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Stories from Thursday, December 18, 2008

Three Rivers Community College grapples with ways to tighten budgetary belt (12/18/08)
Three Rivers Community College is anticipating taking more than a $1.5 million hit in its 2010 budget, between significant cuts in state funding and other increases in expenses with the current state of the economy. At the board meeting on Wednesday, college officials found themselves considering raising tuition and fees, plus bolstering an early retirement program in order to avoid having to make layoffs or cutting academic programs...
More details released in Wednesday night robbery of Benton convenience store (12/18/08)
What follows in an updated new release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department regarding the Wednesday night robbery of a Benton convenience store. This new release gives names, ages and home towns of the suspects. BENTON, MISSOURI - Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said today that a couple are in custody following are armed robbery near Benton...
Channel 5 will not air regular programming next week (12/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau public access channel, which is available on Channel 5 on Charter Cable, will not air regular programming during the coming week due to maintenance and technical issues, the city announced today. Repairs are being made and the community message board will continue but none of the normally scheduled programming, including Cape Girardeau City Council meeting repeats, will not be available, according to Michelle Hahn, city public information coordinator. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/18/08)
In a sleepy little town like Benton, the county seat of Scott County, you don't see things like this often — a man and woman perpetrating an armed robbery on a convenience store just a short distance away from a building full of sheriff's deputies.They got some money, but they didn't get far. ...
Rollover cuts power to more than 900 Cape Girardeau County customers (12/18/08)
A rollover accident Wednesday on Cape Rock Drive near Highway 177 disrupted power for 929 AmerenUE customers. The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the accident and immediately called for first responders to extricate the occupants of a Ford pickup truck. The East County Fire Protection District responded and Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded,...
Area school closings (12/18/08)
The following schools have reported Thursday closings to the Southeast Missourian or we've obtained verification of their closing:St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson. Matinees are also canceled, although the evening program for grades three through five are still on as scheduled. Delta R-V schools Nell Holcomb R-IV. The Christmas Concert has been canceled tonight as well...
Early morning house fire in Bollinger County results in no injuries (12/18/08)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. - An early morning house fire near County Road 460 resulted in no injuries. At around 12:30 a.m. today the Marble Hill Fire Department was called for a possible house fire. With assistance from the Advance and Zelma fire departments, the fire was contained to one wall, attic and roof....
Forecast calls for rain but also higher temperatures (12/18/08)
By tonight, expect a thunderstorm. That's the predicted effect of the latest cold front headed toward Southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., because temperatures should rise above freezing sometime after 9 a.m...
American Legion to hold Christmas party Sunday (12/18/08)
American Legion Post 158 and Auxiliary will hold a community Christmas party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall in Jackson. Santa Claus will be there handing out treat bags and gifts. Refreshments served. Parents are welcome to bring cameras...
Area under freezing rain advisory until 10 a.m. (12/18/08)
Areas of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois remain under a freezing advisory until 10 a.m. today. Freezing rain and drizzle that fell throughout the early morning hours is expected to continue to expand north and east across the advisory area this morning...
Local residents sell collectibles at Treasure Hunters Roadshow (12/18/08)
Kathy Schweer doesn't consider herself an expert in selling collectibles. But on Wednesday she was trying to sell several valued items at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow at the Super 8 in Cape Girardeau. While she didn't sell her silver coins or toothpick holders like she had hoped, the Cape Girardeau resident received $35 for a chain purse...
Police chase robbery suspect from Benton to Perryville (12/18/08)
A man who fled after allegedly robbing a Benton, Mo., convenience store at gunpoint Wednesday night got as far as Perryville, Mo., before authorities caught up with him. Around 7 p.m., Scott County sheriff's deputies responded to a reported robbery at Express Fuel in Benton, said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Woman charged with smuggling tobacco into Cape Girardeau County Jail (12/18/08)
A Cape Girardeau County inmate faces a misdemeanor charge after allegedly smuggling tobacco, rolling papers and a lighter into the jail in November. Angela Kennedy, 38, of Puxico, Mo., faces one count of delivery of an item at the county jail which prisoners are prohibited from receiving...
