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Place to play: Cape seeks input to improve Capaha Park (08/20/12)
Deborah Harris would like to see a swimming pool put back. Sixteen-year-old Christian Baird wants that gross algae problem permanently fixed in the pond that he fishes in on weekends. And Chris Misuraco says that anything that will give his 17-month-old daughter and other children more fun options is fine by him...
Cape City Council will not postpone first reading on rental regulations (08/20/12)
Despite the request of a group that represents a large number of people involved in the local real estate and rental housing industries, the city of Cape Girardeau will not postpone the first reading of a revised ordinance that would establish a rental licensing and inspection program...
Volunteer fireman charged in Fruitland arson (08/20/12)
A volunteer fireman, who actually reported a blaze he allegedly set, was charged Sunday with setting a home on fire while a resident slept inside. Gordon Schafer, 23, of Jackson was arrested and charged with first-degree arson in the early-morning fire Saturday at a residence next door to the Fruitland Fire Department, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. ...
Public hearing Tuesday will focus on Ameren electric rates (08/20/12)
The Missouri Public Service Commission will host a local public hearing in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday in an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri. The meeting will start at noon at the Osage Centre, meeting room 2AB. The meeting will include an information/question-and-answer session with the taking of sworn testimony to follow, according to a commission news release...
Cape police looking for driver who fled after collision with moped (08/20/12)
An unidentified woman was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Sunday evening after she drove her moped into another vehicle, police said. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, but police said they had the driver identified and were searching for him...
Poplar Bluff Police Department earns accreditation (08/20/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Poplar Bluff Police Department officially will be presented with its accreditation during tonight's city council meeting. The department learned in July it had received its basic law enforcement accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) after final testimony was presented to a subcommittee in Scotsdale, Ariz., completing a more than three-year process...
Names of Kennett robbery suspects released (08/20/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The three Kennett residents arrested and charged with the robbery of a 93-year-old man have been identified. According to reports, Sidney Sims, 17, Hollie Sims, 25, and Latriece McNeeley, 34, are facing robbery charges stemming from an incident Aug. 12 at 801 N. Walnut St...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Meeting, 7 p.m. today...
Sikeston library to hold e-reader workshop (08/20/12)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Public Library will host a series of workshops this month to acquaint people with various e-reader devices. The first two workshops will be designed for new users of e-books. The basics of e-readers, from turning devices on, adjusting settings and opening a book to read will be covered. These sessions are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 28...
Mo. judge to consider payday lending measure (08/20/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge is considering whether proposed new restrictions on payday loans and other short-term lending should appear on the statewide November ballot. State elections officials have ruled the measure's proponents collected too few signatures from registered voters to get it on the ballot. The proponents responded with a lawsuit claiming officials failed to count some valid signatures...
Groups renew push to ban smoking at Kansas City casinos (08/20/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City health advocates have started a new push to get smoking banned at area casinos, but it's not going to be an easy fight in a competitive industry with lots of financial clout. Clean Air Metro KC, a loose coalition of groups that include the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association of Kansas City and county health departments, wants all of metropolitan Kansas City to be smoke free...
Akin says he 'misspoke' about rape in interview (08/20/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in the case of "a legitimate rape," adding that conception in such cases is rare...
Missouri officials investigate slashing of horses (08/20/12)
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Authorities in southwest Missouri have been investigating an attack on several horses that suffered 18-inch gashes and other injuries. Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell told The Springfield News-Leader that officials have identified people of interest in an attack earlier this month on five barrel-racing horses at a ranch near Hollister, Mo. He said charges could be filed soon...
Ex-charter school students swell enrollment in St. Louis, Kansas City (08/20/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Enrollment has swelled in unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City public schools as about 5,000 students from shuttered charter schools find a new place to get an education. Years of declining enrollment, spurred by families moving to the suburbs or enrolling child in private, parochial or charter schools, meant the two districts saw less money from the state, which forced deep budget cuts. ...
20 years after Ruby Ridge, there's forgiveness (08/20/12)
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- When Sara Weaver saw her father Randy struck in the shoulder by a government sniper's bullet in the Idaho wilderness in August 1992, she began to sprint back to the family's cabin on a mountaintop called Ruby Ridge. As the 16-year-old closed in, her mother, Vicki, opened the cabin door and stood behind it, holding Sara Weaver's 10-month-old sister in her arms. Just then, a sniper's bullet struck her mother in the head, killing her...
NASA rover Curiosity shoots a Mars rock with laser (08/20/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock, aiming its laser for the sake of science. During the target practice on Sunday. Curiosity fired 30 pulses at a nearby rock over a 10-second window, burning a small hole...
