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Stories from Friday, August 31, 2012

Cobb School sign to be dedicated Saturday; alumni to hold reunion (08/31/12)
This weekend, part of Cape Girardeau's history will be observed. A sign will be dedicated in front of the John S. Cobb School at 1 p.m. Saturday on the former school site, at the corner of Merriweather and Ellis streets. Speakers will include Alyssa Lage from the Historic Preservation Commission, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger and Linda Cobb, granddaughter of John S. ...
Cape Girardeau among districts vying for Race to the Top grants (08/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- More than a dozen Missouri school districts are among nearly 900 nationwide planning to apply for a slice of nearly $400 million in grants from the U.S. Education Department. The department announced Friday that the unaccredited school systems of Kansas City, St. ...
Cape school committee shaping pilot '1:1' tech program (08/31/12)
A pilot program to provide portable personal computers to Cape Girardeau students took form Thursday as a committee hammered out some of the issues involved. Twenty-three members of the Action Research Committee met at the Adult Education Center to study the "1:1" program, which ultimately seeks to provide netbooks for every student in the Cape Girardeau School District...
Suspect in Jackson shootout bound over for trial (08/31/12)
A Jackson man facing criminal charges for assaulting his estranged spouse and initiating a shootout with police in June was apparently being treated by a Veterans Affairs psychologist for post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the incident, his wife testified in court Thursday. Lawrence Guthrie, 46, was bound over for trial by Judge Gary Kamp, who set a Sept. 10 arraignment before Judge Benjamin Lewis.
Motion to dismiss lawsuit against Mo. House candidate's firm denied (08/31/12)
If elected to the 148th District seat of the Missouri House in November, Republican candidate Holly Rehder would like to see legislation passed that she believes would benefit small businesses, such as making Missouri a right-to-work state and passing a "loser pays" law that could protect businesses against frivolous lawsuits.
Perryville fireworks display postponed a day (08/31/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perryville Chamber of Commerce announced on its Facebook page the firework display scheduled for Sunday at Perryville City Park has been postponed to Monday. The weather forecast was the reason. "We want to continue to pray for rain on Sunday," organizer Beth Guth said...
Comments sought on Cypress Creek refuge (08/31/12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it is seeking public comment on a draft habitat management plan and environmental assessment for Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Cypress Creek is in Alexander, Union, Johnson and Pulaski counties in Illinois. Once approved, the plan will direct the management of habitats on the refuge for the next 15 years...
Crews continue installing storm sirens in Poplar Bluff (08/31/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The residents of Poplar Bluff will soon be better alerted to impending severe weather as crews continue installing seven new early warning sirens around town. "The safety of our citizens is paramount to not only the fire chief [Ralph Stucker] and I, but also the city manager and council," explained Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland...
Perry County resident assists in arrest of theft suspects (08/31/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perry County woman who witnessed two men reportedly stealing from her barn and shed helped police nab the suspects.
Suspects bail from moving vehicle after police chase in Poplar Bluff (08/31/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Acting on a tip as to the location of a suspected stolen vehicle, local police officers were led on an alleged high-speed pursuit through Poplar Bluff on Wednesday morning, which ended with the suspects bailing out of the moving car...
Missouri state troopers to be out in force over Labor Day weekend (08/31/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- While Southeast Missouri residents enjoy a break during the Labor Day weekend, Missouri State Highway Patrol officers will be on the job. Once again, officers in Troop E will take part in the 20-Mile Trooper project to promote safety and to reduce the number of crashes in the Troop E area from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3...
Missouri Foundation for Health awards grants to local organizations (08/31/12)
The Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded grants to three not-for-profit groups in Southeast Missouri. The Perry County Senior Citizens Center in Perryville, Mo., received $75,000, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging in Cape Girardeau received $150,000 and Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau received $250,000. The foundation's Basic Support program funds operational expenses for health-related not-for-profits' existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies...
St. Louis woman faces statutory rape charge (08/31/12)
A St. Louis woman was arrested Thursday by the Scott County Sheriff's Department following a sexual assault investigation. Searea Ann Miller, 21, is charged with one count of statutory rape, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said in a news release. The department received a report Aug. ...
New Cape school library named after Lorimier (08/31/12)
The Cape Girardeau School Board has named the new library at Central Junior High in honor of city founder Louis Lorimier. According to a news release, the board voted unanimously Monday to name the library the Louis Lorimier Library. Funding for the library came in part from the sale of the Louis J. Schultz school, which was deeded by Lorimier to the city for the establishment of a public school...
Fallen soldier exhibit to be at Arena Building (08/31/12)
The "Remembering Our Fallen" photo gallery of Missouri's fallen servicemen and women will be on exhibit Sept. 8 to 15 at the Arena Building during the 157th SEMO District Fair. The exhibit, which will be free, was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions, sponsored by Bellevue University and endorsed the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. For more information, visit http://www.rememberingourfallen.org...
