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Sikeston VA clinic to be up and running within a year (12/22/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A primary care clinic for military veterans should be up and running in less than a year. Earlier this month the Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans to open three new clinics in Missouri with Sikeston being one of the sites...
U.S. 61 reduced to one lane in Cape Girardeau County (12/22/08)
A section of U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County has been reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work on the roadway. Work near Route FF is scheduled to be complete by 4 p.m.
House fire in Cape Girardeau (12/22/08)
Cape Girardeau firefighters battled a suspected electrial fire that occurred at a house Monday night at 815 S. Benton St. The fire occurred around 5 p.m., said Eric Gardner, who was inside at the time it began. The lights had gone out suddenly, Gardner said, and he had gone to check the fuse box when he heard a scream from upstairs...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/22/08)
The last week we've seen gas prices edge up a bit, from their almost miraculous dip into the $1.30 per gallon range earlier this month.But will prices continue to rise, or can we expect another decline in price at the pump? And how high might prices eventually get this time around?Click here to read what a local economist and AAA have to say.. ...
Sikeston sees record year for construction in 2008 (12/22/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Residential construction in Sikeston was down in 2008 but thanks to a record year for commercial construction, this year's total construction figures are more than three times larger than last year's. "This year was a banner year for us on the commercial side," said Collin Cecil, code enforcement officer for the city of Sikeston...
Gas prices continue to fluctuate in Southeast Missouri (12/22/08)
While the nation continues to see a decrease in the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, prices for fuel at some stations in Southeast Missouri continue to rise while others remain well below the national average. Gasbuddy.com reported that a gallon of unleaded gasoline could be found for as low as $1.34 in Miner, Mo., to as high as $1.79 in Cape Girardeau. The national average for gas was $1.65 per gallon...
Efforts underway to maintain historic Stoddard County barn, cemetery (12/22/08)
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. -- There is a piece of Stoddard County history slowly deteriorating alongside Highway 25 outside of Bloomfield, Mo., and a handful of local residents want to do something about it. The old Stoddard County Farm barn, visible to anyone traveling through the county on Highway 25, is considered by some to be an eyesore with its metal roof rusting and its aging boards weather-beaten and decaying in some places...
Health officials: This flu season not as bad as last (12/22/08)
Health professionals say flu season may not hit as hard as it did last year, but there are still more than enough viruses and respiratory problems going around to keep doctors' offices busy this winter. Dr. Anthony Keele of Cape Family Practice said he's still seeing a significant number of flu patients, but not as many as last year...
Christmas Eve candlelight service planned (12/22/08)
Christmas Eve candlelight service planned A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Baptist Church, 1712 Randol Ave. in Cape Girardeau.
Sikeston, Mo., students help brighten soldiers' holidays with gift packages (12/22/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Seven years ago, eighth-grade history teacher Jamie Graeff's friend was deployed to Iraq. In conversations with him, she learned that not everyone in his unit received cards and gift packages. So she decided to enlist the help of her students to try to brighten some of those soldiers' days...
Two area teens injured in Saturday car accident (12/22/08)
Two Perryville teenagers were injured in when the car they were riding in overturned Saturday on a county road. Kelsea S. Meyer, 16, received moderate injuries and Cierra Sleyster, 17, received serious injuries in the accident on Perry County Road 600 about a quarter mile east of Highway 51, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. ...
Local violinist Liesl Schoenberger brings her talent to Southeast Missouri State University River Campus (12/22/08)
On a cold Sunday afternoon, Cape Girardeau's homegrown violin virtuoso Liesl Schoenberger used the warm confines of the Shuck Recital Hall to bring her audience the snappy tempo of Fritz Kreisler's 1910 Vienna, the sad longing of a waltz beat from Johannes Brahms and the toe-tapping joy of a Texas swing tune...
Mo. affirmative action proposal prompts litigation (12/22/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The wording of a proposed ballot measure banning many Missouri affirmative action programs again prompts litigation from supporters and critics of the measure. Earlier this month, the secretary of state's office approved for circulation a proposed 2010 ballot measure that would restrict affirmative action programs in public contracting, employment and education. ...
St. Louis police spend thousands on badges (12/22/08)
St. Louis police spend thousands on badges ST. LOUIS -- The city's police department spent $1,987 each on gold-filled badges for the new chief and other top officers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the figure is about 100 times the price of a patrolman's badge and more than other spend. But it's a lot less than the $5,900 each the city spend on two solid-gold badges for Chief Daniel Isom's predecessor, Joe Mokwa...
