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Emerson to host meeting on scenic riverways (02/24/12)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Property rights and a pending plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be the topic at a public forum Saturday hosted by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. The Cape Girardeau Republican announced that the meeting will take place at noon at the Landing in Van Buren, and will also include comments from business owners and elected officials...
U.S. Postal Service to close Cape Girardeau distribution facility (02/24/12)
Postal workers believe only Congress can save their jobs now that the U.S. Postal Service has confirmed it intends to close Cape Girardeau's Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility. Richard Watkins, spokesman for the Postal Service's regional office in Kansas City, said Thursday that the Postal Service will shift work from the Springfield distribution and processing facility to its Kansas City...
Texas corporation new owner of old Cape Girardeau federal building; Cape County silent (02/24/12)
RDRH Holdings Inc., a corporation based in Austin, Texas, is the new owner of Cape Girardeau's former federal building, according to company president Majid Hemmasi.
Warm winter puts Isle of Capri construction ahead of schedule (02/24/12)
The construction of the Isle of Capri Casino is ahead of schedule thanks to unseasonably warm winter weather. Isle president and CEO Virgina McDowell told a group gathered to watch the final steel beam hoisted into the skeleton of the $125 million casino complex that it will open no later than Thanksgiving, pending regulatory approval...
Red House kicking off yearlong Lorimier celebration (02/24/12)
Cape Girardeau residents will have an opportunity to commemorate and explore the life of the city's founder Sunday. The Red House Interpretive Center will launch its observance of the bicentennial of Cape Girardeau founder Louis Lorimier's death at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hirsch Room of the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The center, at 128 Aquamsi St., commemorates Lorimier's life and a visit from Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1803...
Red Letter CEO wins Hutson award at Old Town Cape dinner (02/24/12)
Jim Riley, founder and CEO of Red Letter Communications, received the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award at the Old Town Cape annual dinner Thursday. Riley, a partner in Dream Big LLC, worked to bring the $125 million Isle of Capri casino development to downtown Cape Girardeau...
New Senate map pits Wallingford against Brandom (02/24/12)
Rep. Ellen Brandom summed up Thursday's shake-up this way: "Crazy, isn't it?" A third redrawn Missouri Senate map was released Thursday, this time constructing boundaries that -- if they stand -- would pit the Sikeston Republican against her fellow sitting House member, Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, in the GOP's August primary...
Redistricting concerns block candidate filing bill (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to delay candidate filing amid uncertainty over new legislative districts based upon the most recent census. Filing for this year's elections currently starts Tuesday and ends March 27. Under the House-backed legislation, candidate filing would start March 19 and end March 30. The measure was approved 147-4 Thursday and returns to the Senate, where its prospects were uncertain...
Cape County commissioners OK spending on shelving (02/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved several items at its meeting Thursday. Commissioners approved a motion to spend up to $32,000 for shelving for the recorder of deeds office; changing County Road 501 south of Route KK to County Road 508; a resolution to maintain a sanitary sewer line in and along County Road 223 from Allenville to and through an intersection with County Road 233 and then continuing on County Road 236 to Whitewater; a motion to refer bids for repairs of the recorder of deeds office to Recorder Scott R. ...
Candidate questionnaire: Ron Gardiner (02/24/12)
NAME: Ron Gardiner AGE: 56 PLACE OF BIRTH: Sparta IL SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Victoria, Christy, RJ, Melissa, Lisa and Cheryl OCCUPATION: Sales Manager EMPLOYER: G&D Communications BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART: Midwest Masonary and Vikron Dist. PREVIOUS OFFICES HELD OR SOUGHT:...
More students at Cape's Alternative Education Center becoming interested in college (02/24/12)
College and planning for the future weren't popular topics among students at the Cape Girardeau Alternative Education Center when school began in August. That's recently changed, said Scott McMullen, the center's director. "I have students coming into my office, showing me test scores, or artwork, or asking me about how to get into college," McMullen said...
Route F in Stoddard County closed for pipe replacement (02/24/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route F from county roads 420 to 424 in Stoddard County will be closed Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Gov. Nixon nominates student rep for SEMO board of regents (02/24/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon nominated a new student representative to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Thursday. Kevin Magnan, a criminal justice major from Festus, Mo., was nominated for a term ending Jan. 1, 2014, to replace Brian P. Kelly, whose term is expiring. Magnan served as an intern for the U.S. Marshals Service in 2011...
