[SeMissourian.com] Overcast ~ 40°F  
River stage: 15.05 ft. Rising
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Stories from Sunday, November 16, 2008

Southeast Missouri Pachyderms to meet Thursday (11/16/08)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday for a meal at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau, followed by a 7 p.m. meeting. A program will be presented by John Dragoni, a U.S. Air Force bomber pilot. For more information, call Gerald Adams at 243-4199...
Early learning center sponsors coat and toy drive in Cape Girardeau (11/16/08)
Plaza Way Care LLC Early Learning Center will sponsor a coat and toy drive starting Monday until Dec. 4. Bring new or slightly used coats or toys to 316 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. Anyone with questions should call 332-0900. All donations will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Missouri and the Toys for Tots campaign...
Some area school workers may have to start paying into Social Security after federal decision (11/16/08)
School districts are grappling with a decision that would require certain school employees to begin paying into Social Security. Local superintendents said the decision is a cause of concern, as employees worry about larger monthly withholdings and the effect the changes will have on their retirement benefits...
State Emergency Management Agency to conduct briefings for county officials (11/16/08)
SEMA to hold briefings for county officials The State Emergency Management Agency will conduct public assistance briefings for officials in counties requesting public assistance resulting due to severe weather in September. A briefing will be held at 1 p.m. ...
Heating tips and help (11/16/08)
The winter heating season is here. There is help available to pay bills, advice for winterizing and information on what to do when faced with a utility cutoff notice. Winterizing. The Missouri Public Service Commission has joined with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to provide tips on making homes more energy-efficient. Among their recommendations:...
Cape Girardeau School Board to hear from facilities consultant (11/16/08)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will meet Monday at 301 N. Clark Ave. At 5 p.m., the board will hold a special session to hear a presentation from a facilities consultant. The district is considering hiring a consultant to help develop a five-year facilities plan. ...
Cost of home heating up slightly from last winter (11/16/08)
While energy prices have fallen dramatically from their summertime highs, the cost of heating homes this winter in Southeast Missouri will be slightly above last year. The agency responsible for helping lower-income people find money to pay utility bills reports that while demand for help is strong, there is also good news -- unlike some years, the money available will likely be enough to last through the winter...
Two Perryville teens injured after swerving to avoid deer (11/16/08)
SILVER LAKE, Mo. -- Two Perryville, Mo., teenagers suffered moderate injuries Saturday morning when they swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree near Silver Lake, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Julie A. Moore, 17, was driving southbound at 8:45 a.m. on Route T about a mile south of Silver Lake when she swerved to avoid the animal. The car went off the road and struck a tree...
Area hunters bag hundreds of deer of first day of firearms season (11/16/08)
John Muench and his family almost started deer season early. As they were returning home Friday evening from the Bayou Bar & Grill in Pocahontas, a large buck jumped in front of their vehicle. "I had to get to almost a dead stop to avoid hitting it," Muench said at Reis Meat Processing on Route C after delivering the animals he and his daughter bagged Saturday morning...
Christmas festivities get underway at West Park Mall, Cape Girardeau Public Library (11/16/08)
Santa Claus was stopped every few feet as he made his way through the mall Saturday toward the new Candy Court where children could have pictures taken with him. He was walking from the Southeast Missouri Wellness Connection, where a Kids Bee Fit party was held for children ages 2 to 6...
University cutting back bottled water (11/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- This fall, Washington University is phasing out almost all of its sales of bottled water. It costs society a lot more in energy and expense to bottle water than to have students head for the nearest hallway drinking fountain, said Matt Malten, the university's assistant vice chancellor for sustainability...
Southern California battles wildfires for second day (11/16/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Southern Californians weathered a second straight day of devastation Saturday as wind-blasted wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes, shut down major freeways and forced thousands of residents in the path of flames to flee to safety. A fire that ravaged the Sylmar community in the hillsides above Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley grew to 6,500 acres -- more than 10 square miles -- and was only 10 percent contained. ...