Local United Way announces fundraising goal at campaign kickoff event (08/31/12)
Organizers of this year's United Way of Southeast Missouri fundraising campaign are feeling confident they can achieve their goal of $950,000. Darrick Johnson, family care plant manager at Procter & Gamble, will head up the 2012-2013 campaign.
I-55 in Pemiscot County reduced for bridge maintenance (08/31/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. --- Southbound Interstate 55 between County Road 501 and Route J in Pemiscot County will be reduced as crews perform bridge maintenance. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Route H in Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (08/31/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route H in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs. The bridge is between Hawaii Drive and County Road 504. Weather permitting, the work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Queen of the Mississippi stops in Cape (08/31/12)
Donna and Bob Davenport walk along the Mississippi River Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2012, to get a look at the Queen of the Mississippi riverboat while it is docked along the floodwall in downtown Cape Girardeau. "It's nice and quiet and beautiful here," Bob Davenport said. "We come down to the river almost every evening."...
Missouri attorney general: No appeal on ballot item (08/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday he won't appeal a judge's decision to rewrite the summary voters will see for a health insurance ballot measure, calling the judge's revised version a truer reflection of state lawmakers' intent.
Isaac promises drought relief, lousy holiday (08/31/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- When drought made Fourth of July fireworks a fire hazard, organizers in Chesterfield, Mo., decided to try again Labor Day weekend. Go figure: Now rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac has forced them to cancel again. The storm is expected to drop several inches of rain over parts of Midwest this weekend, and residents are preparing for a soggy holiday with mixed emotions. ...
2 Illinois men die in Missouri small plane crash (08/31/12)
CANTON, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the crash of a small plane in northeast Missouri that killed both men on board. Lewis County, Mo., authorities identified the victims Thursday as 74-year-old John R. Johnson, of Carbondale, Ill., and 47-year-old Carl S. Maiden, of DuQuoin, Ill...
Mo. prepares for remnants of Isaac (08/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri was preparing Thursday for what has been an unusual occurrence this drought-stricken summer -- several rainy days. Forecasters anticipate remnants of what had been Hurricane Isaac will drop several inches of rain in Missouri, with precipitation expected to start before dawn today in southern Missouri. ...
First since '52: No talk of war in GOP speech (08/31/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war. Three election cycles after the 2001 terrorist attacks, neither Romney nor his running mate, Rep. ...
Romney makes his case: 'Jobs, lots of jobs' (08/31/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House with a personal speech to the Republican National Convention and a prime-time TV audience Thursday night, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times...
Weakening Isaac hovers over waterlogged La. (08/31/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods...
Defense: Colo. theater shooting suspect made call before attack (08/31/12)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The suspect in the Colorado shooting rampage tried to call his university psychiatrist nine minutes before he opened fire during a Batman movie premiere, defense attorneys revealed in court Thursday. James Holmes placed the call to an after-hours number at a hospital at the University of Colorado, Anschutz campus, where psychiatrist Lynne Fenton could be reached, defense attorney Tamara Brady said...
Gov't won't bring charges over CIA interrogations (08/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department announced Thursday it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bringing criminal charges. The decision in the probes of the deaths of two terrorist suspects marks the end of a wide-ranging criminal investigation by federal prosecutor John Durham into interrogation practices during the presidency of George W. Bush...
Unemployment applications flat at 374,000 (08/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 374,000, suggesting slow improvement in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, increased to 370,250...
Spacewalking astronauts stymied by sticky bolts (08/31/12)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Sticky bolts proved too much for spacewalking astronauts Thursday, forcing them to leave a new power-switching box dangling from the International Space Station instead of firmly bolted down. NASA scrambled to reduce the power demands of the orbiting lab and balance the electrical load, while mapping out a plan that could have the astronauts going back out as early as next week to tackle the problem...
Today in History (08/31/12)
Today is Friday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2012. There are 122 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 31, A.D. 12, Caligula, who was Roman Emperor from A.D. 37 to A.D. 41, was born. On this date: In 1886, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.3 devastated Charleston, S.C., killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey...
Syrian activists say rebels shot down warplane (08/31/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian activists said rebels shot down a government warplane over the northern province of Idlib on Thursday, the second time in a week that opposition fighters claimed to have brought down an aircraft in the escalating civil war. Two activist groups, The Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the plane was seen crashing near the Abu Zuhour air base. ...
U.N. nuclear agency: Iran hampers probe (08/31/12)
VIENNA -- Iran has effectively shut down a probe of a site suspected of being used for work on nuclear weapons development while doubling the number of machines it could use to make the core of nuclear warheads at an underground bunker safe from airborne attack, the U.N. nuclear agency said in a report Thursday...