Sikeston man faces rape, molestation charges (02/24/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., man is in custody following a sexual assault investigation involving a young girl. Jerry W. Decker, 34, is charged with 10 counts of forcible rape, 10 counts of statutory rape and five counts of first-degree child molestation. Bond has been set at $150,000...
Congress members urge Iraq to buy US rice (02/24/12)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Congress members from the largest rice-growing states are urging Iraq to resume buying U.S. long-grain rice, saying the country's "unreasonable" quality standards put American farmers at a competitive disadvantage. The Associated Press received a copy Friday of the letter signed by a bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers and sent to Iraqi Minister of Trade Khair Alla Babaker earlier this week. ...
Dorena-Hickman Ferry back up and running (02/24/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has returned to service after being temporarily closed because of high winds. Ferry service between Kentucky and Missouri restarted Friday morning. Officials closed the ferry on the Mississippi River Thursday because of high winds of up to 42 miles per hour...
Redistricting panel reaches deal on Mo. Senate (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A bipartisan state redistricting commission reached a deal over new boundaries for Missouri's 34 Senate districts after a marathon session that stretched into the early morning hours Thursday. The proposed new Senate districts were approved by an 8-2 vote with one Republican and one Democrat voting against the plan. ...
Mo. senator backs new 'distracted driving' charge (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Drivers who are distracted while behind the wheel could be charged with a misdemeanor -- even if they haven't broken any other laws -- under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee. A measure sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, a Republican from Napton, would create a new traffic offense for people who fail to give "full time and attention" to their driving...
Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Anyone hoping to get a Missouri driver's license would have to understand English under legislation passed by the state House. The bill would require all driver's license tests to be administered in English, eliminating versions that currently are printed in 11 other languages...
Rural prosecutor enters Mo. attorney general race (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rural prosecutor Adam Warren on Thursday became the second Republican to enter the attorney general's race in Missouri and pledged to fight against the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Warren, 32, was elected as Livingston County prosecutor in 2010 but is making his first foray into statewide politics. ...
GOP-allied groups see Senate as good bet (02/24/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans' clear shot at winning control of the Senate is attracting tens of millions of dollars from GOP-allied outside groups eager to spend on a surer bet than a White House race with a resurgent President Barack Obama and an unsettled GOP field...
Higher gas prices cloud Obama's re-election hopes (02/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama's re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics...
Stepmom gives birth after arrest in girl's death (02/24/12)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama woman was under guard at a hospital Thursday after giving birth hours after her arrest in the death of her 9-year-old stepdaughter, who authorities say was forced to run for three hours as punishment for lying about eating a candy bar...
President Obama says GOP philosophy is ‘wrong about America' (02/24/12)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Barack Obama on Thursday accused his Republican presidential rivals of peddling a philosophy that is "wrong about America," seeking to rev up his supporters as he hauled in campaign cash in an important swing state...
Helicopter crash one of Marines' deadliest in years (02/24/12)
SAN DIEGO -- A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan's harsh environment...
Today in History (02/24/12)
Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2012. There are 311 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry Jewish refugees from Romania to Palestine during World War II, was torpedoed and sunk by a Soviet submarine after being towed and abandoned in the Black Sea by Turkish authorities; all but one of the 769 refugees on board perished...
Venezuela's Chavez assures backers: ‘I will live!' (02/24/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- For someone who's ill, President Hugo Chavez didn't show it Thursday as he launched into full-blown campaign mode on his last day in Venezuela before flying to Cuba for cancer surgery. Chavez, who is running for re-election this year, spoke for more than four hours on a folksy, upbeat broadcast, pausing only so supporters could send greetings, messages of encouragement and reports on home construction and new soy plantations from around the country...
Obama apologizes as Quran protests rage in Afghanistan (02/24/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Barack Obama apologized to Afghans on Thursday for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base, trying to assuage rising anti-American sentiment as an Afghan soldier gunned down two American troops during another day of angry protests...
EU expects eurozone to suffer recession (02/24/12)
BRUSSELS -- Half the economies in the 17-nation eurozone are forecast to shrink this year, raising concerns that government austerity programs introduced to combat unsustainable debt levels are holding back growth. In its latest projections, the European Commission, the European Union's executive body, forecast a 0.3 percent contraction in the eurozone economy for 2012, with Greece's economy leading the way downward with a massive 4.4 percent decline...
