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Discovery Playhouse exhibit to be legacy of 3-year-old who died unexpectedly (05/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Preschooler Levi Collom loved superheroes, often referring to them as "superpowers" to his parents. "He was of that age where superheroes were the big thing," said his father, Glenn Collom of Benton, Mo., adding Levi and his older sister, Victoria, would play together with superheroes often...
Several homes vandalized in north Cape (05/23/12)
Residents of an affluent neighborhood in north Cape Girardeau were shocked Tuesday when they woke to find several homes in the neighborhood had been victims of vandalism and burglaries. Dawn Sample and her family were jolted out of bed about 4:30 a.m. when a vandal threw a sprinkler head through the glass door on their Sussex Drive home, she said...
Report: Rising obesity, smoking rates primary health problems in Cape Girardeau County (05/23/12)
An analysis of data examining Cape Girardeau County's overall health shows the county faces problems with rising rates of obesity, smoking in general and smoking by pregnant women as well as a decrease in the number of children receiving full immunizations...
Commander bankruptcy delayed for fourth time (05/23/12)
TYLER, Texas -- A federal judge for the fourth time has continued the bankruptcy hearing of a failed airplane manufacturer that owes Cape Girardeau coffers more than $800,000 in unpaid lease obligations on a city-owned hangar at the regional airport...
Yard sale signs illegally cluttering public right of way, Cape police say (05/23/12)
Ty Metzger admits it -- it's not the crime of the century. But the Cape Girardeau police officer says that doesn't mean signs placed in publicly owned rights of way aren't a problem. And during the summer, when dozens of yard sales dot the city every weekend, the problem only gets worse. Add to that the fact that it's an election year with plenty of local candidates, and Metzger said the signs are getting out of control...
Olive Branch residents consider moving community to avoid flooding (05/23/12)
A year after the worst flood longtime residents can remember, many are thinking of moving their community out of the river's path. A group of those whose homes were destroyed have organized to form the Olive Branch Area Community Development Corporation...
Cape Girardeau County coroner says Friday deaths a murder-suicide (05/23/12)
Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton on Tuesday officially deemed the incident that left two Arizona men dead and shocked a quiet Cape Girardeau neighborhood Friday a murder-suicide. Police responded to a home at 1129 Landgraf Drive shortly after 3 a.m. and found the bodies of Richard M. Carrube, 23, of Mesa, Ariz., and Joshua Adams, 31, of Youngtown, Ariz., lying in the driveway. Clifton identified the men, who were co-workers, later that day...
Cape man jailed after altercation with officer (05/23/12)
A Cape Girardeau man was in jail Tuesday on multiple charges, including assault on a law enforcement officer, after an incident early Tuesday morning. About 1:15 a.m., Christopher G. Davie, 1300 Victoria Leroy Drive, wrecked a vehicle in the 100 block of Broadway and the vehicle came to rest against some steps, said Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey. ...
Trial date set for former Bollinger County deputy in dog shooting (05/23/12)
A trial date has been set in the misdemeanor animal abuse case for Kelley Barks, 36, of Marble Hill, Mo., a former Bollinger County Sheriff's Department deputy who shot a small dog during a domestic dispute call in February 2011 and left the department soon after. ...
Joplin schools superintendent to speak at annual United Way luncheon (05/23/12)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri's annual luncheon Thursday will feature a keynote address by Joplin, Mo., superintendent of schools, Dr. C.J. Huff. Huff will share how the community has come together to support students and help them achieve success, according to a news release from the United Way...
State representative drops out of state Senate race (05/23/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Rep. Billy Pat Wright announced Monday that he has withdrawn from the race for the state 25th Senate District seat. His withdrawal from the race leaves Poplar Bluff businessman Doug Libla, a Republican, and Rep. Terry Swinger of Caruthersville, a Democrat, to meet in the November general election. Wright has represented House District 159 for 12 years and could not seek re-election due to term limit laws...
Southeast students donate unwanted items, sell them for Community Caring Council (05/23/12)
Most Southeast Missouri State University students are gone for the summer, but some of the belongings they no longer need are being put to good use. The university's Office of Residence Life and the Community Caring Council of Cape Girardeau collected unwanted items from dorm residents before the students went home...
