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Ex-deputy has change-of-plea hearing next week (04/05/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A former southeast Missouri deputy is due in federal court next week on a change-of-plea hearing. Court records show that a hearing is scheduled for Monday in Cape Girardeau for 24-year-old Steffanie Kearbey, the former chief deputy in Carter County. She faces three federal counts of possessing stolen firearms and one count of being an unlawful drug user possessing firearms...
Renovation, repair projects underway at Jackson, Oak Ridge schools (04/05/12)
Bond issues for two local school districts passed by voters Tuesday will keep repair and renovation activity bustling now through the summer in Oak Ridge and prompt more extensive planning in Jackson. The projects differ greatly in size, scope and price, but both won overwhelming approval in this week's municipal elections...
USDA commits more money to fixing drainage in floodway (04/05/12)
WYATT, Mo. -- Mississippi County will receive another infusion of funding from the USDA's Emergency Watershed Protection Program to repair drainage ditches damaged after the Birds Point levee breach last year.
Eustis Studio now Broadway Gallery (04/05/12)
Razing Cain is no more. Eustis Studio is turning into something else. And the Esquire Theater is still in limbo. John Buckner, the arts entrepreneur who had grand visions of making a splash in downtown Cape Girardeau, is putting his focus on his art gallery, which is no longer officially associated with New Orleans artist Karen Eustis. Eustis has handed over control of the business to Buckner, who intends to keep it open for the foreseeable future.
Trial date set in former Cape Girardeau teacher's case (04/05/12)
A former Cape Girardeau Central High School science teacher accused of assaulting a student will stand trial June 29.
Fire damages empty Cape Girardeau house (04/05/12)
An early morning fire caused extensive damage to an empty Cape Girardeau home Wednesday. Firefighters were called to a fire at a one and a half story house at 824 S. Benton St. at about 2:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the house had fire showing from the rear, from the first floor to the roof, according to a Cape Girardeau Fire Department news release...
Morning crash ties up traffic on I-55 at Cape Girardeau (04/05/12)
A crash shut down one lane of southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau during the morning rush Wednesday.
Federal case ends, state case stalls for ex-sheriff (04/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A year after a Missouri sheriff was arrested in a methamphetamine sting, his court case remains on hold.
Commission awards Highway 91 contract (04/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to replace the Highway 91 bridge over Drainage Ditch 2 located near Morley, Mo. The $474,708 contract was awarded to Chester Bross Construction Co./C.B. ...
Highway commission awards contract (04/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $2,635,212 contract to Apex Paving Co. of Cape Girardeau for pavement improvements in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Stoddard counties. The project includes resurfacing and adding shoulders on Route OO from Highway 34 to Route Z near Burfordville, as well as resurfacing and adding rumble strips on Route Z from Route F to Highway 25 in Gordonville. ...
Paving work reduces U.S. 60 in Stoddard Co. (04/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound U.S. 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. This section of highway is from Route AD to One Mile Road. Weather permitting, work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Contract awarded for new interchange (04/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract Tuesday for the first phase of the Oak Grove Road interchange in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The interchange will provide full access between U.S. 67 and Oak Grove Road. ...
Mo. House passes school transportation measure (04/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have approved legislation designed to help students go to the school closest to them -- even if it is located in a different district. Students could attend school in a different district if they live at least 10 miles from their school and a building in another district is at least 5 miles closer. Parents would need to request the transfer, and it could be rejected if classrooms already are full...
Mo. Senate budget plan spares education from cuts (04/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Public education would be spared from funding cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth Wednesday by a Missouri Senate committee.
Yahoo dumping 2,000 workers in latest purge (04/05/12)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees as new CEO Scott Thompson eliminates jobs that don't fit into his plans for turning around the beleaguered Internet company. The cuts announced Wednesday represent about 14 percent of the 14,100 workers employed by Yahoo...
Gold falls $58 to lowest level in 3 months (04/05/12)
NEW YORK -- The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged Wednesday to its lowest level in three months. Gold fell almost $58 to $1,614 per ounce. It has declined 15 percent since September, when it hit a peak of $1,907. It had more than doubled since the financial crisis three years earlier...
Ham prices high heading into Easter holiday (04/05/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Ham will be the centerpiece of many Easter dinners this weekend, but the cost of that traditional main dish may make it harder for families to live high on the hog. Ham prices have been higher than usual for the past two years because the cost of pig feed has gone up, and some major pork producers are spending millions to convert barns as they phase out cramped cages used to confine pregnant sows...
Republicans try to shut down talk of becoming VP (04/05/12)
WASHINGTON -- Tag. I'm not it. Republicans considered to be up-and-comers are scrambling to declare a lack of interest in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate, taking themselves off the still-forming shortlist of would-be vice presidents. With Romney poised to win the GOP nomination in June, if not earlier, some of the focus has shifted to his pick for the No. ...
