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Fire department responds to early morning call of smoking appliances inside Saint Francis kitchen (11/07/08)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to call at 7:26 a.m. today of smoking appliances inside a kitchen at Saint Francis Medical Center. When crews arrived at the scene, hospital maintenance workers had unplugged the appliances. Capt. Billy Crump reported no damage to the kitchen....
First Friday Coffee highlights University progress (11/07/08)
With freshmen enrollment steadily increasing and a new residence hall on the horizon, President Ken Dobbins believes the sky is the limit for Southeast Missouri State University.And Dobbins believes much of that success is due in part to Southeast Missouri's relationship with the community."In my 28 years of involvement in higher education, I've never been at a university with such an outstanding relationship with a town and community," Dobbins told business leaders at the monthly First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. ...
Cape police phones repaired (11/07/08)
The main phone line for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 335-6621, has been repaired and is back in service, according to Sgt. Barry Hovis, department spokesman. It was out for an unspecified reason between for approximately 30 minutes this morning...
3 sex offenders face Halloween-related charges (11/07/08)
Three southeast Missouri men face charges for violating Missouri’s new law restricting the actions of convicted sex offenders on Halloween.Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle announced the misdemeanor charges Friday against 30-year-old Terry Greable of Jackson, 59-year-old Armando Torres of Cape Girardeau, and 40-year-old Sammy Sweaney of Cape Girardeau.Swingle says all three failed to comply with the provision requiring that they post a sign outside their home stating that no candy would be given out. ...
Shooting reported at Rand Street (11/07/08)
Cape Girardeau Police responded to a shooting at around 7:20 p.m. today. Witnesses said they heard 20 to 30 shots fired at a home in the 1500 block of Rand Street. The suspect fled north on foot. More information will be available later on semissourian.com...
Puxico man writes about settlements covered by Lake Wappapello (11/07/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Two individuals from Kennett play key roles in a newly published book called "Wayne County's Lost River Settlements." The title refers to the forgotten settlements of Chaonia, Center Ridge, Kime, Ojibway, Bethl and Taskee that were submerged by the rising waters of Lake Wappapello. Only a few people can still recall the names of the evicted farm families who were forced to flee to adjoining counties, said author Cletis Ellinghouse of Puxico, Mo...
Arts group announces 2008 award winners (11/07/08)
Two artists with a flair for spontaneity will be awarded the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's most esteemed honor today. Dodie Eisenhauer, who uses screen wire as a medium, will be honored with the 2008 Dingeldein Award for Excellence. The award is named after council founder Otto F. Dingeldein and recognizes people who have made significant, culture-enriching contributions to the art community...
Capaha Bank branch in Tamms, Ill., robbed (11/07/08)
TAMMS, Ill. -- The Capaha Bank branch in Tamms was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. According to a statement released by the Illinois State Police, two men and possibly two accomplices, fled in a black sport utility vehicle with tinted windows. The men left with an undisclosed amount of cash...
Galleries offering candlestick in giveaway (11/07/08)
Edward Bernard Gallery will donate the November "Gallery Giveaway." A glass candlestick will be given away this month. Patrons of the arts can get a sheet from any of the seven participating galleries, get a stamp from each gallery and turn the paper in by Nov. 30 for a chance to win the candlestick. Participating galleries are Edward Bernard Gallery, Westray Gallery, Garden Gallery, Crisp Museum, Global Cafe, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and The Artist Studio...
Gas prices fall below $2 per gallon at some Cape Girardeau stations (11/07/08)
According to an old song, one is the loneliest number. But for Cape Girardeau County motorists, one is a happy number. Gas prices slipped below $2 a gallon at several area retailers Thursday, following a downward trend that had already sent prices to that figure and below in many locations across the state. And for Cody Sandusky, the cashier at the Cash Only station on East Jackson Boulevard in Jackson, that means smiling customers...
Two Cape men face charges for 'hate crime' (11/07/08)
Two Cape Girardeau men face felony assault charges after allegedly beating another man in what Missouri law considers a "hate crime," said Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Shaun J. Cole, 30, of 2826 Whitener St., and Eric L. Frymire, 22, of 611 W. Washington Ave., were arrested and charged Thursday with third-degree assault-hate crime as a result of an incident that occurred Aug. 31...
