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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/21/09)
Cozmo's Cafe and Cream won't be a part of the dining options in Cape Girardeau for much longer.The restaurant's owner, Dr. Michael Jessup, told seMissourian.com today that he plans to close down the store and turn Cozmo's into a small franchise.Jessup said the move isn't related to the poor economy, though.Earlier this week, two other Cape Girardeau restaurants announced plans to sell their buildings.Meanwhile an economic study of Southeast Missouri shows mixed signs for the third quarter of last year, with rising unemployment and a rise in retail sales.. ...
Southeast Missouri State University report portrays mixed economic picture for region (01/21/09)
A new report paints a mixed economic picture for Southeast Missouri. Though the unemployment rate reached 7.1 percent for the third quarter, the report from the Center of Economic and Business Research found that retail sales performed better than expected...
Southeast Missouri State University president pleased with tuition freeze proposal (01/21/09)
Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Ken Dobbins is applauding Governor Jay Nixon's plan not to raise tuition in higher education. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Nixon has proposed a plan to ask public universities not to raise tuition rates if the state legislatures spares them from budget cuts...
Economy, lack of demand force Plaza Conference Center to close (01/21/09)
The economy has claimed another business in Southeast Missouri. Plaza Conference Center ceased day-to-day operations and closed earlier this month. John Echimovich, director of operations of the hotel division at MidAmerica Hotels Corp. in Cape Girardeau, said the closing was based on more than one factor...
Motor vehicle accidents claim lives of Sikeston residents (01/21/09)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, Mo. - Separate motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of two Sikeston, Mo., residents on Tuesday.According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first fatal crash occurred at around 9:15 a.m., when a 1998 Ford F150 driven by Paul D. ...
MoDOT working on Highway 34, Interstate 55 (01/21/09)
MoDOT working on Highway 34, I-55 SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform shoulder repairs. The section of road is between County Road 304 and Route OO. Weather permitting, the work be done 8:30 a.m. ...
Commission to take second look at design guidelines for Cape Girardeau historic district (01/21/09)
Design guidelines for Cape Girardeau's first historic district will get a second look by the city's historic preservation commission, which meets at 7 p.m. today at city hall. Supporters of the new district expressed dismay in December when they learned what restrictions would apply. Lynn and David McLain said the new rules would inhibit their ability to renovate their Hillcrest Drive home's "stark and austere" exterior...
Nixon halts public safety radio plan, some in area disappointed (01/21/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A more than $80 million project to improve the radio system used by Missouri police, firefighters and other emergency responders has been put on hold by Gov. Jay Nixon. The contract had been awarded to Motorola Inc. shortly before Gov. Matt Blunt left office Jan. 12. But Nixon's administration quickly put it on hold, leading to the resignation of the project manager and prompting Blunt's former public safety director to raise concerns...
Poplar Bluff robbery suspects shoots self in head (01/21/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- After a brief standoff with officers, a man authorities suspect robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint Monday night is in a St. Louis hospital recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Just after 7 p.m. Monday, a man police believe to have Brian Todahl entered Rocky Top Corner Convenience to pay for his fuel, according to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs...
Gala held in Cape Girardeau to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration (01/21/09)
When Elma Staten of Jackson and other area women supporting Barack Obama couldn't find a local event to celebrate his inauguration as president, they decided to hold their own. On Tuesday night, Staten's creation -- a black-tie dinner and formal ball held at Drury Lodge -- drew nearly 100 attendees, some from out of state...
Joint effort tries to address nursing shortfall with program for at-risk students (01/21/09)
Three area agencies have joined forces to address an anticipated shortfall of nurses in the region through a new training program for at-risk students. The Believe to Achieve program, which started Jan. 5, is a joint effort by  Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau School District and MERS/Goodwill. The nine-week training program matches 11 at-risk high-school-age students with a nurse's aide to explore health-care careers...
Inauguration Day a day to teach history in Cape classrooms (01/21/09)
In Russell Grammer's fourth-grade classroom at Jefferson Elementary School, Norman Rockwell's painting of 6-year-old Ruby Bridges surrounded by federal marshals holds a place of honor at the front of the room. The 1960 painting, "The Problem We All Live With," depicts Bridges, standing straight and looking forward, in her role as the first black child to enroll in a previously all-white New Orleans school. ...
