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Highway 51 in Bollinger Co. reduced for edge rut repairs (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today through Friday, as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. This section of road is from Highway 91 to Highway 34. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Jackson annexation goes down in defeat (02/08/12)
After four months that saw heated board of aldermen meetings, paid advertisements and two lawsuits, Jackson residents overwhelmingly voted against the annexation of a Fruitland quarry Tuesday.
Santorum wins 'beauty contest' primary in Southeast Missouri counties (02/08/12)
Rick Santorum should have a warm welcome when he comes to Cape Girardeau next month. The Republican presidential candidate swept aside front-runner Mitt Romney in the statewide presidential primary Tuesday, capturing zero delegates in the nonbinding election but perhaps a bit of momentum...
Nixon proposes softening colleges' budget cut (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he wants to soften a proposed budget cut to the state's colleges and universities by tapping money from a possible legal settlement with some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.
Opponents of urban deer hunting in Cape not allowed to speak at meeting (02/08/12)
Opponents of urban deer hunting crowded into the Cape Girardeau deer management committee meeting Tuesday night but weren't given much of an opportunity to express their concerns. Before the meeting began, assistant police chief Roger Fields, who is serving as the staff liaison to the committee, told the crowd that the meeting was not the time for debate...
Waller given extra time to file appeal in federal case (02/08/12)
Clay Waller has been granted three more weeks to file the appeal of his five-year sentence for his federal Internet threatening conviction.
Audit report gives good marks to Southeast Missouri State, flags some problems (02/08/12)
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Southeast Missouri State University today at 2 p.m. The audit covers certain operations of the university by using financial statements for years ended June 30, 2010, 2009 and 2008. According to a release from the auditor's office, various audits of state government offices, public school districts, municipal governments and other offices will also be released this year...
Former Jackson football coach to run for House seat (02/08/12)
Saying he still has some "fight left" in him, former Jackson football coach Van Hitt announced his intentions Tuesday to run for the Missouri House seat occupied by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger. Hitt's decision, which surprised his fellow House hopefuls, sets up a possible three-way Republican primary with Lichtenegger and Jackson School Board member Gerald Adams...
Ramps on I-57 reduced for repairs (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound ramps on Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. The work will be on all four ramps at Route B and I-57 at Bertrand, Mo. ...
Ill. man faces child pornography charges (02/08/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- A Union County, Ill., man was arrested Monday on child pornography charges stemming from an investigation that involved the FBI and Illinois State Police, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds. ...
Students practice earthquake safety (02/08/12)
Alma Schrader fourth-graders scoot under their desks to practice the proper drop, cover and hold on techniques that are vital during an earthquake as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
Fire forces evacuation of Southern Illinois school (02/08/12)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- About 80 students at Shawnee Elementary School South in McClure were rushed outside after a fire began in a trash can in the building Tuesday morning. Shawnee school district superintendent Shelly Clover-Hill said smoke was reported in the building and school staff worked quickly to clear the building because there had been a gas leak in the school over the weekend. ...
Matthews man charged with molestation (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Matthews, Mo., man is charged with five counts of child molestation following an investigation by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Jewel Gross, 65, is charged with five counts of first-degree child molestation. Charges were filed by Scott County prosecutor Paul Boyd...
Indoor marijuana grow operation found in Ellsinore home (02/08/12)
ELLSINORE, Mo. -- Acting on a tip, Butler County authorities seized nearly 40 suspected marijuana plants from an indoor grow operation found at a rural home. The suspected grow operation was found inside Ronald Gayl Sheedy's mobile home on County Road 415...
Missouri House endorses voter ID requirement (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate...
Santorum captures Missouri's non-binding primary (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Missouri's nonbinding Republican presidential primary Tuesday, claiming momentum in his challenge against national frontrunner Mitt Romney even though the victory won't earn him any delegates.
Mo. House OKs workplace discrimination measure (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. House members gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- and not just a contributing factor. It needs another vote before moving to the Senate...
