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MoDOT awards contract to replace bridges over Highway 72 (12/05/08)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a contract for work on two bridges along Highway 72 in Cape Girardeau County at a cost of $3,632,093, according to a MoDOT news release. The contractor with the winning bid, awarded Friday, was Robinson Contractors, Inc., of Poplar Bluff, Mo. The project includes replacing the bridges over the Whitewater River and Byrd Creek near Millersville, along with grading, paving and resurfacing work...
Fire damages Chaffee home (12/05/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — An early morning house fire in Chaffee caused extensive damage to the second floor and attic but the family inside the home escaped without injury. Chaffee Fire Department Chief Sam Glency said a neighbor noticed smoke in the home and alerted the family their home at 408 S. Third St. was on fire. The fire department arrived on the scene at 7:37 a.m. and contained the fire within 40 minutes...
I-55 repairs to impact traffic in Cape Girardeau, Scott counties next week (12/05/08)
Motorists driving on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Scott County next week may need to allow extra travel time on a section of the roadway. The southbound lane of I-55 between exit 99 and Highway 74 will be reduced to one lane on Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace guardrails. Work is expected to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m...
Cape Girardeau County Senior Board grants get extra scrutiny (12/05/08)
Twenty-two Cape Girardeau programs will get grants from County Senior Citizens' Services Fund Board this year, a total of $547,450. But a $6,000 grant to Gold Leaf Transportation, a year-old cab service in Jackson, raised questions among Cape Girardeau County commissioners, who must approve the senior board's funding recommendations. The commissioners reviewed the recommendations on Thursday but delayed a vote on the issue until Monday's meeting...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/05/08)
The Missouri Department of Transportation's director said today that the agency has 34 highway projects ready to go, including projects on Interstate 55. We're waiting for the Associated Press to identify exactly what the projects are, and we'll update the story when we get that information. Click here for more on this story...
3 from Cape Girardeau, 2 from Sikeston tapped for Gov.-elect Nixon's transition team (12/05/08)
Three people from Cape Girardeau and two from Sikeston have been tapped by Gov.-elect Jay Nixon to help recruit workers for the Nixon administration, according to a news release from Nixon's spokesperson Sam Murphey. These people will "will help recruit potential members of Gov.-elect Nixon's administration in their home communities," the news release states. ...
Case against Dexter man charged in drug death on hold (12/05/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — The case against a man facing drug charges following an overdose-related death in November is currently on hold. Tyler R. Hardin, 19, of Dexter, will have to wait a little longer before returning to the courtroom as the state awaits the results of toxicology tests taking place at the crime lab in St. Louis...
Vehicle hits fire hydrant in downtown Cape Girardeau causing icy conditions on roadway (12/05/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is warning motorists to use extra caution when driving near the intersection of Bellevue Street and Fountain Street. At around 2:15 a.m. this morning a car hit a fire hydrant, causing water to spill out. As a result, icy conditions have developed on the roadway. The motor vehicle fled the scene of the accident, police said...
Noranda announces more layoffs at New Madrid plant (12/05/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Fifty salaried employees at Noranda Aluminum learned Thursday their jobs were being eliminated, effective immediately. And another 54 hourly workers will lose their jobs at the plant by the first quarter of 2009, said Keith Gregston, president and general manager of the New Madrid plant...
Operation Taking It Back march, meeting set for Saturday (12/05/08)
Operation Taking It Back, a community support walk sponsored by churches, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday on Cape Girardeau's south side. The 4.2-mile walk begins at Ranney Park, just east of South Sprigg Street, at Maple Street and Ranney Avenue. Parking will be available at the House of Hope, 1000 Ranney Ave...
Gas prices fall below $1.50 for first time in at least four years (12/05/08)
The price of gasoline fell below $1.50 a gallon Thursday in Cape Girardeau, the lowest cost in at least four years. Some stations remain above that mark, but prices at most stations have fallen by 50 cents a gallon over the last four weeks and are less than half the price being charged as little as two months ago. The average price statewide for regular gasoline peaked in July at $3.95 per gallon...
