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About 2,000 visit Sikeston storm resource center (02/14/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- About 2,000 people went through Sikeston's multiagency resource center the three days it was set up at the Clinton Building. Those touring the fair were attracted to several booths, said Joel Evans, emergency management director for Scott County. ...
Farmers help line crewmen fight mud in Southeast Missouri (02/14/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Many farmers have used their four-wheel drive tractors to pull the electric cooperatives' bucket trucks through muddy Southeast Missouri fields following the ice storm Jan. 27. Stanley Estes, general manager of Ozark Border Electric Cooperative in Poplar Bluff, said it took two tractors and a bulldozer to move one of his utility's truck through a field near Campbell on Thursday...
Blockbuster video in Jackson shopping center closes (02/14/09)
Blockbuster video in Jackson has closed. The store, 2050 Walton Drive, Suite D, was mostly bare Friday morning. All that remained inside the building were a few stacks of DVDs. The closure marks the second business to vacate space inside the shopping center. Dollar Tree closed its doors Aug. 8. Great Clips and Check Please of Jackson are now the only tenants inside the shopping center...
Safe House for Women's banquet focuses on empowerment (02/14/09)
An entire holiday devoted to celebrating romance can be difficult for someone recovering from an abusive relationship. As part of its weeklong celebration to help survivors of domestic violence weather Valentine's Day, the Safe House for Women hosted a banquet Friday night at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, encouraging women who have suffered from abuse to embrace empowerment...
Independence Street work moves on to next phase starting Monday (02/14/09)
Southeast Missourian The ongoing project to reconstruct Independence Street will move west Monday, the Cape Girardeau city government announced in a news release Friday. The section from Louisiana Avenue to Keller Avenue/Minnesota Avenue was reopened Thursday, except for the north side of the Keller Street intersection, which will remain closed until sidewalk and parking lot work is completed in two to three weeks...
Nixon releases $2.4 million in MOHELA funds for SEMO autism center (02/14/09)
Southeast Missouri State University didn't get much further than the groundbreaking on the new Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment when Gov. Jay Nixon put the project on hold along plans for 29 other university construction jobs. Work will now move ahead following Friday's decision by Nixon to release the $2.4 million allocated to the center as part of $118.1 million that will flow to 18 projects. ...
Perryville man acquitted of rape (02/14/09)
A Perryville, Mo., man facing a statutory rape charge was acquitted Wednesday night in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom. After a one-day trial before Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis, the jury debated for less than an hour before returning a not-guilty verdict for James L. Horn...
Emerson votes with GOP against stimulus package (02/14/09)
The $789 billion economic stimulus bill approved Friday is short on stimulus and overloaded with items of questionable value if the idea is to jolt the country out of recession, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said to explain her vote against the measure. Emerson remained part of the united GOP opposition to the bill, which is the centerpiece of President Obama's effort to combat rising unemployment and economic disruption caused by the collapse of credit markets. ...
Young at heart: Couples celebrate 50-plus at Valentine's Day party (02/14/09)
Two-hundred fifty couples proved Friday that a person is never too old for love. They gathered inside the Arena Building for the 32nd annual Schnucks and KZIM Valentine's Day party for couples who have been married at least 50 years. The event featured trivia from 1959, music led by Robyn Hosp and Mike Dumey, pastries and recognition of veterans in attendance...
SIU, other schools making cost-cutting plans (02/14/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Southern Illinois University's president has warned its two campuses to brace for belt-tightening amid a dour economic outlook, joining the University of Illinois and other higher education providers nationwide in mulling contingency plans...
Mothers offer reality check on multiple births (02/14/09)
CHICAGO -- Nadya Suleman's daunting future of raising octuplets into adulthood may best be understood by the exhausted but proud parents of other multiples and the researchers who study them. And if there's anyone who could give Suleman some frank advice, it's a mom with five toddlers...
Senate OKs new oversight of preneed funerals (02/14/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In response to the financial collapse of a St. Louis company, senators signed off Thursday on new oversight for Missouri's prearranged funeral industry. The legislation would entrust the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors with new powers to inspect the finances of preneed funeral sellers and take action against unsound companies...
