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Kennett man accused of assaulting police (05/27/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Two Kennett police officers were physically assaulted over the weekend while attempting to arrest a Kennett man. According to information provided by Kennett Police Department Capt. Steve Cook, at approximately 10 p.m., Sunday, Patrolman Phillip Caldwell was flagged down by a motorist who said a black male had just thrown a beer can at his vehicle while he was driving down College Street in Kennett...
ACLU files suit in Poplar Bluff 'Harry Potter' librarian case (05/27/08)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri announced today via news release that it has filed a suit on behalf of a part-time librarian in Poplar Bluff, Mo., who was disciplined after she objected to participating in the promotion of a "Harry Potter" book.The employee, Deborah Smith, had religious objections to the promotion, "which she believed encouraged children to worship the occult," according to the news release.Library employees were expected to dress as witches and wizards at a July 21, 2007, Potter book release party at the library — an after-hours event — the release said. ...
Miner loses fire chief, two police officers (05/27/08)
MINER, Mo. -- The city of Miner is looking for a new fire chief and two police officers. Mayor Mitch Thompson confirmed Friday that Fire Chief Randy Allen and two police officers "are no longer working for the city." Thompson would not say whether the fire chief and police officers quit or were terminated during the board of aldermen's closed session Tuesday. "We're in the process of filling those vacancies," he said...
Stoddard County man chosen for regional American Legion leadership role (05/27/08)
A Stoddard County man has been named to represent the vast area of District 14 of the American Legion Department of the state of Missouri. Bill Alexander of Dexter, a member of Kenady-Hanks Post 59, received word this week that he has been elected to serve as first vice commander of District 14, which consists of an area covering 12 counties in the region and boasts nearly 3,000 members. He will serve a two-year term as first vice...
POW/MIA monument dedicated in Memorial Day ceremony at Bloomfield (05/27/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Lt. General Clyde A. Vaughn perhaps said it best at Memorial Day ceremonies held at Bloomfield's Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, when he stated, "Don't ever forget." The statement went out to an overflowing crowd at the cemetery's Memorial Day observance, a day that served well for the unveiling of a monument put in place to honor the nation's Prisoners of War and those declared Missing in Action throughout the nation's war history...
Late crop delays strawberry festival (05/27/08)
Jack Smart has learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the annual Teen Challenge Strawberry Festival. In 2007, frost severely damaged about 70 percent of the group's strawberry crop, leading to a much smaller festival than usual. On Saturday, festivalgoers were supposed to enjoy an abundance of strawberry treats, music and tours of the property. But the unusual weather patterns have forced a change in the schedule...
Christian School first-graders meet the soldier they adopted (05/27/08)
Dena Shelton's and Sybil Whitworth's first-grade students at Cape Christian School adopted 1st Lt. Todd Nordman, a United States Marine, during his seven-month deployment in Iraq. The children e-mailed Nordman with all types of questions and sent him care packages and handmade cards...
Community briefs 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
Markham Vineyards calls for grant applicants Local leaders dedicated to improving their neighborhoods, cities or towns are invited to participate in a nationwide initiative by Markham Vineyards of St. Helena, Calif., to award $25,000 grants to two individuals to assist them in completing neighborhood projects. ...
Production employees for Southeast Missourian, Concord hit safety milestone (05/27/08)
Southeast Missourian and Concord Printing production employees recently reached 1,500 days with no lost-time, or major, accidents. The accomplishment was achieved May 4. Eight days later, during a monthly safety meeting, 42 employees were presented with cake and monetary gift cards during a special ceremony...
Winners announced for first annual ArtsCape junior poster contest (05/27/08)
ArtScape's first annual ArtsCape junior poster contest showcased local young talent at the Southeast Missouri Arts Council ArtsCape event held at Capaha Park. Nearly 100 drawings and paintings based on the theme, "Fun in the Park," were received. They were displayed at a grove of cypress trees where original creations depicted sports, fishing, dog walking and other activities children enjoy at the park...
Parents Without Partners announce June events (05/27/08)
The Cape Girardeau chapter of Parents Without Partners has released its schedule of events for the month of June. n Line dance lessons will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Eagles Aerie 3775, 321 N. Spring Ave. in Cape Girardeau. Beginner lessons are at 6 p.m. The events are open to the public...
