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It's pothole patching time (04/23/14) 1
Spring often is hailed as a time for blooming flowers and cold weather turning to warm. But in some circles, it's known as the season to begin pothole repairs. Potholes form after the moisture from winter ice and snow seep into the cracks in the pavement, freeze and expand it, causing it to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the weakened pavement, pieces begin to break apart and form a hole...
Southeast students help produce 'Battle of Kushtia' documentary (04/23/14)
A small group of Southeast Missouri State University students has joined a fledgling New York film director in producing "The Battle of Kushtia," a documentary about Bangladesh's war of independence and the late Dan Coggin, one of the first journalists to cover it...
Safe at Home program helps protect abuse, rape victims (04/23/14)
Since August 2007, more than 2,000 Missourians have used a Jefferson City, Mo., post office box to protect themselves from stalkers, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jason Kander said. The Safe at Home program allows victims of physical or sexual violence to establish state and local public records under a substitute address, Kevin Flannery said Tuesday...
Award-winning performer to stop at Show Me Center (04/23/14) 1
Chris Tomlin, Grammy award winner and 21-time Dove Awards recipient, is bringing his tour to the Show Me Center. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 18, according to a news release from the venue. Tomlin says he feels his music leads to hope, healing and higher ground...
Tax extension may appear on August ballot (04/22/14) 25
The Cape Girardeau City Council gave first round approval to an ordinance that will put a question asking voters to extend a portion of the fire tax on the August ballot. The 1/8-cent portion of the sales tax is used to purchase police cars and equipment for police and fire departments. It also helps keep facilities updated...
Stephen Limbaugh Sr. to receive Good Scout Award on Thursday (04/22/14)
Former U.S. District judge Stephen Limbaugh Sr. will be honored at the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award Dinner on Thursday at the Plaza Conference Center by Ray's. Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council, 100 to 150 people are expected to attend, development director Marc Tenholder said. John M. Thompson, president of The Bank of Missouri, will be master of ceremonies...
Regional recycling efforts mirror Earth Day's 'green cities' theme (04/22/14) 1
As Earth Day arrives Tuesday, recycling, reusing and environmental awareness have become more a part of life than they were when the occasion was established in 1970. According to earthday.org, this year's Earth Day, as in past years, will focus on "the unique environmental challenges of our time." This year's global theme, the site said, is green cities and cities around the region are doing their part with recycling efforts...
Aldermen hear update on plans for July Fourth (04/22/14) 3
The Jackson Board of Aldermen heard a status update on the city's upcoming Fourth of July celebration, which is bringing back some favorites, during the study session following its regular meeting Monday. Alderman Larry Cunningham provided the aldermen with an update from the Independence Day Celebration Committee. The fireworks display hopefully will fall between a cost of $12,000 and $14,000, he said, and events so far planned for that weekend include:...
Committee explores pros, cons of tax-funded projects (04/22/14) 2
What benefits does an indoor sports complex offer compared to an agricultural expo center? What are some of the operational issues for an indoor aquatics complex or a convention center with a hotel component? These were some of the questions members of the City of Cape Girardeau/Midamerica Hotels Corporation Feasibility Study joint committee asked Monday afternoon when they gathered for their second meeting. ...
Dozens turn out for public hearing on downtown CID (04/22/14) 9
It was standing room only as the Cape Girardeau City Council kicked off its regular meeting Monday night. Dozens came to give their input at the public hearing to consider the petition for the creation of the Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District, which would impose a $0.6708 property tax and half-cent sales tax within the district. The area includes a portion of Broadway and Water, Main and Spanish streets and portions of adjoining streets...
'Saturday Night Live' bandleader performs, talks Monday at River Campus (04/22/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Saturday Night Live bandleader Leon Pendarvis begins his presentation Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus....
Man sentenced in jewelry store robbery (04/22/14)
A Tennessee man last week became the first of four defendants to be sentenced in connection with a 2009 armed robbery at a Cape Girardeau jewelry store. Kevin Stitt was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for his role in the robbery. He also must pay $93,461 in restitution, online federal court records show...
