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Friedheim woman faces animal abuse charges (10/10/08)
Two weeks after nine severely neglected dogs were seized by sheriff's deputies, their former owner faces charges for animal abuse and the dogs are on their way to happier homes. Catherine Lee, 40, of Friedhiem, Mo., faces one count of animal abuse for neglecting to provide food or water for one chow mix, one Australian shepherd, one boxer and six pit bulls...
Federal government pouring millions into Southeast Missouri drainage systems for flooding repairs (10/10/08)
Area drainage districts are receiving help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in mopping out ditches filled in by spring flooding. Following the floods, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's state office requested $35 million to help individuals and communities in Missouri recover from damages. ...
Single-vehicle accident closes one lane of I-55 for brief time (10/10/08)
A truck pulling a 16-foot trailer left the southbound lane of Interstate 55 and struck a guardrail near mile marker 98 in Cape Girardeau this morning, closing one lane of the roadway for about 40 minutes, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The accident occurred around 7:42 a.m. Though the 2004 Nissan truck was towed from the scene of the accident, the driver from Oak Ridge, Mo., was not injured...
Cape Girardeau County prosecutor discusses county issues with League of Women Voters (10/10/08)
After a swift but detailed review of a his prosecuting attorney responsibilities for Cape Girardeau County, Morley Swingle discussed converting the county to a charter form of government and explained why Auditor David Ludwig's presence is "galling."...
Candidates, medical professionals discuss health care at Osage Community Centre forum (10/10/08)
Health care was a hot topic Thursday at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau. About 50 community members listened to candidates and medical professionals discuss the state's health-care issues at a forum sponsored by the Missouri Hospital Association, Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Caruthersville residents face charges following prank (10/10/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — What began as a prank has five Caruthersville residents facing charges. At 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Caruthersville police officers responded to a possible abduction at Reynolds Park. A witness told police a vehicle pulled up and an individual jumped out of the trunk, then began running. A man then exited the car, tackled the fleeing person and apparently assaulted him before putting him back in the trunk. The car then sped from the scene...
Poplar Bluff man released from prison four months before alleged murder (10/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — A recent change in the federal sentencing guidelines reduced the sentence a Poplar Bluff man was facing for possessing crack cocaine by 15 months. After his release from federal prison, Calvin Lee "CC" Smith Jr. of the 2200 block of Grand Avenue is accused of the shooting death of another man over what authorities believe was an apparent drug debt...
Cape Girardeau police officer cleared in Main Street Bar shooting (10/10/08)
Officer Joseph "Joey" Hann will not face any criminal charges because of a Sept. 27 shooting, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Thursday. Swingle's decision not to file charges came after the Missouri State Highway Patrol completed an investigation of the incident in which Hann shot Jordan T. Modicue, 20, of Tamms, Ill., four times at Main Street Bar...
Kennett, Mo., native Sheryl Crow launches clothing line with Southeast Missouri inspiration (10/10/08)
Grammy-winning singer and Kennett, Mo., native Sheryl Crow recently launched a new western/folk inspired casual denim clothing line dubbed Bootheel Trading Co. (BTC). "I've always been kind of a jeans girl," Crow said. The first line of products will be made up of 27 pieces that have been developed by Crow's personal stylist and inspired by pieces from Crow's wardrobe...
Sides in Cape Girardeau County Sunshine Law suit appear before judge (10/10/08)
As he argued for a ruling against Jay Purcell in his Sunshine Law case against the Cape Girardeau County Commission, attorney Tom Ludwig questioned both Purcell's motives and his legal right to pursue the lawsuit. But Associate Circuit Judge Stephen Mitchell of Stoddard County, hearing the case instead of a local judge, said he would try to settle all the issues, legal technicalities and the merits of Purcell's charge that the commission illegally closed an April 17 meeting when he issues a ruling.. ...
Batting practice (10/10/08)
Counterfeit bills circulating in Stoddard County (10/10/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — Stoddard County law enforcement officials are investigating the source of counterfeit bills circulating in the area. The first report of fake bills in Dexter came from the One Mile Road branch of First Midwest Bank. Since then, five Dexter businesses have turned over phony bills in denominations of $10, $20 and $50, according to Detective Lt. Trevor Pulley of the Dexter Police Department...
No main cause found for tumors near northwest Missouri town (10/10/08)
CAMERON, Mo. -- A state investigation into a rise in brain tumor cases around Cameron found no central cause, a state epidemiologist said Thursday. Sarah Patrick told about 150 people at a meeting in Cameron that the number of brain tumor cases in a four-county area around the town is not statistically higher than the numbers throughout the state...
States cut spending, put projects on hold (10/10/08)
With the economy in a slide and the credit markets seized up, states are slashing budgets, eliminating jobs, putting major construction projects on hold and nervously waiting to see whether their shriveled pension funds recover. They are also weighing lawsuits against Wall Street firms. And at least one state -- California -- may ask Washington to come to the rescue...
