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Stories from Friday, May 25, 2012

Joplin school superintendent shares advice for better schools, disaster recovery at United Way annual luncheon (05/25/12)
The future beyond one Sunday afternoon in May 2011 looked especially bright in the eyes of school administrators, parents and community members who helped the largest-ever number of Joplin High seniors cross the stage to receive diplomas. In just one year, partnerships between Joplin's public schools and the community had cut the number of dropout students in half. ...
Soldiers play golf to benefit wounded combat veterans (05/25/12)
The fourth annual U.S. Wounded Soldiers Golf Tournament will be held today at the Cape Girardeau Country Club in Cape Girardeau with all proceeds going to benefit soldiers injured in action. The tournament is sponsored by Premier Rehab Physical Therapy, which has raised $24,000 for the U.S. Wounded Soldiers Foundation. Its fundraising goal for this year is $12,000 through donations and entry fees...
Broadway businesses sprucing up back entrances during construction (05/25/12)
Their front doors may be blocked while Broadway construction continues, but many businesses are making arrangements to stay open. With the 400 block of Broadway now closed, several businesses are sprucing up their rear entrances normally used only by employees. Several have also put out additional signage directing people to side streets and alleys that can be used to access their buildings while Broadway is closed...
Six-year incumbent, newcomer face off in 149th House District race (05/25/12)
The new 149th Missouri House District is the poorest in the state. In some parts, more than 30 percent of its people live below the poverty line. In each of the counties that it includes portions of -- Mississippi, Pemiscot, New Madrid and Scott -- the median income for its workers doesn't come anywhere close to the state average...
Record highs expected in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois (05/25/12)
The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., is warning Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois of possible record-breaking heat during the Memorial Day weekend. Highs in the mid-90s are expected across the area throughout the holiday weekend. One consolation is that humidity should remain fairly low, keeping the heat index down. As of Thursday afternoon, the hottest day was expected to be Sunday in Cape Girardeau, according to the weather service, with a forecast high of 96 degrees...
County declines Fruitland bid to incorporate based on mapping error (05/25/12)
Seventeen months after county residents began their efforts to form a village in Fruitland, the Cape Girardeau County Commission declined to approve the final step in the process Thursday, saying there was a flaw in the legal description of the village boundaries...
Limbaugh bust security costs Mo. taxpayers $1,100 (05/25/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.
DWI alleged in train-car accident (05/25/12)
A Frohna man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after his car was struck by a train near Wittenberg early Thursday morning. The Perry County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Glen Weber, 30, was the car's driver and was not injured...
Veterans cemetery to hold ceremony on Memorial Day (05/25/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The public is invited to attend Memorial Day services Monday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield. Stan Baughn, cemetery program director and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. Monday at Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery, 17357 Stars and Stripes Way...
Kennett police offer reward in arson probe (05/25/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Kennett Police Department has announced a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a recent string of arsons. According to Kennett police chief Barry Tate, the reward is $500 and stems from a string of six arsons over the past couple months...
Two teenagers injured in rollover crash (05/25/12)
Two Dexter, Mo., teenagers were injured late Wednesday night when the truck they were riding in overturned on Highway 74 two miles south of Cape Girardeau. Jasmine L. Pyles, 16, and Amber M. Brown, 17, were taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center. Pyles was seriously injured and Brown was moderately injured, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Cape, Marble Hill men face methamphetamine charges in Illinois (05/25/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Two local men have been charged with various methamphetamine offenses, Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced Thursday. Brian A. Taylor, 37, of Marble Hill, Mo., is charged with one count of methamphetamine conspiracy, two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, one count of solicitation of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and one count of retail theft.. ...
Cape County Commission awards one project, accept bids for two others (05/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday selected a company to repave the roads in Cape County Park North and accepted bids for two other county projects. Pace Construction Co. of St. Louis was awarded the parks project for its bid of $89,812.50...
