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Southeast Homecoming promises lots of fanfare (10/01/14)
From the traditional parade and football game to a tailgate concert featuring The Brothers Walker, a large scholarship reception and alumni awards, Southeast Missouri State University celebrates Homecoming 2014 this weekend. Some events began Monday, but many of them take place Friday and Saturday. This year's theme, "Paint the Town Red," coincides with Southeast's color scheme. Jay Wolz, director of alumni relations, said Homecoming is the highlight of the alumni year...
Southeast Missourian wins 28 awards in statewide contest (10/01/14)
The Southeast Missourian has amassed 28 awards -- including 11 first-place finishes -- in the Missouri Press Association's 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards cover a broad range of categories, including news and feature stories, photography, design, sports coverage and general excellence...
Voter turnout likely to be lower in November (10/01/14)
While November elections typically draw more voters than those held in other months, local election officials don't expect to see a high turnout Nov. 4. In the 2012 November election, Cape Girardeau County had the highest turnout percentage in Southeast Missouri, with 67 percent of the county's voters casting ballots...
I-55 in Cape County reduced for pavement repairs (10/01/14)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews make pavement repairs. This section of the highway is at mile marker 96, underneath the Route K overpass. According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the work will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily Oct. 17 through 19...
Enjoying the farmers market (10/01/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com A.J. Brown, 2, and his sister Lydia, 3, keep their eyes on the two snickerdoodle cookies they are getting from Michelle Chesser's Home Sweet Home bakery booth at the Jackson Farmers Market, Tuesday, Sept. ...
Burglary investigation nets 3 arrests (10/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Police made three arrests over the weekend as part of an investigation into a recent rash of home burglaries and vehicle break-ins around town. The first two arrests occurred Friday afternoon. At 2:36 p.m., officers were sent to 407 W. Harrison St. to investigate a robbery. On arrival, they were told the suspects had fled in a black Pontiac...
Sikeston, Mo., chamber warns businesses of counterfeit bills (10/01/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Regional Chamber is alerting area businesses about an individual using counterfeit money. A counterfeit $20 bill was used at a Sikeston restaurant Tuesday, according to the chamber. The counterfeit bill's serial number was je92389464b, and other phony bills might be similar...
Two Poplar Bluff men injured in fight involving baseball bat (10/01/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two local men were treated for head injuries Saturday after one allegedly attacked the other for viewing sexually explicit images of an acquaintance and then sending the woman a suggestive comment via Facebook...
Kennett couple cited for animal neglect (10/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Citations and a warrant were issued Friday to Kennett residents Crystal D. Holloway and Robert J. Holloway on two counts each of violating the city's animal health and safety and vicious-animal ordinances...
Music academy sets date for annual fundraiser (10/01/14)
The Southeast Missouri Music Academy will present its 15th annual Standing Ovation concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $3 for students. For information about reception tickets, Standing Ovation or the Music Academy, call 651-2378...
A guide to North Carthage: 18 'Gone Girl' movie filming locations in the Cape Girardeau region (09/30/14) 11
A list of verified "Gone Girl" movie filming locations in Cape Girardeau and Southern Illinois where actors Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and more were.
Local extras prominent in 'Gone Girl,' professor says (09/30/14) 11
Those planning to watch "Gone Girl" to scope for familiar faces may want to watch the film twice. Local extras who stood in line among thousands of people for casting calls last summer will be pleased to see they play a prominent role in the 20th Century Fox film, local professor and media expert Jim Dufek said. The city of Cape Girardeau, portrayed as North Carthage, Missouri, in the film, makes plenty of noticeable appearances as well, he said...
SEMO accommodates growing enrollment (09/30/14)
Having topped 12,000 students this fall, Southeast Missouri State University has enough classroom space to accommodate its growth, but might need renovations in the future. Angela Meyer, director of facilities management, said the university's Space Utilization Committee has discussed classroom space, but isn't ready to recommend any changes to the board of regents -- yet. Provost Bill Eddleman added the university doesn't "have any absolute shortage problems in terms of space."...
Provost explains how class sizes are determined (09/30/14)
Southeast Missouri State University provost Bill Eddleman talked to the Southeast Missourian about class sizes, what determines where classes are held and ease of signing up for needed classes, among other items. Q: How do you determine where classes are held?...
Ease on down the road (09/30/14) 1
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com A Pace Construction crew applies an asphalt overlay to a stretch of Route W north of LaSalle Avenue near Route Y on Monday in Cape Girardeau County. As slopes are graded and shoulders and rumble strips are added, motorists may experience one-lane traffic at times....
Jackson man dies in Perry County crash (09/30/14) 2
A Jackson man was killed early Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 51. The accident occurred at 3:40 a.m., half a mile north of Route C in Perry County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. Barry P. Sander, 48, was traveling northbound in a 2010 Kia Soul, and a 1996 Kenworth truck, driven by Don K. Waltemate, 60, was going south on Highway 51, the report said. The Soul crossed the centerline and struck the Kenworth head on...
