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Dexter woman crowned Mrs. Missouri (09/14/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Ashley Mosier had no intentions of competing in a pageant after she lost her mother to cancer in November 2007. The love of pageants was something that she and her mother, the late Elaine Pursell, shared. "Pageants were something that we both loved, and it was the number one thing that we bonded over," Mosier said from her Dexter home...
Pilot, newspaper reporter sustain minor injuries in plane crash at Cape airport (09/14/12)
An airplane carrying a reporter from the Southeast Missourian crashed Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The reporter and the pilot suffered injuries. James Samons, the newspaper's entertainment reporter, was aboard the airplane to write a column about the experience when it crash-landed just past noon. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. The flight with Samons was organized to promote the city airport's open house on Saturday...
Teenage defendant speaks out publicly for first time since being charged with hate crime (09/14/12)
Mercedes Ayers spent 29 days behind bars this summer, but on Thursday -- three weeks after her release -- she says in many ways it's as if she was never allowed to leave her cell. The 17-year-old may no longer be incarcerated, but she hasn't been allowed to live at home with her parents and siblings. ...
Cape Girardeau County establishes property tax for first time in years (09/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission today set tax levies for the 2012 tax year, including a general revenue property tax that hasn't been levied in years. The county has had the ability to levy the tax, but hasn't done so after a 1979 vote in which county voters approved a sales tax with the promise of a 50 percent reduction of the general revenue property tax. ...
Jackson man remains in critical condition after I-55 accident (09/14/12)
A Jackson man remained in critical condition at a local hospital after his motorcycle accident on Interstate 55 near Cape Girardeau on Saturday, police said. Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said that, as of Wednesday, the man's condition had remained unchanged. ...
EPA settles three area pesticide sales violations (09/14/12)
The Environmental Protection Agency reached settlements with three area organizations over pesticide violations, the agency announced Thursday in a news release. All three cases involved the sale and distribution of plant growth regulators, which are controlled by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. ...
SEMO to host reaccreditation meeting today (09/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State University will host a meeting today concerning its reaccreditation. The open meeting will host two representatives of the Higher Learning Commission who are visiting Southeast to study the university's commitment to the Academic Quality Improvement Program, which centers on quality of education improvements and the university improving its overall performance...
Grenade found in Anna, Ill., newspaper office (09/14/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- A grenade on a desk set off a scare that caused the evacuation of two blocks in Anna on Thursday. Police received a call at 8:35 a.m., according to an Anna Police Department news release, saying a hand grenade was found on a desk at the Democrat-Gazette newspaper. Police evacuated a two-block area while the Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad came in and removed the grenade at about 11:45 a.m. By noon the area was deemed all clear...
Gretchen Wilson concert at SEMO District Fair draws more than 1,500 (09/14/12)
Country singer Gretchen Wilson invited about 1,550 fans to get rowdy with her Thursday night at the grandstand in Arena Park during the SEMO District Fair. Wilson began the show with her song "Here For The Party." After the song was finished, she asked the crowd, "What about you? You here for the party tonight?" The crowd seemed to agree as they were yelling, clapping, singing along and dancing...
VA plans events in Southeast Missouri to help homeless veterans (09/14/12)
A series of events this month in Southeast Missouri is aimed at helping homeless veterans get the services they need. Project Homeless Connect -- Veteran Stand Down events will take place in five communities, including Cape Girardeau, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the VA Outpatient Clinic...
Local legislator selected for drought recovery panel (09/14/12)
State Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, has been selected as part of a group of legislators and citizens who will evaluate the effect of this year's drought on Missouri's agriculture industry. Hodges was selected by House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, to serve as a member of the Interim Commission on Agriculture Innovation and Economic Recovery...
Wednesday night accident shuts down southbound I-55 in Cape County (09/14/12)
An overturned tractor-trailer shut down southbound lanes of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County Wednesday night. Trooper Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said traffic had to be rerouted onto U.S. 61 at exit 129 at Perryville to exit 105 at Fruitland for around three hours while crews cleared the scene...
Man who died in Poplar Bluff police custody used bath salts (09/14/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A man who died while in Poplar Bluff police custody had bath salts in his system, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers. Charles A. Riels, 40, of Poplar Bluff died July 5 due to excited delirium syndrome aggravated by the use of bath salts, Akers said...