Perryville football game postponed due to weather (08/31/12)
Perryville High School postponed its football game against Lift For Life Academy scheduled for Friday night due to possible severe weather. The Pirates will host Lift For Life at 1 p.m. Monday. Other local football games are still on for tonight. The starting time was moved up to 6 p.m. for the Scott City at St. Vincent game and for the St. Charles West at Central game...
Jackson volleyball team falls to Dexter in three games (08/31/12)
Dexter volleyball coach Carmen Morgan had an apt analogy for her team's play Thursday night at Jackson. "There were times tonight that we looked really good, and there were times tonight we looked really bad," Morgan said. "It was like a roller coaster ride."...
High school roundup: Host ND wins pair at SoftballFest (08/31/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Week 2 high school football preview capsules (08/31/12)
Last week: Jackson 48, North County 21; Vianney 39, Francis Howell North 20 Last year: Did not play Outlook: The Indians will face the challenge of stopping junior running back Markel Smith after successfully opening the Brent Eckley era with a victory last week...
Lathrop has solid outing in debut as Southeast Missouri State quarterback (08/31/12)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel had few complaints with the collegiate debut of quarterback Scott Lathrop. Lathrop, a redshirt freshman thrust into the starting role because of a season-ending knee injury to Kyle Snyder, displayed plenty of poise in directing the Redhawks' offense...
Southeast Missouri State football team drops season opener (08/31/12)
The Southeast Missouri State football team put a major scare into a heavily favored opponent Thursday night. But host Central Michigan rallied from a 14-point second-quarter deficit to win 38-27 in the season opener for both squads. An announced crowd of 15,250 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich., saw Southeast fall to 1-17 against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents...
Rams close preseason with dominating win (08/31/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher ended up giving his starters plenty of playing time. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh got what he wanted -- a really long look at his backups. Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in 1 1/2 quarters, giving the Rams an early lead in a 31-17 win on Thursday night...
Cardinals end scoreless drought in loss to Nationals (08/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- Edwin Jackson had the St. Louis Cardinals swinging at pitches in the dirt so often that catcher Jesus Flores ended up with three assists throwing the ball to first after strikeouts. Jackson fanned 10 in eight stellar innings Thursday night as the Washington Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the punchless Cardinals...
August's last day is here ... at last (08/31/12)
The end of August couldn't come too soon this year, as far as I'm concerned. With the arrival of September we are that much closer to cooler days and nippy nights. Thank goodness. I know this area, the Midwest and the nation have endured droughts many times, but it's the current one that matters right now...
Upcoming River Campus season to be as good as previous years, officials say (08/31/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University River Campus is beginning its 2012-2013 season, which will once again offer an array of performing arts events by professional touring companies as well as the school's faculty and students of music, theater and dance...
ARTifacts 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The fifth annual SIRIS Classic Vinyl and Media Sale is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 at the University Mall in Carbondale, across from the food court. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 8 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 9. The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service and WSIU Public Radio, a public broadcasting station of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus, are co-hosting the sale with the mall. ...
Candlebox coming to Scott City (08/31/12)
The Seattle grunge-rock of the '90s will be coming to Scott City next weekend. Bootheel Harley-Davidson, which has outdoor staging, is hosting Grammy-nominated alternative rockers Candlebox on Sept. 7. Candlebox rose to prominence in 1993 with hits "Far Behind" and "You." The group has released five studio albums since, with all achieving multiplatinum or gold certification. ...
It's a mad Madden world (08/31/12)
I have an addiction, and my wife is perfectly fine with it. I indulge after she goes to sleep, and try to keep it down. I wouldn't want to wake her or my baby daughter and let them see me in the middle of it. I have had this addiction for more than a decade. Coping with it has seen its share of highs (2005) and lows (I don't even talk about 2009). But I've stuck it out, and I'm not quitting anytime soon...
Best Bet 8/31/12: Isabella CD preview and fundraiser show (08/31/12)
Local band Isabella has received the opportunity to record their new CD at Glow in the Dark Studio in Atlanta. To help with recording costs, Isabella will be playing a preview show for the new album at 7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus hall in Perryville, Mo. ...
Robert Blank (08/31/12)
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...
John Stokes (08/31/12)
John Nolen Stokes, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Wyatt, Mo., son of the late John Brashears and Velma Stokes. He and Marie Marshall were married May 11, 1984. Stokes was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Thomas Wicker (08/31/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Thomas David Wicker, 47, formerly of Granite City, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at his home in Kennett, where he had lived the past three years. He was born Oct. 11, 1964, in Granite City, son of Troy and Patricia Wicker Coleman...