Fire injures Leopold man, destroys barn (05/25/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- A Leopold farmer suffered second-degree burns late Wednesday afternoon after his barn caught fire. According to Marble Hill Fire Chief Jim Bollinger, Tom Schreckenberg, 62, had been backing his tractor into his barn when the tractor apparently ignited some hay...
Area police officers run for Special Olympics (05/25/12)
From left, Sgt. Brad Smith, Dana Fleming, Cpl. Jeff Bonham, highway patrol Sgt. Blaine Smith and officer Ty Metzger run north along North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau on Thursday morning during the torch run for Special Olympics. The Region 9 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run stretched eight miles from South Kingshighway to Center Junction...
Work to begin Tuesday on Bainbridge Road in Jackson; traffic will be detoured through July (05/25/12)
Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday for Jackson's Bainbridge Road widening and culvert improvement project that will require closing of a portion of Bainbridge Road, except to local traffic, through July. Roadway improvements include replacing a narrow culvert under the road and restoring the width of the roadway to accommodate two-way traffic flow. A total of 75 working days are allowed for completion of the project, which, weather permitting, is anticipated to last through July...
Missouri opts for untested drug for executions (05/25/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The same anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson is now the drug of choice for executions in Missouri, causing a stir among critics who question how the state can guarantee a drug untested for lethal injection won't cause pain and suffering for the condemned...
Man arrested in 1979 disappearance of NYC boy (05/25/12)
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey man who confessed to choking a 6-year-old New York City boy to death in 1979 was arrested on a murder charge Thursday, police said, the first arrest in a case that helped give rise to the nation's missing-children movement...
DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's Melungeons (05/25/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies...
Senate committee cuts Pakistan aid over conviction of doctor (05/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million -- $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason...
Gov't wants to put end to food stamp fraud (05/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash -- sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist -- and then asking the government for replacement cards...
Tornado doesn't stop Kan. couple's wedding day (05/25/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the plains of central Kansas, tornadoes are so unremarkable that guests barely flinched as a barrel-racing bride wed her bull-riding groom with a twister dropping from the sky just miles away. But for people living outside Tornado Alley, Caleb and Candra Pence's wedding last Saturday is generating the kind of buzz usually reserved for celebrity nuptials. ...
U.S. bank earnings rose this winter to 5-year high (05/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. bank earnings rose in the first three months of the year to the highest level in nearly five years and the number of troubled banks fell for the fourth straight quarter. The mostly positive first-quarter earnings released Thursday illustrate how far the banking industry has come since the 2008 financial crisis. Still, the report noted that many banks remain cautious about lending, a necessary driver of economic growth...
Hewlett-Packard leads Dow Jones to its fourth day of gains in May (05/25/12)
NEW YORK -- Hewlett-Packard helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to a slight gain Thursday, giving the index only its fourth gain this month. Stocks flipped between gains and losses throughout the day after a meeting of European leaders failed to deliver new steps to ease the region's debt crisis...
Today in History (05/25/12)
Today is Friday, May 25, the 146th day of 2012. There are 220 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. (The Convention ended four months later with the delegates adopting the Constitution of the United States.)...
Nuclear talks with Iran to resume in June (05/25/12)
BAGHDAD -- Iran and six world powers wrapped up talks Thursday still far apart over how to oversee Tehran's atomic program, but with resolve to keep dialogue going as an alternative to possible military action. Envoys said they will meet again next month in Moscow after negotiations stretched out for extra hours and a sandstorm shut the airport in Iraq's capital. ...
European Union running out of time as Greece nears the exit (05/25/12)
ATHENS, Greece -- European leaders insist they want to keep Greece in the eurozone, but are putting off any agreement on how they hope to accomplish that. Greece says it, too, wants to stay in the eurozone, but until after elections it's uncertain whether it can implement the austerity that Europe has set as a condition for doing so...
Brotherhood claims lead in Egypt vote (05/25/12)
CAIRO -- The Muslim Brotherhood quickly staked a claim Thursday for its candidate to advance to a runoff vote, saying its exit polls showed him leading in Egypt's landmark presidential election to succeed ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. As vote-counting began, exit polls by several Arab television stations also suggested the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi was ahead of the pack of 13 candidates. ...
