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Mo. lawmakers may buck Nixon's higher ed cuts (01/18/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's legislative budget leaders may not go along with Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed cuts to public colleges and universities. Nixon has proposed a 12.5 percent reduction to higher education institutions for the next academic year...
Edge rut repairs reduce Highway 51 in Bollinger County (01/18/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane, from Route NN to Route JJ, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done today through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Committee members explain issues relating to school uniforms; enforcement of current code tough, they say (01/18/12)
The Cape Girardeau School District's dress code committee doesn't believe their wish for a districtwide uniform policy will solve all problems in the schools, members say, but they do believe it will help. Committee members spent the first half of a second public forum on a proposed uniform policy explaining the process. Members outlined the research, attempted to address concerns heard during the first public forum and made clarifications on the proposal as currently written...
Aldermen: Jackson would supply some services to quarry area if it is annexed (01/18/12)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen on Tuesday announced how it will cater to a quarry if it's voted into annexation next month and took questions and comments from residents who were mostly incensed by the potential move. City administrator James Roach said in front of a full council chamber Tuesday night that Jackson will supply emergency and nonemergency police and fire services to the quarry if it is annexed through a vote Feb. ...
Mo. court sides with redistricting challengers; Wallingford remains committed to Senate race (01/18/12)
The Missouri Supreme Court's decision to strike down new state Senate districts Tuesday created uncertainty across Missouri, but Rep. Wayne Wallingford said that it didn't shake his campaign plans. The Cape Girardeau Republican is still in. Even if a new map puts him in a contest with close friend and fellow GOP member Rep. Ellen Brandom of Sikeston.
Nixon proposes $89 million higher-ed cut (01/18/12)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon again proposed drastic cuts to the state's higher education system Tuesday, a move that was lambasted by area legislators as the last place to seek savings. Before delivering his fourth State of the State address to a joint legislative session, the Democratic governor had presented a fiscal 2013 budget proposal that cut $89 million from higher education, the second largest cut behind only $191 million from Medicaid...
Mo. Supreme Court rejects warrantless DWI blood test in Cape County case (01/18/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers must get a warrant before ordering a blood test on an unwilling drunken-driving suspect except during special circumstances when the delay could threaten a life or destroy potential evidence, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday...
Commander hearing again continued (01/18/12)
A judge in Texas again continued a bankruptcy hearing Tuesday to give more time to Commander Premier Aircraft Corp. to find a buyer to help make the company solvent. Judge Bill Parker of the U.S. Bankruptcy Eastern District of Texas continued the hearing until Feb. 21, a request that Cape Girardeau officials did not object to, said city manager Scott Meyer...
Filing ends for local school board elections (01/18/12)
Area school boards have several new candidates for April's elections and filing is closed. Filing for April school board elections across the state ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Four candidates filed in Scott City. Chris Clayton filed Tuesday afternoon. Incumbent Gary Miller filed for re-election in December. Miller's term and that of Keith Simpson are expiring. Simpson did not file for re-election. Other candidates are Roger R. Buckner and Beth McDonough-Cox...
Final defendant sentenced in Cape house party stabbing case (01/18/12)
The last man found guilty in connection with a May stabbing incident at a Cape Girardeau house party was sentenced to five years supervised probation Tuesday. Kemond Hollis, 23, of Ullin, Ill., was found guilty of hindering prosecution by Judge William Syler in a bench trial Dec. 13. 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...
‘Welcome Home USA' party held at Mo. Veterans Home (01/18/12)
KRISTIN EBERTS ~ keberts@semissourian.com Veterans and volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program dance to the music of Dave Silver during a "Welcome Home USA" party Tuesday at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Anyone who has served in the armed forces was invited to attend the event, which was held to celebrate the end of the war in Iraq and show support for those who serve in the military.
First African-American U.S. governor to speak at MLK dinner tonight (01/18/12)
The first-ever elected African-American governor in the United States will deliver a message on equality in the past, present and future to a Cape Girardeau audience during tonight's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner at Southeast Missouri State University...
Local caretaker charged with manslaughter released from jail (01/18/12)
The Patton, Mo., caregiver charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an elderly woman she was paid to look after bonded out of jail Friday. Sherrie Gail Coomer, 53, was charged with second-degree manslaughter earlier that day in connection with the Oct. 23 death of 80-year-old Patricia Joan Langston, according to the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office...
