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Cape Girardeau County Commission approves sheriff spending limit (12/01/08)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners have approved in a 2 to 1 vote an agreement to limit the county sheriff's department spending increases to 3 percent. The agreement was written as a memorandum of understanding. Sheriff John Jordan said he was happy with the measure...
Three from Jackson injured in weekend car accidents (12/01/08)
Three people from Jackson and a man from Ironton, Mo., were injured in accidents in Cape Girardeau, Stoddard and Bollinger counties over the holiday weekend, according to reports on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash reports website. William J. Smith, 42, of Ironton, received "moderate" injuries on Friday afternoon when the car he was driving ran off the road and overturned on Highway 72 five miles west of Patton in Bollinger County...
Altoms plead guilty to child endangerment (12/01/08)
ROLLA, Mo. — Michael and Emily Altom of Perry County pleaded guilty to three counts of child endangerment today before Circuit Judge Tracy L. Storie. The judge accepted the pleas, which were entered in exchange for the dismissal of voluntary manslaughter charges in the death of Emily Altom's son Ethan Patrick Williams, who died in 2005...
Perry County child endangerment case closed after more than three years (12/01/08)
ROLLA, Mo. — A criminal case that began in 2005 with an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old Perry County boy moved one step closer to a conclusion Monday when the boy's mother and stepfather pleaded guilty to three felonies. Emily Altom and Michael Altom entered their pleas on child endangerment charges before Judge Tracy L. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/01/08)
It's been 14 years since Joshua Kezer was convicted of the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, who was found dead near Benton in 1992. The past several months have seen Kezer involved in a process to try to clear his name after several things called the validity of the prosecution into question.This week Kezer goes to court to present his case as to why he should be exonerated.Southeast Missourian reporter Bridget DiCosmo will be in Cole County this week to cover the case. ...
Blodgett woman happy to see ex-husband behind bars (12/01/08)
A Blodgett woman has a lot to be thankful for this year. The man who almost ended her life last year is behind bars and will remain there for at least the next 17 years. "I'm very thankful -- I'm thankful to be alive," said Angie Rice, 32. "I'm thankful for my children, thankful for my family who have helped me tremendously this past year. ...
Toybox/Christmas for the Elderly profiles 12/1/2008 (12/01/08)
Creative children need your help An 8-year-old girl loves arts and crafts, board games and children's movies on DVD. Her sister has a great imagination and would like toys she can make up stories with such as My Little Pony, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and dress-up clothes. ...
Cape city manager approved for raise (12/01/08)
Because of a revenue shortfall, most Cape Girardeau city employees will receive a $600 one-time payment Dec. 26 to supplement their regular salaries instead of scheduled pay raises. A separate pay plan was recently announced for lower-ranking members of the police department, with officers at the pay grade of sergeant and below also receiving a 1 percent pay increase Jan. ...
Parade of Lights postponed to Sunday (12/01/08)
One entry for the Parade of Lights drove through Capaha Park on Sunday afternoon. The parade was canceled Sunday because of rain and cold weather, but has been rescheduled for next Sunday. The parade, scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at Capaha Park, is the annual kick-off event for the holiday season in Cape Girardeau. Similar weather conditions in 2007 also forced postponement, the first in the parade's 17-year history...
Glenn House serves as alternative to Parade of Lights (12/01/08)
With Cape Girardeau's Parade of Lights canceled, downtown visitors didn't flock to the Glenn House like usual Sunday to see the historic home decked out for Christmas. But with the frigid temperatures and misting rain, more people came than expected, said Polly Cotner, tour chairwoman...
Group organizes benefits for Scott City girl fighting leukemia (12/01/08)
Family and friends of a Scott City girl who turns 3 on Tuesday have come together to organize a pair of benefits to offset her medical expenses. Katelyn Dannenmueller is receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She has been there since Oct. 19...
Wounded deer attacks hunter who shot him (12/01/08)
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Sedalia hunter bagged a big buck on the second day of firearms season, but the kill caused him a lot of pain. Forty-nine-year-old Randy Goodman said he thought two well-placed shots with his .270-caliber rifle had killed the buck on Nov. 19. Goodman said the deer looked dead to him, but seconds later the nine-point, 240-pound animal came to life...