Alleged robber arrested in connection with dollar store heist (09/30/14) 8
A Cape Girardeau man remained in custody at the county sheriff's department Monday after being charged with first-degree robbery and felony armed criminal action in connection with an incident Sunday at Dollar General. Tyler O. Johnson, 23, is being held on a $100,000 surety bond, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said...
Woman arrested on drug, endangerment charges (09/30/14)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie woman has been arrested on drug charges and endangering the welfare of a child. Nicole L. White, 29, also is charged with resisting arrest, according to a report from the East Prairie Police Department...
Woman caught trying to sneak drugs into jail (09/30/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, woman is facing charges after attempting to sneak illegal drugs into the Mississippi County Detention Center. Charity Sue Carey, 41, is charged with one count of delivery and possession of a controlled substance within the county jail, a felony...
Interactive 'Gone Girl' map of 18 filming locations in the Cape Girardeau region (09/29/14)
This interactive map shows 18 filming locations in the Gape Girardeau area of the moving "Gone Girl".
VIDEO: "Gone Girl" extras talk about their experience (09/29/14)
The following video is provided through a content partnership with rustmedia. If you like this story, be sure to check out the semissourian.com's Gone Girl page and follow the "Gone Girl Cape Girardeau" Facebook page for more news and information relating to the movie...
VIDEO: "Gone Girl" extras talk about their experience (09/29/14)
The following video is provided through a content partnership with rustmedia. If you like this story, be sure to check out the semissourian.com's Gone Girl page and follow the "Gone Girl Cape Girardeau" Facebook page for more news and information relating to the movie...
Search for next Southeast president begins this week (09/29/14) 3
The search for a successor to retiring Southeast Missouri State University president Kenneth Dobbins will begin in earnest early next month with the arrival of Parker Executive Search, the firm hired by the university's board of regents to help find a new leader...
God saved relationship with wife, children, Andy Benes says (09/29/14) 1
Until he placed his trust in God, former professional baseball pitcher Andy Benes said he wasn't a good father or husband, but it took him a while to realize it. Benes was the first pick in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft and won an Olympic gold medal the same year. ...
Woman looks back on battle with leukemia (09/29/14) 1
Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of stories in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Krystal Bartoe has dealt with leukemia for about 10 years. Since undergoing a bone-marrow transplant in 2012 and receiving a cancer-free declaration from her doctors, Krystal says now she's just trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life...
Group learns about digital library platform (09/29/14)
A small group turned out Sunday afternoon to hear an update on Library For All, a digital library platform specifically aimed at developing countries, from its founder and CEO, Rebecca McDonald. The gathering of about 12 was at the home of Nicole and Duc Nguyen. Attendees also learned how they can support the venture, established in 2012...
Kennett police arrest man in connection with burglary investigation (09/29/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett man who was recently arrested on a warrant may face additional charges in connection with a rash of burglaries. The Kennett Police Department and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday served a federal search warrant on a home in the 300 block of South Vandeventer Street...
Poplar Bluff makes Robert Smith its new city attorney (09/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Lawyer Robert Smith is no longer serving the city in an interim capacity. Smith's permanent appointment as city attorney was announced during last week's city council meeting. Smith's annual salary is $48,000...
Highway 51 in Perry County open to one lane (09/29/14)
Highway 51 in Perry County is open to one-lane of traffic, after an accident earlier this morning shut down the road. Flaggers are on scene directing traffic, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release. The closure was near Route C, about two miles from the Chester Bridge...
Crime trends defy perceptions (09/28/14) 10
Behind the startling local headlines is a reassuring reality: Violence has become less common over the past 20 years.
'Gone Girl' debuts in New York; Cape is next (09/28/14) 4
The local premiere is slated for Thursday, and reviews for the film are mostly positive
Craft Beer Festival draws crowd (09/28/14) 2
Several hundred Cape Girardeau microbrew enthusiasts on Saturday proved what some beer drinkers have long suspected: A cold beer can be good for a person's mental health. Carrying miniature pilsner glasses and wearing strings of pretzels around their necks to clear their palates between sips, participants had the chance to sample their choice of 80 varieties of beer, ranging from pale ales to stouts, at the Community Counseling Center Foundation's third annual Craft Beer Festival...
State treasurer emphasizes higher education during school visit (09/28/14) 1
It's not every day the state treasurer swings by to offer investment advice. Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students gathered Friday morning to listen to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel speak about the importance of investing in the future. While it's important to make monetary investments, no matter how modest, Zweifel told students it was equally important they invest in themselves by working hard in school...
Committee looks to maintain fire tax in Cape (09/28/14) 1
A committee has organized to encourage Cape Girardeau voters to approve a fire-tax measure that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The quarter-cent tax, which supports equipment and infrastructure needs for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, initially was approved by voters in 2004. One-eighth of the tax is permanent, while the remainder is up for voter renewal before it reaches its 10-year sunset...
GOP leader files harassment complaint against ex-candidate (09/28/14) 1
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The leader of the local Republican party filed a complaint last week accusing Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Kingree of making threats against him via text message. Eddy Justice, chairman of the Butler County Republican central committee, filed his complaint with the Butler County Sheriff's Department. ...
