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Christmas party, CTC classes, girls basketball in Jackson canceled (12/15/08)
The following events schedule for tonight have been cancelled or postponed:The Christmas party scheduled for 6 p.m. at Horizon Enrichment Center, 2100 Themis St. in Cape Girardeau, has been moved to Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.Classes at the Career and Technology Center are canceled tonight.The Poplar Bluff at Jackson high school girls basketball game tonight is canceled...
Several area schools report Tuesday closings (12/15/08)
The following school districts have reported to the Southeast Missourian that they'll be closed Tuesday:Scott City schoolsKelly schools in Benton. Kelly's elementary music program will be postponed to Dec. 18...
Russian 'Nutcracker' features 50 local dancers (12/15/08)
Tonight, Lindsey Kolb will step onstage with an international ballet company when the Moscow Ballet opens its two-night performance of "The Great Russian Nutcracker." For Kolb, 15, it could be the most important moment she has as a dancer. The ballet tells the story of young Clara and what happens when her Christmas gift, a soldier-nutcracker doll, comes to life and takes her on a series of adventures. ...
Some area school districts receive sanctions and awards (12/15/08)
Some school districts that received federal sanctions this year for not making enough progress are now receiving a state award for distinction in performance. That's because the state looks at a broader range of data, including ACT scores, college placement rates and availability of advanced courses, while the federal government focuses mainly on test scores, holding all subgroups of students accountable...
Kennett man arrested for drunken driving, crashing into light pole (12/15/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A 47-year-old Kennett was being held Saturday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident following an investigation surrounding a shattered light post at the corner of Kennett and Second Streets. According to Assistant Police Chief Steve Williams, the Kennett Police Department received a call about the incident at approximately 7:19 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 11...
Jimmy Smith honored as Cape Girardeau officer of the year (12/15/08)
You could say Cape Girardeau Detective Jimmy Smith has become addicted to cracking the tough cases. If the trail has gone cold, and all leads appear to have been exhausted, even better. Smith recently received "Officer of the Year" honors within the department for his involvement in closing five cold-case homicides...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/15/08)
Our first significant winter weather system of the winter has started to hit, with more ice and snow expected to coat the area tonight and tomorrow. It could get nasty out there, folks. Share your pain and amusement with seMissourian.com. If you've got photos of ice, snow, car crashes or wintry fun, submit them in our Your Photos section or email them to news@semissourian.com. We'll use them online and in print...
Nathan Cooper transferred to halfway house (12/15/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Missouri lawmaker convicted in an immigration fraud scheme has been transferred to a halfway house. Thirty-five-year-old Nathan Cooper was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison about a year ago, forcing him to resign from the state House and surrender his law license. Cooper pleaded guilty to visa fraud and making a false statement to the Department of Labor...
Dad working hard to pay bills; Mr. and Mrs. C are both disabled (12/15/08)
Dad working hard to pay bills Mom had to leave her job because she couldn't get a baby sitter. Dad works all the time, but the family is behind on paying bills this year and there will be no Christmas for the children. They would appreciate a little help from Toybox. ...
Overnight snow, sleet predicted for Cape Girardeau and surrounding area (12/15/08)
One to three inches of snow and sleet are expected to fall overnight, according to Jayson Wilson, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Paducah, Ky.With temperatures hovering around 19 degrees and streets slick, Wilson cautioned against driving "unless absolutely necessary."Cape Girardeau police received over 50 calls for help starting at 2:15 p.m. ...
Some area schools ending day early today (12/15/08)
These area schools have reported closings to the Southeast Missourian today:Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center won't hold evening classes tonight. Meadow Heights — closing at 1:30 p.m.Zalma - closing at 1:30 p.m.Woodland — closing at 1:30 p.m...
New Madrid man charged with murder in toddler's death (12/15/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. — A New Madrid man was to be arraigned today on charges of first-degree murder for the death of a toddler. Larry D. Grant, 41, was being held in the New Madrid County Jail and was slated to appear in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 10 a.m. today. Grant was being held without bond...
