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Police searching for suspects in Wednesday afternoon robbery in Cape Girardeau (12/11/08)
Cape Girardeau police are searching for two men suspected of robbing another man of an XBox 360 game system and about $100 in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday afternoon. The robbery was reported by the victim at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday at 2861 Themis St.Sgt. ...
Jackson PTO president charged with stealing from PTO funds (12/11/08)
A PTO president and former Jackson School District employee has been charged with stealing PTO funds totaling $3,350. Cynthia Tatum, 40, is accused of withdrawing money from West Lane Elementary and Orchard Elementary's accounts throughout August. She was arrested Nov. 19 and was charged today with class C felony stealing, according to a probable cause statement provided by the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's office...
Arkansas school shooter restarted his life after prison in Cape Girardeau (12/11/08)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Andrew Golden, who sat silently as a juvenile judge sentenced him into state custody for the deaths of four students and a teacher in a 1998 Jonesboro middle school shooting, disappeared just as quietly after a federal prison released him at age 21...
Judge says he will rule on Kezer case as quickly as possible (12/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The judge who will decide the fate of Joshua C. Kezer said he will rule as quickly as possible. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan, who is hearing the wrongful conviction suit because Kezer is imprisoned in his jurisdiction, heard from the last witness Thursday, wrapping up a hearing that started Dec. 2 and continued Dec. 3...
Hearing in Kezer case continues today, likely to conclude (12/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys expect to conclude testimony today in a hearing alleging the wrongful conviction of Joshua C. Kezer, incarcerated in Jefferson City for a 1992 Scott County murder. Last week, attorneys for Kezer presented a handful of witnesses during a two-day hearing held in Cole County Circuit Court challenging Kezer's armed criminal action and second degree murder conviction in the killing of Angela Mischelle Lawless...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/11/08)
Prosecutors say a Jackson PTO president was stealing from the organization's accounts at two district elementary schools. Authorities charged Cynthia A. Tatum with stealing from PTO accounts at West Lane and Orchard elementary schools. Click here to read more on this story...
Judge pledges to resolve Kezer murder conviction challenge quickly (12/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Cole County judge said at the conclusion of a hearing Thursday that he intends to decide the fate of Joshua C. Kezer, a man fighting his 14-year-old conviction in a Scott County murder case, as quickly as possible...
Helium balloon leads to power outage at Jackson businesses, homes (12/11/08)
About 30 customers in Jackson were without power for a short time Wednesday morning thanks to a helium-filled balloon leftover from a birthday party. At 9:22 a.m., the balloon crossed a transformer, knocking out power to nearby businesses and residential areas...
SADI's holiday lunch gives clients a chance to get out of the house, socialize (12/11/08)
The annual Christmas lunch hosted by SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence on Wednesday drew 150 people, nearly twice the number of people at last year's event. Debra Merideth, who helps four Mississippi County SADI clients, had her hands full. ...
Crews continue roadwork in Cape Girardeau County today (12/11/08)
Missouri Department of Transportation will continue work on one road and begin repairs on another in Cape Girardeau County today.Crews will cut brush next to Route OO from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Work, which started Wednesday, is on the section of roadway from Highway 34 to Route Z...
Crowell files bill to name interchanges after fallen soldiers (12/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, has filed a bill intended to honor soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan or Iraq. Senate Bill 110 would name interchanges along Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri in honor of six fallen soldiers. Each exit designated through the Heroes Way Interstate Designation Program would be near the fallen soldier's hometown. Additional soldiers who die on the battlefield would have their names added to appropriate interchanges...
New Madrid man sentenced to life in prison for role in 2006 death (12/11/08)
A New Madrid man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2006 death. Cornelius A. Sutton, who was found guilty by a jury in October for the Aug. 25, 2006, beating death of Charles Toler, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on the charge of first-degree manslaughter. The sentence is the maximum that can be imposed on the charge...
Boil-water order in effect for Jackson neighborhood until 10 a.m. Friday (12/11/08)
Annwood Estates residents in Jackson have been placed under a boil-water order after a water main broke on Brittany Drive, according to a news release from Jackson. The order will last until 10 a.m. Friday. Residents are asked to boil water vigorously for three minutes before using for drinking, brushing teeth or preparing food...
Wal-Mart changes its rules on recovering money for medical expenses (12/11/08)
Wal-Mart has changed the health insurance rules that almost cost permanently disabled former employee Debbie Shank her trust fund. When the world's largest retailer announced in April it would not pursue the money despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it could, the company also announced it was reviewing the rules that prompted it to pursue the court case...
