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Stories from Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Single car crash cuts power to 929 (12/17/08)
A rollover accident Wednesday night on Cape Rock Drive near Highway 177 disrupted electric service for 929 AmerenUE customers. Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the accident and immediately called for first responders to special equipment to extricate the occupants of a Ford pickup truck. East County Fire District responded and Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded...
Schultz apartments groundbreaking postponed (12/17/08)
The groundbreaking ceremony for Cape Girardeau's Schultz Senior Apartment project, set for 11 a.m. today at the former Schultz School, was postponed earlier this morning due to bad weather.Developer Chard Hartle plans to transform the building at 101 S. ...
Bootheel teacher's aide sentenced to prison on child porn conviction (12/17/08)
A former teacher's aide was sentenced to prison for 24 years on a felony child pornography charge in federal court in Cape Girardeau. Michael W. Smith, 52, of Steele, Mo., was sentenced to 293 months imprisonment on one felony count of production of child pornography. Upon release from prison, Smith will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life...
Scott City announces school in session Thursday; Leopold to be closed (12/17/08)
The Scott City school district will be in session Thursday on its normal schedule, but buses will run on snow routes only, according to information provided by the school district.Leopold schools will be closed Thursday...
44-year-old Hayti man accused of raping 15-year-old girl (12/17/08)
HAYTI, Mo. -- A 44-year-old Hayti man was recently arrested on the charge of forcibly raping a 15-year-old Hayti girl. At approximately 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, Hayti officers took a report from a 15-year-old female, stating that she had been raped. Jerry D. Jordan, 44, of Hayti, held her down and had sexual intercourse with her, she reported...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/17/08)
Some freezing rain fell on the area last night starting around 9 p.m. (if you're a night owl like me, you probably saw it). What that freezing rain became was a very slick sheet of ice on just about every surface, particularly roads.But by a little after 9 a.m. ...
Tonight's St. Paul Lutheran Christmas program on as scheduled (12/17/08)
The evening kindergarten through second grade Christmas program at St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson is still on as scheduled for 7 p.m. An additional presentation time is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 8:15 a.m. Overflow seating is available during every Christmas Program scheduled....
County road crews working overtime to deal with ice (12/17/08)
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Area school closings (12/17/08)
The following schools have reported Wednesday closings to the Southeast Missourian or we've obtained verification of their closing:Cape Girardeau School District Notre Dame Regional High SchoolTrinity Lutheran School, Cape Girardeau...
Public hearing to be held today to discuss Cape Girardeau's historic district design guidelines (12/17/08)
Carefully crafted rules for Cape Girardeau's first residential historic district will be the subject of a public hearing today. But the guidelines, assembled over 14 months, received an extreme makeover by city officials. Mike Sheehan, a former member of the city's historic preservation commission and a member of the committee that drafted the guidelines, said he was surprised at many of the 48 changes made to the 12-page document...
Sikeston, Mo., teenager faces charges in connection with November rape of 80-year-old woman (12/17/08)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle filed charges Tuesday against a Sikeston, Mo., man in connection with rape of an 80-year-old woman in Cape Girardeau. Mitchell T. West, 17, faces charges of rape, attempted forcible sodomy, theft of a credit device and burglary...
Two charged in Poplar Bluff stabbing over computer theft allegation (12/17/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — An accusation over the theft of a computer left one man with multiple stab wounds and sent his alleged attackers to jail. George A. Wise, 33, and James Thomas Edwards, 22, were charged Monday with felony first-degree assault and felony armed criminal action by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Southeast Missouri State University taps John Shafer as new athletic director (12/17/08)
John Shafer said last week during his on-campus visit to Southeast Missouri State University that his first mission if he was hired as athletic director was going to be a change of attitude. He may be well on his way in step one. Shafer on Tuesday was named the new athletic director at Southeast and will begin his duties Feb. 1. He was not available to the media, but some athletes, coaches and administrators at the university were pleased with the news and embracing the new attitude...
Cape Girardeau Saturn dealership to close Dec. 31 amid poor economy (12/17/08)
A St. Louis company plans to close its Saturn dealership in Cape Girardeau by the end of December. Dealer Jackie Dunne cites a slowing economy as a primary reason for the decision. "It's sad," Dunne said. "Based on the hardships in the economy and the uncertain future of the Saturn brand's connection with General Motors, we had to make this decision."...
