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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (10/24/08)
If you drove down the eastern part of Independence Street today you might have noticed there are no letters on the sign outside the Rush Hudson Limbaugh U.S. Courthouse. Back in July, vandals struck and removed six letters from the sign, but not this time. ...
Judge rules against Purcell in lawsuit versus Cape Girardeau County Commission (10/24/08)
Associate Commissioner Jay Purcell on Friday lost on almost every legal point in his case alleging Sunshine Law violations by the Cape Girardeau County Commission. In his rulling, Associate Circuit Judge Stephen Mitchell of Stoddard County declared that he found no purposeful or knowing violation of the Sunshine Law when the commission went behind closed doors on April 17...
Federal courthouse letters missing due to replacement, not theft (10/24/08)
The letters are missing from the cornerpiece outside the Rush Hudson Limbaugh U.S. Courthouse today, but not because they were stolen. Charlie Cook, spokesman for the General Services Administration regional office, which is responsible for the federal building, said the letters have been replaced with new versions because they weren't put on correctly before...
Dexter man arrested on suspected counterfeiting, marijuana growing (10/24/08)
DEXTER, Mo. In a recent investigation involving counterfeit bills in the area, Dexter police uncovered what they believe was a large marijuana growing operation in a suspect's home. Gary McCoy, 45, of Dexter, was charged with two counts of the Class C felony of forgery and one count of the Class B felony of manufacturing marijuana...
I-55 reduced to one lane in Cape Girardeau, Perry, Ste. Genevieve counties next week (10/24/08)
Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau, Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair concrete. Northbound and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in various locations from U.S. 61 in Fruitland to Route J/N in Ste. Genevieve County from 7 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Oct. 31, weather permitting...
Jackson man injured in Thursday afternoon crash on U.S. 61 (10/24/08)
A Jackson man received serious injuries from a Thursday afternoon crash near Jackson, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash reports website. Matthew J. Kight, 22, was injured when his 2002 Pontiac ran into the back of a 2006 Buick driven by 35-year-old Misty D. Griffin of Jackson while she was waiting to make a left turn on U.S. 61 three miles north of Jackson at 4:50 p.m...
Sikeston church members to sleep in 'box city' (10/24/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Members of a local church youth group will spend the night in a "box city" this weekend to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. Abby Reeve, youth director for the First United Methodist Church, said participants will set up cardboard box shelters on a grassy area near the church at about 6 p.m. Saturday. "We will be out there all night long," she said...
Man stabbed in Oran bar fight (10/24/08)
ORAN, Mo. — An altercation at an Oran bar Thursday night led to one man hospitalized for knife wounds, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. Two men became embroiled in an argument at Kelsey's Bar in Oran, and one apparently stabbed to other...
Republicans pour money into effort to retain 156th District seat (10/24/08)
Missouri Republicans are playing defense to keep their majority in the Missouri House of Representatives and they are pouring thousands of dollars into radio ads in the 156th District to hold the seat being vacated by House Speaker Rod Jetton. The House Republican Campaign Committee is paying for the ads aimed at Democratic nominee Michael Winder. ...
Parking restricted Saturday for Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade (10/24/08)
People visiting businesses or lining up to watch the Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade on Broadway in Cape Girardeau will find parking restrictions in place, police said. Parking will be restricted in some areas from 2 a.m. to the end of the parade Saturday morning. ...
Rainy October Day (10/24/08)
Quality Home Care Act -- Proposition B on the Nov. 4 ballot -- questioned by some voters (10/24/08)
Lois Unfer used a series of home health workers over the course of nearly three years. She has osteoporosis and spinal stenosis, a degenerative disc disease, and uses a walker. Her caregivers prepared meals, helped her bathe, dress and get to medical appointments...
Cape Girardeau man gets 30 months in prison on firearms charge (10/24/08)
Name: Terry Joe Roberts Age: 32 Residence: Cape Girardeau Charge: One felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm Sentence: 30 months Summary: On Oct. 4, 2007, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at an upper level apartment in the 800 block of Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau...
Briggs and Stratton breaks ground on Poplar Bluff expansion (10/24/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Ground was broken Tuesday for a 125,000-square foot warehouse for the Briggs & Stratton Corporation as workers continued to prepare the site for construction activities. "I wish to thank Poplar Bluff Industries, the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce and Mid South Investments for making this happen for us," said Mark Melloy, manager of the Briggs & Stratton plant in the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park...
