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Stories from Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cape church considering razing former one-room schoolhouse (02/02/12)
Watching Viola Medley drive up Perryville Road in her Ford Model A, a few of her students riding shotgun in the rumble seat. The potbelly wood-burning stove. The bell Mrs. Medley would clang to drag them from a makeshift baseball field back to the classroom...
Lichtenegger officially announces Missouri House re-election bid (02/02/12)
Rep. Donna Lichtenegger doesn't want to leave the House. While the Jackson Republican had been mulling a run at the state Senate, she announced on Wednesday that will instead seek a second House term. "I love doing the hands-on things for my constituents," she said. "I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do that in the Senate because the districts are so much bigger you'd have twice the number of constituents."...
Scott County emergency director won't man office (02/02/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's interim emergency management director will take care of any pressing business that comes up but will not be able to man the office during February. "I hate to leave you guys in a bind, but I can't be here in February," interim emergency management director Amber Scudder said during the regular county commission meeting Tuesday. "If something comes up, you know I'll be here."...
University looking for new alumni services director after Burner's exit (02/02/12)
A search for a new alumni services director is underway at Southeast Missouri State University. The application period ended Friday and resume reviews will begin soon, said Bill Holland, director of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, who oversees the position...
SEMO president speaks to House about budget cuts (02/02/12)
Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins' testimony before the House Education Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning in Jefferson City identified the university's early plans for dealing with a possible $5.2 million reduction in fiscal 2013...
Isle of Capri's Cape GM talks about hiring process (02/02/12)
As Isle of Capri prepares to hire nearly 500 people to staff its new Cape Girardeau casino, the company is meeting with local groups to educate the community about its hiring process.
Mother of student in Cape choking incident considering pulling him from school (02/02/12)
The mother of the Cape Girardeau Central High School student who was allegedly choked by one of the school's physics teachers said Wednesday that she is mulling whether to take her child out of the school. Roman D. Smith, 32, is charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault stemming from a "play fight" with the student in a downtown parking lot last month, according to a news release sent out Tuesday by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Prosecutor asks for hair sample of Southern Illinois woman in child murder case (02/02/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The Union County state's attorney wants a hair sample from the Ware, Ill., woman accused of killing a child in December. Sacha Brown, 29, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealment of a homicidal death in connection with the Dec. 11 death of 4-year-old Justin Hepburn. She pleaded not guilty Jan. 11...
Illinois mother accused of child endangerment waives arraignment (02/02/12)
The Cape Girardeau mother whose infant daughter tested positive for cocaine Jan. 1 waived her formal arraignment Wednesday and will be back in court next month. Brooke Whitener, 31, was arrested on New Year's Day when hospital personnel said her 18-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine after being rushed to Southeast Hospital with seizures and a high fever. ...
Four teenagers arrested on Perry County car theft charges (02/02/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County sheriff said Wednesday that two car thefts Monday led to the arrests of several teenagers. The Perryville teens were hit with charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Two vehicles were reported stolen early Monday, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. ...
Cape roofers repair hail damage (02/02/12)
Workers with Brennon Todt Roofing replace the roof of the home at the corner of Themis and Lorimier streets Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. The roof was damaged during a hailstorm last year.
Police in Poplar Bluff warn of 2 scams (02/02/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - Police in Poplar Bluff are warning residents about two scams in the Southeast Missouri town. Authorities say several residents have received calls from scammers claiming that people can be arrested and sent to jail if they don't settle bad debts. The scammers insist that victims send money to settle debts. Police note that you cannot be arrested for a bad debt...
Pavement work reduces I-55 ramp at Sikeston (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The northbound ramp from Interstate 55 to Interstate 57 at Sikeston will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and will be completed by 3 p.m. Wednesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Commission awards contract for Perry County bridge work (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $956,288 contract to replace the Route T bridge over Saline Creek, near Route N, in Perry County to Widel Inc. of Blackwater, Mo. Weather permitting, construction is expected to begin in the spring, with completion anticipated in October. ...
