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Cape Girardeau woman given six years in prison, Cape man pleads guilty to drug trafficking (11/17/08)
A Cape Girardeau woman was sentenced to six years on drug trafficking convictions in federal court Monday and a Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty to distributing drugs, according to news releases from U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway's office.Misty Raye Edmonds, 31, was previously convicted on three felony counts of distributing five grams or more of cocaine base.Edmonds' convictions stem from events in May and June this year, when Edmonds sold varying amounts of the drug to informants at her Cape Girardeau County home. ...
Noranda lays off 35 employees (11/17/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Due to the economy, some employees of Noranda Aluminum were recently laid off. Company officials confirmed that 35 people were laid off effective Nov. 1. Those terminated were chosen by seniority. Keith Gregston, president and general manager of Noranda, said the price of aluminum has dropped from $1.50 over the summer to 90 cents. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission accepts bid for insurance (11/17/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission awarded the Versailles, Mo.,-based Teeple Insurance Company a contract for bond insurance. The county will pay $10,503 per term for the sheriff, assessor, treasurer, coroner and public administrator. The terms of office expire in 2012...
Scott County commissioners alarmed by change-of-venue cost (11/17/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- When it comes to high-profile trials, a change of venue is often needed. But it's also quite costly. Scott County commissioners received a bill from Boone County during their regular meeting Thursday morning for jury expenses for the trial of Vincent Minner of Matthews, held earlier this year on a change of venue. The total costs were $11,010.66...
Southeast Missouri State University kicks off Global Entrepreneurship Week (11/17/08)
Pasta House co-founder J. Kim Tucci never planned to make a career out of the restaurant industry. In the few years following his 1962 graduation from St. Louis University, Tucci was a disc jockey at a rock 'n roll station, college professor and athletic trainer for the St. Louis Hawks basketball team...
Conservation department works to increase Stoddard County quail habitat (11/17/08)
AQUILLA, Mo. — Flanked by vast expanses of fertile Stoddard County agricultural land, Crowley’s Ridge Conservation Area stands out for the quality of its wildlife habitat. ...
Main Street Bar loses license after string of incidents (11/17/08)
A Cape Girardeau bar will lose its state liquor license because of a September incident where a Tamms, Ill., man was shot by a police officer. The Main Street Bar, 701 N. Main St., will close by Dec. 12 unless owner Rick Werner files an appeal or sells the drinking establishment to a new owner who can pass state scrutiny, said Peter Lobdell, state supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (11/17/08)
The effects of the economic crisis continue to hit people in Southeast Missouri where it hurts.The latest casualties of the uneasy financial times are 35 workers at Noranda aluminum in New Madrid, who lost their jobs effective Nov. ...
Cape Girardeau man accused of dogfighting to stand trial this week (11/17/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A former Dexter resident charged in connection with an October 2007 dogfighting raid near Dudley will stand trial later this week. Jessey Don Short, 32 of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Oct. 21, 2007 and faces five charges of the Class D felony of Dogfighting. ...
State yanks Main Street Bar liquor license in response to September shooting (11/17/08)
A Cape Girardeau bar where a Tamms, Ill., man was shot by a police officer in September will lose its liquor license. The Main Street Bar, 701 N. Main St., will have its liquor license revoked Dec. 12 unless the owner, Rick Werner, files an appeal or sells the bar to an owner who can pass state scrutiny, said Peter Lobdell, state supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control...
Workshop shows teachers how to incorporate outdoor education into curriculum (11/17/08)
Trying to combat the paper-and-pencil mentality some associate with No Child Left Behind, a countermovement has formed. "Kids haven't been getting outside and are becoming more and more disconnected from nature. We're trying to show teachers how they can use conservation in the classroom and still do well on the test," said Carol Mahan, an education consultant with the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Marble Hill man seriously injured in one-vehicle accident (11/17/08)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man was injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening near Patton.According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at around 8:48 p.m. five miles south of Patton. ...
Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau holds open house to increase awareness about Islam (11/17/08)
God is bigger than the imagination, a being who never eats, never sleeps. God is everywhere. "Nobody can forgive your sins but God," Noor Wadi, 14, explained to visitors of the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau during a Sunday afternoon open house...