Cape County restores tax rate for disabilities board (09/14/12)
Members of the Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities will have more to work with after this year now that the county commission has restored the full amount of the tax levy that funds its activities. In 2011, commissioners rolled back by half the amount the board receives, citing worry about taxpayer money going to pay attorney's fees in a legal dispute with VIP Industries, which is reimbursed by the board for the costs of running the sheltered workshop for developmentally disabled people in Cape Girardeau County.. ...
Fundraiser for Levi Collom exhibit to be Sunday (09/14/12)
The Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau will host Celebrate Life, a fundraiser for the Levi Stephen Collom Fund on Sunday. Celebrate Life is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. There will be face-painting by local artist Aaron Horrell, sand digs led by Arrow Head Fred, mini-cupcakes, crafts, games and more...
Bank failure in Missouri brings 2012 total to 42 (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators on Friday closed a small bank in Missouri, bringing to 42 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said it seized Truman Bank, based in St. Louis. The bank had about $282.3 million in assets and $245.7 million in deposits as of June 30...
Month later, Illinois woman learns she had lottery winner (09/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- An Illinois woman who bought a lottery ticket in Missouri is the winner of a $1 million prize, but it took about a month before she knew it. Lottery officials say 57-year-old Debra Almonroeder of Godfrey, Ill., had five winning numbers in the Aug. 4 Powerball drawing. The numbers were 19, 30, 48, 53 and 55. She purchased her winning ticket at Safi Amoco in St. Louis while on her way to work...
Hundreds of fake football tickets sold for MU game (09/14/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri officials are warning football fans to watch out for fake tickets to the games. Police say hundreds of fake tickets were detected at last Saturday's game against Georgia. Chad Moller, spokesman for the Missouri athletic department, said a review of ticket scanners after the game found 400 "missed scans." Moller says some of those scans might have been on legitimate tickets but most were probably fake tickets...
Rain eases drought as Midwest corn harvest unfolds (09/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The latest update on the nation's worst drought in decades shows that farmers bringing in their weakened corn crops caught some relief with recent rains that soaked much of middle America. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows two-thirds of Iowa now in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That's because the amount of that state in extreme drought rose slightly while the swath in exceptional drought remained unchanged at 2.4 percent...
Stunt motorcycle riders coming to St. Louis on Saturday; police watching (09/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- As motorcycle stunt riders gather this weekend in St. Louis, authorities have words of warning to the riders: They'll be watching. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that social networking websites are promoting the Streetfighterz Ride of the Century 2012, scheduled for Saturday in St. Louis. More than 2,000 people are expected to take part...
Remains in Northwest Missouri grave to be exhumed (09/14/12)
KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) -- Researchers trying to confirm if a member of the Jesse James gang was buried in a northwest Missouri cemetery can exhume his suspected remains for DNA testing, a judge has ruled. Clay County Circuit Judge A. Rex Gabbert granted permission Thursday for researchers to dig up the remains, thought to be the 19th century outlaw Clell Miller, from the Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney...
Report: St. Louis VA makes 'vast improvements' (09/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The federal government has closed its investigation of the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis, citing "vast improvements" in its sterilization procedures. The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General issued the report Wednesday, more than two years after sterilization concerns were first raised at the John Cochran VA Medical Center...
Obama honors memory of Libya attack victims (09/14/12)
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday honored the four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, recalling their lives in deeply personal terms and declaring the United States will never pull back on its principles or "retreat from the world."...
U.S. braces for more violence resulting from anti-Islam film (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Now it is bracing for another potential eruption of violent demonstrations in parts of the Muslim world after Friday's weekly prayers -- traditionally a time of protest in the Middle East and North Africa...
Anti-Islam filmmaker identified (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities identified a Southern California man who is on federal probation for financial crimes as the key figure behind an anti-Muslim film that has spawned mob violence against American embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday...
Talks to end teachers strike in Chicago make progress (09/14/12)
CHICAGO -- The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they were drawing closer to a deal to end the nearly weeklong strike...
Romney returns to criticizing Obama on economy (09/14/12)
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of "failing American workers" by ignoring Chinese trade violations, and seized on new Federal Reserve attempts to boost the economy as proof the administration's policies are not working...
Tax on Amazon purchases in California begins Saturday (09/14/12)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Online retailer Amazon.com has tried to become all things to all consumers, but in California, it is about to take on a role it has fought against for years: tax collector. The change, which takes effect this weekend, comes after years of back and forth between the world's largest online mall and the California Legislature over whether Internet retailers should have to charge sales tax. ...
Hurricane Isaac sends U.S. jobless claims up to 382K (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 367,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the fourth straight week to 375,000...
