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Stories from Friday, June 15, 2012

May sets revenue, attendance records at Cape Splash (06/15/12)
Record temperatures and more days of operation this May could be contributing factors that helped push Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center's revenue to new records. This May has been the water park's best attended and most profitable May on record, even topping its opening season in 2010, according to numbers provided by the city government, which operates the park...
SEMO's River Campus announces 2012-2013 season (06/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University River Campus has announced the lineup for its 2012-2013 season, which will again offer an array of performing arts events by professional touring companies as well as the school's faculty and students of music, theater and dance.
Proposed farm bill would end direct payments (06/15/12)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Changes to some USDA programs outlined in the farm bill now on the floor of the U.S. Senate may leave some Southeast Missouri farmers without a safety net. The half-trillion-dollar Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs act of 2012 seeks to save $23 billion in part by ending direct payments to farmers and modifying crop insurance programs. The five-year legislation would replace the current farm bill, which expires this fall...
Bloomfield officials cancel July 4 festival (06/15/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- After six years of heavily attended Independence Day festivals, the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen has elected not to host the event in 2012. Citing budgetary restraints, the board was questioned about the celebration at Monday night's meeting and gave a final no to its sponsorship...
More details emerge about Wednesday shootout in Jackson (06/15/12)
Court documents released to the public have revealed more details about a Wednesday afternoon shootout between police and a Jackson man. Prosecutors filed five felony charges against Lawrence Anthony Guthrie, 46, after he was involved in a shootout with law enforcement in the Broadridge subdivision, officials said...
Proposed Cape County ordinance intended to clear up confusion about speed limits (06/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission and the Cape Special Road District will host public hearings in July to set speed limits on a number of county roads. But most residents who drive the affected routes will not notice any changes because posted signs already reflect the recommended limits and the proposed "changes" will just make them more clearly enforceable...
Cape green board seeks focus group members (06/15/12)
The Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board is seeking Cape Girardeau residents to participate in its new education focus group. Members of the group will meet once a month and distribute information about ways to "go green" in Cape Girardeau. The group is open to everyone, and no application process is required...
Arkansas man gets 15 years for fatal Steele, Mo., shooting (06/15/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Jonesboro, Ark., man will spend 15 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter. Eric Dashawn Wilbourn, 20, entered the guilty plea before Judge Fred Copeland Tuesday on the amended charge of voluntary manslaughter...
Car hits bicyclist in Cape Girardeau (06/15/12)
An unidentified bicycle rider suffered injuries that police said were not life-threatening after a car struck her on Broadway on Thursday morning. About 10:40 a.m., the unidentified woman was riding westbound on Broadway when a westbound black Pontiac Grand Prix turned across her path into the parking lot at U Kwik Stop, 1700 Broadway, officer Jason Jurgens said...
State transportation committee to meet in Cape this month (06/15/12)
A committee formed to assess Missouri's transportation needs will meet in Cape Girardeau later this month to get public input. The Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri Transportation Needs will hold a public forum to discuss Missouri's transportation needs and explore possible solutions. The committee consists of 21 members from across the state, including business leaders, contractors and special interest groups...
Cape soccer field damaged (06/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is investigating damage to the city soccer fields done sometime between Monday at noon and Wednesday at noon. The fields' grass and dirt were damaged by tire tracks. The police currently have no suspects in custody...
Photos from Flag Day 2012 (06/15/12)
The Stars and Stripes flies at Freedom Corner in Capaha Park on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Flag Day was officially recognized in 1949 when President Harry S. Truman signed it into law. (Fred Lynch)
Five companies bid to grade Cape County road (06/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission accepted bids Thursday from five companies vying to grade County Road 401. Kinder Brothers Excavating of Dexter, Mo., bid $204,380, Eagle Excavating & Trucking LLC of Jackson bid $163,468, Tom Beussink Excavating Inc. of Jackson bid $143,958, Elmer Buchheit Construction of Friedheim, Mo., bid $131,020 and Jokerst Inc. of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., bid $170,835. The bids were passed along to the highway department for review and recommendation...
