the party hasn't delivered on its promises since taking power in 1994...
Rams offensive coordinator McDaniels returns to Patriots for playoffs (01/09/12)
The Rams' offensive coordinator eventually will fill that role in New England
Southeast men's basketball team remains in good shape in OVC (01/09/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team suffered its first Ohio Valley Conference loss of the season Saturday night, 63-59 at Eastern Kentucky. It's a game the Redhawks could have and probably should have won. They led much of the way and killed themselves by making just 4 of 13 free throws...
Re-formed Van Halen performs intimate New York City gig (01/09/12)
NEW YORK -- They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits, including "Jump" and "Panama."...
Talking Shop with Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (01/09/12)
For more than a decade, Dan Mehan has been at the helm of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry working to make Missouri a better state to do business in. He visited and spoke at the Show Me Center Friday at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee...
Mississippi Mutts opens shop to all dogs (01/09/12)
Mississippi Mutts bakery, bath and boutique has opened at 1231 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Its bakery case is filled with freshly baked treats made with human-quality ingredients, said owner Sherry Jennings. Mississippi Mutts also carries all natural pet foods, toys and accessories. It has a two-bay self-service dog wash and will host educational seminars and activities, including Yappy Hour specials and Mutt Mondays, when mixed breed dogs receive half-price baths...
People on the move 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
Kelly Darby of Jackson, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was named Rookie of the Month in the Missouri East Region for December. The honor is given to a full-time representative that has been with Modern Woodmen for less than three years and is leading the region in production. ...
Helen Bryant (01/09/12)
Helen Louise Bryant, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at her son's home in Hickman, Ky. She was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, to Grover C. and Bertha Goza Bond. She graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High in 1935. She and Sammie D. Bryant married Saturday, May 28, 1938, in Cape Girardeau. He died April 14, 2000...
Carl Meyer (01/09/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Carl A. Meyer Sr., 82, of Charleston, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Charleston Manor in Charleston. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery at Mounds...
Patricia Mueller (01/09/12)
Patricia "Patty" Ann Mueller, 79, departed this world for heavenly glory on Jan. 8, 2012, after suffering a massive stroke and its ensuing complications. Pat and Milton Mueller were married Nov. 25, 1951, near St. Louis at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, Mo., where they were active in many facets of church and community activities...
Velma Upshaw (01/09/12)
Velma L. Upshaw, 87, of Ullin, Ill., formerly of Cairo, Ill., passed away at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Velma was born July 12, 1924, in Caruthersville, Mo. Mrs. Upshaw was a member of the Mighty Rivers Worship Center in Cairo and a former member of the Cairo Business and Professional Women's Club, where she served as a past state officer. She was also a volunteer for the Reach to Recovery Program...
Rosie Pierce (01/09/12)
Rosie Flora Pierce, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Pocahontas, to Adolph H. and Flora Petzoldt Koenig. She married James B. Pierce on Sept. 16, 1939, in Jackson. He died March 10, 1998...
Derick Bramlett (01/09/12)
Derick A. Bramlett, 28, died Jan. 8, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 26, 1983, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Charles and Brenda Jeffries Bramlett of Sikeston. He was employed as a carpenter for S&S Interiors in Cape Girardeau and a member of the Carpenter's Union...
Daniel Bailey (01/09/12)
Daniel Wayne Bailey, 40, was born Sept. 2, 1971, in Dexter, Mo., and departed this life on Jan. 7, 2012, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include Brent, Brent Jr., Stacey and Levi Bradley of the home; his parents, Paul Glenn and Margaret Emma Hale Bradley of Doniphan, Mo.; nieces, Nikki and Bianca Bailey, both of Doniphan, and Rachael (Derrick) Ragle of Qulin, Mo.; three brothers, LaRoy Bailey and his children, Alyssa and Braiden, Lenny Bailey and his children, Kimber and Kyle, and Damon Bailey, all of Doniphan; his dear friends, Blye Galemore and Jennifer Deaton, both of Jackson, Gaye Cooper of Dexter and Kim Frost of West Plains, Mo. ...
Maxine Heuschober (01/09/12)
Maxine Heuschober, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born March 6, 1930, at Dutchtown to Albert and Rosalia Simpher Heisserer. She married William Heuschober on June 5, 1948, at Dutchtown. He preceded her in death Sept. 1, 1993...
Jackson fire report 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * A natural gas leak at the intersection of Florence and Ohio streets. * Emergency medical services on Ridge Road. * A grass fire on West Jefferson Street.
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Arrests Assault Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous Cape Girardeau County The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a ruling by Circuit Judge A.J. Seier of Cape Girardeau that would have had the practical effect of taxing all apartment property in Missouri, even huge complexes, at residential rates; the court ruled the Missouri Legislature has the constitutional power to tax some apartment property at residential rates and other apartment property at commercial rates...
Federal building (01/09/12)
A decision on what happens next to Cape Girardeau's former federal building may not be too far off. Tuesday the online auction for the 47,867-square-foot Broadway facility faces its first deadline. The auction for the building started on Nov. 9. As of Friday afternoon there were two bids for the facility, with the top bid set at $50,000...
Purcell votes down budget (01/09/12)
Do my eyes deceive me, or did I just fanaticize this again? Did I not see in the print media where Commissioner Jay Purcell voted against the majority one more time? You know if it was not for the comic relief, it would almost be pathetic. Here, Auditor Frazier conducts a painstaking and comprehensive audit of each county department, something which has not been done for years, trying to find savings somewhere, and Purcell votes against the budget. ...
Speak Out 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
THANK you to the nice young lady who left the money at Aldi's recently to help pay for my groceries. It just goes to show you that Santa still comes when you've been good, even if you are 89 years old. I am a student at Cape Girardeau Central High School. ...
Prayer 1/9/12 (01/09/12)
O God, may we stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around our waist. Amen.
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