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Jay Nixon signs bill in Cape to fund veterans homes (06/01/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon visited the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, signing legislation providing the state's seven veterans homes with a dedicated funding source.
Group wants to turn soon-to-be-abandoned rail into recreational trail (06/01/12)
A stretch of railroad from Gordonville to Delta planned for abandonment may find a new use. The Cape Girardeau County Commission heard Thursday from a group of trail enthusiasts and a representative from the city of Jackson who are looking into converting about 13 miles of tracks into a rails-to-trails project that would create a recreational area for cyclists, runners and hikers. But not everyone is excited about the prospect...
Jacque Waller disappeared from Jackson a year ago today (06/01/12)
Emotions are still raw for friends and family of Jacque Waller one year after the mother of triplets disappeared. Although her body has never been found, in April prosecutors filed a murder charge against her estranged husband, Clay Waller. Anybody who has had a loved one die unexpectedly can empathize with her family's loss, said Stan Rawson, Jacque Waller's father...
Cape Girardeau school budget may include pay raises (06/01/12)
Some staff of Cape Girardeau public schools may receive pay raises in the 2012-2013 school year if board members approve a proposal outlined by administrators during a special meeting held Thursday. The board will approve the district's budget for the coming school year at its regular meeting set for June 18...
Nearly 300 model aircraft fliers expected at Cape Girardeau event (06/01/12)
Model airplanes doing precision acrobatic stunts are filling Galaxy Park in Cape Girardeau for the fifth annual 3D Fly-Low-In. The event at 441 Gizmo Lane off Big Bend Road began at 9 a.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday. Nearly 300 model aircraft fliers from all over the country are expected. ...
Cape Girardeau County awards highway department bids (06/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission awarded bids on two highway department projects Thursday and agreed to allow private developers to pave a small portion of public road at no expense to the county.
Bloomfield teen hurt in ATV wreck (06/01/12)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Bloomfield, Mo., teen sustained serious injuries in an ATV accident Wednesday six miles south of Greenville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Andrew T. Bond, 16, was a passenger in a 1997 John Deer Gator ATV driven by Claude E. Clinton, 17, of Greenville, when the ATV left the roadway and struck a utility pole...
Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with tractor west of Jackson (06/01/12)
A motorcycle rider was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when he attempted to pass a farm tractor just as it turned off a rural road west of Jackson, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. About 1:35 p.m., Tommy J. Sousley, 47, of Millersville was eastbound on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Missouri Highway 72, about eight miles west of Jackson, when he attempted to pass an eastbound Case tractor on the road, the patrol said...
Repairs close beaches at Cape Co., St. Joseph parks (06/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Swimming beaches at two Missouri state parks will remain closed while the parks undergo construction and repairs. Last year's flooding along the Missouri River in northwestern Missouri caused extensive damage at Lewis and Clark State Park near St. Joseph. The park's day-use areas have reopened, but the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the campground and swimming beach are still closed...
Corps of Engineers awards $20M in contracts to fix Birds Point levee (06/01/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it has awarded $20 million worth of contracts to three firms to repair the Birds Point levee, which was intentionally breached last year to alleviate flooding on the Mississippi River...
Vermeil stars in new TV ads for SS United States (06/01/12)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former NFL coach Dick Vermeil is starring in a new public service campaign for the legendary ocean liner SS United States. Vermeil makes a personal appeal to save the ship in the ads, which will be distributed to television stations in connection with the 60th anniversary this year of the launch of the world's fastest ocean liner...
Going green not easy for owners of historic buildings (06/01/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man's effort to put solar panels on the roof of his bar is meeting with some resistance, highlighting a problem that is occurring around the country. Bob Hiscox owns the Soulard Bastille Bar in St. Louis' Soulard neighborhood. Soulard is a local and national historic district and does not allow visible panels, regardless of the environmental benefits...
St. Louis license office's contract withdrawn (06/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Revenue Department says a contract has been withdrawn for a member of the St. Louis County Council to operate a state license office. The contract for the Maplewood license office went to Kathleen Burkett. In a statement Thursday, the Revenue Department said she failed to satisfy financial assurances required in its proposal. Revenue officials gave no other details...
NYC mayor proposes ban on large sodas at restaurants (06/01/12)
NEW YORK -- Want to super-size that soda? Sorry, but in New York City you could be out of luck. In his latest effort to fight obesity in this era of Big Gulps and triple bacon cheeseburgers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing an unprecedented ban on large servings of soda and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters...
Private capsule returns to Earth (06/01/12)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration...
Defense of Marriage Act may go to high court (06/01/12)
BOSTON -- A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples...
Thousands take part in tsunami drill in coastal Ore. town (06/01/12)
COOS BAY, Ore. -- Several thousand Oregon Coast residents on alert after last year's devastating earthquake in Japan took part in their first tsunami evacuation drill Thursday, stopping what they were doing and walking uphill to assembly points where volunteers handed out bottles of water and grab-bags of essentials...
Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case (06/01/12)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Edwards' campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial Thursday when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president...
Today in History (06/01/12)
Today is Friday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2012. There are 213 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 1, 1912, Paramount Pictures had its beginnings as Adolph Zukor incorporated the Famous Players Film Co., which later merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co...
AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40 (06/01/12)
TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) -- In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing "Too hot! Too hot!" as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village. She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted through her clothes and layers of skin like jellied lava...
German hostage killed during Nigeria raid (06/01/12)
KANO, Nigeria -- Kidnappers stabbed a captive German engineer to death Thursday as soldiers unaware of the hostage's presence raided a home in northern Nigeria, officials said, five months after his abduction by proclaimed al-Qaida-linked terrorists...
Syrian officials blame rebel fighters for Houla massacre (06/01/12)
BEIRUT -- Syria on Thursday blamed up to 800 rebel fighters for the massacre in central Syria last week that killed more than 100 people, nearly half of them children, in its most comprehensive explanation to date of the bloodshed. The narrative contradicted accounts of witnesses who blamed "shabiha" or the shadowy gunmen who operate on behalf of President Bashar Assad's regime. ...
Oran baseball team defeats Sturgeon to place third in Class 1 (06/01/12)
The Oran baseball team captured third place in Class 1 for the second consecutive season.
Oran baseball team is optimistic about next year (06/01/12)
Oran only started three seniors at the Class 1 final four
Reinagel will play softball at Southeast Missouri State (06/01/12)
Former Notre Dame Regional High School star Lauren Reinagel signed a letter of intent to play softball at Southeast Missouri State.
Southeast Missouri State Moses earns All-American baseball honor (06/01/12)
The Redhawks senior was selected second-team Louisville Slugger All-American
Capahas bring new look into season (06/01/12)
The Plaza Tire Capahas baseball team opens its season tonight at Capaha Field.
101 Fun Things to Do: Holiday Highlights (06/01/12)
Southeast Missouri's communities know how to celebrate. Fireworks for July 4th and Santa Claus coming to town are just the beginning.
101 Fun Things to Do: Nature Lovers (06/01/12)
Hiking, biking, fishing and boating are just a few of the activities the Southeast Missouri area offers outdoor enthusiasts.
101 Fun Things to Do: Family Fun (06/01/12)
Fun outings suitable for the entire family
101 Fun Things to Do: On the Town (06/01/12)
Whether it's hitting the golf course or admiring artwork in a gallery, there's plenty to entertain you in Southeast Missouri and the surrounding area.
101 Fun Things to Do: History Buffs (06/01/12)
From museums to historic architecture, Southeast Missouri and the surrounding area showcases the past.
101 Fun Things to Do: Community Connections (06/01/12)
Mark your calendars and get ready to attend these noteworthy annual events in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois
101 Fun Things to Do: Out of Town (06/01/12)
Sometimes, you just want to head out of town. Luckily, there are cities and towns just a short drive away that are suitable for day trips or long weekends, family fun or getaways with your special someone. Check out our city guides for a sampling of what these destinations have to offer...
And the answer is ... (06/01/12)
I have spent most of my life asking questions. That's what newspaper folks do for a living. I'm also a curious person. Over the years, I've been asked a few questions too. To me, some of the questions have been funny -- funny enough to remember for years and years...
John Latini returns to perform at Tunes at Twilight tonight (06/01/12)
Tunes at Twilight will be adding a little blues to go with its folk sensibilities tonight. John Latini, who also performed during last year's Tunes at Twilight spring/summer series, is an award winning singer and songwriter, and was the Detroit Blues Challenge Champion in 2008 and 2009. Latini is known for his clever, literate songs and powerful vocals with a hard-driving guitar style...
Best Bet 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
The Jackson City Park band shell will be the place to be for percussion fans Thursday. The Jackson Municipal Band will be joined by the Southeast Missouri State Steel Drum Band for an extended concert. The Steel Drum Band, directed by Dr. Shane Mizicko, will play at 7 p.m. The Jackson Municipal Band, directed by Scott Vangilder, will perform at 8 p.m. This is just one performance in the bands summer lineup. For a full schedule, visit jacksonmunicipalband.org...
Area artist creates using found objects (06/01/12)
Rochelle Steffen has been a part of First Friday for a long time. Her work has been in nearly every local gallery and has featured a variety of subject matters. But even though she has many fans of her work, she has never had her own show … until now...
First Friday receptions 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS The Artist Studio New work by Judy Barks-Westrich will be featured. Reception from 5 to 9 p.m. 38A N. Main St.; 651-4464 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Works by local mixed-media artists Rochelle Steffen and Elizabeth Thomas will be on display. The show features solo exhibits by both artists. The Visual Arts Co-op will exhibit new works from members. Reception from 5 to 9 p.m...
June is known for summer blockbusters (06/01/12)
The summer movie season is here again, and June releases look to be what we've all come to expect from summer films: lots of superheroes, comedies, remakes, sequels and big budgets. Here's my small rundown of what's in store for moviegoers this month...