Snow causes traffic problems in St. Louis (12/01/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A little bit of snow causes a lot of traffic problems in the St. Louis area. Less than an inch of snow fell early Monday, but it was enough to cause some slick spots for drivers during the morning commute. Dozens of accidents were reported, causing shutdown or slow-going on several interstates and other major roadways...
Anheuser-Busch unveils new breeding farm for Clydesdales (12/01/08)
BOONVILLE, Mo. -- A Cooper County farm will now provide the majority of Anheuser-Busch's signature Clydesdales. The 350-acre breeding farm 15 miles west of Columbia is already home to almost 100 horses and will eventually hold about 150 Clydesdales. It will largely replace a facility in Menifee, Calif., which had been home to most of the world's largest private herd of purebred Clydesdales...
More Missourians voted this year, but many skipped races (12/01/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A record number of people showed up at the polls last month, but a growing number of Missourians turned in incomplete ballots, making their presidential picks but skipping the other races. More than 2.9 million people in Missouri voted for president -- nearly 200,000 more than in 2004. But compared with four years ago, tens of thousands more voters trailed off, skipping races for the state legislature and even for governor...
Space shuttle finishes 16-day mission (12/01/08)
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts safely returned to Earth on Sunday, taking a detour to California after storms hit the main landing strip in Florida. Endeavour wrapped up a 16-day trip that left the international space station remodeled and capable of housing bigger crews. ...
President-elect Obama turns to friends, foes for top administration posts (12/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama plans to announce today six experienced hands to fill top administration posts, moving to name the leadership team that will guide his presidency through a time of war and recession. His selections include longtime advisers and political foes alike, most notably Democratic primary rival Sen. ...
New perfume: Eau de Penn State (12/01/08)
BERWICK, Pa. — Fans of Penn State can smell like the school for just $60. A fragrance developer says it has made a perfume and a cologne inspired by Pennsylvania State University's blue and white colors and its campus vegetation. Masik Collegiate Fragrances says the perfume for the school in State College, Pa., smells of vanilla, lilac, rose and white patch­ouli. The cologne smells of blue cypress and cracked pepper...
Students lie, cheat, steal, but say they're good (12/01/08)
NEW YORK -- In the past year, 30 percent of U.S. high school students have stolen from a store and 64 percent have cheated on a test, according to a new, large-scale survey suggesting that Americans are too apathetic about ethical standards. Educators reacting to the findings questioned any suggestion that today's young people are less honest than previous generations, but several agreed that intensified pressures are prompting many students to cut corners...
Gay marriage bans spur debate over equal rights (12/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Gay is the new black, say the protest signs and magazine covers, casting the gay marriage battle as the last frontier of equal rights for all. Gay marriage is not a civil right, opponents counter, insisting that minority status comes from who you are rather than what you do...
India claims Mumbai gunman tied to Pakistani militant group (12/01/08)
MUMBAI, India -- The only gunman captured after a 60-hour terrorist siege of Mumbai said he belonged to a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, a senior police officer said Sunday. The gunman was one of 10 who paralyzed the city in an attack that killed at least 174 people and revealed the weakness of India's security apparatus. ...
China pledges to fight AIDS discrimination (12/01/08)
BEIJING -- Chinese health authorities and the U.N. AIDS agency pledged to fight discrimination against people with the disease in China with the unveiling Sunday of a massive red ribbon, the symbol of AIDS awareness, at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing...
Joda Holloway, Notre Dame boys soccer (12/01/08)
The Notre Dame boys soccer team went scoreless for more than 145 minutes of play in the Class 2 final four last weekend, which doomed their bid for a third straight state championship. But senior midfielder Joda Holloway broke the drought with a header for a goal late in the first half of the third-place game that helped get Notre Dame started in a 2-0 victory against Kansas City Pembroke Hill...