Court: California gay marriage ban is unconstitutional (02/08/12)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...
U.S. economic embargo on Cuba turns 50 (02/08/12)
HAVANA -- When it started, American teenagers were doing "The Twist." The United States had yet to put a man into orbit around the Earth. And a first-class U.S. postage stamp cost 4 cents. The world is much changed since the early days of 1962, but one thing has remained constant: The U.S. economic embargo on communist-run Cuba, a near-total trade ban that turned 50 on Tuesday...
Abortion, birth control again grab political spotlight (02/08/12)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Political turmoil over abortion and birth control spread suddenly Tuesday. A high-ranking official resigned from the Komen breast-cancer charity after its backtracking treaty with Planned Parenthood, and Republican presidential candidates blistered the Obama administration for a recent ruling on Catholic hospitals and contraception...
L.A. district tries to restore trust in school (02/08/12)
LOS ANGELES -- When students return to the school where two teachers were jailed last week for alleged lewdness, they'll have new teachers in their classrooms, a new principal in the front office and new workers serving lunch. In a move that experts said was unprecedented, the entire 120-member staff at Miramonte Elementary School will be replaced as of Thursday after a two-day school shutdown as part of Los Angeles Unified School District's investigation into the two veteran teachers arrested last week.. ...
Nationwide foreclosure-abuse deal joined by three more states (02/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- Arizona, Michigan and Florida, three of the states hit hardest by the housing crisis, will join a nationwide settlement over foreclosure abuses, officials with direct knowledge say. They will join more than 40 other states in approving a deal that would benefit many Americans who lost their homes or can't afford their mortgages...
Santorum carries Minn., leads in Colo. (02/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- A resurgent Rick Santorum won Minnesota's Republican presidential caucuses with ease Tuesday night and reached for victory in Colorado, raising fresh questions about front-runner Mitt Romney's appeal among the ardent conservatives at the core of the party's political base...
Today in History (02/08/12)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2012. There are 327 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I...
Israeli radio transmits peace to Iran (02/08/12)
JERUSALEM -- While Israeli leaders are increasingly sounding belligerent warnings of a potential military strike against Iran's nuclear installations, a group of Iranian-Israelis are transmitting a different message. Radio RADISIN, a private Farsi-language radio station based in Tel Aviv, airs Iranian music, poetry and current affairs shows aiming to spread peace between the Israeli and Iranian people -- regardless of who is in power in Tehran...
Lawyer: U.S. not-for-profits caught in Egypt aid dispute (02/08/12)
CAIRO -- Americans facing trial in Egypt over activities of their pro-democracy groups have been caught in a dispute between the U.S. government and Egypt over aid, a lawyer representing the Americans said Tuesday. In a measure of the depth of the tensions, an Egyptian government delegation abruptly canceled meetings in Washington with U.S. ...
Russia urges Syria reforms as bloodshed mounts (02/08/12)
BEIRUT -- Days after blocking a U.S.-backed peace plan at the U.N., senior Russian officials pushed for reforms Tuesday during an emergency meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, promoting a settlement to end the uprising without removing him from power...
Central boys basketball team defeats Jackson 60-51 (02/08/12)
It looked like the Central boys basketball team could be headed toward another dramatic finish Tuesday night after losing games on back-to-back nights by a combined three points last week. The Tigers led rival Jackson by just two points entering the fourth quarter, but they scored the first five points of the period and never faltered on their way to a 60-51 win at the Show Me Center...
Southeast Missourian Player of the week: Notre Dame's Brooke Bohnert (02/08/12)
Brooke Bohnert has helped the Notre Dame girls basketball team get on a roll over the last week. The senior was the team's leading scorer in the Bulldogs' last three wins. She helped Notre Dame defeat crosstown rival Central 53-39 at the Show Me Center on Jan. 31. She scored 12 points in the win...
