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Cape increases portion of casino revenue dedicated to capital improvements (10/05/12)
In 2011, more than $92 million in taxes from gaming went to Missouri's local governments where 12 casinos are, also known as "home dock communities." Those communities built playgrounds and pools, improved sewers, sidewalks and senior centers and bought public safety vehicles, computer software and sprinklers. So it makes sense, say Cape Girardeau's mayor and other city leaders, to follow suit...
Judge: Cape Girardeau leafleting ordinance permanently unenforceable (10/05/12)
A federal judge on Thursday made permanent a temporary injunction against enforcing a long-standing Cape Girardeau anti-litter ordinance, quickly ending a legal quarrel between city officials and a Ku Klux Klan group that argued the municipal law was a violation of its free speech rights.
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeking 60 mentors for Central High students (10/05/12)
In an effort to match more students with mentors, the Cape Girardeau chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking to match 60 students from Central High School with mentors from now until the end of the year. Ashley Beggs, executive director of Cape Girardeau Big Brothers Big Sisters, said the organization depends oin volunteers who want to become mentors...
Anna woman charged with murder of child (10/05/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Anna, Ill., woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a child, according to release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds on Thursday. Stacey R. Tiffin, 39, is accused of suffocating the child Sept. 16. Tiffin is set for a first appearance on 11 a.m., Friday at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro...
Highway 177 in Cape County reduced for drainage repairs (10/05/12)
Highway 177 in Cape GirardeauCounty will be reduced today between Route J and Route V, as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area...
Oran man charged with child abuse (10/05/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- An Oran man has been charged with two counts of felony child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said in a release Thursday. Cameron M. Gettings, 21, was being held in the Scott County Jail on a $25,000 bond...
Preliminary hearing date set in Cape County firefighter arson case (10/05/12)
A November preliminary hearing is set in the case of a volunteer firefighter charged with arson in Cape Girardeau County. Gordon J. Schafer, 23, of Jackson, is now scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Nov. 7. The hearing was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, but was continued...
County, Cape Special Road District to share spot on transportation planning board (10/05/12)
Cape Girardeau County and the Cape Special Road District have decided sharing a seat on a now-forming metropolitan planning organization in the region will best benefit both entities. Formations of such organizations are required under the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 for regions that reach a population of more than 50,000 people. ...
Trial in death of Caruthersville officer moved to St. Charles (10/05/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The man accused of killing a Caruthersville police officer will face trial in St. Charles. KFVS12 reported that the location for the first-degree murder trial of Deonta Williamson was moved Wednesday on a change of venue. Williamson, of suburban St. Louis, is accused in the death of officer Evan Burns...
Motorcycle run to benefit children's center (10/05/12)
McCLURE, Ill. -- L&D Patio in McClure will host a motorcycle run Saturday to benefit the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. The venue will host a carnival run motorcycle riding event, with the first bike out at 10 a.m. Registration starts at noon. Event includes music, silent auction and food. For more information, call Roger Overbeck 573-837-5630 or Tony Mullins 573-803-9129...
Flu shots given at Osage Centre (10/05/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Charlotte Cooper gets a flu shot from nurse Jennifer Volkerding Thursday, Oct. ...
Poplar Bluff man's death penalty case goes again before high court (10/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court again was to hear an appeal Thursday morning from a Poplar Bluff, Mo., man facing the death penalty for killing his daughter's grandmother in 1997. Terrance Anderson, 36, was convicted by a Cape Girardeau County jury in January 2001 of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to die in connection with Debbie Rainwater's July 25, 1997, death...
Cape Girardeau police investigating apartment building vandalism (10/05/12)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a report of an apartment complex that was defaced with spray paint. According to department spokesman Darin Hickey, silver spray paint was extensively applied to the west wall of building G located at 121 East Rodney Drive. A nearby tree was also defaced with the spray paint...
Akin failed to report state pension (10/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade's worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time. Akin's office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. ...
Drought worsens in parts of Midwest (10/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The nation's worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer's withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk. Southeast Missouri, meanwhile, continued to be much wetter than at the height of the summer, when the drought was at its worst locally...