Astronauts inspect Endeavour for launch damage (11/16/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts unfurled a 100-foot, laser-tipped pole and surveyed their ship for launch damage Saturday while drawing ever closer to their destination, the international space station. At least two pieces of debris were spotted Friday night in launch photos, Mission Control reported, and engineers were poring over the images to determine whether anything hit Endeavour...
Gunfire causes chaos in lobby of Waldorf-Astoria (11/16/08)
NEW YORK -- Gunfire erupted in the lobby of the storied Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during a robbery attempt Saturday at an adjacent jewelry store, wounding a security guard and sending guests diving for cover. The guard was shot in the chest but was expected to survive, and a suspect was in custody, police said...
Obama's election spurs 'hundreds' of race threats, crimes (11/16/08)
Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting "Assassinate Obama." Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars. Incidents around the country referring to president-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the racism that remains in America...
La. community finally gets ZIP code (11/16/08)
THIBODAUX, La. -- It's no 90210, but residents of a small, rural community in southern Louisiana are just happy to have any five-digit ZIP code. For four decades, folks in Larose have had to go to neighboring towns' post offices to retrieve their mail. Beginning Saturday, the 7,000 or so who live in the town were able to start using 70373 and should soon receive letters, packages and fliers in their roadside mailboxes for the first time...
Somali radical Islamists capture port town (11/16/08)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A radical Islamic group seized another Somali port town Saturday, consolidating its control over a southwestern region that borders the Somali capital. Amin Adan, a resident of the port town of Barawe, said fighters of al-Shabab took control without a fight because the government's allies left as soon as they heard the fighters were on their way...
U.N. envoy in Congo for talks amid new fighting (11/16/08)
GOMA, Congo -- Renewed fighting broke out Saturday between rebels and soldiers in eastern Congo, as a U.N. special envoy flew in for emergency talks and said President Joseph Kabila was ready to meet his main rival. Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo spoke in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, before flying to the eastern city of Goma. Fighting erupted in August in the east, displacing 250,000 people and raising fears the violence could spread through the region...
Iraq's Cabinet to vote on security pact with U.S. (11/16/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Cabinet will vote today on a security pact with Washington that would keep U.S. forces in the country for another three years, a major step in efforts to balance Iraqi demands for national sovereignty with the security concerns of the two allies...
Defense silences Wildcats (11/16/08)
JACKSON -- The Jackson defense gave Eureka a good test back in Week 8 of the regular season, when Eureka won 17-10 in a key Class 5 District 1 game. But the Indians had a tougher challenge ready Saturday in the rematch. Jackson held visiting Eureka (10-2) to a season-low seven points in a 10-7 victory in the Class 5 state quarterfinal game. The Wildcats were shut out in a half for the first time this season, going to the locker room in a scoreless tie...
Running game delivers for Indians (11/16/08)
JACKSON -- Adam Zweigart fueled a struggling Jackson offense that punted six of the seven times it had the football in its scoreless first half against Eureka on Saturday. The only first-half drive for Jackson that did not result in a punt was when quarterback Marcus Harris tossed an interception late in the second quarter...
Jackson alive and kicking (11/16/08)
JACKSON -- "Good job, Pork Chop." That was just one of the many creative phrases kicker Morgan Johnson heard his teammates scream at him while celebrating after he drilled a 20-yard game-winning field goal straight through the uprights with 6.8 seconds remaining against Eureka in a Class 5 state quarterfinal contest Saturday...
Gramling collects pair of state medals (11/16/08)
ST. PETERS -- Central junior Sam Gramling was all smiles as he stood on the podium late Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the state swimming and diving championships at the Rec-Plex. Gramling is getting used to the routine and the No. 7 podium as he stood on that step for the third time in his high school career and his second time Saturday...
Redhawks earn No. 5 seed in tourney (11/16/08)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team ended the regular season Saturday with a win at Tennessee State. Game scores were 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 as the Redhawks improved to 13-13 overall and 11-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Claire Keaton led Southeast in kills with 13 and added 14 digs for a double-double...
Redhawks drop home finale (11/16/08)
Southeast Missouri State had hoped to play spoiler. Instead it was Tennessee-Martin that spoiled the Redhawks' Senior Day. And in the process the Skyhawks set up a winner-take-all matchup for the Ohio Valley Conference championship. UTM pulled away from a three-point halftime lead to ease past Southeast 31-21 on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Houck Stadium...
