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Stories from Monday, July 30, 2012

Meeting on interchange proposal in Scott City coming up (07/30/12)
Construction resumed last week on the Ramsey Creek Corridor, as highway officials prepared to hold a briefing on a proposed interchange south of Scott City. The open-house community briefing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the city hall, 215 Chester Ave., to discuss construction of an interchange south of Scott City, part of the Missouri Department of Transportion's three-phase effort to ease congestion in the city...
Bicyclist struck by car, killed in Perryville (07/30/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The sun may have been a factor in the death of a 71-year-old Perryville man in a bicycle accident Friday evening, officials said. About 7 p.m., Robert Pinar and his wife were riding their bicycles southbound on Highway 51 in south Perryville, when they approached a disabled car on the side of the road, Perry County coroner Herbert E. Miller said. Pinar road his bicycle into the southbound traffic to go around the vehicle and a southbound car struck him, Miller said...
151st GOP candidates say they are fighting for community's future (07/30/12)
Two Republican candidates for Missouri's 151st District of the House of Representatives say their worries about the future in their communities are prompting their first-time efforts to be elected to office. Bob Thrower of Dexter, Mo., a longtime military man and former small business owner, said he wants to see major changes in the education system, better management of money spent in prisons and make Missouri a "business-friendly state." Problems he sees with non-accredited school districts, the costs associated with housing prisoners and state and regional economies he calls "stagnant" are major concerns to him, he said.. ...
Neelys Landing shooting defendants back in court this week (07/30/12)
The two men charged in a 2011 shooting that cost a Cape Girardeau man the use of his left eye are both expected to be back in a courtroom this week -- one to face a judge, the other a jury. Judge William Syler is set to sentence Jimmy Ray Bell at 2 p.m. ...
Voters in Scott and Mississippi counties confused by mailings (07/30/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Junk mail urging residents to register to vote is causing confusion among those who have already registered, according to area election officials, while those responsible for the mailings say the results are worth it. Scott County clerk Rita Milam said her office has received numerous calls regarding voter registration cards received in the mail by county residents...
Building in downtown Kennett evacuated due to mold (07/30/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The building in Kennett that houses the public defender's and juvenile offices has been closed down because of black mold, Dunklin County officials said. The mold was discovered in late June after a ongoing water leak from the air conditioning drain and a roof leak...
Charleston man arrested for home invasion (07/30/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An arrest has been made in connection with a home invasion in Charleston on Saturday night. George Johnson, 23, of Charleston was arrested Sunday, Charleston Department of Public Safety director Robert E. Hearnes said in a news release...
Two charged with felony possession of marijuana in Dexter (07/30/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man and woman were arrested Friday for alleged possession of marijuana. On Friday, the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and the Dexter Police Department served a search warrant at a home in Dexter, according to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner...
Illinois expects to save $57M from closing facilities (07/30/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed closures of several state facilities written into the current fiscal year budget frees up about $57 million. Read the entire story at www.thesouthern.com. Pertinent address: Tamms, Ill. Murphysboro, Ill. Carbondale, Ill.
Meet Bull, a 13-year-old bull snake at Trail of Tears (07/30/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Betty Vogelsang shows a 13-year-old bull snake named Bull to Peyton Lintner, 10, of Pocahontas on Sunday at Trail of Tears State Park. ...
Missouri narcotics unit featured in new reality TV show (07/30/12)
UNION, Mo. -- Franklin County's longstanding battle against methamphetamine production may make reality TV stars out of some of its law enforcement officers. A camera crew on Monday will begin trailing members of the county narcotics unit for three weeks as officers investigate suspected meth labs and suspects for a new cable show called "Methbusters," the Washington Missourian reported...
Catholic schools see marketing aid enrollment (07/30/12)
LOS ANGELES -- After 97 years, Our Lady of Lourdes School was closing -- enrollment had dwindled to just 35 children last year at what was once one of the West Coast's biggest Catholic schools. But with a new principal who knocked on doors, offered Xbox video game consoles to kids who brought in a friend, and recruited families who lost their bid in a charter school lottery, the East Los Angeles school stayed open -- 132 pupils are registered for this fall...
Colorado theater lacked security, unlike some peers (07/30/12)
DENVER -- The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."...
Friend: Md. man held in shooting plot gentle giant (07/30/12)
WASHINGTON -- To his friends, Neil E. Prescott was a "gentle giant" -- a physically towering young man with a background in computers and electronics and a sarcastic, even biting, sense of humor that people close to him knew to shrug off as innocuous...
Rev. Jesse Jackson: There's no timetable on son's recovery (07/30/12)
CHICAGO -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is "no timetable" as his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., recovers from depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The elder Jackson spoke to reporters Saturday outside a downtown Chicago movie theater. The civil rights leader was with protesters in support of a ban on assault weapons...
Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad (07/30/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two tech titans will square off in federal court today in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smart phone and computer tablet markets. Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year alleging the world's largest technology company's smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products. ...
Today in History (07/30/12)
Today is Monday, July 30, the 212th day of 2012. There are 154 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 30, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" -- WAVES for short...
Iran urges baby boom (07/30/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's new message to parents: Get busy and have babies. In a major reversal of once far-reaching family planning policies, authorities are now slashing its birth-control programs in an attempt to avoid an aging demographic similar to many Western countries that are struggling to keep up with state medical and social security costs...
Panetta says Syria's Assad hastening own demise (07/30/12)
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of helicopter gunships to counter a civil uprising will prove to be "a nail in Assad's coffin," U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday at the outset of a five-day Mideast tour. While giving no indication that the Obama administration is contemplating military intervention, Panetta said it is increasingly clear that the Syrian crisis is deepening and that Assad is hastening his own demise...
In Israel, Mitt Romney declares Jerusalem to be the capital (07/30/12)
JERUSALEM -- Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability...
Romanian referendum invalid due to low turnout (07/30/12)
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romanian election officials declared late Sunday that a referendum to impeach the nation's president on grounds that he overstepped his authority had failed because of low voter turnout. The Central Election Bureau put the voter turnout in Sunday's referendum on President Traian Basescu at 45.92 percent, with a 3 percent margin of error. ...
Zone 4 American Legion baseball: Rain washes out championship game (07/30/12)
The Zone 4 Senior American Legion baseball tournament will have to wait an extra day to crown its champion. And that won't happen in Cape Girardeau. Sunday's scheduled championship round of the five-team, double-elimination event at Capaha Field was rained out...
Redhawks football team sits in familiar position in OVC preseason poll (07/30/12)
The Southeast Missouri State football team should feel comfortable with the Ohio Valley Conference's preseason poll released last week. Southeast was picked to finish seventh among nine squads based on voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
Capahas baseball team set to open National Baseball Congress World Series play (07/30/12)
The Plaza Tire Capahas have not fared well during recent trips to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. Longtime manager Jess Bolen's squad will try to turn that around today during the team's 31st consecutive appearance at the prestigious amateur baseball tournament...
Area calendar 7/30/12 (07/30/12)
Golf T.E.A.M. tournament: The seventh annual T.E.A.M. Southeast golf tournament, which was rescheduled due to inclement weather, will be today at Kimbeland Country Club. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Southeast Missouri State football team. The four-person scramble will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost: $125 per person, which includes lunch at noon. Info: Nick Stauffer, 587-9077 or nstauffer@semo.edu...
Rams, DE Long agree to 4-year contract extension (07/30/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams signaled their commitment to building a winner right before the start of training camp by agreeing to terms with defensive end Chris Long on a four-year contract extension through the 2016 season. Getting the deal done before training camp was a priority for Long...
Rizzo's blast lifts Cubs past Cardinals (07/30/12)
CHICAGO -- It was a big hit that doomed the St. Louis Cardinals one day after losing on a little hit. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning Sunday that lifted the Chicago Cubs over St. Louis 4-2. Cubs starter Paul Maholm allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five...
'Spider-Man' cover sold for $657,250 (07/30/12)
PHILADELPHIA -- Artist Todd McFarlane's original cover art for "The Amazing Spider-Man" No. 328 has sold for a record $657,250 at auction, just one among several pieces from the 1990s that went for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The McFarlane cover, which shows Spider-Man gut-punching the Hulk, was part of a collection of original art owned Martin Shamus, a Long Island, N.Y.-based comics and memorabilia shop owner...
Region's hospitals ranked last in state in electronic record usage (07/30/12)
A special report from the Missouri Hospital Association revealed Southeast Missouri's hospitals ranked the last in the state when it comes to the number of electronic health record functions being used. Among the 19 hospitals in Southeast Missouri that participated in the survey, hospitals are using an average of 9.4 out of 24 core electronic health record functions. ...
Beef, poultry and milk are among food items affected by drought (07/30/12)
As the worst drought in the Midwest in more than 50 years tightens its grip, consumers should prepare to start paying more at the grocery store. Prices for beef, poultry and milk are all projected to go up. Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest food price outlook, estimating that the consumer price index for beef will increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent this year and another 3 to 4 percent in 2013...
People on the Move 07/30/12 (07/30/12)
Rick Sinclair, a broker for Century 21 Ashland Realty in Cape Girardeau, announced the hiring of Linda Essner as broker/sales. She brings more than 17 years of experience. Essner is a multimillion-dollar producer and has earned recognition by the National Association of Realtors and membership in the Century 21 Master's Club. She is also a graduate of the Realtor Institute, earning her GRI designation...