Route Z in Scott County closed for pipe replacement (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Z in Scott County will be closed at various locations next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace culvert pipes beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, work will be done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday between County Road 480 and County Road 481; Tuesday between Route Y and County Road 476; and Wednesday between County Road 476 and Route ZZ. The work zones will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Contract awarded for U.S. 60 bridges (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to replace two westbound U.S. 60 bridges in Stoddard and New Madrid counties. The first bridge is over railroad tracks west of U.S. 61 in Sikeston. The second bridge is over railroad tracks east of Highway 25 near Dexter, Mo...
Route OO in Cape County to be reduced for bridge repairs (02/02/12)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County between Hidden Valley Lane and County Road 382 will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
I-55 ramp at Benton reduced for pavement repairs (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The southbound ramp from Interstate 55 to Highway 77 at Benton, Mo., is reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Signs mark the work zone. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Police: Man set up robbery through Facebook (02/02/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man is facing charges for allegedly arranging a meeting through Facebook with a grade school friend -- then robbing the woman and her boyfriend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 20-year-old Joseph Kovich is charged with two counts each of kidnapping, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is jailed on $150,000 cash-only bond and does not yet have an attorney...
Schools urged to embrace digital textbooks (02/02/12)
WASHINGTON -- Hardbound textbooks could go the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students' hands within five years. The Obama administration's push comes two weeks after Apple Inc. announced it would start to sell electronic versions of a few standard high-school books for use on its iPad tablet...
Redistricting expert says Mo. map is compact (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Republican expert on political reapportionment is defending Missouri's newly redrawn U.S. House districts in court. Thomas Hofeller testified Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court, where a judge is weighing two lawsuits that challenge the new congressional map. The plaintiffs argue that the eight districts fail to meet a requirement to be geographically compact...
Mo. GOP challengers trail McCaskill in money (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates are having trouble raising enough money to keep up with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Campaign finance summaries show that Republicans Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and John Brunner raised a combined total of about $520,000 in individual donations during the last three months of 2011. That's barely half of the $923,000 that McCaskill raised from individuals...
Mo. senator delays workplace discrimination vote (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws. The measure would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- not simply a contributing factor -- in the employer's action. It would also tie the maximum amount of punitive damages in such cases to the size of an employer...
Mo. presidential primary forecast: 23 percent turnout (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Election officials are projecting that 23 percent of Missouri voters will turnout for next week's presidential primary. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is encouraging people to vote in the primary -- even though the results won't count for awarding delegates to the Republican National Convention...
Pa. groundhog 'predicts' 6 more weeks of winter (02/02/12)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to "see" his shadow this morning, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. But, at this rate, that might not be so bad. The groundhog made his "prediction" on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh...
Groundhogs badly behaved, poor predictors of weather (02/02/12)
NEW YORK -- They've bitten their handlers, refused to budge from their beds and lost their shadow-casting jobs to potbellied pigs. And it turns out, not all groundhogs are really that good at predicting the weather. Not even Bill Murray as a movie weatherman escaped a couple of nips from the furry rodents on the set of his popular "Groundhog Day" that put the annual shadow or no shadow ritual on a loop in 1993...
Pfizer recalls 1 million birth control packs after mix-up (02/02/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Birth control pills are known to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly, but a recall of the drugs could send a shudder through women of childbearing age. A manufacturing mix-up by Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug maker, led to some packets being distributed with the pills out of order. That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy...
Obama seeks to broaden reach of housing assistance programs (02/02/12)
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Conceding his earlier housing programs have fallen short, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners, aiming to make lower lending rates a possibility for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages...
Today in History (02/02/12)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2012. There are 333 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1912, Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe News...
Panetta: U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ending in 2013 (02/02/12)
BRUSSELS -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration's most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan expect to end their combat role in 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014...
Nobel Peace Prize committee under formal investigation (02/02/12)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize's original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday...
74 people killed when Egyptian soccer fans rush field after game (02/02/12)
CAIRO -- At least 74 people were killed and hundreds injured after soccer fans rushed the field in the seaside city of Port Said on Wednesday following an upset victory by the home team over Egypt's top club, setting off clashes and a stampede as riot police largely failed to intervene...