Candidate questionnaire: Mary Ann Friese (05/23/12)
NAME: Mary Ann Friese AGE: 55 PLACE OF BIRTH: I was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, I grew up on the family farm west of Oak Ridge, MO SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Kenneth (Kenny), Husband Waylon Friese, Son Blake Friese, Son OCCUPATION: Co-owner and office manager of Kenneth W. Friese, Inc., a livestock transportation company...
Route Z closed for pipe replacement (05/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Z in Stoddard County, from Highway 153 to County Road 779, will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the road. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636, or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Special Olympics torch run set for Thursday (05/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department will hold an eight-mile torch run for Special Olympics Thursday morning. This year's Region 9 Missouri Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled to begin about 8:15 a.m., at the Interstate 55 and South Kingshighway intersection, near Plants Plus, officer Joey Hann said. ...
Pavement work will reduce Route O (05/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route O between Highway 25 and Route P in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. ...
U.S. 60 reduced for pavement work (05/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Westbound U.S. 60 from Route F to Route WW in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m...
How to help with exhibit in honor of Levi Collom (05/23/12)
n Attend the "Help Levi's Legacy Live On" fundraiser The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday under tents on the east side of Jeremiah's Restaurant and Lounge in Sikeston, Mo. All proceeds will help create an exhibit in honor of the late Levi Stephen Collom at the Discovery Playhouse. ...
Cause of Benton boy's death not yet determined (05/23/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- On the morning of March 17, Levi Collom, 3, woke up at his home in Benton with a slight fever of around 100 degrees. "We treated him with Tylenol and Motrin, and he started feeling better," said the boy's mother, Ellie Collom. Levi; his mother; his father, Glenn Collom; and his big sister, Victoria Collom, went to Cape Girardeau for lunch...
DNA shows Mo. mountain lions not home-grown (05/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sightings of mountain lions have been on the rise in Missouri, and some of those cats turn out to be visitors from other states. The Missouri Conservation Department said it confirmed 14 mountain-lion sightings in 2011, up from a total of 12 in the previous 16 years...
Mo. lawmakers approve fund for college building (05/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing legislation creating a new state fund that would help finance construction at public colleges and universities. Lawmakers approved the measure during the annual session that ended last week...
Thousands march as Joplin marks anniversary of tornado that killed 161 (05/23/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Carrying small American flags and wearing T-shirts bearing the names of friends and loved ones who died when a massive tornado tore through Joplin one year ago, thousands of people made a somber march Tuesday through some of the town's hardest-hit neighborhoods.
Project to rehab historic St. Louis bridge (05/23/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A project using $25 million in stimulus funds is under way to rehabilitate the historic 138-year-old Eads Bridge in St. Louis. Missouri and Illinois officials were joined by Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan for a ceremony on Tuesday. Plans call for painting, replacement of support steel and repair of MetroLink light rail tracks...
First commercial spacecraft speeds toward space station (05/23/12)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Opening a new, entrepreneurial era in spaceflight, a ship built by a billionaire businessman sped toward the International Space Station with a load of groceries and other supplies Tuesday after a spectacular, middle-of-the-night blastoff...
2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities (05/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday. The Census Bureau released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. ...
Sales of previously occupied homes up in April (05/23/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans bought more previously owned homes in April, a hopeful sign that the weak housing market is gradually improving. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that home sales rose 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million...
Passenger's suspicious claim diverts North Carolina-bound jet to Maine (05/23/12)
BANGOR, Maine -- Most passengers aboard a Paris-to-North Carolina flight that diverted to Maine said they didn't know what was going on until the plane was on the ground. Passengers said they were informed that the Boeing 767 was landing in Maine to refuel before police took a passenger into custody. Dr. William Milam from Richmond, Va., said fellow passengers were stunned but that there was no drama...
A late slide erases stock market gains (05/23/12)
NEW YORK -- Just how nervous are investors about Greece? All it took to derail a day of stock market gains was a headline saying that the country was preparing to leave the euro, an outcome many analysts expect to happen eventually. Major indexes were higher for most of the day after the National Association of Realtors reported that home prices surged 10 percent over the past year, the biggest gain in six years...
Today in History (05/23/12)
Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 144th day of 2012. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1937, industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, died in Ormond Beach, Fla., at age 97...
