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Stories from Monday, June 4, 2012

Deer hunting opponents considering initiative petition (06/04/12)
As the Cape Girardeau City Council moves ahead with plans to implement an urban deer hunting program, the leader of the group that opposes it says he's done trying to reason with them. He's considering taking his case to voters. "I'm thinking if they are really hard headed enough to push this through, that's probably going to have to be our next step," said Stephen Stigers, who leads Cape Friends of Wildlife. ...
Rep. Emerson celebrates service academy nominations Sunday (06/04/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, right, poses for a photo at Celebrations in Cape Girardeau Sunday, June 3, 2012 with the three Eighth Congressional District students she nominated to the nation's service academies. ...
Committee weighing options for MoDOT (06/04/12)
How important are good roads to you? This is one of several questions the Blue Ribbon Citizen's Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs is asking Missourians to think about. Dexter's City Administrator Mark Stidham co-chairs the committee alongside Rod Jetton and Bill McKenna as well as 18 others from across the state...
Youngsters fishing around Sunday at Cape County Park North (06/04/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Crystal Ellison helps her nephew Izzy cast into the pond at Cape County Park North Sunday afternoon, June 3, 2012. Ellison said they had caught 3 fish in just 45 minutes....
Man arrested after allegedly shooting stepson (06/04/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A shooting victim is in St. Francis Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound and the suspect in the shooting is in the Butler County Jail. About 11 p.m. Friday, Butler County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported domestic dispute between a father and his stepson at a residence at 50 Haystack Lane...
Hanover Lutheran Church votes to save one-room schoolhouse (06/04/12)
In April, the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission included Hanover Lutheran School as one of the city's 10 most endangered buildings as the church that owned it weighed its fate. Looks like the old one-room school house can be taken off the list...
Mud volleyball returns to Jackson's July 4 celebration (06/04/12)
The City of Jackson Independence Day Celebration Committee has worked since last year to figure out what will attract more people to City Park on July 4. A more elaborate fireworks display, a beer garden and the much-anticipated return of mud volleyball are planned as part of a full day of holiday events...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Meeting, 7 p.m. today Items for discussion...
Analysis: Vet homes get money, others lose it (06/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited every veterans nursing home in the state this past week to proclaim the good news: A new law will provide a dedicated funding source for the state-run homes, ensuring that aging and ailing military heroes can receive the care they need for years to come...
Mo. bill targets parents facing ‘poverty trap' (06/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While most people would welcome a pay raise, the idea terrifies some Missouri parents who stand to lose thousands of dollars a month in day care subsidies if their incomes increase even the slightest bit. To address the problem, the legislature passed a bill on the final day of the session that creates a pilot program geared toward parents who often have to turn down raises because the loss of child care help would be devastating. ...
U.S. democracy aid went to favored groups in Egypt (06/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- Two months before Egyptian police stormed the offices of U.S.-backed democracy organizations last year, seven Egyptian employees resigned from one of the American groups to protest what they called undemocratic practices. They complained that the U.S. ...
Poll: Voters turn against California bullet train (06/04/12)
LOS ANGELES -- A new poll finds California voters are experiencing buyers' remorse over a proposed $68 billion bullet train project, as the number of lawsuits against the rail system grows. Fifty-five percent of voters want to see the high-speed rail bond issue that was approved in 2008 back on the ballot, and 59 percent say they would now vote against it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey published Saturday...
Bank robber had to be cut from air duct, police authorities said (06/04/12)
OAK LAWN, Ill. -- A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday. Charles Estell, 38, was found early Sunday hiding in an air duct in an office next to the bank, according to Oak Lawn police spokesman Michael Kaufmann...
Gas prices are silver lining as economy weakens (06/04/12)
There's some good news behind the discouraging headlines on the economy: Gas is getting cheaper. At least two states had stations selling gas for $2.99 on Friday. A plunge in oil prices has knocked more than 30 cents off the price of a gallon of gas in most parts of the U.S. since early April. The national average is now $3.61. Experts predict further declines in the next few weeks...
Today in History (06/04/12)
Today is Monday, June 4, the 156th day of 2012. There are 210 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific...
Syrian leader likens bloody crackdown to surgery (06/04/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient. In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing international criticism of his ferocious response to the 15-month-old revolt against his rule, which has killed up to 13,000 people, according to activist groups. ...
Pitching carries Capahas baseball team past Perryville (06/04/12)
Jason Chavez jokes that he's "29 going on 40." But Chavez still has a youthful right arm, which he displayed during Sunday's opener of a doubleheader between the host Plaza Tire Capahas and Perryville Longhorns. Chavez pitched a one-hit shutout to help the Capahas roll 8-0. They completed the sweep with an 11-1 romp. Both games were scheduled for seven innings, but the nightcap was stopped in the bottom of the sixth because of the 10-run rule...