Early morning crash sends Perryville woman to hospital (12/11/08)
A Perryville, Mo., woman was injured earlier this morning as the vehicle she was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an abutment and ran into a ditch off Route KK, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The 1990 Mazda driven by Jessica C. Brown, 18, was totaled...
Community colleges face budget cuts as enrollment spikes (12/11/08)
Community colleges are seeing a spike in enrollment as the economy falters, but the same economy could have severe budget implications on the colleges. Statewide, enrollment in public two-year institutions is up about 5 percent. Locally, some high schools sent graduates to community colleges at a rate 20 percent higher than the previous year...
Senath to enforce dog muzzle rule (12/11/08)
SENATH, Mo.-- The Senath City Council discussed at its Monday meeting the increase in the number of dangerous dogs being kept in the city illegally. The city will pursue enforcement of muzzle requirements for dangerous dogs outside their residence, according to the council. The muzzle requirements are to ensure dogs are unable to bite people and other animals in the city. The muzzles must restrict the dog from biting but also be comfortable and not harmful to the dog...
Single mom lost job Nov. 14; Mrs. P doesn't get around any more (12/11/08)
Single mom lost job Nov. 14 This mom with four children currently receives help with rent, utilities, groceries and children's medical expenses, but there is no money for new toys this Christmas. Mom reads and plays games with them. They use vouchers at the Thrift Stores for clothes. ...
Finalist pulls out of consideration for SEMO athletic director (12/11/08)
One done, one out and one to go. Southeast Missouri State University hosted the first of its candidates for athletic director Wednesday, the same day one of the three finalists withdrew from consideration. Timothy Hall, the athletic director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since February 2007, pulled out of the process just two days after he was named as a finalist and one day before he was supposed to visit Cape Girardeau for his interview...
Obama says he wasn't contacted about Blagojevich (12/11/08)
CHICAGO (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama say he has not been contacted by federal authorities in connection with the investigation of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Illinois Democrat also told a news conference that neither he nor members of his staff have been involved in deal-making with the disgraced governor over Obama's vacated seat in the U.S. Senate...
AirTran to serve new Branson Airport (12/11/08)
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- AirTran has become the first airline to serve Branson's new, privately developed and operated commercial airport. In a ceremony at Branson Airport Thursday morning, AirTran said it plans one round-trip flight per day from its hub in Atlanta starting May 11, when the $150 million facility opens...
Chicago workers vote to end sit-in (12/11/08)
CHICAGO -- Workers have approved a $1.75 million agreement, ending a sit-in that lasted six days at a Chicago window and door factory. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said each former Republic Windows & Door employee will get eight weeks' salary, all accrued vacation pay and two months' paid health care. He said it works out to about $7,000 for each worker...
Blunt: Probe into e-mails 'ridiculous' (12/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt spoke out Wednesday against an investigation into the e-mail policies of his office while indicating he remains opposed to providing sworn testimony in the case. Blunt called the investigation "ridiculous," "absurd" and "an utter waste of money."...
Committee to urge levee inventory, standards (12/11/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The United States needs a complete inventory of all levees and a national safety standard for the last line of defense against floods, members of the National Committee on Levee Safety said Wednesday. The committee, formed as the result of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, will make recommendations to Congress in January. ...
About 1 in 9 U.S. children use alternative medicine (12/11/08)
ATLANTA -- More than one in nine children and teens use herbal supplements or some other form of alternative medicine, the government said Wednesday, citing a new national survey. It's the first time children's use of such remedies, including acupuncture, meditation, and chiropractic care, has been measured. Adult use of alternative treatments remains about the same as it was in 2002 -- more than one in three...
Children with obesity-linked gene pick fattening foods, study finds (12/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that's been linked to an increased risk of obesity. A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which over the long term can put on weight, said Colin Palmer, who led the study at the University of Dundee in Scotland...
House OKs $14 billion auto aid bill; some senators plan to fight passage (12/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- A $14 billion rescue package for the nation's imperiled auto industry sped to approval in the U.S. House on Wednesday night, but the emergency bailout was still in jeopardy from Republicans who were setting out roadblocks in the Senate...
GPS and hidden cameras watch over baby Jesus (12/11/08)
When baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a star to locate him. A GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff's deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft...
