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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/08/08)
We learned today the Main Street Bar will stay open for an unknown amount of time, despite the revocation of its liquor license following incidents of unruly crowds, including a September police shooting there.The bar's license, along with the license of Independence Place because it's owned by the same person, will stay valid until a resolution is made in an appeal filed by owner Rick Werner.Click here for more on this story.. ...
Longtime Butler County public servant dies of heart attack (12/08/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — An elected official who had dedicated more than 30 years of her life to serving Butler County died Saturday of a heart attack. Circuit Court Clerk Betty Scott, 63, is remembered by friends and colleagues for her good nature and commitment to service...
SEMO names athletic director finalists (12/08/08)
Southeast Missouri State University announced today the three finalists for its athletic director position. One of the candidates will replace Don Kaverman, who was fired this year after repeat NCAA violations in the school's athletic program.Forums with the candidates are set for this week on the school campus. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission gives unanimous approval to senior board recommendations (12/08/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission unanimously approved recommendations for grants by the Cape Girardeau County Senior Citizens' Services Fund Board at its meeting this morning. The grants total $547,450.Last week commissioners had some questions about a proposed grant for Gold Leaf Transportation, a year-old cab service in Jackson, but those concerns didn't prevent commissioners from giving the nod to the recommendations today.Look for more on this story later on semissourian.com or in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian.. ...
Cape Girardeau's Parade of Lights delights all ages (12/08/08)
Despite temperatures hovering just below freezing, people began setting up lawn chairs on Broadway as early as 3 p.m. to get ready for the annual Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau. Audrey Schubert of Jackson nestled into a niche at the corner near the Royal N'Orleans with her two grandsons, Jerod, 3, and Logan, 1, and their mother, Rachel Broshuis. ...
Dad laid off from job -- no toys for children / Widow, 92, lives alone in apartment (12/08/08)
Dad laid off from job -- no toys for children Many of the Toybox families are asking for help due to recent layoffs at area businesses. For this family, Mom's paycheck is supporting a family of seven. There is no extra money after bills are paid for toys this Christmas. ...
Playfulness gets special attention at arts festival (12/08/08)
Bethany Barnicle's whimsical painting of yellow flowers will grace the office of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for the next year. Barnicle, a fifth-grader at North Elementary School in Jackson, was among dozens of students whose artwork was celebrated by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri during a Sunday reception...
Mayor Jay Knudtson apologizes for recent comments about Cape firefighters' union (12/08/08)
In an effort to help cool tempers concerning city pay issues, Mayor Jay Knudtson apologized for recent comments about the Cape Girardeau firefighters' union. In a statement issued Friday, Knudtson said he was wrong to have characterized the Cape Girardeau Firefighters Association's aggressive approach on city manager Doug Leslie's pay as "that is the fire pseudo-union that is pouting."...
Cape Girardeau city leaders wrestle pay issues (12/08/08)
The questions facing Cape Girardeau city leaders as they try to work around pay issues include where to find money and what numbers to use for comparisons. City manager Doug Leslie has been meeting with employee groups -- he met with about 40 firefighters Friday in the latest session -- to explain the recent decision to award raises to some members of the police department. ...
Lambert closes 12-gate section of airport (12/08/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lambert Airport in St. Louis has closed a 12-gate section of a concourse that links its main and east terminals. The change went into effect Monday and will save about $900,000 in reduced costs for electricity, cleaning, trash removal and escalator maintenance...
Environmental groups launch studies on Mississippi (12/08/08)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Conservation and agricultural groups say they'll launch new studies to preserve Mississippi River water quality. The Nature Conservancy will study four upper Mississippi watersheds, including the Root River in Minnesota, the Pecatonica River in Wisconsin, the Boone River in Iowa and the Mackinaw River in Illinois. The group also will work with farmers to reduce agricultural runoff...
Clarksville cement plant may not be used again (12/08/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- There are no plans to keep any part of Holcim's cement plant near Clarksville open once operation ends next year. Holcim Inc. said in November that its cement plant two miles north of Clarksville will shut down, leaving about 180 people without work...
