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Scott County to seek bids on prisoner health care (10/29/08)
BENTON, Mo. — With the possibility of boarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees still up in the air, Scott County commissioners will seek bids on health care for Scott County Jail inmates with an option for more. The county first contracted health care services for county inmates on Oct. 1, 2005, with Health Professionals Ltd. of Peoria, Ill...
Palin to arrive tonight for Thursday Cape Girardeau appearance (10/29/08)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, will arrive at approximately 9:45 p.m. at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, a spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign said. Palin will depart for Cape Girardeau from a campaign rally in Jeffersonville, Ind. She was scheduled to begin speaking at that rally at 6:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (10/29/08)
The Cape Girardeau County GOP headquarters had some tickets for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Thursday appearance earlier today, but if you didn't get one, you might be out of luck.Staffers at the party headquarters told seMissourian.com a short time ago that no more tickets remain for the event. ...
Wayne Smith leaves Southeast Missouri State University foundation for Saint Francis (10/29/08)
Wayne Smith is leaving his position at Southeast Missouri State University for one at Saint Francis Medical Center. The vice president for university advancement and executive director of the university's foundation will begin a new role as vice president of development and administrative services at Saint Francis in December, according to a Saint Francis news release. Southeast has not named a replacement yet...
Tucker Carlson, Arianna Huffington at Academic Hall tonight (10/29/08)
Political pundits Tucker Carlson and Arianna Huffington are scheduled to appear at Academic Hall, not the Show Me Center, as previously reported. The two are appearing together in a program called "The Road to Election 2008," sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University, at 8 p.m. ...
Interstate 55 crash kills 3 (10/29/08)
Three people died early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 55, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 6:15 a.m. on I-55 northbound about four miles south of Scott City. Killed were Jeffrey K. Darling, 18, of French Village, Mo., Adam P. Rumsey, 35, and Seth N. Rumsey, 25, both of Orlando, Fla...
Science MAP scores vary widely in area schools (10/29/08)
Dr. Marilyn S. Rhea often hears the same thing from teachers across the state: Reading and math consume instruction time at the expense of science. The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act requires schools test students in reading and math; schools that don't meet targets face penalties. As a result, a focus on the two subjects has increased, said Rhea, the president of the Science Teachers of Missouri...
Team working out Show Me Center setup for Palin appearance in Cape (10/29/08)
The logistics of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's visit to Cape Girardeau began to come into better focus Tuesday as Republican volunteers made signs to display at the event and a campaign advance team worked out the configuration of the Show Me Center. Palin, the GOP's vice presidential nominee, is expected to arrive in Cape Girardeau early Thursday for a rally that will begin at 8:30 a.m. ...
Jackson school board OKs insurance benefits (10/29/08)
The Jackson School District received a clean opinion on an audit of finances for the 2007-2008 school year, board members learned at a meeting Tuesday. The firm Larson Allen reported no findings. At the meeting, the board also approved a renewal of dental and health insurance benefits that will go into effect in January. ...
Drainage repairs to reduce section of Highway 34 to one lane Wednesday (10/29/08)
Highway 34 in Jackson will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs today. The section of road is from Old Cape Road to Limbaugh Lane. Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m�...
Neal E. Boyd makes stop in Sikeston over weekend (10/29/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Neal E. Boyd was back in Sikeston for a brief visit over the weekend, and he couldn't have been happier. "It's important to me that people don't see me as going off to Hollywood and never coming home," Boyd said. "It's important to me that they see me as much as possible."...
Area organizations propose ways to alleviate public's financial concerns (10/29/08)
The Community Counseling Center hosted a meeting Tuesday afternoon for local organizations to discuss ways of calming the public's fears about the economy. Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri, said the idea was to make residents aware of services available to address their financial concerns and alleviate anxieties...
Freeze warning in effect through 9 a.m. today (10/29/08)
A freeze warning remains in effect for much of the coverage area until 9 a.m. Affected counties include Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and Stoddard in Missouri and Alexander and Union in Illinois.The National Weather Service reports that a surface high pressure will remain over the area today. ...
