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Stories from Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Events planned to close out Black History Month (02/22/12)
A business expo, a night of artistic performances and a guest lecture are among the events planned during the next week in celebration of Black History Month. This month provides an opportunity to highlight African-Americans that aren't always mentioned in history books, said Debra Mitchell-Braxton, who is coordinating a community celebration in honor of Black History Month at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. James AME Church in Cape Girardeau...
Cape council discusses deer hunt briefly with opponents (02/22/12)
Mayor Harry Rediger was reluctant to let them speak, but he also seemed reluctant not to. Five members of Cape Friends of Wildlife, a group that opposes a proposal that would allow deer hunting in Cape Girardeau's boundaries, attended the Cape Girardeau City Council's study session Monday night...
Former Cape federal building sold, but new owner's identity is mystery (02/22/12)
One nagging question was replaced with another Tuesday afternoon: Yes, the top bidder for the former Cape Girardeau federal building was able to close the deal this time, meaning a structure that was declared surplus government property more than two years ago finally had a new owner...
Earthquake with local epicenter felt in 16 states; little damage reported (02/22/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A 4.0 earthquake with an epicenter in Mississippi County early Tuesday morning prompted reports of shaking in 16 states but caused little damage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center, the earthquake occurred at 3:58 a.m. five miles northwest of East Prairie and had a depth of three miles...
Perryville Higher Education Center gets new director (02/22/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- New direction is coming for the Perryville Higher Education Center with the retirement of longtime director Sally Werner. Werner will retire Feb. 29 after 13 years at the center. The center is a joint venture between Mineral Area College and Southeast Missouri State University, where both schools offer courses applicable to various certificate programs and two-year degrees, or transfer credits into a four-year degree program...
Pedestrian killed on North Kingshighway (02/22/12)
A pedestrian was killed crossing North Kingshighway on Tuesday night. Around 6:30 p.m., a 50-year-old woman was running across Kingshighway when she stopped in the median, let a few cars pass and ran into the street where she was struck by a southbound vehicle in the right hand lane, Cape Girardeau Police Department patrolman Joe Thomas said at the scene. The impact threw the woman onto the hood of the vehicle and the windshield...
Nice weather draws people to Capaha Park (02/22/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com A goose takes a Cheerio from Amber Campos' hand as her friends Jared Routhieauz and Zoe Overton watch at Capaha Park Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Cape Girardeau. "We came because it was a nice day and to feed the ducks. I love to feed the ducks" said Campos....
Woman charged with robbery of Kennett store (02/22/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A 21-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree robbery of a Family Dollar store in Kennett. On Friday night, Courtney Smith of Kennett allegedly entered the store dressed as a man-- including a fake mustache -- brandished what appeared to be a gun and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers. Smith also allegedly showed the store clerks that she had a knife...
Man accused in Neelys Landing shooting to be in court in March (02/22/12)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of assault and armed criminal action had his case continued to next month. Seth Summers, 31, has been held at the Cape Girardeau County Justice Center on a $200,000 cash bond since an Aug. 28 shooting that left a man with a gunshot wound to the head...
Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms. Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades...
Commander decision delayed again (02/22/12)
TYLER, Texas -- Saying that a sale of the company is better than trying to "sell off scrap," Cape Girardeau officials again agreed Tuesday to continue Commander Premier Aircraft Corp.'s bankruptcy hearing, this time until May 22. City manager Scott Meyer said last month the city would not agree to another continuance -- this marks the third -- unless the failed airplane manufacturer had made progress toward finding investors. ...
School officials reserve judgment on No Child waiver (02/22/12)
Missouri could be among states receiving a waiver to certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law in a second round of requests due Feb. 28 to the U.S. Department of Education. The state's Board of Education gave the go-ahead Tuesday with a vote of support for submitting an application crafted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. ...
Three plead guilty to federal counterfeit charges (02/22/12)
Three people accused in the October counterfeiting ring that struck a handful of Southeast Missouri businesses changed their pleas to guilty Tuesday. Darius Robinson, Jessica Gross and Brynet Trice pleaded guilty to charges linked to the ring, including manufacturing and using phony bills at retail stores in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston...
One injured in Alexander County tractor-trailer crash (02/22/12)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was injured early Tuesday when his tractor-trailer overturned on an Interstate 57 off-ramp in Alexander County, Ill. The Illinois State Police District 22 responded to the crash at about 2:40 a.m. The vehicle attempted to exit I-57 at milepost 1 when the truck failed to negotiate a curve in the exit ramp. The truck left the roadway and overturned...
