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Results of water tests all that are left

August 28, 2014 Local, News Comments Off

The all clear for Southeast Missouri State University and the surrounding area will come late Friday morning when water tests are expected to come back, following a water main break Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  Cape Girardeau Public Works Director, Tim Gramling tells KZIM KSIM the break was fixed around 8:30 Wednesday night.  It occurred after a two foot section of pipe collapsed, but Gramling says the biggest obstacle was the fact that it was in a tight place so close to the Power Plant. He adds water has been and still is safe. Water pressure has been low but should resume soon.

 

Sikeston electrical rate increase approved

August 28, 2014 Local, News Comments Off

Standard Democrat

A more than 14 percent increase in electrical rates and a new restriction on mobile homes being brought into or moved to another location in the city are now official. Council members approved the two ordinances after second readings during their monthly briefing session Monday. The electrical rate increase is necessary because the electrical system did not meet required debt service coverage for fiscal year 2014, because of the uncertain future of the wholesale power market, and the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities received a negative outlook from the Fitch Rating Service. Mayor Jerry Pullen said the total increase of 14.3 percent on residential users, which is expected to generate approximately $2.5 million in additional revenue for BMU, will go into effect in two stages. The first rate effective Monday will increase the rate 7.1 percent. Based on average use, the increase will result in bills received on or after Oct. 1 being $5.20 higher. The remaining 7.2 percent increase starts April 1, so bills on or after May 1 will go up $5.46 for an average user. Commercial rates will be raised about 16 percent and the industrial rate will go up 6 percent to remain competitive in attracting new and/or expanding industries.

Bloomfield mayor pro tem has been chosen

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The gavel has been passed from one Donna to another. As of Monday night, Donna Medlin is officially no longer mayor of Bloomfield, and Mayor Pro Tem Donna Deardorff is. The Daily Statesman reported that technically, Deardorff will continue to serve as Mayor Pro Tem until April, which would be the end of Medlin's mayoral term. Medlin had publicly announced her resignation as mayor of Bloomfield two weeks earlier. She cited health reasons as the primary issue for stepping down.

CASA wants to send you on a wild goose chase! It could bag you some money and a warm heart!

August 28, 2014 Local, News Comments Off

Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA serves children who are caught in the middle of family issues and need representation in court situations. They are in desperate need of volunteers but also in need of funding. Sixty-percent of all monies used in support of advacate training and serving kids comes from the local community with very little from grants and outside sources. They are hosting a scavenger hunt on Saturday, September 13th from 3 til 7pm beginning at Bel Air Grill. Executive Director Linda Nash tells KZIM KSIM teams of up to four people will be sent out and about and meet back at Bel Air and have judges evaluate their findings! "We are looking for landmarks. We are going to do photo set ups of their team. We are going to be loking for items like – not even that we've planted but that they have to find. They just have to find it and bring it in." You need to hurry to get teams registered to get T-shirts printed. There will be food and drinks at the finish line. There is also a costume contest with prizes starting at 100-dollars! The top team in the scavenger hunt will get 4-hundred-dollars! Second will win 200 and third gets 1-hundred. Call 335-1726 to sign up. Or go to semocasa.com

Rocky Kingree seeks dismissal of candidate residency dispute filing

August 28, 2014 Local, News Comments Off

Daily American Republic

Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Kingree filed a motion to dismiss the petition filed earlier this month challenging his qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in Butler County. Kingree hopes for a dismissal for lack of standing, or in the alternative, a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. A resident of Ellsinore, Kingree listed his Van Buren law office when he filed his declaration of candidacy. He said Wednesday morning he has not "officially moved," but previously said he would establish his residence in Butler County prior to the election as required by the Missouri Constitution. However, the state Constitution also requires candidates to meet other qualifications as provided by law. The one-year residency law became effective Aug. 28, 2013.
In his motion, Kingree is seeking to dismiss a three-count petition filed by Ted Thompson, an assistant Butler County prosecuting attorney, against himself and Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall in an attempt to have him removed from the general election ballot.

Tax preparer accused of falsifying documents to lighten sentence

August 28, 2014 Local, News Comments Off

Southeast Missourian

A Jackson woman who pleaded guilty last year to federal fraud charges now faces allegations she falsified documents in an effort to obtain a lighter sentence. Cynthia Raymond pleaded guilty in September to five counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft. According to a plea agreement filed in federal court, Raymond filed about 98 false tax returns under 36 clients' names without their knowledge, claiming excessive refunds and diverting some of the money into her personal bank account. Sentencing in the case initially had been set for December but has been delayed several times. In March, Raymond's attorney, assistant federal public defender Tim Burdick, requested the case be continued so his client could undergo treatment for medical issues. Last week, federal prosecutors filed a motion to enhance Raymond's offense after she allegedly filed false documents as part of an Aug. 15 memorandum seeking probation, restitution and community service instead of prison time. Raymond had her attorney submit two letters and an email message purported to be from two doctors — one treating her for a back problem, and one treating her for ovarian cancer. Aug. 19 federal prosecutors state one doctor denied writing either the letter or the email. Sentencing had been set for earlier this month, but prosecutors requested a continuance to investigate Raymond's claims concerning her medical history. On Aug. 20, Burdick filed a motion to withdraw as Raymond's lawyer. The court sustained the motion and appointed Dionne M. Scherff to replace Burdick.
A status conference hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

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