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Teams, fans kick off Cape BBQ Fest (08/24/12)
Amid a mingling of savory smells, hundreds attended the first day of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees 20th annual Cape BBQ Fest at Arena Park on Friday night. The contestants ranged from the serious with custom rigs costing upward of $30,000 to groups just wanting to participate and have a good time with old and new friends...
Cape County Collector updates tax sale list (08/24/12)
Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold has released a list of properties that will be sold at the county's tax sale on Aug. 27. Properties listed are those for which taxes have not been paid for the two prior tax years -- 2010 and 2011. Property owners still have time to pay the delinquent taxes and retain the property before the sale. The latest list was updated Friday...
Cape area creating transportation planning organization (08/24/12)
A growing population heightens the demand on every facet of a community's infrastructure. An essential piece of that infrastructure, transportation, has to keep up with those demands to avoid traffic jams. Under federal rules, population levels in the Cape Girardeau region now dictate the formation of a plan to keep transportation issues from arising in the future. ...
Driver cited in Cape Girardeau wreck Thursday (08/24/12)
A 47-year-old Cape Girardeau man was cited for running through a red light Thursday, which police say led to a two-car accident at the intersection of William Street and Kingshighway.
Motorcyclist issued seven citations for Kingshighway accident (08/24/12)
The motorcyclist who rear-ended a pickup truck on North Kingshighway Wednesday afternoon has been issued seven citations, including driving while intoxicated, police said Thursday. Alexander Walker, 27, of Cape Girardeau was also issued summonses for striking a legally stopped vehicle, driving while revoked, driving while revoked, failure to have a motorcycle endorsement or a driver's license, said Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey. ...
Cape BBQ Fest kicks off today (08/24/12)
This weekend, Arena Park will be home to one big backyard barbecue. The 20th annual Cape BBQ Fest starts at 4:30 p.m. today and concludes Saturday afternoon. This Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event is hosted by the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and fills the park with teams competing to barbecue the best chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder/butt/picnic and beef brisket.
Cape deer hunting opponents turn in petition signatures (08/24/12)
Opponents of urban deer hunting within Cape Girardeau city limits delivered more than 4,000 petition signatures to the city clerk's office Thursday in a next step toward placing the city's first-ever referendum on a future ballot. Members of Keep Cape Safe, a branch of the Cape Friends of Wildlife anti-urban deer hunting group, collected the signatures during recent weeks. ...
Waller's lawyer files for change of venue (08/24/12)
Clay Waller's attorney has filed a motion for a change of venue in his client's murder trial, backing up what he said previously -- that he thinks a barrage of local media coverage would prevent Waller from getting an impartial jury in Cape Girardeau County...
Red Cross volunteers from Puxico going to Florida (08/24/12)
The Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross is deploying emergency response vehicles and local volunteers to Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, according to a release issued Thursday. Glenn and Martha Harmon of Puxico, Mo., will join Maggie Makins and Kathy Haas, both of Jackson, and the Cape Girardeau emergency response vehicle in Orlando, Fla. For information on volunteering or donating, call 335-9471, extension 304, or go to semoredcross.org...
Olive Branch group to meet about relocation Tuesday (08/24/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- The Olive Branch Area Community Development Corp. will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alexander County Highway Department office in Olive Branch. The organization formed following the 2011 flood. It is seeking not-for-profit status in order to apply for grants to help purchase land where residents of Olive Branch can rebuild their community and avoid regular flooding...
Cape Girardeau flag desecration case in court today (08/24/12)
Frank L. Snider and his lawyers believe he deserves to be fairly compensated for the "loss of liberty" that came when Snider wrongfully spent eight hours in Cape Girardeau County Jail for committing an act protected as free speech under the First Amendment
FBI agents probe Union County case (08/24/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Two men who detailed claims of wrongdoing in the Union County Highway Department say they were both interviewed by FBI agents last week. Shawn Williamson, a former 20-year employee of the highway department, and another Union County source familiar with department operations said questions were focused on the activities of former highway department foreman Mike Yates, who is also the county's Democratic Party chairman...
Ill. railroad crossing work rescheduled (08/24/12)
WARE, Ill. -- A road closure scheduled for Sept. 4 at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Highway 146 at Ware has been rescheduled for Sept. 17, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Union Pacific will make repairs to this crossing near the intersection of Highway 3 beginning at 7 a.m. ...
Heroin, LSD found during traffic stop (08/24/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Local authorities seized what they describe as a substantial quantity of suspected heroin and a "hit" of LSD during a Tuesday traffic stop and arrested two men, including one already on probation for drug-related offenses. Poplar Bluff police officers seized nearly 20 "buttons," or capsules, as well as 12 grams, of the suspected heroin from a "known, upper-level narcotics distributor/heroin supplier," identified as Reggie Lee Loyd, according to Detective Jason Morgan. ...
