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Scott County Highway Department accident free for first time in at least 10 years (01/06/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's new safety program is showing results.According to Missouri Association of Counties claim records dating back to 1987, Scott County's highway department has never had an accident-free year -- until now. ...
Schaefer acquisition allows expansion into Cape County (01/06/09)
Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures Inc. is expanding its operations into Cape Girardeau County, 20 miles from its current location in Advance, Mo. The manufacturer of standard and custom sheet metal enclosures finalized a deal Dec. 30 on the purchase of the building at 4860 Nash Road from Moriah Logistics...
Victims of fatal Ripley County, Mo., crash identified (01/06/09)
NAYLOR, Mo. -- Authorities used dental records and other medical records to identify the three individuals killed Saturday night in a head-on collision on Highway 142 near Naylor. The bodies had been burned in the crash. The dead, said Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson, were identified as David Putman, 22, and Joshua Harmon, 25, both of Naylor, and Casey Campbell, 11...
Slick roads lead to 12 early morning accidents in Cape Girardeau (01/06/09)
A wintry mix that accumulated on roadways made travel treacherous for some drivers late Monday night and early this morning and was blamed for numerous motor vehicle accidents throughout Southeast Missouri, including 12 in Cape Girardeau alone...
Commissioners discuss strategic plan, more space for county offices (01/06/09)
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 revamping its strategic plan and the city of Cape Girardeau last year finalized a new 20-year plan...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/06/09)
A fire struck a Cape Girardeau home early this afternoon, causing extensive damage to the top floor of a 1.5 story house on North Middle Street.Luckily no one was injured in the fire, though several people were at the home when the blaze broke out.Click here for more details on this story. ...
Jackson Junior High School unveils new mural in cafeteria (01/06/09)
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Leslie stepping down as Cape Girardeau city manager (01/06/09)
Cape Girardeau city manager Doug Leslie announced today that he will retire March 1. Leslie leaves his post after 19-plus years with the city. He moved to Cape Girardeau in March 1990 from a job as city manager of Nevada, Mo. Originally hired as the city assistant public works director, Leslie moved quickly through the ranks, taking over as director of public works in July 1990 and adding the title of assistant city manager on Oct. ...
Accident injures two in uptown Jackson (01/06/09)
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 just before 1 p.m. Monday at the corner of Main and Ohio streets in uptown Jackson...
Jackson Board of Aldermen actions (01/06/09)
City of Jackson Board of Aldermen 7:30 p.m. Monday Power and light committee n Motion passed to change the Board of Aldermen regular meeting and study session from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents Day. n Motion passed to accept various agreements from merchants along South High Street relative to the Jackson Uptown Historic District Renovation Project...
Sikeston passes on resident's suggestion to use red-light cameras (01/06/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Despite a resident's suggestion, the city won't be adding automated red-light camera/ticketing systems any time soon. Mayor Mike Marshall said during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday that a city resident told him she was seeing a lot of motorists running red lights. Marshall said she suggested the city look into putting in an automated red-light camera systems to ticket red-light offenders...
Cape Girardeau police detain four on Immigrations and Customs request (01/06/09)
A report of trespassing led Cape Girardeau police, in cooperation with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, to detain four men Sunday suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. The men were allegedly working construction at a residence in the 1200 block of South Pacific Street when the owner decided to terminate their employment and asked them to leave, said Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the police department...
Family escapes Cape Girardeau afternoon house fire without serious injury (01/06/09)
Firefighters battled a blaze in the 500 block of North Middle St. this afternoon. No serious injuries were reported during the fire, which started in the upstairs attic of the residence, witnesses at the scene who did not wish to be identified said...
Gas leak causes closure of Cape Girardeau street (01/06/09)
A minor gas leak at a private residence in the 700 block of North Pacific Street led to the area being closed to traffic temporarily Monday afternoon, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The affected block was only closed for about five minutes around 3 p.m. and the closure was due to the number of emergency vehicles needing to get through rather than any danger from the leak itself, authorities said...
