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Drought-weary farmers await Isaac's remnants (08/30/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Growers in key farm states punished by the nation's worst drought in two generations welcomed recent rains that at least for a time soaked their parched crops and eased the dryness. But with Hurricane Isaac's remnants crawling their way, some farmers wonder whether too much relief is on the horizon...
8th District GOP committee passes resolution supporting Akin candidacy (08/30/12)
The Republican leadership in the Eighth Congressional District has given its official support to Rep. Todd Akin's contentious candidacy for the U.S. Senate. At its reorganizational meeting Tuesday night, which is mandated to take place following the August primary election, the members of the Eighth Congressional District Republican Committee passed by voice vote a resolution asking their party to respect the election process and allow Akin to continue his candidacy without interference...
Cape looks to sharing agreements to help Broadway parking (08/30/12)
Broadway business owners are still worried about a loss of parking spaces due to the ongoing revamp of the downtown corridor, but city officials hope that sharing agreements in the works will lessen the project's effects. The city is finalizing a shared space agreement with Trinity Lutheran Church that would provide up to 60 parking spaces available for public use on the south side of Broadway, where a church-owned building was demolished in December. ...
Reward seeks information in 1965 child abduction (08/30/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nearly five decades after a small girl was kidnapped from the yard of her southeast Missouri home, the family of Elizabeth Gill is hoping new reward money will help uncover the mystery of her disappearance. Elizabeth, known by the family as Beth, was not quite 3 when she was taken on June 13, 1965, at the family's home in Cape Girardeau, about 100 miles south of St. Louis. Cape Girardeau detective Jim Smith says it is Missouri's oldest missing child case...
Isle of Capri's Cape Girardeau casino still cruising toward Nov. 1 opening (08/30/12)
With just two months until its scheduled opening, construction is progressing and employees are starting work at Isle of Capri's new Cape Girardeau casino. Isle of Capri invested nearly $28 million in Cape Girardeau in the past three months as construction nears completion on its new $135 million casino...
Sikeston shooting suspect arrested in Killeen, Texas (08/30/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A shooting suspect was tracked to Texas where law enforcement officers took him into custody Tuesday. Cortne Mantez Beasley, 25, of Sikeston fled Sunday after being involved in a shooting, which left one person injured. Following the incident, Beasley was charged with three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action...
Cape Girardeau City Council to meet Tuesday due to holiday (08/30/12)
The city of Cape Girardeau has rescheduled its study session and regular meeting for Tuesday, due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Monday each month. Study session begins at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall...
USDA expands emergency grazing on conservation land (08/30/12)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers who continue to be affected by the drought, according to an agency news release...
Benton prepares for weekend's annual Neighbor Days festival (08/30/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- The tradition of being neighborly continues this weekend during the annual Benton Neighbor Days as a parade and activities for all ages are planned. "It's a good, fun-filled weekend, and it's family-oriented," said Barry Urhahn, chairman of the weekend's event, which is sponsored by the Benton Chamber of Commerce. "Walk around and say ‘Howdy, neighbor,' and if you pick the right person to say it to, you get $5."...
Jackson hosts customer appreciation event (08/30/12)
The city of Jackson will host the ninth annual Customer Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the recycling center, 508 Eastview Court. The event is a way of thanking everyone who participates in Jackson's recycling program. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to enter to win free curbside recycling. ...
Two in Perryville arrested in drug investigation (08/30/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two Perryville residents were arrested Wednesday in an ongoing undercover drug investigation, the Perry County Sheriff's Department said in a release. Renee D. Wallace, 44, and James W. Weigel Jr., 52, faced felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance, Weigel from a July 25 incident and Wallace from a June 16 incident. Both were being held at the Perry County Jail on $30,000 bonds...
Woman has chance at $10,000 grant (08/30/12)
Tammy Hargis of Cape Girardeau is a finalist in Ameren Missouri's "Power Changes" program with the chance to win a $10,000 grant for New Vision Youth and Family Services. Hargis can be voted for on Ameren's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AmerenMissouri. Voting concludes Friday...
Highway 61 Yard Sale set for Labor Day weekend (08/30/12)
Labor Day weekend is celebrated by many as the end of summer. Today through Saturday, people who want to get outside can also shop as about 65 miles of yard sales will be open for the Highway 61 Yard Sale. The sale is set to begin at the municipal courthouse in Jackson and stretch north to Bloomsdale, Mo...