Winter storm puts region on high alert (12/15/08)
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., have issued a series of alerts for winter weather, according to meteorologist Alex Dodd. "The first concern is the morning commute, how the roads are going to be, not so much about the freezing rain but the falling temperatures and leftover moisture on the roads from the rain that fell overnight, creating slick conditions...
'Multiple accidents' reported in southern Scott County, Highway 60 (12/15/08)
The southern part of Scott County seems to be getting the worst of today's winter weather, according to emegency operations manager Joel Evans "Right now, we're getting reports of multiple accidents on Highway 60," he said. ...
DNR director to leave job before Nixon starts (12/15/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. — Doyle Childers, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the past four years, says he won't continue to serve under governor-elect Jay Nixon. He says he'll resign by the time Nixon becomes governor. Childers says his time at the department was consumed by fights with Nixon over a proposal to tear down the Katy Trail railroad bridge that crosses the Missouri River near Boonville, Mo., and the cleanup of Johnson Shut-ins State Park after a dam holding back the Taum Sauk Reservoir burst in Southeast Missouri. ...
New program for rural occupational therapy approved (12/15/08)
New program for rural therapy approved COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved a new program designed to add more occupational and physical therapy assistants in rural areas. The University of Missouri School of Health Professions is leading a consortium of five community colleges to train about 30 students who each will receive an associate's degree within the next two years. ...
Turnout in Nov. election hit 40-year high (12/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- Enthusiasm among blacks and Democrats for Barack Obama's candidacy pushed voter turnout in this year's elections to the highest level in 40 years. Final figures from nearly every state and the District of Columbia showed that more than 131 million people voted, the most ever for a presidential election. A little more than 122 million voted in 2004...
Illinois officials issue fresh calls for governor's resignation (12/15/08)
CHICAGO -- A handful of Illinois' top politicians called disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich incapacitated Sunday, issuing fresh calls for his resignation as lawmakers gear up for a session that could lead to his impeachment. Fellow Democrats Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, both likely candidates in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, criticized the governor anew during appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CBS's "Face the Nation."...
No motive yet in bank bombing that killed two (12/15/08)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Authorities searched for clues Sunday as a police chief lay in critical condition after a bomb blast at a bank that also killed two officers. The bomb exploded Friday at a West Coast Bank branch office in Woodburn, a city in the agricultural Willamette Valley south of Portland...
Late-night mayor must leave by 11 (12/15/08)
SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. -- Fed up with the nocturnal work habits of its mayor, a California city council has approved a curfew limiting how late she can work at City Hall. South El Monte council members say they have safety and liability concerns for Mayor Blanca Figueroa, who frequently works until the wee hours of the morning. She must now leave the building by 11 p.m...
More power outages possible in ice-ravaged New England (12/15/08)
JAFFREY, N.H. -- Joined by people seeking shelter from the bitter cold, parishioners at the Jaffrey Bible Church on Sunday thanked God for a warm place to sleep and for the utility crews struggling to repair power lines snapped by New England's devastating ice storm...
Bush: Iraq war is not over, more work ahead (12/15/08)
BAGHDAD -- On an Iraq trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the war that defines his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference...
In Jesus' town, Christmas looking cheerful again (12/15/08)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- After eight bleak years, Jesus' birthplace finally has a Christmas season to cheer about. Hotels are booked solid through January, Manger Square is bustling with tourists, and Israeli and Palestinian forces are working to make things go smoothly...
Police thwart Moscow rally, seize protesters (12/15/08)
MOSCOW -- Police thwarted a banned anti-Kremlin protest in central Moscow on Sunday, seizing dozens of demonstrators and shoving them into trucks. Organizers said 130 people were detained around the capital, but police put the number at 90. The opposition movement headed by fierce Kremlin critic and former chess champion Garry Kasparov said the co-leader of the group was one of those seized...
SCC gets Christmas tourney's top seed (12/15/08)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team received the top seed in the 2008 Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament as it pursues its fifth title in the annual classic. The Braves will open the five-day tournament at 9 a.m. Dec. 26 at the Show Me Center against 16th-seed Delta...
