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Stories from Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cape County vacates section of road because of drug activity (01/26/12)
The drive all the way down County Road 229 in rural Cape Girardeau County is a trip that should rarely be taken, people who live near the road say. Two landowners own ground near the end of the road, which is tucked away off Route A in Hubble Township. The road winds up and down hills and alongside a creek before dead-ending at the bottom of a hill. Gravel flies as cars zoom down the wooded road and if drivers are not careful on a rainy day, they will get stuck in the mud...
Cape Girardeau's recycling numbers still climbing (01/26/12)
The recycling numbers following Cape Girardeau's first full year of its automated trash-collection system are in and city officials say the totals continue to impress. Participation is up -- better than they had hoped -- translating into more tonnage being picked up for recycling and less trash landing in the landfill...
Kelly Elementary School students learn financial lessons (01/26/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Kelly Elementary School fourth-grader Victoria Collom won't be able to apply for a credit card for almost 10 years. But she can already define the difference between simple and compound interest. She and other fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Scott County elementary began participating in an online game designed to increase financial literacy at the start of the year...
GSA accepts $325,000 offer for former Cape Girardeau federal building (01/26/12)
Federal officials have accepted a $325,015 offer for Cape Girardeau's former federal building, less than half of what it had suggested as a selling price. The General Services Administration, which has tried to unload the building at 335 Broadway since it was declared surplus property in December 2009
Cape County discrimination lawsuit moves forward as Senate considers changes to law (01/26/12)
A local sexual harassment case that will now go before a jury highlights Missouri's workplace discrimination laws as the state Senate debates changes to the law. The Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals this week reversed a decision by Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis that was in favor of Rich House Inc., a franchisee of McDonald's Corp. ...
Two teenagers charged with Oran burglaries (01/26/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Two Oran teens are in custody in connection to burglaries that happened overnight Tuesday. Jesse S. Brown, 18, and Michael W. Williams, 18, both of Oran, are both charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of stealing and a count of first-degree property damage. Their arrests stem from burglaries at an Oran business and a building behind a home Tuesday night, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Senate approves Meyer nomination to SEMO regents (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Tom Meyer was approved as a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents by the Missouri Senate on Wednesday.
Police in Pemiscot County chase down suspect carrying active shake-and-bake meth lab (01/26/12)
STEELE, Mo. -- Area drug task force agents on Tuesday chased down a suspect who fled on foot carrying what officials described as a "fully active, boiling shake and bake methamphetamine lab" in his coat as he ran from police. Bootheel Drug Task Force agents, under the direction of Pemiscot County officials, were tipped off Tuesday in regard to a farm residence on County Road 548, south of Steele, where it was believed that illegal drug manufacturing was taking place...
Humane Society in Cape Girardeau broken into Wednesday morning (01/26/12)
Someone broke into the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri early Wednesday and stole a donation jar, according to one of the organization's officials. Around 5:30 a.m., someone attempted to get through one of the windows at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri's shelter at 2536 Boutin Dr., said Requi Salter
Company reports truck, trailer stolen from Cape Girardeau location (01/26/12)
Someone jumped a fence at a Cape Girardeau construction products company, got in one of the company's delivery trucks that was connected to a trailer and plowed through the fence Tuesday night, according to police.
Two arrested after burglaries in Oran (01/26/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department and Oran Police Department are investigating two burglaries that happened overnight Tuesday in Oran. An Oran business was broken into either Tuesday night or early Wednesday, and a safe with an undetermined amount of money, a computer and a cooler were reported stolen, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
McCaskill raises $1.4 million in re-election bid (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill raised about $1.4 million during the last quarter of 2011 and has nearly $5 million in the bank for her re-election campaign. McCaskill campaign aide Adrianne Marsh announced the quarterly fundraising figures Thursday through a message on Twitter...
Supreme Court declines to hear Missouri House redistricting case (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts -- at least for now. The high court had been asked in a lawsuit to block a new map for the 163-member House from being used in this year's elections. The plaintiffs contend the new maps violate requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact...
Gambling machine maker to pay $375K fine to Mo. (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A gambling machine supplier has agreed to pay a $375,000 state fine for not telling Missouri regulatory officials about a federal subpoena and other law enforcement actions related to its electronic bingo games in Alabama...