Ex-aide to Mo. lt. gov. used online dating site (12/08/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has admitted to using an online dating service despite a ban on personal Internet use following his pornography conviction. Eric Feltner pleaded guilty in August to displaying sexually explicit materials and was placed on probation that included a ban on going online except for business. Last week, a Cole County judge added a 10-day "shock time" jail sentence because Feltner violated that condition...
InBev announces major job cuts in St. Louis (12/08/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — This region's economy took a hit Monday when Anheuser-Busch InBev announced job cuts for 1,400 U.S. workers, with 75 percent of those job losses coming from the St. Louis area. Belgium-based InBev closed its $52 billion buyout of Anheuser-Busch in November, creating the largest beer company in the world...
Cost of Mo. legal battles over e-mails, firing about $1 million (12/08/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The legal battles over e-mail policies and a fired governor's office employee apparently have cost the state of Missouri about $1 million. Much of the money has been spent to defend Gov. Matt Blunt and his office against allegations of wrongful termination and defamation made by former legal counsel Scott Eckersley, who claimed he was fired after warning Blunt staffers they were not abiding by e-mail retention laws...
State panel doesn't order change in odor threshold rules (12/08/08)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A new set of Missouri air quality regulations aren't expected to bring much relief for city officials here trying to resolve long-standing odor problems they link to a local biofuels plant. The rule changes being developed at the request of the Missouri Air Conservation Commission don't include stricter odor thresholds, state Department of Natural Resources officials said...
Chicago workers' sit-in becomes rallying point for supporters (12/08/08)
CHICAGO -- Chicago workers in the third day of a sit-in on the floor of their former workplace peered through the windows of a door Sunday to see a mix of supporters, politicians and journalists who packed a foyer outside. "We never expected this," said Melvin Maclin, a factory employee and vice president of the local union that represents the workers. "We expected to go to jail."...
U.S. response to raid is acclaimed at Pearl Harbor (12/08/08)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- While smoke still billowed from the torpedoed ruins of the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Thomas Griffin's B-25 group took off from its Oregon base to search for Japanese ships or submarines along the West Coast. They didn't find any, but four months later the group flew from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and attacked Tokyo. ...
Riots continue for second day in Greek cities after teen killed (12/08/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Hundreds of youths angered by the fatal police shooting of a teenager rampaged through Greece's two largest cities for a second day Sunday in some of the worst rioting the country has seen in years. Gangs smashed stores, torched cars and erected burning barricades in the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki. ...
Reality may be settling in for Redhawks fans (12/08/08)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball fans know all too well that what happens in the first few Ohio Valley Conference games is not a predictor of the entire season. Who can forget last year, when the Redhawks bolted to a 6-0 OVC start and were looking like prime championship contenders?...
Wilson leads Central grapplers to third place in weekend meet (12/08/08)
Central senior wrestler Zach Wilson won the 171-pound division at a 10-team meet Saturday at Fort Zumwalt North High School in O'Fallon, Mo. Wilson pinned Parkway North's Antwon Jones to win his division. Wilson was one of five Tigers to medal as Central finished third in the overall standings with 200 points...
New No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Florida will play for national title (12/08/08)
That logjam at the top of the rankings wasn't so hard to figure out. Nobody dominated the last two months of college football like Oklahoma and Florida. Every poll and pretty much everyone outside of Texas agreed on that. No surprise, then, that the Gators and Sooners were the easy picks despite having one loss each. This pair of power programs with Heisman-worthy quarterbacks and 12-1 records will meet Jan. 8 in Miami for the BCS national championship...
Tigers' quickness unravels California 93-66 (12/08/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- DeMarre Carroll is such a believer he said it twice: Missouri is the most unselfish team in the country. The numbers backed him up after the Tigers combined for 22 assists, dazzling California with their quickness on both ends of the court in a 93-66 victory Sunday...
Missouri settles for Alamo Bowl (12/08/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Minutes after the latest crushing disappointment, ever-resourceful Missouri coach Gary Pinkel had a new rallying cry for his players. Accepting a bid Sunday for the Alamo Bowl -- far off the BCS path -- the 25th-ranked Tigers' goal in the wake of a 62-21 spanking by Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game is to reach double-digit victories in consecutive seasons. That would be a first in school history...