Two-vehicle accident in Jackson sends both drivers to hospital (10/29/08)
A Jackson male and female were injured Tuesday in a two-car accident on Route Y, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports website.The accident occurred 4 miles north of Jackson at around 3:10 p.m. ...
Campaign for Cape County treasurer low-key (10/29/08)
It's a mud-free race for the two candidates for Cape Girardeau County Treasurer. Democratic candidate Deborah McBride Young and incumbent Roger Hudson, a Republican, are concentrating on what they would each bring to the upcoming term of office. Before his 2004 election, Hudson worked in the poultry export business, handling million-dollar transactions and "buying, selling, negotiating, shipping and collecting these transactions," he said...
Delta Queen celebrated during Riverfront Park ceremony (10/29/08)
As a band played a series of tunes aboard the Delta Queen, Cape Girardeau resident Mildred Younghouse recalled the time she and her husband, E.C., spent two tours aboard the wooden steamboat. "The great thing about the cruise was that we could be as busy or as leisurely as we wanted on the Delta Queen," said Younghouse during Tuesday's farewell ceremony at Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau. ...
Streaming video of Palin's Thursday speech to be on website (10/29/08)
The Southeast Missourian will stream video of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Thursday speech at the Show Me Center on its website, semissourian.com. During Palin's speech a live video will appear in the space usually reserved for lead stories. The speech will be streamed with only a few seconds' delay...
Accident sends two to hospital (10/29/08)
A Cape Girardeau woman and a Jackson man were injured Tuesday in a one-car accident on County Road 645, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred one mile north of Cape Girardeau around 2:50 a.m. as a 2001 Mercury driven by a 15-year-old girl from Cape Girardeau ran off the road and struck a tree. The vehicle was totaled...
Trick-or-treaters collect for Ronald McDonald House (10/29/08)
Members of the Kelly FCCLA and Kelly FTA organizations will trick-or-treat door to door from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween in the Benton area for donations to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis. Items needed include canned goods, nonperishable items, cereal, dry goods (pastas and rice), cleaning supplies (cleaning cloths, furniture polish), dryer sheets, zip-top sandwich bags, batteries (all sizes), dish soap, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste (full-size), plastic trash bags (33-gallon and 40 to 45-gallon), and liquid soap (pump). ...
Title: Résumé Makeover "reaches out and grabs attention" (10/29/08)
Content: Client Background Blair was transitioning careers from order fulfillment / material handling to medical billing and coding. She had recently received her medical billing and coding certificate and was in pursuit of a two-year degree in office administration to complement her skill set...
Coalition wants fewer traffic deaths (10/29/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state highway safety coalition has set a new goal of cutting annual traffic accident deaths to less than 850 by 2012, which would be the lowest mark since 1949. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wanted to get highway deaths below 1,000 by this year. It met that target with 992 state traffic deaths in 2007...
Mustache group honors N.Y. officer (10/29/08)
ST. LOUIS -- In a year when Jason Giambi's mustache earned a lot of attention, another New Yorker takes home top honors from the American Mustache Institute. Retired New York police officer Tim Galvin earned the "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year" award during "Stache Bash 2008" Saturday in St. Louis. The event sponsored by the tongue-in-cheek group benefits a baseball league for those with developmental disabilities...
Snowstorm closes roads, schools in Northeast (10/29/08)
PORTJERVIS, N.Y. -- The first big snowstorm of the season in the Northeast closed sections of major highways Tuesday and blacked out thousands of utility customers. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for parts of New York state, in effect until 8 a.m. today, and issued winter storm advisories for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont...
Four men charged in shooting that killed two in Ark. (10/29/08)
CONWAY, Ark. -- Four men were charged Tuesday with capital murder and other felonies for the fatal shootings of two students and wounding of a third near a University of Central Arkansas dormitory. Officials said the victims may not have been the assailants' targets...