Poplar Bluff schools, Butler County Courthouse receive bomb threats (01/21/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers maintained a presence at Poplar Bluff schools Tuesday after bomb threats were called in earlier in the morning to the schools and the Butler County Courthouse. The schools were on lockdown for more than two hours as officers conducted security sweeps at each building...
Cape Girardeau City Council approves borrowing money for parks projects (01/21/09)
The parks projects promised when voters passed a new sales tax last year moved one step closer to reality Monday evening when the Cape Girardeau City Council approved the plan to borrow money to finance the construction. In materials supporting the resolution, city finance director John Richbourg predicted the city will pay about 4 percent interest on the $20.1 million in bonds that will allow construction of a new aquatic center, expanded Osage Community Centre and Shawnee Community Center to proceed.. ...
Title: Sharpen résumé focus to improve responses (01/21/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I have proven I can step into any role and excel. With my job search lasting for 9 months now, I really need a job and am willing to do anything. How do I make my résumé reflect that I can do almost anything? - Mike...
Mo. hunters warned not to shoot trumpeter swans (01/21/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Conservation is warning hunters to keep protected trumpeter swans out of their sights. The warning Wednesday comes less than a month after five trumpeter swans were killed in the Eagle bluffs Conservation Area near Columbia. The hunters blamed for the shootings are due in court in February...
Mo. measure would ban smoking in public places (01/21/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri lawmaker has filed a resolution that would let voters decide whether to add a ban on smoking in public places to the state constitution. Rep. Joe Fallert, a Ste. Genevieve Democrat, says he's not sure the measure he introduced last week will gain much traction this session, but he thinks it's an issue important enough to put before voters...
Winning Lottery ticket sold in St. Charles (01/21/09)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Someone out there is holding a Missouri Lottery ticket worth $1 million. Lottery officials say the winning Million-Dollar Raffle drawing for the Jan. 20 drawing was purchased at a QuikTrip in St. Charles. The winning number is 0700058613...
Mo. gov. seeks university tuition freeze (01/21/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's public universities have struck a deal with Gov. Jay Nixon: They'll stop raising tuition if lawmakers spare them from the recession-driven budget cuts likely to hammer the rest of state government. Nixon touted his agreement Wednesday at the University of Missouri's flagship campus, followed by scheduled stops at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Kansas City...
Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address (01/21/09)
Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered. OBAMA: My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition...
President Obama plans to meet with war council on first full day (01/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's promise to end the war in Iraq will be on the agenda today when the new commander in chief meets with top national security aides and senior commanders, officials said. Obama was summoning his holdover defense secretary, Robert Gates, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to the White House, along with other members of his National Security Council, to discuss a way ahead in the war, according to two senior military officers...
Obama's success hinges on more than race (01/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- History may remember President Barack Obama as the first black to sit in the White House. But success in his term will depend on his accomplishments rather than on the color of his skin. He takes office with friendlier majorities in Congress than any chief executive since Lyndon Johnson and confronts economic challenges unrivaled since the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt...
Stocks tumble on fresh bank worries (01/21/09)
NEW YORK -- Financial stocks, many of them falling by double-digit percentages, led a huge drop on Wall Street on Tuesday that left the major indexes down more than 4 percent and the Dow Jones industrials down 332 points. The market's angst, which began with multibillion losses reported last week by Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc., intensified after the Royal Bank of Scotland's forecast that its losses for 2008 could top $41.3 billion...
Gatherings large and small as Obama takes office (01/21/09)
Every four years, at noon on Jan. 20, the nation pauses. People slow and stop in airport concourses and outside the windows of electronics stores, watch the oath of office, perhaps catch some of the inaugural address. They move on. Not Tuesday. The inauguration of Barack Obama was a moment of determined national gathering, an occasion when people wanted to be together, made plans to be together, with friends and strangers and giant projection televisions...
Senate confirms six Cabinet secretaries (01/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate swiftly approved six members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet on Tuesday, but put off for a day the vote on his choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton to be secretary of state. The Senate confirmed all six with a single voice vote a little more than three hours after Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th president...
Obama takes historic spot as first black president (01/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Before a crowd of more than a million, Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president, summoning a nation to unite in hope against the "gathering clouds and raging storms" of war and economic woe...