Widespread shootings, bombings kill 55 in Iraq (02/24/12)
BAGHDAD -- Bombs and deadly shootings relentlessly pounded Iraqis on Thursday, killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 225 in a widespread wave of violence the government called a "frantic attempt" by insurgents to prove the country will never be stable...
Clinton says U.S. eager to resume formal contacts with Pakistan (02/24/12)
LONDON -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the resumption of a full range of formal contacts with Pakistan after its parliament completes a review of strained ties between the two countries. At a meeting on the sidelines of an international conference on Somalia in London, Clinton outlined to Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar a series of steps the U.S. would like to see once the review has been completed...
Notre Dame girls basketball team defeats Sikeston to reach Class 4 District 1 title game (02/24/12)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team defeated Sikeston 63-56 in a Class 4 District 1 semifinal Thursday.
High school roundup: Leopold boys basketball team claims its 20th victory (02/24/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team tracks down first road win (02/24/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team finally won a road game. One more road victory, in Saturday's' regular-season finale at Austin Peay, will give the Redhawks their first Ohio Valley Conference tournament berth in three years...
Southeast Missouri State's Uchtman named OVC's top indoor male field athlete (02/24/12)
Southeast Missouri State received two Ohio Valley Conference indoor track and field postseason awards announced Thursday. Senior thrower Josh Uchtman was named OVC male field athlete of the year and freshman jumper Jacob Kent shared OVC male freshman of the year honors...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team to host IPFW for weekend series (02/24/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will host IPFW for three games.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team fails to clinch tourney bye (02/24/12)
The Southeast men had their worst shooting night of the season in a 69-59 loss
Former Jackson wrestler McNeely on local MMA card (02/24/12)
The 13-bout event will take place Saturday at A.C. Brase Arena
This is how it all starts ... (02/24/12)
There has been some fallout since I recounted, last week, the massive clean-out of our basement, during which over a week more than four decades of accumulated stuff was sorted and sifted and regrouped and disposed of. It seems we aren't the only homeowners whose basements have been taken over by gremlins that breed like rabbits...
Best bet: "The Pajama Game" (02/24/12)
What happens when a workplace romance goes awry? Attend Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance's performance of "The Pajama Game" to find out. This romantic musical comedy tells the story of a rocky relationship between two co-workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. ...
The art of buying art (02/24/12)
In the years I've spent as arts and entertainment editor, I've learned a lot about art. I've learned what flies here and what will probably flop. I've learned to identify some of the local artists. I like to think I've also learned a little about buying art...
Filmmakers hurt movie with blurred lines (02/24/12)
The military drama "Act of Valor" is a strange hybrid of authentic action and fake thrills -- and the biggest disservice the filmmakers do to their subject is blurring the line to the point where the real stuff looks the most phony. Directors Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh follow a Navy SEAL unit on missions in support of the War on Terror, tracing a radical Chechen terrorist's plot to attack the United States. ...
RCP opens the season with nine actors (02/24/12)
The River City Players will open its 2012 season with one of the largest casts in recent memory. Nine actors will breath life into the play "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." "The original version had 11 casting spots to fill and the script that I read was based off of the movie version and only needed nine," director Kyle VanPool said. "It made it a little easier to get the spots filled but it was still very challenging to get enough actors rounded up."...
Artifacts 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
Classical guitarist Patrick Rafferty will present a concert of works for solo guitar at the Shuck Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The program will feature classical works by Dionisio Aguado and Mauro Giuliani, Baroque pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gaspar Sanz, Spanish compositions by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, and "Sea Changes" by contemporary American composer John Major. ...
Bringing in Russian orchestra benefits students and community (02/24/12)
Organizers say bringing a Russian symphony to the River Campus benefits both students and community members. The Tchaikovsky St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The orchestra will be making a stop in Cape Girardeau during its first tour of the United States...
J.D. Johnson (02/24/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. — J.D. Johnson, 87, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Jackie Wahrhausen (02/24/12)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Ordelia "Jackie" Sanders Wahrhausen, 84, of Hannibal went to be with Jesus Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Hannibal Regional Hospital. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal, with the Rev. Bob Bixler officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Burial Park...
Jerry Thomason Sr. (02/24/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jerry Thomason Sr., 80, of Chaffee passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the family home. He was born June 2, 1931, in St. Louis, to Nuble Jefferson and Fern Adelia Parker Thomason. He and Lola F. Miller were married March 13, 1956...