Scheible-Ahamefule connection offers hope for passing game (11/16/08)
The highlight of Saturday's game for Southeast Missouri State came with under a minute left. Unfortunately for the Redhawks, by that time Tennessee-Martin already had secured the victory. Still, Chante Ahamefule's circus catch in the end zone was a SportsCenter-worthy play during Southeast's 31-21 loss on Senior Day...
Area calendar (11/16/08)
Baseball n Southeast camps: The Southeast Missouri State baseball program will host six camps between December and February at Houck Field House. They are designed for boys age 8 through seniors in high school and cost $95 per camp. Two fundamental camps for ages 8 through 12 will take place Dec. ...
Cape River Heritage Museum holds event with various functions (11/16/08)
The Cape River Heritage Museum board of directors invites everyone to attend the closing of the 2008 Jean Bell Mosley exhibit and to honor Marjorie Thompson, the retiring president and director. Thompson served as a museum volunteer for over 25 years. The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the museum...
United Way creeping its way toward goal (11/16/08)
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. "Many campaigns are coming in slower than usual this year due to distractions related to the economy and election. ...
Good deeds 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Southeast Missouri State University students recently held Up 'til Dawn, an event to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is the third year Southeast students have participated in the event. They raised $48,000 in the previous two years through letter-writing campaigns and activities including a thumb war competition, Wii boxing and a letter stuffing contest. ...
Saving money while cooking a Thanksgiving dinner (11/16/08)
Consumers are tightening their purse strings just as the most expensive time of year approaches -- the holidays. With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, local cooks gave advice on how to cook a meal that makes you loosen your belt while still saving money...
Southern Illinois man plays the music of Northern France (11/16/08)
When asked what he does for a living, Dennis Stroughmatt of Albion, Ill., will say that he plays music and has fun. What he really does goes far beyond just fiddling around. With his up-tempo fiddle tunes and songs that stretch on for many verses, Stroughmatt brings to life an old French Creole culture that has lingered in Missouri since the 1600s...
FYI 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Nominations sought for preservation award Old Town Cape's Design Committee is seeking nominations for the annual John Boardman Excellence in Rehabilitation Award for a commercial rehabilitation and the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award. ...
What's happening today 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Friends of Saint Francis has book sale The Friends of Saint Francis will have an all-day book sale at Saint Francis Conference Center. Former NFL player to speak in Fredericktown Shawn Harper, a former Indianapolis Colts player, will speak at the Calvary Temple in Fredericktown, Mo. ...
Notre Dame named in top 50 Catholic high schools for fourth year (11/16/08)
Notre Dame Regional High School has been named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in America by the Acton Institute for the fourth year in a row. According to a news release from the school, nearly 1,300 high schools were eligible. The Acton Institute, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a not-for-profit research and educational organization...
Safe House for Women receives HopeLine grant (11/16/08)
The Safe House for Women was recently awarded a $2,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless. Funds were applied to the organization's children's program and child care services. Specific plans for the grant include everything from age-appropriate educational materials to school supplies and supplies for its children's support group and school-based violence prevention program. ...
Delthia Crader (11/16/08)
Delthia Crader Delthia V. Crader, 85, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born July 19, 1923, in Burfordville to Sylvanus and Hester Proffer Eakins. She and Russell Crader were married Sept. 5, 1942. He passed away May 1, 2006...
Mary Clingingsmith (11/16/08)
Mary Dell Clingingsmith Mary Dell Clingingsmith, 90, of Oak Ridge passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Independence Care Center in Perryville, Mo. She was born Dec. 11, 1917, near Old Appleton, daughter of Oscar and Roxie Kurre Lang. She and Adrian Miller Clingingsmith were married Aug. 8, 1951, in Old Appleton. He passed away Oct. 16, 1997...
Roy Brown (11/16/08)
Roy Brown Roy D. Brown, 79, of Jackson died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center in Cahokia, Ill. He was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Jackson to the late George Ray and Emma Rosebud Shaner Brown. Roy was a 1947 graduate of Jackson High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University...
