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Special-event plans solidify as 'Gone Girl' premiere nears (09/19/14) 6
Although stars aren't expected for the special screening of "Gone Girl" on Oct. 2, Cape Girardeau residents can get a taste of Hollywood when they attend that night and throughout the weekend. Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, said there will be a "special environment" at Wehrenberg Theatres' Cape West 14 Cine, with a red carpet, klieg lights and opportunities for theater patrons to get their photos taken in front of two backdrops...
Payne named Three Rivers president (09/19/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Trustees offered a permanent contract last week to the interim president of Three Rivers College, more than a month earlier than planned. Dr. Wes Payne, former vice president for learning, accepted a three-year contract. He will receive an annual salary of $175,000, the same amount trustees approved in July in his contract as interim president...
Don't forget to swing by the downtown golf tournament (09/19/14)
It's not every day you get to swing your 5-iron in downtown Cape Girardeau. The First-Ever Ninth Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-Famous Downtown Golf Tournament takes place Sept. 28 and promises to be a fun experience for all ages. The nine-hole course starts at the Common Pleas Courthouse lawn on Lorimier Street, which features one of the most iconic holes: the courthouse fountain. ...
5 reasons we think there will be a 'Gone Girl' sequel (Warning: spoilers ahead) (09/19/14)
The following story is provided through a content partnership with rustmedia. This article contains several spoilers, based on the book "Gone Girl" in anticipation of the movie. There are many things that can make a story interesting: Setting, action, ideas. ...
Certification reveals defeat of downtown property tax (09/19/14) 10
Certified election results show a win for the sales tax issue considered by Cape Girardeau voters living within the boundaries of the downtown community improvement district, but a loss for the property-tax issue. The Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office reported 51 votes were received for Proposition 1, the measure creating a half-cent sales tax to be levied within the district's boundaries. Of that number, 31 were in favor and 20 were against...
County plan could mean big changes for Cape, Jackson (09/19/14) 16
The majority of Cape Girardeau County's government functions could be moved to Jackson if a plan to consolidate facilities moves forward. In February 2013, the county commission hired St. Louis-based Treanor Architects to assess the county's buildings and its needs for space and function. Later that year, a study was completed, and three plans were presented to the commission...
Local physician indicted in alleged kickback scheme (09/19/14) 34
Like his fictional counterpart, the owner of a downtown Cape Girardeau business used as a set for the film "Gone Girl" is facing allegations of criminal activity. Also like his fictional counterpart, he will be exonerated, his attorney said Thursday...
Pit stop in Cape (09/19/14) 3
GLENN LANDBERG ~ glandberg@semissourian.com The Grow Missouri blimp touches down for an overnight stay Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. ...
Nixon touts education during junior high visit (09/19/14)
In a speech to Central Junior High School students, Gov. Jay Nixon praised the school for its strong academic performance and said he hoped to see the state continue to work with schools to promote success and prepare students for college and the workforce...
Four-legged kidnapping victim recovered (09/19/14) 4
A kidnapping victim is back home, safe and sound, but he could use a little help with his medical bills. Hazard, a 7-year-old pit bull terrier, and Sylvie, a 9-month-old American Staffordshire terrier, went missing Aug. 2 from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri after an apparent burglary...
Court date for murder suspect rescheduled (09/19/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Accused murderer Allen McCoy of Bernie, Missouri, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in the Butler County Courthouse, but did not. Instead, he will be appearing Nov. 4. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver said everyone else showed up, but McCoy wasn't brought to the courthouse from the Butler County Jail...
Kingree dismissal request is denied; lawsuit upheld (09/19/14)
An appellate court has denied Rocky Kingree's request to dismiss one of the civil suits against him that challenge his qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in Butler County. Kingree filed two petitions for "writ of mandamus" Friday with the Court of Appeals, Southern District, against Presiding Circuit Judge Fred Copeland of New Madrid, Missouri, in cases brought against him by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour on behalf of the state and attorney Chris Yarbro on behalf of Associate Circuit Judge John Bloodworth.. ...