Report: Police wrongly kept seized money (12/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A newspaper report says St. Louis police wrongly kept millions of dollars in money seized from suspects and earned interest on that money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that police disregarded laws requiring that money seized from a suspect be returned to its owner, used for back child support or forfeited to a state school fund. The newspaper said police amassed up to $6 million...
Mo. man charged with 6-year-old rape (12/18/08)
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Columbia man is charged with a rape that happened six years ago. Pettis County prosecutors charged 24-year-old Terrance E. Morse earlier this month with felony forcible rape and felony first-degree statutory rape after the victim, now 13, told police Morse raped her when she was 7...
New London man wins $1.4 million Lotto (12/18/08)
NEW LONDON, Mo. (AP) -- Thomas Cox heard that someone won the Lotto with a ticket from the convenience store in his northeast Missouri hometown. He stopped what he was doing, checked the ticket, and found out he was the lucky guy. The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that the 53-year-old New London man won $1.4 million in the Dec. 10 drawing. Cox chose a lump-sum payment of $700,000. After taxes, he'll get $497,000...
St. Louis police: Patrol car under fire (12/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer escapes injury after his patrol car was fired upon at least 10 times. The officer responded to a call Wednesday night, then got back into his patrol car to leave when shots were fired. Police say the officer drove away to escape the gunfire...
MillerCoors to reformulate Sparks energy drink (12/18/08)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- MillerCoors LLC says it will reformulate its Sparks energy drink to remove caffeine and three other ingredients from the product. A group of state attorneys general, including Illinois' Lisa Madigan, complained that caffeine and other stimulants in the beverage would reduce drinkers' sense of intoxication and increase risky behaviors in driving and other activities...
Volunteers will rebuild link in trail at Johnson's Shut-Ins (12/18/08)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- With an opening date in sight for Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, volunteers are set to rebuild the destroyed section of a popular hiking trail. Part of the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail was wiped out in a reservoir collapse in December 2005 that also injured a family of five and did serious damage to much of the state park outside Lesterville...
California family pushes its dog as next Ill. governor (12/18/08)
Questions have been dogging Illinois ever since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges. Now a California couple says the answer to all the state's woes may, in fact, be a dog. Their dog. Michael Sunday and his family have launched an Internet campaign touting their 14-year-old border collie named Scuba as the next governor of the state...
Illinois high court rejects attempt to remove governor (12/18/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an effort to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich, rejecting what could have been the quickest way to force the Democrat from office. Blagojevich's lawyer, meanwhile, said the governor would not appoint someone to fill Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat, potentially answering one of the key questions surrounding the scandal...
Mo. House speaker calls for 'family recovery plan' (12/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Incoming House Speaker Ron Richard outlined a "family recovery plan" for 2009 on Wednesday that focuses on pocketbook issues such as job creation, property taxes and raising Missourians' standard of living. Richard said the nation is facing an economic crisis and that he wants to focus on legislation that is going to have tangible benefits for Missourians...
Mo. student loan agency delays payments to state (12/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's student loan authority has fallen $12.5 million behind in its payments to a statewide college construction program. Under a 2007 law backed by Gov. Matt Blunt, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority is to pay the state $350 million over six years to finance improvements at public colleges and universities. But the agency can delay its quarterly payments if they would hurt its finances or its services to borrowers...
Taliban fighter's parents ask Bush to set son free (12/18/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The parents of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh are asking President Bush to set their son free before Bush leaves office next month. Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2002 to serving in the Taliban army, which violated U.S. economic sanctions against Afghanistan at that time...
Doctors give details on first face transplant done in U.S. (12/18/08)
CLEVELAND -- Her injuries were ghastly: no nose, no palate, no way to eat or breathe on her own, a face so hideous that children who saw her screamed and ran away. From the moment they met earlier this year, Dr. Maria Siemionow knew the severely disfigured woman would be the one -- the first person in the U.S. to receive a face transplant...