Joplin gets $2.4M to deal with soil problems (10/05/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin will receive $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with soil contamination stirred up by the May 2011 tornado, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. The money, from the Superfund program, will help Joplin test and cleanup soil that was contaminated with lead and cadmium during the EF-5 tornado that ripped through the southwest Missouri city on May 22, 2011, killing 161 people...
WWII ship revealed in low Mississippi (10/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The low water levels on the Mississippi River have revealed the remains of a World War II ship that was ripped from the St. Louis riverfront during floods two decades ago. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the remains of the USS Inaugural are now visible on the Mississippi about half a mile past the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The USS Inaugural was a fleet minesweeper during World War II. It launched in October 1944...
Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost (10/05/12)
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work...
Post-debate: Romney basks, Obama challenges (10/05/12)
DENVER (AP) -- An invigorated Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first face-off with the president, envisioning an inaugural celebration with conservative activists while President Barack Obama looked to rebound by accusing his rival of remaking himself on the debate stage...
FDA: Avoid drugs from company tied to meningitis (10/05/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials ramped up warnings Thursday about a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to a widening outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis, urging doctors and hospitals not to use any products from the company. Investigators this week found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., according to Food and Drug Administration officials...
US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low (10/05/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000 -- an encouraging sign for an economy that's been struggling to create enough jobs...
Hundreds at risk in meningitis outbreak (10/05/12)
NEW YORK -- The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients who were given steroid injections in their backs could be at risk in 23 states...
Job market steadying but remains weak (10/05/12)
WASHINGTON -- The September jobs report that arrives today, a month before the presidential election, will likely sketch a dual picture: The job market continues to heal. Yet it's far from full health. No incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt has faced re-election with unemployment so high. ...
San Francisco Catholic archbishop selection riles gay rights advocates (10/05/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The installation of a new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco -- a backer of California's same-sex marriage ban -- drew support and concern Thursday as the 56-year-old priest assumed the ceremonial seat at St. Mary's Cathedral...
Retailers report growth in sales slower in September (10/05/12)
NEW YORK -- Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending. September sales rose 3.9 percent -- a slowdown from the 6-percent rise in August -- as 22 retailers like Macy's and Costco reported mixed results, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. ...
Today in History (10/05/12)
Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Oct. 5, 1962, The Beatles' first hit recording, "Love Me Do," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone Records. The first James Bond theatrical feature, "Dr. No" starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, premiered in London...
Vote in Venezuela puts 'Chavismo' to critical test (10/05/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- For 14 years, Hugo Chavez has charmed them, inspired them and made them believe he is nothing short of their savior. "Chavistas" are the lifeblood of the Venezuelan leader's leftist movement, and as he runs for re-election on Sunday, the question is whether Chavez still has enough popular appeal to stave off the toughest challenge of his presidency from youthful rival Henrique Capriles...
Turkey could consider military options in Syria (10/05/12)
AKCAKALE, Turkey -- Turkey sanctioned further military action against Syria on Thursday and bombarded targets across the border with artillery for a second day, raising the stakes in a conflict that increasingly is bleeding outside Syrian territory...
Central softball upends Jackson to reach district final (10/05/12)
The Central softball team entered district play focused on being able to take a hit. "We've been talking about counter-punching," Central coach Amy Blattel said. "You're going to get into this tournament and teams are going to put runs across the plate. You've just got to be ready to counter-punch them, and they've done that."...
St. Vincent softball team advances to title game with 5-3 victory (10/05/12)
SCOTT CITY -- One big inning was enough for the St. Vincent Indians. St. Vincent, the No. 2 seed, scored a 5-3 win over No. 6 Portageville to advance to the final of the Class 2 District 1 softball tournament Thursday. "I thought coming in that if we got to five runs, we could hold 'em," said St. Vincent coach Dusty Wengert. "They made me look good today."...
Kelly slips past Crusaders 2-0 in Class 2 District 1 semifinals (10/05/12)
SCOTT CITY -- Kelly converted Saxony Lutheran miscues into runs to reach the Class 2, District 1 softball final Thursday. The top-seeded Hawks, aided by two Saxony Lutheran errors, scored two runs and made them stand in a 2-0 victory at Scott City...