Notre Dame's Burger, Menz named Southeast Missourian co-players of the year for softball (02/02/12)
Notre Dame third baseman Jessica Menz and shortstop Summer Burger turned in terrific senior seasons for the Bulldogs.
Perryville boys basketball team nips Central in closing seconds (02/02/12)
Jared Thieret had a put back with two seconds remaining to lift the Pirates to a 52-51 boys basketball victory and set off a raucous home crowd Wednesday night.
High school roundup: St. Vincent boys lose to Windsor (02/02/12)
All the local high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State's Schnurbusch, Carter collect OVC track and field honors (02/02/12)
Southeast Missouri State junior Jill Schnurbusch and sophomore Blake Carter were named Ohio Valley Conference indoor field athletes of the week Tuesday. Schnurbusch, a Notre Dame Regional High School graduate, was honored for the second straight week as she broke her own school indoor pole vault record during Saturday's Indiana Relays...
Southeast Missouri State football team signs three quarterbacks among its 17 recruits (02/02/12)
A pretty good quarterback battle should be in the works at Southeast Missouri State after Wednesday's opening of the NCAA signing period. Southeast coach Tony Samuel announced the signing of 17 players to letters of intent, including Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) transfer quarterback Kyle Snyder...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will try to hand first loss to Murray State today (02/02/12)
First-year Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm thought he was inheriting a solid team. But never in Prohm's wildest imagination did he envision the Racers carrying the nation's only perfect record and a top-10 ranking into the latter stages of the regular season...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team loses to OVC-leading EIU (02/02/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hung with powerhouse Eastern Illinois most of the first half. But the Ohio Valley Conference's first-place squad eventually ran away from the Redhawks for the second time this season. EIU posted a 74-48 victory Wednesday night in Charleston, Ill., as the Panthers improved to 18-4 overall and 9-0 in OVC play...
St. Louis Rams get $124M plan to upgrade dome (02/02/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission unveiled a plan Wednesday that calls for $124 million in improvements to the Edward Jones Dome in hopes of making sure the city doesn't lose another NFL team.
Missouri football lands the big one -- receiver Green-Beckham (02/02/12)
Hillcrest receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will wear black and gold
Prom fashion 2012 (02/02/12)
Models at Own the Night fashion show displayed this year's best looks. The show was put on by the Andrew Jackson Bridal & Tuxedo at Plaza by Ray's on Jan. 22. ...
Hooked on Science: Toilet paper snowstorm (02/02/12)
Create your own snowstorm using toilet paper and just a few other materials from around the house. STEP 2: Place the toilet paper on the dowel rod and unroll a few pieces of tissue. STEP 3: Hold the dowel rod horizontally so the roll will unroll away from you...
what's neXt 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
"Big Miracle," rated PG @Cape West 14 Cine "Chronicle," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine "Iron Lady," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine "The Woman in Black," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK "Resident Evil: Revelations" 3DS...
Jewell Hunter (02/02/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jewell Hunter, 100, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with David Eidson officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery near Dongola, Ill...
Don Schearf (02/02/12)
Don Schearf, 67, of Delta passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at the family home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 24, 1944, in Delta, to Phillip Ludwig and Myrtle Amelia Stoffregen Schearf. Don was a pole barn builder with Golden Rule Construction in Jackson and had many other skills in construction. He loved to fish, play pool and hang around with his buddies...
Charles Lough Jr. (02/02/12)
Charles M. "Bud" Lough Jr., 95, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Charleston, Mo., to Charles M. and Grace Gant Lough Sr. He and Margaret Ellen Brown were married Nov. 21, 1945, at Charleston...
Marilyn Steck (02/02/12)
Marilyn Steck, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at her home. She was born May 13, 1941, near Advance, Mo., to Hobert and Oleta Irwin Kight Sr. She was first married to Sam Below, and from that union came her daughter, Scarlett. She later married Frank Steck on Jan. 29, 1985, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death May 22, 1992...