Study: 2/3 of Mo. smokers want to quit in 6 months (11/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri health department study shows that nearly two-thirds of smokers surveyed want to quit in the next six months, with nearly 80 percent believing that they can stop at some point. The survey also found that 23 percent of respondents statewide are smokers and 25 percent had smoked. ...
Legal aide to Gov. Blunt raised e-mail concerns before firing (11/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Newly released e-mail records reveal a former legal counsel for Gov. Matt Blunt was fired shortly after cautioning his colleagues that their defense of e-mail deletions ran contrary to state law. The roughly 60,000 pages of e-mails released under a legal settlement with the media put focus on the assertions of fired legal counsel Scott Eckersley, who went from being praised by his bosses to banished from the office in a matter of weeks -- just as he was raising red flags about their handling of e-mails.. ...
Court counsels, not punishes, at-risk teens (11/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- It's after school Thursday, and despite the worn furniture and threadbare carpet, St. Louis City Family Drug Court Commissioner Michael Noble is working his bench like he's on the set of Dr. Phil. "When was the last time you read a book?" he asks a sullen 15-year-old with weighty gold skull earrings tugging at her earlobes. "Would you rather read or get high?"...
Appalachian town shrugs at poorest health ranking (11/17/08)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America's fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue. "It doesn't come up," said David Felinton, 5-foot-9 and 233 pounds, as he walked toward City Hall one recent morning. "We've got a lot of economic challenges here in Huntington. That's usually the focus."...
Federal drilling leases next to national parks spark uproar (11/17/08)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The view of Delicate Arch natural bridge -- an unspoiled landmark so iconic it's on Utah's license plates -- could one day include a drilling platform under a proposal that environmentalists call a Bush administration "fire sale" for the oil and gas industry...
Burlington, Vt., is healthiest city, CDC says (11/17/08)
What's the healthiest city in America? It appears to be Burlington, Vt. Vermont's largest city is tops among U.S. metropolitan areas by having the largest proportion of people -- 92 percent -- who say they are in good or great health. It's also among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Credit crisis dims the lights for power industry (11/17/08)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- As workers to build an $800 million coal-fired power plant on a patch of farmland here, a crisis that began on Wall Street threatens to stretch the nation's power supplies to the brink -- driving up prices and laying the stage for future shortages...
Even as winds calm, more Californians flee fires (11/17/08)
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. -- More residents of Southern California were urged to leave their homes Sunday despite calming winds that allowed a major aerial attack on wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and blanketed the region in smoke. Fires raged in and around Los Angeles County, destroying more than 800 houses, mobile homes and apartments. Fires have burned areas more than 34 square miles since breaking out Thursday...
Showdown looming in Congress of automaker rescue (11/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- Hardline opponents of an auto industry bailout branded the industry a "dinosaur" whose "day of reckoning" is near, while Democrats pledged Sunday to do their best to get Detroit a slice of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue in this week's lame-duck session of Congress...
Iraq's government approves security pact with U.S. (11/17/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States on Sunday, ending prolonged negotiations to allow American forces to remain for three more years in the country they first occupied in 2003. The deal detailing the conditions of the U.S. ...
China gives no sign of bailout help after Washington financial summit (11/17/08)
BEIJING -- China got what it wanted in Washington's financial summit -- a promise of a bigger role for developing countries in global finance -- but gave no sign Sunday whether it will respond by using any of its $1.9 trillion in reserves in a bailout fund...
Prison terms devastate Myanmar democracy movement (11/17/08)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- In a devastating week for Myanmar's democracy movement, dozens of its members have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, as the military-ruled government locks away writers and Buddhist monks -- as well as musicians, a poet and at least one journalist...
Redhawks' winless opening weekend is little surprise (11/17/08)
I don't think any realistic Southeast Missouri State basketball fan thought the Redhawks wouldn't start the season with two losses. So it came as no surprise that the Redhawks were handled over the weekend by two teams from major conferences. New Mexico, which hammered Southeast 102-59 Friday night, might be the best team the Redhawks play this season...
Top of BCS standings remain unchanged (11/17/08)
NEW YORK -- All the national title contenders took care of business and the BCS standings were unchanged at the top Sunday, with Alabama and Texas Tech holding the first two spots and Florida, Texas and Oklahoma poised to move up. The Crimson Tide ran away from Mississippi State in the second half of a 32-7 victory Saturday. The Tide has a .9787 BCS average...
