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MoDot schedules work in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau counties today (12/10/08)
Missouri Department of Transportation crews will work on several roads in Southeast Missouri today. In Bollinger County, Highway 34 will be reduced to one lane while crews perform shoulder repairs through Thursday. ...
Helium-filled balloon leads to power outage in Jackson (12/10/08)
Approximately 30 customers in Jackson were without power this morning for a short amount of time thanks to a helium-filled balloon leftover from a person's birthday party.At 9:22 a.m., a helium-filled balloon crossed a transformer, knocking out power to nearby businesses and residential areas. ...
Highway 67 project to be completed one year early, MoDOT says (12/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Motorists will be driving on a safer, four-lane U.S. 67 one year earlier than expected. "Highway 67 will be done by the end of 2011," was the good news the Missouri Department of Transportation's second highest official announced at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday at the Black River Coliseum...
Crowell files Heroes Way bill to honor soldiers killed in action (12/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - State Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) has filed a bill that would honor soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan or Iraq. Bill 110 would establish interchanges along Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri that would be named in honor of six fallen soldiers. ...
Sikeston police encourage the wanted to square up with courts or spend holidays in jail (12/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- This holiday season may be a bit less merry for some who could wind up spending Christmas in jail. Each year, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety makes an effort to reach out to people in the community with outstanding warrants for their arrest. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/10/08)
Yesterday people across the country were talking about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on bribery charges. Of course, the news hit close to home for President-elect Barack Obama, whose Senate seat Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell.Today Obama joined a growing chorus of people calling for Blagojevich to resign before he even goes to court on the charges. ...
Man arrested Monday in connection with Cape Girardeau taxi robbery (12/10/08)
The second member of a duo that allegedly robbed a taxi driver in Cape Girardeau last month was arrested Monday. Lovester Hines Jr., 21, faces charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action related to an incident Nov. 21. Hines' alleged partner, Netfa E. Simmons, 19, was arrested shortly after the robbery, following a police search. Charges of first-degree robbery were filed against Simmons on Nov. 22...
Two-vehicle accident sends Perryville man to hospital (12/10/08)
A Perryville, Mo., man was injured Monday evening in a two-car accident on U.S. 61, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred two miles north of Jackson at around 6:20 p.m. as a 1998 Plymouth driven by Stanley Brueckner, 57, of Perryville was entering the roadway and failed to yield to a 2002 Buick driven by Shirley Versemann, 59, of Frohna, Mo. The Buick then struck the Plymouth...
Mounds man gets 70 years in video store murder case (12/10/08)
Michael Fencel was sentenced Tuesday to 70 years in prison for the murder of a store customer and nonfatal shooting of a clerk at the Brown Big Video II store in McClure, Ill., in the summer of 2007. Fencel, of Mounds, Ill., pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated battery last month in an Alexander County, Ill., court. ...
Searches turn up suspected drug activity at two Sikeston homes (12/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three persons were to be arraigned today on drug-related charges after two search warrants were served by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Sikeston Special Operations Group served a search warrant at 507 William. The tactical team made entry into the home and found two subjects inside...
Southeast Missouri under winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. (12/10/08)
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. today for parts of Southeast Missouri. Light freezing rain and freezing drizzle are possible in some areas. Affected counties include Bollinger and Cape Girardeau.The National Weather Service said some minor icing has been reported mainly on elevated surfaces. ...
Thunderstorms lead to lightning strike, accidents (12/10/08)
Early morning thunderstorms resulted in minor flooding, at least three motor vehicle accidents and a home struck by lightning Tuesday in Southeast Missouri. From 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, the downtown Cape Girardeau weather station reported 0.91 inches of rainfall. That led to minor flooding in at least four areas in the city Tuesday morning...
Appeals court rules insurance company must pay owner of Gordonville convenience store that burned down in 2004 (12/10/08)
A Missouri appeals court this week ordered a Columbia, Mo.-based insurance company to pay almost $200,000 to the owner of a Gordonville convenience store that burned in an arson fire in December 2004. No one has ever been charged in the blaze that destroyed the Gordonville Food & Fuel in the early morning of Dec. 2, 2004. The owner, Lisa Sparkman, sued Columbia Mutual Insurance Co. in November 2006 in an attempt to force the insurer to pay for the damage...