Stocks resume climb after one-day sell-off (12/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rose in late trading Wednesday as a surge in gold and other commodities prices gave investors a reason to snap up energy and materials stocks. But the closing levels masked a confusing day in the market. Investors had sent stocks higher until midafternoon on expectations of a bailout for the Detroit automakers, but the market forfeited that advance on signs that the plan was running into opposition from Republican lawmakers. ...
Illinois governor ignores Obama's call to resign (12/11/08)
CHICAGO -- His career in shreds, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call to step down from president-elect Barack Obama and a warning that Senate Democrats will not let him appoint a new senator from the state...
Greek government defends how riots are being handled (12/11/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Five days of rioting that saw bands of youths marauding through the streets has led many in the generally tolerant Greek public to question how the situation was allowed to degenerate. The police and government are now under scrutiny, despite saying they went out of their way to avoid bloodshed...
Suicide on TV condemned in Britain (12/11/08)
LONDON -- The scene is difficult to watch, even for viewers inured to the subject of dying by a steady diet of violent Hollywood and television fare. Craig Ewert, a former computer scientist from Chicago, is shown lying in bed with his wife at his side while he takes barbiturates. He asks for a glass of apple juice to mask the bad taste and help him swallow. Then he uses his teeth to turn off his ventilator -- and dies on camera...
U.N. says cholera death toll in Zimbabwe reaches 775 (12/11/08)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen sharply, the United Nations said Wednesday, reporting 775 deaths and 16,141 cases of the waterborne disease in the southern African nation. Cholera has spread rapidly in Zimbabwe because of the country's crumbling health care system and the lack of clean water. Last week, Zimbabwe declared a health emergency because of cholera and the collapse of its health services...
Pakistan detains second alleged Mumbai plotter (12/11/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan announced the arrest of a second reputed key player behind the terror assault on Mumbai, and officials said Wednesday they are investigating an Islamic charity the U.S. and India call a front for the group blamed for the attack...
Icelanders face frugal Christmas as economy cools down (12/11/08)
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Here are a few things selling briskly in Iceland's capital as Christmas approaches: horse meat, secondhand clothing and used DVDs of "The Sound of Music." Thrift is the new mantra in Iceland, a volcanic island nation just below the Arctic Circle, now trapped in economic deep freeze with rising unemployment, soaring prices and a paralyzed banking system...
Healthy Simpson provided results (12/11/08)
The Scott City volleyball team could not afford for anyone to get injured with just seven players on its varsity roster this fall. It was especially important for junior middle hitter Brooke Simpson to stay healthy because she was the most experienced player on the young but talented Rams squad...
Veteran safety Chavous loses starting job (12/11/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Corey Chavous could have sulked after getting benched. Instead, the veteran St. Louis Rams safety made it easy on coach Jim Haslett when he delivered the news. "We had a great discussion," Haslett said Wednesday. "Before I even got it out of my mouth, he told me what I was going to tell him."...
Kelly advances to Chaffee title game (12/11/08)
Debra Hall exploded for 32 points Wednesday to help the Kelly girls basketball team advance to the championship game of the Chaffee tournament. Londyn Backfisch added nine points to help the Hawks (3-0) past Scott City 53-42. Scott City (2-3) was led by Katie Hogan's 10 points. Holli Shemonia and Ashley Brant both netted nine points...
Western Illinois holds off Redhawks men 71-66 (12/11/08)
As expected, Wednesday night's game between Southeast Missouri State and Western Illinois went down to the wire. But the Redhawks could not quite find a way to pick up their third win of the season. Host WIU held off Southeast 71-66 in the back-and-forth contest played in Macomb, Ill...
UMKC's Hall withdraws from consideration for athletic director position (12/11/08)
The only current athletic director among the three finalists for Southeast Missouri State's vacant AD position pulled out of the process Wednesday, leaving two in contention for the position. Timothy Hall, who has been the AD at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since February 2007, withdrew just one day before he was to visit Cape Girardeau for his interview...
Shafer preaches positive attitude (12/11/08)
John Shafer describes himself as a positive person, and he believes a new attitude can play a big role in changing the situation for Southeast Missouri State athletics. Shafer, semi-retired after more than 25 years in athletic administration, interviewed Wednesday as one of the finalists for the athletic director job at Southeast. He participated in a public forum toward the end of his day of meetings and talked a lot about changing one thing that can be done quickly and with little cost...
