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Scott City trucking company expands logistics operations (12/31/08)
While trucking companies throughout the country are struggling financially, one local trucking operation is experiencing growth. Scott City-based Buchheit Trucking has expanded its warehousing and logistics operation with the recent purchase of the former Rowe Manufacturing property in Morehouse, Mo. The property consists of industrial buildings totaling nearly 160,000 square feet on 39 acres in the  community, according to Lorimont Ltd. commercial broker Tom Kelsey, who handled the deal...
The top stories of 2008 (12/31/08)
For Southeast Missourians, 2008 had all the makings of a blockbuster year. Scandal, glamour, heartbreak and reconciliation rocked residents and prevailed in headlines. The weather took a nasty turn, walloping the region with ice in February and devastating floods in March; a convicted killer got a second chance at freedom; and the nation elected its first black president...
Liquor stores see increase in sales around holidays (12/31/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Maybe it's the cold weather or maybe it's just the holidays. But business is booming when it comes to liquor and wine sales right now, and has been since Thanksgiving. "This time of year is our busiest time for liquor and wine sales," said Brian Boyer of Glazer Liquor Company, which stocks liquor in a majority of the stores in the Sikeston area...
Teen suspect in Patton shooting arrested, juvenile safe (12/31/08)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. — A teen suspect in a Patton, Mo., murder and kidnapping was arrested this morning and a juvenile he allegedly abducted was safely recovered, according to Bollinger County sheriff-elect Leo McElrath. Investigators located John W. Wilfong, 17, of Patton, and the male juvenile around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at a house in Marble Hill, McElrath said...
Poplar Bluff man's death sentence upheld by jury in Cape Girardeau County (12/31/08)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was returned to death row Monday afternoon after he again was sentenced to die for killing his infant daughter's grandmother. Terrance L. Anderson was sentenced to death in accordance with the verdict, said assistant attorney general Robert Ahsens III...
Woman recounts being trapped by electrical poles during storm (12/31/08)
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. — Doris Nelson experienced firsthand the wrath of Saturday's storm that moved through the area around 5 p.m. Nelson and her husband, William, had just left their Ray Street home in Dexter, Mo., and were heading south toward Bernie, Mo., on Highway 25 when the skies darkened and the wind picked up...
Child taken from Patton shooting scene found safe; Amber Alert canceled (12/31/08)
An Amber Alert issued earlier this morning for a missing child and suspect connected to the shooting death of a Patton, Mo., woman has been canceled. According to the Amber Alert website, said the victim was recovered safely and the suspect, John Wilfong, is in custody. ...
Authorities charge 17-year-old in Patton shooting (12/31/08)
The Bollinger County Sheriff's Department filed murder and armed criminal action charges this afternoon in connection with Tuesday's fatal shooting in Patton, Mo.John Wayne Wilfong, 17, of Patton, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to the Missouri courts' website Case.net. Wilfong is scheduled to be arraigned in a Bollinger County court on Jan. 7...
Section of I-55 reduced to one lane (12/31/08)
A section of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace the guardrail in the northbound lane. This section of road is from Route K to U.S. 61 at Center Junction. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Jan. 7...
Police find apparent mobile meth lab near Scott City (12/31/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- What appeared to be a mobile meth lab was discovered Tuesday in a ditch outside of Scott City. Scott City officers discovered the dumpsite which contained several ingredients for making methamphetamine and called for the assistance of Scott County drug investigators. The lab did not appear to in operation or complete, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Regional planning commissions prepare spending lists for Obama's stimulus plan (12/31/08)
The allure of big money to spend if president-elect Barack Obama gains passage of a massive economic stimulus plan has local government officials throughout Southeast Missouri offering ideas. The six-county Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission has a $367 million list that includes items as big as $25 million for a new wastewater treatment plant in Cape Girardeau and as small as $75,000 for the East Lane Recreation Trail in Jackson...
Jackson seeks input on comprehensive plan online (12/31/08)
Southeast Missourian Jackson wants input on its proposed comprehensive plan and has set up a website to make it easier for the public to comment. The city has two questionnaires posted at a link available from the city's home page, www.jacksonmo.org. One questionnaire is for residents and the other is for Jackson business owners. According to a news release from the city, the questionnaires take approximately 15 minutes and will be online until Jan. 14...