Hudson suspect had drug arrest in June (10/29/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The convicted felon suspected in the slayings of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew was arrested after police allegedly found crack cocaine in his car in June, but authorities declined to return him to prison on a parole violation, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press...
White House to banks: Start lending cash now (10/29/08)
WASHINGTON -- The White House served notice Tuesday on banks and other financial companies receiving billions of dollars in federal help to quit hoarding the money and start making more loans. "What we're trying to do is get banks to do what they are supposed to do, which is support the system that we have in America. And banks exist to lend money," White House press secretary Dana Perino said...
Candidates open last week of campaign in Pa. (10/29/08)
HERSHEY, Pa. -- John McCain and Barack Obama kicked off their final week of campaigning in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, a state hasn't supported a Republican presidential candidate in 20 years and where Obama is ahead in the polls. McCain is working for an upset and has Pennsylvania as the linchpin to his victory strategy...
Doorknobs, TV remotes are germ hotbeds (10/29/08)
WASHINGTON -- Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer. Scientists at the University of Virginia tested surfaces in the homes of people with colds and reported the results Tuesday at a conference on infectious diseases...
Chinese angry over Microsoft blackout move (10/29/08)
SHANGHAI, China -- An anti-piracy tactic by Microsoft Corp. that turns some computer users' screens black has set off a wave of indignation among Chinese consumers, posing renewed problems for the software maker in the Chinese market. In the week since Microsoft deployed an updated anti-piracy tool here, some residents have fumed about what they see as an invasion of privacy. ...
Iraq to ask U.S. to reopen talks on security pact (10/29/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's government decided Tuesday to ask the United States to reopen negotiations on a proposed deal to keep American troops here past the end of the year. The U.S. suggested it may not be ready to offer more concessions. That cast doubt on whether the agreement can win parliamentary approval by the end of 2008, when the U.N. mandate expires -- and with it the legal basis for the U.S. military to operate in Iraq...
Jackson stands its ground, defeats Saxony Lutheran 1-0 in shootout (10/29/08)
After diving to his right and left, Justin Darnell didn't move to make his final stop. Darnell held his position and fielded Matt Wills' kick right at him. The save ended a marathon game, as the Jackson soccer team beat Saxony Lutheran 1-0 on penalty kicks Tuesday at Saxony Lutheran High School...
Notre Dame wins district crown (10/29/08)
The Notre Dame volleyball team kept answering Dexter's surges. The Bulldogs built big leads in both games, and every time the Bearcats tried to creep closer, Notre Dame would answer with a run of its own. In the end, the Bulldogs were too tough, knocking off Dexter in two games to win the Class 3 District 1 championship Tuesday...
Leopold takes first step in its quest to return to final four (10/29/08)
ADVANCE -- The Leopold girls volleyball team goes into every match trying to get into that zone where it rattles off point after point. On Tuesday night, that came late in the first game, which the Wildcats closed out with six consecutive points. They rode that momentum into the second game, scoring the first nine points...
Scott City collects district title, 33rd win (10/29/08)
Scott City kept its season rolling. The Rams posted a pair of victories Tuesday to claim the Class 2 District 2 volleyball championship. Scott City (33-1-3) cruised past Puxico in two games 25-17, 25-16 for the title. Brooke Simpson had 11 kills and 10 digs, while Jordan McFall had 10 digs for the Rams...
Johnson leads Bell City to district crown (10/29/08)
BELL CITY -- Jasmine Johnson pounded down a powerful kill almost every time the Cubs were in desperate need of one against Bernie in the Class 1 District 2 title match Tuesday. Johnson, a freshman middle blocker, recorded 21 kills, 32 digs and four service aces to help Bell City beat Bernie 25-22, 22-25, 25-20...