Southeast snaps four-game slide (12/11/08)
A sluggish first half gave way to a dominant second half. The result was an emphatic end to Southeast Missouri State's four-game losing streak. Southeast pulled away from a six-point halftime lead to roll past visiting Bethel (Tenn.) College 73-54 on Wednesday night...
Area calendar (12/11/08)
Baseball n Southeast camps: The Southeast Missouri State baseball program will host camps between December and February at Houck Field House. They are designed for boys age 8 through seniors in high school and cost $95 per camp. A fundamental camp for ages 8 through 12 will take place Saturday and Sunday. ...
'Is the salad tasty?' (12/11/08)
Dec. 11, 2008 Dear Leslie, My first semester as a college instructor is ending. Finals are next week. Some of the students look a bit worried as the classes they missed and assignments they didn't turn in lurk in their rearview mirrors. Students who haven't been to class in a month or more suddenly reappear without an excuse or explanation. Sorry about the grade, Mom and Dad. I'd have done better if I'd shown up...
Review: `Doubt' only preaches moral ambiguity (12/11/08)
AP Movie Critic For a film about moral ambiguity, "Doubt" does an awful lot of hand-holding. Philip Seymour Hoffman's character, a charismatic, mavericky Catholic priest, is obviously a good guy, even though he's suspected of sexually abusing a male student. He drinks and smokes and plays basketball. He cares about the students' feelings at St. Nicholas -- a rare feat, it seems, in the Bronx in 1964...
Sexy co-star on 'Earl': Her name is Jaime Pressly (12/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Jaime Pressly takes nothing for granted except her own tenacity. She leaves nothing to chance when she lands a role. Borrowing from real life, "I'm gonna watch, pay attention and emulate," she said. "The way I'm gonna get under the skin of that character is to find something to relate to -- to personalize the role."...
New on DVD 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
"The Dark Knight" Plenty of fans shelled out more than once to see "The Dark Knight" in theaters. They might wind up doing the same on home video given how the studio is skimping with the extras on the initial DVD and Blu-ray releases. Fans probably will consider it a bargain just to get their hands on the year's biggest blockbuster, which elevated the superhero genre to new critical and commercial highs as Batman (Christian Bale) battles his inner demons and the sadistic schemes of his greatest foe, the Joker (Heath Ledger).. ...
Good bets 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
Performing arts Fall Dance Concert Student and faculty at Southeast Missouri State University choreographed pieces for the fall showing of talents. Where: Rust Flexible Theatre, River Campus When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday...
ARTifacts 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
Cable guy schedules Cape Girardeau visit @SL_body_copy_ragged:Redneck comedian Larry the Cable Guy will perform Feb. 12 at the Show Me Center as part of his "Eat Drink and Be Larry" tour. In 1991, Daniel Whitney cut off his sleeves and sullied up a camouflage hat to become the comedic sensation, Larry the Cable Guy. ...
Restaurant recommends: Socials Cafe & Catering 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
The Drink Socials serves Chauvin coffees and espressos. Chauvin, a roasting company in St. Louis, roasts beans from 23 equatorial countries and ships them to beaneries and coffee bars, but Socials is the only one in the area. Cost: $1 to $5...
Akon looks for fresh start on new CD (12/11/08)
@SL_body_copy_ragged:ATLANTA -- Akon's explosive rise to the top of the music charts was fueled by feel-good songs and naughty grooves -- but his criminal past was always an underlying part of his success. His breakthrough album was titled "Konvicted," his music company is called Konvict, and the clank of prison bars are often heard in his music...
New drama 'Leverage' lures Hutton back to TV (12/11/08)
LOS ANGELES — Timothy Hutton is unshaven, uncombed and dressed down in a T-shirt and sweat pants, but he can be forgiven for the grooming and fashion violations. He's in character to shoot the TNT drama "Leverage," in which he plays the leader of a motley crew of con artists and hackers who are crusading for truth and justice...
Heartland Pops Orchestra plays classic Christmas tunes and nontraditional selections at Academic Hall (12/11/08)
You've probably heard of the Boston Pops Orchestra, but did you know Southeast Missouri has its own version? The Heartland Pops Orchestra is a 23-piece ensemble made up of band directors, instructors from Southeast Missouri State University and students from the area. The vocal choir that accompanies it is 25 strong with members from Cape Girardeau and Jackson...
Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift to rock in '09 with Dick Clark (12/11/08)
NEW YORK -- The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie will ring in 2009 from Times Square on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." They will perform live during the ABC broadcast, joining Clark in New York along with his co-host Ryan Seacrest, the network announced...
Music review: Scott Weiland is 'Happy in Galoshes' (12/11/08)
@SL_body_copy_ragged:Fresh off his five-year stint with Velvet Revolver and a brief reunion tour with Stone Temple Pilots, enigmatic frontman Scott Weiland returns with his second solo offering, "Happy in Galoshes." Weiland's post-glam persona relies heavily on David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and he channels his love of both in soft and minimal ways here -- unlike his STP-ish 1998 solo debut, the underappreciated "12 Bar Blues."...
Morning show helps viewers find jobs (12/11/08)
NEW YORK -- People began lining up at midnight, five hours before the doors opened, when ABC's "Good Morning America" sponsored a job fair last month in Chicago. It spoke not only about the troubled economy but to public response to the morning show's effort to help viewers looking for work. Because of the turnout, "Good Morning America" is having another job fair today near Miami...
Southeast's Fall Dance Concert lets student choreographers show their stuff (12/11/08)
Concerts aren't limited to music. The show in the Rust Flexible Theatre tonight through Sunday will prove it. The Fall Dance Concert is a concert of movement. While there is music, the dancing makes the show. The featured dances range from hip hop to jazz to modern and lyrical...
Moscow Ballet performs "The Great Russian Nutcracker" at Bedell Performance Hall (12/11/08)
The Moscow Ballet returns to Cape Girardeau on Monday for two performances of "The Great Russian Nutcracker," in Bedell Performance Hall. This fairy-tale ballet was conceived by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1890 and 1891, and in the West the now-familiar ballet is almost always performed around Christmas time. The Moscow Ballet is based out of Boston. The company made its debut in 1993 with 27 performers coming from five former Soviet republics...
Skate outdoors at Paducah Ice Rink (12/11/08)
PADUCAH, Ky. — Head to Paducah for a skate date at the Paducah Ice Rink in the Farmers Market parking lot. From Nov. 14 to Jan. 4, the lot is covered in ice, just waiting for visitors to lace up their skates and take a spin — or a dive if that's more their style...
Review: "Punisher: War Zone" succeeds as mindless entertainment but that doesn't make good (12/11/08)
Oh, dear. Sign of the times? It's less than three weeks to Christmas and the film industry has only one wide release film opening? And it's "Punisher: War Zone?" I know that "Twilight," "Bolt" and "Four Christmases" can't have all the screens...
New unemployment claims surge unexpectedly (12/11/08)
WASHINGTON — New claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, exceeding even gloomy expectations for an economy stuck in a recession that seems to be deepening.The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial applications for jobless benefits in the week ending Dec. ...
Procter & Gamble Co. trims fiscal second quarter sales outlook (12/11/08)
NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble Co. said Thursday it will miss a second-quarter sales target as the consumer products company acknowledged it isn't immune to the recession.The maker of such products as Tide detergent, Pampers diapers and Gillette shavers, P&G said organic sales — that is, sales not linked to acquisitions — won't meet the 4 percent to 6 percent growth goal in the quarter ending in December. ...
Fed: household debt, net worth post declines (12/11/08)
WASHINGTON — U.S. households, hit by declining home values and stock market losses, have cut back on their debt levels for the first time on record as loans remain scarce amid what appears to be a deepening recession.The Federal Reserve on Thursday released it latest quarterly look at consumer and business finances showing that households reduced their debt levels by 0.8 percent at an annual rate in the July-September period, the first drop on records that go back more than 50 years.The decline in household debt levels is evidence of the severe credit squeeze that is occurring as banks, saddled by billions of dollars of losses in mortgage debt, have tightened lending standards and made it harder for people to get loans.Mortgage debt fell at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the third quarter, the largest decline on record. ...
Retailer KB Toys files for bankruptcy protection (12/11/08)
NEW YORK — In another sign of the grim holiday season, KB Toys filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in four years on Thursday, joining fellow retailers Linens 'n Things and Steve & Barry's in seeking Chapter 11 protection amid the recession.The retailer said in its filing in U.S. ...
Naomi Latham (12/11/08)
Naomi Markert Latham, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born March 1, 1915, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James Jacob and Martha Elizabeth Ervin Markert. She attended Central High School, where she met her future husband, Charles Willard Latham, who was captain of the football team. They were married in 1932 in Jonesboro, Ill...