Minimum wage to increase Thursday for some workers (12/31/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A rise in the cost of living in Missouri is the reason many minimum wage earners will see an increase in their paychecks beginning Thursday. The current Missouri minimum wage rate is $6.65 per hour; the rate will increase to $7.05 an hour...
Today is deadline for property taxes (12/31/08)
Today is the final day of the year to pay personal and real estate taxes, and many people are doing it in person. Long lines have formed periodically this week at the county offices, but there is a more efficient was to pay, according to Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold: U.S. mail. She said if the payment is postmarked today, no late fee will be applied...
Dexter, Mo., man arrested after hostage situation (12/31/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A Dexter, Mo., faces charges of felonious restraint after a short-lived Sunday afternoon hostage situation in Dexter. Toby Edward Lacy, 30, reportedly called 911 Sunday afternoon from a residence northwest of Dexter's city limits and told the operator that law enforcement had 10 minutes to come pick him up or he was going to start killing people...
Detective: Patton teen confessed that murder of guardian was planned (12/31/08)
The teenager accused of killing his guardian Tuesday in Patton waited to ambush her as she came home from work, police said today. John W. Wilfong, a 17-year-old accused of shooting and killing his guardian last night in her Patton, Mo., home, was charged this afternoon with first-degree murder and armed criminal action...
Two arrested for suspected crack cocaine dealing in Stoddard County (12/31/08)
BERNIE, Mo. — As the result of an ongoing investigation by the Bernie Police Department, Shirley Jones, 40, of Malden, and Sharon Rampley, 55, of Bloomfield, were arrested earlier this month, and charged with Class B felonies of distribution of a controlled substance, a Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and a Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance...
Radio operators help replace antenna damaged in ice storms (12/31/08)
Cape Girardeau County emergency management director Dick Knaup and three volunteers took advantage of Tuesday's good weather to replace a radio antenna ruined during February's ice storm. "We took the pieces of the antenna damaged by the storm off the tower and installed one new antenna and one old one," said Phil Nash, who volunteers for emergency management duties for the county. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/31/08)
More details are coming forward today about the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old woman in Patton, Mo., yesterday. We now know the name of the suspected shooter and the victim, and police say the suspected shooter is now in their custody.Click here for the latest on this story.And we'll be updating this story with more details of the shooting as they become available.. ...
Title: Notes of a Résumé Writer - Revamp to emerge a competitive candidate (12/31/08)
Content: Dear Sam: I am 21 years old and I have 3 years of experience in administrative assistant and customer service roles. It seems like the opportunities in my field are slowly dwindling, so I know I need to really sell myself in my résumé; my problem is that I do not know how. ...
Judge: Stem-cell endorsement amendment problematic for life science research grant law (12/31/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri trial judge said Tuesday that a state constitutional amendment endorsing stem-cell research likely creates problems for a law set up to award life science research grants. At issue in the case before Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan is whether state grants for life sciences research may be spent on stem-cell research. ...
2008 one of wettest years ever in Mo. (12/31/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This time Missouri's drought really is over. Following nearly three years of sparse rainfall, 2008 is poised to go into the record books as the state's wettest year ever, eclipsing even the Great Flood year of 1993. State Climatologist Pat Guinan said projections indicate the state will average just over 57 inches of precipitation, a fraction above the record of 56.9 inches set in 1993. ...
Mo. man sues Ill. police after arrest (12/31/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Charles man is suing an Illinois police department, after he was arrested for wearing a T-shirt that had the word "police" on it. Adam Weinstein was arrested in 2006 outside a bar in Belleville, Ill., for impersonating an officer. He had been inside the bar when he became warm and removed his sweater, the suit says. Underneath, he was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "police" printed across the shirt...
Ill. gov. names former state AG as Obama replacement in Senate (12/31/08)
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday appointed a black political trailblazer in Illinois to Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat, putting his opponents in the position of vowing not to seat a veteran politician who would become the Senate's only black member...
Franken leads Minn. Senate race by 49 (12/31/08)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Democratic candidate Al Franken now holds a 49-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota's Senate race, but wrangling over inclusion of absentee ballots continued Tuesday and any final determination of a winner was still days or weeks away...
