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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (02/24/09)
For its latest production, the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance is taking on the immortal Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning musical "Sweet Charity."And in keeping with our commitment to coverage of the local art community, seMissourian.com is your best source to read all about the university production before opening night on Wednesday.Look for a story on "Sweet Charity" later today on seMissourian.com.. ...
Cape Girardeau environmental group launches 'green' business program (02/24/09)
The Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative has launched a program to recognize local businesses that are "going green." So far, 36 businesses have agreed to participate in the 'Local Businesses Go Green' program but leader Jill Wicks hopes many more businesses will join in the effort. Participants include those from the restaurant, manufacturing and grocery sectors...
Poverty primary cause of slowing Cape Girardeau graduation rates, group says (02/24/09)
Poverty emerged as the primary cause for slowing graduation rates at Cape Girardeau public schools during a Tuesday meeting of community leaders. In a community-wide effort to improve graduation rates in the district, about 45 city and school leaders met at the Cape Girardeau School Board office before the start of their workday...
Panel discussion looks at black history in Cape Girardeau (02/24/09)
Growing up black in Cape Girardeau from the 1930s through the 1970s wasn't easy. "I wouldn't want to have to live through those times again," Louise Cardwell Duncan said. "But I wouldn't trade them." Duncan's words came during a panel discussion, "Remembering Cape Girardeau's African-American Past" hosted by Southeast Missouri State University's Department of History and the Center for Regional History...
Cape Girardeau school board begins developing facilities plan (02/24/09)
In light of a decision not to hire a consultant for a facilities audit, a committee has been meeting to develop a plan to reorganize the Cape Girardeau School District. Sixty people were invited to take part in the effort to create a facilities plan, including administrators, teachers, board members and parents. Grade configuration among the schools is the first issue to surface during the process...
Federal, local authorities seeking information on New Mexico remains (02/24/09)
DEXTER, Mo.-- Federal and Dexter authorities are seeking help from the public in identifying skeletal remains found in a shallow grave in New Mexico nearly 10 years ago. The remains of a white female were found July 31, 1999, in a shallow grave off of Interstate 40 near Gallup, N.M., according to a news release from the FBI's Albuquerque Division...
Southeast Missouri Hospital gets sought-after designation again (02/24/09)
Enthusiastic applause and joyful whoops greeted Sharon Stenson during Monday afternoon's announcement that Southeast Missouri Hospital earned a second Magnet designation. The American Nurses' Credentialing Center uses Magnet to recognize hospitals for excellence in nursing services. Stenson, the hospital's director of patient care services, documented nurses' work for both Magnet applications using 160 categories for rating nursing excellence...
Efforts to weatherize area homes get boost from federal stimulus bill (02/24/09)
Hundreds of low-income residents of Southeast Missouri will be able to insulate their homes and, in some cases, receive new energy-efficient furnaces and water heaters under the federal stimulus bill passed last week. The two regional agencies that handle weatherization grants, the East Missouri Action Agency, or EMAA, and the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, or DAEOC, expect enough money to be able to clear waiting lists and accept new applications. ...
Republicans look to Emerson's chief of staff for statewide success (02/24/09)
The Missouri Republican Party got mixed signals during the 2008 election cycle. Voters retained GOP majorities in the Missouri Legislature, but Democrats took all but two statewide contests and secured the biggest prize of all, the governor's chair...
Mansfield student has bacterial meningitis (02/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Parents of students in two southern Missouri school districts are being told to watch their children for symptoms after a high school student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The student is from the Mansfield School District but also attended the Ozark Mountain Technical Center that is part of the school district in nearby Mountain Grove...
Mo. schools may not get all federal stimulus money (02/24/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The federal economic stimulus package includes more than $1.3 billion for Missouri schools. But the actual amount of new money making its way to classrooms could be considerably less. That's because Missouri officials are eyeing the education stimulus money as a way to help balance other parts of the state budget...
Ste. Genevieve, Mo., man guilty in molestations (02/24/09)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- The 62-year-old man accused of numerous sex crimes against children faces sentencing April 17 after admitting to the crimes. William Huck of Ste. Genevieve, an historic French settlement about 60 miles north of Cape Girardeau, pleaded guilty Friday to seven sex-related charges, but admitted to 30 crimes involving seven children. ...
Family living in Festus, Mo., cave house puts home up on eBay (02/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- In a twist to the housing crisis, a family that has been living in a home built inside a cave in suburban St. Louis has put it up for sale on eBay. Bidding starts at $300,000. Curt and Deborah Sleeper of Festus bought about 3 acres and a cave in Festus in 2004, after they spotted it on the Internet site...
Scientists, politicians meet in Antarctica to discuss warming (02/24/09)
TROLL RESEARCH STATION, Antarctica -- Policymakers met polar explorers on the boundless ice of Antarctica on Monday as a U.S.-Norwegian scientific expedition came in from the cold to report on the vulnerability of continent's ice sheets to melting...