Margaret Bell (12/11/08)
Margaret Ann Bell, 80, of Hot Springs, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. She was born May 14, 1928, in Sikeston, Mo., to John Harold and Gladys Caldwell Bruce. She married Fred Bell, who preceded her in death. Bell was a member of Creative Life Church in Hot Springs...
Charles Mann Jr. (12/11/08)
Charles Frank Mann Jr., 85, of St. Louis fell asleep in Jesus Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 6, 1923, in St. Louis, son of Charles F. and Elsa Tacke Mann Sr. He and Margaret Cottrel were married June 5, 1948...
Paul Donnigan (12/11/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Paul D. Donnigan, 84, of Cairo died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Cairo, son of Owen David and Helen Witt Donnigan. He married Inez Adams. Donnigan was employed 42 years by Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and member and past exalted ruler of Cairo Elks Lodge 651...
McKayla McEntire (12/11/08)
McKayla Gail McEntire, 2 months, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 3, 2008, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Justin and Cortney Wanick McEntire. McKayla will be missed and never forgotten. Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Beverly Wanick of Cape Girardeau and John V. ...
Marcella Scheffer (12/11/08)
Marcella F. Scheffer, 61, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at her home. She was born May 19, 1947, at Neelys Landing, to Woodrow and Irene Brown King. She and Joe Scheffer were married March 8, 1964. Scheffer was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson and volunteered at Mid-America Teen Challenge in Cape Girardeau. She was a foster parent more than 15 years...
John Smothers (12/11/08)
John Smothers, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes O'Loughlin (12/11/08)
Agnes S. O'Loughlin, 90, of Jackson died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Births 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
Sample Son to Brian Keith and Bridgid Anne Sample of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. Name, Charles Edward. Weight, 6 pounds, 13 ounces. First child. Mrs. Sample is the former Bridgid Stone, daughter of Bob and Mary Stone of Cape Girardeau. She is a manager at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Sample is the son of Leonard and Carla Sample of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Rubbermaid...
Fire report 12/11/2008 (12/11/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: n At 7:41 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 1:14 a.m., a box alarm at 1927 N. Kingshighway...
Police report 12/11/2008 (12/11/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A subject is in custody pending charges for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance. n A 14-year-old girl was cited into juvenile court for assault...
Out of the Past 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 11, 1983 A cultural recreation hall, additional classrooms and a new kitchen were recently dedicated by the Cape Girardeau Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the church addition completes the third phase of construction, which began in November 1981...
Correction 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
An article in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian should have said that Loevester Hines Jr. was charged with first degree robbery and armed criminal action. He has not been placed in custody yet, and police are actively searching for him, according to Cape Girardeau Detective Jimmy Smith...
Emergency assistance to domestic automakers (12/11/08)
The controversial subject of bridge loans to the Big Three automakers is center stage on almost every newscast these past few weeks. Because of the potential devastating consequences to workers and retirees and to the entire economy of our country, inaction by the federal government is not an option...
Let Southeast Missouri State University students entertain you (12/11/08)
The end of a college semester is usually stressful for students — exams, applications to graduate programs, portfolios, resumes, waiting for grades. For the community, however, the end of the college semester can be quite fun, chock-full of year-end symphony concerts, dance performances and opportunities to see what the college crop has been learning for the past four months...
Restoring peace (12/11/08)
For so long, the latest updates from Iraq dominated news reports in the U.S. As efforts continued to restore peaceful civilian law to the country, much of the focus was on casualties -- and there were many. When the military surge began, many Americans -- and others around the world -- were skeptical. ...
Speak Out 12/11/08 (12/11/08)
Comparing counties I LIVE in a neighboring county, one many Cape Girardeau County residents make fun of, citing low socio-economic status of residents and the supposed low IQ of residents. However, I work at Procter & Gamble and listen all day to the gripes of my coworkers who live in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. ...
Santa's Busy Helpers!!!!! (12/11/08)
Lexi & Lizy are busy this year helping decorate for Santa!!!
Home for Christmas (12/11/08)
This past weekend I had the privilege of spending time with an amazing Border Collie mix named Chubs aka Chubba Bubba. You can tell by the aka I will never be famous for endowing dogs with regal, classy call names. When you meet Chubba Bubba he immediately makes you smile. He has a sweet, happy nature and a little stub of a tail that wags so hard you expect him to be thrown off balance. He is one of those dogs you have to pet...
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