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Stories from Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bridging the revenue gap: Officials say enacting levy became necessary because sales tax revenue growth has remained flat (10/07/12)
Slow and steady wasn't going to win the race. It would not have been a safe bet to believe that sales tax revenue would make a big comeback in 2012 after a drop in 2008 and four consecutive years of inching forward, especially when it was paired against weaker state reimbursements for services. Timing was off for the proposal of a use tax. Tapping into emergency reserve funds should be saved for a more high-stakes situation, a true emergency, like an earthquake or tornado...
Co-pilot from 'Miracle on the Hudson' addresses local business summit (10/07/12)
In a crisis, effective training overcomes what might otherwise be panic, Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009, told about 80 people at the annual Saint Francis Business Health Summit Friday...
High turnout at Cape Girardeau event that connects needy with services (10/07/12)
It was a day of "yes" in Cape Girardeau when service providers and volunteers gathered Friday for a first-of-its-kind event to help homeless and low-income individuals and families. Called Project Homeless Connect, the event was held at the Osage Centre and attracted nearly 250 participants who sought to take advantage of the many services being offered by local and area providers, services that ranged from medical and dental screenings to legal consultation and help with Social Security benefits.. ...
Study: SEMO students spend more than $60 million locally (10/07/12)
Students at Southeast Missouri State University are spending more than $63 million locally, according to a new study released Friday by the university. Researchers, including professors and students at Southeast, looked at spending in 48 categories from rent to tattoos during the fall of 2011...
Chaffee woman accused of stealing from hospital closet (10/07/12)
A Chaffee, Mo., woman was arrested this week after she allegedly stole supplies from a closet at a hospital emergency room. Ashlee J. Steffens, 26, was arrested on a misdemeanor stealing charges after she reportedly took unspecified supplies from a closet in the Saint Francis Medical Center emergency room, where she went for medical treatment, according to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey...
Supporters of St. Louis police local control speak to Cape Republican women (10/07/12)
Representatives of a group who support a statewide ballot initiative that would transfer control of St. Louis police from the state to the city asked local conservatives and members of the Cape County Republicans Women's Club to endorse their efforts during a Friday meeting...
Voter registration deadline for November election is Wednesday (10/07/12)
The deadline to register to vote in Missouri for the Nov. 6 general election is coming up fast. Signed voter registration applications must be delivered or postmarked by 5 p.m. Wednesday to vote in the general election, said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers in a release Friday. ...
More than 700 attend ‘Titanic' at River Campus (10/07/12)
During the intermission of Friday evening's performance of "Titanic: The Musical," many spectators expressed mild disappointment that the play wasn't the musical version of the blockbuster James Cameron motion picture they were hoping to see. But by the time for the traditional company bow to close the play, almost all in the audience of 733 at the Bedell Performance Hall were on their feet and applauding enthusiastically. Box office director Ellen Farrow said 795 tickets were sold...
Two St. Louis residents held on drug charges in Scott County (10/07/12)
Three people from St. Louis who allegedly sold heroin to detectives late Friday evening near Sikeston High School are in custody and will face drug charges. Thomas Wheeler, 28, Ginny Wattler, 31, and Scott McQuire, 32, were all charged with distribution of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphrenalia following their arrests by the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Commission, sheriff clash over Mississippi County budget (10/07/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County's presiding commissioner is willing to keep the county jail on ICE if administrators can show the county isn't losing money on the deal. Sheriff Keith Moore opened a lengthy discussion during the regular weekly county commission meeting Thursday on the budget for his department by stating that ending the county's arrangement to hold U.S. ...
Cape veterans home to receive grant (10/07/12)
Sen. Claire McCaskill has announced the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau has received a $530,037 grant to construct a chapel, according to a Friday news release. "The veterans who stood up to protect our freedoms have earned the best possible care," McCaskill said. "This is great news for the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, which needs these resources to improve the care its residents depend on."...
Firetruck rally held at Capaha Park (10/07/12)
Kyndahl Hilse, 6, of Jackson checks out Marine 1, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department's fire rescue boat, at the Capaha Fire Truck Rally Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Capaha Park.
I-55 in Cape County reduced for repairs (10/07/12)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced nightly to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as contractor crews mill and overlay the roadway with asphalt. The first section of highway is between Route K and U.S. 61, with work taking place from 6 p.m. ...