19 Central Middle students out of about 300 eligible sign up for private tutoring (12/05/08)
Only about 6 percent of Central Middle School students eligible for private tutoring signed up for services. The option is required because for three consecutive years the school missed targets on communication arts exams required by the No Child Left Behind Act...
Cape Library gets new microfilm reader (12/05/08)
Cape Girardeau Public Library has a new microfilm reader/printer, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The $4,196 grant required a 25 percent match from the library. It is the library's second microfilm reader/printer -- a machine invaluable to those researching genealogy...
Cape Girardeau County deputies inundated with calls about Jackson wedding planner arrested for credit fraud (12/05/08)
News that a Jackson businessman is in jail on credit card fraud charges is bringing a lot more potential victims forward with complaints, Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. Michael J. Erzfeld, owner of the Custom Events wedding planning service, has been held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail since Nov. ...
Family lives on food stamps and aid; Grandparents ask for help with disabled grandson (12/05/08)
Family lives on food stamps and aid Mom isn't working now and shops at Salvation Army for anything her children might need. The 6-year-old likes games and coloring books and dolls. The 2-year-old likes whatever her sister has, especially books and ABC toys. ...
A dangerous drive: After 15 years, Highway 34 still awaiting improvements (12/05/08)
For Missouri state trooper Aaron Harrison, making Highway 34 safer can't happen quickly enough. He was among those who responded to the call after a 16-year-old Glenallen, Mo., boy died when his car slid off a curve last month. "I have seen a lot of it. It doesn't get any better," Harrison said Wednesday...
Mo. Gov. Blunt joining auto salvage company board (12/05/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt will be helping to run an auto salvage company when he leaves office. Copart Inc. announced Friday that Blunt will joining its board of directors on Jan. 13 -- the day after Blunt's term as governor ends...
MoDOT says 34 projects ready to go, including several in Southeast Missouri (12/05/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Transportation has 34 projects that could be awarded within 180 days if Congress passes an economic stimulus project with money for infrastructure improvements. Department director Pete Rahn said the federal government package would need to include at least $25 billion for transportation infrastructure nationwide. He spoke at a Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield...
Female offenders moved to new Mo. prison (12/05/08)
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) -- Hundreds of inmates are settling in to the new women's prison in Chillicothe, which was built to ease overcrowding as the number of female offenders grows. The Missouri Department of Corrections said the transfer was completed early Friday, more than two years after ground was broken on the 1,636-inmate facility. The women were transferred from the 121-year-old Chillicothe prison, which held 525 prisoners...
Carmakers' bailout pleas hit skepticism from lawmakers (12/05/08)
WASHINGTON -- Desperate U.S. automakers ran into fresh obstacles from skeptical lawmakers Thursday as they appealed with rising urgency -- and a new dose of humility -- for a $34 billion bailout. Without help, said one senator, "we're looking at a death sentence."...
American study suggests good cheer may spread itself (12/05/08)
LONDON -- When you're smiling, the whole world really does smile with you. A paper being published today in a British medical journal concludes that happiness is contagious -- and that people pass on their good cheer even to strangers. American researchers who tracked more than 4,700 people in Framingham, Mass., as part of a 20-year heart study also found the transferred happiness is good for up to a year...
Panthers, Wildcats to meet in Woodland final (12/05/08)
Fourth-seeded Meadow Heights pulled off a decisive upset win over top-seeded Scott City Thursday night in the semifinals of the Woodland Invitational. The Panthers rolled past the Rams 72-52 to advance to the championship game. Dustin Hubler poured in 22 points and Derrick Wilfong netted 20 to lead the Panthers. Zac Hotop added 11 points...
Bradford wins wild scramble for Big 12 first team (12/05/08)
DALLAS -- Picking the top quarterback on the All-Big 12 team was about as difficult as figuring out the South division champion. But the result was the same: Oklahoma. Although Texas' Colt McCoy was chosen offensive player of the year by the 20 voters in balloting conducted by The Associated Press, the same group picked Oklahoma's Sam Bradford over McCoy for the prized first-team spot on the all-conference squad released Thursday...