Egypt's election fever comes to Garbage City (05/23/12)
CAIRO -- Election fever has even come to Cairo's Garbage City, the sprawling neighborhood built on -- and living from -- the waste of the Egyptian capital. The tens of thousands of impoverished residents of the district are almost all Christians. For generations, they have collected the garbage from the city of nearly 20 million; they sort it then recycle and sell what they can. Their homes are built in and around piles of the refuse, where their livestock graze...
Hezbollah appeals for calm after Syria kidnapping (05/23/12)
BEIRUT -- The leader of Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah appealed for calm Tuesday after people blocked roads and burned tires in Beirut to protest the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shiites in neighboring Syria. The abductions in Syria's northern Aleppo province threatened to ignite dangerous sectarian tensions and fueled fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos next door...
U.N. nuclear chief: Deal with Iran reached on nuclear arms probe (05/23/12)
VIENNA -- Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the U.N. nuclear chief said Tuesday...
Cape Central baseball team upsets Festus 6-4 in Class 4 sectional (05/23/12)
The Cape Central baseball team scored six runs over the first two innings and defeated host Festus 6-4 in a Class 4 sectional Tuesday.
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Chaffee's Jordan Yahn (05/23/12)
Chaffee's Jordan Yahn went out on top. The senior helped the Red Devils relay teams win two state title at the Class 1 state meet in Jefferson, City, Mo. Yahn was a member of the victorious 800 and 400 relay teams to cap his high school career. "He's all-state 14 times, and 10 of them are on relays," Chaffee boys coach Tyson Moyers said. "He was all-state in two as a freshman and four for sophomore, junior and senior year."...
Notre Dame soccer team beats De Soto in overtime in Class 2 sectional (05/23/12)
The Notre Dame girls soccer team got a goal from Brianne Sanders to defeat host De Soto 2-1 in a Class 2 sectional Tuesday.
Wengert steps aside as St. Vincent girls soccer coach (05/23/12)
The coach guided the Indians to three district crowns and the Class 1 state title in 2009
Southeast Missouri State baseball team opens OVC tournament against JSU (05/23/12)
Southeast enters the double-elimination, six-team tournament as the sixth seed
Southeast Missouri State's Moses repeats as OVC baseball player of year (05/23/12)
Trenton Moses added to his list of major accomplishments Tuesday. Moses became the first Southeast Missouri State baseball player to be named Ohio Valley Conference player of the year twice. Moses repeated his top OVC honor in voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors on the eve of the conference tournament in Jackson, Tenn...
Cardinals' Wainwright throws shutout at Padres (05/23/12)
The right-hander allowed just four hits in a 4-0 victory
Indian tribe makes Johnny Depp honorary member (05/23/12)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Johnny Depp has been made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe. Depp is in New Mexico, shooting the film adaptation of "The Lone Ranger." He plays Tonto in the film. Comanche Nation tribal member LaDonna Harris said Tuesday the tribal chairman presented Depp with a proclamation at her Albuquerque home May 16. She said the Comanche adoption tradition means she now considers Depp her son...
Harry Cantrell (05/23/12)
Harry Eugene Cantrell, 93, of Mayfield, Ky., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Mills Health and Rehab Facility in Mayfield. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, and was retired from the railroad industry...
Reuben Dickenson III (05/23/12)
Reuben Dabney Dickenson III, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson, and 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Maddux Funeral Home in Pembroke, Ky...
Wayne Kight (05/23/12)
Wayne Kight, 74, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012. He was born May 2, 1938, in Advance, Mo. Wayne is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Heather; a son, Justin; and his stepfather, Terry Long. A private family service will be held in Cape Girardeau...
Lily Modglin (05/23/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Lily M. Modglin, 70, of Charleston, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the home of a daughter in Paducah, Ky. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Kevin Badgley and Larry Rudliss officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes, Ill...
Stella Plemmons (05/23/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stella M. Plemmons, 88, of Crystal City, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at Fountainbleau Nursing Center in Crystal City. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home...