Teens try diplomacy at Model U.N. session at SEMO (11/07/08)
By 11:30 a.m., delegates had discussed cyberterrorism, genocide in Darfur and the war in Afghanistan, and were moving on to Russia's relationship with Georgia. "Russia is suggesting peaceful negotiations with separatist movements. It's hypocritical. They used military power and invaded," said Michael Limbaugh, a United Nations delegate representing Libya...
DREAM plan for Cape due in January (11/07/08)
The DREAM Initiative is still alive, even if the governor who gave it life has only two months left in office. One of the signature programs of Gov. Matt Blunt's administration, the DREAM, or Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, Initiative awards money to smaller cities across Missouri for surveys and planning help. The program also puts those cities on a priority list for economic development grants and tax credits...
Former Cape Girardeau postmaster's estate benefits Southeast Missouri State University (11/07/08)
The Southeast Missouri University Foundation has received a partial payment of $2 million from the estate of Wilver W. Wessel to benefit the Wilver W. and Dolores H. Wessel Scholarship awarded to students in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. ...
Cape Girardeau County sales tax revenue edges up over last year (11/07/08)
Cape Girardeau County's retail sales tax figures for the first 10 months of 2008 reflect an increase of $4,681 over last year -- just eight-tenths of a percent, but county officials are smiling over it. "We're doing much better," said Cape Girardeau County Treasurer Roger Hudson. "A lot of counties are way behind."...
Highway 74 reduced to one lane today (11/07/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Highway 74 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs starting at 9 a.m. today. This section of road is between of Sprigg and Fountain streets in Cape Girardeau. Weather permitting, the work will be done by 4 p.m. Saturday. Call the MoDOTS's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-275-6636 for details.�...
Nixon, Missouri legislative leaders pledge cooperation (11/07/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic governor-elect Jay Nixon stood in a show of unity Thursday with newly chosen Republican and Democratic legislative leaders and pledged to work together -- though not on any specific agenda. Nixon met for about a half-hour with the top Republican and Democratic officials from each legislative chamber. They then appeared at a brief news conference in which Nixon did all the talking...
Toy Hall of Fame points to new addition: the stick (11/07/08)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The lowly stick could be a magic wand, a knight's sword or a fishing rod. Now the universal plaything has landed in the National Toy Hall of Fame, along with Baby Doll and the skateboard. The three were chosen Thursday to join the lineup at the Strong National Museum in Rochester. Previous inductees include the bicycle, Mr. Potato Head, Crayola crayons and the cardboard box...
Obama's choice for chief of staff shows switch in tone (11/07/08)
CHICAGO -- Barack Obama is signaling a shift in tactics and temperament as he moves from candidate to president-elect, picking sharp-elbowed Washington insiders for top posts. His choice Thursday for White House chief of staff -- Rahm Emanuel, a partisan who doesn't mind breaking glass and hurting feelings -- is a significant departure from the low-key aides that "No-Drama Obama" surrounded himself with during his campaign. ...
Wall Street hammered by bleak new reports on the economy (11/07/08)
WASHINGTON -- A fresh wave of bad economic news, including a half-million Americans newly out of work and the weakest October retail sales in nearly 40 years, pummeled the stock market Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrials under 9,000 again, with a two-day decline of 10 percent...
Lincoln re-election speech to be auctioned in N.Y. (11/07/08)
NEW YORK -- Christie's is auctioning a handwritten copy of the 1864 speech Abraham Lincoln delivered at the White House after being re-elected in the midst of an unpopular Civil War both he and his opponents believed might cost him his job. The four-page manuscript, which remained in the family's hands until 1916, will be sold on the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12, 2009, the auction house announced Thursday. It is expected to fetch more than $3 million...
National and world news in brief 11/7/08 (11/07/08)
Pope meets Muslim scholars, urges better ties VATICAN CITY -- Christians and Muslims must overcome their misunderstandings, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim clergy and scholars Thursday as he pressed for greater freedom of worship for non-Muslims in the Islamic world. ...
