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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Sikeston City Council approves starting TIF process for proposed new cinema (07/31/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The first step toward a new eight-screen Malco cinema in Sikeston was approved by the Sikeston City Council earlier this week. Council members approved beginning the process of establishing a Tax Increment Financing District during their special meeting Monday...
Former SEMO Health Network CEO gets 33 months for conspiracy (07/31/14) 3
The former CEO of Southeast Missouri Health Network Inc. has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on a conspiracy charge, and three other former employees face criminal charges in connection with the case. In April, Cheryl Ann White, 56, of New Madrid, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to submit false documents...
Supporters say ballot item could boost children's services in county (07/31/14)
A measure that supporters say has been four years in the making will be up for voter approval in next week's election. If approved, Proposition K would levy a one-quarter-cent tax to create a community children's services fund that would support mental-health services for children living in Cape Girardeau County...
Candidates call for swift justice (07/31/14)
In the race for Division III associate circuit judge, efficiency seems to be key. Local lawyer Jeffrey Dix and incumbent Gary Kamp are vying for the position, with the winner to be selected by voters Tuesday. Dix said the question of efficiency was among the factors that persuaded him to run for associate judge. He pointed to the hundreds of disqualifications against Kamp every year and said they "have basically turned Division III into a part-time job."...
Two riverboats to dock at Cape riverfront today (07/31/14)
Two riverboats are scheduled to dock today at Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau -- although at different times. The 250-foot-long Queen of the Mississippi paddle-wheeler will pull in from 8 a.m. to noon, while the 418-foot-long, steam-powered American Queen will take the next shift, from noon to 5 p.m...
Ballot item aims to shield personal electronic data (07/30/14) 6
Among the issues to be considered by voters Aug. 5 is an amendment that seeks to strengthen privacy protection for electronic communications and data. Amendment 9 asks voters whether the Missouri Constitution should be amended "so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?" State and local governments expect no significant costs or savings from the amendment, the ballot language adds.. ...
Drones find a landing pad in SEMO farm research (07/30/14) 2
The department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University has a new addition to its farm, and it's not something that can be raised, herded or processed. Students and faculty recently have been trained how to use their newest device -- an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which has been unofficially named Ag Force One...
Dress code a likely topic during school board meeting (07/30/14) 9
When the Cape Girardeau School Board meets Thursday, its agenda likely will involve revisions to the dress code. Board member Phil Moore said it is easier to enforce solid-color polo shirts, black, tan or navy pants, skirts or shorts, and allows teachers to focus more on instruction...
Lawyer: Bollinger County murder case should be ready for trial later this year (07/30/14)
An attorney for a Bollinger County, Missouri, man accused of killing his brother told a judge he anticipates the case will be ready for trial later this year. Public defender Chris Davis is representing Lonnie Liley, 42, on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the Jan. 23 shooting death of Liley's brother, 50-year-old Jessie Liley...
Safe Harbor seeks donations for stuff-a-truck event (07/30/14)
Dogs and cats need love, too. As do puppies and kittens. Many need permanent homes. In the meantime, however, the animals housed at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary need food, litter boxes, beds, toys and a clean and safe environment. To help gather the necessities, Engelmann Farms is sponsoring three stuff-a-truck locations from 9 a.m. ...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Mark Reitzel (07/30/14)
Name: Mark Reitzel Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Daughter: Lydia Occupation: Farmer Employer: Self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Self-employed farmer Previous offices held or sought: Previous office held:Current Delta Precinct Committeeman...
