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River Campus Center Named for Ken and Jeanine

December 22, 2014 Local No Comments

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Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents President Doyle Privett says the new River Campus Center will be named after President Kenneth Dobbins, and his wife, Jeanine after a unanimous vote by the Board.  Dobbins is the longest-serving current public university president in the state of Missouri.  Privett says it was one of the easiest and most appropriate decisions the board has ever made. The new 90,000-square-foot, 180-bed River Campus Center is just north of the original Convocation Center and Seminary Building, forming the completion of a River Campus quad. The new facility added academic along with residence hall space on the same property. The dedication ceremony for the naming of the building will be scheduled for a later date.  Dobbins announced Sept. 8th, 2014 that he will retire from the presidency effective June 30, 2015.

United Way Announces New Board Members   

December 22, 2014 Local No Comments


The United Way of Southeast Missouri is proud to announce the appointment of three new members of their Board of Directors.  Executive Director, Nancy Jernigan says she is excited to welcome Judy Aslin, Shelly Moore, and Jack Geissinger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAslin is the Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for SoutheastHEALTH.  She has worked at Southeast for 31 years after receiving her BS in Nursing from Southeast University and MS in Nursing from Murray State University.  Judy opened the Cancer Center for Southeast and served as the Executive Director.  She is the former Administrator of Home Care Services and developed the first local Medicare Certified Hospice Program in 1993.



ShellyMoore has lived in Cape Girardeau for 45 years and is originally from Sikeston.  She is co-founder of Cape Leaders Alliance Partnership which is a group of concerned citizens whose focus is to address concerns, empower residents and build community.  Shelly is also a licensed realtor for Ashland Century 21 Realty and a contemporary gospel recording artist.  She currently serves on the Cape Girardeau City Council representing Ward 2.



Jack GGeissinger is the new Plant Manager for Procter & Gamble’s Family Care Plant.  He has worked with P&G for 31 years, starting out in their New Orleans  Folgers plant as a summer intern then transferring to Sherman, Texas, Cayey, Puerto Rico, Jackson, Tennessee, Atlanta Georgia, Avenel, New Jersey, and most recently Kansas City, Kansas.  Jack brings with him years of support of United Ways work in every community he has worked.


OSHA cites Robertson Incorporated Bridge    

December 22, 2014 Local No Comments


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is citing a southeast Missouri company following a fatal accident over the summer at a work site. OSHA says Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division was cited for 13 serious safety violations after a 16-year-old laborer was fatally struck by the swinging cab and boom of a crane the company was disassembling at a construction site in Delta June 18th.  OSHA’s St. Louis area director Bill McDonald says this is a tragic death involving a teenager who should not have been allowed to work on the job site as  the law clearly prohibits children from being involved in the disassembly of heavy-duty construction machinery.  In addition to the struck-by hazard that resulted in this young man’s death, OSHA’s investigation found a lack of employee hazard recognition training contributed to the fatality. The company also failed to document required inspections of the crane’s wire rope and hook.  OSHA has proposed penalties of $44,730.  The department’s Wage and Hour Division also assessed civil money penalties of $11,000 for violating Hazardous Order Number 7, which prohibits minors under age 18 from operating or assisting in the operation of power-driven hoists.


MoDOC donates fresh produce    

December 22, 2014 Local No Comments


Nearly 20,000 pounds of fresh produce was put back into the local communities through the Missouri Department of Corrections’ Restorative Justice Garden Program.  Across the state, MoDOC donated a record 178 tons of fresh produce to local food pantries, shelters, churches, nursing homes and school districts. Director George Lombardi says the program is one of the many within the department where offenders learn about compassion and altruistic behavior, which is something that many of them lack. This marks the third consecutive year that the department’s Restorative Justice Garden Program has set a record for donations. Southeast Correctional Center donated 17,000 pounds to nine food pantries, while Kennett Community Supervision Center donated nearly 2,000 pounds to The Helping Hand.


Local VFW commander solves medal mystery

December 22, 2014 AP No Comments

Sometimes you find your mission and sometimes your mission finds you.  The Daily Journal of Park Hills reports VFW Post 6947 Commander Joseph Cerchi was excited in October when a Bismarck resident asked him for some help clearing up a mystery.  The man had found a presentation case with two Purple Hearts and an Army of Occupation Medal for Japan while cleaning out a storage locker at Apple Ridge over at Mineral Point.  Cerchi was able to quickly verify that one of the purple hearts belonged to Hubert S. Terry of Quitman, Mississippi. He reached out to several friends and, despite several road blocks, by November they knew Terry as Sgt. Terry, United States Army, a veteran of World War II, who served in the occupational forces of Japan and then went to Korea where he was killed in action on Sept. 4, 1951 and buried in the Marks, Mississippi Cemetery.  Over Thanksgiving, Cerchi and the others presented Sgt. Terry’s sister, Sarah Louise Vaughn, with the case and medals. The family was overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers in returning the items.

Mount Vernon Shooting Sends One to Hospital

December 22, 2014 AP No Comments

The Mount Vernon Police Department is investigating a weekend shooting that sent one person to the hospital.  Just after 2 am Sunday morning, Mount Vernon Police received a report of a male who had been shot in a parking lot near Salem Road and George Street.  After further investigation, police later identified the shooter as 20-year-old Ashton Trotter.  He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.  No word on the victim’s condition.


Mom and Toddler Thrown from Car During Crash

December 22, 2014 AP No Comments

A traffic crash in Saline County caused a mother and two of her children to be evacuated by helicopter.  It happened at the intersection of Route 13 and Route 34 in Harrisburg around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.   Police say 72-year old Willie Langford, of Harrisburg, ran a stop light and crashed his Lincoln MKX into the back end of a GMC Safari van.  An Eldorado couple and their three children were in the van. The 23-year old mother, and one of the two-year-olds were thrown from the vehicle. A six-month-old was also in the car.  Langford was transported from the scene by ambulance to an area hospital. The mother and twin boys were taken by helicopter to an Indiana hospital.   No word on the conditions of those involved. Langford was cited for disobeying a traffic control signal. Additional charges are pending.

Police Apprehend Wanted Paducah Man

December 22, 2014 AP No Comments

A man wanted in connection with an armed break-in at a Paducah home in mid November has been apprehended.  Paducah police report 27-year-old Jamal Nance was arrested without incident shortly after 4:00 pm Friday at a home in the 1100 block of Monroe Street.  Police had warned anyone who spotted Nance after getting word that Nance was armed, and had threatened to assault police officers if they tried to arrest him.  Nance was identified as the man who broke into a southside Paducah home in mid-November and threatened its occupants with two handguns.  Nance was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

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