County's senior bus coupon program may run out of money by August (05/27/08)
Seniors using the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority service face higher fees. Much higher, according to Tom Mogelnicki, the CGCTA's executive director. He made the announcement during the the transit authority board of directors meeting Thursday...
Memorial Day ceremonies honor those who served (05/27/08)
Rain chased the traditional Memorial Day observance at Jackson indoors and forced the cancellation of the Cape Girardeau municipal band concert. But the damp weather didn't deter about 100 people who took part in the Jackson event, which was moved indoors to American Legion Post 158. The ceremony was capped by the unveiling of a memorial display listing the names of people from the Jackson and Cape Girardeau areas who died in the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries...
MOHELA ending interest rate breaks (05/27/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's student loan authority is ending its discounted interest rates. The decision by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority comes as student loan agencies nationwide are under increased financial pressure because of changes in federal law and tightening credit markets...
Man run over twice in Columbia (05/27/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Columbia police say a 25-year-old pedestrian was injured after he was run over twice Monday night. The first car hit Troy Boerner about 11:30 p.m., injuring his arm. Police say the woman driving the dark-colored four-door sedan left the scene...
Neosho man killed after being run over by train (05/27/08)
RACINE, Mo. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Neosho man is dead after lying down on railroad tracks and getting run over by a train. The Newton County Sheriff's Office says David Joe Norris was struck around 4:20 a.m. Monday. The train's engineer says he saw someone lying on the tracks and tried to warn him that the train was coming, but the person didn't move...
Downtown St. Louis walkway unveiled (05/27/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A new walkway now links the St. Louis riverfront area to the rest of downtown. The Lumiere Place casino on Tuesday opened what it calls Lumiere Link, which aims to be a more pedestrian-friendly way for people to walk from the main section of downtown to the casino area...
Weekend of rain causes more Missouri flooding (05/27/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Another weekend of heavy rain creates more flooding -- and more flood concerns. Parts of the St. Louis area received 6 inches or rain or more over the Memorial Day weekend. Flash floods led to some rescues in St. Charles County. The rains also resulted in power outages, at one point leaving about 15,000 AmerenUE customers without power...
Vandals damage dozens of headstones in Pacific (05/27/08)
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the eastern Missouri town of Pacific are searching for the vandals who damaged more than 70 headstones. The damage occurred at two cemeteries. Some of the damaged headstones date back more than 100 years. Police are not commenting on their evidence, but the city is considering offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those involved...
Leaking Warren County dam raises concern (05/27/08)
WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Warren County officials are assessing a leak in a dam near the Innsbrook Estates resort area in eastern Missouri. Emergency management officials reported shortly after noon on Tuesday that the earthen Alpine Dam was leaking and could possibly fail. ...
St. Louis police on horse involved in chase (05/27/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police are searching for the driver of a black Honda Civic that allegedly tried to run down a police officer and the officer's horse. It happened Monday in Forest Park. Police say suspects in the car were approaching pedestrians, asking them for money. The mounted police officer asked the man to pull over. Instead, he sped away, narrowly missing the officer and her horse...
Memorial Day ceremony honors last American-born WWI veteran (05/27/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A homecoming visit to Missouri for the last known living American-born veteran of World War I turned into a weekend celebration. During the Memorial Day weekend, Frank Woodruff Buckles earned a standing ovation from a crowd of thousands, was followed everywhere by photographers and had his legacy permanently placed into the National World War I Museum...
Searchers use new boat to look for missing Stacy Peterson (05/27/08)
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. -- Searchers looking for missing Bolingbrook woman Stacy Peterson are learning sonar techniques for scouring waterways while continuing land searches. Stacy Peterson, the wife of former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, disappeared last October...
Divers find body of boy killed in helicopter crash (05/27/08)
SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. -- Divers have found a 9-year-old boy who had been missing after a helicopter carrying him and four others crashed into the water at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri State Water Patrol reported that the boy, identified as Zachary West of Eureka, was found about 10 a.m. Monday...
Autism doesn't slow student in quest for degree (05/27/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- All the small yet extremely celebrated successes in Chad Winkler's 22 years have led him to his biggest success yet: college graduation. On May 18, Winkler graduated cum laude from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla with a bachelor's degree in ceramic engineering with minors in history and chemistry...