Titans clinch playoff spot with 12th win (12/08/08)
The AFC South title belongs to the Tennessee Titans for the first time since 2002 in what they hope is the first of many goals reached this season. Kerry Collins threw two touchdowns, and Chris Johnson ran for 136 yards and a score as the Titans routed the Cleveland Browns 28-9 on Sunday, clinching a second consecutive playoff berth with the franchise's best record through 13 games, 12-1...
Fumbling Rams see to it that Arizona wins West (12/08/08)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The final seconds ticked away and the Arizona Cardinals weren't sure how to celebrate. After all, it's been 33 years since the franchise last won a division title. "My coach was like, 'Act like you've been there before, act like you've been there before,'" defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "I said 'Coach, I ain't been there before. I don't know how to act right now.'"...
David Gregory to host 'Meet the Press' (12/08/08)
NEW YORK -- David Gregory's new job as moderator of "Meet the Press" was made official Sunday with an announcement on the long-running NBC interview program that he will take over starting next week. The 38-year-old chief White House correspondent was introduced by Tom Brokaw, who stepped in as temporary host last June after the death of Tim Russert, the program's moderator since 1991...
People on the Move 12/8/08 (12/08/08)
Travel agent named Disney specialist Carmel Dare of Elite Travel and Cruises, 354 S. Silver Springs Road, Suite C, in Cape Girardeau, is the travel agency's newest Disney specialist. Dare achieved the accomplishment after graduating from the College of Disney Knowledge...
Memo 12/8/08 (12/08/08)
Extension center hosting business class The Small Business Development Center and the Univeristy of Missouri Extension Center in Perryville, Mo., are teaming up to offer a class on how to manage a small business more effectively and ways to obtain financing. The free class will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the extension office, 321 N. Main in Perryville, To register, call 243-3581...
Sometimes, it's OK to tell your children you're broke (12/08/08)
It's a tough economy out there, even for a child. And many parents are wondering how to broach the subject. Should they shield their children from the hard times and spend like there's no tomorrow? Or is it better to share the reality that more families — often their own — simply can't have it all, even at Christmas? It can be a real dilemma...
Most area Christmas tree lots and farms are optimistic about this year's sales (12/08/08)
The temperature was a chilly 30 degrees on a windy Wednesday morning but the winterlike conditions didn't stop Janine Pfanstiel from visiting Bonnie Liabenow's Christmas tree lot at 19 S. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Since Pfanstiel and her husband, Barry, married 37 years ago, shopping for a Christmas tree has been a highlight of her holiday season. ...
George Collier (12/08/08)
George Collier MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- George Lamar Collier, 82, of Montgomery, formerly of Elba, Ala., departed this life Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. He was born on July 5, 1926, in Elba, son of George E. Collier and Rena Mae Wilson...
Alberta Craig (12/08/08)
ANNA, Ill. — Alberta Craig, 94, of Belleville, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center in Belleville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Anna Cemetery...
Flavian Lappe (12/08/08)
Flavian A. Lappe, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Biehle, Mo., son of Ben Joseph and Josephine Blechle Lappe. He and Petronella A. Halter were married Oct. 15, 1946, in Apple Creek, Mo...
Bill McLain (12/08/08)
Bill W. McLain, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, where he had lived the past five years. He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Oriole, Mo., to Monroe and Myrtle M. Coomer McLain. He and Betty J. Massey-Bollinger were married June 3, 1989...
Yolande Hawkins (12/08/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Yolande F. Hawkins, 71, of Advance passed away Dec. 7, 2008, at Puxico Nursing Center in Puxico, Mo. She was born April 7, 1937, in the Algerian Republic, the daughter of Markus and Sarah Serero Hausman. On June 25, 1974, she married Claude Foland. He preceded her in death on April 5, 2003. She later married Charles Hawkins on June 25, 2004, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2007...
Fannie White (12/08/08)
Fannie H. White, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Carthage, Mo., daughter of Clayton and Georgia Janney Hill. She and Edwin White were married June 12, 1947, in Springfield, Mo...