No respite as wintery storms spread over nation (12/17/08)
Freezing air blanketed much of the nation Tuesday, making roads hazardous in Texas and slowing recovery from ice storm blackouts in New England, in the second day of a bitter cold wave. Temperatures were 20 below zero and lower across the northern Plains, and a band of snow, freezing rain and sleet stretched from Kansas along the Ohio Valley to Maine...
Cape Girardeau School District looks to improve image (12/17/08)
Facing an image problem, the Cape Girardeau School District has hired a public relations coordinator to improve communication with the community and staff. "We're already great. We just have a perception problem," said Steve Robertson, hired late last month...
Slick roads lead to morning motor vehicle accidents, school closings (12/17/08)
Slick roads have led to school closings and motor vehicle accidents this morning throughout Southeast Missouri.The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported about 10 accidents in and near the city this morning. ...
Cape Girardeau's hospitals report they are on solid ground (12/17/08)
Despite recent news that hospitals nationwide are experiencing hardship from the recession, leaders at Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital say their organizations are on sound footing. "Given the economic conditions we see and that are reported in the media throughout the country, we haven't noticed any kind of major effect here in our region," said James Wente, president and chief executive officer of Southeast Missouri Hospital. ...
Girl cited for assault in Monday school bus fight (12/17/08)
A 15-year-old female student was cited Monday for assault in connection with a fight on a Cape Girardeau School District bus at 3:43 p.m., said Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The incident involved two girls, ages 14 and 15, Hovis said, and was sparked by an ongoing dispute between friends of the two girls...
Freezing rain makes streets dangerous (12/17/08)
Freezing drizzle will continue to keep roads slippery into this morning commute, according to Rachel Trevino, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky. Bridges and overpasses will be particularly dangerous. School closings for today announced late Tuesday night included Scott City, Chaffee, Zalma, Leopold and Perry County public schools...
2 shot to death in St. Louis (12/17/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two people are dead after a shooting in north St. Louis. It happened Tuesday night in the city's Mark Twain neighborhood. Police initially found a 31-year-old man dead in the 5200 block of Harney. He had been shot four times. A short time later, a 30-year-old victim was found a few blocks away, in the 5400 block of Geraldine. He died at a hospital...
Ill. parties clash over potential special election (12/17/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Even without an election, the battle over Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat resembles a classic political campaign, complete with negative ads and heated rhetoric. Illinois Democrats, after initially supporting a special election to replace Obama, this week canceled a vote on an election and backed away in the name of good government. ...
Wintry storms spread over nation (12/17/08)
Freezing air blanketed much of the nation Tuesday, making roads hazardous in Texas and slowing recovery from ice storm blackouts in New England, in the second day of a bitter cold wave. Temperatures were 20 below zero and lower across the northern Plains, and a band of snow, freezing rain and sleet stretched from Kansas along the Ohio Valley to Maine...
Fla. police close Adam Walsh case (12/17/08)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- In the end, there was no smoking gun, no new evidence, not even anyone police could charge. All they had was what was right in front of them the whole time. And so, on Tuesday, investigators finally closed the 27-year-old case of a boy whose gruesome killing helped spur improvements in finding missing children and catapulted his father to fame as the host of "America's Most Wanted."...
Obama's education secretary choice faces system in crisis (12/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of children in this country do not learn and eventually drop out of school. That is Arne Duncan's problem now. Duncan, president-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of education, confronted the challenge on a smaller scale as head of Chicago public schools for the past seven years. He managed to raise test scores and graduation rates, and he improved the quality of teaching. But, still, the problem is not solved...
Cake request for 3-year-old Hitler namesake denied (12/17/08)
EASTON, Pa. -- The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting...
Greek youths take over radio, television stations (12/17/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek protesters pushed their way into television and radio studios Tuesday, forcing broadcasters to put out anti-government messages in a change of tactics after days of violent street protests. A group of about 10 youths got into the studio of NET state television and turned off a broadcast of a speech by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, station officials said. ...
Aussie court OKs using Facebook for serving lien (12/17/08)
CANBERRA, Australia -- The repo man wants to "poke" you on Facebook. The bill collector is writing on your wall. After a court in Australia ruled a mortgage lender can use Facebook to break the news to a couple that they have lost their home, the global social networking websites are threatened with turning a little more anti-social...
Israel-Palestinian peace process is irreversible (12/17/08)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday stressing that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process initiated by the United States last year is irreversible and urging intensified efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East...