OVC race is off to an unpredictable start (12/15/08)
Most Ohio Valley Conference basketball teams — Southeast Missouri State included — played two early league games before taking a break from conference competition until next month. Since all OVC squads have 18 league contests, it's way too early to judge how the race is going to turn out. But what happened in the opening round of conference action just might indicate that the OVC season is going to be wild, wacky and highly entertaining...
Bradford's Heisman victory brings more celebration at his alma mater (12/15/08)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Sam Bradford's high school coach stared at the TV, chewing his nails and waiting for the announcement. When he and about a dozen others heard the name "Sam," they roared so loudly no one could hear the last name. It didn't matter...
Bradley extends Redhawks' skid (12/15/08)
PEORIA, Ill. -- Southeast Missouri State suffered its fifth straight loss Sunday, a somewhat predictable 75-62 decision at Bradley. But there was a silver lining in the Redhawks' latest defeat. Senior guard Kenard Moore, who has struggled with his 3-point shooting most of the season, heated up from long range...
Rams hit with another loss (12/15/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Holmgren's final season in Seattle has been a nightmare. It's not as bad as a St. Louis Rams swoon that could soon leave the franchise coach-hunting. Held to 76 yards in the first half by a team finally rallying behind Jim Haslett, the Seahawks turned the tables with 10 points in the final 2:47 for a 23-20 victory Sunday. They're 3-11, Holmgren's worst record by far heading into a self-described sabbatical, but it beats 2-12...
Holt claims ref used video to make call (12/15/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams receiver Torry Holt said an official used the video scoreboard to call a penalty Sunday, taking away St. Louis' biggest play of the second half against the Seattle Seahawks. After the 23-20 last-play loss to the Seahawks (3-11), Holt said the official called pass interference after watching the play deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter...
Sharks bite Blues with late goal (12/15/08)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose captain Patrick Marleau stepped up in the locker room after the second period -- and the ice in yet another Sharks victory. Marleau scored twice, including the winner with just over 5 minutes to play, in the NHL-leading Sharks' 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night...
Avery has played his last game with Stars (12/15/08)
DALLAS -- Whenever Sean Avery is ready to return to the NHL, it won't be with the Dallas Stars. The combative forward was eligible to return from a six-game suspension Sunday, but the Stars instead announced Avery will not rejoin the team -- ever. "You have to do what's right for both parties, and that's what we're really trying to do," co-general manager Brett Hull said...
What will become of Howard's? Speculation abounds (12/15/08)
Howard’s Athletics Goods is planning a January move. Terry Slattery of Howard’s said he plans to move from the current location at 900 Broadway in Cape Girardeau to 835 Broadway, where Garden Gallery is at the moment. The two businesses will share space, with Howard’s occupying the front part while Garden Gallery will be in the back of the building...
Obama merchandise selling big in D.C., elsewhere (12/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- At the gift shops in Union Station, shelves once stocked with ubiquitous FBI T-shirts and mugs now display all things Barack Obama -- apparel, action figures and a jack-in-the-box with the president-elect popping out with a big smile. Even a cigar shop at the busy train station has gotten into the high-demand business with an Obama stogie...
Food banks partner with farms, fishermen to provide for needy (12/15/08)
Vermont's only food bank is buying a farm. In California, commercial fishing boats donated 260 pounds of rockfish this month. And in Tennessee, groceries that are fine to eat but deemed unmarketable by retailers are being collected and prepared for those in need...
Fed ready to slash key interest rate (12/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is ready to slash its key interest rate -- perhaps to an all-time low-- in hopes of cushioning some of the economic fallout felt by many struggling Americans. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues already have employed their main lever for influencing the economy -- the federal funds rate -- to 1 percent, a level seen only once before in the last half-century...
Local professional earns industry certification (12/15/08)
Dan Fritsche of the Design Parlor in Perryville, Mo., has earned certification as an associate kitchen and bath designer from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. To earn certification, the professional must document a minimum of two years of industry experience, complete 30 association education hours, submit two professional affidavits and pass the association's written exam...