Fire report 12/08/08 (12/08/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 7:10 p.m., report of smoke in a residence in the 2200 block of Melrose Street. n At 7:44 p.m., car accident in the 300 block of Siemers Drive. n At 7:56 p.m., report of an illegal burn in the 1900 block of Perryville Road...
Out of the past 12/8/08 (12/08/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 8, 1983 It is announced that Bob Smith, currently the offensive line coach at the University of Illinois, will assume the head football coaching position at Southeast Missouri State University. City manager Gary A. Eide upholds the eligibility of a Cape Girardeau City Council candidate; the question of eligibility of candidate Gary Schreiner, 626 Woodbine St., arose earlier this week and centered on whether the Southeast Missouri State University professor met the residency requirement under the city's charter form of government.. ...
Peanuts' Linus had it right (12/08/08)
One of my holiday traditions is watching Christmas movies. I've watched "Home Alone" at least 100 times. I was reminded how much of a difference one man can make after watching "It's a Wonderful Life." And who can forget cute little Gizmo fighting off the evil Stripe in "Gremlins"?...
Down by the old mill (tax) stream (12/08/08)
Another resignation has arrived from a Cape Girardeau County Mental Health Mill Tax Board member. Dr. Janna Tuck's letter to the Cape Girardeau County Commission, filed Thursday, says her medical practice consumes so much of her time that she does not have enough left for board service...
Plenty of deer (12/08/08)
Hunters during the regular firearms season this year killed more deer than last year. Statewide, the total number of deer killed was down. The one-week muzzleloader season ended Sunday, and the archery season that opened Nov. 26 will continue until Jan. 15...
Speak Out 12/8/08 (12/08/08)
Bailout warning VARIATION OF Karl Marx's clarion call: Workers of the world, do not unite. You have everything to lose if you do, including a government bailout. Catch-22 aid THE ONLY thing the bailout money has helped consumers with, since we are all losing our jobs, homes and vehicles, is there's more money in the food stamp programs. But without a job we can't afford a home. If you don't have a home you can't get food stamps. What a government...
Marble Hill Board of Aldermen Meet (12/08/08)
The Marble Hill Board of Alderman met on Monday December 8th, 2008 with all members attending. Assistant City Administrator Gary Shrum gave his report stating that he will be attending a regional waste meeting concerning the possibility of a recycling center for Marble Hill...
Pet of the Week (12/08/08)
Our dog Tyson is a full blooded Chihuahua, he enjoys playing fetch with his favorite toy, and taking long naps on the couch.
St. Louis Blues Trip '09 (12/08/08)
The Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department Presents the 9th Annual St. Louis Blues Trip on Saturday, January 17, 2009. Come and join us as the St. Louis Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks, in a 7:30 p.m. battle on the ice. We will be taking a chartered bus, and leaving the Osage Community Centre at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are limited so HURRY and get you ticket TODAY!...
Delilah's Shout Out to the Humane Society (12/08/08)
Delilah, a beautiful Siamese Mix, was adopted from the Southeast Missouri Humane Society as a kitten in January 2003 by our family. Every year she claims one our Christmas trees as her own. Her favorite is a white tree in our home office. You can find her throughout the season lounging on the branches or atop the wrapped packages. We moved from Jackson in '04 and now live in the Chicago area...
Chlorine Safety Course Attracts Area Water and Wastewater Operators (12/08/08)
More than fifty water and sewer operators from Southeast Missouri attended a training session on chlorine safety and industry-wide regulatory updates last week. The operators, who represented nearly twenty communities, gathered at Fire Station #1 in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Attendees earned Missouri Department of Resources-approved training credit for attending the one-day course...
Memphis Grizzles vs. Los Angeles Lakers Trip (12/08/08)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is planning a trip to Memphis, TN to witness some great NBA action at the FedEx Forum as the Memphis Grizzlies take on the defending Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers. The game will be on Saturday January 31, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. ...
First Baptist Church Christmas Cantata this Sunday morning (12/08/08)
The Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau will present "A Christmas to Remember," a Christmas Cantata, this Sunday, December 14, in the 10:45 a.m. worship service. First Baptist Church is located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Cape Rock Drive. The public is invited...
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