Jackson schools hold steady on state report card (12/10/08)
Some Jackson administrators supervise students at a ratio more than double that of the state average, recently released data shows. Districtwide, there was one administrator per 273 students last school year, above the state average of 1:189. At Orchard Elementary, there was one administrator for 545 students; at the high school, one to 409...
Parents thankful to hear about Toybox; Mr. O and wife have no other family (12/10/08)
Parents thankful to hear about Toybox Dad, Mom and five boys moved here after Dad lost his job and their home. Dad is taking temporary jobs and Mom is looking for work. They were happy to hear about Toybox. All the children love to read. They would like puzzles, Transformers, games, video games, remote-controlled toys and cars, Hot Wheels and books for children ages 12, 8, 7, 6 and 2. ...
Big-picture planning: Seven-county panel offers single voice in asking for grant money (12/10/08)
While many are watching the economic horizon and wondering what will come next, at least one government agency is looking for opportunities: the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission. The commission, created 40 years ago and one of 19 in Missouri, is intended to draw together county, city and smaller governments into a single unit to coordinate everything from grant applications to prioritizing transportation projects...
Filing begins next week for local races (12/10/08)
For people suffering from withdrawal after the historic 2008 presidential election, another round of political campaigning will begin next week as filing opens for municipal and school board elections that will take place in April. The annual round of spring elections in Missouri separates local government from partisan politics by barring, in most places, the use of labels such as "Democratic" or "Republican" with a candidate's name. ...
Scott County tax hearing draws few (12/10/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Most of the 25 people who arrived for Monday's public hearing on a proposed Scott County half-cent tax were either elected officials or county employees. The half-cent sales tax is set for a Feb. 3 vote. If approved, it would generate an estimated $1.6 million annually for eight years. During that time, the county's portion of property and real estate taxes would be waived...
Title: Reposition candidacy to qualify for career change (12/10/08)
Content: Dear Sam: I am 43 years old with 20 years of work experience in sales, management, customer service, and business ownership. I recently returned to school and graduated with a finance degree last year. ...
Obama calls for Illinois governor to resign (12/10/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday joined others calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign, distancing himself further from the unfolding scandal over allegations that the governor schemed to barter Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal gain...
St. Louis officer kills self behind church (12/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer who was under investigation in a child pornography case jumped out of a police car, ran away, and killed himself, authorities said Wednesday. The officer's name was not released. He was 37 and had been with the department for 2 1/2 years, city police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross said...
Judge quashes Blunt deposition (12/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge blocked an effort Tuesday to take the sworn testimony of Gov. Matt Blunt in an investigation into whether his office violated open-records laws by deleting government e-mails. A bipartisan pair of special assistant attorneys general had sought to depose Blunt on Thursday as part of their lawsuit. They are seeking fines against the governor's office on allegations that Blunt "knowingly and purposely" violated Missouri's public-records law...
Obama and Gore meet to discuss green ideas on economy (12/10/08)
CHICAGO -- President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday praised former vice president Al Gore's ideas on the environment as part of helping the nation's struggling economy recovery. Obama, Gore and vice president-elect Joe Biden met privately at Obama's transition headquarters for almost two hours. Obama said they discussed so-called green jobs as a way to boost employment across the country, improve national security by reducing reliance on foreign oil and reduce energy costs...
Illinois governor charged with "political corruption crime spree" (12/10/08)
CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges he conspired to sell or trade president-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder as part of what federal prosecutors called a "political corruption crime spree."...
Lower heating costs forecast (12/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- The government has further lowered its projections for winter heating costs because of the dramatic drop in crude oil demand and prices. The Energy Department said Tuesday that because of the worldwide economic slowdown it expects global crude oil consumption to decline by 450,000 barrels a day next year, the first time in three decades that global oil demand would fall for two years in a row. ...