Companies use smaller farms to get by Mo. rules (12/22/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some livestock companies may have found a way to slip their farms past the state's pollution regulations. Rather than building their own megafarms, companies are working with several smaller farms, each of which has fewer animals than would trigger the state pollution rules, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday. The practice is legal, but it could create pollution problems because the farms generate large amounts of waste...
Residents of Ohio village shower city workers with cash (12/22/08)
CLEVELAND -- Public employees of a well-heeled Ohio village are again beneficiaries of a custom in which residents hand them hefty holiday bonuses. The 103-year-old Gates Mills Improvement Society hands out the bonuses to the village's workers each year...
Biden to oversee efforts aimed at aiding middle class (12/22/08)
WASHINGTON -- As vice president, Joe Biden will oversee an Obama administration effort to find ways of building up the ranks of the middle class, that ambiguously defined segment of society most Americans identify with. The task force will include four Cabinet members as well as other presidential advisers, the Obama transition team announced Sunday...
Firefighter: Miracle no one died on Denver runway (12/22/08)
DENVER -- It was a miracle that no one was killed when an airliner veered sharply off a runway during takeoff, burst into flames and nearly broke apart, firefighters said Sunday. There was no official word on the possible cause of the crash of Continental Flight 1404 at Denver International Airport, which injured 38 people. Cockpit and voice recorders were recovered and appeared to be in good condition, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday...
Airport tries to spice up holiday waits with karaoke machine (12/22/08)
HOUSTON -- Ho-ho-ho, hold that flight. There's a holiday surprise for travelers -- and aspiring performers -- passing through Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport this month. There it is, just past the security checkpoint, set atop a small stage: a karaoke machine adorned with Christmas lights and stockings shaped like cowboy boots...
Regulators adopt new credit card rules (12/22/08)
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators recently adopted sweeping new rules for the credit card industry that will shield consumers from increases in interest rates on existing account balances among other changes. The rules, which take effect in July 2010, will allow credit card companies to raise interest rates only on new credit cards and future purchases or advances, rather than on current balances...
Winter's opening day packs punch for north (12/22/08)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Weekend storms in the nation's northern half knocked out power to thousands of customers Sunday and created nightmarish conditions for holiday travelers coast to coast on the first official day of winter. Gusty winds in the Midwest, where wind chills dipped to minus 30 or lower, produced whiteout conditions that contributed to at least three vehicle pileups in Wisconsin and Michigan...
Quake shakes central California (12/22/08)
HOLLISTER, Calif. -- Geologists say central California has been shaken by an earthquake measuring magnitude 4.1, strong enough to be noticed but without producing any reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Sunday morning temblor was centered eight miles south of the unincorporated town of Tres Pinos, about 97 miles south of San Francisco...
Russia tariff protest grows into broad discontent (12/22/08)
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Riot police clubbed, kicked and detained dozens in the Pacific port of Vladivostok on Sunday in a harsh crackdown on a protest that was one of dozens across Russia by people outraged over an increase in car import tariffs. With unemployment spiking, prices rising and the ruble sliding, the protests over the tariff appear to be broadening into an expression of public discontent...
Top U.S. general in Iraq prepares for troop level decision in early spring (12/22/08)
BASRA, Iraq -- The top U.S. general in Iraq said he will make a decision about the future role of American troops in early spring to allow enough time to address any violence that may arise from January's provincial elections. Army Gen. Ray Odierno said the two-month period after the election will allow U.S. ...
Ceremonies mark 20th anniversary of Lockerbie attack (12/22/08)
LONDON -- Ceremonies were held Sunday in the Scottish town of Lockerbie to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in which 270 people were killed. More than 150 people attended a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday at Lockerbie's Dryfesdale Cemetery, which has a memorial stone for those who died...
Redhawks receive desperately needed boost of confidence (12/22/08)
Considering that the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team barely lost at Western Illinois on Dec. 10, you figured the Redhawks would have a good chance to turn the tables at home. That's exactly what happened Sunday as the Redhawks picked up a much-needed 64-63 win to break a five-game losing streak...
Redhawks avenge loss to Western Illinois, end five-game slide (12/22/08)
Calvin Williams said his goal wasn't to personally dominate Western Illinois inside, although that's exactly what happened. All Williams cared about was helping Southeast Missouri State break a five-game losing streak. "It was more me doing what it takes to win," Williams said. "We were desperate for a win."...