Drought worsens in Plains, despite cooler weather (08/24/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday...
Dry summer could produce better wines across Midwest (08/24/12)
HERMANN, Mo. -- Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer...
Without big donors, Akin seeks small handouts (08/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Abandoned by deep-pocketed national groups, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is passing a collection plate among his remaining supporters, asking for a few dollars at a time in hopes of sustaining a Senate campaign threatened by his remarks about women's bodies and "legitimate rape."...
Southwest Indiana farm source of some contaminated melons (08/24/12)
OWENSVILLE, Ind. -- Health officials say a farm in southwestern Indiana was the source of at least some of the salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe that has made at least 178 people in 21 states ill, but they are still trying to determine whether there are other sources...
Opponents organize over Missouri court measure (08/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Defenders of Missouri's current system for selecting appellate judges announced an opposition campaign Thursday to proposed changes that will appear before voters this fall.
Police kill gunman outside Empire State Building (08/24/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A laid-off worker fatally shot a vice president from his former company outside the Empire State Building on Friday, setting off a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world's best-known landmarks. Officers killed the gunman, a women's accessories designer, and at least nine others were wounded, some by stray police gunfire, authorities said.
New-home sales rise to match two-year high (08/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes in the United States rose 3.6 percent in July to match a two-year high reached in May, the latest sign of a steady recovery in the housing market. The Commerce Department said Thursday that new-home sales reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 372,000. That's the same as in May, which was the highest since April 2010...
Applications for unemployment aid in U.S. rise for two weeks (08/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose a slight 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, evidence that the job market's recovery remains modest and uneven. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,750 to 368,000...
Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention (08/24/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday...
Democratic, Republican national conventions have different goals (08/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama needs to remind voters why they loved him in 2008. Mitt Romney needs voters to get to know and like him better. With polls showing the presidential race so close, each candidate wants badly to host a flawless political convention in the next two weeks to gain the upper hand for the campaign's fall homestretch...
Year after Irene, N.Y. pondering sea barriers (08/24/12)
NEW YORK -- Two years before Hurricane Irene created the prospect of a flooding nightmare in New York City, 100 scientists and engineers met to sketch out a bold defense: massive, movable barriers to shield the city from a storm-stirred sea. Though the storm caused billions of dollars in damage along the Eastern Seaboard, Irene proved not to be the urban catastrophe forecasters feared. ...
California Congress members ask USDA to reopen slaughterhouse (08/24/12)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation. Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse...
Prosecution: Accused Colo. shooter made threats ahead of rampage (08/24/12)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The former graduate student accused in a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater had been banned from his college after making threats and failing a key exam six weeks before the rampage, prosecutors said Thursday...
International nuclear agency forms special Iran team (08/24/12)
The U.N. nuclear agency is forming a special Iran team, drawing together sleuths in weapons technology, intelligence analysis, radiation and other fields of expertise as it seeks to add muscle to a probe of suspicions that Tehran worked secretly on atomic arms, diplomats tell The Associated Press...
First lady meets with Sikh shooting victims' families (08/24/12)
OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Mandeep Singh Khattra and his family received Michelle Obama with an embrace Thursday as the first lady consoled relatives of worshippers gunned down earlier this month at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. "She gave us a hug and said, ‘I'm sorry for what happened,'" said Khattra, 26, whose grandfather, Suveg Singh Khattra, was one of six people killed Aug. ...
Today in History (08/24/12)
Today is Friday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2012. There are 129 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm...
Beyond oil battle, sanctions hit Iran's merchants (08/24/12)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A Tehran shoe factory is abandoned by its European leather suppliers. Iranian cooking oil manufacturers are operating at nearly half capacity because they can't get enough imported grains. In Tehran's bazaar, many merchants refuse to sell Western goods purchased with dollars because the downward spiral of Iran's currency has eaten their profit...
Isaac lashes Caribbean Sea, new storm also forms (08/24/12)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for torrential rains on Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac whipped up waves as high as 10 feet in the Caribbean and threatened to become a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as Republicans gather for their national convention...
Hippo stuck in South Africa pool (08/24/12)
JOHANNESBURG -- A hefty hippo chased away from his herd at a South African game reserve has found a refreshing place to relax: the lodge's swimming pool. Now it's stuck there. The young hippopotamus plopped into the pool on Tuesday at the Monate Conservation Lodge north of Johannesburg. The pool is big enough for the hippo to swim but it's eight feet deep with no steps and "there's no way he can come out," lodge manager Ruby Ferreira said Thursday...