For older blacks, inauguration a dream fulfilled (01/21/09)
ATLANTA -- As she watched Barack Obama descend the steps of the U.S. Capitol to be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, 107-year-old Ann Nixon Cooper leaned forward in her seat, grinned and let out a contented sigh. One of her grandsons asked, "How do you feel about having a black president?"...
Boats scour Hudson River for US Airways engine (01/21/09)
NEW YORK -- Authorities using sonar in the search for the missing engine from US Airways Flight 1549 detected something about the size of the massive aircraft part deep in the frigid, murky Hudson River on Tuesday, but divers ran out of daylight before they could locate the object...
Celebrations of Obama's inauguration span globe (01/21/09)
LONDON -- The arrival of a new American president triggered joy and jubilation Tuesday in a world made weary by warfare, recession and fear. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya, toasts were offered at black-tie balls in Europe and shamans in Latin America chanted Barack Obama's name with reverence...
Hamas holds victory rallies as U.N. chief tours Gaza Strip (01/21/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The U.N. chief inspected the devastation wrought by Israel's onslaught in Gaza on Tuesday, leading a moment of silence at the smoldering U.N. headquarters, as the territory's militant Hamas rulers, triumphant at having survived, held victory rallies amid the ruins...
Advance hits Zalma with big third period (01/21/09)
ZALMA -- Zalma coach Steve Wells put it simply when he said that Advance took control by out-rebounding his team, especially in the third quarter Tuesday night. Hornets senior David VanGennip grabbed many of Advance's rebounds, as he was too much for the Bulldogs to handle near the basket...
SCC-Sikeston game comes back to life (01/21/09)
Game on? One week after Scott County Central and Sikeston were unable to hammer out an agreement to play this season, the two schools seem to be on the brink of putting the proposed contest together. Meetings today could finalize an agreement that was reached Tuesday between the two schools...
Saxony wins first meeting with Central (01/21/09)
Saxony Lutheran senior Bryant Steffens struggled with his shooting in the first half of Tuesday's game. But the Central Tigers seemed more than willing to help Steffens get untracked in the third period by feeding him the ball. Steffens made four steals in a 5-minute span to close out the third quarter, as Saxony pulled away from Central en route to a 54-47 victory...
Chaffee boys post rare win vs. Rams (01/21/09)
The Chaffee boys basketball team had a big reason to celebrate Tuesday night. Chaffee beat rival Scott City for the first time since 1985, 60-57 in the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament at Oran. Senior Taimen Taylor, who turned 18 points Tuesday, scored 20 points to lead the fourth-seeded Red Devils past fifth-seeded Scott City...
Ankiel, Ludwig far off from Cards' offer (01/21/09)
ST. LOUIS — Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick and the St. Louis Cardinals were far apart when they exchanged figures Tuesday in salary arbitration. Ankiel, who hit 25 homers last year before sports hernia surgery ended his season, asked for $3.3 million and was offered $2.35 million. Ludwick requested $4.25 million and was offered $2.8 million after hitting 37 homers and driving in 113 runs...
Serbian pair cruise into third round of Australian Open (01/21/09)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the Australian Open earlier today, with both 21-year-old Serbs looking as if they could make another memorable run in the season's first major. Ivanovic beat Italian Alberta Brianti 6-3, 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena, and defending men's champion Djokovic followed with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy...
Recipe Swap: Readers from near and far submit recipes (01/21/09)
It has been a great week for reader mail. Today there is mail from around the world as well as from right here at home. I hope you enjoy all the recipes today. If you see something that spurs your memory of a recipe you have in your files, send it in so we can include it here for others to read and enjoy...
Review: Close the book on 'Inkheart' (01/21/09)
Whimsy shouldn't be overwhelming. It shouldn't be a busy, messy cacophony. By definition, there should be something delicate about it. Charming, even. "Inkheart" has long since slammed the book shut on that concept, with director Iain Softley cramming in more literary characters and mystical creatures than would seem humanly possible...
Sundance: Film fest welcomes futuristic flicks (01/21/09)
PARK CITY, Utah -- The Sundance Film Festival is boldly going where independent directors rarely travel: into the realm of science fiction. This year's festival includes three movies with sci-fi themes -- not a huge percentage considering Sundance has 118 feature-length films, but significant considering there are usually none...