Rams' skid hits six games in 16-12 loss to Dolphins (12/01/08)
ST. LOUIS — The Miami Dolphins kept the St. Louis Rams out of the end zone, even with Steven Jackson back in the lineup. The Dolphins (7-5) made it only once themselves in a 16-12 victory Sunday. Instead, they relied on stingy play from a defense that got routed last week by the Patriots to secure their fifth victory in six games...
Southeast teams begin OVC hoops season this week (12/01/08)
The stakes will rise considerably this week for both Southeast Missouri State basketball teams. That's because Ohio Valley Conference play is about to begin. Southeast's men and women open their OVC schedules with a pair of home games, Thursday against Austin Peay and Saturday against Tennessee State...
Sooners get nod for Big 12 title game (12/01/08)
NEW YORK -- A week before the final standings are released and the Bowl Championship Series is already ticking people off. Oklahoma -- not Texas -- is headed to the Big 12 championship game with an inside track to the national title game by moving ahead of the Longhorns in the BCS standings Sunday...
Lyons leads Tigers' attack (12/01/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Forward Leo Lyons scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds Sunday as Missouri beat Oral Roberts 92-83. DeMarre Carroll had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (5-1) and Zaire Taylor added 10 points. "Carroll and Lyons are tough matchups because they can shoot and put the ball on the floor," Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. "We have a little bit of lack of depth up front right now, so it was tough for us to match up with them tonight."...
Tkachuk collects his 1,000th career point in Blues' 4-2 victory (12/01/08)
ATLANTA — The St. Louis Blues celebrated Keith Tkachuk’s milestone goal, then went on to win a rare road game. Tkachuk tied it, then Brad Boyes put St. Louis ahead midway through the third period, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 Sunday...
Attorney says Burress will turn himself in today (12/01/08)
LANDOVER, Md. -- Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his attorney said. Benjamin Brafman wrote in an e-mail Sunday that he was advised the New York Giants' star receiver will be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh...
Steelers smother Patriots' resurgent offense (12/01/08)
Pittsburgh's NFL-best defense stopped Matt Cassel's two-game offensive surge and pushed New England closer to strange territory: a sideline seat for the playoffs. The Steelers held the Patriots (7-5) to 267 yards, got two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger and four field goals from Jeff Reed and beat the Patriots 33-10 on a cold, rainy Sunday...
Boomer burden: Handling what Depression-era parents leave behind (12/01/08)
Everyday, about 4,800 Baby Boomers will become middle-aged orphans when their elderly parents pass away, leaving behind a lot more than just memories, says Julie Hall, author of The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents' Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff...
'Christmas Story' fans mark film's 25th year (12/01/08)
CLEVELAND -- Fans of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" are celebrating the film's 25th anniversary with a convention and trips to the house where the movie was made. The 1983 film, an adaptation of Jean Shepard's memoir of a boy in the 1940s, was set in Indiana but largely filmed in Ohio. The movie starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas...
Mandates driving surge toward hydropower (12/01/08)
HAMILTON, Ohio -- Many decades ago, cost-conscious Henry Ford turned to hydroelectric plants to power his car factories like the one by the Great Miami River, near this Cincinnati suburb. That assembly plant is long gone, but the power plant and the technology behind it isn't...
New business ministry hoping to give those in need of a BREAK (12/01/08)
More than five years ago, Paul Van Meter was involved in a car accident that broke a number of the bones in his body, leaving him disabled. Since then, the Cape Girardeau resident had been sleeping on an air mattress. But five months ago Van Meter got a break that he said changed his life forever...
Two area groups offer small business classes (12/01/08)
The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau will offer the free course from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Russell Humphrey, business consultant with the center, will teach the class. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a space in the class, call 986-6084...
People on the move 12/01/08 (12/01/08)
Mulholland joins Select Physical Therapy Jason Mulholland has joined Select Physical Therapy, 240 S. Mount Auburn Rd. in Cape Girardeau, as work strategies manager. He will be partnering with employment, case managers and physicians to assist in decreasing workers compensation costs. Mulholland is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau...