148th Missouri House district candidate Holly Rehder (07/30/14)
Name: Holly Rehder Age: 44 Place of birth: Memphis, TN Spouse's, children's names: My spouse of 20 years is Ray Rehder. Children are Raychel Smart, Johnny Griswell Jr., Christian Rehder and one grand-baby, Kayden Talley. Education: Graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Jackie Wengert (07/30/14)
Name: Jackie Wengert Age: 54 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband, Steven Wengert Children: Curt (Becca) Pecaut; Dawn (Chad) Ozark; Lisamarie (Daniel) Joyce Occupation: Payroll Coordinator Employer: Artisan Contracting, LLC...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer (07/30/14)
Name: Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer Age: 55 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: David J. Schumer Children: Kristen(Brad)Renner, Lauren, Tim Grandchildren: Brynn, Mila, Levi Parents: Virgil(Doc) & Dorothy Wibbenmeyer Daughter-In-Law: Norbert Schumer and the late Alma Schumer...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Kim Wingerter (07/30/14)
Name: Kim Wingerter Age: 49 Place of birth: Belleville IL Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Kurt (Sam) Wingerter Children - Shawn, Cody & Brittany Grandson - Colton Occupation: Team driver operation with my husband Employer: Gilster Mary-Lee Corp Businesses owned, all or part: None...
148th Missouri House district candidate Duston Stone (07/30/14)
Name: Duston Stone Age: 32 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse's, children's names: Son - Laythan Education: Scott City High School Graduate Occupation: Railroad conductor, Farmer Employer: Union Pacific Businesses owned, all or part: Landowner...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Michael Gardner (07/30/14)
Name: Michael Gardner Age: 35 Place of birth: I was born in St. Louis but grew up in Kelso Spouse, children's names: I have been married to the former Kristi Hillman for 11 years. We are the parents of Jack, Addie and Paige Occupation: Attorney Employer: Self-employed...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Diane Geile (07/30/14)
Name: Diane Geile Age: 49 Place of birth: Perryville, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Joseph Geile son -Tristan Geile Occupation: Supervisor/Marketing Director Employer: Perryville E-Z Pump/KB's Custard Businesses owned, all or part: Joe Geile Excavating, LLC...
Aug. 2014 Election: Perry County Recorder of Deeds (07/30/14)
Name: Douglas K. Martin Age: 53 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Martin Children: Emily Johnson, Ava Johnson, Lillian Johnson, Kora Martin, and Elli Martin Occupation: Owner of Martin Landscaping, Alderman (Ward II) Perryville, licensed real estate agent...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Victor R. Gunn (07/30/14)
Name: Victor R. Gunn Age: 68 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife, Mary V. Gunn Adult daughter, Alexia Gunn Sander. Occupation: Retired Deputy Chief of Police Employer: Retired Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: I have never sought local elected office...
Sikeston electrical rates could rise by $5 to $10 monthly (07/30/14) 3
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston residents and businesses should go ahead and begin planning now for their electric bills to increase. "I wish I could say I'm excited to be here," said Ed Throop, executive director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, during the Sikeston City Council's special meeting Monday...
Cape Girardeau police investigate armed robbery (07/30/14) 6
Cape Girardeau police are investigating an armed robbery on North Spanish Street. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers responding to a shots-fired call in the 1500 block of North Spanish Street spoke with three witnesses who said two men threatened them with a gun, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Town hall meeting to address right to farm (07/30/14) 1
A town-hall meeting about Amendment 1, or right-to-farm, will be hosted at 7 p.m. today at Flickerwood Arena, 3019 Larch Lane in Jackson. The event features guest speakers Larry Miller of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau and state Rep. Kathy Swan. The amendment is up for voter approval on the Aug. 5 ballot. For more information, contact Dan Hutton at 573-703-4998 or dlhutton1s@gmail.com...
Host of candidates running for 149th District House seat (07/30/14)
District 149 voters will have several choices on the Democratic and Republican ballots Tuesday. Four candidates have filed in the primary election to fill the seat held by state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat. The Democratic candidates are Bill Burlison and Diedra Freeman, and Republican candidates are Don Rone and Neal E. Boyd...
Sikeston man charged in gun theft case (07/30/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, man is in custody for allegedly stealing a handgun and cellphone, according to the Standard Democrat. Timothy R. Achter, 27, is charged with felony stealing a firearm and with stealing less than $500, a misdemeanor. ...
Stone, Rehder want to bring conservative values to House (07/29/14) 20
The two candidates vying for the House seat in the 148th District both want to bring their conservative values to the state Legislature. Because no candidates filed for the position in other parties, voters will select either Duston Y. Stone or Holly Rehder on the Aug. 5 Republican ticket to be the district's next representative...