Women's title defense gets off to rocky start (12/05/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hopes history repeats itself. Last year, the Redhawks lost at home in their first Ohio Valley Conference game but still won the OVC regular-season title. On Thursday at the Show Me Center, Austin Peay upset the Redhawks 61-50 in the OVC opener for both squads...
A Big 12 crown remains attainable for Daniel (12/05/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Last year, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Heading into the Big 12 championship game this weekend, his senior season hasn't been quite so special. At least not yet. The 19th-ranked Tigers have the fourth-best scoring offense (45 points per game) and passing attack (344 yards per game) in the nation heading into Saturday's game against No. ...
Govs whip Redhawks from start (12/05/08)
Austin Peay is supposed to be a bit vulnerable this season after losing three starters from last year's Ohio Valley Conference championship team. The Governors displayed few vulnerabilities in rolling past Southeast Missouri State 91-67 on Thursday night at the Show Me Center...
Report: Honda likely will leave Formula One racing (12/05/08)
TENERIFE, Canary Islands — Honda will pull out of Formula One unless a new buyer can be found within three months, sources said Thursday . The Japanese car manufacturer has the operating budget to keep the team running into early 2009, but escalating operational costs amid the worldwide financial crisis have the Brackley-based outfit in danger of shutting down if a new sponsor is not found quickly...
Jackson expects more carries this week (12/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson expects more of a work load, and less controversy, in his second game back from a thigh injury. All week, coach Jim Haslett has been backing off on his post-game assertion that Jackson wasn't used much in the fourth quarter of a 16-12 loss to the Dolphins because he was "gassed." On Thursday, he jokingly said he would "defer" questions about Jackson's health to the running back...
Action figure: Atogwe is bright spot in Rams' porous defense (12/05/08)
ST. LOUIS — The top of Oshiomogho Atogwe's locker stall is crammed with action figures, all of the muscle-bound Incredible Hulk. There are more at home, too, between 2,000 and 3,000 more in his collection. The St. Louis Rams' ball-hawking strong safety has been following the big green superhero in the comics, and lately the movies, since he was 8...
Chargers whip Raiders 34-7 (12/05/08)
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers finally looked like world-beaters. Too bad it might be too late. LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Chargers a 34-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday...
Cardinals acquire Padres shortstop (12/05/08)
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals addressed another major offseason concern Thursday night, taking advantage of the San Diego Padres' sell-off mode by acquiring shortstop Khalil Greene for minor leaguers. The Padres get minor league right-hander Mark Worrell and a prospect to be named from a pool of three players — two pitchers and one position player. ...
Italian exchange student shares her Christmas traditions (12/05/08)
In Italy the Christmas holidays for students generally start Dec. 22 and extend until Jan. 7. This is the period of the year that everyone looks forward to with more excitement than the summer holidays. Just before the holidays everyone begins to decorate their home and a lot of people crowd all kinds of shops to find presents. ...
Lifting a chair (12/05/08)
Lifting a chair seem easy, right? Well as this experiment proves, it depends on if you are a girl or a guy. Materials Chair n Wall n Girl n Guy Instructions STEP 1: Place the chair sideways against the wall. STEP 2: Stand next to the chair, but make sure your feet are not under the chair...
Who's next 12/5/2008 (12/05/08)
SCHOLARSHIP n Sara Diemer of Cape Girardeau received a President's Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next school year. -- From staff reports
neXt up 12/5/08 (12/05/08)
FRIDAY n New movies "Punisher" Rated R, running time 1 hour 47 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine n Holiday Dinner Showcase with Mike and Robyn @ Deerfield Lodge, call 243-7775 n Bonney Bank fine art and craft sale @ Christ Episcopal Church, 5 to 9 p.m...
Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'Hiawatha' Tuesday (12/05/08)
Music will tell a story Tuesday at the Bedell Performance Hall. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform "Peter and the Wolf" and "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast." In both, characters are represented by musical instruments...