Ranchers lose hope drought aid will come in time (08/20/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- It's hard to tell what frustrates Todd Eggerling more -- the weather or Congress. Searing temperatures and drought scorched Eggerling's land in southeast Nebraska, leaving little grass to feed his 100 cattle. Then Congress left for a five-week break without agreeing on aid to help ranchers through one of the worst droughts in the nation's history...
Alabama man fights to keep wife buried in front yard (08/20/12)
STEVENSON, Ala. -- James Davis is fighting to keep the remains of his late wife right where he dug her grave: In the front yard of his home, just a few feet from the porch. Davis said he was only abiding by Patsy Ruth Davis' wishes when he buried her outside their log home in 2009, yet the city sued to move the body elsewhere. A county judge ordered Davis to disinter his wife, but the ruling is on hold as the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals considers his challenge...
Lawyers urged to give more free services; more people defending themselves (08/20/12)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jennifer Garcia stood alone before a judge with a stack of legal papers in her hands, answering questions about her personal life. She has acted as her own lawyer in state Family Court in a paternity, child support and visitation case on and off for three years, but representing herself in a courtroom full of strangers still makes her nervous...
Northern California fire forces thousands to evacuate (08/20/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Thousands of people were told to leave their homes Sunday as a growing wildfire burning out of control in thick forest threatened rural communities in far Northern California. The fire that started Saturday has destroyed seven homes and consumed nearly 19 square miles near the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. ...
GM, Isuzu recall 258,000 SUVs to fix power windows (08/20/12)
DETROIT -- General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power-window and door-lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter...
The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay (08/20/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- "The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses. NBC Universal imposed the cutbacks Friday, according to a person familiar with the moves. The person asked not to be identified because NBC Universal hadn't officially disclosed the cost cutting...
Today in History (08/20/12)
Today is Monday, Aug. 20, the 233rd day of 2012. There are 133 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Aug. 20, 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter by editor Horace Greeley to President Abraham Lincoln titled "The Prayer of Twenty Millions"; in it, Greeley called on Lincoln to take more aggressive measures to free the slaves and end the South's rebellion...
Assange urges U.S. to end Wikileaks ‘witch hunt' (08/20/12)
LONDON -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange portrayed himself Sunday as a victim of an American "witch hunt" over his secret-spilling website in a defiant address from the balcony of an embassy where he has holed up to avoid extradition to face sex assault allegations...
U.S. drones kill 10 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan (08/20/12)
ISLAMABAD -- American drones fired a flurry of missiles in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a total of 10 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said. In the first strike, missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said...
Kertz impressive in Southeast Missouri State women's soccer debut (08/20/12)
Renee Kertz had not played a competitive soccer game since her senior year of high school in 2008. But Kertz showed little rust Sunday night during her collegiate soccer debut for Southeast Missouri State. Kertz, who made her first start in goal, posted a shutout as the Redhawks and visiting Saint Louis University battled to a scoreless tie.
Area calendar 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
Baseball Capahas reunion game: The Plaza Tire Capahas will have a reunion game at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Capaha Field. There will be a get-together following the game at the Cape Girardeau American Legion Hall. Info: 979-1089 or mabcapaha@charter.net Jackson Legion instructional league: Jackson American Legion baseball coach Mark Lewis will host the instructional fall league for eight weeks beginning Aug. ...
Area digest 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
Terri Parmly finished with a net 66 to win the Ladies Handicap Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club. Ann Dombrowski scored a net 73 for second place. Lyle Davis and Jeff DeWitt both finished at plus-10 to tie for first place in the men's monthly points series tournament, which used a modified Stableford scoring system...
Pirates need 19 innings to tame Cardinals (08/20/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia looked as good as new Sunday afternoon. The St. Louis left-hander, who returned after missing 64 games with a strained left shoulder, struck out a career-high 10 batters in a strong eight-inning stint in the Cardinals' 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh in 19 innings...
Fisher pleased with St. Louis Rams' progress (08/20/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Expectations were low for the St. Louis Rams heading into Saturday's game against Kansas City after opening the preseason with a blowout loss to Indianapolis. A convincing victory over the cross-state rival Chiefs means there's plenty of room for some optimism...
Schedule stacks favorably for Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (08/20/12)
Southeast Missouri State's recently released men's basketball schedule is challenging but doesn't appear unusually brutal. That's part of the reason the Redhawks, who have made tremendous strides since fourth-year coach Dickey Nutt took over a floundering program saddled with NCAA probation, should have an opportunity to continue their solid progress...