Republican drops House bid to run for Missouri AG (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis attorney Ed Martin dropped his congressional campaign Thursday and instead declared his candidacy for attorney general, exiting a race with a looming high-money primary to enter one in which Republicans had previously been unable to field a candidate...
Missouri teacher accused of molesting young boys (01/26/12)
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors charged a suburban Kansas City elementary school teacher with molesting four young boys, and police have called on the parents of other students he has taught or coached to come forward if they also suspect abuse...
Missouri Democrats speak against discrimination bill (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has halted debate for now on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. Democratic senators argued against the bill for about three hours Wednesday night, saying it would reverse decades of progress in civil rights legislation...
Mo. farmers eligible for new fed loan guarantees (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - More loans may be available to first-time farmers in Missouri, under a new agreement between the state treasurer's office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Treasurer Clint Zweifel says first-time farmers qualifying for loans under the state's low-interest Linked Deposit Program could receive a 95 percent loan guarantee from the federal Farm Service Agency. Zweifel said that guarantee could save money on interest...
Report: Missouri leads nation in black homicide rate (01/26/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri has the nation's highest black homicide rate for the second straight year, according to newly-released data. The Washington-based Violence Policy Center on Wednesday released FBI data for 2009 showing that Missouri's black homicide rate of 34.72 per 100,000 black residents was seven times the national overall homicide rate of 4.76 per 100,000 residents. Michigan was second, followed by Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Louisiana...
Senator wants texting while driving as secondary offense (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A proposed compromise to expand Missouri's texting-while-driving law appears to have fallen flat in a Senate committee. The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would prohibit all drivers -- not just those 21 and younger -- from texting while driving. ...
Gay marriage returns to political spotlight (01/26/12)
With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue. In Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, bills to legalize same-sex marriage have high-powered support and good chances of passage in the legislature. ...
‘Shcool' sign replaced in NYC (01/26/12)
NEW YORK -- An embarrassing misspelling of "school" is gone from the street outside a New York City school building. Utility workers used heavy machinery to grind up the wrongly placed "H" and "C" in the "SHCOOL X-NG" sign Tuesday. The correction was made a day after the New York Post reported the spelling error...
Today in History (01/26/12)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2012. There are 340 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland...
A daring raid, and U.S., Danish hostages on their way home (01/26/12)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Held captive since last fall, an ailing American woman and a Danish man will soon be safely on their way home after a bold, dark-of-night rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. The commandos slipped into a Somali encampment, shot and killed nine captors and whisked the hostages to freedom...
Palestinian leader: Talks with Israel over (01/26/12)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A low-level dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians about a future border has ended without any breakthrough, the Palestinian president said Wednesday, reflecting the impasse plaguing the negotiations for at least three years...
Divisions in Tahrir Square as Egypt marks anniversary of uprising (01/26/12)
CAIRO -- Several hundred thousand people teemed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists in a competition over the course of the revolution, reflecting the deep political divides since the downfall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak...
High school roundup: St. Vincent girls basketball team rolls past Chaffee (01/26/12)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team to host streaking Austin Peay (01/26/12)
The Austin Peay men's basketball team did not look like a typical Governors squad during the first few weeks of the season. But right now Austin Peay appears to be every bit the club that was picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference in a preseason poll voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
Southeast Missouri State throwers earn weekly Ohio Valley Conference honors (01/26/12)
Southeast Missouri State junior Craig Robinson and sophomore Courtney Gapelu were named Ohio Valley Conference co-field athletes of the week Tuesday. Robinson, who is from Hayti, Mo., won the weight throw at Saturday's Illini Classic with a toss of 59 feet, 9 1/4 inches. He placed third in the shot put with a distance of 52-2 1/4. He ranks second in the OVC in the weight throw and third in the shot put...
Oklahoma State men's basketball team guns down No. 2 Missouri (01/26/12)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Frank Haith understood the dangers that came along with Missouri earning its highest ranking in a decade just before what looked like a lull in the schedule. If it hadn't already, the lesson certainly settled in with his players when Oklahoma State's fans stormed the court in celebration of a 79-72 upset of the second-ranked Tigers on Wednesday night...