Federal appeals court rejects health care lawsuit (10/07/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's lawsuit challenging the federal health care law. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/T5pXYb ) a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Kinder lacked standing to sue because the law posed no immediate threat to his legally protected interests. Thursday's ruling did not address the constitutional challenges to the health care law...
St. Louis woman without arms has fame, but no job (10/07/12)
ST. LOUIS -- YouTube videos have made a 25-year-old St. Louis County woman an Internet star. Now, if Tisha Shelton could only find a job. Shelton was born without arms and has gained a great deal of attention from posting videos that show how she gets by -- simple things such as making and eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or getting dressed...
St. Charles deputy gets 5 years in jail (10/07/12)
MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. -- A St. Charles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid. A jury found 38-year-old Christopher Hunt guilty last month of felony burglary and misdemeanor assault and property damage after a three-day trial...
Tiny presence, unknown impact for third parties (10/07/12)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. They have little money, aren't on stage for presidential debates and barely register in the polls -- when survey takers even bother to list them as options...
Five terror suspects from U.K. appear in U.S. courts (10/07/12)
NEW YORK -- An extremist Egyptian-born preacher entered a U.S. courtroom Saturday for the first time to face multiple terrorism charges, complaining that his prosthetic hooks, medication and special shoes were taken away from him. The preacher was one of five terror defendants rounded up in Britain and extradited overnight to the U.S...
Congressman calls evolution lie from ‘pit of hell' (10/07/12)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. The Republican lawmaker made those comments during a speech Sept. 27 at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats...
FBI: Border death probably from friendly fire (10/07/12)
PHOENIX -- Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security...
Conspiracies on unemployment rate rejected by officials (10/07/12)
WASHINGTON -- When conspiracists suggested Friday that the Obama administration had engineered a sharp drop in unemployment to aid President Barack Obama's re-election, the response was swift. Career government officials, economists and even some Mitt Romney supporters issued a collective sigh...
California gas prices hit all-time high (10/07/12)
LOS ANGELES -- It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. The record was set by a fraction of a penny, according to AAA spokesman Michael Green. The previous high was $4.6096 on June 19, 2008...
Today in History (10/07/12)
Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2012. There are 85 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, one of the main figures of the Teapot Dome scandal, went on trial in Washington, D.C., charged with accepting a bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. ...
France looking to shorten school days and lengthen week (10/07/12)
PARIS -- French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West. It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their parents, most of whom work 35 hours per week as dictated by law...
Iran shifts uranium to fuel stock in ‘confidence' bid (10/07/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- In a bid to ease international concerns over its nuclear program, Iran has converted more than a third of Tehran's most highly enriched uranium into a powder for a medical research reactor that is difficult to reprocess for weapons production, experts and U.N. monitors say...
North Korean soldier defects to South Korea across border (10/07/12)
SEOUL, South Korea -- A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said...
Papal pardon is expected for butler after conviction (10/07/12)
VATICAN CITY -- A painful and damaging chapter in Pope Benedict XVI's papacy closed Saturday with the conviction of his former butler on charges he stole the pontiff's private letters and leaked them to a journalist. But questions remain as to whether anyone else was involved in the plot and when the pope will pardon his once-trusted aide...
Central has fourth-quarter deja vu; this time Sikeston (10/07/12)
A cold, stiff wind couldn't stop it. The rain couldn't stop it. A nearly hourlong weather delay couldn't stop it. Most of all, the Central defense couldn't stop it. There was no halting Sikeston's winning touchdown drive Friday night at Central High School...
Scott City can't find footing in second half (10/07/12)
The pained expression on Scott City football coach Jim May's face told the story of Friday night's game against Hayti. Scott City dominated the first half and built a 14-0 lead, but Hayti turned the tables on the host Rams and rallied for a 22-14 victory...
Brucker helps Kelly claims district crown (10/07/12)
Kelly turned the championship game of Class 2 District 1 softball tournament into a one-inning competition Friday and won. The Hawks answered St. Vincent's two runs in the top of the fourth with three runs in the bottom of the inning to win 3-2 in Scott City...
State qualifying times for Jackson's Troxel (10/07/12)
Jackson's Kristian Troxel placed third in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle events in state qualifying times at the Cape Rock Invitational swimming and diving meet Saturday at the Central Municipal Pool. Troxel finished the 200 individual medley in 2:02.81 and posted a 5:00.36 time in the 500 freestyle at the 17-team meet...
Southeast volleyball team aims high after latest conference wins (10/07/12)
"We've got it in our minds we're not going to lose a match in conference," junior middle blocker Emily Coon said.
