United Way of Southeast Missouri launches ‘Build-a-Bench’ campaign

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) is a launching a “Build-a-Bench” campaign to raise money to cover the cost of five benches at various bus stops in Cape Girardeau. Elizabeth Shelton, director of United Way of Southeast Missouri: “We have pulled together a transportation coalition, to try to get more transportation resources to people…

Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch

RollingOakAlpacaRanch.com 618-201-2822 1335 Hall Church Road Makanda, IL 62958 roarfibers@gmail.com Judy Hoepker and Morgan Stevenson are a mother/daughter due who own Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch. About 13 years ago Morgan learned how to crochete. She first made gifts for friends and family, but didn’t like the yarn she was working with. It was acrylic yarn bought from the store that was…

Graves County Grand Jury returns indictments against 5 accused of engaging in organized crime

Taylor Jones (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) Ivory C. Parker (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) Thomas Jenkins (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) Daniel Lutgendorf (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) Reggie Martin (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) Daniel Lutgendorf (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office) GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A Graves County Grand Jury returned indictments against five men accused of…

The winter feel continues (11/17/22)

The cold air continues to hang tough and will do so through the weekend. Tomorrow will likely be the coldest of the next several days, then a few days in the 40s before the 50s come back by the middle of next week. Precipitation continues to be hard to come by. We’ll start Friday off on a cold note with…

Colon cancer screening kits available at Southern 7 Health Department

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – The Southern 7 Health Department has partnered with the Center for Asian Health Equity of the University of Chicago Medicine to provide at-home colorectal cancer screening kits. Shawnna Rhine, the community outreach coordinator at Southern 7, said using a FIT Kit helps with the early detection of cancerous polyps. Although it has about a 98 percent…

Hickory man facing drug charges after traffic stop

Michael E. Brock (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office)MAYFIELD, Ky. (KBSI) – A Hickory man faces drug charges after a traffic stop on Nov. 14 in Graves County. Michael E. Brock, 47, of Hickory faces charges of trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense – greater than two grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess, driving on a DUI…

Southeast Missouri high school students compete at MoDOT’s 19th annual bridge building competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Missouri high school students competed in the 19th Annual Bridge Building Competition put on by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Nov. 17 on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. Juniors and seniors put their skills to work by crafting handmade wooden bridges that were put to the test at SEMO’s Academic Hall. The…

‘Operation Rising Spirit’ invites letters of support to be sent to state veterans’ homes

(KBSI) – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) launched the 2022 “Operation Rising Spirit,” campaign encouraging service organizations, schools, communities, and individuals to write letters of appreciation and support to veterans residing at the state veterans’ homes in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy. Director Terry Prince says hundreds of letters were sent to veterans in five residential homes last…

Woman wanted on drug trafficking charges arrested outside courthouse

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A woman wanted by the Paducah Police Department in connection with an ongoing drug investigation has been arrested. Shelia A. “Annie” Shumpert, 57, of Levin Avenue, was wanted on drug trafficking charges. She was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 16 outside the McCracken County Courthouse. Officers recognized Shumpert who was sitting in a car on Clarence Gaines Street…

Cairo residents ask Jackson County Housing Authority for more time before move out of Smith building

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (KBSI) – Residents of Cairo, Ill., joined together Wednesday at the Jackson County Housing Authority board meeting to request the board pause the voucher program given to them that ordered them to move from their homes last month.   Men of Power-Women of Strength President Steven Tarver said the reasoning for the resident moving shouldn’t be a concern….

Public meeting allows residents to voice opinions on new Emergency Operations Center in Klaus Park

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Klaus Park has long been a space for outdoor recreation, but local residents are concerned that a new Emergency Operations Center will hamper their ability to enjoy the park.  At a public meeting at the park on Wednesday, park users, including runner Holly Chapman, voiced their concerns about Cape Girardeau County’s plans to construct the…

Chilly through Sunday, then warmer (11/16/22)

Even though our average high is in the middle 50s this time of year, we’ll be nowhere near that for the next few days. Highs will struggle to get into the 40s and will likely be stuck in the 30s on Friday. No precipitation is expected. We are going to start off very cold Thursday morning with lows in the…