Candidate questionnaire: Bill Haas (06/15/12)
NAME: BILL (WILLIAM) HAAS AGE: 67 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cleveland, Ohio SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Tony, 22, math teacher; not currently married EDUCATION: Yale, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, English Harvard Law School certified in 5-12 math, abcte.org OCCUPATION:...
Candidate questionnaire: Steve Hodges (06/15/12)
NAME: Steve Hodges AGE: 63 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cape Girardeau, MO SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Spouse, Amy Children: James, Andrew, Adam EDUCATION: Graduate of East Prairie High School B.S. Business Administration, Southeast Missouri State University, 1971; Master of Business Administration, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1972...
Candidate questionnaire: Leo McElrath (06/15/12)
NAME: Leo E. McElrath III AGE: 63 PLACE OF BIRTH: St Louis, Missouri SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Paula E. McElrath-Wife Leo E. McElrath IV-Son EDUCATION: Initial law enforcement training at the Missouri Highway Patrol Academy, 27 years as a Missouri State Trooper receiving numerous annual training and specialty schools. Have attended National Sheriff's Academy in Denver, Colorado...
Route O in Bollinger County reduced for drainage repairs (06/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route O between Highway 72 and Route A in Bollinger County will be reduced Tuesday through Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Route BB in Stoddard County reduced for pavement work (06/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route BB from routes M to C in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane Monday and Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Pavement repairs reduce Route M in Stoddard County (06/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route M from Highway 25 to Route BB in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Gov. Nixon signs bill adding cellphones to No Call List (06/15/12)
LEMAY, Mo. -- For more than a decade, Missourians have been able to ban most telemarketing calls from their landline phones, a protection that has been extended to cellphones following a bill-signing ceremony Thursday.
Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest (06/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according to a new study billed as the first rigorous statistical look at the issue.
New Obama policy will spare some from deportation (06/15/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies...
Pentagon to mark gay pride month (06/15/12)
WASHINGTON -- Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. ...
NYC ban on big sodas could face legal test (06/15/12)
NEW YORK -- If New York City bans big sodas, what's next on the list? Large slices of pizza? Double-scoop ice cream cones? Tubs of movie-theater popcorn? The 16-ounce strip steak? The proposed crackdown on supersized drinks could face a legal challenge from those who oppose the first-in-the-nation rule and fear the city isn't going to stop with beverages...
Today in History (06/15/12)
Today is Friday, June 15, the 167th day of 2012. There are 199 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 15, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army...
Exhausted Nobel laureate falls ill during news conference (06/15/12)
BERN, Switzerland -- A rock star welcome greeted Aung San Suu Kyi as she embarked on her first trip to Europe in 24 years. But after a whirlwind of standing ovations, speeches and receptions, it all became too much, and she fell ill Thursday during a news conference in Switzerland...
Egypt court dissolves Islamist-led parliament (06/15/12)
CAIRO -- Judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament Thursday and ruled his former prime minister eligible for the presidential runoff election this weekend -- setting the stage for the military and remnants of the old regime to stay in power...
Crisis in Europe spreads; Merkel resistant (06/15/12)
MILAN -- A growing number of European countries are being squeezed by a financial vise just days before a Greek election that could escalate the region's political and economic turmoil. The rise of Italian and Spanish borrowing costs to alarming levels Thursday heaped pressure on leaders to prevent Europe's debt crisis from engulfing its largest countries. No grand solution appears imminent...
OPEC to keep 30 million barrel output target steady (06/15/12)
VIENNA -- OPEC oil ministers agreed Thursday to keep their production target steady, in a compromise meant to defuse rivalries between Iran and Saudi Arabia and to send a soothing message to economically troubled consuming nations. Oil prices have fallen more than 20 percent over the past two months, and a statement from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries citied "downside risks facing the global economy" and ample stocks of crude as being responsible for the trend...
