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Charleston inmate dies of apparent natural causes (01/05/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Corrections says a 34-year-old inmate in Charleston has died from apparent natural causes. Michael Miller was pronounced dead Dec. ...
New Cape Girardeau County commissioner asks about county long-term plan (01/05/09)
When Paul Koeper asked what plan existed for the future growth of Cape Girardeau County, his fellow commissioners said there was none. Getting a bead on long-term planning was just one of a handful of items Koeper put on Monday's agenda for his initial meeting as Cape Girardeau's 1st District commissioner. The city of Jackson is in the process of revamping its strategic plan and the city of Cape Girardeau last year finalized a new 20-year plan...
Accident blocks road on Jackson's Main Street (01/05/09)
A two-car accident blocked Main Street in Jackson early this afternoon and caused injuries for both drivers, who were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center. The accident occurred around 1 p.m. Monday at the corner of Main and Ohio streets in uptown Jackson...
Winter weather advisory issued for Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois (01/05/09)
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Effective from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Tuesday, affected areas in the advisory area include the Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and Stoddard and Alexander and Union counties in Illinois.Light freezing rain and sleet are expected to develop and expand north tonight, though the precipitation is expected to remain light. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/05/09)
Ice is again threatening the Southeast Missourian coverage area of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and Stoddard counties, threatening to create a slick morning commute for drivers.The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the area this afternoon, warning people of the possibility of slipping and sliding by morning.Click here for more on this story.. ...
Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures expands into Cape Girardeau County (01/05/09)
Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures is expanding its operations into Cape Girardeau County, 20 miles from its current location in Advance, Mo. Company president Mark Diamond announced that the manufacturer of standard and custom sheet metal enclosures purchased the building at 4860 Nash Road on Dec. 30, 2008, from Moriah Logistics.The expansion will increase its operating space from 55,000 square feet to 105,000 square feet...
Highway 74 blocked after injury accident near bridge (01/05/09)
Emergency crews responded to an injury accident on the Missouri side of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge around 10:30 p.m. tonight. Highway 74 has been blocked to traffic while firefighters and emergency personnel respond to the crash. At least one individual involved in the wreck has been transported to a nearby hospital...
Cape council takes grant to promote air service (01/05/09)
For the past two years, the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's commercial passenger service suffered from grounded carriers and, more recently, an inconvenient schedule. Thanks to a new state program -- and a promise of better service in 2009 -- airport director Bruce Loy hopes to see a turnaround this year. On Monday, the Cape Girardeau City Council approved accepting a $67,500 grant to advertise the service during the coming six months. The city will match the grant with $7,500...
Three killed in fiery Ripley County, Mo., crash (01/05/09)
NAYLOR, Mo. -- As Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators returned today to the scene of a triple-fatality crash at Naylor, efforts also are being made to identify the dead. The scene of the two-vehicle crash on Highway 142, about one mile north of Naylor, has been turned over to members of Troop E's Major Crash Investigation Unit, according to Trooper Corey Tucker, who initially investigated the crash...
Fitting in: Koeper assumes role as Cape County's 1st District commissioner (01/05/09)
Today is Paul Koeper's first official meeting as Cape Girardeau County's 1st District commissioner. He's been meeting with county officials, including Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones and 2nd District Commissioner Jay Purcell, to get oriented to his new responsibilities...
Kennett family's pet pays its own medical expenses (01/05/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Chocolate, a beloved family pet, was recently entered into a retrieving contest and won enough money to pay his own veterinarian bill. Chocolate, a chocolate Labrador retriever, was rescued from a pound in Salem, Mo., in July 2007, by the parents of Tracy Currey of Kennett. The dog was then given to the Currey family for adoption. When he arrived at his new family's home, Chocolate was starved to the point that his ribs could be counted visually, Currey said...
Poplar Bluff woman dies from injuries after being hit by vehicle (01/05/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A woman was killed when she allegedly ran in front of oncoming traffic and was hit by a vehicle on Business U.S. 67 early Saturday morning, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers. Denise Valerie Dockery, 50, of Poplar Bluff was evicted from a party about 1:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Westwood Boulevard at where she had been drinking alcohol, according to information released by Poplar Bluff police...
Oran native Amber Seyer lands spot in Super Bowl TV ad (01/05/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- Oran native Amber Seyer has competed for the Miss USA title and appeared in numerous national print advertisements. Now the 22-year-old model will star in a national television commercial slated to run during the Super Bowl next month. Seyer said she can't tell every detail about the commercial. She did say that during the shoot, she had to pour 30 bottles of sports drinks on herself in 40-degree weather...