Missing hunter’s body found Wednesday morning

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A hunter who was reported missing Sunday evening has been found. The body of 58-year-old Phillip Carnell was located Wednesday morning in Carter County, Mo. Carnell, of Sikeston, Mo., was deer hunting in Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), near Cave Spring in Carter County. Carnell was dropped off at his hunting spot on the morning…

Carbondale Cycles

carbondalecycles.com 618-549-6863 126 South Illinois Avenue Carbondale, IL 62901 Carbondale Cycles offers basic tune ups that can include fixing a flat tire, replacing a broken chain or even as complex as tearing down a bike and putting it back together. We carry brands such as Haro, Pure Cycles, Mosi, Del Sol, Univega and THRUSTER BMX. We have the Del Sol…

Cape Girardeau under burn advisory

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The city of Cape Girardeau is under a burn advisory as of Wednesday, Nov. 16. Conditions are favorable for fire to spread and we anticipate it to remain this way for the foreseeable future. Before burning in Cape Girardeau, make sure conditions are such that burning is not a public safety hazard. Conditions are favorable…

One City raises more than $48K at 2nd Annual Christmas at the City

Nature’s Beauty, God’s Bounty in memory of Sherri Mehner Polar Express by Richard & Teena White Bubbly Christmas by Exp Realty, Think Team Dillick A Christmas Carol by Stacey Cantrell Joy of Christmas by Southeast Missourian Gnome for the Holidays by Rick & Tracy Blattner Home for the Holidays by Moms of Real Estate Vintage Glam by Grace Church Classy…

Monthly jobs report sheds positivity on economy, pending recession

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The month of October witnessed an increase in employment in nonfarm payroll jobs and an unemployment rate that surged to 3.7 percent, according to a monthly report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The unemployment rate remains small uptick higher, say a 3.6 to 3.62% or so, at least. Nationally, is not a big bump so…

Chilly rest of the week (11/15/22)

We are going to be well below the average high for a while. Typically in mid-November, we see highs in the middle 50s, but we’re going to be in the 30s and 40s through early next week. We may get back to 50 by Tuesday. Precipitation chances remain low. Hour by hour on Wednesday is going to be a chilly…

No major issues during midterm elections in Scott County

SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – During last week’s midterm elections, Scott County officials say they didn’t run into any major issues. They say voter turnout was especially notable this time around. “Scott County had a turnout of 47 percent, which was a good turnout for Scott County for this election,” said Scott County Deputy Clerk Beverly Riley. “No, it’s not…

Carbondale teachers, board can’t find agreement on new contracts

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The Board of Education of Carbondale Elementary School (CEA) District #95 and the Teachers Union of Carbondale Education Association held a final meeting Monday to reach an agreement on new contracts.   On Nov. 7, the CEA informed the board of its “intent to strike.”  Teacher Amber Ragsdale says that the goal was to bring the…

TN woman faces drug charges after traffic stop in Mayfield, KY

Mercedes L. Ray (Source: Graves County Sheriff’s Office)MAYFIELD, Ky. (KBSI) – A Tennessee woman faces drug charges after a traffic stop in Mayfield on Saturday. Mercedes L. Ray, 25, of Erin faces charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense  (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. A Graves County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on Copeland Drive…

Search underway for missing 58-year-old man in Carter County

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A search and rescue mission is underway in Carter County for a missing man. Search crews are looking near Cave Spring southeast of Van Buren in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for a missing 58-year-old man. National Park Service personnel along with Missouri Highway Patrol Aviation Division, Missouri Department of Conservation and Carter County Emergency…

Tissues from more than 19,000 deer collected in MO for CWD sampling

chronic wasting disease sampling (Source: MDC)(KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Conservation collected tissue samples from more than 19,400 hunter-harvested deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing on Nov. 12 and 13. Many deer hunters participated in its mandatory sampling efforts in 34 counties this past weekend. CWD sampling consists of MDC staff removing lymph nodes from the necks of…

Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial hosts program to commemorate 40th anniversary of wall in D.C.

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KSBI) – It was a day of recognition and remembrance at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial.  Those in attendance recognized the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. while remembering those who fought so valiantly during the Vietnam War.  The program featured a speech from Major General Jim Bonner of the United States Army, the presentation…