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Former Perryville woman continues run on reality TV's 'Bar Rescue' (10/24/14)
A Perryville, Missouri, native is part of the reality TV show "Bar Rescue," airing on Spike TV. Lisamarie Joyce, a master bar trainer and bartender for TGI Fridays in Carlsbad, California, and the San Diego area, met host Jon Taffer at a conference, and the rest is history...
Ameren planning upgrades in region (10/24/14) 7
Ameren Missouri is planning a series of infrastructure upgrades to improve reliability and meet growing demand for electricity in the Cape Girardeau region. The program is called the Cape Girardeau Electric Reliability Program and includes constructing two new substations and new transmission lines...
Charmed bracelets: Electronic monitors help reduce cost of justice (10/24/14) 2
Prisons come in many forms. Sometimes they're massive concrete buildings surrounded by miles of razor wire. Sometimes they're electronic gadgets small enough to wear on an ankle. And sometimes they're a ticket to freedom. "Courtney," a 22-year-old restaurant hostess with a 2-year-old daughter, was arrested on a theft charge when she was 18. ...
Career fair draws hundreds of potential workers (10/24/14)
Jessica Leadbetter may not have left Thursday's career fair with an offer for a full-time job, but it wasn't for lack of enthusiasm on her part. "I think you have to come in here and look presentable, and give a big smile ... and have confidence. They notice that. You have to really act like you want it," the 29-year-old from Millersville said, as she filled out applications at a table inside the crowded Osage Centre...
Professor performs as Faulkner as part of literary conference (10/24/14)
Sitting in the front row of the Redhawks Room at the University Center, John Dennis Anderson, in his guise as Southern writer William Faulkner, is concentrating on his remarks before taking to the podium at the Faulkner & Hurston Conference Thursday...
Book about growing up in Bootheel to be sent to area schools (10/24/14)
A collection of stories titled "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town" soon will be delivered to area schools by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University. Richard Montgomery of Sikeston, Missouri, made a $7,500 gift to the center to ship 500 copies of the book in November to schools throughout the region...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 10, following nonsexual abuse allegations, school officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Poplar Bluff School District, children's division, and local law enforcement, said superintendent Chris Hon...
Liasson focusing on politics in presentation (10/24/14)
Although she had worked in newspapers, it was while Mara Liasson was driving across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge she decided she'd like to try radio. She heard a friend of hers over the air and called him. Her friend, who worked at Pacifica Radio, a group of Berkeley, California-based listener-supported radio stations, said she could volunteer. ...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Three Rivers nursing program to move back to main campus (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Architects are finalizing plans to move the Three Rivers College nursing and allied health program back to the main campus, the Board of Trustees learned Wednesday during their monthly meeting. The program currently is at the former south campus of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. It will move to the new classroom building under construction at the main campus, said Dr. Wes Payne, college president...
Cape man accused of pistol-whipping his wife in early morning domestic disturbance (10/23/14) 8
A Cape Girardeau man was in custody Wednesday after an early-morning domestic disturbance in which he is accused of beating his wife with a gun. James Calvin Sims, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the altercation...
Collective Impact in Education group explores goals (10/23/14) 1
On Wednesday, a small group of youth service representatives discussed goals such as supporting children in and out of school, having every child succeed academically and every student graduating high school prepared for postsecondary education. The goals and milestones were hashed out by Collective Impact in Education, a group facilitated by United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Bumper crop leads to storage issues (10/23/14)
Farmers who grow corn and soybeans are experiencing a much different supply-and-demand scenario this harvest season than in years past -- with prices dipping -- at least in the short term. A cool, mild summer with ample rainfall is responsible for record-setting yields, which agriculture experts say means more grain going to market and a lower return. ...
Jackson resident picked to help develop new education standards (10/23/14) 5
The work groups created by House Bill 1490 to develop new standards for Missouri students include at one person from the Cape Girardeau area. The bill includes creating panels of educators and parents to write new performance goals to replace Common Core standards, which encompass the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Amendment 10 would curb governor's budget power (10/23/14) 8
Disagreements between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the largely Republican Missouri Legislature over budget issues have dominated news headlines in recent years. But the tone of future debates could be altered if voters approve Constitutional Amendment 10 during the Nov. 4 election. The measure would give the state legislature the power to "provide a legislative check" on the governor's decision to withhold money from the state budget, according to ballot language...
Suspects sought for firing shots at busy Poplar Bluff park (10/23/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff authorities are investigating a report of shots being fired Wednesday evening at Bacon Park as young athletes were on the park's practice fields. No injuries were reported, and several suspects reportedly are being sought...
Nov. 2014: Scott County presiding commissioner: Jamie Burger (10/23/14)
Name: Jamie Burger Age: 57 Place of birth: Sikeston,Mo Spouse's, children's names: Sherry Burger, Vanessa Koepp, Allison Page, Paris Burger Education: 1975 Kelly High School graduate Occupation: Cement Manufacturing Employer: Buzzi Unicem USA formerly Lone Star Ind Inc...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Jason Smith (10/23/14)
Name: Jason Smith Age: 34 Place of birth: Native of Dent County Spouse's, children's names: Not married yet and no children Education: Undergraduate Degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Law Degree from Oklahoma City Law School...