ARTifacts 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
Colorado-based "modern acoustic" quartet Head for the Hills will perform at Port Cape in Cape Girardeau tonight, with The Big Idea opening the show. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit headforthe-hillsmusic.com...
Summerfest will showcase Scott City (06/01/12)
The 36th annual Scott City Summerfest kicked off Thursday night with the opening of the fair grounds and illusionist Chad Bles. But the main events of the festival, which runs through Saturday, are coming to Scott City Park this weekend. Scott City Parks Department director Phyllis Crump said the summer carnival is an important event for community development...
Rev. Paul Joseph (06/01/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. Paul Patrick Joseph, 84, of Perryville died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Monday at Mary Mother of God Chapel of the Vincentian Residence in Perryville...
Jerry VanDover (06/01/12)
Jerry Lynn VanDover, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Landmark Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Hank Niemann (06/01/12)
Henry Earl "Hank" Niemann, 81, of Gordonville passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 4, 1930, in Gordonville, son of Henry Herman and Clara Elizabeth Sandvos Niemann. He and Mary Schweain Tilley were married May 20, 1998. She passed away Jan. 18, 2011...
Ralph DeBrock (06/01/12)
Ralph J. DeBrock, 68, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his home in Jackson. He was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Blomeyer, Mo., to Fred and Martha Vandeven DeBrock. He and Berneice Koenig were married June 18, 1966. Ralph attended school at Leopold, Mo. ...
Cornelia Clements (06/01/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cornelia M. Clements, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born May 23, 1926, at Apple Creek, Mo., to Louis and Dorothy Buchheit Hennemann. She and Oscar B. "Doc" Clements were married June 10, 1950, at Apple Creek. He preceded her in death April 23, 2002...
Melba Ruhl (06/01/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Melba Jean Stevenson Ruhl, 72, of Springfield, Ill., passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Greenbrier, Mo., daughter of Wilbur and Elsie Crites Robins. She and John Ruhl were married March 22, 2003, in Advance...
James Baker (06/01/12)
James Charles Baker, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Des Peres Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. He was born March 26, 1929, in Advance, Mo., to Eddie and Reva Marie Bond Baker. He and Anna Belle McClain were married Sept. 5, 1947, at Arbor, Mo...
Rena Ellis (06/01/12)
Rena Ellis, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born March 25, 1913, to Bert Raymond and Lula Jane Newby Ellis. Rena was preceded in death by all her siblings. Most recent was Ruth Dempster of Fresno, Calif., who died May 4, 2012. Her other siblings were Sybil Firkovich (Doc), Margaret Hubbard (Chester), Claude Ellis (Dolly) and Ray Ellis...
Mamie Bachmann (06/01/12)
Mamie L. Kraemer Bachmann, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Scott City, to Fred W. and Laura H. Windeknecht Kraemer. Mamie was a member of Hanover Lutheran Church. She worked at Campbell Mattress Co. more than 30 years...
Births 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
Son to Randy Scott and Brandy Ruth Ratcliff of Patton, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:21 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012. Name, Remington Gauge. Weight, 2 pounds, 11 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Ratcliff is the former Brandy Hays, daughter of Ruth Hays and James Hays of Patton. Ratcliff is the son of Ron and Rachal Ratcliff of Perryville, Mo., and Mike and Shirley Bollinger of Marble Hill, Mo. He is a logger...
Jackson police and fire report 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
Wet Gene's Water Slide, along U.S. 61 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, has reopened under the name LicketySplit Water Slide; its new owner is Phillip "Bud" Leuckel of Cape Girardeau. The Lutheran Home on Bloomfield Road is expanding; the new wing will add 60 beds...
Claire's story (06/01/12)
Claire Culwell had a rough start to life. Her mother, at the age of 13, became pregnant and chose to have an abortion, not knowing she was carrying twins. One of the twins died in the procedure. Claire, who wasn't known to exist, survived. When Claire was discovered the pregnancy was too far along for a second abortion. ...
Speak Out 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
The white lines on Independence Street at the intersection of Kingshighway need to be repainted. A recent caller suggested that President Obama should spend more time touting his accomplishments. You have to be kidding! He brags incessantly that he got Osama bin Laden. ...
Prayer 6/1/12 (06/01/12)
O Heavenly Father, may those who mourn experience your comfort. Amen.
Free Electronics Recycling Event in Cape Girardeau (06/01/12)
Why pay to dispose of your electronics when you can have them recycled for free? Virtually anything with a cord or battery can be recycled during the Free Electronics Recycling Event on June 9 at the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department. Free Electronics Recycling Event...
Calla Lily's In Bloom (06/01/12)
What could be more beautiful than the arrival of the Calla Lily's gracing our gardens. I must plant many more colors this fall. They are so awesome in an flower arrangement.
Much to be desired (06/01/12)
Photo was taken yesterday evening at the corner of High and Larch Streets in Jackson. The scattered storms left much to be desired for the area.
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