Perryville's season ends in loss to Fredericktown (02/24/09)
The fourth-seeded Perryville Pirates saw their season come to a close Monday night with a 55-51 loss to fifth-seeded Fredericktown in the first round of the Class 4 District 1 tournament in Sikeston, Mo. "I'm a little disappointed with the loss. They came out and had some girls step up and score," Pirates coach Vicki Lohmann said...
OVC recognizes Daugherty for big week (02/24/09)
Southeast Missouri State's Sonya Daugherty was named the Ohio Valley Conference co-player of the week for women's basketball Monday. Daugherty, a senior wing, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in Southeast's two wins last week...
Klocke, Leigh earn OVC's weelkly baseball honors (02/24/09)
Based on the weekend Southeast Missouri State had, it's not surprising the Redhawks swept the first weekly baseball awards handed out by the Ohio Valley Conference on Monday. Junior catcher Jim Klocke is the OVC player of the week and senior left-hander James Leigh is the OVC pitcher of the week...
Redhawks make home debut today vs. Lyon (02/24/09)
Winning a series from a top-20 Division I baseball team for the first time in school history was exciting for Southeast Missouri State. "It was really special for our program," Southeast coach Mark Hogan said of the season-opening, weekend series that saw the Redhawks take two of three at then-16th-ranked Alabama. "I couldn't have been happier and more proud for our players and coaches."...
Bonds' trainer ordered to appear before judge (02/24/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' personal trainer was ordered Monday to appear before a federal judge and say whether he'll break his silence and testify at the slugger's perjury trial. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston summoned Greg Anderson for the unusual hearing, scheduled for Wednesday...
Cubs' Zambrano says shoulder feels sound (02/24/09)
MESA, Ariz. -- Big Z says his shoulder is just fine and he'd like to look ahead, rather than back to last season. Carlos Zambrano is showing no signs of the problems that hampered him last season, although the team is taking a conservative approach with its ace this spring...
A bad jump in bid for second (02/24/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Brendan Ryan's pursuit of a starting job with the St. Louis Cardinals is being slowed by tendinitis in his right wrist. The 26-year-old infielder is among several players seeking the regular role at second base, but he could also see playing time this season at shortstop and third base. He fielded grounders Monday, but doesn't expect to swing a bat until Friday at the earliest...
Australian Jones gets first shot at returning Tiger (02/24/09)
MARANA, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods announced his return to golf, and phones began ringing from Arizona to Australia. The Accenture Match Play Championship usually attracts journalists from various parts of the world, and 473 media had requested credentials to come to high desert of Tucson. Then came Woods' statement that "I'm now ready to play again," and 105 more requests poured in. Three television satellite trucks were expected. Now the number is 11...
Moving the nation from sick care toward wellness care (02/24/09)
WASHINGTON — Popping a pill can cut your cholesterol. But did the doctor also prescribe cutting the stress that's eroding your immune system? Or teach you how to exercise without worsening painful joints? Think 3 P's: Good health care is preventive, predictive and personalized, a rarity today in a crisis-oriented care system far better at treating disease than keeping it at bay. ...
Health calendar 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Today Congestive Heart Failure Learn how congestive heart failure is linked to the liver, abdomen, lower extremities and lungs. Call 332-1587 for more information. When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Where: Harrison Room, Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Running to fitness, week 3: Food and sleep choices (02/24/09)
Which is a better food for runners: blueberries, walnuts or pasta? "They've all been around for a long time," said Dr. Mark Langenfeld, a professor with Southeast Missouri State University's Health, Human Performance and Recreation Department. "I'm a strong advocate of a wide variety of foods. There's no 'magic bullet' food."...
Preliminary ratings show Oscar viewership was up (02/24/09)
NEW YORK -- An estimated 36.3 million people watched this year's Academy Awards, an increase of more than 4 million from last year's least-watched Oscars ceremony ever. While ABC was heartened by the larger audience, especially among younger viewers, there are still only two Oscar telecasts on record with fewer viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research...
Obama wants to cut deficit following stimulus package (02/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- Urging strict future restraint even as current spending soars, President Obama pledged Monday to slash the annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he signed last week. "If we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it, we risk sinking into another crisis down the road," the president said, promising to cut the yearly deficit in half by the end of his four-year term. ...
Major stock indexes hit 1997 levels (02/24/09)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street turned the clock back to 1997 as investors dumped stocks Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 251 points to its lowest close since May 7, 1997, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index logged its lowest finish since April 11, 1997. It's as if the decade's dot-com surge, collapse and subsequent recovery never occurred...
Feds explore taking bigger stakes in shaky banks (02/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- The government on Monday moved toward expanding its ownership stakes in the nation's banks -- with Citigroup, the struggling titan of the industry, apparently at the top of the list. The Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and other banking regulators said they could convert the government's stock in the banks from preferred shares to common shares...