Redhawks fail to capitalize on chances in front of net (10/07/12)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team began a two-match Ohio Valley Conference weekend road swing with Friday's 1-0 loss at SIU Edwardsville. Chelsea Smith's goal in the 28th minute put the Cougars ahead for good. Michelle Auer's shot was blocked by the Redhawks' defense, but Smith was there to put the rebound into the net...
Back issues force Norman to call it a career (10/07/12)
Lingering back problems have ended the college basketball career of Southeast Missouri State guard Katie Norman. Southeast coach Ty Margenthaler made the announcement Friday about Norman, who had two seasons of eligibility left, will remain a part of the program...
Pet of the Week 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
PET NAME: Mau OWNER: Abbey Renee Holder ABOUT MAU: Mau struck a pose for the camera. PET NAME: Mau OWNER: Abbey Renee Holder...
Adopt Oro (10/07/12)
Oro is an extremely affectionate and happy little 6-month-old orange tabby kitten. Oro loves to be petted and likes spending time with people. He is neutered and up-to-date on shots. For more information, contact Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary at 243-9823...
Adopt Kito (10/07/12)
Kito is 1 1/2 years old. He is neutered. Kito is available for adoption at the Humane Society, 334-5837.
FYI 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
The seventh annual Lawson's Walking Warriors poker run benefiting the American Diabetes Association is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Bootheel Harley-Davidson in Scott City. Cost is $15 per hand. A $100 gift card to Bootheel Harley-Davidson will be awarded to the best hand. There will also be door prizes, food and drinks and a 50/50 drawing...
Fields of Faith to feature professional softball player, student testimonies (10/07/12)
By Aaron Picar Southeast Missourian Local students will combine a passion for athletics and their faith this week when Fields of Faith returns to Cape Girardeau County. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host the free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson High School stadium. According to organizers, students can expect a time of worship, prayer and testimonials...
Care for dry grass now or replace it later (10/07/12)
Fall is the best time to prepare lawns for the next growing season by mowing, raking, aerating and fertilizing. The game plan changes, though, if drought-stressed grass has been dormant for a long time. In that case, preparation escalates into repair...
Competition for the attention of your soul (10/07/12)
My kids are screaming to get my attention. Perhaps the word "screaming" is a bit dramatic. They may not be screaming to get my attention, but I know that they want my attention. Not only do they want my attention -- so does my wife, and at times my father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, grandparents and friends...
You can hang in there; trust in God (10/07/12)
Jack argued about practicing his strokes at the usual training of his swim team that evening. In addition, that particular day I was obligated to appear at three appointments during the morning; and if that were not enough, Debbie, another member of my family, suddenly decided to watch a local soccer game in the chilly damp weather -- just one more trip. None of these happenings were things you couldn't deal with, but they all contained aggravating undercurrents...
Fall's here, so break out the apple recipes (10/07/12)
Fall and apple recipes just naturally go together. I am always eager to pull out those favorite apple recipes and smell all of those fabulous fall aromas. This year, Jodi Thompson of Jackson helped me with all of these apple recipes. All but one of these recipes is from the Southern Plate website and blog, which I just love. ...
Dodder vines are leafless parasites (10/07/12)
Dodder is a fairly common native leafless parasitic vine. This fast-growing slender vine sprouts from a small seed and must quickly climb into or onto a host plant. If it does not reach into a host plant within a week or so, the dodder vine will die because it does not form a viable root system in the earth...
South Korean torture film raises ghost of military past (10/07/12)
BUSAN, South Korea -- A film based on the memoir of a democracy activist who was tortured in the 1980s by South Korea's military rulers is provoking discussion about the country's not-so-distant authoritarian past and the influence it will have on this year's presidential election...
Carol Biermann (10/07/12)
PATTON, Mo. -- Carol Ann Biermann, 74, of Patton died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1937, at St. Louis, to Edward Gabris and Helen Maurer Gabris. She married Bernhardt "Ben" Biermann on May 12, 1956, at St. Louis. He survives in Patton...
Norman David Koeppel (10/07/12)
Norman David Koeppel, 71, of Shawneetown passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 4, 1941, at Cape Girardeau, to Norman G. and Gertrude "Gertie" Dodson Koeppel. He was baptized Aug. 14, 1941, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills, and was confirmed April 3, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He married Mildred Doberenz on June 30, 1974, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown...
