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Gas prices in Southeast Missouri town dropped 20 cents overnight (11/21/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — When gas prices dropped 20 cents overnight last week, area residents lined up at the pumps to take advantage of a fuel price many thought they would never see again — $1.79 a gallon. The overnight price plunge was the result of a Veterans Day promotion put on at an independent gas station. ...
Body found in ditch near Kennett identified (11/21/08)
KENNETT, Mo. — Dunklin County authorities are currently investigating the cause of death of a man whose body was found in a drainage ditch near Kennett. The subject has been identified as Mike Chandler, 52, of the Caruthersville, Mo. ...
Scott County and MoDOT: We're ready for winter weather (11/21/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Despite salt shortages and high prices, those who are in charge of keeping the roadways clear promise the same level of service they have provided in previous years. "The commissioners have ensured me to do whatever it takes to keep the roads safe for the public," said Norman Brant, supervisor of the Scott County Highway Department. "So if it takes more money [than what[']s in the budget] we'll just have to find it some place."...
Cape Girardeau gets first seasonal snow: a trace (11/21/08)
A trace of snow was recorded Thursday at the National Weather Service observation station at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, according to the Paducah, Ky., weather service office website.The trace marks the first snow since last winter in Cape Girardeau. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (11/21/08)
A farmer discovered the body of an unidentified man this morning in an agricultural ditch near Kennett, Mo.Right now few details are available, including the man's name and how his body ended up in the ditch.Click here for available details from the Daily Dunklin Democrat...
Retired professor Dr. Peter Hilty dies at age 87 (11/21/08)
Retired professor, former city councilman and noted poet Dr. Peter Hilty, 87, died Thursday at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Hilty taught English at Southeast Missouri State University from 1962 to 1991, where he established the poetry journal The Cape Rock...
Cape Girardeau County Commission approves food safety ordinance (11/21/08)
The unanimous agreement by Cape Girardeau County commissioners to approve a sweeping food handling safety ordinance ends a 10-year odyssey, as far as Charlotte Craig is concerned. "We've been working on it for that long. It has been, not every day for 10 years, but several times a year for 10 years," she said. "It has been a full-fledged year of hard work" over the previous 12 months...
Millersville firefighters reinstated after resigning Monday night (11/21/08)
All 12 members of the Millersville Rural Fire District who resigned at a Monday board meeting have been reinstated, said fire board member Jim Roche. The board held an emergency board meeting Wednesday night to discuss reorganization of the 22-member district, sliced in half by the resignations...
20 cats rescued from Cape Girardeau trailer court (11/21/08)
The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri rescued 20 cats from a trailer court in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday after a neighbor called city animal control to report "deplorable living conditions" in the small mobile home, said Requi Salter, director of the Humane Society...
Highway 34 in Bollinger County reduced to one lane today (11/21/08)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. - Highway 34 will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs. This section of roadway is located from County Road 820 to Route Y.Weather permitting, work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m...
Suspect leads Sikeston police on high-speed chase (11/21/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety made an arrest after a high-speed vehicle pursuit Tuesday north of Miner, Mo. According to radio traffic, the chase apparently proceeded east on Route HH before ending on a county road near Rainbow Lake...
Area retailers bracing for slower holiday shopping season (11/21/08)
If predictions hold true, this Christmas season may be a bit less jolly for area retailers. Store traffic inside malls nationwide could decline by as much as 9.9 percent and overall retail sales could see a record-low 0.1 percent increase, according to a retail industry survey released by Chicago-based ShopperTrak this week...
Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reports 'little activity' on flu front (11/21/08)
Flu season hasn't hit Southeast Missouri hard yet and there's plenty of vaccine to go around, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's infectious disease coordinator said Thursday. Across all of Missouri through last Saturday, 48 flu cases had been reported. Of those, two were in Cape Girardeau County and one was in Perry County. Tests in additional cases are underway, said Vanessa Landers of the health department...
Students prepare international dishes for 'Taste the World' event (11/21/08)
Students spread culture one bite at a time Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University's "Taste the World" event. International students shopped together and prepared native dishes in recognition of International Education Week. An estimated 500 people sampled the fare in Sadie's Place at Kent Library...
Poplar Bluff man pleads guilty to bank robbery (11/21/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed bank robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm, federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway announced in a news release. Creig Roberts, 29, pleaded guilty to one felony count of armed bank robbery and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw...
Perryville council considering ban on pit bulls (11/21/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perryville City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of enacting an ordinance banning pit bulls. About 30 people attended the hearing and 16 stood up to voice their opinions on the potential breed ban, according to Perryville city clerk Tracy Prost. Residents were about evenly split between favoring and opposing the ordinance, she said...