Ruby Wilke (02/02/12)
Ruby Gribler Wilke, 93, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Coronado, Calif., surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 10, 1918, in Harrisburg, Ark., daughter of Ben and Grace Slinkard Gribler. She and Ola Wilke were married Dec. 10, 1936. He passed away Feb. 23, 1999...
Etta McLean (02/02/12)
Etta Marie McLean, 93, of Fredericktown, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau Gardens Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Bollinger County, daughter of George and Elsie Mills Rolens. She was united in marriage to C.R. "Jim" McLean in 1934 at Farmington, Mo. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1997...
Births 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
Daughter to Jonathan Eric and Dayna Sue Northington of Scott City, Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. Name, Kendyl Victoria. Weight, 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Northington is the former Dayna Killian, daughter of Arnold Killian and Connie Killian of Scott City. She is an administrative assistant at Southeast Missouri State University. Northington is the son of Martha Northington of Sikeston, Mo...
St, Vincent de Paul School (02/02/12)
St. Vincent DePaul School A Honor Roll 4th Grade: Jackson Andrews, Elijah Bratton, Bryce Bruenderman, Maria Enderle, Mia Gates, Paige Gershuny, Colin Higgins, Matthew Higgins, Trey James, Sydney King, Marissa Lanzotti, Savannah LaValle, Spencer Little, Emma Loken, Hudson McVay, Gigi Merideth, Blake Morris, Andrew Mueller, Deven Mueller, Casey Patterson, Avery Perez, Tanner Peters, Parker Pfeiffer, Elisabeth Seabaugh, Griffin Stewart, Justice Thoma, Lillie Tung...
Jackson police and fire reports 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Southeast Missouri State University The Department of Public Safety released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
BRAGGADOCIO, Mo. -- A $20 million thoroughbred horse-racing track has been proposed for this area; developers say Bootheel Downs could be an economic winner for Pemiscot County. About 75 union employees return to work following a two-week strike at West Lake Quarry at Scott City; employees from the Teamsters Local 574, Laborers International Local 1104, accepted a new three-year contract...
Stroke prevention (02/02/12)
We've all heard that time is money. But when it comes to strokes, it's not just money that's an issue. In a story that appeared in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian, a local doctor said that brain cells start to die in minutes without blood or oxygen. If you think that you are someone near you has suffered from a stroke, symptoms to watch for can be summarized through the FAST acronym. ...
Jackson residents have a choice (02/02/12)
On quarry annexation, Jackson residents have a choice to make. You can vote with the Jackson Board of Aldermen, which is only looking at money and not the well-being of a school and numerous people living near the quarries, or you can vote no on the annexation and let people living next to the quarries have some say in how this affects them...
Speak Out 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
SO now some people are thinking that the voting district changes are a Republican plot to affect voter turnout. At first I just laughed at this paranoid comment, but upon consideration I came to the conclusion that it might be true. After all, they've got to do something to offset all the dead Democrats who vote every election...
Prayer 2/2/12 (02/02/12)
O Lord Jesus, our great provider, thank you for your many blessings. Amen.
O'Reilly Auto Parts honored with Patriot Award (02/02/12)
O'Reilly Auto Parts manager John Gaskins has received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award, in recognition of his extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. He was recommended for the award by Kayla Vaughn, who is an Airman 1st Class in the 121st Air Control Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard...
Join The American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer effort (02/02/12)
The American Cancer Society is seeking dedicated dodge ball teams for the upcoming "Grab Your Balls" dodge ball tournament put on by Colleges Against Cancer of Southeast Missouri State University. They are hosting a dodge ball tournament Sunday, February 26th at 2pm in the Student Recreational center...
SoutheastHEALTH Nursing Essay Contest Winners (02/02/12)
SoutheastHEALTH's annual essay contest chronicles stories of nursing care that inspire and educate. The contest is sponsored by the Heartland Advanced Practice Nursing Network or HAPNN. The group donated $1,000 to the project. The 2011 contest essays focused on technology in nursing. ...
Macy Gray and Izzy Bell (02/02/12)
These two are inseparable. They always sleep side by side. Macy is my blue pitbull and Izzy is my rescued brindle pitbull. Both have their own unique personalities and are so sweet and fun!
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