Bertrand woman killed in Tuesday night accident (10/24/08)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Mo. -- A Bertrand, Mo., woman died Tuesday of injuries sustained in an accident occurring earlier that day. Beverly French, 69, was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where she had been air lifted following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at the intersection of Route B and Mississippi County Road 412...
Police say Scott County burglary suspect stopped by armed homeowner (10/24/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County deputies arrested a 35-year-old Sikeston, Mo., man Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release. Jason Roach allegedly approached a residence on County Road 538 on Tuesday and rang the doorbell. Police say Roach turned the doorknob and would have gained entry, according to the homeowner, were it not for the safety latch on the door...
Cape organizations team up to calm residents with financial troubles (10/24/08)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has combined forces with the Community Counseling Center to make sure local residents know there are resources available to help them deals with their panic about the floundering economy. Recently, both organizations assembled to discuss the issue, said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Neal Boyd to be part of Southeast's Homecoming game coin flip Saturday (10/24/08)
In addition to receiving a Distinguished Service Award and riding in the Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade, Neal Boyd will take part in the coin flip before Saturday's Southeast Homecoming football game. Boyd, a Sikeston, Mo., native and Southeast alumnus, won the NBC talent show "America's Got Talent" and its $1 million prize earlier this month. ...
Jackson reduces speed limit on South Hope Street (10/24/08)
Starting Thursday, the speed limit on South Hope Street in Jackson between the intersections of Jackson Trail and Benton Road will drop from 45 mph to 35 mph, according to Rodney Bollinger, Jackson Public Works director. The reduced speed limit will be enforced when the school flashing light signs are operating, from about 7 to 8:15 a.m., and from 2:45 to 4 p.m...
Candidates for 157th and 158th districts outline plans, goals for office (10/24/08)
Since August, Republican Clint Tracy has kept a low profile. He's attended a handful of candidate forums and raised a minimal amount of money. But it's nothing compared to the battle he waged to secure a win in the primary for 158th District representative...
Federal programs ease voting for those serving in military overseas (10/24/08)
Missourians deployed overseas for military operations have several avenues available for making their votes count, even if they aren't currently registered, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday. In a Cape Girardeau news conference that included County Clerk Kara Clark and Marine Sgt. Stephen Webber of St. Louis, Carnahan promoted federal programs designed to ease voting by the military and other state residents living outside the country...
Celebrity buzz belies the cost of teen motherhood (10/24/08)
NEW YORK -- Teen motherhood has gained a bit of celebrity allure with the pregnancies of Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin, but front-line professionals see a starkly different reality involving poverty, lost opportunities and a cost to taxpayers in the billions of dollars annually...
Warm, not cold, hands lead to warm hearts, sneaky Yale study shows (10/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Time to update that old saying "cold hands, warm heart." New research shows touching something warm can make you feel and act more warmly toward others. Whether someone is deemed to have a "warm" or "cold" personality makes a powerful first impression. That led Yale University scientists to wonder if physical warmth could promote psychological warmth, by subconsciously priming people to think better of others...
Mountain survivor recalls bug diet on Wash. slope (10/24/08)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derek Mamoyac, a climber who survived five nights alone on a southern Washington mountain and ate insects while crawling toward safety, remembers well how his mountain meals tasted. The centipedes? Like Doritos. And the ants? Spicy, like hot tamales...
WWII vet's family gets back pay with interest (10/24/08)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It took six decades, but a wrongly convicted World War II veteran's family is finally getting his back pay with interest. Samuel Snow's widow, Margaret, and son, Ray, received a check for $27,580 Thursday, 64 years after Snow was wrongly convicted of participating in a riot that led to his imprisonment for more than a year. Snow died at age 83 in July, hours after the Army apologized and reversed his dishonorable discharge...
Banks borrow record amount from the Fed (10/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Banks borrowed in record amounts from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facility over the past week, while investment banks drew loans at a slightly lower -- but still brisk -- pace, a fresh sign of the credit stresses bedeviling the country...
Official: Mortgage plan coming soon (10/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- A senior Treasury official says the department intends to get a program to help struggling homeowners revise mortgages up and running soon. Neel Kashkari, who is heading the government's $700 billion financial rescue effort, told Congress the Treasury is working hard on the plan. It could include setting standards for changing mortgages to make them more affordable and giving loan guarantees to banks that meet them...