Two arrested in connection with break-in (09/19/14)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Two East Prairie residents have been arrested in connection with a burglary last weekend. East Prairie police responded to a report of a residential burglary at 213 Cranford St. at 10:26 a.m. Sunday, said chief Danny Lafferty...
Triple bill of country acts show stuff at Show Me Center (09/18/14)
Three of country music's most impressive up-and-coming artists rocked the Show Me Center on Thursday as Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour rolled through Cape Girardeau. The Cadillac Three, the Eli Young Band and surf-country icon Jake Owen played in front of an audience of hundreds...
League of Women Voters to host candidate forum (09/18/14)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri and local public radio station KRCU will host a forum Tuesday designed to give voters an opportunity to learn more about candidates in the 8th Congressional District and 147th State Representative District races...
'Gone Girl' extra: Neil Patrick Harris was 'a very cool guy' (09/18/14)
Editor's note: This content is provided through a partnership with rustmedia. Don Bouge shared his experiences in being an extra on the set of 'Gone Girl'. This Q&A is a part of a project with the Southeast Missourian and rustmedia. Coming soon: Video interviews with several of the extras. This is one of several stories to be published online...
East Perry Community fair begins Friday (09/18/14) 1
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- As parades go, it's tough to beat the procession that begins the East Perry Community Fair that will be held Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds in Altenburg, about 30 miles north of Cape Girardeau...
Scott City district to receive $96,000 (09/18/14) 2
Chairs for the new performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Safe Room, a budget revision and a report of additional funds released by Gov. Jay Nixon were highlighted at the Scott City School Board meeting Wednesday. Superintendent Diann Ulmer said the district is due to receive an additional $96,000 after Nixon's release of $143 million of previously frozen education funding for local school districts and higher education institutions. ...
'Gone Girl' tickets now on sale (09/18/14) 3
Tickets now are on sale for the initial screenings of "Gone Girl" in Cape Girardeau. Wehrenberg Theatres' Cape West 14 Cine announced today that tickets are available for a 10 p.m. Oct. 2 showing and four daily showings Oct. 3 through Oct. 5. They may be purchased online at fandango.com, wehrenberg.com and at the Cape West 14 Cine box office, according to Adam Ralls, concession manager at the theater complex...
Cottonwood plan may include privatization (09/18/14) 2
Plans have been set in motion to privatize Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center. The future of the 32-bed facility has remained uncertain since its funding was depleted in a round of budget cuts by Gov. Jay Nixon in June. It was slated for closure, but hopes remained it could be saved when Nixon released nearly half the funding for the facility last week...
Charges dropped against suspect's girlfriend; could be refiled later (09/18/14) 6
Charges have been dropped against the girlfriend of a man accused of strangling his mother with a dog leash and burning her body last year in Scott County, but that does not mean she is off the hook, a prosecutor said. Tiffany Warner, 25, was indicted last year on charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the Aug. 7, 2013, death of Cynthia Canoy, 48, of Scott City. The charges were dropped July 24, according to the New Madrid County, Missouri, Circuit Clerk's office...
Popular Day on the River set for Saturday (09/18/14)
The Missouri Department of Conservation will host its fifth annual "Day on the River" at the Cape Girardeau riverfront Saturday. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day and will feature a variety of activities...
Mo. legislation would cut fees paid by businesses (09/18/14)
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced plans for legislation to cut fees paid by Missouri businesses to the overall lowest in the country. The proposal will be pre-filed by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and will seek to reduce or eliminate numerous fees for new and existing businesses that must file paperwork with the secretary of state...
Nixon to visit Central Junior High today (09/18/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Central Junior High School, 205 Caruthers Ave. in Cape Girardeau, at 1:45 p.m. today. Nixon will meet with students to discuss the importance of investing in public education. His appearance follows a successful effort to defeat a package of tax breaks in the legislature last week. ...