Scott County law enforcement agencies lose funding (01/05/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Law enforcement agencies, specifically those that fight drug abuse, are now feeling the pinch of the slumping economy. The Scott County Sheriff's Department recently learned it will not receive the MoSMART grant provided by the Missouri Sheriff's Methamphetamine Relief Team. It was one of 17 agencies statewide turned down by MoSMART, including Stoddard and Perry counties...
Woman charged with voter registration fraud (01/05/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An East St. Louis, Ill., woman is charged with submitting false information on voter registration cards, including turning in cards from nursing home residents without their knowledge. The Federal prosecutor's office says 44-year-old Deidra Humphrey worked for ACORN and the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition last June through August...
Text message led to ATV crash that killed toddler (01/05/09)
UNION, Mo. (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old who died in a weekend ATV crash said he looked down to check a text message while the boy somehow pushed the throttle, prompting the dad to fall off the vehicle before the toddler sustained fatal injuries...
Nixon proposes new economic focus that might compete with DREAM program for funding (01/05/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In his first job plan, incoming Gov. Jay Nixon may be siphoning some money from one of the favored economic development initiatives of outgoing Gov. Matt Blunt. The Democratic governor-elect, who succeeds the departing Republican governor Jan. 12, has proposed what he calls the Show Me Jobs initiative...
D.C. officials plan for traffic crush on Inauguration Day (01/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- On a typical weekday, hundreds of thousands of people commute to the nation's capital, snarling roads and packing subway trains and buses during peak hours. Imagine multiplying that several times for Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20...
Rainbow Room to close restaurant, citing economy (01/05/09)
NEW YORK -- The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room, the special-occasion spot that overlooks midtown Manhattan from high above the tourist-attracting Rockefeller Center skating rink. With business slowing and an ongoing lease dispute, the venue's Italian-themed Rainbow Grill restaurant plans to shutter as of Jan. 12, a spokesman said Saturday. Its bar, banquet space and the weekend dinner-dancing sessions that reflect its glamorous history will continue on the 65th floor...
Fate of Confederate submarine investigated (01/05/09)
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It could be one of the nation's oldest cold case files: What happened to eight Confederate sailors aboard the H.L. Hunley after it became the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship? Their hand-cranked sub rammed a spar with black powder into the Union blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston on a winter night in 1864 but never returned...
Detroit lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund (01/05/09)
DETROIT -- James Howarth is a little confused by two letters he has received from the Internal Revenue Service. The Detroit defense lawyer received one letter in November that said he owed the IRS money -- five cents. He was warned that he should pay "to avoid additional penalty and/or interest," the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday...
Schumer: Senate should seat Franken (01/05/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Sen. Charles Schumer said Democrat Al Franken should be seated in the Senate when it convenes Tuesday. Schumer, the former head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement Sunday that it's clear Franken has won the election for Minnesota's Senate seat. He said Republican Norm Coleman can't get enough votes to win, even if claims of double-counted ballots are resolved...
Richardson pulls commerce secretary bid (01/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced he was withdrawing his nomination to be president-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract...
U.S. transfers power in Iraqi province to group of former insurgents (01/05/09)
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- In a province northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military handed over control Sunday of the Sons of Iraq, a predominantly Sunni group of former insurgents and tribesmen whose revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq significantly boosted security...
Darfur peace push slowed by divisions among rebels (01/05/09)
NYALA, Sudan -- International mediators pushing for new negotiations on Darfur are being hampered by divisions among Darfur's rebels and by some rebels' hopes that genocide charges will bring down Sudan's president. The ethnic African rebels, who rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government six years ago, have never been united. But during the past year, factions have multiplied -- up to 30 now by U.N. estimates, divided on tribal, political or personal lines...
Israeli troops and tanks slice deep into Gaza (01/05/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships surrounded Gaza's largest city and fought militants at close range Sunday, the first full day of a ground offensive in the coastal territory. Israel said it has inflicted a heavy blow against Hamas as it expands a weeklong offensive meant to stop rocket fire on southern Israel. ...
Southeast's full buyout of Edgar was surprising (01/05/09)
Last week's news that Scott Edgar had coached his final basketball at Southeast Missouri State wasn't surprising. I don't think anybody in their right mind believed Edgar, who had been on administrative leave since October, would return to the Redhawks' bench...