Nov. 2014: 8th District U.S. House of Representatives: Terry Hampton (10/23/14)
Name: Terry Hampton Age: 53 Place of birth: West Plains, Missouri Spouse's, children's names: Married to Allen Hampton. One adult daughter, two grandsons. Education: Graduate of West Plains High School. Attended Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains (now Missouri State University-West Plains)...
Nov. 2014: Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner: Pat Wissman (10/23/14)
Name: Pat Wissman Age: 57 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse's, children's names: Brenda, Joe, Jessica, Amanda, Alexa, Lyulf and Trevor Education: Jackson High School Completed Cape Girardeau Police Department Citizens Police Academy CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)...
Nov. 2014: Perry County associate circuit judge: Jason A. Tilley (10/23/14)
Name: Jason A. Tilley Age: 47 Place of birth: Blytheville, Arkansas Spouse's, children's names: Wife, Maureen Caroline, 7 Collin, 5 Education: 1985 Graduate of Perryville High School 1991 Graduate of Central Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Journalism...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 147: Kathy Swan (10/23/14)
Name: Kathy Swan Age: 63 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse's, children's names: Spouse - Reg Swan Son - Regan Swan (Jessica) Daughter - Maria Childress (Jim) Education: Associate of Arts - Nursing Bachelor of Science - Nursing Occupation: Business Owner...
Nov. 2014: State Rep. District 145: Shelley Kenney (10/23/14)
Name: Shelley Keeney Age: 35 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Education: Received a Bachelor of Science degree of Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Education degree from William Woods University Occupation: Educator, State Representative...
Nov. 2014: Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner: Clint Tracy (10/23/14)
Name: Clint Tracy Age: 40 Place of birth: Greenvile, IL Spouse's, children's names: Carrie Theodore, Oliver Education: BS History U.S. Naval Academy Occupation: Presiding Commissioner Employer: Cape Girardeau County Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/23/14) 3
Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Conceal/carry permit classes grow in Dexter area (10/23/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- ISIS, civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and all manner of things in the news could be motivating people to obtain their conceal/carry permits in Missouri. At least, that is the theory of one area instructor. Eric Hutchison is a retired law enforcement officer and holds a federal firearms license. Hutchison teaches conceal/carry classes and says he is seeing an uptick in the number of people enrolling in his class...
Cape Girardeau County Commissiona agenda 10/23/14 (10/23/14)
Cape Girardeau County Commission Administrative Office Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. Thursday Open session n Approval of minutes of Oct. 20 n Communications/reports -- other elected officials Public comments n Items list on the agenda Routine business...
Business survey reveals disassatisfaction in Poplar Bluff (10/23/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- In a survey released Wednesday, members of the Poplar Bluff business community questioned whether city officials value their wallets more than their talent. The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce asked members to weigh in on two topics: local government and schools spending money with qualified, local companies, rather than outside of town, and what other concerns local government should address...
Poplar Bluff police to get lots of new equipment (10/23/14) 2
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Poplar Bluff Police Department will receive nearly $262,000 in wireless computers for patrol units, body cameras and new handguns as part of the new city capital improvements project. Police chief Danny Whiteley, deputy chief Jeff Rolland and Capt. Mike McClain explained the benefits for the police officers during a city council meeting Monday night...
Man hit by train (10/23/14) 1
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and Cape County Private Ambulance transport a patient to an ambulance after he was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Wednesday night near Cape Rock Park. ...
Farm forges a long-term financial plan in black walnuts (10/22/14) 6
Today, it's hard to believe the 288 acres of the Martin Walnut Tree Farm were nothing more than plowed ground when Dr. Richard Martin bought the land 26 years ago. It took about three or four years of seed planting by Martin, his family and volunteers to bring his groves of trees alive...
Perryville police seek suspect in two fires (10/22/14)
Police in Perryville, Missouri, are looking for a person responsible for a pair of Monday night fires. Just before 8:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters received a call about decorative hay bales burning in front of a beauty salon at 7 N. Main St., said Bill Jones, assistant fire and police chief...
Chase leads to several arrests in Perryville (10/22/14)
A Monday evening chase in Perryville, Missouri, led to the arrests of several people suspected of dealing drugs, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Tuesday. Between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Perry County Sheriff's Department learned about a drug deal in progress, Schaaf said...
Tip leads officers to arrest of two; drug operation discovered (10/22/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two people are in custody after drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered at a Morley, Missouri, residence. David D. Kelley, 41, of Morley is charged with two felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and felony possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug with the intent to manufacture, after his home was searched Monday evening...