Kevin Jonas and wife premiere E! reality show (08/20/12)
NEW YORK -- Viewers who tune into Kevin Jonas' new reality show with his wife, Danielle, will see a different side of the 24-year-old singer. On "Married to Jonas," Kevin jokes about sex and squabbles with Danielle. The show, which premiered Sunday on E!, isn't about the Jonas brother who wore a purity ring and seemed too good to be true. This time, he seems more relatable...
Commodity prices driving up value of farm land (08/20/12)
A combination of low interest rates and high commodity prices are pushing farmland prices to new records in Southeast Missouri. "Commodity prices have been a driver," said David Reinbott, agriculture business program director for the University of Missouri Extension in Scott County. "In 2000, corn was going for $2 a bushel and beans for $5 a bushel. And today corn is $6 to $7 and beans are $14 to $15."...
World of Honda-Yamaha closes shop next month (08/20/12)
n World of Honda-Yamaha in Cape Girardeau will close next month, said owner Robert Ford. He and is wife, Marty, have owned the business since February 1979, and have decided to retire. The building, 1728 N. Kingshighway, has been sold, Robert Ford said, but he declined to say who has bought the property because the sale has not closed officially yet. In the meantime, the business' existing inventory is being liquidated...
People on the Move 08/20/12 (08/20/12)
Two Southeast Missourian news reporters are changing beats. Scott Moyers, who has been covering the Cape Girardeau government and local politics beat, will be reporting on crime, courts and breaking news. Erin Ragan, who had previously covered education, will take over the city and political beat. ...
Carbon dioxide emissions in U.S. drop to 20-year low (08/20/12)
PITTSBURGH -- The amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal...
Briefs - September 2012 (08/20/12)
EVENT PLANNING BUSINESS OPENS IN JACKSON Milestones, a full-service wedding and event planning business, is now open in Jackson. Owner LeVa Clement has owned the business for several years and recently relocated from Tennessee. She works with assistant planner MacKenzie Dunning. The business website is milestones.vpweb.com/. Milestones also offers its own line of all-natural sea salt and sugar scrubs, as well as bath salts...
Health briefs - September 2012 (08/20/12)
MERGEN NAMED MINERAL AREA CEO FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Lynn Mergen was named chief executive officer for Mineral Area Regional Medical Center by the hospital's board of trustees and Capella Healthcare, effective Aug. 1. He has approximately 20 years of experience in health care leadership roles, most recently as chief operating officer of TMC Inc. ...
Names in the news - September 2012 (08/20/12)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES Todd Jansen of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Nordenia USA Inc. He has been with the company since May 2000. Nordenia also recognized the following employees for five years of service with the company: Christina Bohnert, Ryan Fisher, Paula LaFaire, Ronald Lincoln, Steven Robinson and Michael Walley....
Bankruptcies - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Bankruptcies filed through July for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during July include the following:Amerimart #3, 1803 Independence St. Amerimart #3 (liquor license), 1803 Independence St. Armbuster Holdings LLC, 2906 Kage Road 2 Bill & Chas', 107 N. Main St. Bill & Chas' (liquor license), 107 N. Main St...
Tax liens - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during July are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Roger Skinner has seen lots of changes in his years in the real estate business (08/20/12)
Roger Skinner, owner and broker with Prudential Bridgeport, was drafted into the U.S. Army after graduating from college. After his two-year stint was up, he says he wasn't sure what he wanted to do. On the advice of a major, and sometime chess opponent, he went into real estate. ...
Multiple factors contribute to increased demand for rental housing (08/20/12)
If there's one business that has actually improved with the economic recession, it may be the rental industry, as more people are looking to rent apartments rather than buy homes. Growth of the university population, major expansions at area hospitals and construction of the Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau have also given a boost to the rental industry, says Dave Soto, owner of Soto Property Solutions and president of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors...
Multiple listing service benefits homebuyers, sellers and Realtors (08/20/12)
The multiple listing service, or MLS, is a virtual marketing lifeline for Realtors, says Sharon K. Gill, a broker/salesperson with Realty Executives of Cape County and board president of the Cape Girardeau County MLS. It's an online database exclusive to Realtors with the National Association of Realtors, and the MLS numbers assigned to properties listed there can be used by other Realtors as well as homebuyers to learn more about available properties...
Stone Manes (08/20/12)
Stone Manes, 89, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Manes was born in Stoutland, Mo., on Sept. 22, 1922. He graduated from Stoutland High School at age 16 and Southwest Missouri Teachers' College in Springfield, Mo., in 1943...
Rev. Lucien Bozarth (08/20/12)
The Rev. Lucien Ray Bozarth, 75, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Dongola, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Centralia, Ill., the son of Lucien E. and Emma Unile Gambill Bozarth. He was married July 14, 1957, to Jean, and she preceded him in death Jan. 11, 2005. He then married Alice on Aug. 26, 2006...