Missouri Senate hearing tackles prevailing wage (01/18/12)
A bill to suspend Missouri's prevailing wage laws in places declared natural disasters areas is viewed by some as an excuse to slash workers paychecks and boost corporate profits, but others think it's needed to save taxpayers' money. The state's prevailing wage law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public construction projects including bridges, roads and government buildings. ...
The history lists: Cape Girardeau fire chiefs (01/18/12)
A volunteer fire department began protecting property in Cape Girardeau in the mid 1860s. The city began its own fire department in 1909. Here is a list of the men who has served as fire chief. (Some dates of service are unavailable.) Henry A. Astholz, circa 1883...
In federal court: Jackson man pleads guilty to gun, drug charges (01/18/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Friday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey. pleaded guilty Name: Gregory T. Taylor Residence: Jackson Charges: Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime...
Several file on last day of filing period in Southeast Missouri cities (01/18/12)
Last-minute filings for several municipal government positions helped bulk up the ballot in some Southeast Missouri cities. Steven Keller filed for Ward 2 alderman in Perryville on Tuesday, according to the city clerk. He will face incumbent Paul "Butch" Flentge...
USDA announces $308 million in aid to states; Missouri to receive about $49 million (01/18/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The nation's top agriculture official is expected to announce Wednesday more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U.S...
Groups ask Mo. lawmakers to spare them from cuts (01/18/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A day after Gov. Jay Nixon proposed more budget cuts, officials from education, economic and cultural programs came to the Missouri Capitol pleading with lawmakers to spare them from more financial pain. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony Wednesday from a variety of people who said their favored programs sustained deep cuts in past years and they hope funding can at least be held flat for the 2013 budget...
Student loses driving rights for Confederate flag (01/18/12)
REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri student lost his driving privileges at school for flying a Confederate flag on his truck. The Republic school district twice suspended Riley Collier's driving privileges because of concern that the flag distracted some students and was offensive to others...
Scientists confirm rocks from Mars (01/18/12)
WASHINGTON -- They came from Mars, not in peace, but in pieces. Scientists are confirming that 15 pounds of rock collected recently in Morocco fell to Earth from Mars during a meteorite shower last July. This is only the fifth time in history scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks weren't discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December...
Coast Guard ordered captain to reboard cruise ship (01/18/12)
ROME -- "You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me?" the Coast Guard officer shouted as the captain of the grounded Costa Concordia sat safe in a life raft and frantic passengers struggled to escape after the ship rammed into a reef off the Tuscan coast...
Today in History (01/18/12)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2012. There are 348 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1862, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before he could take his seat as an elected member of the Confederate Congress...
Central boys basketball team prevails in Church meeting (01/18/12)
The Tigers defeated Saxony in a coaching dual of brothers Drew and Dane Church
Southeast Missourian athlete of the week: Scott City's Katie Hogan (01/18/12)
Katie Hogan's ability to score around the basket and from outside proved too much in the Scott-Mississippi Conference girls basketball tournament. Hogan scored 34 points to lead Scott City past Delta 56-51 in the championship game. "We worked the ball around a lot, quickly around the outside," Hogan said. "I'd just move block to block and a lot of times they would get caught up in the 3-point line and guarding the ball and I'd get left one-on-one, and I took advantage of it."...
High school roundup: Jackson boys succumb to Mules in OT (01/18/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
OVC honors Southeast Missouri State's Uchtman, Schnurbusch (01/18/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior Josh Uchtman and junior Jill Schnurbusch were named Ohio Valley Conference indoor field athletes of the week Tuesday. Uchtman broke his own school indoor shot put record with a first-place distance of 60 feet, 9 1/4 inches over the weekend during the SIU Saluki Open in Carbondale, Ill. His previous top mark was 60-8...
Obama honors Cardinals at White House (01/18/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball" thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series...
Fisher: Decision to coach Rams ‘simple' (01/18/12)
St. Louis officially introduced its new coach Tuesday
Paula Deen teams with Novo Nordisk on diabetes (01/18/12)
Celebrity chef and Food Network star Paula Deen is teaming with drug maker Novo Nordisk to launch a program that aims to help people live with Type 2 diabetes and promote a Novo diabetes drug. The program is called Diabetes in a New Light and offers tips on food preparation, stress management and working with doctors on a treatment plan. Recipes and tips can be found at www.Diabetesinanewlight.com...