Obama election voted top news story of 2008 (12/31/08)
NEW YORK -- The election that made Barack Obama president was the top news story of 2008, followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll...
NASA releases more details of Columbia shuttle disaster (12/31/08)
WASHINGTON -- Seat restraints, pressure suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship lost pressure and broke apart, killing all seven astronauts, a new NASA report says...
Car wash worker chases off robber, ends up going to jail (12/31/08)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A car wash attendant chased off a would-be robber with a power washer -- and for his trouble got thrown in jail on an old warrant. A gunman wearing a skeleton mask strolled into Washman Carwash in Portland on Dec. 13 and confronted employee Chris B. Truax, 25...
Annual list of 'banned' words chosen by university (12/31/08)
DETROIT -- A movie about a "maverick," his journey "from Wall Street to Main Street," his "desperate search" for a "game-changing" revelation about his "carbon footprint" probably would make the nation's word-watchers physically ill. Especially if it were the "winner of five nominations."...
Group sues to reinstate firearms ban in national parks (12/31/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sued the Bush administration Tuesday to try to stop a new policy that would allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns in most national parks and wildlife refuges. "The Bush administration's last-minute gift to the gun lobby, allowing concealed semiautomatic weapons in national parks, jeopardizes the safety of park visitors in violation of federal law," said Paul Helmke, the group's president. ...
Guinea coup leader names civilian prime minister (12/31/08)
CONAKRY, Guinea — Coup leaders in Guinea named a civilian banker as prime minister Tuesday, making good on a key promise a week after seizing power upon the death of the country's longtime dictator. Their choice, Kabine Komara, is a director of the African Export-Import Bank in Cairo, a 14-year-old institution that promotes trade between African states. ...
Body of final man found in Canadian avalanche (12/31/08)
FERNIE, British Columbia — An eighth and final body was found Tuesday from a group of snowmobilers buried by weekend avalanches in western Canada's backcountry, police said. The chance of 28-year-old Danny Bjarnason still being alive under the snow two days after the accident had been slim, with temperatures in the area hovering between 10 and 19 degrees. ...
Aid group: 400 dead in eastern Congo massacres (12/31/08)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Ugandan rebels have killed more than 400 people in northeastern Congo since Christmas, an aid agency said Tuesday. The Catholic charity, Caritas, cited reports by its staff in the region. The Lord's Resistance Army rebel group and the Ugandan government have accused each other of being behind recent attacks in the remote area, where the rebels have bases. ...
Just a second, 2009 - the Earth needs time to catch up (12/31/08)
GREENWICH, England -- Just a second, 2009. It's going to take a little longer to say goodbye to a grim economic year, but all for good cause. The custodians of time will ring in the New Year by tacking a leap second onto the clock today to account for the minute slowing of the Earth's rotation. The leap second has been used sporadically at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich since 1972, an adjustment that has kept Greenwich Mean Time the internationally agreed time standard...
Russia: Law signed to extend presidential terms (12/31/08)
MOSCOW — Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law extending presidential terms from four years to six on Tuesday in a move seen as paving the way for Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. Medvedev's final endorsement of the legislation follows its approval by the Kremlin-controlled parliament and all of Russia's 83 provincial legislatures. ...
Israel mulls truce on day 4 of Gaza assault (12/31/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel, under international pressure, is considering a 48-hour halt to its four-day air campaign on Hamas targets in Gaza to see if Palestinian militants will stop their rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli officials said Tuesday...
Scott County gains separation from field (12/31/08)
There was Scott County Central, and there was everybody else. In more ways than one. The top-seeded Braves cruised to the championship of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament title in impressive fashion, leaving an impressed string of victims, as they have all season in a 10-1 start...
Christmas Tournament: Braves breeze to title (12/31/08)
It was close until the second quarter. That's when Drew Thomas took over and No. 1 Scott County Central began to pull away from No. 2 Notre Dame in the title game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. "I've played varsity for four years now," Thomas said. "All those miles I've done and all the wind sprints I've done paid off tonight."...