Redhawks rediscover fun, winning (10/29/08)
Renata Nowacki believes her team stopped having as much fun as it should, which helped contribute to a five-match losing streak. So the Southeast Missouri State volleyball coach recently delivered a simple message to her Redhawks. "Two things we talked about was starting to have fun again and fight," Nowacki said. "Things were getting stressful and we had to love the game again."...
MLB Record low for a Game 5 in Series TV ratings (10/29/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Television ratings for Game 5 of the World Series were as bad as the weather. The 5 1/2 innings the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays got in during the rain Monday night received an 8.2 rating and 12 share, Fox said Tuesday. The previous low for a fifth game was a 10.0/17 for the San Francisco Giants' 16-4 romp over the Anaheim Angels in 2002...
Phillies hope rain, Rays go away (10/29/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- In the middle of all this World Series chaos, Joe Maddon sounded rather calm. Bumped to a hotel in Delaware until Game 5 resumes tonight -- if the weather cooperates -- the Tampa Bay manager and his young team rode out the storm together...
A Harte Appetite: A saintly celebration with St. Honore-style cake (10/29/08)
You know you're too old for Halloween when people compliment you on your John McCain mask and you're not wearing one. But with surveys indicating that two-thirds of adults will celebrate the holiday, the truth is you're never too old for Halloween...
Recipe Swap: Winning recipes (10/29/08)
The Cape Central Marching Tigers Band marched their way to a first-place trophy in the Greater St. Louis marching band competition Saturday. It was an excellent competition, and our band students, not to mention the parents, were elated when the announcement was made that we had won. ...
Review: 'Splinter' digs in with steady scares (10/29/08)
The retro horror movie "Splinter" begins with a scrawny bumpkin lounging in a cheap lawn chair outside a deadly quiet gas station in the Oklahoma woods. He wears a trucker hat emblazoned with the words "I (Heart) Bikinis." You know this guy will be a goner in scant minutes, but nothing can prepare you for who — or what? — attacks him...
Review: Ritchie's back in form with 'RocknRolla' (10/29/08)
For better and for worse, "RocknRolla" is a pretty typical Guy Ritchie movie: intentionally convoluted plotting, eccentric underworld characters, hyperstylized editing and, of course, a killer soundtrack. It's a blast, as usual, with wildly sexy visual flourishes that hearken to the best of his work -- "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" -- but since the trailers alone make "RocknRolla" look like a parody of a Ritchie film, it makes you wonder what else the writer-director has inside of him.. ...
Stocks surge as investors hunt for deals (10/29/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street advanced Tuesday with the Dow Jones industrials rising nearly 900 points in their second-largest point gain ever as late-day bargain hunters stormed into the market. The Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 index were each up nearly 11 percent...
Cecil Brotherton (10/29/08)
Cecil E. Brotherton, 86, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Patton, Mo., son of Pink and Rella Seabaugh Brotherton. He and Geraldine Seabaugh were married May 11, 1946...
Helen Pearman (10/29/08)
Helen Cleo Pearman, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Calvin Marion and Alma Dodson Thomas. She and Lester Edward Pearman were married Feb. 25, 1942. He passed away Jan. 22, 1975...
Lorean Springer (10/29/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- M. Lorean Springer, 87, of Perryville died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Charles Wilson and Mary Josephine Reiss Bishop. She and Homer Springer were married Feb. 7, 1944. He died March 31, 1991...
Births 10/29/2008 (10/29/08)
Dannenmueller Son to Darrell Wayne and Amy Renee Dannenmueller of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Name, Cael Weston. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Third son. Mrs. Dannenmueller is the former Amy Koch, daughter of William "Bill" Koch and Elizabeth "Libby" Koch of Kelso, Mo. ...
Fire report 10/29/2008 (10/29/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 1:03 a.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Themis Street. n At 5:30 a.m., a fire alarm at 140 Sheridan Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 10/29/2008 (10/29/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Adam D. Cromer, 18, and Christopher A. Shepard, 18, both of 603 Mechaw Drive, were arrested on suspicion of stealing and unlawful use of a weapon...