Willis Sansoucie (08/31/12)
Willis Allen "Red" Sansoucie, 87, of Crystal City, Mo., passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Valles Mines, Mo., son of Minnie Courtway and Lawrence Sansoucie. Survivors include two sons, Tim Sansoucie and wife Karen of Festus, Mo., Thomas White and wife Pat of Springfield, Mo.; three daughters, Kathie Bunster and husband Louis of Jackson, Barbara Drury and husband Delray of Herculaneum, Mo., Laurie Manley and husband James of Plano, Texas; four grandchildren, Kimberly Chronister and husband Andrew, Jason Garms and wife Jennifer, Jaime Sansoucie and William Sansoucie; a great-grandson, Allen Jason Garms; and a sister, Dora Backer of Arnold, Mo.. ...
Births 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
Daughter to Matt Steven and Latasha Nicole Mandrell of Tamms, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:41 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2012. Name, Leila Nicole. Weight, 1 pound, 15 ounces. Mrs. Mandrell is the former Latasha Woodson, daughter of Verlene Cross of Tamms and Howard Ross of Wyatt, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Mandrell are teachers at Egyptian School. He is the son of Marge Mandrell and Dave Mandrell of Hindsboro, Ill...
Jackson fire report 8/29/30 (08/31/12)
*** JACKSON Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: * A medical assist on Kent Street. *** Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * A medical assist on West Adams Street.
Jackson police report 8/30/12 (08/31/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Property Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assaults Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
In a Common Pleas courtroom filled with family, colleges, court personnel and friends, Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., takes the oath as Division I Circuit Judge for the 32nd District; he is sworn in by his father, U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr...
UW campaign (08/31/12)
On Thursday the United Way of Southeast Missouri kicked off its annual campaign. The goal: $950,000. When it comes to helping people in our community, the United Way plays a key role. Thirty agencies and 50 programs are assisted by the organization financially or through other efforts. This means meals for those in need. Educational support for students struggling to read. A helping hand to those facing abuse. The list goes on...
Thanks to local educators (08/31/12)
Back-to-school time creates an excitement in the air, doesn't it? I have felt it the past couple of weeks. It caused me to think about a message delivered by Dr. C.J. Huff, superintendent of the Joplin School District, at our annual meeting in May. He explained that he always knew schools were a significant part of any community, but not truly did he understand how important until a big part of his community was destroyed and many of his students were affected by that destruction. ...
Speak Out 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
I was just reading an article. It was titled "Obama camp offers to pull back on tax attacks if Romney releases five years of returns." What a joke. This administration has nothing substantive to run on, so it resorts to making distractions such as the tax returns. This shows how desperate Obama is. He can't say he's done anything constructive for unemployment or the economy. He is such a sad excuse for a president...
Prayer 8/31/12 (08/31/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we always place our hope in you. Amen.
PHS Football game postponed till Labor Day (08/31/12)
The PHS Football game scheduled for 7 pm Friday, Aug. 31 has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 3 due to a NWS tornado watch in effect for this region through 10 pm Friday. The Pirates will host Lift For Life Academy at 1 pm Monday, Sept. 3 at Pirate Stadium...
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pilot Knob, mo (08/31/12)
Jimmy L. Gockel standing in front of Immanuel Lutheran Church his Great, Great Grandfather August Gockel founded in 1861.
Red Cross Babysitter Training Class (08/31/12)
Babysitter Training class held over the summer. Bailey Seabaugh, Caroline Kasten, Allison Duckworth, Lucas Stricker and Jackson Gerau learned skills and gained confidence for safely handling the responsiblity of caring for young children and infants. They were also given tools to help them start their own babysitting business...
Good Samaritan: Caroline from FedEX (08/31/12)
My grandson wanted to receive a package for his birthday. His birthday was Aug.25th. He wanted Halo toys. I fixed him up a box with the toys. We live in Scott City, Mo. I mailed the package Priority mail Aug.13th. He still has not received it. I went to FedEx to see if they had it. ...
Good Samaritan: Good Samaritan family (08/31/12)
I would like to tell you a bit about my good Samaritans. This is about an entire family that has more or less adopted me along with all my needs. This precious family has met my many needs without any expectations from me. They have driven me to the hospital and taken me to the surgery center for an outpatient procedure -- staying with me to bring me back home. ...
Good Samaritan: Mary Ann Daniel (08/31/12)
Our neighbor, Mary Ann Daniel, is a very helpful and caring neighbor. She waters for many people when they are on vacation -- not just close neighbors, but many others in the surrounding neighborhood. When we were having 100-degree weather, she was sometimes watering four to six hours a day! When she finds out you will be out of town, she volunteers to get you mail, paper and water without you asking her to do this. ...
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