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American Red Cross operating nine shelters in Southeast Missouri (01/29/09)
NOTE: This is a updated version The American Red Cross now has nine shelters open for ice-storm victims throughout Southeast Missouri.The Delta shelter was closed after power returned before 8 p.m. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/29/09)
The ice isn't falling out of the sky any longer, but the effects of the ice storm keep hammering our neighbors to the south of Cape Girardeau.At our last check, tens of thousands of AmerenUE and AmerenCIPS customers in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois were still without power this afternoon, and the numbers are not changing much.Ameren is warning these people that it may take a week to restore power. ...
Missouri Delta Medical Center staff urged to report to work (01/29/09)
Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston has requested that all its staff report to their scheduled duty assignments. Sgt. Jim McMillen with the Sikeston Deparment of Public Safety said this is important for the evening and midnight shifts. McMillen also said those in need of food or water may report to the Sikeston High School Field House or Miner Baptist Church on Route H. The Salvation Army is serving food at these locations...
Early morning fire destroys Scott City mobile home (01/29/09)
SCOTT CITY - A fire destroyed a mobile home early this morning but those living in the trailer managed to escape. Scott City Fire Department Chief Jay Cassout said eight firemen responded to trailer No. 41 at 1300 Mar Elm St after receiving a call from one of the residents living in the mobile home. One person who lived in the mobile home was treated for mild smoke inhalation while the other resident was unharmed. Cassout said the cause of the fire is unknown...
Tough, thick ice creates trouble for Southeast Missouri road crews (01/29/09)
The agencies responsible for clearing roads coated with ice and snow during the 36-hour storm that hit Southeast Missouri this week have plenty of salt, cinders and sand on hand but the depth and toughness is stymieing efforts to clear many streets...
Friday closings, cancellations (01/29/09)
Some area schools and governments have reported cancellation of Friday classes, closing of offices or delayed openings to the Southeast Missourian:CanceledCape Girardeau floodwall ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday has been canceled...
Title: Grab the hiring manager's attention, don't include too much information (01/29/09)
Copy: Dear Sam: My résumé is four pages long and I am struggling to condense it as I am afraid I will remove something that could help me in my search. How long should a résumé be and what should I omit to make it that length? - Bob...
Cape Girardeau reschedules waste pickup (01/29/09)
Cape Girardeau is postponing special trash pickups for a week and promising to attempt to reach on Thursday regular garbage pickup customers missed on Tuesday. The city will attempt to reach regular Thursday and Friday customers but residents who live in hilly areas or on narrow streets with cars parked in a way that makes it difficult to reach them are asked to be patient. ...
Gov. Nixon suspends construction project funding at Southeast, other colleges (01/29/09)
Southeast Missouri State University leaders hope the state will decide not to put on indefinite suspension a major project that's only months away from completion -- the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration confirmed Wednesday it has halted millions of dollars of planned college construction projects that were to be funded with money from Missouri's student loan authority...
Two area lawmakers take positions within legislature (01/29/09)
Tracy to be secretary of incoming legislators State Rep. Clint Tracy, R-Cape Girardeau, was elected secretary of the freshman class of Missouri legislators Tuesday following a nomination from Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia. The election was part of the selection of a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the leadership posts among new lawmakers. ...
In Scott County, some head for shelter, some break out saws (01/29/09)
While hundreds of Southeast Missouri residents left without power after this week's ice storm sought refuge in shelters Wednesday, Danny Cosby spent his time helping others deal with the aftermath. Cosby, without power all day Wednesday at his Benton, Mo., residence, gathered some tree-cutting equipment and spent the day with two other men removing fallen limbs and branches from the roadways and assisting others with de-icing their vehicles so they could leave their homes...
Tens of thousands still without power (01/29/09)
Thousands of Southeast Missouri residents will struggle to keep warm again today as the second major ice storm in two years has crippled parts of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, leaving more than 80,000 powerless Wednesday. The storm began Monday evening with sleet in the Cape Girardeau area and freezing rain to the south. ...