Fruitland rest area closed for repairs (04/22/14)
The Fruitland rest area on Interstate 55 south in Cape Girardeau County will be closed from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Thursday, as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform repairs, according to a MoDOT news release...
Cape council to hold hearing on improvement district today (04/21/14) 15
Approval of a petition for a community improvement district, extension of a sales tax and review of nomination petitions for the vacant Ward 3 seat will be considered at the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting today. Before the council begins voting, a public hearing will be held to gather input on a petition for the creation of the Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District. ...
Tax cut would have 'major impact,' school officials say (04/21/14) 38
School district superintendents and state education organizations say districts could stand to lose $223 million if tax cut legislation is fully implemented, according to a Missouri School Boards' Association news release. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by State Sen. ...
'Saturday Night Live' bandleader to hold workshop, lecture today (04/21/14) 1
Live from Cape Girardeau! It's Saturday Night Live bandleader Leon Pendarvis! The SNL keyboardist is returning to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus today to share some of his expertise with students. Pendarvis will host a workshop for musical theater students from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a public lecture at the Schuck Music Recital Hall...
Sunrise service brings crowd to Bald Knob cross (04/21/14)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- With dawn breaking over the massive Bald Knob Cross of Peace, at least 1,000 people from throughout the region celebrated the resurrection of Christ at the 78th annual Easter Sunrise Service. Father Uriel Salmanaca, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Cobden, Ill., delivered the message for the observance saying on the day Mary Magdelaine said Jesus had risen, "God manifested his glory and fulfilled all the promises he made in the Old Testament."...
3 teens injured in ATV accident (04/21/14) 3
Three teenagers were injured, two seriously, in an all-terrain vehicle accident at 1:50 a.m. Saturday on County Road 416 3 miles north of Oak Ridge, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. Hyland S. McCaroll, 15, of Jackson and Adam T. Pleimann, 18, were riding a 2004 Kawasaki Prairie and Clayton R. Maintz, 17, of Oak Ridge was on a 2003 Yama Bear Tracker, the report said. The accident occurred as the 2004 Kawasaki collided head on with the Yamah Bear Tracker, the report said...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 4/21/14 (04/21/14)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Items for discussion Presentations...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 4/21/14 (04/21/14)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Open session Communications/reports, other elected officials Public comments Routine business Action items Appointments and possible action item Discussion and possible action Discussion and possible action, county advisory boards...
Pepsi MidAmerica to bring more than 70 jobs to local area (04/20/14) 29
Pepsi MidAmerica will be the first tenant at Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park, a move that's expected to bring about 74 jobs to the region. A $3.1 million customer service center will be built on 18 acres within the park at Interstate 55 and LaSalle Avenue, with construction beginning in the next six months. The center is planned to be open by mid-summer 2015 at the park bought by the city from Southeast Missouri State University in late 2012...
Battle lines drawn over Missouri tax-cut bill (04/20/14) 17
State Republicans and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon are preparing for another standoff over a tax cut proposal that could leave the state's education funding hanging in the balance. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by State Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, would gradually cut individual state income tax rates from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on business income earned by individuals. It also would require tax brackets to be adjusted annually for inflation...
Anonymous sponsors, Plaza Tire save Capahas' season (04/20/14) 10
A group of anonymous donors and longtime sponsor Plaza Tire Service have come forward to keep the Cape Girardeau Capahas amateur baseball team funded for the upcoming season. On April 8, longtime team manager Jess Bolen announced a sudden end to Plaza Tire Service's 10-year sponsorship and said new sponsorship would have to be found soon for the team to play, as its season begins June 1...
Study: Most college students seek spiritual meaning (04/20/14)
For many young people, college is their first experience away from home ... their parents, traditions, customs and churches. Some students stick to their faiths, while others fall away, convert or reconnect. Two of the three were true for Southeast Missouri State University junior James Freeman, who fell away from his nondenominational Christian beliefs and has returned...