Vernell Bock (07/30/12)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Vernell Gladys Bock, 84, of Frohna died Friday, July 27, 2012, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Perryville, Mo. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Tuesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Mo., with the Rev. Paul Winningham officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
Martha Doss (07/30/12)
Martha Louise Doss, 58, of Bonne Terre, Mo., formerly of Scott City, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 24, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of F.M. and Ruby Roth Scherer. She and Stephen Doss were married Dec. 27, 1992...
Charles Hale (07/30/12)
Charles Ben Hale, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home. He was born June 18, 1925, in Fredericktown, Mo., to Mr. and Mrs. Noah Hale. Charles was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Florsheim Shoe Factory for 43 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Eagles Aerie No. 3775 in Cape Girardeau...
Robert Pinar (07/30/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert C. "Bob" Pinar, 71, of Perryville died Friday, July 27, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. Visitation will be from 6 a.m. until service time Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with the Rev. Milton Ryan officiating. Entombment will be in the Mary Queen of Heaven Mausoleum...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/30/12 (07/30/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Jackson police report 7/30/12 (07/30/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons...
Out of the past 7/30/12 (07/30/12)
Southeast Missouri State University workers put down the Show Me Center's portable parquet basketball flooring for the first time yesterday; the flooring is accented with seals of the city, university, MIAA and NCAA. The Vision 2000 steering committee says it will ask the city council to allocate another $10,300 in city funds to pay for administrative expenses regarding the strategic planning effort; the council previously approved the allocation of $5,000 to cover initial expenses of the group...
Growing up (07/30/12)
Juveniles who get in trouble and are ordered by a judge into juvenile custody have already had a taste of a destructive lifestyle. Their choices have more than likely harmed others and themselves. The Missouri Division of Youth Services is trying to show these young men and women the benefits of a constructive lifestyle. One way that is happening is through a community garden...
A fair and just decision (07/30/12)
On the morning of Dec. 14, 2005, a section of the upper Taum Sauk reservoir failed, releasing 1.3 billion gallons of water. Ameren, who operates the pumped-storage hydraulic plant at Taum Sauk, admitted numerous mistakes and errors in judgment that led to the disaster...
Prayer 7/30/12 (07/30/12)
O Father God, may our hearts be pure as we praise your name. Amen.
Paid election letter: Bob Parker: Patriot for Congress (07/30/12)
Knocking on doors, parades, town halls, Lincoln Days, meet and greets and more, Parker has made himself available to the people through public events and feet on the ground. He has accepted no special interest money, but has run his campaign with hardworking volunteers in the district (zero paid employees), proving that hard work out performs big spending. ...
Paid election letter: Wallingford is a true conservative (07/30/12)
I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Southeast Missouri for eight years, and I want to thank the people of the 27th District for all of their support. Our district will be asked to elect a new state senator this year, and the first step in that process comes with the primary election in August...
Paid election letter: Hitt is a poised leader (07/30/12)
Coach Van Hitt has more than 40 years of experience in the education system as a teacher, coach and administrator. Van assisted me and many others during his time with the Jackson School District as an educator, coach and role model. Van is also a lifelong farmer and previous small-business owner, which has given him invaluable hands-on experience. ...
Paid election letter: Jones has diverse experience (07/30/12)
I will be casting my vote for Amy Jones for county assessor on Aug. 7. Amy's diverse experience includes starting and managing a real estate development and construction company and a broker/owner of a real estate sales company. Owning and managing these companies in addition to being a real estate agent makes her the most well rounded candidate. ...
Paid election letter: Adams knows Cape Girardeau County real estate (07/30/12)
I endorse Bob Adams for county assessor. Why? Bob Adams knows Cape Girardeau County real estate. Bob has served our area as a licensed appraiser for over three decades -- in the fields, the creeks and the backyards of Cape Girardeau County -- establishing the value of every type of real estate. ...
Paid election letter: Jay Purcell works for you (07/30/12)
Cape Girardeau County voters:I am Dick Kent Withers of the Cape Girardeau County Park Board, and I want to tell you why I am voting to re-elect our County Commissioner Jay Purcell. As our county commissioner, Jay Purcell has assumed the duties of the retiring park superintendent for no additional salary, which saves the citizens over $50,000 a year...
Paid election letter: Tracy can navigate the shoals of government (07/30/12)
I support Deb Tracy for public administrator of Cape Girardeau County. To care for 150 wards of the county, deemed unable to make sound and safe decisions for themselves, requires a person with empathy -- certainly. A good listener -- very helpful. ...
Paid election letter: Metzger has the background and skills to be public administrator (07/30/12)
I'm voting for Julie Metzger for public administrator. In my position as an employee in the health information department of the hospital, I see firsthand the level of knowledge and skills required to be the Cape Girardeau County public administrator. ...