Kenya to disarm tribes to prevent deadly clashes (08/24/12)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's government will conduct a countrywide operation to disarm all communities with illegal weapons, it announced Thursday, a day after at least 52 people were killed in southeast Kenya when hundreds of farmers attacked cattle herders...
Taiwan braces for strong typhoon, torrential rain (08/24/12)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 3,000 people evacuated mountainous, landslide-prone areas of Taiwan as a powerful typhoon neared the island Thursday. By late evening, the Central Weather Bureau said Typhoon Tembin was packing winds of 96 miles per hour off southeastern Taiwan. It said the slow-moving storm would probably make landfall around noon today and predicted up to 39 inches of rain in eastern areas of the island...
Fighting increases across Syria as last of U.N. monitors leave (08/24/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters broke into a Damascus suburb Thursday following two days of shelling and intense clashes as part of a widening offensive by President Bashar Assad's forces to seize control of parts of the capital and surrounding areas from rebel fighters, activists said...
Scott City softball team slides past Chaffee (08/24/12)
The Scott City softball team defeated Chaffee 14-5 on Thursday.
Week 1 high school football preview capsules (08/24/12)
A look at the six games involving schools in the Southeast Missourian's coverage area.
2012 high school volleyball preview capsules (08/24/12)
Central Tigers Last season's record: 7-22-3 2011 final match: Lost to Sikeston 2-0 in a Class 4 District 1 quarterfinal Returning starters: Katie Williams, sr., MH; Libby Hulcy, sr., OH Top newcomers: Callie Callis, jr.; Harlie Anderson, jr.; Carly Hale, jr.; Alle Graham, jr.; Jamie Helms, jr.; McKenzie Bess, so.; Afton Brown, so...
2012 high school girls tennis preview capsules (08/24/12)
Jackson Indians Last season's record: 14-5 Postseason result: Class 2 District 1 champions Returning starters: Jenny Powell, sr.; Montana Adams, sr.; Katelyn Kuppart, sr.; Jackie McNally, sr.; Lucy Kunz, jr.; Laina Marble, jr. Remainder of roster: Bailey Leonard, sr.; Amelia Popp, so...
2012 high school cross country preview capsules (08/24/12)
Jackson Indians Boys returning starters: Matt Gibson, jr.; Calvin Lysell, jr.; Nate Martin, sr.; Noah Weatherby, so.; Elijah Gahm, jr. Girls returning starters: Zhao Ni Dirnberger, sr.; Brittany Hazelwood, jr.; Meg Fridley, so.; Mollie Cunningham, so...
High school roundup: Notre Dame softball team drops opener (08/24/12)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Oran softball team rips East Prairie to open season (08/24/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- The Oran Eagles got a combined no-hit effort from pitchers Tatum May and Anna Jones and plenty of offense to rout East Prairie 14-0 in four innings Thursday. "We had good pitching and we had speed, which I knew we would," Oran coach Jim Eftink said. "We had some good hits as well."...
Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball player Beck to play overseas (08/24/12)
One of the most durable players in Southeast Missouri State women's basketball history will continue her playing career overseas. Former Southeast point guard Bianca Beck has signed a professional contract with Matnas Tel Kabir in Israel.
Cardinals bludgeon Astros (08/24/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Nothing was working for Jake Westbrook, a ground ball pitcher who gave up three sacrifice flies. No worries with the St. Louis Cardinals offense ringing up 17 hits against a team that's still waiting for the adrenaline charge that usually comes with changing managers...
'I must have meant to say something else. I wonder what.' (08/24/12)
For most politicians, any publicity is good publicity -- as long as you get the name right. By the time you read this, Todd Akin will either still be the Republican candidate running against incumbent Claire McCaskill for one of Missouri's U.S. Senate seats, or he will be a has-been. All because of the publicity he generated during an interview last week...
John D. Hale Band's annual Barn Party kicks off today (08/24/12)
The grounds of the 5-H Ranch in Jackson will be filled with campers, music lovers and families from all across the area as the fifth annual John D. Hale Band Barn Party kicks off today. Liz Hale, coordinator of the barn party and wife of local country musician John D. Hale, said the ranch makes the event more accommodating for its growing fan base...
Best Bet 8/23/12 (08/24/12)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will be showcasing the work of Catherine Bryant and Laura Clark through Aug. 31 at the Jean Chapman Gallery. Fifty-one other area artists are also on display. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Artwork is available to purchase...
Survey: WVU ranked top party school in U.S., beats Ohio U. (08/24/12)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University is back on top for the first time in five years, bumping off Ohio University to reclaim its title as the nation's No. 1 party school. WVU hasn't held the top spot since 2007, but the rankings announced Monday by The Princeton Review make it the third time. WVU was also No. 1 in 1997, and it's been among the top 20 party schools 12 times in the 21 years the rankings have been published...