Jackson girls basketball team turns back Central 54-35 (02/08/12)
The Indians held Central to two points in the second quarter in a 54-35 win
Notre Dame boys basketball team saves its best for Perryville (02/08/12)
The Notre Dame boys prevailed 74-52 for their 11th consecutive win on senior night
High school roundup: Scott City fades late in loss to Mules (02/08/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State's Lewis is named OVC track athlete of the week (02/08/12)
Southeast Missouri State junior Jerika Lewis was named the Ohio Valley Conference track athlete of the week Tuesday. Lewis had two first-place finishes at the SIU Saluki Invitational over the weekend. She won the 200 meters in 25.23 seconds and the 400 in 56.77 seconds...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team is picked fourth in preseason OVC poll (02/08/12)
Defending OVC champion Austin Peay is picked to repeat
Elliott, Perron lead St. Louis to 3-1 win against Senators (02/08/12)
OTTAWA -- Brian Elliott didn't have the success he would have liked with the Ottawa Senators. He almost was perfect against them Tuesday. David Perron scored twice, Elliott made 28 saves in his return to Ottawa and the St. Louis Blues handed the Senators their seventh consecutive loss, 3-1...
Ask Dr. Grow: Saving early blooms from a deep freeze (02/08/12)
The warm January weather has created quite a stir among gardeners. In conversation after conversation I hear about crocuses that are blooming, fruit trees that have swelling buds and daffodils that have leaves about four inches above the soil surface...
Contest recipes using Girl Scout cookies (02/08/12)
The annual Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland "Just Desserts" event was held recently in Cape Girardeau. The fundraiser is a dessert contest in which Girl Scouts team up with area distinguished chefs to make a dessert using Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating 100 years of service and leadership to girls, and carrying out their mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, which makes the world a better place. ...
Paul McCartney to headline queen's jubilee concert (02/08/12)
LONDON -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney will star in a musical tribute to Britain's queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The pop superstar will headline the concert to be held in front of Buckingham Palace. The concert will honor the monarch's 60 years on the throne...
Kenneth Brant (02/08/12)
Kenneth Ray Brant, 54, of Scott City died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 3, 1957, in Cape Girardeau to George Virgil "Smokey" and Ruby Joyce Kinder Brant. He and Vicki Ann Brawley were married June 4, 1977, in Cape Girardeau. Kenny was a self-employed equipment operator. He was a member of Local 513 Operators Union in Cape Girardeau and of Father's Arms Fellowship Church in Scott City...
Vernedia Blattel (02/08/12)
Vernedia Alvina Blattel, 92, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Oralea Mathis (02/08/12)
Oralea P. Mathis, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born June 11, 1935, in Zalma, Mo., to William McKinley and Ora Jane Moore Prater. She and Billie Gene Mathis were married Sept. 4, 1954, at Marble Hill, Mo. He died March 30, 1999...
Ramona Estep (02/08/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Ramona K. Estep, 59, of Chaffee died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Benchmark Health Care of Greenville, Mo. Mrs. Estep was born July 8, 1952, in St. Louis. She was a former secretary for the St. Louis school system. She was a member of Chaffee General Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren...
Births 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
Son to Michael Gene and Alicia Renea Vandeven of Leopold, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 1:42 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Name, Hunter Michael. Weight, 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Vandeven is the former Alicia Halter, daughter of Mary and Gary Meyer of Leopold and Michael Halter of Cape Girardeau. Mr. and Mrs. Vandeven are owners of Beussink Transmission and Repair LLC. He is the son of Randy Mayfield of Sedgewickville, Mo., and the late Carol Mayfield...
Guardian Angel School (02/08/12)
Guardian Angel School Super Students 1st grade: Dalaini Bryant, Logan Dame, Parker Diebold, Courtney Dirnberger, Kara Eftink, Kyle Eftink, Lawson Hahn, Taylor Hobbs, Kaitlyn Jolley, Drew Pobst, Sophie Priggel, Riley Schlosser, Daley Siebert, Connor Watkins, Haley Webb, Nathaniel Woods...