Randy Mehrle (10/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Randy Len Mehrle, 57, of Jefferson City, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He was born June 25, 1955, at Cape Girardeau, the son of John Frederick Jr. and Wanda Jean "Nina Mae" Smith Mehrle, who survive in Cape Girardeau...
Clubb - Moses (10/07/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Angela Christina Clubb and Trenton Jon Moses were married Sept. 1, 2012, at The Water's Edge in Gordonville. Wayne Burchett of Puxico, Mo., uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Randy and Virginia Burchett of Zalma, Mo. The groom is the son of Bob and Lisa Moses of Advance...
Henry - Humphrey (10/07/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Sara Kay Henry and Joseph Burk Humphrey were married June 30, 2012, at the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Kai Roberts performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of James and Patricia Henry of Arlington. The groom is the son of Mike and Kenna Lutes of Marble Hill, and Dennis and Bonnie Humphrey of Salisbury, Mo...
Kedis - Ogborn (10/07/12)
Kelli Lane Kedis and William Lon "Bo" Ogborn were married Sept. 15, 2012, in the garden at Twin Oaks Estate in San Diego, Calif. The Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith, pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Mo., and groom's longtime friend and minister, performed the ceremony. Harpist was Sheila Jaffee of Vista, Calif...
Lewis - Shelton (10/07/12)
Jeffrey Lee and Carol Ann Poole of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Megean Alyson Lewis, to Matthew Aaron Shelton, both of Jackson. He is the son of Carol Sue Shelton of Jackson, and the late Jeffrey Wayne Shelton. Lewis expects to receive a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2013. She is a pharmacy technician...
Fouty - Lutes (10/07/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- William and Patricia Fouty of Auburn, Wash., announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Fouty, to Michael Lutes, both of Seattle, Wash. He is the son of Mike and Kenna Lutes of Marble Hill, and Pamela Conrad and John Cyr of Sandpoint, Idaho...
Walther - Lankford (10/07/12)
Ronald and Pamela Walther of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Christine Walther, to Chad William Lankford. He is the son of Roger and Janis Lankford and Kimberly Duvall of Perryville, Mo. Walther is a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School. She expects to receive a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with elementary from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2013. She is employed at Estes Deli in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
Following the defeat of a 48-cent school referendum yesterday, Cape Girardeau School Board members are bracing for impending cuts in school programs; the measure fell by only 55 votes; encouraged by the slim margin, board members are discussing the likelihood of another election...
School menus Oct. 8 to 12 (10/07/12)
MONDAY--Corn dog or garden salad or turkey or ham or PB&J, broccoli & cheese or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, pears. TUESDAY--Taco salad or garden salad or turkey or ham or PB&J, mexican black beans or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, orange sections...
St. Louis gets: Ballpark Village -- You get: the bill (10/07/12)
By Michael Rathbone The Missouri Development Finance Board has approved its "share" (according to reports, $5 million) in bond purchases to help fund the first phase of construction of Ballpark Village, the development project located next to Busch Stadium in St. ...
Hundreds turn out for food bank's Party for the Good (10/07/12)
On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, and Attend the Party for the Good ? By Karen Green Helping people is pretty commonplace around here. It is not just a part of the Girl Scout creed but a lifestyle for many Southeast Missourians...
Fields of Faith (10/07/12)
Fields of Faith, a popular student-led event, returns to the area this week. Last year the rally, held at Cape Girardeau Central High School, drew about 1,100 students on a weekday evening. High school and college students -- many of whom are athletes -- shared their testimonies. Worship music and prayer also highlighted the night. And Rich Garza, a former NFL offensive lineman, shared his testimony...
Fighting breast cancer (10/07/12)
As a health care professional, I commend the courageous women -- including Hollywood star Giuliana Rancic and Red Cross president Gail McGovern -- who have shared details about their battle with breast cancer. It can be a devastating disease. The American Cancer Society reports it will affect one in eight women at some point in our lives. The good news: We can fight back...
Speak out 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
Prepare for a shock if you rely solely on the Southeast Missourian. When it comes to the presidential election, Missouri has been moved into the toss-up category. I want to say thank you to the girl at the bakery stand at the farmers market and for turning in my little green change purse. I also want to thank the farmers market manager who kept it with the money intact and the manager's wife who gave it back to me personally. What a great bunch of people!...
Prayer 10/7/12 (10/07/12)
O Lord Jesus, we sing songs of praise, giving you all the glory and honor. Amen.
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