Fed unveils open-ended steps to aid economy (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by the chronically weak U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive effort Thursday to boost the stock market and make borrowing cheaper for years to come. And it made clear it won't stop there and is ready to try other stimulative measures if hiring doesn't pick up...
NYC Board of Health bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants (09/14/12)
NEW YORK -- New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned by others as a blatant intrusion into people's lives by a busybody mayor...
Today in History (09/14/12)
Today is Friday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2012. There are 108 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was moved to write a poem after witnessing how an American flag flying over Maryland's Fort McHenry withstood a night of British bombardment during the War of 1812; the poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," later became the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."...
Syria rebel commander: Sunni jihadists are after Shiite hostages (09/14/12)
AZAZ, Syria -- A Syrian rebel commander holding 10 Lebanese Shiites hostage said Thursday he is willing to release the men but fears doing so could set off a wave of reprisal attacks by Sunni extremists. What began as an effort to force Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah to stop supporting the Syrian regime has become the latest flashpoint in a conflict with growing sectarian overtones...
Pakistani farmers angry at fertilizer counterterror tactic (09/14/12)
MIR ALI, Pakistan -- Pakistan's effort to cut off the flow of fertilizer to militants using it to make bombs in this key tribal sanctuary along the Afghan border has outraged local farmers, who complain the policy has cut their crop yields in half...
Rights group: Politicians tied to clashes in Kenya (09/14/12)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan authorities should expand investigations into the alleged roles of four politicians in clashes in the country's southeast which killed 110 people in three weeks, an international human rights group said Thursday President Mwai Kibaki late Wednesday sacked assistant Livestock Development Minister Dhado Godhana after he was charged in court with inciting the violence...
Candidate uses porn clips to sex up Bosnia race (09/14/12)
ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- A mayoral candidate in Bosnia's fourth-largest city is using one of the Internet's greatest lures -- pornography -- to draw attention to his campaign. Mirad Hadziahmetovic is an independent candidate with a relatively slim chance of winning the October election in Zenica...
Advance volleyball team rolls to pair of 25-18 victories against Leopold (09/14/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- The Advance volleyball team switched roles with Leopold on Thursday night, and the result switched as well. "Volleyball's an offensive game," Advance coach Dana Below said. "You really have to be offensive, and whoever's got the offense puts the other team on defense all the time...
High school roundup: Notre Dame softball team turns back Jackson 9-4 (09/14/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Local high school football preview capsules for Week 4 (09/14/12)
Last week: Central 35, Poplar Bluff 14; Jackson 34, Farmington 15 Last year: Poplar Bluff 45, Jackson 27 Outlook: The Indians are 3-0 under first-year coach Brent Eckley heading into tonight's game, having surpassed their win total from last season's 2-8 campaign...
Redhawks will play Mizzou in 2013 baseball season (09/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State's 2013 baseball schedule released Thursday is highlighted by 31 home games and matchups with six NCAA regional teams from last year. Austin Peay, Belmont, Creighton, Missouri, Missouri State and Oral Roberts all qualified for an NCAA Regional in 2012...
Southeast Missouri State football team to visit winless Salukis (09/14/12)
Southern Illinois football coach Dale Lennon believes the rivalry between the Salukis and Southeast Missouri State has taken on a different vibe since 2010. That was the year the Redhawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to pull off a 24-21 upset of SIU, which was ranked fifth nationally at the time and was playing just its second game in its $25 million Saluki Stadium...
He maketh me to lie down on the greens ... (09/14/12)
Imagine my surprise when I found Louis J. Lorimier's golf diary in my very own backyard. Here's how it happened:I decided to dig a cistern in the hopes that normal rainfall will someday return to Southeast Missouri. With a cistern, I would be able to store water to be used during extended dry spells like the one we are currently enduring...
'Smell of the Kill' examines dark side of suburban success (09/14/12)
Television may have "Desperate Housewives," but Wisteria Lane's got nothing on the wives of Wilmette in Michele Lowe's "The Smell of the Kill." This sharp-witted black comedy, which makes its River City Players dinner theater debut this evening at Port Cape Girardeau's Yacht Club, is a fast-paced story of three suburban women who forge a plot to kill their insufferable husbands during their monthly round-robin dinner party. ...
Headley Grange at Rhymer's (09/14/12)
Headley Grange brings its live show to Rhymer's on the Plaza at 9 p.m. Saturday. Headley Grange is a four-piece, progressive power blues act with influences from blues and classic rock. The band is working on its second album in Fox Mountain studio in Nashville, Tenn. A $5 cover gets you in...
