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No injuries from house fire Friday morning (12/30/06)
Cape Girardeau fire officials said no one was injured in a house fire at 611 North St. early Friday morning, but the residence sustained about $30,000 in damage. Battalion chief Fred Vincel said neighbors telephoned 911 at about 3:30 a.m. reporting the blaze, which was heavily concentrated on the east side of the building's interior and exterior wall...
Clerk swears in replacement, other officials (12/30/06)
The last official act of Rodney Miller's 28-year tenure as Cape Girardeau County Clerk was to swear in his replacement, Kara Clark. In a brief ceremony Friday morning at the County Administration Building in Jackson, Clark and eight returning officeholders began the terms they won in November's election. The longest-serving officeholder, Circuit Clerk Charles Hutson, a Democrat, is beginning his ninth term in office...
Veteran Scott County Central coach back - for a while (12/30/06)
To see the coach stalking beside the bench Friday at the Show Me Center, you'd think he was back. Watching him scream himself hoarse and stomp after a blown call, you'd wonder if he ever left. Just ask his players staring at the hardwood after getting chewed out, they'll tell you the old coach has returned...
Man accused of child abduction misses court date (12/30/06)
Donald W. Miller was scheduled to appear before Alexander County circuit court Judge Mark Clarke for a pretrial hearing Thursday, but did not appear. Miller, 69, is charged with felony child abduction after reportedly trying to lure a child under the age of 16 into a vehicle without permission of the parent Sept. 4, according to an Alexander County court document filed Sept. 6...
Around Southeast Missouri (12/30/06)
Nursing home patient reported injured Authorities are investigating a reported injury at the Caruthersville Nursing Center that allegedly occurred Dec. 7. Caruthersville police responded to a request from a family member of one of the nursing center's residents to investigate the matter. ...
Memorial for area Iraq veteran held today in Portageville (12/30/06)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Memorial services for Maj. Gloria Dean Davis, 47, of Portageville, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at DeLisle Funeral Home Chapel, 209 W. Main St. in Portageville. The Rev. Kirk Dunvan will officiate. Military rites will be held in the Portageville Cemetery, with DeLisle Funeral Home of Portageville in charge of arrangements...
Missouri readies virtual school for classes in August (12/30/06)
No desks. No cafeteria. No recess. No principal. But the state of Missouri's new virtual school will have online classes for elementary and high school students starting in August. No online courses will be offered for middle-school students, grades six to eight, during the first year of the program. Courses for those students will be added in the second year, said Curt Fuchs, director of the Missouri Virtual Instructional Program, or MoVIP for short...
President declares major disaster for Mo. winter storms (12/30/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Friday declared a major disaster for parts of Missouri affected by ice and snow storms earlier this month, clearing the way for federal aid. Winter storms spanning Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 dumped up to 18 inches of snow in some areas while also coating parts of the state in thick ice. ...
Politics, weather and tragedy shaped the year's news for Missouri (12/30/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A new Democratic U.S. senator, high-profile ballot measures, suspension of the death penalty, as well as power outages, weather woes, and human tragedies by fire, drowning and kidnapping were among the state's major stories in 2006. Missouri politics drew national attention this year, as Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill unseated Republican Sen. ...
Flights canceled at Denver as snowstorm sweeps over Rockies (12/30/06)
DENVER -- The second big wintry storm of the holidays socked Colorado on Friday, disrupting air and highway travel, shutting down businesses and threatening to dump as much as 2 feet of snow on streets that never got plowed the last time. At Denver International, the nation's fifth-busiest airport, the major airlines canceled 15 percent to 20 percent of their flights Friday morning -- more than 300 departures -- to ease congestion as the snow deepened...
National mourning begins for former president Ford (12/30/06)
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Borne by eight U.S. servicemen in crisp dress uniforms, Gerald R. Ford's flag-draped casket was carried past his widow into their hometown church Friday for a public viewing that marked the start of six days of mourning for the former president...
Bush seeks safety during tornado alert (12/30/06)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush and first lady Laura Bush were moved to an armored vehicle on their ranch Friday when a tornado warning was issued in central Texas, the White House said. The vehicle was driven to a tornado shelter on the ranch at 1:30 p.m., and the president, Mrs. ...