Fourth-quarter spurt carries Advance past Central 54-43 (12/31/08)
The Advance locker room was rowdy Tuesday after the Class 2 Hornets played Class 5 Central in the fifth-place game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. No. 7 Advance trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the No. 5 Tigers 19-7 in the final period to come away with a 54-43 win at the Show Me Center...
Hanquist sets record in Pirates win (12/31/08)
Perryville junior Emily Hanquist set a school record with 12 steals Tuesday to lead the Pirates to the consolation title at the North County girls basketball tournament. Hanquist led Perryville with 16 points and eight rebounds in the Pirates' 57-36 victory over West County...
Thomas, teammates yearn for shot at Sikeston (12/31/08)
After Scott County Central's semifinal win Monday in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, senior Drew Thomas said he wanted to play Notre Dame and beat the Bulldogs by 25 or 30 points. It wasn't any special dislike for the Bulldogs. But Thomas was aware Sikeston had beaten Notre Dame by 14 in the first meeting between the two teams earlier this year, and comparing final scores from common opponents may be the closest Scott County Central and Sikeston get to deciding who is better this year.. ...
Cubs bounce back for consolation title (12/31/08)
Bell City couldn't have started the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament with a more disappointing performance. But the Cubs couldn't have ended the 64th annual event on a more positive note. The Cubs rebounded from a blowout loss in the first round to win the consolation championship...
Short-handed Indians fall to Charleston in third-place game (12/31/08)
It's common knowledge that this year's Charleston team is not a vintage Bluejays powerhouse. You'd have a hard time convincing Jackson. Fourth-seeded Charleston overwhelmed No. 3 Jackson, winning 65-52 in Tuesday's third-place game of the 64th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament...
Southeast men drop heartbreaker (12/31/08)
Shorthanded Southeast Missouri State was proud of its gritty second-half comeback. But the Redhawks wound up having nothing to show for it. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville hit a 3-point basket with 2.9 seconds remaining to stun Southeast 70-69...
Southeast to host future conference foe (12/31/08)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has a final chance to pick up another win before the year ends. It comes today when the Redhawks (3-9) host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (3-11) in a 5:30 p.m. New Year's Eve matchup at the Show Me Center...
Big first half proves difference for Mizzou (12/31/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Matt Lawrence scored 18 points and DeMarre Carroll added 15 as Missouri beat Centenary 80-52 on Tuesday night. Leo Lyons added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Tigers (11-2), who have scored at least 80 points in 13 games this season...
Edgar says Southeast to buy him out (12/31/08)
Scott Edgar said Tuesday night that he received a letter that morning notifying him of Southeast Missouri State's plan to buy out the remainder of his contract as the university's men's basketball coach. Edgar was in the third year of a five-year contract when he was placed on administrative leave by the university in October for alleged NCAA violations...
Edgar expresses disappointment at university decision (12/31/08)
By Marty Mishow
 Southeast Missourian 
What Scott Edgar had been notified of in a letter received Tuesday was 
officially announced by Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday. 
Edgar is out as the university’s men’s basketball coach...
SEMO fires men's basketball coach (12/31/08)
Southeast Missouri State University announced today that it has fired men's basketball coach Scott Edgar. The news comes after Edgar told the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday that the university planned to buy out his contract. The information below is from a news release sent out by the university this morning:Southeast Missouri State University interim Director of Athletics Cindy Gannon announced today that the contract with Men's Basketball Coach Scott Edgar has been terminated without cause effective Dec. ...
Blues lose for ninth time in 11 games (12/31/08)
ST. LOUIS -- As he has all season, Zach Parise helped the New Jersey Devils to another win. Parise, the Devils' leading goal scorer, found the net twice Tuesday night as New Jersey beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for its fifth win in seven games and the seventh on the road in nine tries...
Bargain bubbles that won't burst the New Year's Eve budget (12/31/08)
trying to sate champagne tastes when you're stuck with a beer budget can be a problem, but wine experts say there is frugal fizz to be had. Champagne, to be precise, generally is considered only sparkling wine from the region of France of the same name. And quaffing bottles that bear that name comes at a premium...
Recipe Swap: Punch it up a notch this New Year's Eve (12/31/08)
Last Sunday afternoon we took our church youth group to St. Louis to ice skate at the Steinberg Skating Rink. On the way, we stopped at a restaurant, and I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. I struck up a conversation with a young couple who had been shopping. ...