Trove of Bess Truman's papers released to public (02/14/09)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Family papers detailing the private life of former first lady Bess Wallace Truman were released Friday, with no apparent bombshells about the wife of President Harry Truman in the more than 24,000 pages. The Truman Presidential Library and Museum opened the family papers to mark the 124th anniversary of Bess Wallace Truman's birth. The library obtained the papers after the death of the Trumans' daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, in January...
Appeals court overturns new mountaintop mine rules (02/14/09)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal appeals court overturned a ruling Friday requiring more extensive environmental reviews of mountaintop removal, a form of coal mining in Appalachia that blasts away whole peaks. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled 2-1 that the U.S. ...
Bulldogs bump off Bluff (02/14/09)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The Notre Dame boys basketball team closed SEMO Conference play on a high note. The visiting Bulldogs rallied from 10 points down in the first half to beat league-leading Poplar Bluff 56-47 on Friday night. "This is a huge win, probably the biggest win of the season for us," Notre Dame senior guard John Unterreiner said. "It gives us so much momentum -- they just beat Sikeston. You can't compare scores, but our confidence is incredible right now."...
St. Vincent finds rim, not win (02/14/09)
St. Vincent's Justin L'Hote narrowly missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday night. The shot would have given the Indians the win, but they fell to Crystal City 53-51 in boys basketball action. Kyle Rollet led the Indians (11-8) with 18 points. L'Hote finished with eight...
Redhawks split games in Mardi Gras tourney (02/14/09)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team split its two games Friday as the Louisiana-Monroe Mardi Gras tournament got under way. Southeast (2-1) beat host Louisiana-Monroe 4-1 and lost to Central Arkansas 8-0. Freshman Giana Zimmerman notched her first collegiate victory in the opener. She allowed six hits, struck out six and walked three in going all seven innings...
Last-place Redhawks visit first-place Eagles (02/14/09)
As Southeast Missouri State continues searching for that elusive first Ohio Valley Conference win, the Redhawks also have a chance to play the role of spoiler. A prime opportunity comes today as Southeast takes on OVC leader Morehead State. The last-place Redhawks (3-22, 0-14) and first-place Eagles (15-11, 11-3) square off at 3:15 p.m. in Morehead, Ky...
Krengiel helps Redhawks to duel victory (02/14/09)
Kelley Krengiel figured it was about time. Krengiel, a junior on the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team, claimed the first event title of her collegiate career Friday night. "It was really exciting," she said. "I've been waiting for a while."...
Southeast women reach road block (02/14/09)
A win over Morehead State today will lift the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team into a tie for fourth place in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks need to find a way to slow down Brittany Pittman if they're going to pull it off...
For girls only: Local Acteens group promoting mission work as well as 'giggle time' (02/14/09)
About 30 girls get together in Jackson once a week for giggle time, but it doesn't stop there. Once a month they complete a missions project, and once a year those old enough go on a weeklong mission trip. The girls are involved in Acteens, a national organization that promotes missionary work in girls grades seven to 12. Acteens is a pet project of the Woman's Missionary Union, which also works to boost missions and missionary work and supports the Southern Baptist Convention...
Religion calendar 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
SPECIAL EVENTS Missions conference Cape Bible Chapel will hold a missions conference. The theme is "Why Me, Lord and Why Now?" and the speaker is Paul Borthwick. When: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Where: 2911 Kage Road, Cape Girardeau...
Charleston church holds organ activities (02/14/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- To celebrate its new Shantz organ, the First Baptist Church in Charleston will host organist Joyce Jones for a workshop and concert. The free workshop for organists will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 in the church auditorium. There will be a concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22...
Many in the world may not love us, but there is one who always will (02/14/09)
Roses, teddy bears, chocolate and jewelry are the traditional Valentine's Day gifts. One Valentine's Day, a woman who throughout her married life had never received a Valentine's Day gift of any kind went to her husband and said, "Frank, for the past 35 years of marriage you have not only forgotten every anniversary and birthday but have never given me a single Valentine's Day gift. This Valentine's Day I want something red in the driveway that will go zero to 180 in 60 seconds."...