Snowballing sell-off plunges Dow 679 points (10/10/08)
NEW YORK -- A runaway train of a sell-off turned the anniversary of the U.S. stock market peak into one of the darkest days in Wall Street history Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrials down a 679 points and deepening a financial crisis that has defied all efforts to stop it...
U. of Texas ends fight over dorm-room Obama signs (10/10/08)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Facing a free-speech uproar, the University of Texas backed down Thursday from punishing two students who refused to remove political signs from their dormitory window. Connor Kincaid and his cousin and roommate, Blake Kincaid, said they were barred from registering for spring classes after refusing Wednesday to take down their signs supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama...
1 in 4 U.S. teen girls got Gardasil shot (10/10/08)
ATLANTA -- One in four teen girls have rolled up their sleeves for the relatively new vaccine against cervical cancer, federal health officials said Thursday. The figures represent the government's first substantial study of vaccination rates for the Gardasil vaccine -- Merck & Co.'s heavily advertised, three-shot series that targets the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV...
French writer Le Clezio wins Nobel literature prize (10/10/08)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- France's Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for works characterized by "poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy" and focused on the environment, especially the desert. Le Clezio, 68, is the first French writer to win the prestigious award since Chinese-born French­man Gao Xingjian was honored in 2000...
AD move was just a matter of time (10/10/08)
We knew this day was coming. Change was inevitable. It was just a matter of when for athletic director Don Kaverman. The Southeast Missouri State athletics department was going to get new leadership to execute a plan under close scrutiny from the president and the board of regents...
Jackson softball season ends with 8-inning loss to Sikeston (10/10/08)
The Jackson softball team's season came to an end in an extra-inning affair Thursday in Class 4 District 1 action. After both teams scored in the fifth inning, Krystal Henson drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth to lead Sikeston to the 2-1 victory...
Central football plows into win column (10/10/08)
Jon Siemers had no doubt the Central football team would finally break through. "We knew tonight would be the night on homecoming," said Siemers, a senior linebacker. Siemers flashed a big smile as he spoke Thursday night. The rest of the Tigers were just as happy after Central notched its first victory of the season, a hard-fought 26-18 decision over visiting Seckman...
A glance at area high school football games (10/10/08)
Jackson (2-4) at Poplar Bluff (4-2) Last week: Farmington 42, Jackson 38; Poplar Bluff 21, Central 20. Last year: Jackson 35, Poplar Bluff 21. Outlook: Jackson and Poplar Bluff play tonight in a SEMO conference showdown. Jackson enters after having lost by four points to new SEMO conference foe Farmington last Friday. ...
Rams advance in district tournament (10/10/08)
BENTON -- Scott City coach Sally O'Brien said she knew nothing about the St. Pius softball team entering Thursday's first-round Class 2 District 2 contest with the Lancers. With no idea which of her three pitchers would matchup best against the Lancers, O'Brien selected sophomore Melanie Lacey to start simply because of her velocity...
ND avenges loss to Jackson 3-0 (10/10/08)
Senior John Unterreiner and the Notre Dame offense struck fast against rival Jackson on Thursday after being shutout by the Indians just seven days earlier. Unterreiner made Senior Night at Notre Dame a victorious one, scoring twice, including kicking in the first goal 17 minutes, 8 seconds into the match as he helped the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win over Jackson...
Central doubles team takes 12-1 record into districts (10/10/08)
It's homecoming weekend at Central, and tennis players Kristi Lazarova and Christen Edmonds hope to make it back Saturday night with something extra to celebrate. Lazarova and Edmonds will be spending the first part of homecoming in St. Louis. They are seeded second in the Class 2 District 1 tennis tournament that begins today at 10 a.m. at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park...
SEMO men's coach Scott Edgar denies any knowing violation of NCAA rules (10/10/08)
Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Scott Edgar denies knowingly committing any NCAA rules violations. Edgar issued a statement, made through one of his attorneys, Stuart L. Brown of Atlanta, shortly after Edgar was placed on administrative leave Thursday morning by the university for alleged NCAA infractions...
Southeast hopes to have new athletic director by Jan. 1 (10/10/08)
University president Dr. Ken Dobbins said Thursday he hopes to have a replacement for athletic director Don Kaverman aboard by the start of 2009 to lead the the strategic planning initiative for the department. Kaverman earlier in the day was placed on administrative leave until the end of his contract, which will be terminated Feb. 9...
Soccer, volleyball will host matches (10/10/08)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team will look to build on its first win of the season by making a move in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast hosts two OVC matches in the next three days, at 7 p.m. today against Morehead State and at 2 p.m. Sunday against Eastern Kentucky...
Southeast women's basketball program faces new NCAA allegation (10/10/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball program has earned the attention of the NCAA Committee on Infractions again, but this time the head coach is being left out of the mix. The university was informed earlier this week that one of the allegations of NCAA violations for the athletic department involves a booster paying $7,078 in course expenses for the 2007-08 school year for a fifth-year student who had exhausted her eligibility...