Study: U.S. students score higher in math (12/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- American schoolchildren do better than people think in math and science, but Asian students still dominate in math and have gained ground in science, an international study found. Students in the U.S. have made significant gains in math since 1995 and score above average on international fourth- and eighth-grade tests in the subject, according to a study released Tuesday...
Congressional aide: Both engines of military jet lost power before crash (12/10/08)
SAN DIEGO -- Both engines of a military jet fighter failed before the aircraft crashed and burned in a residential area, killing four people on the ground as it destroyed two houses, a congressional aide said Tuesday. Investigators also found the remains of a fourth person in the rubble, a 15-month-old child...
India gives info tying Mumbai gunmen to Pakistan (12/10/08)
MUMBAI, India -- Police released names and photographs of suspected Islamic militants who staged the bloody three-day siege of Mumbai and said they uncovered new details about the gunmen -- including hometowns in Pakistan. The new information, if confirmed, would support India's claim that the attack was launched from Pakistan and was released as the Pakistani government announced more arrests in raids on Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group that India blames for the assault on its financial capital.. ...
Irish won't halt beef sales despite dioxin scare (12/10/08)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Irish officials confirmed Tuesday that cattle at three farms have tested positive for dioxin -- the cancer-causing chemical that has contaminated its pork industry -- but insisted the country's beef posed no real risk to health. Ireland has already ordered the withdrawal and destruction of all pork products produced since Sept. 1, a move the government says should reinforce -- not undermine -- international confidence in Ireland's food exports...
Violence breaks out during Greek teen's funeral (12/10/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Rioters rampaged in Greek cities for a fourth day Tuesday in an explosion of rage that was triggered by the weekend police killing of a teenager but has spread to an array of anti-establishment parties. On Tuesday, police fired tear gas at protesters after the dead teenager, 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, was buried in a funeral attended by about 6,000 people. ...
Notre Dame soccer players among area athletes honored (12/10/08)
Four Notre Dame boys soccer players picked up a pair of postseason honors after helping the Bulldogs to third place in the state. Brock Dirnberger, Joda Holloway, Ryan Bass and John Unterreiner all earned first-team all-conference honors in the SEMO Soccer Conference, plus earned a spot on the Class 2 Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association's all Southeast region first team...
Hornets overtake Cubs 57-33 (12/10/08)
ADVANCE -- David VanGennip made his first shot of the game Tuesday, but the Advance senior missed his next six attempts to close out the first half. But when the Hornets needed him most, VanGennip delivered. With just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter and his team clinging to a two-point lead, VanGennip unleashed an uncontested 3-pointer in front of his coach...
Jackson boys lose season debut in SEMO Conference tournament (12/10/08)
The Jackson boys basketball team didn't net a field goal until the second quarter as it lost its season opener 60-36 to Poplar Bluff in the SEMO Conference tournament Tuesday. Cody Green led Jackson with 11 points. In other action, Central rebounded to post a 51-45 victory over Charleston...
Southeast women look to get back on winning track (12/10/08)
All the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has to do is remember last season to know its current four-game losing streak isn't the end of the world. A year ago, the Redhawks suffered five straight defeats immediately after they started the season with four consecutive wins...
Redhawks try to halt three-game skid on road (12/10/08)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will have a few more weeks to contemplate its 0-2 Ohio Valley Conference start. In the meantime, the Redhawks would like to pick up some wins before resuming OVC play next month. Southeast's first opportunity comes today against Western Illinois in a 7 p.m. tipoff in Macomb, Ill...
Mets reach agreement with K-Rod (12/10/08)
LAS VEGAS -- Francisco Rodriguez became the first top-tier free agent to reach an agreement when he decided to join the New York Mets, and Kerry Wood was on the verge of striking a deal with the Cleveland Indians at the winter meetings. Coming off a record 62 saves for the Los Angeles Angels, Rodriguez reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday on a $37 million, three-year contract with the Mets, desperate for bullpen help. ...