Iowa, Minnesota towns survey tornado damage (05/27/08)
PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- Half of this small town lay in ruins or heavily damaged Monday following a deadly tornado that ripped apart a stretch of northern Iowa. The Sunday afternoon twister killed six people in Iowa, four of them in Parkersburg and two others in nearby New Hartford. In neighboring Minnesota, a child was killed by violent weather in a suburb of St. Paul...
Bush pays tribute to troops at Arlington Cemetery event (05/27/08)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- President Bush paid tribute Monday to America's fighting men and women who died in battle, saying national leaders must have "the courage and character to follow their lead" in preserving peace and freedom. "On this Memorial Day, I stand before you as the commander in chief and try to tell you how proud I am," Bush told an audience of military figures, veterans and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. ...
Man with sword arrested in store (05/27/08)
NEW YORK -- A man who was carrying a rusted pirate-style sword through Macy's flagship store in Manhattan is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon. Police say 29-year-old Lawrence Jackson was brandishing the curved sword while visiting Macy's Herald Square store Sunday with his girlfriend...
Mars probe lands successfully, prepares for digging mission (05/27/08)
PASADENA, Calif. -- After successfully landing on the planet's surface, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spent its first full day in the Martian arctic plains checking its instruments in preparation for an ambitious digging mission to study whether the site could have once been habitable...
Sydney Pollack dies of cancer at age 73 (05/27/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay who achieved commercial success and critical acclaim with the gender-bending comedy "Tootsie" and the period drama "Out of Africa," has died. He was 73. Pollack died of cancer Monday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, said agent Leslee Dart. He had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, Dart said...
Plenty of 'For Sale' signs, but actual sales lagging (05/27/08)
WASHINGTON -- Like spring flowers, the "For Sale" signs are sprouting in front yards all over the country. But anxious sellers are facing the most brutal environment in decades, with a slumping economy, falling home prices and rising mortgage foreclosures...
Hezbollah warns Lebanon's new government (05/27/08)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Lebanon's new president got a red carpet welcome Monday, but was quickly thrust into the political thicket as Hezbollah's leader warned against any efforts to disarm his Iranian-backed guerrilla group. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah delivered his stern message after military bands and an honor guard saluted President Michel Suleiman on his first day on the job...
Iraqi army: 6 teens trained as al-Aaida suicide bombers (05/27/08)
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi military on Monday displayed a group of weeping teenagers who said they had been forced into training for suicide bombings by a Saudi militant in the last urban stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq. Four of the six boys were lined up for the media at police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, where they said they had been training for a month to start suicide operations in early June...
One-child policy has exceptions after massive loss of life in China quake (05/27/08)
BEIJING -- Chinese officials said Monday that the country's one-child policy exempts families with a child killed, severely injured or disabled in the country's devastating earthquake. Those families can obtain a certificate to have another child, the Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee in the capital of hard-hit Sichuan province said...
Red Wings blank Penguins again (05/27/08)
DETROIT -- Hockeytown is halfway to hoisting the Stanley Cup again. With first-period goals from Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom and another lockdown defensive effort, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals Monday night...
Simmons takes on bigger role for Scott City pitching staff (05/27/08)
Scott City pitcher Shae Simmons has developed into a workhorse lately much to the surprise of himself and his coaches. Whenever Rams coach Lance Amick has made a trip to the mound late in games to ask his junior how his arm feels, Simmons has typically replied, "I'm fine. I want the ball."...
Oran's hitters are drilled in the Eagles' way (05/27/08)
Oran junior Jayden Pobst provided a simple explanation for the reason his offensive statistics have skyrocketed this season. Pobst is hitting .385. He leads the Eagles with nine home runs and he has 37 RBIs after receiving just seven plate appearances all last spring...
Hurricanes selected the top overall seed in NCAA Div. I tournament (05/27/08)
Miami was selected as the top seed for the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament Monday, while two-time defending champion Oregon State was left out of the field. The Hurricanes (47-8), who won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time, will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday. ...
Lohse ends winless stretch in 4-0 win (05/27/08)
LOS ANGELES — Kyle Lohse won for the first time in almost a month, pitching six scoreless innings and leading St. Louis to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. Lohse (4-2) scattered six hits, struck out five and walked none to record his first victory since April 27 against Houston. ...