Villagers found dead in rebel-controlled Congo town (11/07/08)
KIWANJA, Congo -- Villagers who fled fighting in this rebel-held town trickled home Thursday to find the bodies of more than a dozen men in civilian clothes in and around mud huts -- and accused rebel leader Laurent Nkunda's forces of the slayings...
Iranian leader congratulates Obama (11/07/08)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win -- the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. An analyst said Ahmadinejad's message was a gesture from the hard-line president that he is open to some sort of reconciliation with the U.S...
Anderson's paw prints (11/07/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Entering his third season at Missouri, Mike Anderson finally believes it's truly his team. Two of Anderson's stalwarts are holdovers from the Quin Snyder era, high-scoring 6-foot-9 forward Leo Lyons and 3-point specialist Matt Lawrence. Most of the rest, including five freshmen, are players he recruited with designs on plugging them into his pressing system...
Bulldogs win SEMO conference swim meet (11/07/08)
Notre Dame won the SEMO Conference boys swim meet Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University. The Bulldogs finished with 392 points, and were followed by Jackson (311) and Central (302). Central's Sam Gramling was selected meet MVP, winning the 200 and 500 freestyles and a member of the Tigers' winning 200 freestyle relay. Gramling won the 500 in a conference-record time and the 200 relay qualified for the state meet...
Cubs hope to make most of surprise appearance in KC (11/07/08)
BELL CITY -- Last year was supposed to be Bell City's year. Not much was expected of the Cubs volleyball team this year. That's how this year's team likes it. "Everybody thought we wouldn't go anywhere," Bell City senior Bethany Chilton said. "We're a class that likes to prove people wrong."...
Notre Dame reaches district championship game with shutout (11/07/08)
The Notre Dame boys soccer team defeated host Hillsboro 3-0 on Thursday and moved within a victory of the Class 2 District 1 title as it pursues its third straight state championship. The Bulldogs improved to 20-4 and moved into today's 6 p.m. championship game against De Soto in Hillsboro...
Seckman ends Central's season in district final (11/07/08)
JACKSON -- Seckman's Jake DiMaio saw an errant pass and pounced on the mistake. He worked the ball past the goalie and buried a shot into the open goal. The Jaguars added a second goal and held on for the 2-1 victory over Central to claim the Class 3 District 1 boys soccer title Thursday...
Coaches will run different strategies at meet (11/07/08)
Cross country coaches Mark Hahn of Central and Bill Davis of Notre Dame agree about one thing on their approach to Saturday's state cross country meet: The race really doesn't begin until the first mile is in the books. While Hahn will be checking the watch to see what kind of pace his girls are running in the Class 4 race, Davis will be more concerned with where his boys stand in relation to the rest of the Class 3 pack...
Scott City volleyball has spike in talent (11/07/08)
SCOTT CITY -- The first time coach Haley Jennings watched foreign exchange student Anna Laitinen hit a volleyball, she knew her already talented team was even better. "We had her hitting," Jennings said. "Me and my sister were like, 'Oh, my God.' It's like we have a great team together, but this is just going to be an added bonus."...
Rams bring best record into Class 2 final four (11/07/08)
SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City volleyball team is trying to follow in the footsteps of the school's baseball team. The Rams baseball players won the school's first team state title in May. That team suffered one loss all season. The Rams volleyball team enters today's Class 2 state tournament with one loss and will try to bring home the school's first state title in a girls team sport...
St. Louis opens five-game road trip with 5-2 loss against sizzling Anaheim Ducks (11/07/08)
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals, including a 190-foot shot into an empty net, and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Rob Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who have earned 17 of a possible 18 points in their last nine games (8-0-1)...
neXt up 11/7/08 (11/07/08)
Friday n New movies "Beer for My Horses" Rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine, today to Sunday "Madagascar Escape 2 Africa" Rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Religulous" Rated R @ Town Plaza Cinema "Role Models" Rated R @ Town Plaza Cinema...
who's neXt 11/7/09 (11/07/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Jessica Riley of Kelly High School received a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year. n Natalee Glastetter of Oran High School received a Missouri Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year...