Missouri prepares for hurricane remnants (08/30/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Drought-stricken Missouri is preparing for what has been an unusual occurrence this summer -- a couple of rainy days. Forecasters expect remnants of tropical storm Isaac to reach Missouri on Friday, with rain spreading over southern, central and eastern portions. The National Weather Service says the St. Louis region could get 3 to 5 inches...
Well drillers offering water witching (08/30/12)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Well driller Randy Gebke usually uses a geology database and other high-tech tools to figure out where to sink new water wells for clients. But if asked, he'll grab two wires, walk across the property, waiting for the wires to cross to find a place to drill...
40,000 sign Planned Parenthood petition on Akin (08/30/12)
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) -- Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape. About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting...
Isaac brings higher gas prices, south and north (08/30/12)
NEW YORK -- Drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as the last heavy driving weekend of the summer approaches. As Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation's oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast, it's delivering sharply higher pump prices to storm-battered residents of Louisiana and Mississippi -- and also to unsuspecting drivers up north in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio...
New Orleans avoids direct blow from Hurricane Isaac (08/30/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain...
New York City attempts to identify thousands of unclaimed dead (08/30/12)
NEW YORK -- On a wind-swept island off New York City, the remains of 850,000 people rest in pine boxes in a grid of covered trenches -- but many are not resting in peace. They are the unidentified or unclaimed dead who have been found around the nation's largest city -- often with little hope of a loved one ever knowing their fate. ...
Ryan: Romney won't ‘duck tough issues' on economy (08/30/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan welcomed "the calling of my generation" to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and pledged that Mitt Romney will not duck the difficult decisions needed to repair the economy if he gains the White House this fall...
Man gets 40 years to life for dismembering boy in NYC (08/30/12)
NEW YORK -- A hardware store clerk was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy, bringing an end to a gruesome crime that horrified a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn...
Police: 11 hit by 100-year-old driver near L.A. school (08/30/12)
LOS ANGELES -- A 100-year-old man backed his car on to a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles just after classes had ended Wednesday, authorities said. Four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived but they were stabilized and were in serious condition at a hospital, city fire Capt. Jaime Moore said. Everyone was expected to survive, he said...
CDC: West Nile cases rise 40 percent in 1 week (08/30/12)
West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday. So far this year, 1,590 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 66 deaths...
Montana rancher shoots bear that breaks into house (08/30/12)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A Montana rancher shot and killed a black bear that broke into his house along the Rocky Mountain Front and raided the pantry. Lane Yeager told the Great Falls Tribune he returned home near Choteau at about 9 p.m. Monday when he saw a bear run in front of him as he went to turn on the lights...
Men rob Ohio victim but make sure he has bus fare (08/30/12)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Police say robbers who held up an Ohio man at gunpoint gave him back enough money for bus fare before running away. It happened at a Dayton bus stop on Tuesday morning. The Dayton Daily News reported that two men walked up, and one of them put a gun to the victim's forehead and ordered him to hand over everything in his pockets...
Today in History (08/30/12)
Today is Thursday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2012. There are 123 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 30, 1862, Confederate forces won victories against the Union at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va., and the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky...
In Arctic, Greenpeace picks new fight with old foe (08/30/12)
STOCKHOLM -- Companies are rushing to exploit Arctic resources -- and Greenpeace is determined to thwart that stampede. Employing the same daredevil tactics it has used against nuclear testing or commercial whaling, the environmental group is now dead-set on preventing oil companies from profiting from global warming by drilling for oil near the Arctic's shrinking ice cap...
Former official denies Israel poisoned Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (08/30/12)
JERUSALEM -- A former Israeli official on Wednesday denied suspicions that Israel poisoned Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as France prepared to begin an investigation into his possible murder following a Swiss lab's claim that it found traces of a deadly substance on his belongings...
Egypt pulls back some tanks from Sinai (08/30/12)
EL-ARISH, Egypt -- Egypt on Wednesday withdrew some of the tanks it deployed near the Israeli and Gaza borders as part of a military operation against militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The tank deployment earlier this month had brought complaints from Israel since the peace treaty between the two countries bans such heavy weapons from a zone along the border. ...
Jackson softball team scores in seventh to dump rival Central (08/30/12)
Many of the Jackson and Central softball team members play together during the summer, which helps make their rivalry a friendly one. Not that it doesn't get intense. "They beat us in our senior game last year, and it broke our hearts," Jackson senior Brooke Whitledge said...
High school roundup: Jackson tennis team remains unbeaten (08/30/12)
All the local high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Moore hired as Southeast Missouri State women's tennis coach (08/30/12)
Josh Moore, who started the women's tennis program at Division II Texas A&M Kingsville, has been hired to try and turn around Southeast Missouri State's struggling Division I program. Moore was announced as the Redhawks' new coach Wednesday. He replaces Mark Elliott, whose contract was not renewed in April after six seasons...
