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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
Scott City district joins appeal with tax commission (04/17/14)
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. ...
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...
Search continues for woman who vanished in 1979 (04/17/14)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on the 1979 disappearance of Cheryl Scherer. Cheryl Scherer's parents were relieved when her work schedule changed. It wasn't as if anything dangerous ever happened in a small town like Scott City, but the 6 a.m.-to-2 p.m. shift seemed safer for a young gas station attendant than the night shift she'd been working, her sister said...
Good weather makes good forecast for county revenue (04/16/14)
Sunny skies mean a brighter financial future for county revenue, according to Scott County commissioners. Dennis Ziegenhorn, county commissioner, said during Tuesday's County Commission meeting that he sees a connection between the amount of sales tax received by the county and the weather...
Kelso man charged with rape, molestation (04/16/14)
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...
Women's ag group hosts Farm Day for students (04/15/14)
The Scott County Women in Agriculture will host Farm Day for area third-grade students April 29. The group expects more than 100 students from seven schools to participate in the day's events, which include a farm safety puppet show, soil erosion table, presentations on rice production, electrical safety and processing corn, according to a news release...
Chaffee kindergarten and prekindergarten screening (04/15/14)
Screening for students entering kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2014-2015 academic year at Chaffee Elementary will take place May 19 and 20 at Chaffee Elementary, according to a news release from the school. Children turning 4-years-old on or before July 31 should be screened for prekindergarten and those who will be 5-years-old on or before July 31 should be screen for kindergarten, the release said...
Charter's digital conversion will take place on Tuesday (04/14/14)
Tuesday's date typically is known as the deadline to file income taxes, but for local Charter Communications customers it's also the day the all-digital conversion takes place. The United States' fourth-largest cable operator announced in February that the switch would be coming to Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Mo., and surrounding areas. ...
Freeze watch in effect through Wednesday (04/14/14)
PADUCAH, Ky. - A freeze watch is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning for Scott County. The National Weather Service in Paducah is forecasting temperature ranges of 28 to 32 degrees across the entire region. "Temperatures may hit the freezing mark as early as 1 or 2 a.m. and may be in the upper 20s before sunrise," according to forecasters with the NWS."It is possible that temperatures could go a few degrees lower than currently forecast."...
From farm to market: First Cape farmers market opens Thursday; others will follow (04/14/14)
Within the week, area farmers will pack up their produce and make their way to West Park Mall for the opening day of Cape Girardeau's farmers market season. Beginning Thursday, the Cape Farmers Market will set up shop from noon to about 5 p.m. each Thursday until Thanksgiving at its new location in the back parking lot of West Park Mall...
Family Dollar planning to close almost 400 stores (04/14/14)
NEW YORK -- Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said Thursday it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items...
Local student awarded scholarship to attend Southeast (04/14/14)
Elizabeth Sexton of Chaffee has received the Residence Life Leadership Award scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2014-2015 academic year. Sexton is the daughter of Bobby and Kathy Sexton of Chaffee and will be a 2014 graduate of Chaffee High School...
Man injured in Scott County crash (04/14/14)
A Cape Girardeau man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday on Route P in Perkins, Mo., according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash log report. The accident occurred at 1:30 p.m. in Scott County when Michael G. McCrate, 90, driving a 2010 Dodge Ram, fell asleep, ran off the road and struck a tree and a telephone junction box, the report said. McCrate was taken by emergency medical service to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Southeast Missourian names new managing editor (04/14/14)
The Southeast Missourian has welcomed a new employee to its newsroom staff. Lindsay Jones, who hails from western Tennessee, is the publication's new managing editor. Though most of their belongings still are in Memphis and the two have been roughing it a bit, Jones and her son, Oliver, are enjoying the "different vibe" Cape Girardeau gives...
Seasons: Family marks 35 years since teen disappeared (04/13/14)
"Goodbye to you, my trusted friend. We've known each other since we're 9 or 10. Together we climbed hills or trees, Learned of love and ABCs, Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees. ... We had joy, we had fun, We had seasons in the sun, But the hills that we climbed...