Major Southeast Missouri ice storms (01/29/09)
n Jan. 22, 1927: A major storm bringing ice, sleet and snow reached Southeast Missouri, downing power and telephone lines across Cape Girardeau and cutting telegraph service along the Frisco Railroad line. High-power electric lines were brought down when two steel towers snapped between Oran and Chaffee, Mo. Utility crews worked to restore power over the next four days...
Nearly 1,000 residents find warmth at Cape Girardeau shelters (01/29/09)
In Cape Girardeau, the Salvation Army and Osage Community Centre opened as warming stations, though each had only a handful of occupants Wednesday. The Osage Centre closed by afternoon, while the Salvation Army site was converted to an American Red Cross shelter...
Power outages blanket Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois Thursday morning (01/29/09)
UPDATED 6:50 a.m. Tens and thousands of people in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois are still without power this morning. Shortly after 6 a.m. AmerenUE reported all its customers in Stoddard and Pemiscot counties - 7,375 and 7,651 respectively - did not have electricity and only 1 percent of customers in New Madrid County, or 5,027 customers, had been restored. ...
Hospitals deal with staffing problems, report few weather-related injuries (01/29/09)
The winter storm has caused staffing problems for all area hospitals, though there were few weather-related injuries to deal with. Linda G. Brown, advanced practical nurse and emergency room director for Southeast Missouri Hospital, said she and others are using their own four-wheel-drive vehicles to shuttle co-workers to and from the hospital...
Tips for coping with the cold (01/29/09)
n If you must work outside, take frequent breaks. "Match your rest period with your work period," said Linda G. Brown, the emergency room director for Southeast Missouri Hospital. n Cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce inhaling cold air, which can dehydrate you...
Nixon defends college building plan suspension (01/29/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon ventured to the University of Missouri's flagship campus Thursday to tout a proposed expansion of health care training for college students. He instead spent much of his time defending a decision announced a day earlier to suspend several college construction projects funded with money from Missouri's student loan authority. Among the projects: $31.2 million toward replacement of the 70-year-old Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia...
Hulshof takes post on law firm's public policy team (01/29/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former representative Kenny Hulshof has stepped out of politics and into a legal position where he will specialize in public policy issues. Hulshof, 50, will join Polsinelli Shughart PC on Monday as part of its Public Policy practice. He will have offices in Missouri and Washington, D.C., the company said in a news release...
Ill. gov. asks to speak at Senate trial (01/29/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he wants to make a statement, but not answer any questions, at the impeachment trial he once said is so biased he wouldn't dignify it by taking part. A buzz swept through the Senate chambers when President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, revealed the governor's surprise request...
Utilities spend millions to fight issue of sinking Missouri River (01/29/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri River is sinking. And as engineers try to figure out why, the dropping river bed could eventually threaten billions of dollars in property development, the stability of levees and bridges and make boat travel more difficult by exposing navigation hazards. It's already cost Kansas City millions to ensure water for a half-million customers...
Art found at Tennessee Goodwill sells for $8,000 (01/29/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A 100-year-old Ellsworth Woodward painting found in Goodwill's Nashville warehouse has sold for more than $8,000. Goodwill of Middle Tennessee spokeswoman Suzanne Kay-Pittman said a Boston bidder bought the painting for $8,101 late Sunday on Goodwill's online auction website...
Freezing death of Michigan man in house sparks anger (01/29/09)
BAY CITY, Mich. -- When neighbors went inside Marvin Schur's house, the windows were frosted over, icicles hung from a faucet, and the 93-year-old World War II veteran lay dead on the bedroom floor in a winter jacket over four layers of clothing. He froze to death -- slowly and painfully, authorities say -- days after the electric company installed a power-limiting device because of more than $1,000 in unpaid bills...
LAPD says father in family's murder-suicide was awash in debt (01/29/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Awash in debt, behind on his mortgage and recently fired from his job at a hospital, Ervin Lupoe was planning on leaving California. The 40-year-old father of five pulled his children out of school, packed his sport utility vehicle with snow chains and winter clothing for him and his family and appeared ready for the trip to his brother-in-law's home in Garden City, Kan...