Students angry over course prices pepper-sprayed (04/05/12)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The dozens of student protesters who were pepper-sprayed by police at a California community college weren't just angry about not getting into a meeting of school trustees. They were fuming about a new Santa Monica College plan that would let students who did not get into a needed, high-demand course take the class anyway, but only if they paid hundreds of dollars more...
Ex-cops sentenced in Katrina killings (04/05/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge sentenced five former police officers to years in prison for the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina, but not before lashing out at prosecutors for allowing others involved to serve lighter penalties for their crimes. The case that wrapped up Wednesday was the centerpiece of a Justice Department push to clean up New Orleans' police department that has long been tainted with corruption...
Texas residents sift through rubble from series of tornadoes (04/05/12)
FORNEY, Texas -- As a twister bore down on her neighborhood, Sherry Enochs grabbed the three young children in her home and hid in her bathtub. The winds swirled and snatched away two of the children. Her home collapsed around her. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt...
Evidence of fuzzy dinosaur surprises scientists (04/05/12)
LOS ANGELES -- The discovery of a giant meat-eating dinosaur sporting a downy coat has some scientists re-imagining the look of Tyrannosaurus rex. With a killer jaw and sharp claws, T. rex has long been depicted in movies and popular culture as having scaly skin. But the discovery of an earlier relative suggests the king of dinosaurs may have had a softer side...
Somali theater bombing kills 10 (04/05/12)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Two weeks ago, Somalia's National Theater reopened for the first time in 20 years for a concert that drew an audience in festive colors in a city trying to rise above war. A welcoming banner proclaimed: "The country is being rebuilt."...
South Sudan claims it shoots down Sudanese jet (04/05/12)
JUBA, South Sudan -- South Sudan says it shot down a Sudanese fighter jet Wednesday after two military planes dropped bombs around its oil fields, but Sudan denied it had lost such an aircraft. Military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said the downed plane was a Sudanese MiG-29 jet fighter flying in South Sudan's Unity State, but Sudan's army spokesman denied any Sudanese jets were downed, saying the claim by the south lacked evidence...
Syria forces assault rebellious towns (04/05/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian artillery pounded the rebellious city of Homs and tanks and troops stormed towns in the north and south Wednesday, deepening doubts that President Bashar Assad will follow through on his commitment to a truce starting next week...
St. Vincent girls soccer team tops district rival St. Pius to improve to 8-0 (04/05/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Three seniors anchor St. Vincent's defense, and they weighed heavily on St. Pius during Wednesday's game. The senior leadership was on display as the Indians limited St. Pius in a 2-1 victory. "I think defensively we're very strong," St. ...
High school roundup: Jackson golfers win Farmington Invitational (04/05/12)
All the local high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State softball team drops doubleheader to visiting Eastern Illinois (04/05/12)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team opened a seven-game homestand with two more tough Ohio Valley Conference losses. Defending OVC regular-season champion Eastern Illinois swept Wednesday's doubleheader 3-2 and 5-3. The Panthers improved to 17-15 overall and 7-6 in OVC play. Southeast is 13-22 and 6-10. Nine of the Redhawks' 10 conference losses have been by either one or two runs...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team tries to get on track vs. EKU (04/05/12)
The Colonels have been the OVC's hottest team while Southeast has struggled
Cardinals play like champs, beat Marlins 4-1 in season opener (04/05/12)
MIAMI -- Kyle Lohse saw all the zeros on the scoreboard. St. Louis teammate David Freese was counting the outs to go. And in the seventh inning, the Miami Marlins knew they still didn't have a hit in their new ballpark. Lohse finally gave up a single to start the seventh, but he combined with three relievers on a four-hitter and helped the World Series champions open the season with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night...
Hooked on Science: How to create geode eggs (04/05/12)
Using a few materials from around the house, you can turn an ordinary egg into a geode. STEP 2: Using warm water, clean the inside of each egg. STEP 3: Place the eggs into the egg carton and let dry. STEP 4: Put two cups of water into a saucepan, add food coloring, and mix...
who's neXt 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
Scholarships -- From staff reports Joshua Pellikan ...
Next Calendar 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
FRIDAY "American Reunion," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK "Phantom Breaker" X360 "Men of War: Condemned Heroes" PC "Sleeping Beauty" UR "The Darkest Hour" PG-13 Counting Crows, "Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)"...
Prom 2012 (04/05/12)
Check out the color and couples at some of this year's area high school proms Oran High School prom...
Hello, Birdie (04/05/12)
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Nick Pfau, left, Jake Powderly, Aaron Arnzen, Ryan Hulshof and Griffin Patterson perform during rehearsal for Notre Dame Regional High School's production of "Bye Bye Birdie." ...
Shelia Bain (04/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Shelia Bain, 64, of Sikeston died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1947, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of the late Bryan and Elsia Mae Collier Layne. Shelia was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. She had been employed as a teller and also worked in the loan department of Montgomery Bank 17 years...