Smash & Dash (12/10/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While Carolina coach John Fox's offensive philosophy always has emphasized pounding the ball between the tackles, the Panthers have a dubious history on the ground: two 1,000-yard rushers in their first 13 years in the NFL. After two straight seasons out of the playoffs, Fox was determined to transform the Panthers into the ball-control, run-oriented team he's comfortable with...
Cook at the table for a fast New Year's dinner (12/10/08)
Want the recipe for a perfect New Year's Eve party? Let your guests do the cooking. But this isn't a potluck. This is tabletop cooking, a relaxed and fun way to turn a dinner party into something special. And because it tends to be a slow way to cook and eat, it's perfect for an evening that needs to stretch to midnight...
Dr. Grow: Help for your holiday plant (12/10/08)
Everywhere you go during the holiday season, you seem to find poinsettias. This "Christmas flower" is gaining more and more popularity as evidenced by the increasing number of new varieties on the market. You can find a color that will go with any decor...
Recipe Swap: Reader returns from trip with new recipes (12/10/08)
Martha and Ralph Maxton of Cape Girardeau spent Thanksgiving in North Carolina with their son, Dan, and his wife, Carolyn. During their visit, Carolyn served many delicious dishes, but Martha said there were some that stood out and she just had to have the recipes...
Auto bailout deal seems near (12/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic congressional leaders tried to clear the final obstacles to a $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers Tuesday night, but the rescue plan faced new snags as Republicans raised concerns. Top Democrats said they were still hopeful of a vote by the end of the week, though sticking points remained. ...
Treasury gives banks $3.84B from bailout pot (12/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- The government on Tuesday said it has supplied $3.84 billion to 35 banks in a third round of payments from the $700 billion financial rescue program. The Treasury Department said it authorized the payments Friday, bringing the total supplied to banks to $165.3 billion...
Stocks fall, but demand for treasury bills up (12/10/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street turned cautious Tuesday after a two-day rally as new corporate news came in. Stocks tumbled while demand for the safety of government debt surged. Although the market was down sharply, the pullback was uneven. The Dow Jones industrials fell 243 points, or 2.72 percent, but the Nasdaq composite index fell a more moderate 1.55 percent as investors decided to buy some hard-hit technology names...
Union: Sit-in at Ill. factory not over yet (12/10/08)
CHICAGO -- A five-day sit-in by laid-off workers at a Chicago window and door maker continued Tuesday despite an offer by the plant's creditor to extend limited loans to the factory so it could resolve the dispute. The factory closed Friday after Bank of America canceled its financing...
Mary VanMatre (12/10/08)
Mary VanMatre, 64, of Republic, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at her home. She was born July 26, 1944, at Delta, daughter of Melvin and Viola Sylvia Lusk Surface. She married Bobby VanMatre. Survivors include her husband; a son, Kelly VanMatre of Mount Vernon, Mo.; her mother of Cape Girardeau; five sisters, Patsy Toombs and Nancy McIntyre of Cape Girardeau, Judy Crain and Joyce Metcalf of Delta, Linda Wells of Jackson; two brothers, Melvin Surface Jr. ...
Mildred Brunke (12/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mildred L. Brunke, 86, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born June 27, 1922, in Perryville, daughter of Thomas Ode and Louise Fassold Hart. She and Waldo "Duke" Brunke were married Feb. 9, 1946. He died Feb. 12, 1984...
Bernetta Lankford (12/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bernetta Lankford, 73, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 15, 1935, at Perry County, Mo., daughter of Barney and Clara Lappe Hennemann. She and Virgil Lankford were married Feb. 27, 1954, at Perryville. He preceded her in death...
Geneva Voelker (12/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Geneva Elizabeth Voelker, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1920, in Diehl­stadt, Mo., daughter of the late Rev. William S. and Cleo Williams Bailey. Voelker co-owned and operated Voelker's Jewelry Store in Sikeston many years. ...
Patricia Schatz (12/10/08)
FRIEDHEIM, Mo. -- Patricia A. Schatz, 49, of Friedheim died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 30, 1959, in St. Louis, daughter of Shirley Sontag Tullock. She and Ted J. Schatz were married March 29, 1990...