Paid election letter: Democracy has spoken (07/30/12)
Let us set the record straight. A July 26 letter to the editor claims to be supportive of the right to vote. However, the author of said letter obviously doesn't trust the voters of Jackson when their voices are heard. Trust is a key ingredient in our society and I trust the voters to have made the decision they felt was best. It is my sincere hope that this individual soon realizes that no matter the number of voters involved in a decision, democracy has spoken. Let it rest...
Paid election letter: Experience with government's overregulation (07/30/12)
Government regulations stopped my efforts to build a new business. We decided to develop a milk processing business in our local town. After acquiring the site, we contacted agencies who regulate this business. The Department of Natural Resources representatives notified me that the sewage processing rules had changed and that I would have to install a system 100 times more expensive than planned. ...
Paid election letter: Friese shows character in honesty (07/30/12)
Why vote for Mary Ann Friese for public administrator? Among the obvious reasons: she is well-qualified, has probate experience, real estate experience, is hardworking and has managed a successful business for more than 30 years; she is an honest person...
Paid election letter: Adams is perfect for assessor's job (07/30/12)
Please support Bob Adams for Cape Girardeau County assessor. I am also in the appraisal business (a different company than Bob's), and this man is perfect for the job. He knows the business inside out, and I can tell you that county assessors, Realtors and appraisers all know what they are getting with Bob -- a sharp, sincere man of integrity...
Paid election letter: Jones is most qualified GOP candidate for assessor (07/30/12)
Amy Jones is the most qualified Republican candidate for our next assessor. I feel Amy will do an accurate and fair valuation of real and personal property in Cape Girardeau County. She is intelligent and a very energetic lady wanting to do a great job. Amy is a Christian person which I feel is very, very important! She has made many commitments to the community and has volunteered for lots of service organizations. I believe Amy Jones is the best choice for Cape Girardeau County assessor...
Cape Schools' clothing distribution is Tues & Wed (07/30/12)
To help Cape Public School District families prepare for the new school year, which begins August 16, and the new dress code, school officials are hosting a clothing distribution. Pictured at Cape Central Junior High School Fieldhouse, 205 Caruthers, workers deliver and sort through hundreds of clothing items which were donated by community members last week. ...
Employees give $201,850 to aid co-workers (07/30/12)
Saint Francis Medical Center's employees showed their generosity and concern for co-workers and patients by pledging more than $201,850 to the 2012 Team One campaign, almost $41,000 over the goal. This year was the most successful in the campaign's history, and included contributions from more than half of the Medical Center's 2,400 employees and physicians...
St. Mary Cathedral/Old St. Vincent Food Pantry (07/30/12)
Watermelons were obtained by the volunteers at the St. Mary Cathedral/Old St. Vincent Food Pantry this past Monday morning to provide fresh fruit to area needy families. Volunteers unloaded over 3 plats of watermelons picked up from the Southeast Missouri Food Bank...
Local motor cycle riding group makes annual trip. (07/30/12)
Warchild Riding Group just got back from their 8th annual weekend trip to Memphis where a few of the nearly 100 members took St Jude Children Hospital a check for $9,500!!! The annual donation is dependant each year on the hard work of the members of Warchild and their supporters through the Riding Group's annual Spring Poker Run, their BIG fundraiser the first weekend in June, called "Rebel Yell" and selling their unique coloring books for $5.00 each...
The face of volunteering (07/30/12)
Today's "Face of Volunteering" is that of Karen Strong. Karen has been a dedicated volunteer at Beacon Health Center for over 2 years. Karen can be found most Monday and Friday mornings covering the front desk, helping to answer the phones, check in patients, and do whatever is needed to keep things moving. Karen volunteers at both the Cape and Benton offices and every year she and her husband Steve volunteer at Beacon's golf tournament...
Constitutional Amendment 2 (07/30/12)
Beware! On the August 7th ballot will be a legislatively referred constitutional amendment which is identified officially as Shall the Missouri Constitution to amended to ensure: That the right of Missouri citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed;...
Warchild RG, delivering $9500 check to St.Jude (07/30/12)
Warchild Riding Group just got back from their 8th annual weekend trip to Memphis where a few of the nearly 100 members delivered St Jude Children Hospital a check for $9,500!!! The Riding Group's annual donation to St. Jude is dependant each year on the hard work of the members of Warchild and the generosity of their supporters. ...
roll cloud (07/30/12)
Roll cloud July26
Family's Cardinal Game (07/30/12)
Family had a great time at Card's game even though it was 102 degrees in the stadium. Pictured is my lovely wife Beth her two sons Lee and Russell and Lee's son Trenton.

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