Gun rights, vets' lottery on primary ballot (07/29/14) 11
As the Aug. 5 election draws near, some of the lesser known amendments on the ballot are receiving more attention. Compared to the amendments dealing with farming rights and a transportation tax, those calling for stronger gun rights and the creation of a lottery ticket to benefit veterans services have garnered far less notice...
Fire consumes shed, truck in Chaffee (07/29/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- An afternoon fire in Chaffee burned down a shed, totaled a truck and damaged an electrical pole, but left a home on the same property intact. No one was injured in the blaze at 111 W. Parker Ave. Chaffee Fire Department chief Sam Glency said a person was working on a vehicle at 2:49 p.m., when its carburetor backfired and the car engine ignited. The vehicle's owner tried to put out the fire with a small extinguisher and then a garden hose, but without much luck...
Administrators move up at Southeast Missouri State (07/29/14)
Bruce Skinner and Kendra Skinner -- no relation -- will be filling new roles this year at Southeast Missouri State University. Formerly assistant vice president for student success and director of residence life, Bruce Skinner is now assistant vice president for student success and auxiliary services. Kendra Skinner, who was associate director of residence life, has taken on the director's spot...
Sikeston boy dies after running in front of car (07/29/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 3-year-old Sikeston boy was killed Friday after he ran into the street in front of a car. About 9:15 p.m., Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian at 110 N. Ingram Road...
Children removed from home after hostage situation (07/29/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A man and woman are in custody after police responded to a domestic disturbance that escalated into a hostage situation. At 12:16 p.m. Friday, Caruthersville officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Grand Avenue, "in reference to a hysterical male requesting an officer," according to a news release from Caruthersville city marshal Tony Jones...
Wes Payne: Three Rivers College strong, moving forward (07/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Reinforced concrete walls seem to have sprung up overnight just outside the window of the president's office at Three Rivers College. But they're not the only changes taking shape. Dr. Wes Payne is leading a new, sweeping change brought about when former president Devin Stephenson left suddenly in June...
Cape County Associate Circuit Judge Division III candidate Gary Kamp (07/29/14)
Name: Gary Albert Kamp Age: 62 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: My wife is the former Gail Friedrich. We have two children, Christopher Kamp and Cassandra Kamp Occupation: Associate Circuit Judge, Division III, Cape Girardeau County...
Perry County Clerk candidate Mina Hoehn (07/29/14)
Name: Mina Hoehn Age: 48 Place of birth: E St Louis, IL Spouse, children's names: Mark Hoehn, Husband Amy and Taylor Hoehn, daughters Occupation: Secretary, School Bus Driver, Realtor Employer: PCSD#32, Meyer Bus Lines, Re/Max Realty Experts Businesses owned, all or part: None...
District rep races head toward primary election (07/28/14) 12
Missouri House District 151 voters will vote two times on the seat in the Aug. 5 primary election. Ryan William Holder and Tila Rowland Hubrecht are vying to fill the vacant seat, but they're also candidates in the primary for the new term representative...
Hundreds gather to visit, reminisce about Smelterville community (07/28/14) 4
More than 200 people gathered this weekend to celebrate and remember a place that no longer exists. But the small community on Vine Street will not forget where they came from. Smelterville was a small area in south Cape Girardeau that was mostly bought out by the federal government because of flooding in 1993. But Smelterville's history extends much further than that. The area was founded in 1790 and since then generations have grown up in the community...
Dorena-Hickman Ferry rates to increase Friday (07/28/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Crossing the Mississippi River on the local ferry will cost a couple more bucks starting next month. Mississippi County commissioners approved a rate increase for the Dorena-Hickman Ferry during their regular meeting late last week as recommended by the Mississippi County Port Authority Board...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Allen Moss (07/28/14)
Name: Allen Moss Age: 53 Place of birth: Chula Vista, CA Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Katie; Children: Courtney, Allen III (Trey), and Thomas Occupation: Attorney and municipal judge Employer: Moss, Stillwell & Surratt (private practice), Scott City (municipal judge)...