Huge stimulus bill passes House as Obama prods (01/29/09)
WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan it wasn't. In a swift victory for President Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night, filled with new spending and tax cuts at the core of the administration's revival plan for the ailing economy...
Wildcats handle Tigers (01/29/09)
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A conference-opening loss to Oklahoma hit Kansas State like a roundhouse to the temple, leaving a young team reeling for three more games. Gutting out a win over Colorado helped the Wildcats snap out of it. Routing a tough Missouri team has them ready to get back in the Big 12 race...
Spaniards Nadal, Verdasco win through to semis (01/29/09)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The way Rafael Nadal sees it, one good thing will come from the first all-Spanish semifinal in a hotly contested Australian Open. A Spaniard will reach the final. After improving one round on each of his previous four trips to Melbourne Park, odds are it will be top-ranked Nadal, who finished off a 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 6 Gilles Simon on Wednesday as the temperature dipped to 93 from a daytime high of 109 degrees...
Holmes hopes his turnaround inspires others (01/29/09)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes' childhood was much like that of any other youngster in rural south Florida. He played backyard football. Chased squirrels. Ran around with his friends. This was different: Despite being a promising athlete, Holmes also spent a year selling drugs on a street corner in his small hometown...
Perryville's dynamic duo (01/29/09)
PERRYVILLE -- Ava Johnson recently asked fellow senior teammate Alicia Kueker how they matched up to former Perryville teammates Krista Miesner and Amber Hacker, who combined for 2,049 points from 2002 through 2006. Johnson and Kueker were freshmen in 2006. They spent most varsity games sitting in the last two spots on the bench with their eyes fixed on Miesner and Hacker, who were guards and the team's two main scorers...
Dubious streak to end in men's game (01/29/09)
One losing streak is guaranteed to end at the Show Me Center tonight. Southeast Missouri State hopes to be the men's basketball team celebrating. The Redhawks seek their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season when they host Jacksonville State in a 7:45 p.m. tipoff that will go off as scheduled despite the winter storm that has covered the area...
Redhawks ready to gain ground (01/29/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team appears to have a strong chance of regaining momentum at home. Coach John Ishee plans on that happening, but he cautions against taking this week's opponents lightly. Southeast hosts Jacksonville State today and Tennessee Tech on Saturday in a pair of 5:30 p.m. tipoffs at the Show Me Center...
Snowed-in is a time to rest and reset (01/29/09)
Jan. 29, 2009 Dear Julie, Snowed-in is a state of mind. Nothing is to be done, nowhere is to be gone. It's reason for hot chocolate with marshmallows even if you stay inside. It's the comfort of stews and chili, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. It's drinking pot upon pot of tea or coffee and simply staring out a window into the whiteness...
Restaurant recommends: Cup 'N' Cork (01/29/09)
Cup 'N' Cork was built for conversation. On a good day, the outside tables are perfect for people watching. On a cold day, the warm brick-and-wood interior and a selection from the wall of wine can make you forget the chill outside. It exemplifies that small cafe where you sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and contemplate the day -- or the menu, as the case may have it. Here, co-owner Kim Robinson suggests a few of her favorite choices...
Good bets 1/29/09 (01/29/09)
Performing arts St. Louis Symphony Orchestra A full orchestra concert featuring works by Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Tickets are $33 to $39 at the River Campus Box office. Where: Bedell Performance Hall When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday...
River City Players honor the best with annual Abbot Awards (01/29/09)
The stars came out Saturday night as the cream of the Cape Girardeau acting crop was recognized and honored during the River City Players annual awards banquet at the River City Yacht Club. Actors from the four productions in 2008 waited with bated breath to see if they would be carrying home that little gold-colored man: the Abbott Award...
Southeast State University mass media department tells "River Tales" about people, places, events (01/29/09)
In a city where "the river turns a thousand tales," students at Southeast Missouri State University have added one more avenue to tell stories. "River Tales" is the reinvented film project from the mass media department that tells stories of the people in the area, interesting places or annual events...