St. Ambrose School (02/08/12)
St. Ambrose School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Mason Cook, Brooke Kilburn, Taylor Pobst. 5th grade: Joanna Glueck, Gracie Knutson, Brock Lange. 6th grade: Alex Eftink, Aaron Glastetter, Katie Glueck, Mary Beth Knutson, Shelby Pobst, Chris Trost, Jaxon VanPelt...
St. Joseph School (02/08/12)
St. Joseph School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Kaitlin Campbell, Skyler Robert. 8th grade: Marisa Hall, Olivia Jordan. B Honor Roll 4th grade: C.J. Dickerson. 6th grade: Elijah Venable, Anthony Madalon. 7th grade: Ryne Enderle, Daylon Reed. 8th grade: Valerie Bahr...
Chaffee Elementary School (02/08/12)
Chaffee Elementary School 3rd grade: Hailey Cook, Connor Davenport, Kayla Foulk, Tristan Foulk, Bryce Horrell, Mackenzie Jackson, Anthony Ruble, Kiera Themm, Ashlee Bowman, Jayden Butcher, Landon Henson, Alex Kilburn, Sydney Lewis, JJ Maloney, Landon Rains, Paige Schafer, Jimmy Tankersley...
Chaffee Junior & Senior High School (02/08/12)
Chaffee Junior & Senior High School 7th grade: Uzzian Beggs, Christian Beier, Kerri Cannon, Nadia Day, Brayden Glueck, Ryan Holderfield, Aaron Medlin, Cody Pepple, Anna Sadler, Cassidy Spane, James Wallace, Brandon Wiley, Ronnie Woods. 8th grade: Lauran Bedwell, Skyler Chiles, Brandon Ivester, Ryan Jobe, Bethany Koch, Maggie Penrose, Shayna Seyer, Julia Sutterfield, Jordan Wilburn...
Scott City Elementary School (02/08/12)
Scott City Elementary School A Honor Roll 3rd grade: Breahnna Choate, Camden Conner, Lucas Jordan. 4th grade: Alexys Littlepage. B Honor Roll 3rd grade: Jersey Black, Tyler Brashear, Isaiah Camp, Harmony Cash, Michael Crittenden, Jordan Fields, Barbara Flowers, Kaylee Hann, Kaden Hargroves, Isaiah Harless, Caleb Hasz, Taylor Haynes, Raegan Holder, Dylan Jenkins, Mercedis Jenkins, Kelsie Job, Thomas Lawler, Misty Mason, Zachary Merritt, Olivia Ourth, Ethan Pratt, Leah Pullen, Ada Rendleman, Hannah Salinas, Brayden Simms, Lucas Summers, McKenzie Sweet, Harlie Umfleet, Gage Underwood, Chloe Venable.. ...
St. Denis School (02/08/12)
St. Denis School 3rd grade: Gabbie Enos, Baylee Kern, Gavin Kilburn, Bryce Morgan, Molly Shively, Evan Urhahn. 4th grade: Krista Dirnberger, Britt Gage, Mallory Glastetter, Haleigh Halter, Devin Heuring, Macy Landeros, Andrea Richman. 5th grade: Landon Cureton, Sydney Dittlinger, Peyton Eftink, Andrew Halter, Ragan Schlosser, Allison Seiler, Grace Urhahn...
Kelso C-7 School (02/08/12)
Kelso C-7 School A Honor Roll 2nd grade: Tristin Abernathy, Macy Enderle, Mitchell Halter, Connor Kern, Owen Spane, Anya Spurgeon. 3rd grade: Alaney Moore. 4th grade: Allison Colbert, Morgan Kern, Josh Schmitt. 6th grade: Drew Reischman. 7th grade: Anne Westrich...