Summer baseball roundup 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
The Ford & Sons Cape Girardeau Senior American Legion Post 63 baseball team hit two home runs and beat visiting Marion (Ark.) 6-3 on Sunday. Cape's victory was part of the inaugural Ford & Sons Showcase at Central High School that featured seven games over two days...
Niese, Mets prolong Cardinals' offensive woes (06/04/12)
NEW YORK -- Jonathon Niese struck out a career-high 10 over six scoreless innings, and the New York Mets shut down the slumping St. Louis Cardinals for the third straight game. The Mets got a homer and three RBIs from rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis in a 6-1 victory Sunday night...
Amateur baseball draft should feature local flavor (06/04/12)
Southeast Missouri State should be represented well during baseball's amateur draft that begins today with the first round, followed by rounds two through 15 on Tuesday and rounds 16 through 40 on Wednesday. Junior pitcher Shae Simmons is a virtual lock to be selected. Baseball America has the Scott City High School graduate ranked as the 446th best draft prospect, which could place him in the top 15 rounds or so...
Cape River Heritage Museum houses links to Southeast Missouri history (06/04/12)
The building that houses the Cape River Heritage Museum is a piece of history itself. "The building used to be a police and fire station," says John Holcomb, president of the museum's board. "It was built in 1908 and used until the police moved to a new station at Sprigg and Independence (streets)."...
Reverse mortgages are one source of income after retirement (06/04/12)
At this point in your life, you've probably already paid off your home mortgage or are close to it. If you've reached this stage and wish you had some of that money available for other expenses, a reverse mortgage might be an option. With a regular mortgage, you borrow money to buy a house, then make monthly payments and watch the balance go down. A reverse mortgage is just the opposite: You receive payments from the lender, and your balance goes up...
Places to learn arts and crafts in Cape Girardeau (06/04/12)
Ever find yourself saying, "I wish I had a talent," or "I'm terrible with arts and crafts?" Wish no more. Whether you're just beginning or a little more advanced, several Cape Girardeau shops provide opportunities to flex your creative muscles. Creative Ewe Pottery...
The Red Hat Society is a way of life for members of all ages (06/04/12)
We've all seen them. Groups of ladies "of a certain age" donning bright red hats and purple clothing. They pop up at restaurants, concerts and shopping malls, among other places. We've also seen the Red Hat merchandise, from lapel pins to Christmas ornaments to luggage tags, for sale in boutiques and catalogs...
Senior centers have a constant -and critical - need for volunteers (06/04/12)
Your local senior center is more than a place to have lunch. It's a place to share stories and memories, talk current events and get to know your peers. Whether you come to eat or hang out all afternoon, senior centers have plenty of hands-on activities: A weekly craft group makes table decorations to brighten the center's dining room, and a quilting group makes quilts that are raffled off at fundraisers. ...
Talking to doctor, pharmacist important before taking supplements, vitamins (06/04/12)
Some claim to make you look and feel younger. Others boast of improving health, spurring weight loss or leading to a longer life. The supplement and vitamin aisle can be an overwhelming place. Pharmacists Abe Funk of John's Pharmacy and Kevin Wood of Broadway Prescription Shop offer some tips for finding the right vitamins and supplements...
Turkish pianist charged with insulting Islam (06/04/12)
ANKARA, Turkey -- A Turkish court Friday formally charged an internationally known pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter. The court in Istanbul voted to approve an indictment against Fazil Say, who has played piano with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, National Orchestra of France and Tokyo Symphony...
Talking shop with Don Illers, owner of Illers Top of the Hill Berry Farm (06/04/12)
Although Illers Top of the Hill Berry Farm in Millersville is only open for picking a few weeks each year, it's a year-round job for Don Illers. "You prune, you spray, you fertilize, there's something to do just about all year long. There's more than people realize," said Illers, who's been growing berries for 31 years...
Christian consignment book store is open in Jackson (06/04/12)
Simply Lovely Artistry & His Blessings Books Consignment Shop is now open at 3184 High Street at Hubble Creek Antiques in Jackson. The shop features crafts, collectibles and home decor, as well as new and used Christian books. "My family makes all different types of scarves and keepsake items," said owner Sara Bohnert of Altenberg, Mo. "People give us their old clothing; we make a remembrance for a person by turning their things into things they can wear or use to decorate their home."...