Mary Smith (01/21/09)
DENVER — Mary W. Smith, 78, of Denver died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Briarwood Nursing Home in Denver. She was born May 27, 1930, in Fort Morgan, Colo., daughter of David H. and Johanna W. Schnegelberger Keller. Mrs. Smith retired from U.S. West Mountain Bell Co. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Denver and a lifetime member of Mountain Telephone Pioneers...
Cindy Topper (01/21/09)
Cindy Topper COLUMBIA, Mo.-- Cindy Lynn Topper, 48, of Columbia died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was born Feb. 13, 1960, in Stoddard County, Mo., daughter of Charles Henry and Effie Jean Welker Buttrey. Survivors include a son, Justin Wilkinson of Marble Hill, Mo.; a daughter, Jennifer Topper of Columbia; her mother of Advance, Mo.; and four grandchildren...
Naomi McClard (01/21/09)
Naomi McClard Naomi J. McClard, 81, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
MeLena Broglin (01/21/09)
ST. LOUIS — MeLena Zerlinda Broglin, 31, of St. Louis died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 26, 1977, in Hayti, Mo., daughter of Beverly Jean Shankle Halford and David Hale of Cape Girardeau. MeLena loved working with people. She had a gift of being able to talk to and relate to people and as a result was a top salesperson two years in a row...
Ludene Burlison (01/21/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Ludene Burlison, 87, of Anna died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. She was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Goreville, Ill., daughter of Charles and Margaret Lambert Hancock. Burlison retired from Allen Industries in Herrin, Ill., and later retired from Union County Hospital...
Births 1/21/09 (01/21/09)
Schweiss Daughter to Nicholas and Jill Schweiss of Glendale, Ariz., Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., 5:51 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Name, Grace Jillian. Weight, 6 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Schweiss is the former Jill Eichhorn, daughter of Butch and Connie Eichhorn of Cape Girardeau. Schweiss is the son of Ron and Lois Schweiss of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He is an assistant superintendent with Drury Southwest Inc...
Police Report 1/21/09 (01/21/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Ebonee R. Ray, 18, 1224 William St., No. 1, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for stop sign violation...
Fire report 1/21/09 (01/21/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: n At 9:23 p.m., an investigation in the 900 block of Jefferson Avenue. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 3:20 a.m., a technical rescue in the 1700 block of Lacey Street...
Out of the past 1/21/09 (01/21/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 21, 1984 According to state Rep. Marvin E. Proffer, Missouri's chief highway engineer has suggested that improvement of Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County might be accelerated by the state if local government entities would help with right-of-way purchase...
Prayer 012109 (01/21/09)
Look with favor, O God, on our hopes and dreams as we plan for the future. Amen.
Ode to Obama (01/21/09)
I had no plans of revisiting the Obama inauguration in today's column, because you and I both know that more than enough words have been spoken or written about this special event. But I cannot escape the news that surrounds me. And for some unknown reason, I am compelled to write one final time on the emotions that blanket our nation...
Jackson holding the line (01/21/09)
Jackson residents got some good news from city hall earlier this month: The city's electric rates won't be increased, even though budgeted spending of $30.07 million will likely exceed revenue from all sources (utility funds, sales taxes, general revenue, grants) by about $3 million. Carry-over balances from previous years will be used to make up the difference...
Speak Out 1/21/09 (01/21/09)
What's left? THE whining and complaining Wall Street Journal reprint about the estate tax was based on a false premise. Elitists at the Wall Street Journal wrongly assume that after the disastrous economic meltdown presided over by President Bush there will be any estates left to distribute...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/21/09)
Buddy is a 3 year-old Border Collie/Heeler mix. He is neutered and housebroken. Buddy is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837.
My Babies (01/21/09)
These are the 2 loves of my life: Daisy and Jake. These 2 rascals keep me busy! Since I do not have children, they give me the love and joy I need!
Schnucks Produce University - Chinese New Year 2009 (01/21/09)
Free educational event at Schnucks in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Shoppers are invited to stop by the produce department to learn hand-on about the delicious fresh and exotic ingredients of Chines New Year celebrations, as part of Frieda's Produce University! The produce team will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, holding informal "classes" and handing out samples of the fun and festive fruits and vegetables...
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