Reeling Redhawks visit improved Gamecocks (01/05/09)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- One of the early surprise men's basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference awaits reeling Southeast Missouri State. And considering Jacksonville State is coming off a loss, an angry bunch of Gamecocks likely will greet the Redhawks for today's 7:30 p.m. tipoff in Jacksonville, Ala...
Southeast women pursue second OVC win (01/05/09)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team had a strong start to its two-game road trip. Today the Redhawks hope to finish strong. Southeast concludes its road swing with a 5:30 p.m. contest at Jacksonville State. The Redhawks notched their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season Saturday, beating Tennessee Tech 56-41...
Southeast gymnasts debut with victory (01/05/09)
The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team featured the top two finishers in the all-around competition as it won its season-opening meet Sunday at Illinois State, defeating the Redbirds 191.725 to 191.525. Junior Rikara Turner placed first in the all-around with a 38.675 total, while senior Sandra Blake followed with a 38.275...
Eagles eliminate Vikings 26-14 (01/05/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Above the Metrodome's deafening noise, Donovan McNabb stayed poised. Completing passes precisely when the Eagles needed him to, McNabb repeatedly sidestepped the Minnesota rush and sent Philadelphia to a 26-14 playoff win Sunday after being all but forgotten as a postseason contender just one month earlier...
Ravens' defense clamps down on Dolphins (01/05/09)
MIAMI -- The Baltimore Ravens had Chad Pennington spinning, ducking, on his heels and on his back. When he did manage to get a pass away, they were often there to snatch it. The Ravens came up with four interceptions, including one returned 64 yards for a touchdown by Ed Reed, and won 27-9 Sunday to spoil the Miami Dolphins' first playoff game in seven seasons...
Hollywood PR vet offers image help (01/05/09)
LOS ANGELES -- It's 2009. Do you know where your public image is? More places than you might think. In the era of social-networking, even private people have public images. And those images may need upgrading, said veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman, who suggests using proven Tinseltown techniques to shape your public persona...
House Majority Leader: Stimulus unlikely before inauguration (01/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats said Sunday that president-elect Barack Obama probably will have to wait until next month before getting the chance to sign an economic aid bill his team once hoped would be on his desk by his swearing-in Jan. 20...
Talking Shop with Brian Gerau, executive director, Jackson Chamber of Commerce (01/05/09)
Brian Gerau, 35, became the new Jackson Chamber of Commerce executive director on Nov. 1, 2008. A little more than two months later Brian Blackwell sat down with Gerau to talk about what he's learned since assuming the role. Gerau succeeded Marybeth Williams, who died from pneumonia April 27, 2008. Executive assistant Cheryl Merkler had assumed Williams' day-to-day roles since the sudden death...
Tough year ahead for commercial real estate (01/05/09)
NEW YORK -- The balance of power between landlords and tenants will shift dramatically in 2009. For landlords, this promises to be a year of intense competition, more bankrupt tenants and tightfisted lenders. For renters, it looks like a time of abundant choices and tiny -- if any -- price increases...
People on the move 1-5 (01/05/09)
SEMO Medical Equipment adds Eilers to staff Andrea Eilers has joined the respiratory staff of SEMO Medical Equipment, 1417 N. Mount Auburn Road, Suite C, in Cape Girardeau. Eilers has more than five years of experience in respiratory therapy, most of which was at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. ...
Recession to steal some glitz from gadget show (01/05/09)
The International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the U.S., opens this week in Las Vegas with a full slate of giant TVs and inventive gadgets, despite the pall of a recession hanging over the industry. The economic downturn will temper the normally dizzying extravaganza, and some attendees are wondering if the whole technology trade show business is past its peak...
Madoff victims selling memorabilia on eBay (01/05/09)
NEW YORK -- Did you get fleeced by Bernard Madoff? Or did you buy that Madoff Securities fleece jacket on eBay? Madoff, who was arrested last month after allegedly telling investigators he lost as much as $50 billion of investors' money in a giant Ponzi scheme, promoted his firm by putting its name on everything from T-shirts to beach towels, tote bags and umbrellas...
Janet Cook (01/05/09)
Janet Cook CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Janet L. Cook, 74, of Chaffee died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel, with parish prayers at 7 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating...
Setsu Glasscock (01/05/09)
Setsu Glasscock Setsu Glasscock, 72, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 8, 1936, in Yayeyama, Japan; her parents were killed during World War II. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith...
Stephen Austin (01/05/09)
Stephen Austin CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Stephen Bruce Austin, 44, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home in Charleston. He was born Nov. 12, 1964, in Cairo, Ill., son of Bruce Raymond and Myrtle "Sisser" Goodin Austin. He and Sherry Crisel were married Feb. 3, 1996. She survives...