Three injured in Monday eight-car pileup near Kennett (01/06/09)
KENNETT, Mo. — Three people were injured and seven vehicles were towed following an eight-car collision at Highway 412 on Monday, six miles east of Kennett. According to a report from Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Trooper B.W. Emerson, the incident occurred at approximately 5:21 p.m., as Leslie Hill, 69, of Laton, Calif., was traveling westbound in a 2007 Volvo when he failed to stop for traffic which was stopped due to a road closure from a prior accident. ...
Shining a light: Autism documentary includes story of Cape native Taylor Crowe (01/06/09)
In the clouded and confusing world of autism, one Icelandic documentary seeks to be a ray of light on the autism spectrum disorders, and Taylor Crowe plays a part in the effort. "The Sunshine Boy" covers the autism spectrum disorders through the eyes of those affected by them. The film's producer, Margret Dagmar, started the project after being told many times there was nothing doctors could do for her autistic son Keli, now 9...
Cape public library offers help on digitial television conversion (01/06/09)
Paul Moon, FCC DMA coordinator, will be at the Cape Girardeau Public Library to help people apply for a digital television converter and learn how to hook it up from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. A question-and-answer period and a chance to sign up to receive two $40 coupons are on the agenda. A formal presentation on the DTV transition will be at 7:30 p.m...
Women in agriculture meet (01/06/09)
The "Scott County Women in Agriculture" will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the USDA office on Highway 77, Benton, Mo. A program, "Caring for Yourself in the New Year" will be held. All women are invited to attend. You do not have to be involved in farming but if you share an interest in gardening, cooking, farming, family activities or helping the community, this is the organization for you. ...
Mo. Cattlemen's Association endorses eradication of feral hogs (01/06/09)
The Missouri Cattlemen's Association has endorsed the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts to eradicate feral hogs, a species the organization of 5,000 members says could pose a threat to its industry. Found mostly in the southern part of the state, including Wayne and Bollinger counties, these domestic hogs turned wild compete with native species for food and are known to kill fawns and eat eggs of ground-nesting birds. ...
St. Louis suburb on guard after 2 home invasions (01/06/09)
GLENDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the St. Louis suburb of Glendale are investigating the second home invasion in four days. Glendale police Sgt. Bob Catlett says a resident opened her front door slightly for an unfamiliar man Monday afternoon, but left her door chain in place...
Woman charged in Mo. with voter registration fraud (01/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- An East St. Louis, Ill., woman has been charged with submitting false information on voter registration cards, including turning in cards from nursing home residents without their knowledge. Deidra Humphrey, 44, worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition from June through August last year, said federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway's office...
Ice storm blamed for dozens of Ill. wrecks (01/06/09)
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- When it comes to icy roads in Southern Illinois, even Illinois State Police aren't immune from fender-bender traffic wrecks. State police in southwestern Illinois near Collinsville say icy conditions Tuesday morning that slowed the commute for many to a crawl were blamed for at least 29 crashes in the region...
Icy weather leads to death in eastern Mo. (01/06/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Hermann woman dies in Montgomery County, after she lost control of her car in icy conditions. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the victim of Tuesday's crash as 59-year-old Elayne Thompson. They say she ran off a roadway around 6 a.m. and her car struck a tree...
Ameren nuclear plan triggers debate over funding (01/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's largest electric utility is considering building a second nuclear reactor in mid-Missouri, and that means lawmakers will be considering how to pay for it during the 2009 session that starts Wednesday. The debate hits on energy production, consumer protection, economic development and environmental concerns...
Burris turned away as he tries to claim Obama seat (01/06/09)
Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roland Burris tried to take President-elect Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat Tuesday but failed in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress. "Mr. Burris is not in possession of the necessary credentials from the state of Illinois," declared Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada...
Missouri jobless benefits fund going broke, again (01/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri may soon have to borrow money to pay benefits to the rising number of unemployed people. State labor director Todd Smith said Monday that Missouri may have to borrow about $40 million from the federal government before April to pay jobless benefits...
Mo. unemployment benefit call line to be closed (01/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missourians seeking to extend jobless benefits will have to start doing that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An unemployment benefits hot line run by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will no longer be available on Tuesday and Thursday except for first-time applicants...
Mo. inmate dies of apparent natural causes (01/06/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — 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. 28 at the Southeast Correctional Center Infirmary. He was serving 24 years for second-degree attempted robbery and stealing in St. ...