Talks over Rams' lease have St. Louis on edge (01/26/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Fans are wondering about the fate of football in St. Louis as a deadline approaches for a plan to upgrade the home of the Rams. Wednesday is the deadline for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to outline how it will transform the Edward Jones Dome into a "first-tier" stadium by 2015. If it fails to do so, the Rams can break their lease -- and potentially move -- after the 2014 season...
Cardinals, Motte agree to one-year deal (01/26/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Jason Motte has agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract after helping St. Louis win the World Series. The 29-year-old reliever was 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and nine saves last season. He earned the closer's role in late August and recorded five saves in the postseason. Motte closed out the NL championship series and the World Series...
Q&A with Bill DeWitt III: Cardinals president savors World Series magic (01/26/12)
St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III stopped by the Southeast Missourian office Tuesday afternoon while in Cape Girardeau for a Big Brothers Big Sisters reception.
Hooked on Science: Plunger power (01/26/12)
A plunger isn't just for unclogging the toilet. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Two plungers STEP 2: Attempt to separate the plunger cups. Suction occurs when there is a difference in air pressure. You created this difference when you pressed the two plunger cups together. By doing this, you forced out the air from inside each plunger cup reducing the pressure from within...
Who's next 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
Scholarships n Laura Felter, daughter of Zeni "Sam" and Jolene Felter of Benton, Mo., received a scholarship from the Missouri Agribusiness Association's Jim Russell Foundation. She is attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. -- From staff reports...
what's neXt 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
"Man on a Ledge," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "The Grey," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Descendants," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "One for the Money," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "Final Fantasy XIII-2," Xbox 360, PS3...
Glee's biggest star moves past her high school wardrobe (01/26/12)
Lea Michele is moving from a locker to a much bigger closet. She's the star of the new Candie's ad campaign, dubbed "Hanging at Home," shot at a private mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. The images show her poolside, in the kitchen, in a bed with satin sheets and in a walk-in closet, wearing a new outfit and pair of shoes in each one...
Louis Jones (01/26/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Louis Franklin Jones, 87, of New Madrid lost his battle with cancer Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at his home. He was born July 27, 1924, to Louis Daniel and May Henry Jones of New Madrid. He and Dorothy Cobb were married Sept. 8, 1948. She preceded him in meeting the Lord on March 12, 2003...
Billy Fitzpatrick (01/26/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Billy Don Fitzpatrick, 76, of Sikeston passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. He was born May 17, 1935, in Cape Girardeau to Freda Mae Wyatt Nelson. He and Grace Anita Burchyett were married April 26, 1963...
Georgia Meatheany (01/26/12)
Georgia L. Meatheany, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at her home. She was born April 23, 1925, in Holiday, Tenn., to John Howard and Florida R. Flowers. She and Addie John Meatheany were married May 13, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill. He died in 1983...
Virginia Alesandrini (01/26/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia "Gina" Mae Alesandrini, 56, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Woodland Hills Nursing Center. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home...
David Young (01/26/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- David S. "Scotty" Young, 71, of Perryville died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. Parish wake is at 7 p.m. today...
James Ross (01/26/12)
James E. Ross, 76, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at the home of a son in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas Dewey and Mary Dora Sample Ross. He and Teddy "Joyce" Hughes were married July 4, 1961. She passed away Feb. 7, 2011...
Mildred Wertz (01/26/12)
Mildred Beard Wertz, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at her home after a long, courageous battle with illness. Her loving granddaughter stood beside her until she could fight no more. She was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Cape Girardeau to William Wallace and Mary Mildred Rector Beard. ...
Steve Mattison (01/26/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Steve Clark Mattison, 61, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Bertrand Retirement Home. He was born May 7, 1950, in Sikeston to Clark and Lola Ford Mattison. He and Phyllis Clayton were married March 30, 1974. Mattison was a truck dock foreman and member of North Acres General Baptist Church...
Neva Pharris (01/26/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Neva N. Pharris, 80, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born Nov. 15, 1931, at Big Opening in New Madrid County, Mo., to Dola and Rivers Kerr York. She and Jimmie C. Pharris were married Nov. 27, 1951, in Piggott, Ark...
Donald Keller (01/26/12)
Donald Carl Keller, 62, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Hayti, Mo., to Rex and Mabel Phillips Keller. He and Grace Moll were married March 31, 1979, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. Their union was blessed with two wonderful children, Brian and Laura...