High school roundup: Jackson tennis squad adds to district feats (10/05/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame softball team's district streak ends at eight titles (10/05/12)
Park Hills defeats Notre Dame 2-1 in Class 3 District 1 championship game
Oran softball team uses big first inning to reach district final (10/05/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Oran took advantage of an extra out Thursday in the Class 1 District 1 semifinals. The Lady Eagles scored four times in the first inning following a two-out error and advanced to the championship game by beating Neelyville 4-1 at Three Rivers College...
Week 7 high school football capsules: Unbeaten Sikeston visits Central (10/05/12)
Last week: Sikeston 26, Jackson 17; Farmington 39, Central 36 Last year: Sikeston 47, Central 17 Outlook: Sikeston, ranked fourth in Class 4, clinched the SEMO Conference Northern Division with a win against previously unbeaten Jackson last week...
Green-Beckham among five MIssouri football players suspended (10/05/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and two teammates have been suspended for Saturday's home game against Vanderbilt after they were arrested by campus police for allegedly smoking marijuana near the school's football stadium...
Cards try to end Medlen's streak in wild-card game (10/05/12)
ATLANTA -- Break out the peanut butter and honey. Kris Medlen is ready for another start. Only this time, it's the biggest game of his career. The diminutive right-hander, who didn't start the season in Atlanta's rotation, will deliver the first pitch in the inaugural wild-card playoff against the defending World Series champion St. ...
Rams record nine sacks in win against Arizona (10/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford missed high, low, left, right. After capping the St. Louis Rams' opening drive with a touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks, the former No. 1 overall pick endured an 0-for-12 slump that included Patrick Peterson's interception in the end zone on a pass tossed up for grabs under heavy pressure...
Words of praise, and some other thoughts, too (10/05/12)
First, a few words about Stan. That's Stan Grimm, whose life was remembered in an uplifting way during Monday's memorial service at a packed St. Andrew Lutheran Church. So many good things have been said about Stan -- appropriately. Some of you have known Stan Grimm a long time, perhaps since he moved to Cape Girardeau as a young lawyer. Others of you have known Stan for only a while. I'm in the latter category...
Roots of Oak Ridge Boys go back to Manhattan Project in World War II (10/05/12)
The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the most beloved and longest-lasting groups in country music, will be coming to Cape Girardeau to perform at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. Their performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Bedell Performance Hall...
Mexican artist's first U.S. gallery show to be in Cape (10/05/12)
Tonight the Edward Bernard Gallery will highlight works from a Mexican sculptor and painter who is having his first American gallery show here in Cape Girardeau. Mexican sculptor and painter Ricardo Motilla will be featured in an exhibit as a part of Cape Girardeau's First Friday art walk. Motilla is well-known as a sculptor, but his first gallery showing in the United States will feature his paintings at the Edward Bernard Gallery in Cape Girardeau...
Best Bet: Folkapalooza at Rose Theatre (10/05/12)
Folkapalooza 2012, a free fundraising concert for KRCU, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Theatre on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The event will highlight area folk musicians who support KRCU. Acts are Barefoot on Sunday, The Doc Hands and Mikayla and the Davis Connection. For more information, go to krcu.org...
First Friday receptions 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
ARTS COUNCIL OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Works by Stephen Rust, a Cape Girardeau native who focuses primarily on outdoor spaces and landscapes, will be featured. The River Heritage Quilt Guild will also have a number of embellished brassieres on display for October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Reception from 5 to 9 p.m...
ARTifacts 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
The sirens will be screaming during the second annual Safety Safari to be held at the Lazy L Safari Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Safety Safari is presented annually by Lazy L Safari Park and Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau. There will be hands-on demonstrations and activities on bullying, backpack safety, fire safety, family emergency preparedness and animal safety. ...
Albert Beussink (10/05/12)
Albert J. Beussink, 86, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Laflin, Mo., son of Herman Beussink Sr. and Mary Holzum Beussink. He and Hilda M. Thiele were married April 19, 1950...