J.W. Oxford (12/05/08)
McCLURE, Ill. -- J.W. Oxford, 84, of McClure died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Huffman, Ark., son of John and Blanche Bell Oxford. He and Betty Cullen were married June 10, 1945, in St. Louis. She died Dec. 14, 1997...
Lynuel Campbell (12/05/08)
Lynuel Campbell, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Alice Fisher (12/05/08)
Alice Marlin Fisher, 80, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Naylor, Mo., daughter of John Marshall and Nora Mohan Marlin. She and Paul Gordon Fisher were married July 29, 1951. He preceded her in death March 3, 2003...
Marie Young (12/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marie A. Young, 86, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born March 30, 1922, in Perryville, daughter of Harry J. and Hilda Holermann Tackaberry. She and James K. Young were married Sept. 2, 1942. He died June 14, 2005...
Births 12/05/2008 (12/05/08)
Grayum Son to Kent and Tammy Grayum of Festus, Mo., St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, 8:28 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Name, Dylan Luke. Weight, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Grayum is the former Tammy Rubel, daughter of Darvin and Rita Rubel of Perryville, Mo. She is a registered dietitian consultant at Dietitians Unlimited. Grayum is the son of Kenneth and Diane Grayum of Cape Girardeau. He is a computer programmer at Boeing in St. Louis...
Police report 12/05/2008 (12/05/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Samuel E. Phillips, 47, 825 Hickory St., was arrested on suspicion of trespassing. n James Foggie, 43, 546 S. Pacific St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for a stop sign violation...
Fire report 12/05/2008 (12/05/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:09 p.m., a box alarm at 626 S. Pacific St. n At 6:30 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2700 block of Pioneer Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 12/5/08 (12/05/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 5, 1983 The Cape Girardeau Circuit Court has upheld a County Court ruling against the development of a mobile home park in the county; Judge Stanley Grim ruled against the park developed by Donald Kuntze near Klaus Park and Interstate 55...
A winter's tale (12/05/08)
Meteorological winter. That's what KFVS12's Bob Reeves, the most trusted name in weather, calls the cold spell that comes before winter officially arrives Dec. 21. I am not a winter person. Which is why I have started going to work long before dawn just so I can see daylight on the way home...
Firefighters local clarifies pay issues (12/05/08)
The members of the Cape Girardeau Firefighters Association Local 1084 would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few of the issues surrounding the current pay debate within the city of Cape Girardeau. To begin with, we would like to point out that this is a citywide issue that is affecting all departmental employees. This has been established by dialogue we have had with other departments along with the statements that some of their representatives have made to the media...
Busy Friday (12/05/08)
From 6 to 9 p.m., merchants in downtown Cape Girardeau will be welcoming shoppers for the annual Christmas in Old Town Cape Open House. More than a dozen businesses will be showing off holiday window displays and offering refreshments. There will be carolers, Santa, carriage rides, door prizes and activities for children. And some lucky shopper will win a $2,000 shopping spree...
Speak Out 12/5/08 (12/05/08)
Teacher tenure According to the Dec. 8 Time magazine, "The biggest problem with U.S. public schools is lack of effective teaching, according to decades of research." Perhaps teachers can begin the process of rehabilitating schools by agreeing to a merit pay system and voluntarily giving up tenure...
Canned Food Drive at South Elementary (12/05/08)
The 2008 can food drive was a great success! All cans will be donated to needy families in Jackson; which is sponsored by the Jackson Elks Lodge. South Elementary collected almost 4200 cans, beating last year's total. Mrs. Grunloh's 5th grade class collected the most cans by bringing in 549 cans. Thank you to the South Elementary families who donated cans...
Volunteers learn to instruct Hunter Education (12/05/08)
Outdoor skills specialist, DeeDee Dockins, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) teaches the hunter education instructor program to volunteers at the Southeast Regional MDC office in Cape Girardeau, Thursday. Trained volunteers join MDC staff in teaching hunter education courses to people across the state. ...
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