Furniture-truck driver faces another lawsuit
The driver in a fatal box-truck crash faces more legal troubles in connection with the accident. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 34, of Jackson was driving a Slumberland Furniture truck west on Missouri 34 when the truck crossed the centerline and collided with an eastbound sport-utility vehicle driven by Erin Cordell, then 18, of Marble Hill, Mo...
Teen suspected in vandalism, defecation case
Police on Wednesday arrested a teenager suspected of breaking into several apartment buildings, defecating in hallways and stealing money from coin machines in laundry rooms. Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said someone identified the suspect from surveillance images...
Cape man admits to three robberies
A 23-year-old Cape Girardeau man admitted he was responsible for three Monday robberies, including one at a local Walgreens, according to a probable-cause statement filed Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court. Bryan D. Ward is in custody on $250,000 bond in connection with an armed robbery at Walgreens, 1 S. Kingshighway, and a pair of early morning armed robberies at convenience stores in Dexter, Mo., court records show...
Man charged with growing hallucinogenic mushrooms
A Cape Girardeau man is in jail on $100,000 bond on charges he was running a hallucinogenic mushroom-growing operation near an elementary school on Themis Street. Christopher J. Campbell, 35, faces charges of attempt to produce a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm...
Poplar Bluff man gets 15 years for fatal shooting
A judge sentenced a Poplar Bluff, Mo., man to 15 years in prison Monday for the 2011 shooting death of 29-year-old Marcus McFarland. Paris Thomas originally faced charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm, but in September, prosecutors reduced the charges to voluntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm in exchange for Thomas' guilty plea...
McCaskill to speak at SEMO commencement
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill will deliver the winter commencement address when 740 students graduate at Southeast Missouri State University on Dec. 21. Plans for the commencement were announced by the university on Tuesday. Degree recipients will include 574 undergraduate students, along with graduate, specialist and doctoral students. Ten undergraduate students will be honored for perfect 4.0 grade point averages...
Students in Asian nations dominate international test
WASHINGTON -- American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation" as U.S. students showed little improvement over three years, failing to score in the top 20 on math, reading or science...
New Central High School and Junior High orchestra director is the first new face in 22 years
Michael Hanf is the new man holding the baton, leading the Central High School and Central Junior High orchestras. Moving here in June, Hanf replaced longtime orchestra leader Steve Schaffner, who retired last spring after 22 years in the spot. A Springfield, Mo., native Hanf taught three years in Rogers, Ark., and five years in St. ...
Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class
MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom. Today's students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend?...
New Southeast music chairman delights in River Campus
Dr. Kevin Hampton has studied, performed and taught piano all over the Midwest and South, but Cape Girardeau is where he said he's found the perfect blend of students, colleagues and culture. For 18 years, Hampton taught studio piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, group keyboard classes and music theory at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. ...