Kennedy says publicly she wants vacant N.Y. Senate seat (12/18/08)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Caroline Kennedy made public her desire to carry on her family's legacy, reaching out to a handful of mayors and some political leaders Wednesday in an effort to win support for her quest to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate...
Obama makes picks for four posts (12/18/08)
CHICAGO -- President-elect Barack Obama intends to name former securities and exchange commissioner Mary Schapiro to head that agency and wants to install GOP Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois as transportation secretary, Democratic officials said Wednesday...
Santa gets parking ticket on toy run (12/18/08)
NEW YORK -- Santa Claus has added a New York City traffic agent to his naughty list after she gave him a ticket while delivering gifts to children. Chip Cafiero said he'll fight the $115 ticket he received in Brooklyn on Black Friday when he was dressed as Santa...
Poll: Most pet owners say they understand animals (12/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- When your dog says "Woof," you hear an eager, "Let's take a walk." And your cat has a certain entitled meow that you know means, "Put more food in my bowl -- now!" You are not alone. Sixty-seven percent of pet owners say they understand their animals' barks, purrs and other sounds, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll released Wednesday. It also found that 62 percent of owners say that when they speak their pets get the message...
Russian treason bill could target opposition (12/18/08)
MOSCOW -- Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, people who fraternized with foreigners or criticized the Kremlin were "enemies of the people" and sent to the gulag. Now there's new legislation backed by Vladimir Putin's government that human rights activists say could throw Russia back to the days of the Great Terror...
EU Parliament OKs plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions (12/18/08)
STRASBOURG, France -- Lawmakers at the European Parliament have endorsed a package of bills to enable EU governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. The deal shares the burden of cutting emissions and aims to ensure that 20 percent of EU energy comes from wind, sun and other renewables by 2020. Emissions of new cars will also be capped...
Britain sets May 31 as Iraq pullout date (12/18/08)
BAGHDAD -- Britain's prime minister announced Wednesday that his country's soldiers will leave Iraq by the end of May, a move that may force the U.S. to send troops into the Shiite south to secure supply lines to the much larger American force. Britain, with some 4,000 troops in Iraq, is the second-largest contributor to the international military coalition after the United States...
China reblocks some websites in wake of Olympics (12/18/08)
BEIJING -- With the glare of the Olympic spotlight gone, China has resumed blocking access to the Internet sites of some foreign media, reversing itself on earlier promises to expand press freedom as part of its bid to win the games, human rights groups and press advocates said Wednesday...
Anti-piracy force thwarts attack on Chinese ship (12/18/08)
SAN'A, Yemen -- An international anti-piracy force thwarted the attempted takeover of a Chinese cargo ship off the Somali coast Wednesday, sending in attack helicopters that fired on the bandits and forced them to abandon the ship they had boarded...
Iraqi parliament in turmoil over shoe tosser (12/18/08)
BAGHDAD -- Chaos erupted in Iraq's parliament Wednesday over the jailing of a reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush, with lawmakers loyal to an anti-American cleric demanding his freedom. The parliament speaker responded by threatening to resign...
Greek protesters hang banners from Acropolis, call for 'resistance' (12/18/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Protesters hung giant banners off the Acropolis on Wednesday calling for mass demonstrations across Europe as Greece deals with worst riots in decades sparked by the police shooting of a teenager. The two banners were unfurled over the walls of the monument that towers above central Athens and could be seen for miles around. One bore the word "resistance" in large letters in Greek, English, Spanish and German...
Southeast Missourian Runner of the Year: Veronica Schabbing (12/18/08)
Central senior Veronica Schabbing finished seventh at this year's Class 4 meet, failing to reach the goal that she and her family had set of placing in the top five. But the Schabbing family has no regrets when reflecting on Veronica's final race. She covered the Jefferson City course in a school state record time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds...