ARTifacts 1/29/30 (01/29/09)
Special programming honors black artists @SL_body_copy_ragged:KRCU has planned special programs commemorating Black History Month to air at 9 a.m. each Sunday in February. The broadcast schedule is "Lady Writes The Blues: The Rose Marie Mccoy Story" on Sunday, "Memories of the Movement: A Black History Month Special" on Feb. 8, "My Song, My Story: Kool & The Gang" on Feb. 15 and "Women Of The Harlem Renaissance" on Feb. 22...
Review: "Slumdog Millionaire" doesn't live up to the hype (01/29/09)
"Slumdog Millionaire" is not as good as its parts. It's definitely not as good as its hype. And if we take away the colors and the full-speed camera movement, we take away the film's motive. All this is not to say the film is not good. It's very good. ...
Lee Boos (01/29/09)
Lee Ida Hitt Boos, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Missouri, daughter of Emory and Ida Wendel Hitt. She and Raymond J. Boos were married June 28, 1947, at Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 27, 1996...
Robert Turley (01/29/09)
Robert E. Turley, 80, of Jackson passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009 at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ron Watts officiating...
Walter Schmidt (01/29/09)
Walter W. Schmidt died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
John Reynolds (01/29/09)
John L. Reynolds, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at his home. He was born May 26, 1938, in Morristown, Tenn., the son of John Cletus and Lelah Virginia Fleener Reynolds. He and Mary E. Bremser were married April 18, 1986, in Austin, Texas...
Patricia Blessing (01/29/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Patricia J. Blessing, 65, of Perryville died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at her home. She was born March 17, 1943 in Pueblo, Colo., daughter of Carl Duvall and Elizabeth Beascoon Boyer. She and Robert L. Blessing were married Aug. 5, 1961. He died July 6, 2008...
Larry Berkbigler (01/29/09)
Larry Joseph Berkbigler, 66, of Old Appleton died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in Perry County, Mo. Berkbigler was born July 13, 1942 at Friedheim, Mo., the son of Norbert and Luella Blechle Berkbigler. He married Mary F. Conrad. He was a heavy hauler and truck driver for Kelley Railroad Contractors. ...
Edna Rogers (01/29/09)
Edna E. Rogers, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the Chateau Girardeau Healthcare Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Norman Bollinger (01/29/09)
Visitation and services for Norman G. Bollinger have been canceled. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Charles Eaker (01/29/09)
Marble Hill, Mo. -- Charles R. "Bud" Eaker, 85, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 3, 1923, in Lutesville, Mo., son of Charles U. and Lillie Bell Eaker. He and Thelma Burns were married Aug. 10, 1946, in Piggott, Ark...
Mildred Davis (01/29/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The visitation for Mildred "Midge" Davis has been changed to after 11 a.m. Sunday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Fire report 01/29/2009 (01/29/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 3:05 p.m., emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 6:32 p.m., emergency medical service at New Madrid Street and Henderson Avenue. n At 9:03 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 1000 block of North Sprigg Street...
Police report 01/29/2009 (01/29/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of domestic assault. Theft n Identity theft was reported.
Out of the past 1/29/09 (01/29/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 29, 1984 The congregation of Cape Bible Chapel dedicates its new building; a message of encouragement is given by John McCallum of Chicago, and the guest speaker is George Nelson, a Christian businessman of St. Louis; the new facility is about 14,000 square feet...
Commissioners urge yes vote on Scott County sales tax (01/29/09)
This is an open letter to Scott County voters from Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger, 1st District Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn and 2nd District Commissioner Donnie Kiefer: In 2000, voters approved funding for a new Scott County Jail and for law enforcement for the county. The stipulation on the funding for the jail initiative was an eight-year sunset clause, meaning the funding would only be allowed for eight years. There was no sunset clause on the funding for law enforcement...
Prayer 1/29/09 (01/29/09)
For unexpected gifts and for the smiles of strangers, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Look for SE Live on MySpace (01/29/09)
It's not real until it happens on MySpace. Everything from movie trailers to music videos, songs and books, even your neighbor's dog, gets put on MySpace.com nowadays. On Tuesday, SE Live became the newest addition to the roughly 2,700 profiles in a 100-mile radius of the 63702 ZIP code...
