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Highway 51 reduced for repairs (01/07/09)
Two miles of Highway 51 in Bollinger County, just south of Highway 72 near Patton, Mo., will be reduced to one lane for tree trimming today. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are asked to use caution while traveling near the area...
Cape to search nationwide for city manager replacement (01/07/09)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson on Tuesday promised a national search to replace retiring city manager Doug Leslie and named Councilman John Voss the leader of the search. When Leslie was promoted from director of public works to city manager in 2003, he was one of 61 applicants for the job. Assistant city manager Ken Eftink will take Cape Girardeau's reins after March 1 as interim city manager; he said he's interested in landing the job permanently...
No serious injuries reported in Cape Girardeau house fire (01/07/09)
Firefighters battled a blaze Tuesday afternoon at 523 N. Middle St. When firefighters responded to the call around 1:30 p.m., everyone had safely gotten out of the residence, said Cape Girardeau Fire Department Capt. Mark Starnes. No serious injuries were reported during the fire, but one female was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation...
Bollinger County says it won't change sales tax structure after critical audit (01/07/09)
Bollinger County annually collects hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales taxes that appear to exceed legal limits, the Missouri State Auditor's office reported in a recent review of the county's finances. In the report, which repeats and expands on findings from an audit issued in 2004, the auditor's office noted that the county has repeatedly used a state law allowing a countywide sales tax of up to one-half percent. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/07/09)
We've waited for almost three years since some scenes for the movie "Killshot" were filmed in Cape Girardeau for the movie's theatrical release.In the interim several release dates were announced, then passed without the movie seeing the light of day. ...
Perryville council discusses plans for industrial land (01/07/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — At a city council meeting Tuesday, Perryville Mayor Debbie Gahan sought to dispel rumors the city intended to fund a recently discussed purchase of industrial land by ending its contract with the Perry County Economic Development Authority...
Area Obama supporters having own inauguration ball (01/07/09)
When Barack Obama takes his wife, Michelle, out onto the dance floor Jan. 20 to celebrate his inauguration, a group of supporters from across the region will be having their own party in Cape Girardeau. Live music, a black-tie dinner and an inspirational speech from Cairo, Ill.-native Lt. Col. James E. Ramsey of Grand Blanc, Mich., are part of the festivities planned for the evening at Drury Lodge, said Ophelia Robinson of Sikeston, Mo., one of the organizers of the event...
Malden, Mo., Plaza Tire store heavily damaged by fire (01/07/09)
MALDEN, Mo. — A fire forced a Malden business to temporarily shut its doors Sunday. The Malden Fire Department received a call of a fire at Plaza Tire Service, at 1208 N. Douglas St., at 5:03 p.m. Sunday. Fifteen Malden firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Three volunteer firefighters from the Gideon Fire Department, who were in town preparing to eat dinner at the Mexican restaurant beside Plaza Tire, also joined in the fight, according to firefighter Gary Beckham...
Amateur radio operator class schedules announced (01/07/09)
The Southeast Missouri Amateur Radio Operators Club will offer free classes to people who want to get a radio operator's license. Orientation is at 8 a.m. Jan. 17, with classes beginning Jan. 31 and continuing Feb. 7, 14, Feb. 21 and March 7. The final class will include testing for the FCC license. ...
Studio confirms 'Killshot' release coming soon (01/07/09)
A Weinstein Co. representative has confirmed that "Killshot" will be released within the month, but said it's unknown when the movie will hit Cape Girardeau.Spencer Peeples, a spokesman for the company that produced the film, told a Southeast Missourian reporter on Wednesday "It will be in some markets next month [January] but it won't be in your market at that time."Peeples said he had no specifics at this time about the exact date or extent of the release.Some scenes in "Killshot" were filmed in Cape Girardeau in early 2006. ...
Slick roads lead to 12 accidents in Cape Girardeau (01/07/09)
A wintry mix that accumulated on roads made travel treacherous for some drivers late Monday night and early Tuesday morning and was blamed for numerous motor vehicle accidents throughout Southeast Missouri, including 12 in Cape Girardeau. Sgt. Kevin Orr of the Cape Girardeau Police Department's traffic division said the situation didn't compare to Dec. 23, when freezing rain caused nearly 40 weather-related traffic accidents in the city and walking conditions were unsafe for pedestrians...
Hearing date set for Patton teen accused of murder (01/07/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — A Patton teen charged with killing his cousin and legal guardian had his first court appearance this morning in Bollinger County court. John W. Wilfong, 17, faces first degree murder and armed criminal action charges in the slaying of Pamela L. Ackman, who had been his legal guardian since 2003...