151st Missouri House district candidate Tila Rowland Hubrecht (07/28/14)
Name: Tila Rowland Hubrecht Age: 43 Place of birth: Dexter, MO Spouse's, children's names: Bryan, Shelby and Sara Education: B.S. Early Childhood Education with Elementary Education Certification Masters of Science in Nursing Occupation: Registered Nurse...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Chris Blattel (07/28/14)
Name: Chris Blattel Age: 38 Place of birth: Chafee MO Spouse, children's names: Hunter Blattel -son Samantha Blattel - daughter Occupation: Teacher Employer: High school Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: No political office. I am Vice President of SEMO 10 a pro-constitution group with which I have made several trips to the state capital...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Trae Bertrand (07/28/14)
Name: Trae Bertrand Age: 36 Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma Spouse, children's names: Wife - Rachel Daughters - Laura, Camille & Stella Occupation: Attorney Employer: Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens Businesses owned, all or part: Partner at Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens, L.C...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Lisa Lukefahr (07/28/14)
Name: Lisa Lukefahr Age: 44 Place of birth: Perryville Missouri Spouse, children's names: Husband: Delvin Lukefahr, children: Zachary Lukefahr 18 and Hannah Lukefahr 15 Occupation: Bookkeeper Employer: Loida Ag Service, LLC Businesses owned, all or part: none...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/28/14)
Name: Scott R Clark Age: 29 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff, Missouri Spouse, children's names: NA Occupation: Recorder of Deeds Employer: Cape Girardeau County Businesses owned, all or part: NA Previous offices held or sought: Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds...
Cape County Associate Circuit Judge Division III candidate Jeffrey Dix (07/28/14)
Name: Jeffrey Dix Age: 54 Place of birth: Ottumwa, Iowa Spouse, children's names: Children: Ashley Dix, 27; Ryan Dix, 22: Shelby Dix, 20. Occupation: Attorney at Law Employer: Self employed. Businesses owned, all or part: Jeffrey P. Dix, Attorney at Law...
At-risk kids learn, teach through dog-training program (07/28/14) 2
The bond between kids and dogs has been given new meaning through EPIC Pals, a program in which troubled youths train shelter dogs for adoption. The program combines the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum with structured dog training. It's meant to promote empathy and give young people skills needed to communicate and manage emotions, plus help them re-enter the community...
Primary election to decide treasurer in Scott County (07/28/14) 1
The Scott County treasurer race, although contested, will be decided Aug. 5 in the primary election. Incumbent Glenda Enderle and Joe Bill Davis are battling for the democratic seat. Missouri is an open primary state, which allows for all registered voters to vote. ...
Two boys involved in accidental shooting at Kelly face possible suspensions (07/27/14) 43
Two Kelly High School students face possible school suspensions of up to a year as a result of the accidental shooting death of classmate Kaden Robert a month ago. One boy's mother, Libby Urhahn, confirmed Friday that although nothing is finalized, the Kelly's school district board of education is considering punitive measures because of the involvement of a weapon on school grounds...
SEMO: Online courses enhance class offerings (07/27/14)
Depending on whom you ask or what you read, online programs mean easier access to higher education -- or the end of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, especially in these times of limited state funding. For Southeast Missouri State University, online education falls into the former category, and it's helped the university reach students it might not otherwise. Provost Dr. Bill Eddleman said online courses and majors have become a key component of the school's offerings...
Efforts ramp up to keep Cottonwood facility open (07/27/14) 14
The fight to keep Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center open has expanded beyond Cape Girardeau. Cottonwood employees, mental health professionals and state representatives attended a Missouri House of Representative's Budget Committee meeting in Jefferson City on Thursday to offer testimonies and prevent the facility's impending closure by 2015...
McCaskill urges new VA clinics, including in Cape (07/27/14) 2
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and others sent a letter last week to the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, urging them to approve a provision to build 26 VA clinics, including one in Cape Girardeau. The national legislation was proposed in June after allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals. ...