Mike Smythe retiring from KBSI, My 49 (09/18/14)
Mike Smythe announced his retirement from FOX 23 KBSI and My 49 WDKA effective Sept. 26. Mr. Smythe joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. in February 2012 after serving with KFVS12 and CW for 13 years. FOX 23 has won three recent awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association. ...
Chaffee School Board against amendment 3 (09/18/14) 1
The Chaffee School Board recently passed a resolution opposing Amendment 3, a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution, that would, among other things, tie student performance to teacher evaluations. Opponents also contend it would take away local control of school districts. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 9/18/14 (09/18/14)
Administrative Office Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Open session Communications/reports, other elected officials Public comments Routine business Appointments and possible action items Action items Discussion and possible action Discussion and possible action, county advisory boards...
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to speak Sunday at Show Me Center (09/18/14) 3
CNN's Anderson Cooper will present "A 360? Look at World Events" as part of Southeast Missouri State University's 2014-2015 Speakers Series at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Show Me Center. His presentation is a featured Family Weekend event. Tickets are required. ...
BBB warns of advance-payment loan scam (09/18/14)
The Better Business Bureau is warning Southeast Missouri residents about a loan scam that cost a Portageville, Missouri, man about $7,000. Bill Smith, an investigator for the bureau's St. Louis office, which covers eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, cautioned consumers against applying for loans through online companies that require them to put up some of their own money as "insurance" or "collateral."...
Two men arrested in theft of classic Charger (09/17/14) 4
Two men were in custody Wednesday, accused of stealing a 1969 Dodge Charger from a storage unit off Lexington Avenue, Capt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department said. Jason Goodman of Marble Hill, Missouri, and Jeremiah Hamilton of Jackson face charges of second-degree burglary and theft of property worth more than $25,000 in connection with the theft of the car, which is valued at more than $30,000, James said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon...
Southeast professor explains effect of Muslims, ISIS (09/17/14) 14
With growing Muslim populations in Europe, political parties with anti-immigration leanings are gaining ground in France, Sweden and Germany. David Cameron, a history professor at Southeast Missouri State University, spoke on that subject and about tenets of the Muslim faith and what world leaders have said about Islam over the years during a Cape County Tea Party meeting Tuesday night. About 70 people attended the gathering at the Cape Girardeau Public Library...
Fruitland church to mark 50 years (09/17/14)
Fruitland Wesley United Methodist Church on Sunday will celebrate its 50th anniversary in ministry to the community. The church was formed in 1964 from the merger of the Fairview Methodist and McClain's Chapel Methodist churches and has continued to provide ministries to people in the area...
Downtown voters apparently approve sales tax (09/17/14) 18
But the proposed property tax for the community improvement district is too close to call until Thursday's vote certification.
Efforts to protect grotto sculpin continue (09/17/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Nearly a year after the grotto sculpin was placed on the endangered species list, local officials say efforts to keep the fish safe are right on track. For more than a year, a team of stakeholders -- including state, federal and local officials, landowners and conservation experts -- has been working to create and implement a plan to protect the 2 1/2-inch-long fish, which is believed to be found exclusively in the caves below Perry County, Missouri...
Dexter man could face drug charges after catching on fire (09/17/14) 5
SIKESTON, Mo. -- When a Dexter, Missouri, man finally gets out of the hospital, he is likely to face drug charges. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call about a man on fire in front of Wal-Mart. The caller speculated this was a result of a traffic accident...
Resident files charges against Liberty Township officials (09/17/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Liberty Township, Missouri, resident has filed charges against the Liberty Township board of directors for trespassing and theft for removing a weir box from what she says is private property. Pam Dowdy addressed the Stoddard County Commission about the dispute that began when the weir box was cut and removed from a levee Aug. 21. Such boxes are designed to redirect the flow of water...