People on the Move 06/04/12 (06/04/12)
Belladona Salon & Spa has added several new employees to their City Centre location. Among these additions are: stylist Christie Lind, who is certified colorist for Italy Hair Color; esthetician Martha Parsons-Wakin; makeup artist Ashley Taylor; and licensed massage therapist Debbera Miller. Carissa Heath has also joined the staff at the Park West Centre location. She is a stylist, nail technician and makeup artist...
Basil Barnes (06/04/12)
Basil "Mr. B" Barnes, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. To leave online condolences, visit www.crainsonline.com.
Alberta Heimbaugh (06/04/12)
Alberta Mae Heimbaugh, 89, went to her eternal heavenly home Friday, June 1, 2012. Alberta passed away at her home of more than 60 years. She was the ninth child of Louis J. and Elizabeth Mueller Riske, born May 5, 1923, at Elmont, Mo. She had eight sisters and two brothers...
William Vaughan Jr. (06/04/12)
William M. "Jack" Vaughan Jr., 90, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Vaughan was born June 28, 1921, in Vermillion County, Ind., to William M. and Mabel Willis Vaughan. He and Erma Jean Malugen were married March 31, 1967, at Sikeston, Mo...
Births 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
Son to Michael Lee and Diane Marie Huntington of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:05 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2012. Name, Samuel Edmond. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Huntington is the former Diane Griffith, daughter of Robert Griffith and Mary Griffith of Cape Girardeau. She is a teacher at Immaculate Conception School. Huntington is the son of Carol Magoc of St. Louis. He is manager at Phoenicia...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
Three of five park fee measures were approved by Cape Girardeau voters Tuesday in an election marked by confusion over vote totals in which the outcome changed three times; 17 hours after the initial tabulation of votes, the final outcome was announced; measures to increase golf course and Arena Building usage fees and to establish recreation program fees were approved...
Oran baseball (06/04/12)
The Oran High School baseball team no doubt felt the weight of its town on its shoulders. Making the school's 11th appearance in a state's final four, the Eagles desperately wanted to bring home the school's first state title. Like the teams before it, Oran's baseball team came up just a bit short. Oran lost 3-2 in the state semifinal (in extra innings, no less) before winning the third-place game a day later...
Speak Out 6/4/12 (06/04/12)
On the 29th, I left my purse when leaving Qdoba. Two young women caught up to me to return it, and I was so rattled by leaving it, I forgot to say thank you. Thank you very much! I think everyone would agree this telemarketing needs to stop. There are people who need to sleep through the day and other factors. This nonsense needs to stop...
Prayer 6/4/2012 (06/04/12)
O Father God, may we walk in the light as you are in the light. Amen.
Paid election letter: Parker is the true conservative (06/04/12)
Well, Jo Ann Emerson did it again. She was the only Missouri Republican to vote to keep the union monopoly on military contracts. It's our money and I would like to have contracts done by the lowest competent bidder -- union or not. Jo Ann also co-sponsored the bill that will bail out bankrupt union pensions. I don't care what kind of benefits a union negotiates, just don't make me pay for them...
Abram the Dog - Watercolor Artist (06/04/12)
I met an extraordinary artist this month. His name is Abram, and Abram is a 2 year old Rottweiler from Scott City Missouri that is showing his watercolor paintings at The Painted Wren Gallery for the month of June. I did not know what to expect on hearing about the paintings that a local dog in the area did watercolor paintings. ...
Revamping the Rose Garden in Cape Girardeau (06/04/12)
Barb Blanchard's love for gardening stemmed from picking bouquets of flowers from her grandmother's English flower garden when she was a little girl. Blanchard is the co-chair of the Rose Garden Board of Directors and has volunteered her time to the Rose Garden in Capaha Park since 1969, becoming one of its biggest advocates and keeping the City of Roses true to its former name...
Lazy CATurday (06/04/12)
Maxx might be one of the most relaxed cats in all of Southeast Missouri. He looks like a giant marshmallow and acts like one as well. One of Maxx's favorite thing to do is sleep. He does it quite well. He also is an avid mouse hunter and laser chaser. This could be one of the reasons why he sleeps so much. He does scratch the furniture sometimes, but it's hard to stay mad at a cross-eyed, lovable feline!...
Bill's Garden (06/04/12)
Bill was asked to plant thousands of bulbs for a friend, and this is what she sees outside her front windows. Awesome!
So Tiny (06/04/12)
A newly hatched baby Cardinal in the yard of Fred and Sherry Lange. We will all watch this tiny baby bird grow into a beautiful adult Cardinal.
Future paleontologist (06/04/12)
Mason has set his eyes on being a paleontologist since the age of two!
TN Aquarium picture says it all (06/04/12)
This makes me want to be a kid again to see the world in their eyes.
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