Rams vote Atogwe team MVP, Avery rookie of the year (12/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Safety Oshiomoghe Atogwe, a bright spot in another dismal St. Louis Rams season with four interceptions and seven forced fumbles, was named the team's most valuable player Wednesday. Wide receiver Donnie Avery is rookie of the year and safety Corey Chavous won the Carl Ekern spirit of the game award for the third straight season. ...
Shafer eager to get started (12/18/08)
John Shafer hasn't been through Cape Girardeau very often. He hasn't been exposed to Southeast Missouri State all that much. And yet he's heard that the person really in charge of the university's struggling athletics department is his boss, president Kenneth Dobbins...
Shafer reviews resumes for associate AD position (12/18/08)
With John Shafer hired Tuesday as the Southeast Missouri State athletic director, the university can continue the process of hiring an associate AD for external relations. The position, which oversees marketing and fundraising areas of the department among other things, was recommended last spring in a review of the department by Carr Sports Associates, submitted to the board of regents with other recommendations by university president Kenneth Dobbins and approved by the university's board of regents.. ...
Waddell: 'They made the absolute, 100 percent best decision' (12/18/08)
Mike Waddell was immersed in red and black Wednesday. Five days after interviewing for the Southeast Missouri State athletic director job and one day after being notified the university was going in a different direction, Waddell was working on trying to get an "iconic look" for next year's basketball uniforms for the University of Cincinnati...
Spada picks up postseason award (12/18/08)
Doug Spada saw more action than his team would have liked during the recently concluded Southeast Missouri State football season. But when called upon, Spada delivered for the Redhawks. Spada, the team's punter and place-kicker, earned a spot as the punter on The Associated Press' All-America third team, which was announced Wednesday...
Christmas letter 2008 (12/18/08)
Dec. 18, 2008 Dear family and friends, 2008 brought new beginnings to South Lorimier Street. Sam stopped working as a journalist to begin instructing journalism students at the local university. In between he explored India, Nepal, the western U.S. and Canada...
Brandy rebounds after career setbacks, fatal crash (12/18/08)
NEW YORK -- When Brandy talks about future goals, she doesn't list No. 1 hits or a top-selling CD among them. Instead, she talks about more personal benchmarks, like learning to be more understanding, staying true to herself and living her life with a purpose...
Opera Bites: "Thais" tells story of an exotic rescue (12/18/08)
The next high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera will be Jules Massenet's romantic opera "Thais" at 11 a.m. Saturday at Town Plaza Cinema. The encore broadcast will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 7. Renne Fleming will sing the title role and the part of the monk Athanael will be sung by Thomas Hampson. Thais takes place in Egypt in the late fourth century A.D. This is one of Massenet's most perfumed and exotic operas, and it tells the story of a prostitute saved by a monk...
AFI picks the year's 10 best films (12/18/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The Batman epic "The Dark Knight," the political biopic "Milk" and the gritty drama "The Wrestler" were among critical favorites that landed on the American Film Institute's list of the year's 10 best movies. Also on AFI's list, released Sunday, were the animated "Wall-E," Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," the superhero blockbuster "Iron Man," the indie dramas "Frozen River" and "Wendy and Lucy," the adapted play "Frost/Nixon," and the Brad Pitt epic "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.". ...
Review: CGI effects distract from the point of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (12/18/08)
A science fiction remake after 57 years should put a studio in safe territory. The special effects alone would be enough to get a film made. But let me lay it out this way: The incredible visual effects in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" are so incredible that we've come home — full circle — and, just as then, do not believe they are real and have to ignore the crude fantasies of filmmaking as necessary tools to tell a story...
MLK, Malcolm X, Ali artifacts in new black history exhibit (12/18/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- A letter from President Lincoln guaranteeing Frederick Douglass' safety, Malcolm X's Quran and diary and Muhammad Ali's robe from the "Rumble in the Jungle" are among the artifacts in a new touring black history exhibition. "America I AM: The African American Imprint" will open at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Jan. ...