EPIC seeks proposals from secondary schools (09/17/14)
EPIC, or Early Prevention Impacts Community, is recognizing outstanding examples of substance abuse prevention efforts by area secondary schools. EPIC schools for 2014-2015 will be selected based on: n Having written policies and procedures related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use...
Pachyderm group to host Swan (09/17/14)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host state Rep. Kathy Swan for a legislative update Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, will discuss highlights of the recent legislative and veto sessions and thoughts on the 2015 legislative session...
Southeast highlighted in Best Colleges list (09/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized among the best regional universities in the Midwest in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Southeast consistently has been ranked by the publication since 1993. The U.S. News rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving...
Southeast equestrian team to scrimmage Saturday (09/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's equestrian team will have a Red vs. Black scrimmage Saturday. Schooling, or warming up the horses, starts at 1 p.m. They will draw for horses at 1:30 p.m., with the event starting at 2 p.m. The event will be at the Remly Equestrian Center, 366 Remly Lane in Cape Girardeau...
One charged in connection with vehicle break-ins (09/17/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett police arrested a man Monday in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout the community in recent weeks. Capt. Tim Trowbridge said a search warrant was served in the 400 block of St. Francis Street in Kennett. Police arrested one male suspect and recovered what they believe is evidence from the most recent vehicle break-in...
Bernie man charged with selling meth (09/17/14)
BERNIE, Mo. -- A Bernie man has been charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance. Michael Jesse Gibson, 23, 402 Fleming St., was arrested Friday after an investigation that began months earlier. On June 7, a confidential informant said Gibson was selling prescription medications and methamphetamine from his home, according to police chief Justin Allen. The informant was sent to buy about 1 gram of crystal meth...
Sobriety checkpoint nets seven felony arrests (09/17/14) 11
KENNETT, Mo. -- A sobriety checkpoint by the Kennett Police Department and the Southeast Missouri DWI Task Force on Friday night produced 58 citations. The checkpoint was set up just east of the Kennett Country Club off U.S. 412. Police checked 725 cars, including east- and westbound traffic. ...
'Gone Girl' extra: Stay-at-home Mom makes lunch for Fincher and the cast, including Affleck's turkey sandwiches (09/17/14)
Editor's note: This content is provided through a partnership with rustmedia. Sandi Williams shared her experiences in being involved with preparing meals on the set of 'Gone Girl'. This Q&A is a part of a project with the Southeast Missourian and rustmedia. This is one of several stories to be published online...
Road work 9/17/14 (09/17/14)
Route DD in Bollinger County reduced for culvert replacement Route DD in Bollinger County, from Highway 34 to County Road 808, will be reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the road. A MoDOT news release says the work will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today...
Corn harvest on the Milde farm (09/17/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Frank Milde harvests corn Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 on his farm near Jackson. ...
Small boy fights tall list of cancer-related ailments (09/16/14) 3
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As Marshall Pullen climbs the stairs, determined to make it to the slide, his mother, Stephanie, can't help but be proud. He slides to the floor with a little help from his physical therapist and is quickly on his feet heading to the next slide. ...
Two area Catholic schools recognized for excellence (09/16/14) 1
Two area Catholic schools -- Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau and St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville, Missouri -- have been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as 2014 Schools of Excellence. This is the 10th time Notre Dame has received the honor and the first time since 2010 for St. Vincent, which doesn't apply regularly. Awards are given every two years, according to the society...
Construction workers apprehend would-be burglar (09/16/14) 5
It was an eventful Monday afternoon for a local construction crew. A crew from Atlas Construction Group was working on a remodeling project Monday near Lexington Avenue in Cape Girardeau when they witnessed a man attempting to break into a nearby home. The two homes were separated by a row of bushes that partially obstructed the view, keeping the workers temporarily out of the would-be burglar's line of vision...
Noranda requests compromise on electric rate (09/16/14) 21
Legislators and consumer advocates are voicing support for Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp.'s motion to get a state agency to reconsider a previous request for an energy rate reduction. The Friday motion asks the Missouri Public Service Commission to revisit its Aug. ...