Southeast Missouri State freshmen to compete at national track meet (06/15/12)
Farley and Smith will attempt to reach the IAAF World Junior Championships in Spain Southeast Missourian Two freshmen from the Southeast Missouri State track and field program will set foot on the national stage this weekend. Kevin Farley and Blake Smith head to Indiana University, the host site for the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships...
Scott County Junior Legion rallies for split (06/15/12)
The Scott County Junior Legion baseball team used a six-run seventh inning to win 8-7 and salvage a split of its home doubleheader against Perryville on Thursday. Dustin Gebhardt's two-run double capped the outburst and made a winner of relief pitcher Zane Eggimann...
Cardinals win deciding game in series with White Sox (06/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- David Freese had a good session during batting practice before Thursday night's game. The work paid off when it counted. Freese homered, doubled and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox...
CVC, Rams heading for arbitration over dome (06/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission are heading to arbitration over what to do about the Edward Jones Dome. The board that oversees the CVC voted Thursday to begin the arbitration process after the two sides remained far apart on plans to upgrade the dome. The CVC operates the dome and leases it to the NFL team...
Rams could call defense by committee (06/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly three months since the St. Louis Rams lost their defensive coordinator, there is seemingly no hurry for coach Jeff Fisher to define roles among the handful capable of filling the void. Fisher believes if the game plan is sound, it doesn't matter who makes the calls...
Cardinals sign top draft pick Wacha (06/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha, the St. Louis Cardinals' top pick in the draft, visited Busch Stadium after he signed his contract earlier Thursday. The right-pitcher from Texas A&M was the No. 19 overall pick in the draft. Wacha was taken with the pick the Cardinals earned as compensation from the Angels for the free-agent departure of Albert Pujols over the winter...
Louis Lorimier, downtown BirdieBall golf and more (06/15/12)
If you're interested in Cape Girardeau's history, this is the month for you. Take a look at James Baughn's blog at semissourian.com. This week's post provides wonderful background for learning more about Louis Lorimier, the French Canadian who is regarded as the founder of Cape Girardeau, even though the city is named for another French Canadian...
Places in the great outdoors to spend time with Dad (06/15/12)
This Father's Day, get closer to dad by getting away from everything else. If Dad (or Mom, for that matter) is the outdoorsy type, then consider reserving a spot at an area park or campground. "Some of my best experiences with my father are from camping trips. ...
ARTifacts 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
The Southeast Explorer bus, a 38-foot mobile teaching and learning center, will bring the Crisp Museum to the Riverside Regional Library in Jackson from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Missouri history exhibits and activities will be geared for grades three to six, but all ages are invited to drop in and learn about the state. Participation is free. The event is part of the 2012 Summer Reading Program at Riverside...
Best Bet 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
Enjoy some family time at The Cape Girardeau Public Library's "Drive-In" Matinee on Saturday. The movie for the afternoon will be "The Love Bug," which tells the story of Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle. The showing begins at 1 p.m., but children are invited to come early and bring a box to create a cardboard car. For more information, call 334-5279...
Def Leppard talks Tom Cruise, ‘Rock of Ages' (06/15/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Def Leppard has no shame. When it comes to riding the fur-covered, animal print-lined coattails of "Rock of Ages," the big-screen musical opening Friday about love and hair bands in the 1980s, the group isn't shying away from commandeering some of the film's spotlight to remind everyone they're still around, and they're still rockin'. "Rock of Ages" was, after all, the title of a Def Leppard hit long before it was a Broadway musical...
It's Father's Day ... no big deal (06/15/12)
As a new dad, I realized something -- nobody really makes a big deal out of Father's Day. But that's just fine with us, we're not sure we deserve a day, anyway. That's why we're able to laugh off bad gifts, like an ugly tie, a wrench or a half-eaten box of candy...