Phillies take out Dodgers in Game 1 (10/10/08)
PHILADELPHIA — Pat Burrell, Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies had more than enough power to offset Manny Ramirez in the NL championship series opener. Utley and Burrell homered off tiring Derek Lowe in the sixth inning to back a strong performance by Cole Hamels, and the Phillies were a winner in their return to the NLCS, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Thursday night...
Blues show promise despite key injury (10/10/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Erik Johnson wrecked his knee in a team golf outing a few days before the start of St. Louis Blues training camp. The franchise is determined that the season-long loss of their young star defenseman will not wreck their season. The 20-year-old Johnson was the first overall pick of the 2006 draft and is the centerpiece of the franchise's youth movement after finishing a disappointing 14th in the Western Conference. ...
'Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist' worth the trip (10/10/08)
Nick and Norah have the kind of night every suburban teenager dreams of. Along with their friends, they wander around New York in search of entertainment and along the way find a plethora of adventure, much-needed closure and, ultimately, love. "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," the film adaptation of a short novel by the same name, is the story of Nick (Michael Cera), a timid high school senior suffering a broken heart at the hands of the vindictive Tris (Alexis Dziena) and Norah (Kat Dennings) an insightful, sarcastic girl.. ...
Hooked on Science: Laundry science (10/10/08)
Bleach is used to whiten the laundry, but do you know how this popular laundry aid whitens? Here's an experiment that will not only show you how it works, but also might get you and your family "Hooked on Science." Materials Instructions STEP 1: Fill one of the transparent plastic cups three quarters of the way with water...
Joann Arnold (10/10/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Joann Arnold, 63, of Wichita Falls, Texas, formerly of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at United Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Monday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home...
Warren Dale (10/10/08)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Warren H. Dale, 87, of Dongola died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Balcom, Ill., son of William A. and Alice C. Settlemoir Dale. He and Mary Hankla were married April 11, 1941, at Marble Hill, Mo...
Louise Callahan (10/10/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Louise Lee Callahan, 94, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at her home. She was born Oct. 28, 1913, in Clinton, Ky., to the late Miles Thomas and Troy Viverette Lee. She and Roy J. Callahan were married Aug. 4, 1935. He preceded her in death April 8, 1992...
Sammie Trainum (10/10/08)
Sammie E. Trainum, 80, of Ankeny, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at Trinity Care Center, Luther Park in Des Moines, Iowa, and was also under the care of Hospice of Central Iowa. Sammie was born March 4, 1928, in Scott City (formerly Illmo) to Samuel C. and Pearl Trainum...
Births 10/10/08 (10/10/08)
Simmons Daughter to Eric Matthew and Erika Jo Simmons of Millersville, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. Name, Zettie Sue. Weight, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Simmons is the former Erika Kamp, daughter of Kurt and Patti Kamp of Patton, Mo. Simmons is the son of Ruth Simmons of Oak Ridge and David and Bev Simmons of Cape Girardeau. He is employed by Dr. Linus Huck...
Fire report 10/10/2008 (10/10/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 4:28 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Broadway and Caruthers Avenue. n At 4:39 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 5:19 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of McKenna Street...
Police report 10/10/2008 (10/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Anthony R. Bell, 25, 223 S. Hanover St., was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. n Jeremy L. Taylor, 33, 2842 Whitener St., Apt. B2, was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child...
Out of the past 10/10/08 (10/10/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 10, 1983 Bob Crader is up to his neck in old truck tires; Crader, who operates a tire retreading and recapping service, has hundreds of tires which would in the past be dumped at the Cape Girardeau city landfill; but the city's new policy prohibits dumping of tires and brush in the landfill...
Heavenly days, it's apple butter time (10/10/08)
Has the world got you down? Do the words "global financial crisis" make your teeth ache? Does your arthritis kick up when you read about golden parachutes for failed executives? Are you mad enough to kick the dog? If so, my friends, it's time to make some apple butter...
Attending the VP debate in St. Louis provides an up-close perspective (10/10/08)
"And you were there!" were the words Walter Cronkite exclaimed at the end of the CBS educational series I watched back in grade school in Cape Girardeau. I happened to recall that phrase as I sat in the 11th row at the vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. ...
Hooked on science (10/10/08)
There are so many good ways to get youngsters interested in learning, but one of the most fun ways of getting hooked on science is the Science Day events organized by Jason Lindsey, outreach science educator for the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo. Lindsey also is a regular blogger for the Southeast Missourian's website, semissourian.com...
Speak Out 10/10/08 (10/10/08)
Weathering the storm REGARDING THE economic downturn: We have children and grandchildren we are concerned about. Not all of us are so selfish that we see no farther then our own nose. We've seen and experienced much, so we aren't always shaken by every breeze that blows, every storm that comes or every person who cries wolf...
Fire Prevention Week (10/10/08)
Miss Sniff (10/10/08)
my fluffy cat Miss Sniff has more hair than me !
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