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Stories from Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Investigation underway in Stoddard County Jail death (08/29/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Details were scarce Tuesday regarding an investigation into the death of a 40-year-old inmate who died Saturday while in the custody of the Stoddard County Sheriff Department. Answers, authorities said, could still be months away...
Southeast regent, community advocate Kimberly Mothershead dies at 53 (08/29/12)
Described as a "person of joy" by a friend, Kimberly Mothershead left a legacy of service to the community when she passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 53. "Anytime you were with her the world would be lighter and brighter," said Jane Stacy, director emerita of alumni services at Southeast Missouri State University. Stacy said she knew Mothershead as a student at Southeast and later in their Sunday school class...
Cape man waives preliminary hearing in office vandalism (08/29/12)
The Cape Girardeau man charged with causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage to a local office building in June waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday because his lawyer says his client is not denying he did it. But what the legal strategy is remains to be seen as the man's parents are now asking a family-law judge to let them assume the role of his legal guardian...
Cape police investigating Monday fire as arson (08/29/12)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a Monday fire as a likely arson, saying they found the makings of a Molotov cocktail amid the embers. The fire department responded to a call to the 400 block of South Benton Street at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to police department spokesman Jason Selzer. ...
Olive Branch relocation group waits for word on FEMA funds, not-for-profit status (08/29/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Residents who lost their homes during last year's historic flood are making progress toward relocating their community out of the Mississippi River's path. The Olive Branch Area Community Development Corp. met Tuesday with advisers from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to discuss the group's next steps. ...
Crews work on Ramsey Creek Corridor (08/29/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Workers drive pilings for the north foundation, or end bent, of the bridge under construction at the Ramsey Creek Corridor Tuesday, Aug. ...
Transportation funds workshop to be held in Perryville (08/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an informational workshop for cities and counties interested in applying for Transportation Enhancement funds. The workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission office, 1 W. ...
Three injured in one-vehicle Scott County crash (08/29/12)
Three people were injured in a crash on northbound Interstate 55 between Benton, Mo., and Scott City on Tuesday morning, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. when a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by 37-year-old Lesley Parker of Cape Girardeau
Jackson School Board discusses plan to improve education (08/29/12)
The Jackson School Board unanimously voiced its approval for the Missouri Vision Project during its meeting Tuesday. The project, a joint effort between the Missouri School Boards' Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators, was initiated in 2010 to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the educational experience in every school district within the state, according to an outline provided to the board from the Missouri Public Education Vision Project...
Two Perryville men arrested on drug charges (08/29/12)
Two Perryville, Mo., men were arrested Monday on drug charges, the Perry County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Arrested were Seth A. Adams, 23, and Charles J. Trione, 23. Adams was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Trione was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Dove hunters can take limit in only one state (08/29/12)
Hunters may take the dove limit in only one state, the Missouri Department of Conservation said in a news release Tuesday. "It is illegal to take dove limits in multiple states and Conservation agents will enforce the laws as specified in Missouri's Wildlife Code," protection regional supervisor Ken West said in the release...
Route F in Stoddard County reduced for pavement repairs (08/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route F from U.S. 60 to Route J in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 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...
Route K in Stoddard County reduced for pavement work (08/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route K from Highway 25 to Route M in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the pavement. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Sikeston, Mo., veteran receives service award for volunteering (08/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The volunteer efforts of a local veteran received recognition Monday. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder presented Blair Moran of Sikeston with the Veterans Service Award in a special ceremony in Veterans Park. Moran was nominated for the award by Stephen Taylor of Sikeston through a letter to Rep. Ellen Brandom...
Fitness trainer faces charges of sexual misconduct (08/29/12)
A local fitness trainer was arrested Friday after being accused of sexual misconduct. The trainer, 34-year-old Bart Smith, has been charged with third-degree sexual misconduct. He was taken to the Stoddard County Jail, where he faces a $7,500 cash-only bond...
Charleston disaster response committee holds public hearing (08/29/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Members of the Interim Committee on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery held a public hearing in Charleston on Monday afternoon, receiving public input on the state's handling of recent disasters. Only a handful of people were in attendance to testify before Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state representatives Steve Hodges and Don Gosen at the Clara Drinkwater Newman Public Library...
Mo. House leader criticizes Nixon on vehicle taxes (08/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House leader says Gov. Jay Nixon is "playing politics" with businesses and local governments by highlighting the retroactive taxes that more than 120,000 people would owe if lawmakers override one of his vetoes...
Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure (08/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan had provided an unfair and insufficient summary of a health care ballot measure to appear before voters this fall and instead ordered election authorities to use an alternative description backed by Republicans.
Drought-stricken states welcome rain from Isaac (08/29/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- The remnants of Hurricane Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it's unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest.
Lawsuit challenges Missouri law on cellphone tracking (08/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new Missouri law making it easier for police to track people's cellphones in emergencies is being challenged in court on claims that it conflicts with a federal law that grants greater privacy protections to phone companies and their customers...
New mileage standards would double fuel efficiency (08/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has finalized new fuel economy rules that will require the fleetwide average of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to double over the next 13 years. The average fuel economy must reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year...
Romney nominated; wife Ann star speaker at convention (08/29/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama...
Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors risk disease (08/29/12)
FRESNO, Calif. -- The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park -- a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation's most majestic settings -- have become the scene of a public health crisis after two visitors died from a rodent-borne disease following overnight stays...
Remote Alaska plans to stockpile food, just in case (08/29/12)
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state's 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case...
Today in History (08/29/12)
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2012. There are 124 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 29, 1952, 4'33" ("Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds"), a three-movement composition by avant-garde composer John Cage, had its premiere in Woodstock, N.Y., as pianist David Tudor sat at a piano and, for a total of four minutes and 33 seconds, played... ...
Mexico religious sect vows fight over public schools (08/29/12)
NUEVA JERUSALEN, Mexico -- Sprouting out of the corn fields of western Mexico rises a hill crowned with two arches and four towers, marking the gates of an improvised "holy land" that farmers built brick by brick over nearly four decades. The sprawling complex, they believed, would be the only place saved in the coming apocalypse: Nueva Jerusalen, or "New Jerusalem."...
Goal of united Syrian opposition still elusive (08/29/12)
AZAZ, Syria -- In the foreign halls of power, the strategy is clear: Syria's opposition should unite to present an alternative to Bashar Assad's rule -- a step France's president says would lead to diplomatic recognition. As a move toward unity, Syrian exiles from the main opposition Syrian National Council and other groups unveiled a blueprint Tuesday in the German capital of Berlin for transition to a democratic, transparent society free of religious and ethnic favoritism...
Israeli court rejects U.S. activist's family lawsuit (08/29/12)
HAIFA, Israel -- An Israeli court Tuesday cleared the military of wrongdoing in the death of a young American activist who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer during a protest in the Gaza Strip nearly a decade ago, rejecting claims by her parents that the driver acted recklessly...
Central soccer team pelts Hillsboro with 11 goals (08/29/12)
The final score resembled one from baseball rather than soccer. Thanks to Central's explosive offense, the Tigers notched their first win of the season by knocking off Hillsboro 11-2 at home Tuesday night. "We came out early and we just wanted to get our first win of the season," Nick Barnes said. ...
High school roundup: Perryville spikers sweep Central in season opener (08/29/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Area digest 8/29/12 (08/29/12)
Brian King shot an even-par 72 to win the morning portion of the Teen Challenge Marathon on Monday at Dalhousie Golf Club. Rick Mize finished second with a 73, while Tom Caruso (75) and Terry Schott (76) placed third and fourth, respectively. The team of Greg Barker, Kyle Griffith, Derek Winans and Caruso won the afternoon four-person scramble with a 56. Schott, Jeff Corlew, Dow Latham and Matt Jackson placed second with a 57...
Scott seeks gold in London at 2012 Paralympic Games (08/29/12)
Cape Girardeau native Susan Beth Scott will be competing in her second Paralympic Games, which open today in London. The 20-year-old Scott will be among 20 females and 14 males on the U.S. swim squad and will be competing in four events individually and at least one relay...
Pirates deck Molina, Cardinals in 9-0 victory (08/29/12)
PITTSBURGH -- Yadier Molina may never want to play on Aug. 28 again. At least if it means playing in Pittsburgh. The St. Louis Cardinals catcher left Tuesday night's 9-0 loss to the Pirates in the second inning following a violent collision at home plate with Pittsburgh second baseman Josh Harrison. Eight years to the day, Molina took a similar shot at PNC Park, one that also left him groggy...
Careless smoking cause of Tyler Perry studio fire (08/29/12)
ATLANTA -- Investigators have determined that a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios was caused by careless smoking. Capt. Marian McDaniel is with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. McDaniel said Tuesday that no criminal charges were pending...