Jerry Hayes (06/15/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Jerry Marshall Hayes, 58, of Benton died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. There will be no service. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. www.amick-burnettfuneralchapels.com...
Charles Polach Jr. (06/15/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Charles S. Polach Jr., 69, of Anna died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, with the Rev. Federico Higuera officiating. Burial will be in Big Creek Cemetery in Anna...
Rita Todt (06/15/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Rita H. Todt, 87, of Oran passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Chaffee, Mo., to Robert J. and Mary Griffin Margrabe. She and Harold J. Todt were married June 1, 1948. He preceded her in death Sept. 24, 1985...
June Smith (06/15/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- June "Teen" Smith, 78, of Tamms died Thursday, June 14, 2011, at Day Star Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born in Thebes, Ill., May 26, 1934, daughter of Clyde and Mattie Pettit McBride. June was a member of Alexander Free Will Baptist Church. She was a past trustee of the village of Tamms. She worked at Tamms IGA and then as a teller at Capaha Bank...
Denver Sherman (06/15/12)
Denver D. Sherman, 79, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., formerly of Vergennes, Ill., died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, comforted by his wife, Donna, and three children, Tanya, Jim and Dawn. He was born July 29, 1932, in his family's rural Vergennes home, to August and Edith Stout Sherman...
Ruth Ann Kasten (06/15/12)
Ruth Ann Kasten, 81, of Jackson went to her eternal home Thursday, June 14, 2012. She passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Detroit, daughter of David C. and Anita Altenthal Eifert. She and R.C. Kasten were married Aug. 28, 1955, at Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City and were blessed with three children...
Dana Melbourne (06/15/12)
Dana "Chief" Melbourne, 58, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Tamms, Ill., died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Aug. 28, 1953, in Poplar, Mont., to Alfred and Cleo Speakswalking Melbourne. He married Jeanette Storm, who preceded him in death May 29, 2012...
Births 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
Son to Dalton Edward Foltz and Cierra Jacqueline Davis of Patton, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:53 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Name, Luke Edward. Weight, 5 pounds, 8 ounces. First child. Ms. Foltz is the daughter of Perry and Susan Davis of Patton. Foltz is the son of Jim and Traci Foltz of Sedgewickville, Mo. He is employed with Foltz Brothers Construction...
Jackson police and fire reports 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
An electrical storm with severe lightning and loud claps of thunder awakens residents early in the morning and causes some damage in the Cape Girardeau area; at least two homes here are struck by the lightning, which crackles overhead for nearly three hours...
Top of their class (06/15/12)
This is the time of year when we recognize high school valedictorians from 19 area high schools. Over the next several Thursdays, starting with yesterday's paper, the education page will highlight those at the top of their graduating class. These young people are quite impressive. ...
Speak Out 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
On June 9, I witnessed the American Legion Riders escort Leston Morrison, 95, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, to be laid to rest at Bollinger County Memorial Cemetery in Marble Hill, Mo. The Legion Riders did a superb job of exhibiting the honor and respect that Morrison deserved for his service to this country. Thank you, American Legion Riders, for preserving the dignity of our veteran heroes...
Prayer 6/15/12 (06/15/12)
O Father God, we give thanks to you in all things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Equipping Christians / Reaching Islam (06/15/12)
On June 19th, 2012 at 6:30pm, the Cape County Tea Party (CCTP) will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The meeting is called the Third Tuesday Tea Time and is held on the Third Tuesday of each month to continue the work to complete our Mission as stated below...
VBS at First Pentecostal of Cape (06/15/12)
Plan Now for VBS July 25-27 Ending in the Grand Finale 'KensPraise July 38 & 29. A summer family event called Babylon will be hosted at First Pentecostal Church from Wednesday, July 25 -- Friday, July 27 at 6:00 to 8:15 pm nightly. Children step back in time at Babylon, exploring Daniel's adventures as a captive in a foreign land. ...
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