Police: British bandits foiled by glued-up bills (05/25/12)
LONDON -- Three bandits were foiled in Britain when their attempt to pry open a stolen cash box ran up against a new security system that slathered the bills with glue. Baffour Amponsah, 25, Brian Ocaya, 28, and Daniel Collins, also 28, were part of a gang that ambushed a cash delivery man working for security company G4S in south London on Jan. 16, 2011. The group stole his cash box but ran into trouble when they retreated to a parking lot to try to open it...
U.N.: Syrian forces and opposition committing crimes (05/25/12)
BEIRUT -- The Syrian regime and an increasingly organized rebel force are carrying out illegal killings and torturing their opponents, but government forces are still responsible for most of the violence stemming from the country's uprising, a U.N. panel said Thursday...
Rockwood Summit ends Cape Central baseball team's surprising run in Class 4 state quarterfinals (05/25/12)
FENTON, Mo. -- Central starting pitcher Aaron Wendel slammed the ball into his glove in frustration as coach Steve Williams walked to the mound before an out was recorded in the first inning Thursday. Wendel handed the ball to Williams before the lonely walk back to the dugout, where he grabbed a seat and buried his face in his hands...
Cape Central's Jaramillo will play in Class 2 state singles championship this weekend (05/25/12)
Cape Central's well-traveled Pablo Jaramillo competes today at the Class 2 state singles championship.
Southeast Missouri State baseball team suffers first OVC tournament loss (05/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team fell to Eastern Illinois 7-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Friday.
Southeast Missouri State baseball team upends top seed Austin Peay in OVC tournament (05/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team upset top-seeded Austin Peay 4-3 in an Ohio Valley Conference tournament game Thursday.
Rushin qualifies for NCAA national track and field meet (05/25/12)
Former Jackson High School standout Jill Rushin, a redshirt freshman at Missouri, qualified for the NCAA track and field championships with a 12th-place finish in the shot put at the West Regional meet Thursday at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas...
Phillies hold off Cardinals 10-9 (05/25/12)
St. Louis came back to tie the game after it fell into a 6-0 hole
Bring out the squirrel nukes (05/25/12)
Editor's note: Joe Sullivan was on vacation during his retirement and did not write a column this week. The following column was first published May 23, 2008. There is, I am quite sure, a store where folks like me, who have nightmares about squirrels that rob bird feeders even when there are plenty of acorns and walnuts and hickory nuts, can purchase what we'll call the Ultimate Squirrel Elimination Weapon -- U-SEW for short. ...
A run down of Memorial Day weekend activities in Southeast Missouri (05/25/12)
Three-day weekend. Just hearing this phrase brings a smile to most faces. And, with Monday being Memorial Day, this weekend features several events that should keep you smiling till Tuesday. No matter what you decide to do, though, don't forget the reason for the holiday -- the brave men and women who protect us every day...
ARTifacts 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
Piccadilly Circus will offer two shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at Flickerwood Arena in Jackson on Wednesday. Piccadilly Circus is a production of Ice Capades. Free tickets have been distributed to area elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers and churches, and are also available at sponsoring businesses. Special buy one, get one free tickets are available online at www.TheFunCircus.com...
Rocking in the rock garden (05/25/12)
The city of Jackson is making sure one of its parks sounds as good as it looks next month. Jackson Parks will host a set of five Friday night concerts in June, with each concert starting at 7:30 p.m. The series, called Rock in the Rock Garden, is organized by members of Friends of the Park (who co-sponsors the concerts) and started in 2007 with only a few outdoor concerts in the city park's rock garden. ...
Best Bet 05/25/12 (05/25/12)
Discover the history of Downtown Cape Girardeau at the 2012 Historic Preservation Walking Tour at 6 p.m. Thursday. The tour will showcase historic buildings along Broadway. Some of these structures currently exist and some no longer exist. It will begin at the corner of Broadway and Pacific Street and continue east along Broadway to Middle Street. For more information, visit cityofcapegirardeau.org/historicpreservationmonth...