Show Me Center gets 'Raw' tonight (08/24/12)
The Show Me Center will pin entertainment to the mat tonight as it once again plays host to some of professional wrestling's superstars. WWE Raw World Tour offers wrestling fans several treats, the first being a steel cage match between John Cena and Big Show. ...
ARTifacts 8/24/12 (08/24/12)
The Monday Night Book Club will discuss "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation" by Deborah Davis at its monthly meeting Monday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The club will gather in the Penzel Conference Room at 7 p.m. The discussion is free and open to the public. No registration is required...
Cut the cord and get more from TV (08/24/12)
In these rough economic times, especially with a new baby, cutting back on everything from utility bills to eating out is standard procedure for me. But my wife and I just recently built up the nerve to finally cut the cord and do away with satellite TV...
William Kuss (08/24/12)
William H. "Bill" Kuss, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Wiley Williams (08/24/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Wiley W. Williams, 71, of Mounds died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Crusaders for Christ Church in Mounds. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Dennis Clark officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Olmsted, Ill...
Helen Summers (08/24/12)
Helen L. Summers, 94, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Luther Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in New Lorimier Cemetery...
Mary Hines (08/24/12)
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Mary Sue Clifford Hines, 69, of Carterville died peacefully at home Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. During her six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, she received an enormous amount of love from her friends and family. Despite the illness, her last days were happy surrounded by family and friends. We want to thank all who helped in so many ways...
Births 8/24/12 (08/24/12)
Twin daughters to Jamie Richard Cochran and Julie Ann Howell of Scott City, Saint Francis Medical Center, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Addison LaNelle was born at 9:14 a.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Gracie Lynn was born at 9:15 a.m. and weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces. Ms. Howell is the daughter of Connie Brock and James Howell of Scott City. Cochran is the son of Theresa Cochran and Tommie Cochran of Scott City. He is employed by Home Floor Covering...
Jackson police report 8/23/12 (08/24/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/23/12 (08/24/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/24/12 (08/24/12)
After a weekend of moving and unpacking, many Southeast Missouri State University students are back in the classroom for the first day of classes of the 1987-1988 school year; more than 8,000 students are expected to enroll for classes during the fall semester...
Cure for Cape (08/24/12)
Saturday night there will be dinner, dancing and an auction at the Venue in Cape Girardeau as the American Cancer Society hosts A Cure for Cape Cancer Gala. This is the 25th year for the organization's annual fundraiser. Last year's gala raised more that $99,000. These much needed funds help in a variety of ways, from cancer prevention measures to treatment and research...
Double standard in politics (08/24/12)
Democrats are offended by words like "illegitimate rape" because they say those words are offensive to women. But these same Democrats revere, defend and can't wait to hear Bill Clinton speak at the Democrat convention -- even though he was accused of rape by more than one Democrat woman...
Speak Out 8/24/12 (08/24/12)
Am I the only person concerned that our schools, which we support with our taxes, are now telling us what our kids can eat and wear? For more than 100 years we have done very well without being told what to do; now we are not smart enough to take care of our children. ...
Prayer 8/24/12 (08/24/12)
Lead us, O Heavenly Father, in your righteousness. Amen.
The Printing Co. Donates School Folders (08/24/12)
Students at Cape Girardeau public elementary schools are beginning a new year with colorful new folders for carrying homework and other papers between school and home. Several thousand folders were donated by The Printing Co. and some of their generous customers as part of the company's year-long celebration of turning "25 in 2012!"...
3rd-grader's art work displayed at Washington D. C (08/24/12)
Eight-year-old Tramia Lockridge apparently has the "artist touch," because her work is hanging at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. this month, and soon will be on the cover ShowMe Art magazine, a publication of the Missouri Art Education Association...
Van Pool Addresses IAAP Chapter (08/24/12)
Kyle Van Pool, CAP-OM, administrative assistant for the Department of Theater and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, presented a program on the Southeast Missouri River Campus and offerings by the Theater and Dance Department at the August meeting. ...
10th Anniversary Elks 639 Masters at the Lake (08/24/12)
In the record heat of the summer, the Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge #639 hosted the 10th Anniversary of the "Masters at the Lake", a tennis ball golf fundraiser held at the Elks' lake 9-hole golf course and run by Elks volunteers to raise money for different charities each year. ...
Momma watching over her baby (08/24/12)
We were watching for dolphins on a Dolphin Cruise in Gulf Shores. To our surprise, we saw the momma swimming with her baby.
Girl Scouts Support Levi's Adventure Trail (08/24/12)
Join us under the Golden Arches in Benton, Mo.
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