Like water released from a dam, you will move again (02/14/09)
While I stood in the check-out line of a local retail store I ran into a man I hadn't seen for a while. I extended the usual pleasantries. "How have you been doing?" I asked. "I'm getting there," the man said. "Well, as least you're going somewhere," I said. "It sounds like you have a goal."...
Peanut Corp. of America files for bankruptcy (02/14/09)
ATLANTA -- The peanut processing company at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak is going out of business. The Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia on Friday, the latest bad news for the company that has been accused of producing tainted peanut products that may have been sent to everyone from poor school children to disaster victims...
Treasurys fall ahead of weekend (02/14/09)
NEW YORK -- Treasurys fell Friday ahead of the three-day weekend, as investors anticipated more news from Washington next week on how officials intend to stoke the economy. On Friday, the White House said President Obama will outline steps to stem home foreclosures Wednesday...
Dems muscle stimulus bill through Congress (02/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- In a major victory for President Obama, Democrats muscled a $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous...
Mary Crawford (02/14/09)
Mary Louise Crawford, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at her home. Friends may call from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Chapel. Funeral will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery...
Robert Wright (02/14/09)
Robert Hope Wright, 82, of the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, the son of James E. and Della Mae Martin Wright. He and Geraldine "Tubby" Ford were married on Jan. 15, 1945, in Blytheville, Ark. She died Oct. 16, 1982...
Rosemary Steimle (02/14/09)
Rosemary F. Steimle, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 19, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Joseph and Frances Job Steimle. Miss Steimle worked at Saint Francis Hospital 40 years. She began in 1935 as a kitchen worker, then worked in the operating room, and later in X-ray. She then worked as a nurse aide in the obstetrics department, and worked at Central Supply when she retired...
Births 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
Bronander Son to Job Michael and Rachel Elizabeth Bronander of Clubb, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:14 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. Name, Isaac Peyton. Weight, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Mrs. Bronander is the former Rachel Wilson, daughter of Greg and Gina Wilson of Clubb. She is a registered nurse at Piedmont Family Clinic. Bronander is the son of Paul and Debbie Bronander of Cape Girardeau. He is a support technician with McAllister Software...
Police report 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A 14-year-old boy was cited into juvenile court for unlawful use of a weapon. n George L. Whitehead, 20, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of being a visibly intoxicated minor...
Fire report 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 5:28 p.m., a carbon monoxide call in the 1900 block of Greenbrier Drive. n At 5:52 p.m., a call canceled en route to the 100 block of North Main Street. n At 6 p.m., a gas odor at South Sprigg and Hackberry streets...
Out of the past (02/14/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 14, 1984 U.S. District Judge H. Kenneth Wangelin has denied a motion by the city of Cape Girardeau and West Park Mall developers seeking to recover $151,689.03 in attorney fees as a result of the $30 million Westborough Mall lawsuit...
Prayer 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
For those we love in special ways, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Jackson Senior Center prepares to expand to meet growing needs (02/14/09)
Here's an opportunity to have fun while raising money for a good cause: a Valentine's Day dance starting at 6:30 today at the Jackson Senior Center, 2690 Travelers Way. The fundraiser is expected to help the senior center as it raises $65,000 for an addition to the existing building, which is running out of room to accommodate the meals and other popular programs. The center served an average of 242 people a day in January. When as many as 300 people show up, there aren't enough seats...
Speak Out 2/14/09 (02/14/09)
Unsound reasoning RUSH Limbaugh seems to have decided that his political philosophy is more important than the country. By arguing that he wishes -- and Republicans should wish also -- that Barack Obama fails, he is arguing that his political philosophy is more important than the future of the nation. Unfortunately, no amount of evidence will ever convince Limbaugh that he is wrong. This reasoning seems remarkably unpatriotic to me...
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