Dick Clark, 79, still rockin' for New Year's Eve (12/31/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Four years after a stroke, Dick Clark is relishing the prospect of another New Year's Eve, determined to help host his 36th celebration from Times Square in New York. Clark, who turned 79 last month and has been in front of the cameras for 61 years, said in a recent interview by e-mail that his appearance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009," diminished though it may be, is a labor of love and "not really a job."...
Evelyn Roth (12/31/08)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Evelyn R. Roth, 87, of Frohna died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehab. She was born June 13, 1921, at Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Carl and Agnes Hellwege Schuessler. She and Edgar W. Roth Sr. were married Jan. 31, 1943. He died July 2, 2003...
Elmer Pohlmann (12/31/08)
FRIEDHEIM, Mo. -- Elmer E. Pohlmann, 90, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., formerly of Friedheim, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Our House Senior Living in Wisconsin Rapids. He was born Nov. 17, 1918, in Perryville, Mo., son of Henry and Louise Klaus Pohlmann. He and Erma Erdman were married June 5, 1954...
Bernice Basse (12/31/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Bernice Basse, 97, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at City Care Center in Anna. She was born Dec. 4, 1911, in Pulaski County, Ill., to Wesley and Ida Hitchcock Mathis. She and Henry Basse were married Aug. 2, 1930. He died Nov. 15, 1983...
Jerry James (12/31/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jerry Lee James, 66, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 31, 1941, at Leachville, Ark., son of Johnny and Isabel Lincoln James. James was a truck driver and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include a son, Dennis James of Mount Pleasant, Texas; a daughter, Judy Drury of Leachville; a sister, Joyce Young of Marble Hill; a brother, Larry James of Patton, Mo.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Bonita Raney (12/31/08)
Bonita Joyce Raney, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at her home. She was born March 14, 1934, at Puxico, Mo., daughter of Harmon Vaden and Vera Mae Williamson Hamil. She and Kenneth Alton Raney were married July 8, 1955, in Scott City...
Billy Shelton (12/31/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Billy Gene Shelton, 49, of Anna died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1959, in Anna, son of Robert Charles and Betty Lou Mixen Shelton. Shelton was a cook at the Depot Restaurant in Anna. Survivors include a sister, Shirley Shelton of Anna; three brothers, Robert Shelton Jr. of Las Vegas, Warren and Eric Shelton of Anna...
Jonathan Morrow (12/31/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Jonathan Howard Morrow, 30, of Benton died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1978, in Cape Girardeau, son of Richard R. and Connie Sue New Morrow. Morrow lived in Scott County all his life and was a 1997 graduate of Kelly High School. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church and was employed at the Sheltered Workshop in Sikeston, Mo., until 2005...
Police report 12/31/2008 (12/31/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Martavius A. Davis, 20, 806 Themis St., Apt. 9, was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol by consumption...
Fire report 12/31/2008 (12/31/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 5:55 a.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Kingshighway. n At 8:37 a.m., emergency medical services in the 1000 block of North Cape Rock Drive. n At 9:11 a.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Sycamore Circle...
Out of the past 12/31/08 (12/31/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 31, 1983 The congregation of Cape Bible Chapel holds a Watch Night service in its new chapel at Mount Auburn and Kage roads. A miniature replica of a southern Bavarian village is again on display for the holiday season at St. Mary's Cathedral; built last year to recognize the German heritage of the church parishioners, improvements to the village this year include platforms of varying heights that raise the background and lend more depth to the scene...
Resolved: To slow down (12/31/08)
The Associated Press this week asked people of prominence about their New Year's resolutions. As you would expect, most of those quizzed wanted to make both personal improvements as well as improvements in society during the coming year. It comes as no surprise that we all want to start the new year fresh and improved...
Restoring the trail (12/31/08)
Except among hiking enthusiasts, the Ozark Trail isn't all that well-known. The trail, in the making for more than 30 years, is planned to stretch from the St. Louis area all the way to Arkansas, where it will connect to the Ozark Highlands Trail. Together, the two trails will provide 700 miles of trails through one of the most beautiful parts of America -- up, down, around and across the oldest mountains in the continental U.S...
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