Notre Dame ninth-grader takes on lead in 'And Then They Came for Me' (11/07/08)
Taylor Palmer plays the lead role in Notre Dame Regional High School's fall production of "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank." The play, which started Thursday and continues today and Saturday at 8 p.m., uses video from two friends of Anne Frank to tell their experiences during the Holocaust. The students act out flashbacks and scenes described on the screen...
Use science to find toy in box of cereal (11/07/08)
It's something my 4- and 5-year-old boys do each time we come home from the grocery store. They grab the box of cereal, rip it open and pour out the cereal to discover the hidden toy inside. The good news, you can use science to move the toy from the bottom of the box to the top...
'Madagascar': Where the wild things are awfully hip (11/07/08)
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" epitomizes the best and the worst of what animated filmmaking has become in an era dominated on the one hand by ever more sophisticated computerized imagery and, on the other, by the grasping, increasingly grating desire to be hip...
Hollywood meets Bollywood in Oscar-hyped 'Slumdog' (11/07/08)
NEW YORK — Hollywood and Bollywood rarely meet. But in the new film "Slumdog Millionaire," the two international epicenters of filmmaking find an unusually fruitful cinematic union. The connection comes by way of British director Danny Boyle, who shot the film in Mumbai, India, with a cast of mostly Bollywood and local nonprofessional actors...
Anheuser-Busch third-quarter profit hurt by InBev sale charge (11/07/08)
MILWAUKEE — Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc. saw its third-quarter profit drop nearly 6 percent because of charges related to its pending sale to InBev, but revenue rose as it raised prices on the majority of its brands and gained market share. The brewer, like its rivals including Molson Coors Brewing Co., is seeing sales slump in some countries such as Britain. But in the U.S. the taste for beer is growing...
Mary Reid (11/07/08)
Mary Lou Reid, 71, of St. Charles, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Fairwinds River Edge in St. Charles. She was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Donald and Deana Thompson Caldwell. She and William Robert Reid were married Dec. 27, 1969, in St. Louis...
Walter Jackson (11/07/08)
Walter "Jack" Jackson, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Fountainbleau Lodge. He was born July 20, 1932, in St. Louis, son of James Wilford and Nellie Sprous Jackson. He and Mary McFall were married March 6, 1959, in St. Louis. Jackson served in the U.S. Army...
Judith Staires (11/07/08)
Judith Ann Staires, 66, of Scott City died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 4, 1941, in Bonne Terre, Mo., daughter of Arvil D. and Ada Dunwoody Link. She married Bill Staires. Staires had been an assembly line worker at LeeRowan...
Edward Schwent Jr. (11/07/08)
Edward A. Schwent Jr., 75, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Feb. 15, 1933, in St. Francois County, son of Edward A. and Bertha Link Schwent. He and Rosemarie Schwab were married Dec. 17, 1955, in Flat River, Mo...
David Barks (11/07/08)
David Wayne Barks, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond and Wilma Heider Barks. He and Shirley Jean Moore were married April 6, 1968. She died Oct. 9, 2006...
Patricia Simpson (11/07/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Patricia Kay Simpson, 57, of Carbondale died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at her home. She was born Aug. 9, 1951, daughter of Eugene and Edith Spiceland Simpson. Simpson was a 1970 graduate of Cairo High School in Cairo, Ill. She was a member of University Baptist Church and vacation Bible school volunteer...
Ann Evans (11/07/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Ethel Lee "Ann" Evans, 67, of Oran died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at her home. She was born Jan. 11, 1941, in Fayette County, Ala., daughter of Bersie Lee and Clara May Tucker Tidwell. She and Larry Evans were married Aug. 31, 1974, at Matthews, Mo...
Candy Ashline (11/07/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Candy Michelle Ashline, 34, of Anna died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born March 8, 1974, in Carbondale, Ill., daughter of Michael K. and Mary Bracken Batson. She and Glenn Ashline were married March 13, 1992...
Basil Crites (11/07/08)
Willard Basil Crites, 86, of Scott City died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 7, 1922, at Dutchtown, son of Elmer Dale and Dorothy Katherine "Mom" Grojean Crites. He first married Sarah Jane Dickerson May 1, 1947. She died July 25, 1968. He then married Mildred Pinkston Wolfe April 29, 1972. She died Jan. 9, 1997...