The origin and importance of oatmeal (01/18/12)
It is not true, as the humor website Cracked satirically suggests, that oatmeal was invented by a research scientist at Britain's Royal Academy of Adhesives and Sealants during an experiment in search of new forms of industrial glue. But if your idea of oatmeal is the pasty variety made in a microwave from a packet, the story can seem plausible...
Recipes full of pumpkin, apples and bacon (01/18/12)
Over the entire Christmas holiday I was given several recipes at different events I attended or friends passed recipes along to me. I would like to share those with you today in hopes that you can use them and they will find a comfortable place in your "favorites" file. The pumpkin muffins are very good, as well as the apple cookies. My husband thinks everything is better with bacon, so the last two recipes today include bacon. I hope you enjoy...
Judge says Lindsay Lohan doing well on probation (01/18/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan received her second favorable probation report in a row and a judge told the actress that she appears to be on track to complete a strict program by the end of March. Lohan appeared in court for less than five minutes Tuesday to update the judge on her progress in completing strict probation terms that were imposed in November after a series of missteps by the actress...
JoAnn Cravens (01/18/12)
JoAnn Cravens, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed peacefully to a better place Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. She was born March 12, 1925, to John Willard and Willa Lois Lessley Proffer, in her grandparents' home in Gravel Hill, Mo. Her early formative years and experiences were shaped by running that small Southeast Missouri community's fields and woods and being an ever-mischievous presence in her grandfather's country store...
Bernard Bremermann (01/18/12)
Bernard H. "Pete" Bremermann, 90, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wanda Craig (01/18/12)
Wanda Ruth Craig, 59, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 25, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Frank and Betty Bowman Schweppe. She and Ralph Craig were married July 22, 1972, in Cape Girardeau. Wanda was a 1971 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School. ...
Nancy Fadler (01/18/12)
PATTON, Mo. -- Nancy Jean Fadler, 68, of Patton and St. Peters, Mo., passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at her home in St. Peters. She was born July 29, 1943, in Crystal City, Mo., daughter of Daniel and Irene Boyer Murphy. She and Jay Fadler were married Oct. 27, 1962...
Lance Cates (01/18/12)
Lance Hunter "Rooster" Cates, 33, of Owensville, Ohio, went to heaven to sing with the angels Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 20, 1978, in Cape Girardeau. Lance was a very special person who changed the lives of everyone who met him. ...
Harlan Minner (01/18/12)
Harlan Rance "Ike" Minner, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1951, in St. Louis, to William Thomas and Marie Lee Reagan Minner. He and Carlotta E. "Kim" Meyer were married Nov. 27, 1993, in Cape Girardeau...
Pamela Johnson (01/18/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Pamela Reese Johnson, 57, of Advance died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 4, 1954, in Hickman County, Ky., to James and Frances Griffin Reese. Pam was a licensed practical nurse...
Hattie Slinkard (01/18/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Hattie Elizabeth Slinkard, 89, of Benton died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 5, 1922, in Beckley, W.Va., to Frank Elmer and Mary Fountain Cochran Cook. She married Herman Russell "Shorty" Slinkard on Oct. 21, 1939, at Oran, Mo. He preceded her in death June 11, 1995...
Leopold Elementary School (01/18/12)
Leopold Elementary School 4th grade: Jared Allen, Kyla Beel, Dominic Bellis, Lindsey Duckworth, Kane Duncan, Jonathan Eldridge, Jacob Elfrink, Samantha Engelen, Gwen Forrester, Jenna Garland, Chiara Groll-Bourel, Kara Hampton, Samuel Horrell, Jace Jansen, Beth Lincoln, Josephine Seiler, Jenny Vandeven, Kyleigh Wolfe...
Leopold Junior & Senior High (01/18/12)
Leopold Junior & Senior High First semester A Honor Roll 7th grade: Klara Beel, Blake Eeftink, Aly Fluchel, Jessie Holweg, Cole Jackson, Evan Landewee, Ashley Nussbaum, Colby Thele, Alexis Weber, Kaitlyn Weber, Matthew Woodfin. 8th grade: Zach Beel, Brittany Garland, John Gray, Emily Seiler, Garrett Thele, Lexi Vandeven...
Immaculate Conception School (01/18/12)
Immaculate Conception School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Allison Appleman, Caroline Bowen, Zachary Chapman, Phillip Dunning, Brayden Eftink, Jordyn Gunn, Olivia Jansen, Mollie Jennings, Matthew Loos, Ella Outman, Reagan Peters, Elizabeth Raines, Molly Beth Sellers, Grant Sides, Anna Ziegler...