Three departments resspond to Millersville house fire (01/07/09)
Millersville firefighters are dousing a house fire at 1198 County Road 335. The firefighters are being aided by the Gordonville and Jackson fire departments.No injuries have been reported at this time. Firefighters are expected to be on the scene until at least midnight. The fire was reported just before 9 p.m...
Title: Notes of a Résumé Writer - Being ignored? Paint the right picture. (01/07/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I feel like my résumé is being ignored. Most of the time, I submit my résumé online and I rarely get a response. When I do hear back, I get an email saying the position has been filled. I am pursuing the accounting and human resources fields, and I have a blend of customer service, accounts payable and receivable, and human resources experience. What am I doing wrong? - Evelyn...
Homemade desserts banned at Mo. inaugural potluck (01/07/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hold the homemade desserts. Health concerns have led Gov.-elect Jay Nixon to alter his plans for a potluck inaugural dinner. Nixon's campaign said Wednesday that guests should bring only store-bought cookies, pies and other desserts to his inaugural meal next Monday...
Lottery sales exceed $1 billion; scratch-offs hot (01/07/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For the first time, Missouri Lottery sales for one year have exceeded $1 billion. Lottery officials said Tuesday that the figure is 4 percent higher than 2007's total of $963 million. Scratch-off tickets accounted for two-thirds of all 2008 lottery revenues with sales up almost 8 percent over the previous year...
Don't get too used to cheap oil, analysts say (01/07/09)
HOUSTON -- All that money you're saving these days at the gas pump? You might want to put it in the bank. Analysts say the same cheap oil that's providing economic relief to drivers and businesses is setting the stage for another price spike, perhaps as soon as next year, that will bring back memories of last summer's $4-a-gallon gas...
Social Security unveils new online form (01/07/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration, envisaging the near-future prospect of 10,000 baby boomers applying for benefits every day, has put together a new online service that will allow people to get their benefits without ever traveling to a Social Security field office...
New Congress opens session with pledge to save economy (01/07/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Capitol rang with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy Tuesday as Congress opened for business. "We need action and we need action now," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republicans agreed, and pledged cooperation in Congress as well as with president-elect Barack Obama -- to a point...
6-year-old misses bus, takes car, crashes (01/07/09)
WICOMICO CHURCH, Va. -- A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family's sedan -- and crashed. His parents were charged with child endangerment. State police said the boy suffered only minor injuries and authorities drove him to school after he was evaluated at a local hospital for a bump on his head. He arrived shortly after lunch, Sgt. Tom Cunningham said...
Brain pacemaker helps treat Parkinson's, but with risks (01/07/09)
CHICAGO -- Parkinson's sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation. The study, which followed patients for six months, offers the most hopeful news to date for Parkinson's sufferers. The new technique reduced tremors, rigidity and flailing of the limbs and allowed people to move freely for nearly five extra hours a day...
L.A. water police hunt wasteful faucets, sprinklers (01/07/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The green thumbs who keep lawns lush and flora flourishing in the city have found a new foe among the aphids, white flies and other yard pests -- the water police. Just as some scofflaws keep an eye out for black-and-white patrol cars, gardeners have learned to spot the white Toyota Priuses driven by Los Angeles water cops out to fight waste as California struggles with an extended drought...
Israel shells near school in Gaza, at least 30 killed (01/07/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza -- Israeli mortar shells exploded Tuesday near a U.N. school in Gaza that was sheltering hundreds of people displaced by Israel's military action against Hamas militants, killing at least 30 Palestinians. Israel's military said its shelling -- the deadliest single episode since Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza on Saturday -- was a response to mortar fire from within the school and said Hamas militants were using civilians as cover...
Gaza truce proposed after Israeli shells kill 30 (01/07/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza -- France and Egypt announced an initiative to stop the fighting in Gaza late Tuesday, hours after Israeli mortar shells exploded near a U.N. school sheltering hundreds of people displaced by strikes against Hamas militants. At least 30 Palestinians died...
Jackson wrestlers rout Ste. Gen (01/07/09)
Blake Peiffer has made the adjustment. Dropping down from heavyweight to 215 pounds, the senior scored a 6-3 decision against Ste. Genevieve's Jake Gegg as part of Jackson's dual meet win against the visiting Dragons on Tuesday night. Peiffer, a Class 4 state qualifier last year in that weight class, turned Gegg for a three-point near-fall late in the match for the margin of victory...
Crusaders turn up heat on Red Devils (01/07/09)
CHAFFEE — Pick up your dribble at your own peril against the Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team. Chaffee learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday. The Crusaders leaned on their swarming defense to cruise past the Red Devils 57-21. "Coach always emphasizes our defensive intensity," Saxony senior Chris Roth said. "Any time they pick up the ball, jump on them and double team if we can."...