Gene Benthal Sr. (11/07/08)
Gene Benthal Sr., 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Herbert Kramer (11/07/08)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Herbert A. Kramer, 86, of Uniontown died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1922, at Frohna, Mo., son of Ernst and Martha Vogel Kramer. He and Wilma A. Reisenbichler were married Aug. 17, 1947. She died June 28, 2002...
Births 11/07/2008 (11/07/08)
Boyd Son to Morris Enos Boyd and Ashley Elizabeth Schermerhorn of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:16 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Name, Jaiden Terrial. Weight, 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Ms. Schermerhorn is the daughter of Christine Schermerhorn and Eric Schermerhorn of Jackson. Boyd is the son of Alice Combs of Cape Girardeau and Frank Boyd of St. Louis...
Out of the past 11/7/08 (11/07/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 7, 1983 Two Cape Girardeau businessmen were honored Saturday for their work with Boy Scouting; the Silver Beaver, the highest honor that can be given a volunteer leader in Scouting by a local council, went to Pat Tlapek; the Award of Merit went to Ron Grebing...
It's the season for leaf monsters (11/07/08)
If, during those hectic final days of election season, you were paying any attention to what was going on in your own backyard, you surely were impressed by the colorful display of falling leaves. This is leaf season. For a lot of folks, this means raking leaves into huge piles -- and them jumping into them, often to find out a pile of leaves isn't always as soft as the mattress on your bed. But it's fun, so a few bumps and bruises are OK...
Universal health care (11/07/08)
By John V. Mackel In recent months, there has been much talk of health coverage, and Barack Obama has committed to a new third-party system equal to the congressional plan for those currently not covered. I will call this Obamacare. Accessing this new plan would be an estimated 47 million people without coverage and an additional 50 million who have inadequate coverage with excessive deductibles, co-pays and exclusions, totaling 97 million people. ...
Raising funds (11/07/08)
Cape Girardeau has lost one of its best fund-raising experts, and another is moving from one side of town to the other. Bill Kiel, vice president of development at Saint Francis Medical Center, has taken a similar position with Foote Health System in Jackson, Mich. In his 11 years at Saint Francis, Kiel helped raise $7.5 million for the Saint Francis Foundation...
Misleading campaign (11/07/08)
To the editor: I was disappointed to learn that Michael Winder, candidate for state representative in the 156th District, had conceded his race to Shelley Keeney. The Republicans ran a bitter, negative and misleading campaign against Winder, which included manipulating facts from Project Vote Smart's 2006 candidate survey, prompting Project Vote Smart to condemn their actions, but that's not the only trick the Republicans had up their sleeve. ...
Give seniors a break on taxes (11/07/08)
To the editor: After reading John Blackwell's letter in the Missourian, "Let's have tax breaks for seniors," I couldn't agree with him more. Most of us have worked most of our lives and paid school taxes all those years. Our children are all grown and out of school. ...
Speak Out 11/7/08 (11/07/08)
Stay healthy I'M A big believer in personal responsibility. Let's continue to raise taxes on tobacco products and alcohol. And with the epidemic of obesity in this country, why not take it a step further and tax those who are 50 pounds overweight or more? These three types of people are slowly killing themselves. ...
United Way Goal at 30% (11/07/08)
UNITED WAY REACHES 30% OF GOAL As the temperature drops all across the state, one local group is very happy to see their thermometers rising. The United Way campaign goal thermometers across Cape Girardeau and Jackson have finally crept up to the 30 percent mark...
Blackjack strikes a pose on the rock cliffs above The Crooked Creek surrounded by fall leaves (11/07/08)
My German Shepherd Blackjack strikes a perfect pose while hiking through the woods aka "our backyard" along the Crooked Creek. The sunlight was hitting him just right and the fallen colorful leaves were surrounding him. If you look over the right of him you can see The Crooked Creek far below the rock cliffs...
Fall Backdrop Highlights Black German Shepherd in the late afternoon light (11/07/08)
My Black german shepherd dog Sally stands out beautifully against fall's colorful backdrop in Bollinger County.
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