Cape Central Middle School (02/08/12)
Cape Central Middle School A Honor Roll 6th grade: Mallory Bittner, Mary Boerboom, Maggie Boxdorfer, Zachary Brown, Jordyn Castillo, Julie Castle, Grace Cook, Brittany Coonts, Cooper Crosnoe, Bryar Daum, Brogan Davis, Dalton Drum, Liam Green, Reiss Groves, Alexis Gurley, Rose Hall, Meredith Ham, Chloe Hampton, Madalyn Henderson, Elijah Huey, Mitchell Humphrey, Hannah Jackson, Monique Johnson, Destiny Jones, Kathryn Keele, Brooke Kimberly, Griffin King, Destiny Kiser, Morgan Kluge, Tyler Lamb, Kylie Lane, John Lawrence, Savannah Lively, Jackson Manley, Kaitlyn Mayabb, Cierra McKinley, Matthew Nussbaum, Alexis Phillips, Carson Retter, Emilia Robison, Lexi Ruehling, Harley Sample, Zachary Sample, Shire Saney, William Sellers, Anthony Strack, Danica Thomas, Hannah Trautman, Justin Tuschhoff, Noah Umbeck, Ava Urhahn, Joshua Warner, Decortneyawna Willis, Mario Young.. ...
Blanchard Elementary School (02/08/12)
Blanchard Elementary School A Honor Roll 3rd grade: Michael Knapp, Takyra Williams, Jillian Majors, Kaylei Sterling, Abigail Green, Bailey Randol. 4th grade: Haley Brazel, Carlos Nunez, Zachary Martin, Blake Sides, Karley Thomas, Olivia Beasley, Yeniah Jackson, Madyson Knupp, Kara Stricker...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
Jackson police and fire 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
Out of the past 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
Meadowlark Lemon and Betty Jean Robinson are guests at special meetings held at New Life World Outreach Center. Jim Starnes of Sikeston, Mo., has purchased the Last Chance building at the southwest corner of Broadway and Pacific Street; the building, built in the mid-1800s by F.C. Krueger, will be restored to its original appearance; it has housed a bar or tavern for more than 100 years...
The case for cooperative health care delivery (02/08/12)
I was somewhat saddened to read "Two bills would remove limits on nurses ability to practice," by Melissa Miller, in the Feb. 1 Southeast Missourian. I was saddened because it was obvious that advanced practice registered nurses Bell and Keser have never had the benefit of a true collaborative practice...
President's definition of 'play by the same rules' (02/08/12)
I had to review a text of President Obama's State of the Union address to verify that I actually heard what I thought I heard. But there it was in black and white. And with those few words, I have at long last found some point of agreement with our president...
Aktion Club (02/08/12)
Numerous individuals in Southeast Missouri volunteer for worthy causes, giving invaluable support locally and throughout the world. Now a local Aktion Club is providing an avenue for those with developmental disabilities to help others. Aktion Clubs are a service organization through Kiwanis International. Last year the local chapter started thanks to the Cape Girardeau and Jackson Kiwanis clubs and the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence...
Rhetoric on taxes and religion (02/08/12)
The deplorable rhetoric erroneously invoking Christianity to fit a takeover tax agenda is despicable. We are all created equal as spiritual beings with the same rights and value in God's eyes regardless of income or social status. That is the only way we are equal. ...
Speak Out 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
I would like to ask people on this post office deal what happens with senior citizens like me. We don't have computers. We depend on our mail service to our homes because a lot of us don't drive to get somewhere. What do we do if they take away our mail? Not everyone pays their bills on the computer. Please consider us...
Prayer 2/8/12 (02/08/12)
O God, may we confront evil, pursue justice and love mercy. Amen.
Girardot Chapter News (02/08/12)
Doris Dumey of Scott City, Missouri makes 1000th skydive on December 28, 2011 in Sebastian, Florida! She is the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Girardot Chapter President, the Cape Girardeau local chapter. She has also earned her certification of Certified Administrative Professional in Organizational Management (CAP-OM) and is a Member of Excellence...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (02/08/12)
Rocky is a 3 year old Husky/Lab mix. He is already neutered and housebroken. Rocky is available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Red Bird (02/08/12)
A female Cardinal looking for a handout of sunflower seeds waits in the bush by my front door.
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