Meridian High School (01/18/12)
Meridian High School High Honor Roll 9th grade: Jacy Johnson. 10th grade: Alexxus Blake, Zachary Shepard. 11th grade: Brittany Johnson. Honor Roll 9th grade: Kierra Barnett, Lyric Blake, Vernisha Coleman, David Davis, Mitchell Maborn, Ryan Moore, Tiarra Morris, Autumn Robinson, Tiffany Sartore, Conner Schaal, D.J. Weldon, Aaron Woods, Jordan Wyatt...
Jackson police and fire reports 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
The Jackson Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage * Property damage was reported in the 2200 block of East Jackson Boulevard. * A court-order violation was reported in the 100 block of West Jackson Boulevard...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 6:55 a.m., a medical assist on Bloomfield Road...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Robert Pham, 21, 1100 N. Middle St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene and striking a legally parked vehicle...
Out of the past 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
The director of community development for Sioux City, Iowa, Gary L. Worth, has been hired as Cape Girardeau's first community development director. The ribbon is cut opening the new Student Recreation Center, which adjoins the multipurpose building under construction on the Southeast Missouri State University campus...
Congressional poll numbers and the Dems' election strategy (01/18/12)
Well our friends in Congress have returned to work following their extended holiday recess. And they arrived just in time to take notice of yet another poll out this week that shows that 84 percent of Americans disapprove of the job they are doing. For starters, much of the poll result is pure bunk. If you are asked how your congressman is doing, the approval rating skyrockets. If you ask how the entire Congress is functioning, the numbers plummet...
Storytelling festival (01/18/12)
It's been said that laughter is the best medicine. In that case, we're in store for a good dose of it Friday when two nationally acclaimed humorous storytellers visit Cape Girardeau. Storytellers Bil Lepp and Kevin Kling will headline Friday's humorous storytelling event, the first of its kind for Cape Girardeau...
Theft of our basic rights (01/18/12)
"Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn." -- Benjamin Franklin In response to Professor Wayne H. Bowen's article concerning NDAA, I must say that it is always alarming to me when such compliance to the legal theft of our basic human and civil rights comes from someone so highly educated -- a professor of history, no less. History proves that these kinds of laws inevitably lead to abuse of power, resulting in tyranny and injustice...
Speak Out 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
DO the people of Cape Girardeau realize that when the school board mentioned uniforms for students it was already done? Just go ahead and go out and buy your khakis. They don't know anything about people not having enough money. I wanted to give my opinion on what I think about the deer control in Cape Girardeau. ...
Prayer 1/18/12 (01/18/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we make an effort to show kindness to others every day. Amen.
Ride of the Week submission (01/18/12)
Make and model: 1979 Porsche 930 Owner(s): Tom Grantham Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO Names of people in photo: Tom Grantham, Tip Tollison The '79 Porsche 930 Turbo was the last year that there was a US version until 1986, this is the 11th from last produced. It included a 3.3 liter turbocharged motor with intercooler...
CTC Nursing Program achieves 100% pass rate (01/18/12)
The 2011 Practical Nursing Graduates from the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center attained a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which allows them to provide nursing care as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)...
HealthPoint Fitness: Jackson Business of the Year (01/18/12)
Southeast HealthPoint Fitness and Rehab earned the 2011 Business of the Year Award from the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the chamber's annual dinner on Jan. 13. Chamber Executive Director Brian Gerau says HealthPoint and its staff at the Jackson center have been actively involved in chamber activities, ranging from membership drives to hosting business breakfasts and sponsoring the chamber's annual Volunteers luncheon...
Over 200 years of marriage (01/18/12)
On June 18, 2011 Stephanie Roth and Samuel Lueders of Arnold, Mo., were joined in marriage. They were fortunate to have all four sets of grandparents present for this special occasion. Pictured from left: Lee and Gladys Gausemel of Sun City, Ariz., married 54 years; Richard and Verna Roth of Frohna, Mo., married 65 years; Stephanie and Sam Lueders, newlyweds; Wilmer and Marie Lueders of Frohna, married 64 years; and Herb and Thelma Steffens of Altenburg, married 63 years...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/18/12)
Farrah & Felicity are 7 week old lab mix puppies. There are 7 in this litter. They are available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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