Bradford looks to end building jinx at OU (01/07/09)
MIAMI -- Sam Bradford is well aware of the problems Heisman Trophy winners have had in the postseason. Same goes for Oklahoma quarterbacks. He just happens to be both. "You don't need to think about negative things," he said. "I think I'm just going to prepare like a normal game."...
Brees receives Offensive Player award after near-record season (01/07/09)
NEW YORK -- Drew Brees understood what breaking a record set by Dan Marino would mean to the New Orleans Saints. So coming up 15 yards short was disappointing to the Saints quarterback, who won The Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award Tuesday...
Chargers' Jackson arrested for DUI (01/07/09)
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drunken driving. Jackson failed sobriety tests shortly after 2 a.m. on state Route 52 in San Diego, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ray Scheidnes. He said he didn't know Jackson's blood alcohol level...
Rockies acquire right-hander Marquis from Cubs (01/07/09)
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies added depth to their rotation, acquiring durable right-hander Jason Marquis from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for reliever Luis Vizcaino. The 30-year-old Marquis was 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA last season for the NL Central champion Cubs. The Rockies also receive cash as part of the deal...
PGA Tour tees off season this week (01/07/09)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Ernie Els looked as though he had not shaved since the last time he was at Kapalua for the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, even though the stubble was more like four days than four years. Standing atop the steps of the clubhouse, gazing across the Pacific to the island of Molokai, Els soaked up a view he sorely missed...
Recipe Swap: Quick new recipes to start the new year (01/07/09)
After Christmas I love reading the cookbooks I get from friends and family, and this year is no exception. The first one I read was from my co-worker, Jo Leadbetter. She gave me a copy of "A Taste of Heaven" by the Faith Family Worship Center in Farmington, Mo. ...
Dr. Grow: Houseplants are efficient air filters (01/07/09)
Have you seen the TV commercial where the guy demonstrates an air filter that you can buy for your home or office? He talks about all of the problems with air that can be found in homes and how this filter can eliminate most of those pollutants. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, turn it on and enjoy clean filtered air. Of course there are a few maintenance activities you have to be aware of...
'The Unborn' offers up more laughs than scares (01/07/09)
The Kabbalah. Hot college students. An abandoned mental institution. Gary Oldman. Jogging. Twins. Nazi scientists. A suicidal mother. A lost blue mitten. What do these things have in common? They're all pieces in the convoluted mythology of "The Unborn."...
Nissan recalling more than 240,000 trucks (01/07/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 240,000 trucks in 20 cold weather states to fix a problem that could prevent front air bags from deploying in a crash. The government said in a posting on its Web site Wednesday that the recall affects the Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra from the 2005-2009 model years...
Marilyn Laws (01/07/09)
Marilyn Rebecca Laws, 70, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 21, 1938, in Charleston, Ill., daughter of Thomas and Rosalie Crail Howard. She and Seymour S. Laws were married July 24, 1955. He died Nov. 3, 2001...
Imogene Wheeler (01/07/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Imogene Patrick Wheeler, 90, of Sikeston, formerly of Bell City, Mo., passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at her daughter's home in Sikeston. She was born April 3, 1918, in Indianapolis, daughter of Clarence and Anna Jessup Patrick. She and Gene Wheeler were married April 3, 1947, in Glenwood, Ind. He preceded her in death Sept. 26, 2002...
Danny Welker (01/07/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo.-- Danny Lee Welker, 57, of Marble Hill died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Leroy Jacob and Doris Jean Trentham Welker. He and Cheri M. Stewart were married Sept. 24, 1983. She died Nov. 13, 1994...
Amy Hastings (01/07/09)
Amy Lou Hastings, 60, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at the home of a daughter in Sioux Falls. She was born Jan. 9, 1948, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Bill and Billie Adams Ewing. She and Lionel Hastings were married in 1971 in Cape Girardeau...
Robert Adams (01/07/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Robert C. Adams, 80, of Dexter died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born June 1, 1929, at Limestone, Ark., son of Floyd and Nannie Brown Adams. He and Lena Tharp were married Oct. 31, 1959, at Circle City, Mo. Adams was the office manager for Averett and Son Implement and ProAg in Dexter for more than 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War...
LaWana Jordan (01/07/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- LaWana F. Jordan, 71, of Overland, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. She was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Perryville, daughter of Carlos Grimaud and Francis Klump Grimaud Janet. She and William Jordan were married Nov. 6, 1953...
Dewane Craft (01/07/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dewane Scott Craft, 80, of Perryville, formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus, Mo. He was born April 18, 1928, at Campbell, Mo., son of Reben and Zana Gaines Craft. He Lucille Henson were married Nov. 16, 1948. She died July 17, 2000...
Sadie Skaggs (01/07/09)
Sadie Grace Skaggs, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 29, 1917, in Atoka, Tenn., daughter of James C. and Cansadie Hutchins Melton. She and William Carl Skaggs were married Nov. 10, 1947. He died May 3, 2008...