Della Hubbard (08/20/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Della Kilburn Hubbard, 89, passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Chaffee. She was born Nov. 9, 1922, at Ridgely, Tenn., to the late Willie Lee and Mary Powers Rose. Della married Eugene Kilburn on Dec. 6, 1941, and he preceded her in death Feb. 24, 1972. She later married Warren Hubbard, and he also preceded her in death...
Glenda Hulvey (08/20/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Glenda Araline Hulvey, 78, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at McGee Chapel Cemetery near Glenallen, Mo...
Melissa McNamee (08/20/12)
ORAN, Mo. — Melissa McNamee, 32, of Oran died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, due to an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
Cape Girardeau police report 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault...
Out of the past 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
Officials with the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University cut the ribbon in the morning to officially dedicate the new Show Me Center; around 700 people attend the dedication at the main entrance to the city-university-owned facility; the crowd then moves inside to hear dedication remarks by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, Rep. Bob F. Griffin and Sen. John E. Scott...
Obesity rate (08/20/12)
A government survey released last week shows Missouri is a big state -- at least when it comes to our weight. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 percent of Missourians are obese. Along with Missouri, 11 other states also have an obesity rate of at least 30 percent. This includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia...
Speak Out 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
To those of you who donate to the food pantries, I just want to give you my heartfelt thanks. I've been out of work for some time and my family would not be eating if it were not for those with a generous heart. I know sometimes we feel like nondeserving people who go to the food pantry, but believe me, sometimes people who have worked all their lives have to swallow their pride and go to the food pantry each day. So thank you again very much for your donation...
Prayer 8/20/12 (08/20/12)
O Lord God, may we be your hands and feat, ministering to others around us. Amen.
Rushing Trust Gives to Noon Optimists of Jackson (08/20/12)
C.W. Rushing Charitable Trust has donated $350 to the Noon Optimist Club of Jackson. Donna Rushing, daughter-in-law of the late Capt. Woody Rushing, presented the check to the Optimist Club to benefit their Childhood Cancer Campaign. Donna is the wife of Michael Rushing. ...
Olive Oil Helps Prevent Osteoporosis (08/20/12)
There's been no shortage of studies and health articles in the press about the benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet (find out more about the Mediterranean diet here). Eating this diet has been associated with a healthier heart, a better immune system, and a lower risk for obesity...
Central High School Cheerleaders accrue awards (08/20/12)
After three days of competition at National Cheerleading Association camp held at Southeast Missouri State University in July, Cape Central High School Varsity and Freshmen cheerleaders are celebrating. Not only did both teams earn National Championship Awards that earned them bids to compete at national events, but Varsity also won the Herkie team award that was voted on by all teams in attendance. ...
Superintendent: Improvement in rate "no accident" (08/20/12)
Superintendent of Cape Girardeau Public Schools Dr. Jim Welker said today that the improvement in the district's graduation rate "was not an accident," referring to the recently-released data from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "I am proud to announce that the four-year graduation rate increased over 13%," he said...
ACS Day at Busch Stadium (08/20/12)
American Cancer Society Day at Busch Stadium. ACS sold over 12,000 tickets for the August 19th game. We packed the house. Busch Stadium loves Relay For Life. It was fun hanging out on the field behind home plate :)
Joe Kelly Loves Relay For Life (08/20/12)
Went to the Cardinals Game on August 19th and met Joe Kelly. He loves Relay For Life too!
Let Me Go (08/20/12)
Thoughtful Orangutan wonders about the future!
Tractor Supply Company Donates to 4-H (08/20/12)
Tractor Supply Manager presents donation to Cape Girardeau County 4-H Program. Receiving the check on behalf of Cape Girardeau County is the Discovery 4-H Club.
Shedding of the Velvet,...Aug. 16, 2012 (08/20/12)
The albino bucks look magnificent in their white velvet headdress. This buck, which I call "Velvet", has always shed his velvet in mid-August the past 3 years, & sheds his antlers around Valentine's Day.
The Albino & the Curious Fawn,..July 10, 2012 (08/20/12)
It was a magical moment watching this fawn & his twin as they kept encircling the albino buck,...gazing at him as if he were a ghost. The buck remained amazingly aloof at their presence.
Zack Rhodes recieves Eagle Scout Award (08/20/12)
Zack Rhodes recieved the Eagle Scout Award Sunday, Aug. 19th at the Honor Court hosted by Boy Scout Troop 5 of Cape Girardeau, MO. Zack is a sophmore at Cape Central High School and the son of Mark Rhodes and Pam Rhodes. Pictured left to right is Joe Wosely, Scout Master of Troop 5 and Zack Rhodes, Eagle Scout...
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