Members of OPEC push for cuts in production (10/24/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran and Venezuela on Thursday urged OPEC to quickly slash output and stem a steep slide in prices that has left crude at its cheapest in 15 months -- and some member countries scrambling to balance their books. But OPEC's power to raise prices by cutting supply may be fading amid a global economic crisis that has evaporated demand for oil...
Survey: Half of U.S. doctors use placebo treatments (10/24/08)
LONDON -- About half of American doctors in a new survey say they regularly give patients placebo treatments -- usually drugs or vitamins that won't really help their condition. And many of these doctors are not honest with their patients about what they are doing, the survey found...
Pakistani refugees complain of army strikes and Taliban (10/24/08)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Taliban beheaded their relatives and terrorized their villages. Now army airstrikes are killing the innocent, say refugees who fled fighting set off by a Pakistani military offensive against the Islamic extremists. The army maintains it is winning the war in the Bajur tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan, one of its most intense operations against al-Qaida and its Taliban allies since 2001. A spokesman even predicts military victory in a month...
Wynn McClellan, Notre Dame cross country (10/24/08)
Notre Dame's Wynn McClellan enjoyed a perfect week on the cross country trails. The junior won the title at the SEMO Conference meet Thursday at Notre Dame, then took first at the Farmington Invitational on Saturday. 'He's just stayed very consistent," Notre Dame coach Bill Davis said. ...
ND ace Reinagel packs new attitude for final four (10/24/08)
Notre Dame junior Lauren Reinagel plans to approach today's Class 3 softball state semifinal with a different attitude than she did last year's semifinal. "I wanted to win it for our seniors last year," she said. "I still do, but I kind of want to win it for myself too. I just want to go do it really bad."...
Kelly is on a joy ride to semifinals (10/24/08)
BENTON -- Over seven hours on a school bus. Sounds like fun, huh? That's what the Kelly softball team thought as it prepared for the Class 2 state tournament in St. Joseph. "I think 7 1/2 hours locked on a school bus with my teammates will be the best time ever," Kelly's Londyn Backfisch said Monday. ...
Central seniors Edmonds, Lazarova find both friendship, state tournament (10/24/08)
Central seniors Christen Edmonds and Kristi Lazarova both admit they weren't close friends away from the tennis court last year. But as they became closer off the court, they saw their performance on it steadily improve. Now they're headed to the Class 2 state tournament today and Saturday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield...
Notre Dame wins thrilling three-set match at Leopold (10/24/08)
The Notre Dame volleyball team won a three-game thriller Thursday night at Leopold, claiming the deciding third game 28-26. The Bulldogs (25-5) had won the first game 25-22, while Leopold (22-3-1) took the second game 25-23. Notre Dame used a balanced attack as Emily Welker, Bridgette Nenninger and Meghan Dohogne each finishing with eight kills. ...
Who's next (10/24/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Kirsten King and Marlana McDowell of Jackson have been awarded a Regents' Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2009-2010 school year. HONORS n Laura Felter and Clayton Powell have been named by Sikeston, Mo., Elks Lodge 2319 as the Kelly Students of the Month for September...
neXt up 10/24/08 (10/24/08)
FRIDAY n New movies "Pride and Glory" Rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Saw V" Rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Sex Drive" Rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine n Halloween Storytelling @ Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, 7 p.m. n Haunted Ghost Town @ Black Forest Villages, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m...
Why leaves change colors (10/24/08)
It's that time of the year when the leaves turn the different shades of yellow, orange and red. Here's an experiment that will show you why leaves turn those different colors. Materials n Jar n Green leaf n Rubbing alcohol Instructions STEP 1: Place a green leaf in the jar...
IMO: Express yourself with fashion (10/24/08)
Today I got up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for school. I really didn't know what I wanted to wear, so I just put all the things I'd like to wear together. I put on my black skinny-leg jeans, a pink shirt and a blue jean half-jacket. Next I put on my jewelry: a gold necklace, gold bracelets and pink and blue earrings. I didn't think it would look right, but it turned out to be a unique outfit...
Review: Surrender to the catchy kitsch of 'HSM3' (10/24/08)
Someday, Troy and Gabriella will actually open their mouths when they kiss. Someday, Sharpay won't have backup dancers magically appear out of nowhere during her self-glorifying production numbers. But for now, everything remains safely wholesome and intact in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," even as the series leaps from television to the big screen...