Southeast women's troubles continue in tourney (12/22/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team continued to struggle Sunday. Southeast lost for the seventh time in eight games, 60-53 to Alabama State in the consolation game of the Double Tree Classic in New Orleans. The Redhawks fell to 4-7, while the Hornets improved to 2-8...
Blues hockey Kessel keeps points streak alive in Bruins' 6-3 win (12/22/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Phil Kessel had two assists to extend his points streak to 18 games, and former University of Minnesota teammate Blake Wheeler had two first-period goals in the Boston Bruins' 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. Kessel's streak is Boston's longest since Adam Oates had a 20-gamer in 1997-98...
Lions remain perfectly inept (12/22/08)
The Detroit Lions own a dubious piece of NFL history -- with perhaps more on the way. Detroit became the first 0-15 team ever when it was routed 42-7 by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Lions will try to avoid a perfectly awful season in the finale at Green Bay, where they haven't won since 1991...
49ers catch Rams in fourth quarter (12/22/08)
ST. LOUIS -- For 3 1/2 quarters, Shaun Hill threw more interceptions than completions to Isaac Bruce. The San Francisco 49ers' offense clicked just in time to erase a 13-point deficit, and for the 36-year-old wide receiver to reach a pair of milestones during a late-game flurry against his former team...
NBA Celtics win 18th straight game (12/22/08)
BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo scored 18 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help the Boston Celtics tie a franchise record with their 18th straight win, beating the New York Knicks 124-105 on Sunday night. The win improved Boston's record to 26-2, matching the NBA mark for the best start by a team with two losses...
PROFESSIONAL BOXING Hoyfield loses title bout by decision (12/22/08)
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Nikolai Valuev likely ended Evander Holyfield's last chance at winning a fifth heavyweight title, narrowly defending his WBA title by majority decision Saturday night. The 46-year-old American, attempting to become the oldest heavyweight to win a major belt, started the fight by moving around the ring to neutralize Valuev's long reach advantage...
Review: 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button' dazzles visually, emotionally (12/22/08)
The Associated Press It's the damnedest thing. You look into the elderly man's blue eyes behind a pair of old-fashioned spectacles, look at the sweet smile ringed by wrinkles, and you know that's Brad Pitt under there. But the special effects are so dazzling, and Pitt's performance is so gracefully convincing, that you can't help but be wowed over and over again by "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."...
Music industry drops effort to sue people for sharing songs (12/22/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers' access if they ignore repeated warnings...
Talking Business with Paul Kitchen (12/22/08)
Q: How did you become a Realtor? A: I've always enjoyed construction, remodeling and all parts of building things. Real estate was something I thought I'd like throughout my life. I enjoy selling and real estate is not a hard sell like other industries that deal with sales because everyone wants a house...
Widespread winter blast strands holiday travelers (12/22/08)
Widespread winter blast strands holiday travelers SEATTLE -- A blast of winter in the nation's northern tier stranded travelers far and wide Sunday just a few days before Christmas, with dozens of flights delayed or canceled and bus passengers sleeping on cardboard at a Seattle terminal...
People on the move 12-22 (12/22/08)
Diebold promoted at telephone company Big River Telephone has promoted Matt Diebold to senior accountant. Diebold was hired in 2004 as an entry-level accountant while attending Southeast Missouri State University. He has been the staff accountant for Big River Telephone since 2005. He graduated from Jackson High School and Southeast with a degree in accounting...
Even in holiday cards, a message of tough times (12/22/08)
NEW YORK -- This season's greeting: Try to have a happy holiday. Glum economic tidings are reshaping the more than century-old tradition -- and big business -- of sending holiday cards. Although many Americans still have the urge to mail out an address book's worth of year-end greetings, some families are choosing cheaper cards, sending online salutations or trimming their mailing lists. Others are dispatching cards in place of presents...
Stores launch final holiday sales push (12/22/08)
CHICAGO -- Swirling snow, packed parking lots and massive markdowns greeted many shoppers across the country over the weekend as retailers tried to woo consumers to open their wallets during the final holiday countdown. From flagship department stores to main street shops, consumers found extended hours -- in some places, around-the-clock shopping -- and even some cheery customer service as merchants hope to salvage one of the worst shopping seasons in decades, brought on by the recession and growing economic uncertainty.. ...