Charles Ross (11/16/08)
Charles Ross Charles W. Ross, 80, of Jackson passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Cape Girardeau to Charles H. and Lora May Greer Ross. He and Nina Tripp were married Oct. 3, 1946, in Marble Hill, Mo...
Walters - Rhodes (11/16/08)
Melissa Diane Walters and Shannon Layne Rhodes exchanged vows Oct. 18, 2008, at Pine Ridge Manor in Carbondale, Ill. Michael Wright of Cape Girardeau performed the lakeside ceremony. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. David Walters of Gordonville and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Rhodes of Jackson...
Walker - Johnston (11/16/08)
Chelsea Lee Walker and James Phillip Johnston were married June 14, 2008, at the Waters Edge in Gordonville. USAF Chaplain Lt. Col. Phillip R. Johnston, grandfather of the groom, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of David and Julie Walker of Jackson. The groom is the son of Allan and Ruth Johnston of Springfield, Mo...
Davis - Sides (11/16/08)
Michelle Marie Davis and Elmer Lee Sides were married Nov. 7, 2008, at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson. The Rev. Sam Roethemeyer performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Perry and Trudy Long of Marble Hill, Mo. The groom is the son of Kristl Bowles of Carbondale, Ill., and the late David Sides...
Shoemake - Abernathy (11/16/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Brittany Dawn Shoemake and Andrew Seth Abernathy were united in marriage Sept. 20, 2008, at Jackson Elks Lodge. Judge Scott Thomsen performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Kevin and Elaine Shoemake and Stephen and Carole Abernathy, all of Sedgewickville...
Robbs - Turner (11/16/08)
Stephanie Robbs and Benjamin Turner announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Johanna and Michael Crowe of O'Fallon, Ill., and Ronald and Connie Robbs of Ironton, Mo. Turner is the son of Gary and Kathy Turner of Jackson. Robbs is a math teacher and cheerleader coach at Jackson High School...
LeGrand - Serpico (11/16/08)
Lori LeGrand and Todd Serpico of Chicago announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald LeGrand of Mattoon, Ill., formerly of Jackson and Cape Girardeau. Serpico is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Serpico of Mundelein, Ill. LeGrand is a graduate of Mattoon High School and Illinois State University. She is employed by Bare Essentials in Chicago...
Mcdonough - Hensley (11/16/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- James and Trisha McDonough Jr. of Benton announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Suzanne McDonough, to Pfc. Alan Michael Hensley. He is the grandson of Toney and Shirley Hensley of Benton. McDonough is a 2007 graduate of Kelly High School. She is a teller at First Commercial Bank in Benton...
Ruiz - Helman (11/16/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Joe and Dolly Ruiz of Cairo announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Ann Ruiz, to Robert Cole Helman. He is the son of Debra Helman of Villa Ridge, Ill., and the late Paul Helman. Ruiz is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. She is a 2007 graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and expects to receive a doctor of physical therapy in December from Bellarmine...
Martin - Pletka (11/16/08)
Frank and Pam Martin of Delta announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nichole Martin, to James Steven Pletka. He is the son of Steve and Nancy Pletka of Festus, Mo. Martin is a 2004 graduate of Delta High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in health management/exercise science from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2009. She is manager of Contours Express in Cape Girardeau...
Shaffer - Jones (11/16/08)
Brian Shaffer of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of his daughter, Holly Elizabeth Shaffer, to David Alan Jones. He is the son of Michael and Sheila Jones of Cape Girardeau. Shaffer is pursuing a degree in elementary education at Southeast Missouri State University...
Schnurbusch - 60 years (11/16/08)
OLD APPLETON, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Ruben "Rip" Schnurbusch of Old Appleton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a Mass and dinner reception Oct. 19, 2008. The Mass was held at St. Joseph Church at Apple Creek, and the dinner reception was held at the Colinade Room in Perryville, Mo...
Meystedt - 50 years (11/16/08)
Fred and Joanne Meystedt of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at St. Vincent de Paul Church. They were married Nov. 15, 1958, at Old St. Vincent's Church. The couple has two sons, Jim and David Meystedt; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild...