Vernon Guth (10/24/08)
Vernon Guth FESTUS, Mo. -- Vernon H. Guth, 88, of Festus, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Oct. 23, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1920, at Raddle, Ill., son of Otto and Paula Fuehler Guth. He and Jacqueline Schaefer Guth were married. Guth was president and owner of Guth Bros. Block and Brick Co. of Cape Girardeau for 27 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Festus, Mo., and the Elks Club...
Charles Nett (10/24/08)
Charles Nett Charles "Dale" Nett, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Nov. 15, 1914, on a farm outside Jasper, Mo., son of Charles Albert and Hattie Jane Chapman Nett. He and Wilma Nichols were married Nov. 28, 1938, at Carthage, Mo. She preceded him in death...
Madeline Burch (10/24/08)
Madeline Burch PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Madeline Burch, 72, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in Perryville. She was born Sept. 13, 1936, at St. James, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Emma Dodd Ambrose. Survivors include three sons, Clifford Shriver Jr. ...
Glenda Hosey (10/24/08)
Glenda Hosey SIKESTON, Mo. -- Glenda Vonell Hosey, 79, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Antioch, Ark., daughter of Charlie Levi and Jewell Velia Wood House. She married Robert Earl Hosey, who died July 26, 1992...
Bertha Kiefer (10/24/08)
Bertha Kiefer PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bertha M. "June" Kiefer, 66, of St. Ann, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the home of her father-in-law, Everett Kiefer, in Perryville. She was born June, 20, 1942, at Lixville, Mo., daughter of Virgil and Elsie Hannes McGraw. She and Robert Kiefer were married March 21, 1959, in Chester, Ill...
Kenneth Koenig (10/24/08)
Kenneth Koenig PERRYVILLE, Mo -- Kenneth P. Koenig, 51, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 3, 1956, in Perryville, son of Marvin and Eunice Steffens Koenig. Koenig worked at Chrysler in St. Louis. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Perry County Sportsman's Club and Elks Lodge 2701...
Mary Alice Eaker (10/24/08)
Mary Alice Eaker Mary Alice Eaker, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born June 19, 1924, in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Claude and Edith Blackwell Daugherty. She and James "Jim" Eaker were married Dec. 13, 1943, in Durham, N.C...
Police report 10/24/08 (10/24/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Roger B. Ashby, 57, 45 Rivercrest Drive, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, stealing and resisting arrest. n Will H. Woods, 44, 1206 Perryville Road, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting lawful detention...
Fire report 10/24/08 (10/24/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 3:51 p.m., emergency medical service at 150 S. Mount Auburn Road. n At 4:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of Hackberry Street. n At 11:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Dearmont Court...
Out of the past 10/24/08 (10/24/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 24, 1983 Martha Ann Maxwell, the director of the Cape Girardeau Public Library for the last 17 years, has been installed as president of the Missouri Library Association. Curt Smith, a representative of the United Way of Cape Girardeau, will speak to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce this evening about the possibility of merging the Cape Girardeau fund-raising drive with Jackson's Community Chest; a merger would create a fund drive that would serve not only Cape Girardeau and Jackson, but the surrounding areas.. ...
Angel on the loose (10/24/08)
Let's say, for starters, that we elected God every four years. And let's say that God appointed me, one of his big boosters, to be the angel of Cape Girardeau. What would I do? Where would I begin? These are easy questions, believe it or not. I've given quite a bit of thought to what I would do if I had any influence on anything. And I figure if I was God's hand-picked angel for this city, I would know exactly what to do first...
The Barton gift (10/24/08)
Southeast Missouri State University has received its largest single donation ever, a gift of 850 acres of New Madrid County farmland valued at almost $4 million. The gift, from alumna June Barton of Catron, Mo., was made in memory of her husband, Donald M. Barton, who died in 1987. Proceeds from the gift will benefit students in the Department of Agriculture and the university's research farm south of Gordonville. The farm has been renamed the Donal M. Barton Agriculture Research Center...
Speak Out 10/24/08 (10/24/08)
Another fat cat I'M A regular reader of Joe Sullivan's columns. I have a similar case with a black cat. Blackie was so wild when he first came around that he clawed every time I tried to pick him up. But I cleaned him up, and now he's a fat cat too. ...
Bessie & Her Pumpkin (10/24/08)
This is a picture taken @ Cape Senior Center on 10-23-08. All the tables have pumpkins for our senior to carve. We give prizes for the best each year. The lady is Bessie Johnson from here in Cape.
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