Obama predicts quick approval of rescue (01/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama declared the national economy was "bad and getting worse" Monday as he began crisis talks with congressional leaders on emergency action. He predicted lawmakers would approve hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending and tax cuts within two weeks of his taking office...
New measurements reveal our galaxy to be much larger than previously thought (01/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was undersized compared to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore. The Milky Way is considerably larger, bulkier and spinning faster than astronomers once thought, making it Andromeda's equal...
Burris unlikely to be seated today (01/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown Monday as Roland Burris declared, "I'm a United States senator" despite controversy over his appointment to Congress. Several officials said it was out of the question that Burris would be sworn into office today when other new lawmakers take the oath of office. ...
Bush to establish national marine monuments in Pacific (01/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Parts of three remote and uninhabited Pacific island chains are being set aside by President Bush as national monuments to protect them from oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing in what will be the largest marine conservation effort in history...
QVC will sell memorabilia at Obama's inauguration (01/06/09)
NEW YORK -- QVC is traveling to Washington, D.C., to mark president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration this month -- and is bringing along plenty of coins, stamps, jewelry and even a small handbag to sell. The retail network has already sold more than 100,000 items related to Obama's election and sees the inauguration as an opportunity to reach far beyond the group of people regularly interested in political collectibles...
Search starts for Kan. boy missing 10 years (01/06/09)
EL DORADO, Kan. -- The Kansas parents who failed to report their 11-year-old adopted son missing nearly a decade ago are "people of interest" as authorities search for him nationwide, a sheriff said Monday. Investigators only recently learned Adam Herrman was missing and are focused on finding him, Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said. Adam was 11 when he disappeared in 1999 from a mobile home park in Towanda where he lived...
Franken wins Minn. recount (01/06/09)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota board on Monday certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, whose attorney promised a legal challenge that probably will keep the race in limbo for months...
Even in recession, CES to have stuff worth seeing (01/06/09)
The recession figures to tone down the flashiness of this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, but the lineup of innovative products likely will measure up to those of past years. The CES product list still looks intriguing partly because startups haven't yet been hit as hard by this downturn as they were when the Internet boom collapsed in 2000. And bigger companies haven't yet had time to adjust to consumers' belt-tightening...
New intel director may lead smaller agency (01/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama's top pick to become national intelligence director won high marks for countering terrorism in southeast Asia after Sept. 11, but he will preside over an agency that may be downsized somewhat under the new administration...
Gaza civilian toll rises; diplomats seek truce (01/06/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel's expanding ground and air offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers took a heavy civilian toll Monday as diplomats and European leaders searched for a cease-fire. But with Palestinian rocket fire continuing, Israel said it won't stop its 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of fire...
U.S. inaugurates fortified $700 million embassy in Iraq (01/06/09)
BAGHDAD -- The United States inaugurated its largest embassy ever Monday, a fortresslike compound in the heart of the Green Zone -- and the most visible sign of what U.S. officials call a new chapter in relations between America and a more sovereign Iraq...
Show Me a dream game: SCC vs. Sikeston (01/06/09)
To athletic director Brent Keefer and superintendent Steve Borgsmiller (Sikeston), AD Ronnie Cookson and superintendent Joel B. Holland (Scott County Central): It's time to play ball. Scott County Central vs. Sikeston. There's no reason the game people have wanted to see for more than 30 years can't happen this season when people want it most, when the matchups are so enticing you could have thousands of people lining up to buy tickets...
Ste. Genevieve girls turn back Perryville comeback (01/06/09)
Perryville rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit only to falter in the fourth quarter and lose 63-54 to Ste. Genevieve in girls basketball Monday. The Pirates outscored the Dragons 19-7 in the third quarter to make it a one-point game heading into last frame before being outscored 15-7...
Southeast women sweep road trip (01/06/09)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball program continued its Ohio Valley Conference road dominance Monday night. Southeast notched its 15th straight OVC road victory, routing Jacksonville State 82-60. The Redhawks' last conference road loss came during the 2006-07 season...