Mo. adds 2nd-most jobs nationally in October (11/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For the second straight month, Missouri is among the nation's leaders in job growth, but the unemployment rate also inched higher. Missouri added 5,300 jobs in October -- the second highest nationally. In September, Missouri led the nation...
Missouri regulators consider $200 million AmerenUE rate case (11/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri utility regulators on Thursday began considering a request from the state's largest utility to raise electric rates for more than a million customers. AmerenUE has asked the Public Service Commission to permit the St. Louis-based utility to increase its revenues by more than $200 million from its electricity production. It's the second time in less than two years that the AmerenUE has sought a rate increase...
Activists say multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement is being wasted (11/21/08)
In 2006, Alaska desperately needed cash to complete a museum featuring a mummified bison and other natural wonders of the frozen north. So the state dipped into its share of the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement. The billions that began flowing from cigarette makers to the states a decade ago also helped outfit the Niagara County, N.Y., golf course with new carts and sprinklers. ...
Texas detective handcuffed to Oswald can't escape photo (11/21/08)
DALLAS -- Retired Dallas police detective Jim Leavelle still gets letters from strangers because of that 1963 photo of him standing next to Lee Harvey Oswald. You know -- THAT photo. "Most just want autographs," Leavelle said. "One asked what affect the Kennedy assassination had on my life. The usual."...
Obama is first Columbia University graduate to become president (11/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- It's taken two and a half centuries but Columbia College, one of the oldest in the nation, finally will have a president who will be the first Columbia graduate to occupy the Oval Office. And if the transition chatter is accurate, Barack Obama will choose as his attorney general Eric Holder, another graduate of the 254-year old Ivy League college on New York's Morningside Heights...
Jobless claims jump unexpectedly to 16-year high (11/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- With the number of new claims for U.S. jobless benefits hitting a 16-year high, some economists warn of further waves of layoffs in the months ahead. Even already battered industries such as construction and manufacturing are expected to see more job cuts. Layoffs also are likely to spread to relatively unscathed areas such as retail, transportation and hotels and restaurants...
Aide: Obama to name Clinton as secretary of state (11/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, an aide to his transition said Thursday. One week after the former primary rivals met secretly to discuss the idea of Clinton becoming the nation's top diplomat, the two sides were moving quickly toward making it a reality, barring any unforeseen problems...
Man convicted of 'Precious Doe' killing sentenced to life (11/21/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man convicted of killing and beheading the 3-year-old daughter of the woman he would marry and dumping her body in the woods was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before being sentenced, Harrell Johnson again stated that he is innocent of the 2001 murder of Erica Green. ...
Auto bailout effort collapses; manufacturers promise blueprint for rebuilding (11/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- The $25 billion rescue plan for the auto industry, desperately sought by Detroit's beleaguered Big Three, collapsed Thursday as Congress drew the line at one more bailout and Democrats said they wouldn't even consider it until the companies produced a convincing plan for rebuilding their industry...
Attorney general collapses in D.C. (11/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed during a speech Thursday night and lost consciousness, a Justice Department official said. Mukasey, 67, was rushed to a hospital. Hhis condition was not immediately known. Mukasey was delivering a speech to the Federalist Society at a Washington hotel when "he just started shaking and he collapsed," said associate attorney general Kevin O'Connor...
Scientists say they have identified Copernicus' remains (11/21/08)
WARSAW, Poland -- Researchers believe they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton they have found with that of hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. Jerzy Gassowski, an academic at an archaeology school in Poland, also says facial reconstruction of the skull his team found buried in a cathedral in Poland closely resembles existing portraits of Copernicus, whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.. ...
Notre Dame loses state semifinals (11/21/08)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs have lost in their bid for a third straight state boys soccer title.The Bulldogs played Helias starting at 11 a.m. today in the state semifinals in Fenton, Mo. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, but Helias scored two overtime penalty goals to Notre Dame's one, making the score 1-0 in favor of Helias.Notre Dame will play at 11 a.m. Saturday for third place at Fenton...
An honest golfer corrects his honest mistake - twice (11/21/08)
The moment J.P. Hayes looked down at the golf ball on the floor in his hotel room, he knew there were only two options. Keep his mouth shut and his chances of playing full-time on the PGA Tour next season alive. Or pick up the phone and disqualify himself...
Mussina retires after notching 20 wins in 2008 (11/21/08)
NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina took a secret to the ballpark every day this season. Maybe that's why he was so successful on the mound, so jovial in the clubhouse. From Day One of spring training, he knew this was his final year -- even if it meant giving up bids for 300 wins, a World Series ring and a better shot at the Hall of Fame...
Salukis show grit, but fall to Duke (11/21/08)
NEW YORK -- Gerald Henderson scored all 20 of his points in the second half, finally helping No. 10 Duke find some offensive rhythm in an 83-58 victory over Southern Illinois on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic. Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler each added 13 points for the Blue Devils (4-0), who advanced to play either No. 4 UCLA or Michigan today for the championship of the tournament benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer...