Osage Centre to host annual career fair (10/22/14) 1
More than 40 area employers will participate in a career fair for job seekers Thursday in Cape Girardeau. Mike Berry, functional leader at the Missouri Career Center, which is hosting the event, said the annual fair has drawn 900 to 1,000 people, and the center is looking forward to a good turnout again...
Three Rivers, Southeast patch up relationship (10/22/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- After more than a decade of bad blood, the only two higher-education institutions in Southeast Missouri say they are strengthening ties in support of their core mission -- to better the lives of residents. The presidents of Three Rivers College and Southeast Missouri State University recently spent an afternoon talking with a U.S. senator about campus safety, then sat down to share plans for the future...
Educator of the Year awards given to five (10/22/14) 2
Teachers from a variety of levels were recognized Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's Educator Appreciation Reception at the Show Me Center. Winning Educator of the Year awards were: Honorees received the Crystal Apple Award, a $500 check, resolutions of honor from the Missouri Legislature and a copy of a commemorative video shown before they took the stage for their remarks. State Rep. Kathy Swan and state Sen. Wayne Wallingford presented the resolutions...
SEMO Kennett student getting ready for big trip (10/22/14) 2
KENNETT, Mo. -- A student at the Kennett regional campus of Southeast Missouri State University is getting ready for an adventure in the spring. Shirley Ellis is the first student at Kennett to do her student teaching abroad. She will travel to Iquique, a port city in northern Chile, on March 30...
Mississippi County inmate faces victim tampering charge (10/22/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County inmate faces an additional charge after allegedly attempting to influence his victim to change testimony. Laterence Antonia Caldwell, 24, of Charleston was charged with tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution after jail administrator Cory Hutcheson noticed outgoing mail from Caldwell to the victim in his domestic assault case...
Stolen property, drug paraphernalia discovered in Benton home (10/22/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A search for stolen property also uncovered drug paraphernalia at the home of a Benton-area couple. Kenneth D. Blankenship, 50, and Bobbie Wipfler, 36, each are charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Blankenship also is charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm...
Cape to host weekly entrepreneurs' mixer starting in mid-November (10/21/14)
Some business-minded organizers in Cape Girardeau are planning to offer more than just free coffee once a week with the November launch of a new entrepreneurial education program. 1 Million Cups, a weekly event that has grown to include more than 60 cities nationwide, offers budding entrepreneurs a chance to present their startup businesses to an audience and network with others who can offer mentoring and feedback...
Scott City School District adviser answers questions about bond issue (10/21/14)
Along with other issues on the Nov. 4 ballot, voters in the Scott City School District will decide whether to vote for or against a no-tax-increase bond issue. If passed, $1.75 million in bonds would be issued for the district to take care of maintenance and other building improvements and prepay previous bond issues...
Scott City school upgrades hinge on voters (10/21/14)
Voters in the Scott City School District will decide Nov. 4 whether $1.75 million should be issued to update school buildings and make them more secure. If the bond passes, the district's tax rate will remain at 49 cents per $100 of assessed valuation...
Council opts not to disband board of examiners (10/21/14) 4
The Cape Girardeau City Council spent the majority of its study session Monday night discussing whether it would disband the board of examiners. The council gave initial approval to the measure that would disband the board -- which examines qualifications of applicants for licenses for plumbers, mechanical installers, master drainlayers and electricians -- at its last meeting...
Third-party insurance administrator chosen by Cape school board (10/21/14) 4
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday approved going with a third-party administrator to implement a partially self-insured plan to offer medical coverage to its employees. Mutual Medical Plans Inc. of Peoria, Illinois, was selected as the administrator...
Ready to hit the trail (10/21/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com ABOVE: Bobby Zoellner pats his paint horse, Chula, after saddling her up for a ride on the Peewah Trail Monday afternoon at Trail of Tears State Park. ...
Authorities seek suspect in Monday Sikeston bank robbery (10/21/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities are still searching for a suspect in connection with a bank robbery Monday, in Sikeston. The incident occurred at 11:52 a.m. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call about a bank robbery at Alliance Bank, 820 N. Main St...
Renewable energy catching on in Stoddard County (10/21/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Carolyn Johnson, a native of Dexter first saw solar panels being installed and used to generate power in the 1970s. She vowed then that she would one day do the same thing. Now, she does. Living on the outskirts of Dexter, Johnson has a series of solar panels mounted on the roof of her garage; and, while those panels do provide electricity to established lines, they also provide cheap energy to those who use those lines...
Lights, camera, action (10/21/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com A crew with Red Letter Communications records a national television spot to promote the "STIHL Dealer Days" campaign that will run April to June, in the parking lot of the former Bagger Dave's on Monday in Cape Girardeau. ...
Suspects sought in shooting in Charleston (10/21/14) 3
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man is recovering after being shot. At approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, Charleston Department of Public Safety officers received a report of a shooting on Sy Williams Street near the intersection of Vine Street. At the scene, officers located Jadarius McCain, 19, with a gunshot wound...