James Lewis (12/22/08)
FARMINGTON, Mo. — James L. Lewis, 62, of Farmington died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1946, at Bonne Terre, Mo., son of John F. and Le Ann R. Lewis IV. Lewis was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist...
Geraldine Thieret (12/22/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Geraldine W. Thieret, 82, of Perryville, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 7, 1926, at Coffeyville, Kan, daughter of Alex and Elta Malcom Van Dyne. She and Lloyd Thieret Sr. were married Feb 12, 1944, in Independence, Kan. He died Feb. 21, 2008...
William Smith (12/22/08)
ST. MARY, Mo. — William R. "Bill" Smith, 82, of St. Mary died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville, Mo. He was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Perry County, Mo., son of Edward and Viola Mattingly Smith. He and Virginia Franklin were married Aug. 16, 1947, at Perryville...
E. Allen White (12/22/08)
E. Allen White E. Allen White, 78, of Cape Gir­ardeau died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Chicago, son of Edgar Allen and Susie Elizabeth Light White Sr. He and Carolyn Jean Robinson were married July 5, 1972, in Cape Girardeau...
Norma Miller (12/22/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Norma Amanda Miller, 80, of Chaffee died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 1, 1928, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Rosalie Scheeter Wiedefeld. She and Joseph M. Steimle were married Oct. 22, 1949. He died Jan. 26, 1977. She and William H. Miller were married Dec. 29, 1984. He died Feb. 13, 1986...
Cheryl Birk (12/22/08)
Cheryl S. Birk, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Aug. 28, 1958, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Delmar Lee and Opal E. Meier Hahn. Birk was employed at Southeast Missouri Hospital and the Lutheran Home. She graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1976 and received CNA/CMT training at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church...
Police report 12/22/08 (12/22/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Dolph Booth, 22, of Cairo, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Gabriel Mier, no age given, of Fredericktown, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and a warrant of commitment...
Fire report 12/22/08 (12/22/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 9:01 p.m., line down at Broadway and Fountain Street. n At 10:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Kingshighway. n At 11:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of North Sunset Boulevard...
Out of the past 12/22/08 (12/22/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 22, 1983 Officials at the Procter & Gamble paper products plant in Cape Girardeau County, concerned about delays in improving roads surrounding the plant, are going directly to state officials seeking the long-promised improvements; a letter to the state highway and transportation department and to Gov. Kit Bond asks for the improvement of Highway 177 and Route J...
Times push politicians to think before speaking (12/22/08)
Larry Bock, 1st District Commissioner for Cape Girardeau County, is wrapping up his 16th year in office. At 10 a.m. today, he'll be the honoree at a reception in the county administration building, 1 Barton Square in Jackson. In reviewing his political career -- look for the story in Tuesday's paper -- it's hard to look away from the tumult of the last few months, though he has easily been the quietest of the three commissioners, particularly in matters relating to the ongoing Sunshine Law suit filed by 2nd District Commissioner Jay Purcell.. ...
Will you be home for Christmas? AAA thinks so (12/22/08)
Last week AAA motorist group said the tough economy is forcing more Americans to stay closer to home for Christmas than in 2007. The organization estimates that about 63.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, a decrease of 1.4 million travelers from last year's total of 65.3 million. ...
Where's the beef? (12/22/08)
Recently economist Dr. Daryll E. Ray, University of Tennessee, reported on a group led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association that held a press conference at the National Press Club under the banner of "Food Before Fuel," urging the incoming Obama administration to end subsidies on ethanol...
Casino illogic (12/22/08)
When voters approved Proposition A in the November election, they did away with gambling loss limits and set a limit barring any more casinos in the state, among other things. Those changes went into effect immediately. Proponents said the changes were necessary to help the casinos which, in turn, would help Missouri's coffers by producing more state revenue. The changes shut down efforts, including those in Cape Girardeau, to develop new casino projects...
Speak Out 12/22/08 (12/22/08)
Outstanding decoration THERE'S A house that's decorated with Christmas lights and candy canes at the end of North West End Boulevard. I pass it every morning going to work. It's really beautiful. I've seen a lot of lights, but something about the candy canes in the tree is so pretty. I think these decorations should receive some kind of an award...
Christmas Eve Service at First Baptist Church (12/22/08)
First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight/Communion Service at 4 pm on Dec. 24th. The church is located at the corner of Lexington and Cape Rock Dr. For more information, call 335-6006.
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