Charles Strickland (01/07/09)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Charles Vernon Strickland, 83, of Fayetteville died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Greenville, Mo., to Richard Earl and Lillie Jane Wood Strickland. Strickland was a staff manager with National Life Insurance 31 years...
Mary Hoffman (01/07/09)
Loving wife and mother Mary Ellen Hoffman, 66, of Fairhope, Ala., passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Mary Ellen was born and raised in Illmo, now part of Scott City, and lived most of her adult life in Columbus, Ohio. Mary Ellen devoted her life to teaching and to her family...
Bayless Taylor Jr. (01/07/09)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- Bayless Earnest "Sonny" Taylor Jr., of Dudley was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Jacksonville, Ark. and passed away peacefully, Jan. 6, 2009, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bayless and Alma Taylor, and two brothers, Rudy and Eugene...
Carole Colvis (01/07/09)
WALSH, Ill. -- Carole S. Colvis, 65, of Walsh passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. She was born to the late Fred and Alta Stewart Niehouse on June 21, 1943, in Chester, Ill. She and James M. Colvis were married Sept. 5, 1959, in DuQuoin, Ill...
Alice Foster (01/07/09)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Alice Foster, 94, of Commerce died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 9, 1914, at Commerce, daughter of William and Effie Kent Lumm. She and Cletus Ivan Foster were married May 8, 1935, at Commerce. He died March 16, 1964...
Births 1/7/09 (01/07/09)
Hoehne Daughter to Travis and Melissa Lea Hoehne of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Name, Sydney Leann. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Hoehne is the former Melissa Hobbs, daughter of Nancy Hobbs of Jackson, and the late Louis Hobbs. She is office manager at Broadway Prescription Shop. Hoehne is the son of the late Ruth Stickel. He is a machine operator at Nordenia USA...
Police report 1/7/09 (01/07/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n A subject is in custody on suspicion of failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and driving while intoxicated. Arrests n Kevin S. Gordon, 42, 411 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a New Madrid County warrant for probation violation...
Fire report 1/7/09 (01/07/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 4:57 p.m., vehicle fire at 3439 William St. n At 5:17 p.m., grass fire at 2984 County Road 620. n At 10:35 p.m., motor vehicle accident on Interstate 55. n At 10:51 p.m., motor vehicle accident at Highway 74 and Kingshighway...
Out of the past 1/7/2008 (01/07/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 7, 1984 Twelve Cape Girardeau families have been awarded a total of $46,570 in damages by Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Stanley A. Grimm in their lawsuit against the city for water damage resulting from flooding of their homes from March 1977 through March 1982; the families live on Sherwood and Briarwood drives, along Walker Creek...
Prayer 01/07/09 (01/07/09)
Look with favor, O God, on the resolutions we have made, and help us to keep them. Amen.
Obama's recovery plan (01/07/09)
As the national economy continues in free fall, president-elect Barack Obama has at long last outlined his recovery plan. The new administration wants to jump-start the economy with a massive stimulus plan that will eventually reach $1 trillion. The plan -- as outlined last week -- includes tax cuts for individuals and businesses. ...
Flexibility with rules can help those in need (01/07/09)
We are facing depressionlike economic crises that require us to be creative and work cooperatively outside the box of regulations in using resources to help small businesses and families maintain their profitability and safety for those who are often forced into combining their business location with their residence to remain viability of both...
Teen organizers (01/07/09)
Iliana and Austin. Remember these two names. Chances are you will be hearing much more about them in the years to come. Iliana Arevalo, born with hip dysplasia, has had two major surgeries at the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, one of 22 hospitals across the country that provide free treatment for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal-cord injuries and other conditions...
Speak Out 1/7/09 (01/07/09)
A good teacher THE SELF-CONGRATULATORY teacher who slapped himself on the back for grading papers may deserve some kudos, but that tells us nothing about whether or not he is a good teacher. For the answer to that, I would refer you to Malcolm Gladwell's "Most Likely to Succeed" in the Dec. ...
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI FOOD BANK, FEEDING AMERICA, GENERAL MILLS AND "THE BIGGEST LOSER" TEAM UP TO LOSE WEIGHT AND RAISE FUNDS TO FEED THE HUNGRY (01/07/09)
POUND FOR POUND CHALLENGE TO HELP EASE HUNGER CRISIS Southeast Missouri Food Bank has announced a new partnership with Feeding America, General Mills and "The Biggest Loser": The Pound For Pound Challenge. For every pound participating dieters in Southeast Missouri pledge to lose in the New Year, General Mills will donate 10 cents to Southeast Missouri Food Bank, enough to provide one pound of groceries. Funds will be distributed through Feeding America...
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