Stephen Sides (02/24/12)
Stephen Wayne "Chub" Sides, 62, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles "Jr." and Eva Louise Stanley Sides. Steve worked on the former Allen McDowell Dairy Farm of Jackson, and transported cars for Brugger McDowell in Jackson and Stevedores SEMO Port-transport in Cape Girardeau. He was of the Baptist belief...
Julia Payne (02/24/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Julia Louise Payne, 78, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the home of a daughter. She was born Oct. 7, 1933, at Chaffee, to the late Wesley and Julia Ester Alsobrook Speck. She and Bob Payne were married May 4, 1956...
Delois Niswonger (02/24/12)
Delois Niswonger, 76, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born June 3, 1935, in Blodgett, Mo., to Eugene W. and Mildred M. Angle Emmons. She and Joe Niswonger were married Dec. 1, 1962, in Perryville, Mo. They lived in St. Louis for 33 years and returned to Cape Girardeau in 1996...
Harrol Hudson (02/24/12)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- Harrol J. Hudson, 84, of Lesterville died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Des Peres Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. He was born Aug. 7, 1927, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of Percy J. and Gertrude Schindler Hudson. He and Anna May Guth were married Sept. 28, 1948. He and Lorena May Niswonger were married Jan. 14, 1956...
Marie Farris (02/24/12)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Marie S. Farris, 81, of Ste. Genevieve died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Riverview at the Park in Ste. Genevieve. She was born June 11, 1930, in Ste. Genevieve. Marie was a member of American Legion Auxiliary 150 and VFW Auxiliary 2210...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Southeast Missouri State University The Department of Public Safety released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
After nearly four years of dispensing justice in the courtroom, U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Sr. says the ideas about law and justice he brought with him to the job have lasted, but he has learned a lot about the legal system; Limbaugh is back in a Cape Girardeau courtroom this week hearing a case; he has lived in St. Louis since taking the federal bench in 1983...
SEMO baseball (02/24/12)
Coming off the winter months, the sights and sounds of spring are a welcomed change from winter's bluster. Locally, one of the first signs that spring is just around the corner is the start of Southeast Missouri State University baseball season. On Tuesday afternoon the Redhawks played their home opener at Capaha Field. ...
Helping the disabled (02/24/12)
Are blue skies ahead for people with developmental disabilities in Cape Girardeau County? Will there be an alternative to the current sheltered workshop in Cape Girardeau soon? An alternative that focuses on community integration, if that is the desire of the individual with disabilities? An alternative that works to build partnerships within the community and asks area businesses to hire those with disabilities and agrees to provide job coaching services in order to ensure success? The answer depends on many things.. ...
Speak Out 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
THE low voter turnout in Missouri's presidential preference primary came at a high price -- an estimated $7 million for the election, or more than $21 for each vote cast. This at a time when Missouri is slicing funding for public universities and reducing its workforce in a struggle to balance its budget. Yes, you can see how the Missouri Republican legislators waste our money...
Prayer 2/24/12 (02/24/12)
Lord Jesus, may we place our trust in you, leaning not on our own understanding. Amen.
KENNY ROGERS TELETHON IDOL CHILD PHOTO CONTEST (02/24/12)
http://www.chipin.com/mywidgets/id/bd9bc449ab72970c The KENNY ROGERS TELETHON is March 24th and 25th. A cape Girardeau resident; Pat L. Silman, a finalist in the KRCC Telethon Idol Contest has organized a Kenny Rogers Telethon Idol Childerns Photo Contest, for childern birth thru grade four...
Discover Nature: Be a Bluebird Landlord (02/24/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A recent Nature Center at Night event "Habitat for Bluebirds" welcomed guests of all ages to learn how to be a good bluebird landlord. An interactive session led participants in construction their own bluebird nest box to take home. Attendees learned how to attract bluebirds, the different styles of nest boxes, where to put them, and how to respond to the bluebird's arch enemy, the house sparrow...
Cape County 4-H at Southeast Regional Energizer (02/24/12)
Front Row, Left to Right, Brent Seyer, Tyler Lappe. Second Row, Left to Right, Blake Kasten, Nick Fosse, Teagan Schnurbusch, Kelly Hahs, Amanda Lappe, Morgan Bangert, Third Row, Left to Right, Spencer Lorenz, Matt Brucker, Hunter Seyer, Ethan Seyer, Ashley Stahlman, Chelsea Seyer...
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