Notre Dame soccer resumes quest for third straight title (11/21/08)
The road to a third consecutive boys soccer state championship won't be easy for the Notre Dame Bulldogs. A meeting with powerhouse St. Dominic looms in the Class 2 final, but the Bulldogs have a tough opponent to get past first. Notre Dame faces Helias in today's noon semifinal at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton...
Xavier crosses off Missouri (11/21/08)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Terrell Holloway hit 10-of-10 free throws in the second half as Xavier relinquished a halftime lead and had to rally to beat Missouri 75-71 on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Tip Off. Derrick Brown led Xavier (3-0) with 16 points. Demarre Carroll was 6-of-6 from the field in the second half and finished with 17 points for Missouri (2-1)...
Southeast women face similar foe in UALR (11/21/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team is off to a 2-0 start with two straight home wins. Coach John Ishee believes the Redhawks might have to play their best game of the young season to remain perfect. A talented University of Arkansas-Little Rock squad pays a visit to the Show Me Center tonight in an intriguing matchup of defending champions...
Redhawks hope NAIA team is key to first win (11/21/08)
A bolstered roster, a lower-division opponent and the comforts of home should help the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team notch its first win of the season. That's the plan, although acting coach Zac Roman said the Redhawks can't afford to look past Culver-Stockton...
Redhawks spikers fall in first round of OVC tourney (11/21/08)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team saw its season end Thursday night with a first-round loss to Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Cookeville, Tenn. The fourth-seeded Governors swept the fifth-seeded Redhawks 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 to advance to today's semifinals...
Incognito welcomes Bears fans in lieu of Rams fans (11/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bears fans are likely to have a substantial presence at Sunday's game in St. Louis, if past Rams home games are any indication. Rams guard Richie Incognito said Thursday he won't mind, as long as someone is making noise in the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis is 2-8 overall and 1-3 at home after going 3-13 overall last season with only one home victory, a terrible run that has created apathy...
Steelers turn back Bengals, win 27-10 (11/21/08)
PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers know exactly how to beat the Cincinnati Bengals -- with or without Chad Ocho Cinco. The Steelers limited the depleted Bengals to six first downs following an early touchdown drive, and found just enough offense themselves amid the snow flurries to control the clock behind Roethlisberger and beat Cincinnati 27-10 on Thursday night...
Haslett ties holdout to Jackson's injury (11/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson's persistent thigh injury is no surprise to St. Louis Rams coach Jim Haslett, who factored in down time after the running back's 27-day training camp holdout. "It happens all the time," Haslett said. "You can run all you want, you can lift weights all you want, but until you put pads on and you actually cut and move at full speed, you can't replicate that until you actually do it."...
Playing for laughs: Central High puts on "George Washington Slept Here" (11/21/08)
The newest play from Central High School has a big cast and even bigger laughs. "George Washington Slept Here" chronicles a man and his wife as they try to fix up an old house out in the country. The neighbors’ antics and the house collapsing around the cast set the scene for a fun night out...
Who's next 11/21/08 (11/21/08)
HONORS n Kyla Mouser of Southeast Missouri State University received the American FFA Degree at a national convention Oct. 25. She is a member of the Meadow Heights chapter of FFA. SCHOOL NEWS n Blanchard Elementary School will hold "Blanchard Reads" on Dec. 4. Community members will discuss the book "Champ" by Marcia Thornton Jones, which every family in the school has received...
Turkey day science trick (11/21/08)
Here's an experiment you can try after Thanksgiving dinner that might get the entire family "Hooked on Science." Materials n Several heavy glass dishes n Tablecloth without a hem n Square table with an edge Instructions Step 1: Place the tablecloth on the table and arrange the glass dishes on the tablecloth...
No surprises emerge from Cook's kitchen (11/21/08)
"DAVID COOK," David Cook (19 Recordings/RCA) HH 1/2 The streets of America are littered with former "American Idol" contestants, making it increasingly difficult for them to set themselves apart from one another in their quest for post-show stardom...
NBC's Ann Curry stops short of Kilimanjaro summit, heads back down (11/21/08)
NEW YORK -- The "Today" show's Ann Curry didn't make it to the top of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Altitude sickness and forbidding weather forced the NBC morning show's crew to stop about 3,000 feet short of the 19,000-foot summit. They were climbing to draw attention to environmental problems, and hoped to hit the top for today's show...
Oscar Brown (11/21/08)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Oscar Overton Brown, 103, of McClure died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1905, at Devil's Island, Ill., son of Elzie and Bessie Catherine Presley Brown. He and Peggy Ford were married July 27, 1982, in Wickliffe, Ky...