Taliban chief pledges to drive out foreign forces (12/30/06)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Omar pledged to drive foreign troops out of Afghanistan in a statement released Friday, as NATO and Afghan forces killed more than 12 of his fighters in the volatile south. The purported message from Omar, the authenticity of which could not be immediately confirmed, urged the Taliban to "sacrifice" their lives and "never submit or accept defeat."...
After brief Islamist takeover, Somalia back at square one (12/30/06)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Some Somalis danced in the streets of central Mogadishu to welcome their prime minister Friday, while others across town threw stones at the Ethiopian troops who brought him to the capital. Divisions over clan, politics and power have been the bane of Somalia. Whether the next chapter is one of unity and peace is the test for Somali leaders and their international backers as they try for the 14th time to form an effective government since the last one collapsed in 1991...
Saddam Hussein dies on the gallows, Iraqi state-run television reports (12/30/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday...
Surprising Cubs to face Indians (12/30/06)
Bell City's boys basketball team slowed things down Friday night in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, and in doing so pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent tournament history with a 52-46 win over No. 1 seed Charleston at the Show Me Center...
Kelly rallies past Woodland to reach consolation bracket final (12/30/06)
Kelly needed a rally in the fourth period to defeat Woodland in a consolation bracket semifinal game Friday at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. The 10th-seeded Hawks got the scoring spree they needed to post a 71-64 victory against the 14th-seeded Cardinals...
Advance, Scott Co. Central set up fifth-place meeting (12/30/06)
Advance and Scott County Central both used strong starts to post victories Friday in the fifth-place semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. But that's pretty much where the similarities ended. While sixth-seeded Advance never really let up during a 69-54 win over No. 7 Scott City, fourth-seeded Scott County Central had to hold on in beating No. 9 Oran 65-62...
Blues goalie stops Avalanche again (12/30/06)
DENVER -- Martin Rucinsky scored two goals and Manny Legace beat Colorado for the eighth straight time in the St. Louis Blues' 4-2 win over the Avalanche on Friday night. Keith Tkachuk scored an empty-net goal with 30.1 seconds left after Colorado pulled goalie Peter Budaj with 1:03 remaining...
Jackson outlasts Bulldogs to reach title game (12/30/06)
Jackson's streak of three straight Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament finals was extended Friday with an 83-80 win over second-seeded Notre Dame in the semifinals at the Show Me Center. The third-seeded Indians had lost to the Bulldogs in the championship game of the tournament last year, and also had lost to Notre Dame earlier this month in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference Tournament...
St. Vincent grabs spot in final opposite host at Saxony tourney (12/30/06)
St. Vincent set up a championship showdown with the host team in the Saxony Lutheran Christmas Tournament. The Indians (5-3) completed round-robin play with a 2-0 record by rolling past Ste. Genevieve Valle 62-40 Friday night. Saxony Lutheran also went 2-0 in the round-robin portion of the six-team event. The Crusaders and Indians will square off at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the title...
Clarification (12/30/06)
n The wording in the Thursday edition of the Southeast Missourian on the year in review story on Southeast Missouri State women's basketball did not accurately reflect the timing of events in regard to Alicia Scott's departure from the university as director of compliance and student services...
Oregon State gambles, wins with conversion (12/30/06)
EL PASO, Texas -- Oregon State coach Mike Riley was set to take his chances in overtime at the Sun Bowl. Then Missouri called timeout to have Joe Newton's 14-yard touchdown catch with 22.1 seconds remaining reviewed, believing he may have bobbled the ball...
Redhawks face another big-time challenge today (12/30/06)
For the second consecutive Saturday, Southeast Missouri State will be a heavy underdog on the road against a team from a major conference. While coach Scott Edgar realizes it will be tough for the Redhawks (3-10) to beat Purdue (10-3) in tonight's 6 p.m. tipoff in West Lafayette, Ind., he hopes they can at least build on their second-half performance from last Saturday's 87-71 loss at Iowa State...
Going back to Minnesota no big deal for safety Chavous (12/30/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Returning to Minnesota gives St. Louis safety Corey Chavous no special motivation for Sunday's game. The Rams will play at Minnesota and need a win to retain a chance of reaching the playoffs. St. Louis also needs the New York Giants, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons to lose...