Tyler Figliolo (12/15/08)
Tyler Figliolo Tyler Anthony Figliolo, 19, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1989, in Cape Girardeau, son of Brad Figliolo and Connie Young. He was of the Catholic faith and had attended Cape Girardeau Central High School...
Geneva Beahringer (12/15/08)
Geneva Beahringer Geneva L. Beahringer, 87, of Allenville, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 11, 1921, in St. Louis, daughter of Frank and Osa Cook Bush. She and Clarence Beahringer were married Dec. 17, 1936...
LeRoy Tatum (12/15/08)
LeRoy Tatum McCLURE, Ill. -- LeRoy "Ro-Ho" Tatum, age 56, of East Cape Girardeau, Ill., died at 10:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 6, 1952, in Tamms, Ill., to Clyde and Anna May (Dillman) Tatum. He married Karen McKee on June 22, 1976. She survives him...
Police report 12/15/08 (12/15/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Michelle R. Crosnoe, 33, 1616 David St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a single lane...
Fire report 12/15/08 (12/15/08)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Emergency medical service on South Hope Street. Canceled call to West Main Street. Motor vehicle crash on East Main Street. Emergency medical service on East Washington Street...
Out of the past 12/15/08 (12/15/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 15, 1983 Plans are being finalized for construction of a Venture Store as the third anchor in West Park Mall; construction could begin in early spring and be completed by fall. A Cape Girardeau minister has become the first candidate to file for one of two Cape Girardeau School Board seats up for election April 3; the Rev. Claude Russell Jr., 31, pastor of Second Baptist Church and a substitute teacher at Central High School, filed Tuesday...
Working to avoid the stories reporters don't want to write (12/15/08)
Some of the best stories end up on the Southeast Missourian pages because someone called or just showed up in the the lobby. Friday's visitor arrived looking scared and embarrassed, asking if I would make sure his name didn't appear in the police report, published on our records page...
Howard's store moving; old property may become SEMO parking lot (12/15/08)
Howard's Athletics Goods is planning a January move. Terry Slattery of Howard's said he plans to move from the current location at 900 Broadway in Cape Girardeau to 835 Broadway, where Garden Gallery is at the moment. The two businesses will share space, with Howard's occupying the front part while Garden Gallery will be in the back of the building...
Gasoline prices (12/15/08)
Southeast Missouri motorists are enjoying the lowest gasoline prices in more than four years. After reaching the $4-a-gallon level earlier this year, prices have dropped under $1.10. Some analysts, watching the worldwide oil market, suggest the pump price for 87 octane regular gas could touch $1...
Speak Out 12/15/08 (12/15/08)
Government nonsense HOW LONG are the good people of Illinois going to put up with the nonsense that goes on in Chicago politics? It is an embarrassment. It is time to clean up Illinois state government. Opposing views ADULT AMERICANS have an obligation as citizens to expose themselves to ideas with which they disagree. ...
Congratulations to Ms. Petrea's 4th grade class!!! (12/15/08)
Ms. Petrea's 4th grade class at Alma Schrader Elementary School recently graduated from the semester long Project Charlie drug prevention program. As part of the curriculum, the children participated in weekly activities including role play, group discussion, and games aimed at empowering young people to make decisions that are healthy, safe, and legal. ...
Christmas Countdown!!! (12/15/08)
One of our favorite family traditions is taking turns updating our official Christmas countdown board.
Pet Of The Week (12/15/08)
Pet's name: Pumpkin (aka - The Punk) Owners Names: Kathy & Joe Prokopf Favorite Activity: Looking out the windows and dreaming of his next outdoor adventure.
Snow in Oran (12/15/08)
Tracks in the snow in Oran.
Local guitarist Michael "Peace" Stewart gets major endorsement with Texas based pickup company. (12/15/08)
Local guitarist Michael "Peace" Stewart gets major endorsement with Texas based pickup company. On the heels of Drivin Rain's new recording deal with Retrospect Records, the band unrolls the first part of its new equipment ad campaign. The band announced today that Drivin Rain's guitarist Micheal "Peace" Stewart has received an official endorsement from Texas based Monster Tone Pickups...
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