Sikeston, Mo., artist Darlene Spell puts nature photos on canvas (12/18/08)
Darlene Spell's art is going places. Her photographs have been exhibited all over Southeast Missouri and now hang in Plano, Texas. The St. Louis-born photographer lives in Sikeston, Mo., but spent much of her childhood traveling. Spell's brother was in the Navy, so she traveled around the country to visit him in various locations. Along the way, she was given a 35mm all-in-one camera that she said she carried everywhere. Now, 20 years later, she's still clicking away...
Liesl Schoenberger comes home for Sundays at 3 performance (12/18/08)
Fresh off a few performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Cape Girardeau native Liesl Schoenberger will return home for a performance at the Chamber Music Sundays at 3 series at Shuck Recital Hall. This third show in the series of six features Schoenberger on violin with Matt Yount accompanying on piano. They will perform selections from Johannes Brahms, Eugene Ysaye, Fritz Kreisler, Antonin Dvorak and Pablo de Sarasate...
good bets 12/18/08 (12/18/08)
Holiday Happenings Santa Express Who needs reindeer when you've got a train? Where: St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, Jackson When: 1 p.m. Saturday Singles Christmas Dance Boogey down with Parents Without Partners...
Restaurant reccommends: Port Cape (12/18/08)
In a building rumored to have once housed General Grant's army, sits your next meal. Family by day, fun by night, the different sections of Port Cape serve different functions. THE DRINK: "Dale’s Award-winning Chocolate Quake" combines special liquors and some secrets, says Port Cape Owner Dennis "Doc" Cain. He calls it "simply refreshing and potent" and just laughs when you ask what else is in it. Prices: N/A...
New on DVD 12/18/08 (12/18/08)
"Mamma Mia!" ABBA songs are so enduring, even a former James Bond likes to croon them now and then. Meryl Streep and ex-007 Pierce Brosnan lead the cast in this adaptation of the stage musical that uses the infectious pop tunes of ABBA to knit together the story of a single mom and three old flames who make a surprise appearance at her daughter's wedding. ...
'American Idol' tweaks hit format for 8th season (12/18/08)
LOS ANGELES — Changes are coming to "American Idol" when it returns in January, including a return to "wild card" finalists picked by the show's judges and less airtime for memorably bad auditions. But don't expect the show to abandon its affection for untalented contestants, executive producer Ken Warwick said Monday...
T.I., Young Jezy bring "Holiday Hip Hop Jam Tour 08" to Memphis, Tenn. (12/18/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Provided the winter weather has subsided — or even if it's still cold — a trip to Memphis will brighten your holidays. Grammy-nominated rapper T.I. will bring his pal Young Jeezy to the FedEx Forum on Sunday for the "Holiday Hip Hop Jam Tour 08."...
Music review: Brandy gets personal on "Human," first CD in four years (12/18/08)
Brandy has gone through a lot since she released her last CD four years ago. She left her longtime music label, dabbled in TV and was involved in a car crash that killed a woman. Perhaps because of all of those experiences, her new album, "Human," represents her most personal CD to date...
Tom Cruise tries the risky business of `Valkyrie' (12/18/08)
NEW YORK -- A Nazi-filled Christmas is not an easy sell. That's just one of the challenges Tom Cruise faces with his new World War II thriller "Valkyrie," which opens Dec. 25. In the film, which portrays the seldom-recalled German resistance to Adolf Hitler, Cruise plays would-be Hitler assassin Col. Claus von Stauffenberg...
Book review: Front pages of New York Times compiled, elegantly (12/18/08)
@SL_body_copy_ragged:Hey, you. Yeah, you there, skimming the Drudge Report, reading your RSS feed of Yahoo! News on your BlackBerry, trolling through the video clips on YouTube. You're a news junkie for the 21st century. Congratulations. But on the day Barack Obama was elected president, what did so many souvenir-hunters turn to? A screen grab of the top of Google News? Don't think so. ...
ARTifacts 12/18/08 (12/18/08)
ARound Town has December drawing Octavia Scharenborg won the November drawing for the blown glass candlestick from the Edward Bernard Gallery in the ARound Town Galleries drawing. The prize for the December drawing will be artwork by Jeanie Eddleman with Cat Ranch Art Guild, displayed at Westray Studios. ...