Big Brown undergoes repair to cracked hoof 12 days before Belmont Stakes (05/27/08)
NEW YORK -- The trainer calls it a "hiccup" and the owner is sure everything will be fine. So far, there doesn't seem to be a crack in the confidence of camp Big Brown. Twelve days before the Belmont Stakes, hoof specialist Ian McKinlay began repairing a quarter crack to the left front hoof of the Triple Crown hopeful...
Cards weather rookie's debut, fall to relievers (05/27/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw was long gone by the time teammate Andre Ethier got the game-winning hit in the 10th inning. The no-decision didn't take any of the luster off the left-hander's major league debut, however. Takashi Saito won in relief, striking out five in two innings, and Luis Maza hit his first big league homer for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday...
Dixon soaks up victory at Indy (05/27/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Dixon was exhilarated and screaming. He also felt alone, dazed by winning the Indianapolis 500. A day after the biggest victory of his life, he took a more leisurely spin around Indy. He rode slowly around the 2 1/2-mile oval on a white speedway bus, surrounded by microphones, notepads and cameras...
Kahne capitalizes on Stewart's flat, wins Coca-Cola 600 (05/27/08)
CONCORD, N.C. -- For nearly a year, nothing went right for Kasey Kahne. Over a two-week span, nothing has gone wrong and Kahne's season suddenly seems back on track. Kahne earned a Lowe's Motor Speedway sweep Sunday night when he pounced on Tony Stewart's bad luck to win the Coca-Cola 600. It was the second straight victory for Kahne, who won the All-Star race eight days ago to bring a wave of momentum into NASCAR's longest event of the year...
Mickelson pulls out Crowne Plaza win with miraculous birdie on final hole (05/27/08)
Phil Mickelson was asked to describe the 72nd-hole birdie that gave him a one-stroke victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. "Well, it was a last-hole driver, and a wedge, 8 feet and make it for birdie," Mickelson said, with a smile...
Venus wins opener at French Open (05/27/08)
PARIS -- Venus Williams was cruising along with a ho-hum 6-3, 4-1 lead over her 35-year-old opponent at the French Open on Monday when suddenly everything went awry. The double-faults piled up. The forehand errors did, too, and Williams lost six consecutive games to fall behind as a drizzle fell. The crowd was rooting for the underdog, applauding in unison every time 93rd-ranked Tzipora Obziler of Israel earned a point...
Southern Illinois man dies before race (05/27/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Authorities remained uncertain Monday of the source of carbon monoxide fumes that filled a family's recreational vehicle near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, killing one person and leaving three hospitalized. The fumes sickened five members of a Southern Illinois family inside the RV parked across the street from the speedway, where they were found unresponsive shortly before Sunday's Indianapolis 500. ...
Attracting the stimulus dollars (05/27/08)
How are you going to spend your stimulus check? Better still, what is your business's strategy for getting customers to spend their stimulus — or as one humorous ad I heard this week pronounced it, "stemless" — money? Those $300, $600, $1,200 and larger payments are arriving now or en route to taxpayers over the coming weeks. ...
Yale gives ex-Beatle honorary doctorate (05/27/08)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Paul McCartney can now add one more honor to the numerous awards, accolades and the knighthood he has already received. The ex-Beatle on Monday was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University. In granting the honorary degree to McCartney -- Sir Paul McCartney since he was knighted in 1996 -- the university said no one compares with the legendary songwriter...
Youngster opens own business on Broadway (05/27/08)
Olujoke Brimah always believed her son was bright. At an early age, Umar was constantly constructing tall skyscrapers and residential homes out of Lego pieces. She was convinced he would become an architect one day. But after his recent career venture, Brimah now believes her son may be destined for a different job path...
People on the move 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
Lia sophia company names top sales adviser Lois Long, a lia sophia sales adviser from Cape Girardeau, received the Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers award for sales accomplishments. Long earned the award in her first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and recruiting potential new advisors. Lia sophia is an in-home jewelry sales company...
Frances Meisenheimer (05/27/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. — Frances "Frankie" Meisenheimer, 85, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at the Jonesboro Health Care Center. She was born July 17, 1922, at Jonesboro, daughter of Harry and Mae Jackson Wilson. She and Henry A. Meisenheimer were married Sept. 3, 1938, in Jackson. He died Aug. 14, 1996...