Gracie Cundiff (12/10/08)
Gracie G. "Sissie" Cundiff, 81, lifelong resident of McClure, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. Gracie was born in McClure to Benjamin Harrison and Ada Grace Cook Woodard on Dec. 27, 1926. She was a graduate of McClure High School in 1945 and Cape Girardeau Beauty School in 1947. ...
Naomi Latham (12/10/08)
Naomi Markert Latham, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home...
Joseph Young Sr. (12/10/08)
Joseph Amuel Young Sr., 75, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 17, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, son of John and Ollie Price Young. Survivors include a son, Joseph Young Jr. of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Christy Young of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Robert Young of Cape Girardeau, Charles Young of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Christopher Kight, Kayla Barry, Shaine Barry and Kayden Barry; and a son-in-law, Steve Barry of Cape Girardeau.. ...
Norma Devenport (12/10/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Norma E. Devenport, 99, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the family home. She was born July 22, 1909, at Shrum, Mo., daughter of John and Lula Belle Ridings Patton. She and W.H. "Billy" Devenport were married Sept. 3, 1925. He preceded her in death Aug. 27, 1994...
Ella Richard (12/10/08)
Ella Mae Richard, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Vienna, Ill., daughter of Julius and Nora Simpson Holmes. She married George Lee Richard, who died July 4, 1991. Richard was formerly of Olmsted, Ill., and a member of Olmsted United Methodist Church...
Fire report 12/10/2008 (12/10/08)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n A carbon monoxide call on Nellie Street. n A vehicle lock-out on East Jackson Boulevard.
Police report 12/10/2008 (12/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Denys C. Balle, 18, 109 Albert St., and Arturo P. Gonzales, 21, 900 Perry Ave., were arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Claudette F. Rager, 57, 124 N. Henderson Ave., Apt. B2, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for parole violation...
Out of the past 12/10/2008 (12/10/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 10, 1983 Paul L. Ebaugh, a Cape Girardeau banker, has been confirmed by the Missouri Senate as a member of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission; Ebaugh will serve a six-year term. Two more people filed for open seats on the Cape Girardeau City Council shortly before the deadline yesterday; Billy D. Mize, 54, and David W. Barklage, 22, became the seventh and eighth candidates to file...
Correction 12/10/2008 (12/10/08)
Scott County Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger's name was misspelled in Monday's Lost on Main Street column. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Fearing fear (12/10/08)
This past summer, I wrote of the impending dire circumstances facing our nation as the prospect of $8 a gallon gasoline loomed on the horizon. I made that assessment after reading "the nation's leading expert" on gasoline pricing. This "expert" was and remains a leading forecaster within the petroleum industry and clearly knows the ins and outs of the petro pipeline. He predicted with great certainty and in stark detail exactly what was ahead for this nation...
When shopping, be kind to others (12/10/08)
Shoppers at the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y. -- just east of Kennedy International Airport -- are like shoppers everywhere. They like to find bargains, and they particularly like the special savings offered on the day after Thanksgiving. More than 2,000 shoppers lined up outside the discount store Nov. ...
Speak Out 12/10/08 (12/10/08)
Part of the problem WHAT CONGRESS doesn't seem to understand about the auto industry's problems is that Congress, along with the heavy burden of labor unions, are a major part of the problem. CAFE standards, emissions and other government meddling are finally catching up to our once great auto industry. If Congress wants to help, it should get off the auto industry's back...
Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/10/08)
Zoe is a beautiful 6 1/2 year-old German Shepherd. She is spayed and housebroken. She lived in a home with 2 children under the age of 4 and did great with them! One of the kids turned out to be very allergic to her. Now Zoe needs a new home! She is available for adoption at HSSEMO, 573-334-5837...
Natural Decorations (12/10/08)
Ornaments were made from pine cones and other items found in nature.
In the Spirit (12/10/08)
The nature center tree is decorated with birdhouses and other natural items. Mounts of various Missouri mammals find shelter under and around the tree.
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