Texas stuns Ohio State with TD in final minute (01/06/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Left out of the national title game, Colt McCoy and Texas made the most of their trip to the Fiesta Bowl. McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play, lifting third-ranked Texas to a 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Monday night...
Redhawks' rally falls short (01/06/09)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The surprise men's basketball team in the Ohio Valley Conference added to undermanned Southeast Missouri State's misery. That despite a furious rally by the Redhawks that made Monday night's game mighty interesting. But Jacksonville State had just enough at the end to drop the Redhawks to 0-4 in OVC play with a 71-66 victory...
La Russa satisfied with team's offseason effort (01/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Thus far, it's been a fairly quiet offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Tony La Russa knows it's still early. "There's not a lot of clubs doing much and there's a lot of free agents out there," La Russa said Monday. "I'm satisfied that we've taken our best shot a couple times."...
Fassel is among Rams' coaching candidates (01/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel is among the candidates the St. Louis Rams could interview for their head coaching vacancy this week. General manager Billy Devaney received clearance over the weekend to speak with Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles and Cowboys wide receivers coach Ray Sherman...
Cardinals sign left-handed reliever (01/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals are adding a third left-handed reliever to the bullpen competition for next season, signing Royce Ring to a one-year contract. The Cardinals announced the addition Monday. The 28-year-old Ring was 2-1 with an 8.46 ERA in 42 games with the Braves last season after making the opening day roster for the first time in his career. Ring faded after going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA through June...
Steelers linebacker Harrison voted Defensive Player of Year (01/06/09)
NEW YORK -- Kent State once sent a linebacker to the Pittsburgh Steelers who epitomized everything the Steel Curtain was about. That was Jack Lambert. The current version of the hard-hitting, versatile and dynamic former Kent Stater in Steel City is James Harrison, The Associated Press 2008 Defensive Player of the Year...
Nine healthy habits for 2009 (01/06/09)
People often ring in the new year with a promise to bring in better habits -- stop smoking, exercise more, etc. Whatever the promise may be, consider the following nine habits area health officials recommend you implement in 2009. Some of them may seem obvious, but that doesn't negate their importance...
Study finds city's smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks (01/06/09)
ATLANTA -- A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations, according to a new study that is considered the best and longest-term research to show such a link. The rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such drop in two neighboring areas, and researchers believe it's a clear sign the ban was responsible...
Health calendar 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Today n Childbirth preparation class: 8:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. This class is intended to ease expectant parents concerns and give them a positive, confident attitude toward labor and delivery. To register, call 332-1587...
LG high-def TVs to stream Netflix videos directly (01/06/09)
NEW YORK -- Netflix Inc. has come up with another way to get movies to people without sending DVDs in the mail. In a partnership announced Monday, LG Electronics will start selling high-definition TV sets that stream Netflix videos directly from the Internet, without an additional device. The deal marks the first time Netflix's streaming service will be embedded in a television...
Critics pick 'Waltz With Bashir' as best '08 film (01/06/09)
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Waltz With Bashir," a groundbreaking animated documentary about Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, won the National Society of Film Critics' 2008 best picture award Saturday. But "Happy-Go-Lucky," Mike Leigh's tale of a die-hard optimist whose worldview is put to the test, came away with four of the 10 awards for 2008 films. It won best director and best screenplay for Leigh, best actress for Sally Hawkins and best supporting actor for Eddie Marsan...
Mary Brown (01/06/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Mary L. Brown, 71, of Anna died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at her home. She was born June 18, 1937, daughter of Coney and Flora Reynolds Frick. She and Gerald Brown were married Dec. 24, 1965, in Jonesboro, Ill. Brown was a cashier many years at the Wonder Market in Jonesboro...
Robert Vann (01/06/09)
Robert Andrew "Robby" Vann, 50, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Rancho Cucamonga. He was born Feb. 24, 1958, in Cape Girardeau, the second son of William Earl and Beulah Mason Vann. He attended public schools in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Central High School. He joined the Peace Corps in 1975 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1976. He received a medal for the triple jump in the Army Olympics while stationed in Neuenburg, Germany...
Charles Beckerman (01/06/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Charles N. Beckerman Sr., 65, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1943, at Des Ark, Mo., son of Floyd and Sylvia Robertson Beckerman. Beckerman was a former member of the Baptist Church in St. Mary, Mo...