Births 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
Son to Bo Brandon and Denise Sue Lewis of Sedgewickville, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012. Name, Eli Solomon. Weight, 7 pounds, 3 ounces. First child. Mrs. Lewis is the former Denise Schnurbusch, daughter of Debbie Schnurbusch and Dale and Terri Schnurbusch of Sedgewickville. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/22/12 (05/23/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Jackson police and fire report 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Out of the past 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
A group of local businessmen, including Earl Norman and Thomas M. Meyer of Cape Girardeau, John Lichtenegger of Jackson and Clyde "Bud" Pearce Jr. of East Cape Girardeau, Ill., have proposed development of a major east-west highway through the region...
Resurrecting a political premise: My vote is precious (05/23/12)
Were it not a serious issue, I'd get a laugh out of the news from Florida this week that 53,000 deceased Floridians have been uncovered -- no pun intended -- on the current voter registration rolls in that all-important state. Let me quickly point out that I don't hail from the conspiracy school of politics. This latest revelation from Florida is not some Democratic Party scheme to steal an election in the Sunshine State...
Shape Up Cape (05/23/12)
An Associated Press story earlier this month pointed out that over a third of U.S. adults are considered obese. Also noted in the story was data from 2009 and 2010 listing 17 percent of U.S. children and teens as obese. These numbers are concerning, especially when considering the number of diseases that can be brought on by being overweight and the rising costs of health care...
Living with Huntington's (05/23/12)
May is National Huntington Disease month. Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder that affects about 30,000 Americans. There are about 250,000 people at risk of inheriting Huntington's. Huntington's is a neurological disorder that affects cognitive function and has a movement (chorea) component. ...
Marble Hill water rates (05/23/12)
David Stokes of the Show Me Institute recently took time to promote "privatization" as a solution to Marble Hill's water and sewer problems stating that "The city has been unable to make necessary investments in its water system because elected officials have dramatically underpriced services."...
Speak Out 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
Sunday was the 100th graduation class for Central High School. Seats were on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors opened one hour before the graduation. How frustrating it was to arrive at the door opening and find that a lot of the prime seats had reserved signs attached to them and that the rules don't apply to everyone...
Prayer 5/23/12 (05/23/12)
When we sin, O God, hear our prayers for your mercy and compassion. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1948 Chevy Paneltruck (05/23/12)
Make and model: 1948 Chevy Paneltruck Owner(s): Judy Watson Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau This truck was re-engineered by Ron Keller of Cape so it could pull a heavy cargo trailer, which it has done for over 400,000 miles since 2001. Shown here on vacation, resting!...
Ride of the Week: 1968 Mercury Monterey (05/23/12)
Make and model: 1968 Mercury Monterey Owner(s): Mike Almond Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau Recreation of a 1968 Mercury Missouri State Highway Patrol Car. 428 c.i. engine, Motorola police radio, Federal control head, red lights & siren, flashlights & all equipment in the trunk as was used in 1968...
Annual Pleasant Hill Day Celebration May 27th (05/23/12)
The annual Pleasant Hill Day Celebration will be held Sunday, May 27th. The old bell will announce morning worship at 11:00 am with David Schaffner as guest speaker. Trudy Lee, guest soloist, and Carolyn Thompson, organist, will provide special music. Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association Board President Joe Mathews will speak of current projects. Bring covered dishes to share during "dinner on the grounds" following the service. Drinks will be provided...
Altenburg Truck Pull set for Saturday, June 2 (05/23/12)
The East Perry Community Fair will be hosting a 4X4 truck pull at the fairgrounds in Altenburg on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 3:00 pm. Following the truck pull at last year's fair, members of the fair board held discussions with the drivers that had pulled in that event on what it would take to hold a stand-alone pull in 2012. ...
Way to go 12U SE Stingers (05/23/12)
The 12U SE Stingers came home with a win for this past weekend tournament in Southhaven MS. Proud of our boys.
Thebes Courthouse with Mississippi River Overlook (05/23/12)
Thebes Courthouse with the Mississippi River overlook.
Thebes Courthouse (05/23/12)
Thebes Courthouse taken on May 20th, 2012. Beautiful old courthouse with a great overlook of the Mississippi River.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (05/23/12)
Eliza Jane is 1 year old. This beautiful cat is available for adoption at the Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
A duck and her duckling (05/23/12)
This a picture of a duck and her duckling at Capaha Park.
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