Eugene Evans (10/05/12)
Eugene Arnold Evans, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. He was born in 1938 in Wyatt, Mo., son of Alonzo and Rebecca Kirkland Evans. He married Irma Crow Evans, who preceded him in death in May 2008...
Thomas McGraw (10/05/12)
Thomas R. McGraw, 48, of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill. He was born March 25, 1964, in Fort Madison, to Loy and Ramona Seabaugh McGraw. Tom was a heavy equipment operator with Midwest Operating Engineers Local 150 about 22 years, and with Local 537 2 1/2 years. He was a 1982 graduate of Fort Madison High School, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Izaak Walton League...
Katherine Spangler (10/05/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Katherine Francis Spangler, 76, of Strattanville, Pa., formerly of Chaffee, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Clarion Community Hospital in Clarion, Pa. She was born July 14, 1936, in Chaffee, to Walter William and Grace F. Shores Ancell. Katherine married Robert E. Spangler Oct. 11, 2002...
Dolores Mirly (10/05/12)
Dolores W. Mirly, 90, of Charlotte, N.C., joined her beloved husband in heaven and is now before the throne of God. She went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Concordia, Mo. It was there she met her future husband who was a student at St. Paul College, a preparatory school for his calling to the Lutheran ministry. They were married in Concordia in 1945 after he completed his training in St. Louis...
Sylvester Welter (10/05/12)
KELSO, Mo. -- Sylvester August Welter, 82, of Kelso died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 14, 1930, in Benton, Mo., to Andrew John and Mary Katherine LeDure Welter. Welter was a shoe cutter 32 years at Florsheim Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church of Kelso, Knights of Columbus St. Vincent Council 1111 in Cape Girardeau and 4th-Degree of Thomas A. Langen Assembly 0568...
Dorothy Roberts (10/05/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Dorothy P. Abbott Roberts, 95, of rural Tamms passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at her home. She was born March 4, 1917, in Elco, Ill., daughter of Ira and Grace Shaffer Bridges. Dorothy was the oldest living member of Elco Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school 25 years...
Births 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
Daughter to Lee Rayburn and Julie Ellen Ross of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 10:02 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Name, Makayla Ellen. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Mrs. Ross is the former Julie Sanders, daughter of Lindell and Mary Sanders of Van Buren, Mo. She is employed by MBCH. Ross is the son of Tommy and Meryl Allgood of Kennett, Mo. He is employed by Charter Communications...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summons Assaults Burglary Thefts Property Damage...
Jackson police report 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Property damage Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
Voters in the Cape Girardeau School District will go to the polls tomorrow to decide on a proposed 48-cent increase in the district's general operating tax levy; school board members have urged voters to pass the measure to prevent further cutbacks in programs and staff...
Senate race, national news, movie and local musical (10/05/12)
I'm disappointed that with all of the big economic, social, military, health, environmental etc. issues facing this country, Sen. Claire McCaskill and the media seem obsessed that Rep. Todd Akin said that McCaskill wasn't "ladylike" during their recent debate at the Mo. Press Convention, where I was in attendance...
Weekend events (10/05/12)
It will be a busy weekend for area events. Here are a few for your consideration:n Today is the annual Saint Francis Medical Center Business Health Summit. The keynote speaker is Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of the US Airways Flight that made an emergency landing on the Hudson River on Jan. ...
Speak Out 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
I agree with the Speak Out caller who expressed frustration because some voters will vote for a presidential candidate on the basis of race. However, we simply must face up to the fact that a certain segment of the electorate will vote for Mitt Romney because he's white...
Prayer 10/5/12 (10/05/12)
O Heavenly Father, bless those who are struggling, that they may feel your presence. Amen.
Wifflefest 7 Crowns New Champion (10/05/12)
Ho Hum. Another Justin Osborne All American Wifflefest is in the books. Held on a beautiful, sunny, seventy five degree day, with not a cloud in the sky, participants gathered for the seventh annual double elimination coed wiffleball tournament. Sure the crowd of about one hundred gathered as usual for the fun time as batters tried their luck at hitting the elusive ball. ...
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