Jacob Brown (04/05/12)
Jacob Anthony Brown, infant son of Kyle Brown and Veronica Perrey of Cape Girardeau, was born and died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time Monday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau...
Elveta Charles (04/05/12)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Elveta P. Charles, 89, of Collierville, Tenn., formerly of McClure, Ill., died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the home of a daughter. She was born June 30, 1922, in Hindman, Ky., to Jasper and Florence Caudill Pratt. She and Vernon R. "Windy" Charles were married Aug. 14, 1943, in North Carolina. He died Sept. 14, 1986...
Rickey Gregg Sr. (04/05/12)
Rickey Lee Gregg Sr., 57, of Advance, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, after enjoying a full day of fishing, his passion in life. He was born May 13, 1954, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Johnnie and Iva Jean Lape Gregg. Rickey was a veteran of the U.S. Army, honorably discharged in 1977 after seven years of service...
Patrick Merick (04/05/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Patrick Ray "Peanut" Merick, 48, of Bloomfield passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The son of Harold Merick and the late Joyce Ray, he was born Jan. 14, 1964, in Tracy, Calif. Merick had lived in Bloomfield most of his life. He was a farmer...
Dorothy Musil (04/05/12)
Dorothy C. Musil, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 2, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Charleston, Mo., to Thomas and Dela Houston Wilson. In her later days she lived at Cape Town Assisted Care Center where she thoroughly enjoyed all the staff and made many friends during her stay...
Edith Pribble (04/05/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Edith Arlene Pribble, 79, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lick Creek, Ill., died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna...
JoAnn Reiss (04/05/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- JoAnn P. Reiss, 71, of Perryville died Monday, April 2, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. Parish wake will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday...
Births 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
Son to Ashley Nicholl Buchheit of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:34 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Name, Zane Rudy J. Weight, 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Fourth son. Ms. Buchheit is the daughter of Nick and Renee Buchheit of Perryville. Daughter to Brandon A. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Department of Public Safety released the following item. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police and fire report 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
The Cape Girardeau Baptist Association honors the Rev. and Mrs. G.D. Parrack with a reception in the afternoon at First Baptist Church; Parrack has served as the association's director of missions since 1969, and Mrs. Parrack has been association secretary 15 years...
Principal's dinner (04/05/12)
One of the joys of living in this community is seeing the good things that happen on a daily basis. The Good Samaritan Chronicles, a project launched two months ago by the Southeast Missourian, has been a forum for those in the community to share about many of these good deeds and the people who do them. But the concept of people helping people is not limited to adults...
Congratulations to Braves (04/05/12)
Recently we had the privilege to serve as team hosts for the Scott County Central Braves during the 2012 Show-Me Showdown. We spent time with the coaches, players, cheerleaders and fans at practice sessions and state tournament games. We were truly impressed with their excellent behavior and attention to why they were in Columbia -- to win another championship!...
The Second Amendment (04/05/12)
For the person wanting more gun control and registration, you were asleep in history class. Do these names mean anything: Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, Chavez? All power hungry dictators and communists. They had gun control too, which led to registration then confiscation and inevitably slavery. ...
Making education accessible (04/05/12)
Even allowing for the current recession, the economic history of the United States since World War II has been one of extraordinary success. One of the primary reasons for this is the educational level of its citizens. Although the U.S. has only 4 percent of the world's population, it has almost 26 percent of the people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have post secondary or tertiary education...
Speak Out 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
A few weeks ago I was driving through the drive through at US Bank in front of Saint Francis. I dropped my billfold and I got my business taken care of. I got a call from one of the tellers about 20 minutes later, and somebody came up behind me and picked up my billfold and turned it in. I am so very thankful that person did that. I just wanted to say thank you so much...
Prayer 4/5/12 (04/05/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we love each other as you have loved us. Amen.
Steamboat Classic Triathlon on April 29 (04/05/12)
The City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will host their 29th annual Steamboat Classic Triathlon on Sunday, April 29 at 9 a.m. The triathlon expects 200 participants ages 15 -- 80, with over 50 friends and family members cheering the athletes while competing for first place...
FBC Jackson WMU Hosting Annual State Meeting (04/05/12)
On April 20-21 over 350 women from all areas of the state will gather at First Baptist Church in Jackson for the annual WMU & Women's Ministry meeting, M-Counter (Missions Encounter) 2012. On Friday morning some participants will take part in service projects that include sorting food, cleaning, and straightening at area food banks and thrift shops. ...
Beads for a Cause (04/05/12)
Southpass Beads in Cobden, IL, will donate 15% of your purchase to The Women's Center on April 13, 14 and 15! Memory Charm necklace class on April 13 from 12-2, Chair Massages by Cherry Connolly available on April 14 from 12-5 pm, and Beadmaking demo by Larry Hesterberg on April 15 from 12-5 pm. The Women's Center serves Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Union and Williamson counties in Illinois...
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