Manning boys earn Pro Bowl nods (12/17/08)
NEW YORK -- Peyton and Eli Manning were voted to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first time quarterback-playing brothers have been chosen for the same all-star game. The Indianapolis Colts' Peyton will make his ninth appearance in 11 seasons and will start for the AFC. It will be the first appearance for Eli, who was the MVP for the New York Giants in last February's Super Bowl. He will be on the NFC team...
Penn State gives 81-year-old Paterno a three-year extension (12/17/08)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a new three-year contract extension to go along with his new hip. The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to a deal that runs through the 2011 season. JoePa turns 82 on Sunday...
Ohio State linebacker makes All-American for third time (12/17/08)
NEW YORK -- James Laurinaitis idolized A.J. Hawk, Chris Spielman and the other great linebackers who played for Ohio State before him. Now, in at least one area, he has surpassed them. Laurinaitis became the second college football player to be a three-time AP All-American, joining Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and star receiver Michael Crabtree on the first team released Tuesday...
Big challenges await new athletic director (12/17/08)
Now that John Shafer has been hired as the athletic director for Southeast Missouri State, the challenge of rebuilding the department begins in earnest. Or at least it will Feb. 1, when Shafer begins his duties at Southeast. He will come to a school where the high-profile programs have been struggling, one of them is the subject of a current NCAA investigation and there are concerns from athletes, coaches and fans about resources and facilities...
Some Southeast sfaff members are familiar with new AD (12/17/08)
Renata Nowacki remembers well the first time she met John Shafer. Back then, in the late 1990s, Nowacki was a volleyball player at the University of Mississippi, in the football-crazed Southeastern Conference. She remembers walking across the campus with a football player when they ran into Shafer, who was then the athletic director...
Blues yield six goals in loss (12/17/08)
Calgary won 6-3 on Tuesday for its ninth win in its last 10 games against St. Louis. The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to match his career best for points, and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff beat the St. Louis Blues for the 11th straight time as the Calgary Flames ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory Tuesday night...
Peers vote Harrington PGA Tour's top player (12/17/08)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Winning back-to-back majors was the highlight of Padraig Harrington's career. He felt winning the PGA Tour player of the year award Tuesday was just as significant. Harrington, only the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA Championship in the same season, became the first European player to win the PGA Tour award since it began in 1990...
Bargain in the backfield (12/17/08)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew might be the best bargain in the business. Jones-Drew leads Jacksonville in rushing, ranks second in receptions and is one of the league's top scoring threats. He has 14 touchdowns in as many games this season, 40 in his three-year career and hasn't missed a single game because of injury...
Hot chocolate that's almost too good to drink (12/17/08)
This hot chocolate lives up to its name. It is deeply rich and chocolatey without being cloyingly sweet. And it is so thick and creamy, you'll be tempted to eat it with a spoon. The drink owes its lush body in part to a banana that is pureed into the milk and cream. If the combination of chocolate and banana doesn't work for you, just leave it out and add another 1/4 cup of heavy cream...
Recipes to get the party started (12/17/08)
This weekend we will celebrate with my niece, Christa, as she graduates with honors from Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked hard to finish as quickly as she could. I can hardly believe her special day is finally here. Congratulations Christa, and to all graduates of this winter commencement class of 2008...
Review: 'Seven Pounds' piles on the twists (12/17/08)
"Seven Pounds" is a clever one, all right, but it might actually be too clever for its own good. It stars Will Smith as the mysterious Ben Thomas, an IRS agent who drops in on random Los Angeles residents with financial trouble and analyzes whether they're good or bad. ...
Arts program study: Theaters vulnerable during recession (12/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- The number of not-for-profit U.S. theater stages has doubled in the last 15 years, though the supply has outstripped demand with audience numbers staying flat or declining, according to new research released Monday by the National Endowment for the Arts...
White House pressed from right, left on auto rescue (12/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans admonished the White House on Tuesday not to use bank-bailout billions to rescue distressed U.S. automakers, and a key Democrat demanded the government get veto power over the companies' business decisions as a condition of any aid...
Fed slashes key rate to record low (12/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- In a radical move, the Federal Reserve slashed its key interest rate to a record low Tuesday and vowed to use all the weapons at its disposal to fight the recession, which has dragged down consumer prices and home construction. The Fed created a new target range for its federal funds rate so that it will hover between 0.25 percent and zero. That dramatically lowers the Fed's targeted rate, called the federal funds rate, which had stood at 1 percent...