Redhawks fall to 0-2 with loss to K-State (11/17/08)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team finally got its offense and rebounding cranked up. It wasn't enough to pull off an upset, but it was encouraging for acting coach Zac Roman. The Redhawks lost 88-68 to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Sunday, but they outscored the Big 12 Conference squad 52-49 in the second half...
Canadiens defeat St. Louis with lone goal of shootout (11/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Alexei Kovalev scored the lone shootout goal to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. After the Blues missed on all three of their shots in the tiebreaker, Kovalev beat Manny Legace with a high backhander for the win...
Eagles, Bengals bumble way to 13-13 tie (11/17/08)
Donovan McNabb fumbled and threw three interceptions in regulation, and nearly had another pass picked off in overtime Sunday as the Eagles and Bengals played to a 13-13 tie, the NFL's first tie in six years. Cincinnati's Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in overtime, falling to the ground as the ball sailed a few inches wide to the right...
Johnson wins third straight Cup title (11/17/08)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Nothing could stop Jimmie Johnson's drive into the NASCAR record books. Not even a final, furious push by Carl Edwards. Edwards led a race-high 157 laps, ran out of gas as he crossed the finish line, but still won Sunday's season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His series-high ninth win of the year wasn't enough to wrest away the Sprint Cup title...
49ers pick on Rams early (11/17/08)
SAN FRANCISCO — After Shaun Hill flung himself across the goal line to score the third touchdown in the 49ers' 28-point second quarter, he flipped the ball to center Eric Heitmann for the celebratory spike. Humbled and educated by several seasons as a backup, Hill just doesn't see himself as an extraordinary Joe — even though Joe Montana is the only other San Francisco quarterback who ever did what Hill accomplished during a skid-stopping win over the miserable St. Louis Rams...
Rams' Pace, Incognito, Bartell suffer injuries (11/17/08)
St. Louis left tackle Orlando Pace left the Rams' game against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half Sunday because of an injured ligament in his knee, which could sideline the seven-time Pro Bowl lineman for a significant time. St. Louis also lost right guard Richie Incognito to a strained rotator cuff just before halftime. ...
Southeast Missouri woman writes about going 'from pothead to preacher's wife' (11/17/08)
PERRYVILLE -- A former Morley resident shares her stories of life's challenges and overcoming them through faith in her debut book. Bonnie Cebulak, who now lives in Perryville, said her book, "From a Pothead to a Preacher's Wife," is meant to serve as inspiration for people and give them hope. ...
'Today' show's Ann Curry struggling up Kilimanjaro (11/17/08)
NEW YORK -- Climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro is no weekend hike, and the "Today" show's Ann Curry was feeling it Saturday. The NBC reporter was sent on assignment for the morning show's "Ends of the Earth" feature, which begins today. The program's four chief personalities will embark on lengthy road trips to illustrate environmental stories...
Riverside Regional Library in Jackson to relocate in February (11/17/08)
Riverside Regional Public Library director Nancy Howland can't wait to get moving. In February Howland and her full-time and part-time staff members will move from the library's current location at 204 S. Union St. in Jackson into the former Fred's building at 1997 E. Jackson Blvd...
People on the move 11/17/08 (11/17/08)
Zalma day care gets highest accreditation ZALMA, Mo. — Simmers Daycare in Zalma was awarded Missouri Accreditation, the highest achievement for a child-care provider. Jacqueline Simmers was on hand to accept the award during a recent ceremony...
Hollywood looks to Blu-ray to save Christmas (11/17/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Movie studio executives on Friday presented the best-case scenario for a winter holiday surge in the purchase of high-definition Blu-ray players as their best hope to keep the U.S. home video market's decline from accelerating past 3 percent or 4 percent this year...
Anna Mae Whitledge (11/17/08)
Anna Mae Whitledge Anna Mae Whitledge, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born July 26, 1917, in Gallatin, Tenn., daughter of Jacob and Effie (Bailey) Vance. She and James L. Whitledge were married Aug. 8, 1944, in Gallatin. He died April 14, 1998...
