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Local Teens honored for poetry  

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri embraces artistic talent in all media and recently recognized teens as part of the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition.  Executive Director Murielle Gaither tells KZIM KSIM

Sullenger will go on to attend the statewide competition as a representative of the Southeast Missouri Region. Kaitlyn Emmendorfer from Notre Dame Regional High School was named the Runner-Up.  Locally the event is help with the help of the Cape Girardeau Public Library.


Shooting in Dunklin County under investigation

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

A death investigation is underway in Dunklin County after a man was shot Thursday evening. The sheriff’s department confirms that deputies responded to a disturbance call at a home at Highway DD in the northern part of the county around 5:15 p.m. Officials say the disturbance involved two relatives, Travis Phillip Bullock and Johnny Mallett, who reportedly got into a fight. Bullock reportedly went into Mallett’s home with a knife in a threatening manner and was shot by Mallett. Cullock was taken to the Campbell ambulance shed where he was pronounced dead due to the gunshot wounds by the Dunklin County coroner. No one else was injured during the incident. No arrests have been made as the investigation is ongoing, but the sheriff’s department says witness information and evidence collected at the scene will be discussed with the Dunklin County prosecutor.

Perry County Senior Center facing more budget cuts

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

Money is tight for many groups that get government funding, but some say our seniors are getting hit the hardest. Perry County Senior Center director Susan Foster says the cuts just keep coming. The center serves about 63,000 meals each year and staff and volunteers are hoping they don’t have to cut down. The service is not only about the food, but it also provided socialization and health benefits. This year, the center is facing more cuts than ever. Foster says its yearly budget is down by $55,000 total from three funding sources. There’s a chance part of the funding from sales tax could be returned, but if not, it could mean fewer people served. Foster tells KZIM-KSIM that in the short-term it will not affect their services much.

Foster says if the center continues to lose money, it could mean cutting staff and even cutting down on the number of homebound meals they deliver.

PSC offers comment sessions

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

Ameren Missouri is trying to increase your electric rate by nearly 10 percent.  Public Service Commission spokesman Kevin Kelly tells KZIM KSIM your chance to discuss the issue is coming up Monday/today at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau.

There will also be a session in Dexter at the Elks Lodge, at 6pm Monday.  The rate increase would generate an additional $265 million per year for Ameren.  Formal evidentiary hearings in this rate case are scheduled from February 23 through March 13, 2015. These hearings will be held in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building.


Arrests Made after Murphysboro Restaurant was Robbed

January 23, 2015 State No Comments



Three people are arrested for robbing a fast food restaurant in Murphysboro.  Police received a call Thursday afternoon about a robbery at the Murphysboro Hardee’s.  An employee of the restaurant said the suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the register after ordering their food and then ran. But the employee was able to get a description of their vehicle. Police arrested 24-year old Perry Hines, 21-year old Pershawn Jamonte Hines, and 20-year old Mikyael Huddleston.  The older Hines and Huddleston were charged with two counts of theft greater than $500 but less than $10,000.  Pershawn Hines was not charged.

Charleston man jailed on drug charges  

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

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A Charleston man is in custody awaiting arraignment on drug-related charges.  28-year old Lionel Greer was arrested by the Charleston Department of Public Safety on two felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked/suspended.  Greer will appear at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 4 in Mississippi County Circuit Court before Judge S. Rob Barker.  Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety.


IRS warns against Dirty Dozen

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

It’s tax season and the IRS is talking about ways you can keep yourself safe from scam artists.  IRS Media Relations for Illinois, Kansas & Missouri, Michael Devine tells KZIM KSIM they are released the Dirty Dozen scams over the next two weeks.

The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box, or visit the IRS’s Youtube channel or Tumblr account.


Cape School Board asking for bond 

January 23, 2015 Local No Comments

When you go vote in April, one of the issues you will decide is if the Cape Girardeau School District can pursue a $20 million bond issues.  Superintendent Dr Jim Welker tells KZIM KSIM this is a follow up to 2009 long-range facilities plan.

He says due to good fiscal management the bond issue will not call for an increase in taxes.  The Board of Education voted Thursday night to approve a resolution to place a bond issue on the April 7th ballot.   Phase II of the plan will provide significant district wide improvements but will be focused on a major renovation at Cape Central Junior High along with an additional facility at the Cape Career and Technology Center. The Career and Technology Center, which is owned by Cape Girardeau Public Schools, has proven to be an enormous advantage to the city in terms of attracting industry and preparing people for careers and post-secondary education.

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