Finis Pribble (05/27/08)
ANNA, Ill. — Finis Eugene "Gene" Pribble, 72, of Anna died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. He was born July 31, 1935, at Cobden, Ill., son of John Leonard and Pearl Arterberry Pribble. He and Deloris Elaine Treece were married May 16, 1978, at Cobden, Ill...
Jefrey Hays (05/27/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — Jefrey James Hays, 48, of Dexter died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Merle Lipari (05/27/08)
Merle Lipari, 80, of Oak Ridge died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at her home. She was born April 4, 1928, at Kansas City, Mo., daughter of Harry and Olga Mitchell. She married Sam Lipari. He died in 1988. Survivors include a son, Anthony Lipari of Overland Park, Kan.; five daughters, Victoria Slinkard, Pauline Slinkard and Gene Littleton, all of Oak Ridge, Sandra Keilberg of Stockton, Mo., and Joan Luken of Moran, Kan.; and a stepdaughter, Cheryl Smith of Cape Girardeau...
Ray Powell (05/27/08)
Ray Powell, 66, of Pocahontas died Monday, May 26, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Vicki Newell (05/27/08)
PATTON, Mo. — Vicki Diane Newell, 51, of Patton died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at home. She was born Nov. 24, 1956, at Wyatt, Mo., daughter of William and Ina Russell Dollins of Morley, Mo. She and Kenneth Newell were married Feb. 6, 1993. Survivors include her husband; her parents; two daughters, Julee Higgins of Jackson and Summer Smith of Morley; a stepdaughter, Melissa Burks of Fredericktown, Mo.; a stepson, Micheal Newell of Friedheim, Mo.; a sister, Donna McMillian of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren.. ...
Lucille LaRose (05/27/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Lucille K. LaRose, 78, of Perryville died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 6, 1930, at Coulterville, Ill., daughter of Earl and Lucille Resar Brayfield. She and Charles S. LaRose Sr. were married May 23, 1953, at St. Louis. He died Sept. 27, 1998...
Fire report 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 10:11 p.m., citizen assist in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 12:28 a.m., emergency medical service at mile marker 91 southbound on Interstate 55...
Police report 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Heather D. Weston, 25, 3020 Boutin Drive, Apt. 134, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, having no license plate, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance...
Out of the past 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
25 years ago: May 27, 1983 The city of Cape Girardeau has received a $681,660 federal Department of Transportation grant for improvements to the municipal airport, including acquisition of about four acres to extend the safety area on runway 10. A poster featuring a paddlewheel boat on the Mississippi River has been named "Best of Contest" winner in the Riverfest poster contest; creator of the poster is Tara White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernis White...
Watching the action (05/27/08)
Editor's note: This column originally appeared online as part of Peg McNichol's blog. To see more of Peg's entries, visit www.semissourian.com. Three out of the last four meetings of the Cape Girardeau County Commission have demonstrated that county business is getting done. ...
The house God built (05/27/08)
With all of the world turmoil and local conflict that have been in the news recently, the story about the "house that God built" lifted our spirits. As a spinoff of a service project at La Croix United Methodist Church, members were challenged to come up with a project that seemed almost too big or impossible...
Speak Out 5/27/08 (05/27/08)
This isn't the end THE HUMAN race has survived plagues, wars and the ice age, to name a few of the disasters we have faced. But now that oil is running out we are being told this is the end everything. I don't know about the rest of you, but humans have survived worst things in the past and thrived. We will thrive long after oil is gone...
Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaires Receives Alzheimer's Association Public Service Award (05/27/08)
The Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA) recently received the Alzheimer’s Association Public Service Award from the organization’s St. Louis Chapter. MAHA immediate Past President Dolly Jewel, a Cape Girardeau resident and member of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Auxiliary, accepted the award on behalf of all Missouri hospital auxiliaries...
Diving for a Cure (05/27/08)
Charles Partain climbed into the hyperbaric chamber and took a two-hour "dive" in an effort to heal a foot ulcer. But this dive wasn’t in water. It involved pressurized, pure oxygen therapy. He repeated the process five days a week, for eight weeks, for a total of 40 treatments...
Southeast Missouri Hospital Executives Earn Fellow Status (05/27/08)
Three Southeast Missouri Hospital executives, James W. Wente, president and chief executive officer; Jerry L. Sanders, financial analyst; and Ed Cooper, controller, have earned Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders...
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