Sylvester Heisserer (02/24/09)
Sylvester Heisserer, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Landmark Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Oran, Mo., son of Victor and Bertha Schott Heisserer. He and Alma Westrich were married Oct. 23, 1954, at St. Augustine Church in Kelso, Mo., by the Rev. Joseph Keusenkothen...
Mary King (02/24/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Mary Ellen King, 59, of Sikeston died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at her home. She was born March 29, 1949, in Sikeston, daughter of Frances Richard and Lillian Juanita Hubbard Jenkins. She and Ronald Dale King were married Sept. 13, 1968...
Births 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Taylor Son to Ryan Keith Taylor and Christina Ann Patrick of Morley, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:48 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Name, Conner Jay. Weight, 2 pounds, five ounces. Second son. Ms. Patrick is the daughter of James Patrick of Morley and Barbara and Tony Miller of Oswego, Ill. Taylor is the son of Vickie and Gerry Hodge of Ashland, Mo., and the late Keith Taylor of Morley...
Fire report 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 9:45 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Cape Rock Drive. n At 12:13 a.m., alarm sounding at 2852 Independence St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Sulayman Kolon Moore, 29, 45 N. Hanover St., was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, driving while suspended, having no insurance, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to drive on right half of the roadway, failure to wear seat belt, careless and imprudent driving, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and parole violation...
Out of the past 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 24, 1984 The Delta School Board, in a special closed meeting last night, reaffirmed its earlier decision to fire high school principal Jack McIntosh when his present contract expires June 30. Southeast Missouri State University history professor Charles Bonwell, saying he is "morally outraged" by the recent vandalism at Old Lorimier Cemetery, plans to talk with officials of the university's Regional History Center in an effort to restore the tombstones and protect the historic burial ground.. ...
Our economic problems (02/24/09)
This article was sent to President Obama, our senators and our representative to no avail. It is my opinion on the current economic problems and should be shared with the public. There is one thing I would like cleared up. We often hear that Social Security and Medicare are the largest federal spending items. ...
Change tyrants can believe in (02/24/09)
The first month of the Obama administration has been disappointing for the cause of global freedom. In the midst of the media's focus on this nation's economic downturn, as well as the drama surrounding the seeming inability of many high-level Democrats to pay taxes, a quiet change has been occurring in U.S. foreign policy...
The worst fears of honest cops (02/24/09)
As a retired New Haven, Conn., detective with 27 years of service, I followed with great interest the in-depth investigation by Southeast Missourian reporter Bridget DiCosmo in the case of Joshua Kezer. The utmost fear of an honest cop is the wrongful taking of a life or imprisonment of an innocent person. ...
Speak Out 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Thanks for breakfast RECENTLY five of us went to a restaurant for breakfast to celebrate a birthday. When we started to pay our bill, the cashier said a man was paying our bill. We would like to thank him. We have no idea what his name is. Scare tactics...
Prayer 2/24/09 (02/24/09)
Accept our thanks, O God, for all the blessings you give to us. Amen.
Gracie (02/24/09)
Gracie and Friends
Youth United Way participates in Red Hand event (02/24/09)
Anna Bowles, Tess Heisserer, and Quitman McBride participating in Red Hand Day at Cape Girardeau High School. The goal of Red Hand Day was to raise global awareness of the plight of child soldiers through public protests, demonstrations and other activities...
No Longer a Boy... (02/24/09)
This is a picture of my 18-year old son, Christopher, after he graduated from Boot Camp (Navy) on a boat ride at Navy Pier.
Local rockers DRIvIN' RAIN return to play SOUTH TEXAS ROCK FEST 2009. (02/24/09)
Local rockers DRIvIN' RAIN return to play Main Stage at 2009 SOUTH TEXAS ROCK FEST. Drivin Rain preformed on Stage Two at the 2008 STRF. Where the band became a instant fan favorite. After the 2008 festival Drivin Rain was the only unsigned band to get a photo featured in Rocknation Magazine's STRF review...
Youth United Way volunteers at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship (02/24/09)
While cleaning-out stalls is generally not on any teenager's to-do list, Youth United Way is always willing to help a volunteer-based agency like MVTH. MVTH exists to give those with disabilities the chance to build strength and confidence. "The program has no paid employees," explains instructor Margie Farrow, "everything we do is volunteer."...
Girl Scout Troop 158 hosts food drive to benefit SEMO Food Bank (02/24/09)
Girl Scout Troop #158 will be conducting a food drive to benefit Southeast Missouri Food Bank during the weekend of February 28-March 1 at Andy's Frozen Custard. People are encouraged to drop off non-perishable canned or boxed food items from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 809 N. Kingshighway. Girl Scout cookies will also be available for sale. The Girl Scouts will be dressed up as cookies!...
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