Dorris McAlister (11/17/08)
Dorris R. McAlister, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Mildred Little (11/17/08)
FENTON, Mo. — Mildred L. Little, 99, of Fenton died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Delmar Gardens Nursing Homes in Fenton. She was born June 14, 1909, in Buchanan, Mo., daughter of Will and Delia Scott Choate. She and Brown Little were married Aug. 18, 1926...
Frances Scharenborg (11/17/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Frances Elizabeth Scharenborg, 103, of Perryville died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born July 4, 1905, in Leopold, Mo., daughter of George and Gesina Wubker Scharenborg. She worked as a private maid and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church,...
Franklin Neihart (11/17/08)
Franklin Charles Neihart, 58, of Fenton, Mo., died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Franklin Charles and Ruby Lemonds Neihart. He and Cheryl Reinhardt were married Oct. 19, 1985, in St. Louis. She survives...
Ruby Ditterline (11/17/08)
PERKS, Ill. — Ruby M. Ditterline, 94, of Perks died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Southgate Health Care Center in Metropolis, Ill. Ditterline was born Feb. 4, 1914, in Dongola, Ill., daughter of Will and Mary Davis Eddleman. She was a member of the Maple Grove Baptist Church...
Police report 11/17/08 (11/17/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Gregory Bret Groening, 20, 2735 Brittany St., Jackson, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a single lane...
Fire report 11/17/08 (11/17/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 6:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2700 block of Hawthorne Street. n At 7:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2200 block of West Cape Rock Drive...
Out of the Past 11/17/08 (11/17/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 17, 1983 The Coalesce Club is working with Cape Girardeau County officials to decorate the Common Pleas Courthouse for Christmas; decorations were selected by the club and approved and purchased through the county; the decorations will portray a natural appearance that will enhance the traditional style of the courthouse...
Membership drive adds to Jackson, Cape Girardeau chambers (11/17/08)
Friday morning I attended a breakfast honoring new Jackson Chamber of Commerce executive director Brian Gerau, who assumed the post Nov. 1. Gerau, who is the husband of Southeast Missourian advertising executive Sara Gerau, seems to be a great fit for the job. The chamber's membership increased by 38 during its October membership drive to its current 400 members...
Deserving a little ink (11/17/08)
Here are a few notes that don't quite warrant a full story, but deserve — in my opinion — some ink: n The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department received word that it has been tentatively approved for $5,567.67 from the Missouri Public Safety's local law enforcement block grant. ...
TV profanity: We make choices on what we see and hear (11/17/08)
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month heard arguments in a case challenging FCC rules regarding what is known as "fleeting profanity," which is the one-time use of certain words -- you know what they are -- usually at live events where they can't be bleeped...
Arts can comfort or discomfort (11/17/08)
To the editor: On Nov. 4, U.S. voters elected Barack Obama to be the first African-American president in our country's history. This victory proves that Americans stand for the rights of the individual. The majority of our citizenry embraced a larger picture of who we are as a country and what we want to be...
WWII vet says thanks for the tour (11/17/08)
To the editor: I am writing on behalf on my father, Mike Stafford, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who resides at the Missouri Veterans Home and is blessed to be in wonderful health. My father would like to show appreciation to those who sponsor the World War II Honors Tour...
Nation governed by runaway greed (11/17/08)
To the editor: The nation as a whole was against the bailout, but Congress voted against their constituents. We are witnessing the fall of America, a free society governed by runaway greed, irresponsible spending habits by our elected representatives in Washington and a warmongering leadership. We are spending human life and billions of dollars every week on a military effort that cannot be won. We should practice isolationism, quit meddling with the world and use our own resources...
Speak Out 11/17/08 (11/17/08)
Racial harmony A RECENT comment said blacks have been waiting for a black president for hundreds of years and that it was God's work that Barack Obama was elected. This is the problem with the America today. God didn't elect Obama. Americans of all races did. Racism will never stop if comments like this keep coming. I wish we could all get along regardless of color. I was offended by the comment...
Ole (11/17/08)
Ole was a street dog in Taiwan until he was rescued and brought to Cape Girardeau this summer.
Patriot Guard Riders Host Wreaths Across America in Bloomfield MO (11/17/08)
The Patriot Guard Riders has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the MO State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday December 13, 2008 starting at 11:00 AM CST. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high price of our freedoms...
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