Route OO in Cape County closed for pipe replacement (02/22/12)
Route OO between County Road 379 and County Road 382 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Highway 34 in Wayne County reduced for shoulder work (02/22/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 from U.S. 67 to Route M in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make shoulder repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
I-57 in Scott County reduced for pavement repairs (02/22/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 57 from the Scott County line to Interstate 55 at Sikeston in Scott County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will begin at 8 a.m. today and will conclude at 3 p.m. Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Bootheel Youth Museum to host Earthquake Awareness Day event (02/22/12)
MALDEN, Mo. -- The Bootheel Youth Museum will host Earthquake Awareness Day starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Speakers from Southeast Missouri State University, the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, the American Red Cross and the Malden Emergency Management Agency will present valuable information concerning what can and should be done in the case of an earthquake...
Threatening email mentions 4 Missouri senators (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer said his office received the email around 4:15 a.m. ...
Mo. House member pushes for increased veterans homes funding (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri veterans groups are praising a plan to boost funding for state-operated veterans' homes by cutting the amount of money available for state lottery prizes. The legislation would affect funds from different sources and for different programs. It would cut lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission...
Mo. Senate debates birth control coverage measure (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Several Missouri state senators are raising concerns about a proposal to let employers to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control and certain medical procedures. The Senate set the bill aside after two hours of debate Tuesday but could return to it later this week...
Missouri state parks see rise in attendance (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Attendance at Missouri state parks has risen for the third straight year after a 10-year decline. Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that more than 17.9 million people visited Missouri state parks in 2011, up 9.1 percent from 2010...
Justices to review racial preference for college (02/22/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is setting an election-season review of racial preference in college admissions, agreeing Tuesday to consider new limits on the contentious issue of affirmative action programs. A challenge from a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas flagship campus will be the high court's first look at affirmative action in higher education since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor...
Dow breaks 13,000, can't hold gains (02/22/12)
NEW YORK -- It came and went in a flash each time, a number on a board for mere seconds, but its symbolic power couldn't be dismissed. The Dow Jones industrial average, powered higher all year by optimism that the economic recovery is finally for real, crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May 2008...
In quest for jobs, some cities will raid neighbors (02/22/12)
CORALVILLE, Iowa -- When the leaders of this small Iowa city became desperate to land a new department store, they didn't have to look far: They lured one from the city next door, along with up to 100 jobs. The store called Von Maur agreed to leave Iowa City for a platter of incentives offered by Coralville, which promised to put up a bigger, $9.5 million building, to provide a $1.5 million parcel of land and to discount the store's property tax bill. ...
Today in History (02/22/12)
Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2012. There are 313 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony...
Dozens killed in Syria; Red Cross urges daily cease-fire (02/22/12)
BEIRUT -- Food and water are running dangerously low in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, with frantic cries for help from residents amid government shelling that pounded rebel strongholds and killed at least 30 people Tuesday, activists said. Shells reportedly rained down on rebellious districts at a rate of 10 per minute at one point and the Red Cross called for a daily two-hour cease-fire so that it can deliver emergency aid to the wounded and sick...
A healthy Central girls basketball team nearly upset Poplar Bluff in district semis (02/22/12)
Central junior Alayah Cooper-Johnson said there was a simple reason why she and her teammates looked like they had some extra energy Tuesday night against Poplar Bluff in a Class 5 District 1 semifinal. Being healthy can provide that look. "Since we've been sick, we've been struggling," Cooper-Johnson said. "Everybody was almost 100 percent healthy. We just felt good. We thought we could pull it off. We almost did, but we fell short."...
High school roundup: Perryville girls basketball team falls in district play (02/22/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missourian athlete of the week: Jackson's Jarrett Reisenbichler (02/22/12)
Jarrett Reisenbichler led the Jackson contingent at the state wrestling meet by finishing fourth at 106 pounds in Class 4. He was the top finisher from the area. Reisenbichler earned a victory in his first match in Columbia. He defeated Francis Howell North's Brendan Hachtel 13-5, but then fell to Nixa's Joe Velliquette 7-4 in the quarterfinals...
Jackson girls basketball team reaches district title game with 62-36 rout (02/22/12)
The Jackson girls basketball team allowed just four points in each of the first two quarters against Seckman, cruising to a 62-36 win on their home floor in the Class 5 District 1 semifinals Tuesday night. The top-seeded Indians built a 19-2 lead to start the game...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team records first win (02/22/12)
The All-American senior lifted Southeast to an 8-6 victory with a three-run home run against Harris-Stowe
Kansas State befuddles Missouri men's basketball team again (02/22/12)
No. 3 Missouri suffered a 78-68 loss on its home floor as the Wildcats swept the season series
Putting the ‘kitsch' back in your kitchen (02/22/12)
Kitchens have become so serious. All that granite, dark wood and stainless steel. The heart of the home these days is more like a sleek and severe shrine to haute cuisine. But kitchens don't have to be as stressful as an episode of "Top Chef." Designers are increasingly turning to retro, whimsical touches like coffee cup wallpaper, bright vintage dishware patterns, and colorful appliances and electronics to bring the fun back into this increasingly streamlined room...