Ward 3 hopefuls pick up petitions (04/20/14)
Three candidates picked up nomination petitions to become the temporary representative for Ward 3 on the Cape Girardeau City Council. Victor R. Gunn and Evan Trump are among those candidates, and both have declared their intent to run in the election for the Ward 3 seat as well. ...
Limbaugh to undergo second cochlear implant (04/20/14) 17
Radio personality and Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh announced on his show Tuesday that he has decided to undergo surgery for a second cochlear implant. He received surgery for the first implant for his left ear about 13 years ago, he said, and doctors at the time advised him against getting the second implant in case a cure was developed for his deteriorated hearing...
Three charged with murder of rural Portageville man (04/20/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Three people have been charged in the murder of a rural Portageville man and two others are in custody facing charges related to the case. Gunner Lee Pind, 28, Kevin Slayton, 17, and Cody Edward LeGrand, 18, of Portageville are charged with the death of Roy Clifton Jerrolds, 60. who lived on Route T, near Portageville. Jerrolds was found shot to death inside his burning home on April 10...
Club news 4-20-14 (04/20/14)
The American Legion Auxiliary met April 10 with 23 members in attendance. Hostesses for the noon meal were Juanita Cook, Reba Strayhorn and Mildred Varvell. Before the meeting, Barbara Yallaly gave a short reading on "Kilroy Was Here," a popular saying during World War 11...
Parked car struck on Themis Street (04/18/14) 1
Chelsea Sterling opens a door to her Hyundai Elantra after the parked car was involved in an accident with a pickup truck Friday, April 18, 2014 on Themis Street, just west of the Ellis Street intersection in Cape Girardeau. The car was facing east and not occupied. ...
Dairy farmer looks ahead to switch to feeder cattle (04/18/14) 6
After operating Windy Vue Farms the past couple of decades, Jerry Siemers said he reached a point where he had to choose Path A or B, and a decision was made for the future of the farm and his family.
Area pupils take Common Core field tests (04/18/14) 4
Nearly 700 students in Cape Girardeau County schools have taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium field test in recent weeks. They are among about 23,000 statewide who have taken the test or will take it. About 23 states and territories are members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is developing assessments aligned with Common Common Core State Standards, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Start of theater/safe room depends on concrete work (04/18/14)
Groundbreaking on the Scott City School District's performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room depends on when precast slabs for the walls can be poured, superintendent Diann Ulmer said Thursday. Ulmer attended a preconstruction meeting with the contractor, Zoellner Construction Co. of Perryville, Mo., and subcontractors, on the $2,059,000 project. But the start time centers on when Coreslab Structures of Marshall, Mo., can pour the concrete slabs for the building...
Course aims to hold politicians accountable (04/18/14)
Talking to elected officials is easy, but having meaningful conversations with them can be more difficult. Jan Farrar, secretary for the Cape Girardeau County Tea Party and Missouri coordinator for the Center for Self-Governance, said taking a course in self-governance can help people bridge that gap...
Perryville Industrial Park becomes certified AT&T Fiber Park (04/18/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- In the 1800s, railroads changed the local economy by connecting Perryville to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Chester, Ill.
Smith talks social media, SCRUB Act at Pachyderms (04/18/14) 2
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club celebrated its 47th birthday with cake and a speech from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith. Smith, a Republican, represents the 8th Congressional District of Missouri, which includes Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff and Rolla. He offered a brief account of some of the issues being considered by Congress, especially in the Judiciary Committee of which he is a member, but mostly Smith answered questions proposed by audience members...
Perry County district takes on new administrators (04/18/14)
Perry County District 32 will get three new administrators next year, according to a district news release. Jeanie White will become assistant superintendent, replacing Russell Leek, who retired. Rich Thomas will take over as principal of Perryville high School after the retirement of Lee Gaddis. Craig Hayden will become career center director, taking over from Steve King, who is retiring...
Modern technology might have helped find Scherer (04/17/14)
A small white car stops at a small-town gas station on an April morning. The station attendant, a young woman with long, bright red hair, stands just outside the office door. Two men get out of the car; another remains inside. Minutes later, the woman vanishes...