Francine Payne (12/01/08)
Francine Payne, 82, of Whitewater, Mo., died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, at Puxico, Mo., daughter of Cecil Lawrence Whitesell and Esther Lillian Murdock. She and Grover Curtis Payne were married March 14, 1969. He died Jan. 27, 2004...
Anna Williams (12/01/08)
Anna Anita Williams, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Leeper, Mo., daughter of Walter and Jettie (Howard) Vaughn. She and Jesse Winslow Williams were married July 25, 1936, in Madison, Ill. He died Oct. 28, 1998...
Louis Davis (12/01/08)
Louis P. Davis, 83, of Oak Ridge went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Blodgett, Mo., son of Louis B. and Ethel (Gettings) Davis. He and Rosemary (McClard) Davis were married Sept. 11, 1980, at Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 12/01/08 (12/01/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 5:49 p.m., a fuel spill at Lexington Avenue and North Kings­highway. n At 7:53 p.m., a stove fire on Village Drive. n At 9:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Lorimier Street...
Police report 12/01/08 (12/01/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Lord L. Gwin, 40, 4217 County Road 620, was arrested on suspicion of assault. n A suspect is in custody pending formal charges of burglary, stealing, tampering with an airplane and property damage...
Out of the past 12/1/08 (12/01/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 1, 1983 A boy and girl who were being held at the juvenile home in Cape Girardeau for Alabama authorities allegedly robbed a juvenile officer yesterday, stole his car and escaped before being recaptured soon afterward at gunpoint near the Mississippi River Bridge...
'The Coming Economic Earthquake' (12/01/08)
Two Fridays ago I was driving back to Cape Girardeau from Farmington, Mo., and came across a rather interesting radio program. In 1991 Larry Burkett, late co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries, wrote "The Coming Economic Earthquake." His book warned about the dangers of the growing hunger for debt in our society and federal government...
Sometimes, everyone gets a little lost (12/01/08)
"OK, Miss Lost-on-Main-Street, where is Ranney Park?" The stern voice behind me belonged to editorial-page editor Joe Sullivan. I knew by his tone that "Frederick and Willow streets" would be the wrong answer -- even though it's what I wrote in a story filed last week about the Dec. 6 community-building march scheduled to start at the park Saturday...
Tobacco money (12/01/08)
It has been 10 years since the historic lawsuit filed by states against Big Tobacco was settled. The states had sued to recover costs they claimed had been incurred by taxpayers for the treatment of medical problems caused by using tobacco products. Under the 1998 agreement, the tobacco companies agreed to pay out some $294 billion over 25 years...
Speak Out 12/01/08 (12/01/08)
Predicted the collapse I HAVE been writing letters and e-mails since 1998 stating our economy was a house of cards based on a Ponzi scheme. I stated there was no way of knowing just when the house of cards would come tumbling down but that it surely would come tumbling down sometime in the near future...
Out On The Farm (12/01/08)
The sun was setting, and left a nice contrast on the barn doors.
CuddleBugs (12/01/08)
Our Boston Terrier Molly was tired after our big Thanksgiving weekend. What better way to relax and stay warm than to cuddle up with our Golden Retriever Kacie?
A Guitar Learning opportunity in Marble HIll (12/01/08)
There will be a free Guitar Lesson Workshop hosted at the Bollinger County Library in Marble Hill. If you are a student (Grade 12 and under) in Bollinger County and would be interested in learning to play the guitar then this announcement is for you! Dan Montgomery will be hosting the first basic guitar session on Thursday, December 4 at 6:30 P.M. ...
Our pets (12/01/08)
Apollo and Sammie are the very best of friends; their favorite activity is spending time together napping and eating but shhhh...don't tell Sammie he's not a dog, he really thinks he is one! Owners are Rob, Laura and Jace Walz of Cape Girardeau
THANK YOU, thank you, thankyou......... to the ladies of the St. Vincent De Paul Friday Morning Bible Study (12/01/08)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center has been blessed with many individuals, business and churches who donate their time, money, services and talents to the youth and adults who are served within these old doors. Knowing this I would like to acknowledge the ladies of St. ...
Bill Emerson Bridge (12/01/08)
Took this on the river campus, on a beautiful night last summer.
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