Sallie Gentry (12/17/08)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Sallie Elizabeth Gentry, 93, of Bertrand died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Bertrand Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 17, 1915, in the Hough township of New Madrid County, daughter of Mack Willett and Ruby Ann Anderson Peyton. She and Raymond Floyd Gentry were married March 25, 1936. He died Dec. 26, 1986...
Frank Betts (12/17/08)
Frank L. C. Betts, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at his home. He was born June 15, 1943, at Charleston, Mo., son of Jim and Mattie Johnson Betts. He and Betty Haynes were married Sept. 15, 1987. He retired from ABF Freight in July 2005 and was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1966, receiving an honorable discharge...
Charles Herbst (12/17/08)
Charles J. Herbst, 69, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at home following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles J. and Dorothy M. Schwab Herbst Sr. He and Judie Dannenmueller were married July 8, 1961, at Benton, Mo...
Alma Abernathy (12/17/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alma B. Abernathy, 79, of Sullivan, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Life Care Center in Sullivan. She was born July 24, 1929, in Menfro, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Martha Bass Clifton. She and Paul E. Abernathy were married Nov. 21, 1948...
Bertie Lou Johnson (12/17/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Bertie Lou Johnson, 77, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Patterson, Ark., daughter of the late Albert Nathaniel and Cora Elizabeth Tippy Owens. She and J.W. Johnson were married Oct. 4, 1947, in Piggott, Ark...
Lillie Halterman (12/17/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lillie Halterman, 71, of Anna died at Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at City Care Center in Anna. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
Barbara Chilcutt (12/17/08)
Barbara Ann Skinner Chilcutt, 66, of Ellsinore, Mo., and formerly of Charleston, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Charleston, daughter of the late James Doris and Ella Gertrude Terrell Skinner. She and Edgar Dewayne Chilcutt were married June 18, 1994...
Fire report 12/17/2008 (12/17/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 9:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of North Frederick Street. n At 9:34 p.m., a citizen assist in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 12/17/2008 (12/17/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault. n A subject is in custody pending charges for domestic assault. n Sharon R. Ross, 20, 128 S. Pacific St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for walking in the road when a sidewalk is available...
Out of the past 12/17/08 (12/17/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 17, 1983 A part of Southeast Missouri State University's forgotten past was uncovered yesterday when workers renovating the entrance way at Academic Hall found a time capsule hidden behind a bronze commemorative plaque erected 60 years ago during the 50th anniversary of the state teachers college; the metal box contained copies of the school newspaper, the Southeast Missourian and an "honor flag" with 900 stars representing Southeast students and faculty who served in World War I.. ...
We need informed voters (12/17/08)
Everyone knows it, but few say it publicly: Some people are just too darned dumb to vote. In fact, if I had my way -- which I clearly do not -- there would be some minimal evaluation or requirement to permit someone to vote. What brings this to mind is the stupidity currently under way in Minnesota where hundreds of partisan political poll watchers are huddled around ballots rejected for a number of improprieties...
Changing south Cape (12/17/08)
More than 100 hardy individuals braved temperatures near freezing to walk more than four miles through south Cape Girardeau neighborhoods recently to draw attention to an area in need of revitalization and support. The march, organized by a couple of church leaders in the area, drew city officials, school officials, representatives of several church denominations and others...
Speak Out 12/17/08 (12/17/08)
Just a shell WITH THE near death of the Big Three automakers, America has come to poetic point in its history. At the beginning of the 20th century our country was the most industrialized and productive country in the world. Now at the beginning of the 21st century we have become a pathetic shell of our former self. God help us all...
Emma in the snow (12/17/08)
This is one of my "grand-dogs" Emma. She is a Yorkie and belongs to my daughter Loren, formerly of Cape. They now live at Minot AFB, ND where her husband is stationed. Little Emma loves to go out in the 17" snows and root with her nose.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/17/08)
Shiloh is a 1 year-old Border Collie mix. She is spayed and housebroken. Shiloh would love a new home for Christmas! She is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837.
They All Love Santa And Mrs Claus (12/17/08)
Rhyne and Jamie on the left of picture are seniors at S.C.C. School. With them are Drew and Danielle. They All love Christmas with Santa and Mrs Claus!
Magnum in his true colors (12/17/08)
Magnum absolutly loves the snow. Last year I took this photo when he would not come into the house. He just wanted to enjoy the snow.
Lizy waits for Santa!!! (12/17/08)
Lizy is waiting so patiently for her Christmas gift!!! She's been so good this year!!
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