Norman Wildman (11/21/08)
Norman J. Wildman, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cole Benfield (11/21/08)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Cole Devin Benfield, 16, was born Jan. 14, 1992, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward Dennis and Gaylene McCormick Benfield. He died Nov. 19, 2008, in a vehicle accident near Glenallen. Cole was a junior at Woodland High School in Marble Hill, Mo. A natural athlete, he played basketball and baseball for Woodland School, and summer baseball league and church basketball. He loved to hunt deer and turkey and socialize with friends...
Russell Buchaltz (11/21/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Russell "Boots" Buchaltz, 76, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 15, 1932, in Grassy, Mo., son of Val and Pearl Pair Bucholtz. He and Doris Campbell were married June 14, 1969...
Dr. Peter Hilty (11/21/08)
Dr. Peter D. Hilty, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Friends may call from noon to service time Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Betty McAnelly (11/21/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Betty Jewel McAnelly, 76, of Oran died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Betty was born Jan. 26, 1932, in Morrilton, Ark., daughter of Howard Harrison and Linnie Naomi Chew Lockhart. She and Paul McAnelly were married Dec. 2, 1948...
Sue Mayberry (11/21/08)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Sue Mayberry, 66, of Bernie died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1942, in Bernie, daughter of Lewis Cartwright and Geneva Livingston Cartwright Pyle. She and Gary Mayberry were married June 1, 1963, in Bernie...
Laurene Holthaus (11/21/08)
Laurene B. Holthaus, 81, of Gray Summit, Mo., passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Jan. 12, 1927, at Hollow, Mo., daughter of Albert and Laura Mueller Bartold. She and August "Bud" Holthaus were married May 26, 1951, in Manchester, Mo...
Edward Zimmer (11/21/08)
Edward E. Zimmer, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 7, 1935, in St. Louis, son of Henry Edward and Julia Faytok Zimmer. He and Anita McRill were married Oct. 18, 1980, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 11/21/2008 (11/21/08)
Robertson Twin son and daughter to William Martin Robertson and Brittney Marie Little of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. Bentley Kole was born at 8:39 a.m. and weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces. Bailey Mae was born at 8:41 a.m. ...
Police report 11/21/2008 (11/21/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Kelli S. Bertram, 40, homeless, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation for assault. Summons n Miranda N. Ford, 17, 1825 Dumais Drive, was issued a summons on suspicion of harassment...
Fire report 11/21/2008 (11/21/08)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n An alarm on Willow Bend Road. n Emergency medical service on Madison Street. n Emergency medical service on Broadridge Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n Emergency medical service on Shawnee Boulevard...
Out of the past 11/21/08 (11/21/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 21, 1983 Willis Segraves, who recently purchased a building at 1125 Broadway, plans to move his Varsity Barber Shop to the new location early in December; the current location, 1000 Broadway, is owned by First Baptist Church and lies in an area that could be affected by future church parking lot expansion...
Thanksgiving, God and America's bounty (11/21/08)
True story: Two girls, separated from their mothers, wandered for three days in danger, dirty, without food or water. The 11-year-old carried her sobbing, frightened, 3-year-old niece on her back. Their only respite was through the kindness of strangers, their refuge a night in a local church. Back at the village they fled, dead bodies lay on the ground, casualties of war and corruption...
The vanishing calico: A mystery is solved (11/21/08)
If I had to describe Miss Kitty, the cat who owns the house my wife and I call home, in one word, it would be: too smart for her own good. You're right. That's six words. Close enough for bailout calculations. This has been an interesting week for the cat that managed to survive on her own quite well until she found a couple of softies who treat her like royalty...
Muslim neighbors (11/21/08)
Once again, Cape Girardeau's Muslims have welcomed the community to its Islamic Center and community center on West End Boulevard to learn more about their beliefs, holy texts and worship. Visitors at Sunday's open house also were treated to a sampling of Middle Eastern food favorites and conversation. It was another way of helping Muslims and Christians to understand each other...
Speak Out 11/21/08 (11/21/08)
Salute to veterans The Veterans Day program at Jackson High School was excellent. I am a Korean War veteran, and I want to thank everyone who was involved in the program: American Legion honor guard, superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson, student body president Gabe Eggers and vice president Evan Henry, choir students directed by Elizabeth St. ...
October 11th Monument Dedication to Osceola Missouri's Murdered Citizens (11/21/08)
On Saturday October 11th, 2008 an occasion transpired that was 147 years in the making. The John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans in cooperation with the St. Clair County Missouri Historical Society dedicated a monument in honor of the twelve citizens of Osceola, Missouri who on September 21-22, 1861 sought to protect the town and its bank from Kansas Senator James Lane and his Kansas Jayhawkers...
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