Rural Scott County resident favors sales tax (01/29/09)
This is in response to several comments I have read and heard recently on the proposal to raise the sales tax in Scott County by one-half percent, putting it back at 1 cent. Although I can understand a person's hesitation to vote for more taxes right now, it seems these people aren't looking at the big picture...
Riverboats have rich history in Cape (01/29/09)
A piece of Cape Girardeau history is gone. Riverboats will no longer tie up on the riverfront and discharge their passengers to shop and eat. It is the end of a long and rich tradition that extends back to Mark Twain and beyond. Once upon a time, riverboats were a key mode of transportation not only for passengers, but for essential items that supplied merchants and factories. The boats hauled goods produced in the area to markets in St. Louis and New Orleans...
The new guy will understand (01/29/09)
We have a new secretary of the treasury. Timothy K. Geithner was not able to handle his personal tax affairs. Now he is in charge of the nation's tax system. He is not the first prominent person to blame tax problems on the complexity of the tax codes. Perhaps he will oversee sweeping changes to the tax code? Since rewriting an already complex code adds to the complexity of the system, Geithner is the perfect choice to oversee the scrapping of the system as we know it...
Motorists show funeral respect (01/29/09)
Last Saturday my family had the sad honor of attending my Uncle Virgil's funeral. However, you folks made our day a bit brighter by an amazing display of respect. As my sisters and I rode from the funeral home to the church and again from the church to the cemetery, we were astounded and touched. No matter what road we traveled, two-lane or four-lane, motorists were pulled over with their headlights on, waiting patiently as the procession passed...
Speak Out 1/29/09 (01/29/09)
With God's help THE people on the plane that crashed in the Hudson River also had God with them. If the engines hadn't come off, the plane surely would have sank faster and all passengers probably wouldn't have survived. Pro-life reaction WHEN the new president lifted the Bush administration's ban on federal funding for groups promoting and performing abortions in other countries, many of his supporters were elated. ...
Ray enjoying his turn down the hill (01/29/09)
Big Brother Ray takes a turn
Hungry birds (01/29/09)
Bluejay waiting his turn at the birdfeeder.
Ice BBQ (01/29/09)
BBQ grill frozen over behind apartment on Middle Street.
Snow fun! (01/29/09)
My daughter Alyssa learning to snow ski~she did great!
Robin dreaming of Spring (01/29/09)
I saw this little Robin all fluffed up and trying to stay warm.
Snow fun (01/29/09)
Mason helping grandpa clear the driveway.
Downed Ice Tree (01/29/09)
Taken in front of apartment building on Middle Street the morning of Jan. 28, 2009. Tree had several broken limbs and one that was barely hanging out.
Snow Day (01/29/09)
Jake Young hits the ramp and goes airborne while tubing near his home in Cape.
Daniel enjoying his snow day (01/29/09)
This is my Son Daniel, enjoying sliding down the hill behind CBC
Frosty Post Office (01/29/09)
Taken at the Cape Girardeau Post Office at the on Jan. 28, 2009. Several cars are stuck in the snow and a small tractor helped remove the ice and snow.
Fun in the snow (01/29/09)
My son Derek and his friend Easton dug a hole through a snow drift to climb through.
Cardnial perched in the ice covered weeping cherry tree (01/29/09)
A handsome male cardnial stands out against the ice and snow covered pine tree
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/29/09)
Levi & Lacey are 8 week-old Dachshund/Terrier mixes. They are available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837.
Backlit winter morning scene (01/29/09)
Lovely morning view of a backlit dogwood tree adorned with ice and snow; taken around 8:00 am on Jan. 28.
Cardnial in ice covered weeping cherry tree (01/29/09)
arbor swing covered in snow at CBC
Rodger taking Jack for a slide (01/29/09)
My Husband thought it would be fun to include the Family dog. He actually enjoyed it, and wanted to go again. Thats a Westie for you!
Winter birds (01/29/09)
Cardinal and blue jay waiting in line for feeder
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