Lelah Harty (01/26/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lelah Lavern Schrader Harty, 83, of Advance passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 5, 1928, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Vernie Simmers and Ella Grace Limbaugh. Lavern and August Z. Schrader were married June 2, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death June 11, 1977. She married Paul Harty on Dec. 10, 1977, at Bloomfield, Mo. He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1998...
Jackson police and fire report 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: * A citizens assist on Elwanda Drive.
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
Cape Girardeau police report 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
Out of the past 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is concerned that a site proposed for the construction of a 1,250-acre recreational lake that would help alleviate flood problems in Cape Girardeau County doesn't have an adequate watershed; the corps suggested members of the county lake committee and officers of the Cape LaCroix/Walker Creek levy district look at other sites or a smaller lake...
Addressing the Alzheimer's epidemic (01/26/12)
I am optimistic about the news released by the government calling for a national unified movement to address the Alzheimer's disease epidemic and prevent Alzheimer's by 2025. Today, there are nearly 15 million friends and family providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's and dementia, including more than 300,000 in Missouri and 579,000 in Illinois. ...
Chemical weapons and the U.S.: The welcome end of an era (01/26/12)
While in most cases nations should not abandon viable weapons systems, Americans should welcome the recent news that the U.S. has destroyed the last stocks of chemical weapons stored at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah. This follows news of several years ago that the U.S. military had finished incinerating similar weapons at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas...
Ken Medema (01/26/12)
Those who have taken piano lessons likely remember their first session. First learning the notes on the staff, then playing the right-hand melody, and eventually playing with both hands together. Now imagine playing piano without the ability to see. For musician and songwriter Ken Medema, this is all he's ever known...
Speak Out 1/26/12 (01/26/12)
I'D like to thank the person or people who found my cellphone at the Jaycee Golf Course a couple of weeks ago and turned it in at the Elks. It just says that there are people who are honest and good. I'd like to thank them very much for doing this for me...
Prayer 1/26/11 (01/26/12)
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving yourself as a ransom for all people. Amen.
Cape School Board members recognized (01/26/12)
The week of January 22-28, 2012, is Missouri School Board Recognition Week and Cape Girardeau Public School Board members were recognized at the January board meeting. A proclamation signed by Governor Jay Nixon and read at the meeting recognized Missouri School Boards as an essential element to provide a system of quality public education in Missouri. ...
Thomas Meyer's Confirmed to SEMO Board of Regents (01/26/12)
Senator Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, announced the appointment of Thomas Meyer of Cape Girardeau to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. Senator Crowell served as Meyer's sponsor during the gubernatorial appointment process in the Senate. This is Meyer's first term on the board...
Martial Arts Classes - Cape Parks & Recreation (01/26/12)
Whether you are a child or an adult, a novice, or a well trained machine, this spring the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department has all of the martial arts programs you could hope for. The Lee H. Park Martial Arts Institute, which has collaborated with Parks and Recreation in the past, is offering Tae Kwon Do for adults and children and Pre-Hapkido just for the kids...
Sen Crowell Sponsors Citizen to State Board (01/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Senator Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, recently sponsored the appointment of Janice Unger of Jackson to the Board of Nursing Home Administrators. The nomination was approved by the full Senate Jan. 25. "Janice is an active member of the nursing community and the former director of the Lutheran Home," said Sen. Crowell. "She is a great representative for Southeast Missouri."...
Rex Crosnoe named Central Middle School principal (01/26/12)
Rex Crosnoe, a 16-year veteran of education, was named principal of Cape Central Middle School (CMS) at an executive session of the Cape Girardeau Board of Education Monday night. Crosnoe served five years as assistant principal at CMS. The school has approximately 600 fifth and sixth-graders and 70 staff and faculty...
One City, One Month, One Book (01/26/12)
One City, One Month, One Book Cape Central High School announced the first Cape Girardeau: United We Read selection in 2002 with A Painted House by John Grisham. Since that time, our city-wide read has become an annual celebration of literacy not only on our campus and within our district, but throughout our greater community. ...
Girardot Chapter January meeting (01/26/12)
On January 17 the Girardot Chapter met at the VFW Post 3838, 1049 N Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. Our speaker was Leslie Watkins, CAP Business/Computer Instructor from Metro Business College and also a member of our chapter. She presented "Magic Tricks With Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access." It truly was "magic"!...
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