Driver eludes police after chase in Dexter (09/28/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle who led them on a pursuit through downtown early Thursday. Major Larry Patterson of the Dexter Police Department said an officer initially pursued the vehicle on Catalpa Street at 1:15 a.m. because it was seen operating in "an erratic manner."...
Woman killed in Thursday accident (09/28/14)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- A Wyatt, Missouri, woman was fatally injured Thursday in a one-vehicle accident 2 1/2 miles east of Matthews. The accident occurred at 9:05 a.m. as Denise C. Fisher, 42, was traveling east on Highway 80, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the road, overturned and she was thrown from the vehicle...
Stray elk put down near Jackson (09/28/14) 20
An elk was put down in Cape Girardeau County on Tuesday, local officials from the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed Friday. Conservation agents authorized a landowner to destroy the animal, which was on their property. A media person in the department's southeast region said the ear tags on the elk indicated it was not from Missouri's herd...
Road work 9/28/14 (09/28/14)
Route H in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform repairs on the bridge between Highway 77 and County Road 504. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Wednesday through Friday, according to a MoDOT news release...
Club news 9-28-14 (09/28/14)
Ten members of John Guild Chapter traveled to Piedmont, Missouri, to participate in the Southeast District meeting Sept 11. DAR members from nine other chapters in the district also attended. This annual meeting allows members to meet with local and state leaders to share ideas and learn about new projects in Missouri...
SEMO District Fair winners (09/28/14)
Beef cattle Angus Grand Champion Heifer: Elizabeth Otte, St. Mary, Missouri Reserve Grand Champion Heifer: Paige Birk, Gordonville Grand Champion Bull: Pohlman Angus Farms, Oak Ridge Reserve Grand Champion Bull: Butch's Angus, Jackson Grand Champion Cow & Calf: Rubel Farms, Cape Girardeau...
Take the 'Gone Girl' quote quiz. Can you match these 12 quotes to the people who said them? (09/26/14)
Readers of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" anxiously await the release of director David Fincher's new thriller on Oct 2. Social media outlets are buzzing with guesses as to how the book's many twist and turns will be retold on screen. Not only are fans chattering about this long awaited release, but the cast and crew have quite a lot to say. Can you guess who said what?
Belief, faith remain heart of budding organization (09/26/14) 1
When Pastor Tommy Weems advised Nolan Weber and his family to "stop hoping, stop wishing and start believing," his father Dean spent the next day with a magic marker, tagging every mirror and pane of glass in the house with the word "believe." "Even the fish tank had it written across there," Dean said. "I wanted that message to be the first thing we all saw when we woke up and the last thing we saw before we went to sleep."...
SoutheastHEALTH takes steps to address bond downgrade (09/26/14) 17
SoutheastHEALTH executives say they have taken steps to move past a billing issue that led to a downgraded bond rating and believe they are moving forward as a stronger organization. A report issued earlier this month by Fitch Ratings downgraded Southeast from BBB+ to BBB-. The ratings shift will not affect patients or employees, executives said...
Presentation talks about 'Gone Girl' effects on Cape (09/26/14) 4
A presentation by Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Chuck Martin and extra and "Gone Girl" committee member Jennifer Icaza-Gast covered everything from the revenue bought into the local economy by "Gone Girl" to the fine details of the shoot...
Data hackers strike Jimmy John's in Cape (09/26/14) 2
Free smells apparently weren't enough for the data thieves who helped themselves to payment-card information from Jimmy John's this summer. According to a news release posted on the company's website, Jimmy John's officials discovered a security breach July 30 and hired third-party investigators to look into it...
Cape Girardeau County sheriff warns of new phone-call scam (09/26/14)
The Cape Girardeau County sheriff's office is alerting residents to a phone scam that falsely involved a deputy or a judge. According to a news release, some residents Thursday afternoon said they received phone calls from what appeared to be a Potosi, Missouri, phone number. The callers stated they were either a deputy sheriff with the county sheriff's office and or were acting under the authority of Judge Gary Kamp...
State treasurer to visit Central Middle School (09/26/14)
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel will speak to students at Central Middle School at 9 a.m. today about the importance of saving for higher education. The school is at 1900 Thilenius St. Zweifel is talking to students across Missouri during September as part of College Savings Month. He also is sponsoring a contest where students have a chance to compete for one of two grand-prize $1,500 MOST 529 accounts. For more information, visit MissouriMost.org...
Regional spelling bee open for registration (09/26/14)
Registration is open for schools that wish to participate in the sixth annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 28 at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. Participating schools must complete their registration by Oct. 15 and complete a schoolwide spelling bee before Feb. 6. Students must not be older than age 14 on or before Aug. 31 and cannot have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1...
Rowing on the river (09/26/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com John Pritchard, left, Chris Gate, center, row as Paddy Broughton works as the coxswain of the Thames skiff after departing the Red Star Access in Cape Girardeau, Thursday morning, Sept. ...