Senior center menus (04/13/14)
Scott City and Chaffee senior center menus.
School menus (04/13/14)
Local school menus.
Local student awarded scholarship (04/11/14)
Daniel White of Chaffee has received the University Scholarship and Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to a news release from the university. White is the son of Danny White and Linda Slinkard of Chaffee, and will be a 2014 graduate of Chaffee High School, the release said...
Honor Rolls (04/11/14)
Local schools release honor roll.
Board members unseated and bond issue passes for local schools (04/11/14)
The Chaffee school district will have its no-tax-increase bond, and several incumbents were unseated during Tuesday's election. Voters in the Chaffee R-II School District passed its bond initiative to allow additions and renovations to the district's buildings election results from the Scott County Clerk's office...
Senciboy takes mayor and tax increases pass in April election (04/11/14)
Scott County showed the largest voter turnout in four counties -- nearly 25 percent, with 6,136 out of 24,962 registered voters casting their ballots. That percentage was higher than Perry, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties...
A lesson in listening (04/11/14)
Kelly High School business and technology classes attended presentations in neurolinguistics programming and effective listening given by Jen Rogers from Hickey College in St. Louis early this month, according to a release from Debbie Wright, Kelly High School business and technology teacher...
Fall registration for Three Rivers College (04/11/14)
Registration is now open for the fall semester at Three Rivers College, according to new release from the college. Fall registration will continue through Aug. 15 with classes beginning Aug. 18 at the Poplar Bluff campus and centers in Sikeston, Dexter, Kennett, Malden, Willow Springs and Cape Girardeau, the release said...
Food pantry distribution set (04/11/14)
The Jesus In Disguise Food Pantry will hold its April distribution from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 26 at the St. Denis Parish Office, according to a news release from the organization. The food pantry is a joint-ministry of the churches in the Benton and New Hamburg area. Food items will be given to those in need who reside in Morley, Oran, New Hamburg, Commerce, Benton and surrounding rural areas...
Chaffee to mark National Library Week (04/11/14)
The Chaffee Public Library will once again celebrate National Library Week with a book sale, according to a release from the library. National Library Week runs Monday through Friday. Librarian Tina Horton said proceeds from the book sale will help defray expenses of the summer reading program, which will begin May 27 and continue through June 26 with classes available Tuesday through Thursday weekly. ...
Scott County voter ID cards mailed (04/11/14)
Registered voters in Scott County should receive new voter identification cards soon if they haven't already, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. "According to state statutes, each local election authority is required to issue a new card every two years," Milam said. ...
Bertrand man dies in I-55 crash (04/11/14)
A Bertrand, Mo., man died in a one-vehicle accident at 6:37 a.m. April 5 in Scott County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. Stanley J. Templeton, 47, was southbound on Interstate 55 at the 77 mile marker, the report said. The accident occurred when the vehicle ran off the left side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, the report said...
Silver Haired election to be held May 6 (04/11/14)
An election will take place May 6 to elect delegates to the Silver Haired Legislature, which works as an advocate to legislators on senior-citizen-related issues, according to a release from the organization. All members are volunteers. Elected delegates participate in a mock legislative session patterned after the Missouri General Assembly held each fall in Jefferson City, the release said. Delegates are kept abreast of proposed legislation and are in touch with legislators throughout the year...
Scott County lawsuit with Ameren-Union in appeal process (04/09/14)
Scott County and 15 other counties in Missouri are currently in an appeal process with the State Tax Commission over Ameren-Union Electric Company's refusal to pay taxes for the 2013 tax year. The counties assessed Ameren-Union Electric Company (Ameren) taxes based on the standard taxing calculations...
Scott county election results April 2014 (04/08/14)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Chaffee School District tax levy No 53 Scott City School Board Sally Porch 262 Jeremy Pruden 239 Oran School Board Garrett Cook 236 Judi Henson 206 Wesley L. Jones, Jr. 227 Kelly School Board Paul Ruff 138 Bobby Sides 108 Amy Tackett 103...