Out of the past 10/29/08 (10/29/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 29, 1983 Federal budget director David Stockman acts as grand marshal for the Southeast Missouri State University homecoming program and speaks at a breakfast of the Copper Dome Society. Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Bill Stacy announces a financial gift of $300,000 that will be used to equip the new science building; the structure will be named in honor of Roger F. Rhodes of Gideon, Mo., a 1927 Southeast graduate...
Waiting for the inevitable (10/29/08)
Funny thing about presidential political polls. If you agree with the forecast, they have merit and should be watched. If you disagree with the outcome, you look for flaws to reinforce your political preference. That's either human nature or raw partisan thinking...
Volunteers needed for programs aimed at students (10/29/08)
United Way of Southeast Missouri officials still expect to reach this year's fundraising goal of $1.275 million. But with a worldwide economic downturn that is having a significant effect across the U.S., every dollar is a bit tougher to get. The United Way believes many of its objectives, particularly in meeting the needs of students, can be reached by attracting more volunteers to the programs it sponsors...
Let's have tax breaks for seniors (10/29/08)
To the editor: During a Florida vacation, we met a retired man from Georgia. He asked me if Missouri gave a tax break to senior citizens. I told him I didn't think so and asked what he meant. He said in Georgia when a property owner reaches the age of 62, the school tax is dropped from his property-tax bill. The man said his property tax was around $1,500 a year, and when he turned 62 his property tax dropped to $350 a year...
Band gives youth program a boost (10/29/08)
When many people shun Cairo for various reasons, Jerry Ford and his big band came to town Sunday night to do an hour-and-a-half benefit for our Upward Basketball program at Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center. The event raised nearly $3,000 for boys and girls in this area...
Speak Out 10/29/08 (10/29/08)
Distributing wealth THE FEDERAL income tax has been used to redistribute the wealth in various and sundry ways since its inception in the second decade of the 20th century. The thing that gets David Limbaugh's goat is that Barack Obama wants to redistribute some riches by repealing the Bush tax cuts for fat cats like some of those obscene corporate CEOs and use that money in ways to benefit the backbone of this country, the beaten and battered middle class...
Mr. Bones and Steve (10/29/08)
While Steve the cat seems to deny any wrong-doing, the skeleton looks leary. Happy Halloween!
We will miss you Delta Queen (10/29/08)
This is the Delta Queen leaving Cape Girardeau, MO as it sails away and says it's last goodbye
Save the Delta Queen (10/29/08)
People on The Delta Queen urging us to help save the Delta Queen and American Jobs!
Newman's Own & Ford Motor Company Donate Refrigerated Truck & Food to Southeast Missouri Food Bank (10/29/08)
Southeast Missouri Food Bank is the recipient of a refrigerated cargo van and food donated by Newman's Own and Ford Motor Company. They have partnered with Feeding America (formerly named America's Second Harvest) for the eighth consecutive year to provide refrigerated trucks and food to seven food banks across the U.S...
Zanzibar Sunrise (10/29/08)
Since we arrived at our hotel in the evening, I was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful view from our balcony the next morning (and every other day, for that matter). Forget Folgers, THIS was the best part of waking up!
Jetty (10/29/08)
This photo was taken during our honeymoon in Zanzibar, Africa.
Donna Irwin, winner of the 1st place trophy at the Cape Pilots' Club Fly-In Chili Cookoff (10/29/08)
Kim Stricker submitted an article about Cape Regional Airport news, and mentioned that Donna won the 1st place title at the Cape Pilots' Club Fly-in and Chili Cookoff on October 11, but that he had no picture. Well, Kim, here ya go!
Rock and Roll Dreams Come True, Thanks to Rock Band Live (10/29/08)
At some moment in time, everyone has had dreams of becoming a rock star. Bright lights, screaming fans, and earsplitting guitar riffs united with your best friends to rock out the night. With the inception of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, people all over the world can live that dream in the comfort of their own homes, and currently, a select few can live that dream in for real...
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