Setsu Glasscock (01/06/09)
Setsu Shitamori Glasscock, 72, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1936, in Yayeyama, Japan. Setsu was a homemaker and of the Catholic belief. She was the beloved mother to Riko Stone of Jackson and Sashi (Suzy) Glasscock of Cape Girardeau; grandmother to Tina (Dale) Probst and Sasha (Jamie) Jackson; and great-grandma to Ashley Probst, and Zachary and Ethan Jackson...
Janet Cook (01/06/09)
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 Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Parish prayers will be at 7...
Amy Hastings (01/06/09)
Amy Lou Hastings, 60, of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at noon Thursday at the funeral home...
Thomas Niswonger (01/06/09)
Thomas K. "Tommy" Niswonger, 48, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1960, in Cape Girardeau to Frank and Peggy Winder Niswonger. He and Vicky I. Donley were married April 25, 2005, in Las Vegas...
R.C. White (01/06/09)
R.C. White, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1953, in Augusta, Ga., son of R.C. and Lovonia Barnes White Sr. He and Rose Edwards were married Nov. 15, 1997, in Cape Girardeau. White had worked at a cotton gin in Hayti, Mo...
Births 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Hornberger Daughter to Mark A. and Jennifer C. Hornberger of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:41 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Name, Andrea Marie. Weight, 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Hornberger is the former Jennifer Eschenbrenner, daughter of Henry and Pat Eschenbrenner of Perryville. Hornberger is the son of Mary and Bill Balsman of Perryville. He is employed at TG Missouri Corp...
Police report 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Randy D. Stephens, 33, 2800 Pioneer Drive, Lot 141, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault. n Michael E. Cox, 25, 1105 Hidden Valley Drive, No. 4, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear for domestic assault...
Fire report 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 7:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Ellis Street. n At 9:19 p.m., an alarm in the 2000 block of Jonquil Lane. n At 11:03 p.m., an alarm in the 600 block of Sycamore Circle...
Struggle for survival: Israel responds to rocket attacks (01/06/09)
Imagine if, every day, six or seven rockets landed in the southwestern U.S. launched from northern Mexico. How would the U.S. media report on the destruction caused by these warheads as they plummeted from the sky into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas?...
Prayer 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Look at our efforts to do what is right, O God, and hear us when we ask for your help. Amen.
Thanks to county citizens (01/06/09)
I would like to thank the citizens of Cape Girardeau County for giving me the opportunity to serve them for the last 16 years as their county commissioner. During these years I have been privileged to meet and work with many of the residents of Cape Girardeau County...
Pay for the Pups (01/06/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has two dogs trained to assist officers in recovering drugs and tracking suspects, along with other duties. In the six years the dogs, Bolo and Toben, have been on they job, they have been involved in more than 1,600 investigations. Now it's time for the dogs to retire...
A community and family leader (01/06/09)
To the editor: Today is a day to observe with joy and gratitude. My uncle, Tom Beadles of Cape Girardeau and Cairo, Ill., turns 99 today. Tom has been a leader in both communities all his life, but even more precious to me is his leadership in our family. Tom Beadles was the guiding hand that helped create Vandivort Properties, a third-generation family farming corporation rooted in Southeast Missouri...
Speak Out 1/6/09 (01/06/09)
Finally, 2009 MAYBE IT'S because I'm getting old, but I thought the New Year's Eve party I went to had a countdown to midnight that would never arrive. Later, I discovered it was because we had to delay the ending of 2008 by one second. Using the money...
Special olympics Polar Bear plunge (01/06/09)
The third annual Polar bear Plunge will be held on February 7th at Lake boutin at the Trail of tears state park. This is a major fundraiser for the local Special olympians. go to www.somo.org for more information.
The Blue Woods (01/06/09)
The Blue Woods There are only a handful of men alive today who could possibly remember The Blue Woods. And those men are spread so far and wide, the likelihood of more than one or two of them ever reading this is very remote. Back in Morehouse, Missouri, where we spent our youth, The Blue Woods were an important part of our daily thoughts and conversations. ...
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