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Sikeston Public Works readies for Winter      

October 30, 2014 Local No Comments

With fall in full swing, Sikeston Public Works is preparing for winter.  The City is currently replacing three of its four dump trucks used for plowing and salt spreading operations and a plow is being acquired for use with the front-end loader to provide additional snow-clearing equipment. City Manager, JD Douglass tells KZIM KSIM the uncertainty of the weather is what makes winter so different from other seasons.

Public Works Director Jay Lancaster spoke with the City Council this week so they would be able to answer any of your questions. The department is researching the use of salt brine to pre-treat City streets.

 

Firefighters battle three unrelated fires  

October 30, 2014 AP No Comments

St. Francois County firefighters were kept busy Wednesday night into Thursday morning with a rash of unrelated fires.  The Farmington Fire Department responded Wednesday around 6:30 p.m.to a call of a residential fire at 1314 N. Washington St., where moderate to heavy smoke coming from the home.  Fire Chief Todd Mecey says they located the fire in the basement and had it under control in about 20 minutes.  Two hours later, the Farmington Fire Department was called to the 200 block of N. Fourth Street for a flue fire.  Flames were shooting eight to 10 feet out of the flue.  It took about 20 minutes to get it under control. There was some smoke damage inside but no fire damage.  Doe Run and Wolf Creek firefighters assisted.  It didn’t take long for Farmington to return the favor as a mobile home at Highway 221 and Howell Road in Doe Run burned to the ground in a fire that took place some four hours later.  The call came in around 12:20 a.m. for a vacant trailer already engulfed in flames.  Doe Run was also assisted by Pilot Knob and Bismarck fire departments.

Execution set for Missouri man who killed neighbor 

October 30, 2014 AP No Comments

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman and beating her to death with a hammer.  The state Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the execution of 47-year-old Paul Goodwin for Dec. 10.  Joan Crotts of St. Louis County was killed March 1, 1998, at her home.  Goodwin lived in a boarding house next door.  Court documents show that Goodwin sexually assaulted her, threw her down a flight of stairs and attacked her with a hammer.  Missouri has executed eight men already in 2014, with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for Nov. 19.

Violence council holds balloon release

October 30, 2014 AP No Comments

The Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council is creating awareness with rubber and helium during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The annual balloon release was held at the St. Francois County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Violence council Executive Director Carla Crocker says they also do balloon releases at the Iron, Madison, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington County courthouses to highlight the network and create allies with the courthouse personnel and law enforcement.  One entrance to the courthouse had a clothesline display with decorated T-shirts hanging on the railings and a mask display with different faces painted on the fronts of them. Crocker says throughout the year they have a support group of women and children make T-shirts.  The mask display is a new addition added this year.  The shelter doesn’t just need money; it needs people who can volunteer and who are willing to go to Walmart and sit there while the women shop and get groceries for the week. They also need people who are carpenters, masons and can do flooring.  For more information on the Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council call 573-358-3913 or visit their Facebook page.

Missouri researchers studying respiratory virus

October 30, 2014 AP No Comments

Washington University researchers are finding new clues about a rare respiratory virus that caused a recent outbreak among children.  Cases of the virus, called enterovirus D68, started being reported in August in children living in Missouri and Illinois.  Federal officials say 47 states have reported illnesses from the virus, which can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that researchers at the university’s Genome Institute have mapped the genetic code of virus samples.  Their work will help efforts to develop better tests, treatments and potentially a vaccine for the virus.  The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces.  It primarily affects young children.  Most recover without lasting problems.

Ever played basketball while riding a donkey?

October 30, 2014 Local No Comments

Have you ever played basketball while riding a donkey? No it isn’t a trick question it’s a fundraiser for the Jackson High School Project graduation. Co-Coordinator Carmen Simpher says they are raising money to make a safe alternative graduation party available to kids in the form of an all night party at the Show Me Center. KZIM KSIM asked Simpher if these are real donkeys…

The “game” is Saturday at the old gym at Jackson High School. The fire department will be taking on the Police department. Or as they have named themselves the Blazin’ Ballers VS the Bacon Ballers. Jackson seniors will also play a hand-picked group from the faculty. Tickets are 10$ in advance or 12 at the door. Game time is 7pm.

A local group wants to put an end to taxes they feel are unnecessary…

October 30, 2014 Local No Comments

The fire tax in Cape Girardeau is reaching its sunset. You will find the proposition to continue that tax – not an increase – on the November 4th ballot. It will fund the fire department and free monies from the city budget to allow upgrades and a new building for the Police Department. Local Group NO MO Tax opposes the continuance of the 1/8 cent tax for another 21 years on principle. Spokesperson Linda Reutzel (rite zull) tells KZIM KSIM the numbers don’t add up…

You can check out the percentages and statistics compiled by NO MO TAX at their website nomotax.org

Tenant sought for Airport building

October 30, 2014 Local No Comments

There is a 52,000 square foot building at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport that officials are trying to fill with a prospering business.  The building has a past. Two businesses— Renaissance Aircraft and Commander Premier Aircraft—went bankrupt while filling the space. Airport Manager, Bruce Loy tells KZIM KSIM the building will be a good selling point to potential businesses.

Which is not possible if they have to build new.  Because the building is on airport land, any company that goes in would have to be aircraft related. The city is marketing the colossal space with the help of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet.

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