Southeast Missouri business changes, 2008 (12/18/08)
NEW OR RENEWED LICENSES 1st Class Real Estate A1 Discount Grocery A to Z Pawn Shop Aaron's Bluff Billiards Aaron's Pool Hall Accent Home Furnishings Access Realty Affordable sales Allen's Upholstery B&T Screenprinting Back Table Billiards & Grill...
Medical news (12/18/08)
Medical Society installs officers POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — The Quad County Medical Society of Butler, Carter, Ripley and Wayne Counties has installed Milton Eichmann, M.D., president; Shaun Ross, M.D., vice president; Alejandro Mendez-Castiollo, M.D., secretary; and Kirby L. Turner, M.D., treasurer, as officers for 2009. Charles Lawson, M.D., is outgoing president...
Development (12/18/08)
Tanning salon changes ownership, adds gift shop Bahama Tan has added a retail gift shop offering packaged gifts, candles, t-shirts, swimwear and Disciple's Crosses. Melanie Little took ownership of the tanning salon in early October...
Crude prices tumble despite record OPEC production cuts (12/18/08)
ORAN, Algeria -- Here's how bad things are for OPEC these days: It announced its largest-ever production cut Wednesday and oil prices promptly slumped to $40 a barrel, the lowest level in more than four years. Ministers of the 13-nation oil cartel were trying to shock markets by slashing output 2.2 million barrels a day, more than double two recent production cuts. "I hope we surprised you," said OPEC president Chakib Khelil when asked whether the move would send prices upward...
Chrysler, Ford idle factories; GM delays work on plant (12/18/08)
DETROIT -- Chrysler announced Wednesday it is closing all its North American manufacturing plants for at least a month, the newest move by U.S. automakers as they await word about government loans. All three companies have been taking dramatic steps as they try to survive the recession. U.S. sales have dipped to their slowest rate in 26 years. Chrysler and General Motors fear they might not have enough money to pay their bills in a matter of weeks...
Names in the news (12/18/08)
Preusser named senior credit underwriter David Preusser has been named senior credit underwriter for the Central Southern Missouri and Western Kentucky markets of Regions Bank. Preusser works at the branch at 407 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. He started his banking career with US Bank in 2003. He most recently served as credit underwriter and assistant relationship manager in the Cape Girardeau market...
Bankruptcies (12/18/08)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business briefs (12/18/08)
New winery opens near Farmington FARMINGTON, Mo. — On Oct. 17, Lisa and David Ikemeier opened Sand Creek Vineyard on Sand Creek Road between Highway 32 and Route F just outside Farmington. It is located down the road from Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery, along the Route du Vin Wine Trail...
Small businesses search for ways to ride out economy downturn (12/18/08)
The economic crisis on Wall Street hit much closer to home this year, affecting small businesses in Southeast Missouri. "We've been through recessions before and we will recover, as we always do," says Bill Vickery, director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University. "Later on down the road, it will slow down again ... but I don't see us getting out of this in one year. We didn't get into it in one year."...
Low interest rates cause refinancing rush (12/18/08)
Tony Jabon had an e-mail in to his mortgage broker by 10 a.m. The 35-year-old environmental consultant in Charlotte, N.C., had heard about the Federal Reserve's decision to cut its key interest rate to nearly zero and wanted to refinance to something lower than 5.5 percent...
Obama looks at $850 billion package to help economy (12/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama appears to be zeroing in on a stimulus package of about $850 billion, dwarfing last spring's tax rebates and rivaling drastic government actions to fight the Great Depression. Obama has not settled on a final total, but after consulting with outside economists of all political stripes, his advisers have begun telling Congress the stimulus should be bigger than the $600 billion initially envisioned, congressional officials said Wednesday...
Tax liens (12/18/08)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 568-3444...