Take a minute to salute our heroes (05/25/12)
What does Memorial Day mean to you? A day off? The start of summer? Parades and picnics? The opening of public swimming pools? You can -- finally -- start wearing white shoes again? If public opinion surveys are accurate, many Americans don't know much about Memorial Day's purpose or history. That's a pity because it removes an important bond with those brave men and women who have given their lives in our nation's service...
Mary Ray (05/25/12)
Mary Elizabeth Jones Ray, 96, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Tamms, Ill., passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 4, 1915, in Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of Charles H. and Emma May Nix Jones. Mary was a former member of the Red Hat Society and former member of a homemakers extension club. She enjoyed oil painting, crafts and flowers...
Maxine Mayfield (05/25/12)
Maxine Mayfield, 85, of Vidor, Texas, longtime resident of Cape Girardeau, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum, with the Rev. Jeff Long officiating...
Darrell and Norma George (05/25/12)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Darrell D. George, 79, of Woodstock, Ga., formerly of Mound City, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. His wife, Norma Jean Kepner George, died May 11, 2010, in Marietta. George served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict...
George Moore (05/25/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- George Oliver Moore, 34, of Charleston died Friday, May 18, 2012, in Charleston. He was born Oct. 3, 1977, in Sikeston, Mo., to George A. Graham of Cape Girardeau and Rosie L. Moore Graham of Charleston. Moore was a 1996 graduate of Charleston High School. He was of the Baptist belief...
Bill Kitchen (05/25/12)
Bill Joe Kitchen, 77, of Cape Girardeau went to meet his lord Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, to Paul and Pearl Kneibert Kitchen. He and Nina J. Ratliff were married Sept. 14, 1952. She preceded him in death June 13, 1995. Bill married Betty Morrison Oct. 10, 1998...
Neil Crader (05/25/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Donald Neil Crader, 84, of Collierville, Tenn., formerly of Germantown, Tenn., passed away Friday, May 18, 2012, from complications of ALS. Crader was born in 1927 in Oran, Mo., to Luda Dillingham and Doctor Earl Crader. He spent most of his childhood in Diehlstadt, Mo., and graduated from Diehlstadt High School...
Births 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
Son to Lewis Arthur and Amanda Beth Hupp of Kewanee, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 12:06 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012. Name, Kohen Eli. Weight, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Fifth child, second son. Mrs. Hupp is the former Amanda Malone, daughter of Perry Freeman of Houston, Ark., and Bill Malone of Kewanee. Hupp is the son of Don and Julie Hupp of Benton, Mo. He is a delivery driver with Domino's Pizza...
Jackson police report 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
Retired Army Col. Richard Rice is the guest speaker before the largest audience ever assembled for a Memorial Day service since it was instituted by the Cape Girardeau County Joint Veterans Council 35 years ago; he spoke to a crowd of between 250 and 300 people at the county park; for the first time, an "Avenue of Flags," featuring 129 burial flags from deceased Cape Girardeau County veterans, waves on the breeze...
Neighborhood safety (05/25/12)
Oftentimes, with warmer weather also comes criminal mischief. Vandalism and burglaries have been reported recently in nice, quiet neighborhoods in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. The crimes don't appear to be related (thefts in Jackson appear more calculated; vandalism in Cape Girardeau appear more destructive), but there are some points to be taken away from the incidents...
Plant evacuations (05/25/12)
The Associated Press article "Evacuations, drills pared down near nuclear plants" [May 17, 2012] inaccurately described the changes to the emergency preparedness regulations for U.S. nuclear energy facilities that were unanimously approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year following six years of technical analysis, public comment and deliberation...
Speak Out 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
One of the reasons I love Speak Out is that it allows for well-deserved tributes to be paid to deserving individuals. For decades he has worked as a coach and teacher in the Cape Girardeau public school system. For years he was the head basketball coach of the Central Tigers, where he in my view did an absolutely outstanding job. ...