Readers submit a variety of recipes (02/22/12)
Once again, the readers of this column have sent in some amazing recipes to share with you this week. I enjoy getting readers' mail, and this week you all came through nicely. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with in the weeks ahead...
Doris Long (02/22/12)
BENTON, Mo. — Doris Ann Long, 67, of Benton died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Garry Greenhill (02/22/12)
Garry James Greenhill, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at his home. He was born April 12, 1961, in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, to Robert and Margaret Robertson Guthrie Greenhill. He and Amanda Swafford were married Aug. 25, 2004, in Cape Girardeau...
Michael Campbell (02/22/12)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Michael Lynn Campbell, 43, of South Roxana, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 19, 1968, in Alton, Ill., son of Willard and Willa Kennis Campbell. Michael had worked as a truck driver...
Jean Trueblood (02/22/12)
Jean McLeod Trueblood, 94, of Kirkwood, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Clayton, Mo. She was born Oct. 10, 1917, in Lebanon, Ind., to Leroy and Irene McLeod. Following graduation from Occidental College in 1939, she moved to Honolulu and was there at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After returning to the mainland, she married Dr. Alva Cooper Trueblood Jr. on Sept. 1, 1942...
Jackson police and fire reports 2/22/12 (02/22/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/22/12 (02/22/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 2/22/12 (02/22/12)
The youths of St. Andrew Lutheran Church present the musical "It's Cool in the Furnace II" during the regular worship services in the morning; the cast includes children from third grade to high school. WITTENBERG, Mo. -- A special service is held in the afternoon at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Wittenberg; the service brings to a close the 85 years of existence of St. Paul's as an independent congregation...
Bogus disability claims hurt those actually disabled (02/22/12)
I'm not one to generally say "I told you so," but in this case, well, I told you so! Two weeks ago I said to start paying attention to the explosion in disability claims because for far too many, this lucrative federal program has become the new cash cow to supplement or replace other taxpayer-funded programs...
Special events in Cape, Levin book (02/22/12)
Several local events are set to take place within the next week. Here's a look at a few coming events of note:n Thursday, Feb. 23: The annual Old Town Cape dinner and awards banquet will be held at Dockside. Contact Old Town Cape for details. It will be a big year with Broadway street modifications, building remodeling and the targeted fall completion of the Isle of Capri Casino...
Student experience (02/22/12)
Classroom instruction is a critical component to receiving a good education. But as students in the Southeast Missouri State University historic preservation program have realized, in-the-field training can also be beneficial. Though they receive no university credit, 11 students from the program have volunteered time on weekends in recent months to help in the restoration of the 170-year-old Miller House in Bloomfield, Mo. ...
Speak Out 2/22/12 (02/22/12)
I wanted to congratulate the students and staff that started up the anti-bullying Club. While already having a very good program to combat bullying, the counselor and teachers listened to an idea several students had and helped them take it from the idea stage to the implementation stage. ...
Prayer 2/22/12 (02/22/12)
O Heavenly Father, may we be a good witness to others through our actions. Amen.
Ride of the Week submission (02/22/12)
Make and model: 2006 Dodge Charger R/T Owner(s): Shane Murdock Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO. 5.7L Hemi engine, Mopar cold air intake kit, SLP Loudmouth exhaust system, Hotchkis suspension kit, Powdercoated Gloss black 20" SRT rims and VooDoo Cartel graphics Kit...
Birdhouse Making Contest for All Ages (02/22/12)
Leading up to their 3rd Annual FUNdraiser: Birdhouse Bash, Discovery Playhouse is hosting a Birdhouse Making Contest. The contest and prizes are sponsored by Montgomery Bank. With Youth, Adult and Professional divisions, the Museum is excited to see the entered creations. ...
Canedy Sign Hosts MSSA's Great Ideas Conference (02/22/12)
Canedy Sign & Graphics, along with McGill Marketing Group and Spartech Plastics are hosting Mid South Sign Association's Great Idea Conference on Friday and Saturday March 2-3, 2012. Sign companies from states including Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas,Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee that manufacture and install signage that are members of the Mid South Sign Association (MSSA) and Missouri Sign Association (MSA) as well as sign industry wholesalers, distributors and other interested people will be attending.. ...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (02/22/12)
Sophia is 8 years old. She is spayed & declawed. Sophia is available for adoption, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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