Herman Beasley (01/05/09)
Herman Beasley THEBES, Ill. -- Herman L. "Babe" Beasley, 62, of Thebes died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Cairo, Ill., son of Archie and Helen M. Jackson Beasley Sr. He and Charlotte A. Foeste were married March 29, 1966, in St. Genevieve, Mo...
Dolores Jackson (01/05/09)
Dolores Jackson ZALMA, Mo. -- Dolores E. Jackson, 73, of Zalma died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born June 13, 1935, at Zalma, daughter of Oral and Mildred Sturgeon Abernathy. Dolores was a member of Zalma General Baptist Church. She was a published poet and served on the Zalma Fire Department and on the Zalma Village Board...
Inas Whittaker (01/05/09)
Inas Whittaker ADVANCE, Mo. -- Inas Whittaker, 88, of Advance died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 16, 1920, at Advance, daughter of Asa and Helen Zimmer Rhodes. On Nov. 18, 1939, she married Manning Edward Whittaker at Marble Hill, Mo...
Philip DeBrock (01/05/09)
Philip DeBrock MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Philip DeBrock, 57, of Leopold, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 19, 1951, in Leopold, son of Edward and Agatha Tenholder DeBrock. He and Janet James were married April 27, 1974...
Leola Clifton (01/05/09)
Leola Clifton PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leola L. Clifton, 88, of Perryville died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Aug. 16, 1920, at McBride, Mo., daughter of Edgar and Cora Dubois Milliano. She and Clifford Clifton Sr. were married Aug. 16, 1941. He died March 1, 2003...
fire report 01-05-09 (01/05/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 11:11 p.m., alarm sounding at 4210 Route K. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 11:33 a.m., box alarm at 2000 Broadway. n At 12:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Cape LaCroix Road...
police report 01-05-09 (01/05/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Ransom E. Ward, 22, of St. Louis was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation. n Dereck L. Graham, 29, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Pulaski County, Ill., warrant and for failure to appear for a traffic violation and an Illinois warrant for failure to appear for an assault violation...
Out of the Past 1/5/09 (01/05/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 5, 1984 Dr. Thomas B. Harte, one of two incumbent members of the Cape Girardeau School Board, yesterday filed for re-election to a three-year term; other candidates for two seats on the board are the Rev. Claude Russell and Carolyn Kelley...
Prayer 1/5/09 (01/05/09)
Guide us, O God, to do the things that ought to be done, even when they are difficult. Amen.
Ham hobby keeps Scott City couple close (01/05/09)
When John Frye of Scott City decided to earn an amateur radio operator's license in 1958, his wife, Irma Frye, had five children to look after. She didn't mind the hobby. Amateur radio operators are nicknamed "hams." In 1998, well after their children were grown, Irma Frye studied to become a ham, learning Morse code well enough to transmit five words a minute...
Business in 2008: Newcomers, expansions balanced cutbacks (01/05/09)
Another year has come and gone. As I approach my 30th birthday Feb. 24 and my wife and I close in on the birth of our first child (I find out the gender Friday afternoon), it seems like each year passes more quickly than the last. 2008 wasn't a vanilla year for business news throughout the state. I've compiled the top five business stories of 2008. While many more could have been included, these were ones that stood out as the main newsmakers of last year...
Air festival (01/05/09)
Over the years, the annual Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival has become a big attraction for Southeast Missouri. Some of the most interesting and popular air-show attractions have made regular appearances here to the delight of thousands of enthusiasts...
Speak Out 1/5/09 (01/05/09)
Life of service THE PERSON complaining about teaching doesn't understand the history of teaching. It was a service job, and school boards wouldn't hire married women because teachers were expected to give their lives to their students. My dad read me all the duties expected of teachers in those days: make sure the coal stove was fired up and sweep the school. ...
Veterans take aim at virtual duck hunt (01/05/09)
Veterans at the Cape Girardeau Missouri Veteran's Home were able to go on a virtual duck hunt Monday morning with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Marine Corps veteran John Moses and Navy veteran Bob Canon both took 30 out of 30 ducks on their first try at the laser shot game...
Down the Center (01/05/09)
This truck was spotted on January 5, 2009,while driving on Perryville Road.
Hunting without the woods (01/05/09)
Marine Corps veteran John Moses was one of two veterans who took 30 out of 30 ducks in his first try at Mallard Mania, a computerized duck hunting game brought to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau Monday by Kirk Hendershott and DeeDee Dockins of the Missouri Department of Conservation...
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