NPR host Diane Rehm rounds out Speakers Series (04/17/14) 1
National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm visited Cape Girardeau for the first time on Wednesday for the final event of Southeast Missouri State University's 2013-2014 Speakers Series. Rehm, host of "The Diane Rehm Show," presented "A Conversation With Diane Rehm" in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus...
Leadership gathering promotes STEM opportunities for local youths (04/17/14) 1
About 25 leaders from the worlds of business, technology, education, health care, not-for-profit, politics and Boy Scouts met at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau on Wednesday to discuss the importance of more students getting interested in science, technology, engineering and math -- otherwise known as STEM...
Scott City district joins appeal with tax commission (04/17/14) 2
Scott City School Board members Wednesday voted to join an appeal process with the State Tax Appeal Commission over Ameren Missouri's 2013 taxes. According to a news release from Scott County prosecuting attorney Paul Boyd, Ameren is refusing to pay taxes for the 2013 tax year. ...
Three teenagers charged after fight (04/17/14) 4
Three Cape Girardeau teenagers face felony charges after a Tuesday afternoon disturbance at Benton and Themis streets, police reported Wednesday. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call about a fight during which a firearm might have been displayed, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Kelso man charged with rape, molestation (04/16/14) 4
A Kelso man was in jail Tuesday on charges he raped a 6-year-old girl, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reported. Justin A. Williams, 22, was charged with statutory rape and child molestation Tuesday in Scott County Circuit Court, online court records show...
$55 million wastewater facility expected to open in fall (04/16/14) 10
It's difficult to imagine the site of Cape Girardeau's new wastewater treatment facility was no more than a grassy field just a few years ago. Five new structures, each housing a different step in the treatment process, are spread across the area, sprinkled with construction equipment as crews work to complete the largest capital improvement project in the city's history...
College students get lesson in texting while driving (04/16/14) 1
With the help of two simulators, Southeast Missouri State University students put their texting-and-driving prowess to the test Tuesday as part of AT&T's anti-texting "It Can Wait" campaign. The simulators, which resembled video driving games with large computer monitors, were set up in the lobbies of the University Center and Towers dorms and managed by representatives from AT&T and the Sigma Chi fraternity. ...
Doctor shuns health-care insurance (04/16/14) 41
Dr. Mike Wulfers spoke at the regular meeting of the Cape County Tea Party on Tuesday night to talk about a unique method of health care -- the concierge doctor. Wulfers said he's part of a "growing movement" in the country that strives to provide more personalized primary care. ...
Charter's digital conversion goes 'as anticipated' (04/16/14) 17
As of Tuesday, Charter Communications officially switched its customers from analog to all-digital service via a set-top box that is required for customers to continue receiving the cable operator's services. Those who did not upgrade to the box by Tuesday turned on their TVs to a black screen that morning. The line of Charter customers needing assistance Monday crept out the door of the Cape Girardeau location off Silver Springs Road...
I-55 in Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties reduced for pavement repairs (04/16/14)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform pavement repairs and undersealing. This section of the highway is from Highway 51 to Route J/N at Ozora, Mo., according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release. The work will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily April 28 through Nov. 14...
Cape man arrested in Carbondale shooting (04/16/14) 1
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau man was among those arrested in connection with a shooting early Friday morning in Carbondale. Darrion D. Jake, 26, is in jail in Murphysboro, Ill., on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action, the Carbondale Police Department reported Monday...
Suspects in Anna murder appear in court (04/16/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Two men appeared in court Tuesday on charges they beat an Anna, Ill., man to death. Jessie Bell, 34, of Anna and Travis D. Turner, 25, of Dongola, Ill., heard the charges against them Tuesday in Union County, Ill., Circuit Court...
Pachyderm Club to host Congressman Smith (04/16/14)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host U.S. Rep. Jason Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Smith, a Republican, represents the 8th Congressional District of Missouri, which includes Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff and Rolla...