Six individuals, one team to join Southeast Hall of Fame (08/30/12)
The 1999-2000 men's basketball team that earned the program's only NCAA Division I tournament berth will be among the inductees to the Southeast Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in February. Individuals announced for induction Tuesday are Ron and Mary Hines (sports information, 1980 to 2009), Jim Hamby (assistant football coach, 1958 to 1968), Galen McSpadden (baseball, 1971 to 1974), Christine (Ridenour) Vanatta (cross country/track & field, 1982 to 1984) and Beverly Slaughter (track & field, 1981).. ...
Alvarez stays hot as Pirates top Cardinals 5-0 (08/30/12)
PITTSBURGH -- A special season on the verge of collapse, the Pittsburgh Pirates steadied themselves behind Pedro Alvarez. The third baseman stayed hot, blasting his 26th homer of the season and driving in three runs as the Pirates rolled to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night. Alvarez's three-run shot in the third gave him seven home runs and 23 RBI in 15 games against the defending world champions...
who's neXt 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
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Sikeston teen organizing walk to help stop diabetes (08/30/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- On the outside, Jordan Crawford is just like any other 14-year-old girl. She goes to school and church, hangs out with friends and plays volleyball and basketball. On the inside, however, Crawford has a daily fight with diabetes, and now the freshman at Sikeston High School wants to help increase awareness in the Sikeston area by coordinating the Community Walk to Stop Diabetes...
Next up 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
FRIDAY "Lawless," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "The Possession," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Marvel's The Avengers," rated PG-13, showing again @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY NEXT WEEK "The Sims 3: Supernatural" PC "Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 -- Collection 4" Xbox360...
Hooked on Science: Squeeze bottle rocket (08/30/12)
Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, helped spark a love for science in our country when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon July 20, 1969. Help the love of science continue by using a Kool-Aid Bursts bottle and a few other materials from around the house to create a rocket...
Robert Blank (08/30/12)
In the afternoon of Aug. 28, 2012, God called home Robert Paul "Bob" Blank, 74, of Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 26, 1938, at home, to Charles Paul and Gladys Whitticre Blank of Cape Girardeau. He and Gaye Foeste were married Jan. 19, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was his partner, best friend and love of life...
Thomas Crites (08/30/12)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Thomas Jacob "Tom" Crites, 87, of Bloomington, Ind., a World War II submarine veteran, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, surrounded by the love of his family at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, following a brave battle with cancer...
Milford Davis (08/30/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Milford G. Davis, 86, of Tamms died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at his home. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Anna, with John Watson officiating. ...
Brenda Euler (08/30/12)
Brenda Euler, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau handled the arrangements.
Marla Green (08/30/12)
UNION, Mo. -- Marla Green, 62, of Union passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1950, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Enos and Eileen Morningstar Browning. She and Richard Green were married Nov. 9, 1968, in St. Clair County, Ill...
Jimmy Joyner (08/30/12)
CAIRO, Ill. — Jimmy G. Joyner, 60, of Cairo died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home. A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fat Boy's in Cairo. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is serving the family.
Anna Kieffer (08/30/12)
O'FALLON, Mo. -- Anna Thele Kieffer, 88, of O'Fallon died Sunday, July 29, 2012. Loving wife of the late Theodore A. Kieffer; beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Wilhelmina Thele; devoted mother of Martin (Barbara) Kieffer, Donna (Dale) Frost and Carol (Daniel) Barr; cherished grandmother of Rachel York, Craig Frost, Mark Frost, Andrew Barr, Sarah Barr, David Kieffer and Patrick Kieffer; honored great-grandmother of five; and dear sister of Loretta Aschoff...
Judith Menz (08/30/12)
Judith Mae Menz, 64, of Scott City passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 21, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, to Everett Harold and Virginia Mae Heisserer Wylder. Judith had worked at Western Sizzlin Steak House and Colonial Bread in Cape Girardeau many years, and at Ely Walker. She was a kind and loving person to all who knew her...
Kaylea Pobst (08/30/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Kaylea Faith Pobst of Oran passed away shortly after birth Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis. Survivors include her parents, David Andrew and Diane Lea Schreckenberg Pobst of Oran; a brother, Drew Pobst of the home; maternal grandparents, Patrick and Fern Schreckenberg of Leopold, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Melvin and Melissa Pobst of Oran; and paternal great-grandmother, Nadene Phillips of Oran...