Pamela Abelson (12/18/08)
TACOMA, Wash. -- Pamela Sue Abelson, 58, of Tacoma died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at her home. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Kontrell Hale (12/18/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Kontrell "Konnie" Hale, 42, of Benton died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home. He was born July 26, 1966, in St. Louis, son of Morris and Elizabeth Ann Vinson Hale. He and Kathy Joyce Todd were married May 17, 2003, at Benton. Hale was an automobile mechanic at Ron's Foreign Car. He attended Unity Baptist Church...
Lillie Halterman (12/18/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lillie Mae Halterman, 71, of Anna died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at City Care Center in Anna. She was born May 22, 1937, in Union County, Ill., to John W. and Irene Boyer West. She and Dr. Charles Halterman were married April 29, 1962. Halterman was a member of Anna United Methodist Church...
Albert Rolwing (12/18/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Albert Edward "Bert" Rolwing, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home in the Texas Bend community of Mississippi County. He was born Dec. 22, 1933, in the Texas Bend community, to the late Paul Rolwing and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wessels Rolwing...
Ruth Smith (12/18/08)
MILLER CITY, Ill. -- Ruth Smith, 62, of Miller City died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Gene Fore (12/18/08)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Gene Fore, 81, of Olive Branch died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Kaiser, Ark., to Ernest E. and Mae Lauder Fore. He and Evelyn Volner were married May 11, 1974. Fore was a lifelong farmer in Olive Branch, He was an avid fisherman and hunter but always loved fishing the best...
Mayme Russell (12/18/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Mayme Lavenia Russell, 97, of Sedgewickville died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Mineral Area Hospital in Farmington, Mo. She was born April 24, 1911, at Sullivan, Mo., daughter of Irvin Bertie and Etta Izora Thurmond Anderson. She and Robert Velbert Russell were married May 30, 1930. He died Jan. 17, 1981...
Iona Gerard (12/18/08)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Iona M. Gerard, 87, of McClure died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 25, 1921, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of Acheal and Allene Opal Benson. She and Harold Gerard were married in 1939 in Tennessee. He died June 15, 2006...
Richard Paul (12/18/08)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Richard Leon Paul, 74, of Malden died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home. He was born April 27, 1934, at Malden, son of Vondes Verell and Opal Elena Thompson Paul. He and Lois Jean Albright were married Dec. 18, 1952, in Piggott, Ark...
Police report 12/18/2008 (12/18/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Anthony L. Cummings, 22, 3007 Wisteria Drive, Apt. A, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for receiving stolen property...
Fire report 12/18/2008 (12/18/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 7:18 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue. n At 8:38 p.m., a box alarm at 3019 Aspen Drive. n At 9:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Middle Street...
Out of the past 12/18/08 (12/18/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 18, 1983 Calvary Cross International Fundamental Church, 38 S. Spanish St., recently formed into a congregation and held its first service Dec. 4; pastor of the church is the Rev. Charles W. Hovis of Marble Hill, Mo.; he was ordained by the Association of Fundamental Ministers and Churches Inc. in 1960...
Sugar plum fairies dance at Bedell (12/18/08)
Some things just scream Christmas, and none do it louder than the music of "The Nutcracker." The Moscow Ballet recently brought the show to Bedell Performance Hall for a two-night gig. I had the unexpected pleasure of receiving three tickets to Monday's opening performance and loved it...
Successful students (12/18/08)
There have been several stories recently about how well area school districts are (or aren't) performing based on a variety of measuring methods. What's not in the stories may be just as relevant and important. One of the stories, for example, mentioned some districts that haven't done so well -- as measured by federal standards -- are being recognized for excellence on the state level. ...
Speak Out 12/18/08 (12/18/08)
Thanks for basket I WOULD like to thank the Jackson police and fire departments for the Christmas basket they gave away. I've got four grandchildren who weren't going to have much of a Christmas. The police and firefighters gave me two gifts apiece for those grandchildren. I want them to know how much I appreciate this...
LANDON & SANTA CLAUS (12/18/08)
PA'S PA'S BABY DOESN'T LOOK TO EXCITED SITTIN THERE WITH HIS DADDY AND SANTA CLAUS
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