Robert Blank (08/29/12)
Robert P. Blank, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Jimmy Joyner (08/29/12)
CAIRO, Ill. — Jimmy G. Joyner, 60, of Cairo died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Sherrill (08/29/12)
BRAZEAU, Mo. -- Evelyn A. Sherrill, 89, of Brazeau died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Independence Care Center in Perryville, Mo. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, and from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Brazeau Presbyterian Church...
Dale Seabaugh (08/29/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Dale Seabaugh, 90, of Coweta, Okla., formerly of Chaffee, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at his daughter's home in Coweta. He was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Zalma, Mo., to Vincent Earl and Bertha Alfreda Abernathy Seabaugh. He and Mable Dehart were married Aug. 10, 1946. He later married Margaret Guy on Feb. 27, 1960. She preceded him in death Dec. 24, 1989...
Emma Backer (08/29/12)
Emma Elizabeth Backer, 91, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 3, 1920, in Grover, Colo., to Fred and Clara Schierenbeck Ehmke. Emma and Christian Ernest Backer were married Feb. 28, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He preceded her in death May 5, 1984...
Kimberly Mothershead (08/29/12)
Kimberly V. Mothershead, 53, of Cape Girardeau passed away peacefully at her home Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children. She was born Jan. 22, 1959, in Springfield, Mo., daughter of Donald Edward and Kathryn Keller Vance Sr...
Bobby Smith (08/29/12)
Bobby Joe Smith, 54, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Dec. 27, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, son of Wilburn E. and Rose Marie Keller Smith. Bobby Joe worked for the former Internal Medicine Group and Immediate Health Care in Cape Girardeau, and was co-owner of the former River City Health Clinic in Cape Girardeau from 1998 to 2002...
Nylahmae O'Donnell (08/29/12)
Nylahmae O'Donnell, 89, of Mexico, Mo., beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many, entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. She served in the Women's Army Corps...
Leola Richards (08/29/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Leola Grace Richards, 81, of Mounds passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born July 13, 1931, in Pulaski, Ill., daughter of Willis and Wilma Edwards Richards. Grace was a member of Center Methodist Church near Olmsted, Ill., an active member of Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 178 of Villa Ridge, Ill., and was very active in various community events...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/28/12 (08/29/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assaults Theft Property damage Miscellaneous The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following item. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/26/12 (08/29/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police report 8/28/12 (08/29/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Property damage Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 8/29/12 (08/29/12)
Capping Grand Opening Week at the Show Me Center last night was Bob Hope; the 84-year-old comedian offered some words of "Hope" for President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: "If city and university officials can work together to obtain a facility like the Show Me Center, then I have hope for Reagan and Gorbachev."...
What a second term for Obama would mean for America (08/29/12)
While all of the national focus is squarely on Election Day, Nov. 6, the important day is Nov. 7. That day we'll know more clearly how our personal lives will be affected and how the future will likely unfold for our children and grandchildren. So let's look beyond Election Day and peek into the future...
Southeast enrollment (08/29/12)
It's good to see Southeast Missouri State University students back in Cape Girardeau. This year we'll see even more students as the university's enrollment has increased for the 18th consecutive year, a remarkable achievement. Enrollment for the first day of classes last week was 11,132, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. ...
Prayer 8/29/12 (08/29/12)
O Lord Jesus, thank you for a love that never fails. Amen.
3rd Annual Bowling Tournament (08/29/12)
The 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament for the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors was held Friday, August 24th at Cape West Park Lanes with 17 teams participating. The tournament is an annual event in which realtors come together for an afternoon of fun while helping to raise funds for RPAC and this year a local charity, Mending Hearts...
Serve 2012 (08/29/12)
The Sedgewickville United Methodist Church has several activities planned for Serve 2012. The Southeast Missouri Food Bank will be at the Sedgewickville United Methodist Church on Friday, September 7, 2012, with the food distribution beginning at 6:00 pm. ...
Clippard Elementary receives state award (08/29/12)
Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) is a systematic approach to creating safer and more effective schools, and Clippard Elementary demonstrated their mastery of the program during the SW-PBS Summer Institute at Tan-Tar-A. SW-PBS is an initiative of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. ...
The Increased Benefits of This Spice (08/29/12)
Turmeric is a powerful herbal remedy that hails from the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is the central spice for curries, and it has been long linked to a variety of health promises. A new health breakthrough illustrates just how strong it might be -- it can take down a devastating virus...
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