Showcase provides opportunities for new SEMO students (09/14/12)
The New Student Showcase is an event for any student new to the Department of Theatre and Dance or to Southeast Missouri State University. It is an opportunity for students to show their talent to the theater and dance faculty and staff, and to the community by performing a scene, singing or dancing. According to Amy Fritsche, faculty member and organizer of this year's event, there will be four singers, seven acting scenes and 16 dancers...
ARTifacts 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
Joe and Vicki Price will furnish the music at Tunes at Twilight at 6:30 p.m. today at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo in Cape Girardeau. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. The concert is free to all ages. For more information, call Old Town Cape at 334-8085 or visit www.oldtowncape.org/events...
The festival that was (and should be again) (09/14/12)
With summer fading out, I can't help but think about a fall festival that's long gone now. Every fall for 14 years, music filled the air in downtown Cape Girardeau. Local and touring talent was put on display on both indoor and outdoor stages. The River City Music Festival, originally the City of Roses Music Festival, always brought together the great musical talent of the area with the beautiful and historic environment of downtown...
Bill Murray mulls Oscar prospects (09/14/12)
TORONTO -- Most stars shun the "O word" -- Oscar -- when they might be in the running for an Academy Award, not wanting to jinx their chances or look too eager. Bill Murray has no problem dissecting Hollywood's highest honors. A best actor nominee for 2003's "Lost in Translation," Murray could have Oscar prospects again as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hudson," a comic drama that played the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival...
Doris Hargan (09/14/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. — Doris Hargan, 79, of Mounds died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Superior Care Home in Paducah, Ky. Arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill.
Dorothy Latko (09/14/12)
Dorothy Lydia Nussbaum Mateka Latko, 89, of Fairfax, Va., passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at the Almost Home Care Facility in Fairfax. She was born Jan. 28, 1923, near Gordonville, daughter of Truman Leo and Frieda Maag Nussbaum. Dorothy and William John Mateka were married May 7, 1946. He preceded her in death June 30, 1975. She and Stanley Latko were married July 7, 1995...
Michael Smith (09/14/12)
Michael Dewayne Smith, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home...
Rev. Johnny Thomas (09/14/12)
The Rev. Johnny Thomas, 72, of Cape Girardeau departed this life Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Johnny was born July 30, 1940, in Oran, Mo. He confessed his hope in Christ at an early age. He and Earlean Clark were married May 13, 1962, at Sikeston, Mo...
Bernadine Williams (09/14/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Bernadine P. Williams, 66, of Cairo died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at First Central Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church, with Lorenzo Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Births 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
Daughter to Brandon Wayne Gerecke and Hannah Angelee Terry of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Name, Lynlie Ann-Marie. Weight, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Ms. Terry is the daughter of Donna Terry and David Terry of Jackson. She is employed in cardiac progressive at Southeast. Gerecke is the son of Carolyn Gerecke and Gary Gerecke of Cape Girardeau. He is employed by Show-Me Contracting...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission establishes its 1987 general revenue property tax rate at zero for the sixth consecutive year; the commission also approves a tax rate of 23 cents per $100 assessed valuation for the county road and bridge fund. A record number of people are on hand to open this year's SEMO District Fair/Expo; according to fair board president Earl James, 12,358 people attend the opening night; featured before the grandstand is the demolition derby...
Lorimier book (09/14/12)
Linda Clark Nash had a fascination with Pierre de Lorimier from an early age. As a sixth-grade student, she attended Lorimier school in Cape Girardeau -- now city hall. Later she studied about Cape Girardeau's founder in college and has researched the man since...
Speak Out 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
I'm calling from Scott City. I would like to thank the person who put my mailbox back on its post Sunday morning. I appreciate it very much. Thank you. Ryan's experience I find the Speak Out in a recent paper humorous and misinformed about Paul Ryan's age. ...
Prayer 9/14/12 (09/14/12)
O Lord God, may we love one another as you have loved us. Amen.
2012 Supreme Grand Champion Steer (09/14/12)
Gavin Seyer far right with his 2012 Supreme Grand Champion Steer. Left to right, Adam Pleimann, Steve Pleimann, Collin Schabbing, Butch Seyer and Gavin Seyer.
Kelso C-7 Celebrates Grandparents Day (09/14/12)
Kelso C-7 students, faculty, and grandparents celebrate Grandparents' Day by playing bingo and spending time with family and friends. An estimated eighty-four grandparents were in attendance for the fun.
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