Sopko - 25 years (11/16/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Sopko of Bonne Terre, Mo., celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. They are formerly of Cape Girardeau. Sopko and Debbie Hall were married Jan. 8, 1983, at Scriptural Evangelical Lutheran Church at Egypt Mills, by the Rev. Henry Gieschen. Their attendants were John and Vera Jean Hall...
Fire report 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 5:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Fountain Street. n At 5:30 p.m., a motor vehicle collision at Sheridan Drive and Independence Street. n At 10:30 p.m., a gas odor in a building at 2136 William St...
Police report 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Ricky W. Mirly, 22, 1214 Jefferson Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. Arrests...
Out of the past 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 16, 1983 A $653,963.83 highway construction project will benefit the Cape Girardeau area by providing a new bridge on Route W over Cape LaCroix Creek; the existing 1958 bridge in the western part of the city will be removed and replaced at the same location with a new span...
Adopted children can present challenges (11/16/08)
Dear Dr. Dobson: Are adopted children more likely to rebel than children who live with their biological parents? If so, are there steps I can take to prevent or ease the conflict? My husband and I are thinking about adopting a toddler, and the question has me worried...
His & Hers: Searchin' for my lost package of socks (11/16/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. HE SAID Callie and I took our first flight together last week. We, along with colleague Matt Sanders, went to Pennsylvania to observe another newsroom...
Paying for paving (11/16/08)
Cape Girardeau County's road and bridge advisory board is pushing for a hefty paving program in 2009, suggesting that additional funding can be mustered from a variety of sources. For example, the county sales tax for roads and for the sheriff's department is expected to generate about $1.5 million of the estimated $2.5 million cost for paving (asphalt and chip and seal) 14 miles of county roads. ...
Home care offers high quality while saving the federal government and health insurers billions of health-care dollars (11/16/08)
To the editor: When you are sick, where would you rather be treated? Bets are you would prefer the security and comfort of your own bed in your own home. More than 11 million Americans agree with you, which is why we are celebrating National Home Care Month in November...
Speak Out 11/16/08 (11/16/08)
Dirty word IF YOU don't like the looks of a movie, don't buy a ticket. If you don't like the subject matter of a play, don't buy a ticket. Is Southeast a public university or not? The River Campus was not built with conservative dollars, as someone suggested. It was built with public funds, and censorship is a dirty word...
Paul White Eagle Smith Reveals Nature's Lessons. (11/16/08)
In celebration of Native American Month, Trail of Tears State Park is hosting two lectures by Native Americans. On Sunday November 14 Paul White Eagle Smith talked about how the Native Americans learned the secrets of nature by watching the seasons unfold and how animals adapted to the problems of survival. Native American lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived, leaving the continuent virutally untouched...
Michael (11/16/08)
Michael really is good, Before his dad Michael went to Heaven he learned him the gift of playing a guitar.
Book Expands Former Resident's SEMO Graduate Project (11/16/08)
SEMO Alumnus Expands M.A. Project, Publishes Book Published Novel Expands SEMO Artistic Project "A Crucible of Innocence," the first novel by former Cape Girardeau resident Roger W. Forsythe of Naples, Florida has been published by Outskirts Press, Inc. of Denver, Colorado...
Couples who play together...First Rifle Deer Season as a couple (11/16/08)
This was our first rifle deer harvest as a couple. The bulk was harvested on opening day by Ty Metzger. Tracy Metzger harvested her first deer with a rifle on the following day.
Thespians Act Against Hunger (11/16/08)
Thespian Honor Society Troupe #6344 and Backstage Blue, the drama club of Notre Dame Regional High School, recently took part in the national community service project Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat. November 29th Club members collected, sorted, and delivered over 1825 pounds of food items to St. ...
First Haircut (11/16/08)
I was able to be with my Grandson for his first haircut. He just wasn't too sure about it!
Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen, Germany (11/16/08)
Day trip from Stuttgart, Germany to Hechingen, Germany July 2008
Front cover
November 2008
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat

Browse full calendar