Barone takes Grizzlies' helm as favor to team president (12/30/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tony Barone Sr. was on his way to scout a college basketball game when Jerry West called and asked him to take over as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. His plane rerouted immediately. "Jerry asked me to do it, and I'm going to do it," Barone said Friday after his first practice...
Suppan finalizes $42 million, four-year deal with Brewers (12/30/06)
MILWAUKEE -- National League Championship Series MVP Jeff Suppan and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized their $42 million, four-year contract on Friday after the pitcher passed a physical. The Brewers announced the deal on Christmas Eve, but it was contingent on the physical. Suppan's contract includes a team option for 2011 with a $2 million buyout...
Yee haw (12/30/06)
At the Cross Country Church in Gordonville, services don't begin with a hearty "amen." At this church, it's a "yee haw!" Worship leader Rick Irwin says Cross Country Church wants to reach people who haven't been to church in a while and those who are uncomfortable in a formal church setting...
Knowledge for a new year (12/30/06)
"I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know." (Job 42:3) The contrition of Job is worth considering as another calendar year reaches its denouement. Job, the tragic yet ultimately victorious figure, endures unimaginable calamity and suffering yet lives to see restoration. Job, we read in his eponymous book, does regain his material possessions and more. But he also gains something impossible to measure on a balance sheet...
Harvey Van Matre (12/30/06)
Harvey David Van Matre, 76, of Watson, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Ill. He was born April 5, 1930, at Messler, Mo., son of Herbert D. and Goldie Price Van Matre. He and Patricia Schwermine were married in 1950. He and Patricia Choate were married July 15, 2006...
Donald Miller Sr. (12/30/06)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Donald Wayne Miller Sr., 69, of Brighton, Ill., formerly of Tamms, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Ill. He was born Oct. 19, 1937, in Tamms, son of Charles and Leota Nelson Miller. He married Peggy Sellers...
Jean Nea (12/30/06)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Jean Beard Nea, 90, of Charleston, formerly of Dexter, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Dec. 29, 1915, at Bunkum, Ill., to the late Walter H. and Lurlyne Moore Beard. A graduate of Miss Hickey's Secretarial School in St. Louis, she lived in St. Louis most of her life, and then moved to Charleston in 1976. She was of the Methodist belief...
Police report 12/30/06 (12/30/06)
Arrests; Cape Girardeau County: Arrests; Arrests
Fire report 12/30/06 (12/30/06)
n At 11:24 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of William Street. n At 12:33 a.m., box alarm at 430 N. Frederick St. n At 12:59 a.m., fire alarm at 211 Saint Francis Drive. n At 3:30 a.m., house fire at 611 North St. n Emergency medical service on North Missouri Street...
Out of the past 12/30/06 (12/30/06)
Cape Girardeau City Manager Gary Eide says he is "getting close" to naming a new police chief and indicates an announcement may come before the end of the week; the department has been under the leadership of Capt. Donald R. Roberts since chief Henry H. Gerecke resigned in September...
Basketball feast (12/30/06)
Every year the week after Christmas 16 of the region's high school basketball teams and their followers converge on the Show Me Center for the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. This is the largest arena many of the players will ever play in, and these are the biggest crowds most will ever play before during their high school careers...
Expose activists for what they are (12/30/06)
To the editor:I've written about the little Heinrich Himmlers or leftist Ward Churchill wannabes in academia previously. Basically, they are irrelevant pseudo-professorial brainwashers polluting tax-funded government indoctrination centers Karl Marx referred to as public schools, including universities. ...
AMA controls the doctor market (12/30/06)
To the editor:In his polemical column, David Limbaugh said that market forces should be allowed to operate in the health-care field. As the American Medical Association strictly controls the number of medical schools, ostensibly to limit the number of graduates, does this have anything to do with market forces?...
Speak Out 12/30/06 (12/30/06)
Not getting help; Clinton's Democrats; Off to war; Thanks for basket; Military pride; Not a slaughter; Support for Marines; Retirement wishes; Enough taxes; Our justice system; Lowering the flag; Balanced discipline; Guilty of lying
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