Prayer 5/25/12 (05/25/12)
O Heavenly Father, thank you for watching over us and drawing us close to you. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1964 GMC (05/25/12)
Make and model: 1964 GMC Owner(s): Daniel & Theresa Simpher Owner's hometown: New Hamburg, MO Atlantic Blue- 327 engine Air brushed mural of Clint Black commercial in the bed of truck My car's name: Old Blue I love short bed trucks and owned it since 1975. In 1992 Clint Black, while in Cape on Miller Lite Hard Way tour, used it in a designated driver commercial on County Road 520 above Fruitland off Hwy 61...
Tennis Classes for Youth, Teens and Adults (05/25/12)
Participants of all ages and skill levels can work on their tennis skills this summer with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. The instructor in all classes will provide a balance of instruction and practice. Emphasis will be on proper grip, stance, swing, serve and ball placement, as well as hitting with control for depth and power. Please bring your own tennis racket, water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear...
Sports Camps and Sports Conditioning -Register Now (05/25/12)
Sports camps and conditioning are available for ages 8 through 18 this summer with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. Sports Camp $30 Resident, $35 Non-resident Sports Camp provides children the opportunity to play a different sport each day. Sports include basketball, flag football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and kickball. Children will learn basic skills and rules of each sport, and end each day with a fun 'game.'...
Veteran-Led Service Project Seeks Volunteers (05/25/12)
For the second year in a row, The Mission Continues and FOX Sports Midwest are teaming up to facilitate three large-scale service projects in the region. The veteran-led "Summer Service Slam" will hit Cape Girardeau on Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. ...
Pee Wee Recreation Classes and Sports in Cape (05/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department has plenty of activities available for your child, ages 2 to 5, this summer. The pee wee classes listed below are open for registration now. Pee-Wee Playtime Two Sessions Available; Ages 2-5 $15 Resident, $20 Non-resident...
Painting, Drawing Classes for Ages 4-18 (05/25/12)
Children from ages four through 18 are invited to work on their painting and drawing skills with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department this summer. Painting and drawing classes run throughout the summer, and are open for registration now. See the list below for age groups, dates and deadlines...
Cooking Classes for Ages 3 to 12 (05/25/12)
Children, ages 3-12, can learn quick and easy cooking techniques this summer with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department through the following classes: Yummy Tummy Little chefs, ages 3 to 5, will explore the cooking world by learning to make nutritious and delicious treats and snacks. Participants will make items like parfaits, cupcakes and more. Register by June 4...
Youth Triathlon and Kid's Race on June 2 (05/25/12)
Children, ages 3 to 18, are invited to participate in the Youth Triathlon and Kid's Race on June 2 at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, the Gator Swim Team, Culver's and Enterprise Rent-A-Car...
Celebrate National Running Day on June 6 (05/25/12)
Celebrate National Running Day on June 6 with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department by participating in a recreational run or walk. All ages are invited to this free event. The National Running Day event will feature a kid's run; one mile, two mile and three mile run/walk; and a five-mile run along the riverfront...
Youth Catch and Release Fishing Day on June 2 (05/25/12)
The 24th Annual Youth Catch and Release Fishing Day hosted by the City's Parks and Recreation Department, the Cape Jaycees and the Missouri Conservation Department, will be June 2 from 8:30-11 a.m., at the Capaha Park Pond in Cape Girardeau. Children, ages one to 15, are invited to bring their own poles, tackle and bait to test their fishing skills. Prizes are given for the biggest and smallest fish caught, along with other unique awards. Lunch will be provided by the Cape Jaycees...
4H PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL YOUTH (05/25/12)
The Kids Rock 4-H Club had their monthly meeting in the Kelly Elementary gym. Starting things off like usual, the members said their pledges, talked about recent and upcoming events, and then went straight to work! They divided into project groups consisting of: Arts and Crafts, Cake Decorating, Physics, and Missouri Conservation Frontiers...
VIP Industries' Employees Cheer on the Cardinals (05/25/12)
On May 23rd, two chartered buses filled with 100 VIP Industries staff, employees, and invited guests headed to Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals beat the Padres.
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