Earl Stratton (08/30/12)
Earl Richard Stratton, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Feb. 27, 1933, at Marble Hill, Mo., to Melvin and Thelma Fox Stratton. He and Wilma Stephens were married March 13, 1953, at Marble Hill...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assaults...
Out of the past 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
The Rev. Richard C. Rolwing is installed as pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral at a morning service; he is installed by the Rev. Stephen Schneider, acting as the representative of Bishop John J. Leibrecht; a reception follows in the school cafeteria. The Rev. Henry "Hank" Murray is guest speaker and musician at an evening service at First Free Will Baptist Church...
Academic success (08/30/12)
We regularly write editorials encouraging support for local athletic teams. As exhilarating as it is to watch these young people compete, it's even better when the athletes earn personal and team recognition for their work off the field of play. Recently the Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team was recognized as the 2012 academic national runner-up, according to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women. ...
Voters come second (08/30/12)
I don't know where you have been for the last 50 or so years, but double standards have existed in the politics arena forever. Name calling and mud slinging is what makes politicians avoid the needs of the American people. The voters have always been second when election time arrives, and as long as we keep them in office for a lifetime we should not complain about our serious living conditions that exist today and will worsen as time goes by...
Speak Out 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
Those of us who work for the U.S. Postal Service would also like to be on a schedule. We never know when our mail will arrive out at the rural post offices. Trucks are late into and out of the Cape Girardeau plant -- there is something every day. ...
Prayer 8/30/12 (08/30/12)
O Lord God, may we first seek your kingdom and your righteousness. Amen.
Nuns on the Bus Coming to Cape Girardeau (08/30/12)
Press Release: NETWORK Missouri Nuns Launch Bus Tour Highlighting How Federal Budget Cuts Harm Struggling Families FOR RELEASE: August 30, 2012 CONTACT: Mary Ann McGivern maryann.mcgivern@gmail.com 314.324.1050 Alice Kitchen akitchen1@kc.rr.com 708.228.7544...
School Board names new library (08/30/12)
At its monthly meeting Monday, August 27, the Cape Girardeau Public School Board of Education voted unanimously to name the recently-completed library at Cape Central Junior High School "Louis Lorimier Library," in honor of the French-Canadian credited with founding Cape Girardeau. ...
What Your Blood Type Says About Your Health (08/30/12)
Belmarra Health Source: http://www.belmarrahealth.com/heart-health/what-your-blood-type-says-about-your-health/ You probably already know that if you want to preserve your health and live longer, then a healthy diet, regular exercise and proper cardiac care can help you to do just that. ...
Superintendent Outlines Goals of PLC (08/30/12)
Superintendent of Cape Girardeau Public Schools Dr. Jim Welker recently outlined the goals of a district-wide instructional initiative being rolled out this school year. "This summer we began the process of becoming a district-wide Professional Learning Community (PLC)," he said. "While the implementation continues for several years, I am extremely excited about beginning the process."...
Last contract awarded for bond issue (08/30/12)
A significant event occurred Monday night, Aug. 27, when the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Board of Education awarded a contract to High-Tech Communications of Cape Girardeau to furnish audio-visual equipment for the new Richard D. Kinder Performance Hall, pictured here. ...
Sweet Potato Blooms (08/30/12)
Sweet potato plants do not usually bloom. Once in a lifetime we've seen blooms--a couple years ago. Now this year they are blooming, and the bees are humming!How unusual is this?
US Bank donates $1200 to Habitat for Humanity (08/30/12)
US Bank donated $1200 to Habitat for Humanity. US Bancorp Foundation donates to organizations that offer support to programs that improve the educational and economic opportunites of low and moderate income families. Pictured from the left are Stan Penn, Regional President at US Bank, Justin Kertz, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity, and Jim Ham, Vice President at US Bank...
US Bank donates $2500 to Old Town Cape (08/30/12)
US Bank donates $2500 to Old Town Cape, Inc. Old Town Cape is heavily focused on commercial revitalization and economic development activities for the downtown area. Pictured from the left are Jim Ham, Vice President at US Bank, Stan Penn, Regional President at US Bank, Marla Mills, Executive Director for Old Town Cape, Lisa Bertrand, President for Old Town Cape, & Cindy Friend, Treasury Management Consultant at US Bank...
Lexi turns 20 years old! (08/30/12)
Lexi's longevity is attributed to lots of love from her family and friends, occasional chocolates (which she has stolen from various hiding places), and having no children! She's not doing too bad for 140---in dog years!
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